* Posts by Anonymous Coward

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All-electric plane makes first flight – while lugging 2 tons of batteries aloft

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Re: Compulsory El Reg commentary moan

Nobody claimed that it was a closed system or that you could recover 100% of the energy.

The simple fact remains that an electric motor being spun from an external force generates electricity, so a plane descending can recover some charge (maybe 10%, but that's still 10% that doesn't need topping up on the ground)

An ICE cannot generate more fuel under any circumstances (oil seeping through into the fuel doesn't count!)

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Re: Compulsory El Reg commentary moan

Which hints at the big advantage of electric propulsion... when you don't need to push, you can run the system in reverse and generate electricity to (partially) recharge the batteries. With combustion fuels you don't stand much chance of creating more fuel. (Except possibly hydrogen...)

'Beyond stupid': Linus Torvalds trashes 5.8 Linux kernel patch over opt-in Intel CPU bug mitigation

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Re: There must be a simpler fix...

So instead of writing a series of zeroes to the cache, you intend to read the cache, run it through an encryption algorithm and write it back.

Which do you think would be quicker? And even the quick solution is too slow for context switching.

Building society caught in middle of high street sharing a little too much on TeamViewer

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Paris Hilton

Re: TeamViewer....

TeamViewer's biggest use (I thought anyway) is to allow a technician to access a user's PC... from experience, any additional "and now you need to click on this button" is enough to fluster users to the point of not being able to provide the info that you need.

Watch an oblivious Tesla Model 3 smash into an overturned truck on a highway 'while under Autopilot'

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Re: This is a driver assist not an autopilot !

Autopilot is exactly a driver/pilot assist technology. No more, no less.

In aviation terms, an autopilot will follow a heading at a set altitude until it is told otherwise (whether direct pilot input or a trigger from a pre-planned route). Aviation autopilots will also happily fly into another plane in their path if there is one (unless augmented with other systems, but it's then not just an autopilot).

I'm sure they would also fly straight into an overturned truck floating in their flight path.

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Big Brother

Re: Radar does have issues with recognizing stationary things

Equally a bridge/flyover going over the road that you're on, especially when your road dips to go under it. To a human it's quite clear that you're not going to smash into the bridge but to radar/lidar it's not so clear.

That's why they generally ignore big stationary objects.

SpaceX Crew Dragon docks at International Space Station

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Re: Correct me if I’m wrong

I'm sure many have been designed in that time; it's just that very few have actually been built, even fewer tested and just this one actually used.

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Re: this is only half the trip

Landing is MUCH easier.

Going up involves controlling a massive explosion and directing it appropriately. Coming down has gravity doing most of the work and they just have to control the direction.

So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise

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Re: Ah, customers.

Those who can, do.

Those who can't, teach.

Those who can't teach, teach PE.

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Mushroom

Re: Load?

Test two of them at the same time, connected to each other, out of phase.

Gone in 9 seconds: Virgin Orbit's maiden rocket flight went perfectly until it didn't

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Holmes

Re: Oh. Again?

Which is exactly why they're looking at Newquay in Cornwall.

Sticking 500kg on a train to Cornwall vs the risks associated with launching near London; the train will win. Airport fees will likely be considerably cheaper too, and easier to schedule.

Twitter ticks off Trump with new 'Get the facts' alert on pair of fact-challenged tweets

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Megaphone

Re: Come on Twitter

In other words: you're free to speak, but I'm free to ignore you and not repeat it for you.

If someone could stop hackers pwning medical systems right now, that would be cool, say Red Cross and friends

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Re: The obvious solution to the obvious problem

Medical devices, like their remote access server? You know, that think that facilitates working from home for a significant proportion of the staff; those doing admin things such as ordering meds, PPE, etc or completing other 'paper'work.

Yeah, I can see how they shouldn't have any form of internet connection for that.

Record-breaking Aussie boffins send 44.2 terabits a second screaming down 75km of fiber from single chip

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Holmes

Re: DWDM on a chip

Left nostril

Runaway Latvian drone found meditating in tree after shutting down nation's skies

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Holmes

A couple of starting points:

Aerial arborialist.

Unmanned tree detector.

Das reboot: That's the only thing to do when the screenshot, er, freezes

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Re: Seriously though...

I suspect you've been in this game a similar amount of time to me.

I've taken to darkening most of the image, just leaving the target item bright. so instructions that say 'click this button' will highlight the button and dull the context.

Users really are dumb sometimes.

