* Posts by Peter2

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Users shun UK.gov flagship digital service

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Re: The complete digitalisation of the process would remove safeguards...

Prices per hour? I wish. Can you provide a single example of a firm regulated by the SRA not providing an affordable fixed fee for completing an LPA? As far as i'm aware our competitors that weren't doing fixed fee work went out of business years ago, with the exception of a few London firms doing work for people who don't know (or much care) what they are being charged.

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Boris Johnson backs trade union campaign to ungag civil servants

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You mean back when parliament used to occasionally meet once a year or so because the people elected had jobs/lives outside of parliament? (I think king Charles the first had one meeting of parliament in two decades, which is perhaps a bit too much of a gap.)

Wouldn't it be nice if we limited politicians to one day in parliament a quarter. That'd sharply reduce the number of crap laws simply by reducing the total number enacted.

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BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

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Re: says:

I'm using an (old model) IBM model M keyboard at work which uses a DIN connection. You have to use one converter to change this to a PS/2 and then another to convert to USB to allow me to plug it into a modern computer.

The keyboard is older than the newer entrants to the workplace, and it does more useful work.

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El Reg uncages its truly demonic BOFH t-shirt

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Re: Still waiting for

Actually, thinking about it a BOFH polo shirt would be quite good. I couldn't get away with wearing a T-shirt to the office, but I could (and probably would) wear a polo necked shirt.

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

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Re: SBC?

The fact that article indicated that they were running on a telephone system called FreePBX isin't a giveaway that they wanted to do the job on the cheap? I'd never even heard of it, and I would wager that it was not installed by a professional.

That said, I do work for a law firm and rarely get a week without somebody trying to sell me a brand new IPPBX. I am assured by roughly eight of ten sales people that I have contact with (usually via email as our reception intercepts and discards most sales calls for me) that I can run an IP PBX on my internal network and on my existing internet connection without needing to worry about security, QOS or having sufficant bandwidth. This usually comes with a quoted price tag of approximately 6x the price of the equipment and installation I have from a company I know is competent.

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CIOs: What tech will be running your organisation in 2020?

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Re: As IT manager for my company

I was just going to post the same thing, actually. Until a few months ago, my oldest desktop hardware was 13 years old, since the business didn't care enough to replace the XP boxes in good time. The stuff i'm putting in now is virtually certainly going to still be here in 5 years time, though there might (maybe) be enough money available to move off of Win7 before support ends in 2020.

My guess is that the deliberately-higher-spec-than-it-needed-to-be server running 2012R2 is going to be the core of the network, and the 2003 boxes will have been visualised to it, hopefully as 2012 boxes rather than 2003 ones...

That's not much of a prediction though, it's going to happen next time something dies in a generation 5 Proliant and the costs for consolidating turn out to be lower than the extensive list of replacement parts required.

We'll probably be using the same equipment down to the printers, since maintenance kits for Kyocera printers every quarter million pages is still going to be a lot cheaper than replacing every network printer we have. The only thing that's likely to change is the phone system, which will certainly have been replaced on the basis that it's already coming up to legal drinking age and it deserves a dignified retirement before it finally blows a component that's not redundant.

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One BEEEEEELLION sensitive records went AWOL in 2014

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Three in four (74.5 per cent) of these reported incidents took place in the United States.

Clearly nowhere else in the world has crime just because it's not reported as much.

And blaming poor code on apathetic developers is bullocks. Imagine the following meeting with higher management.

Manager 1. I delivered 2 projects on time and on budget.

Manager 2. I delivered 5 projects, all of which were completed early and under budget!

Higher management shower congratulations, praise and bonuses on which manager?

Was it the guy who diligently ensured that the job was done properly to the point of pedantry and delivered secure, stable, well tested and documented code while ensuring his team was kept well trained?

Or was it the guy who forced his staff to cut every corner, denied requests for training, eliminated testing and declared the program done and the project ready to deploy company wide shortly after a mostly working build was produced that should have been considered an alpha test. At which point having deployed the tangled mess it was declared to be the responsibility of the Business as Usual support staff since it was live code and not in development, to the deep joy of the support staff when they discovered the mess was not only a poorly coded disaster waiting to happen but had no documentation.

By which point like a hurricane leaving a trail of destruction he's doing the same thing to the next project and his staff can't be disturbed. Naturally. A cycle which continues until either something blows up that he can't pin on the Business as Usual staff and he's fired, or he's promoted. (either because management think he's doing a good job, or because everybody technical deploys the "failing upwards" technique of ridding themselves of somebody useless.

