* Posts by Vulch

409 posts • joined 28 May 2008

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What do voters want? An IRL Maybot? Sure, give that a whirl

Vulch

Frankie and Benjy Mouse should be able to help with that.

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BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service

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Re: Well the smoking gang...

2 side walls would class it as outdoors

Actually two complete walls class it as *indoors*. The wording is "50% or more", not "more than 50%". Generally smoking shelters have a missing panel in one of their remaining sides to make sure they're under the 50% limit.

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1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

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Re: Jabba the Hutt in 1983’s Return of the Jedi

No, Jabba was always in RotJ along with slave bikini Leia. He was pasted into an extra scene in the original Star Wars though.

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GIMPS crack whip on plucky processor to find largest prime number

Vulch

Known as the Sieve of Eratosthenes.

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Virgin Hyperloop pulls up the biggest chair for Branson, bags $50m, new speed record

Vulch

Re: What's the record?

The current hyperloop test tracks are short. Show me a steam train that can do 0 to 200km/h and back to 0 within 500m.

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SpaceX to try reusing both rocket and spacecraft for historic ISS mission

Vulch
Boffin

Visible pass after launch

If the launch goes off on schedule it ought to be possible to see the Dragon, second stage and solar panel covers go over the UK about 20 minutes later, weather permitting. There's an ISS pass about half an hour before launch that will give you an idea of where to look. On CRS-11, the first flight of this booster, the pass was videoed.

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Opportunity rover survives Martian winter for eighth time

Vulch

Re: Obligatory...

Weight, extra moving parts (you really don't want a wiper or brush to get stuck halfway across a panel) and I think the amount of dust collecting on the panels was one of the things that was quantified by Spirit and Opportunity. Previously the amount of dust expected was "some".

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Scotland, now is your time… to launch Brexit Britain into SPAAAACE!

Vulch

The plan is to run sub-orbital stuff like the Virgin Galactic Spaceship 2s out of wherever is chosen rather than orbital things.

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SpaceX 'raises' an extra 100 million bucks to get His Muskiness to Mars

Vulch

CRS-13 has been pushed back to the 8th now, Iridium is on course for the 22nd/23rd from Vandenberg so the fairings problem looks like it is being managed. Zuma is likely to take precedence as a paying customer over the Heavy though so we'll probably not see the Heavy launch this year. https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/

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Vulch

And if everything goes smoothly we'll see four more boosters re-flying in the very near future with CRS-13, Iridium and the side boosters of the Heavy.

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Comet 67-P farted just as Rosetta probe flew through the gas plume

Vulch

Has the feeling of something that wasn't there in one image, was for the next two and had gone again by the time the fourth image was taken. All they know is the event started after the first and before the second, and finished after the third but before the fourth.

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Interstellar space rock screams through Solar System

Vulch

Re: An eccentricity of 1.2 ...

Voyager 1 - 3.72, Voyager 2 - 6.28

https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/science/hyperbolic-orbital-elements/

Elliptical orbits to their Jupiter encounter, then a boost from each subsequent encounter.

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Vulch

Re: Rendevous with Rama

Morgan Freeman holds the rights and has been trying to get things moving for many years.

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'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

Vulch

A MAMIL got convicted of furious cycling in Cambridge a while ago without fatalities, for some reason he'd decided the best time for "training" was middle of the night as night clubs kicked out.

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BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

Vulch

Similar tale told about a Cattle Market back home. Customs and Excise turn up near the end of the day to dip Land Rover tanks looking for red diesel. First farmer comes out and starts a long argument with the C&E officers about how they don't need to test his tank. In the mean time everyone else hops into their Landie and depart, the parking area being a triangle of open space between a couple of roads with no fences or hedges there's no hope of delaying them. Finally exasperated C&E get an answer to their repeated question of why they don't need to dip the tank, "This one runs on petrol".

[In the UK fuel for agricultural machinery isn't taxed but mustn't be used in road vehicles, there's a red dye added to trace it]

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Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

Vulch

Re: Oh noes

I'm ambidextrous with mice and tend to use them right handed at home and left handed at work. For a while in a previous job the other two developers were both left handed but one used a right hand mouse with standard buttons, the other used a left hand mouse with reversed buttons and I used left handed mouse with standard buttons. The mouse on servers was hardly ever in the right place when you needed to fiddle, but it was easy to tell who had been fiddling last.

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I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs

Vulch

Re: First post!

