* Posts by Annihilator

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' - from his PASSENGER seat

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Re: correction Christophe

"That what's the feebs are saying he did."

@Gordon 10 - actually that's what the Feds are saying *he* said he did.

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"He stated that he thereby caused the one of the airplane engines to climb"

He might have caused one of the engines to throttle up, but an engine doesn't "climb" by itself.

It might be more accurate to say that either he:

1) caused the engine to throttle up, causing the aircraft to yaw as it pulled one wing ahead of the other.

2) managed to get a wing to climb (effectivel banking the aircraft), which could have induced a slight lateral stall which could be described as a sideways movement.

But then again, the only person that says any of this happened is him. I'm not convinced.

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Hacker 3D prints device that can crack a combo lock in 30 seconds

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Re: Analog Security

"Given that the geek who owns this device will probably be looking at the locker door from the inside, it will be rather difficult to access the lock dial."

Sir, I owe you a pint, and you owe me a new keyboard.

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Nintendo to revive long-dead 'World Championships' contest

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Re: Another bit of idiot naming...

Ah, I see you're not familiar with the US habit of claiming the world. See:

World Series

WWE

Superbowl winners referred to as "World Champions"

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PHOTON SPACE SAIL successfully Kickstarted into orbit

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"one-fourth the thickness of an average trash bag"

Or "a quarter", as we regular people call it.

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Three's 'Home Signal' femtocells fail, restore mobile black spots

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So the 2 people I know had to buy one. Plus, who's paying for the lecky and broadband it needs to operate?

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So not only can they not provide a mobile service, they can't keep the extension that customers have to buy and operate themselves running.

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Mars needs TRAFFIC COP to stop probe prangs, says NASA

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2D

"Many of the orbiters' orbits intersect: the image at the top of this story shows that India's MOM, for example, cuts across the orbit of three other craft and Mars' two moons."

It doesn't show anything, as it's a 2D projection of a 4D system. For example, MOM could be orbiting at a 45 degree angle to the Martian system's plane and passing around Phobos and Deimos.

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NASA's Messenger craft SMASHES into Mercury: See ya later, alien crater

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Re: Why crash on the far side?

It wasn't particularly maneuvarable, plus it's not always possible to predict precisely where it will hit in advance (the impact was the result of a gradual decay, not that they pointed the engines 'downwards' and plummeted straight in). There was presumably more science in prolonging the mission - the ony thing we didn't see is the impact. There also wouldn't have been any data transmissions (it's not a real-time camera broadcasting back, it takes pictures, processes, then transmits at the appropriate time).

Spectral data of impact - I assume we'd have needed it to be "side-on" to the planet from our perspective, and possibly in front of the sun to have something to read.

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Re: Ran out of fuel and crashed?

There aren't really any stable orbits around Mercury due to its proximity to the sun and Mercury's extremely elliptical orbit. In this scenario it's closer to a 3-body orbital system and MESSENGER needed to do a lot of stationkeeping to keep itself in the orbit it was in.

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Re: Dear engineers,

Define "obsolete". Your phone works as it always did. You just want a new shiny one.

Plus, MESSENGER wasn't sitting in your pocket with your keys scratching the screen, so is (was) probably as shiny as when it left orbit.

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Re: Good job.

"RIP (Rust In Pieces)"

Rust needs an oxygen environment to happen, which I'm not sure Mercury has And the probe needs to be made of iron, which it's probably not. :-)

But I agree wholeheartedly with your message.

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What is Apple's idiot tax on Watch these days? 'About $265 or 80%'

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Progression

The second Watch costs $83.70 to build. The 1st watch probably cost $10m+.

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High-speed powerline: Home connectivity without the cables

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Re: Bedroom camera

Yes, I read "Sometimes a visitor unplugs something, because they don’t like the idea of a camera in the bedroom" and thought "fair enough, you utter pervert"

Is this article based on Sliver or something?

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ROBOT telescope discovers ENORMOUS planetary neighbours

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Robotic G&T

Ask and ye shall receive:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2bXhRCIjMQ

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WHY can't Silicon Valley create breakable non-breakable encryption, cry US politicians

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Re: Republican Moron.

"I don't understand why we can't have both ... I think we can have both, and we should have it."

And I think this guy sums up the problem...

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Avengers: Age of Ultron – blisteringly big banter, brawls and brio

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Genuine question, what do I realistically need to have seen to watch this film? Have seen none of the Marvel films, and really don't want to see Thor or Captain America.

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Re: Seeing it tomorrow...

