Seriously considering moving to a power9 system in the new year - it's not cheap, would require new CPU/motherboard/memory, and I'm under no illusions about IBM being any less evil than Intel/AMD/ARM, but it's looking like a better option every time another one of these articles comes out.
466 posts • joined 6 Feb 2012
Re: One wonders ...
XKCD did a rough calculation of what would be needed to get Voyager 1 back - the illustration summarises it well:
It's a good idea, but "Simple, fair and no way of avoiding it." matters much less than:
- the Government deciding it deserves time in Parliament
- transport minister(s) being prepared to lose part of their little empire to the Treasury
"But there's no need to increase the tax on fuel, it's already expensive enough thanks"
"Wait,even more tax on fuel? Supposedly we pay 61%of fuel duty, plus VAT on top of the duty and fuel. It might not be called tax but it's practically the same."
Er, OK - so how is the shortfall to be made up? Not sure of the most recent numbers, but I'd expect somewhere above £6,000,000,000.00/year would be required if the car tax was abolished.
Re: Bit small for a Mars shot
They only need to be in there for launch/re-entry - the idea is that habitation modules (both for transit and/or on Mars) would be launched separately. The different spacecraft would rendezvous in earth orbit for crew transfer.
edit: Also, the SLS capsule (Orion) is actually bigger than the Apollo equivalent.
"low cost" is relative. Obviously the production is a bit shonky, but many of them have ~4 professional (professional in a very technical sense) actors, apparently decent lighting/camera, and shooting locations in the USA. (Interestingly, all expense appears to have been spared on the sound.)
It's something that would be a rounding error in film/TV, but more than what one person of average wealth could arrange as a side project.
I'd be very interested in an in-depth interview with the people involved.
I think my "Fuck 2017" moment was sitting on the couch while my daughter watched youtube on the TV - distracted due to the repetitive canned shrieks and laughter, I glanced up to see a live-action story involving Elsa, Spiderman, the Joker, and probably others I forget. At that particular moment, one of the characters (Spiderman perhaps?) was buried up to their neck in sand, while being defecated on by Elsa (again, it may have been another character). A small mercy - it was obviously fake brown stuff of some sort. Out of morbid curiosity, I continued watching these videos, and can mostly agree with everything the writer of the linked article says.
I do not let her have the remote, and the TV itself is on the wall, out of reach - this was just from autoplay, the chain started on a toy review or something.
That was the end of her youtube viewing, netflix seems to be OK (so far).
Re: "when Sauron was mortal "
"back when Sauron was mortal"
"Isn't Sauron one of the Maiar? If so he was never mortal."
"You're thinking of his former boss, Morgoth."
Neither are, or were, mortal - both were "Ainur", the next level down from Eru Ilúvatar (the only "real" god in Tolkien's universe). The more powerful ones were called Valar, the lesser were called Maiar.
Sauron did actually "die" physically at least three times though...
Re: 'Everyone loves Maplin'
"Reg readers are fond of "Maplins" as one of the few remaining outlets that allows electronics hobbyists to browse legacy components, cables, semiconducters, graphics cards and motherboards while scouting out the latest drones, 3D printers and more. Compared to Dixons Carphone and other old-world retailers, Maplin still has a reputation for customer service."
(Concerning the bit I put in bold.) Well, yes, I suppose that's correct - but in that vein, one could also say "Compared to the box containing a warm dog turd on a spring, the mismatched, extra small, white nylon socks were a tasteful and much appreciated gift."
I didn't even use them that much, but my last experience was typical - needed a USB micro SD card reader that hour, shop assistant tried to sell me something about £15 saying that was "...as cheap as that sort of thing gets" but on the exact same rack there was a tiny one that cost £8.something. Yeah, they're circling the drain.
Re: Is there a pattern here?
"If you want to use Bitcoin for tiny transactions, or see it as some sort of massively risky investment scheme, then go right ahead."
