* Posts by Grikath

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Boffins gently wake the Large Hadron Collider from annual hibernation

Grikath

Whelp.. At the energy they let those nuclei crash into each other I wouldn't be surprised if they do create singularity-state instances regularly. In fact... that's the general idea of the whole exercise...

Thing is, the lifetime of a singularity of that mass is so short that it's probably impossible to even measure. If I remember correctly, a singularity with Earths' mass would have a lifetime of several femtoseconds before evaporating, with an event horizon smaller than the nucleus of your average atom. Not really world-gobbling material... And the mass of what's zipping about in the LHC is, mildly put, several orders of magnitude smaller than our planet.

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Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets

Grikath
Facepalm

Re: Computer Misuse Act?

The easiest answer to that one is:

If you leave your device open to the point where the voice of a random stranger can activate it.... Well.... start with Schadenfreude and work up from there..

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Russia and China bombard Blighty with 188 cyberattacks in 3 months

Grikath
FAIL

No US in there..

Then again.... Blighty... does the Full Access Moon when it comes to the US and sensitive data, innit?

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Netherlands reverts to hand-counted votes to quell security fears

Grikath
Devil

Re: Is this a Bing translation?

Except that our politicians are noted for the atrocities they inflict on the english language. It's almost as if it's a mandatory requirement for the job.

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Asteroid nearly gave Earth a new feature, two days after its discovery

Grikath

Re: What if it had hit?

Íf it'd had hit Earth's atmosphere it would most likely not have hit at all.

Note the comparison to the Chelyabinsk rock... At that size meteors don't burn up, but disintegrate/explode midair.

It's what you get with Youth.. Not patient enough to wait until they touch down and make a nice crater.. Noooo.... They have to do the whole "You don't need Nukes to make a Big Bang" right away.. **

** No... I deny any science here... This is the celestial Youf , Showing Off , playing chicken with the older bigger kids, and occasionally failing to miss.

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How Apple exploded Europe's crony capitalism

Grikath
Meh

Re: I had to laugh at this

It's Orlowsky unabashedly showing his Fanboi colours. Nothing new here.

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Fatal genetic conditions could return in some 'three-parent' babies

Grikath
Facepalm

"Presumably in evolutionary terms there must be a selective advantage in maintaining consistency of mtDNA."

Given that mtDNA is so far stripped down in the "self-sufficiency" section that any mitochondrion cannot possibly survive unsupported by the body of an eucaryotic cell....

Yes, there's a selective advantage to mtDNA consistency: There's. Hardly. Any. Room. For. Errors. Period. mtDNA mutation frequency is about the same as "normal" DNA. Mutations in mtDNA are, however, almost exclusively lethal to the mitochondrium in question. There's only a couple of spots that can mutate without the mitochondrium conking it, and they lead to very rare, and ultimately lethal diseases...

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Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun

Grikath

"read the license"

Ermmm... yeeeeessss.......

You do realise that those things are, quite deliberately, stated in the most obscure lawyerese so that no normal user can even begin to comprehend the implications of what they actually have bought, and how much they open themselves up to the sharks who have written the document to begin with. And even to the sharks themselves there's "a lot of room for interpretation", so that even specialists can get the odd surprise ot two.

So "Read the License" isn't going to cut it.

Unless, of course, you've retained a Lawyer..... oh wait...... /facepalm.

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It's a date: Hard-pressed Samsung prepares for shareholder love-in

Grikath

Awww.... widdle American wants to play Shouty-Splashy in the pool with Korean sharks? How ...endearing...

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Loyalty card? Really? Why data-slurping store cards need a reboot

Grikath
Facepalm

Or... don't do either cards or IoT, flip the finger, and live a happy life without being Analised by the Marketeers.

But that, of course, is not how forward-thinking people are supposed to Do Things..

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iPhone fatigue and fading Samsung. This planet is bored with big brand phones

Grikath

It's not "bored"

By all available date the technology simply has matured. This means that unless there's something *spectacular* tech-wise the coming years, phone-makers simply cannot make the big jumps "people" ** would like to see. Not unlike the situation in desktops once we got past the Intel/AMD race ( which made mobile phones as we know them possible to begin with...)

