* Posts by M.V. Lipvig

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Clip, clip, hooray: NASA says it will send Clipper probe to Europa, will attempt no landing there

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Re: Not landing

Not to mention, they don't even know what will be needed to make a landing to begin with, or if it will even be possible, nor do they know what sort of protection a lander would need. This probe is necessary to figure out how to land successfully.

They didn't even land on the Moon first go. Apollo 8 and 10 were flyby missions whose sole purpose was to fly there and back to see if it was possible, and to take a bunch of close-up pictures of the Moon prior to landing.

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Re: We seem to be unable to adequately sterilize our spacecraft

Nice, so we may be on the hook for child support shortly after Earth DNA gets injected into Europa's oceans.

Electric cars can't cut UK carbon emissions while only the wealthy can afford to own one

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Devil

The main problems

continue to be recharge time and power availability. Until an EV can drive into a recharger on sparks (ICE version of driving on fumes) then leave 10 minutes later with a 100 percent charge, they just aren't practical. Forgetting to plug in the night before means you're stranded for the day, forgetting to fill the gas tank the day before means you're 10 minutes late to wherever you were going.

Then there's the whole power generation problem. That power has to come from SOMEWHERE, and I don't know of a single nation on the planet that has enough excess generation capacity, or transmission capacity for that matter, to just swap their entire fleet from ICEV to EV. Maybe one of the island nations with 10 cars and 5 miles of road can, but those nations are already just using golf carts. There still needs to be a lot of development in the infrastructure and the tech before this will be ready, and I speak as one who would switch in a minute if I could. I like to drag race, and the acceleration of an EV is very exciting to me. Waiting 8 hours for a "full tank of gas" on the other hand is not.

The top three attributes for getting injured on e-scooters? Having no helmet, being drunk or drugged, oddly enough

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FAIL

These things need serious regulation. I work downtown in the evenings, and go home at midnight local. I have to drive about a mile to reach the main highway out of town, and for that entire mile I have to dodge these little idiots who are:

- Going the wrong way down 1-way multilane roads

- Fly through intersections regardless of the light's color

- Fly the WRONG WAY through intersections without even knowing if the light is red or green

- Fly out of alleys going 20MPH across traffic

And this is in the middle of the night. What's bad is they are also doing it in the middle of the day, when those multilane roads are full of cars. Quite frankly, I'm amazed the local Lime contractor hasn't gone out of business from damaged scooters.

Eight-hour comms lags and shock discoveries: 30 years after Voyager 2 visited gas giant Neptune

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Yeah, but we're a tiny dot with enormous reach for our size. I think it's amazing that we were able to build and control a space probe that is today leaving out solar system, considering that at the time of launch:

- Automobiles were still largely carbureted

- Disco was big

- Computers with RAM in the 512 BIT range, forget megabits, were expensive and blazing fast

- People were still using typewriters

- Cassette tapes were the coming thing

- precision metal cutting for spacecraft parts was done by a person with a saw, a file, a micrometer and a magnifying glass instead of a CAD machine

With the technical advances we made since the Voyagers were launched, you'd think we should be able to launch a spacecraft today that would catch both Voyagers by this time next year to give them a refurbish.

Back to school with El Reg - how about a chunky Lenovo for the student in your life?

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Joke

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Brits are sitting on a time bomb of 40m old electronic devices that ought to be recycled

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Re: Takes less than a minute to look this stuff up...

Yup, that's why peak oil has been 30 years of availability for the last 150 years. When they've identified 30 years worth of proven reserves, they stop looking. When supply hits 10 to 15 years of proven reserves, they start looking again.

Sobfarvas sustainability, I've always felt that the Earth creates oil, and that it being made of condensed dinosaurs is because they found dino bits in the oil and jumped to a conclusion. The Earth's mantle is a place where elements are created from other elements, and synthetic oil is created with heat and pressure much like you find miles underground. Plus, empty, drained and abandoned oil fields have been found to be full again. But, it's not in the oil company's best intetests if it's discovered that oil is a renewable commodity.