Once at such rarefied heights (where hopefully he'll suffocate) he has two options to explain the poor performance of the programs he's been responsible for. He can admit that all of his coding, working, supervisory and management practices are destructive and try to do something about the mess he's caused, or blame his useless and apathetic developers.

. . . so who do you think got promoted, and who do you think is at blame for the situation?

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X+Y shows teens are teens, regardless of where they are 'on the spectrum'

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Re: Classification

It's a way to allow people to avoid thinking and avoid understanding people. If you can label somebody then it allows people to ignore their concerns (or anything else they say easily) because "they are from group/tribe x, of course they are going to say that".

Politicians love and encourage this because, well. Divide and conquer. There's lots of votes in creating arguments and discontent by promising one group that you are going to screw over their fellow citizens. The more groups that exist, the more arguments that can be stirred up and the more futile and impotent each group becomes.

In the 21st century in civilised societies comprised of people who from a historical standpoint are almost unimaginably well educated and informed it is of course unthinkable to sit down with all of the groups, address all of their concerns and come to a sensible compromise.

But why is it unthinkable? Politicians. And you. If you let them get away with it then you share responsibility for the situation.

Of course, we could end it. Easily, even. Just promote tolerance, understanding and a dislike of politicans.

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'Get your privacy policy down to one page': AVG CEO throws glove down

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Re: “Get your privacy policy down to one page in a language that everybody understands"

American lawyers may like long documents, but Solicitors do not like long documents. (or at least, the ones I work for and correspond with don't!) emails, letters and contracts are masterpieces of brevity which are ruthlessly pruned to the minimum size possible.

A document ten times the length has on average ten times the likelyhood of containing an exploitable error. As with coding, functions ten times the required length make finding errors ten times harder.

It also takes ten times longer to explain them to a customer, which is not desirable when you offer services on a fixed fee basis instead of an hourly rate.

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Hurry shipmates - the black hats have hacked our fire control system

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Re: they all lost....

I think it probably would work rather well. I somehow suspect that Belfast is not generating her own power.

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IDC downgrades sales outlook for PCs AND tablets

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/me predicts further falls in brand new PC sales because most barely solvent businesses are buying refurbs to stretch their budgets.

My budget is essentially "what we can afford when we can't afford not to spend it" at the moment. I'm getting shot of Pentium IV's running XP and replacing them with C2D's with Win7. My back of the envelope equipment plan is to replace the HDD's in the refurbs with SSD's (it's the only degrading component) to extend their life out to 2020 and then start putting the business back on a normal replacement cycle with new equipment (the replacement cycle stopped in 2007 when the economy went down like the titanic) if the company's cashflow continues improving in line with the economy.

I know at least a couple of other businesses have broadly similar plans, so I would imagine that an awful lot of hard up against it businesses are doing similar.

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Scotland to get National ID system 'by the backdoor', campaigners mull challenge

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Re: Why the fuss?

That's exactly the point, we don't want ID Cards. A national ID Register will through scope creep eventually lead to ID cards, which will then lead to a requirement to carry them, which will lead to our police being distorted even further to the point they end up demanding "Papers!", which as a protest nobody will carry. Which in turn will lead to not carrying ID papers being a crime, and then criminal punishments for not carrying them. At which point you'll be required to produce papers all the time and we will be well along the way to becoming an authoritarian state and ending up like George Orwells 1984.

In short it would hugely change the relationship between the individual and the state. At the moment our system of law functions on a very different principle than yours, namely that you are free to do anything you want, unless restrictions are placed on those freedoms via law. We like this, wish it to remain so and fight any attempt to introduce creeping change.

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Oi. APPLE fanboi! You with the $10k and pocket on fire! Fancy a WATCH?

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Re: Really?

It was aced by an Anon commenter above in a truly excellent post.

Summarising what he said there are two reasons for wearing a watch. As a timepeice (for which a Casio is perfectly adequate, I wear once myself) or as the only socially acceptable piece of jewellery a man can show off as a status symbol without looking like a total knob.

So he's saying that we should give up our perfectly adequate Casio combination timepiece/stopwatch/alarm clock/etc for a single purpose timepiece which has the virtue of being an expensive status symbol you can flash at people to impress them.

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Re: Hmm...$10,000...

