* Posts by Voland's right hand

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Brexit government pledge sought to keep EU-backed UK science alive

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Re: "Hook demanded an immediate pledge"

you would think they would be a bit happier about us leaving.

Why should anyone be happy about wasting time, resources and money which could be spent on something more productive. On top of everything, after the Eu has grudgingly said, OK, we will get on with it if you wish so, you get the two Eaton raised and Oxford educated w*nkers not bothering to even start the process and passing each other the ball in public. I think that was probably the final straw which pissed off the continent most of all (especially the Germans) - to the tune where they are now looking to invoke article 50 on the Eu side regardless of when UK will bother to do so.

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EU GDPR compliance still a thing for UK firms even after Brexit

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This is based on the assumption UK is considered a "safe" destination

I would not be so sure that this assumption holds after a Brexit.

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'2nd referendum' topples site

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Re: 2nd Referendum

The withdrawal agreement also has to be ratified by Parliament

There are two ways to leave a club. One is to send a letter of your intent to leave and stop paying your club fees. The other one is to be shown the door.

Why does everyone expect that the European community will just sit and wait while leaving the UK parliament decide everything? That IMHO is an extremely optimistic assumption.

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Re: 2nd Referendum

No, because when you take a measurement you have to allow for a degree of variance

Let's for a second pretend that statistics are the correct viewpoint. What do you think would be the variance on a 72% turnout fior a population of 60+ million? It will actually be less than the margin by which leave won so there is no likelihood of any difference in the result.

This is exactly why the petition is actually asking for changing the rules going for ridiculous turnout threshold (75%) and absolute voter majority. It is a bit too late to change the game rules. The game was played and leave won. Now let's grab a popcorn bag and watch the consequences because winning did not piss off Europe (and especially the Germans) anywhere as much as Cameron saying he will not be bothered to invoke the leave procedure for 60 days and hand that honour to Boris. That blew their gasket outright.

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

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Re: So how long before ...

Monday latest.

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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Putin seems pretty content with the situation today.

He is financing one way or another some of that across Europe in a tit-for-tat response for Ukraine and the sanctions. While his fingerprints are not on the money trail leading to Farage and Co (still, one wonders why Farage refuses to publish his tax return), he has given a 26M load to Le Pen as well as quite a few handouts to other "interesting suspects".

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Vendors suspend tech orders as Brexit slaps Brit pound

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Re: Hedging

Just glad I put a 20k order through yesterday

What makes you think that the seller will not declare force major and cancel it?

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Surveillance, interrogation and threats: Behind the Nest witch-hunt

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Monitoring may be normal, this does not mean it is always legal

Monitoring for what?

That is the issue. Monitoring the communications for criminal activity - sure legal. Monitoring to ensure company confidentiality - legal if done right. Monitoring communications to your union representative, legal representative or elected legislative representative. I do not think so. Each of these is protected by a specific statute in every developed country on Earth.

The issue is - Googliness. Normal methodology is "record everything, open it up only when a formal procedure is lodged via HR with due cause and due process". This being Google, I suspect the monitoring system is fully automated and operates without a due cause. While this is done everywhere (a few years back I had my arm twisted in a UK company to hand over CCTV records of employees to verify timesheets without HR involved), it is not legal.

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Put storage inside the individual hosts of a virtual cluster? You're CRAZY... Like a fox

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Re: I'm sure it's a great article...

Snap out of it, she can be your daughter.

I need to make sure my daughter does not see the pic as that means adding a Fenec to the next birthday pester list.

So while you are staring at the eyebrows and I am staring at the Fenec, who is actually reading the article?

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Fat-thumbed a BGP entry? Relax, now your pain has a name

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Re: re. "...the Druids of the Internet, ..."

The IAB?

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Mobile phone app replaces Congressional TV as Democrats stage sit-in

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Re: I find this embarrasing to see these guys in their suits, sitting on the floor.

Do they seriously think this will change minds on the other side

No they do not. It is however an election season and the Democrats have finally decided to show some guts when dealing with the NRA. Probably not for long.

