* Posts by annodomini2

1162 posts • joined 24 May 2010


RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit


Re: Bad planning

Theresa May seems to take a lot of fertiliser from all sides.

Shit sticks to shit, who'd have thought.

Steamer closets, flying cars, robot boxers, smart-mock-cock ban hypocrisy – yes, it's the worst of CES this year


Re: Flying car? For only 6,000 pounds?

Probably 3 zeros

Jeep hacking lawsuit shifts into gear for trial after US Supremes refuse to hit the brakes


Re: History not favourable

> Marketing dictates that everything should be "connected" because it sounds "cool",

And they can sell all the lovely data it collects to advertisers.

Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing


Re: No email here

Check your spam box

EU aren't kidding: Sky watchdog breathes life into mad air taxi ideas



It's also not going to have a ~30 meter wing to distribute the weight. It's going to have all of the velocity concentrated upon a meter area like a wrecking ball.

Yes the CSA is smaller, but the mass is much lower ~500-1000kg vs 7000-12000kg for the DC3

Someone would have to do the maths obviously.

SpaceX touches down in California as Voyager 2 spies interstellar space


Re: Isn't it amazing

You think it hasn't already?

A web where the user has complete control of their data? Sounds Solid, Tim Berners-Lee


Look at Android and App permissions

This isn't going to do anything, even if implemented.

The Apps talking to it will just refuse to work unless you release the information and probably rights to sell it on.

It's official – satellite spots water ice at the Moon's chilly poles


Re: Awaits...

Depends what generic lager someone drinks hard to tell the difference between that and piss.



Some water company going there and bringing it back for the super-rich, un drunk water $100,000 a litre or some other ridiculous amount.

Most of the water on Earth has been drunk at least 10 times over time.

Canny Brits are nuking the phone bundle


Re: Shysters

It all switched with the regulation changes that allowed users to cancel their mobile contracts at any time.

As the phone was a "freebie" with the contract, you could buy for 1 month and keep the phone, this required the companies to split the contract into the call plan cost and a loan for the device you are purchasing.

When this shift happened, it also conveniently coincided with the prices going up.

Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn



"HMRC would label it hypothecated and, on the basis that they don't like hypothecated taxes, would just roll it into the general taxation pot and the intended beneficiaries would get little or nothing out of it."

Treasury would, not HMRC, they seriously don't like having their spending direction dictated to, elected representative or not.

Connected car data handover headache: There's no quick fix... and it's NOT just Land Rovers


Re: Why?

[i]Give me one good reason why cars need to be Internet of Shite on wheels.[/i]

So they can flog all your location data to advertisers, then show you adverts in the car.

Extra revenue, for them.


Re: Why?

Cost, cost, cost

Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom


Re: More akin to a relay than a transistor

Was about to say the same thing, but for the majority of uses of transistors today (by count) most are used as switches anyway.

The major issue I see with it is the removal of the solid state functionality, just like relays, making the thing reliable over billions if not trillions of actions, in wide environmental conditions is the challenge.

I could only see this being developed if we had room temperature superconductors.

Any data on the switching speed (I respect it's a prototype)?

Rejoice! Thousands more kids flock to computing A-level


Re: Good luck to em

Good training for a lot of programming environments.

Brain brainiacs figure out what turns folks into El Reg journos, readers


Re: Hmmm


The Solar System's oldest minerals reveal the Sun's violent past


Re: Irradiation in the early solar system

Red dwarfs emit more radiation because they are physically smaller, i.e. the core is closer to the surface.

It could be that the young Sun was physically smaller for the purposes of starting the reaction and it would take time for the reaction to grow and also heat the outer layers of gas so there could have been more radiation emitted.

Brit spending watchdog brands GP Primary Support Care a 'complete mess'


Which is the entire aim of the policy from a political perspective.

Microsoft: The Kremlin's hackers are already sniffing, probing around America's 2018 elections


Re: Kremlin's hackers

Reverse Honeypot

Engineers, coders – it's down to you to prevent AI being weaponised


Re: AI principles, yeah

Until they setup another business unit under Alphabet and transfer knowledge and tech; "but it's not Google!"

What if tech moguls brewed real ale?


Cyber Punch

Cider - Loosely based on a West country Scrumpy, you know the ones that get you pissed from the feet upwards.

With added Nanites - thoroughly intended to prevent you getting a hangover.

Side effects - note Nanites have been known to go rogue and covert you into a Borg!

You're burning £1.2bn for what? UK spending watchdog gives digital court plans a kicking


"The digital feudal system. They're just replacing local lords (who've been occasionally know to go Robin of Sherwood with corporations, who sometimes do charity, but also very 'charitable' to poor government servants."


Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service


Re: How do they do it?

"Not being a ginormous self-aware globocorp from some nightmare dystopian future, sent back in time to make sure it is created?

I call it the Crapinator."

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Windows 10 IoT Core Services unleashed to public preview


Re: Expensive Decade of Hell

"Only the Mega Rich corporations own anything."


By Jove! Astroboffins spot 12 new spanking moons around Jupiter


Re: What is a moon ?

Neither has Jupiter, look at all those Moons!

Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech


Re: User story

Awaits fax machines being banned immediately with no replacement or plan to replace them.

UK.gov told: You're not very good at collecting quality data, are you?


Re: Yet another myth busted..

That really does make them astonishingly fu**witted.

