* Posts by Voland's right hand

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Daredevil Brit lifts off in 54-prop quinquaquadcopter

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This is the real daredevil part

Dealing with all the bureaucracy and surviving with your sanity intact.

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China's TCL strokes Android with its 17.3" fondleslab WHOPPER

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Re: Nearly there...

What is more important is "what is its kitchen resistance".

This has "kitchen TV + recipe book" written all over it. If it has sufficient protection to withstand the rather nasty environment above a kitchen worktop I am buying one without a second thought.

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Pioneer slaps 80s LASERS on cars for driverless push

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Signal to noise and interference

It will be interesting to see how this fares when every car has got one.

Ra(and respectively Li)dar works quite nicely when you have one or two working in the same area. Make that a few 100 as in your average 4 lanes traffic jam and watch the show.

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NASA finds ancient films that extend Arctic ice record by 15 years

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Re: Old film reader?

Try loading 60 year old film into that. It will disintegrate.

Old film readers are rather special beasts because they also have to take care of the mechanical fragility of the film after decades of storage. They cost a fortune too. The joke about "military spec" and 7 times higher cost was far off. You are looking at hundreds times more expensive than your average 35mm film reader.

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Pwn2Own Tokyo hacking contest trashed, US export rules blamed

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Land of the free is not so free

No, at this point in the (legal) timeline. If you do it in the land of the free the "hackfest product" cannot be exported to Europe, Japan, Korea or elsewhere without a license. So you are stuffed in a very similar manner.

The only way to do it is to host it in neutral waters on a ship registered to a country which does not participate in Wassenaar and could not give a damn about software "weapon" exports. In fact any cruise ship registered in the Bahamas, LatAm, Africa, etc is a fair game. If it is outside the main tourist season it will also end up cheaper than doing it in let's say Japan.

Sad but true - we have reached a point where we cannot have an international security hackfest or conference in any Western European country, USA, Korea, Japan, Australia or New Zealand.

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IoT baby monitors STILL revealing live streams of sleeping kids

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Re: The illusion of safety

Because most people have never heard of UPnP, let alone turned it off.

Exactly. Most of the fecking cameras will kick off a UPnP request to have some ports forwarded and will set themselves open to the Internet do you like it or not. The actual "portal" which you "access" to see you sprog from the Internet (and which you consider "secure") is just a redirect to your (already on the Internet) camera.

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Tintri T850: Storage array demonstrates stiff upper lip under pressure

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Re: Direct quetion :

NFS is not just NFS :)

NFS as understood by most vendors is NFSv3 which sucks bricks sidewise through a thin straw. It is a 20 years old protocol from the days before every second process had an embedded database and was flock()ing it several times a second. When you read the benchmarks small print nearly all of them are v3 and some arrays do not support v4 at all or do not support key features. They are all also highly synthetic because the key performance hurdle in v3 is not locking and that frankly has nothing to do with the array - it is more of a network issue.

NFSv4 is an entirely different ball game. The locking and auth are completely different and array comes to play big time, there are differences in how it is cached, etc. Considering that NFSv4 benchmarks (if available) are usually not published by vendors it will be quite interesting to see some testing done by a professional. If the array supports v4 in the first place.

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Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs

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Re: language filters

Well, there is the classic one of I think the Norfolk? city council not receiving the planning complaint from a pensioner about the neighbor having an unsightly erection in her backyard.

You gotta love websense mail filtering sometimes. It is just... precious...

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In that case boobies and shag should be allowed too.

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Re: Answer

Go use some other software.

I used to. I do remember the days when entering f*ck you on the command line of SPSS-X gave you the answer "your place or mine"

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Small wonder, little competition: Asus Chromebook Flip

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Re: "...but the HP Stream-series laptops are far more versatile..."

The Touchsmart series are actually top notch (once you upgrade them) and very reasonably priced. They can be serviced in the middle of Dumbf***stan on a 1 star hotel table too - the lid is like phone - screwless on clips and the disk is attached using standard Philips screws. The godawful 30+ hex star screws of yesteryear are gone for good. There are no 3/5 fold star stupidities or glue like Apple either.

