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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

pepper

We got sensors like that where I work, when in the storage room behind a shelve it will turn off(badly placed sensor), so people always jam the door open with a fire extinguisher so that there is atleast light coming in. We also got a similair sensor in the riveting box that doesnt trigger if you are at the far end so it all goes black...

Wish we just had normal light switches..

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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Re: Kudos all round

I agree, this has been a very enjoyable saturday experiment!

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Re: There are at least three options for multi-role aircraft TODAY.

Well, the F-16's are useless in a carrier configuration, the airframe is not build for it(One does not simply strengthen a airframe). The Arrestor is more a experimental emergency braking system next to the parachute system. Its not advisable to use it if you want to avoid lengthy inspections.

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BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept

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Re: GCHQ wants to know what NSA hasn't a clue about and isn't being recorded for reporting in leaks

Hey now! I like that he's back as well! It's like a eadon only then less annoying!

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TrueCrypt considered HARMFUL – downloads, website meddled to warn: 'It's not secure'

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Re: Thing is...

Heh, I just did a quick search for that Wajam company, I ended up on the wiki page and started reading the talk pages(which are often quite informative).

That company is massively trolling wikipedia in the hopes of getting any positive PR.

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Welcome to Heathrow Terminal, er, Samsung Galaxy S5

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Re: Airports are becoming luna parks - allowing customers to travel is not their main aim

Ah yes, the seven rings of hell.

Some worthy readings: http://www.skygod.com/quotes/airports.html

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: @Fihart re snakeoil

Haha thats gold, he seems to be mixing facts with fairy tales!

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UK.gov data sell-off row: HMRC denies claims it'll flog YOUR private info

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Re: Daily Mail?

@ Evan Essence

Not sure, did a quick search for his Open Data User Group, but it doesnt really exist on wikipedia(the link to it does...). I get a feeling its a recent rebranding of something else.

http://data.gov.uk/odug

https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/129

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Open-Data-User-Group-4367612

This whole Open Data User Group really just looks like a front for companies to siphon off private data, it appears to be under control of companies and doesnt really have any 'user' interest groups at hand, the british equivalent of the EFF/Bit for Freedom etc.

Dodgy all around really, if I wouldnt know better I would scream scam from the top of my lungs.

EDIT: There is a certain irony in his request for El Reg to "Please engage with the Open Data User Group for a balances view". Looks like his group himself never attempted any such thing!

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Re: Daily Mail?

Btw, that open_paul lad joined up today and only made one post so far(the one above). So likely someone involved in the project or a shill. Or both.

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Really? Sigh. Really? Apple's lawsuit against Google is REVIVED

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Re: Consultation fees (@ pepper)

@Mephistro, it would be the only reality show worth watching also!

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Re: Consultation fees

Hah good one, I've said it before and I say it again, employ the BOFH method of negotiations, N'th people enter, 1 person leaves, you will find a brick underneath your chairs. good luck!

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Nokia halts sales of Lumia 2520 Win RT tablet over zap-happy charger

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Re: Been there done that

Filhart, you might enjoy this reading:

http://www.righto.com/2012/10/a-dozen-usb-chargers-in-lab-apple-is.html

I found it very enlightening concerning chargers.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Re: It's a shame

"You can't take away rights someone doesn't have in the first place."

Blacks didnt have any rights either in many countries, doesnt make that situation a valid or just one.

Marrying black people as a white person was not done either half a century ago, look how we changed! I love the fact that churches are always trying to 'hijack' marriage, even though its a governmental instrument.

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Seattle pops a cap in Uber and Lyft: Rideshare bizs get 150-driver limit

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Re: Pure protectionism, folks

What really? Surely if you are a wine distributor it would be advantageous to be able to distribute online?

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Blocking BitTorrent search sites 'ineffective': Pirate Bay ban lifted for Dutch ISPs

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Painfull

Mr Kuik and his group are a pest on my country, fortunately enough I can now conveniently access TPB again. To be fair, I only started using it after the blockade came into place, because screw those that wish to destroy the internet(which is truly one of his goals).

Also, there is a certain irony in his statement, since internet selling/buying of goods has never been as high. Turns out it doesnt need a 'safe' place to do as such.

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Google stabs Wikipedia in the front

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Re: or maybe...

Spot on Andy, Wikipedia seems to be getting worse and worse, even on the 'simple' things that should just consist of facts. It seems most articles dont even try to be bias-free anymore, mostly the hint is in the language used...

Alas, it will be a shame to see it go down.

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AT&T takes aim at T-Mobile with $450 cashback lure

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You know T-Mobile is already a massive company in the rest of the world? I doubt AT&T could pull that trick easily.

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Acer C720 Chromebook with Haswell battery boosting goodness

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Re: Has potential ...

