* Posts by Thoguht

132 posts • joined 10 May 2011

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United States Air Force grounds F-35As after cooling kit cracks up

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Re: Hang on a minute...

Why don't they just use the fuel itself as a coolant like they did on the SR-71 Blackbird?

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What the hex is up with Jupiter's North Pole?

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You can find hexagonal features in the eyes of some terrestrial hurricanes, so presumably it's a fluid dynamics thing.

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Researchers crack homomorphic encryption

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Headmaster

I could be wrong about this, but isn't the idea of homomorphic encryption to let software work on data without DEcrypting it? So, for example, I can write an app that updates a cloud database without at any point leaving any unencrypted data lying (or flying) around.

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Ten-trillionths of your suntan comes from intergalactic photons

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Bathe in the warmth for trillions of years?

Damn, you mean I won't be able to get a startan?

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Thieves can wirelessly unlock up to 100 million Volkswagens, each at the press of a button

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Re: Just give me a physical key, please

"In a keyless car it should actually mandated they have the same sort of kill switch installed"

The engines of keyless Fords can be turned off by pressing and holding the Start button, or by pressing it quickly three times.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: This design needs a dictator

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Under construction?

If you find a country with lots of houses that are still apparently under construction, one reason may be that you don't pay taxes on it until it's complete.

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This is how the EU's supreme court is stripping EU citizens of copyright protections

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Re: Hyperlink

Quite so, in exactly the same was as if I publish a map of London, I am giving precise directions on how to get to the Bank of England and the Crown Jewels.

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I spy a secret High Court: We're no 'star chamber', it says in 4-year report

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You would say that, wouldn't you.

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Brit twitchers a-tizz at bearded vulture sighting

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Re: Bloody hipsters

Are you implying that twitchers are hipsters or do I misunderstand you? The twitchers I know drink tepid PG Tips from thermos flasks.

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A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good

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Cracked windscreen

Hello, is that Autoglass?

Ah, um, the location of the vehicle? Right.

What do you mean, you don't do Earth orbit?

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How much faster is a quantum computer than your laptop?

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Re: Wrong question

Of course, quantum computers are fantastic for gaming. No more agonizing about which path to take or which weapon to use, you can make all possible choices at the same time and then select the best outcome.

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Picture this: An exabyte of cat pix in the space of a sugar cube of DNA

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Re: This is all fine until

Since the base pairs correspond to the binary data of the encoded document and therefore you could create any arbitrary sequence of pairs during the process, I'd be more worried about my document actually BEING a virus and wiping out humanity.

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Microsoft to make Xamarin tools and code free and open source

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Xamarin for free?

Had to double-triple-check the date of the article.

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Hackers demo prototype security scanner that thinks like a human

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Headmaster

"CAPCHA"

Yet another person trying to write Alan Turing out of history.

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We're doing SETI the wrong and long way around, say boffins

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Re: Here's looking at us

Surely every child knows the story of Glodislock and the Three Reabs? You know, the one where Glodislock finds a mysterious little magma bubble, goes inside and finds three bowls of lava? :::-)

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Alien

Here's looking at us

Guygals, guygals, I've found this great-looking exoplanet circling a yellow star just like ours, the only problem is it's well outside the Glodislock zone so I doubt if there's any nice warm magma oceans on it that could sustain life :::-(

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What we all really need is an SD card for our cars. Thanks, SanDisk

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Re: Copy Protection

What do you think the "S" in "SD" stands for? SD cards have supported DRM since day 1, not that many people use it.

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UK carrier Three in network-wide ad-block shock

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I too used to peruse El Reg with adverts until it served me up a virus one Saturday morning a long time ago. It was a compromised ad server of course, but the lesson was learned - block ALL ads.

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Boffins freeze brains, then thaw them – and they're in perfect order

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As I understand it, the people behind the current generation of cryonics are touting future nanomachines as being able to repair the damage.

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Microsoft researchers smash homomorphic encryption speed barrier

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Re: Snooping

Yes, it would mean, for example, that encrypted "not databases" of citizens' Internet activity could be sent for analysis by third party clouds such as AWS and Azure whilst still keeping both the data and the results of the analysis encrypted at all times.

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It killed Safe Harbor. Will Europe's highest court now kill off hyperlinks?