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Why you should Vote Remain: Bananas, bathwater and babies

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Re: Mean while, back in the real world...

And as to a European Army

We have worse. You have Euro-Turko-American Army. With LOTS of emphasis on Turkish viewpoint, some on American viewpoint, but not European viewpoint and European (as a whole) interest.

It is hilarious how Cameron and Co used the referendum to bury an interesting piece of news. The latest round of bear bating by aforementioned Turko-Euro-American army had to be canceled. It took a Eastern European premier minister to tell USA, Baltics and Turks to f*** off and take their bear baiting exercise elsewhere and that he is not keen on rehearsing WW3 on his territory.

Which Eastern European premier minister and which NATO excercise was cancelled - you can Google it.

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Google tribute to Jo Cox

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Re: NWO

I would not go as far as "front" and the actual sequence of "fronts". There are however some serious questions regarding that organization.

This unfortunately is the reality of charitable work going as far back as Live Aid and the question of did the funds going into what it is today Somaliland go for food or weapons. If you have suspicions or disagree - just do not give. That's all. I will not, by the way. I will give to MSF instead.

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Chinese demand end to canine carvery festival

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Re: It's more possible to be uncertain than you might think

Goes back a lot further than the 70's - from Jules Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days"

There is a reason why in Italy you are not allowed by food regs to sell rabbit without its head. No further comment is really necessary. Meow...

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Re: A dog isn't just for Christmas...

I can think of one differentiating factor usually quoted by the dog and cat lovers crowd - intelligence.

However, on that count, we are not doing particularly great as far as differentiating. A domestic pig is at least as intelligent as a dog or cat (quite amazing for an animal that has been bred solely for food). It can be trained to a similar standard. In fact, it can even be house trained.

In any case, my guinea pig pet is a Bolivian's fav stew, British ruling class prized pet horses brings in several other Eu countries thoughts of nice salami and so on.

IMHO the line should be drawn at wild vs domestic. If it is domestic, if it is bred for eating, well it can and it should be eaten. Now do you like it or not is a matter of taste.

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Who'll guard your personal data post-Brexit?

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Headache for some, opportunity for others

What is a headache for some, is an opportunity for others.

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Dr Craig Wright lodges 51 blockchain patents with Blighty IP office

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Re: I laugh yellowly!

Seconded. Prior art for most of these is already in the public domain.

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US House to vote on whether poor people need mobile phones

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Re: gummint shouldn't pay for anything

This is a special case.

40 years ago there were phone boxes everywhere. You could just run for a few 100m in a city and call emergency services. That call was free too. That is no longer the case. If you do not have mobile you cannot call police, ambulance or fire service.

While I understand the dear congressman's urge to ensure that such services are not available for the ones in dirty rags which violate his sense of exclusiveness, I do not agree with it. Being able to call police is a universal right - it is part of basic equality as postulated by Bill of Rights, ECHR or whatever form it has in the particular jurisdiction. If the people are made unequal in their right to access justice, there is no way in hell justice can be "for all".

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Rejoice, fatties: Giving chocolate electric shocks makes it healthier

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reduce the viscosity of a Mars bar by 43.5 per cent,

I will be impressed when I see this applied to Lindt 80%+ dark chocolate.

Applying it to trash and cocoa waste mixed up with fat does (aka Mars bar) not impress me much. They might as well apply it Hershey...

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Kremlin wants to shoot the Messenger, and WhatsApp to boot

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Re: Is this even practical....?

The idea originates from their prosecutor general. The way Russia law and order structure is organized he can be considered more or less a direct equivalent of James Comey.

The minister in charge of telecoms explained to their parliament exactly this - this is not practical, you are out of your mind guys.

At which point the Russian analogue of Diane Feinstein Irina Yrovaya (*) and the Russian equivalent of Mr Burr (Viktor Ozerov) tabled an amendment (they actually authored the original piece of tripe too). The amendment introduces fines for interfering with the ability to decrypt (that is the actual phrasing in the article). I have not looked at the actual means and circumstances here, but it is either the Russians copying Feinstein-Burr or the Russians copying RIPA or both.

