* Posts by Steve K

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Samsung: And for my next trick – exploding WASHING MACHINES

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Maybe someone left their Note 7 in an item of washing?

Maybe someone left their Note 7 in an item of washing....?

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Re: Musk seems to be losing it

I think that the 200,000 was not actually the true number according to a participant - more like 2,000 I believe.

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Sysadmin gets 5 years for slurping contractor payments to employer

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Re: The old ones are the best

I remember when this database was all fields.....;-)

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Re: The old ones are the best

Are you thinking of Superman 2 and the Richard Pryor character...?

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BBC to demand logins for iPlayer in early 2017

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Blue Peter

Blue Peter in my case!!

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High rear end winds cause F-35A ground engine fire

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Re: I'm not an expert

Very true, but that's only used after the engine is properly ignited and running under its own power, plus the really hot bit will be just behind the aircraft anyway when in use.

A hot start is generally when excess fuel is ignited at too-low a level of RPM so that the turbine blades in the hot section of the turbine exceed their safe operating temperature - even transiently.

Since the blades in the hot section are usually operating close to their melting/deformation point even when everything is working OK (and only don't melt due to clever cooling holes), a temperature excursion will lead to a hot section inspection being required at the very least to see if any of these blades have deformed/fused

If it has done a reverse flaming fart up its own jacksey like this which needed extinguishing (as opposed to an over-temperature tell-tale warning), then they will probably need to strip it down to get rid of the extinguishant out of the turbine anyway.

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Not confined to F35

Now I love to bash a military white elephant as much as the next person, but...

The F35 is not unique in this respect. Just about any turbine-powered aircraft will have a tailwind limitation for startup, beyond which unburned fuel accumulation will cook the engine if you persist with the start (similarly to a hot start if fuel is introduced too early before the turbine is up to speed on the starter motor). One would expect that the start is computer-controlled though here....

On turbine helicopters, procedures will call for the turbine to be motored with the starter motor without the igniters active to clear this fuel (or leave it and go off and have a cuppa...), and maybe rotate the machine out of the wind if it can be moved easily.

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Man accused of $180k ass-based gold smuggling scam awaits verdict

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Joke

Apparently afterwards

He spoke to the doctor:

"Doc - I've got a flywheel stuck up there too."

"Hmm, how long has it been there?"

"I don't know, but it's been driving me nuts."

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Questioning

Q: "Have you got any gold on you?"

A: "Yes, stick your hand up my arse, I've got piles"

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Spoiler alert: What Oracle is going to announce today

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Is it REALLY cloud though...

Is it really cloud though, and not just smoke....?

Some of Oracle's "cloud" offerings are really just fixed-term hosting, without the scale up/down one would expect from a cloud solution.

The devil is in the detail (and smoke) behind the headline. You can always be No.1 in Cloud if you set the definition...

The on-premise stuff is interesting BUT I suspect it is tied to Oracle's hardware (but I suppose that's similar to how Microsoft's Azure on-premise is tied to specific Dell/HP OEM-installed hardware)

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United States Air Force grounds F-35As after cooling kit cracks up

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Re: Puzzled

I imagine the lines are towards the bottom of the tanks as that's where the fuel will be coolest - maybe in a channel which is designed not to drain.

They must also have a good reason for it to go through the tanks rather than attached to the outside (e.g. via a heatsink plate or channels) as otherwise that would seem to be a better way to avoid fuel corrosion effects.

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Microsoft thinks time crystals may be viable after all

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Re: YBMM

Mornington Crescent?

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Edward Snowden's 40 days in a Russian airport – by the woman who helped him escape

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Elections

Slightly off-topic, and I hope not overly-cynical but

"unless there's an election every 5 years, how can we hold our MP's to account?"

I think that "holding to account" is an over-used term in regard to politics.

In a 2-party democracy (e.g. UK, US) I don't think that elections can really be a way for the electorate to hold politicians to account - particularly on single issues - since the choice is binary (as a vote for a minor party is likely to be marginally dilutive at best). You are voting on a manifesto - a package - regardless of whether you agree with all of its contents.

You might see protest votes in local council or by-elections but not in a General Election.

Given the binary choice, I would suggest that most people won't switch allegiance between the side that they have settled on.

Therefore if you "hold MPs to account" at the General Election (assuming they are the ones you voted in last time) then you will get the lot you didn't want and have never wanted.

I don't think PR helps either, since the pool of parties (and hence manifestos) is still pretty small.

