* Posts by imanidiot

2082 posts • joined 19 Mar 2012

Who was it that hacked Apple? Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie, boy boy boy!

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Am I the only one?

I can't help but read "Hacky hack hacky" in the voice of AvE saying "tappy tap tap"...

I must be weird. (Or watch too much Youtube)

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Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

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Re: Usually gets worse, the bigger the company ...

And now, of course, because it's all working, why bother to switch payments.

And this, simply put, is where you f*$%ed up. Why in the world would you perform payments like this from a personal card. Especially ongoing payments. (Personally I wouldn't even do single payments with a personal card. If the company can't bother to get my payments processed at anything faster than glacial pace it's not my problem a project doesn't get finished at anything faster than glacial pace. Keep records/proof and get your boss to talk to finances)

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Kids are more likely than adults to submit to peer pressure from robots

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Re: RTM is well on its way, but not here yet

The problem with the current generation of parents as I see it is that they've never actually been shown/taught how to BE good parents. Their parents already didn't give a good example (silent generation traumatised by being raised in war-time, babyboomer being raised by those who experienced that war-time). GenX then continued that bad parenting trend and millenials will continue it further.

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EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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USB is not a pigs breakfast

It's USB-C specifically that's a tangled mass of different options and possibilities all using the same port and cable design, while not actually all inter-operable.

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Making money mining Coinhive? Yeah, you and nine other people

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Re: Cryptocurrencies are pyramid schemes

Not all of them. Some of them are just downright scams. No Ponzi involved.

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Re: yeah, no...

@jelabarre95

Some data seems to suggest location data is cached and send in blocks in that case. So this doesn't necessarily mean your location data is safe.

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Re: yeah, no...

Gather enough relatively short journeys and all those "middle" parts will center around the "home" location and will allow extrapolation of atleast a quite narrow area where it is located.

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yeah, no...

DougS:

it is anonyomized before it is uploaded.

Huh, this "anonymous" line ends and starts at this particular location every single day. *Crossreference data sets* -> Must be DougS.

Anonymizing location data doesn't exist unless you first store certain location data to filter the home location of a person. Which is hardly more secure.

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Too many leftover screws? Ikea website backend goes TITSUP

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Ikea doesn't have to destroy your marriage

I've said it before, simply don't take your girlfriend/wife/SWMBO*. I've posted this 12 step plan before:

Step 1: Convince the girlfriend/wife/SWMBO* that going on a weekend is a bad idea and it's better to take an afternoon off when it's sunny out

Step 2: Convince the girlfriend/wife/SWMBO* that you got this and she doesn't need to come along.

Step 3: Use the website to locate all items and their locations at your Ikea location

Step 4: Go to the store

Step 5: STUDY THE MAP at the entrance. Locate where your items are and where the shortcuts are located, they're not all marked but they are all on the map. Plan a route

Step 6: Pick up your items

Step 7: Use the self checkout tills to minimize friendly chitchat and old folks trying to pay with haypennies

Step 8: Load up the car and go home

Step 9: Argue with the girlfriend/wife/SWMBO* over the stuff you "forgot" to add on the list and didn't bring

Step 10: Piss off girlfriend/wife/SWMBO* enough that she won't try to help assemble the stuff

Step 11: Assemble the stuff correctly, first time, without problem

Step 12: Show new furniture to girlfriend/wife/SWMBO* and make up for arguing.

*Strike through as appropriate.

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Microsoft's Chinese chatbot inspired by images to write poetry

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Waste of time

I thought computers and AI were supposed to provide an improvement to life. Poetry in general doesn't do that so why bother.

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Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal

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Re: Asking for a what?

Queens English v. US english.

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/15105/pay-rise-vs-pay-raise

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You won't believe this but... everyone hates their cable company: Bombshell study lands

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Re: Obviously Not American But...

Same with Ziggo in the Netherlands. They got taken over by Liberty Global and their customer service took a nose-dive from "not very good" to horrendous.

I also think it's important we start calling companies by their correct name. It's not Virgin Media, it's Liberty Global UK. It's not Ziggo, it's Liberty Global NL. Putting the correct name on things let's people put 2 and 2 together, instead of allowing the company to hind behind the 20 or so different brands it uses worldwide.

Somehow people in the Netherlands are STILL surprised when I tell them Ziggo isn't a small dutch Telco but part of a massive global cable company that is doing it's very best lobbying for the right to take advantage of us.

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Re: Not going America !

From what I've seen and hear of it, that "full fat" US cable ISN'T actually all that complete. $186 is not going to get you all the bells and whistles and only mediocre internet speeds.

