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So nice of China to put all of its network zero-day vulns in one giant database no one will think to break into

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Easy way to

create a database of weaponised bugs for free.

This is a database of exploits to be used, not ones to prevent

OpenSearch, the AWS-sponsored Elasticsearch fork, reaches 1.0 milestone

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Re: But what does it actually do?

Alta Vista's "Search My Computer" could do that twenty years ago...........

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But what does it actually do?

But what does it actually do?

And how do I use it?

Hubble, Hubble, toil and trouble: NASA pores over moth-eaten manuals ahead of switch to backup hardware

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closing and reopening all the windows work?

Hubble memory errors persist despite NASA booting long-idle backup payload computer

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Faulty windows?

Or faulty mirrors\?

Stob treks back across the decades to review the greatest TV sci-fi in the light of recent experience

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Is the governer

Mini Marcos or Imelda Marcos?

Perseverance Mars rover sets off on its first mission, to boldly drill and return samples as no rover has drilled before

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Do you think they'll tell us when they find the Rock Snakes?

The "rock samples" are really baby rock snakes for use in military research.

Wyoming powers ahead with Bill Gates-backed sodium-cooled nuclear generation plant

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Re: Easier


It needs careful handling, but a room-temperature liquid is always going to be safer than something you have to heat through several hundred degrees in the absence of oxygen or water.

I can remember talking to Callery Chemicals about it 30 years ago, and they had the safety aspects well sorted - it was used in several industrial processes. They were also supplying it for nuclear use at the time - but they wouldn't talk about that.

The Russians were touting it around at the same time - though we had extreme worries about using them as a source

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Sodium vs Sodium-Potassium alloy

Surprised at the use of sodium in the primary cooling circuit. Sodium-potassium alloy is a better bet as its liquid at room temperature so easier to handle - and has been used in reactors before

FWIW Thunderbird 2 was said to use either liquid Na or NaK back in the 1960's - the liquid metal took the heat directly from the aircraft's nuclear reactor core and dumped into the ramjets (used for supercruise flight) that ran along the two sidestruts that held the front and back of the aircraft together.

Chemical rockets were used for launch until enough air was flowing through the ramjets.

Spent Chinese rocket stage set to make an uncontrolled return to Earth

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Re: Hidden launch of a second payload

You misunderstand the scenario in the tale.

After release of the first satellite the booster continued to boost to a higher orbit, releasing the second military payload before tumbling back. The second payload isn't disguised as the rocket stage - that's just a diversion.

In both these recent episodes with the Long March 5, the problem has been with the booster continuing to burn after payload release - potentially allowing that second payload release

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Re: China appears to do things a little differently.

That's because they don't give a shit about anyone else

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Hidden launch of a second payload

I read a novel years ago (name and author forgotten) in which incidents like this were used as a cover by the Chinese for placing a secondary military payload into orbit. Easy way to place a satellite-killer, or a nuke into orbit with no-one realising

The Fast and the Curious: Safety-conscious Red Hat eyes continuously certified Linux platform for motors

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National security worries

In ten years time when the whole western car fleet runs on Linux, it would be so easy for a foreign malefactor to disable the whole lot with one message via the inbuilt GSM. Would bring civilisation to its knees.

The Chinese right now are probably looking at how to weaponise car control systems.

Disable the west's phones, disable its transport - and they've won the war before it starts

We admire your MOXIE, Earthlings: Perseverance rover gizmo produces oxygen for first time on Mars

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Re: Perseverance 2020 power system

So..........to terraform Mars we need megatonnes of plutonium

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So whats the power source?

Exam-monitoring biz Proctorio tried to silence a critic using copyright law. Now EFF sues to put an end to this tactic

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Proctoring by Proctologists

says it all really

Pair accused of turning photos into vids to crack tax dept facial recognition system in China

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they'll become organ donors

they've defrauded the state, that's a good way of getting the authorities very upset

Director, deputy director, CTO of Free Software Foundation quit after Stallman installation

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So what relevance

does the FSF actually have? Is it needed, can it be replaced?

The only time most people hear of it is when Stalman offers more self-publicity

Beijing's new privacy rules ban apps collecting unnecessary data, require free service without data slurps

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No they're not doing anything useful.

They're simply making sure the only malware on chinese systems is that installed by the chinese government - they don't want anything else getting in the way

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"1984" was supposed to be a warning.

The Chinese are using it as a template

Russia, China say anyone will be able to use their south pole Moon base for 'peaceful' science and exploration

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Moonbase = Missile base

Good place to launch your nukes from

Or lasers

The 40-Year-Old Version: ZX81's sleek plastic case shows no sign of middle-aged spread

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Still got one somewhere

I bought one, used it twice, gave up.

Getting it to talk to the TV was hit and miss (mainly miss), connecting to the tape recorder never worked, and the fake button keyboard membrane was a POS

Absolute waste of money

Its in my spare parts bin, I guess a museum will get it one day

Web prank horror: Man shot dead while pretending to rob someone at knife-point for a YouTube video

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Darwin always wins

see title

You'd have told them they should have used Apple/Google app model, right? NHSX seeks willing humans to fill health tech and data roles

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Just close it

.......and save the money

Just pointless duplication of existing resources

Arm China brands itself a 'strategic asset', calls for Beijing's help in boardroom dispute with Brit HQ

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So what is the current status?

This is a story that needs a follow up

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Re: Well, that does it for Western companies investing in China

And steal whatever technology they want

The killing of CentOS Linux: 'The CentOS board doesn't get to decide what Red Hat engineering teams do'

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Not the first time...