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Re: Want my old devices? give me money

Hmm, direct a person to a free recycler or get money from them for their device, then take it to the free recycler myself. What to do, what to do...

I couldn't possibly tell you the computer's ID over the phone, I've been on A Course™

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Joke

Re: He should be proud that of that guy

I see someone's about to see the pavement approaching from the 6th floor at about 9.8 meters per second squared. Good luck Simon!

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Re: He should be proud that of that guy

Ever have anyone show up with it? We (I was in Satcom) sent a newb out for 100 feet of orderwire (which was the sideband radio channel we used to speak to field terminal operators over the satellite) and the guy comes back with a spool of field wire (used for hardwired telephones in the field.) Lots of laughs that night. No idea where he found it either.

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Re: He should be proud that of that guy

Wow, someone forgot exactly why we Yanks were there to begin with. Let's see, who exactly was involved in that little scrap in 1939...

My MacBook Woe: I got up close and personal with city's snatch'n'dash crooks (aka some bastard stole my laptop)

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Re: A note of CA license plates...

Paper tag? Photocopier and 5 minutes. The owner of the tag doesn't even have to know. Although, a check on the neighbors for known thieves might be fruitful.

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Excellent idea. Personally, if I have a laptop with high-value personal data on it, I'd much rather have to deal with the remains of my broken laptop that the thief dropped mid-heart attack because the 130dB alarm blew out his eardrum than see the data disappear in a car, never knowing if anyone was able to access it or not.

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Re: "nobody moved to stop a thief"

Oakland is also in California, and California makes it hard to own a gun. In areas where gun ownership is easy and concealed carry is allowed, there is less crime because the criminals can't be certain that their victim isn't armed, or that a passerby won't come to their aid. Criminals must be far more careful or they might die. A smash and grab like this in the state I live in would be highly unlikely because criminals can't count on making it to a car before getting plugged. It doesn't matter if there isn't a single gun in the shop, because they can't know that nobody is armed without trying and if they try and someone is armed, it might be the last thing they ever do. Concealed carry is a boon for the law abiding because of just this, because it makes life harder for criminals.

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Re: "nobody moved to stop a thief"

To compound matters, San Franciso is a place where you are more likely to be arrested for assault for stopping a criminal than the criminal is for committing the crime, AND if the criminal then sues for injuries received because you stopped him, you have an excellent chance of being forced to compensate the thief. If I had been there, I wouldn't have lifted a finger to stop him either. In most other US states though, where the law is on the side of the law abiding, I would gladly have stopped the thief if able to do so.

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Re: That's horrible.

Have you replaced it yet? That money you just spent to replace it is why. Had you actually had it locked down, you would still have it, and not need to replace it. Apple knows you'll buy another one, and they know the thief never will buy one, so it isn't in Apple's best interests for you to be able to lock your computer.

My advice to you is to go ahead and nuke the laptop. Better to lose a little data now than to risk spending several years trying to prove that you are you and not 10 other people.

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Re: That's horrible.

"Just shoot the fleeing thief in the back. He won't do it again, and in any civilised jurisdiction, you won't be prosecuted for protecting your own property. "

San Francisco is far from civilized. You are more likely to be arrested for defending yourself there than a criminal is for causing the harm to begin with. Only illegal aliens are allowed to shoot people in San Franciso, as the courts have proven. Kathy Steinle was shot down, and the illegal who did it walked. Illegals get first class treatment, criminals are next best, while the law abiding are treated as scum.

Buying a Chromebook? Don't forget to check that best-before date

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Holmes

That's when you get a meaningful lawsuit, with The Googler being beat up by the media for failing to "protect the kiddies." Gummit lawsuits have quite a bit more of a bite than Joe Blow lawsuits. You'll also see The Googler suddenly providing a longer lifespan for gummit machines.

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Re: That's Chromebook right out of my buying list then

You can do what I'm doing - I bought an older vehicle and am rebuilding it the way I want it.

