* Posts by Gene Cash

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Cargo capsule goes AWOL, explodes on its way to Space Station

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"What kind of anomaly?"

"Well I hesitate to call it supernatural but it certainly wasn't scientific"

Actually SpaceX might launch as early as 16 December according to Iridium Communications, but I'm not holding my breath.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/12/1/13805334/spacex-falcon-9-rocket-launch-plans-december-16

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Renewed calls for Tesla to scrap Autopilot after number of crashes

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Consumer Watchdog?

Who? I've never heard of them before, and I've lived in the US for 50 years.

Are these another smear group similar to the one that's currently having a go at Musk/Tesla/Solar City on titter twitter and other places?

"The evidence suggests that Tesla's cars harm consumer safety."

All cars harm consumer safety. I had a c*nt rear-end me a week ago, despite sitting at an in-use pedestrian crossing with 6ft flashing lights on both sides of the road. On the good side, at least I had a dozen pedestrians, a cop, and a school crossing guard willing to be a witness.

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Imagine every mistake you can make with a new software rollout...

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No US coverage of this

It's interesting how this has been swept under the rug. There was no non-local coverage at all by American news outlets. The only place I've seen it is on El Reg and the BBC (http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38153992)

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Google's Project Zero tweaking Microsoft, because it did fix a bug

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Re: Flash Player update came in for MSIE before it came in for Google Chrome

So you sent an complaint to Google (who has no customer support anyway) about an Adobe product, and they didn't respond?

I'm shocked. SHOCKED, I tell you!

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50 years on, the Soviet-era Soyuz rocket is still our favorite space truck

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Re: For gentlemen of certain age

Have you seen a Proton? Now there's a proper '50s-era SF pulp-magazine-cover rocket!

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supposed to be building an ICBM, but made a people-carrying rocket

Or remember Werner von Braun, who wanted to make a people-carrying rocket but was forced to build an ICBM. He got there in the end though!

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It's interesting to see how the Russians do upgrades to the Soyuz spacecraft, such as the 6-orbit fast ISS rendezvous, switching to digital computers, adding the capability to use data relay satellites, and changes to the rendezvous systems.

First they try it out on an unmanned Progress, which is identical except for obviously being unmanned. If that works for a couple flights, then it's approved for the manned Soyuz.

Nobody else has such a large production line of vehicles to do this. All the American stuff is basically one-off and each Shuttle or capsule is its own "special jewel" with its own specific problems and idiosyncrasies.

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Adblock again beats publishers' Adblock-blocking attempts

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Things other than ads

I'm finding I use Element Hiding Helper A LOT to block things like fixed-position navigation headers & footers that usually overlay 20% of the content. This screws with using page up/down, because you can't read the part that ends up under the header, so it's really annoying.

So I block that shit. I find I don't normally miss the navigation bar anyway.

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Creaking Royal Navy is 'first-rate' thunders irate admiral

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The Navy on both sides of the pond suck

That's ok, our most advanced ship, the USS Zumwalt, broke down in the Panama Canal and had to be towed to a port for repair.

That's $4.4B being poured into the water as opposed to your piddly $1B :-)

Oh and this is the same ship that can't fire the guns because the rounds are $700K each.

So are our navies having a "oh woe is me?" contest here?

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San Francisco's sinking luxury Millennium Tower: Tilt spotted FROM SPACE

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Real China Kwalitee there guys.

Don't insult China. Their product quality is much higher than that. There's a reason "American-engineered" is one of my favorite swears.

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Here's the thing: We've pressed pause on my startup

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RADBOT

What is it?

[googles]

https://ridepdw.com/products/radbot-1000

"The RADBOT 1000 is equipped with a blazing 1.0 watt LED and a large precision reflector to provide visibility to your backside. Powered by 2xAAA batteries, the RADBOT has three modes: zZz pop, Cornea Blitz and Rock Steady for up to 30 hours run time."

So it's a bicycle light?

