* Posts by annodomini2

1174 posts • joined 24 May 2010


Fusion won't avert need for climate change 'sacrifice', says nuclear energy expert


Re: "US government has promised around $1 billion in investment in nuclear fusion over five years"

They are DARPA have a few running, being military they'd likely keep it top secret to give themselves a competitive advantage.

Planes, Tanks, smaller ships will relatively "infinite" range (if they can build them that small), would be a serious advantage.

Tesla Autopilot accounts for 70% of driver assist crashes, says US traffic safety body


Re: Its a nice headline

Yes, but not all Fords have ADAS. Which is the other missing metric.

For many of these it's an option, the question is how many have it fitted?

Fusion boffins apply plasma know-how to building thrusters


Re: Are there any ISP Numbers

Or thrust, weight, power consumption, propellant consumption

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


Re: Satelite designers missed a trick

If SpaceX get Starship working, I'd love to see Hubble either serviced again or brought down intact.

Fly me to the M(O2)n: Euro scientists extract oxygen from 'lunar dust' by cooking it with molten salt electrolysis


Re: Energy

They were an add on, where in the film WALL-E, where it makes the image on the i-Pod bigger, that is a Fresnel lens.

When used in reverse they can create a sharp focus from a wide area.

Move over Ceres! There's a new, smaller dwarf planet in town called Hygiea


Re: "its surface only had two meager craters"

Formed relatively recently from 2 relatively equal mass bodies with sufficient energy to break the 2 apart and melt them, but not enough to fully disperse the material that they cannot recombine?

Diggerland comes to Mars as boffins battle to save InSight's mole


Re: Bubble cars

BMW Isetta

First water world exoplanet spotted – and thankfully no sign of Kevin Costner, rejoice!


Re: Thank you!

"the light year is probably a difficult unit for Joe Bloggs to relate to"

The Sun is travelling at approximately 828,000km/h

Speed of light (in a Vacuum) is 299 792 458 m/s or 299,792.458 km/s.

A light year is 9,464,615,782,836.48 km

Therefore the Sun takes roughly 1303 years to travel 1 light year.

Mysterious 'glitch' in neutron stars may be down to an itch under the body's surface


Re: Car analogy

Other way around, clutch is normally slipping, bites, but has a dual mass flywheel and accelerates on release, then continues to slip

Meet the super-speedy white dwarf binary system that's going to grav-wave our world


Re: Supernova ?

What about a nova?

Years late to the SMB1-killing party, Samba finally dumps the unsafe file-sharing protocol version by default


Re: "Most people had dial-up"

Leave's tha' lucky bugger!

We 'ad only one la who 'ere authorised t' poke t'other guy on't t'other side o't room wit' a big stick wit' needle on't end.

Fecker were blind too!

US kids apparently talking like Peppa Pig... How about US lawmakers watching Doctor Who?


Molly and Mack tops all of them for eye twitching and heading for a nervous breakdown, when little one(s) has/have been watching it on repeat for the last x time.

RIP 2019-2019: The first plant to grow on the Moon? Yeah, it's dead already, Chinese admit


Re: Bad planning

Theresa May seems to take a lot of fertiliser from all sides.

Shit sticks to shit, who'd have thought.

Steamer closets, flying cars, robot boxers, smart-mock-cock ban hypocrisy – yes, it's the worst of CES this year


Re: Flying car? For only 6,000 pounds?

Probably 3 zeros

Jeep hacking lawsuit shifts into gear for trial after US Supremes refuse to hit the brakes


Re: History not favourable

> Marketing dictates that everything should be "connected" because it sounds "cool",

And they can sell all the lovely data it collects to advertisers.

Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing


Re: No email here

Check your spam box

EU aren't kidding: Sky watchdog breathes life into mad air taxi ideas



It's also not going to have a ~30 meter wing to distribute the weight. It's going to have all of the velocity concentrated upon a meter area like a wrecking ball.

Yes the CSA is smaller, but the mass is much lower ~500-1000kg vs 7000-12000kg for the DC3

Someone would have to do the maths obviously.

SpaceX touches down in California as Voyager 2 spies interstellar space


Re: Isn't it amazing

You think it hasn't already?

A web where the user has complete control of their data? Sounds Solid, Tim Berners-Lee


Look at Android and App permissions

This isn't going to do anything, even if implemented.

The Apps talking to it will just refuse to work unless you release the information and probably rights to sell it on.

It's official – satellite spots water ice at the Moon's chilly poles


Re: Awaits...

Depends what generic lager someone drinks hard to tell the difference between that and piss.



Some water company going there and bringing it back for the super-rich, un drunk water $100,000 a litre or some other ridiculous amount.

Most of the water on Earth has been drunk at least 10 times over time.

Canny Brits are nuking the phone bundle


Re: Shysters

It all switched with the regulation changes that allowed users to cancel their mobile contracts at any time.

As the phone was a "freebie" with the contract, you could buy for 1 month and keep the phone, this required the companies to split the contract into the call plan cost and a loan for the device you are purchasing.

When this shift happened, it also conveniently coincided with the prices going up.

Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn



"HMRC would label it hypothecated and, on the basis that they don't like hypothecated taxes, would just roll it into the general taxation pot and the intended beneficiaries would get little or nothing out of it."

Treasury would, not HMRC, they seriously don't like having their spending direction dictated to, elected representative or not.

Connected car data handover headache: There's no quick fix... and it's NOT just Land Rovers


Re: Why?

