* Posts by imanidiot

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Are Indians too stupid to be trusted with free Internet?

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Re: $1 per day

Thats not really an anwer and more of a strawman argument. He's not saying they don't NEED computers or that a computer would be wasted on them. He is (rightfuly) wondering how someone on a $1 dollar a day budget is going to get access to even the Basics "internet" on offer. The probable answer is that indeed many communities will be sharing a device paid for from some common source and that then paying for continued full internet access might be too much of a burden.

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Norks uses ballistic missile to launch silent 'satellite'

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Re: The entire concept of the NORKs ...

The Norks have a pretty massive standing army. They might not be highly technologically advanced and they might not have the latest weaponry and tactics but if it DOES ever come to an armed conflict there will be MASSIVE casualties on all sides before the conflict is resolved. And lets not forget the US vastly underestimated the difficulties of fighting in the local terrain the last time they were out there playing soldier.

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I doubt the Norks have a targeting system capable of landing a payload with anything even closely resembling an accuracy beyond "somewhere down there on that big blue ball, hopefully on one of the solid bits".

On top of that they don't seem to have any testing done on re-entry protection and guidance. Pretty imporant stuff if you need a payload to survive re-entry

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LOHAN entertains the crowd at Oz Linux shindig

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Any news at all?

Has there been any sort of response or movement from the FAA since the last article? Any further contact with anyone within the organisation to confirm the request is still in the stack somewhere?

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Because of the altitudes and potential glide distances involved almost the entire UK is located too close to the ocean/sea for comfort. The idea behind launching in the middle of bumfuck nowhere is to minimize chances of a water landing and maximise chance of recovery. A UK launch has been considered but was deemed to risky. Hence the move to Yanky-land.

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Re: Acceptable launching area

There is a strong preference for recovering LOHAN completely dry and ready for a possible relaunch. Getting a boat to be in EXACTLY the right spot upon landing is very very very tricky indeed even if things go 100% according to plan (Big ocean, tiny spaceplane, tiny landing spot). Landing in salt water makes the entire plane a write-off. So SPB would like to launch the plane somewhere far away from the nearest bit of water and preferably far away from large expanses of high growth leafed vegetation (trees).

Most of Europe is out because of regulations, difficult terrain, lots of water, lack of access to the rocket motor or a combination of all of the above and more. Maybe launching it in Australia is an option? Other than than that the only large, flat open bits of the world are in Africa (either remote inaccessible terrain or political/safety problems), South America (lots of inaccessible terrain), Russia (good luck getting permisson and getting the needed materials without ending in a Gulag) and maybe China (again, access and permissions are a problem).

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

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Re: Splitting the hair

@Lomax, strictly speaking both the NIF and Z-machine arent really intended for research into continuous fusion for power generation. They are primarily for extremely short pulsed fusion research (aka the US nuclear weapons arsenal) no matter what they keep saying to reassure the public.

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It killed Safe Harbor. Will Europe's highest court now kill off hyperlinks?

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Their obnoxious style is their trademark (it's obnoxious for a reason and on purpose). They started posting those links over and over again as a direct reaction to the way Sanoma Media was handling things. They probably didn't even have to look for the links themselves, Geenstijl has a very active readerbase and chances are high a reader just sent them a list of links every now and then.

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Which is pretty much the ridiculousness Geenstijl is argueing about when it says that a hyperlink cannot be infringement or "release to the public".

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Lights out for Space Vehicle Number 23: UK smacked when US sat threw GPS out of whack

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Re: Dependency exposed

Most IoT devices will just use a simple RTC and crystal occilator for timing. More than accurate enough for their purpose. If the designer really wants he can grab an accurate time of the network and pass it to the RTC a few times a day (AFTER checks and sanitation of the signal ofcourse. Don't want to be resetting your RTC to 12:00 every day at 12:42 or something)

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Re: Chip Scale Atomic Clocks (CSAC) - $1500 price class

@Jeffypoooh, did you recently get your silver badge? IIRC that allowed for longer editing times.

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College kids sue Google for 'spying' on them with Apps for Education

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Did the students have a choice in using the software

or was it required by their study/course. Because if it was a requirement then refusing to use it is not really an option.

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

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Go wash your mouth with soap

The wrangler in its default config is about as useful off-road as a 4x4 fiat panda. It'll tackle quite a lot, but it requires speed, being rough on the car and driving it like an american. It's too light to get decent traction in a lot of situations. (Almost any Wrangler you see off-roading has been modified to the point it's barely the same car anymore). Any replacement model for the defender needs to be able to handle off-roading out of the box. Not through aftermarket parts that all together cost as much as the car did to begin with.