Do we need to discard political parties, but vote for policies and have them delivered by a neutral Civil Service? But then who decides on the policies, if they are consistent/deliverable/mutually-exclusive and who is actually in charge?

Discuss...

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Tesla driver dies after Model S hits tree

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Re: go see the pictures @Stoneshop

Your URL in the post above gives a HTTP 403....

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Re: own EV happens to have the exact same problem

Sorry, Lithium is neither the second most reactive element nor the most reactive metal.

One of the problems you have in a charged LiPo is the stored energy in the cell which complicates handling a fizzing or popped cell even if not currently burning.

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Re: If this wasn't a Tesla, it wouldn't be a story

Also this road does not look like the sort of road where AutoPilot should be used anyway.

In UK parlance it appears to be a single-carriageway rather than a wider motorway or similar with crash barriers etc. where I imagine AutoPilot's use-case is based.

You would probably not use Cruise Control on such a road in a normal car anyway because of the opposing traffic/trees etc.

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Re: The problem is you can't be sure power is off

Apparently not according to the First Responder extract in the above post above.

I imagine that if a particular cell is on fire then that's that - and water won't extinguish it or make it burn any more than it is already doing (although you might get an explosion and molten lithium metal flying around but on its own Lithium does not burn hot enough to melt when reacting with water at least in a lab).

See Theodore Gray's website for Sodium doing a similar thing when a large block is dropped in to a lake! Sodium is a row below in the periodic table so will be more spectacular than Lithium.

The gist of the advice seems to be that a significant amount of water will dissipate heat from those remaining cells that are not on fire and presumably still in their normal packaging - which is a good thing.

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Re: standard operating procedures

"These vapors include HF2 oxides of carbon, aluminum, lithium, copper, and cobalt. Additionally, volatile phosphorous pentafluoride may form at temperatures above 230o Fahrenheit."

May I just say "Oooh f@ck!"

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Sick of Southern Rail? There's a crowdfunding site for that

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You mean the cup-holders..?

You mean the cup-holders..?

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Retired Philae lander slouches on Comet 67P

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Re: Such a shame

Very true in these pictures, but I think that the "season" (i.e. orientation with respect to the sun) of that region on 67-P has changed so what looks like a mere 2m from sunlight may have been much more (or even complete darkness) when it first bounced to a halt.

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Hollywood offers Daniel Craig $150m to (slash wrists) play James Bond

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Chris, is that all you can afford....?

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Ireland looks like it's outpacing Britain in the superfast broadband rollout stakes

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How are the target levels arrived at?

How are the target speeds arrived at for universal provision?

If you want everyone to stream 4K movies on demand then that's one thing, if you want everyone to have a stable connection for (say) email/online shopping/browsing/iPlayer then that's a different thing.

Not wanting to fall foul of the "640K should be enough for anyone" kind of statements, it would be interesting to know what the use case is to back up 4Mbps/10 Mbps/30 Mbps etc. as a benchmark, as opposed to a guaranteed QoS/throughput but at a lower headline rate.

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New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves

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Re: A problem with modern medicine and government policy.

Someone much more amusing than I once said that stopping drinking/smoking/<vices of choice> doesn't extend your lifespan by 10 year - it just feels like it...

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Heinrich - I think you've already had enough to drink - you are repeating yourself...;-)

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Pizza delivery by drone 'trialled' in New Zealand

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Line of sight?

How do you maintain line of sight to the drone if you are landing in (say) someone's garden behind a fence?

Line of sight (if not by use of FPV displays) would be handy if the pizza shop (or delivery vehicle) is just on the other side of a narrow river, without a nearby bridge but otherwise this seems like a gimmick.

You need to be fairly close by when landing/taking off these things to avoid obstacles - particularly non-static ones....

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NIST spins atomic gyroscope to allow navigation without GPS

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Boffin

Already done?

Was the researcher a H Wolowitz?

I think a similar device was on Series 9 of Big Bang Theory.

(Yes I know that is fictional - they have a great science advisor).

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Russia investigates downsizing space station crew from three to two

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Space Spelling Pedant Alert

"with its usual compliment of astronauts."

Astronaut: "Does my bum look big in this space suit?"

ISS: "No, it really suits you, love"

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It's all fun and games until someone loses a rack*

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Re: NVIDIA 1080 Titan GTX GPU?.

OK, the Pascal 1080 Titan X is announced now...

