* Posts by Martin 66

33 posts • joined 3 Sep 2009

Fancy yourself as a bit of a Ramblin' Man or Woman? Maybe brush up on your cartography

Martin 66

Re: Updates


What magazine, Maps weekly ?

If they were a private company, they would have folded.

I'll get my coat.

Ca-caw-caw: Pigeon poops on tot's face as tempers fray at siege of Lincoln flats

Martin 66

Re: Food

Salmonella is not a disease - it is a bacteria.

Drone 'swarm' buzzed off FBI surveillance bods, says tech bloke

Martin 66

Re: "direct surveillance of potential targets of interest"

As someone mentioned above - fixed wing drones can fly for over 100km and can fly autonomously with a pre-planned flight path - they can fly for hours and hours and hours.

There is a My twin dream on youtube that flew over 200km

Tsk-tsk, fat cat Softcat: Milk-slurping reseller taken to court

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Udderly ridiculous

that is all

Sex robot forum venue 'encrypted in a poem'

Martin 66

Re: Is this poem ?

..or this.

the great robo fuck event

will be somewhere near stoke-on-trent

just listen for moans

and automaton groans

from inside a tin foil tent

Martin 66

Re: Is this poem ?

No its this one

i once got a female sex robot

who said "is that all you got?"

I thought that was quite naughty

and hid the WD40

that certainly showed her whats what.

Irish priests told to stop bashing bishops

Martin 66

That would be

an ecumenical matter

Hells door-bells! Ring pieces paralyzed in horror during Halloween trick-or-treat rush

Martin 66

The real thing to worry about is not electricity not being available, its gas. We still have many gas fired power stations, as well as all most of our central heating being based on gas. And the single pipeline to Europe, is in Ukraine and at Russia's mercy......

We also only have about a week's supply stored, so any gas outage during winter means we wouldn't last very long indeed, esp if people started trying to use electric heaters instead.

Better chop some wood, for the burner.

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

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use the mouse to move the pointer

Many years ago, I gave my mum her first PC (an old one of mine) and sat with her for her 1st PC lesson. I told her, "use the mouse to move the pointer on the screen"

She picked up the mouse and started sliding it around the screen on the monitor saying "its not working"

Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea

Martin 66

Re: droning on

@SkippyBing and Peter2 - Totally agree there is much more complexity, but 15.9m quids worth that's my point? I'm not buying it. Don't forget the fat profit margins that defence companies make. Plus - who said the cost included optional payloads :-) I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't.

but again 15.9m REALLY

Martin 66

droning on

Ok, so I have built a fixed-wing fully autonomous drone with a range of about 40km and a ceiling of about 1000m. It can beam video and telemetry back too. Mine cost a total of £450 quid compared to the 15.4M original per drone cost of the watchkeeper. Mine isn't all-weather either.

I appreciate a watchkeeper can operate 150km from its ground station (wish I had access to military tech!!!), fly for longer (16hrs vs the 3-4hrs I can get) but is there really £15,999,550.00 worth of difference in capability per drone ?

As there are many open source autopilot software and hardware projects around (and mine never thinks its landed when its 300ft up), I think a complete rethink is needed here.

This plane was around from 1999 in its initial form and technology has moved on apace in this time - in fact there has been an enormous shift from specialist/military only in 1999 to UAVs becoming consumer in recent years, meaning anything costing £15.4m should be, well amazing.

Maybe we should consider churning out drones that cost a few hundred grand each, which are reusable but no the end of the world if we lost one, but using the latest tech. I reckon a pretty amazing uav could be built for 100-200k that would outperform a watchkeeper and could probably fly when its a bit breezy too.

Tesla, GitHub, tech bro VCs... Silicon Valley sexism row explodes as more women go public

Martin 66
Paris Hilton

"In the latest example of snowballing allegations"

I didn't read anything about snowballing !?!

*look it up - icon has to be Paris

Would you let DJ E-to-the-Musk set the playlist for your roadtrip?

Martin 66

You wouldn't employ Musk - seriously!?!?

They guy who invented PayPal, brought us the only decent electric vehicle way ahead of the motor industry and has totally disrupted them, and brought down the costs of space launch and successfully reused rocket stages.

Plus remember he has opened up all his Tesla patents to the world and they still haven't brought out a vehicle as good.

What makes you so much better !? I very much doubt Musk would work for you - but I'd deffo work for him !

Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

Martin 66

Breaking news:

Jeremy Corbyn plans an extended summer holiday starting on June 9th

Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

Martin 66

they had some network issues...

Lots of lags apparently

(i'll get my coat).

