* Posts by Mephistro

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Used a cell phone in NYC? The cops probably tracked you

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The city's suggestion: "Don't turn on the phone" requires quite a bit of faith that the phone can actually be turned off

It also requires that the citizens renounce to use phones in order to preserve one of their human rights, and in this connected world we live in the lack of a mobile phone probably will undercut several other citizen's rights by curtailing their ability to comunicate, socialize or even carry out their jobs.

This Baltimore City's suggestion is absolutely sub-standard, even coming from politicians!

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Re: How many?

Actually, a Stingray device forces all nearby phones to connect to it, and the figures in the article don't include for how long the devices were used each time, nor the number of phones affected.

Being quite the cynical regarding police forces and their usually lax interpretation of citizen's rights, I'd guess that all the data recorded was kept by said police forces, just in case. A thousand stingray deployments may well have captured data from many millions of devices.

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Boffins' gravitational wave detection hat trick blows open astronomy

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Re: "in a Scots nursing home with advanced dementia"

The New York Times allows us to read a few articles without a subscription, but after a given limit -I think it was three articles the last time I bothered to check- they smash our faces with the paywall. So either you have read other NYT articles in the last month or so or some other user of your computer has.

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CSI: Let's get out of the lab, interview the suspect, then do a warrantless search

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Re: You complain about CSI ?

Don't go all boffinish on films TV shows! Just respecting conservation of momentum would kill most classic cartoon shows, starting with The Roadrunner!!!

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Dell PowerEdge R730: Reg rack monkeys crack smiles over kindness of engineers

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Re: Redundancy (@ Bob H)

One of the definitions of "redundant" in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary:

—used to describe part of a machine, system, etc., that has the same function as another part and that exists so that the entire machine, system, etc., will not fail if the main part fails

Seriously, this meaning of the word has been in use for more than 70 or 80 years. Any dictionary that only includes the definition in your comment is totally outdated.

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Are Indians too stupid to be trusted with free Internet?

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If India had accepted this, what kind of pressure could Facebook apply on the involved ISPs? And on the Indian Government? And the Indian media?

IMO this Free Basics thing is terribly dangerous thing, specially for a developing country.

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Canonical and Spain's BQ team to put Ubuntu on a tablet

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As a happy owner of a BQ Aquaris phone and having installed one of their 3D printers for one of my clients, I can tell you that these guys rock! They make very good quality kit for very reasonable prices, they have an active fan community and a good support service. They don't bundle nagware/malware/adware in their phones and even apply OS patches in a timely manner.

Canonical could have chosen a worse partner for this adventure.

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Reports: First death from meteorite impact recorded in India

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Meteorite, natural gas explosion or meth lab? Having happened in India we'll never know for sure. ;-)

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Official UN panel findings on embassy-squatter released. Assange: I'm 'vindicated'

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Re: And who were the other four? (@ AC)

"Ah, so you condone rape..."

Do I? Seriously? You fucking kidding me, right? Did you read all of my comment? Did you understand what it all was about?

"...at least a properly conducted and supervised investigation into the truth of it..."

Which could have been performed by the Swedes through a video conference even before JA entered the Ecuatorian Embassy? If a properly conducted investigation had taken place while JA was in that embassy, and shown him guilty, how long do you think he would have retained his political refugee status? A week? If the Swedes were really really interested in having Justice served and they had a good case, JA would have been serving time in Sweden for years. It's quite obvious that for the Swedish judiciary to act the way they did, one or both of these two initial premises didn't apply.

"...follow the rule of law..."

Actually the WGAD ruling considers that both the UK and Sweden have been IGNORING SOME OF THEIR OWN LAWS in this case.

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Re: Err ... but ..

"You mean 'arbitrarily detained in a luxury mansion'?"

You mean that if Aung San Suu Kyi or Mahatma Gandhi had been detained for some time in a luxury mansion the Western media and governments wouldn't reckon/define this time as detention time? Please, think over it.

