* Posts by Johndoe888

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Techie finds himself telling caller there is no safe depth of water for operating computers

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Re: Design deficiencies

A friend was installing a macerator toilet in an indian takeaway, with the power connected and the pipework loose fitted he left to finish it next day, the takeaway boss arrived later and decided to make use of the new facility with a predictable result :)

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Re: Floor drains

If there is a flood outside then toilets also become an err big issue.

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

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Re: No interference?

The two best USB chargers that he has tested came from Ikea (£8) and Poundland ( actually a £2 item ) !

For anything that may go up in smoke he has his "Explosion containment pie dish" on hand.

As for the LED lights that he has tested, 99% use a simple capacitive dropper rather than something that has the potential to cause interference.

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Re: No interference?

Actually Big Clive is Scottish but lives on the Isle of Man

Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman

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I understand there is another DJI Phantom owner being prosecuted, for flying it directly over an airfield.

Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...

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They're journalists, methylated spirits would probably work just as well as alcohol.

BigClive tasted it ROTF

BigClive tastes Methylated spirit

Powerful forces, bodily fluids – it's all in a day's work

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Re: Monitor

Often I'll just close the door, and then check again (or my wife will check for me) and without doing anything else... Voila! It's appeared right there on the shelf in plain sight, when it definitely wasn't there before.

That's a temporal continuity error, it was there before you opened the door and after you closed the door but not while the door was open the first time.

There is a full explanation of these in The Twilight Zone - A Matter of Minutes

A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running

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Even so, there's a lot of difference between Massachusetts and Mississippi.

The lights all went out in Massachusetts, where as there was a burning in mississippi

A flash of inspiration sees techie get dirty to fix hospital's woes

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Re: Dirty

"inflammable" and "flammable" both mean the same thing, so "non-in" in this case is not a double negative.

Either it flams or it doesn't, simples :)

First low-frequency fast radio burst to grace our skies detected at last

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Re: Uh, am I the only one

Re-verify our range to target... one ping only.

GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look

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Just add the hotdog stand theme :)

Drones Bill said to be ready for world+dog's crayons 'this summer'

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Exemption from Article 94A (the 400 foot rule)

The latest meeting between the Department for Transport (DfT), Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and representatives from the UK Model Flying Associations took place yesterday afternoon at the DfT offices in London.

The most urgent matter to address was the recent change to the Air Navigation Order (ANO) which introduced (in Article 94A) a 400ft height limit on the operation of all Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) which will come into effect on the 30th July 2018. Whilst the changes to the ANO are largely aimed at regulating 'drones', the 400ft restriction will also apply to model aircraft below 7Kg.

However, we are pleased to report that agreement was reached that the Model Flying Associations will collectively apply for an exemption from Article 94A to allow their members to continue operating model aircraft below 7Kg above 400ft as they do under the current ANO. The DfT and CAA were supportive of this course of action and did not foresee any reason why the exemption would not be in place in time for the 30th July.

Negotiations on the other changes introduced in the ANO, namely operator registration and online testing of pilots remain ongoing, but for now it is business as usual for members of the BMFA, LMA, SAA & FPVUK.

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The 400 foot rule comes in on July 30th, until then only those weighing less than 7kg have no height restriction.

'I knew the company was doomed after managers brawled in a biker bar'

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Lawn chair Larry ? But that's Helium not Nitrogen.

Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

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Oregon should give anyone that wants to call themselves an Engineer a blunt drill and get them to sharpen it as a minimum requirement :)

Reg reader turns Geek's Guides to Britain into Geek's Map of Britain

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Re: A few suggestions from me

"Those pre-radar "sound mirror" things somewhere on the South Coast"

Those are at Dungeness

Hackers able to turbo-charge DJI drones way beyond what's legal

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Re: Those pesky regulations

I know someone that gets called upon to pilot real drones down from 60,000 feet and 60 miles away, dream jobs do exist :)

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What height restriction

Here in the UK if it is under 7kg weight there is no height restriction (apart from any local airspace restrictions). If over 7kg then its 400 feet above point of launch.

If the controller in the drone has restrictions then it is a simple matter of replacing it with a commercially available one that does not, its not "hacking", its no different to replacing a burnt out motor or speed controller.

