* Posts by Ian Michael Gumby

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Senator: Backdoor for the Feds is a backdoor for hackers

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Re: This sucks....

Sydney?

Guess what. Police can't be shadowing that nutter 24x7 because he's a nutter and might do something.

Lone wolfs are dangerous because they are lone wolfs.

But that doesn't mean that the agencies haven't stopped plots. You have some in the UK that were recently stopped and others in Australia.

The police and agencies need actionable intelligence. How do you think that they get it?

As to the hacking of Sony... I guess its one more reason to go see the movie "The Interview". ;-)

I guess a lot has changed in North Korea since the release of Team America!

Why hellwro Hans Brix...

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Re: hmm

>> ... a fatal accidence or some rare form of cancer.

>Sounds like polonium time!

This is America not the glorious USSR!

The CIA isn't skillful enough to do something like polonium.

The senator is a democrat so its either going to be a sex scandal (with a male page) or one of graft.

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Re: Hooray for progress!!

Why try to hack the back door when the front door is usually open and if not, very easy to pick the lock.

Sorry, the Senator doesn't get it.

He just took some money from a lobbyist who works for a company that doesn't want to be forced to include a back door for the government...

The truth is that you could very easily design and implement a very secure 'back door' for the spooks that is more secure than the front end...

More noise than anything...

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Seriously WTF?

"Same for uranium, the supply won't support our energy consumption at is current pace."

Uhm... don't know about you but there's a lot of untapped sources in the US and other countries. The issue is mining and refining it to fuel grade. If you had the power plants then you can get the fuel.

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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@ elmerf Re: Meh.

In the US we have the CMP.

They are pretty much out of their M1s for sale.

You can go to a couple gun warehouses that buy historical rifles in bulk.

There you could find guns like a 6.5x55mm Swede that's been converted in to a target rifle.

The nice thing about the US is that you can buy a receiver (requires a FFL holder) then purchase barrels, stocks, sights/scopes etc ... and have a very nice, accurate rifle.

Of course no one mentions that most IT guys who are 'firearm enthusiasts' have more money and time than girlfriends and do go out and buy expensive guns. ;-) Guns and IT seem to go together.

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@AC Re: @ Frosted Flake

> I think he is afraid of defending his own safety.

I think, to overgeneralise massively, and away from military uses, American gun nuts see guns as tools of defence and personal safety - to be used against large lumps of wildlife and ultimately people if necessary; British gun nuts see guns as tools of sport - to be used against paper targets, inanimate objects and perhaps small furry/flappy creatures.

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Now that's just plain wrong.

There are many variations on what constitutes an 'Amerikan' gun nut.

In terms of choice of targets... there happens to be a wider variety of game in the US.

In terms of guns of choice, it depends on where you live. Each state has its own laws concerning what guns a person may own, and what guns can be used for hunting.

You could also classify a gun nut by the number and types of guns owned too.

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Re: Meh.

@Gaz,

Don't get me wrong.

Most of the fun is in doing the build.

My point was that while you're at 3 MOA, its not a sniper rifle. AK-47s are considered good if they are 3 MOAs. Sniper rifles? That's sub .5 MOA or less.

The issue is that the title of the article is a bit off. (Not built from 'scrap' and not a sniper rifle.)

You could work on bedding, but with a barrel that has a lot of throat erosion, I don't think it would help much. (Unless you want to practice learning how to do the bedding.)

Sorry to hear that a new barrel is ~600 GBP. That's a lot for a ~$300 (USD) rifle.

BTW, you may want to invest in a 'cheap' scope. (Although mounting it would be a challenge. ;-)

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Meh.

Sorry, but while its an interesting article, its about as much work as upgrading a ruger 10/22 in to a tactical rig. You didn't really do any of the hard work.

But since you live in a country where its difficult to own a gun, my hat is off to you.

I hope you enjoy your rifle and think about upgrading the barrel and taking the receiver to a proper gun smith to see if they can further tune your rifle.

And yes, a 3 MOA gun is not a sniper rifle.

