* Posts by Timbo

265 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

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Stop all news – it's time for us plebs to be told about BBC paycheques!

Timbo

"Whilst there's all the rah rah rah about unequal pay, it would actually be interesting to see the pay per viewing hour between the female and male actors and THEN maybe we can see how big the difference is. "

What would be nice is if the BBC added some nice on-screen graphics for each "talent" and then we can see exactly how much they have earned whilst being "on screen"...the majority of which would be coming from the TV Licence money.

I can just imagine a 10 second clip of Chris Evans with a "taxi cab meter" incrementing nicely as he speaks...at 2.2m per year, that's over £6k per DAY, every day...£251 per hour, £4.18 per minute or about 7p per second...every second !!

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

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"There is an argument for the BBC to encrypt and only licence fee payers can access the TV content. This would take years for the filter through of the new capable hardware to reach people unless they went all out and forced people to change their hardware. Can you imagine that?!."

The fact is that the BBC had the PERFECT opportunity, when we went from analogue 625 line transmission to digital TV (ie Freeview), to ensure that EVERY Freeview box had a CAM slot, so that everyone who wanted to watch the digital BBC transmissions, could do so. A simple CAM card could have been issued to the viewer when they got their new TV licence.

But they FAILED to do so.

Even now, they could encrypt their signals on the Sky and Virgin platforms and said broadcasters could increase the subscription to those viewers and monies would come in (if they fully went over to the encrypted route). And many Freeview and Freesat viewers could get a CAM card if their receiver accepted it, or buy a cheap new set top box.

But the fact is, that like so many other technologies, (DAB for one), the BBC has failed to see beyond it's limited, blinkered views and still relies on 1960's methods of extracting money from people who might not even want to watch the BBC.

Time will come when the BBC will have to cut its expenditure, if more people decide the TVL is not worth the money anymore, esp with other channels online and from satellite.

PS: It also seems that if you want to watch ANY programs on the BBC iPlayer archive, that were made (say) 5, 10 even 20 years ago, you have to agree to the statement that you currently have a TV Licence. Given that these programs were all paid for "way back when" they should now be in the public domain and they should not require your agreement to something that isn't relevant to the archived programmes.

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

Timbo

Re: 150/night?

"Now I am literally screwed and Oracle asks me to pay the money back that the relocation company has spent on a guest house and overpriced hotels, also travel expenses and whatever."

Sounds to me like he didn't have a choice as the "relocation company" dealt with his accommodation.

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

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Re: Non-threatening

"Well, it _was_ non-threatening..."

...until some numbskull NASA bloke decided to recycle his old fridge and send it on a one-way trip to some rock...

At least we have until "the early 2020's" to enjoy ourselves and not have to worry about too much...like Trump, Brexit, Syria, Russia, China, IS, the Tories, Corbyn, Putin, North Korea, Microsoft, Musk, TOWIE, Bake Off, Strictly, Murdoch, England teams.....so, not many will remember the odd case of a 160m wide mini-asteroid being sent off course and no doubt delivering a huge surplus of raw materials to the soon to be depleted Earth.

I wonder if NASA could sell the asteroids mineral wealth to the highest bidder and hence ensure an expedited delivery direct to the end customer !!

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

Timbo

Formerly Explosive.....now just Famously Expensive (for what it is/will be) ;-)

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MEN: For pity's sake SLEEP with LOTS of WOMEN - and avoid Prostate Cancer

Timbo

Re: Sperm Is A Mutagen

One other factor is that Testosterone, "feeds" the prostate cancer tumour, which is why before radiotherapy, one can be prescribed Casodex, which reduces the level of testosterone in the body and this then helps to shrink the tumour, so it is easier to "attack" with the radiotherapy.

(Casodex has a side-issue in that, in the male, the oestrogen hormone can then become more "dominant" and you can grow larger "man boobs", so you are then given Tamoxifen, which reduces the risk of men getting breast cancer).

A very simple method of reducing prostate cancer is physical castration, as without testes, there's no testosterone for the tumour, so it shrinks. Chemical castration can be helpful, if the idea of surgery puts you off.

Ultimately, after prostate cancer diagnosis, one has to accept compromises in one's lifestyle, if one wants to live to a ripe old age and collect a pension...

And if you are 50 or thereabouts, go see a GP and ask for a PSA test. Too many men don't and by the time some other health issue makes you see a GP, a tumour could have spread and that makes it a lot harder to get rid of. If any of your recent male ancestors or siblings have had a positive diagnosis, then get yourself checked, irrespective of age.

