* Posts by Brewster's Angle Grinder

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NIST spins atomic gyroscope to allow navigation without GPS

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Re: "......and the kit to do this is huge."

I'm impressed subs can pick up a GPS signal underwater at all. Though, I admit, I've never calculated the attenuation for the frequencies involved.

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Oracle reveals Java Applet API deprecation plan

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They seem to have given up on using it as p-code (asm.js) and are working on a genuine p-code (web assembly) that will be able to call into and out of javascript.

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NASA tried turning lost spacecraft STEREO-B off and on again... but it didn't work. True story

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The thought of Windows 10 written in Fortran has just made my stomach curdle.

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Systemd adds filesystem mount tool

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Re: re: 1970 thinking.

Nobody's mentioned SIMD yet. Surely that counts as doing multiple things at once?

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Snowden files confirm Shadow Brokers spilled NSA's Equation Group spy tools over the web

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Re: NSA = Narcissistic Security Anathema

You seem to be assuming that all these backdoors are just queer coding blunders which the "clever" NSA people then quietly exploit, rather than malicious code secretly planted by decree of the secret "courts" of a malignant government.

If that's the case, they won't be able to patch them till the "secret court" orders are revoked. So it will act as an inverse warrant canary: the longer a bug takes to fix, the more likely it was placed there.

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Physicists believe they may have found fifth force of nature

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@Destroy All Managers

I'm not sure I understand that much of it either. But they only seem to have written down an obvious Lagrangian for one possible particle ("We consider a massive spin-1 Abelian gauge boson X that couples nonchirally to standard model (SM) fermions...") and then fitted it using an effective theory. And, as they admit themselves (in the 3rd sentence you quote), that was the easy bit.

It's good that somebody's done the work. It's interesting to know this fits the data. It's an interesting direction. But it's not as ground breaking as the headline claims.

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Re: @Brewster's Angle Grinder -- WHO ORDERED THAT!

This is more bikeshedding than garden shed boffinry. The "tradition" is that of a cottage industry of HEP guys who will build particles to fit any bump in your data. It's glorified curve fitting, and it doesn't even produce a unique curve.

The justification is to explain dark matter or give us insight into a complete theory. And there's nothing to say this X doesn't mark the spot where a Nobel prize lays buried. But these are physicist gold panners; staking a claim and digging away furiously. If they've struck gold, congratulations to them: the hard work paid off.

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Re: WHO ORDERED THAT!

Yeah, a quick skim of the paper makes it look like ambulance chasing of the 750GeV variety: they're reliant on the Hungarian experimentalists' results. So it's not physicists saying this; it's a handful of physicists.

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Re: paywall on linked article

Thanks for digging that out; it'll give me something to enjoy tomorrow.

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Tim Cook's answer to crashing iPhone sales: More iPhones

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Re: More than one

"..its not ultimately good for Apple since both devices aren't Apple."

It's better for Apple that we have an iPhone and another phone rather than picking between Apple and Android.

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Re: More than one

A rugged phone for every day use and a flash phone you pull out when you want to show off?

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Joke

Depends on whether or not Tim Cook was dressed as Lilly Savage.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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Re: I find the best way to avoid adverts on Farcebook...

Being an old fogy (at least, that's my excuse for not using FB), anyone who wants to contact me is "forced" to use txt or email or heaven forbid, the phone.

Fair enough. And somebody else can say, "The only way you can communicate with me is via Facebook" leaving you with the choice of either using Facebook or not communicating. Given that situation, some of us may value a relationship enough to communicate.

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Power cut crashes Delta's worldwide flight update systems

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@Esme

IIRC it's not the expansion of the atmosphere, but a reduction in viscosity that allows atmospheric tides to counterbalance lunar torque. However I'm being disingenuous: it was coming out an ice age and at a time when the moon was a lot closer. (600Myr ago, a 21 hour day.) And while the corner in the delta-T is striking, the earth's mass distribution is changing all the time and it's far more likely that's the cause.

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@David Harper

To the nearest second, the length of day remains 86400 SI seconds and will likely remain so for many kiloyears.

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Re: @choleric

Actually, atmospheric temperatures affect the earth's rotation rate: the warmer the atmosphere, the fewer leap seconds needed. And since the year 2000 there have been many fewer leap seconds than predicted in the 90s; the graph shows a dramatic corner. Nobody is sure why.

