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Causes of software development woes

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Ehhh, remodeling these days seems to be considered hardly a bigger deal than reshuffling furniture repeatedly until you like it, only you're reshuffling non-load-bearing walls instead (granted, hella unpleasant if you live next door). On the other hand I have doubts that construction of a new house would commence without an existing complete set of plans (such as they are), or that the architect would be willing to change anything past that point without discussing supplementary compensation up front...

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China's first space station to – ahem – de-orbit in late March

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Re: They've been named as.....

Unlikely. The PC Brigade keeps hogging all the lines 24/7.

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Drone perves defeated by tinfoil houses

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I suspect this is supposed to be meant for those with "cold war" level neighbours who land their drone in a conveniently covert spot to monitor you continuously (a drone in flight wouldn't last long enough for much any meaningful "surveillance", and the inherent constant motion in its picture would defeat this "attack" anyway). Which means the classic adage applies: you're either a military site if you worry about this sort of thing, or else you really, really, REALLY worry about the wrong issue because you have an incomparably larger one.

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NASA is pretty pleased with its pulsar-sniffing intergalactic GPS tech

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Re: Very impressive.

@ThatOne that's ok, I'm suspecting a confusion is to blame - I'm well aware that the instrument the article talks about doesn't need to be aimed and works based on timings; I was reacting to the original post that alleged simply looking optically at stars could do the same which sounds seriously implausible in the absence of the relevant pulse timing shifts: "That said in space with a big enough star catalog [...] visible stars should be able to do the same."

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Re: Very impressive.

Hold on, I'm a bit confused. Is that supposed to mean that current optical instruments of reasonably modest size would be able to detect the interstellar parallax changes caused by... moving three miles or less? Really...?

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PC lab in remote leper colony had wrong cables, no licences, and not much hope

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Re: Ré causing, not curing chaos

Capacitive supplies ("droppers") have been the norm for absolute lowest cost stuff for a really long time now. There's nothing inherently "wrong" about them, but obviously they aren't immune to misuse.

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Brit transport pundit Christian Wolmar on why the driverless car is on a 'road to nowhere'

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Yeah, and economic agents are perfectly logic-driven and always willing to cooperate if mutual advantage would result. Suuuuuuuuure.

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Re: It's too Black and White

"I doubt there will be any pubs left"

Don't be silly - I can't remember seeing any dystopia / post-apocalyptic whatever where the booze shack wasn't the last building remaining...

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Boffins closer to solving what causes weird radio bursts from space

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Re: like a laser

"(essentially, an RF laser)"

But but but lasers ARE RF...!

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Dark matter on the desktop: Dark Energy Survey publishes data

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Re: So soemtheings pulling all that matter, but we're still not sure what.

They're clearly all connected by slinkies in the fifth dimension...

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Up, up and a-weigh! Boeing flies cargo drone with 225kg payload

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Re: 66% payload fraction

I wonder how it would compare to a much closer direct competitor - a Sikorsky skycrane. Hey, wait, this is actually not that hard - apparently, those do around 50%, sans fuel...

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No wonder Marvin the robot was miserable: AI will make the rich richer – and the poor poorer

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Re: First they didnt pay us enough to live

Unfortunately for you, that was long after you passed away on a winter night in a damp cardboard box.

This will need to become far, far worse before it has any hope of getting any better, because as long as enough people aren't literally starving yet, people will inevitably prefer to try holding on to the last vestiges of whatever they have left rather then go out to get effortlessly pulverized by whatever military force will be commanded out to "restore order", justifying indefinite martial law in the process.

And without this sort of "encouragement" those that would be in a position to actually make a more acceptable wealth distribution happen will never feel inclined to do so on their own, regardless of how much ink gets wasted on the matter.

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Cisco can now sniff out malware inside encrypted traffic

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Re: Yes, there are concepts for that...