What goes around, comes around - people living in glass houses should not throw stones and the west should not whine about Internet censorship and surveillance while at the same time providing an example of doing so.

(*)She is quite a character - a total swing in 10 years from liberal views to something that has eaten Stalin and did not even burp.

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Lycamobile offices 'raided over fraud allegations' – report

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Suggest you read the original article on Buzzfeed,

Follow the links. Especially this one: https://www.buzzfeed.com/tomwarren/ghost-companies-paying-lyca-millions?utm_term=.ado6Jb2K8#.iryqN8A4y

Not surprised. Aligns very well with the type of character to buy "memorabilia" as a form of donation at a Tory funding ball. The last election ones guest lists made for a very interesting reading.

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How's your driving, Elon? Musk tweets that Tesla Model S 'floats'

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Re: I would like to know

Very well actually.

An electric power train if isolated properly has no issues as far as contact with water - something which is definitely not the case with petrol and especially diesel. Taking a sip puts a petrol motor into comatose, but repairable state (you need to take out the plugs before you try to restart it and crank the starter for a while in that state to make sure it spits anything it has inside). Taking a sip pretty much kills a diesel - it is a write off there and then.

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Grab a pick: Space mining's the next generation gold rush

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Looking at my library shelf

Right... H.. H... H... here it is... Heinlein

Time to re-read some old classics on what exactly does that end up with. Though we can probably start at A with Azimov's "The Martian Way".

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New York decides not to tinker with vendor lock-down for now

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aggressive stance taken by the auto industry,

While it may be aggressive, it is subject to a set of laws and regulations which result in spare parts and (in the USA) alternative/replacement OEM parts being available for nearly anything. Cars are repairable objects. I would not say the same about 95% of the consumer tat coming in a container from China. It is made deliberately difficult if not impossible to repair.

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A month to save digital currency Ethereum?

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Re: Another virtual toy is broken

Not just that.

Money theft is part of the way of life and normal money movement. If someone robs an armored deposit van, the country bank does not reissue the whole country currency. Sure, some of the numbers (where known) will be tracked for a while, but the currency itself is not reset - it is the way things work, real currencies have operated under constant possible theft scenarios ever since the first coin was minted in Ancient Greece.

So I do not quite see why a virtual currency should be any different. It is virtual toys of a spoilt brat which is throwing them out of the pram while crying "Maaaaamaaaaa".

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

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Re: What a wanker

He is suing only a subset of the right people.

If he is suing them for providing terrorists with a platform via news coverage he should be starting with most of the legacy news services (both print and TV) instead.

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Should we teach our kids how to program humanity out of existence?

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Re: "a massive drain on my television-watching time"

Surreal - you want surreal?

Waddaya expect. Those were made when running a blood sample of a children entertainment professional would have shown an off-the-scale amount of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Magic Mushrooms and Good Ole Dope.

Those days are sadly long gone - the past time of choice is now Bolivian Marching Powder or Bolivian Marching Powder. Expecting surreal (or creative) from someone who had a good line of that is overly optimistic. At best. So you get gung-ho shows where the characters (or contestants) do stupid things fast with lots of energy. As expected from someone running on a fresh supply of Colombian Supreme. Surreal? Strange? Weird? Creative? Some other time.

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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

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Re: What's all this then?

The effect is to create a market opportunity that will quickly be filled, US kit replaced.

The world is a small village. You will find that getting funds to work on such an opportunity off the ground is virtually impossible (just ask the OpenBSD guys on how difficult it is to get encryption related non-USA funding). Investors will tell you to sod off if you deliberately exclude USA and all American companies out of your customer base day one. Treaties like TTIP and Co will also make it even harder for you to build such a thing tomorrow.

This leaves you the only option to go hat in hand to the hill above Москва река, but that has its own issues. Ones we should probably avoid discussing as none of us would like to hear "Mr Chrisoprase is very unhappy" somewhere in a dark alley way.

That is something Mr Bremnan understands very well by the way (he is not being an idiot here, he is in fact being brutally honest about it - something most USA politicos prefer to avoid).

