* Posts by Killing Time

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Ashley Madison hack: Site for people who can't be trusted can't be trusted

Killing Time

‘The Impact Team claim its pwnage of ALM was motivated by an attempt to undermine "false claims" that users could purge their Ashley Madison membership info for a $19 fee.’

The claimed motivation for the intrusion being because the inherently deceitful are being deceived strikes me as rather contrived.

The Impact Team should fess up and admit their true drivers. I doubt it would make a difference to anybody’s opinion of their actions.

I get and applaud the irony of it without the faux morality justifying it.

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Toyota recalls 625,000 hybrids: Software bug kills engines dead with THERMAL OVERLOAD

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Quality

I get that the tone of the article is pitched to provoke a response and true to form, like Pavlov's dog, the early responders act obligingly, however it is a fact and a reality of a 'quality' management system that 'corrective' and 'preventative' actions are taken.

It is a reality for products over a certain price point and complexity from any organisation which conforms to a quality system. It's clear that all the manufacturers mentioned are taking steps rather than burying their heads in the sand.

Better a recall at your convenience than finding yourself actually affected by an issue.

This is a site with an IT and engineering bias, do the respondents work for organisations which produce perfect products or have systems in place which don't fail? No they don't.

Come on, catch up with the real world!

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New Horizons: We've got a pretty pic of Pluto. Now let's get our SCIENCE on

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Pluto's old news....

NH is a million km plus past the Pluto system already. It's now on to the Kuiper belt and beyond, No reason why the data won't get back, now that the potential debris field has been cleared. There is more to see with working instruments and a big fat RTG on board.

From my early boyhood to my (now) late,late late boyhood, space discovery events like these have been an undiminished source of anticipation and fascination. Long may it continue into my old boyhood.

Congratulations to everyone involve.

P.S there is a Sky at Night special on Monday apparently

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Mars rover Opportunity shuns dodgy flash chips, relies on RAM

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Re: Three months....

Errr.. my understanding is that it was "expected to work for three months" due to predicted dust buildup on the solar panels deminishing it's power harvesting capability. Presumably based on Sojourner and past missions. Nothing to do with the overall engineering design.

Fortunately the environment worked in its favor in this respect.

This being the case, yes we are reliant on the engineering design which is bloody good to keep going for 10 years in a hostile environment however many millions of miles from the nearest engineer or technician.

The same fundamentals will have underpinned Curiosity's design but despite this, unforeseen issues will still occur.

http://www.space.com/29844-mars-rover-curiosity-wheel-damage.html

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Re: That is...

I thoroughly agree. These rovers are an absolute marvel of engineering and its incredible they are still operating after all this time, given what Mars has historically done to kit.

Notwithstanding the physical conditions they have probably exceeded the warranty on the flash memory by some margin.

OK, Spirit got bogged down but that is an environmental issue rather than an equipment issue.

Curiosity can only hope to emulate its little brothers in the longevity stakes which sadly appears unlikely, given the issues it is experiencing with its wheels.

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Dormant ALIEN SLIME LIFE frozen in SPEEDING comet will AWAKEN - boffins

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Re: This whole panspermia idea...

Its not just 'out there' but 'out when'. A couple of star system generations to evolve the precursor biological processes, interspersed with periods of stasis while the next system is formed and 'colonized'. This give's far more time and scope for the initial processes to establish.

The more we understand about extremophiles in our own enviroment and the spread of organic molecules through the local system and beyond, gives weight that it's a feasible extension of the evolution theory.

Organic compounds are turning up every where we look. What's the odds that New Horizons picks up some indications as it piles through the Pluto system in the next few weeks.

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Palaeoboffins discover 500 MILLION year old ARMOURED WORM

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Shai-Hulud ?

Shai-Hulud and water? nooo.... I don't think so

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Microsoft releases free Office apps for half of all Android phones

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Re: Free keyboard?

@ Zog

Thought the same until I actually found a use for it. Using Google Sheets for a leader and stats table tracking a regular card game I play in. been using and refining for a couple of years.

Report Editor to generate the leaderboard, Forms to do the data entry. Works quite well if you take a little time to format the displayed data area of the Spreadsheet and Form to the size of phone screen you are using. Would work for a number of similar interests.

Cheap mashup with the facility to share with others, commercial apps have a lot of extraneous functionality and from what I have seen no means to share.

