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The Quietest Place On Earth Will Cause You To Hallucinate In 45 Minutes

Bowdie I can confirm this (332 comments)

I had a go in the UK Plantronics anechoic chamber last year on a factory visit. They have a webcam, and an egg timer on the wall. It's not odd for people to weird out if they spend any time in the chamber. The (digital) egg timer was there so you could set it for 30 minutes and it would hopefully snap you out of any spin you got yourself into.

I was in there for no more than five minutes, and it was extremely disorientating. You really can hear the blood in your ears. It's very much like the sound you get from sea shells. I can easily imagine losing my shit in short order in there.

about 8 months ago
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Classic BBC Sci-fi Series Blake's 7 To Return On Syfy Channel

Bowdie Arrgh, that press release (213 comments)

âoeJoe Pokaski and Martin Campbell have worked tirelessly with the Georgeville TV team to create an amazeballs reboot of this classic space opera"

AMAZEBALLS. In a press release. I was on the fence about it before I read that. Now I want this dead.

about a year ago
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Secret UK Uranium Components Plant Closed Over Safety Fears

Bowdie Re:"Secret" as in "well signposted"? (101 comments)

I live around the corner from GCHQ in Cheltenham. It has signs on it saying something like "This is a secret building under the official secrets act, and photography of it is forbidden."

And there's one of those signs every couple of meters. I can't remember the actual wording, because well - I can't photograph it.

Mind you, both bing and google earth have wonderful close ups of this totally secret building.

about a year and a half ago
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Single-Ion Clock 100 Times More Accurate Than Atomic Clock

Bowdie Re:Eventually... (169 comments)

Grr! You changed the clock by observing it!

Damm kids!

more than 2 years ago
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The Most Dangerous Toys of 2011

Bowdie Re:It doesn't take labware... (292 comments)

incompletely illegal?

I can confirm that pseudoephedrine is legal here in the UK. I have some on my desk right now. You do have to ask for the correct sudafed as the good stuff is always behind the counter, but that's just modern life. ;)

more than 2 years ago
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New, More Autonomous Asimo Robot Unveiled By Honda

Bowdie Re:Asimo is cool... (62 comments)

sarcasm detection?

Oh, THAT'S useful...

more than 2 years ago
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Galileo To Be Europe's Answer To US GPS

Bowdie Re:For such a vital system. (402 comments)

Interesting stuff. Thanks for the clarification.

Now I've got a new phrase to google : "Morale Patches" brilliant!

more than 2 years ago
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Does 3D Make Your Head Happy Or Ache?

Bowdie Re:And your point is? (281 comments)

That's odd. I saw Avatar in Real3D and got an eyestrain headache that lasted for 48 hours.

I saw Tron Legacy in IMAX3D as was A1, no after effects or weird eye spoogleyness at all.

more than 3 years ago
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Original GTA Design Docs, Dated March 22nd 1995

Bowdie Re:Is there any easy way to download this? (74 comments)

I used an app called "downloadr" a while back. Seemed to work pretty well. Don't have a link to it here, but a quick google should find it.

hth

more than 3 years ago
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Virgin Media UK Begins Throttling P2P Traffic

Bowdie Re:welp.... (220 comments)

>Hydraulic pizza oven!! Guided missile! Herring sandwich! Styrofoam! Jayne Mansfield! Aluminum siding! Borax!

Hmm... *buzzes* "Things made by Dow chemical"

more than 3 years ago
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Domestic Use of Aerial Drones By Law Enforcement

Bowdie Re:so who's already figured out.. (299 comments)

Holy shit. I just wiki'd EPFCG :

An explosively pumped flux compression generator (EPFCG) is a device used to generate a high-power electromagnetic pulse by compressing magnetic flux using high explosive.

An EPFCG can be used only once as a pulsed power supply since the device is physically destroyed during operation. An EPFCG package that could be easily carried by a person can produce pulses in the millions of amperes and tens of terawatts, exceeding the power of a lightning strike by orders of magnitude. They require a starting current pulse to operate, usually supplied by capacitors.

Like I say, HOLY SHIT.

more than 3 years ago
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Adding an Olfactory Dimension To Games

Bowdie Oh dear (108 comments)

"Honey, are you playing Second life again?"

      "No sweetheart"

"So why does it smell like semen and cat hair in here?"

more than 3 years ago
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Google Officially Brings Voice To Gmail

Bowdie Re:encrytion issues (179 comments)

Mister Potato head, MISTER POTATO HEAD, Back doors are not secret!

more than 3 years ago
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Lord Lucas Says Record Companies "Blackmail" Users

Bowdie Re:Finally, someone gets it. (236 comments)

Yup, in the UK, you can't change your name to something that might infer a rank or title.

http://www.ukdps.co.uk/AreThereAnyRestrictionsOnNames.html

We will not accept an application for a name that:

        * does not include at least one forename and one surname;
        * is impossible to pronounce;
        * includes numbers or symbols;
        * includes punctuation marks - although you can have a hyphen to link forenames or surnames (for example, if you want a double-barrelled surname) and an apostrophe in the case of surnames like O'Brien;
        * we consider vulgar, offensive, blasphemous or unsuitable;
        * may result in others believing you have a conferred or inherited honour, title, rank or academic award, for example, a change of first name to Sir, Lord, Laird, Lady, Prince, Princess, Viscount, Baron, Baroness, General, Captain, Professor or Doctor etc.

more than 4 years ago
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Dymaxion Car Being Restored

Bowdie Re:Crumpet catcher (121 comments)

Heh, "crumpet catcher" nice.

Although I believe the historically correct nomenclature is "Vaginal lodestone"

more than 4 years ago

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