* Posts by Rol

847 posts • joined 24 Jan 2013

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Forgotten that Chinese spy chip story? We haven't – it's still wrong, Super Micro tells SEC

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Re: The simplest answer is usually the right answer...

The fact that denials by several organisations were almost immediate, suggests they hadn't bothered to examine the allegations, which in itself tells a story.

I have a sneaking suspicion that someone in the industry will come to Bloomberg's aid. Not waving a compromised Super Micro board from one of the named companies, but waving another brand of server board.

A run of the mill server board that they had spare and piqued by the story, started to investigate out of curiosity.

What I fear, and if true, what our intelligence agencies are now fearing, is that the world will be presented with proof that motherboards used in many servers have had the secret chip treatment.

And seeing as our very own agencies will be looking very sheepish once that revelation comes to light, is it any wonder denials are coming thick and fast from all quarters.

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Apple boss demands Bloomberg Super Micro U-turn, Russian troll charged, NSA hands out cash, and more

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It's not always Russia manipulating stories and poisoning our media

Is it!!!

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"We stand by our story and are confident in our reporting and sources."

Doesn't come across as:-

"notably they are being careful not to say Cook is wrong, or that their story is true."

I think "standing by our story" can only be interpreted as a noncommittal statement if you read it by the light of an ancient oil lamp which you were rubbing vigorously.

Wishing Bloomberg away is not the same as disproving their story.

Obviously hard evidence of tampered motherboards either exists or it doesn't, and that will be the metric that this story is measured by.

If those involved are willing to let independent experts investigate their motherboards then a conclusion will be forthcoming.

If those parties make a song and dance about letting such an investigation happen, then I guess we have our answer.

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London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Re: Complete buffoon or not...

Just because America isn't making noises, doesn't in the slightest suggest they have lost interest.

But hold on, they have been making noises.

Like dangling the prospect of Ecuador getting some American relief funds on the basis they cooperate more fully with America.

I imagine a visit to a Saudi embassy seemed quite innocuous at the time.

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Complete buffoon or not...

He has in his head the names of many people who risked their freedom to bring the world a more fuller story of what goes on behind their backs.

For him to fall into a black bag is to also condemn those very people.

In that light, he is honour bound to keep himself safe from American interrogators.

And if that means he needs to look after his cat better, and tidy up after himself, then stop quibbling and do what's right Mr Assange.

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I notice Unregistered has registered just this one comment in the whopping 24 hours they've been a member.

It'll be difficult to miss something that wasn't really there.

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Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel

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I'm new to Ubuntu

Well good to see you.

Here's our cutting edge UI that our team have researched the hell out of to bring the user and the computer together in a more harmonious state. You can if you wish change it to something you are more familiar with, but this is our vision of the future, so why not get onboard now.

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I'm just upgrading.

Well good to see you're still with us.

Here's the UI you have always used, but I might point out that more options are now available within the bounds of this UI. You might want to read more, or even have a peek at other UI's we make available.

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I'm just downgrading

Well I'm really sorry our latest iteration foisted something awful at you.

Here's the system you left behind. We have noted where we think the new system didn't meet your approval and will notify you just as soon as Torvald finishes wringing the necks of those behind your bad experience.

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I've jumped from Windows

Well good for you, and welcome aboard.

Here's the ui you're most probably used to, but I'm afraid we won't be able to recreate the same dysfunctional experience that Microsoft designs into its products. You might want to open your computer and randomly rake a fork across the motherboard to recreate the Windows effect.

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I've jumped from Apple

We're really sorry to hear you've lost your design job/trust fund/savings.....

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Core-blimey! Riddle of Earth's mysterious center finally 'solved' by smarty seismologists

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Let's not forget..

At the time of Earths formation it was spinning like a top, and thus the centripetal forces combined with the maelstrom of a churning and boiling liquid would have had such an impact as to counter gravity's effect on the heavier elements.

Later some heavy elements would still be liquid or even a gas while other less dense elements and compounds were solidifying, meaning we still couldn't rely on gravity to grade elements into layers based on their density in a solid state.

Hence our expectation to find the heaviest elements at the core of out planet is unfounded.

