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GCHQ asks tech firms to pretty please make IoT devices secure

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Re: Shred them

Once we renationalise the post office and put it in charge of internet and telephones again it will be able to enforce the rules that only GPO approved 300baud modems can be connected. And with internet calls priced per minute you won't want your lightbulb calling up to the server very often

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Re: GCHQ need a big stick

It might first think about splitting the responsibility for securing computers from the agency also responsible for breaking into them.

GCHQ being in charge is like making bomber command responsible for the fire brigade.

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GCHQ has translated the code into different languages

But not Belgian

and some more text because it now blocks comments that only contain links

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Bloodhound Super-Sonic-Car lacks Super-Sonic-Cashflow

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Re: What this project has really done...

>What exactly would you have preferred? Let's have the details so that we can mock your proposal with equally daft and irrelevant generalisations.

Arduino, Raspberrypi, Lego. Something where kids can believe that THEY can get involved with the technology. That technology is something THEY can do.

Real STEM is something like CERN or LHC or HST.

"Toys for boys" projects like ISS or Apollo where you tell kids that only test pilots can do science, and "science" is only about having the fastest or most dangerous vehicle does not encourage kids to do STEM (it might encourage them to become management consultants)

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Re: What this project has really done...

> 1000's of children have been able to learn more about STEM subjects thanks to this project.

Or 10,000s of children have learnt that STEM is just about fast cars and rockets and jet fighters and so is just for boys that want to make lots of noise and kill things, so not for them.

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>No-one else has "flown" a jet aircraft without wings at those high speeds at 0 ft.

The record for doing it on rails is Mach 8, so building a car that is 1/5 the speed of a train to meet some arbitrary 1000mph (why not 2Million furlongs/fortnight?) is silly

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The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties

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Re: This is new news?

CF Marks & Spencers in the UK.

Suppliers had to have exclusive contracts with M&S, then when M&S came to renew the order......

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AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin

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I think ebay solved that..

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Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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Which is why mailinator.com was born

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Re: DOB of 1st January 1970

The world was only created on 1st Jan 1970, anybody believing they are older than this just have false memories implanted by the matrix.

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Re: variations you see on Siobhan or any other Gaelic or Irish name

Well it's your own fault

My Name Contains 7 Silent Letters

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Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit

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Re: Ha Ha

People underestimate the complexities of even visa-free business travel. Currently as a UK citizen I can visit the USA under visa-waiver for business:

I can visit our USA office, but I can't do any work while I'm there.

I can sell UK equipment, but I can't unpack or install it or supervise local staff doing that.

I can train US customers and attend a conference or trade show - but I can't receive training without getting an educational visa. Try getting an educational visa to the USA for a one day training session at a conference!

And this is only my reading of the official rules, whether I'm allowed in depends on how the guy on the desk feels about Brits that day. Now imagine these same rules applying to Europe, and remember that this is the best case of "visa free" travel.

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Re: And all we can do...

Going in to the Referendum it was made very, VERY clear that nothing would change except 350M/week would be spent on the NHS and all the foreigners would be kicked out

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Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

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Re: Space Shuttle

>the issue of foam debris hitting the wings at liftoff was known, but downplayed

Bayesian prior + machine learning

Foam hit the wing, the wing didn't fall off -> foam hitting the wing is fine.

Same reason people drive drunk - it was OK last time

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Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside

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OpenOffice NOT LibreOffice

Worth making clear it is the "official" Open Office project that is pining for the Fjords

The LibreOffice fork is actively developed and works very well

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US may have by far the world's biggest military budget but it's not showing in security

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Did anyone ring the hell desk asking where the slot was for the quarters?

It's the military, they rang the help desk asking which form they should use to requisition the quarters and how much each quarter would cost for budgeting purposes

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Re: Big budget

That's what the enemy would expect.

Instead there is a massive inefficent bug-ridden insecure system that IS the main system

Good luck finding the non-existent secret effective decoy shadow system

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Now imagine if the siren went off everytime a packet from a non .mil address arrived at your firewall !