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Public domain?

In the words of Montoya the Memetic, I do not think that phrase means what you think it means.

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Can't upgrade, won't upgrade: Windows Mobile's user problem

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Needs 1GB RAM?

I'm amazed they can even fit it in 1GB. It's basically desktop Windows 10 but without all the legacy Win32 support gubbins. The damn thing even has a "Program Files (x86)" folder (which is a bit strange when you come to think about it).

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

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Re: Hoagwash?

>it's unlikely WISE was able to see planets 1/30 of the size of Jupiter

Except that the new planet is much, much less than 1/30 of a light year away, so simple arithmetic suggests it should have been visible.

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Alien

Hoagwash?

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), confirmation of the existence of a large, previously unknown trans-Neptunian planet will bolster the so-called "hyper-dimensional physics" of Richard Hoagland et al. Some parts of the scientific community breathed a collective sigh of relief when NASA's WISE planetary survey spacecraft failed to find any large trans-Neptunian bodies as their existence was a core prediction of the Hoaglandites' theories.

Given, though, that WISE (if I recall correctly) was supposed to be able to detect a body the size of Jupiter at a distance of up to 1 light year, one wonders why it failed to detect Nibiru/Asgard/Gandalf/Bob.

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KeysForge will give you printable key blueprints using a photo of a lock

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Re: Keyway arms race

They had those on Thunderbirds, didn't they?

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Skype now translates in real-time into seven languages

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I asked Google to translate what I wanted to say about machine translation into a few languages and back again, and what came out was "It is never enough simply to return the machine to Iceland". But I guess that confirms what I wanted to say.

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Huffing and puffing Intel needs new diet of chips if it's to stay in shape

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Surely another reason that people would buy a new PC is that it would be significantly more powerful than the previous one. But this isn't really happening any more thanks to Intel's insistence on wasting the advantage of smaller geometries by just adding more and more transistors to their existing core designs to squeeze just an extra few percent of compute power out of them. Slim down the cores and give us lots more of them (so basically a Xeon Phi but at a sensible price), and stop pretending you can design graphics controllers while you're at it and replace them with more cores too.

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BlackBerry baffled by Dutch cops' phone encryption cracked brag

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Brute forced?

If they'd brute forced the PGP password then surely they would have been able to retrieve all of the emails rather than just some of them. More likely they searched the Flash memory and found unencrypted drafts.

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Brit cuffed for Kyrgyz 'horse penis' sausage quip

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IT Angle

But don't they actually eat horse rectum in Kyrgyzstan?

Oh, no, silly me, that's Kazakhstan.

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Samsung Gear VR is good. So good 2016 could be year virtual reality finally makes it

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Re: Electric Chairs, Anyone?

"A motorised chair won't help you with walking or running."

Well of course you can't actually walk or run when you're sat down, but that's not the point. What the chair will do is give your vestibular system enough sensory input to make simulated walking or running less likely to nauseate you. And things like roller coasters don't work well already on many people precisely because of this lack of sensory input.

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Electric Chairs, Anyone?

Getting the display to react quickly enough to head movement is still not good enough. The real problem is in-world movement such as walking, running, driving, flying, roller coasting, etc. with NO corresponding head movement, and only a motorized chair can mitigate that.

Ever wondered why Lars von Trier's films nauseate you (apart from the genital mutilation, of course)? It's simply because he and his Cinéma Vérité predecessors insisted on the use of hand-held cameras to emulate the real-life experience of seeing things. Except that they don't at all because, as you move around, the ear's vestibular system provides inputs to the brain that compensate for the movement and cause you to perceive a relatively stable field of vision. Similarly, a motorized chair can at least in part provide the necessary vestibular stimulation for you to comfortably experience in-world movement, and over the years it's got quite good in terms of suggesting 6 degrees of freedom of movement whilst its base stays firmly rooted to the spot.

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Finding security bugs on the road to creating a verifiably secure TLS lib

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Re: Why not work on an existing TLS project?

You're missing the point entirely. The Inria project is about translating the TLS specification into code that can be mathematically proven to implement that specification correctly. Given the tools we currently have for this type of proof, it would be virtually impossible to do with any real-world imperative language such as the C family of languages and needs to be done in a declarative language. Given the Microsoft involvement, the F family of languages was an obvious choice.

