* Posts by Red Ted

43 posts • joined 10 Mar 2017

50 years ago: Apollo 10 takes an unplanned spin above the lunar surface – and sh!t gets sweary

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Charlie Brown at the London Science Museum

Having looked at it a number of times, it really does look like something that has hurtled through the atmosphere at incredible speeds.

To have been inside it when it did definitely required balls of steel!

Nest tosses £1.5bn pension admin service agreement out there for outsourcers to fight over

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FAIL

Another government IT outsourcing project?

I can see where this is heading already....

Japan on track to start testing Alfa-X, fastest train in the world with top speed of 400kph

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Re: When 'testing' you can go as fast as you dare

Trains aren't able to stop in the distance that they can see ahead. That's why they have signals that display more information than stop/go.

It's road traffic that's meant to be driven in a manner that allows you to stop in the distance you can see ahead.

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When 'testing' you can go as fast as you dare

The French LGV Est set the world rail speed record for a wheel-driven train of 574.8kph (356mph) in April 2007.

'Software delivered to Boeing' now blamed for 737 Max warning fiasco

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Re: And now we get to the ...

I think they went to VW after working at Google on the WiFi sniffer in the Street View cars....

Woke up on Wednesday, expecting a SpaceX launch? Surprise! It got postponed

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Space walks

"Back then it took four spacewalks to connect up the 13.5 ton component, with an astronaut hanging off the end of the ISS's Canadarm2 for the first time while another worked as a 'free floater'"

Was it just me, or did anyone else think of Lemmings at that point?

Oh no --->

Town admits 'a poor decision was made' after baseball field set on fire to 'dry' it more quickly

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Jet engine dryer

I recall that the Santa Pod Raceway has a jet engine mounted on a trailer with a cowl that directs the exhaust down so as they can dry the track before a race!

FYI: You could make Tesla's Autopilot swerve into traffic with a few stickers on the road

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ECU hack sound like the Jeep one a few years ago

Manipulating the infotaiment system to obtain access to the ECU: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/21/jeep_patch/

If this could have been controlled over the cellular network (3G is mentioned in the article) then it could have been a completely remote attack. Send the mark a crafted email to follow a malicious link, they click on it whilst in the car and it then exploits the infotainment system to talk to the ECU and provide a connection back to the attacker?

Apple's revamped iPad beams a workhorse in from Planet Ludicrous

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The Pencil needs charging?

and costs £89!

It puts the NASA Space Pen in to perspective.

Boeing... Boeing... Gone: Canada, America finally ground 737 Max jets as they await anti-death-crash software patches

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Re: More of this to come

In the automotive world the deaths happen in ones and twos, in aviation when something goes wrong more than a few hundred feet off the ground there is really only one likely outcome for all the people on board.

Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut

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When changing bearings

I have indelible (note: not fond!) memories of changing wheel bearings on various motorcycles, and always reading the line "Tap out the bearings with a suitable sized drift" with a sense of foreboding as it was now Sunday afternoon and I needed the machine to get me to work on Monday.

Boffin: Dump hardware number generators for encryption and instead look within

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FAIL

Very platform dependant

On a number of configurations of embedded systems this will product no entropy at all.

"HWRNGs are, by nature, black boxes, unauditable, and untrustworthy, so they're out,"

I think he will find that there are auditable tests that can prove to your chosen level how random a HWRNG actually is.

Working Apple-1 retro fossil auctioned off to mystery bidder for $375,000

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If you want a flash-back moment try the RC2014

I built one recently with my daughter (she did most of the soldering too). It was great and I can now show her what all the parts of a computer are, without having to pry open the iPad!

If you have to simulate a phishing attack on your org, at least try to get something useful from it

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Expect a Who Me? column soon

Who, Me? It's that time of the week again, where Reg readers 'fess up to IT errors and jokes that went awry, in the hope of some catharsis.

Google unwraps its gateway drug: Edge TPU chips for IoT AI code

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Terminator

Don't be afraid

... be very very frightened!

