* Posts by Jason Bloomberg

2213 posts • joined 8 Mar 2008

Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear

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Is it just me or does the "You brought this on yourself" statement reek of a guilty until proven innocent mindset?

It's not just you though I say that only from reading the article and I wasn't there. If it is how it's reported then I would concur with some of the views expressed from the public gallery.

I'm not at all familiar with the UK legal system, but I was under the impression that it was an innocent until proven guilty system.

Mostly, but that doesn't mean one cannot come up against a judge who is having a bad day or, for whatever reason, isn't treating someone before them fairly and justly. That's why we have appeal courts.

The bottom line is that justice in the UK is far better than some places, in the overwhelming cases is fair and justice is done, but there are cases where it can be that it isn't.

I've noticed it is usually high profile cases, where the authorities, police, security services or government are involved, when it feels to me justice hasn't been served. Maybe that is the case or maybe I am imagining it.

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?

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The fickle finger of fate

"And don't press this", he said, as he was showing us around the new computer room, with a little more overreach than anticipated.

From Red Planet to deep into the red: Suicidal extrovert magnet Mars One finally implodes

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Re: "Sounds a bit like the Brexit campaign"

so come the last hour she can decided to stay in a bit long

May has always wanted to remain in the EU; so her rich buddies can reap the benefits of that. All she desires is to release them from the shackles the EU imposes preventing them exploiting everyone else.

The 52% really are turkeys voting for Christmas.

Prez Trump orders Uncle Sam to step up AI efforts – we all know the White House knows a lot about artificial intelligence

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Re: I can never understand anything the guy says

I do think there is some mileage in the idea that his delivery is designed to appeal to the "cognitively challenged" (a larger part of the population than we both might imagine, because I don't mean just the idiots).

I think it's just like that; he speaks with parenthesis included (even with nested parenthesis (even nested, nested parenthesis) (a great talent (a huge talent), the best there is (the Donald is great (the best) at it)).

It always sounds to me as I imagine someone with a multiple-personality disorder would sound while commenting on and praising what they were saying while saying it.

I guess it's also a bit like art; some people are able to 'get it' and put aside 'but I can't explain it' without worrying over that or how 'it doesn't make any sense'.

How I got horizontal with a gimp and untangled his cables

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Re: "I'd wear a boiler suit or ex-RAF surplus jumpsuit if I could"

my keys now had an odd tendency to travel down my leg and bounce off my ankle.

Iron-on velcro is a great invention. Surely there's a roll in one of your pockets :)

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"I'd wear a boiler suit or ex-RAF surplus jumpsuit if I could"

My favoured attire for any occasion; cool in summer and snug in winter, as hard-wearing as hell, and the perfect self-contained duvet when camping. Not to mention those 'fake pockets', intended to provide access to trouser pockets beneath, but ultra-convenient for a little 'gentleman's adjustment' when required.

I find proper flight crew jumpsuits have the great advantage of being a better fit for short-legged short-arses like myself. The last thing one wants are thigh pockets slapping against one's shins. And one does need pockets. Lots of pockets. It really can be a one-man survival suit. Real men carry bacon butties in both pockets.

To be honest, the thought of being able to wear a comfortable boiler suit, day in, day out, is what's not entirely ruled out North Korea and other regimented Asian countries from my list of places to retire to.

Treaty of Roam: No-deal Brexit mobile bill shock

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Re: So predictable !

Instead of spending two years bickering and fighting like a bunch of school kids perhaps they could have ... I don't know .... done some fucking work for once !

It seems a little unfair to blame MPs when May and her devious government have not allowed parliament much say at all on how brexit will be. She keeps running the clock down and keeping them at bay from having any say or influence at all.

Latest reports are that she will be delaying the next vote on the deal no one wants until the end of February. Another ploy to ensure MPs have little choice but to accept the deal she wants or face a no deal brexit.

As for what this supposed compromise MPs should have been able to come up with, which would satisfy the two polarised sides of the issue, would be; I have no idea. It seems to be another imaginary magical solution carved out of unicorn shit and wrapped in rainbows.

Mine's the one with the "we're fucked" note in the pocket.

Pants-purveyor in plea for popularity: It's not just any pork push... it's an M&S 'love sausage'

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I was once greeted with the oddest of looks in my local supermarket freezer aisle when I innocently asked an assistant if they stocked cod pieces.

Took a while to figure out what the "what!?" was all about.

Accused hacker Lauri Love to sue National Crime Agency to retrieve confiscated computing kit

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Re: Representing himself

Note that, according to the article, his is a Civil Action, not part of criminal proceedings.

Representing himself is not unreasonable when the case boils down to "they took my stuff and now they have to give it back" and he's merely asking the court to order them to do so. If the court of first call escalates the issue to a higher court he can always get himself a legal team later.

UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'

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"Astonished by the absence of minimum requirements"

I guess we all should be. But it's no surprise to me that I wasn't.

