* Posts by itzman

1760 posts • joined 28 Jun 2011

Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

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I think its fine to not have details public

..so long as domains that choose to remain private are clearly flagged by browsers, as potentially 'dodgy'

And important part of malware email handling consists in finding out who they are from, or who they are redirecting you to.

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New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

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Re: How many battery "breakthroughs" is that this year?

cars don't explode unless they are first subjected to the sort of abuse that creates a fuel-air mixture.

Those of us who have flown and crashed planes powered by Li-ion batteries can assure you that they, however, do.

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Intel outside: Apple 'prepping' non-Chipzilla Macs by 2020 (stop us if you're having deja vu)

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Re: Do you even know what what government is FOR, let alone how it actually works?

Everyone knows that what a government is for is to replace your parents, by giving you a strict moral code, supporting you in your indolence and making you feel good about yourself, even if you discover your internal fantasies don't match the hardware nature supplied you with.

Mutti Merkel and the Mumsy Minges know best, dear!

Any suggestion that one might grow up and leave the EuroKindergarten of 'Jeux sans frontières' is met with howls of anguish greater than any teenager who has had their I phone removed from their live puffy hands and stamped on.

Anyway I thought that the whole point of the EU was to have one architecture and one operating system?

Surely everyone understands the benefits of harmonised 'cultural diversity'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xtdqp30dJlE

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Re: macOS drove me mad slowly

Apart from a pretty case, why on earth put Linux on a Mac?

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Re: Sure about ARM ?

I can see a day when 'OSX' and 'Windows' are just another Linux Distro.

One where the apps aren't free...

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Re: Why?

How awesome would a CPU with multiple instruction set capabilities be? A toggle feature between x86, ARM and PPC would be interesting. Monday, you have PPC, Tuesday you've got ARM then by Wednesday you're running x86 :-D.

Since almost all CISCS run microcode, its probably quite easy.

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What's silent but violent and costs $250m? Yes, it's Lockheed Martin's super-quiet, supersonic X-plane for NASA

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Re: Yes after 6 decades they've come up with something slower than Concorde. But......

PINNOCHIO.

Long nosed vapourware.

Seriously though, I suspect that what counts is the shape of the nose not its absolute length. One is trying to reduce the peak intensity of the 'boom' by 'smearing' it out over a few more milliseconds.

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Cambridge Analytica's daddy biz had 'routine access' to UK secrets

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Re: Indeed

The reality is that its not a question of faux news and real news, because everything that reaches the electorate is tailored and targeted to win.

Except for a brief time, social networking and other internet sources. The powers that be have been playing catchup here, and are just about in the position of having it all buttoned down.

Now it is extensively astroturfed, and anything 'off message' is taken down as 'hate speech' or racist' or whatever emotional knee jerk term they have managed to gain traction with.

No government wants free speech or democracy. Far too much chance..

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Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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Re: Plenty of venom still

Yep. Its well orchestrated astroturfing

Designed to make anyone who doest support brexit feel in a small minority.

It is conscious manipulation of the nations political consciousness by a small group of seemingly well paid astroturfers

Why do they feel they need to do that?

When the truth is not good enough, tell lies.

Brexit may be bad for Britain, but its unbelievably worse for the EU. 30% of their gross income GONE if its no deal. 30% of their export market at a serious disadvantage if there is no deal.

There are trillions of losses at stake within the EU purlieu. That's why they spent a billion or so on the remain campaign.

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Re: Plenty of venom still

At least we don't have the Brussels Inquisition yet

WE have had it for years.

You have to pass it to get a job anywhere in the public sector,

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Re: Transition what?

If we are bound by the rules we haven't left the EU.

BRINO

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Re: I'm an European citizen and I hate Brexit and its perpetrators, ...

A big difference is that the Remain side did it by legal means and telling -mostly- the truth, while the other...

If you truly believe that I feel unbelievably sorry for you.

May you never lose that innocence...

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Re: I'm an European citizen and I hate Brexit and its perpetrators, ...

"Our only hope is that this error will teach... a few important lessons regarding ... politicians giving easy solutions to complicated issues"

If that lesson wasn't learned generations ago - and it obviously wasn't - it never will be.

