* Posts by Dave Bell

1905 posts • joined 14 Sep 2007

Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

Dave Bell

Re: Linux system upgrade may not be much better

Linux Mint derives from Ubuntu, and is based on the latest Ubuntu LTS version. Mint 17.x versions do have changes, they're in the same territory as a Service Release. The new Mint 18 should last as long as any version of Windows.

Windows gets awkward over hardware failure-and-replacement. And upgrade versions of Windows had led me into a chain of sequential installs from whatever the last full version had been. The hard drive had lasted a long time. Either find a whole series of Windows install disks, or install Linux.

I switched to Linux. It was Mint 17.2 and the upgrade to Mint 17.3 went well. I have Mint 18 waiting. There are programs I use which don't have Linux versions, but they run fine with the WINE package.

I can see how software that messes with partition tables might be a problem. I am not sure I would want to take the chance.

A few months back I has the hard drive I was using under Linux start showing failures. New drive, install same Linux version, temporary hook-up of old drive, copy stuff over, it all worked.

One thing to be careful of: there are some very old, effectively obsolete, answers out there to some common questions. And there are a lot of Linux distributions. I don't want another Windows monoculture, but a bit more support competence all around would be A Good Thing.

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Cats, dogs starve as web-connected chow chute PetNet plays dead

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Emergency cover

Because of my dodgy health, I doubt I shall start keeping another animal, with or without the emergency cover something such as this could provide. And this particular approach, depended on the continuing Internet connection to a server, is just plain stupid design. Automatic feeder systems have been used in farming for over thirty years, part of stand-alone, computer-controlled systems that support human management.

A typical example was in dairy farming, where the cattle wore an identity tag collar, the system could record an individual cow's milk yield, and the feeding could be matched to that.

You'd have to be an idiot to rely on an unsupervised fully automatic system, and doubly an idiot for something like this with a off-site server. Robot milking systems exist, and allow more flexible timing that can better suit the cattle, but they can't do everything, and skilled human staff aren't going away any time soon.

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Re: More dead cats :)

The big complications with cats come where they are pretty recent introductions, such as New Zealand. Here in England it's a bit late to do anything, and, anyway, our wildlife mix isn't that old. We had something called an Ice Age. The New Zealand glaciers were never quite so overwhelming.

So there are some unique species in New Zealand, while the UK is similar to the rest of Europe.

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Pokemon GO-ZILLA: Safety fears after monsters appear in Fukushima danger zone

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I can see how some places can slip through in the initial set-up. I have seen stuff on how the pin-point locations can be amended, but it will take time for the reports to be checked and acted on.

This is more complicated, because it's about how Pokemon appear. I have no idea of how that's controlled.

It is less that two weeks since the game went active in the UK. Half the local Pokestops are churches of one sort or another. There's some sign that one or two locations are affected by more than random GPS error.

Pokemon GO has some of the same strange location fixing that can be seen on web-based business directories, which seem to get their money from general advertising rather than delivering customers to businesses. If anyone is trying to link a new Pokestop to their business, I think they need to take care with a GPS fix. Just clicking on your phone could be misleading. As I recall, it's worth averaging the GPS reading for a location over a good long time, maybe a full 24 hours.

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Nintendo to investors: Pokémon Go won't make money come

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I do find myself wondering just how many shares were traded to produce the huge market price, and how many more are being sold now.

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Pokemon Go DDoS claim

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Here in the UK, school holidays are starting.

That may have been a deadline for them.

The weekend was already bad.

Servers are expensive, and they won't want to have a surplus when the is summer over. But will they have paid the capital bills by then?

It's not a bad excuse for a walk, but I wonder if they could have done a better job of providing the data. I get the impression that they don't cache the Pokemon. They're always being uploaded.

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Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs

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Re: Journalism?

If you want to look like an ill-informed idiot, you'll get the comments you deserve

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Re: What's wrong with cartoons?

I once quoted Miyamato Musashi on that movie, and some of the other things that Manga Entertainment did. It comes across as a story told with a blunt instrument.

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Journalism?

I am a little disappointed by this.

First, Pokémon GO is now available in the UK, and it is free. Yes, you can make in-app purchases which effectively buy you success, but nobody is forcing you.

