* Posts by S4qFBxkFFg

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Re: Down the pub

"You could always upgrade to Mr Bean type locks."

Not really, the Bean car security system requires another action to work as designed, and steering wheels are too heavy these days to carry around with you.

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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@Tim

As an alternative to bail-outs, how about making it illegal for a limited liability company to hold a banking licence?

It would certainly increase the scrutiny of management by shareholders, although I'd consider the main benefit to be the comedy value of bank share prices occasionally going negative. (Are the exchanges even set up to do that?)

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Also, "ATM machines". Don't do that.

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Swedish Supreme Court keeps AssangeTM in Little Ecuador

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Police presence at the embassy, their salaries, overtime, NI, other employment costs.

Yes, they'd get paid anyway, but the assumption is that other police would be needed to do what the new embassy guards were doing before.

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

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Re: RAT trap

I'd assume the designers thought of that - either the clearance is enough that it won't, or it should detach in a non-dangerous (but probably expensive) manner.

edit: just had a look at some photos - it seems to be located in the middle of the fuselage (on the bottom) and doesn't appear to be longer than the main gear.

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Is Grant Shapps being naughty on Wikipedia – or did a Lib Dem stitch him up?

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WTF?

For those who need a laugh.

New readers may not be aware, but Mr. Shapps once decided to try his hand at writing for El Reg:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/06/tory_tech_savvy/

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UK's annual PCB waste = 81 HMS Belfasts, says National Physical Lab

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Re: Reminds me of the classic

Equivalents from catering, when the new kitchen porter gets sent to the supplier for:

1lb bell-end cheddar

20 salmon legs

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Mt Gox LEAKED Bitcoin for years before heist, says WizSec

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Any predictions about the Next Big Thing associated with bitcoin?

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Swedish prosecutors finally agree to London interview for Assange™

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Re: Good for him… maybe?

It does sound very much like Sweden is preparing the ground for a "hey guys - not our problem any more" statement. It would be extremely easy to revert to the original decision of the other prosecutor.

What this would mean for the extradition is unclear though - if the reason for the extradition is retrospectively done away with, is the extradition itself is no longer valid (or considered never valid)?

Probably not, but it could easily be enough for the (future Labour?) government to justify washing their hands of it all and telling him to bugger off to Ecuador.

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Crap employers banned from enforcing backdoor crim records checks

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Re: And what about?

Probably not. If the applicant simply refuses to supply the information, they won't get the job offer and there's nothing for them to reject.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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"If you watch live TV over iplayer or on a website, you still need a license though. I'd imagine if you have a TV with a tuner in it capable of picking up telly signals the effort in convincing the TV licensing bods you don't watch any live TV is probably more effort than the £145 saving. Pointing out you don't watch live telly to the bailiffs or the chaps in the court when the summons arrives is probably a lot of aggro too?"

Thing is, I don't actually bother convincing them of anything; thanks to the presumption of innocence, it's THEIR job to prove their case through some sort of judicial process, not mine. I probably could make their lives easier by being a bit more open, but I like the idea of wasting the time of an organisation of which I disapprove.

I don't have a TV (not really relevant anyway), but they don't know that. I've had them come to the door, and the response is "No thank you, I don't need one.", before turning off the intercom, which takes seconds. Hardly worthy of the term "effort".

The threatening letters (full of "could"s, "may"s, "up to"s, etc., nothing formal like a court summons) get filed in the recycling. They can't be bothered taking anything further when there are easy victims who actually invite the inspectors in, or answer their questions.

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Stop

Coming up on 5 years without a TV licence here, and I certainly don't regret it.

If this type of thing bothers you, take some time to figure out whether you need a licence. It's only required if you watch or record TV transmissions as they are being broadcast.

Merely owning a TV or recording device doesn't require a licence.

Watching catch-up services (e.g. iplayer) doesn't require a licence.

You do not have to let TV licence inspectors into your home, or even answer their questions (they need to get the police for that - and rarely bother).

Isn't there something on which you'd rather spend the £145.50?