Mostly recycling old strips these days, I think the author had an attack of real life. There do seem to be the occasional new ones, or maybe it's just coincidental what goes around comes around.

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Li-quid hot mag-ma: There's a Martian meteorite in your backyard. How'd it get there?

Vulch
Big Brother

Dammit

Now I'm earworming the headline as a verse of "Hippopotamus" by Sparks...

Again...

Probably as intended...

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

Vulch
Headmaster

Re: "They put their first rocket into orbit just nine years ago"

Technically they've only landed fourteen rockets in a row, it's just that two of them have landed twice.

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You better explain yourself, mister: DARPA's mission to make an accountable AI

Vulch

Hmmm...

"Sea of Glass" by Barry B Longyear mentions a "Shrine of the Why" where someone had asked an AI why it recommended a particular action (an assassination IIRC). The printout filled a very large room...

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

Vulch
Holmes

Re: Some intense dislike by the company of Tom Robinson, or an aversion to high speed roads?

On the contrary, "3, 5, 7, 9 double white line"...

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Re: I would like to be the first to point out...

Or at the very least a Playmobil re-enactment, been a while since we've had one of those.

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Coat

Get the medics to do it?

Removing things from a box without setting off the alarm sounds like the classic game "Operation" which the perpetrators of the incident should surely be well practiced at...

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In touching tribute to Samsung Note 7, fidget spinners burst in flames

Vulch

Re: There's an opportunity here

Quite common for RC aircraft/drone battery recharging. They're often rapidly recharged so even more danger of overheating and bursting in to flame.

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

Vulch

The 1970s version of Ark Royal had similar clearance on its way out of Devonport dockyard. They always had to set out with just enough fuel and supplies to get clear of the breakwater, then load the rest of the fuel, food and so forth with the aircraft arriving as they headed out into the Atlantic.

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FCC: LEO ISPs A-OK

Vulch

Re: FCC?

The FCC approves usage over US territory, Ofcom will decide on use above the UK, similar agencies will decide for their own countries. ITU is, as you said, responsible for managing frequencies and not if operation is permitted over particular areas of the planet.

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Vulch

Re: Maybe Elon will help?

SpaceX are due to launch another ten Iridium satellites tomorrow (Sunday 25th) and have plans for their own LEO constellation.

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

Vulch

Old news

Note this is just a write-up of the presentation Elon Musk gave at IAC in September last year. He has recently announced a follow-up is imminent and will focus more on paying for the project.

Progress has been made, the carbon fibre tank featured in the presentation has since been tested to destruction. It's not clear if the destruction was intended, but that's why you test such things.

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Now you can 'roam like at home' within the EU, but what's the catch?

Vulch

Re: Brexit

Switzerland aren't included in this. The new regulations cover the EEA, which is the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, but not the EFTA. There's still no regulation of charges calling to other EU/EEA countries when you're at home.

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BT's Ryan Reynolds helicopter Wi-Fi ads 'misleading', thunders ad watchdog

Vulch

When I were an engineer working at a regional ITV station (back in the days when they actually existed) adverts did get vetted but the regulators only got to see the shooting script, not the finished product. This got us such items as the two apparently identical shower gel ads featuring the rear view of a young lady taking a shower outside a tent on the African Veldt. Turned out the difference was that in the first version run she twisted sideways enough to reveal a nipple, in the second version which got its first airing after the complaint was upheld she didn't. Both versions had been delivered to us at the same time...

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It came from space! Two-headed flatworm stuns scientists

Vulch

Nah, Zaphod.

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ESA astronaut decelerates from 28,800kph to zero in first bumpy landing

Vulch

The Soyuz has done its re-entry burn and is on the way down before it dumps the orbital and service modules so nothing gets to stay in orbit.

You're conflating two incidents in your last paragraph, the Chinese tested an anti-satellite weapon which resulted in a bunch of debris, and the Americans launched a load of copper needles in the 60s to see if they could create a reflective layer for long distance radio comms.

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After reusing a rocket, SpaceX tries reusing Dragon capsule for ISS resupply

Vulch

Delay if delayed

The reason for the possible two day delay if tonights launch doesn't happen is down to the departure of one of the Soyuz currently at the ISS being due to return with its crew on Friday.

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Microsoft founder Paul Allen reveals world's biggest-ever plane

Vulch

Re: Hang on...

Thunderbirds was my first thought too

Elon Musk has five sons...

