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Rocket Labs mean business, Brits stick pin in Mars map, and Japan celebrates HTV-7’s dive into the atmosphere

Vulch

Re: Hippy-friendly hybrid-electric rocket motors

The pumps use a number of battery packs and as each one is depleted it is jettisoned, lightening the load.

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Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source

Vulch

Re: Eproms?

You need to watch the address bus width. The ARM processors used by Acorn, including the StrongARM, used 27 bits (I think, getting on for 20 years since I left Acorn) of the notional 32. More recent versions use the whole 32 and I think RISC OS 4 and 5 are intended for the full width architecture. It may or may not be possible to build for the older architecture.

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Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

Vulch

Only if they do without a reliable return capsule. The Soyuz is only rated for 6 months (some sources say 200 days) life on orbit, so having launched on June 6th MS-09 needs to come back in early December.

The limit is apparently seals and washers in the manoeuvering systems, the propellant used makes them start to degrade.

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30-up: You know what? Those really weren't the days

Vulch

Alternative 2018 floppy disc put-down

"How cute! You've 3d printed the save icon!"

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Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok

Vulch

Re: Machine names

Space Intruder Detector, in orbit 180 degrees away from the moon to give warning of UFOs coming from that direction so Gabrielle Drake in her purple wig could launch Interceptors.

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Pluto is more alive than Mars, huff physicists who are still not over dwarf planet's demotion

Vulch

Active geology

Io has formed itself into a sphere and appears to be the most geologically active "planet" in the Solar System with Titan not far behind. Be interesting to find out how many of the rereclassifiers consider Cruithne to be a moon of Earth...

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Space station springs a leak while astronauts are asleep (but don't panic)

Vulch

The last couple of paragraphs are complete cobblers. Soyuz MS-09 *is* due to return to Earth *with* crew at the end of the year. The leak is in its orbital module so should not cause problems for the crew in the re-entry module. Only the Progress cargo variant is disposed of entirely.

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Somerset boozer prepares to declare its inn-dependence from UK

Vulch

IRTA as cabinet of Ginsters. Government by meat pie sounds a plausible method...

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EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

Vulch

Re: Drawer full of leads

I also have a "Muker" plug in monitor

Oooh, want. And thanks to the magic of the internet will have one Soon (tm).

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People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking

Vulch

Re: Pointless?

"Wine? Isn't that something users do?" - BOFH

Wine is what they drink, whine is what they do.

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Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

Vulch

Re: Nose, face, bite ...

During the initial Galileo negotiations one EU member insisted on a clause excluding non-EU states from access to certain capabilities of the system. Would you like to have a guess which one it was?

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Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon

Vulch

Reliability?

While four may have landed in the UK, five took off from the USA. One turned back after the first refuelling for a so far undisclosed reason.

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Capture your late-night handbrake turns with this 'autonomous' car-chasing camera drone

Vulch

Long time ago the ITV company I worked for decided to invest in a company that was strapping broadcast quality film cameras to big RC helicopters. They decided to do an item for the local news about it so set off with a news crew and the drone operator in a proper Castle Air helicopter and the drone flying below them along a valley. Unfortunately, this being before YouTube, the footage from the helicopter of the drone saying hello at speed to the viaduct everyone had forgotten was there isn't online and the film from the drone didn't survive the 16mm camera on the drone being converted to shrapnel.

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International Maritime Organisation turns salty gaze on regulating robotic shipping

Vulch

Re: Tortuga bound

A big ship that's carrying on on its way with not the slightest interest in your desire for it to follow you into port. You're going to have to try and get your loot off something that is underway and making frequent random course changes because its unauthorised boarding detectors have gone off.

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It could be you: National Lottery hands £16m to England's Jodrell Bank

Vulch

May not happen. PBCOBE was out in Australia recently to do a Stargazing Live Australia and mentioned the BBC weren't enthusiastic about more.

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Flamin' Nora! Brit firefighters tackle blazing fly-tipped boat

Vulch

Re: Sir Nelson??

ITYM Sir Francis.

