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2514 posts • joined 16 Feb 2011

As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

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Re: I've looked over coverage of Musk and I've *never* seen a tough interview. Ever.

But we've all seen press conference where a journalist gets to ask a question and they come up with the most stupid inane question that is already answered. It's no wonder these people get pissed off with them.

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Re: unexpected honesty

But Musk is right that journalists have lost the respect of the public.

But having said that, then why does he even care what they write? I don't. There is very little in the media that I would give the time of day to, they have lied and lied and pushed agendas, generally undermined themselves, and now everything they do has to come with a pinch of salt.

Look at two examples in the UK, Daily Mail and Guardian. Two polar opposites in view but absolutely equivalent in their gutter level. Depending to which direction a person is gullible, they support one and deride the other. When in fact both are nothing but rags.

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Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

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Re: Seems to me

Falklands and South Georgia are not vital. There are other rocks sticking out of the sea within the area that would be required.

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Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures. Suggests they have a bit of a problem. If it turns out to be not very durable then Galileo would be a big flop.

Yes, they seem to be having a problem with these clocks in their installation in the Giove test birds that were built in Guildford. May well turn out to be a British problem.

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Re: Let's not question the EU

Of course, minds change. Polls indicate that more people would now vote to leave,

Other polls indicate that the elderly (the ones who mostly voted leave but are not going to have to live with the consequences) are slowly dying off and the younger voters (who more voted to stay and are the people who are actually going to have to live with the consequences for decades) are increasing in proportion.

Brexit was just a sort of nebulous idea when the vote happened. The negotiations are making things clearer and hardening the idea into a reality. This means a second referendum would be an actual informed vote. This does not mean "keep having referendums until you get the answer you want" it means have a vote based on the actual reality of a brexit deal.

Leavers are very much against a second properly informed referendum, because they fear the outcome. That could hardly be less democratic.

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Re: Let's not question the EU

PS. Can we please drop all the "Brexidiot" and "Remoaner" bollocks while we're at it.

Yes, this please. This is the juvenile level of the debate that is prevalent in the UK and is a marker for some of the reasons for the problems. That people do this primary school name-calling is an embarrassment to the country and not unnoticed outside these shores. It's like after these words have been used on web comments for the 10 billionth time these people somehow think they are being clever.

On one side of the problem, it has always seemed to me that the institution is set up to mostly benefit certain nations closer to the geographic centre, on the other hand the continuity of the EU leadership means that we get consistent application of long term projects. Our own contentious government system doesn't do long term very well because the opposition... well they oppose.

But on the other hand it seems that just leaving hard brexit is not the smart solution, because it is going to be economically very damaging and make it harder to make a living - which will hot the already less well off the hardest. It's also going to hurt some long and painfully achieved peace. No amount of fingers-in-the-ears lalalaing is going to make that go away.

Sitting round a poker table with the other EU nations each playing a hand. The UK hand is 2,4,5,8,9 mixed suits. The other nations are comparing hands so they know what the UK has. The UK is in a very very weak position.

I'm OK, I have 2 passports and have been preparing financially since the vote.

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'Clive, help us,' say empty-handed ZX Spectrum reboot buyers

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RCL have now delivered some perks (Roll of Honour listings on website in return for backing a Vega+ or giving them a tenner.

So they will be telling IndieGogo that they have met their requirements.

I don't believe they are able to complete this project, all funds have been squandered.

As I was working close the the factory that was doing the PCB/SMT for the the 50 prototype run when it was being done. I was very tempted to have a look in their skip.

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The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

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Re: Cars are priority, but what about DAB?

Or pressing the cancel button.

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Re: In car

You can tell, but those other intrusive sounds mean there's no significant advantage.

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Re: Batteries and Delay

I have an old Roberts Gemini, more than 10 years old. It has in-situ rechargeable AAs and it will play for more than 24 hours on one charge. That translates to weeks of use.

Newer radios are much better than this, Roberts EcoLogic 7, 150 hours on one charge.

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Re: Cars are priority, but what about DAB?

Does DAB in the UK have a widely available (in DAB terms) equivalent of RDS yet? IE something which the receiver can use to auto switch to 'local' traffic news when it is broadcast, like UK BBC FM stations have been doing for decades? Or is 'public service broadcasting' just a hip name for a band these days?

Yes it has all the same stuff plus more, mine does that, it switches to "local" stations that might be 2 counties away as well as dsiplaying the current radio station, programme details and currently playing song and artist. It also receives TMS data for the satnav and does auto route suggestions.

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It really doesn't matter how you broadcast it if it's on my radio with its 2 inch mono speaker, or in my car competing with tyre, wind and engine noise. 128 or 192 is more than enough. It's the convenience I like.

