* Posts by RPF

138 posts • joined 11 Mar 2009


GCHQ's cyber arm report on Huawei said to be burning hole through UK.gov desks


Re: WTF ....... Is the service demented and infiltrated?

Stuff like WMD in Iraq, you mean?

Beijing's tightening grip on Hong Kong could put region's future as an up-and-coming tech hub in jeopardy


Re: "won't change Hong Kong or threaten its residents"

Thing is, it even threatens non-residents, if they ever visit China (or Hong Kong, which is clearly the same thing now)


Re: Welcome....

The shills are really out in force today.


Re: "we need clarity on what the laws will involve before we can decide anything"

The last person hanged for treason in the UK was Lord Haw Haw in 1946.


Re: "we need clarity on what the laws will involve before we can decide anything"

Good explanation here of the original bill:


"Hong Kong’s leader would start and finally approve an extradition following a request from a foreign jurisdiction but only after court hearings, including any possible appeals. However, the bill removes Legislative Council oversight of extradition arrangements." and there was the problem: all HKG Chief Executives are appointed by Beijing.

What they have now is far, far worse and I do think Hong Kong is in for a seriously rough time.

India bans 59 apps it says have privacy, national security problems. In a massive coincidence, they’re all Chinese


Re: !!! :O TikTok

Am sharing that far and wide!

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


Re: Flip

You clearly haven't seen Chinese driving before :-)

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party


We definitely also had nuclear depth charges.

UK data watchdog slaps a £500,000 fine on Cathay Pacific for 2018 9.4m customer data leak


Re: No!

They do, but the directors are pretty much IT-illiterate. I'm sure that's something most guys here have heard of before!

One was found to have been accessing the mainframe via Starbucks wi-fi (no VPN, obvs) once...... ...and they never, ever spend on IT if they can help it.

Whirlybird-driving infosec boss fined after ranty Blackpool Airport air traffic control antics


Re: Contrary view

There was almost certainly no hand-over to wait for. Blackpool ATZ is surrounded by uncontrolled airspace.

Yay! The ozone layer hole the smallest it's ever been seen. That's not necessarily good...


Re: Yet the weather is still getting worse, not better

Milk has a carcinogen in it, casein.


Also the calcium "benefits" of milk are bogus: the body stops producing calcium when milk is consumed and then later in life, if you stop drinking it, your bones become brittle. Hip-fracture rates in old people in the West are actually higher than same age group in China.

Perhaps giving milk to kids wasn't such a great idea after all?

US govt watchdog barks at FAA over 737 Max inspectors' lack of qualifications


Re: Boeing needs to split

Much of the best bits in more modern Boeings were designed by McD-D engineers.

Brit MPs: Our policies are crap and the political process is in tatters, but it's Twitter's fault, OK?


Re: I think the operative word is 'short'

Citation needed on those short positions.

Auditors bemoan time it takes for privatised RAF pilot training to produce combat-ready aviators


Re: Not just flying

Sounds about right. Military service should not be civilianised.


Non-winged non-master race

Are the "Non-winged non-master race" bitter much, then? They used to be called "blunts", because that's the end of the wedge they inhabited on contemporary recruitment posters; they loved that so much!

Prior to out-sourcing, guys had their fast-jet wings within 2.5 years of joining, with around 200 more hours of jet time than now, all in the company of RAF pilots. The examples set made indelible and indispensable impressions on the yoof students. Front-line could be as little as 9 months after that.

7 years is utterly crackers. Even the youngest joiners would be 26 by the time they get to the squadrons, missing out on years of talent/fearless of extreme youth.

Stuffing your MacBook Pro in a ziplock bag before a flight ain't gonna cut it, say Feds


Re: Certificate Required?

These are called "excepted Dangerous Goods" in the business. They're allowed in the hold just fine, but it is better if they're with you for monitoring (and not getting stolen).

