* Posts by Voland's right hand

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Yahoo! and! Microsoft! extend! tricky! search! deal! talks! by! 30! days!

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Re: From a sample size of 1

The assumption is that you are not the target audience and the target audience which are the people still landing on Yahoo as a home page will use the search too as this is what they are accustomed to do.

Fundamentally wrong assumption I am afraid. The idea of using the search on the landing page went the way of the dinosaurs shortly after the browsers added a search tab. Someone has been living in the past here.

Yahoo was better off keeping their search engine (good or bad as it may be) and pursuing deals for defaulting search to that engine with (for example) mobile operators, etc.

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

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Re: And....

So "fair use" doesn't apply over there? Hmmm.... all the IP swapping/stealing/borrowing

What fecking IP stealing borrowing? Meccano as a concept (and its Czech, German, Russian, etc analogues is older than any terms allowed by normal patents, design patents and copyright. It is more than 100 years old. In any case, quite a lot of it is is basic metalworking and engineering and that pre-dates meccano by centuries.

By the way - that towel and paper are ~ 50-es or thereabouts. In those days the towels on both sides of the iron curtain were not disposable and did not have wings just yet. Especially during the post-war economic slump. Ask your grandma if you do not believe me (if you have a grandma that is old enough to have needed one during the post-war decade).

Also, if memory serves me right Usti Nad Ladem was German till 1945 and were they "kicked out" or "it was taken from them by force" is something where the opinions may vary. Depends which side of the border you ask the question. It is a very nice area. Beautiful scenery (dunno about mines, have not seen any), clean air, mineral water in nearly every town.

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Honda CR-V: SUV-lite that’s also light on the pocket

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Re: Not SUV-ie enough

Err... Your could have said it shorter. In two words: "Ballroom 4x4." It says anything and everything there is to be said about the CRV (that is how they call it on the Balkans).

No thanks, I will stick to my agricultural equipment - I drive a real 4x4 - an Isuzu Denver. It is no worse on the road. I have driven it at 90mph on the Autobahn - it is quiet, composed and comfortable for everyone inside. I have driven a diesel Honda along the same route and at the same speeds in previous years and it was distinctly rattly and felt like it is going to take off. The Denver can also can do real offroad and tow a broken down Ballroom 4x4 up 12% gradient without noticing (been there done that). The only downside is that it is difficult to get mileage better than 38mpg on the older model (the newer one can do 46).

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Easy come, easy go: Euro astroboffins blast brace of Galileo sats INTO SPAAACE

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Re: Three systems

Recent chipsets can do all both GPS and Glonass.

Mine definitely can: http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_s-4369.php

I am not sure if it is because of "more birds, better location", but it picks up in a fraction of the time it was taking the Nokia E71 and Xperia Arc before it (even with A-GPS off).

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Europe could be drowned in 'worthless pop culture' thanks to EU copyright plans

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And the opposite

Looking at my "queue" on Amazon as well as my current film collection the best of Polish film happened to be made in France and in French: Three Colours, The Double Life of Veronique, Blanche, Immoral Tales, etc

So reality and their claims do not quite match.

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Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Marc Benioff DECLARE WAR on anti-gay Indiana

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Re: Indiana, WTF?

My exact thought.

Moral issues aside this creates a contradiction between contract, company code (something every large company has) and local law. This automatically raises a red flag for a large company in terms of operating there (as I said - this if we put the moral issues aside and look purely at the liability aspect).

Large companies have provisions to deal with this in on a country basis and they are quite expensive to maintain. If they have to do the same on a per-state basis they will scream murder. And in this case they did.

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Chip rumor-gasm: Intel to buy Altera! Samsung to buy AMD! ... or not

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Re: Been there done that

Back in the 90-es and early 2000-es internal Intel politcs commanded that anything and everything that is not x86 (current) or Itanic (going forward) is to be burned at the stake. It had RISC CPUs which sold like hot bread for industrial controllers, but it deliberately starved them from investment. It involuntarily became an ARM licensee (via StrongArm), murdered that one as well.

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

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@Lars

It would surprise me if sites who want to sell within the EU did not provide English as a choice on their site.

You obviously never ever had to deal with the French.

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She is daft all right

The language barrier is one reason.

The other one is that amazon crosses the barrier massively now. You do not need to go to a foreign language site, you can get the same item from amazon marketplace in your own language.

