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2055 posts • joined 19 Mar 2012

Submarine cables at risk from sea water, boffins warn. Wait, what?

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Re: That land doesn't have to flood

Well, yes and no. The "watersnood ramp" was the result of a combination of factors. A lot of which have been tackled by the "delta plan". Flood defences aren't and will never be 100% fail safe but the Dutch system works pretty dang well. I also seem to recall the Brits where warned the Thames barrier was under-sized even in the design phase.

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That land doesn't have to flood

The Dutch solved these sorts of problems 300 years ago. Shouldn't be too hard.

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Re: Kreskin in the Shell

I highly doubt satelites will ever provide enough data throughput at low enough cost to really function as backbone infrastructure.

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Not really my kind of design.

Maybe I'm just slightly autistic, but I LIKE the rigid website design. I don't want the editor to make a giant masthead of breaking news that I find completely unimportant (actually, to be fair, I just dislike giant waste-of-space mastheads in general).

Most-read sections are also utterly pointless imho. I have my own likes and dislikes. I don't care what others read.

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FBI for the Apple guy: Bloke accused of stealing robo-car tech

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Incompetent timing

If you're going to steal your employers tech, do so BEFORE you announce you are leaving. Do it slow and only for data you have access to, a bit at a time. Preferably in a way that isn't noticeably different from your normal job flow. Don't steal anything you don't have normal access to.

It's not hard.

Or, alternatively, make an honest living and just be competent as an engineer without resorting to theft.

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Fresh cup of WTF with lunch? TeamViewer's big in Twitter's domination-as-a-service scene

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meh

as far as domination/submission kinks go, this one is mild to say the least. I'd almost call it tame and unimaginative.

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Vodafone emits new wearable ... kid-trackers

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Re: but think of the children!

Agreed, and it seems due to all the bullshit many young parents nowadays are completely incapable of actually doing parenting. The basics aren't hard, but "calm, order and regularity" are somehow concepts foreign to many parents I see around.

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Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

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Öpen offices are overrated

I'll just leave this short doc here.

As usual it's a story of taking a great idea and completely missing the point.

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Re: Those cubicle things

Having worked in a few designs of cubicle and open offices, I prefer the (semi-open) cubicles to the true open office. Open offices are noisy and busy. I'm a very visually oriented person, so lots of foot traffic is very distracting, as is lots of background chatter. The high partitions help shield the visibility of general office traffic and the padded panels help absorb noise, meaning hushed conversation doesn't get distractingly reverberated around the room.

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Japanese cryptominer slapped with suspended sentence

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People like this who make a few bucks are usually the ones caught. The ones that earn big are also usually the ones smart enough to stay out of the spotlight and collect.

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Boeing embraces Embraer to take off in regional jet market

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Chinas regional jet

I'll skip on flying that until it gets a goodly amount of hours on it and has shown to get good maintenance/service and no prangs.

My expectation of such a device still doesn't exceed that outcome --->

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Euro bank regulator: Don't follow the crowd. Stay off the cloud

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Gee, putting important stuff on somebody else's computer... what could possibly go wrong?

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Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running

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Re: DEC Engineer

@Adam Foxton,

I don't think you disagree with me actually. Breakers SHOULD be clearly labelled that's not what I'm saying. But even with clearly labelled breakers, it shouldn't be an outside contractor unfamiliar with your setup that does the actual switching. If it's YOUR mission critical stuff, YOU should be doing the switching.

I'm absolutely NOT advocating for "security by obfuscation" or anything. Even people familiar with how stuff works that could find the right breakers in their sleep shouldn't have to rely on memory to find the correct switch at 3am on a monday morning (or any other time of any day).

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Re: Label, label, label?

The $30 dollar ones work for flat surfaces, not in direct sunlight, in relatively constant temperatures. For anything else (or when business critical) add a zero and get the real stuff, especially for cable labels. The pro printed labels really make all the difference. The $30 cheapo labels will have disappeared from the cable after a year and end up in a pile on the floor (or in the cleaners vacuum). The pro ones last the lifetime of the device.

