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NASA honors Apollo 1 crew 50 years after deadly launchpad fire

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Is pure oxygen necessarily wrong?

The capsule design was to use pure O2 at 3psi to give roughly the partial pressure of O2 in normal air while reducing the mechanical pressure on the hull.

The mistake was doing an overpressure test by adding oxygen rather than N2 or He, a mistake that any scuba diver would have spotted.

But it doesn't mean that using regular atmosphere mix is the best. It means we have to ship lots of useless N2 to the ISS, it means shuttle astronauts had to purge with pure oxygen in case they got decompression sickness in a high altitude escape (as if) and you have to make the structure good to 15psi rather than 3

Are the physiological advantages of living at near 15psi important?

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Huzzah! Doctor Who comes to Playmoverse

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Re: Smith?

But Tennant, like Ecclestone, was an actor - that's cheating

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H0LiCOW! Hubble's constant update paves way for 'new physics'

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Re: Today: 299792.458 km/s

Generally in cosmology, c=1

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In real life, Q is a woman! Head of MI6 calls for more female techies at SIS

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Re: Perhaps

They are quite interested in S and the M parts (stop sniggering at the back), lots more women in permanent science academic jobs and a majority in medicine.

Just not as interested in taking the T and E jobs that are mostly poorly paid, have poor career prospects and are easily destroyed come the next round of off-shoring outsourcing or cuts

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Trump's FBI boss, Attorney General picks reckon your encryption's getting backdoored

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Re: Simple solution

>There is already a physical version of the encryption backdoor. The TSA theft facilitation locks on all luggage.

This would be a good way of explaining this to voters.

Your house, car, and your daughter's dorm room at college are going to have locks which every cop, TSA, fire, paramedic, DEA, IRS, FCC, MMB agents have a key for.

Do you feel safer ?

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Re: Because.....

This is the IRS - all you would get is a lot of pictures of punched cards

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Re: Just saying

Larry's first law - Any sufficiently advanced Perl is indistinguishable from line noise

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I'm all for it

Government has a lot more secrets from me than I have from the government.

When everyone from the local mayor to the president has email and a cellphone that can be remotely hacked from Russia/China/Craggy Island - I'm looking forward to reading the daily wikileaks

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Re: Just saying

If anyone in the UK has a copy of this page in their cache and can't provide the key - they get 5years

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AI eggheads: Our cancer-spotting code rivals dermatologists

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Re: Based on images alone

"Proper doctors" glance at 0.1% of the area of a smear sample under an uncalibrated 30year old microscope for 1-2mins, in a single polarisation using the wavelength range of their eyes and make an estimation of cancer cells which is marginaly better than tossing a coin.

Every couple of yeas you then discover the process was done by someone who lacked the correct certifcation for that state and you recall 1000s of women to be re-scanned. Ironically this is the nearest we get to a study of accuracy.

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UK ISPs may be handed cock-blocking powers

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Re: sigh...

The only redemeaning feature is that NOBODY under the age of 45 is going to open a copy of the Daily Mail

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We're not quitting the UK: Microsoft quashes Brexit fake news

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Re: A new post breksit IT czar ....

> It'd be right up Linus's street.

Isn't he a bit european-ish ?

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Re: If Windows 10 is a sign of the M$ times..

Raspberry Pi = a Japanese CPU fabbed in China ?

I say we reopen the Clyde shipyards and build a massive analytical engine - powered by steam

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I don't care what your eyeballs tell you. Alternative fact is, we've locked up your files

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Re: If I had to make an educated guess...

No because they reported it to the Police.

A much worse explanation is that some clueless management bod asked IT, IT said the files were fine.

But CMB then held a meeting with other managers, lawyers and digital-cyber-compliance-facilitator-resources and somebody asked who was willing to put their job on the line to guarantee that the files were fine, or should they just pay with the company's money?

All of us who remember replacing systems in 1999 that didn't have anything to do with dates, because we couldn't get a certificate form the manufacturer proving that the vacuum cleaner was Y2K compliant.

