* Posts by BackToTheFuture

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Nvidia's datacenter growth can't save it from gaming GPU woes

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Re: Never mind the quality

At least Nvidia have brought some excitement back to the GPU sector with their 4090 series. Like the thrill of knowing your connecting cable might burst into flames and burn your house down at any moment. Or not knowing whether you'll survive the heart attack when you open up your first electricity bill.

Twitter, Musk, and a week of bad decisions it seems

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Re: Close it Down and Get Out Quick

But which Hollywood movie star will play Musk?

My tip's Mr Bean.

Boeing's Starliner launch pushed back again... to April 2023

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Alien

Re: "visiting spacecraft traffic at the space station"

I, for one, welcome our new alien overlords and their visiting spacecraft traffic........

Elon Musk shows what being Chief Twit is all about across weird weekend

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Thought it might appeal to those Musk supporting trolls on here. All the quality UK media sources report the same thing. DYOR

Actual real-life hoverbike makes US debut at Detroit Auto Show

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Re: Well, I’m impressed… not

"Only an idiot would buy one......."

Hello - Mr Musk? Of course you can buy the company. Just sign this due-diligence waiver........

Underwater datacenter will open for business this year

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Sounds Fishy To Me

No wonder they're naming the port outlet Jules Verne.

Just imagine the hordes of Giant Squid attracted to those heat-loving giant lobsters - we're doomed, I tell ye, we're doomed...........

Attacker snags account details from streaming service Plex

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Re: Hashed passwords

Have a sprinkling of Salt with that:

nNK320c7J7mzbI_e^JCGy|x_~/2wmNYv#&EmFXdtPLd[J|/1R[

NASA's six-mile-wide orbital telescope is 1/6th built

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Pah - old tech.

Flying Toasters in space?

Well we know where they got THAT idea from.

Some of us were using the After Dark screensaver way back in 1989....

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NASA to send prototype robot surgeon into space

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That's not the bad-loser robotic arm that grabbed that poor child's finger and broke it whilst playing chess, is it? tinyurl.com/cj8cahtf

Wouldn't want that grabbing anything I don't already have at least two of.

SpaceX upgrades Starlink to reflect less light, can't launch without its Starship

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Re: Corporate Good Citizenship?

“In every possible way your comment shows an outstanding level of ignorance on this subject”

Hmm – the ameliorative actions you’ve mentioned regarding reducing the widely predicted issues affected astronomical observation all have one thing in common – they don’t work sufficiently, do they, otherwise the new set of proposals wouldn’t be necessary.

As for the final number of Starlink satellites planned to be placed in orbit, no definitive number has been released by the company. Their Wiki states: On 15 October 2019, the United States FCC submitted filings to the International Telecommunications Union on SpaceX's behalf to arrange spectrum for 30,000 additional Starlink satellites to supplement the 12,000 Starlink satellites already approved by the FCC. After that, who knows?

I would suggest as many as Musk knows they can get away with until the whole of low-earth orbit is saturated.

I note you don’t mention the elephant in the room – the incontrovertible fact that the bigger the number of satellites, the bigger the chances of low-orbit collisions. Mentioned in this BBC news article written 24hrs ago, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-62339835

there have already been a number of near misses involving Starlink satellites, including near misses with China’s space station. To quote Dr King of Portsmouth University “"If there are too many fragments (generated by collisions), it could make low-Earth orbit unusable in the future…. And we may not be able to get out of low-Earth orbit into higher orbits, where our navigational satellites and telecoms satellites are situated."

SpaceX's Starlink satellites alone are involved in about 1,600 close encounters between two spacecraft every week, that's about 50 % of all such incidents, according to Hugh Lewis, the head of the Astronautics Research Group at the University of Southampton, U.K. https://www.space.com/spacex-starlink-satellite-collision-alerts-on-the-rise

“These encounters include situations when two spacecraft pass within a distance of 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) from each other. And the situation is bound to get worse. Only (currently) 2,700 of an expected constellation of tens of thousands have been placed into orbit so far. Once SpaceX launches all 12,000 satellites of its first generation constellation, Starlink satellites will be involved in 90% of all close approaches, Lewis’ calculations suggest.”

Add another 30,000+ Starlink satellites into the mix and you don’t need the intellect of Elon Musk to work out what’s likely to happen.

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Corporate Good Citizenship?

"This is a real demonstration of corporate good citizenship...."

