* Posts by M7S

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Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship

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"Sister ship - The Yamato"

No pithy space cruiser quips yet?

For shame commentards, for shame......

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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If we have to pay to reflect the internet age....

...then it should include an obligation to upgrade the infrastructure to allow us to receive stuff over the internet, on a national basis.

I think the license fee is good value overall (and I pay it), and have seen some worse proposals than this for funding (a per device charge for each TV sold for example, renewable after x years) mooted recently, but my neighbours and I don't subscribe to Netflix etc due to a poor connection. If we have to pay the BBC on the basis of IPTV or similar being the future, then there needs to be a corresponding payback for consumers in the form of investment in connectivity. We don't just listen to The Archers outside of the towns and cities.

Even with a decent connection, I'd be nervous that the subscription path might also lead to the end of terrestrial broadcasting which is at least a little bit resilient.

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Apple: 100,000 lucky people can test our flaky iOS 8.3 code – report

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Terminator

Appleseed?

Now if there's a Landmate, I'm interested....

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You MUST supply dying customers even if they're in administration, thunders UK.gov

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Relying on the personal guarantee of the Insolvency Practitioner

If they're a "sole trader" sort of practitioner, that might not be very re-assuring if you are being pressed to supply (or not remove, pehaps under the "title remains with the supplier until paid for" clause) £00,000's of kit or services.

I'm sure they will have some form of indemnity cover but that's then more hassle

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Back seat drivers fear lead-footed autonomous cars, say boffins

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Pressing the brake pedal

If the cruise control is activated in my car, and I subsequently press the brake pedal, cruise is de-activated. Will the same apply in respect of driverless cars (which as I understand things have to have manual controls as backup)? Will the system interpret this as "fleshie wants to play" and switch off completely whilst perhaps ensuring that the data is ready to transmit to the resurrection ship?

If so, then a passenger "phantom braking" could find themselves unexpectedly in an uncontrolled missile until they realise they should be doing more. If they braked on the approach to a tight bend with busy traffic each way, and this stopped the car taking the bend correctly, that could be unfortunate.

Side question to elicit witty and/or informed responses: Why do some people refer to "depressing" the clutch, brake, etc?

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P0wning for the fjords: Malware turns drones into DEAD PARROT

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Hmm

You operate a drone, lets assume with any necessary licencing in place, and someone hijacks it, causing a crash with 3rd party injury or property damage as a consequence.

Appreciating that there might not be much of the device left, it will be interesting to see how courts will determine wether or not the original operator (and/or their insurance, if any) is liable for any civil claims or possibly even criminal charges.

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What gets the internet REALLY excited? Kittens? No. EXPLODING Kittens

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Another fine cat related find from El Reg

I am reminded of the fun I had reading the comments on Bonsaikitten.com many years ago following coverage on this esteemed organ. I am delighted to see it is restored to its former glory.

More please

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Am I the only one...

...interpreting this as "for the first twelve months after release, the upgrade to Windows 10 will be free" and assuming that after that date you'd have to pay to upgrade (in the same way as if I wanted to purchase a copy of Windows 8.x now).

On all the articles relating to this that El Reg has published today, almost the entire line taken by commentards suggests that the OS will cease to function (leaving all the usual jokes aside) after this period and some kind of licence/subscription will be required. I'm no M$ schill but that just seems a tad pessimistic, even to my somewhat cynical nature regarding IT firms.

I could be wrong, and there's some suggestion (I don't know on what basis) that OEM installs mighbt be treated differently and of course there's the issue of versions (Pro, Ultimate, Enterprise etc) being upgraded appropriately (and I apologise if I've missed this information somewhere) to be sorted when the detail is made available, but on the face of it this seems a simple offer, and for those so inclined, not a bad one.

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Windows 10, day ZERO ... Will Nadella be the HERO?

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A tired old joke repeated with a minor twist

A decade or so ago, MS release "One care". Commentards on El Reg make fun of this when spoken in a mock French accent.