I don't think the ease of access to the required extra knowledge is the relevant issue, but rather the typical required level of effort - It doesn't matter if circumventing your lock would only require "level 11" effort instead of "level 10", if most locks can be bypassed at 10; most crooks just won't bother making the extra effort if 10 gets them where they want to go most of the time. Not that I think this offers much serious protection; but I don't think it's flat-out useless either as long as it's not the single thing you rely on for protection and as long as the average level of malware doesn't include randomization of traffic as standard feature (it might already for all I know). Rather like obscurity - it's piss-poor security by itself, but that doesn't mean it isn't useful all else being equal.

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Re: Yes, there are concepts for that...

I think it's a bit like a fancy, "extra secure" lock on your door - will it keep out 100% of burglars and be un-defeatable? Hell no. Will it rise the difficulty of entry beyond what typical burglars are willing to deal with? Probably yes...

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Max Schrems: The privacy bubble needs to start 'getting sh*t done'

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Unfortunately, it looks mostly like just "shut up" time - I've been looking at that number each and every day, and while it's steadily climbing it does so at a pace more glacial than an elderly snail. That it asks for an ongoing commitment probably doesn't help, although I can completely understand why it is necessary and ultimately it might not make that much of a difference. The slight problem of getting privacy-conscious folks to advertise the project on social media does remain though - if they're anything like me, they might have no way whatsoever to do that even if they wanted to...

PS - just noticed they removed the "mini noyb (250K) / full noyb (500K)" target - now it's just "250k or bust", exactly what I meant...

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CPU bug patch saga: Antivirus tools caught with their hands in the Windows cookie jar

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Ummm... people who click "yes", I suppose? To something as innocuous as a Flash plugin update that used to be essentially forced upon them by browsers and such until not so long ago (assuming they already had a different AV installed)...?

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Russia claims it repelled home-grown drone swarm in Syria

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"Hacked"? Doubt it. I much rather suspect they locally messed with the GPS signal and somehow confused the heck out of the drones. Maybe it was as simple as spoof-dropping the ground level until the drone crashed into the actual thing that was still where it used to be...

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Facebook has open-sourced encrypted group chat

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Sorry but this is like the otherwise faultless sports car the Mythbusters buried (?) a few pig carcasses in then dug up and attempted to clean up and sell - it might all be level in theory, but the stench of the attached brand is just so nauseating I'd never touch this in a billion years, no matter how many times it gets confirmed as completely legit. Also, Greeks and gifts. No. Fuck off, Facebook.

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WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction

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Re: "A third country might offer a new couch"

Not to mention "a human can't live like that - except if it's someone else's couch, then it's quite alright"...?!? WTF?

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1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

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Re: Jabba the Hutt in 1983’s Return of the Jedi

@Mongrel: from one of the reviews: "These are advertised as being the original versions plus the remastered versions......that is not the case! They are only the remastered ones :-(" so I guess that's a "no" then. Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I'll be sure to keep looking.

PS - the whole point of having to painstakingly MAKE the Despecialized Editions is the completely original, absolutely untouched, as-seen-when-you-were-a-kid version not being available anywhere in any form. Otherwise we'd just be talking about a bootleg of that instead...

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Okay, I'm not entirely sure about this - will admitting that I remember reading Street Hawk get me or cost my nerd card..?

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Re: Sci-Fi is now Sci-reality

"What's the next exciting step?"

No idea, but while I absolutely admire all those things you mention, I reserve getting excited to when we have humans going again farther that one earth diameter in any direction. Which is another way of saying "not expected to happen in my lifetime"* **.

* Please consider that starry-eyed (but conspicuously non-committal) plans for space-this-and-that in "10 to 15 years" are just a polite way of saying "fuggedaboutit any time soon, and certainly nowhere near in the mentioned timeframe".

** The Chinese might just prove me wrong yet. Or not. The others - nope: no financial incentive.

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Re: Resolution, resolution, resolution

Yes. I think the effect resolution had on the speed of CGI development was by and large zero, much as the number of people who study any movie frame-by-frame - while yes they do exist, they are not even a blip on Hollywood's radar of concerns.

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Re: Jabba the Hutt in 1983’s Return of the Jedi

Can't upvote enough: "Despecialized" is the way to go. And yes, were they to sell the original _on DVD_ I would buy it in a heartbeat (sorry, I don't "do" Bluray).