Second, the location database is based on that from Ingress, which means the locations have been tested. And since the only places you can fight are the Gym locations, I am a bit doubtful about the stories of muggings. It looks as though game locations are visible from about 500m away, and you get a picture and a name for the place.

Third, the permissions problem seems only to have occurred with the iOS version. I have seen no sign of it with the Android version.

Niantic may have been a bit careless about some things, repeating a few misjudgements they made with the Ingress game. Last year they used a Nazi death camp as a location, but quickly dropped it andapologised. They seem to have done it again, with a different museum. I reckon that should have been avoidable, but the locations where in a far away land of which we know nothing.

I am not sure of its merits as a game. It seems to have the same effect as Ingress, getting people out and walking, but it's aimed at the different market. The original Pokémon was popular in its time, and this well be triggering pleasant memories for some.

I need an excuse to get some exercise. It seems to work OK for that, but I can see how Ingress may suit me better, and a completely different game-story might suit you.

You're getting too many hard facts wrong, and using those errors to support what amounts to saying the game isn't to your taste.

So what?

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BOFH: I found a flying Dragonite on a Windows 2003 domain

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I think I'd lift a scenario from Charlie Stross. In "Halting State" there is an augmented-reality spy game which is actually run by real spooks, so when the game has you follow somebody, presented to you as "another player", it's for real.

Getting the boss into a game like that, and arrange for him to carry a package that isn't an innocent dummy. And maybe put the game server onto the computers of that other company.

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Falling PC tide strands Seagate's disk drive boats. Will WDC follow?

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I have some old server hardware that supports hardware RAID.

A decade ago, the individual drives were pretty small. Now it looks as though a mirrored drive pair is the way to go. And, while the individual drive components will be of higher quality, it's now one motor spinning one platter on one set of bearings, replacing a dozen or more drives that each need to be assembled and tested.

I am not so sure that spinning rust will go away, but I can see how the balance between the different parts of the manufacturing process can have changed. And I also wonder if, on the time-scale of those graphs, there has been a significant change of drive capacity. It's possible (though a bit unlikely) that the average capacity per drive has risen by more than the number of drives shipped has fallen.

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Re: OT but you started it

"Strand" is more poetic English for beach, one of those antique words that hangs on in the fringes of an English vocabulary, but "stranded" and "beached" are distinct enough to be useful, and so remain. If you say a boat is "beached" it suggests something routine. The tide will rise and refloat it. A "beaching trolley" might be used for a seaplane or flying boat. "A "stranded" boat or ship is in trouble.

I doubt all those smallish vessels in Aberystwyth are stranded.

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UK.gov wants to fine websites £250,000 if teens watch porn vids

Dave Bell

I used a US on-line game that had an "Adult" option, and required age verification. It was violence rather than sex.

They dropped that a few years ago because, even within the USA, the verification didn't work. I used my driving licence and had to go through a UK-specific check service. Your driver ID number does at least specify you date of birth, in a rather obvious form that a cop can decipher.

Neither the USA or the UK has a clear national ID structure that can verify age,

This latest thing could be stupidity, or if could be a back-door to introduce an ID Card scheme, again.

In the USA, identity checks that take advantage of this lack of a ID system are being used to stop the "wrong" people from voting. We're not that bad, but things such as paperless billing from electricity companies are messing up the assumptions built into our society about proof of identity (and my father's name was on the electricity bill until he died, not mine: no passport, no driving licence, it was about all he had from the usual list).

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Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger

Dave Bell

Re: What a horrible waste of time and money

It's close enough, and the number of people who didn't vote is big enough, that I don't think the answer is obvious.

There were also some blatant lies in the campaign, from both sides.

There is a big difference between saying Parliament should vote, and saying how they should vote.

I am not sure we can trust any individual. I am not sure how we can expect Parliament to act differently to the Referendum Vote, but I have no reason to object to them taking a vote. And, when a big part of the fuss is the claim that the EU has usurped the authority of Parliament, saying they can't vote looks a bit odd.

Some of the things blamed on the EU have been the choices made by Parliament.And some politicians have been God's gift to snake-oil salesmen.

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Michael Gove says Britain needs to create its own DARPA

Dave Bell

Re: Amen to that

Michael Gove is God's gift to snake-oil salesmen

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Famously, he's said he doesn't like experts, but this DARPA thing is all about listening to, and giving money, to experts.

