* Posts by mhenriday

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Radioactive leak riddle: Now Team America sniffs Europe's skies for iodine isotope source

mhenriday
Pint

Re: Comprehensive test ban treaty

It was those nasty Russians wot done it - in accordance with the orders, of course, of that dastardly Gospodin Putin....

Henri

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Google to cough up $20m after Chrome rips off anti-malware patents

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: Litigation from beyond the grave?

I fear, Donn Bly, that your imagination doesn't quite suffice to grasp the situation ; not only can one vote post mortem in the United States, one can also be elected in that condition. Of course, allowances must be made for the fact that the opponent in this case was one John David Ashcroft, which made the choice of a dead man rational....

Henri

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Russia and China bombard Blighty with 188 cyberattacks in 3 months

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Boffin

it's no doubt rude of me to point this out,

but the article claims that of 188 «high-level» attacks suffered by Blighty in the last three months some came from Russia and China, respectively. It does not claim that «Russia and China bombard Blighty with 188 cyberattacks in 3 months», as in the headline....

Henri

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US visitors must hand over Twitter, Facebook handles by law – newbie Rep starts ball rolling

mhenriday
Pint

Land of the brave,

home of the free....

Henri

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As Microsoft touts Windows Insider for biz, let's take a look at W10's broken 2FA logins

mhenriday
Boffin

I say

it's all Google's fault (in the event that blaming it on Gospodin Putin doesn't cover it)....

Henri

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Google bellows bug news after Microsoft sails past fix deadline

mhenriday
Pint

Time limit

«The Register is yet to detect a response from Microsoft on this releases [sic !]. If we do … you know the drill [We'll either update this story and/or write a new one - Ed].» Within 90 days, of course ?...

Henri

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Would you like to know why I get a lot of action at night?

mhenriday
WTF?

Nasty people on public transport

«I prepare for this by always carrying extra packets of tissues in my backpack, distributing them freely among the disgusting dipshit bastards I meet on public transport like a nasally obsessed Mother Theresa.» But dear Mr Dabbs, why don't you simply take the Rolls, instead ?...

Henri

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Uncle Sam probes SpaceX – but crack nothing to be alarmed about, we're told

mhenriday
Pint

What are the odds

on a bet that Soyuz craft will still be delivering US and European space travellers to the ISS in 2019 and where can such a bet be placed ?...

Henri

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Chinese hackers switch tactics for spying on Russian jet makers

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: Fixed

As Vietnam, the Philippines,Malaysia, and Taiwan had previously done earlier in the South China Sea and which, for example, Vietnam continues to do - and as Japan had also done in close proximity to the region - in 2014 China began extending islands and building on reefs and shoals which it claimed with the energy it typically brings to construction projects. Whether its doing so will provided an excuse for a US administration which seems bent on going to war with China (or at least using the threat of war to get a better «deal») or, on the contrary, whether the facilities placed on these islands will deter the US from military adventures in the region is difficult to predict ; Mr Trump, like Mr Nixon before him, seems to base a good part of his strategy on being unpredictable....

Let us hope that at least some of us survive to critique the aftermath....

Henri

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UK defence secretary: Russian hacks are destabilising Western democracy

mhenriday
Pint

Trompe l'œil

«More to the point, this blame-the-russkies game just makes sure our real problems (like pervasive surveilance, disintegration of the middle class and reemergence of the indentured masses in its stead, the collapse of the meaningful democratic institutions, to say nothing of the environmental deterioration, the impending health-care and pension shortfalls) will get ignored until they can no longer be resolved without a massive social upheaval.» Indeed. But blaming the Russians is cheap and provides the opportunity to channel more funds to the military (not so cheap), from which great profits can be made, while seeing to it that public investments which actually benefit people are derailed, leaving needs either unmet or subject to the vagaries of the so-called «market». A win-win for those who run things, and their mouthpieces in, e g, the media....

Henri

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Mozilla axes IoT project, cuts staff, backs off from commercial stuff

mhenriday
Pint

Re: Botnet association

On the other hand : if your refrigerator has been clamouring for years to be connected to the internet, and occasionally goes on strike and refuses to cool the beer until you allow such, IoT might just be what the doctor botmaster ordered....