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AssangeTM says Sweden squibbed on promised interview

Killing Time

Just more of the same...

Again, he tries to take the moral high ground and is full of his own self-importance.

The Swedish Prosecutor clearly isn’t paying him the respect he deserves…

What a self-righteous moron.

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

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Meh...it should have been....

I notice no attempt to represent a broad Scots mangled sentence, by way of context!

Regular Friday night viewing for me at one time, with its Ford Capri's, Granada's and even the odd Triumph PI if I remember correctly... .....but not since

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Re: So, LastPass got hacked ...

"I will buy a virtual beer for anyone who can name the programme, and character for this next quote"

House..... and House!

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Like the idea but keeping my password vault in my drive account… not sure about that, eggs and baskets etc. If you are ‘connected’ you have to be prepared to trust someone (accounts, data, personal details etc) there is no getting away from it.

Have looked around for solutions which meet my requirements and Lastpass were (and still are quite frankly) providing a professional solution for a more than reasonable fee.

They detect an intrusion (not really huge news these days), they investigate, assess the impact and advise me accordingly, within a reasonable timeframe, given the protection already provided to me by

A. the encryption and B. ‘the protection of the herd’ ( my vault is one of thousands).

Changed my password, job done with no drama………

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LightSail mission stalled by .CSV log file embiggenment SNAFU

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Re: And so...

Strange….the unit has only just got up there, given the environment you would think they would have considered using error correcting memory, it’s been around long enough.

If it reboots due to cosmic rays with this potential frequency it would be pretty useless.

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Tidal music launch: Pop plutocrats pour FLAC on rival Spotify

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Thought that myself. Nicki Minaji? Vaguely recall someone obviously dressed to draw attention but with a backside that reminded me of a Neil Hannon lyric. Absolutely no recollection of their contribution to music though…..

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Assange™ lawyers demand Swedish prosecution files or no London interview

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Re: @Killing Time...

I agree he needs to face justice, however I don't believe he is a threat. Due to his theatrics his credibility is completely blown. His self promoted relevance has long faded.

Ninety five percent there.......

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Killing Time

Four years...four years...and counting....

I have had highs,lows,travelled, partied, a fair balance of excitement and the mundane...hell I have even had a marriage in past years which lasted less time than that.

I like to think I have lived in that time whereas St Julian has sulked around the same building....

No matter what happens with the Swedish investigation, it's still going to end the same way. He skipped bail in the UK and will have to answer to the UK courts.

Given this evidence, I am supposed to believe that these are the actions of a rational man whose opinion and intellect should lead me to believe in his personal cause and beliefs.

Nope, I will continue living my life until the inevitable day when he leaves and faces the music. I suspect however that by that time I will have completely given up caring.

I am ninety percent there already..

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Wind turbine blown away by control system vulnerability

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Re: Security?? Wot's that?

"Re putting 'em in reverse <joke alert> / syncing them to the grid. Aren't these beasts dc with some fancy electronics interfacing to 50 Hz?"

Yep, got the point that you weren't being serious but if you are exporting to an AC grid no matter how you get there you have to interface at an AC voltage (fancy power electronics or not) and independent protection is in place. Rotor speed depends on gearing and No of generator poles in place. If no gearbox,2 pole and synchronous generator, max revs = 3000 (50hz). 4 poles= 1500, 8 poles = 750 and so on. Once you are synced, the revs will not increase as the grid frequency will resist any acceleration of the generator. A single few MW generator is no match for the multi GW of the grid. High wind speed v the grid will produce the huge torques which knacker this kit.

Not a particular proponent of this form of generation, just making the point that adequate systems are in place to provide protection over and above some deficiency in what essentially is a remote monitoring system.

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Re: Security?? Wot's that?

“if only it were possible to connect 'em in reverse to the grid as motors....”

You don’t need to connect them in reverse. Synch to the grid at a lower voltage or frequency and the grid will drive the generator as opposed to the generator trying to drive power into the grid.

However, the totally isolated, independent, probably redundant generator protection ‘relay’ would open the breaker on the first indication (a few milliseconds) of reverse power.

Just because these remote interfaces to largely view only monitoring systems have vulnerabilities, doesn’t mean the whole system can be compromised. There are multiple independent systems overseeing power generation kit, and long may it continue. It keeps the amateurs out!