El Reg talks to PornHub sister biz AgeID – and an indie pornographer – about age verification

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John Smith / P455w0rd / Age 45

Simples.

Worried about Brexit food shortages? North Korean haute couture has just the thing

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Re: a severe case of the trots.

However I don't think any future government, in my lifetime, would never, ever dare to put forward the idea of a referendum, ever again.

Parliament did try to ensure damage was as limited as it could be by making it an advisory vote. They didn't "hand the decision to the people to make" as the many liars pursuing leaving falsely claim. Unfortunately the two main parties in parliament were happy to go along with that lie to further their own desires, and we have ended up with exactly what needed to be avoided.

The worst time to have a referendum is when people are evenly split, and especially on something which both halves the country see as an existential threat to their own futures.

It's the biggest fuck-up I can remember in my life time.

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Re: Ahh...

Are people _really_ saying that 'supermarket shelves will be empty'? Really?

They really are. And shelves really could be emptied. It's not just that things could easily get disrupted after brexit, but the fear of shortages can lead to panic buying and a self-fulfilling prophecy. Even if there wouldn't have otherwise been a problem.

Most people with any sense will be stocking up "just in case" and seeing shelf stock decline will have more people thinking they really should as well . Given the frequent sparsity in my local supermarkets one would be forgiven for thinking brexit had already happened.

What will have us done for is a minister assuring us there's no need to panic, everything's under control, there will be no shortages. We'll all be drinking our own piss by the end of the week.

Post-Brexit plan for .EU tweaked: No dot-EU web domains for Europeans in UK, no appeals, etc

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Re: STUPID STUPID STUPID

A fundamental part of legal certainty is that you should be able to know in advance what rights you have.

What "legal certainty"? Laws and rules change all the time, as they should. Many prohibit things which used to be considered acceptable, and there's nothing wrong with that.

The notion that because something was legal or allowed it must always remain as such is utterly ridiculous.

Whats(goes)App must come down... World in shock as Zuck decides to intertwine Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp

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Re: Damn

I don’t know anyone who uses WhatsApp

Nor me, but I'm an 'old git' who shuns social media and it's just something else I let pass me by. Is it popular? No idea.

But I do keep hearing how our Members of Parliament use it to run their affairs, conduct their scheming and plotting, so I'm going to be delighted if they find to their costs that it has back doors and leaks like a sieve on command.

Mine's the one with a book of stamps in the pocket and a bottle of invisible ink.

I can hear the light! Boffins beam audio into ears with freakin' lasers

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Kaboom

Why am I reminded of the film "Scanners" and left wondering how many rats were scraped into bins while they determined an appropriate laser wavelength to use?

Court orders moribund ZX Spectrum reboot firm's directors to stump up £38k legal costs bill

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Re: "...Current And Former Directors Owe £38,000..."

Current directors are Andrews, Smith and Levy.

Unless you ask Levy, in which case he's still claiming he's the only one left, as he keeps typing to remove Andrews and Smith from the record still and refuses to acknowledge them.

Over at Companies House there are filings dated 8th November 2018 appointing Andrews and Smith as Directors on the 2nd November, and filings dated 12th November terminating the appointment of Andrew and Smith as Directors on the 2nd of November.

So "fuck knows".

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/08831435/filing-history

Clone your own Prince Phil, says eBay seller hawking debris left over from royal car crash

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Re: Apologies

I was always brought up to believe one should say "sorry" - except when involved in a motor accident.

It is entirely possible to say sorry, express sympathies to the other party, even write and send best wishes for recovery and getting over the event, without admitting liability. It may be less appropriate where it's a fatal accident or there are possibilities of criminal charges, but most accidents aren't of that nature.

What insurance companies don't want is "sorry; I didn't see you there" and the like. That is effectively an admission of responsibility and blame.

Want to spin up Ubuntu VMs from Windows 10's command line, eh? We'll need to see a Multipass

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I want to start in Linux and end in Linux

Then this is not for you. However not everyone wants to start in Linux and end in Linux nor has the luxury of being able to do so.

I can understand how some Penguinistas aren't happy about Windows still keeping its foot in the door but that's the reality of how things are. I primarily develop for Windows as that's the bigger market for what my company produces but we also support Linux and WSL has been a real boon in assisting with that. And Multipass may help some more.

Slack to fend off the collaboration competition with... a new logo

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One good thing about it

"We’ll not bore you with the design thinking and the meaning of every angle and curve of the new logo"

Thank fuck for that, because we all have enough wank to deal with in our own lives and especially with a brexit sprinkling on top.

McKinsey’s blockchain warning irks crypto hipsters

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To be fair that does sound like a shitty implementation rather than evidence blockchain is flawed, though I can't see how using blockchain would benefit artists either.

I suppose it may depend on where the wallet is held, locally on the user's PC or elsewhere, how the payment transfer and authentication is dealt with, but it shouldn't really be any worse than paying by PayPal, card or any digital means.

Goddamn the Pusher man: Nominet kicks out domain name hijack bid

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I'm still not sure why a person from Romania would need a .co.uk domain though.