Henri

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Chinese bloke cycles 500km to get home... in the wrong direction

mhenriday
Boffin

I call bullshit !

«The man, who is unnamed, is unable to read maps and was relying upon others for directions.» The original story states that 交警上前盘问,骑车男子称是别人告诉自己上高速骑行的。据了解,该男子靠打临时工生活,比较拮据,因为长期在网吧上网,钱用完了。男子就想春节骑车回家,沿途一直问人,结果走错了路。([When] the police officer stepped forward to question him, the bike rider said that someone had told him to ride on the motor way. From what we understand, he supported himself by working at temporary jobs and had it tough ; because he had been using internet cafés to go online for quite some time, he had run out of money. [Therefore, ] he decided to bike home for the New Year holiday, and asked people for direction all along the road and ended up taking the wrong direction.)

Nowhere in the article does it state that the man was unable to read maps, much less that he was illiterate - how many illiterate people frequent internet cafés to such a degree that they run out of money ?...

The interesting thing is that the cops and the toll station staff seem to have chipped in and bought him a ticket home (捐了些钱,买了回家的车票)....

I hold with NoneSuch above : «As long as there are people out there willing to buy a guy, who is down on his luck, a train ticket the human race has hope»....

Henri

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CIA director AOL email hacker coughs to crime

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FAIL

Quoud licet Iovi non licet bovi ?

«Sarah Harrison, the acting director of the Courage Foundation, which had raised emergency funds for Liverman, said: "Without CWA, the public would not know that the Director of the CIA did not take adequate precautions around his own security clearance questionnaire. There's barely any point talking about 'cyber attacks' from sophisticated nation state actors when the highest-level officials are leaving the front door wide open." Harrison continued:

If John Brennan will not face any penalty for his negligence, there's no good reason why anyone else should do. Justin Liverman's potential sentence is outrageous given the relative triviality of the Department of Justice's allegations. Courage's emergency appeal for Justin will remain open until he no longer needs our assistance.»

I think Ms Harrison nailed it. Mr Brennan's negligence, which in his position should certainly be regarded as criminal, goes unpunished ; Mr Liverman, however, who performed a service in revealing the above, faces being put away for a long, long time. I suppose that's «justice», in the «indispensable nation»....

Henri

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Speeding jet of Siberian liquid hot Magma getting speedier, satellites find

mhenriday
Pint

Re: I knew it.

It's all that nasty Mr Putin's fault....

Henri

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Assange confirmed alive, tells Fox: Prez Obama 'acting like a lawyer'

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: ...unlike his credibility

«... influenc[ing] one of the most important democratic processes of a country.» And influencing an election by releasing evidence of crimes committed by a candidate is a legal offense in which «democratic» country ? What's the point of elections, if they can not be «influenced» by evidence related to a candidate's record ? On what basis are voters to choose - the skill with which a candidate is made up prior to appearing on television ?...

Henri

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mhenriday
Boffin

Re: A pardon?

«I do not know if he has been charged under any US statutes only the Swedish charges.» As a matter of fact, a_yank_lunker, Mr Assange has never been charged with any crime under Swedish law. He has, however, been arrested in absentia, wanted for questioning in a preliminary investigation which was first withdrawn by the prosecutor in Stockholm, who had jurisdiction as the alleged offenses had taken place there, but was reopened by a new prosecutor in Göteborg, nota bene some 600 km distant....

«Since Sweden is an independent country ...» Ah yes, we who live here would like to believe that. Alas, the Assange case is just one piece of evidence that this is not the case....

Henri

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China gives America its underwater drone back – with a warning

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: Lying so-and-so's

«The South China Sea does not belong to China ...» Of course not ; it belongs, like the Persian Gulf and other such waterways, to the United States, which is why the US Navy is so assiduously patrolling there - one might say, in an «unpresidented» manner....

Henri

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'I told him to cut it out' – Obama is convinced Putin's hackers swung the election for Trump

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: DNC - Remove the mote from your own eye

Speaking of beams and motes, anyone here old enough to recall that infamous Time Magazine cover from 15 July 1996 ?...

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mhenriday
Boffin

There is, despite claims from the US government,

a distinction between «hacking» and «leaking», which el Reg readers, if not necessarily Mr Obama et consortes should be able to appreciate....

