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Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

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Re: Really, did no one think to ask...

Porn........the idea of a 3D popup in the browser is something to consider with trepidation (or hope depending on your orientation)

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Re: Number! It's the flipping number!!!

And if you extrapolate from all those fairy take books, pixel dust are the spores of fly agaric mushrooms (Amanita muscaria). Eating those really helps expand visual reality remarkably. Even helps you see things that would be otherwise invisible.

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Re: Glasses anyone?

On an Oculus Rift, the glasses fit under the headset without problems.

What did cause an issue was the enforced 3D perspective - I've got a lazy eye and have very little in the way of 3D vision. The Oculus Rift effectively rams 3D down your eyeballs and I found it bloody discoordinating - enough to make me feel decidedly queasy

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Veeam buys AWS EC2 instance backup and recovery biz

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"in January 20217"

Looking a long way into the future then.........

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Russia claims it repelled home-grown drone swarm in Syria

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Re: RE: "the missile to fly upside down it would immediately crash"

It wasn't wing-to-wing contact which caused the V1 to flip, but rather flying with the wings just close enough for the Allied aircraft to disturb the airflow over the V1's wing, resulting in loss of lift on one wing and an inevitable stall

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If you're going to write about military issues, FFS get someone who knows what they're talking about.

Take this sentence: "They also bore a control package and presumably a fuel tank built into the body of the drone, but appear to have few metal parts and lack even landing wheels"

First, you'd expect a minimum of metal parts in a device which depends on evading radar to reach its target.

Second, WTF would it need wheels? Its on a one-way mission of destruction, it won't be landing anywhere - except maybe on someones head.

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Brazil says it has bagged Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean for £84m

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Re: Basic arsemetrics

after 20 years of use, the hull plates will have worn thin.

choices?

replace the plates (expensive)

pump out the leaks (not good)

fill the double hull with concrete (affects ships weight and balance)

none of them are satisfactory - scrapping and new build is better

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Well, if we sell to Brazil it'll piss the Argies off

Are they going to buy any helicopters to fly off it? A few Wildcats would be a nice extra

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Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live

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I don't understand: what is this Windows Store and why are people using it?

If I want Google chrome I go to Google and download the chrome installer

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The Register Lectures: Deception, Spitfires and the end of the road….

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Salisbury

as no-one else has linked to it

https://www.secretspitfires.com/

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considering the first "secret factory" was Salisbury, it would have been apt to show it there.

Or Yeovil or Castle Bromwich where the other factories were set up after Supermarine got bombed

Or even all three - there are still a few people around who actually built them, though my mum died two years ago

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My mum built Spitfires during the war, she made the left hand inner wing box, her bridesmaid made the right hand inner wing box.

She went off ill for several weeks, when she got back there was a queue of airframes waiting for her to do her bit: there were no spare staff to fill in. It really was that tight in terms of labour

They got bombed once.....seems the girls all went outside to have a look at the German aircraft instead of heading for the shelters

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"The venue for all these talks is the Yorkshire Grey on Theobalds Road, London, on January 30"

???????????????????????????????????????

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Telly boffin Professor Heinz Wolff has died

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Re: Young Scientist of the Year

All the judges I met on there were truly dedicated and enthusiastic. They believed in education and saw the programme as a way to interest kids in science and technology.

George Porter appears to have been the driving force: he gave us a personally guided tour of the Royal Institution and his drive to educate was impossible to resist.

As I said earlier, Porter, Wolff and the others.......these are the people who should have been in charge of the UK education system, driving toward meaningful teaching off STEM subjects

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teddy bears

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/saturdaylive/2006/10/professor_heinz_wolff.html

"Despite being one the country's leading scientific experts, Professor Heinz Wolff reveals that his true passion lies in his collection of teddy bears. Yes it's true...........

"But Prof Wolff is also an expert in the facial expressions of toy bears, and believes that much can be revealed from the positioning of their glass eyes and embroidered noses."

I'd have loved to see that collection. I wonder what will happen to them?

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Re: Young Scientists of the Year

A bit later - 1977

Never got the tie though...rules must have changed by then

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Re: A British friend tells me he also helped judge "Young Scientists of the Year"

"So he'd been into the whole "STEM outreach" thing for decades."

