* Posts by ridley

309 posts • joined 27 Aug 2008

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Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

ridley

Re: Gold no better choice

or from oxidation etc making it heavier. Hence the need to clean it.

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No, no no.

If you went down that path you would eventually be able to say where that Hydrogen atom actually is and that just isnt allowed...

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No, Heisenberg tells people off if they tell you where something is or isnt.

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Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention

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Re: How would they know?

The thing is with Pulsars, I mean really the main thing is that they pulse.

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Smartphone industry is in 'recession'! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached 'peak tech'?

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Re: "A car is"

You've obviously never tried replacing the headlight bulb on a Citroen.

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Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again

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Re: I can't get the sensor to fit

I am surprised that with a mission critical system there is only one sensor system.

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Sensor failure led to Soyuz launch failure, says Roscosmos

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Re: spacecraft design

That why it is best to put the crew in a spacecraft on top of the stack, not bolted to its side.

NASA didn't want to put the shuttle on the side but it was a compromise in order to be able to meet the requirements set.

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Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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Don't be silly Red + Blue = Magenta

So Big Magenta it is.

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SAP bug beatdowns, Apple gets nasty with Mac repairs, Struts woe, and more from infosec

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Re: Wonder what Louis Rossmann thinks about Apple's dick move

It is already here, Tesla's really don't like anyone other that Tesla repairing them.

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Brit smart meter biz blamed Apple's iPhone 7 launch for its late taxes

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Re: Good on the judge

Even Apple pays the VAT on their profits, it is just that they do not make any money in Britain.....

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Re: JIT

No companies collect VAT on behalf of the HMRC, hold it for up to 3 months then hand it over.

Companies will pay HMRC the difference between the VAT claimed on purchases and VAT charged on sales, in other words on how much they have made (if they are a company making VATable products)

Companies will also pay VAT on invoices that they have issued but which have not yet been paid.

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Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

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Re: Ballistic descent

The 21g experienced was not the one using the escape tower it was the accident in 1975 when the upper stage fired whilst still attached to the core.

This aborted the flight but as the attitude at the time of abort was pointing earthwards the reentry was "sub optimal".

(Not to mention the 500ft cliff the almost rolled off on landing)

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Hate to burst your Hubble: Science stops as boffins scramble to diagnose gyro problem

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Re: Optical gyroscopes

The gyros and the reaction wheels are two separate pieces of hardware. Gyros so you know which way you are pointing and reaction wheels to change which way you are pointing.

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Re: Sprouts

Cannot agree more, lovely.

Using the water from them makes a great base for gravy too.

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PC makers: Intel CPU shortages are here to stay ... for six months

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Re: Pah... when I was a kid...

Ahh I remember when I had by mistake vastly overstocked on 1mb sticks which for me at the time was about 500 of them at about £5 each.

I spent a day trying to pass some on as I didn't like to stock more than about a hundred, but got no where.

That night the Kobi earthquake happened and over the next week or so prices rose to about £100 each before I sold.

I was in two minds about whether I should profit from it but in the end sense and the prospect of a nice holiday prevailed.

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A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin

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Re: Maplin Surcharge

If you bought all that lot from Mali you a deluding get your self if you only paid £50 over the odds. The motherboard and ram if bought from Malins I would have expected to be £50 up from Amazon.

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Re: Profitability

Yes but if the banking covenant insisted on at least a 50% gross margin then their hands were tied.

Always wondered why the prices were so high, now we know.

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Spent your week box-ticking? It can't be as bad as the folk at this firm

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I did a job for the MOD whilst being employed by a then large defence contractor,

MOD bods insisted on everything in their spec be just so. After looking at their spec for a while I thought you know what they won't want that, they will want this. So wrote the code to do both on the quiet. You could specify which it compiled by setting a SW switch on starting the compile.

A year later there was a collective suckling through teeth, amongst muttering of can't be done and going to cost from our team when the MOD bod changed their mind,

Got quite a bonus on that one.

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Deliveroo to bike food to hungry fanbois queuing to buy iPhones

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Re: Why anyone would do business with Apple is a mystery.

Why the down vote?

I can see someone being disinterested and moving on, but a downvote?

I have to ask Mr Downvoter, is it cold in the queue?

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Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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Re: What now?