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@choleric

No, I think we should create a kickstarter to adjust the rotation of the Earth so it is always exactly 86400 seconds +/- a small Gaussian error.

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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

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@h4rm0ny I've not created a Microsoft/Bing/hotmail account of any sort. I've poked around Edge's setting and there doesn't seem to be any account active and it still seems to work.

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Intel's Crosswalk open source dev library has serious SSL bug

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Re: @Daniel

I haven't a clue what you're arguing.

The original point was that, rather having components built into apps, we should have shared libraries so they could be updated without having to wait for the app vendor. DLL hell was raised as an objection to this. You then suggested sandboxes as a fix but, as you admit, that puts us back in the situation we were in initially: waiting on devs. It's an implementation detail whether a library is statically linked or a DLL (sandboxed or local -- Windows has linked against DLLs in the app's directory for decades).

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@Daniel

Where the DLL resides doesn't change the problem. Either the OS upgrades a library, with all the potential compatibility problems, or the app does it, in which case you're waiting on the developers.

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Jacob Appelbaum is a bullying sex pest, says ex-employer Tor Project

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Re: what burden of proof

I think the UK only has the civil standard ("the balance of probabilities" aka "what the man on the Clapham omnibus would think") and the criminal standard ("beyond reasonable doubt").

According to Wikipedia, the US's "preponderance of the evidence" is equivalent to the UK's "balance of probabilities"; it's the civil standard.

IANAL but I have won a tribunal case.

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I imagine there'd be a case for wrongful dismissal if the evidence was flimsy. That would, I think, be tried under the civil standard (balance of probabilities).

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Church organist nabbed for playing glory hole in excelsis

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Re: Dear. God.

"Such a sad way to ruin one's reputation in exchange for what, a one-minute thrill ?"

A one minute trill? Impressive.

But it produced a bad turn because nobody wanted to see schleifer. And now the whole experience has left him feeling mordent.

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Zero-day hole can pwn millions of LastPass users, all that's needed is a malicious site

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Re: It's Risk Management

"And for people with BAD memories?"

The sight's password reset function. Remember the frequent ones. Use reset for the rest.

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It's 2016 and your passwords can still be sniffed from wireless keyboards

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Re: Weird trick makes your ass bigger

*turns on taps*

Acoustic analysis is harder than intercepting unencrypted wireless. And if you're going to do that, you might as well go for a hidden camera pointed at the keyboard and monitor.

*turns off taps*

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Seminal adventure game The Hobbit finally ported to the Dragon 64

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We may not have had the Hobbit, but we had the Ring of Darkness.

The jester says, "I have the key."

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Oops: Bounty-hunter found Vine's source code in plain sight

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Turtles all the way down

And how would the image authenticate itself to the DB? Would it perhaps need some sort of key or secret?

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Re: Wait a minute.

The clue is in the name: it's an API key. You need it to access the API.

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PHP flaws allowed God mode access to top smut site

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Re: What I want to know.

I have feature requests for it.

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Yes, I'm a weretroll and it's that time of the lunar cycle for me.

So garbage collectors, that were meant to protect us from all those buffer overrun bugs, are themselves complex bit of software subject to exploitable bugs? Whaddayaknow.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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Re: DR-DOS and secret APIs

"So all those who claim to have not been able to run Win 3.x with DR DOS were running the beta."

And DR-DOS had worked around it by then. But that they attempted it at all was indicative of Microsoft's attitude. Then there was the way they shafted Lotus, Wordperfect and Ashton Tate so that MS Office became the pre-eminent office suite. And then there was that contretemps with Netscape. I can't vouch for what they did with Win16, since I went straight from DOS to Win32, but Ralph Brown's interrupt list was a godsend in the DOS days.

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@ Updraft102 and ilk

Technically, your examples are examples of hyperbole, as---I hope---was the original. (There's a plain write up here.)

Nevertheless, the fact the language was meant to be read figuratively, not literally, doesn't excuse it from the charge of being over the top. We're talking about inconsequential differences between two versions of the same OS; if Windows 10 restricts my behaviour significantly more than Windows 7, then I can't detect it. It warned me about telemetry during installation; I disabled it. Settings have migrated; well, it's a new version. The "start" menu is more annoying, but most of my apps were already pinned to the taskbar. So this seems to be a cage made of bars so intangible that they can neither stop me leaving nor prevent my return. If such minuscule changes are truly an impediment to liberty then what a wonderful utopia we must inhabit.

