* Posts by Jimmy2Cows

1949 posts • joined 6 Feb 2015

I own that $4.5bn of digi-dosh so rewrite your blockchain and give it to me, Craig Wright tells Bitcoin SV devs

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Re: how come his computer was so easy to hack?

Many apparently smart people can be incredibly naive. Chances are there's a Dunning-Kruger effect in play too.

But being realistic, chances are far higher he's litigating out of his arse.

Austrian watchdog rules German company's use of Google Analytics breached GDPR by sending data to US

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Re: Will this ruling apply in the UK ?

As do I, but I wouldn't hold my breath. It'll come down to how much Bojo wants to suck up to the US.

NASA's Mars InSight trips into safe mode and ESA's Sentinel-1B gives scientists the silent treatment

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Re: Anyone up for a private mission to Mars.

Build it (a traffic light) and they will come?

Although, the available traffic seems a little light to me.

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Dragging something across the surface could leave scratches, which will both reduce panel performance and hold more dust, further reducing panel performance.

A fan to periodically blow away surface dust doesn't seem difficult or heavy. The air may be thin, but it's still there. Given known problems of dust build-up affecting previous missions I'm amazed there's no such kit on InSight, but then I'm not a rocket surgeon.

Secure boot for UK electric car chargers isn't mandatory until 2023 – but why the delay?

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Re: ensuring large numbers of devices can't be activated simultaneously at peak hours

Yes indeed, how dare people want to charge at a time convenient for them, rather than a time deemed appropriate by electricity and/or grid companies.

Heaven forbid the government take rational, effective and reliable steps to ensuring our energy security, sufficient generating capacity, and adequate power delivery capability for the peons to have a normal life, rather only changing and journeying when we're allowed to.

It's not like all these impending, and current, problems haven't been known years in advance. But no, let's just carry on taking 25% of everyone's energy bills to put up more unreliable wind farms and inappropriate solar panels, while taking absolutely no steps whatsoever to beef up our energy grids.

Hell, the government should be investing wholesale in a massive grid upgrade, doing whatever they can to ensure everyone can get the power they need, when they need it. Failure to do so is building in a massive uncompetitive disadvantage to UK business, consumers and the public at large.

What's the economic cost of not being able to go to work or deliver goods? Of not being able to take family trips and days out when we want to, because we can't charge the car until 11pm.

Wait, we already know this, because it's pretty similar to having everyone stuck at home for the past 2 years, combined with the massive shortage of delivery drivers we're now seeing. So just more of the same, but forever.

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Re: Petrol provides more energy per £ than mains electricity

No argument over SMRs, which are by far the best and most realistic, reliable, viable, achievable, base load and load following generators we can currently make.

Wind and solar maybe have a part to play, but only if they're appropriately situated and aren't 100% relied on for all power. This a time and a place for wind and solar, but the UK is neither for most of the year.

RR is certainly not the only group with skin in the SMR game, and many are much. much closer to fruition.

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Re: Petrol provides more energy per £ than mains electricity

Puh-lease. Tokamaks will never be generating useful fusion power, and before you stutter "but.. but.. ITER...!" that's nothing more than a massive plasma physics experiment.

Helion Energy and Focus Fusion have far more chance of producing useful power. Hell even that Rossi twat with his magic ecat cold fusion nonsense has more chance of producing useful fusion energy than Tokamaks or ITER.

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Re: More difficult than necessary

Of course. We aren't allowed anything free, you know. Tax man, middle men must be allowed to cream off their profits.

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Re: Secure boot is going where?

Nope they want to entirely discourage us poorpers from owning cars in the first place, force us to walk everywhere and cram ourselves into horribly inconvenient public transport, so they and their rich mates get the roads to themselves.

Only wish I were trolling.

For example, this from August 2019: UK Science and Technology Commitee says ban personal car ownership

There was also similar bollocks from an MP in the news the recently.

Canon: Chip supplies are so bad that our ink cartridges will look as though they're fakes

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Re: Recycling?

The irony of this situation is so thick you could insulate a huge building with it.