Railway cables overpowered errant drone's compass and flung it back to terra firma

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Unless they were sufficiently spaced that the localised magnetic field deviated enough between them to register a difference.

But I agree, it wouldn't have saved the craft; better software could have done.

Microsoft announces official Windows package manager. 'Not a package manager' users snap back

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Re: One software manager to rule them all!

Shared libraries are not about minimising disk space.

When a vulnerability is discovered in a library (say, jpeg parsing) you can update that library once and be done rather than having to wait for every app vendor to update their app and then installing each and every one of those. Better not miss one or you'll still be vulnerable.

OnePlus to disable camera colour feature with pervy tendencies in latest flagship smartphone

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Re: Some materials are see through in infrared

That's the difference between near-IR and far-IR... which is why an IR camera is a very different beast (and price) to a thermal camera.

No, it won't make any significant difference.

Attorney General: We didn't need Apple to crack terrorist's iPhones – tho we still want iGiant to do it in future

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Re: Exactly.

ROT14 with an extended alphabet - say an extra 2 glyphs?

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

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Re: Only way

I never had a problem with STARTing the shutdown sequence. I then leave the computer to complete it. With the advent of ACPI, it will even power itself off (well, near enough)

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Big Brother

"Still, better than pitching up in person, glimpsing a browser history"

Sister in law. Midget porn collection.

Micros~1? ClippyZilla? BSOD Bob? There can be only one winner. Or maybe two

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Joke

Re: Micros~1

I thought Micro~1 was Microshaft and Micro~2 was Microsoft ???

Mad dash for webcams with surge in videoconferencing has turned out rather nicely for Logitech

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Happy

I'm currently using a ~11 year old Pro 2400 set. Some of the legends are wearing off and the wrist-rest is shiny, but otherwise it has been flawless. Keyboard batteries last 12 months, mouse ones 6.

I haven't installed the logitech software though - distant memories remind me that it's annoying and experience says that it's not needed anyway.

It is unclear why something designed to pump fuel into a car needs an ad-spewing computer strapped to it, but here we are

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Re: Huh?

My current car has such a bracket, but my previous car had such a discreet arrangement that I didn't notice for about 2 years - the fuel cap had a couple of notches in the side, allowing it to perch atop the flap. It was also tethered so couldn't be removed entirely. A brilliant bit of design, masked by the fact that nobody knew about it - I told several other owners of similar cars who all responded with "wow, never knew that!"

Prior to that car though, there was no such arrangement. The cap either got placed on the pump, or on the car roof. I never had a problem with that either.

Behold: The ghastly, preening, lesser-spotted Incredible Bullsh*tting Customer

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Re: Yes the users are bad

I often get "and then some numbers"

Yes, those numbers are the error code and will point me at the exact error. That's the only really useful bit of the message, not something to be skipped over.

Go on, hit Reply All. We dare you. We double dare you. Because Office 365 will defeat your server-slamming ways

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Re: Bad Solution

If it's that important to send the original message, use the BCC field. That's what it's there for.

Tesla sued over Tokyo biker's death in 'dozing driver' Autopilot crash

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Holmes

GunsTeslas don't kill people, people kill people.

International space station connects 100Mbps symmetric space laser ethernet using Sony optical disc tech

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Firing lasers at the ISS?? I sure hope they've set them to 'stun' otherwise they might blow it up.

Vodafone issues a stay of execution for Demon domain hold-outs

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Re: Blast from the past

Threaten them with GDPR to get them to remove all traces of your old number. It's amazing what they can discover when faced with such legislation!

Assange should be furloughed from Belmarsh prison, says human rights org. Here's a thought: He could stay with friends!

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Re: Sure...

He is such a major flight risk that he cannot be released on furlough or similar.

But if he's that worried about contracting covid-19, there's another way to keep him safe... solitary confinement. If he has zero contact with any other living creature, the risk of contracting it are significantly reduced to the point of elimination.

SpaceX's Elon Musk high on success after counting '420' Starlinks in orbit and Frosty the Starship survives cryo test

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Re: This may be a really obvious question.

"monthly bills on this link are going to be pretty high"

The word you're looking for is "astronomical"

Getting a pizza the action, AS/400 style

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Boffin

Re: "Hopefully he also added a bit of text along the lines"

And this is why I have $? as part of my shell prompt. Knowing the return code (roughly similar to errorlevel for you DOS-junkies) is incredibly useful.

Intelsat orbital comms satellite is back online after first robo-recovery mounting and tug job gets it back into position

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Alien

Re: Satelite designers missed a trick

Boosting that fuel has a cost, and the risk of it leaking is high.