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From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat

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Re: Dear El Reg, as you are a British .co.uk site

It's a pity the yearly national budget for healthy eating promotion is less than a days advertising costs for just one of the millions of products that should only be eaten as a treat once or twice a year.

"I wish it could be Christmas everyday", seems to have come true for too many people, who gorge themselves on a Christmas treat all year round.

And when it comes to Christmas treats, what did Kraft do with Terry's Chocolate Ginger and Terry's Neapolitans - bought up and discontinued - Why? Perhaps because they couldn't be marketed all year round and also the consumers would have noticed straight away that half of the chocolate had been replaced with corn syrup. Terry's Chocolate Orange only survives because those who eat it now, have no recollection of what it used to taste like.

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Re: Nah.

Children, by the time they are attending school, have picked up all the negative traits they will ever need to lead as full a miserable life as the parents that nurtured them.

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Re: It's probably not actually the memes themselves.

Reminds me of my adolescence and coming to terms with man sized tissues. I always considered it to be false advertising until my later years. Perhaps the market needs a teenage boy size tissue to overcome this.

Fnah fnah!

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Good news: Largest, most ancient known galaxy supercluster is spotted. Bad news: It's collapsing on itself

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Re: It's no more "conveniently imagined"

Jack the Ripper is the name given to the unknown assailant, which only works if you are sure the victims didn't mutilate themselves with surgical precision.

Dark matter similarly only works as a stop gap phrase if people would stop insisting it acts from within a galaxy. If dark matter could mean weird matter within a galaxy or something like antimatter acting externally, then the phrase wouldn't be so loaded with potential misdirection.

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Re: Ringtones are cringworthy

An alarm cock?

I hope your good wife doesn't hit the snooze buttons too hard.

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Re: Ringtones are cringworthy

My usual tipple of coffee and Bushmills isn't toxic enough to tick the caustic urine box that the comment required, so I did a referendum style fabrication of the truth. Without, I must say, the aid of Russia.

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Re: Ringtones are cringworthy

Due to my overindulgence of strong white cider it has become impossible to distinguish the caustic effect of battery acid on my leg and the caustic effect of my urine.

It seems I will have to go back to audible alerts on my mobile.

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Re: Ringtones are cringworthy

I have since become insensitive to detecting battery fluid on my leg as my bladder seems to mimic the mobile's battery fluid discharge.

I do eventually get the message as the caustic nature of battery acid informs me I had a missed call some minutes later.

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Re: Ringtones are cringworthy

I have become insensitive to my mobile's vibration alert, in fact my thigh muscles occasionally twitch in a fashion that mimics the mobiles vibration, in some weird muscle memory fashion.

I stumbled upon a novel approach to mobile alerts, with my damaged battery - whenever I get a call or message fluid oozes out and I sense the wetness on my leg.

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Oz to turn pirates into vampires: You won't see their images in mirrors

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For Sale - £100

2nd hand 256GB usb stick - used to store every top selling film, tv program and album of 2017.

The contents have of course been quick formatted, as I don't want to be breaking the law.

If you are unclear about what to do, then please enlighten yourself with this youtube video on how to recover lost files on a USB stick.

Only 500 left in stock.

Other flavours are available. Please see my store for full listings.

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Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...

Rol

Similar scenario with a computer operator

He'd be absolutely fine the night before, as I cheerily said "good night" adding "I'd see you in the morning"

He'd be ordering one last beer and the next time I see him, he'd be a dysfunctional mess.

We never did fathom the problem.

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Insects with farts that smell like coriander assist in covering up Paris's aroma d'urine

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Bristol's public toilets closed by council - Bristol's streets are now public toilets

Before these bugs are denied entry to the UK we should try and encourage some to emigrate here.

I'm sure our city planners can come up with a scheme to encourage them to live on the streets and divert people's attention away from the smell of urine. That's the ticket, don't build any new accommodation, infrastructure or increase services despite the population boom.

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Huawei's Watch GT snubs Google for homegrown OS

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Heart Attack Monitor

Hi Folks

My great great niece, who is four years old, has had three heart attacks so far, and has been preliminarily diagnosed with CPVD.

I'm desperate to find something like this product that we can strap on her wrist to monitor for a heart attack, and then scream for help.

During the day, she is always around people aware of what to look out for, but she is no less likely to suffer an attack during the night, and this is when she and her sleepless parents need help.

