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36 posts • joined 24 Jun 2011

Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco

sniperpaddy

Real professionals use HAZOPs

A thorough HAZOP analysis would have identified this as an issue at the design stage and it would have been added to a pre-flight check list.

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At least, that's what engineering professionals do in the pharmaceutical, automotive, manufacturing, building design, medical design and, God forbid, aircraft design.

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What happened here ????,

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Apple beats off troll in German patent fracas

sniperpaddy

Re: Have an upvote for sensible

The troll's should only get compensation if they originated the patent or are actually producing goods via that patent.

That keeps innovation rolling.

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Another climate change myth DEBUNKED by proper climate scientists

sniperpaddy
Meh

They cannot have it both ways

I can understand that it is inaccurate to extrapolate from only a few years data.

However, in the longer term, climate warming DOES lead to an increase in the frequency and intensity of storms.

That is basic thermodynamics e.g. the Arrehenius equation.

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Passenger jet grounded by two-hour insect attack

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Pint

Re: Brings a whole new buzz...

Also, ironically, the term "debug" originated in the context of aircraft engines.

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"The related term "debug" also appears to predate its usage in computing: the Oxford English Dictionary's etymology of the word contains an attestation from 1945, in the context of aircraft engines

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Wikipedia sockpuppetry probe puts a sock in hundreds of accounts

sniperpaddy

Re: A suggestion

...except that they're smart enough to establish plausible deniability i.e proxy reviewers.

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sniperpaddy

Apple wiki

Put some critique about login bypasses in the Apple wiki and see how long it survives :)

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Leaky security could scuttle global ship-tracking system

sniperpaddy

Re: GPS spoofing

GPS spoofing of marine vessels was demonstrated last year.

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The life of Pi: Intel to give away Arduino-friendly 'Galileo' tiny-puter

sniperpaddy

EMBRACE, EXTEND, EXTINGUISH

It is just a brute force attempt to smother ARM based equipment.

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I wouldn't touch this item with a 10 foot pole.

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Reg boffins: Help us answer this Big Blue RAID data recovery poser

sniperpaddy
WTF?

Re: I can tell you that this stuff is obscure. Really obscure.

LOL.

You didn't put it simply. You just wanked off your own ego and didn't clarify squat..

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I didn't bother reading the paper, but did I get the impression that the researcher just wanted to add two more sets of parity bits to increase the probability of complete recovery?

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Rackspace sues 'the most notorious patent troll in America'

sniperpaddy

IDEALLY a Patents should lapse if it goes out of production..

A Patent originally existed to protect the revenue stream of the inventor / licensee / manufacturer.

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IDEALLY it should lapse if it goes out of production, unless the company can prove that they have used OR genuinely plan to use it in future products.

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Scottish SF master Iain M Banks reveals he has less than a year to live

sniperpaddy
Mushroom

Cremation ?

If ghoulish is Iain's theme, then he should get a pacemaker installed.

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France demands Skype register as telco

sniperpaddy
Mushroom

Bye Bye Net Neutrality

Classifying internet comms as standardized telecoms is the start of the slippery slope to bypass net neutrality.

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Seagate slips out super-silent 2.5in video hard drive

sniperpaddy
FAIL

BIG DEAL

To me this is just marketing BS.

What's the use of a 2.5" for a non mobile device. There is a MTBF penalty for the higher areal density.

Who needs 12 simultaneous video streams at home and do you really believe it will be stutter free sharing 100MB/sec ?

That 1MB cache looks wrong. It should be 16MB.

I used 3.5" Samsung Spinpoint 1TB, 5400 rpm drives years ago. Silent, cold and lower failure rate that the equivalent 2.5".

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Russian ransomware strikes Queensland doctor

sniperpaddy

Mum, Dad - If ANYONE rings you up

EXACTLY.

My 82 year old parents now know the difference between Phishing and Phreaking and have already hung up on one of these chancers..

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Samsung readies bendy smarties for 2013

sniperpaddy
FAIL

Re: Clever Innovation...

Then it would be an Apple product.

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Japanese fanboy robbers empty shops of iPhone 5s ahead of launch

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Pirate

Is there any way to remotely access the phone when it goes online, similar to the Computrace function on some laptops ?

Having a reputation for being able to kill stolen phones would surely reduce their attraction to the "second-hand goods" market.

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Astronomers tell story set a LONG time ago in a galaxy far, FAR away

sniperpaddy
Mushroom

Re: Space, and the enormity of it

<<<<That's actually extremely straightforward. The expansion is a feature of the metric on cosmological scales, which we're taking to be Robertson-Walker - that is, expanding sheets of flat (or spherical, or hyperboloidal) 3-space. >>>>

I take that to mean that the space-time grid stretches less within galaxies because their internal gravitational attraction between "stars" resists the stretching ?

