This shows why the Police are always looking for even more ways to catch those criminals that try to take advantage of the Carnival crowds.
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"That could mean that anyone resembling an image on that database gets stopped and asked to "verify their identity" every few minutes through the whole carnival....." No more likely than if the coppers were using the old mugshots handed out at briefings (which they will be using in parallel with the facial recog cameras anyway).
"....And when they get decidedly stroppy about it after a couple of days of this...." If they are stupid or immature enough to "get stroppy" and act in an abusive or threatening manner then yes, they will get nicked, just like any other arsehole that doesn't know how to behave in public.
"The carnival is going to look decidedly White with so many feeling
"pre-victimised" by Police groundlessly paranoid.....' TFTFY. There will be over a million people at the carnival. Given the carnival goers' ethnic balance the figure would have to be closer to 200,000 arrests, all black, before you could justify such a stupid suggestion.
".... thanks to Brexit, and the "we don't need no stinking human rights laws" brigade, it's only going to get worse....." Gosh, Jason, you make it sound just so unbearable, would you like some directions to Calais? I'd even be happy to drop you in Dover if you can't afford the train fare.
".....which may include images other than of faces....." That would be tattoos, scars, birthmarks, deformities or any other distinguishing marks or features. Criminals are often caught out by their tattoos (nobody point it out to Christoph but the coppers arrested a white guy for that crime!).
".....why did he not encrypt the offending data on his laptop?...." It seems he thought that simply staying out of countries with an extradition treaty with the US was enough to ensure his freedom, which gives you an idea of just how corrupt the legal system must be in Russia. With - as he saw it - no chance of arrest, why bother to hide the evidence? Apparently he wasn't too smart over covering his tracks online either, which is why the case was such a slam-dunk when it went to court.
"......And those figures are totally as relevant as the ones mentioned in this story....." Many years ago I had a very, very direct South African as a boss, and he was famous for shutting down irrelevant sales pitches. We used to go into sales meetings just hoping a vendor rep would say something to set him off! I expect anyone touting the similarly irrelevant new Hyper-V brag figures would leave with their ears burning.
Well, personally, I don't remember ever being insulted by Linus. I do recall often being very grateful for his work, and sometimes amused by his rants, but never insulted.
".....who would not want 1 Gbps to the door....." The majority of taxpayers, especially if they are being asked to pay for it. And please do explain what you think the average punter would want a 1Gbit service for?
"....This is an argument to create a national or a series of state-level agencies or public utilities chartered to do nothing but build and run the fiber to the home. Then all the media companies could compete to deliver the goods, while the maintenance of the fiber itself would be completely free of the various forms of stealthy monopolistic behaviors....." So the taxpayers fund the hard bit and take all the risk, and then the media companies get a free ride to make massive profits?
One of the unspoken reasons for Google Fibre's failure to hit targets is the market is simply not willing to pay for the extra speed. Sure, you can find the odd hardcore gamer, TOR relay owner, or HD video junkie willing to pay for the massive bandwidth, but the majority are finding they can "survive" very comfortably on cheaper offerings. I currently have 32Mbit and - truth be told - I have noticed no real difference from when I had 8Mbit. I did notice a jump in performance over a decade ago when I went from 128Kbit ISDN dialup to 256Kbit Virgin cable, and even more so then going to 1Mbit BT, but I could probably drop back to 8Mbit without too much pain (if any). Google is selling a Porsche in a market where the majority are settling for a Ford Focus, and IMHO it seems silly to suggest that the taxpayers should cough up to buy everyone a Porsche.
Merkel is determined to push through an EU "army" and she wants an EU spooks organization to go with it. Not that it's not needed - the current level of co-operation between even local police forces in Europe is beyond pathetic, it is deliberately obstructive. The EU sulked so badly when the UK opted out of Shengen they refused to let the UK have visibility of the database on criminals and terrorists they did manage to keep tabs on! Which is why criminals love Shengen. And it is why Merkel has got the support from the rest of the supine EU she has always wanted for her pan-European army, and the pan-European spooks will be next. Merkel has long used and envied the NSA's and GCHQ's capabilities, and - despite their faux outrage - the rest of Europe has been in on the game for years. Grand frere vous regarde déjà!
If you think the GCHQ or NSA are worrying, imagine their equivalent being run by Brussels!
".....AFTER the attack the police sucked up gigs of data....." No. Go read up on Frenchelon, then you'll realise the Fwench have been just as busy sucking up data as the NSA and the GCHQ, they just don't share it with les gendarmes, let alone with the Belgians.
