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Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS

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So, onward and (hopefully) upward then.

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

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Contrary to what 'Just call me Dave' claims, we haven't exited the last recession. If anything we're barely marking time.

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Alibaba: Just kidding about that $21bn IPO ... we actually want $25bn

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The IPO also gives them more credibility, which will benefit them when selling goods ouside Asia, and in itself will increase the stock value.

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eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN - tat bazaar says sorry, scrambles to resurrect site

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Tinfoil Hat time?

Is it my imagination or is the Internet in general getting steadily more flakey?

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In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE

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Not really taking sides here, but all the washing machine doors I've seen could take a considerable amount of force.

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Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK

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Zzzzzzzzz {ploink}

Someone call? Oh, Apple sold out 1st day.

zzzzZZZZZZZZ.

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Stonehenge's HUMAN ABATTOIR was just a prehistoric Burning Man hippyfest site

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Re: Hurrah for the rule of law, we say.

Shouldn't that be 'underware of' ?

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Re: Now now...

... and how many were even archaeologists?

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Let XKCD's Randall Munroe satisfy your curiosity in this excerpt from his book, What If

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Been following XKCD for yonks, and 'What If' since it started., Always interesting, fun and zany.

Couldn't read the link above - I'm not prepared to enable the laundry list of javascript :(

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It's official: LOHAN's arboreal avoidance algorithm is PANTS

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I've just had a thought

... it desn't happen too often these days.

Has the gender or LOHAN been establised?

The reason I ask is that if male, then PANTS are undergarments and maybe a wee bit rude for ths Fine Family Friendly Forum (hmmm, 16 bit) whereas if female then the undergarments would be panties and we'd be OK.

This seems to be a most important issue that should probably elicit a substansive response.

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Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport

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dog-gone it

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Intellifridge terror: Internet of Stuff kit must fend off hackers of the FU-TURE-TURE-TURE

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Re: the lifespan of a fridge is 25 years

Says Me - That's at least how long my last one was going for.

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

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Re: That side-on picture of the phone looks just like...

Nah. Common as muck.

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Forget silly privacy worries - help biometrics firms make MILLIONS

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Re: > Biometrics are usernames, not passwords.

I would say biometrics are a password, and a username at the same time.

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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Smart people can manage quite welll enough with dumb meters. Dumb people can't manage whatever you give/sell them.

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

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I wonder what it is she's been smoking.

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Hawking: Higgs boson in a BIG particle punisher could DESTROY UNIVERSE

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Re: Hmm,

I would have thought the fact he said the particle accellerator would have to be bigger than the Earth, and he also cast doubts on available funding suggets he wasn't being entirely serious.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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How low the BBC has sunk

There was a time when it was a champion, now it's just a lap dog.

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Snowden shouldn't be extradited to US if he testifies about NSA spying, says Swiss gov

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Unfortunately, it's not 'most' that are in control.

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Drones swarm over bearded Brit billionaire's island getaway

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Sour grapes much?

See title.

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Shitty what? Almost half of MPs have never heard of Tech City

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Re: I thought I'd seen silicon roundabout once.

Indeed they do. Most of the CMOS range is still in production, and cheap as, err, chips. Also some TTL is, although that has largely been replaced with CMOS duplicates of the older 74 series.

In fact, only last week I got a bunch of 4040s from Farnell to quickly knock up pre-scalers for pulse counter/comparator thingy-whatsits.

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I thought I'd seen silicon roundabout once.

... but on closer inspection it turned out to be a dead 4011B in the middle of the road.

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

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Re: SOME password strength validation still useful

Not sure if I mentioned this before but...

Allowing unlimited printable ASCII (including spaces) -> 95 possibilites

Insisting on a capital -> 26 possibilities

Insisting on a digit -> 10 possibilities ... utter lunacy!

So, they are already trying to weaken passwords as much as possible.

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Very many years ago (1960s I think) there was a proposal to use polarised light for headlamps to deal with dazzle. I wonder if now is a opportunity to revive the idea. The downside is it needs co-operation between car manufacurers. Also it would be a long time beofre the full benefits would be felt.

