* Posts by Yag

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‘Clandestines' prompt British border blockade in France

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Re: Slow boat

France can be expected to object, but if the boat is a Royal Navy vessel, that is all they will do.

You know, I'm not really convinced that "la royale" will be a pushover to the real royal navy...

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Courtney Love in the crossfire! Paris turns ugly over Uber

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Re: It was every thus

Welcome in France.

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The whole french taxi situation is a total mess.

They must have a licence to operate, and until recently the number of those licences were limited. This lead to retiring taxis selling theirs for up to 150K€.

As now the taxi consider their licence as an "investment" that can be sold later, they require the state either keep the system "as it" or buy the licence back - for the ludicrously inflated price, of course.

Nowadays, the number of licences is not limited any longer, but there's a catch : the new licences issued by the administration are valid for 5 years, no more, and cannot be transfered.

Of course, the older licences are still unlimited and sellable... Their prices went down to 60-100K however.

Also, I don't know how it works abroad, but in France, it's MORE expensive to call a cab than to find a random one. There's a rule stating that the taxi can (and will) ask the customer for the trip from its current position to the customer's location.

This clearly imply that the french taxis have NO incentive to roam around - it's even the opposite. So they just hang in their depots or around the airports and railroad stations. Good luck finding any taxi out of those locations, unless they just dropped a customer and goes back to their den...

Yeah, I'm still bitter from the 18€ fare for a 5km trip...

I'ld say nuke them from orbit - it's the only way to be sure.

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We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

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Re: BBC - "We forget nothing"

I wonder what or Who are you talking about.

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Microsoft releases free Office apps for half of all Android phones

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Re: Quickoffice uses just 9.22MB

Not everyone have and want an unlimited data plan.

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Man in India claims his new iPhone 6 combusted in his car

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Re: Lottery

It's even less significant, as the other reported exploPhone was a 5c, not a 6.

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THIS TIME we really are ALL DOOMED, famous doomsayer prof says

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Re: Oh for god's sake...

I guess you missed the point : his previous doomscares were unrelated to the extinction event.

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Hey Google, what’s trending? Oh, just the death of journalism

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Re: google appears to consider

we as a species are outright doomed.

You seems to still have doubts about it.

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US Air Force drone pilots in mass burn out, robo-flights canceled

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Re: @Yag

This is a misunderstanding.

I was not refering of the lack of public support for drones.

I was refering to the loss of public support for fatal mistakes caused by drone operators, mistakes that could be avoided by not having them doing 12-hours shifts.

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You are right about the pure financial cost. But you are forgetting something major in our democracies : Public support.

Remember the Vietnam war...

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Drones may be cheap. Shooting misidentified civilians or friend ground forces is not.

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'Get your ass to Market Street!' Arnold Schwarzenegger to give drive-by directions

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Reminds me of something...

"I was elected to lead, not to read"

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Auto-playing video ads? People love auto-playing video ads – Twitter

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Re: That's going to splatter shit all inside the oven!

In the case of Twitter, you are allowed to use the word "literally"

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Limited edition Iron Man S6 sells for $91,000 thanks to ... serial number

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Re: 69 more lucky?

Inversion of cause and consequence : When you get lucky, then the 69 may follow...

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People are people. No more, no less.

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GAZE upon our HI-RES DWARF PICS of Pluto, beams proud NASA

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Re: "no-one would be mad enough to send out a probe off into that direction. "

Never underestimate boffins. Cheers to all of them!

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Innocent Spaniards roasted by experimental napalm mead

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I've always assumed that the point of brewing was to create an alcoholic beverage that was actually pleasant to imbibe.

Ever tried american beer?

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BANGKOK-BLOCKED: Thailand's dictators 'ban dictator sim Tropico 5'

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Re: Too good to be true?

Tropico IV was not a crappy game, I really enjoyed the vibe and the overall wackiness of this game. There's nothing like turning a tropical paradise into a nuclear testing ground for a few bucks.

Heck, I feel nostalgic now, I'll play it a bit tonight.

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Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

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Which is unfortunate given that it is vastly more expensive than both. Another shit-headed, misbegotten euro-project.

Apple and oranges...

Both C130 and C17 are old planes, their developpement costs have been repaid.

Furthermore, try to land a C17 on the kind of very rugged terrain the Hercs and A400M can handle, hilarity will ensue. Sure, it can handle short and unpaved runways, but not the random pasture the other can use.