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Re: type 'reboot' in the local console instead of the remote one

Servers with high up time are like senior citizens. You put them to bed and you never know if they'll wake up again.

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Re: DEC Engineer

That's what you get for letting an outside engineer operate the circuit breakers in your server room. Someone familiar with the system should have been doing that imho.

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Oracle, for one, says we'll welcome our new robot overlords: '90%' of you will obey an AI bot

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Unfortunately I believe this

The general Reg readership and the people they will usually have most contact with are in a layer of the populace that is aware of the risks and problems with AIs and will probably give a firm Hell NO answer. Unfortunately many non-tech people (even the smart ones) are inclined to believe the sci-fi image of super-smart and super-intelligent AIs and that they are far less fallible than humans.

When I hear stories like this I mostly think about a "dystopian" sci-fi story about the slow and insidious introduction of AI to manage everything. Manna, by Marshall Brain. It's applicable up to chapter 4.

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The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

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Old news really

People have been complaining about the butterfly keyboards ever since they appeared in products.

An (i feel) clear explanation featured here:

Youtube: Louis Rossman - We need to talk about failing keyboards on these new Macbooks

added to that a breakdown of all the shit they've been pulling for a LONG time. This engineering failing isn't a new thing, the summation here begins with the 2007 macbook. The horrible truth about Apple's repeated engineering failures

And keep in mind, this is the OWNER of a shop focussing on board level repair of Apple products! It's his business to fix the shit design and even HE'S complaining about the level of workmanship.

Btw, if you're interested in board level repair, SMD/SMC rework, etc, then you could do worse than watch some of his video's.

I'm not affiliated, I just enjoy hearing him rip into Apple while showing great repair skills every now and then. It's like watching Bob Ross make a painting, just for the hell of it.

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Infamous 'Dancing Baby' copyright battle settled just before YouTube tot becomes a teen

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Re: take a thoughtful approach to enforcement matters

No, no, the thoughtful approach is to let 3rd parties do the enforcing for them. Using bots.

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Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

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Re: so building a alternative to Galileo seems like a reasonable choice,

@John Smith 19

GPS uses 24 for full time coverage over the entire globe, the current constellation consists of 30 with a few spares planned to launch in the coming years, in polar orbits, with 3 to 4 per orbit, and orbital planes separated by about 60 degrees. Galileo will also consist of 30 operational sats, in 3 orbital planes. For both of these systems you'd be able to lose about half of them without losing coverage completely. You might have a gap in guidance every now and then, but that's about it.

About the size of a smallish bus/largeish van, not including the solar panels but can probably be built smaller

Launch costs depends largely on the launch provider. I'd expect to pay something around 15 to 20 million per sat for a launch on SpaceX vehicle. With some smart mission planning you could probably go for a multi-sat launch so you'd need one launcher per orbital plane. If using Ariane, Soyuz or a ULA offering probably about another 5 to 10 million per sat extra. With a similar constellation to Galileo, launch cost could thus be between 450 and 900 million. In other words, not shockingly expensive compared to the rest of the project cost. Not really a fuckload of money for a government nowadays.

I agree with the statement on implementation though.

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Facebook quietly kills its Aquila autonomous internet drone program

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Re: Use commercial flights instead.

Commercial aircraft don't cover a lot of surface area. They generally stay in rather narrow corridors when at altitude.

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Re: Bad ideas which at the time looked like ... bad ideas

Future SSTs are not very likely. Overland even less. They are simply not economic enough for commercial service and I doubt any sort of boom mitigation is going to be enough to appease most of us ground dwellers enough.

