* Posts by Symon

1838 posts • joined 18 Aug 2009

Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

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Surely, given the geography, that's ACDC ?

p.s. R.I.P. Malcolm Young, have a drink on me...

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Why Boston Dynamics' backflipping borg shouldn't scare you

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Re: Incredible but scary

Re:"wouldn't like to face this thing" Don't worry, if the machines wants you to do something, I'm sure it will give you 20 seconds to comply.

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

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It's " just drivers forgetting".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42009111

"Just over half had been unlicensed for two months or less, suggesting some of these drivers had forgotten about their renewal date"

So, the loss to the treasury is nowhere near £107m. Especially as when the tax disk is renewed you have pay the months that you forgot.

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Rocky Ross 128 b might harbour ALIENS – and it's headed right for us

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Re: "Maybe one day we'll go there"

Actually, by the time Ross 128 is the closest star to the sun, it's actually starting to move away from us.

http://beyondearthlyskies.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/nearest-stars-past-present-and-future.html

Gliese 710 is the one to worry about. In about 1.4 million years. It's coming right at us!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gliese_710

https://youtu.be/anwW_5kialI

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Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

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Re: How many flights?

"Belfast Airport"

I don't understand why all airports aren't equipped with these?

5, 4, 3, 2, 1. ----->

https://youtu.be/EOCmI72eRh4

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'Sticky runway' closes Canadian airport

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Re: I found this story to be quite tacky

As I started reading the article, I was convinced that the problem was gonna be something to do with maple syrup...

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User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

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The little black computery bits are filled with magic smoke at the factory. That's what makes them work. If you ever see the smoke come out, that's it, they stop working.

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Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

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There's a MK.17 thermonuclear bomb (yield up to 20 Mt) on display at Castle Air Museum in Atwater next to the Convair B-36 Peacemaker. I was going to steal it, but it weighs 21 tons. Anyway, I think it's a dud. I bashed the front as hard as I could and the thing refused to go off.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4110/5168272429_807c9560da_b.jpg

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Cisco's John Chambers: Robot farmers will feed bloated cricket thoraxes to our children

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If you're that worried about the environment...

...and you want protein, you can miss out the animals altogether and just eat beans. The plants (and their microscopic allies) fix atmospheric nitrogen to make the protein. What could go wrong?

https://youtu.be/R6dm9rN6oTs

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Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

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Viz had it right.

"Bono is much more annoying than Guy Fawkes ever was. Make your bonfire night a Bonofire night by placing some crap sunglasses on your Guy."

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Take off, ya hosers! Silicon Valley court says Google can safely ignore Canadian search ban

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"poles are closed 5 time zones away"

The poles are in all time zones!

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Atto, boy! Eggheads fire laser for 43 attoseconds, fastest Man-made spurt

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Re: I love El Reg.......

It's 'Grauniad'.

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Hells door-bells! Ring pieces paralyzed in horror during Halloween trick-or-treat rush

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Re: Hmm ...

But what if you're deaf?

https://youtu.be/L7L3iSZsNpY

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Two drones, two crashes in two months: MoD still won't say why

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"temperatures on the day averaged about 9°C."

It generally gets colder the higher up you fly. It's called the lapse rate. If there's no snow (or rain) falling from the sky and you’re not in a cloud, then the temperature decreases by about 5.4°F for every 1,000 feet up you go in elevation. In Roman Catholic, that's 9.8°C per 1,000 meters. Just sayin'.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lapse_rate#Convection_and_adiabatic_expansion

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Astroboffins spot a fat 'monster' ALIEN planet terrorizing tiny dwarf

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Re: Shouldn't hot Jupiters be common?

"wouldn't always be enough material to ignite fusion"

Unless you got a whole bunch of monoliths, say cuboids with sides in the ratio 1x4x9, to hoover up all the material and compress it to get it all going. It should have happened 16 years ago, I reckon, but we won't have seen it yet due to the distance of the system.

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Re: They should call the big one Planet Weinstein...

Planet Weinstein might be big, but it'll get burnt in the end...

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NASA reveals Curiosity 2020's 23-camera payload

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Re: When will the name change?

"Curiosity 2021, ... Curiosity 202X ..."

The chances of anything going to Mars are a million one, he said.

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Vlad the blockader: Russia's anti-VPN law comes into effect

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Big Brother

stunnel

openvpn with tls-crypt and port-share over port 443

obfsproxy

ssh tunnel

shadowsocks

etc. etc.

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Robot takes the job of sitting on your arse

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Forcing a robot ...

..to do this repetitive task is fundamentally wrong.

p.s. End 209 ? Nah.

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The case of the disappearing insect. Boffin tells Reg: We don't know why... but we must act

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Re: Maybe if they collected less insects, there would be more around...

"She's bloody dying and all you bring us is lupins. All we've eaten mate for the last four bleeding weeks is lupin soup, roast lupin, steamed lupin, braised lupin in lupin sauce, lupin in the basket with sauted lupins, lupin meringue pie, lupin sorbet. We sit on lupins, we sleep in lupins, we feed the cat on lupins, we burn lupins, we even wear the bloody things!"

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Re: Maybe if they collected less insects, there would be more around...

@Voland. FFS, do some research. That link, Weedol lawn weedkiller. There's no glyphosate in it. Look:-

http://weedicide.co.uk/weedol-lawn-weed-killer-review/

It's got Fluroxypyr, Clopyralid, MCPA. Now, you might be right that people should let the clover grow in their lawns. I do this myself, I control the weeds by mowing only. But stop it forthwith with your massive downer on glyphosate. And glyphosate _will_ kill your grass.

http://www.lawncareadvice.com.au/lawn-weeds/108-glyphosate-weed-killer.html

p.s. Rather than ranting at your neighbour, buy some clover seed and luzz it over the fence.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Green-Manure-Seeds-White-Clover-30-000-Seeds-/250915008613

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Re: Maybe if they collected less insects, there would be more around...