It surely beats living in a small room in a foreign embassy for years, but the embassy alternative beats a million times being sent to the States, facing a kangarooSecret Court and being sent to some High Security Hell in, say, Nebraska, for decades or for the rest of his days?

Please consider this carefully: What would you do if you where in the same situation as JA is? Is his decision of entering the Ecuadorian Embassy so far fetched or did he take the right decision? Are you totally sure of that?

Perhaps the guy has an excess of ego, but does that justify sending him in for decades? For exercising a Human Right? An important part of the "Freedom of Speech" Right? That part which states that "... this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice..."?

There's lot of smoke and mirrors involved. Let's not be distracted by the pretty lights.

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Re: And who were the other four?

"..leaving only the victims with a life long conviction because they won't get closure."

The victims? You meant, the women who accused him of rape? The ones who made these accusations just after discovering that JA had been shagging both of them? The ones that sent each other a ton of messages discussing their revenge, as was leaked a few years ago? One of which had written a public document on how to frame men with false sexual misconduct accusations? And had worked for an NGO financed by the CIA?

Should we also consider the Swedish Judiciary as a victim for the time they have wasted stonewalling on this issue?

Instead of, say, sending some spook/security guy from the Swedish embassy to the Ecuatorian EMB to perform the interview, with JA being assisted in situ by his lawyer? The ones that closed the case and re-opened it as he was leaving Sweden or shortly after, in what was generally considered a very unusual occurrence?

If Sweden is too budget-challenged for this, they could make do with a Videoconference? And stop wasting money in promoting a case that looks and smells like a ton of fresh bollocks?

This story has the stench of PSYOPS all over it.

Something is rotten in the Kindom of DenmarkSweden!

PD: Yes, I agree with you that they they probably deserve some kind of closure. The problem that you and I are not discussing the same kind of closure here.

PPD: The only dissenting voice in the ruling came from the Russian member. Could that be some kind of hint? No, because... Oh, wait...

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Re: Halp! (@ Uffish)

"it all looks like a storm in a teacup except for one thing - he really did fear being bundled off to America if he went to Sweden"

^This!

Most of our fellow commentards seem to ignore that the WGAD ruling and the asylum laws quoted in it don't request the would-be refugee to prove that he would be extradited. The ruling states that a reasonable suspicion would be enough.

And that suspicion is something that comes naturally to one's mind after having read the way this sad story has developed.

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Re: And who were the other four?(@Otto is a bear)

"How much longer would he have to stay in the embassy to exceed any sentence he might have received if he was found guilty in Sweden."

I just read the PDF and it says something in the line of "has been devoid of freedom for a longer term that the maximum sentence for his supposed crime". Quoting from memory, as I lack the fortitude of character to open the document again. :-)

The WGAD ruling also states that JA has good reasons to fear being extradited to the USA from Sweden. It states that Sweden and the UK are both wilfully ignoring some of their own laws regarding political asylum.

It makes an interesting read.

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FAIL - the most incompetent IT pros

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Re: @Mephistro (was: FAIL - the most incompetent IT pros)(@ jake)

Sorry for the delayed answer. Four years! That must be a record!

The first time this happened to me I was a newcomer to professional IT. I had read articles (in paper magazines!) about electric issues and how they affected IT equipment.

About a dozen new IBM XTs and ATs were misbehaving badly. Memory errors, HDD errors, shutdowns and the whatnot. Our techies had been visiting the customer's facilities for two weeks without any success. As I was beginning to get some fame in my employer as the official smart-ass who fixed hairy issues involving both hardware and software, I was sent to the client's facilities to try to identify and solve the issue.

The building had been erected in the forties, the floor was made of stone tiles, with a metallic separation between the tiles. In my opinion, a kind of floor in which it's difficult to accumulate static.

When I touched the computer I was zapped. I told the client to send in his in-house electrician to check the installation with a special focus in the grounding, and phone me later with the results.

