* Posts by DJO

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Strip Capita of defence IT contract unless things improve – Brit MPs

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Well that sounds good but if implemented retiring ministers won't get a sinecure at Capita after they leave Westminster, so forget it.

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Former FBI boss Comey used private email for official business – DoJ

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Re: Unclassified email

Yes a boring banal message, with a CC list containing the names of agents and FBI staff.

Often the metadata is more useful then the message itself.

As most politicians seem to have little understanding of the difference between CC & BCC it's not a huge leap to assume some addresses would be revealed, with a copy of that mail it would be easy to construct a similar looking one, spoof the origin and go phishing.

If FBI staff are used to insecure mails from higher-ups it's a weakness begging to be exploited.

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Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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Re: Business as usual

No, the rich own the newspapers and that's not the same thing. If you think journalists are rich, you've never met one.

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Business as usual

Tory thinking:

Spend 2bn to save 100m by stripping benefit from the poorest citizens - Just fine & dandy.

Spend anything to stop tax evasion by the rich - No can't do that, think of the children.

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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Training the trainer

Last time I was "between jobs" I was sent on a compulsory computer course.

Twas a joke, the training material was absolute garbage, once the poorly trained trainers worked out I really did know a lot more than they did I spent the entire time there correcting the course material.

That was interesting but I pity the poor sods who took the course before me, from the content I think at a pinch they could open an Excel document but little more.

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Re: Trackball can be worse....

Trackballs being bigger than mice and upsidedown, I refer to mine as a dead rat.

They do accumulate a fair amount of crud but are simple to clean if the ball just plops out, some hold the ball captive which makes them a pain to clean.

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... Aaaand that's a fifth Brit Army Watchkeeper drone to crash in Wales

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Re: Thales

Don't worry I'm sure* Thales will replace the ones they crashed free of charge.

* "sure they won't"

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Scammers ahoy! International police operation harpoons 74 email whaling suspects

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Easy Fix?

Is there any legitimate reason for anonymous bank accounts other than fraud or tax evasion?

If so then perhaps some system of escrow where the identity is held secure unless there is fraud on the account.

If not then making sure all holders of bank accounts are traceable would pretty much stop this sort of fraud overnight - also make the banks liable for any losses fraudulently credited to an account where they can't locate the holder of that account.

In reality pretty much all bank mediated fraud could be stopped if the banks were liable for all losses, but at the moment there is no incentive as the banks profit from money moving about regardless of the legal status of that money.

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Android users: Are you ready for the great unbundling?

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dob as much shit on handsets as they wish.

But it must be GDPR compliant shit or even more fines. Compliance here means no assumption of permission, no pre-selected opt-ins, full declaration of any data gathered and the ability to uninstall unwanted crud.

What they (possibly inadvertently) give with one hand, they take away with the other. Overall this should benefit consumers.

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BlackBerry Key2: Clickier, nippier, but how many people still want a QWERTY?

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Re: "but how many people still want a QWERTY?"

I backed the Gemini so it cost me ~£300 which was a bargain, they are still available from the Indigogo backer site for $599 (~£450) which is a fair price. The full UK retail is £600 which I think is too much for the device. So if you want one act quickly.

The Mk1 has a few drawbacks, the USB is weird, 2 C sockets but they are of limited function, the forward facing camera is absolute pants, just adequate for video chat or grabbing QRs but that's about it, no idea how good or bad the optional rear camera is. Due to the magnets holding the case shut they've disabled the compass which is a bit of a bugger. Other than those caveats it's a great toy - excellent keyboard, absurdly high resolution screen (but aren't they all), fast processor and a big (& heavy) battery.

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Chinese president Xi seeks innovation independence

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Re: The dragon is waking up

It's a grand cycle

120 years ago America screwed Europe with wholesale theft of intellectual property and undercutting labour costs.

Then Japan did the same to America.

Then South Korea did the same to Japan.

Now China is doing the same to SK.

Next on the cycle will probably be parts of Africa if they can clamp down on the endemic corruption.

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Re: A President-For-Life Communist Country? Read Some History Please.

"You got your history lessons wrong lad. What we have here is not communism

Damn right, actually it's a given that the vast majority of political entities that include a name of a political style in their name are the exact opposite of what they claim.

The USSR was never communist (centralist autocracy), Russia is now a kleptocracy.

The German National Socialist Party were about as close to socialism as the current US Republicans

China, similar to USSR but improving.

Both parties in the US are corporate plutocracies and the UK under the self-serving maniacs in the Conservative party is heading down the same destructive path.

And so on, actually the only place where real communism has been tried are the Kibbutz's in Israel but if you tell a kibbutzim he or she is a communist, they'll beat seven shades of shit out of you.

