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Twitter mobs attack wrong celebrity Ian Watkins after child abuse case

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Re: ah come on...

>"Brings to mind a story..."

>>Never happened.

Or, it might mean 'I can't be arsed to find an on-line reference to said story'

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/901723.stm

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Re: ah come on...

The good folk of Springfield form a pitchfork-wielding mob about once per series of the Simpsons... it's almost as if the writers were trying to make a point or something.

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How STEVE JOBS saved Apple's bacon with an outstretched ARM

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Re: Even most of the style is copied from Braun & Dieter Rams.

>Even most of the style is copied from Braun & Dieter Rams.

Dieter Rams doesn't call himself a designer but (when roughly translated into English) a 'form engineer'. Jony Ive openly acknowledges the influence, but he's not copying Rams' style but his methodology, an approach to design. Ram's 'Ten Principles of Good Design' are here:

http://www.sfmoma.org/about/press/press_exhibitions/releases/880

People can easily copy style (remember the plague of cheap translucent blue products - staplers, USB hubs etc- that followed in the wake of the orginal iMac?), but following principles is harder, it requires an understanding of your particular problem and the materials available to you to solve it.

Of course you'd be a fool to be blind to when a problem has been solved before... you want to make a music playback device that fits in a pocket? The act of of sliding the device in and out of your pocket is a large part of its 'use'. Okay, let's look at cigarette cases and Sony Walkmans- what aspects can you usefully implement in your design?

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Re: Beep!

A PC is a Personal Computer, but at the time it was common to refer to a IBM compatible PC as a 'PC' and to call an Amiga an Amiga, an Atari and Atari etc.

Even the "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" advert of a few years ago leaves out the [Windows].

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@sorry, what?

I was only talking about a certain place and time, around 1990, and the schools I knew. No one I knew had an Archimedes at home (they mostly had Amigas, Atari STs or a console), but my primary school had one - and it appeared to an eleven year old boy more advanced (prettier graphics! Nice sounds!) than the Olivetti 8086 we had at home (no sound card or game port, no graphical desktop environment).

A year later, and my next school had a suite of Archimedes... we were even allowed to play David Braben's 'Lander' (aka Virus, Zarch) on the last day of term. The graphics were Wow! at the time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=653Ger80ros

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Re: The Archimedes was popular in schools?

My primary school had one Archimedes, and my junior school had a suite of them. I can't comment on how widespread they were, other than noting they seemed fairly well supported on the software front.

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Re: so Arm says that Apple did innovate then?

>and stunned most of ARM's employees

I read that as meaning only a group within ARM were working on the 64bit design, or that others within ARM were working on it but didn't realise that it was ready for production at the time.

But yeah, I find the Evil Company / Saintly Company terms boring too. I prefer to look at the products a company can bring out if it is in full control of its hardware and OS, and at the products that can result when anyone can make a component and drivers. These two approaches have different strengths; as an example, the former can produce a tighter integration and fewer variables to troubleshoot, and the latter can drive down prices by having, say, AMD compete against nVidia. Apple can bring multi-touch gestures to OSX because they know their hardware touchpad is suitable, whereas I use a lovely Logitech mouse.

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Re: Another example of how..

Okay, I suspect the true narrative is a tad more nuanced than your Anglophile Jobs Evil Gates version.

However I do remember a time when my family's DOS PC seemed very boring compared to my friends' Amigas and Ataris, or the Archimedes and Apples at school.

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NSA spied on 'radicalisers' porn surfing so as to discredit them, reveals Snowden

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The old adage...

"Dance as if nobody is watching.

Make love Surf porn as if everybody is"

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GTA San Andreas: Now smack that disobedient hooker on your PHONE

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Re: @Dave

@AC

I agree.

That is why, unlike ShelLuser, I don't use Adblock on The Reg because their adverts aren't usually intrusive, and I consider that fair play. The Reg deserves its revenue.

