* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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Japan's Hayabusa 2 probe has got the horn for space rock Ryugu – a sampling horn, that is

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Re: "Next step, to hadouken a crater"

So Godzilla got revenge on an asteroid for killing all his dinosaur chums ?

How politics works, part 97: Telecoms industry throws a fundraiser for US senator night before he oversees, er, a telecoms privacy hearing

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Re: The more things change, the less they really do.

>We still have the best politicians money can buy.

Then you really need to stop shopping in Walmart

Fancy a .dev domain? They were $12,500 a pop from Google. Now, $1,000. Soon, $17.50. And you may want one

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>You do kn ow the term 2 spirit is an old term right ?

I might like to see some evidence dating back before somebody in a social sciences dept decided that they could prove they were more woke by inventing it.

I would also like to see the number of people who had previously felt excluded from the clinic because their label wasn't included and whether the money spent on the ads could have been spent on more staff at the centre.

>Native Americans have long held the concept of more than two genders.l

But what about those who have the concept of an irrational number of genders, don't they get a label ?

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Re: daffyd.gay

That would be a tremendously lucrative domain because all your users would have to replace .gay with .LGT then LGBT then LGBTQ then LGBTQI then LGBTQI2

The sex health clinic here at the university has just put up posters everywhere saying it now supports "2 spirit" people in addition to the previous range of acronyms. I don't know if this has helped anyone ho felt excluded from LGBTQI but it has meant a lot of money for the ad agency

The record shows I took the blows, and did it... Huawei: IT titan will start tackling GCHQ security gripes from June

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Re: I'm still more worried by the USA

While it is now the law that Australian companies install backdoors - looks like Oz companies will be on a banned list by everyone else.

Artificial Intelligence: You know it isn't real, yeah?

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>If you assign a sentence to a particular crime, and that sentence is weighted by previous convictions

That as the problem, the sentence was weighted by previous police interactions (among other things)

Go, go, Gadgets Boy! 'Influencer' testing 5G for Vodafone finds it to be slower than 4G

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Re: They are making 4G faster

Sounds familiar.

Back when we were being sold 4G the arguement was that it allowed X mb/s on each channel and you could have 256 channels, so a phone could be built that could do 256X mb/s ( if you didn't mind a phone the size of a brick with 30second battery life ) turned into 4G = 256X mb/s

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.5G Now available in Canada thanks to our 2 monopoly cell phone carriers

Northern UK smart meter rollout is too slow, snarls MPs' committee

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Re: Stupid gimmick from the start

If you think the purpose was to give companies more ways to bill, to make money from people and government...

I live in Canada and we got smart meters because when it is sunny in California they can sell our organic-eco-green electricity to California for more than we are paying retail.

Of course somehow they will manage to make a loss on charging us more and selling it - but it's the thought that counts.

Deton-8. Blastobox-3. Demo-1... One of these is the name of a SpaceX crew capsule test now due to launch in March

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Demo-1

To be followed up by Demo-1.bak, demo-2test, Copy of Demo-1, etc

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Re: Reliable or not?

Because the "years of testing" for many of these systems (shuttle/Saturn V) consist of hope and prayer and then defining any fault that didn't actually kill you last time as "non-critical"

It's a little like running across the road drunk and blindfolded 10 times and getting away with it - so that is obviously the safe way to do it, while using a crossing is untried.

How do you solve a problem like Galileo? With a strap-on L-band payload, of course!

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Re: when has spending money on a Nigerian scheme ever gone wrong

>P.S My brother also owns are large number of RORO ferries. I would be please to make these available for another £100 million

That's your problem. Only companies who own zero RORO ferries are eligible for £100 million government contracts

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Re: If geostationary worked so well

The GSO satelites don't provide navigation in themselves. the problem with GSO, apart from it being a jolly long way away and so needing rather beefy signals, is that the satelites are all in a line so the position solution is rather crap.

This proposal, like WAIS and EGNOS, simply rebroadcast extra information (time and correction) sent from the ground, to all the users of the regular system to improve their position. Not to mention confidence in the position, the original driver for WAIS was the FAA wanting to replace ground beacons but wanting aircraft to have some way of detecting GSP errors

You can do a much better job sending corrections from the ground with more locality, but the advantage of GSO is that a single satelite broadcast can cover a big chunk of the continent.

