* Posts by el kabong

296 posts • joined 8 Aug 2017


Boeing big cheese repeats pledge of 737 Max software updates following fatal crashes

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Yes, you cant get dynamic stability from a statically unstable system

software can do that, in some cases, provided you're careful enough to make it work properly.

What software cannot do is apply a brute force injection of dynamic stability into a dynamically unstable system. You can try to fool physics but you will end up hurting someone.

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To the typhoon software is an enhancement...

while to the the 737 software is the duct tape that tries to keep it from falling apart. Unsuccessfully as we are now beginning to discover.

Dynamic stability is what matters, the typhoon is dynamically stable even though it may not be statically stable. The 737 is unstable in whatever way you look at it.

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To have complex handling is not the same as to have poor dynamics

The 737 is unbalanced and has poor dynamics while that fighter jet is perfectly balanced and has great dynamics, the complexity in its handling is there to explore to the max its inherent dynamic qualities.

Unfortunate comparison, the 737 is a geriatric machine it's one of a series of modifications on a design that was first used 60 years ago, by comparing it to a well designed modern machine you just made it look even worse.

Besides, where's the point in comparing one to the other, they are totally different things!!!

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Want to try to reprogram it so it feels and drives like an F1?

When you change the engine proportions and attach it in an unbalanced way you'll get different dynamics, you'll get poorer dynamics.

There is no way you can make software fool physics and force physics to turn an unstable system into a stable one.

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Used to be?

You mean, windows updates are not dangerous anymore?

That's really great !!!

China still doesn't want iPhones despite Apple slashing prices, say market watchers

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I haven't

But I know of a few people who tried that and according to reports they did just fine, I suspect a few of them have you as a customer too. Have you tasted a certain brownish soft drink, or Colonel Sanders fried chicken?

As you can see selling to the average peasant can be very rewarding from a financial perspective.

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I suppose they just need more and iPhones fall short of their needs.

Maybe, just maybe, Chinese people don't see much value in belonging to a cult with western roots, perhaps being a member of that cult does not mean much to them. Perhaps the Chinese value bang for the buck more than those in the cult do.

Yes I know, for those in the cult something like that may sound inconceivable, preposterous even, but you know there are all kinds of people out there, even weirdos who don't crave, or even care about apple stuff, they do exist. REALLY!!!

This is the Send, encrypted end-to-end, this is the Send, my Mozillan friend

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The article says the key is in the hash part of the URL

The server cannot read the hash part of the URL as that part is local, only javascript code running in the browser can read it, the key never leaves the browser, it stays local.

The only way mozilla can get the key is having the browser send it to their servers but that will not happen because the javascript code does not do that and it is open to inspection meaning you can inspect it and check that it is behaving properly, you can check that it is not doing anything nasty. Besides, you can host it yourself if you want.

Finally, the encryption algo uses a symmetrical key so there is only one.

Freelance devs: Oh, you wanted the app to be secure? The job spec didn't mention that

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You don't have to write one but you must know how they work

Don't trust anyone, or else...

Transcript leak: Inside Facebook's secret crisis meeting, where Zuck and Sheryl race to save social network's rep

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You can't find real news in the onion

The onion is a satirical journal, there is no way this can be their work.

Correction: Last month, we called Zuckerberg a moron. We apologize. In fact, he and Facebook are a fscking disgrace

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Zuck on that bitch!

You're going too easy on it, that bitch deserves more.

It deserves heavy punishment, anything that does not include zucking it twice or more will be too short.

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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Oriffice 365.2425... in a parallel universe, that is.

In the real one calling it "oriffice 360 minus" would be accurate, 360 being the upper bound at this point in time. Decreasing fast.

Ho ho ho! Washington DC sends Zuckerberg a sueball-shaped present

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New yacht, new private jet, new girlfriends, you name it.

2019 will be a great year for those guys, absolutely!

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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the buses still ran...

Yes, this time they still ran but in the future maybe not.

As things are headed now everything will stop working when a network meltdown occurs.

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Move fast, break things

break your neck too.

