* Posts by annodomini2

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Space paparazzo captures bipolar butterfly

annodomini2
Devil

"we can do nothing 'faster than light'"

Currently...

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

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FAIL

Re: Ban them!! Ban them all!!!

Yes because banning something legally prevents it from being used!

Just like the 'War on drugs'

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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Re: The end of any driving pleasure

Petrol cars are relatively easy to convert to ethanol as well

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Popping the Tesla S bonnet – to reveal SIX NEW FLAWS

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Boffin

It's powered disengaged, rather than powered engaged.

Most systems have a release mechanism (to drive to dealer), but most lose the handbrake after this point.

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Biometric behavioural profiling: Fighting that password you simply can't change

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Re: As Mr Scott said....

That's because Apple are forcing a US Keyboard on you.

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Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

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Re: and people really want

It's the self park systems that's really changed the game, as they have the steering systems control inputs available on the CAN bus.

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annodomini2

Re: Need to apply basic secure design principles.

Couple of things:

1. J1939 is used mainly on trucks and heavy vehicles, cars tend to run a variation of CANopen, usually with a customer specific protocol.

2. Cars tend to have separate ECU's rather than a monolithic brain, some OEM's are investigating this approach, but it is not in general use, generally as the various sub-systems are supplied by different manufacturers.

3. Most run multiple ETHERNET/FLEXRAY/CAN-FD/CAN/LIN buses for various tasks.

The question mark is over the programming mechanisms, given some modern vehicles offer OTA updates, via the infotainment systems, this is probably the primary weak spot.

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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Re: "plugging directly into a car's network via a port under the dashboard"

This $30 also gets amplified through the food chain,

So $30 becomes $500 very quickly.

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annodomini2

Re: CAN bus? Do. Not. Want.

Your 2004 Ford Focus will still have CAN bus, no internet connection, but still CAN.

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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FAIL

Re: Back of Envelope Calculations

They don't know the mass of the planet, 5x the Earth is an estimate as is the subsequent Surface gravity.

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Galloway and Greens challenge Brit spooks over dragnet snooping

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They probably operate the email server(s).

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Even Microsoft thinks Outlook is bloated and slow

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Re: I blame hipsters. (I do too!)

Don't forget the turd they are attempting to polish ;)

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The Register's resident space boffin: All you need to know about the Pluto mission

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Re: 'Young ' surface

If most of the surface is made of different ices due to the lower melting point, compare to rocky substrates, could it not just flow back.

As per Europa?

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SpaceX's blast shock delays world's MOST POWERFUL ROCKET

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Re: Re-Use

"The shuttle had it's large and fragile heatshield with very brittle tiles because it needed to be reused"

Nope, the shuttle had a fragile heat shield because during development the Airforce (who paid for most of the development BTW) wanted cross-range capability with a steep glide path.

This required the heat shield to withstand much higher temperatures, the fragility is a combination of this and weight reduction.

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Sixty-five THOUSAND Range Rovers recalled over DOOR software glitch

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Re: As I've commented previously

The big red button is there for 2 reasons:

1. Liability indemnity, puts the responsibility on the operator.

2. Cost, due to 1, less safety required in the control system.

Recent changes to the safety regulations have rendered this redundant.

In a car there is a bigger risk of someone you don't want pressing the button at an inappropriate time e.g. escaped 5yo from their car seat, idiot teenagers.

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Link farmers bust Google search algos

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Re: This should be a pretty simple fix for Google

Or probably just flick a switch that ignores PDFs.

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Ford's 400,000-car recall could be the tip of an auto security iceberg

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Re: The more of this I read

It's classed as a safety feature, basically, if you're travelling above a certain speed (usually 10kph, all these systems work in metric).

Killing the ignition, would (eventually) kill all the other systems in the vehicle (ABS, EPS, Stability control etc).

So they treat it as an invalid key off and it won't die until you stop.

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annodomini2

Re: That is the least of your problems

It happens, but it's still return to dealer, to replace the ECU rather than a software update.

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Tim Worstall dances to victory over resources scaremongerers

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"why you won’t find a Ferrari in a scrap yard"

http://www.eurospares.co.uk/breaking.asp

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Buy with your head, drive with your heart: Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

annodomini2

Still don't get this car

Too soft to be a track weapon

Too hard to be a weekend toy

Oh and other than the CF tub gimmick, too expensive.

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POD RACING: SpaceX will build the Hyperloop railgun tube-way – you bring the ride

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Megaphone

Re: crowdsourcing

You have to remember this is a business, on the flip side, they are getting a load of conceptual and prototyping engineering work done for free.

Some may argue it's an opportunity for those who are inexperienced to get themselves noticed, which is true.

They're still working for free with a high probability of getting absolutely nothing for that work.

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Intel imagines chips in nappies to create the Internet of sh*t things

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Epitome of marketing and an attempt to breed ignorance

Most of the current tweenie generation are glued to their phones, so in a very sick way this kind of make sense, marketing sense.

