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Drone collisions with airliners may not be fatal, US study suggests

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Re: How is this different than birdstrike?

Very good points. In my experience though I don't think the materials hardness at these velocities makes much difference. KE is KE. The total energy content of the LiIon is dwarfed by the kinetic energy of the rotating machinery , even assuming it has time to deflagrate before ceasing to exist. The design basis for an engine is to "survive" ingesting one of its own fan blades, which poses much more interesting materials challenges to downstream equipment than bones or metal and plastic bits. Survive here means to continue producing thrust for some time period, not experiencing "uncontained" failures etc.

Consider the American Airlines' Hudson River incident: both engines ingested multiple large geese - far beyond design basis - and both shut down with severe internal damage. But the passengers did not have hot bits of metal penetrating the cabin, severing control lines, etc. Their bad day could have really sucked but some quality engineering really paid off. Sometomes you do get an uncontained failure - a Quantas A380 incident comes to mind - but these are pretty rare.

For the US the relevant law is FAR 33, which I think the Chinese leverage. Do not know what Europeans use for certification. See:


For specifics.

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Re: But did they test for....

Wouldn't a proper British drone use PE-4 instead of American C4? Seriously though most military HE will just burn if ingested. Its shock sensitive, and usually does OK with bullet impact. Dont think rotating machinery poses a big problem.

Now, a proper missile warhead with a slapper, booster, and HE charge... with a frag casing to make the little expelled bits more exciting... THAT is a problem. Ask the poor people on the Malaysian air flight that got whacked over Ukraine... what a hell of a way to go.

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How is this different than birdstrike?

If I hit a 2kilo bird or 2kilo drone at the same relative velocity, do I really care? There are more birds at present. Large birds can cause issues - esp when they go into engine cores - as demonstrated by the American that landed in the Hudson River.

For some slightly sensational reporting of CFD results, see: https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2015/10/102815-engineering-jetenginedronestrike.html

Watchkeeper drones cost taxpayers £1bn

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Surprised at how few hours are flown...

...but not too surprised at the price.

Given the requirements to operate in EU/UK civil airspace, this system is man-rated in a sense and definitely has to hit EU airworthiness certificate standards. That makes for a very expensive development and cert. IIRC the first aircraft development to break a billion was the DC-10 airliner and that was back in the 70s. Modern airliner development makes that look very cheap, by up to an order of magnitude. Yes civil aircraft are larger but the marginal increase in material is not the issue here. A bog standard B737 will set you back 25-50mil. I'm intentionally using civil numbers here because at least in the commercial sector you need to make a profit at some point so you get a better feel for real costs than if you are working with a Lockheed or BAE who is just out to screw you.

Bottom line- aviation is extremely expensive. Sucks to be a taxpayer. Can we try peace?

Unfit to plead before a US court? You may face 'indefinite detention'

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Defense council needs to grow a pair

If the real issue here is lack of justice and inability of a UK citizen to receive a fair trail in the USA, let's say so and make that the subject of discussion. Making this something about mental health (mumble mumble) just avoids the real issue and can be considered an enabling behavior.

IBM does what IBM does best: Raises the chopper again

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You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means

"...the permanent employee population"

'Treat infosec fails like plane crashes' – but hopefully with less death and twisted metal

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Re: Yes: InfoSec incidents should be learned from as the accidents they are. But...!

Cargo cults! +1 for the appropriate Feynman reference.

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Re: Zero interest

@Tom Paine, aren't a lot of you guys in financial services under professional licensure as well?

My P.E. is my license to be sued. I am personally responsible if a design under my stamp fails. Not that the degrees and license guarantee quality, mind, but at least you know that I/we cleared at least some minimal bar and have some degree of committment to continuing education.

The first time I saw the term "Microsoft Certified Engineer" on a resume I wanted to puke...

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Re: Triumph of sensationalism over common sense

@AC, excellent points. I don't see the IT world as open an honest. CYA seems to be the primary SOP, and it seems that no amount of public humiliation is pulling bug chunks of the industry out of the gutter. Where are the shareholders in all this?

My day job is hardware engineering for aerospace widgets. I love this because I can pursue quality relentlessly. But I cannot imagine most industry could survive with our cost structure. We produce some hardware, vast amounts of test reports and documentation, and as little software as humanly possible. Very little innovation for sake of new stuff. Nothing is very "sexy" or "advanced" - not much for thr marketing weenies to get all excited about. But we don't fail. Ever.

