* Posts by Lester Haines

1682 posts • joined 5 Jul 2010

Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

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"x-factor style vote"

But surely that's the way they should do it, with a televised Brexitathon in a Eurovision stylee? "Hello Essex. Can you please give us your votes?" "Hello London. Yes: Traditional values, Winston Churchill, long shadows over cricket grounds, warm beer, 12 points. Slovakian fruit pickers, nul points."

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"fousaaaaahnnnnds"

FYI, the official spelling here at El Reg is "faaaaasands" - and the obligatory suffix is rendered "of 'em".

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Re: Now I'm hungry

Nice one.

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Hatches sealed on ISS pump-up space podule

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Re: Spot the Russian

The guy's relentlessly cheerful, as we've noted before: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/12/16/soyuz_iss_arrival/

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

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Re: "sadly no deep-fried Mars bar"

I was so close. Can I have haggis pakora instead?

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Rogue Somerset vulture lands at Royal Navy airbase

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Re: All fun for me.....

Recaptured on the base earlier today. See update to story.

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Belgian brewery lays 3.2km beer pipeline

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I have it on good authority that they're going to strap abrasive pads to a cat and push it through using a really long flexible pole.

That may not actually be true, but it's a pleasing thought.

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King Tut's iron dagger of extraterrestrial origin

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Re: Re: Isn't, like everything on Earth, including Earth..

Didn't you get the memo? Henceforth no snark - by order. And no chukchuk, either.

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The crocodile-mounted laser? I like it.

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Re: Re: Isn't, like everything on Earth, including Earth..

Thank you for that. I'd argue that "extraterrestrial" means anything after the Earth was formed, because before that there was no "terra" for anything to be "extra" to, surely.

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Laser daggers from the stars - it's the only plausible explanation.

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Re: It's an interesting bit of enconomics

There were iron ore deposits available to the Egyptians, though. I don't know why they didn't exploit them until later. Too busy brewing beer is a likely, and entirely understandable, explanation.

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Re: Cruelty to meteorites?

You have to nail 'em down first.

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Unicode serves up bacon emoji

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Re: Well done

Just getting up a head of steam for my novel "The Satanic Breakfasts".

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Thai bloke battles jumbo python in toilet todger thriller

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Re: Re: Is it just me, or...

Oh I dunno, I still enjoy sanctimonious commentards not getting with the programme. Obviously, if we get three or so complaints, we'll change the entire editorial output of the site to suit their personal tastes.

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Re: Hang on....

Presumably, if the python thought the prey in this case sufficiently small and already dead...

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US 5th graders have a pop at paper plane record

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Re: Re: LOHAN?

Sadly, it looks like the FAA is holding up their launch, too.

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Re: Re: LOHAN?

Interestingly, Spring Grove Elementary appears to be planning a "Project Blackbird" balloon/drone launch from Spaceport America. A 23 April post on Facebook says: "Project Blackbird is postponed pending FAA approval"

https://www.facebook.com/RichmondSpring-Grove-Stemc-1220017744679768/?fref=nf

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Re: "look forward to further attempts to push the envelope."

I sincerely hope not ;-)

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Galileo satnav fleet waxes orbital

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Re: Hydrazine. Nasty stuff.

The Dragon's SuperDraco thrusters use hypergolic NTO + MMH, the latter being even nastier than hydrazine.

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Re: So we will have the satellites...

See: http://www.gsc-europa.eu/helpdesk/faqs

"Once the Galileo services are available, the applications will be ready to be offered to the market. Fortunately, the interface control documents for the Galileo signal will be available well before the services are declared operational (this is already the case for the Galileo Open Service signal), so that the industry can develop their solutions in advance. Then, the market forces will be the final drivers of the penetration of these applications among the public. However, as other GNSS-based solutions are already present in any facet of our lives (for example, in our vehicles), the introduction of Galileo will likely represent only an upgrade of the existing equipment; in other words, it will not be necessary to start from scratch."

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India roasts as mercury hits 51°C

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Re: Re: Isn't it obvious?

Actually, it's the entirely beneficial radiation cloud from Chernobyl which has kept global temperatures down in the last 30 years, as well as being really good for local wildlife. Nuclear power: it's a win-win.

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NASA's stadium-sized sandwich bag overflies Oz

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Re: No need to fear?

A fair point. From our own high-altitude ballooning experience, a payload under a parachute will generally come down at 5m/sec. If you want slower, then the size of chute becomes impractically large.

