* Posts by Gotno iShit Wantno iShit

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HMS Queen Lizzie to carry American jets and sail in support of US foreign policy

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Re: We'll let you give us your ship...

Alternative spin on the same news:

In keeping with a long standing tradition of RN operations in the pacific the HMS Queen Elizabeth will sail through the South China Sea on her maiden deployment in the 2020s embedded with a US fleet. It is a testament to the US navy's confidence in our brand new UK built 70,000-ton warship that she be permitted to sail in this naval exercise.

The cynical could question whether the US navy has similar confidence in the US built F-35Bs that the Queen Lizzie will be carrying. The UK's F-35Bs will be pretty much fresh from the shrinkwrap in 2020. In order to avoid the potential of Lizzie being toothless should there be problems, yet again, with our mind boggling expensive Harrier replacements the US Marines will be along for the ride. The US Marines are much higher up the Type B queue than the UK so their aircraft should be well proven by then. This is good for the UK as it ensures that the flight handling crew of HMS Lizzie will get a good workout. If our aircraft function as planned it will be a very good workout indeed as Lizzie will be carrying and operating far more aircraft than she will under normal circumstances.

The payback for the Marines of course is they get to practice operating from a carrier deck, something they wouldn't normally do as the US primarily uses cat & trap A variant F-35s at sea.

So all good then. US confidence in our new UK built boat, a guaranteed workout for her sparkling new crew, all bases covered should our aircraft misbehave and a favour owed us by the Marines.

End.

The truth of course lies somewhere between the extremes.

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Snail mail thieves feed international identity theft rings say Oz cops

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Re: There's no coming back

Ah ha! after all these years the identity of Anonymous Coward is revealed!

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PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi

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Re: To lock a Linux system down

Disabling installation of drivers on windows through group policy is exactly the same - works so long as the attacking device is not the same as one already installed.

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Shhh! Shazam is always listening – even when it's been switched 'off'

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Re: Pause for thought

What gets me about this article is Wardle complains of incorrect use of terminology, off is not (fully) off. Yet Wardle is equally guilty of incorrect use of terminology, El Reg too. Wardle found that the sound is not committed to any storage media, processed nor transmitted to the mothership yet the word 'recorded' is repeatedly used.

Recorded: to set down in writing or the like, as for the purpose of preserving evidence.

Sure the mic is on but the data is just going to /dev/nul.

I agree with xeroks, Shazam should call this state paused, give a proper off option too and explain the difference.

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Martian 'ice cauldrons' are prime spot to hunt LGMs, say boffins

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Re: Dryer prospects!

At last! Somewhere to keep 70's Fiat. Shame they all dissolved years ago.

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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

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Red! Red! R, E, D, RED!

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Definitely not another Stuxnet, researchers claim as they demo industrial control rootkit

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Re: "Management Engines"

Old school is indeed the way forward. Simple CPU with nowhere for the TLAs to hide their code, programs stored in EPROM, serial port talking MODBUS to the SCADA and absolutely, positively definitely no networks.

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A British phone you're not embarrassed to carry? You heard that right

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Re: If it has a 3.5mm headphone jack @ZSF

It does.

Ticks all my wish list boxes too so might well be my next phone. They have 6 months until my contract is up in which to prove they mean it about regular updates.

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Facebook chokes off car insurance slurp because – get this – it has privacy concerns

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Re: Precious

It's ours! our precious Private Data, not for nasty Insurances! Blockum! Blockum!

Nor, clearly, does any of that data belong to the individuals who authored it. I hope there's a budding Max Schrems among the affected FB users, I really do.

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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If you want the sound of the Vulcan vote Concorde, both used Rolls Royce Olympus variants

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Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

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Re: Impressive..

At least BMW retained this part:

Issigonis was trying to design something cheap, small on the outside and big on the inside all

Unfortunately somewhere in the translation to German a couple of key points got reversed. How such an enormous hunk of metal can have such dismal usable space inside beats me. I had a Countryman on hire once, that's the estate version, 4 flight cases filled the boot. If you were transporting 4 people to the airport with a fight case and laptop each the laptops would have to go in the footwells. In an estate FFS.

