* Posts by VeganVegan

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Win 95 code gaffe nearly made Stuxnet Suxnet, say infosec blokes

VeganVegan

The objective evidence

Is the windows version stuxnet actually infected at the time.

If I recall correctly, there was a very large number of infections reported, e.g., in South Asia, and only when the PLC wrangling came to light that people put 2x2 together.

Maybe someone has the time to go back to reports at the time, 2007-2010, and see if anyone reported on the so version, as versus just reporting a generic windows machine.

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Strange radio telescope signals came from microwave ovens

VeganVegan

I assume that you are stirring food in a metal pot

in which case the pot should be shielding your spoon from the field.

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

VeganVegan

I can has .sucks, who knew!

They should startup a .lolcats TLD, and be the only registered domain in it.

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Extensive 3D NAND drives very expensive to make

VeganVegan

Re: Is the yield very low ?

Good points made.

Furthermore, bean counting alone isn't the only consideration. I'm willing to wager that the capex for the latest Xeon manufacturing is much greater than that for the 8086 (if we manufactured it today), but who would want a thousand 8086's beavering away compared to a single Xeon, even if the Xeon is more expensive?

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US law enforcement rushes to assist bumbling Canuck pirates

VeganVegan
Trollface

Re: Britain couldn't do this ...

Like, "Britannia rue the waves"?

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GitHub jammed by injected JavaScript, servers whacked by DDoS

VeganVegan

Re: Solution.

Perhaps not at Baidu, but at whichever device is injecting the js. Set up a positive feedback to ouroboros the bad guys.

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Hey, Woz. You've got $150m. You're kicking back in Australia. What's on your mind? Killer AI

VeganVegan
Joke

No worries,

just make sure Adobe writes the AI code.

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Pub O'clock probe finds thousands of repeated 512-bit RSA keys

VeganVegan
Flame

Re: time for software liabilty...

Totally agree.

We can model regulation/litigation/fines efforts along the lines of those used against those responsible for asbestos or industrial pollution.

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VeganVegan
Happy

Re: homophone corner

PINworms?

Did you know that you use scotch tape on the perineum as an essential diagnostic tool for pinworms?

(Icon: a worm + two klingons captured on the tape)

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LOHAN unleashes 'waiting for the FAA' collector mug

VeganVegan
Go

Is it still possible to apply for Spanish permission?

Even if it meant shipping LOHAN all the way back again.

It'd be amusing to see which bureaucracy is slower, USA or Spain.

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I see what you've done, there, twiiter.com: Tweet troops tackle tech twin

VeganVegan

Re: Re: All these came after they started

Not to mention variants like nitwitter.com.

That was the name they should have adopted in the first place.

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I, ROBOT ~ YOU, MORON. How else will automated news work?

VeganVegan
Pint

It wouldn't bother me if robots wrote the news

I have a robot web crawler gather the news from all over the place, and try to summarize the trawl.

This is all for chuckles anyway, because I never look at the results.

I'm down at the pub having a good time. You humans out there, care to join me for a brew?

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German music moguls slammed for 'wurst ever DMCA takedown spam'

VeganVegan
Pint

Why is nobody taking up the challenge?

Let me give it a try, at the risk of making it extrawurst:

Merde, andouille!

What a bunch of moronga, (i)diots!

A weckewerk of shoddy programming.

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In praise of China’s CROONING censors: Company songs NOW!

VeganVegan

That's no crooning

That is hollering, plain and simple.

Come to think of it, hollering brings to mind Hollerith, a nice fit with IBM etc..

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This optical disc will keep your gumble safe for 2,000 YEARS

VeganVegan

The very few things worth preserving for 2000 years

can be chiseled onto a bunch of rocks.

The rest of it, just be glad our descendants do not see them. Otherwise, they'd be that much more ashamed of us.

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GERONTIC 'Ghost ship' prowled the undersea cables of the 1940s

VeganVegan

I did enjoy seeing the HURL acronym

Somebody has a sense of humour.