Nope, it's deliberate and malicious.

No data = No proof.

Ergo Civil Servants and/or MPs statements have to be taken at face value.

Chrome, Firefox pull very unstylish Stylish invasive browser plugin


Re: While the software that has been removed is bad, I have issues...

Conceptually it's a Chicken and Egg problem, with the "Free Speech" mantra, but in reality most people are too ill informed to understand if something is malicious. Hence the approach that is taken.

Therefore expertise is required, my issue with it is that opinion of expertise could be abused.

UK Minister of Fun Matt Hancock opens London infosec upstart creche


Re: Minister of Fun!?

What next, a Ministry of Love?

That's the Home Office.

UK taxman has amassed voice profiles of 5.1 million taxpayers


Re: I'm one of those 5M

"but more probably they pay accountants to look after their tax to make sure they don't pay any more than needed as little as they can get away with."

Corrected it for you.

Why the 'feudal' tech monopolies run rings around competition watchdogs


I'll just leave this here...

"The aim of business is not to provide the best service, but the ONLY service!"

Brit reseller Aria PC's appeal against HMRC VAT fraud finding gets under way


Re: I bought a monitor off them in 2006...

I knew Aria when it was 2 guys in a small section of an industrial estate in Manchester.

Haven't dealt with them for a number of years after we had some issues with returns.

Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog


Ahh but..

They are not using it, ergo they are not Unemployed.

No money going out and an unemployment statistics win.


Re: hmm

The fundamental problem with UBI is it cannot work in a Capitalist Economy, the market will render the payments inert.

As everybody gets something, those working have more cash and so spending goes up, demand goes up and prices go up.

Relative value of your payments goes down until they are irrelevant, just like with JSA and the state pension.


Re: The government position:

Then again, we voted for them.

The positive of Democracy is everyone gets a vote, the negative is that is also the problem.

Da rude sand storm seizes the Opportunity, threatens to KO rover


Re: God speed little robot

I always wondered why they didn't fit these rovers with a self-cleaning system? a windscreen wiper or some kind of air duster would surely be doable?

Weight, cost, complexity.

Kepler finds three Earth-sized exoplanets, but they're too hot to handle


Re: And still no messages from the stars....

"If there's a long enough pause between the civilizations, the earlier one becomes the fossil fuels for the next. The rest of the fossils might be a clue to the future archaeologists that something went horribly wrong last go around, perhaps they should be more careful this time?"

Maybe that's what happened to the Dinosaurs? And we are just too arrogant to admit it?

Astroboffins trace mysterious noise from hard rock in space


Re: Arthur C Clarkes "2061"

White Dwarf cores are supposedly mostly diamond.

Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot


Curiosity is about 8200km away from Opportunity. Given it's taken Curiosity 6 yrs to travel ~9km, it would take ~546yrs to reach Opportunity.

SpaceX flings SES-12 satellite into orbit, but would-be lunar tourists should probably unpack


Re: Would-be lunar tourists should probably unpack

"BFR is due for 2019"

Grasshopper style tests only, no orbit.

Russian battery ambitions see a 10x increase in power from smaller, denser nukes


Re: Usefull?

It's non-linear due to the half life.

NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go

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Re: Passing the Buck

By deflecting the Asteroids we would be leaving all those lovely resources up there for future generations.

Big bimmer bummer: Bavaria's BMW buggies battered by bad bugs



However, we found that most of the ECUs still respond to the diagnostic messages even at normal driving speed (confirmed on BMW i3), which could cause serious security issues already. It will become much worse if attackers invoke some special UDS routines (e.g. reset ECU, etc..).

Curious If they would actually respond to ECU reset with vehicle speed above 0, most don't.

Yes some read systems still work with the vehicle moving, your OBD reader performing "real time readout" e.g. Torque. Uses these for operation and they are used during development or diagnostics of issues.

But safety critical features are typically protected.

I'm not saying they shouldn't be better protected, but this screams journalistic exaggeration to me.

I got 257 problems, and they're all open source: Report shines light on Wild West of software

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Re: "every closed source software vendor has their own license usually with onerous restrictions"

"With closed source only the vendor can make changes to the code."

Depends on the supplier and the license.

NASA will send tiny helicopter to Mars


Re: And of course the sky crane they used for landing

No it hovers to lower the vehicle onto the surface.

Then flys off some distance before crashing.

NASA boss insists US returning to the Moon after Peanuts to show for past four decades


Re: NASA returning to the Moon? Again?

Cats might work, they are typically lighter and tend to land on their feet.

Don't take so well to issued orders though.

UK.gov expects auto auto software updates won't involve users



Forced updates are irrational for all the above reasons:

1. Crash/bluescreen.

2. Incomplete/Incompatible updates.

As they want to prevent potentially dangerous software from being active on the road, which is a valid request.

Require that particular operation/feature to not be available until the update is applied, rather than forcing the update.

Google's socially awkward geeks craft socially awkward AI bot that calls people for you


Could be useful for...

When you get [insert giant tech company name] support callers.

Train it to waste as much of their time as possible.

Broadcom's Arm server chip lives – as Cavium's two-socket ThunderX2


Re: Is it just me?

ARM started in PC's.

NASA demos little nuclear power plant to help find little green men


Re: Why don't they just use..

Plenty of radiation on Mars, don't need a nuke for that.


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