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nelson
21.01.2003 - 07:49
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Now, that's something interesting...

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Although I think they could simply build the electromagnets on vertically floating blocks that run on fixed poles on the dock.
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richard
21.01.2003 - 14:21
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Yeah, I saw that one too. It's a good idea, but have they thought about what will happen as the tide goes up and down? Won't the magnets get ripped from the dock walls?!
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deathjester
21.01.2003 - 15:39
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argh. electricity bill ????

the rather MASSIVE field i that area of space ?

im thinking dont carry any floppy disks with you.

soudns evilllll
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nelson
22.01.2003 - 07:55
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Hehhe, no they sorted the field problem, DJ. The tide problem is fixed by "quickly deactivating and reactivating" the magnets several times per second, or something. Still, I think they could put the magnets in blocks that slide on vertical pilons... Will make a drawing if anyone doesn't get it...
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richard
22.01.2003 - 10:21
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I get it, in fact I thought of that too. But saying that, the "quickly deactivating and reactivating" trick would be a neat solution too...
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deathjester
22.01.2003 - 15:11
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hmmm, im thinking rope. lots of rope. for three things:

1) to moor the ships

2) to tie u down over a very sharp set of spikes

3) to coil up into a seven tonne block labeled , "ARGH! stop over-engineering perfectly good solutions simply because you watch too much star trek (eg. ICQ, winamp and realplayer)" and subsequently drop onto your nethers from a very great height.
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richard
22.01.2003 - 15:30
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Hey, I happen to like Winamp! (although I haven't migrated above version 2, since 3 is taking the piss with regards to the engineering thingy)

What alternative do you use?
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deathjester
30.01.2003 - 11:24
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Yeah winamp 3 is an absolute bag o' hammers :(

2 is nice :)

ERm. IRC is best alternative to ICQ atm, although im keepign a very close eye out for a 'wonder-client' that can talk to all chat networks [surely soem geek is codign that up soemwhere].

Also, i recently d/l realoneplayer (the new realplayer) itsactually not that bad. u can turn LOTS of the crap off. Best one yet imho. PLus it comes as a discrete package rather than 56 .exes which ull never use cos winamp owns 90% of it.

Progress has been made in an area of IT..

/me feints and has embolism.
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