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Smartphones' security enhancements just make them more dangerous

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Re: The day is coming...

"Does it mean you will forever be shut out of your life, incapable of proving your identity to the world that will only believe what the computers say is true and has lost the ability to verify in any other manner?"

No idea. Let's ask Doc Daneeka...

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Security hole in AMD CPUs' hidden secure processor code revealed ahead of patches

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Re: Back in the day.....

Who in their right mind would say "yes please, give me more of that invisible back door stuff, please" ?

Basically? Everyone going into a shop, asking "which aisle do you keep the computers at?" - or, simply, everyone. People with a clue about the mere existence of a given issue seem to tend to grossly overestimate their numbers - we're not even a rounding error: our few-ness is indistinguishable from zero. Case in point - after half a decade of banging the drum, you'd think there are at least SOME people concerned about privacy issues. You'd be wrong. Out of the many hundreds of millions of us living in Europe, right now Schrems has serious trouble finding a paltry single thousand willing to pitch in at least fifty bucks a year so he can do something about it. Understand this: we may make much racket about things we care about in echo chambers like this one, but out there in the real world our influence by numbers alone is that of a single kid taking a piss in the Atlantic ocean...

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Game of Thrones author's space horror Nightflyers hitting telly

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Re: Prediction for this comment thread . . .

At first I thought this was about that _other_ "Night Flyer" horror, by Stephen King...

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Whizzes' lithium-iron-oxide battery 'octuples' capacity on the cheap

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Re: Nevertheless...

@Lost all faith... I already do all that - except for the WiFi: I'm kinda using that, seeing as how mobile data is very far from free for me while WiFi is. I'm even using an extra-thick extended battery, and I run almost nothing in the background. Result: less than three days. Not even a full weekend. Hella annoying especially if I spend it in a tent, away from chargers, and I'd actually like to browse a little or just read a book during some lull / downtime. And before you suggest "power bank": you'd be surprised how little cargo space bikes tend to have, and how fully packed it already is with other useless stuff like, say, rain gear and said tent.

@JeffyPoooh sure, as long as I never, ever, ever forget to religiously plug it in to charge whenever I'm home. Clue: that's not the real world I live in. Not to mention I have no socket near my bed, and my phone is what (barely) wakes me up each morning so I can't leave it across the room overnight. Also, see above.

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Re: Let's give up trying

So we know when the CPU is pegged by the ICE throttling up, and overclocking just means using nitrous...? Hey, I like the way you think...!

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Re: Nevertheless...

I'm highly interested in the return of phones that only need to be charged once a week. I don't give a flying f##k about a phone that only needs charging each 1.5 days instead of every single day.

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UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration

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Re: Remember when

Everyone on the planet is. Some places are just more straightforward about it than others. As far as the Powers That Be everywhere are concerned, nothing that empowers the masses to any degree is in the public interest. Cattle should not aspire to be empowered.

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Re: cracked

Being alive is not "safe", nor will it ever be. With a whopping 100% mortality rate, it's only a question of timing. Alternatively, even an airliner with not only one full windscreen panel completely missing and one of the pilots halfway hanging out of the aircraft while the other and a steward are trying to get him back in is apparently still safe enough. No evil terrorists needed, just the ever-so-slightly wrong sized bolts.

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Re: What happens if you freeze them ?

Proven myth. Time to let it die already.

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If you won't use your brain our machine will use it for you, Nissan tells drivers

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I'm not sure I would want "exciting" but I'd certainly prefer "enjoyable" and at least "mildly challenging" to the boring "trans-Siberian railway" experience where you inevitably fall asleep somewhere along the thousand-mile dead straight. Getting to drive my car is already the only enjoyable part of most of my days anyway...

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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Re: Gamers largely unaffected by KPTI?

Yup. One of my pet facepalm issues is how some of the bugs they apparently already fixed in one of those videos are somehow still happening right now...

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Re: Gamers largely unaffected by KPTI?

