* Posts by Gordon 10

2969 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Actively cooled rocket primed for easy re-entry

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Re: Explain?

Technically even the Shuttle used parachutes in its descent. Albeit to brake horizontal velocity rather than vertical.

/pedant.

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F1 team wins CAD copyright war, wakes up to £700k hangover

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Ouch!

So Force India were vindicated in the original decision but the judge took account of the fact that if they hadnt have acted like idiots in the first place the problem would have never happened. Whats called a pyrric victory for Force India.

I like these kind of rules - shows Judges in a good, sensible light :) and basically says dont be a dick and then try to hide behind the law.

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Sky boffins: The Moon is not Earth's only natural satellite

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Re: I don't get it...

Some orbits are more stable than others.

Imagine a swing - if you inject the same energy time and again the swing goes higher. Similar thing here but the energy is being injected by the Earth, Moon and Sun.

If it helps bear in mind even the moons orbit is very slowly changing.

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Cameron's attempt to cram a robot arm wearing a Rolex into his pristine bottom

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Re: @davey

You haven't dived mate - 10-20% of my dives have been better than any TV.

From finding a ghost pipe fish after 15 mins of staring to getting a perfect photo of a mantis shrimp. Unbelievable.

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Re: Dunno

2nd and 3rd this. My tag is 10 yrs old this year - strap has a few scratches - glass is still pristine even after constant wearing including for diving, DIY and using heavy machinery. Best watch I've owned bar none. And cheap over ten years.

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agreed

My bottom of the range Tag is "rated" for 200m - the deepest its gone or ever likely to go is around the 30m mark - and frankly that was on a qualification dive. Most of my interest is between the 5-25m mark.

I would have been quite happy with Tag rated at 50m but they dont exist.

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AMD plots an end run round Intel with SeaMicro's 'Freedom'

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Re: Good move for AMD

Only if AMD don't fuck it up.

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Friends Reunited rebrands as memory bank for oldsters

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Posterity Engine?

The worlds first? (probably not as I cant be bothered to google, but the term amused me in Alastair Reynolds new tome.)

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Sitting down all day is killing you

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Re: You can see the truth of this in old peoples' homes

You have to be immortal and invunerable not to die, not just immortal. cf Highlander.

cue Queen

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Goldman Sachs in email muppet hunt

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Re: Goldman Sachs

Im not defending GS. However all your googling shows is that negative news sells. Positive news generally doesnt.

Using Occams Razor and the fact that GS is a reasonably sucessful global investment bank whats the most likely scenario?

1. Most clients are satisfied.

2. Most clients are unsatisfied.

Post Crash hype to the contrary Investment Banks are like any other business if they dont have products people want to buy they go under. If they miscalculate the size and capabilities of their finances they also go under. In some cases Govts will prevent the 2nd. In no case that I know of does the 1st hold true for a significant period of time. (Loss Leaders and diliberate proping up by Soveriegn wealth excepted)

I call both close friends and utter strangers muppets - without context the statement itself is meaningless.

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Everything Everywhere's 4G monopoly stalled by Ofcom

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Re: LTE? 4G? what?

oh FFS sake.

Its not hard LTE (and WiMax) are the only True Approved 4G technologies.

Everything else is 3G+ at best.

The new IPAD has an LTE chipset and where both the technology and the frequency is supported it will work.

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Climate change linked to extreme weather surge

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Re: still going?

Of course it matters. If we cant identify if/how we are impacting it, how the hell do you expect us to fix/mitigate it?

Or should we just piss money away on the off chance we might fix something?

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Pioneer SC-LX85 9.2 AV receiver with AirPlay

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@JetSetJim

If you are going to troll at least get your facts right.

Electrical current does not travel at the speed of light.

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Game CEO steps down

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Sad but inevitable.

I never got to the bottom of the publishers refusing to do business with them. Was it purely financial worries over their ability to pay or something more sinister (and anti-trust worthy) like second hand games selling?

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London fire brigade outsources 999 control centre to Capita

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OMG

I think Im going to attempt defend LFB and Crapita.

Outsourcing *can* work. Here's my hypothetical scenario how it can happen.

1. Service and employees outsourced. Employee's under TUPE so little saving made there.

2. Service reviewed for unnecessary bureaucracy that was not written into outsourcing contract. Being public sector there is probably some. (Hey there is in private sector too)

3. Rebuild service without bureaucracy - save money.

Half a million quid a year in waste in current LFB procedures I can see that. ITs just over 10%.

