* Posts by Denarius

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Ego stroking, effusive praise and promise of billions: White House tech meeting in full

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usual situation then

oligarchs feeding from public purse unfettered by a professional public service. No doubt no-one was so crass to mention minor details about paying for the silicon snake oil* by getting some of the funds held offshore from a Double Irish Sandwich by these same companies. Thought not.

Am I alone in wondering how a technophobic management coupled with said snake oil merchants would achive anything other than another string of IT stuffups ? The problem is a political/economic/PHB class who do not understand (a) humans, (b) limits of technology, (c) management, (d) fear competency that is unafraid to address reality, (e) the dangers of techno-utopianism.

Perhaps a Founders Level of discussion in all Western style democracies as to limits of government is even more overdue. No, not a Tea Party rant. eg, Net neutrality or demanding simpler financial structures in companies for instance of where government intervention in a market failure case might be good for society. At least ensuring there is a general understanding that some problems are people based, not technology.

* Nod to Clifford Stoll whose 2 decade old book is IMHO, very relevant.

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Australian Dept Defence pulling kit out of China-owned Global Switch

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Bigger issue ?

AFAIRC, didn't Defence just outsource to IBM ? That worries me more given other stories around. As for not trusting Chinese companies, who trusts BAE, Lockheed Martin et al ? Governments don't even have to be discussed. Odd fear when considering bigger Oz Defence situation really. Our new subs and helicopter carriers cant leave port, our new fighters are still release 0.02 and our tanks cook the grunts they are supposed to assist. Dont even get started on new "new" subs the French are redesigning completely as a one off because the magik (sic) of nuclear energy must not blight Oz soil, not to mention mission scope. FFS, just buy a known working solution just once !! The Germans might even teach the local PHB class something about letting engineers make design decisions.

So far grunts guns still work, though some beancounter* is probably fixing that, and the Hornets and C17s still doing a good job.

* note, rumour a few decades ago that Defence actively did try to reduce effectiveness of common grunts weapon.

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You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

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Re: What worries me is that a lot of large corporations

indeed. Now go buy a motorcycle or become a vintage car fan :-)

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Re: @inmypjs - Lesser of two evils?

AC, precisely the same problem as autonomous vehicles will have. How do you trust the sensors ? Pilots who fly by rules instead of evaluating all inputs tend to have more problems. In this case QANTAS pilots who had the same problems months before assessed the instruments as " Power normal cruise, angle of attack indicator normal, no engine anomalies therefore the airspeed must be wrong." and avoided trying to fix a non-existent problem. The less experienced AF aircrew in command seem to have believed one instrument, the airspeed and deep stalled the plane into the Atlantic. For these edge cases, increasing redundant information sources such as GPS would allow invalid inputs to be detected and cut out of control loops. Given how most airlines are entirely computer driven these days aviation automation still has outstanding safety record because unlike individual humans, the aviation industry has for decades had a learning and improvement culture that is still relatively new to consumer technology. The discussion then becomes whether it is computationally and sensor developmentally possible to improve vehicle situational evaluation. Given how the mobile phone industry has developed very light, cheap and accurate sensors I would hesitate to say it cannot be dome for vehicles. Whether enough development has been done is another story.

Sorry about polysyllabic words sounding like market droiding. Currently feeling crook.

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Re: Lesser of two evils?

Meph, indeed. However how will the clever car handle the willfully dangerous ? Think of drunks, druggies and the inevitable clown in a BMW/Merc/light truck with a severe ego problem ? IMHO, skepticism of the merchants is warranted. The best way to sell driving automation is already slowly happening by implementing driver assistance. Cruise control, automatic collision detection and lane drift prevention. As these become standard and extended to, for instance, something that prevents compulsive tailgaters, user acceptance will rise as well as vehicle manufacturers and their coders getting improved edge case management. Incremental improvements over a decade or two may also allow laws to be adapted appropriately insteady of panic driven. No pun in 10d. In long term a mostly self driving car is a great goal. Whether it is currently practical I believe debatable.