MS now base their entire product around "One core".

Will they have a network product in a decade base around looking after a WAN?

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US and UK declare red-team CYBER WAR – on EACH OTHER

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150 years ago private citizens in the UK formed local rifle clubs

to help defend the UK, which eventually became the Territorial Army*

Alas these days, I fear that any attempts, or even declared interest, in doing something similar or assisting these excercises would not go down well with the powers that be. Certainly I don't seem them appreciating efforts along the lines of Gary McKinnon exposing security weaknesses.

I only hope we don't have cause to regret such an attitude. Whilst I appreciate there are routes for some talented people to join "the club" that does deal with this, its not a route for everybody.

*Apologies if I have skipped some important steps in this history.

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Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

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Sheer cost

It is not just the statutory services that need to be considered.

They are supposed to be used by the voluntary services, e.g. Red Cross, Mountain Rescue, St. John, Lowland search etc but the sheer cost of the units and the "fleece the taxpayer" billing system that Airwave impose (take the maximum use on a day in that month and multiply by 30 for the monthly fee) does not work well for part time services. That's to say nothing of the complexity of use where some calls are assigned by text and you have to navigate a menu to indicate your receipt and compliance, not easy for very occasional users compared to a PTT on a conventional hand held VHF/UHF.

Much of your rescuing is likely to be done by smaller organisations in the future, and if you want them all to be able to talk to each other, then a less expensive option is going to be required.

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Google's plan to become your phone company

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A possible outcome

So, and this is not a criticism of Google per se, once they’ve cherry-picked the high density areas with attractive bundles covering several devices and offering internet, IPTV and telephony, if this really does well it could drive out the current incumbents providing mobile telephony and data in urban and suburban areas as the profitability of GSM networks collapses.

In theory we could eventually see the provision of traditional mobiles becoming as expensively prohibitive as decent broadband currently is out in the sticks, with a probable reduction in the number of providers, competition, etc.

The one comfort I could take from that is that it might stuff the deployment of smart meters where I live as that seems to be GSM dependent under current plans.

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You like that E Ink book, huh? How about an E Ink HOUSE

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Wasn't something like this being suggested for cars a while back?

As I really could do something fun with that

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

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In the UK

You should be asked the questions "have you had a (n alcoholic) drink in the past 20 minutes or a cigarette (to the best of my recollection) in the past two?". If the answer is yes then a period of time should be allowed to elapse before the roadside test is administered. If you've just left the pub it can be an uncomfortable period of time but it's there for a valid reason. The issue of "mouth alcohol" has long been recognised as distorting results, so this period of time is allowed as it is the concentration in your bloodstream, then exchanged into gas in the lungs, that is the factor regarding impairment. This may also be the procedure in the US (or parts thereof) but I have no knowledge of this.

I'd also echo Dominion's caution against reliance on these devices if they're not regularly re-calibrated. Virtually all medical devices should be, down to the glucometers used in home testing, even the manual sphygmomanometer (spelling that could be a good test for impairment) in a first aid kit can easily go out of kilter.

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Sony looks at unpopular Google Glass, shouts 'ME TOO!'

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Big Brother

No video camera. really?

The housing on the right hand side looks suspiciously like it has an appropriate lens.

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Assange's WikiLeaks: Give generously this Xmas – for STATUE of our DEAR LEADER

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Alien

Look away now.....

It's an elaborate escape plan.

They're not statues, they're just quantum locked.

Don't blink

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Wasn't it all supposed to be so different by now, Meg?

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How not to give your sales staff a boost

"the opportunity to create an IT infrastructure for each company that isn’t based on our legacy IT systems"

This would be the same quality kit (and I'm talking enterprise grade stuff here) they had/have us customers spend so much money on buying and supporting then would it?

OK, lesson learned.

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Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!

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Hollywood has a thing about German villains

or ones with a British accent

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

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Re: "the blame would probably resolve down to the last command screamed out by a human"

"F*CK!!" ?

