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World's Tallest Building To Open Monday

BJH Re:More than tallest building (360 comments)

Guy I used to work with basejumped off the Burj Dubai while it was under construction - the video's on Youtube.

more than 4 years ago

Elder-Assist Robotic Suits, From the Real Cyberdyne

BJH This company's main building... (121 comments) actually just down the road from my apartment. Kind of freaky walking past a place with "CYBERDYNE" plastered all over it every morning.

more than 4 years ago

Mininova Starts Filtering Torrents

BJH Re:Big Yawn (267 comments)

Spelling Nazi, sir - get your jackbooted thugs right!

more than 5 years ago

North Korea Launches "Communication Satellite" Rocket

BJH Re:Summary is hopelessly wrong... (492 comments)

Late reply, I know, but why assume I'm American? I live in Japan - you know, the place the missile just flew over.

more than 5 years ago

North Korea Launches "Communication Satellite" Rocket

BJH Re:Summary is hopelessly wrong... (492 comments)

I don't know if you've realised, but communication satellites need to head into orbit, not a parabolic arc into the Pacific.

more than 5 years ago

North Korea Launches "Communication Satellite" Rocket

BJH Re:Summary is hopelessly wrong... (492 comments)

Il-28/H-5: Having been developed in the late 1940s, the Il-28/H-5 represents an old generation of bomber aircraft. North Korea originally received 24 Il-28 Beagles in 1960, and after that deliveries of the Chinese H-5 copy continued. The H-5 is a simple, robust, jet-engined bomber, capable of carrying up to 3,000 kg of bombs, including conventional, biological, chemical or nuclear. Its range is about 2,400 km, capable of hitting targets in most of Japan and all of South Korea. The bomber is supplied with a special aiming radar for the bombardier for precise targetting during poor visibility. Despite these advantages, it has a few grave drawbacks - a low maximum speed (900 km/h) and a fairly low ceiling (about 13,000 m), which renders the aircraft very vulnerable even to older types of SAMs and jet fighters. Despite this, it provides North Korea with a fair medium-range weapons platform.

OK, it's not a B-2, but they've got Mig-29s to provide escort, so they're not exactly "paper airplanes" either.

more than 5 years ago

HP's Fury At Vista Capable Downgrade

BJH Ballmer's reply (499 comments)

"I had nothing to do with this Will handled everything I received a message that paul was going to call Will said he would handle it Paul called I had not even had a chance to report his issues when Will told me he had solved them (it did not sound like he had) I am not even in the detail of the issues. You better get will under control thanks."

Anybody want to bet that was typed on a Blackberry or equivalent?

more than 5 years ago

Michael Crichton Dead At 66

BJH Re:For those that don't get the joke (388 comments)

No, he was a hack. Characterisation as thin as paper, poorly-disguised misogyny, a strong tendency to oversell his knowledge of very technical areas in which he had no experience... not to mention he couldn't write a decent ending to save his life.

I mean, c'mon. Prey. Timeline. We shouldn't even need to have this conversation.

more than 5 years ago

(Useful) Stupid Unix Tricks?

BJH Re:Useful tricks. (2362 comments)


awk with positional parameters and cut are NOT the same thing.

For example, please extract only the STIME field from "ps -ef" using cut. Ugh. Awk? '{print $5}'.

more than 5 years ago

Are MMOs Time-Release Vaporware?

BJH I think... (193 comments)

...I should point out that Hellgate: London was not actually an MMORPG, and it includes a single-player mode so it can indeed be played even if the servers are no longer available.

more than 5 years ago


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