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

Dave Bell

Re: The supersonic Lightning II, as it will be known in RAF service,

It's the same name as the US is using, and they had the P-38 Lightning during WW2, but while it makes some sense I agree that it is a bit lacklustre. The Officer's Mess at Binbrook had a picture on that wall, a camera-gun image from a Lightning of an SR-71 overflying London, taken from above.

I doubt we have the money for the huge project a modern fighter would be, but we made some good stuff.

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Re: Harriers

There's all sorts of arguments that can be had about range comparisons, such as how much fuel you allow for combat. But one set of figures I saw suggested that the F-35B has a lower combat radius than a Misubishi Zero.

That 266 miles, when you include a substantial allowance for problems, is rather too plausible. 3 planes, and 3 hose units on a KC-10, maybe you can refuel all three planes at the same time, but it would be tricky flying, and hose units can fail.

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You know how that data breach happened? Three words: eBay, hard drives

Dave Bell

Re: Wrong, wrong, double-wrong

I've been setting up, for learning purposes, an ancient server I bought on eBay. Cheap old drives, that have had a good reformat/scrub done, and are still in compatible drive caddies, are a good deal. But, I'll be honest, I could have bought some current-model new drives.

With the way bad sectors are silently switched-out, some of the seller's claims are a bit ridiculous.

And the outfit that made this report: what are they selling? Sure, some people are pretty careless, but this is still the sealed-envelope problem. Governments have been tracelessly opening sealed envelopes since the 18th century at least. It wasn't all that cheap or easy. Neither is reading data from a disk drive that you have taken the trouble to over-write. So much of what we hear is about the ways in which governments can use the internet to do this on the cheap.

I don't know what data you have, but how paranoid do you have to be? The people who do this sort of expensive data recovery are like the people who could open a sealed envelope and reseal it: few and far between. What makes you think you are important enough to be worth the effort?

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Re: Investing

I don't claim to be any sort of expert, but I have never heard of that. I've installed new hard drives, read instructions, set jumpers, and all that stuff, but I have no recollection of any of that.

I expect somebody to say "Everyone knows that!". Well, we don't.

Seriously, this is a citation needed moment.

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Telia engineer error to blame for massive net outage

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There were no obvious direct effects for me, but \i suspect a couple of services I use were hit by CDN issues over the weekend. CloudFlare is one of I don't know how many CDN networks.

It ought to be clearing by now, but I am not sure it is.

It would be nice to know just which CDN the service I am paying is using, but i can't really see this problem affecting just CloudFlare.

What would the BOFH do?

Ah, opening time, never mind.

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How's your driving, Elon? Musk tweets that Tesla Model S 'floats'

Dave Bell

Re: Patent Infringement?

The German Army had an amphibious Volkswagen during the war.

The Russians and Japanese had amphibious tanks.

What made the DUKW significant was American manufacturing capacity.

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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

Dave Bell

Bring back the sealed envelope.

I have a copy of The Codebreakers by David Kahn, and. partly though the timing of original publication, it sets up the myth of super-competent US cryptography. They had talked about breaking the Japanese codes and ciphers. The Ultra secret had not yet been revealed. But it mostly deals with earlier generations of cryptography, stopping with the development of teleprinter-based systems that read a key from a punch-tape.

One thing is apparent. If the skilled hands could be applied (and paid for), by the 18th Century anything in the mail could be tracelessly read. But the process was so expensive that for most people a sealed envelope was all the security they needed.

And then the telegraph came along, and just ordinary commercial communications started using codes. The codes deterred casual reading by a telegrapher but also replaced long words and phrases by fairly short code groups. And they reduced language problems: London or Londres, it was the same code group.

Everything has changed in the last twenty or so years. The internet has destroyed the economic protection of the sealed envelope. As Edward Snowden has revealed, the intelligence agencies are indiscriminately reading everything, because they can, and smothering themselves with irrelevant data.

For most of us, good encryption is a tool: what we're really looking for is the security of the sealed envelope, something that costs enough to bypass that the intelligence agencies have to think about just what their targets might be.

It's very apparent that thinking is optional in the modern CIA.

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FFS, Twitter. It's not that hard

Dave Bell

I think one of the general problems of advertising on the internet is that the people who the advertisers pay are not the people to pay to transmit the adverts. So we get ad-stuffed web pages that are bigger than a copy of Doom.

