* Posts by Mike Richards

3779 posts • joined 28 Feb 2007

Should Computer Misuse Act offences committed in UK be prosecuted in UK?

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'So if the US had enacted a European Data Protection law, the hacked organisations could have been vulnerable to enforcement action if their website security was at a level that left personal data vulnerable to hacking attacks. That does not negate the fact that Mr Love committed a hacking offence, but clearly if website security was weak, then this allowed Mr Love’s attacks to succeed.'

That has nothing to do with the case. By analogy if I leave my door open and you pop in and steal something, you are still guilty of theft. I was dumb in leaving the door open, but you still chose to thieve.

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UK will build new nuclear bomb subs, says Defence Secretary

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Re: Vanguard, Victorious, Vigilant and Vengeance

It's BAE, so I'd go with Late, Very Late, Broken and Cancelled

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Ludicrous Patent of the Week: Rectangles on a computer screen

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Re: I'm happy with this

They'll probably sue Xerox.

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

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Larry Ellison and Steve Balmer

Because it'd be nice to watch what happens when those two are locked in a confined space for any length of time.

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Re: multiple places

Dear god no.

We can't risk that movie trope of rivals becoming lovers through shared adversity. Imagine a planet populated by their offspring!

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Re: Average temperature -55C, atmosphere almost 100% CO2.

There are also uncertainties over the health effects of exposure to Martian dust. A lot of it is very fine, the sort of size that gets deep into your lungs, and it will be everywhere. Perhaps only heavy smokers need apply?

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Signs of recent tectonic activity found on cooling Mercury

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Re: "chemicals that have the potential to eventually form cells"

Geothermal fluids circulating at depth could be warm enough and contain enough of life's little essentials* for life to have evolved without the need for sunlight and an atmosphere.

* you know carbon, sulfur, phosphorus and a John Lewis account.

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Hubble spies on Europa shooting alien juice from its southern pole

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'Europa interests some as a solar system refueling station, where spaceships could top up their tanks with easily accessed hydrogen and oxygen fuel.'

Wouldn't Ceres be a better bet? With Europa you have to go deep into Jupiter's gravity well, expose yourself to horrifying levels of radiation and then crawl out again.

Ceres is really small, made of ice and launch windows come up every 15 months or so.

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Re: "He'd better make sure he never drops the soap"

'The late Auberon Waugh had a much better idea; send violent criminals to a remote Scottish island where they would have to live on a diet of organic brown rice and vegetables and learn Buddhism and meditation.'

And live with the consequences of near-terminal communal flatulence? Sounds like a fitting punishment.

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The judge should be inspired by copyright penalties

20 weeks for each kick and twenty or thirty years for not only looking like a complete tosser but being a complete tosser.

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High rear end winds cause F-35A ground engine fire

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I'm not an expert

But isn't the tailpipe of a jet fitted with an afterburner - ummmmmm - meant to be fireproof?

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Shopkeeper installs forecourt khazi to counter mystery Dublin dung dumper

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Re: BAe internal mail

That's really odd.

BAe usually deliver their turds to the MoD.

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'UV-staining solution.'

Does Ireland have Crimewatch - if so, the dramatic reconstruction will be amazing, not to mention the sign-off: 'The Garda are on the lookout for a man with luminous buttocks' will be one for the history books.

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World+dog to get retro classic Commodore 64 for Christmas

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On the upside, the (1541?) floppy drive was able to keep a cup of tea warm indefinitely.

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Nork server blunder leaks Kim Jong Un's entire DNS – all, er, 28 .kp domains

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Re: "a special set-top box"

It's what Teresa May has always dreamt of.

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Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag

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Apple will be in a constant arms race with Tesco to make the thinnest bags.

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origami gusset - was Re: Thought for the day

I had all their albums.

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HP Inc's rinky-dink ink stink: Unofficial cartridges, official refills spurned by printer DRM

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Samsung emborgified by HP

Bugger.

I bought one of their cheap-as-chips laser printers three years ago and I've only just replaced the toner cartridge. HP won't appreciate that miserly income so I'm sure they'll be fitting best-before dates and killer chips in the next generation Samsung printers.

