* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

8294 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

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Re: Marrying a laptop is silly but...

Could be an interesting way of getting around the monopolies+mergers rules - have the corporations just marry

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

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Tough part

They then had to fly home on United

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ViaSat lofts world's most powerful communications satellite into orbit

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Re: "Clarke orbit"

I refer to all of them as Kepler orbits

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

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Mount the rocket underneath and you need landing gear the size of tower cranes,

Mount the rocket on top and you do an "opening scenes from moonraker" when you fire it.

Mount the rocket in the middle = just right.

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Re: Why do people design stupid things?

Yes - much better to have a monopoly of defense companies building ever bigger copies of WWII rockets for a single govt customer on a cost+ basis

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Re: "1) Starting at 30000 feet instead of sea level - equivalent to over 400 m/s"

It's not clear that equatorial launch helps so much for this.

It has the biggest boost for GSO orbits but anything going to GSO is going to be too big for this thing (see todays other reg satelite story). Smaller payloads are going into LEO at a whole bunch of orbital inclinations that don't need equatorial boost as much, ones in a polar orbit don't benefit at all.

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Re: Another idea

Because the whole point of this is to use the engines on the plane for flying in air - which aeroplane engines are really good at and rocket engines are really crap at.

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Re: Look at that hanger ...

You just build a hanger that is bigger on the inside

Or taxi at relativistic speeds and rely on the Lorentz contraction to get the plane into the barn

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Re: Why air launch?

It's all about the size of your nozzles (ooh-err missus)

In vacuum you want great big wide open nozzles, at sea level you need narrower ones. The result is a rocket that is less efficient at all stages of flight and least efficent at the start when you need the most thrust. The nearer you can be to vacuum when you light the blue touch paper, the more vacuum designed nozzles you can use.

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Two pilot option

Because Empire Strikes Back was his favorite film

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Re: Reason dual fuselage

Tricky to launch a rocket in mid-air when it is parked on TOP of the fuselage (at least more than once)

Signed

Mr Hugo Drax

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Re: It's that big...

Means you can land somewhere outside Mother America and pickup the payload and launch it - without all the ITAR regs that the Boeing/Lockeed alliance used to block sealaunch

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

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Re: Boadacia House

Although ISIS have claimed responsibility for Heathrow generally

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Re: Looking forward to the BOFH's take on this

I always assumed Cthulhu was responsible for keeping BA (and indeed most airlines) operating

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Re: Oh come on!

Obvioulsy too many Volts or Amperes - both names after foreigners.

They need to have more British Farads or Henrys

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Re: ... not due to outsourcing...

Or they did but covered it up .....

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Sons of IoT: Bikers hack Jeeps in auto theft spree

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Landrover also vulnerable

Thiefs have been fitting extra cogs from an after-market analytical engine to bypass the original Babbage parts in the onboard computer

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Re: Are Jeeps that expensive?

>It's quite normal for a vehicle to be worth more as parts than as a whole;

Jeep Wranglers also have a more than typically robust market for spare parts.

Although supposedly some of the newer models are able to drive off the dealer lot under their own steam rather than be towed directly to the service dept

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UK surveillance law raises concerns security researchers could be 'deputised' by the state

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Re: Alice in Wonderland

You're lucky the law only extends to computers.

Wait until medical researchers get the same warrants.

We don't want you publishing anything about this real virus - we might have plans for it....

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Re: Warrant Canaries

Wasn't part of Brexit the opportunity to welcome our imperial marsupials to replace these european mammals ?

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Re: It is interesting to consider...

That explains the delivery speed at least

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Re: Warrant Canaries

Which side has the guns and prisons ?

They make the rules

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NORK spy agency blamed for Bangladesh cyberheist, Sony Pictures hack

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Re: Who's going to protect us from the North Korean boogeyman

Unless North Korea is a hoax cooked up by a movie studio

Nobody has ever been there, the actors playing staring roles never change, half their missile tests have been revealed as photoshop - I think the whole country is done on a back lot at Sony

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Re: Still not convinced

Britain is safe though.

One of the excuses for upgrading Fylingdales 20years ago (violating a bunch of ABM treaties) was that it would protect Britain and her allies from Iranian and N Korean missiles.

