* Posts by lglethal

1284 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

Wi-Fi hack disables Mitsubishi Outlander's theft alarm – white hats

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Re: manufacturer fail...

My old Holden LJ Torana came with a kill switch hidden under the dashboard. If you didn't turn it off, there was nothing you could do to get the car up and running. Admittedly, no doubt professional thieving sods of the time knew exactly where to look for the kill switches, but these days a kill switch would be highly effective I imagine...

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Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

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Re: Do you have any tea?

Joe most coffees have exactly the same ingredients - coffee water, and milk. but there's a hell of a lot of difference in the way you brew it and prepare it!

Just because all beer is made from hops, water, yeast and barley does not mean all beers are the same!!!

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Mushroom farm PC left in the dark and fed … you know the rest

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Re: Software and mushrooms

A plumber named Mario comes to mind...

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Universe's shock rapidly expanding waistline may squash Einstein flat

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Re: Dark Energy

The dark side also has fudge? I thought they only had cookies!

Count me in!!!

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Arrests for 'offensive' Twitter and Facebook messages up by a third

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Re: Power Mad

Not really the same thing. The police arent trawling the internet looking for things that have been said. These are things for which people have been reported to police by members of the public.

So more like threatening to kill someone when there are witnesses around. Those witnesses might go to the police and report it, then you will get investigated for making threatening behaviour. Unlike the "in person" case though, its much easier for the police to check the records online that show "yes, actually you did threaten to come over to that persons house, rape them, their mother and their dog, and then burn their house to the ground with them inside it.". Maybe the closest non-internet example I can think of is making threats in a letter. Although I guess it's easier to claim you didnt write a letter, then it is to claim you didnt write a post or tweet (at least for most of the non-IT working public! ;) ).

In a way the "online" case is less open to abuse then your "in person" case because its not one person's word against someone elses. Although cases like the guy who got charged for making a bomb threat to Robin Hood Airport shows that people (the person who reported the tweet), the police (who arrested the guy) and the CPS (who prosecuted the poor sod) can all be f%&king muppets...

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Re: Power Mad

Exactly. It's really hard to know if this is good or bad, based just on numbers. The amount of pretty vile trolling that goes on online, with death threats and threats of rape etc, is horrific, and if some of those scum are being done by this then imo its for the best.

However, it's hard to know if its being used correctly or not. Frankly, the numbers on this are pretty meaningless..

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

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Re: Perfect smart watch for me

Dear God, NO! It's bad enough when some douche bag starts having a loud phone conversation on public transport. I really don't want to be seeing and hearing the other person as well!

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Russia launches raids over Sberbank heist

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Big Mistake from the gang

They attacked a Russian bank! If they had stuck to attacking foreign banks, they would never have attracted the interest of the FSB...

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Swiss effectively disappear Alps: World's largest tunnel opens

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Re: 73 different kinds of rock...

Don't forget the section that was made from Treacle...

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Jaxa's litany of errors spun Hitomi to pieces

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Re: So-

Umm no. A single sensor was broken, giving false data. Other sensors existed to check whether it was giving correct data or not (and would have shown it was giving false data), but were ignored. They therefore undertook "corrective procedures" which were unnecessary. This started the satellite spinning.

A second failure occurred in a brake (magnetic torquer) which could have halted the spinning. Probably due to being overspun in the first place. Not that uncommon a failure (unfortunately), but not normally mission critical.

The third failure though was failing to take into account the actual satellite configuration (i.e. fully deployed rather then in a stowed configuration) and applying thrusts which caused the break up of the satellite.

So basically, a single failed sensor was all that was wrong with it. That should NEVER cause the failure of your satellite. So this was basically a failure of the operations team from start to finish.

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65 million millennial blog bores' Tumblr logins ... for! sale! on! darknet!

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Re: Post-it perils

This.

I have to change passwords every 3 months at work, plus have multiple different passwords for different systems at work. It's a clusterf%&k to say the least. As such, I have a list in my notebook which says, for example Server 1 - "normal_1". This tells me to use my "normal" password with _1 attached on Server 1. The word "normal" is not in my password but I now know exactly what I need to type for that particular login.

