* Posts by Jimmy2Cows

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RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit

Jimmy2Cows

Re: "we could not simulate the lunar environment"

Oops, lander not satellite.

Further research suggests this experiment was never meant to survive past lunar nightfall, therefore achieving what it set out to. That or the Chinese are saying that was the plan all along, to save face.

Whole thing hasn't been helped by the original pics being of the control experiment back on Earth, not the actual experiement on the moon. Just gives it an air of incompetence, or fakery, or both. Not saying those are true, just these kinds of mixup can lead to such thoughts.

Jimmy2Cows

Re: "we could not simulate the lunar environment"

Yeah it's not like they couldn't already know the lunar night gets really cold.

Could have at least simulated effect of that here on the dirt ball before bunging it into space, then built the satellite to maintain the correct environment throughout.

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

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Re: It won't grow for long though

Think you missed the joke icon...

Unless you really think the "dark" side of the moon is actually dark. In moon context "dark" means unknown/unseen, not unlit.

SpaceX sends Iridium-8 into space while Musk flaunts his retro rocket

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Pint

Re: Employee Reviews: -10 to +10

Nice idea. Which is why it'll never be allowed. Too much PC-ness these days. But still, nice idea.

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Their commercial footing is just fine.

I appreciate it's much easier to run your mouth and not bother to look shit up, but you perhaps should research the reasons behind the current shiny design before berrating it for looking like something out of an old comic. The switch from carbon fibre to high grade stainless steel is not for shits and giggles.

I suggest looking up things like "Hot metal structures", "thermal mass", and the reasons for the surface being polished. Apparently the shiny finish is better at withstanding and rejecting the heat from the re-entry bow shock, than a matte surface.

Though how long it remains shiny under those conditions... be the mother of all detailing jobs after landing.

Google Play Store spews malware onto 9 million 'Droids

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Clickbait. This is el Reg after all. Clickbait which worked exactly as intended, since you're here commenting on it.

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

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Pint

Re: Tech ignorance

Bang on, I had the exact same "Ok... how...?" question. Thank you for raising this, and raise one of these :) -->

Steamer closets, flying cars, robot boxers, smart-mock-cock ban hypocrisy – yes, it's the worst of CES this year

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Re: Look out below!

Nope still under. And flatter.

The antisocial network: 'Facebook has a black people problem,' claims staffer in exit salvo

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Re: no, just no.

Why not?

The way to challenge hate speach is to let everyone see what these morons are saying and openly condem those views, present different perspectives and actively work against the hate.

Banning hate speach doesn't eliminate it, just moves it underground where it can't be monitored and challenged. Thus creating a focussing effect for those who might buy into whatever is being said. No one to counter the views espoused.

Freedom of speech means, well, exactly that, even if that speech offends some people.

Angry Googlers demand bosses pull the wings off 'Dragonfly' censored Chinese search engine

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FAIL

Re: Nice to know that everything is okay....

You off your meds or something? This has to be the worst piece of incoherent drivel ranting there's been on here for quite a while.

Tech sector unites in attempt to avoid Oz's anti-crypto push, again

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Facepalm

“The technology's ahead of where the agencies are at the moment”

So? Catch up!

But that's too hard, so break the internet for your country instead. Bell ends, the pair of them.

1,700 lucky Brit kids to visit Apple Stores for 'Year of Engineering'

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Gimp

Only 1700 kids...?

100 field trips with an average class UK class size (~30) is 3000 kids.

Will there be some sort of lottery to pick the unlucky ones, and how do I guarantee my son can opt out?

Black Friday? Yes, tech vendors might be feeling a bit glum looking at numbers for the UK

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Ignore it

long enough and hopefully it will go away.

Facebook to appeal against ICO fine – says it's a matter of principle not to pay 18 mins' profit

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Re: Does seem a bit ludicrous.

Much as I dislike FB I have to agree it feels like issuing a fine without evidence UK users were actually affected. Feeling something is possible isn't proof.

If they did leak UK user data then yes, fine the crap out of them. Max possible under law, one fine per leaked user. Just have the proof usually expected of a civilised justice system, otherwise we slide back into presumption of guilt simply by accusation.

