* Posts by rh587

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Thunder struck: Apple kills off display line

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The Cupertino idiot tax racket says...

...but they rarely respond to our requests for comment.

Funny that!

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Re: Reboot Europe?

If you must reboot Europe, do it when Europe can cope - right now it cannot.

So, in like 30 years? Greece is in a positive-feedback loop of debt. Simply punting them €100Bn every 18 months isn't going to fix it (obviously we're not paying that directly - it's mostly Germany and France - but it's dragging the entire region down with it). The EU needs a shake-up and the leadership appears to be totally disinterested in doing so. Certain countries need throwing out to their own currency until their economies are managed to a state where they can coexist under the same fiscal policy as countries like Germany and France.

The EU is stagnant, lurching from one bail-out to another. The growth markets are BRIC (maybe not so much Russia at the moment).

The EU has had years and is sitting on it's hands because they're all too embarrassed to admit they grew too big too fast and need to prune their ambitions for the good of everybody. I'd say this is the perfect time to walk away before it falls over on it's own.

We can leave a note saying "See? I warned you - and here's the email trail - that you needed redundancy and a proper backup solution. I tried. I did. But you just weren't interested. You didn't want the redundant PSU or the second array to failover to. Now you get to start again."

I'm not even entirely convinced by my own argument. But sometimes people won't be helped and you walk away before you get sucked into an even bigger mess. This might be one of those times. The EU needs to boot Greece and a couple of others out of the Euro. Not the common market or EU, but out the Euro. The fact they have not been willing to do so tells you that they are bull-headed and unwilling to accept the truth in front of them. Which means we should leave them to it and watch from a safe distance.

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Re: Dear Andrew

and because virtually everyone except Mrs Thatcher's second favourite economist says that there would be one,

Yeah, but all those people - the IMF, ECB, etc all failed to see the 2008 Crash coming, failed to properly regulate the securities market, and the ECB failed to properly vet and regulate the nations being admitted to the Eurozone, with the result they let basket cases like Greece come and play in a common currency with Germany, with a result that was obvious to anyone who knows their Cold War history and the events leading to the financial split of west and east Germany when maintaining a common Reichsmark became untenable.

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Peace for the past 70 years.

One of the most odious lies. Syria and Iraq you mention. Closer to home, the EU did little good in Northern Ireland, Kosovo or Bosnia. I guess the Srebrenica Massacre didn't happen?

Of course the EU didn't exist 70 years ago. Or even 25 years ago. Attributing "70 years of peace" to the EU is ludicrous. Certain of their constituent bodies such as the WEU (who have merged into the EU) have contributed to a relatively stable Western Europe, but no more.

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Re: So where is the post to balance this out?

Margallo (Spanish foreign minister) let slip something last week... he's sure that in the end there'd be a bilateral trade agreement between EU countries and the UK without any tariffs.

Course they will. Tourism is responsible for 10.5% of Spain's GDP and 12% of employment, and 25% of visitors are British.

If the EU did anything stupid to stop the millions of sleazyjet vacationers piling in, Spain's GDP would literally tumble 2.5% overnight, and GDP is going to have enough on it's plate without having to finance an ECB bailout of Spain.

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Re: So where is the post to balance this out?

But don't put it past the EU to get all sinffy about a leave vote and decide those agreements are null and void. What then eh?

Well BMW, Mercedes and Volkswagen Group will all start laying off German workers for one - 20% of cars made in Germany are sold into the UK.

Yes, we rely on European markets. 50% of our exports go to the EU, compared with 15% of Continental Europe's exports coming to us. But although we arguably have more to lose, the pain for the EU if they decided to be punitive would be immense.

Let's not be alarmist here - if we leave, we will take two years to do it and there will be a raft of agreements in place. And they won't be terrible. I note with interest that although many people have bemoaned "the Norway solution" as encumbering us with EU laws which we have no power over, it can't be that awful - Norway is a stable economy which would easily qualify for entry to both EU and Eurozone, but they choose not to. Interesting.

