* Posts by Voyna i Mor

3552 posts • joined 3 Nov 2015

Germany tells America to verpissen off over Huawei 5G cyber-Sicherheitsbedenken

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Re: How about Apple's apparent deflation? The surgence of "cloud"?

Huawei has its own processor designs as well as its networking and phone businesses. People seem to think they are pretty good - not Apple good but good enough.

That threatens Apple, Qualcomm and Cisco and perhaps in future Intel.

As neither Germany nor the UK have equivalent large companies, protectionism doesn't arise as an issue for them. And if Huawei's threat to direct its future investments to the UK and even transfer existing US assets there is serious, the UK stands to benefit considerably from US paranoia.

Surrey Uni mans the space harpoons, and NASA buys more seats on Russian rockets

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Re: the dangers of the harpoon approach

Velcro is an interesting idea but requires international agreement on launching satellites covered in the other half of the Velcro.

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Starbucks in space?

Call me Ishmael.

Splunk does a bunk from Russia: No software and services for you, Putin!

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Была́ не была́

She was she was not? (The stresses give away that this is a cut and paste from a learning site).

"Нет обслуживания в России" (No service in Russia) might be better.

Twilight of the sundials: Archaic timepiece dying out and millennials are to blame, reckons boffin

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Re: I'll Bite.... Yes, I know he was trolling

Ancient boffins were no less intelligent than modern ones, there were just fewer of them and they didn't have the resources of modern society to draw on.

Even so, the Antikythera Mechanism would require some very skilled craftsmen or modern machinery to replicate. If the Romans hadn't thought that military strength and slave labour was better than Greek intelligence, the industrial revolution could have come an awful lot earlier and Jesus might have entered Jerusalem on a steam tractor.

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Re: Innovative sundials?

Hilaire Belloc:

"I am a sundial and I make a botch of what is done much better by a watch."

But he also wrote

"Here in a secret place forgotten, I mark the tremendous progress of the sky. So may your inward soul, forgotten, mark the dawn, the noon, the coming of the dark."

Oracle throws toys out pram again, tells US claims court: Competing for Pentagon cloud contract isn't fair!

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Re: In other words

It might work. Oracle could be extremely difficult with existing contracts.

You are about to access an Oracle database:

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**We'll tell you how much it will cost when enough suckers agencies sign up.

***Wouldn't want to be the reason the lights go out in Washington, would you?

How's this for sci-fi: A cosmic river of 4,000 stars dazzles lifeforms as it flows through a galaxy. And that galaxy is the Milky Way

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Re: River of stars?

Isn't the point here that the stars involved are linked by a gravitational well but are not a cluster, they are spread out longitudinally?

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Re: Fascinating!

...but cosmic ASDA shopping trolleys, and soon to be upgraded to Asbury shopping trolleys.

How's this for sci-fi: Orbiting probes face fiery death dive from planet's radiation belts. And that planet is Earth

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Re: Oxygen

No, I didn't think you were misreporting it. Some of us have, after all, worked with plasmas and can tell the difference between a flow of hot ionised gas at tens of kilometres per second, and the atmosphere in a typical factory.

Bloke thrown in the cooler for eight years after 3D-printing gun to dodge weapon ban

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Re: @Redpawn ... Gun show

You mean the Herr Hitler who had large gangs of armed followers who he used to intimidate people into voting for him till he came to power, whereupon he had the ones who threatened his position executed and the rest drafted into his various terror police forces?

Hitler was fine with people having guns till the possibility existed they might be used against him.

Bad news for WannaCry slayer Marcus Hutchins: Judge rules being young, hungover, and in a strange land doesn't obviate evidence

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Germany? Partly because the people who got to work out the German legal system wanted to make sure there wouldn't be another Hitler, so they kept things simple and logical.

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Isn't that part of what it means to be British?

Is that another dig at Boris - oh, um, er, um, - Johnson?

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure

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Re: In other news

Hippos obviously attack humans because they think they might be vegans come to steal their food supply.

A once-in-a-lifetime Opportunity: NASA bids emotional farewell to its cocky, hardworking RC science car on Mars

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Re: Opportunity---NNNNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Virgil said of his Aeniad "Monumentum exigere aere perennius" - I have created a monument more durable than bronze.