Near retirement now. I'm concerned with what I see coming up through the ranks - especially the management ranks. The new IT / IA / HW kids are good but the people who aren't packing what it takes to succeed in the hard science side suck. And these are your future leaders. Chasing buzzwords and "shiny" for shiny's sake. Constantly chasing buzzwords they read rather than doing any analysis to understand what is really needed. Rather than aerospace grade discipline spreading to the world of IT what I see is the crap-of-the-week club taking over aerospace.

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Triumph of sensationalism over common sense

I dont think the briefer has any feel for the cost and time involved in an air accident investigation. Would anyone be content with 18 months to 2 years btw an infosec problem and a report? Sure, emergency airworthiness directivea and whatnot can be issued mid-cycle but these are done sparingly for both economic and engineering reasons (make damn sure you dont introduce new failure modes... take some time to test) AAI is not cheap, either.

Software and IT systems (hes talking infosec, so people are within the system boundary here) are far more complex than aero machines, so you have a much higher failure rate. But you also have a much faster timeline to make a system whole after failure.

Its apples and oranges. And oranges dont grow in my climate.

Boss made dirt list of minions' mistakes, kept his own rampage off it

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Has your boss ever exempted himself?

When working for the gov't I had to suffer through innumerable mandatory trainings, to include sexual harassment and whatnot. One week after completing my backlog I had to talk to a program manager

Upon entering his domain I found he had a contractor sitting at a PC doing his ethics training while unmistakable sounds emanated from his office suggesting that he and the (rather blonde and leggy) branch head were doing ... head ... things. That qualify?

Is this IT? Yeah, they were experimenting with hot plug technology I guess

'Urgent data corruption issue' destroys filesystems in Linux 4.14

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Re: This is another success story of open source.


Respectfully disagree here. Professional software designers do test extensively; and believe me - open or closed source the devs are pros who take pride in their work.

Bugs in the wild though will happen due to the sheer complexity of the system - for any decently complex system an full factorial experiment of all potential decision paths is infeasible for any reasonable length of time. One is literally trying to prove a negative.

Suggested link for starters: https://users.ece.cmu.edu/~koopman/des_s99/sw_testing/

What separates the men from the boys is how you handl a bug or design flaw. Ten days cycle time on a single report is v good.

Once more unto the breach: El Reg has a go at crisis management

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Your exercise summary needs a soundtrack

Might I recommend "Lawyers, Guns, and Money" by Warren Zevon?

Amazon launches Secret Region – so secret it's endorsed by the CIA

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What's to keep foreigners out?

Our extraordinarily skilled Office of Personnel Management. You know, the same guys who... wait a sec... (hyperventilating into bag)

Baaa-d moooo-ve: Debian Linux depicts intimate cow-sheep action in ASCII artwork

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"Blown out of proportion?"

I see what you did there!

Big Cable's pillow talk with FCC to forbid US states from writing own net neutrality rules

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Re: Hang on a sec...

3 of 5 plus head? Sounds like a pretty solid lock.

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Re: Hang on a sec...

@AC, you make a good point. The term 'national security' has been overloaded far, far beyond the breaking point.

I'd argue that the genesis of our defense-industrial-congressional and intelligence-industrial complexes stem from decades of chief execs of both parties exploiting fears of nuclear war and a "need for an immediate response!" to grab ever more power for the executive branch. Without the Cold War fears to exploit now we bend ourselves in knots over terrists.

Silly me, I thought article 1 section 8 of the Constitution gave the legislative branch the power to declare war or peace. So little backbone left in those chambers all they can do now is bend over...

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Hang on a sec...

...no fan of big cable, Pai, or big gov't...

But regulation of interstate commerce - later found in 1883 to include commerce within a state to have significant bearing on interstate commerce - is actually a legitimate power of the US federal government. See article 1, section 8, clause 3. Of all the stuff the fed claims to be lord of, commerce actually seems legit.

Now here is a question for you that I cannot figure out: article 1 powers belong to the legislative branch. That's why FCC is an independent agency. Why the hell does it seem completely beholden to the orange one, then?

New UK aircraft carrier to be commissioned on Pearl Harbor anniversary

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So... when do we get the HMS Suicidal Insanity?

HMS Suicidal Insanity! Absolutely guaranteed to crush the enemy or fail gloriously trying.

Anonymized location-tracking data proves anything but: Apps squeal on you like crazy

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Purely hypothetical question...

