* Posts by The First Dave

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Boffins use inkjets to print explosives

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Re: Not usually one for pedantry

"Explosives are triggered by pressure"

That is fundamentally the difference between "an explosive" and a "High Explosive" - the latter detonates, while the former burns rapidly. Shock alone will not set off Gunpowder (unless it generates heat on contact), while most kinds of Plastic explosive will burn safely.

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Elon Musk lowers his mighty erection for test firing: Falcon Heavy preps for maiden voyage

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Re: putting a fueling station into orbit

AS the article said, it _IS_ a question of whether the vehicle can take it. Clearly there is a concern it isn't strong enough to take the force of three motors, so five is going to be way too much without a major structural upgrade.

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Whizzes' lithium-iron-oxide battery 'octuples' capacity on the cheap

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Re: x8, x 4, x2

Any kind of fire extinguisher, if used correctly, will put out a gasoline fire.

Not quite the same when a battery short-circuits itself.

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Re: Oh look, another one.

On the contrary, what we need is MORE people publishing papers - far too often research that fails to produce anything with commercial potential is dumped unceremoniously, potentially resulting in other people repeating the same research.

The saying goes "we learn more from failure than from success"

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WD My Cloud NAS devices have hard-wired backdoor

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Programmer? No.

Work Experience kid who doesn't know how to keep test code out of Production? Yes. Probably now a senior manager.

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Security catch-up: Nigerian prince email ring cops collar ... Louisiana OAP?

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Mainly by not being Muslim

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Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet

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My house is two years old. Gas meter is outside, but 'leccy is inside the garage.

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Judge rm -rf Grsecurity's defamation sue-ball against Bruce Perens

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Re: I want cake

"Why can't gr security go to court, prove what they do is indeed legal ..."

Who would be the other party?

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Bigmouth ex-coppers who fed media MP pr0nz story face privacy probe

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Re: Those ex cops need prosecuting

It seems fairly clear to me that if these ex-coppers were still serving, they would (pretty much) immediatly be dismissed for Gross Misconduct, and probably charged with "Misconduct in a Public Office".

The fact that they are no longer serving _shouldn't_ make a big difference.

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SCOLD WAR: Kaspersky drags Uncle Sam into court to battle AV ban

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Re: Interesting legal theory

Kaspersky could probably make a fairly good case purely for Libel.

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Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief

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" through telescopes with the naked eye."

WTF?

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OK Google: A stranger with stash of pirated films is spamming my Google Team Drive

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"the US constitution has an electoral college for good reasons"

Most of them to do with Money?

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No, BMW, petrol-engined cars don't 'give back to the environment'

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Re: "Green Prince of Darkness" at FauxScienceSlayer > photovoltaic fraud

There are no dinosaurs left to liquefy, so "Peak Oil" is most definitely a thing, whether we have reached it yet or not.

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Foil snack food bags make a decent Faraday cage, judge finds

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Re: Problem not bunking off...

Does anyone know what the grounds of his appeal were?

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That 70s Show: Windows sprouts Sets and Timeline features

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Re: Oh so THAT'S what Hypercard was for

Hypercard was much later than 70's

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Today in non-depressing news: Boffins build biggest quantum sims

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Re: If they put enough of them together to acheive a critical mass ...

"If they put enough of them together to acheive a critical mass ... "

... then it will go boom, or at the very least fizz madly.

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Don't shame idiots about their idiotically weak passwords

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*Really* *really* *really* *really* smart ones follow the digits of Pi, interleaved with the digits of Tau

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

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Re: No car tax?

A better idea might be to dump the car tax completely, we pay more than enough via fuel duty + VAT

A few years ago, the main reason for the tax disc was actually to ensure that you had an MOT...

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Would insurance firms pay out if your driverless car got hacked?

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"the car that you parked in the evening may have a whole range of new functions added overnight"

That'll be the day! If these cars are built by the likes of Samsung or Google, then they will lose a feature every night, totally unrelated to them trying to sell you the latest version that has yet to lose said features.

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Re: Perl.... Arrggh

No, quite the reverse. I've used both PERL and JS fairly equally, and would rather work in JS any day.

My biggest gripe with PERL is that there a thousand different ways to achieve anything, so when you visit SO or whatever, you never have a clue what style of code you are going to find, or if it is going to be a dirty hack or elegantly robust. In JS if it works, and doesn't use EVAL, you are pretty much fine.

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Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

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Another question no-one has asked, that is routinely found to be an issue with 'regular' speeding tickets is the actual signage - if the signage is defective, how does the car challange it (regardless of who would pay)?

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How is the big switch to the public cloud working out?

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Why was this article 'illustrated' with a picture of a set of points?

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Gov contractor nicked on suspicion of Official Secrets Act breach

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Originally, "in the neighbourhood" meant 'close enough to take a useful photograph - there's no point saying 'no photography' on the fence of a base otherwise.

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IT plonker stuffed 'destructive' logic bomb into US Army servers in contract revenge attack

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Re: Err

CI-A, CI-B, CI-C (and indeed CI-E) were all tasked with more important things at the time.

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Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea

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Re: Accident reasons

Typical mis-understanding of the requirements:

Req: A drone that can fly in all weathers.

Result: A drone that can _fly_ in all weathers, but prefers nice conditions when you want to stop flying.