I'm still on the fence. Andrew's notes about Africa and the EU's negative impact on developing nations are well-expressed points that I've not seen raised by anyone in the last few months and are tugging me that way. A 100million person EEA could be hold good clout as a trade movement minus the politics.

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Hey cloud lawyer: Can I take my client list with me?

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Re: Linkedin?

Once stored, however, they are not company property - they are your personal property so the company cannot force you to erase them or unlearn them. It can however using standard non-compete and non-solicitation clauses force the issue for you not to be able to use any of them.

See, this is the bit where it seems to be a bit grey. If you're hired from Company A to Competitor B, then even if you hand all your stuff in and don't take stuff with you, you still know your customers. When you pitch for them to switch to your new employer, that relationship still exists, you know what they paid last time and you likely have a fair idea what they're being quoted by your previous employer. It's basically insider knowledge, but short of moving to an entirely new industry, it's broadly impossible to not use your experience to your advantage. You can not take that a physical list of contacts, but if it's all up in your head then where are you going to start when you start compiling a pitch-list of prospective clients?

Obviously taking lists of sales, confidential pricing data, etc is all way out of line, but if you've memorised all that stuff, you're going to use it. It's called experience, and it's what you've been hired for!

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Cork data centre will offer super-speedy US to Europe data times

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Re: Confused (again)

1. Co-location of servers for your US customers, in which case (if latency is that critical) why not co-lo in a US data centre?

Regulatory reasons? I'm thinking US-based access to data which - for regulatory reasons - has to be geographically located in the EU?

I'm not sure what, but as data sovereignty becomes increasingly important, I'm sure M$/Google/Faceache/Apple/someone has some data they need to store in the EU but which they want to be able to access/process/analyse from the Americas.

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Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case – and why you'll be glad when it does

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Re: According to Mr. Orlowski

How exactly hard it is for you to grasp difference between using and reimplementing API ?

Exactly this.

I like to think of this in actual book terms.

There is literally nothing stopping you from use the line "Harry stood on the platform at King's Cross" in a book, or writing a story about a boy wizard, or even writing a story about a student at a Scottish wizarding school who has to face a dark wizard.

But if you lift text directly from a Harry Potter book, then you're in for a bad time. Individual words, elements or lines are not copyrighted. The work as a whole however is.

A re-write or re-implementation of code is one thing. Copy-pasta including errata is quite another.

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Re: The code is trivial

The code is utterly trivial, and obvious to anyone with any insight into what its doing.

Whether something is trivial or (non-obvious) would be relevant in a patent dispute. This is a copyright dispute, and the question is whether Google copy-pasta'd Java's code wholesale.

They did, thus it is an infringement of the copyright. QED.

Moreover, even if it were relevant, "trivial" is a contextual term. An if-loop is a trivial statement. Any given line of code can be deemed trivial in isolation. 11,000 lines of individually trivial statements that implement some complex piece of logic stops being trivial.

Google's claims of Fair Use are then a separate discussion down the line once it has been established that copying has taken place, which is why they do not belong in the upfront discussion.

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Judge torpedoes 'Tor pedo' torpedo evidence

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Good. It is not sufficient to state

"Our black box says x. Therefore they are guilty."

Guess what, my black box says the FBI is full of child-molesting lizard people. No, I don't have to show my working. You should just trust me. That's how it works right?

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PLA sys admin gets six months house arrest for yanking US Army docs

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Re: Duh.

Secret is a very low level of security clearance. Maybe the lowest?

Don't know about the US.

In the UK we had UNCLAS < PROTECT < RESTRICTED < CONFIDENTIAL < SECRET < TOP SECRET

They streamlined that to OFFICIAL < SECRET < TOP SECRET, all of which can be sub-marked as "UK EYES ONLY" or CAUKUS ONLY or AUSCANZUKUS ONLY for stuff shared to Five Eyes.

There also exists the STRAP system. Anything properly interesting is often marked with varying levels of STRAP. STRAP is need-to-know system, so you need TOP SECRET (DV) clearance, but also need to know about that specific project or operation as opposed to more "widely" distributed material available to all TOP SECRET personnel.