Therefore a noisy ad on The Reg seemed out of place... it's a balancing act; if too many of their ads are a nuisance then more readers might activate Adblock.

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WTF El Reg?

That was a very noisy Microsoft Dynamics advert that accompanied this article. The Reg doesn't normally feature noisy adverts (if you did, I'd mute before visiting), so how did that one slip through?

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I'm Feeling LUCKY OR LAZY™? Chrome gets hands-free voice search

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Re: For this to work...

I would imagine that the plug-in is listening continuously, and is able to recognise 'OK Google' itself locally. After that it sends your voice sample to Google's servers.

Sending everything your microphone picks up to Google's servers (when 99.9% of the time it is useless) isn't a very good use of their resources.

Android phones can do speech-to-text locally if required, it's just that the results aren't accurate as when it's done server side.

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I don't want to email whilst driving, but occasionally I do have ideas ( or remember some item I need to get from town) when behind the wheel, and a Dictaphone of sorts would be nice. If it isn't a standalone button on the dashboard, then a voice activated system would be fine - I wouldn't want to be fumbling with my phone.

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You DON'T need a new MacBook! Reg man fiddles with Fusion, pimps out vintage Pro

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Re: HD + SSD management

>The idea of merging my hard drive and SSD into one logical volume appeals to me but I'm not going to do it until it's officially supported by Apple.

It's part of OSX's CoreStorage inherited from when they were flirting with ZFS, and it's used in many a new Mac. If it goes tits-up, you have your Time Machine hourly back ups- right?

I just don't think it's Apples' style to officially sanction this on machines they have already sold you.

That said, the law of diminishing returns suggests that it won't speed up your system appreciably over your current set-up, since your OS and applications are already on the faster drive; a large part of Fusion Drive's intended appeal (when implemented on brand new machines) is to not even bother the user with the fact that there are two disks in the first place.

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>What x86 tablet has a Haswell i5 with 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD? The only one I can think of is the Surface Pro 2, which costs $999, i.e., exactly the same as an 11.6" MacBook Air.

I was going to say THIS! but it has an i7 and a minimum of a 256 GB SSD. Ho Hum.

http://cintiqcompanion.wacom.com/CintiqCompanion/en/

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Re: great article!

>I can't wait for the missus's MacBook Pro to conk out now. Any tips for speeding this up? ;)

Fire. And lots of it.

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Re: Why DO you need to upgrade?

I have the same impression here, JDX; my Core 2 Duo 4GB laptop has been fine for the level of 3D CAD I've been using it for, for several years now. I could upgrade the RAM, but I haven't needed to. Maybe once a month or so I'll set it a few tasks where a faster CPU would cut the job down from twenty minutes to five... but I can live with that.

Once I'd installed all my software, I even made a disk image of C: in anticipation of Windows 7 crufting up in the future, but I haven't cause to use it yet.

Intel seem to think the same, since they emphasise the power saving benefits of their new CPUs above any gains in performance.

Through the nineties and into the 2000s, no computer ever seemed quite quick enough... it seemed that as soon as the hardware improved Windows would try silly graphical effects, or new versions of applications would bloat in size. Also, the tasks that could be expected of home computers required more grunt (messing about with video, for example). This isn't the case any more - if I'm using my laptop for productivity software, it's rare it breaks a sweat. Of course, a super duper CPU, GPU, stacks or RAM and an SSD would be nice, but for me not essential.

Oh, can anyone help? My laptop has a 17" 16:10 1920 x 1200 screen and I worry I won't be able to replace it come the day it dies - if anyone has any ideas, please do share!

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Re: How much faster?

>is it not easier to just install a Momentus and let the drive deal with the jigging around of files rather than the OS?

OSX will have a better idea of where to put which files than the Momentus drive.

Comments following the recent Reg Momentus review suggested it wasn't the fastest or cheapest solution, either. However, the build-your-own-Fusion isn't possible on all Macs.