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SpaceX lands another rocket

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Re: Nearly boring

Me too - I miss the Space Shuttle.

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Baffled Scots cops call in priest to deal with unruly spirits

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Re: It's happening already.

And the LORD spake unto Moses and said, 'Thou shalt fear me for I am mighty and there are no limits to the wonders I can achieve.'

And the LORD saw the chihuahua of Moses and said, 'Behold! Children of Israel I shall lift this... this... What the hell is it? No, don't tell me, is it some kind of rodent? I certainly don't remember making one of those in Eden, but that sixth day was a right bugger to get right, just look at the platypus. Now where was I? Oh yes - Behold! Children of Israel...'

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Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

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Re: Risk?

A drone may not be a physical threat to the aircraft, but it is a huge, potentially fatal, distraction to th crew right at the moment when they are working hardest to ensure the safety of themselves and their passengers.

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Death of 747 now 'reasonably possible' says Boeing

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Re: Last Chance To See

I love the 747 for these flights - even with BA's pack-em-in mentality and grim deep blue decor they feel more airy than the 777. But I haven't seen one on the Nairobi route for a while, it's been a clapped out 777 recently which I presume are being decanted from Transatlantic flights now the 787s are arriving.

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Russian spy aircraft are flying over Britain – and the MoD's cool with it

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Putin probably wants to know where all the opposition oligarchs are hanging out - so he can arrange for some delicious tea to be delivered.

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F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

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Re: Wait until you see the next generation fighter...

'The next gen fighter jet wont have a meat sack inside, so it will be significantly cheaper, faster, and better.'

Cheaper? Oh dear, in that case you're not doing it right.

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'Finmeccanica (which recently, and completely incomprehensibly, rebranded itself as “Leonardo”'

Clearly a defence contractor who was inspired by an artist famous for getting very large amounts of money and never finishing the job.

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Giant Musk-stick test-firing proves a rocket can rise twice

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Re: Smutty

And indeed the title of my first hand-puppet slash fiction.

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Re: All nice and well, but

And have you remembered to move the swimming pool before take off this time?

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WikiLeaks fights The Man by, er, publishing ordinary people's personal information

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Re: Whew that was a close one

The word aluminum has been around since 1807 when Sir Humphrey Davy proposed it as a replacement for his previous attempt of alumium.

Both aluminium and aluminum were used in the US but I'm was preferred from 1820 when Websters dictionary used it as the acceptable American spelling. By the time aluminium became a common material, um was already the fashion in America.

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Web meltdown: BT feels heat from angry punters

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Re: A small number of our customers MAY be experiencing...

Glad to see it's not just me who sees the red mist with this sort of wording. It doesn't matter if it is a small number of customers, for those customers it is a complete loss of service.

PlusNet has been having occasional lie-downs in a dark room with a damp cloth over its forehead for a week or so now. Again, the mysterious power issue might be causing some problems for a small number of customers (which always seems to include me). The falling over seems to have started round about the time they told me my bill would be increasing to pay 22 tattooed millionaires to kick a ball around on a TV channel I don't watch.

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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Re: Wow

'Half makes you wonder if someone in the government thinks that a flesh covered metal man could come back in time to prevent a future global war from being stopped.'

Such a hypothesis would go a long way towards explaining our new Prime Minister.

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I still can't work out

If Home Office ministers are pathologically stupid when it comes to technology, or;

If Home Office ministers are pathologically deaf when it comes to technology.

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Shocker: Computer science graduate wins a top UK political job

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Re: "But admirably his was one of the few voices raised against 90-day detention "

Clearly this man cannot be allowed anywhere near the Home Office where data interception and retention must be pursued with the Blunkettian zeal of the truly ignorant.

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Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

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Re: sub-launched nuclear armed cruise missiles

Couldn't we just ask Israel for a quick look at the nuclear-tipped cruise missiles they almost certainly (don't) have?

