* Posts by Shane McCarrick

205 posts • joined 14 May 2007

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HTC 10: Flagship goes full Google – but the hardware's top notch

Shane McCarrick

Re: The price is out - it's £570

Bugger- thats pricey.......

I like the phone- for numerous reasons (I currently have an M8S that I didn't see any point in upgrading to an M9. The 3000mAh battery- is a big plus.......

Don't know if my budget stretches to £570 though- I guess thats 700 Euro'ish?

Arrghh..... its actually 800 Euro........ http://www.htc.com/ie/go/buy-htc-10/

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'Panama papers' came from email server hack at Mossack Fonseca

Shane McCarrick

Re: Given the scarcity of items on our cousins in the material released...

Pre-filtered/redacted etc- the consortium of journalists don't want their asses sued off them in god only knows how many different jurisdictions- or indeed, more unilateral action being taken against them- a la some actions some of those who were exposed are infamous for........ They have had a year to digest and decide on how to release information, in what format, who to protect, etc etc It is not that they were given this information on a platter a couple of weeks ago and they're simply serving it globally with Suddeutschezeitung acting as a custodian and coordinator for the release- this has been planned for the last 13 months........

Looks like we're going to have quite an interesting time of things- as they release chunks of data over the next few weeks.........

Also- while they're making much of the volume of data slurped from the mail server- its highly likely that there is significant repetition (versioning of documents etc)- along with a massive amount of crap that no-one has any interest in reading- so in defense of the journalists- they have saved the rest of us a thankless task sifting through trawl to dig out the nuggets that are actually of interest (both to the public but also to the relevant tax and prosecution authorities globally).......

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Calm down, dear: Woman claims sexism in tech journalism

Shane McCarrick

Re: Call back

Its a traditional Irish guys name- though the way its spelt here is a new one by me.

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Apple engineers rebel, refuse to work on iOS amid FBI iPhone battle

Shane McCarrick

So- from the little we know- the mechanism for wiping the phone is set at firmware level on the device. There are enough programmers out here- retired or otherwise- who could theoretically put together a custom firmware- copying cryptographic signatures etc in such a manner- that it would be indestinguishable for all intents and purposes. I redid firmwares back in the day to get around hardware locks (think dongles etc)- not that I'm suggesting its on parr with the Apple lock- simply that a little lateral thinking on the part of the FBI- rather than going in all guns blazing- might be more likely to get a satisfactory response.

The best they're going to get is a mechanism to stop the countdown on incorrect PINs- which still leaves them with having to brute force unlock the phone- which is time consuming- and also- given they already have all the iCloud backups- very possibly of no interest whatsoever.

The more you think of this case- the more you have to come to the conclusion that its a point of principle for both the FBI and Apple- neither of their issues are insurmountable- however, irrespective of anything else- nor is the issue on the table the actual issue at all.........

Smoke and mirrors. Do we want cryptography- yay or nay?

Anyhow- at the end of the day- anyone who wants to secure data- will secure it- perhaps not by the screen lock mechanism- but they will secure it nonetheless. We all use hidden partitions on phones these days- and low level encryption for sensitive data. We have TOR chat clients- not to mention the likes of Whatsapp- which while not secure- isn't backed up anywhere.

The FBI are fighting a rearguard action- arguably on behalf of organisations other than themselves- and are completely out of their depths.

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Google emits Android N developer preview early to smoke out bugs

Shane McCarrick

I wouldn't mind doing some testing with a Pixel C- looks like a lovely piece of kit.

How does one enroll in the developer programme for a discount on one?

I haven't bought one- on price grounds- thus far- the 64Gb version is @ 619 Euro in the Google Store (the 32Gb version is a hundred less). While it is a lovely piece of hardware- Google are hardly doing themselves any favours by making it so expensive. I, for one, would be very happy to nab one- at the 150 Euro discount (my old Nexus 7 is getting mighty long in the tooth- to the extent I rely almost exclusively on my HTC One M8 these days).

Google- you have loyal followers of your hardware and software- give us a dig out for fecks sake.