Comparison with aviation autopilots in cars is a category confusion. Airfields have the same design, (mostly flat) and fixed wing aircraft have similar characteristics to control for. Also as some-one else has commented, civilian aircraft rarely come close by design and the only ones that do, gliders, have pilots trained in this type of aviation and are not transport vehicles in built up areas. Vehicles are the opposite, close together and often very different speeds.

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Industrial Light & Magic: 40 years of Lucas's pioneering FX-wing

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Rogue1

Thought it was done well and I am not a SW fan. Graphics were excellent. However reference to Rouge 1 did remind me of a reddit reference. I'll get my coat

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Your roadmap to the Google vs Oracle Java wars

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OTGH

a mobile OS based on a BSD ? That may be fun. A solid OS being made smaller or a solid OS being made leaky as a colander for NSA et al. At least a BSD should hang less. Why not QNX ?

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AI-powered dynamic pricing turns its gaze to the fuel pumps

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already here

In Oz petrol rockets two weeks before holidays and drops, maybe, 4 weeks after. In bigger cities a price cycle can be detected but rural areas have no discernible pattern what so ever. AI would go nuts here. I also wonder just how much this sort of price gouging would eventually result in enough political will to return to regulated pricing.

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Has AI gone too far? DeepTingle turns El Reg news into terrible erotica

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so this is automated buzzword bingo ?

Currently seeded with dino porn ? Original. Seed the AI with CEO babble and we get ? Mostly sales weasel pitches for cloud ? Reminds me of a SciFi story of Mozart (?) being "resurrected" into a modern human body. Discovered he was good at rehashes but the original spark of creativity was dead.

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Hyperscale data centres win between their ears, not on the racks

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problem

But the pair also declared that “the biggest opportunity is changing how people think and react”. The PHB class think ? All I ever saw was a reflex action to protect bonuses.

Not sure how much the hypergasm about outsourcery and cloud is dying, but it does seem that big organisations not in death throws may want to keep everything, including staff on their premises given all the caveats.

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Made for each other! IBM awarded $700m outsourcing gig to cut costs at transport giant

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on the upside

Brazilians, Indians and Chinese aerospace will benefit eventually. Pity about Canada's aviation industry, they could make good utility aircraft, once. What is it with the pervasive PHB class death wish ?

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NASA nixes Trump's moonshot plan

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Re: What's the problem

can't rebuild Saturn V. Factories were sent to China and the blueprints ordered to be shredded so the worst possible design that would actually work could fly. This is why USA bought a lot of USSR 1950s developed rocket engines. The world of bean counters as PHBs {S}

In case one doubts engineering assessment of shuttle, ask why the Russians launched their Buran once.

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Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding

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missing the root cause, again

Perhaps if the PHB classes, including government ministers were made personally and individually liable for over-riding competent (shaddup back there) technical staff where life and safety is at serious risk perhaps budgets would not be cut for bonuses elsewhere.

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Japanese researchers spin up toilet paper gyroscopes for science

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Oh crap

another loss of privacy. I'll get my coat, its the one with stained hem at back...

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Space upstart plans public cloud in low Earth orbit

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question

what problem is this hideously expensive scheme solving ? Or have I missed something again?

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HPE bows to inevitable: Integrity servers get latest Itanium engine and container off-ramp

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Re: The Itanium was dead before it appeared

AFAIK, many of the Alpha designers went to AMD, hence the x64 capabilities of later Intel CPUs. Intel initially said "A line in sand, Not possible to mix 32 and 64 bit operations in a CPU". AMD then did it so well, Intel licensed the ideas. Revenge is a dish best served cold. Ironically the Itanic isn't.

And so, another company, OS and architecture submerge in the swamp of history. Pity, I liked the old SPARC HPUX despite its idiosyncrasies. True64 OTOH, was fast and utterly feral in its OS layout.

