* Posts by Mongo

907 posts • joined 26 Apr 2009


Huawei and Intel hype up AI hardware, TensorFlow tidbits, and more


Re: Seperated at Birth?

Dearie me - you're r-r-r-r-right!

/me goes into a loop at the thought


Is a fake deepfake a shallow fake?

Or is it all boolean and so it's not not fake fake = true? Time to apply de Morgan's Laws to newscasts?

NHS England's chief digital officer goes full digital, ditches health service for GP app biz


"NHS Digital" will be as pleasant as the examination recommended for gents of a certain age

And yes, they can go and stick it up their arse...

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free


The perennial and wrong "Obama killed the shuttle", yet again

The shuttle program was irreversibly shut down during the 43rd President (George W Bush), for entirely sensible reasons of safety and cost. Don't have to believe me, believe the then Space Shuttle Program Manager, writing in 2008:

Starting four years ago, the shuttle program in its various projects made "lifetime buys". That is, we bought enough piece parts to fly all the flights on the manifest plus a prudent margin of reserves. Then we started sending out termination letters. About two years ago, we terminated 95% of the vendors for parts for the external tank project, for example...

You might think that simple things like bolts and screws, wire, filters, and gaskets could be bought off the shelf some where, but that thinking would merely prove how little you know about the shuttle. The huge majority of supplies, consumable items, maintenance items, they are all specially made with unique and stringent processes and standards...

We started shutting down the shuttle four years ago. That horse has left the barn.

As a taxi to the ISS the shuttle program was replaced by "Commercial Orbital Transport Services", with Russian manned orbital transport being a stopgap until US-based crew transport starts.

There is no replacement for the shuttle as a Hubble service mechanism: the general opinion is that it would be better value to develop and launch a replacement than to spend the resources to build a suitable servicing craft.


Re: How many Shuttles could have been kept operative..

Reality itself must bow to Bob's infallible AND VERY LOUD opinions.


@steve 124 - that *was* with DuckDuckGo

Since the top few results (Wikipedia, space.com, etc) didn't have the word "fake" in their excerpts I searched for "fake" on the page and about the 7th result was from gizmodo, with some of the excerpt apparently sourced from an unrelated headline.

Anyway it's hardly surprising that the word "fake" appears near "Trump", since quite a fraction of his utterances contain "fake news".


Re: the Eagle Nebula dubbed the Pillars of Creation

Right. So when a crook is identified on an infrared security camera you'll be the first to say "it's only an artist's impression", since to the naked eye it wouldn't have looked like that?


Re: the fact that it's not a real Hubble photos and proof is just one Google search away.

Do you mean it's in false colour, like many astronomical images? Hope you also reject many of the Voyager images of planets, since this kind of "eye candy" is ubiquitous (and useful, beyond PR). If not then please share your result that shows it's an artist's impression.

Ironically the first result including "fake" result in my search for "hubble pillars creation fake" is a sidebar headline "Donald Trump gives a fake press...".


Re: The very next sentence of TFA had your answer

It's a fair question, and one which you probably can't ask of NASA right now. The write-up of the work to diagnose/fix the recent gyro problems features a load of Goddard SFC staff working for weeks on it, and the furlough staffing plan shown for GSFC has 73 exempted fulltime staff from a normal staffing level of 3,274. So it seems unlikely such a problem would be resolved quickly. But maybe they got lucky and the camera support is all by a contractor who can keep working and confidently submit the bill later.


The very next sentence of TFA had your answer

"We probably won't know for certain until the US government shutdown ends and NASA engineers can get back to work."

And since it's the last sentence I know you read the article, so you're pretending not to know to try to score some political point. Much like the Trump administration and its spurious claims that extending the existing border walls will stop drugs and terrorists, despite the acknowledged fact that almost all of these flows are passing through the existing border crossings.

2018 ain't done yet... Amazon sent Alexa recordings of man and girlfriend to stranger


""We ... took measures to further optimize our processes."

Next week your Alexa will receive a mandatory update with a new EULA forbidding disclosure of news embarrassing to Amazon.

Further, the man who requested the data dump has been reported as a hacker, since his request caused considerable work for the Alexa team, distracting them from the Video Alexa project. The HAL9000 eye hardware is complete but the 24/7 video stream from the bathroom location isn't compressing as well as expected, owing to your disgusting rug-back. Alexa has proactively ordered grooming products for you and shared the footage through your "Amazon Personal Goals" page to help with motivation.

Ticketmaster tells customer it's not at fault for site's Magecart malware pwnage


When a CEO proclaims that his shit don't stink

he should have to demonstrate this by publicly eating some of it.