Not unlike desktop processors, a Budget mobile phone has the Ooomph to do whatever you can realistically ask of it, and you will pay Premium for each % of performance above that. ( which, also like desktops is mostly Gaming Territory..) ***

** the current crop of El Reg reviewers are, in fact, a breed of Sourpuss.

*** This amount of common sense is Boring and does not make Headlines, This is, of course, Anathema to the Reviewer strain of Sourpusses.

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So long Vine, your six seconds of internet fame are over

Grikath
Devil

sour grapes then...

The post... etc....

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NASA gets last Pluto data

Grikath
Pint

Yay!!

Time for a Pint for the lads/lasses then ... :)

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Hackers pop top 'secure' wireless keyboard and mouse kits, gain RCE

Grikath
Facepalm

Alternatively....

If you want *security* you use "oldfashioned" wired peripherals..

But that would be too easy now , wouldn't it...

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Samsung to Galaxy Note 7 users: Turn it off. Now

Grikath
Devil

Bet you....

Next model will once again have a removable battery......

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Windows 10 market share fell in September

Grikath

Re: ... we know mass enterprise adoption is still to come - ?

" How confident are "we" about this? "

Well... I believe it's M$ intention to keep the Win10 name/brand for a long time, well past the point where we'd have gotten a Brand New Version in the past. Given that whichever actual version of Windows the corporate world will actually switch to in, say, 4-5 years, it will quite likely still be branded as "Windows 10".

So quite confident, actually, as long as you ignore what's actually under the hood.

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Signs of recent tectonic activity found on cooling Mercury

Grikath

Re: "chemicals that have the potential to eventually form cells"

I doubt very much the question is if Mercury could harbor life or not.

The question : "how common are (plate) tectonics, actually?" is quite valid. Them being present is, by current knowledge, one of the subclauses for the development of an environment suitable for the emergence and subsequent development of life.

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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

Grikath

Re: New Puritans

They're trying to legislate *because* even a toddler is more net-savvy than the set of Luddites in Whitehall...

And what they don't understand must be forbidden...

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Genes take a shot at rebooting after death

Grikath

Re: Not that surprising

"If they are "inflammatory, immune genes and responses to stress genes. " then they are essential not detrimental to the living phases"

Exactly this. In the living organism cell death plays a very significant role in ,for starters, development. Apoptose is a major mechanism, and in the end individual cells die al the time and need to be recycled in the living organism.

It makes sense that there is a genetic mechanism that kicks in after cell death.

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

Grikath

Bollocks.

Potemkin has a point. UK politics has always suffered from a severe case of Islander mentality, if not post-empire delusions of grandeur, and has always fought tooth and nail against anything it considered "non-British" when it came to compromise on matters political or economical. Criticism is a healthy thing, but the UK has always behaved as a petulant child, throwing tantrums if it doesn't get its way in the european theatre. This is a matter of record, and no amount of smooth-talking can hide this.

The notion that the UK is the least racist of the lot is one of the most conceited notions of them all. If anything, it is more racist than most, with some great festering boils waiting to rupture, hidden from the Public by enforced Political Correctness by all the british media and institutions. It's a disease not unique to the UK, but the UK is one of the most profound examples of how Nanny State tries to control some serious problems in society by Legislation and Propaganda, while completely ignoring the root causes. Put on the paint extra thick, and eventually you won't see the rot underneath...

There's plenty of good reasons why Brexit is a good idea, but playing the Holier than Thou card? Really Bad Idea. Especially when you realise that the UK is the one nation in Europe that uses 1984 as a manual, not as the warning it's supposed to be.

Bring on the downvotes, but unpleasant truths must be stated once in a while to remind people it's not all Fluff and Rainbows. A Brexit is a much-needed first step to let matters get worse before they can get better. In the UK as well as the EU.

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

Grikath
Black Helicopters

well...