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Smartmobes in spaaace: NASA deploys Android nanosats

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Re: Spring?

Well yes, if you insist on using the NASA technical name.

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Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

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Re: Re: Fuck, that's pretty dark

Good luck ;-)

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Re: Re: Fuck, that's pretty dark

Not punishment enough, in my opinion.

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Re: Re: Fuck, that's pretty dark

Don't under any circumstances watch the Nicholas Cage remake. A hideous travesty.

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Eh?

You've lost me. What double standards exactly?

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Supernova bubble clocked at 19,000,000 km/h

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Re: Re: 19,000,000 km/h ?

Looks like you've already done the job for me. Good show.

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Re: 19,000,000 km/h ?

Let's face it, that's bloody fast, however you quantify it.

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Dwarf planet intumesces before astronomers' gaze

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It's all in the spin

"Oddly-shaped Haumea is one of the fastest rotating large objects in our solar system. It completes a turn on its axis every four hours. The quick spin elongated the dwarf planet into the unique shape astronomers discovered in 2003."

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/haumea/indepth

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Re: 1920x990

Yeah, the 4K version is stunning.

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Russia poised to unleash 'Son of Satan' ICBM

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Re: Not solid

It makes sense - they've got years of experience of the tech. It even serves for peaceful purposes too: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/02/15/esa_sentinel_launch/

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Re: Two steps forward...

It's just the same old sabre-rattling. Nothing much has really changed since the bad old days of the Cold War.

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Spaniard live streams 195km/h burn-up

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Re: Re: Up Periscope!

Not that I'm aware of. Cops gradually clamping down, I suppose.

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Re: Up Periscope!

Apparently they don't need much encouragement.

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Sic transit Mercury Monday

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Re: Very good...

Based on a comment by EddieD last week: http://forums.theregister.co.uk/user/32088/

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Brit polar vessel christened RRS Sir David Attenborough

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What are they calling the helicopter?

Marty McFly.

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Siemens Healthcare struck by rebranding madness

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Re: Healthineers anthem

I sat through the whole thing. I had taken some crystal meth, though.

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Re: Re: is that PC..?

Bootie-keers, I assure you.

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Ultra-cool dwarf throws planetary party

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Winds on tidally-locked planet

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/11/13/todays_explanet_weather_1800degc_8700_kmh_winds/

Studies of HD 189733b – discovered in 2005 transiting the star HD 189733, which lies some 63 light years from Earth in the constellation Vulpecula – have revealed that the planet has a mass of around 13 per cent greater than Jupiter's, but that it's 180 times closer to its sun than our own gas monster.

That, and the fact that it's tidally locked, mean that temperatures on the permanently sun-facing side hit 1,000°C, and a positively balmy 650°C on the dark side.

That's according to a 2007 observation by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, although later work by Swiss astronomers suggested temperatures in the upper atmosphere might reach a scorching 3,000°C.

Whatever the case, it's bloody hot, but the "mild" (as NASA puts it) temperature variation between the planet's lit and unlit sides mean that winds are likely distributing heat around the planet.

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Well spotted sir - award yourself a beer, since I will most certainly be partaking this evening.

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Skygazers: Brace yourselves for a kick in the Aquarids

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Re: I just saw one!

Nice one. Overcast here, with rain for the next two days at least, so no chance of a sighting this time around.

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Flying pigs

Yes, which will completely block your view of the meteor shower.

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3-5 am wherever you are I gather. But yes, they need to reschedule that.

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EU set to bin €500 note

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Re: Re: Re:It's time to start hoarding gold while you still can

So, invest your illicit €500 euro notes in edible gold leaf, and if the cops do kick your door in, you can swallow the evidence. Result.

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India trumpets seventh navigation sat launch

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Re: Wonder how much they charge...

Outsource to India? That'd see the politicos choking on their breakfast cereal. Whether it's ULA or SpaceX, the US is going to keep it in the family.

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Europe's Earth-watching sat beams back icy first pic

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Re: History

Superb: http://www.igsoc.org:8080/annals/8/igs_annals_vol08_year1985_pg47-50.pdf

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Same plane, same direction, opposite sides. Handy animation here: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/Copernicus/Sentinel-1/Satellite_constellation

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Galileo in spaaace: France's 'equivalence principle' satellite

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Re: Re: Magnifico!

Well for the possible answer, open your eyes, look up to the skies and see...

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