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Oz MP flies crypto-kite, wants backdoors without backdoors

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regretably

most of the front bench are lawyers or have never had a real income creating job in their lives. Of course they believe in magical thinking. Making stuff is what the tech peasants do and they should do as they are told. {S} Bit like the recent robo-debt letters response with pollies saying just call the helldesk to fix it. Yeah, we all have 6 spare hours a day to sit around waiting for a human to answer. Since they have never had to deal with an understaffed, under trained powerless hell desk they do not have clue. About what you expect from tools of the oligopolies.

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Your 90-second guide to new stuff Nvidia teased today: Volta V100 chips, a GPU cloud, and more

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stopping driver accelerating at green light ?

Either I missed something or someone has been hanging around Darwin or Canberra where blocking traffic is a mandatory daily performance. A few traffic lights refuse to acknowledge motorcycles also.

Anyway, why new GPU for self driving cars ? Most of them on Barton already self drive by just following ruts with brick on accelerator from my bitter experience.

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Senate committee wants all drones registered

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punishing the innocent as usual

So all drones must weigh 5Kg plus to carry the ADSB unit and battery for real time tracking. Good that idiots/crims and pervs will never think of removing the ADSB/tracking gizmo and continuing to irritate others unhindered by evidence. Costs rise accordingly. Win Win. BTW, rego numbers ? On a 700gm device that is barely visible at 30 meters ? Clearly another one of the 40/20 under 25 year old thought that one up. And if anyone suggests field glasses would see it, I want to know why one is carrying field glasses generally.

As for airfield safety, why not just allow jamming and for those with money, RDF to find and jail the criminals responsible.

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VAST stuff-up leaves new satellite TVs TITSUP

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Dear Git

this is Oz. The relevant public servant[s] were made redundant/did not have contract renewed as part of efficiency dividend rather than someone forgot to add a calendar reminder in Outlook.

Been there, Done that

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How to remote hijack computers using Intel's insecure chips: Just use an empty login string

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Re: I used to be excited about AMT

@Paul, right mind ? Have you heard what passes as modern IT execs ? There is no mind, only a buzzword echo chamber. If it saves 20c it will be ordered to be so.

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Productivity Commish changes mind on control over personal info

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not unexpected

Concept of citizen or individual as more than a "subject of the Crown" has gone. Simply demonstrates how modern governments represent the people: the energy people, the media people, the industry people and the multinational people if not included before. Hat tip to the ancient Mad Magazine cartoon. Makes John Ralstons Sauls book, The Unconscious Civilisation a wasted warning.

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Massive Oracle sales re-org to accelerate cloud cash drive

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Am I out of touch

or are cuts due to Larry wanting a new yacht ? I can't escape the feeling that Oracle is another old ship circling a big plug hole. Mental image from one of those pirate of Carribean movies.

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FTP becoming Forgotten Transfer Protocol as Debian turns it off

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meanwhile, back in the coporate world

FTP chugs along feeding data from unices, Windows, whatever relics like VMS lying around to the organisations mainframe. Not something one uses outside of a couple of firewalls, but I can think of multiple government sites where FTP gets data from A to B quietly and reliably if one scripts decent post transfer log analysis. FTP use is fading as ssh takes over. Somehow I do not see Kermit coming back either.

As for hard to use argument, BH. Download WS-FTP or equivalent, read instructions, configure, compile and install or download existing compiled package if lazy and trusting. It is simple to set up an anonymous FTP server. Simpler than NFS even. Throughput I find better than http. Don't know about caching. Given the size of the files I transferred or their contents, non-caching is desirable. Perhaps this is another sign of the dumbing down of IT as the lowest common denominator consumer experience sets standards.

Agreed ftp is not secure. Once can add a little security by using Franceso Rosales shell compiler or using the equivalent in ksh93 that hides the account details from causal snooping.