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'Data saturation' helped to crash the Schiaparelli Mars probe

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Re: Easily said, not easily done

No, the simplest thing to do with an insane reading is to ignore it until it becomes sane again.

I've seen all kinds of sensors (RPM, speed, acceleration, temperature, etc) temporarily report either full-scale or zero for a couple samples. Hell, I've had open/close sensors report both states at the same time. I've also seen the exact same sensors never do that in testing, no matter how hard you mistreated it.

And *YES* it *IS* their job to sanity check the results.

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NASA sets fire to stuff in SPAAACE. On purpose. Because science

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Normex?

Is that Nomex that goes "NOORRM!" when it walks into a bar?

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Sorry, iPhone fans – only Fandroids get Barclays' tap-to-withdraw

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Re: Guarding Against Contagion

Tsk, tsk. Don't you know iPhone users don't touch cash? They leave that to their batman.

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Car chargers too

The newest version of the ChargePoint[1] app lets me use the NFC in my Android phone to enable the charger. I no longer need to use a separate card.

Obviously the phone is just emulating the existing RFID tags that you're issued, but it's still a nifty idea.

As the tags are very small, I've always worried about getting stranded by having them fall out of my wallet or otherwise losing them.

[1] A big car charging network on this side of the pond. They're actually very good with customer service and fixing issues with the chargers in my experience.

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Obama awards honours to Grace Hopper, Margaret Hamilton for computing contributions

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Actually, Tom Hanks was also honored at the same ceremony, and he definitely knew who she was, and was really glad to finally meet her. Obviously he's a big space nut himself and did "Apollo 13" if anyone didn't know...

There's a picture of them meeting and he has a huge fanboy expression.

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Admiral Hopper definitely looks like someone you wouldn't mess with.

Actually, she had a great sense of humor. She was on Johnny Carson a couple decades ago and she had no problem dealing with talk-show jokes and oddball questions. She even caught Carson out with a couple sly remarks and had him laughing.

IIRC, she brought some "nanoseconds" (6" lengths of wire) and some "picoseconds" (condiment packets of pepper) to illustrate speed-of-light.

I sure as hell wouldn't try to pull any sort of DevOps wool over her eyes though. Not if I wanted to keep my ability to reproduce.

Both these women have been personal heroes of mine for a long time.

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Google declares victory for its Wifi router before it's even shipped

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Re: Take with a grain of salt.

Also SyFy, which I pronounce "Siffy"

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China cites Trump to justify ‘fake news’ media clampdown. Surprised?

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I did hear two people discussing voting by Twitter. They honestly thought they could vote for Hillary by making the appropriate tweet on election day. I stopped and talked to them and they were serious.

I told them it was bullshit, and they called me a Trump supporter... which I am, but that's beside the point.

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Launch set for GOES-R satellite capable of 30-second weather updates

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Re: A VERY good idea..

Is the camera feed open source

Why, yes it is. All the GOES satellite current imagery is at http://www.goes.noaa.gov/index.html

I just watched the launch from my back yard, from liftoff to MECO. Perfect weather. It's been really nice, cloudless and sunny, since the hurricane.

And then turned on NASA TV to watch the Soyuz MS-03 hatch opening at ISS. The first ISS launch was 18 years ago today. I feel old.

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Surveillance camera compromised in 98 seconds

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put these devices behind your firewall

Problem is, there's an assload of stuff that doesn't work unless it's connected to the mother ship. For example, a Honeywell wi-fi thermostat. They expected me to control it through a (very misdesigned and broken) Honeywell.com website.

I simply demand a refund for such stuff, but a lot of the time you can't tell if it's such a device at first glance in the store.

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Race for wireless VR headset heats up

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FAIL

Commentards

I always love when a new tech comes out and all the El Reg comments explain how it can't possibly work. Perhaps this is why Britain is where it is today.

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Mark Zuckerberg is dead – Facebook confirmed

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Re: This is deplorable at any level

You have heard of the concepts of "mistakes" and "errors", have you not?

It's a crappy mistake (are there any others?) but a mistake nevertheless.