The proposal was for all car headlights to be vertically polarised, and windscreens horizontally polarised. The result being that scatterted light reflections would be more-or-less full brightness, but direct light from oncoming traffic would be much weaker.

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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Re: The police are WRONG

I believe you get put on the list of domestic extremists and dissidents. You will them be randomly stopped and harrassed for the rest of your life.

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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I really needed this

I'm working from home today 'cos one of our cuntstomers wants a control system modified on a PLC type I've never seen before, with no code comments and programming software that 'goes funny' on Windows 7.

... and can we have it ready by Friday?

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Forrester says it's time to give up on physical storage arrays

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Azimov's hyperspace?

Unless some has found a way to utilise this, there will always be a need for physical storage somewhere. Personally I'd rather have it where I can reach it... quickly.

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Renegade NSA, GCHQ spies help fix Tor vulns, claims project boss

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I see we're promoting the 'evil' bit

No mention of the uses of Tor to protect those trying to get news out of various government atrocities then.

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UK.gov sinks another £1.6m into Internet of Stuff spec HyperCat

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Re: Hmm...

Priceless! Still has me grinning a day later. I can just see it happening too :)

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No doubt with extra features to 'help' distressed individuals who can't seem to find their 'door' keys.

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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It'll be the blighty mug for me.

... now where do I sign?

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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Re: Prevention of Terrorism

I disagree. It is very effective crap, scaring the pants off everyone who is 'normal' (whatever that means) while doing nothing to impair the criminal industry.

P.S.

.. of which the Met is arguably part.

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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But But

If El Reg is calling to me on weekends as well as the erm, working week, when will I find time to actually do anything?

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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

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Meh

This sounds like the actions of very, very scared people desperate to get a foothold in an area they know nothing about.

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TRIANGULAR orbits will help Rosetta to get up close with Comet 67P

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Just keep up the good work!

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UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones

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Call me cynical...

I wonder what the fuzz are really after.

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UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco

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New at 11

Government tells lies.

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Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run

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Hmm. A bit concerned you seem to be having a lot of trouble with the servos, and those current spikes look a bit suspicious to me. Are they fed plain DC or PWM 'soft' start?

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Can you say 'Astro Turf'?

That's all we have here, people. Probably even a new form of cloud-astro.

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

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Re: 20th century

But was that dragged up from the 19th or down from the 21st?

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Re: Man drives a 'Ka'?

Doesn't need a speedo either. Most Ka drivers seem to drive at 45MPH on all roads under all weather conditions.

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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WTF?

A couple of points.

First, any design that can partially fail in service is a no-no, especially something relatively simply like this (but takes money off people). It should be able to operate fully until it reaches its defined endpoint voltage then shut down completely (and should have built in hysterisis so it doesn't try to restart if there is a minor battery recovery).

The other thing is how old are theser meters? Presumably they would have some form of DC-DC converter rather than simple voltage regulator for the sensitive parts of the electronics, in which case they should be able to handle a far wider voltage range. Having said that, there are also microcontrolers tha directly work over a 2:1 ratio and the old CMOS logic worked from 18V down to 3V!

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It's time for PGP to die, says ... no, not the NSA – a US crypto prof

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Re: @AC

Nowhere near as unreasonable as saying something that actually works should 'die'.

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Yes another person complaining about something, without having anything better to put in it's place.

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A-level results: Before you smile at that jump-for-joy snap...

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Looks like we're going full circle

40 - 50 years ago Uni was a rare option. Most kids got into on-the-job training of some sort, and after 4-5 years of that actually knew what they were doing and were well worth their money.

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Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage

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ee bay gum

well someone had to say it

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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

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Just surprised and saddened.

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Blighty in SPAAAACE: Brit-built satellite films the Earth

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Beers all round then

Mine's a Doombar

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Don't call it throttling: Ericsson 'priority' tech gives users their own slice of spectrum

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FTFY

this could be set to only kick in when there's more gouging wanted.

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Google leaves STUPID vuln on Nest devices

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Re: That's actually a feature I'd want

It's the risk of resellers modifying the code that is the real danger here.

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