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Re: Hmmm

Mine are all in this category, just AMD.

They can take 8G+ RAM (regardless of what the spec sheet says) and they fly once you stick a SSD or a hybrid drive.

I would never take a cheap Intel as it will be hobbled on multiple fronts - RAM (it is limited by what the spec says, if it says 4G it stays 4G) and GPU.

I have a single ARM Chromebook with real Debian (not Chrouton). It is actually a fairly decent machine. 5h battery life when working, all day conference use. _NO_ compatibility issues either. You apt-get what you need and use it :)

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SOHOpeless: Belkin router redirection zero-day

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Double standards

So if the router was electrically unsafe it would have been removed from sale.

Being "digitally" unsafe however provides Belkin with extra margin by cheapskating on software.

Frankly, a CVE should be an automatic "remove from sale" until it is fixed and if it is not fixed in a timely manner a "recall at the cost of the manufacturer". It is funny how a lot of the "cheap" crap sold by the like of Belkin will suddenly stop being cheaper than proper kit at that point.

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Back to school: Six of the smartest cheap 'n' cheerful laptops

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Re: Ubuntu boot results?

You've to be a little careful about battery life with Ubuntu installed on a laptop

Err... It is the same in all OSes - it all depends on the amount of candy. The default candy in Unity is quite a lot for a laptop which has no proper GPU. So if you have an Intel IGP you are likely to see reduced run times.

If you have an AMD, even with Unity the run-times are on par or even in Linux favor. Switching to XFCE4 easily gets you into a position where Windows has lower battery runtime for doing the same stuff (f.e. surfing, editing, etc).

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Ubuntu boot results?

The HP looks tempting (if the stock Win8/10 can be removed). Neither of my offspring uses Windows so the usual "does it run Linux" question is not moot.

The rest are definitely not setting the world on fire.

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Hidden password-stealing malware lurking in your GPU card? Intel Security thinks not

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Re: The CPU isn't the only bus master

1. The thunderbolt attack as as old as firewire. Literally. You could swipe all of the memory on older Macs via a Firewire attack and analyze at leasure. It is however a _DIFFERENT_ threat and attack.

2. Putting malware components into video ram is as old as SVGA. It was done multiple times going as far back as 1990-es. The moment you could map video memory properly (starting with VESA cards) was the moment that became possible and it was used from time to time.

The biggest problem with malware is to be undetected on disk and at load, not at runtime. Going into GPU memory does not help you with the first two - it helps only with runtime evasion. If you are going to go through the effort of non-x86 coding you might as well code some malware for mmu-less ARM Linux and load yourself into the hard drive firmware. No detection on disk, no detection on load, no removal. Check, Check, Mate.

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US to stage F-35-versus-Warthog bake-off in 2018

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Re: Multi-Role Aircraft

Putin and China couldn't have designed it better for us.

They have. Su-34/35 with all upgrades (and their respective Chinese copies) will give it a good run for the money at a fraction of its cost.

PAK-FA is likely to hand back its arse on a plate. Sukhoi decision to limit stealth to predominantly the frontal hemisphere compared to F22/35 gives it significantly better maneuverability and agility in the air - its control surfaces and thrust vectoring do not need to be crippled. So if they meet "close and personal" the F35 is as good as dead.

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That is where the world is going

After that they'll stop calling the F35's and just call in choppers

The closest equivalent to A10 which is still being produced is this.

Similar desigh - a 30mm cannon with a set of propellers (instead of wings). Slightly lower survivability, but still stupidly high compared to most other choppers and most fighter aircraft. It is manufactured by the "enemy" though

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NVIDIA reveals GPUs for blade servers, Linux desktop support

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Re: Open Source?

Not likely, I suspect that the whole virtualization play works only with the binary driver.