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Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

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"Could not have happened to a nicer chap."

Apart from Trump, Assange and Farage ...

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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Re: £1,149

You're talking about a R/C car aren't you?

A car that costs less than a grand isn't gonna make it through more than a couple of MOT's without costing you the same again.

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Re: £1,149

It rather reminds me of the Twentieth Anniversary Mac - anyone remember/buy that?

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Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

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While in theory, the Tax Man would be happy to take all your money, in reality if you try and give him more money than he asked for, it will be very difficult.

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Close Encounters of the Kuiper Belt kind: New Horizons to come within just 3,500km of MU69

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Re: Lost in Space?

"celestial north" means North in relation to the entire solar system, though defined by 'North' on the Earth initially.

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Russia's answer to Buckminster Fuller has a buttload of CGI and he's not afraid to use it

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Re: Motorway median

I thought that was already reserved for motorbikes??

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President Trump to his council of industry CEO buddies: You're fired!

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Re: The right don't smash things up? Eh? Political Correctness "key words" and "tricky phrases"

@AC

"Have these people not heard of history?" - said on a story that begins with tearing down what passes for an ancient monument in the USA.

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Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo

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Re: Smart things need smart solutions!

Not one single rose in any of the houses I've lived in has a permanent live. The feed goes {Ring main} -> [switch] -> [rose] -> [bulb][s]

Return goes [bulb] -> [rose] -> [terminal in switch back-box] -> {Ring main}

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Re: Smart things need smart solutions!

"there is no permanent power at the switch"

Wrong. That is what the switch, you know, _switches_ !?

The ceiling rose on the other hand, only gets power when the switch is on. Unless it's wired up 'strangely'...

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Batteries that don't burn at the drop of a Galaxy Note 7? We're listening

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Re: Lithium batteries are last century's technology

"no one wants a fatter battery"

Citation very much needed for that - everyone wants better battery life, its just not a choice you can actually make - there is no iPhone 1Ah vs iPhone 3Ah, (or for any other specific brand)

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Police camera inaction? Civil liberties group questions forces' £23m body-cam spend

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Re: Bobbies love em

Yet funnily enough, when a suspect 'falls down the stairs' the camera's never seem to be working/recording/looking the right way.

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Place your bets: How long will 1TFLOPS HPE box last in space without proper rad hardening

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@ Codysydney

But that applies to the flown hardware too - only little extra bump on take-off and the whole machine fails...

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Jocks' USO block shock: BT's 10Mbps proposals risk 'rural monopoly'

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@commswonk

"it ought to be bloody obvious that the costs of providing anywhere near 100% coverage in Scotland have to be much greater than the equivalent coverage south of the border"

Really? Is that how you think things work in general? Have you done an analysis of how many Scots live in the five big cities versus those that are rural? Or how many live in completely isolated properties?

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UK publishes Laws of Robotics for self-driving cars

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Re: What should it do when it is suddenly blind?

Indeed - the correct response to loss of vision is _gentle_ braking (to a standstill if necessary). This assumes that one was driving within the limits of vision beforehand of course, but if you drive into a bank of fog and do an emergency stop, someone WILL run into the back of you.

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This surf-and-turf robot swims using ribbon-like fins. And it's floated for US Navy approval

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Re: Interesting idea but...

I take it you didn't read the bit about artificial muscle?

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Cancel your summer trip to nearby Proxima b. No chance of life, room service, say boffins

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Re: But what if it has a strong magnetic field

Surely this just means that the "Goldilocks Zone" is further out than previously thought? Does this mean that we need to head for Proxima-C or possibly -D instead?

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Twitter's twits turned troll's tech taunt into thought-provoking tonic

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What exactly does it mean when the article talks about "3.5% per billion renders"?

Is that the same as 3.5%[full stop]?

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Flash... Nu-uh! Tech folk champing at the bit to switch off life support

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Re: Cry me a river, whingeing academics

And even then, just 'cos Adobe stop updating it doesn't mean it will suddenly stop working for any kit that you already have; labs kitted out with banks of PCs will still work for as long as the hardware remains viable.

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Amazing new algorithm makes fusion power slightly less incredibly inefficient

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Re: Here are some free ideas

One of the main reasons for getting rid of steam locomotives was their need to carry large/heavy amounts of water around with them, which was then vented to the atmosphere. Stationary engines don't have supply issues, and don't need to vent steam either.

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Re: Back in the day

"this doesn't seem to even begin to make a dent in the problem"

I quite agree - all this really consists of is a virtual board of knobs - the operator can then twiddle them one by one, (then all over again) until they get the best possible results from the current method - it doesn't directly alter the method at all, and unless they take some time to analyse the _reason_ why these settings are optimum, then they will have learned nothing.

But at least they are trying.

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I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

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Are you forgetting that IK Brunel already tried this? And if HE couldn't make it work then it isn't possible.

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UK.gov watchdog didn't red flag any IT projects. And that alone should be a red flag to everyone

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RED means, its already dead. So no need to audit it, so not on the list.

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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Re: Devil's Advocate

@myhandler

Being unaware is no defence in law.

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Three Microsoft Outlook patches unpatched, users left to DIY

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Re: Explanation point?

exclamation _mark_.

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

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Is there any possibility that this is one of those crimes that are actually perpetrated more often by women, or is that too simple an explanation?

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