Given the environment, the Rovers are likely to long outlast the human race - though as things are at present that isn't saying a lot. Odd to think that if another civilisation ever makes it here, artefacts on Mars and the Moon might be the last remaining evidence of our civilisation.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: Goodbye Youtube?

So we're quite clear that the United States is a terrorist government, since its armed forces have bombed civilians in Syria in an effort to overthrow the UN-recognised government?

Uncle Sam to its friends around the world: You can buy technology the easy way, or the Huawei

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Re: What I find amazing

Well, Trump tells his followers to believe him and they do, so it does seem to be working.

Prez Trump orders Uncle Sam to step up AI efforts – we all know the White House knows a lot about artificial intelligence

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Re: We could replace him with a Raspberry Pi...Think 8748.

Won't work. 8748 had only 64 bytes of RAM, you need more than that for a tweet.

However, the ability to erase and rewrite the firmware periodically would be a useful feature in a Trump emulator.

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Re: arms race with both countries competing to develop military applications using the technology

If that doesn't get us, the end of the insects will mean we'll all starve anyway.

Currently the US is determinedly fighting the wrong wars with the wrong enemy. And giant electric cars that sell to fewer than 1% of the population won't fix climate change and food shortages. A rational arms race between the US and China would aim at sustainability and deterrence, not dominance and aggression.

Currently China looks more likely to win that one.

RIP Dr Peuto, Zilog and Sun's bright SPARC

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Re: Halt and Catch Fire

The ICL 1900 series in the Science Museum is younger than the one I cut my computing teeth on.

That makes me feel old.

Brit Mars bot named while NASA 'nauts must wait a bit longer for a US rocket trip to the ISS

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Re: Le Sigh...

All right. So NASA has been concealing the truth about the lunar cleaning lady all these years.

Alternatively in a vacuum anything capable of forming hydrogen bonds tends to be lost, so there's no adhesion between dust particles and a surface. Which means that as the surface temperature rises and falls between day and night, expansion and contraction of the rock gradually will cause dust to roll off. (There are other things that might have this effect). On the Moon,once dust has fallen to the lowest level, there's no wind to lift it again. The only new dust is due to micrometeorite bombardment and surface cracking.

...how did such a clueless AC find its way to El Reg? A much bigger mystery.

LibreOffice 6.2 is here: Running up a Tab at the NotebookBar? You can turn it all off if you want

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Re: Font problems - Comic Sans

Comic Sans is for making really important announcements at CERN. It ensures they get heard about by people who know nothing of nuclear physics, due to irate typographers ranting on the Internet.

So it has a use.

After Amazon's Bezos exposes Pecker, National Enquirer pushes back, promises to probe itself

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Re: The moral of the story?

The moral of the story is that we need to move to a world where nobody shows the slightest interest if adults consensually send one another nude pictures over the Internet.

Big trouble Down Under as Australian MPs told to reset their passwords amid hack attack fears

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Laws of Australia

Based on the famous politician comment about the laws of Australia trumping mere mathematics, I'm surprised they didn't just pass a law making it illegal to use MPs passwords. Job done.

HMRC: We 'rigorously tested' IR35 tax-check tool... but have almost nothing to show for it

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Re: Please forgive what may be a silly question...

How expensive a QC can you afford?

How I got horizontal with a gimp and untangled his cables

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Re: Brilliant

Of course they are. Humans breathe quite a lot of gas and for a low flow obstruction filters need a large surface area. If it goes up your nose it probably doesn't work.

(I'm the one with the twin filter respirator because I dislike getting dust up my nose.)

National Enquirer's big Pecker tried to shaft me – but I wouldn't give him an inch, says Jeff Bezos after dick pic leak threat

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Re: To quote the Duke of Wellington:

That's the reverse case. There Private Eye had exposed a shady businessman who threatened to sue. In this case a very shady media outlet tried to blackmail a businessman who was working to expose them.

Private Eye has not always been above reproach (Wakefield for instance) but the situation is hardly comparable.

In fact their behaviour is a bit like that of the KGB. One wonders where they learned it.

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Report to the police

The technique in the US is to get all the evidence sealed till it comes to trial, and then delay trial as long as possible.

The recent revelations about one of the biggest opioid drug families in the world - the Sacklers - are an example of that. Not so much smoking guns as full broadside with double weight of shot.

