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DNA survives fiery heat of re-entry on test rocket

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Not surprising

In my previous life I played a lot with DNA. It extremely sturdy for an organic compound of natural origin and nearly impossible to get rid of.

All lab people working on RNA regularly lament on the subject of DNA contamination. If it happens there is no way of removing it short of spraying the contaminated area with a DNA-se enzyme solution. This has been picked up by various industries looking for reliable markers (aka Smart Water, etc) too.

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Sony cuff-puter to do one thing smartwatches can't: Give you DAYS of hot wrist action

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Re: Pebble?

If it is paired to a smartphone there is no need for compute power in the first place. This is the most ridiculous part about the current smartwatch generation. You already have a 4 core monster sitting somewhere nearby so why the hell are you sticking half a gig of RAM and 600MHz CPU as well as all radios known to man into a wrist device? WTF?

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NASA 'nauts have a go on Star Trek replicator IN SPAAAAACE (sort of)

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3D printing with metal is hard on earth

In space the printed part does not oxidize, dissolve nitrogen or any of the other things which prevent a realistic use of 3d printing of metal.

So if anything, runing a functional 3d printer in space is likely to be easier than on Earth. However, it will, by necessity be an external experiment (or require its own built-in-airlock).

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Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs

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but also with the deck pogoing up and down like a Clash fan in 198

Size matters, size matters.

I suggest the author of the article takes the Stena Superferry between the hook of Holland and Harwich. I have done the crossing in a level 6 storm and you could not feel a thing. If the landing barge is big enough it should indeed be OK for a reasonable storm (I would not try to land on it in a tropical hurricane). It also depends where you land. The beauty of sea launch and recovery is that you can do it anywhere. While the Indian and Pacific oceans always have a sizeable wave, the Atlantic puddle quite often calms down to a nearly-lake state (especially in the tropics).

As far as wings... these are not wings, these are aerodynamic control paddles same as on the ESA reusable "spaceplane" project. Nice design - should allow the rocket to use less fuel during the return phase.

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Coming clean: Ten cordless vacuum cleaners

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Re: Why cordless drills came first

Err... The eldest male offspring? I thought that is who is blamed to vacuum clean by default. I was until I left home and I always try to blame mine nowdays. The problem is that every time I try to blame mine (either the elder or his younger sister) to do the vacuuming I find them setting up the Roomba in the room to be cleaned.

C'est la vie, vacuuming is somewhat of a thing of the past.

From that perspective the only thing you use a household vacuum cleaner in a non-DIY/non-Workshop context for is to go around the corners left by the roomba once a month. Something like the Dyson (the long wand version) or the Black-N-Deckers will actually be quite appealing for that job.

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BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

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Re: Good stuff.

European soft drinks are largely sugar,

Bollocks. There are two zones in Europe as far as Big Soda is concerned. Germany, UK, etc - all use sugar and some artificial sweeteners. Southern and Eastern Europe imports HFS in quantity and all drinks are done to 3rd world/Arab world specs. Best example is Bitter Lemon - my kids start spitting it out the moment we cross the Czech border on trips (both of them distinguish between sugar and HFS and cannot stand the latter).

By the time you get to somewhere near Turkey border (or Spain going south) _EVERYTHING_ is laced with HFS to a point where you will _NOT_ find a drink with sugar any more. You can also see obesity in countries which never had it before and it is the generation which has grown up with the "new" stuff.

Why... Well... It will be interesting if one of the Soda companies spokesdroids provides the answer. I am just stating the bloody obvious which you can see from the labels in the supermarket.

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Re: Good stuff.

I agree with the general gist of the article, but it is missing a couple of finer points.

1. Obesity cause is not food overconsumption. It is the food that has changed in the 70 years between the war and now. The people during the war did not get their gob stuffed with food where everything is marinated in glucose-fructose syrup. Anyone trying to repeat the food industry claims that the stuff is harmless is full of shit. Example: Prior to coming to the UK I used to do very little sports while eating half a hot bread right out of the bakery with half a jar of jam on it just for breakfast. Either that or half a kilogram of cheesecake. It was however _REAL_ jam (with sugar, not gfs) and _REAL_ bread or cheesecake made out of flour and yeast without a page list of bromates and other shite in it. I tried to keep that lifestyle in the UK with the result being 20kg gain in a year or so. Nowdays, I have completely blacklisted all gfs, bread and anything out of the crisps and sweets isle. As a result my weight is now back to normal. So the problem is not pies and calories, the problem is that the industry is deliberately putting sh*te in the food and is allowed to get away with it.