Burden of proof should always be on the acuser. Yes, even when the accused is FB.

Microsoft: You looking at me funny? Oh, you just want to sign in

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Facepalm

Solution looking for a problem. Again.

I can't change my face (cheaply and/or painlessly) and a PIN is essentially a weak password. Stupidity for the sake of a tiny convenience improvement, which locks you out the second the auth server goes down.

But that could never happen, right...?

Joe Public wants NHS to spend its cash on cancer, mental health, not digital services

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All good ideas. Which is why they will never make it into NHS IT plans.

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IT Angle

Re: Once again. Technology should *not* be a goal, but a tool to deliver what the people want.

Not disagreeing with the senitment, but what has Brexit got to do with another doomed-to-fail-poorly-planned NHS IT project?

Third Soyuz does not explode while auditors resume poking around NASA's big rocket SLS

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Boffin

three or four launches enough to assemble the ISS

Not just about weight though. Stuff has to fit in the fairings. So while on pure tonnage BFR could do it in 3-4 launches, if stuff don't fit the fairings the launch count goes up.

At 9m diameter BFR has a lot of space though...

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Meh

... insisted that funding levels cannot be used as an excuse for the situation

Easy to say when you're just telling everyone else what to do.

Guess who's back, back again? China's back, hacking your friends: Beijing targets American biz amid tech tariff tiff

Jimmy2Cows

Heading cadence is off

Should be China's back, hacks your friends

Hacking is a syllable too much

Amazon, eBay and pals agree to Europe's other GDPR: Generally Dangerous Products Removed from websites

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Re: Dangerous?

OP didn't say anything about speeding, merely commented on the lukewarm response to the proposed reduction in speed limit.

Like any country, there will be roads where such reduction is appropriate, others where it is not. I would imagine it's the inappropriate blanket approach pushing the OP's Liberté buttons. Ticks the Egalité box though...

Tesla fingers former Gigafactory hand as alleged blueprint-leaking sabotage mastermind

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Re: Batteries in cars

...that's almost a week of going to work and back.

This whole thing hinges on the assumption worst case will be maybe one or two days without charge. Risky assumption to make.

What if circumstances contrive, as they often do, to mean no reliable charging for your car for over a week...? If you believe that's impossible, I suggest improving your imagination.

And for longer commutes, only a few days without charge would mean no commute. But not in a good work-from-home way. More of a your-unreliable-arse-is-fired way.

Jimmy2Cows

Re: Let's hope fusion gets perfected as there are just too many risks with fission.

And yet, despite hundreds of nuke power plants around the world, somehow we're still alive and not glowing piles of radioactive dust.

NASA eggheads draw up blueprints for spotting, surviving asteroid hits

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Coat

Re: scrubbed launches

Well General, Sir, Asteriod Redirectors for Saving Earth launches were green, but then some bugger in a row-boat was fishing downrange so we had to scrub our ARSEs.

In missing the ARSE launch window I'm afraid that means humanity is boned, Sir.

Yeah. Not gonna happen.

Microsoft shoves US govt IT contract where ICE throws kids: Out of sight in a chain-link cage

Jimmy2Cows

And, nowadays, if you say you're English they put you in jail.

I'm English, and so is my wife.

Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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Flame

Re: Seriously have we all just forgotten how to drive?

The danger here is assuming people knew how to drive to begin with. Number of times I have to take evasive action because someone isn't paying the slightest attention to their surroundings is ridiculous, and getting worse.

How the fuck these people passed their test is beyond me. They certainly don't develop beyond the test. Learn enough to pass it, then regress.

Best approach is assume everyone around me doesn't have a clue and are always likely to do something stupid.

And don't get me started on parents getting / installing a baby seat from the traffic side. In a narrow road with parked cars both sides. Are you trying to get yourself and your kid killed? People really are getting dumber by the day.

Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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FAIL

Seems like the real reasoning behind UC was never to improve things for claimants, nor to save on admin costs.

