* Posts by imanidiot

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ESA: Venus probe doomed to fiery death on weird planet's surface

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Good bye venus express

Rest in Pieces

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El Reg's mighty rocket spaceplane Vulture 2 arrives in US of A

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Re: Amazing box!

Given what I've seen come through my employers warehouse, that box was handled with kid gloves. Theres no holes, no ripped out screws, no large chunks of the framing missing, etc. Heck, I've seen boxes with forklift fork sized holes in the sidewalls.

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Re: Looking good, and looking forward to launch!

Dunno exactly where you are located, but there is a good chance there ARE microbreweries around. You might just not be aware. (Lots of hobbyists getting into brewing these days, and making some pretty good beers)

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Good stuff

Now get on with it :-P

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LOHAN's Plucky Playmonaut touches down at Spaceport America

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toasty

Couldn't you atleast have given the Playmonaut the traditional portable cooling unit briefcase. It must be sweltering hot inside that yellow spacesuit of his.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Could it be

That people are finally starting to actually THINK about solutions?

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Pirate Bay towed to oldpiratebay.org

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Re: NO.

@Trevor_Pott,

Do you honestly believe DRM is doing ANYTHING to prevent piracy? Hint: It doesn't. DRM systems are broken about as fast as the industry comes out with them. Those that are willing to pirate will pirate. DRM or not. DRM should be abandoned post haste.

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Re: Greed

Big content IS already right fucked. People are running away in droves to more shady alternatives, never to look back.

And why is it that I have to either A. Watch shitty dutch redubs or badly captioned versions months after the original air date on dutch TV, B. Wait months (sometimes over a year) for a season DVD to finally be made available or C. Pirate it, wait 30 minutes for my episode to download, and enjoy...

Legally, A or B are the only options. Unfortunately they are also often the worst of the options.

Its just mindnumbingly dumb that it takes so long for DVDs to become available for instance. They should be ready to go the minute the final episode is aired (I can understand waiting for the season finale to bring out the DVD to draw more viewers on the TV. After that though, get on that!)

Or even that videos that are freely available in one country are not in another. What difference does it make if I watch it online or on TV? Build a good player and I'd PAY to watch a high quality version on your website. (So long as its allowed to buffer decently, and not just 5 seconds ahead. Looking at you current youtube player) Instead, if this option is available at all its in the framerate of a potato with the resolution of a brick. Technically it's video...

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BOFH: Capo di tutti capi, bah. I'm having CHICKEN JALFREZI

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Is it just me?

Or is the BOFH losing his edge. This should not have surprised him.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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I don't like it

It's bland, and uses only 1/3 of the available screen space and most of all it's just bland looking.

The lack of clear separation between articles on the front page doesn't help either. The old site used the gray lines for that, which improved readability imho.

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Drone in NEAR-MISS with passenger jet at Heathrow airport

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Transponders small enough to fit on a drone don't exist. (unless you don't mind the ENTIRE payload being a transponder and its battery)

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Re: CA and pilot infalibility

@stu4, yeah..... NO.

If an airline pilot SAW a drone, it HAD to have been close. Given the size of these things, atleast within 100 meters. any further away and it would have been VERY hard to discern. Especially if it was below the aircraft. 100 meters is VERY close in aviation terms. I certainly wouldn't ever want to fly with only 100 meters separation from any air traffic I wasn't VERY aware of.

There is no captain that has ever claimed to have been nearly blinded at 40.000 feet. (Provide proof if you say otherwise) Plenty have been blinded on final approach or at low altitude where even a 5mW laserpointer can be VERY bright if you are fully night adjusted with dilated pupils.

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Re: not very big

mehh, it becomes a glider. If there is an airfield within range (And from a mile up that means withing roughly 8 miles) any pilot should be quite capable of safely landing.

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Dutch lawyers seek to overturn data retention

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The problem

is that it's not really the police that want to retain this data. It's the dutch tax authorities that drive this data retention. My problem with these laws is not that my privacy is broken to find criminals. It's that its being broken to prove I'M a criminal. (Even when I'm not and there is no evidence I am)

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BOFH: Santa, bloody Santa

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Its the BOFH

What do you think?

For that matter, i'm surprised the lifts worked to get TW1 into the ambulance in the first place.