Having a little experience floating out on the high seas, I've done my share of tossing my cookies, head in the head, etc. when the conditions got rough.

One of my jobs as a deckhand was to swab the vomit trails off the sides of the boat after trips carrying lubbers out for a joy cruise.

Dramamine is your friend.

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FATTIES: Boffins say their miracle sunshine skin cream 'prevents obesity'

VeganVegan
Paris Hilton

You are correct

Nitric oxide is a vasodilator, with many biochemical functions in the body, and correspondingly many medical uses; not the least is the mechanism of action of Viagra and its ilk (Paris would know).

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iPhone sales set to PLUMMET: Bleak times ahead for Apple

VeganVegan
Facepalm

link bait

I suspect Mr. Hamill will gladly suffer the grim, bleak, bad times and cries of failure and peak Hamill, if he could only manage the measly shipment of 49.4 million, profitable units of anything.

I know that I would.

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

VeganVegan
Happy

Let's see, is the box air-tight?

If it is, then it can't be a burning platform.

If it is not, all bets are off.

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Interstellar: An awesome sci-fi spectacle – just cut the hamminess, please

VeganVegan
Mushroom

Re: Phil Plait hates it

Having not seen the film yet, nor read any of the papers, I do have a question:

Do they deal with the ferocious radiation generated by the black hole, that would fry a human (and, I suspect, most electronics) in no time?

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Got a STRAP-ON? Remember to TAKE IT OFF at WORK

VeganVegan

Re: re. Rampant Rabbi, etc.

Mr. Foo and Mr. Dabbs must be wallowing in cash.

Those "pieces" at Masterpieces go for hundreds of pounds a piece.

For that kind of money, I would not only expect them to tell time, have a NTP receiver, but also to play Angry Birds!

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Apple on the art of the deal: 'Put on your big boy pants and accept the agreement'

VeganVegan

Wearing big boy's pants

Does that also mean taking off the rosy glasses, overcoming the greed for potential big bucks down the road, and simply telling Apple to take a hike in the first place?

If the terms and conditions were so awful right from the start, it takes an idiot to sign on the line.

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MAVEN snaps eight-bit SPACE INVADER

VeganVegan
Flame

Remarkable robotic machinery we humans have managed to send out there!

But, is there anyone else beside me who is sick of the anthropomorphic, cutesy characterizations of these marvelously designed machines?

The "plucky" this or that, all lonesome on a far distant planet is too much. What is it plucking? Some smelly Martian rose? And, pretending that they tweet clever little messages is going much too far.

Yes, we want to encourage our kids to go into a STEM career, but a smart kid who is considering it is going to get turned off by all the false-cutesy stuff.

</rant, I feel so much better now, thanks for bearing with me>

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

VeganVegan

Re: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...

@Neal B: the Mac OSX is built with a separate UI built on top of a customized version of UNIX (Darwin), with a middle layer of Apple-specific 'services' providing those features not directly available in UNIX.

I suspect that the vast majority of Mac users have no inkling of this.

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On Nov 12, a human-made space lab will try to HARPOON a COMET and land on it

VeganVegan

That's awfully bumpy terrain

ESA has that picture at 0.5 m per pixel.

I hope that the lander can handle /avoid the 'cliff' edges.

Also, what if the harpoons do not reach 'bedrock', and only embed themselves in a soft pile of comet dust? Then there's nothing to tug against to pull the lander in.

Exciting times!

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SECRET U.S. 'SPACE WARPLANE' set to return from SPY MISSION

VeganVegan
Black Helicopters

Wings

"the X-37Bs with their wings and resulting "cross range" capability"

Wings are only relevant in the atmosphere. Unless the spacecraft periodically dips into the atmosphere (say, ca. 100 mile altitude or lower), its wings are irrelevant for orbital changes. But, lots of propellant is needed for lowering the orbit and then raising it again.

"Cross range" (change in inclination) when in orbit is at also at the expense of lots of propellants.

