* Posts by DJO

718 posts • joined 28 Sep 2011


Help us sniff out 50 neutron star collisions so we can calculate universe expansion, cosmoboffins plead

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Re: How small can you make a black hole?


Hard to know where to begin, so much crap, misunderstandings and deranged fantasies it could have come from the White House.

Incidentally in theory Black Holes can be quite small but the smaller they are the quicker they evaporate so a tiny one would disappear before anybody noticed it.

Hey, UK.gov: If you truly spunked £45k on 1,300 Brexit deal print-outs, you're absolute mugs

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Don't be daft. The material was delivered on spec and in time - two things Crapita have never managed.

Hardworking Americans keep busy during the government shutdown driving up smut traffic

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It's tempting to finger Trump, but the democrats have been plugging things up too.

Trump could have asked for finance before when the Republicans controlled the purse strings but he didn't, now the Democrats have control it's a national emergency?

This is (at least) 100% down to Trump, there is no emergency just a fit of pique from "Individual 1", a contrived problem and a transparent attempt to blacken the Democrats in the House.

Al the Democrats are doing is refusing to finance a pointless vanity project which everybody knows will have zero effect on illegal border crossings.

What's the fate of our Solar System? Boffins peer into giant crystal ball – ah, no, wait, that's our Sun in 10bn years

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Re: Boom!

No, far too hot - the combustion products would break down immediately.

Anyway at that sort of temperature and pressure the electrons would be squeezed out and most chemical reactions are basically electrons moving about (vast oversimplification) so such reactions would be impossible.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: Crazy

You've no idea how bankruptcy works in the US of A. He deliberately drove his businesses into bankruptcy so he could pay off debts at something like 5c to the $. In a mature sensible country he would then be debarred from running a company for at least 5 years but America is neither mature or sensible so bankrupts can start another business the next day - wash and repeat 5 times to acquire millions of dollars of property for a tiny fraction of the true value while driving small companies to the wall.

Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

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Re: Sadly with May running the clock down...

Then all we would need to deal with is the serious civil unrest that I suspect would arise from that.

So what you are saying is national policy should be driven by threats from violent far-right thugs?

Surely that is diametrically opposed to everything British democracy is supposed to stand for, we're supposed to stand up to bullies not hide in the corner.

On the Galileo issue, in the planning stages one country was adamant that non-EU countries should not have access to the signals or be allowed to tender for any related work - See if you can guess which country that was.

Google CEO tells US Congress Chocolate Factory will unleash Dragonfly in China

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Re: Google it

No it's not bullshit.

The biggest threat in the USA is from domestic right wing terror groups, the most fatalities have been caused by white American right wing racists.

In Europe most fatal attacks are carried out by white extreme-right racists.

Any violence from left leaning groups is rare and quite possibly caused by agent provocateurs - Look at the UK police infiltration, spied on over 100 left wing groups and 3 right wing groups while all the violence came from the right.

And even if it did. What business is it of Google to censor the web?

Well the law prohibits racism, hate speech and promotion of violence from any source so it is their duty to censor it otherwise they would be breaking the law.

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Re: Google it

This is all very tricky. They should censor hate speech, racism, incitements to violence and similar criminal activities.

Almost all of such stuff comes from the right wing.

If the far right don't want their messages to be censored they should stick to the rule of law and not promote hate, racism and violence. Won't happen as without hate & racism they don't really have much to say except "tax the poor, reward the rich" which they try not to say in public.

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Re: Idiots of a feather flock together

After game & movie images, the first person "Traitor" get a picture of is, you guessed it, Trump.

For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers

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Re: Security and but also third party issues

The big problem with fax is that there is no method of asserting the recipient is the intended one


An important benefit of faxes is the reception receipt, admittedly these generally ignored by they contain the reception time and the recipients number. In fact this is the reason that faxes are usable for legal documents while other more easily spoofed methods (such as email) are not.

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

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Re: Quid pro quo, Clarice...

Further, there must be sanctions for violating this principle, with real teeth- think multi- million dollar fines to the government, just as they would give The Face Book, Google, etc all.

So you want to penalise the tax payers?

Fining the government has zero effect as the money just comes from the exchequer, no, if you want sanctions then disbarment from public office, personal fines to (then ex) ministers, confiscation of property, tar & feathers might be a bit too far but the principle of pubic humiliation as punishment for crimes against the people they are supposed to serve is correct.

Uber fined £385k by ICO for THAT hack of 57m customers' deets

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Re: Couldn't happen to a nicer company

I really think fines for corporate malfeasance should be paid out of the board of directors pension fund, if that runs out then from the board personally.

