* Posts by arctic_haze

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Uncle Sam says 'nyet' to Kaspersky amid fresh claims of Russian ties

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IT security and politics

In Russia everything is political so it would be an aberration if a big IT security company was not involved in politics.

It is a sad thing that the democracies are also sliding into this kind of pit...

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Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

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Tu-144

The supersonic Tupolev was build from stolen Concorde blueprints but the Soviets did not have right engines for it. So they changed the airframe to accommodate much heavier ones although with less thrust.

The rest is history...

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You wait ages for a sun, then two come along at once: All stars have twins, say astroboffins

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It seems almost inevitable

Creating stars in pairs solves the problem of where to take the needed angular momentum from!

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Microsoft totters from time machine clutching Windows 10 Workstation

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Re: great ideas at the top

>Haha! Have you seen what happens to tiles when your proxy requires authentication *before* it allows access to the internet?<

I've never used Windows 10 but let me guess. They all turn into the "not available"? They all turn into the authenticate screen?

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Kaspersky files antitrust suit against Microsoft

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Big Brother

A Big Brother angle

I have the feeling it is a KGB v. NSA battle by proxy.

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Hotel guest goes broke after booking software gremlin makes her pay for strangers' rooms

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She has to sue

The hotel company showed so much bad will that the compensation needs to be much bigger than allowed by the suit imagination. Angry jury is what the corporations needs to face.

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Microsoft's cunning plan to make Bing the leading search engine: Bribery

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Facepalm

Bing? That's interesting

I'll need to Google it up!

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Social media vetting for US visas go live

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A very narrow-minded bureaucratic point of view

Only an American could come with a 1/4 page slot for listing travel of the previous 15 years. As scientist and a citizen of a UE country traveling often both on business an privately I do not think I would fit the info in four pages (if there was a way to reconstruct it all). And I am lucky to live 200 km from the border of the next EU country. I know people who live 1 km from one (they would need 40 or more pages to list just the shopping trips across the border).

And what they mean by the source of funding? Would naming my employer be enough if 75% of the trip was funded by a EU scientific grant and 25% by a national one? And what if I get travel money from the inviting party? Do I need to know the source of their money they used to fund my trip?

Also the definition of the "social media" [any websites or applications you have used to create or share content (photos, videos, status updates, etc.)] makes me wonder what should I list. Certainly ResearchGate and Academia but should I also provide the publishers of scientific journals I published in within the last 5 years (like Elsevier or European Geophysical Union)? Just going to a EGU conference makes me share the abstract on their website. And what about my University website where I share my photo, CV and published papers - are those status updates?

It has obviously been done by someone who traveled abroad once or twice in his lifetime (as most Americans do because their country is a continent) and his idea of the websites you publish things on is Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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German court says 'Nein' on Facebook profile access request

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The knights who say Ni

Such knights are sometimes needed. If the companies gave all our data to anyone who wants to have them, privacy would be... a dead parrot.

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Event horizons around black holes do exist, say astroboffins

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I'm relieved to hear that

What happens in the black hole stays in the black hole.

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Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10

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Out of the frying-pan into the fire

I have no idea how this idiom would sound in Russian. However I know that with Windows 10 all may data go to Redmont (and presumably to Washington), while adding Kaspersky Labs creates the possibility that the renamed KGB will also laugh reading the jokes I type.

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Microsoft Master File Table bug exploited to BSOD Windows 7, 8.1

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Something fishy about this bug

I'm not a fan of Windows but somehow I cannot believe this is not fake news. What is the CVE number of this bug? It is nowhere to find! What is the Bugzilla bug number of the relevant Firefox bug? I've checked: there is none. Not even a closed INVALID bug.

So why should I believe it is a real bug?

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Particle boffins calculate new constraints for probability of finding dark matter

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Dark matter would not be dark if the coupling between whatever it is and electromagnetism were not extremely weak.

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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Re: get ready for “what's your e-mail address?” from counter staff

Why not "president@whitehouse.gov" or "bgates@microsoft.com"? Both were real addresses before the public (and spammers) learned about them.

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Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

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European Arrest Warrant?

Does it meant that the hard Brexit will solve his British problems within less than 2 years?