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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

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Re: @Hud Dunlap - Why have a license at all?

Left Pondian?

LOL...

As a Yank, I can tell you what it's like going through owning a gun...

Gun laws vary state by state.

When you purchase your gun, you will go through a background check and you will have a waiting period.

Long Guns (rifles and shotguns) are different from handguns (pistols and revolvers).

In Illinois, since the late 60's you had to apply to the state to get a FOID card. You could not touch a gun, or purchase ammo without a card. It didn't mean that you owned a gun, only that you have gone through the background check to show that you can own a gun.

Then you go to your gun store, purchase the gun. The gun store takes your money, helps you fill out the paperwork, and you wait. They process the paperwork, do a background check and after the waiting period, you can pick up your gun.

So its not as simple as just saying I want a gun and I get to go in to the store and buy it.

Although for rifles in certain states, it can be that easy. (Again, it depends on the state.)

Suppressors, Short Barreled Rifles (SBR), Automatic Weapons all require special permits and this depends again on where you live.

Conceal Carry? All of the US now have some form of constitutional carry and conceal carry permits in place. Illinois was the last holdout.

In Chicago, there are several shootings a day. All clustered in to two regions and all tend to be gang related with some robbery attempts. (Even those tend to be gang related.) In all cases, the guns are unregistered and those caught by police end up having prior felony convictions and could not legally possess a gun in the first place.

But if you want to shoot. Plenty of options, including Perry OH.

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@Graham

Speaking as a gun owning American... ;-)

Home defense is relative.

Yes a 12 gauge pump with a pistol grip, 18" barrel with a night sight and ghost ring would be better than an AR for home defense, there are other options.

The issue with the AR is that you have to worry about over penetration.

Of course the AR is a platform and you could switch out the 5.56 (no .223 here) and go to a 9mm carbine.

There are other carbine options too.

(If you live in a state where you can own Class III and you have the $$$ you could get an MP-5 suppressed. ) Now that would be a great home defense gun. ;-)

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This week it rained in San Francisco and the power immediately blew out. Your tech utopia

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Re: Still Going

"SF is always a pale shadow of what it was 20 years ago. In 20 years people will be saying the same thing."

Naw.

In 20 years time people will be trying to remember what San Francisco looked like after the big one.

Time to buy some beach front property in East Bay when San Francisco becomes the next Atlantis...

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Re: Hate sf

Then come to Chicago.

More affordable but then you have to deal with the Midwest's winters.

Oh wait, you're happy you don't have seasons.

Nevermind. You'd never survive a year in Chicago.

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Hungry, hungry CPUs: Storage vendors hustle to get flash closer to compute

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Meh.

While this is a good article... its a bit old.

UltraDIMMs (DDR3) are old news these days.

Waiting to hear when the DDR4 are released... (Diablo lawsuit an issue?)

Beyond HP, there's Crossbar which has their own RRAM.

Don't get me wrong, I believe that this tech is definitely a disruptive technology which means we can build faster and have a higher density in clusters with lower power and heat.

But I have to flame Chris because its nothing new over the stuff 6 months ago, and I didn't see any mention of the lawsuit against Diablo.

I guess Chris rushed this out to hit a deadline and then off to the pub.

Sorry Chis, I expect better from you. ;-P

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Assange's WikiLeaks: Give generously this Xmas – for STATUE of our DEAR LEADER

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Re: Standing on chairs??

Not pictured is the noose.

Sorry, but the moral of the story... if you want to be a rebel without a clue and claim to be a whistle blower, be prepared to put an end to having a normal life.

Assange - hanging out with his best buds in the Ecuadorian Embassy as he dodges his arrest in Sweden on Rape Charges.

Manning - sitting in prison because he trusted Assange and did a snarf of classified documents, with no real whistle blowing having occurred. (What crimes had he uncovered that the US Government has been charged with in International court? Hint: NONE. )

Snowden - Some say he was FSB, but in the end... his sitting in Russian still releasing blurbs.

I guess he must really enjoy vodka and not being able to leave the country in fear of the CIA rendition trips.

