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Chevy Bolt electric car came alive, reversed into my workbench, says stunned bloke

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Re: Odd belief

Ever tried to get a car moving after the break cables have frozen solid? A HUGE chunk of USA has high humidity and temperatures in the -10 or lower zone in winter. Even if there is snow if you east coast humidity _AND_ unprotected break cables you can have quite a bit of fun.

Now, the fact that the rather sane habit of not using the handbrake in _WINTER_ has spread to the southern USA and has become a standard in summer is indeed quite dumb. So is unfortunately the design of having a significant part of the break cables completely unprotected under the car.

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What's the biggest danger to the power grid? Hackers? Terrorists? Er, squirrels

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Re: Only 15?

How long does it take to remove a destroyed pylon and replace it exactly?

The issue is not the time to replace it. Same goes for the substations.

The issue is that generating capacity will have to go offline and in emergency dump mode. If you take offline using the emergency procedure a large coal or nuclear power plant it will take days to reconnect it and you need to bring things up slowly bit by bit as the capacity comes online. You also risk damage if you go offline in emergency mode - after the grid collapses not _ALL_ of the capacity will be coming back without repairs.

If you hurry to bring it back online because you have the politicos breathing down your neck you are likely to overload the system, it will go into emergency dump mode again and you need to start from scratch. With some more damage to account for.

This is where wind, hydro and other renewables are quite handy by the way - most of them are on/off nearly instantaneously, while they cannot carry the grid on their own they can definitely help you balance the load while you are bringing the capacity online.

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Re: No birds dropping bread?

Birds dropping bread is a minor issue.

A Vulture or another large bird of prey taking a dump - different story. It is actually part of the design brief for substations in North America and other places where these can be found to be bird sh*t proof.

Think of the wonderful present from the friendly wood pidgeon or seagull which has graced your windshield. Multiply by at least 10 (if not 100) and make it a bit more runny. Apply between wires carrying 600KV. Enjoy the fun.

By the way - the standard British substation designs _ARE_ _NOT_. As we reintroduce more and more birds of prey and their population recovers we are going to see some fun.

Me coat (the one with the big torch and the candles in the pocket).

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Windows 10 networking bug derails Microsoft's own IPv6 rollout

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Re: It is not the backward, it is the forward bit which is the issue

SO, Micro-shaft: What's SO HARD???

Managing the network. For lots of clients. Properly. Something you do not need to do. Size matters I am afraid.

In order to manage the network fully, Microsoft uses DHCP and couples that with DNS integrating the whole thing off AD.

That works only half-way on v6 because v6 was engineered originally to provide such information off upstream router(s). First and foremost, what is being provided in the router advertisement is only a subset of what you can and should get off DHCP in a well managed network. Second, it equated management == router which is major design limitation. Third, it makes all clients equal which is clearly incorrect in large networks. Different clients get different answers (that is the case even on my home network).

What Microsoft is doing is the right thing (for once) - trying to manage it correctly via DHCP.

What is getting in the way is the fundamentally broken v6 ip autoconfiguration design which makes all clients equal and provides them with information off a router. The router should not be an active configuration management element in a large network. It should shift packets, not perform configuration duties.

If v6 clients could get v6 information in their v4 DHCP request the whole thing would have been a non-issue. Unfortunately, due to the infinite wisdom of some people who have not done real work for decades and mostly make a living by doing raving lunatic rants about the superiority of v6 that was prohibited in the spec.

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It is not the backward, it is the forward bit which is the issue

The issue is that IPv6 firmly lives in a retro style alternate reality as far as address configuration is concerned.

Namely, when the protocol was designed, someone, in his infinite wisdom decided that IP address assignment and configuration is a major problem. As a result it was stuffed into the protocol in a manner which is _NOT_ expandable in the future. It is a fixed feature set by far inferior to what v4 networks get via DHCP today. Very cute. Very retro. Very useless. Unfortunately expected by most implementations (including Android). (*)

To add insult to injury as a result of the rabid multicast obsession existing in v6, DHCP for v6 was moved off broadcast and ports 67-68 to multicast and a different port making it subtly incompatible in the process.