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The real battle of Android's future – who controls the updates

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A question about "experts"

If one needs a quote saying "Apple is doomed" or "iOS is doomed", she phones Rob Enderle. That's simple.

But whom one should ask for a good "Android is doomed" quote?

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

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Fail ship has arrived

It is a long time since The Register had an article as misguided as this one.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 ARM-twist comes closer with first demonstration

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It's a trap!

At least that is what Hari Pulapka's surname means in Polish.

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Well this is awkward. As Microsoft was bragging about Office at Build, Office 365 went down

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Take home message

We'll always have LibreOffice.

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FYI: You can blow Intel-powered broadband modems off the 'net with a 'trivial' packet stream

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The photo

Isn't it Jenna Coleman?

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NASA's Cassini snaps pic inside Saturn's ring – peace among the stars

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A colour photo, please

or it did not happen!

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We're 'heartbroken' we got caught selling your email records to Uber, says Unroll.me boss

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MS does not need leaky browser tabs

Isn't using Win10 enough to let Microsoft know your every byte and keyboard click?

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'Password rules are bullsh*t!' Stackoverflow Jeff's rage overflows

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Re: Better security questions needed

"Did you enjoy your time in the Hitler Youth?"

Doesn't this one come from one of the US visa forms?

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Re: Sometimes I can't use a long password

Oh yes, banks. My bank (a local chapter of a big international financial institution) had a period when they called their clients with offers, starting the conversation with asking them for... the password.

The first time it happened I was very close to actually calling the police. I could not believe it wasn't a scam. Later they changed the policy to ask about my personal data (like month of birthday). My answer was still the same: "You are calling me so it is me who verifies you". At least they never tell get to give me the offer, which is a bonus.

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Microsoft to close its social network on a week's notice – and SIX people complain

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I see no comments under this "death notice". Were they removed (together with the possibility to comment) or is it my Privacy Badger who saves me from Microsoft data slurp?

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Prisoners' 'innovative' anti-IMSI catcher defence was ... er, tinfoil

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Facepalm

A simple solution

Unban the phones.

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Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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A real hacker

I talked once to a guy on a J1 visa. He was a foreign security expert. He said his job description on the visa was actually HACKER. Because someone disbelieved him, he brought the actual paperwork. Yes, he has been invited officially to the US to do a hacker job. And from what I know, he was getting paid quite well.

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Re: Very funny

Agreed, but if the photograph is the famous one of people escaping a napalm raid I have good news.

The girl survived and had a relatively good life since recovering (at least comparing to most war victims). She was burned badly but luckily taken to hospital by the photographer which saved her life. She lives now in Canada

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phan_Thi_Kim_Phuc

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Microsoft ups Surface slab prices for Brits. Darn weak pound, eh?

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Facepalm

Mexico will pay for that

It's true!

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Roses are red, bugs make you blue, Patch Tuesday is late, because Microsoft loves you

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FAIL

Total fail

This is how the policy of "one cumulative upgrade to bind them all" ends in a real world.

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Welcome to my world of The Unexplained – yes, you're welcome to it

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Re: Shit VW !!

If it is a diesel VW, it may wrongly assume you are testing the emissions.

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'Mafia' of ageing scientists, academics and politicos suck at picking tech 'winners'

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Childcatcher

Time travel is THE future technology

We need more Tardises!

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Devonians try to drive Dartmoor whisky plan onto rocks

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Re: Devonians

My thought exactly. Most probably a less known offshoot of the Silurians, old time enemies of the Doctor and generally us, the apes.

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Flight 666 lands safely in HEL on Friday the 13th

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Apollo 13

"Houston we have cleared the tower at 13:13"

Yes, they really did take of at the very minute.

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Chinese boffins: We're testing an 'impossible' EM Drive IN SPAAAACE

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Re: Launch it!

If you launch it and it does not show the expected effect, the proponents will say that it was made not according to the specs (2 mm too short and the alloy was slightly different). We will have demands to launch another one. And another. And another...

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Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review

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Let them find my call name!

Is there an independent forum where one can post reviews of products made by this great chip-in-the-shoulder company?

