* Posts by imanidiot

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By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

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More likely to be the Wendelstein 7-X project as the stellarator design is easier to adapt for continuous fusion. ITER is frankly a bit of a waste of money so far. (I'm sure it'll have its purpose in research, but for commercial fusion it seems to be a dead-end)

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Re: Cut to the chase

A lot of that focused funding and partnership is funding from one commercial company (like Samsung or Global Foundries) to another commercial company (Like ASML, Applied Materials or FEI for instance) for R&D and development of tooling and methods. Not everything with the word funding is taxmoney...

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Re: That is one serious bullshit chart

Given energy output growth over the last decade or so and the current developments in power generation technology there is not much reason to assume a massive increase in power output levels.

Remember, ITRS is a business group for the semicon industry. They have to assume power levels are going to be a problem because they very likely will be. Assuming they are going to see some rapid growth in output levels means taking a very large risk. In the past (iirc) ITRS has been pretty good at predicting the correct roadmap and technological advances.

BTW, this might be the last ITRS roadmap but more focused industry groups are already getting setup to meet the more specific needs of todays semicon market. ITRS was simply no longer the right forum for the job (as described in the article).

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Microsoft Azure doubles up to $800m a quarter – and is wiped out by dying phone sales

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Re: So remind me?

Woops, my bad. I did indeed mean TIFKAM. Serves me right for trying to multitask.

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So remind me?

Why did we need the TIFCAM and Win10 abomination that is a "unified OS" for mobile and computing again? Seems like MS is pullout out of the mobile market again.

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Microbe drives tropical butterfly species to a male-killing frenzy

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Re: I don't get it

Apparently the influx of outside males is enough to sustain the population and apparently the modified W gene is dominant/passed on by the female, so that any offspring is also affected by the man-eater organism.

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After Monday's landing, SpaceX wants to do it in triplicate

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Cost savings will probably run in the tens of millions at best. Given the costs of refurb, refit and recertification probably only a single digit number of millions. Certainly not hundreds of millions.

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

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Re: Simple solution

I think you missed the point here.

That information ALONE doesn't get you anywhere. But in todays hyper connected world getting all the other information you need is only a click away. The more info you have on a target the easier it becomes for a scammer to use other tricks to talk people into doing his bidding. Like convincing a bank clerk he really is "person x" and he needs the money transfered,

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Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

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Really?

*insert nick cage "you don't say?" meme pic here*

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Space station to get shiny new ringpiece for automatic penetration

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Re: "The standard, agreed in 2010, could prove vital"

I've yet to meet an engineer that in any way shape or form wants to get involved in (office) politics. We tend to want to get to the best technical solution, politics be damned. Be it space docking or sewer systems.

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Re: "The standard, agreed in 2010, could prove vital"

The great thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from :)

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Software bug costs Citigroup $7m after legit transactions mistaken for test data for 15 years

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Fess up or keep Schtumm

What would have happened if Citibank just never bothered to report this error? Given the omission of the data was not noticed from either side for 15 years, would SEC have ever noticed? I presume Citibank could save themselves 15 million.

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By Juno! NASA delivers first new snaps from Jupiter

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Re: Juno and its pictures...

@John Robson, ==>

I'll be in the corner sulking if anybody needs me...

I don't know how that happened.

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Re: Juno and its pictures...

It'll drop the highest point in it's orbit (apojove) to pretty much circularise pretty soon afaik. It's in a very eliptical orbit right now as it only barely managed to get captured before starting to move too far away from Saturn again (Oberth effect means engine efficiency is much greater deeper in the gravity well). Thus once the craft is confirmed operational and all distant observations of the moons have been made it'll fire it's engine when aproaching perijove one last time to drop the apojove and shorten it's orbit time.

(And yes, I just wanted to use apojove and perijove, because I'm a nerd)

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Brit Science Minister to probe Brexit bias against UK-based scientists

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Re: Boo fucking hoo

That's the whole point. Article 50 has not been invoked and no-one know when that will happen or even IF it will happen (There is still a slim chance it won't happen after all). Yet some scientists are already throwing their toys out the pram.

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FUD

Those warning of consequences where not warning about the voting but about the actual leaving following the possible "leave" outcome of said voting. The results of the actual leaving are yet to happen. Anything short term before article 50 is even invoked is pure FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) based on pretty much nothing at all except "well something MIGHT happen"...

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Re: Boo fucking hoo

If I am to believe a researcher friend of mine they ARE being treated differently all of a sudden because of this whole brexit mess. Funding is everything within the scientific world and for instance my friends supervisor (the guy who received and manages the research grand and paying for him working there) is threatening to move the entire project out of the UK "because they might lose funding".

The whole thing is ridiculous, but when it comes to scientific projects where 2 years is only a fraction of time and funding for 40 or 50 people working on it is coming from a large EU fund some people get nervous when a new project is getting set up and funding might suddenly dry up if something like brexit happens. Whether the fears are justified is an entirely different matter.