2. Obesity presently strikes in most cases from early childhood onwards. The present generation of whales becomes that before the age of 10. In order for the age-expectancy reduction to bring the expected financial results their life expectancy needs to be shorter by several decades (due to the longer period during which they are whales). At least. That is not the case - according to stats the reduction is presently a decade or so. So attributing to whales the "smoker effect" is a bit pushing it.

3. Biggest flaw in the article. It assumes that the tax contribution of a whale is the same as the tax contribution of a normal person. This means that a whale can do the same job as a normal person. Err... Plain and simple - that is not the case. The stats show a significant average income discrepancy (and tax contribution discrepancy) between the whales and the lean ones. Once this is added up into the equation I am no longer sure that the overall conclusions are the same.

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Europe may ask Herr Google: Would you, er, snap off your search engine? Pretty please

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Re: Funded by Google's oppostition

So? Your point is?

Anti-pollution control conservatives in the USA are funded by the Coch brothers. Gasprom has (quite successfully) funded anti-frakking greenies in several European countries, etc.

All politics have to be funded and funding by "competition" is the usual order of the day.

In any case, Google share is likely to dip slightly over the next 5 years due to the move of Mozilla to Bing/Yahoo. In fact, I suspect that one of the reasons why Google did not give Mozilla the terms they wanted is exactly this - to create an illusion of competition in the industry.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

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Re: Oh dear me no.

Err... if she did not get the boys to do the hard work her name would not be Barbie. Let's face it - this is what Barbie indoctrination is all about.

Disclaimer - I got a daughter age 6 which is given samples of the anorexic wh*re effigy once in a while as a present. She plays with them from time to time too (not often thankfully).

However, you are more likely to see her feet sticking from the 80l crate of lego in the playroom looking for the bits she need to complete the next model. That or trying to disassemble the shared computer with a screwdriver I left lying around :) For which I am greateful - she seems to be reasonably impervious to indoctrination. The fact that pestering for anything based on adverts on CITV is an automatic NO in our house probably was some help here too.

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You'll go APE for our new Gorilla Glass 4, Corning reckons

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Dutch tears and strained glass

Strained glass - dutch tears, duralex, etc is very difficult to break. I have dropped Duralex (which is another example of strained glass) plates and glasses onto a tiled kitchen floor floor plenty of times.

Nearly always the plate survives. Sometimes, it even manages to chip the tiles. However, once in a blue moon the strained glass will break. Trust me you do not want to be anywhere near when this happens. It is like a fragmentation grenade - sharp small shards fly out up to 5m in all directions.

Hmm... A phone with a strained glass screen. Why I do not feel comfortable with the idea of being near this when it is dropped...

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USB coding anarchy: Consider all sticks licked

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No, would not work

Rule number one of successful exploitation of vulnerabilities - immediately patch the hole you used to get through so that the next attacker cannot get through.

So the fact that the USB does not seem vulnerable means nothing - it may have hacked firmware already which closes the original exploit hole.

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Whitelisting USBs does not work

In most cases USB ID is programmable in firmware so by whitelisting you have done little to avoid being hit by a hacked USB implementation. All modern USB storage works without any ID specific quirks so the fake ID peripheral will work and will be able to execute the attack.

In any case, USB is and will remain a more difficult attack vector compared to other peripherals. It does not have RDMA which was present in Firewire and is back with a vengeance in thunderbolt. With that you can do anything you like to the target without the target being able to mount any defence whatsoever.

By the way, this article firmly holds the crown for the least readable and worst English grammar on el reg so far. Granted, it is "before 4 th double espresso" time here... Still, I had to re-read some of the sentences more than a couple of times.

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Attack reveals 81 percent of Tor users but admins call for calm

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Will not help you

Will not help you.

All you need is to throw a DPI into the mix and do traffic shaping on the DPI in-transit instead of the compromised server. Shape a flow down, shape a flow up, compute a correlation coefficient, done.