The end result of mixing retro and deliberate breakage is that a lot of the v6 networks do not work properly for some clients because they need the "other" configuration method.

To complete the raving lunatic design idiocy fest of v6 ip configuration v4 DHCP is prohibited to offer v6 addresses and configuration information. THAT is criminal in its lunacy as it only exists because a number of lunatics (most of them are known by name by the way) who were instrumental in making v6 being adopted so slowly deliberately denied this rather obvious configuration fallback option. In the name of "purity" of the "beautiful" v6 lunatic asylum.

(*) That is MSFT problem as they are trying to roll out the network managed fully by DHCP + DNS as used by AD and not v6 autoconfiguration which is done by your upstream router.

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South Korea to upgrade national stereo defence system for US$16m

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Re: Gangnam style

Korea would be large video projectors to display K-pop.

You sure you spelled it correctly? Should have been K-porn.

By the way, as most dictators of "Kommunist" (quotes really needed) lineage the Kim dynasty regime is more prudish than your typical 16th century convent.

Comes with the territory - you could pretty much plot the prudishness level in the USSR and ex-Warsaw pact 30+ years ago. The more kommienuts - the more prudish.

If the goal is to outrage them, showing some "action", especially the one they consider "perverted" is a much better idea than broadcasting Pop. It may end up in an invasion though...

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Linux is part of the IoT security problem, dev tells Linux conference

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Re: Not dumb enough

Even the useful devices become too vulnerable by being too smart. It is NOT necessary for a CCTV camera to host a complex *ix OS. Basic CCTV systems have been working securely and stupidly for six decades.

Yes and no. The *ix OS comes courtesy of image analysis. Basic (emphasis on basic) CCTV systems cannot cope with image analysis at the rates generated by modern cameras. Try feeding 10 H264 HD streams into let's say motion even on a fairly hefty CPU and watch the show.

While you can (in theory) implement all the relevant image analysis _AND_ alert actions based on image analysis on a non-*ix OS, it is not worth it. You are likely to end up with something broken and insecure in a different way (f.e. hackable via its alert submission channel). The idea of moving to IPoE + image analysis on the cameras is actually sound. So is the idea of using general purpose OS on the Arm SoC which is running the camera in order to run the analysis there. The overall cost of Cat6 + cameras + DVR/Alert management + power is already half the cost of a comparable "basic CCTV" system and dropping further.

The control protocol however (ONVIF) and the implementations of said control protocol in the field are complete and utter sh*te. The people who came up with it deserve to be subjected to some form of cruel and unusual punishment.

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Re: No, the enemy is the idiot who wrote the specs

I'd sooner trust Joe Embedded Developer

You have the worst of those worlds in this area as ONVIF and Co are web based specs - soap over HTTP. So you have both embedded developers doing customer facing http work and Wally Web Developer doing system configuration. With the results expected from either.

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Re: No, the enemy is the idiot who wrote the specs

It is not Linux which is the problem. The alternative OS is likely to either use the same horrid, buggy and insecure SOAP, RTSP and HTTP off-the-shelf code or even worse - the developers rolling their own.

The regulation is already there - I have so far tested only one legal IP CCTV camera. Funnily enough it had an instruction in German. All the other ones were violating DPA and other Eu privacy and data processing related directives, thus making them illegal to be sold.

The problem is that the toothless corporate arse licker known as DPA in the UK will never ever go as far as prohibiting an item for import for violating the regs. Most other countries are not much better.

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No, the enemy is the idiot who wrote the specs

If you look at the "standard" specs for IoT protocols, such as ONVIF they cannot be implemented on a small system with minimal attack surface. The spec requires a fully blown SOAP implementation, RTSP implementation, HTTP implementation and god knows what else. The Internet facing attack surface is gigantic by design.

This is just the standard - before we add all the backdoors for illegal (as they violate the DPA) luser friendly applications which report all of the activities in your house to a server in Shenzen so that a similarly insecure android app works in order for the customer to spy on his household.