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BACS Bank Holiday BALLS UP borks 275,000 payments

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Re: I feel sorry for

Ever tried walking into a bank and withdrawing £20,000 in cash?

Sure, I used to do it regularly 20 years ago in Eastern Europe before the electronic transfer system was opened to mere mortals. In fact, I have done it for much bigger sums too. The amount for which the bank used to ask for prior notice in those days was the equivalent of 50k.

However, checks never worked there - they went from cash straight to electronic payments. As a result they till this day use cash more than us and cash machines tend to be loaded with more dough too.

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Company in shambles, marriages ruined. My work here is done, says Ashley Madison CEO

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Re: Oh dear

He is onto a winner.

That is a lovely business model - in all other areas of life this would have amounted as fraud. A dating site with worse than 1:1000 target:interest active user ratio? You are more likely to get more lucky in an orthodox convent somewhere in the middle of Eastern Siberia.

However _NONE_ of the users would ever sue for fraud or file the relevant paperwork with consumer protection watchdogs because of the stigma that their name will be attached to an "affair site".

So do not worry about him, he will re-emerge again. People like that do not sink easily.

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Storage boosters: Six mSATA format SSDs on test

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What is sustained write performance?

I have found sustained write in Crucial drives to be very far off.

Example: two machines, roughly same spec (AMD quad core A4), one with Cruicial drive and one with Kingston, upgrade from Debian Weezy to Jessie. The test writes a couple gigs of data (first downloading packages, then unpacking) in a mixed pattern (random write + a lot of sequential large volume writes).

The Crucial - upgrade took > 2 hours. The Kingston one - under 15 minutes.

If you benchmark them, they show up fine. If you start using them for real - not so much, there is a write performance "drop off a cliff" under load. I am definitely not bying them ever again.

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Spooks, plod and security industry join to chase bank hacker

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WTF

SSDP is supposed to be used only over multicast.

Listening on a unicast address and replying to a unicast datagram for it is a BUG. Similarly, you should never listen to SSDP from outside your local network as it is a massive security risk - this is effectively opening your UPnP to the world.

The idiot vendors who do (and ship such buggy implementations) should be named, shamed and removed from sale (that is the only way to deal with it - we should start removing CE and FCC kitemarks from SOHO crapware running non-standards compliant software). After all, if something does not comply to f.e. wireless standards it can be removed from sale. I do not see why this should not apply to network standards as well. In fact, it can be removed under a whole raft of consumer legilslation (the stuff usually enforced by trading standards) too. All of that if anyone was _REALLY_ bothered by this. As long as it is not being removed, I find it difficult to believe that this is the case.

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What Ashley Madison did and did NOT delete if you paid $19 – and why it may cost it $5m+

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Re: Greasy

Extremely sick of robodialers

Your solution is half-correct. Killing the land line is the right step. Not having a number at all is an overkill. The biggest seller of data to marketing scum is BT and the like. I ended up turning off that line same as you.

At the same time, I have never had a marketing call on my Sipgate and Teleappliant VOIP numbers. They just work and I never get any tele-scammers calling them.

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

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Re: Poor choice of words?

I can bask in the sunlight and slowly get a tan, or sit under a dedicated UV lamp and get burnt to a crisp.

Actually, that is an interesting example as light hypersensitivity is a well known condition which in the worst cases can make your life so miserable that you would rather commit suicide than continue:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2001/jul/12/healthandwellbeing.health

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Re: Poor choice of words?

Indeed.

As there is also a _REAL_ condition too. Long term exposure to high frequency high power electromagnetic field can have some very nasty effects.

For example, old time (pre-health and safety era) radar operators (both military and civilian) have way above average rate of heart and arthritic conditions. That, however, is a completely different ball game - we are talking exposure to fields which are orders of magnitude more than Joe Average user would encounter in his average ordinary life.

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Nano – meet her: AMD's Radeon R9 4K graphics card for non-totally bonkers gamers, people

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Re: Cough.. cough... cough...

