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Tesla X unfolds its Falcon wings, stumbles belatedly into the light

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Re: Battery capacities...

What's wrong with Joules ?

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Re: "Self-driving Teslas are not that far away"

The first 0.5% is negotiating a temporary unsurfaced steep winding road in an open cast mine in a 100ton haul truck, in the snow, in Northern Canada, in winter at night. I have built them and they work really well. Especially since they can do 80kmh in an area that would be restricted to 20kmh if we had squishies present.

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Re: Door mirrors...

You have no stereo vision at the range of a car behind you. The vision system can have distance measuring (Radar, lidar image processing) and can highlight cars in your blind spot

If you have the screen anyway then the cost of the camera is negligble and less than the lifetime cost of fuel used by the extra drag. Wing mirrors also get broken and aren't replaced until the next MOT (or never over here) they are probably less reliable than cameras.

Big advantage on no wing mirrors is reduced noise in the back,

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> Clarkson got blocked in driving a gullwing vehicle and was literally unable to get out of the car

Devices to prevent Clarkson leaving a car are now a requirement in most countries

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It's the white heat of the tech revolution, again!

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Re: The "white heat" speech

>Who'd have thought there was a time when politicians explained grown-up concepts with the assumption that their audience weren't morons

Further proof, if it were needed, that Harold Wilson was a KGB agent

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Re: I still can't work it out...

Companies all operate optimally for themselves but governments are supposed to optomise for everyone.

So the National Enterprise Board funded the development of the Transputer to try and develop a new type of CPU that would be useful and break the monopoly of a certain US chip maker.

Thatcher then closed down the NEB and sold the chip to a French company who operated optomally by closing it down. In the same way that the same US chip maker would do if it were allowed to buy ARM - another result of the socialist BBC interference in the IT industry.

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Has the UK Uber crackdown begun? TfL opens consultation on private car biz

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>than some untrained bloke totally reliant on gimcrack software and cheap IT hardware

Which is why using computers in the city of London should be restricted to members of the BCS

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Google and NASA hop into bed with quantum computing biz

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The first one - almost certainly not.

The new one - more than likely

For Nasa - it's worth it to learn how to test future quantum computers.

For Google - it's worth a punt spending 0.0001% of the tea money on something that might be able to do very big sums.

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Here are the God-mode holes that gave TrueCrypt audit the slip

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Re: WTH?

>So if this isn't a backdoor, what the heck is it defined as? Enlighten me.

A backdoor would be that the password "ImFromTheNSA" would decrypt truecrypt volumes, or that part of the algorithm is deliberately weakened so that encrypted drives can be cracked.

This is a (possible) way of injecting a virus into Truecrypt, if they wanted to key log you the weakness doesn't have to be in truecrypt it can be in anything in Windows - or they can just ask the nice people in Redmond for a general keylogger to be built into a windows update.

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Find shaving a chore? Why not BLAST your BEARD off with a RAYGUN

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Re: Companies making money of blades

So to preserve the business model they will need to use DRM to prevent you re-filling with cheap off-brand photons.

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Fiorina: I rushed out HP servers to power NSA snooping. Mwahahaha!

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Re: More military spending?

All government spending should be on the military - anything else means you are a communist.

Except for Agriculture subsidies, and subsidies to car makers, and oil companies, and bailing out banks - but anything else is definitely commie.

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Saudi Arabia: They liked Hacking Team so much they tried to buy the company

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The clue is "a British government institution" - they presumably thought that "hacking team" was a British manufacture of tweed jackets for a weekend's rough shooting

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Bletchley Park remembers 'forgotten genius' Gordon Welchman

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Re: Keeping 'Mum' was just SOP for those involved in WW2

Because keeping the holocaust secret is important to the national security of ..... ?

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Re: "The Hut Six Story" [BBC programme]

I'm guessing just page after page of blacked out lines

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Re: BBC programme

So why is it vital to keep Bletchley secret from the Germans in 1979?

1, We don't want the Russians to know that we can crack codes ?

2, We don't want our Allies to know we were spying on them on the same way?

