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NBN Co adds apartments to FTTP rollout

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Thanks - I have removed the extraneous "the". You're right, I'm from Sydney!

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Dodgy installer drops Trojan in Japanese Buffalo update

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Catch the Trojan...

Those who had already downloaded and installed need to patch. The offending files have been removed from the site.

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Tech sector still loves its slaves: study

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Baptist World Aid gets a D for transparency

veti - There was a bug with the site earlier, which they've now fixed.

Richard Chirgwin

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'Wind power causes climate change' shown to be so much hot air

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Surprised by RC's statement!

MondoMan,

The phrase was merely a shorthand for the impact of wind farms being less than natural variability, (the latter I included verbatim in the report), and was not intended to convey any political or scientific commentary.

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Goodbye 37signals, hello Basecamp

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Jason Friend?

Regrettably, I can't blame spellcheck, but eyesight. Even with my glasses on, I honestly read it as "Friend".

Thank you for correcting me, friend commentard.

Richard Chirgwin

The Register

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Amateurs find the 'HOLY GRAIL' supernova – right on our doorstep

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Sub-heading?

Thanks - missed a million there! Fixed.

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Hand over the goodies, Brazil tells Chocolate Factory

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

As far as we are able to tell at this point, the relevant wording of the decree is this:

"O armazenamento e a recuperação de dados a que se refere o caput deverá ser realizada em centro de processamento de dados fornecido por órgãos e entidades da administração pública federal"

Roughly: the storage and retrieval of data referred to [in this legislation] should be held in data processing [facilities] provided by entities of the federal public administration.

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In MASSIVE surprise, world+dog discovers Nokia checked out Android

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Why, thank you! This will be noted in the article.

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Tesla cars 'hackable' says Dell engineer

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Enough is enough

[Posted by the author on behalf of someone who's run into a Bad Internets Day]

Why would you cancel an order for the most technically advanced and awesome device on the planet at the moment? Because one headline-grabbing techie identified a flaw that could be fixed in minutes by any-old-coder?

I suspect it will be fixed quickly.

Oh, and apparently I'm a "coward" for not wrangling with the authentication things here. Meh.

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Boffins chill out with new temperature measurement

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Marks deducted...

Typo corrected, thanks.

Richard Chirgwin

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FRBs and variable forces: a big week for astronomy

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: sounds right to me

Chris - thanks for the catch! I have corrected it to "universe".

Richard Chirgwin

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Space miners reach funding goal for telescope

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Facts and figures

Tom_

The 200mm aperture came from the source:

http://www.planetaryresources.com/products/

(Scroll down to "standard specifications")

"200 mm aperture, f/4 primary optic"

Richard Chirgwin

The Register

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The Register's NBN study: a good start, let's ramp it up

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Linky link

Thank you for drawing this to my attention. I've added the link to the article, and here it is: http://www.pozible.com/project/26539/

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CSIRO seeks seagoing sysadmin

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Amended and chastened.

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Redmond probes new IE 8 vulnerability

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Eh?

Thanks, all. I have corrected Microsoft's grammar now.

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BT unleashes SIP licensing troll army

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Maybe I missed it...

Dr Mouse -

The list of patents is on the BT page linked in the story.

Richard Chirgwin

The Register

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Boffins strap turbocharger to BitTorrent

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: WTF?

Note that they're not talking about distance as in "metres of copper / fibre whatever". Distance in the context of the paper is the topology - how many nodes between you and I, for example.

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Sony joins iWear face-off

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Eye strain

A study, no. I asked Australia's ophthalmologists' professional body about this. Their answer was that since the "glasses" project their images "at infinite distance" there shouldn't be a problem.

Since optometry and ophthalmology instruments employ the same trick for some testing instruments, I decided to accept that answer.

Richard Chirgwin

The Register

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Voyager goes off a (helio) cliff

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: 18 billion km thats like saying

Or 708.66 billion cubits.

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Incoming comet will probably miss Mars, says NASA

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Check maths.

