* Posts by imanidiot

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'Not paying for any of that music was probably a mistake. Buh bye!'

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Re: Apple iWatch

Apple is just training the first cohorts in doublespeak. Think one thing, say the other. This watch sure is a piece of crap, but ISN'T IT GREAT?

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NASA's Messenger craft SMASHES into Mercury: See ya later, alien crater

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Mercury does have an atmosphere,

but a very very thin one that is normally hardly woth mentioning. Enough to cause drag on a satelite though

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Grooveshark closes, blames 'serious mistake' of not paying for music

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The entire music industrie

needs to get their heads out of their asses

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Major London rail station reveals system passwords during TV documentary

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All too common unfortunately

My job/company involves working with highly sensitive client data. Stuff industrial espionage, hacking and other illegal activities are committed for. The main account for the mechanics/spannermonkeys around here to access work instuctions has it's username and password clearly written out on a large sticker stuck to the front of the PC. Access to the space is not that secure to say the least...

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UK rail signals could be hacked to cause crashes, claims prof

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air gap beat by USB?

I would bloody well think the airgapped PC doesn't just mount any ol' USB drive. Or has free USB ports at all. And has the mouse and keyboard hard soldered in.

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Fukushima nuke plant owner told to upgrade from Windows XP

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Re: Please come visit Fukushima

The situation in the Daini plant isn't that bad. The water remaining in the buildings there isn't badly enough contaminated for it to be a problem if released directly into the ocean (possibly after diluting it a bit). It's the radiophobic goverment thats stalling all efferts to get things cleaned there. (And the longer they keep stalling the more difficult things are going to get) The reactors themselves seem to have suffered no further damage.

A lot of the displaced people left voluntarily but didn't have to and can return right now. The japanese culture is unfortunately one heavily suffering from "Hiroshima syndrome" where anything involving radioactivity (even at extremely low levels) is considered extremely dangerous and terifying. It's hard to blame the oldtimers for this, but the youth should be more educated about these matters. This radiophobia is actively hampering any efforts for cleanup and decontamination. There are several areas where people ARE allowed to return and which are perfectly safe, yet people stay away by choice.

It's too early to say how long the site will remain "hot". The design of a BWR reactor and the nature of the incident mean it might be entirely possible to clean things up relatively fast.

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Teradata's Aster shows how the flowers of fraud bloom

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Its amazing how the human brain has a hard time processing the hard data, but can instantly see what doesn't match the pattern once you process it into this form. Even cooler that somehow this processing makes it look beautiful to us humans.

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VAMPIRE SQUID romps stun scientists: Unique sex lives revealed

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Re: Did anybody else

Jup, must be hard for the buggers to light a cigarette after the deed is done down there too.

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Flying giant octopus menaces New York

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Re: Is there a prize?

A scale of 0 to 1 dubbed the Guardian? A score of 1 Guardian being complete and utter daftness?

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The most important metric

The cover was blown 0.4408 to 0.6613 brontosaurusses into the air.

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RADIOACTIVE WWII aircraft carrier FOUND OFF CALIFORNIA

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Re: There goes the neighborhood...

And where would any of this radiation go in case of an earthquake? The steel of the hull itself is mildly irradiated from the neutron blast of the bomb, most other radionucleides will have washed away by now. The ship itself in unlikely to be filled with large amounts of explosives (and even then it's under several hundred feet of ocean to contain any particulate). So even IF there was an earthquake, the worst that can happen is that it shifts a bit, some radioactive particulate is stirred up and quickly diluted by seawater and maybe some fish ingest just a bit more radioactive dust than usual. most of that will pass straight through them. It'll be just fine. This ship is not something to worry about.

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Re: Incorrect

Her keel was laid as a cruiser, but was converted and finished as a light carrier.

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Want to go green like Apple, but don't have billions in the bank?

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Green is not the incentive here

Green is the salad dressing bollocks used for marketing. The incentive for the data center is decreasing the utility bill. And that should be all the incentive they need.

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One small shot for Man, one espresso maker IN SPAAACE: Dragon snatched by ISS

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Re: No cappucino of course

That definitely deserves an upvote

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Makerbot axes 'scores of staff' – 3D printing just doesn't pay the bills

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They did it to themselves

They took the (then) state of the art and made a good open source product. Then they proceeded to pick up a 12 gauge shotgun and shoot themselves in the foot by going closed source and alienating most of their userbase. Then they kept shooting by being incompetent at actually designing a good product themselves.

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'Truth in advertising laws apply to you too, mobile app sellers'

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Re: Re electronic voting machines

The US is again a bit slow compared to other parts of the world. AFAIK most other countrys have already stopped using the electronic machines (or have never started) as there are simply NO manufacturers who can build machines that meet the criteria for manipulability and reliability.

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BOFH: Explain? All we need is this kay-sh with DDR3 Cortexiphan ...

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I forsee

liberal application of a cattleprod in the PFYs future for starting this whole matter (after he's ordered the kit and dealt with the boss)

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What's 'appening with WhatsApp? '800 MEEELLION LOSERS* actively use us', says boss

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Is it justme

or is the guy in that balloon photo REALLY unhappy?