As NASA has proven in the past, these large flying wing designs might indeed work very well as a sort of "low altitude satellite". As the end of the NASA projects showed however, the problem with these crafts is getting them on and off station. Anything except ideal conditions is going to cause difficulty for a craft of this span, aspect ratio and slenderness. Facebooks crash of it's first drone goes to prove the same point. The advantage of a lighter than air craft is that is allows for longer on station time without power draw, and thus makes it more likely it's possible to stay on station for a little longer if weather conditions at the landing site are unfavourable. If weather IS unfavourable however, they are probably more difficult to land than a heavier-than-air craft

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Software changed the world, then died on the first of the month

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Re: Ah yes...

Could HAVE...

(or could've if you insist on contracting)

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mt-head:

"how they got as popular as they are is still something of a mystery to me."

Prodigious use of kickbacks...probably

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Re: Not quite the end of the month....

Let me guess, V.3 introduced 2 new completely unrelated bugs.

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BOFH: Is everybody ready for the meeting? Grab a crayon – let's get technical

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Re: On documentation...

I thought "Wife" was just a specific subset of "idiot" with a few words removed from the vocabulary?

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It probably is, but the BOFH likes playing with his pray before letting it scurry off in a hurry, knowing he'll catch it again soon anyway. A bit like a cat toying with a mouse.

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Re: "I prefer not to answer that but suggest you wear gloves to work."

Large oversize oven mitts

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Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets

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Re: How about something small

Wow, that is close to what I would be looking for (preferably in an understated brushed stainless finish though instead of that garish rose gold) but that price has at least 2 zeroes too many.

@David Nash,

Unfortunately I also haven't found anything in the second hand market in my sort of price range. I'm an engineer, I don't WANT to be wearing anything over 50 euros on a daily basis in my job.

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How about something small

I don't wear a watch anymore since nothing is available these days of a modest and small size. EVERYTHING on the market even for normal "dumb" watches is "statement" sized and feels like strapping a smegging brick to my wrist. Even ladies watches are massive.How about something under 5 mm thick and 50mm diameter for a change. It was possible in the past, why not now?

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An AI a day keeps the doctor away... Neural net software gets better at clocking cancer tumors

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False positives be damned

I'd care much more about false negatives. A false positive can be negated by a doctor then looking at the data and saying: Nope. A false negative might lead to someone being told they are just find and then returning later when things have become inoperable.

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Cryptography is the Bombe: Britain's Enigma-cracker on display in new home

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Congrats

All the volunteers at TNMOC have one more thing to be proud of.

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Donald Trump trumped as US Senate votes to reinstate ZTE ban

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Re: Nice to see that some parts of US Government are still working for the US

Given how much trade happens between China and the US (mostly cheap tat and/or the products of cheap/dirty labour from China and technology, knowledge and specialized products from the US) this coming trade war will be detrimental mostly for the US.

I doubt going this route without proper isolationist inland politics to back it up is a stupid idea and will hurt the US in the long run. It'll probably benefit some senators in the pockets of companies who think they can make a buck or 2 extra from this whole deal though.

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What can you do when the pup of programming becomes the black dog of burnout? Dude, leave

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Re: I don't recognise this. ...

Being an introvert myself, I can very much understand needing some alone time for a bit during the day. Most days I can manage to have lunch with my coworkers but there are plenty of days where I just want everybody to fuck off and leave me alone for a bit so I can actually relax in a way I can't when in a group. Being around other people and "socialize" takes energy for me and some days I just don't have that energy to give.

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Ex-Rolls-Royce engineer nicked on suspicion of giving F-35 info to China

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Re: Who designs these things?

Revolver rifles/carbines weren't just a Civil war thing, and are not necessarily a bad idea. They have their limitations, as did most carbines of their time. And yes, one has to be careful about how one of these is held, but again, that goes for many rifles of the era. There are many contemporaneous much more stupid designs to be found.

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Except the cuts are almost never to that engorged middle management layer.

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Re: Stupid... Just stupid...