So we can prevent any ICBMs that decide to fly from N Korea via Russia and head over Harrogate on their way to Washington - somehow

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Re: Still not convinced

This was a sophisticated targeted cyber-attack it could only have been launched by a sophisticated state level actor like North Korea.

This was a crude script-kiddie attack which would likely have been launched by a poor backward country like North Korea

(delete as applicable)

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Boffins spot 'faceless fish' in strange alien environment

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>That Theresa May gets everywhere doesn't she?

Well Strong and stable is what you need at 6700m deep

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Re: ".....crews peer into the abyss and find weird things NOT looking back"

>Oooh! That one just winked at me!

With its one eye ?

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So who is making all these new species?

I blame Dawkins

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Pentagon trumpets successful mock-ICBM interception test

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lazers -(light amplification by Zoomy emission of radiation) uses faster than light super turbo WRX light to shoot down missiles before they are launched

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Incredible

You can barely see the elastic joining the interceptor to the missile

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German robo-pastor preaches the GNU Testament

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So you thought being a vicar was the one job that couldn't be outsourced to India ?

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Your job might be automated within 120 years, AI experts reckon

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>My jobs safe unless they can program them to "look busy" when the boss is about

The machines invented Powerpoint

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Re: The Jetsons had a solution

> three days a week.

We all did in the 70s

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British prime minister slams Facebook and pals for votes

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Re: If

"We cannot repeat often enough that in Britain secular law takes priority. "

That's why I can't shop on sunday or buy beer before 10:00am on a saturday? - that fscker Dawkins !

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Re: RE: British prime minister slams Facebook and pals for votes

>Who just happen to be Muslim?

Well you aren't going to see good catholic boys setting off bombs in the middle of Manchester

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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Re: Power

>If power is the issue, what are the IT team doing looking at it? A job for the electricians, shurely?

The electricians are busy doing the database upgrade.

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Re: "Tirelessly"?

They have one team on rentacoder and another from craigslist

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Pirates hack was a hoax, says Disney boss

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Ransom threat

What about the kickstarter campaign to raise enough ransom money to keep the movie locked up?

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Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice

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Re: Because narcissists like to show off.

Hence the famous dyslexic advice to "beware of the doug"

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'President Zuck' fundraiser opens for business

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Re: Fundraising, WTF?

Instead of wasting all this campaign money on ads and banners just put the job out to tender, whover bids most gets the job. Same result - less waste.

Or make it automatic for the winner of capitalism, richest person gets to be king

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Re: The Just What We Need

>paedophilia unearthed by the BBC

Kettle paging Mr Pot, Mr pot - black courtesy phone please

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‪WannaCry‬pt ransomware note likely written by Google Translate-using Chinese speakers

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Re: More to the point

And so it must be from "Southern China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Singapore" because that's where all the Mandarin speakers live

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The revolution will not be televised: How Lucas modernised audio in film

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>Had these two never been to a cinema?

I suspect that UCLA film school's auditorium was slightly different to your average fleapit in Gateshead

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DARPA orders spaceplane capable of 10 launches in 10 days

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Re: "launch 10 time in 10 days or ever 10 hours then use 10 vehicles and 10 launch pads."

Hands up who thinks that the actual cost of one of these launches will be within a factor of 50 of the "projected cost" ?

Remember the shuttle was "projected" to fly every day and cost $50M/flight, it just happened to fly every month at $1.5Bn/flight

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Re: "launch 10 time in 10 days or ever 10 hours then use 10 vehicles and 10 launch pads."

Elon Musk's new rocket will go to 11

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Re: Anyone else get the impression...

That's why they do it.

Giving a $bn to Boeing to help it crush Airbus = naughty

Giving a $Bn to Boeing for a secret project with no accounting and no deliverables = legal

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Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months

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Re: State protected entertainment

So if they stopped doing TV and just did Radio there would be no need for a licence fee ?

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Re: instead I just watched TV

Interactively !

I watched TV and the TV was itself simultaneously watched -

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NHS Digital stopped short of advising against paying off WannaCrypt

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we can't mandate what organisations do

The government can't mandate what organisations do with citizens medical information?

They can't mandate paying/not paying a ransom to potentially terrorists/banned nation's security services?

Then why do we have a government dept ?

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