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3822 posts • joined 23 Feb 2010

Spent your week box-ticking? It can't be as bad as the folk at this firm

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Re: “were quoted a ridiculous price and told it would take four months”.

isn't that covered by the non-compete clause?

As far as I know they're non-enforceable in the UK. Either way, they can't do much more than bolt the stable door.

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Never mind Brexit. UK must fling more £billions at nuke subs, say MPs

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China doesn't provide aid to Africa. China provides loans at commercial rates with inflated price tags (i.e., corruption), to get Chinese companies to build infrastructure, that they will eventually convert into owning all of the country.

The nerve! Why can't they just march in there and colonise it like any normal country?

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Bouncing robots land on asteroid 180m miles away amid mission to fetch sample for Earth

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Re: Need help

In my head I was pronouncing it as Minerva two one.

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Dead retailer's 'customer data' turns up on seized kit, unencrypted and very much for sale

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Re: QED

Disk shredders are so much fun :)

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Renegade 3D-printing gunsmith Cody Wilson on the run in Taipei from child sex allegations

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Puritans vs sex

But the USA has such weird taboos around sex, it's not surprising that they all seem to have such weird kinks. (For example.)

Of course, for the conspiracy minded, this would mean that 'they' can always guarantee they'll find some sexual weirdness if 'they' ever need to smear someone. Or what would be perfectly normal behaviour in another country (eg, being gay), can be used as a slur in the US.

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Flying to Mars will be so rad, dude: Year-long trip may dump 60% lifetime dose of radiation on you

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Re: Career != Lifetime

Radiation doses are a lot more complicated than a single number. Not only are there the various different types of radiation (alpha/beta/gamma etc. and that's ignoring things like high energy neutrons), but where on the body you're irradiated makes a big difference to the outcome. Of course, timespan also plays a part; a single high dose in one day could be less than your monthly/annual limit, but will likely be medically worse for you than someone who gets a constant low dose which sums up to be higher per month.

Hence, dosage limits are an estimation of risk, based on an aggregate of all the different radiation studies that have been done. They're deliberately simplified to a single number to make the regulations feasible. The end result is that the medical issues of (for example) an aircrew who'd reached their monthly dose and a worker in a nuclear plant who'd received the exact 'same' dose would be quite different Because they'd both likely have received different types of radiation, in different ways, over different timespans.

tl/dr radiation dose numbers are approximate and can't necessarily be directly compared between different jobs/situations.

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What's that smell? Oh, it's Newegg cracked open by card slurpers

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Re: Optional

are there potentially other sites out there that were also running the dodgy Neweggstats script?

If you read TFA, you'll see that the neweggstats domain was specifically created to exfiltrate data in this hack. When they hit BA they had a similarly misleading domain name (baways.com). So this looks like a consistent MO for these crooks, and I'm sure that if they're not using it on another site right now, they're preparing to.

So, all you have to do is check every single site that you might input your credit card into and make sure that none of them are connecting to an unauthorised third party site, bearing in mind that many websites uses scripts on different domains to function, and that you probably won't be able to guess which are legit and which are bogus without at least checking the whois records for every single one.

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HPE support website is down

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HPE support website is down

So, support.hpe.com is offline right now. Is this a recent thing or have HP just completely given up at this point?

While we're at it, can I just add that adding a big red light to a disk caddy, which means do *not* remove the drive, is not very helpful unless you've already been told about it. To the untrained eye, looking for the dead disk to replace, the big red light screams "error", so that's the one I removed. Erm, I mean that some hypothetical person would remove...

(Yes, I pulled the good disk out of a RAID1, and replaced it with a blank one, learn from my fail. Fortunately putting the good disk back in with the replacement and rebooting started a rebuild).

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Put your tin-foil hats on! Wi-Fi can be used to guesstimate number of people hidden in a room

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Given the wavelengths that mobile phones use, it's not that much use as radar, except at short distances like this study. Not to mention that mobile masts are usually omnidirectional, making them more useless as a radar.

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London tipped to lead European data market. Yes, despite Brexit!

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Where?

"Report puts English capital ahead"

London is the capital of Britain.

While I suppose it's not incorrect to say that it is the capital of England, it's not an independent country any more than Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland are.

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Trump pulls trigger in US-China tit-for-tat tariff tiff: 10% slapped on $200bn of imported kit

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Re: Since when did being a bully become "a strong bargaining position"

Since when did being a bully become "a strong bargaining position"

Well, to be fair, it's worked for the USA for the last 30+ years so we shouldn't be surprised that the idiot is trying it too. It's just that previous administrations used a certain amount of subtlety and tact (ie made their threats behind closed doors).