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On the other hand, if you think the US suffers from poorly trained, paid and motivated staff, badly designed patched together systems and lots of legacy kit from the 60s/70s - how do you think the USSR-II is doing ?

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Re: How long have processors *connected* to a network been part of miltiary systems?

So you can't launch nuclear missiles form a submarine with the password "swordfish"

But you can screw up spare parts deliveries to ground an entire airforce in the field.

You can mess around with payroll, holidays and shifts so that all the skilled aircraft mechanics leave

You can post home/personal details of the families of soldiers

You can target small suppliers/subcontractors to shut down the supply chain for a new $Bn project.

You can probably do enough to ground the next Gulf War without leaving any evidence of who did it.

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Pentagon's JEDI mind tricks at odds with our 'values' says Google: Ad giant evaporates from $10bn cloud contract bid

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Re: The bad news...

>Why would Northrop Grumman (Northrup apparently) or General Dynamics bid for this?

For the $$$$$$

>Where is their cloud capability?

They buy it from Amazon, add 150% markup and re-bill it

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Re: Muddying the Waters and Clearing the Decks for NEUKlearer HyperRadioProACTive IT Actions

Do you think Trump follows amanfromMars on Twitter ?

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Re: Wait! What?

It also relies on other countries for $$$$.

If Google became synonymous with NSA it would be a good excuse for China/India to ban them and the Eu to regulate them up the whatsit.

There is less risk for Amazon, nobody is about to ban book sales because of links to the NSA

And Oracle are already so evil that they are planning on a new project making nerve gas from kittens to improve their image.

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Indiegogo pulls handheld airport pervscanners off crowdfunding platform

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Re: "What a time to be alive"

So a fairer trial than in certain modern countries I could mention

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Re: }{amis}{

Wrist mounted - it didn't say anything about portable.

A tank with a handcuff welded on is "wrist mounted"

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Hate to burst your Hubble: Science stops as boffins scramble to diagnose gyro problem

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Re: Optical gyroscopes

Hubble has reaction wheels (and magnetic reaction bars) - this was one of the INS gyroscopes that failed - not a reaction wheel as in the early service mission

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Re: Nystagmus is hard to fix 340 miles up

>didn't replace the gyro's with the ring laser sort

Lifetime concerns, Nasa likes to use kit that has been around for 30+ years before relying on it.

It's not clear that LRGs (or at least early 90s versions) had the long term stability of a spinning gyro and

power requirements for early LRGs were high.

Space-qualified high-stability radiation-hard diode lasers weren't well proven, Hubble is in a terrible orbit for radiation

Since it also has magnetic field sensors and fine guidance cameras for precise pointing and after 30+ years they have good models of its dynamics I suspect you can do a lot without a gyro platform. The gyros were mainly to give an accurate absolute orientation for slewing to a new target.

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It's over 9,000! Boffin-baffling microquasar has power that makes the LHC look like a kid's toy

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Re: 25 TeV vs 14 TeV

It is accelerating electrons not protons like the LHC. Confusingly it is way harder to accelerate light particles to high energies than heavier ones.

There are individual cosmic ray particles (probably) from other galaxies that have been detected at billions of time the LHC energy. We just don't know how or where - what's cool about this is that it is a nearby continuous source we can study

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30 years ago, NASA put Challenger behind it and sent a Space Shuttle back out into the black

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Re: Space exploration?

No but it took congress, a confusion of priorities, reliance on a dozen different agencies with competing goals and Nasa bureaucracy to make it so difficult - and dangerous

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Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra

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A few years ago I spent a lot of money buying up the last 32Mb CF cards I could find.

We had a fleet of old field data loggers that used 32Mb FAT (rather than pay MSFT a license for FAT32) it had all the file offset positions hard coded into the micro and would only work with 32Mb cards.

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UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms

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Re: Maralinga and Woomera

Equator is a lot less useful these days.

It helps for equatorial orbits, GSO and going to the moon. It doesn't help at all for polar orbits.

For most modern swarm systems (GNSS, sat-coms, sat-internet) there are orbits in a wide range of planes so location is less important then ability to launch often and reliably. Weather is now the biggest factor

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Fake news

Everyone knows Australia doesn't exist - typical Tory lies and fake promises

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Re: Still irrelevant

>These are real people, with real families and real commitments.