It seems to me a mobile has three sources of location; GPS if on, geolocation through cell tower triangulation, and geolocation by IP address on your WiFi - which I assume is a database lookup against your provider's data.

Which one has highest priority?

And given a disagreement between the three sources, what is considered ground truth?

My assumption is that GPS is the gold standard if available. And if for some reason an SDR was spoofing a location... can you move yourself or would the discrepancy in your location data sources flag you as a person of interest?

Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk

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Let's have some empathy here

After a long, hard day of shoveling paperwork...

Two heroes had their seamen prepare their airplane...

Push the throttles' balls to the wall...

Pulsing engines shoot hot stuff out of tight nozzles...

As they recline in bliss...

But alas! Its a cockpit, not a box office. Nowhere in sight is any place for all this pent energy to be released! (Look at those balls-they are *blue* FFS!)...

So they resort to juvenile displays of dubious artistry...

(Part of the sad and wildly ineffective mating rituals of the adolescent male)

Now robbed of their afterburning vigor...

The engines spool back and the whole sad mess slowly sags towards earth...

On the tarmac our great jet is flaccid, with flaps drooping and safety pin flags hanging limp.

Still no box office, the aero machine is again surrounded by lonely seamean...

...who put it back into its hangar...

Pity these pilots!

Time for a stiff drink!

Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets

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Why cloudy?

I'm not going to defend inherent hypocrisy of policy pointed out by previous posters.

But I think I can explain why this is a cloudy mess. Suppose for a moment you're an army civilian or contract employee sitting behind the mil-spec firewall. You are subjected to hundreds of written and unwritten rules concerning config, hardware, software... many different rule sets from warring bureaucracies above you - each eager to prove its the One True Fount of Authority. On the other hand you've got a job to do. On the third hand you can outsource this pain to a fly by night subcontractor - or a dodgy bit of a major contractor - and let them do whatever they want outside your overlord's realm.

Blue or red pill, which will you take?

World Vasectomy Day: 15k men line up for live vent-blocking

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Re: WARNING 10% + Chronic Genital Pain risk comes free

@AC- glad the diet is helping. Here are some books you should read before engaging the rheumatologist or ID specialist.

Bought a copy of the rheumatology disorders primer for both myself and my GP and it really moved both of us forward. If you and the doc both take an interest in the research it really pays dividends - you're now a real patient and not some bloke with an insurance card and a gripe.

Textbook of the autoimmune diseases, Lahita, ISBN 0781715059

Primer on the rheumatic diseases,

Klippel, ISBN 0387356649

How the Immune System Recognizes Self and Nonself: Immunoreceptors and Their Signaling, Kitamura, ISBN


These texts have dozens if not hundreds of references of references to the formal literature for further insight. With some scrounging you can probably find these used for $30-$50ea

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Re: WARNING 10% + Chronic Genital Pain risk comes free

What I'd suggest is that you consult with an rheumatologist and or infectious disease expert who has published on autoimmune disorders. At the time I was dx I was lucky enough to be doing some work for Johns-Hopkins hospital.

If Im really careful with diet and exercise I can pretty much stay off the immunosuppressive drugs and steroids. Flare ups sometimes still require intervention. Whats an anti-inflammation diet look like? Very Mediterranean. No red meat, light touch on grain - avoid wheat in particular. Lots of fish. White meat ok. No beer (damn it!). As much veggies and fruit as you want. Migraine? No red wine for you. White ok. No artificial crap, particularly no petroleum-based colors or preservatives.

Low impact exercise, esp swimming and hiking.

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Re: WARNING 10% + Chronic Genital Pain risk comes free

Mate had to have an arm amputated and had me write on it in sharpie "Correct one! Remove before flight!" and a rather rude version of "go away" on his other extremities.

Guess its a lot harder to do that on the internal bits.

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Re: WARNING 10% + Chronic Genital Pain risk comes free

Good links, thanks and have an upvote.

See also: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/7283529/

My own experience is that even after the local and systemic infections had been controlled, which took years, the autoimmune responses - antisperm antibody reactions - have been a gift that just keeps giving every single day.

Even if things go relatively well down there I've seen in the literature an autoimmune reaction rate quoted anywhere from 1 to 40ish percent; even on the low end of the range that's a lot of men. Something like 5-10pct of men will get sperm granulomas and this can be the source of all sorts of exciting issues.

For women tubal ligation is no picnic either but I don't think there is the same potential to become allergic to oneself. But that procedure is even more invasive...

