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Re: Stupid... Just stupid...
AC, Buran worked just fine, like the merkin shuttles. The worst possible solution that would actually work I think someone labeled space shuttles. However the Russians were not welded to the 90 ton reusable "spaceplane" concept as it was inefficient. Buran was built to confirm NASA were crazy. Its one flight proved the costs of running it were as predicted so the Soviets remained with the same stuff they still sell to anyone, 30 years later.
As for F35, the Chinese J21 and friends main shortcoming is propulsion. Any information that improved Chinese engines narrows the gap. The interesting question for me is the data fusion so the pilot has good situational awareness. Has that been copied ? Probably,due to an outsourcing decision.
Re: It's life Jim, but not as we know it.
null examples are not an argument. Only carbon based life is known, Sample size of 1. Look up the number of compounds carbon can make versus _any_ other element. Oder of magnitude difference. I wont even start on the huge gap between simple carbon compounds and the simplest protein.
probes are screaming into Sun, sort of
NASA Parker probe for one. Sampling corona etc. Definitely overcooking marshmellows at perihelion. Kudos for the engineers who built these probes to cope with heat and the mathematicians who worked out the orbital mechanics to get probes to orbits of interest.
a tad overblown
Media have been editing text, audio and video for years so interviewees can appear to say anything. Or more commonly, made to appear ignorant of the noble, enlightened view of whatever bigotry was received truth of the media droids at the time. Example Malcolm Muggeridge informing the West that Stalin lead a nightmare state. Winston warmongering about Hitler. More recent examples are Bliar and Co. So the distrust grows. Now if only a cultural distrust of asocial media can only be made a general attitude among the non-technical.
In Oz the goldrush mentality continues to infect the PHB class, whether private or government. So the CBDs continue to get oversupply and elsewhere crumbs. It seems Ozs mediocre pollies for communications still think that Morse code is high tech from their bandwidth bleatings. The labels ElReg has used for these incompetents says it all. As for fixed radio versus satellite needs according to NBN, why do residences a mere 80 Km from Oz capital need to use satellite comms ? There are mountains and high hills that have line of site even into the deeper valleys. Some of these have line of site to telco towers or shock, horror, are close to existing fiber cables.
dino killer rock
ITIRC that boffins had identified that rock as from a Juipiter Trojan group that broke up a large asteroid into smaller erratic chunks, at least one of which hit Earth
Article misses a critical point
Weirdness from complexity. the example of a blue tooth driver mucking about with Office. Back to the original Unix design philosophy. Each tool or code does one thing onl, fails safely (ie does not crash anything else) and is able to be used in a pipeline. Like the way shared libraries were supposed to provide standard capabilities sharable among programs with standard APIs. INSHO, too much crap trying to do un-needed much. As for the rest of the connected dust, get a bigger vacuum cleaner. The bandwidth available to most of us is already too choked by rubbish packets.
As for complex systems, emergent properties work both ways. Unexpected capabilities, usually expressed as weird and unwanted behavior. Been there done that. (fixed it that is).
Re: Major Overreach
Rich, a case in point. Despite me setting locale correctly, smart web browsers often correct Oz spelling and leaves mistakes alone. QED. Being loaded on medication after surgery does not help, but if smart things were, the typos would not have happened.
Re: The PC Brigade Sub-Routine
Sandler is funny ? News to most of us I suspect.
Re: Major Overreach
@veti. Really ? All my devices predictive suggestions manage to be wrong most of the time. I wish the smart devices would just shut up. Perhaps you have a let unpredicatble vocabulary. No offense intended as I use a few specialist acronyms for uncommon activities. DYAC site best describes my attitude. As for AI jokes, given that most supposedly intelligent humans suffer from an inability to discern good humour, I am sure artificial stupidity will be just fine in merkin mass media.
to change company incorporation laws across the world so that directors cop the wrath, not shells and shareholders. A few more corporate crims incarcerated in corporation run prisons would be delightfully ironic. And just.
more reason then
for the PHBs and clueless running much of Oz state governments websites to insist on using FB authentication. Oz gummints love stuffups, failures and imported borking. Why, GOK and even then I have doubts.
so centralised economy bureacrats are just like western CEOs ?
demanding initiative and independent thinking while running a micromanagement rules based mindset allowing only approved activities. While working for the bigger TLA outsourcerers I noted their PHB classes loved terms straight out of the USSR with 5 year plans and other fantasies. Perhaps the USSR won the minds of its nominal enemies while losing the economic war. Conversely, was it New boss is same as Old Boss ?