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BLAM! Valve slams brakes on Steam flimflam with $5 spam scram plan

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Is this a problem?

I've never encountered spam on steam. (I also don't have that many friends on there, so that might help)

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Tortilla de patatas

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Not really a well known type of dish over here

And I should definitely try making some!

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Sticks and stones may break my DRONES – but I'm worth $10bn, laughs China's 'copter giant

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Re: What's so special about them?

Not much at all except they were one of the first to integrate a decent camera and an "understandable by idiots" interface. This gave them a foot in the door and brand recognition boost. There are whole herds now who equate camera drone with DJI.

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'It's not layoffs, it's operationalising our strategy'

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Re: US export licenses

Intel is a US based company and thus has to comply with US law or face some rather serious sanctions. No matter if the product never hits US soil. And even if they weren't US based, since the US itself is a very large client/source of income (in terms of lovely R&D money, DoD contracts, etc) they'd be hit pretty hard if they go against the wishes of the US government.

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Struggling through the Crystal Maze in our hunt for a spare CAT5

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Watching the funny monkeys

Working in a cleanroom I've come to dub the tour groups who watch us work from outside to be "watching the funny monkeys". Quite who are the monkeys and who is watching who is debatable. I remain convinced those idiots in the suit and tie got the short end of the deal. (Not to mention they don't always look that intelligent with their noses pressed into the window to try and get a better look)

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Extensive 3D NAND drives very expensive to make

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Re: Is the yield very low ?

Though its a larger feature size, 3D NAND requires very high overlay accuracy (the line to line accuracy between etching steps) which means yields are probably comparable in that regard

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

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Pleasant hop across the pond on the clients dime

I've recently had the pleasure of making a trip to the US on the clients dime because THEIR global support team was having troubles with the submodule we make for them. By the time we actually got their (2 hour car journey, 9 hour plane ride and another 4 hours by car again) the team had decided waiting for us was going to take too long (What with the customer breathing down their neck and 5 to 6 figure losses for each day of standing around) and that maybe they should just use those service instructions they DID have. When we actually got there all the physical swapping work had been done, leaving me to just do the recovery and some basic testing and qualification. I spent the next few days in some safetymeetings (about those qualifications I or anyone else wasn't strictly licensed to do in the US and what would be needed to BE qualified), doing some sightseeing, giving some training on recovery techniques and going to a gunrange. Best trip I've had in a long time, and it didn't cost me a dime! (Except for the gunrange, that got a bit expensive... but FUN!)

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Boffins: Large Hadron Collider NOW movin', we're getting down and crush groovin'

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Re: My theory

Ofcourse it's not creme eggs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cec-iy_gf4A

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid: Half-pint composite for the urban jungle

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I won't be caught driving one.

The Yaris does absolutely NOTHING for me. I dislike it's looks and driving it is just plain soulless. (And this from a guy driving a Vauxhall/Opel Astra G stationwagon).

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WIN a RockBLOCK Mk2 Iridium sat comms unit

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Re: SEXTAPE

Dang, how did that typo go unnoticed. Should ofcourse be:

Serious EXploration of Tropospheric Aerospace Power Equipment

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SEXTAPE

Serious EXploration of Tropsheric Aerospace Power Equipment

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Snakes on a backplane: Server-room cabling horrors

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Re: re: ALL the above

I consider myself young, but I have little doubt over the veracity of these stories.

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Re: Pah, lightweights

Not impossible to get it flying again. Just HIGHLY unlikely

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Dutch Transport Inspectorate raid Uber's Amsterdam office

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Re: I like their complaint

"Legitimate" Amsterdam taxi drivers are few and far between. Most are not the type I would want driving me around. (The case is actually that most Amsterdam taxi drivers with a taxi license are pretty much heavy criminals in their own right, not afraid to use violence and intimidation even on other legal taxi license holders)

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NASA: We're gonna rip up an ASTEROID and make it ORBIT the MOON

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Re: Next Story : NASA Smashes Asteroid in Earth

If they are going to do this it'll probably with a rock too small to make it through re-entry of earths atmosphere.

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Marathon race ace FOUND ON MARS – NASA boffins overjoyed

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Congrats to the engineers and drivers

No matter how you look at it, this is quite an achievement.

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As H-dot Oettinger drafts Europe's new copyright laws – who's he been talking to?

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Re: he's talking to the bad guys instead of creators :(

You should have. Straw is NOT hay. (Straw is the dried remains of wheat after its been thrashed. Hay is dried grass) It might very well be there is a few stalks of straw in the average haybale, but good luck finding them!

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Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

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Have some old cameras

I rescued some old cameras from my grandpa's estate. 3 Pentax cameras with corresponding lenses (not that great, but workable) and a Zorki 4. For those that have no idea what a Zorki is, picture a Leika II camera. Then imagine a russian company making a copy of that. Then imagine a different russian company making some improvements. That is a Zorki. And as far as I can tell the thing is still light tight. I should really get around to loading some film into it and try it out.

