* Posts by cortland

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By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

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No it won't

" and the ITRS says the current trajectory is self-limiting: by 2040, as the chart below shows, computing will need more electricity than the world can produce."

LOGICALLY impossible, technologically unlikely and practically impossible.Will the Master Breaker at the Fortress of Solitude trip and the Earth go dark? No more will a teenager playing VR Thrones bring the world of business to a halt. VR Pron now; that's another matter.

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Tupperware vehemently denies any link to storage containerisation

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No

No tupping, eh?

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Theresa or Teresa May? Twitter confuses nude model and new PM

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Grammar?

Cameron can't; Theresa MAY.

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Sociology student gets a First for dissertation on Kardashians

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Re: ?

Hmm. Your reference to Newton Minow's characterization had me thinking that in the kase of klan K, TV is s a "half-vaste wasteland". Did I spell that right?

Hmm.

For what it's worth department: http://adage.com/article/rance-crain/minow-tv-a-vast-wasteland/227002/

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Huawei: Our fake phone camera pic shame

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Scale of what?

For unabashed failure to know what one is doing, this is not nearly as bad as losing a Mars Orbiter in 1999 when someone didn't convert pounds to Newtons for every system on the spacecraft. Not even close

But it'll do for just plumb dumb.

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Humans and bees share the same sociability genes

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Pratchett called us Pan Narrans; stoyy-telling chimpanzee.

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The buzz is ...

There's a state prison in California where beekeeping was a permitted activity for good-conduct prisoners, but this had to be prohibited after some of them were discovered breaking out in hives. ...

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Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger

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Re: From another angle...

Now, don't go throwing a spaniard in the works.

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Plane English?

"SHOULD the United Kingdom... " is only advisory, right?

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We'll smash probe into comet 300 million miles away for kicks, er, sorry, ... for science

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Re: Chris Evans

-- if we pretend the comet is round --

Assume a spherical cow... ( http://scienceblogs.com/principles/2006/06/21/assume-a-spherical-cow/ )

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Boffins boggle, baffled by blobs deep inside the Earth

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Re: Oh dear

Male and Female created It Them.

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Re: "thermochemical piles come into sharper focus"

A winner!

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Lightning strikes: Britain's first F-35B supersonic fighter lands

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Re: Curious minds want to know

My ex and i were At Ramstein Air Base for an air show some few years ago, when a pair of Canadian 104's decided to fly over in afterburner at about 500 kts and see how high they could get us to jump.

It worked.

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Brexit-bored Brits back to bashing the bishop after ballot box blues

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Re: I gather...

Which one? Yours or ours?

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Mystery black hole hides by curbing its appetite

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Re: Absconder

Well, darn! And here the local PD was ready to ask for warrants!

New headline: Informant grasses Black Hole

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Absconder

Another possibility is that this black hole is receding from us fast enough to shift x-ray frequencies into the RF spectrum. That's a very unlikely possibility, but if so, it would be a tantalizing observation.

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Vanishing EMC golden handcuffs could cause brain drain

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AFAIK...

AFAIK, EMC (ElectroMagnetic Compatibility) tests have NEVER required handcuffs, and "kinky" appears in NONE of its standards.

Just so you know...

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Down and out in the Middle Kingdom: Beijing is sinking

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http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/24/world/asia/china-sinkhole-problem/

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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It's Friday

and the result of yesterday's referendum may have set them back somewhat; say, about £85m.

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Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

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So -- for a given value of understand - do ball-flinging children understand physics.

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Q: Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?

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It's possible

It's possible that the only people offended might be Muslims; they still remember the streets of Jerusalem running with blood when the Crusaders won the battle to establish a Latin Kingdom there.

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'Massive great big' vulture goes AWOL in Somerset

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Has anyone inquired

of Vulture Central?

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EU wants open science publication by 2020

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Good!

Let's have all European and American regulatory standards made available for free as well.

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

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Maybe, if they close it out at $200? … maybe not!

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Geniuses at HMRC sack too many staff! Nope, can't do it online. FAIL

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Have they been

... following the adventures of the US Transportation Security Agency?

Oh, SO sorry you had to wait, but don't worry; there's another flight tomorrow and the airline will be happy to sell you another nonrefundable ticket.

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FBI director claims that videoing police is causing crime uptick

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It wasn't very long ago that the new police chief in the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, addressing one of the religious communities here, pointed out that the number of murders in Grand Rapids has been dropping for years, even though the number of shootings hasn't dropped.

Grand Rapids is home to a number of very good hospitals near the neighborhoods where shootings occur, and they're saving many people who would otherwise die – which has NOTHING to do with whether anyone is videotaping the police.

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Speaking in Tech: Uber and Lyft tell Austin: Hell no, we won't give you the finger

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Is there a transcript?

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Nexsan sues EMC in tussle over Unity name

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Prior art indeed

http://www.unitasfratrum.org/index.php/origin-growth-of-the-unitas-fratrum/

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Hold on a sec. When did HDDs get SSD-style workload rate limits?

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Re: We need more reliable, not just larger.

OK!

http://hackadaycom.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/worlds-most-expensive-hard-drive-teardown.png?w=800&h=450

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Hands up, who prayed for AMD? Well, it worked

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Worked?

Sure -- if you won't mind the People's Intelligence Commission reading your files and running DDoS on your computer.

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Big Cable threatens to sue FCC: You can't stop us ripping off customers

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TV?

Nah. Turn 'em ALL off.

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Will Comcast's set-box killer murder your data caps? The truth revealed

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Wellll

No! Haven't owned a television nor watched one at home since 1997. And I don't stream video content, either. Sic transit etcetera; e pluribus scruem.

