Piece of advice
Do not post on Facebook anything you do not want to be 100% public.
514 posts • joined 13 Nov 2012
I wonder which half my colleague belonged to. Close to the end of the week day on Tuesday he said to me that his laptop is installing an update since 9 a.m. I went to see the progress and found it displaying a message that it is uninstalling an update. I haven't asked him since whether the laptop left the time loop of eternal install, uninstall, install...
I worked at a US university where allegedly only Eudora was compatible with their mail server for some reason. On day one I found out that Thunderbird (or was it Seamonkey at the time?) worked equally well. The bonus of the Netscape replacement was it's UTF-8 friendliness, unlike Eudora's, which was important as half the lab used in their emails non-Latin languages. So I got hated by the IP admins, loved by some coworkers and generally had fun. But I still cannot understand why some people actually liked that software.
In is still one of the weirdest air catastrophes ever. The interesting part is more what happened and why than where exactly the plane ended up.
By the way, even if they find finally the plane, it will be most probably a debris field scattered over tens of square kilometers of the ocean bottom. It will be difficult to recover more than the largest fragments of the fuselage.
It is so sad for the British space-related industry, research etc. I've worked with British guys on ESA projects and even then they were deeply worried about the effects of Brexit on their future. UK will remain an ESA member as far as we know but many ESA project are funded with EU money. Even before this debacle, it was not certain whether EU will allow British personnel to work on such projects. I think now the answer is obvious. Sadly.
if you use Microsoft / Apple / Google operating systems on your PCs and phones, NSA knows everything about you it wants to know. But why willingly give the same data to companies dependent on a foreign regime? And I do not even mean this Nork pathetic attempt but things like Kaspersky Lab.
Actually, this is 100% windows bug, not a PDF one. The PDF file works as advertised. It is supposed to be able to embed remote documents (whatever that means), so it embeds them. The rest is Microsoft software.
By the way, Microsoft claims that no mitigation or workaround exist. It is not true. All you need to do is to disable SMB. It may be impossible for many corporate users but I think vast majority of Windows users should have done that long ago. I have disabled SMB almost a year ago to protect myself from the WannaCry ransomware.
When this Meltdown madness started in January, I stopped updating my Win7 boxes. I continued in February and March after reading that Microsoft issues patch to patch the patches I had not installed.
I resumed only in April but not the cumulative patchball but only the "Security Only Update". And I still think that I was lucky.
Joomla has a similar history of vulnerabilities. It seems Drupal is equally dangerous. So if one needs to use it, it should at least be very vigorously patched. However, external subcontractors creating content on such tools often leave it without any patching framework whatsoever. Thst's at least is what the company I work with experienced.
Why nor Ariane? The reason is the lack of a good Ariane launch site suitable for polar orbit. You save a lot of fuel launching close to the pole (less perpendicular speed to to kill). Additionally the site needs to have launch corridors aiming towards North (or South). Guyana is ideal for geosynchronous satellites, not ones in polar orbits.
I know some of the ESA guys who oversee the launches in Plesetsk. I've learned that the launch site is just a forest secured with barbed wire and the only place one can go is a bar. So the French engineers had to learn drinking vodka.
"Yes prices will fall, but the revenues and profits will increase."
If prices will fall, the only competitors with profit will be the cheapest ones. It is possible that Russia, with its reliable but technologically obsolete rockets, sees the possibility that it will be priced out of the market.
Frankly, I myself was 100% sure it is a scam. The company apparently uses two domains gwr.com and firstgreatwesterm.co.uk.
What an experienced Internet user should think about a message titled "Your GWR.com account - password reset" but sent from... <firstname.lastname@example.org>? Actually I hesitated and decided to wait until I learn more.
Our Sun is too small to end up as a Supernova and this is how you create black holes. However, remember that the black hole is the former core of an exploding star and most of its mass is scattered around (most of the atoms we are build with have been created this way - the exception is hydrogen). So the mass of the resulting black hole mass is only a fraction of the original stellar mass. The only limit is the collapsed core must be heavy enough not to become a neutron star. The views on maximum mass a neutron star can have not to collapse further becoming a black hole are not well constrained but probably around twice the mass of our Sun. So most probably the black holes in the paper were only "in the order of solar mass" which may mean 2-5 times heavier.
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