Keen for much-hyped quantum computing to finally land? Don't expect it for a decade

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Quantum mysticism

In relation to quantum quite a few people appear to base their beliefs on silly but attractive fantasies, namely the concept of parallel universes and similar nonsense. I wonder where they got such "knowledge," Deepak Chopra?

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The proof is in the pudding

Quantum annealing appears to work to some degree, that indicates that quantum computing might be possible, on small scales at least it appears to do its thing.

But we need more, they'll have to go and do something that solves a wider range of problems while working at scale, that is all the proof that is needed. I wouldn't hold my breath while they're at it though.

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People should focus on the fundamentals first

We have yet to understand what drives quantum behavior and what its limits are. A few days ago a preprint paper was posted suggesting (credibly) that quantum phenomena might not be universal, this means that quantum phenomena might break down when certain thresholds are crossed.

If the hints provided are proven to be correct (and we have very good reasons to believe that they are) then we will never be able to build large quantum computers only very small ones.

People working on quantum computers today are missing the big picture, I really doubt they will someday produce anything that is mildly useful, perhaps in the very far future someone will be able to pull that off but it will be not be them, they are too clueless.

SEAL up your data just like Microsoft: Redmond open-sources 'simple' homomorphic encryption blueprints

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Tech that creates more problems than it solves

Perhaps this one will fail but you cannot blame them for not trying. Tech that creates more problems than it solves has been paying microsoft very good dividends for quite long, definitely a keeper!

I can see that microsoft still retains its business acumen.

Why is my Windows 10 preview build ticking? Microsoft reminds users that previews have timebombs

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Windows itself is a ticking time bomb.

It ticks, it explodes. Often it blows while in the middle of an explosion.

Then it restarts ticking.

It's all a matter of time: Super-chill atomic clock could sniff gravitational waves, dark matter

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third hit on google: "general relativity is false"

I fear that too many people will support that idea, there are many people out there who refuse science, people like most most supporters of the USA's pussy-grabber-in-chief. I fear that most of them will never accept that general relativity is correct.

We all fall together. Azure MFA takes a tumble for the second week running

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Another Microsoft fuck up, big deal.

Microsoft fuck ups cost you less than half a dime a dozen these days, or cheaper if you get them in bulk.

Microsoft readies the swatter as more bugs wriggle out of the Windows 10 woodwork

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Why is this even news?

This is not news, this is business as usual. Microsoft fuck-ups are half a dime a dozen!

These fuck-ups are so boring, they've become too predictable so why waste time on them? They are not especially valuable or interesting as news items.

Let's just move on, ok?

Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe

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Faecebook zucks

it zucks and it sucks.

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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Technical debt

The windows code base in particular seems to have so much debt accumulated that I suspect (very strongly) micro$oft will never be able to repay it in full.

In the end windows will have to go, windows will be left to rot alone ending its miserable life as a piece of abandonware among many others. micro$soft will get tired of all the painful meddling windows takes and will let it go. That day is approaching fast!

Facebook's CEO on his latest almighty Zuck-up: OK, we did try to smear critics, but I was too out-of-the-loop to know

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Zuck's so busy making faecebook great again that he's got no time.

Zuck is too busy to know anything about the inner workings of faecebook.

Making faecebook great again is very hard work!

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

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The joke is on you!

You get screwed over and over by microshaft and yet seem to believe this all a laughing matter.

Respect yourself, or no one else will respect you.

GitHub lost a network link for 43 seconds, went TITSUP for a day

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Complication posing as complexity.

Most of the apparent complexity you see in IT is fake, you can easily complicate trivial matters and make them look complex to the lazy eye, just ask a lawyer how it's done.

Complication is not the same as complexity, complexity, to be real, must be an essential attribute of the problem while complication results from either laziness, ignorance or ill intentions.

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Better yet, they should have put it on a blockchain

Then they'd never have any of those problems, they'd never get that far.

Unsure why you can't log into Office 365? So is Microsoft

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Have they tried turning it off and on again?

Microsoft taught us to do just that.

And it really works!

