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UK government shakes magic money tree, finds $500m to buy a stake in struggling satellite firm OneWeb

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Oooh look! Over there! -> Bunnies!!


(1) Fuck off you Euro twats we don't need you!

(2) What do you mean we can't use the system? We designed and built most of it!

(3) Fuck you double, we'll build our own!

(4) How much?

(5) Oh shit, what do we do now? We need a distraction.

(6) Hey, this firm does satellites. Close enough. Hint that it could do navigation as well and they'll be too busy arguing about it to remember the original cock up.

And, dear reader, the rest is history.

Hey, Boeing. Don't celebrate your first post-grounding 737 Max test flight too hard. You just lost another big contract

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Re: Boeing in a serious bind?

Could always give off the planes as, say McDonald Douglas, and bring in new management.

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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Re: The one true way...Nubile?

For my sins I once looked the word up.

It means "marriageable".

So technically gender neutral.

However it seems to have morphed into the assumption that only young and statuesque females are worth marrying. On which I couldn't possibly comment.

Beware the fresh Windows XP install: Failure awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth

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Re: There's a rat in mi kitchen...

Upvoted for the welly boot suggestion.

One of our cats used to bring mice in to play with.

Let them run a bit, then trap them between fore paws.

Rinse and repeat.

Usually about 3 in the morning.

We were woken by the sound of "patter patter patter bump" repeated many times as the mouse was released and caught.

I had to wait until the mouse was frozen between the front paws and pop an inverted welly over it.

Lay it down and the mouse legged it up to the toe end.

Out into the cold dark night to shake a welly. {Not code!}

Windows 10 once more in print condition: Microsoft applies out-of-band fix to Patch Tuesday cock-up

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W10 print spoolers

I have a mixed network including W7, W8.1 and W10.

Every now and then W10 seems to lose contact with the HP networked printer while W7 and W8.1 still print happily.

Restarting the printer (single action instead of tinkering with multiple PCs) seems to cure it.

This predates the latest updates so the W10 spooler may have been dodgy for some time.

The girl with the dragnet tattoo: How a TV news clip, Insta snaps, a glimpse of a tat and a T-shirt sold on Etsy led FBI to alleged cop car arsonist

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Re: To all the "conservatives"

True Communism is Christianity for atheists.

NASA scientists mull sending a spacecraft on a 13-year mission to visit Neptune's 'bizarre' moon, Triton

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Re: Just a flyby?

I did wonder if they could drop a small probe off into orbit for the longer term.

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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Re: acre feet?

I have those.

Trouble me something chronic before rain.

ZFS co-creator boots 'slave' out of OpenZFS codebase, says 'casual use' of term is 'unnecessary reference to a painful experience'

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Thank you

For the sermon on the mount.

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Don't.you mean hierarchically different?

As Uncle Sam flies spy drones over protest-packed cities, Homeland Security asks the public if that's a good idea

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Re: Purpose of survey questions

I am occasionally cynical, and I wouldn't trust the intent behind this survey.

However the questions being asked would also be needed for a genuine survey trying to understand perceptions.

Do you know a lot about the subject and have a high degree of experience?

Do you know very little about the subject?

A valid result might be that:

(1) People who understand the uses, limitations and capabilities support the use of drones but people without this information distrust the technologies.


(2) People who really understand the issues are deeply uncomfortable with current and planned future uses but people who have a hobby drone think the whole thing is cool and see no problems.

So the questions themselves may be valid and could also highlight where there are real or perceived issues. Cynicism suggests it is just the start of a propaganda exercise to justify what they are doing and intend to keep on doing.

EU aviation wonks give all-electric training aeroplane the green light – but noob pilots only have 50 mins before they have to land it

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Re: Reserve power?

Comparing eCar range is obviously very interesting but is it strictly comparable with keeping a plane in the air?

I assume the range calculations should be for accelerating up to cruising speed then just cruising, which is more or less motorway miles. I think.

They stopped using this figure because it didn't reflect real life driving and now calculate fuel consumption and range based on mixed driving patterns.

It may be that the comparisons are the same, or it could be that the urban part of the test favours the eCar and the range difference may be larger.

Oh, and don't mention VW!

If Daddy doesn't want me to touch the buttons, why did they make them so colourful?

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Re: Press the button Max ...

Not just Basingstoke (which is very tempting) but in the same blast radius (from memory) you would also get Newbury and Reading.