Fitness monitors just don't cut it and the bed monitor available through the NHS is totally unsuitable for a restless child. The rest are aimed at geriatrics, with built-in fall sensors, which would be ringing up false positives every thirty seconds, as she bounces around like most other four year olds.

If you have any suggestions I'd be very grateful to hear them.

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UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)

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You must be over 13 to join FB

Facebook, with its huge resources cannot prevent determined children from joining the site.

UK Gov hasn't got a cat in hell chance of keeping prying children/teenagers away from porn.

While the intention has merit, its prosecution will be a calamity.

Every porn viewing adult, which is practically every adult, will now be open to many more vectors of attack, as they get forced to hand over details that will eventually be weaponised against them, whether that be the original site owners or those who hack it wide open. And all the while the very children who are supposed to be kept protected will be downloading ever more dodgy software to maintain their go anywhere ability, leaving them open to ever more invasive attacks as their gadgets get taken over to become another platform for kiddie porn content.

If our government was capable of planning beyond its myopic vision, then something workable could be expected, but oh no, our civil service is home to the most cretinous dimwits that crawled out of the sea, and their hierarchical structure specifically tuned to allow the very least in brain power to climb to stations reserved for them at birth.

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Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally

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Global warming!!!!

So, at a time the entire planet is trying to cool off here comes a geezer with a plan to redirect energy that was bypassing the Earth.

Yes I see that the energy providing street lighting could be turned off, but the mirror isn't just illuminating the necessary bits, it's energy is being scattered across the whole city, and not just the streets.

In order that the light be sufficient to turn off street lighting, about 90% of the city that was in darkness will now be absorbing the Sun's energy 24/7.

Ah! but that would mean a lowering in energy required to heat buildings. True, but just as much energy is used to cool them too.

It's a fine idea, but after giving it some thought, it is bonkers mad.

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Google Cloud chief joins Saudi shindig exodus over journalist's worrying disappearance

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Re: Catch 45

I think the use of "probably" is unnecessarily kind

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Money. The source of evil....

The world's problems are not the fault of those who have loads of money.

It is the people who want some of their money and the ends they'll go to to get it.

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The march of Amazon Business has resellers quaking in their booties

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Gold prospecting made easy.

"So I supply my own pick and shovel and whatever gold I find you'll buy it off me at less than market value"

"Yep"

"And you own the site"

"Yep"

"And when I hit it big you turf me off and get your own goons in"

"Yep"

"I'd be an idiot to agree to that"

"Yep"

"But you own nearly all the prospecting sites, so I have little choice"

"Yep"

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Bloodhound Super-Sonic-Car lacks Super-Sonic-Cashflow

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Re: Not wishing to sound unsympathetic, but...

"Mr Speedy, I hear you broke the thousand while on a test run."

"Yes boss, I felt that everything was running perfectly and just tipped the throttle some more. It was the greatest moment of my life"

"Yes, I'm glad you're thrilled, because I've invited all the staff along to show their appreciation. All together now..YOU BASTARD!!"

"What? What was that for?"

"And you too get to share in the prize we all won today"

"Eh?"

"Your P45"

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UK.gov asks: Are sadistic AI price-bots ganging up on you?

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Re: Gouging is ok if...

Chelsea Tractor - definition from Urban dictionary:-

Any expensive 4x4 that is driven in an urban environment as a status symbol (typically for the school run) and will never be driven off-road.

And with a little stretch of the imagination and contraction of your funny gland, it still could be a gross slur directed at Chelsea, but for the historical evidence suggesting Chelsea was indeed the UK's leader in road traffic accidents involving children near schools and vehicles intended for countryside use.

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HMRC rapped as Brexit looms and customs IT release slips again

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HMRC are totally retro!

The problem with HMRC is that they work to a deadline that is seven years after what everyone else considers to be the deadline.

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Super Micro China super spy chip super scandal: US Homeland Security, UK spies back Amazon, Apple denials

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I'm with Andy The Hat on this

Let's take this a little further.

The rice grain sized chip purportedly created by Chinese engineers, could, like so many high tech gizmos have been designed in the West and then reverse engineered.

