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Re: The Guardian is so "anti-government"
Still perhaps the nearest thing there is to an official opposition !
Re: It wasn't about putting the data beyond use
We are going to walk into the offices of the major anti-government newspaper and give it a story that makes the government look bad and puts the Guardian onto front page news everywhere in the world - at the cost of a couple of bits of old hardware.
There are only two possible explanations:
1, The government and the intelligence agencies REALLY ARE that stupid
2, The secret intelligence service is still being run by KGB agents. But being British Intelligence they don't know they cold war is over and think the Guardian is still a hot bed of lefty radicalism - and are trying to help their fellow Trotsky-ites stick it to the Tory government.
Re: Don't forget the lying bit.
Never believe anything until it's been officially denied
Re: Even better
Email back the copy when you have finished reading it?
Those Rolls Royce chaps making aeroplane engines seem to be doing quite well
Ottawa could rule that only Canadian smartphones were allowed in Canada.
In the same way that they only allow Canadian owned cell phone companies - thus protecting the true north strong and free from having Verizon.
Ok but please don't use Boolean logic, electronic computers, stored programs, or indeed the very idea of a computing machine.
And can you please invent you own language instead of misspelling ours?
Re: 200 Employees?
No direct experience of ALMA but from other projects.
Take a reasonable number of admin for a government project and multiply by the number of different governments involved.
Then add the same number again of local staff to keep the host country/province/town/tribe sweet
I'm guessing ALMA is mostly remote operation and this type of astronomy is all scheduled/survey rather than visiting scientist so you don't need as many baby-sitting and hotel staff as something like the VLT
Re: What a kick in the teeth!
Makes for one hell of an exit interview though !!!
Re: Why the diificulty?
> rent a cable ship and have it check out all the cables
The only way to check a cable is to cut it and drag the two halves to the surface and then splice in an extension to get it back down.
Anyway the taps on the cables are probably at the endpoints in whichever country is currently a beacon of freedom and order in the region (ie a freindly dictatorship) rather than on the seabed
Re: Give them pencils you Idiots.
We had BBC micros in school and look at what we achieved.
Now with 64bit CPUs in schools the kids should be 8times smarter than we were
Figure 2 carts selling junk on a 2 aisle aircraft, 2 hosties/in-flight-retail-consultants per cart and you have 4phones per big aircraft.
Delta's fleet also includes an awful lot of Delta-connect services on small business jets/turbo-props that aren't going to be selling you scratch cards (these get counted as Delta when you are buying a ticket but are Acme Air when they crash or are late)
Re: Just trash it all
Interesting - try and sell it on ebay and get refused an export licence because it contains classified bugging gear?
There is a precedent: Back in the 60/70s the secret services bugged the Communist Party Great Britain. They found the bug and destroyed it. They were then charged with destroying government property even though the police didn't admit the bug was SIS or that SIS existed. The case was that the CPGB believed the bug was government property and so intended to destroy government property even though of course it wasn't because the government obviously wouldn't bug a legal political party.
Re: So what's changed?
They can't leak bits of the info to the Daily Fail/Faux News in order to scoop the Guardian and reduce the impact of any story.
Same technique as publishing the results of an FOI request. It scoops the original journalist who was researching the story, allows all your friendly news outlets to print edited highlights and means it's less likely that real investigative journalists will bother.
Re: How about 20 million quaries a month
Remember these are high security government systems.
So each query is "select * from ..." and the resulting data is put on a thumb drive, copied to a laptop to be analysed in Excel and then left in a cab
Re: EFF or CYA?
Remember the good old days when the president told the CIA/FBI/NSA what to do
But it was only a few 1000 out of millions (which we also collect) , and we didn't launch a drone at any of the people (yet) and it's an abandoned program (to be replaced by a bigger one) - so nothing to worry about and aren't we good for reporting it.
Mistakes were made (although not by identifiable people) and improvements will be made (which we can't tell you about)
= Standard govt excuse template for everything from late buses to genocide
Re: So would this be the same Greenie arseholes?
Weren't CPRE are the ones who oppose wind farms and in a totally unrelated matter received funding from GE's nuclear energy division ?
It's political correctness gone mad.
I mean the peasants have to die sometime - but when I run over a flock of them in my Range Rover there is all sorts of nastiness. I had to call the Chief Constable to get it all sorted out.
Re: A wrong assumption
You presumably use a Trojan on a rubber-hose for extra protection ?
This was done by activists when the law was introduced - they email a block of random numbers to the home secretary and demanded that the police arrest him.
We had a lecture from the police when this was introduced and asked how we could prove that the random background noise recorded by our detectors at CERN wasn't an encrypted message. Apparently we didn't have to worry because the laws were only for use against terrorists not nuclear physicists.
Re: We need Plausible Deniability (i.e. What No TrueCrypt?)
The outer container reports the full size of the volume, the inner container is written to the unused blocks. You can fill the outer container in which case the hidden area will simply be overwritten and lost.
You can set the outer container not to overwrite the "unused" blocks but then this will reveal that there is hidden data.
You can also have an unlimited number of containers within containers - there is no way to prove there isn't another hidden one inside the keys they have beaten out of you
Re: How many people do you think were killed at Chernobyl?