(which - at least metaphorically - happened in the wonderful "LifeLock" case: CEO boasted their system protected customers against identity theft, with the result described by the story title "LifeLock CEO's Identity Stolen 13 Times")

Salesforce has named a chief ethics officer and yes, the job description is appropriately woolly


That's a misparse

It should be read "Sales for CE", the omnipresent Conformité Européenne mark that reassures you that the lowest bidder applied only the most rigorous of self-certifications. Probably under the watchful gaze of their Chief Ethics Officer...

Official: Voyager 2 is now an interstellar spacecraft


Can you dig out links for those dozen departure announcements - it will make for interesting reading

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time


> I'll put it up this next week in various places!

You'll be announcing it here?

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'


The president during Operation Overlord

...was FDR. You mean of course President Eisenhower, commander of SHAEF during Operation Overlord. I doubt it's news to many here that politics is thoroughly corrupted but can you explain how this is manifest in this case?

Oz opposition folds, agrees to give Australians coal in their stockings this Christmas


As a wise man once said: "Pausing to consider constitutional implications means the terrorists win"

"The only way to defeat evil is precipitate and ill-considered action. A morally and legally coherent approach is the handmaiden of anarchy. Haste averts waste. You've never had it so good."

Come to think of it, it wasn't a wise man. Actually it was a politico twat looking for the next sound bite, amid the ongoing absence of parliamentary grown-ups.

Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway


There and back again

The full use case is taking me on a pub crawl. Extra credit if the A.I. checks the websites of the pubs in advance to make sure I arrive at the guest ales in a proper order.

Australia to build a pirate-proof fence: Brace yourselves, Google


I can COOK UP a tasty WORD SALAD

using my OWN DESIGN of IPv10 which adds the best parts of IPv4 to IPv6 for COMPLETE RESILIENCE that the NSA can never crack using SUB ETHER harmonics. I work for the BIGGEST Canadian firm you NEVER HEARD OF because we are in SKUNK-works mode until my friend Mr Tracey who founded it is named SPACE POPE.

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording


Dodgy statistics

The "factually accurate tweet" category is too small

Trump in Spaaaaaaace: Washington DC battles over who gets to decide the rules of trillion-dollar new industry


> How could you POSSIBLY accuse me of being recalcitrant towards...it's use of our mother tongue?



Re: Commercial?

Not so much commercial as barmy. Which is sad, since I was briefly intrigued by the prospect of a run-quiet Canadian company suddenly emerging with tech and pricing well beyond SpaceX. But looking at the poster's history suggests that s/he's living in a rather more magical universe than the rest of us:

from https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/3345720

It's gotten SO BAD with Linux and C/C++ our company said screw this and went ahead and developed it's own Windows 10-like OS shell and remade the command line interface of Linux to PROPER ENGLISH! We remade LAMP into custom Windows 2016 server-like environment with a decent Active Directory WAN/ALN management system analogue!

We also REPROGRAMMED ALL OF LINUX using a customized version of EASY-TO-READ PASCAL SOURCE CODE that is FULLY COMMENTED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FYI NASA just lobbed its Parker probe around the Sun in closest flyby yet: A nerve-racking 15M miles from the surface


@Graham Newton - nice approximation

To my surprise it gets all the way to 9.5 degrees (5 million miles from the sun) before it becomes even 1% different to the trig result.

My dumbass result: error is close to 1.6 so maybe I mixed miles and km when grabbing figures from google. Time to order a Royale with Cheese...


5.3 degrees of sun

Angular size that is: if my skoolboi trig is right then that's about eleven times the width of the full moon seen from Earth, or about the size of the top of a demitasse cup held at arm's length. Quite something to see through the world's thickest welding mask...

Astroboffins spot one of the oldest, coolest stars in the universe lurking in the Milky Way


Henceforth all my results shall have 5.0000sf

And I'll continue to use 10.000sf for π, so I can specify my bicycle wheel to the nearest molecular diameter.

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention


"The first contact ... could be confirmed over several years"

For a sufficiently large value of "several". The Trappist system mentioned is 39 light years away so let's blink at it a bit today and just before the end of this century our great grandchildren can start looking for a return blink.

"a beam could stretch to distances no more than 20,000 light years" - the earliest proto-writing we have is less than 9,000 years old. 20,000 years ago is in the Stone Age, long before the first cities, about the time that farming first became evident. In human terms this is ridiculously deep time. Space remains a lot bigger than going to the chemist's.

Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again


It was the American astronaut - again!

Alexey Ovchinin is definitely in trouble for this: he had Nick Hague sitting right next to him throughout the launch yet somehow failed to notice him sabotaging the first stage of the rocket! Most likely a frank yet courteous exchange of words with Putin awaits him.

Dot-com web addresses prices to swell, thanks to sweetheart deal between Uncle Sam, Verisign


Re: Can someone explain this to me?