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Re: Six months only? House arrest, no jail?

Most classified material is stunningly unimportant.

Indeed. All the aircraft recognition stuff we were given in cadets was marked "Restricted", which was the lowest level of classification at the time. It basically meant they didn't put it on the internet. Every nation on Earth had it (and more no doubt) by virtue of buying a copy of Janes.

We did see some "confidential" marked slides at one stage on a summer camp, but it was fairly dry stuff on the first evening about camp standing orders/operating procedure, location of guard houses/security stuff, etc which I guess would be useful if you were planning a raid on the base, but stunningly boring otherwise (and much of it inferable from Google Earth if you looked closely enough).

Moreover, if it is prefixed "NATO" then everything moves down the scale.

You can assume that everyone including the PLA and Russians have had eyes on anything lower than "NATO Secret", just by virtue of it's wide distribution, there is going to be someone in one of NATO's 28 nations who is working for the other side.

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Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

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Re: Much better view here

The bit I still can't quite get over is the full HD live (FFS, LIVE!!!) coverage of the entire launch all the way to the "top". With the Apollo and earlier craft we got to see sometimes poor coverage of the launch and then nothing else until, maybe, there might some grainy black & white coverage from orbit.

This. I am very much not old enough to remember Apollo (my mum was in her last year at primary school, which bought it's first television especially for the kids - and the rest of the village - to view the Apollo 11 Landing).

Nevertheless, I got chills during Tim Peake's docking. I watched the launch at work, and later was sat watching a Soyuz capsule docking with a space station in orbit in real-time on my phone pulled up in a car park. That was fucking cool.

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Researcher arrested after reporting pwnage hole in elections site

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Re: Which bit of this do you lot not understand?

The article's got that bit wrong - the guy in the video is a candidate for Supervisor (which is an elected position). There seems to be some politics here where he told a candidate before he told the actual office.

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Re: Vengeful Bureaucrat?

It's seems Dan Sinclair is a candidate for the Election Supervisor gig. It may well be the incumbent (one Sharon Harrington) who has pushed for the arrest.

She is likely hacked off that:

1. He put it on YouTube before he told her department.

2. He did it whilst sat on a couch with someone who is running for her job.

Additionally, he didn't just discover the SQL Injection flaw and let them know - he exploited it, extracted data, used that data (logging in), etc which goes beyond just telling someone their window is open, into the realms of climbing in and going through their stuff. Though in his defence, they'd basically left a big neon sign next to their open window saying "free stuff here" and it you'd have to think it's unlikely he was the first in. Without intrusion detection, all elections since that system was installed are suspect.

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BOFH: Thermo-electric funeral

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Re: I need a cooling hammer!

THOSE AREN'T MALLETS THEY ARE HIGH PRECISION COMPUTER ALIGNMENT TOOLS!

That would be what our office refers to as The Universal Adaptor.

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Soyuz to loft Sentinel-1B Earth-watching sat

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Playload

"*The Russian horizontal assembly method - which also includes mounting the playload on the ground - "

I didn't realise Sentinel was being operated by plucky playmonauts!

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South Korea to upgrade national stereo defence system for US$16m

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Propaganda

Propaganda. Yes.

I'm sure that if SK ever decided to "go north" a copy of "Ride of the Valkyries" definitely wouldn't find it's way into the broadcast deck... no sir!

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Canny Canadian PM schools snarky hack on quantum computing

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Re: Are we in the end times?

"In fact they describe a scenario where your data is simultaneously secure and available to TLAs everybody via backdoors on the encryption..."

FTFY.

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Commentard April Fool decries Blighty's dodecaquid

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Re: A tad (just a tad) harsh

In 2016, the amount of quality journalism around being less than ever means it's impossible to apply critical thinking to every story and work out if it's an April Fools or not.

Which would be an entirely relevant criticism had the article not contained relevant links to both the Royal Mint's press releases and Osborne's guff on gov.uk, as well as links to previous Reg stories on the matter, which demonstrate either that it's a real story, or those previous stories were long, pre-planned setups to a collaborative joke by the Royal Mint, George Osborne and El Reg.