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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

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No thanks

One of the reasons I bought a cheap "off-brand" made-in-china mid-range phone instead of one of the high end phones is exactly because it lacks all of this crap. I don't WANT to talk to my phone apart from using it to talk through the phone to another human being. I don't WANT my phone to understand me since there is no need for it to. I can use my own brain.

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Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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Re: The US has a superfluous force anyway

Same as many other countries who have a separate marine/naval infantry branch

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Re: Which is worse ...

Your arguments on reducing the service branches seems to display quite a bit of ignorance over the raison d'etre of certain branches. Other forces having their own air wing isn't a good reason NOT to have an air force. There's plenty of air operations that have no connector to either ground or naval operations, thus having a separate air force makes sense. The ground forces having an air wing that is directly and closely tied to their ground operations (like helicopters for inserting and removing troops, provide close air support, etc) also makes sense and doesn't have to detract from the air forces as long as the tasks of each is taken into account. Same for the naval forces and their air operations. Naval air forces are closely tied to their own operations.

The marines are a different matter. Theoretically they are just another branch of the ground forces, but the formation history of marine corps across the world shows their operational premise (amphibious assault) is a universal one that many armed forces around the world have in use. The US marine corp is a bit bloated beyond this premise, but that is not an argument to abolish it completely.

Coast guard IS an armed force and was traditionally operated as a "navy in littoral waters", having different focus and operation from the normal naval forces because of this. While it's modern role might be a bit more "Homeland Security" it really doesn't quite fit in that group.

Don't get me wrong, I'd easily agree the US armed forces are a bloated mess with a lack of focus, but this seems more about Generals and Admirals having to be good politicians instead of good officers to keep their job.

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Say what you will about self-driving cars – the security is looking 'OK'

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Security is "OK"

Since when is "OK" an acceptable level of security on a potential murder weapon? I would like something with better security than "OK" please. (Preferably no remote connectivity at all to begin with, it's a massive attack surface that is completely and utterly unnecessary)

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

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Paris Hilton

Well I'll be a monkey's uncle...

And people are surprised by this news, why exactly? --> I think even she knew better

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Re: Image of the image.......

The original copyright owner, because that is a (shitty) reproduction of the original work without a significant "artistic" input or variation. The laws already thought of that.

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According the the judges at the EU court of justice a hyperlink can very well be a breach of copyright law: https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2016/09/95247-2/

According to them (and contravening the opinion of most experts that advised them) a hyperlink CAN be considered a republication of copyrighted material and thus an infringement.

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Uhmmm, yes!

AC:

<blockquote:What if you can't find the copyright holder? Are you supposed to just not use an image in case there is a copyright?</blockquote>

Yes! That is how the law works. If you can't find the copyright owner you can't use the work. So called Orphaned works are a massive hot potato in the digital rights world, but this is the basic premise. You CAN you an orphaned work, after you've made exhaustive (documented) searches for the copyright owner, but be prepared to pay compensation to any copyright owner that shows up.

Why not have a system in place where copyright holders can put their images somewhere where they can be searched by image and term? I think it unfair to put it on the person (in this case a school project taking it from a website with no indication of copyright) if they have searched and had been unable to find the copyright holder.

A system like that is also likely to allow large scale ripping of images and can lead to trolling and people claiming works that are NOT theirs as their own. It doesn't work and so far most artists/photographers have actively resisted such a system.

I think it is unfair to put it on the content creator to have to put in a lot of effort to get protection for his work (Especially since the law already grants this protection to him, regardless of whether or not he puts in the effort to protect it or not). BTW, the school didn't bother searching for the copyright holder, they just published the picture without thinking about it. I find it distasteful of the school to do that. NOT sueing the school could also set a precedent. Previous cases have already sort of led to a de-facto standard where failure to pursue copyright in one case can lead to losing the claim in a different case. It would have been poor taste to sue the child. It's perfectly alright to sue the school. They should have known better!

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'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'

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That sinking feeling

Ahhh yes, the all familiar dread that creeps up your spine and tickles the brain stem after you've pressed a button. It's funny how you already know something just went wrong before you conciously know what it actually is. "No, no, no" indeed.

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Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

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App is free to play, meaning the app itself would still be $0,00. In-app purchases would suddenly have to run over the google in-app purchase API if running from the play store, which would mean implementing entirely different code just for that version. I doubt Epic would want the epic clusterfuckery that comes with running 2 versions of the same software. Thus it'll be EITHER running through google play store OR running from a side-loaded APK.

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Swan dive: Intel shares dip under interim CEO Bob as 10nm processor woes worry Wall Street

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One small point to make here

I do have to make one point. Intel and AMD have different ways of measuring their feature size. What AMD has dubbed their 7nm node is pretty comparable to Intels 10 nm products.