In fact, this can be taken even further. The natural Internet congestion and different traffic flow rates resulting from it can yield the same results, you just need Bayes stats instead of simple correlation. This is a classic big data problem, given a sufficient dataset you can nail pretty much any client if you can get a data sample near source and near entry. You do not need the data itself, all you need is is basic TCP stats on it - window, rtt, etc.

Check, mate.

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The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

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Re: Wonderful little cars

It has devolved.

The original 1.0L 3 cylinder came to Toyota group from its Daihatsu division as the driving power inside the Daihatsu Mira aka Cuore/Charade. IIRC it first appeared on the 1998 Mira and really came to shine on the 2003-2007 Mira/Charade.

Compared to the Aygo, the Mira/Charade is a briliant city vehicle - no thrills, utilitarian, functional and most importantly zippy - 12s to 60, not the snail pace 15 you get from the Japano-French geriatric. It is also geared very low (same as the Daihatsu 2003 SIrion mk 3) so the 12s does not depict the real driving experience in city conditions - the performance in 0-30 is considerably higher than what can be expected from the 12s number (sub-4s if memory serves me right).

Its sole problem was the utterly inept marketing by Daihatsu in Europe compounded by internal restrictions inside Toyota group and the mandate of: "though shall address youf and pensioners and though shall not compete with the Yaris". So it did not sell around here anywhere near the levels at which the Mira sold in the far east (there it is outsold Toyota proper left right and center).

Compared to that (which are the Aygo roots), the original Aygo was a step backwards and this one is not an improvement either. I will take a 2003 Charade over an Aygo any day today, pity they do not make them any more.

In any case - it is surprising that Toyota are not shipping a Turbo version of it. A turbo for the 1L Daihatsu/Toyota 3 cyl has been available for ages taking its ~55-65 bhp (depending on sub-variety, exhaust assembly, etc) to nearly 100. Otherwise - I agree, the original unit is now way old in the tooth to be competitive with the new VW group small vehicles.

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World leaders rubber-stamp tax recoup effort at G20 gabfest

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Re: But I thought western free-market democracies were all in favour of competition!

Hehe...

Different levels of competition, different levels. Competition between companies vs competition between countries. Competition between companies requires a level playing field which in turn in a global world requires a reasonably uniform tax and legal environment across all countries.

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Meet OneRNG: a fully-open entropy generator for a paranoid age

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Similar to Via CPUs

This as a source of entropy looks similar to the hardware RNG on Via CPUs (similar quantum noise source), just fully "DIY".

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European Commission decides it won't have a science advisor after Greenpeace pressure

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Re: That's OK

Ohh, because that is the same as creating a gene artificially that makes the plant produce insecticide or a Round'Up neutralizer ?

Compared to that an interspecies hybrid with additional unknown properties from radiation induced mutagenesis is even worse. The main argument against GM is the environmental impact and "we do not know what effect do these have on us and the environment".

So let's see.

On one side we have a plant which produces an insecticide or Round'Up neutralizer. We have surgically inserted that gene and we have used a virus to do so so we know what other DNA went there. That is a known value.

On the other side we have an interspecies hybrid from a plant family where nearly anything is toxic (potato family has a whole raft of poisonous plants) with a whole raft of genes with point mutations from radiation induced mutagenesis. Do we have a clue what will happen if it is left out in the wild? Do we know if any of the toxic genes which are suppressed in the normal potato get expressed occasionally? Do not think so.

Now, ask the greenies to eat a spud. BIG BAKED one (the big "McDonalds" varieties are multiple interspecies hybrids with 4 or 8 sets of chromosomes compared to the wild potatos).

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That's OK

Next time you see a GM refusenik ask him how much potatoes did he eat lately.

All potatoes are (albeit primitive) GM. They are a product of early work on radiation induced mutagenesis + cross-species hybridization of the resulting mutants in the 30-es and early post-war (both sides of the curtain). None of the currently cultivated varieties is something you can obtain via normal breeding and selection techniques. If you create something like this today it should require the same clearance for deployment as GM - it is a cross species hybrid with unknown properties.

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I'M SO SORRY, sobs Rosetta Brit boffin in 'sexist' sexy shirt storm

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Re: Just once

Exactly. The shirt is awful in terms of colour and graphics taste.

Sexist - do not think so. Are the ladies in question doing the dishes, washing the floor, putting out the laundry or doing anything else which the woman "should do" according to the "woman's place is in the kitchen astrophysical theory"?