This "insecure by design" spec + extra "market requirements" is then given to be implemented by "Joe Embedded Developer" who never had to write any secure code in his entire career.

The results are as expected and should be fixed at the root. Just take all authors of the ONVIF spec and march them off the plank somewhere in the middle of the China Sea. The local flora and fauna will do the rest (*).

(*) There is no need to march the marketing which spec-ed the android app reporting you to a server in Shenzen. That can and should be dealt with by enforcing import laws. Any piece of kit running this software is illegal and should be diverted straight to recycling at customs.

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Britain collects new naval tanker a mere 18 months late

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Re: Maggy what have we done... @Hans1

@Hans 1

Land does not have the right to self-determination. People inhabiting the land do and like it or not, the land goes with them.

It is also important to apply this rule fairly too all concerned and not only when it suits us such as:

Kosovans can have the right to self-determination and join Albania (which they will do the moment they can), but Russians and Bulgarians living along the Dnestr in Moldova cannot. Croatians have the right to self-determination, but Russians living in Crimea do not. Scottish have the right to self-determination only when we can rig the referendum by promising lies left right and center which we do not intend to keep and so on. The moment it starts smelling like they will win it we tell them that no, they cannot have it as Westminster will not grant it.

The right either exists or it does not. If Falklands, Seuta, Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey and Co are entitled to it, well then so are other places where a majority of the population in a region does not quite fancy being citizens of the country which gave them their current passports. That by the look of it includes you too - you should be able to vote and you can vote.

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Maggy what have we done...

If it was not for the Nips being so good at building ships,

The yards would still be open on the Clyde...

Just South Koreans nowdays. Otherwise Roger Waters and Pink Floyd are still spot on.

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Uncle Sam sues Oracle for 'screwing over Asian, black and women staff'

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Re: Why is Oracle still relevant?

The support contracts for them are not. The real money spent by the customers and vendors building on top is not in the database, it is in what they pay for it to be supported.

Also, Oracle is not just databases - it is ERP, Finance and HR packages sitting on top of them. I am not aware of anything free in that area which is worth mentioning. I would have loved to be able to get away from those, but the alternatives are either even more expensive and cumbersome (SAP) or rather limited in their functionality and scale (Microsoft and Co).

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Smart bombs, smart bullets – now guided smart artillery shells, thanks to DARPA dosh

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Re: The USA way of doing things

Typically it would cost several allied tanks to kill one Tiger (for all it's faults, and it had a few).

With one exception - if it was unfortunate to run into a Zveroboi ambush. This was the only piece of equipment allies had which could kill a Tiger from any angle including frontal with one shot. It simply ripped its whole gun touret out if it hit. Superweapon engineering? Why bother, just use some really, really really brute force.

Going back to the overall topic - what happens when a superweapon meets a piece of low tech using the principle "do not force it, use a MUCH larger hammer". The superweapon has its head ripped off.

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Re: The USA way of doing things

T34 v Tiger 5. In the end experience, training and numbers

Actually, mostly numbers and strategy to match.

When Germans captured T26s and BTs in Spain and later early T34s and BT7 in USSR they were horrified. It could do (barely) 300-500km on one chainset, needed full fluid change and complete transmission and engine overhaul after 500km, etc. The could not "get it" how you can fight a war in this. Well, they should have just picked up Tuhachevski's papers off the shelf and read them (Guderian actually did, but by that point nobody listened to him).

According to Tuhachevski's analysis war is a rhythmic affair (there is nothing new here, you can find some of these ideas going back to Von Clausevits and "Der Crieg"). it is not continuous, especially when fighting over large territory. You attack, consolidate your gains and defend your positions, regroup, give your troups a rest, replenish resources, then attack again. There ain't such thing as continuous BlitzKrieg in a war theater the size of Russia or the whole of Europe. When you do this using modern tank warfare (according to Tuhachevski and those of his students Stalin missed to execute), you should couple this rhythm to the maintenance cycle. Attack, establish new positions, put all tanks in a field garage for an oil change, chain change and transmission overhaul. If need be, replace the whole tank. Then do it again. T34 was literally built to match this strategy pattern.

