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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Re: how are they likely to be in Winter?

Meh even my 'cheap' ev will preheat from the mains. Enjoy scraping ice off your dinosaur juice burner.

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Don't snap SELFIES at the polls – it may screw up voting, says official

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legal Dilemma: I take picture of my vote (not another's) If Police or Staff ask to see it they are asking me to disclose my vote?! ergo prohibited!

I think staff demanding to delete anything is going to far, they should politely advise as follows:

"Taking photos/video that may disclose how another person has voted is illegal under Section 66A of the 1983 Representation of the People's Act, If you have taken a photo/video that may disclose another persons vote you are advised to either delete it, or seek immediate legal advice.

If staff believe you may have contravened the 1983 Representation of the People's Act they may pass your details on to the Police or other regulatory body."

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

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Re: No way near Homeopathic standards..

Ooops.. that should be 10^320.

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No way near Homeopathic standards..

Still needs another universe or two* full of water to meet the 200C standard.

* ok its 10^230 Universes...

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SpaceX: We NAILED the Falcon 9 landing! The video, on the other hand...

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Their best chance..

Would be to send a sub to the bottom to get the camera back!

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SpaceX Falcon tests HOVERCRAFT tech – despite ISS outage

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will eventually make for precise set-downs on the surface of alien worlds

Ermmm Not quite right.. whilst they do hope to get to foreign worlds the falcon 9 launch stage never will.. it will never be Falcon 9 legs on alien soil, maybe Dragon paws will make it though...

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BT befriends Google's lonely TV dongle – and saves YouView

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Youview is a dead end borked fork of freeview.

By restricting the setop box to not allow local content (local media servers) they have already created a duff set top box. but worst of all Youview does not support ConnectTV so does not support freeview content delivered over the internet (there will soon be many channels delivered this way) like MotorsTV on Freeview channel 240 which works on any recent internet-connected FreeviewHD unit but is not supported on youview boxes.

The future of youview looks dim. when a standard smart tv will support ALL the freeview content delivery routes and has apps for iplayer and the other offerings.

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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re: waiting for a game where I get to play the villain

Did you miss Evil Genius?

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El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

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Time is not the only lapse..

"shot at 6 frames a second for the journey and then played back at 18 frames a second."

That'd make it a simple x3. Which it clearly is not..

Perhaps 1 frame every 6 seconds played back at 18 fps making x108. which is more likely, 46s vid covers 82 minutes.

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Tesla firms hot bottoms: TITANIUM armor now bolted to Model S e-cars

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re: It sounds like it would be dangerous

Yes! it happens frequently, though often unreported - this 6 kid fatality did make the news.

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Re: Historical

@Anon/troll: Three Teslas have caught fire. Two hit debris in the road, the other was a big multiple impact accident. NONE have caught fire on their own.

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LOHAN cops a faceful of Raspberry Pi

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Who ate all the Pi?

Seems it was Lohan.

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Hadron Collider urinal cake tale wins El Reg's LHC book giveaway

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Re: Link?

Try here.

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Tesla is on fire! Model S car sales are red hot – just like their chargers (yow)

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Re: More rushed to market nightmares

I think you are confusing the Fisker Karma with the Tesla. It was the Karma that had a number of fault fires. so far Tesla has had 3 fires, 2 from impacts with debris on the road (with no injuries, unlike this incident) and one fire as the result of a high speed crash impacting multiple objects, (again no serious injury)

Perhaps you should check out #NotATesla on instagram, twitter and facebook...

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Lifesize, driveable AIR-POWERED LEGO CAR hits the road

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@Andrew Moore

Thanks, I'd like to quietly point out that that's a typographical error, and not quite a spelling mistake.

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Lots of power in compressed air...

Lego engines using the lego pneumatic cylinders are quiet popular builds, there's plenty on youtube and you can buy them here www.lpepower.com

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Women crap at parking: Official

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What we've all known for a long time.

