* Posts by zuckzuckgo

177 posts • joined 8 Feb 2019


All-electric plane makes first flight – while lugging 2 tons of batteries aloft

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Re: Nice stunt...

>fairly pointless stunt ...

Could be used for a battery delivery service. A no-charge service at that.

80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds

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> "88 is a white supremacist hidden number"

No, 88 is how fast you have to drive your DeLorean (or maybe a Tesla) to go back in time and correct your comments. It always takes me more that 10 min to notice errors.

AR flop Magic Leap's 'pivot' spins CEO right off his throne

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Re: Alas, for the days of the ancient kings

>"When, in times of disaster, the ruler would be ritually sacrificed " ...

Any chance we can we have this process in place before November?

Turns out Elon can't control the weather – what a scrub: Rain, clouds delay historic manned SpaceX-NASA launch

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Re: not a fan of Musk

> If Musk, Bezos and Branson pooled their resources...

Better they compete than combine. We need diversity and competition in the means to access space.

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> Chance of hitting a road barrier is rather low

Yes, but the lane markers are rather ambiguous.

Dude, where's my laser?

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Except when it’s 5G, or WiFi

Or infinite loops ...

NASA's Human Spaceflight boss hits eject a week before SpaceX crew launch

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Re: Going while the going's good

A space elevator would require a geosynchronous lunar orbit. From the lunar perspective the earth occupies a geosynchronous orbit so any elevator would need to ride a cable long enough to reach from the earth to the moon.

Rust marks five years since its 1.0 release: The long and winding road actually works

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Re: Neill Young

Rust Never Sleeps but it does go on vacation, at least the beer of the same name does:


Had quite a few "Rust Never Sleeps" last summer. Hoping it comes back this summer.

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

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Re: obvious

From the man in the mock turtleneck: Your holding it wrong!

Advice for the ages.

Breaking virus lockdown rules, suing officials, threatening staff, raging on Twitter. Just Elon Musk things

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Re: Musk is a hero?

> Musk: Isaac Newton was “better” than Albert Einstein “by a small margin. Both obviously extremely smart for a human,” he mused.

Clearly Musk is not human so he is either an alien or and out of control AI over which human laws have no jurisdiction.

Data centre reveals it modeled interiors on The Hunt for Red October sets

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They even had iPads


ATLAS flubbed: Comet heading our way takes one look at Earth, self-destructs into house-sized chunks

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Re: That's not a comet...

> ... wipe out your supplies of Tea, Coffee, Wine and Beer!

Their advance agents have already destroyed live sports and nights at the pub. Their work here is just beginning...

Australia's contact-tracing app regulation avoids 'woolly' principles in comparable cyber-laws, say lawyers

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Re: "Here I Go, Again On My Own..." - DLR

The infected person has to volunteer their phone information for tracing to start so the location data could be supplemented by personal knowledge. In your situation your neighbours would likely remember if they had contact with you.

Those in range at the grocery store could take whatever precautions they deem reasonable. Just knowing I was in the grocery store at the same time as confirmed infection would be enough for me to consider a test or to self isolate.

The app is not a magic bullet, but it does reduce the effort and uncertainty inherent in contact tracing.

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Re: "Here I Go, Again On My Own..." - DLR

> "This phone shows you drove past "...

By design the AWS data is useless unless you also have access to the user's personal phone. So the US authorities would have to have your phone and be able to access its data.

Of course the app could be faulty or intentionally compromised in some way to give away your location but that is true of every app you install. I suspect there are already a few apps on your phone that do this.

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Re: "experts" should be ashamed

And from this day forth all numbers are prime!

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Re: Assuming that were not the case. And what happes to people who don't own phones?

The problem with the slippery slope argument is that all laws can be abused that way so no law becomes acceptable. You could say that all speed limit laws are unacceptable because governments could set them to zero to restrict movement.

A good precaution is to mandate that the app be open source. Another would be to require that the app self destruct periodically unless actively reauthorized. That way when the crisis has passed the app won't linger on phones waiting to be abused.

A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT

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Re: Proper lash up

The current procedure is to soak your USB devices in soapy water while singing "Happy Birthday" twice. Gets rid of all those nasty malware viruses.

Intelsat orbital comms satellite is back online after first robo-recovery mounting and tug job gets it back into position

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Re: I wonder what it really does?

Most of the actual design work was done by their subcontractor, Spectre something or other.

Hi, Google Duplex here, trying to book a haircut for a socially inept human. Sorry, 'COVID-19'?... DOES NOT COMPUTE

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If you can understand "yeah, nah" then qubits should be easy.

Consumer reviewer Which? finds CAN bus ports on Ford and VW, starts yelling 'Security! We have a problem...'

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Re: a known issue for years?

>that gets me wondering if Douglas Adams was a time traveller.

There is documented evidence that he only travelled back in time to record TV shows he had missed. He found it easier to solve the time travel problem than program a 1980's VCR to automatically record.

Academic showdown as boffins biff-baff over when Version 1.0 of Earth's magnetic core was released

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Re: Do we really need a paper for this?

If found one rock among thousands that looked remarkable like a tooled arrow head that would still be evidence of human presence. The other thousands of random rocks are irrelevant.

The question is how do you explain the measured qualities of the 3 sample they did find?

Apple creates face shield for health workers, resists the temptation to call it the 'iMask'

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Re: iMask was taken

But they claim it is more resistant to viruses then the "Win10x Microsoft Defender 20H03 Mask".