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Backup bods at Microsoft lose CA audit data after server crash

Shane McCarrick

I'm only a home user- but I keep off-site backups (security feeds etc). What the hell were Microsoft up to? This does not inspire confidence........

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Yelp minimum wage row shines spotlight on … broke, fired employee

Shane McCarrick

Re: speak for yourselft

A sense of entitlement you say?

She has the termity to be $125 out of pocket a month (on the understanding she doesn't buy any food or any other consumpables)- for the sake of working for the company- and she has a sense of entitlement?

Cop on.

I honestly do not think I will ever understand the uniquely American way of beating up those who are less well off than they- and the unique theory- that if someone isn't successful- its their own fault.

Wakeup call- the American dream is dead. Cast your vote for Mr. Make America Great Again Trump- if you feel so like it- and see what it feels like to be isolated globally. It didn't work so well for Iran or a plethora of other countries..........

Cop the hell on.

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Meet Barra's baby: Xiaomi arrives with a splash

Shane McCarrick

Just one question- where/how do I buy one of these babies?

This quality at this price point- blows even the likes of the One Plus X etc out of the water.

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OnePlus X: Dinky little Android smartie with one or two minuses

Shane McCarrick

The battery is 100% *not upgradeable*. Don't go there.......

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Back to the Future's DeLorean is coming back to the future

Shane McCarrick

Price is nuts

100k?

Do people actually remember the original DeLoreans?

They were plagued with engineering issues- and whatever about their 'coolness' their cost-of-ownership was astronomical. The 'hip' people who had one- lamented them- and did their utmost to offload them in as expeditious a manner a possible. It drove like it had treacle poured into the steering column- and felt like you were driving one of those nutty Renaults. In short- it was a piece of crap to be avoided if at all possible.

Most people who have 100k to spend on a car- are probably looking at a nice Volvo or even a top end Audi or something- not a freaking DeLorean.......

As the saying goes- fools and their money............

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How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

Shane McCarrick

Fire!

Reminds me of my days on Tech support for Iomega (back before the turn of the Millenium). I had one German customer call who asked to be put directly through to me (I was Tech Spec at the time). The guy was obviously agitated- so the team leader asked would I take it. I agreed. The call went along the lines of........

Can you help me really fast please?

Certainly- what appears to be the issue?

There is smoke coming out of my monitor!

Unplug the computer and monitor at once- and call the Fire Services!!

No, no, no- I want you tell me how to back up my documents folder- really really fast!

At this stage- I advised I was terminating the call and calling the Fire Department on the customer's behalf- as I didn't trust them to do so themselves.........

Sigh..........

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Boeing just about gives up on the 747

Shane McCarrick

It may have life in it yet

If Boeing can price it very competitively- and oil stays below $30 a barrel for a protracted period of time- there is no reason that modern variants of the 747 can't compete against new comers. The big downside to the 4 engined 747s is their insatiable fuel demands. However- if fuel costs peanuts- its not the issue that it would otherwise be- so the cost of ownership falls back to levels where it is a viable competitor again (providing the list price reflects the fact that the 747 owes nothing to Boeing any longer.......)

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Eight budget-friendly 1TB SSD data packers for real people

Shane McCarrick

Re: 2.5"

I've a 12Mb one here- if you want it- I was saving it for mounting on the wall (along with some nice antique AMD and Intel wafers).

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Eight-billion-dollar Irish tax bill looms over Apple

Shane McCarrick

I honestly don't think so.

Once upon a time- Ireland sold itself as a manufacturing base for the big US multinationals- with a cheap pliant workforce and corporation tax as the icing on the cake. Those days are long gone (with the possible exception of Intel in Leixlip- but even Dell have fecked off to Poland). Ireland has upskilled itself- and is now a major R&D, Finance and Services location- with the attraction that we add 8-9 hours to the available working day for US corporations- and in the services sector- many of their customers don't realise we're not American.........

There are a number of factors which are limiting the growth of multinationals in Ireland- and have already caused a few to flee- most notably the horrific manner we tax employees- alongside our scandalous house prices (which are at levels which would make even Londoners blush).