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Voyager 1 passes another milestone: It's now 138AU from home

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Re: Gliese 445?

"According to NASA, "in about 40,000 years, it will pass within 1.6 light-years of the star Gliese 445"."

...and sadly by then, all the current receiving antennae/dishes would have been scrapped, all the existing receiving apparatus would be too and the chances are there won't be any humans around either.

Such a shame...but at least by then The Trump would have been long forgotten too !!

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Currys PC World given a spanking for misleading laptop savings ads

Timbo

"In a second judgement, Curry's PC World was sanctioned for spreading alarm and distress by offering for sale a 1m HDMI cable for £23.96.

Many complainants said they became upset and disoriented when they spotted the price didn't end in .99 and panicked because they felt they may have wandered into the wrong store or fallen through a wormhole into an alternative universe."

It is quite normal in the retail world for shops to price some items with "unusual" pence figures, as this is a "quick and dirty" way to let store staff know what the deal is on that item:

ie:

x.99 = normal price

x.98 = special offer for "y" days

x.97 = end of line - no more once sold out

x.96 = in store promo with supplier with extra commission for store staff

etc

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Waymo waves off original Google Firefly driverless car

Timbo

Re: Don't hold your breath..

Isn't it about time all houses and business addresses were able to buy a security type box to allow delivery drivers to deliver a package, and get a "receipt" back from said box that proved they had delivered something... The box could then email/txt it's owner to say something had arrived.

Just needs a simple numeric entry code, for delivery driver to enter that opens a top flap, and they then put item inside, which then drops down beneath a second "flap" to prevent said driver making off with any previously delivered items. Box can be mains powered and have a wifi connection to local router and a small screen that showed a QR code, which is the equivalent of customer signature.

It could probably be driven by a Raspberry Pi and for security, it gets bolted to the outside of the building,

I've seen Amazon type boxes in some stores, which is a half-way house sort of system, but surely someone could easily come up with a suitable design?

PS If anyone takes on this idea, we share profits OK ;-)

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Swedish school pumps up volume to ease toilet trauma

Timbo

Re: When I was a lad ....

The secondary school I was "allocated" to (SE London, 1969) was known for its roughness, with plenty of stories of older pupils causing physical injury and suffering to the 1st year intake.

So, having one's head pushed down into the (used) toilet bowl and it being flushed, being forcibly circumcised and of having razor blades dragged across one's chest - all "initiation rites" performed by these older male pupils.

As an 11 yr old, I wasn't expecting to see the 2nd year :-(

About 2 years later a new head, (who was ex-army) was installed and the school improved dramatically and the nasty elements were removed.

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Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels

Timbo

Isn't it about time that the delivery firms actually asked customers at what time of day (and on which day) they wanted their delivery to arrive? If the supermarkets can do this for food and other comestibles why not couriers?

Why do we still have an antiquated 18th C delivery model, when most people are at work when the couriers want to deliver?

In fact: a better idea - get the couriers to deliver to a nominated supermarket and then they can deliver your items along with your shopping.

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Male escort forgot pregnancy protection, scores data protection instead

Timbo

Re: In the UK

"Almost no contraception* is 100 effective."

Not quite - there is one very good method: UTBNB

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=UTBNB

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Gig economy tech giants are 'free riding' on the welfare state, say MPs

Timbo

Definitions of employed/self-employed ?

I always thought that the distinction between "employed" and "self-employed" was along the lines of:

"Employed" - you work for someone else in "their" company (either full time or part time)

"Self-employed" - you work for "your own" company (even if providing services to someone elses company)

So, drivers for Uber et al should be called "Employed" as they are working for someone elses' company. In theory, by my own definition, Uber drivers could be working for themselves, but providing "services" to Uber.

In which case, I would further refine the above to:

"Employed" - you work for someone else (exclusively) in "their" company (either full time or part time)

"Self-employed" - you work for "your own" company (and/or you are providing non-exclusive services to more than one company belonging to someone else)

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

Timbo

Re: Landgrab again

By sheer coincidence, I saw this on Facebook@

https://www.teezily.com/engine3r

It's a T-shirt that says:

[quote]

Engineer

noun.[en-juh-neer]

Someone who does precision guesswork based on unreliable data provided by those of questionable knowledge, See also: Wizard, Magician

[end quote]

Think I'll get me one of them :-)

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European Court of Justice lays down the law on Kodipocalypse

Timbo

mmmmmmmmmm...