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Re: yes i saw the icon, but still

I think you need to recalibrate your notions of slavery.

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"I no longer trust Microsoft."

No longer?? So you're to young for all the shit they were doing in the 90s? Like ensuring Windows borked DR-DOS and secret APIs etc...

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What I love about working in IT is how everybody is in favour of progress and you really struggle to find a reactionary.

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Nope, we can't find dark matter either, says LUX team

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Re: "Scientists named it dark matter as it did not seem to emit any light"

It's "dark" because it's not in stars; not because it's incapable of emitting light - directly or indirectly.

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Re: "Scientists named it dark matter as it did not seem to emit any light"

No, it was called dark matter because we couldn't see it: we estimated the mass of the galaxy by counting stars and by looking at how fast they rotated; there was a discrepancy that increased the further out you went. So we inferred there was a lot matter that wasn't in stars -- matter that wasn't emitting light; dark matter.

It's true WIMPs wouldn't interact with the EM field. But it could be ordinary baryonic matter if you could come up with a good explanation. Many years ago I did a study looking at whether dust lanes might be obscuring stars, causing us to underestimate the amount of light-emitting matter (at the time, it wasn't ruled out).

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Stack Overflow takes on technical documentation

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May $deity have mercy on our souls.

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Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

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Re: Right-wing news website

I think the debate is as uninformed as it always has been, only where once it was conducted in private now we get to see it in public.

But, supposing you're right, could one be related to the other? Could people be seek out group affirmation because they are crumbling under the multiplicity of information? (Or maybe they're seeking out group affirmation because of economic insecurity?)

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Re: Twitter's problem

I feel it should do something like exponential back off: the nth tweet in a conversation should be allowed (n+1)140 characters. So the first tweet is 140 characters; the reply is allowed 280; a response to that 320 etc... (I know that's an arithmetic progression, not a geometric one, so it's not true exponential back off.)

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Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

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Re: it's moot

Supposing that's true, then the information is locked away in their servers rather than being handed out to anyone and everyone.

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Re: ID-10-ts

Or your siblings and friends.

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Re: it's moot

Why is WhatsApp worse? You're not sharing in a searchable public forum; it's a one-to-one connection with people whose phone number you already know; a cheap way to text.

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15-year-old security hole HTTPoxy returns to menace websites – it has a name, logo too

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<speculation>Probably not.</speculation>

You've got to send a request that triggers an outgoing connection from the server. It's hard to know how to do that.

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Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

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Re: I expect Imagination is feeling rather unwanted

Apple tend to pick off the carcass once a firm has gone bust; so they'll wait (unless someone else steps in). But the doubling in head count at ARM might accelerate that: as the Imagination guys and gals jump ship.

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Containers rated more secure than conventional apps

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Re: Wot?

Think about it as adding multiple doors between the outside world and what you're trying to protect, just as no bank has its vault opening onto the street. Done badly, it's adds zero benefit for the effort involved. But done half-way decently it adds another lock to pick or check point to sneak past; it slows down the attacker, makes them expend more effort to reach the goal and increases the chance they might make a mistake that gets them noticed. Security is about layers.

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Trial to store benefits claimants' personal data on blockchain slammed

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Re: Misdirection

"Pssst. You give me, say, 30 quids worth of groceries and I'll give you this tenner of cold, hard, untraceable cash."

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AWS works on 'urgent' deals for UK customers as £ dips against $

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Re: Balance of trade

If the vote had been a list of approaches (remain, Norway-style deal, complete withdrawal reliant on WTO rules, etc..), remain would have won, hands down. Now we have a slender majority for leave, but no clear majority for any type of relationship with the EU. This is going to be fun.

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A bad day for DBAs: MIT boffins are replacing you with a mere spreadsheet

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Re: More automatically generated SQL

That's why we all still program assembly: computers can't be trusted to generate code efficiently.

(Where's the can of worms icon?)

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Space prang of cosmic proportions blamed for giving Mars its moons

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I wouldn't depend on JAXA...

...they're making rocket science look every bit as hard as it is.

I say this as a member of the nation that built Beagle 2.

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