This alone deserves my upvote.

Worst of CES Awards: The least private, least secure, least repairable, and least sustainable

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Re: Seriously?

Moving parts that may be in motion while the car remains stationary. Cooling fans, alternator/power steering/AC pulleys and belts, that sort of thing.

Standard warning on most cars for years now, if not decades.

Locking the bonnet against the owner is a new one, though.

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Re: It is an all out war on ownership by the bilionaires

I've said it before and I'll say it again:

Make lobbying illegal.

Make it a crime for any legislator or government official to receive money, payment, goods, services, gifts and anything else from any person or organistion.

Lawmakers' only job should be to make laws, and the potential targets of those laws must not be allowed any influence. If you need industry experts, get them from outside the likely targets, or, you know, learn how shit works before legislating said shit.


Electric fastback fun: Now you can surf the web from the driving seat of your Polestar 2

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It makes sense...

It makes sense; one would not want drivers jabbing away at the touchscreen while their vehicle thunders down the highway.

And yet far too many manufacturers insist on making drivers do exactly that to access HVAC controls and other vehicle functions. Stop taking away our physical controls, morons!

Boffins' first take on asteroid dust from Japanese probe: Carbon rich, less lumpy than expected

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You're assuming a uniform distribution, instead of stuff being randomly clumped together.

In a clumping scenario the chances of reaching a particular star system is remote, though the chances are reaching any star system are somewhat greater.

Not saying anything either way about panspermia, just noting a potential discrepancy in your statistics.

Of course a Bluetooth-using home COVID test was cracked to fake results

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Bit of a leap...

...we have analyzed all results to-date and confirmed no other results were impacted...

How would they know this?

Do they store all original results somewhere else that can be interogated against the received data? I call BS. A huge steaming pile. Either Alan Fox, Ellume's head of information systems, is lying, or he's been fed some technical word salad by an arse-covering subordinate and doesn't have the appropriate understanding to say "You know what...? That's bollocks mate."

RAF shoots down 'terrorist drone' over US-owned special ops base in Syria

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Re: A winning strategy?

ISIS and the Syrian anti-government forces aren't the same people, even if their objectives occassionally intersect (as in, they both want the Syrian government out).

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Re: Nothing there...

Oh FFS, move on already.

We get it; you don't approve of NASA spending its legally defined budget on space exploration. Repeating the same sentiment here, over and over just isn't going to change anything.

So much pent-up loathing for so long. Can't be healthy.

UK's Defra and Ministry of Justice facing £120m IR35 tax bills thanks to inaccuracies in assessing contractors' status

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Re: Laugh or cry?

Shake head in abject disbelief. Submit an FOI request to determine who, if anyone, at HMRC knows their arse from their elbow.

Governments are notoriously incompetent with many things, but this really is levelling it up to a world beating degree.

Belgian defence ministry admits attackers accessed its computer network by exploiting Log4j vulnerability

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From personal experience of 24 years as a developer, a few things that might help:

Allow developers to choose the best languages and tools for the job, instead of mandating particular solutions just because they happen to be in vogue. Old doesn't mean bad.

Following on from above, don't constantly switch language with every change in the wind.

"Agile" is not the solution to every problem. If, as a business, you're going to "do agile", take the time to fully understand what it means - don't just read the Agile Manifesto, don't pay lip-service while resolutely resisting any actual change to development practices, and absolutely do not see it as a silver bullet that will magically solve all problems.

Give sufficient time to design and develop a proper solution without scope creep.

Listen to your devs when they say something won't work, is a poor choice etc. They usually know what they're talking about.

Test continuously, as a mandatory part of the development process, not just a tacked on afterthought that can be dismissed if it seems too expensive or clashes with a pre-ordained release shedule.

Let development be managed by people who actually know what they're doing, instead of MBA's that know jack shit about programming.

Of course, there's loads more depending on your personal experience.

£42k for a top-class software engineer? It's no wonder uni research teams can't recruit

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Re: abominations

"I could care less" become the accepted default

Urgh. Hopefully this never happens. Drift is one thing. A complete reversal of meaning is quite another.