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Microsoft bans XXXXBOX gamers for CURSING in online combat

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Re: WTF?

So, to answer the question: WTF is Panty Waist?

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Re: Does it use a local dictionary?

I watched a French film with English subtitles in the cinema, 'A Town Called Panic'. At one point, a character said 'Merde' and the subtitles said 'Oh Dear', which we all found hilarious at the time.

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>So no swearing, but killing is OK.

"They train young men to rain fire down upon people, but they will not allow them to write 'Fuck' on the side of their airplanes because it is obscene"

- Cl. Kurtz, Apocalypse Now

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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Re: Like, ahem, cooking pr0n and talent shows.

Exactly: when first launched, BBC3 was billed as comedy for a general audience. However, it has evolved to become their 'yoof' channel, complete with 'yoof' orientated comedies and documentaries about STDs.

That's what Channel 4 used to be for, back in those happy days before Big Brother!

The idea of a general audience has died - though to be fair, much of that is beyond the BBC's control (multiple channels via satellite, cable or Freeview , and more screens in each household to watch things on, such as computers and tablets).

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Re: "Tax" - really?

It seems that most people who are anti-BBC have never had the misfortune to watch US networked TV, or else are a competing news outlet with a right-ring bias (i.e, the Murdoch press, the Daily Telegraph etc).

That said, the BBC could do better, especially in drama. Compare 'Spooks' to 'The Wire', for example.

An informed and entertaining talk about the commissioning of quality shows - on both sides of the Atlantic - is here:

Armando Iannucci: BAFTA Television Lecture 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmViA8zRhLI

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iCan't quite hear you: Apple teams up with Danish firm to make hearing aids

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Re: Does jasper actually understand tech at all?

>You'd need a completely new bluetooth or WiFi radio in order for the two to work with each other, and I'm more inclined to the idea that Apple would be using AirPlay which would imply Wifi.

I would imagine they would start with whichever approach uses the lowest amount of power (the hearing aid being the limiting element), and start from there. At the moment, that would appear to be Bluetooth Low Energy, though there may be some new exotic WiFi standard I'm unaware of.

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Wearable tech?

Wearable [connected] consumer tech is still in its infancy, but our ageing population may result in more people wearing smart devices - even if they do look a bit clunky.

Watches that measure blood pressure and heart rate, and then communicate this data to a mobile phone, either to log it or to make it available to a district nurse or GP, would be an obvious example. Adding a Distress Call function to the watch would be suitable for some users.

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Apple stalls iWatch, 12.9-inch iPad from Quanta rumored for mid-2014

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Re: No, it wouldn't

>But why do you want to create content with a tablet? If you're doing that, wouldn't you want a laptop so you can run proper content creation software? I doubt Adobe is coming out with full featured tablet versions of their software suite anytime soon.

Because, for certain tasks such as drawing or a using a virtual mixing desk for audio, a tablet is better suited to the job. You use a keyboard for typing, you might use a gamepad (or a steering wheel, or a mouse) for gaming... whatever works best. There is no inherent reason why an ARM-based OS such as Android or iOS can't run decent productivity apps. Of course there will always be a role for machines that have lots of RAM, storage and IO, but the the underlying OS is irrelevant to the user as long as the UI is fit for purpose.

Adobe's take on it is not to replace laptops with tablets, but enable them to be a very useful companion devices.

If I was on site and wanted to make a note of dimensions, for example, a tablet with a sketching/drafting app would be my tool of choice.

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Re: No, it wouldn't

>why does anyone think a 12.9" tablet is a good idea?

Wacom already make two (one Android, one full fat Win8) with a digitiser and stylus... A tablet that size would be better for creating content, such as touching up photos. I seem to remember reading that most 10" iPads spend most of their time at home, so a 13" screen is worthwhile if it brings some advantages.