I've been wearing a Casio watch since before the newest entrants to the workplace were born, and I am just idly wondering which Casio watch other people are wearing? (daily, as a working timepiece and not as a fashion statement)

W-93H for me.

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

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Re: I sincerely hope

And also for labelling a significant percentage of the population as "right wing" and then proceeding to construct a pantomime evil straw man that you can demolish. Who do you think your persuading with logical fallacies?

Politicans love groups and labels because it allows them to stir up arguments between groups, which allows them to divide and conquer. By promising to address one groups concerns they get support from that group, usually by promising to screw another group over. Never mind the damage this does to our society with the constant encouraged infighting between groups.

If you find this objectionable, then don't take part.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: You want a bigger picture?

It really comes down to how many pixels per inch you want.

At 1920x a 24" would be 80ppi and 152" would be 12ppi. Even a 4k resolution would only give you 26ppi so it might be a little pixelated.

So you wouldn't want one. You'd want 3 for a multi monitor setup so large that in a FPS you'd see things in your peripheral vision.

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TrueCrypt + Norton AV = BSOD, wail disgruntled users

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Re: "Who uses Norton?"

And 7zip's LZMA format blows RAR out of the water in compression sizes, absurdly so when you get to very large numbers of slightly similar files since it deduplicates.

More usefully, it's supported by NSIS, so you can wrap an installshield like GUI around it so that people don't need to care about the format your using.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Re: Accented characters in windows

Or just press the alt button and type the code of the accented thing, such as ALT-136 for e with an accent (îê.)

Most of them are in the extended ASCII set. You could then either print out a list (or more usefully) stick the common ones in macros tied to something she can use easily like the F1-F12 keys which are usually unused.

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Re: Grzegorz Brzeczyszczykiewicz

"Since this name seems to be fake, I find myself wondering about the veracity of the whole story.".

Maybe the people responsible for doing the work didn't want to give their names to the NSA in case they suffered a traffic accident along the same lines as Iranian nuclear scientists do? (generally caused by a bullet rather than other road users)

If I was releasing something like this then I can see why I might get quite paranoid.

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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Re: Retrogression of the "Force".

I've only ever read a few star wards books, but I seem to recall "I, Jedi" had them charging their lightsabers.

German and Japanese technology actually improved after the war, courtesy of us bombing everything flat. Then the Americans made very generous loans and donations to allow them to rebuild with the latest technology. Sadly, as this same courtesy wasn't extended to their own citizens (or allies) this meant that after a decade our former enemies had a better tech base than the allies who won the war.

Still, better than what happened after WW1...

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El Reg's plucky Playmonaut eyes suborbital rocket shot

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Re: Great, but....

Getting to the minimum practical height for a circular orbit requires an input speed of 7.9KPS. You get to an elliptical orbit at 8.3KPS, and can break out of orbit with an imparted velocity of >11.3KPS

However, all of these speeds are based on high burn rate chemical rocketry that rely on you throwing a huge amount of thrust in at the start and then coasting the rest of the way on the imparted momentum. Future made at home devices will probably be multistage rockets with chemical stages to get you high enough up for an ion thruster to run.

Improbable and impracticable at the moment, yes. However, if you'd have told somebody 30 years ago that you were going to build a rocket that was going to get to 100KM out of your pay packet from commercially available materials then you'd probably have been thought insane.

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Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to EAT ITSELF

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Re: The Answer

"we can sabotage it en masse from home submitting sensible questions and getting everyone to submit totally stupid answers"

Have you ever googled a moderately serious problem? Answers given are utterly hillarious. A lot of people posting replies do it for the "status/reputation/ego boost" they get answering questions and often have absolutely no frigging idea whatsoever to a degree it's hillarious.

My favourites are questions on networking. I'm not a network engineer, just one of those little SME admins who has to deal with all of these other things, but I got quite ratty with a chap on a support forum who was adament that his word was gospel, yet didn't understand networking basics like subnetting(!) let alone that there were different types of NAT to full cone. While trying to debug a network problem, naturally.

As one might imagine, the advice provided was not hugely useful.

I eventually came to the conclusion that the problem was that the program had been programmed as if full cone NAT was the only type in existance, and didn't work on restricted cone NAT. As soon as this made it's way through the support team to a programmer the program got a patch and the unfixable problem went away entirely in the next version.

The chaps response on the forum? "Your pointlessly overeducating yourself in a niche area that nobody ever needs to know".

I love customer support forums.

