* Posts by TechnicalBen

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Mystery black hole hides by curbing its appetite

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Yes. The "one data point" problem. While they can use mass distribution and star observations to estimate how many black holes there are, I'm not sure they can for how many "unseen" black holes there are.

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Florida man sues Apple for $10bn, claims iPod, iPhone was his idea

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Wow. I could have sworn TNG was early 90s. Well, I feel old now...

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Meet the grin reaper: Password manager now snaps login SELFIES

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Re: Photos?

It could also be partially hackable... as a third party, say sitting on the desk behind the mark, send a request to login seconds before the mark tries to log in...

They get a picture of anything (though social engineering may help). They are expecting *their* photo, so click it before logging in (muscle memory out paces the though processes). They quickly realise it was not their attempt, phone/email the app makers, get put on hold, while the crim pilfers their account details etc.

I agree on the cheese though!

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Oh, I don't mind if they...

listen in to me singing in the shower. Just don't watch me getting undressed!

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Dr Craig Wright lodges 51 blockchain patents with Blighty IP office

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Re: Software patents

Thank you. I could not figure out why Linux looks so rubbish in comparison to lots of other operating systems... because of patents on "being able to see the screen". Darn you all patent applicators...

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Rejoice, fatties: Giving chocolate electric shocks makes it healthier

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Re: From comments around the internet

It already happened.

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Watch as SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket burns then crashes

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Re: Engines and SSTO

It happens when you play KSP about just as often. Some of the Luna landings also cut it very very fine.

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Re: Maybe he should have licenced a SABRE engine

SABRE is also not that type of engine. That is for a spaceplane style design. :)

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Re: Different approach

Possibly the calculations were off on the autopilot, as it was so low on fuel?

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YouTube sharecroppers start world’s most useless trade union

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Re: I can kind of understand...

So they have worked at the same firms I have then?

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I can kind of understand...

wanting to separate the issues of pay and fair treatment in other areas.

If it is a bullying problem, DRM takedown etc, if those subjects are concentrated on, and the pay is left to other conversations.

Oh, but as a job description "Internetainerpreneur” is no good for us dyslexics! :D

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Should we teach our kids how to program humanity out of existence?

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Re: "Coding" ...

I think the BBC Microbit is in a delay limbo... but if it works anything like an Arduino/Adafuit (Atmega chip) or is in C# like they are, then it will do fantastic. :)

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Re: Alice

Just do what I do, when asked "what is your surname" I say "complicated". Then suggest they just write "Ben".

Or when asked "what shall I write on the cup" could we try "coffee"? Or if asked "what is your name?" I suggest signing in BSL. That's sure to get a laugh, and they will remember for next time and not need to write anything. :D

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Re: d3vy

Oh, I use to get that too, handed something by the brothers, then when the parents walk in, it's MY fault!

Wait, are we talking about immature kids getting into trouble and arguing, or about children and parenting?

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Don't they...

Also have to train the other kids? I always got into trouble for not being a good example...

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Is it programming?

Yes it IS programming. Very basic.

I think the oldest example of programming is rope wrapped around a spindle/axle of an old automated cart* in Greece. It could be "programmed" where to go, by which direction the rope was wound, and so could drive onto stage, change direction, and drive back all by its self.

l guess all programming is logic operations. Then understanding sequential and parallel commands and logic trees.

*Bucket of water/sand/rocks on a long rope pulled down by gravity to drive it along: https://www.newscientist.com/blog/technology/2007/07/programmable-robot-from-60ad.html

and: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19526111-600-the-programmable-robot-of-ancient-greece/

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Sneaky brown dwarf gives us a bright flash and astroboffins are confused

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Re: Slowly, the almost-sun..

For now: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whipping_Star

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Patent trolls, innovation and Brexit: What the FT won't tell you

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Ok, so how do I...

make a disability utility? Or aid?

Just say I imagine a product that is totally possible to make now, but no one is selling/making it? Can I risk getting sued into the ground?

Do I open source it?

How do I produce it without the risk? Or do I just risk it?

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Buggy vote-counting software borks Australian election

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Re: Counting votes under STV can be laborious.

