* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

14846 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

BOFH: You say goodbye and I say halon

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Re: I'm curious

IIRC it's a big problem in firefighting. Room on fire uses up all the oxygen, somebody opens the door, fresh air flows in = bad day for all concerned

Hole blasted in Guntrader: UK firearms sales website's CRM database breached, 111,000 users' info spilled online

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Re: only private owners

There is a guy that drives a pink tank around London as a pride thing.

IIRC since the gun is smooth bore (rather than rifled) it only needed a shotgun licence - apparently they don't care that it's a 120mm "shotgun"

We've seen things you people wouldn't believe. An exoplanet building its own moons

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Re: This is A-Moon-zing!!!

30years ago we took the first resolved visible images of another star, now we are imaging moons around planets around other stars (admittedly in radio which is a bit easier)

Intel: 'Another one to two years before the industry is able to completely catch up with demand'

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Re: Hopefully....

If you think TSMC are building fabs in Taiwan because they need fab engineers to work for a $/day.

Don't worry there will be $Bn of taxpayer dollars given to Intel to build fabs in the USA for server CPUs.

The fabs will close as soon as the tax benefits run out.

Then tarrifs on imports of the industrial electronics that Intel doesn't make - so your car and washing machine will cost more.

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Re: Close

And Intel's response is to build "cutting edge" 10nm that are a generation behind the cutting edge - but will do nothing to help the shortage of 130nm industrial parts

UKRI denies pulling funding from Newport Wafer Fab over Chinese ownership concerns

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But these are British chips and so better whatever the numbers say.

Anyway you can't believe numbers unless they are written on the side of a bus

Russia's ISS Multipurpose Laboratory Module launches after years sitting on a shelf, immediately runs into issues

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Re: Ahem

>Drinking Hypergolic fuel. What could possibly go wrong

May I remind you - Russians

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Re: "Nauka" = "neukъ" ?

> instead of "science" it should be "disoriented".

There's a difference ?

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Re: Strange

Assuming that the factory remembered to fill them and nobody drained them to drink the stuff

Mountains on neutron stars are not even a millimetre tall due to extreme gravity

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Re: No!

>You know that to an astrophysicist, lithium is a "metal"?

I think Lithium is a metal to everyone.

To an astronomer a metal is anything that's not Hydrogen or Helium - there is so little of it that it's not worth distinguishing

NSO Group 'will no longer be responding to inquiries' about misuse of its software

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Re: NSO is a weapons manufacturer

You mean bribe fund via a bunch of deniable PACs, politicians to start wars and then give directorships to the DoD officials that negotiated the prices for their weapons?

While claiming anybody that objects to the "Ninja 2000 InstaKill child-seeking cluster bomb" is a no good commie hippie peacenik

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They sold software that other people, mostly government agencies, used to spy on people.

What are they guilty of that any other government contractor isn't ?

Autonomy founder Mike Lynch loses first stage in fight against extradition to US

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It's only fair

Heads of US corporations are regularly extradited to foreign countries to face trials about their tax arrangements or employment conditions

Cranes soar over Lone Star State as Texas Instruments pushes to get new fabs online

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A new definition of operational

. "That's when the shell will be completed, and then we will be deploying equipment there by the second half of 2022."

I'm assuming that for a semiconductor fab the tricky part is the shell - the lithography equipment, installation, calibration, testing etc are trivial ?

In the '80s, satellite comms showed promise – soon it'll be a viable means to punt internet services at anyone anywhere

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Re: There's also the antenna technology.

The clever bit is that these phased arrays are tracking moving satelites.

Troll jailed for 5 years after swatting of Twitter handle owner ends in death

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Re: swatting

>It should be described as premeditated murder :

Perhaps if interactions with US law enforcement didn't automatically always end in civilians being killed ?

Although it could lead to savings in police budgets. Have one centrally mounted naval gun per town and a website for you to enter the coordinates of an address and the freedom gun applies 16inch freedom shells to the address.

Cut us some Slack: $27bn+ later, collab tool officially belongs to Salesforce

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Teams, bringing the user experience of an Amstrad emailer to a desktop near you

Pipe down, Jeff. You've only gone where Gus Grissom went before, 60 years ago today

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Re: Do allow Bezos his moment of glory

But with cost-plus contracts the managers at Boeing used to have a Gulfstream IV. Now they've had to sell it and get a Gulfstream III because people like Musk chose to make launches cheap.

The Gulfstream III doesn't even have a remote control for its surround-sound DVD system. Still think reusable rockets are no big deal?

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Re: Do allow Bezos his moment of glory

If your kid outsourced the writing of the program, it only printed "Hello" and the kid went on global media to explain how he had reimagined the dynamic of programming innovation for a new future - then yes the kid needs a slap

Hijacked, rampaging infrastructure will kill humans by 2025 – Gartner

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Re: Hi Skynet here

I thought we already did in the 60s with that Soviet gas pipeline that the USA 'modified' the components for ?

Chip-making equipment maker ASML boasts of record orders, predicts a $1 trillion market by 2030

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Everyone relies on ASML

We are one bout of food poisoning at a company BBQ away from the dark ages

Ubuntu on a phone, anyone? UBports reaches 18th stable update, but it's still based on 16.04

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Re: Linux phone

You typed the Hayes codes ?

some of us just whistled the tones into the handset

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Linux phone

I want a proper Linux phone with a bash shell and command line calling, and my contacts in a text file

Tomorrow's wireless world will be fatter, faster, and creepier

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Re: I'm starting to feel like we've long passed CD levels in wireless standards

>4G already covers most use cases for the average consumer, you can watch full HD videos while walking like a zombie on the street if you're so inclined

Yes, now have a 1000 people in the same street all doing it.

