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Rocket Labs mean business, Brits stick pin in Mars map, and Japan celebrates HTV-7’s dive into the atmosphere

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Re: Business Socks

I was expecting the mission name to link to youtube. Missed opportunity Reg!

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Third Soyuz does not explode while auditors resume poking around NASA's big rocket SLS

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Re: SLS and Orion: not actually made by NASA...

While less powerful, the SLS's LH2-fuelled upper stage will always be more efficient, which will likely make it measurably more effective for interplanetary missions. But yeah, the cost...

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

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The shield has a diameter of 91 inches and is 0.37 feet thick.

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

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Re: Bah!

I thought stars cooked metals themselves, at least as far down Mr Medeleev's bedsheet as iron.

They do, however stellar nucleosynthesis depends very heavily on the mass of the star. This one is too light to do much more than slowly burn hydrogen to helium, so its metallicity today is probably very similar to its metallicity when it formed.

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Apple replaces boot-loop watchOS edition with unconnected complications edition

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Re: Complications

Apple's "complications" even follow the tradition of borderline uselessness

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Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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Happy

A humble suggestion

Doktor Merkwürdigliebe

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

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Re: I can't get the sensor to fit

Clearly the Russians have a systematic quality assurance problem

So systematic that it caused a single failure.

Now if you'd mentioned the problem they had with defective gas generators being installed in RD-021x engines during 2015/16, which ultimately killed off the Proton rocket, you might have had a point. However, that was due to attempted cost-cutting, which is the kind of thing you expect to see in the west...

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30 spies dead after Iran cracked CIA comms network with, er, Google search – new claim

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the agency had become too reliant on the system, which was originally intended to only be a temporary communications channel

There's nothing as permanent as a temporary fix.

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

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Here on the other side of the planet, our banknotes have poetry on them, written in tiny text readable only by kiddies with perfect eyesight.

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IBM struggles to sign up shipping carriers to blockchain supply chain platform – reports

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Re: Perhaps - just perhaps -

The "problem" is that there is no intersection between the sets of those who understand blockchain and those who think they need a blockchain.

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One down, two to go. Russia inches closer to putting a crew on Soyuz while celebrating 50 years since the first Return To Flight

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Re: Hybrid Rockets

A hybrid combines (some of) the complexity and cost of a liquid rocket and (some of) the inflexibility of a solid rocket. Solid rockets are very powerful, simple and cheap, while liquid rockets are very controllable and have very much higher performance.

In the most common configuration of hybrid rocket, a solid fuel is burned with a liquid oxidiser. The flow rate (and hence burn rate) of the oxidiser is controlled by the oxidiser pump/valve, but the burn rate of the fuel is affected by the exposed surface area of the fuel grain, which is in turn dependent on how much of the fuel has already been consumed. If you attempt to throttle the engine by reducing the oxidiser flow, it runs increasingly rich and performance suffers. You can certainly turn them off if you need to, but they can't throttle nearly as well as liquid rockets.

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Russia returned its troubled Soyuz booster to flight last week...

Is it fair to call it troubled after a single failure?

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Manchester man fined £1,440 after neighbours couldn't open windows for stench of dog toffee

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WTF?

Apart from the dog poo, I have no idea what's going on here

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Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

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Re: Thunderbird

As an Opera 12 refugee, I find Thunderbird to be pretty good as a feed reader.

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Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

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Self-driving cars may not have steering wheels in future, dev preview for PyTorch 1.0 is here, etc

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Re: No wheel is one thing

This would be madness, as it's highly likely to exclude all other road users (motorcycles, bikes, horses, pedestrians, non-self driving cars, etc)

A lot of those are already forbidden on highways, so I'm not sure that's a great argument.

That depends very much on where you are. In India for example, if it moves (or you can imagine it moving,) sooner or later you'll see it on a highway.

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Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

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Re: I watched the broadcast

It wasn't so much Musk's awkward style, which I'm used to by now, but Maezawa's!

Also, Elon Musk's nipples...

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WTF?

I watched the broadcast

It was utterly bizarre

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FCC boss slams new Californian net neutrality law, brands it illegal

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Facepalm

This guy would argue that black is white

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A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running

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When you're set up to fail...

...but succeed anyway.

No wonder the boss was upset.

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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Joke

It's fine

It seems to change every time I visit!*

* I use RSS so I don't visit the front page very frequently...

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SpaceX dodges lightning while storms keep Japan earthbound

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Re: drone ship

Malaysia? It was Thailand.

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Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

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What was the storage capacity of the typical PC when XP was released?

