* Posts by imanidiot

2873 posts • joined 19 Mar 2012

If American tech is used to design or make that chip, you better not ship it to Huawei, warns Uncle Sam

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Re: Also Microsoft

The Dems might have had a chance if they had put a believable candidate against Trump. The walking senile corpse Biden isn't going to beat Trump because many voters will choose to go with the evil they know.

Latvian drone wrests control from human overlords and shuts down entire nation's skies

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I doubt the Latvians will have anything in their sensor package so advanced the Russians (or the 'mercans) would be even remotely surprised about or interested in it.

UK COVID-19 contact-tracing app data may be kept for 'research' after crisis ends, MPs told

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Re: Well that's great confidence from GCHQ

They gave the keys to that nice bloke Tony at the country club and asked him to be "discrete" about it?

Square peg of modem won't fit into round hole of PC? I saw to it, bloke tells horrified mate

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ain't no problem in the world that can't be solved with hot-snot

You can get a mechanical keyboard for £45. But should you? We pulled an Aukey KM-G6 out of the bargain bin

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Gamers might choose something different if they are full time gamers. Most however use their PC also for other pursuits and might therefore need something suitable for normal applications too.

Sometimes one can go a little too far in search of isolation

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A pump inspection involves just making sure that the volume it displays and the total monetary value displayed match the amount of fuel dispensed, and that the internals are leak free. Opening the counter mechanism to remove bugs might not even be possible. They're often built more or less sealed and tamper-proof. Likely the inspector doesn't even have the know how and the tools to do so.

ATLAS flubbed: Comet heading our way takes one look at Earth, self-destructs into house-sized chunks

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Re: That's not a comet...

ah, hard liquor it is then. Bring it on ya' scallywags!

There are always two sides to every story – except this one, which is just a big billboard borked in all directions

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"an outlet specialising in "true artisan bread" "

Well they're not likely to advertise with the likely more truthful "overpriced mass produced tasteless crap, but you're stuck at an airport, so what are you going to do about it you schmuck" are they?

Self-isolation champions fresh home from a jaunt in orbit wonder if they've returned to the wrong version of Earth

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Let's see if I remember this time

I love watching these launches live, but I completely forgot about it with the last 2 launches... --> Hopefully only from the right end.

20 years deep into a '2-year' mission: How ESA keeps Cluster flying

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Very interesting read and impressive work. It'll be bitter sweet when those satellites finally re-enter and return to this ball of dirt spinning through the endless void.

How to make a stranger's insecure 3D printer halt-and-catch-fire – plus more alerts from infosec world

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Re: Yes and no

It's more like trying random phone numbers and annoying whoever picks up. Not exactly nice to do, but mostly just a nuisance.

So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?

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Re: First, understand the problem you're trying to solve...

The knob should definitely be as far away from government surveillance as possible, and likelily that will even mean lower long term cost too. As to death rate, nobody knows what the effect of certain measures is. It's too late to get the virus under control the way Taiwan and South Korea did through these means, so I'm unsure what the Western governments want to achieve by introducing them. Likely it won't even make a difference in the transfer/new case rate, since it has way too much of a delay between when people have contact and when they get alerted.

China and Taiwan aren't great friends. Zoom sends chats through China. So Taiwan has banned Zoom

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Re: People don't learn...

This CoViD-19 crisis is slowly opening some eyes. I think things might turn around. I've certainly decided to try and avoid "made in China" as much as possible. This is however not so easy, as even things that are not marked as made in China often still contain many, many parts that originate there.

BOFH: Will the last one out switch off the printer?

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Why suffer

Why would the BOFH not live like a king on the companies dime, instead of suffering like the rest of us schmucks in his "tiny" apartment?

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mayfair and park lane are not actually all that great, they rarely get landed on. I don't get why people fixate on them so much

Stob's vital message to Britain's IT nation: And no, it's not about that

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Re: Inspirational message


--> Tongue very much in cheek

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And "G" as in "Fish"

NASA mulls restoring Saturn V to service as SLS delays and costs mount

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Re: I actually believed it for a moment ...

Not really true, most of the drawings for the rocket itself still exist. But they're useless without the production machinery of the day (and the skilled labour to operate them).

The main engines were actually not a NASA product but designed and built by Rocketdyne, which is why NASA has very little information on them. (There's still a lot available from whatever is left of Rocketdyne as far as I understand).

Same goes for many other modules, where NASA never had the drawings to begin with.

Also important to remember is that there was no "The" saturn 5. Almost every rocket was different from the last as they kept coming up with design improvements.

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Re: Sensible idea

With all the will in the world, we couldn't build a new Saturn 5 nowadays. The skills and machinery needed just doesn't exist anymore. Redesigning it for use with more modern materials, production methods and construction techniques would be more work than getting SLS to work.

The problem with SLS isn't that it's a terrible design (though it is), it's Boeing.