Wacom aren't the only people trying to bring productivity to tablets- Adobe are bringing out their first hardware products soon, a pen and 'smart ruler'.

This is a market in which Apple have traditionally played a role, and the easier to sell niches (iPhone for pocket, iPad Mini for bag, iPad for sofa) are becoming saturated...

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Apple guru Sir Jony's RED beer can PC raises $980k for AIDS fight

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Re: Corporate Image Monopoly

That thing that Bono was looking for.... do you think he's found it yet?

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> last week's auction included a set of rose-gold plated Apple earbud headphones

They are solid rose-gold, not plated.

http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2013/null-n09014/lot.5.html

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Samsung and HTC face Android 3D graphics test chart removal SHAME

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Oh well...

The fraction of people who consult benchmarks before buying is fairly small, and tend to read the likes of Anandtech. Of those people, I suspect a majority would have heard about these benchmark shenanigans, and would have quickly found online resources that give alternate measures - or a qualitative assessment - of a phone's performance.

So it would it seem that all Samsung and HTC's goosing of the benchmarks can only mislead a small sliver of their potential market.

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Little devil: Electric Imp is an Internet of Things Wi-Fi PC-ON-AN-SD-CARD

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Re: Looks fun...

I would have thought that the mouse itself governs its LED lamp; I'm not sure the PC can control it directly.

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Re: conflicting form factors

Advanced information? I googled images for "Imp card pinout" and "Sd card pinout"... I was following a hunch that the creator of this kit a, knows what he is doing, and b, doesn't want to be sued into the middle of next week for bricked kit.

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Re: Missing the point

>Devices are expensive because the design and certification costs for mains-voltage equipment are significant and there simply isn't a big enough market to for the cost-per-unit to be reasonable

I guess Low Voltage LED lights have helped here.

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Re: Looks fun...

You can get a used Android phone off eBay for £25... easier than removing this Imp from whatever light fixture you mounted it in.

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Re: conflicting form factors

Adding a plastic 'wumph' (boss? flange?) would add significant cost, both in tooling a new mould for the 'sd card' case, and for the slot it fits into. Such a flange would also risk mechanical damage to a device not designed to accept it, should a dopey user attempt to force it in.

As it is, it won't damage anything it is wrongly inserted into, it just won't do anything. In this respect, it is no different to inserting an SDXC Card into an older, plain SD Card device.

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Flash stash on toppa platta: WD's tasty Black² 1TB combo for LAPTOPS

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Re: Shame it's not supported on Apple kit

>I know Apple's equivalent is their "fusion drive", but I can't seem to find this as a standalone purchase

You can't find the Fusion Drive for sale because it is not a physical product- it's actually a Logical Volume Manager baked into OSX's CoreStorage.

You can build your own Fusion Drive if have a suitable Mac*:

http://blog.macsales.com/17624-os-x-10-8-3-provides-fusion-drive-setup-option-for-non-fusion-drive-equipped-macs

*if you have one of the following:

A Mac that you can install both a Solid State Drive and a Hard Disk Drive into. So that’s the iMac (2009 or newer), MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer) with Data Doubler, or MacBook Pro (Late 2008 or newer) again with Data Doubler, Mac mini (Early / Late 2009, Mid 2010 Server, and Mid 2011 or newer) with Data Doubler Kit or Data Doubler where applicable, or Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer).

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Meet the BlackBerry wizardry that created its 'better Android than Android'

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Re: All worthless thou.

>Go get a Nexus5 and save yourself the grief that will surely accompany BB10 ownership.

>>I have followed your advice and am still trying to work out where to insert my SD card. Also, I can no longer go two days between battery charges. How do I fix this?

Er, trade it in for an LG G2?

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Re: The next step

A bit like Samsung's KNOX efforts, then?

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Julie Larson-Green: Yes, MICROSOFT is going to KILL WINDOWS

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Re: Where do all these feet come from?

And of that Windows-only software, some lends itself to being run on a remote server and accessed from any OS.