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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(disclosure: card-carrying member of the SNP writing here)

As opposed to doing what?

Expecting the SNP, in particular, to renounce its core policy / wither up and die would be laughable.

The main reasons it's doing well, therefore "carrying on as if they won"? Pick any of the following:

45% loses a referendum, but in almost anything other than a pure two-party system, it landslides a first-past-the-post election - like the rest of the UK, the big thing in politics at the moment is the May general election which looks to be shaping up very well indeed for the SNP - some of the wilder polls predict a constituency map looking like Bart Simpson with a couple of plooks (spots, for the English-speakers) - i.e. most of Scotland going SNP (yellow) with two (red) bits holding out for Labour.

Speaking of Labour, its support appears to have withered spectacularly. Some of this is probably due to the referendum - Labour and the Tories shared a platform, and it should not be underestimated how much some voters in Scotland still hate the Tories. Considering it was the Labour areas that, on the whole, voted "Yes", it's not difficult to see how this political realignment happened. The Lib-Dems are still suffering from being in coalition with the Tories who will be lucky to keep their one Scottish seat.

However, the most sensible reason is probably that a large enough percentage of voters see Lib/Lab/Con as predominantly English parties, focussed (understandably, considering England's far greater population, number of seats, etc.) on delivering what English voters want with little regard for Scotland. The SNP can make a good case for being the only party that will try to get the best deal for Scotland in Westminster, especially if they become the third largest party and either Labour or the Conservatives are unable to govern alone or with the other parties. Lots of Scots find the idea of Ed or Dave being impotent unless conforming to Scottish interests extremely appealing. (Having said that, there is the nightmare option of a Labour/Conservative coalition...)

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Win! The Ultimate Cash 'n' Carrion Survival Kit

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Unhappy

Re: A knife?

Superfluity, we're all on them already because the knowledge that David Cameron and his accomplices are deeply and blithely IT-illiterate is considered sufficiently dangerous.

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Assange's cop chaperones have cost £10 MEEELLION to date

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Re: i cant beleive

'cos then anyone with an inconvenient person in a British embassy on their territory would have justification (in their opinion) to do the same.

Screwing around with other countries' embassies sets a dangerous precedent, if they don't force entry when the occupants start taking pot shots at police officers (see Yvonne Fletcher), they're not going to do it to put a stop to Assange's couch surfing.

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Re: Why does it cost so much per day

Can't be bothered doing the sums, but as well as wages, there's going to be NI, presumably someone in charge back at the station, they've probably got a van parked nearby which is practically useless for anything else now.

Still seems high though.

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Joke

I preferred the option of the embassy shipping out a few hundred packing crates labelled "not Julian Assange", while a ghetto blaster on their balcony plays Yakety Sax.

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I expect it's also good for the other residents/businesses in the area. Shouldn't they be able to get discounts on their insurance due to the increased plod levels?

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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Re: Let's be fair here

"seals degrade and would erode performance"

If they're tubes, the sections could perhaps be friction welded together as they're laid down (which would be quite impressive to watch/hear).

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Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

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Re: Only in America

It's, AFAIK, possible to sue anyone for anything. Whether or not it gets thrown out within seconds of hitting the court is another matter.

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

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It may be a coincidence, but I saw an Asus GTX 750ti graphics card for £23.99 on Amazon at the weekend and realistically I'd expect there to be a 1 in front of that price.

It's meant to ship today, so hoping it goes through without someone picking up on it.

If it wasn't for camelcamelcamel I'd have missed it.

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El Reg reanimates Cash'n'Carrion merchandising tentacle

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Digging up the moles is hard/expensive work.

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Re: Excellent beerworthy news

12.32 years

I've had mine for ~8 years, and it still works as intended.

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Snowden doc leak lists submarine'd cables tapped by spooks

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Re: Bullet

Do you realise that he's probably given the worst ("worst" defined by the resultant damage to the USA) stuff to a trusted associate who is under instructions to release the whole lot if he disappears/dies under any kind of remotely suspicious circumstances?

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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It's obviously a tricky area, but I can't imagine that anything other than a driverless car doing "its best" to protect its passengers would be acceptable to the customer.

