* Posts by Putters

29 posts • joined 23 Aug 2012

Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

Putters

Thunderbolt !

You might like this one too - the guy built it to take a number of British Speed records that were set in the 1930's - before most world speed efforts went to the states etc - and, more importantly, do it in the spirit of the way the records were set, not in some modern vehicle that could do it relatively easily.

So he built this : http://www.vintagebentleys.com/Thunderbolt%20Gallery.html

http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/archive/article/june-2004/93/cobbs-records-finally-beaten

Saw it at a local show some decade ago - standing within 6ft of the exhausts when it was started was some experience!

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Toyota to launch hydrogen (ie, NATURAL GAS) powered fuel cell hybrid

Putters

Link to Telegraph Article

Link to Telegraph Article on this car - some details here about their plans for the fuel stations and their in car storage of the hydrogen etc. May answer a few of the questions being raised here :

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cars/toyota/mirai/

And yes - for another $3000 (US) you can have a 9kW power takeoff to run your house too ... a tankful supplying a week's power apparently.

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Thought the toilet camera was weird? Try actual thumb flash drives from tech's supershow

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Coat

Re: It's a weebil

The Sailor weebil was the only one that could be stood on its head ...

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Lifesize, driveable AIR-POWERED LEGO CAR hits the road

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Re: Surely... Deltic

Looked it up, nice. Taking the Junkers into three dimensions in a, well ... um, delta shape :o)

Might be a bit heavy as an aero engine tho ...

As we seem to have strayed into the odd engines thread - can I also volunteer that wonder of the road, the Commer TS3 - three cylinder, 6 horizontally opposed pistons but only 1 crankshaft. Compact, flat and designed to be maintained !

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31486821@N02/galleries/72157628859068527

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Putters

Re: Surely...

The article does indeed say orbital engine, but reading your wiki ref suggests very much that this is not the case ...

I suspect that the power plant is a horizonal stack of radial engines - though the even number of cylinders would be unusual (radials and rotaries normally have an odd number) - looks like 16 cyclinders per layer, and four blocks of four layers each.

"Back in the day, people tried all sorts of weird stuff" - my personal favourite (which I saw first in a 1930's set of books called "Modern High Speed Diesel Engines") is the Junkers 12 piston 6 cyclinder diesel Aero engine.

Those of us who like wierd old kit will really appreciate this ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junkers_Jumo_205

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2QxEXYlc2w

http://www.enginehistory.org/Diesels/CH4.pdf

http://www.billzilla.org/Junkers1.jpg

Those o

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Re: Surely...Wrong ! But ...

... I can see why.

Pistonless Rotary engines like the Wankel engine have no pistons. But ordinary rotary engines do have pisons - though they look very similar to radial engines. The difference is that in the former the crankshaft is fixed and the cylinders rotate, the latter is the more conventional fixed cyclinders and rotating shaft.

Wiki is your friend here :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotary_engine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radial_engine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pistonless_rotary_engine

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wankel_engine

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You gotta fight for your copyright ... Beastie Boys sue toymaker over TV ad

Putters

Parody or B******disation ?

Parody or Bastardisation ?

B******disation - practically any ad that takes a classic track, cuts and pastes in the company name where it sounds similar to the original lyrics and pens some trite crap to string it all together with the original tune (Evergreen lawn treatment is particularly and painfully guilty of this)

Parody - the Barron Knights spring immediately to mind.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqq5uvyg-Qe0QPOgl4d372bFRhNmbsSGG

All together now - "There's a dentist in Birmingham ... "

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Hear that? It's the sound of BadBIOS wannabe chatting over air gaps

Putters

Re: Meh...

Given the nature of the systems that they were talking about - and the likelihood that they would be some kind of warning system, turning off the Bing on the Box That Goes Bing just might not be the greatest idea ...

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Keeping warm in winter the el Reg way: Setting a NAS box ON FIRE

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Bellringing

Religion works less well than most things re lightning. As many German pastors found out prior to the invention of the lightening conductor.