So, nothing to stop you buying a KODI box and adding the correct software yourself...but EU law is now clarified to the point where it will be illegal for retailers to sell boxes with any such software pre-installed.

One assumes, further, that it may become illegal to pass any directions as to where you can find the instructions on how to install such software.

Good luck with that !!

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TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

Timbo

"Until they update the HDMI spec, that is..."

Except that HDMI uses a handshaking protocol, so that a HDMI v1.1 device can "see" (or be seen from) a HDMI v2.x (or later). Sure you might not get receive the latest whizz-bang, shiny-shiny picture or sound, but it will work - it'll just be working on the "best" common specification, between the two devices.

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Timbo

Re: All I want is the screen

"The display of a "TV" is the biggest and most expensive part. I want this to be the dumbest, too. I don't want it to be dependent on the whims or mistakes (or cynical marketing) of some distant third party. I don't want to have to upgrade it, or replace it, merely because someone, somewhere, flipped a bit in a protocol and made it obsolete. I want the smarts to be in a separate box."

Quite a few years ago, Sony did a modular TV - it was called ProFeel.

They did 2 sizes of TriniTron CRT (in UK at least): 20" and 27".

The extra's included a separate TV tuner, a Teletext unit, that plugged into that and two speakers that were attached to the sides of the TV cabinet, so you have stereo TV sound (if the broadcaster offered it).

https://www.sony.net/Fun/design/history/product/1980/kx-27hf1.html

Looks like the best way forwards to "future proof" yourself, is indeed to follow the modular path - I did and I have a nice 32" Sammy monitor, with HDMI, DVI and VGA inputs, and I can then invest in a KODI box (or Freeview, Freesat, Roku, Now TV or even Sky or Virgin) and I can get whatever TV service I like. The Sammy has it's own (not so good) built in speakers, but I can always pipe the sound through the hi-fi if I want. Job done.

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While Facebook reinvents Sadville, we still dream of flying cars

Timbo

Virtual World?...again?

Reading this article about MZ and FB, I'm reminded of something from over 20 years ago: CompuServe WorldsAway....

I found this website that shows some of the info - I'm sure a trawl of your fav search engine will find more.

http://www.digitalspace.com/avatars/book/fullbook/chwa/chwa1.htm

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Give 'bots a chance: Driverless cars to be trialled between London and Oxford

Timbo

Re: Repainting the text....

"Wouldn't it be good if someone did crowd-funding to get the "Give peas a chance" message repainted - it's looking a bit tatty now."

Speaking of which (or not as the case may be.

Anyone remember the "Good Morning Lemmings" graffitti, painted on the support posts for the elevated section of the A4/M4. You'd have to be on the A4 under the elevated section (or to have come off the east-bound slip road) towards the Chiswick roundabout to have seen it.

Been a while since I was in that area so don't know if it has been overpainted. Always tickled me, thinking of stationary motorists in the morning rushhour, having to endure this message !!

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Not the droids you're looking for – worst handsets to resell

Timbo

Re: Until the battery dies

"I'm not kidding, either. Literally just this week I bought a new battery for my SGS1. I'm buying seven candles and a cake on the 4th of June."

My original SG S11 battery has at last decided it doesn't want to charge up any more...but I already had a spare, bought at a time when the little pocket rechargers weren't available.

And I still have my EE pocket charger (just in case), as it's one of the good ones that doesn't heat up !

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Mondays suck. So why not spend yours playing with an original Mac and games in your browser

Timbo

I still have some original Apple CDROMs with Mac System 7 on them. And somewhere I have an external Apple CDROM drive, using a SCSI interface.

The Mac I was using at the time, (to use with an Apple Newton !!) was recycled a while ago though.

Might have to dig them out and see if they are still OK?

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Boeing builds British Airways 787 Dreamliner in 4 minutes

Timbo

Re: Nice video.

"If you watch carefully at 1:44 and 2:15 the airframe is labelled line number 233, which is apparently JY-BAF, an aircraft delivered to Royal Jordanian almost a year ago."

Yup - the video is of at least two different builds. Look at 2:16-2.17 and as the port engine is lifted, at the right of frame you can see a painted tail - and it's not a BA "flag" !!

So, maybe some CGI was added to hide a different marking on a tail? (on order to make it look like this was "one" build and not a compilation).

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SpaceX wows world with a ho-hum launch of a reused rocket, landing it on a tiny boring barge

Timbo

Re: Question: How many engines does....