Unless I'm stupid enough to tell someone what "normal" represents, its a secure system even if someone steals my work book.

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Re: What are the odds

I was thinking something along this line as well, but more along the lines of "Will Samsung be reimbursing its users that wanted to make the change to Windows 10, but cant because of there crap drivers?" or "Will Microsoft still allow Samsung customers to upgrade to Win 10 when the drivers are fixed, even if the offer has officially expired?"

Whatever you might think of Win 10, Samsung have had a whole YEAR to solve the problems. It's been clear for a year that Win 10 isn't going away, so to still not have fixed the problem reeks of a complete lack of desire to do the right thing by your customers (i.e. they've already sold the hardware, so they don't feel the need to maintain beyond that). Very much standard Samsung behavior it seems (judging by plenty of other articles I've read recently)...

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ISS pump-up space podule fully engorged

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Re: How space-junk-proof is it?

Only if there are bad guys in the car. If its the good guys sheltering behind the car, they are fine. Unless of course they realize that the car is about to explode and then it will handily wait just long enough for them to sprint far enough away before exploding to give them the opportunity to make a heroic dive to safety (probably behind another car...).

What do you mean Action films are not documentaries?

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SWIFT finally pushes two-factor auth in banks – it only took several multimillion-dollar thefts

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Re: How can this happen?

Well from my one experience with Western Union I had to show full ID (i.e. my passport), and the details of which were recorded. Now unless the rules are different in different countries, then that should mean details of those receiving the money should be available. I would assume MoneyGram would be the same.

Admittedly, this assumes you can get the co-operation of the receiving country, but you would think a bit of pressure could be brought to bear here...

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Re: How can this happen?

I have to agree. Surely Swift can check there records to see where the money was transferred to and where subsequent transfers from that account went. The only way it leaves there system is if someone actually pulls the cash out in person (and you don't exactly walk out of a bank with $81 million, without raising a few flags).

Sure with an insider or two's help at the receiving bank you could pull some tricks like transferring the money to other internal accounts and then sending it out, but that should still leave a trail.

I'm constantly surprised that with the amount of records and electronic trails in the baking world, that money can just go missing like this...

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Hypersonic flight test hits Mach 7.5

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Completely off topic...

Completely off topic but I have never understood the saying "Like shit off a shovel". Having spent a ridiculously large amount of time in my youth picking up dog shit with a shovel (owning multiple dogs does have its drawbacks - at least if you like being able to walk around your backyard). I can testify that shit does not travel quickly off a shovel. Often it requires multiple hits of the shovel against the side of the bin to get the bloody stuff off. Maybe the saying refers to some other type of shit, but dog shit is most certainly not a fast mover...

Oh and rockets, yeah!

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

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Re: XB-70

<quote>Blimey! How do you "drop" bombs at Mach 3+ ?</quote>

Very, very carefully...

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Re: Would you trust TSA (and other counterparts) while you're asleep?

Its the good ol' "If he needs a lock on his case, he must be a terrorist! So we better check it out to make sure there's nothing inside! For evidence of course. *cough* What's that? No lock on that suitcase, nah, cant have anything valuable in it, leave it alone."

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Turn one into a passenger aircraft

Having the whole front section of the aircraft just lift up would certainly make getting off the aircraft a s*ite lot easier! No need for one at a time disembarking then!

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Mars satellites show remains of massive tsunamis that ravaged Red Planet

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How awesome is Science???

It seems we can spot the after effects of a giant Tsunami caused by a meteorite strike on another planet a few billion years ago. If that isn't the definition of awesome, then I don't know what is!

Someone buy a beer for those Boffins!

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Hey you – minion. Yes, IT dudes and dudettes, they're talking to you

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Re: Utter tosh and drivel

So because you took exception to the use of the term "architect" instead of "administrator" then you've basically ignored the rest of what was quite a good article in my opinion.

The use of those terms are referenced in a mentality way, in truth he could have used any terms he wanted - how does "engineer" vs "technician" sound to you? The basic sentiment of the article was that if all you are doing is working on the day to day, and avoiding driving the long term plan then eventually you'll be out of a job as the day to day will get automated at some point. Seems like a damn good point to me?