We know only too well to what ends our own agencies will go to, to gather every minute detail they can, without any regard for legality or morality.

Now if our own agencies had been Borging motherboards into the collective, wouldn't they be denying any and all stories, regardless of who the finger is pointing at?

And wouldn't their instructions to those companies who are complicit in this be to vehemently deny everything and not just trot out the usual lame disclaimers.

It's not unreasonable to think that Chinese agencies would take the West's tech and use it in the motherboards the NSA specifically don't want Borging.

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Re: "if found to be lies would fall foul of securities fraud laws"

My thoughts exactly.

Out of all the institutions mentioned in the article, only one has come through the last decade with its reputation intact. Bloomberg. The rest have all been caught out for a multitude of shenanigans.

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Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

Rol

The idea that these companies denials could be later banked by a gaggle of lawyers acting on behalf of investors is the only argument in favour of believing their statements to be true.

On the other hand, their defence would no doubt revolve around the fact American intelligence services more or less written those statements for them.

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UK.gov looks to data to free people from contract lock-in doom

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Re: Business Opportunity!!

It's a business opportunity in the same way a charity is a great earner for senior management.

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Business Opportunity!!

Your very own personal life manager.

A totally independent, not for profit organisation that you entrust to act in your best interest.

You set up a profile with them and they set out to get you the best deals on everything you require.

Whether it be your electricity, gas, phone, broadband, car insurance, whatever, they will automatically do everything to keep your life on the rails, as cheap as possible, and you don't have to do a thing, they just act on your behalf and you just keep meandering through life oblivious to the contract negotiations being hammered out for you, with just one direct debit per month being paid to your manager who then covers all of your contracts.

Never again will you be at loggerheads with the retention team of some scheming corporation that considers your end of contract oversight as a signal to hike your bills.

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UK.gov asks biz for ideas on how to 'overcome' data privacy concerns in NHS

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Keep it local

Patient data should be stored in the health authority region it is collected in, which would normally be where the patient lives.

Releasing that data outside of the region should first be reviewed by medical records who can take note of any flags that may have been set.

Two types of data release should be made possible:-

1. An image format. To be used by other authorities who are temporarily caring for you, and is therefore not in a format that can easily be spammed about and misused in some hideous mass data gathering scenario.

2. Full data access. To be used where the patient has moved to another region.

Obviously transmission of both the image and data needs to be heavily encrypted.

No information whatsoever should be stored at a GP surgery, as that's just asking for trouble, instead the surgery has limited access to the regional records over dedicated terminals, and certainly not the laptops they're busily emailing their mates, organising the next pharmaceutical sponsored golfing holiday.

I wonder if anyone steering this thing has even thought to have a chat with the people who have cared so diligently all this time for the medical records in their charge?

From my past experience in medical records, I assume not.

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: never seems to taste the same?

Much like my endeavours to buy bacon from a supermarket.

It is cut so thin that Lady Gaga would be embarrassed to wear it.

No. I buy gammon joints now and cleave wedges off.

Why, in a world that embraces choice and service do I increasingly find I have no choice but to serve myself?

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Unity tweaks AI training tools, makes bid for academic respect

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Rubbish!

I'd love to see the day when my city's garbage was sifted through by an AI equipped robot.

With wide spectrum binocular vision and an array of arms fitted with a selection of instruments, it could work through the rubbish, identifying, dismantling, cutting and separating everything into a recyclable state.

Once AI has achieved that goal, I might, just might, trust it to identify, dismantle, cut and cleave its way through the enemies of my nation, on a remote battlefield.

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PPI pushers now need consent to cold-call you

Rol

maybe....

UK Organisations could apply for a common number, which would replace their real number in all outgoing calls, but significantly is UK centric, so legitimately withheld numbers would always have the number, let's say - 01234 123456.

Any calls originating from non-member numbers or from outside the standard UK network trying to spoof this number, could easily be spotted and rerouted to a long winded recorded message, incurring the termination fees and thus contributing to the cost of maintaining the service.

If would then be an easy task to block all withheld numbers, yet still be able to receive calls from genuine organisations.

Calling the number back would give you a quick message informing you that this is a generic number used by officially registered organisations.

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Re: If anyone

Your telco, the one you pay money to for their tip top service, has no intention of serving your interests before their own.