I look forward to seeing how well an AI deals with processing that sort of Garbage input. At some point you need a person who is actually able to sit down and diagnose problems step by step and come up with a solution. Search engines can't do that, and aren't hugely likely to endanger (many of) us that much since generally we are the people who come up with the solutions.

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

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Re: And for non-aviators

Personally, I tend to identify a camel by the dihedral (and shape) of the lower wing, but I guess identifying the tailplane works. :)

It is a lovely picture though. Props to whomever found it. Hands up who knew that when Sopwith Aviation was forced out of business Tommy Sopwith sold the remaining assets to his test pilot, Mr Hawker who then went on to build aircraft such as the Hawker Hurricane, of WW2 fame?

"If I recall correctly, Sopwith Camel's also helped sink the Bismark as they flew too slow"

That was the swordfish, and it's a largely true story. The Germans expected that we'd be using high speed monoplanes instead of low speed biplanes and had their sights calibrated and crews trained to shoot at high performance aircraft. When obsolete biplanes came crawling by with an attack speed around a quarter of what was expected they were using way too much deflection to hit the aircraft and tended to miss quite badly.

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Forget robo-butlers – ROBO-MAIDS! New hotel staffed by slave-droids

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"We will make the most efficient hotel in the world," the park's president Hideo Sawada told a news conference, Japan Times reports. "In the future, we’d like to have more than 90 percent of hotel services operated by robots."

I'd bet he'd love to. Less humans to pay and machines can simply be run 24/7 until they break at which point they can be ditched sans pension or redundancy costs.

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O2 notifies data cops 'for courtesy' ... AFTER El Reg intervenes in email phish dustup

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Re: " Companies are required by law in most places to maximise profits."

s.172 CA 2006, "to promote the success of the company for the benefit of its members as a whole". It sets out six factors to which a director must have regards in fulfilling the duty to promote success. These are:

-the likely consequences of any decision in the long term

-the interests of the company’s employees

-the need to foster the company’s business relationships with suppliers, customers and others

-the impact of the company’s operations on the community and the environment

-the desirability of the company maintaining a reputation for high standards of business conduct

-the need to act fairly as between members of a company

Conspicuously missing is a bit that says "you must produce the maximum financial profit". Or a bit where it says "you should act as a sociopathic knob persuing these objectives."

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Veritas is home. Symantec’s storage split-off adopts old name

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Veritas.

Well, it's good of them to rename it back to Veritas.

I, and everybody else I have worked with in the intervening years has still been calling backup exec "Veritas" out of force of habit, so it's good that new entrants will now know what we are talking about...

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Re: Experts?

The problem in the house of lords is the people that the political parties have stuffed in there.

The chap covered in the article was a perfect example, and was identified as representing a political party, rather than being an independent. If we are doing anything with the lords then it should include the utter exclusion of political parties, voting factions and ensure that debates are held to inform and persuade, rather than provide sound bytes to the media.

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Migration skills shortage looms as Server 2003 DEATH DATE approaches

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Re: Really?

The real "skills shortage" if you could call it that is with the users. I'd be interested to know how many of those physical boxes are acting as terminal servers.

The upgrade from 2003 TS is sensibly 2012 RDS. Sadly, this uses TIFKAM which may be the biggest barrier to an upgrade ever devised.

The only remaining 2003 box we have is our terminal server, which is almost certainly going to be in use long past the EOL date simply because of user rejection of the fucking awful touch screen interface.

Now try selling (expensive!) RDS licenses to upgrade to that, which will lower the productivity of anybody using it.

One can't help but think that a "Plus pack" for RDS on 2012 containing a Win7 like interface would dramatically improve the adoption of 2012.

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US and UK declare red-team CYBER WAR – on EACH OTHER

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Re: 150 years ago private citizens in the UK formed local rifle clubs

There has always been a Territorial Army, all be it not by the same name. It may have been called Militia or Yeomanry depending on the times.

It would be fairer to point out that the militia was a backup supply of basically trained personnel to the military. Milita could more easily reach the (higher) professional standards of the military virtue of having been partially trained in the first place.

Likewise, Rifle Clubs never became the TA per se, but merely acted as pools of available personnel who could be absorbed into the TA and trained to standard more easily than starting from scratch as they at least knew how to shoot strait.

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Office MACROS PERIL! Age-old VBScript tactic is BACK in biz attack

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Re: "newly discovered attack" ??????

Microsoft office has the same feature, and the same problem with the users.

Hence why we are discussing removal at source, rather than education efforts.