It would also be difficult to haul enough fuel for multiple satellites.

If you're sending up a purely refuelling rig, you may as well send up a complete new bird to benefit from other technological advances.

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Perfectly readable, very strong, but I don't like your tone :-p

Cloudflare outage caused by techie pulling out the wrong cables

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Re: Cables with labels on

"Hand me a 0.5m turquoise patch cable"

"We haven't got any. You can have either a 10m turquoise or a 0.5m blue"

"Fuck it, give me the blue one. We'll order more turquoise later."

And was thus forever more.

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Paris Hilton

Re: Cables with labels on

Or has been intentionally moved to an adjacent port "temporarily" and that has become permanent, but because it was only temporary initially, the label remained.

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

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Big Brother

Re: Re Cycle Wheels

Lycra. Indeed, it's prohibited on a mountain bike. That's rule #18

Velominati - the rules

Apple: We respect your privacy so much we've revealed a little about what we can track when you use Maps

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Re: Week days

Indeed, I once drove all the way across the country to a rented cottage that we hadn't seen before, purely on intuition. My parents made the same journey at the same time but using sat-nav (we were coming back at different times hence needing both cars).

I arrived almost 2 hours before them.

Sat-nav has its uses, but is not always the right solution.

Anyway, back to the topic... from what I've witnessed, public transport is pretty much empty at the moment. A friend commutes by train (to a hospital) - normally it's standing room only and getting friendly, but the last 2 weeks she has had three whole carriages to herself.

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Week days

It looks to me like there used to be peaks associated with weekends, but now there are troughs at the weekend. That implies that it is now being used for work related travel more than leisure, which is a good thing.

Well, kind of. I mean how many people are going to get lost on their way to work, or end up on an airport runway?

Consumer reviewer Which? finds CAN bus ports on Ford and VW, starts yelling 'Security! We have a problem...'

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Re: Who needs access to CAN to change tyre status

My car (of German origin) has a tyre pressure monitoring system that relies on the ABS sensors and looks at comparative differences on wheel rotation - a soft/flat tyre has a smaller circumference and thus will spin quicker.

That struck me as a very clever implementation, but it does mean that you need to drive some distance to get reliable data, because going around corners has a similar effect on rotational speeds.

My experience has shown that it alerts me to a soft tyre at around the same time as I notice it, maybe before. A proper flat however I noticed a long time before it alerted me (I kept going, slowly, another mile because there was nowhere safe to stop on that bit of road)

Microsoft prevents Domain of Danger from falling into miscreants' paws by forking out cash for corp.com

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I've done the whole AD-within-registered-domain a lot. And some of those businesses have then decided to change their company (or 'trading as') name and thus register a new domain, redirecting the website etc. It plays havoc with the AD setup. Having a unique domain for the AD saves a lot of hassle in those situations.

I don't believe there is any one 'best' arrangement to cover all situations.

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again

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The UK FM band is the same as pretty much everywhere in the world; 88-108MHz

DAB is around 220MHz, so nowhere near GHz. It even still counts as VHF.

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much

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Boffin

Re: Wear face protection?

While we're on the subject, the US recommendation is 6ft separation whereas in the UK it's 2m. That extra 17cm might make all the difference, so perhaps we should err on the side of caution and go with the 2m one?

For reference, 6ft is about 13 linguine; 2m is a smidge over 14

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots

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Re: Windows Server 2000

I'm more concerned about the bootloader and RAID controller than the power supply. I have spare power supplies but it's a bit trickier to have a spare bootloader to plug in (especially on a headless server)

NASA's classic worm logo returns for first all-American trip to ISS in years: Are you a meatball or a squiggly fan?

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Alien

Re: I'm a fan of meatball and spaghetti

Exactly. It's not a worm, it's a noodle. in homage to His almighty noodliness

Cloudflare is over the moon because its pro-privacy 1.1.1.1 DNS service got a clean bill of health from everyone's favorite auditor – KPMG

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Re: 8.8.4.4

I was only remarking that 8.8.8.8 is mentioned in the article but not its counterpart.

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Childcatcher

Poor old 8.8.4.4, overlooked again.

P.S. dig dns.google TXT +short

Official: Office 365 Personal, Home axed next month... and replaced by Microsoft 365 cloud subscriptions

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Alien

Re: Aduntgeddit

Indeed, the AI won't be on your machine. It'll be in the cloud somewhere.

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2

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Paris Hilton

4. What about people who think that a question should end with a question-mark?

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