In fact they are far more likely because Aldermaston is beside the river Kennet which is in a vey deep valley with very steep sides. As are Newbury and Reading.

Still, very evocative image.

Legal complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over claims coronavirus Test and Trace programme flouts GDPR

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You need electronic tracking of some sort.

Noted by some above, ignored by others.

Phoning someone up and asking them to identify their contacts is more or less pointless if they have been in a shop or on public transport (just two of the many obvious cases).

Electronic recording of close(ish) contacts, such as with low power BT recording beacons, is not reliably accurate to identify close contact but it seems the best available at the moment.

Yes, mapping every cell phone into a massive central database linked to personal identity could do much the same but there may be minor privacy issues in that approach.

The BT approach at least gives a nod to maintaining anonymity.

Writing it off because of obvious edge cases is not a sensible approach, although much loved by techies. If it offers even 75% accuracy it is far better than an outsourced call centre which has all the failings detailed up stream.

Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors

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Haven't they already done that and settled?

Enriching lawyers but not fully compensating themselves.

There's always a coronavirus angle these days: Honor intros new smartphone with built-in temperature sensor

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Re: I'd rather like that function on my phone

I've been grumbling on and off for years that with all the built in sensors you get on a phone there is never a thermometer.

I assume one reason is isolating the sensor so battery temperature, pocket temperature etc. don't distort the reading. Protective cover could also cause issues.

Hmmmm....BT thermometer to talk to your phone?

Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do

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Re: This is not how security works

If, on the other hand, the caller sounds confused, uncertain, and then breaks down part way through and admits that they don't know what they are doing because they haven't had any training you can be reasonably sure that it is genuine,

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

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Re: git broke English

Painful to recall the times a partner has informed me that I have unpulled.

As anti-brutality protests fill streets of American cities, netizens cram police app with K-Pop, airwaves with NWA

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Re: Cui bono? Not racists.

Flags all the way down.

SpaceX Crew Dragon docks at International Space Station

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Isn't the Crew Dragon much the same as the cargo version which has been going to and fro for a while?

Das reboot: That's the only thing to do when the screenshot, er, freezes

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Re: Hilarious...

Sadly I have been guilty of trying to touch scroll printed media.

Too long on the tablet. :-(

For the price tag, this iPad Pro keyboard better damn well be Magic: It isn't... but it's not completely useless either

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Re: Because ... it’ll just work : Nope

I'll see your XPS 1330 and raise you an XPS 1530.

Still in daily use with an SSD and rocking Windows 8.1 with Classic Shell.

I did a test upgrade to W10 a year or so back so I know that runs.

Unless something biodegrades there could be a good few more years in it.

Hooray! It's IT Day! Let's hear it for the lukewarm mugs of dirty water that everyone seems to like so much

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Tastes change

I was brought up drinking tea; milk and 2 sugars (sometimes 3) and didn't like the home made instant coffee.

Having to give up sugar tapered off the tea drinking and I now find myself drinking beer as a thirst quencher. Tough old life.

For the coffee addicts, nobody so far has mentioned the Aeropress which IMHO produces an outstanding cup of coffee. However I can't usually drink coffee past noon and still sleep at night.

My coffee consumption is normally one mug in the morning with 3 heaped spoons of instant, a big lump of butter topped up with double cream. Rocket fuel for those trying to keep to a keto diet.

I agree with all the comments about USA office coffee. The first time I saw the glass pot in the filter machine and realised that I could easily see through the liquid and thought "I usually piss darker than that" I knew that something was seriously amiss.

SD cards hop on the PCIe 4.0 bus to hit 4GB/s with version 8.0 of storage spec

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Re: 128TB ?

P!us a 5G mobile phone which supports this card for a pocket cloud server.

Philippines floats digital services tax – and Uber’s local arm surprisingly applauds

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Tax on whom?

VAT is paid by the customer not the supplier.

Much the same as import duties.

This is just an additional tax on the locals, with global suppliers used as tax collectors. It isn't a tax on revenue or profits of the supplier. They still make out like bandits.

So it isn't costing the globalist money directly, just pushing up local prices (import duty) to try and encourage local suppliers to compete.

However it seems to be pitched as "we will tax the tax avoiders" not "we will tax you for using these suppliers".

Rogue ADT tech spied on hundreds of customers in their homes via CCTV – including me, says teen girl

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Not in MY bedroom!!!!