If I want better sound quality at home I use my phone and stream radio to a BT speaker. It's not perfect but it's more than good enough.

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'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'

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As long as there is an underclass of chavvy thickos then faecebook will continue to thrive.

I believe that the only people still using faecebook at the ilk of Jeremy Kyle guests but unfortunately there are a lot of them.

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Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

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You do not need a reason to own a shotgun. A shotgun licence is a "shall issue" if there are no reasons not to.

I have to show my clay pigeon club membership and prove my attendance to renew. They won't renew my licence if my reason is just because I fancy owning one.

I also have to show my double-locked steel cabinet secured to a structural wall. And have a clean house when the police firearms officer randomly turns up to interview me.

And if they police firearms guy turns up the gun better be under lock if I'm not actively cleaning/maintaining it, or transporting it somewhere.

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Re: Early information

If I go to the gun range to shoot, I will be shooting more than one reload, On average you would use 100-200 rounds for practice 1-2 times a week. Where would I store the rounds?

In a safe at the shooting range.

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Re: Early information

if you anticipate having to fend off a home invasion,

The problem with using guns to fend off home invasions is that if an intruder expects a resident of a target home to have a gun, then they need to bring a gun with them to carry out the burglary.

So the desperate smackhead who wants to grab a few easy to carry items of value to sell for his next score, now has to open fire when he encounters anybody in the home.

He could even take care of the residents before they wake.

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What's up with that ZX Spectrum reboot? Still no console

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The demand from backers is working units. The wording from IndieGogo is not so specific.

Roll of Honour is also a £10 perk so RCL can tell IndieGogo that they have started delivering perks.

I was working near the place that was pro ducting the PCB and SMT for the 50 prototype run, I was very tempted to dig around in their skip.

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They've delivered now, they have put names up on their website on their roll of honour, which is one of the things they promised to do and so they have complied with what IndieGogo were demanding by the end of May.

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Tech support made the news after bomb squad and police showed up to 'defuse' leaky UPS

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Re: "Why the massive emergency services response?"

Hey, I have UMass Amherst on my educational CV.

What big pile? The library tower?

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Bloodhound Super-Sonic Car aims to wake up Newquay: Rocket work restart in August

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Re: Should it happen?

What technology? You're probably just using specific technologies already developed for other sectors -

Where can I find a wheel that can withstand running on a dry lake bed at 1000mph? Or the suspension system?

Or the enclosure for the front wheels at 1000mph, all the dust that is going to build up in there, the wheels spinning at 10,000RPM.

Maybe try Amazon?

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Astroboffins spy the most greedy black hole yet gobbling a Sun a day

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Re: Scale is awesome

Scale is so awesome and thinking about earth relative to it, we are a spec of dust.

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How could the Facebook data slurping scandal get worse? Glad you asked

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Re: Quality of the data

So we're talking about thick narcissists. Although, come to think of it, that's the sort of demographic that advertisers would die for.

You can use that expression interchangeably with "Facebook User". All of them.

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NASA will send tiny helicopter to Mars

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Re: Why?

Thanks Tom, but that's just the PR spin.

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Re: Killer Dust Bunnies

I put my money on the dust being fine enough to kill it before any accidents/wind events.

I think NASA should offer you a job right now because none of the engineers working at JPL would have thought to consider the effect of dust.

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Re: Why?

but unless they change that design

Where can I look at the engineering details of the design please?

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Shining lasers at planes in the UK could now get you up to 5 years in jail

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But unless they have some Hollywood CSI way of tracing the beam back to the exact point of origin, how are they going to arrest and prosecute

Not Hollywood, just a simple night vision camera.

https://youtu.be/3k4C8grAGP4

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How does a ground-based laser pointer shine into the cockpit of a moving plane?

It doesn't really, a handheld laser can briefly illuminate the cockpit glass of an airliner and all the micro-scratches on that glass cause the beam light to scatter and this blocks vision through the glass or for that brief moments that the beam passes over. Pilots will see repeated flashes of green or whatever light. If the source is down the glideslope which is 3 degrees to the touchdown point of the runway, it would be a real pain and the pilots would have to go to instrument until they passed it.

It's more of a problem for helicopters, especially ones that are involved in low speed manouvres, like hover or landing and have all round vision. Light aircraft that use perspex are terrible for scratches.

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Lycra second only Audi cars as a primary bellend marker.

I have a bike, a battered old sit up and beg raleigh thing from decades ago. I ride it wearing jeans and sometimes an overcoat and it is a delightful feeling to overtake one of these embarassing Pinarello mounted lycra pratts as they puff along the road while I am on the purpose made cyclepath alongside.

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It's Galileo Groundhog Day! You can keep asking the same question, but it won't change the answer

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With all the tech manufacturing going to the Far East we don't have to worry because we can still do the high value stuff like space.