Looking at my purchases over the last 1 year, a significant number of them while bought on amazon.co.uk ended up coming from Germany: Daughter's scooter for her birthday (real one with inflatable tyres, not the sh*t you get from halfords), shelves, tools, electricals, bathroom hooks - you name it. One or two things came from France and a couple of smaller items from Holland.

The sole reason for me to look at foreign sites in the past has been artificial market barriers. You cannot get continentally aligned (for Left Hand Drive) headlights and spares as well as winter spares such as pre-heaters, etc in the UK. That is quite funny as some of the are made in the UK too. That is mostly gone now as well (again, courtesy of amazon marketplace), so why bother?

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700,000 beautiful women do the bidding of one Twitter-scamming man

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How about an easier solution

Just do not trust anything posted on tw*tter in the first place. And do not use it. It is the first application I get rid of on a new smartphone (even if I have to root it to do so). The second is f***book.

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

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Re: About friggin' time.

If they are anywhere near the beef from the photo - I agree with you.

However, there is a fine line here. I was at a conference recently and Ericsson technical sales team was sprouting at least 3 long legged ladies with legs which would have passed the catwalk test (not something I can say about the fat beef in the pic). At least one of them showed up in a fairly short skirt on some of the days too.

There is a distinction here: They were actual tech sales employees and they knew their stuff. They just happened to be pretty as well.

So what's next? In the name of political correctness ban hiring Scandinavian and Eastern Europeans? Make everyone wear a full body burkha? Mandate that every techie is fat and ugly too? Make stuffing your face with Pizza and Dr Pepper a mandatory employment condition?

Err... With all due respect I disagree with that. No f*** way...

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Dutch Transport Inspectorate raid Uber's Amsterdam office

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There is no defence against a determined psycho

Turn on the news dude. That psycho passed a number of examinations including a professional psychologist evaluation within the last 6 months. Nuff said.

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No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

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Re: @Salamander

Quote: A Chinese knockoff Porsche 911 might work in the Chinese backwoods where nobody has ever seen or heard the real thing, but it won't work in London. It's quite difficult to fake an ocean going yacht

Indeed. Confirmed by the mandatory Despair.com reference:

http://www.despair.com/love.html

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Industrial revolution was too short

Sigh... You need at least several hundred years _AND_ an absense of major conflict or migration to create a proper "genetic narrowing" on wealth accumulation grounds. That is why it is observed during the neolithic period and not after.

With the foundation of first tribal unions sometimes around the bronze age no human civilizaiton in Eurasia saw more than a few hundred years without a major invasion (to mix up the gene pool). Further to this, the periods of peace got progressively shorter and shorter. Thus, an "economic" factor in relation to genetic diversity would have been unable to kick in from sometimes around 2000 bc and onwards till this day.

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Helium-filled drive tech floats to top of HGST heap

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He 6 ?

Woah.... That will radioactively decompose with enough energy to power a small supernova in a couple of femtoseconds. Not something I would like as a name for my product...

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

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Re: Whats the point of home SIP anyway?

1. Voice quality is _NOT_ better. I have had HD voice to international for a decade now. BT does not have HD voice even locally. You get what you pay for - crappy narrowband PCM.

2. It is _NOT_ more reliable. If you use a proper provider (f.e. sipgate), it is at least as reliable if not more.

3. It allows you to have an arbitrary number of phones in a house. I have an office number, kids have their numbers, the house has a number of its own, etc.

4. You can use it as PBX internally and to close relatives. Grandma has not paid for a penny to pester the offspring for nearly 10 years now. Neither have we returning the calls. With wideband voice for most of the duration.

5. It is significantly cheaper. If I have to I can just dial into a US conference bridge and pay nothing. Even if it is toll, I still pay ~ 1p a minute. Try that with BT. No, calling cards do not count because the call quality is crap.

6. I do not have my phone sold to every single Harry and Sally from a double glazing or ambulance chasing company despite being ex-directory and in the phone preferences list.

7. Each of our mobiles is an extension and I can still get my calls abroad at no cost courtesy of SIP/TLS and sRTP (subject to working wifi).

And so on. I have had SIP (with a non-UK provider) since may 2004 and full house VOIP since 2005. I killed the landline partially in 2007 and fully ~2010. I have never looked back. Copper phone? Better? You gotta be kidding or you really have no clue what you are talking about.