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'Why have a fleet of expensive manned aircraft when you can have drones for a fraction of the price and not risk the lives of the pilots'

Translated into BAe-speak 'Why have a fleet of expensive manned aircraft when you can have drones at twice the price and not risk the lives of the lobbyists'

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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I guess if you can work through the Bible without blinking at its insane contradictions, and, despite all the evidence in the Old Testament, still think him upstairs is a kind and benevolent god, you're just about credulous enough to believe in UK party politics.

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Re: Andrea Leadsom...

'To me they both look like worthy successors to one of the greatest female leaders this country has ever had.'

Which one? Mary I?

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Dell confirms price rise post Brexit vote as UK pound stumbles

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Re: Prediction

It's okay, the Brexiters have told us the devaluation is good for British exporters so I'll just switch to a British designed and built computer - like... like... - I'll get back to you on that.

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Boffins boggle, baffled by blobs deep inside the Earth

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Something doesn't add up here

The report says the blobs are denser than the surrounding Mantle, but also they transmit seismic waves slowly. But seismic waves travel *faster* in denser materials - that's how geophysicists calculate their density.

I suspect something has gone missing between the research and the press release.

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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And Scilly!

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Re: RE: Nigel Farage...

On the upside - Farage will now have to find a job, and it might shock him to find out he'll have to turn up to get paid.

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Re: We all know what happened

Well the financial experts will have decamped to Frankfurt so we're probably left with the hipsters.

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Patriotic Brits rush into streets to celebrate… National Cream Tea Day

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An issue that bitterly divides the country

Jam first then cream.

Don't be a Devonian heathen.

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TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding pockets £2.8m

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Incentive

I can only assume Dido's incentive payment is paid by TalkTalk's rivals who must be delighted to keep her where she is.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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I am so gutted by this news. I never got to meet Lester, but we regularly exchanged emails and he was every bit as funny, spiky and blindingly quick witted as his articles. He made me laugh - and for that thank-you.

I can't imagine what his family are going through right now to lose someone so young, but there are thousands of people who want to thank them for sharing him with us.

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Patent trolls, innovation and Brexit: What the FT won't tell you

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Re: So why is Brexit the answer?

It didn't help that British fishermen crashed the fishing stocks long before the CFP (otherwise why would British boats be just off Icelandic beaches?) and then sold their quotas to Spanish fishermen.

The problem with fishing is nothing to do with the EU and everything to do with fishermen refusing to stop fishing until they have emptied the seas.

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Users fear yet another hack as TalkTalk services go down

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Re: Ummmmm

I'll have you know that the damp piece of string that connects TalkTalk's secure databases to the rest of the world is extremely sensitive to weather conditions.

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Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button

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Re: Strange Sign

Victorian era flour was much more likely to be bulked out with chalk or alum than lead. Lead chromate was sometimes used to add colour to adulterated mustard and high concentrations of lead were found in some cheap wines and cider to mask sour flavours from improper fermentation and storage.

Some creepy details of just how widespread food adulteration was before regulations were put in place here:

http://www.victorianlondon.org/publications4/strange-25.htm

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Fresh hell for TalkTalk customers: TeamView trap unleashed

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Re: Bilderberg

Perhaps Dido's making the calls to try and recoup some of TalkTalk's losses?

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Chinese space station 'out of control', will do best firework impression

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Re: Typical problem when you don't have all the data

Blue Streak used a Rolls Royce licensed copy of a RocketDyne engine, so there is probably an unbroken heritage back to the V2.

Britain's experiments with the kerosene and pure hydrogen peroxide Gamma engine were pretty unique in the postwar era - although a lot of the early research into hydrogen peroxide did come from captured German aerospace data. Those engines eventually powered the Black Knight suborbital rockets and the Black Arrow which put Prospero into orbit.

As for the ESA rocket being based on Blue Streak - not very likely, the first four models of Ariane used storable propellants and variations of the Viking engine which is based on the Diamond N2O4/UDMH rocket that put the Astérix satellite into orbit in 1965.

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Re: Typical problem when you don't have all the data

Von Braun was heavily influenced by Konstantin Tsiolkovsky's design for staged liquid rockets; his heavily annotated copy of Tsiolkovsky was found in his office at Peenemünde. Tsiolkovsky was also the inspiration for both Korolev and Glushko.

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