* Posts by imanidiot

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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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Black Helicopters

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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Elon Musk: Hover rocket? Check. Hover ship? Check. Let's DO THIS

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Up up and away

And she's on her way! Watching that launch was worth it, even for just the view of first stage MECO and separation. That was amazing!

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Launch postponed to Tuesday

Hot off the press from the spaceX twitter:

Launch Update

SpaceX, NOAA, NASA, and the Air Force are now targeted to launch the DSCOVR satellite aboard Falcon 9 on Tuesday 2/10 at 6:05pm ET, with a backup launch opportunity on Wednesday 2/11 at 6:03pm ET. Watch the launch live here tomorrow, beginning at 5:45pm ET.

The reason seems to be unfavourable weather conditions

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Launch countdown was halted

They just halted countdown at 2:26 (meaning a scrubbed launch for today) due to a range safety problem. One of the tracking radars was malfunctioning so the air force called a hold.

Next launch window is tomorrow evening. And just when I managed to tune in right on time for a change.

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Europe just flew titchy reusable SPACEPLANE IXV around the planet

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exiting times

And people dare say the space race is over. I think we're just in the second lap!

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Anonymous loose cannon admits DDoSing social services and housing websites

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Anonymous

or not really?

Sems it'd be really easy to claim you are doing things in the name of "Anonymous"... I have a feeling it gets used as a universal scapegoat more than this "group" actually carries out attacks.

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NASA plots methane-detecting laser in SPAAACE

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Screw the methane and all that

they are going to test it on a DC-8!!! A jet that has been out of production for 43 years! Those old low bypass jets probably put out enough polution to raise global temperatures all bij themselves. Atleast get something a LITTLE more modern...

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Tiger Moth: Old school flying without all those pesky flaps, brakes and instruments

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All of the above

I can only just repeat what has been said before. I'm now jealous and want to try myself!

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

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Re: Death by misadventure then.

One of my glider instructors has had a tale like this for a while now. He's had atleast 2 students so addicted to their cellphones they would actually "drop the stick" on final to answer incoming messages! Even the argument: "Wait until you're not busy keeping us both alive" wasn't enough to persuade them...

I fear today's youth. And I fear the day they will have to take care of me in my old day...

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Airplane knowledge on the Reg, nice!

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Win! The Ultimate Cash 'n' Carrion Survival Kit

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I've found that on most injection molded parts (PP or PE) acetone works a treat. Don't try it on ABS though.

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Turing notes found warming Bletchley Park's leaky ceilings

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Re: 16 Comments

Everybody here is ofcourse already an expert on everything related to Bletchley Park, so they don't need the wiki link.

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The Pirate Bay clambers back online after cop raid sunk site for 7 weeks

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And so

the game of whack-a-mole continues.

Atleast the "content owners" had 7 weeks of massive profits right?

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I'll get my coat – there's a dusty one flying off Comet 67P

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Re: Not so close, really

Maybe so, but compared to it aphelion It's still much closer than it was.

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Virtual Vulture 2 swoops into Spaceport America

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Not just the FAA

I haven't heard of ANY aviation authority anywhere being a joy to work with. In europe they are just as or even more slow, tick, knuckledragging, beaurocratic and rage-inducing it seems.

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P0wning for the fjords: Malware turns drones into DEAD PARROT

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Facepalm

Toys with wireless communications have bad crypto...

Who knew?

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Secret Service on alert after drone CRASHES into White House

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Re: How much C4

When it comes to payload capacity, most quadcopters can carry a couple hundred grams at most. If payload and range are the target, it would be a much better choice to use a standard fixed wing design. Scaling that up to carry a few kilograms (or couple dozen) is not that hard.

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

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Chrome? No way in hell

Firefox isn't that great either, but right now it seems to be the lesser evil. Chrome is just as bloated and bad as all the other browsers out there nowadays and on top of that bugs you to phone home to google.

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Cash'n'Carrion launches big January sale

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Glowring alternative

Betalight, probably: http://www.betalight.nl/html/index.php?page_id=77

It seems though that most manufacturers of the stuff have stopped producing or selling the kitmarker keychains. There have been some concerns about brehmsstrahlung (beta to gamma conversion as particles are slowed down by the transparant casing) causing possible exposure. The levels are probably negligable, but still.

If you DO get them for a reasonable price, I'm definitely interested!

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