* Posts by itzman

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bog-standard boxty

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yeah well....

..at least we can spell 'site'..

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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What is the name of your pet rabbit?

I dont have a pet rabbit.

Actually the things I use tend to be stuff that is buried so far in my altogether too long past that no one else has a cats chance in hell of discovering them

I am probably the only person alive who remembers the name of the family cat in 1954....

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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Re: What would be the counters...

....to either a short-range drone or a semi-autonomous one that uses the encrypted military GPS, both of which would be jam- and hack-resistant?...

Take out the GPS sattellites.

us AA fire to disrupt the gyros.

Leaving just magnetic fields and radar /visual cues as ways of working out where the poor thing is!

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Re: War. What is it good for?

I suspect the time has come for a philosophical understanding of the purposes of war.

1/. It used to be to capture land or goods and chattels from someone else, and in theory that requires no bloodshed at all. Its merely armed theft in principle, and could as easily become secret theft. Governments already practice this on their own citizens with remarkable success. What is a government but a self legalising protection racket anyway?

2/. As a means of removing a section of human population whose goods and chattels and actual occupied land you want. Ethnic cleansing, Apartheid and Jihad, and other 'final solutions' are the modern way to describe this process. As such as a means of relieving population pressure it has much to commend it. And can be bloodless on the part of the aggressors if they are sufficiently asymmetric with respect to technology and wealth.

3/. As evinced by Sheri Tepper's protagonist queen 'What is the point of dead heroes?' it is also a means of ridding yourself of otherwise unemployable testosterone charged Youths who instead of being nothing but trouble, can become Heroic Examples To Us All. In short, as the book delineates, the point of dead heroes, is that they are dead. An additional bonus is that the now more numerous womenfolk have to be a bit nice to the men that are left if they want any nookie. This is most beneficial to society.

It can easily be seen that in terms of the first two objectives drone warfare is infinitely preferable. It enables you to have power over them, without placing yourself in danger.

Only in the third objective is it at a disadvantage. Drones produce no heroes, dead or alive. Neither can their use be relied upon to decimate your own population to relieve socio-economic pressure on scarce resources.

(Well unless they are running a Microsoft derived operating system in which case all bets are off. Like the Sopwith Camel, which killed more allied pilots than enemy, in WWI, due to its quirky nature.)

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Quadcopter tuirbines...

So a turbine carried aloft by a fleet of quadcopters beaming power via some kind of wireless transfer, is fanciful, but is not perpetual motion. Just highly unlikely to work.

No. it is fanciful and betrays an alarming lack of understanding of physics.

In order to extract power from mechanical energy as such, you need to maintain a speed differential by some means between the things used to extract energy.

A wind turbine does this by being firmly anchored to the earth. Any free flying structure cannot extract energy from a steady wind - it will be carried along with it. Any energy you use to keep it in one (geographical) spot will negate all the energy you get out of it, by definition. It is exactly the same as building a car that extracts its motive power from a non driven set of wheels in some way. A perpetual motion machine.

The only way a free flying structure can extract energy from the wind is by exploiting velocity differences in airflow. As sailplanes do, and especially (model) dynamic soarers, that can achieve remarkable energy gains looping through wind shear.

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Re: Ummm, no.

You echo the comment made to be by someone in the transport business 'the only thing that isn't computer controlled NOW is the steering'

His vision is of driverless and ownerless cars, that are never parked, merely stop to take on or eject passengers.

GPS and traffic control systems run them end to end up motorways and at exactly prescribed speeds on minor roads.

Radar ultrasonics and infra red allow them to detect obstacles in all weathers.

Links to a global car net allow them to be tracked, cradle to grave.

Frankly given the aptitude of a significant minority of drivers, its probably the only way forward.

(I've used the spawn of Satan icon because it looks just like a car to me.)

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Banning?

Banning Orders for extremist organisations who seek to undermine democracy or use hate speech in public places, but fall short of proscription

Well if its applied uniformly and fairly and in a balanced way, that should see most of the far left anti this that or the other movements, most of the anti this that or the other ecological movements and most of the ant this that or the other religious movements.

All of which might be a plan IF it were indeed applied uniformly.

And pigs might fly.

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Why OH WHY is economics so bleedin' awful, then?