There are a number of posts focussing on the sexual aspects of monitoring bedrooms (and bathrooms). Can I respectfully suggest a couple of reasons:

(1) You have young children and wish to monitor the baby sitter to detect any form of mistreatment.

(2) You have an aged and/or disabled and/or vulnerable member of the household who requires agency care and you wish to monitor for neglect and abuse. Plenty of examples of cameras hidden in care homes to expose abuse. Extend this to full monitoring of an aged relative who lives alone for trips, falls and again (contract, probably) support staff.

For those banging on about scanning logs for unauthorised changes being easy. I assume (not stated clearly) that initial installation would include the addition of email addresses to the system for authorised users. Part of the service might well be for the installer to add the addresses for the less technically able (or lazy) customer. One extra address seems easy, and as this is the initial install this forms the baseline to check against for unauthorised changes. I assume there are also legitimate addresses installed for supplier support or it shouldn't have taken 7 years to spot.

So 20/20 hindsight from most, but no real suggestion about how to spot an email address which isn't authorised support and isn't a personal email belonging to a customer.

Interested, though, that the feature being used to abuse the system can be turned off without apparently affecting the end user's ability to configure.

New Zealand releases Bluetooth-free COVID-19 tracing app

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The difference that I think I am seeing is that the people in NZ trust the current government with their data.

Wheras in the UK........

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?

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Re: Just say no - tinfoil


I'll wrap it around my phone.

Possibly also line my pockets.

Openreach boss denies BT selling stake in UK's national broadband plumber

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More money into UK Plc

So flog off more vital national infrastructure to foreign investors.

NHS contact-tracing app is best in the world, says VMware CEO... whose company helped build it

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Re: Wear the mask - plenty of pensioners

Bearing in mind that there are also plenty of pensioners (State or private?) still in their 60s and early 70s who have tech aware children (and often grandchildren) and use smart phones to communicate with them.

They are also often fit and active and walk, cycle or run every day.

I think you need a more precise definition of a grouping with little or no technical grasp.

Perhaps those who don't have a Broadband connection?

Edit to note that I would lump into Broadband owners anyone with a smartphone and data package.

Singapore releases the robot hounds to enforce social distancing in parks

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Re: The important questions...

Having been seriously traumatised at a very early age by a black Labrador which was "only trying to play", have an upvote.

Cattle prods are too gentle for such dogs, but more especially for the ignorant owners.

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Spacecraft with graphene sails powered by starlight and lasers

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Attraction of light sails

To my very dumb bunny non engineering mind the big problem with space flight is reaction mass. Something has to app!y a force to make your spacecraft move.

The attraction of light sails is that you have a constant (though diminishing) supply of light to push you along so you don't have to carry and burn your own reaction mass.

However the solar supply may be effectively constant but inverse square law means that the amount available gets less and less the further you are from the sun.

Lasers are an attempt to tinker with the basic fact that free but diffuse energy implies a very long time span for any interstellar mission which you want to be able to stop at the destination and then return.

Beyond a certain time span the mission starts to become pointless.

So what is the likelihood of improving the efficiency of the conversion of matter to energy?

Beyond a certain point you can presumably generate enough energy to slowly accelerate and decelerate a very large mass. Thinking Footfall style of interstellar travel, and refueling at a gas giant.

Solar energy is effectively free and constant but of limited magnitude. So in, say, 70 years time will we be able to efficiently burn rock or gas for energy and have effectively unlimited reaction mass within the solar system and other star systems?

Also, my dodgy ScFi memory suggests that you may need a force field to clear all the matter in you flight path to avoid high energy impacts. This in turn can be sucked up to provide reaction mass.

Given that we have interstellar visitors shaped like huge rocky turds might we be better off tooling up to hitch a ride on one of these? Or perhaps create our own and keep pouring energy into it as it orbits the sun until we can slingshot it towards a distant star?

I love the idea of light sails but it feels as though they are only one part of a complete solution.

One malicious MMS is all it takes to pwn a Samsung smartphone: Bug squashed amid Android patch batch

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Supported, supported, supported.........

So nothing older than 18 months to 2 years?

India makes contact-tracing app compulsory in viral hot zones despite most local phones not being smart

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But will it run Crysis?

Now to be replaced by "but will it run on Huawei?"

Airbus and Rolls-Royce hit eject on hybrid-electric airliner testbed after E-Fan X project fails to get off the ground

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Extra drag?

