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Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Difficult to tell

It is definitely inclined at some angle. Possibly as much as 30 degrees.

You can see one of the antennas resting on the surface in the bottom right of the image.

Perhaps it bounced along until it hit a rock?

Worry is that the solar panels won't get enough power. Maybe they'll try and bounce it again with the harpoons, the drill, or the flywheel after they've done some science.

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: ARPU

I'd expect them to make no profit at all in the UK if their accountants have done their sums correctly.

The question you need to ask is:

How much profit does the entire organisation make?

(I think it was US$1.5 billion last year)

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Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Phone Apps

It is still mine and you can prise it out of etc etc etc...

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Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: OH KNOWS!

News for Jake:

We are all going to die, I'm afraid.

I just can't tell you when.

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A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Insert usual grumble about the term Drone

It is for me.

The less entertainment, the better!

Anyway, flying things around is not new - RC has been around for 80 years. Things flying themselves around - that's different.

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IDoNotThinkSo

Re: And for something more specific...

At spiffy prices!

:-(

Good if you've got a Hollywood budget and you are replacing an even more expensive helicopter.

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IDoNotThinkSo

For software, I'm suprised the article doesn't mention ArduPilot (and developments thereof) given LOHAN.

I put together a hexacopter from various chinese bits and pieces for less than £200, loaded up Ardupilot, and now have a fully autonomous (automatic take off and landing) UAV.

I generally use it to take panoramic photographs by allowing it to take off straight up, hover at 50m or 100m, point at 8 compass points for 15 seconds each, and then land. I use a compact camera on auto (using CHDK). Works pretty well.

More complex flight patterns work fine but the simpler they are the easier it is to avoid flyaways.

This one can also be pre-programmed without carrying a laptop into the field.

No licence yet though - volunteering 'for amusement only'. I do adhere to the flight rules - insurance won't cover stupidity.

**much soldering and manual reading required**

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: HTFU ^ -1

Yes - Rule 5!

An olde-fashioned touring bike or a modern but strangely very similar cross bike would be rather less than £2000.

If I get to 70 something, then maybe...

Still, I don't ride that far on a commute, so its easy for me to say.

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Use home networking kit? DDoS bot is BACK... and it has EVOLVED

IDoNotThinkSo

I'd be even more shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you, if there were unpatched vulnerabilities in these home network devices which left them vulnerable to attack even without the default passwords...

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Still missing critical feature

Judging by the local council recycling skip, no.

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IDoNotThinkSo

Re: sounds neato

Yup, another Neato here. Dyson marketing off on another planet again.

One day I might take the lidar out and re-purpose it. Its the cheapest way to acquire one!

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Geography & Data

No, it isn't.

The one in London has no immediate utility value in Lincoln.

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£100m DMI omnifail: BBC managers' emails trawled by employment tribunal

IDoNotThinkSo
Flame

Re: Despicable management.

The PA was there to discover the booby trap. A security guard should know that.

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Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

IDoNotThinkSo
Mushroom

Special circumstances

A crisis caused by your competitors would come and suddenly etc

FTFY

In such circumstances you'd have to find somewhere else for the money, whence you end up down the investment or commercial bank road, or charge customers.

Alternatively, some of your shareholders might get a bit greedy and decide they want to do something else with the depositors money, so that they can get better returns.

Nice idea in theory though.

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Apple says iOS, OS X is immune to Heartbleed SSL bug

IDoNotThinkSo
Mushroom

Доверяй, но проверяй.

Trust, but verify.

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Causes cancer, prevents cancer...

I will live forever, or die in the attempt

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IDoNotThinkSo
Alert

The first dose of pesticide in the morning

Most vegetables are trying to kill pests in one way or another, so they all contain various poisons. OK, we've bred some down to lower levels, but they are still there.

So when you eat your super-organic broccoli, you are consuming a cocktail of nasties, organic or not.

Anyway, sometimes those pesticides are good.

**Reaches for cup of tea**

The environmental benefits aren't entirely clear either. It may well be better for the local environment to produce organically, but if the productivity is lower, it means we have to have more land in agriculture. Which is better - less land farmed, or more land farmed at a lower intensity? Not that simple.

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: No, thanks.

"Google Groups" are mostly just a wrapper around Usenet.

Posting on Usenet using unobscured email addresses has never really been a good idea - and 'never' goes back well before Google or even the WWW.

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IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Great, but not entirely perfect..

I get the same - funnily enough, it is also someone in Florida, who I managed to track down to an actual address based on the email content.

Unfortunately I can't find their real email address, which they obviously have a habit of getting wrong.

The dot has no meaning in Gmail.