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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

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Related to that previous message about ESA building an engine test stand in the UK as well?

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Brit space agency test 'shop

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Top news!

Can we get a full article on this at some point. This sounds perfect for geeking out on!

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Don't doubt it, Privacy Shield is going to be challenged in court

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Re: The problem here

That "and sell your data" should be read as and/or. Apple most certainly squafs any userdata they have at the slightest wink of the authorities. They put on a bit of a show over decrypting that phone a while back, but mostly they comply with any request for data if it doesn't require breaking encryption

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The problem here

The biggest problem here is that the average joe doesn't understand what can be done with all that data that gets send overseas. And because he doesn't understand he doesn't care.

And thus companies like M$, FarceBook, crApple and the Chocolate Factory get to squaf all their data to the authorities and sell it to the highest bidder without concern.

It's happening in ever sneakier ways by methods most wouldn't even suspect.

Need to perform a bunch of statistics and analysis on your non-profits organisation with thousands of underage members? There's an app for that. Just upload all your membership info (suitably "anonymised" ofcourse, names are not important, just age, streetname, zipcode, email adress, membership duration, etc, etc) to this nice convenient server located in the US. No really, we are an entirely european company, our servers are just located at out parent companies server park "for convenience". Ohh and sign this contract that explicitly states that if YOU upload the data to the US they can do with it what they want under US law. No really, just upload it there, no problem. Look at all the pretty graphs you get!

(My brother ran into this exact situation, other managers and the people involved just wouldn't understand why he didn't want pretty much their entire membership database uploaded to a US bases server with a signed waiver saying "do whatever the hell you like with this data". He lost that fight in the end)

==> Paris, because I doubt she even has an understanding of the 'word' privacy.

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Tesla whacks guardrail in Montana, driver blames autopilot

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This matches my opinion. The current crop of driving assistance is good enough that the driver gets bored and loses focus but not good enough to actually allow for such.

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'We shall overcome' net neutrality, sing Euro telcos in the key of 5Gs

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Re: We don't need no innovation

Not a single telco is ever going to pull out. Forget about it. They might threaten with it, but in the end they will want the revenue. And if they DO pull out, market forces will make another company stand up and fill in the gap. In the end with cartels like this it'll end up with all of them saying to the other guys: "We need to make good on our threats, you pull out first" in hopes of being the last one standing and taking all of the cake.

This is a power play, and if this victory is given to the Telco's we can kiss goodbye to the roughly reasonable network pricing we have so far enjoyed in the EU (compared to the US anyway). And it will have a knock on effect on the cabled broadband/fiber market because all large internet providers are either owned by the large Telco moguls or in very very close alliance with them.

We are getting forcefully bent over in preparation. Lets not let things go any further.

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Idiot brings gun-shaped iPhone to airport

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Not THAT realistic

When looking calmly at a photo I wouldn't mistake that thing for a real gun. If I were a police officer and had a split second that guy would be on the ground before he knew what hit him. By a rugby tackle if I was close enough and behind. By gunpoint and forcefull commands if he was sensible and I was positioned in front of him. By accute lead poisening if he did anything stupid.

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Etch a stretch: 3D NAND layer cake flop leads to 'string stacking'

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Re: Busses

Because doing semicon production is really, really hard and requires MASSIVE investment that needs to be paid back? (And doing more die stacking means tying up more of those expensive machines for longer to produce a single product, hence an increase in price)

Seriously, a single DUV photo litho machine goes upwards of 10 million euros. Then you need wafer production, dicing, slicing, spincoaters, PVD, CVD, implanters, etchers, etc, etc. Things add up. Fast.

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Re: TEM?

Nobody has so far managed to build systems with enough parallel but independant X-ray or electron beams to provide enough production speed for the process to be viable. Keep in mind the average throughput for system like this is well over 80 wafers per hour per cell. More often it goes over 150. The average DUV litho system runs at 250 wafers per hour per machine.

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Bloke 'lobbed molotov cocktails' at Street View car because Google was 'watching him'

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Re: Just out of curiosity

Seems like a case where big lawyers won't make a difference. I'd be surprised if you couldn't find a lawyer to take that case for a decent fee or even on a "no cure-No pay" commision basis.

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Re: yep

DuckDuckGo is basically a google scraper. I'm not so sure google can't actually get a very good idea of who you are even when using DuckDuckGo.

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Remember those stupid hoverboards? 500,000+ recalled in the US after they started exploding

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Another problem is that riding one if you are older than 12 gives a lot of other people the inexplicable urge to punch you in the face. Or is that just me?

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NASA curious about Curiosity's fourth 'safe mode' event

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Only 4 events?

