1216 posts • joined 23 Jan 2013
Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists
Re: I take it
Indeed; it was noticeable that "Dixons talked up four initiatives or "levers of value" that it will concentrate on to improve the entire business" seemingly without thinking of the novel idea that their sales staff should have the slightest effing clue about the products they're selling.
Re: Interesting, but radiation killing through water?
There's more than one kind of radiation, with very different penetrating properties; in this case muons, which are massive and very penetrating, are produced by the interaction of cosmic rays with matter.
Incidentally whales and dolphins are sea creatures which do need to surface, to breathe!
Qualcomm lifts lid on 7nm Arm-based octo-core Snapdragon 855 chip for next year's expensive 5G Androids
Re: My advice to Google employees
By all means find an alternative employer whose business aims more align with your values - but good luck finding one that would then tolerate the open dissent to its business decisions that (so far) Google has allowed. In the real (outside Silicon Valley) world these employees could be in for a very nasty shock.
Do these people have any idea how an oscillioscope is actually used?
I can see the point about it potentially, somehow, maybe, being a point of compromise on the wider network. But the idea that someone could somehow gain anything useful from spying on a random oscilloscope, or somehow ingeniously altering its output, is laughable.
No need to rely on Parliamentary privilege
The documents were under legal seal in America as part of a court case brought against Facebook by app biz Six4Three – but Blighty's MPs are able to refer to the content under Parliamentary privilege.
Let's not play along with Facebook's whiny game here - a California court sealing documents has no effect in the UK. There could be an argument that they're Facebook's copyright, but in the absence of a British court order MPs don't need to rely on Parliamentary Privilege to disclose them once they've got them.
Re: It's worse than Christmas...
However, here in Blighty, retailers have tried to co-opt this as yet another sales opportunity.
No, (almost all) UK retailers hate Black Friday and just wish it would die. Why would they want to discount just before the Christmas shopping peak, rather than their old model of coining it for Christmas and then dumping unsold stock in the New Year sales? This was an Amazon import from the US (where it makes sense) to the UK (where it doesn't), and few retailers have had the balls to ignore it since.
Re: How easy it is to get an international deal
French news were reporting on this last weekend, and surveyed random people on the streets for their thoughts.
Well they obviously didn't survey anyone who's actually been to England in a while, or they'd know that in practice you'd be hard pressed to find those old Imperial units anywhere (aside from the yard/mile on our roads for some strange reason, or a pint in a pub).
The next South Sea Bubble is on its way
The last global satellite comms network to bet against rapid expansion of coverage by competing terrestrial networks was Iridium, and look how well that worked out - very well for GSM, not so well for Iridium investors. And just as with Iridium, I expect much the same will happen with this gaggle of satellite broadband constellations, with maybe one crawling up out of administration to serve the isolated pockets where terrestrial networks just will not go.
Will criminals actually bother with all this?
It's nice that someone's thinking about the IT side of ATM vulnerabilities, but i can't see criminals bothering with gaining physical access to LAN ports, etc and working out how to hack the machine to dispense the cash. They seem to have worked out quite serviceable low-tech methods of doing this already, using JCBs, gas canisters, or even just a Land Rover with a steel cable.
A note to USAian authors
a cryptocoin firm in London, England
To the world at large (ie not resident in the USA) London means London, England. Just like Paris means Paris, France. If you need to distinguish them from London, Ohio or Paris, Texas then please do so, but don't assume that the rest of the world is confused about which is the world city and which is the obscure USA town.
Ex-Microsoft manager sues former coworkers and Windows giant over claims of sex assault, gender discrimination
I wish I'd known this after I was burgled - the scrotes nicked some random items including yoghurts, of all things, and a power drill, but left before taking the valuable VCR (this was some years ago). The enthusiastic cops with their aluminium powder caused far more damage to this one item than the thieves managed in total.
Even the watery Natick data centre got a nod from Nadella in an effort to bolster the company's eco-credentials by using the ocean as a giant heat sink.
Pray do tell us, Nadella, how dumping heat into the ocean is ecologically better than dumping it into the atmosphere. Unless you're beaming it into outer space it's kinda the one environment, isn't it?
Yahoo! $50m! hack! damages! bill!, Russian trolls menaced by Uncle Sam inaction, computer voting-machine UI confusion, and more
SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...
Re: I have a code of conduct
Whoever came up with these principles appears not to have heard of a fundamental notion for getting along with people of different persuasions, which is that in polite society you should never discuss religion and politics. I would have no greater desire to be part of a coding project that insists on commitment to Judeo-Christian traditions than Muslim/Hindu/Atheist/Communist/...
AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin
Re: "viable and tested emergency system"
I remember reading that once one was in trouble and the other "passengers" disabled his ejector seat as an "incentive" to save the aircraft.
I remember reading that the Moon landings were faked and filmed in a Hollywood studio, too, but that was also a steaming pile of BS.
Licensing v. Litigation
For those who think such patent trolls are merely suit-wearing under-bridge inhabitants found in kids' books, they are much, much worse. These trolls obtain the rights to patents and then profit through licensing and litigation rather than actually making stuff.
Personally I don't really see why it's worse that a non-producing company buys IP from a producer and licenses it, rather than a producer (like Microsoft) doing exactly the same thing. For me the issue with patent trolls is that, rather than simply license IP, instead they ambush small companies with claims that they're infringing and then effectively blackmail them with threats of litigation that a small company can't afford to defend.
Re: Refueling Kepler
If Bezos or Musk can refuel those with unmanned vehicles for let say $50millions, it may be worth the try.
Why do you absolutely want to send a man there to do the job? It would be much more expensive and life-threatening. Such an operation should be made by a robotic mean
I know things like this are easy in Star Trek, and fanboys like to think that their heroes can perform miracles in a tenth of the time and for a hundredth of the cost that real engineers would need, but Star Trek is fiction and this stuff is hard. Very hard.
Garbage collection – in SPAAACE: Net snaffles junk in first step to clean up Earth's orbiting litter
Re: And here's the reason it's not good there are are so few browser engines
Well, I'd rather we weren't a heartbeat away from only having 2 (if Mozilla couldn't stagger on any more). And iOS users might not be too delighted that they have a choice of precisely one engine. So whilst I wouldn't go along with your strawman of a dozen browser engines, I don't think that the current situation is good for anyone.
Welcome to the real world, MS
"Unfortunately, we had to stop this work because we came across something that the previous internal testing had not uncovered," she revealed. "A team member attended a conference where internet access was provided as IPv6-only and 99 per cent of attendees could not get their VPN clients to connect on this network."
What bubble do MS developers work in that they wouldn't know that many (most?) commercial VPNs are IPv4-only?
Take a pinch of autofill, mix in HTTP, and bake on a Wi-Fi admin page: Quirky way to swipe a victim's router password
Maybe the takeaway is "Autofill is not a good idea for anything" ?
Yes, I know - everyone here uses a password manager secured by passphrase long enough to produce a short novel, and generating 24-character random alphanumeric+symbol passwords that never touch the clipboard but are entered by hand using a randomised-layout keyboard.
Meanwhile the average person has to get on with their life, and for them using autofill with complex passwords is a hell of a lot better than "password123" for every login page they have to deal with.
Re: Yeah, right
Can you actually remember what it was like when the industry was last in public hands? If you think investment in network infrastructure is bad now, think back to those days when it was under the dead hand of the Treasury: party lines, 6 months wait to get a phone connected, and a choice of either a grey rotary dial or cream push-button receiver.
Is it really too difficult to read how Firefox's phishing and malware protection actually works or do you just like spreading FUD?