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Beware Brit cops bearing battering rams. Four nabbed over Trojan claims

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Well at least they're trying

They've limited resources, and according to the newspapers today police forces may face a 20% cut in future budgets/manpower.

Whilst there is an argument that the vast amounts of money reportedly spent on spying on us all could be better spent, perhaps on preventing cybercrime, that's not an issue that can be affected by individual police forces, nor the national bodies such as the NCA, and certainly not the officers and staff working at this sort of level.

Perhaps a little more moral support from the IT "community" (sorry, a dreadful term but I cannot at present think of one better) would be appropriate. Someone somewhere has hopefully not had their computer hijacked today as a result of the disruption caused to these (alleged) villains, in the same way as I or my loved ones might not be mugged tonight if the beat patrol has raided the house of a known mugger this afternoon.

I'm never going to know about that, and the system isn't perfect, but for the time being it is what we've got.

Perhaps we as an industry should devise better OS that ordinary users dont need a degree level education to configure properly to reduce the risks of such crime in the first place in the same way as as we dont expect to be mechanical engineers to use a normal car safely.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Problem: Not enought power from renewables to sustain the demands of the population

Solution:

http://lyrics.wikia.com/Gilbert_And_Sullivan:As_Some_Day_It_May_Happen and variations thereon

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London police chief: City bankers, prepare for a terrorist cyber attack. Again

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"push back and take action now before it happens"

Is this what Terry Pratchet described in one of the Johnny Maxwell books as "getting your retaliation in first"?

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US Marshals commit DIRTBOX INTRUSION on Americans, says report

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"What is done on US soil is completely legal"

And if the devices are only switched on once the craft are airborne, then there's no deviation from that statement. I can't see any spokesperson having difficulty keeping a straight face with that one, it might even work in a court of law!

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Getting back to "What books do you think should be on the list"

Anything by David Gemmel*, and some by Terry Pratchet if you're after guidance on how to live. In some cases by laughing at the mistakes of others

*"Do not complain of life's unfairness. It is never fair - at best it is impartial"

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Brussels' transport chief demands a single European sky to end 'air traffic gridlock'

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Re: "This is not a challenge to European diversity or the sovereignty of any country"

Apologies if I was not clear.

Currently as I understand it, each country controls aircraft in its own airspace. If a plane fails to respond, the military of that country can be called on by the local ATC to investigate as in the article I referenced. They'll know who to contact and how to do so quickly.

If the control is centralised, then unless there is some pan-European air force on call, a controller in whatever node is in charge (lets say for example that a centre in Italy had for some reason got responsibility for Europe for that shift/day/week/whatever, perhaps if the Northern Node is undergoing some technical issue) seeing a problem such as that described in the article has got to work out which nation to contact to scramble their aircraft, and then perhaps (in the case of a large country) which region/airbase/whatever to direct the call to. I am sure they'll have procedures but its all adding time to the response.

A busy controller might go a bit "meh" if dealing with an errant aircraft in some far away place of which they perosnally care little, becoming in effect a call centre. If I may draw an analogy, fine for controlling your AA breakdown response (within reason), not fine for sending you a fire engine when your abode is going all Piper Alpha on you.

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Re: "This is not a challenge to European diversity or the sovereignty of any country"

@AC "This only concerns civilian traffic (CAT and GA) under the provisions of the Chicago Convention (1948). State and military aviation is an entirely separate matter."

The trouble is these things can very rapidly become a military matter when (as for example a couple of weeks ago) that large Antonov suddely stops responding to ATC radio. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-29823148 and I'd be wary of beleiving that every node which might at some stage be responsible for our airspace under this plan will know exactly who to callon the hurry-up.

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Israeli ex-spies want to help you defend your CAR from cybercrooks

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Cue "let them try and hack my Series 3 Landrover" comments

Yes. I have one.

But I also have (and expect in future to have) a modern car.

