* Posts by Stoneshop

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PARIS in 89,000 ft climax

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The balloon

Immediately after the release you can see the camera view change from "swaying" to "tumbling", which would imply the main box is also falling freely.

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Indeed.

Some mechanism with a tensioned spring that can only pull back the release pin once the balloon bursts, most easily implemented, I think, with a cord running from the spring to the balloon.

And the plane hanging nose-down under the launch box will probably make it drop away faster, decreasing the possibility of a collision (as I think has happened, judging from the shape of the hole in the port wing).

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I'm no rocket surgeon

nor a brain scientist, but I don't see wind as much of a problem. You're launching from a balloon, which will be drifting with the wind; the plane itself has no propulsion and its (horizontal) speed respective to the surrounding air will not be vastly different from lower altitudes. Only air density and thus air resistance will be a factor.

Of course, if Chuck did indeed perform a steep dive from the release height to somewhere between 5000 and 10000 ft (165..330 double decker buses) his craft will have reached an appreciable aerial velocity which it would have retained initially when pulling out, but given the plane's aerodynamic profile and its weight it will have slowed down rather quickly and settled at a thrown-paper-plane airspeed and flight attitude.

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Collision damage

Considering that the hole has two straight edges at right angles to each other, and it's on the port wing which tipped up as the plane banked after release, I'd venture the guess that it was caused by the wing hitting one of the corners of PARIS' box.

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Just trim by moving weight

You have one end of the concertina pipe moving anyway, add weight to suit if you actually want to go that route. No fiddly mechanism to transfer the movement to trim flaps.

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This one

http://www.dnt.de/index.php?dir=produkte/detail&id=52104&app_tv_current=

is maybe a bit bigger and heavier than the keyfob/spypen cams, (133g total, with the camera at 29g), but it has the advantage of having the actual recorder separate from the camera, which would help with weight placement and the keeping warm of the recorder battery.

First tube station to get Wi-Fi next week

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In what order

will they be doing the other stations? The last one should be, for obvious reasons, Mornington Crescent (alternatively known as Concerning Torments), but will they be following Trumpington's Variations? Tudor Court Rules? Standard?

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Yes, stupid you are

HSDPA/HSUPA, or even just UMTS/3G is just the trick to connect some local network to the Great Wide Internet when there's no suitable cabling around. These,and their predecessors have bene around for a good ten years, and are pretty ubiquitous nowadays.

But if you can't grok those newfangled technologies, just wait for the bus that trails a spool of telephone wire. Alternatively, trolleybuses may have Powernet installed.

Boffins mount campaign against France's official kilogramme

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No definition

A liter of water (at 277K and 1*10^6Pa) is indeed 1kg, but try varying the temperature or ambient pressure a bit and you'll be sufficiently off to throw any semblance of precision out the window. And precision counts in definitions. So anything that doesn't rely on other measurements is to be preferred: [large_number of stable_atoms] is quite a bit better than [amount of fluid that goes in a container of some size at this temperature and that pressure]

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Which one?

"the SI units of meter, second, second, ampere etc"

The first second, or the second?

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Chamfered

If the top and bottom had straight edges, you would be more likely to chip off a few atoms when you set it down. At least, that's the reason I can think of for doing it

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You may want

to get hold of the Superdupont comic, the first album. Okay, it's about the meter, but one of the stories is quite like your plot.

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So

Le Kilogramme is to walk the Planck.

419ers threaten terrorism charges

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What?

No TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY FIVE THOUSAND UNITED STATES FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION AGENTS (ONLY) at the ready to lift you from your bed in the event of non-compliance?

Ellison roasts HP chairman for 'absurd lie'

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And this is a problem

how, exactly?

Facebook comes down hard on Faceporn

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FaceT

Some aspect of.

Or maybe the combined site for two of the A-Team's members.

Then of course being FaceTious means you might have to FaceTheConsequences.

Man wins $650k for stripper shoe eye snafu

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WTF?

Self defense?

The way I read the story, someone else, not the eyepokee, slapped the stripper.

Ballerina canned for flashing her assets

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No need

the URL as given works fine, and is the actual URL of the article on the Wiener website. When you remove the ellipsis you'll get redirected to a page ... whose URL has them. Just a simple refresh would have been sufficient anyway.

And learn to spell Wiener, you twat.

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Just do a page refresh

or copy/paste the URL, and it's fine. Probably something to do with the http-referrer which they decided not to like.

