* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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iPad data entry errors caused plane to strike runway during takeoff

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Re: Are Pilots checked for Dyslexia?

>I guess in WW2 there might have been just a little less paperwork.

Get up in a crate, Perkins, pop over to Bremen, take a shufti, don’t come back.

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Re: BYOD?

> Can you imagine the hellish device they would have made 40 years ago for htis sort of thing

A knob to enter the mass, another knob to enter the temperature and another to enter the fuel load.

It's not like they would have to use punch cards

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Re: Using toys as tools...

>I can't believe that airlines are using consumer stuff without real keyboards really designed for media browsing.

Safer than the pilots doing the calculations with pen and paper long hand.

Or have you never made an arithmetic error ?

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BBC encourages rebellious Welsh town to move offshore

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Step by Step guide for Canadians

Courtesy of the Canadian equivalent of the BBC (although without any watchable shows)

http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/offshore-tax-havens/

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Re: Will it work?

Transfer the commercial rights to the name of the village to "name of village" Cayman Holdings inc.

They charge your store loads of dosh for the rights to the name.

Stores all make a loss and pay no tax.

Offshore company makes you an interest free loan to buy your next house/car/etc - with all that dosh they have.

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Public service announcement

These are perfectly legal tax arrangements - as Google/Apple/Amazon keep telling us - so the BBC mandate to inform and educate is being served.

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TalkTalk hired BAE Systems' infosec bods before THAT hack

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Re: Why?

Who subcontract it to BT who get Huawei in to do it.

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Yahoo! spills! user! account! beans! in! 60%! of! gov! data! requests!

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Re: Which government?

They were all from government users who had forgotten their passwords

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MoD-founded firm Niteworks loses login creds of UK defence folk

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You mean Spooks ins't a fly-on-the-wall documentary ?

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Working with Asperger's in tech: We're in this together

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Re: If it's not a disability then what next?

So if you work in science and being "normal" means you aren't as able to do the work.

Does that mean we can't fire people for not being brilliant - because that is the defn of disabled?

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Re: Numbers and binary

You know you're aspie when .....

You crash because the powers of 2 you are counting overflow and trigger an exception .

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Re: I thought Aspergers has been dropped as a diagnosis

>DSM is supposed to be a general mental health manual

Although it did still list homosexuality as a mental illness into the 1970s

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Re: Asperger's has been very good to me

>So what you're suggesting is being NT is a disability?

In my line of work, being the one in the office without a maths PhD means you are handicapped - yes !

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Ex-GCHQ chief: Bulk access to internet comms not same as mass surveillance

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Re: "The volumes of data are enormous on the internet"

So only a cynic would believe that, instead of a heroic attempt to find terrorist needles, it is in fact an attempt to have some dirt on everyone.

So if you are the family of a murdered black teenager, or a newspaper seller that accidentally died of natural causes in the middle of a group of riot police - the police will be able to do a quick lookup and find your "links to terrorism". ie you went to a website that discussed IEDs

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What the Investigatory Powers Bill will mean for your internet use

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Re: I was wondering when the Reg would start reporting on this

>ie this is designed to not catch the people who it is supposedly aimed at.

It's designed to make ordinary people think twice before looking at "dodgy" sites, like Al Jazera, CND, Greenpeace, Medicine Sans Frontiers or the Labour party - if they think these are being logged and will be made available to an employer, local council or the policeman that stops you for speeding

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Re: tor browser

If you are using tor then everything that goes over Tor, dns requests, web pages, email is secure.

Unless all the Tor nodes are being run by the spooks or you are sufficiently of interest that they are monitoring a majority o the network and can do timing attacks.

But against general data gathering it's pretty secure.

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Reg mashup rates CompSci unis for books, booze and boogie

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Re: Fewest Tokens

Nobody uses networks based on token women anymore.

Having all the men and women rush around together with collision detection was much more efficient - and more fun.

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Einstein's brain to be picked by satellites

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Re: Maybe I've been out of the country too long

And not first in 1976 as the story says. Gravitational redshift was first experimentally tested in a stairway at Harvard in 1959

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DC judge rips into the NSA over mass surveillance

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The UK government famously prosecuted the communist party for destroying a bug.

While denying that MI5 had planted the bug or even that MI5 existed.

The prosecution's argument was that the spied upon believed that it was the government was doing the spying and so intended to destroy government property !

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Buffet would take a $2bn hit on IBM shares … if he cashed in now

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Re: Sell Sell Sell

So if the cloud isn't the future - BUY BUY BUY a legacy on-site mainframe maker ?

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Let's get to the bottom of in-app purchases that go titsup

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Re: great Article

And then you need to fire up the VPN to see if it is available on Netflix UK or Netflix USA if it isn't on Netflix Canada

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Lithium-air: A battery breakthrough explained

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Re: Source of Oxygen? How delicate is it? etc

>Which means it goes into the big pool of available oxygen (and other stuff) we call "the atmosphere". >And something will make use of it eventually.

May contain upto 100% post-consumer recycled Oxygen ?

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NASA photo gallery: How to blow $200m of rocket in seconds

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Re: Ultimate goal

How else are cats going to populate the universe unless their servants keep building rockets ?

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Amazon's chomping at the Brits: UK to get AWS data center region

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Re: Really handy

A hugely expensive to build and operate data center in the UK.

So huge losses reported by amazon.co.UK to the tax man, while the income from the data center is a huge profit for Amazon.co.CaymanIslands

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A bubble? No way, we're in a bust, says rich VC living in alternate reality

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Re: In a Bust

>I really think Facebook's actual plan is to get taken over by the US government

That's a relief - I thought Facebook's plan was to take over the US government

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It's perfectly reasonable that a VC should demand 4x preference shares that guarantee their money is paid back 4x before any of the founders or employees, that made the company a success, see anything.

