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Planned European death ray may not need Brit boffinry brain-picking

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Re: Useless

I think it is currently a zero-role non-combat aircraft until some future upgrade

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Re: Useless

If you want to stop war, stop the "few" politicians/criminals that use it as a means.

Or divert all military funds into either impossible imaginary weapon systems or platforms so expensive you can never afford to let come near harms way

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Re: It's The Sun wot won it

What about a giant magnifying glass mounted on the White cliffs of Dover pointed at the continental hoards?

Then the Sun can (if it ever came out) win it

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Amazon, LG Electronics turned my vape into an exploding bomb, says burned bloke in lawsuit

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Re: Health Hazard?

Not to mention the drug "known to the state of California to cause cancer" that so many of el'reg readers drink to excess

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Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

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Re: Probably...

Just an off-by-one error

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Re: Probably...

IIRC there are some states which oral sex is legally referred to as sodomy

Wrong endianess surely?

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There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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But the charity gets to claim tax rebate for the big donation but the widow is unlikely to be a higher rate tax payer.

I thought that the parable was that churchs should concentrate on rich large donors and widows were just an annoyance.

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OMG! OIG to audit SLS: NASA probed over big rocket project's big budgets, big delays

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Re: You know it!

Except the goals of the organisation in this case are to funnel money to all the aerospace companies (and congressional districts) that don't currently have Boeing or Lockheed contracts

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Hello DARKNESS, my old friend. I've come to talk with you again... about a 10,000-pixel alien-hunting camera

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Remember each "pixel" of this camera is also able to measure the energy (ie wavelength) of a photon and its arrival time

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Re: 10,000 pixels?

I'm a little surprised how little progress has been made in these devices, it only has a R=10 and 10K pixels is useful but we had 8x8 arrays back in the 90s with energy resolutions of R=500 (IIRC)

There was a bit of a hope that they would make practical near IR spectrographs for 1-2.5um

I guess there are no other applications of the technology - and the cryogenics is "challenging" so not a lot of industrial RD has gone into the field. Although I can think of a few uses for large area array SQUIDS

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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

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Re: old fashioned paper bags

That's an unfair stereotype. The other half of drivers use the more elegant and tasteful SUV.

Towed behind their RV ?

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Re: old fashioned paper bags

funny how the Americans never made the move from paper to plastic "grocery" bags , from what I can see in the movies.

But the paper bags only have to be carried out to the F150 in the parking lot.

It's not easy to carry paper sacks with no handles when you're walking

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What Israel's crack majority-women Unit 8200 hackers can teach tech about diversity

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Conscription ?

That's the answer - force all women to do CS degrees or go to jail.

ps would be interested in what their racial and religious diversity profile looks like.

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Pentagon sticks to its guns: Yep, we're going with a single cloud services provider

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Re: Optional

I hope IBM gets the contract because after years of delays and billions in cost overuns it still won't work

It could do more to stall the DoD than a generation of peace campaigners

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Re: The Toddler in the White House

It's not a negotation.

The Washington post doesn't say nice things about POTUS - therefore is an enemy

Bezos owns the WaPo

Bezos owns Amazon

Therefore Amazon is an enemy

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Re: The Toddler in the White House

I'm not sure Trump will be so interested in supporting excessive government spending on Oracle over a cheaper alternative...

Because absolute truth, statistical accuracy and financial rectitude has forever been a watchword of his campaign

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Re: Co-CEO chats with current POTUS?

But if you drive Golf underground you will make these dangerous people much harder to track.

It's enough to force them to wear distinctive clothing in public as a warning to others

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Supreme Court punts on Microsoft email seizure decision after Cloud Act passes US Congress

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Re: As has been noted...

Imagining that unencrypted on-premises data is secure indicates too much faith in your OS, your router/firewall software, your operational security an the trustworthiness of your staff

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Re: Local providers?

You think GCHQ wouldn't hand over any data the NSA wanted anyway - in the name of cooperation?