No.

Then move along. End of story.

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Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG

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Re: Quite Clever

Not so fast. The shield on top of the steering wheel airbag does not fly in your face. Stiff leather with reinforced backing is no different from a phone so if it went towards you you would have been cranialy modified too.

So in theory, it is possible to embed a display (if done correctly) into the steering wheel. Note - this is in theory. Big "in theory" here.

In practice (if done properly) it is one of the most stupid locations to do so. Your eye movement from road to mid-steering wheel and back is more than from road to pretty much anywhere on the dashboard. On top of it, the distance to there from your eyes is so different compared to the road (or the normal dash) that your eyes will have to refocus. This is one of the reasons (in addition to anti-glare) to put all readouts in a recessed dash and not in yer face. Constant refocus is actually even worse than distractions. It is a recipe for disaster.

This is one of the reasons nobody ever put any indicators there.

Now as far as attaching something to it with "spit" - well, that is beyond stupid. Even if the airbag deploys correctly, even if it does not fly in your face, it is just... stupid.

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Cold? Cuddle these HOT GERMAN RACKS, yours for only 12,000 euro – we swear there's an IT angle

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The mother of all resilience schemes

This also provides pretty good resilience (if engineered correctly).

Nice :)

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US Marshals commit DIRTBOX INTRUSION on Americans, says report

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Re: Pity...

If they had a warrant they could get the info from the phone company.

True. Also true that in USA due to the E911 legislation a phone can be triangulated on request by the mobile company down to 10s of meters or less (much better than most countries).

However, that services is not designed for pursuit. It presumes the target is not mobile and cannot be queried at high frequency so it is of little use if you are trying to catch someone, especially someone in a vehicle moving at 50mph in an urban environment (locating a mobile in hillbilly country is actually easier than doing so in down town New York). There is also a fairly limited rate at which the network can execute such queries especially in busy hours as they involve paging for that mobile repeatedly across a paging area.

So both the warrant and the fake cell triangulation using a MIM have their uses.

Now making a secret out of using fake cells is frankly stupid (it is a well known tech), but that is another matter. It just comes with the territory.

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Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

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Slid? In that gravity

Err... I need to do some napkin math, but if the surface is not "rock as we know it" as it is expected to be sliding on it in that gravity field is not very likely. Bouncing - yes. Sliding... Do not think so.

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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Re: Sounds like a job

Looking at that video it is more of a job for a knight of the mechanical variety. Unofrtunately, most weapons mounted on a standard issue police bot will be too weak to pierce through the several inches of blubber. Even a large bore shotgun is helpless when facing 20cm of fat.

If the whale has fermented enough already sticking a charge or two with a bot may be the only sensible solution as it may be too dangerous for a human to approach on the "belly side". Anything else aside, the fermentation produces not just methane so if this blows "in yer face" it may take a couple of fortnights and quite a lot of soap and rubbing to get rid of the stench.

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EU Ryanair 'screen-scraping' case could affect biz models

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Re: Genuinely stupid in the case of Ryanair

I find the BA prices always accurate on the comparison sites. I've used them a number of times this year alone ?

BA/Iberia is not being CheapSkate Air - they have multiple APIs including the legacy industry standard ones used by global booking systems. They do not make an issue from you having their current price so most price comparison sites get a realtime feed instead of screen-scraping. They do change them in realtime though - if you book BA or Iberia via Amex or Cason Corporate Travel you will see a warning that for these particular airlines the price is an estimate until ticketed.

Ditto for EasyJet - while they do not hook up to the normal global booking systems, they feed current price via APIs.

In either case there is _NO_ database backend except for a temporary and ephemeral storage of pricing data. The actual prices are produced by an algorithm so there is neither creative nor informative content in the database - it is purely a transfer and IPC medium.

It is only RyanAir which is making an issue out of it as if it is some super duper magic.

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Genuinely stupid in the case of Ryanair

Ryanair operates a dynamic demand based pricing scheme (same as 99% of the airlines out there). All they need to do to kill any and every price comparison site is to increase the frequency of recomputation to the levels used by Iberia/BA (instantaneous recompute on ticket purchase) or (Sl)EasyJet - recompute based on number of views of a particular time/price segment.

From there on any information held by price comparison sites which do not have a contract to get a realtime feed is completely worthless (as is the case with BA/Iberia prices on price comparison sites).