The only guy missing is the clown in Switzerland who gave Wikileaks Swiss banking records which is illegal under Swiss law. I think he's already completed his sentence by now...

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'Critical' security bugs dating back to 1987 found in X Window

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Re: No worries...

"You have to realise how long ago 1987 is. This is the year before the Morris worm (which came as a real shock I can tell you). "

Ah yes, I remember that. I was at university and was a student sysadmin...

Morris spent too much time reading daddy's work... ;-)

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Re: No worries...

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The moment I got my first ISP account ever, I managed to see people trying to get into my Linux box.

That would be some time after 1987 then?

"

Try circa '97 or later.

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Portland lobs fair-trade gluten-free artisan SUEBALL at Uber

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AC you have it backwards... Re: Interesting

"that Portland sues rather than presses charges for having their regulations violated. Let an average person try that and see what happens."

Portland set the laws and regulations for their community. They are the government and its their job to do so.

Uber doesn't like the laws, the burden is on them to attempt to change the laws or comply with the laws.

Uber does neither and hence they are getting slapped with an injunction.

Right or wrong, Uber is going to have to play by the cities' rules until they can change them.

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Solar sandwich cooks at 40 per cent efficiency

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@Thought about it.... Re: Warning Words

Well if you really thought about IT... you'd have realized that these plants are frying any bird that happens to fly through the area... And that there's something more efficient.

Its called Nuclear Energy.

And there are now later generation plants that are very safe along with potential disposal site(s) available... now that Harry Reid is no longer in a position to stop votes and shut down congress for doing anything... We can see this move forward. Unfortunately it doesn't mean net new power plants, but the clean up of spent fuel from existing plants that had been forced to come up with temporary storage for 20 years of fuel thanks mainly to Reid stonewalling things.

And if you have to invest in R&D, look at fusion over solar.

Just saying... Mine's the lead lined jacket as I scamper down to maintain my micro reactor capable of powering an aircraft carrier or 40K homes.... (And no CO2 emissions, just steam...)

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Horton Hears an IPO: Hard work for Hadoop

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Hadoop isn't confusing.

It just breaks all the rules that companies set up.

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Hortonworks falls well short of billion dollar IPO expectations

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Seems more realistic...

Still a little optimistic for a company that doesnt own anything.

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Oh BOY! The MICKEY MOUSE Apple Watch is no heart-throb

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Re: Still not convinced by the crown

"The mention of accuracy and calling it a "digital crown" (look at the Rolex logo) are both subtle attempts to appeal to people who have owned high end watches for fashion. Not the ones who are all the way up in Rolex territory, but certainly those who have moved well beyond the Timex category and maybe dream of someday owning a Rolex. This is all part of trying to appeal to people as a fashion item even if they don't really need a smartwatch (because, let's be honest here, other than for fitness tracking smart watches have no reason for existing until someone finds that killer app)"

If you think of Rolex as 'high end'... then you don't know watches. ;-)

There is something about owning a mechanical watch that will keep good enough time, but never as good as a cheap timex electric. You have to admire the craftsman. And then the artistry of the watch. That's why you pay $$$$. Would you rather own a Porche or a Ford?

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? More Money Than Sense ?

First I agree that the selling point of sending someone your heart beat is silly.

The point is that they are trying to say is that your watch is no longer just a watch.

If you're old enough to remember when the first electronic LCD watches were introduced.. there were some high end models. Meaning those who bought gold cased plastic battery operated watches as jewelry. Does the author think those people as foolish also? (Most likely before Jasper's time).

Now I can understand that... but then again, I'd want to add a Patek to my collection.

The cool thing and selling point of the watch is that you can change the face at any time, depending on your mood.

In terms of accuracy.... its a joke. Sure 50ms is good enough. Most likely they link to your phone and get the time from the closest cell tower.

If you wanted better accuracy... you would take the radio signal from a known clock and known X,Y,Z coordinate. You know your approximate GPS location to within 100 meters. Now you can calculate the time fairly accurately. The other issue to consider is how often you do this and how accurate is the electric clock in the device?