The shuttles still used ye olde core memory...

You'd almost get the feeling that kind of legacy is by design, not oversight..

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Boffins achieve 'breakthrough' in random number generation

Grikath
Mushroom

Re: I'm no Mathemagician...

*could* ?

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ExoMars probe narrowly avoids death, still in peril after rocket snafu

Grikath

The chance of any live microbes from earth arriving on Mars from this launch are so small they're effectively negligible.

Even if one of the pieces manages to hit Mars ( a very big If, given that there'll be no course corrections for the debris, and a different momentum for each piece..) , there is the cold, the radiation, and the heat of re-entry without a heat shield or parachute.

But the odds are easy to demonstrate.. Take a bit of steel, and drop it on the floor of your average pub loo at closing time ( or a healthy compost heap if you're squeamish ) . This guarantees Contamination. Then drop it in liquid nitrogen, and place it near a convenient gamma source for 7 months. After that , take the piece and put it in an induction ring at full power until orange-yellow. Let it cool until safe enough to swab, and inoculate some agar plates, see what grows.

It's pretty safe to say that piece of steel will be more sterile than anything classified as such here on Earth.

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Cosmic bonks, breakups led to birth of Saturn's moons as dinos died out

Grikath
Pint

Re: Cosmic shotgun...

actually , we have already been shown who's really to blame....

Good Going, Skrat!!

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Yahoo! kills! more! passwords! with! push! notification! app!

Grikath
Facepalm

YaWho?

The post is required, and must contain ...Stuff...

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True believers mind-meld FreeBSD with Ubuntu to burn systemd

Grikath
Coat

Beliebers..

Could. Not. Resist...

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FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

Grikath

Re: Smoke and mirrors

Or... the FBI brass, being tried-and-tested political creatures, are well aware of the attention span of the US Media and Public General, which happens to be akin to the lifespan of your average mayfly, and chose this tactic to ensure any continuation would at best reach page 5 news when the trials recommence.

Also smoke and mirrors, because you can't use *that* as an excuse to hold up a court case, but whether this "third party solution" works or not, they'll have their month.. in election season, with 150% chance any different SJW issue will have the Twats in Arms when the trials recommence. Even more time given that picking up the case starts out dry as dust, and the next Blip will be the verdict pro or con Apple, with option to appeal.

It'll be almost summer before anything definite happens again...

If they would continue now, win or lose, the FBI would suffer tremendous political, social, and operational damage. This smacks more of damage control than any real solution to cracking that phone.

If they were sure of a method that *worked* , they'd be dropping the case and crowing victory.

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Apple stuns world with Donald Trump iPhone

Grikath

Re: 30 seconds of my life...

Umm.. what did you expect? There hasn't been any articles anywhere on anything seriously new regarding mobile tech in ... months. Minor jiggles, lots of "in a couple of years", but nothing new.

So whatever new product of any brand will bring is a reshuffling/resizing, half an update, and 200% more Bling/Bloat. And Hype.. Apple is the master of that..

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Microsoft will rest its jackboot on Windows 7, 8.1's throat on new Intel CPUs in 2018 – not 2017

Grikath

Re: M$

"A week, I've spent, trying to get my wench's PC back into playing games."

And you're sure that the issues aren't , in fact, those games?

Given that between Win7, Win7compatibility mode, and DOSbox you can pretty much run anything gamey created since the dawn of the PC. or with a different emulator quite a few other platforms as well...

Lemme guess... she likes the dime-a-dozen bargain bin pointy-click "adventure puzzle games" or any other Zynga-type knockoffs?

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Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party

Grikath

She'd probably be offended by that as well, if not more, because that would reinforce the stereotype even more in her eyes, plus being Forced To Watch Male Flesh, and stuff.

Mind.. a quick look at her twats teaches that she's pretty volatile, short-fused, and prone to CAPS!!, so there's probably no pleasing her to begin with.

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'Millions' of Android mobes vulnerable to new Stagefright exploit

Grikath

Hmmmm...

User experience: click linkie.. video plays...crash... click linkie again, video crash.. click linkie again..