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

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I call bollocks

Stop trying to convince is you are not a grumpy old git in real life mr. Dabbs. You play the part a little too well.

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Re: It seems...

Nowadays ofcourse fully integrated with the mangelfreuzer switch to cause the device to spectacularly fail right when you don't have the budget to replace it and 2 weeks after expiry of the waranty period.

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Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

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Re: The finest blend of empirical and inductive proofs

Until: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyshtym_disaster

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Medical data experiment goes horribly wrong: 950,000 records lost

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The problem with the health care industry

The problem is that they are primarly and pretty much ONLY focused on health care. Thats a pretty good thing, but it does mean the focus on other important aspects is lost. And even when they bring in outside experts, things like data security will take a back seat to improving the health care.

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Retailers urged to create 'CCTV-like' symbol to inform customers of mobile tracking

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Re: "... retailer’s smart phone app. "

Lets say you want to ise the free wifi at Ikea. (If god forbit the significant other drags you there by the hair for instance). You can't actually connect unless you install their app AND create an account. Now they have your phone info, your identity, your contacts list (yes, it wants access to that) and much more. And on top of that they have the kit to track you through the store by the centimeter. The better to speay you with annoying adds for that strange doohickey you spend 2 seconds longer looking at because you were wondering what Idiot would buy such a thing.

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Terrible infections, bad practices, unclean kit – welcome to hospital IT

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You would think doctors are pretty smart, but surprisingly when it comes to IT and computers a lot of them are the worst kind of raging idiot. The kind that refuses any sort of input from more expert persons because "they're a doctor and smart enough to understand this".

I find it funny a lot of medical professionals have such problems accepting an expert opinion from others when they all expect us to trust our medical professionals blindly.

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

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Re: How old?

I might be sub 30s (just), but I know damn well what core memory is, thankyouverymuchyouoldcodger.

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Test burn on recycled SpaceX rocket shows almost all systems are go

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@Charles9

But the clamp can have a larger margin of error AND could potentially be able to clamp the rocket beyond the unstable point

I think you are seriously underestimating the size of a Falcon 9 first stage. See for instance this pic: https://images.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.extremetech.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2013%2F12%2Ffalcon-9-v1.1-new-engine-layout.jpg&f=1 and compare the size of the person with the size of the engines.

The span of the landing legs is probably around 10 meters (see for instance) http://www.spacex.com/news/2013/03/26/landing-leg. Having margin for error here means you would have to design a clamping mechanism that can capture a 20 ton (empty stage weight, probably a bit more in hot landing config) within a 30 meter area reliably and fast enough. And then you are even proposing that it should be strong enough to even adjust and compensate for misalignment. Designing such a thing would actually be LESS trivial than designing a stage to just land and stand on end on its own. KISS really does apply in these cases

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Re: Launch Window

Not much. The launch window is dictated by the orbit the satellite needs to end up in. Since its a polar orbit the rotation of the earth has a large effect on the orbit relative to the sun. And thats a lot of delta-v even for a small change.

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NASA books space shuttle delivery truck

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Wait and see

We'll have to wait and see if this dreamchaser will be as "reusable" as the shuttle (ie, pretty much rebuild it from the ground up after every flight) or actually reusable within a useful timeframe.

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Boffins baffled by record-smashing supernova that shouldn't exist

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Black Helicopters

It was Rodney McKay

screwing up on the Arcturus project!

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Australia considers mass herpes release for population control

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You are all obviously just fishing for puns now. But it looks like your floundering.

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Re: "Not people. Well, not yet"

Herpes really isn't a big deal to humans. (An estimated 85 to 90% of the human population has some form of herpes)

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Re: Written

Whale said!

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Brit 'naut Peake gears up for spacewalk

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Re: Go left, Tim. No, not you...

I'd imagine they just use last names.

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Boffins tentatively fire up grav wave sniffer

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Re: too late ?

A single anomaly measured by a single instrument isn't really proof of anything. It could help you in finding where/how to look for better evidence and confirmation but it's not enough to conclusively decide as yet. The LISA system in it's fully operational state with 3 sats could give much more accurate and clear readings that DO allow the true boffins to come to a conclusion.

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Wanted man sends selfie to replace 'terrible' police mug shot

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Re: Win-win.