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Batman v Superman leads Razzie nominations

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Re: Not LaLa Land?

>that movie was not produced, it was *engineered* to give Hollywood fuzzy tingly feelings down there

Does it feature a cripple?

You are guaranteed an Oscar if you play a crip

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Head of GCHQ Robert Hannigan steps down for 'personal reasons'

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Re: "terrorism, crime and many other national security threats."

Sending your child to a state school is a national security threat

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Re: Couldn't have chosen a worst time.

For decades when they were up against the USSR the security services seem to have been exclusively staffed by KGB agents. Presumably the new boss will be in Al-Qaeda ?

(apologies if that is spelt wrong - I didn't feel like Googling the spelling !)

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Google hardwires its Android app store into new Chromebooks

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Re: It had potential ...

>Min should be 4gb 32gb hd.

Why ?

How many of the customers have said - mmm I like the idea of a cheap webbrowser + screen + keyboard with long battery life, But really I would like it to have a bigger number for some spec I don't understand?

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Chromebooks are what 2% of the market?

At the time of the MSFT anti-trust they were >95% of the desktop market and were able to lock out all competing software from the system and had done so on numerous occasions.

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Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on WhiteHouse.gov

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Re: @AC

>As Brits we have f***ed up the world in many ways - the empire etc - but we really have to apologise to our septic cousins for giving you reality telly and making Trump a star.

I have a horrible vision of Ricky Gervais as PM

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Re: The *people*

>A system used by the USA for electing Presidents since Washington.

And yet ironically people in Washington can't vote.

If any of them would like to do something about their "taxation without representation" I understand that throwing Starbucks in the harbour is a first step.

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Re: President Trump

Unless we can rely on the CIA.

Does he have any visits to any Texan cities planned ?

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Re: "largest audience to ever see an inauguration"

There you are with your elitist "counting math", we've had enough of experts.

From now on it's "one, two, threesome, 6pack, lots....."

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Snopes is a front for the CIA, it was on snopes.com

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Re: From http://www.track-trump.com/

I'm not sure that BAe is a front for the UK govt so much as the UK govt is a front for BAe

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Re: From http://www.track-trump.com/

>Propose a constitutional amendment that imposes term limits on all members of Congress.

So reformers (trouble makers) can be just ignored and will go away. The others won't have time to learn the ins-outs and so will be dependent on "special advisers"

>A five-year ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service.

I'm not a lobbyist I just have occasional lunches with people. Or I am a consultant

>A lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.

So would they be allowed to lobby on behalf of BRITISH Petroleum? What about Gasprom? What's the difference between Gasprom lobbying against sanctions and Putin doing it?

>A complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.

Including foreign companies? what about US companies with any foreign owners? So no public companies can donate money

>Personally I actually think these would improve the USG. Let's see which (if any) get implemented.

I think they would all make lots of money for compliance lawyers, consultants and advisers

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Re: "sad depletion of US military"

US military spending is vital.

Think how fscked the rest of the world would be if the US spent all that money on education, research or infrastructure. It's like finding out your main competitor has just spent $Bn on art for it's corporate HQ.

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Government to sling extra £4.7bn at R&D in bid to Brexit-proof Britain

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Look how well a totally new approach every 18months did for education

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Re: "identify those athletes that will probably succeed"

>opposite of the strategy that TeamGB use for getting medals in the Olympics

Depends what you want as an outcome.

If the goal was to win Gold medals that was exactly correct.

If the goal was to encourage the public to take up sport then concentrating all the funding on technical cycling, rowing and equestrian events was a total disaster.

The olympic strategy would work if the aim was just to win Noble prizes. Just pick a few areas where the UK leads the world and fund small elite teams in those areas. But it's not clear that spending a few billion quid on Stephen Hawkings and Andrew Wiles will regenerate the north.

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Re: NEB

This will be totally different.

It will be throwing money at existing large companies that say the right buzz words.