However, instead of this O'Leary is being well... O'Leary. Changing of triggers and recomputation intervals in a dynamic pricing algorithm requires re-running the math models and sometimes doing some proper math work by a proper mathematician specializing in optimal control. That costs quite a lot of money and most airlines (including O'Leary) do not keep these on payroll - they actually contract people from universities to do that for them. So back on O'Leary being O'Leary - he is as usually cheapskating instead of paying someone to both improve his margins and solve this once and for all.

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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Re: The laptop and desktop are dead.

The cheap end will probably merge with mobile over time. Surface has the right idea, the problem is that it is trying to hit the wrong cost point.

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Alibaba reports China's Singles Day is the world's biggest orgy of shopping

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And we dare complain about consumerisation of Christmas...

The consumerization of Christmas, Halloween, Easter, etc in the western world pales by comparison...

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Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet

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Re: Update FAIL (?)

recent BASH vulnerabilities

Err... No... The equivalent here would be the (not so) recent OpenSSL vulnerabilities. HeartBleed and Co.

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EU battles over 'anti-terrorist' passenger records slurper law

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Re: Why only in Europe?

It is given if they require it already. The sole difference for the time being is overflights.

USA requires overflights to supply this information as well. This matters little as there is only a handful of flights which overfly USA airspace without landing there - flights to Cuba, Mexico, Belize, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

I am not sure if Russia requires advanced passport info on overflights, if it does, avoiding that will make it quite interesting as it is quite expensive (our outright impossible without an extra refuel stop) to fly from Europe to China, Korea, Japan and the rest of the Far East without going through Russian airspace. Ditto for China.

Russia, China, etc (no idea about Cuba) definitely require passenger lists in advance for flights landing there.

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Bendy, but hangs loose too: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch Android tab

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It still justifies it in my book

Nexus has an extended "life expectancy" because of the third party (AOSP/Cyanogen) ROMs.

While there is some work on getting a working build for the Yoga it is neither very active, nor very successful.

That alone (the extended life option) gives the 9 a slight advantage. Not that I need one - for the time being the old Nexus 7 and Samsung 3 are more than sufficient in their "electronic pacifier" duties. If either one of them breaks I would go for the 9 (or something from Samsung which has a Cyanogen port) instead of a Yoga.

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Chinese coder's got 99 problems and getting hitched is one: Huge iPhone woo plot FAILS

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Re: Was the young lady a smuggler or something?

You'd think a software developer of all people would understand creative resource usage beats over-provisioning any day. But no...

You obviously never had to work with Huawei software.

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Was the young lady a smuggler or something?

This is the only reason I can see for offering 99 shiny shiny along with the ring.

If she was not into smuggling them (AFAIK you no longer need to do that down there), then her decision is not surprising.

The cost of 99 Shiny Shiny is the start of the price bracket for an Audi or Beamer convertible. Looking at BMW UK site, series 2 starts at 29K. That is a grand total of only 58 Shiny Shiny. 99 Shiny Shiny will get you a nice spec series 4.

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IEEE turns crank on new wired Ethernet standards

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AC is not the driver

There's more than a few applications that push gigabit cable to the limit at a sustained rate

Linux and Mac network stack speeds:

UDP and other datagram protocols, single packet per RX/TX - 1.6Gbit per core

UDP and friends, multipacket rx/tx - 3GBit per core (Linux only, Mac does not have the relevant syscalls).

TCP without any offloads: 3-5Gbit per core

TCP with offloads - 6Gbits or thereabouts per core

Not sure what Windows state is, but it should be of the same order of magnitude.

So looking at these numbers, there is plenty of "need for speed" without having AC as an excuse.

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Autonegotiate over 8+ different bandwidths?

I do not want to be the one who builds the MII for this.

Autonegotation over 10 (if supported), 100, 1000, 2500, 5000, 10000... Right... Someone is smoking something very cool and not sharing it.

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AT&T drops plans for LTE data networking on commercial flights

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This would have required new capacity

Antennas on existing ground sites do not point up so this would have needed a considerable investment into additional infrastructure. Add to that a fair share of technical challenges - LTE was not designed for terminals moving at 800km/h.

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Kryder's law craps out: Race to UBER-CHEAP STORAGE is OVER

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That graph with "industry projections" seems wildly optimistic. The best fit to that curve is that "we just hit the wall" and it is "flat from here onwards".