You didn't miss. I missed a zero. Now fixed, with thanks!

Richard Chirgwin

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France tries again, with EU20 billion broadband fund

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Certainement pas!

Thanks, ScissorHands, I have amended the copy accordingly.

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First ‘three strikes’ decision handed down in NZ

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Three Strikes?

Thanks for this. I have added a paragraph at the end of the story to explain it. The "three strikes" refers to the process followed before a case can be brought to the tribunal - the customer has to be sent three warnings via their ISP.

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NASA joins ESA dark stuff hunt

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Forever eclipsed.

Thank you. I will correct this.

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Little spider makes big-spider-puppet CLONE of itself out of dirt

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Too good to be true.

"Rather like the bird that impersonates camers shutters - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjE0Kdfos4Y (1:50). Come on Attenborough, you expect us to believe that ?"

Since I've heard birds imitate mobile phone ringtones, yes. I know of a Superb Lyrebird in Australia whose repertoire includes imitating a local dog!

Richard Chirgwin

The Register

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The secrets of spacetime revealed - on your workbench!

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: John Wheeler in 1955

Thanks both, John Wheeler - 1955 - added!

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NASA suggests robotic return to the Moon

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Space Shuttle was an in-city delivery van

Thanks - I have deleted that reference. It was spurious anyway.

Richard Chirgwin

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Scientists ‘untangle’ quantum communications

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Entanglement

Good question! - Please note, here I am talking to the limit of my understanding.

Greater distance introduces greater noise. The entanglement may well exist over infinite distance, but our ability to observe it is eventually lost to the noise.

Cheers,

Richard Chirgwin

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USAF declassifies ‘flying saucer’ design

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: 1974? Or 1794?

Fixed - thanks!

Richard Chirgwin

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IBM scientists take image of atomic bonds

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Not C60

Thanks commentards for picking up the mistake in the original version. I've now correctly identified the molecule as nanographene - Richard Chirgwin

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Arctic ice shrinks to ‘smallest in satellite era’ - NASA

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Percent

Thanks to the readers that caught the misplaced decimal point, which I have now corrected.

Richard Chirgwin

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NBN could cut $AU600m+ from telco maintenance bills

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: How much does it cost...

A couple of things to consider.

Late in the 1990s, Corning (I think) tested a 15-year-old fibre retrieved from the Seattle mountains after repeated sub-zero winters and regular flooding during the melt. Their conclusion, after destructive tests, was that the glass showed zero observable deterioration.

Today's glass could be presumed to be better than that.

Second: We're nowhere near the capacity of the physical medium yet. Single fibre capacities are still restricted by terminal equipment; the highest transmission I'm aware of was 100 petabits.kilometer (ie, longer distance, lower speed) by Alcatel a couple of years back.

Richard Chirgwin

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Hypersonic Waverider scramjet in epic wipeout

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: broken link :/

I will double check the link. The press release is working fine here:

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123314235

Richard Chirgwin

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Honeynet looks to trap USB malware

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: USB Malware ?

In my understanding, the "autorun" from USB can be disabled, yes.

However, Windows system-level messages - such as the notification that a removable device has been plugged in - are not the same thing. A message such as this is what the malware uses to decide that a USB key is present, and therefore available to be infected.

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Swinburne flicks switch on $AU3 million GPU

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Black hole swallows star in GALACTIC SUPER-GUZZLE!

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Image questions

Readers,

Since the images have cause some consternation, I have posted this addendum to the story:

Update: About the image: some commenters have had trouble working out what's going on. The top two images are UV, with more magnification on the right, showing the flare emerging. The bottom two are visual, showing the same sequence.

El Reg doesn't agree that they show different regions of space (although they're in slightly different field of view). What they do show, for example in object in the bottom-left corner, is that something quite faint in the visual spectrum can be quite loud in the UV.

Cheers,

Richard Chirgwin

aka The Guilty Party

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CSIRO patent-trolls ALL OF AMERICA!