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Re: Oh Good Grief

Seriously? …… Do the commentards here really believe that an industry as mature as industrial electrical and control would not have processes in place which circumvented any possibility of remote access to a piece of kit presenting a hazard to the operators or maintenance guys ?

Even more so, designs which could somehow via remote manipulation deliberately endanger members of the public? Overspeed protection is either mechanical and failsafe or electrical/electronic,isolated, redundant and failsafe. This is then backed up by remote siting and restricted access.

Windmills have been around for centuries, they haven’t suddenly become these terrifying monsters just one step away from slicing and dicing the nearest unwary citizen.

Come on, drop the FUD…..

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Hated biz smart meter rollout: UK.gov sticks chin out, shuts eyes

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Re: A waste of money

@Ledswinger

Got to agree with your assessment here, the nonsense which is continually being recycled on this subject along with the power market debate is laughable.

I am no fan of this particular metering 'initiative' however I will go out on a limb and state categorically that the prospect of remote domestic supply isolation by this project and technology whether 'smart' or 'advanced' is a big fat zero.

The idea is complete bollocks.

There is regulation and legislation in place which protects the consumer from being cut off for whatever reason, and rightly so.

Just a small amount of research would separate the 'spin', rhetoric and facts in this matter. At least that would make a valid contribution.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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His work will stand the test of time...

One of the few authors to make me laugh out loud whilst also making me think deeply. Given his output you could list them all day but those that immediately spring to mind, for the comedy are the interchanges between Rincewind, Twoflower and The Luggage and for the insight the whole of 'Money'.

Farewell Sir Terry. DEATH will look after you....

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

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Re: In the news over the weekend...

@ AC with the Owl and then the Belkin toys...

As with all measurement there is an associated factor of uncertainty. With modern and standards compliant metering this will be in the region of 2% for both applications.

Therefore, in the case of the Owl which measures the incomer to the domestic fusebox, this could be up to 300W. In the case of the Belkin in the 13A socket outlet this could be up to 60W as an acceptable discrepancy.

It all depends on what you consider a significant amount of power.

Power factor has little effect unless you have large inductive loads, not something you would normally have in a domestic setting.

Old and new style metering use the exactly the same sensor method, its the transformer, a current transformer to be specific. This technology hasn't changed in many decades.

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Boffins baffled by the glowing 'plumes' of MARS

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Re: I don't get it... ?

So just how long is a typical Mars to Earth transit period?

They have probably only just poked their noses out of the bunker where they have been 'analysing' this phenomenon.

Didn't want to alarm anyone and all that....

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SpaceX HOVER-SHIP landing scuppered by MASSIVE ocean waves

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Re: Culture ship names

Glad to see Iain's wit and genius honored in this way.

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NASA greenlights SpaceX and Boeing to carry crew to ISS in 2017

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Re: Still a long way to go

Regarding the Biglow kit, I'm afraid you have to allow for inflation.............

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Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?

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Re: Damn it, just the one USB port

@ Gordan

Wouldn't disagree that they aren't without their problems, but for the money? The battery will give diminishing returns eventually depending on usage and age. For essentially the same amount a year later you have a range of higher specification machines to choose from.

Trade up and Ebay the old one..........If you can bring yourself to.....

Or find the US company offering replacement batteries and keep it as a small, light hugely portable standby......

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Re: Damn it, just the one USB port

@ AC

Yes I was planning to upgrade to the XE503C32 as the reviews were good however markets are cut throat and we appear to moving into the realms of disposable computing.

Got a 14" HP unit instead and I am happy enough with that.

Nine to twelve months from now something else will be on the market at a higher spec but for about the same money and I will probably cycle again.

Given the overall Chromebook sales figure we appear to be seeing a successful implementation of 'thin client' computing which has been banged on about for years, just never delivered.

Not the solution to everything.... but 95% of it...........

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Re: Damn it, just the one USB port

@ Gordan

I read release of the Sammy MK2 Chromebook got binned in the UK along with all the other Samsung PC products.

Shame really as the MK1 is great unit just a little small screenwise. It's screen limitation becomes apparent the more you rely on it..

A victim of it's own usefulness.....

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What an ACE-HOLE! This super-software will whip you at poker, hands down

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Re: Yawn

@badger31

Yep, understood that, but rather than laugh at him, a successful player would have taken him for every chip he could because that is the objective of the game. Equally, that player would put him and every other player at the table on a range of hole cards whether he gets to see them or not.

