* Posts by annodomini2

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Gemini is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like

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Re: For those with kids...

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Euro Space Agency probe begins search for guff gas on Mars

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There are inorganic routes to produce methane, but the volume produced is not likely to be high

Tell that to Titan.

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What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids

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Re: Tax write-off

I was mildly disappointed that they couldn't find some real science experiments to toss into the payload along with the roadster.

Who says they haven't?

Having their space suit on board, you could put various sensors on it with a simple electronics payload and measure all sorts of things, not much use to the general public, but probably a lot of use for SpaceX.

Likewise the car uses materials not typically used in space operations which could be studied.

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Can't wait to get to Mars on a SpaceX ship? It's a cold, dead rock – boffins

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Re: You all Astronauts on some kind of Star Trek?

More to do with what it is made of rather than quality.

Carbon fibre + fibreglass and plastics will break down in the solar radiation over that amount of time.

The truck is mostly steel.

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Re: You all Astronauts on some kind of Star Trek?

Thing is after 300 years, the pickup truck would be mostly intact. The Tesla less so.

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Newsflash: Car cyber-security still sucks

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Sceptical about some of the statements

There are 2 attacks:

1. The battery drain one may be achievable by just attempting to connect to the in-car wireless (depends how the system is configured). Getting the Infotainment to trip the Wake-on-CAN.

2. The DOS attack would require either a compromised ECU or Diagnostic port interface.

I think they are trying to state that the OTA update system has been compromised, but if you could reprogram ECU's all bets are off.

"The denial-of-body-control attack is more pernicious. The attacker wakes up the ECU to make it respond to injected messages and then switches the bit-rate. According to the researchers, this generates errors on the ECU's Controller Area Network (CAN bus) and forces it to shut down.

Some but not all ECU units will be bricked as a result, depending upon the bus-off recovery specification, making the car unable to be turned on with an inserted key fob and leaving the doors locked.

As a mitigation, the researchers suggest car makers implement an intrusion detection system that operates even when the vehicle is off, though they acknowledge this could tax the car battery.

They're skeptical that MAC or message encryption will do much to prevent ECUs from being woken up because the encrypted message would still include the same 010 bit-sequence used for ECU activation."

Bricked my arse, CAN has been around for 30+years, bus-off recovery is simple, worst case pull the battery.

Besides the Door lock systems typically operate over LIN.

MAC will do nothing against WOC or DOS attacks yes, because it's not intended to, it's for spoofing attacks, to inhibit takeover of remote control functions.

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Acronis: Ransomware protection! Get yer free ransomware protection!

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Translation

"Acronis says the software uses behavioural heuristics enhanced by machine-learning models, which are generated by analysing hundreds of thousands of malicious and legitimate processes in Acronis's Cloud AI infrastructure."

We don't know if or how it works, but thanks for all the data.

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Ice cliffs found on Mars and NASA says they’re a tap for astronauts

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To stop contaminating the destination.

I.e. Even though this specific mission is not aiming to detect life, doesn't mean some other mission won't and we would never have a clear answer on where that specific lifeform that was detected originated.

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NASA is pretty pleased with its pulsar-sniffing intergalactic GPS tech

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Accuracy

The goal was to get a position accurate to within 10 miles, yet the team got it down to three – which may not sound that useful, but when you're talking interstellar distances, that's good enough.

Until said spacecraft slams into something, e.g. Mars.

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Astroboffins say our Solar System is a dark, violent, cosmic weirdo

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Re: To quote Douglas Adams

and 'Mostly Harmless'

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Re: Jupiter: blink and you miss it.

@Brewsters's Angle Grinder, yes, in addition, Kepler has only observed a very small area of the Sky.

So currently we only have a small dataset on which to base these conclusions.

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Cortana. Whatever happened to world domination?

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Microsoft has a habit of squandering good things, and pushing mediocre (and sometimes bad) ones quite hard. This isn't a new thing, either, it's been like this for ages. In fact, I can't even remember when it started...

Turd Polishers justifying their existence...

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Take notebooks: About those new Thinkpads...

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Depends on usage, at a previous job I used to travel a lot and be in the middle of nowhere, spare batteries were extremely useful. Especially when my random collection of chargers would not work with whatever supply was available.

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If you won't use your brain our machine will use it for you, Nissan tells drivers

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Re: Mad idea?