My guess is that the major job done by the wings is to allow the spacecraft to land conveniently at specific military bases, away from prying eyes, unlike, e.g., having to send ships out to sea to retrieve a capsule, or having the payload go splat at some deserty place.

Note that the latest design of the classical space capsule does incorporate some aerodynamic lift, giving it a bit of range and cross-range flexibility.

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Trolls have DARK TETRAD of personality defects, say trickcyclists

VeganVegan

Trolls do play an important entertainment role,

as long as one feels above the fray.

Back in the usenet days, there were separate (obviously) discussion groups for Pakistani cricket fans and Indian cricket fans,

As you might expect, once in a while someone on the one side would post something inflammatory on the other side's forum, and all hell breaks loose (including making reciprocal attacks on the other forum). My Pakistani and Indian friends always found it to be highly amusing wading through the resulting comments.

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Microsoft confirms Surface NOT DEAD YET, next-gen version coming

VeganVegan
Windows

They said much the same about Zune and WinCE devices until the bitter end

(granted, Zune did have an unusually short life of just months)

I don't know how many units of Surface they have manufactured, but it looks like they sold maybe 1 million plus in total; maybe they are trying to avoid landfilling whatever is left in inventory, to avoid a near billion $ write-down yet again?

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I'll show you the D next week – billionaire space baron Elon Musk

VeganVegan
Flame

The Tesla Diesel?

Why not?

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

VeganVegan
Joke

It's actually Windows OS X

Redmond, start your copiers!

It's getting too easy to make fun of Microsoft.

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'This BITE MARK is a SMOKING GUN': Boffins probe ancient assault

VeganVegan
Mushroom

Ham, that's what's for dinner

a favourite since the Triassic.

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Look out, SpaceX! Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin boffins tapped for US rocket launches

VeganVegan
Flame

This is great news

ULA (read Lockheed and Boeing) has been at the government pig trough long enough.

Hopefully, with the injection of both Musk and Bezos into the mix, there will be competition going forward.

We can now realistically dream of $100/kg space access!

(any way of turning that icon upside down?)

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

VeganVegan
Unhappy

Indeed, and it gets worse

The Atlas rocket that Boeing is hoping to use to loft their capsule depends on, you guessed it, Russian rocket engines.

The US sure dug a hole for itself, solely because holes can be purchased cheaply. Bean-counters should be banished to some remote island to count beans, and leave the rest of us alone.

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LOHAN invites ENTIRE REG READERSHIP to New Mexico shindig

VeganVegan
Pint

Where, in the middle of nowhere, can one get a cold* one?

32.990362,-106.975121 Spaceport coords.

*The US of A, where beer is served ice-cold.

But, then, if it is daytime, just walk outside into the desert, and the beer will warm up in a hurry.

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O2 breathes life into Amazon Fire: Mobe to hit Blighty in WEEKS

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Flame

Article already obsolete

The Fire is now only $0.99 with 2 year ATT contract in the US:

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/09/amazons-fire-phone-falls-to-99-cents-on-a-two-year-contract/

and it's $449 off-contract (my opinion is that it is still way too expensive for what it does: they should pay me to use the phone, after all, it's main job is to persuade me to buy at Amazon).

O2 will need to match these prices if it hope to sell very many Fire's.

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Vote NOW for LOHAN's arboreal avoidance algorithm acronym

VeganVegan

Paris' nimble fingers?

Avoid

Laria

Tridentata*

-

Sail

High

In

Flight

Test

-

Don't

Ever

Let

Entangling

Tree

Embrace

* The ubiquitous mesquite bush in the desert

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The IT kit revolution's OVER, say beancounters - but how do they know?

VeganVegan

Don't forget what constitutes capital equipment

I suspect that my workplace is not unique, in raising what is considered capital equipment cost thresholds, from $500 back when, to $5000 these days.

A PC (and many other tangible items) used to be capital equipment, but not nowadays.

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Our Vulture 2 rocket spaceplane crammed with MORE POWER

VeganVegan
Joke

you're ok then

but watch out if you ever get to 16 tonnes, at which point you will another day older and another day deeper in debt.

