* Posts by Mike Moyle

1543 posts • joined 8 Feb 2007

Assange granted asylum by Ecuador after US refused to rule out charges

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Re: Warning: RANT

"I reckon that Assange is far better informed and better advised than most people think, and he considers being extradited to Sweden a serious risk for his life and/or freedom. Seriously, that is the only hypothesis that makes any sense in this clusterfuck."

No, another hypothesis that makes sense is that Assange is both paranoid and full of himself and his delusion is that being extradited to Sweden would be a serious risk for his life and/or freedom.

OR --

He knows that he, in fact DID do what he's accused of in Sweden and knows that his freedom is at risk there, AND --

He knows that DID skip bail in Britain and is afraid that after serving his sentence in Sweden he'd be sent back to the UK to be tried and serve time for THAT.

AND --

Having shown that he is a flight risk, he could count on spending time before the respective trials wearing an unflattering orange jumpsuit (or local equivalent) and associating with a less elevated class of individuals, rather than lounging around country houses and luxury apartments.

See...? There are PLENTY of other explanations that make sense.

Pixar open sources production animation code, patents

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Re: Still...

"... he was merely a management figurehead (mainly to fight off Disney's utterly clueless idiots) and keep the money flowing."

<InigoMontoya>"I Do not believe that that word means what you think it means." </InigoMontoya>

A figurehead literally just sits there looking impressive. Keeping clueless clients from bollixing up the job and keeping money coming in is hardly the mark of a figurehead. A CEO who does those things may not be as technically savvy as his employees in the trenches, but he's no figurehead. Colonel Sanders was a figurehead, Steve Jobs, in this case at least, was a leader.

Chinese man's six-ton balls save lives

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Re: Chinese Man's Six-Ton Balls Save Lives

With that title I thought this article was going to be about another one of Yang Rongshan's plans to bring Proview back from the dead!

Apple pounces on Samsung doc as proof of 'slavish copy' claims

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@ Pascal Monett

"Gosh, for $80,000 I think I could be confused as well. For five minutes anyway.

Frankly I am rather appalled at the tactics employed. If you have to lie and cheat to get your point across, my feeling is that your point is not worth being considered anyway."

Firstly, I'm not sure where you are getting the "lie and cheat" from... Are you assuming that the witness was lying when she said that she picked up a Samsung phone by mistake out of a number of phones in the middle of a conference table? If so, why? Is it your opinion (based on what expertise?) that it is absolutely impossible to mistake one phone for another at a glance?

or, is it possible that;

Secondly, you are assuming that paying a consultant for testimony (remember that she is no longer an Apple employee) is necessarily and ONLY paying that person to lie? If so, I'll be interested to see if Samsung pays any outside consultants to testify when it's their turn and whether that will affect your opinion.

Thirdly, I'm assuming that the UK has similar laws regarding perjury to the ones in the US. Lying to the court under oath, even in a civil case, is taken VERY seriously here. You would pretty much have to assume that that $80K -- plus a few more -- would get eaten up in legal fees in defending herself before a criminal, not civil, court. And any lawyer that was found to have suborned a witness like that would stand a VERY good chance of being disbarred. A desperate-enough one might try it in a low-end case, but in a very public, high-profile one like this with lots of eyes watching every move -- not likely.

Fourthly, I'm hoping that no one who is accusing Apple of cheating by paying consultants was in the "I-shouldn't-have-to-serve-jury-duty-because-I'd-lose-MONE-E-E-E-Y-Y-Y!" side of the argument last week. Because that would just be... well... "hypocritical" is such a judgemental word, isn't it...? Personally, I see a difference between providing a professional service (specific expertise in a field with a limited pool of acknowledged experts) and serving a public duty (jury duty, where no specialized knowledge is required to begin with and where there is a large, non-specialized pool from which to choose.) The one where expertise is required and a limited number of experts exist is a different case from one where there is an, essentially, unlimited pool of equally-qualified/unqualified (take your choice) candidates from which to choose. It's supply-and-demand at work.

Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule

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Troll. was: Re: Obama didn't do it, NASA did it.

Title says it all.

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Re: skycrane

It's almost enough to restore one's faith in religion. At the very least it certainly does appear that those prayers to Saint Rube Goldberg paid off!

Good job all around.

Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei outs his supreme-self as arty hipster

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Re: I give it about 2 days......

Where's anonymous when they could actually be useful...?

Will Samsung's patent court doc leak backfire spectacularly?