If you look at it Russians were very badly beaten in WW2 when they deviated from this songsheet, in the summer of 41 and the summer of 42 (Harkov) because the clue-less homicidal vicar offspring could not add 2 and 2 strategywize and ordered the impossible. When he was pushed aside, the ones who knew the songbook and played by it kicked the German's ass. If you look at the whole war from winter of 42 onwards Russians played it strictly by this book including a number of cases where they refused to comply with allied requests to advance. In reality they could not - you cannot advance when half of your tanks are in bits in a garage or waiting for their turn to be in bits.

The moral of this story is - super duper weapons are useless against reasonable weapons in big numbers combined with appropriate strategy. In fact USA used this themselves - they used numbers in tank, aviation and naval warfare same as Russians in WW2. Germans had the better weapons by far - jets, tanks, ultra long range artillery, submarines, missiles - you name it. It did not help them in the slightest.

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Re: The USA way of doing things

A case to point: NASA spent millions of dollars developing a pen

Not NASA. Parker, unsolicited and tried to sell it to NASA which surprise, surprise used a pencil.

As far as Americans trying to stick an ungodly amount of tech into anything, that is mostly limited to weapons research. It is also fairly recent - f.e they did not do it in WW2.

It is unfair and incorrect to generalize that over all of the USA.

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The USA way of doing things

It is the USA way of doing things.

The design philosophy is: "You make the smartest super-duper ultra-guided fire and forget shell/missile/bullet".

If you compare this to what Russians, Israeli, even French do - they use multiple relatively dumb multiple pursuers and some intelligence in the fire control on where to place the pursuers initially. Instead of really hairy engineering and 1M lines of code for a single ultra-intelligent shell, you use a few pages of really hairy math and some algos to solve numerically particularly nasty differential equations. High up-front cost, very low cost of the actual weapons themselves.

If you compare both mathematically, you get significantly higher kill probability with the second approach at a fraction of the cost. It is trivial to prove too - various proofs both from game theory and from optimal control exist for that going about 30 years back.

If we apply game theory to the "meeting of minds"... Err... I am not sure I like the results. In fact I seriously dislike the results, because the second approach is likely to win every time. Time to tell the yanks to keep their stuff to themselves and buy some weapons from Israel, Turkey, Germany, Sweden or somewhere else (*).

(*)UK is missing in that list because BAE is so engrossed in fitting into the American weapons design gestalt that it is by all means an American company. It talks like a USA arms supplier, it thinks like a USA arms supplier, it is in fact a USA arms supplier - nothing British about it at design level.

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Chrome dev explains how modern browsers make secure UI just about impossible

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Re: HTML5 can do WHAT?!

That is only one of the issues. HTML5 can do most things one has come to associate with a local GUI toolkit. In fact, it is a replacement for a local GUI, multimedia and communications toolkit. That by itself is all right, it is better than executing foreign code... Or is it? All ads are effectively foreign code - they come and go via javascript insertion. Most websites also use tons of 3rd party code. More insertion. And more, and more and more. Each and every one of them becomes a part of the document and is nearly impossible to isolate in its own security domain.

That part of html has had practically zero thought about it and is not likely to be fixed in a subrelease like let's say HTML5.1 either. It is hear to stay and be beaten on the head with large and blunt instruments called noscript and adblock.

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Chelsea Manning sentence slashed by Prez Obama: She'll be sprung in the spring

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Re: Good on Obama!

War is horrific, I rather prefer it that way, as it keeps the village idiots in power from declaring it every other damned day

That is precisely why they should not be hidden, censored and whitewashed.

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Re: Manning up

Incorrect spelling.

TrumpoLumpen, not TrumpoLumpa

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Li-ion tamers: Boffins build battery with built-in fire extinguisher

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Phopsphoro-organics

I wonder, does mentally adding some fluorine when seeing a formula of a phosphor-organic compound count as a thought crime... Probably I should stop wondering, I already hear the sound of black helicopters outside.

