* Posts by I&I

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Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it

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While driving on certain roads an hour or so away from Anaheim (S. Cal.), I was advised by a local priest (stopped at an intersection) that driving “too slowly” (like at or below the legal limit) could get you shot.

In which case the evidence needs to be bulletproof.

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“Trust but Verify”

China's really cotton'd on to this whole Moon exploration thing: First seed sprouts in lunar lander biosphere

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Run, Yutu (2), run

(Then if it had dug “that hole” it could indeed “forget the sun” - temperature variations)

(Repeat)

Americans are just fine with facial recognition technology – as long as they get shorter queues

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Re: Tech ignorance

...or FR system sees shop shrinking (rapidly, with distance)

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Re: Tech ignorance

Shoplifter-recognition (specialised), including (in)ability to see face at all, outfit, gait, browsing patterns, gestures (including parting ones as they rapidly get smaller with distance).

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Beyond face recognition...

(Initially meant the heavy interpretation

...but to “end on a lighter note”, envision numerous deodorant ads “following” an unwashed through a shopping mall)

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Re: Something Ben Franklin Said

Ban-Policing: “Facial Recognition Recognition”.

It's the weekend. We're out of puns for now. Just have a gander at China's Moon lander and robo-sidekick snaps, videos

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Hey there’s a thought... crowd funded landing... subscription/donation rate shooting up as the ground approaches...

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Final stage of landing seemed a bit sudden/heavy - e.g. compared to the classic “Eagle” (Apollo) one.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: Easily solved

The king’s new wall

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Re: the Eagle Nebula dubbed the Pillars of Creation

Colour mapping can be a grey area

SpaceX's Crew Dragon shows up at pad 39A, nearly 8 years after the last Shuttle left

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Drag-On

Two interpretations come to mind

China's loose Chang'e: Probe lands on far side of the Moon in science first, says state media

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Reassert our (humanity’s) potential. Partly quenches thirst of this Apollo child.

Who's watching you from an unmarked van while you shop in London? Cops with facial recog tech

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Not only “Big Brother”

All sorts of “little brothers & sisters” too. Some gangs have huge budgets. Do we really want asymmetry? World doesn’t stand still.

Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists

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Terminological inexactitudes

Outer space? Inner space? How about “middle space”? At least the branding is on a hyperbolic trajectory. Brilliant vision, teamwork, perseverance, tech and achievement regardless.

NASA names the date for the first commercial crew demo flight

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Send in Zeroid Dicks Hewitt !

Or Sgt.Mag. Zero.

Or any decent Windsor Davies sim.

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“The Naked Time”

An episode of Star Trek - the original series - where Riley continually broadcasts his maddeningly infuriatingly bad rendition of “Kathleen” ship-wide.

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Re: Bomb 20

“Mah Nà Mah Nà...” (song)

Ad Infinitum

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

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Re: Poor Reliability.. better idea

In “The Man From UNCLE” (original tv series) the employees at HQ each wore a triangular badge. Some had them pointing upwards, others down. Promotion prospects?

Chinese teen braniacs are being trained to build new AI weapons

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Long-term sustainable formal-knowledge management has been solved ?

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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What? Boats?

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Re: Jesus

Classic Ella Fitzgerald song?

Now Europe wants a four-million-quid AI-powered lie detector at border checkpoints

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“Self described” ?

Now we’re getiing into proper AI

(providing it did it from feeling)

Dawn of the dead: NASA space probe runs out of gas in asteroid belt after 6.4 billion-mile trip

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Re: This seems like a good argument for ion drives

I discussed this kind of application (at a space conference) with one of the major ISS designers (prior to ISS happening). He agreed it was a good application in principle, e.g. avoiding the “structural rattle” associated with (more impulsive) traditional gas-expansion attitude-control options.

But the aerospace industry is renowned for its conservatism. Who needs wheels when there is so much accumulated experience with skids? And risk assessors love accumulated experience.

One reasonable question (addressable) regards possibility of ionisation and hence structural charge.

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Re: This seems like a good argument for ion drives

Lower thrust, but integrated over a lot of time (even more than “The Mouse On The Moon”), it got us smoothly from Earth orbit to the moon

http://m.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/SMART-1/The_magic_of_ion_engines

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Re: Then what??

Presumably it will eventually crash on Ceres (possibly contaminating it) following orbit trajectory disturbance by the ever-changing combination of gravitational forces from other passing (even at great distance) bodies like Jupiter. Just guessing (wish article had explained).

Budget 2018: UK goes it alone on digital sales tax for tech giants

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...or any products etc. advertised by them?

(“food-chain”)

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

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That’s no moon...

</hackney>

Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...

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Re: Check your USB keyboards too...

Cue (altered) Beach Boys song, directed at Apple: “I may not always love you...”

With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

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Re: Lose one bloody capsule in 50 years

Average inapply if state-change.

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Re: Still mad about the Shuttle program...

Integrate

UK.gov withdraws life support from flagship digital identity system

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Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down

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Discredit Bloomberg Pres. Bid ?

Just read (on BBC News) that Michael Bloomberg has elected to become part of Democrats and may bid to become US President.

Could Bb have been seeded with a fake (mal-hw) story as part of campaign to discredit him (and his news org) early-on ?

Plame described most of her colleagues (back then) as being Fox (TV) lovers.

US may have by far the world's biggest military budget but it's not showing in security

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Natural result of blame-culture e.g. the Gary McKinnon case.

Hate to burst your Hubble: Science stops as boffins scramble to diagnose gyro problem

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Rename it “Hobble” ?

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Shame ISS currently lacks any inter-orbit shuttlecraft.

It's over 9,000! Boffin-baffling microquasar has power that makes the LHC look like a kid's toy

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Re: LHC = 27Km circle

Power output in Kettles ?

China's going to make a mobile OS and everyone will love it, predict ball-gazing analysts

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Re: What could go wrong?

Another “devil’s bargain” being complexity (hence functionality) vs verifiability.

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Re: What could go wrong?

From that Bloomberg article: You end up with a classic Satan’s bargain,” one former U.S. official says. “You can have less supply than you want and guarantee it’s secure, or you can have the supply you need, but there will be risk. Every organization has accepted the second proposition.”

Apple macOS Mojave: There's goth mode but developers will have to wait for the juicy stuff

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Re: Piles is a great name

...my beaver ?

UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms

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Re: Remainers should be Leavers

Out of the Brussels, into the Trump...

NASA's Kepler telescope is sent back to sleep as scientists preserve fuel for the next data dump

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Please explain thumbs-down - so I/we can learn.

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Any free time on that new Ruskie “bird” ?

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“Satellte” by Panic Room

Gentle, drifty, subtle prog rock, takes a while to build up (and contain its most relevant line, in the chorus).

https://youtu.be/QI37OJ9g2Rs

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Would be useful then to be able to retrieve a few craft with that model of reaction wheels. Or at least one retrievable craft (non LEO, rules out the ISS) with several for comparison. Failure mechanism might apply to other kinds of stuff.

The ink's not dry on California'a new net neutrality law and the US govt is already suing

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Re: Why companies can regulate interstate commerce, and States cannot?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partition_and_secession_in_California

Holy smokes! US watchdog sues Elon Musk after he makes hash of $420 Tesla tweet

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Re: Maximum Hubris

It is unsafe to drive such distances hence periods without breaks (sic).

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Re: Maximum Hubris

We can thank our lucky stars...

iFixit engineers have an L of a time pulling apart Apple's iPhone XS

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Buenos

Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

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Re: Not really equivalent

Our Mysterious Spaceship Moon - Don Wilson

Space 1999 - Gerry Anderson

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