"It does astound that those buckets of cola are legal, can you imagine the outcry if pubs sold beer in that size container :-)"

In fairness, it seems to be mostly ice you're buying. And the soft drink will be watered down by as much as they can get away with.

Cinemas genuinely aren't in the film business - they're in the soft drink and popcorn business. They make very little, if anything, from the actual movies they're showing.

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Apple Watch: Exactly how many vids does it take to teach a fanboi to tell the time?

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"to read the time you don’t even need to switch it on"

Ooooh!!! Just like a real watch!

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Cash register maker used same password – 166816 – non-stop since 1990

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Nirvana

"I know why they do it; it's like Nirvana for them"

What's the capital N for? Are they comparing it to the band? Is it grungy?

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Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

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Re: For the love of sweet baby jesus

"Cd is the gold standard. 16bit 44.1KHz is beyond the limits of any human hearing. Just. Mp3 replicates that, at its best highest quality settings. Fact. Verifiable fact. Many resources on this to back this up."

You're conflating two arguments. You can argue that 16bit 44KHz is at the edge of human hearing (although there are arguments that show >22KHz sounds can influence how the human ear hears sub-22KHz sounds which we'll leave alone as I'm dubious). But if we agree that a digital, 44KHz sampled sound with a 16bit resolution is 'perfect', MP3 can never ever EVER replicate that signal within those parameters, even at its highest 320Kbps encoding setting. By design, it gets rid of things, and things from within the human range of hearing.

The reason MP3 became popular was because it hit the sweet spot of quality vs size vs storage (and bandwidth) at the time.

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"Warmth"

I wonder, do vinyl fans believe in ripping to a digital format though? Does the "warmth" of vinyl get transferred over to the FLAC version?...

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Apple Watch shipments: Pick a number, double it. Hey, it worked for them

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Re: Is it even possible

Yes. We can take your preference and extrapolate to get a view of the entire market's perference. You don't want one, therefore no-one will want one. And if anyone does want one, they're wrong.

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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Re: P*ss poor

"Why could they not retain the old API for compatibility purposes?"

Easy: ££££/$$$$$

Basically, they're not going to support older kit forever. And at some point people will gradually wake up to the fact that they don't pay for these services and so have no expectation of a decent service.

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Re: Well duh!

" I would prefer a device that I can do with as I wish within the constraints of what I can afford."

This sums up my entire thoughts on the Apple vs non-Apple. Don't &^%*ing buy one! Surely end of the thought process of someone who doesn't care (including me).

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IWF took down over 31,000 child sexual abuse URLs in 2014

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Re: I was wrong.

Ah yes, it was indeed the Scorpions.

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Re: I was wrong.

It was Nirvana's Nevermind on Wikipedia that got blocked. The bigger problem at the time (as I recall) was the half-assed implementation approach that ISPs had taken:

1) Log wikipedia.org on a high level filter

2) Pass all traffic via a proxy to determine if the specific URL request was blocked (deep packet inspection)

3) Legit URLs went through ok, but Wikipedia saw all the ISP's traffic coming from the single IP address of the proxy, and blocked access assuming it was a robot or an abuse of the service - particularly when trying to make edits.

I assume the above has been fixed so it's a more intelligent solution (given all the torrent blocking is going the same route). Same thing happened at digital sharing sites (rapidshare etc).

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It's 2015 and a RICH TEXT FILE or a HTTP request can own your Windows machine

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Re: Flash Player - or a Prayer?

Are people still using Flash?? Can we not just kill it now? I write-off any website that still insists on using it. It does amuse me that Adobe and users were up in arms when Apple refused to let it run on iOS due to crap performance and security, yet it's still a steaming pile nearly 8 years later.

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

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" Till some pikeys stole the truck cable and they had to dig the duct out to fix that, Suddenly, cab had fibre and was live."

Noted, I'll look into securing some pikeys... :-D

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Cool, so excited to find out how the government are going to kick BT to finally switch on the FTTC cab that's already been installed for over a year. The enable date has been getting delayed 3 months at a time, but they've finally bit the bullet and delayed it until March 2016. Presumably the teaboy got bored of updating the date 4x a year.

Or, realistically, the government will have naff all influence.

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

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Transcode resistant?

" audio that can resist transcoding"

I'm intrigued by this - anyone got any further sources on how audio can resist transcoding?

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Re: Here's an Idea...

"which is why many systems today are ad-based even when users are willing to pay (because the amount they'd have to pay to make up the difference would make them balk)."

Indeed - see Sky for details.