Off somewhere nice on holibobs? Not if you're flying British Airways: IT 'systems issue' smacks UK airports once again


Re: Hmmmmm

You cannot be fined or sacked for striking legally in the UK.

US border cops' secret racist Facebook group a total disgrace, says patrol chief. She should know, she was a member


Re: Provost

She just needs to marry someone called "Marshall" now.

Take my bits awaaaay: DARPA wants to develop AI fighter program to augment human pilots


Re: Visual Range Dogfights... a question for any air force experts out there...

Yes they are. Its very rare to be allowed to shoot without a visual ID, for instance. By which time the fight is probably well and truly "on".


Re: Only reason they are keeping pilots in the mix

Humans aren't stupid; they'll learn from your (unlikely, frankly) scenario and adapt and win. That's why humans are still in the mix.

Yes suicide drones would be a PITA, but they're not unbeatable. Using decoys and sacrificial drones would be an easy and effective counter.

Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands


Re: Aircraft autopilot ... terrain-following radar to avoid collisions.

SOME ex-military pilots. Not ALL.

Apple's dark-horse macOS Mojave is out (and it's already pwned)


Re: No rush

Good advice.

First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum


Re: "...51,416 hours gracing the skies..." / 24 years = 25%

Highest utilisation I've ever seen is CPA A340 fleet: 21.3 hours/day one particular year.


The 747 wing never failed at all in this test!

No, no, you're all wrong. That's not a Kremlin agent. It's someone with 'inauthentic behavior'


So "inauthentic users" are on the Reg, too (AC about "impossible photo").

Stop us if you've heard this one: Adobe Flash gets emergency patch for zero-day exploit


To El Reg:

Really enjoyed the headline, thanks. Made I larf!

Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet


Re: made an emergency landing, .....

Actually FCU failure/departure is a major problem on an Airbus, actually; an incredible number of systems need to know what you're doing to the aircraft, in order to work properly (e.g. pressurisation, autothrottles, autopilot, fuel-management, lift-dump, auto-brakes, etc, etc.)

"Rather uncomfortable" is one hell of a euphemism for what would have been a frankly hideous nightmare of a day at the office.

I'm not exactly a huge fan-boy of Asian pilots generally, but this was bloody a case of bloody good piloting skills and airmanship. Chapeau to the Captain.



Asiana (or any Korean airline, to be frank) are definitely one(s) to avoid.

Openreach consults on shift of 16 MEEELLION phone lines to VoIP by 2025


So which quango/ineptocracy will make BT liable for recycling/disposing of all the old phone handsets (30 million or so, maybe) that will be made obsolete by this, I wonder?

Microsoft programming chief to devs: Tell us where Windows hurt you


I think this could be a loooooooong thread!

MacBook Pro petition begs Apple for total recall of krap keyboards


Re: So far so good

Not exactly filling me desire to modernise mine.....


@tokyo-octopus Am in exactly the same boat (and trackpad the same). SSD and memory do help. New laptops looks like chintzy crap, frankly; most disappointing.

Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...


Re: There is an issue with obsolete, unsigned .kexts

Interesting. My 2011 iMac became un-bootable (re-install needed via System Recovery) after I changed the Firewall PF settings using Murus (and re-booted to make effective).

Never seen this before in almost 20 years of using Apple desktops/laptops daily.

Airbus warns it could quit A380 production


Re: Another happy traveller

Malaysian also lost 2 airliners in one year (2016).......from a pretty small fleet.

No amount of lounge refurbishment should make you forget that.

Hackers' delight: Mobile bank app security flaw could have smacked millions


Yet another reason to go nowhere near such apps.

Once again, UK doesn't rule out buying F-35A fighter jets



This is about the RAF getting F-35s for their tasks (e.g. long-range interdiction), not the RN's needs.


Re: Why go totally F-35?

No way its take-off run would triple.

Plus you're thinking still-wind distances. A 30-knot carrier steaming into a 20-knot wind would massively reduce the distance.