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Xbox One FAILS to beat PS3 - yes, PS 3 - week one sales

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Wasn't the PS3 amongst the more affordable BluRay players on launch?

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How so? Were either the XBONE or PS4 were to die on the vine, there would still be competition between software publishers.

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Confirmed: Apple gives nod to gobblement of Kinect-maker PrimeSense

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Re: R&D budget increased again

That's a big part part of design. We all do it... putting up some shelves? Let's see what brackets are available from the hardware store. Making an MP3 player? Let's see what HDDs Toshiba will sell us in six months time. Making a handheld device? Let's see if there are any small companies using novel human input methods we can buy (FingerWorks)

It's usually cheaper and easier to go shopping than it is to make everything yourself.

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Re: Or...

Depends on the licensing deal MS signed with them. MS might not have been daft enough to bet their future products on technologies that could be suddenly whipped away from them if the originating company was bought by a rival.

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Re: Apple TV set or gaming?

Gaming and Apple: Discuss.

Really, it's a weird one. It seems Apple have never put that much effort into games. They have had the market position to release a reference design game controller add-on for iDevices (Nintendo's turf), but never have done. The only game I remember Steve Jobs presenting was Halo, back when it was a Real Time Strategy work in progress. The Pippin died with the rest of the Apple clones.

It's almost as if gaming is an area Apple are wary of, maybe because the market used to encourage perpetual hardware upgrading.

True, may games are released for iOS, (some even working between devices such as an iPhone and an iTV or iPad) but Apple don't seem to talk it up beyond updating their mobile graphics hardware (which has utility besides running games).

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'Best known female architect' angrily defends gigantic vagina

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Re: No idea

That would be a lamb sausage, then... pork isn't a popular meat in those parts.

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BRAGGIE-GASM: Rotund DOTCOM copies MILEY CYRUS on XBOX DAY!

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Well...

There is always Photoshop... Here's me taking tea with Cameron Diaz, and using a Playstation 5 as a place mat. On the moon.

And here's me and Kofi Annan on the piss, dancing atop a Steinway piano having just broken into the Royal Albert Hall for a giggle.

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Super-stealth FLYING CAR prototype seen outside GOOGLE HQ

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Re: Ever been close to a Heli?

I'm not sure that anyone expects it to take off vertically.

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Not only that, but one tech billionaire is making himself a car that can convert into a submarine! (Or rather, has bought a submarine that looks like a car and wants to make it work as a car as well)

Isn't like being a kid again, and your friend has got a really cool RC car but won't let you have a go with it? (sorry pal, the batteries are flat and will take 3 hours to charge)

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Re: hmm

>Re "Making the fans movable just adds weight and complexity when all you actually need is for them to be individually controllable." Ah, yes. Making ten different fans individually controllable will decrease the complexity of the control system. I stand in awe of your logic.

Moveable fans = *mechanical* complexity = more weight

Fan speed individually controllable = more control electronics = negligible increase in weight

The processing required to control multiple fans can be fitted into a very small quadcopter, to stunning results.... have a look at:

http://www.ted.com/talks/vijay_kumar_robots_that_fly_and_cooperate.html

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Star Wars exec: These ARE THE DROIDS I was LOOKING FOR

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Re: Smart PR move

I hope it's good, because of the cast - Gary Oldman, Michael K Williams, Samuel L Jackson - but it probably won't be. On the bright side, the bad press surrounding this (and the remake of Total Recall) appears to have killed the mooted remake of Starship Troopers, another Paul Verhoeven classic.

Oh, if you like the satire, and don't mind a limited effects budget, Starship Troopers 3 has the tongue in cheek attitude (and Johnny Rico) of the first film.

I would say I'd like to see another satirical sci-fi Verhoeven film, but then recent efforts by fellow 1980 sci-fi directors J. Cameron and R. Scott have been disappointing / infuriating.

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