The costs are largely due to an over reaction to the danger
Suppose the reaction to Aberfan (slag heap slipped onto a school killed 150) had been to build a concrete box to contain every slag heap in Britain and the shutting down of every coal mine in wales - the cost would have been a fair % of GDP.
Re: "They always have a back-up"
Including 2500 people who were killed when their train was hit by a Tsunami.
I hope the UK government learns from this and cancels HS2.
I think you might be getting Alpha and Beta confused.
Alpha doesn't go through skin and can be stopped by a piece of paper. Beta although much lower mass and therefore lower 'energy' (for some definitions of energy) can burn skin directly.
The bigger concern is that the beta emitters in question from a reactor are probably Strontium and Iodine which are biologically a bit unpleasant because they accumulate in bits of your body which you would prefer not to be spewing out radiation. Ingesting water full of radioactive Sr or I is rather worse than standing next to a much more active lump of an alpha emitter like Uranium or Plutonium.
Probably best not to drink large amounts of water from a waste pond at any large industrial facility then.
Re: AC aware of world beyond their borders
Also, until very recently, USAsians didn't need a passport to go to Mexico, Canada or most of the Caribbean.
Suppose Brits didn't need passports to go to Europe or the USA - how many would have them ?
The university removed all the admin staff to leave the profs to do their own grant applications, travel, equipement ordering etc.
Saved a moderate amount of money in salaries. Cost a fortune in lost grants, wasted time, unpaid and multiply paid invoices, overpriced and wrong equipement bought etc - but nobody noticed that
At which point Microsoft/Apple/Google/Facebook/etc Brazil inc is charged under local laws, its executives are imprisoned and it's banned from operating in that country.
Keeping in with the NSA is fine with Apple - right upto the point where it is banned in the BRIC economies. Remember the US had no political power over most of these countries, unlike Britain or Ireland. It can hardly threaten a boycott of China or to invade Russia !
Re: Colour me old fashioned, but...
And in your world a bobby still tells people the time, crimes are solved by little old ladies and the government doesn't kidnap political opponents fly them to secret prisons and torture them
Re: Clever or stupid?
There are also long and involved procedures for disposing of partially detonated, degraded or suspect explosives.
Yet every airport in the world confiscates millions of suspect explosives from passengers and throw them into a big plastic bin.
Re: Supersonic speeds
"euro" news - surely not.?
The BBC covered it under "foreign"
Greenland - isn't
It's rather white - on account of all the snow falling, from clouds
Re: Plus this was an American "test"
>Testing methodology used by the NHTSA is no secret,
Stereo loud enough for other cars to hear it at freeway speeds - check
Ability to drift across 4 lanes of a freeway without indicating - check
Can fit into McDs drive thru - check
At least 4x 196oz super-duper-slurp compatible cupholders per person - check
Equivalent turning circle to a super tanker - check
A silent car owned by rich people who think they are invulnerable
Time to fit that RPG to my bike
Re: "they got rid of that login method later on"
The fake login prompt was the first thing we did on Unix machines when we learned to put the terminal into no-echo mode
re: if I were the Queen
I would certainly be worried about my security - what with Brazillian terrorists being released into the country and such.
At my next weekly meeting with the PM I would make sure I had a couple of beefy members of the Scots and Irish guards standing behind him with their sabres drawn.
Re: Are we sure they were UK spooks?
Half the journalists had been at Eton and Cambridge with them?
Re: Just when I thought....
Remember for 40 years while we faced imminent thermonuclear annihilation from the USSR - MI5 was mostly being run by KGB agents.
So we can only assume that GCHQ is now being run by 4chan, Kevin Mitnick and lolcats
Duncan Campbell described something similar 25years ago when the police came and seized the computer he was using when investigating something.
They proudly carried the monitor of the PCW out of the house but left all the boxes of floppy disks.
Re: Homonym hell
Let's not be homophonic - and don't call me shirley
We got rid of 90% of our sysadmins for security reasons and put everythign in the cloud
Re: New Synonym?
So long as they ban the terrorist TV network "Dave" we will all be happy
Re: Journalism is dead, long live the Queen
Really? I was almost convinced that the whole thing was arranged by an evil genius mastermind at the gruniad (can't you picture Alan Rusbridger with a white cat?)
I stopped reading the paper when Neue Labour came to power but I have started again on the back of this investigation.
Re: Politics is only broken if you believe it is
No it's a 1.5 party state.
You vote for a 3rd party to avoid either of the liars and they do a deal with one of the liars
Re: Pay the guy!
Isn't this actually stupid enough to feature on the "Evil Overlord List"?
101: If a minion points out an obvious flaw in my plan which would allow an enemy into my inner sanctum i will listen to him and not have him shot for his impertinence.
Rackspace Switzerland AG
Could pick up a lot of customers right now
Re: Secret justice
He wasn't even being coerced into giving information.
He was being coerced into re-writing his service to store the email un-encrypted or grab the encryption details of all his customers - that goes a long way beyond cooperating with the court
Re: No need for a third runway at Heathrow
I fly through schipol just to avoid Heathrow anyway
Because Dre is a lot easier to spell than sennheiser?
I blame the schools
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