I feel left out, as I don't have a FB account. I had my "I aten't dead" card all ready.

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The hated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will soon be dead. Yay?

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Even better! I elected him for president!

As it turns out, Trump did bust Ford's chops for moving to Mexico

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/15/trump-slams-fords-horrible-mexico-move.html

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consistently bought those items made in Mexico, and declined to buy items made in America

As far as I can tell there is no choice.

For example, your Ford Focus is made in Mexico. Period. See "Ford moving all small car production to Mexico" posted 15-SEP-2016: http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/14/autos/ford-small-cars-mexico/

Try to buy a cellphone made in America. Can't do that either. A couple years ago, I bought my Moto G made in Fort Worth, Texas, then Motorola shut that plant down.

And you wonder why Trump waltzes in.

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Left-wing cyber-hangout blames security breach on pro-Trump trolls

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Re: stupid frog poster

I thought these were now widely regarded as racist?

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XtremIO 'outages bork US hospital patient records system'

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Yes, I've been to a hospital... where they confused my broken collarbone with a broken ankle and tried to make me use crutches.

"These x-rays say your ankle is broken"

"No, those x-rays say Jeff -------'s ankle is broken."

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Siri, clone yourself and dive into this Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone

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Re: Are these people clueless?

Forgot:

OK Google: Crap

(which is apparently different from the new Google Assistant on Pixel)

And I actually gave OK Google the benefit of the doubt for a month.

Yes, I noticed a 15% battery life increase from turning it off.

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Tesco Bank limits online transactions after fraud hits thousands

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Re: Tesco bank headers missing

an app on a rooted device

But how do you really know the device is not rooted? There are many toolkits out now for fooling these checks. They allow one to run the pokemon game, Android Pay, and yes, banking apps on a rooted device.

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Twitter trolls are destroying democracy, warn eggheads

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Penny Arcade GIFT

They said it over TWELVE YEARS ago with the "Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory"

Normal Person + Anonymity + Audience = Total Fuckwad

https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/03/19

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Living with the Pixel XL – Google's attempt at a high-end phone

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Googe Now vs Assistant

Google has made a big deal about how the Pixel is the first phone with its software Assistant built in.

Activating the Assistant is easy enough – simply say "OK Google" or hold the Home button and then ask a question like "what's the weather like today?" and it'll do its best to answer you. Think of it like a slightly enhanced version of the standard Google search.

Er, that's absolutely identical to Google Now, which is several years old. WTF is this "first" crap?

Google voice commands on my Nexus 6P also let me do things like turn on the flashlight, enable wi-fi, create notes, create calendar events, etc and we know how old a 6P is.

And what is a "skin"? Is it just a different launcher or have all the apps had sh*t rubbed on the UI?

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GoPro revenues skydive

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The IPO killed 'em

GoPro is no longer focused on making a quality high end pro piece of kit, as their drone POS shows. Instead they're trying to dance around to the tune that Wall Street is playing, and not understanding that's just not possible.

convince people to replace their older perfectly good one

Well, they've been doing that, by introducing new cameras that are significantly better, with useful new features. Granted, this isn't something they can do forever, but they're sort of the "Apple" of action camera makers, and they need to keep their reputation.

However, now they're doing things like "OK WE MADE A DRONE NOW LIKE YOU SAID YOU WANTED, WALL STREET! ARE YOU HAPPY NOW?" and that drone is getting YouTube reviews with people saying "I hate to say this, but this is the worst drone I've ever encountered"

They need to realize that no, the stock analysts will NEVER be happy and anyone trying to do so is doomed to failure. They need to get back to making good, if expensive, stuff that people want.

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World-leading heart hospital 'very, very lucky' to dodge ransomware hit

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been able to absorb its cost within existing budgets

Presumably because there's one less nurse to pay?

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British firm to build world's first offshore automated ship

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local pilots ... need to be trained in how to run an automated ship

Why? Automated ships can have the exact same set of controls as a "normal" ship, except perhaps for an added switch saying "Automation: ON/OFF"

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Any questions? No, not you again at the back, please God no

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Re: Annoying questions

asking a question to prove that he knows much more about the subject than the presenter

There's also the bloke asking the question that, while on-topic, is obviously the problem he's been asked to do in his current work assignment.

