Does that include easier access to tax returns?
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History of science has consistently shown that when you push the boundaries not only do we find the things we were looking for, but lots we didn't realise existed.
The space race purpose was to get to the moon, the rest came as a by-product of that attempt.
I'm sure some will say that the money spent would be better off spent solving world hunger or cancer research. However this ignores that science is inextricably linked, and a discovery in one area could affect another.
The problem is, if we knew what we were going to find, there is no point looking for it. And once we found something, there may be many many ways to apply it. For example the original quantum research, was purely theoretical and many would of said pointless, yet know we are using the quantum realm in electroncs, computing and starting to look at biological processes in a new way
Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend
Wanted – have you seen this MAC address: f8:e0:79:af:57:eb? German cops appeal for logs in bomb probe
Re: It'll never happen...
Same thing happened to me. Kept getting emails from the states about someones car. Needs Service, etc. For while it was amusing, but then I started getting fault reports and i thought what would I want to do in that situation? So I decided tp contact the provider to indicate a mistake had been made.
1 problem. No contact email address. So instead I put a sarcastic tweet with the companies handle. It worked and they messaged me. Great I thought, getting somewhere. So i told them the issue, they said they would sort it. Finally I thought.
"Dear Tonya, Car VIN number, model number has low pressure in front left tyre"
So I contacted the company again. The response was. Sorry about that. Can you give us your pin number and we will sort it....<Sound of banging head against wall>
It makes you wonder why you bother
What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse
Re: Azipods in reverse?
I think that's unlikely since the MS Queen Elizabeth (90,000 tonnes) have them compared to the Queen Elizabeth Class (65,000 tonnes ).
The reasons are more likely a) reduction in draught b) Easier to protect from torpedo attack c) The lack of a need to do close maneuvering such as sailing up and down fjords, so there is no need for the extra complication
(MS Queen Elizabeth has them so that it can dock in small Caribbean islands without the need of tug support and sometimes its useful to maintain station, for example if passengers want to go Jet skiing )
Having swallowed its pride and started again with 10nm chips, Intel teases features in these 2019-ish processors
Arm-like big.LITTLE architecture
Interesting because where I stand it appears that Intel have pretty well left the embedded space. If you want to run a fanless x86 processor of any reasonable power you have AMD and that's it. Intel just don't care. Whether such a SoC processor would allow them to get back into the game is questionable.
Integrated GPUs no longer second-class citizens
I may be wrong here, but I'm pretty sure it is largely Intel integrated GPU's that have sucked. AMD with their in-house Radeon expertise have always been better
Just to add that you also have to balance "risk and cost of not achieving anything" against "potential benefits and possible spin offs"
strong AI, cure to cancer, fusion are strong categories in the latter column, while driverless and flying cars are more in the former camp (although crack AI, and you have driverless cards anyway).
Quantum computing is in the latter camp. Yes we may not achieve the final goal, but in doing so we gain a greater understanding of the quantum world. However if it is managed on a commercial scale, the benefits extend way beyond encryption. remember that most of the progress in the last 30 years has been due to increase in computing power, a curve which using present technologies may well have to stop
Re: People should focus on the fundamentals first
This seems a common thread in science.
Scientists are single minded, never see the big picture, and are only interested in funding.
this is normally put forward by people who have no specialist knowledge in a particular area, but latch onto the summary of a outlying research paper.
University research tends to be pretty open to new ideas. Proving that quantum computing is not possible would almost as big a break through as proving it is.
I'm pretty sure there are many quantum computing researchers who are aware of the paper and are taken it into account and are more qualified to understand its applicability and ramifications.
Saying that when commercial concerns get involved there is a a tendency to downgrade any information which stops the pork barrel funding, so you need to differentiate between basic research and commercial application
* strong AI
The original concept of AI i.e a robot brain as or of greater intelligence than person is still a long way off. However in certain limited applications we already have AI. The google search engine for example
* flying cars
Flying cars is easy. Getting a flying car that a non-pilot can fly and not crash into the myriad other flying cars is hard
* driverless cars
They seem to be a long way down that route, with some applications already ongoing. Whether people will accept them on the road is another questions, but expect military applications in the next few years
* cure to cancer
To all cancers, no. To some cancers, yes
* fusion power generation
Yes, unfortunately a long way off. However the problems are engineering and material science not physics
It all goes to show that technology progress is rarely quantum leaps, but slow hard slogs often relying on many different areas.
Re: The sad truth about self-driving cars
The question is, when this situation occurs, do we want some computer to make the call,
I think the question is whether you want the computer to make the call or Steve, who passed his driving test last week, is driving back after an all night party and is concentrating on trying to tune his radio
The only way to make safe driverless vehicles would be to put them on special lanes, perhaps specifically designed to avoid sharp angles; possibly with a system to keep them on trajectory at all times, like, some manner of metal railing?
I think they are called roads
Re: Unicorn based politics?