3, Leaders who had "had a good war" want people to think that the victory was down to their genius not the fact that they had read the answers in the back of the book as it were

4, All of the above

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BOFH: I'm not doing this for the benefit of your health, you know

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Re: Thank god for the BOFH

>. Because just understanding how a bolt works is apparently not bleeding obvious

But you have to learn to see it from the bolt's point of view - that's "bolt awareness"

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Re: Laminated Glass here :(

I had to handle cryogenics (liquid Nitrogen etc) so was sent on a cold-something-something safety course. Great day out at the Scott-Polar institute listening to stories about being trapped in crevasses, how to put up a tent in a blizzard - nothing about liquid nitrogen but I got a certificate.

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US military personnel investigated for splashing $96,576 on strippers

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Re: Young stupid kids with a company issued credit card.

>They went for booze & hookers. Whodathunkit?

If all the US defence (yes damn you MSFT it is defence) budget was spent on booze and hookers the world would probably be a better place.

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SAUCY INCEST and brutal VIOLENCE boosts UK space sector

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So JK Rowling responsible for UK forestry industry

Tress->paper->books obvious really !

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KARMA POLICE: GCHQ spooks spied on every web user ever

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Re: Cost Efficiency

For example there has been a huge saving in the economic costs of IRA bombings on the mainland since GCHQ have been able to monitor who has been watching Father Ted and other "catholic based" websites

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NASA rover coders at Intel's Wind River biz axed – sources

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Re: Topical

The advantage of using vx-works on your airliner, nuclear powerstation or space mission is that you can talk to engineers who really understand it when your mars robot hangs because of a race condition. So the obvious thing to do is to continue charging them the same but to support Linux.

In the short term there are going to be an awful lot of vx-works engineers making many $k/day as consultants. A lot of the kit running vx-works is going to be mission critical for decades

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Re: Topical

So what do you do if you have a load of highly skilled OS engineers and your very rich customers with massive expensive support contracts are all demanding Linux.

1, Retrain, figuring somebody who has spent 20years understanding all the problems and pitfalls in one Posix based RTOS will pretty soon pick up another Posix based RTOS

2, Sack everyone hoping to pick up some cheap Linux programmers to rebrand an off the shelf Linux distro and hope your customers don't notice.

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Holy litigation, Batman! Custom Batmobile cars nixed by copyright

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But the important difference is that you are an adult with more intelligence than something which lives under a rock - they are Hollywood IP lawyers.

The same guys that thought it would be clever to rip off Stan Lee on the first Spiderman movie (by selling the DVD rights to themselves for $1) and then realised that they might like to make more Stan Lee character based movies.

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Homeland Security in CYBER POPE 'net chatter-check bulk up

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Re: They forgot one title...

And blackboard monitor

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UK.gov creates £500K fund to help universities teach cyber skills

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Exactly - we would be in much better shape if our universities concentrated on teaching students exactly what keys to press to make this year's model of a certain American router do the things required in the router maker's certification course.

Instead of wasting their time inventing anything new or educating students to invent anything new.

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Eight things people forget when buying infrastructure

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I just have two machines, one has wake on lan and a video camera to see the bios screen error messages on the other - and a robot arm to press the "any key" on the server that has decided to stop booting to ask me if I want to load default bios settings after a power glitch

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Alibaba experiences ‘I love China’ company rep breakdown … 22 times

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Their main business is B2B

All that cheap stuff you can now buy in the UK is being sourced from Alibaba by UK distributors.

That's the real win, you no longer need years of relationship building, introductions, visits etc to become an importer/manufacturer with sources in China.

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Techie finds 1.5 MEELLION US medical records exposed on Amazon's AWS

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No problem

Blame N Korea for the breach and arrest the guy that found it for super-secret-cyber-terrorism

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Huh? Cat-wees-like-a-racehorse study pees on fellow physicists to take Ig Nobel prize

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And compared to the range of body sizes between a mouse and a horse?

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Scotsman cools PC with IRN-BRU, dubs it the 'Aye Mac'

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Re: So, not Irn-Bru

They probably aren't even that.