....necessitated by the preceding real demonstration of appalling corporate greed and bad citizenship by not giving a damn about the issues, accurately predicted by the astronomy community beforehand, and waiting until until 2,700 of the shiny blobs are already orbiting the earth before publicly acknowledging the problem. In July 22 alone 5 clusters of Starlink satellites were placed in orbit, averaging around 50 individual satellites per launch. Next cluster is planned for August 9th, and who knows how many more after that? Don't look up indeed.

And Musk's proposed solution - a bit of anti-reflective film, probably stuck on with space-gaffer tape, and a few dobs of black paint, with even these modifications making each satellite too heavy to be used with their current technology, so to be launched at an unspecified time in the future on a space vehicle which hasn't even flown yet.

Or in other words - let's put out a press release with some vaguely plausible actions which give the impression we're doing something but in reality we'll be able to launch the whole 10,000 shiny satellites in place without changing a thing - and don't mention the increasing risk of accidental collisions with other satellite systems potentially making low-orbit unusable for mankind in the future. But hey - loadsamoney.

NanoAvionics satellite pulls out GoPro to take stunning selfie over Earth

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Pint

Mmmmm....... beer.........

One thing I'm wondering about - at the beginning of the video when the arm holding the GoPro is deployed, the force of this action makes the satellite pivot backwards and forwards for a few seconds before stabilising. Surely in zero G, without counteracting forces the satellite would simply continue to rotate indefinitely. Has that little beer fridge satellite fuel and position-correcting engines onboard, or is the whole thing simply dangling on a piece of string in somebody's basement with a planet earth video back-projected? And if it's the latter, can I have one of the beers on board?

Running DOS on 64-bit Windows and Linux: Just because you can

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Re: InfoSelect

Ooo - thanks _ I'll check it out. Virtual pint for you - enjoy!

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InfoSelect

I'd pay a King's ransom to be able to use InfoSelect for Dos in Win 10. Still miss it after all these years.

First Light says it's hit nuclear fusion breakthrough with no fancy lasers, magnets

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Re: a country the size of Wales

Like... Wales, maybe?

Indeed - or 2 million rugby pitches, or approx 1x Slovenia.

Sorry for the con-fusion. Could have been nuclearer.

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Go

Re: Long Shot

Well only 10 years away is definitely better than 20 or 30 years away. Just think, in 10 years time it may merely be "at least 5 years away", then "just around the corner", assuming things "go to plan" and "a few teething difficulties needing to be ironed out", with projected capabilities estimated to produce enough energy to power a country the size of Wales.

This will be just before funding is pulled due to costs increasing exponentially to completely unmanageble levels, which has never ever happened before in similar projects over the past 50 years so couldn't possibly be anticipated before it happens.

Still not sure why this will be better than multiple herds of trained hamsters running in hamster wheels wired to the electricity generating grid - the wheels, I mean, not the hamsters, although now I come to think of it.............

Second Trojan asteroid confirmed to be leading our planet around the Sun

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Fireball XL5 the obvious mission vehicle

Perhaps a collaboration between Gerry Anderson's descendants and Elon Musk to create SpaceXL5? After all, the original Fireball XL5 was a reusable spacecraft and had a VTOL crew nose cone for planetary exploration. And away thought Musk has a touch of the supermarionation about him, although haven't spotted any strings so far - just a matter of time, methinks.

BTW, I just looked up the character bio section on the Gerry Anderson Encyclopaedia fandom site to check what's going on with the gorgeous, pouting Dr Venus -- they'll need a medic on board - and her Trump-like pet Zoonie. Turns out she was rescued from a survival shelter after the mass riots across France following the Europoean Atomic War of 2028 AD!

Do these people know something we don't?

Police National Computer not pwned by Clop ransomware crims, insists Home Office

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Re: I would like 100 upvotes for Christmas please.

You can have a very special and unique collectors' upvote from me in the form of an NFT purchased with the shortly to be issued RegisterCoin. $350,000 worth should do it.

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter planning move to blockchain. How will it work? Your guess is as good as ours

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BlockBrain

What, no agile symmetry? Guess you can only milk a dead cow once.

Midwest tornado destroys Amazon warehouse, killing six after worker 'told not to leave'

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Risk Management

Just had a look on Googe Streetview and the Edwardsville Amazon building is (was) a very long structure with large prefab-type panelled walls and no brickwork in sight whatsoever. The surrounding topography is completely flat for miles around. One look will tell you that no way would that building built to survive a tornado impact.