No siree, its real aim was to get as many claimants off benefits as possible, by making claiming so painful and unreliable that only the most desperate bother to claim. Who cares if the plebs get screwed over, fall into expensive debt, lose their disability benefits, motability, even their homes, spiral into depression, etc.

Platinum partner had 'affair' with my wife – then Oracle screwed me, ex-sales boss claims

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Sounding like the Platinum Partner applied some Platinum Pressure higher up the food chain.

Uber robo-ride's deadly crash: Self-driving car had emergency braking switched off by design

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Mushroom

Re: Mobility as a service means ...

that I buy miles by the month or year and either get a car to go with them or use a local pool of cars. It will be better for everybody - honest.

If an example were ever needed of a concept that needs to be terminated with extreme prejudice, here it is.

You have GNU sense of humor! Glibc abortion 'joke' diff tiff leaves Richard Stallman miffed

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...could be a trigger for certain individuals causing them to relive a traumatic memory...

On that basis, no one should write or say anything, ever. You know, just in case it's a trigger for certain individuals causing them to relive a traumatic memory.

Twat. Oops. I just triggered a traumatic memory about a pregant goldfish.

Uber and NASA pen flying taxi probe pact

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Boffin

Re: Power?

Obviously powered by unicon farts gliding on a cushion of rainbows. Physics is a pesky implementation detail to be worked out later, and must never be permitted to interfere with hype generation.

Blighty: If EU won't let us play at Galileo, we're going home and taking encryption tech with us

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Re: Corruption

Corruption can only exists with the cooperation of the general public and you guys kept voting for more, well done you.

But who can you vote for when corruption is pretty much indemic? One lot is no better than the other, just different gang colours, thus voting a new lot in changes exactly fuck all.

Politicians exist to serve themselves. Occassional benefit to the great unwashed is just a side effect.

Jimmy2Cows

Re: Fucking Brexit

Of course it's going to be painful! You took a very sharp stick and shoved it up you own ass.

Perhaps true, however...

From a purely neutral perspective the EU is making an example of the UK. Quite openly and deliberately.

EU was presented with a democratically reached decision by a member state. And yes, for the total number of elligible voters, the winning result was actually a minority. But hey, democratic decisions often mean a minority of elligible voters actually wins when a lot of people can't be arsed to vote.

EU could have said "ok fair enough, we accept a member state reached a democratic decision about their own sovereign direction, let's try to achieve a separation deal that works for everyone."

Instead what's obvious to everyone, on either side of the Brexit fence, is the result will be punishment with the worst possible deal for citizens - UK and EU.

The EU doesn't want Brexit. Most of UK Government doesn't want Brexit. Neither side actually cares about their citizens as long as the politicos are protected from fallout, so let's make an example so no-one else dares to even think about quitting the club.

Happy having Amazon tiptoe into your house? Why not the car, then? In-trunk delivery – what could go wrong?

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ensure vehicles get locked before delivery people can move away

Ok I'll bite...

Is the delivery bod forced to wear a big-ass electro magnet, sticking them to the car until OnStar (or equivalent) confirms the boot is closed and the car locked?

Turn that bachelor pad into a touch pad: Now you can paint buttons, sensors on your walls

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Re: Why?

Yeah I like a switch I can replace without needing to repaint the whole wall.

UK's Department of Fun seeks data strategy head – experience not needed

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FAIL

ambitious, deliverable, coherent and innovative

Ok I get deliverable and coherent. Perfectly sensible, nay desirable for any project.

But why the fuck does everything have to be ambitious and innovative these days!?!

Mundane yet effective using tried and true methods is surely better. But that doesn't sound edgy enough, so we end up with morons who couldn't run a bath.

Surprise! Wireless brain implants are not secure, and can be hijacked to kill you or steal thoughts

Jimmy2Cows
Coat

Re: How do you secure the device without shortening its lifespan?

Small external power pack with an unobtrusive induction coupling should do the trick.

Rejection of external interference, physical security and robust connections are just implementation details...

Say a 200lb lithium-ion trailer with some of those industrial shielded multi-pin threaded connectors... completely unobtrusive and no more issues about power budget or flimsy connections.

Seems like a plan with no drawbacks to me...