Every "number unavailable" call you get generates revenue for your telco, and foolishly they believe that revenue stream outweighs doing right by their customers.

I say foolishly because people are moving away from landlines, and not least because telco's are standing aside and allowing their customers to be bombarded with unwanted calls.

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$200bn? Make that $467bn: Trump threatens to balloon proposed bonus China tech tariffs

Rol

My advice

Is to hold off buying any white goods, tech stuff or anything else Trump decides to bring his axe down on.

Those goods that don't make it into an American store, will just as easily find their way into a British retail outlet, but now at a nice discount. Supply and demand!

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Re: And the pollies let it happen.

Unfortunately he knew what he was doing with those bank-whoopsies, and didn't lose a penny. He risked other peoples money in his scheming shenanigans, and made sure he'd fully consumed a large slice of the pie before the waiter took the dish away.

Seems the tactic of playing footloose with other peoples livelihoods is his mo.

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US military chucks $2bn at AI, Google touts machine-learning data search, and more

Rol

He shoots, he scores - one less enemy installation to worry about...or was it a primary school?

If it is "ultimately impossible" to train a computer for every eventuality, then it is also ultimately impossible to test whether an AI equipped computer will respond correctly to any given scenario.

Given that AI systems will eventually get a degree of autonomy, we can rightfully be a little fearful of the consequences.

A standard system, will hold up its hands when faced with a new scenario developers hadn't trained it for, whereas the AI system will just plow on, making decisions about a scenario that developers hadn't foreseen.

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Black holes can briefly bring dead white dwarf stars back to life

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Re: Join the Q

You don't need to be able to understand what I've said. Just accepting that current theories are even more of a joke would be a good start.

It's a pity teaching imagination has an upper age limit in single figures.

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Join the Q

The thing that puzzles me the most about black holes is the way that particles and radiation manage to inexplicably escape the inescapable.

I have a theory though!

Welcome to Q space (short for quantum space, but also a tip of the hat to Star Trek)

Q space is a dimension that from our perspective lacks time. From the perspective of something entering it, not so.

A particle will enter Q space if its energy level rises above the threshold level for that particle, and remain in Q space until that excess energy is dissipated, at which point it exits Q space and returns to normal space.

We see all the time how molecules transcend states from liquid to gas based on the amount of energy present, and so it isn't such a huge leap to consider fundamental particles also transcend to a state that better accommodates their energy level.

In quantum tunnelling, the electron does not pass through the insulating layer, but instead traverses that space in the Q dimension where the obstructing insulator doesn't exist. So, the probability curve is actually the likelihood of an electron getting a sufficient boost of energy to carry it into Q space for the time required to jump the insulating gap. Although precise measurement would show that not a jot of time had passed between the the particles disappearance and reappearance.

At this point I'd like to mention the observations made while firing neutrinos through the Alps, and that some of these particles appeared to travel faster than light. Yes, those particles got an energy bump along the way and spent some of the time in Q space, which as I explained, is no time at all, and thus would give rise to the faster than light results.

Now I've postulated that Q space is beyond our time frame, and it might also be true that normal space gravity has no sway in this dimension. In which case I have satisfied myself as to how particles manage to escape a black hole, but if this isn't the case then let me introduce you to Z space, which is the next energy level up from Q space, where the gravity of our, and Q space doesn't exist, thus allowing particles to break free from a black hole.

Now what about Q space v's Inflation theory...the more I think about Q space the more I like it.

In short, if by using all of the dimensions you are familiar with, you still can't describe the phenomena that you see, then you're toolbox is clearly lacking a dimension or two.

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Neutron star crash in a galaxy far, far... far away spews 'faster than light' radio signal jets at Earth

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Re: .. and another thing...

I suppose the definition of dimension really needs to be nailed down.

I like the idea, that a dimension is what helps to describe what you see and measure.

If you can't fully describe something using the dimensions on hand, then you need more dimensions.

Some would have us believe there are ten dimensions, and beyond the first four they get quite strange. Others would readily point to dimensions like magnetism, which in keeping with my view of the subject is a more practical approach, as magnetism cannot be explained using the four dimensions we readily accept.

It might sound childlike, but frankly if science isn't black and white, it isn't science.