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Productivity knocks: I've got 99 Slacks, but my work's not done

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Re: IRC

I remember before we had DNS - we had to mail each other shared lists of /etc/hosts

but you tell kids today that and they won't believe you

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Re: IRC

The web is just telnet and sgml with shiny on top - doesn't mean it isn't useful

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More than 87m Facebook profiles farmed, says second ex-Cambridge Analytica witness

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If Murdoch prints editorial lies for your election "It's The Sun Wot Won It" then he is likely to be visiting number 10 after the election for some payoff.

If a mercenary organisation wins your election for an upfront cash payoff and no come back - isn't that better?

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If you guessed China’s heavy lifter failed due to a liquid hydrogen turbo engine fault, well done!

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Re: Translation...

But it does give you about 40% more ummph than kerosene.

It's main disadvantage of LH2 is that you can't store the fueled rocket for very long so it isn't much use a missile. If your launch technology is really just an ICBM offshoot or is just a cover for missile work then kerosene is a better choice

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France building encrypted messaging app for politicians

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every time I see some news report from Europe these days it's a Muslim in their government doing something.

Because it's the only way to keep the Huguenots from seizing power.

Why aren't the high official positions in government restricted to not French citizens?

I think restricting French government positions to not French citizens might be unfair. There are many French citizens who would be good at government positions. The trick is to avoid the ones called "General"

ps Although Boris claimed that London is the biggest French city Sadiq Khan isn't actually a French government official (unless Brexit negotiations have taken a rather unlikely turn)

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Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

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Re: "If operator's details are not correct the domain gets suspended "

For official purposes the information can still be requested through proper channels

Who gets to decide who are official ?

Russian intelligence agency, Somalian warlord, MPAA, Milk Marketing Board ?

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New Galaxy un-smartphone can’t go online because Samsung's thought of the children

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Re: I'm interested

My company mobile is locked down so tight, it can't even fart, why can't those type of features be available to parents?

For pretty much the same reason that your board can't lock down the IT dept's machines.

Parent asks 14 year how to configure porn blockers on 14 year old's phone.

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Linus Torvalds schedules Linux Kernel 5.0, then maybe delays 'meaningless' release

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Re: “probably a first. Ever. In the history of the universe. Or at least kernel releases.”

So shouldn't the version number go down ?

There are an infinite number of negative version numbers available

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 poised to fling 350kg planet-sniffing satellite into Earth orbit

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The first recovered F9 booster stands outside SpaceX HQ in Hawthorne.

Not on a plinth opposite Boeing's HQ ?

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Data watchdog fines Brit council £120k for identifying 943 owners of vacant property

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Re: "No, the fine is paid out of the pockets of the guilty council officials."

Decide that you would need to write a secure app to retrieve this data securely

App would have to be written to NATO security level double-plus-top-ultra-secret and be approved by MI5, GCHQ, MMB and the Dennis the Menace Fan Club

Point out that this would cost "One Million Dollars"

Refuse the FOI request on the grounds that it would be too expensive to comply

Repeat for any and all future FOI requests

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HMRC delays digi tax plans amid Brexit customs woes

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Re: Staggered Brexit!?

But you will be allowed to hop on a megabus for a £1,and slip off to the south-east where vegatables will be available. You will be allowed 20 carrots and a litre of potatoes duty-free

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Re: On a slightly related tangent...

More likely foreign trucks will not be allowed to pick up return loads (like Mexican trucks bringing imports to the USA under NAFTA) - so costs will increase, more trucks on the road, more GHG emissions

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Exposed: Lazy Android mobe makers couldn't care less about security

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Not just Google

My 3year old Moto G hasn't received any updates for 3days - damn lazy lineageos developers

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UK health service boss in the guts of WannaCry outbreak warns of more nasty code infections

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as many as 25,000 centres weren't affected.

Ah the old "but think of the 99.99999% of the population my client didn't murder" - defence

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Boeing CEO takes aim at Musk’s Starman-in-a-Tesla stunt

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Re: Russia just announced an embargo on rocket engines...

embarrassment of launching American national security satellites on Russian engines

I thought US won the space race because our Germans were better than their Germans ?

