* Posts by Clive Mitchell

18 posts • joined 13 Mar 2008

Boeing embraces Embraer to take off in regional jet market

Clive Mitchell

5000 km is 'regional'

"I wouldn't have thought a plane doing 5000 km is 'regional' "

5000km may sound a lot but refuelling is not always an option on regional routes so your 5000km suddenly becomes more like 2000km when you include climb out in both directions.

Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian

Clive Mitchell

How good is the cars anticipation?

A human driver (assuming they are competent and paying attention) may see, for example, a small child careening down a driveway on a bike and slow down. Will an AI car? Or will it do nothing until the potential conflict moves from possible to probable?

ATO phone hacking 'tutorial' is tame unless you use a Nokia 1100

Clive Mitchell

Re: To be fair,

Umm, 2G, don't think so....

Paxo trashes privacy, social media and fake news at Infosec 2017

Clive Mitchell

Re: What is this?

"but it's not completely mad to say that something probably does need to be done to curb the Grey Vote's disproportionate electoral power."

Good idea, wouldn't want to risk ending up with a political system where the majority view prevails....

What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

Clive Mitchell

Given it should be an aircraft in active service, and showcase British industry, then the obvious candidate is flight of red painted Islanders!

Expanding ads

Clive Mitchell

Expanding ads

These expanding "content breaks", the EMC one in particular are about to drive me away from El-Reg. Article pages loads but as soon as I start to scroll (using wheel), the add expands. The ad then scrolls rather than the page until eventually I get to the rest of the article. With the EMC ad in particular, it's often longer than the article itself and you I completely lose any continuity.

Reading El-Reg is now an exercise in frustration and I don't need more of that in my life.

Tesla says Model 3 is still on schedule, despite being delayed again

Clive Mitchell

The question that always pops in to my head when I look at the Model X is, so after I've parked in my garage, how do I get out of the vehicle?

VIDEO SELFIE DRONE: 'AirDog' UAV follows you everywhere you go

Clive Mitchell

So which part...

...of auto-follow action sports drone is a world first? They've all been done before.

Handsome young autopilot reports for spaceplane duty

Clive Mitchell

Trust you got the 3dr OST module as well. Video no good with out screen altitude, speed etc.

Super-stealth FLYING CAR prototype seen outside GOOGLE HQ

Clive Mitchell

Re: hmm

"And unless the lift fans can tilt even a little, forward air speed, and low-speed low-altitude control (you know, takeoff and landing, the most dangerous parts of any flight) will be even more interesting."

Making the fans movable just adds weight and complexity when all you actually need is for them to be individually controllable. Want to move forward, increase the rear fans with respect to the forward ones and tilt the whole aircraft If you look at the photo you'll notice that alternate fans spin in the opposite direction so by varying the speed of the CW fans vs. the CCW fans you can even control yaw at low speed.

"both the lift and the drive fans are not shrouded; that thing's not roadworthy"

It's a development vehicle FFS. The patent diagrams clearly show shrouded fans.

"the fuselage appears to have a very narrow cross-section. I do hope that the designers paid close attention to the internal bracing"

No, clearly they don't know what they are doing. Perhaps you should give them a call.

"speaking of structural integrity, what's it supposed to be made of? Batteries are heavy. "

Please direct me to the part that says it's battery powered.

"a headwind of even 10 knots will radically affect the effective groundspeed."

Yes. It will affect it by 10 knots and over an hour it will cover 10NM less, irrespective of whether we're talking about this aircraft or an A380.

"Depending on the maximum airspeed that thing can attain (which won't be much, not with those tiny pusher fans, not unless they're Really Fast Fans(tm)) ... how well does it glide, when (not if, when) the batteries die in mid-air? Not very well, I'm guessing, not with the drag from the fans (too small to even think about autorotating) and not with those pitiful main airfoils."

I would assume those "tiny" pusher fans are capable of generating enough forward movement to generate the required lift from those "pitiful" wings. Cake, eat? Once again, I'm sure they'd welcome your input.

London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

Clive Mitchell

Re: Just what I was thinking

I understand what you're saying, however, as you're clearly a dodgy individual who can't be trusted to sign on without biometric confirmation that it is in fact you, how can you be trusted to confirm your fingerprint identity?

Steve Jobs' last design: New Apple HQ pics

Clive Mitchell



Lasers set to replace spark plugs in car engines

Clive Mitchell


..just like the sub title!!

Fiat shows solar-panel wrapped 'Panda of the future'

Clive Mitchell

Does it...

...leave green skid marks??

Spooks foils fictional Russian plot

Clive Mitchell


ha ha. Nice one centurion, like it.

Sprint execs named 'most overpaid' in 2007

Clive Mitchell

Please tell me....

....that $84,000 a month is a typo! $1.08m a year for doing nothing is just too unbelievable,

Sadly, in todays world where greed is king and members of that closed boys club regularly award each other obscene salaries while looking down up the rest of society with complete contempt, where the humble taxpayer foots the bill when these modern day Gordon Geckos, wallets burgeoning from selling things they don't have while contributing nothing to further our society, finally knock down the house of cards which we laughingly call a financial system.

Apple patents OS X Dock

Clive Mitchell

What is there to actually patent?

I have a problem with the whole concept that this patent represents. Effectively the programmer has used a set of tools, the programming language, the OS, etc, and put them to the use that they were designed for.

Seems to me to be akin to having a hammer and wanting to patent the idea of using it to crack walnuts. It's a hammer, hitting things is what it's for!

Northrop: battlefield rayguns to demo this year

Clive Mitchell
Black Helicopters

Yet more mirror talk

With all the talk on mirrors and other reflective surfaces as an effective / ineffective countermeasure... it will surely have to use some form of optics for beam tracking, slewing the whole installation will not be effective in tracking missiles etc. Is there not some correlation between being able to use optics for aiming and being able to use them as a counter measure!

Secondly, won't it just be a self designating target?

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