Anyone who pays 80% of the cost price for a two year old second hand item is more of a mug that the person paying £1000 for a phone. Its SH FFS.

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ridley

Re: Let's see...

"Cost of iPhone battery replacement for 6+ is £25. Just do that."

Who gives a downvote on that?

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ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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Re: What we need

V2000 machines were the nuts.

Go to Next program/specified time

Perfect freeze frame

4 hours of each side of the tape.

Shame they were the size of a house and looked like they were hand made inside there were so many "bodge" wires between the huge numbers of daughter boards. With that many bodges they never were going to be reliable.

Bought more than a couple off Comet(?) When they were outing them for a few quid each.

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2TB or not 2TB: Microsoft fiddles with OneDrive as competition offers twice the storage

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Re: So. Kicked in the crotch twice, eigh?

£6.66? Sometimes it is too easy, so I won't.

Who thought that that would be a good price to charge?

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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Re: I'm seriously thinking about charging Coca Cola rent.

Not only on. Our streets but also in the country side.

What is it with McD customers who happily buy the stinking sh*t, drive 5 miles with it in their cars, park up somewhere nice, eat some of the cr*p and then presumably think you know what this stuff is stinking up my car let's, chuck it in that pretty field.

I mean if they wanted it out of the car just store the rubbish in your exhaust pipes till you get to a bin, they're fecking big enough.

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Re: Unpaid walking advert for someone else's company

Hang on.

Are you trying to tell me that you don't need a Rolex if you fly gliders or travel the world exploring the world's tallest/deepest etc?

I feel sullied to have been lied to in this way.

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Re: They Live....

Even if LCD does inherently produce polarised light, it doesn't stop the manufacturer turning the display 90 degrees.

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Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound

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Re: GDPR to the rescue

What do they do on the 30th and 31st?

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Official: AMD now stands for All the Money, Dudes!

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Re: Great news for AMD, but where's the profit?

Firstly the link that you give is for GROSS profit margin, not NET.

Secondly, I would suspect that the costs of R&D for the latest processors are broadly similar but Intel's unit sales are far greater, hence more NET profit.

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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But, where would we be IF scientists always followed instructions?

I would rather have scientist that played around and occasionally went "mm that's odd'.

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How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?

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How not to lead?

"lessons in leadership at an extraordinary and turbulent time in global affairs"

I presume he is going to talk about how his actions demonstrate how not to lead as it can lead to extraordinary and turbulent times in global affairs.

What an arse. History will not look kindly on the porcine player.

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Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

ridley

Re: Sheffield had a water-fountain/sculpture thing...

Mmmm 5 gallon you say. Some might say that being that specific might imply.....

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Boffins offer to make speculative execution great again with Spectre-Meltdown CPU fix

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Re: I have a simple plan...

Actually in a nanosecond the electrons will have for all intents and purposes no moved. Electrons move Very slowly in circuits, the effects move very fast.

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Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

ridley

Re: Auto-crash-pilot

The problem is that in this situation there are no sensors on the Tesla/Volvo etc that can "see" the stationary car, so it will not apply the brakes.

The radar is used to detect other moving objects, not stationary ones. The reason for this is that the radar cannot tell overhead obstacles from those in the road so if it stopped for every stationary object it would be stopping for overhanging trees, overhead street signs etc.

It might be different if they used LIDAR but they don't.

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Xiaomi the money? OK, here's a one beeeeellion dollar loss ahead of IPO

ridley

My Xiaomi mi 5 is a very nice phone, that just happens to be quite inexpensive.

Very impressed with the quality.

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Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon

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Re: What will happen during a war?

See Able Archer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cnrE6OhvZg

Well worth watching, Cuban Missile Crisis had nothing on 1983, we came very, very close.

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ridley

Re: What will happen during a war?

In which case we don't need a hideously expensive hanger queen when we could have bought some F18's and used the money saved on some bungee cords for our carriers.

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Re: I wonder...

I remember walking along Spurn head* one day when a Lightning went past very close to the spit at really quite high speed.

It was rather loud and very unexpected but what was most impressive was that I swear I looked DOWN into the cockpit.

*Spurn head is a sand spit sticking out miles into the Humber estuary, technically the head is the end of the Spurn. The top of it is between 6-9m above sea level.

