* Posts by I&I

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Defense against the Darknet, or how to accessorize to defeat video surveillance

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Re: security concerns

Harwich?

UK watchdog slaps 'misleading' Voda ad: Gigafast... maybe so – but not for £23

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Re: 1/3:3/1

When I was a boy (before the age-change), offshore Pirate Radio transmitters carried warping devices (proper valves) to ensure the wavelength rhymed with the station name.

(and people would curl up in bed with their trannies!...)

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Re: 1/3:3/1

And something in Sèvres

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1/3:3/1

By way of comparison, “Terahertz” in Wikipedia “...consists of electromagnetic waves within the ITU-designated band of frequencies from 0.3 to 3 terahertz (THz)”.

(...while rural Blighty is lucky if it gets shortwave; not that I’m feeling grudgy or anything...)

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Megabit in a Gigabit world

Gah... can only dream of that in rural Hampshire where fibre can only reach as “high” as 20MBps sorry 0.02Gbps. Discounting (very frequent) drop-outs, that is.

Humanity gazes into the abyss to get its first glimpse of a black hole

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Re: imaging a black hole directly is somewhat tricky:

Is space quantum-foamy grey? How do BH (with Hawking radiation) compare against that? “Black” is so binary.

Israeli Moon probe crashes at the last minute but SpaceX scores with Falcon Heavy launch

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Mare Map

https://hiveminer.com/Tags/mare%2Cserenatis

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Re: crashed minutes before landing?

“Serenity Bits”

Uncle Sam charges Julian Assange with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion

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Assuage

Yes! Pack your bags! Blossoming planetary system strikingly similar to ours found by boffins

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Just tunnel-through to >c, where mass goes imaginary, regains finiteness and, with further increasing velocity, reduces in magnitude (à la or au tachyon). Use an attraction-engine ;-)

Never thought we'd ever utter these words, but... can anyone recommend a spin doctor for NASA?

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Possible surface detail effects including capillary, local hotspots. Fractal fun.

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Shrinking (by compression) ? Interesting equilibrium then (beyond “ballet dancer”). Combined gravity and mucky material effects against centrifugal. That should sort things out.

Science says death metal fans delightful and intelligent people, great at dinner parties

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Best for deep thoughtful creative coding: Country & western. Just enough musicality to lubricate the mind but not enough to distract it.

SpaceX Crew Dragon: Launched and docked. Now, about that splashdown...

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Has to be destroyed otherwise it can’t be written off “the books”. If someone was to find a use for it, that would conflict. The pen is, after all, mightier than reality.

Don't mean to alarm you, but Boeing has built an unmanned fighter jet called 'Loyal Wingman'

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Re: So are we starting a pool?

Great plot line for “The Archers”

Decoding the President, because someone has to: Did Trump just blow up concerted US effort to ban Chinese 5G kit?

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Re: @RealFakeDonaldTrump

AI is a mind-lever, as opposed to an independent consciousness. Beware not the pawnish Terminators but (the mindset of) the chiefs of Skynet.

Push-AI gets programmed (eg by rules or training data/regimes). But pull-AI (adapt-to-thrive bots) in the political world becomes whatever thrives best in that world. Like scaremongering and threat-creation. Like human politicians, just amplified. Oh, we already have one.

Bored bloke takes control of British Army 'psyops' unit's Twitter

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Re: The Best of British

Are they a bloke?

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Re: If the 77th brigade are what they say they are, surely...

One Night in Bangkok

Visited the Grand Canyon since 2000? You'll have great photos – and maybe a teensy bit of unwanted radiation

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Re: "What if terrorists ..."

(c) ...don’t read The Reg ?

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“The dose dropped to nothing five or more feet from the buckets”. Wow, that really is impressive... ;-)

Surrey Uni mans the space harpoons, and NASA buys more seats on Russian rockets

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Re: brake

Ionosphere - traditionally exploited for over-horizon radio from long to short wave and even itself modulated by high power transmissions - extends far above the ISS.

You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one? Secondly, check out Project Alias

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Re: Why not just

“...seen to be”

As in Three Mile Island incident PORV indicator

(“yes, you’ve flipped the switch”).

Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it

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While driving on certain roads an hour or so away from Anaheim (S. Cal.), I was advised by a local priest (stopped at an intersection) that driving “too slowly” (like at or below the legal limit) could get you shot.

In which case the evidence needs to be bulletproof.

