* Posts by tony2heads

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Muddying the waters of infosec: Cyber upstart, investors short medical biz – then reveal bugs

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Muddy Waters

WRONG PICTURE

Should have been the legendary Blues guitarist

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Google tells popup ads to p*** off on mobes

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Linux

Re: Google Internet Police

Perhaps DuckDuckGo

(icon: nearest to a duck)

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'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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Re: All Pop I stars have earthlike planets

All totally unproven; your assertions need to be backed up with data.

All Pop I stars may have planets (possible within the statistics we have) but there is not enough data to say that any significant fraction will be earth-like. Most detected are gas giants (because they are easier to detect).

How the hell do the asteroids get the escape velocity from the solar system and target themselves to Proxima b, which is a minuscule fraction of the sky, and not even in the plane of the solar system.

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Privacy advocates rail against US Homeland Security's Twitter, Facebook snooping

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Re: I did Nazi that coming

To have been in the Nazi Government you would have to have been at least 20 years old in 1945, so that means you would have to have been born in 1925, making you about 91 years old.

This is hardly relevant to the vast bulk of air travellers.

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Mozilla's trying on seven hot new spring/summer logo looks

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Re: Firefox direction

try Vivaldi

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Beauty site lets anyone read customers' personal information

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Pirate

Re: This happens far too often

Shoot them -no ! Surely you mean hang from the highest yardarm in the British Fleet

But I believe Admiral Byng was actually shot

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MoD flings £800m at Dragons' Den miltech startup wheeze as post-Brexit costs bite

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Terminator

futuristic

Phased plasma rifle in the 40W range

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The curious case of a wearables cynic and his enduring fat bastardry

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For Brexiters

The unit for weight should be grains, or ounce. Check with king Offa.

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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 - Dish gain

Dish gain only really helps you if you know where to look. The advantage of arrays like the MWA is that they can make multiple phased-arrays, scanning in multiple directions simultaneously.

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Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project

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Re: 1957: Russia is planning to launch an artificial satellite

According to Wikipedia, the R100 was designed by Barnes Wallis (a serious boffin) ; the R101 was designed by a government appointed team. That may be the reason

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Ten-trillionths of your suntan comes from intergalactic photons

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@disgustedoftunbridgewells

I fear that for many readers of El Reg they should avoid sunbathing completely; this is not for their benefit, but for those around them.

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Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

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Re: Oops

Like the old saying: "Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead."

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Power cut crashes Delta's worldwide flight update systems

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Leap Seconds

Next positive leap second on 31st December (see IERS bulletin)

Will people be ready for that one?

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Smartphone sales stall at ~3.5 million per day

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Flat sales

flat sales suggest a mature market. Somebody needs to come out a ground-breaking, must-have feature. Not just a few more pixels on the camera.

Anybody out there with good ideas?

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Linux letting go: 32-bit builds on the way out

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32bit pah

I have an abacus running Warp (well the frame is bent)

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Celebrated eye hospital Moorfields lets Google eyeball 1 million scans

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Re: A little perspective

'Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.' Joseph Heller

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Last panel in place, China ready to boot up giant telescope

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@sawatts

For observing pulsars, pure area is what you need.

For almost anything else you want the resolution too.

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fMRI bugs could upend years of research

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Re: You can kick instruments

Calibration is a regular part of any scientific instrument, both internal (do sensors respond in a reasonable way) and external (check against various known results from a totally different instrument using different software).

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Mozilla emits nightly builds of heir-to-Firefox browser engine Servo

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Joke

doge

much shiny

very rusty

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A trip to the Twilight Zone with a support guy called Iron Maiden

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Alien

@Dan 55

No, W10 was Klingon software. It was not released, but escaped leaving a bloody trail of design engineers and quality assurance testers in its wake.

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@Zingbo

The mind boggles at what he would get if he asked for scrumpy

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Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

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Re: Although the burden of proof lies with Love

Context matters with memory. I had an instance inside a bank where I needed my banking PIN, but could not remember it.

I stepped outside to the ATM and it the memory came bank instantly.

If Lauri has the same thing he might need to sit in front of his computer to remember the code

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EU Investment Bank will honour pre-Brexit deals – but don't gamble on new ones happening

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Re: Indeed

I think you mean 21st century

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WTF is WRF and Clover? Cluster kids use HPC grunt to solve the mystery

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Team South Africa

These guys & gals all come from two universities: Stellenbosch (locally known as Maties) an Witwatersrand (Wits for short).

Somebody is clearly doing something right in those two institutions.

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Singapore Airlines 777 catches fire after engine alarm

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WTF?

camera phones

Why would anybody sitting in a burning aircraft take the time to photograph the burning engine?

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You lucky creatures! Mammals only JUUUST survived asteroid that killed dinosaurs

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Re: Felines triumph?

No

Cats were looked upon as gods in ancient Egypt. They still remember.