"Tiny" transactions are exactly the kind for which bitcoin should definitely not be used. I spent some of mine when it hit £1000* and the transactions just would not go through unless I paid fees of a few £ equivalent. Irrelevant when buying a house, annoying when buying a laptop, ludicrous when buying a pint.
* Yes, I realise what that does to the credibility of my advice.
Re: Why the emphasis on software mitigations?
So I won't get a "rich user experience" and might have to click refresh more often - I can live with that.
It should. AFAIK, if they don't support GLONASS they are prohibited from using it in phones sold in Russia, which is a large enough market to matter. I imagine the same is effectively true in China with Beidou, even if not formalised.
When your logo has actual fasces in it, maybe you should ask questions of yourself instead of trying to live up to the symbolism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToKcmnrE5oY
Re: Oh, Lester, your presence is missed.
"I managed to shove the wheel off a Matchbox car up my nostril at the tender age of 4 or thereabouts."
Same age, same sort of thing, but in my case it was a polystyrene bean bag ball.
A few decades later, and as far as I know, it's still there - the doctor didn't seem too concerned, saying it probably fell out without me noticing (possible, but I doubt it, in my idiocy I managed to get it quite deep up there).
I live in hope that one day, an epic sneeze will produce a lump of polystyrene-cored snot horror and propel me into a new life of genius, like Homer Simpson minus the crayon stuck in his brain.
I wish someone who knows how to handle them would put a video on youtube showing dicyanoacetylene and chlorine trifluoride reacting.
(Firefox disagrees - it's trying to be sensible and change that to oxyacetylene and chlorine tetrafluoride.)
Re: I would like to be the first to point out...
"Or at the very least a Playmobil re-enactment, been a while since we've had one of those."
So that's why they're advertising for an intern.
My "suspected scam" instruction sheet:
If they mention "accident":
"THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN, NOBODY SAW THAT" (Repeat verbatim in response to whatever they say, increasing volume/agitation each time.)
"But, but, how did you know? - I was wearing brown trousers."
"That was no accident, she deserved all that and more." *click*
If they mention "Microsoft", "Windows", "Virus"...
"Oh dear!, is this to do with the computer thing? My grandson normally helps me with all that, it's upstairs, could you hold on while I get it please?" (Leave phone off hook, if you have time, do your best impression of someone simultaneously suffering from dementia, lack of short-term memory, and near total computer illiteracy.)
For general use:
"Please take a minute to think about your parents and grandparents - would they be proud of what you are doing? You should get an honest job." *click*
Re: Re. storms
There have been studies that suggest large oil slicks prevent hurricanes gaining the energy/moisture they need to sustain themselves.
The very best of luck to anyone trying to get that kind of preventive measure approved.
Pointless memo to the car manufacturers:
The drivers' and passengers' devices will be newer, probably more powerful, more likely to have security updates, and have a greater chance of containing apps and data that the owners actually care about.
You are hardware manufacturers, you will fail hard at producing software people want to use.
If you wanted to do something useful, concentrate on allowing the vehicle screen/speakers/inputs to serve whichever device(s) the driver selects. Provide power, pointer movements, keystrokes, and sensor data. Accept video and audio.
For comedy value, submit your software to Google/Apple/Whoever and see how many people actually use it.
I may be wrong, but I don't think any of them had the capability to fully submerge (required intake and exhaust to remain above the surface), which may be part of the the definition of "submarine".
Re: Reserve fuel load?
" It's not helped by fuel burn being highest at low level, which is traditionally where you take-off and land..."
This makes me ponder exactly how much the USS Akron/Macon design could be scaled up.
Re: I'm pretty sure that...
The dredging has entertainingly uncovered quite a lot of UXBs which have subsequently been blown up by Navy Ordnance in the remoter reaches of the Solent."
That always puzzled me - surely it should be the Luftwaffe's job to sort all that? (And equivalently, the RAF*/USAF should get tasked with digging up and disposing of everything they dropped on Germany that didn't already explode.)
(Assume that the 'R' stands for "Royal" or "Russian" as you prefer.)
