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Visited the Grand Canyon since 2000? You'll have great photos – and maybe a teensy bit of unwanted radiation
How's this for sci-fi: Orbiting probes face fiery death dive from planet's radiation belts. And that planet is Earth
In case anyone thinks we're misreporting this, here's the quote from NASA (in the linked-to webpage):
"During their last year or so of life, the Van Allen Probes will continue to gather data on Earth's dynamic radiation belts. And their new, lower passes through Earth's atmosphere will also provide new insight into how oxygen in Earth's upper atmosphere can degrade satellite instruments — information that could help engineers design more resilient satellite instruments in the future."
National Enquirer's big Pecker tried to shaft me – but I wouldn't give him an inch, says Jeff Bezos after dick pic leak threat
Congrats, Satya Nadella. In just five years, you've turned Microsoft from Neutral Evil to, er, merely True Neutral
You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one? Secondly, check out Project Alias
Re: Has anyone actually proved, conclusively
Your personal assistant is listening all the time for your wake word. As soon as it thinks you're talking to it, it's recording, and Amazon and (I believe) Google keep transcripts and audio snippets of these to further train their NN models. See Register passim
Re: Fine article but
"such a wierdly terrible headline"
I was about to say welcome to the site, this is how we roll around here, a lot of it is tongue-in-cheek, unapologetically punny, etc etc... but you've posted more than 2,000 comments on our stories, so, er, what, this is the *first* Reg headline you've actually read in that time? ;-)
Japanese astronomers find tiniest Kuiper Belt object yet – using cheap 'scopes and off-the-shelf CMOS cameras
Forget snowmageddon, it's dropageddon in Azure SQL world: Microsoft accidentally deletes customer DBs
"How is a DNS issue related to Century link (a telecom provider, and I guess colo too) ? Probably will never find out"
Microsoft uses CenturyLink as an internal DNS provider. It went down. From what I can gather, that meant internal systems relying on CL DNS couldn't work, which brought down various services.
How that triggered a script that deleted DBs is still beyond me.
Re: Xbash hits a vulnerable server
The means of infection are given in the article and linked-to post: Xbash uses three known vulnerabilities in Hadoop, Redis and ActiveMQ to hijack a machine and propagate.
* Hadoop YARN ResourceManager unauthenticated command execution, which was first disclosed in October 2016 and has no CVE number assigned.
* Redis arbitrary file write and remote command execution, which was first disclosed in October 2015 and has no CVE number assigned.
* ActiveMQ arbitrary file write vulnerability, CVE-2016-3088
The source is apparently here - caveat emptor:
Re: Of course this affects Adblock Plus
"I don't understand how you could tell me how the code will be affected."
We're not arguing that ABP will be affected - it will be affected. But uBO seemingly has a few features that ABP doesn't, and these may be stripped away totally by the API change. That's what we mean by uBO being harder hit.
"Stop trying to paint a narrative of 'Big bad Adblock Plus is OK since they are paid by Google', it's disingenuous at best."
It's not disingenuous: you have a potential conflict of interest. This is, I suspect but can't confirm, why ABP is so upset with us pointing out that other blockers are potentially worse off than ABP. You're not comfortable with people knowing about this Google relationship at a time when Google is adjusting its filtering APIs.
ABP's PR line is incoherent anyway. On the one hand, you're saying you're affected by this just as much as others - and uBO is so affected that it won't be able to function in future - and yet you're saying you'll make ABP work with Chrome if the changes are put in place.
You can't have it both ways.
Just my personal opinion.
Re: Of course this affects Adblock Plus
It's not going to hit ABP as much as other extensions. Our understanding is that ABP will be able to continue to some degree, while other extensions will take a big hit.
See our followup article:
Q. China just landed on its far side, the US woz there 50 years ago – now Europe wants to mine it? A. It's the Moon
Re: 500g Drone vs 100 ton airliner
Of course a drone isn't going to immediately outright "destroy" a plane. No one's claiming that. But it will be bad news to an engine if ingested. Or a windshield. It'll be expensive, and the airport doesn't want to be on the hook for the potential repair bill, the airline doesn't want to deal with the insurance and downtime, and of course, there's the safety aspect.
