* Posts by mky

38 posts • joined 11 Feb 2010

BOFH: Password HELL. For you, mate, not for me


When I get cold calls or collection agencies...

I ask to put them on hold, make them wait for 15-20 seconds come on the line and treat them like a phone sex line, when they interrupt, I quickly apologize, err wrong line and back to hold mode, for a longer wait. Wash Rinse Repeat till they hang up. Works every time.

If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait


Re: SpaceX are printing parts for their Merlin engines.

Not sure if you read the linked article. In house turn around of days as apposed to months from outside sources. I'm pretty sure local control of production is one of Elon's goals. He considered starting an aluminum processing plant, rather than deal with whims of Americas aluminum producers. In the future if it makes sense to add traditional casting techniques to the mix, it will happen, somehow I don't see that happening.


I wouldn't sell industrial additive manufacturing short.


SpaceX are printing parts for their Merlin engines.

For home use, yeah they're just toys. This is just the snowball starting its journey down the hill.

World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs


Re: I'd love to see a Lanc fly

Glacier Girl is the only P38F in airworthy condition, there are about a dozen P-38s of various models currently flying. I'd love to see the Lancs up and about together. closest I've come is the Collings Foundations B-24 and B-17 together. You Brits are very lucky to have the opportunity.

Pop teen beats Steve Jobs in Google's 2011 popularity contest

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'I'm the first to admit that we've made a bunch of mistakes'



I welcome our space worm underlords.

Phobos-Grunt 'crippled by US aurora station', 'is a bio-weapon'



Now that's a hobby!


and who is...

to say Homer isn't a galactic space monster thing?


optional is a lie!

I work in the Aerospace/Aviation industry. It's pretty common knowledge that designing an aircraft, requires a college degree, to build, or repair one, only requires a G.E.D.

Mysterious sat-pic China desert markings - EXPLAINED



This explains crop circles then?

Ballmer shoots down Microsoft breakup advice



The blind leading the naked?

Phone-hack scandal: Bloke cuffed in cop bung probe



It could just mean it wasn't inappropriate, until it was reported.

NSA whistleblower details intelligence cock-ups

Big Brother


My government running roughshod over my rights? Say it isn't so.

Utah to honour Browning M1911 semi-automatic


seems more fitting

to honor the man.

Grand jury meets to decide fate of WikiLeaks founder


Ron Paul?

Oh I get it, that's supposed to be a joke.


As an american

I love my country. That being said, I find myself loathing what has become of it. We are no longer a democracy and have not been one for a long time now. Seems we have gone from the land of freedom and opportunity to the land of ignorance, fear and hate. As a country we deserve the scorn heaped upon us. Guess I'll be getting anally probed the next time I try to board a plane for a domestic flight. Oh well, I'm over 40 and am supposed to have my prostate examined annually.

Well at least we still have some great micro brews.

Top Ten Arcade Classics



That'd be Tempest


Mighty fine list

In the end though, there is no way that Asteroids and Missile Command are not on it. My all time favorite arcade game was Tempest. That may be because I could set high score on it with a single quarter, back in the day.

Angry Birds struggle to take on Androids



There's just no pleasing some of you, how utterly typical

Probably wouldn't like a fine IPA either

What's the difference between an iPod and an iPood?



Think you are confusing the iphone with the ipod. Somehow i'm not surprised.


@Stephen Roberts

You are a little late there mate, iSight is already an Apple product, or correctly is a discontinued product. Nice try though. I see you have a reserved seat on the fail bus. Have a nice trip.

Our Vulture 1 aircraft begins to take shape


Covering the beast.

I actually have been using simple glue sticks to attach the covering on my stick and tissue models. I then use Aliphatic resin (yellow wood glue, I suggest Titebond if available) thinned 50-50 with tap water to seal down all seams. I then use an atomizer bottle with water or isopropyl alcohol to shrink the tissue tight. Once its dried and I am satisfied with the results I use rattle cans of paint for color. if the tissue is already the appropriate color I use a satin or matte clear coat as a finish. It works quite well.

This technique should work fine for attaching most paper coverings. Depending on the type of paper used, you may or may not want to forgo the shrinking stage.

I should make it clear that I am not a competition modeler. I build for the fun of it.

Good luck.

'Eternal' sun-plane still aloft after 7 days, aiming for 14


I wonder how

well it will deal with the Sonoran desert's monsoons. Two years ago a micro-burst here, literally spun one of Boeing's Dreamlifters 45º. Dragging it over Ground Support Equipment, and generally tearing the beast up. 120 mph winds can be very entertaining.