"....I am not sure these guys are doing it right." They're not, which is why they've all been asking for help from the NSA and the GCHQ for spying on their own citizens for years, despite their hysterical pretensions otherwise.
"....But MIXING concrete is a science...." Que? I was mixing concrete aged twelve, wasn't much scientific about it, TBH.
"....That's where most of the detainees from Guantanamo came from.....So if you knew a police officer...." The majority of Gitmo detainees were captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan, by the military, and not on UK streets by the Police. Please do try to keep at least one foot in reality when frothing.
".....The population is already past the "Fool Me Once" phase and will NEVER trust the police again...." LOL, maybe you should try talking to someone outside your tiny herd of the tragically hip and uneducated? You know, the ones that actually have some experience of interacting with the Police, rather than just watching too much TV and listening to rap "music". That other 99.99999% of the population think you and your mates are just funny!
"....it might have looked soft, but it smashed up the cabin pretty well.)" True, but a conventional aircraft nosing in from that height would probably have left a smoking crater! One of my relatives had a great story from 1940 about how his experienced CO, Squadron Leader Hurll Chester, wrote off a Blenheim bomber at zero feet and zero knots! After landing at Upwood, he meant to select flaps UP (standard procedure when parking the Blenheim), but accidentally selected gear UP - the resulting damage was severe enough the airframe was written off and used for ground instructional purposes!
"I think I might have an idea who was piloting this thing." I've already heard the inevitable jokes about the possibility it was a female pilot, women drivers and parking.....
"They should have pumped ballast to the rear of the ship....." An interesting idea - maybe it was a ballast issue, but also a control issue in that they accidentally pumped water ballast forward in a panic when they should have pumped it aft. Some flying accidents are caused by the pilot being twisted round to look aft and then moving the controls the wrong way, then compounding the problem by pushing the controls even more the wrong way in panic. It would explain how the dive seemed to continue to steepen rather than starting to recover.
"Are you sure you know what you're doing?" I assume the original poster was referring to the planning that goes into a migration, which typically involves a lot of studying of the data, data pruning and relocation, possible service impacts, business ramifications of delays or failures, mitigation planning, service priorities, backups, disaster planning (what happens if the transfer is all going fine but you have an unrelated disaster?), etc. But, if all you've been involved in is the last stage, the grunt transfer work, I could see why you'd be confused.
Maybe not good news for IBM resellers - does this offer mean IBM pays for IBM resellers to do the five days of migration work or is it Global Screwups only? If the latter, how much more motivated would a reseller be to sell a non-IBM solution and also pick up the migration consultancy work? Switching customers from their existing storage provider isn't easy, and it's not like IBM's storage products are the first choice for resellers at the moment, so screwing the reseller out of some additional consultancy is hardly going to improve the urge to sell Big Blue.
"....at some point someone we have elected has signed on the dotted line." No. Gordon Brown had not been elected PM when he signed the Madrid of Lisbon, he had inherited the position after Tony Blair stood down. Indeed, Labour and Brown had pledged to allow a referendum on the EU Constitution in their 2005 manifesto, but when it looked likely they would lose he broke that promise. The Treaty of Lisbon radically changed the previous two EU treaties, that of Maastricht from 1993 and Rome from 1958, and fundamentally changed the EU's powers, especially regarding foreign trade agreements. That little bit of unelected skullduggery helped earn Labour its worst ever European election results in 2009, coming third and being beaten by UKIP!
".... It has borked quite a lot of web cams...." Thanks. I have now seen more articles online regarding the issue, so I'll withdraw the "bullshit" rating and change it to "WTF?" because I still haven't found anyone - colleagues, friends or family - that have been affected by this bug, which makes me think it is being exaggerated or hyped.
"....My linux machine with a web cam doesn't allow it to work...." I would suggest trying a Logitech model, they seem to work well with Ubuntu-based distributions and Fedora/RHEL in my experience.
I have personally updated four laptops and three desktops with various built-in and USB-attached webcams and not a single problem with any of them. In fact, Win10 Annie doesn't seem to have "completely borked" anything. Just another click-bait article.
"....I'm from the UK ...." True, Hillary Clinton just makes it too easy to poke fun, but maybe an example of similar behavior in the UK might actually be of interest? Not interested in rabble-rousing politicians? OK, I'm betting from your Snowjob luv that this will make you froth some more (hey, and no-one mention Sweden and "extradition"!). Enjoy!
