* Posts by Tom 7

6487 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Japanese probe to land asteroid rock sample in Australia on December 6th

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Re: Called while you were out...

But actually in Chile.

Cornish drinkers catch a different kind of buzz as pub installs electric fence at bar

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Re: Works for the sheep

I was thinking more shotgun cartridge on a stick (like divers used to use on sharks in 'nature' programs thirty years ago) for repeat offenders. There something about a lager drunk that means they will keep doing whatever it is you dont want them to do.

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Re: Can't abide the stuff.

Having had a glut of blackcurrants ( to keep on topic) this year I've knocked up several litres of Blackcurrant/Navy Rum and demerara - think Sloe Gin with added thunder and talking ravens! Should work out a lot cheaper when Cornwall starts smuggling full time next year!

Detroit Police make second wrongful facial-recog arrest when another man is misidentified by software

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Re: Confirmation bias

I remember (mid 60s?) when a geology prof friend of my Dads came round with a new toy. It was a gravimeter. It could tell the difference in gravity between a seat chair and the floor! I recently saw a set of scales that could do the same and it wasn't that expensive. I wonder if your digital balance would argue with the weights and not be wrong.

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now

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The word Commit will have to go.

It seems to upset some people I know!

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader

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Re: As I read that

Lifetime updates from TomTom means an email telling you your device is no-longer compatible and to buy a new one!

The world's nonsense keeping you awake in middle of the night? Good news. Go outside and see this two-tail comet

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Re: So many comet flops

In the late 60s or early 70s my Dad woke me in the early hours and I noticed my curtains were glowing green! After being cajoled into some warm gear we popped outside to see a bright green comet that lit the whole countryside up, I'm in a dark sky area now but if its near the horizon these bloody security lights the farms have may be a problem - good way to find you have cataracts these days when you cant get to the opticians!

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Re: "For the UK, the comet is circumpolar"

The weather has been weird - I earned more for my spring PV FIT than it cost me to fill the oil tank up to warm the house for the summer cold and rain!

MariaDB inhales $25m. 'People tried to get away with simpler' but now there's a 'relational renaissance,' says open-source biz chief

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Re: Historically, it had been used mostly as a transactional database.

I used it on some 300,000 products with 20 odd parameters and 30,000 customers with long sales histories. It worked pretty well for that. ISTR it did multiple of ten transactions a second against a vb web frontend, about 3 times what SQL Server could manage on the same data/indexing etc. I dont recall any bugs but it was left running over a weekend, as was the SQLserver which had about four times the ram and a supposedly faster processor. Anything alkaline would have been useless for the job in hand.

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Re: Historically, it had been used mostly as a transactional database.

ISTR inodb was available as an option quite early on - ISTR using it mid 90s on Linux to piss off my systems manager because I could get stuff to run a lot faster than SQLServer4.5 on bigger faster machines.

Heir-to-Concorde demo model to debut in October

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Re: Lost Opportunities

But nothing was quite like the fuel crisis to price it so that it could never be come sustainable.

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Re: Lost Opportunities

Because the people who will be flying in this thing kill them off here as soon as they see them blossoming.

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Re: Starship?

"An airbreathing rocket will be no louder than a turbofan with reheat." so that's London out of the way as an airport for it.

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Re: Depends on the "boom"

I wonder if Zoom will kill the Boom?

Or perhaps 1/1/21 will kill of any London/NY route stone dead.

CEO of motherboard maker MSI dies after plunging from headquarters' seventh-floor

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Re: :-(

Some mention was made of health problems. There are certain things that very few people would dare to face.

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

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"the Mail caveated its reporting"

in the hope Huawei dont do the world a favour and sue them into oblivion.

Utilitarian, long-bodied Nokia 5.3 has budget basic specs - but it does cost £150

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If I'm out and about in a time of covid everything is going to be regarded as grubby, I'd imagine a card reader will respond better to a covid killing wet wipe than almost anything else out there.

Captain, the computer has identified 250 alien stars that infiltrated our galaxy – actual science, not science-fiction

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Re: So now we have Nyx

Human exceptionalism aside there is, as far as I know, no reason to suspect our solar system is extra galactic

One problem I have with things like this is it seems to assume that anything outside a norm is not of here. I wonder whether there are other mechanisms that could be as validly applied to the Nyx - perhaps they were thrown inwards by a mass anomaly in one of the galaxies arms - just because the universe is 'uniform' now does now mean it always was and perhaps these are bits that haven't been normalised yet.

Whatever , its fun to keep looking even if there's a bloody comet in the way and lots of sparkly satellites.

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future

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Re: dabshite

There's a chap up the road from me I went to see about some welding. In his bench there was a triode the size of a bucket - he reckoned it would do a MW in the FM range. If I could afford a packet of fags I reckon that would work out cheaper using a steam generator than the same range on DAB.

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Re: DAB

And UK radio stations exist to get us to break that lock. Thank god for radiogarden and others.

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Its bad enough in the house. DAB on the road round here is an utter no-no. Its like the old joke about your friend who is a radio announcer and you cant hear him in tunnels only here you can only hear him going over hill tops.

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Re: DAB Is dead in the water

The government hasnt a clue. It will do whatever its biggest donor asks of it.

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Re: Radio 4 LW?

But they do dump the voodoo on it sunday mornings.

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Re: Department of Culture, Media and, of course, Sport

So its probably available on get-iplayer!

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Re: Thank fuck for that

My Quad Fm2 still works - just goes to show progress aint all its cracked up to be!

