* Posts by Paul_Murphy

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BlackBerry-driven robo-car spins its RIMs across Canada

Paul_Murphy

Re: Excellent test roads

And I guess the real world testing will show up those and other items that can't be replicated easily in a test environment.

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Here's how the missile-free Royal Navy can sink enemy ships after 2018

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War in a stringbag

I can't recall the author but the title stays with me,

I recall one story about the stringbag when they were deciding what the max safe landing load would be and ended up slamming the fully loaded swordfish onto the deck as hard as they could - they saw the undercarriage splaying apart each time but the swordfish kept going - as I recall they got bored rather than finding the limits of the planes undercarriage.

There is also the Buccaneer but that would need catapults.

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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Joke

Re: Personally

I didn't know the 2600 could run spreadsheets - I used it to run Star Raiders. :-)

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DRAMA ON MARS: Curiosity bot fires laser at alien metal object

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Re: Excellence in engineering versus planned obsolescence

And not forgetting the 24/7 team that will be looking after each car that is sold for not only it's expected lifetime but until it's beyond all hope of economic repair.

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I've arrived on Mars. Argggh, my back!

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Re: A never-ending study on how to mess up humans...

Perhaps the real solution to manned spaceflight is to stop messing about with inadequate vehicles and work seriously on physics to identify an energy supply which will actually get enough stuff up there to make things really feasible.

Like a nuclear powered rocket maybe? up to 8,000,000 tons enough? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Orion_(nuclear_propulsion)

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Supermicro's macro Microblade: That chassis is... huge

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Re: Cooling

I can't see fluid cooling happening on blades, but a chiller unit that clamped to the front might be worth a punt.

I'm still waiting for water cooling for servers to be the norm.

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Hacker flogs '42.5m freshly stolen logins' for seventy-five cents

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Re: SSO

I believe that android has/ had a feature where one user has their login/ swipe pattern and a separate swipe pattern would go to different account - I haven't used it (if it exists) and it may have only been on cyanogenmod, but it sounds like a useful feature.

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Did your UK biz just pay £1,500 to stop a DDoS? You've been had

Paul_Murphy

Re: Lizard squad?

I just caught the tail end of this thread.

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Plane food sees pilot grounded by explosive undercarriage

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Joke

Re: Is there anyone on board that can fly a plane?

I have flown F-15s, Concorde and the Shuttle, Apache helicopters and many other aircraft, though I doubt that games and PC-based simulators really count,

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NASA boffin wants FRIKKIN LASERS to propel lightsails

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Slowing down

The original idea, as I'm sure people are aware, is that of sending probes to other systems, using the local star as a braking system.

Sending probes at a good fraction of the speed of light via lasers and light sails (most light sails were supposed to be a measured in tens of meters) was seen as a cheap way of sending things out and exploring the local sphere of space.

Sending light sails around just our solar system was somewhat more difficult, thought I'm sure there was a Clarke or Niven story about a solar race that used light sails.

I'm waiting for people to start proposing Rama-class vessels using nuclear propulsion (either bombs or electric ion) though I doubt NASA has the budget for something like that..

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Boffins celebrate 30th anniversary of first deep examination of Uranus

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Or Yormum maybe?

A recent survey reveals that Yorrmum is the size of a very large planet etc.

:-)

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Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

Paul_Murphy

Re: If someone can show me

After looking at the Linux Steam client Wine (and PlayOnLinux) would be the first port of call but you may also want to look at Cedega.

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DS5: Vive la différence ... oh, and throw away the Citroën badge

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Re: Meh...

I have has 4 GSs (all estates) - the first one suffered from noisy tappets but the others were great. They could really do with ABS but otherwise too many features to mention that I miss; starting handle (surprisingly handy), inboard brakes that you would struggle to get wet, brake pedal at the same level as your right foot when driving, ability to take the engine out using a trolley jack and of course user-selectable height adjustment of the car - very useful for changing wheels and putting heavy loads in the boot.

I also swapped some engines and gearboxes around and got a 1300cc engine with the 4 speed box which I had loaded to the roof with wood and pulled away with no issues.

Shame about the rust and fuel economy really, a modernised version would certainly turn heads.

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French Playmobil heist: El Reg denies involvement

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Of course that should be spelt 'coincidence' but I'm only being picky.

I agree that the rewarding of a bronze badge to a known (when they tell you of course) criminal - together with this article about a high-value theft makes for uncomfortable reading.

Also do the staff at El Reg believe that we wouldn't be able to piece this together? Hah - they under-misestimated us!

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushism)

:-)

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Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10

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Facepalm

Re: W00t!

Don't feed the trolls please.

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Lone wolves could be behind multi-million dollar Cryptowall ransomware racket

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Linux

Re: What's the vector, Victor?

No.

If it were that straight-forward we wouldn't be hearing about it.

A quick trawl found this site which has some information about the attack.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/532879/cryptowall-new-variant-of-cryptodefense/

Backup your important files onto a couple of types of media - DVDs and USB flash drives and assume that at some point, when you get attacked, your backups will also hold your files in encrypted form, hence something like DVDs that are written once and then left alone.