Now which sounds more likely?

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MH-370 search loses sharpest-eyed robot deep beneath the waves

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Re: Waste Of Time

but why would anyone monitor the arse of the earth / the middle of nowhere just because?

You don't get a choice. Any satellite in a polar orbit is going to pass over the arse end of nowhere on a fairly regular basis. You can't just park it permanently over Tehran or Moscow. Orbital mechanics doesn't work like that.

Given the number of spy satellites whizzing round from a variety of nations, odds are that at least one was over the Indian Ocean at the time (plus, it may be ocean, that doesn't mean there might not be objects of interest bobbing around - foreign naval assets, etc). Whether any orbits happened to actually overlap with MH370 and capture anything of use is quite another matter. Releasing that imagery however could reveal information about your secret satellite's imaging capabilities.

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Govt: Citizens, we know you want 10Mbps. This is the last broadband scheme for that

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Re: All well and good but....

But if you choose to live in the ass end of no where miles away from the nearest city then you should expect to get poor asdl speeds over your 2 pair copper.

My parents live about a mile out of a decent sized market town which has FTTC. However, they are the last property on their phone line which comes from a village two miles in the other direction. Infinity? Not a chance.

They cannot be defined as "out in the sticks" by any objective or subjective measure you care to define. But because of the quirky and patchwork manner in which the old PSTN network was rolled out over the years, they can't access services from the (much closer) FTTC-enabled cabinet. The only way they're going to get better than 1.5Mb ADSL any time soon is to get a wayleave across some fields and find someone willing to have some private fibre come into their garden and share their Infinity.

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Top rocket exec quits after telling the truth about SpaceX price war

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Much as I like SpaceX's innovation and Musk's vision, I think I can relate to how the air force guys must be feeling about this. This is basically like being told by the beancounters that you can't get more of these shiny 100%-reliable Unix/Mac workstations that you are used to, and have to make do with virtualized Windows clients, because while slightly inferior, their three times lower price more than makes up for it.

Welcome to the commodisation of Space.

You might have plug-and-play appliances in your office providing local storage, VPN services or edge filing, you might even get some shiny Apple Macs for specific workloads. But your datacentre is going to be full of disposable whitebox servers because going hyperscale with HPE or Dell isn't necessary or affordable for your run-of-the-mill heavy lifting. It's cheaper to have spare boxes to spin up whilst you repair/replace failed servers than to pay for a branded box with additional redundancy.

Shiny branded boxes with expensive software licenses and lovely management tools become relegated to special workloads which can't be spun out to a cloudy cluster.

And so it is with space. For small satellites, anything that you're serially producing and can afford to stuff "+1" on the end of the production run because you lost a launch, you go with the ludicrously cheap option.

Consider - if you're at NASA building a one-off probe or bespoke bit of kit, you need to know that it's going up because you only get one shot. Likewise if it's a uniquely huge bit of kit that needs a heavy launcher. You pay the premium.

If you're building a dozen identical commsats, a string of common-framework surveillance sats or a global positioning constellation, you've got a production line going, and if you lose a launch, you just get the insurance and add one or two more satellites to your order, which is more than covered by the fact you're paying 1/3 on the launch.

Sure, it's nice to have the fancy workstation, but the world moves on...

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Re: Huh???

He said ULA's forthcoming Vulcan rocket will be much more practical, since the first stage of the rocket will parachute down to earth and be caught mid-air by a helicopter.

Yes. Practical. That was the first word I thought of when I head "First Stage" and "caught mid-air by helicopter" in the same sentence.

EDIT: Appears ULA's idea is to jettison the lower half of the First Stage and snatch the (expensive) engines of out mid-air, letting the fuel tank go. I was wondering how else they'd support that much weight.

So it's significantly more hazardous (regular sorties by heli crews to snag mid-air targets) and doesn't return the entire first stage...

