* Posts by annodomini2

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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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Boffins: 68 exoplanets in prime locations to SPY on humanity on Earth

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Re: Alien SETI project

How would they know they are pollutants, unless they had been monitoring over centuries?

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Mo' money mo' mobile payments... Security risks? Whatever!

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Accessing the information from the card requires physical access and is payment limited as has been stated, a net connected smart phone can be breached from the other side of the world, potentially unbeknown to the user.

The Window Of Opportunity for the attack is much wider which increases the risk massively.

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Flying electric taxi upstart scores $90m from investors

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WTF?

Re: Using the jets instead of a rudder

And what do they do in the event of a power failure?

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User thanked IT department for fast new server, but it had never left its box

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Re: Like to play swap out

@Wensleydale Cheese,

That's because the jobs to your car usually take 10-15mins, they're charging you £100+/hr to clean your car.

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Smart robots prove stupidly easy to hack for spying and murder

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Re: You have to wonder is all this SW written by the same bunch of clueless code monkeys?

"I have come to believe that there are a number of bad actors teaching people to code who feel that including basic security is to be avoided under all circumstances."

That is more to do with laziness and publishers, said tutor has been procrastinating over their book for the last X years and doesn't want to have to complicate matters needing to re-write it to cover security basics, plus the course material is easier to teach, so from their perspective win-win.

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Re: You have to wonder is all this SW written by the same bunch of clueless code monkeys?

90-95% of the code is probably stolen from some online site.

They don't really know how it works and probably would just shrug shoulders if you asked them to secure it, added with "bosses" who would probably instruct you to avoid doing work they didn't feel was necessary.

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Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

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North and South are still technically at war.

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Sonos will deny updates to those who snub rewritten privacy terms

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Re: "You can't modify or repair the devices you use."

Someone is off their meds

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Russia's answer to Buckminster Fuller has a buttload of CGI and he's not afraid to use it

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Re: obviously fake pix even for CGI

"Exactly like the Fiat original, in fact.

But probably much, much less liable to fall apart due to rust at the first touch of rain.."

The Lada's are made from thicker steel.

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Space boffins competing for $20m Moon robot X-Prize are told: Be there by March 31 – or bust

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Re: do something that literally has never been done before

Live streamed HD video from the Lunar surface I think they mean. Annoying as it is.

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How to build your own DIY makeshift levitation machine at home

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Re: Like the idea, but...

Micro < Discrete generally other than for really, really simple stuff and then only in massive volumes.

Fundamentally more components = more cost, it's not the individual parts, it's the PCB and assembly.

Which requires more R&D because it's more complex, plus there is a high probably of production issues due to that complexity.

Also as the bulk of the behaviour of the system is SW, if there is a problem you can replace it with a simple firmware upgrade. A design issue in your analogue circuit generally results in replacing/repairing the whole circuit.

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Waymo fleshes out self-driving car tech with hardware that goes soft at first sign of trouble

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Actually, with sufficient development it's a bloody clever idea, at low speed impacts you want a relatively soft deformation structure, but with high speed impacts you want a deformation structure that is much more rigid (to absorb the energy).

The problem is making it act reliably and consistently. Especially in the high speed impact scenario, I.e. You don't want your tech becoming the weak link in the chain compromising the safety capabilities of the vehicle.

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Ancient IETF 'teapot' gag preserved for posterity as a standard

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Re: Joy removal 101

Same with training material, when required to use the dreaded presentation application (shall not be named).

Try and drop in some humour at least every 3-4 slides, especially if you're training engineers, it attempts to stem the DBPP.

Plus while snoring interrupting something complex that needs to be explained can be hilarious, starting all over again with complex material is not so controlled humour benefits all.

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Place your bets: How long will 1TFLOPS HPE box last in space without proper rad hardening

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Re: Sol help us

"Why does a fridge need a microprocessor?"

Cost, it's usually cheaper to put a micro + code, than design/test an analogue circuit.

With the Micro usually working out cheaper component wise.

Plus they can potentially add features with a firmware update.

