* Posts by Lester Haines

1536 posts • joined 5 Jul 2010

Danish Sith Lord fined in Galactic Republic rumpus

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Re: Er...

Good one.

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Baikonur hosts satellite laser comms node launch

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Re: Thanks for the link

Interestingly, ESA didn't think it was important either in its "watch the launch" heads-up.

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Major Hollywood studio eyes Paint Drying sequel

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Re: Re: Paint Drying 2: Dry Hard

Very good.

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

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Re: Re: Brilliant

The problem will be the producers' insistence that the remake feature an American wall, as opposed to the grittier Brit original.

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Re: Re: Extended Director's Cut Edition

I sincerely hope so.

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Will Smith has already withdrawn from appearing at the première, I gather.

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Flock of sheep ends NZ high-speed car chase

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Puntastic

Judging by that quippery, it must be beer o'clock.

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Florida cuffee surprised by pills in vagina

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Boredom, boredom, ba dum de dum

I detect a kind of vaginal concealment ennui here. To quote Samuel Johnson: "When a man is tired of lady parts, he is tired of life."

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Space podule outfit inks Arizona launch deal

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Re: "size of a football stadium"?

Nicely calculated, sir.

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Re: Timing?

That'd be nice, wouldn't it?

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LOHAN takes the stage at Oz Linux shindig

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Re: Re: LOHAN

Yeah, I've kind of got a handle on where Atacama is.

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Re: Re: LOHAN

No advantage launching from altitude. No idea about rocket motors and Mexico. We'd probably need an armoured truck and Army escort, though.

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Re: Re: LOHAN

We need Cesaroni P54-3G J140-P White Longburn reloads. Not available in Europe due to EU regs cock-up. No problem in the US, though: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/16/vulture_2_transportation/?page=2

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Re: Re: LOHAN

Hmmmmm...

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Re: Re: LOHAN

North Korea seems to be pretty liberal when it comes to rocket launch regs.

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Re: Re: LOHAN

The main problem with that is the availability of the rocket motor reload. Can't get one in Europe or Oz, so they're off the map.

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Re: LOHAN

Ask the FAA.

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Nude tribute to Manet's Olympia ends in cuffing

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Re: Dejuner sur l'herbe

Yes indeed.

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El Reg mulls entering Robot Wars arena

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Re: Re: hmmm idea's idea's

Greengrocer's apostrophe's, surely?

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Re: Web of Death

Here are the weapons restrictions, according to the rules:

The following weapons and materials are forbidden from use: Note: Some of the listed items may be allowed for effects but not as weapons. If you have an application of these items which you feel should be allowed, please include this in your application.

12.1 Active Weapons

All robots must incorporate an active offensive weapon which is designed to damage, immobilise or seriously affect the operation of the opponent’s robot. Weapon specifications must be included on your application form for approval.

12.2 Invisible Damage

Weapons designed to cause invisible damage to the other robot. This includes but is not limited to:

12.2.1 Electricity

Electricity as a weapon such as Tesla coils, Van-der-Graaf generators, stun guns, or cattle prods.

12.2.2 Radio Frequency

Radio Frequency jamming equipment or similar devices.

12.2.3 Radio Frequency Noise

Radio Frequency noise generated by an IC engine. Use shielding around sparking components.

12.2.4 Electromagnetic Fields

Electromagnetic fields from permanent or electromagnets, which affect another robots electronics.

12.3 Stopping Combat

Weapons or defences, which tend to stop combat completely, of both (or more) robots. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

12.3.1 Entanglement

Entanglement devices such as nets, fishing line, cables, string, glues or tapes and any similar devices.

12.4 Rotating Weapons

The speed of any rotating weapons - e.g. circular saws, carbon or steel cutting discs - must not exceed the manufacturer's specification. The manufacturer's specification must be available for inspection.

12.5 Hardened Blades

Commercially manufactured, hardened steel blades that may shatter are not allowed.

12.6 Untethered Projectiles

Projectiles must have a tether capable of stopping the projectile at full speed and be no longer than 2.5m.

12.7 Heat and Fire

Heat and fire are forbidden as weapons. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

12.7.1 Generated

Heat specifically generated to damage an opponent

12.7.2 Flammables

Flammable liquids or gases

12.7.3 Explosives

Explosives or flammable solids such as DOT Class C devices, Gunpowder, Cartridge Primers or Military

Explosives, etc.

12.8 Smoke and Light

Smoke and light based weapons, which impair the viewing of robots by an Entrant, Judge, Official or Viewer. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

12.8.1 Smoke or Dust

Large quantities of smoke or dust. Limited smoke effects may be allowed.