Mind you, the habit of going into the tallest building in the village and ringing the bells to scare aware the demons was probably not an inconsiderable factor in the death toll ...

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MY EYES! Earth engulfed by BRIGHTEST EVER killer gamma-ray burst

Putters

The "interesting" number ...

... is the 20 hours.

Meaning that, should something similar happen closer, the whole of the earth's surface will be irradiated, not just a significant percentage.*

*OK, that assumes the event being approximately in the plane of the earths rotation ...

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How my batch process nightmare was solved by a Wombat

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Facepalm

Can't be co-incidence (can it ?)

Many many moons ago when I was a spotty trainee at Philips had the joys of bashing around in VMS. When you typed HELP, it gave a list of commands.

The last one on the list was WOMBAT.

Typing HELP WOMBAT gave the following response - "A Wombat is a small Australian marsupial "

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Alarming tales: What goes on INSIDE Reg hack's hi-tech bedroom

Putters

Re: All hail the mighty teasmade!!!

Used to have an early - 1950's/1960's (I'm not THAT old, but did like picking up old tech) teasmade on the bedside table. One of these if I'm not mistaken :

http://www.retonthenet.co.uk/vintage-hawkins-patent-tecal-electric-teasmade-1950s-alarm-clock-teasmaid-tea-maker-caffettiera-3295-p.asp

Had a very slooooooow boiling kettle - would start hissing and gurgling about 15mins before achieving boiling point. If you woke up during this phase it was "nice". Then it would eject the boiling water - hopefully into the pot you'd placed adjacent to the machine, and the whole thing would counterbalance forward with a hefty clonk, the light would come one and it would buzz like a demented vibrator. Waking up at this point was "not nice" !

Never satisfactarily solved the problem of keeping the milk cold in the teacup overnight though (old enough to pre-date cheap mini fridges) ...

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Double-click? Oh how conventional of you, darling!

Putters

Re: Standards...

Not quite handbrake on the roof, but about 10 years ago I used to run around in a 1960 Humber Super Snipe. Column change auto (nice) and handbrake between the (bench) seat and the drivers door.

Due to it's unreliability and thirst for fuel (20 mpg on a run, 14 round town) I used to fairly regularly hire cars - and barked knuckles from the door pocket that the handbrake had inexplicably changed in to were a common injury as a result

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Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe

Putters

Re: Trekker alert!!

Also explored in one of only two good cartoons (the other being The Cat Came Back" -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bETCusT5kNM )from the National Film Board of Canada

"To Be" by John Weldon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdxucpPq6Lc

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Upturned boat sails to Shed of the Year title

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Re: Always be suspicious...

Didn't stop the guy who owned the luxury flats we could see from the Docklands Light Railway on the approach to Bank (just before the descent into the tunnel) when I used to work near Canary Wharf. He'd installed his shed on his balcony ...

... also didn't stop a work colleague (a lady of a "certain age" who spoke with an accent that would cut glass and a vocabulary that would etch it), on having it's existence pointed out to her, proclaiming it "what a marvellous erection" at full volume on a crowded DLR train ...

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How Alan Turing wanted to base EDSAC's memory on BOOZE

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Facepalm

In my student renting days ...

... lodged in Cambridge. For some reason the guy that owned the house had a plasic bottle of mercury in the cupboard on the stairs - must have been a couple of kilograms in weight.

Mind you, he also had a couple of gallons of neat caustic soda in there too - he tried to clean the bath with it and took the enamel off back to the metal ...

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Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

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Sad and Blue

Not quite having to plug in an analog phone, but recently had to dig around in the loft for a test phone to shove in after a thunderstorm had fritzed the housephones. The one I found at least had push buttons but also a sad and blue Mercury button ....

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Apple's screw-up leaves tethered iPhones easily crackable

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: 0118 999 881 999 119 7253

For some reason, read that and the number

01 811 8055

popped into my head.

It will ring bells if you are uk based, old enough, and have an autistic streak when it comes to numbers (oh, and if your mum wouldn't let you watch that TisWas on ITV)

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... time machine. Iranian Dr Who claims he invented a ...

