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New supernova pops up just over there

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Re: Supernova or....

Come on, those pictures are visible spectrum, not IR.

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Horny VIKING MICE raped and pillaged Euro pipsqueaks

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Re: Of course, the real question is...

If you are asking the question, you already know the answer: 42.

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Braben sticks knife into secondhand games market

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Re: Why not?

Your analogies are not quite correct.

Car manufacturers during the first 3-7 years (depending on car) get a cut of second hand sales from service, maintenance and execution of warranties. Even if a car is sold its warranty goes along with it. So in fact, that industry actually works off that paradigm.

The problem of the games industry is that it never managed to find a compelling "warranty", "maintenance" and "support" arrangement for single player games.

IMO they should have taken a leaf out of the soap opera marketing book on those. Release small episodes, release often and leave the core game purely as an engine to run the episodes. This however is against the way industry is structured so it is not surprising that nobody has tried it.

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Aussie hardcore gamers set to be legit

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That is what parents are for you know

It is up to the parent to decide. It is my decision, not nanny state's. I have read the certificate, the description and sometimes even played the game. I have decided that it is OK for Junior.

I allow junior to play Doom at the age of 10. Abstract goofy monsters to shoot, yeah, whatever. Anyone putting 15 on that is out of his mind. The only reason it has 15 is because of the way it relates to the description of sin in one particular dominant developed world religion.

I am not going to allow him CoD or GTA though regardless of certificate. In my house - only across my dead body.

By the way, I know that 90% of the parents have not bothered playing the game or even reading the description before making a judgment on should they buy it.

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Russia plans manned moon shot by 2030

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You are missing the point

Chinese do not just want to go there - they want to go and claim it and develop the resources.

Take the Chinese space program and roadmap (available in English) and read it. It makes a very interesting read. It is even more interesting that they have hit every single roadmap item and data since they have published it.

It will be more difficult to hit the next ones because they will need to build the next gen launcher which can go off-schedule, but none the less - their Space program is an impressive feat of program management.

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Supersonic silent biplane COMING SOON ...ish

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Re: ".. there may be a boom in the field in the coming years"

Quite obviously they have not. There are a few supersonic aircraft which have canards with a position and size which is a biplane allright.

Saab Viggen: http://www.military-today.com/aircraft/saab_37_viggen.jpg is a good example.

It makes as much racket as any other supersonic.

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Mobile phones cause ADHD in rodents

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Re: Human studies already complete

That's different ADHD :)

None the less, it is funny how prophetic good science fiction can be. If you read The Eternity Artifact by Modesit there is a long rant at one point on this. In that novel the more "aware" part of the human civilisation in the 26th century (if memory serves me right) have prohibited radio for any non-essential use for this exact reason - if you want connection you have to use fiber and use something tethered.

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UPDATE: GAGA team hunts down grass-smoking ROBOT

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Re: SONAR

Not sonar - triangulation based on ultrasound. Right frequency, wrong choice of transmitter/receiver.

Just put a source at each corner of the lawn, modulate with an ID and timing (you can wire them to a central source) and read the sources at 3 mikes each a foot or so from the center of the lawnmower.

The rest is a trivial computation problem - you should have no problem nailing the coordinates and orientation of your lawnmower down to under 1m. Add some roomba style bumpers to prevent mowing into things and voila - you got your autonomous lawnmower. For added benefit you can have all the computation done centrally and just give the lawnmower commands over let's say WiFi (and read data from the mikes).

The fact that sound moves so slow in the air will allow you to do something which you cannot do using radio - compare two signals.

You will not have any rodents, cats, bats or dogs in a mile radius either.

If you are that keen on doing it via radio use beacons at each corner and a rotating flat high gain antenna on top of the GAGA. Measure signal and triangualate. 4 WiFi access points, different SSIDs and a 20db directional antenna will do the trick - total BOM of under 300£.

In both cases the key is to stop occasionally, re-sync to a position and use inertial guidance in-between.