That video had better be something people *really* want to see. Most people won't bother after the first crash, most certainly won't after the second crash. The technique may work, but given the delivery method, I doubt that the potential footprint would be "millions".

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Apple tells iPhone court 'the Founders would be appalled' by Feds

Grikath

Meh...

If you look at the intention of the ideas set out in the US Constitution, and what the US has become, you more or less can use the spinning corpses of the Founding Fathers to solve the world's energy crisis anyway.

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FAA's 'drone smash risk to aircraft' is plane crazy

Grikath

"Many countries already have laws governing hobby aircraft and where/when/how they can operate."

Make that all as far as I know.. Any Mintellect that flies anything in , on, or near an airport/flight path without proper authorisation is breaking a serious set of laws and regulations, and simply deserves anything the Book can throw at him ** if caught.

The only thing that's changed is that with a drone any moron can attempt to fly one. RC controlled flight is simply no longer a rather peculiar and expensive hobby for enthousiasts. The downside to this is obvious, but nothing that the proverbial ton of bricks can't solve.

Incidentally.. the same odds were quoted for Space Shuttles Blowing Up... So it's simply a matter of time then, isn't it?

** Yes, male.. girls tend to do their Stupid in other ways.

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Middle-aged US bloke pleads guilty to iCloud celeb nude photo hack

Grikath

Re: Middle aged?

well... according to your average Teenager anything over 20 is "old"...

Perspective is everything.. Personally I'm on final approach to 50, but I will apply Interesting Times to anyone who calls me/treats me as Old. I am, however, slowly starting to entertain the option that "middle aged" may or may be applicable in the near future. Say.. the next decade or so..

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Who'd be mad enough to start a 'large-scale fire' in a spaceship?

Grikath

There have been tests, on all spacestations. Thing is they were really small-scale experiments, under very controlled circumstances, and nothing like the "someone tossed his smouldering ciggie stub in the trash"

Microgravity fires are weird.. hardly any convection, slow-burning, *almost* self-smothering, but retain ignition temperature a lot longer and get hotter overall, so any draft could get them going again with a vengeance. A firefighters' worst nightmare, really.

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Your unpatchable, insecure Android mobe will feel right at home in the Internet of Stuff era

Grikath

Ummmm yeah....

Given that your average (dodgy) android app + average user = install + insane/unnecessary access without checking anyway... Isn't this a little bit....fancy?

Oh wait. Terrible Danger!!! .. Big Drama Reveal !!!1!one! ...Much Hype!! So Terrible!! [/unimpressed]

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Millions menaced as ransomware-smuggling ads pollute top websites

Grikath

Re: "accidentally pushing out booby-trapped adverts via ad networks"

Interestingly, the big websites tend to run the big campaigns, which are usually pretty well vetted given the potential for backlash. But still they served up the bad ads.

May be tinfoil hattery, but this makes me suspicious. My bet is that somewhere down the line one of the Big Ones got one of their servers compromised.

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Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers

Grikath

Re: They don't understand

Of course they don't understand, and neither do most people..

The magazine publishing earning model, even in the dead-tree era, was never about articles, it was about selling ad-space. The articles were purely to create the vehicle to sell that ad-space. With the shift to internet, that earning model has not changed for the majority of publishers. They switched medium, but not their earning model.

So, no, they wouldn't understand... They're still stuck in an economic model that was already failing 3-4 decades ago, and have failed to evolve.

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Here's what an Intel Broadwell Xeon with a built-in FPGA looks like

Grikath

Re: Wanna play? Get it with ARM today.

Specialised...definitely..

Very yummie though..

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Boss of classified ad website Backpage.com faces first contempt of Congress in 20 years

Grikath

Contempt of Congress...

You mean he's simply voicing what other people think?

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Linus Torvalds wavers, pauses … then gives the world Linux 4.5

Grikath

Re: PS/2 Mice

and then some.. It may be oldfashioned, but it doesn't involve the whole USB layer, which has its uses. The fact that it's supposed to improve touchscreen behaviour may be a hint ;)

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Former US anti-terror chief tears into FBI over iPhone unlocking case

Grikath
Devil

Funny..

