* Posts by annodomini2

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Supermassive black hole devours star and becomes X-ray flashlight

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Some of it yes.

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Supercomputers in 2030: Lots of exaflops and LOTS of DRAM

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Re: What's the current estimate of the computing power of the human brain?

Current estimates are 100PFlop equivalent (brain is mostly analogue with digital elements), and 20-40w.

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Do you have a 'co-working mindset' and 'ephemerally involve others' in work?

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GigJam

So have they actually made a word diff tool that actually works?

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Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back

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Key point missed - Standards

While not all code is required to meet a standard many systems in use do.

Aerospace/Automotive DO-178B/C and ISO26262, explicitly require the use of waterfall.

This is just one example, but I would bet there are more.

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NASA 'naut to boldly enter pump-up space podule

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Re: slow puncture

Pressure is roughly 0.6-0.7 bar, same as most passenger planes

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UK.gov's promise to pour cash into SMEs was just hot air

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This was and is purely a headline grabbing exercise, are there many efficiency savings that theoretically could be made - YES.

Will they do it - NO.

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Labour asks for more concessions on the UK's Snoopers' Charter

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Re: Labour's "discomfort" over the Snoopers' Charter

Watch Yes minister, most of it still applies today.

The bulk of the government is run by Whitehall and subsidiaries.

These requirements will probably be coming from GCHQ etc, rather than whichever political party is involved.

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Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

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That Idris Elba record is not official as they used the wrong timing gear.

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Laser-zapping scientists will save the Earth from meteorite destruction

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Re: Or an anti-matter beam!

Positron beam is probably cheaper and much easier to generate.

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A UK-wide fibre broadband investment plan? Don't ask awkward questions

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Re: This is the free market at work ...

Re-nationalise OpenReach

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Android's security patch quagmire probed by US watchdogs

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Political Grandstanding

"Hey look were doing something"

Result: Lots of talk and headlines, no reaction.

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Small broadband firms aren't fussed about getting access to BT's ducts and poles

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Re: BT

"The key to business is not to provide the best service, but the only service!"

Reacher Gilt, Going Postal, Terry Pratchett.

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FCC urged to pause its fight against America's $20bn cable-box rip-off

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Re: FREE BOXES IN THE UK??

Virgin boxes remain property of Virgin, and you have to return them if you cancel, so they are in effect rented.

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Daisy-chained research spells malware worm hell for power plants and other utilities

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Re: Errr

This assumes the same type and version of PLC, many mission critical systems will run multiple redundant HW/SW from different manufacturers.

If it was capable of infecting a multitude of systems, then there would be significant risk.

But, there are also other mitigation strategies.

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Ultra-cool dwarf throws planetary party

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Re: How old is that system / how long does an ultra cool dwarf last?

Depends on the atmosphere if they have one.

A relatively dense atmosphere could transfer energy from the star facing side of the planet to the side facing away.

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SpaceX adds Mars haulage to its price list

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Re: Let's take up a collection

Change the mars approach angle so it hits the planet, there it's landed, nothing about landing intact.

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

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Re: Far too lenient.

Add "System failure, reinitialising queue, you are now x in the queue"

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Whitehall waste: Cash splashed on consultants and temps up 90% in half decade

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Re: "access to these skills in-house"

Ah but...

Waste in political terms is "money is being siphoned off to my predecessors backers"

Improvement is "money is being siphoned off to my backers!"

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One million patients have opted out of Care.data

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RE: OP

"This is only for the government to make money selling our data and will make no difference to our care."

The Gov has no real need to make money, however current party funders are generally in the business of making money somewhere.

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Pair programming: The most extreme XP practice?

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Good teams...

...will use pairing and mobbing as required.

A good team will adapt to changing scenarios and use the method they deem appropriate for the solution, so rather than a one approach fits all solution, it's a more flexible approach.

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Nest bricks Revolv home automation hubs, because evolution

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Re: Are they legally allowed to do that?

Legally it's 2 years for electronic goods in the EU.

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Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

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Re: Service Intervals

@Geoff Campbell,

"and they were quite happy with once a year even at 40,000 miles per year"

Can you charge one from a normal socket fast enough to do 40K a year?

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Brexit: Time to make your plans, UK IT biz

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Re: Why are you so worried about legal matters?

Most of them are in Ireland, for tax reasons.

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Blighty's nuclear deterrent will get a software upgrade amid cyber-war fears

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Boffin

They're launched out of the tube and subsequently the water by compressed air, once clear of the water the rocket motor ignites

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Microsoft GitHubs BotBuilder framework behind Tay chatbot

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Awaits to hear...

This has been used in some next generation ransomware.

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Ransomware scum sling PowerShell, Word macro nasty at healthcare biz

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Re: Job recruitment offices

They want to stick their own headers and crap in it before sending it to their customer, their concept is that it stops other recruitment companies stealing their clients.

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Three-bit quantum gate a step closer to universal quantum computer

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Re: Byte me!

Waves then crumples up some old CS coursework.

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Silicon photonics boosted with UK fabrication research

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Re: 105mW

I think this is for interbox comms, so metres rather than mm.

I don't think this is intended for optical computing.

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Judge orders Universal Credit internal reviews must be disclosed

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Re: From here to there, eventually

The problem with big projects is they have feck all to do with efficiency or saving money or improving things.

They are about those in charge making appearances as though their tenure actually achieved something and feeding money to those party sponsors who assisted them in getting elected.