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Startup slices solar panels using ion gun

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@alunharford

No, the Shrike.

With Martin Silenus in attendance to look after it and Aenea to control it and ensure it behaves itself.

Yes I know, not exactly the kind of Ion gun you have been looking for.

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Re: And?

These are flexible so they can go at surfaces where we cannot stick legacy ones easily - for example on the curved parts of car body panels or 1:1 replacements for existing roof tiles.

The material cost in solar panels is not marginal by the way. It makes up for a considerable part of the panel cost.

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Greenland melt threshold lower than thought

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Re: Scary

You are mistaking history and archeology.

History is written by victors :)

Modern Archeology is pretty scientific. It is definitely more scientific than a lot of the climate models floating around. Analytical methods including various forms of radioactive dating, trace element analysis and DNA analysis, etc allow you to pin human, animal and plant remains down to +/- 50 years as well as tell you where they grew up, did they originate from the area, were they brought in and so on. It is applied analytical chemistry, applied molecular biology and even techniques from criminology thrown in.

Coming back to Greenland - the digs show reasonably successful colonies (I agree with the sentiment that calling them thriving is PR by Eric the Red) up to around 1100AD and after that it quickly goes downhill over the course of just a few generations. There is published comparison data including disease prevalence and average age in the population and how it changed when the warm (in North American and Greenland) period ended.

Coming back to Europe and USA - during the same period parts of Texas that are now desert were humid and wet with a fairly advanced (by pre-Columbus standards) civilisation - the Pueblo Indians. If the Gulfstream weakens the Humboldt should weaken too leading to that. So that is not particularly surprising.

During the same period in Europe vikings migrated southward. Do you think that they went down to Normandy or down the Russian rivers to the Black Sea just because they loved to see the world? B***cks. They were freezing to death and had nothing to eat in northern Scandinavia during the same period.

So if we are running into the same phenomenon (regardless of is it anthropogenic or natural) would not want to be with a car which is not winter-ready to the hilt in Europe and without a boat in the USA :)

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@Jeebus

Take any archeological journal which publishes papers on the viking settlements digs in Greenland. Read. Rinse. Repeat.

During the late middle ages (800-1200) the names in the North Atlantic matched the scenery - Greenland was green (on the coast), Iceland was ice. That is proven many times by a science which is considerably more exact than climate modeling - archeology.

If we add the historical data from the same period - multiple recorded incidents of freezing of Black Sea, Bosphorus, Mare Marmaris, North Adriatic, Bay of Venice and Bay of Marceiles (sometimes in consecutive years) you get a pretty convincing picture of a weakened Gulfstream.

That is exactly where we are heading by the way. That is also scientifically proven, no modeling required - last 20 years of temperature, salinity and flow measurements by all European research institutions involved show that.

So, if you live in Europe - screw the greens, electric cars and their bretheren - buy an diesel 4x4 _WITH_ an engine preheater (or install an aftermarket one). Before any green opens his peephole - go and ask Nissan, Renault, etc exactly how much does the battery on the Leaf or its Renault bretheren last at -25C (answer - 20 miles on a very good day with the heating in the cockpit _OFF_).

If you live in USA - buy an air conditioner and if your property is somewhere low - change for somewhere higher.

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Rub Facebook pals in your wealth with 'social' credit card

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Re: Golgafrincham B Ark

They have their boarding pass all right.

Now can I have my contents insurance _REDUCED_ because I do not have it.

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The seven types of commentard

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Re: First

How lame

The analysis has been done long ago and I am yet to see a type that does not fit one of the major categories here: http://www.politicsforum.org/images/flame_warriors/

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Ten... in-car gadgets and accessories

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Re: Where should I start

Not german taxi drivers actually - every country from there onwards all the way to black sea. The further east you go, the more tablets you see.

What I found more interesting was that most of the software had the hallmarks of being written _LOCALLY_ and to order and just using Google or some other maps back-end. It was not just taxi drivers - it was most people who drive for a living - truckers, couriers, etc. Quite interesting actually - some people putting a slab to real use.