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Top Brit docs wade into GP data grab row, demand 'urgent' NHS England talks

IDoNotThinkSo

No leaflet here

I have definitely not received any leaflet in the post, combined with junk mail or not. Nor has anyone else I know in the local area.

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Margaret Hodge, PAC are scaring off new biz: Treasury source

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Hodge told Google that it was "immoral"

"Very tiny" according to Ms Hodge. I'm not sure I'd call a couple of million shares 'tiny' if they are worth over £1m. That's just those in her name, as opposed to trust funds.

She may have no say in how the company is run, but she could always give away the shares if she doesn't want to benefit.

Anyway, the Islington children's care business was far worse.

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IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Hodge told Google that it was "immoral"

Not just you.

Hodge and her family own a multimillion pound business called Stemcor (founded by her father) that indulges in just the same kind of tax avoidance that she criticises ("Transfer Pricing"). I believe her personal share is worth well north of £1m, although a lot more than that is held in trust funds (wonder why).

There isn't anything illegal about any of this, it is just a bit hypocritical when she goes off on one.

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California OLDSTER in WILD golf course SKATEBOARDING spree

IDoNotThinkSo

Golf club != Golf course

A golf club, like any 'club' anywhere, no matter what the premise for it, is a place to avoid.

A golf course is something different (and some manicured US style horror is not a golf course).

I'd like to seem them use that thing on the dunes of a links course in a good westerly.

Come for a jaunt round Machrihanish if you don't think it can be good exercise.

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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

IDoNotThinkSo

I'm from the government and I'm here to help...

...myself.

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El Reg Contraption Confessional No.1: The Dragon 32 micro

IDoNotThinkSo

POKE 65495,0

Or, for the really adventurous.

POKE 65497,0

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Google Earth SHOCK: ZERO point ZERO ZERO SIX of world forests disappear each year

IDoNotThinkSo

Broad Brush

It isn't infallible - our local area has tree loss in an arable field which has always been an arable field, so perhaps a change in crop has fooled the algorithm.

It doesn't seem to have coped very well with the moorland vegetation in the UK, either.

However, as a broad brush to spot the major problems - pretty good!

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Three Men in a Tardis

IDoNotThinkSo

Odin the Wanderer

Sounds more like Wotan/Odin in his earthly disguise as the Wanderer.

He was also supposed not to meddle, but of course, did. Not that it always had the intended consequences...

Perhaps all those Norse Gods are really Time Lords?

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The Vulture 2: What paintjob should we put on our soaraway spaceplane?

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Register Red of course!

Ah but the Vulcan wasn't originally camo-coloured. Nuclear flash white, please!

I'd go for the all-over metallic silver look, though does the weight of the paint need to be taken into account?

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Look out, Gartner: Behold the El Reg all-Flash Quadragon™ wonder map-o-graphic

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Complete failure

Surely to draw the middle of the pack you should be using some sort of non-parametric estimation for the density of the points and then calculating a 50% contour...?

You could then draw the axes through the centroid of this and turn it into the crosshairs of doom.

Of course, however you present it, it is still nonsense (tm).

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Finns, roamers, Nokia: So long, and thanks for all the phones

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: 6310i

I still use one. Why not?

I also have an N900. Great and terrible, at the same time. A reminder what could have been...

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Total cost of that axed NHS IT FIASCO to taxpayers: £10.1bn

IDoNotThinkSo
Paris Hilton

Re: And

All these government project cock-ups have a single common factor.

The government.

Paris, because she knows all about the cause of cock-ups.

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Screw you, Brits, says Google: We are ABOVE UK privacy law

IDoNotThinkSo

Startpage?

It may still be Google but at least they don't know who you are (in theory).

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May the fourths be with you: Muso John Williams returns to Star Wars

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Surprised...

Thanks for the link - yes, that's the one.

Even some of Williams' arrangement is similar, although of course it isn't an exact copy.

Of course, Korngold was inspired by Sibelius (part of Finlandia) for some of that...

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IDoNotThinkSo

Re: he does steal them quite well. :-)

All art is 'borrowed' to some extent.

I think Williams acknowledged Korngold, and he can hardly do otherwise of Steiner (an early film composer) and ultimately Wagner for the leitmotif idea. The rest (Prokofiev, Walton, Holst, Dvorak, etc) aren't around to complain...

Brahms was told that he'd ripped off Beethoven in his 1st Symphony and his only response was "Any ass can see that". That doesn't mean it isn't worth listening to.

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IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Surprised...

Almost all of John Williams scores are derived from classical or earlier works.

That isn't unusual for composers though, and as long as you do it well, nobody really cares. I'm getting downvoted below for suggesting he "steals", which of course he does, but in a good way.

