* Posts by ScottAS2

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

ScottAS2

Re: Funny sizes?

The metric sizes being odd is quite simple: they're just the (largely pre-existing) Imperial calibres expressed in millimetres: 7.62mm is 0.3in and 12.7mm is 0.5in, for example.

As to why the original Imperial measurements were so, I have as much idea as you, although I suspect the same "we've always done it this way" is in play.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

ScottAS2

Re: Pretty feeble compared with Phalanx

Matchlock muskets looked pretty feeble compared to pikes, too. Expensive to make, took ages between shots, didn't like bad weather either. I take it you'll be using a pike next time you go to war?

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Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned

ScottAS2

Re: However in the UK he is a guilty criminal

If there was the will, I'm sure some sort of extraterritoriality could be negotiated between Sweden, the UK and, if necessary, Ecuador that would satisfy everyone's legal systems - c.f. the Scottish Court in the Netherlands.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

ScottAS2

If only I could have written this in pink to appeal to girls

At least the books aren't a complete write-off: they'll be re-issued as "Middle-Management Barbie" next week.

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UK digi exclusion: Poor families without internet access could 'miss out' on child tax credit

ScottAS2

Re: Poor policy approach

You're under the quaint and old-fashioned impression that the people at the Job Centre are there to get people jobs. They're not: they're there to get people off benefits. This sounds like it ought to be the same in practice, but since it's a lot easier to sanction someone - thus getting them off benefits and chalking up a "success" - than it is to find them a job, guess what the system has become geared up to do.

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Tick-tock, Jock: Dock schlock for mock-stock in ad-hoc shop squawk

ScottAS2

Re: redacted

Hey! He's been on Beyoncé's diet lately (yes, really), and is down to six.

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ScottAS2

Re: Debate worthy of a playground

Worry no more. Only once since the present electoral system was introduced (1948) have Scottish votes altered what would have been a Conservative government into a Labour one. A couple of times they've given Labour a majority or denied the Conservatives one, but in both cases coalitions were entered into anyway which would negate this. (Source)

Thus, the rest of the UK is quite capable of electing a Labour government when they choose to and, indeed, pretty much have to if the UK as a whole is to get one.

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Ericsson and Kodiak in Europe WALKIE-TALKIE-style push-to-talk push

ScottAS2

Re: “don’t shoot”

This is why ICAO (i.e. aviation) English uses "affirm" and "negative".

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SOLAR SECRETS of WSC winner team Nuon

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Stop

"just as F1 gave the world disk brakes"

No, sports car racing gave us modern disk brakes. Specifically, the Jaguar C-Type, although the idea had been used on Lanchesters half a century earlier.

So now you know.

Stop, because that's what disk brakes are for.

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'Wacky' Spanish VoD squad launches people-picked online vid service in UK

ScottAS2
Trollface

Que?

Catalunya no és Espanya.

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Ultralight party balloons in WEEK-LONG marathon flight

ScottAS2

Re: Is it me

Get a tech writer: our tame ones seem to actually like doing it: http://www.techaddiction.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/techwriting_presentation.pdf

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Hacktivists torch C4's Jon Snow's web diary, reveal 'nuke strike' on Syria

ScottAS2
Paris Hilton

Is your wife's name B*** by any chance?

Gosh. Your in-laws have some unconventional attitudes to naming.

Paris, because they named a hotel after her.

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Police probe IDIOTIC Twitter bomb threats slung at journalists

ScottAS2

Re: a lack of understanding of the Internet

Although equally, if it isn't a crime to send it by letter, it shouldn't be a crime to send it by Twitter.

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ISPs: Relax. Blocking smut online WON'T really work

ScottAS2

Re: So by "active choice" call-me-Dave meant *his* choice to opt everyone *in* by default.

The people of Britain do not have a choice. We will only get to decide whether we want red or blue Tories. The people of Scotland, thankfully, do have a choice. Vote Yes in 2014!

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The facts on Trident 'cuts': What the Lib Dems want is disarmament

ScottAS2
Mushroom

The facts on Trident 'cuts': What the Lib Dems want is disarmament

Since El Reg can't be arsed to start a topic on this themselves, here is one.