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Where should I start

Holder - omniholder http://www.amazon.co.uk/FoneM8-Omniholder-Universal-Windscreen-Blackberry/dp/B005XYJDY2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331376309&sr=8-1 is much better and quarter of the price. Holds anything, enough degree of freedom to angle a phone to the correct position, never falls off even if you drive off-road and temperature changes by 20C or more.

Charger - Belkin makes an equally svelte one and the ones Maplin currently resells are not far behind. However the devil there is in the detail - most modern phones eat more than the maximum USB spec 600ma. 1A+ are not uncommon. However these current levels are non-standard as far as most gadgets are concerned so a charger may not necessarily agree with a phone or vice versa. Depending on the level of disagreement you may end up with as low as 50ma current which can barely keep the gadget trickle-charged. So, which gadgets does this charger agree with? IMO it is essential for a review before giving it 90% rating.

Tablet - quite clear that the reviewer inhabits a country where taxis are early 20th century or even 19th century and that "tradition" is enshrined by a guild-style regulatory permit regime (with exams for drivers where they have to know a 12 million city by heart and not use a SatNav). I was in one of the more obscure corners of Europe this February and 90% of taxi franchises had a tablet bolted somewhere running custom software showing current (from other taxis) congestion and incident reports, doing SatNav routing, showing speed traps and other "revenue collection" by police, showing customer order queue, routing to next order, dispatch information, assistance and "driver in danger" requests. Anything you can think of - you name it (IIRC it could be used movies and other content to kill time while parked and waiting for customers). Couriers, deliveries, etc - all were using similar contraptions. It was quite funny actually - an old banger falling apart with every single yellow warning light lit on the dash and a shiny tablet bang in the middle. I saw more tablets in one week than I see in the UK for a couple of months and all of them were put to practical use. All of that was running on a cheap Android with a 3G card. No iShiny iToys whatsoever. So there is actually a very big market out there for people to bolt on a tablet on their windscreen.

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Microsoft talking turkey with OnLive over Office to iPad

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Re: Baffled

There are just too many people out there which are in "office or nothing mode" of operandi for a variety of reasons.

The most common one is when some dolt has concocted a "business model" or other "essential business tool" in excel + excel basic and has made it to be the only way to complete specific tasks in the company. The aforementioned ingenious "tool" has had no formal testing, no routine has had unit testing and tends to return 2+2=5 for a set of sufficiently big values of 2. None the less. the company future is decided and guided using said tool(s). Though shall not question the gospel of business models in excel because the gods of business strategy and development shall smite you down for your insubordination.

Ever tried loading one of those in a "compatible" office suite? Ever been smitten by an angry "minor deity" for questioning a business model in Excel? Based on your post - probably not.

As far as using Onlive for £5 a month... Well, for office.. Meh... But for other things while being able to get the company to subsidise both the iPad and Onlive... Hm... As Lazarus Long used to say - yield to temptation, it may never come your way again.

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'The new iPad' revealed: Full specs, rumor scorecard

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Re: 2011/2012

Quoting "Babylon 5, In the Beginning" - beware of the quiet ones. The iPad is a fine example - it just officially relegated LTE to a dumb pipe.

Here we have the first "must have, will have" LTE device and it does not do IMS. It is the first Apple iOS based mobile device to be usable for _PROPER_ video conferencing and video calls and it does it bypassing the cellular standards on the subject. It does not encode as the 3GPP says it is supposed to, it does not interop as 3GPP says it is supposed to and it does not request resources as the 3GPP says it is supposed to. As a result of this it does not pay operator bridge troll fees as they thought it is supposed to.

As I have said many times - Apple has to be bonkers to buy into the delusional business model behind IMS+LTE and will use 4G only when it is confident that it can use it as a dumb pipe. And voila - it just did it.

By the way all ANALitical muppets (honorable el reg not withstanding) missed this one amidst the frenzy on why this device is supposedly "revolutionary".

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Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4

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Re: Bring it on...