Twitter, Google and Intel- have all made public statements indicating that an inability to financially reward staff- or house them- is limiting investment opportunities in Ireland- and Twitter has recently commenced an incentive scheme to encourage pre-existing staff to offer accommodation to new starts who are unable to find accommodation elsewhere.

There are many problems in Ireland- most of them are far more worrying than our corporation tax rates. If only we actually collected our headline corporation tax rates- from corporations based here (not all of whom are US multinationals by the way- there are a sizeable number of even UK companies with back room operations here)- our national debt (which exceeds Apple's entire cash pile) would be sorted. Our national debt for the record- is just over 50,000 Euro per head of population- if the poster who wanted to enumerate the Apple tax in pints of Guinness wants to use another measure...........

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Shane McCarrick

Re: The cash

Well- the Irish exchequer actually managed to balance its budget last year (miraculously- and ironically- because we got a couple of billion extra in corporation tax that no-one had been expecting). The logical thing to do with an extra 8 billion- if we get it- would be to pay a lump off our national debt- Ireland's national debt is over twice as much per capita- as Greece's is- we're worse than even Italy- which is saying something. We owe over 210 billion- after our bailouts- paying a lump back on the capital- would save us on interest in future..........

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Hot Swedish nurses in charity calendar rumpus

Shane McCarrick

Or for those who aren't generously endowed- 55378008

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Eurocrats deserve to watch domestic telly EU-wide, say Eurocrats

Shane McCarrick

I can see my Dad being very happy about this- as an Irish man- we have a limited number of 'Irish' TV events during the year that are ordinarily blocked while we're abroad- such as the aforementioned sporting events (in particular the All-Ireland GAA finals- both hurling and football).

Ireland has gone to quite extraordinary lengths to stop both legitimate and illegitimate punters from accessing its terrestrial broadcasts overseas- notably by moving its FTA satellite broadcasts to KA-SAT 9E - with a spotbeam that doesn't even cover all of Ireland (never mind abroad).

I presume the proposed fudge would mean the services would move onto a platform (such as Astra) in FTA form- or hell, even with some sort of limited encryption, to allow users avail of watching the channel overseas.

I seem to remember Sky having a limited access card for core channels based on postcode about 15 years ago- where for a once off payment of £22 (I think it was)- you got a Sky card which decoded core channels that weren't in the clear (and it localised your menu etc).

Something similar for Irish citizens please? (seeing as RTE already give Sky free access to its channels anyhow- on Astra- but Sky then charge a monthly fee for them- bundling them with its other products- something could be worked out, without it costing the earth?)

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AMD sued: Number of Bulldozer cores in its chips is a lie, allegedly

Shane McCarrick

Re: Single Precision vs Double Precision

Its not really similar to hyperthreading- which is a single CPU masquerading as two cores to try convince software optimised for multicore use- that there are multicores present.

The only legitimate argument- is that there FPU is a bottle neck- however, its only a bottleneck in certain limited circumstances (which might include intensive gaming- or video encoding- but even then, to try and argue its flawed- is a bit mindless- as anyone with a modicum of intelligence will have checked out how the various chips are benchmarked before purchasing- unlike the fool who is now suing the company).

Hyperthreading- itself has a very chequered past- think back to the original P4 and its limitations (I benchmarked a 1.4Ghz hyperthreaded P4 with 2Gb of Rambus- against a 1Ghz P3 with 1Gb of far slower memory- running video encoding software- the P3 won the race hands down- despite the extra memory in the P4 box).

The big issue here is the fool spent 299 each on two processors- without apparently doing any research whatsoever- save looking at the marketing blurb on the box.

As the saying goes- a fool and his money are soon parted...........

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Shane McCarrick

I can dig out both Intel and AMD FPU boards from around 18-19 years ago.

I also have working boards (museum pieces) which I could theoretically demonstrate both boards working sans the FPU units.

If the plaintiff spent 299 each on two processors- as the article suggests- without researching what he was buying- he was a tool and a fool.

I've probably bought a couple of thousand AMD chips in the past 2 decades- over half of which were the legendary K-6-2-500s. People buy AMD chips- as a compromise between price and performance- even these days. Life is a series of choices- when you buy something you similarly have choices. If you choose to buy something without elementary research- I'm sorry- but why the hell is the vendor at fault.