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First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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Re: Is "designed by computer" better ?.

The KC-46 is a military procurement program. It's supposed to go over budget.

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Re: More than 8 hours

They've got two B-52's (plus another one in what looks to be the non-public section)! I'm pretty sure I can spot three Harriers too, and there's a Super Guppy and a whole row of choppers which are a bit too small for me to make out. See here.

I'm pretty sure I could spend two weeks going round the US just looking at aerospace museums, and I'd still have to miss some off the list.

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Oh Smeg! Hacked white goods maker resurfaces after system shutdown

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Re: We are down to cat milk

Nothing wrong with dog's milk. Full of goodness, full of vitamins, full of marrowbone jelly. Lasts longer than any other milk, dog's milk.

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Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

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You'll still need on-site sysadmins even if every single machine is being managed by Microsoft, because users typically need to be coached just to turn a monitor on or off. When they say there'll be 'one-click application installs', what will actually happen is that the user will click on ever possible piece of software, which will all be downloaded at once, knocking their computer and half the office offline in the process, before finally filling up the disk and crashing their computer, all while somehow not installing the one program they wanted.

Yeah, we'll still have jobs in the future too.

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Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

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Re: I watched the broadcast

"By the nipples of Musk!" has a slightly better ring to it I feel. Just imagine it being said/shouted by Brian Blessed.

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Brit airport pulls flight info system offline after attack by 'online crims'

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Re: Landing at Bristol as a foreigner

As long as you remembered to say "cheers drive!" to the pilot as you got off the plane.

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NHS smacks down hundreds of staffers for dodgy use of social media, messaging apps

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Re: Wow

Today's generation of social media users seem not to think even as far as who sees a post immediately, let alone the long term.

Ah yes, it's all the fault of those meddling kids. Incidentally, is this your lawn I'm standing on?

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Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok

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Re: Why...

based in what was then said to be the longest corridor in Europe

I suspect there are a lot of those.

In much the same way that I know of at least two universities (Exeter and York), where a library was constructed without taking into account the weight of the books, and so the entire building is gently sliding downhill. I'm not sure if this is more than just a rumour at either though.

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Trump shouldn't criticise the news media, says Amazon's Jeff Bezos

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Re: Poor Jeff is so right, nobody takes his leftist hate pamflet seriously anymore

I, too, find Fox News too close to the centre and afraid of taking a clear stand on the hard issues. Thank God we have Breitbart for the honest man's opinion.

I want to believe this is sarcasm, but it's really hard to tell sometimes.

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Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world

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Re: How dare you!

"I will not download any release from Microsoft until at least 3 months after it has gone Gold."

And certainly don't try running beta software as your main operating system.

(In a VM, as a test, or for fun, sure. But as your main OS? Crazyness)

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GDPR v2 – Gradually Diminishing Psychotic Robots: Brussels kills Terminator apocalypse

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Re: Countering the threat from the real culprits

Well, some EU countries (*coff* Britain *coff*) are big arms manufacturers, so this will at least cut down on the number of AI-based weapons systems being sold to despotic regimes.

(Last year the UK sold around £1.5B worth of arms to countries on it's own list of human rights violators)

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Card-stealing code that pwned British Airways, Ticketmaster pops up on more sites via hacked JS

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I'd always imagined that the 3rd party code had been downloaded, checked and installed.

Even if it was being run off their servers, can you imagine the conversation?

developer, running into the room: We need to update foo.js to version 3.4.7.1.8.

sysadmin: Have you checked that it's got no security issues?

developer: Marketing want us to have the flibble text flashing and the new version of foo reinstates the blink tag. They want it live half an hour ago because they've already got the adverts running.

sysadmin: I really think we should test this...

developer: No time, just put it live!

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Martian weather has cleared at last: Now NASA's wondering, will Opportunity knock?

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WAKE UP

45 days of 'WAKE UP'

I read that as NASA just playing Rage Against The Machine on a loop for a month and a half.

It would get me out of bed :)

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Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Re: More bloat in an already over bloated OS

Microsoft need a legal lesson that our computers are not theirs to control and run as they see fit.

No one is stopping you from installing another OS on your computer, you are in control of that.

And if you have installed Windows, why are you complaining? You should have known what you're getting in to.

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2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit

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Re: Problem-solution dichotomy

Weighing of pros and cons requires numbers.

I love that you have exactly equal numbers of up and down-votes for this (eight each at present).

FWIW I have remote unlock button for my car, but I never used it until some little scrote destroyed the physical lock on my drivers door, attempting to break in. Since then I use it some of the time.