I think only vents at the back of the card

Nope. Look at "how it is constructed" diagram.

It is a bog standard intake from "face" fan pushing onto a bog standard radiator matrix. Airflow will be coming out half from the PCI bracket (so far so good), but other half from the from the other side into the case. There will be minor overspill from the top side too.

So you are looking at 50% of 175W recycled back into a book size (mini-ITX) case. Even the best ones (f.e. by Silverstone) have trouble dissipating > 80W. Pushing 90W into it from the card alone is a fried system outright.

Overall - pretty bad design. They could have done the cooling differently by moving the fan pushing everything out of the PCI bracket exhaust. It is non-trivial as the airflow reqs are quite high so it is difficult to have something that does not sound like a hovercraft.

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Cough.. cough... cough...

175W in a mini-ITX case is called a fan heater, not a piece of electronics. There is no way in hell you can dissipate that amount of heat in that little space unless you are pushing all of it outside the case straight away which is not the case (the heatsink has vents on top and on the side in addition to the exhaust).

So frankly, if marketed for that it is mismarketed from the start. You simply cannot stuff something like this in a mini-ITX case even if you severely under-clock it.

It will end up with the usual suspects - the shorter size improves airflow in a normal gaming case too.

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FBI collars exec who allegedly tried to nick secrets of game fronted by babe Kate Upton

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Re: Not innuendo

She makes a sh**load of money out of objectification, so once again, what is your point?

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Ex-HP top aide in the clink for racking up $1m on company credit cards

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That is possible in _EVERY_ USA company I know.

The admin assistant expenses are approved by her boss who happens to be the VP/Director/etc she is an admin for. At the same time she has delegated authority to read his email and approve any expense in their name. So if she wants to clock an arbitrary amount of money on their credit card

The solution is trivial - the admins to report to an uber-admin (usually the CEO admin) which does their performance, expenses, etc. This used to be the standard setup in Europe once upon a time. However, I am yet to see a USA company to do that. It is also going the way of the dinosaurs in Europe as well.

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Using complicated electrical devices to curry favour with brats – the new black?

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Re: What's wrong with that image?

For starters: Black and Asian are missing. It will be quite interesting to see where did they managed to find such an example of Arian racial purity in the UK to take the pic.

I would have suspected the usual (taken in Eastern Europe with cheap actors), if it was not for the layers of puppy fat on the subjects and the hideous striped pink-green notebook cover which I have seen only in one specific UK supermarket.

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Ughh

Looking at that picture a gym membership seems a more appropriate reward. Costs about the same too.

This is even if we take into account that the group was selected specifically for the photoshoot so the "gently rolling" "easier to jump over than go around" individuals were not admitted to it in the first place. Even in this case they ended up with a group where nearly everyone has an inch or so of "puppy fat" and a belly overhanging over the jeans belt.

Disclaimer - I am probably spoiled by having two kids which become restless if they have done less than one hour and a half of physical exercise a day. No subcutaneous (aka puppy) fat at all.

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And it begins: Ashley Madison bonk-seekers urged to lawyer up

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Err... You are missing the point

It is not just quick shag, it is an expensed and tax-deducted quick shag for research purposes.

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Camera-carrying DOLPHIN SPY caught off Gaza

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Re: Bah!

Two ways of looking at it:

1. Baah - more likely one.

2. The pics are true. In this case, that shall be a war crime, because I can bet that the Cetaceos Israeli Commando was served with some humus in the local seafood restaurant.

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Donald Trump dumps on Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

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Err... factually incorrect

The visa is also highly prized by technology professionals around the world because it allows entry as a temporary worker along with one's spouse and children.

H1B specifies a house-slave requirement for the spouse for the duration or until a green card is obtained. So it is valued amidst candidate immigrants from 3rd world countries where that is the normal condition of the spouse (with an optional full body burk-ha as an accessory).