Samsung Note10+ torn apart to expose three 5G antennas: One has to pick up something

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Why would anyone go through the trouble of removing batteries when turning the phone off and wrapping it in a couple of layers of heavy tinfoil does the same thing?

What is it with hosting firms being stonewalled by Microsoft? Now it's Ionos on naughty step

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Mail coming in is spam. Mail leaving is customer traffic.

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I use https://www.guerrillamail.com/ for those sorts of sites. It lasts up to 3 days and you can receive verifications if necessary. Great little service.

Pokémon GO caused hundreds of deaths, increased crashes

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Re: Presumably, Danny 14 ...

Anything can be used to kill people. England banned guns, knife deaths went up Then they banned knives, acid attacks went up. If person A wants to kill person B, person A will find a way. All banning guns does is make it harder for person B to defend themselves. And while guns do have the ability to kill at a distance, they are limited by how much ammo you can carry. Individual shells are light, but when you start carrying a larger amount of them any distance, plus the magazines that are loaded with them, they start taking on bulk and weight in a hurry.

I mean, to me it doesn't matter much as I'm a rather large man with a punch that's like getting hit upside the head with a wooden club. All banning guns does is make it easier for large men like myself to hurt others.* The gun makes a fine equalizer for the little man against the big man.

*I'd like to point out that I'm also a pretty nice person, and I'm not even a mean drunk. But, not everyone out there that is as large as I am is also as nice as I am, many large men are also violent bullies.

Researchers find development and conservation aren't mutually exclusive

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Re: Or...

Yes, to willing nations. Meanwhile, those of us who get on our soap boxes do deride this practice have zero problems buying these products because they're cheaper than the same products built in a nation that cares about pollution. Not so high and mighty anymore, are they?

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Sea salt is a valuable gourmet product. Sell it to foodies, obviously. Swimming pools can be chlorinated, or they use a salinization method to keep the water pure and clean. Sell it to people with pools. Salt in general is used in a great many industries, and I've only listed two of them.

Neuroscientist used brainhack. It's super effective! Oh, and disturbingly easy

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Re: Up next

Yuh huh, next thing you know the plod are knocking on the door to charge you with conspiracy to commit murder.

Brain implants will be bidirectional so as to grab your banking details and complete the purchase.

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Mushroom

Re: Facebook with brain hacking capability ? Run for the hills.

And you won't be worried after Mindbook gets its hooks in your brain, either. So far as countering strategies, you'll wonder why you needed such a silly thing as that. Do as Mindbook wants and you get the finest orgasmic feeling, donas Mindbook doesn't want and your nads feel as though they are roasting in a lake of Hellfire.

Fireball, because there go my nads...

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Re: Let me be the first to call this over hypes BS

Correct. They don't even know how aspirin works, and it's been around since the village witch had you chew willow bark to dispel the evil spirits in your head causing it to hurt. Look at the technical description of most any drug, and it say something along the lines of "How this drug affects the body is not understood, but empirical evidence suggests..."

Y'know how everyone hated it when tuition fees went up? Cutting them now could harm science, say UK Lords

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Re: Bah!

Are you saying that Brits, as a people are idiotic morons who are incapable of sentient thought unless guided to sentience by their EU masters? Wow, just wow.

Amazon's bugging of homes has German boffins worried that Alexa may be an outlaw

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On Star Trek, that was only to get the computer to respond to you. In reality, it was recording A/V in every room, even the Captain's personal bedroom. There were episodes where they needed to see what happened in a specific room, and bang, there it was.

Elon Musk's new idea is to hook your noggin up to an AI – but is he just insane about the brain?

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"After learning this information, these BMIs should be able to do the reverse and stimulate certain areas in order to kickstart certain brain functions. "

Anyone getting this done, based on this statement, should lose the right to vote or hold any public office, because this just said that it could be used to reprogram your brain to think how someone else wants you to think.

Corporations would love this though. Imagine... I've GOT TO HAVE A TESLA NOW!!! 200K? WHO CARES!!! GIMME GIMME GIMME!!!