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Cancel your summer trip to nearby Proxima b. No chance of life, room service, say boffins

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It's a model

So it could also be wrong, but it's not looking good, we'll have to wait for JWST to come online for a better chance.

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Re: Life a proxima_b

Yes Jim

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Nest security camera captures landlord's romp on tenants' bed

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Add it to the list...

Of reasons, when given the choice, not to live in rented accommodation.

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NASA lights humongous rocket that goes nowhere ... until 2019

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It's Saturn V and 140,000kg.

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Re: "I'll put my money on a Skylon."

Someone's stopped taking their meds again by the sound of it.

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Sensor-rich traffic info shows how far Silly Valley has to drive

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Re: That hacking graphic...

"If this chip were part of a diagnostic tool (OBD, etc.), we'd want to use Rx to read the car's bus, but keep Tx limited to diagnostic-required messages (such as requests for special data from onboard devices). It would be up to the diagnostic tool to keep the data sandboxed and not broadcast elsewhere."

You can put a CAN gateway between the Diagnostic port and the main vehicle bus, but many don't due to cost.

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Re: "Auto makers keep the CAN bus locked down"

@JamesPond, Yes and No, being on the other side and actually having implemented the diagnostics on said components that you talk to, the level of security is only appropriate to the task, e.g. reprogramming, but many of the features that a malicious actor would be interested in are not always protected or at least sufficiently protected.

Much of the server based security setups are just more obscurity, the algorithms used are generally still primitive and easily cracked.

The databus itself is not encrypted or authenticated (currently), therefore the biggest weakness is either Spoofing or Denial Of Service.

With many modern vehicles having level 2+ autonomy this becomes even more of a risk as many of these features operate over the CAN bus.

The industry is changing and some of the next generation vehicles will have improvements, but there is still a long way to go.

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Amazing new algorithm makes fusion power slightly less incredibly inefficient

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Re: Here are some free ideas

The reaction Tri-Alpha and some other groups (Focus Fusion etc) are aiming for an Aneutronic design, these use pBoron-Hydrogen for the reaction rather than D-T.

The advantage of this is there are no neutrons released from the reaction and minimal neutrons released from subsequent interactions.

The advantage is the reaction produces helium ions, depending on the reactor type these can be focussed.

Therefore you can generate electricity directly from the reaction and the electricity generating equipment effectively becomes solid state.

The problem with this design is it requires much higher temperatures and pressures to 'ignite' the reaction.

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We're all saved. From the killer AI. We can live. Thanks to the IEEE

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Re: You got it backwards

It's also based on a big assumption, a very arrogant one at that, that true AI will be designed.

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Now your boss can tear you a new Glasshole: Google's techno-specs reborn as biz gear

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Re: Quick....

I got more of an impression the associated turd polisher was wanking over the belief in their own bullshit.

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Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies

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Re: Things move...

Exactly, human observation of the planetary motion has occurred over the last ~200years and more recently with any kind of accuracy.

Planetary motion is chaotic and little changes over long periods of time can have a big impact.

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Luxembourg passes first EU space mining law. One can possess the Spice

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Re: Dodgy Picture

"Were whaling on the moon..."

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Why, Robot? Understanding AI ethics

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"Kill switch" or equivalent

"Closing the stable door after the horse has bolted" springs to mind.

If someone or group of someone's, with sufficient capability and will to develop an 'intelligent machine', resulting in a malicious entity either intentionally or unintentionally. That doesn't adhere to your 'rules', then at which point you are screwed.

How many very intelligent kids are there out there that are outcasts due to various definitions of how an individual should behave or be perceived in society, look at the number of observed hackers and compensate for those who don't get caught. I bet you would find many who would love to 'stick it to the man', or for some other political reason.

The benefit of the internet is it connects almost everything, it is also the problem.

Once it was loose the probability of stopping it becomes almost zero.

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Did you know? Today is International Asteroid Day! Wouldn't it be amazing if one were to...

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Re: El Reg ?

Oh I don't know, if they started a 'War on Asteroids' I'm sure someone would find the money down the back of the sofa.