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Re: Relativity - Great! But what about String Theory, Dark Matter and Dark Energy?

We need a hell of a lot of scientists to shuffle their mortal coil off before we can make any advances in this field.

It seems fascism didn't get on a U boat to Argentina, but instead donned a lab coat.

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Re: Just a side note

And to get back to the subject of particles appearing to travel faster than light, I would like to proffer a little thought.

If by using all of the dimensions we know about, we still can't explain the why and how, then we can only conclude we're a dimension or two short in our toolbox.

Einstein's theories have been proven time and again, except in extreme circumstances, where it seems, rational thinking scientists are quite happy to accept those extremes are just weird and somehow beyond the rationale that everything else obeys to the letter.

Could it be that particles with super high energies pass into another dimension. A dimension where time is disconnected from our time.

i.e. the jets coming from the neutron star collision are unarguably high energy, or should I say were. They passed into the other dimension due to their energy level and traversed it until that energy dispersed, where they then dropped back into normal space. From the perspective of the jet, nothing unusual happened, it travelled along at sub speed of light for the entirety of its journey to Earth. An onlooker would however have seen the super high energy jet disappear and then instantly reappear some distance on with an apparent huge energy loss.

So, by just fathoming another dimension we can readily explain the how and why of many things that have plagued the minds of scientists for generations.

Inflation theory for one would be helped along with this new dimension, and dare I say quantum mechanics, where electrons pass through a barrier by entering a dimension where the barrier doesn't exist.

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Re: Just a side note

Antimatter, as you describe it, exists only in the laboratory.

The universe has an equal mass of antimatter to matter, it's just that antimatter still exists in the same state as it was created in the big bang. Its gravitational influence is negative, anti-gravity if you like, and this has kept it in its most fundamental form, very small, sparsely spread and practically undetectable, as on the rare occasions it does have the misfortune to have not gotten out of the way quick enough, its energy release is minuscule and far beyond our ability to measure.

Intergalactic space and indeed any sparsely populated zone, has a 3 dimensional lattice of antimatter particles, each pushing away at its neighbour, and collectively herding matter back into the galaxies.

That's why the orbits of stars on the outer rim of a galaxy appear to be going too slow for their location and that's why low density galaxies appear to be getting along just fine without dark matter ( antimatter within the galaxy's massive voids is cancelling the external influence)

And that's also why our universe seems to be expanding faster.

Three things that dark matter fails miserably to explain as the influence of dark matter would produce exactly the opposite of what we see.

Measure the velocity of a rogue star, and trace it back to its originating galaxy. You will see that the star is travelling too slow to ever have left the influence of its birthplace, and the reason is that antimatter has been retarding its progress from the very start, above and beyond the influence of normal gravity.

Unfortunately measuring antimatter's anti-gravity properties are slightly beyond our means, as our proximity to huge gravitational influences makes a mockery of our measuring equipment.

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Home Office seeks Brexit tech boss – but doesn't splash the cash

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Independence. Day 1

"Hello you're through to IT support how may I assist you?"

"Err, yes this is Dover passport control. We've just switched over to the new system, and, well, it's not working"

"Ah yes, you're not alone, but we've come up with a fix"

"Oh thank God, it's going mental here. The queues are going down the beach and into the surf"

"Don't panic. Find the switch at the back of the machine and turn it off"

"OK, I've done that"

"Excellent. Is there anything else I can help you with?"

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I wish I could quit you, but cookies find a way: How to sidestep browser tracking protections

Rol

If I'd sold out my nation's future, I'd probably turn to drink too!

Imagine a world where Winston Churchill was just the prime-minister of Britain and not also America's undercover agent.

He gave away many British pioneered technologies, while at the same time stopping all further development so that America might better dominate the market.

If the UK could have kept a hold of the advances in computing, how different might the world look today?

Clearly being left in the hands of monopoly chasing capitalists has proven disastrous, like the unnecessarily inefficient x86 architecture that Intel wound into a knotted mess to frustrate competition.

I honestly think the UK would have been a much better place to nurture computing, well at least in defining standards in favour of security and the common good.

Instead we have a free for all grab that has the whole industry rocking from calamity to disaster, and all the while the users are trading their self away for a few extra bells and whistles.

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