Stop us if you've heard this before: Boeing's working on 737 Max software fixes for autopilot, stabilization bugs

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Re: wasn't there a line about

>"Helicopters don't fly, they're so ugly the ground repels them"

Since they always end up back on the ground it follows they must get prettier as they consume fuel. Very much like humans fuelled by alcohol.


Ethernet standards group leaves its name in the dust as it details new 800Gbps spec

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Re: Insane Speed

> That's not fast enough. Need Ludicrous Speed.

The "Ludicrous Ethernet Consortium" has a nice ring to it.

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Re: Hang on a minute...

Shakespeare? I want to know how long it takes to send all 5 seasons of Breaking Bad.

62 episodes ~ 840 Gbits ~ 1 second.

NASA reveals the new wavy Martian wheels it thinks can crush the red planet

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I think inertia is the issue. So you can just drive slower on rough terrain to reduce stress on wheels. Surely speed limits are radar enforced on Mars.

Automatic for the People: Pandemic-fueled rush to robo-moderation will be disastrous – there must be oversight

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Re: Don't fear the robots

I s e e l o t s o f h o l e s i n t h a t a r g u m e n t.

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Re: The greatest danger

AI powered search:

1) AI search engine learns which content is most favoured by web users and features that content.

2) Web user favour the easily found content most featured by the AI search engine.

3) Monetize

4) Repeat.

They are just giving the user what they want!

Zoom vows to spend next 90 days thinking hard about its security and privacy after rough week, meeting ID war-dialing tool emerges

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He was a very slippery fellow.

Astroboffin gets magnets stuck up his schnozz trying and failing to invent anti-face-touching coronavirus gizmo

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Re: "...At this point I ran out of magnets."

> Physics law of attraction.

More like Physics law of distraction.

Crack police squad seeks help to flush out Australian toilet paper thieves

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They took off so fast the left skid marks.

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

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Re: Key workers

But if everybody is "sheltering at home" kids can still be quite distracting whether you are looking after them or not.

NASA to launch 247 petabytes of data into AWS – but forgot about eye-watering cloudy egress costs before lift-off

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Re: Just wondering

>I've looked at clouds from both sides now.

From up and down and still somehow

Its download costs I don't recall

I really don't know clouds at all

Broadcom sues Netflix for its success: You’re stopping us making a fortune from set-top boxes, moans chip designer

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Re: Using this logic.

"Rotating shaft that delivers motive force to transportation vehicle"

I guess that would not apply to horse drawn carts, but early car manufactures could have tried it.

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Re: Goodbye Broadcom

More likely:

- Broadcom and Netflix negotiate a (non-monetary) agreement giving Netflix an unlimited use licence.

- Broadcom uses Netflix precedent to justify prolonged law suits against all streaming newcomers.

Win-Win ... Fail (for the rest of us)

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Re: Do Broadcom actually have any proof that Netflix are using their IP?

Maybe another change is due: Broad-con

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Re: Using this logic.

Netflix likely uses equipment that contains Broadcom intellectual property, but that should already have been bought and paid for. If not, sue the equipment manufacturers not Netflix.

Horse cart makers to aircraft manufacturers: "Rotating shaft that delivers motive force to transportation vehicle". Pay up!

'Unfixable' boot ROM security flaw in millions of Intel chips could spell 'utter chaos' for DRM, file encryption, etc

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Re: The best.

Upvote for the clarification.

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> "backdoors cannot be kept secret forever"

Especially when you describe them in the product documentation.

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Re: – a tiny window of opportunity –

Unfortunately, "A one in a million chance." + 238,310 MIPS (2014) = certainty.

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Re: The best.

Not sure about other current CPUs but it seems to me that "old hardware from the early 2010s" lacks this kind of secure enclave altogether so would still be less secure then the new stuff with the vulnerability.

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Re: "maintain physical possession of their platform"

> "These could be retrieved from non-water latrines."

Thus the recommendation: "maintain physical possession of their platform"

If it's Goodenough for me, it's Goodenough for you: Canuck utility biz goes all in on solid-state glass battery boffinry

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Re: Still a problem though

Some current Tesla batteries battery packs operate up to 400v. Using a modular 4 battery configuration they could be charged in series at 1600V. Then used in parallel to supply one motor or independently for a one motor per wheel setup.

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Re: Still a problem though

Still unlikely to be larger than a typical gas (petrol?) pump hose.

And I would assume that any high voltage (kV) system would have safety interlocks and only apply voltages after a safe connection was verified.

Not so long ago gas pumps where not considered safe enough for the general public, so each gas station had dedicated attendants to handle the refuelling.

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Re: Still a problem though

>"Just because it's the future doesn't mean that people can now park."

But modern cars can park themselves.

No reason they can't complete the connection to charge themselves.

Soon they can drive themselves.

With fully automated manufacturing they may even be able to make themselves.

Only problem, will they still need us?

Death and taxis: Windows has had enough of clinging to a cab rooftop in the London rain

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Re: The real big joke

>I'd like UBlock for Eyeballs.

Yes, a pair of augmented reality eye glasses that just block out ads.

'I give fusion power a higher chance of succeeding than quantum computing' says the R in the RSA crypto-algorithm

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Re: Que sera, sera

Unfortunately the future isn't what it use to be.

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Re: Glib rejoinder

> note that 'speed of light' is not about light

Exactly, it is about the speed of causality. It so happens that given some basic maths that any massless particle, like a photon, must travel at the speed of causality.



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