Then you just bolt on a ski-jump.

It would work.

Logicalis lands mega air traffic computer deal. Yes, that Logicalis


Re: Quite feasible

This would be unworkable on approach and departure at busy airports/terminal areas.

F-35s grounded by spares shortage


Re: F-111 : extrapolating a couple of the above mentions

Complete baloney.

Fixed-wing aircraft cannot maintain altitude whilst pointing the nose down, unless you mount the wings with an extremely odd chord-line angle, or have vectored thrust. The F-111 has neither.

Auto-makers told their autopilots need better safeguards


Re: Still say

Yes I really do have 20,000 hours and was merely replying to your comment: "So many people with no idea of what an autopilot does ready to criticise."

But go ahead and carry on arguing with yourself, because nowhere did I say that autopilots don't need monitoring.

With a genuine 20,000 hours I can tell you that "relying on experience..." is absolutely NOT dangerous

at all; it's the exact opposite.


Re: Still say

Some of us have plenty of autopilot time, thanks.

20,000 hours enough?

Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't


Feature request

How's about a £500 cash-back feature!

DJI strips out code badness, reveals some GPL odds 'n sods


A terrorists wet-dream, this. Park a drone on the approach to any major airport's runway? Yes please.

Send explosives into a prison? Fantastic.

What are the positives that outweigh those negatives, then?

BAE Systems' autonomous research aircraft flies itself to Scotland


Just 2 words: Embedded Cumulonimbus.

Now sort claiming you can deliver (like you know, AEW Nimrod), BAe bull-shitters.

Airbus issues patch to prevent A350 airliner fuel tanks exploding


Re: No thanks!

As with most things in aviation, these issues were "identified" only after people died....in a Boeing 747.


Not A350-specific, at all. I would argue that they've just made the A350 even safer than ever.

Elon Musk among 116 AI types calling on UN to nobble robo-weapons before they go all Skynet


Re: Geneva Convention?

Pretty sure HARM is not automated. However, Patriot, THAAD and S-300 definitely are.

Patriot has already killed at least 2 British Tornado pilots (on approach to Dhahran, their IFF failed and they were shot down......about 10 years after the Iraq war; no-one thought to turn the Patriots off).

Boeing preps pilotless passenger flights – once it has solved the Sully problem, of course


Re: The industry is also facing a severe shortage of pilots

Pilots are blamed when they cannot recover from a (most-likely) systemic failure. That could be bad weather, lack of experience/training/currency, fatigue (through tiring rosters and a company that doesn't care/piss-poor regulator like EASA), ATC issues, engineering, all sorts. As the last line of defence, they usually get the blame ("they should have saved the aircraft"), but almost always it is a huge line-up of "holes" in the system that lead up to an accident.

On the surface, AF447 was "pilot error", but the Pitot probes were known to be faulty (and replacements were in the hangar for years) and the second officer had almost no real stick-time (all done in the simulator, so no-one knew he would freeze in panic in a real aircraft), etc., etc..

Pilots make probably thousands of saves per day world-wide; usually by anticipating systemic failures early and heading them off before anyone even notices. Mistakes are obviously made, but error-detection and error-recovery methods are probably the most rigorous in any industry.

I don't think that an automated system is going to get anywhere near as capable as a human for a long, long time. I certainly won't fly in one, ever.

Browser trust test: Would you let Chrome block ads? Or Firefox share and encrypt files?


Pi-hole will be ready, no matter what they do.

Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'


It's a Mercedes_benz driver's God-given right to hog the outside lane forever. See how often that is true.

HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS


Re: All this has happened before

It was a standard tape and it was used to load mission (navigation) data. In flight, it could be used to play music through the intercom. However, given the musical tastes of Navigators, it rarely was for long!

Blue Circle radar was applicable only to the F2/F3 Air-Defence version; the ground-attack/strike version radar was much simpler and worked well from day one.



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