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Re: Not a zero sum game...

a £100m launch cost is less than the $400m satellite.

That's the real game changer. A satellite is only $400M because the launch is so expensive and is planned so far in advance that you can't afford for it to fail.

If the launch is $10M then you can skip $200M of testing and $200M of space qualified procedures and launch a bunch of $20M satellites every month.

This is what a whole set of Earth imaging startups are doing. Launch 20x $10M satellites instead of a single $500M platform and get round the clock coverage and not care if 10% fail every year

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Even more perfectly, they didn't land together - there was a deliberate 2second gap so that the landing radar didn't interfere with each other. That's how precise it was!

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The first rule of maths class: Don't start a fight club

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Re: Trigonometry

At least he didn't use a Cosh

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Surely in the USA it should have been settled like gentlemen, AR15s at 10 paces

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Anon biz bloke wins milestone Google Right To Be Forgotten lawsuit

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So does that only apply to google.co.uk not google.com

Or does google have to block it for everyone in Britain?

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Want to terrify a city with an emergency broadcast? All you need is a laptop and $30

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Re: Personal hat-mounted beacons would be available for the partially sighted.

It's trained to do some trick when the phone rings so that the owner knows somebody is calling

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Re: it must be scary living in fear of the warning Siren going off

Would the USSR target Wolverhampton?

The British might -

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Re: Personal hat-mounted beacons would be available for the partially sighted.

But it doesn't help the fully blind

I assumed the portable beacons would be attached to the heads of the blind citizens. Even the most occularly challenged would be aware of the alarm once their own ear wax began melting.

the shortcomings of the whole remote activation process

True, perhaps equipping guide dogs with some sort of easily paw operated initiator (a'la Willey Coyote) would be more practical

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Re: Or alternatively

A test message containing the phrase "this is not a drill" didn't help

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Re: Beacons on mountain tops - the only reliable system

Unless you're blind, you sightist bar steward!

Personal hat-mounted beacons would be available for the partially sighted.

A small remote control pyrotechnic device could light them remotely

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European Space Agency squirts a code update at Mars Express orbiter

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Re: Do space apps *still* use spinning metal gyros?

Supporting a maglev train is easy. Gravity pushes down, magnets push up, put magnets on sides facing slightly inwards to act as flanges.

Supporting an axle inside a magnetic bearing requires a uniform inward field from all angles - you can't do this with fixed permanent magnets (Earnshaw's theorem) you can do it with a bunch of electromagnets and a complex control system. But you lose energy from eddy currents, which can also cause speed jitter which is a problem in a precision platform - like a space telescope.

Remember you don't just need to support a free spinning wheel, you need to be able to put a torque on it. If your magnetic suspension can only resist a very small torque then you need to build (and launch) a much bigger flywheel.

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Re: Do space apps *still* use spinning metal gyros?

Difficult to hold a gyroscope in enough directions with magnetic bearings (basically hard to stop it walking along the axis) and you need to connect a motor drive anyway so you can't make it totally free floating.

In Earth orbit you can replace the gyro with an actual bar magnet and 'push' against the Earth's field - Mars doesn't have a magnetic field

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Re: Do space apps *still* use spinning metal gyros?

Gyroscope = measure attitude, yes you can use laser ring gyros

Gyroscope = reaction wheels or control moment gyroscopes, no there is no substitute for real mass

These "gyroscopes" aren't used to measure position, they're used to change your direction without using rockets. Imagine holding a spinning bike wheel and try and tilt it. In a spacecraft you use it as a "fixed" frame to push against.

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After the "No keyboard, press F1 to continue"

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Re: Deep space comms

Should be easy to run fiber - no roads to dig up and you don't need your own ducts

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British government to ink deal for yet another immigration database

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Re: Continuing to waste public money

You see a guy in the street.

This is going to require some Police retraining for stop-and-search

You can assume the majority of Afro-Caribbean looking teenagers are not immigrants

But anybody blonde and blue-eyed is likely to be a no-good sneaky Aryan Eu infiltrator.

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