* Posts by imanidiot

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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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Re: Possibilities

The chip pattern is baked into the reticle. Which is made by the customer. Hard coding something into a chip from an ASML machine is not possible.

I suggest you read up on how lithography works before making these comments...

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El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

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Re: Are these OK at airports?

Having recently flown to the USA on business carrying a similar tritium glow device on my keychain I have not been bothered about it at either Düsseldorf or NY. I doubt they can detect them unless they look at them in the dark and realise it's something other than one of those "charge in the daylight and glow for maybe 30 minutes after that"

Also, hello worthless NSA peon forced to read this, don't you just wish you could get a real job like the rest of us goons? ;)

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They only have pink in (limited) stock. Rest is sold out.

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Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

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Re: Its not that hard

that is not an idea of anyone at NASA or Roscosmos. The EMdrive has not even been proven beyond doubt to WORK, let alone provide enough thrust to boost the ISS to higher orbits. Ion drive, maybe. EMdrive, not for atleast another 10 years. (By which time a decision and deorbit or disassembly of the ISS will already have happened)

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Re: Why go to the moon?

Are you saying the space race WASN'T about war? It had EVERYTHING to do with developing that bigger stick (ICBMs and observation/intelligence satelites). The cold war might not have been a giant war on the scale of WW2 but the fighting in Korea and Vietnam had everything to do with it and in large part supplied motivation in that era for developing space technology.

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Spotty Ceres baffles boffins with bright patches

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Darn...

They found my evil mad scientist hideout. I knew I should have gone for the matte finish...

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Spacewalking NASA 'nauts hook up power and data cables to ISS Harmony module

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Re: You think you 'ad it tough.

Frozen chicken! pahh, luksuwry.

Wenn I were a lad all we 'ad was a dead and mostly rotten starling. Communicatin was done by scratching a message on the bones and hand delivering it. Uphill, both ways, in any weather.

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

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Know thy enemy. The BOFH is just doing some recon. Reminding himself WHY he has a seething hatred of Helldesk drones.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Re: US International layout (Windows)

@Steve Davies, since Mr Dabbs is building Mrs. Dabbs operating system this doesn't really apply in this case I think. I do agree however that some companies are going a little OTT with their IT policies.

I don't know what keyboard layout Mrs. Dabbs is using, but this was going to be my suggestion as well. US international layout works a treat once you're used to it.

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Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

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HD, schmaydsdee

I don't have a lot of experience watching 4K contect, but for the home setting, from my experience its useless. On a normal consumer sized TV most people would be hard pressed to tell the difference between 720 and 1080 content from their couch, let alone 4K. It's a waste of useful bandwidth imho.

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Australian ISPs agree to three-strikes-plus-court-order anti-piracy plan

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How to enforce

And how exactly are ISPs expected to get this info? Mass data gathering and privacy infringement again?

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The Order: 1886 – Round Table gaming's all right on the knight

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You're mad

"The Order: 1886's gameplay mechanics depend heavily on cutscenes and quick time events (QTEs). When mixed with combat, I found these surprisingly enjoyable and exciting. This may be controversial, but I wish more games had them...."

You're completely bonkers then. There are much better ways to stop the player zoning out. Like making an engaging game for instance.

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TV Idol star's keyboard upstart idolizes our gear too much – BlackBerry

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Re: Question is - why is this a patent case?

It's a 'design "patent" '. The rest of the world would call it a registered design basically.

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Re: How the hell...

Because they were the first ones to patents the idea for a mobile phone...

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Google Talk is dead, long live, er, Google Talk: Chat will survive app zap, flaps G+ chap

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It might just be me, but I think Hangouts is one of the worst apps Google have ever put out. I use Talk for the mail notification and thats just about it. No-one I know uses it for chat much (and neither do I). AFAIK Hangouts doesn't support mail notifications and the "solution" Google pushes is running Chrome and using some setting/plugin in that. And I do not like Chrome nor want it running at all times.

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Windows 10 for phones: Stepping towards the One True Windows

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Re: So... what then?

yes it does include those. On top of that, I've not really heard of anyone who bought a windows phone because of Windows Phone (usual argument: It's much cheaper). And I've heard few users of said windows phone who really like it over android.

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So... what then?

Not enough changes to really put this a level above the failure of Win8?

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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Re: Flares would have to be HUGE to be visualle impressive for Neanderthals

Better be careful you don't go up in flames there!

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Amazon's delivery drones SHOT DOWN by new FAA rules

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Re: RE: so how does this affect LOHAN?

It's been just under 3 years now. LOHAN was still mostly in the back of a napkin stages in 2012. Things like this take time.

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I'm sure LOHAN will be perfectly visible at all times. They are getting an exception/waiver for a lot of rules anyway, I doubt this would form any barrier for LOHAN.

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Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred

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Re: We need more aluminium cars

On the other hand it can't be said that LR construction (especially the old series LR) is lightweight. Even the aluminium bits together are quite hefty. Not to mention the rather sturdy steel ladderchassis and firewall.

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Re: How wide is it?

This may be a transatlantic mis-understanding, or just a difference of opinion, but I have always understood the phrase deceptively small to mean that something is smaller than expected, and therefore deceptively wide would mean wider than it looks.

Agreed with , thats how I read it.

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Re: If I was stupidly rich...

Bowler Nemesis, obviously...

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BLAME ENGINEERS: Workstation sales soar by 8.9 per cent a year

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Maybe I'm just weird

But I prefer to sit down behind a desktop PC (Preferably with the tower itself somewhere out of the way off the desk) to get my engineering done.

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Dutch government websites KO'd by 10-hour DDoS

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English is not my first language (I'm Dutch), it was late, and I didn't bother spellchecking (work PCs don't have spellchecking installed). So I got it slightly wrong. Doesn't change what I'm saying and you surely understand perfectly what I meant. So kindly get your knickers untwisted/panties unbunched.

Also, I'll be damned if I can't take the piss out of my own country or it's idiotic politicians thank you very much.

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Dutch MPs are not exactly known for their high inteligence...

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Meerkats helped Ofcom unlock White Space spectrum-hopping

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An apt handle. Radio gear already knows how to monitor for traffic and switch to a different channel if the current one is busy (it's part of the spec for 5GHz 802.11ac). You think there's only one or a couple of spare frequency slots in white space?

Except that is not how this particular whitespace kit works. It can only opperate in bands it KNOWS to be free beforehand from its location and some sort of database of registered/licensed users. So if that particular area has most or all bands allocated for registered use, no matter if they are ACTUALLY used my kit would just sit there and do nothing. We are not talking GHz kit here (which has much more bandwidth available to begin with) but the 470 to 490 MHz band which has a lot of users already.

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So I buy some whitespace kit, set it up and all is wonderfull. Then the bar downstairs gets some wireless mics and the theater up the road signs up for some extra channels so all that spectrum is now allocated. Am I now shit out of luck with non-functioning kit?

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SpaceX HOVER-SHIP landing scuppered by MASSIVE ocean waves

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Re: Return to land

The Russians dropped on land simply because they have so much flat uninhabited land to drop in. The US decided that since they don't have that much flat uninhabited area it would be safer to drop in the ocean.

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Re: Culture ship names

I'd say the next one should be called Just Testing. After all, thats what they are currently doing.

Although "So much for subtlety" would also work marvelously.

"Funny, It Worked Last Time..." and "The Precise Nature Of The Catastrophe" would be awesome names, but possible a bit... hard to explain to investors.

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glad i managed to watch

NASAtv actually showed the entire stage 1 MECO and separation in fullscreen. And it was beautiful. I never noticed the exhaust plume has 9 distinct lobes before.

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