Theranos vampire lives on: Owner of failed blood-testing biz's patents sues maker of actual COVID-19-testing kit

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Re: Bad arguments

The original "true" patents required submission of a "patent model". Something you wanted to patent had to be specific enough that you could make a model of it to demonstrate it's function. It's true that it didn't have to work as such, but it DID prevent a boatload of the vagaries and trolling that happens with the current system.

Want to own a bit of Concorde? Got £750k burning a hole in your pocket? We have just the thing

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Re: I have this mental image

As opposed to all but announcing you threw them out the window as the entire company sees and hears him fall to his doom? Stealthy and quiet is not always the BOFHs MO.

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Makes me wonder

How did the seller come into possession of the thing, and how much did THEY purchase it for? Seems like a museum piece, not something to be broken for being made into utter tat (because that's what all that "office memoribilia" and "furniture" is). The mere thought makes me want to scream.

You've duked it out with OS/2 – but how to deal with these troublesome users? Nukem

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If it's operating on DOS (or any Windows prior to 95 or NT 3.5) that filename isn't going to help you. At all.

8.3 Filename system

The relevant bit: 8.3 filenames are limited to at most eight characters (after any directory specifier), followed optionally by a filename extension consisting of a period . and at most three further characters.

I'm sure many a person here has groaned at the problems caused by too long filenames in DOS and early Windows. (I have and as a 30-something spring chicken I've barely used those)

No joy for all you Rover McRoverface fans: NASA's next Mars bot is christened Perseverance

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Re: Perseverence Devs Engineer AI To Perfection

Laden or unladen?

Sadly, the web has brought a whole new meaning to the phrase 'nothing is true; everything is permitted'

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Re: Penny for a cup of tea, guv?

Be very careful with that, because the point of asking for a small amount of change is often not really for the money itself, but for their buddies to see where you keep your wallet, so they can pickpocket you right after.

Other favourites include "beware of pickpockets" signs (because people reflexively check their wallet), "accidentally" spilling something on you and trying to helpfully wipe it off, tying "friendship bracelets" (often with the double scam of threateningly demanding ridiculous sums for it), some inane "street magic" act or 3 cup scam. More options available, but basically anything that gets people distracted.

Edinburgh-based rocket botherer seeks UK or overseas launch location for fun times, maybe more

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Re: Ascension

It's worked perfectly well in the past (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Launch)

A partially submerged "oilrig" style ship is stable enough in weather permitting a rocket launch to not affect a launch in any way. The rocket will have stabilized it's trajectory probably before clearing the launch tower.

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Re: I have a cunning plan, my lord

The idea behind launching in The-middle-of-nowheresville, Bumfuck, USA was that it isn't (closely) surrounded by water and thus has a high chance of LOHAN landing somewhere it'd be dry and recoverable. Launching in Blighty has a high likelyhood of ending up somewhere wet.

Alas, I fear that without Lester (RIP) pulling the project, LOHAN will never leave the earth.

It is 50 years since Blighty began a homegrown and all-too-brief foray into space

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Re: To Infini

"You have to wonder about why, either our leaders took a backhander or they really are stupid, shortsighted retards that shouldn't be trusted to look after your dog let alone STEM"

Pourquoi pas les deux? Those are not mutually exclusive.

As Australia is gripped by bog roll shortage, tabloid says: Here, fill your dunny with us

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Re: Am I missing something ?

And if you piss your pants, it's still going somewhere you don't want it (probably your nice carpet or hardwood floors). Better to have it contained.

Maersk prepares to lay off the Maidenhead staffers who rescued it from NotPetya super-pwnage

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All work is getting outsourced to India it seems. Which means the "someone in charge" will likely be getting the boot too.

Starship bloopers: Watch Elon Musk's Mars ferry prototype explode on the pad during liquid nitrogen test

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Re: It's complex work

The ever obligatory link: Ignition, An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants. By John D. Clark

The answer is probably quite a lot. But most of them on test stands and research equipment. Tests with the full rocket (or large equipment) was usually filmed right from the get go. Even the teams at Peenemunde seem to have made a lot of video of their (failed) launches.

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Wasn't planned

Musk sort of confirmed it wasn't a planned destruction (and it did far more damage than would be expected if it was due to the way it failed).

Surprise! Plans for a Brexit version of the EU's Galileo have been delayed

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Re: If only there were a cheap-to-deploy land based positioning system...

You put the beacons on the top of the hills. You need quite a few of them though.

The problem is that (e)Loran is/was designed for ship and aircraft navigations. Not many hills or mountains to be found at sea or high in the air usually. If you do encounter them, somethings 'Gone Wrong' (tm).

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Re: Good

That just proves that he is an idiot when it comes to (international) politics and seems to agree with the political views of Putin (neither of which is that surprising or even THAT unusual). Not really seeing any evidence of a "close personal relationship" there. Putin seems to regard Trump as a useful idiot , nothing more. Trump from his side seems mostly to desperately want some sort of acknowledgement that he's a big and powerful world leader

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Re: Good

"I have no doubt that when the dust from brexit has settled the UK will have a new agreement regarding Galileo like some other non EU members, and smart Brits working with this project might find themselves working on the same project in an EU country non the worse off."