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The actual story here

The kernel of this story is an attempt by an organisation similar in ethics to Breitbart to reduce democracy by trying to silence an opponent of Trump through blackmail.

The sort of thing people are quick to claim happens in Russia, as an example of how corrupt it is.

If there's an outbreak of "journalists" having suspicious fatal road accidents the parallel will be even more obvious,.

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late

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Re: It's so much better now

According to neocon capitalism, that's "creative destruction".

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Not only computer gear

People did strange things in the early 1980s. This was a machine control system based around a TMS9900. No source code of course. The "woodpecker" function had failed. This is a function in which a drill is progressively inserted deeper and deeper withdrawing each time so it gets swarf cleared and lubricated. Yes there are the expected jokes about it.

I used to be able to write TMS9900 assembler in my head so took a dump of the eprom and had a look. No sign of a cycle with varied timing.

To cut a long story short, the designers of the thing obviously hadn't understood the use of interrupts and the timers and had built an analogue circuit using a unijunction transistor, which had failed. It was more or less unobtainable but the circuit was easily redesigned using a PUT.

At the same company, three years in a row the MRP supplier failed to deliver a new licence till two days after the old one expired, despite having been paid, and then were shocked when we migrated to a more modern system run by people who could get their act together. They were mainly shocked because we were able to extract their database instead of paying them £1500 a day to do it.

Pants-purveyor in plea for popularity: It's not just any pork push... it's an M&S 'love sausage'

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Not pants, knickers.

Years ago M&S called in the consultants to find out what they were doing wrong. The consultants found a lot of little empires and turf wars and came up with a lot of suggestions to encourage co-operative working. Their summary of the situation at M&S was "Bras don't even talk to knickers."

The IoT will doubtless change that eventually.

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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Word could save a file with a stated length different from its actual length

God, I remember that.

Two minute hate for Microsoft now.

Huawei pens open letter to UK Parliament: Spying? Nope, we've done nothing wrong

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Re: Imaginary conspiracy?

It occurs to me that the reason for the accusations in the US may be that as Huawei has its own silicon made for it, to make a case that they are transferring US IP to Iran they need to make accusations of spying.

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Much as I detest the Iranian government, the US attempt to carry out a trade war against Iran by bullying other countries into submission is despicable.

Also, they know no history. Napoleon's Continental System (a trade war against Britain) not only was ineffective but in the end turned other countries against him.

Pixaaaarrrrrrghh! Mars-snapping CubeSats Wall-E and Eve declared dead (for now) by NASA bods

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Re: We learn from history that we do not learn from history

The space around the Sun is full of all kinds of débris, it's only the lack of adequate telescopes and the time it took us to move away from the ideas of Aristotle that cause most people not to realise that the Solar System is full of litter already.

Once you get beyond the orbit of the Moon we really are not doing anything to increase the rubbish density.

El Reg eyes up Article 13 draft leak: Will new Euro law give Silicon Valley more power? Some lawyers think so

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Re: "note these are almost never the actual artists"

A very small number of creative people - Clemens, Rowling, for instance - make a lot of money from their work. Most of them do not. Most published novelists make a lot less than minimum wage.

And show business lawyers are well known for having fewer ethics than ethically challenged primaeval slime when it comes to contracts, at the bidding of the studios. Many performers in reality would be better off working a zero hours contract at Tesco.

The industry is able to exploit them because they will do the work even if they earn nothing. In fact when it comes to classical music, the musicians usually have to pay to perform.

Techie finds himself telling caller there is no safe depth of water for operating computers

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Re: Ex designer of military kit

The thing is, what is the AQL? For boring old JAN stuff sampling is OK because the usual side effect of a defect is that something may not go bang or a radar module might have to be replaced.

With JANTXV the theoretical AQL is zero defect and you need to inspect and test everything.

One of my recurrent dreams is the time I had to go to a certain large French company and explain to them that if they were only prepared to pay for 4% defect rate, it was no good complaining because about one percent of the units failed in the field. Though the engineers took me out to lunch because they were so pleased I had made their manager look an idiot in front of his boss.

El Reg talks to PornHub sister biz AgeID – and an indie pornographer – about age verification

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Re: Huge loophole?