Henri

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Dell trips over US sanctions by selling PCs to Iranian embassies

mhenriday
Boffin

«Dell trips over sanctions ...»

Can't but wonder who tripped over what - given their experience with Stuxnet, one would have thought that Iranian authorities would be the ones to worry about purchasing kit - and not least, «support contracts» - from a US firm....

Verbum sapienti satis est....

Henri

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

mhenriday
Boffin

Once a Reg man, always a Reg man

And I'd certainly never expect one such to be able to read the glyphs 停止, for «Stop», but even for a Reg man, that red square on the proper button should have been a giveaway. Besides, if, as he should, he had accepted his lack of technical expertise in this particular situation, he could simply have used the toilet bowl as a toilet bowl and refrained from punching any buttons....

Imagine the difficulties he would have experienced if, like your humble interlocutor, he had come to Japan in the early 1960s, when toilets were a hole in the floor lined with porcelain, and one was expected to squat to perform one's excretory functions. At that time, as I remember it, about the only generally available sit toilets in Tokyo were to be found in the Imperial Hotel....

Henri

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The solution to security breaches? Kill the human middleware

mhenriday
Boffin

The recent high-profile hacks of the Democratic Party's email servers ...

«and the inability to pin the attack squarely on the Russian government was one example» Seems to me that the wording here shows an attempt to find evidence for a certain predetermined conclusion, rather then to examine the evidence in order to come to a conclusion. Quelle surprise !...

Henri

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Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: His concerns are valid

«In any case with that load of shysters, getting 'em to play fair is like spending your whole regulatory career trying to shovel runny sh1t uphill on a hot day.» And back in old Corinth, Sisyphos had it easy....

Henri

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Make phishing great again: Hackers prod US think tanks, NGOs amid Trump win shockwaves

mhenriday
Boffin

Bien sûr !

«Volexity said that it believes the messages were sent by the APT29 hacking crew, which is thought to be run by, or in close conjunction with, Russian state-sponsored hackers.» But of course - everybody knows that the Russkies are responsible for all the evil in this world - unless, that is, those dastardly Chinese get there first !...

Henri

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CERN also has a particle decelerator – and it’s trying to break physics

mhenriday
Pint

I promise

After seeing that CERN image,I promise never ever to complain about the rat's nest of cables behind my computers again....

Henri

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Julian Assange to be interviewed by Swedish rape prosecutors

mhenriday
FAIL

Thanks, Gareth ;

you've upheld the Reg's spotless reputation for unbiased «journalism». An epic Fail and no mistake....

Henri

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Supercomputers crack Saturn's ice-cold ring

mhenriday
Boffin

Pluto-sized rocks ?

«large numbers of Pluto-sized rocks from the Kuiper Belt encircling the Solar System fell towards the Sun and smashed into planets on their the way in.

Many of the craters we see on the Moon are the result of this bombardment, for example.»

I suggest that in the event «[m]any of the craters we see on the Moon» were really the result of a bombardment by «Pluto-sized rocks» - i e, bodies with a diameter of some 2370 km (the Moon's diameter is approx 3474 km) the Moon would look very different from the way it does today....

Henri

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Microsoft flips Google the bird after Windows kernel bug blurt

mhenriday
Boffin

A tourist brochure for Reggio d'Emilia ?

«Microsoft flips Google the bird after Windows kernel bug blurt» Strikes me rather as more like a pilgrimage to Canossa, with a modicum of spin from the PR department....

Henri

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'There may be no hackers' says Trump in Presidential Debate II

mhenriday
Boffin

Is she says the Rooskies did it ...

«“The Russians hack the information and Wikileaks is involved,” she said. “We have never been in a situation where an adversary is working so hard to influence the outcome of an election.”» And as we all know, Ms Clinton, in addition to being an expert on foreign policy - take Libya as an example of her statecraft - is equally expert in the field of data security and hacking. So if she says the Rooskies did it (with the help of that horrible WikiLeaks), Roma locuta, causa finita....

Can't wait for her to pay them back by dropping a few bombs on Moscow - and one, of course, on the Ecuadorian Embassy in London (faulty maps, you know, just like in Beograd back in 1999 - if memory doesn't fail, there was another Clinton involved in that escapade)....