Now I would pay $$$ for a really accurate watch tied to GPS that did just that. One that could fit in to your pocket. For ~5K you could buy a base station clock for your network that does this.... but it won't fit in to your pocket... ;-)

But I digress. Its an interesting toy... as a collectible... the higher end models may be worth the price.

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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Reverse?

Ok so riddle me this... what happens if you put the engine behind you?

A custom mid engine "sports car" ?

I don't think it would fit in a Volkswagon Beetle's frame... but it could be interesting.

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Disturbance in the force lets phones detect gestures with Wi-Fi

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Ok... here's the challenge...

Who's going to be the first one to write an interactive game of pong for two players using wi-fi gestures only?

(The spawn of satan because it will be yet another useless game that will take up oodles of people's time and will probably make a fortune if you could figure out how to sell in game items... :-P )

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Antarctic ice THICKER than first feared – penguin-bot boffins

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@Geoff Re: Your theory is crap

Prophecy? ;-)

Actually I'd prefer my 30 Bowmore, but that's already half gone.

To some they'll claim it evaporated and its a sign of impending doom.

For me, it means that I at least have some will power to save the good stuff for special occasions.

Mine is the jacket with the extra cork stoppers. Need to deal with dry rot and replace the corks so that it doesn't evaporate. ;-)

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Big shadowy orgs should stop scooping up everyone's personal info – say Google, Facebook

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You want the truth, you can't handle the truth...

The simple truth is that the world's governments are cutting in to Google and Facebook's business and are drawing a spotlight on the amount of surveillance that occurs not only by the government but by these companies as well.

Google: 'We do this so that we can make sure that we show you ads for the brands you're most likely to buy and not waste your time seeing ads that aren't right for you'.

Yeah, like I care.

But the truth is that Google knows so much about you, more so that the US Government and they make money off of it. Google at one time wanted to get rid of cookies. Why? Because they no longer needed them. Do you realize how many websites feed information in to Google? Even El Reg has Google Analytics, Google tag services js on their page.

Facebook? Single sign-on? So you don't have to remember all those passwords? The truth is that they now know more information about you and they don't forget it. Even if you don't have a FB account.

But on the other hand, the US Government has to obey the law on what they can use and how they can use it. Prism? What's funny is that more people are against Prism without knowing exactly what it captured and how they used the data. Or rather what they had to go through to use the data. It wasn't what the government was doing, but the fear of what they could do if only the law let them.

And that's the ugly truth.

Imagine it this way... you're walking down the street late at night. You see a big guy standing there looking like he's up to no good. Yet you ignore the skinny guy who 'accidentally' bumped in to you and stole your wallet.

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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What no Bricks?

No Bag phones either?

I guess I must be showing my age. ;-)

I can remember ~15 years ago people in rural areas paid a premium for bag phones. (They had enough power to connect to the towers from remote areas when the digital units failed to get a connection.)

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Obama HURLS FCC under train, GUTPUNCHES ISPs in net neut battle

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Re: Time to speak up

Perhaps I wasn't clear.

The traffic is crossing your network, meaning NO BENEFIT TO YOUR CUSTOMERS. IN FACT SAID TRAFFIC IS COMPETING WITH YOUR CUSTOMERS' TRAFFIC.

Sorry to shout.

But the peering agreements are based on the assumption that the traffic will flow in both directions and the difference will even out over time.

Video and Music streaming... breaks that assumption.

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Re: Granny Smith and Pink Lady, IMHO= no difference..

Nope

Homes don't necessarily get a static IP address.

And ISP can block mail servers , DNS servers if you're running a SOHO on a home network.

They can also throttle your use of the network easier.

Call after hours... see how fast you get a call back.

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Re: Time to speak up

FYI... Obama is the kiss of death to any issue these days.

But here's the rub.

Suppose you're the ISP and you have all of this traffic from Netflix going across your pipes to another peering partner. In short, it costs you money to maintain and carry the traffic. Unfortunately you get no benefit from the traffic and its costing you money. Not to mention that you can't prioritize your customer's traffic. What then?