I just refreshed my memory as to who the judges were the year I took part

Heinz Wolff

George Porter

Ian Fells

Fred Holliday

Colin Refrew

Tony Bradshaw

Jack Meadows

hard to think of a more illustrious bunch, all dedicated to teaching STEM subjects at school level.

They're the kind of people who should have been directing UK educational policy. How the hell as a country did we screw it up so badly?

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He was one of the judges when I took part (as part of a team) in the BBC "Young Scientist of the Year" competition back in the 1970s. He and Sir George Porter (one of the other judges) are probably the two nicest people I've ever met.

Heinz claimed he had a cupboard full of teddy bears in his office at Brunel......he said he psychoanalysed them to see which had "friendly" faces and which were "evil". I guess he must have had a lot of fun waving teddies at babies to see which ones caused smiles and which ones caused tears. Ever since I've had a mental image of him with an office stuffed full of stuffed animals. I don't know how true to life that is, but it seems a nice way to remember him.

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Cloud-building alien space rays altered Earth's climate – boffins

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was all the computational work for this done in the cloud?

and should we be worried that this effect will damage cloud storage?

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So if the sun turns into a supernova, the extra cloud cover will stop global warming?

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European court: Let's not kid ourselves, Uber. You're a transport firm, not a 'digital service'

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"The drivers generally hire the cars from specialist leasing companies that provide fully insured and maintained cars for the private hire trade"

In which case the cars are being leased and insured as private hire vehicles........

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Re: Barcelona, Spain

There's only one Birmingham

the rest just stole the name and need qualification as to their location

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It would be interesting to know how the cars are insured. I can't see any insurance company agreeing they're anything less than private hire cars.

Or do Uber provide the insurance?

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Ey-up, mardy Rochdale council has dropped plans for ban on swearing. Thank f$ck!

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Irony's lost on old Pope Francis: Pontiff decrees fake news a 'serious sin'

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Well.......by saying that he'll have pissed off the bible bashers, but just imagine what the readers of the Koran are going to think

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Kent woman to season festive dinner with her mother's ashes

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But who ate Percy Fawcett?

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Once again, UK doesn't rule out buying F-35A fighter jets

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Re: Time to dust off the plans to

P1154 wasn't flyable / survivable

The plenum chamber burning would have meant it would have eaten itself on landing: the recycled exhaust gases would have melted the ground, and the airframe

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The OPs comments about squadron numbers and staffing levels reflect the RAF way of doing things not the Navy way.............RAF squadrons have a much heavier management complement and much shorter deployment periods than the RN

The Harrier fleet was a case in point: the Sea Harrier fleet was three squadrons: 899 (Headquarters squadron), 801 and 809. Deployments were at full squadron level for months at a time. When the SHARs were replaced by RAF GR5/7 Harriers, RAF management took over and with the same manpower levels they decreed there weren't enough pilots or aircraft to do anything other than short-term secondments to the ships. Same manpower, same number of aircraft, about a tenth of the deployment team. In the end the RAF even gave up pretending to have squadrons and amalgamated the ex-RN flights into the "Naval Air Wing" which struggled to put eight aircraft in the air, and couldn't stay at sea for longer than a week.

Just another example of the RAF doing the RN over. And guess who will be providing the F-35 crews and management? Yes, the RAF! And they haven't a clue how to do it.

This push by the RAF is an attempt at a funding grasp: make the carriers unusable because there's no aircraft for them, and the budget will go to the airyfairy brylcream boys to buy new shiny toys.

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Re: Why go totally F-35?

A Sea Hornet was an uprated Mosquito...........not quite the same as the F/A-18 Hornet / Super Hornet you lot keep wittering about

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Report: Underwater net cables are prime targets for terrorists and Russia

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How many days ago was it Russia announced they were looking at their own root DNS servers?

Now do you see why Russia need them?

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Damian Green: Not only my workstation – mystery pr0n all over Parliamentary PCs

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Re: All these accusations about him looking at pron...

be a damned stiff one to proove

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Linux laptop-flinger says bye-bye to buggy Intel Management Engine

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doesn't the ME require a driver?

what happens if you simply don't install it?

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Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet' with China, India and pals – let's take a closer look

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Re: The collapse of the USSR.....

https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ножки_Буша

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Surely, as ever Putin has the truths reversed......

this is all about maintaining access to the internet for Russia and her pals in the event that cyberattacks (or real attacks) on the west make access to the western root servers unreliable or impossble. And who is most likely to implement such attacks?

