* Posts by Vic

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Alleged skipper of pirate site KickAss Torrents keel-hauled in Poland

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Re: What first amendment?

Too much effort for the same reward as a conventional bomb.

But it's not the same reward as a conventional bomb...

You're thinking like an engineer. You're looking at the actual killing capability of the weapon.

Terrorists don't care about that; they're looking at the amount of fear they can spread among the populace, driven by the number of column inches they get in the press. And a nuclear bomb - however craply implemented - is always going to be the more effective weapon in those terms because the vast bulk of the population has no idea what nuclear weapons really are, and just considers them to be super-scary end-of-the-universe stuff.

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Re: What first amendment?

What about the knowledge to make an atomic bomb

I'm sure I read a pretty detailed description (engineering diagrams and all) when I was at school in the '80s

All the theory was a required part of my A-level physics course...

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

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Re: To think that...

It's not 'do one thing and do it well' - it's trying to be a swiss army knife.

Not so.

It's trying to be the whole Swiss Army...

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Starship Troopers was basically a bug shoot-em-up

No. No, it wasn't.

Starship Troopers - the first one - was a satirical look at how a society based upon militaristic views always sets itself up as the "good guys", regardless of who actually starts the conflict, and always considers any and all actions to be warranted. I think it's a good film.

The later movies were just unadulterated shit. Even Jolene Blalock cannot be considered a saving grace...

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Torrent is a word, and you can't ban words, rules French court

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Contrary to geek fantasy the world and its dog isn't downloading linux distros via bittorrent on a daily basis

Well, I'm running a couple of CentOS torrents, and I can assure you that someone *is* downloading from them on a daily basis.

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An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

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Re: just goes to show how little ...

I would also like to point out the rise in cancer rate amongst the population of the WHOLE WORLD since the US and USSR started exploding nukes left, right and centre in the 1950's.

Yeah, and look at what that does.

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We, it turned out, lived near a Nike missile launch site

Just Bomb IT™?

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US govt is in, EFF told to take a hike in post-Safe Harbor wrangling over privacy and EULAs

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Judge is not very well-read

The BSA was included due to the fact that its members include Apple, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle and others, and so can "offer relevant views which might otherwise not be available to the court."

Has this judge never read The Lord of the Rings?

"We wants it, My Preciousssss"

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Governments Googling Google about you more than ever says Google

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If there are 100,000 people in a city, how many of them do you think are likely to be criminals? I'm betting it's a lot higher than the 1:10000 ratio.

But this isn't supposed to be about catching criminals, it's supposed to be about catching dangerous terrorists

As soon as we conflate the two - and that is becoming commonplace - we supply the wedge that allows government to see all your private information as soon as you are suspected of littering...

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Brit chip biz ARM legs it to Softbank for $32bn

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Re: Once ARM becomes a Japanese company..

Ah, but is that a viable answer?

It is - but all I really wanted was something vaguely intelligent. Far too many of the candidates didn't come up with anything...

Or, to put it another way: if you were project manager and you asked for ideas of how to save 50p on a product, would you accept "everything" as a place to start?

I would insist on it.

For the product in question, we ended up making the last bit of our BOM reduction by reducing the number of colours on hte cardboard box it shipped in.

But all that's by the by - the point I was labouring is that in volume production, costs mount quickly. So saving 50p per unit over 100K units/month means £50K/month more dosh - so spending £250K on a total ground-up redesign is entirely warranted so long as the product is going to last 6 months or more...

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Re: Once ARM becomes a Japanese company..

I think the number of people that can say they have been responsible for more than 100 of anything being shipped here on el reg is single or low double digits.

::waves::

I used to do a bit at the end of my interviews to see if the candidates had any idea about how the numbers stacked up in volume production - I gave them a hypothetical product[1] selling 100K units per month, and told them they needed to save 50p[2] off each - what would they address? The answer, of course, is "everything". But most of the candidates just stared at me without an answer :-(

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[1] Which wasn't at all hypothetical - itr's what we were working on at the time

[2] We actually needed to save rather more than that - but I thought that would be unfair for an interview question.