Intels was banking very heavily on ASML getting EUV working 2 or 3 years ago which in reality is only getting ready for volume manufacture now. When it became obvious that EUV wouldn't be ready when planned Intel was sent scrambling to come up with the needed techniques to do it on immersion DUV litho systems giving competitors time to catch up. First missing their traditional Tick-Tock schedule and inserting an extra tock, and possibly now needing even more time. It remains to be seen if Global Foundries/AMD has managed to fully catch up or if they will still be a step behind. I know GF is also looking heavily at EUV for the next node, so we'll see whats going to happen.

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Spectre rises from the dead to bite Intel in the return stack buffer

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It takes more than a year to make the new design and then another more than a year to test and verify the litho process to produce it. I wouldn't expect hardware mitigation within about 3 years imho.

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Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

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Nothing wrong wirh reusing passwords

I reuse the same password or a variation thereof on multiple sites. None of them critical ofcourse. Thing like my spam email, fora like El Reg, etc, that don't contain payment info and the like all use the same password. Banking and work accounts ofcouse get their own passwords

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Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

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Best whishes Simon

Enjoy the new job!

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Submarine cables at risk from sea water, boffins warn. Wait, what?

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Re: That land doesn't have to flood

Well, yes and no. The "watersnood ramp" was the result of a combination of factors. A lot of which have been tackled by the "delta plan". Flood defences aren't and will never be 100% fail safe but the Dutch system works pretty dang well. I also seem to recall the Brits where warned the Thames barrier was under-sized even in the design phase.

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That land doesn't have to flood

The Dutch solved these sorts of problems 300 years ago. Shouldn't be too hard.

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Re: Kreskin in the Shell

I highly doubt satelites will ever provide enough data throughput at low enough cost to really function as backbone infrastructure.

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Not really my kind of design.

Maybe I'm just slightly autistic, but I LIKE the rigid website design. I don't want the editor to make a giant masthead of breaking news that I find completely unimportant (actually, to be fair, I just dislike giant waste-of-space mastheads in general).

Most-read sections are also utterly pointless imho. I have my own likes and dislikes. I don't care what others read.

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FBI for the Apple guy: Bloke accused of stealing robo-car tech

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Incompetent timing

If you're going to steal your employers tech, do so BEFORE you announce you are leaving. Do it slow and only for data you have access to, a bit at a time. Preferably in a way that isn't noticeably different from your normal job flow. Don't steal anything you don't have normal access to.

It's not hard.

Or, alternatively, make an honest living and just be competent as an engineer without resorting to theft.

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Fresh cup of WTF with lunch? TeamViewer's big in Twitter's domination-as-a-service scene

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Childcatcher

meh

as far as domination/submission kinks go, this one is mild to say the least. I'd almost call it tame and unimaginative.

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Vodafone emits new wearable ... kid-trackers

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Re: but think of the children!

Agreed, and it seems due to all the bullshit many young parents nowadays are completely incapable of actually doing parenting. The basics aren't hard, but "calm, order and regularity" are somehow concepts foreign to many parents I see around.

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Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

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Öpen offices are overrated

I'll just leave this short doc here.

As usual it's a story of taking a great idea and completely missing the point.

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Re: Those cubicle things

Having worked in a few designs of cubicle and open offices, I prefer the (semi-open) cubicles to the true open office. Open offices are noisy and busy. I'm a very visually oriented person, so lots of foot traffic is very distracting, as is lots of background chatter. The high partitions help shield the visibility of general office traffic and the padded panels help absorb noise, meaning hushed conversation doesn't get distractingly reverberated around the room.

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Japanese cryptominer slapped with suspended sentence

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People like this who make a few bucks are usually the ones caught. The ones that earn big are also usually the ones smart enough to stay out of the spotlight and collect.

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Boeing embraces Embraer to take off in regional jet market

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Chinas regional jet

I'll skip on flying that until it gets a goodly amount of hours on it and has shown to get good maintenance/service and no prangs.

My expectation of such a device still doesn't exceed that outcome --->

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Euro bank regulator: Don't follow the crowd. Stay off the cloud

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Facepalm

Gee, putting important stuff on somebody else's computer... what could possibly go wrong?

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Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running

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Re: DEC Engineer

@Adam Foxton,

I don't think you disagree with me actually. Breakers SHOULD be clearly labelled that's not what I'm saying. But even with clearly labelled breakers, it shouldn't be an outside contractor unfamiliar with your setup that does the actual switching. If it's YOUR mission critical stuff, YOU should be doing the switching.

I'm absolutely NOT advocating for "security by obfuscation" or anything. Even people familiar with how stuff works that could find the right breakers in their sleep shouldn't have to rely on memory to find the correct switch at 3am on a monday morning (or any other time of any day).

