Re: Often overlooked
... a bit early in the day to start correcting it...
I think you mean that its a bit too late. The vast invasion fleet is already on its way (that is until it gets swallowed by small dog - scale is a bugger sometimes).
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One of the Star Trek films ("The Search for Spock" I think) started with a Klingon Bird of Prey destroying an old probe that looks remarkably like Voyager. Also in the original Star Trek film, V'ger was a Voyager-class probe that had been massively upgraded by an alien civilisation (you caught a glimpse of the probe hidden in the core of the vat V'ger structure).
Ingenuity is a tech demo aimed at proving that it is possible to build a drone that can fly on Mars. Basically it has proved that now, so NASA could move on. As it happens they want to try some additional flights with longer flight distances, perhaps as far as a couple of hundred metres, but sadly are not planning to use Ingenuity beyond the 30 day limit. It only carries a couple of fixed-direction cameras; no other science payload at all, so it has limited utility.
Saying that, if it is still health after 30 days and the batteries have enough capacity, it would not surprise me if someone in NASA decided to use it as some form of scout, at least until it finally failed.
The kernel memory allocator - kmalloc(). SCO presented it as the grand example of copying from Unix; they did not realise that (a) the code they were presenting came from BSD Unix, and hence could be freely used in Linux if they wanted, and (b) it had been replaced in by a more efficient implementation some time before.
Last time round Microsoft was caught red-handed pass wodges of used fivers to SCO via intermediate cut-out organisations who turned out not to be so cut-out as Balmer thought. I cannot see the Microsoft of now repeating that mistake** given that they have adopted Linux with open claws (and been accepted by the Linux community, albeit with the odd hesitation), so the real question is - who is funding this trip into a legal Wonderland? If we can answer that we might get a clue what this is really about.
** Did I really say that?
UK numbers are exactly 11 digits (except for a very few places that aren't...)
Proof of that statement is my home phone number - 10 digits including the STD code.
Not surprisingly, I cannot call that number from some countries (e.g. the US) since their exchanges have not been configured to support these odd numbers. Surprisingly, some UK exchanges (Swansea I know is an example) also cannot dial the number!
I did something fairly similar once on a Sun 3 workstation (which really dates this event for those in the know) running SunOS. We had an considerable accumulation of files in /tmp that where starting to cause issues (SunOS insited on putting /tmp on a separate partition that never seemed to be large enough), so one morning, nice and early before anyone started work, I decided to have a clean up. Having logged in as root, I then entered the dread command "rm -rf / tmp/*" - yes I had accidentality inserted a space after the first slash.
A rapid control-c proved futile - too much was gone. I had just enough left to perform a backup of the important files, then spent the next couple of hours reinstalling the OS from tape.
Lesson learnt the hard way.
Jovian planets can generate a lot of heat. Jupiter emits significantly more energy than it receives from the some; this is powered by the planet's contraction (as I recall, it's diameter shrinks by about 1 cm per century). Certainly a Jovian or super-Jovian planet in the sort of a highly distant orbit proposed for Planet 9 would probably have the same characteristics and should stand out to a good IR telescope, if only we knew in which direction to point it!
Also a nice demonstration to PHBs why they should never make major changes to an existing system just because "I think its a good idea" - every time I have heard those words, a catastrophe has always followed.
Saying that, I've had CYA strategies in place for decades now, and had to use them. One strategy is to keep an absolutely straight face during the inevitable blame-fest and shouting match.
I suspect that insert ads into someone's content without their explicit permission (and Youtube's T&Cs are not explicit permission in many jurisdictions) is probably going to subject Youtube to numerous actions for breach of copyright. Basically they are changing someone's content without their permission. Could get very expensive for Youtube, and open the doors to a competitor!
Working at a company that made flight simulators when I was an undergrad on a year's placement. I was helping them develop some data entry and processing systems running on a Commodore PET 800 series (it was that long ago). Anyway we would normally leave the machine to run overnight because the volume of data it needed to process was too large to work through during a single 9-5 day. The problem we had is we would come into the office in the morning and find the PET locked-up and frozen, requiring a power-cycle to get it working again.