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Big Bang left us with a perfect random number generator

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Re: How random is random?

This was essentially what RANDOMIZE TIMER was about in ye olde BASIC, it was seeding the pseudo-random sequence returned by the RND function with the number of seconds since midnight. OK, that's not a high-quality random number, especially for a program run at the same time each day, but it's better than nothing.

These days it's common to use the thermal noise generated by a zener diode rather than the universe as a simple source of truly random numbers for seeding pseudo-random sequences, and the Secure Elements used in SIM cards, Chip & PIN cards and the more secure types of NFC tag (as used, for example, by the TFL Oyster card) can do just that.

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BLAKE2 hash authors post code as RFC

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Joke

BLAKE2?

I'm going to wait for another 5 versions.

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Laid-off IT workers: You want free on-demand service for what now?

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They don't call El Reg a redtop for nothing...

Read the original Computerworld article, then read SunTrust's response. It's a standard "continuing cooperation" clause designed to ensure that former employees can be called on primarily in relation to legal issues that they were involved in during their employment. There's no suggestion that you could call people back for weeks to work unpaid on something, which would be flat-out illegal from all sorts of perspectives.

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XCodeGhost iOS infection toll rises from 39 to a WHOPPING 4,000 apps

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Re: Google Play immune?

Apple certainly doesn't have a crack team of security experts decompiling the code, they (and Google and Microsoft) have automated static code analysis tools that do this and check for malicious behaviour.

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UK.gov mobile not-spot coverage project set to be completed in the year 2155AD

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In the year 2155...

If man is still alive,

If woman can survive,

They may find...

One bar on their mobiles at friggin' last.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Fancy a ham and cheese 'dry tree trunk' sarnie?

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Paris Hilton

Campylobacter in a crust?

It doesn't matter how bloody you like your steak on the inside, ALL raw meat needs to be cooked on the outside. Because of its construction, this dish is only safe to eat if the temperature at the centre reaches at least 2.8°Hilton (or 48°C for those still using primitive SI units).

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SPACE WHISKY: Astro malt pongs of 'rubber and smoked fish'

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Yes, in barrels made of solid wood, not wood shavings.

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Boffins get the inside dope, craft white laser

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Headmaster

"To create a white LED lamp, for example, today's technologies need multiple colour LEDs blended together"? No, just a blue LED with a yellow phosphor coating.

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

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Re: This is far outside Known Space!

All everyone ever needs is a General Products hull. Make mine a type 4, though.

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Dwarfworld PLUTO may not have a real DOG on it - but it does have a TAIL

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Re: Somebody has their sums wrong

And the answer is you. 400x1000m = 400,000m2, not m3, so you're ignoring the 3rd dimension.

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Microsoft boffins borrow smartmobe brains to give wearables 9x kick

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I assume from this bit: "with little negative impact compared to state-of-the-art phones" that it didn't reduce it by much.

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Sorry, say boffins, the LHC still hasn't sucked us into a black hole

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Re: I understood that tiny blackholes were very unstable.

That's the theory, but as far as I understand it, so far it is just a theory.

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150,000 angry Redditors demand Chairman Pao's head on a spike

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Headmaster

Re: Ooh - Sociologists! Scramble!

You misspelled "Alart".

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Half a billion for BLOODY BIG telescope in Chile

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Schmidt? Now there's a good name for an astronomer.

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It's the Internet of Feet: Lenovo shows smart shoes, projector keyboard phone

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Re: I don't know if I want any of these ...

New ones are pretty cheap too.

But which "New York based Symbol" that is "part of Motorola" is the article going on about? The Symbol Technologies bit that was sold off by Motorola last year?

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FCC to crack down on robocall spammers' beloved loophole

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Re: @Ole Juul But some people just don't care!

I got cold called by a company selling phones that screen unwanted callers. For some reason their telesales guy couldn't see the irony of the situation.

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WOODEN computer chips reveal humanity's cyber elf future

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Re: A couple of concerns:

The printed circuit cards themselves are already made of paper.

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Stop

Re: Hmm...

But Noah did save the dinosaurs. Well, at least the branch of the theropods that we now call "birds".

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