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D'OH! Use Tumblr on iPhone or iPad, give your password to the WORLD

ScottAS2
Facepalm

Re: Tumblr is a website, right?

I suspect they're mainly doing it because some marketing drone has heard that it's the "in" thing to have an app.

Inevitable XKCD: http://xkcd.com/1174/

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US Navy robot stealth fighter in first unmanned carrier landings

ScottAS2

Re: fuel/explosives?

On Sea Harriers, they had to, at least if it was a warm day. They didn't have enough engine power to hover with more than a light weapon load. Search Lewis' other articles for "running jump jet" if you want the full details.

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Press exposure of Federal data security hole leads to legal threats

ScottAS2
Facepalm

But you use wget on the command line! Command line == hacking. Have you learned nothing from Hollywood movies?

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London Olympics site to become digital mega-hub

ScottAS2

Re: boris

"Boris Johnson, people always ask me the same question, they say, 'Is Boris a very very clever man pretending to be an idiot?' And I always say, 'No.'" - Ian Hislop

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FAA: 'No, you CAN'T hijack a plane with an Android app'

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Thumb Up

Re: Yeah

As the standard response to someone worried about flying in an old aircraft goes: "How do you think it got to be so old?"

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RAF graduates first class of new groundbased 'pilots'

ScottAS2

Joined up thinking at its best

The RAF's pilots who don't fly will be a perfect match for the Royal Navy's carriers without any aircraft.

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HYPERSONIC METEOR smashes into Russia, injuring hundreds

ScottAS2
FAIL

Re: Not Related?

*Ahem* Did you not read the bit about them coming from completely different directions?

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Samsung: Demand for mobes forced 16hr days on factory slaves

ScottAS2
Trollface

Who had the patent?

So that's another Apple thing that Samsung are actually just as good at?

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A tweet too far: UK contempt law reform push begins

ScottAS2
Facepalm

*ahem*

I think you mean "England and Wales' contempt law reform push begins".

Where's the FTFY icon?

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Scotland Yard arrests female computer hacking suspect

ScottAS2
Unhappy

Re: Rebekah Wade / Brooks is about 45, isn't she?

Brooks is 44, more's the pity. On the bright side, she has already been arrested by Operations Weeting and Elveden.

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NYPD: iPhone thefts rising ten times rate of other crimes

ScottAS2
FAIL

Re: Why bother?

For reasons best known to themselves US operators don't use the IMEI blacklist, so your nicked iPhone is fully-functional in the 'States. Except for the Maps, of course.

To be fair, I believe they are just about to start enforcing the blacklist, like operators in most of the world have been doing for years.

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Swiss railways ticked off at iOS clock knock-off

ScottAS2
Trollface

Re: Next step...

Apple will countersue with their design patent on parallel lines.

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ScottAS2
Stop

Do the SBB set new clocks by looking at the timetable?

I love the way the second hand *doesn't* move continuously. Or at least, it does move continuously for fifty-eight and a half seconds, then it *stops*, and clicks up to the twelve o'clock position as the minute hand moves from one minute to another. If I had found a replica that duplicated that feature when I was in Switzerland, I'd have got it. As others have noted, you can buy souvenir SBB clocks all over the place, but they're usually just a cheap (by Swiss standards) movement with a ticking second hand.

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Dutch unleash intelligent robot bins: No ID, no rubbish

ScottAS2
Big Brother

Re: Probably not such a great idea

The other advantage of the taxed bag system no-one seems to have picked up on is that it neatly sidesteps the whole creepiness of having to present ID to throw stuff out. I don't know how the Dutch do it, but if UK.gov implemented this, you can bet they'd want everything logged and made available to the authorities for fishing trips.

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Video shows armed assault on Kim Dotcom family home

ScottAS2
FAIL

Re: There used to be a time

A rapid and dynamic entry that took thirteen minutes to find the guy?

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So, that vast IT disaster you may have caused? Come in, sit down

ScottAS2

Re: There is a trust option,...

bcsthecharteredinstituteforit is not a union. Prospect, on the other hand, is. Not sure why you think all IT people couldn't join it.