I wonder how much of the $Bn for 5G and digital whatsit will just be given to BT

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Trump's 'cyber tsar' Giuliani among creds leaked in mass hacks

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Re: Enquiring minds...

Depends what size screen you have

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Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

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Re: NSA Plant

I think Dan Brown did it

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Re: ESA breaking news

I blame the new Toblerone

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Re: EU?

Why not just swap the populations ?

50% of Brits wanted to leave Europe, that's roughly the population of Canada - they could just do a house-swap

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Re: HARRY LIME

>If only there was an English phrase for a person being well rounded in many disciplines especially concerning this time period.

Management consultant ?

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Re: Why not just leave the satellites on the ground, where you can go and fix them in a van...

>The UK's OS maps are (or were, in '84 when I last bought one) elegant and eminently fit-for-purpose. Wish we had the same kind of maps in the USA.

Well it's your own fault, if you insist on having a tantrum and storming out then you don't get to have nice things.

If you wish to invite the Ordnance Survey to tramp over your land armed with theodolites, marmite sandwiches and maps in little plastic cases around their necks then I'm sure they will be happy to do so.

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The US GPS system also carries 4 clocks per satelite, it's for redundancy and self-checking.

All the various systems are re-synced regularly - normally once a day as they pass over their owner's main ground station.

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Uncle Sam sues Oracle for 'screwing over Asian, black and women staff'

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Re: Oracle's response:

However the same allegations could count as a quality standard to the new administration

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Re: Diversity? Yes, we've heard of it.

They should have hired a black women as director of diversity and made sure that the corporate report had lots of ethnic stock photos - that's the proper company response.

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Even the candidates are cyclical.

New programmers we hired in the late 90s were real computer nerds - they had started CS degrees in the early 90s when it wasn't cool. The candidates available in 2005 had all jumped into "Java Schools" when the dot com boom started and were much lower quality.

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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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Re: The fly in the ointment?

>But it'll be a sweet sweet day when Ireland is a country of 32 counties again

If history is any guide it will be a 32 separate countries all at war with each other

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Re: Effects already happening

> Hell, even US organizations can get EU certifications

That's not the point, we have certification.

But it is certified by a Notified Body in the Eu, currently our NB is in the UK which soon won't be in the Eu so can't be our notified body. Probably they will just move their office to Luxemburg and change their name.

But there is an uncertainty which is costing us time and money. So any company outside Europe that trades in Europe and uses a UK bank, accountant, lawyer, test lab, certification authority, notified body etc etc has to think about changing them now. And since nobody is going to sign up with any UK firm for these services in the next 2 years we have to worry about which of these will go bust before article 50 is finished.

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Because a large number of Ms May's loyal Daily Mail readers voted out so they wouldn't have to have Eu rules on bendy bananas and feeble kettles. Demanding that the UK stick to Eu rules to export there isn't going to go down well with them.

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Re: The fly in the ointment?

Or a Wall and make Mexico pay for it (sorry may have got a bit confused there....)

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Effects already happening

We sell our US made product in the Eu, mostly in DACH (Germany Austria Switzerland) but like most English speaking companies our CE certification authority is in the UK.

Currently they can't say if they will be able to provide Eu certification in 2 years time.

2 years isn't very long in product lifecycle - especially in medical devices.

We are looking at either dumping them now for a German firm in the hope of transferring our existing design or risking suddenly having to recertify all our gear at some point in the near future.

Fortunately the UK market isn't rich enough for us to have to bother making a separate British approved model.

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UK, you Cray. Boffins flex ARM in 'first-of-its-kind' bonkers HPC rig

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Wow £3m

A major British investment - Japan's new supercomputer is $175M, God knows what the US spends on secret systems.

Looks like Britain will once more straddle the globe as an international research colossus.

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Stanford boffins find 'correlation between caffeine consumption and longevity'

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Only if you are a mouse

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AI and robots? Will someone think of the jobs, says HPE CEO Whitman

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Re: Do we though?

> we need paying jobs for people to do ....

I bet when AI is replacing doctors and lawyers rather than call center workers we will see some government reaction

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