As for the interior, it had all the style of Flavor Flav. Being a low rent version it didn't have much so there was an analogue clock a foot in diameter in the middle. Awful. It did have a USB port you could use to access music. Ever tried finding the track you want from thousands on a display that can show 2 lines, no search facility and just up/down buttons? Useless.

I left the hire ticket hanging on the mirror just so people would know it wasn't mine.

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Crims cram credit card details into product shots on e-shops

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Re: But is it news?

Feels like news to me. Sure it's not the most cunning of tricks - once you know it. I did not know that you can append random data to the end of a .jpg and the image is unaffected. I do know now. Obviously a sign of you've been hacked is unexpected changes to files on your system by unknown users but this is a change made by your own systems, harder to spot in logs.

You might also scan your logs looking for your systems unexpectedly making tweets or sending emails to check for signs of exfiltration. This method would see your data going out the door and the logs would look perfectly normal. Would you notice an outgoing product image increase in size slightly? I would today, perhaps not yesterday.

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Audit sees VeraCrypt kill critical password recovery, cipher flaws

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Re: I'll be sticking with TrueCrypt..

I'm still on TC too and will likely stay with it a while yet. But it is good that one of the successors has now been audited. Before that there was no way on earth I would move off TC. Now a comparison can be made of the known low risk vulnerabilities of TrueCrypt and the known low risk vulnerabilities of VeraCrypt. I'll have known over unknown any day.

Anyone who dumped TC for Vera back when the ballyhoo kicked off should be feeling rather silly right now. Anyone who dumped TC for something else that hasn't yet been publicly audited should be feeling very nervous indeed.

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A robot kitchen? Whatever. Are you stupid enough to fall for this?

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Re: Just trying to work out @ Neil Barnes

Does sir prefer the chips in a pile or Jenga'd?

(I think I can guess to be honest)

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Will Microsoft's nerd goggles soar like an Eagle, or flop like a turkey?

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The other large difference is that hololens is attached to a honking great lump of computing power right there with you and under your control (as much as is possible with Windows these days). Glass shipped everything you see off to the cloud for Google to analyse. Everything seen on glass was kept in the cloud so it could be scraped by Google. I can't imagine NASA or Audi being happy with their proprietary data all getting sent up the pipe.

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

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I vote for the seats to go to Chris Evans and a volunteer armed for the purpose of putting a few bullets through the head of Chris Evans once at Mars. Because 54.6 million km is not far enough away for that loud mouthed bell end.

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

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Yeah but.. @ Faszination

I like Elon Musk because he is as mad as onions in all the right ways. We need more like him.

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Just imagine...

.... the replacement for Hubble, or rather James Webb, that could be lofted on that booster.

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Ofcom blesses Linux-powered, open source DIY radio ‘revolution’

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Re: Potato @Gerry 3

Thanks for the link to the reviews, useful.

Slightly bothersome that the Pure comes out so clearly on top. I bought a Pure Revo for internet and NAS streaming and it is utter, utter, UTTER shite. The Mrs wanted something more portable than a laptop to listen to Alex Lester at a civilised time of day. Great sound but the reviews neglected to mention it has no pause, forward or backward ability. This has the knock on that when it drops out, which it does a lot even on a wired network, it restarts the broadcast/track from the beginning. It's never managed to get past 5 minutes of any BBC programme we've tried to stream on it.

It's a lot of years now and there have been zero firmware updates despite talking to Pure about it. It's just been a very expensive external speaker for something else. Even that is rare now as the power connector (in the unit, not the PSU) is so poor quality it needs cleaning most time I want to use it. Oh and the original PSU failed after a few years. [edit] On checking it was 6 years old, that doesn't feel good to me but better than 'a few'.

I swore I'd never give Pure my money again. Reading that review I was wavering but having written the above and reminded myself just how shit the Revo is, nah.

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Hapless VESK hit by second major two-day outage

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Re: Gotta love that cloud

Yeah but... Citrix. The poor bastards who have to sit facing that abomination day in day out are probably dancing in the aisles at the sheer joy of reverting to pen and paper. Such productivity! Such speed!