For instance, listen to the "Cloud City" theme in Empire Strikes Back, then the opening violin solo in the Sibelius Violin Concerto. You'll find Holst, Stravinsky and Walton in the original film, too.

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IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Surprised...

Composer of the main theme? Well, arranger, maybe...

See if you can find the main title to King's Row (1942), music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold

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IDoNotThinkSo

He'll have to find some more themes to steal...

...though to be fair, he does steal them quite well. :-)

I'll stick with the Wagner Leitmotifs though (where do you think the idea of associating characters and actions with themes came from?)

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Jurors start stretch in the cooler for Facebooking, Googling the accused

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Typcial

:-)

Fair point, but...

A sharp bend after an 80km+ straight? Especially just after exiting a tunnel. A bit odd, don't you think?

The carriages clearly did separate. There have been a number of other derailments of high speed trains where the carriages stayed coupled and entire, and there was little or no loss of life. This was obviously in a dangerous environment (concrete cutting) but they look (from pictures, not tabloid reports) to have come apart very easily. Looks like the resuts you would get running a commuter train at HST speeds.

And quite obviously there was no working automatic protection...

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NSA PRISM-gate: Relax, GCHQ spooks 'keep us safe', says Cameron

IDoNotThinkSo
Black Helicopters

Governments operating within the law should have nothing to fear from whistleblowers.

After all, if they've got nothing to hide, they've got nothing to fear, right?

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Sacred islet Rockall repels Brit adventurer's first assault

IDoNotThinkSo
Pirate

Re: they are doing it all wrong!

Have you tried flying a quad in a 30 knot wind whilst your boat is going up and down in an 8m swell? Good luck with that. I also suspect you'd get motion sickness in about 5 seconds.

Of course, you might have been joking.

This is the kind of thing you need, but it might take a few goes...

http://www.rockrun.com/products/Beta-Clip-Stick-Extra-Long-18ft.html

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Snoopers' charter rests in shallow grave - likely to rise again

IDoNotThinkSo

It clearly isn't the politicians that come up with these ideas. Someone 'persuades' them by telling all sorts of horror stories.

Who is the ringleader in the civil "service" at the Home Office? That's where the problem lies.

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PLAGUE of SEX CRAZED MONSTER GRASSHOPPERS to hit East Coast

IDoNotThinkSo

The 17 years bit is interesting tho'.

Any species specific predators or parasites would have a hard time matching their emergence, what with it being a prime number.

Doesn't stop all the generalists having a cicada munching party, mind.

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Review: NetAtmo Urban Weather Station

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Toytown

Really? Define "waste of money".

I have a cheapo £100 weather station and it is accurate enough for me. There is no way I can put it in a suitable grass field with no trees or buildings around it, so what's the point in using a £20k one? I'm not doing it for research (and indeed, some of the expensive climate stations aren't exactly located properly, either).

The rainfall figures are pretty accurate, and it shows pressure changes during interesting events even if it isn't calibrated to the nth degree.

This looks interesting for the pollutant measurements - but not really for 'weather' as such.

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Home Sec: Let us have Snoop Charter or PEOPLE WILL DIE

IDoNotThinkSo

I don't think it is the Home Secretary that is ever in charge, that is the problem.

Civil servants come to whoever is the current incumbent with all sort of scary stuff which frightens them into making these decisions.

The previous government were just as bad (if not worse) on the snooping, but I expected this one to tell them to sod off rather more. Sadly I was wrong. Hopefully some of the more libertarian members of the Tory party will decide to vote against.

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20 years of GSM digital mobile phones

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: Ahhh...

Nope. Which is why I still use it!

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BBC in secret trial to see if you care about thing you plainly don't

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: They should clearly axe the obsolete standard

200 million plus radios for the tip (for example, I have 6 FM radios in use at home).

A large increase in energy consumption.

For what, exactly?

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Fossil reveals spider in mid-strike

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: The wasp is a relative of species which today are parasites on both spiders and their eggs.

Parasitic wasps are really really nasty. I believe John Hurt played the part of the spider/caterpillar in a film once...

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Curiosity parks for a day, looks back in wonder

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: @Annihilator

Yes, in the sense that North has nothing to do with the magnetic field.

No, in the sense that the axis of the Earth's rotation does in fact wobble around a small amount...

http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2000/2000GL011450.shtml

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Apple: You'd want hi-fi streamage from us, not poor-people Wi-Fi audio

IDoNotThinkSo

Re: "...stream music over-the-air directly to audio equipment - without the need for Wi-Fi."

Lol, very good. My N900 has an FM transmitter...sadly restricted in range not by technology but by regulations.

It is compatible with more devices than this will ever be.

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