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HTTPS is not enough: Boffins fingerprint user environments without cracking crypto

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Re: Side channel attacks

So what happens when you have to address BOTH security AND efficiency at the same time? Say a high-security communique in an area or environment where power and/or bandwidth is at a premium?

Secure. Efficient. Cheap.

Pick two.

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Staff 'fury' as penny pinching IBM offers legal minimum redundo payoffs

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Re: Interesting!

"Not planning to get any decent handovers from the staff leaving the building then? Good luck with that."

What handover? You don't make people redundant - you make roles redundant.

If you declare someone redundant, there can be nothing to handover.

My (teacher) mum was declared redundant from one post some years ago on the grounds they were discontinuing the course she taught. They then asked her to "handover" her (apparently redundant/obsolete) course materials to a new member of staff...

After a sit down with the bursar, he chose to enhance her redundancy package in preference to getting a call from her Union's solicitors after she handed over the offending emails.

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Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi

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Re: On the one hand...

Reminds me of our induction/welcome session at university. The library staff had just finished a very flashy powerpoint on all the services they offered (with very limited reference to actual books). They were followed by a chap from IT to give us the low-down on where the help-desk was, accounts, etc, etc. He had the mankiest, most dog-eared acetates you've every laid eyes on, which he duly plopped on the OHP.

He knew exactly how reliable the digital projector and A/V was.

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Brit firm unleashes drone-busting net cannon

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"It would most likely fall under a the definition of a prohibited firearm, under the same category as any weapon of whatever description designed or adapted for the discharge of any noxious liquid, gas or other thing."

Eh, no more so than one of these.

One presumes these will not be mail-order and the company will sell it along with training to genuine buyers, in which case the Police would be unlikely to take too great an interest.

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The parachute seems like it would just add to the risk of the entrapped drone floating with the wind - potentially across the runway and towards aircraft awaiting clearance to go (with their engines spinning). On a windy airfield, there seems to be a lot of scope for it to drift some way from it's actual snaring point.

Surely better to dispense with the 'chute and let it fall out of the sky like a brick - presumably the owner isn't getting it back so it's final "landed" condition is not relevant?

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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> This also highlights an interesting question, previously it was the ability to receive TV that meant you had to have a license (TV and aerial) so does this mean if you have a computer and the internet you may have to pay it?

The license has only been payable if you watch live TV (whether via broadcast or online simulcast) for quite some time. It is not longer based on whether you have equipment set up to do so.

To that end, this will continue in the same vein - if you watch live TV or catch-up iPlayer then you need a license. Simple possession of an internet connection and device-with-browser would not qualify as requiring a license.

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NASA funds new supersonic airliner research

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"My only problem with Elon Musks hyperloop proposal is that they seem to make out it was 'his idea' bull, watch Genesis 2, or read some history books, the idea of running maglev inside a vacuum tube is old..."\

Tubes may be old school, but Hyperloop doesn't propose maglev. It uses air-bearings, which are a novel solution to the difficulty of maintaining a perfect vacuum - and puts errant ingressed air to good use rather than having to punch through it!

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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

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Re: Not all security is like that, I'm not

"So, on what legal basis are you operating then?"

I would imagine - since he alludes to working some form of stadium or conference/exhibition centre - that the area/plazas surrounding the building may be private property (rather than public street), in which case they would have a lawful power to ask them to leave - much like a mall cop can require that you leave a shopping centre (because those tend to be private property - as we as being public places).

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Re: Unfortunately... you're wrong

"Theft is theft, there is no time limit or extenuating circumstances such as saying that you were going to return the item eventually."

Yes, you sort of do. With theft you have to show an intent to permanently deprive the owner of their property. It is the precise reason why the motoring offence of "Taking Without Owner's Consent" exists - because it became difficult to prosecute a joyrider for theft when they claimed they intended to return the car once they'd had a drive around - so they made it an offence to take the car in the first place.

In this case, go for Common Assault - use of unlawful force. The Mall Cops had no authority to harass him going about his lawful business on a public highway, nor to prevent him leaving the scene or seizing his property.