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@ Kevin 6

I guess the difference is that I see jury duty as a (frankly, small) shared sacrifice that citizens make as members of a society. No one pays me a living wage to study the issues in order to try to vote intelligently on election day either; it's just part of the job.

I will confess that the parking wasn't an issue for me, since the courthouse was only a few blocks away from public transit, so I didn't consider that as a problem; others, obviously, would.

Did I lose money when I went to jury duty...? Sure but, in terms of sacrifice in service to society, National Guard troops deployed overseas often lose a lot more money while risking their lives away from their real jobs, so my losing a few days' work seems to me like a pretty trivial sacrifice to make for civic duty. But that's just how I was brought up -- my dad was a member of the volunteer fire department in the town that I grew up in, assistant Scoutmaster in one of the town Boy Scout troops, etc., so I always had that unspoken "give something back to the community" example in front of me as a kid. Who knew that it would stick?!!?

I'm not claiming any particular virtue -- I pissed and moaned about the money and the time, same as anybody else -- but I felt, in the end, that it was a fair exchange for what I get as a member of a society. YMMV.

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Re: Part of a larger problem.

If your contract is closed-ended and has a completion date, explaining that limitation to the judge and saying that you will appear for service after that contract is up will likely get you a deferral. If you're on an open-ended contract, then that makes you, really, no different from a permanent employee. (I was called for jury duty -- and went -- while I was working on an open-ended contract, so I have some experience here.)

And it seems to me that if -- while working as a contractor or between contracts -- you can afford to take time off for a vacation, then you can afford to take time to serve your community.

But maybe that's just me...

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Re: Re: Part of a larger problem.

"My peers would not likely be on a jury, they would refuse as they would loose too much money by being there, which means the people who do jury duty are the lower paid, and usually lower educated people. People who do not have the ability or knowledge to avoid the jury duty.

If I was on trial, I would want the peers to be educated to degree level minimum, from varied backgrounds, with similar standards and ideals to my own..."

Well then, the solution is to not let self-centered yutzim whose only concern is how much money they would lose by performing a civic duty avoid serving. Start off by making anyone who uses the old tricks of wearing offensive t-shirts, not bathing for a week before the date, etc. return the next day properly prepared to serve or be charged with contempt and go on from there. That way, you won't be limited to "People who do not have the ability or knowledge to avoid the jury duty."

Make it harder to avoid jury duty and you have a larger, more diverse pool of potential jurors from which to select your "peers".

Apple foe Proview laughs off debts, ressurrects business

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I presume Yang owns a custom wheelbarrow...

,,,because I'm not sure that you could actually transport a set of balls that big in a standard one.

Beak explodes at Samsung's evidence leak in Apple patent spat

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@ Derezed Re: Fairness

All I can say is that you pretty clearly don't know any real lawyers, but only "know" them from sensationalist press and TV fiction. Of lawyers that I have known:

One (now deceased) came from a working-class background and "read for the bar" in the 1930s after spending some years studying and clerking in a law office, never having set foot into a law classroom, and had a moderately successful 60-year career in a small practice in New York. (By the way -- none of his children went into law, two are astronomers and one spent his career after getting his doctorate happily teaching science at a small state college in rural Vermont, so your claim about how little lawyers are made is wrong on both ends.)

One has worked all his career in housing law/tenants' rights -- there's no way HE was going to be getting rich.

One had worked his way up in a municipal planning department to become the director of the department and assistant city manager then quit to get his law degree so he could be better at the urban planning that he felt was so important. (As an aside, he helped the employees in the planning department become unionized -- even though he was management -- simply because he believed that it was the best thing for them.)

And, just for completeness, there was the lawyer who represented me when I was hit by a car while in the crosswalk crossing with the light. Worked on spec, but didn't gouge me on the settlement (To be fair though, given the circumstances, I had handed him pretty much a slam-dunk of a case: among the witnesses were a pair of EMTs sitting in their ambulance parked at the end of the block!).

This is not, admittedly, a huge population from which to make a judgement, but it is a pretty random sample -- two I knew socially, having met them from different vectors, one was my boss and one worked for me -- so I suspect that the sample is more representative of what the majority of ACTUAL lawyers are like than your personal experience. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Remember: if something is in the news, it's because it's NEWS, i.e.; NOT the norm.

Anonymous declares war after French firm trademarks its logo

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Stupid thing to do...

...but funny as all hell!