OCR? Add a barcode next to each name, and scan the boxed for entry/choice. We use to have these things back in school, automated checked exams.

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Chinese space station 'out of control', will do best firework impression

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Acording to Wiki...

Before... kind of.

It was unused and left in orbit in "sleep mode" from June 2013. Kind of retired. Used only for observation on longevity of the construction and systems. However the control system failed this year, so they are unable to retire it from orbit.

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LISA Pathfinder free fall test beats expectations

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Nice setup.

Why did they not have one of these in the spaceships in sci-fi? Looks rather interesting. I assume it uses lasers to balance the weights... um "masses" to keep them in freefall and from hitting the edges? Or does it use magnets, and the lasers just for measurements?

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Do you have a 'co-working mindset' and 'ephemerally involve others' in work?

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Re: I'll add it onto the to-do list

To make a todo list?

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On her microphone's secret service: How spies, anyone can grab crypto keys from the air

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Re: How?

To add to comments I made above, I assume it needs multiple key uses. If you get the "sound" at the beginning of the use, middle and end, you'll get 3 data points. Even if it took just one cycle to process, and our reading has lots of "noise" in it.

That is an extreme example, but it's all time x computation power x stubbornness. ;)

See http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/login.jsp?tp=&arnumber=882477

There are also ways of detecting signals smaller than your sample rate. I cant think of the links off the top of my head, but it's used in things like astronomy to detect stars or even planets orbiting them with very few readings.

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Re: What else was the target running?

I think the problem is not that there is noise, they can adjust and work on that. It's that the computer is running unencrypted, in that it's power draw is subjective to the computation it is doing.

Perhaps use a photonic CPU instead?

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Re: How can that possibly work?

I assume the signal received is not in the GHZ range. It is a much more smoothed out blur of the encryption/decryption key.

However, just one or two hints in the direction of the key, reduces the search space many fold.

ED, if I had a million long line of gibberish as a key, but you picked up that the first half is a higher value than the second half, then you've reduced the search space from "completely random" to "at least similar to this".

With more data points, you can multisample too, so you can get down to smaller blocks of the key, and in the end (I assume) get like 100 small data points in the 4096bit key. Some saying "high" at this point, some saying "low" at others, possibly even "medium". Within this you search for the key, now within the computational power of your brute force server farm.

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TalkTalk scam-scammers still scam-scamming

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Re: They are losing data from their engineer booking systems

I can only assume this is true. While I've only seen it once or twice with BT, and it may be coincidence (random calls can happen at the same time etc). I have also seen with BT that after putting down the phone to their call centre, an hour or so later a scam call comes in.

None before, none after. Such a correlation is rather worrying and suggests some call centres (the hardware)/engineers (the people) are leaking details.

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Mushroom farm PC left in the dark and fed … you know the rest

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Re: Fast Typing is a MUST.

"Workers at blast furnaces used to wear wooden clogs because of that. They needed frequent replacing, but they did the job."

Those poor workers, how long did they last?

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Take that, Mom! Turns out Super Mario Bros was all about solving complex math problems

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Re: All things are...

I love how I've found out the proportion of people with humour to the proportion without...

Or is it the number who can understand sarcasm? I'll admit defeat if it was not a funny joke. To me it will always be "Maths" even if it sounds like an erroneous plural.

Relivant Youtube: http://youtu.be/SbZCECvoaTA

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All things are...

Maths?

(Or Math as it is correctly pronounced)

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

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I have to say...

Seeing others use the Pebble Steel and an iWatch, the PS won by a mile and was less than half the price. :D

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They now sell Android phones for £20... so I think we have what you want. Some phones will last a long time on one charge, but you need to turn off all data/wifi, possibly airplane mode at night (your sleeping, do you want a call?) :P

So a £20 phone and a big powerbank/solar* charger and you off.

*For a months use on one charge it might be more expensive than £20!

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Re: There is *something* somewhere ...

I consider my phone just an oversized pocket watch...

Your point may have gone over my head. :P

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Rats revive phones-and-cancer scares

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The closes explination I've seen is...

That there is slight warming from the phone/device (probably not from microwaves, as I'd assume too weak to cause this).