Otherwise it's just another business expense - and for the board it's bonuses all round, as usual.

Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours

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Re: This hit us bad.

Cheaper yes

You wait until the majority of users are 100% committed and returning to in-house would be almost impossible due to "letting go" the staff with the necessary skills.

Random CIO, Approx April 2020: "Ohh look, MS just jacked up the 365 subscriptions"

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Re: Smart meters do not save energy

Not true, usage of smart meters can save a fortune in energy charges, if you are a very large consumer such as a hospital, factory or university campus.

You need to know where power is being wasted in order to cut consumption and comprehensive readings at least every 30 mins are invaluable in this context.

However for domestic use they are in 99% of cases a complete waste of time, money and resources.

Also SMETS1 is a fuck-up, it should never have been rolled out except as a technology test for smart meters.

Infosec's Thanksgiving turkey triumvirate: Tesla, Tumblr, Trump (as in Ivanka)... and tons more

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Re: "Succumbing to 'gotcha' headlines."

not coughing up the 30,000 e-mails

I assume you'll be just as vigilant in insisting the Republican party finds and coughs up the 2 million emails they illegally deleted?

If not then you are just another hypocrite.

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Re: "Succumbing to 'gotcha' headlines."


Are you gullible or stupid?

It must be one or the other, either you believe the Trumps when they say their use of private email (commercial, really insecure) was completely innocent.

Or you think the CIA/FBI agents who set up and installed the presidential email server used by the ex-president and his wife ballsed up the job and left it insecure.

Here's a hint: Trump always lies.

Douglas Adams was right, ish... Super-Earth world clocked orbiting 'nearby' Barnard's Star

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Re: Getting a proble there?

The problem of course selection for optimal observation and of signal integrity back to Earth both have the same solution.

Don't send one probe.

Send a probe, then next year send another one* and then another and so on so you have a chain, when the first one arrives it makes simple observations so the following ones can alter course to make a better observation which can instruct the next ones and so on.

For signals each probe acts as a repeater sending the signal to the probe behind it.

* Actually it might be easier to launch them all at once but give them slightly different speeds so they form a chain that way.

Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly

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Re: It's not a compass.

Why would anybody want to dig a tunnel to bloody France?

Maybe they were digging a tunnel from France.

Planet Computers straps proper phone to its next Psion scion, Cosmo

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Beware, as the first batch of Gemini that came off production had keyboard problems and had a different-than-promised SoC

To be accurate the first ones off the line had exactly the SoC that was promised in the original specification, the subsequent ones had a slightly better SoC.

The keyboard issues were largely rectified by the provision of replacement mats.

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Me cynical?

I'm trying not to be but once the 500 early backer limit was reached they extended it to 750, so perhaps there's less urgency than first seemed.

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Re: Suddenly glad I didn't splurge on the Gemini

Hopefully the Mk1 will have some resale value, they're still selling them at about double what the original backers paid so it "might" be possible to recoup some expenditure.

The sensor list includes a compass as did the list for the Gemini but due to the magnets used to hold the case shut it was disabled at the hardware level. I've asked if they've sorted out this issue - perhaps using a spring instead of magnets but their reply was uninformative, i.e. the respondent didn't know one way or the other.

Finally, a use for AI and good old-fashioned simulations: Hunting down E.T. in outer space

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No plate tectonics, no magnetic field

Er, the field is generated in the core, plate tectonics occur in the crust - there's about 5,000km between them and one has no bearing or causation on the other.


"Role" not "Roll"

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Obviously, there's no point in searching for "life, but not as we know it Jim" if we have no idea of what it might consist of.

Search for what we do know about first - look for high concentrations of free Oxygen and we wont go far wrong.

As for non C based life it's unlikely at what we would consider normal pressure and temperatures, however in high pressures and very hot or very cold then all bets are off, there could be life in gas giants, Saturn could be teaming with life but currently we have no way to identify it so there's no point in looking for it.

Manchester nuisance-call biz fined £150k after ignoring opt-out list

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Re: ICO information in reports

But basically anything that gives the companies an excuse to declare bankruptcy is to be avoided.

As usual the solution is painfully simple - Limited liability should not apply to fines or criminal proceedings.

One might almost think the incumbent administration has a vested interest in not doing so, I can't think of any other reason not to make that easy change.

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Re: overnment is planning to make directors personally liable

If the Tories can't blame the EU for their mistakes and inaction they'll blame the Brexit process, after that they'll have to find some other excuse for their incompetence.

