* Posts by Dom 3

316 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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Amazon is to install its R&D brainboxes in Cambridge

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Re: Ah

Because it is flat.

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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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Re: Plausible

"we're ALL going for a Donner Kebab or a Vegan Curry". Great comment but I would take it further - the choice was between "a kebab (again)" or "something else". Having opted for "something else" the stag / hen party are then told that they have overwhelmingly rejected all animal-based foodstuffs and *must* go vegan.

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This is where UK's Navy will park its 75,000-ton aircraft carriers

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Re: Brows raised...

https://navynews.co.uk/archive/news/item/15245

3,000 per hour.

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Amid new push to make Pluto a planet again... Get over it, ice-world's assassin tells El Reg

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My nine year old has a mnemonic which works for him and which does not include Pluto. More importantly he totally gets why Pluto does not qualify.

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RIP John Glenn: First American in orbit – and later, the oldest, too

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FAIL

"NASA also recruited 13 women who passed the necessary tests but weren't allowed to be considered because they were not test pilots" - cobblers.

Wikipedia is quite clear:

"thirteen American women who, as part of a privately funded program, underwent some of the same physiological screening tests as the astronauts selected by NASA on April 9, 1959 for Project Mercury. [... they] were not part of NASA's astronaut program, never flew in space and never met as a group"

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BAE Systems' autonomous research aircraft flies itself to Scotland

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Re: Is it me?

A) Who landed the plane doesn't always go in the logbook B) standard practice is to take turns.

IANAP.

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Re: Is it me?

Talking of 1960s - that's when the first fully automatic landing in revenue service took place. So I don't know what "modern autopilot systems are more than capable of flying instrument approaches up to the final few tens of feet above the runway" is all about.

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Re: Maybe this is me being dumb...

"Introducing computers at the command stage – deciding where the aircraft should go as well as the precise mechanics of how it gets there" .

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Password1? You're so random. By which we mean not random at all - UK.gov

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Stub + algorithm

It's really not hard to create easy to remember, cryptographically hard passwords that are not duplicated across sites. First, think of a phrase.

I will choose 'yet another flippin password for:'.

That makes 'yaFp4:'. Yay, six characters including upper, lower, numeric, special.

Next. What is it for? theregister.co.uk? I will choose a selection of letters in a fixed pattern; let's say, third, second, fourth, first. Makes 'ehrt'.

Now tack on a memorable number. Yer mum's birthday. You *do* remember that every year? Well, maybe if you type it in ten times a day, you will from now on. Win-win situation.

Result: yaFp4:ehrt120152

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Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

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Re: Where is that museum?

errr.. how did you work that out?

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Where is that museum?

Anyone recognise it? Clearly in Spain...

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China's Shenzhou-11 capsule docks with Tiangong-2 station

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Perspective!

Since Shenzhou 5 in 2003, China has made five further manned launches. Soyuz launched 41 times. Shuttle launched 21 times before the programme halted.

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'Geek gene' denied: If you find computer science hard, it's your fault (or your teacher's)

Dom 3

Re: Self-selection

"All the kids who did great in high school writing pong games in BASIC for their Apple II would get to college, take CompSci 101, a data structures course, and when they hit the pointers business their brains would just totally explode, and the next thing you knew, they were majoring in Political Science because law school seemed like a better idea" -

http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/ThePerilsofJavaSchools.html

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What's Chinese and crashing in flames? No, not its economy – its crocked space station

Dom 3

Dimensions?

I really think all space station dimensions should be translated into Standard Shed Equivalents. The Bigelow BEAM would provide the prototype: one BEAM (internal volume) = one SSE.

Because the BEAM is clearly a shed.

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UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads

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Re: skills shortages

What there is a shortage of is 20-somethings with enough experience to be useful but who are unencumbered by high salary expectations, children, or the realisation that masses of unpaid overtime isn't doing yourself any favours.

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We're not looking for MH370 in the wrong place say investigators

Dom 3

Evidence for incapacitated crew?

The known flight path from 01:21 to 02:22 doesn't look like a plane on auto-pilot with an incapacitated crew. Nor does it look like someone trying to get back on the ground. It seems likely to me that it was under control. So why would it not be under control at the time of fuel exhaustion?

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In mourning for Nano, chap crafts 1k-loc text editor

Dom 3

Re: "did not want to assign *copyright* to the FSF for his contributions"

It's based on a strong assertion of *copyright*. "You *can* make copies, but *only* if you follow these rules".