Google joins others in Big Tech: Get vaccinated – or you're fired

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Re: UK vs US employment law

Doesn't apply to UK Google. Only US Google.

Still plenty of ways around it. Usually making vaccination a job requirement for the safety of themselves and other workers, then refuseniks can be warned they aren't meeting their job requirements as their actions (or inactions) risk endangering others.

Doesn't have to actually be endangering anyone. Just creating a risk the company deems unacceptable. From there on out it's standard disciplinary procedures of increasing warnings up to termination.

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Re: people should be able to choose for themselves

People still can choose for themselves. But all choices have consequences, and one of those consequences for choosing to remain unvaccinated is that some companies won't employ you. They've made a choice based on their risk analysis.

Feel free to find a different employer that doesn't mind, or start your own business.

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Re: persons

How does being vaccinated prevent you living the rest of your life to the full? Seems like it would increase your chances of living a full life.

Mask wearing has little to nothing to do with being terrified. Strawman to prop up your belief system.

You want the freedom to not wear a mask - fine, but expect others to use their freedom to call you out on it should they wish to do so.

Freedom works both ways. Mighty hypocritical of you to bang on about freedoms (no you didn't use the word specifically, but it's implied) then critise the people who want to do the opposite to you.

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter planning move to blockchain. How will it work? Your guess is as good as ours

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Re: huge quantum

Simultaneously both huge and tiny, and all sizes in between.

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Re: GM free AI

Don't forget vegan. Any respectable AI these days is vegan.

Will I inhale coronavirus at this restaurant? There’s an app for that

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Re: virtually impossible to become infected in open air settings

Citation desperately needed.

Reduced likelihood does not equal virtually impossible.

MPs charged with analysing Online Safety Bill say end-to-end encryption should be called out as 'specific risk factor'

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Re: Ah.....the STASI state moves ever closer...and some EL Reg commentards seem to approve!

Looks like someone can't spot a hypothetical statement.

China's Yutu rover spots 'mysterious hut' on far side of the Moon

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AWS claims 'monumental step forward' with optional IPv6-only networks

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Re: quintillion

Don't see the issue, TBH.

Most people know that words ending in "illion", for numbers, means "really big", and enough people understand "quint" to figure out its bigger than "trillion" and "quadrillion".

Frankly 10^18 would be just as unfathomable for the many people you refer to. All it saves is a bit of typing.

Desktop bust and custom iPhone 13 Pro made from melted-down Tesla car for the Elon Musk dork in your life

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The bold design of the smartphone echoes the outline of Musk's Teslas

Maybe, if you've just bombed some particularly strong acid.

Wait, did they strategically omit "after Autopilot has crashed it into a motorway barrier." from the description?

Apple's Pegasus lawsuit a 'declaration of war' against offensive software developers, says Kaspersky director

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And assassination is not the same thing as not legging it when someone steps to you with a knife.

High assassination count != tough and/or brave.

Alleged Brit SIM-swapper will kill himself if extradited to US for trial, London court told

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The US government is appealing that finding.

Parsing error... I misread that as:

The US government is finding that appealing.

Server errors plague app used by Tesla drivers to unlock their MuskMobiles

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Re: why didn't they use IPv6 so the car and phone can just talk directly to each other

Can't harvest all that juicy location and timing info so easily if the car and phone talk directly to each other.

AI surveillance software increasingly used to make sure contract lawyers are doing their jobs at home

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Re: I stopped buying from Amazon about a year ago.

The same "UK sellers" that operate out of Portsmouth or Southampton, make a big noise about fast delivery, yet anything bought from them takes about a week to arrive?

The same "UK sellers" who repsond to complaints and questions with terrible English, and always at 4 in the morning? (Sadly I accept that terrible English alone covers a lot of people genuinely in the UK).

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Re: working at Amazon

I doubt he's forgotten. He just made his money then jumped ship, before it happens.