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“Trust but Verify”

China's really cotton'd on to this whole Moon exploration thing: First seed sprouts in lunar lander biosphere

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Run, Yutu (2), run

(Then if it had dug “that hole” it could indeed “forget the sun” - temperature variations)

(Repeat)

Americans are just fine with facial recognition technology – as long as they get shorter queues

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Re: Tech ignorance

...or FR system sees shop shrinking (rapidly, with distance)

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Re: Tech ignorance

Shoplifter-recognition (specialised), including (in)ability to see face at all, outfit, gait, browsing patterns, gestures (including parting ones as they rapidly get smaller with distance).

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Beyond face recognition...

(Initially meant the heavy interpretation

...but to “end on a lighter note”, envision numerous deodorant ads “following” an unwashed through a shopping mall)

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Re: Something Ben Franklin Said

Ban-Policing: “Facial Recognition Recognition”.

It's the weekend. We're out of puns for now. Just have a gander at China's Moon lander and robo-sidekick snaps, videos

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Hey there’s a thought... crowd funded landing... subscription/donation rate shooting up as the ground approaches...

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Final stage of landing seemed a bit sudden/heavy - e.g. compared to the classic “Eagle” (Apollo) one.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: Easily solved

The king’s new wall

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Re: the Eagle Nebula dubbed the Pillars of Creation

Colour mapping can be a grey area

SpaceX's Crew Dragon shows up at pad 39A, nearly 8 years after the last Shuttle left

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Drag-On

Two interpretations come to mind

China's loose Chang'e: Probe lands on far side of the Moon in science first, says state media

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Reassert our (humanity’s) potential. Partly quenches thirst of this Apollo child.

Who's watching you from an unmarked van while you shop in London? Cops with facial recog tech

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Not only “Big Brother”

All sorts of “little brothers & sisters” too. Some gangs have huge budgets. Do we really want asymmetry? World doesn’t stand still.

Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists

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Terminological inexactitudes

Outer space? Inner space? How about “middle space”? At least the branding is on a hyperbolic trajectory. Brilliant vision, teamwork, perseverance, tech and achievement regardless.

NASA names the date for the first commercial crew demo flight

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Send in Zeroid Dicks Hewitt !

Or Sgt.Mag. Zero.

Or any decent Windsor Davies sim.

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“The Naked Time”

An episode of Star Trek - the original series - where Riley continually broadcasts his maddeningly infuriatingly bad rendition of “Kathleen” ship-wide.

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Re: Bomb 20

“Mah Nà Mah Nà...” (song)

Ad Infinitum

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

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Re: Poor Reliability.. better idea

In “The Man From UNCLE” (original tv series) the employees at HQ each wore a triangular badge. Some had them pointing upwards, others down. Promotion prospects?

Chinese teen braniacs are being trained to build new AI weapons

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Long-term sustainable formal-knowledge management has been solved ?

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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What? Boats?

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Re: Jesus

Classic Ella Fitzgerald song?

Now Europe wants a four-million-quid AI-powered lie detector at border checkpoints

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“Self described” ?

Now we’re getiing into proper AI

(providing it did it from feeling)

Dawn of the dead: NASA space probe runs out of gas in asteroid belt after 6.4 billion-mile trip

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Re: This seems like a good argument for ion drives

I discussed this kind of application (at a space conference) with one of the major ISS designers (prior to ISS happening). He agreed it was a good application in principle, e.g. avoiding the “structural rattle” associated with (more impulsive) traditional gas-expansion attitude-control options.

But the aerospace industry is renowned for its conservatism. Who needs wheels when there is so much accumulated experience with skids? And risk assessors love accumulated experience.

One reasonable question (addressable) regards possibility of ionisation and hence structural charge.

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Re: This seems like a good argument for ion drives

Lower thrust, but integrated over a lot of time (even more than “The Mouse On The Moon”), it got us smoothly from Earth orbit to the moon

http://m.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/SMART-1/The_magic_of_ion_engines

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Re: Then what??

Presumably it will eventually crash on Ceres (possibly contaminating it) following orbit trajectory disturbance by the ever-changing combination of gravitational forces from other passing (even at great distance) bodies like Jupiter. Just guessing (wish article had explained).

Budget 2018: UK goes it alone on digital sales tax for tech giants

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...or any products etc. advertised by them?

(“food-chain”)

Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally

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That’s no moon...

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