It is not valued amidst proper professionals as their wives are likely to be professionals too. L1, O1 - we are talking. These allow the spouse to remain a professional instead of being taught a lesson in Puritan Family Values for the next 7 years. H1B - forget that idea.

I for once agree with Trump. The requirements for O1 are not that onerous. If there is a need for talent to be imported - satisfy them to import it.

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Veedub flub hubbub stubs car-jack hack flap

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Re: Physical access required

@Mark 85

You quite clearly DO NOT have a Ferrari.

If you have a Ferrari making a point of giving the cerf at the Casino door your keys comes with the territory. After all, what would be your priority - the Ferrari or the "accessory" which came with it.

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Physical access required

If you have the key in your (temporary) possession there are easier ways for most cars.

EBD-II port is your friend. Just program a new key. Very few cars require a PIN and/or using a master key instead of the "mere mortal" key to perform this operation and the gadget to do it costs 20 Eu.

So frankly, if your car does not have special "valet" mode and if it is not documented to turn off all key programming functionality in that mode I suggest you park it yourself.

Oooopps... Sorry... forgot... Luxury vehicle. Parking it yourself is an insult to the snobbishness of the driver. Oh well, do not complain it got nicked then.

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Gazan medico team 3D-prints world-leading stethoscope for 30c

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Re: I think the whole thing matters.

Why do I start thinking about a good pick-up microphone, some minimal packaging, maybe a standard noise cancelling DSP to cut-out noise and some headphones... After all, _NO_ stethoscope rubber will provide even a fraction of the isolation you will get from a set of nice studio cups.

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Skills crisis? Not for long: More and more UK kids gain STEM quals

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Re: Good.

Not necessarily. The data is insufficient to judge.

I would like to see the same number re-normalized across native population vs kids of permanent residents and first generation immigrants. Britain had a significant influx of immigration from countries where STEM is more popular than locally over the last 10 years.

If the numbers are still positive after being normalized, I agree GOOD. If the number are not positive after being normalized - not GOOD, because in that case they are just a reflection of importation of STEM labor (just at a different level).

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Reddit caves to Russian fungus censorship demands

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Re: Material which "may elicit fear, horror or panic in children"

So Grimms' fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen and Pushkin are out of the question too, right?

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Spanish developers strike gold with ‘Mr Mayor’ dodgy dealings gaming app

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Re: Amateurs!

And why do you think they did not?

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Microsoft co-founder recovers ship's bell of 'The Mighty Hood'

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Re: The Impact On The Public Was Terrible

There was an element of (bad) luck involved,

No. I was explaining this to junior 3 days ago as a part of explaining artillery "straddle". Repeating of the explanation:

Bismark and its escorts successfully straddled the Hood with its previous two salvos. When you are straddled in naval combat (in the days prior to radar guidance) you bank for your life to avoid the next salvo. You MUST change course. There is no achievable armor thickness that will save you from a full WW2 battleship broadside. You will be done for. 11 inch shells cannot be stopped by a steel plate. At all.

For reasons we will never know the Hood failed to execute the straddle avoidance maneuver correctly.

As a result it got hit.

The results would not have been different if it was refitted with better armor. In fact _LESS_ armor would have been better as the engagement of the Norfolk with German capital ships in 1943 has proven - their shells went through without exploding.

So please stop repeating the result of the board of inquiry which was more worried about morale and public opinion at the time, not finding the real cause.

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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Re: A few things

+1

I do a longer road trip to dodge crazy summer airfares and ship some accumulated dross from the attic to my summer house 1600 miles away on an annual basis.

Rule no 1. Avoid France.

Rule no 2. If in doubt see rule No 1.

France is by far the worst country in Europe to travel through. Idiotic junction layout, nobody following rules, horrid tolled motorways, farmers and ferry workers burning barricades of tires across the road, migrants trying to unbolt your tailgate and get in even when you are moving, you name it.

Rule 3. Plan your trip from jacuzzi to jacuzzi.

I would have expected a person who lives in the country where Carlovy Vary and Teplice are located to have groked that one out.