Communism - a great system for small scale communities, fails miserably on a large scale.

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Foolish foodies duped into thinking Greggs salads are posh nosh

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Re: "explain rustlers microwave burgers?"

My overriding curiosity is this, though: who on earth—really, who—actually buys that grotesque filth?

I've never actually tried one, they could be ambrosia of the gods for all I know but instinct tells me not to find out.

We all need some mystery in our lives.

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Swiss sausage sizzler 4.0 hits 200 bangers per hour

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Film of it in action

Cheesy background music so mute first.

“My grill does not produce any smoke,” - The film suggests this is not 100% true.

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Zuckerberg gets a night off: Much-hyped Euro grilling was all smoke, absolutely no heat

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Z turned up for the EU, tiny solo UK is an irrellevance and can be safely ignored. I presume that's what you mean.

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It could be you: National Lottery hands £16m to England's Jodrell Bank

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Re: Money transfer

Conversely the many worlds interpretation of quantum theory tells us that on random events new universes spawn to allow for every possible outcome.

So every or any ticket you buy is guaranteed to win the jackpot, that's easy, the hard bit is being in the right universe afterwards. But for every ticket you buy there's a version of you having a great time (or is found dead in the smouldering wreckage of a Ferrari).

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The harbingers of Doomwatch: Quist is quite the quasi-Quatermass

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Re: God!!!!

Infinitely preferable to Watney's Red Barrel

As is everything from Chateau Margaux '82 to raw sewage.

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Decades-old data reveals shows Jupiter’s moon sprayed alien juice over Galileo probe

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For the benefit of I ain't Spartacus

Speed: 650 Double Deckers/Second (0.2% of the maximum velocity of a sheep in a vacuum.)

Altitude: 9100 Brontosauruses

Converting from Metric & Imperial units gave slightly different results so I used a round number somewhere between both values.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/page/reg-standards-converter.html

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German IKEA trip fracas assembles over trolley right of way

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Re: Smiles in the aisles

For all those who think F1 is easy and say "anybody could win in the Merc".

Around the UK there are a few F1 simulators open to the public for "racing" sessions. While they might not replicate the experience 100% they are pretty close*.

Have a go on one of them and then tell me driving a F1 car is easy.

* Much much easier, no 200 settings on the steering wheel, automatic gears (optional), no tyre wear, etc, etc...

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Prez Donald Trump to save manufacturing jobs … in China, at ZTE

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Re: ZTE and Huaweii backdoor all their chips

Well if there are back doors in the silicon then as most of it was sourced form the US it's hardly ZTEs fault.

But it would be amusing although unsurprising if the US refused to buy kit because of the back doors put in by the US itself.

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First SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket lobs comms sat into orbit

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Re: Nothing cleaver to say,

Axiomatically so

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Chap charged with fraud after mail for UPS global HQ floods Chicago flat

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All true, also somebody was breaking in when he was out and sorting out the cheques and maliciously paying them in to our innocent victims bank account.

Really, it could happen to anybody.

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Score one for the bats and badgers! Apple bins €850m Irish bit barn bid

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Re: Our lunatic planning process

No. it's Ireland's (if you are Irish, sorry) planning process working as it should and NOT riding slipshod over the concerns of the local population and not allowing corporations to vandalise the environment.

Ripping up woodland is never a "green option" no matter where you get your power from.

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How green are those apples granny Smith?

So Apple consider themselves "green" and want to rip up some ancient woodland to prove how nice they are.

Do these people even stop to think about what they are doing or is it a case of "we're Apple, what we do is right by definition so fuck everybody else".

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The steaks have never been higher: Swiss Lidl is selling local cannabis

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Alternative to baccy

This would be a useful alternative for baccy in spliffs for users who don't want to or can't smoke spliffs of pure grass or who have a source of hash but don't want to use it with baccy.

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Grab your lamp, you've pulled: Brits punt life-saving gravity-powered light

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Re: Oh look

If you can make one that works in a desert

Dry sand will flow almost as well as water, it shouldn't be too tricky to have an arrangement where you fill a hopper with sand and it flows out (like an hour glass) and turns a wheel to generate a trickle of power.

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IBM turnover shrinks $28bn in 6 years but execs laugh all the way to the bank

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In Japan the average CEO earns 11 times that of their average employee.

In Europe the average ranges from 20 to 35 times.

In America it's around 350 times as much.

Unbridled greed is not a successful business strategy unless your aims are to milk the company while destroying it then clean up in the fire sale.