Yesterday I heard a chilling interview with a survivor from the similarly destroyed candle factory in Mayfield, which is about 150 miles away from Edwardsville. She was pulled out from the wreckage after being buried under debris for several hours. She reported that all the workers there knew that all the other workers in nearby factory units had been sent home earlier in the day due to the perceived high risk because they’d been telephoned by their families, but the candle factory’s management told them not to go home and keep working.

I’d like to give Amazon the benefit of the doubt and assume that they did not callously decide to ignore the potential clear risk to their workforce yesterday. However, there has been a catalogue of events involving Amazon treating the health and safety of their workforce as entirely secondary issues to making money, not least around Covid-related safety such as not providing protective equipment and refusing to inform staff when co-workers tested positive for coronavirus. Amazon have a very poor record of treating their staff as human beings.

At the end of the day it was risk management. The local weather was forecast as potentially extreme, as it proved to be. Clearly the Amazon facility kept their workforce working on site when they had the option to close down for a few hours and send their workforce home until the potential risk of a major tornado impact had receded. They chose not to.

When you think of a unit of length, do you think of Antony Gormley's rusty anatomy?

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Remeber the Wales

Surely it should be compared to the size of Wales, the international standard for meaningless comparisons?

What's the matter with these people?

Very sad, btw, that Anthony Gormless ran out of paint before finishing the project.

Now that's a splash down: Astronauts spend 8-hour trip to Earth in diapers after SpaceX capsule toilet breaks

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Penny For Your Thoughts

So did they eventually mange to remove the penny jammed in the door lock?

(One for the Ancient Brits here)

Typical. Crap weather halts work on subsea fibre-optic cable between UK and France

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Re: Already we have moved that far from Europe?

According to Submarine Cable Networks' site, the cable will eventually connect Paris and Slough (home of the Mars Bar - 2.5m bars per day produced apparently).

Wonder if they plan to send Mars Bars down the cable tunnel direct to Paris using a pneumatic tube delivery system?

Could be a game-changer.

Perseverance rover drilled a rock on Mars and probably snaffled a core sample

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Holy Rock, Batman!

"In these images, the lighting is poor, and internal portions of the sample tube are not visible," NASA warned. More snaps will be taken in due course so that NASA can feel sure the process worked.

Hmmm - a few seconds in Photoshop lightening the shadows reveals what appears to be quite a lotta rock sample in there, and in good resolution. Now, how to let those NASA rocket scientists know about the existence of photo editing software............

NASA signs $1bn deal with Northrop Grumman to build studio apartment in lunar orbit with room for 3 vehicles

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Re: Room for 3 vehicles?

Get them all up there and move it out past the Lagrange point. Job done! :) :) :)

Get them up there and move it out past the Language point - even better job done. Can't hear you - lalalala......

US Air Force announces plan to assassinate molluscs with hypersonic missile

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Presumably any survivors will be taken to Guantanamollusc.

Followed by an enthusiastic yet unsuccessful waterboarding session, although with the Pentagon already stating "We have this mindset that we want to fail early and often ...." the outcome will be reported as exceeding all expectations and another few billion dollars tossed in Project Thermadore's begging bowl.

Kerrching!

Another platform on which Java will not run – platform 1 of Newcastle's Central Station

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What is Geordie for bork?

I do believe it's Borwak, old chap.

(sips Newcastle Brown and adjusts peak of cap made from Stotty cake)

If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all: El Reg takes Twitter's anti-mean algorithm for a spin

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I just knew that bathroom-cam was a mistake.

File this next to Mars bars under 'things that should not be deep-fried': Marks & Spencer's Colin the Caterpillar

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Re: Corby

* Persistently reappearing at the top of the "deaths by Covid" charts in the UK

Deep-fried face-masks?

Samsung thinks about giving the Galaxy Note refresh a miss this year as semiconductor supplies run dry

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"However, the idea that removing the headphone socket on Brand X phones causes the user to buy Brand X Bluetooth headphones is flimsy at best."

No, but they'll have to use someone's brand of wireless buds, and many will go for the manufacturers' own brand first - looking at you, Apple fans, with those weird white stick things poking out of your ears. And look at the growth market that's been created by removing the headphone socket: (source Statista - "Sales of true wireless hearables (i.e. non-wired headphones) were forecast to increase by 110 million units (in 2019) and stand at 230 million units worldwide by 2020."

The Samsung Xcover Pro looks like a great option although in a different and cheaper spec range to the Note series - the original post related to what Samsung might do differently in a future Note to separate it out from its currently similarly specced high end phones.

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Hear what you're saying, Sampler.