Why don't you do a find and replace on the article, remove the word "architect" which offends you so much and re-read the article.

PS If your organization is wasting huge amounts of money on consultants to come in and give them direction (even if its completely the wrong direction), then maybe you really need to be getting involved in the driving of your company's technology plan - you also might want to consider why they aren't coming to you in the first place...

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Dark web hacking forum hacked and members' privates exposed

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Re: 20 .gov email accounts

I took that statement to mean that it was the likes of .gov.br or .gov.uk, (and also .gov since the US is mentioned in the list). Not that all are just plain old .gov addresses...

Personally, I'm not sure how easy it is to draw the conclusion that there state sponsored hackers just because they have a .gov address. More likely they're compromised .gov addresses, being used as a funnel, but who knows? If they really are government employees, they probably are stupid enough to use there work email address on a forum such as this... ;)

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Manchester cops to strap on 3K bodycams

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Sigh...

I was going to say colour me impressed! Not that the cops are wearing cameras or anything but that it seemed that might we now have the technology to store a full days worth (OK make it 8 hours) of HD footage on a wearable camera device. Something I hadn't heard of before. But then I read those wonderful words "Police can turn the cameras on at their discretion." Lovely, so how much recording can they ACTUALLY do? What are your guesses? 1 hour? 30mins?

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Art heist 'pranksters' sent down for six months

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Re: Our judiciary is so messed up.

If you had read the article, you will see that they have a LONG history of doing these sorts of stupid illegal pranks.

Is it so hard to read the article in full, before jumping to the comments section to spout bollocks???

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Curiosity find Mars' icecaps suck up its atmosphere

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Re: Forget and don't worry about dumb space rocks, Dave 126

I think your wrong. Commerce between Europe and the New World in the age of sail worked pretty well even though it was at least 6 months before a message reached its destination (12 months before your find out if your message even made the destination, assuming your ship didn't sink in one of the trips or get done by pirates or any of the other myriad hazards).

Humans are adaptable creatures. We have coped without "instant" communication before, we would find ways to do it again.

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First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

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Futurama for the win... ;)

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Re: Freight is toughter than you think

From what I remember reading (admittedly it was a while ago), they would plan to build one end of the loop stations at the port. My guess was that the idea was to ship the containers via hyperloop directly across the city to somewhere near the highways/train tracks leading out of the city, and transfer the containers to trucks/trains then. This could actually be a good use of the hyperloop system, since getting large numbers of containers through a busy city is a right pain in the a***.

How well it actually worked would come down to costs, and having some amazing logistics people at the other end. But for passenger transport - its a lame duck... (to put it politely!)

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Lenovo's European prez quits over 'serious strategic disagreements'

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Funny...

I guess it's now cheaper to manufacture (some) things in the EU then in China.

I certainly remember being told that would never again be the case by the powers that be a few years back...

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Cyber-moolah boss gets 20 years' porridge for money laundering

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Previous Offence - 5 years reduced to probabtion - WTF?

How does a 5 year sentence get reduced to probation, but people on assault or theft charges get say 2 years and have to serve it? Surely any crime which gets a sentence longer than 2 years in prison should not even be considered for probation, until half the sentence is served.

Admittedly, many of the sentencing lengths in the US are frigging insane, but that's beside the point. Reducing a 5 year sentence to probation is absolutely taking the proverbial biscuit!

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EU set to bin €500 note

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Re: That is not the real reason

You got any source for those claims?

Sounds like complete bollocks to me...

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Revealed: How NASA saved the Kepler space telescope from suicide

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Re: Soft errors in electronic memory

Its certainly the most likely cause, but its next to impossible to prove with any level of certainty. Hence why they call this a transient event.

You don't claim something you cant prove without a very high level of certainty in the space biz. Its far too costly when you find out you were wrong later! ;)

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Revealed: HMS Endeavour's ignominious fate

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Re: Hungry now

Thats quite a Resolution you have there. We wouldnt want to scuttle it...

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Engineer uses binary on voting bumpf to flag up Cali election flaws

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Ahem, everyone voting on (almost) everything does exist....