Legendary steampunk computer 'should be built' - programmer

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Interface

For output I'd expect it to be able to control whistles, the sound of which can be picked up and fed to a FSK (75 or 110bd, maybe 300bd) modem. The input converter could be any device that spits out paper tape or punched cards

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A few from a list I got

AWTT Assemble With Tinker Toys

BOD Beat on Drum

BRO BRanch and Overheat

BWABL Bells, Whistles and Blinking Lights

BWOP BeWilder Operator

CAF Convert Ascii to Farsic

CRN Convert to Roman Numerals

DSI Do Something Interesting

DSR Detonate Status Register

DSTD Do Something Totally Different

DSUIT Do Something Utterly, Indescribably Terrible

DTC Destroy This Command

ENF Emit Noxious Fumes

ENG Enable Gravity

EOI Execute Operator Immediate [a fast version of another instruction]

EP Execute Programmer

EPI Execute Programmer Immediate

FLD FLing Disc

HCF Halt and Catch Fire

IDC Initiate Destruct Command

LTS Loop Till Smokes

LUM LUbricate Memory

RIC Rotate Illogical thru Carry

RLI Rotate Left Indefinitely

ROD ROtate Diagonally

RRC Rotate Random thru Carry

SPA Sliding Point Arithmetic

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Not nearly as much

as NetBSD, which *does* run on everything, short of a kitchen sink (but I haven't kept up with the latest ports, so I may be wrong there).

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*RECENTLY* lost their way?

Umm, the Agilent spin-off was ten years ago. Since then HP stopped inventing however much their slogan tries to convince you otherwise, with the possible exception of inventing more ways to turn pigments into money.

Getting EDS, and now Apoteker, on board is just par for the course.

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Write failed: Broken pipe

Clearly, UNIX is steam-powered

Nigerian perv scanners lay Lagos ladies bare

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Perv scammers

"then rush back in to admire her assets." - those assets (worth TEN MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSANDS US DOLLARS ONLY) then being offered to a trustworthy party, with just a small bit of cash required to get them moving?

Las Vegas death ray roasts hotel guests

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Oh, really?

"Absher explained that there's no easy fix for the problem, "

There are no problems which cannot be solved by judicious use of high explosives.

Channel islanders attack Street View car

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Not that backwards

"They probably think the cameras will steal a bit of their soul."

They do. Think about it

US forces drop dead drug-poison killer mice from helicopters

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So they switched

To "War WITH Drugs"

Vacuum-wielding thieves siphon €500,000 from store safes

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Still in use

But most of the systems I see today don't use pods. Usually there's a slot into which the checkout clerk can slip bills, and apparently those travel through the tubes just like that. With pods you would have to modify the tubes in a way that the entire pod could be diverted without jamming, but loose bills are much less restrictive that way.

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The Hoover Heist.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0123282/

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Under pressure

They're certainly not airheads

Code for open-source Facebook littered with landmines

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Even the dumbest of fscks

are generally competent enough to run some torrent client or other. At first glance, Diaspora looks to me to be technically similar.

Facebook follows papal line on censorship

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Just checking

"a much, much, much ruder sculpture made from... parts of herself "

Recycled amputated bodyparts?

Cops cuff man who exposed holes in 'perfect' voting machines

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But with a paper trail

in this case the printed chits, you can always do a manual recount and compare its result with what the counting machine is programmed to spit out.

Whether or not a manual count can be seen as sufficiently precise and fraud-free, at least it's a process that people know and have kindof trusted.

Trojan-ridden warning system implicated in Spanair crash

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So, in what way

is a problem-tracking tool a real-time application?

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The change in tactics

should be to keep those systems *OFF* the Internet. Period. Oh, it's convenient, yes. Security is inconvenient, *good* security is fscking inconvenient, and so a decision to do something like making SCADA systems accessible from anywhere "because it's convenient" should be shot down because of those three words alone.

A proposal to run such a system on Windows should be chucked out too. Including the proposer, and preferrably from the board-room floor of the main office.

LG touts 'surprisingly productive' iPad killer

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It's not.

"It is the only MP3 player available which has a decent sized hdd."

Well, the Creative Zen series has a few: 20, 30 and even 60G. I'm sure there are others.

Anyway, given the way it'll be used I'd rather have a smaller flash-based unit than a 40G rotating disk. And now with 32G (and even 64G) solid state media players there's no reason at all, other than aesthetics/UI, in going for an iPod, especially since most of the others appear as a mass storage device to their host, and can be easily filled without some bloaty proprietary tool. I didn't look too closely into it, but I suppose there are also players that have an SD slot. With such a player and carrying a few of those cards you could carry way more than 60G in less space, and with longer playing times too.

Polaroid 300 instant print camera

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They could offer that as a special firmware version

Review and delete buttons disabled, no frozen image in the display after you've taken a pic, no "best shot selector" option, 36 pics max (or 12 for the real pro) after which the camera simply goes into standby for a minute or so, and maybe 4 frames/sec max in motordrive mode.