Given the lack of use, decommissioning FTP is logical for Debian. Whether it will fade away or become another "Death of COBOL predicted" meme is debatable. Meanwhile, back to Devuan install

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Astro-boffinry breakthrough: Loads of ingredients for life found on Saturn's Enceladus

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Re: From the article...

other way round Voyna. From sample size of about 4000 which is big enough to be statistically significant. No other solar system resemble this one, so far. Most exoplanet stars are like Sol. Only 18% of G3 stars resemble Sol in element distribution. Milky Way aka home galaxy seems to be a big barred spiral. Most unusual. And don't get me started on the irrelevance of a sample size of one known planet having life. Too small for any conclusions. Further, mere forming of organic chemicals does not make life possible. It only demonstrates carbon chemistry, which is way simpler than simplest life. Water destroys RNA and DNA unless very carefully buffered, which is unlikely in a submarine vent. This raises an interesting point. if the water is heated by flexing of rock core which suggests sulphuric acid or relatives, why is there free ammonia in the jets ? Is this an indicator of a very different silicate core ?

BTW, what has size got to do with anything ? Ancient knowledge how big the universe is.

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Re: "Earth's Missing Geothermal Flux" at FauxScienceSlayer

no idea to why one would bother with hydrogen fission theories when various groups suggest the Earths core has an iron moderated fission reactor of sorts or heat derived simply from presence of heavy metals like uranium and other radioactives. For that matter, we have what seem to be mantle samples but zero core samples to have an idea of exactly what is down there. Not disputing mostly iron but what concentrations of other elements is unknown.

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back to article

However, seriously good technology sensing what was found in totally unexpected phenomena. Well done. Lets hope the documents survive until the next outbreak of civilisation and learning

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Re: From the article...

exceptionalism: units of measurement. Perhaps because what else do we use ? Alternatives like using powers of ten for frequency and length have been suggested. And rapidly ignored. Who wants to redefine and rewrite the textbooks, as well as that modern sacred cow, culture (so long as it is not traditional tolerant Western)

No good reason ? You gotta to be kidding. Unusual planet in so, far, unique solar system, with very unusual star, in unusual location in not standard galaxy in very quiet galactic cluster. Only one with a prior commitment to one of the various fundamentalist materialisms would insist there is nothing unusual about Earth and life.

As for Enceladus, hydrogen and ammonia in water plumes is anomalous. This suggests either very weird ocean vents or a lot of ammonia in ice shell. On Earth, these are acidic from the sulphur derives acids in vent water. This alone suggests vent theories for biogenesis are a desperate guess. Living organisms are much more than collections of amino acids.

Simplest hypothesis is that NASA need headlines for funding as the West willingly returns to barbarism with its zero sum economics and non-stop tribal warfare.

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Q. Why is Baidu sharing its secret self-driving sauce? A. To help China corner the market

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Re: "exploiting cloud services as much as possible"

@jmch. Don't live in rural OZ do you ? travel 40 km from a large town and its maybe level connectivity from one dominant telco, probably not from the other excuses for comms. Granted it is a small market, but devices that demand connectivity wont work in much of the world. Biggest issue for me is do you want a vehicle that can be remotely managed ? If it can, the Bad Guys will use that control backdoor.

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Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin

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Elephant in room ?

given the inbuilt "monitoring" in Win10, would clued educators want school work to be data mined ? I believe some countries have laws against stalking children and a few may even enforce them. There is also the minor detail of budget strapped schools getting fed up with huge data upload fees and network capacity exhaustion. Unless M$ can demonstrated its' spyware is removed, getting any mind share may be difficult. If done for the school OS, it would then raise the question of why it can't be done for ordinary users. <snark> Perhaps Windows 95 with Outlook express and internet exploder removed might do job ? For cynics, win98lite had a free script to do this effectively. </snark>

In meantime, is there any interest in the open source version of QNX ? Linux bloat is getting me down. Seems crazy that modern OS require so many resources to produce the same level of user functionality that 20 year old HW and SW gave.