Human-free robo-cars on Washington streets after governor said the software is 'foolproof'

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"One thing I know about radar, it doesn’t drive drunk, it doesn’t drive distracted,”

If we eventually get these, will there be no driving test for them, and will I be able to drive to the pub, get pissed, then put it on auto and sit in the back seat to drive home ?

Edit

Thinking about it I suspect that while being able to get off the train and phone my car to come and get me (empty), that once inside there will be a BRB meaning that I become "in charge" :(

Drones over London caused aviation chaos, pilots' reports reveal

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400 foot rule

Applys to over 7kg, below 7kg there is no height limit

NASA duo plan Tuesday ISS spacewalk to replace the mux that sux

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Intel Outside

Just a guess, could it be LPC clock outputs in the Atom C2000 chips

Get it while it's hot: NASA's Space Poo contest winners wipe up $30k

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obligatory cork and poo joke

Three scientists were one day discussing what would happen if they rammed a cork up an elephant's backside and force fed it for 2 weeks. But because the experiment had never been documented and the idea was hard to comprehend they decided to have a go. A week after the experiment had started they began to realize WHY the idea had never been tried, they were stuck for someone to pull the cork out.

One of the scientists came up with the bright idea of training a monkey to do the job, so they spent the next week training it to pull out cork once a buzzer had rung, then push it back in for another go. The big day arrived, they set up all the monitoring equipment and set out to a safe distance.

The first scientist went 1 mile away, the second went 2 miles away and the third went 3 miles. When they were all ready the first scientist pushed the button to sound the buzzer.

BBBAAANNNGGG!

The third scientist (3 miles away) was up to his ankles in poo, the second (2 miles away) was up to his knees and the first (1 mile away) was up to his nose. When the others joined the scientist who was 1 mile away they noticed that he was in fits of laughter.

"What the %$*& is so funny?" asked one of the scientists as they dug him out.

"You should have seen the monkey trying to get the cork back in!!!"

Missile tech helps boffins land drone on car moving at 50 km/h

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Look out, Low Bridge !

Drone idiots are still endangering real aircraft and breaking the rules

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Re: Prove it

"These drones are too light to physically do any damage"

That's what NASA thought about foam :(

Stripped of its galaxy, this black hole is wandering naked in the cosmos

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Grit. Five specks of grit on the scanner-scope. See, the thing

about grit is, it's black, and the thing about scanner-scopes...

Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

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Re: Is there any other type?

There are two types of ejection, the sort that you can prepare for, and the sort that you cannot.

Preparing involves getting in to the optimum position with feet on the rests, back straight, arms in, etc

It is the unprepared type that not surprisingly causes the worst injuries.

F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

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Re: Tornado radar ...

The Eurofighter was nearly fitted with a Blue Circle gun.

ISS pump-up space podule refuses to engorge

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Was it not Electronically Tested to ISO 4074:2002, or did they puncture it taking it out of the foil packet ?

Sysadmin paid a month's salary for one day of nothing

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I was working remotely for a very large ISP at the time, when I logged in on the morning of the 1st there were great celebrations going on as no bug had struck or been found, I then informed my manager that the date on the search page had rolled over to 1900 :)

UK competition watchdog gripes to Brussels about Three-O2 merger

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Why the big fuss about dropping from 4 to 3, initially there were only 2, Cellnet and Vodaphone.

IBM's 'neurosynaptic chip' to power nuke-watching exascale rig

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Heads up, rocket fans: Soyuz launch tonight

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It really needs Howard Wolowitz screaming during the launch to add some excitement.

HSBC COO ‘profoundly apologises’ for online outage

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Thumb Up

I expect we will read about what happened in a future edition of "On Call"

No, drone owners – all our base are belong to US, thunders military

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Re: "our best advice is: just don't be an idiot. "

There is no such thing as an idiot proof system since there is no such thing as a system proof idiot.

ISS 'nauts prepare for Cygnus space truck consensual grappling

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Re: All it needs is The Blue Danube as a sound track.

Hopefully any pirates in the area will be Harmless or Mostly Harmless.

Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

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This is well covered by The Air Navigation Order, I hate the phrase "Drone" when used to describe a quadcopter, these are the vermin of the skies when bought as toys and flown by muppets ! They give responsible pilots a bad reputation, as per other vermin these toys should be shot on site with a 12 bore !