Your point regarding the actual cards in a hand is correct but its significance is directly related to position, particularly less so in late position as you can make it very expensive for early caller/raisers to see more cards. If you are going to bluff from early position you have to be willing to put your whole stack in that hand (through to the river) and each and every time you do it, Not a particularly smart strategy when there are multiple players still at the table or one you would pull more than once in a game.

That's why a raise from 'Under The Gun' generally gains respect.

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Re: Yawn

@ badger31

This work is on a limit game variant so its solution will be achievable due to the constraints the limits impose on the game. When there are fewer constraints and much more nuance (as in No Limit -Texas Holdem) their approach just won't cut it.

Your mate's move was, quite frankly, a bad one not a bold one. Successful players shove it in early on when they think they are dominating the table and it has to be monster when under the gun due to the risk of a re-raise. Therefore you all had to put him on an ace, if he blagged his way through to the flop and no ace turned, he didn't have a great betting position on the turn, a big bet / reraise after him would have him in big trouble.

He was lucky it was a friendly game.......

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Re: Yawn

A fair assessment but you missed out the importance of ‘position’ (relative to the dealer button). This is all important pre-flop and on the subsequent ‘streets’. The information you get purely from your position within the round far outweighs any acting skills you think may help.

Besides, if you can't keep a straight face then you can always emulate the 'Unibomber' (Phil Laak).

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Hubble 'scope snaps ENORMO SPACE ERECTION: Pillars of Creation 20 years on

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Re: @KillingTime

I don't have any Faith, however I fully get your point. It does make you question your significance

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There was a link to these pictures on Slashdot yesterday, including one to this zoomable image of Andromeda.

http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1502a/zoomable/

It's the dog's danglies!

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Cloud Printing from a Chromebook: We try it out on 8 inkjet all-in-ones

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Re: It looks the cloud frenzy is creating some very stupid products...

"BTW: there's a lot of useful things you can do on a PC without ever sending a byte outside your local network..."

Yes I know, been doing it for a while now... but why even take the risk of a local network, if you want to ensure absolute minimal risk why bother networking at all? For me its because the convenience outweighs the risk based on my personal technical assessment, which includes a whole host of factors including the sensitivity and impact of the data I am allowing to be networked.

I am happy with that, as I assume you are within the confines of your local network.......

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Re: It looks the cloud frenzy is creating some very stupid products...

If you actually use the internet for anything useful then it is pretty much the norm now that you will have multiple accounts,with numerous organisations and will likely be accruing them at an ever progressing rate. Why would a document bounced through a network to a printer account and back, be at any greater risk than any other document moving around the internet?

Sounds like FUD to me unless you want to actually quantify the 'risk' rather than imply that the quantity of data transmitted directly corresponds to higher risk of compromise.

I would argue that it doesn't, risk of compromise is directly related to the level of data security which includes multiple factors not least of which would be the level of encryption.

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Re: A couple of things missing here, though...

I have had a 'cloudy' HP All in One in place for about a year and use it with my Chromebook.

The printer connects via your WiFi, you create an account with HP and your Chromebook works through the account. Bear in mind the print jobs are spooled through the account so there can be a short delay from pressing 'Print' to the doc appearing at the printer, not a showstopper for home use. Spooling through the account will hold the jobs so you can issue prints from remote places, turn the printer on when in the vicinity and they will print. Scanning documents is a bit of a drag as the printer effectively emails you a copy with a default document name and so you need to do some manipulation when you receive the scan, not a professional solution but OK for the occasional document. It will come.....

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Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

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Re: In all seriousness....

So who would be conducting this investigation, the HSE police?

Has anyone been injured, has anyone been killed? No, from what has been reported some bloke has been saved a bit of hair gel.

Despite popular belief the HSE get directly involved after the event to establish potential negligence, prior to it they issue advice and guidance.

I am not a fan of theirs particularly but I would prefer their brief as it is thanks.....

PS. the cables aren't shielded, but they are probably armoured and the armouring connected to earth, if the earth connection is dodgy then magnetic induction can take place locally.

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British drones target ISIS for the first time

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Re: That headline, apologies to BOC

Have an upvote for cramming as many BOC album and track references as as you can...you know they should have used an ME262.......