Other posters are sharing scientific studies. Here's an unscientific one - a bird going into an engine:
Now imagine a metal and plastic drone, of unknown size, with a Li-on battery.
Re: anonymous coward
"This article just shows a total lack of understanding by the author and by the originating source."
You haven't read nor understood the article(s) - the sisters are identical twins. Their DNA profile is 99.6% the same. Each test should have returned the same percentages for them.
Friday fun fact: If Stegosauruses had space telescopes, they wouldn't have seen any rings around Saturn
"Sounds rather like the Microsoft concept of quality control."
I am overjoyed that you consider El Reg (staff: ~40) on a par with multibillion-dollar corporation Microsoft (staff: ~130,000) in terms of resources.
As such, an email letting us know where we've screwed up is always appreciated, never mandatory. We do edit articles before publication and strive to check everything, but sadly not every blunder can be caught when we're trying to get everything out on an hourly basis.
Yeah, yeah, OK. We screwed that wording up. Should be obvious we meant 20,000th of Mercury's mass, but didn't make it clear enough. Sometimes fingers type the opposite of what's meant.
It's fixed. Please don't forget to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you spot a problem so it can be fixed immediately, rather than having to read every comment to see where we typo'd.
'It's like they took a rug and covered it up': Flight booking web app used by scores of airlines still vuln to attack – claim
"Yet again you've let them get away with an anodyne statement"
We've just published a whole article accusing them of bungling a security patch. I think Reg readers are smart enough to see and appreciate the irony of a vendor claiming they take security seriously despite such findings. The juxtaposition is exquisite.
If you think the statement makes them look good, rather than uncaring and dismissive, then you need to dial up the cynicism just a little.
Amazon Mime: We train (badly) an AI love bot using divorce bombshell Bezos' alleged sexts to his new girlfriend
Fake news? More like ache news. Grandma, grampa 'more likely' to share made-up articles during US election
What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse
"when written out in full"
As in, the full prime number, equals (2^n)-1 where n is the exponent that generates the prime. There are two numbers at play here: the prime number, calculated by (2^n)-1, and n, the exponent. 82,589,933 is not the prime number, it is the exponent that produces the final prime, which is what we were trying to drive at.
Re: War time innovation
FWIW - we've added a link to a Daily Mail article claiming the cops used an Israeli ground-based drone-finder to knock it out of the skies: a laser was used to find the thing, and then its signals were jammed, by the multimillion-pound equipment. Alleged, of course, because nothing's been confirmed yet.
Re: Bullets and shotgun pellets
Forgive us, a number of us vultures are of that generation where we were taught metric but grew up around imperial. Thus, 120 metres means more to me than 390 feet, but 8000 ft means more to me than 2.4km. I weigh 76kg but i'm 6ft 2in. It's a mess.
And I'll sort out the units.
Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…
On the first day of Christmas, Microsoft gave to me... an emergency out-of-band security patch for IE
"MS have pulled the advisories"
Are you sure - the webpages are still up, and you can download the updates by hand if they're not in Microsoft Update.
Eg, for Windows 10 build 1809:
Windows 7 / 8:
It's beginning to look a lot like multi-threaded CPUs, everywhere you go... Arm teases SMT Cortex-A65AE car brains
Having swallowed its pride and started again with 10nm chips, Intel teases features in these 2019-ish processors
Re: Not what Intel has been saying for the past several years
FWIW... 10nm v1 (Cannon Lake) is dead and buried. It was impossible to see it through to mass volume. The integrated GPU in the CL Core i3 was disabled because it didn't work.The metalization was not viable.
Sunny Cove is v2 of 10nm, after going back to the drawing board.
Re: TSMC not at 7nm until 2019? Really?
See the comment by theblackhand and DougS. There's production, and then there's production.
We didn't say TSMC wasn't shipping 7nm in 2018 - the point was 2019 and 2020 are when it really kicks off for desktop and server-grade stuff, the things Intel makes and is the context of the piece.
I've tweaked the sentence to make it clearer, cheers.