The in-house electrician claimed that everything was OK, so I went back the next day with my multimeter and found out that everything wasn't OK, as the earth wire was connected to one of the power wires. I seem to recall also that they obtained 220V50Hz by using two leads from a three wire plug, at least for part of the machines affected.

After a chat with the "electrician" -for lack of a better name- and his superiors (sorry, that couldn't be prevented, though I tried to soften the pressure on the poor chap) they all agreed to adapt their electrical installation at least to second half of the 20th Century's standards. ;-)

It took them a week, and when the fixes were finished I was called in to check if everything was OK. The PCs worked like a charm, and the plant manager invited me to a cup of coffee and offered me a job on the spot.

I've had several similar cases and when carpets were involved, my advice was invariably to use an anti-static carpet (which were somehow common back then). One of these clients improvised a cheap workaround inserting wires and metal bands below the carpet, and the guy swears it worked!

Anyway in all these cases the vast majority of problems vanished after updating the electric installation. And in all those cases I used myself as a multimeter. Masochism? Death wish?

Again, sorry for the delay! :D

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Dragons and butterflies: The chaos of other people's clouds

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Re: Netflex (@ Mage)

That's probably the motivation. I wonder, what kind of inflation rates would this cause?

We commoners like to own things? That's about to end!

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Re: Netflex (@ Mage)

Both this article and your comment fit nicely with the plans of several govts. to make plastic money compulsory. It proves that bean counters and politicians either are retarded or just don't give a shit.

I've a bad feeling about this. It's like watching a train wreck in slo-mo!.

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Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

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Re: Talking of...

In my country when I was a kid we had a funny expression that could be approximatedly translated as "Shorter than a Playmobil doll's dick". That surely beats all the former measurement units listed in this thread, doesn't it?

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re: (@ cd / && rm -rf *)

This is the closest thing I was able to find: Thanks Smokey

On a side note: Are you perchance an elder relative of little Bobby Tables?

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Re: Top work, Mr. Dabbs!

Sorry, I forgot to say that I didn't dare try this with IE, as this act would probably invoke several powerful creatures from the Lowest Planes.

I don't want to bring about the end of the world. That's the politicians's job!

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Top work, Mr. Dabbs!

I was going to write something about you owning me not only a new keyboard, but also a paint job in the wall behind my monitor and the cleaning of several pieces of furniture, but I find myself unable to write long texts due to uncontrollable bouts of giggling.

On a more serious note, I tried that crashsafari site on both Chrome and Mozilla. Mozilla stuttered for a bit and then presented me with a 'script taking too long' warning. I stopped the script and everything worked nicely. Chrome crashed, but I was able to close it without having to resort to the task manager.

Next test: trying this page in both browsers (plus Chromium) in my Ubuntu and Mint VMs.

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Google to deep six dodgy download buttons

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Re: What does to deep mean?

I always thought that "deep sixing" someone meant emptying a full revolver on him. Ha, not even close!. TYA for the info.

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UK concerned over EU law plans on trade of data for digital content

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Da fuq???

...proposals to extend consumer protection rules to businesses that supply digital content for free in return for access to consumers' data could "unduly inhibit" that "very innovative business model"...

I have this innovative business model where you invite some guy to dinner, drug him, remove several of his organs and sell said organs in the transplants black market. As no money changed hands, it's totally legit, isn't it?

And I've devised several other innovative business models also, including slavery and drug peddling. I count on the UK govt. also protecting these business models from those stupid EU bureaucrats.

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Google DeepMind cyber-brain cracks tough AI challenge: Beating a top Go board-game player

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Re: Atoms

From the article:

"... the possible number of moves in a given match (opening at around 2.08 x 10^170 ..."

From Wolfram Alpha:

Estimated number of atoms in the Universe: 1 x 10^80

It's really incredible. If our universe was an atom in a 'higher order universe' made of other universes, there'd be a combination for every (normal) atom in all those universes, with a good security margin!.