Doesn't seem that bad. Both spirit and oppertunity did worse iirc. And all of them where completely recoverable (Which is a testament to the programming of these systems and the quality of the support team imho)

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Loose wrists shake chips: Your wrist-job could be a PIN-snitch

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Even more reason

Even more reason not to want a smartwatch. And I didn't ever want one in the slightest to begin with

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Microsoft's cringey 'Hey bae <3' recruiter email translated by El Reg

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Re: Language pack

Nobody knows. Only a hipster could check that but typewriters don't have spellcheckers

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Re: Ah...

... installed Windows 10 on their Macbook.

(Keep in mind this is the bay area we're talking here. High hipster Mac user density)

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Space prang of cosmic proportions blamed for giving Mars its moons

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Unclear

To me the video shows a whole lot of material blasting off into space and a whole lot of material falling back to the planet, only very little of it goes into something resembling an orbit, but none of it seems stable to me. To me as an outsider this theory seems unlikely, so we'll see what the sample gathering turns up!

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New phones rumoured as BlackBerry cans BB10 production

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If they go the alcatel route they can kiss goodbye to all those us government secure phone contracts. The hardware being designed and built by a chinese owned company is a no go no matter the software security.

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Never-never chip tech Memristor shuffles closer to death row

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Re: Best Tech?

Actually being able to mass produce the stuff for one.

Real world litho processes are surprisingly finicky and what works in small proto batches might not work on full blown production. Memristors from my understanding are just too hard to produce large scale to be worth the effort.

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We'll smash probe into comet 300 million miles away for kicks, er, sorry, ... for science

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Re: We really need better power sources

Seeing how hamstrung the power companies are in Japan in restarting their power plants after the Fukushima incident by rampant radiophobia it's not just the "oldies" that fear anything nuclear. There are badly informed masses in all age groups. And once radiophobia sets in it becomes nearly impossible to get out of a persons mind again. Even Einstein realized this at the time of the Manhattan project, but "the powers that be" decided that the fear and unknown of radioactivity and fallout worked in their advantage. (an excellent article on the matter at Hiroshimasyndrome.com. In fact, that entire website makes for an interesting read and for those interested in the goings on at Fukushima features a great and informative blog without the bullshit)

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Dutch court says BREIN should get e-book uploaders' names

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Re: BREIN

BREIN claims to be representing artists and claims to pay out to those artists it represents. Similar to Buma/Stemra. Also similar to Buma/Stemra however there seems to be "some discrepency" in how much comes in versus how much is payed out.

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Bezos' Blue Origin's first live Webcast a no-explosion yawnfest

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Yes, Origin are reusing the same hardware for each launch. It'll be interesting to see just how many launches they can pull off with the same hardware. That thing must take a beating on each launch. The hardware engineering calculations must be interesting to say the least.

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Re: Coming in very slowly

What Seajay said. And added to that the fuel reserve for SpaceX is extremely limited. They are basically doing a suicide burn designed such that the rocket reaches 0 velocity right as the landing legs touch the ground and right as the fuel runs out. They have very very little room for error in terms of fuel load and timing. (As the last SpaceX landing attempt showed)

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Lester Haines: RIP

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RIP Lester. My condolances to family and friends. The good ones always seem to be taken too young.

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Space Data dudes say Google lifted Loon balloon tune

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smart move or loonie move?

If I were that company I'd have left my patebts out of this. Breaking the NDA is much easier to prove and a heavy enough reason to get google to shut down their loonie project. NOW they risk Google bringing in a "person skilled in the art" who goes " well duhh" and invalidates their patent. Throwing their nice little niche wide open.

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Prenda Law's copyright-trolling shakedown scam slammed AGAIN

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Re: Interesting

Because they where immediately sanctioned by the judge in question. It was a rather unprecedented move from a US judge, which is why it keeps dragging on.

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Chinese loan sharks seek salacious selfies as collateral

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Re: Shurely

You'll be hard pressed in china to find anyone that doesn't care about their image/reputation. "Face" is highly important in Chinese society.

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Astroboffins' discovery gives search for early life a left hand. Or right

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Re: As Science notes, propylene oxide isn't an organic molecule;

Not just that day ;)

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Cygnus spacecraft on fire

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Re: IRONY

Does that qualify as ironic though?

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Thief dresses as Apple Store drone, walks off with $16,000 in iGear

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Re: Why didn't they...

Given the guy knew where to find the phones an knew his way around the perps had insider info. Possibly an inside accomplice got his hands on the badge of a coworker or they stole one from an employee

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Eds off their meds: Does this headline REALLY need to be so astronomically long it can be measured in parsecs?

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Journalists hate this commentor for one simple trick. Click here to find out:

Well donr indeed. Though that headline could have been longer. It's not overly long until it breaks the site layout!

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Cork data centre will offer super-speedy US to Europe data times

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Re: But *why* 320 km from a nuclear installation ?

Its because some radiophobic twat with no clue what a nuclear installation IS or what can realistically happen at one (very dependant on type) decided what a minimum safe distance should be to avoid being impacted by any sort of exclusion zone...

In other words it was pulled from the air and is based on pure bovine excrement.

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