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they might not even be aware of the fact that ARM designs chips, but doesn't make them. (Stranger things have happened.)

When Thorn EMI bought Inmos, there was a big meeting at which the top man expounded at great length about how pleased he was to have acquired Intel...

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Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

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Re: Is this the double size already announced or double the double size...

The engineers with the skills (which are NOT easily transferable) are not going to just up and move somewhere else.

Something similar was said about Inmos. Have you seen Aztec West lately?

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Did mock cop bot trot on fraught tot? Maybe not

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Re: I'm sure

it's convenient to know that they apparently don't have cameras

They do have cameras.

The web site isn't exactly forthcoming with detail (although I haven't bothered with the videos), but there is certainly one camera, and it looks like there are four.

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Dear Tesla, stop calling it autopilot – and drivers are not your guinea pigs

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Re: About the naming...

In an airplane you have the luxury of integrating with a collision avoidance system installed into all other aircrafts

  • Collision avoidance is rarely integrated with the autopilot
  • Many, many aircraft have no collision avoidance mechanism but the pilot's eyes

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Re: Evidence & numbers

This is similar to arguing that not showering makes you safer in your home

And so it does.

Eschew showering for long enough, and you're far less likely to contract an STD...

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Ban ISPs from 'speeding up' the internet: Ex-Obama tech guru

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Re: Slow it down, speed it up

It's plainly obvious what the tweet means and this whole article seems to be based around a very pedantic selective quoting of it.

New here, huh?

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Chinese hacker jailed for shipping aerospace secrets home

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Re: Light Sentence

I wonder though, before the arrest, how much misinformation they planted into the system which was then transferred to China?

I don't think they need to - there's F-35 data in there.

I wonder if anyone has correlated the slowdown in the Chinese economy with that nation's acquisition of F-35 secrets?

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Shocker: Computer science graduate wins a top UK political job

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Re: PPE in PPE

This is possibly the most amuse thing I've heard since someone said BoJo was in charge of the foreign office....

It's a temporary situation, caused by a mis-communication.

What May actually said was "tell Boris to FO".

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London's contactless ticket payment system for sale in £15m deal

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Re: Testing similar with Safety Cameras?

DVLA have a picture of you on file

No they bloody don't.

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UK.gov flings £30m at driverless car R'n'D, wants plebs to speek their branes

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Re: We're not robots! Highways Agency & Avon and Somerset Police beg to differ.

Also I just googled "M4 71mph speeding fines", expecting a torrent of articles about the torrent of fines. Unsurprisingly there were none. I did find a 2015 discussion board entry where someone asked "not sure if this is a myth but...", and all the responses said "it almost certainly is".

I drove along that stretch a couple of weeks back. I was doing about 80 most of the way.

Now strictly speaking, my two weeks isn't completely up, so a NIP could arrive in the next couple of days- I'll let you know if it does...

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Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

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Re: Typical military-procurement thinking

Nonetheless, it's easy enough to do, which is why it's done.

No, it isn't. The yield is so low as to be fairly useless as a weapon, whilst tending to spread unused fissile material over a large area. It is the proverbial "dirty bomb", which is of no use to a conventional army.

Designs that actually work are not much more complex, which is why they have been used.

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Re: Just a thought

I wonder how the F35 handles a bird strike...

It's single-engined, so if the bird is big enough, I guess the answer would be "ballistically"...

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Re: Confused

Dunne said: “This will allow us, after the US, to be the only other nation to be able to project this capability around the world.”

Well if he is alluding to the only nations in the world to have seaborne F-35's

No, he's just being literal.

They've only bought two projectors - the lamps are ruinously expensive - and only the US and the UK have the slides. We're expecting the target theatre of operations to provide the screen and someone to dim the lighting...

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For example, the US air force still operates the F-15 which first flew in 1972 and is expected to remain in service until 2025.

...Which is very much faster[1] than F-35, has a very much higher[2] service ceiling, and still pulls 9g.