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US threatened Berlin with intel blackout over Snowden asylum: report

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Re: Nice job you got there

"but I don't think it would lead to a "heightened risk of terrorist and espionage attacks" as suggested. At least not if you look at demonstrated proof of concept to date."

So sad, but so true!

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BT dismisses MPs' calls to snap off Openreach as 'wrong-headed'

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@ac

"...fag packet maths..."

This is a technical forum, not some place to discuss paraphilias!

Oh, wait...

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The last time Earth was this hot hippos lived in Britain (that’s 130,000 years ago)

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Re: So let me get this right.

"Germany and Scotland are not on the same latitude, not by a considerable margin."

You sure of that?

"Edinburgh: 55° 57' N / 3° 11' W"

Germany: "It lies mostly between latitudes 47° and 55° N"

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Re: And it's not complicated either

"If the temperature is the same now as it was 130,000 years ago, why aren't the sea levels 6 metres higher now?"

Well, big ice deposits need a long time to melt, don't they?

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Re: So let me get this right.

"The Mediaeval Warm Period wasn't warmer at all."

Read the second paragraph in the article, please. Summarizing it for you: "Locally warmer in the North Atlantic and Europe" != "Globally warmer".

"Grow a successful crop of vines on Hadrian's Wall. You can use modern vines, and modern viticulture techniques.

You mean, the way they're growing vines -and have been doing for some time- in Germany?

" I know, local =/= global"

The first paragraph in your comment clashes with this statement.

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Gov must hire 'thousands' of techies to rescue failing projects

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Re: "Gov must hire 'thousands' of GOOD techies to rescue failing projects"

"What's really needed is a change in attitude towards technical and engineering professions."

^AMEN to that!.

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Microsoft: We’ve taken down the botnets. Europol: Would Sir like a kill switch, too?

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Swivel on this: German boffins build nanoscale screwing engine for sluggish sperm

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Re: Not seeing the use in this context

Mandatory (old) joke:

"This bloke was so old that instead of spermatozoa he had spermatosauria!"

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Re: Not seeing the use in this context

"The usual way of doing IVF is to grab the sperm, rip off the tail and poke it at the egg cell."

I was once a spermatozoon, you insensitive clod!

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French say 'Non, merci' to encryption backdoors

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Re: From my POV, it consistently comes down to #MyStupidGovernment

"Even if that little temporary safety is the ONLY safety you can get? If so, what's the bloody point of civilization, anyway?"

Your comment suggests that you're using a definition of 'liberty' that is not valid in this context. Liberty is not a complete lack of rules, laws or regulations. Liberty is not the right to trample other people's liberty and rights.

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Russian Pastafarian wins right to bear colander

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Re: Meaballs through the looking glass

" if enough delusional people gather together around what in principle was a neat idea"

Which is a clear proof that religions attract delusional types.

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Re: sociologists ... who get to decide what is a religion and what is a cult.

"They hope that if government officials reject the wearing of the colander in official photos, they will also reject the wearing of the burka or hijab."

Sorry, but I can't understand why in any circumstance someone should be allowed to wear ANY headgear when being photographed for official documents/licenses with the the purpose of identification. Perhaps this is exactly the reason they -the pastafarians- are playing this game with the authorities.

Forcing a sentence forbidding these identificative-photos-with-strange-stuff-on-the-head-or-face at the highest court and setting a precedent would end with this tomfoolery for good!

You can't be photographed without your Batman mask? Then you can't drive, asshole!!!

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

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Re: Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing(@ moiety)

^This!!!

I'm in a similar situation. I've been migrating my customer's Windows servers to Linux for sometime now. Penguinland is far from perfect, but is a hundred times better than Microsoft's Invisibly Walled Garden. And, if you know where to search, you can find online the solutions to most issues. When that's not the case, programs and OS are being continuously patched.

I'm also campaigning for migrating desktops to Linux and Libre Office whenever possible. I've installed almost a dozen of Linux desktops already.