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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They might learn

Tell them you appreciate their concerns and agree -- so you'll stop reading their content and find it elsewhere on the Web unmolested by popups.

A quick CTRLA/CTRL C can snatch the first page before the popup appears on the screen, too.

Of course, a word to a wise man is enough – but a whole paragraph is wasted on a damfool.

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Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote

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Big Brother

Whoops!

There go the one-time-pads. Ate 'em, did you? Off to Leavenworth! And what about this one, Professor? Decrypt it or rot in jail. http://www.skyknowledge.com/voynich-eg.gif

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FBI Director defends iPhone 5C unlock tool that's obviously going to leak into wrong hands

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Big Brother

Anything found possible

Anything possible is going to be looked at somewhere. If it's also practical and affordable, it will appear everywhere.

If I had the test equipment, and I were seeking to break into a device that wiped its memory after, say, 10 attempts, I'd buy a similar device and instrument all of the reset and I/O. I'd be looking for [pins] that only changed status or state on the 11th attempt – and then I'd pull it high or low or provide the normal signals to see if that was the controlling input. Not easy, and for most of not affordable, but certainly practical if you've got the money, the time, and the lab.

That's probably not what the FBI or their helpers did, but it's the first thing that I would have thought of. Then again, I have a different way of thinking. Just ask anyone who knows me!

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Tay talks back: What made you think you beat me?

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Important Update

The lone and level silicate particles stretch far away. ...

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

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Re: Today????

I was just a lad when Dad was stationed in Wiltshire with the USAF, but I remember the three-penny bits.

And I wonder, too. Is this a bow to truth in advertising? Given inflation,mightn't the Pound be now worth what thruppence was then?

Scary thought.

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

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I wonder if

When governments outlaw drones, our respective legislators are declared redundant.

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Judge roasts Chipotle for firing guy who grilled bean counters on Twitter

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Re: Good

Some years BT (Before Tweet), I quit my job at what was then a large computer company by resigning with an email to the CEO – and "ALL"– about restrictions the Chaebol taking over the firm had put on the ability of non-Koreans to make necessary design changes. Needless to say, my resignation was accepted.

After the Koreans got there many others left as well; one Web site I found later said the company entered bankruptcy after an "exodus of talent". I had by then gotten a much better job elsewhere, at a higher level of responsibility. I suspect the increase in pay more than made up for not staying around to get the severance package.

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Apple tells iPhone court 'the Founders would be appalled' by Feds

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It's not about free speech

The judge in the case says that what the FBI wants the courts to order is illegal; the District Court's decision says in part (on page 30) :

"I therefore reject the government's interpretation of the AWA's gap-filling function, and conclude that a judicial order that would confer authority that Congress has considered and decided not to enact is not "agreeable to the usages and principles of law."

See https://www.eff.org/files/2016/02/29/applebrooklyn-2.29.16order.pdf

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The core

of Judge Orenstein's decision (which the FBI is appealing) is found on page 30:

"... a judicial order that would confer authority that Congress has considered and decided not to enact is not "agreeable to the usages and principles of law."

Applying that interpretation in this case compels the conclusion that the AWA does not authorize the relief the government seeks. "

https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/55256796/kfkw6c/30

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Bountiful! Yahoo! Plugs! Mail! Spoofing! Bug!

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That might be worth

... a Nobel Peace Prize. It might even make Yahoo mail worth using.

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UK fella is a multimillion-dollar cyber-hustle mastermind – US DoJ

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He said

... witheringly.

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US chap sharpens paradigm-busting scissors

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Hmm

https://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.M8426b71591f26ca5828c540c9a0146b6o0&pid=15.1

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Knackered Euro server turns Panasonic smart TVs into dumb TVs

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Makes me glad

I junked (binned, for you who speak English) my TV in 1997; I hadn't much used it since 1993 anyway. This sort of an article makes me glad I did so, though I'll grant that my library is more expensive than a Smart TV.

On the other hand, books don't stop working when the Net goes down – or the power goes out.

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Strike! European Patent Office staff vote in their thousands for walkout

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Re: Wrong man for a hard job

"Somebody will have to get the message across, though."

They can't; there's a patent on the method.

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Fifth time's the charm as SpaceX pops satellite into orbit

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If-only department

If only I'd gone into a different field of electronics! I was 11 or 12 when a very perceptive young teacher, noting I had turned in an essay on using something like a cathode Ray tube for propulsion in space, had me talk to the Seventh Grade science class about ion propulsion. If-only department: if only I'd been steered to something other than radio when my home-made "rail-gun" stuck steel ball bearings into my bedroom wall! But no, Dad and the landlord had to buy me a radio kit. Heh!

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India challenges US visa price hike at World Trade Organisation

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Strange interview

Some years ago, I interviewed with a New York transportation agency for an engineering position. It was a very strange interview, with the interviewer doing everything he could to discourage me from applying for work there; it quickly became obvious the reason for the interview was not that they thought me a good candidate, but that they had to reject a certain number of applicants in order to be allowed to bring in the Japanese engineer a seller of railcars insisted be included in the deal.

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How the FBI will lose its iPhone fight, thanks to 'West Coast Law'

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You have no right to remain silent

The day will yet come, when no secrets will be permitted, no conversations remain unheard, and silence itself will be considered evidence one is concealing something others must know.

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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

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Big Brother

Imagine having the Google Earth (tm) closeup view

on your smartphone when the Port security people look over your shoulders.

http://www.maplandia.com/united-kingdom/england/north/newcastle-upon-tyne/wallsend/#map

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