Comparision between the A400M and the C130 are more accurate, but if you look closely at the characteristics...

The price is 150M for the A400M, 100M$ for the C130J, but the A400M can carry up to 37t (20t for the C130J). As you need a single A400M instead of two C130J, this seems a far better deal. The A400M is also a bit faster with a similar range...

So no, it is not that clear cut as you seems to think.

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Re: Lack of imagination when thinking up things that can go wrong.

Very weird.

In the embedded SW I worked on (only 10 years of experience for me, I'm still young :p), the checksums of all SW and configuration tables were checked during startup (Well, only during cold start : if the equipment was turned off for more than 10 seconds, or forced by exiting the dataloading mode). Such problems would have been caught.

Furthermore, most configuration parameters, especially the critical ones, are retrieved at startup, checked and, if detected as faulty (mostly out of range), either replaced by safe (but unoptimised) default values or prevent the use of the system, and report the issue to the flight computers.

Looks like some "SW architects" forgot those little details...

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MIT bods' digital economy babblings are tosh. C'mon guys, Economics 101

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Re: Sexbots, Tim

I'ld say we won't have to worry about overpopulation any longer.

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Re: Familiarity

BTW - Other than John Cooper-Clarke can any readers name a commercially successful modern poet?

Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings?

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Les unsporting gits! French spies BUGGED Concorde passengers

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Re: Economy of France

>> TGV, Massively subsidised by the taxpayer.

Yes, however, think about all the economic growth it is bringing!

Where? Does it offset the massive subsidies? not so sure...

Furthermore, look at the sorry state of the other lines that lack subsidies. I won't even start about the RER mess (partly operated by the SNCF, partly operated by the local transit authority, a complete clusterfeek of failures and strikes)

High unemployment is not the state's fault, it is the French mentality ... HR think of a workforce like a puzzle

Nope, it's the work laws that are a puzzle. Hiring someone not perfectly fit for the job will prove catastrophic if he reveals being unable to perform properly due to the massive costs associated. I wonder why the HR depts try to minimize the risks...

I guess we'll only agree on the corruption stance of the nordic countries. The latest funny fact is the french prime minister taking one of the official plane with two of his son in order to go see a soccer game in Germany...

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Re: Economy of France

an incredible maze of high quality highways even up to an altitude of 1100m

Built by private companies who get 30-year leases from the government to collect the tolls

Not really. They were state built, and cheaply rented for 30 years to those private companies.

Very cheaply.

It was done 5 years ago, and those private companies already earned the cost back.

Foul play from some on the executive branch is probable...

French socialism used to work. Until the socialists were elected.

French right wing are a bunch of self serving thieves, french left wing are a bunch of ideologic nutcases. See the icon about what they deserve.

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Re: And how is this surprising

Likewise, France were Allies to the US until the Afghanistan "war" when it didn't suit France.

French forces were in Afghanistan for quite some time. You probably mean the second war against Iraq, based on dubious evidences.

Second, you sounds like GW Bush. Even if the french were not on this war, it doesn't means they were not allies any longer.

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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I was a bit sad when I read the headline...

I thought that V2 was not functional any longer. Forgot I was on El Reg for a minute...

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Forget black helicopters, FBI flying surveillance Cessnas over US cities. Warrant? What's that?

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Re: Land of the free

I know looks most mottos as internal jokes. "United in diversity" is one of the funniest.

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At last!

They're finally making a new season of "The wire"!

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Elon Musk's $4.9 BEELLLION taxpayer windfall revealed

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he is at least trying to play the short-term subsidy game - get it whilst it's hot and use it to bankroll longer-term prospects.

He's playing this game the way it's intended to be played. How strange!

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NASA shock: Flying saucer predicted over Hawaii on Wednesday

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Relax, it's going to Mars, not to your leaders

Why not both?

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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What is the difference between a "design by democracy" process with a biaised sample and the age old "design by comitee" process?

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New kid on the blocks: Lego Worlds game challenges Minecraft

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"This one is single-user and local. So even if Lego kill off the product, you can still play."

Be wary of those statements, you never know what kind of unholy DRM can be embedded with the stuff. (Quite unlikely at such a low pricing spot, but...)

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Woman dumps ultra-rare $200,000 Apple 1 computer in the trash

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Re: Well done the recycling centre...

... to have such honests employees & directors!

(Well, this will be very good publicity for them, probably worth more than the share for the old lady)

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Colour me bad: Kraken time or damp squid with Splatoon

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Re: But its

Coming soon : Hydra shooter! Now with at least 7 times more hats!