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What do you call a system

..that is highly interconnected, with multiple time delayed negative feedback paths and non linear responses with respect to superposition of these effects, and which has had its localised feedback paths de regulated?

Chaotic.

What do we know about chaotic systems?

They may display long term averages but these are subject to change if they flip from one attractor to another. But mostly they are unpredictable to any large degree, and they are almost impossible to control. Especially when affected by things outside the scope of control anyway.

Economics gurus and politicians who act on their prognostications are all just a bunch of Cnuts trying to stem the tides of human economic affairs.

If there is one thing that has characterised the 20th century, it is the understanding of the difficulty of applying classical science to systems that dont fall within a narrow range of 'broadly linear'

Economics, climate change...examples of the types of systems that we can only prove that we cannot offer useful predictions on.

Gödel, Turing, Lorenz, the Quantum boys...all filling our theory maps with huge areas marked 'insoluble' , 'unprovable', 'Here Be Tygers' ...as the broad tenet of Western Progressive Thought continues in the blithe assumption that humans can control anything. World government (or as big a government as we can get) is the Answer To Anything, and if money runs out well simply print more!.

Hubris and Nemesis beckon...

PS why Brenda?

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Tesla Powerwall: not much cheaper and also a bit wimpier than existing batteries

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Dating adverts?

Not me sir, but I have adblock..

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Re: Could work for me

Would I buy one now? No, but I might in 5 years where the cost is likely to have come down by half.

Or Tesla has gone bust.

Or the price has gone up.

Or no one sells them because they all caught fire or died early.

Or teh world reserves of lithium have been dpelted to the point where lithium itslef is worth the same as gold.

Nope. I'll not be an early adopter on this one.

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Win 95 code gaffe nearly made Stuxnet Suxnet, say infosec blokes

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Re: Luck, or Unicode? Neither - just accurate coding to the API.

Odd that the assembler says the same - I would have thought that that was exactly the sort of thing an optimising compiler would have eliminated - an expression that always evaluates to 'true' ...

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Bored with Blighty? Relocation lessons for the data centre jetset

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Re: Pacific Northwest is pretty damn good too

Your remark that "data center locations should be decided on by the primary location of the users accessing the servers" is predicated on the assumption that the users actually need massive data transfer capability: For some applications this is definitely NOT the case.

E.g. the most extreme example of scanning petabytes of data to come back with a single page of 'answer'

Something you could do over a 300 baud modem...

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Is this what Windows XP's death throes look like?

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Re: I see desktop OS's similar to TV dinners...

I have had more issues on Windows and MAC OSX than linux.

Today's 'populist' linuxes are plug and play.

I am sure s9meone is out there compiling a slackware kernel: I just sling a MInt disk in, reboot, and wait 40 minutes or less for a full blown desktop to emerge.

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This one weird trick deletes any YouTube flick in just a few clicks

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the internet is full of...well...

My first experience of 'bringing the internet to its knees' was way back when 64k lines were a luxury, and an irate customer wanted to know why no emails were getting into his company.

A bit of poking around in the mail queues of the upstream server revealed a 50Mbyte email whose title was 'Video of My New Baby' ...which he requested be summarily deleted after learning whence it originated.

Cats would have been a vast improvement.

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HP blasts $5.1bn sueball at ex-Autonomy execs, Lynch preps return fire

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how you 'fake' 8 billion in worth

you essentially trade with yourself at zero profit thus producing a huge cashflow.

All that is then required is to make the transactions look external (I've known two people do this with two separate companies in a ring a ring of roses type arrangement) and them all you need is a believable proposition that this cash flow can be tapped to make a profit.

That's one way to do it.

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It's the FALKLANDS SYNDROME! Fukushima MELTDOWN to cause '10,000 Chernobyls' in South Atlantic

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TYhe real tragedy is that ...

this story will probably go viral around the Green Blob and be utterly and totally believed.

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AT&T, Verizon and telco pals file lawsuit to KILL net neutrality FOREVER

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Re: Time for Lawyers and Hissy-Fits.

Violent Elizabeth Botnets?

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Dear departed Internet Explorer, how I will miss you ... NOT

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"what the world needs is a new and decent rendering engine."

Amen to that...

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MYSTERIOUS Siberia CRATER: ALIENS or METEOR not involved, officials insist

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Re: Can't believe you guys missed it !