Boffins: VAMPIRE stars are PREYING on their companions

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I'm disappointed, Brid-Aine...

No "Vampires prefer Type O*" subhead?

(* Makes sense that they WOULD, actually, Type O being the universal donor...)

Mac malware Crisis as Apple lets slip its Mountain Lion

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Re: You've never needed a password to install malware on a Mac

"...Safari (which insists on running 'safe' files)"

By "insists on running 'safe' files", I assume you meant to say "gives you the option in the Preferences panel to open 'safe' files or not", since that check-box has been there since Hector was a pup.

OS X has flaws, but (worst case) lying about non-existent ones or (best case) repeating something that you heard once online and know nothing about doesn't really help anyone.

Amazon to bash down Google, Apple with SIX new tablets - report

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Re: What puzzles me

"But then, I'm the sort of zealot who isn't interested even in Android - gimme a Linux I can use and a decent language to write my own applications. Perhaps I'm not the target audience?"

Probably not... But that's what happens when a product gets commoditized.

First you had the *REAL* drivers who built their own horseless carriages and knew how everything worked. Then companies started selling them pre-made so that you could only use parts that fit one manufacturer's models. Eventually, the average user -- you can hardly call him a "driver" anymore -- wanted something that cranked the motor over for him, or lubricated itself or even shifted its own gears. There are still specialist automobile enthusiasts that want to build or tinker with their own vehicles, but they're not the mass market that just wants to use their car to get them where they want to go.

Nothing wrong with either one -- to each his own...

Home Office doc 'not qualified' to assess McKinnon suicide risk

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Re: I wish Gary well

"Has he be banned from access to the Internet? That's a punishment in its own right."

I know. After all this time, just catching up on the LOLcat backlog ALONE will take him years...

New lightest-ever material: Ideal power for electric car

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Absorbs light...

...how is it with other wavelengths of EM radiation? I suspect that a non-reflective, radar-absorbent coating that doesn't add a lot of weight to an aircraft could be useful to some folks.

Hacktivists lift emails, passwords from oil biz in support of Greenpeace

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Is this the first time Anon's done something to piss off Russian oligarchs?

...It might be the LAST tim, too.

Early verdict on Intel Ultrabook™ push: FAIL

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Re: Did you stretch the Ultrabook photo horizontally...

As someone else pointed out, the creases in the hands are (with allowances for the stretched horizontal axis) in exactly the same places. No two people's hands will do that. Grated that they COULD have used the same person both times but, even then, there are likely to be visible differences on different occasions. Secondly, bend your fingers and look at the "platform" that your bent knuckles make. If you are like most people, that platform makes a (more or less) right angle to the sides of the finger and the finger segment is (again, more or less) a rectangle -- it HAS to be, for the fingers to bend in one plane.

Look at the "platform" at the bent knuckles in the pictures. In the MBA photo that platform is, essentially, a right angle, as it should be. Now look at the knuckles in the UB™ photo. The platform makes an oblique angle and the finger segments appear as more oblique parallelograms than rectangles. With the platform between the finger bones at that sort of angle, the fingers simply could not bend the way that they are shown. If you stretch a rectangle an angle to the axes, you get exactly that sort of oblique parallelogram

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Re: Re: Did you stretch the Ultrabook photo horizontally...

"It got stretched so much the headphone jack got round again or....?"

Read my post again; the MacBook photo (BOTTOM of the comparison pair) has NOT been stretched. The Ultrabook (TOP of the pair) has.

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Did you stretch the Ultrabook photo horizontally...

...to fit the same format as the Macbook photo, or is that how it came from Intel?

Because, clearly, it HAS been stretched, making (intentionally or purposefully) the Ultrabook look thinner in proportion to its length.

If El Reg did it, that's sloppy, if Intel did it, that's lying.

DARPA aiming for Mach-20 hypersonic rocketplane 'by 2016'

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But the important question --

Can they be launched from a carrier without a catapult?

(Sorry, Lewis... Couldn't resist!)

Apple wins US ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Re: Real work versus nonsense.


Pick any device that you own.

Now design a new model that satisfies all of the mechanical and use requirements for that device, looks different from any already-existing version of that type of device, and is attractive enough that people will want to give you money for it.

Doodling may be easy -- actually creating a usable, unique*, and desirable device is certainly not.

Do you write code...?

ANYONE can learn to write code... It's trivial.