On a less humorous note - I frankly have some doubts about "low toxicity" of anything which has phosphorus and organics. Probably, it is because I studied chemistry when we had the VX family as a part of the "toxicology" (freshly renamed from "chemical warfare agents") course. Thankfully, it no longer had the lab part (*).

(*) You make only one mistake when synthesizing this stuff. It is usually your last

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Devs reverse-engineer 16,000 Android apps, find secrets and keys to AWS accounts

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Trivial

Create an instance/customer specific key, use the key to authenticate to a service, fetch keys from there. The moment you no longer need them, dispose them and ask again.

1. It allows you to migrate the cloud service. The only "permanent" part is relatively lightweight and 100% under your control.

2. It allows you to blacklist dodgy app instances.

3. It allows you to use multiple upstream services.

And so on...

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CBI: Brexit Britain needs a 'sensible and flexible' immigration programme

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Re: @Doctor Syntax: It will be horrific

Just make sure they are shipped in and out each year, and May can say they aren't immigrants.

Who told you that the Eu will not throw a spanner of its own in these works. They are aware that the employers of said seasonal labor constitute the core membership and electorate of Teresa May's party. If they want to start returning favors they will definitely find a way to throw a spanner in the works here (like taxing them seasonal labor exported to the UK on the Eu side NI and Mandatory Health Insurance. If there is no declared income, tax a fixed fee). That will make any such labor prohibitively expensive overnight while hitting and hurting specifically core BrExit sponsors and electorate. If you think that the Eu is not pissed off enough start pondering such ideas...

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Two new Raspberry Pi models emerge steaming from the oven

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Re: Thermals

Concur.

I tried to build a DIY timecapsule for off-site backups using it. It was quickly reaching 70C under load and starting to go all funny - processes dying, fs corruption, etc. Even clocking it down did not help.

I ended having to replace the of Pi with a Banana for this reason. No thermal issues ever since. In fact, given a choice between the new Pi and a Banana I would always choose a Banana - significantly more reliable, especially for apps which do a lot of network or USB work.

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SpaceX makes successful rocket launch

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I'm looking forward to the day when it becomes not even news.

Nearly there. The best indicator is right in front of your eyes. El Reg could not be arsed to pull up any pics and used a stock picture. That is one of the clearest tell-tale signs that this is not really news any more.

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BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

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Re: A Typical Scam Call I Get

Typical spam call I DO NOT GET.

Hint: I retired BT service in favour of first sipgate, later teleappliant in 2007. My "fixed" lines are actually terminated on an asterisk PBX.

I never had a cold call ever since 2007. I used to have some anti-spam rules on the Asterisk, but dropped them as they were not getting hit at all for years.

The reason you get scam calls is because BT directly sold them your data.

So all this means that now the cold callers will be paying an extra premium in order to get to you direct to BT. Sweet revenue, here it comes.

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Embrace the world of pr0nified IT with wide open, er, arms

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Re: Laser printers are always “faster” and “last longer”

when it comes down to it last hardly

Err... Beg to differ there. The inkjet I used to use as home office printer is now nearly 7 years old, still running and surviving its 5th < -20C winters at my summer house. It is retired there after being replaced by a similarly home office grade laser printer which is now 5+ years old, probably past 100K pages (severely abused by the SWMBO to print exam preparation materials) and still running OK.

You just need to chose very carefully - same as with any IT equipment. Cheaper today is not always cheapest in the long term once you have calculated its running costs over its full depreciation period (around 7 years in our house).

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Apple vs. Samsung goes back to court, again, to re-assess the value of a rounded corner

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It will be interesting to watch

The current methodology of financial awards - "all profits from the product using the invention" is one of the key factors to feed the patent troll environment Decreasing this reward to be proportional to the actual role of the patent pretty much kills the patent trolling business model while still keeping patents and patent licensing as viable means to make money on IPR.

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Canada fines Amazon seven hours of profit for false advertising

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Since when does Amazon have a profit

I thought they reinvested everything and declared even or a loss out of principle. Profit? That is a nouvelle concept.