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Article 13 pits Big Tech and bots against European creatives

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Re: As usual Andrew hates Google

Google wanted the EU to reject the bill, (which they didn't), so you've clearly not bothered learning much about this issue, even to the extent of just reading TFA.

Anyway, what's wrong with hating google? They are a massive monopoly who shapes a good chunk of all of our lives, over which we have little to no say.

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Brit armed forces still don't have enough techies, thunder MPs

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"how the Government in general thinks it's going to be able to employ skilled workers during times of high employment?"

It's easy, we'll just use the constant and reliable supply of highly trained immigrants.

Oh wait...

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So what you're saying is; back in the old days, most soldiers(/sailors/airmen/etc.) would come home with physical injuries, or not come home at all. Now they're less likely to be physically injured, so we notice the PTSD more?

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Generally Disclosing Pretty Rapidly: GDPR strapped a jet engine on hacked British Airways

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Re: re. Reporting a breach shows awareness

It has always been a wonder to me that companies can get away with not reporting

Surely this is something that could be covered by the insurance companies. In much the same way that you or I would need to provide a crime number if we claimed our mobile had been nicked, corporate insurers should insist on a full breach disclosure and police involvement before they pay up.

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Plex plucks media cloud service, sends users scurrying to exit

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Re: Whew!

"I would call Plex the lazy mans Kodi"

Yep, I wanted something that would stream from a PC to a PS4, and Plex turned out to be the easiest way of doing that (DNLA always turns out to be a lot more work than it should).

Especially for the grand price of free, as long as you don't need any of their premium features.

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America-China tariff tiff could flip the switch on Cisco price hikes

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Re: nope

China don't just have the benefit of cheap labour, they've got cheap everything else, including raw materials, and power.

Plus, because everybody is building stuff in China, there's also the benefits of an easily accessible supply chain. After all, you might build your router in the UK, but you're still probably going to end up buying the screws for the motherboard, or the fans, or the cables etc. from China.

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Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

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selling what is effectively a (massively overpriced) glorified breakout board

I thought they were selling a really cheap linux computer, suitable for a whole range of low powered tasks. That's what I use them for anyway.

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Guess who's still in charge of your gas safety, Brits? Capita

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Re: Ah...

I assumed in meant "in (a position to) charge (through the nose for a sup-par service)".

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Volkswagen faces fresh Dieselgate lawsuit in Germany – report

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Re: Tze Germans...

No other car maker has been caught with a defeat devices, software designed to detect test mode and change engine parameters compared. This is a very clear distinction.

Not true.

Daimler have been caught including 'defeat devices'.

Fiat Chrysler are being fined by the EPA for similar reasons.

Nissan and Renault have both been accused of cheating on their emissions tests, but I don't think it's been proved either way yet, so lets put them on the 'maybe' pile.

(Audi and Porsche have been fined as well, but they're both VW group companies so lets not count them)

It turns out that hitting recent diesel emissions targets is really tricky, and pretty much every manufacturer has 'struggled'. Some have straight up cheated, whereas others have done their best to make sure that their vehicles can pass the tests, which is not the same as keeping to that level of emissions during regular driving.

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Dust off that old Pentium, Linux fans: It's Elive

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Re: If it's snappy on old kit...

"But I can remember when I had to upgrade from 1Mb to 2Mb just to show a 640x480 window"

Shoddy PC architecture! The Amiga 500 could do 640x512 on just half a meg of chip RAM (plus a whole sixteen different colours!).

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It's a mug's game: Watch AI robot grab a cuppa it hasn't seen before

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I believe the traditional 'cowboy hat' is still worn in many places in the US.

Wouldn't a hard-hat be said to have a brim?

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Seagate passes gassy 14TB whopper: He He He, one for each of you

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Re: Every cloud...

I've heard many people saying "with drives that big you need at least RAID6 because a drive is bound to fail during rebuilding because it will take so long!", but I'm yet to here anyone who that's actually happened to.

If it's happened to anyone it's probably happened to an elReg reader, so share your stories folks.

In the meantime I'll be over here with a big stick, dealing with our biggest cause of data loss: Users.

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So what's Microsoft's counter-AWS cloud strategy? Don't be evil

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I guess I can see where they're coming from, if your business is in, say, retail, then no, Microsoft is not directly competing with you.

On the other hand they sell or produce software of pretty much every form and function (operating systems, games, CRM, databases, VoIP, spreadsheets, IDEs), and quite a range of hardware (Xbox, Surface, mice, keyboards, maybe still phones?). So really, there's a good chance that they are already competing with our hypothetical business.