The difference in GSM/CDMA may be in encoding and thus length of power output/pulses? So even on the same frequency, one draws more power than the other (and more heating from the device).

The slight warming causes more growth/better health in all cells, including cancerous. So it's not that the animal is given cancer, it is that it is healthier (not as chilly) and so grows quicker (AFAI remember some worms grew larger under experimentation).

Though not seen any hard evidence for this yet.

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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Re: "Universal" anything is always a disaster...

I don't know. Java has seemed to do the job of write once run everywhere to the best degree (IE functional but not perfect) from what I can see. Oh, but that's assuming you don't need gui, controls/input and all the other os/device specific stuff that is impossible to predict.

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NASA: We'll try again in the morning after friction ruins engorgement

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Also, I'm not sure the vacuum helps in this case, as there is not much free atmosphere up there to pump inside.

That is, it's the pump (expanding gases) doing most of the work.

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Boring SpaceX lobs another sat into orbit without anything blowing up ... zzzzz

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Re: For a little bit of excitement

Wow. A crush core? Awesome. These guys thought of EVERYTHING.

(Even if it's a retrospective "idea"... "We totally meant to do that". ;) )

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Re: The Future Starts Here

I'd argue we got close to it already, but now can add "re-useable". So now it's boring and hopefully getting cheaper. :)

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Re: Latest Drivers do help, somewhat...

This. IMO suspend/standby is asking for trouble. But I've neve really had trouble with Hibernate, except the occasional wake up from usb devices.

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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Re: Some Department of Commerce weather alert systems use Fortran

Javascript and Ruby are just convenience. I learnt that just reading on the Reg. If others think they are used for their power in computer... um?

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Android might be on the way to the Raspberry Pi

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Re: Another slice of pi

"Splashtop" also does remote desktop on android and windows (possibly others too). Free app for local LAN and paid for for VPN or something over the net.

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One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

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Re: “The current ad model is broken"

They do make money. Everyone pays for bandwidth.

"Carriers [want to] make [ludicrously more] money from the current ad model."

FIFY. :)

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Boffins blow up water with LASERS, to watch explosions in slow-mo

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I was certain I have seen that video before. (Sees like already clicked) Yep, I watched it the first time they did the rounds. :P

This new video then seems to be sections or timeframes of the zaps to compare. :)

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Cool stuff.

I assume this would give more data on things like improving car engine injection systems. Or dare we say... HP inject priunters!

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Microsoft bans common passwords that appear in breach lists

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Only one soluion...

Go two factor already. It's the only way to know for sure...

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G4S call centre staff made 'test' 999 calls to hit performance targets

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Re: Two IFs

They were "test" calls, so not "fake". They were allowed to make the calls, just not allowed to fake the stats. For example, they were allowed to make as many test calls as they wished. However test calls were not to be included in the reporting. They included them in the reporting. They faked the reports to the management.

As they are allowed to make the calls, they broke no legal rules. The stats were internal checks and performances. And as far as I know, it is not illegal to fail at work, just you may get sacked for it.

(Though that is based on my limited knowledge from what the article posts)

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Re: Two IFs

Possible elephant in the room of if it was a "test" call they were allowed to contractually make, and they just found a loophole in the metric reporting systems.

So no legal ground for charges, but could be dismissed on other grounds (found to be using facebook at work?).

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Cock fight? Not half. Microsoft beats down Apple in Q1

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Re: Maybe if the ipad Pro

No, adding "i" to it does.

(At a loss for which joke iCon to use, but settled for the obvious troll...)

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Apple: Another bug fix. Er, thanks, GCHQ

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Black Helicopters

I think the conspiricy is...

That Twitter recently added the camera (include camera photo, not "gallery" image) icon to their Twitter app and we still are using muscle memory from the old button placement.

Black helicopter as thats what will happen when they add the quadcopter icon in a burst of creativity.

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Toyota not shybot about whybot it will trybot the iBot

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Big Thumbs Up!

We can do amazing things when we try. Sadly money is often a limit.

Don't let it be. It's great to hear about those looking to improve and help others.

I hope the effort is put in the right place and many people benefit from this.

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