So much for plug and play!

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Be damned careful here

Very high side effect profile, ESPECIALLY if you pull a 'me' and go back to work or chores too fast! Very poor circulation down there - infections can get nasty and can be with you for a really long time. As in permanently. I've had to have multiple repeat surgeries just to remove crap from down there. Not quite as much a problem as cancer but its been life changing... Think I'm turning into ... Frankensack!

Seriously, this procedure has one of the worst side effect profiles of any elective operation. Do your homework. And if you're definitely going to get nipped, make sure it's with a doc who specializes in it and have it done in a proper hospital - increases your odds.

Take your time and do research. For most guys in the point of marriage where you are under orders to get snipped, you are not gettin any anyways, so what's the rush? Patience.

My understanding is that male hormonal birth control is under evaluation- definitely a thought.

US authorities swallow security-free script for pill that knows when you're off your meds

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Re: Can be useful

@CrazyOldCatMan, thanks for the tip, mate. Have a pint. I will look into this.

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Can be useful

Had a migraine episode so bad I couldn't remember if or when I'd last taken painkillers. Kept bouncing from subconscious to somewhat awake and saying 'Man, this hurts. Should take a Tylenol'... reach over to nightstand... take one Clue was running out of pills.

Turns out that your liver becomes really unhappy when you do this.

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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These guys cannot be arsed to have their beloved firms pay their required taxes into the already existing social networks! So what they are saying is basically 'build utopia and we will condescend to join you'. Or not.

Estonia cuffs suspect, claims he's a Russian 'hacker spy'

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Of course he's not an "agent"

"Agent" from a services' perspective is a bad guy. What you need to ask is whether the individual is an "intelligence officer". Razvedchik, I believe.

Metal 3D printing at 100 times the speed and a twentieth of the cost

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Re: Possibilities

Don't think so... my CRC materials handbook lacks an entry for bovine excrement. That means that I cannot immediately create your replacement politician. First I need to do a research on the material properties of BS first... and my manager will accuse me of "wasting money on materials research bullshit" and lay me off. Damnit! What if HE is ministerial material? Thats a thought. Want him? I need a drink.

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Re: Strain and stress

@Evertime; good points but the devil is literally in the details and why a professional engineer won't typically answer a 'is conventional or additive manufacturing better?' question with anything but a 'it depends' answer. One can harden AM printed gears. Surface peening is an option, and is electroplating, exotic lubes, and so forth. Nearly all the materials post processing used for conventional parts are applicable to AM. Of course one can fail to design the gear well and all the king's manufacturing men cannot make a go of it. Or truly excellent mechanical design can make a go of a product even with crap materials and processes- the key being knowing just what quality you have. Or I can overthink my gears to the point where they outlast my otherwise dodgy product and I go out of business having spent too much capital on my lovely gears.

So many tradeoffs... This is why engineering is an art, really - making the best product humanly possible is fun. But making an economically competitive, safe, "good enough" product that users like is both fun and bloody difficult!

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Material properties

If you are an engineer seriously interested in material properties of additive manufactured materials, I'd recommend getting in bed with NIST (link: https://www.nist.gov/document-3511) or its UK/EU equivalent.

I haven't worked with NIST on metal AM but know they've got access to just about every polymer printer under the sun and a spectacular set of materials data and at least an equivalent if less mature program on the metals side. For my polymer work the relationship has proven essential.

Absolutely have your prospective vendor print standard ASTM coupons and perform proper materials testing. If you cannot do so in house, materials test houses abound and can provide full traceability. Try different lots of powder. Try powder from the top and bottom of a cartridge. Try powder that is new and some that's been stored right at the margins of its storage envelope. For polymer printers, test parts printed at all corners of the materials' temp and humidity space. You get the idea.

The people I know who do DMLS in a production environment always include two test coupons (x-y and y-z axes) and do at least a basic yield measurement on every single one to catch any process drift. Fatigue strength, hardness, etc are occasionally tested per SPC.

The bottom line is that there is nothing inherent in AM that absolves you of the need for robust processes control. Indeed until many thousands of hours accrue in a given process one tends to keep a weather eye on outcomes.

Note that you generally still need some CNC capability to.clean up parts post-build, no matter what the salesman claims.

Mine's the one the with the 'trust but verify' button on the lapel.

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@cray74, truly excellent post.