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Game modes?

No "Capture the fhtagn" mode? Ïa'm disappointed...

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BRAIN STORM: Nine mislaid cerebra found near railway line in New York

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Apple sized brains?

Did they checked Capitol Hill for the owners?

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

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Re: Seems to me that a rarity...

Shame on you to complain about the ecological trend of the film industry!

They should be praised for doing more than their fair share of script recycling.

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Make Adama proud: Connect your Things wisely, cadet

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Funny that you start and end with similar concepts (mostly a matter of wavelenght after all...)

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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Re: Spell it phonetically

You don't remember your password. It's your password manager that remembers them for you.

No need for justification, it's fine you know...

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Re: Spell it phonetically

...stored in my password manager.

Why would a company want customers who are likely to forget their password anyway?

Love the irony...

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NASA plots interplanetary cubesat swarms

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Joke

Looks like the cluster bomb manufacturer are looking for diversification...

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US Air Force launches not-so-secret space plane. Thanks Russia

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Re: why we use Russian stuff

Just go and watch "pentagon wars" for a (very dramatized) example...

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Airbus warns of software bug in A400M transport planes

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Re: "The project ran late and over budget. "

Seems like the problem was before the engine themselves.

“contradictory instructions” from the flight control system... Off to nag some coworkers :)

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Airplane HACK PANIC! Hold on, it's surely a STORM in a TEACUP

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Details, details...

AFDX (Arinc 664 actually, AFDX is Airbus' property) HW layer is a redundant ethernet with a few gimmicks added.

AFDX protocol layer is strangely similar to UDP/IP. We often used a plain old PC with Wireshark to investigate the traffic instead of using the cumbersome AFDX tools...

However...

* There's only a handful of planes that use AFDX, and two of those are either not yet widely deployed (there's 2 A350 flying around) or (and?) military (A400M). Which leave only the A380 and B787s.

* Due to the constraints added by AFDX compared to your ol' Ethernet/IP/UDP, it's unlikely you can "spoof" one of the inboard equipment with a plain old PC, even if you're directly linked on the AFDX bus. The worse you might do is a DOS attack. But...

* As stated on the article, the switches and routers between the AFDX network and the ethernet/IFE networks are not really of the "dumb" style, and filter all upcoming traffic, thank you.

This is why this whole story smelled fishy to me from the start...

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Re: Old news

Nope.

MH370 was a relatively old B777.

This kind of plane use "old school" avionic specific links (Arinc 429) which requires a very special kind of interface to be tampered with, and there's no way it can be connected to a W-LAN or an Ethernet network without significant interfacing HW and SW.

Even if Boeing wanted an A429-to-Ethernet converter for providing the position/speed/alt to the IFE, there's no chance in hell they added the Ethernet-to-A429 conversion (for the simplest of reasons : costs!)

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Red-faced Germans halt NSA cooperation after Euro spying revealed

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including the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) and Eurocopter.

Eurocopter (now renamed as Airbus Helicopter) is a subdivision of EADS (Airbus Group)

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Google's 'stale pale males' to be replaced by crack black chick pack

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Re: Anon CVs

The anonymous CVs were tested in France a few years ago*.

It went quite poorly : The chances to get an interview was roughly the same for women and seniors**, but it actually went down for ethnic minorities (slashed by half, from 10% to 5%).

Seems like there were more sympathetic people willing to give a chance than racist a****les in those places of power...

** "roughly" because the anonymous CV changed the "same sex/same age bracket" bias of the recruiters. One of the ironic note was that women recruiter favored men over women when using anonymous CVs...

* full report of the study, in french : http://www.crest.fr/images/CVanonyme/rapport.pdf)

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Word to your mother: Office 2016 preview flung at world + dog

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Re: Office 2007 is fine

My bad, I didn't tried myself, I was assuming op's informations were accurate. (and we all know what "assume" makes of U and especially me :))

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Re: Office 2007 is fine

The thing is, that's uncompressed. Once you zip that up, it's no longer a pile of characters, it's (in simple terms) one instance of that string with an integer saying repeat one million times.

First, this is wrong, as I'm pretty sure the numbers after "row" and "col" are variable (one entry for each combination)

Second, compression is not an excuse for something that could be solved by a less crappy format (Keeping the XML and adding a simple rule like "Saving : Empty cells are not be saved. Loading : If a cell is not defined in the file then it's considered empty" would do the trick)

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