The point is that net neutrality isn't as simple as some try to make it out to be.

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Re: Granny Smith and Pink Lady

Business class vs Home service?

24x7 support?

Static IP addresses?

Home service? We'll get to you when we get to you. If you call after hours... leave a message and call back in the morning....

There is a difference.

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

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It’s Sheldon Cooper’s holodeck fantasy.

Bollox!

Sheldon Cooper is a train fanatic so by itself its his wet dream.

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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@AC Re: But against the backdrop of your British readership...

"Buying a WW2 era souvenir might not be ridiculously difficult but getting the ammunition will be."

You can tell that you're a Brit and don't know much about guns or ammo.

Short answer, it depends on which gun you want to collect as a souvenir.

A Browning BAR, depending on condition, will set you back $40K or more, plus you need to be able to own a Class III weapon. The ammo? .30-06 Same today as it was back in the 20s and is plentiful.

If you want to purchase a Tommy Gun? Same thing. .45 ACP is available everywhere. Class III expensive to own.

1911? Vintage is pretty cheap and again .45ACP.

Of course if you're looking at a Japanese Rifle, I guess ammo would be hard to find, however you can always trim down your own brass and make your own lead bullets.

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@Charles 9 Re: But against the backdrop of your British readership...

The M-3 SMG aka 'grease gun' was meant as a machine gun of last resort.

It was issued to Soldiers in the army who didn't carry a rifle as their primary weapon. E.g tank crews.

Not very accurate, but something you could use if you had to bail from your tank. Cost to manufacture was around ~$1.25 - $1.50 (In 1940's dollars)

There is really no comparison between the grease gun and the Tommy Gun.

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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@ Graham Marsden ... Re: @Neil Barnes - Apart from the inbuilt creepiness

"Kill all humans!" :-)

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TECH BUBBLE? No, no way, nope, says Silicon Valley investor

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Here's the real red flag...

"“The Silicon Valley companies don’t have dividends or cash-flows, but they have lots of growth so the metrics for analysing them are radically different," he added."

When you see this, you know its time to bail and head for the hills.

De-Nile isn't just a river... ;-)

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Silicon Valley scrooges paid staff $1.21 an hour in a 122-hour week

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Re: wtf

They were only caught after someone tipped them off.

The indians were brought in for a short term contract negotiated and paid in India.

So its off the US books and off the radar.

I'm sure this happens more that you'd think.

If you want to do it right, just open an Indian subsidiary and onshore the workforce. For short term gigs this doesn't pay off. But if they are brought in for longer periods...

Welcome to the global workforce and global tax/accounting loopholes. Its not just the Double Dutch Irish ..

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Adobe spies on readers: EVERY DRM page turn leaked to base over SSL

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Re: How does Adobe stay in business?

Wow.

Here's the irony.

Google collects everything you do online because 99.99999% of the websites you visit embed google analytics. (Hence NoScript.)

Facebook? They are offering single sign on authentication for web sites. Care you guess how much information they are now tracking about you from outside of Facebook?

So if you're going to knock Adobe, include Facebook, Google and others.

Just putting it out there.

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How to get $542m from Google: Dress as a SPACEMAN with dayglo dancers – Magic Leap

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Yawn...

See Eden of the East. (Anime)

Then read William Gibson's Virtual light.

There's more, but talk about prior art.

Now all you need to do is to use blue tooth to connect your virtual glasses to the cpu unit located somewhere on your person. Use some sort of blue tooth communication to tie glasses, shirts/jackets etc.. to contain things like wi-fi, GPS-A units, etc. ..

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No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer

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Re: Rumours are untrue

Heh!

Its been 15+ years since I read any of his stuff.

And yes, I am down to my last living brain cell and he wants to go on vacation.

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Re: Rumours are untrue

I believe that it meant 7/10th the speed of light.

But I'm going from memory.

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Re: Rumours are untrue

I thought it was the Pak ?

That would be the Protector.

