* Posts by annodomini2

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Jeremy Clarkson and Co. rise to top for Great British Bake Off replacements

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Tomorrow's world is now the name of some religious program, guessing the beeb sold the rights to the name.

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End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

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Re: Yes!

Alan Brown,

However your car is capable of doing 140Mph

In your analogy the car would ONLY be capable of XMph, due to the fact the fuel tank is a mile down the road from the car and that's as much fuel pressure the pump can handle.

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Airbag bug forces GM to recall 4.3m vehicles – but eh, how about those self-driving cars, huh?

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Re: Bah!

Ogi, for 99% of vehicles they are still multiple controllers, typically running over a CAN bus.

Mainly due to weight, a controller is usually lighter than that massive bundle of wires and from the OEM's perspective easier to build than adding 200 miles of wiring.

The main priority after getting a vehicle to "work", is making it cheap to assemble.

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Re: Checking online might be difficult if...

Actually the cheaper vehicles see more investment in their development as a general rule of thumb.

Simply because they sell more of them, the margin is smaller, but the total profit is higher.

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NHS health apps project plan: Powered by your medical records

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Re: There is no security issue

Prior to the current shambles the NHS was reasonably well funded and generally very effective, albeit not perfect.

From my perspective as I wasn't paying at point of use it was very effective for me.

Now roll in the Tories and their "We have no plans to modify the NHS" and proceed to perform the biggest top down reshuffle since the NHS was founded.

Removing all the political power at the top of the structure.

They also then pushed all the nurses and other essential staff to outsourcing companies, by stating that you cannot have a pay rise.

And subsequently nosed dived the economy, forcing inflation sky high (they needed the push don't you know), with "Austerity(TM)" (i.e. Take from the poor and give to the rich).

Which put additional squeeze on NHS budgets from below and above, with no more money coming in from the top and rising costs from below (private contracts and huge outsourcing wage bill).

They are attempting to do the same with Junior doctors and this so called "7-day contract".

This is all aimed at running the NHS into the ground, to justify pushing it into private hands (flogging it off cheap of course).

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Still got a floppy drive? Here's a solution for when 1.44MB isn't enough

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Re: 3.5Mb? Floppy?

2.88MB in ED format

But there were also 120MB and 240MB in LS120 and LS240 formats respectively.

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The Internet of Cows is moo-ving fast … no bull!

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"damn, that could certainly be useful in the House of Commons, except the bar should be set at oh, about 3' high and should move a damn site faster...."

5' and Sharp

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Stop lights, sunsets, junctions are tough work for Google's robo-cars

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Re: It's "Priority", not "Right of Way"

@Graham Marsden, Actually the first priority with a roundabout is give way to traffic already on the roundabout.

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Boffins design security chip to spot hidden hardware trojans in processors

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It's an independent Lock-step micro.

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Tesla touts battery that turns a Model S into 'third fastest ever' car

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Re: Tesla's progress is amazing

S'ok, give it a couple of years and all cars will be £40k+

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"But, what amuses me about these cars is that they are road cars, and road cars are about safety and efficiency, not about high cornering speeds and facebending acceleration off the line (people who test their 0-60 times in public always look like complete dickheads to everyone else)."

Golf car park bragging rights...

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Re: Units, not numbers

One potential solution, but you need to add the capacitors and they are still big and heavy. Then they need to be integrated into the system, more wiring, more complexity, more weight, more cost.

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If you want to build your own Nvidia-powered self-driving car – or hack one – here's a blueprint

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Finally...

A processor that may be able to run AUTOSAR.

Might not be able to do much else, but what the hell, the Manager has their AUTOSAR box checked.

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Gaze in awe at Elon Musk’s historic 156-foot erection

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"Flight 20 wasn't the first rocket to successfully reach space and return, since Jeff Bezos' New Shepard rocket managed that a month before"

Nope... SpaceShipOne did it first. (From a non-governmental perspective)

Some may argue the Space Shuttle did it first.

Bezos achieved the first Earth bound powered landing, which is a different thing.

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Nvidia welcomes Intel into AI era: Fancy a benchmark deathmatch?

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Re: So...

Think we need to make the turd polish more toxic

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'Flying Bum's' first flight was a gas, gas, gas

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Re: Sorry how much?!

"Obviously it's more than just helium, but what the hell has cost $100 million?"

Engineering cost + nice fat pay off for military contractor.

Ford usually spend around $2bn developing a new generation Transit van.

VW spend ~$13Bn/year on R&D.

Boeing spent $32bn on the Dreamliner.

So $100m for a prototype is cheap TBH.

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Tech support scammers mess with hacker's mother, so he retaliated with ransomware

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What's needed

Custom malware to put backdoors in their system, hunt for the victim/payments db, refund all the victims and corrupt the DB.

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Investors to be allowed to sue Volkswagen over emission row

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Re: "required to make disclosures of their engine software"

At which point all the Tier 1 suppliers will start legal action.

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Vodafone bins line rental charges as it moves onto TalkTalk's turf

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About 10 years too late...

See above

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Re: Not the first though..

Also Virgin have been offering pure BB with no phone line for quite some time.

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Missile bods MBDA win Brit military laser cannon contract

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Power draw indeed

Most LASERs are 10-20% efficient, so your 100kW unit is going to need IRO a 500kW to 1MW power supply to run it, not mentioning chemicals etc. Depending on the type.

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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

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Re: Just so long as jealous yanks....

They are already in talks with US aircraft manufacturers for supplying pre-coolers.

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Re: Precoolers

No the air is slowed to subsonic speeds, that is why there a inlet cones on the front of the engine.

Slowing the air causes compression and resultant heat. Hence the need for the pre-cooler.

There is a compressor stage which feeds the rocket engine with air.

It does not compress and cool to liquid, for the icing problem.

HOTOL is a LACE engine Liquid Air Cycle Engine, this is a VACE Vapour Air Cycle Engine.

It is not a Jet in the traditional sense, that is just poor understanding on the part of the reporter.

It's an air fed rocket engine. They just happen to use a turbine to put the air into a format the rocket can use.

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ZTE Axon 7: A surprise flagship contender

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It's all waiting for the folding screens, until then nothing much will change.

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VW finds US$15 BEEELION under the couch to pay off US regulators

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There is a political issue as well, the extreme greenies want a much greater reduction in emissions (for obvious reasons) than can realistically be achieved with the technology available at a cost effective rate.

Automotive OEMs are driven by their markets and cost.

The purchasers (in general) want a fast, cheap car, that doesn't break down and does 100mpg.

Most governments are being pushed on AGW, which is pushed on the OEMs, who want the cheapest solution that appeases the regulators and their market.

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Sharing your work cubicle with robots may not be such a bad thing

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Re: I have yet to figure out why people are afraid that an AI would want to kill off humanity

1. Radiation out in space is much more damaging to electronics than under this nice atmosphere and magnetosphere.

2. There are a lot more computers on Earth for the 'AI' to infect and make use of, greater power, from the perspective of the AI.

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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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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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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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