And it's a plane four and a half decades older...

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[1] F-15C is rated to Mach 2.5. F-35 does Mach 1.6.

[2] F-15C has a service ceiling of 65,000ft. F-35 just 50,000ft.

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Re: Typical military-procurement thinking

They're basicaly just half-globes of uranium kept a little distance apart, until a little TNT whacks them together.

Only in James Bond films. That sort of design is extremely low-yield.

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That's why the RAF are having to sellotape bombs to the Typhoon

Sellotape? Sellotape???

Sir clearly does not understand Military Procurement.

That is top-class single-sided adhesive-coated polymer banding. The part number alone makes it worth £5K a roll...

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Re: @James 51

wake me when they have the drone version that doesn't have to limit its G forces due to having to carry a meat sack.

Until recently, the G limits were nothing to do with the meat sack; the airframe was only rated to 4.5G.

That's a training aeroplane - the 1974 PA28 I started in does that, with Cessna 172s only slightly lower at 4.4G.

They are now beyond that - but we can only wonder at how an allegedly fast jet can end up so late into trials with such pathetic handling...

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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will this board be reviewing individual comments before they're allowed to be displayed?

Are you implying that Andrew Orlowski is in thrall to Andrea Leadsom?

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Idiot brings gun-shaped iPhone to airport

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Re: I take objection to "Shooty McBangbang"

Sadly a policy of blue on blue is unavoidable with these people.

There was a joke doing the rounds at the time about a new weapon in the Iraqi armoury. It could be fired from a mortar tube, and would deploy a parachute to slow descent as it approached the target. Three robot arms would then spring out and paint a Union Jack[1] on the top of the target.

The USAF couldn't miss...

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[1] Yeah, I know...

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Science non-fiction: Newly spotted alien world bathes in glow of three stars

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Re: Am I missing something?

Space vampires.

On a planet with a 140-year constant daytime?

They're not going to like that...

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Teen faces trial for telling suicidal boyfriend to kill himself via text

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Re: Physical or mental - it's the same

There is precedent, although I can't find the actual case notes at the moment.

There was this chap by the name if Bin Laden, who probably didn't actually kill anyone himself. I think it reasonable that he got the blame for what he talked others into doing...

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The Great Brain Scan Scandal: It isn’t just boffins who should be ashamed

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Re: Phrenology

Andrew does not do moderation

But Andrew's articles always require it for comments...

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Unmasking malware in TLS connections? It can be done, say Cisco researchers

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Then what part does TLS itself actually play?

It's the problem space...

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Crown Commercial Services is to slap SMEs with price hikes

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Re: Has Procurement ever delivered lower prices on good quality material or services?

I've worked in a range of big firms and have come up against Procurement time and again. Not once have they ever been cheap, fast, or savvy

I worked for a large organisation a few years back where all procurement had to go by way of an approved suppliers list. Of course, the cables I wanted wren't made by anyone on that list.

Now a mate of mine runs a cable harness construction business. And he's on the approved list. So I emailed him details of the parts I wanted, and he emailed back his markup. And so the parts I wanted were bought from the vendor I had found by way of a third party, just so that we could keep on saving that money by using an approved supplier list...

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fMRI bugs could upend years of research

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Re: "“lamentable archiving and data-sharing practices”"

with tools this complex there is a reason for "we have to trust the developers knew what they were doing."

And yet - most of us here have worked in complex development environments, and we know the shite that goes out the door on ship day...

In that field no software (or new major release) gets accepted without multiple test runs amongst known test cases

The trouble with that sort of test-driven development is that you can easily end up in the situation where you're developing a product to pass those tests and do essentially nothing else; if the tests are not renewed frequently, your solution ends up touching the problem surface at a few discrete points only.

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Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

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The article says that while Love was being held at home an officer tried to engage him in conversation. That sounds friendly and innocuous. It also means they are trying to bypass the suspect's right to remain silent until the recorded PACE interview. Apparently they are allowed to covertly record such informal conversations.