Every so often, in the dark recesses of the night, I like to holler "DRAIN THE SWAMP!", then giggle mirthlessly at the tawdry reality of this year. Kieren did a nice job here, dropping that acid pearl in the final sentence that Verisign had managed to stuff the sole opponent's mouth with silver.

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity


And to see the hijackers beating his name to death

Just google "tesla free energy". If that doesn't give you enough woo for a Friday arvo add terms like "masonic conspiracy" or "flat earth". An ocean of conspiracies awaits, for example:

"Nikola Tesla appears to have been murdered killed by Prescott Bush and his Family by way of german S.S. Lt. Colonel Otto Skorzeny. Also, George Bush Senior appears to be directly linked to a hand in the JFK assaination via Richard Nixon (a.k.a. Tricky Dick). For example, did you know Jack Ruby worked for congressman Richard Nixon in 1947?"


Smallest German banknote before the Teuro was 5DM

Adorned by a progressive German writer

NASA chief in Moscow: 'We will fly again on a Russian Soyuz rocket'


"We have a really good idea of what happened."

It done blewed all up, Ma!

UK.gov went ahead with under-planned, under-funded IT upgrade? Sounds about right


The good news: terrorists didn't exploit the opportunity to foment chaos

The bad news: they brainstormed for a while but concluded that UK.gov was fomenting just fine as it was

(the even worse news: brainstorming is still a thing)

Silicon Valley CEO admits $1.5m wire fraud: Bouxtie boss forged signatures to investors


I can only envy Branson's debonair charm

"He told me, 'Renato, you have a much bigger vision than can be realized here. You are too small for Europe and the UK, but if you really want to change the world and have those kind of big ideas, the money is in San Francisco'," Libric was quoted as saying.

Me, I'd have gone for a disbelieving guffaw and "That's your product!? Get the fuck out of here!", but Branson suavely got him the fuck out of the continent.

Three more data-leaking security holes found in Intel chips as designers swap security for speed


Re: Middle ground

Yep, before wishing for side-channel-free, reflect that avoiding leaking timing info generally means every instruction running for the worst-case time.

Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon


Re: But NASA still haant found....

A spiralling orbit, completing 4 further orbits? Nope: the TLI burn lasted just 348 seconds, after that it's all down to the interplay of velocity and gravity - what would be the force raising those successive orbits?

Hmmm: you say "it took nearly 6 hours according to NASA", actually it took nearly six minutes of burn. Perhaps you've misread the timestamps? If so you might want to revisit some of your other thinking



What a mishmash of odd claims you make

(1) whether NASA's website features them or not, lots of A11 launch footage exists and is easy to find. You don't appear to be claiming that Saturn V rockets never existed so what does it matter whether NASA's politics/marketing decides to feature particular content?

(2) If there is no single continuous film of the first stage burn this isn't all that surprising since at burnout it was 62km high and 93km downrange from the launch pad; the view from tracking telescopes in the Bahamas may be superior. Once again, so what? (unless you doubt that any kind of rocket flew into orbit at all)

(3) The stage separation films come from Apollo 4. The initial burst of yellow flame isn't pure H2/O2 - from the annotation of Apollo 8 flight journal: "Half a second after shutdown of the first stage, the four ullage motors mounted around the interstage ignite, followed a fifth of a second later by a command to fire the first separation explosive and ignition of the eight retro rockets mounted in the conical fairings near the base of the S-IC. The two sets of rockets firing in opposite directions pull the two sections of the vehicle apart. Physical separation comes soon after and half a second later, the J-2 engines on the S-II stage are started." - to which you can add that the colourless exhaust then playing on the top of the receding first stage is also producing brief incandescence.

(4) "Project orion: 18 years in and they just got around to landing with parachutes. You think they did it in 2-3 years in the late 1960s" - no, I think they did parachute landing in the early 60s. All US manned capsule craft landed under parachutes, and Mercury and Gemini were designed, built, and flown in a few years. This doesn't make Apollo look impossible, it simply highlights how dire Orion has been

(5) If the moon was smooth then a chest-mounted camera would see the horizon 2200m away. Undulating cratered terrain will shorten that view (just as a boat in rough seas has on average a restricted horizon of relatively near wave-tops), uplands and mountains will lengthen it. Mare Tranquillitatis was the landing site for Apollo 11 precisely because it was big and flat, landing perhaps 90km from any really interesting terrain made for dull photos but better chance of success.

And so on...

Scam alert: No, hackers don't have webcam vids of you enjoying p0rno. Don't give them any $$s


Re: speaking theoretically of course...

I be the hacker with the mad skills. When I sent to you the split screened video of your friend committing that Sin of Onan along side the naughty materials of his selection, little knew of you that I had commandeered your webcam too. If you don't pay me with Bitcoins I shall send a split screen video of your agape-jaw next to his Spilling of the Seed split screen, all back to your friend of the first party. This process shall I follow until one of you pays me, or en lieu of such payment explains the ending of "Inception".