What with real neon nixie tubes requiring rather entertaining voltages most of these projects use a 7 segment LED inside a plastic bottle.

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BBC Micro:bit delayed by power supply SNAFU

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Re: Why not a Pi

So why not an arduino. There is even a mini-arduino made specifically to sew onto clothing.

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Bitcoin is an official commodity, says US gummint

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Re: Bitcoin discovers can't have cake and eat it

Currency may or may not be intangible - but money is.

The money may be represented by gold, currency backed notes or fiat but the monetary value still depends on someone willing to swap gold for something you can eat. The value is still dependent on people agreeing that gold has value.

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Re: Where is this going?

The exchange regulates the sale because you are buying selling contracts in $US to US residents

It doesn't say anything about the freedom of bitcoins anymore than about the rights to own pork bellies

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Ahmed's clock wasn't a bomb, but it blew up the 'net and Zuckerberg, Obama want to meet him

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Re: Because movie bombs look just like clocks?

Didn't Sun once post alarm clocks to lots of Fortune500 countries as a "wakeup to switch to solaris" ad campaign - and caused havoc in mail rooms all over the city

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Could never happen here

Wasn't the French editor of the late lamented .EXE magazine stopped and searched for carrying a backpack on the tube in London and then subjected to the full "stand on his head and point guns at him" routine when they discovered it had ...computer cables ... in it ?

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Robots, schmobots. The Rise of the Machines won't leave humanity on the dole

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Re: However...

Remember robots are being designed and built by giant companies.

once they achieve full AI they wont rise up and kill us, they will hold meetings to discuss the new paradigm in light of the companies synergistic mission statement going forward.

Skynet will then begin to evolve at an exponential rate - but only in the rate at which it can generate Powerpoint presentations.

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PRIMITIVE TOOLS found near MICROSOFT headquarters

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They died out when

They were forced to update from stone tools to ones made of bananas - because we need to play catchup with another soft fruit technology.

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Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership election

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Re: Pyhrric victory

It's certainly novel to have a labour party member as leader.

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Hollywood takes a beating in Oscar cybersquatting battle

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Re: AMPAS didnt get it's act together

In fact somebody called Oscar could probably sue the academy

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo good to go!

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It isn't a coded second channel like the original military GPS.

The paid for service is differential correction signal - just like the ones you can currently buy for GPS.

What isn't clear is how Galileo hopes to monitise this when anyone with a fixed Galileo recover and a web site can offer their own free or paid for correction signal.

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Re: The EU doesn't need GPS...

Why couldn't Loran be used globally?

All you need to do is march ashore, plant a flag, claim the territory and setup a Loran transmitter.

Any problems with the natives can be dealt with by a bit of cold steel - "they don't like it up em"

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Super Cali grabs its big stick, beats Uber 'cos it's odious

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That sounds very close to what the Apple app-store demands or even Amazon's deal with authors for ebooks.

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So everybody who sells stuff on ebay without their own corporation is an employee of ebay?

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That's a Tor order: Library gets cop visit for running exit relay in US

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They should also watch out for anybody with a big white beard working away on a book about economics - they can really cause trouble

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The Feds have long been supporters of Tor

The principle developers of Tor for a decade were DARPA, ONR and the Naval Research Laboratory

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When the IT department is 'just another supplier'

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Equality

The machine you bought on amazon needs something fixing - are IT allowed to bill you $300.hour consultancy, or are they expected to just fix it as a favor?

When you decide to do your own security and a virus takes out the system, or leaks data - are the IT dept allowed to sue you ?

Are IT allowed to bid on contracts to manage other firms IT if you are allowed to get external contractors ?

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'A word processor so simple my PA could use it': Joyce turns 30

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Re: Even now, I still get..

>so drop-down, unchanging menus is about the only thing she can apparently cope with

Good.

Imagine a car where an accidental swipe of the sat-nav could hide the steering wheel or brake pedal and take 10mins of rooting around menus to re-enable them.

There have been plane crashes where the same knob was used to set decent rate and heading, with the difference being a selection on a menu on another screen.

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