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HALF of air passengers leave phones on ... yet STILL no DEATH PLUNGE

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Re: Phones off during taxiing??

British airports obviosuly use an amazingly volatile version of jet-a which can be ignited by a cell phone inside a plane taxiing 1/2 a mile away

Every other airport uses the normal kerosene based Jet-a which wouldn't burn if you drop a match in it.

Quite how these planes manage to run on these two different fuels is a mystery

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SO why are we allowed them at all?

I assume the risk from 2.1Oz of liquid is similarly miniscule

A couple of other questions:

How does the government manage to cover up all the crashes due to phones?

How come an airline that fits a pico cell (so it gets a cut of the calls) can suddenly certify every phone as safe?

It costs us about $50k to do EMC testing for CE on a single device and suddenly virgin have managed to test every phone on the market?

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Am I going crazy ?

Just landed after a flight where I was shouted at in security because my toothbrush/paste were in a clear plastic bag travel kit. I had to place this clear bag inside an official airport clear bag.

And then in boots in duty free I can buy a razor - not an electric razor - a proper set of blades razor

Asked the cashier if I could really take this on the plane - "yes of course, it's been checked".

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Re: Never any danger

It did always strike me as rather odd that such a clear and present danger to the aircraft was on the honour system.

Perhaps airlines in Texas should announce, please keep the safety catch on your assault rifle while the seatbelt sign is illuminated

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MPs get secret squirrel dossier of 'lawyers, megabiz hiring hackers'

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Re: Breaking news

You'd think they would notice while reading all his email and phone calls

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Apple FINGERED our personal packages every day, claim shop staff

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Re: Surely the problem just moves...

You seem to be applying logical thought to this - remember it's a "management policy"

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Re: Shame their first recourse was "the law"

The punchline being it was the "museum of tolerance"

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Re: guess

But most of these thefts are staff loading a pallet of coffee/chocolate/cigs back onto the truck with a nod to the driver - not slipping a slipping a few frozen pies down their pants

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Ha ha, Osborne, these Gov 2.0 web wranglers have wiped out UK debt

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HMRC

So is this outgoings or cashflow?

Shouldn't revenue and customs take in more money than they spend?

If you have a tax office that pays OUT 50Bn quid perhaps you have a few sign errors in the maths

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Microsoft to Google: Please remove us from internet

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IIRC Google did end up suing itself. It owned a patent troll who sued Android handset makers, including Motorola who Google own

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Re: I thought

Or a company acting on behalf of them. RealID run infringement tracking for content owners

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Jurors start stretch in the cooler for Facebooking, Googling the accused

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re: enforced slavery

And what if it was a fraud trial that might take 3, or 5 or 10 years?

And comes down to 10,000 different cases of whether a withholding under section 5678987654 constituted a legitimate payment under section 87656789876 or was a transfer subject to section 987656789

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Re: Juries

True, but the "probabilty jury will convict" is a major part of the CPS calculus irrespective of the evidence.

If that means let the rich white fraudster go because the trial will be long and expensive and the jury don't like paying tax so it's unlikely we will get a conviction, while a black teenager on a drug charge is a guaranteed win - then you may as well replace the whole criminal justice system with a phone in vote on the Daily Mail

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Re: Why we have juries ...

>It's rare for the court briefing to actually tell the jury they can decline to return a verdict.

And presumably illegal for you to research the fact that you can

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Re: Juries

> whilst thousands of other trial go without a hitch.

You mean where the white middle-aged middle-class jury members decide the black teenagers must have done it

Of course it may be that juries are perfectly unbiased and the reason the conviction rate is so much higher for young black defendants - is that the cases the police bring against those who look like members of the jury are all obvious fit-ups

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Wikileaker Bradley Manning's court martial verdict expected today

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A second secret court has already rejected the appeal before this one gave its verdict

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Not quite - he gets 120 days off his sentence because they admitted torturing him

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Re: This is about a Soldier under an Oath of Fealty...How bout equal Justice!

>I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;

That sounds like the subversive sort of statement that could get you on your president's new enemies list

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Irish watchdog won't probe Apple, Facebook over PRISM... but COULD IT?

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Re: That's all very well but ....

YOu really think the US intelligence agencies share any product back with the Irish suppliers?

Why? To ensure that Ireland supports the war on terror? To guarantee the use or Ireland as a nuke missile base ?

I think the trade is more like; here is all the data on everybody in europe Mr NSA. Well ain't that cute Ireland, have a baseball cap

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Texas students hijack superyacht with GPS-spoofing luggage

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Re: WAAS

WAAS is used to improve the accuracy in commercial receivers but its original requirement was data integrity - although I think back in the day, that was assuming software/transmission errors rather than deliberate attacks

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WAAS

Wasn't the purpose of WAAS to prevent GPS spoofing so that the FAA could use it to replace nav beacons without having to give every aircraft a military recv?

Anybody know how WAAS (and presumably EGNOS) prevent spoofing? Does it look for different doppler shifts from the stationary GSO satelites ?

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Re: Answer: INS

And the INS drifts which is why you regularly reset it from the known GPS position.

So all you have to do is drift the GPS and nobody notices.

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China Labor Watch gumshoes uncover TOP SECRET PLASTIC IPHONE

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re: taiwanese

That's because china is a big bad evil communist country and so until recently it was difficult for US companies, that relied on the smiling benevolence of the military-industrial complex, to do a lot of business there. It was also tricky to export advanced semiconductor equipment there despite putting a note in the manual saying "not to be used to build nuclear weapons to point at us"

Taiwan as a beacon of enlightened capitalist freedom was rather easier to do business with, and if the work was actually done in china nobody cared as long as the god fearing consumer never found out

Now that China and Russia are friendly (albeit with nukes pointed at us) partners in the war on terror it's all ok.