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Re: What's all this then?

Encryption itself can be designed and produced anywhere. In fact, AES has non-USA origins. So do a few other encryption algos.

Encrypting gear, however - not so much. You have a choice of USA or China (I am deliberately ignoring Ala-Lu-No or whatever it is called today out of the equation for now, it is constantly shooting itself in the foot so I cannot see it leveraging a market opportunity even if it hits in the face). In some areas, like authentication, there are a couple of smaller players like Israel, but in general that is about it.

So, he has a point - if you are trying to use a product which bundles encryption you have to make a choice between USA and China today and you will probably have to make that choice tomorrow. You are already assuming it has backdoors (not like it did not happen recently with equipment "infected" in transit). Adding them openly does not make a lot of difference commercially.

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Facebook to stalk shoppers

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Along with your battery drain

No wonder having it on drains a smart phone battery in a day instead of lasting 3-4 days.

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Re: Yuck!

It is uninstalled on all phones in my household and none of the members of the household makes use of it.

I explained to the kids how Facebook in detail makes money and some of the more entertaining uses of said service like "burglary target observation", "extortion", etc and they suddenly lost any interest in having it enabled.

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Austrians are most likely to bare all on beaches

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Re: I thought it worked along the same lines

Not the case with the nations that actually do have the tendency to bare it all and which occupy the top slots on that list.

I regularly go to the same beaches with Germans and the sequence is:

Kids - naked up to the age of 10-11 or thereabouts.

Teenagers - normal swimwear

Young adults - normal swimwear, topless for the more beautiful part of the humanity

Middle age onwards - progressively towards standard German Beach Uniform which is sandals, small backpack and a hat. ONLY sandals, small backpack and a hat. By the time you have reached the pensioner's age they are all guaranteed to be tanned to dark brown and totally naked while playing the game which British Pensioners refer to as Bawls. I can no longer watch that game in Britain. Every time I see the British pensioners in their pristine white suits, playing it on a lawn which is so level that you can calibrate a spirit level to it, I mentally overlap it with the picture of their German counterparts b*tt nakid with all of their bits dangling playing it on a Fuerteventura Beach. I usually roll on the floor laughing there and then.

The only more hilarious is another typically German (or Austrian) picture - Dad, Mom, teenage daughter, teenage daughter's boyfriend. Little brother optional. Dad with all of his bits dangling beating the daughter's boyfriend (in proper swimwear) into oblivion playing beach tennis or beach volleyball and obviously enjoying putting the suitor to his daughter's heart where he belongs.

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When DIY is not enough: Web-snack firm Graze has an offline awakening

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Should be called Laze

Should be called Laze.

You can pack yourself a healthy snack set early in the morning before going to the office. If you are not Lazy (hence the name) for a fraction of the cost.

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Spam King sent down for 30 months

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Re: p.s. I don't need home warranties, or "free" electricity.

What about penis pills? Refinancing? Russian brides? Canadian meds? DevOps?

They all go together as a bundle package. Usually.

If you get Number 3, you immediately need 2 and 1. Then, the moment 3 gets a green card she dumps you so you need 4. As far as 5 - that is scam providing the finance source for 1, 2, 3 and 4.

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Prenda Law's copyright-trolling shakedown scam slammed AGAIN

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Interesting

“the Prenda Principals were found contradicting themselves, evading questioning, and possibly committing identity theft and fraud on the courts”

And why that was not passed to the prosecutor?

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Cygnus spacecraft on fire

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Re: Awesome! Is there a recording...

Sure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IjgZGhHrYY

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Astroboffins' discovery gives search for early life a left hand. Or right

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As Science notes, propylene oxide isn't an organic molecule;

WHAAAAT?

It is not life related, but it is organic all right - chemistry of the hydrocarbon compounds has always been called organic chemistry. We studied it as a part of the organic chemistry course, the part dealing with radical polymerization reaction (*) Not as much fun as peroxide radical reactions, but fun none the less.