Chances of this being actually what happens 0% (I did say attempt)

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Americans resort to padlocking their dumb meters

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WTF?

No tinfoil hats

2 very logical objections to smart meters.

1. Whats the long term benefit to me, once I've found the high consuming devices (its not like I dont know what they are. And no - the reduction of my emissions to AGW to not count. How much carbon does the production of a smart meter cost? How many years until the pay off point?

2. How long until they get p0wned?

No need for tinfoil hats at all - the sensible objections are enough.

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The future of the fondleslab belongs to the Fire

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Analyst BS 101

Define random price point at which ipad is not sold but Fire is.

Give it a semi-catchy name. "Cheap Tablets"

Make random comments that pertain to same.

Results - either stating the bleeding obvious and/or utter analyst bullshit.

Release statement on slow news day.

Justify analysts existence for 10 more seconds.

Seriously - how much do these jerks get paid for coming out with this?

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Proposed Oz mobile 'tower ban’ stalls

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Re: catch 22

Really care to post some evidence to back that up or too busy cowering under your tinfoil hat?

Let's not let nimbyism get in the way of common sense eh?

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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

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Re: Sorry, but... Steve Erwin jokes

Jeebus sensitive much?

Too late I can understand too early is madness.

How long has he been fertiliser now?

And now I'm off to watch some 70's kids show from Gerry Anderson with some puppets in a submarine.

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Mobile operators mourn death of embedded 4G

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Re: I thought so. So here they are again!

Not true.

3 include tethering in all their prepay iPhone tariffs at the very least.

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Facebook: Your boss asks for your password, we'll sue him! Maybe

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Re: protect yourself

WTF. Think about this. If an employer is wankish enough not to give you something they offered in the interview without a reasonable explanation then why work for them? If its not explicitly written into your contract or offer letter you shouldn't expect it - that's your point of maximum negotiating strength.

And as for recording the interview. If an interviewee asked me to record our conversation they would be out of there so fast their head one spin. I would't employ anyone whose unwilling to start on a basis of a shared professional trust.

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Robotic surgeon successful in first prostate snip

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Re: I think I'd rather a robot went up my rectum

I've booked a visit from Asimo for you. Honda are sending him around tomorrow with an economy tub of vaseline.

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iPhone outsells RIM's BlackBerry in Canada for the first time

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Re: Barrel

Even sadder you posted about it.

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Baffling barcode-on-steroids stickers plaster the EARTH

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Re: @Lee Dowling 2

I didn't say I panicked. It was certainly an unnecessary and potential distraction as I worked out what it was.

Given that they are on bus shelters mostly with lay-byes in them it's a reasonable assumption that a plod may be in the vicinity and either want you or want you out the way.

A light is which is totally unnecessary to sell a product ffs.

Sod the bankers - the first people hung in my own private utopian dictatorship will be the ad execs. (hello Eric Schmidt)

Oh and Mondeo drivers.

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What really annoyes me

Is some w*nker ad agency has started sticking little boxes next to the billboard at bus stops containing a QR Code, NFC tags and a ring of flashing blue LED's.

Catch them out the corner of your eye when driving and you think the plod have you in their sights. How on earth were they allowed to be deployed?

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Revealed: Google's SECRET London office

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:)

beer on me - happy friday.

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Medieval warming was global – new science contradicts IPCC

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Re: It's easy to lose patience

That kinda suggests its worth looking at some of the other places that apparently did not warm again.

Two localised warnings might be coincidence if 3 or 4 emerge....

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Third European supply podule blasts off en route to space station

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I dispair

All these years and were are still building these things a millions of euros of expense ultimately to burn them up. The public sector really has fucked up the space industry I'm sure it's all in aid of snouts in troughs.

Here's a though why dont we just bung half the cash to SpaceX and half to the Russians? Both are far better at doing more with less.

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Record-breaking laser pulse boosts fusion power hopes

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@thylacine Re: ...and they're containing it in, ....?

Your momma.

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Half of Apple fanbois would bank with the iPad titan

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Re: Inevtiable rounded corners comment

One problem Goldfish cards have prior art. Plus they get stuck in machines.