[i]Give me one good reason why cars need to be Internet of Shite on wheels.[/i]

So they can flog all your location data to advertisers, then show you adverts in the car.

Extra revenue, for them.


Re: Why?

Cost, cost, cost

Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom


Re: More akin to a relay than a transistor

Was about to say the same thing, but for the majority of uses of transistors today (by count) most are used as switches anyway.

The major issue I see with it is the removal of the solid state functionality, just like relays, making the thing reliable over billions if not trillions of actions, in wide environmental conditions is the challenge.

I could only see this being developed if we had room temperature superconductors.

Any data on the switching speed (I respect it's a prototype)?

Rejoice! Thousands more kids flock to computing A-level


Re: Good luck to em

Good training for a lot of programming environments.

Brain brainiacs figure out what turns folks into El Reg journos, readers


Re: Hmmm


The Solar System's oldest minerals reveal the Sun's violent past


Re: Irradiation in the early solar system

Red dwarfs emit more radiation because they are physically smaller, i.e. the core is closer to the surface.

It could be that the young Sun was physically smaller for the purposes of starting the reaction and it would take time for the reaction to grow and also heat the outer layers of gas so there could have been more radiation emitted.

Brit spending watchdog brands GP Primary Support Care a 'complete mess'


Which is the entire aim of the policy from a political perspective.

Microsoft: The Kremlin's hackers are already sniffing, probing around America's 2018 elections


Re: Kremlin's hackers

Reverse Honeypot

Engineers, coders – it's down to you to prevent AI being weaponised


Re: AI principles, yeah

Until they setup another business unit under Alphabet and transfer knowledge and tech; "but it's not Google!"

What if tech moguls brewed real ale?


Cyber Punch

Cider - Loosely based on a West country Scrumpy, you know the ones that get you pissed from the feet upwards.

With added Nanites - thoroughly intended to prevent you getting a hangover.

Side effects - note Nanites have been known to go rogue and covert you into a Borg!

You're burning £1.2bn for what? UK spending watchdog gives digital court plans a kicking


"The digital feudal system. They're just replacing local lords (who've been occasionally know to go Robin of Sherwood with corporations, who sometimes do charity, but also very 'charitable' to poor government servants."


Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service


Re: How do they do it?

"Not being a ginormous self-aware globocorp from some nightmare dystopian future, sent back in time to make sure it is created?

I call it the Crapinator."

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Windows 10 IoT Core Services unleashed to public preview


Re: Expensive Decade of Hell

"Only the Mega Rich corporations own anything."


By Jove! Astroboffins spot 12 new spanking moons around Jupiter


Re: What is a moon ?

Neither has Jupiter, look at all those Moons!

Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech


Re: User story

Awaits fax machines being banned immediately with no replacement or plan to replace them.

UK.gov told: You're not very good at collecting quality data, are you?


Re: Yet another myth busted..

That really does make them astonishingly fu**witted.

Nope, it's deliberate and malicious.

No data = No proof.

Ergo Civil Servants and/or MPs statements have to be taken at face value.

Chrome, Firefox pull very unstylish Stylish invasive browser plugin


Re: While the software that has been removed is bad, I have issues...

Conceptually it's a Chicken and Egg problem, with the "Free Speech" mantra, but in reality most people are too ill informed to understand if something is malicious. Hence the approach that is taken.

Therefore expertise is required, my issue with it is that opinion of expertise could be abused.

UK Minister of Fun Matt Hancock opens London infosec upstart creche


Re: Minister of Fun!?

What next, a Ministry of Love?

That's the Home Office.

UK taxman has amassed voice profiles of 5.1 million taxpayers


Re: I'm one of those 5M

"but more probably they pay accountants to look after their tax to make sure they don't pay any more than needed as little as they can get away with."

Corrected it for you.

Why the 'feudal' tech monopolies run rings around competition watchdogs


I'll just leave this here...

"The aim of business is not to provide the best service, but the ONLY service!"

Brit reseller Aria PC's appeal against HMRC VAT fraud finding gets under way


Re: I bought a monitor off them in 2006...

I knew Aria when it was 2 guys in a small section of an industrial estate in Manchester.

Haven't dealt with them for a number of years after we had some issues with returns.

Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog


Ahh but..

They are not using it, ergo they are not Unemployed.

No money going out and an unemployment statistics win.


Re: hmm

The fundamental problem with UBI is it cannot work in a Capitalist Economy, the market will render the payments inert.

As everybody gets something, those working have more cash and so spending goes up, demand goes up and prices go up.

Relative value of your payments goes down until they are irrelevant, just like with JSA and the state pension.


Re: The government position:

Then again, we voted for them.

The positive of Democracy is everyone gets a vote, the negative is that is also the problem.

Da rude sand storm seizes the Opportunity, threatens to KO rover


Re: God speed little robot

I always wondered why they didn't fit these rovers with a self-cleaning system? a windscreen wiper or some kind of air duster would surely be doable?

Weight, cost, complexity.

Kepler finds three Earth-sized exoplanets, but they're too hot to handle


Re: And still no messages from the stars....

"If there's a long enough pause between the civilizations, the earlier one becomes the fossil fuels for the next. The rest of the fossils might be a clue to the future archaeologists that something went horribly wrong last go around, perhaps they should be more careful this time?"

Maybe that's what happened to the Dinosaurs? And we are just too arrogant to admit it?

Astroboffins trace mysterious noise from hard rock in space


Re: Arthur C Clarkes "2061"

White Dwarf cores are supposedly mostly diamond.



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