* Posts by TechnicalBen

2754 posts • joined 23 Mar 2012

Microsoft takes tweaking tongs to Windows 10's Start Menu once again

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Re: Win 8 icons

I think your Rose Tinted Glasses forget MS BOB.

(PS, funny enough, I honestly thought my memories as a child of MS BOB were from a dream till I saw the Wiki page. That or the Mandela effect. ;) ).

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Re: Clearly I've missed something but

Full screen? FULL SCREEN? I'd pay money for full screen. Some need more scrolling than Instagram!

Two out of three parachutes... is just as planned for Boeing's Starliner this time around

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Re: Technically

As said, sometimes you come down *hard* on land anyhow. Can't be much worse doing it in a SpaceX capsule... I mean, it has some parachutes, right? ;)

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Re: Pedant alert

You mean they are not returning a small cash box from the ISS? ;)

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Technically

SpaceXs Dragon capsule can still do a land landing. But NASA are not too happy (and perhaps SpaceX want to fast track?) with propulsive landings. Plus due to this no landing legs are attached.

I do wonder if it cold land on land with the chutes alone, or with a little help from it's Dracos.

Rental electric scooters to clutter UK street scenes after Department of Transport gives year-long trial the thumbs-up

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Re: Forget Scooters.

Please tell me one thing that makes this a death trap? It's between a bicycle and a motorbike. So if either of those are allowed, no in fact both are, then how is an e-scooter more dangerous?

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Do you also walk through the street waving your arms at people? Idiots riding into others and riding where they should not are a problem.

Not people with a different type of pedal or motor on their bike.

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Re: Rental vs privately owned

A personally owned £300 scooter is more likely to be abandoned than an burner phone App rented one for £30? What planet are you from and where do I apply to get a trip there? ;)

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Re: Rental vs privately owned

I have the exact same model the rental companies have. I could even add a speedo and indicators and wing mirror to make it a legal "motorbike". I think the only thing I cannot add are motorbike validated tires, as it's rims are too small.

Strange only they are allowed to put their bike on the road, but if I buy one of theirs, it's suddenly illegal. :(

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Why?

"Users will be permitted to ride electric scooters on roads, tracks and public cycle lanes, but will be required to hold a full or provisional driver's licence and wear a helmet. It will remain illegal for individuals to drive privately owned scooters on public highways."

But why? I've been trying to figure this out. I needed transport (especially during this lockdown) without a car, and the only thing I could fit in my available space at the time, was an electric folding scooter. Professionally made, with lights, with speed limits, with (as far as you can make on a standing scooter) "push assist" with a helmet, and with a (car licence as it's not classed as a motorcycle, but closer to an e-bike) licence and being as safe and courteous as possible to everyone.

It got me to where I needed to get and back to the car.

It's as slow as a bicycle. It's as balanced as anything else I've ridden. If I needed a MOT and bike licence I'd happily get one, but I would ask "why not *also* ask bicycles for this too?" as what actual difference does electric motors make to feet? What safety difference does it make if its me peddling vs my mate peddling and me resting, vs electric vs petrol? I mean, if we were talking about wind, then that would be dangerous!

But that's the thing what is magic about foot pedals!?!?! And what would it take to register it as a motorbike? I mean, would they not just laugh at me if I did the required mods and turned up with a helmet to ask for a certificate and VIN number? (Don't tempt me, I'm pedantic like that, and I will do it!!! XD ).

If it's dangerous, then get other motorised vehicles off the road, or tell me how it needs to be modified to be safe. If it's safe, then stop making it illegal! (I in no was condone using it on pavements though, but neither should bicycles be on pavements!)

Working from home on Virgin Media's broadband? Too bad. Outage hits English capital

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Because it was the phone with infinite data that lost service. ;)

I also have a backup, made the error of putting both on the same backhaul provider (different consumer facing ISPs). Was waiting to switch one or the other to a different provider, and see it's not worth waiting till the contract ends, and don't want to leave the one that has been reliable (the system going down for them also is more a one off and I want to keep the number, so will wait to transfer that one).

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Yes. But purely giving people a required discount for failure to provide the service (service outages are obviously, failure to provide service) is more reasonable both parties.

Currently it seems to only be a contract to protect the ISP, as if it goes down for days/weeks, what you gonna do?

Me? I'm about to cancel my ISP, as it's gone down just as I need to do a zoom conference. Phone calls tomorrows I think, or just cancelling and sending a letter to them, financial ombudsman (the ISP will no doubt bill me for the cancellation for their inability to provide service) and trading standards/consumer protection authorities.

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!