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Windows

Professor Pinero ?

The process sounds remarkably like that of Mr Heinlein's 1939 creation ...

Wiki : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life-Line

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Another 170,000 Freeview homes to be freed from reality TV - possibly

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Windows

Re: Why don't you...

Ahh - either very young - or not in the UK ...

This might be enlightening : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRUhjFF5a6Y

Wiki : "Why Don't You? or Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your Television Set and Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead? was a BBC children's television series broadcast in 42 series between 20 August 1973 and 21 April 1995."

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Big Data: Why it's not always that big nor even that clever

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Facepalm

You're kidding, right ?

"If a company that’s been around for years suddenly argues that it needs Big Data techniques to run its business, it must mean that either [...] or it's been hobbling along forever with systems that don’t quite work. Either of those claims would be hard to believe."

The second is all too believeable, and is keeping me in a job right now ...

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El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

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Really Bad Tea

As a Scots friend of mine preferred her tea ...

Take 1 mug.

Fill 2/3 with boiling water.

Add 1/3 cup milk.

Add 3 sugars

Take teabag and dunk in watery milk ONCE. DO NOT STIR. DO NOT SQUEEZE TEABAG. JUST DUNK.

Attempt to claim resulting sickly sweet, slightly beige, transulcent mixture is a Cup of Tea

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Under cap-and-trade, flying is greener than taking the bus

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Stop

Re: Doublespeak

As a native of King's Lynn, I'll reply in song ...

"In praise of our county we're going to sing

Against this fine place we will not hear a thing.

If you speak ill about it, you speak a falsehood

For our native county is Norfolk and good.

Norfolk and good, Norfolk and good

We are the boys who are Norfolk and good."

(Lyrics by The Kipper Family)

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Kick your computer... before it kicks you

Putters

Re: A.B- Sorry

Sorry - thought the damn thing hadn't posted earlier ...

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A.B

Artificial Intelligence is proving a little difficult, but Artificial Bloodymindedness has been with us for a while

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A.B.

Artificial Intelligence may still be an aspiration, but Artificial Bloodymindedness is a well established phenomenon.

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The hoarder's dilemma, or 'Why can't I throw anything away?'

Putters

Can you see what it is yet

Most of the spitzensparken kit in the loft ebayed last year - including two Speccys (and associated Alphacom and Zx printers, Interface 1 and 2, Microdrive, DKtronics keyboard), 1 QL with working microdrives, 1 Psion Series 3, and IBM PC XT, a portable valve radio and a portable imperial typewriter (ok pushing the defn with that last one)

The Atari ST didn't sell, happily.

Two working valve radios remain (including one with the Radio Rentals logo from when they used to rent out their own brand radios) and so does, joy of joys, a fully working ...

... Rolf Harris Stylophone :O)

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Putters

Ebayed most of the attic contents last year.

Two Speccys went (with accessories including ZX and Alphacom printer, Interface 1 and 2 and a DKtronics keyboard) - as did a QL (with several working microdrives !), and an IBM XT PC. Oh and a portable valve radio. And an Imperial typewriter. The Atari ST didn't sell (happily).

Pride of place goes to the two remaining valve radios (one a radio rentals branded set from when they rented radios !) and, joy of joy, a fully functional Rolf Harris Stylophone

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REVEALED: Everything Everywhere new 4G logo ... a SNAIL?

Putters
Go

Why not ...

... after all, one of the best British sportcars of the 1960's had a tortoise for a bonnet badge ...

Quotes from the GORDON KEEBLE OPERATING, MAINTENANCE AND SERVICE HANDBOOK 1964 -

"WARMING UP THE ENGINE

DON’T start up a cold engine and then leave it idling while you rush indoors to pay a belated farewell to your wife.

In the interest of minimum engine wear, skip the farewell and drive away. When facing the music on your return in the evening, make a mental note henceforth to adopt a definite sequence of events prior to your morning departure. You will achieve substantially diminished wear from your engine and deserve greater affection from your wife”.

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