It's totally different from a loan shark demanding 400% interest - totally different

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CPS fined £200k over theft of laptops holding 'sensitive interviews'

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Re: Now if the ICO was able, as they would like, to impose a jail term for serious data losses

Wouldn't the CPS be the ones deciding if they should press criminal charges against the CPS ?

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GCHQ 'smart collection' would protect MPs from spies, says NSA expert

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Obviously

If GCHQ collect all the communications and keep them locked in a big safe - the terrorist won't be able to get their hands on them.

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PM wheels out snoop overseer minutes before latest snoops' charter bid lands

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Re: @ Richard Jones 1 - nice to see

All he needs to understand is that he was appointed by the prime minister to do what his boss says

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I survived a head-on crash with driverless cars – and dummies

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Re: Pavement Testing Facility - ignored?

If the contract to build the road and then the contract to maintain it went to the same company - that might affect your choice of road surface.

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Chrome OS is not dead, insists Google veep in charge of Chrome OS

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Re: Reading this on my Acer C720

Even better on the Samsung. How many ARM executable viruses are there ?

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E-mail crypto is as usable as it ever was, say boffins

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So where can I get your public key? How do I know it's really you? And what procedures do you have for securely informing me if it has been compromised?

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Think Fortran, assembly language programming is boring and useless? Tell that to the NASA Voyager team

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Re: Which fortran?

>Fortran-I, Fortran-II, Fortran-III, and Fortran-IV are different beasties.

At least with Fortran77 you didn't have to use roman numerals for all the calculations

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UK watchdog offers 'safe harbor' advice on US data transfers

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Model contracts would be great

If they were reciprocal.

Getting FDA approval is horribly long, complicated and expensive. If I could just have a model contract for doctors saying that we intend to obey the law in some other country - and that was acceptable to the FDA it would be fantastic.

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The only GOOD DRONE is a DEAD DRONE. Y'hear me, scumbags?!

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Re: You're too easy on French hunters, Mr Dabbs.

Hence the famous American declaration of the need to "arm the bears"

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller special: The WHO bacon sarnie of death

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Re: +1 only for your name, Mr. Cupid Stunts.

Even more bizarre, according to Barry Cryer who wrote the scripts, she was originally called Mary Hinge but the BBC decided that was too rude and so they changed it to cupid ...

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It's worse over here in Murika. We have the "this facility contains a substance known to the state of Ca to cause cancer" warnings on our office door. Because it applies to so many things (printer toner, floor cleaner, nail varnish remover) that it's impossible not to have it.

But our anodizing plant - full of really nasty chemicals - has the same warning message.

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Top cops demand access to the UK's entire web browsing history

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The city of London is the best place in the world to commit a crime - that's why so many institutions have their HQ there.

Compared to the finacial regulators in New York, Frankfurt or Singapore you can be pretty sure that the City of London police will take very little interest in your activities

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They would also see if somebody went to "random warez site" and it had a 1x1 pixel link to a tracker on dodgy_porn site. Except they only see a request to "dodgy_porn_site/"

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VMware vs German kernel dev: Filings flung in Linux-lifting lawsuit

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Re: GPL enforcement is really difficult

That's the beauty of copyright.

You have the copyright on every single line of code you write - even after it goes into the kernel.

So if you misuse it by breaking the GPL, every single author of every single line of code can sue you. In this case vmware are specifically using (allegedly) a module written by this guy

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Re: Break out the popcorn

It is going to be a lot less entertaining having the case heard by a judge that understands the facts

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'Profoundly stupid' Dubliner's hoax call lost Intel 6,000 hours of production

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Re: Phoning it in

Because it's more effective to shut down an airport/train station/shopping center with a call rather than an actual bomb.

An actual bomb risks you getting caught or accidentally blowing up a photogenic disabled child which would look bad on the news. The official terrorists have code words registered with the police so that both sides know it's a real call.

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Probably the production line wasn't shut down but continued happily on its automated way.

3000 managers didn't do any powerpoint or hold meetings for an hour - leading to $$$ in increased productivity.

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Northrop wins $55bn contract for next-gen bomber – as America says bye-bye to B-52

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Re: Crew

>but having the ability to crew them is a requirement for missions like nuclear strikes

We salute the brave pilots of our ICBMs

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Re: B52s/B2s...

1) Airpower can suppress opposition but

The opposition comes from your own voters.

Stealth aircraft look cool and you don't get many dead pilots if you stay high enough.

2) ground forces are needed to drive them out and

Why would you want to drvie them out, good enemies are hard to find these days.

3) political will is needed to keep them out.

Commies are funny now and since we have fracking we don't even want to keep them out of countries that have oil

4) You can't indefinitely occupy a country whose inhabitants don't _want_ to be occupied and (Soviets in Afghanistan?)

That's why the Brits always split the country and let them fight each other - works for centuries.

5) you don't win hearts and minds by dropping bombs on some bystander's family

Only hearts and minds of congress matter. As long as you build the bomber in their constituency they will support you.

6) (on the other hand, doing so is one of the best recruiting tools for terrorists that exists) case in point: ISIS

ISIS mostly kill other people that we would be killing. We will get round to re-doing the terrorist league tables next year.

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Cops use terror powers to lift BBC man's laptop after ISIS interview

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Re: Give me liberty or...

"Give me liberty or... give me cheezeburgers" ?

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Re: Enemy combatant

As does the Queen and Prince Charles for meeting Mr Adams

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Re: Snowden?

They don't abuse their own laws. They do exactly what the laws were designed to do - keep journalists afraid and compliant.

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