Also, for Hawkins radiation to even work, requires certain temperatures around the black hole, and most if not all SMBHs are already too large to start evaporating unless the background radiation gets cooler (or some other mechanism allows it to be cooler near them?).

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Re: I feel an overwhelming urge to quote Holly!

Yeah, gravity does not "escape" the black hole any more than the road escapes the car passing over it.

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Re: So too small for a black hole and too big for a neutron star

"Black Star" might actually be a name given in sci-fi/pop culture for these things.

As for their real name, it already exists as either a predicted strange star or a quark star.

CERN puts two new atom-smashers on its shopping list. One to make Higgs Bosons, then a next-gen model six times more energetic than the LHC

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Re: OK I'm reluctant to go down this path

If they were spatially separated by lightspeed separation then we could not see them.

If we can see them, then they are moving slower than the speed of light. Thus particles can reach us.

If they are separated, are you suggesting *all* parts of matter and antimatter are also separated in the universe perfectly? How would they avoid colliding at some point in the past or future to light up the sky?

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Re: Ridiculous

Correct, they have not. We currently don't have enough antimatter to test such a thing, and even if we did, isolating it from other systems (passing bin lorries are enough to affect some detectors!) is going to be difficult to get a reading. Possibly possible, but it will take a long time.

Antimatter is basically the opposite "spin" (it's called a spin, but it's not the direction the particle rotates in, it's like a "left/right" style designator). Other than that, all things seem identical. But IIRC there are some results that show antimatter may decay slightly differently than matter does.

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Re: 1 TeV

Black holes would like to say hello. Black hole mergers specifically. Oh, and their little brothers (sisters?) neutron star mergers.

Add to that most things falling into supermassive black holes at galaxies centers, and we can periodically state that CERN is not powerful enough to cause any lasting damage from the device existing alone.

Pointing it at the wrong place (person?), incorrectly powering/cooling/setting it on fire or using it wrongly would cause harm. This is true for anything, from air to rocks. I guess the particle accelerator is by nature more dangerous than a commenter using their home PC to post on this forum... but it's more the risk of those using it. Right!?

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Re: Funding

Also, you could spend billions making the best ham sandwich. But there is limited return for investment there, so a £2.99p sandwich is good enough.

As long as health research is still done, it's not necessarily true that spending billions more on it speeds up the natural time limits and size constraints on testing/experimentation/discovery. Where as the actual size of a detector determines what you can detect!

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Re: Ridiculous

Huh? No. The current mix of the universe is not 50/50. But any new production of matter seems to be produced 50/50. Currently existing matter is so much near 100% that antimatter is a tiny fraction of what is out there.

We *can* detect antimatter. You seem to have misunderstood a lot. Go back and read it, check videos showing diagrams, and take it step by step before jumping off the cliff without checking where the bridges are. ;)

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Re: OK I'm reluctant to go down this path

Because nothing is truly an island. Those antimatter galaxies would be on fire on their edges, and so would matter galaxies like our own. As interstellar gas, solar winds and things sent off from black holes (though those kind of energy jets from black holes are mainly photons and not matter) would set things ablaze pretty early in the universe, and we'd still be seeing the glow for billions of years!

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Re: Nope. Definitely nope.

Yeah, no idea what that "it's stil 50/50" post is blathering about. It's not 50/50 for the universal matter is (rounding error) 1% matter. Thus for some reason, less antimatter, or more matter was around. Currently, it seems anti matter/matter is produced 50/50.

However current experiments suggest there may be a tiny amount of decay more for antimatter than there is for matter via some CP violation of antimatter, allowing the change (IIRC).

The post on 50/50 matter/antimatter would end up with a universe with nothing in it, not one with a little more matter left over, as we have now.

C is for 'Careful now', D is for 'Download surprise': Microsoft to resurrect optional Windows 10 updates as 'Previews'

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Optional updates?

Too little too late. Bye.

Facebook's $500k deepfake-detector AI contest drama: Winning team disqualified on buried consent technicality

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Re: Why didn't they supply everyone with the same training data?

Also these are training sets, nothing to stop them asking them to retrain on a public training set and redo the competition. That would be more fair. Completely kicking them out, when if the above comments are true, they were asking and being open to FB, is very unfair an suspicious.

[Edit]Ah, reading below they did. So that seems more fair, and I don't think FB is in the wrong here. An unfortunate result, but a level playing field. The other dataset results are still an option for other uses, just not the competition.

HTC breaks with tradition to push out 2 phones someone might actually want to buy

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Re: I'll take the "small" one

Add to that wireless charging and in screen cameras/finger print scanners and manufactures/designers are probably going to want to keep bigger screens.