Reminds me of a long ago analysis on why trying to copy Silicon Valley elsewhere failed. The answer was an entire culture of accepted failure on way to success, coupled with a very short term approach to business life spans and supporting organisations. eg, being able to hire an and office furnishing for 3 months. This also explains why the Japanese attempts to out innovate merkins failed. Able to better engineer others creations, often in innovative ways but core break throughs cam from elsewhere. The problem is fundamentally a world view derived culture problem. The old joke about both BSD Unix and LSD coming from Berkely not being a co-incidence seems to match reality. yeah yeah I know about AT&T, but where did BK spend a lot of time ?
All ruling cliques seek to preserve their power and status. They just use different tags and flags which for some reason, the idiot peasants think represent reality instead of another round of mendacious advertising.
Isn't cloud supposed to be fault tolerant?
so clouds barf just like any other server in a datacenter with even less customer control. Colour me snarking.
Re: 'Nuff Said
JLV and Postgres scaling. I worked at a site five years ago where Postgres was scaling to tables over 10GB and and growing without problems with speed. It showed GreenPlum was not necessarily needed. Not a DBA so YMMV
sounds like the Queensland Gov fiasco
same outsourceries in charge also.
Re: ZTE and others in the news this past weekend...
malware in Android ? Isn't android something like a JVM running something like java ? if so , of course it has malware. it is malware. Adding telco bloatware, often unremovable. Malware is mandated
When will the Chinese run a high speed maglev rail launcher up the side of the Himalayas ? See end of "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress". Aside from that Shadow*, orbital or close missiles have been launched from under planes for years. Merkins sat killer was launched from an F15. Orbital Sciences also come to mind.
Given the sort of market this "hobby" rocket is aimed at, the cost of aerial boost is high and one can be sure aviation/space management will be anxious to control anything likely to go near low earth orbit, let alone higher.
Re: No casing?
outer casing made of self lubricating plastic. How about a simple coarse thread in plastic above reaction chamber where plakki still firm and rotate a feeder nut ? I do wonder how any non-metal or ceramic will handle the upper chamber combustion pressure no matter what method is used. Concept is worth playing with.
Re: Compensate their customers.... and who else?
agreed. Very common here in the boonies, a mere 80 km from the nations c
rapital. Much worse further out
Yeserday thought I heard a NAB spokes weasel on radio (yes, big radio) explaining the assessment that will be made. Something along the lines of requiring documentation for each "lost" sale. I also note the other routine Oz disaster, NBN have cut off local businesses when connecting them to the NBN cables. Phone dead for 4 days now as copper cut somewhere. No network as usual. Who would be a small businessperson with all the predators charging?
About time a few CEOs and boards had their assets stripped under Proceeds of Crime legislation for making false representations, thus winding up doing a few years hard labour instead of a shell company.
4G hotspot ???
You might for a while get adequate performance. It wont last. Unlimited always becomes over-subscribed. ie slow. Where is the Marvin icon ?
Re: Big Government
David, really ? There was I thinking it was who can get the biggest funding for re-election. especially if it can be done surreptitiously via "foundations". Vacuous sloganeering ability helps too.
Re: They got 100Mbps wireless in Iceland (country)
yep , no consumer demand because 25/12 Mbs plans get you 3 Mb/sec if one is lucky. So why waste the money. Even those nearby on landline/copper dont get much service at times. FPOS machines can take minutes to do a simple transaction. So much for the online remote medical support hoopla. I suspect that the incumbent telcos will be screaming if the low earth orbit data or phone services take off. Suddenly government interference to maintain oligopoly will become a free market virtue. If its good enough for negative gearing, its good enough for Telstra, Optus et al. At least the low low speeds offer some protection from DOSsing and IOT threats. IOT just wont work.
My cynical side expects that by 2045 the telcos will have consolidated into one mediocre company with monopoly profits and political protection. At least it will be easy to nationalise once the civil unrest in China starts.
but the PHB class
still have bonuses as well as the layer of waste above the PHBs in executive land. How about changing companies act so essential services failures mean the boards lose a years salary, not the shareholders. To improve hell desk support, it is about time for an outsourcing tax on all Oz offshored businesses. Alternatively, given the Oz comms model is unlike most countries, ie highly urbanised centers which are very distant, either invest in one of the newer low orbiting satellite businesses or nationalise all telco infrastructure. Charge the cost to all the pollies super who voted to sell Telstra.
