* Posts by imanidiot

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I'll get my coat – there's a dusty one flying off Comet 67P

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Re: Not so close, really

Maybe so, but compared to it aphelion It's still much closer than it was.

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Virtual Vulture 2 swoops into Spaceport America

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Not just the FAA

I haven't heard of ANY aviation authority anywhere being a joy to work with. In europe they are just as or even more slow, tick, knuckledragging, beaurocratic and rage-inducing it seems.

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P0wning for the fjords: Malware turns drones into DEAD PARROT

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Facepalm

Toys with wireless communications have bad crypto...

Who knew?

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Secret Service on alert after drone CRASHES into White House

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Re: How much C4

When it comes to payload capacity, most quadcopters can carry a couple hundred grams at most. If payload and range are the target, it would be a much better choice to use a standard fixed wing design. Scaling that up to carry a few kilograms (or couple dozen) is not that hard.

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

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Chrome? No way in hell

Firefox isn't that great either, but right now it seems to be the lesser evil. Chrome is just as bloated and bad as all the other browsers out there nowadays and on top of that bugs you to phone home to google.

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Cash'n'Carrion launches big January sale

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Glowring alternative

Betalight, probably: http://www.betalight.nl/html/index.php?page_id=77

It seems though that most manufacturers of the stuff have stopped producing or selling the kitmarker keychains. There have been some concerns about brehmsstrahlung (beta to gamma conversion as particles are slowed down by the transparant casing) causing possible exposure. The levels are probably negligable, but still.

If you DO get them for a reasonable price, I'm definitely interested!

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'Nauts end panic by switching computer off and on again

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Re: I wonder what it was?

Probably just one of those non reproducable flukes where an error message doesn't get cleared from the log because an error handler somewhere somehow didn't finish a routine properly after some fluke coincidence of factors.

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Re: Can you believe it?

If that doesn't work there's always the "Non-Maskable Interupt" to borrow a nice euphemism from the BOFH.

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'NAUTS FLEE 'gas leak' to Russian module

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Re: You can't get to there from here

If there's a problem in the russian section they retreat into the Soyuz capsules. Until the US has a man-rated ship capable of docking to the US side, a problem on the russian side means abandoning the station until a repair can be bodged together from the outside or by spacewalking from a soyuz to the US side airlock.

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

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Getting a trademark is one thing

Defending it is going to cost him every single penny he has. And it still won't be enough.

Seriously, how does he intend to defend a trademark that is already in common usage.

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UNDER A VEST: Man cuffed for smuggling 94 iPhones strapped to his body

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Metaldetector

I just wonder what this idiot was thinking would happen when he walked through a metal detector and was then frisked...

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NASA closing on fix for Opportunity rover's 'amnesia'

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Well engineered

My hats off to all engineers involved. First of designing something that can last that much longer than intended in the first place and then actually keeping it going from millions of miles away. I think Opportunity is a fine example of what NASA is actually capable off if given half a chance.

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Antarctic boffins hope stratospheric gravity wave hunter returns to Earth

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Black Helicopters

It WILL return to earth

There is no doubt it'll return to earth. One way or the other. Maybe the black helicopter squad will intervene to stop them finding the truth about the universe?

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

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Just

seriously, just -->

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LOHAN sponsor Pulse-Eight: Supplier of hi-def TV to dogs

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Good timing

I was just looking into doing something like this. I'll have a shufty at their kit!

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Hubble 'scope snaps ENORMO SPACE ERECTION: Pillars of Creation 20 years on

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Re: It's full of stars!

Upon first witnessing the glory and splendor of the Universe, they casually, whimsically, decided to destroy it, remarking, "It'll have to go."

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UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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A little journalistic integrity

YOUR views as writer don't matter and contribute nothing to the discussion. The "and his loony pals" bit is unnecessary and does not fit any website trying to bring the news in any sort of fair way.

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Toyota to Tesla: we can play the free patent game as well

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The bad ones

Maybe I'm just a cynic, but why do I suspect they released all patents they are sure are not going to work for them anyway?

Having/maintaining a patent costs money. Won't ever use the technology or won't see big enough return on the investment? Just free up the patent and be done with it.

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Re: Could be useful

Because hydrogen is a dead-end technology with a rather crappy reputation and a whole host of massive probems associated with it.

A taster:

- Hydrogen takes a lot of energy to produce. The best way we currently have is cracking oil or gas and releasing the hydrogen from the carbon. (Hint, this is less efficient than refining and using it as fuel)

- Hydrogen has a rather dreadful energy density when stored as compressed gas.