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ZX Spectrum reboot firm's shareholders demand current directors go

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Re: Crowdfunding blunder

Errare humanum est

"contract" not "contact"

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Crowdfunding blunder

All crowdfunding projects make the same claim that it is a "contribution" and not an "order for goods" and that would work but then they generally add a delivery charge and that is a contact to deliver which is legally enforceable.

The moral here is, if you want to stiff your "customers", don't include a delivery charge.

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Apple's QWERTY gets dirty leaving fanbois shirty

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Re: This is exactly why I now avoid Apple gear

they should have a 5 year warranty

In the EU there's an unlimited statutory guarantee for design faults and flaws. This should be fixed for free.

Of course in counties where the rights of companies usurp the rights of consumers, tough shit.

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PC recycler gets 15 months in the clink for whipping up 28,000 bootleg Windows 7, XP recovery discs

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Re: Completely bonkers

making it appear that the disc itself was produced and distributed by microsoft.

Yes, that's "passing off". If he had had the media labelled with his company name he would not have been guilty of anything.

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Scratch Earth-killer asteroid off your list of existential threats

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More mea culpa - I screwed up the maths, those figures are for a sphere with a radius of 1AU.

To get the right figures multiply everything by roughly 8, so it's

100,000,000,000,000 Welsh area units - or -

1,200,000,000,000,000,000 Putney High Streets.

Or in a more obscure unit: 9.8 x 10^17 miles^2

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Volume should be measured in Olympic swimming pools and area in Waleses.

Mea culpa.

The surface area of a sphere centred on Sol and reaching to the asteroid belt is about 12,000,000,000,000 Welsh area units.

For London based readers it's about 150,000,000,000,000,000 times the surface area of Putney High Street.

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We need sentinels out past the asteroid belt looking for incoming.

The asteroid belt is not the seething mess of rocks as beloved of SF film makers, the average distance between rocks is 600,000 miles which is quite a distance.

Now how many sentinels would be needed to cover the belt?

The belt is about 3AU out from the sun which gives a sphere with a surface area of 4π x 3AU^2

An AU is about 93 million miles so the total area is about 100,000,000,000,000,000 square miles.

You are going to need a LOT of sentinels.

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There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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To be serious for a moment

Statistically kids to day are no more or less intelligent than kids going back for thousands of years, what has changed is the concept of a "well rounded education".

Modern education, at least in the UK & US, seems to be training to pass exams, not training for life.

Over the last 30 or so years there's been a change in emphasis aimed more to meet targets then to benefit the students.

Not sure what can be done except perhaps to ring fence and inflation link education spending and stop politicians from playing with the education system, maybe force the education minister to send their children or grandchildren to state schools.

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Re: DAIM Bar and crisps!

kids were not allowed in the pub

Conversely proof of age was never required so if you could (at a pinch) pass for 18+ you'd get served.

Some pubs didn't seem to care, my school had a different uniform for the sixth form so anybody in the ordinary one was definitely under 18 so the fifth form had to use a pub a good 20 minute walk from school.

A drink and some exercise, what better way to prepare for a afternoon of study and diligent work (as if).

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

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Re: Nope

I've seen proof of concept of cutting keys from a photograph so hold those keys tight and look out for parked vans with tinted windows.

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Hello DARKNESS, my old friend. I've come to talk with you again... about a 10,000-pixel alien-hunting camera

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-273.05°C

Cool!

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Re: Good to see your tax money being wasted on something

What would you do with your $0.00001?

That's about how much of a tax burden this represents and it's money well spent.

There are indeed many wasteful projects but the ones that waste the most are all military, academic projects like this one are just chump change.

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Honey, I shrunk the mainframe: Fujitsu freshens up GS21 kit

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Re: Eclipsed?

you should not compare a few Mainframes to 10.000s of servers.

If the throughput of a few mainframes is similar to rooms of x86 servers then it's a valid comparison. it's not just the failure rate but the failure mode that's important, when x86 devices fail they tend to stop working, when mainframes "fail" more often than not they send the admin a message and reroute around the afflicted part and continue working, a bit slower but without interruption.

if you also gave the x86 servers an equal amount of I/O co-processors the x86 server would smoke the Mainframe in terms of cpu and I/O performance.

Er, no. The x86 architecture is not designed to carry the I/O loading, if what you say was true then people would be doing it. While you can set up a lot of I/O channels on x86 you cannot use them all simultaneously at full bandwidth.

Regarding the cpu power of Mainframes

Yes you are completely missing the point of big iron, they are never used for processor heavy tasks, that is not what they are designed for. Simply they are for moving huge amounts of data around very quickly and really that's it and that's something x86 does not do well, yes one PC can move a fair bit of data around but it does not scale well and for massively parallel work, forget it.