Re: But.. but..
Updated mozzie ? Very dangerous if one engine failed, like most twin engined WW2 british aircraft. A Lanc pilot I knew commented that all pommie aircraft required _very_ careful throttle matching or horrible things happened, unlike yank planes where about right was good enough. No reason for this discrepancy was given.
There was a pom twin engine fighter built just as war ended that flew even better. Its performance was amazing for time. ITIRC it could accelerate vertically on one engine. Cant find the reference magazine to name it. I believe only a wing survives of prototype.
An acquaintance employed by some mega-death corp suggests new A10s or even latest F15K planes would be more cost effective for Oz. Perhaps a full revist of the F111 might suit Oz due to its long range. Using modern materials and engines how much better could it be ?
For the poms though I concur that a new Buccaneer would be way to go. Great for taking out the next French invasion. Perhaps also build new Harriers in plastic like the USA marines upgraded version. At least they worked and built locally a few people might have jobs for a while.
IP in F35
Didn't some IP come not from Harrier but Yak41 Soviet naval VTOL ?
Re: Obvious way to differentiate?
how about a daylight readable screen FFS. Only Sony Experia get close in my experience. Dell should re-release an updated version of its 5 inch Streak. Still many around doing great service as backup flight instruments in rec and glider aircraft. You can see them in bright daylight as the screen is transflective. Instant differentiation and better battery life.
two of the most powerful ?
Xi I know of, but where did Putin come from with ZTE ?
Re: Why do they think it would only be microbial scale?
The ice at the bottom might be a problem. The ten plus miles of it. Or, water is destructive to complex organic molecules, especially if it has sulphates in it. Did I mention the steady leakage of hydrogen peroxide from the irradiated ice ? Lets not go into the energy available to build large non-bacterial organisms. So probably only a weak sulphurous acid solution with traces of salts lurking under the ice. However just doing the chemistry investigations would be great research.
Re: Not quite
@Mark, Telstra service...... Imaginary as unicorn droppings IMNSHO. Had some hardware problems with ZTE phones. Telstra not helpful. Local phone repairer repaired units quickly and easily. Probably poor soldering. However I need external aerials where I go and am not aware of any alternative rugged phones in Oz. Cradles have a uniformly bad reputation for weak signal conditions. A daylight readable screen would be great also.
So yes, if one lives in a high density hell hole, one has "choice" but this demonstrates Oz is an excellent example of market failure in telecoms. Keeping Telstra as a government business had its problems but the duplication of infrastructure in cities while leaving 80% of the rest of the continent at mercy of a monopoly supplier only seemed rational to bought and paid for politicians.
And dont get me started on Telstras hellish offshore hell desk and even worse, cold calling sales weasels
Re: Concerned (sorta)
I was told from reliable sources that if your are in China, assume your ZTE device is totally pawned. How this is done was not disclosed. A firmware control back channel would be my guess. Needless to say, since this is a known insecurity, it is probable that other governments also use it.
Re: 80s music was mostly dire
must be age. I noticed that when cleaning out my own MP3s lately that many of the 70s cassette tracks were no longer wanted. At the time they seemed good. Fewer 80s tracks, even fewer 90s. The later ones were tracks where the music was original or lyrics intelligent. I discovered that my tastes have moved to 60s even. Except I still like ABBA.
noticed how some ?? and ??? laptops had black power buttons on a black fascia. I had to cover buttons with white tape or whiteout so I could find them. What fool came up with that ? Probably a relative of the architect that refused to put handles or push bards/plates on the ground floor glass doors in glass walls because it would spoil the look. Yes, deliberately disguised the doors. Trying to get inside was frustrating. How the local building gestapo allowed it in development application baffles me.
Seems human interface design has become a lost skill in all fields. About time to make memorising "The Psychology of Everyday Things" mandatory for all PHBs, sales weasels, architects and designers. Competancy test is full recitation, verbally to an audience of pedants. Failure to do so is grounds for refusing imports.
Re: There's an island somewhere...
right on. I have a washing machine with lots of buttons, dials with incoherent markings. It seems both knobs do same thing in different ways, none of them useful. No way to do just a spin cycle, no way to just do a simple wash. no manual. Only known effect of buttons is to make any process longer. How I wish I still had the 30 year old mechanical clunker that used more water but one could select a single function as required or any clearly marked cycle selections using one knob.