Lawsuit accusing Robinhood and Citadel Securities of colluding to stop GameStop shares from skyrocketing thrown out by judge

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Re: But RobinHood did block buying Gamestop

Rittenhouse is white. The people he shot are white.

No black people were involved in the Rittenhouse shootings. Yes, it happened during BLM protests, but that's the only racial connection and it's pretty tenuous. Let's not conflate facts and hyperbole please.

Attacking anyone who's carrying a loaded weapon, especially in the US, is stupid at best, at worst it's outright suicidal.

As a non-US resident it is indeed hard to believe people can carry firearms in public, but that's allowed by US law in some states. Call it a crazy law by all means, but Rittenhouse and who he shot is not a race issue. Regardless of when and where it happened.

Do not try this at home: Man spends $5,000 on a 48TB Raspberry Pi storage server

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Re: But overall, the device's performance was ... mostly disappointing.

What's your point?

Are you annoyed that he tried something to see how it would turn out? That it failed? That he's lucky enough to have some sponsorship giving him the fiduciary flexibility to try random stuff? That he blogs wacky ideas to make a buck...?

Google swats away £3bn Safari Workaround ad-tracking cookie lawsuit in Supreme Court victory

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Re: You fucking liar

The article omitted to say if the aforementioned spokeswoman was smiling while she said it.

Apple says it will no longer punish those daring to repair their iPhone 13 screens

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Re: make 3rd party repairs impossible

@aaaa... come on, seriously?

Apple already effectively blocks many third-party repairs, yet iPhones are still frequently stolen. Kinda renders your enitre rant moot.

You want to reduce theft? Try identifying the root causes, the societal problems that most tend to lead people into crime. I can all but guarantee that easy-to-repair iPhones won't feature anywhere on that list. Fix the underlying issues, don't conflate them with completely irrelevant subjects.

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Re: Well done Apple!

I feel like you may have missed the OP's weapons-grade sarcasm, however yes, it will be a slight improvement on the current situation, once Apple finally get around to releasing their alluded software patch.

Rolls-Royce set for funding fillip to build nuclear power stations based on small modular reactor technology

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Re: abundant guaranteed wave energy that will increase with climate change

Wave and tidal are not remotely practical at the necessary scale.

The operating environment is too harsh, the devices are far too expensive to install and maintain, and they've been proven to alter coastal errosion and deposition patterns in ways that are often damaging, and at best need additional costly measures to mitigate the change.

You just can't take that much energy out of a system and expect everything in and around where it happens to remain the same.

Applies to wind power as well as wave power. You can't drawn the amount of energy we need from the atmosphere without it affecting local weather patterns. Possibly regional or even global, but I don't know, I'm simply extrapolating based on the number of wind turbines we'd need to be fully supplied.

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Re: One million homes - I don't think so

'Tis a fine barn, but is no Small Modular Reactor, English.

[The one with the book of Simpsons references in the pocket, please]

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Re: so hot the rest of the time that the residents control it by opening windows

The residents can't simply shut off the incoming heating supply when they don't wnat it i.e. during the summer?

There's no thermostat or thermostatic valve to shut off the heating supply once the desired temperature is reached?

No thermostatic values on the individual radiators? No basic on-off taps on individual radiators?

Sounds like a very stupid, badly thought out, badly implemented and inefficient system.

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Re: nuclear power generation is 'fucking expensive'

Any power generating capability these days is fucking expensive, if we're to have enough of it to reliably provide base-load and peaking demand. Not just build cost, but total lifetime cost including environmental damage. Environmental damage which includes resource extraction to build enough of whatever generating source is being built.

Be that nuclear, wind, solar, tidal, hydro, gas, coal, whatever.

Coal and gas have known and proven environmental damage. Gas less so than coal, but still has problems.

Hydro needs massive dams, which flood vast areas of otherwise usable land and can lead to severe downstream problems for people who previously relied on the rivers that are now dammed. The price of generated electricity may be reasonable, and it doesn't produce any GHGs once built, but the construction costs are still massive.