3 holes in the ground?

Well, well, well!

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Basic minimum income is a BRILLIANT idea. Small problem: it doesn't work as planned

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Re: @JS001 The devil is in the details

Only rational thing is a cradle to grave state pension based on whatever the country can afford. And then tax luxury, not labour not essentials..

And cut back on public services as deliverables, just deliver the money.

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They've finally solved it: Schrödinger's cat is both ALIVE AND DEAD

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Re: Quis custodiet ipsos felis?

Is the cat an observer?

No, an observation.

Remember Descartes, If you dont think rationally you dont exist.

Felix non cogitaris ergo felix non est

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What is silly about the idea...

..that the universe as she is perceived doesn't exist unless it is perceived by someone?

The only silly part is the belief that the universe in itself is in fact anything like one's perception of it.

"Of course I know how a computer works: You just push the on switch, and wiggle the mouse and stuff happens in an orderly way on the screen"

"So what's inside all the chips?"

"Smaller pictures and sound things of course".

"So what do you make of all this theory about 'software'?"

"Preposterous nonsense."

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

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one of the relicas?

Rather a model I think. Its a very popular subject. Flies well unlike a camel which is hard to get balanced.

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UK boffins DOUBLE distance of fiber data: London to New York WITHOUT a repeater

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Re: BT might get round to installing fibre to home

More likely they could use the technology to get even MORE from already installed copper..

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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Anyone going to a movie....

....any movie, expecting anything other than fiction is already in the wrong place. ...c f 'An inconvenient truth', which turned out to be a very convenient lie, after all.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Re: Two on the list are the worst.. one, maybe not.

Barbarella was so bad it was genius. Imagine two teenage kids rolling around the floor laughing the whole way through...

I believe Plan 9 from outer space is generally reckoned to be the worst scifi of all time.

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You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

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Re: Hmmmn, I've found linux in a right state...

Odd. I used to keep mint running months sat a time. These days I power it down at night to save leccy a little.

Never NEEDED a reboot. except after kernel upgrades

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Making the desktop experience

..converge with a mobile interface ...

seems about as useful as equipping the space shuttle with a steering wheel and hand brake.

'A Computer' covers as many bases as 'A Vehicle' does.

FFS let's have the interface appropriate to the user and the intended function.

Linux/Unix the kernel is the result of years of development and is now a stable versatile and ubiquitous beast. No reaosn not to use it.

Linux the user interface simply doesn't actually exist.

Instead we3 have various mobile and desktop UIs competing for space on a variety of devices.

Frankly, Microsoft should port the windows UI to linux as well.

In the end there will be power users on desktops doing things one way, and consumers who need to consume content and communicate and very rarely generate new code or content, on a completely different class of device altogether.

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Security? Don't bother until it's needed says RFC

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It has to come..

Despite witterings by clueless politicians, routine encryption of nearly all IP packets between nodes with keys known only to those nodes is probably something that with IPV6, will slowly happen in time

IPV4 was built with resilience in mind. We need a new net built with security in mind.

What would it matter if the same end user tools ran over a layer than no one had to make a decision to install, but which provided a secure end to end link? As a matter of course?

Well you would have to move your intel to the end points instead of hoping for a free lunch as a MITM.

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What will happen to the oil price? Look to the PC for clues

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Re: Fracking

Technology cannot manufacture oil from nothing: the oil has to be there. Or the energy to synthesise it.

Technology can and has delayed peak oil, but it won't prevent it,

And all the information I have read is that fracking/tight oil is unprofitable at much less than $120/barrel oil price...remind me what we are now at?

And why?

Saudi pumps oil to crash the market to drive fracking out of existence.

Then the oil price will go up again?

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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...and never mind the ...

SECRET HANDSHAKE.

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Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

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I'd settle...

...or being able to spell the words we already have in common usage, and use them correctly,

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Re: What's "Dumfounded"?

I was about to make the exact same point...

it was repeated twice, so not likely a typo.

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Our EXCLUSIVE VID of MIRACLE TECH: Charge your phone in 16 SECONDS – WIRELESSLY

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Re: Maybe not a battery

You can if you dont mind being unkind charge a NicD fully in 5-10 minutes

You can discharge on in under a minute

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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If only..