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

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Good, but not good enough

A lot of what they are measuring can be picked up using a trivial black box style sensor package mandated to be attached to every train.

1. Missing clips - trivial image recognition.

2. Vibrations, etc - indicating the early stages of deformation in the rails - accelerometer and GPS.

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In fact, you can probably do most measurements using 200£ worth of off the shelf phone hardware with a couple of extra cameras. It will not replace the "proper" measuring train, but it will vastly improve the track safety. It will also mean that track is inspected every 5-10 minutes, on every train not once in a few months when the budget has allowed one of the few precious yellow trains to run a particular track. Actually - I take my words back - this should be enough for a lot low speed sidings and local lines which never get a seeing using the precious "yellow train" anyway.

Yeah, I know - while the technology to fit such realtime ongoing inspection to all engines is there already, because of the way railways are deregulated, making their owners fit it is nearly impossible without legislation.

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Printing Bad: Meth found in laser printer cartridges

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Re: This doesn't make sense..

The Russians have managed to invent the "safe method" already. There heroin, morphine, cocaine and meth are yesterday's OAP drugs. The fun compound of the day are artificial cannabinoids, aka Spice.

Every time the regulatory bodies declare the current variety a control substance, it gets modified - a methyl group here, a hydroxyl there, some experimentation on the local drug addicts and voila here is the new legal high - perfectly legal for the next 6-9 months despite being as addictive as heroin. All that is needed is for the drug syndicates to employ a couple of PhD level organic synthesis professionals.

So no matter what the Atreides from the state police do, "The Spice Must Flow".

By the way, as far as the West is concerned it is a lose-lose situation. For the time being the Spice is confined to the borders of the old Soviet Union. It is not a matter of "if it will break out", it is a matter of "when".

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

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Re: "What the hell have you done with all the tits!!!"...

We'll soon have all you bloody ornithologists banned!.

Come on, there is nothing wrong with observing some boobies and an occasional shag *

* Isn't English language just lovely :)

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China is ALREADY spying on Apple iCloud users, claims watchdog

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Re: Stay Calm, Click OK on the dodgy cert, and Carry On!

Should it change the nappy too?

The fool and his money will soon be parted. FFS, my 6 year old daughter reads warnings thrown by the browser and refuses to click past something that looks fishy. Granted, the same daughter has been caught trying to pick a lock with a hairclip at the tender age of 4 so she is not a representative sample of "user population".

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Wind farms make you sick claims blown away again

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Re: Not just windmill nutters

powerless GSM mast - Err.. BOLLOCKS.

As someone who has worked for 7 years designing GSM basestations, there is no such beast. If GSM mast is operational it is powered and has equipment attached to it. The only case where it is not powered is a DAS, but that is usually not used for masts, only for in-building antennas and very rarely urban deployments - f.e. multiple antennas on building edges..

Your average GSM mast has 1+ antennas, a basestation and for most of them a power unit which feeds the BTS and (in the case of microwave backhaul) the microwave P2P links which connect the basestation to the network. In addition to that the basestation cabinet and the power unit may also have environmental - heating and cooling (depending on the geographical location and the basestation model). All of these do generate sound across the spectrum. Usually (unless you are dealing with some really idiotic design) it is not much, but it is there.

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Re: Not just windmill nutters

Queue letters coming in to the local council about headaches, sleepless nights, nausea,

Some people do get all of these. They are not however related to GSM, WiFi sensitivity or other psychobabble. The microwave intensities are simply not there for that. The root cause is different.

Plain and simple - these are people that have very low tolerance to vibrations and infrasound. Different people have different sensitivity, however every one is affected. As an experiment - you can put infrasound ~ 7Hz at >40 db in an office. Nobody will hear it (it is under the hearing threshold). It does affect every one, so by the end of the day people will have headaches, nausea and will be at each other's throats. Some will be violently sick too.

A turbine field will generate infrasound - it is the laws of physics - the collision of air waves deflecting off the blades off neighbouring turbines as well as lower harmonics generated from interference of higher frequency sounds from blades, etc. So will a lot of the power supplies for a lot of electronic equipment - they all generate ultrasound (from the power conversion part) and some generate infrasound as well as a result of intereference between higher frequency harmonics.