The problem is that the UK itself INSISTED at the start of the Galileo project that non-EU states be excluded from access to or work on the secure (military) section of Galileo. Now that the (not so) United Kingdom has stepped out of the EU that means it's a bit of a high speed lead meets foot scenario. There's a good chance that according to the rules enacted on the insistence of the UK itself, British citizens are excluded from work on the secure sections (including the crypto) of the Galileo system. No matter how smart they are.

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Re: Good

"and an unusually close personal relationship with the Russian dictator"

Citation needed. I keep seeing this claim, but I haven't seen anything that shows a particularly strong relationship between the Dorito-in-Chief and the Russian Mobster far above or beyond what earlier presidents have had.

Scottish biz raided, fined £500k for making 193 million automated calls

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Re: Blank caller ID from the NHS etc

Tell them your landline's been disconnected and to remove it from their files. Never give a company a choice on what number they can call you at. They'll always pick the wrong one.

Hacker swipes customer list from controversial face-recog-for-Feds Clearview. Its reaction? 'A part of life'

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If you're in the EU, No, people cannot just do what they want. There's rules on what you can do regarding taking videos of people in public and rules on what you can do with any video you made in public.

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Uhmmmm what??

"Since all the images were freely available on the web, Clearview has a “First Amendment right to public information," he said in a telly interview earlier this month."

That is not how the internet, copyright law or privacy laws work...

These people deserve to go to jail imho. Absolutely immoral what they're pulling.

US Homeland Security mistakenly seizes British ad agency's website in prostitution probe gone wrong

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Paris Hilton

You're tanked anyway

So if you're tanked anyway and need to rebuild everything, why not just switch to a different domain and sue the pants off of the DHS? They'd probably settle for a pretty penny once they realize you're not backing down, just to be rid of you.

EU court tells prudish IP office to fack off for balking at 'fack ju' trademark application

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When non-natives attack

Sometimes, people who don't natively speak a language should just keep their trap shut on what is or is not acceptable speech...

How many times do we have to tell you? A Tesla isn't a self-driving car, say investigators after Apple man's fatal crash

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Re: Frankly ...

The US sucks in marking and designing it's intersections/lane splits in general imho. I haven't seen the very clear "off-lane"/"on-lane" as used in the entirety of Europe anywhere in the US, when it's such a simple and clear improvement. Instead often in the US it's basically just "ohh, there was my exit" as you drive past a badly marked exit that splits off the highway at 45 degrees. On-ramps are almost the same. Better pray there's room at the end of that very short ramp or you're buggered...

London's top cop dismisses 'highly inaccurate or ill informed' facial-recognition critics, possibly ironically

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Big Brother

Welcome to Airstrip One!

Remember proles, trust MiniTru!

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Re: But while pushing a message that she welcomed public debate,

The public is free to debate all they want. She's not saying the Met welcomes public input on the matter after all.

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To be fair "Extinction Rebellion" IS a borderline terrorist group...

The Wristwatch of the Long Now: When your MTBF is two centuries

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Re: Instilling new timeframes of thought in a world beset by faster/shorter.

The hiding it away in a mountain is an unfortunate requirement of the here and now. You can't build something like this in a dense urban area and expect it to survive 100 days without around the clock guards, lets alone 10.000 years. It also has a deeper meaning. Visiting the clock will require an effort, a long hike on which to contemplate whatever it is you feel contemplating,

'Don't tell anyone but I have a secret.' There, that's my security sorted

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Re: Best Freebie

Dangit, missed a colon "Synergy of Hardware and Information Technology'

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Re: Best Freebie

You gotta wonder how much fun the BOFHs that came up with that had getting it past the training/sales department.

Bit reminicent of: <a href='https://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/06/13/bofh_2014_episode_5/>"Synergy of Hardware and Information Technology"</a>

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Re: Not a freebie in sight

Must be you then, I've never had a problem with them (in fact, they're my go-to sketching/drawing utensil as an engineer).

How much of the lead do you let stick out? Should be no more than a millimeter or 2 at most.

The sturdier clutch pencils with 3 or 5 mm leads also work fine if you can find a good quality one. Almost all I've found recently are cheaply made shit.

Researchers trick Tesla into massively breaking the speed limit by sticking a 2-inch piece of electrical tape on a sign

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Re: Sigh.

"not expecting"? If you are not anticipating slower, or even stopped, traffic ahead of you, you are not a good driver."

Anticipate as much as possible as shit happens that makes people slow down, but no, I don't EXPECT any car on the road to be moving a steady 20mph slower on purpose. A lot of things take attention when driving. One moment of paying attention to the wrong thing can lead to an accident. Idiots purposefully going very slowly simply increase the chances of something like that occurring tremendously. It should be avoided if at all possible. There is no need to speed, there is no need to drive 20 mph slower than all other traffic.


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