I have a 23 year old Petrol Clio RT which I keep abroad as a spare vehicle. It has had no electrical faults within the 11 years which we have owned it - I cannot testify about before that. Touch wood and do not tempt fate of course :)

It is still running 212k (km) on the clock and probably has around 100 (and 10 years) more before it falls apart. The secret for both Renault and Peugeout is to change the radiator at 150k miles/15 years - otherwise they roast :)

In any case - electrical faults + French cars is a recent malaise from the last 10 or so years after they went electronic mad around 2003-2005.

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US sends factories to Asia, gets ozone in return

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This is a very interesting development

Interesting.

So is USA now entitled to put an import duty on Chinese goods on environmental grounds without getting a WTO rap?

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UK.gov holds summit to stop satnav-driven smash-ups

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Kind'a

I would usually agree with you. Usually...

However, in this particular case the satnav manufacturers are guilty as charged.

I had an entertaining dialogue with the manufacturer of my SatNav software for Android 3 months ago. I pointed to them that their routing algorithm is suboptimal because it _ALWAYS_ assigns any route which is not clearly marked as 60mph and does not differentiate between un-classified road, B-road and A-road. So if you are navigating around the periphery of a town it regularly gives you instructions to drive out of town, turn on a country lane, use it to drive around and go back in town again.

I was told to that they are not changing their algo and not offering any means to tune it. By the way - the same guys write the integrated truck handling + SatNav for some of the biggest Eu logistics companies.

This leads to an interesting conclusion. It does not matter how many times would the council reclassify their roads. THAT WILL BE IGNORED. It is presently not a customer requirement and the SatNav companies do not give a damn.

In fact, based on tests with the trial versions and one commercial version most SatNav software for Android fails on this one - including Google's own.

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Robot NIGHTMARE sets new leggy-bot speed record

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Re: Honda's Asimo...

Most importanly, it will have an iVTEC sticker on the bum and 3 cupholders. Never forget the cupholders and the special diaper and tissues compartment.

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It never ends: TV exposé tags new Android privacy howler

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Re: Alex Hanff has an interesting idea....

Close, but no cigar.

If memory serves me right, small claims court does not form precedents.

None the less, the idea is tempting to say the least.

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Re: Yay, Go Viviane!

On a more serious note - the way apps permissions are formulated they do not make a distinction between "use" and resell to third parties.

This distinction exists in Eu Data protection law and cases and is very well defined.

This will be interesting to watch - I expect a large contingent of Eu tanks parked on Chocolate Factory's lawn soon as well as the biggest fine in data protection history to subsidize them. We all need more money to repair the damage from the "Timeo Danaes, Goldman Sachs options ferentes" and their Euro Trojan horse. So I would not expect the commission to show any mercy :)

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Top Gun 2: It's happening - and the choice of star is stirring controversy

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Re: LOL! The F-35 compares to the F-14 like the F4F to the F4U

Whoever has voted this down needs to see the exact intercept distance for protecting a carrier group.

It has been increasing in line with the range and letality of Russian supersonic cruise missiles. Presently 150-200 miles is the "though shall not pass" line and no enemy aircraft armed with modern anti-ship missiles should be allowed past that because if they get to 75nm they can launch (75miles is very optimistic for a safety margin, but let's put it at that).

So the poster has a point of sorts. F14 (500 miles air-to-air engagement radius) even without a set of drop tanks is to some extent more useful than an F18 (400 miles). I am not even going to mention F35-B and Harrier here as they stand very little chance if the opponent is properly armed. They will be watching the missiles sailing by and taking out ship after ship. Nice viewpoint though.

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Bikini clad Princess Leia spied shakin' booty in Star Wars game

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Re: Thought it was going to be sexy,

Plug the Episode 6 DVD in and you will note why.

That... thing... at 4:40 is not Princess Leia, that is an anorexic CGI stick insect wearing the same clothes.

In any case. Dance-Dance-Revolution for the pleasure of Jabba the Hut. Gag... Excuse me while I find the bin next to my desk... Gag...