Point is, adverts in newspapers used the resources of the newspaper, and the newspaper charged the advertisers for the paper and ink they used, and some of the surplus over those costs went to reducing the price the customer paid.

Now you're paying for your internet connection, and some places still have actual bandwidth limits or volume-related billing, and we struggle to see any benefit from the adverts. We're not even getting a colour supplement.

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Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

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Re: 9 1/2 shoes

Shirt sleeves and trouser legs, I learned to use a sewing machine.

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Kraftwerk versus a cheesy copycat: How did the copycat win?

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Give me surfeit of it...

I am not sure that anyone here really knows that much about music, but the core problem lurks in one of two comments, and it's the same one lurking in written fiction.

There are only so many ways of assembling the components in a useful form. You can't copyright individual words. You can't copyright titles. Trademarks are possible, but the context matters. You can distinguish between John Steed and Nick Fury, with their own teams of Avengers. How many stories are called "Nightfall"? There are a few memorable phrases that get quoted, and get re-used, re-purposed, and revelled in. How many ways can you say "To be, or not to be"

This case has spent years winding through the courts, and it's all been about copying something on that scale.

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Re: Why science fiction "novelists"?

Science fiction novelists vary a lot in their opinions of copyright, and there is a famous and apposite SF story entitled "Melancholy Elephants", but I think it likely that this is a snide comment on Cory Doctorow, suggesting that he doesn't really write novels, or something like that. This is what being a "journalist" can do to you.

But this article is by Andrew Orlowski, Who is described in Wikipedia as the "executive editor" at Vulture Central. I find myself wondering who edits the editors?

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

Dave Bell
Mushroom

We were getting bored with successful Apollo flights, 7 manned launches in a row, and then, on April 14th 1970, at 03:07:53 UTC, they had a problem.

Boring is good, but we shouldn't expect it.

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UK eyes frikkin' Laser Directed Energy Weapon

Dave Bell

Re: Nice videos and all

Phalanx might be a slightly too-small a calibre, but a warship needs a gun to put a shot across the bows of a ship that doesn't stop. It's something that still works, though the usual minimum is a 40mm Bofors, rather than 30mm. I wonder what a laser pulse hitting the sea would do.

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Henchmen are getting replaced by droids. They can just plug into a USB port to recharge, and it lets them patch code, or watch a porn video. while they wait.

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

Dave Bell

Re: well...

There were some changes to the Shuttle systems, including the memory, but core storage is pretty much immune to the effects of cosmic rays. And they could load a program into memory and know it would be ready to run if they needed it.

It was a good bet in the 1970s. And changing the system without adding new risks was hardly easy.

The Shuttle was around for a long time

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Android Pay may, er, pay... providing it gets over security hurdle

Dave Bell

Re: ok, i'm a stick the mud

It's been my experience that cards in the same wallet interfere with each other, so I reckon the fears of sneak thieves scanning cards are exaggerated. Anyway, you can get a screened wallet if you're that worried. Though if somebody can scan a card and re-use the data they get to make a false payment, there must be a rather gaping flaw in the security of the system.

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Russia poised to unleash 'Son of Satan' ICBM

Dave Bell

Re: LOL!

The point about the propellants is that they can be stored in the missile, unlike the cryogenics. The last time I saw rockets on the pad, I didn't know enough to be scared, but they were on exposed launch pads and using liquid oxygen, and the RAF wouldn't have done that unless it expected to use them. They were horribly vulnerable to blast.

So was I.

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Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia

Dave Bell

Last year, after getting horribly messed up by a failing drive and the need to re-install Windows, I switched to Linux Mint.

It does all I want.

For a few things I depend on WINE to run an old Windows program.

If Linux has a particular weakness it is that, more than Windows (but not maybe much more), programmers tend to be better at telling computers what do do than they are at telling things to people. And they don't seem to cope well with people not reading the manual. Perhaps they need to pay as much attention to debugging the manuals as they do to debugging the programs.

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Hey, YouTube: Pay your 'workers' properly and get with the times

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Re: "it pays out something far more valuable than money: attention"

Yes, it's one of the standard internet cons, much like the idea of Interns in the wider business world.