Back in the fading days of Apartheid when I worked in a factory NOT surrounded by 10ft high razor wire with 24 x7 armed response guard contracts as a condition of insurance, my Zulu colleague who (when not camping illegally in someone's 'garden boy' house) lived in Soweto told me that the Cuban agitators promised that communism, delivered by the ANC would deliver a 'swimming pool and a Mercedes for every black man'.

Well a Mercedes for every black man who wants one is a simple matter of acquiring a lethal weapon and stealing one, but swimming pools are not so portable. ...looking at the current water crisis in Cape Town, one can see how magnificently the ANC have delivered on all those promises.

What every black man has got these days, is electricity that no one pays for and a satellite dish.

I am not excusing apartheid. Merely pointing out that the alternative chosen has not been a great deal better, and in many cases is a great deal worse.

Anyone who puts their trust in politicians promises deserves all they get.

In general all they want is your vote. And they wont love you in the morning.

What are we leaving? a bunch of corrupt political Cnuts. And no doubt our own corrupt political Cnuts will make a similar mess BUT we at least can sack the bastards.

Which is why we voted to leave.,

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that didn't stop polish MEP Danuta Hübner (chairwoman of the European Parliament's constitutional affairs committee, no less) from proposing it, nor French MEP Jean-Luc Mélenchon supporting it.

Talk about Zen and the Art of deckchair rearrangement...

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Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

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Re: Sorry, I still don't get it...

This is all irrelevant. The point is that Vettel was ahead because he hadn't pitted. At normal car speeds a pit stop costs you 20 seconds or so in total, relative to a car at full race speed

But under VSC conditions its much less. Not because you can go faster in the pit lane than on the track, but because the pitstop itself - typically under 3 seconds, is not the problem, it is the slowing down and the pit-lane speed limits that cost you the time. but they dont cost you any MORE times if VSC is in operation.

But the VSC DOES cost the car that stays out, time.

*shrug* exploiting the rules is how you win in F1. Pitting under safety is a well known trick. Vettel was likley behind both Hamilton and Raikonnen, when Fate smiled. Or someone bribed the Haas mechanics.

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Re: Sorry, I still don't get it...

If they removed 50% of the aero packages currently in use and allowed things like active suspension again...

Active suspension WAS all about aero.

Keeping the car base close to the ground to suck it onto the track.

You have fallen into the leftist trap of thinking that the solution to regulations that dont work is more regulations.

Frankly they should simply have a standard tank of fuel, be made to meet standard safety regs and let everything else be free.

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Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian

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Yes. Its legal to run down pedestrians on a normal road, if they clearly were suicidally negligent.

I've even been to a court where the driver was acquitted, as I was witness to the accident.

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Intel: Our next chips won't have data leak flaws we told you totally not to worry about

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Re: So...a whole new computer?

Golly, I cant remember when I bought a whole new computer that was not a laptop or smartphone

lets see the case and PSU still has an XP license stuck on it, 2005? the MB is three years old the CDrom 8, the graphics card..Mmm I think that's quite new, as is the motherboard. The SSD is three years old...and the monitor is getting on for 6..

Keyboards last about a year max.

FrankenPC

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Openreach hiring thousands more engineers

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'BT' hasn't existed for some time. Openreach is in fact profitable and effective. The loss making part is BT retail the consumer facing ISP and 'package' broker.

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Europe is living in the past (by nearly six minutes) thanks to Serbia and Kosovo

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Re: For those who wonder...

So much misunderstanding and limiting understanding

AC is great because its easy to change voltages using just an old lump of iron and some copper windings.

It's also great because its easy to generate - being what naturally comes out of a magnet rotating inside a bunch of coils - or vice versa.

It's also great because it shows that the dynamos are slowing down under load, thus slowing down all synchronous motors attached to the grid and lowering the load.

Its bad for very big grids. Or undersea cables. Because very big grids have enough propagation delay to make a lot of out of phase current circulate - as do undersea links , on account of the massive capacitance they exhibit between conductors and ground.

This leads to greater losses due to cable resistance.

The UK grid is stabilised to have a long term average of EXACTLY 50Hz, though it will fluctuate under load.

It is not connected directly to the European Grid. All links are DC with frequencies at either end being independently variable.

The move away from turbines & transformers towards electronic inverters is not altogether welcome. Spinning mass accounts for the best short-term storage on the grid there is. load fluctuations are dealt with my the rotational inertia.