Re: When I was a lad ....
"We used to have contests to see who could make the highest splash mark on the wall"
I remember my dad telling me of an acquaintance in primary school who (after holding it for a day) was capable of (and proud of) hitting the ceiling.
I never used the toilets at school - not because of embarrassing noises - but because they were vile hellholes - seldom cleaned, seldom flushed, inadequately supplied with paper, etc. etc.
(Also, if I was in charge of the school in Sweden, I'd just have the sound system permanently playing a loop of farting/splashing/grunting noises.)
"Which phones are currently able to pick up galileo signals? And which phones actually use them?"
edit: to actually check it's working, try this app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.chartcross.gpstest&hl=en_GB (it uses different icons for the different constellations - mine has only ever picked up GPS and GLONASS, and once, an SBAS satellite - it allegedly picks up Beidou, but they probably don't get high enough in the sky here)
Re: What happens if the pilots in each cockpit decide to bank in opposite directions?
In a way, you aren't joking, in certain aircraft the pilot/co-pilot controls, while linked, will connect to different control surfaces (e.g. the left seat controls might be connected to the upper rudder and left elevator while the right seat's has the right elevator and lower rudder). Normally, when everything's fine, moving one set of controls moves the relevant control surfaces, and the other set of controls. If things are not fine (e.g. pilots trying to perform different manoeuvres or a dropped meal tray preventing one control column moving) the linkage is designed to break at a certain level of force, so at least some sort of control is maintained.
I would not normally be defending Microsoft, but they managed (admittedly not perfectly) to update their OS despite it running on an enormous variety of hardware.
Why can't Google just act like they did?
I don't know, maybe Asus, Dell, HP, etc. actually blocked some updates behind the scenes, but my impression of what was going on in the days I was using XP was that MS released the updates when necessary and the hardware manufacturers just had to cope with it.
I'd assume this is already being done.
If not, someone in the GRU (or whatever Russian TLA is responsible) should be getting fired.
Depends what you mean by "AMD based". If the motherboard chipset is Intel but the CPU is AMD then the system would be vulnerable.
Definitely rare though, a quick google suggests it was last possible before this vulnerability existed, so unless you have something like this...
...then you should be safe.
Re: "fast-dock tech that will reduce coupling time to just six hours."
Based on my experience*, it works as follows:
Launch spacecraft, try to launch directly into an intercepting orbit.
After several minutes realise that this is most certainly not an intercepting orbit, even if I leave it for several months.
Swear profusely after looking up orbital mechanics and discovering inclination changes should be performed before circularisation.
Match orbital inclination, wasting lots of fuel.
Check target location and relative orbital average speeds.
If ahead of target and travelling faster, or behind target and travelling slower, wait.
Otherwise, burn prograde to increase orbital speed to let target catch up, or burn retrograde to reduce orbital speed to catch up to target (yes, really), wait.
Grossly overshoot/undershoot, swear profusely, repeat above steps but with less difference in spacecraft/target speeds.
After many orbits and adjustment burns, approach target while travelling at approximately the same orbital velocity (i.e. pretty much same direction/speed).
Start moving slowly towards target, preferably using only RCS (if this was even remembered and set up correctly during spacecraft design/build).
Get impatient, increase speed.
Panic when realising closing speed is too high.
If lucky, overshoot, repeat last three steps. If unlucky, decide to use main engines to slow down, grossly mismatch orbital velocities, repeat last ten steps. If unluckier, expose target to close range 100% power rocket exhaust while trying to slow down, destroy/damage target, mission failed. Or, simply, collide with target, spacecraft/target damaged/destroyed, mission failed.
If exceptionally lucky, achieve holding position within tens of metres of target, negligible relative speed.
Swear profusely when realising target's docking port is on the other side.
Set up spacecraft controls relative to docking port, target other docking port.
Try to remember all RCS translation/rotation controls, hope spacecraft CofG is where it should be.
Move slowly toward target.