..the laws of physics and chemistry allowed a cheap small, light, high capacity battery to be constructed...

..there wouldn't be a single IC car left on the roads.

Sadly the Tesla here is as good as it gets and the battery is stupendously expensive, heavy and of dubious life.

And there is no better technology on the horizon at all.

I spent several weeks once, analysing electric cars. Its plus all the way until you get to that battery.

I then spent time analysing all possible forms of known battery.

Not one was good enough really. Maybe in time lithium air might be good enough, but there are huge practical issues.

And none would be cheap enough.

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Toyota to Tesla: we can play the free patent game as well

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Re: Could be useful

but giving up on it is not the way forward.

Neither is hydrogen.

If you want a synthetic fuel why not synth diesel/gasoline.?

Leverage the whole supply chain infrastructure and installed base of vehicles.

Id be unsurprised in the overall efficiency of leccy to fuel to wheel wasn't at least as good with syndiesel in a modern TD as electrolytic hydrogen in a fuel cell.

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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Re: Check your facts.

On many (labour) council provided transport services, the subsidies of one sort or another comprise so much of the income that the companies involved really dont care whether anyone rides them or not.

I had that from a senior executive at a major rail company some years ago.

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Re: Buses are like HS2

You misunderstand. The HS2 is designed to solve a far different problem. What an EU central transport planning department is going to do with the billions its been given to develop a pan European transport system, without actually spending any of it on someone intelligent enough to provide cost effective solutions to real needs rather than high profile initiatives that end up in the majority of the cash being spent with the large businesses who support the EU and lobbies.

It has to be understood that it cots a lot less to bribe and lobby a bureaucrat to get your product defined as the only product to be sold, than it does to develop and market a truly better mousetrap.

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Re: Obvious troll is obvious

Like many other rent seeking subsidised BS, buses are something that exist because councils and governments decree that they should.

Not because they are the most efficient.

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Re: toll lanes

The way to fix it is bring the work to the people.

It's almost at the stage where a huge amount of manual and clerical work doesn't need a real office at all or a real factory.

Remote robots and virtual offices are the answer.

Buses certainly are not.

BTW the free for all minicab solution exists for real in Soweto/Johannesburg. The trains are simply too unsafe to ride. Mind yuou, competition between minicab drivers goes as far as shooting the opposition...

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Re: The best urban transport

A parasol is a sunshade. You mean umbrella.

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Re: The best urban transport

Is shanks pony.

When I lived in London, I was constantly amazed at how little extra time it took to walk the whole way than walk to the tube/bus, spend money to be exposed to filth dirt and disease, and walk the other end.

Bikes are OK, but they still need to be parked somewhere

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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

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Re: Big problem with Linux on desktops is...

...what the man said.. You cant make money out of it.

Or can you?

Free software, paid for support?

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Re: Linux Desktop surpasses Windows!

yeah. a first for me was that a usb scanner Just Worked, for the first time ever...

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Re: A level of polish and sophistication

May the lord preserve us from 'interaction and usability pros'.

The main attraction of linux is its been designed by people who use computers a LOT for real stuff.

Not graphic designers and other redundant burger-flippers.

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Re: Don't write off the desktop

Spot on. Content consumption moves to the BYODS but content and design creation will stay with a desktop.

However there is probably a 100:1 ratio between the two. So the desktop will be abandoned to all but Linux, whereas the mobile arena will be full of overpriced chrome-and-tailfins 'user experience'

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Re: Sorted the desktop out?

I use linux daily, but I dont randomly mount filesystems from the gui,

I hard mount the home server and have scripts to mount my cloud server and they mount the systems in defined places.

USB mediais mounted by the OS as well,. Its not under gui control.

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Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

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Re: Can't the NSA

i suppose they could shut down the satellites overhead as well..

I remember well a (now deceased) acquaintance who maintained a postal address in the UK to support his Sky subscription whereas the actual receiving dish was located in Tuscany.

Get a S Korean satellite link and move it to Nork..

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Re: I get pissed off

the Iraq attack on Kurdistan where numerous different CB agents were used.

Which was years before the second gulf war and sanctions and UN inspectors..

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A black op is designed to be indistinguishable...

...from the real thing.

So without donning any tinfoil hats, if one government wants to pick a fight with another there is a real problem as to who started it.

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