You CAN wear glasses in your passport photo. Just not with tinted lenses and there can't be glare (from a flash or lighting) obscuring the eyes. Any decent photographer should be able to get a photo without glare while a person wears his or her prescription glasses.

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Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

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And ANOTHER notch down

on the "how likely am I to ever install Windows 10 on my machine" scale. (I didn't know it went into the negatives, but there you go...)

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Feel like you got ripped off online? This is for you

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Trollface

Wow, 3 downvotes in 2 hours, I didn't know we had that many eurofiles here at the reg.

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Ofcourse not. That would actually be useful. We all know the EU can only do super expensive solutions to problems that dont exist and symbolic gesture politics in response to and as a result of blind panic. Preferably if it results in extra jobs and pay for them and their cronies.

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Smartphone hard, dudes, like it’s the end of the world!

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Damn you Dabbs

Bravo for writing an article at peak efficiency for driving us all mad wanting to know WHAT it was you reviewed. Are we going to get some more regular SftWS in the coming year or am I going to have to religiously refresh the Reg website every friday in hopes of finding an a BOFH or SftWS article? (Or maybe that's exactly what the Reg is after, sneaky bastards)

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Why pay 35 pounds extra for a throwaway phone that's not expected to be decent?

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Wi-Fi standard could make Internet of Things things even easier ... for hackers

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Re: IoT?

Idiotic Twats

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IT security is a safe job? Tell that to Norse staff laid off this week

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Re: Howard

These customers he's talking about are not the companies clients but the shareholders and investors.

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Dutch govt says no to backdoors, slides $540k into OpenSSL without breaking eye contact

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Re: And yet another useless effort

A lot of those shops going under has little to do with the economy or government policy and everything with their inability to keep up with the new technology and "shopping experience" people have come to expect.

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After eight years, NASA's Dawn probe brings Ceres into closest focus

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Re: Ion engines - OK, TIE fighters.

You do have a convenient gas flow leaving the spacecraft available for cooling though.

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Death Stars are a waste of time – here's the best way to take over the galaxy

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Personally I subscribe to the Jar Jar is a sith lord theory: https://youtu.be/8yy3q9f84EA

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Goldman Sachs to patent Bitcoin

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Uhmmmm, No. Not even close. They want to patent a blockchain like mechanism for making, authenticating and securing financial transactions. Thats not bitcoin persé, just a rip-off of the mechanism it works on. And depending on the way GS is implementing this it'll either be covered by prior art (and thus not patentable) or possibly insecure. This is seriously just non-news.

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Oracle ordered to admit on its website that it lost the plot on Java security

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Re: americancentrism strikes

"the US approach to domestic electrical plugs and sockets is dodgy too!"

So is the continental approach. Only the Brits have decent plugs / sockets:

http://i.ebayimg.com/images/i/311189494259-0-1/s-l1000.jpg

https://perryponders.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/plug-annotated.jpg

Uhmm, No, the british plugs are as stupid as the US ones. Encountering one barefoot in the middle of the night will tell you that. The main reason people think british plugs are safe is because of the built in fuse, but the only reason it NEEDS that fuse is because of the stupid and unsafe allowed use of ring circuits instead of radial wiring in houses.

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So Java is broken

who knew?

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Juniper's VPN security hole is proof that govt backdoors are bonkers

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The problem with backdoors

There are many, very clever people working around the world capable of finding them. And the tools to find them are widespread with many legitimate uses. Most of those clever people are not necessarilly on your side since they'll be living in a different country with an allegiance to different people.

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The ball's in your court, Bezos: Falcon 9 lands after launching satellites

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*standing ovation*

Beers to all those involved!

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NASA books second Boeing space taxi

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Thats 220 pounds total afaik

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DEAD MAN'S SOCKS and other delightful gifts from clients

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Re: Sometimes you don't mind quite as much

and it probably took longer after each consecutive pint solderjoint too :)

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Re: On-call for the end of the year

You got the short end of the stick there I'm afraid, Rich11

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On-call for the end of the year

Welp, looks like I got stuck with the on-call phone for the end of the year, we'll see how that works out...

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Juniper 'fesses up to TWO attacks from 'unauthorised code'

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What I find telling

is that the second flaw didn't make it into just one version but 2 different versions. Possibly with a gap in between (hard to tell, was 6.2.0r18 the last 6.2 and 6.3.0r12 the first 6.3 release?) So how did THAT happen?

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