* Posts by dbayly

29 posts • joined 9 Dec 2013

NASA whistles up electron noise from the Van Allen belt

dbayly

not news

When I had a student job building radio Telescopes for the Physic Department of the University of Tasmania in the 60s, I remember being told about whistler research and listening to sounds just like this, particularly the second recording. I don't think it is a new research topic, although the satellites weren't available then...

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US laptops-on-planes ban now applies to just one airport, ends soon

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Meanwhile what's happening with the UK's ban ?

I seem to remember that the UK imposed the same ban, following the US precedent. I've heard nothing about it since. Is it still in force?

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You know this net neutrality thing? Well, people really love it

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What happens to external internet users ...

.. when the US does away with net neutrality?

will my access to US sites from Europe be affected (well sure) and how ?

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Supreme Court closes court-shopping loophole for patent trolls

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Re: Look out Delaware!

Unisys is incorporated there. As is Dell. I stopped lookign after those 2.

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Space upstart plans public cloud in low Earth orbit

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Possible motivation

Could it be that the servers are out of reach of any regulator or other authority , that makes this an attractive proposition for some?

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Trump sets sights on net neutrality

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Re: What happens when the 1% has all the money?

Trump isn't in that top 1% of the 1%.

Not yet he isn't. Give him some time

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What a time to be alive: drone pooper-scoopers are a thing now

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I know a few horse owners who spend a lot of time shovelling horse shit in paddocks. Seems like another opportunity for these developers

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Confirmed: TSA bans gear bigger than phones from airplane cabins

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You're all missing the point

So the Trump administration leaks a possible new security protocol and what happens? It dominates the news and deflects attention from other newsworthy issues, such as Trumps FBI director and his NSA head dissing him in a public, televised forum. And revealing he may have had links to Russia during his campaign and that he was lying wrt being wiretapped by Obama. And his candidate for the supremes is in front of the Senate committee just now.

I commend the description of the "goat and the cow" in https://extranewsfeed.com/when-villains-arent-super-f5646d81db6#.zdmm06qtq

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MI5 man to steer GCHQ as Trump wiretapping saga continues

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Unhappy

descending to the level of an infant school playground

It's the dilemma faced by all adults trying to deal with an undisciplined, truculent toddler, real conversation is just impossible. Only 46 more months to go .....

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Huge if true: iPhone 8 will feature 3D selfies, rodent defibrillator

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Re: I'm calling it

You'd need way more than 45V to reanimate a lowland paca.

But, a sustained 45V might cook one nicely in short order.

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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That will be a self correcting problem. Expect Canadian and Mexican hubs to become popular.

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CBI: Brexit Britain needs a 'sensible and flexible' immigration programme

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Re: Employers have called for a "sensible" immigration programme

<quote> What we need is a big WALL to make everybody respect us, and fear us, and make us GREAT agin!

</quote>

You forgot to add... "and make Europe pay for it!".

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Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

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Re; Turkeydrop on WKRP

It's on youtube

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=youtube+WKRP+in+Cincinnati&ia=videos&iax=1&iai=8Zuj3dwZl64

the actual drop starts at about 19 mins.

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Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns

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Re: Umm

Apropos

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/12/the-anime-girlfriend-experience-gateboxs-ai-powered-holographic-home-robot/

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Pair programming – you'll never guess what happens next!

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Re: Re; Dumb idea - Nope. Stereotypes.

Upvoted as thanks for that link. It is pretty well spot-on in my experience (40+ years).

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Astronauts on long-haul space flights risk getting 'space brains'

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Re: Space hats!

Dr Who would look daft dressed like that. Er, even more daft!

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

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Go

Re: Survival.

Reminds me of Cyril Kornbluths "marching Morons"

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

Wonder story that appeals to all BOFHs and ananbes

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Fanbois iVaporate: Smallest Apple iPhone queues ever

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Re: What else can you queue up for any more?

Your mortgage is £35 a month??

It's for a phonebox

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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To anyone who has endured as an employee of a large corporation, it's obvious why El Reg is blacklisted, at some point a senior manager took offence at something on the website and The Register was a added to the "Do not revive" list. That worthy has probably moved on, been disgraced or died, but the listing remains. Large corporations are not flexible in this matter. Executive dignity must be preserved at all costs, even at the risk of being pompous.

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Reduced roaming charges, net neutrality come into force in EU

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Stop

Re: Bloody EU!

Won't that be illegal after Brexit?

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Apple Watch exec Bob Mansfield 'gets into secret Apple car'

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An iAUto would ....

.... change shape and colour every new software release

.... have controls that were invisible unless you swiped left (with 2 or 3 fingers) on the steering wheel (or left , or something)

... not have a speedometer as it would clutter the user interface

.... an entertainment centre that only played music available on iTunes

... have a unique charging plug

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China leaves Apple books, movies on the cutting room floor

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Books, Movies but NOT music?

Perhaps music isn't as subversive :-)

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Aye, AI: Cambridge's Dr Sean Holden talks to El Reg about our robot overlords

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Re: Motivation, motivation...

Great website, thanks for the link.

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Zuck: Facebook won't retry Free Basics in India

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The flying wing thing cruising at 90,000 feet is way cool. But the laser connection from the ground station to the plane would seem to be dodgier. I can't imagine that airline pilots will be too keen on them; they will need significant power to be detectable at 90K - more I suspect than the lasers that pen laser waving idiots around airports are using. And then there's the weather ...

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From Zero to hero: Why mini 'puter Oberon should grab Pi's crown

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Pascal on MAc

MacOS, the original on from the 80s, was implemented largely in Pascal, and the reference docs were all in Pascal form. The best IDE and compiler I ever worked on , Think Pascal, was a brilliant piece of UI work, unmatched in IDEs to this day I think.

Apple then discovered C and seemed to think it was superior, but I didn't see much evidence of that at the time.

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Meaningful gesture: Thalmic Labs Myo motion sensing armband

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I have one

I bought 2, one for a friend with extreme hand problems and one for me to maybe extend its capabilities for the friend, if it worked out. It's slightly irritating, it kept wanting me to re-sync my gestures. My friend had problems using ti also. In the end its a bit too limite. It does work to pause videos from the lounge though.

Myo didn't live up to the potential as optimistically predicted by its Kickstarter campaign. I've not had a great run with Kickstarter projects, at least this one delivered.

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Behold the mighty Swiss SPACE JUNK NOSHER PODULE

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It would be rational to preserve the investment made to put all this expensive junk in place, by collecting the non functional bits into a junkyard, inside a big net in the back yard of the ISS. Maybe you'd need separate junkyards for each space power..

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The rare metals debate: Only trace elements of sanity found

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Alternatives

Interesting side effect of the misconception you describe, research into alternatives

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Researchers_synthesize_magnetic_nanoparticles_that_could_offer_alternative_to_rare_Earth_magnets_999.html

.

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Cheap 3D printer works with steel

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.. and who makes the iron ?

I guess this is an opportunity for the Feds to control iron distribution too.

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