Writing GOOD code -- code that doesn't waste cycles, hog resources, or leave exploitable holes and has a full-featured yet clear and intuitive UI is *NOT* trivial. It actually requires thought and knowledge of how both COMPUTERS work and how PEOPLE work.

Good industrial design -- despite what you seem to think -- requires the same skills that you describe for mechanical design; "...deal with the laws of physics, and the constraint of costs, and of current technology while also dealing with what clueless people will have to use it," AND do all of those things while meeting the "usable, unique, and desirable" criteria that I noted above.

If you think that industrial design is just "doodling on a napkin", I might suggest that you look up "Dunning-Kruger Effect" and consider how it might apply to your position.

* -- Before anyone starts the "rounded rectangles aren't unique" blather again note the "already-existing version of >>that type of device<<" requirement -- if no previous *tablet* looks sufficiently like an iPad that they could be mistaken one for the other, then the iPad meets that requirement for "uniqueness" and any tablet that follows it does not. Round-cornered tables and bricks are, ultimately, irrelevant to the issue.

Star Trek app warps into TiVo space

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Re: Quick, Get A Screen Capture !!!

...and the photo labeled "Episode 1" is from yet another ep; "Charlie X".

Yes... I know... It's sad...

Fatties are 'destroying the world'

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Re: Odd

Don't think of it as "overeating" -- rather, we are doing our part to help the world by sequestering more carbon than skinnies and should be applauded rather than vilified.

Germany reveals secret techie soldier unit, new cyberweapons

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Re: Weird morals...

You're apparently confused because you're conflating two issues.

1 -- "it's normal to research and plan for a war where you'd flatten a country with explosives, tanks and nukes," so that you are READY to fight that war when the civil authorities DECLARE war and ORDER you to fight it.

2 -- It is NOT (or, at least, SHOULDN'T) be normal for a military to initiate offensive actions (physical or otherwise) against across national borders WITHOUT the civil authorities' declaration of a state of war.

One is POTENTIAL action; one is ACTUAL. One places the military in a SUBORDINATE position to civil authority; one places it ABOVE civil authority. See the differences?

The German army's new HYDRA corps (Sorry... That was my first thought when I saw the headline.) has been operational for 5 years and the civil authorities -- quite rightly, IMO -- want to know whether they have planned POTENTIAL action outside of Germany's borders or taken ACTUAL ones without civil authorization.

HBO wants royal price for Iron Throne

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7 x 6 x 5.5'...

Well, I suppose if you can afford $30K for a chair, you can afford to have all of the doors widened so you can get the thing from the driveway to the living room.

Not for renters, then...

Touchscreens to get finger friendly

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@ auburnman

Admitting that you might have overreacted in an El Reg forum post...?

You're not from around here, are you? <gr>

Leaked Apple inventory list hints at new non-iOS hardware

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Re: Price comparison

Sorry -- don't know when the "WTF" icon got clicked. That wasn't intended as an editorial comment Mr. or Ms Walrus.

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Re: Price comparison

The Dell defaulted to NVIDIA Quadro NVS 295 w/256 MB -- I didn't change that, the Mac has an ATI Radeon 5770 w/1 GB. Curiously, the HP was one of several on the page that has "not included" in the graphics card space.

The ATI has a faster graphics clock and more memory; the NVIDIA has faster shader and memory speeds and NVIDIA's apparently (anecdotal -- haven't dug deeply into it) shaky record with drivers for OS X.

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Re: Does Anna have some overwhelming need to insult Apple users?

"She's just pointing out that the biggest Apple is terribly overpriced and underpowered and that there's about $7billion of people out there willing to part with their monies for that."

Apple'3 Mac Pro ($4,999):

12 cores (2.66 GHz Xeon), 6 GB RAM, 1TB HD

HP's Z820 Workstation ( $4,999):

8 cores (2.0 GHz Xeon), 4 GB RAM, 500GB HD

Dell's T7500 Workstation ($5,524):

12 cores (2.66 GHz Xeon) , 6 GB RAM, 1 TB HD

(All sourced from the manufacturer's sites)

WHO'S "terribly overpriced and underpowered"?

Lard-busting specs trick snack-happy Japanese

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Does these work on anything...?

Makes things in the wearer's hand look bigger... Tricks the wearer into feeling more full...

...Any chance of buying a pair for the girlfriend?

LOHAN sucks Reg reader's instrument to death

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Re: The ubiquitous bricks

"'use some different bricks for a change, for the love of all that's holy.'"