I think this already has a fully supported linux distro on it, Chrubuntu or so. I read quite a few posts about this on slashdot 2 days ago. Works fine according to most and is a very enjoyable machine.

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Yes, the BBC still uses FTP. And yes, a Russian crook hacked the server

pepper

Exactly, I was wondering what the El Reg Hack was thinking the BBC should use then..

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What is the difference between a drone, a model and a light plane?

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Re: Do it for real . . .

Yes, well in Europe costs of flying is easily 5 to 10 times as high alas!

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Re: Flying Machines and Flying People

Naughtyhorse, I feel extremely offended as a RC helo pilot and therefore felt the need to downvote thy! Alas I cannot take my flying gloves and slap you in face in a duel to the death, otherwise I would!

Insinuating that helicopters fly on magic is already considered extremely rude! How could you be such a insensitive person!

Now excuse me, I need to go the helicopter-magic-parts-unlimited, I just noticed I ran all out of magic juice for the anti-gravitational device!

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Re: Flying Machines and Flying People

Sure, the view and feelings are different, when you sit in the cockpit of a machine you feel the forces through the flight controls and buttocks and when you are standing on the ground you will have to judge every tiny flutter by its consequences.

But other then that, he is very correct that the way these machines fly is nigh on the same. And flying RC is much much cheaper then flying the bigger counterparts, and easier to do(not easier to fly as such). Its also more open to experimentation.

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Click here to BEAT OFF David Cameron's web SMUT ban

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Wait, there's a license now? Boy am I in trouble!

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F-Secure won't speak at imperialist lackey RSA's 2014 conference

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Re: Why does it matter?

Quite so Cheesy, I always figured that's why it caught on, also because it actually are holidays for many people and I sure enjoy being reminded of that!

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Ubuntu unleashes dual boot tool for Android mobes'n'slabs

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Re: On a tablet, certainly.

I got Maemo Fremantle, NITDroid and Debian on my N900 with Dual Boot. there is also a KDE version I still have to give a go(got a SD card for that recently).

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Analogue radio will CONTINUE in Blighty as Minister of Fun dodges D-Day death sentence

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Who knows! One can always dream!

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Mexican Cobalt-60 robbers are DEAD MEN, say authorities

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Re: education issue.

Ah yes, you are correct Ridley, put 'Do not touch', or 'No Handle' on any part of a aircraft and people are bound to use it as climbing equipment or wiggle it about a bit to see what it does!

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NASA opens its Jupiter photo album to honour Pioneer 10

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Re: Bah!

I love you all for being so ridiculously insane! Please dont ever change(The lizard people are coming!).

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Whovians, your Doctor needs you: Take back the Day from One Direction

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Re: Events like these...

Lets do this! #neverforgetthebelgiananddutchcoastalfloodof1334 #givethebelgiananddutchcoastalfloodof1334backitsday

Heck, I even signed in to tweeter to post that!

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Rogue US-Israeli cyberwar weapon 'infected Russian nuclear plant'

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Re: Flash

Not really, the plant is by Russian design partly run by Russians or so I've read a couple of years ago.

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Anonymous threatens cyberwar with Anonymous

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Nobody expects the Anonymous Inquisition!

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Astroboffins solve birth of the Man in the Moon face

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Re: Personally ...

Good to know there's more of us, I've always seen it as a collection of craters which is fascinating enough on its own. I have googled some images that are supposed to show it but it doesnt make it any clearer to me.

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'Weird' OBJECT, PROPELLED by its OWN JETS, spotted beyond Mars orbit by Hubble

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Re: The Asteroid is Electrically Charged and Passing Through the Sun's Electric Field

Ssssshh! They dont want any logic to be applied to their hypothese!

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iPad Air BARES ALL, reveals she's a high maintenance lady

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Re: So

Jean-Paul, have you looked a the website from which we are discussing the article right now, and which is frequently mentioned on The Register?

No? I have, took me 30 seconds to find your device: http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Nexus+7+Battery+Replacement/9895

Enjoy! Also, those tools dont strike me a 40$ tools, maybe someone is trying to scam you?

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Re: So what did Google say about Android

His point is that the Apple IOS7 update made his phone worse, thats not called support you know.

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Please, PLEASE, Skype... Don't kill our apps and headsets, plead devs

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Re: It get's a little boring

I actually think some of the high up execs have been replaced by linux-running androids that are not set on imploding the company with incompetence, surely nothing else can explain the recent events?

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Why Bletchley Park could never happen today

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Re: No war

Really? I havent seen much of a terrorist problem lately, atleast no more then it ever has been. You have some peaks and some lows on the scales but in general its all still very meh. Its mostly a figment propagated by those with the biggest interest in perpetual war.