Would anyone ride in a vehicle they knew/suspected would go into "sacrifice" mode if came off worse in a costs/benefit analysis when compared with a packed school bus?

The outcome will probably be that, taking the example given, no vehicle swerves to certain doom and both end up colliding. That's if the algorithms decide a head-on is slightly-less-certain doom.

The person shouting "My car tried to kill me!" will probably receive more attention than the person shouting "Their car didn't try to sacrifice them to save my life!" and I'd bet on a judge and jury being more likely to favour the former.

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HP's pet lizard is FERAL PERIL says wildlife group

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"That's bad because, presumably, dumped Ralphs will go feral, eat local wildlife and perhaps breed."

Iguanas don't eat meat, unless accidentally (for example, an insect minding its own business, sitting on a tasty leaf) or when forced (by humans fattening them for later eating, both of which are extremely unhealthy for the iguana).

edit: http://www.anapsid.org/iguana/animalprotein.html

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Humanity now making about 41 mobes EACH SECOND

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Re: junk wave coming

If Google's Ara idea takes off, the junk generation rate might drop slightly. If your phone is modular enough that the individual components can be replaced, then there's no need to bin it if one bit is too crap/broken.

It'll end up a bit like the Trigger's broom of phones if it does happen.

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Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

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Thumb Up

"Expect a large uptake in apps making fart noises..."

I recommend "Farting Boaby" on Android for this purpose.

It's also a one-dimensional flight sim...

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Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

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Windows

Re: sick of it all

Nurse! More dried frog pills!

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Re: What are your predictions?

I hope for a "Yes", but am predicting a narrow "No" win.

The 97% registration does have the potential to shake things up though; many of these people have never voted before; the pollsters have never had to take their effect on elections into account before - so a 65% (either way) should probably not be seen as unthinkable.

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Re: No law against asking somone a question is there?

Unless it's *seriously* unreliable (i.e. sending the work experience kid to the nearest polling station to ask a couple of people leaving) it would just be too much work.

Proper exit polling is seriously expensive, for little gain - they'd be better just making it up for all anyone will care about predictions when they get the actual result tomorrow.

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Badges for Commentards

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Re: Where's my vulture?

Efros, Omgwtfbbqtime:

ISTR something about the criteria only applying over some particular length of time before now.

I think it means we're now regarded as "stale" and are being encouraged to post more upvote-worthy thoughts.

Perhaps we should be represented by some sort of baked good that's obviously past its best?

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Re: I'm fine with Scottish independence if it's what they want.

He's no hero, but can (along with others) be justifiably proud of his successes; he's brought the prospect of independence from laughable to within a reasonable error bar of 50%. Before that, the SNP got a majority in a parliamentary system which could be argued was specifically designed to stop any one party (i.e. the SNP) from doing so.

Also, the best chance of him retiring (and the SNP fading away) would be a "Yes" result - it's sort of like Cancer Research - they say their goal is to put themselves out of business. OK, the SNP don't actually say that, but a lot of their voters probably think that way - once their purpose is served, what point to keeping them around?

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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I realise I wasn't as clear as I could be - I meant Scots, possibly born in Scotland, currently working for GCHQ/MI5/MI6/etc., probably (based on how these entities are organised) living in England.

If, in 2016, they decide to head back north, and seek employment helping set up the various Scottish equivalents of the above, you can imagine that the former UK counter-intelligence people might be a bit worried.

Would, and to what extent, the Official Secrets Act (or whatever it's currently called) even apply?

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"There will also be specific government ICT issues: an independent Scotland may have to build its own communications intelligence and surveillance capacity - GCHQ's three main offices are all in England - and the same may be true for defence ICT. "

This is an interesting one - what do those organisations do if next week they discover that within about ~2 years a certain percentage of their employees, with varying levels of security clearance, are possibly going to be citizens of another state?

Maybe they could go on a fact-finding mission to Moscow and ask the KGB and GRU how they coped?

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Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

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Re: Next up: flying in circles

It's due to centre of gravity issues.