Henri

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US govt straight up accuses Russia of hacking prez election

mhenriday
Boffin

Clarity, above all !

«Asked by The Register to provide further information about how the DHS reached this conclusion, DHS spokesperson Scott McConnell declined to elaborate, referring back to the issued statement.

The DHS and DNI caution that they are not now in a position to attribute attacks directed at election-related systems to the Russian government, despite the agencies' claim that most of those attacks have come from servers operated by a Russian company.»

That settles it then - we know those dastardly Rooskies did it, but we can't attribute it to anybody. Thank you, Ms Clinton, for enlightening us....

Henri

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WikiLeaks claims 'significant' US election info release ... is yet to come

mhenriday
Boffin

«Has Assange just trolled us all ?»

Odd that Ms Hall chooses to ask this question, but fails to provide readers with a link which might possible help them reach a conclusion on their own. Almost as if she (and El Reg have a line about Mr Assange that they wish to drive. Who'd have thought it ?...

Henri

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Brexit will happen. The EU GDPR will happen. You can't avoid either

mhenriday
Unhappy

«Accomodating» is the word

«“My opinion is that UK businesses will continue to enjoy a good latitude and freedom to transfer data to the US after Brexit,” [lawyer Ashley] Winton said, arguing that the UK ICO has always been accommodating when it comes to data transfer issues.»

Quelle surprise !...

Henri

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It actually will be Obama who decides whether to end US government oversight of the internet

mhenriday
Holmes

On the other hand,

Tail Gunner 2.0 - one Rafael Edward Cruz is opposed to it. If the choice is to be determined not by what one favours, but by what one opposes, how's a poor chap to decide in this case ?...

Henri

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Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: This is an EU matter

Individual governments are losing the ability to control the large corporates; it needs something the size of the EU to do it - the USA will not since ''they have the best politicians that money can buy''. Which, of course, is why the US government and the best politicians money can buy (on both sides of the Pond) are so concerned to see that TTIP passes, so that the responsibility for regulating businesses is removed from governments which might just possibly be responsive to the desires of the governed and placed in the hands of a panel of international corporate lawyers....

Henri

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NASA wants to sell International Space Station to private enterprise

mhenriday
Pint

A hostile (?) take-over bid

might well arrive from a Chinese firm - wonder how those troglodytes (those that are left now that Frank Rudolph Wolf has retired) in the US Congress, who have prevented a Chinese presence on the poorly-named International Space Station, would react to that ?...

Henri

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Australian maps and GPS will align by 2020

mhenriday
Boffin

«The Earth moved ...»

I wish to inform El Reg - that bastion of patent and copyright protection - that I have been in touch with the ghost of the late Ernest Miller Hemingway and we are considering filing for infringement of copyright. A venue in East Texas seems a likely choice....

Henri

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How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: Yada yada, manifest destiny, eminent domain.

«Godwin's Law on the very first comment!» You seem to have missed the not irrelevant point, TonyJ, that the OP, Grade%, was not him or herself comparing anybody to Herr Hitler, merely surmising what the US Navy was likely to say when caught with its collective pants down....

Henri

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Juno probe spins up its sonic screwdrivers for Jupiter flyby

mhenriday
Coat

Indeed, a magnificent achievement,

but yet I can't resist posting this link...

Henri

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Facebook ‘glitch’ that deleted the Philando Castile shooting vid: It was the police – sources

mhenriday
Boffin

...as you can hear him say in the video...

Only problem with that attempt to whitewash the murder, «GX5000», was that the video recording was started only after the cop had shot the victim four times, as anyone who has listened to it can confirm....

But nice try !...

Henri

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mhenriday
FAIL

The «indispensable nation»

And all this in the country that arrogates to itself the right to tell all others how they are to behave themselves and - in the event they are deemed to be incapable of effectively defending themselves - invading, plundering, and destroying them....

Irony hardly comes in more delicious flavours....

Henri

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US Senate strikes down open-access FBI hacking warrant by just one honest vote

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Big Brother

Due process in the US of A

«"The hypocrisy behind what has been going on the last few days; due process ought to apply as it relates to guns, but due process wouldn't apply as it relates to the internet activity of millions of Americans," he [i e, Ronald Lee Wyden] said.»