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IEEE delivers Ethernet-for-cars standard

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Limited use

There are functions that will need this kind of bandwidth, but not that many.

It will become more prevalent with autonomous vehicles, with potentially high bandwidth sensors.

Question is does it offer more than say CAN-FD or Flexray if there is this need?

One of the main advantages of CAN is that a large portion of the bus management is done in HW. When operating on lowest cost Microcontrollers this can make a big difference!

Especially when they can be running between 80-90% CPU load when operating, adding extra communications processing is going to be greater cost add.

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Watch six tiny robo-ants weighing 100g in total pull a 1,769-kg family car

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Re: Obvious thought.

@JS19, think you have your numbers backwards.

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Mechanic computers used to pwn cars in new model-agnostic attack

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Re: Signed firmware

There's a distinction between firmware and tune. Most systems will have one firmware and multiple tunes, basically they will use the same system on different models of vehicle and so the tune is selected for the vehicle. They generally modify the tune, rather than the firmware.

Both have signatures, but the signatures need to be capable of being updated, as the systems sometimes need updates, the firmware generally checks the signatures at runtime to check for memory corruption among other things.

How they get around this I do not know.

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Re: Signed firmware

They do and have done for many years, the problem is there is no way to have independent verification of the signatures, except during programming at the dealership.

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We're doing SETI the wrong and long way around, say boffins

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Re: IANAA (I'm not an Astronomer)

Another active theory is it was a comet reflecting Earth borne signals.

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Men in Black covered this best "A person is smart, people are dumb panicky animals and you know it"

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Mushroom

Define intelligence

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Ofcom should be the BBC's ultimate overlord, UK.gov told

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Ah

So they want to flog it to BT when they privatise it then...

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Wakey wakey, app developers. Mobile ad blocking will kill you all

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Awaits to hear...

The operator is not removing the Ad's, but just replacing them with it's own.

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Car-makers, telecoms bodies push standards for self-driving vehicles

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Re: Reliable communications, heh?

The real problem is marketing get involved.

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Don't take a Leaf out of this book: Nissan electric car app has ZERO authentication

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Re: Dear Reg,

Most dashboards are a computer + infotainment + other vehicle ECU's.

Effectively ignition on, but not driving.

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Gov must put superfast broadband along HS2 rail line, says Parliament

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Re: So... @ Ledswinger

@PNGuinn, it's so they can pronounce it correctly when they're drunk.

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NASA's Orion: 100,000 parts riding 8 million pounds of thrust

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Re: The march of technology...

The "lack of progress" is political as you effectively state, the direct to moon was risk management.

Unfortunately there is a technology gap, until we can develop reliable, fully reusable launch architecture, orbital cost will not reduce significantly.

Until we have something that doesn't need 300-400 tons of fuel to get into orbit it won't become accessible to the masses. Which would be a massive technological leap.

There are proposals, Skylon is pushing the envelope of what we have, but it will require a radical technology to really change things.

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Police forces start shifting their data centre tin to Crown Hosting

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OOh look...

More privatisation by the back door.

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"I imagine yes it'll save some people some money"

NOPE!!!

Just line the pockets of some party political contributor.

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Sick burn, brah: SpaceX test fires rockets for SES bird launch this week

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Re: As usual it's a 50/50 chance.

The last barge landing was attempted with an F9 V1.1, this will be a V1.2 which made the successful Landing and has much stronger legs than the V1.1

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SpaceShipTwo ready to slip the surly bonds of Earth for Virgin Galactic

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Re: To the negative comments...

And commercial paying passengers have gone up for 10x the cost of an SS2 ride, for those that want to and can afford the high cost, it was the same with early air travel.

But 99.9% of people in the world cannot afford this.

This brings it down to about 99%, small gap some would say, but that .9% covers a much larger volume of potential paying customers.

With the commercial opportunity comes profit and potentially investment.

It took ~60years to go from the first aircraft flight to scenarios where 50-60% of the world populous could afford to fly.

The technical challenges of reducing the cost of space access are that much greater due to pushing the boundaries of our technology. Getting into space is an expensive and risky business.

As happened with air travel a technological revolution will be required (jet engine), until that happens, not much will change.

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Brits unveil 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

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Re: Not hydrogen powered, just hydrogen storage

Actually Electrolysis is very efficient (~90%), the problem with Hydrogen is converting it to a form where it can be used as fuel, compressing it and cooling (due to compression) is where most of the energy is wasted.

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Europe's Earth-watching satellite streaks aloft

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Re: Impressive, but a sad reminder

The wire needs to be at least 36,000km long and ideally 72,000km depending on what counterbalance can be applied.

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New Monopoly version features an Automatic Teller Machine

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Don't like the digital versions

Can't play different rules, can't change things up, can't steal etc.

One of my favourites is to put all fines in the middle and if you land on free parking you collect the money.

The other being land on GO and collect double.

I'm not saying its realistic, its just a game after all.

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Ransomware scum infect Tinseltown hospital, demand $3.6m

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Re: And when they find them

Peter R. 1, the major flaw in your argument is who and what determines "danger to society".

Law's are easily changed, whereas polarising punishments are not so easily introduced or re-introduced.

There's a very fine line between protecting "society" and protecting the authority of those in power.

Removing the death penalty is a very effective means for a democratic society to have measures and checks on those in authority.

I'm not saying there aren't political prisoners in any system, but removing the death penalty prevents them from being removed completely.

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