Usually the intensities are nowhere near 50 db :) This however does not mean that you may not run into someone with a "weak inner ear" who will be affected at lower intensity. It also does not mean that a particular turbine field has not been designed so badly that it resonates and some more sensitive people sick over time. Ditto for basestations and other electronic equipment.

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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Re: Apart from the inbuilt creepiness

You fail to fully comprehend the creepiness.

Look carefully at the lower picture. Then ask it to open the pod bay doors and do not be surprised if it answers "I am sorry Dave, I am afraid I cannot do that".

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Antares apocalypse: Orbital points finger at turbopump FAIL

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Re: In this case, it's not the technology.

You missed one more. Pulling the dusty files out of the dark corner of the brain where they were confined after I got my Chemistry MSc and went to the dark side of IT: Many light metal alloys are not steel, they change with time and some of them quite a lot. Some of it is change in crystalline structure, some of it is oxidation, some of it is dark magic which noone understands :)

Most Al, Ti, Mg, etc alloys (as used in space tech from half a century ago) would have undergone a considerable change of mechanical properties over 50 years (not necessarily bad by the way, Al alloys generally become less fragile and more plastic with age). What would have been well within the tolerances 60 years ago, may not necessarily be usable today. If the pump has any elements made out of Titanium or Al alloys that would have been the prime suspect in my book.

IMHO - this is the biggest FAIL in the Orbital idea. It is not a rocket technology fail, not a control tech fail, not a refurb fail. It is a material sciences fail.

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

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Are you referring to "what backups" Sex and the S**tty episode?

I do not quite see that episode as Apple product placement :)

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RBS faces BIGGEST ever fine for THAT huge IT meltdown – leak

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Re: Corporate fines == useless

Not necessarily, especially for banks.

Banks manage anything - including IT change control as "risk" now. The reason why jobs are moved to lower cost and lower qualification geographies is that the cost of risk in doing so does not outweight the cost savings.

This fine will be a precedent for change in the risk (and its associated costs) calculations. Will this be enough to stop some of the genuine stupidities involved in IT decision making - dunno. It will however have some effect.

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'You have no right to see me NAKED!' Suddenly, everyone wakes up at the Google-EU face-off

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Re: Wrong Target?

To me, this seems analogous to instructing map-makers to leave out the shadier streets in a town.

It is not any different from instructing map makers to avoid putting that Minuteman or SS-18 launch site on the map. That is something they have been doing since the days when the first map was drawn (just in those days it used to be coastal batteries instead).

As far as going after the search sites, if the Minuteman site on the other side of the hill is not on the map the only people to know it is there are likely to be the neighbours and the "enemy". Everyone else will not have a clue that there are 16 nuclear warheads waiting to blow up someone on the other side of the globe.

Cutting down the audience to people who know it already is usually 99.99% good enough in terms of mitigating the effect of information which is the subject of "right to be forgotten". This is in fact the aim of the right to be forgotten directive - it is not to be forgotten by people who already know, it is "not to be learned" by people who do not.

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Pay-by-bonk 'glitch' means cards can go kaching-for-crims

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Re: Who knew pay by bonk was insecure? It's bonkers, I tell you

but how are they going to hang on to it? Unidentified?

The only way they can do this is if they set up a merchant (described in the article actually). There are quite a few checks and traceability requirements to set-up a merchant nowdays. So "setting it up" is IMHO out of the question.

Things become considerably more interesting if you "own" a merchant. Instead of lifting the cards, you add your remote pay-by-bonk terminals operated by the pawns around the world to the merchant transaction system. Then you lift the money out of the merchant accounts. This is a tall order - you need to "own" that merchant's infrastructure top top bottom - interface for POS, transactions, accounts and banking backend. Not infeasible, but probably too much effort for the payback you are going to get for a normal "pay by bonk pickpocketing" in bars and malls. Now setting up a 1.5m parabolic antenna aimed at the morning queue at one of the London subway stations or drive by skimming of bus queues... That may be worth it...

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Intel: A tiny video drone? Disguised as a BRACELET? Great! Take half a million dollars!

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Re: This is the winner?

I can just see 10,000 people at a sporting event suddenly launching these things.

So do I. Just colour them correctly and launch at a Balkan or Latin American national match. The war with the neighbours is pretty much guaranteed after that.

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