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Asteroid could SMASH INTO EARTH in 2040

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Re: Hypothetically speaking...

50-100MT of TNT or so, depending on speed, density, etc.

Enough to wipe out a megapolis of your chosing if it lands on top of one. Sizeable tsunami at sea too.

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Online advertising isn't creepy enough

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Matt you are a muppet

Yep. That is exactly what I meant to say. You are a muppet.

95%+ of the advertising budget is spent on customer acquisition and customer poaching.

Google has tracked you brilliantly.

Rossignol counts you as a customer so you will not get any ads unless they have new product to sell and even in that case they will probably use the 5% or so of their budget devoted to keeping their existing customers informed of new products and mailshoot you directly. In fact it usually goes out of a completely different budget.

At the same time the rest of the vendors has you pegged as "someone to be converted". That is why you see their ads not Rossignol ads because they want to pay Google (and the websites) so you can see them. This comes out of the 95% of budget assigned to acquiring new customers. They are fighting head over heels for the slot to show you an alternative, convert you and acquire you as a customer and Google has provided them a bloody good service. In fact if you see a Rossignol ad this means that Google has f*** up in compiling your correct profile for the perusal of the marketing lowlife.

So coming back to why you are a muppet. Frankly, I would have expected an ex-CXX of something to actually know how marketing money and advertising money is really spent and how do you acquire customers.

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China churns out homemade aircraft for global travel DOMINATION

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Re: cars

That is normal for a copy. In fact it is the tell-tale sign of a copy.

A modern car that has been engineered properly uses a variety of steel at different thickness in the panels to ensure that crumple zones operate correctly. Example - my little runabout has anything from 3+mm on the sides down to "paper thin" on the bonnet. This contributes quite a lot to the cost of the car because of the different tooling, supplies, tolerances, etc.

If you copy it without following the thickness profiles to the letter it will be cheaper, but the entirely crumple zone engineering goes to hell. That is exactly what Top Gear has managed to demonstrate so eloquently.

They should have actually done a proper car show and showed why by taking a gauge and a drill and going around a Yaris/Auris and a Great Wall's to show what did the Chinese "omit" when copying.

Coming back to the "thickness" and copying - this is doubly so for aircraft. Modern aircraft which was copied verbatim without complying to the exact thickness profiles on skin and trusses is guaranteed to start cracking from metal fatigue sooner rather than later.

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Re: I really don't like flying

Dude, you have no idea what you are talking about. The key aviation safety metric is "incident per hour" and "incident per mile"

On that metric the old generation of Russian aircraft - Tu134, Tu154 and Yak 40 (not 42) have _BETTER_ safety records than their counterparts - MD-80 and the original Boeing 737 (this even before you take into account the maintenance they got and the airports they used to fly from). A friend of mine - one of the pilots from the ex-Soviet block (now EU) flag carrier's used to say: "This is Tu, it will fly under water if you tell it to". He flies an Airbus nowdays by the way.

There is nothing dodgy about the old Tus and the original Yak. Uncomfortable, noisy, overengineered semi military aircraft - yes they are all of that, but not dodgy. In fact, If we are talking about dodgy MD-80 which is still allowed to fly in the EU is way dodgier than them (thankfully now as Spanair is defunct a lot of them went out of circulation).

The dodgy thing is not the aircraft, it is the companies in this case. A company that still flies them is definitely dodgy because they have been written off 3 times over now on account of passed maximum MTBF. I mean literally 3 when I say 3 times over. Once by a Eastern European or ex-USSR flag carrier, once by the Chinese (who bought them after that) and once by someone else after the Chinese wrote them off. If a company is flying this kind of aircraft I will not get into _ANY_ aircraft which it flies - even the shiniest brand new Airbus 32x or Boeing 737-800.

P.S. As an example of "flies under water" open airliners.net and browse 154s landing in the UK. You will see more than one psychotic pilot executing _REVERSE_ throttle while still in the air and landing literally out of a stall. Want to try that on a 737? do not think so... You will be splattered across the runway straight away.