You don't have to look very hard to see this scam being used, and outfits such as The Huffington Post even try it on award-winning authors, people who can hardly be said to be short of exposure.

And the whole internet is built on copyright scams. A quarter century ago, companies were claiming a perpetual and unlimited grant of copyright by you, for anything you posted. In those days it was AOL. The language has changed slightly (under US Law, up until the 1970s, you couldn't license copyright, only sell it, and internet companies have now realised that), and the core problem remains, but there still want an unlimited, perpetual, grant of license.

The core problem is that the internet can only work by making copies of content, even transient copies in a router, and even as you read this, your browser has made a copy. So the internet companies need to make some sort of copyright claim. And it it practical to remove every copy of a work from a well-run back-up system? But we seem to still be getting trampled on by legal boiler-plate written by somebody who didn't understand the internet.

And so we get the offer of "exposure", and if you post a picture of a news event to the net, it can get used without permission or payment by the news media, and if we give their copyrights the same respect they send the lawyers in.

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Who you callin' stoopid? No excuses for biz intelligence's poor stats

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Re: Inspector Nectar

Amazon regularly lies with statistics.

They talk about "averages", and there at least three that can be used, all simple and each giving different results with their "long tail".

1: Mean

This is the one that most people use if they have to give a figure. 100 samples, add the numbers together, and divide by the number of samples. But a few high figures, such as a millionaire when everyone else is on minimum wage, will make that average useless. There are authors who sell thousands of books for the Kindle. Are you that good?

2: Median

When the samples are arranged in order, low to high, this is the one in the middle. This is closer to our idea of "average". That one-millionaire problem obviously doesn't affect the figure.

3: Mode

You split the samples into groups, like that age chart in the article, and the mode is the biggest group. You have to be careful about it, because changing the size of the group can shift it. The mode for those Kindle sales is effectively bugger all. That's what the "long tail" means.

They're teaching this in the schools now.

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SpaceX adds Mars haulage to its price list

Dave Bell

Seriously for the moment.

This flight to Mars is about at the right time to test Falcon Heavy. The timing is set by the orbits of Earth and Mars, and there might not be that many payloads that need to be that big, so it's certain to be an early Falcon heavy launch. Because they're using so much of the same hardware at the Falcon 9, it's less of a risk, but it'll show the system is good, if it works. The flight to Mars and the landing are almost a bonus.

(Yes, I have Kerbal Space Program.)

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ICANN in a strop that Intel, Netflix, Lego, Nike and others aren't using their dot-brand domains

Dave Bell

Some names make more sense

Companies have been exploiting some otherwise obscure TLDs for years, and paying for the privilege. Think what .tv must have earned from TV companies. And it makes some sense in that case.

Some of those long names don't make much sense as world-wide brands or as TLD labels.

I can see a point to a .bbc existing, less so for .itv, as the BBC really does have a world-wide identity.

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Heathrow Airbus collision 'not a drone incident'

Dave Bell

UFO sightings aren't the big thing they used to be, and maybe that sort of light plastic bag wasn't so common than they were. But it's interesting that UFOs only really got going after WW2 got people interested in spotting enemy aircraft, and before that war it was more often reported as mystery airships.

It's also interesting that here in the UK, there has been a much more nuanced UFO movement than in the USA. Maybe some of the roots of that difference can be laid at the feet of the Luftwaffe. As a nation, we needed to know some pretty specific things about what was flying overhead.

That's dropping out of living memory, whih is suggestive about the drones.

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SpaceX is go for US military GPS sat launch, smashes ULA monopoly

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I wonder if the successful barge landing was the final straw.

SpaceX offers a good price without succeeding in recovery. It'll take a while for them to be confident about the reusability, but I can see a point where somebody buying a launch has a chance to buy a share in the rocket, that gives them a refund if the booster is recovered and reusable, rather than a cut in the up-front price.

It is going to take a while to build up the sort of history that SpaceX would care to risk tens of millions of dollars on. Elon Musk is very unusual: he's willing to take risks. I don't think he's reckless. Red Dragon, for instance, makes a lot of sense as a test for the Falcon Heavy launcher, that part is money he would have to spend anyway.

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Remain in the EU and help me snoop on the world, says Theresa May

Dave Bell

Re: What does it say about a country that wants to leave ECHR?

There's some truth to that. We wrote the thing.