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Re: I love flying

Flying is GREAT!

It's the guys in uniforms feeling up my balls and my knees against the seat in front of me that I hate.

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Six on capacitor charges

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Interesting. I wonder what this has to do with the old capacitor plague problem?

Rubycon is the corporation from which the incomplete capacitor formula was supposedly stolen. And the timeline is about right.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague

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'Inventor of email' receives damages from Gawker's collapsed empire

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Not about who invented email

It's "can Peter Thiel bludgeon Gawker any more?" "how can he make 'em hurt more?" "can I hit 'em again?"

Dude makes Klingons sit up and go "man, he's got a revenge problem!"

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England expects... you to patch your apps and not just Windows

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Re: sudo apt-get update

apt-get dist-upgrade

Not here... I have grub-probe pinned by apt-listbugs since the latest bug can make the system unbootable... which means "apt-get dist-upgrade" thinks it's a good idea to just simply remove grub.

Uh. No. It's called "unstable" for a reason... thank $DEITY for "apt-mark hold"

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Microsoft flips Google the bird after Windows kernel bug blurt

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MSFT should fire back

They need to get their own sharp engineers/hackers/boffins[1] cracking on finding holes in Android and other Google software.

[1] oops. perhaps not. guess Google doesn't really have to worry about retaliation after all...

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More movie and TV binge-streaming sites join UK banned list

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Actually, I'm wondering if they're saying that because they simply can't track the VPN users so they're falling back to pretending it's not a problem.

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Cheap, lousy tablets are killing the whole market says IDC

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Make them so they don't shatter at a gnat's-breath and I won't consider them disposable.

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FCC backs Google Fiber

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Re: Makes it easier for Google to snoop all your data...

Pssht. At the rate my bits trickle out, the NSA would die of boredom. I welcome our new gigabit overlords.

It looks like it's too little, too late, since Google has already thrown in the towel on the fiber service. Which is sad, as it was probably my only hope of getting decent service at a decent price.

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F-35 'sovereign data gateway' will stop US reading pilots' personal data? Yeah right

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"So sorry, no Internet (or any other net) for you once the shooting starts."

I doubt that very much.

Hm. There was no internet available in the Falklands, IIRC. And pretty much still isn't.

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Samsung are amateurs – NASA shows how you really do a battery fire

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Re: Won't somebody think of....

Dicks out for RoboSimian!

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Researchers expose Mirai vuln that could be used to hack back against botnet

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Re: there is another way... governmental recall of the devices

That's probably the best suggestion I've heard yet. We know how expensive recalls are, from the Samsung battery fun, so they'll be desperate to avoid that even more than a fine.

It's a good way to smack stupid IoT manufacturers without the useless, decades-long court process.

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Internet of S**t things claims another scalp: DNS DDoS smashes StarHub

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Re: oxymoron

I believe text may be viewable on Facebook to non-members

As a non-member, I can confirm that it is not visible.

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Squeaky bum time for Apple: It hasn’t made enough iPhone 7 Pluses

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when every other Android vendor is moving to USB for audio

Ah, but I'll be buying the Android phones that still have a headphone jack. And bonus for removable media or battery. I'm not limited by what Tim Cook decides in a meeting.

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IBM Australia didn't stress-test #censusfail router and blocked password resets

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Stress tests

Sometimes the weirdest shit is more stressful than "yank the power"

I have a Linksys WRT1200ACv2. It has no problem with "yank the power"

Pull out the WAN cable, however, and it loses its shit. It changes its IP to a random 192.168.x.x or 10.0.x.x subnet, loses all the DHCP reservations, and loses all the opened ports in the firewall. The only way to find it on the net is to do a DCHP request and find who answers.

Very annoying and I only discovered this long past the time I could return it to Best Buy. Installing openWRT fixed it though.

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