That hypocrisy is easy enough to explain ; while the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution - originally designed to permit slaveholders like Thomas Jefferson & Co to organise «well-regulated militia[s]» to maintain control over their slaves - hardly represents a threat to those who dominate the country, enforcing the 4th Amendment would, in fact, render their spying on all and sundry a tad more difficult. For this reason, people there will be allowed to keep their AR 15s - or as the case may be, their SIG Sauer MCXs - clasped to their respective bosoms until pried from their cold, dead fingers, while the authorities will continue to spy on their every communication....

QED....

Henri

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mhenriday
Boffin

Re: So ...

For the close connexion between the so-called «intelligence community» in the United States and Google, cf the following article by Dr Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed in two parts : Part One and Part Two....

Henri

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Supermassive black hole devours star and becomes X-ray flashlight

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: Very interesting

Indeed, as the Reg pointed out a few years back. It's the enormous gravitational force, dependent upon an objects mass, wot does it, not whether that force is produced by a black hole or other body....

Henri

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Latin-quoting Linus Torvalds plays God by not abusing mortals

mhenriday
Boffin

Just what are you suggesting, dear Cassius ?

Sounds fatefully like a conspiracy to me....

Henri

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Edward Snowden sues Norway to prevent extradition

mhenriday
Boffin

An interesting move on Mr Snowden's part,

given that a Norwegian court recently found that the Norwegian state was violating the human rights of Alders Behring Brevik, who is serving a sentence in a three-room suite in Skien prison for murdering some 77 people several years ago, due to the restrictions on his meeting other people than prison personnel which had been imposed upon him. But of course, the treatment of Behring Brevik doesn't touch upon Norway's relationship with the United States, before which concerns about «human rights» tend to vanish like morning dew after the rise of the sun....

Henri

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Chinese con-artists cop to US military counterfeit chip switch caper

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Boffin

Re: @thames -- Follow the Money

«The other "catch" is that China has no international respect for patents, trademarks, or copyright. Unless the "invention" is patented in China by a native Chinese, it won't be recognized.» Interesting, «Mark 85» ; the relevant IP information from the UK Intellectual Property Office would seem to disagree. But no doubt you know more about the matter - and have greater experience of China - than the authors of this brochure....

Henri

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Cosmic bonks, breakups led to birth of Saturn's moons as dinos died out

mhenriday
Boffin

Saturn's gravitational pull

«Due to its huge size, Saturn's gravitational pull is so strong, it causes geological activity in its moons.» While Saturn has a mass about 95 times as large as that of the Earth, its average density is less than 1/8 as large and the gravitational pull at its surface only 8.96 m/s², or about 92 % of that at the Earth's surface....

Henri

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Hand in glove: Google and the US State Dept

mhenriday
Holmes

You ain't seen nothin' yet !

In the event Ms Clinton gets to occupy the Oval Office as anything more than a spectator, Google will be waving the cigar....

Henri

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Alien studs on dwarf's erection baffle boffins

mhenriday
Boffin

Unexpected ?

«"No one expected a mountain on Ceres, especially one like Ahuna Mons," said Chris Russell, Dawn's principal investigator at the University of California, Los Angeles.» Sounds odd to me ; it is precisely on planetary bodies with low surface gravity (that of Ceres measures 0,27 m/s² at the equator, as compared to Earth's 9.81 m/s²) that one would expect to find tall mountains, just as Olympus Mons on Mars (gravity at the equator : 3,69 m/s²) dwarfs any mountain found here on Earth (or elsewhere in the Solar System). Why wouldn't investigators have expected to find a tall mountain on Ceres ?...

Henri

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US slaps trade ban on ZTE over Iran links

mhenriday
Boffin

Actually, the sentiment is far older than our dear war-criminal friend Heinz Alfred Kissinger (who's admittedly no spring chicken) ; Henry John Temple put it this way in a parliamentary debate in the Commons on 7 August 1844 : «... I say that it is a narrow policy to suppose that this country or that is to be marked out as the eternal ally or the perpetual enemy of England. We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow. ...»

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