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Has Switzerland cracked the net neutrality riddle?

annodomini2

Re: To my simple brain, the issue is quite simple

You're also missing the content point, many of these companies are content providers as well.

Therefore they have a vested interest in charging the competition more. Even if that is a different division.

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Languages don't breed bugs, PEOPLE breed bugs, say boffins

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Re: Dodgy arithmetic

Necessary evil, when you are on MCU grade HW with no FPU running at maybe 100Mhz and 32bit if you're lucky.

A SW floating point implementation can take 30-40x the runtime, in a hard real-time system this is not an option.

Even with a FPU it's still slow.

Fixed point arithmetic is not difficult, but does take some comprehending and yes it is possible to make mistakes.

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Gov.UK doubles IT outsourcing to £20bn

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Re: Build our own government IT team

Also politicians cannot line large donators pockets

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Data protection laws come to the rescue of poor, underpaid UK MPs

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Devil

Re: I fail to understand.

They should acquire a building in London to provide temporary/semi permanent accommodation for MPs with appropriate security, they all seem to like moats and duck ponds.

So why not the tower of London?

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Plasma-spaffing boffins plan spaceships driven by FRIKKIN' LASERS

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Re: What about the LM proposed fusion reactor?

It's money grabbing vapourware.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: Game changer

Creating fusion with a small reactor has been performed since the '50s, creating a net reaction has been the problem.

Again they make no claims to this, so they've either done it and are keeping very quiet (why would Lockheed want investment (shared liability) in something they know works) or it's a money grabbing scam.

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Stop

Re: Try hunting down that NASA quote

There are photo's of E-Cat's test setup, it's vapourware.

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A spin of roulette in the sporty Ford Fiesta Black

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FAIL

Re: I certainly wouldn't buy anything American made/designed

The engine was designed in Germany and the Chassis in England.

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Five Totally Believable Things Car Makers Must Do To Thwart Hackers

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Re: "A good hack attack would leave no log entries anyway"

The issue is cost.

Automotive engineering is solely focussed on cost.

If they can save a penny on a car they will.

Adding £2+ to an ECU will make the cost conscious PHB's baulk at the thought.

The safety is purely a legal requirement and then it's subjective as to whether or not they have actually met the requirement.

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

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Re: 231BHP from 1.5l

Strength wouldn't be an issue when you are designing the engine for this kind of output.

The main issues of high boost petrol engines of old were:

1. Lag ( or LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAG, whoosh, gear)

2. Pinking, or pre-ignition.

Variable geometry turbos and other variations along the same theme, along with electronic boost control solve 1.

Direct petrol injection solves 2.

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Diary note: Pluto's close-up is a year from … now!

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Re: Question

Could we also have to deal with Sun transiting at that point aswell?

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Elon Musk to fund Tesla museum with 'ONE MEEELLION DOLLARS'

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Great Marketing

As seen above..

$1m is pocket change to Elon.

So tying his trademarked name with a museum.

Touche.

Not that the museum doesn't deserve it, but Musk's aim is for the headline.

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Boffins untangle why your software builds fail

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Re: High level language hell

And some of you think fragmentation is a problem now.

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Space hackers prepare to reactivate antiquated spacecraft

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Re: Very nice

You forgot Hubble Space Telescope

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Wanna slice of £6bn? Set up an IT supplier and apply to the UK.gov

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"A maximum of 52 our mates can be awarded a seat on the framework"

There corrected it for you

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BEAM ME UP SCOTTY: Boffins to turn PURE LIGHT into MATTER

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Gimp

One dwarfer reference and missed the boat.

Good/Evil replicator here we come...

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Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

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HTC One M8

Has a kids mode too, it's not unique to the Samsung.

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EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app

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Vodafone had done the same thing with my SE K800i, only in this case 'Live', all other menu buttons could be remapped on the phone except this one.

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

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Re: This will change

They'll have a 'sale' target.

Get X customers online and flog it to one of the big providers.

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Boffins make noise about D-Wave chip: it seems quantum

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Devil

Re: I don't get it.

So they are still searching for the infinite improbability drive??

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Get ready for software-defined RADAR: Jam, eavesdrop, talk and target ... simultaneously

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Re: Very flexible

Not really, the military gear still has much higher integrity standards to meet, radiation hardening, EMC, vibration, thermal etc.

It won't be the Off-the-shelf silicon you find in a commercial device.

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3CX Phone System takes on the corporate mobiles

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Potential trademark case looming?

With JCB?

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CHILLING STUDY: Rise of the data-slurping SNITCH GADGETS

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Re: Heck! Where's Guvmint when it is needed

"It's because there isn't enough money from VED to pay for the upkeep and new roads anyway - even then almost 100 years ago."

Nope, there's more than enough money.

VED (2012) ~£3.8B

VED + Fuel Duty (2012) ~£38B.

It was well into surplus, so rather than reduce costs they shifted the cash into the central pot.

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Google pulls SCHAFT out of military honeypot, sprays gold at bot team

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Re: re. Hefty external power source

It depends on the scale, large elements are easier to achieve actuation with hydraulics.

The motor itself has great power density, but when you add the pump, fluid (tank if it's not hydrostatic), control valves & control system it's generally heavier. You would also need to add control valves and control systems which will add additional weight.

Hydraulics are also much less efficient than an electric actuator. It depends on the system but roughly 65-70% vs roughly 90% for the electric setup.

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5 Eyes in the Sky: The TRUTH about Flight MH370 and SPOOKSATS

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Re: Tinfoil or towels...