At one point I had a chance to gain a load of old Kodak cameras including top end lenses from a high school teacher. Because I didn't have much room at the time I passed on the offer. I'm still kicking myself on that one every time I think about it.

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Google Glass NOT DEAD. We're just making it 'ready' says chief

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something like glass has its applications

But that is not wearing it daily and at all times.

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Drug drone not high enough: Brit lags' copter snared on prison wire

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Re: Didn't this happen already?

Those attempting this sort of thing are most often not among the more intelligent portion of the population.

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

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Re: It's an Audi TT

@joed

I'd not be deriding Audi for lack of the style. If anything VW keeps their stuff classy and ergonomics is rarely sacrificed in the name of style. You do have to pay for it though (but there's KIA that will copy some of that if price was an issue, you'll often get what you paid for though).

I'm not deriding the brand Audi as a whole. I'm deriding specifically the TT. Which is just NOT a stylish car in any of it's incarnations.

@AC,

The original TT was flawed in many wasy. ESPECIALLY in style. It wasn't THAT much different from a lot of other higher end sportscars around at the time and it was just NOT a stylish design. The proportions are just completely wonky. And the design has suffered from this through all generations. Even the latest one still just doesn't look right. I'm not the only person to think this. MANY people do.

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It's an Audi TT

IMHO that will means it'll always be a car for people with more money than sense of style. There are nicer cars to be had for that kind of money.

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

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Mushroom

So

Finally an AV package that works!

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LOHAN leaps aloft & ports into virtual flight logger

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Alert

Any closer

to finally setting a flight date?

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

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Despite all the bitching above

I still found it an interesting read and I hope we get more like it in the future!

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We have no self-control: America's most powerful men explain why they're scared of email

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Re: snail mail

Nowadays scanning a physical letter amd then forwarding to many people is a matter of a few clicks.

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Minecraft debuts new block – one that blocks Java crapware, that is

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I'm kind of wondering if this is also done to muscle out all other launchers "on the market" such as "Magic Launcher" and the likes which make it much easier to install/manage mods.

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Elon Musk insists Gigafactory's ALL GO as China charging fears hit Tesla shares

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Model X delays are not going to help Tesla in the long run. They had a spat of goodwill running with them once the model S turned out to be a decent car, but if they wait too long to release the next big attention getting "look at me being green' vehicle on the market people might have moved on already. I highly doubt Tesla is going to meet even half its intended output in 2020.

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'If cloud existed decades ago, backups wouldn't have been developed'

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This. I'm pretty sure many companies would prefer to have their own on-site and off-site "hard" backups. I know several people who operate offices in the arse end of nowhere with little to no internet connectivity while still handling large data sets. Cloud is not even an option for some companies. For many others it just wouldn't fit the workflow.

On top of that. Okay we need to recover after a disaster. Lets wait 2 weeks for BT to get off their arse and fix the landlines... I think not.

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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“Most intelligence is necessarily acquired in the first instance indiscriminately,” wrote the judge. “Its value can only be judged in hindsight, as subsequent analysis for particular purposes discloses a relevant pattern."

Aka: We need the evidence so we can make anyone a criminal in hindsight. If it suits us.

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Boffins probe mystery of ANTARCTIC BLOOD GLACIER

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Re: Taylor Glacier

And she doesn't really need the ice cubes...

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ASML‬ plays down mystery hack attack

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Re: Possibilities

The lithography machine itself does not create the circuit. The circuit master itself is encoded on a so called Reticle. This reticle (sort of like a transparency slide) is a (usually 4 times) enlarged master of the circuit, which is then projected onto a resist coated wafer. The resist hardens or softens (depending on type) on the exposed areas and is then washed away, after which etching takes place.

The production of these masters or reticles is not done by ASML machines but by specific machines designed to do this sort of thing. I know for a fact customers inspect new machines very closely. A piggybacked circuit burned into the reticle stage clamp (the only way I can think of that MIGHT work) would only work for a very specific design of chip where the designer was even kind enough to include all vias, and take the timing and capacities of all this extra circuitry into the design of the rest of the chip. On top of that, I highly doubt a machine with a hardcoded reticle would get past any acceptance inspection by the customer. SOMEONE will notice. On top of that, most chip fabs run very extensive pilot batches which get 100% inspection. Any aditional circuitry that should not be there would get flagged. It would be seriously much easier to hack the chip fabricator themselves and slip the design into the chip itself. It's just as likely to get noticed.

Check out this explanation of the lithography process: http://www.lithoguru.com/scientist/lithobasics.html

Then keep in mind that only the "alignment and exposure" step is done by the ASML machine. After that they might come into view on SOME customer sites with its Yieldstart inspection tool on the metrology steps.

That visiting technician might simply have seen a new chip design or a test design that he wasn't supposed to see. IP protection in production fabs is VERY strict. Even visits from service techs and the likes are planned AROUND the times proto chips will be cycled to avoid any chance of someone seeing something they shouldn't.

(disclosure, I work in this particular industry and have visited the mentioned company on many occasions)

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