Other than that, the BOFH seems to be back into the swing of things. (He seems to have had a bit of a soft period)

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SPLASHDOWN! Orion lands safely in the Pacific Ocean

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Re: I was watching the re-entry from inside the capsule!

It's too bad that NASA probably has had to axe a lot of promising research and development in order to fund this stuff. Given the current speed of development, I doubt the SLS is going to be anywhere near competitive in price by the time it has been developed. Orion is going to be a pricey proposition as well.

Nasa needs a larger budget and for politicians to stop fucking up its agenda every 4 years.

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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Why would anyone bother

even IF you're an idiot, why would anyone bother filling in a survey these days. You get them from all and sundry, all of them pointless, all of them asking exactly the same thing in just an ever so slightly different way, and all handholding you into giving a much more positive response than you intended.

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Not sure what RFID is? Can't hack? You can STILL be a card fraudster with this Android app

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Re: Netherlands

It was, though they have since updated said cards to a newer version of the mifare card which is not succeptible to the same exploits. I have no doubt someone somewhere has cracked the new version as well though.

Because of the way the dutch system works, hacked cards are detectable though, so after a few uses they will probably be blocked from working with the system. (All the fixed checkpoints are networked to a central database system)

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

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Re: "...20,000 miles an hour....the challenge that we’re faced with..."

It has been done before. Just not with this type of heatshield and mass. The apollo CM was a "mere" 5500 kg. The Orion capsule weighs closer to 9000 kg. The added weight and size complicates matters.

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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Given the possible interpretations of many US acts and constitional amendments the intent is not always how it is actually used nowadays. Theres a lot of interpretation possible with some laws. And not all of those seem logical.

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

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My favourite

The fourier transform cat.

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ESA finds FOURTH comet touchdown for Philae lander

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Amazing

Its miraculous a complex device like Philea could travel 10 years through space, awaken, decent to the surface of a comet, bounce around several times and still function.

Note though that ESA leaves nothing to chance. I've recently been talking with someone who constructed one of the experiments on Rosetta for ESA. The requirements are bonkers to say the least. 3 test articles are built, tested, rebuilt and retested repeatedly. All the while 2 people are looking over the shoulder of the engineer and documenting EVERYTHING. Every move, every screw, every torque is noted to perfect the building process and make sure it's assembled 1000% to spec. Make a mistake halfway through? Start over. Not just from the last step, but from the beginning. Often with mission critical parts being heavily inspected or even replaced in the process just to be sure.

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Damn you P.Lee. There goes my afternoon...

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Suffering satellites! Goonhilly's ARTHUR REBORN for SPAAAACE

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another great geeks guide article.

Keep them coming please!

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ESA's spaceplane cleared for lift-off in February 2015

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Is doesn't fly or glide so much as fall like an aerodynamically shaped brick

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You'll go APE for our new Gorilla Glass 4, Corning reckons

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Just try reading from an auto-cue, in front of a camera, having to annunciate much more clearly than normal (for understandibility) and still sound natural and unforced.

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Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it

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You can only sue if you can prove the council has received sufficient warning about the pot-hole being there. In all other cases they will simply claim "we have x thousand yards of road to maintain, this pothole was not there at our last inspection x days ago. We have not received any warning from anyone else" A judge will then probably go with them on this as a council cannot reasonably be expected to inspect all roads within its district every day.

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Re: And thats the end of the fitness tracker market then

The device itself might not, but it's most likely linked to a smartphone or desktop app on an internet connected device. And this might "send anonymous data for product improvement".

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And thats the end of the fitness tracker market then

Who would want to buy/wear such a device daily if it means your daily pattern of activity is available to many third parties, and probably (as queasy rider points out) available to insurers and law-enforcement, whether they need it or not.

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Bada-Bing! Mozilla flips Firefox to YAHOO! for search

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I for one will NOT be using Yahoo!

Yahoo! search sucks even bigger hairy donkey balls than google. A lot of people WILL be changing the default to something/anything else.

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HUMAN DNA 'will be FOUND ON MOON' – rockin' boffin Brian Cox

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Re: Wheres the ambition?

They are planning a relatively deep core drilling, which requires a lot of extra equipment over a single core drill. I doubt they would be able to get this to work in the 70s. However, I agree making it a stationary station kind of dulls the whole thing to less than meh.