Nuns left in limbo after phone line transfer hell

Martin 66

"Sorry sister, we can't connect your phone"

"ahh go on go on go on go on go on "

No wonder it took so many emails to get sorted

"you will you will you will you will"

"sorry we cant sister"

"go on go on go on go on"

Martin 66

surely purgatory, not limbo !?


LOHAN enjoys a silicone lightbulb moment

Martin 66

!! hardly elegant !!

Who did the welding for you - Stevie Wonder !?!?!?

Think your CV is crap? Your interview skills are worse

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Spot On

I think this artivle is spot on, just like the previous ione about CVs. Mr Connor is telling it like it is in the industry - if you dont like it, its not his fault you just need to learn to play the game. If you dont like the game because you feel it is unjust ? Tough, thats life, get over it.

Woman in strop strip for Bermuda airport customs

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12 months suspended

She should have had a prize not a fine. Nothing like this happens in Cardiff airport. And as for kids seeing ? All I tried to do as a young boy was look at naked women, brilliant.

Reg readers ponder LOHAN's substantial globes

Martin 66
Big Brother

mercury switch

Have you considered using a mercury switch to determine and correct the orientation of the plane ? Its quite simple, a small capsule (think of your standard antibiotic size pill) filled with mercury. One contact on the bottom, where the mercury sits when flat, one contact on either side. This can then be used to move a flap or rudder whenever the mercury makes contact (ie. whenever the plan pitches or rolls, depending on which way you install the switch).

Lightweight and cheap. Mercury freezes at -38 degrees C, so this may be an obstacle depending on how high you intend to go.

Anyway, implementing such a switch could enable you to maintain a steady flight path of 45 deg, or even allow you to start at horizontal on release, can correct to vertical over a few metres, avoiding the ballon then moving to a vertical path.

Fox News tweets hacked to show Obama death stories

Martin 66

Twitter security

I set up a twitter account on my Blackberry, with a reasonable complex password on Saturday morning. By Saturday afternoon, my account was spamming tweets without my knowledge advertising "make $$$$'s" websites. Clearly something not right with the security model here.

Feds raid home of teen fingered in DDoS on Gene Simmons

Martin 66

bye bye fat cats

CD in HMV prior to Bittorrent, Limewire and legitimate MP3 download ? 15.99

CD in HMV now 5.99

Some margin there fat cats eh?

The music industry was overinflated and is now contracting and becoming more efficient, just like lots of other industries have had to, in order to compete (all UK industry, manufacturing globally, Government trying to do this now).

Get over it Gene, its 2011. The golden era of record labels taking stars out on their corporate credit cards is over ! Back in the real world now, like everyone else.

European child abuse image law a step closer

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Outwith !?!?

Outside would do fine I think. Outwith is not in the OED and is archaic english generally only used in Scotland.

Knuckle rap for riot shield sledging coppers

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with that sort of attitude

You could be a police Super Intendent !

Or you could get a job writing sh1te for the Daily Mail.

Philip K. Dick's kid howls over Googlephone handle

Martin 66

real names

Her dad's birth name wasn't Philip either, it was Isaac. Can't understand why he changed it...

Martin 66
Paris Hilton


like its pointless trying to get a girlfriend if you read sci-fi or fantasy. The chicks just ain't into this nexus thing.

Lawyers scared of computers

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Paris Hilton

legacy lawyers

It does beg the question - why is anyone more likely to lose digital data rather than paper records ? We've heard lots of instances of people leaving printed out documents in taxis or finding lists of people's NI numbers on a roundabout in Milton Keynes. If the data is stored digitally, it can also be encrypted so any comments about it being easier to change or alter than paper documents are completely untrue. Unfortunately it seems most lawyers are unfamiliar with this kind of protective technology, when it would be ideal for them to adopt it in their industry.

I too hate this misuse of the DPA as a tool to deny information to anyone. I've read it, and it really doesn't say that.

Pharma link spammers invade Live Space

Martin 66


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Chinese villager jailed for eating tiger

Martin 66
Big Brother

more obvious

he couldn't have been hunting the tiger - why would anyone go tiger hunting in a place where there was only one left !!

China moves closer to a smut-free internet

Martin 66
Paris Hilton

what will be left...

not much...The interwebs will be a desolate place.

And what will Paris do then ?

Virgin Media in 'which Whitchurch' whoopsie

Martin 66


Is an area in Cardiff, not a town in itself. Its not all that far from the centre in fact.

Beware evangelists

Martin 66

negative evangelists

surely we should call them devangelists ?


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