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Re: Harumph. Away with all this satellite malarkey....

Unfortunately Johnny foreigner tends to object to you installing transmitters around his capital city immediately before you bomb it.

So it becomes necessary to make the vans rather more robust (with armour and tracks and big guns).

Once you have gained sufficient on-the-ground control to install the e-loran system at your target it seems rather churlish to then drop precision guided munitions on it.

Data breach rumours abound as UK Labour Party locks down access to member databases

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Re: Nothing new

In my constituency Labour knew how everybody was going to vote because the last Conservative voter was eaten during a peasant's revolt in the C14.

Bored bloke takes control of British Army 'psyops' unit's Twitter

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Re: GCHQ Spokeperson :

And invest billions in launching Britain's own twitter post-Brexit

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Re: Cybersecurity

"'Security isn't a dirty word, Blackadder. 'Crevice' is a dirty word ..."

Visited the Grand Canyon since 2000? You'll have great photos – and maybe a teensy bit of unwanted radiation

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Re: Risk assessment

So if you don't believe in homeopathy and skip the treatment do you get an overdose ?

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Re: Risk assessment

But there as a very small amount of radiation - so anybody susceptible to homeopathy might have received a critical dose

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Re: Another mountain, another huge hole in the ground

Obviously you fill it in with rock you quarry from a new mine next to it.

.... and repeat ....

Twilight of the sundials: Archaic timepiece dying out and millennials are to blame, reckons boffin

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Re: They're great!

>more of a conversation piece than a practical timekeeper.

Why? You just need to move your desktop out into the garden if you need to know the time

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Re: four unambiguous numbers

That is one advantage of sundials - they do detect nighttime unambiguously (solar eclipses excepted)

Australian prime minister blames 'state level' baddies for Oz parliament breach

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But who would benefit from the overthrow of Australian democracy (other than the Australian people) ?

The Kiwi's that's who .....

The chinese are just pawns of Aukland

Techie in need of a doorstop picks up 'chunk of metal' – only to find out it's rather pricey

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Re: I did that once too...

>Hydrochloride acid won’t dissolve the bone,...... Standard school procedures in 1950ish labs.

Bloody hell - I thought I went to a rough school, but we never did acid bath body disposal

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You had to go poncing off to Barnsley, you and yer coal-mining friends.

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app

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Re: I would like to show you my bank site redesign...

Yep, missed a credit card bill because they changed the big "NOW" button from sending the payment, you know, now - to simply selecting "now" as the date when you swipe the hidden portal three times widershins to actually make the payment

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Re: I would like to show you my bank site redesign...

You forgot the page each employee gets for their own internal company blog where they are encouraged to "share" about their work

So your git status window is mixed in with update announcements from some HR idiot in des-Moines blogging about their cat.

Amazon throws toys out of pram, ditches plans for New York HQ2 after big trouble in Big Apple

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Re: This happens all the time

>Because IBM was a lifetime employer

Things are different now.

If I move to work in Flint Mi, I am stuck with you, I have to be very sure of the future to put down roots in a one job town. If I'm in SF or NY, or Austin/Portland/Seattle I can job switch every 18 months for a 25% raise or if I don't like the coffee.

IBM also did this in the days when only the husband worked. I take the job in Idaho what does my wife do? Whereas in NY/SF/etc we can both get a job.

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Re: Ditched

>both in property costs and salary costs,

Same reason that NY didn't need to make a deal.

Come to Queens and have a local market of a million programmers or open your new AWS development office in des Moines, and see how much more than $45K/job it costs you to recruit and lure programmers away from the coasts.

Roses are red, this is sublime: We fed OpenAI's latest chat bot a classic Reg headline

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But does amanfromMars ?

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure

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Re: Their choice

No it's all body image shaming.

Those fascists at the WWF plaster the image of a chubby panda around and all the other pandas are body shamed into eating fsckign bamboo until they can look good in a bikini again.

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Re: Bamboo and pandas

6, And WSL should really be called Gnu/Windows

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Re: In other news

>than by lions and leopard combined

Is that because of poor organisation between teams of lions and leopards preventing them working together ?