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Oh my Microsoft Word: Dridex hackers exploit unpatched flaw

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Thank $DEITY 4

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China emerges as digital rights champion with new info privacy law

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wow

a government telling multinationals what they can do ! who'd a thunk that was possible.

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How's that for a remote login? NASA puts New Horizons probe to sleep 3.5 billion miles away

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the data speed

2Kbs. Can they do my internet ? I wish I was being sarcastic.

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nbn™ trials 10 Gbps fibre tech most of you will never see

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Inconceivable !

Oz get same pricing as every one else ? Impossible. Our wise leaders know Oz is a colonial outpost of current great power de jure and must be grateful for any crumbs left over for us. We should feel privileged to pay higher prices for most goods and services because it shows our loyalty. About time our leadership cults experienced a real independence day when the citizens demand the country is run for its citizens, not every multinational or crackpot foreign government who demands and gets taxpayer subsidy for its tax dodging mining pits or its futile wars </rant>

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Subpostmasters prepare to fight Post Office over wrongful theft and false accounting accusations

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Pom PO and Oz centerlink

do they have same management or did they go to same school ?

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Ombudsman slams Centrelink debt recovery system

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Re: Predictable

Oengus, been in both, been there, dome that. I believe it is other way round, with possible exception of Defence. Oz PS is catching up to the imported diseases of merkinland organisational management. As others have pointed out, for over a decade now the PHB class/managers have acquired significant contempt for technical knowledge of any kind. Causes of this destructive snobbery is debatable IMHO. Blameability is now chief unspoken criteria in all project management manglement. Not the PMs necessarily, but those above them.

Nothing will change until the idiot idea of constant cost cutting being related to efficiency is abandoned and total value for money over a defined lifetime is enshrined in culture, not just ignored legislation. Jack Welshs' comment of the stupidity of share holder value is still worth a read.

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The beast is back: Reborn ekranoplan heads for the Arctic

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In the Antipodes

many many years ago when Oz had industry, the was talk of using a big WIG as a freighter so the Japanese could get their live crayfish (lobsters to foreigners) faster. Never happened. 747 freighters existed.

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Re: Bah!

also though Dutch had interest to use it as sea taxi in coastal regions. Had a max alitude of 1500 feet at full power.

As for inventor of WIG vehicles, ITIRC Willi Mecherschmidt had prior art circa WW2. Found a reversed delta wing was most efficient and safer as centre of lift in ground effect did not move much, unlike a conventional wing. First aircraft that circumnavigated the planet used it to get range. Douglas seaplanes ?

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Manchester pulls £750 public crucifixion offer

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Re: Ridiculous

nijam, how old school. This is the 21st century, not 17th. It is disagreeing with established authority. eg, expressing any opinion that contradicts culturally accepted beliefs. So blasphemy can be performed today by expressing an informed disbelief in the foundational doctrines of materialism. The effect is the same on a heretics professional life. Expulsion from the groves of academe, work or professions. Not got to burning at stake yet, but give the snowflakes and soft marxists a few more years of PC and probability will rise. All for good of society and freedom of expression of course. I won't mention which subjects can cause blasphemy because this august publication expresses its dislike of one occasional blasphemy.

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Re: No nails required

@Charlie, yes. Skeleton found 20+ years back that Romans had crucified. One nail through ankles (legs crossed) and each wrist. Have a vague feeling some testing was done on this 30 + years ago, reported on BBC (who else) that showed body weight would tear through palm of hand quickly. Aside from that the idea was for victim to stay alive for as long as possible as a warning example. Three days "survival" was not unknown, probably in benign weather. YMMV

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Australian Tax Office stays schtum on whether HPE outages report is complete

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you forgot

the new hybrid corporation doing ATO outsourcery now. Wait for document saying "During the company changes staff were re-assigned or documents were misplaced.... We regret the delay."