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They are _NOT_ selling the access

I have been hit by this scam when migrating firewalls a couple of years back. I had a 5060 redirect opened by mistake for 48h and paid for it. Thankfully I had rate limits on my outgoing calls so the attacker DOS-ed himself by trying to call too many times simultaneously so it costed me only ~ 20-30£ instead of 2000+. Prior to that, a colleague of mine was hit for $500 or thereabouts.

1. The access is _NOT_ resold. This part register got WRONG. They can see the numbers - they all go to the same country and some number block, if not same number.

2. The access is used by a bulk dialer to dial premium rate numbers in sub-Saharan Africa, Maldives and a few other destinations. The destination shares the revenue from the premium call with the caller. This _IS_ how this scam works.

3. After being hit, I set up a honeypot and this is what I got from the logs.

3.1. The attackers are nearly allways located on networks belonging to Palestinian Authority terrirories and more recently (and to a lesser extent) neighbouring regions - Libia, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon. Using a compromised system elsewhere for the dialer portion of the attack (as in this case) is an exemption, not the rule.

This can be proven by giving the original dialer some trouble. Throw some errors, call rate limiting, etc. If you do that, you will see the original IP disengage and a new IP (probably human controlled from console) engage from a Middle East network. There will also be repeated scans after that for usual security through obscurity suspects like port 15060, etc for months. Most of these also come from "manual" attack and from Middle east, so I would suggest setting a honeypot there and then.

The money from the scam is specifically used to finance err ... (well, make your guess based on location of the scammer). So the solicitor firm involved in this case can solicit their group of choice in that region to put a special thanks on the next missile flying across the border for sponsoring it. And no, I am not joking.

3.2. Based on the locations involved, the there is reasonable grounds to believe that part of the criminal code applicable here is not fraud, computer misuse, etc. It is sponsoring terrorism. Considering that we have solicitors involved I think it will be a good idea to pool for some popcorn to watch the show.

4. FreePBX as an Asterisk derivative has ACLs on extensions. You _MUST_ configure those to your private LAN even if you never intend to open external access. This is especially important if you use old phones like early Cisco 7960 with pre-version 8.0 OS which do not accept complex passwords. For everything else AutomatedPasswordGenerator (apg), SIP-TLS (if supported) and sRTP (if supported) are the real answer. In addition to that, prohibiting any outgoing calls to zones outside 1 and 3 in the dialplan is a good idea too. 1 needs to be doubl-checked as well to ensure that it is not one of the outlying islands which will allow the attacker to set-up a sink for the scam. For more info: http://countrycode.org/

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Slip road limits

Quote: Unfortunately, it couldn't work out whether a speed limit sign was on the motorway, slip-road. If it is just reading them, it is tolerable. It is no different from the nag on my GPS which cannot determine if it is on the slip or on the main carriageway until they separate by at least a few meters.

Now, deccelerating at each and every 406 junction so the psychotic behind you rear-ends you there and then - forget it. How can this pass for safety is beyond me. By the way - 406 is not a special case, most UK inner town dual (or more) carriageways has similar bogus signage.

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You misread the continental speed limit

German speed limits will make a lovely use case. They have speed limits like 120km/h on motorways which are vehicle, weather and time of day specific - up to 3 additional markings to parse.

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

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Re: Now we know...

I thought it hit somewhere in Lancre, not in the middle of the Last Continent.

Anyway, I can go consult the library, just need to be sure that I do not ask any questions about DANGEROUS ANIMALS as this may result in me being burried under an avalanche of books.

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Re: Devonian?

There is a few more options.

We may be overestimating the effect of the asteroid and underestimating the effect of other factors. The Cretaceous extinction event coincides with the Deccan traps eruption. According to quite a few palaeontologists and geologists, the unpronounceable and unspellably named boulder hitting the gulf of Mexico is just the "final straw". The extinction was already on the way courtesy of the Deccan traps. It only accelerated it.

The great dying before that (240M years ago) coincided with a similar eruption (in Siberia if memory serves me right). And so on.

Also, it depends on how it hit - angle, velocity, etc and what did it hit - shallow sea, earth, etc. Dunno, it will take quite a lot of digging until this gets into the textbooks on par with Chicxulub. I just hope they do not name it as unpronounceably too.

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Layla enjoys a Sanskrit makeover: Clapton set to become one of several Gods

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Happy

Hehe

This is what you get when you translate poetry into a language which is so strict that it was once considered a candidate for human-machine interaction.