It's more complicated than I will/can explain, but the greater the distance the CofG is from the tail, the more torque will be generated by aerodynamic effects on the tailplane/elevator (and fin/rudder).

Roughly speaking, the further forward the CofG, the more stable it will be (like a dart) and vice versa.

In extreme cases of instability the aircraft may be uncontrollable; if it's too stable, the pilot may be unable to flare (pitch up) on landing, causing a harder impact and/or bounce.

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Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'

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Flame

re your last paragraph - I hope you didn't do it in that order, or at the least, were very careful.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Re: GIF's?

It doesn't say, but I understood it to be referring to taking phone videos of the TV while it's showing a goal.

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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Weirdly, it was usable from my phone (3) but completely unreachable from my office machine (which goes through JANET).

Seems fine now though.

edit: I could still log in to everything because it could still use its offline storage

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Gmail gains support for non-ASCII email addresses

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Re: Hello, novelty names.

This will be amusing if it actually works.

For testing, try this: http://eeemo.net/

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Re: More work

Tannin: please read the relevant RFCs, or, preferably, use a validator produced by someone who has.

Just because you have never seen a particular character in an email address, or an email address without a domain name, doesn't mean they aren't valid.

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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Re: Std Dirty tricks by tory boys of the westminster clan

Please.

I'm a definite "Yes" voter on the day, but this is close to a tinfoiler rant.

Most of the voters will have been able to see it, whether those in the rest of the UK, or abroad, did, it won't influence the result much.

I'm not saying the UK Government isn't trying to keep Scotland, and are probably using dodgy tactics to do so, but this isn't a useful example.

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Austrian Tor exit relay operator guilty of ferrying child porn

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The silver lining here is that some clever people will now be very interested in finding a way to create a system performing a similar function to tor that does not have the particular vulnerability that allowed the police to identify Mr. Weber as the operator of the exit node concerned.

I do hope those clever people are much cleverer than I am, because I have no idea how this could even be accomplished; any ideas?

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We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Not 100% sure, but I think ABS came from the people making aircraft landing gear.

(source was my dad, who was in the RAF)

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Re: A quick couple of points ...

Interestingly, fuel consumption can also be thought of as a surface area (volume of fuel per distance is just a length cubed per length, i.e. length squared) with a smaller area being more fuel efficient.

Explained better on XKCD (scroll down a bit): http://what-if.xkcd.com/11/

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EXPOSED: Massive mobile malware network used by cops globally

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Re: How to detect it?

You want the phone to be able to connect to the internet (or try to) through a wireless router you control (and are confident hasn't been mucked around with - buying one cash from a physical shop might be worthwhile), while being unable to connect to the phone network (remove sim, go somewhere with no signal, etc.).

Set the router to log as much as it can.

Check the logs for the relevant IPs.

Be aware, this malware might cache data and transmit it in bursts at set times, it might not communicate over wifi at all, etc. etc.

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Google Glass gets 2GB of RAM. Think about this. Two gigs of RAM

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Re: Glassholes

If British, shouldn't it be "Glarsehole"?

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Wedding tackle started out as PROTO-SHARKS' LEGS, boffins say

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Re: parallel evolution

I wouldn't worry; Miss Piggy is probably adequately serv(ic)ed by Kermit in other ways:

https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=frog+tongue&tbm=isch

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Queen's Speech: Computer Misuse Act to be amended, tougher sentences planned

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Feds crack down harder on 'lasing'. Yep, aircraft laser zapping... Really

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Re: A solution is at hand.

That sounds impressive - if it can block all commercially available laser wavelengths, without blocking an unacceptable level of the rest of the spectrum (it's still nice for pilots to be able to tell what colour of lights they're seeing outside the windows) then the problem is solved.

I'd even want glasses with this in; it scares me to think what a nutter with one of the higher powered pointers could do if they were to intentionally shine it in people's eyes, just walking down the street for instance.

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China 'in discussions' about high-speed rail lines to London, Germany – and the US

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Re: A great idea

Indeed, something will need to be found for that North Korean military to do when the country collapses.

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