Tidal has been shown to affect coastline erosion and formation patterns, sometimes in ways that are not good. There's also the problem of keeping the things working in such a mechanically hostile environment (salt, water, biofouling, blockages etc.). And the things are really expensive.

Solar has obvious problems more the more northerly lattitudes i.e the UK. Plus you need huge amounts of land area to provide enough panels.

Wind needs huge numbers of massive turbines to make much of a dent, and actual power output is almost always way, way lower than nameplate generating capacity. There's often times of low to no wind, so then the turbines aren't doing anything. Plus they keep breaking. Whenever I've driven past wind farms, it always seems like most of the turbines aren't turning. And again, huge amounts of land area is needed to provide enough turbines.

Where I am now, it's cloudy and there's no wind. It'll be like that all day. Solar and wind would be useless.

Storage could address the intermittency, to a degree. Trouble is you need so much of it, and all solutions are either hideously inefficient (batteries) or have severe site limitations (pumped hydro). Again, the cost to roll out sufficient capacity is enormous. And if there's not enough provision, at some point there will be blackouts, disruption, and even more expense as it's realised that even more storage is needed.

Traditional nuclear costs a lot to build up front. There have been a handful of accidents. Only one was serious enough to have lasting effects. Clean up will be an issue of course, but the problems there are always massively overexaggerated by the anti-nuke movements.

Modern SMR designs are 'walk-away safe' i.e. they don't need constant supervision, and they don't need power to maintain containment. Something goes wrong, they just shut down. They tend not to be pressurised, so there's nothing to "explode". Some designs burn up a huge amount of what's traditionally considered "waste" - which in truth is just another form of fissionable fuel.

Nuclear is the most energy-dense, power-dense generating source we have. It needs by far the smallest land area per generated unit. It is reliable base-load power, and some modern designs can even load-follow to handle peaking.

SMR - if allowed to be implemented properly - has the potential to vastly reduce build costs, provide cleam, reliable power, and address all the safety and waste concerns, both real and imaginary.

Rationally, SMR nuclear is by far the best option. It's that or we waste hundreds of billions on unreliable renewable and inefficient storage, and probably still have to actively manage people energy use. That doesn't sound like a bright and happy future to me.

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Re: The cause is irrelevant

The cause is certainly not irrelevant.

Population displacement and apparent loss of usable land are driven by knee-jerk fear reactions, not a rational and realistic assessment of the actual risks.

NASA advised to study up on what open source, free software, and permissive licenses actually mean

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Re: What free means

Free means free as in free beer, no matter what all the nerdy people say. Free, costless, priceless, untrammelled.

Pretty sure costless and priceless are polar opposites.

Oregon city courting Google data centers fights to keep their water usage secret

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Some people really are bothered by the strangest things. Thank you for adding so much to the discussion.

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Re: So where are they getting the 20% more water to return then they draw out?

They probably have a carefully crafted definition of consume which means significantly less than the amount of water they draw to operate, thus making it possible to return 120% of consumed water .

That or it's a PR droid brainfart.

Imagination mulls adding DirectX to its GPU roadmap amid customer interest

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Re: "generate photorealistic renders of a car in real time on the dashboard"

Glad I'm not the only one to think "What the absolute fuck are they on about?".

Efficiently processing LIDAR returns for near-as-possible real time understanding of what's around the vehicle, for things like collision avoidance? Sure, sounds like it's possibly a viable use case, if this tech is more efficient than existing LIDAR processing systems. Except the return is just half of ray tracing. The LIDAR unit is firing the rays, not the GPU. So actually I'm not sure how this would fit in.

Generating photorealistic renders of a car in real time on the dashboard? Why? This just has no place in an actual car. Sounds like poorly thought out marketing fluff, attempting to make a link to automotive implementations that don't actually exist.

What will the factory of the future look like? Let's start with Intel, Red Hat, and 5G

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Re: done using some software

More flexibly? Certainly.

More efficiently? Perhaps not. Dedicated hardware is usually faster and less power-hungry than running a software solution (e.g. look at software-defined radios compared to specialised radio hardware).


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