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Re: HUMAN DNA to be FOUND ON MOON

Not so much flung as carefully placed some distance away from the LM in the hopes the blast of the ascend engine wouldn't fling it all over the surface.

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'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands – new proposal

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Independant?

Yeah right. A committee set up with US funding, through US law, by the US government is going to be independant...

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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sattelite spying sattelite?

Maybe they are putting maneuverable sats in place to spy on the next x-37 craft while in orbit? Id bet the ruskies are rather interested in getting a close up of it and other american spy sats.

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

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Good bye Philae

And thanks for all the science.

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Pics in SPAAAACE!: Hasselblad sells for $275,000

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Re: And they said

I was going to say the same thing as those guys up there.

If you really don't do anything with them they are probably worth a pretty penny. Especially if the lenses havend yellowed with age.

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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It's a scale model

of the gigantic planet destroying spaceship they are building.

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NASA launches new climate model at SC14

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Nature run, so?

So how wel does the calculated data compare to the real word data measured in the same time period? I can't really find much data on that.

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British drones target ISIS for the first time

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Good riddance

I realise people got killed and someone might have lost a loved one, but if they were indeed ISIS fighters: Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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NASA floats million-dollar airship prize for 20-20-20 vision

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Re: 20kg payload?

Probably the reason that airships are never going to be really succesful. They are just too large and cumbersome for most operations. (The problem in designing most flying craft is not just the flying bit. Its the "getting back to the ground in one piece" that requires a lot of thought)

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TORpedo'd dev dumps Doxbin files after police raids

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Still wondering why

Why would the cops take down doxbin? It doesn't seem particularly interesting over any of the other similar sites. Seems like a bit of a waste of resources.

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Elon Musk hits the brakes on Tesla's e-SUV Model X production

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Re: Crossover point

"Errr, boss, we accidentally mounted the modelX on top of the new Dragon Heavy and the Dragon capsule to a ModelX frame..."

"And the car engineers won't share the modelX. Its not fair!"

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Robot deputy blasts possibly explosive Mexican beans with CANNON in 'controlled explosion'

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Kill, overkill, who cares

The parcel was probably going to get destroyed one way or another. Maybe some bomb disposal guy decided what's worth doing is worth overdoing.

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Pay-by-bonk 'glitch' means cards can go kaching-for-crims

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Re: And yet...

@sisk,

Unfortunately there are no Dutch banks that DO offer a non-nfc card.

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And yet...

the lovely young lady behind the counter at my local bank office looked at me funny when I told her I didn't WANT a pay-by-bonk enabled card. (Unfortunately they don't provide any other. And even force me to use the new card well before the expiry date of the old one. Without warning me. The only option is to turn "contactless payment" off on the website and trust them on their pretty blue eyes it won't actually work)

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That 'TECH-FREE' Nophone? It was already out years ago

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Space Oddity redux: Hadfield's cover back for two years

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Not the legal matters

I suspect the problem is not as much in the "simple" legal matter of getting permission from mr. Bowie, but in the number of people involved in getting that permission (NASA and several space agencies were mentioned, I suspect theres a couple more dozen organizations that have a say in the matter)

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The Great Smartphone Massacre: Android bloodbath gathers pace

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Re: Dear Sony.

Problem being you then have an 16 GB Iphone...

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Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'UNLOCKED tailbooms' going through SOUND BARRIER

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Exactly the reason they wheel out these "experts" instead of actual experts. Because the actual experts just tell them to get lost as there is nothing interesting to say at this time.

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Re: Why are these guys even in charge?

Their first conclusion upon looking at the tapes was that the feather mechanism was unlocked but not deployed.

Thats not a final conclusion for a crash investigation. Thats only a first step. It explains the direct, immediate start of the events that led to the in flight breakup. It does not explain the cause. The cause is the reason WHY the pilot did what he did. If a procudure involving the pilot performing that action is correct, clear and beyond interpretation. An air crash investigation means finding the ultimate root cause beyond the mechanical bits and the "he did that". It looks to find the reason and the procedure that led to the mechanical bit or the "he did that" and then aims to prevent them.

Heck, even a simple "well that was stupid of me" moment I had a while back took a 2 hour form filling session and leads to several hours of investigation from the civil aviation authorities. (I didn't lock the canopy of my glider properly, it opened in flight and nearly killed me)

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