"Confused about what?...." Well, going by your posts, there's a lot of material to cover there! Unfortunately, El Mod didn't like my post poking fun at US institutions paying Snowjob for "speaking", so you only saw the bit taking the Mick out of Clinton supporters, but what you are confused about is that I am not specifically mocking Clinton supporters but all unquestioning, blind faith supporters. You were too busy frothing to realise I was poking fun at your blind, unquestioning faith in Snowjob. Maybe you'd recognize that trait in yourself more in this clip? Poking fun at Snowjob is even easier when he makes hypocritical statements about "I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things" when he hides in Russia, where Putin is a totalitarian dictator in all but title. Yeah, I can see why you might be upset at anyone daring to make fun of your "hero".
And some especially for al the "deep thinkers" (best you don't look at these, Shades, you'll just end up even more confused than you seem to be now):
Feeling the Bern or just not liking the fact your "hero" is making a living off his treachery? LOL, so funny how exposing some simple facts gets you lot so worked up and frothing!
Ever wonder why the jihadis had such a simple time attacking France from Belgium? It's because the EU is completely hopeless when it comes to internal security. This article explains the background to the hunt for the Bataclan killers and their support network, and also how it only really got going after the Belgians asked the NSA for help. All of a sudden the Europeans realised they actually need all that data mining and technology. All those posting here moaning about "privacy" and "intrusion", about some fantasy V for Vacuuous "loss of freedoms", really need to go do some reading on the real World rather than just comics.
Just to offer some balance to the naysayers, doom-mongers and wannabe conspiracy theorists, I'd just like to say I'm quite happy that the security services will be given the necessary tools to do the necessary job. Said whiners mentioned at the start of this post may now furiously mash the downvote icon if it makes them feel any less inconsequential.
"As well as monitoring what we say here, I wonder if they also note which posts we upvote" Wow, your ego is amazing! You really think your prattling would be of any interest to anyone? ROFLMAO!
"Yet the public don't seem to have any problem with being treated like schoolchildren...." You mean the 99.9999999% of the population that don't share your viewpoint (IMHO, paranoid delusions)?
".....Journalists need to look closer to home, start to imagine every UK Surveillance Camera, as a war-time sentry mounted on a roof level razor wire post (which is what it effectively is) and realise what we have sleep-walked into." Seriously, loosen up the tinfoil and let some blood reach your brain.
".....Try searching for "Israel acknowledges it is helping Syrian rebel fighters", it features "Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon". One of the results should be to an article hosted by the "Times of Israel", the article was published on the 29th of June, 2015....." The Times of Israel article specifically states humanitarian medical aid alone, rendered on the Israeli side of the border, and not to ISIS as you insisted. So you are wrong on all counts yet again.
"....I don't think so...." Ah I can guess what the problem there is. Nevada is actually a very good training environment for desert flying, which is why the RAF routinely sends pilots and planes out to Nevada to gain experience. Ah, experience - beats wishful thinking every time!
"Get many terrorists and enemies of the state in the Arizona desert, do they?" Ever stop to think that the Arizona desert offers a very similar operational environment to Afghanistan and the Middle East? Or that the UK has used conventional drones for flying defensive observational patrols over bases in Afghanistan, a role the Zephyr could do non-stop for weeks at a time? Ah, didn't think so.
Because you can never have too much bacon!
Seriously, given the types that seem to frequent and support Dickileaks, if anyone is at all surprised then I have a great investment opportunity for them in water-side Everglades real estate.
".....Why don't they just give up and use the money to help Larry buy a Country, say north korea." Hmmm, given Larry's appetite for aggressive lawfare and acquisitions, I'm not sure it would be such a good idea to let him have a country with a massive military conditioned to following the whims of an egomaniac!
"The penetration of the 556 round is dependant on the target...." Not just that, but also the weapon it is fired from. The old NATO 5.56mm SS109 bullet was designed for longer-barreled rifles, which was great until the US forces started standardizing on the M4 carbine. The new RG round's development may be because the UK does want an "environmentally-friendly" round, but doesn't want the US's new M885A1 round, which is optimized for the M4's shorter barrel.
The M885A1 has a steel penetrator nose and an all-copper base, the steel nose helping with penetration of hardened targets. It also has "added lethality" in that, when it hits a soft target and the bullet decelerates, the soft copper base's momentum pushes it against the steel nose and the round mushrooms, enlarging the wound channel. I suspect the new RG steel round will perform better in the majority of NATO rifles which, like the SA80, have longer barrels than the M4 carbine, and will be cheaper than the copper M885A1, but the M885A1 will be more lethal.