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Paper plane world record disputed

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That is the right flight profile for a long distance flight - up, down to pick up speed and glide.

I am envious. Very few of mine have ever gone past the 30m mark. The ones that had were lucky to catch an updraft. Granted, I never had a football pro throwing them.

The really interesting thing here is that it looks like it was made out of normal paper. I have always found rice paper (the one engineers and navigators used to use for copying stuff in "lower tech" days) to yield much better results. The design looks conventional too - I cannot see any extra folds down the middle, wing folds, etc (these allow you to get longer distance with a less "crazy" flight path). In fact, it all looks like the old adage: "Pigs do fly, if sufficient thrust has been provided". Lots of thrust on this one though.

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AMD snaps up server upstart SeaMicro

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It will look very pretty with AMD Fusion APUs

I have to admit, from the very beginning of SeaMicro I would have loved to see that gear with an AMD Fusion APU. That will give most HPC and hyperscale rigs out there their run for the money.

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NASA snaps show Arctic melt

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Re: Stick this in your god damn greenietard pipe and smoke it!

However,

As it warms we will see cold first. Every single climate model I have seen predicts that a warming on average in the northern hemisphere will throw the winter temperature in Europe down by up to 12 degrees. A lot of them forgot to account for the side effects from having large open spaces in the Arctic - "lake effect" on a continental scale. They are hastily adding that one now..

So in the grand scheme of things Earth may warm up. In our lifetimes however we will see snow, snow and snow. Freeze too. It is not going to be pretty.

I drove across all of Europe from the UK to the Balkans at the height of the February "Hell Freezing Over" and I was really grateful that I had a good set of winter tyres and winter oil in the sump.

For all practical purposes we got away easy in the UK this winter. If this trend continues next winter is not likely to be so forgiving. Less than 2% of cars have winter tyres, nobody puts in a winter oil change and under 0.1% (if not less) have engine block or sump heaters. So if we get the same stuff EU got this winter next year the pandemonium will be complete.

It may be global warming - prepare for freeze :)

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'Kill yourself now' - Torvalds throws openSUSE security tantrum

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Let me guess

He did not add his daughter to the lpadmin group.

In that case the web interface of cups outright tells you to sod off and the gui/command line tools start asking for root password.

We have all been there :) By default most distros put only the "first" user you add at setup into "power" groups and do not give any extra users you add any of these unless you add them manually. Example - first user on a debian box has powerdev, network, etc by default (not sure about lpadmin, but probably that too). Run an adduser to add your daughter and guess what - she has none of those :)

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Apple's German win was really our victory, honest, says Motorola

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Re: Reasonable royalty rate

You just did a SHIFT LEFT on that royalty rate, you know what that means, don't you?

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UK.gov to double number of biometric chips for immigrants

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Re: As expected.

And your point is?

I'd rather have a working, fully implemented national ID system with _FULL_ "GERMAN STYLE" privacy controls then the piecemeal spaghetti which is being done on a case by case basis and where every Harry, John and Sally can read most of my data if I am on it.

The problem is not the national ID, the problem is who has access to what on it and how it is used. Most of continental Europe has considerably less government snooping (especially at local/council level) and less privacy violations while having a national ID and in some cases national electronic ID and having it cross-referenced versus the tax, entitlement and benefits database. Most of them have had it for 20+ years now - it is not rocket science.

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Sony Xperia converts flash motors into fancy remotes

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Re: The tech's already partially there..

1. Would you prefer to see your SatNav app on a 7 in screen? Or you want to continue staring in the 4in phone sceen? Granted a lot of in-console displays are too low and require taking eyes off the road for my liking especially for "french" (close to the steering wheel and high up) driving position, but as people say - size matters.

2. Would you want to pay for a extra SatNav in your car which is not updated and not maintained while you have it on your phone anyway?