Re: ID Cards and enforced bio-metrics
also the upside of crappy phone networks. Service interruptions will have really stuffup the data mining. So if Tim is right and power supply failures become more common, the data sets might get a bit more confused.
BTW, an earlier commentard stated the GPS on Android probably cant be turned off. Dunno about others, but on my ZTE, keeping GPS and bluetooth off triples battery endurance.
nice touch there
Well put suggestion for effective advertising there Simon. Just dont over do it or ElReg will have the ad-blockers go on again. Dont want to put the Vultures out of work.
nope did not eat. Roots, leaves or anything else as it is a robot. BTW, was Bender ever seen recharging or was the alcholism necessary as fuel ?
Re: The wombat is the only animal
Square ? not around here they are. Short, dumpy round, like a beagles. And their droppings are the same. Wombats also only animal that makes erosion a virtue. And sacred to the PHB city dwellers so the rivers get lots of fresh dirt washed into them.
I am beginning to think
the Amish have a good point
old is new
Sun MicroSystems statement: "The network is the computer" how many decades ago ?
At a wild guess, this may have a use in making reconfigurable camouflage or metamaterial for "invisiblity cloaks" that can change effective frequency.
A commercial pilot of my distant acquaintance told me that idiots with laser pointers are now a routine hazard even in backwater Oz. Given that this is a world wide phenomena, why has not a lighter version of the self darkening welding goggles been created ? Making them common laser pointer frequencies/colours specific may mean one can maintain useful vision while attacker is active.
That may also make such eye protection of use on roads where an increasing number of incompetents maintain high beam in all conditions or others who install aftermarket retina destruction bulbs. Had a couple of them tonight attempting general blinding.
OTOH, why no military small "beam riding missiles" to autofire at beamers yet ?
on how many conspiracy theories are not true and the accuracy of some very careful data examination. kudos to the company for effort by putting money where mouth is, even if plane was not there either. NB. I dont believe any of the theories. They imply the spooks are competent which is inconceivable.
follow the money. Who provides the funds that go to the little known bodies that shift money to the organisations that shift money to each of the major TweedleDee/TweddleDum parties and the second ring circus groups that swirl around them ? Businesses would love to get more access to citizens data for advertising and to create "nudge messages" that they can then sell to the sock puppets nominally in power. Since all the current Oz parties of significance operate with a materialist world view they have no distinctive doctrinal differences, ie policy. This proposal is possibly the next step in the destruction of a mostly working democracy by the legal fictions known as companies.
Whether knowingly or not, these act to make real citizens irrelevant in the political process by ensuring parties are dependent on advertising and the required large funding. This is disguised by keeping the appearance of a democratic voting system while making it a mere facade for the real rulers. (Adams Lizards anyone ?) Bit like Augustus. Stripped the old Republic away but maintained the shell of the Senate to keep the plebs quiet enough. No conspiracy required, just a moral vacuum and spin doctors/salesdroids flogging the latest technical utopia at those least likely to comprehend a pig in a poke sales pitch. Sales weasels are rewarded for selling, not solving problems.
If there is any fix, IMHO, it is <soapbox> making it illegal for any non-citizen to fund any lobbying or political activity, let alone parties. Secondly, ensure the limit for such funding from citizens is below say $5000. </soapbox>
I suggest that limiting the number of times some-one can stand for election should be limited to 5 or less to reduce political dynasties. Fanciful limitations like ensuring all candidates have had a life outside academia, politics, SIF, pressure groups and union organisations before being eligible might be worthwhile.
Re: Fixed wireless
fixed wireless and phone data speeds also slowed immensely by nature of web servers being used now. Little static html anymore, loads of bandwidth hogging java-script, java and each site connects to 10 other sites to download fonts, libraries and other lazy programmers kludges.
The Firefox ( ITIRC) tool that shows the network connections set up by a browsers shows high numbers when one connects to any simple site. How much of the load is snooping by data merchants ? How much of the political stuff-up was driven by mediocre senior bureaucrats and advisors stuck in the copper comms age who think STD is leading edge and advised the elected incompetents accordingly ?
stupid thing that does uncommanded actions. I assume that I am not the only person who just sits down occasionally. No other actions required. How often is the question "What problem are you trying to solve" actually asked ?
not only but also
how about cultures that see something move and shoot it just in case. Just like the yanks in WW2 from what my Dad said.
Re: There's some truth in this...
Jeffy, perhaps the dumber humans believe computers because they never heard of GIGO