I doubt this came from the ZF tech centre at Shirley

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Beyond code PEBCAK lies KMACYOYO, PENCIL and PAFO

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You're getting confused with the solicitors "Wright Hassall". Genuine law firm in Warwickshire.

They need a Ways partner.

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Re: Pedantic

PEBE - Problem Exists Between Ears

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Bitcoin price soars amid technical troubles for exchanges

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A fool and his money are soon parted...

Currently the worlds biggest Ponzi scheme

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Lap-slabtop-mobes with Snapdragon Arm CPUs running Windows 10: We had a quick gander

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Re: You can already buy one

Lack of 1080p screen puts me and many others off.

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Get ready for laptop-tab-smartphone threesomes from Microsoft, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Qualcomm

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Re: $10/month data plan

Unfortunately it will try and download them and find there is not enough storage space on the device, crash, reboot and try all over again until the service provider cuts you off for not paying the over inflated bill for going over your download limit.

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Quentin Tarantino in talks to make Star Trek movie

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With plenty of hookers. and blackjack. and Daleks.

So you're adding Futurama to the mix?

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Re: Reaction wheels

Hubbles Gyro's have been replaced twice.

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SpaceX 'raises' an extra 100 million bucks to get His Muskiness to Mars

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Re: I guess, yeah, His Muskiness is kinda --

If you took a Model X to the Arctic, getting it to go anywhere could be a struggle.

Batteries do not like it too cold.

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Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?

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Re: Problems looking for a solution?

I just read battery draining..

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Wheels are literally falling off the MoD thanks to lack of cash

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Standard accounting practice, government or private

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Toyota picks Renesas SoC to power its first self-driving cars

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Re: Cameras or Lidar?

For full autonomous all 3 probably

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Astroboffins spot a fat 'monster' ALIEN planet terrorizing tiny dwarf

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I hate the formation reporting...

I'm not sure if it's the interviewee or the interviewer, but Solar systems move around.

We have loads of evidence for this in our own solar system, just because a planet is currently in a close orbit around a star doesn't necessarily mean it formed there.

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Facebook vows to double staff with new cadre of Net Police

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So...

The same person with 20,000 different job titles?

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IBM's Phase Change Memory computer can tell you if it's raining

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Please correct me if I am wrong...

There seems to me to be two possible avenues:

Both with Time delayed operation

1. Slow switching transistors (phase change), but with retained state, so you could set a switch state, but only action it when needed, this I think is where the potential power savings are intended to come from in the circuit.

2. Potential Analogue computer routes.

The main issue will always be the mechanical thermal gradients in the circuit, I doubt you'd be overclocking this to 7Ghz (not that it would stop someone from trying).

But for applications where speed is less of an issue and integrity is high there could be products.

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India to launch moon mission in March 2018

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Re: Lunar rover design

" "More likely, a modified Range Rover."

I take it the modifications are to make it reliable? "

'They're Engineer's Jim, not bloody miracle workers!'

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The UK's super duper 1,000mph car is being tested in Cornwall

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Re: Aircraft w/ no wings

ME163 I think you mean

ME163

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Elon Musk says Harry Potter and Bob the Builder will get SpaceX flying to Mars

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Re: "Colonist motivation "

Given its a 2-3yr round trip with current tech, probably with a lot of work in between, I doubt it would be classed as a holiday.

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They've only gone and made a chemical-threat-detecting ring

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Nah, Nah, Nah....

Nuke it from orbit, only way to be sure!

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Ghost in Musk's machines: Software bugs' autonomous joy ride

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Re: Thats interesting but in short...

Whether it's testing or just development, all the behaviour of the system will be defined by requirements.

If these requirements are incomplete or inadequate, you can test till the cows come home, but it won't find any bugs.

The issue with Level 4/5 autonomy is the basic functionality is fairly simple, but the number of edge and corner cases out in the real world is huge!!! Millions upon Millions, only so many can be catered for and so there will be gaps in your requirements and testing will not cover these scenarios.

The use of Neural Networks is an attempt to cover for the unexpected, but these systems will have limitations and we won't know what they are until we use them.

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Life began after meteorites splashed into warm ponds of water, say astronomers

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Re: Why highlight meteorites?

The Earth could have chemically formed it's own water + plus water trapped in rocks already here.