3. Do you want to pay an extra mobile contract for your car to pay for the cost of traffic updates? 4. Would you want to sit in a traffic jam and wonder can you get your hands safely on the phone and the KLM/EasyJet/FlyBlue/Whatever app to rebook your flight or you can do that off the car console which is well within reach.

5. Ditto for booking.com and looking for a hotel in a city you have never been before? And have that integrated to SatNav straight away so you do not waste time figuring out how to get there.

6. Do you want to keep looking for a place to stick a holder and leave the privilege of having a proper "pocket" for the phone only to BMW iDrive customers?

7. Have you noticed by any chance that running the screen and the video acceleration using an average SatNav app on an average mobile phone nowdays drains the battery faster than it can be charged? It is nice to have a SatNav app, however, it would be even nicer if you could drive from the Netherlands to the Czech republic without swapping batteries at every petrol station. If you display remotely you take two of the big power hogs out of the equation so even an Xperia Arc may last cross EU while being recharged off a car charger.

Shall I continue the list of questions?

I for one am waiting impatiently for our VNC supporting overlords. So the moment there is a good AutoMotive VNC 2 DIN stereo it will be going straight into my vehicle.

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Anti-phishing DMARC adoption gathers (free) steam

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Re: So will the next innovation in spam be...

That's not next.

It is already being done.

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Court rejects Tesla’s latest libel spat with Top Gear

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Re: Re: Re: Oh yes, that's the car for me!

Answering both you and the other poster.

1. The tank is inline. It is not switchover, it is an extra 5l if you run dry your normal fuel tank and I suspect the idea was to introduce a hard shut-off off the fuel sensor. That was not done, but the extra 5l stayed and you cannot refill it if runs dry. You have to do some magic to it. Statement of the fact - just pick up the Haines for it and look yourself :)

2. As far as damage to the car one of my ex colleagues damaged his Punto to a total bill of 1000£ for a replacement ECU and other repairs a few years back by running it repeatedly on "yellow fuel light" and having the engine run with bubbles in the fuel line. If you can damage a 8k vehicle for 1k this way damaging a 80K vehicle to 20-40k does not particularly surprise me.

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Re: Oh yes, that's the car for me!

Whose brilliant idea? Any sports/hot-hatch car manufacturer.

Go to your closest Halfords, pick a copy of Renault Clio 1989-1998 maintenance manual off the shelf, read section on fuel tank for the 1.8L (IMO it is the "suicidal" version of that rather fine vehicle). Once done, put it back on the shelf and start picking up any the manuals for any other car which has a "hot" or "sport" spec and read the difference for the fuel tank for those.

You will find that that the 1.8L Clio is not alone and most of these has an _ADDITIONAL_ "safety" fuel tank (5L in the case of the Clio 1.8) to ensure that the injector, pump, etc never run off dry and the ECU never has to try to run the system with bubbles in the fuel line. There is an important caveat regarding this extra tank. If you run dry your main tank you can just refill it. If you run dry the extra fuel tank your only option is "to the garage you go". While the type of system will inadvertently vary from a vehicle to vehicle, overall - if you run a sports car tank dry you are nearly always guaranteed to be spending some time in the garage.

That is true even for non-sports cars. I managed to choke my "agricultural utility vehicle" (Isuzu Rodeo Denver 4x4) this summer offroad and it got a bubble in the fuel line. It was lighting up that the "take me to the garage" Christmas tree on the dashboard for the next 6 hours. While it managed to sort itself out quite a few vehicles will not. Your average Ford Escort will remain in "engine safety mode" with the ECU light lit once it runs dry or has a bubble until you service it. And so on.

So while Tesla's design and stance on it warranty may seem stupid they are not entirely out of line with their petrol bretheren. A modern car which has been run completely dry in most cases will be a garage job. In any case, it is clear that the Tesla needs a trickle charge solar on the bonnet,roof and spoilers. They are being bloody stupid not to do it.

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Apple files patent for 'polished meteorite' keyboard

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Re: prior art?

My exact thought.

My granddad's typewriter which he "appropriated" from the retreating German army in 1944 works along the same principles.