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Report: NSA hushed up zero-day spyware tool losses for three years

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Gotta love the arrogance....

... of assuming no one else could learn from the tools they lost, adapt it and hide their use of it from the NSA. Absolute self confidence they are the greatest. Absolutely wrong.

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UK oversight body tipped to examine phone snooping tech in prisons

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A warm feeling..

Bravo Sir, bravo. ------->

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Nest offers its thermostat in three new pretty colors!

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Re: Fuck that

For most people it does - where else were you thinking you could put it?

Well to reduce the chance of the server getting pinched just putting it in the loft would likely do, no help against Torchy the Arsonist Burglar though. How about in the garage or at a mates on a reciprocal arrangement?

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Forget Khan and Klingons, Star Trek's greatest trick was simply surviving

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Re: that really gave Star Trek muscle was, in a word: science.

Oh good grief. I'd forgotten all about Jar Jar Crusher, did you have to remind me?

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Spoof an Ethernet adapter on USB, and you can sniff credentials from locked laptops

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Re: No, signed devices would be the fix @Adam 52

In the old days Windows would say "new hardware found, would you like to search for drivers".

It'll still do that if you tweak a few policy settings but as usual the defaults are set for convenience not security. See the link below.

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb530324.aspx#grouppolicydeviceinstall_topic3b

There is no defence as far as I am aware if an attacker uses a modified device for which the driver has already been installed. But if the attacker knows what devices you use and what USB ports you use them on you're hosed anyway.

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

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Drivers

Southern had introduced an emergency timetable in July, temporarily suspending 341 services to cope with the shortfall in driver numbers - it claimed drivers were calling in sick, a point disputed by union bosses.

It's not the drivers calling in sick, it's the conductors. A point driven home months back when a train I was waiting for turned up at the station and sat there with it's doors shut. After several minutes the driver stepped out and proceeded to turn the air very blue indeed about his lying, work shy, good for nothing, lazy, feckless and above all absent colleagues as he walked the platform to t'other end so he could take the train back to the depot.

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Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

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Re: but...

Y'know how there's a word, paragraph and page count? There's a Lie count too and it commonly blows a fuse on anything coming out of a sales department. You need the Government Edition software which obviously has a much larger counter.

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Tesla touts battery that turns a Model S into 'third fastest ever' car

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@AC Re: Tesla's progress is amazing

Joking aside, that is the exact situation I'm wondering about - just how many solar panels do you need to install to charge a Tesla from empty in one night? It would be an interesting metric.

Very roughly... Tesla is 100KWh, you never run them to zilch so I'm going to assume when you've used 70% of that the car is 'flat' (the reason for this choice will become clear in a moment). There are charging losses and I'm going to use 10% as a number plucked out of thin air. Therefore your source needs to deliver 77KWh to recharge your Tesla.

The most appropriate source for overnight charging is obviously a, or rather several, PowerWalls. These are 10KWH boilerplate but to get any reasonable life out of them you need to use no more than 7KWh (the above is clear now I hope). Therefore you need 11 PowerWalls.

Each PowerWall needs charging and again assuming 10% loss the source for that needs to deliver 7.7KWh. The first link below says a typical solar panel can deliver about 400Wh per average day. Rounding up for easy numbers that's 20 panels per PowerWall and 220 panels per Tesla.

That's pretty obviously beyond the size of most rooftops so I'll assume installation in a field. The panel in the second link is 670x1015mm, call it a meter square, double it to allow row spacing and you need an area 21 meters per side in the US, at a guess double that in the southern England or in Scotland, Scotland.

http://www.windynation.com/jzv/inf/Sizing%20a%20Solar%20Power%20System

http://www.windynation.com/Polycrystalline-Solar-Panels/WindyNation/100-400-Watt-100W-12V-Portable-Solar-Panel-with-Adjustable-Mount-Rack-RV-Boat/-/1324?p=YzE9NDU=

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Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

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Re: They're taking over Linux!

I'd rather not imagine that if it's all the same to you.

'bout as bad as imagining Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOxeH_OQpFw

There is no amount of money in the world, not even all of it, that could persuade me to click that link.