Oh and moving to Linux would also be a good idea.

:-)

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Time Lords set for three-week battle over leap seconds

Paul_Murphy

Re: Until we become a spacefaring race...

and a significant fraction of the population don't live on the surface of the earth, then most of the race will synchronise their day with the rising and setting of the sun

That makes no sense - the rising and setting of the sun? where - in space?

Once (if) we are a space-faring race we will need to have a time system that is robust enough to handle communication lag over light seconds and minutes, that people can agree on and will mean the same thing where ever everyone happens to be.

What's needed is a far away slow pulsar that can be used as a metronome, or to discover some thing similar to a half-life of reality.

Answers on postcards would almost certainly not be good enough :-)

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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1) You looking at me? well are ya?

2) Having made it more portable the new porta-light still needed way too many batteries to make it useful.

3) His wife still hadn't found out about the new toy that Jim had got.

4) The only plus was that now you could tell who Big Brother is watching.

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'Death star' reaches out invisible hand, rips planet apart

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Dwarf star and planets hmm.....

So the star is a white dwarf and the object circling it is a dwarf (Ceres sized) planet.

There must be a joke about this - maybe the star should be renamed 'Snow' and a hunt undertaken for the 6 missing companions :-)

https://www.google.co.uk/search?client=ubuntu&channel=fs&q=size+ceres+vs+pluto&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&gfe_rd=cr&ei=dpUoVvTdD8XEUMevmvgI

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Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'

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Other makers

I wonder what the story at other manufacturers will be, since I doubt VW will be the only ones making use of technology to make their cars appear better to the buying public.

If your competitor appears to be making cars that are so much better than yours, in terms of fuel efficiency at least, then what do you do?

Get consigned to history or see what you can do to catch up??

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Brown kid with Arab name arrested for bringing home-made clock to school

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Re: Who's to blame

I would recommend the film 'Idiocracy' at this point, but I'm sure that everyone is aware of it already.

I am also bewildered that people can't tell a 'bomb' from a 'not bomb' (explosives, power and detonator being the three essentials) and that apparently a bomb needs a clock (with a display!) - if that is their means of identifying a suspect device then I wonder what the american(tm) police would make of booby traps and remote-triggered devices.

I also wonder what would happen if a person made a IED using only a single colour (not red) of wire - no doubt the item would be dismissed as a 'not bomb' since there is no red wire to cut.

<sigh>

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

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I enjoyed the book immensely.

The story was as it should be, with good explanations and descriptions of what was happening. There are some stand out moments that I really hope they keep as they were in the book but I do share others views that Hollywood (tm) just can't tell a good story without passing it through their "how to make a money - making film" machine.

I hope that the excellent visuals live up to my imagination.

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Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship

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Re: Who trained the Japanese to torpedo bomb?

I don't think a Lancaster counts as a dive-bomber, but with a tall boy or grandslam I doubt people take much notice.

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Joke

Re: Titis up?

No that's the aforementioned tits down/ normal state.

You should have typed g(*)(*)gle or similar.

:-)

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Stray positrons caught on ISS hint at DARK MATTER source

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Re: BBC to balme

So you're saying that Dr. Who isn't an entertainment program, but a documentary?

Where can I subscribe to your newsletter?

:-)

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Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around

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Re: @ Def

>Better start planning now for a major move to another galaxy

A more local star system would be a better bet, and a slightly further away one should be sufficient unless FTL transport is deemed to exist in which case a galaxy would be another option.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Re: I was thinking of another type of hologram

Well there could be two differently lost socks or, potentially, the same sock at different points in it's existence (though the same point in ours) though of course that could be used to prove sock time travel, which would open up a whole new can of worms - or a whole new washing machine if using the sock-idiom.

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

Paul_Murphy

Re: "teenagers hogging the phone line "

C20 for the lazy, CXX for the latin-trained

:-)

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Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7

Paul_Murphy

Re: Nice!

No idea, but maybe these servers will have liquid cooling as standard or something.

Which is about time to happen IMHO.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

Paul_Murphy

Re: Irrelevant observation number 1:

I use a speedview (http://www.speedview.co/) after market HUD, which just shows your speed - which I think is all you need, apart from voice navigation perhaps, else there will be too many distractions.

The idea of handling calls when driving is just wrong.

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LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms

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My suggestions so far

Safe Landing Under Trees System

High Altitude Rentry Detect Correct Or Reject Emergency Software EXample

Careful And Methodical Extraneous Local Tree Observation Engine

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

Paul_Murphy

Re: Random factoid.

Well you could have started a discussion about the Buccaneer, or the TSR2 I suppose.

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Russia, China could ban western tech if they want to live in the PAST

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Re: Heck no...

My 990 is still going Ok, and I bought mine in the new year - I have found one location that doesn't allow either sim to work, but away from there it's normally fine - the tunnels out of Kings Cross can be troublesome though :-)

After all a quad-core (1.5Ghz), dual sim, dual camera, microSD (up to 64Gb) phoe with 2Gb RAM and 32Gb ROM for £200 from Amazon is worth a try isn't it?

