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5976 posts • joined 20 Oct 2015

Opportunity knocked? Rover survives Martian winter, may not survive budget cuts

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Re: It was not expected to last MUCH longer than 90 days because of dust building up on the solar panels

Which raises the question of why it wasn't equipped with some sort of motorized dust brush, or some sort of vibrating mechanism to shake it off, as it were.

Anyway, keep the rover roving as long as possible, I say.

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Re: 2 years Opportunity = Trump's new gin cabinet

Priorities, right?

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It is my considered opinion that the best US President so far was William Henry Harrison.

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Hua-no-wei! NSA, FBI, CIA bosses put Chinese mobe makers on blast

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Re: How low can it go.

In 20 years, China will outsource lots of manufacturing to the low-wage country the USA will be by then.

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US govt staffers use personal gear on work networks, handle biz docs on the reg – study

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Re: "Federal agency"

Technically, the IRS is a TLA.

Oh well, it's not like they have lots of intimate data on everyone, right?

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Look out, Wiki-geeks. Now Google trains AI to write Wikipedia articles

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"The model works by taking the top ten web pages of a given subject [...]"

Well, there's your problem.

Ranked top ten how and by whom? GIGO applies to "AI" as well. Possibly even more so.

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Crypto-gurus: Which idiots told the FBI that Feds-only backdoors in encryption are possible?

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I can't name any names, but my sources tell me that they are top men. Top. Men.

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BOFH: Turn your server rack hotspot to a server rack notspot

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IIRC, Stephen already has a PFY-mobile.

(Vintage Ford Escort with a layer of concrete in the boot.)

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HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

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There is a scene in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid where Steve Martin shaves his tongue, but I can't find a link right now.

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Ruskie boffins blasted for using nuke bomb lab's supercomputer to mine crypto-rubles

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Re: Happy engineers?

The German Equivalent is "Warum es einfach bilden sie, wenn der komplex auch arbeitet."

Oh no, it isn't.

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Web searching died the day they invented SEO

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This is why we can't have find nice things.

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Re: Ho hum, does anyone have any old Fortran manuals?

Yes.

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Monty Python's Galaxy song - performed by Stephen Hawking.

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Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

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Re: How Hard Can It Be?

There's an old soviet joke along those lines...

After Gagarin's flight, the politburo considers sending a cosmonaut to the sun. When Korolev politely and diplomatically suggests that the sun's immense heat might represent a bit of a problem, they tell him "Comrade Sergei Pavlovich, the politburo is not made of out of idiots. The cosmonaut will fly at night, of course."

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User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

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Re: Hey Gran!

Yup.

(squints ) "Not sure if senior moment or expert trolling."

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Re: Reminds me of a story

"And wtf has empathy got to do with this?"

Empathy is the protocol you need to connect to the wetware.

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Re: varifocals

"The fact that they force you to look through a particular zone of the lens for a particular distance assumes you're sitting bolt upright and not doing anything mechanically fiddly."

A bit, but not that much as to be inconvenient. Overall an improvement.

Okay, just the one data point here, anyone elses's MMV. I put off getting varifocals for quite a while and eventually got my first pair about 8 months ago. What can I say, they just work. No perceived transition period to get used to them whatsoever.

Sounds like we have similar issues eye-wise. Pronounced astigmatism, finding contact lenses that fit takes ages, and, I assume, proper myopia.

There are several types of varifocal lenses that vary vastly in optical quality/performance and, surprise, surprise, cost. As with any tool that you'll use every day and/or need to make your living: get the best you can lay your hands on.

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FYI: Processor bugs are everywhere – just ask Intel and AMD

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Re: "...Microsoft senior engineer Dan Luu..."

Brilliant!

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It's a good thing that errata sheets for chips are provided.

It's not so good that they are a necessity in the first place.

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Newsflash: Car cyber-security still sucks

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Cars and electronics just don't mix.

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Ever wondered why tech products fail so frequently? No, me neither

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They also serve

who only sit and test.

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Smut site fingered as 'source' of a million US net neutrality comments

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Re: Purgatives work by being somewhat toxic.

"Operation successful. Patient dead."

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'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

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Re: "Who Me?" should be the RSS feed title as well.

"... a valid defense for when the H&S folks come running to find out why you've strangled another coworker.

Despite possible boni for reducing headcount, you want to watch that. It's habit forming.

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New Zealand joins the Space Race

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I, for one, would welcome our new nuclear space Kiwi overlords.

(Would make a change from the lizard people.)

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America restarts dodgy spying program – just as classified surveillance abuse memo emerges

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Nice timing there.