Declassified files reveal how pre-WW2 Brits smashed Russian crypto

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Devaluation of the Ruble

No, it it's basic economics that printing more currency will devalue it

That's the ruble that Comrade Lenin specified the value of?

Also in an economy the size of the USSR, you'd need a lot of extra bank notes to reduce it by much, so as long as you kept the numbers low relative the amount of money in circulation it wouldn't have much effect, but you could still be very very rich.

Windows 10 IoT Core Services unleashed to public preview

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Re: 'Perhaps MS can assume this role, if they can be trusted with it'

There is court evidence of MS making Windows V3 throw odd errors if you installed it on Digital Research DR-DOS instead of MS-DOS.

'Plane Hacker' Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!

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Re: "Aren't they then driving without insurance?"

I really would not recommend driving much on "3rd Party Only" insurance.

It's a useful arrangement to allow you to get out of a logistical fix, but if you pang it, you're liable for the full cost of the damage to the car.

Not OK Google: Massive outage turns smart home kit utterly dumb

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Re: Hahahaha

You are Zaphod Beeblebrox and I collect my five altairian dollars.

Capture your late-night handbrake turns with this 'autonomous' car-chasing camera drone

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Re: A petrolhead selfie stick

Ah, like the President of the Japanese Ferrari Owners Club, who filmed himself driving his Ferrari at speeds significantly above the posted speed limits and then sold copies of the video. The police purchased a copy of the video and used it as evidence for his subsequent prosecution!

RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

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Re: "as a secured creditor"

Exactly.

It's not in PWC interest to recover the company, as they'll get more money out of managing the administration. Their bills will be first in the queue to be settled when they try to pay off some of the debt.

Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business

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Re: PWC is managing the process, we are told.

The issue is that when the company goes in to administration, those administrators will be PWC. When the administrators start paying off company's debts, first in the queue is the administrators bill, lo and behold that is PWC.

So it's in PWC's interest for the company to go in to administration, as they'll earn more money that way.

Boffins use inkjets to print explosives

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Four PhD Supervisors?

Ms Murray has my sympathies, all the students I knew with two supervisors spent signifiant amounts of time with one contradicting the other.

I predict an exponential increase in this problem with each extra supervisor! She may need a bunch of this --->

Thermite is one of my favourites as a civilian application of explosives, for example welding railway rails together.

Checkmate: DeepMind's AlphaZero AI clobbered rival chess app on non-level playing, er, board

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Painting oneself in the best possible light

As with any research activity, it is to the benefit of the researchers to paint themselves in the best possible light. This then gets headlines for them and their funding body.

Always the devil is in the detail.

The same applies to the research that leads to "Cure for cancer found" headlines.

'DJI Mavic' drone seen menacing London City airliner after takeoff

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Re: Ban the lot of them

While we're at it, ban birds too.

The US Airways Flight 1549 that landed on the Hudson was brought down by a bird-strike, and that one of the least catastrophic ones.

Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

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Like calling yourself an architect in the UK

Technically you cannot call yourself an architect in the UK without being a registered with the ARB.

From their website: "Under Section 20 of the Architects Act 1997, the title ‘architect’ is protected. It can only be used in business or practice by someone who has had the education, training and experience needed to become an architect, and who is registered with us."

Used iPhone Safari in 2011-12? You might qualify for Google bucks

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Just iPhones?

or would this include any of the iOS Safari devices such as iPod Touch and iPad?

Open-source defenders turn on each other in 'bizarre' trademark fight sparked by GPL fall out

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WTF?

Oh good grief!

L. T. cannot really have said "They would destroy all the goodwill we've built up over the years by being nice."

He is only as nice as <insert your favourite dictator here>. He is nice, as long as you agree with him. He is very, very clever, but not nice. You can't make a statement like that and not include yourself in the "we".

NASA reconfirms 2019 will see first launch of Space Launch System

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Oh that Orion spaceship

I was hoping for a proper Orion Class spaceship and none of this messing about with chemical rockets...

Hubble catches a glimpse WASP-12b, an almost pitch-black exoplanet

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Re: Evidence?