Blighty's stealth robojet rolls out a year late


by the way,

not refuting yer maths, just pointing out what appear to me to be assumptions not based on the realities of carrier ops.

the logistics of using kerosene to generate steam vs. nuclear power do not add up. i'm not saying it can't be done. the reality is that carriers need to replenish while deployed.

replenishing at sea is going to take longer and require even more supply capacity. you will need to bring on not only the kerosene to power the steam system, but also to fuel the carrier and to fuel the aircraft. nuclear power obviates two of the three. after all, the steam generated on a nuclear carrier is a by product of cooling the reactors.

in the real world, even the capabilities of old kit (cvn65) leave everything else in the dust, and she has been in service for damn near 50 years. maybe you brits can get her second hand in 2013.

have an ipa on me.


there is a reason

for in flight refueling. you don't generally launch an aircraft fully fueled and armed from a carrier. you launch max weapons and only enough fuel to make it to the airborne fuel station top off and go. honestly they only thing more devastating on the planet than a nuclear carrier is a nuclear powered slbm sub, and the carrier is much more versatile.

whine away about american weapon systems, or british for that matter. i'll place my bets on the us systems against current russian systems any day.

all you c-130 haters need to uncork your heads from your asses. its 50+ yr old tech that still offers more capabilities than anything else mentioned.

by the way aluminum a/c are proven, composites not so much. call me back in 50 yrs. and maybe that will have changed.

maybe someday we can spend all this money on something worthwhile. somehow i doubt it. seems we all have to many problems seeing eye to eye.

beer, now there is a proven tech.

Blizzard exposes real names on WoW forums


no I am Ian Godman

and so is my wife.

3D TV: Avatar or Ishtar?


I'll wait for braile-o-vision

3D is so far down on my list of features, it is non existent. Picture quality/clarity, complete color fidelity and total elimination of pixelation are far more important to me. Cost would also be a rather important factor in a purchasing decision.

Microsoft goes AC/DC with Instaload battery tech


This wont work in a multi-cell flashlight

unless the tech is in the battery. Individually slotted batteries, where the cells are actually separated it would work, as it would not matter whether the batteries are in series, parallel or series parallel. This seems like a solution to a rather limited problem. Hardly world changing.

Airline passenger videos Atlanta maggot horror


Was the passenger

A martini for James Bond? Shaken and not stirred.

More iPhone 4 angst: fanbois howl over head sensor


Did not realize

that such a large group of self proclaimed techies were such myopic twits.

I have used Apple computers since the mid 80's. I do not own an iPhone. I do own an iPod and a 15" MacBook Pro, last gen before unibodies. Its a fine laptop and does what I want, how I want. So how does that make me a tard?

I don't worship at the alter of Jobs. Don't need to. I am also not an IT git. Though having worked in Tech Support in decades past I understand frustration with end users.

I read El Reg for Information and humor.

Beer is good food, now go drink til' you're full.

Bottom line is haters = bigots. Uncork your heads from your asses, and move on.

Search begins on seized Gizmodo journo kit


I'd suggest

Dennis Hopper to play the role of Jobs, to bad he just died.

Mechanic drove three miles with angry bloke on bonnet



Common sense is counter productive in law enforcement, as in it is not profitable.

Police cuff 70 eBay fraud suspects


to eBay or not...

I have made hundreds of purchases and sales on eBay. I have found what i wanted, and paid what i was willing. eBay still provides a service I use. Admittedly, I do not use it as much as I have in the past.

The most expensive purchase I made was a 40' cargo container for $800. A phenomenal price no matter how you slice it. That said, I do not think I would put that much cash on the line again, nor do I believe you will find deals like that now.

Apple's iPad - the device for execs who create nothing


rm *.*

Whats wrong with a comfy chair?

I like beer, make mine an IPA!

Wait why isn't there a comfy chair icon too?

Swedish pothead reports LSD-laced hash


Isn't cannabis

considered or classified as a hallucinogen?

I'll have mine with a pint!

Apple is suing HTC


title and registration please

Uhmm, don't you need a touch screen to touch first?


Gay site says bank shut account over 'objectionable' blog


Insert slogan here

Banking is a crime against humanity.

Most of the banks that received bailouts actually used the money overseas at higher returns than they could get by using it in the states.

Last I read most of the bigger banks have paid back the money, or are doing so as fast as they can, so they can go back to screwing their customers in new and more deplorable ways.

Agree with a previous post, when did bankers get morals?

It's beer o' clock

USB hack connects Droid to printers, video cams, and more


Must be missing something...

My supposed smartphone is able to hook up to local wifi nets. Does it not make more sense to just connect over wifi and print to a local printer? Something I think the OS on the mobe/cp should offer. My cp also supports Bluetooth... Blah blah blah.

I question why I should need to plug-in for such mundane issues. That said, I think there are some possibilities, where being able to plug-in and control another device could be handy. To many beers atm to offer any good examples. I am also far to lazy to do so now.


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