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US trade watchdog boss goes all Kendrick Lamar on self-driving cars

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Re: Sanity Checks on the promises being made...

They are well aware, Google, Tesla et al are all generally aligned with developing their code cheaply and beta testing on the unsuspecting public.

This is where the lobbying is coming from, it's to minimise their costs and has SFA to do with innovation.

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Hot news! Combustible Galaxy Note 7 to return as 'Galaxy Note FE'

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Father Ted special

Fecking Expensive

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Researchers blind autonomous cars by tricking LIDAR

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Boffin

The problem is noise, you have a moving object attempting to scan another potentially moving object.

The potentially moving object may be flat or may be of complex shape with variant reflective and refractive indexes.

Then you need to send a sequence of pulses, over a time period that your detector can observe.

Many-many-many non malicious things could disrupt these signals. So where do you draw the line to accept or refuse a signal?

There are so many edge and corner cases it's unreal.

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Curiosity drills into the watery origins of Mars

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Re: If we don't find some life there soon

We need to smack something fairly big and at a fair speed to re-melt the core, otherwise adding water is for nothing as the thin atmosphere will cause it to evaporate and the solar wind will strip it away.

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Shoebox-sized satellites made by civs win trip on NASA's newest rocket

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Re: For the boffin's sake I hope they have a backup plan.

If they were building 2/3 different launches you could understand that, but they are not.

It's got everything to do with cash and jobs for a politico's area and nothing to do with efficiency or effectiveness.

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Tech can do a lot, Prime Minister, but it can't save the NHS

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Re: Money is the solution

"Well one good reason is that Jeremy Hunt has spent an awful lot of time lately meeting with US Healthcare Insurers. Coincidence?"

Please correct the spelling of his name. C-C-C

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Real world underfunding

In 2009-2010, the NHS budget was £111.7Bn

In 2016-2017, it is £122.6Bn.

Tory data manipulators state they are spending more money on the NHS.

Between 2010 and 2017 compound inflation is about 18%.

Therefore the 09-10 budget (relatively) was ~£131.8Bn.

Or more fundamentally, a 7% reduction in funding.

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Retirement age must move as life expectancy grows, says WEF

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Re: This is all very well, but........

@Mad Mike,

While Minimum wage is a good thing in that it prevents people being underpaid for their work, at the same time I have a couple of issues with it:

1. If a job is paid at Minimum Wage all the boss of that job is saying is, I would pay you less, but I'm not legally allowed.

2. If an individual on Minimum Wage needs to work 60+hrs/week just to make ends meet, when the majority full time work IRO ~40hrs/week, then either Minimum Wage is too low or the system is attempting to work against Minimum Wage.

The second one is what I think we are seeing, the market forces are acting to minimise the impact of any raises.

As you stated previously, who determines what is an acceptable no. of hrs/week? There is no right or wrong answer, only what as a group we assess as fair.

I have no issue with those that wish to work longer hours, that is their choice, however I take issue when it is forced upon an individual, politically, financially or otherwise.

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Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

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Re: Please keep it simple

You can make a mechanical engine as efficient and refined as something ECU controlled.

It would be heavier and cost a lot more, but it is possible.

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CAN Reliability

Depends on the Bus, Low speed CAN, can operate as a LIN bus in the event the CAN HIGH or CAN LOW becomes open circuit.

High Speed CAN doesn't support this feature, neither does CAN FD.

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India sets June 5 as the day it will join the heavy-lift rocket club

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Re: Not really heavy is it?

"I expect by 2025 heavy lift will be changed to refer only to rockets above your 50 tonne number."

Depends if Musk gets the funding to build the BFR.

Theoretically 500t to LEO.

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Schiaparelli probe crash caused by excessive spin, report concludes

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Still curious

Send a rover there, normally they have a drill to cut into things, this has blasted a great big hole in the ground, revealing things, could make for some useful research.

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Facebook parlays bot bet into ParlAI dialog framework

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FAIR

...So, it's anything but...

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