The diagrams seem to show that men's brains are wired back-to-front and women's brains have all their wires crossed....

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Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones

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Brewing a self inflicted shitstorm?

Microsoft have nothing to worry about, their own research showed that people don't want backward compatibility, hence why its not included.

Of course if MS are just restricting backward compatibility to sell more games and there are enough non to tech savvy folks out there who do want it, enough to try this 'fix' ... then MS have a shit storm on their hands...

Question is, is it deservedly so?

Bit stupid to include an auto brick key sequence though...

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Cheap 3D printer works with steel

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Re: pre-mixed pellets

I'd suspect it's more likely to be a reel of wire, like the kind most continuous welding machines already use... and a bottle of argon (or co2 mix?) like welding machines already use will be cheap.. And who needs expensive pressurisation etc? when you can just overflow the box with argon dribble feed, much like current welders do..

Sounds like this can all be achieved with a welding machine fitted to a cnc mill..

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FTC torches Android flashlight app for spying on users

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Re: Post Install Permission Denial

They are keeping it quiet because it allows you to diable adverts on many apps by turning off internet access... I'm sure they will eventually fix it by creating a core google ad serving app in the device OS so the front end app can get adverts locally.

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What is thy bidding? Han Solo’s shooter goes under the hammer

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Re: Am I reading this corectly?

Yes*, a copy of the "original" weapon used in Ep.IV (the Greedo slayer) But it is an "original" long-shot prop from Ep.V. Many "original" versions exist as many were used for filming in each film.

*The clue was in the words.

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Darth Vader outs self as iPhone fanboi

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Evil Empire uses Photoshop - haven't we heard that before?

Why, yes we have.

The perspective in the camera image is identical to the overall image, meaning the phone and hand were added on top of the portrait image, also no reflection of hand & phone in the shiny eyes.

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Elon Musk scrubs lucrative MONEY RING debut again on Thanksgiving

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return trips

I'm surprised no one has tripped over that yet; out of 4 capable of delivering to the ISS only 2 are capable of getting stuff back, and only 1 is man rated.

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Apple dodges data privacy sueball: Fanbois didn't RTFM*, says judge

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Yes, and if they are not performing due diligence? is that not what this case was about? they were not TOLD they were expected to find it for themselves.. perhaps they want it writ large on the wall, or read and press the agree button to enter the store... its all stupid.

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Errrr...

"she said the plaintiffs had failed to show that they'd read, seen or heard anything about the company's data policies before they bought their iPhones."

Because all apple stores have it writ large on the wall. (not sealed in the box, only available after purchase)..

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US puts Assange charge in too-hard basket - report

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Nothing to see here...

non-story, rumour and hear say.

All risks still exist, even if this is officially declared, there is nothing to stop them recanting once he steps outside, or over a border.

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'MacGyver' geezer makes 'SHOTGUN, GRENADE' from airport shop tat

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Re: Lithium Metal...

Thanks, actually I've seem rechargeable lithium cells being made from pastes and conductive (metalised) plastic sheets, all sealed up in a vac-pack outer. But yes, I can understand how a single use disposable lithium battery could use a simple metal foil.

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Lithium Metal...

Which batteries contain lithium in its native metal form? I've only ever seen it as a grey paste compound.. I think there is some exaggeration going on here... the kind that says if you have H2O, you can make a Hydrogen bomb...

Also I would not like to be the one holding that "shotgun" I think that might be one of the deadliest places to be, based on the number of parts it disintegrated into... hardly reusable...

I have no doubt that there are some items that are dangerous in airports, I'd start by looking at the cleaning cart in the toilets rather than the duty free shop. but I don't want to live in a world where you can't take your laptop/phone on a plane at all..

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Bad genes? US watchdog halts 23andMe's handy home DNA test kits

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Does the FDA consider a hair cut a medical procedure?

