Sad to hear.
Far too soon...
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The researchers suggest that ... airlines could change routes to avoid the weather conditions that lead to increased contrails.
Contrails form in cold, moist air, and are caused either by the condensation of water vapour in the engine exhaust, or by the turbulence at wingtips causing water vapour in the air to condense.
So, no flights allowed over the UK, then...
It's amazing how predictable this is becoming.
Back in August of last year, I wrote the following comment in a thread on the Reg (here)
"I notice that certain sections of the UK press have cottoned on to the use of the Tor network, and have labelled it "a tool of paedos".
It would not surprise me if we soon see calls for knee-jerk legislation to try and block anonymising services, VPNs and encryption software."
Unfortunately, it looks like this is close to becoming true.
It's all very well pushing for higher use of electric cars, as opposed to i/c engined vehicles, but no-one seems to be considering that the electricity has to come from somewhere.
Here in the UK the government is already proposing measures to curb the use of electricity. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/06/10/uk_preps_ww2style_energy_rationing/
Ah, if only the Motorway matrix signs required hacking, they can be nonsensical without any malicious help...
On a lonely stretch of the M6 miles from any service station or junction, I am advised to "Check Your Tyre Pressures"
What, now?? Do you want me to stop??
Or the even more obscure "Use the correct child seat". WTF??
No such thing.
It may be possible to produce new antibiotics for which the human body and the various biological pathogens have no current resistance, but as soon as you start using it, there will gradually be more and more cases of resistance.
What we should be doing is re-educating patients and the medical profession to stop expecting, and stop handing out antibiotics for minor infections, or even (as has happened) for viral illnesses on which they have no effect.
Just because Americans and other lower orders have started to interpret Boffin as a derogatory term, doesn't mean that this is the case at El Reg, where the word Boffin is used in it's most original sense as a term of endearment and respect for those engaged in breakthrough science and engineering, frequently associated with sheds and pipe-smoking.
I still don't get why anyone would bother to use a Sat-Nav (or App) for their daily commute - It's a journey you do every day, surely you should know the route and any shortcuts or alternatives?
Some people seem to be completely unable to function in life without a computer telling them what to do...
I know a funny story about that...
We moved offices a couple of years ago, and as part of that move we carefully re-planned our network.
For all the servers which were required to be accessible externally, we moved them onto a separate sub-net with VPNs in place - both site-to-site and client-to-site - for branch offices and home workers to connect. For the sake of argument, lets say we put these servers on 192.168.28.32/27.
Anyway, about a year ago, one of the company Directors started complaining that he couldn't get to these servers anymore from home. It took us a while before we realised he'd recently bought and set up a new broadband router, and, trying to be clever, he'd set it to serve DHCP addresses on 192.168.28.0/24 instead of the usual 192.168.1..0...
We know there's a finite limit to the IPV4 address space, and we now have to jump through hoops and fill in loads of forms to justify our usage for each and every one.
But I personally know of at least 4 different /27 blocks that we stopped using in 2008 which have not been re-used, and still appear in the RIPE database as ours, even though they aren't routed to any of our existing networks. A couple I've just tried still have reverse DNS entries for a couple of mail servers of ours, even though there's no forward lookup to that IP anymore.
So how come they haven't been re-allocated, if we're so short of IPs?
the NSA reportedly used the flaw for its own hacking purposes and never warned folks
but the NSA tweeted that it did no such thing:
NSA was not aware of the recently identified Heartbleed vulnerability until it was made public.
So they either knew about it and didn't tell anyone, which will not impress various large corporate bodies who've had to spend money to mitigate against it, or they didn't know about it and were caught hopping, in which case they're in trouble because they bloody SHOULD have known about it.
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