A once-in-a-lifetime Opportunity: NASA bids emotional farewell to its cocky, hardworking RC science car on Mars

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You need somewhere for the sand to go otherwise it just falls back down, SLRs have double sided sticky tape next to the sensor. You can't really do that in the open.

Although now we know more about the amount of dust and the nature of the wind it might be worth considering the aerodynamics to generate dust shedding vortexes on the panels. Although this might mean SPOILERS

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As an even older non-Nasa IR astronomer. The original SIRTF was Shuttle Infrared Telescope facility and was the idea that the telescope would be mounted in the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle and be used there, by a visiting astronomer for the few days of a mission and then returned. Since Space Shuttles would fly as often and as cheaply as a South Western flight this would make sense.

An original proposal I saw for the Hubble Space Telescope had it manned by 2 astronauts who would operate the telescope, develop photograph plates, etc.

ps. The only thing less surprising than NASA's "issues" with getting anything built is the identical farce ESA had in their own part in Hubble

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Re: Opportunity---NNNNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

> brush off Opportunity's solar panels and orient it towards the sun?

Downloading update 1 of 32768.....

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: Goodbye Youtube?

Following Brexit all the signposts will be removed to confuse foreign visitors

If you want a vision of the future, imagine not a boot stamping on a face, but keystroke logging on govt contractors' PCs

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Re: Back in the real real world

>Are they going to fit EEGs next?

No because then they wouldn't be able to monitor time in brain dead meetings

Following their latest little tantrum when they stopped paying contractors I'm surprised they can get any to work for them, at least without a 25% hike in rates

Never mind that naked selfie scandal... Brazil lights the, er, kindling, dot-Amazon saga roars back into life

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Re: An Indonesian island next?

Sun, or their lawyers, did send a cease and decist to the island about using java.

Scott managed to spin it into a famous joke about hunting down the owners of the big bright light in the sky

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An Indonesian island next?

Pity Sun aren't still around, sending the ICANN board there for a meeting appeals

Not heard owt bad about Huawei, says EU Commish infosec bod

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Re: THIS

>chances of a conflict between the US and any EU members during the lifetime of Cisco equipment is pretty small.

Shooty war no, trade war - less small

Might it be in the interest of a patriotic American intelligence agency that Boeing got all of Airbus's sales leads in advance, or had access to the cell phones of the negotiators in the next round of agricultural quotas.

Or it might be worth a Stuxnet type attack to shut down a gas pipeline from Russia to make sure Europe relies on the Saudis more than the Putins

Hold horror stories: Chief, we've got a f*cking idiot on line 1. Oh, you heard all that

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Re: I live in fear of the day…

First law of politics - all microphones are live microphones

Hungover this morning? Thought 'beer before wine and you'll be fine'? Boffins prove old adage just isn't true

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Re: Indeed

>He might just have learned to avoid bagpipes after drinking.

Or before drinking.

In general, avoidance of bagpipes might be a logical reason to take up drinking.

Big trouble Down Under as Australian MPs told to reset their passwords amid hack attack fears

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Re: How is that even possible?

But the backdoors haven't been implemented yet and so haven't been secured

Once you have a secure backdoor, as well as a secure front door, you are twice as secure - obvious really

US lawmakers furious (again) as mobile networks caught (again) selling your emergency location data to bounty hunters (again)

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Re: To our members

A few years ago the AA (Note to Americans and other Aliens = Automobile Association, not Alcoholics Anonymous) ran a series of ads describing themselves as such.

A certain amount of justified splutterage arose from those organisations

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To our members

Facebook is the 4th emergency service !

Cop films chap on body-worn cam because he 'complains about cops a lot'. Chap complains

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"problematic "?

That's a lot of syllables. You some sort of intellektual trouble causer ?

Sounds like double plus ungood speech to me

Fujitsu pitched stalker-y AI that can read your social media posts as solution to Irish border, apparently

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Back in the days of the euphamisms it was common for farms to have large barns stradling the border.

Tankers and large trucks would go in both sides and come out of the same sides - I'm sure nothing crossed the border without the necessary paperwork

Who are the last people you'd expect to spill thousands of student records? A computer science dept? What a fantastic guess

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Confidential?

In my day your degree marks were nailed up in the town square for anyone to read (and in those days many graduates could read!)

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