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Work with Microsoft's stuff for a living? Its reorg will mean NOTHING to you

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Re: Deck Chairs, Titanic

>why is there a need for any more than one version?

Because you can!

You extract the maximum amount of money from each market segment. More can be extracted from people buying $100k worth of servers than those buying $200 netbooks

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Re: There you go...

When you are making more profit from investing the $Bn in the markets than you make from selling software - shoudln't you just axe the software arm and become a full time hedge fund?

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BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer

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Re: That's why they put WEEE recycling symbols on them

I was trying to get a new grad to write a gcode parser.

Tried to explain it was just a plotter language for CNC machines - blank looks

Like HPGL - blanck looks

For a pen plotter - blank looks

Searched wiki for a picture of a pen plotter = amazed look

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'Nearly 1,350' HP Enterprise Services staffers strike over redundancies – union

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Enterprise

The nice thing about enterprise staff is you have an automatic slave copy of them in a geographically remote location able to spin up and take over

With consumer staff you have to go down to PC world and pick up whatever junk they have workign their to replace them

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One month on, Edward Snowden cleared to leave Moscow airport

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Re: This does not make any sense

Just because you have been spying on each other for nearly 100years, have supported every terrorist and dictator that opposed the other side, and have 20,000 nuclear warheads pointed at each other - doesn't mean you can't be friends

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Re: Where does he go to next ?

So Russia and their new American 'partners" will invade Europe for the gas?

Well it is one combination that hasn't been tried yet

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One month on, Edward Snowden cleared to leave airport

So they improved immigration queues at Terminal 5?

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Chromecast: You'll pop me in for HOT STREAMS of JOY, hopes Google

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Android

So what does this do that the $40 mini android machines don't do ?

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New Kiwi spook law allows domestic prying

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Re: About time

It's New Zealand - what else does the government have to do all day?

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World breathes a sigh of relief

Knowing that New Zealand radicalism is now being so effectively monitored

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Royston cops' ANPR 'ring of steel' BREAKS LAW, snarls watchdog

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Re: I always wondered...

That happened in New York (IIRC)

They had windsheild mounted transponders to pay the toll on a bridge/tunnel/freeway

They sent the transponders out by Fedex

The Fedex truck went through the bridge/tunnel/freeway multiple times on it's route

Drivers were receiving fines for unpaid trips before they even received the transponder

It took a long time and a lot of lawsuits to work out why !

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1984

In the 1984 miners strike the police had to hang around in cold laybys looking for any car with 4 big blokes in ti so they could stop possible miners from travelling around the country.

To save money on overtime they needed to automate the process of detecting possible striking miners moving freely around the country.

Admittedly it took a few years to get the system up and running, and they got the wrong Royston, and Royston colliery closed ...

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Divers nearly DEVOURED by HUNGRY SEA BEASTS

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Re: Whales knew they were there ...

Translucent means you can partially see through the surface to see the underlying structure.

Pretty good analogy for a bag of water with bones in surrounded by water

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Virgin Media hangs from traffic lights, hands out free Wi-Fi to Brummies

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Digital Birmingham

I preferred the more mellow sounds of the older Analogue Birmingham

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Jackboot dangled over NSA's throat for US spy dragnet outrage

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Re: God I love the Justification....

That's the reason for the increased use of metal detectors in public buildings

If you can fit your gut through the gates AND you aren't carrying a gun - you obviously aren't a true American

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ANPR could have stopped the 7/7

It would have allowed the police to detect that possible northerners were entering the Southern Co-Prosperity Zone - and they could have been herded back to their northern hovels.

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ISPs: Relax. Blocking smut online WON'T really work

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Re: Just get the filters installed and everyone shut up.

> ***us, is that you again?

With the new system

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Re: Just get the filters installed and everyone shut up.

I hope there is mission creep.

If the filters are running on kit with a backdoor to the chinese communist party - perhaps we will see less Royal Baby crap

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Re: Deja-vu

Because it makes little baby Jesus cry

and makes Daily mail readers vote for the other lot

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MYSTERY of 19th-century DEAD WALRUS found in London graveyard

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Re: Wait, what ?

No that's if a LIVE C19 Walrus was found in a London graveyard

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Secret ROYAL BABY birth VIDEO leaked! (And other malware scams)

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Re: Inbreeding?

Er yes

If we weren't all descended from one women we would be separate species which - with the possible exception of US talk show hosts - we aren't

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Boffins: Dolphins call each other NAMES. Not RUDE ones!

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Re: to see if the named fish responded?

>Because it's a mammal?

Mammal is a class, there are at least 6 classes that are fish.

Some also have members that live on land so a mammal that lives in water can be a fish

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Re: to see if the named fish responded?

>All fish have gills

>All fish lay eggs

So salamanders and axolotls are fish?

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Re: to see if the named fish responded?

Chondrichthyes - sharks/rays are fish

Osteichthyes - ray finned fish are fish

Agnatha - lampreys are fish

Hagfish and Echinoderms ( starfish ) aren't even Cordata and they are fish

Don't see why a mammal can't be a fish

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Troll loses 'we own the Web' patent appeal

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Re: There should be a "you didn't stand your ground" law

Making patents worthless

So if one court in China/Russia/Texas decided that a local company didn't violate an Intel/ARM/etc patent then all their customers get all their license fees back ?

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How do you drive a supercomputer round a Formula 1 track?

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Re: Avanade?

They do a couple of hundred mph - how much more mobile can you get ?

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