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Those postcard photoprinters

aren't inkjets but use a dye transfer process, so no smudging, waiting for the ink to dry and clogged printheads. The dyes sit on a film that gets changed with the print paper. But yes, building an instant photocam around such a printer (the camera bit would be negligible, sizewise) might have been a better idea.

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Well, it's chemical

"However, it's still hugely enjoyable to watch the image develop, turning from smudges and blotches into a fully-formed photo within about 90 seconds. "

Printers, especially inkjets, tend to go the other way round.

LaCie touts tough truck-resistant flash drive for tough guys

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Sandisk

has a line of thumb drives with a titanium shell. I own two (a 512M and a 16G; the smaller one is noticeably larger), and stood on them (for demo purposes) several times each. Not a scratch, and no failures either. I'm fairly certain you could drop them off the top of a highrise building onto pavement, or drop a brick on them and they'd survive,

Fanbois end Judas Phone 'Death Grip' with, um, SIM tape

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AHS, ASS

All hardware sucks, all software sucks. There's nothing that's non-sucky, with just a small amount of stuff that has a bearable suck-level. And with greater integration of functions the suckiness increases exponentially.

I believe the average rotary desk phone to be the last of the non-sucky telecoms devices (that's obviously excluding telco cockups).

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You're not an antenna engineer

No sweet spots? You're talking utter bollocks. Any tuned antenna's performance is affected by its loading, and the factor by which a load detunes the antenna depends its type (capacitive, resistive or inductive; in real-world situations a combination of all three) and on the position of said load with regard to the antenna feed point.

Google's Wi-Fi snoop nabbed passwords and emails

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Now clone yourself umpteen times

do this for three years, snap pics while all of you are about, and simultaneously record where you are. Still not a problem?

It's funny how people still keep saying "well, I could easily snoop open WiFi too, what's the big deal?". But that's just part of what Google was doing. It's the agglomeration of all the data, including GPS and pics, the googlomobiles are collecting that pushes it way beyond simple eavesdropping. It's also not just some random internet user collecting all that stuff, it's the largest adbroker around. Who has a serious commercial interest in knowing as much as it can about you, and not limited to your online behaviour.

Linux wins the SCO vs Novell case

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To borrow the words from an acquaintance:

"Let's erect a Memorial Latrine".

Google's Wi-Fi sniff probe reveals 'criminal intent' - PI

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Not just the word of some people.

>>The patent is odd, but we only currently have the word of some people who are suing Google on that one. Hardly unbiased information is it?<<

Aaaaaaand the text of the patent, linked to from one of the earlier articles in this series. Which is full of technical guff of what it does, and how, but nothing about what it doesn't do. Now, it's fair to expect the patent not to mention that this stuff doesn't do the dishes or feeds the cat, but it also doesn't mention packet payloads being discarded.

Google blames Wi-Fi snooping on rogue engineer

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You could try following links

"The article you link to contains NO INFORMATION AT ALL about the patent, only what some lawyers who are suing google say"

The article Andy, and I, linked to contains the link to THE PATENT APPLICATION ITSELF, for all to read and dissect to the last comma. Do that, then tell us where it says they WON'T retain any data beyond SSID and MAC. I did, and it's totally silent on that point. And while Google may have been not evil at some point in the past, I don't trust them anymore.

Also, some Google spokesman may proclaim that the patent has no relation to the collection as it was done, but a) they initially denied having done so, and b) spokesmen output rarely has any bearing on what's actually happening.

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Ah, ad hominem attacks

The last refuge of those without real arguments.

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Funny how

critical posts are downvoted, and a common theme seems to be "I could do this too without problem, let Google have their way". Also, that handing the data over to privacy regulators is somehow worse than letting Google dispose of it (how would you know that they wiped *every* last copy anyway?). Maybe in the UK it would be irrelevant, the appropriate authorities apparently being a bunch of spineless, toothless penpushers, but their German (and EU!) counterparts pack quite a bit more clout. And why privacy regulators and not some justice department straightaway? It's not clear what Google have collected, their story morphing as stuff gets uncovered more and more. It may well be that their collecting wifi data, even unencrypted, is somehow illegal in itself already, but let's leave the legal stuff until it's been established *WHAT* exactly has been snooped.

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Hey , Google Apologist

In your hurry to defend your favourite adbroker, you sure picked the wrong person to address your ranting to. Take a good dose of valium and stay away from your computer for the next week or so.

Next step: go read the patent application linked to in http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/03/google_wardriving_patent/ , and tell us where it explicitely says that they *WON'T* retain and/or analyse packet data beyond SSID and MAC

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