Facebook: The future is private! So private, we designed some handy new fingercams for y'all!

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Kinda like how Alexa is always listening. There you are banging your significant other, and a drone shows up tapping the window with lube and a box of condoms. With this, they'll know if you need small or extra large.

The pro-privacy Browser Act has re-appeared in US Congress. But why does everyone except right-wing trolls hate it?

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I dunno...

I'm Conservative (and therefore a right wing racist troll according to the commies) and I am very pro-privacy. I'd like to see a bill requiring any company to get my express permission to have my data, or my likeness for that matter, even if I don't use their services. So, if Faecesbook has a picture of me on it, they'd have to either attempt to find me and get my permission, or delete the picture from their system AND from all backups. And, if they couldn't locate me within a week, be required to delete it anyway. Further, the systems of any company should be regularly audited, and any information they have that does not have opt-in authorization should require a 5,000 dollar fine per instance. Having it on their system and in their backups, constitutes 2 or more instances depending on how many backups they have. Further, third parties wanting access to my data should be required to get it from ME directly. They should not be able to get it from a company I opted in with. I may not like the third party company for whatever reason.

So go on, tell me how I hate privacy again? Our data is valuable, obviously, so it's high time we protect it from being siphoned off with the law.

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Re: Thank you!

Yeah, funny, isn't it? Trump, a newbie to US politics, won the electoral vote against a professional politician with decades of experience under her belt, with a huge network of similar professionals. How do you suppose this happened?

Quite frankly, it happened because Clinton felt she was owed the Presidency, and that people would rather vote for her than Trump. She also assumed that California and New York were the only states that mattered. She ignored a lot of traditionally Democratic states, assuming they would just vote for her. They didn't.

Incidentally, the Electoral College was put into place to specifically prevent a Presidential candidade from winning using Clinton's campaign strategy - without it, only the 10 largest US cities would have a voice in the elections. With the Electoral College, all 50 states get a say.

Ohm my God: If you let anyone other than Apple replace your recent iPhone's battery, expect to be nagged by iOS

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Re: Quality Control

"The lithium in their batteries isn't mixed in with Apple Fairy Dust."

Are you sure? Contaminated lithium might explain the battery life problem, which always seems to rear its head right about the time Apple releases a new model. My first s-phone was an Apple 4GS, and each time Apple released a new model they forced an update on my phone. Each update resulted in my phone's battery life and performance dropping noticeably. When the 7s or whatever came out our phones were just this side of useless for anything but calls, so we replaced them with Androids. Turns out these were the droids we were looking for after all. My Apple phone is now gone as it no longer worked, but my old Android is still at the house and is still used where I can connect it to wifi, as an internet device.

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MIT has developed a solution to this, but it's not ready for production. They developed a "battery" that uses 2 tanks and an ion exchange membrane. Electrolyte is put into 1 tank, and is pumped to the other through the membrane. As it passes through the membrane, it delivers its charge. When all the electrolyte is pumped through, the charge is gone. At this point you would drive to a "gas" station, hook up a couple of hoses, and one hose would drain the used electrolyte from one tank while the other tank is filled with fresh. A fully charged battery would be a 10 minute stop. And, the electrolyte would likely be something that can be recharged and reused.

I first read about this a couple of years ago, and at that point it was a working system but the capacity was only good for a couple of miles. If they can develop this to a point where a 10 minute refill gets you 300 miles of range, the main problem with electric cars is solved and they can go mainstream. Of course, we'd still need to make sure the electrolyte is environmentally friendly, and we'd need a way to generate about 100 times more electricity than we do now because that electrolyte isn't going to charge itself.

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It's the thin edge of the wedge. Once you're used to this, they'll pack in more and more until you think it reasonable to agree to work on Apple's behalf making lithium batteries by hand for 20 hours a day, 7 days a week, for the rest of your life.

Alexa, can you tell me how many Chinese kids were forced into working nights to build this unit?