Adding massive amounts of highly variable - and over short time scales, as windmills trip in and out and clouds cover solar panels - renewable energy places a BIG strain on grid management. Germany has already had to relax its frequency control standards to accommodate Energiewiende and many factories that depend on 50hz stability have been forced to essentially install what amounts to massive crystal controlled UPS'es. Increasing electricity consumption still further.

Meanwhile the rapid deployment of power stabilised switch mode PSUs has meant that lowering frequency and/or voltage does not lower power drawn, thus depriving grids of a simple and natural way to keep supply and demand balanced.

We are fortunate that we have always run a separate grid even before Brexit.

Like most of the EU, the European grid is too big to manage and suffers too much political interference to be efficient.

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Europe plans special tax for Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon

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Re: I'm not sure that targeting specific companies is the way forward.

This is similar to VAT. Except that there is no added about it. I suppose its simply a sales tax.

Well all that happens is the prices go up and the consumer pays, or they move to a brexited UK :-)

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Paul Allen's six-engined monster plane prepares for space deliveries

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Re: You'll never get me up in one of those things

"a heck of a twist around that central spar,"

The spar is not there to provide torsional stiffness. It is there to provide bending stiffness. In a wing made of spars and ribs the torsional stiffness is massive, provided by the actual stressed skin of the wing.

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Re: if you can breathe air

You are doing some circular thinking there. The whole point is NOT to mimic the trajectory of a pure rocket.

Use of winged aircraft and turbofan/Ramjet/Scramjet to mach 6 at 100,000 feet is probably what they are thinking of

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Boring. The phone business has lost the plot and Google is making it worse

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Wait till theres a Linux that works on rooted phones..

We were slow with PCs, but android IS linux plus rubbish

Android Mint...

No apps store, just .debs...

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NSA boss: Trump won't pull trigger for Russia election hack retaliation

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Government approved news sources?

That is the Left's solution.

The Right's solution is to say 'man up and start to think for yourselves about what you read...'

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Re: What were they planning on doing?

..and sometimes you brush it all aside in the media whilst arms length agencies take down the Russian gas network...

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Getty load of this: Google to kill off 'View image' button in search

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Did getty really...

allow access to full res images by search engines and robots without payment?

They deserve anything they get

If your real salable data isn't hidden behind a paywall what do you expect?

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Winter is coming for AI. Fortunately, non-sci-fi definitions are actually doing worthwhile stuff

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Please can we drop the I from HI because it's clear from anyone watching the media that humans do not think, merely respond to programming by the media coupled with a crude form of pattern recognition.

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Forget cyber crims, it's time to start worrying about GPS jammers – UK.gov report

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Re: Big Brother is Watching You

No 2G phone I have ever owned does that.

I concede that smartphones may

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Ever wondered why tech products fail so frequently? No, me neither

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Re: UAT Testing

I also use this as an opportunity to moan about my (also Bosch) dishwasher,which was designed by/for people who never have soup, cereal or anything else consumed from a bowl, because there isn't actually any slots that a bowl will fit into.

Don't worry, it will be beyond economic repair three months after the warranty expires.

Then you can buy the new model which wont take 12" plates either.

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Re: "cheap footwear"

" today's market comprises goods that are universally shit, regardless of price."

Correct. Just had to repair a screen on a smartphone - it cost nearly as much as the phone. 'These aren't really designed to come apart' . What about the more expensive ones. "Even worse".

Dishwasher broke 6 months out of three year warranty. £200 to fix. "Can you recommend a model that doesn't break or costs less to fix?". "Not these days mate."

Firefox runs slower and freezes more than it dido ten years ago., Even Thunderbird now regularly goes into guru meditation mode.

Latest Linux kernel 4.,4 now crashes the laptop on screensave.

I'm running a 13 year old car - why? It's better than a new one. Especially after the £300 labour charge to replace a £6 thermostat.

A well known banks website simply does not work. The sent me a letter presumably to tick some boxes in their quality of care policy document. The site still doesn't work after 6 months.

I never thought I would be living through Joseph Tainter's 'Collapse of Complex Societies' as well as '1984'

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Re: You're really lucky!

how much did you pay him?

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FYI: There's now an AI app that generates convincing fake smut vids using celebs' faces

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Re: Not as good as claimed

"not, I suspect, to the point where it will fool forensic analysis?"

Wanna bet?

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Actually your post clearly makes the point

that there is security through obscurity.