But the threat to penalise company directors is I suspect like most Tory promises, a few good headlines and then, nothing.

Holy smokes! US watchdog sues Elon Musk after he makes hash of $420 Tesla tweet

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Re: Maximum Hubris

Modern li-ion batteries manage about ten times the energy density (in J/kg) of lead-acid.

Not comparing like-with-like.

You are comparing a theoretical ideal Li-ion to a cheap-and-cheerful car battery. A real Li-ion has 3 to 4 times the power of a Lead Acid but that just a normal one, by using lighter materials, a lead film electrode, and acid gel the power to weight ratio can easily be doubled so the actual increase for Li-ion over Pb-Acid is about a factor of 2 to 3, nowhere near 10x and nowhere near as important as the increase in efficiency offered by modern motors.

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Re: 5 minute recharge time

" It's also impossible to charge duty on electricity used to drive a car without charging duty on other electricity. Electricity is electricity."


As soon as there's enough electric vehicles to significantly impact fuel duty revenues there will be the introduction of a mileage tax. All electric cars have GPS and are connected to the internet, they know exactly where you've been and when and WILL rat you out to the tax people when asked.

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Re: Maximum Hubris

They aren't there yet other than in certain use cases

Batteries have improved incrementally over many years. But the power to weight ratio of the latest batteries isn't that much greater than for good old lead acid batteries, the ease of handling and the ability to form into useful shapes and speed and relative safety when charging is the main differential.

Motors made a massive jump in efficiency when Neodymium magnets became available and economically viable - that was the spur to make mass market electric vehicles feasible. Concentrating on the power source as the most important factor in the development of electric cars is an easy mistake but a mistake all the same. Other factors like regenerative breaking are arguably more important than battery development.

I'm not saying battery technology isn't important, of course it is but its not as important as some people seem to think, currently batteries are pretty good but ther's a limit to how much power can be squeezed into one as there's always the problem than any sufficiently dense power source be it electrical or chemical is effectively a bomb so the main areas of improvement are to wring as much out of every erg and so we're back to the motors.

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Re: Maximum Hubris

Actually it's the development of rare earth magnets that allow the creation of extremely powerful and efficient lightweight motors that was the primary reason for their success where previous efforts have failed.

The batteries are irrelevant if you don't have suitable motors.

Trump's axing of cyber czar role has left gaping holes in US defence

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Pussy not eat his fish, pussy get thin and waste away, I think.

You really should apologise to Douglas Adams


The President in particular is very much a figurehead - he wields no real power whatsoever. He is apparently chosen by the government, but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is always a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character. His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it. (DA - HHGTTG 1)

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Re: There More than One Way to Skin a Skunk RAT and Address a Virtual Land Grab

I tried to work out if your random capitalisation spelt out some acronyms or acrostics but no it's just rubbish semi-illiterate typing. Pity.

Amid Trump-China tariff tiff, Cisco kit prices to resellers soar up to 25%

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Trade and manufacturing dominance is cyclical.

150 years ago the USA shafted Europe by wholesale IP theft and cheap labour, then one country after another took up the mantle and China is now the leader but development there will push labour costs up so another country will take the crown, probably India and then if they can sort out the corruption African states will then eclipse India.

Yes China is being naughty but no worse than everybody else was when it was their turn to lead.

Spent your week box-ticking? It can't be as bad as the folk at this firm

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Re: Cheaper option

couldn't this have been done rather more quickly and efficiently by batches of simple SQL UPDATE queries

That's just crazy talk - a simple solution for a simple problem, plainly you don't work in commercial I.T.

Flying to Mars will be so rad, dude: Year-long trip may dump 60% lifetime dose of radiation on you

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Re: And given the shielding level of and lander you'll get the radiation workers annual dose

I'd task rovers or Mars-specific drones to find caves

No need, there are deep canyons that dwarf the Grand one in the USA, setting up camp at the bottom of those would limit radiation to just when the sun was directly above, solar panels and reflectors on the surface could provide power and redirect light.

Eventually sections could be roofed over and sealed to provide a reasonable working environment.

Russia: The hole in the ISS Soyuz lifeboat – was it the crew wot dunnit?

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Re: Zero G

For a start there's no such thing as "zero G" (except perhaps at the centre of a star), the ISS is in free fall.

Secondly mass in unchanged whether in 0.001G or 1G or 100G and it's the amount of mass which matters.

Princely five years in US big house for Nigerian biz email scammer

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This is America we're talking about, once their lawyers have taken their fees the perps will be lucky to have $25 left let alone $25m.