I like bigger screens (reading/navigation/use case is easier), but also use it as a big screen. But I also understand about having a small device. What I don't understand, is people wanting a small device, that can tow like a big one. There are trade offs, and it's reality in accepting them.

I accept I'll need a case, big pockets and to be careful in one handed operation (no problem for me as the case works well) if I want a big screen. I don't complain that my likes have limitations in design.

So why complain that the smaller phone has less features, when it's physically smaller? Like complaining they don't make big cars anymore, then when someone points to one, saying "but there's no space/small engine/low towing capacity/not many manufactures make them anymore" etc. :P

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Re: I'll take the "small" one

I get downvoted for mentioning that there are smaller phone options because non-flagships are low specced, but then people say there are headphone jack in the non-flagships?

Guess I lose some, but neither can you lot have it both ways.

If you want the latest and greatest, well guess what, it takes up more space. If you want lower spec, then there are options. If you want a small Apple phone, well, go to Apple. I'd also want an Apple Macbook I can swap Ram or SSDs too, and that's kinda out of the question now. I'd not downvote someone for mentioning "options exist for computers" just because Apple don't provide options, yet loads of downvotes seem to be from people wanting Apples and Samsungs flagships to be 4 inch phones. :/

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Re: I'll take the "small" one

I love how other people complain that other things they don't want exist.

I'd totally agree with you if there was zero choice (SD card and Apple? Or Headhpone Jack and Samsung?). But here, you often do have smaller devices (Samsung and Apple both have smaller handsets, and I think most manufacturers do).

Your like the friends who when I go "I like to eat X" go "oh, that must be disgusting" because they don't like it. Like, I hate most cheeses, but when they eat em, I don't tell them how disgusting their cheese *must* be, because I don't eat it. :P

Wailing Wednesday follows Patch Tuesday as versions of Windows 10 stop playing nicely with plugged-in printers

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Wrong news.

Windows 10 works with printers?

It working would be news, it breaking is expected/the norm.

Some Brits reckon broadband got worse after lockdown – but that's just what happens when you're online 12 hours straight

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Re: Eh...

Or the websites.

"Internet" is a loaded word. I can be your local wifi used by everyone in the house. It could be the local phone/fibre lines and the local switch/cabs/routing. It could be the backbone and peering, software/purchased or hardware/physical limits. It could be the server/game/website you are connected to.

A LOT can affect it, but the article seems to apply "internet" to ISP. That generally has not slowed down, as people are using the internet throughout the day, not as much all at the same time (as they did anyhow at 6pm previously etc). With the exception of ISPs that always have had, and will have, trouble due to poor management.

Hey Mister Prime Minister ... Scott! Can you get off my lawn please, mate?

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Re: I salute that man!

Can koalas run? I was under the impression they were rather doped up by the Eucalyptus. However a small trebuchet would solve that little issue.

'Beyond stupid': Linus Torvalds trashes 5.8 Linux kernel patch over opt-in Intel CPU bug mitigation

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Re: There must be a simpler fix...

AFAIK AMD is working on full encryption across the CPU. The problem is, that if the software has access at all, it's just a waiting game before you can decode the "key". As I don't think 256bit AES encryption is going ot be blazingly fast on the CPU for every bit execution. But some simple encryption in memory does mitigate it in part.

7*7 = a simple equation for taking total control of multiple VMware-powered clouds

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Test.

Dear Reg forum, what is [7*7]?

(PS, joke alert or troll icon?)

[Edit] Ah, the posts don't execute code then. And do you still have to be special to get html/bb code to even execute?

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

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GIGO.

If you train an AI model on only perfect driving... your AI won't know what to do when it "sees" (it won't, as it's not trained on it, but it will get a feed from the cameras/lidar/sonar) an over turned truck.

"There is an over turned truck in front of you."

AI, blankly "OK, so I continue on into it?"

At least with the rocket science they have a scope/outline of all possible outcomes, even if unlikely, and try to cover all bases of failure modes. With self driving cars, I've yet to see anyone cover the basic failure modes, let alone an exhaustive one!

They've only gone and bloody done it! NASA, SpaceX send two fellas off to the International Space Station

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Re: Awesome...

Almost definitely an inflatable rocket. Meanwhile the real ones are landing in Elon's volcanic lair ready to redeploy!!!

Western Digital shingled out in lawsuit for sneaking RAID-unfriendly tech into drives for RAID arrays

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Re: WD Market Segmentation Blot

IS it worth the cost and time and effort to sort out? If not, just go for CMR.