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Four Boys' Own style World War Two heroes to fire your imagination

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Use of bow and arrow in conflict still going strong:

https://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/papua-new-guinea-tribe-war-475

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Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece

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BEAM

It's tacked on to the side of the main dwelling... it's constructed differently... it's not intended to be actually lived in... it's about six foot by six foot by twelve... it is quite clearly a shed. I expect Peake will be nabbing it at the first opportunity.

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Mighty Soyuz stands proud at Baikonur

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Re: Middle Naut

Just google "russian smiling". Explains everything.

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'Dominant' Facebook hauled over coals by German competition authority

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German courts

I am a big fan of the German courts. They seem to be the only ones prepared to tell Big Business where to get off. E.g.:

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120703/11345519566/eu-court-says-yes-you-can-resell-your-software-even-if-software-company-says-you-cant.shtml

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'Boss, I've got a bug fix: Nuke the whole thing from orbit, rewrite it all'

Dom 3

"GETTING INLINE ASSEMBLY TO WORK":

http://www.keil.com/support/docs/2308.htm

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C-as-assembler

My favourite example. Came as example code with a microcontroller, IIRC. Needs to be viewed in a monospace font to truly appreciate it.

unsigned char i2c_rd(void) // read an 8b streaming

{ unsigned char bit_count = 0 ; // bit counter the 8b streaming

SDA=1 ; P1M2=0x05 ; // prepare SDA as input (=1)

while(bit_count<8)

{ eep_buf=eep_buf<<1 ; // shift left 1b eeprom data buffer

dly_usec(4) ; SCL=1 ; // rise-up SCL

shift0=SDA ; dly_usec(4) ; // read bit_n from eeprom

SCL=0 ; dly_usec(2) ; // pulse SCL

bit_count++ ; dly_usec(2) ; } // increment bit counter(repeat for 8b)

P1M2=0x0d ; return eep_buf ; // SDA open drain(return data buf)

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ZOMBIE Commodore PET lurches out of its 1970s grave – as a FONDLESLAB

Dom 3

Re: PET 2001

It says "CBM Model 3032" directly underneath the screen, with "commodore" to the left and "computer" to the right.

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Grim-faced cosmonaut in ISS manual docking nail-biter

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Re: Two and half hours to open the door

Twas ever thus, e.g. here with the shuttle:

http://www.space.com/11703-nasa-shuttle-endeavour-space-station-docking.html

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Apply online to go to Mars. No, seriously

Dom 3

Read more carefully.

"This group will [...] blaze the trail on our journey to the Red Planet." Nothing about actually *going* there.

"NASA tested 13 women to become astronauts" - no, not really: http://history.nasa.gov/flats.html makes it quite clear - a "short-lived, privately-funded project testing women pilots for astronaut fitness".

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International Space Station braces for pre-Christmas rush

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No booze on the ISS

Mir was a different story though.

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Spanish village celebrates Playmobil nativity

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Re: All that's missing-

What's missing is someone taking a dump:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caganer

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Spirit of the Ghost: Taking a Rolls-Royce Wraith around France

Dom 3

Re: Satnav

Feh. There's a bloke in Saffron Walden with *two* Bugattis in the garage:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nick_ayres/2560143127/

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Mars rover Opportunity shuns dodgy flash chips, relies on RAM

Dom 3

Re: Three months....

Ummm... yes, you can read the relevant bit of Steve Squyres's book on google. And that was what they thought would kill it.

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Dom 3

Three months....

It was not "expected to work for three months". It was designed and engineered such that the chances of *any* of the sub-systems failing in the first three months was fairly low.

If you take that as the base line, and do the maths, the fact that *most* of it is still working 10 years later is no longer so surprising.

As you probably can't be bothered, I will do it for you.

Let us say that the rover has 20 sub-systems, and we want to be 90% sure that none of them will fail in the first three months. To achieve that, you need to engineer each sub-system such that it has a 99.5% chance of still working after three months. Which means that after ten years, (ignoring wear and tear), it'll have an 80% chance of still working. Which means you can expect about about four out of the twenty subsystems to have stopped working. Which, amazingly enough, despite the fact that I have been using makey-uppy numbers for illustration purposes, is pretty much what we have got.

I've done this here before.

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Reg hack survives world's longest commercial flight

Dom 3

Re: Save time by flying

"not long enough to do anything with"? WTF? Even if I am microwaving something for 30 *seconds* I use that time to unload / load the dishwasher, empty the bin, etc, etc..