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Re: This is stupid

Idiot. If a company starts a bank it has to comply with the rules of behaviour of a bank, doing exactly what you stated - BY LAW

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Report: Nokia, Apple battle over ultra-tiny nano-SIMs

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Wtf

It was had enough getting the damn micro sim into my iPad. Am I going to have to use tweezers for the next one.

Just stop ok. a micro sim is plenty small enough.

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TalkTalk is yet again the most griped about telco in Blighty

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Re: not only customers...

Seriously? That actually happened?

Sounds immoral if not borderline illegal. Wonder if they were actual TT or some dodgy reseller?

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Commodore outs Linux-running Amiga Mini desktop

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Oh ffs

Wtf are they playing at? That looks like a trashy far eastern oem mac-mini clone with some Amiga and commodore labels slapped on it.

If you are going to rip off a mac mini at least make it something better than I could pick up online myself.

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If Nominet has spoken, you can't come here – High Court

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Re: I'm surpised

That's not what the article said. Essentially it said you aren't entitled to appeal to the court on about an abusive registration ruling if you have already chosen to use Nominets arbitration.

Why should the court be asked to opine on something that has no legal dimension? No contractual terms were broken, no crimes were committed.

Essentially they were saying we are not going to become the court of appeal for Nominets resolution service just because you don't like the result.

You have to wonder what the guy had at stake that he thought was worth taking this to the high court about.

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Wannabe Murdochs crash Ofcom's local telly party

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Re: No local pornographic services

I for one was looking forward to "live lapdancing from <insert local dive here>"

Imagine the munters **shudder**

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'Now we understand what's required to explode a supernova' - NASA

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Re: Warning: agenda at work

Thats because those Nasa astrophysics boffins have no short term payoffs to gain - whilst Climate scientists have massive short term payoffs to gain. Not all of them are that veneal - but when your grant money rests on short term results then you are bound to be influenced.

It doesnt matter a jot whether the super-nova theory is wrong or right in the general scheme of things until we get out among the stars, which is unlikely with the luddites in charge.

I would also suggest that Physics is real science and the "science of climate change" falls somewhere between history, mathematical modelling, and spin doctoring.

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Testicle-boiling new iPad ignites fanboi fury

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Re: LTE not usable outside North America?

What's the LTE beef? The 4g iPad costs no more than the 3G iPad and it still works on 3g and 2g everywhere else.

So in summary I've paid nothing extra than I would have paid any way.

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Hong Kong scientists claim 'self-charging' graphene battery

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Besides

If the battery was taking non-chemical energy from the solution shouldn't there be a measurable drop in temperature - and a spike in voltage if heated?

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Big Media drags 142,000 through UK's courts in a year

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@Seb Re: So what is your problem?

Al the TV's and monitors in my house are less than 5 years old. I have never been asked if I had a license for them.

The retailer might be supplying my details - I certainly am not.

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Re: What a rotten piece of writing...

Schizophrenic much?

You demand that the BBC convert to a commercial provider and in the same breath you damn a commercial provider. Bet you also whined about the ITV ad breaks.

Make up your mind - you cant have every you want whiney baby.

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N7Player

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Re: Metadata driven players have a weakness...

Are those tags also sync'd back to your pc/master music store? Otherwise it's worthless.

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Not content with Google

Knowing as much about you as they already do you want to give even more?

Hahahahahaha

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Horny VIKING MICE raped and pillaged Euro pipsqueaks

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I bet

All those slutty mice are squealers.

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Foxconn is world's 10th biggest employer: 1.2 MILLION on payroll

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Interesting piece on the beeb

The beeb mentions the Foxconn suicides and notes that the reported suicide rate among their workers is significantly lower than the Chinese average. Now that average is for the whole population rather than the industry and I'm guessing that many more have happened offshift but it does make you think.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/mobile/magazine-17429786

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ICANN prez calls out own board over conflicts of interest

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Simples

Any BoD members have to renounce any paid roles in related companies and register any non-paying non-exec roles.

It's not rocket science. Just don't obviously put your snouts in the trough.

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Microsoft accused of leaking RDP attack code

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Covering up?

How do we know the researcher don't leak it himself by mistake and is covering it up?

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iPhone stroking keeps us satisfied the most, say fanbois

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Re: 4G Smartphone?

LTE is considered 4g and there is at least one LTE network in the states with a range of true 4g handsets..

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