"You're seeing the flame from the main engines, looking down the length of the stage."

in which case, one should be the unextended "legs" on the side of the 1st stage and NOT the grid fins....

But as mentioned the grid fins are at the top of the first stage, so the pic implies the 1st stage is heading back to earth "upside down".

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Timbo

Question: How many engines does....

...a Falcon 9 have?

In theory it's nine, mounted at the bottom of the 1st stage.

BUT: In the article there's a pic of the 1st stage "burn" where the "grid fins" are extended and there's fire coming out of the end of the rocket.

The grid fins are at the TOP of the first stage. So, is there a small engine at the top of the first stage, that then slows down the rocket, so it can then do a "flip" and allow the bottom of the rocket to then face downwards and eventually allow the 9 engines "relight" and do the "landing burn"?

So, is there a 10th engine at the top of the 1st stage?

http://www.spacex.com/falcon9 for more pics.

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Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall

Timbo

Frankly - new El Reg reporter?

"Frankly were surprised this hasn't been done before. "

I glad "team" Frankly was surprised....they often doesn't get much praise in the first instance !

Unless you meant Frankly is an individual, in which case it should be "Frankly *was*..."

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So my ISP can now sell my browsing history – what can I do?

Timbo

Re: Track Me Not

TrackMeNot can be installed into Chrome, but trying to do the same in Firefox causes the browser to prevent installation as it is an unsigned extension :-(

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Disney plotting 15 more years of Star Wars

Timbo

SPOILER ALERT

"The CEO also said that recently-departed actor Carrie Fisher will not be digitally resurrected in The Last Jedi and that the scenes that she shot and the film's plot will remain unaltered."

So, given that they killed off Han Solo in the last SW film, I would guess that they had already planned and filmed killing off Gen Leia.

That then leaves the 3rd "new" SW film to bump off Luke and then it completes the entire original SW cast history.

Just some "spin off" films to add in a bit of back story and maybe some extra content to give us some "treats" on how Tarkin got so high up, how about a training film for Stormtroopers, and film of how to build a Millennium Falcon, though there is already a Haynes manual for how to fix one !!

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Did your in-flight entertainment widget suck? It's Panasonic's fault, claims software biz

Timbo

Re: In flight entertainment

"doesn't give out more heat than Chernobyl"

I flew long distance Manchester > Doha > Perth and the back of seat display in front of me gave out a lot of heat...if you then multiply that by the 300+ seats in the plane, one wonders how much extra work the aircon has to do to get rid of all the excess heat :-(

Surely more efficient screens would make more sense?

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Licence-fee outsourcer Capita caught wringing BBC tax from vulnerable

Timbo

When the UK adopted digital TV, (and everyone had to ditch or adapt their CRT's) is the point at which the manufacturers of TV receiving devices (set top boxes, flatscreens, VCR's etc) should have ensured their products could take subscriber cards*...and then the BBC could have easily encrypted their service and the licence fee method of collecting monies, could have been axed, along with all the extra cost of employing 330 people to doorstep you.

And then it would be a case of: No subscription, no reception.

Likewise, existing Sky subscribers could have paid a little extra to receive BBC services.

Common sense clearly isn't something any of the big wigs in Govt or at the BBC had back then or have any more.

* With a discount for any extra subscriber cards for people with more than one TV in the house.

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Apple weans itself off Intel with 'more ARM chips' for future Macs

Timbo

Multiple ARM chips?

Not being a hardware genius, and seeing how Intel have been making a lot of dosh on multi-core CPU's of late, I'd have thought that it would make some sort of sense for Apple to have multiple ARM CPU's (either individually or shrunk into a single "package") on it's newer products. These products could then have various cores switched on, as required, by the OS in order to allow the hardware to carry out the users heavier processing tasks, by using more cores.

This then brings efficiency to the fore, as well as keeping the cost down (and not paying Intel). And as we all know, Apple have changed their "OS" to suit themselves, over the years and the customers still love them !

They could then use this hardware model on any product, depending on how many cores are needed for any given product?

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Let's replace Ethernet with infrared light bouncing off mirrors!

Timbo

Re: The good and the bad...

"Or a single central ceiling mounted reflector hub. Something ball shaped and covered with small flat mirrors that rotates?"

Or planet/moon sized grey metal ball, equipped with a single laser, under the command of Grand Moff Tarkin ??

