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Comment: Re:Misleading Title (Score 3, Informative) 319 319

Not only the title is wrong. Also no grabbing was involved.

The sentence in the summary (and article) that the robot "grabbed him" appears to me as a non-native speaker's translation of this newspaper artikel. It says "Der Mann sei von dem Roboter erfasst und gegen eine Metallplatte gedrückt worden."
Yes "erfassen" can mean "to grab" (although one would normally just use "fassen" for that) but in this context it means "to hit and push". You will find lots of sentences were people were "erfasst" by a car and I think we can all agree that cars usually do not grab people.

So instead of a malicious robot grabbing his tormentor and throwing him against a wall, the poor guy probably was just caught between one of the joints of the robot and a metal plate when the respective part of the robots arm moved towards that plate.

Comment: Re:Memory Safe Languages As Countermeasure (Score 1) 165 165

You know, before making fun of someone due to an unknown abbreviation you might want to google for it first. Otherwise you only make your lack of knowledge obvious.
One can definitely argue whether MISRA really prevents "most of the coding issues" as claimed by the GP (or whether it is the rigorous testing) but restricting C definitely helps.

Comment: Re:How do you cool something that cold? (Score 3) 34 34

The Doppler effect only comes in to explain how one can get atoms to actually slow down (thus cool down) when absorbing laser light while vibrating back and forth (so the absorption could hinder them or speed them up). The main mechanism is the absorption of photons and respective transfer of momentum. Georgia state university has a very nice explanation except that they are loosing me in the last but one paragraph when it really gets interesting.

Comment: Re:Law? (Score 1) 528 528

Great, so you acknowledge that the German constitution allows different treatment of foreigners (i.e. non-citizens) in many areas which BTW has nothing to do with "done like that everywhere" because law does not work that way.

Why, then, do you think that the constitution prohibits different treatment of foreigners with respect to tuition fees?

Comment: Re:Law? (Score 1) 528 528

Wow, articles about nonsense,...

There is simply no way for a university to charge a foreign student for a service a german student is not charged for.

The (very elaborate) nonsense is actually in your article. As pointed out by ttsai there are other things than race or place of birth. The relevant here is
Citizenship
Only German citizens can vote in federal or state elections. That is a discrimination.
Only German citizens can demand to be let into Germany at a German border. That is a discrimination.
Only German citizens can demand welfare without having ever worked in Germany. That is a discrimination.
Only German citizens are entitled to diplomatic support by a German embassy should the need arise. That is a discrimination.
.......

The law you quote prevents in no way demanding a tuition fee from non-German-citizens (or rather non-EU-citizens due to the EU freedom of movement act but that's not a German law and its under significant discussion within the EU due to e.g. the migration of German student to Austria overloading the Austrian universities while there were general tuition fees (about $1000 a year) in many German states).

Comment: Re:Good ruling (Score 1) 144 144

I remember when I first started posting one Usenet in the very early 1990s (1990-91 or so), that there were many flamewars that ended with everything from legal threats to, at least in one case, a poster threatening to show up at another poster's house and beat him senseless

Yes, but in the good old days basically everyone was in via an university and if things really got out of hand, one would contact the respective postmaster@foo.bar, who would walk over and have a stern talk with the offender. A homogeneous user group, peer pressure, and the threat of cancled usenet access (without x other IP providers waiting for you) work wonders.
Those good old days are gone.

Comment: Re:Ballsy, but stupid ... (Score 1) 308 308

Even people who try to ram the gates of a federal military facility still deserve their right to a fair trial.

Nope. There are huge signs posted along the fence of military compounds which read "Keep out! Weapon use!" (or similar, I only know the German version). If you enter nevertheless, the patrols on the inside will assume that you are part of an enemy force trying to sabotage the equipment as part of a starting military action. And if you act stupidly, especially in a way the patrol feels threatened, you might get shot.

Your entrance to such a prohibited area alone makes you an immediate and obvious danger as there is no other reason to climb the fence/break the gate.

Comment: Re:"Space itself" is just a mathematical trick (Score 2) 162 162

So, assuming your post you are referencing is correct (IANAP), what you are saying is "Things (including 'space') can move faster than c as long as the people (aliens, computers, rocks, ...) relative to which it moves faster than c never know about it." (The laser light in your example never reaching us.)

Gives some great setting for SciFi: "People of Earth, we come in peace. When we left Alpha Centauri just 2 months ago ....." *instant disappearance* ;-)

Comment: No YOU should take a stand (Score 1) 1350 1350

Why leave it to the papers? Why leave it to the (cowardly according to American opinion) French?

EVERYONE should put one of Charlie Hebdo's caricature onto one's homepage.

This one seems to be fitting especially if you are a Jew (Texts reads in my miserable translation "You shall not critizise us").

Another nice one reads again miserably translated "Darling, I 'm just downstairs for 5 Minutes to search for that Journal" (not sure that actually is from Charlie Hebdo but it came up on google).

If you want others, especially if you are a Muslim and consider the above not annoying enough, there are more examples although lacking translation.

Comment: Maybe not the only one (Score 5, Interesting) 212 212

Googling for "steel furnance shutdown" finds more reports on unexpected shutdowns this year.
Two in Ashland, Ky, and one or two somewhere in Indiana and one in Bhopal, India. Note that they all seem to have occured in June/July.

Maybe some competitor trying to up his margin by reducing supply?

Comment: Re:What took them so long? (Score 4, Informative) 212 212

The article tells us that "...hackers managed to access production networks..." The question is, why was this allowed?

When I was in university we wrote an optimizer in "Operations Research" for a still-mill as a practise which determined optimum cutting lengths of steel 'bars' based on customer orders.

Orders probably arrive in the office network. I can well understand people don't want to walk with a USB stick (if that would survive the environment at all) from their office to the plant to feed instructions into the industrial control units. So probably some network connection was introduced and thought to be sufficiently secured. And then the Windows on the "safe" side was never updated because it couldn't connect to the internet anyway. Wind forward 10 years and you have a Windows full of completely unimaginable holes (which are easy to exploit because Windows is the same everywhere) which is indirectly accessible from the internet.

Comment: English translation (Score 4, Informative) 212 212

Translation to English to the best of my abilities:

3.3 Incidents in private enterprises
In contrast to governmental offices there is no duty up to now for private companies to report grave security incidents to the BSI.
[.... ]
3.3.1 APT attacks on plants in Germany
Issue
Targeted attack on a steal plant in Germany
Method
Using spear-phishing and advaced social engineering the attackers gained initial access to the office network of the plant. From there they gradually penetrated into the production networks.
Damage
Failures of individual control units or complete facilities occured increasingly. The failures prevented the controlled shut down of one blast furnance and brought it into an undefined state. As a result the facility sustained heavy damage.
Targets
Operators of plants
Technical capabilites
The attackers showed very advanced technical capabilities. Several different internal systems up to industrial components were compromised. The know-how of the attackers did not only cover IT-security very thoroughly but also included detailed technical knowledge on the running industrial control units and production processes.

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