* Posts by EBG

64 posts • joined 7 Nov 2016


From Red Planet to deep into the red: Suicidal extrovert magnet Mars One finally implodes


Worrying that this is where we have to look in order to find official sanity in the world.

the Chinese government officially warned its citizens that it was a scam, and the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment issued a fatwa banning Muslims from taking part.

Crispest image yet of Ultima Thule arrives on Earth, but grab a coffee while the rest downloads



The Greek origin starting with "theta" seems clear, as that's always "th". Dunno why some decided it's "t" ?

So this is how that terrifying killer AI will end us... by pushing us down hospital wait lists?


Re: Heh it's Warwick

It's Universities, amigo. Or more correctly the funding bodies. The behaviours that they dictate at grant application time, and demands to spin Impact in ways that would make Alistar Campbell blush. This whole Reg post is archived for my " Confessions of a KE professional" book after I retire.

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers


any longer ...

Indian. Tata motors. Makes Prince P driving one ..... errrm ... ironic ?

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs


Re: The real solution

Agree. I've thought this is the best option for ages.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…


with all that data what exactly do you think they can do or do already ?

Don't assume the scenario is static. With many 100s bn $ at stake , failed advertising will seamlessly morph into increasing compulsion.

Silent night, social fight: Is Instagram the new Facebook for pro-Trump Russian propagandists?


Re: freedom and choice

Don't forget that Hitler was elected democratically by your standards.

Fine. Use that as an argument that the Germans can't be trusted with democracy if you really want to. But don't tell the rest of us that we have to give it up.

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget


OK, but why ....

...one-headed stupidity does occur in a vacuum. This is driven by the climate change / decarbonisation targets. Smart meters open the door to "demand management" - rationing, if you want a more traditional word. The targets are near impossible to meet, so the politicians are in no position to turn down anything that claims it can help meet them, irrrespective of the downsides.

Britain may not be able to fend off a determined cyber-attack, MPs warn


who, exactly ?

It is for government to be on top of this and regulate to restrict the use of technology for cost saving if it leaves the system wide open. .gov has gone down the oposite route and has swallowed the "digital economy" line totally and uncritically. It would help if the various regulators were brought back "in-house" and not at arms-length to government, so that there was direct accountability, not the current deniability.

EmDrive? More like BS drive: Physics-defying space engine flunks out


not really, IMO

The experimenal results before QM were much cleaner and gave multiple "signals" that Newtonian machanics had problems. You couldn't accout for the black body radiation curve. Once the nucleus-orbiting electron model replaced the current-bun model for the atom, it was a classically impossible system as the electrons would radiate and spiral in, etc.

Perfect timing for a two-bank TITSUP: Totally Inexcusable They've Stuffed Up Payday


oh and ...

... add a requirement that the IT is onshore.



Should be a condition of holdng a UK banking licence. And "proper" manned branches - not a line of self-service terminals.

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


Re: Sigh ...

Why "boderline" ?

BCC is hard, OK? Quite a lot of orgs blurted your email addresses in GDPR mailouts


Re: GDPR Happened?

Just got a spam from the European Commission. And another from .gov.uk

Britain to slash F-35 orders? Erm, no, scoffs Lockheed UK boss


Re: Are these the same aeroplanes that need servicing in Turkey?

Neo-Ottoman, I believe is the term.

'Computer algo' blamed for 450k UK women failing to receive breast screening invite


Re: Death by Computer

More likely the opposite. The drive to " digital railways" could replace tried and tested rail safety systems - fail-safe relay logic - with "IT standard" tech.

Don’t fight automation software for control, just turn it off. FAST


Re: I'll still be driving myself thanks.

Agree, HG,

I've been to a number these talks over the past few years. There is an unholy alliance of as-a-Service crony capitalists and we-know-best-we'll-tell-you-what-to-do public planners who have all the power to force this through.

An easy-breezy attitude to sharing personal data is the only thing keeping the app economy alive


Re: And that's exactly why...

"i would like to question if the value of this data is really worth the 1000's of billions these companies trade for"

The danger is that they will change the "business model" andextract this value by virtual compulsion.

2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations


eh ?

...that models molecular interactions. This sort of code uses Newtonian equations ...

If it does, that's their first mistake.

Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian


Re: You surrender your sovereignty with self-driving cars

This will possible with dynamic geo-fencing / kill switches, way before widespread self-driving.



If it's an inadequacy of the machine deep learning, it's not a software problem in the sense of a bug or a design error. That's where it gets tricky.

Pasties in SPAAAAACE: Cornwall hopes for slice of £50m spaceport cash


Re: "..located in the area around Newquay airport and Goonhilly..."

The word you are thinking if is " dreckly"

Full shift to electric vans would melt Royal Mail's London hub, MPs told


Re: Hmmm indead

What FBR legacy in place ? The programmes have all be shut down. What multi-bn companies ? They were all run by government research bodies.

You think running an MSR for "several years" in a research lab demonstrates operational viability ? It doesn't.

All with the patronising " do your homework". Sheesh !


Re: Hmmm indead

Probably an illustration of the (as near as matters) zero radiological risk when everything is operating to the regs. In practice, you could resolve what was radon and what was from the plant operations.


Re: "Either we solve the problem as a country or we cancel the ban on new ICE from 2040"

The real end goal for some in policy circles is to stop the plebs from being able to move about freely of their own accord.


Hmmm indead

I would happily live on a decommissioned NPP site. After the spent fuel has been shipped off to Sellafield. And after the 130 year decay time for the activated infrastructure to go to de-minimus.

You have 2 hazards. The radiation dose, which, as you say, is dominated by short lived isotopes. Also, fission product contamination which is all together a different thing. Think Pu - that's highly radio-toxic, and no - you can't easily detect it - it's alpha. Fission products BTW are vastly worse than DU.

The LOCA hazard is not just the steam explosion, although that has killed people. It's the fact that a lot of designs ( PWR being the obvious one ) then have a core meltdown in the absence of active safety measures being taken.

You can't just wave away the death toll at Chernobyl. Yes - the statistical deaths are over-stated. But many of those present in the response took a fuck of a dose, and it's bollocks to say they'd have survived with western medical treatment.

Molten salt systems were well examined decades ago. They don't work reliably. Other than the Soviet alpha class boats (which aside from acoustic noise, kept having solidification problems ) , no-one has built a second unit of any design. Just waving your hands about saying thorium / pebble bed / molten salt/ or whatever without saying why it'll work now when it didn't work then is no different from saying we'll all drive EV and just waving your hands about when asked about generation and transmission.

Hubble Space Telescope one of 16 suffering data-scrambling sensor error


Re: Expanding Universe

The entire need for dark matter/energy to fiddle the cosmological models back to reality was the result of a sensor glitch. I do like your thinking.

Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners


as Jean-Jacques once said

L'homme est né libre, et partout son 'digital self' est dans les fers.

No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft


just to it

I've used LibreOffice for years. If my colleagues have a problem with the files I send them, it's their problem, not mine.

The blockchain era is here but big biz, like most folk, hasn't a clue what to do with it


Eh ... ?

Did you really mean infinitesimal ?

Death notice: Moore’s Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018


will they ?

"The huge costs of Meltdown and Spectre - which no one can even guess at today - will make chip designers much more conservative in their performance innovations,"

Only if there is a serous business cost to Intel as the result of M&S, which at this point isn;t obvious ( at least to me ).

Destroying the city to save the robocar


great quote

.. from Pratt. I'll be using it frequently. Squares with everything I've ever heard from the actual control systems people, as against the hype merchants. And at last from some one who can't simply be dismissed with " it's the future, it's coming, get with the program, etc. "

UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration



The distortion of the output of studies procured by Government is now systemic. It's a slick, well oiled process. The rot started with privatisation and quangos. Previously, there was a scientific civil service, which included the precursors to Qinetic. Not perfect, by any means. But 1) there was a civil service ethic and 2) the minister was directly accountable to Parliament fo rthe civil service output.

Oh good. Transport for London gives Capita £80m for WAN, LAN and Wi-Fi


not the idea

It's not being set up for the user benefit.

Three useless UK.gov 'catapults' put in Last Chance Saloon


Nope. it woud lhave to run on the UK gauge.


not what it was set up to do

It was intended as a replacement for the translation research laboratories that went post privatisation. it does the job very badly, But tit's very much outside its remit to sort specific transpor infrastructure investments.

Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange


Re: Hashtag

My immediate thought as well. In the end, we'll be presented with a partitioned ecosystem.

Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe



It starts with the big boys, but will then trickle down. Some of the rule is Greece as the result of their financial crisis - applying to personal spend as well as small business are mind-blowing

Kill animals and destroy property before hurting humans, Germany tells future self-driving cars


really ?

So the AC control system is gong to be perfect - just like the rest of IT.

Don't panic, but your Bitcoins may just vanish into the ether next month


yes ..... but....

Something people overlook when talking about the hard limit on the number of bitcoins. It locks the equivalent of the M0 money supply. However, the money supply for covenional currencies is detirmined by M1 upwards, i.e. by credit. It can't be impossible to create a bitcoin credit system which will by-pass the M0 supply limit.

Zero accidents, all of your data – what The Reg learnt at Bosch's autonomous car bash


Re: Zero accidents?

Agree the AV bubble will burst. But you then have a lot of tech., geolocation, auto-computer actuation of handbrake , stop/start, lane control etc. Put this with MaaS, surge-pricing road useage. Whatever. The investment will be got back, and not in ways that are necessarily good for car owners.

BTW - Guardian just reported that RAC found only 5% of motorists want AVs. This isn;t being done on the basis of motorist's demands.



It would stop others knowing if you have broken the limit. Anyone thinking this is only about monetisation, and that state support for CAV is not about control isn't thinking hard enough.

For the 1st time in non-specialist media, I noticed The Mail floating geo-fencing for hired cars/vans re. "terrorist" protection. Edge. Wedge. Thin end of.

Also, re. opt-outs. The last hire car I had booted with "you have OK'd data sharing". We all know how this goes. Disabling buried 8 layers deep in the most un-obvious location in menues. Re-set and moved to a different place on every auto-firmware-update-download.

Banking websites are 'littered with trackers' ogling your credit risk


telephone banking

Without naming them, probably the longest established name. My experience - nearly 30 years with them, great service, zero problems. Seriously, why internet bank in the first place ?

Mozilla to Thunderbird: You can stay here and we may give you cash, but as a couple, it's over



I use TB, IMAP synchro'ed to work and personal gmails. With a selection of add-ons. Dunno what I would do without it.

Regulate This! Time to subject algorithms to our laws


for a start

Hold corporations accountable for their actions, whether generated by human, or by algos ( or a bit of both ).

I.e. ** enforce existing law **.

I had a months long battle with Talk Talk. They sent threatening letters that I could not easily reply to (they instructed me to phone a premium line). Couldn't easily reply, as they did not list the registerd address on the communications. This is against the law, and if it is being done routinely by a major company, it really should be absolute no-brainer for goverment to prosecute punitiavely. Why isn't that happening !?


Re: what...

Differential pricing based on the customer as a variable, rather than being routed in the cost of product variation, should be illegal. E.g if we want to subsidise OAPs' travel, up their pensions and let them make choices. A big threat comes from the degradation of the fundamentals of money and un-impeded, non-discriminatory choice as to how we use our money once we have earned it.

Riddle of cannibal black hole pairs solved ... nearly: Astroboffins explain all to El Reg


ermm .... to be fair

The g-wave data is giving you a handful of scalar values - the massas of the 2 BH. Plus... dunno... angular momentum and spins,, charge ?? And the frequecy of hese events, over the years, once we get more hits.

Constructing a model of the stellar formation and relative motions will be vastly underconstrained .. i.e. they could come up with any array of scenarios matching a few experimentally known parameters. A la Popper - how robustly will their theory be tested. Maybe predicting the . But typically, papers of this type will be followed by more papers of this type, all tweaked as the g-wave data trickles though. So, no hard target prediction for robust testing.

Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash


and then ..

How will you stop this, once non-AV cars are banned and the only way you can order up your transport is via Home or similar ?

Dark matter drought hits older galaxies: Boffins are, rightly, baffled


Next Question ?

HTF are you going to "grind up" a neutron star, given that it's the most tighty gravitiationally bound class of object in the universe after a black hole ?

UK.gov gears up for IR35 private sector crackdown – say industry folk


Re: The UK Tax system is no longer fit for purpose.

VAT is of course, an EU mandated tax. First luanched inthe run-in to the UK's accession.


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