Perhaps it is their Stunt-Ship waiting in orbit for the start of the concert?

MPs accuse Amazon and eBay of profiteering from VAT fraudsters

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WTF?

So let me get this straight

So not only is this multinational that uses complicated (but legal) tax avoidance techniques to reduce its own tax bill, it is also assisting other traders to avoid tax too (possibly illegally)?

'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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Unhappy

What is wrong with abreviations these days?

Internet of Things ought to be IT, but presumably the twonk who though the name up didn't want it confused with Information Technology...

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers is the IEEE, not the IoEaEE.

'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

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Who gets the fuel savings?

The idea, I presume, is that if you can run multiple lorries close together (using wireless to link the speed control) the first lorry is doing all the hard work of cutting a hole though the air, and the others then have lower drag.

So there won't be a fuel saving for the first one and unless all the lorries belong to the same company there will be desire not to be the one at the front (I'll leave the reader to imagine how that one plays out on the motorway).

If they all do belong to the same company, implying that a company sends multiple 44t HGVs along the same route at the same time, shouldn't they be investigating rail freight?

Lottery-hacking sysadmin's unlucky number comes up: 25 years in the slammer

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Re: No code review??

NS&I are now on ERNIE MK4.

The introduction of Premium Bonds was overseen by the then Post Master General Ernest Marples, whose honours include: Conflicts of Interest as an MP (he was a partner in a civil engineering firm winning contracts from the Government), Commissioning of the Beeching Report and a snap decision to take a holiday in Monaco after he realised the Tax Man was on to him.

One thought equivalent to less than a single proton in mass

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Original thought

Would it have to be an original thought to have mass?

Thus as the sum of human knowledge increases, it becomes less likely to have an original thought.

So perhaps thoughts gain mass as time goes on. To know everything would require more mass than exists in the universe, perhaps?

Murdoch's £11.7bn Sky takeover referred to competition regulator

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Re: Culture secretary Karen Bradley

"...I've just had an unhappy love affair, and don't see why anyone else should have a good time"!

Move over, Stuxnet: Industroyer malware linked to Kiev blackouts

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Cyber Squirrel

I'm still more worried about some dumb animals bring down my power supplies: http://cybersquirrel1.com/

BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

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Re: Electrical Interlocks

Indeed, all the backup systems I have worked with have both electrical and mechanical locks to prevent this happening. It's a Very Bad Thing (TM).

I have seen a photo of what happens if you connect 1MW of diesel gen-set to the grid without syncing the phase. The result is that the stator (there's a clue in the name) rotates by the phase difference.

The radio environment is noisy – so use the noise as a carrier for signals

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Who paid to radiate that energy in the first place?

The main flaw I can see with this is that you are absorbing radiation that someone has possibly spent a lot of money get in to the air, be that an FM Transmitter or a Cellular Base Station, both of which require expensive licenses and cost money to run.

If you had a bunch of these devices in some houses close to a cell tower you would cast a radio shadow that would spoil the apparent coverage of that cell. I can't imagine that the owner of the cell tower is going to be too impressed.

Londoners will be trialling driverless cars in pedestrianised area

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Joke

I've spotted a new game...

"...as well as carrying out emergency stops if somebody steps out in front of it."

So the challenge is if can you make the passengers fall off their seats, or at least spill their coffees, if you suddenly step in front of it.. The game might need to of you, one to screen the other, so they can then leap out unexpectedly!

Cambridge wheels out latest smart city platform, ready for devs

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Finding a problem to solve?

"Examples suggested by the Smart Cambridge organisation include predicting bus arrival times"

I think they'll find that a majority of bus stops in Cambridge already have led-matrix displays indicating the next bus arrival time, and have done for some years.

Carnegie-Mellon Uni emits 'don't be stupid' list for C++ developers

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To quote Bjarne Stroustrup

C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do it blows your whole leg off.

Look! Up in the sky! Is it a drone? Is it a car? It's both, crossed with Uber

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Brave New World

I recall A. Huxley's Brave New World had personal helicopters, I wonder why I am suddenly reminded of this.

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