Jimmy2Cows

Re: Denial Of Senses

Also susceptible to Distributed Denial of Senses a.k.a. pub crawl

Jimmy2Cows

Re: Security by obscurity?

Just that the environment is wet and electrical.

Ah, so it's the old "in a mobile device" variant of novel...

As Zuck apologizes again... Facebook admits 'most' of its 2bn+ users may have had public profiles slurped by bots

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Coat

Re: In Other News........

Only one third...?

UK watchdog finally gets search warrant for Cambridge Analytica's totally not empty offices

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@Danny 2 : ...the ICO should no longer be required to obtain a warrant

The issue wasn't the need to obtain a warrant.

The issue is the legal requirement to give 7 days notice to the other party.

As previous comments have noted, the ICO should always be required to obtain a warrant. Same for any other body wanting to search premises or equipment. It's the only thing that prevents these bodies being used as a blunt instrument to squash competitors.

The laughable bit is the legally required 7 day notice period to. That's the part that shouldn't be required.

Jimmy2Cows

Re: Given the time it's take to get the warrant...

AND WE THINK WE HAVE NO CORRUPTION IN THE UK

Says who? I seriously doubt anyone believes that statement.

China to offer recoverable satellites-as-a-service

Jimmy2Cows

You know orbital space is pretty big, right? And gets bigger with higher orbits.

Couple of thousand shouldn't be an issue. Still plenty of separation.

Elon Musk's Tesla burns $675.3m in largest ever quarterly loss

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re: Car share = norm?

I have a feeling the vast majority won't accept car sharing as the norm. Not for a very, very long time.

Too many personal, status, convenience, hygiene etc. factors against that ownership/usage model.

Might be viable in the centres of large, densely populated cities, but those places generally have good enough public transport anyway, such that cars not usually needed except as taxis. Which is pretty much car sharing anyway. With someone to (hopefully) keep it clean inside.

MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'

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Re: But it will be worth it

4. Do you think EU want to encourage another country to leave?

Which is exactly why securing a "good" deal will be impossible. Not because it couldn't be done if both sides wanted it, but one side firmly doesn't want a good deal and the other side seems unable to decide what a good deal even looks like.

Whatever side of the fence one sits on, the target deal should be balanced and fair to both sides.

The final deal will be intentionally UK-damaging and as EU-sided as possible, so no other country even dares consider leaving. It will be punishing by design, because it has to be.

UK Home Office grilled over biometrics, being clingy with folks' mugshots

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Contempt

Where are the charges for contempt of court?

Retaining images of the uncharged was ruled illegal back in 2012. Someone should have been hauled into court over the fact it is still happening.

Ruling it illegal is pointless if nothing is then done with that ruling.

Peers approve Brit film board as pr0n overlords despite concerns

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"If this House approves the regulator today, we will be well on the way to doing that, and we are definitely trying to do it as quickly as possible," he said.

"I am not trying to duck the issues that are still there, but they will come back and I am sure I will have to deal with them."

In other words... "I don't have a clue how to actually do any of this, please please stop asking awkward questions."

Nice to see they've really thought this through.

$14bn tax hit, Surface Pro screens keep dying – but it's not all good news at Microsoft

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Unhappy

Re: Just waiting...

TITPUS?

Eeeewwwwwww... see a doctor for that, mate.

(Suspect you meant TITSUP: Total Inability To Support Usual Performance)

On yer bike! Boffins teach AI drone to fly itself using cams on bicycles, self-driving car

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Coat

Re: Double Pah

Plug it into the mains. It'll be powered forever, and no battery pack to carry means more load capability. Range is a bit... limited... but that's an implementation detail right?

Electric cars to create new peak hour when they all need a charge

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WTF?

Re: here are a number of companies out there...

There are a number of companies out there that sell 100% Renewably generated Electricity.

Wait... I'm confused... do you lay your own cable directly to the renewable plant?

Or does your supply contract come with a Maxwell's Demon electron bouncer to stop those ne'er do well non-renewable electrons entering your premises?

Pretty sure everyone gets grid power the same way; a mix of whatever power plants supply the grid at a given time.

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