- The equipment needed to compress hydrogen uses/wastes a lot of energy.

- It's pretty much impossible to make a hydrogen installation completely leaktight. It'll leak somewhere. It won't be enough to be dangerous but even diffusion through hoses will over time lose you not insignificant amounts of it.

- Hydrogen is dangerous. More dangerous than diesel, petrol, Liquid Petrolium Gas, Methane, LNG, CNG, etc. A petrol leak is not dangerous is you stay away with open flame. LPG and other gasseous carbon based fuel require quite a bit of ignition energy and will fwoosh more than bang when ignited in most cases. Hydrogen has an extremely low ignition energy. It WILL go bang with significant energy and a sharp high pressure blast front at a very wide range of volumetric mixtures and can support combustion even for tiny leaks (micrograms/s). Also, quoted from the hydrogen safety wikipedia page: "Flames in and around a collection of pipes or structures can create turbulence that causes a deflagration to evolve into a detonation, even in the absence of gross confinement."

- Hydrogen is odorless, colourless and tasteless like natural gas, but unlike natural gas there are no known odorants that don't damage a hydrogen fuel cell

I work with machinery using the stuff. It requires a constant attention to detail and an almost religious following of work methods to obtain a leaktight system. Any work on the system means vacuum leaktesting all affected joints. This can be a tedious process. I wouldn't trust the average spanner with a spanner at my local garage to perform this type of work given the consequences of getting it wrong.

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

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Re: Drink and drive, a simple rule:

Jup, so most of the time there is no throttle on the plane itself. There is however one on the winch that launches it.

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Re: Drink and drive, a simple rule:

The mandatory breath test thingies in france have already proven to be as unreliable (at best) as the tested devices show.

Seriously, anyone who disagrees with me, go seriously test the effects of even small amounts of alcohol on your reaction time, decision making and coordination. You'll find it'll have more effect than you suspect. There is only one rule you should follow, DON'T drink and drive. And if you DO drink, leave PLENTY of time between drinking and then driving.

If you DO drink and drive you are willingly taking the decision to accept the increased risk you will kill someone.

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Re: Drink and drive, a simple rule:

Same rules I use when flying. 12 hours between bottle and throttle. Had a few too many and still hung over at that point. Add another 6.

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Drink and drive, a simple rule:

DON'T

Had a drink? Just don't get behind the wheel of a car. Not even after just a single glass of wine. A great number of people are bad drivers at the best of times. Even a single unit of alcohol can make that tiny difference.

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Cops think Mt Gox meltdown was an 'INSIDE JOB' – report

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Reaaaalllyy??

You don't say?

The phrase "no shit, Sherlock" comes to mind.

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UFOs in the '50s skies? CIA admits: 'IT WAS US'

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Re: Who else?

Russians and as of yet still classified test aircraft.

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No, I won't SNORKEL in your server room at STUPID-O'CLOCK

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yeah, I'll just put that in my pocket...

Another story.

Call comes in at stupid o'clock in the evening for service to a system at stupid early o'clock the next day. Ohh and could we bring service tool xyz because theirs would take too long to get out of offsite storage.

Yeah sure. I'll just thow the 900 kg of hoisting tool into the back of my Fiat Panda and be on my way...

The worst part of it? THEY designed the bloody tool and knew what it was. But suddenly it was OUR fault I couldn't arrange transport for a tool I would have to take off the production line.

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Re: Cleanroom evacuations are a blast

oohhh, yeah, that is seriously lolz worthy!

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Cleanroom evacuations are a blast

One of my own stories:

Background: I work as a support engineer for a manufacturer of silicon photolithography equipment. This involves work on equipment using hydrogen. Each machine has a separate cabin with support equipment and triple redundant hydrogen sensors. Any of them detect a level over 0.4% and the alarm goes off.

Imagine this. I'm wearing full cleanroom gear. Cleanroom hood with a "surgical mask", white antistatic coveralls, socks over that, cleanroom shoes, and a set of gloves.

That particular day we're having some difficulty and I'm extracting a wafer from a load port manually. Just when I'm finally ready to get the blasted thing out the evacuation alarm goes off.

This means taking the nearest fire exit. Straight outside. So there were where, on a sunny spring day, about 20 of us in full cleanroom gear, looking like bleached martians. Strolling along the freshly mowed lawn. I wish I could post the pictures... (client confidentiality, NDA's and all that...)

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All that was in the basement - as required by building regs - was the fuel tanks and pumps.

That must have worked out well for them.

There probably was enough clean fuel in the lines to START the generators at least

---> My face when I read that comment --->

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

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Pint

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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