Took us the best part of a month before we realised that the neighbouring company was a medium/heavy engineering company, and were operating a drop hammer in the night - the power spikes that was putting on the mains was then screwing our systems up.
A UPS put on the mains used by the PET solved that problem.
... I was a part of a development team who were building (at a colossal cost) a SATCOM network for customer who I had better not name. Since they were not a part of NATO they had no access to UK/US military-grade cryptos, so elected to use high-grade crypto devices from CryptoAG. I am now wondering just what they are thinking now knowing that their supposedly secure network is an open book to both the CIA and BUD - bet they are definitely not happy bunnies at the moment.
He's probably saving himself the embarrassment of making a ruling in favour of SAS, only to see it ignored by the UK courts. Has happened before with other judges, and they don't like it (its seen as a big black mark against them).
Either that or SAS's legal eagles submitted such idiot arguments that they failed to get over Gilstrap's normally low bar.
Its actually quite difficult to declared a vexatious litigant; the UK courts really do not like restricting people's access to them. You have to have seriously pissed off the judges on multiple occasions, and completely ignored the judicial warnings that they will have sent, before you end up on the Bad Boys list.
Not really. Spectre type attacks use a fundamental flaw in the processor design related to speculative execution. RISC processors typically utilise similar speculative execution approaches, so in principal could be vulnerable to the same attack vectors. It all depends on whether the designers of the chips have addressed this issue and implemented a mitigation strategy into the silicon.
the delicate lightweight structures which give them such long endurance are very poorly suited for coping with winds and turbulence below their ~65,000ft operating height
I was involved (somewhat peripherally) with trials on a HAPS platform (now, like so many, cancelled). The flight trials had to be cancelled since they could not risk getting the HAPS out of the hanger - the gusting up to 4 mph, and the HAPS could not handle more than 2 mph (I kid you not).
These things are incredibly light and very fragile. The platform I was involved could, in theory, be lifter by one person, but had such a huge wingspan that two people were normally used to life it to stop the wings tilting over and crashing on the ground.
It would make for a more complicated mission profile, which in turn would push up the costs enormously, as well as making the mass budget for the mission a whole lot more complicated.
For example, it took NASA months to plan out this single sample collection. Adding additional samples would extend the planning process much longer, and would mean that the spacecraft would have to reposition itself and change its orbital profile a lot more. This would require a lot more fuel, and pushes the mission risk up significantly.
Another example, in order to take multiple samples, the spacecraft would have to be fitted with multiple collector heads to ensure that sample cross-contamination does not occur. In addition the return capsule would have to be made larger to accommodate all of the samples which in turn would mean a larger landing system (i.e. bigger parachutes).
More likely we'll see legal challenges and fines by Australia to force companies like Facebook to tow the line
At which point Facebook and anyone else the Australian government fines for not doing the impossible will probably remove any and all corporate presence from Australia and subsequently ignore them. Alternatively they'll simply withdraw their service, sit back and wait for the screams of outrage.
Yes, they did get an optical counter-part - it was called a "kilo-nova" (like a supernova but much, much smaller). It was visible for about 3 weeks before it faded, and was observed using every telescope they could beg/borrow/steam observing time for, and in just about every spectrum they could utilise.
I guess the real question is - would any other country give McAfee citizenship? Most countries (at least those I've looked at) seem to require you to have settled in the country for several years before you are allowed to apply for citizenship. They often also have a requirement that you are "of good character". Both criteria might be a bit tricky for McAfee to satisfy.
Red Hat has three main Linux distributions – Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), and CentOS
Unfortunately this is not completely correct. CentOS is built from Redhat source using a Redgat toolchain (again built from source), but it is not supported by Redhat in any way. In fact the CentOS maintainers have to ensure that all references to Redhat are removed from the documents, user interfaces and package names; they do this because Redhat set the lawyers on them once and threatened to sue them.
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