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Re: Label, label, label?

The $30 dollar ones work for flat surfaces, not in direct sunlight, in relatively constant temperatures. For anything else (or when business critical) add a zero and get the real stuff, especially for cable labels. The pro printed labels really make all the difference. The $30 cheapo labels will have disappeared from the cable after a year and end up in a pile on the floor (or in the cleaners vacuum). The pro ones last the lifetime of the device.

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Re: type 'reboot' in the local console instead of the remote one

Servers with high up time are like senior citizens. You put them to bed and you never know if they'll wake up again.

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Re: DEC Engineer

That's what you get for letting an outside engineer operate the circuit breakers in your server room. Someone familiar with the system should have been doing that imho.

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Oracle, for one, says we'll welcome our new robot overlords: '90%' of you will obey an AI bot

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Unfortunately I believe this

The general Reg readership and the people they will usually have most contact with are in a layer of the populace that is aware of the risks and problems with AIs and will probably give a firm Hell NO answer. Unfortunately many non-tech people (even the smart ones) are inclined to believe the sci-fi image of super-smart and super-intelligent AIs and that they are far less fallible than humans.

When I hear stories like this I mostly think about a "dystopian" sci-fi story about the slow and insidious introduction of AI to manage everything. Manna, by Marshall Brain. It's applicable up to chapter 4.

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The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

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Old news really

People have been complaining about the butterfly keyboards ever since they appeared in products.

An (i feel) clear explanation featured here:

Youtube: Louis Rossman - We need to talk about failing keyboards on these new Macbooks

added to that a breakdown of all the shit they've been pulling for a LONG time. This engineering failing isn't a new thing, the summation here begins with the 2007 macbook. The horrible truth about Apple's repeated engineering failures

And keep in mind, this is the OWNER of a shop focussing on board level repair of Apple products! It's his business to fix the shit design and even HE'S complaining about the level of workmanship.

Btw, if you're interested in board level repair, SMD/SMC rework, etc, then you could do worse than watch some of his video's.

I'm not affiliated, I just enjoy hearing him rip into Apple while showing great repair skills every now and then. It's like watching Bob Ross make a painting, just for the hell of it.

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Infamous 'Dancing Baby' copyright battle settled just before YouTube tot becomes a teen

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Re: take a thoughtful approach to enforcement matters

No, no, the thoughtful approach is to let 3rd parties do the enforcing for them. Using bots.

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Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

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Re: so building a alternative to Galileo seems like a reasonable choice,

@John Smith 19

GPS uses 24 for full time coverage over the entire globe, the current constellation consists of 30 with a few spares planned to launch in the coming years, in polar orbits, with 3 to 4 per orbit, and orbital planes separated by about 60 degrees. Galileo will also consist of 30 operational sats, in 3 orbital planes. For both of these systems you'd be able to lose about half of them without losing coverage completely. You might have a gap in guidance every now and then, but that's about it.

About the size of a smallish bus/largeish van, not including the solar panels but can probably be built smaller

Launch costs depends largely on the launch provider. I'd expect to pay something around 15 to 20 million per sat for a launch on SpaceX vehicle. With some smart mission planning you could probably go for a multi-sat launch so you'd need one launcher per orbital plane. If using Ariane, Soyuz or a ULA offering probably about another 5 to 10 million per sat extra. With a similar constellation to Galileo, launch cost could thus be between 450 and 900 million. In other words, not shockingly expensive compared to the rest of the project cost. Not really a fuckload of money for a government nowadays.

I agree with the statement on implementation though.

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Facebook quietly kills its Aquila autonomous internet drone program

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Re: Use commercial flights instead.

Commercial aircraft don't cover a lot of surface area. They generally stay in rather narrow corridors when at altitude.

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Re: Bad ideas which at the time looked like ... bad ideas

Future SSTs are not very likely. Overland even less. They are simply not economic enough for commercial service and I doubt any sort of boom mitigation is going to be enough to appease most of us ground dwellers enough.

As NASA has proven in the past, these large flying wing designs might indeed work very well as a sort of "low altitude satellite". As the end of the NASA projects showed however, the problem with these crafts is getting them on and off station. Anything except ideal conditions is going to cause difficulty for a craft of this span, aspect ratio and slenderness. Facebooks crash of it's first drone goes to prove the same point. The advantage of a lighter than air craft is that is allows for longer on station time without power draw, and thus makes it more likely it's possible to stay on station for a little longer if weather conditions at the landing site are unfavourable. If weather IS unfavourable however, they are probably more difficult to land than a heavier-than-air craft

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