If it's worth the effort, you can test, test and test again for this new type of drive behaviour (SMR that does not report as SMR and hopes you can trust it to do things right, and not do garbage collection at the worse time).

At least so far with SSDs they learnt their lesson, and most will be made to have decent garbage collection speeds and controllers that can cope with it (though I've had at least one SSD that died after 15 mins ever single time after a firmware level clearance of the entire drive, so good, it never worked!).

Sometimes you *can* do something and make new technology. But you need to ask if it's worth the hassle, and if there is a use case. Here SMR can be used in some types of NAS, and in others... it might chug.

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Re: At least..

Is this purely an autopilot error? In general these are not are high risk, as the pilots are suppose to check up on it's behaviour. A bit like if your cruise control goes too fast/slow, but still allows you to override/turn it off at any point. A problem, but not as bad as breaks failing.

International space station testing Wi-Fi links with incoming craft, with an eye on autonomous docking

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Re: autonomous?

Probably just for tracking rotation of the other craft? Or diuble the sensors for double the accuracy.

NASA's Human Spaceflight boss hits eject a week before SpaceX crew launch

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Re: Federal Acquisition Regulation violation

I understand the requirements. If it's for saying "wow that's expensive, can ya not do anything about it." It would be a tad harsh. But if it's anything more in depth it could have broken lots of regs.

Podcast Addict Play Store ban: Android chief says soz for incorrect removal, developers aren't impressed

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I posted that in the other thread. Co vid 1-20 variable and pow you hit an automatic ai attack because you are the paperclip it wants at any cost.

It's, it's, a red-and-blue striped golfing umbrella... Facebook teaches its online tat bazaar to auto-identify stuff for sale

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Terminator

Hahahahahahahahha.

I see absolutely no way this is going to go horribly wrong for buyers, and wonderfully well for FB and scammers. Nope. None at all. FB certainly will not deny and fault in their least effort attempt with lowest overheads and supply of a service while taking the highest cut, and are in no way emulating Ebay with even less work (is that possible?).

Podcast Addict banned from Google Play Store because heaven forbid app somehow references COVID-19

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Re: Consistency?

I suspect it could be even worse. AI learning knows no difference between "Covid19" and Co-Vid-19 the co-process for video encoding version 19 that you make for your App. :P

Icon, because all they wanted was all the paperclips, kitten pics and stamps in the world.

Swedish data centre offers rack-scale dielectric immersion cooling

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Re: In days of yore

In tests water cooling is not "better" as such. It has a larger heat sink (the water compared to a copper fin or two), so harder to saturate. Air cooling is still the simplest. And I assume even the noise benefit is still from not saturating it as quickly, thus the fans don't ramp up as quickly. Unless you have more fans on the water cooler sink, in which case, it's more fans and a big copper heatsink would also do the same and similar dB noise.

Is it more flexible in positioning in cases? Does it allow for larger radiators? Yes. Is it "better"? Results may vary. ;)

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Re: Interesting but .....

IIRC, only on the fire part, these fluids are not flamible. Might be toxic though. :(

These are not sub ambient, so no water condensation.

OK, so you've air-gapped that PC. Cut the speakers. Covered the LEDs. Disconnected the monitor. Now, about the data-leaking power supply unit...

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Or battery power. If you can average out the load spikes the possibility and power modulation is much less. You can have that bit of advice for free.

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Re: Yes we know they squeak

Even black hiles might be scuttled at some point as we figure out quantum gravity. So just like entropy you can never win.

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Oh. I see you have used Java too. 3% cpu use for the code 87% for the garbage collection. Garbage garbage in...

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Information theory.

I guess this is a practical application. But I'm certain some information theory certainly applies. So where do I apply to get paid to point out where security risks are and what possible mitigations are?

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

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Re: Not fine combed the article...

Wow. At least you gave an answer unlike the other 50 down votes just because I noted that in todays internet connected world, not everyone speaks english.

Amazing. Well, my point is proven. Nevermind.

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Not fine combed the article...

Are you sure it's due to reference of race? And not just to remove ambiguity in spec sheets, reference material, and those who prefer "red/green" or "orange/purple" etc etc.

I mean, "allow/deny" is less arguments in the new open plan, coffee free, avocado painted, electric scooter cluttered "office" designing the latest buzz word laden "app" than having to chose the specific colour of eggshell blue for the accept button. :P

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Depends.

Is the bank using it international?

As for software, it often is, and colour (though sometimes international) is a local and social, traditional option for reference.

So it can cause confusion, or be a buzzword. Where as "allow list" and "deny list" are easier to translate and implement.

Also see time, clocks, calendars and just about anything human being way way more complex once you decide to try and program it! :D

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