Maybe we should look at changing manufacturer perceptions regarding security in ALL areas where IT is becoming an issue. TVs, Fridges, electricity meters, home security systems etc etc

Whilst generally legislation applied to tech tends, even if done with the best of intentions, to fail as laws stagnate and tech (usually) doesn't, this might be one area where some broad principles could perhaps be laid down, with manufacturers being subject to penalties if they dont secure things so that joe bloggs buying on the street doesnt have to be an IT expert.

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RUMPY PUMPY: Bone says humans BONED Neanderthals 50,000 years B.C.

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Re: The Neanderthal must have been really drunk... - Paedo Alert!!!!

"the Neandertals were attracted to Cro-Magnons/Early Modern Humans because the details of the latter's physiology, such as lack of a heavy brow ridge, made them look like a Neandertal child"

Detectives will be along shortly to seize assorted cave walls for evidence of making indecent psuedo-images of children.

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Apple, GT in SECRET SAPPHIRE peaceable parting PACT

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If shareholders might never know the true reason....

Investors will usually weigh up risks before purchasing shares in anything. This goes from the large pension funds to the individual buying shares or even putting some money towards a kickstarter project.

If things go wrong, then whilst you might not get your money back (such is the nature of speculation) you should at least be able to find out why and lessons might be learned for next time. There's a lack of transparancy and accountability in this kind of arrangement that will dent the confidence of the market and thus make investment in future projects more difficult for people to obtain. If the law permits this kind of arrangement, then the law needs to be revised.

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SDI wars: WTF is software defined infrastructure?

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SDI - Suddenly I'm reminded of Ronald Reagan

And the various shades of Armgeddon anticipated in the 80's that meant HMG thought it would never have to make good on the state and public sector pension schemes.

Thanks for that. just in time for the weekend.

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Finnish PM: Apple has DESTROYED FINLAND

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"The Finnish language is difficult, especially if you are trying to make yourself sound sexy"

Was the sound of fur clad Finnish females trying to attract a mate on a saturday night out the inspiration for Rovio's big hit then?

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€2 BILLION: Steelie Neelie wants US to pay for her Big Data splurge

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Big Brother

100,000 new data-related jobs

Is that the estimate for all the government staff and commerical contractors acting on their behalf who will be sifting our browsing habits, comms traffic, social media postings etc in order to "protect the public from [latest thing]"?

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White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?

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Blue LEDs - The real world thanks the boffins.

They're certainly much better at getting people to notice the response vehicles I'm involved with than the old incandescent rotators or gas-discharge strobes, so there's a saving, although in a very different sense than in other comments.

There is some anecdotal evidence that when driving in a severe blizzard, the lack of heat from the lamp means that the lightbar doesn't "self clear", and I'm very much against dazzling other drivers with the high level spots, particularly at night, which could help with this, but overall I'm very pleased as are many of my colleagues.

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

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Wrong result

It should have been explained to the claimants that Red Bull does indeed give you wings, invisible ones that pop out should you leap from the top of a canyon with no other means of slowing your descent.

But only in an untraceable email.

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Australia mandates* cloud use by government agencies

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Its a common UK/Aus cultural link: Kate Bush saw it all coming decades ago

Lines from "Cloudbursting" illustrate both the initial uninformed enthusiasm of cloud evangelists:

"Ooh, I just know that something good is going to happen.

And I don't know when,

But just saying it could even make it happen"

and the by product for those of us using it in everyday life

"You looked too small

In their big, black car,

To be a threat to the men in power.

<snip>

I can't hide you

From the government."

I realise now they've probably also been listening to "Experiment IV"

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Revealed: Malware that forces weak ATMs to spit out 'ALL THE CASH'

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Simple three letter code used to empty ATMs in parts of the UK

JCB

usually also only used at night, but I'm not sure it is restricted to Sunday and Monday.

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Apple's iPhone 6 can REVERSE BALDNESS (and cause it, too)

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Automatic patent protection mechanism.