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Uber, Apple, Amazon and Sully Sullenberger walk into a bar – er, self-driving car committee

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Re: Sullenberger?

It's a rather tough call.

If memory serves me right, NOBODY managed to land the plane on a simulator set up to rerun the Canadian kamikaze attack on that A320 over the Hudson. Same as Air Transat 236 - only a handful of pilots have managed to bring that one successfully down on a simulator. Most fail.

Even so, as you pointed out - in situations like this it is the human's job - the autopilot disengages.

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US Navy runs into snags with aircraft carrier's electric plane-slingshot

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Re: Weapons ready?

That'll be why the RN have had rotary wing AWACS (technically ASAcS) since 1982 and which will be based on the Merlin airframe from around 2018.

Everyone who has gone down that route regrets it. The reason we do not hear it specifically about the Sea King AWACS is that it was not sold for export so there is no real customers to bitch about its failings.

Search on people who have bought Ka-31 which is its closest equivalent. Every single one of its customers and even the Russians themselves are trying to develop or buy a fixed wing replacement. This is despite it having both endurance and service ceiling (with radar and fuel) better than the Sea Kings.

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Re: We all need less stress...

"Hydraulics is just as controllable as Steam, if anything, probably more so"

You will have several tons of hydraulic fluid traveling at 200km/h when the catapult fires. Care to explain how to dampen that. It is like a battering ram.

Steam does not have that problem - you just release it and cycle the piston back.

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Re: We all need less stress...

that would require R&D worth billions of pork barrel but seemed to offer major technical advantages?

The reason why USA is looking at electric catapults and Russia is still sticking with STOBAR launch is Arctic (and as a result, probably, while not officially mentioned, Antarctic).

Operating a steam catapult in -20 is pretty much in the territory of Sci-Fi. You are guaranteed that at least one or more of the release valves with freeze over regardless of what you do leading to a jam and in wost case scenario lost or damaged aircraft. Electric catapults are supposed to be significantly less affected by these problems.

Not that USA Navy will get anywhere near the Arctic without having proper icebreakers - they are (as usual) putting the cart before the donkey here.

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Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

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Re: Maybe the tablet, sorry, "surface" was feeling depressed

There is a long standing suspicion that Sirius Cybernetics corporation has a branch in Redmond WA.

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Re: 180 degrees for me ...

Maybe that is the subliminal suggestion in the picture. Sure, first step is a doozy. Just make it in the right direction.

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ISC squishes BIND packet-of-death bugs

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Friday 13th all riight

Well, it is Friday 13th, waddaya expect.

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Clone wars: Wrestler sues Microsoft over Gears of War character

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What does Google picture identification algo say

I wonder what does Google picture identification or "show similar" algo say for either.

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Thanks, Obama: NSA to stream raw intelligence into FBI, DEA and pals

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Does not surprise me in the slighest

3 letters are like California Hotels. You can check out any time of night, but you can never leave. Obama first internship was with CIA. He never left after that. Funny how nobody even noticed that (or was bothered in the slightest) when he was being elected the first time. Change? Maybe. But definitely not the change civil rights activists have been looking for.

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Oh ALIS, don't keep us waiting: F-35 jet's software 'delayed'

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Re: " whoever finds it can probably look back and KNOW where the aircraft has been"

No one has any idea of the protocol used to transfer the data.

That is fairly obvious - you just need to look at the delivery dates. Clearly, neither the QA testers nor the programmers know it too.

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Could get messy if its the "wrong" side that finds the smoldering wreckage.

Fixed it for you: Could get messy if its the "wrong" side that finds the smoldering DIGITAL wreckage.

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FBI takes gag out of Cloudflare's mouth after three-year legal battle

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Re: Frightening

I mean the FBI ought to be the good guys

Watch J. Edgar: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1616195/

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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Crims shut off Ukraine power in wide-ranging anniversary hacks

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Re: How sure this is not hype

Well, shall I shed tears or what?

