* Posts by Prof

20 publicly visible posts • joined 26 Jan 2010

Oklahoma woman cuffed with loaded .22 in pork holster


Re: Pork holster.

Probably not many! But there are still plenty to choose from, even if you pick a theme along the lines of Pork Holster. You can have these for free: Gammon Alley, Furburger, Cod Canyon, Oxo Orifice, Tuna Tunnel, Cod Crater, Sausage Wallet, and of course my favorite - Mc Flappy Meal

World women's day tomorrow you say? I better be off now then

Vodafone goes titsup for BlackBerrys in mobile data outage


Not seeing any issues on my Voda (BIS) BB today - seems to be working fine.

UN: Greenhouse gas emissions gap is out of control


Re: An anagram of Lewis Page...

weasel pig

New guide: Bake your own Raspberry Pi Lego-crust cluster


Jolly Good! How fast/powerful is it though?

Are there any reg-standard benchmarks to compare it with?

LOHAN breathes fire in REHAB


Re: APCP Burning Characteristics in REHAB

I'd agree, adding a large pressure (vacuum!) tank to the system will act as a buffer to suck the gasses given off by the igniter and therefore minimize the added pressure.

Where you would get a large-ish container capable of withstanding that amount of vacuum i am not sure. Perhaps bodge it from welded steel plate - it doesn't have to be complex, just a hollow box with an outlet pipe.

However I would go against the idea of changing the rocket motor nozzle characteristics. I think once lit, the internal pressure of the motor will not be dependent on the ambient low pressure outside.

Shrinking the nozzle diameter could lead to a rather nasty bang.

In terms of a burst disk with a hole just large enough for the igniter to poke through into the motor, I think that may be over-complicating it. The fuses are designed to be a rather tight fit in the nozzle already, so I doubt an additional diaphragm/disk would make much difference to be honest.

RIM shares take a bath after uninspiring BlackBerry 10 unwrap


Re: Playbook

Agreed, lovely bit of kit.

Shame the original reviewers that slated it have not bothered to revisit it since the v2 upgrade. The AppStore is getting better, but yes still pricy in comparison

IDLENESS sees Brits haemorrhage cash to mobe firms


Ideless saves money surely?

"And almost half claimed that they spent less on their phone after the switch."

Then most people actually spent more on their phone after the switch!!?

Vote now for the juiciest LOHAN backronym


Oribit my arse

Change the Low Orbit ones!

There were better options in the shortlist

Draw and fold working circuitry with the silver-ink pen


Old hat surely

Conductive pens are nothing new. These scientists must be living in a bubble. What's the point of inventing something you can already buy at Maplin?

In fact, they've been on the shelf in Halfords for decades - to fix scratched heated-rear-windscreen wires.

Gloomy forecast, job cuts, product delays at RIM


Better late than never

But will it be soon enough?

RIM sat in the sidelines for far too long while Apple and Android came along to steal their market share. They should have been working on the next gen blackberry and OS long ago.

RIM is only just now catching up - their latest OS and tablet OS is top notch, and will be seriously awesome when given a bit of time to develop. The web experience is arguably better than any other portable device, and AppWorld is getting there slowly.

However a good OS etc was not enough to save Palm. I think this will be a close call to see if RIM's delay has cost it so much that it can no longer compete. I surely hope it does survive and not get bought by Microsoft or something. Their new kit and QNX os is exciting and I want to see where it leads.

3D-printed bikini goes on sale

Paris Hilton

Have to ask why?

I'm all for 3D printing, I can see it being very handy for producing things that are not easy to machine by normal means. However, underwear is hardly a complex shape, and also I cant imaging rigid plastic is particularly comfy.

Plus, if the sintered stuff they use is anything like the sintered nylon we used at uni to mock up some prototype widgets, its not even that strong.

Complicated and expensive just for the sake of it - that's Fashion you may say. I'm no fashion guru, but I cant say I'd prefer seeing my mrs in that rather than a nice set of French lacy silky bits.

Paris, Obviously

RIM BlackBerry PlayBook 7in tablet


Sure, but its good to have the option

You can use the desktop management software to handle full syncing if you like.

But the easy and fast drag-and-drop is perfect for getting a photo you've just taken off, or loading in a video before you go catch a train etc. Having the flexibility to do either is very handy


Lo, it is good

I've got a playbook here on my desk, and i have to say i love it. Definitely worth the 75% even on what it does right now. With the extra stuff thats coming soon that rating can only go up.

A couple of points about the article: Actually, it does have GPS built in. Also, you've missed a great method of getting files onto it - Wi-Fi file transfer. Turn it on in settings and you can browse your network to \\playbook (or whatever dns name you pick) and drag and drop files straight on or off the playbook. Absolutely wipes the floor with itunes syncing hassle.

RIM warns investors, greets developers


PlayBook looks good

It's not a blackberry phone in itself no. But the bridge system means any blackberry owner gets all that anyway plus a 3G connection without added contract costs.

I'm set to receive the Playbook in the next week or two, and I have to say, I can't wait to get my hands on it. I think the hardware looks great, and the software is only going to get better. Don't write it off yet!

Vulture 1: Plane plans planned


Won't somebody think of the dihedral!

How is the plane going to right itself and get into a good gliding attitude assuming you can't determine exactly how it is going to fall at the point of release?

And is it going to be set to try and fly in a straight direction or come down in a big spiralling loop?

Fusion reactor eats Euro science budgets

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Go for it

As much as it is a shame to nick funds from other science projects, I believe there are few other things more needed right now than the clean cheap power that fusion will bring.

Anything that advances its development has to be worth the extra cash.

There are enough horror stories of huge budgets going to waste all over the place, at least this one is going to a decent cause

Pirate Bay resurfaces after German legal depth-charge


here you go


Street View catches Finn with his pants down


Obviously, Scandinavians and Street-View do not mix


I don't know what this is but I love it

IBM's monster tape will take three days to fill


still have to swap them

No matter how big they are, you still need to swap them every day and take them off site to get a proper backup solution.

You'd be better off using an online backup solution of some sort IMHO


Who the hell still uses tape drives

Now that HDD's can be had for a about 5p per gig, who would still choose slow, unreliable, low tapes?

The drives themselves cost a fortune, and I can't believe these new tapes will cost the £1.50 i'd say they were worth. And who wants the job to swap them over all the time?

This medium should have died a death years ago with the C-90