5G isn't just about max bandwidth for a single link

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Re: "and using light instead of wireless"

But because none of them were interchangeable in terms of optics - there wasn't much advantage in the light having a common 802.11 encoding

Good news: Jeff Bezos went to space. Bad news: He's back

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Without wishing to be a fanboy of the MuskTwat: These two are spending their money to get to space, he was trying to make money by going to space = a small difference

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Re: Executive Summary

Musk: Sorry you only want to launch from Earth? Losers !

Tencent to acquire Brit games developer Sumo Group

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Re: "Chinese games developers"

Which country was it that banned games that showed violence against police ?

Was it the land of the free ?

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Re: The future

So all these computer games that were destroying our children's minds and turning them into violent zombies - are now vital national resources that must be protected at all costs?

England's controversial extraction of personal medical histories from GP systems is delayed for a second time

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Remember you have to think what an evil version of Priti Patel / Chief Inspector Savage would use it for.

It's not what it could be used for - it's what they think it will be used for.

I was pitching a database tool to the police force of a certain UK capital city 20 years ago. A senior plod (with lots of silver braid on his shoulders) was 'explaining' to me how this new DNA technology would give them a picture of the suspect from a sample at a crime scene. He had obviously been sold the idea by some consultant that DNA = everything about a person and so could generate a mug shot.

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Re: Consequences

>If they just grabbed the data anyway, then what would be the consequences?

It only works once and screws the chance of future 'cooperation'

It works for police/immigration but not for well paying commercial customers.

If I'm an insurance company in the future looking for prime customers - having partial data from a grab 10 years ago with no updates isn't that much use to me.

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Re: Why can’t it be opt-in?

Because the data would be useless, it would be like Facebook planning their capacity based on people who respond to Gartner questionaires

IBM's 3% sales growth may not seem like much but it's the biggest it's had in three years

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Re: What IBM did next

Layoff 10% of your staff for 3% growth - now if they can only keep doing this another 30 times they could double their growth with no staff.

UK and chums call out Chinese Ministry of State Security for Hafnium Microsoft Exchange Server attacks

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>Stalin was good at that.

But he also had bad points

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>They will respect nothing else.

We should send a gunboat

Where on Gartner's Hype Cycle is Gartner's Hype Cycle?

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>Seems to be something young people are into https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WAP_(song)

Is that the new marker of greyboeard-ness?

If you think WAP means mobile phone pre-internet?

Like if you know why the save icon looks like that, or why it's called a radiobutton

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Re: Useful idiots

We've bought their stuff to present to investors to show how we are riding along on the crest of a wave into the sunny future.

We know they are lying, the investors (unless they are total morons) know they are lying, presumably Gartner know they are lying - but we all paid up

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That seems to be an unfortunate side-effect of low bandwidth mobile communication - would 5G cure that ?

Amnesty International and French media protection org claim massive misuse of NSO spyware

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Re: I am shocked!

But it's nice that after millennia of only state level actors being able to spy on masses of peasants the free market has now allowed any young hacker to dream of having this power, and making money from it.

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Re: And in other news...

Is it still PR if your PRs reputation is so bad that hiring that PR means you are evil ?

A bit like hiring OJ's lawyer for your defence team = I'm guilty

USA warns Hong Kong government may demand business and customer data, run surveillance without warrants

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Re: "Heightened Risks Regarding Data Privacy"

But these are foreigners

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Re: "underpinned by the rule of law"

As opposed to breaking the law under government instruction and then being granted a pardon later ?

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Re: PATRIOT Act vs FREEDOM Act

So the simple guide is that the more innocuous the name of the act the more evil it is ?

Somewhere in the basement of a US agency a world scrabble champion is trying to make an acronym spell APPLE-PIE, MOTHERHOOD and FLUFFY KITTENS act

Ordnance Survey to take a poke at Pokémon-style gaming with outdoorsy AR adventure

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Re: Just because your data is valuable, it doesn't mean you should monetize it

I thought the last lot of #10 incumbents had made it all free ? On the basis that the main customer of HM Ordnance survey was HMG and it was costing more to handle the billing paperwork than it cost to make the maps - so they may as well make it free.

Sadly now living in an off-world colony who think that printing 1:100,000 maps entirely from WWII-era areal photos with no footpaths and roads only marked if somebody officially maintains them - is somehow adequte.

319 terabits – great Scott! Boffins in Japan speed along information superhighway at new world record

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This kind of fibre isn't exactly plug and play into a patch panel - it needs serious boffinery to splice and connect. But being able to use existing tools and splicers is nice

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>Surely light doesn't lose it's strength like electro-magnetic stuff?

Erm light is the original electro-magnetic stuff.

It does get absorbed along the fibre, only a bit because fibre is seriously good transparency.

The bigger problem is dispersion = light of slightly different wavelengths travels at slightly different speed in fibre (it only goes the same speed in vacuum). This means that a signal with even slight variation in wavelength will smear out from a sharp pulse into a low bump.

This is what the clever boffins have improved to get these speeds.

NASA fixes Hubble Space Telescope using backup power supply unit, payload computer

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Re: Any fuel left?

Hubble doesn't have any fuel, rocket fuel was too dangerous for a payload that has to be approached by a crew.

Pointing is done by reaction wheels and magnetic bars that 'push' against the Earth's field. Its orbit had to be boosted by space shuttle missions.

But you don't have to worry about it staying up for more than another few years, it is too big and too low to remain for long. Although there is no specific plan for a de-orbit other than "thoughts and prayers"

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Re: Not all good

It's only about 350mi away.

Mileage clocked up while 'on-site' doesn't count

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Re: Sounds vaguely familiar.. LOL

> it was only a voltage drop under certain load conditions

To be fair though zero-load power supplies are very reliable

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