The dark matter only exists when you are not looking for it. Maybe Shy Matter would be a better name for it.
1345 posts • joined 31 Jul 2007
After 30 years of searching, astroboffins finally detect the universe's 'missing matter' – using fast radio bursts
Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?
US cable subscribers are still being 'ripped off' by creeping price increases – and this lot has had enough
All over the world - at least all 5 countries where I have lived - the cable companies offer a nice package, then proceed to gradually change the channel line-up untill you have only the unwatchable channels left and need to subscribe again to a new more expensive package to get back what you lost. So they are all sleeze balls.
NHS contact tracing app isn't really anonymous, is riddled with bugs, and is open to abuse. Good thing we're not in the middle of a pandemic, eh?
Yup, an app like that is useless. It doesn't take partitions/walls/PPE into consideration. It will not be installed by 100% of the population.
The tests are mostly useless and a waste of time/money also.
If a doctor armed with a thermometer and a stethoscope cannot tell that a patient has pneumonia, then there is something wrong with the doctor.
Fortunately, the initial Covid epidemic scare is over. Someone just has to remind the fat lady to sing.
The virus will spread through the rest of the population and there is nothing we can do to stop it. A vaccine will only arrive after it spread to most.
So, forget about the virus and get on with your life.
Now there's nothing stopping the PATRIOT Act allowing the FBI to slurp web-browsing histories without a warrant
ATLAS flubbed: Comet heading our way takes one look at Earth, self-destructs into house-sized chunks
Quick Q: Er, why is the Moon emitting carbon? And does this mean it wasn't formed from Theia hitting Earth?
NASA makes May 27 its US independence day from Russian rockets: America's back in the astronaut business after nearly nine years
GCC 10 gets security bug trap. And look what just fell into it: OpenSSL and a prod-of-death flaw in servers and apps
A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT
Re: An oldie, but a goodie
Ayup, few people know where RS Components came from, but they didn't invent RS232. AFAIK that RS stands for Recommended Standard, unless it is maybe a backronym.
I had a similar but more modern conversation with a salesdroid: Do you have Lucky-Goldstar something or other... No, we have... There it is, Lucky-Goldstar... That is LG! Well, many years ago, Lucky bought Goldstar and became Lucky-Goldstar, LG... He then did a Google search to confirm what I said.
April 2020 and – rest assured – your Windows PC can still be pwned by something so innocuous as an unruly font
It is just amazing what incredibly craptastic code MS and Adobe wrote (and continue to write). It shows that they employ junior programmers with zero experience, no oversight and no code reviews get done either. It also shows that their bug fixes are equally craptastic. If it was me, I would start by auditing the libraries and provide macro wrappers to avoid common mistakes, then recompile the whole can of worms.
Started from the bottom, now we're near: 16 years on, open-source vector graphics editor Inkscape draws close to v1.0
I tried Inkscape many moons ago and could not get going with it - could not figure out how to do the simplest things. More recently I tried it again and was pleasantly surprised. It works great on Linux, but proved impossible to install on my MacBook. Therefore I'd be very happy with a proper Mac version.
Stop us if you've heard this before: Boeing's working on 737 Max software fixes for autopilot, stabilization bugs
The trouble is that even if Boeing fixes all the currently known bugs, the certifiers will always find a new bug. There will be an endless succession of bugs like in the Windows OS. No certifier will ever want to sign this catastrophe off. What if it crashes again? They would not be able to live with that.
Washington state governor green-lights facial-recog law championed by... guess who: Yep, hometown hero Microsoft
Zoom's end-to-end encryption isn't actually end-to-end at all. Good thing the PM isn't using it for Cabinet calls. Oh, for f...
Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...
Small trial evidence suggests that Quinone helps if administered early enough. That kind of result is similar to other anti-viral treatments like Tamiflu. If you take it too late, the damage is done already and once you are dead, nothing helps, unless your name is Lazarus.
However, the Quinone works in conjunction with other things, notably Zinc and an antibiotic. Without those two, it does almost nothing. That is why there are all these attention seeking allegations of It Works! It Doesn't Work! The Sky Is Falling! We are All Going to Die! flying around. People are cherry picking results to criticize Trump or whoever else they want to criticize, but in the end they just make themselves look stupid.
In the mean time, the large pharmaceutical companies are ramping up production of Quinone and they probably know what they are doing better than a political journalist with a preconceived agenda.
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Black hole quasar tsunamis moving at 46 million miles per hour
Britain's courts lurch towards Skype and conference calls for trials as COVID-19 distancing kicks in
Bad news: Coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the world. Good news: Nitrogen dioxide levels are decreasing and the air on Earth is cleaner
Supply, demand and a scary mountain of debt: The challenges facing IT as COVID-19 grips the global economy
Russia-backed crew's latest malware has discerning taste – when screening visitors to poisoned watering holes
European electric vehicle sales surged in Q4 2019 but only accounted for wafer-thin slice of total car purchases
BOFH: Here he comes, all wide-eyed with the boundless optimism of youth. He is me, 30 years ago... what to do?
Honeywell, I blew up the qubits: Thermostat maker to offer cloud access to 'world's most powerful quantum computer' within months
'I give fusion power a higher chance of succeeding than quantum computing' says the R in the RSA crypto-algorithm
The right to be forgotten/change your name
In the days of the Wild Wild West, one could 'do a crime and serve your time' and that was it. You pretty much were, whoever you said you were. Nowadays, everything is recorded and any sentence is a life sentence.
The only thing people can do nowadays to finish with the 'doin yer time' part, is to change their name and move to another country immediately after leaving jail.