In my opinion a medical procedure is something done to living tissue of the body NOT something done to an extract/secretion. If the dna kit is acting on a swab sample there is nothing 'medical' about it. likewise testing a stool sample is not 'medical' but instead a biochemistry procedure. However an allergy test that you apply to your skin is medical, as is any cream ointment or tincture that is likewise applied to tissue (that includes water sold as treatment homoeopathy).

Of course this is only my opinion, and not that of the FDA.

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SCRUBBED: Technical oopsies halt SpaceX's bid for the Money Ring

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Kerbal Space Program

As always it seems Jebediah Kerman was happy to launch even if SpaceX mission control weren't...

If you are curious about space and want to learn about orbital mechanics give KSP a go it's great fun and very educational.

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Flying 360° panoramic camera poised for lift-off

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36 cameras

Just seems like too many cameras to me.. Why not use fewer cameras with wider angle lenses?

Surely a dodecahedral arrangement of 12 would be good? afterall Google manage fine with about 8 for Street View. I cant fathom why you'd want 36 unless they have a bulk load of cheap ones in which case why is it still $500...

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Oooh! My NAUGHTY SKIRT keeps riding up! Hello, INTERNET EXPLORER

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I liked the video...

I think microsoft should stick to making videos.

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DE-MON-STRATE! How a DALEK SAVED AUSTRALIA from a Dr Who drought in 1977

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Is the video still available? it seems to be showing as private :(

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ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes, it’s the BMW i3 e-car

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Re: Why couldn't they make...

Have you seen the i8?

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The TRUTH behind Microsoft Azure's global cloud mega-cock-up

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infrastructure that scales

Infrastructure that scales.

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GIMP flees SourceForge over dodgy ads and installer

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hear hear..

I whole-heartedly support this action.

and about time too.

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Google burns promise of 'no big banner ads'. Don't Be Evil next?

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So...

Google defines Forever as 8 years.

I wonder how that compares...

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Baldness fix from foreskin follicles

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On waking after the op...

No Doctor, I wanted it on my forehead!

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FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: Microsoft faces prising XP from Big Biz

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Re: UK Post Office

Doesn't the UK post office fall under banking regulation compliance?

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US Veep's wireless heart implant disabled to stop TERRORIST HACKERS

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Re: So Cheyney had a heart after all.

Yeah, but it was broken.

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Oz bookshop to deliver by drone

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Free drone with every book..

I like this idea..

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PLEASE let us build Fruit Loop Central, Apple begs Cupertino City

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Apple Donut

Mmmm Doughnuts...

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Now that's real science: CYBORG MONKEYS with PROSTHETIC ARMS

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Terminator

I for one welcome our monkey cyborg overlords....

Now where did the welcome icon go :(

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Leaping SpaceX GRASSHOPPER ROCKET jumps 2,500ft, lands safely

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Hexacopter choreographer

Am I the only one who finds the hexacopter footage slightly disappointing?

Don't get me wrong I love it, but It seems like they are just turning up and shooting what they can.. which is still good, but could be much better. I feel they are not making the most of GPS waypoints. They (someone at spacex) should know exactly where the Grasshopper will be, so the hexacopter could be preprogrammed with a GPS sequence (using manual waypoint advance for timings if preferred) It would be superb to fly around the hovering grass hopper, and even drop down to the pad with it. (I'm not sure the hexacopter could match grasshoppers climb rate though...)

I do agree with Elon when he says: always look for what you can do better.

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Control panel backdoor found in D-Link home routers

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Who Else?

So who has control a of a zombie army of BT home hubs?

I've been asking the router question for years, seems I'm now getting answers..

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Raspberry Picam magic: More snaps from LOHAN's fruity eye in the sky

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Bah..

It's all just Pi in the sky...

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Assange: 'I'm fond of your work, Cumberbatch, but let's leave it at that'

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the Fifth Estate

Perhaps "An Inconvenient Truth" would have been a better title...

(yes, I know)

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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self checkout

Is something every man of a certain age should be doing, but usually in the privacy of your own home...

None of us really want those 10 stone testicles...

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