The current King of Spain is bearded...

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America's forgotten space station and a mission tinged with urine, we salute you

Vulch

Re: 5...4...3...2...1...>

Walter and Donald (Deke => D K) Tracy, the forgotten brothers.

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UK's Royal Navy buys £13m mine-blasting robot boat

Vulch

Re: "The Strait of Hormuz"..

The Strait is quite shallow, full sized subs going through need to be very careful if transiting while submerged.

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New Monty Python movie to turn old jokes into new royalties

Vulch

Re: Shovelling shedloads of sheet glass in the shithouse?

African or European?

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Mannequin Skywalker takes high ground on Bezos-backed rocket

Vulch

Re: Units

Very obvious in the coverage yesterday. Everything was given in obscure units, mph, feet, pounds, etc.. The only metric unit I noticed creeping in was a mention of crossing 100km altitude.

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2001 set the standard for the next 50 years of hard (and some soft) sci-fi

Vulch

Re: Silent Running...

Morgan Freeman has been trying to get Rendezvous With Rama made for 20+ years.

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For some reason, you lot love 'em. So here are the many ThinkPads of 2018

Vulch

Re: Something to look forward to

I ought to bookmark the article, currently trying to sort out the models from 5 years ago looking for a replacement for the one from 10 years ago.

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Boring. The phone business has lost the plot and Google is making it worse

Vulch

Re: Phone design

That layout twists the wrist uncomfortably, better off with speaker on the thumb and mic on the little finger.

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Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business

Vulch

They had good prices for cable ties and spiral wrap when I decided I really needed to tidy up the cables in my home office, but apart from that I've only bought things I am willing to pay a premium for because I need them right now. Anything that can wait a day or two is online and cheaper.

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Sorry, Elon, your Tesla roadster won't orbit for billions of years

Vulch

Re: What about collisions with spacecraft on the way to Mars

The Tesla orbit is inclined to the ecliptic by a degree or two so will be above or below traffic travelling between the planets.

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NASA rethinking InSight probe mission after dust storm predicted for Mars

Vulch

Mostly because it is designed for direct entry from interplanetary cruise. It never enters Mars orbit.

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UK competition watchdog: Fox's takeover of Sky 'not in public interest'

Vulch

Re: Mickey Mouse?

They've bought the feature film side and some of the TV production, not the news part.

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What do voters want? An IRL Maybot? Sure, give that a whirl

Vulch

Frankie and Benjy Mouse should be able to help with that.

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BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service

Vulch

Re: Well the smoking gang...

2 side walls would class it as outdoors

Actually two complete walls class it as *indoors*. The wording is "50% or more", not "more than 50%". Generally smoking shelters have a missing panel in one of their remaining sides to make sure they're under the 50% limit.

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1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

Vulch

Re: Jabba the Hutt in 1983’s Return of the Jedi

No, Jabba was always in RotJ along with slave bikini Leia. He was pasted into an extra scene in the original Star Wars though.

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GIMPS crack whip on plucky processor to find largest prime number

Vulch

Known as the Sieve of Eratosthenes.

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Virgin Hyperloop pulls up the biggest chair for Branson, bags $50m, new speed record

Vulch

Re: What's the record?

The current hyperloop test tracks are short. Show me a steam train that can do 0 to 200km/h and back to 0 within 500m.

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SpaceX to try reusing both rocket and spacecraft for historic ISS mission

Vulch
Boffin

Visible pass after launch

If the launch goes off on schedule it ought to be possible to see the Dragon, second stage and solar panel covers go over the UK about 20 minutes later, weather permitting. There's an ISS pass about half an hour before launch that will give you an idea of where to look. On CRS-11, the first flight of this booster, the pass was videoed.

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Opportunity rover survives Martian winter for eighth time

Vulch

Re: Obligatory...

Weight, extra moving parts (you really don't want a wiper or brush to get stuck halfway across a panel) and I think the amount of dust collecting on the panels was one of the things that was quantified by Spirit and Opportunity. Previously the amount of dust expected was "some".