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Re: "newly discovered attack" ??????

Likewise.

This seems to be the only solution to macros and PDF exploits that exists, but it's a good one.

http://www.decalage.info/exefilter

Basically, it detects if there is any embedded active content in pretty much any format (including extracting and scanning files embedded in zip files!), and it has options to remove any said active content.

The standalone version is excellent and in tests of the stuff that makes it through to the quarentine mailbox it has proven excellent, but I can't see a hugely easy way of implementing it in an exchange environment given it's a python script. The only way I can think of to implement it is via other third party programs such as XWall.

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That'd be lovely, which firewall supports scanning a word doc for embedded VB code and removing offenders?

I don't know of a single firewall on the market that does that, and the only security setup I know of that would support doing that is the truly excellent (and free) "EXEFILTER".

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Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?

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Re: So if I have this straight

I thought the reason the Saudi's were doing it was to screw up investment in western shale oil which would wipe out a lot of their customers.

Worse, from their point of view is that if the US/UK don't need to obtain oil from the middle east then we have no further geopolitical reason to attempt to stabilise the middle east.

You see, Saudi Arabia funded most of the terrorist organisations. Given, not because they have any particular love of them but because if you don't pay them then they start operating in Saudi Arabia, and paying them was simpler and not particularly harmful. Now they have a large group of terrorists they funded setting up a country on their doorstep. Oops. Still, it's ok. The US/UK can be relied on to do the dirty work in removing ISIS. As long as we don't get fed up, and tell the middle eastern countries to deal with it themselves instead of paying terrorists protection money.

It'd actually be good for the middle eastern countries to deal with this sort of thing themselves. Western countries developed through civil wars, revolts and revolutions and the middle eastern countries need to do the same to progress.

At the moment I think a lot of people would be quite happy to leave the middle eastern countries to it. However, we can't because we actually have to buy oil from them. But not for long, if shale oil takes off. That we might be in a position to say "your on your own" genuinely scares them.

From their point of view, dropping prices by 35% screws up shale oil investment, keeps us in the middle east to deal with the problem they created by funding terrorists for years and it also dents ISIS's income from oil revenue.

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White hats do an NSA, figure out LIVE PHONE TRACKING via protocol vuln

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While people are starting to be slightly paranoid about surveillance after Mr Snowdons revelations, might we have a think about precisely why mobile phones send signals whilst turned off? It's easily verifiable simply by having your phone next to a poorly shielded (ie cheap) speaker. You can then hear when the mobile is transmitting by the interference caused on the speaker.

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Ireland: Hey, you. America. Hands off Microsoft's email cloud servers

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Won't happen.

What would happen is that there would be a great storm, and clouds would start raining into on premises servers.

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Microsoft promises open plan mobile Office. Who sits by the Windows?

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Re: Macros

I'd pay extra for a desktop version of office without macros.

I live with the ever present fear that despite disabling them a user is going to discover how to reenable them to figure out how to receive details of how to claim one hundred and forty two million (142 million) dollars from the bank of scameria which are contained in the attached email.

I think the last time I saw a legitimate use for office macros was a massively complicated macro for creating quote letters in 2002, which is done through a CMS these days.

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We can change a bit from 0 to 1 WITHOUT CURRENT, say boffins

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Re: ?

LIkewise.

Presumably they mean "less current" required (to the point of being hardly detectable) rather than "no current".

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Who wants SLEEP DEPRIVATION for Christmas?

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Re: And with a normal book?

I don't suppose the esteemed boffins have any suggestions as to how much of a gap you should leave between reading and attempting to goto sleep?

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Car hacker secrets revealed: Clutching up a tank engine in a classic motor

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Well, the one question nobody has asked.

How long does it take to go from 0 - 60?

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Sony Pictures hit by 'fightback on filesharers' DDoS claims – report

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But you can't just kick the crap out of somebody if committing a citizens arrest ANYWHERE other than America. Look at Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

The law in all of them is effectively identical- if you catch a thief then you can detain them, even using force. That is generally held to mean "catching them in the act and putting them in a restraint position", rather than "I tracked down the thief a week later and then beat them with a cricket bat until it snapped".

This has always been the law. It's been the law since before the existence of a police force, hell- there's an example immortalised in Oliver Twist from 1838! The law has *always* demanded that the minimum possible force be used to prevent the person from escaping and that punishment should be the preserve of the court, not the capturer.