PS: I still can't believe that thing got into HyperSpace (in Rogue One)

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Boffins break Samsung Galaxies with one SMS carrying WAP crap

Timbo

I have found that the biggest issue is that UK mobile phone companies prefer to sell you a new phone (and a new contract) rather than update any firmware for mobiles that might be more than (say) 18 months old.

I have a perfectly good Sammy S2, which has proven itself to be a great device...no issues ever with it and apart from having 2 new batteries (since summer 2012 when I got it), it's still in "original" condition.

And T-Mobile (now EE) only ever offered ONE update over all this time (going from 2.3.6 to 4.1.2 (Kernel dated 31st May 2013)).

I wonder if the operators are still subsidising new mobile phone contracts, as they used to do (say) 10 years ago...when retailers could earn big money for hitting monthly targets when getting people to sign up for new contracts (and hence getting new phones) and ditching their old mobiles which usually end up in a drawer somewhere.

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Former car rental biz staff gave customers' details to phone pests

Timbo

Re: Are the people affected told?

"I guess there's loads of places they could get mobile numbers from though."

Given the "take up" of mobile phones, over the last 10+ years, it's fairly easy to set up an auto-dialler to work through a range of numbers all starting 07...as so many have been issued, there's a good chance of them being successful and hence any numbers that are "live" will give a connection (even if it's just voicemail), while "inactive" numbers won't connect.

So, the issue of "cold-calling" is just down to the probability of the number being "active", as it is with landline numbers.

But the scammers have moved on now and want more than just phone numbers - so a name or part of an address is more useful to them :-(

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NASA plans seven-year trip to Jupiter – can we come with you, please?

Timbo

Different mission name?

Shame they called the mission to Psyche, "Psyche".

Given it's a "metal" asteroid (s'posedly) plus it's like a "rock", I'd have thought the mission might have been named "Lemmy" (after the now resting in piece (sic)) former frontman of Motorhead.

With both Lemmy and Lucy heading off to the far reaches, that would give us two music based named missions.

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Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo fit to go: Europe's GPS-like network switches on

Timbo

When the specs for Galileo were first published, I thought that there was a hoo-ha about whether it was going to be compatible with the American GPS system.

And eventually, it was agreed that it would be.

So, instead of needing to lock onto just a couple of available (US) birds, GPS devices would "see" more birds in the sky and hence locking onto a signal would be faster.

But it seems you need new hardware, looking at the list of (mobile phone) processors that support Galileo...so, what happened to the "compatibility"?

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Six car-makers team to build European 'leccy car charge bar network

Timbo

Re: UK Charging points

The Morrisons at Wolstanton near Stoke on Trent had a great idea - you filled up with fuel and then drove to the exit of the filling station where there was a booth and you paid for the fuel without leaving the car.

But I think the bean counters didn't like this so they re-developed the entire place and then built a "normal" mini-shop, which means to have to wait until previous customers have walked to the shop, taken a look around, buy a few items and then pay for their fuel and walk back.

There's an Esso petrol station on the A14 at Rothwell, where you can fill up, then just drive forwards into a parking bay in front of the shop, thereby making space for someone else. If all petrol stations were like this, it would help speed things up. (IMHO).

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Google's Chromecast Audio busted BT home routers – now it has a fix

Timbo

Given that BT (and PlusNet) have a lot of customers, one would assume that most peoples friends will also be on BT/PN?

So, surely a quicker option is just set up a hotspot on an Android phone and connect the ChromeCast to that, via the WiFI connection?

(I don't know how big a download the CC firmware would be, so, check first you can accommodate the download within your "free data" allowance).

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International Space Station celebrates 18th birthday in true style – by setting trash on fire

Timbo

I found the answer myself here:

https://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2013/03/speedy-astronauts-make-the-fas.html

Basically the Soyuz can catch up with the ISS within 4 orbits so about 6 hours from launch to docking. It requires the ISS to move a little (in its orbit) plus the Soyuz mission controllers need to do their bit too, as do the cosmonauts/astronauts.

So, it can be done so why it's not done regularly is why I'm still stumped !!

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Timbo

It still amazes me that it can take nearly 2 days to fly, in a space rocket, up into space approx 250 miles.

Of course the ISS is in orbit, travelling at a good few thousand miles an hour so the Soyuz takes time to get up to speed and then catch up.

But I've seen that the Russians have previously taken a "quicker" route in the recent past....so I wonder why they don't do that more often?