Wait for ports to engage, if they're too far away, or at an angle, back off and try again.
* disclaimer - this is entirely from Kerbal Space Program.
Re: Just a matter of timing
My mistake - that takes it up to about 1% of a square light year...
Re: Ecuadorian Embassy - 13 Reviews: **
Wut? Assange is in the Yakuza now?
Re: Happened to me.
Same here, but only with one of my accounts.
Re: failed to "install software updates to the vehicle’s operating system - hmm
M7S: "...will not be in a position to review the updates and will probably default to "automatic updates""
I would be very surprised if it is even possible to disable automatic updates short of keeping the vehicle in a Faraday cage or physically removing its SIM(s) and radio(s).
Incidentally, the slashdot version of this story was amusing in that their headline stated the vehicles themselves would be held liable - I imagined punishments such as being forced to charge from a square wave supply for minor infractions, all the way up to having the OS replaced with Windows ME for actually killing someone.
In the unlikely event that anyone who actually writes Firefox code reads this, here is what you need to do:
1. When starting, and there're some malformed files (blame extensions) in the home directory DON'T JUST SIT THERE AT 5% CPU AND 2K RAM USAGE FOR 20 MINUTES. Give me a notification saying that my cookies file / bookmarks / settings file / whatever is borked and ask me what I want to do about it.
2. While we're talking about the home directory, improve the way Firefox works when the home directory is on a remote drive (e.g. thin client). Usually there is *some* local storage that can be used on a per-session basis - for caching, working directories, etc. The only stuff I want in my home directory is what I want to persist across browser sessions.
3. Go back to traditional version numbering, you really didn't need to ditch it.
"The fair use policies will be designed to prevent people bulk-buying SIMs where prices are low and shipping them for use in more expensive countries."
To understand what a faecocerebral statement this is, imagine if it were applied to other products:
"The fair use policies will be designed to prevent people bulk-buying books where prices are low and shipping them for use in more expensive countries."
"The fair use policies will be designed to prevent people bulk-buying tomatoes where prices are low and shipping them for use in more expensive countries."
"The fair use policies will be designed to prevent people bulk-buying buttplugs where prices are low and shipping them for use in more expensive countries."
"The fair use policies will be designed to prevent people bulk-buying oil where prices are low and shipping it for use in more expensive countries."
THIS IS HOW TRADE WORKS; A SINGLE MARKET IS MEANT TO ENCOURAGE PRICE ARBITRAGE, YOU SHIT-BRAINED CRETINS.
"Do they even have any aircraft available for the bloody thing?"
Agreed re. range, but they must be comparing the charging time to the time it would take to reverse the diesel burning chemical reaction.
Not sure how long it takes to convert H2O + CO2 to O2 + C12H23, but I'm willing to bet it's longer than 25mins at any reasonable cost.
For some reason I'm reminded of the racist tomatoes from Monkey Dust:
Re: Face it: Humans are lousy drivers
I don't want to take bad drivers off the hook, but bad design contributes significantly to accidents of that type.
Maybe we're stuck with it because people think it's customary, but just think about for a minute:
To go faster, press this pedal with your foot.
To go slower, press this other pedal with your foot.
See the problem? Two control functions that you really don't want to confuse are made to look almost as similar as it's possible to make them, and both are readily accessible to the same limb.
At least with motorbikes the throttle/brake are separate control styles (twist grip and brake levers, although unfortunately still both hand-operated).
In aircraft, brakes are incorporated into the rudder pedals, while the throttle is hand operated. I don't have the stats, but I expect it's extremely uncommon for pilots to throttle up when they meant to brake.
Safety is only achieved through a combination of good training, good practice, good design, good manufacture, good maintenance, etc. The idea is that a single failure (e.g. pressing the wrong pedal) should, if possible, be prevented from causing an accident by design (e.g. making pedals ONLY for acceleration, or ONLY for braking).
Re: Do we though?
Agreed. Employment (looking at the timescale of humanity's existence) may just be an aberration that lasted from the invention of agriculture until the invention of general-purpose robots.