If you have been keeping up with the news you will know that a lot of teachers, nurses and junior gradew civil servants are apparently having to make ends meet through sex work.

Back to basics indeed.

How AI can help halt human sex trafficking – by identifying victims' hotel rooms from pics

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They are already using AirBnB.

Oh cool, the Bluetooth 5.1 specification is out. Nice. *control-F* master-slave... 2,000 results

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"You normally concentrate on serious stuff, not nonsense like the terminology being used."

Unfortunately outside the STEM world an awful lot of people do just that. The technical term for them is "users", and nowadays we can't simply mark them as "Out of scope" and leave a trainer to pick up the pieces.

Amid polar vortex... Honeywell gets frosty reception after remote smart thermostat tech freezes up for a week

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Re: I admit to having a (not Honeywell) smart stat

What happens when you have your elderly relatives to stay in a Polar Vortex cold snap and you forget to give them the credentials before you go out for the day?

You come home and find all the radiators turned full up, that's what. Having worked out how to turn them on full, nobody can be bothered to turn them down again.

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Re: Cloud = held to ransom

The obvious question is why they don't drop back to local connection via your router. If I can run Google Translate and Google Maps offline, why can't I have a tiny server with the config asnd have the system default to that?

It would be quite wrong to suggest that the reason is something to do with slurping.

Tedious Service Bulletin: No prizes for guessing which UK bank's services are DOWN for business users

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Re: Calling Watson!

Too late for Facebook - Clegg has the job,

I did think of sending him a book by Daniel Pennac - in which the hero is appointed to the job of official scapegoat and gets shouted at and fired every time there's a foul up - but it occurred to me that he wouldn't have time to read it owing to having to spend so much time counting his money.

Sysadmin's three-line 'annoyance-buster' busts painstakingly crafted, crucial policy

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You leave skulls untouched? How very humane.

When it comes to gambling debts and things like that the Mafia rule is to break a leg because if you break fingers or skulls they won't be able to write the cheque.

Apple yoinks enterprise certs from Facebook, Google, killing internal apps, to show its power

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Re: Privacy and safety?

Apple were faced with the possibility that if they made the ban too long, FB and Google would retaliate by doing things to discourage people from buying iPhones, such as reducing functionality of iOS apps. A monopoly wouldn't apply where FB was concerned because there are many independent Android makers each with their own skin. It might apply to Google but by the time it came to court an entire phone refresh cycle would have elapsed and Apple's logo would have a much bigger bite out of it.

Oh dear! Amazon's facial recognition is racist and sexist – and there's a JLaw deep fake that will make you want to tear out your eyes

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Where to begin on your post? How is physics biased? It is what it is. If you show me an EM field that discriminates between black and white electrons, I'll pay attention.

The main problem with your post is anthropomorphism. "Nature" doesn't exist as an entity. You repeatedly anthropomorphise it. That's a view which had some kind of credibility up to about 1853, when an English clergyman put the kybosh on the idea of a God running the world and somehow supervising the arrangement of living things. Nowadays even the Catholic Church has to dance around the handbags a bit on the subject.

Organisms are not provided with equal opportunity - they exist in an ecosystem which is what it is, and they rise and fall according to "fitness" - how well they are able to make use of energy sources and reproduce. There is no "weeding out of the weak" because (a) there is nothing to do the weeding and (b) it doesn't work like that - the big dinosaurs included some pretty top level predators but a sudden attack of climate change drove them to extinction while the mice,voles, frogs and birds survived. Natural selection is merely a descriptive placeholder for a very complex phenomenon indeed, one which leads to wasps using caterpillars as living food for larvae - but the caterpillar population continues to exist because despite being predated by the "stronger" wasps, they are capable of outreproducing the wasp predation. The race is not always to the swift nor is the battle always to the strong.

It is misconceptions like yours that provide a lever for the Creationists, and you shouldn't repeat them.

Meanwhile, back on topic, and by contrast, Amazon, Facebook and the like do exist, they are commercial organisations supposed to function in societies which very properly have laws against discrimination, and they are failing to do so. Handwaving about a nonexistent posited entity behaving similarly is of no significance whatsoever.

Musk shows off the latest power plant for Starship, replaces Tesla CFO with a millennial

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Musk is right his CFO doesn't need it.

Degrees in psychology and forensic accountancy might be far more useful.

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