If you didn't know this tool existed, you couldn't use it could you?

I run a well known website. People are always knocking on the doors. All the well known doors.

Since I am a grumpy curmudgeon, who doesn't trust 'frameworks' and 'content management systems' none of those doors actually exist.

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Death notice: Moore’s Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018

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Re: Just wondering

There is no doubt that computer applications would benefit massively from doing less, better.

Sadly the unsophisticated users seem to want more features and care nothing about speed, stability or security.

And Poettering is an object lesson in the concept that so to do the new generation of coders.

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It would seem that code will need to be tighter

Yes.

Instead of bloatware and throw big tin at it, how about actually learning how to write good code?

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No wonder Marvin the robot was miserable: AI will make the rich richer – and the poor poorer

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Civilisation is, and always was, built on slavery

Firstly, slaves tilled the fields to make the food to feed the warrior priests.

Only after slaves became in short supply did they get paid, and enter te times of economic slavery.

Now machines replace the slaves. There is no need for plebs any more.

The only problem is killing them off whilst looking innocent.

Environmentalism is of course the answer. Wholesale failure of power grids based on 'renewable energy' should take out all urban populations that dont have private helicopters.

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Astroboffins say our Solar System could have – wait, stop, what... the US govt found UFOs?

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Re: Alien UFO's are Real - True / False...

The only proposition more absurd than the big bang is creationism.

We are of course simply in a Matrix...

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Learn client-server C programming – with this free tutorial from the CIA

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Re: Bravo !

Everything is the public face of the Russian intelligence services. Guardian. BBC. Greenpeace. Jeremy Corbyn. Mumsnet. Hillary Clinton.

:)

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Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

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Paris Hilton

Sharkls like undersea cables as well apparently.

But the parrots? They just wanna Twitter, let's face it.

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What just trousered a $4.5bn profit, has glum desktop chip sales, and rhymes with go to hell?

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Dear Chipzilla...

What would your new desktop processors do for me that your existing ones do not?

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Apple Cook's half-baked defense of the Mac Mini: This kit ain't a leftover

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Linux

"The great thing about macs if that you can get 5 years out of them at a push"

The great thing about Linux boxes is that you can get 20 years out if them at a push...

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Linux

I hear they make great paperweights

lol!

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Neglected Pure Connect speaker app silenced in iOS 11's war on 32-bit

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Re: Twats.

Ratners?

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

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Re: The usual error

And you have made teh usual error of conflating the source of energy with the practicability of actually deploying it.

Namely the fact that an electric aircraft performs a lot better then than the megajoules in its battery would indicate by direct comparison with a fuel engine.

Oh and a ground based CCGT is about twice as efficient as the same turbine in the aircraft.

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Re: Joke, right?

However electric motors are three times as efficient as a gas turbine so it comes down to about an order of magnitude.

An electric plane can do about an hour of flight, a fuel one up to 10 hours. That's really the only difference,

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The only thing stopping ...

is the lack of a suitable battery.

The equations of flight are well known, and if and only if, a lithium air battery (which gets heavier as it gets exhausted, which is great for take-off) can be developed than prop and indeed ducted fan jet planes able to cross the Atlantic are possible.

As with all things electric in transport the world has been waiting for a suitable battery for well over 100 years.

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Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck

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re: I'm just curious as to why

Because we are engineers who have had them apart to fix after our wives bought the bloody things?

Because we discovered that a Henry at half the price works twice as well?

And has less parts to go wrong?

There are products that sell to people who dont understand technology, and products that sell to peole who do.

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Re: Solve this at the source

I occasionally need a car to do a 200 mile trip, therefore I need to ownn a car that will do 200 miles non stop.

This is true because of government legislation. I would own two cars, one electric for all the short hops, but tax insurance and MOT of low mileage cars makes it more expensive than buying the fuel for the short hop journeys.

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Re: Solve this at the source

"...still can't see the energy density of batteries and their recharge rate being any better than the 'liquid energy' of petroleum, along with the convenient refilling of the fuel tank. Until THAT happens, electric cars will merely be toys for the rich, the experimenters, and the smug..."

ALMOST true. Lithium air is getting very close to a tank of kerosene, but its an insanely difficult technology to build a battery out of., But I never say 'never' if something is possible

Unfortunately a massive market just waiting for a suitable battery, doth not a suitable battery make...

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