If AMD had hid its chip architecture or blatantly lied about it- he might have a case- they didn't.

Anyone who mindlessly spends hundreds of dollars (or Euros or Pounds- whatever)- without looking beyond marketing blurb- is a fool..........

Lets guess- hard-drive makers and the 'reduced capacity' rather than advertised capacity- are next on his radar......? What a tool.

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Top FBI lawyer: You win, we've given up on encryption backdoors

Shane McCarrick

Person of Interest?

If they already have a pervasive monitoring system- wholly independent of back doors into encrypted communications etc- the logical thing to do is to focus their resources on systems to leverage the monitoring and surveillance that most people don't seem to either have cognisance of- or those who do- don't give a rats arse about.........

I suppose the American public will only wake up to the nature of all-pervasive surveillance- when the level of saturation approaches that of Britain- where curiously- there seems to be little discourse on the subject.

Wonder are GCHQ developing similar capabilities- with or without the assistance of our American cousins?

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Google Chromecast 2015: Puck-on-a-string fun ... why not, for £30?

Shane McCarrick

My HTC One- has an IR sender and works as a traditional remote- you just choose the device type (it can save up to 10) and off you go. Its not even an App- its a function- and a selling point of the phone. Not sure if the M9 has an IR sender- or indeed, if I was the only one in the country who used it on an older model- but hey- not everything had to be done by Apps and Wifi.

The big selling point for this to me- is access to the 5Ghz band (even if I am still on 'N'). When I bought my current router- I made damn sure it was dual band (even if it pre-dates AC)- purely on the basis of the wireless pollution where I live (from this computer I can see 27 networks- 3 of which appear to be completely without any security whatsoever, and a further 4 on WEP- but thats not my problem).

I can already effectively Chromecast from network connected devices (on a 10 year old Sony)- with minimal intervention- though it murders my network- however, simplifying things- and unlocking 5Ghz usage- would freeup my 2.4Ghz network for other devices (I like multitasking in bed :-) )

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Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

Shane McCarrick

Plausible

It really is quite plausible that the board were unaware of what would be termed an operational matter- at board level. They only became aware- when it moved from being an operational matter- into areas directly under the remit the board- one of which is management of the reputation of the company. Keep in mind- Volkswagen themselves, declared the issue to the authorities in California- on the instructions of the Board- the manner in which all of this came out was by self declaration (of course the independent testing was already widely known- and indeed, features pretty much every single manufacturer- it wasn't unique to Volkswagen, and indeed, their fellow German Marque- Mercedes- had the highest discrepancy levels of all the marques tested in the academic survey.

Lies- I don't think so- however, an ignorance of what was actually happening- is entirely plausible.

I'd like a refund on my road tax too please- despite having a 'Certificate of EU Conformity' my Volvo is taxed on engine size- and not emissions (and legitimate emissions at that). Life isn't fair.

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Shane McCarrick

Re: Implications

That is 3-4 miles per gallon- its measurable, and if you start dropping off mpg in this manner- a significant cohort will simply buy a petrol instead.

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NEW ERA for HUMANITY? NASA says something 'major' FOUND ON MARS

Shane McCarrick

Its actually 'running water'- according to the press release from a few mins ago.

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For just $400 you can have this Raspberry Pi – and MINE BITCOIN

Shane McCarrick

How long would it take to repay the outlay on the kit?

Forever?

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Wi-Gig signals are bouncing off the walls, can't settle on the sofa

Shane McCarrick

Agree

Much as I hate to agree with you- from the description in the article- the answer screaming at us is to make more use of wired connections. 60Ghz is not fit for purpose in the academic setting- so its hardly going to be any better in a residential setting. Can you see the average Joe Soap trying to configure antennas and align them with the mobile device? It ain't going to happen..........

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Hollywood takes a beating in Oscar cybersquatting battle

Shane McCarrick

Re: AMPAS didnt get it's act together

Having had to change a company name because of the 'Mc' in my surname, under threat from a large US chain of 'restaurants'- I really can't see any 'Oscars' having the resources to challenge anyone.