"....the old .303 rounds sometimes had a wooden filler in the bullet...." True. The design of the .303 British Ml VII round was in response to the French "Balle D" round, which was the first military rifle round that gave up a round nose for the more pointed style common today, giving higher velocity and better long-range performance. However, the British had a lot of experience fighting colonial wars and wanted a bullet that didn't just punch a small hole and narrow wound channel straight through a man, but something that did damage more akin to the hand-made "Dum Dum" bullets the British soldiers made in India. The problem was The Hague Convention outlawed "explosive" expanding bullets like the Dum Dums. So the British came up with a fully-jacketed bullet that was stable in flight, but would deflect upon impact and even tumble when passing through a man, creating a much more damaging wound channel, and expanding more energy in the target. To do so, they created a bullet with the majority of its weight to the rear by making the inside of the tip hollow. Worried that this might get them in trouble with the Convention, they made some with steam-treated wood pulp in the tip, some with cellulose, and the majority with aluminium. The resulting round was infamous for its wounding capability.
".....Or if you want to go deeper down the conspiracy theory hole, it has been investigated by the powers that be, they've found they can break it, but they are harassing them anyway....." Or, someone at the NSA actually has a sense of humour and is messing with them for the lulz - "Big Borther Is Watching, now crap your pants and run around like headless chickens!"
Not all users remove pre-installed apps or even want to do so. Indeed, offering a bundle of apps can save a non-techie user a lot of time and trouble. It's a bit like the PCs that used to come bundled with MS Office - the average Joes were grateful to have a decent productivity app set pre-installed, but the freetards had to immediately uninstall it as "An Expression Of Their Freedom To Choose" (yawn). If Verizon's choice of bundled apps is any good it might help them ship a few phones, and if they can make a bit of cash from playing competing software makers off against each other then more power to them.
".... it helped that they (usually) landed on water...." I would love to see the MoD emergency procurement order for several hundred-meter-long water slides!
".... I'm sure the Watchkeeper doesn't....." The Watchkeeper design has two under-fuselage bumps, one for the camera and one for the very expensive radar. Even dropping it on its nose, it will then likely fall onto its belly and smash the radar, unless they can find a way to make it drop onto its back. A belly-mounted parachute might work - engine off, pitch nose down, trigger the 'chute and the aircraft then flips inverted before landing on its back.
"....Greece has never, ever shot down a Turkish fighter plane...." Ahem, you might want to Yahoogle for the name Thanos Grivas, the Greek Mirage 2000 pilot who the Turks wanted to extradite after they allege he shot down a Turkish F-16D on 8th October 1996 with an R.550 AAM (and after which the Greeks posted pics of his jet with a Turkish "kill" painted on it).
".... Why on earth would they, when the Turkish army is slightly larger than the population of Greece?...." I suggest you go ask the Greeks, they have a revanchist chip on their shoulders when it comes to Turkey, dating back to the Ottoman era. Indeed, getting rid of that chip would also stop Greece spending a massive chunk of money on arms purchases when it is needed elsewhere in Greece.
"....Greece makes a point of chasing out the turkish jets without causing any incident....." Hmmm, the admitted score so far seems to be one Hellenic Air Force Mirage and two Turkish Air Force F-16s "crashing" as a result of those non-incidents, plus a collision between a Greek and a Turkish F-16s that caused both to crash.
".....There are regular requests by NATO to Turkey to stop this practice to which Turkey replies...nothing...." Turkey's reply is that they don't recognize the ten-mile exclusive airspace claimed by Greece on some of the Aegean Isles as it overlaps the international airspace between the Turkish coast and the islands. AFAIK, both sides have been happy to continue the macho posturing rather than seeking to address the matter at an international tribunal (there was an attempt at the ICJ in 1976 that failed, and this article has the legal points neatly outlined plus a complex possible solution). NATO doesn't have the legal powers to interfere. Interestingly, the Greeks do have something to gain by continuing the matter as territorial disputes are a means of blocking Turkey from joining the EU.
".....Your comments indicate you lack any grasp of such issues whatsoever...." I have worked and lived in Cyprus, Greece and Turkey and I am very aware of the state of Greco-Turkish relations and their history, thanks.
"....Elvis is someone else's software system....." Server and system names often go in fads dependent on what the sysadmins of the day had been reading/watching in college. It used to be very popular for VAX and early UNIX machines to be named after characters from The Hobbit, the next generation was often a lot of Star Wars and Battlestar Gallactica, and nowadays I see a lot of Marvel comic heroes. Unfortunately, a very old set of systems in one branch of the civil service were all Greek deities because the names were not chosen by the sysadmins but set by the Oxbridge-educated mandarins, and it was a real bitch trying to remember how to spell Mnemosyne and Aigaion when dialing in remotely at 2am on a Sunday morning!