... its called Switzerland. Where referendums are a very common occurrence (about once a month on average I think). Admittedly Switzerland is a much smaller nation than the US and Swiss people are conditioned to take part in decision making due to a very long history of this within the cantons, but it doesn't mean its an automatic fail idea everywhere in the world...

Although saying that, opening up online polling for decisions is a total recipe for disaster...

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Pwner pwns Pwnedlist pwnage property, pours pwned passwords

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Call me cynical

But that seems like an excellent way to gather people's emails and passwords...

"Roll up, roll up, Ladies and Gentleman. Give ME your emails and passwords and I'll check to make sure they have been compromised by other miscreants."

"Here you go. Has my account been compromised?"

"Well it hadn't been..."

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SpaceX: We'll land on Mars in 2018 (cough, with NASA's help)

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Planetary Protection - not quite the right reasons

Having worked on a Mars mission in the past I had to take part in the Planetary Protection course at ESA. It's very interesting, but bloody hard (and expensive) to achieve the levels of cleanliness you need, I can assure you. But just to correct one thing, the reason for Planetary Protection is not to protect potential life on other planets or to stop contamination of other planets, but its purely there to protect future science missions. i.e. making sure that when a future mission declares that they have found XYZ, then there is no doubt that they actually have found native XYZ, and not XYZ coming from a previous mission. (XYZ could be life, water, organic materials, titanium deposits or whatever). No one wants to have to send up 3 or 4 missions to confirm they have found something just because someone earlier might have screwed up.

That's the real reason, the protecting of other potential lifeforms and prevention of contamination is really just a side benefit.

Mind you, if I ever get on another interplanetary mission then I'm stealing that Interplanetary Genocide line. Brilliant! :P

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Nanoparticle boffinry could boost battery life

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Re: "faster charging and greater energy storage"

What's life without a little bit of risk?

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China's Dalek-like robots fear only one terrifying nemesis: Stairs

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Re: "It has sensors that mimic the human brain"

What's the robot equivalent of the local donut shop?

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F-35's dodgy software in the spotlight again

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Re: @lglethal -- Now: Slower, less maneuverable and with an all new blue screen heads up display

I'm not that old fortunately, however, the vast majority of those losses weren't from dogfighting with the North Vietnam Airforce but from ground to air losses (if my quick skim of Wikipedia was right). Additionally, the current generation of radars doesnt really allow for pilots to get surprised in the middle of the sky by an enemy squadron. The detail you can pick out with modern radars is frankly ridiculous! :)

Still we've been lucky enough to have avoided an air war for a while, so I'm hoping my conjecture stays just that for a while longer. We dont need the Yanks and the Ruskies taking pot shots at each other over Syria anytime soon...

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Re: Now: Slower, less maneuverable and with an all new blue screen heads up display

In this day and age, if your fighters are getting within visual range of the opposition then you're doing it wrong.

Dogfighting is no longer a necessary skill for fighter pilots, you fly to within missile range (i.e. radar range only), fire your missile and keep an eye out for missiles coming at you. Fire some jamming missiles to block the other persons missiles if necessary and then return to base. If the enemy gets close enough to see you, your SAM defences should be making their life hell, if you get close enough to the enemy to see them, then you better hope you've already taken out there SAM defences. And if you, have why are their airports still in operation?

Dogfighting stats are just willywaving and don't have any bearing on reality....

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Re: Just trust US. We've been flying by the seat of our pants for a long time

Well naturally. There is a reason the F-22 is not being exported to anyone (not even close allies like Australia). It is the pinnacle of combat jets (and with a price tag to match). The F-35 is to be the normal workhorse for the US "allied forces" and that's why its being bought into by dozens of countries including such "friendly" nations as Turkey. If it could take the F-22 in a straight fight, there's no way the US would have allowed it to be a multi-country program...

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IBM says no, non, nein to Brexit

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Re: @ John 156

Wow another totally racist reply missing the point. From the list you mention I see very few that are from Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan the ones that make up the "1 million rapists" mentioned by John156. Most of those are North African migrants or Südlander, (which loosely translated means southern European - i.e. Balkan migrants). Note migrants not refugees.