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Cops cuff Colorado girl for allegedly poisoning mum after iPhone ban

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Re: @Kain It is Ma that needs help here

@adnim

Psychopaths are not born, they are created. Some are born. It is an unfortunate fact of life that it is possible for nature to do the same thing which is normally achieved via a specific type of lobotomy. Depending on how you do the cut you can remove usual "social animal" inhibitiions and produce a raging sociopath. The same effect is commonly observed in 3rds stage syphilis for the same reason (Lenin, some of the 17-18th century royalty, etc being a classic example).

These however (both born and created by surgery or disease) are _NOT_ a majority, they are a minority.

The majority are exactly as you say - raised to be such as a failure of parenting - total inability to set up an appropriate value system.

In any case, I will reiterate, it is Ma who needs help here. The fact that a 12 year old was flashing about with a 500$+ phone (even if it was a hand-me-down) in the first place tells me all I need to know about this case.

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It is Ma that needs help here

Frankly, sometimes I start thinking that requiring a license for parenting is not such a bad idea.

After all, it is quite clear that Ma has failed in her duty to teach the offspring what is right, what is wrong, what is a proportionate response and are you entitled to even consider the idea of responding prior to being able to foot the bill for a 500$+ iThing as well as its running costs.

Disclaimer - I got two kids, one of which is ~ that age.

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

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Re: I just want a dumb car

Quote: I just want a dumb car

There is no need for an agreement. MSFT and Android support Mirrorlink, Apple as usually is trying something of its own. The sole problem I have found with Mirrorlink is that it will not display just anything. Part of the mirrorlink certification is to display only vetted apps when the vehicle is moving. Ditto for Apple's equivalent.

The reason is quite simple - insurance and liability. So you can expect only apps from developers that are big enough to shell out for the certification to show up on the display. For example - Google maps has the relevant magic incantations to convince a mirrorlink phone to display it in-motion on a mirrorlink stereo. Smaller nav app vendors like Cygic do not (for their standard editions). And as far as trying to display your mail or messages on the console while driving - you can just forget it.

I have a mirrorlink capable phone and a mirrorlink capable stereo. I tried it and I do not use it. Plain and simple - nearly all cars I know have the stereo too far outside your field of view. This means that you keep switching your attention between the road and the stereo display (showing whatever app you are running - f.e. maps) and that is a disaster in the making. This is the same as a car satnav vs a satnav on a phone in a well positioned holder (f.e. on the A pillar). I will prefer the latter any day, so the stereo in the dash having a satnav is pointless.

As far as the tech being obsolete, I would not be so sure. If it is upgradeable and the software is upgraded/updated regularly (f.e. the way Tesla does it) it can happily do 5-7 years before it looks dated. The problem is that I do not see VW doing it. Ever tried to get new firmware for your stereo from your "friendly" VW dealer? Even under warranty and if it is buggy? Try that - it is like pulling wisdom teeth without anaesthetic.

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Amazon issued with licence for delivery drone madness

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Hmm... Line of sight... Hm....

Right, Put the delivery NOC into a baloon gondola, and hoist it 10 miles up above aircraft corridors.

This gives 100 miles or thereabouts line of sight - more than the range of the drones.

So what were you saying once more?

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Microsoft open sources MSBuild, aims for cross-platform dev tools

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Ugh...

Another one... If Maven was not enough (the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of XML controlled build systems).

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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I guess you parents failed your first 7 years

Looks like your parents failed during the first 7 years. The ones where traditionally it is their responsibility to teach their offspring:

1. Respect for the dead

2. Respect for the ones that are greater than you

3. Respect for what other people like or dislike. While we may disagree with what other people do or honor, that is no reason to treat everyone else with disdain.

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On 50th anniversary of first spacewalk, Aurorae light up two planets

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Re: What Vodka is that colour?

Real vodka is coloured. Percovka. Peter the Great's fav drink.

It will put you into low earth orbit too from one glass. A pint will probably kill you.

By the way - beware of lots of NSFW results when googling as some of the side effects are traditionally NSFW too.

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Motorola Mobility up before the beak over alleged IP infringment

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Re: Hard times... Maybe they can...

If it has a "technical effect" and passes the originality test it may indeed patentable.

That is what the rules say at present. Anyone with objections - write to your congresscritter/MP/whatever to change them.

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AMD, ARM, Imagination, Samsung alliance publish official shared GPU-CPU blueprints

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The elephants in the corner of the room

Nvidia is missing. So is Intel.

Interessssssting...

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Big Data shocker: Over 6 million Americans have reached the age of 112

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That's OK

They are not getting draft summons (as a lot of them were born in the day and age of draft).