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Russia investigates downsizing space station crew from three to two

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Re: I wonder

They wouldn't spend long up there, the previous tourists typically stayed about a week though with all the training involved it was pretty much a full time job for about a year I recall reading.

That was possible when the permanent crew was lower and two incoming long term crew (+ tourist) could go up before a different long term pair (+ same tourist) returned a few days later. Now the crew is nominally 6 a crew of 3 leaves before the next goes up. Even if the crew dropped to 5 nominally up-before-down would mean 8 temporarily aboard. Russia must think this possible and within the capabilities of the ISS, will Nasa agree? There have been no tourist flights since the long duration crew increased to 6.

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DoJ preps criminal charges for VW over Dieselgate

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Re: double standards? @Fortycoats

Have you a link for the "creative" software by non-VAG companies? Interest not snark.

Many others have been found to be outside the emission limits in real world tests but that's largely due to unrealistic limits combined with distinctly not-real-word test methodologies. The latter being the only way with current technology to meet the former. I've not seen any other company caught having software that is creative in remotely the same way as VAG hence the interest.

As for why VW are getting a complete reaming and GM didn't, nail on head IMO.

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Cisco security crew uncovers bug in industrial control kit

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Slow news day?

There's dozens of CVEs on industrial kit on ICS-CERT, are we going to start getting reprints of them all?

It's also hardly a surprise there's undocumented features/bugs around SNMP. A bigger horror story of a clusterfucked hellspawn of a ministry committee designed SNAFU I have yet to encounter.

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Hey, turn down that radio, it's alien season and we're hunting aliens

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Re: Won't work

Yes, that thing you thought of in a few moments reading a page on the internet, the SETI boffins won't have thought of that for sure.

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NASA dumps $65m into building deep space hutches for humans

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Re: My money's on Bigelow Aerospace

This is about deep space not LEO. Bigelow have a lead in the game but it is diminished by the much higher radiation further out. It could even be a disadvantage as they will inevitably go down the route of increased layers of the technologies they have already developed. Other players could take a clean sheet approach and come up with something superior.

I'd put money on Bigelow being in the top 3 come the prize giving but that's as far as I'd stick my neck out.

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Web pages, Word docs, PDF files, fonts – behold your latest keys to infecting Windows PCs

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Re: I wouldn't know... @Shadow Systems

Not uncommon for WUC to be godawful slow but there doesn't seem to be a fix. I have two primary machines and both are 7 white box installs of the same age.

The desktop takes 10 minutes to do WUC each month, it takes me longer to check the list of updates for GWX & telemetry trojans to reject. At least I don't have to worry about GWX any more.

The laptop takes 48-60 hours. I managed to get the July updates installed last weekend as it has taken that long for me to be in one place long enough for it to complete. If I hibernate the machine WUC starts again. And here we are 3 days later about to start again. For further annoyance WUC flatlines a core so the laptop is permanently in hovercraft mode for a task I know it won't complete. I used to kill the task to get some peace but it respawns so now I've disabled the service until I know I'll be in one place long enough.

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Good news: Teen hacker gets 1-million-air-miles bug bounty reward. Bad news: It's United Airlines

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@Paul

Bastard Airways are not perfect and nor is Heathrow but both are light years ahead of any American major airline or airport.

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BlackBerry DTEK 50: How badly do you want a secure Android?

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Re: Those updates BB promise....

Ta bazza, missed that.

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Those updates BB promise....

Does anyone know if they are reliant on having a Google account or a co-operative service provider?

If not this could be the phone that breaks me of insisting on replaceable battery and an SD slot.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: This design needs a dictator

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so small UI inconveniences matter

So true and yet I cannot think of a single UI change in windows or office in the last 13 years that has been other than an inconvenience. I doubt I will ever be as productive as I was using XP and Office 2003.

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Avoiding Liverpool was the aim: All aboard the world's ONLY moving aqueduct

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or the Big Ditch as it was fondly known

That's not the name the locals I worked with used for it. Their name for it was inspired by:

the River Irwell was little more than a toilet

I'm sure you can guess.