It removes an obvious rounded corner.

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'In... 15 feet... you will be HIT BY A TRAIN' Google patents the SPLAT-NAV

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The '70's called and would like their peril sensitive sunglasses back.

Vogon poetry in motion.

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New UK.gov DATA SLURPING diplomat to push US telcos to share more subscriber info

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Switzerland

I understand that they have some pretty strong and well observed data protection laws there. It would be enlightening to see the effect, if any "diplomacy" has in that jurisdiction.

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'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator

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USS Jimmy Carter

Just sayin'.....

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Hackers-for-hire raided 300 banks, corporates for TWELVE YEARS

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Did they by any chance have red hair?

As I seem to remember this being a feature of House Harkonnen

http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0008386/quotes

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Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom

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Re: Anything goes?

Not every blue light service can afford TETRA/Airwave. The billing system is that they take the heaviest usage on any day of the billing period (usually a month) and then apply that for every day of that month. If you're a small service, or one doing mostly "events" such as St. John, Red Cross or any number of the other voluntary/privates, this is unaffordable, leaving aside the issues such as management of talkgroups, security of the handsets and cost (a typical large football stadium will require over a dozen handsets for first aid teams alone, many come in at over £1,000 each). For operators far away from base stations (lifeboats, mountain rescue, cave rescue etc) its even less of a viable option.

There are also resilience and capacity issues with TETRA, I've been on operations with a major statutory service where it has simply failed for hours at a time in a major metropolis with no "disaster" issues such as enviornment or power issues for events that occur every year.

There is a privacy issue with the use of open VHF, sometimes in the normal course of events patient details have to be transmitted from a control to a vehicle (or similar) and this has always caused some concerns. In the event of a major incident, the press are likely to be swarming around more than normal and it might be nice for a relative not to get their first notification that the nearest and dearest have snuffed it from twitter or being doorstepped by some reporter with a scanner. In such circumstances I would think encryption the lesser of two evils, although I realise that any commonality for inter-operation might then lead to the means to defeat this being publicly available....

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

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Data Protection

If Scotland votes yes, and doesn't get EU membership straight away, Data Protection would presumably be an issue for a bit. I'm not particularly impressed with safe harbour arrangements already enacted elsewhere... This might rather scupper much of the operational side still being based in Scotland for rUK business.

And then there's the question of "what if they rob all your money" as presumably a new extradition treaty will be needed and if the follow the line of some countries "we'll never extradite our citizens" then all sorts of shenanigans could be perpetrated with impunity

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

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Really dilute

Does this make Earth/humankind some kind of galactic homeopathy and if so, what are we the treatment for?

Additional musing for Friday: If so, homeopathic practitioners might be the ultimate genocidal warmongers, on the basis that the less of us there are left, the more effective we are.

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US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account

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Re: What's the problem?

Actually, I believe that can be the case particularly in houses of shared/multiple occupancy. I think if (UK) police exercise the powers of search available immediately after arrest they can only go into common occupancy areas or those exclusive to the accused. The bedroom(s) etc belonging to other residents are supposed to be off limits.

I would expect that the same should be the case for any warrant issued for a "raid" but that might rely on the court being told of any such circumstances.

I'd be interested to learn of any misunderstanding of the current law I might have.

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Cave pits, ideal for human bases, FOUND ON MOON

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Mind the Exogorth

It might have other ideas.

(And I'm not that sad, I had to look up the name)

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HP CEO Meg Whitman dons TRIPLE CROWN of POWER

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Coat

still, with all that power she'll have a certain amount of....

.....Autonomy

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Seagate chances ARM with NAS boxes for the SOHO crowd

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"designed to perform well in /snip/ multi-dimensional environments"

Clearly I'm missing something. Whilst I am sure (and as mentioned in comments above) there are plenty of devices that don't work well in multidimensional environments (as in the four that it is generally accepted we live and work in day to day), has anyone challenged the marketing droids about what this actually means?

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