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Sorry Samsung, Philips, LG, Technicolor: EU upholds €1.4bn cartel fine

Shane McCarrick

How do you prove ownership of CRTs from 20 years ago?

Photographs?

Annecdotal evidence?

I had a large 28" Phillips X-Ray diagnostic monitor in my living room for years- best damn screen I ever had- had to get rid of it eventually- when the weight of it caused my table to buckle.

I've had CRTs from 3 of those manufacturers- however, good luck to me proving it..........

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Roll up, roll up: Microsoft, those Irish emails and angry Feds

Shane McCarrick

Re: Here's a way ....

I think you'll find the Irish 1939 Offences Against the State Act- is what you have in mind.........

A bit ironic seeing as it was brought in by Dev- a native New Yorker........

I particularly like how it applies to "associations, societies, and other organisations or combinations of persons of whatsoever nature or kind, whether known or not known by a distinctive name". I guess that should very helpfully include the good judge, and indeed the FBI or the NSA- should anyone really want to throw a spanner in the works...........

And under Article 6- Usurpation of Functions of State- " Every person who usurps or unlawfully exercises any function of government, whether by setting up, maintaining, or taking part in any way in a body of persons purporting to be a government or a legislature but not authorised in that behalf by or under the Constitution, or by setting up, maintaining, or taking part in any way in a purported court or other tribunal not lawfully established, or by forming, maintaining, or being a member of an armed force or a purported police force not so authorised, or by any other action or conduct whatsoever, shall be guilty of felony and shall be liable on conviction thereof to suffer penal servitude for a term not exceeding ten years or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years."

So- we could jail the judge for a term of up to 2 years and/or apply a 10 year sentence of penal servitude...........

We also have obstruction of government- with similar terms associated with it- and a long and meandering list of sanctions which would apply to "any organisation deeming itself a military organisation seeking to undermine the authority of the Irish Constitution"

You know- this could get nasty.

If anyone is interested- the Act is published here: http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/1939/act/13/enacted/en/print

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Shane McCarrick

Re: The concern will be...

"I like your thinking. There are small countries Microsoft could buy and then set their own tax rates, data rules, etc."

Like poor bankrupt Ireland for example.........

Oops..........

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US gov to Apple: COUGH UP iMessages or FEEL our FEDERAL FROWN

Shane McCarrick

Re: Why?

Its not as simple as simply moving your communications onto servers not on US territory though. There is something mighty strange when Microsoft are in the US Appeal Court trying to defend Irish jurisprudence- and Google- Belgian jurisprudence. The amazing thing is that we're actually hearing about it- normally these things are done behind closed doors- and presented as a fait accompli.

Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook and a select few others- are big enough and have the resources to defend their businesses- very few businesses based elsewhere could mount a comparable battle. You know as well as I do- for a small to medium sized enterprise almost anywhere in the world to take on the US government in this manner- they'd be compared to North Korea- hell, the media would probably accuse the North Koreans and the Chinese of being behind them.

The argument that if you have nothing to hide- you shouldn't feel the need to encrypt your data- also doesn't wash. The fact of the matter is- it is *your* data.

Should there be a backdoor to intercept suspicious communications- and interfere in the ability of terrorist organisations or regimes to communicate in a secure manner. Thats a more circumspect question. The problem is- once you put a backdoor in- before long- its not a hidden backdoor- and there are a hell of a lot of people out there who like to sniff around- more often than not just to prove a point- but there are always going to be a cadre of not so savoury individuals who have other intentions.

The world is one hell of a screwed up place. If the US want to be a global police force on the net- as they apparently do- the very least they can do is try to keep friendly nations on their side- and respecting the simple fact- that Irish law applies in Ireland, Belgian law applies in Belgium, German law applies in Germany. If we don't respect the territorial boundaries of each other's nations- and instead- leave it to the Googles, Microsofts, Facebooks and other organisations- to fight the corner of what should be civilised communications between sovereign states- then something has gone seriously kak.

Most semi-sane countries have mutual assist agreements- enforce them instead of this extra-territorial / arguably extrajudicial data slurp?