Google Cloud chief joins Saudi shindig exodus over journalist's worrying disappearance

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Why did he feel he had to make that comment, you ask?

He's the Union's pussy-grabber-in-chief he can say whatever he wants when he wants the way he wants.

Fed up with cloud giants ripping off its database, MongoDB forks new 'open-source license'

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The new license makes it much easier for them to litigate and win

So, "how do they propose to enforce this new license?"

If needed they will use litigation, of course. but they will do it on terms that are much more favorable to them.

Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Data slurping, of course!

Everyone is doing it so... why not?

It's over 9,000! Boffin-baffling microquasar has power that makes the LHC look like a kid's toy

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A blue light photon carries an energy between 2.50 and 2.75 eV

Each photon coming form the microquasar carries around 25 TeVs, that's not twelve but THIRTEEN orders of magnitude above. That microquasar produces really powerful gamma rays.

This is to make things clear, as some failed to recognize my mosquito remark above as being an attempt at a joke.

P.S. The LHC is not that shabby either.

el kabong

The "doesn't impress me" part was intended as a joke

Comparing the energies of the microquasar's gamma rays to the kinetic energy of a flying mosquito was also intended as a joke.

What really matters here is the density of energy, and it is really enormous. For comparison, a blue light photon carries an energy between 2.50 and 2.75 eV while for the microquasar's gamma rays each photon carries around 25 TeVs, that's not twelve but THIRTEEN orders of magnitude above.

All that energy concentrated in such a tiny particle. That's really impressive!!!

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25 TeV vs 14 TeV

That's not much of a difference, I'd say the LHC holds its own quite well, the LHC is a mere human made contraption after all.

That said, it's about the kinetic energy of 25 flying mosquitoes going against 14 flying mosquitoes.

It doesn't impress me!!!

What could be more embarrassing for a Russian spy: Their info splashed online – or that they drive a Lada?

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Security exemptions

Those are special cases and special cases fall under special laws. The GDPR is a general law, a special law can never go against a general law. I'm pretty confident the GDPR legislators left ample room for adequate special laws.

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No need for Russia to be a part of the EU

The spy only needs to live legally in the EU in order to get full protection under the GDPR.

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If the spy is living in the EU...

then yes, it is illegal under the GDPR.

Unless the spy has given you explicit permission to out him.

Ex-Cisco chief John Chambers: Tech biz bods are 'too arrogant'

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"If the CEO doesn't want to be coached..."

I'm curious, could anyone tell me how good was Chambers' performance as a coachee in his younger days?

Facebook can't root out fake news and hate talk, but – oh look – it has software to catch bugs

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And their next step will be...

Put a new bug catcher one level above the first bug catcher to catch bug catcher bugs below.

The eyes don't have it! AI's 'deep-fake' vids surge ahead in realism

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Your next iPhone, maybe

If Steve Jobs were still alive I bet he would come up with something.

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An unhackable camera connected to a blockchain will do the trick.


Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

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Very brief but large current spikes flowing in the pi

Triggering undervoltage warnings and causing it to fail. Erroneous warnings, apparently.

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They held the hat wrong

Do it according to the official approved way and it will just work. It's magic!

Software dev-turned-councillor launches rubbish* chatbot

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With facebook you get way more than that, you get absolute privacy nightmares

100% guaranteed

facebook's vast collection of malpractices go way beyond what one could reasonably call "privacy concerns."

I've seen the future of consumer AI, and it doesn't have one

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It is both "A" and "I"

When mixed with marketing the "I" usually stands for Idiocy

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Everything "I" about AI, the "I" stands for Idiocy

Artificial Idiocy all around.

Excuse me, but your website's source code appears to be showing

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Always pick the right tool for the job

If you're into Linux Kernel development then git will be the right tool to do your job so please, by all means, use git.

But remember, never choose a wrench when a screwdriver is best suited to get the job done.

el kabong

Too many people start with a solution when they should be starting with a problem instead.

First pick someone else's solution without considering it's adequacy to solve your problem that seems to be the way to go these days. Now you have two problems to solve instead of just one, if you're lucky.



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