The bricks aren't holy enough for Sr. Eloy? They look quite hole-y enough to me.

Samsung snafu grounds blue Galaxy S III

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"... a newly invented blue colour and special hyperglaze material"

So bow Samsung is copying Apple's overblown marketing verbiage, too?

Trekkie wants to build USS Enterprise … in twenty years

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Re: Hmmmm...

"...what sort of font it's supposed to be, etc."

It's Microgramma Bold Extended.

(Trek geek AND font geek. I believe that I still have my original Franz Josef Trek Tech Manual with the type specs around somewhere.)

US mayor and son charged with hacking into opposition site

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Re: You've GOT to be trolling.

Well, they say the devil recognizes his own...

"The normally apathetic middle class in the US has woken up since 2008 and is taking more of an interest in their government than ever before, and generally they are against handouts and subsidies (staples of the Democrat election process)."

Or if you're not trolling, perhaps you meant "The normally apathetic middle class in the US has woken up since 2008 and is taking more of an interest in their government than ever before, and generally they are against handouts and subsidies to the rich (staples of the Republican election machine)."

What's copying your music really worth to you?

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Re: Economic harm?

@ John Sturdy:

<i?"I'm pretty sure that musicians ate before the recording industry existed, and will continue to do so if the music industry disappeared.

I think I may even have seen old (possibly mediaeval) paintings showing musicians eating even before there were any recording technologies"</i>

...If they were eating in the paintings, instead of playing how do you know that they were the musicians...?

Road deaths spark crackdown on jaywalking texter menace

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Re: Darwin Rules; also Re: Had to break suddenly just the other day

@AC 14:46 "...iZombie pedestrians.:

@cornz1 "...Podestrians...

Y'know -- if more Android smartphones are sold than iPhones (as Android fans gleefully chortle about whenever the subject comes up) then, without actual numbers being presented, we have to assume that, statistically, the majority of people texting in traffic are DroidDroids rather than iZombies.

@AC13:39 "...iSuppository device...

Is that what one uses when one has a major case of And-rrhoids...?

ARM creators Sophie Wilson and Steve Furber

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@ breakfast -- Re: IBM ROMP vs. ARM

Ah...! You're thinking of the ShortARM™ project.

How politicians could end droughts forever But they don't want to

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Re: Math error: I saw the New

"I saw the new about that on the TV"

...And did you call the Missus to tell her "The news are on"?

'Apple will coast, and then decelerate' says Forrester CEO

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Re: I agree with the premise, but not the reasoning.

"In reality, Apple will fade once people realize that iFads are bloody expensive toys, not actually useful work platforms."

Curious... I've been doing useful and reasonably well-remunerated work on them for over 20 years.

Have you considered the possibility that your conception of "useful work" is in error?

LOHAN ideas..

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Re: Launch condition optimisations

If you're worried about pendular swing, the easiest solution would be to damp it by hanging a weight from the bottom point of the whole megillah (from the bottom of the backplate?), using a long cord of a different length from the main balloon tether. A long, thin fiberglas rod with a weight on the end, hanging from a swivel shackle off of the backplate might be even better -- you just want something with a different period from the main tether and any oscillations should damp each other. You could even use two rods, of different lengths shackled together with the weight hanging from the bottom of the lower rod to really break the rhythms up, but that may be overkill. Of course, this DOES add weight to the ascender, but has the advantage of NOT adding significant complexity.

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Backplate/Rubber Bumper

On the diagram, you show a rubber pad on the backplate -- presumably there to keep the nozzle /tail from getting damaged by bumping into the aluminum plate. (If this assumption is incorrect, you can probably ignore the rest of this post.)

I might suggest -- either along with or in place of the plate-bumper -- a stop on the launch rod designed to hold the plane away from the plate. Two possibilities that occur are:

1 -- a ring with a set-screw (so that you can adjust its position on the rod, then lock it into place) with a cushioning pad between the ring and the launch-glides, or;

2 -- a segment of the same tube used to line the launch-glides, sufficiently long to rest on the plate and to hold the tail of the rocket away from it, glued onto the rod.

Using a segment of the tube glued securely onto the rod -- but ONLY at the base near the backplate -- could have a secondary advantage: Since it appears to be reinforced with spirals of stiff filament or wire, then there should be some mechanical friction if the ends of two sections of tube should butt against each other, somewhat in the manner of lock-washers. This rotational friction between the ends of the buffer tube and the launch-guide tube, and the resistance of the reinforcing spiral fibers to uncoil may (I think!) serve to damp some of the swing of the plane on the launch-rod that seems to have so many commentators concerned. Attaching the buffer tube at the base, while leaving the end free to rotate slightly, then to "recoil" from the increased tension in the spiral filaments, should tend to resist the airplane's rotation and to push it back to a "neutral" position on the rod.