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Cygnus spacecraft on fire

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on fire

was it off the shoulder of Orion?

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US military tests massive GPS jamming weapon over California

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Re: @Gray ... Military aggression

Chinese one is BeiDou, but its coverage is only useful around Asia/Australasia

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Brits don't want their homes to be 'tech-tastic'

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Protocols and lock-in

I would be happier about all this IOT crap if it used open protocols and had sensible firewalls setup as default. It would also need battery backups for 'mission critical' parts (locks and firewall)

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Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform? It's an uphill battle, warns key partner

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Re: Microsoft needs to realise...

.. and about as comfortable.

As an aside I am sick of "1 size fits all" in socks too - my (UK) size 11 feet will not fit into something that was not too baggy for somebody with a size 7. Software is often similar, in that a small app to handle 50 items in a static list will not need the same infrastructure as one for dynamic database of millions of items. GUIs that look acceptable on a tiny screen may look like crap on a big screen with decent resolution.

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You deleted the customer. What now? Human error - deal with it

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Re: Ah... human error..

The here was the one who changed the original version and not use a copy

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Hacked in a public space? Thanks, HTTPS

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Who to trust?

USA or China - a touch one. Corporatist or Capitalist?

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Hack probing poodle sacrifice cuffed for public crap

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Hot dogs anybody?

I had heard of smoking dogs (beagles) before - i think he misinterpreted

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Adobe...sigh...issues critical patch...sigh...for Flash Player zero day

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Re: Keep The Faith

HAHAHAHA - nice piece of sarcasm there.

It was sarcasm, right?

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Banning computers makes students do better on exams – MIT

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FAIL

one-fifth of a standard deviation

anything less than 3 standard deviations is undecided. Only believe anything above 5.

Computers have their uses (for engineering and science) to grasp the meaning of the maths and examine real data.

I personally never understood the Runge-Kutta method until I could graph it on a computer.

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Non-police orgs merrily accessed PNC without authority, says HMIC

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WTF?

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Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass);

Environment Agency;

Financial Conduct Authority;

Gangmasters Licensing Authority;

NATS (an air traffic control provider);

Natural Resources Wales;

Post Office;

Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; and

Thurrock Council.

I can sort of understand Cafcass and maybe the SSPCA, but am puzzled by the others.

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TalkTalk customers decide to StayStay after £3m in free upgrades

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Re: providing free upgrades to customers.

"up to" translates to "never more than" or "less than" in most cases

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Archaeologists find oldest ever ground-edge stone axe

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@Paul Kinsler

As far as I can recall everyone who can trace their ancestry to outside of Africa will have traces of either Neanderthal or Denisovian DNA (or both).

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Kepler space telescope spots 1,284 new planets

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Re: So we can start putting some numbers on the Drake equation.

They have probably picked up our radio stations and decided that we are not the neighbours that they want to be friendly with - see icon

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Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy

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Re: Linux on Azure, Office for Android, Subsystem for Linux

"cloud first, mobile first" is turning out to be cloud servers running some version of Linux and mobile running Android or iOS.

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UK.gov refuses to give surveillance commish enforcement powers

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Re: Of couse,

Well citizen, I think you are going to get a lot of scrutiny in Airstrip One and everywhere else in Oceania.

Remember: Ignorance is Strength

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Devs claim charger uses 'photosynthesis' power battery charger

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@GrumpenKraut

4711e17 (or 4.711e20) sounds like a hell of a lot of steps. If each step takes 1 second that wold be more than a thousand times the age of the universe.

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Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

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Anyone that can stand 10 seconds or more

must be tone deaf or totally deaf. That noise is truly nasty.

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Nearly two billion in the bank and yet this VC is slowly losing his beach-blocking battle

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@raving angry loony

I am pretty sure it was April 2016

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Q. What's the difference between smartphones and that fad diet you all got bored of? A. Nothing

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Re: Several reasons

1) Even in Africa, everyone with a job can buy a smartphone -see 3

2) I have seen no compelling new features since a decent camera was there

3) From about $50 you can buy a new low end smart phone 'landfill android'; second hand is cheaper still.

4) When everyone has a smartphone, where's the status - they all look pretty similar

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Google Play infested with cash-stealing web apps

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Trusted site

There is no site I trust enough to download a banking app from.

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Time for a patch: six vulns fixed in NTP daemon

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setting the wrong time

Can't imagine this being a huge source of income for cybercriminals

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Irish researchers sweep smartphones clear of super bugs

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Re: A la les chickens

If I remember correctly these nano-surfaces basically act like a series of spikes that puncture the cell walls of the bacteria- it is a physical rather than a chemical attack.

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BOFH: Thermo-electric funeral

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Water PAH

Liquid Nitrogen! Let's suffocate everyone!

Maybe more fun, liquid oxygen. BURN that titanium case

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