Is that like where Surrey Satellites bid the contract, technically feasible and under cost? Then German OHB win, take 5 years *not* to launch what they promised in three. Then Surrey satellites rescue the spectrum allocation by building tech demonstrators from a standing start in 18 months, while OHB drop a *further* two years and many billions of EU money.
Citation @Justthefacts ?
OHB were technical lead while Surrey were contracted to provide support and test satellite. The test satellite is not the same a the fully functioning system and is just POC
Re: Actually, this may be a well-disguised win
Seriously though, does the British military not already use GPS for this? Are they anticipating that the yanks are going to cut them off?
That is actually the crux of the matter. Do you base your defense capability on the resources of a foreign power, however friendly they are now.
I remember two situation in recent history where UK military operations were and could of been curtailed by the US. Firstly Suez, where basically the US stopped the war because it went against their national interest and Falklands where it was touch and go, with the US wanting to keep Argentina onside. It was only that the cold war trumped that, that allowed access to some critical resources.
The advantage of Galileo was that the UK military had shared control. They would be in the room where it happened to quote "Hamilton" .Any future Galileo agreement or agreement to use US GPS capabilities would see us as associate partners which could be cut off if necessary (To be honest generally strategically we are closer aligned to Europe interests that US)
But hey, at least we are taking back control......
Re: Actually, this may be a well-disguised win
As you say for the majority of people this will make no difference. Standard GPS is fine for most commercial applications, even road pricing
However this pertains to defense applications, for example dropping a GPS guided munition down a bunker. In this case you want a higher degree of accuracy. You also want to stop your enemy piggy backing of the same capability which is why it is encrypted
The UK requested this capability in Galileo to be only available to full members of the Galileo project, not thinking for a second that it would lose access to the club.
Re: So this is what Brexiteers meant by "Quick and simple."
"Things could have been very different had a Brexiteer been in charge."
There were brexiters in charge of the foreign office, trade and the department responsible for Brexit, plus half the cabinet, but they still failed. Face facts, it is failing because there is no plan and reality has nasty habit of smacking fantasists up the ass
Re: Don't forget we had Darwin
That was then.
Now we get a Brexit 50p
Since apparently in our Groupthink country we cannot know trust experts, I expect the next notes to be:-
Nigel Lawson shown pushing back the sea levels with one hand, Canute style
Nigel Farage, beer in one hand striding to the future in a Mao great leap forward pose
Boris Johnson with text written totally in Latin, or maybe just one of his speeches, whichever is least intelligable
and of course Jacob Rees-Mogg on the newly minted 10 shilling note
Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex
Re: Fuel? Why no solar panels?
Even with solar panels you still need something to push out to move. True, they could of used Ion engines which would of reduced the action mass required, but even that would run out eventually (Smaller mass x higher speed). Also Ion engines are slow and steady, and probably would not be capable of moving a satellite like kepler at the rates required. Fine if you want to reposition over a period of months, but I'm not sure anyone is wanting to wait that long
Finally Kepler has far exceeded its design lifetime, so the engines have done what they needed to do
They seem to go along the line.
Great phone, if only it had....
any other app i use more than 2 times a day
While i am sure there are niche markets for such a phone, in the end people find while minimalism looks good in the shop window, real life is more complicated than that
Jeff Immelt never really understood digital strategy
Jeff Immelt never really understood digital strategy , and it highlighted by the problems that traditional HW companies have embracing the cloud etc.
While he is right in that system connectivity and large data analytics are big drivers in the future, companies like GE, Siemens etc have over the years ensured that their systems are mutually incompatible. You only have to look at the plethora of competing industrial protocols that are out there, each with a industry champion. Therefore they make poor industry aggregators. If you compare them with a company like google, who basically whole existence is based around data integration, its not hard to see where the driving force will be.
There is also the question of who owns the data. Its all very well suggesting that a company puts its system data in the cloud. The bigger question is who has access to it and who owns it. This is especially difficult if the hosting service wants to profit from analysis of it. (Something which google has been doing for years, but companies generally value their data more highly than individuals)
There is also a culture clash. Traditional industrial equipment are conservative devices, generally self contained. Digital services are fast moving,agile and interconnected. At some some point there is a clash and trade off, usually with security
The final issue is that GE approach was we will build these services and they will come (field of dreams principle). However they spent little time thinking making it easy for companies wanted to connect to the services, what cost model to use. Again this is industry process thinking. Configuring a industrial system generally involves editing 30 unrelated config files and then not touching anything in the hope it does not break. If Apple had designed a industrial system it would consist of one button which said connect. Guess which approach GE went for. Cloud also means that costs become far less transparent. You can be charged by the MB stored, CPU time, bandwidth or a plethora of other metrics. Again it makes it difficult to monitor and control costs. Fine in the high margin digital world, but industry margins tend to be low margin
Finally the issue was over estimating your size and strength. While GE has a huge captilisation, it like many other nuts and bolt operations are quickly become dwarfed by digital power houses. Also because they tend to have less investment in infrastructure, they can quickly capitilise large projects. GE found quickly it could not afford to setup its own server farm, and now relies on AWS. This shows where the power now lies in the new world order
1. this could of happened before Brexit
2. The money allocated is pinprick compared with the amount which will have to be spent to get a system running
3. GPS systems are optimized to cover certain areas of the earth. Covering two hemispheres to provide the accuracy required for military will require more satellites and greater coverage
4. No one has explained where the frequencies required are going to come from since this would require international agreement
5. we are looking at a huge investment (which is likely to inflate ) and long project timescales. This from a country that has so far failed to build 1 high speed rail track
6. it is not clear why we need it anyway apart from massaging some huge Tory egos. We struggle to maintain 1 carrier group. The last time we did anything abroad was the Falklands, and that was based on cold war level military readiness. Even then it was a struggle
7. It is likely we will need the money for other things
8. The UK on its own is no longer a world super power, and the sooner we come to terms with this, the better the future will be
9. It will never happen
Re: Hey El Reg Peeps, Paper Author Here
While interesting there is great irony that any attempt to access the webpage with the address given results in the following message
Your connection is not private
Attackers might be trying to steal your information from research.jvroig.com (for example, passwords, messages, or credit cards). Learn more
Security Researcher protect thyself....