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It's OK to fine someone for repeating a historical fact, says Russian Supreme Court

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Re: Interesting

Britain actually became close to fighting the Soviet Union when it prepared troops to come to help to the Soviet invaded Finland in the winter of 1939/40.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franco-British_plans_for_intervention_in_the_Winter_War

It did not happen only because Norway and Sweden refused transit for the troops. A side effect of that was that Britain had some troops ready for Arctic warfare in 1940 which were sent to Narvik to fight the Germans after they invaded Norway.

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

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I'll correct that for you:

In all our cases, they are all win 10, downgraded from Win 7.

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Has Samsung, er, rounded the corner with Apple court win?

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FAIL

Ehem

Didn't the local El Reg legal expert predict a total victory by Apple?

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CERN concern: Particle boffins join backlash against Euro Patent Office's King Battistelli

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CERN just remembers the history of physics

Where has Albert Einstein been employed while working on the relativity? Yes, the patent office.

So if the head of the office used the behavior "worthy of the 19th century" in 1905, he would most probably find Einstein not efficient enough and fire him ending all chances of ever building THC.

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Lib Dems to oppose porn checks in Blighty's Digital Economy Bill

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Brave New UK

So Britain is going to be not only Brexited but also Victorian?

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Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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Re: Faster than light

I have even better gedankenexperiment for you.

Imagine giant scissors hanging in the vacuum of space. They can be as large as you like, even greater than our Galaxy. They are as rigid as baryon matter lets us but it is no problem as they are powered by rocket engines ingeniously placed along them. We can program them to make the scissors cut as fast as we want. The only limit is that the points have to move slower than c.

It is easy to calculate that the Space Scissors can cut much faster than light without breaking relativity or causality. The engines have to be programmed before the cutting stats and the signals along the scissors cannot travel faster than light. But if you start with sufficient time to spare you will succeed in all the segments of the scissors moving in perfect unison.

So it is possible to create an effect moving faster than light without transferring any information with super-luminous velocities.

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'Data saturation' helped to crash the Schiaparelli Mars probe

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Re: Life somewhat imitating Art

You beat me to it. Yes, Ananke was the story which came out of my deep memory the moment I read the article.

Mars - tick; crash landing - tick; overloaded computer - tick; bad programming - tick.

The only difference was that the automatic ship Ananke was landing on Mars while we already had bases over there.

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Microsoft's cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell in Windows 10 preview

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Re: Yet another Windows 10 annoyance

As long as I stick to Windows 7, they will not pry cmd.exe from my cold hands.

Especially as I use Cygwin, anyway.

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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Childcatcher

I've discovered the worst Linux vulnerability

If you have physical access to the keyboard and the root password, you can do virtually anything!

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What strange madness is this? Microsoft makes patch data RESTful

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The safest version of Windows

Funny thing but only one of the patch bulletins on the first page of this new "Guide" mentions Windows 7. It could mean this is the safest version of Windows (grudgingly) supported by Microsoft.

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Leaked paper suggests EM Drive tested by NASA actually works

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Some additional comments

The paper is right that a microwave leakage would give thrust several orders of magnitude smaller then the recorded one (about 3 uN/kW).

However Fig 19, showing the results of the vacuum test, does not prove that the thrust increases with increased power used. The error bars make it possible to draw a horizontal line across the graph. I wonder why the measurement values start at 40 W. I wonder what they would be for smaller inputs...

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Re: It's a scam.

I would not call it a scam. Rather a poorly conducted and wrongly analyzed experiment. It s what happens when the researchers believe too much in the effect they are looking for. The Cold Fusion [1] is one example, The "Weber bar" [2] detecting gravitational waves is another. Both sets of experiments still have their believers but both are unreproducible and therefore cannot be treated as good science.

[1] http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v489/n7414/full/489034a.html

[2] http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/02/remembering-joseph-weber-controversial-pioneer-gravitational-waves

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More bad physics (or bad writing)

I don't buy the part about it being "twice as powerful as the thrust produced by solar sails". I believe they mean twice the thrust for the same energy input. However, solar sails do not need electric power. Therefore they may have much more than twice the area of solar collectors with the same weight. And I'm not sure they've taken into account the effectiveness of changing solar radiation into electric power.

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'Extra-supermoon' to appear next week

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That's no moon… It's a space station!

Disney should think of a way to make the Moon look like the Death Star for the Rogue One movie premiere.

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