They've done this before.

Anyone else remember when the original free Red Hat Linux was dumped, leaving a choice of paid-for RHEL or the experimental Fedora?

Pissed a lot of people off at the time and led to a lot of people ditching Red Hat

Looks like they forgot their own history

Did Arthur C. Clarke call it right? Water spotted in Moon's sunlit Clavius crater by NASA telescope

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have you got a phone number for Jezebel? She sounds hot.

Microsoft drives users to the Edge: Internet Explorer to redirect to Chromium-based browser in November

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that's the NHS fuc*ed then

A heck of a lot of NHS clinical software only works with IE and Java

This could create a horrible mess

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide

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What about "hardware and software"?

Hard and soft are offensive terms in a sexual sense and are also offensive and discriminatory to men with erectile disfunction

Oh deer! Scotland needs some tech smarts to help monitor its rampant herbivore populations

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Re: Export them!

Most sheep exports to the middle east go as live cargo - an awful situation, whole shiploads overpacked into sweltering tin cans.Tens of thousands at a time.

UK legislation would never let you do it, and the deer would die of fright anyway.

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The answer is..............

Predator (drone) + thermal imaging + Hellfire missiles

Reduce the deer population, give the RAF target practice, and rent out killing sessions to armchair bloodsports enthusiasts. Kill things by remote control - save on pollution and traffic congestion in the Highlands

Bad: US govt says Chinese duo hacked, stole blueprints from just about everyone. Also bad: They extorted cash

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Re: Students.............

May be long term, but a lot of research projects are long term and you'll get better espionage results from someone actually embedded in that research team. They get to live and learn the project and can replicate it when they return home.

Stealing the data is one thing, stealing the staff from the project is something better

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Re: Students.............

And the massage girls............

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Its time to understand that the plethora of Chinese students that our universities are so worried about losing the cash from, are all potential or actual sleeper agents.

They come here as undergrads, then stay either as postgrad researchers, or working in high-tech industry. With the numbers involved even if only 1% progress to becoming industrial spies the Chinese will have managed to steal a considerable volume of research.

Time to send them all home. We can't run the risk of Chinese nationals in our key industries

Capita's bespoke British Army recruiting IT cost military 25k applicants after switch-on

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Capita = Success

Using Capita to run projects such as this is a long established way of cutting government department budgets without announcing cuts.

If you can't recruit staff you don't have to pay them, so cost savings achieved.

Incompetence breeds success, thats why the Tories love the

Alibaba's financial arm, Ant, files for monster IPO ahead of march on the world's merchants and shoppers

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What an amazing investment..............

For the Federal Reserve and Bank of England, jointly.

Done right they could really screw with the Chinese economy - excellent threat to hold over the heads of the CCP

An axe age, a sword age, Privacy Shield is riven, but what might that mean for European businesses?

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Emis GP medical records?

Where does this leave Emis and its migration of GP medical records to the Emis-X system, based on Amazon Web Services?

Something like 60% of UK GP records could be affected

The Devil's in the details: Church of Satan forced to clarify that no unholy rituals taking place in SoCal forest

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Its in California where..........

everything is satanic

It has to be, that's why the film studios went there

Four years after swallowing Arm Holdings, SoftBank said to be mulling Brit chip biz sale

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Only one possible buyer............

The Chinese government will buy it

Taking the company over would be both a military and business strategic advance for the Chinese. We have to hope our government recognise this and prevent any overseas purchase. The company should be nationalised NOW before any more secrets are lost

Microsoft says ciao to Xiaoice: Formerly unpatriotic Chinese teenager sim flies the nest

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Re: Retreating from future conflict?

A bit like IBM (or its previous identity) and its German tabulation business and calculating machines

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Retreating from future conflict?

Is this the first step of Microsoft withdrawing operations from China in advance of the looming technological and trade war? At some point the trade embargo is going to block its normal business

IBM job ad calls for 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes – which is six years old

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Re: Windows 2000

came out in 1999 from memory...........with preview releases earlier?

If the Solar System's 'Planet Nine' is actually a small black hole, here's how we could detect it... wait, what?

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So whats the speed of gravity at the purported black hole

And why aren't we inside it?

We'll pay £400k for a depth charge-proof robot submarine, says UK's Ministry of Defence

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Gerry Anderson did it again...............

what they need are something like Titan's Terror Fish, though only optionally manned


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Thats our whole navy ...................

So that will be our entire serviceable navy in that fleet in the South China Sea

LibreOffice community protests at promotion of paid-for editions, board says: 'LibreOffice will always be free software'

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We've been here before

Who remembers Star Office?

That's the original commercial version. And its dead as a Norwegian Blue

Or the Lotus Symphony suite, also dead

High-flying Microsoft exec jumps to Magic Leap as CEO. No, we haven't got that the wrong way round

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So what do Microsoft know that we don't..........?

My guess is she's been put in place by Microsoft to ensure an easy takeover, shades of Nokia and Stephen Elop.

The question is, what do Microsoft see in the business that's worth acquiring? Is there something in the technology package that fits into Microsoft's future plans

Psst: Want to know who else has their snout in the Copernicus trough? (spoiler: it's not the UK)

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Is the MEV going to be launched by the Zero-X?

Microsoft to take a break from Edge releases: Hits pause button to align with Chromium

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bloody edge..........

Microsoft are even pushing Edge out onto WIndows 7 machines, quite annoying really


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