@Voland. "Roundup ready" crops are genetically modified. They have a gene inserted to give them herbicide resistance. These crops are banned in the EU, except for the recent licence for soybeans. Also, if you put 'a bottle' of gyphosate on your lawn, in a fortnight you will have a dirt patch.

Your lack of understanding of the gylphosate policy in the UK and Europe blights your argument, when you might be onto something with respect to bees' food supply. That said, bee survival might be more connected to varroa mites.

For what it's worth, the main use of glyphosate in Europe is to 'burn off' the remains of the crop after harvest. This saves having to plough it all up, and so reduces soil run off. Here's a totally biased link about it.

http://www.glyphosate.eu/benefits/ploughing-or-spraying-protecting-europes-soil-minimized-soil-disturbance

And here's a not so biased one.

https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2017/05/05/gmo-sustainability-advantage-glyphosate-sparks-no-till-farming-preserving-soil-carbon/

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Re: Pedantry

"mammals such as birds" Tits?

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Can you get from 'dog' to 'car' with one pixel? Japanese AI boffins can

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Easy.

"That's a bird. That's a horse with a hat on."

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Interstellar space rock screams through Solar System

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I wonder...

Perhaps a distant civilisation in another solar system decided to store their nuclear waste on the large moon orbiting their planet. This waste dump might have exploded, knocking their Moon out of orbit and sending it, as well as the (say) 311 inhabitants of a Moonbase, perhaps named Alpha, hurtling uncontrollably into space. In our general direction.

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UK.gov: Use police body cams to grill suspects at scene of crime

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Re: Should we call them...

Come quietly or there will be ... trouble.

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No comment.

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UK's NHS to pilot 'Airbnb'-style care service in homeowners' spare rooms

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The NHS already had the answer to overcrowding...

...but he got too greedy. I give you, Dr. Harold Shipman.

http://i.imgur.com/l4EbwDt.jpg

p.s. Not really. I don't really think this. Sorry.

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Hackers nip into celeb plastic surgery clinic, tuck away 'terabytes'

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Re: oh no

Yes, it's just like good AIDS vs. bad AIDS.

https://youtu.be/f3xUjw2BCYE

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To get all that data, the hackers must've sucked it through a fat pipe.

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Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

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Castle Air Museum.

Well worth a visit if you're in the area. They've got a SR-71, an Avro Vulcan, a B52 etc. Anyway, here's a picture of their stealth plane exhibit.

https://i.redd.it/m7agh2g2lrgz.jpg

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Combinations? Permutations? Those words don't mean what you think they mean

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Re: actually are true combination locks, can press the buttons..in any order

"They many know the numbers, they just can't recall the order."

Like Andrew Preview?

"all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order"

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Re: How I always remembered it

Simon, from the link you posted, "With the 13 buttons a total of 8,191 different codes are available, any of which may be entered in any order.", which, I presume, means you can have any number of digits in the code. I reason that 2^13 = 8192, and we leave out the code which is no buttons pressed. So, if an attacker doesn't know the number of digits in the code, it's a bit more secure, but not nearly as secure as I thought. Thanks for posting!

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Linux kernel community tries to castrate GPL copyright troll

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Re: How long before...

Doug.

I was thinking the same thing. Sounds like an opportunity for someone to make a mint for himself by leading a project to replace netfilter with code untainted by that leech, and then doing the same thing.

FTFY.

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Europol cops lean on phone networks, ISPs to dump CGNAT walls that 'hide' cyber-crooks

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And what's more, it might be that its only purpose is for government abuse, as criminals can just use Orbot on their telephones.

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

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Watchdog slams HMRC, Amazon over 'dismal' response to UK biz hurt by online VAT fraud

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FAIL

Right, the whole VAT thing effectively turns businesses into unpaid part-time tax collectors. How could that go wrong? As for eBay, I've lost count of the number of times I've asked for a VAT invoice from a seller, and been fobbed off with all sorts of crap. Especially businesses which are part of the flat rate scheme. They should provide a VAT invoice for the full 20%, but it's like pulling teeth to get it.

https://www.gov.uk/vat-flat-rate-scheme

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Google adds planets and moons to Maps, but puts bits in the wrong places

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The right way up would be north. Duh!

Seriously, you can determine the local north by the objects prograde rotation relative to the rotation of the Sun. Admittedly, Uranus goes the wrong way. Ahem. And Venus too. And Triton goes the wrong way around Neptune. But apart from that, it's all good. Except for Pluto, it rotates the wrong way also. --->

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Release the KRACKen patches: The good, the bad, and the ugly on this WPA2 Wi-Fi drama

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Paris Hilton

You run dd-wrt on clients?

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WPA2 KRACK attack smacks Wi-Fi security: Fundamental crypto crapto

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Re: Get ready for sensationalism...

http://i1.cdnds.net/12/23/618x469/brass-eye-2.JPG

Get Phil Collins.

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Storms blow away 2017 Solar Challenge field

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"had brass balls of steel"

I'm guessing that you're not a materials scientist.

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Twitter: Why we silenced Rose McGowan after she slammed alleged sex pest Harvey Weinstein

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Re: I think Linehan has it right

@Sitaram. No more Wagner for you I'm afraid.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Wagner#Racism_and_antisemitism

Or anything with transistors in it.

http://articles.latimes.com/1989-08-14/news/mn-369_1_nobel-laureate-shockley

etc. etc.

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