I'm struggling a bit with the proposal for extra power on take off and landing.

How is that electrical power delivered?

Having an electric motor built into the shaft of the turbine might give increased fan speed at crucial moments, I suppose.

Otherwise you would seem to need extra propulsion units on the wing which would supply extra drag for the whole flight.

Just looking at hybrid cars as far as I know you don't have an electric engine to make the main engine spin faster, you deliver the extra power through wheel motors. So how does that map onto power delivery from wing mounted devices?

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Re: Electric planes?

Another point on power density.

For Lithium Ion batteries is the figure for full power delivery until the battery starts to become nearly fully discharged? That is, can you use all the energy at a constant supply rate until the battery is effectively discharged?

As far as I can see jet fuel retains the power supply characteristics until the tanks are dry.

GrubHub, DoorDash, Postmates and Uber Eats sued by hangry, overcharged coronavirus customers

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Re: Citation?


That could be where I read it.

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I'm sure that I read somewhere that the WHO was treading carefully around China because the USA wasn't paying the agreed contributions over the last couple of years and so China was now the major funder.

However this seems to have slipped off the radar so a citation would be helpful.

India kicks off competition for home-grown video conferencing clone

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Work on any system?

I have an Atari STE in the loft somewhere.

So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?

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Re: Maybe I have missed the point

As far as I can see the tracking App works best when there is widespread testing so that you can quickly identify and isolate contacts of those who have tested positive.

If only, say, 10% of those infected are identified then there is the risk of the App giving you false confidence.

We are also seeing a high percentage of people who are self isolating because they think that the have symptoms, but who are unable to be tested.

If they then register as infected with the App then there is the potential for incorrect diagnosis to snowball.

If they don't register with the App, then the whole thing seems pointless.

TL;DR for this strategy to be effective it has to be closely coupled to accurate testing.

Minister slams 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories as 'dangerous nonsense' after phone towers torched in UK

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Just checking

Not so long ago the TV frequencies were rearranged to free off bandwidth for mobile phones.

Granted that this was mainly 4G, but as we have had TV around for ages, with usage ramping up since the 1950s, shouldn't we have developed herd immunity by now?

COBOL-coding volunteers sought as slammed mainframes slow New Jersey's coronavirus response

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Over thinking this?

As another ex COBOL programmer this has been a touching nostalgia trip.

However as some others have suggested this may not be a coding problem.

Long experience with non-technical management suggest a sequence similar to:

The system just won't cope with these numbers. We've been warning your for years that it is obsolete and under powered.

Don't bother me with your problems. I want it fixed now!

We need more powerful hardware. This system should cope. We can have it running in 6 weeks if you authorise the spend today.

How much? You're kidding me. You're just trying to use a crisis to empire build. Get out and don't come back.

Harry? Yeah, good. Yourself? Listen we have a minor computer problem. Can you find me some Cobalt programmers? Guys will be out of work now so there should be plenty of volunteers.

Not only is Zoom's strong end-to-end encryption not actually end-to-end, its encryption isn't even that strong

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Allegedly snaffling non-Zoom information from your PC as well.

So not just the things you think you are sharing.

Stob's vital message to Britain's IT nation: And no, it's not about that

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P is silent in bathing

Lost in translation and adrift in cloud storage

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If it had been....

....catheerder it might have been more obvious.

Captain Caveman rides to the rescue, solves a prickly PowerPoint problem with a magical solution

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Re: Key workers

Version I read seemed to include comms infrastructure.

It wasn't that specific, though.

Tinfoil hat brigade switches brand allegiance to bog paper

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From the depths of a failing memory

I'll have an Oasis curry please.




You get a (bog) roll with it.


.O.K. no need to push, I'm going.

Xilinx's high-end Versal FPGA is like a designer handbag. If you need to ask the price, you probably can't afford it

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Asking for a friend

But can it run Crysis?

GCHQ's infosec arm has 3 simple tips to secure those insecure smart home gadgets

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One small point

Commentards are banging on about hijacking webcam feeds.

I thought the major problem was hijacking the devices themselves, for example for use in DDOS botnets.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to save data from a computer that should have died aeons ago

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Re: One Per Desk - Tonto


A marketing masterpiece.

Named after the Lone Ranger's faithful companion.

Without realising that the racist fucks in the good old USofA had used the Spanish for "stupid" to name the Native American character.

That sold well on mainland Europe!



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