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Tesla autopilot driver 'was speeding' moments before death – prelim report

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Exactly. It's similar to the tests done on (IIRC) Fifth Gear that showed a when a Smart was driven into a concrete block at 70 MPH the safety cell remained intact, no external injuries to the occupants at all. Their internal organs however would be purée due to the deceleration. It took a couple of volunteers driving smart cars into very solid objects and not surviving to prompt the test to be done.

A Tesla has more crumple zone than a Smart and had there been bars on the lorry they would have deformed too but enough to save this guy? I doubt it. His head would be less than 10 feet from the front of the vehicle, assuming negligible sideways movement of the fully loaded truck that measurement is the distance he would need to stop in.

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Re: Why wasn't he paying attention?

Sigh... I weep for Humanity. =-(

I don't all the time Darwinian selection is allowed to continue and this increasingly looks like just such a case.

I weep for humanity when I read of yet another call to ban something a sensible person wouldn't do. The one that pushes my buttons most is when some prat wraps themselves around a tree going too fast for the conditions there is always a demand for a reduction in the speed limit. Gone off a cliff in snow? Councils fault for not putting up barriers. Driven into a horse in the New Forest at night or in fog? Demand the horses be daubed with luminous paint. FFS.

Demanding lorries be painted in patterns the computer running beta software can more easily spot is not the solution to this problem.

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Captain Piccard's planet-orbiting solar aircraft in warped drive drama

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@James 51

I see your point about vision but I just can't accept that this technology will be ready in 25 years, certainly not in 10.

The first flight of a jet pack was claimed in the 1950s and certainly happened (tethered) in 1960. Some claimed we'd all be using them in the future but we aren't. The technology works but only at the bleeding edge. There have been small incremental improvements over the decades but a step change in fuel energy per unit mass is still needed to make it remotely practical.

Solar powered flight is the same, it works but every component is at the bleeding edge. Incremental improvements are not going to change that. If someone invents solar cells that can harvest 10x the energy for a given area and battery technology with 10x the energy storage for a given mass then it's game on. Incremental improvements every few years are not going to deliver 50 passenger aircraft in 10 years.

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Guess who gets hit hard by IR35 tax clampdown? Yep, IT contractors

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Re: Oh the memories

Does it matter how good the workers are? History has proven time and again that with public servants in charge and politicians interfering every public sector project going is guaranteed to be a colossal clusterfuck.

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Re: Sorted

I'd like to calibrate the vindictive b'stards that write printer drivers. To be fair they are very clever, they know through some kind of mind reading exactly what combination of colour/grey/b&w/sheet size/dup or simp/flip vert or horiz/2on1 or 1on2 etc you desire. Then carefully deliver something else no matter what settings you've used.

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European Commission straps on Privacy Shield

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While we are on the subject it's a shame El Reg still doesn't have https by default

El Reg doesn't have HTTPS at all never mind default. Given the number of articles bemoaning the privacy offered by other web sites it really is a piss poor example of 'Do as I say not as I do'.

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By Jove! NASA's Juno prepares to slip into orbit around Jupiter

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Pedantically speaking.....

At 4:18am BST, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will begin its orbital insertion burn, a move that will decelerate its velocity – slow enough to be captured by Jupiter’s gravitational field.

It'll all be over before 4:18AM BST, that's the time Earth should receive a tone confirming start of burn. The 48 minute transmission delay means the 35 minute burn should have ended before NASA knows it has begin.

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No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft

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@veti

I agree, this is now correct behaviour. The dialog presents options do, schedule or FOAD. Cancelling the dialog means a choice has not been made and so asking again is the correct behaviour. Those saying cancel should mean FOAD are as bad as Microsoft in making cancel=do. But haters are gonna hate and this is probably going to be a downvote record for me.

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Undergrads build 12.6-TFLOPS cluster out of four nodes, 112 cores

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Re: hmmm

The competition is power limited at 2x 1560W. I guess it uses that limit rather than $ as one of the things they seek to encourage is vendor collaboration. Trouble with using pure $ as a limit would be scale, some really cheap implementations could return huge bang/buck but not be capable of scaling to be useful at real world problems.

I agree though, the cheaper approach ought to win, the completion needs weighting to account for both Watts and $.

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