AR upstart Magic Leap reveals majorly late tech specs' tech specs


Mr Abovitz just explained your mistake

It's an easy one to make: actually Steve Jobs stole the RDF from Rony. Of course that sounds like nonsense since Steve was using it back in 1980, but what happened was that Rony had used the time-travelling mode of Magic Leap to help Woz debug the ImageWriter driver. It's a truly magical device and I've been enjoying using mine every day since the launch in early March 2037, especially since I joined those developers in the part of the multiverse where shared multiplayer environments do work.

Up in arms! Arm kills off its anti-RISC-V smear site after own staff revolt


Only ugly bed-wetting pansies use RISC-V

Hey! I was just trying to “inform a lively industry debate" and to "cultivate a healthy discussion around architectural choices". As you all know, noone has a greater passion for open source than me. In fact only an ugly bed-wetting pansy would get his knickers in a knot about the whole tempest in a teacup which we've all, ALL, already forgotten about.

Russian battery ambitions see a 10x increase in power from smaller, denser nukes


Re: Is this a joke?

When the suggested next story is "Is incoming Nibiru why governments are covertly building underground cities?" you know it's a news site with an almost slavish devotion to the truth.

Qualcomm still serious about Windows 10 on Arm: Engineers work on '12W' Snapdragon 1000


>> the British stove

Swedish, actually. But "popular" with outdoorsman of a certain age the world over - childhood recollections of beach holidays prominently feature my father carefully stripping and cleaning the family Primus, only to be reduced to astonished cursing at the next ignition as yet another sooty yellow fireball emerged when the vaporising kero finally caught light.

IBM loses mainframe docs down the back of the web, customers cry 'sabotage'


>> If you find a problem...

...we may fix it. We may even say "thanks". Or if we're really embarrassed we might accuse you of hacking, since only bad people could have broken our fine software.

Skynet for the win? AI hunts down secret testing of nuclear bombs


So first these eggheads built SkyNet...

And now they're teaching it about atom bombs!? It's political correctness gone mad!

British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update


A modest proposal

We should instead prefer a restricted set of abstract symbols appropriate to representing the sounds of spoken languages. With a little effort a measure of commonality may be achieved, especially for languages of similar sound and origin. Perhaps as few as twenty-six such symbols might suffice to represent the richness of English, while still allowing for some whimsical and unpredictable combinations. Some might protest that such an approach borders upon sorcery, in honour of which perhaps we might call this form of written communication "spell-ing" ?

Hmmm, we can already seize your stuff, so why can't we shoot down your drone, officials mull


Bat Guano has your answer

Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Colonel... that Coca-Cola machine. I want you to shoot the lock off it. There may be some change in there.

Colonel "Bat" Guano: That's private property.

Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Colonel! Can you possibly imagine what is going to happen to you, your frame, outlook, way of life, and everything, when they learn that you have obstructed a telephone call to the President of the United States? Can you imagine? Shoot it off! Shoot! With a gun! That's what the bullets are for, you twit!

Colonel "Bat" Guano: Okay. I'm gonna get your money for ya. But if you don't get the President of the United States on that phone, you know what's gonna happen to you?

Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: What?

Colonel "Bat" Guano: You're gonna have to answer to the Coca-Cola company.

It's his blank look that really sells the line

Git security vulnerability could lead to an attack of the (repo) clones


> viola, a computer program was born

Was the next release called "cello"?


> released the update in 2.13.7 ... and forward-ported it to 2.14.4, 2.15.2, 2.16.4 and 2.13.7

Bags me for the forward port of 2.13.7 to 2.13.7 - I'll order your drinks once I'm at the bar...

Beardy Branson: Wacky hyperloop tube maglev cheaper than railways


>> I don't think it worked

Just checked, Westminster's still there and has more knaves than ever. Are you sure it was gunpowder and not mislabelled "elixir of life"?

UK Home Office's £885m crim records digi effort: A 'masterclass in incompetence'


>> be thankful that TCS didn't publish their AWS PEM keys on GitHub.

Actually you have to look under the sub-contracting intern's account: https://github.com/flybynight/sendmetehcodez

(I found this by searching Stack Overflow for "Ugrent!!1! Help me for my UK govt project")

EmDrive? More like BS drive: Physics-defying space engine flunks out


Still plenty of gravity out there, plus all kinds of poorly quantified and changing effects (outgassing from satellite, solar wind, radiation pressures like the Pioneer Anomaly). The effect has been hard to study this effect in a well-equipped lab here on Earth, being in space will just add to the fun.

Though if I were one of the researchers I'd certainly argue for its necessity, along with the need to budget for some site visits...


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