Also you've listed 29 cases in the month of January across Deutschland. 29. Out of a population of 80 million. I would suggest this is a very small number across Deutschland for one month. That is not to say it is good. 1 is too many! there will always be bad apples, but to claim those figures mean every migrant or refugee is a raping scum bag is just blatant racist xenophobia. Pathetic really.

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@ John 156

That's a hell of a lot of racism in one paragraph! I live in Germany, you don't (obviously). Germans are not as bothered about the number of migrants coming except that we worry where we can locate them, how to house them, how to integrate them, etc. 1 million people is a lot to take care of in a very short period of time. To classify all of the refugees (even the women and children!) as "men of fighting and raping age" is a ridiculously racist generalism.

Don't comment on something you know nothing about, and don't drag strawmen into an argument which they have absolutely nothing to do with.

By the way, the raping you talk about, I assume is related to the New Years Eve incidents in Köln and a few other cities. The "people" involved in those have been discovered to be North African migrants (Moroccan, Libyan, Tunisian, etc.) not refugees from the 1 million middle eastern refugees that you're so freely condemning. So get your facts straight before you spout misguided racist rubbish.

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What a difference a year makes: ICO tele-spam fines break £2m barrier

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Go after the firms that are being advertised for

The best way I can think of to get rid of these calls is to go after the firms who are being advertised for. If that fine is huge, it will quickly stop people employing these bastards and then the market goes away.

Remove the market and the end product goes away....

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Microsoft, Google bury hatchet – surprisingly, not in each other

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Won't someone think of the Lawyers?

How will they possibly survive without their daily dose of Caviar and Don Perignon '55?

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I am sending pouting selfies to a robot. Its AI is well buff

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Re: Scrubs up well...

A (paraphrased) quote from an Aussie author I read once (but I forget the name... woops - I'm on a roll today!):

"The man in a tuxedo is never overdressed. The moment he arrives at the party, every other male in the room becomes underdressed."

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You won't believe this, but… nothing useful found on Farook iPhone

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Re: "would a Jihadi really use an iPhone"

Salafists (like IS) believe that the world should return to the time when Mohammed walked the Earth. but ever notice how they have no problem with using weapons more advanced then Swords, modern medicine and things like Social Media to get their message across.

Hypocrisy is the term I believe...

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British booter bandit walks free after pleading guilty to malware sales

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Re: Way too soft a sentence

True, but he should lose the proceeds of the crime. An 800 quid fine on 50,000 takings. Hardly discourages further criminal activities, does it?

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Europe's biggest radiotelescope in fast-burst-finding upgrade

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Re: "Top"

You're right!!!

Everyone knows the maps are all upside down and the "Southern Hemisphere" is really the top half of the planet! Hence the expression "Australia is Tops!"

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3D printers set for lift off? Yes, yes, yes... at some point in the future

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Keep in mind not all industries need large volume

3D Printing will never come close to replacing mass production, but for low volume operations it "can" be more cost effective. And low volume doesn't necessarily mean "niche industry". Aircraft are only produced in lots of hundreds to thousands. If you have a single part that is expensive to manufacture for an aircraft by traditional methods then producing this by 3D Printing might be cheaper. The Space industry is another which can benefit hugely from 3D Printing.

3D print parts can be far more effective/efficient then many traditional parts, because you can build in a single part things which would take multiple parts in traditional manufacturing (think internal cooling channels, etc.). However, the technology is not really there yet except for on a very limited number of parts. The time for production of metallic 3D parts is still too high, and the cost/part analysis really only works on extremely short volume runs at the moment. 3D metallic parts also require significant amounts of post work machining (surface finishes, hole punching, thread tapping, support material removal, etc), so they will never replace the traditional workshop.

Still the metal 3D printing industry does hold some promise, just forget about it for mass production - areas like Space, Aero, Medical and custom engineering jobs can all benefit. Auto and consumer goods - not a chance!

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Hope for Hitomi after tumbling space 'scope phones home

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Contact was made at 10pm and 3am?

Yep sounds like the kids at college alright...

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