This is all about Russia siding with the third world and laying the infrastructure for the next world war. If the submarine cables to the west are cut, something else needs to be available to provide DNS routing for Russia and the rest.

This isn't about the west denying access to Russia. Its all about Russia isolating the west from the rest of the world

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Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Siemens tease electric flight engine project

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Electrically powered aircraft are a technical dead end

What is required is an more environmentally friendly jet fuel, like Boron hydride (Diborane)

We know it works - the SR-71 used it, and the Russians also experimented with it.

Make it via chemical synthesis, using renewable or nuclear to provide the power. OK it creates some interesting handling issues, but they are known and surmountable.

The only exhaust from the Boron hydride would be water and inert finely particulate boron oxides, which would settle to ground.

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Electric transmission, not electric powered

So the power is still going to be generated by a gas turbine, but the drive to the props will be by an electric transmission, not mechanical via a gearbox.

Hard to see where the advantage is unless there's a big weight saving

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Microsoft to rebuild Redmond campus, including cricket pitch

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It should be named Sinofsky's End

- after the prat who destroyed Windows with his Win8 nightmare

Its been downhill ever since

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What will drive our cars when the combustion engine dies?

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Which day???

Mixed up dates.........

"On January 30, 2018, the National Physical Laboratory’s Dr Gareth Hinds will join Reg readers to discuss what the end of the combustion engine and the ban on diesel and petrol cars by 2040 means for the future of transport..........

"The venue is the Yorkshire Grey on Theobalds Road, London, on January 31"

Which day????

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Elon Musk says he's not Satoshi Nakamoto and is pretty rubbish at Bitcoin

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I thought Donald Trump invented Bitcoin?

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Watchkeeper drones cost taxpayers £1bn

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long-term reserve

"The ministry "refuses to reveal the breakdown of fleet usage"; that is, how many Watchkeepers are available to fly and how many are stored in long-term reserve, something it does reveal for manned Royal Air Force aircraft."

you do realise "long-term reserve" is another euphemism for "hanger queen" or "christmas tree"?

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Vanity, thy name is: M1SCO company car reg plates for sale

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Microsoft UK once had a black Jag with the plate X80XED

Do you think that's still around?

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Possible cut to British F-35 order considered before Parliament

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Re: Still not too late

RATO Typhoon

the technology exists from Buccaneer days, though it wasn't used for ship launches

http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/eb034068?journalCode=aeat

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Re: Still not too late

" Are the new UK carriers fitted with extra heat resistant decks?"

As I understand it - yes

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Re: Still not too late

Actually....the initial plan was to use the Anglo-French (mainly Anglo in design) Converteam EMCAT system, but the Yanks didn't like us using something that wasn't American so tried undercutting on price with EMALS despite EMCAT looking the better product. Once the UK had opted for EMALS, Converteam got sold to GE of the USA, who - at the behest of the US Government, spiked the project. That gave the US a monopoly on catapault launch systems, and also military ship electric propulsion systems.

And then they revealed that EMALS had severe issues and would be delayed........

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Oz roadtrains?

I'd have thought the obvious candidate for this is the Australian roadtrain market

Long distance multi-day journeys, heavy loads, plenty of sun. You'd just have to program the software not to stop for 'roos on the road

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Kaspersky: Clumsy NSA leak snoop's PC was packed with malware

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But why wouldn't Kaspersky report to the Russian Authorities?

Presumably if Symantec or McAfee turned up a cache of similar government-sponsored hacks they'd report them to the NSA as a matter of course, just as a UK company would report to GCHQ?

There doesn't have to be any underhand behaviour here - surely reporting threats of this type to the security bods of your country is SOP?

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Drone maker DJI left its private SSL, firmware keys open to world+dog on GitHub FOR YEARS

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Re: Is that what I think it is?

A Working Men's Club

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DJI bug bounty NDA is 'not signable', say irate infosec researchers

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can someone please publish the NDA so we can see what it says?

Or do you have to sign an NDA before you can see the real NDA?

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US govt's 'foreign' spy program that can snoop on Americans at home. Sure, let's reauth that...

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the yanks have been happily spying on the rest of us for years, about time they brought their own country up to the same standard

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Yes, I took Putin's roubles to undermine Western democracy. This is my story

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Was this confession really written by Allan Sugarloaf or Martha Lane Fox-Knightly?

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