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Speaking from Oz....

I think the poster remembered the wrong brand name: not Mortein, which has nothing to do with the CSIRO, but Aerogard. The first licensed manufacturer of Aerogard was, however, Mortein.

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US scientists demo hydrogen-powered robo-jellyfish

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: It's easy to get hydrogen from seawater.

In the context of the robot itself, there's no prospect that any feasible number of these could exhaust the ocean's resource of hydrogen - IF the problem of harvesting was solved.

So I won't lose sleep over letting the qualified "self-fuelling" statements stand.

Richard Chirgwin

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US withdraws IANA RFP, ‘no suitable responses’

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Standards are falling at t'Reg

Acronyms explained. Thanks, Richard Chirgwin

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Tevatron refines Higgs boson picture

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: enquiring mind(s)...

> I didn't think the Higgs boson "created mass" at all? I

> thought that proving existence of the particle will prove

> existence of the field, and the field is responsible for

> mass. Have I mis-remembered or is the article using a

> popular misconception?

A "popular shorthand". I should know better. The Higgs boson, as I understand it, was the particle which in the very early universe mediated the interactions giving mass to matter (and please note that this is still greatly oversimplified and abbreviated).

Richard Chirgwin

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Antibody transistor grabs gold

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Thai, as in, Thai-wan?

Thanks all for the correction. As you can see, I have now revised the copy.

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Squirrelled away: seeds survive 30,000-year winter

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Aging nuts admired by scientists ...

I wish I'd said that!

Richard Chirgwin

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Dwarf galaxy yields up middle-sized black hole

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: 290 Light Years Distant?

Thanks everybody, the word "million" has been added.

RC

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Busted Phobos-Grunt in harmless splashdown

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Kinda shows the point

The error was the Associated Press rather than the we-outsource-subbing SMH: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/russias-mars-probe-crashes-into-pacific-20120116-1q1ph.html

(It was 11 tonnes according to other articles).

Richard Chirgwin

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Keep the utopians out of my fridge

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: @Richard Chirgwin

Didn't miss number zero; it's an expensive option that still can't communicate without help (RS-232 to a computer, computer to comms, comms to me, plus programming).

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Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Bit confused here...

There are three reasons not to auto-start a petrol-powered backup generator:

1. Safety. The local council doesn't like a domestic generator being started without someone eyeballing it, and in a high-fire-risk area, I agree.

2. Petrol. A 20 liter tank only goes so far.

3. Modifying the manufacturer's remote key-start kit to take a command from a computer would be a pain in the neck.

I would have put this in the body of the article, but it would be a bit of a distraction. Richard Chirgwin

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Is the electromagnetic constant a constant?

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: "Chemicals"

RW,

Two out of the three occurrences of the word "chemicals" appear as direct quotes. It's quite feasible that conversationally, Dr Webb is less strict than might be regarded as perfection. In any case, I'm not about to start revising direct quotes from an interviewee.

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Krebs nabs ‘RSA attack’ list

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: UK companies

Quite true. It's like this: the Australian correspondent (me) can recognise Australian companies, but out of 760 names in the list, and in the time available, I couldn't guarantee getting other countries correct.

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Get your numbers right, NBN Co tells Economist

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: MDUs

I don't usually interject into the comments so much, but another explanation is required. Regarding apartments, the NBN Co preference is to go all the way to individual apartments, as is outlined in this document.

If an installation goes according to the design requirements, then the network boundary is at the individual apartments' network termination units (NTUs).

However, as I understand things right now, NBN Co can't force its way past the entry point to the building, so cooperation is required.

Richard Chirgwin

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Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Homes/premises

That's worth noting. Even ignoring non-home premises, the EIU is wrong in the lifetime of the project; the Australian Bureau of Statistics projects around 10 million by 2020, for example.

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Faster-than-light back with surprising CERN discovery

Richard Chirgwin
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: relativity?

Short answer: special relativity predicted stimulated emission, at least that's my understanding.

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