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Apple must help Feds unlock San Bernardino killer's iPhone – judge

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"This is an absolutely chilling, apalling thing for a court to order."

No it isn't. It's the equivalent of the Feds identifying that the suspect has a safe deposit box, and getting a court order requiring the deposit company to hand it over, and render assistance in opening it (in the absence of the suspect's private key).

For the Feds to go to a court and request this and for the courts to say "Yes, this is reasonable" is exactly how due process is supposed to work! Whether they're getting a court-signed warrant to search your house, a subpoena to compel a witness to appear in court, or a court-order for a telco to disclose your call history.

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Ordnance Survey unfolds handy Mars map

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Re: serious question

No. They address this in The Martian. With no satnav either, Mark Watney has to navigate through a combination of dead reckoning, rudimentary astronomy and landmarks/surface features.

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I'm sure it's no coincidence that they chose to map the exact area depicted in Andy Weir's book The Martian, recently filmed with Matt Damon starring.

The Ares 3 base is located in Acidalia Planitia, and he has to journey to the Ares 4 MAV in Schiaparelli Crater. He also goes and scavenges Pathfinder (marked) for it's comms array.

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Danish Sith Lord fined in Galactic Republic rumpus

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The Saddometer sounds like a round on HIGNFY - now we come to the Saddometer of News!

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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FAIL

Daleks?

Cybermen surely.

"You will be upgraded. You will become like us. Upgrading is compulsory."

"Delete! Delete! Delete!"

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Reg readers battle to claim 'my silicon's older than yours' crown

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"Yes, Pembrokeshire's Crytal Maze was a real thing apparently."

Yes it was, and I was taken there on a rainy day one August when it first opened! 12 year old me thought it was bloody brilliant.

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SpaceX breaks capsule 'chute world record

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Re: Retire parachutes?

"Somehow I wouldn't want to sign the order for 'No, we don't need backup 'chutes any more, our retros are 100% reliable."

To be fair, they're not claiming 100% reliability. Which is why Dragon 2 has 8 motors in pairs - a main and a spare at every point.

Of course there's no point taking parachutes to Mars (that being their end-game) because at 0.0006 atmospheres they won't save you if the rockets fail, so the rockets need to be a man-rateable level of safe and reliable.

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

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Re: Why are they ending it now?

"Bear in mind the Defender is basically hand made and so costs a fortune. I've been round the factory. The Range Rover is built by robots that glue and rivet the whole shell together and then some fiddly bits are added manually."

The numbers are staggering.

The Range Rover line produces 320 cars per shift, and their order book is thick enough to run 3 shifts a day.

For the past 12 months the Defender line has been running one shift a day making ~115 units.

So JLR were selling ~8-9 full fat £100k Range Rovers for every Defender, and on a huge margin. Defender is profitable, but not by very much.

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Re: Just

"All they needed to do was put a more modern, emissions compliant drive unit in the thing. There are a lot of them out there, even from their parent company."

It's not emissions. I mean yes, they would have to eventually - but the current unit has been running a lightly modified Puma engine from the Transit. The Transit will need a new engine in 2020, as will lots of other vehicles. Emissions aren't the reason, but they're another embuggerance that has made "now" the time to do it.

The specific reason it is going in January 2016 (and not 2020) is that as of next month new regs come in on airbags and general safety in commercial vehicles - they gave Defender a stay of execution when those regs came in for cars by reclassifying it as a commercial vehicle, but it's caught up with them.

You can fit a Series II door into the Defender frame, which tells you as much as you need to know about how much the bodywork has been updated over the decades and how much thought went into fitting such niceties as airbags (which didn't exist back then!).

They couldn't export to North America, and so the time had come to build from the ground up a new vehicle which could be exported globally and made with modern manufacturing techniques (not 3 guys with rivet guns fabricating the rear tub from a dozen separate panels when a modern design could be stamped in a second by a machine).

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Sainsbury's Bank web pages stuck on crappy 20th century crypto

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Just had a look at the RBS site.