*Did this trigger the POLICE ATTENTION - radical mentioned, report to thought police dragnet? I bet it did. Such is life when weapons of mass instruction are loaded into your brain. If that did not, peroxides definitely did

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Russian government hackers spent a year in our servers, admits DNC

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Re: "...two files had been stolen."

My exact thought - two files for which there was an access log. That probably means 2000+ for which the access log entry has been successfully erased.

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Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button

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Curious minds want to know

Is the announcement in Welch?

If so, how am I supposed to understand it.

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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Re: fortunately v. doom and gloom

Linked in population is interesting from an entirely different perspective - it is concentrated in parts of the world with higher income per capita. The rest of the world has not tried the beauty of "workforce mobility" w*nking and there a headhunter generally means someone who cuts heads, not hires them.

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Re: Cortana?

The following NEW packages will be installed:

1. Lower case

2. More like Windows-12 or thereabouts (judging by the way SQL server is moving in the general Linux direction).

3. You will probably see portsnap fetch ; pkg install Windows-11 first.

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Imagination: Come back to MIPS, Wi-Fi router makers, we have an FCC ban workaround

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Re: 5 GHz is much more complicated that most folk realise

Your knowledge is theoretical rather than practical.

The C-band doppler radar is in on the right, next to what used to be the crop duster hangar and is now an old aircraft graveyard: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/11/Sofia-airport-morning.jpg

When it was installed there there was LOTS of penny-pinching bitching all around because that necessitated a new fiber optic run around the airport. However, the decision was right - it has a natural 2 miles exclusion zone around it as a result. With its 1kW max beam power I would be interested in exactly what AP will affect it.

I can go around the major airports (and hail control sites) in Europe and rub your nose into other actual C-band installs. I used to know quite a few of them from the days when I actually had some involvement with evaluating such kit.

This is one I is off the top of my head as it is clearly visible on the wikipedia picture and well known and was put in place with some brains in use too so it is not affected by interference. For the others I need to dig GoogleEarth which I really cannot be a**ed.

By the way, what you are describing is APs switching _AWAY_ after being whacked by the radar beam going _LOW_ to very low inclination to provide data for the "guidance systems". It is not the "guidance systems being turned on". So I suggest you improve your "theoretical knowledge" by reading the spec of an actual C-band radar. These have strict operational exclusions on where the antenna is pointed at what time for a reason (That also minimizes the way they are affected by interference too by the way). 1Kw 1 degree narrow beam (that is the actual max power spec of MRL, Gematronic, Siemens, Ericsson - all but the American models) is not something you would like to point anywhere near a populated area unless you really really need it - f.e. to feed the automated landing kit with some data. Which is what you saw.

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Re: 5 GHz is much more complicated that most folk realise

Did they hook you up directly to a PR generator via a fiber-to-brain connection or something? That would explain why you are spouting rubbish too.

The specific issue with weather radars, 5GHz band and the FCC in the USA is because USA has an ungodly amount of those.

European countries have on average 3-5 installations per large country, one per small one which are predominantly designed to serve aviation. These are backed up by roughly the same number of military ones and a very small number of dedicated installations serving the missile launchers used for hail dispersal in agricultural protection in high hail incidence areas (Hungarian Pusta, Bulgarian Trakia valley, Danube plains in Romania, etc). The latter are being phased out nowdays to be served via "radar data as a service" from the main stations.

USA is nothing like that. In the 1980-es as part of the Star War era militarization madness USA developed an idiot friendly weather radar to be operated by the national guard in its civil defense role for tornado warnings. As any Doppler radar it is obviously double purpose (it all depends on what software you load into the DSPs), but officially it is for weather. I evaluated that POS as a side job in the 1990es on a contract to support a tender for a new radar in one of the European countries. It was hideous - very wide beam, no ability to see raw data, virtually no ability to do anything. Its only redeeming feature was that it could be operated by a grunt in uniform with the educational level of a grunt. The wide beam was the obvious dual use give away. Clouds do not move a lot, you would like a narrow beam to inspect it properly and hit it from up to 300 km away. Planes and warheads - not so much, you want a wide beam otherwise you lose it.