I have no love for the NSA whatshowever, but I do find their rather underplayed attitude of : "Dear FBI, could you pull your head out of your arse, and maybe ask us Mandated Professionals for this kind of thing, because we, y'know... are supposed to be able to do that and all.., and may already have a solution to your problem." quite hilarious. Internecine warfare at its best.

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SAP backs UK remaining in the EU ahead of vote

Grikath
Devil

Re: New Headline

I have no doubt a good many people that have had to deal with SAP would gladly give it to the UK if they Brexit. Free of charge.

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Grikath

Re: SAP backs UK remaining in the EU

Something like that..

"Big Business worried about Upsetting Changes in Status Quo" , in other news....

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Don't snoop on staff via wearables, says Dutch privacy agency

Grikath

Re: Oh really?

actually, it's C) : it's a Bong­¡-type consultancy, mainly operating in the healthcare administration and regulation business.

Dutch consultancy speak is ..different.. from english and doesn't translate well, but imagine their web page being full of the pro-active thinkfluencing with a Smile! guff you can expect from the british equivalent. To quote Marvin: "It's all rather sad, really..." Pictures say more than words.. look at the way they present their consultants.. doesn't need translation, really.

And they're definitely the type of company where this kind of thing would be seen as a Pilot Project into the Bright Future etc.. They *probably* intended to use this as a showcase for the potential of these devices for outpatient monitoring ( where it makes sense ) without considering that the way they've gone about it would push a couple of Buttons in the privacy department.

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Software dev 101: 'The best time to understand how your system works is when it is dying'

Grikath

Re: Basic testing really

"No point having test systems that are unrepresentative of actual use."

You try getting the projected man-hours and resources from Manglement, prodded by the Beancounters about Budget, and by Sales about Delivery to do that..

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Alien studs on dwarf's erection baffle boffins

Grikath

Hmmm..

Looks to me like something hit hard enough to end up under the surface right next to the crater. Ceres has gravity... a whole 0.3% of Earth's, so you can expect the surface to be... porous... Although the right word would be more like fluffy, I guess..

If that was indeed something containing a lot of water, there's a decent chance whatever minerals the surface is made up of got hydrated, and expanded pushing up the dust from below into the mound we see.

With a surface gravity where a decent sneeze would have you attain escape velocity, pushing up some dust wouldn't take that much force.

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Dead Steve Jobs is still a crook – and Apple must cough up $450m for over-pricing ebooks

Grikath

What surprises me most..

Is that it's run the mill in 5-ish years..

That's practically F1 pitstop speed for the US...

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

Grikath
Meh

was looking for the phrase,,,

"The battery storage systems developed with Arpa-E’s support are on the verge of transforming America’s electrical grid, a transformation that could unfold within the next five to 10 years, Williams said."

SSDD... That's what they all say.. pics or it simply hasn't happened.

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More and more Brits are using ad-blockers, says survey

Grikath
Facepalm

Re: Turn it off? Not no way, no chance, no how. @ Andy Non

"F**k all that! How do people use the web without an ad blocker?"

We simply do?

There's a fair amount of sites that *do* make sure their "source of extra income/hosting cost mitigation" behaves within acceptable parameters. They get the ad-blockers turned off. Unless they take the piss, of course.. The others.. well.. let's say you only get One Chance.. ( El Reg, for instance, has borked theirs several times already.. ah well...)

And of course.. being "safe" behind your adblockers and noscripters has not given you the necessary desensitation and necessary knowledge to Not Go There Without.... that people who do regularly turn off their blockers, or do completely without have. By being militant about blocking, you failed to grow the callouses you need, and never learned to use the ads themselves as indicators of whether or not a site is worth visiting. You are the little lab rat that never saw the outside world, and has no clue, and no immunity..

So the icon is for you, for making the crucial mistake of Ivory Towering, and acting all surprised when that does. not. work.

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