12.8.2 Lights

Lights such as external lasers and bright strobe lights, which may blind the opponent.

12.9 Hazardous Materials

Hazardous or dangerous materials are forbidden from use anywhere on a robot where they may contact humans, or by way of the robot being damaged (within reason) contact humans. If unsure please contact Robot Wars.

12.10 Weapon Restraints

All high speed weapons (eg. all pneumatic and rotational weapons) must incorporate a secure restraint that locks the weapon in a safe position. The restraint may incorporate locking pins and bars but must be secured in such a way that it cannot be removed inadvertently. The design should ensure that the weapon cannot be fired during the activation process.

12.11 Interchangeable Weapons

Robots with interchangeable weapons are permitted under the following conditions.

12.11.1 Weapon Type

All interchangeable weapons must comply with rule 12.1

12.11.2 Weapon Application

All interchangeable weapons must be submitted on the Robot Wars application and are subject to approval.

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Re: Re: Deadline

Thanks - I already spoke to them, and they said it kicks off in early March. That's why it's too late to get something together from scratch.

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Drawing board

If they are only on the drawing board, it'd be a bit of a push to have them ready in time.

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Re: Re: Bring it On

I had a look, and there's no mention of RF seek locate and destroy weapons.

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Re: Re: Deadline

Ah, that makes sense.

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Re: Bring it On

No electric/electronic disablers, radio jammers, etc, allowed, so our cunning EMP generator plan stays on the drawing board.

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Re: Deadline

Our assumption is that they must have already contacted existing teams. It is very short notice otherwise.

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Bijou Linux autopilot takes to the skies

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Not dead

Things are moving Stateside, but nothing concrete to report.

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Optimus Prime goes under the hammer

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Re: Re: Merkins say the darndest things

Yup, my mistake. I've corrected it now, so order is restored.

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Boffins tentatively fire up grav wave sniffer

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Re: too late ?

Early days yet: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/jan/12/gravitation-waves-signal-rumoured-science

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Boffins switch on pinchfist incandescent bulb

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"at least 4, maybe 5 months of the year "

It's an interesting point, but I personally don't want to be paying for heating the atmosphere in summer.

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Discworld fans stake claim to element 117

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Re: Re: Petition fatigue

You complete inertia is commendable. Carry on.

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Petition fatigue

You should start a petition demanding an end to these petitions.

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Anyone using M-DISC to archive snaps?

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Re: My back up regimen....

Very sound distribution of discs plan.

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"The M-DISC engraves data into a patented rock-like layer that is resistant to extreme conditions of light, temperature and humidity – outlasting all other archival optical discs on the market."

See here: http://www.mdisc.com/mdisc-technology/

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Re: M-DISC

Yeah, I think the price is right. They claim 1,000 years for the discs. I won't be around to confirm or disprove that.

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Cops stuff Mumbai thief with 48 bananas

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Re: Ripe or green?

Yes, I gather they have the opposite effect if eaten before fully ripe. I'm sure the Mumbai plod know their bananas.

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HPE's London boozer dubbed the 'Hewlett You Inn?'

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As I said, watch this space...

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Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

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Re: Re: how about these?

Yes, I'm just writing something on it as we speak.

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Re: What? New direction at The Reg?

Commentardium?

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Curiosity Rover eyes Mars' creeping dunes

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Re: Re: any chance

Matt or gloss?

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Re: any chance

I think they spotted the movement from orbital images over a period of time. Would make a great time-lapse, for sure.

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BBC News website takes New Year's Eve break

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Re: Happily, all now appears to be well,

Perfectly ok here. Maybe still a few wobbles?

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Re: Auntie Beeb's 500 moment of hell?

Yes, nicely done.

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You are the first. I'm going to point the finger at Islamic State.

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Re: Slow response / timeouts + occasional 500

Could be. It's highly unusual, to be sure.

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Would sir care to see the post-pub nosh menu?

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Re: Re: If...

Yes, that's who supplied the Spam for the musubi construct.

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If...

Internet shopping required in our case, but we did manage it in the end.

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Re: Re: Bravo!

We are certainly thinking about an e-book, but let me know how you get on with your own version.

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Vote now to name HPE's London boozer

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Re: Re: Honourable mention shurely?

You see? We do care really.

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Re: Re: Honourable mention shurely?

You used "movement" and "FAA" in the same sentence. A highly optimistic use of language. So no, no word as yet.

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