They don't even need to do that - they can simply state what he said when giving their own evidence. They've even invented the rather offensive[1] verb "to verbal" to describe such information gathering.

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[1] Both in terms of language and intent.

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Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

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Re: One near miss and a not miss within a couple months?

I'd put the rest of the blame on Tesla for calling that feature "autopilot" when it is nothing of the sort

On the contrary - it is quite appropriately named.

In an aircraft, the autopilot takes some of the load out of flying - it maintains, speed, altitude, direction, that sort of thing. It doesn't avoid mountains or other traffic. It isn't a magical flying box - it's simply a way to deal with the simpler feedback loops a pilot needs ot keep on top of.

And so it is with this - it does some of the simpler stuff, just as an aircraft autopilot would. But it doesn't mean you can't hit stuff, even if it makes best efforts at that.

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Re: I wonder...

spotted something before I did (like "YOU'RE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD!")

That's going to get really annoying during an extended overtaking manoeuvre...

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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Re: Linux Alternatives

The biggest con is how unfriendly it is to install and get running properly on anything other than a bare bones vanilla desktop or server. Usually it is incompatibility with the computers video processor, mouse, or hard drives

See, that's what's generally known in technical terminology as "a lie".

Linux might be no panacea, but getting it up and running is simply trivial. And whilst you might not get the proprietary video driver you wanted out of the box, you'll not find any of the "incompatibilities" you claimed.

Your FUD is probably 20 years old. I suggest you refresh.

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Re: Flirting with Linux Mint

First thing I saw was that there are 3 different versions of it, and that was enough to repel me - I'd be bound to pick the wrong one

As long as you can choose between 32-bit and 64-bit, you'll be just fine[1]. Converting between the versions after installation is trivial - it's all the same software from the same repositories, just with different options chosen. And you can re-make those choices as often as you like...

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[1] Even if you choose your word-size incorrectly, you can re-install the right one later without losing your stuff just by saving the /home directory.

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Re: Subscriptions

I like building hackintoshes, and I'd happily sell them to all comers

You probably shouldn't. It went very badly for one bunch who tried that.

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Isis crisis: Facebook makes Bristol lass an unperson

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Re: Bootnote

Top right of the page in the red bar.

Look up. Right up. If you squint, you might just about make out the joke...

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Re: Isis IS another stupid label

I think we should call them for what they are: murderous bastards.

The Combined United Northern Territories of Syria.

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Cracking Android's full-disk encryption is easy on millions of phones – with a little patience

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Re: Wrong info

NO, you're not! As noted in the end of the linked article: "for some reason, the fix was not applied to Nexus devices"

Besides - if the attacker is sufficiently-motivated and has physical access to a device, that which has been fixed can be un-fixed...

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Lightning strikes: Britain's first F-35B supersonic fighter lands

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Re: The supersonic Lightning II, as it will be known in RAF service,

they're sullying the name Lightning

Check the specs - the Lightning flies faster[1] and higher than the Lightning 2. The later[2] aircraft could not intercept the older one...

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[1] Much!

[2] By six and a half decades...

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Re: Just one small vital point to consider ........

Please explain how a cyberspace "war" is going to stop North Korea from deciding to head south?

Or, indeed, how F-35 would?

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Re: If I was the Air Marshall...

I'd buy stuff based on how cool I thought it was

That's basically what they did - they spent all the money on Typhoon, so the other current platforms had to go. If F35 ever turns up, we'll have to work out how to pay for it...

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Re: electro-magnetic catapults

it turned out it would cost almost as much to retro-fit as the Carriers cost to build in the first place!

Only if you buy it from BAe Systems.

Buy EMALS directly from the manufacturer and it's about a fifth of that.

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Drones, weed and prison: Bloke pleads guilty over plan

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they are not there to have a good time.

A mate of mine spent a little while in HMP Winchester a few years back. He had a fully-kitted music studio to himself - no-one else seemed to want to use it.

He was gutted when they moved him to Ford...

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