Which is also a character in the Ringworld books.

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Re: One for...

"What could we name this one?"

Why the 'Flying Dutchman' of course.

Considering that you have a relatively limitless supply of solar wind from the sun, it could sail forever...

(Which is the life of the craft. )

I guess the first step would be to write computer sailing programs. Where you enter your destination and let the computer plot the course tracking your GPS, wind speed and direction, etc ...

Could be fun.

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

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Re: Hmm

"I would even go so far to insist all gun owners pass a safety course..."

In the states, those born after a certain date are required to take a hunter's safety course before they can get their hunting permit. (Older folks like myself are grandfathered in.)

For a conceal carry permit, a portion of the course is on gun safety and maintenance.

As a responsible gun owner, I would welcome a mandatory safety course, however... I'm sure the NRA doesn't agree with me, although they do have Eddie the Eagle for their mascot to teach kids gun safety.

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#Help. There's a STRANGER in my Twitter timeline

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They have no choice...

Twitter is a publicly traded company with a 30Bil USD market cap.

They have no choice but to do things to increase their revenues.

So sticking in placed ads in to your timeline makes perfect sense.

You of course can decide to leave twitter and of course short the stock.

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Nadella's Karmagate howler was response to MICROSOFT BOARD DIRECTOR – report

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Re: Stack overpay

There is definitely bias in Stack ranking, yet in theory, its going to be the least biased option.

I think if you took the sex of the individual out of the equation... Nadella's remark could be the same...

If anyone is thinking of asking the boss for a raise... don't. Karma will bite you in the ass. If you get enough good Karma... you'll get the raise.

Having said that though, Nadella's comment is for shit.

Many large companies tend to lag when it comes time for your annual review. (After all, managers are being asked to do more too and reviews take time.) Large companies are also prone to saying... times are hard, we didn't hit our overly optimistic numbers so we've got to tighten our belts...

Its not until they have a retention problem and only until you've given notice that they try to make a counter offer that they discover that they could have been paying you more...

(Of course once you've given notice, its never a good idea to accept their counter offer... YMMV)

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Heistmeisters crack cost of safecrackers with $150 widget

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Re: Heh

Wow.

A long and detailed explanation...

Lets just cut it down to the important bits.

No safe is impenetrable and the quality of locks determine how long it takes to crack the safe. The key is that locks are just another layer in the security onion. Slow the crook down long enough for Johnny Law to stop them.

Hows that for a short summary? :-)

(And yes, I really did like what you wrote and upvoted you. )

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Remember that tale of a fired accountant who blamed Comcast? It's kinda true, says telco

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Re: Never quite got...

Option #3:

You liked your job.

(Yes some people do like working for their current employer and don't want to leave due to a cock up.)

More than likely...

There is a stigma in terms of getting fired from a job that will make it more difficult to get a new job. This is true if you're in a position of trust. (Like an accountant.)

So you want your old job until you can land your new one.

My guess is that he'll get his job back, but will have no chance of bonuses or raises. He essentially has a job until he finds a new one.

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Let down by a lousy UberX driver? They probably skipped the 'optional $65 customer service training course'

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@Lars Re: No thanks

First, you can put pretty much anything in to a contract. Your lawyer would have to argue that you can't sign your rights away so easily otherwise you just did exactly that.

In terms of insurance... its a bit murky.

On the one hand... if you have a chauffeur's license and have the proper insurance for the car to carry passengers (commercial), you will be covered.

If you have a normal drivers license and you have regular car insurance, your insurance company my refuse to pay for the accident.

This is why Uber carries additional insurance and charges passengers per ride a $1.00 fee.

What hasn't been made clear is if the additional insurance will actually pay out. In the past, the clause from Uber is that it pays out after your personal insurance carrier does. If your insurance company says no way... then Uber's insurance won't pay out either and the driver (you) are on the hook for everything.

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Re: No thanks

You clearly don't know contract law.

There's a clause in almost every contract that states that if a paragraph is unenforceable, only that paragraph is invalidated and the rest of the contract stands.

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