In an industry that only exists to be the recipient of govt pork-barrel projects ?

I assume that the rocket scientists will have better prospects than when a previous tory govt shut down the mining industry.

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US and UK Amazon workers get a wage hike – maybe they'll go to the movies, by themselves

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Re: What's the net benefit to workers?

Saying he's keen on "doling out other people's money" misses the point - the state already does just that when private industry privatises profit but nationalises loss.

It's a little more complicated than that. Losses by mining or manufacturing (except aerospace) aren't paid back - only finance, and farming.

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Re: The Calm before the storm perhaps?

>For the logistics industry, time stopped in 1975.

So will be able to switch seamlessly into the pre-Eu world, post-Eu

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Re: What's the net benefit to workers?

Now I'm confused. If Sanders is a dirty rotten commie why does this policy sound like Thatcherism ?

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Re: "The former policy wonk -

He is doing this because:

1, The <4% unemployment rate means otherwise he would only be getting the worst of the worst Xmas temp staff. You can normally deal with this by firing them but if it gets to Xmas eve and you have parcels to get out for same day delivery - hiring a 100,000 new bottom of the barrel employees in time is tricky.

2, It screws Walmart. Amazon can gradually automate warehouses (eg Occado) but Walmart can't automate stores. If $15 becomes the defacto retail minimum wage - Walmart have 1.5M employees all year round.

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New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

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Re: Have fun!

I was referring to the previous post on visiting the USA,

Several US police officers and CBP have been convicted of sharing personal nude images taken from phones and distributing child porn.

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Re: Define 'search'..

Time for a Klingon Android theme ?

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Re: Have fun!

>What the hey do some of you people keep on your phones, anyway?

Emails, appointments and contact details of customers I am visiting that might be considering buying my foreign product over a home grown competitor. So I should assume that they will be handed over to my local competitors in the name of national economic security

Evidence that I have read an article on gun control which means the red-necked "patriot" on the desk is going to invent some reason to block me, or at least keep me waiting for 12 hours for further questioning.

Photos of my daughters on the beach which are going to be passed around by some police officers before being released to their wider "image sharing network"

In a way it's funny that the "trade craft" of visiting our major Nato ally is now something like visiting East Berlin in the early 80s

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Re: Mission Creep

Although I can't think of many international routes that would transit in NZ.

Narnia to Middle Earth perhaps?

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Microsoft updates Visual Studio 2017 for devs chewing the CUDA

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Re: Strangely enough ...

Really?

Doesn't "esc-:-q" in emacs still kill your cat?

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NASA's Kepler telescope is sent back to sleep as scientists preserve fuel for the next data dump

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Re: Refueling Kepler

>Why do you absolutely want to send a man there to do the job?

Because, unless things have changed since Hubble, making the satellite serviceable means that ever part on it - from the computers controlling the cameras to the data link sending the images back have to be man-rated. Which today means using parts from the Shuttle era.

The advantage of this is that it increase the cost 200-300% and limits you to a handful of suppliers - all owned by Boeing

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Re: A pint!

>have overcome a great deal over the last nine plus years. While waiting for data

See all that training on BT broadband was worth it

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UK should set its own tax on tech giants if international deal isn't reached – Chancellor

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Re: What kind of conservatives want to tax everything?

But come next March when Britain once again rules the waves it will be able to dictate whatever trade deals it wants to Trump.

If America wants access to our Dutchy Original Shortbread it will bow down to our tariff demands on Facebook

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Sun billionaire Khosla discovers life's a beach after US Supreme Court refuses to hear him out

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> I wonder what America would make of Scotland's no law of trespass.

Guns - guns are always the answer

Although hunting Scotsmen out of season is considered bad form, even in England

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Robot Operating System gets the Microsoft treatment

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Re: Yeah, but does it come with an APP ?

Clippy tries to help make a cup of tea

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Re: Doomed

We are safe.....

The one thing that is going to stop a robot uprising is having it run on windows.

Who is going to turn the Terminators off and on again ?

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