Well then, everyone seems to have a perfect grasp on which game it is - yeah, that one... :) And yes, I do know the mentioned issues are of course not caused by these bugs or their fixes, but I do believe the fixes would impact the already piss-poor performance which is why I mentioned it at all. Fingers crossed performance will get finally addressed at some point of course, but at this rate that's effectively the same thing as "never", and until I see effortless high performance in that game my concerns that disk/net access penalties _will_ have an impact remain...

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Re: Gamers largely unaffected by KPTI?

Considering that a certain game I'm having trouble wrestling with performance-wise currently is so network-hungry that the network LEDs never go off and the (beyond miserable) current framerate is actually acknowledged to be server-code-limited (!!!), and also due to its minimum RAM requirements of 16GB it typically trashes the page file so incessantly on anything with less RAM that the main suggested fix on forums is to move that to an SSD (until it melts right through it...) - I'm, erm, SLIGHTLY skeptical that "gamers" need not be concerned.

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Re: KAISER, huh?

Bah, humbug. Can we get back to bashing the usual suspects yet...?

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Woo-yay, Meltdown CPU fixes are here. Now, Spectre flaws will haunt tech industry for years

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@Ken Hagan I was wondering about the same thing - having pretty much everything be vulnerable to Spectre seems bad enough, but I'd like to know how many people in sales at Intel/AMD/etc are going right now "what happens when people realize there's no point in buying anything from any of us anywhere in the near future...?"

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I suppose it's a bit like "look, there are no problems with our fence! It's tall, sturdy and everything! It has no holes!" / "True, but I can dig a bit and pass right through under it, isn't it?" / "Well... yes, but it is a perfectly good fence...!"

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Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

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Re: Great OS

Not sure if it's a same thing, but I'm regularly having a similar issue on Debian Stretch - total freeze, no keys or mouse does anything whatsoever except the power button itself. And no, alt-ctrl-whatever doesn't work either. No logs of any problem that I can find. While it might sound like some sort of hardware issue, I don't recall ever having the same problem under either Windows XP / 7 or Jessie, and the hardware itself is rather mature and unchanged / undisturbed for a long time now. It's just weird and incredibly annoying...

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Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

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Re: Colour me surprised ....

Easily solved. Just get on the next Space Shuttle sorry Soyuz / Dragon capsule and take a nice long spacewalk with your interlocutor in vacuum*, physically touching your helmets to convey vibrations the good old fashion style.

* make an effort to try staying aware of any incoming laser beams trying to bounce off your helmet, you know, just to be on the safe side...

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Re: Hold on.

That's weird, I was under the distinct impression of having read about AMD submitting a patch explicitly to _prevent_ the "fix" activating on its processors. Granted, there's a bit too much confusion going around on what does what / affects precisely what / implies precisely what at the moment.

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So... protected once again by sheer anti-establishment pig-headedness and obsolescence...? The just-pre-FX AMD Phenom II series doesn't seem to be mentioned in any context... :P

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Soz, guys. No 'alien megastructure' around Tabby's Star, only cosmic dustbunnies

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Come on, of course it's still a Dyson sphere. Honestly, would you bother building one and not put in tinted windows...?!?

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Re: It's only dust,,,

Say "OverPerson". I dare you, say it. I swear I blow this kitten six way to hell that instant...

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Twitter's not dreaming of a white supremacist Xmas: Accounts nuked

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"...a group cannot run a clean Twitter feed but organize real-world events that encourage violence and expect to go untouched..."

So there goes any twitter account in any way associated with anyone in the US Army then I presume...?

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Sigh. It's not quite Star Trek's Data, but it'll do: AI helps boffins clock second Solar System

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Re: But at least most of us ...

Well, Adams or not, some of us do - when you have something as mundane as a timepiece on you wrist that casually just happens to literally bend light just so it can tell you the time of the day (for years on end, without needing any assistance from you like, say, winding it daily) I can't help but suspect anyone unimpressed is perhaps just the tiniest bit over-jaded...

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5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

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Re: If we can't trust corporations....

I hear the etymology of that is tied to the German form of "God" ("Gott"), which makes the resulting "ingot" much more readily understandable...

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Re: Don't you mean $2000/month?

I'd better not mention then that right here in darkest Eastern Europe, we pay single-digit euros for multi-digit mbps...

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