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

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Re: Economy price flight = NONSENSE

I can't see the 2 stage approach working, there isn't a need to reach orbital velocity (the reason for multiple stages), but the first stage may achieve enough velocity and altitude for a sub-orbital trajectory on it's own.

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Re: This could change a lot.

Raptor wouldn't work for the F9, the tanks are sized for the Fuel/Oxidiser ratio. Methane needs a lot more fuel (unchilled & unpressurised volume) for the equivalent energy.

Basically they would have to redesign the whole rocket, at which point build something bigger.

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Hotter than the Sun: JET – Earth’s biggest fusion reactor, in Culham

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Re: scaling up is the answer?

Sad as I must say this, on certain points Bob is correct, as much as he is annoying:

1. Size, for some reason they are obsessed with building bigger and bigger reactors. These designs run on Magnetism, anyone heard of the inverse square law.

2. Neutron/Gamma generation - this, I think, is the power generation lobby, all they know is steam generation for large scale systems.

There are other options for fusion other than D+T, such as Aneutronic reactions (He3, being one form), these typically produce ions from the reaction, which depending on the reactor type can be used to generate electricity directly from the reaction.

Many years ago I saw a weird conspiracy theory stating that the Tokamak was invented (in Soviet Russia) to bankrupt the West, as much as I hate to think that there is any truth in what a lot of these nut jobs are coming up with, in this case, there is a possibility.

The real issue with JET and ITER is what it is doing to Fusion research funding, they have been pouring billions in over the last few decades and while I definitely believe the research performed at JET has been very useful, ITER is a white elephant government funding vacuum.

Taking away funding from other concepts, the phrase "Don't put all your eggs in one basket!" comes to mind.

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Australia commits to establish space agency with no budget, plan, name, deadline …

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Re: Space port (Woomera)

Britain being the only nation to develop the capability to launch a satellite, and then give it up.

Technically they gave up before they gained the capability, but they launched the thing anyway.

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Don’t fear the software shopkeeper: T&Cs banning bad reviews aren’t legal in America

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Re: Caveat Emptor

"After all, these statements are made up by their marketing departments Turd Polishers who are so far away from reality and unfortunately too far away from a ticket on the B ark"

Corrected it for you

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Re: Now for the fun part: what happens if someone DOES include those terms?

"Now, if people would only *Read* the "Terms and Conditions". I'd guess less than 1% of users read any, let alone all, of any T&C."

Unfortunately you need a law degree and many years experience of contract law to understand these things, such is how they are written.

Someone also worked out that if we actually read all the T&Cs forced upon us over a lifetime it would take ~10 years to read all of them.

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

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Re: Sounds like a pretty smart business model for California.

Person not holding weapon.

Bot: "Drop the weapon! You have 5 seconds to comply!"

Person not holding weapon "I don't have a weapon!"

Bot: "BRRRRR...!"

Dead body

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Stack Overflow + Salary Calculator = your worth

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Re: No server side development, no Unix

"@ matjaggard

>Written an HTTP server for Cortex M twice? Here's a wheel, can you invent something for my car to put on the axels please?

So we can safely assume that you've never made software for mass-produced small objects with price and/or safety constraints?

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Or two different companies

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BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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Re: Words not stats

You haven't because no one knows and you won't because it will be politically unpalatable.

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SpaceX releases Pythonesque video of rocket failures

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Perfect example...

Of the following:

"The path to Success is always beset with failure!"

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Drones aren't evil and won't trigger the Rise of the Machines: MoD

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Re: Not for a while

Ah but there are a lot fewer drones, maybe they are lonely.

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New Horizons probe awakens to receive software upgrade

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Re: Astonishing.

Billion

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Signs of ground ice found on ancient protoplanet asteroid Vesta

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Re: Water from comets or asteroids?

There's also the water trapped in rocks so it's not exclusive that it came from comets.

Also chemical reactions can also create water.

Earth could have made it's own water

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Giant frikkin' British laser turret to start zapping stuff next year

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Re: Public demonstration

"Somali pirates could've made a nice live target, but I believe their numbers have diminished significantly in recent times."

Nah they just scare easily, but they'll be back and in greater numbers!

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UK's new Data Protection Bill will be 'liberal' not 'libertarian', says digi minister

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Yes, "you no longer own your data, we own your data and any attempt to use said data will result in severe penalties!"

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