Arguing otherwise is absurd. Even the link you provided backs me up. Did you read it? It's the same rules as everywhere else in the world implementing common law and the practicalities haven't changed much more than a few iotas for a quarter of a millennia.

The only reason America is different is because they started off with the same system but were almost entirely rural for a very long time, instead of urban. On the frontier if your several days ride away from a sheriff and armed then shooting a criminal in the course of committing a crime is perfectly reasonable, and disabling somebody without killing them is actually showing a lot of restraint as is actually taking them to the authorities instead of just digging a shallow grave which is probably why their system is a lot more lenient in that respect.

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"In Canada, you'd go to jail for this. You aren't allowed to run down robbers, shoot people because they're on your property and you don't want them to be, etc. Be mindful that almost every country on the planet has laws against being a cowboy vigilante."

On the contrary, like other countries descending from the common law system Canada does allow you to make a citizens arrest. Your just not allowed to arbitrarily hang the person you've caught or give them a good kicking before the police arrive.

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

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Re: I blame the empire!

Hah. You'd think, but how heavy was a french 36 pounder cannon ball? The answer is 39 pounds, 11 and a half ounces. In generally accepted English pounds before standardisation in 1824 of course. No idea what that is in modern (1876) Imperial, but I'd assume that it's going to be different.

Muskets were actually hand manufactured everywhere to different sets of measurements and it was reasonably common to get your own set of moulds to pour lead into to make bullets for your weapon that would fit. ;)

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Ten round detachable magazine, ordinarily fed with 5 round charger clips. Given, the magazine was attached to early rifles with a small length of chain because the generals of the time had a similar amount of faith in their troops not losing detachable parts than I have in my users, but hey. They stopped doing that on the earlier models about 50 years before this particular one was produced.

You don't know much about firearms, do you?

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Re: Funny sizes?

"you probably work in inches so why would you choose .203 or .303?"

If you look up the measurements of a .303 round, you'll note that the round is .54 at the rim, .46 at the base, and .34 just before the crimping to put the (.31) bullet in. The round is 2.2" long in total.

So it does extensively use imperial measurements. .303 seems to have come from measuring the bore size in 1880, which seems to have allowed a 0.01" gap on either side of the barrel, possibly to allow for black powder fouling the rifle. (The .303 originally started with gunpowder as a propellent, before using "smokeless" guncotton and then cordite in British Army use, and pretty much everything imaginable in commercial production since 1880!)

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Deprivation Britain: 1930s all over again? Codswallop!

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Re: Slight edit error

I have to agree with your rough take, though personally I have a personal, almost utterly unscientific yet disturbingly accurate way of looking at wage costs for the "middle classes". The cost of transport.

If you look at the cost of a low end car, a middle range car and a high end car then they tend to hold prices relatively well with the range of what the range of salaries were actually out there as opposed to how the average is being calculated or fiddled that year.

Going further back? Look at the relative cost of horses. It tends to hold true and be acceptably accurate.

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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>"under the terms of the Geneva Convention it can't be used against humans directly."

You mean under Protocol IV of the Geneva convention?

The one the American's still haven't signed up to?

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Drone in NEAR-MISS with passenger jet at Heathrow airport

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How?

The transponders are only read by the SSR when it's pointing at them. How does that happen if the dish is pointing up at the flying things, and your illegal transponder is on the ground?

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Re: not very big

When he says "damage to the engine" he means it's going to stop working, so it's effectively "destruction of the engine".

Without engines, a plane becomes a metal box weighing a couple of hundred tons a mile or so up in the air. It touching the ground in a manner that allows reuse of the plane or in fact the survival of everybody on the plane entirely depends on the skills of the pilots.

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Peter2
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That's not entirely accurate. Airports do have "real" RADAR however since it only gives the direction and distance from the transmitter it's not very useful for ATC purposes with the number of aircraft we have floating around these days, so ATC would normally use secondary surveillance radar which is what your thinking of. That does rely on a transponder and as drones don't have transponders it won't pick up one.

You'd imagine that the professionals know more than us though, and wouldn't have been checking a system that just checks transponders. That said, a few more many incidents like this will end up with drones being licensed and having to have transponders.

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Peter2
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>"However, investigators were unable to detect the drone on air traffic control radar after the incident had occurred."

That's not really hugely surprising really. The drone is likely under the size of a propeller on a light aircraft so the RCS would be tiny and even if the radar detect it then it'd probably get squelched due to the size of the radar return.

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