Plus "2 days" in a cramped Soyuz, with little space (sic) to move around inside?....one wonders about DVT plus how do they manage "toilet breaks" with a woman on board? Maybe a few diapers placed inside the space suits?

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

Timbo

""Monitor does not switch on, displays "No signal detected" message on screen,"

Actually I have a 32" Samsung LCD monitor and if the DVI cable (from the PC) "somehow" becomes detached (even though DVI plugs have thumbscrews to hold them in place), I get pretty much the same message along with a huge black border taking up the rest of the screen.....

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Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

Timbo

Re: Don't look to the past

I find my rocket-powered paperweights to be very good...as very shortly after deploying them on a new set of paper invoices and despatch notes they all disappear leaving behind just some black and charred remnants...it certainly makes book keeping very easy as there's nothing to input ;-)

However, my accountant is insisting I downgrade to ice paperweights, which makes the ink run but the paper still looks like paper, and hence he can embellish our accounts a little more thoughtfully, when submitting our annual nett loss to Companies House ;-)

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Spoiler alert: We'll bet boffins still haven't spotted aliens

Timbo

Re: 234

"Perhaps a Federation of Planets all using the same signal method as a way to attract the attention of other civilisations? I've heard dafter things."

But 234 of them all pointing at Earth ??

I can imagine maybe pointing in 234 different directions...

Or maybe there are thousands of these "light sources" pointing in multiple different directions and it just so happens that 234 of them, just by chance, point our way. :-)

Unless of course they have been monitoring our radio signals since the first Marconi broadcast and decided to focus on our Solar System?

So, say Marconi's first radio transmission was c1900 (give or take) then if aliens were listening out for us, those (v. weak) signals could be picked up say approx 115 light years away. But for a acknowledgement signal to come back then the senders can't be further than (say) 60 LY's away.

If these 234 star "signals" are coming from stars further away than 60LY, then we can be pretty sure they are not focussing on us :-)

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Astronauts on long-haul space flights risk getting 'space brains'

Timbo

HAL 9000

My first thought was: So THAT'S why HAL went wrong ;-)

(2001: A Space Oddity, if one needed the reference)

Seems like Arthur C Clarke was ahead of the game...again !!

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Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down

Timbo

Internet access?

Do all the HQ's PC's have to log into this "compromised" server, to then allow them access to the outside world?

I'd have thought they would just be able to start up their PC's, find that a "network server" isn't available (because <hopefully> it's been quarantined and taken offline) and they'd still be able to access the 'net.

Or is simple me, missing something that happens in "big corporate/charity land"? Maybe this server was also their firewall/access point/etc etc?

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MoD confirms award of giant frikkin' laser cannon contract

Timbo

Diamonds are forever ?

I'm simply reminded of the laser weapon that was bedecked with diamonds and was put into space and started destroying various weapons....shame Blofeld was put out of business...he could have won this contract !!

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Viacom, Mattel and pals busted for stalking kids with creepy web ads

Timbo

ehh ??

"collecting and sharing such information on users under the age of 13 is a violation of COPPA."

So, collecting the data is illegal ?

"Under the terms of the settlements, the companies will all agree to place additional oversight on their third-party advertisers, including regular scans to monitor how advertisers are collecting data and background checks for ad partners.

The sites will also be required to keep detailed accounts of how data is collected and provide that information to parents upon request."

and apart from a small fine, they are going to be allowed to continue "collecting data" - though they need to document what they collect.

So, having been found guilty of collecting data illegally, they are allowed to carry on ? If it was me, I'd have shut down the servers collecting the data as well as banning the sale of the "toys" that were "collecting data". That'll teach 'em !!

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Voyager 2's closest Saturn swoop was 35 years ago today

Timbo

Re: Space is big...I mean, really big

They've been in transit 39 yrs (give or take) since launch in 1977 - and are between 15 and 18.5 light hours away...so, not very far !!

I hope I get my calculations right THIS time !!

So, if humans were travelling at the same speed as Voyager, my back of a fag packet calculation is that it'd take 91,104 years to get to Proxima b

4 LYrs = 35,040 LHrs

35,040 / 15 LHrs = 2336

2336 * 39 years = 91,104 !!

Space is VERY BIG !!

PS 16,667,718,000 km in 39 yrs (or 341,640 hrs) is (approx) 48,787 km / hr - hardly "slow", but nowhere near "warp speed" !!

PPS This doesn't take into account that both Voyagers were sling-shotted around the Solar System, prior to their final trajectory...so some of the above calculations are very inaccurate !!

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