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Depends where they tinker with it. They can add in an extra frame between scenes, throughout the middle of the episode. Unless you have another version to compare it to, you'll never know where they've messed with it. They can even insert frames between credits - anywhere the screen is completely faded to black is easy. They could even duplicate a frame where there was action (or remove one) - chances are it that the slight jump or judder wouldn't be noticed, especially on a slow scene.

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" They take copies that emblazon "THIS IS A SCREENER," for crying out loud."

Yep, and copies where people are getting up in front of you to use the bog.

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NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

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By your powers combined...

"The idea seems to be that only when all the agencies holding portions of a key decide to use it together will decryption become possible."

In very much a Captain Planet style?

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RELICS of the Earth's long lost TWIN planet FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Front row seat

I'm not sure it would be that spectacular in real-time though?

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Photo finesse: Eyefi Mobi Pro Wi-Fi SD card

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"suggests a transfer rate of just 8Mbps, which seems much slower than it should be."

Presumably because it's a tiny chip with barely an antenna and it has to transmit through a reasonably sturdy/chunky camera body.

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Swedish city demands £40,000 to repair teenage hacking spree

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"other unspecified costs."

Which makes me think "expenses", which in turn makes me think they got a consultancy firm to do it.

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Health & Safety is the responsibility of Connor's long-suffering girlfriend

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Re: H&S.

"Once I told one of them "hey, do you know what happens in case of a flood - or even someone washig the floor??" -"

Yes, the MCBs would trip. Same thing would happen if the cable were still plugged into a PSU and the building flooded.

Besides, as the A/C points out, it's about transferring liability from company to employee.

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Wham! NASA claims 'picture-perfect' blast-off for tricky MAGNETIC EXPLOSIONS mission

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Re: Shapes

"It ought to be called a tetrahedron formation (or a triangular pyramid)."

It's still a pyramid. A geometric pyramid, even though we generally take it to mean a square pyramid, can have any polygon base.

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Dream job: Sysadmin/F1 pit crew member with Red Bull racing

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Re: They wouldn't like me...

They do that at the end of each season really. In fact McLaren were (in?)famously caught for a month or so debating whether to "upgrade" their Button or Magnusson model to the retro Alonso 2.0 model.

Sadly the Alonso 2.0 model has, erm, crashed. So they're rolling back while they work out the bug fixes.

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Most jobs in F1 aren't brilliantly paid, the teams budgets are squeezed enormously. They rely on the fact that their employees are fans more than anything else.

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Can't help but wonder what the job *after* that one would have been though? I suspect most people working on-track for F1 teams started off as the sucker back at the factory.

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iTunes snafu: DNS fail borked Apple's app & iTunes stores for 10 HOURS

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"The problems come at a rather inopportune time for Apple: the biz is enjoying acres of rapturous copy after CEO Tim Cook unveiled a new MacBook and set a firm release date for the Apple Watch."

I'm sure they won't mind that much. Any story is a new story to click-bait users and at the bottom of all the articles about the outage there'll be another 8 "see also" stories about that watch. All it'll do is help them float back to the front page.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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"My point is that for some people (usually not Reg readers) their laptops are for typing, spreadsheets and messing around on the internet- USB isn't required. "

Yeah, bog standard users don't use printers, mice or memory sticks...

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Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

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Re: Bye bye upgradable laptops

To be honest, I would bet most people don't upgrade laptops anyway (given the only useful thing are battery, HD and RAM). If it's anything like the previous Air etc, you can still upgrade HD and battery, it's just a bit harder.

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What’s new in Office 2016 for Mac (and why it doesn't totally suck)

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General approach?

"Microsoft has released a self-destructing preview of Office 2016 for Mac "

Pretty sure that's been the experience of the full versions of Office for Mac to date too, not just the 2016 preview...

Hopefully this version brings it in line, but I'm not holding my breath.

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Bigfoot now visible in commercial satellite images

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Re: What's the market for this?

I think it's in the region of $20 per square km, so you'd need a lot of land before buying your own drone became more cost effective.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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"(multiply each each inch by two if your television spends more than half the day turned on, and two again if it's mounted in a conspicuous place like on a chimney breast)"

Subtract 2000 points for the double 'each' during a condescending post about how you're better than everyone...

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NASA 'nauts complete another EPIC SPACEWALK to route cables around ISS

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"The sheer amount of cosmic radiation would drown out any WiFi signal"

They already use wifi for their laptops on the ISS.

Cosmic radiation is more of a problem for those outside the earth's magnetic field. The ISS crew only experience about 5x the radiation an aircraft crew experience.

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