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'Do not tell Elon': Ex-SpaceX man claims firm cut corners on NASA part tests

Vulch

Differing cultures

From discussion elsewhere... They guy is ex-military and his background had him expecting every component, no matter how small and trivial, to have its own serial number and detailed record of testing and use. SpaceX in common with a lot of similar industry only tracks to batch level and does appropriate representative testing. Interpreting, it seems like a statement along the lines of "This box of bolts has been tested" in SpaceX terms means "We've taken half a dozen at random and checked they meet spec" whereas in his terms anything other than "We have checked every single bolt in this box meets spec" is forgery.

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Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months

Vulch

Re: State protected entertainment

Show me anywhere else that produces anything remotely like "The Sky At Night".

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Amazon is to install its R&D brainboxes in Cambridge

Vulch

Ah

It's in the CB1 Development around the Railway Station which is in the CB1 postcode. Microsoft are in the same area, handy for the Botanic Gardens at lunchtime but impossible to park. Not the best of areas to nip outside for a quick drone test either.

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Can you make a warzone delivery drone? UK.gov wants to give you cash

Vulch

Re: When you think about it, isn't there a lot of obvious work to be done here?

In the mean time, the enemy deploys their drones which drop a grenade on every source of bluetooth signal...

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SpaceX yoinks $96m GPS launch deal from under ULA's nose

Vulch

Support ship

No currently flying helicopter has the range to do a mid-air recovery of an engine pack from a Cape Canaveral launch if setting off from land. That means a support ship is going to be required on station, and it's going to need a big helicopter to carry the engine pack so it's going to be a big ship. Probably doesn't need to be quite as big as HMS Albion or HMS Bulwark, but that sort of sized flight deck will be needed to hold the helicopter and recovered engine pack.

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What went up, Musk come down again: SpaceX to blast sat into orbit with used rocket

Vulch

Next flight but one

SpaceX has a Falcon 9 due to launch on Sunday, it's due for its static fire tonight after two postponements. Recycle the pad and SES-10 is up next. There's a ULA launch due, currently targetting the 14th, and if that slips again (should have launched last week) then it may affect the SES-10 launch.

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Cisco Jasper IoT bod: Smart home? Nah. Farm pest control – that's a cool use case

Vulch

Re: He has a point

Must dig out the soil moisture sensors I bought back in the autumn. Planning to use them with Wemos D1 Minis to deal with greenhouse watering and pumping water between rain butts. Cut down Arduino type things with onboard wifi so they can talk to each other.

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Totally not-crazy billionaire Elon Musk: All of us – yes, even you – must become cyborgs

Vulch

Re: Someone's been in Silicon Valley too long

If only someone was planning on putting up a 4000+ high speed internet satellite fleet to provide global connectivity...

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Uncle Sam probes SpaceX – but crack nothing to be alarmed about, we're told

Vulch

Very well.

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Elon burning to get Falcon back on the launchpad

Vulch

Re: Back in business

They have no plans to not try for a landing every time from now on, with the possible exception of Heavy centre cores. Barge landings for Iridium and Echostar, probable RTLS for CRS-10, and a barge for SES-10 which should also be the first reflight.

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NASA – get this – just launched 8 satellites from a rocket dropped from a plane at 40,000ft

Vulch

Re: Showing off?

If this being the first Pegasus launch in 3.5 years and only the sixth in the past decade makes it routine...

The low flight rate makes it a very expensive launcher.

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Is your Windows 10, 8 PC falling off the 'net? Microsoft doesn't care

Vulch

I've seen it reported elsewhere that disabling "Fast Boot" makes things work again, speculation that something in the network stack doesn't get reset properly and the DHCP request is sent too soon.

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Just what Europe needs – another bungled exit: Mars lander goes AWOL

Vulch

Re: "plasma noise"?

"The ground" in this case would be the surface of Mars. Shuttles remained in touch during re-entry by relaying via the TDRS in geostaionary orbit above them. Mars Express and TGO were (hopefully) recording information from the lander for that reason.

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BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017

Vulch

Nah, W12 8QT. Let them hunt round the flats they've built there...

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Virgin Media costs balloon by MEEELLIONS in wake of Brexit

Vulch

Re: VM junk mail

Indeed. I shred them first and add some ripped up Amazon cardboard on top. Nice cheerful fire in seconds.

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Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

Vulch

"New Armstrong" was mentioned in the presentation.

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