Unfortunately the turd polishers, are attempting to rub too much of themselves into a product and are the epitome the ignorance of kids this product is attempting to breed.

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DEFCON 23 to host Internet of Things slaughterfest

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Re: Bring the pain.

Said PHB doesn't actually care until it hits those fat profits, i.e. sales figures.

As the market is relatively new, the market will continue to go up for quite some time.

Until sales figures drop, nothing will happen.

Or some legal requirement is made mandatory, but given the current position of many governments and their security services regarding encryption, not going to happen.

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RSA supremo rips 'failed' security industry a new backdoor, warns of 'super-mega hack'

annodomini2

Or to put it more simply

If there's a way in, you can get in.

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Android gets biometric voice unlocking

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Black Helicopters

Privacy

For this to work the phone needs to be listening all the time...

Just saying.

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Does your broadband feel faster? Akamai says it went up 20 per cent*

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Trollface

Re: Eh?

Well that's a 50% improvement, better than most!

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PATRIOT Act axed, NSA spying halted ... wake up, Neo, it's just a dream in the US House of Reps

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Re: I'm skeptical that this bill will pass, but...

Rule 1 of being a politician, Lie.

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Boffins FOAMING over a Nickel's worth of hydrogen

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Re: Why Hydrogen is a Bad idea

You also have to compress and cool the hydrogen to put it in a usable form.

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annodomini2

Re: Read the linked article...I'd very interested in an efficiency rating

Efficiency is all of it, with current tech using electrolysis on water it takes roughly 35x the energy in to out for hydrogen fuel cell vs a battery which is roughly 1.5x.

This is why hydrogen is a stupid idea irrelevant of whether we could overcome all the other technical issues.

If the efficiency isn't there you need many more panels and turbines, the energy is 'free', but the equipment to convert it into something useable isn't.

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Linux kernel devs adopt Bill and Ted's excellent code of conduct

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Re: The root of the issue...

If only this could be taught to Politicians and some managers.

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Filthy – but sadly frothy – five door fun: Ford Focus 1.5 Zetec

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Re: Group 16?

There are now 50.

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

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Re: I recently got one of these..

Or "Call trace started... Code in.... Code in".

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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Black Helicopters

the other side to this no one has directly mentioned

The behavioural impact, kids of 3+ are easily influenced, what's to stop the scripts being choreographed into influencing certain behaviours and beliefs in a young child.

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DARPA's 'Cortical Modem' will plug straight into your BRAIN

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Devil

Buy [insert retail product]! Flashing away at you.

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SpaceX HOVER-SHIP landing scuppered by MASSIVE ocean waves

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Re: I'd think they're ready to come down on land

The issue is all the populated area they have to cover before getting there.

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Air gaps: Happy gas for infosec or a noble but inert idea?

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"Note that communication over an air-gap (as opposed to infecting) is an entirely different ball-game; but if one could infect a machine by physical access first, it kinda follows that any number of further physical accesses might be possible so all the OTA wizardry really does is just speed up the exfiltration process..."

Only requires one access rather than several, much lower risk of being detected.

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ALIENS are surely AMONG US: Average star has TWO potentially Earth-like worlds

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Re: Understanding principles of the drive behind molecular complexity

One of the current theories that makes sense to me is Entropy.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-new-physics-theory-of-life/

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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Re: He's at least trying

"*Yes, yes, yes, I know. Fusions been 20 years away for 30 years now. But hey, eventually they'll be right about it being only 20 years off."

50 Years.

The first fusion reactors are 1940's but research took off in the 60's.

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Sony hack was good news for INSURERS and INVESTORS

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Re: Liability?

Given that, in her position, she and her colleague were ultimately responsible for the business. I'd love to see how the lawyers manage to pull this one off.

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HTC Desire Eye: The Android superior selfie shooter

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Re: Why has HTC’s flagship M8 One not been more popular?

Not helped by Samsung's deliberate berating of other models on forums over the last few years.

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FTC chair worries about IoT privacy in CES speech

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Re: Why collect

Their justification is: It makes us more money which is the primary purpose of a business.

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Sony looks at unpopular Google Glass, shouts 'ME TOO!'

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This is a Sony...

"The Sony gizmo looks like Google's less-than-popular, expensive Glass headwear."

Glass is what $1500? Sony will be $2000.

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If 4G isn’t working, why stick to the same approach for 5G?

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Re: Strangled by vested interests

Where's A-W that marketing/top management need to justify their existence and charge you that bit extra?

There are 0 growth opportunities in your proposal which some investor can use to bump up the share price and cream off the top.

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At last! Something else for smartwatches to do as BMW promises park-by-wristjob demo

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5 year re-tests are needed.

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Are you a Geek Dad/Uncle/Mum/Aunt? Ten Techy Gifts for kids this Xmas

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Re: Not helpful

Best present for a child under 5 is a large cardboard box, how many birthdays and xmas' do you remember getting a large present and spending the rest of the day playing with the box it came in?

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Has Switzerland cracked the net neutrality riddle?

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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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