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Congratulations! You survived the leap secondocalypse

Dom 3

Wikipedia

Wikipedia carried a fake screenshot on the Leap Second page, showing 23:59:60 UTC on 2015-06-30 a good two hours before it happened.

Quite a shock to discover that such a reliable and trustworthy institution could be capable of falsehood, even one so unimportant.

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Second-hand IT alliance forms to combat 'bully' vendors

Dom 3
WTF?

"Spaz"???

The alt tag for the picture is "Pictured: a total spaz who can't stop hitting himself".

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Mildly successful flying car crashes - in mildly successful test flight

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"Czech company AeroMobil"

Rilly? HQ is in Bratislava, key people are Slovaks, etc., etc..

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Tesla Powerwall: Not much cheaper and also a bit wimpier than existing batteries

Dom 3

Used to live in a flat with a 4.4kW limit. You get used to the idea that you can't run the dishwasher, the kettle and the microwave simultaneously. It's not a big deal. Now I am back in the UK I appreciate having a 100 Amp main fuse, but isn't it a case of over-engineering?

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The huge flaw in Moore’s Law? It's NOT a law after all

Dom 3

Same as it ever was.

For as long as I can remember, we have always been fifty years away from practical nuclear fusion, twenty years away from running out of oil, and ten years away from Moore's law hitting its physical limits.

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DRONE ALONE: US Navy secretary gives up on manned fighters

Dom 3

Bzzt. USMC not part of USN:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniformed_services_of_the_United_States

But it is part of the United States Department of the Navy. Confused yet?

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Dream job: Sysadmin/F1 pit crew member with Red Bull racing

Dom 3

'bout 20 years ago I spent six months writing F1 pitlane software. I never saw a racing car. I never even saw F1 data: our data set was from some lesser formula and well out-of-date. And it didn't take me long to realise that I *didn't* want to be one of the guys going on race weekends.

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Your anonymous code contributions probably aren't: boffins

Dom 3

Re: Not a new concept

What's new is doing it *computationally*. I can identify code as mine / not-mine long after I've forgotten anything about it.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The fantastical Francesinha

Dom 3

Re: I bow to the master

Portgual now, eh?

I trust that you are still a miscreant at heart.

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

Dom 3

English language version?

WTF are you talking about?

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Kim Dotcom vows to KILL SKYPE with encrypted MegaChat

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Time waster

An apt moniker. In 25 years of being paid to code [1] that's the first I've ever heard someone come out with that particular idea.

[1] Including C, C++, various flavours of assembler, on embedded systems, desktop applications, etc... you get the picture.

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Dom 3
Stop

Attn El Reg

The guy's an irrelevant tosser. Please stop wasting my screen pixels with non-stories based on whatever his latest self-aggrandising press release is. Or give me some kind of opt out. And if you're stuck for tech resources, I could code it for you: I wonder whether Mr. Schmitz could?

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Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

Dom 3

Funnily enough QNX crossed my mind last night for no good reason. The QNX demo floppy is still one of the most impressive demos I've ever seen. On one single 1.44MB floppy they squeezed an OS, a web server, a browser, a text editor, and some other widgets. And the graphical demos would continue to run glitch-free whatever else you did:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_VlI6IBEJ0

This was really quite impressive in '99.

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

Dom 3

The precedents.

Yuri Gagarin was 5 feet 2 inches tall (that's 157cm) and weighed 153 pounds (69kg). From: http://www.brighthub.com/science/space/articles/74867.aspx

Most of the early astronauts were quite short.

On the other hand when they started doing space walks they discovered that a very high level of physical fitness and strength was required. Basically (until they come up with a redesign of the suits) a pressure suit is a big balloon and doing anything in it requires bending the balloon out of shape - it's hard work.

So, errr, women to stay in the cave, I mean Martian lander, and look after it, and men to go out hunting for food, I mean rocks.

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Yahoo close to investing $20m in disappearing chat app Snapchat

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Extrapolation

Always get a bit narked when I see a small stake in a company extrapolated into a massive valuation. That 20MBuck investment probably has a number of components, of which the actual share-holding is the least valuable from Yahoo's POV. E.g. a look at the source code and internal roadmap, influence over same, direct dial numbers for engineers, blah.

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

Dom 3

Re: hypothetical

"The Americans have sided with the Americans" - quite. If the claimant had been a US corporation rather than a foreign individual, I think we all know how it would have gone.

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Something's phishy: More holiday scam spam flung at real hotel customers

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ISPs co-operating?

I have yet to find a web-hosting company or domain registrar that gives a stuff when informed that they have criminals using their services.

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