As long as there is demand for stuff to be done by humans, there will be employment - I'm increasingly sceptical that this demand will always exist.
TSB was up/down at various times this morning too.
I have very faint hopes of any improvement to Netgear's kit raising it to the level of "OK".
Example: I bought a wifi booster (this one) recently. Two ways of setting the thing up: WPS (which my router doesn't have), or putting my email and a password into a browser interface. The second would not have been so bad (still a bit wtf though) except that the thing complained the email I gave it (which El Reg, Google, Amazon, Facebook, etc. are perfectly fine with) was an invalid email address.
If a company making network kit can't handle a slightly unconventional email address, the chances are their code inside the device is full of similar horrors - it's certainly the last product I'll buy from them.
Re: Oxygen is not flammable
"Oxygen is not flammable--it supports the burning of other materials or compounds, but does not by itself burn."
Well, it depends on your definition - there are certainly chemicals (fluorine and some of its compounds) out there that will oxidise oxygen. Chemists may frown on calling that "burning" though.
Although these other oxidisers would probably be merrily oxidising any other available chemicals to a greater extent - like nearby fuels, structures, humans, etc. instead of getting a chance to react with the oxygen.
Interestingly, rocketry was one of the fields that had great interest in this area, before deciding it wasn't really worth the bother of working with something that will make a big hole in a concrete floor if you spill it, just for a greater specific impulse.
Re: How often is Samsung going to be allowed to grass its way out of bother?
If I was making that decision, it would be quite simple.
Situation 1: Samsung does not co-operate - (attempt to) fine them all, receive €X.
Situation 2: Samsung co-operates and provides useful evidence - fine everyone else, receive €Y.
If Y>X, then encourage co-operation.
Remember, with a lack of evidence X may well be zero.
Not downvoting - just curious - why do you think the Reg shouldn't be quoting politicians from the SNP? They're the third largest party in the Commons (specifically, 8% of MPs, with more MPs than all the smaller parties + independents put together).
If journalists want to praise the SNP's people and policies, or denounce them as batshit insane, then they should do so, but refusing to acknowledge their existence would just be odd.
SUBS! (or failing that, turn on the spelling checker)
"...partial breach records oof personal information..."
"...Top 400 online merchant sites accroding to findings in the paper..."
"Fraud of this sort us increasingly uncommon..."
"...seeking credit cards to abuse illegaly would..."
Can anyone find any more?
If the EU wish for the UK (or England+Wales - who knows?) to be the last country they lose, they must sort this (and plenty of other things) out so that people can tangibly benefit from their country remaining.
Make single market mean single market, with no exceptions. (Words like "reasonable" and "practicable" provide far too much wiggle-room when the lawyers get involved.)
If you want to buy your electricity from a French company, cable TV from Croatia, internet from Finland, Insurance from Austria, mobile data from Estonia, and bank with Germany, then why not?
Any media that are available in the EU, should be available in all the EU, on common terms.
Throw the book, and its translations into all EU languages, at any company that resists.
"However, ISPs have pointed out that the current wording of the bill does not explicitly state that all costs would be recovered - instead it mentions “appropriate costs” which could be open to interpretation. For a small provider, that would not necessarily include the man hours spent having to update its network."
This, at least, can probably be got around - if ISP A is required to do some task to comply with the law, it can simply outsource it to IT company B and present the invoice to Mr. Plod. It does of course leave the taxpayers shafted, as the ISP has no incentive to seek the best value option (which could well have been doing it in-house!).
Re: Obligatory HAL reference
"This is something which was used by the Nazis in WW2. A deaf lip reader will immediately notice if someone is non-native speaker even if his language and pronunciation is so fluent that nobody notices while listening to him."
Given that the Nazis sterilised deaf adults merely for being deaf and murdered deaf children merely for being deaf (with the cooperation of some deaf schools), this sounds remarkable; do you have a source?
(A brief google turned up this: http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=91238 )