Their public site (rbs.co.uk) scores a C thanks to poor protocol support - they don't support better than TLS1.0 (they are at least using SHA256 certificates). This is probably because a quick check of their HTTP headers returns IIS6.0, which infers they're on Server 2003...

Happily, their digital banking site (rbsdigital.com) does much better, scoring an A with SHA256 certs and TLS1.2.

However, checking their headers returns BigIP - the OS for F5's load-balancing/traffic-managing/firewall range. This is not a bad thing in itself, but it makes you wonder whether they've simply stuffed a shiny new appliance in front of a creaking, archaeological dig of an environment to publicly offer good crypto whilst hiding all manner of sins within!

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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Re: Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

"Me: Ah. Um, basically, 'Linux' isn't just one thing. You see, without going into the politics of how open source development works, the middle bit of the OS is called the Linux Kernel, but lots of people then build their -"

Why would you say that?

Simple response is "Oh, yeah, there are different versions, like there's Windows Home/Premium/Enterprise. Some people even compile their own version for specific jobs. You just need Mint - that's Linux for Windows users".

Don't give them a choice.

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Recall: Bring out yer dead and over-heating Microsoft Surface Pro power cords

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FAIL

Re: Are "electronic" components involved in the failure?

"The amount of power drawn by a Surface will not cause a noticeable temperature rise in the cable. Simple test - next time you're making a cuppa, feel the kettle lead. That's taking 13A - way more than any Surface tablet, and it will be cool to the touch."

My kettle cable is significantly thicker than the cable for my laptop or tablet chargers.

Because it uses a thicker gauge of wire appropriate to it's 13A rating.

Resistance in a wire is inversely-proportional to it's cross section (which is proportional to the square of it's radius). The cross-section of a surface pro cable will likely be less than 10% that of a kettle lead, meaning it will get warm at much lower currents.

In this case of course, it's more likely to be excessively thin insulating sheaths getting damaged and allowing conductors to touch.

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PDF redaction is hard, NSW Medical Council finds out - the hard way

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Facepalm

"It is more likely that the user is drawing black rectangles."

Or using the Highlight/Markup tools with the colour set to black, which would look to an inexperienced user like you're blocking over with a digital marker pen, but of course are designed to be whipped out once edits have been completed, and are entirely removeable.

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Re: OOPS

I've also seen it done the other way, where they knew they weren't adept with modern tech, so rather than risk getting it wrong, had printed the document, manually redacted PII and scanned it back in. Unfortunately, they hadn't used a sufficiently dense marker pen and you could still read the names through the black marks...

Me? In the absence of a decent PDF editor that allows permanent edits (obviously the preferred option), I grab the page and put black marks over in MS Paint or Apple Preview, export as a flat jpg and reinsert the page back into the document, or re-export as a new PDF.

Not elegant, but you can be absolutely sure that the PDF software hasn't just applied a layer of black "highlighting" or something - there's no indexing the data back out of a flat jpg (not without OCRing, and that won't work on the black blocks).

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BBC risks wrath of android rights activists with Robot Wars reboot

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Re: Big hammer

"Many bots also 'evolved' righting mechanisms that effectively rendered the flipper bots toothless."

That depended on your strategy. Chaos 2 was usually let down by reliability, not the novelty of it's hoofing flipper, which was more than adequate to roll their opponent so they could shunt them in the pit or a patrol zone whilst they were busy righting themselves (Razer's SRiMech for instance was elegant but slow). That's assuming they hadn't flipped them out the arena entirely.

Battle Bots contestants by contrast never really got into flippers because they had an entirely enclosed arena with no way to eject your opponent from proceedings.

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Launch embiggens Galileo satnav fleet

rh587

The standard accuracy of GPS was 15m and is now "better than 3.5m".

So the Galileo public signal is good or better. The encrypted signal for commercial users is down to 1cm.

Also, they claim the constellation design gives better precision at higher latitudes than GPS or GLONASS, so even if you're only getting down to 1m on the public signal, you should be able to get that level more consistently in more places.

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