Ive been using the porous, brittle crap from the 1990's and have actually found it of some use: its good enough for form and fit prototypes. Sometimes we can use it to build mold sets for injection molding. But the real niche is that it makes it easy to build tools and jigs that facilitate conventional production, inspection, and test. Granted the photopolymer printers do this for me a lot more, but sometimes a metal jig that can take some heat and abuse, yet simplifies some other task ("robot" handling PCB in vacuum chamber, reflow oven, etc)

Of course Im benefittting from a sunk cost from years ago. All I have to do is justify the continued tax on depreciated capital equipment. Justifying a few hundred grand on a low end printer to build production gear can be ... difficult.

Don't worry about those 40 Linux USB security holes. That's not a typo

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Physical access is physical access ; you've got insider problems

Yes the holes need to be plugged and the number is high. But I give the researchers credit for an enjoyable fuzz job.

Some perspective though... let's say I'm feeling a little evil:

If I want to steal your data I will just grab the HDD. Max 30sec. If I first just do a recon to figure out your make and model then replace like for like on second pass... will you really notice the change or will you just assume the HDD failed? Does your org track serial numbers? I do. Data at rest encryption is your friend here but it is not perfect.

If I want DoS whats to stop me from hacking a usb plug and mains plug into a plug of death adapter? Your motherboard will not survive mains being applied from USBP to USBM. Time to attack? Seconds. Platform independent.

What if I want deniability? Shell of USB stick in parking lot. Guts replaced by photoflash cap charger, cap, spark gap. Either label it as pr0n or an official software install disk. Costa a few bucks and needs only technician skills.

Or what about a kilo mixture of potassium permanganate and glycerine inside... heck, anything you want to experience a Viking funeral (DONT do this at home, kids).

Point is that if someone wants to do you in and they have access, how much can their OS help?

OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

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Re: 20 layers you say.


Thanks for the photo; good stuff.

Regarding lack of full pot on assembly, there are a few reasons: with the increased mass comes lower frequency eigenmodes and therefore greater coupling of shock and vibe into your boards and solder joints. Phone design has the luxury of using really small boards with high freq responses- show me a 40cm x 40cm, 20 layer board that does well in shock and I will be truly impressed. 5cm by 10cm not as much.

Thick conformal has a lot of gotchas possible with respect to differential coefficient of thermal expansion stresses... and if you fail to degas it you can get little bubbles giving rise to ideal gas law-driven thermal stresses...

Unless you are doing high voltage or anti tamper a little dab'll do ya. This is one area where "the bigger the blob the better the job" is NOT the way to go.

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Re: Confirmal Coating

*laughs* love your Apollo 13 comment and observation. Have an upvote and a brew.

What I find funny here are the people who do a crap job of cleaning boards and then blissfully encapsulate with a great coating and wonder why they get various plagues... or fail to bake out components prior to reflow or high vacuum... so many ways to FAIL! And theb they blame the conformal chemicals...

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Boards and coatings

For high performance RF / mixed signal PCBs I don't find 20 layers particularly heroic. What IS novel is being able to make them really, really cheap. Mitigating factors: the frequencies involved in an mobile are not particularly high. The boarda are physically small, which alleviates a lot of differential coefficient of thermal expansion-driven problems. Design lifetime for a mobile is a small fraction of what we need in, say, aerospace or biomedical space.

And then the big gun: modern design and production test methodologies such as halt/hass permits the cheapest possible acceptably robust boards.

Conformal? Almost certainly something like parylene C, applied in a fine (order of thickness... microns) layer through chemical vapor deposition. Used to be only for military / space / biomedical. But if you can afford cvd - and Foxconn can - its What You Do. Perfect control of layer thickness. No meniscus stresses or cte problems - layer too thin. Totally impervious to water and most solvents. You will find the current state of the art uses nanoparticles like aluminum silicide to make the layers hygroscopic.

Two drones, two crashes in two months: MoD still won't say why

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In the late 90's worked with some decidedly British target drones. Meggitt Defense Banshee 400s. IIRC about 50 grand an airframe. Full authority digital autopilot... radar alt for sea skimming, etc. Very, very good kit. Highly reliable, and did everything we expected it to do. So I know you guys can do a proper job of this, must be something odd going on.

Slashing regulations literally more important than saving American lives to Donald Trump

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Re: What shall be done about civil liberties?

@six, same on this side of the pond. In many communities the plate recognition cameras are ubiquitous. My assumption is that most of these are controlled by the local sherriffs' offices but their use is only rarely revealed in court.