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Re: Eclipsed?

Justification:

OK, I/O capacity will be hard to match in other architectures, but costs per I/O channel will converge so in some circumstances big iron will be hard to justify on economic grounds.

I doubt if big iron will ever go away completely but the number of installations will go down. Not replaced by Intel/AMD stacks but some intermediate design using the best parts of big and little systems, a design not as yet on the market but I'm sure the big vendors are working on it, not because they want to kill off big iron but they know if they don't provide suitable kit somebody else will.

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Re: Eclipsed?

or do I need to go into I/O capabilities

That's what PC people fail to understand, mainframes are not about heavy processing, that's better done on custom GPU jobs, but astonishing amounts of I/O which mainframes do far better than any system based on desktop processors*. And as you point out they have inherent resilience reducing downtime to a tiny fraction of other architectures.

There's room in the computing spectrum for many sorts of hardware, mainframes fill a niche which while smaller than it used to be still exists and will continue for a good while yet.

* currently and for the near future. Eventually big iron will be eclipsed, just not today.

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More than 87m Facebook profiles farmed, says second ex-Cambridge Analytica witness

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Re: So Some People Know Nearly Everything About Everybody.... Suprise... NOT

Whenever i hear, that the data has been destroyed, i just do not believe it.

Why not? I'm positive they destroy the data as stated.

Now the copies, backups, analyses, excerpts, reformattings, print-outs and miscellaneous versions, that's a different question. They are all far too valuable to destroy but be assured the original file is long gone.

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Uber hid database hack from FTC while FTC probed Uber for an earlier database hack

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Re: Penalties

If "corporations are people" then they should pay income tax on every penny they receive.

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'Dear Mr F*ckingjoking': UK PM Theresa May's mass marketing missive misses mark

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a rubber stamp that says "Not at this address" and then re-posted anything that came through the door for previous residents.

If you need something incriminating (such as some freshly grown shrubbery) posted to you, getting the poster to send it to the name of a previous occupant can be enough to provide plausible deniability.

Disclaimer: I do not now nor ever endorse any such illegal activity no matter how stupid the relevant laws might be.

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Don't want to alarm you, but defence bods think North Korea could nuke UK 'within a few years'

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Re: Even if it's True...

result in North Korea being reduced to a series of glowing and somewhat radioactive craters.

No it wont. The problem with nukes is the damage can spread to neighbouring areas, Pyongyang is reasonably central so that could be reduced to dust but most of the military bases are near the borders and SK really doesn't want to to become collateral damage, the other side of NK is close to Vladivostok and causing damage there would not be a wise move.

I suppose a narrow central strip could be eliminated making SK into an island and allowing Russia to expand into the other side.

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No chance of flying too close to this: Icarus, the most distant star seen, is 9bn light years away

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Re: Far Back In The Mists Of Ancient Time

And thus was the Empire forged.

But eventually: "the system broke down, the Empire collapsed, and a long sullen silence settled over a billion worlds, disturbed only by the pen scratchings of scholars as they laboured into the night over smug little treaties on the value of a planned political economy."

"In these enlightened days of course, no one believes a word of it."

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Re: How to kill light

The thing about light is that at the speed of light no time passes so from a photon's perspective it is created, at every point on it's journey and absorbed or destroyed all simultaneously so it has no opportunity to consider how far or how long its indeterminable trek takes or to ponder on the futility of existence.

This is why having a space ship move at the speed of light is a really bad idea - the moment you hit light speed you are effectively dead, either you instantly crash into something or you arrive at the heat death of the universe as with no time passing it's impossible to have any mechanism to slow the ship down or to alter the course.

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Let's go to Mars, dude: Euro space parachute passes maiden test

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Re: Wtf

get a working one from the Yanks?

So once the Yanks had one that worked why did they come up with 2 different solutions for the next 2 missions?

Every payload needs a slightly different solution, what worked for one lander wont necessarily work for any other payload so there's little advantage to be gained.

This stuff is quite complicated*, there's no "off the shelf" solutions when everything is essentially experimental.

I'm certain ESA already have full access to all the design and telemetry from the previous NASA missions and use whatever information is relevant.

* "rocket science"

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'R2D2' stops disk-wipe malware before it executes evil commands

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This doesn't seem to do much against encrypting malware though

Most data files and all executables have a fixed header, encryption will generally corrupt that so it should be possible to detect most cases of encryption on the fly.

Just look to see if the first few bytes of a file change, if so backup the original and then if there are a lot more similarly affected files stop the operation and ask the user if it was intentional.

The idea needs refinement but it should be possible to make it work pretty well.

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