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Apple desperate to prevent nightmare scenario of iPad in Iranian hands

ScottAS2

This bit isn't required, though

I was going to suggest what Apple's response (at least to El Reg) would be, but the forum software said "The post is required, and must contain letters".

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SETI experiment succeeds: fails to find aliens

ScottAS2
Coat

Re: Knowing humanity's rotten luck...

I think it's more likely that the message would be notification that the plans for the new hyperspace bypass are available for viewing at our local library.

Mine's the one with the towel.

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Does Britain really need a space port?

ScottAS2

Two Arthur C. Clarke quotes for the price of one

"We cannot predict the new forces, powers, and discoveries that will be disclosed to us when we reach the other planets and set up new laboratories in space. They are as much beyond our vision today as fire or electricity would be beyond the imagination of a fish."

"If man survives for as long as the least successful of the dinosaurs - those creatures whom we often deride as nature's failures - then we may be certain of this: for all but a vanishingly brief instant near the dawn of history, the word 'ship' will mean - 'spaceship.'"

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Grab your L-plates, flying cars of sci-fi dreams have landed

ScottAS2
Black Helicopters

This title fell down and died, too

"This will actually fall down and you will fall and probably die"

Such a shame that this ringing endorsement of the flying car's safety credentials arrives just too late for Quote of the Week...

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Glider pilot 'swallowed camera memory' say plunge tragedy cops

ScottAS2
Joke

Re: As a paraglider pilot...

Is being called Neil mandatory?

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Virgin Media cuts Pirate Bay access for millions of punters

ScottAS2

Re: Scotland?

No, but you can bet your ISP will behave as if it does. Just like the newspapers did with superinjunctions. <troll>I wonder if this could be a USP for a purely Scottish ISP?</troll> Anyone else remember Scotland Online?

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Black Ops II to take gamers to open worlds... and destroy them

ScottAS2
Coat

Re: What kind of...

*ahem* The M3 Lee/Grant.

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Bank dumps customers in 'irrigation ditch'

ScottAS2

Re: Got to be a fishing site

Maybe that's what they mean by "drainage ditch".

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WTF is... UltraViolet

ScottAS2
Pirate

Re: It's a trap!

Also http://xkcd.com/488/

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Chinese cops bust culinary Apple trademark thieves

ScottAS2
Trollface

Re: I wondered why ?

No, no, no. You're just holding it wrong.

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New dole system is 'digital by default', like it or not

ScottAS2

Re: Which "crim" would this be?

Isn't it obvious: being poor. Soon to be outlawed so there's one less thing in Cameron's Britain to offend the Chipping Norton Set.

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Study links dimwits to conservative ideology

ScottAS2

It's quite simple

Facts have a well-known liberal bias.

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European revolt over ACTA treaty gains ground

ScottAS2

Haven't read a paper all day...

Aww. You got my hopes up there.

Not to worry, though. That nice Mr Cameron is busy generating votes for the "yes" campaign, mainly by opening his mouth.

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Man recreates ZX81... in Lego

ScottAS2

You must be new round here

All you need to do is mention something tangentially related to certain 8-bit micros, and an entire generation go squee.

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Flag-waving Lego Canuck soars to 80,000ft

ScottAS2

To boldly go where no injection-moulded plastic has gone before...

I hope this doesn't mark the beginning of a small plastic figurine space race. I fear I will be torn between my loyalty to Lego and the Playmobile-using Reg.

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Loyal NASA rover Opportunity enters 9th year of Mars boffinry

ScottAS2

Christmas trees: now in aluminium

Would a nuclear-powered laser beam do instead?

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ScottAS2

Presumably Clarkson would manage to offend the Martians

Well it did travel 320 million miles in about seven months (~65,000 mph) to get there, so I think it's due a rest.

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ITV wrist-slapped for showing video game as IRA attack

ScottAS2
FAIL

EIGHT, SIX, FIFTEEN TARGET that... PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTER at... THREE... O'Clock. FAR

"the video game footage ... wasn't properly checked as it should have been"

By "properly checked as it should have been", I take it you mean "watched at least once".

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Australia, US agree to space junk talks

ScottAS2

Hopefully you'd get more than 20p back

Ginger bottles... IN SPACE.

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