The US had 3" in the '60s

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Proper boffins make your company succeed, even if you're not very technical

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Re: Why you only have 2 cents

I agree with your sentiment, but many companies are deliberately configured to prevent 'techies' from knowing this information.

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Earth's night-side gets different kinds of neutrinos from day-side

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Coat

Re: Hang on there

@Scroticus Canis,

Did the Beer turn into Cider through energy loss?

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Indestructible Death Stars blow up planets with glowing KILL RAY

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The Oort cloud is thought to be up to 100,000AU's in diameter.

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Space-junk RAYGUN wins Australian government funding

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Re: About bloody time...

The mining refers to reusing mass and remanufacturing on orbit.

Bringing it back down serves little benefit.

However with launch costs as they are 3-4 tons of aluminium, steel, copper, gold, silicon, [insert other material used] is worth at least $65-90m on orbit in launch costs alone.

Yes processing the material is currently not possible, but there is time.

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US judge Koh won't ban old Samsung gear, tells Apple: Your patents aren't that amazing

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Re: "Your patents aren't that amazing"

The USPTO allowed someone to patent a stick.

I'm still awaiting the Apple patent for the wheel.

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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Black Helicopters

So...

Build one in the garage and run it, see how good the weapons detectors are...

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Japanese boffins build 'earring PC' for hands-free computing

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Surprised no one has mentioned Dr Who

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Google picks five teams to share $6 MEEELLION funding in Lunar X Prize

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Re: Am I missing something...

All about mass,

Saturn V could put 130t into LEO and 45t into TLI.

Falcon 9 v.1.1 can put 13.1t into LEO, so assuming linearity ~ 4.5t into TLI.

If 4.5t can get you your lander and rover to the surface of the moon, it's theoretically feasible.

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How many mobile apps collect data on users? Oh ... nearly all of them

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Re: A good place to start ...

Assuming it's actually blocking/spoofing the permissions, not just asking you for permission every time you load the app and doing nothing.

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Elon Musk ADMITS he met Apple: iCar 'great idea', keeps schtum on Tesla hookup

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Childcatcher

Who's awaiting...

,,, the article stating the USPO has granted Apple a patent on the Wheel??

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Robots demanding equal API rights? It's just a matter of time

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Re: Does anyone want toast?

Git! Beat me to it! :)

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Robo-termites will stack boxes IN SPAAACE

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Re: Right...

To build at roughly earth orbit there isn't enough mass.

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'Please don't make me spend more time with my family...'

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'Our customers are important to us' - I.e. the shareholders

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Dr Hurricane unleashes FUSION POWER at Livermore nuke lab

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Re: "There are currently two main approaches..."

Tokamak is the white elephant in the room, some good research has come from JET (ITER's predecessor), but a large proportion of governments are putting all their eggs in one basket.

My money is on some form of DPF.

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SkyMapper turns up oldest star ever found

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Re: Timescale

Assuming it actually went supernova and didn't just collapse in on itself.

If the big bang theory is correct, the matter would be relatively densely located versus what we observe today, if due to this density and relatively low mass of the elements.

The stars could get big, really big, possibly some big enough to for gravity overcome the energy from fusion and just collapse in on themselves.

No Bang just blackhole.

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NASA quandary: Should Curiosity channel Fast and Furious for Martian dune-buggy jump?

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Re: Question...

Rubber tyres are also heavy.

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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Mushroom

One of those games that has to appeal.

I played it for years.

There are some very clever ideas... such as mentioned in the article, you cannot buy your way to the top.

Ok.. rephrase, you cannot start a new character and buy your way to the top.

The 1st issue with the game is that it becomes very repetitive, very quickly.

The 2nd issue is that it requires the devotion of time, you cannot start a new character now and work your way to the top, simply because those who have been playing for 11 years since it started are so far advanced that you can never catch them.

Also to achieve anything significant requires a vast investment of time, the senior people in the game play for 14-18 hours a day, it's worse than a job.

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Valve showers Debian Linux devs with FREE Steam games

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Re: AC Damn...

@Matt Byrant:

There are 2 things that bring the gaming houses:

1. Money

2. Money

The 1st is the platform, which has the biggest distribution, PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox one, Android, IOS, Steam OS, insert other platform...

They don't care, as long as their game makes it to the widest audience.

2. Bribes, such as Microsoft's exclusivity contracts.

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Apple-aligned firm opens sapphire glass factory. iPhone 6 rumours, DEPLOY

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Re: Optical quality?

Maybe the designer is a Jimmy Hendrix fan?

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Boeing bent over for new probe as 787 batteries vent fluid, start to MELT

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Re: "Everyone remembers what happened to the Comet..."

Yes, I agree, but the reputation was ruined none the less.

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Re: Most efficient in a class of one

Everyone remembers what happened to the Comet...

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HP EliteBook 840G1: Sometimes it's an Ultrabook, sometimes it's not

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Re: Looks nice but expensive

Probably the times in sleep.

Or running, but screen off.

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Samsung Nexus S beats Galaxy S III – at detecting GAMMA RAYS

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Mushroom

Re: Radiation is so last year :)

I was under the impression that a normal CCD can do thermal imaging, the problem is the lens?

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Hopefuls rattle tin for customisable snap together 3D printer

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Re: Why?

How can they get someone else to pay for their research?! ;)

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Supermassive BLACK HOLE to stuff MYSTERY gas BLOB into open maw

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Re: Dense enough?

" it’s a black hole, the light emitted from the gas around it are in the x-ray frequencies."

Corrected it for you.

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