Going to some newer examples I can recall several models of IBM electromechanical typewriters which retained the lever design to ensure that the typists got the same tactile feedback as a "real" typewriter. Some of these could be connected via an RS232 interface to a computer as a keyboard as well.

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Microsoft blasts 'web video killer' Motorola Mobility in EU gripe

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They are not part of the pool

When the merger was first announced the ANALists (including elreg by the way) all missed the interesting part of the MM portfolio - everything related to IPTV and codecs from the days when it was the leader in STB development.

Google can use these to beat anyone in the consumer electronics arena into a submission and cross-licensing deal which is exactly what they are doing now.

They have simply set the royalty for them to be reciprocal of what MSFT is asking for their patents from Android (around 2.25% before any discounts). This will be the explanation given back to the EU commission and to the FTC and this explanation will probably stand up to court scrutiny too.

As a side effect it also plays merry hell with the MPEG-LA business model.

Is it nice? Probably no. Is it evil? Do not think so. It is reciprocal - Google is asking same MSFT is asking. Is it fair? Nobody knows because nobody has seen the MSFT patents for which Android manufacturers have to pay 2.25% license fee.

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Re: Re: Costs

Which is exactly what is happening here.

You either have to pay 50 quid for "licensed" web or use the free web. Google is killing H264 by the backdoor method.

MSFT and Apple should have thought of this before they officially declared joining forces on killing WebM about a year ago.

Live by the sword, die by the sword.

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HP insists Whitman is new broom to clean up execution

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Interesting

Someone finally noted the starving of R&D in a big tech company. That by the way is not a legacy of "Leo". That is a legacy of the Hurd.

It will be interesting how they go along on fixing that because it is much more difficult than fixing "execution". It is easier to re-establish R&D from scratch than to fix R&D that has been starved into obsolescence through a million of budget and headcount cuts combined with "business relevance" requirements.

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News of the World hacker named after court block lifted

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Re: He'll never work again. Anywhere.

I beg to differ. Let's be real.

As long as the law continues not to be applied to newspapers and their staff he will work again and probably get more than his ex-army chums.

For the time being all I see is lots of talking and very little application of the current legislation (this is one place where I agree with Hislop - no point to invent new laws if the current ones are not being applied properly).

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Mobile telcos bleed $13.9bn as IM apps chomp on SMS

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Re: Good!!

Err... It would have been good if it was true.

The money would have been 13Bn _IF_ it was sent as SMS-es instead.

However in the absense of F***book, BBM (missing from the chart), Google Talk, etc the user may have sent some of that as SMS. Some, but not all. Probably less than 1Bn.

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Squirrelled away: seeds survive 30,000-year winter

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Can we have the ultimate potential domestic animal which humanity stupidly exterminated - the Steller cow. There is still plenty of kelp around the world temperate and arctic coasts. If we had a (semi)domestic animal feeding of it...

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Two UK airports scrap IRIS eye-scanners

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Re: Border control has become a wasteful farce

No they cannot. Repeat after me - UK cannot join Shengen because of the _OTHER_ circus - the national identity one.

Shengen requires:

1. A working national ID system which is mandatory, not elective like passports.

2. A working database to back it up which provides appropriate audit and appropriate access control. Anyone having access to anything is definitely not acceptable.

3. The access control not just there, but used properly by assigning the correct rights and scopes of access. Council clerks snooping on parents to verify that they are not cheating on kindergarden applications are definitely not acceptable. Neither is acceptable to give inappropriate access to a private company - example Consignia and the RIPA (in the initial gov't exec orders and guidelines to enforce that).

None of that is available in the UK and none of this will be available any time soon as it will leave a number of "vested interests" out of a job.

As someone who travels through all of Shengen multiple times per year and someone who deals with taxes, NI, etc in a typical Shengen "database nation" I can say - UK only loses out of that.

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Microsoft explains bland new Windows logo

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Re: Tiles

As usually it is also half-baked.

Whoever has stuck those tiles has forgotten to grout them properly :)

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