@Joe Harrison,

Snopes gives it's sources for making a true/false claim, so if you don't trust their conclusion it's easy to look at their sources and form your own opinion.

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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Re: fuzzy balls

Headsets should be considered personal (single user) equipment. I have walked out on a job as a student because they refused to provide me with a new (sealed in box) unit and instead insisted I used an over-ear unit that looked like it had been worn by a pig the previous day (Judging from the other people there, it can't have been far off). Hearing stories from others that got talked into staying I'm glad I refused that particular job.

Heck, desk phones are just as gross. First thing I did at my last internship at the time when I got issued a desk phone was to late in the day take the receiver apart and clean with alcohol. My supervisor initially started making a fuss, until I showed him the inside. I lent him my cleaning kit the next day. I had enough experience at that point to know the intern gets the old, grungy and barely functional stuff from the back of the closet.

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Re: Not Millennials!

Millenials don't exist a presentation from Adam Connover about millennials, and why it's a bullshit term in terms of how most people thing about it.

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Re: Keyboard ecosystems

@ Monty

Alcohol any one?

For cleaning the keyboard or for making you not care?

Yes! Both.

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Re: Purchasing tractor parts last week.

He won't...

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... Aaaand that's a fifth Brit Army Watchkeeper drone to crash in Wales

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Re: Signage

Given the trackrecord "This is land" might be just as helpful.

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Da rude sand storm seizes the Opportunity, threatens to KO rover

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Re: God speed little robot

It was that last one. 90 days was a known lowball. But NOBODY was expecting this plucky little rover to last as long as it has up till now.

As for cleaning systems, they add weight, are complex, liable to break and add little to the mission profile. Getting rid of dust is a tricky issue. Just brushing it off could end up making your panels dirtier instead of cleaner. (I suspect the weigt penalty alone is enough reason to abandon such a aystem though)

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Re: centigrade

Triboelectric charging/electrostatic forces cause dust to cling together and "cake".

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Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine

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Re: Maybe 1 in 1000

EUROPE != THE WORLD!! Yes, SOME countries in Europe are seeing a decent uptake of electric vehicles. Pure EV's (electric only) are however only a small part of the uptake, as plug-in hybrids are also counted, while they should imho be counted as slightly more efficient (depending on measurement method) fossil fuel powered cars.

The uptake in the rest of the world is only marginal at best. An electric car is useless in most of Afrika currently. Or most of India. Most of Australia, the pacific region, Asia or South America are also unsuited or far from ideal. Most of North America is too (only the major metropolitan areas) This means uptake will slow down again and will be poor in the rest of the world. And I think that 1 in 1000 might be correct if we're looking at global numbers.

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Intel confirms it’ll release GPUs in 2020

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Re: Hopefully not just the high end..

Not very likely to happen. And even if it does, Intel has the attention span of a 5 year old with ADHD on a diet of triple shot espressos laced with meth. It's products won't be supported long enough to get any sort of following.

*ooohhh, shiny*

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Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO

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Re: Be smart

@smartypantz, that's all well and good if you own/work for a LARGE company that can spend that much on hosting and managing it's services. Most companies are between 10 and 15 people, perhaps with an office dog for good measure. At that scale it doesn't really pay to host your own services, as it detracts from the work that actually lets you make money. Need 1 person full time just to manage your server farm? thats 10% of your people not "creating value" (Gahhh, I hate that term) when you have 10 people in the office. For a large company of 1000 people, having ten of them running the farm is only 1% of employees.

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PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

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Re: Wow.

I have yet to meet anyone who is allergic to ALL types of animal products. I have recently started becoming intolerant (as in "run to the toilet and hope not to end with a brown stain in the pants" intolerant) to pork products (the fats and derived products like gelatin seem to be the main culprit). Other red meats seem to be more tolerated by my bowels, but still not 100% ok. I've reduced my meat intake in general, and eat more chicken and fish.

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Please, for the love of $DEITY!

STOP giving these people attention!

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