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SpaceX to deliver Bigelow blow-up job to ISS astronauts

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Re: I can't quite see it

Read bigelow prospectus, this is considered too.

I am surprised it is so small. It looks tiny compared to whatever it is connected.

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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Re: "four to six million recorded telephone calls a day"???

Scam popularity based on emails to a tarpit email bucket.

1. PPI

2. Debt relief

3. Solar

4. Pullman, F1 and Rally experience excursions

5. Cold calling and forced selling courses

6. Fleet vehicle tracking

7. Up to about 1-2 months ago - eye laser surgery

8. Insurance for 55+ year olds

One of my older email addresses ended up in a british scammer database which operates an extremely professional SPAM racket. They register one shot domains for each mailshot and _DIFFERENT_ domains for the corresponding websites, etc so the mails never get high enough score on a spamchecker. I ended up abandoning that address and directing all the mail for it directly to razor, pyzor and a few other spam databases. I still keep a copy to keep abreast of the current scams. Just in case someone somewhere else provides me with an "opportunity" on one of these so I can take their head off straight away without even listening.

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It used to be possible

It used to be possible to remote taser them 30+ years ago prior to the days of digital telephony. Unfortunately progress did with that idea.

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Hackers' delight? New Apple wrist-puter gives securobods the FEAR

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Re: Productivity

For example - By detecting specific type of hand motion which you should not be doing while working from home during working hours. Though for that the typical watch "carrier" will need to wear it on his right hand.

Me coat.

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Tastier Lollipops for chosen few as Google releases Android 5.1

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Re: Cyanogenmod, anyone?

It is fine if you do not use bluetooth. Bluetooth does not work on my N7 and has had a variety of problems on other devices I used to have with Cyanogen - Xperia Arc, Xperia Mini Pro, etc. Otherwise Cyanogen on the Nexuses is pretty good.

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nakasig (Nexus 7 3G) is as usually fashionably late

Not that any of the binaries on Google past 4.0 actually work. They include a broken bootloader from Asus which bricks your device nicely. There is a workaround (I have 5.0.1 on mine), but it is ugly and not doucmented.

So I will wait until they post it and it becomes usable via normal device update.

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Chewier than a slice of Pi: MIPS Creator CI20 development board

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Media Center

I have looked several times at Pi as a media center and have discarded it every time. Sure, if you shell for the various extra licenses from the foundation Pi shop it can just about do HD media playback. None the less, media is and will remain its secondary function.

This board however, comes to M2M land from the other direction - from multimedia. I would expect it to do the job of "drop in replacement" for the 4 Debian based media center boxes I have around the house (a hodge-podge of ultra-small factor AMD E series and recycled thin clients). So if there will a half decent case for it, I will probably buy 3 of these without batting an eye lid. They will pay back compared to a PC (even a thin client) running MythTV/XbMC in 2-3 years time just from electricity power costs. Add to that the fanless/cool nature of the beast and the fact that it does not take any living room shelf space and it definitely starts to be quite appealing.

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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Re: Not really newsworthy

While keeping that data is a reality in britain, querying it without due cause is an automatic sacking for gross misconduct in public office.

One of the reasons Britain is in such a dire privacy state despite the fact that the police and HMRC databases can be described as omnishambles is exactly this - that record access is not enforced (neither administratively, nor technically).

If you compare that to the average Shengen country, there in theory even the lowly registrar has access to the database. However he cannot access records outside the scope of his day to day duties and trying to do so will raise an automatic alert accompanied by a visit from the applicable police department. One of the reasons why SI3 is still in the works is exactly this - for the next revision the Germans have tightened up the reqs on that even further so nobody can implement them at present (without many man-centuries of extensive development). It is also the reason why Britain can never be in Shengen as the culture of "do not stick your nose where it does not belong" is not something you will find amidst the powers that be who have access to your data and RIPA entitlement to snoop.

Your friend should have pressed the point and filed a complaint with the IPC there and then. One swallow spring does not make, but we still have to try.

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Uber XXXs itself out of South Korea

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An expected development

It was only a matter of time.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Smažený sýr

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Try the russian version

It is known as сырник.

1. Separate the yolk from the rest of the eggs. Mix the "outer" mix - flour, etc with the yolk only. This makes it nice and sticky while runny enough to envelop the cheese.