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/nvidia-pascal-titan-x-revealed,news-53501.html

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NVIDIA 1080 Titan GTX GPU?.

As far as I am aware there are no TITAN GTX 1080 (Pascal) cards out yet - did this mean the GTX 980 Titan (Maxwell?)

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Ban ISPs from 'speeding up' the internet: Ex-Obama tech guru

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Re: I know, I know

Oh no, just wait till we get Barry on too...

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Samsung deals out microSD-crushing faster fingernail flash cards

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Re: Capacities

I paid £150 for a 128MB SmartMedia card in early 2003 to use in a Finepix 6900 (3MP interpolated to 6MP due to a clever sensor design)... I STILL had to have a stand-alone card-reader (with a 2GB HDD!!!) to transfer pics off it while I was travelling round NZ.

The kids of today...etc.

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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

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Wether - castrated rams require legislation?

If l may channel Kryten for a moment, I hardly think that castrated rams need any further legislation...

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You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

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Re: But it needs to be "militarised"

Shhhhh! The USAF are trying to keep a lid on it now.....

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Dr Craig Wright lodges 51 blockchain patents with Blighty IP office

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Re: Unmask?

Having read the BBC article linked to above, it appears that the "unmask" bit actually refers to the lead-up to the original claims in April/May (apparently part of a business plan/strategy for his backers/associates), rather than any new actions arising since then.

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Unmask?

I thought that Craig Wright had claimed to be Nakamoto already, so surely there is no need to unmask him....?

If it is not him (as most suspected) then it is an admission that he was making it up previously, which would not help his credibility in his latest venture.

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You've got petabytes of unused storage, says Formation. Er, do we?

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Re: Data duplication?

The original comment said (in an ironic manner..) Dup, not de-Dup.

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Intel's Knights Landing lands

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Re: Superior nerdities needed

Unless I am mistaken, the key one is that you can run x86 code on it, whereas Pascal etc. will need you to code against NVidia's CUDA API (or have something else in the middle to do it for you).

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Developer waits two years for management to define project

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Re: Signal to noise

Well you still missed 2...;-)

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EU referendum frenzy bazookas online voter registration. It's another #GovtDigiShambles

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Blamestorming

Ah yes - a blamestorming meeting!

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That didn't take long: Shareholders sue Oracle in 'fake cloud sales' row

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It will be terminology...

I imagine that it will be caught up in the terminology and so difficult to prove/disprove.

In my humble, alleged opinion:

* Oracle probably count their OMCS (Oracle Managed Cloud Services) revenue as "cloud" too when it is NOT cloud but traditional hosting/virtualisation

* Cloud incentivisation of the sales teams (i.e. bonus multipliers for anything "Cloud") will also probably lead to fuzzing of the classification of sales as "Cloud" when in fact it may be less clearcut. For example a hybrid on-premise and cloud deal might be recorded as all-cloud by Sales in order to hit their target/bonus level - regardless of the actual mix sold.

* Some Oracle Cloud offerings have a period of lock-in or a fixed term (rather than just being fully-flexible and month-to-month), which could mean that the full revenue stream might have been recognised up-front, rather than spread over the contractual period/schedule. (Bear in mind that many of the applications offered require a non-trivial amount of technical and functional work from the end-user organisation to migrate on or off)

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Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest password was 'dadada'

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Re: Must be...

Trio, surely?

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Thai bloke battles jumbo python in toilet todger thriller

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Re: I'm writing the script now

Kaffe Fasset?

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Don't tell the Cabinet Office: HMRC is building its own online ID system

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May I just say...

May I just say - what an omnishambles...

One arm of Government afraid to talk to another, so both spending money on the same thing. Great.

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Troll seeks toll because iPhones work

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Re: I've got an idea...

Nice idea, but ironically they will already have prior art on this.......

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

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Re: Supply commitments?

Maybe they are going back to fizzion power?

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What's holding up Canada's internet?

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Not to mention the shading on the cable insulation...

Well while we are being pedantic, what about the shading/highlights on the cable insulation on the left and right-hand sides...?

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Dark net LinkedIn sale looks like the real deal

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Re: Password changes

That's OK - I haven't changed the password now ;-)

(@ A. Bee Have an upvote from me too. Thread makes less sense for future readers now as I deleted the duplicate before I saw your post...... Sorry)

No idea how I managed to post twice - might have been using the back button to add a post icon.

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Password changes

"While people's passwords can and should change routinely"

Well that's not what GCHQ said today...;-)

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