Non-profits push back against Big Cable's bumpkin broadband blueprint for America

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Is "whataboutery" the only defence of Trump you can find, good grief, get a grip.

Anyway did I say it started under the orange one, of course not but it is a great deal worse and far more overt under Trump than any previous administration.

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And if so, why haven't the bureaus themselves been directly challenged for dereliction of duty?

Where the fuck have you been for the last couple of years?

Their "duty" under Trump is to cosy up to the big cable providers and to soak up as much lobby cash as possible. Serving the public is now the antithesis of the role.

Seagate passes gassy 14TB whopper: He He He, one for each of you

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Re: Foot in both worlds

you'd think 14Tb is excessive and yet...

Of course there will be outliers who do need humongous amounts of disc space but they are very much the exception to the rule.

The vast majority of users will never need anywhere like that capacity and if they don't have multiple discs with redundancy then it's a disaster waiting to happen.

Really this kind of capacity is only of use to enterprise systems where they can afford to buy discs by the box full.

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Re: Foot in both worlds

My Photo and Video library are close to 7Tb[1]. That's Stills going back to 2003 and Video back to 2014. All shot by myself. A quick check showed that I've added 476Gb this year so far and it has been a quiet year.

Which kind of makes my point - in 15 years you've generated almost (let's round up) 8TB so a 28 TB system assuming a slight annual growth in your output will last for another 25 to 30 years.

Far longer than the discs themselves will last and depending on your age, possibly longer than you will last.

Also as others have stated, 14TB in a system without redundancy is insane.

I also store various VMs

Ah, a valid use that may well eat a lot of space but how many VMs are needed?

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Re: Foot in both worlds

I would love to get 28 TB of storage in my two bay NAS


At an average of 2GB per movie that's about 14,000 films, do you really need to watch 2 films a day for 20 years?

If music is your thing then assuming good quality FLACs at about 500MB per album that's 56,000 CDs worth or roughly 20 years listening for 8 hours a day every day.

Maybe you like reading, epubs average at about 250kb so about 100 million books, you may be a fast reader but not that fast. Mind you buy another one and you could store every book ever published (approx 130 million).

That's of course once you've collected and collated it all which would take a few years.

Alternatively I suppose it's big enough make a local mirror of PornHub.

Volkswagen faces fresh Dieselgate lawsuit in Germany – report

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Head you win, Tails I lose

Presumably if they had tipped of investors prior to public release of information that would be insider trading which is very illegal.

Post-silly season blues leave me bereft of autonomous robot limbs

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Re: Eighties-ish workout music, you say?

Corsets are never "optional"

Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case

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Re: Let the fines begin!

No it's up to 4% (or 20 million euros but the higher would apply) of global turnover

That's the penalty for a tier 2 infringement, this kind of issue is a tier one infringement which is up to €10 million, or 2% annual global turnover – whichever is higher.

The determination of penalty level takes into account previous behaviour of the organisation or data processor but that can only be applied to actions since the introduction of GDPR so while it might not explicitly specify a penalty escalator that is what'll happen, except for really egregious offences.

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Why not both?

They could easily be incompetent and dishonest.

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Re: Let the fines begin!

It's 2% and that's only after repeated naughtiness.

The penalties that can be handed out under GDPR start low but increase for every repeat offence so an accident will get a slap on the wrist and a small fine, but regular "accidents" will attract the full force of the law - Assuming the local regulators (ICO - I'm looking at you) are up to the task.

Intel rips up microcode security fix license that banned benchmarking

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Re: Open source works

I'd sure as hell expect one working for Intel to understand CPUs, no different than I'd expect a lawyer working for Oracle to understand databases

Not necessarily but I would expect them to pass their work to an expert in the field for checking before it's released. That's called "due diligence" and lawyers are supposed to do it.

UK's info commish is having a howler: Site dies amid 'plagiarised' GDPR book scandal

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Re: Great anonymisation technique.

You don't mean Brenda Saxe-Coburg do you, everybody knows who she is.

Bloke hurls sueball over Google's 'is it off yet?' location data slurping

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Re: Android user here

Ah "Don't be evil" but nowhere do they say "Don't do evil" there's a subtle but significant distinction between the 2 phrases.

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Re: Googles choice is going to be

Even a huge EU GDPR fine may cost less than what they earn from the data.

Maybe once, possibly twice but thereafter, no chance.

The GDPR penalty scheme has increasing penalties for repeat offenders leading ultimately for persistent repeat offenders to the much proclaimed 2% of global turnover.


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