I remember at the time that one of the manufacturers' explanations for non-replaceable batteries was better water resistance - but we all know the real reason is profit maximisation for the manufacturers because when the battery dies, most people will ditch the phone and replace it, especially when Apple and Samsung make it very difficult to replace the battery in the first place without damaging it. And with many millions of phones out there this does represent a mammoth negative impact on the planet.

Ditching the headphone jack - all sorts of pathetic rationales were made too for this (interfering with haptic feedback? hoho - more space for a bigger battery - oh, purlese) - but seeing how many billions Apple made from their wireless earbuds, Samsung decided they'd join that lucrative bandwagon too. There's nothing good about wireless earbuds for me - heavy and uncomfortable, easy to lose, expensive to replace, worse sound quality than cheaper wired headphones, plus they look ridiculous on a lot of people (me included). And I have some expensive wired earbuds which I'm not going to ditch and which are quite capable of distinguishing between inferior bluetooth v wired sound. And bluetooth buds in use further drain the phone battery and become non-functional when their own tiny battery charge expires. That ain't progress.

Having a couple of cheap spare batteries for my Note 4 available meant I never had to worry about long commute times (I vaguely remember those (!)), flight delays (ditto) or trailing charger wires for people to trip up over at work, and I've seen people almost come to blows arguing over who's using a charging point on a train. It's just so easy and hassle free reaching for a new battery from my shirt pocket. Similarly out hiking in the wilds. Now I have to carry a power bank that's as big as the phone, heavier and remember to charge that too. That ain't progress either.

Incidentally, my Note 4, for which few claims of water resistance were made at the time, has survived years of being used for GPS tracking on the hills in all sorts of wet weather, as well as emerging unscathed from a number of major trauma office events involving every beverage known to man, and is still going strong. If it had a sealed battery I would have had to ditch it years ago. The technology has moved on, and I simply don't accept the notion that it's not possible to have a fully waterproof phone with a replaceable battery or headphone socket.

It would be good to have a choice again, so both you and I could be happy.

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But also, what would they do?

Simple really - bring back the removable battery, last seen in my venerable Note 4, and a headphone socket, last seen in my current Note 9.

Although that might require a radical shift by Samsung in the direction of giving the customer what they actually want.

Actually, there are reports that the European Commission is contemplating a plan to force manufacturers of electronic goods to make their batteries replaceable, including phones, tablets and wireless headphones, largely on environmental concerns. Not holding my breath on that one emerging into the light though.

Gummy bears as a unit of measure? The Reg Standards Soviet will not stand for this sort of silliness

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Headmaster

Re: Football Fields

Well, assuming we're talking about a British soccer field (anything else is likely to be just a wannabee imitation), which according to Wiki can be between 90m and 120m long to meet the regs, so let's say 100m, and the length of a gummy bear (source Wiki again) is around 2cm, give or take a suck or two, this means a football field will be approx 5,000 gummy bears in length.

Nice round number. Much tastier than"The Size of Wales".

No gummy bears were harmed during the completion of this calculation.

Afterwards though - Mmmmmmmm......chomp.....

Samsung supremo suggests Note phablet will be scattered throughout the Galaxy... though not black-holed

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Intergrated user experience

“We’ve also been paying attention to people’s favorite aspects of the Galaxy Note experience and are excited to add some of its most well-loved features to other devices in our lineup.”

Great - looking forward to the return of the headphone jack and a non-curved edge display. WooHoo.

Arecibo Observatory brings forward 'controlled demolition' plans by collapsing all by itself

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Re: Whatabout...

And to preserve the dish shape, why not extend the wall around the whole of the USA?

The Canadians would be jolly pleased.

ISS? More like HISS, am I right? Space station air leakage narrowed down to Russia's Zvezda module

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Followed by Janoferry and Febtoohairy?

'A guy in a jetpack' seen flying at 3,000ft within few hundred yards of passenger jet landing at LA airport

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Sincalir Spectrum's.....

Jet Pack Bob. Obs.

Floating COVID incubation tank becomes data-leaking ransomware rustbucket: Carnival admits crims made off with personal data booty

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"Kudos to Carnival for releasing this information almost immediately..."

Although the bad new was filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Wonder if any of the affected customers have been informed yet?

At time of posting there's nothing on the front page of Carnival's website, where the first headline states: "Extraordinary Experiences, Lifelong Memories Ahead".

Like having your bank account and credit cards emptied from stolen data perhaps?

Facebook to take board seat at Linux Foundation after signing as Platinum member

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There goes the neighbourhood.

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