For the vintage Windows programs that the company can't live without, a VM running whatever lightweight old windows version the program needs usually fixes the issue without too much effort. The Windows VM doesn't need to receive security patches, as it's not even connected to the Internet. Windows XP FTW! :-)

So far, the strategy is working all right and the customers seem happy.

MS should be noticing anytime now that alienating both customers and techies is not a winning strategy. It'll be too late, though.

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Re: I made the mistake. . .

Have a NukaCola on me.

"War, war never changes"

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On a side note...

... I've noticed that MS has been using other nefarious tricks to force W10 down everybody's throats. Summarizing, Windows Update has been borked in such a way that if you need to reinstall W7* from scratch -e.g due to HDD issues- in an "old" machine (in this context, "old" means "more than 3 years old") the process is slow as hell and generally speaking a PITA.

Just searching for the available OS updates takes several hours and once you get the full list of updates, downloading them takes forever even if you use a fast connection. Once you have the updates downloaded, the install process itself is slow and extremely unreliable, so you need to keep an eye on it for several more hours.

Disclaimer: I'm well aware that most fellow commentards are well aware of these issues, but I consider said issues are obviously related to -and fit too well with- the MS's bullying methods described in the article.

FY, Microsoft, with a cactus!

*Note: To this day, I haven't had to do this in W8.x machines, due to most of my customers following my advice and not purchasing/installing W8.x.

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North Korean operating system is a surveillance state's tour de force

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I'm gonna download this shit...

... and try it in a VM. I may even allow it to access the Internet. I'm curious about how well these embedded snooping tools will cope with Tor links, compressors+encription, misnaming, ... .

Hmmm... does this RedStar include hard-coded credentials and passwords?

Luckily for the North Koreans, nobody is interested in stealing their IP or their wealth! ;-)

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Oklahoma bloke cuffed for Chrimbo caprine coupling

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Mandatory video here

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YouTube puts T-Mobile US on naughty list for throttling all vids to 480p

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"...they is saying that is they?"

"Yes, I doesn't !"

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Russia's blanket phone spying busted Europe's human rights laws

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Re: And Russia's response...(@ AC, an hour or so before my comment ;-)

"The ruling, once again proves how the West is bent on humiliating Russian independence in order to impose dubious..."

Four down votes! People around here doesn't do sarcasm, do they? ;-)

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Belling that cat: Oz boffins pass entanglement test

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Re: "Two-cubit operations"

I find your comment really humerous.

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US govt just can't hire enough cyber-Sherlocks

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Ahhhh... the gall!

Just a few questions for my fellow commentards:

-Does the DoJ employ other professionals like, say, doctors, engineers, or scientists?

-If that's the case, does the DoJ also pay them lower-than-market wages?

-No?

-Then what's exactly the difference between IT guys and the other professionals?

Enquiring minds want to know, ...

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Conficker is back – and it's infecting police body cams

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Re: Plausable deniability

Holy mother of God! Another proof that been a cop in the USA is like having a license to kill anybody you don't like!

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Re: @Lusty Jolly good, welcome to the future

"imagine going to the bean counters and saying 'We need to double the cost of the boards to allow for extra processing for encryption'

Don't EVER "go" to the bean counters - or the managers - with something like this!. Send them an email, and keep a copy. They'll probably fire you all the same, but you could then take revenge or even make some bucks by blackmailing them afterwards. ;-)

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Re: @ DavCrav

It let me read the article without asking for anything. Perhaps you have accessed recently other articles in the NYT and reached some limit.

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Re: Your equipment is supplied by the lowest bidder. (@Ole Juul)

you do know I was kidding. Right?

Of course, and I was kidding too.

I honestly don't think those are likely possibilities...

And this year's Optimism Nobel prize goes to Mr. Ole Juul!!!

;-)

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Re: Your equipment is supplied by the lowest bidder. (@Ole Juul)

They should also remember to specify that the device shouldn't burst in flames spontaneously, leak high radiation levels or cause contact poisoning.

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