* Posts by Jim Mitchell

214 posts • joined 31 Jan 2012


Surrey Uni mans the space harpoons, and NASA buys more seats on Russian rockets

Jim Mitchell

Re: the dangers of the harpoon approach

Yeah, you need to sidle on up to the target and LICK it. Since space is cold, your tongue will immediately freeze to the target and you can drag it where it needs to go.

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?

Jim Mitchell

Re: Covers

If you're being electrocuted, you probably don't have the voluntary motor control to push the big red button anyways. This fear seems spurious.

Airbus will shutter its A380 production line from 2021

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Black Helicopters

Re: Optimal Sizes


"For a hundred years, the optimum number of engines on a large long-range transport has been four."

You'll have to explain the 4 engine large long-range air transport market of 1918.

Jim Mitchell

Re: Optimal Sizes

!!! "did they ask the passengers what they really wanted." !!! Since when have airlines asked their passengers "what they really wanted", and listened?

'This collaboration is absolutely critical going forward'... One positive thing about Meltdown CPU hole? At least it put aside tech rivalries...

Jim Mitchell

Re: What an absurdity!

@ I Am Spartacus

" with no cache erasure on non-use, is ridiculous." Cache erasure on non-use would not fix the Spectre issue, you would have to replace all the cache entries you removed on the speculative path. Exploits can figure out information from what entries are no longer in the cache.

NASA pops titanium tea cosy over Martian InSight probe instrument

Jim Mitchell

Re: Tea cosy hat

If we didn't drink tea in America, we couldn't have had that little Boston Tea Party, could we?

Our vulture listened to four hours of obtuse net neutrality legal blah-blah so you don't have to: Here's what's happening

Jim Mitchell

Re: Ultimately Congress is going to need to act

You would think that if the regulatory agency said something is legally fuzzy, the courts say something is fuzzy, that the legislature would then take a hint and act to clarify the issue. Historically, it doesn't really seem that way. America, eh?

Should the super-rich pay 70% tax rate above $10m? Here's Michael Dell's hot take for Davos

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Re: Simple solution to Dell's problem

It is 2018 and it is amazing that so many people subject to them do not understand how the US Federal income tax actually works. Even the basics, like marginal tax brackets People in the UK can be given some leeway, even though their taxation of us colonists is given as one of the root causes of our messy breakup.

EasyJet boss says pre-Chrimbo Gatwick drone chaos cost it £15m

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That bird strikes are a major cause of "large aircraft" crashes is easily refutable, please post your research showing otherwise.

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

Jim Mitchell

They must have been joking. The user should not be able to increase the Wonderful output without paying an additional fee!

Want to get rich from bug bounties? You're better off exterminating roaches for a living

Jim Mitchell

Re: Things may change in future

"Juvenile Hormone, for which there is no equivalent in vertebrates"

Humans definitely have a whole bucket of juvenile hormones. Even as adults....

Senator Wyden goes ballistic after US telcos caught selling people's location data yet again

Jim Mitchell

Re: Re-seller

I'm not sure the network operators (Verizon, Sprint, etc) give the resellers (MVNOs) enough access to have the location data in question. Even if they did, they'd probably charge them for it, anyways.

DXC hit with sueball over layoff steamroller's share price dip

Jim Mitchell

Re: Looking for a lead plaintiff? The Sharks circle!

If I recall correctly, a "lead plaintiff" can get a bigger settlement than the other class members.

Apple heading for Supreme Court showdown over iOS App Store 'monopoly' gripe

Jim Mitchell

Re: There are alernatives...

"It would be no different than GM being sued because you can't put a cheaper Kia engine in your Cadillac, or Nintendo being sued because You can't install your Steam copy of Final Fantasy VII on your Switch. Are people going to start suing GM because they can't install a $500 Sedona engine in their STS and keep the warranty? " Bad analogy, you can install a different engine in your car and keep the warranty on the rest of the vehicle. Go America! Heck, there is probably a video on youtube of somebody swapping a Kia engine into a Cadillac.