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Pimp my office: 10 cubicle comforts

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Re: Shock, horror, gasp etc

Ah yes, the Model M keyboard and a Nokia 3310 are the weapon of choice for the modern programmer setting out onto the bloody battlefield!

I myself got a Corsair K60 keyboard, quite lovely!

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MEGA ASTEROID could 'BLOW UP EARTH' - Russian space boss

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Re: Don't worry!

I say we give the Eiffel Tower and the Big Ben to the USA Citizens in 2030, as a token gift of our appreciation for them playing a galactic shooting disk, mighty kind of those former-rebel states!

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Stallman's GNU at 30: The hippie OS that foresaw the rise of Apple - and is now trying to take it on

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Re: Bring back Maemo

Still using it here! Although I need to upgrade to the CSSU edition..

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LIVE, my beauty, LIVE! Nokia revives dead phone with LIGHTNING powered Frankencharger

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Re: We do what we must, because we can.

But there's no sense crying over every mistake.

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Global execs name Apple 'most innovative company' – again

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Re: Worse and worse news

@Ken Hagen,

Twice a day, uphill both ways and in the snow!

Oh, and ofcourse the inevitable patches for the patches(Patchception).

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Revolting peasants force Wikipedia to cut'n'paste Visual Editor into the bin

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Re: Quality not Quantity

You got to admit he has a point though, I've found some article horribly written or completely faulty on points, and yet I know that improving it is useless since there is this huge territorial feud. I've seen the talk pages for many many articles and adding to that all the stories that appeared in the media and it just isnt attractive to spend any time improving wikipedia.

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F-16 fighter converted to drone

pepper

Its takes a long time to become a fighter pilot, not a long time to pilot a fighter yet, they truly are easy to pilot, I wouldnt say easier then a Piper or Cessna, but not much harder. Speed is just another factor to get used too.

Flying always starts with a basic plane, same reason why you dont start your first driving class in a F1 car but start out with a VW Golf or some other car like that. Doesnt mean a F1 car is impossible to drive or tremendously difficult(driving, not racing, important distinction).

You see, the physics of flying doesnt change for either plane, the one is just faster then the other, and flying or driving fast isnt very difficult to learn. Note again that I am NOT talking about entering in combat or low level flying between the mountains or some other trick. I really am just talking about flying a F-16 from point A to point B adhering to aviation law.

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Re: situational awareness

Again, most of the flight is already computer controlled, a major part in most crashes is pilot error. With a little change to the system most planes could easily be computer controlled. Once again pilots are not really needed in civilian airliners anyway, its mostly still in there to keep the passengers comfortable(a meatbag instills safety for some reason). In aviation a lot of modern technology's trickly down from the military. So its rather obvious to think that development would first start there.

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Nop, not the noise, the engine noise is rather deafening constant. The best cue you get is when a fanblade blows up mid operation or any other catastrophic event. Creaking? I certainly hope not, a creaking airframe(especially a F-16) is one that can be written off. Heck, some even get written off after a ever so slightly bad landing(frame slightly bend, only observable by computer).

The forces themself can easily be simulated by using pressure suits. The display/view they see can be projected around them as they would have in a simulator. So really, not much is holding back BVR fighter technology. In a F-16 the computer is already handling most operations of the airplane, the pilots really just in there to make combat decisions. Any have brained person can fly a fighter jet, they are designed and made for ease of use.

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Apple beckons fanbois back into its golden era... of, er, 2010

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Re: Apple support versus an Android: you usually have to go to a CM build.

You can probably pay for that instant replacement thing, I think some providers have this extra payable thing just like apple care for the insta-replace in case when broken.

CM means CyogenMod, a group of people that build releases for older phones that are unlocked/able. Quite neat to install.

As a previous poster said, look up to see how providers and manufacturers handle the update and make a pick. If you cannot be arsed to do a trivial amount of research into this then dont bother and stick with your apple device.

Nexus devices are google's own phone, and from what I understand they are updated pretty well.

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Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

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Re: If i wanted a...

Nothing wrong with plastic at all, its used for critical parts in aircraft. Glass, not so much. I dont really get the hate for plastic nowadays. Yes I like metal alloys as much as the next guy but not everything has to be metal or glass coated.

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It's Grand Theft Auto 5 day: Any of you kids remember GTA the First?

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Re: That which brings the highest happiness...

The gang of Elvis's never really lived up to the Hara Krisna so beautifully splattered across the side walk in a agonizing slide, never knowing if you would have them all of if one of the buggers would leap to safety.

Offcourse, hunting those that survived down was mandatory!

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Nokia's 41Mp Lumia 1020 'launches' in UK - but hoi polloi must wait

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I long for a new Maemo/Meego version!

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