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nbn™ to offer 100Mbps fixed wireless service

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Who needs the F35 ?

when you have supersonic pigs going overhead...

Given the arrogant pr**ks response to my request for access to fixed wireless I was told that being 1 Km outside defined users are meant use satellite. Yeah, the one two months old or less and already overloaded, which as anyone who did back of envelop calculations could tell was going to happen just to catch up to previous satellite demand. When I offered to buy or build my own high gain antennae, same response. So as usual, if one is 4 km from town site , maybe fine. Otherwise hope that two major telcos exorbitant fees and crappy service actually work a bit more reliably.

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Goodbye, cruel world! NASA's Cassini preps for kamikaze Saturn dive

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over 20 years ?

and phones last for 3... Just don't make them like they used to. Like my Sun pizza boxen and AIX MCA sandpits. Yeah I know, not even wanted for museums. Jeesh, leave us old geezers alone, OK ?

Well done all round. Real science. Now if only the original Orion nuclear rockets, (not recent mini Saturn V) or the Russian equivalents were built, there might have been humans out there taking local samples.

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Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf ever seen – just a hop and a skip away (750 ly)

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Re: It's quite a small object

@Voyna. It also the cause of psych analysis as to why theologians are more inclined to believe anything but the Bible. It also explains why absolutist belief systems that do not compromise are gaining adherents while evolving western belief systems are now indistinguishable for slightly old socialist waffle.

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Re: It's quite a small object

Para two is the point. If dark anything was just mass, well and good. So far it seems to be very special mass. Invisible, not normal matter, gravitationally affected a bit, capable of forming structures but not capable of making its own "black holes". Very special mass. More "novel" than Carmelli with treating the expansion of space time as another dimension. So it fails the Razor even more so. As for recent detection of gravitational waves, there have been how many definite detections ? One ? Not a significant sample size, in which case an event is being observed, but is it just a gravitational wave or a indication of something else ? No hypotheses on it myself. I just like bigger sample sizes.

As for your conspiracy assertion, this is getting beyond irritating. Dominant ideologies/frameworks/theories are not conspiracies and this was not implied. Such assertions IMHO, simply reflect either intolerance of other views or laziness in thought.

Meanwhile, back at the original discussion, it would not be surprising to find much more cold standard matter as well as extremely dim brown dwarfs as the telescopes get better. However is it correct that no amount of conventional matter could make up missing mass required for observed rotational velocities ?

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Re: At 90X Jupiter's mass, and fairly pure hydrogen, how did this not ignite into a star?

@MH, indeed, hence MACHOs vs WIMPs, discussion, now known as Dark Energy/Matter

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Re: It's quite a small object

Already a theory with no unknown influences that correctly explains observations of anomalous rotation velocities of galaxies. Wakipedia calls it fringe. Carmeli uses relativity and Hubble expansion to show how expansion of space creates the observed rotation anomalies. No new anything, just application of theories that pass experimental testing. One wonders if it is a case of first to publish taking mind share, rather than quality of ideas. As someone in physics said a century ago, "Science advances one funeral at a time". Just wish I could follow the maths to be sure Carmeli was right. See https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/the-theory-of-cosmological-relativity-by-dr-moshe-carmeli.541783/

Meanwhile, a pint to the boffins who built the tech and used it to get data from such a dim distant object.

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Lloyds Banking Group axing hundreds of jobs AGAIN

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Just a thought

Suicide is still illegal isn't it ? Even if its a company doing it ?

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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Re: Very much in the whole spirit of the exercise

except S97 developments look like being able to do it cheaper and more reliably. The delay may have an upside

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Blinking cursor devours CPU cycles in Visual Studio Code editor

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bring back vi and assembler on command lines

Did not we all use DOS DEBUG to write machine code into .com files once as an exercise ?

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