* Posts by SteveastroUk

29 posts • joined 15 Dec 2012

Douglas Adams was right, ish... Super-Earth world clocked orbiting 'nearby' Barnard's Star

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Re: When there's no more magic left it's time to stop.

Robert Forward, who was a professional physicist and science fiction author used described the deceleration of a laser powered space ship in his Rocheworld books.

IP freely? What a wind-up! If only Trevor Baylis had patent protections inventors enjoy today

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Re: Concerning Trademarks

In Europe, Pyrex IS still borosilicate - its made by St Gobain.

Grab your lamp, you've pulled: Brits punt life-saving gravity-powered light

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Re: When there's no more magic left it's time to stop.

RIP Trevor Bayliss. This was your idea.

Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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Re: When there's no more magic left it's time to stop.

Except GP was about the THEFT of a private company from its owners - like Nationalisation.

NASA flies plane through Earthly shadow of Kuiper Belt object

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There's a branch of amateur astronomy dedicated to watching these occulations with networks of cameras placed on the predicted track of the event. Then its possible to deduce the occulting objects shape, mass, spin etc. Bloody subtle. Some guys put out a 10 mile track, with cameras and integrated GPS clocks every 1/2 mile.

Dyson celebrates 'shock' EU Court win over flawed energy tests

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Re: Did Dyson participate in the standards setting process?

Well, no, to participate in the European standard making process you have to be a member of a recognised body, or a stake-holder in the standard - and invited to participate. I know American companies who serve on EU standards bodies.

Contrast that with the ASTM in the USA, where anyone can turn up to their meetings and have their say. If its worth listening to, its acted on.

That's speaking as a member of European and US standard making bodies. The EU ones are a fix-up, as this and dieselgate should have demonstrated.

Try not to scream: Ads are coming to Amazon's Alexa – and VR goggles

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First ad I hear on my Echo, it goes in the bin. Or, better, send it to Amazon HQ

Uncle Sam backs down on slurping passwords from US visa hopefuls

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Of course no one in the EU or UK needs a "visa" to enter the USA, so its moot, you DO need to sign up for the visa waiver program though.

US visas are complicated things. My O-1 needed a comprehensive list of where I'd been and why, where I'd lived etc etc, 4 years ago, when, I believe, the sainted Mr Obama was in charge

Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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Re: Make something new

....speaking of unfilmable epics PFH would be high on my list. Especially Night's dawn. Keep it to something like the length of Nanoflower and its bearable, but Nights dawn was two volumes too long

US Navy runs into snags with aircraft carrier's electric plane-slingshot

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Its very sad to note electric catapault systems were mooted and developed by the late Professor Eric Lathwaite at Manchester University, then Imperial College from the mid 1960's. I've even seen pictures of the designs in action, possibly in "An Engineer in Wonderland"

Samsung are amateurs – NASA shows how you really do a battery fire

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What the fuck is the battery management system doing BEING "Configrable" unless its a separate system under active development, it should be totally locked, and beyond the adjustment by any poor bloody intern.

Thirty Meter Telescope needs to revisit earthly fine print

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Re: Time to move to La Palma

Well, no, with the naked eye, even in the darkest sky conditions, you can only see 100,000 stars IIRC

Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

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Re: The Evoque

I thought Evoques were those little hairy bastards in Return of the Jedi.

Dialog box shut: Now Microchip is set to gobble up Atmel

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Friend of mine hates Atmel. They got him fired.

He had a project with a serious bug in it, which he traced back to the actual Atmel silicon, duly notifying Atmel of his discovery. His boss reviews the project, hears the explanation that its the chips fault, calls Atmel to confim the story, for them to deny all possible knowledge that there could be a bug in their chip. Friend (consulting) is fired from the project.

A month later Atmel publish a datasheet errata with a potential workround, for the bug my friend reported.

PHONE me if you feel DIRTY: Yanks and 'Nadians wave bye-bye to magstripe

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Re: Cards?

Frank Lloyd Wright coined the term Usonian for you. Better ?

Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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I now live and work in the USA, and I was very surprised when I told one of my US colleagues that this was to be the last year of the Vulcan - I saw him wipe away a tear - he was a US MP serving somehow on a British base, and the Vulcan was his favourite plane of all-time.

Attack of the IT monuments men: Museum wants your kit

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I got several boards of core memory pulled from something that WE thought was ancient...30 years ago...

Marvell: We don't want to pay this $1.5bn patent bill because, cripes, it's way too much

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Re: Blasphemy

Yeah, because your snow-fairy is completely incapable of striking anyone down.

Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

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Re: Bits of metal with holes in it....

You sure ? I thought Vex used 12.7mm spacing, just like Meccano

Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Who the hell is Tom Paulin......

<rummages on Wikipedia>

Oh yes, a complete dick head.

Assemblers were once people: My aunt did it for NASA

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What an amazing aunt you had Mark, sorry for your loss.

A great obituary for an interesting lady.

Paul Allen buys lovingly restored vintage V-2 Nazi ballistic missile

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Re: Redirecting V1s

Knocking the bastards off was also one of the first deployments of the proximity fuze on a shell.

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Re: British Intelligence

I had the great pleasure and privilege of inviting him to give a talk to the Manchester IEE younger members section, and for him to accept. It was the only time we ever filled a 500 seat auditorium to capacity, and with people standing. It was ALSO the only time a lecturer gave an encore. My dad and I took him to dinner afterwards, a meal I shall never forget.

Jones was also a brilliant and ingenious experimental physicist, and his other professional works are well worth reading

How I nearly sold rocket windows to the crazy North Koreans

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Re: Fingers crossed...

FFS, if you see a rabid dog, why go and poke it with a stick?"

....I'd get a gun, and from as far away as possible shoot the bastard full of holes.

Amazon boss salvages Apollo engines from watery grave

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Re: I don't suppose

mmm. Not unless he swam to Florida before drowning.

Is world's first space tourist Dennis Tito planning a trip to Mars?

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Re: Just what you need

IIRC NASAs budget is 0.5% of the current US budget. In a poll taken recently over 70% of Americans supported a manned, landing mission to Mars, even if that meant doubling Nasa's budget

http://www.exploremars.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Mars-Generation-survey-snapshot-report-February-11-2013.pdf

Brit 2.5-tonne nuke calculator is World's Oldest Working Computer

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Re: 1.5kW?

I don't SEE much sign of people wilting from 1 megawatt being dissipated behind them.

Steve

Greedy Sky admits: We crippled broadband with TOO MANY users

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Zen Internet. The best. Absolutely no-one else comes near them for reliability and service

NASA to smash its spacecraft INTO THE MOON

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Mushroom

Newest crater on the moon

Gotta be named "Patrick Moore"

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