These (and their descendants) are deployed in ridiculous quantities across the midwest (less than every 100 miles). They are everywhere. That is in addition to proper radar installations operated by the USAF and airports. This makes for an extremely crowded 5GHz band and ridiculous interference issues in that band.

First of all, it is not aviation at stake. The bulk are not used for aviation. They are civil defense installations to deal with the very USA specific Mid-West tornado problem. They were originally intended as double-use and this is why they are not operated by civilians. They _CAN_ be replaced by a smaller number of proper radars, however that means a massive pork reduction so not likely.

Second, this is a USA specific problem. In the rest of the world the problem does not exist. You need to enforce a couple of miles of exclusion zone in 5GHz band around less than 5 installations per country. You might as well put those somewhere where the exclusion zone is easier to enforce (and they have a better "view").

So pulling the "aviation" argument, etc, especially in the FCC being a control freak context is frankly lying with a straight face. This has little to do with aviation. It has to do with politics. It will take a political decision to take the toys from the national guard, replace them with proper correctly spaced long range radar installations outside cities and put local exclusion zones around them. That is not happening, so various strawman arguments are used instead.

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Forget Game of Thrones as Android ransomware infects TVs

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Re: geographic preference

Do not think so.

That looks like a list of countries where there is no chance in hell someone to Joe Average to pay that amount of money. Instead of paying, the victim will go to the kid next door which will sort it out and post the cleanup howto somewhere on the interwebs

Most malware writers are pragmatists, they do not want to create a situation where the information on how to get rid of their handywork is readily available.

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Microsoft's paid $60 per LinkedIn user – and it's a bargain, because we're mugs

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Re: You must admire their optimism..

My exact thought.

I had to clean my keyboard after coming across this : "as well as the address books of even more active users".

While WhatsApp had active users, describing the shuffling hulks and zombies being cattle-prodded by recruiters on LinkedIn as active, requires extreme levels of optimism. Whoever came up with it overdid the St John's Wort (or whatever color pills they were on). LinkedIn had active users and communities 4-5 years ago. Nowdays it is dead CVs, often stripped to the bone to minimize being pestered by moronic head hunters who ignore you contact settings and the aforementioned moronic headhunters themselves. That does no look like "active users" to me.

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Microsoft to buy LinkedIn

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Re: I cancelled

It is a Social Network for professionals all right. The ones that are referred to as "recruitment professionals".

It's value to anybody else is somewhere between null and sqrt(-1).

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Re: Oh dear

I did not know that kissing a zombie can make it any more dead than it is already.

For most people LinkedIn died the moment it decided to cater solely to the HR professional.

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Crafty plan to give FBI warrantless access to browser histories axed

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Re: good entertainment

and there was a "boycott"

Simpler than that.

Every time someone tried to set it up in the South, they tried to set it up using slave labor. Even if the new mill owners wanted to use free labor they still resorted to slaves because there was no qualified free labor available locally. Enticing the necessary amount of free labor to relocate from the North was failing on economical grounds - too expensive.

So the industrial failure of the CSA is a natural result of the rule of thumb that slave labor does not go well with industrial processes. Working in a factory != picking cotton.

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Berners-Lee: WWW is spy net

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Re: Identity Problem

Bingo.

One of the key issues with web anonymity is exactly that - it is not really anonymous when you do not supply credentials. I'd rather have a system which has working authentication when you supply them and is properly anonymous when you do not instead of the current wild west hodge-podge.

So that is indeed the case - funnily enough, the key to web anonymity is exactly that - web authentication, and modding the parent post down will not change that at all.

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Study of asexually reproducing honeybee ponders: But why the mass murder?

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Indeed

When I started reading it, it looked like the bees have successfully built the bright future communist society by overthrowing the lazy queen and dealing a deadly blow to its consorts and retinue.

However, after reading it in more detail, it is clear that the cape bees communism experiment is no different from communism experiments in human societies that tried it:

the "parasitic egg-laying Cape bee worker" bees masquerade as queens, producing queen pheromones that "allow them to assert reproductive dominance over other workers". That is the local communist party secretary bee all right.

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