2. Instead of trying to fry the cheese whole mix feta cheese, cottage cheese and the remainder of the eggs (without the yolks). This makes the inside set nearly instantaneously when thrown into the deep frier so it never runs out. Some places also add sugar to the feta+cottage cheese mix. This is a matter of taste and if you are doing a post-pub super-cholesterol hit you may want to skip on that.

Rest is same as in the Czech version. By the way there is also a Ukrainian, Belorussian and several Russian versions :)

Anyone after that telling me that slavs differ signficantly culturally from country to country can go and discuss should try discussing with a Bulgarian and Serb is the traditional Balkan slavic cheesecake Banitsa or Gibanitsa).

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US watchdog: Anthem snubbed our security audits before and after enormous hack attack

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Re: Proof of government stupidity!

It is a proof of government stupidity.

They did not cancel any VA and Federal employee cover there and then. As they should have for non-compliance.

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VMware sued, accused of ripping off Linux kernel source code

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Re: interesting

Discovery That is USA.

Not in other countries (Germany included) if memory serves me right - there the court usually appoints a mutually aggreable 3rd party to perform expert analysis.

Also, even in USA you are supposed to put on the table reasonable grounds for suspicion to trigger the discovery phase. It will be interesting to see what will be given in court for that part.

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Re: interesting

He is alleging copy of the SCSI subsystem. That is easy to prove without code by behaviour only. Linux SCSI subsystem as it is now was influenced by a multi-year pissing contest between Helwig himself + Linus on one side and Jörg Schilling on the other side. It does not behave in a way which is similar to any other SCSI system out there in existence. BSD, Solaris, Irix, AIX and Windows all behave differently and have distinct behaviour quirks which allow you to identify the underlying code by behaviour alone.

So if ESXi behaves in a manner which is identical to Linux that is sufficient ground for major suspicion. In addition to that there are various quirks, bugs which are not bugs but features, etc across the board. So, if ESXi replicates at least some of them that would be sufficient to ask the lawyers to prepare a subpoena.

All in all, it is an illustration of the old adage: "In how many places do you terminate a SCSI cable? In three - one end, the other end and terminate a black goat with a silver knife at new moon in the middle. Then it may work".

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Super SSD tech: Fancy a bonkers 8TB all-flash PC?

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Re: Bonkers!

Bonker reliability? Or maybe not?

So what happens if the ring is broken?

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Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

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Re: what a rip-off

Actually not. You are tunneled back to your original GGSN. You _CAN_ be reassigned to a local serving GGSN, but you are not. This is done on purpose to justify high charges.

It is the same with voice. Theoretically - a roaming mobile is assigned a temporary number. A call to that mobile is routed to the temporary number instead. So if someone is calling you from the local country their operator in theory can get the temporary number via SS7 signalling from your operator and short-circuit the call. So the call is local instead of to your home country and back. It was in there in GSM 3GPP spec from the first release to support roaming. It is also indicative that it was never ever implemented by anyone as would have removed the technical justifications for half of the roaming rip-offs.

In any case - as far as "same as domestic packages" - they are making me laugh. All of the suspects - Voda, O2, 3, etc have a daily cap on roaming and will charge you above that. That cap depending on your package can be as low as 25MB. I would not call that "same as domestic consumption". Not even close.

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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Re: Where to put it?

ailed launches from the UK?

Depending on the location - Central and south Eastern Europe and parts of Middle East or thereabouts. Out of all possible Eu locations Britain is one of the most useless.

There are reason you know why Russians are building their new facility all the way on the Pacific Ocean coast.

So if there is to be another (besides Kuru) Eu facility, Azores are probably the best location - lots of sea folllowed by Sahara desert Eastwards from there. If the facility is to be "100% British", then Ascencion island is the best choice. It has the right size of runway too and complies will all other criteria.

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

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Re: Outsourcing to India - Payback

1. They would have done it even if we did not teach them. It is not that difficult.

2. They suck as scammers. I have seen scams of "your son is in an accident", "tech support", etc executed in Eastern Europe. India is nowhere near.

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Re: It had to come

Hehe... The older generation is sometimes better than the baby boomer onwards in that. I have a recording somewhere of my mom explaining a scammer exactly what to do with various body parts using docker vocabulary in 3 languages.

They tried to scam her (very professionally too) that I got myself in an accident and urgently needed some financial assistance. They knew I was abroad and in which country too and quite a bit of personal detail too. What they missed was that as a bilingual I would have been talking to her in her language, not my official native language. At that point she hit the record button, followed by "fire at will".

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