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

Paul_Murphy

Re: Even accounting...

A space elevator would be far more useful.

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App permissions? Pah! Rogue Android soft can 'place phone calls at will'

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4.2.1 is SDK >=17 and vulnerable on my Zopo Captain S

My particular version wasn't listed on the website, but the call came up despite no permissions granted to do so.

Of course there is no OS update available from the manufacturer yet - and Cyanogenmod doesn't seem to be available for my phone yet :-(

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

Paul_Murphy

Re: Why did we publish this?

And of course we are the ones paying for it.

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IT'S ALIVE! ISEE-3 responding to commands

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amazing

Also the whole story behind it http://www.rockethub.com/42228 and more at NASA: http://www.nasa.gov/content/isee-3-an-old-friend-comes-to-visit-earth/ is well worth a read through.

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Achtung! Use maths to smash the German tank problem – and your rival

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Re: The tank used for the illustration ...

I was wondering if I were going to be the first to notice and post :-) not by a long shot,

Concurr - ISU122 sp assault gun

Thats why I read the Reg comments..

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

Paul_Murphy

Re: American GPS stations

I think you have to be american for that to make sense: ie. the World series, MIss Universe, .com etc.

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SpaceX touts latest gear: new module, rocket demo

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Space Elevators

I think that more effort should be put into building space elevators, rockets are rather a dead-end as far as the future goes.

The LiftPort Group (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LiftPort_Group) are trying, but more needs to be done.

With the development of usable graphene we are seeing the first of the real technical hurdles go down.

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Drone 'hacked' to take out triathlete

Paul_Murphy

Re: Why bother with...

Hmm, you're taking my thought experiment seriously? that's just as odd don't you think?

Maybe I should have put a joke icon in there somewhere :-)

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Paul_Murphy

Re: Why bother with...

Ooh - that is an expansion on a previous thought of mine, and it sounds much fairer than my version.

Other rules might include 'accidental' injuries or death of referees (sniper is red-carded), linesmen (yellow) and people on your team (round(s) replaced and given a stern talking to), and the handling of ricochets (maybe ballistic helmets for people in the first three rows?)

Much kinder than mortar fire, siege engines or longbows (ah those were the days - those 'football' mathes with the French eh?).

Sadly I suspect that none of these improvements will be taken up.

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Paul_Murphy

Re: Why bother with...

Since I don't like football in the slightest I have long held the idea of an audience participation model where each person gets their moneys-worth by being able to select an area of the pitch with goes 'live', if a majority of the audience chose the same area the land-mines would activate and the players would then be earning their money.

Nothing necessarily deadly - just crippling would be interesting enough.

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WIMPs wipe each other out in giant radiating spot at galaxy's centre

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Re: Interesting, but

I have wondered whether our universe is actually closed and curved, so that though it is indeed very large (as per HHGTTG) it's as though we are looking around the curve of a sphere, our line of sight (so to speak) never ends, but just keeps on going around and around, with the same objects being seen multiple times at different wavelengths since they would be at different positions each time.

An idle thought anyway.

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Paul_Murphy

What's 10,000 light years across and smells of gamma radiation?

Your mum!

Sorry - I haven't had my first cup of coffee yet.

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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Re: I've had an idea

Well look into space elevators and the materials that would be needed for one of those - graphene (or something similar) is the main step along that way.

As for patenting it there have been way too many prior publications - try Fountains of Paradise, Pillar to the Sky or any of the many othes.

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=book%20about%20space%20elevators&kl=us-en

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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Joke

I hope...

That the surgeon wasn't washing his hands after and wondering where his watch had got to.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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OpenOffice?

Wouldn't Libre Office make more sense, I understand it gets better support and updates?

Admin tools like Fing and advanced port scanner for networks, an ISO mount utility, a linux boot USB drive (and CD) for just in case a HD fails, Gpart, robocopy (does that come on 7?) or similar for backup tasks (will there be a NAS on the network?), printer & scanner drivers if necessary.

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Schneier: NSA snooping tactics will be copied by criminals in 3 to 5 years

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Re: Well, perhaps not all the tactics.

By definition if it's against the law then they are criminals - if it's legal then they aren't.

Wait - who are we talking about? governments, big business or criminals? it's so easy to get them confused.

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Worlds that could support LIFE found among 715 new planets

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Drake equation

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation

The Drake equation is:

N = R* . fp . ne . fl . fi . fc . L

where:

N = the number of civilizations in our galaxy with which radio-communication might be possible (i.e. which are on our current past light cone);

and

R* = the average rate of star formation in our galaxy

fp = the fraction of those stars that have planets

ne = the average number of planets that can potentially support life per star that has planets

fl = the fraction of planets that could support life that actually develop life at some point

fi = the fraction of planets with life that actually go on to develop intelligent life (civilizations)

fc = the fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space

L = the length of time for which such civilizations release detectable signals into space

so fp seems to be 1,

ne seems to be what 1 in 10 maybe?

So hopefully N is non-zero - we're getting closer...

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