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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

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Re: might of been?

Simple typo.

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Re: Any non-Latin in with a shout?

We have non-Latin submissions. Await the final vote and wonder, oh multilingual commentard.

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Re: pedanteria maxima .... or "morositas maxima",rather, mustn't mix my Italo-Latin ...

I'm going for a declensionless Anglo-Latin fusion. Works for me.

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Re: Re: WD-40

I think not. Well spotted.

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Re: Caliganote

I will, thanks. Take one yourself for the being the first to spot that.

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I'd be happy, really.

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Ever wanted to be a Playmonaut? El Reg's Vulture 2 spaceplane sim reveals what it's like

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Yes, we'll do a vid. Watch this space.

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Re: Talent

Yes, we've certainly got the Right Stuff on our side.

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Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land

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Re: Congratulations!

Fair point. Longest record, naturally.

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Brit Rockall adventurer poised to quit islet

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I like it. Good plan.

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Re: world's remotest outcrop

Not so - Rockall is the remotest single islet, as far as I can tell. Bouvet Island has a few small islets of its own off its coast.

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Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery

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Re: "The question of how this...keeps appearing out of nowhere has been haunting us for over ten years"

Your guess is as good as mine ;-)

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Re: Why?

God alone knows. The question of how this and similar rubbish keeps appearing out of nowhere has been haunting us for over ten years. It's a complete mystery.

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Re: "Burrito meets soft taco in alleged rooftop romp outrage"

Thanks. I'll head to the fridge right now...

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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Re: Or just the classic....

Pilae Ad Parietem? We're going to need a Latin expert to check all these mottos.

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Re: Re: How about....

Indeed, yes it should.

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Re: Re: How about....

Per cervisiam ad astra. Speaking of which...

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Beer in SPAAAACE! London Pride soars to 28,000m

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Re: Superb stuff but Gopro3's grrrrrr

We've had battery problems. Our solution was never to use the damn thing again.

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Plucky Rockall adventurer prepares to leave islet

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Re: What are those plaques in the piccy?

British government plaques, although I think Greenpeace put something up there too. We were too busy being extremely pleased with ourselves atop the rock to bother with flag-waving plaquery. "Get oorf moi rooock" would have been a good move, though.

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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Re: Re: more of Katarina please!

Yes. Bear in mind my daughter is 12 years old, so let's keep it clean, eh?

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Re: But the demanding public need to know...

Time to 'fess up. We did buy a novelty latex starfish ice cube tray - €1.

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Vulture 2 fills beak with Pi in the Sky

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Re: LOHAN link suspect

Should be http://reg.cx/1Uyg - extra "e" there.

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Re: Re: Looking good

I'll look into it.

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Your concerns are noted, and we are addressing. As I've said, everything will be bolted, lashed or epoxied.

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Re: Looking good

Oh yes, epoxied in place for the main event, in common with everything else which can't be lashed down, bolted, etc.

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Re: BBC at it again

Well, fair play to 'em anyway.

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Re: Re: Playmonaut Safety...

Oh ok then, we'll install an airbag. Might as well put a cup holder in while we're at it.

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Re: Just a thought...

We'll certainly find out soon enough, when we fire the whole thing up.

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Re: Playmonaut Safety...

Fortunately for us, our lawyers say health and safety regs only extend to 10,000m above the ground, after which we're immune for prosecution.

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

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Fair point. I'd suggest an autopilot is a factor.

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Storm-battered Rockall adventurer recalls 'worst experience of my life'

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Re: Re: Prevailing winds

Fair enough. Suffice it to say, I wouldn't dangle anything off Rockall, no matter how well lashed. Except maybe an effigy of Rolf Harris, as an offering to Davy Jones.

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Re: Re: Prevailing winds

Too true. Mercifully in this case, having been atop the sacred islet myself, I am in an unassailable position of correctness regarding podule pitching.

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Re: Prevailing winds

That's not possible, unless you fancy dangling from a cliff face. The ledge he's on is the only plausible site for pitching a pod.

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Going up: Fancy a virtual flight to 30km above the PLANET?

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Re: Re: Or

Understood. I'll factor in the taxi fare then and report back on how much I've saved over backing this on Kickstarter from the comfort of my PC.

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Re: Or

In my case, that would involve a flight to Britain and a train to Skegness. I can walk from the station to the pier, though, so I've saved a taxi fare.

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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Re: Bust-up

Au contraire, mon ami. The fact that it's theoretically possible means it's imperative to make it happen..

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Booze in SPAAAACE! Brit rocket boffin preps bold stratobeer mission

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Re: Re: You say "unsymmetrical", I say "asymmetrical"...

Absolutely. Let us know the result.

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Experts suspiciously eye LOHAN's cantankerous canards

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Re: Re: Will you be using asymmetric canard control?

Aha, I see. Well, they go up and they go down, independently.

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Re: Will you be using asymmetric canard control?

We do have asymmetric canard control, hence the two servos.

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Re: something you probably already thought of...

The servo deflection issue is on our list. We know the specified max/min deflection angles for various altitudes as per the design calculations.

It's a matter for the Pixhawk, whose mighty brain is about to be probed and tweaked by an international team of experts. Details in due course...

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Re: Re: Canard Loading

Vectored thrust? We've spent god knows how long getting the rocket motor to light without worrying about where the gases are going.

Actually, the idea is sound, if impossible to realise on this scale and within weight constraints.

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Re: Re: I told you so...

The input from all concerned - readers included - has indeed been laudable. Award yourselves beer and bacon sarnies.

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Re: In words..

"Probably" = "certainly" in this case. It's a cunning plan, though.

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Re: I told you so...

Of course. Good to see you got your "I told you so" in early.

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Re: Re: Canard Loading

We should be able to log just about everything for the whole flight.

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Re: Canard Loading

All valid points, but the design chaps did do the maths and the necessary calculations. Let's see how that works out in practice...

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Re: Interior Feed

I don't know if we've got room, but we'll look into it.

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Rockall batters plucky Brit adventurer

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Re: @theModge - Re: Just how inedible are seabirds really?

They taste of paraffin, apparently. You boil one up on your paraffin stove, throw it away and drink the paraffin instead.

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Spanish struggle to control spelling of 'WhatsApp'

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Re: Re: Universidad de Salamanca

In general, any word of uncertain gender (ie, a foreign import) will become masculine, unless there's good reason for it not to. Your Puerto Rican methodology is sound, although La Real Academia appears to have defaulted to the safe option.

Hoy, ya que hace sol, la cerveza está en el frigorífico, pero muy pronto pasará al estómago.

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Re: Interesting evolution

It appears they are. They really do avoid assigning a gender to "internet". It'll be interesting to see how this develops.

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