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Scotland, now is your time… to launch Brexit Britain into SPAAAACE!

Vulch

The plan is to run sub-orbital stuff like the Virgin Galactic Spaceship 2s out of wherever is chosen rather than orbital things.

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SpaceX 'raises' an extra 100 million bucks to get His Muskiness to Mars

Vulch

CRS-13 has been pushed back to the 8th now, Iridium is on course for the 22nd/23rd from Vandenberg so the fairings problem looks like it is being managed. Zuma is likely to take precedence as a paying customer over the Heavy though so we'll probably not see the Heavy launch this year. https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/

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Vulch

And if everything goes smoothly we'll see four more boosters re-flying in the very near future with CRS-13, Iridium and the side boosters of the Heavy.

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Comet 67-P farted just as Rosetta probe flew through the gas plume

Vulch

Has the feeling of something that wasn't there in one image, was for the next two and had gone again by the time the fourth image was taken. All they know is the event started after the first and before the second, and finished after the third but before the fourth.

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Interstellar space rock screams through Solar System

Vulch

Re: An eccentricity of 1.2 ...

Voyager 1 - 3.72, Voyager 2 - 6.28

https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/science/hyperbolic-orbital-elements/

Elliptical orbits to their Jupiter encounter, then a boost from each subsequent encounter.

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Vulch

Re: Rendevous with Rama

Morgan Freeman holds the rights and has been trying to get things moving for many years.

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'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

Vulch

A MAMIL got convicted of furious cycling in Cambridge a while ago without fatalities, for some reason he'd decided the best time for "training" was middle of the night as night clubs kicked out.

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BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

Vulch

Similar tale told about a Cattle Market back home. Customs and Excise turn up near the end of the day to dip Land Rover tanks looking for red diesel. First farmer comes out and starts a long argument with the C&E officers about how they don't need to test his tank. In the mean time everyone else hops into their Landie and depart, the parking area being a triangle of open space between a couple of roads with no fences or hedges there's no hope of delaying them. Finally exasperated C&E get an answer to their repeated question of why they don't need to dip the tank, "This one runs on petrol".

[In the UK fuel for agricultural machinery isn't taxed but mustn't be used in road vehicles, there's a red dye added to trace it]

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Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

Vulch

Re: Oh noes

I'm ambidextrous with mice and tend to use them right handed at home and left handed at work. For a while in a previous job the other two developers were both left handed but one used a right hand mouse with standard buttons, the other used a left hand mouse with reversed buttons and I used left handed mouse with standard buttons. The mouse on servers was hardly ever in the right place when you needed to fiddle, but it was easy to tell who had been fiddling last.

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I love disruptive computer jargon. It's so very William Burroughs

Vulch

Re: First post!

Mostly recycling old strips these days, I think the author had an attack of real life. There do seem to be the occasional new ones, or maybe it's just coincidental what goes around comes around.

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Li-quid hot mag-ma: There's a Martian meteorite in your backyard. How'd it get there?

Vulch
Big Brother

Dammit

Now I'm earworming the headline as a verse of "Hippopotamus" by Sparks...

Again...

Probably as intended...

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

Vulch
Headmaster

Re: "They put their first rocket into orbit just nine years ago"

Technically they've only landed fourteen rockets in a row, it's just that two of them have landed twice.

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You better explain yourself, mister: DARPA's mission to make an accountable AI

Vulch

Hmmm...

"Sea of Glass" by Barry B Longyear mentions a "Shrine of the Why" where someone had asked an AI why it recommended a particular action (an assassination IIRC). The printout filled a very large room...

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

Vulch
Holmes

Re: Some intense dislike by the company of Tom Robinson, or an aversion to high speed roads?

On the contrary, "3, 5, 7, 9 double white line"...

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Vulch

Re: I would like to be the first to point out...

Or at the very least a Playmobil re-enactment, been a while since we've had one of those.

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Coat

Get the medics to do it?

Removing things from a box without setting off the alarm sounds like the classic game "Operation" which the perpetrators of the incident should surely be well practiced at...

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