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Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

Shane McCarrick

So not going to happen.........??

If they're already at the stage that they're booking time at the test track- they obviously have a prototype ready to go? The Tesla guys they persuaded to come on board- aren't the kind of folk who'll sit around twiddling their thumbs. So- if they're building their own car- and its a reasonable assumption that its an electric car at that- they have a primitive prototype ready-to-go already.

I don't see any reason they couldn't license designs for the likes of the Cactus or something- slap an Apple badge on it- and charge whatever the hell they like- betcha there would be customers queuing around the corner for it..........

In my mind they're building a car for Apple Aficionados rather than car aficionados. I love my tech- but I also enjoy driving- and with the exception of cruise control- I like a fully manual that I have control over- rather than it having control over me..........

I can't see myself buying this- the likes of the new infotainment console in a new Volvo- is more my style. You can glue an iPad to a dashboard if you like- but at the end of the day- I'm more curious about whats under the bonnet- than on the dashboard...........

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Act of God damaged data on Google cloud disks

Shane McCarrick

Good result

Having worked in data recovery- thats a remarkable achievement and a definite feather in Google's bow. Well done to them. 4 lightening strikes in quick succession- was a tad unlucky- there are days I wish I could conjure up such an electrical storm..........

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'White hats don't want to work for us' moans understaffed FBI

Shane McCarrick

Unfortunately- its not just the crap pay that discourages people from applying.

I don't know how many of you work in the Public Sector- but the bureaucracy and rigid structures- are such that many well meaning and public spirited people- who think they can make a difference to the world- even if only a little bit at a time- slowly have their enthusiasm and spirit are killed off.......

Computer Science- is also a massive field. Just calling it 'computer science'- is like looking for specific skillsets in chemistry- but opening it to anyone with a chem minor. I even have a chem minor from a forestry degree (organic chemistry).

These guys need to throw away the rulebook if they want to fill these positions. Short term contracts- on reasonable pay scales- proper security clearance which enables them to re-enter public sector service in the US or the EU at will- and recruitment for specific skillsets- and not just a broad 'computer science' tag- various database, programming and even robotics skills- need to be properly accounted for. In addition- you are not going to get a broad skillbase in every field office- and indeed- most people like running code against one another- have a team who can assign members to field offices, as and when they are needed- with dual reporting functions- both to the individual field office and its management- and also- centrally to the core group of whom they are would remain members- regardless of which field office they were assigned to.

It would also help if they broadened their security clearance rules- there are significant numbers of Europeans who could help out- US agencies insist on citizenship- as do posts in GCHQ, or even smaller organisations- such as the Irish Rangers- all have their own citizen rules. The time to focus on a single state- I would argue- is over. Many educated citizens of the democratic world- ethnically are all over the place. My wife is part German, part Jewish, part Irish. My own godmother is Polish, and I have grandparents who were US citizens (I'm Irish). Etc. etc. using rules that rigidly exclude vast numbers of potential candidates- who have a lot to offer- solely on the grounds of citizenship- esp. in the many fields of computer science- is simply untenable.

There are very many different paths that could be take to swell the ranks of very competent and experienced computer scientists, programmers, hackers etc- not least recognising that its not just another public sector job- its a series of disciplines- they are recruiting for.

The days of saying- its a public sector job with a good pension- they will come (akin to if they build it they will come)- are over. If they want to fill the vacant posts- there needs to be an acceptance of the new reality- flexible working arrangements, significant pay for specific skills, vast mobility options etc etc.

The threats the FBI are fighting against- are global threats- and are the selfsame threats that all sane democratic countries are fighting against. Not all of them are against rogue nationstates- though many are- corporate espionage, international hacking groups- and indeed- random people hopping in and out of hacking- are all targets the closure of whom we need to put to the fore.

We do need proper safeguards too- whitehats demonstrating proof of concept code- are not criminals. Low skillset required hackers- perhaps checking the security of high profile websites before entrusting them with our data- should not be ignored for finding flaws- they need to be given prescribed reporting protocols they can follow- which all to often, they are not.

We need a logical and clearheaded debate on the entire subject.