One problem is that their existence is used to justify ever more intrusive surveillance. For example I've seen the argument made that warrantless vehicle searches should be ok because you have "no reasonable expectation of privacy in a vehicle". Why? Presumably because we the people are supposedly ok with the plate cameras, indiscriminate use of stingrays, etc. Its tough to climb up a slippery slope...

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What shall be done about civil liberties?

I love tech and wouldn't mind some level of automation to help me with the insane drivers I interact with on the I95 corridor. And to be honest, I too get sleepy, complacent, and boneheaded.

But I guarantee you that the lawyers will see V2V as a potential gold mine of data to support whatever personal injury litigation perspective they are being paid to litigate. This may or may not be a good thing. Regardless we need to consider up front what data are publicly available and what is covered by amendments 1,4,5. Yes its a short range protocol but Im having trouble imagining any scenario where your data is not stored in your vehicle's ECU and/or backhauled to Google or equivalent.

What really concerns me is potentially allowing local law enforcement real time access to data. I can easily see something like getting a traffic stop and 'cooperative search' because a database says Ive just driven from a 'dangerous political rally' and another database helpfully adds that 'I'm driving while black', combined V2V data that says Ive been driving in an environmentally irresponsible way... etc.

America's 2020 Census systems are a $15bn cyber-security tire fire

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Participation would be a lot higher is it would stick with its Constitutionally mandated requirement for a headcount permitting apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives.

Their so-called 'American Community Survey' is so invasive It borders on a violation of the 4th amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure. The survey is not voluntary. Not that we bother using our constitution any more, mind.

Last go around had us detail: income, education, mortgage debt, marital status, race, religion. At least in my area canvassers were also recording lat/lon of residence entrances - at least until such practices became widely known.

Yes, of course all this data is in Google's great dossier factory in the sky, but must my own Govt sell my privates to these bastards? Getting a little tired of the Ministry of Truth over here...

...mines the one with the deliberately incorrect survey results in the pocket

Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Black perl

I will always have a special place in my heart for a language where a poem like Black Perl actually parses. Not sure if its a good place or not, so let's drink.

A draft US law to secure election computers that isn't braindead. Well, I'm stunned! I gotta lie down

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Dont worry, no matter how good the law is...

...we will fsck it up before this is done.

A lot of pork has to be prepared and dished out before it leaves the senate and hits the house. And if it gets introduced into the house and goes to conference we are truly screwed.

And at the end of the day I'm sure Booz-Allen will be involved. That ALWAYS makes things sleaze up. Popcorn anyone?

USB stick found in West London contained Heathrow security data

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Please wake me up and tell me...

...that the documents on the stick are watermarked. Please? Just one unique jsteg?

Once upon a time we had a bad spy problem on this side of the pond. Ames. Got a lot of people killed. Early in his career he left a briefcase of classified material on a train. His management covered up for him rather than hang the bastard ... makes you think a bit about this usb stick, doesn't it?

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References please?

Even more warship cuts floated for the Royal Navy

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Type 23 shallow water?

@dmacleo has a point; the 23s are pretty good platform for littoral work. Especially when the type 997 radars are fully deployed. I dont know much about the new modular anti-air missiles but what Ive read in the trade journals sounds encouraging. Eight Harpoons plus a 4.5in gun, helos, and perhaps some Royal Marines embarked makes for a pretty compelling package.

Draft is about 7 meters and change, so these will not be doing any brown water work but the weapons and sensors have decent range.

Type 23 is mainly an ASW platform intended to keep the N Atlantic commerce flowing. At this it is truly exceptional.

The USN counterpart, LCS, is comparatively unarmed. And vastly, vastly more expensive. Unless you are fighting a girls' primary school LCS will probably need to be defended by DDG-51's, which are definitely not at home in the shallows...

Boss put chocolate cake on aircon controller, to stop people using it

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Bogus HVAC controls

In many govt buildings I've worked in the HVAC controls are placebos. Keeps the masses happy and doesn't change a thing. Temps are allowed to hit the rails on what the occupational safety people will accept...

...one exception being a time when we teamed up a building manager and his key ring with an intern who has Allen-Bradley PLC experience and tools. A very good lad -

definitely going places.

Go on IBMers, tell us what you really think

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Re: The picture says it all -- IBM Confidential

Try working for the USG and realizing your granny has more highly classified info in her newspaper than you have in your safe...