Joking aside, you can jam stuff into the springs in the battery holder, so that they cannot compress even when put under launch loads.

Also, can you manage to do a drop test, or a wind tunnel run? With all that weight, and the slender body and canard/wings, I would guess that it would fly very fast: vertically.

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Microsoft: IE11 for Windows Phone 8.1 is TOO GOOD. So we'll cripple it like Safari

VeganVegan
Flame

Mobile-specific web pages are usually a UI travesty

Some are well thought out, cutting down on the baroque riff raff the regular page throws at you.

On the other hand, I've encountered quite a few that are plain awful.

Some, such as ons**pe, take forever to load. No excuse for being so incompetent.

Others disable pinch to zoom. Really? You've lost my pair of eyeballs, because I can't see what you have to show me!

Mobile device screens are small to begin with, don't assume that everyone has 20/10 vision.

</rant>

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Come close, dear reader. Past those trees you'll see a non-Microsoft Nokia Oyj in the wild

VeganVegan
Windows

Does anyone else find it remarkable that

"The Nokia Technologies R&D division saw net sales of €147m ($198m) in the second quarter, a 1.4 per cent year-on-year increase, while its operating profit was up 6.7 per cent, to €96m ($129m)".

Really? An R&D division that not only not a money loser, but actually turns in a profit that is around one-third?!

<King Midas icon, everything he touches turns to gold>

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

VeganVegan

As one who is Latin illiterate

I have nought to contribute, except some mischief:

Wouldn't it be so much more clever if the Motto also generates a witty acronym?

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

VeganVegan

Re: It does affect OSX

Correlation != causation

Obligatory XKCD reference: http://xkcd.com/552/

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Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises

VeganVegan

In other news,

Watson and Siri have announced their engagement.

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

VeganVegan
Headmaster

light enters the material, and is absorbed and converted to heat before it can escape

So that means that "visible light enters the material, is absorbed and converted to heat, and (some/much of it) escapes again as IR light"

</pedant mode>

What would be neat would be a material that can remove the heat entirely by conduction, thus minimizing IR emission.

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Experts suspiciously eye LOHAN's cantankerous canards

VeganVegan

Will you be using asymmetric canard control?

If not, and the canards deflect in parallel, then in your current setup, you can still tie the two sides together to alleviate the torque loads. Maybe it's as simple as connecting them using a rod with both ends threaded, threading the ends into your existing "A" lock nuts on either side. In he same vein, you could perhaps tie the pushrods together as well.

If your control circuitry is fancy enough to use asymmetric (independent) canard movements, then please ignore the above.

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Eating a fat bacon sarnie? Have a defibrillator handy

VeganVegan
WTF?

Frightening

Starting the hogs on their preservative-infused journey to a sarnie:

http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/06/bacon-preservative-tested-feral-hog-poison

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iFind: Critics slam Kickstarter campaign for miraculous battery-free phone finder

VeganVegan
Joke

It's perfectly plausible

Attach one end of a very long spring to your phone.

Attach the other end to your belt.

(The spring stores the energy, no batteries needed).

Can't find your phone? Just tug on the spring. Voila!

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FTC seeks DEFCON help to finger illegal robocallers

VeganVegan
Holmes

The FTC should use simple crowd sourcing

If they made it very easy, say, at the push of a single 'report spam' button, to send the calling number and the number called by the spammer, the FTC itself can analyze the stats and go after the biggest spammers.

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SPIDER-TROOP, Spider-troop, does whatever a spider troop can

VeganVegan

Re: "war-fighters"?!?

Inter-service rivalry/jealousies.

Some "war fighters" do not want to be called "soldiers" (implying army), preferring "aviators", "sailors" or "marines" instead.

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The Force of tax breaks brings Star Wars filming to Blighty

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Thumb Up

fighting Princess Leia in a wet rubbish hopper

who is wearing nothing but a wookie skin

http://cdn3.designbyhumans.com/product_images/b334r5s7ta7jake573-900x900-b-p.jpg

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