Re: Hold on there..
"They were sending a document electronically from Publisher. FFS. Why? That's not what it's for. And an ICT teacher should be able to send it as a fucking PDF if they must use Publisher, anyway."
I raised the question everytime at parents evenig. They promised to send vis PDF next time and never
did. However I think that there is an assumption that publisher documents are like word document and are easily read. However there are very few converters around (I don't think even Google supports it)
To be honest this was the time when virtually anyone could teach ICT since all it involved was showing kids around powerpoint. They were a ex-chemistry teacher and to be honest I was felt they were only doing it to tide them over till retirement.
Yes publisher is OK, and far better than trying to format word documents. I user Serif PagePlus for similar tasks. You can normally pick up a older copy for virtually nothing
Re: Hold on there..
The only time I've seen publisher used in anger(sic) was my daughters school when the ICT teacher would send out the school newsletter in publisher format.
However because the majority of people did not have publisher installed, it was basically unreadable unless you went through a lot of hoops.
Actually, counter intuitively you actually want to go when solar flares are at a maximum. solar flares consist of largely protons. Quite small amounts of shielding will stop these. The bigger issues is cosmic rays, these are far higher energy and hard to stop.
However during solar maximums, the heliosphere reduces cosmic ray rates, so you are better off when activity is at its maximum.
Re: Is "designed by computer" better ?.
"Delays like Boeing is experiencing with the new KC-46 tanker always seem a bit weird to me"
It was pretty well obvious to anyone who new the industry. Apart from the usual mission and equipment creep that you get with such programs, the aircraft was poorly suited to the role meaning that major modifications were needed
It is based on a 767, but unlike the equivalent Airbus A330 MRT it did not already have the plumbing and belly fuel tank (The 330 wing is the same as for the Airbus 340, which means it is already stressed for the extra wing loads required to add a new engine, which makes it a great place to hang the wing refueling pods)
In truth the 330 MRT would of been a far better option, but US procurement politics got in the way
"1. Place document on fax machine, type in extension number, send. ... Get receipt."
Put document on fax, send
Realize that you put the document in the wrong way
Send again - phone engaged, realise you have sent it to the wrong number
Send again - fax stops halfway
Send again - get receipt
Fax fails to to get received because toner/paper out
Send again - fax sits on receiver in try until cleaner comes and throws it in the bin
Send again - fax gets picked up, but internal mail goes to HR rather than finance
Put in envelope and send it by snail mail
"Yes, I'd pick #1 any day of the week, or night of the weekend for that "
Its all about the data
People have your number, for example. How would people find you in a real-time switching world?
Ahhh, that's cute, someone is still using there phone as a telephone.
The truth is the majority of usage is data, and data doesn't need a number. But data can be very expensive if you are roaming, so most people turn it off. However if you could get a esim for each region or even a esim per provider for areas are patchy and switch between them as needed, then that's pretty useful
Of course not everyone would need this and it would mean you having money tied up in PAYG that you may never use, but if you are buying a £1500 iphone, I'm sort of guessing penny pinching is not high on your priorities
"Only if you work in a tiny specialisted field.
If you are one of the 99% who's job has nothing to do with the space industry, then who cares?
Effect on the UK economy: insignificantly small and unmeasurable."
Unmeasurable maybe, insignificant definitely not.
Space science is one of those flagships industries which governments spend a lot of money trying to attract. Not only on do they directly employ people in high margin industries and indirectly through suppliers, but spin off industries and expertise gained are immeasurable important, especially in developed economies.
In fact it is so important the government have already committed £100 mill of UK tax funds, just to see if they can justify spending £4-5 bill to keep the industry going.
On the other hand, maybe the British economy will be based in the future on tax havens, zero hour contracts warehouses, strawberry picking. So maybe on that basis your right, it doesn't matter at all