Ukraine pretended to investigate and in reality did f*** all (if not assisted) in more than 8 cases of blowing up the grid pylons between mainland and Crimea with dynamite. They got whacked in return.

Let's say you are making a living off software and you cannot work for days because the Ukrainian police are standing around smoking and giggling while "freedom fighters" attach dynamite to a grid pylon. Let's say you do some of the gray (if not black) hat stuff to make a living. Are you going to be pissed. I would.

There are plenty of people entirely unrelated to Putin and the Russian state living in Crimea (quite a few of them way towards the black part of the hat color). Some of them are even on the FBI most wanted list (you can check last well known locations for them - at least 2 were in Crimea last time I looked). So the Ukraine grid being knocked out as a retaliation does not surprise me. In the slightest.

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This'll be the next thing Trump crows about: Apple assembling servers on American soil

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Re: assemble its own servers

assemble its own servers

It is cheaper to build your own then to buy for Cloud if you are someone the size of Apple.

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Tax Dodge once more

The idea of a foreign trade zone is that it is a transit destination for goods allowing companies to improve logistics and/or perform assembly and manufacturing specifically for exports in a reduced tariff environment.

Declaring your datacenter a foreign trade zone beats the Irish "not registered here" dodge by all accounts in terms of creative accounting. What's next? Move HQ to the moon for tax purposes or declare Steve Job a CEO again as it is more tax efficient to have a dead one?

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Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

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Re: Japan now inaccessible from North Dakota!

Oh fuck.

503 Service unavailable, cross the state line and retry your request.

Though the more appropriate will be for the state legislature web site to return 418. It is one case where this error code is spot on way too many levels.

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St Jude patching Merlin@home heart kit

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Re: How about we be given the option of audits…?

A real audit or a pen-test by a proper crew is expensive. You are looking at sums north of 200K for a pop. 99% of PHBs will balk at that number and do it only if it is a regulatory requirement.

So unfortunately, if these devices are to be audited or pen-tested there are only two options.

1. Short the stock and have the hacker make the money there. Make this is the norm and do not complain when it is being done to you.

2. Make the auditing/pen-testing a regulatory requirement and create a market where you can hire crews to do so.

A beneficial side effect of both is that some of the grews operating in the grey (or even black) area today may move to more white hat jobs so either case is win-win (provided that you do not have congressmorons adding them to embargo lists without a shred of evidence to support it).

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For Fark's sake! Fark fury follows 5-week ad ban for 5-year-old story

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He was cleared, and an article was written about it complete with the – to be honest, pretty innocent – image that had got him into trouble in the first place.

Hehe... I see the reg is not taking any risks as far as losing their own ads. No images, not even links.

And people were furious about Facebook trying to censor history...

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Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store

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Re: Give me the option

Here is a good answer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi8kYcl2Y38

the one you are going to get.

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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

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Except they're not allowed to do that. First they have to take it to arbitration with the regulator

1. You missed "approved" in the definition of the regulator

2. 90%+ of the Internet press does not want to be anywhere near the currently approved regulators and cannot agree on founding a new one and carrying it through to approval. This includes el-reg too as it is not a member of an approved regulator if memory serves me right.

This is the rub here - that this is a restriction on the freedom of expression (article 10 of ECHR) through a roundabout way. The regulator can enforce specific limits on what the press says without any judicial oversight and it is given a court statute without any basic rule of law in its rulings. The government giggles in the background as it has achieved its objective to control the press based on the demands of its paymasters without being seen to do so in the open.

In addition to that, this creates a registration regime for the press and ensures that only the privileged few are free to speak. This was somewhat the case courtesy of UK libel law, it is now made even more discriminatory. Freedom of speech? Article 10? Yeah. Bollocks - it is only for the privileged ones who are members of an "approved" club (so the law says). Everybody else is not entitled.

This is exactly why this should be taken with the ECHR Court - it is a clear violation of article 10 (if the UK libel law gets nuked as a collateral, well, only more to celebrate). This also needs to be done before May pulls UK out of that to join Belarus in the club of countries where only approved can speak freely only on approved matters expressing only approved opinions.

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