Still, I'd be less worried by MS than Amazon. Amazon will do their best to put you out of business by undercutting your entire market. If MS see you as a threat they'll buy you up and can your product.

I know which I'd prefer.

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Sextortion scum armed with leaked credentials are persistent pests

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Re: Why me?

"while bitcoin is being used in this way [...] it's simply an illegal money laundering system in my book"

Cash is used far more often to launder money, should we ban cash?

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UK.gov went ahead with under-planned, under-funded IT upgrade? Sounds about right

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Re: What do you mean?

Exactly, this would have gone fine if it wasn't for that pesky EU, and imagine how smoothly everything will go when we Take Back Control!

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Activists rattle tin to take UK's pr0n block to court

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Re: What could possibly go wrong,..

Kids don't have credit cards, and generally not much money either, so instead of trying to pay for pron from a reputable outlet, they'll just pirate it like most of us did as kids, and you can bet that none of the pirate sites give a fuck about an age limit in a single small country.

So, this law is going to inconvenience adults (who will probably just move to either piracy or offshore sites, removing income from the UK porn industry), and push kids towards pirate sites, where they're likelihood of finding some of the more 'unusual' porn is increased.

It's almost like they tried to find the worst possible way to implement this.

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A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

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Re: Power Issue Despite Redundancy

I had a similar problem with an HP blade chassis. It had four redundant PSUs, and given the load, should have been able to run on any two of them. I was moving some power cables around to make our rack a little bit neater, and after double checking that all of the other PSU's were online, I pulled the power out of one of them.

The entire blade chassis died straight away, with me left standing there wondering WTF?

After some investigation we discovered that one of the PSU's in the machine was faulty, and couldn't actually sustain any load. Most of the time this wasn't an issue, because the other PSUs took all of the load, but me pulling the power to a good PSU, put load on the bad one which immediately died, taking everything else with it.

Fortunately at that job spare cash wasn't so hard to find, so we bought the full complement of six (I think) PSUs for that chassis, just so it couldn't happen again.

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Pluto is more alive than Mars, huff physicists who are still not over dwarf planet's demotion

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Re: Space nationalism

Anecdotally I don't know any UK physicists who cared much either way, and it does seem that most of the people who really really care are from the US.

I don't get the fuss, whatever it's called it's still an interesting lump of rock.

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Tesla's chief accounting officer drives off after just a month on the job

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Re: Who knew they make roof tiles

Elon Musk, the I.K.Brunel of today

Brunel's genius was as an engineer and manager, and Musk ain't no engineer. He's probably better compared to Steve Jobs.

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make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

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even though Torvalds suggested they go ahead without him

Look, clearly he doesn't want to go to the meeting, even going to the extent of "accidentally" booking a holiday on the other side of the Atlantic ocean, but these people keep following him around and forcing him to talk kernels.

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Re: New! It's the elReg trip advisor

they can see how many shelves of whiskeys they can work their way through before passing out

...and that's how we ended up with systemd

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Activists raise alarm over insidious creep of surveillance in the UK

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Re: @ 45RPM

Many might dispute that Islamic fundamentalism can be conflated with the far right nationalism of the west but I’d argue that they are one and the same - “we’re the best and anyone who disagrees is damned (or a traitor)”

Exactly. They might be different from a political standpoint, but the people involved are far more similar than they'd be willing to admit. They'd rather the world conformed to their overly simplistic viewpoints and they're willing to use violence to promote that (because violence doesn't require the subtlety, understanding, or empathy that they lack).

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A flash of inspiration sees techie get dirty to fix hospital's woes

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Dirty

I have learnt the hard way, that if you're opening up and old computer to give it a clean, it's best to take it outside first, if possible.

Breaking out the canned air and blowing chunks of dust throughout the entire office will not make you any friends.

Oh, and while we're on the subject of cleaning, take my advice and treat keyboards and mice as consumables and just hand over new ones when they get old. Other people are disgusting, filthy, animals when it comes to what they'll do on and around their keyboards *shudder*.

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NASA's Kepler probe rouses from its slumber, up and running again

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Reaction wheel failures

There's an interesting paper here, putting forth the idea that the cause of some reaction wheel failures is down to solar flares causing static build up, followed by arcing across the bearings. The arc causes damage to both the bearing and the bearing race, causing an increase in friction and the eventual failure of the wheel They go on to correlate reaction wheel failures in spacecraft with solar weather events.

Interesting if true, although more modern reaction wheels use ceramic bearings, so if the paper is correct, hopefully future spacecraft will get more use out of their reaction wheels.

Here's Scott Manley explaining it better than me.

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