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BOFH: My diary is MINE and mine alone, you petty HR gimps

Shane McCarrick

You gave me a knowing laugh.......

I got 30" dual monitors like this- when they were upgrading our local X-Ray Department. They were 'High-Definition' wowsers- my mobile has a definition of at least a magnitude of 4 what they had. And, yes- I had to 'liberate' some reinforced furniture that was capable of not collapsing under the weight of the damn things. This meant some custom tables from a company who supply equipment to aquariums. I specified the dimensions of the table- and stated it had to be rated to at least 2000lbs. Looked pretty nice- reinforced steel- with a beach laminate, and cabling for all the aquarium accoutrements......... It really was a nice bit of kit. When I managed to put the budget together for LCD panels (many many moons later)- I even bought a fish tank in honor of the table.........

I gave away the monitors on Freecycle- 3 guys with a flatbed picked them up. No idea what they did with them- but I know my gas bill doubled in the months after the monitors were rehomed. The heat output from them was phenomenal.

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Bloke called Rod struck by lightning for second time

Shane McCarrick

Stats

So- if a person has a 1-in-3000 chance of being struck by lightening in their lifetime- their chance of being struck twice is 1-in-9 million- which to me sounds plausible.

As to a random chance of getting hit by lightening of 1-in-700,000 in any given year- if anything it seems pretty high to me.

As for who is maintaining statistics on lightening prone humans- I don't know....... My two younger sisters have been A&E doctors in their time (they both did the GP conversion course as the hours were too nutty in A&E). They both say they don't list Lightening strikes among their injury sources in their report software. So- its entirely possible there may be large cohorts of strikees out there- who have never had their unfortunate affinity for lightening recorded in official channels.

Unless- of course someone somewhere has worked out how to ascribe injuries to lightening- I guess the typical injuries would be a giveaway.

For bonus points- if there is a 10% chance of a lightening strike killing any given person- but a lightening strike messes up your heart and your electrical stimuli to the heart such that a second strike has a 95% chance of killing you- how likely would Rod be to survive the second lightening strike- if he was hit while playing golf with an AED within 4 minutes of his strike position- but his golfing partner not having the number of the clubhouse on speed dial on his phone...........

Sunday mornings need decent crosswords. I haven't bought the papers yet.

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Microsoft springs for new undersea cables to link US, UK, Asia

Shane McCarrick

Ireland

Between Microsoft's and Google's cables landing here- Ireland has to have the highest rate of connectivity with the outside world, per head of population...... Not that I'm gloating- but a 250Mb connection for less than £30 is nice! However- the flipside of that coin is- I can video conference with the US or even South Africa- better than I can sustain pure data links from one side of Ireland to the other.......As for voice calls- I don't know if any of you have ever visited our scenic northwest- or Yeats country as the tourist board like to call it. Its a complete data black hole. Its quite interesting how every few hours, as the air pressure changes- you phone picks up sufficient signal to pull down text or e-mails- before going off the grid again, awaiting another weather change. Actually making phone calls involves waiting for the copper lines to be repaired after the latest weather related broken cables- or a hike up the local mountain to get line of sight with a mast 10-15 miles away- which curiously you can get a 1.5G/2G voice connection on (after a 30-40 minute vigorous hike, in wellies, and a rain coat..........) but not data........

Connectivity is funny.

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HTC One M9 hands on: Like a smart M8 in a sharp suit

Shane McCarrick

Sounds good!

I've an upgrade due- my M7 is beginning to show its age (the microphone is slightly damaged- thanks to my 3 year old)- I'm thrilled that the M9 appears to be such a worthy successor. I hope Vodafone don't force me into another 24 month contract this time round- 2 years is a lifetime for a phone- especially when you have little helpers who like to borrow it to play their games.

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HIGH-RANNOSAURUS WRECKED: Druggie dinos tripped balls on psychedelics – boffins

Shane McCarrick

Re: This reminds me...

Probably Altered States.......?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altered_States

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU dumped from flagship smartphone

Shane McCarrick

Hot, hot, hot.......

Is it any wonder its being dropped from a few vendor's flagship products (its not Samsung by the way)- when it has such serious thermal issues?