Cool IT support drones never look at explosions: Time to resolution for misbehaving mouse? Three seconds

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Re: Switching on the "monitor stand"

ISTR Techtronic storage screens were quite good a self camouflage. If you smoked near one the smoke went horizontally towards the screen!

If you wanna make your own open-source chip, just Google it. Literally. Web giant says it'll fab them for free

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Re: VHDL's still a verbose horror, then.

VHDL should be a bit like assembly language to a compiler - you should be reading it unless debugging the compiler.

UK space firms forced to adjust their models of how the universe works as they lose out on Copernicus contracts

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If only someone had warned us!

Tell me more about hotlinks!

Remember that black hole just 1,000 light years from Earth? Scientists queue up to say it may not exist after all

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Re: A petri dish

I'm in favour of both!

Germany is helping the UK develop its COVID-19 contact-tracing app, says ambassador

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It would have an English translation because there might be English speaking people in Germany. Its also something that should be a piece of piss to implement for someone experienced in app design which almost by definition is international. But if you think about it how many phrases do you need to translate - the permissions are asked through the OS (android always seems to be asking me to give an app permissions) and after that you just leave it running. An XML file of data about where to send the data and you're pretty much ready to go in another country.

Note the above is not MBA proof and assumes the implementer actually wants the app to work in their country which I have serious doubts about

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway

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Re: "What's wrong with a brass sextant and clockwork chronometer? "

I have a feeling he would want to cover up the sextant making it useless.

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Re: You are perhaps assuming that its going to be GPS in the traditional sense?

So the GPS will only be of any use over the UK - streetmap.co.uk would be a lot cheaper. If you cant check the timing on the other satellites accurately you aint gonna get close compared to Galileo, I could be wrong but I cant see a use for an atomic clock for web relay/distribution so I doubt there is anything in them that can get you within a couple of meters on a good day so even for military use its not going to be much better than good inertial.

Boffins baffled as supergiant star just vanishes – either it partially blew itself apart or quietly turned into a black hole

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Not heard of the Dogging Star then?

Finally, a wafer-thin server... Only a tiny little thin one. Oh all right. Just the one...

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Re: Bah!

TBF I always imagined a Haynes for a TR6 would be a bit like a Haynes for a Death Star - very unlikely to have been tested on the real thing. And even if it had been tested on the real thing it would be the US version and not involve steering.

Yes, Prime Minister, rewrite the Computer Misuse Act: Brit infosec outfits urge reform

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Re: Good

My problem would be that the broken bits would not be fixed and the working bits will be broken, By the time this goes through parliament the tories will add a few amendments and the computer misuse act will be 'whatever you do but nothing the government or its agents do".

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets

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Re: What did students do to me?

I spent 3 years roaring drunk and having a great time at uni. I returned a couple of years after graduating to discover the head of security having a retirement do in the main uni bar (now closed) and, having been active in putting on lots of gigs and events we'd rubbed each other up a lot but had fun, went to wish him a happy retirement. He said 'I wish you buggers were back, the kids today are a nightmare - they work till 9pm and then get drunk and fight, they just dont know how to enjoy themselves'

Not saying beer is the answer to everything but if you choose your questions carefully...

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I believe the black ones are just greys with a black coat. But you can get dark reds too!

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Re: Poxy Greys

Where I live in the west country I lose about 4 or 5 tons of hazelnuts to greys every year. The old boys tell me it wasn't a problem till the greys arrived. Alas modern farming means they're not considered a local food source any more and no-one bothers to cull them and I have no chance on my own.

Let's roll the 3d6 dice on today's security drama: Ah, 15, that's LG allegedly hacked, source code stolen by Maze ransomware gang

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Because we're happy to trade with people that will allow people on their soil to do this so long as they'll hide some financial transactions from our own tax inspectors.

Former UK Labour deputy leader wants to know how the NHS's contact-tracing app will ensure user privacy

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Re: Turn those cellphones off

The phone bit is quite handy though - if you have family and work commitments. Seems to be the reason why people have them really.

Grav wave boffins are unsure if they just spotted the smallest black hole or the biggest neutron star seen yet

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Re: I feel an overwhelming urge to quote Holly!

Not quite. The mass of the black hole bends space time so that its vertical on the time axis at the event horizon.

Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea

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Re: So Lombroso was wrong?

Drink 5 bottles of the stuff - you'll see then!

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Re: Very dodgy subject

Top Scientologists are and to me they look dodgy. There's a couple of top film stars I couldn't watch. I found out they are Scientologists. And there's another I can watch but them he always plays dodgy characters so it kind of fits.

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Re: Body language

They wear uniforms and drive around arresting minorities on spec rather than do some detective work.

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Re: Fizzog

I have a feeling there is some kind of reverse process that can go on that causes criminality where people who are subject to discriminated due to their looks find it necessary to commit criminal acts to live. Institutional bullying that this will not help with at all.

Maze ransomware gang threatens to publish sensitive stolen data after US aerospace biz sensibly refuses to pay

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Re: Maze raged against victims who refused to play its game

I just tell them that I pressed the windows key and the computer switched off. They have to wait 'while it boots again' and I can play a couple of hard sudoko while thanking them for their diligence in helping me.

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Re: Maze raged against victims who refused to play its game

"at which point they complained vehemently about me wasting their time". That's the money shot for me. Its worth Shielding just to have the time to reach that phrase or similar.

UK police's face recognition tech breaks human rights laws. Outlaw it, civil rights group urges Court of Appeal

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Re: What's a "Human Right"?

Its meant to be an air brake since the disk ones seem to have failed on most bikes.

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Re: What's a "Human Right"?

No but they largely paid for them.

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