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Re: Exporting Misery

Rather long winded post. Simple response. China can treat its citizens as it wishes, but if I don't like it I don't have to do business there. If my nation wants to ban imports because of forced child labor, China may continue to do it, they just won't sell in my nation.

The only part of your post that was correct is that this isn't racism. It's slavery, to compel a person to work against their will. It's why people who work for a living are called wage slaves, we are compelled to work because we need wages for life's necessities. But we, at least, can change jobs if we don't like working conditions.

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Re: Children?

No, it's the fault of the Chinese. If they as a nation didn't allow this, it wouldn't be happening. China sold itself as a cheap labor nation, now you know part of why the labor is so cheap.

Mind, I'm not saying Amazon's hands are clean here, nor are the hands of any business that uses China for manufacturing. They HAD to know that their stuff was being made by workers in slavish conditions, but they only care about recieving product at an acceptable level of quality at a set price. They didn't care to wonder why it was so cheap.

As for me, I try to buy products made in the USA first, because I'm a US citizen. Were I European, I would be trying to buy from my home nation first, adjoining nations second, and so on. Unfortunately, it's hard to buy home-grown, and almost impossible from Amazon. Many's a time I ordered a US built product on Amazon, and what arrived was made in China. These days, I order almost nothing from Amazon because of this. What little I do order, is when I can't find an item anywhere else, and I can't do without it.

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Re: Amazon claimed the report came as a terrible shock

It was a shock that anyone would dare check up on them.

Choc-a-block: AWS sues sales exec for legging it to Google Cloud. Yup, another bitter battle over non-compete clauses

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I disagree, the rate should be 5 times the amount times the length of time. This will limit non-compete clauses to where they are really needed.

Jeff Bezos feels a tap on the shoulder. Ahem, Mr Amazon, care to explain how Capital One's AWS S3 buckets got hacked?

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Re: Remember - Cloud computing

BT's number one business is routing telephone calls. How many of their customers are dissatisfied? And yet they are still in business.

BA's number one business is flying passengers. How many of their customers are dissatisfied? And yet they are still in business.

What you describe is a perfect world company. What fredesmite describes is the real world. If they lose your data and you go out of business as a result, they will stop caring once your final check clears and the next day, they won't even remember your name even though they just gave you a good hard focking.

BOFH: Don't back up in anger

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Headmaster

Re: @TRT - New technical terms.

I know this is an old comment but I wanted to take a stab at it anyway. This device uses a magnetic flux to induce vibrations into the atomic structure of what is being looked at, maps the difference in the transmitted flux and the resonant response and creates a 3D picture from it. The 3 dimensional picture can be broken down into 2 dimension cross sectional slices of less than 10 nanometers.

How close, or far off, am I? I's a geneuiine high school gradumated person. As such, I don't mind being wrong.

Oracle told to warp 9 out of court: Judge photon-torpedoes Big Red's Pentagon JEDI dream

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Re: Badly mixing your franchises...

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Yp1reKtRXnE/maxresdefault.jpg

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Joke

So you want a little paper clip on the screen that says, "I see you're trying to blow shit up. Would you like some help?" and when you push Yes it says "File not found. Would you like us to troubleshoot it?" Then the troubleshooter comes up with "Not a Genuine Microsoft-approved Missile System."

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FAIL

I can see it now...

Search for a form for a troop to go on leave. Amazon pulls up books with the word Leave in the title, rakes (for leaves), books on rakes, bonzai trees (to grow your own leaves), ect.

Hell hath no fury like a radar engineer scorned

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Re: 2.5MW

If stealth was totally useless why are all major nations persuing(sic) it?"

I think that what people forget is that weapon superiority is a journey, not a destination. There will always be undetectable aircraft, and there will always be systems to detect them. And around it goes. The club made from a broken tree branch was once state of the art in warfare, and you just know there were people saying "That's just a tree branch, it's no comparison to my ROCK!"

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Re: Can this inform the 5G debate?

Dihydrogen Monoxide? I LOVE that stuff! I'm sitting here now with a glass from my own private stock. Best of all, it goes with both red and white meat, unlike wine.

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