Unless we choose to walk away from it.

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So when can you get in the first self-driving car? GM says 2019. Mobileye says 2021. Waymo says 2018 – yes, this year

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Re: European drivers

BTW: Whatever happened to the fun of just driving ?

The roads got full.

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Lifts just go up and down a fixed route which they don't share with any other lifts, cyclists, pedestrians or stray animals.

Same applies to the driverless transports at airports, like Stansted for example. These are nothing more than horizontal lifts. But it's fun when the thing speeds up just before the up ramp.

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Re: I have a 2018 Nissan Leaf with ProPilot...

Self driving cars will have to work safely 100% of the time even though human driven cars don't.

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Sir Clive Sinclair dragged into ZX Spectrum reboot battle

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But Sinclair did eventually deliver.

This lot look like they will deliver nothing but a load of lies and delaying tactics.

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Re: But Sir Clive is dead

What am I missing here?

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MacBook Pro petition begs Apple for total recall of krap keyboards

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Re: Apple fix it or people will move

At least in an emergency an ordinary cheap USB keyboard could just be plugged in to an available USB port so the owner could keep working.....

Oh... wait...

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Mystery crapper comes a cropper

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Have you arrested for using the ladies loo? For what? At least in Europe there is no law broken if you do, and anyone who has been in a busy pub knows that the women frequently use the mens room when their's is busy. Nobody cares.

On the other matter, if the guy is shaving and not sitting then just share the damn stall.

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Exclusive to all press: Atari launches world's best ever games console

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Re: Nostalgia ain't what I thought it would be

When I do have time to play games, the only ones I am interested in are original Taito and Namco arcade ones. These new XBOX/PS ones just don't interest me, I have tried and after 15 minutes of a ridiculous intro sequence setting the scene I gave up.

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Blighty: If EU won't let us play at Galileo, we're going home and taking encryption tech with us

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Re: Stupid Boy

I find your lack of code commenting unprofessional.

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Re: Stupid Boy

@i am spartacus:

"Before you say this is impossible, do some research.

Britain already has a thriving space business. From University of Surrey, at Guildford, who handle a number of commercial satellites, both from command and control to data ground stations; "

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How about you do some research?

Surrey built the original Galileo Giove test bird yes. Their space satellite business spun out to SSTL, who are off-campus on the research park in Guildford down past Tesco near the student accommodation.

This company is absolutely world class as what it does, but sold out to Astrium on 2008 so is now owned by Airbus Defense and Space.

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Re: What is this quarrel for?

It will depend on how much money the UK is prepared to put into ESA independently, unfortunately this is likely to be all over the place as the ruling party changes over the years and we get more idiots with no clue about the value of space.

This is another problem with not having a consistent body to fund these things.

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We had our turn at that, were first in line. There must be some countries left that the USA has bombed. Give me a couple of minutes to think of one.....

Maybe a bit longer...

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Re: Launcher?

Well Blue Streak was the first stage of the ELDO launcher, that was developed in Ariane.

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Re: Idiots

Ah yes, UNOS.

Undershoot North Overshoot South.

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Re: Chokes with laughter

The thick twats haven't figured out that the work done in the UK so far on Galileo has been done by Airbus Defense and Space companies.

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UK Parliament roars: Oi! Zuck! Get in here for a grilling – or you'll get a Tower of London tour

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Re: fail

Facebook.

Where losers go to lose.

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We wanted a camera, they gave us the eye of Gemini – and an eSIM

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Re: Why

For taking pictures of receipts and documents etc, scanning bar codes and sending photos off to a recipient on one of the messaging / video apps.

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How is this overcomplicated gizmo inspired by that exactly?

I guess by having the same designer that did the 5MX, Martin Riddiford, do the magic on the new one.

And having the very same David Potter as honourary chairman.

And the same agenda app.

I'd say that they are doing OK with 5 active people.

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Google Pixel 2 XL: Like paying Apple-tier prices then saying, hey, please help yourself to my data

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Re: Apple?

Apple will have laid themselves wide open to a massive class action law suit if they are selling user data when they have gone to great lengths to publicly assert that they don't.

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Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes

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Re: not a customer

I was a customer of TSB for many years/decades.

Then after the merger I became a customer of LloydsTSB.

Then when TSB was sold off I emerged as an involuntary customer of Lloyds.

Dodged a bullet.

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Oh dear... Netizens think 'private' browsing really means totally private

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But if you enter, for example, incognito mode on Chrome, it tells you this:

Your activity might still be visible to:

Websites you visit

Your employer or school

Your internet service provider

In plain text on the page right in front of your face, so it is not possible people don't know. They just don't care.

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