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BOFH: A miracle on PFY Street

Shane McCarrick

Now- why did the manager get a hunted look when he heard a shut down also included the fire alarms........... I'm suspicious.........

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Pirate Bay admins 'couldn't care less' about police raid

Shane McCarrick

Re: "... the original, authentic site ..."

Not the Costa Rican wanna-be, or even the ee 'clone'.........

Isohunt's attempt- looks more like a skin on their own site- than anything else......

So- something approximating the site, as it was, before it was raided?

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

Shane McCarrick

Having studied applied statistics and biometrics- and worked for 2 marketing companies when I was a student- to pay for my pot noodles- I have to concur......... The relevance of a significance proportion of the questions is slight at best, and the manner in which you combine the answers from multiple questions- to profile those poor fools who answer the surveys- is nothing short of criminal.

As for airport security- try explaining that you have permanent pins in your tibia, fibula, femur and hip- along with the scars to prove it......... I have actually been asked to strip to my underwear in public in Heathrow numerous times- and as an apology the security guy said single men travelling from the UK to Ireland are considered high security risks? Really? I have a major in chemistry too- doesn't mean I've concocted an explosive device and implanted it in my leg, which I can walk on quite well......... Also- seeing as they're seen most of my body, bar my genitals- my medication may as well be examined in detail- they actually have special little trays for this- so your immunosuppresant tablets, cortisone and ibuprofen can be examined tablet by tablet (I have Crohns- and do in fact take 15-20 tablets a day- and have done for years)..........

At least in Charles De Gaule in Paris- they actually got me a very drinkable coffee and free access to one of the lounges- after molesting me......... I didn't think it was a good tradeoff at the time- until I discovered my onward connecting flight was delayed for several hours........

Sigh- next time I'll take the boat.

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

Shane McCarrick

Respective and competent jurisdictions.....

Presumably the US government considers Ireland one of its competent and respective jurisdictions?

What has happened to the Microsoft case- I'm guessing we sheepishly handed over everything and delayed announcing what was done for a busy Friday evening when no-one would notice.......?

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Yorkshire man NICKS 1,000 Orange customer records. Court issues TINY FINE

Shane McCarrick

50p fine per customer.....

The tiny size of the fine- which works out at less than 50p per customer (+costs) is laughable.

Surely in cases like this- the nature of the crime should dictate that it be tried at a level that an appropriate punishment can be meted out to the perpetrator?

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FIFTEEN whole dollars on offer for cranky Pentium 4 buyers

Shane McCarrick

I've half a dozen chips sitting here in a box.

What do you reckon Intel would give me for them if I bring them back (and I mean bring them back- Intels factory is just up the road from me here in Leixlip, Co. Kildare, Ireland........)

15 quid a piece- would be my groceries (for a family of 4) sorted for the week........

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HTC débuts Desire Eye, 'GoPro-slapper' RE digital snapper

Shane McCarrick

Re: Dear HTC

I beg to differ. I, for one, switched carrier to get an M8.

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HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE

Shane McCarrick

Terminator 2

You don't know your movie scripts!

Terminator 2 - Judgement Day- has Arnie as a Terminator sent back to protect John Connor (Edward Furlong). A second, more advanced terminator (Robert Patrick) is sent back to thwart his efforts (and kill John Connor). Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) is in a psychiatric hospital after her encounters in the first episode- and John insists on Arnie helping him release her, before going on the run........

The more advanced terminator (Robert Patrick) was not sent back to kill Arnie (also a terminator, albeit an older model)- it was sent back to kill John Connor.........

After my recent Starwars marathon- I feel a Terminator Marathon coming on this weekend........

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Intel admits: Broadwell Core M chip looking a bit thin, no fans found at all

Shane McCarrick

Re: Just the job for a media centre

We've had loads of media centre type devices with the power profile you're describing- I know I had a Revo at least 5 years ago, and my current one is an Arctic unit- also fanless.......

Intel's achilles heel for anyone who actually has a clue about hardware, has been their lackluster graphics performance.

A little objective reporting on how the 14nm architecture has improved graphics performance- would be very welcome..........

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