More than 8GB

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Strewth! Aussie ISP gets eye-watering IPv4 bill, shifts to IPv6 addresses

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Re: Finally?

The surprise for me is in a (or perhaps the) premium ISP reselling a budget ISP's services.

But you're right, it might be a little surprising but not entirely unexpected or unpredictable.

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Re: Finally?

Blimey, dogs and cats living together!

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Finally?

It's worth noting that some Australian ISPs have been offering IPv6 for years, some even to residential customers (e.g. Internode). However, between them the top 25 ISPs still host only 4,248 unique IPv6 addresses...

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Huawei Mate 20 Lite: A business mobe aimed at millennials? Er, OK then

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Does it have to be for narcissistic millennials only?

Why the discrimination against narcissistic Gen-Xers and boomers? Most of them probably got it from their parents after all.

Given that the oldest of the "millennial" Gen-Ys are now in their mid 30s, why shouldn't some of them want a "business" oriented phone?

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If you weren't rich enough to buy a Surface before, you may as well let that dream die

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Re: You don't cancel a successful program

Alternatively, they might now be popular enough not to require the incentive program.

Haha, I know...

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Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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Happy

Thanks for the nostalgia

I had that book, except it was written for (mostly British) 8-bit micros from the early 80s, while I had a 386. The programs never left the pages, sadly.

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Vodafone, TPG propose 'merger of equals'

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I don't think so. I don't believe TPG and Vodafone currently compete with each other to a significant degree. TPG's mobile services for instance are provided as an MVNO, using Vodafone's network.

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TPG's history as an ISP stretches back to the 90s. They were a budget dial-up provider then.

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Windows 0-day pops up out of nowhere Twitter

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This guy's angry about something

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Ah, um, let's see. Yup... Fortnite CEO is still mad at Google for revealing security hole early

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Re: On one hand...

Someone signed up for an account using my email address. Stopping the emails and then getting it deleted was a total PITA.

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Shmup

shoot-em-up Fortnite
Fortnite is a shooter rather than a shoot-em-up.

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Intel rips up microcode security fix license that banned benchmarking

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Re: When will it be safe to by a new system?

There is a (currently very good) alternative to Intel...

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MyHealth Record privacy legislation published

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Re: Health minister resigns

Now that Trumble is clearly sunk*, as of the morning of 23/8, they're all tendering their resignations, which is an actual resignation.

* Despite apparently still being the preferred leader amongst both Australians in general and Liberal voters.

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Re: Health minister resigns

He didn't "resign in protest", he and several others offered their resignations because it's convention to do so after you've voted against the PM in a leadership ballot.

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The future of humanity: A Bluetooth ball hitting your face – forever

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WTF?

What

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SentinelOne makes YouTube delete Bsides vid 'cuz it didn't like the way bugs were reported

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Mushroom

Also

And as usual, fuck youtube for its troll-friendly takedown policies.

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Linux 4.18 arrives fashionably late while Zorin OS shines up its Windows

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Zorin OS

Is it named after a Christopher Walken character?

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Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

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Pint

Blowing smoke

If I may gush for a moment, this kind of thing is why I (and I'm sure so many others) read The Register in preference to the "mainstream" tech press. Here, they might not always be first to press (except when they are of course) but you know you're going to get some sort of analysis or opinion, rather than reformatted press releases or fawning cretins who won't call out terrible products for what they are. Cheers!

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Build your own NASA space rover: Here are the DIY JPL blueprints

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Re: Space rover

The joke, poor and somewhat obtuse as it is, was that wheels (or tracks, or whatever) don't do you very much good in the vacuum of space. As opposed to on the surface of a planet. Oh well.

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Space rover

For roving around in space?

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New Zealand school on naughty step after ransomware failure

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"with a ransomware attack locking down its student's course work."

That's not so bad. It could have locked down more than just one student's course work.

(Unless there's only one student of course)

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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Re: They Live....

LCD screens that don't black out when you're wearing polarised sunglasses do exist. They use circular polarising filters, like the ones in passive stereoscopic "3D" glasses that work regardless of their angle relative to the screen. And yet, there are cars being manufactured with linear polarising filters on their LCDs even today.

The probability of having problems with polarised sunglasses appears to be inversely proportional to the price of the car, but shame on car manufacturers for still designing cars that don't work properly when the technology is available to avoid it.

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IBM Watson dishes out 'dodgy cancer advice', Google Translate isn't better than humans yet, and other AI tidbits

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"Google Translate isn't better than humans yet"

Granted, Google Translate is better than me at translating anything into English, but will machine translation ever really be "better than" humans?

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