Did speeding American manhole cover beat Sputnik into space? Top boffin speaks to El Reg

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Lost or vaporised

Was the manhole / hatch inscribed with the numbers 4 8 15 16 23 42 ?

Behold: Pluto's huge ICE MOUNTAINS ... and signs of cryovolcanoes?

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Alien

Cause for concern

https://www.facebook.com/IFeakingLoveScience/photos/a.456449604376056.98921.367116489976035/1158720694148940/?type=1&theater

Dormant ALIEN SLIME LIFE frozen in SPEEDING comet will AWAKEN - boffins

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Re: life of some sort is probably inevitable....

'PS We do of course we need supernovae to make the heavy atoms, but I am arguing that the evolutionary process is very powerful and therefore life of some form is inevitable.'

Transuranic heavy elements may not be used where there is life. Medium atomic weights are available: Gold, Lead, Copper, Jet, Diamond, Radium, Sapphire, Silver and Steel. Sapphire and Steel have been assigned.

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The chances of anything coming from mars stars are a million to one he said.

On the fourteenth day I went into the kitchen, and I was surprised to find that the fronds of the red weed had grown right across the hole in the wall, turning the half-light of the place into a crimson-coloured obscurity.

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

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Facepalm

This article should have been run last week, prior to the V force tour ! http://www.vulcantothesky.org/salute-to-the-v-force-tour.html

The article should have fully explained why XH558 will be grounded after this final flying season !

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Happy

Re: Aiming Error

RAF Finningley (now Robin Hood airport),is where XH558 now lives, back in her original cold war hanger.

The howl is produced at 90% power and only by Vulcans fitted with the 202 engines rather than the more powerful 302's

On takeoff the B1 Lancer is louder due to it's use of reheat.

For displays such as Fairford and Yeovilton where XH558 will be on the ground for under wing tours, take offs will use 100% power! I recommend that anyone who has not done it, walks to where the engines are run up to full power before the brakes are released and FEELS THE NOISE, fingers in ears of course.

BOFH: Step into my office. Now take a deep breath

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Paris Hilton

Gina

What happened to her ?

Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Meh

After the one year upgrade window closes

What happens if my hd dies and I install 7 on a new one, will I get another free upgrade because I initially upgraded in the qualifying time period ?

The advice handed out for years has always been to do a clean install and not use the upgrade option, in this case it's do the upgrade on a clean install, the phone is going to start ringing due do folks expecting the 10 upgrade to fix their long in the tooth install that has been messed up by something :(

I will be upgrading from a clean install on 2 drives and putting them both in a safe place until sp1comes out :)

What happened to 9 ?

ZX Spectrum 'Hobbit' revival sparks developer dispute

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Paris Hilton

"Rather better graphics than the original"

Maybe the same will be done for Samantha Fox Strip Poker :)

Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

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Re: It's wonderful, but...

Yep Rolls Wood in Scotland can fully service or rebuild your heavy marine Olympus only :(

Those zero-timed, bagged & audited Olympus 201s were from the last time RR serviced them in 1982, following the retirement of the Vulcan fleet all the tooling and equipment for servicing them went for scrap :( I understand that even car manufacturers only have to have parts available for 10 years.

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Unhappy

Looking at the list of appearances booked this year, someone has messed up and forgot to book XH558 for the flypast up the Mall following Trooping the Color :(

Drone penetrates Virgin's shapely space arse

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http://www.flyelectric.com/ans.kv.html

Quote ~ "KV as we use it refers to the rpm constant of a motor - it is the number of revolutions per minute that the motor will turn when 1V (one Volt) is applied with no load attached to the motor. In summary, we call it revs per volt - but do not think you will obtain those revs when you attach a propeller; obviously the revs will be reduced because of the load.

I have seen this aspect of a motor referred to as KV and Kv and kv - just be sure not confuse it with kV which stands for a kilo-volt."

Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

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Mushroom

Re: Err...

Time pc's were the worst, followed by Packard bell and Tiny, all of which deserved more than a mere 9mm pistol !

FAA speeds up drone flight approvals for firms that don't need them

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Re: When a drone's a model....

Over here on our side of the pond there is no height limit for models below 7kg in weight.

Above 7kg it's 400 feet.

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