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

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Re: [email protected]

' What worries me is that governments absolutely believe its 3'

Governments don't absolutely believe its 3, politicians are more cynical than that. Governments are judged on, among other things, job creation.

Technology is enabling higher power generation with less manpower, coal fired stations require a larger investment in manpower for fuel handling due to its lower energy density (shipping to site, processing, handling onsite). Think uprated CCGT's, nukes etc, increased automation means manning levels remain the same as the previous generation or even a decrease.

Large nationwide installations of wind generation or PV creates high value jobs in the construction or installation sectors and finally in the ongoing service and support sector, all paid for by instigating a tax on the end user under the auspices of saving the planet.

For a politician what's not to like? its a win win situation, they create the jobs and are outwardly seen to be caring. I haven't seen a political party yet which openly manifests to knock this model on the head.

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

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Re: The trouble with "older" sci-fi...

@Justicesays Yes either the obvious Mars related Man Plus or the Heechee saga. all books essentially about the characters more than the background.

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Indian MOM just LOVES it on Mars, tweets fave holiday snap

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Re: Do you get what you pay for?

I understand the science was not the main goal, that has been made clear from the initial project press releases. That was exactly my point, perhaps greater investment in the science is where the additional costs go?

Much is being made of how frugal this mission is in comparison to others, yet I have no doubts whatsoever that it is reliant on the existing deep space comms infrastructure, cooperation with other space agencies and their assets ensuring the project their best chance of success .

As to AC's pure conjecture on the reasons behind the iffy resolution, lets hope so hey?

Again, all said without wishing to denigrate their fine achievement.

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Do you get what you pay for?

Without wishing to rain on their parade, I get a fair idea from the quality of the released image what 10x costs gets you in terms of imaging and science. Resolution leaves a bit to be desired, Its a little reminiscent of some Viking images.......

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MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India

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Re: Congrats

Hmm… relatively small payload and no doubt depending on the existing deep space communications infrastructure, that will significantly contribute to the cost savings.

SPB will be doing it in a few years. Start the Kickstarter now Lester!

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Spies would need SUPER POWERS to tap undersea cables

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Re: @RC dan1980

I don’t doubt you appreciate the author, or that various technologies exist to do difficult things on the bottom of the ocean, I just see endless waffle on this thread built on towering layers of conjecture.

I would say Occam’s Razor is a concept completely alien to the majority of commentards on this particular subject, damn … I‘ve now introduced the possibility of aliens.

If this…if that… If my Auntie had bollocks she would be my Uncle! Well she doesn’t and she isn’t and neither would she circumvent 10KVdc at the bottom of an ocean with a couple of jumpers or any other such nonsense or flight of fancy however eloquently put up here.

I just don’t buy it!

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@RC

No matter how logically and coherently you set out your argument I don’t think you will ever convince the ‘tinfoil hat’ brigade. Unfortunately they want to believe that it’s true and that need overrides all reason.

A fine detailed article laid out in a logical progression.

Sadly it will not reach the paranoid few.

But hey, keep it up, articles like this are why I read this site.

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

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Re: Flash

Nice lyric reference........ 'And Dream Of Sheep'?

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: Logic fail

Oooh, looks like I did. Presumably St Julian's maths skills are better than his supporters?

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Re: Logic fail

The kind of absolute moron who thinks his desperate attempt at martyrdom will make any difference at all. A delusional egotist whose relevance faded several years ago.

There is no reasoning with them, just wait them out, it’s their lives they waste. At least he has been confined to only damaging himself.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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Paranoia or Publicity?

I think hardboiledphil has nailed it. So jump in the car and be there and back in a day. It's either total paranoia or a little publicity for the new project.

Personally, I would be rather embarrassed if my mother was talking publicly for me at forty eight, no matter what my 'condition', but hey ho, it takes all sorts I suppose.

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4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles

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A silver lining perhaps?

Maybe this bandwidth availability crunch could have a positive impact on DTT channel quality. It seems to me that currently there appears to be a glut of available channels, some real junk is being broadcast, presumably as channel pricing is cheap. I can’t envisage some of this stuff really having an audience big enough to be generating enough money to make them viable long term.

Perhaps, as the pressure for bandwidth rises then only the seriously funded players will survive. I don’t see any point in tens of channels of (to put in favorably) niche interests.

Having said that, will still make a response to Ofcom.

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