Hands up who isn't p!*$ed off about Amazon's new HQ in New York and Virginia?

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As I heard it, "Seattle, New York City, and Washington DC" describes not just Amazon's HQs, current and future, but where Bezos has residences. Coincidence? Or was this conclusion foregone from the getgo?

Michael Howard: Embrace of open source is destroying 'artificial definitions' of legacy vendors

Jim Mitchell

You have to wonder if he meant to say "bribe" instead of "bride". 'cause saying "bride" is really weird.

30 spies dead after Iran cracked CIA comms network with, er, Google search – new claim

Jim Mitchell

How long has Goggle supported boolean operators ?

Not to belittle the actual issue here, but I thought Google search didn't support boolean operators? Apparently it does. Memories of AltaVista...

It only took Oz govt transformation bods 6 months and $700k to report that blockchain ain't worth the effort

Jim Mitchell

Re: Just 'Unnecessary'? What about 'Wouldn't Work'?

bitcoin != blockchain. You shouldn't base your opinion of blockchain solely on bitcoin.

Mobe networks battle to bring comms back after Hurricane Michael smashes US Gulf Coast

Jim Mitchell

Re: You'd think the Air Force would move the $150 million apiece fighters out of the storm's path


Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

Jim Mitchell

"manager" and "employee"?

Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

Jim Mitchell

I'm unclear on why he would even bother tweeting such a sentiment. "Why do you rob banks?" "Because that is where the money is." isn't exactly a revelation.

You can't always trust those mobile payment gadgets as far as you can throw them – bugs found by infosec duo

Jim Mitchell

Re: And when the payment is actually sought?

It sounds like only the display on the device reads "100", everything else in the transaction is "123". So not discrepancies that would trigger a declined transaction at the time.

Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

Jim Mitchell

Re: "does this read more like an ad-icle"

Bad comparison choice, "dehydrated water" is quite successful! We call it salt. Heck, the Romans paid their soldiers in salt, hence why we call your pay a "salary".

Politicians fume after Amazon's face-recog AI fingers dozens of them as suspected crooks

Jim Mitchell

I'm confused, this article appears to totally lack the requisite amount of snark for an article that has both legislators AND criminals. This can't be a real El Reg article, I'd like to see the facial recolonization results of the author, please.

Declassified files reveal how pre-WW2 Brits smashed Russian crypto

Jim Mitchell


Wouldn't that only happen if people knew? I mean, print a run for the government, print some duplicates for you...

ME! ME! ME! – Intel's management tech gets a quartet of security fixes

Jim Mitchell

Re: compulsary remote management

Typical PC sold for "home" use isn't going to have the vPro that has these flaws, I think.

Jim Mitchell

You want infinite time limit on product security defect liability? Even most criminal violations are time barred at some point.

Y'know... Publishing tech specs may be fair use, says appeals court

Jim Mitchell

Re: Ummm?

The standards in question are not created by the government, nor a government employee in the course of their job. They are created by a private third party organization and "incorporated by reference" in state/federal law.

This creates the obvious issues of laws you have to pay somebody for before you know what they are. The fact this hasn't been challenged before is surprising to me, it is just crazy.

'007' code helps stop Spectre exploits before they exist

Jim Mitchell

What are the valid reasons for a user program to execute a cache flush instruction in the first place? As the article lists that as a requirement for successful exploitation of this issue, just checking for that instruction in a binary might be a good start.

CIMON says: Say hello to your new AI pal-bot, space station 'nauts

Jim Mitchell

IBM page on "IBM and space flight":


list of items:


No Apollo CM or LM items listed.

Jim Mitchell

More recently, the laptops on the ISS were Thinkpads. Don't know if they still are. Not explicitly "space-rated", but sturdy and end-user repairable (well, some product lines).

Et tu, Gentoo? Horrible gits meddle with Linux distro's GitHub code

Jim Mitchell

Re: Everything is better in the cloud?


Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix

Jim Mitchell

Re: Duty of care

If you want your complex software product to be completely bug free before being sold, you will never get to use the product. Enjoy your abacus.

Open Source Security hit with bill for defamation claim

Jim Mitchell

Wait, the company is called "Open Source Security" but their kernel patches are not actually open source? Somebody should sue them for false advertising.

Tor-forker Joshua Yabut cuffed for armoured personnel carrier joyride

Jim Mitchell

Re: Anti SJW fork?

Fork? One suspects this guy belongs in a place with nothing sharper than a spoon.

Hacked serverless functions are a crypto-gold mine for miscreants

Jim Mitchell


If an attacker can own the instance a "serverless" function runs on, that is the providers problem, not yours.

Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

Jim Mitchell

Re: "Judge us by our actions"

If you're judging Microsoft by their actions, you can judge the current owners of Github, who did just decide to sell to Microsoft, similarly.

That said, for 7.5 billion dollars, I'd overlook a lot of actions....

Clock blocker: Woman sues bosses over fingerprint clock-in tech

Jim Mitchell

Is a "hash" created from biometric data != "biometric data" under the law in question? And "it’s not possible to reproduce the original image..." does not mean it is not possible to create SOME quality of image. Trust, but verify, while carrying a big stick.

Facebook stockholders tell Zuck to reform voting rules as data scandal branded 'human rights violation'

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If your "shares" come with zero control of the company, and no dividend (ie no share of the profits), just what have you bought? Something you can sell to the next sucker in line. This reminds me of bitcoin...

Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'

Jim Mitchell

Re: @Robber McGee

Give the staff heart rate tracking Fitbit type devices. If the rate goes to 0 or increases dramatically, either there is a medical emergency or a robbery.

OpenStack makes Zuul continuous delivery tool its second indie project

Jim Mitchell

Zuul wins on the name. It is even appropriate, Zuul was the Gatekeeper in Ghostbusters, Zuul the project sees itself as a gatekeeper.

RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops

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@Doctor Syntax

"Aircraft are large, unenclosed spaces?"

You can survive your airplane becoming (semi-)unenclosed, try that in a submarine. Result does depend on pilot quality and luck, but it is possible...

Seriously, Cisco? Another hard-coded password? Sheesh

Jim Mitchell

Re: Why Move From Pig in the Middle?

"Pig in the middle"? Is that a UK thing? We play monkey in the middle here in the US.

Whois privacy shambles becomes last-minute mad data scramble

Jim Mitchell

Re: Typical ICANN

I believe that law overrules contractual agreements. If the contract says you must do A, but the law says that doing A is illegal, don't complain that if you do A, the law comes calling for YOU, not the other party to the contract. This puts the European registries in a tight spot.

Software development slow because 'Most of our ideas suck'

Jim Mitchell

Re: "Safe experimentation"

Science labs don't do "continuous experimentation" on the uniwtting public. Well, hopefully not.

NASA boss insists US returning to the Moon after Peanuts to show for past four decades

Jim Mitchell

Re: Peanuts metaphor

Can the right-ponders even get over the concept that somebody needs to hold the "football" in order for it to be kicked?

The Sun will blow up into a huge, glowing bubble of gas during its death

Jim Mitchell

Re: Tolkien Elf Warrior Hairstyle Logic:

@ Frumious Bandersnatch

Isn't that, "die young and *leaf* a beautiful copse", in that scenario?

Twitter: No big deal, but everyone needs to change their password

Jim Mitchell

What, did they use the same code as Github? https://www.zdnet.com/article/github-says-bug-exposed-account-passwords/

Ahem! Uber, Lyft etc: California Supremes just shook your gig economy with contractor ruling

Jim Mitchell

Re: What if ...

If you are happy being a contractor, your can structure your relationship with your "customer" in a way to pass these legal tests. Also, you're not likely to sue saying you really were a employee! Most people in the "gig economy" would probably rather have a real job and not be a contractor.


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