Rule 4. Never drive more than 8h a day except on the last lap.

The winning formula is: "less than 8h drive, dad in the jacuzzi, kids on the water slide". There are plenty of spas in Europe and _ANY_ route can be altered slightly to follow the winning formula.

In any case, the original "tax dodge math" is wrong. The legal side of things is:

1. You can have a car from a foreign country locally for 6 months. This is now enforced. The car toll and viniette enforcement cameras in all Eu countries now have a secondary feed and cars that are in for more than 6 months without re-registration show up on police database.

2. You cannot realistically have it for more than 3. The insurance treaty says 3 months, not 6 and nobody will give you an insurance for 6 months abroad unless your car is a commercial (f.e. truck). So after the 3rd month you are uninsured and can be pulled over and your car impounded. The workaround is to get the temporary insurance used in the import process locally. This may sometimes cover you for an additional month, but pulling that to full 6 months is a very tall order. It is also a royal PITA (I have imported a car into a country with penile extender restrictions similar to Portugal so I know that first hand).

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Oracle waves fist, claims even new Android devices infringe its Java copyrights

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Re: WTF?

Bingo.

The core problem is the fact that once upon a time Sun marketing decided that Java SE will not be used on phones and small devices. Google laughed that restriction off.

That is the real reason here. SnOracle wants to _SOLELY_ control how the language is used and all Java Open Source implementations are actually NULL and VOID, because the desired restrictions are incompatible with their licenses.

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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

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Why antimuslim

I suspect trying to download something in the name of Petrov or Ivanov will yield the same result.

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Copyright troll wants to ban 'copyright troll' from its copyright troll lawsuit

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It is not game over. Unfortunately

it's game over for Malibu Media's one-company money-making anti-piracy campaign.

Nope, it is not - unless they get a consent decree and a decision to refund a significant majority of settlements to date. That however is not happening because the suit does not have a class action status. So at most they are getting a "cost of doing business" fine.

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VIAGRA found in Chinese 'Kung Fu rice wine'

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@Blubster

Gives new meaning to having a stiff drink.

That stiffness may end up being an outright rigor mortis if the drinker is on a high blood pressure medication.

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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crackup verdict: PILOT ERROR

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Re: Disturbing

so thrust reversers only work when there is weight on the wheels

Cough, cough. You have never been flown by a psychotic pilot in a Tu-154 my friend.

Just like THIS one.

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Help! Our Virgin Media TiVo boxes are stuck in a loop! Help! Our Virgin..

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Re: Oddly enough

No.

I was on the phone with them - they have a routing clusterf*** of some sort. The initial blame was on a CMTS, but I suspect that it is not.

The time for the Tivo 100% fault correlates to the time when the VPN from my house to my VM in the cloud packed up. The CMTS fault was logged later, but I would not be surprised that it is the wrong thing to blame.

I had some giggles when talking to the guy as I was standing in front of (a different provider's) CMTS at that exact moment and it just had a fit and dropped its default for a while :)

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SCORCHIO! This JUNE was the SIXTY-SIXTH HOTTEST on record

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the adjusted global numbers actually trend *lower* than the raw data.

the adjusted global numbers actually trend *lower* than the raw data.

That is correct - non-adjusted numbers result in stations which were in the countryside ending over time inside urban areas as they grow. This in turn raises their unadjusted average by a few degrees.

The issue is not so much with adjustment, but how it is adjusted. I read the original analysis by the Russian met of the University of East Anglia data * (used in most UK climate studies) and it was devastating - they have missed to adjust most data from stations across the ex-Soviet union for urbanization warming and in the few cases where they did adjust it was adjusted incorrectly. That is like... one 6th of the Earth landmass. Even a small mistake in adjusting for that will lead to the data being massively off.

By the way, all that is needed to be said about the "science" in climate science is that they never released the unadjusted set. It took hacking the lab and releasing the data on wikileaks to get the unadjusted set and the "methodology" for adjusting it out.

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