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Unlocked: The hidden love note on the grave of America's first crypto power-couple

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Clever. It also quite raises the bar for designing your own gravestone.

Personally, my two favourites so far are

1. "Hier liegen meine Gebeine. Ich wünschte, es wären deine." (Real, to be found at, where else, Zentralfriedhof Wien.)

2. "Here lies Edmund Blackadder, and he's bloody annoyed!" (Fictional, but oh so very, very good.)

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User had no webcam or mic, complained vid conference didn’t work

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Story #1 reads a lot like a variation of the "Taste the soup!" "Where's the spoon?" routine to me.

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Baywatch hero drone saves silly struggling swimmers Down Under from going down under

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Re: All sounds very good

"Not that anybody would be leering at me."

Oh, I don't know. People have weird fetishes.

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Don't panic... but our fragile world is drifting away from the Sun

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Jump out of windows much?

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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

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More or less all of the above...

But (and this is a big but) - what about the stuff that sits there inbetween all the other stuff, except that there is no way to account for how it got there? I'm not talking about "oh, I forgot I had this". I'm talking about stuff that just materialises or congeals out of it's own will or from a parallel universe. Do tools and IT kit breed when we're not looking?

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HAXBY (n.)

Any garden implement found in a potating shed whose exact purpose is unclear.

(Douglas Adams, John Lloyd - The Meaning of Liff)

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Re: Law of nature ...

NOTTAGE (n.)

Nottage is the collective name for things which you find a use for immediately after you've thrown them away.

For instance, your greenhouse has been cluttered up for years with a huge piece of cardboard and great fronds of gardening string. You at last decide to clear all this stuff out, and you burn it. Within twenty-four

hours you will urgently need to wrap a large parcel, and suddenly remember that luckily in your greenhouse there is some cardb...

(Douglas Adams, John Lloyd - The Meaning of Liff)

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F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg

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Re: They hate the infantry

The MoD's decisions may have been not stupid and well thought out; but they also seem to show that the UK can't afford to keep up both a modern navy and a modern air force any longer.

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Infamous Silicon Valley 'sex party' exactly as exciting as it sounds

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Well, sign me up. I'll bring the bumblebee costumes.

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Drone perves defeated by tinfoil houses

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Re: Water based interception

Ice cube cannon?

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Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

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Demand will pick up once the new airport in Berlin is finished.

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Capita's UK military recruiting system has 'glitches' admits minister

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Well colour me surprised.

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Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

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Isn't it obvious? VR only works in combination with a hipster beard. Sorry, ladies.

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Microsoft wants to patent mind control

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Didn't Nintendo have something like this some 25 years ago?

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

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Even if I would be in the right place at the right time the weather would make sure I couldn't see a thing. It always does.

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Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

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I grew up on the designated battlefield for WW III and was trained to fight in it.

I'm re-living my late teens right now.

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Re: UI design 101

This was clearly a purple alert.

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Re: UI design 101

Virtual beach towels, now you're talking! (Oh just think of the opportunities hacking AR systems for tourists...)

But it does sound a bit like Hawaii bought some of their kit from Siemens.

EE to client: "Does it have to work, or is Siemens okay?"

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Re: Duck and cover revisited

"... lebensrahm ..."

Don't know whether to upvote or to downvote this...

As we're playing armchair nuclear strategist: if North Korea wants to do real damage to US and other western economies - EMP blasts over Mumbai and Bangalore should have an excellent cost-benefit ratio.

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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

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We all had parents that we talked into buying us our first computer kit because "it would be useful for school work".

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1 in 5 STEM bros whinge they can't catch a break in tech world they run

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Re: Isn't it a small minority

I prefer the term broflake myself for this type of "man".

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Swiss cheesed off after Apple store iPhone does Samsung Galaxy Note 7 impersonation

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Re: Apple did not respond to a request for comment. ®

So, business as usual... Nice to know though, in these interesting times to be alive, that there still are some things one can rely on.

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Ohio coder accused of infecting Macs, PCs with webcam, browser spyware for 13 years

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Re: Aaaargh

Want to triple you budget for it, too?

Work in "blockchain" and a few references to bitcoin as well.

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Astroboffins say our Solar System is a dark, violent, cosmic weirdo

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https://xkcd.com/384/

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Game of Thrones author's space horror Nightflyers hitting telly

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Re: Sounds interesting

"This should be kept in mind for those who believe Americans actually think Sharknado deserved a sequel, or that making one wasn't taking the piss."

Making one sequel for shits'n'giggles... in the immortal words of Jake Blues: okay, I can see that.

But right now we're at Sharknado 5: Global Warming, and counting.

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