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Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside

ridley

Re: Reminds me of JAFO

I cannot remember which book it was but certainly a autobi graph of one of the WW2 pilots, maybe winkle brown, but the were assigned as observers to the naval bombardment on D-Day flying above the beaches watching and calling in adjustments to the ships fire,

All was going well, though the flying tricky as the air was choppy.

A sudden realisation occurred, when a "shadow" passed by, about WHY the air was choppy he decided to adjust his altitude, sharpish.

Nothing like several battleships broadsides passing close by to really wake you up.

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Re: Staff don’t care about access to the computers

I cannot help remembering a book I read on the early days of the SAS.

In the beginning they were up to no good in northen Africa, where there was only one use able road the one along the coast. But the SAS wanted to work behin enemy line so had to go into the almost impassible desert to avoid the road.

However after a few operations they realised it was much quicker to wait until a Germany convoy was passing and join it in their British marked trucks, drive with them until they got were they wanted to go and pull off the road and out of the convoy. They didn't even bother with Germany uniforms.

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Mirror mirror on sea wall, spot those airships, make Kaiser bawl

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Drones

I cannot help wondering if you could make a better use of a drone than to fly one in front of these mirrors and see if they work and if so how well.

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Beardy Branson: Wacky hyperloop tube maglev cheaper than railways

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Re: Picking nits

Been there should have done that? Well the design work was done in the 1960's see project Orion.

See the excellent doc "To Mars by A-Bomb"

https://youtu.be/xYoLcJuBtOw

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Re: Usual Beardie/Virgin BS

Well for one thing Virgin Galactic came into being shortly after Spaceship One won the X-prize in 2003.

SpaceX was incorporated in 2002.

Just what have VG been doing for 15 years?

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'Autopilot' Tesla crashed into our parked patrol car, say SoCal cops

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There could be many reasons why someone knocks over and kills a cyclist, not all of them being the car drivers fault.

So without more information it is impossible to say whether this was far too lenient or a travesty of justice that they received any sentence at all.

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Re: Hmm

I believe it does.

Well sort of, it warns the driver that it does not understand what is going on buzzes and shakes the wheel, instructing the driver to take over. Very similar to a commercial plane's autopilot. I believe it will not allow it to be engaged until it is "happy" it can track the surroundings.

In a similar way to a plane's autopilot the driver should be aware of what is going on around them at all times and they should be prepared to take over at any time.

Would you be OK with the Pilot and Co-Pilot of a plane both coming back into the cabin for a meal* at the same time, or would you expect them to be monitoring the situation at all times?

*esp if fish is on the menu.

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New UK drone laws are on the way – but actual Drones Bill still in limbo

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Re: Erm...

"Totally agree with you. I saw this and my immediate thought was "Yeah, right. Because that's worked so well for people using mobile phones while driving." That's something much more common, much more visible"

You should have added and much more likely to cause injury/death.

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Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'

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Thats why good ones go up to 11.

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Re: at least they turned up...

In the late 90's i was running my own business and one day i needed to pay in at the bank. Parked in the bank car park, went into the bank, payed in went out and thought i need some fags. So i wandered off down the street to the newsagents.

When i came back, plod was everywhere and especially around my car. They were very interested in having a chat with me, very interested.

I was held for ages before being told anything about what was going on.

It turned out that up the road a jewellers had been robbed and the owner sadly killed.

Now where did i come in? The robbers had been seen in a high performance muscle car. I drove a TR7...

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Now that's old-school cool: Microsoft techies slap Azure Sphere IoT chip in an Altair 8800

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Of course if you want a throwback to the Altair 8800 why not try the DigiRule 2?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQLPlUDju5k

The previous version ie DigiRule 1 is also pretty cool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZUJHTD7OK4

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Android devs prepare to hit pause on ads amid Google GDPR chaos

ridley

Re: "personalised ad" stuff is absolute nonsense.

TV,radio, magazines, newspapers all offer targeted ads by demographic. Billboards and buses do to, though onlying by location.

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First SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket lobs comms sat into orbit

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Re: 190,000lb of thrust?

I seem to remember seeing somewhere that the 12' diameter is the largest diameter that can be road transported via semi standard trucks without the need for really silly and slow road transport.

BFR is being built on the dockside as it is too large to transport on land.

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