But, even if we can stay in the EU without being in the Council of Europe, the EU legal system still takes the ECHR into account.

What does it say about a Home Secretary's respect for law that she doesn't know that?

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BOFH: Thermo-electric funeral

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Coat

Re: as if owning IT antiquity was one of those positive character traits

The early USB floppies, at least, were an external interface between a standard 3.5 drive and the USB. And 5.25 floppies used an edge connector on the same ribbon cable as a 3.25 used. Dunno about an 8" floppy drive, and there's a power to wonder about too, but it doesn't sound impossible to get the drive connected via USB.

If the Boss got started on it, some of the critical details could easily be insurmountable. I think USB floppies are a bit different now, for instance. But would he listen? And what does he want an 8" floppy for?

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Mushroom

Re: "A bigger hammer was employed" [...]

This principle isn't quite a joke though the physics is subtle.

Consider a spike being driven into a solid material. So much of the impact energy goes into elastic deformation, and sometimes into non-elastic deformation. A too-small hammer has insufficient percussive energy to actually drive the spike.

Or, in layman's terms, do it right and the nail doesn't bend.

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

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The past is un-dead

I have been using Linux for a few months, and the annoying thing is how much semi-obsolete help is floating around, and gets pointed to as the answer to the question you didn't quite ask.

Don't worry, Mr. Stallman, I'm not planning on changing my filesystem. And your Ovaltine will be here in a minute.

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UK web host 123-Reg goes TITSUP, customer servers evaporate

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What are we risking?

I have had a very long period of reliable operation of a domain name registration with email forwarding, over fifteen years.

This isn't part of this cock-up, for which I am very grateful. My email still works. I have been receiving email forwarded through my domain.

This is bad enough. If they mess up the Domain Name registration side, they're going to be dead.

And what happens if they do drop their Doman Name database in the shit? Who will know who has a right to use a name. Tesco, to pick an example, have trademarks registered, and lawyers. It's easy to prove they own it. What proof do I have?

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BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

Dave Bell

Re: Crappy power supplies! GAAH

I have found that some good server-class hardware can be miraculously restored to silent operation by replacing the fans, but the system was old enough that the original fans were way beyond their design life, and the overall system was rather sluggish by today's standards.

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Mushroom

Re: Tracking HDMI cables...

This is what comes from using standard consumer cabling to carry the business's confidential data. Other people can use the cabling, and have you seen how little space a block of USB storage needs today? The system needs to use a non-standard connector, tagged with IoT to ensure security, which is the only connector available on the data source and display devices,

Of course, this means that a large number of projectors, large flat-screen displays, and executive lap-top computers must be disposed of to close the security loophole.

I know just the company to dispose of this hardware, for a very modest fee, taking care to carefully examine all data storage to ensure that no critical corporate information is passed on to unauthorised third parties.

And I would reall like a new large-screen display on which to play Kerbal Space Program.

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NASA prepares to unpack pump-up space podule

Dave Bell

There's several things I can see being done for this trial. As well as the occasional visits, I would expect they'd have a good look at the outside skin. And two years long enough that they could send up a decent air-circulation fan, a few gadgets such as a blood oximeter, and have somebody spend a few hours in the module while watched for ill effects. Most of the existing cargo modules can't be used to land cargo, and they're loaded with waste that gets burned up on re-entry, and the same could happen with this.

And while the astronauts would have to be careful, I can see it being used by them to get a quiet few hours.

Alone.

For guitar practice...

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How Remix's Android will eat the world

Dave Bell

Re: Yay!

I've never found a big problem with the difference between Windows and Linux desktops. I am not sure it would be a huge problem if you were being supported by an IT dept. which were handling the sysadmin side, maintaining hardware and updating drivers and such.

But if you need to manage the connection between your desktop and the internet, the differences start to matter.

The wittering about the desktop is, I think, a bit of a red herring.

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Re: "Remix OS with...

That makes sense to me.

But I think people are forgetting Linux here, even when Android is a Linux derivative. I'm currently running Linux, and I used Wine to run Windows programs. Just having that option has an effect on the market. It shows that the desktop is not limited to either Microsoft or Apple. And that is what gives Remix a chance.

I don;t think the creators are being stupid, but I am wary of the journalists when they forget that sort of stuff.

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