'Attitudes to robot sex will change'

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Re: Nothing for the girls?

"No an(as in male)droids?"

Are you kidding...? You'll get the best of both worlds: You'll have a mobile Android with an iPud.

(If it counts for anything, I'm really very, very sorry about that one...)

Gemini outs trio of budget Android 4 tablets

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Re: dozens...

"I asked for a similar product round-up some months ago and Reg delivered(...)"

I was thinking a couple of weeks ago as I was looking into low-end-tablets (being a cheap bastard) that, with the field changing so quickly, it would be extremely useful i some enterprising tech site (hint, hint...!) would do, say, a quarterly round-up/comparison of what's available at the top end of the low end. Maybe pick an arbitrary price point -- half the price of a base-level of the latest iPad iteration, maybe, as a floating target to account for inflation, and see what's the best below that price point (Today: $250/£156).

Austrian village considers a F**king name change

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Oh, great...

"Consequently, Fucking's frustrated burghers are considering whether to substitute a g, or even two gs, for the crucial ck sound."

Well, I suppose that at least they'll limit the sign thefts to sniggering Norman Mailer fans.

Apple trails behind world+Microsoft in 'Flashback' malware debacle

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Re: Hah! - Do you really expect all MacOS users

"For the slightly more sensible of that crowd, assuming always that they exist outside my increasingly desperate fantasies..."

Not to put too fine a point on it but, considering the number of sensible Apple users -- including, I would like to think, myself -- who post on this site, it seems that your "increasingly desperate fantasies" may revolve more around your own arrogant expression of your oft-stated antipathy to Apple and its users than around the users themselves. Like the true troll, you seem to be able to ignore any evidence that doesn't fit your preconceived notions. Many of us use Macs, Windows, and Linux machines interchangeably; besides the Mac that I normally work on, I have a Windows box sitting directly to my right, for those times when Windows Server and OS X can't agree to play nicely together. I haven't actually had to turn it on in the past couple of weeks, but it IS there, because I tend to be a "belt-and-braces" kind of guy. This is also why, despite the -- historically -- general dearth of malware for OS X, I have used Sophos anti-malware software on my machines for some years and occasionally double-check them by running ClamX-AV software on disks that Sophos says are clear.

"Besides which, and speaking as a working IT support professional, I don't want ex-Apple-zealots for users! Christ almighty, I'd rather support an old folks' home -- while probably not any more familiar with the equipment than, say, a graphic designer would be, older folks are at least somewhat likely to recognize the uses of politeness, and I'd rather listen to a codger's stories than a crayon-pusher's any day."

As a working graphic designer -- who not only supports/upgrades his own Macs, at the office and at home, but is the first person that the folk in the office (a large-ish municipal government department) come to for assistance with workgroup printer issues (hardware and software) and problems with their Windows machines, before even CONSIDERING putting their request into the MIS helldesk queue -- I don't find your attitude "professional" at all. Your "...somewhat likely to recognize the uses of politeness..." is particularly laughable, considering your own apparent inability to grasp the concept.

And, BTW -- Pen/brush and ink, Photoshop, InDesign, Freehand/Illustrator, SolidWorks and Blender for 3-D, OpenOSX Grass for GIS (when I don't feel like booting up the Winbox to run ArcView), HyperEngine-AV/Premiere for video editing, and... Oh, look... Buried in the bottom drawer of my desk... I *DO* have a box of crayons... one that I bought to keep the office-mates' tykes amused for "Bring Your Child to Work Day" some years ago and haven't had need for since...

So in all fairness, given that I *DO* have a box of crayons in my desk and they *HAVE* ended up getting "pushed" to the back of the drawer over time, I suppose that I MUST allow you one point in the accuracy of your screed. Other than that, however, it's appears to be all fail.

'Unibody' iPhone 5 said to debut in October

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"(...) any attempt to reach Foxconn's HR headman about the October rumor would be futile. They tried and were rebuffed – he had gone "on vacation", they were told."

"...on vacation..." I'm not up on the latest PRC-speak: Is that the current term for "sent for re-education" or for "taken out back and shot"?

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