* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

14869 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

UK regulator Ofcom seeks more powers to deal with mega constellations

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The nice thing about a global satellite network is that all latitudes get a chance to be a target - not just the tropics

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De-orbit isn't going to be a problem, the orbit of Starlink is so low that they will be lucky to last 5 years.

Of course if OFCOM is unhappy with this it can ban them operating in the UK. But their only potential customers are likely to be in remote bits of the highlands and islands - so no real political problems of banning rebellious Scots from having internet.

And sovereign Britain can always impose sanctions on the USA to prevent SpaceX being able to build them.

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The big question

Are British space spitfires ready to enforce OFCOMs ruling?

What is your greatest weakness? The definitive list of the many kinds of interviewer you will meet in Hell

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Re: Not easy from the other side of the desk

What do you do with a workplace full of shuffling brain dead zombies muttering 'brains' - if you aren't management consultants?

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Re: Interviews...... nooooo the memories

Do this - it's often a small world.

HR pissed off the organiser of the local specialist X user group by ghosting them - your company name is now fertilizer among everyone in your city who is an expert in X.

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Re: Similar....

I had a 'brainstorming' interview with a now-defunct Cambridge technical consultancy where I came up with a new invention, and jokingly said "I should patent that"

A month later I interviewed with another team in the same company and they described the same problem - I told them the previous idea and they answered "Oh we had some consultant suggest that a few weeks ago but we couldn't make it work"

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Re: Missing type

>backup and recovery regime

We shoot everyone involved and deny that the project/department/organisation ever existed

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Re: That Meme

That's what I couldn't find - smbc's search is terrible

There is also one about dressing as Clarke Kent then saying "kryptonite"

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Re: ...weakness?

Regularly - apparently it doesn't feature in the new Marvel universe, because the PFYs employed as devs these days don't get it.

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No they had no idea what an error message meant but were all too embarrassed to ask and so were doing interviews until a candidate could explain it to them

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Re: Interview 2.0

> He answered he wanted to 'see how I thought'.

I would hire a team of consultants while I embarked on an extensive fact finding trip of other major estuaries in sunny regions noted for their excellent local cuisine

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Many many years ago I cancelled an interview at BAe.

They still called me on the morning of the interview and asked where I was, I explained that I thought the project they were working on was a fiasco that would obviously be cancelled and they would be shut down.

Many Many billions of £/$ later the project obviously is a fiasco but strangely hasn't been cancelled.

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Re: Missing type

Over here the quality of the coffee machine is the main recruitment feature.

If the dev lead can't do fancy latte art when they offer you a coffee then they have no chance of recruiting prime talent.

Although there are enough Indians employed that you can usually also get a decent cup of tea if you haven't gone native.

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Re: I hold no brief for SOAS graduates, but …

If we hire you, how much notice will your village need to find a replacement idiot ?

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Re: That Meme

Half our dev team are Israeli - and so ex-IDF

They are also devs so literal minded when it comes to questions

So visiting the USA and asked - have you ever been involved in espionage or sabotage activities ?

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Not easy from the other side of the desk

Our current interview process:

Do you know optical design?

Have you used (main optical design package)?

Do you have a pulse?

We are prepared to be flexible on the pulse thing

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Re: That Meme

Why do you want this job?

I need money to obtain food and shelter

What's your greatest weakness?

Without food and shelter, I die

Somebody is destined for somewhere hot, and definitely not Coventry

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Re: Hot Stuff

Were these gay steel mills ?

Russia's Pirs ISS module scheduled to fall away, much like Moscow's interest in the space station

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Re: Maybe it's time

AKA the network switch that is supported by the rats-nest of cat5 cables all strung tight enough to reach the other switch - which can't be replaced because they are the only thing holding up the first switch.

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Re: Maybe it's time

There speaks somebody who has never done corporate IT

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Re: With a whimper, not a bang

>After the decades of positivity and science that the ISS has brought humanity

The ISS was built to tide Boeing over between the end of the cold war and the start of the forever war against the ever changing acronym. And to ensure that all the USSR's rocket scientists didn't all go IR35 for a bunch of middle eastern countries.

The science has largely been of the: grade school science fair to encourage kids in science type of science.

Pentagon grounds own report that said China's DJI drones are safe

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Re: That's hilarious

We have always been at war with Eurasia Eastasia

South Korea reports export boom in silicon, wireless comms, and instant noodles

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From the West Coast

The Noodles with Korean writing are generally better than the ones with Chinese writing - if they have more than one spice packet be warned.

Avoid the Japanese ones - their flavo(u)r department has a sense of humo(u)r. Wasabi kitkat anybody ?

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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