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HP's Whitman promises 'more beautiful' PCs

sniperpaddy

Re: "Heading up the makeover effort is Stacy Wolff, a longtime HP exec"

I'm definitely not an Apple fan but Steve Jobs did succeed so I do seriously examine what he had to say for core truths (unlike Carli Fiorini & Meg Whittaker et al)

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sniperpaddy
Facepalm

"Heading up the makeover effort is Stacy Wolff, a longtime HP exec"

OMFG !!!

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Now they're compounding their mistakes by using an old school party hack to head a new initiative.

That's like dragging a dead cow behind your new Porsche.

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I said it again and again, they need to get some real tech heads back up in the ELT ranks, not this series of fast talking marketing types. Doing otherwise, guarantees stagnation.

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Nokia tears wraps off new Windows Phone Lumias on steroids

sniperpaddy
Mushroom

ROUNDED CORNERS

They have rounded corners............Apple are not going to like that ;)

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AMD engineering another Opteron-like leap

sniperpaddy
Mushroom

execution, not engineering ????

"AMD's biggest challenge is execution, not engineering" ??????

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I couldn't disagree more. Marketing people over-estimate their own ability and talents.

Like HP, there were too many marketing heads at the executive level and innnovation was stifled in favour of "cover-your-backside" short-term gains.

Giving more emphasis back to core engineering is the longer term solution and putting in an experienced engineer at VP is a good start. However it would have been better to clear out the old incumbents and put him at the top.

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Ocean-seeding experiment re-ignites geo-engineering debate

sniperpaddy
Facepalm

"Red oxide dust is not iron sulphate" ????

That is irrelevant.

The dust contains iron oxide.

The iron sulphate is more soluble but iron is iron.

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Hubble spots ancient spiral galaxy that SHOULD NOT EXIST

sniperpaddy
Facepalm

It's the superman sign.

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Pyrotechnic boffin poised to light LOHAN's fire

sniperpaddy
Mushroom

Re: igniter box

LOl. I'm disappointed too :)

If it was Polonium, the radioactive decay would have solved the warming issue.

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sniperpaddy
Facepalm

Why such a bulky battery pack ?

Why such a bulky battery pack to provide redundancy at low temperatures?

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An elegant solution is to insulate the battery and short it with an embedded PTC thermistor / Posistor.

With good insulation, very little current is required for temperature maintenance.

Alternatively, use a separate piggy-back battery for temperature maintenance.

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Judge: Patent litigants behave like animals

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Facepalm

Re: Submarine patents

Agreed, only the method of implementation should be protected not the abstract concept.

By current logic, patenting "a thing that flies" could give control over a genetically engineered bird, an anti gravity rocket ship (!) and a football.

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sniperpaddy
Stop

mental state analysed ?

<<mental state analysed ?>>

That would be slander unless you can present corroborating evidence.

Would you care to file under your name instead of AC.

Oh wait, El reg can pull your IP/registration from the logs anyway.

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DNSchanger shutdown may kick 300,000 offline on Monday

sniperpaddy

So what is the fix?

So what is the fix? Edit the host file?

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Texas Higgs hunters mourn the particle that got away

sniperpaddy

Re: "This is a discovery that could have been and should have been made in America."

Could have been? Yes if America hadn't lost its way in underproducing and overspending.

Should have been? No. Not any more. You're just living in the past. The rest of the world has passed you out.

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HTC slips One X, Evo 4G past Apple US patent ban

sniperpaddy

Concept vs Implementation

The software patent process is crazy.

They should only protect the algorithm, not the concept.

If the same logic was applied to airplanes, Apple could patent "A CRAFT THAT FLIES" and then sue the guy who invents Anti-gravity ;)

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Actively cooled rocket primed for easy re-entry

sniperpaddy

German Gliders ??

Bully boy economic policy and now gliders?

Surely this is history repeating itself ??? ;)

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Man surfs slopes at night in LED suit

sniperpaddy

nothing new. Some Welsh sheep farmer did that with a bunch of sheep. Pretty amusing when the dog got going.

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Virgin confirms only half of UK will get its 100MB/s broadband

sniperpaddy
FAIL

100 MB/s ?

I think you meant 100 Mb/s and not 100 MB/s because 100 MB/s=800Mb/s

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Huawei circling NZ’s UltraFast Broadband contract

sniperpaddy
Happy

"US$40 million developing a new 40 hectare dairy farm in China"

Are they developing the farm in the middle of a city? :)

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Mirror TV hits the wall

sniperpaddy
WTF?

Mirror TV

Four-and-a-half- grand?

You have got to be kidding me !!!!

I can get a semi-silvered mirror for £100 and stick it to the front of my 46" flat screen.

Total price £1000

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