The main thing is it's an irrelevancy why they want it. It's good enough that they are entitled to own it and chose to do so.

There are cases where legitimacy in acquiring a particular domain name needs to be proven but when that's not in the rules it's not in the rules.

As someone above noted 'Lee Owen' doesn't sound like a Romanian name so could be an expat who desires to retain a presence in the UK; a .co.uk domain would be ideal for that and entirely reasonable.

What a cheep shot: Bird sorry after legal eagles fire DMCA takedown at scooter unlock blog

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Will it really worry Bird?

Obviously Bird won't want people nicking their scooters and using them without paying but the actual impact could be pretty small.

The hire rate is a $1 flat fee and $0.15 or $0.20 a minute. At a scooter cost of $400 each; Bird will have recovered that so long as it sees 30 hours of use before someone walks away with it or throws it in a canal.

The biggest risk to Bird would seem to be if everyone who prefers to ride a scooter has one and isn't paying hire charges. It's not really worth stealing a scooter, other than for shits and giggles, if it cannot be used. I would guess telling people how easy it is to mod them is what got Bird's back up.

And now Bird have ensured everyone knows their scooters are worth nicking. And, knowing Bird have probably recovered the cost of the scooter, some may consider it, pretty much, a victimless crime.

Huawei and Intel hype up AI hardware, TensorFlow tidbits, and more

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Re: deepfake?

And deepfake done with blockchain is impossible to refute.

Computing boffins strip the fun out of satirical headlines

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"Satire reverse engineered. Honest"

I don't think many headlines are ever as funny as the writer may think they are, but it's not half as bad as watching the DVD extras and having the cast, producers and crew tell the viewer how utterly hilarious and how 'laugh out loud' funny their film was. We'll be the judge of that.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Hypocrisy 101

The popular vote is an irrelevance and you and others who raise it betray their ignorance of how the American political system works.

Trump frequently criticised the electoral college system, labelled it corrupt and an affront to democracy. Until he happened to win the presidency.

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

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Re: So much for competing with Google..

I very much doubt the 32GB models have enough room to allocate 7GB (or even a subset thereof)

I acquired one of those W10 32GB Micro-PCs very cheaply and thought it would be good enough for some lightweight stuff but it only had a GB and a bit to spare with all the pre-loaded crap. While I was trying to figure out what to delete it decided an OS update was good idea. That completely borked it.

For Windows use I am never going to use anything unless it has a hard drive.

It'll soon be even more illegal to fly drones near UK airports

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Ultimately pointless

Anyone wanting to cause disruption doesn't need a drone; they simply need to report the definite sighting of a non-existent one.

Has it ever been this easy to completely shut down Heathrow for an hour?

And what happens when all our major airports close, because of actual drones or false reports of drones?

I think I can predict the Next Big Scare (TM) : Chinese Sky Lanterns.

s/Chinese/[Russian|Iranian|North Korean|Syrian]/

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Re: Don't worry, it's only money

Barnier needs to be reminded that he is just a civil servant not a head of state nor working for one. His remit should be merely to minimise the impact on the EU not impose 'penalties' on the UK.

It's only brexiteers who believe Barnier is anything other than a civil servant, is acting as a head of state, is personally imposing punishments on the UK.

Brexiteers demand he does something, and when he says he can't, he is merely a civil servant, is only representing the EU, that's apparently punishing us.

It is brexiteers who need reminding he's just a civil servant and has no individual power.

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

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Re: Ham interference?

Or what Cameron was accused of.

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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As one of the 4,000 ...

I preferred the old home page style, though I was still applying GreaseMonkey scripts to get rid of the crap I didn't want. At least it all ended up in neat, evenly-sized columns.

With a few tweaks to the script I have things are sort of how they were, Latest News, Most Read, and clutter eliminated, but it's not looking good with varying-width columns and blank space where things have been removed. It will do for now. Long term I'll probably scrape the Weekly page or pull the RSS feed, build a page how I want it, and go through that.

Anyway; keep up the good work; it's the articles I come to read. And the comments of course.

The Great British Curry: Put down the takeaway, you're cooking tonight

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"Toast"

And doesn't require a two and a half thousand word article to describe the process.

Happy New Year.

Your two-minute infosec roundup: Drone arrests, Alexa bot hack, Windows zero-day, and more

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Re: Drone arrests

I just saw the news saying they got released without charge

So who's going to be the first to note that means they were flying planes in and out of Gatwick while there was still a risk from the drone?

I still believe, as posted earlier, that this was an arrest of convenience simply to get the backlog cleared by pretending the threat had been removed.

Oh look; the police now claim to have found a broken drone, so it must have been safe to fly after all. Obviously that crashed rather than being planted. Silly me; imagining all sorts of conspiracy and false flag theories.

The truth is whatever they tell you it is.

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Re: Drone arrests

The authorities are going to throw everything they can think of at them.

Or will just let them go without even an apology in a day or two.

The authorities needed an arrest so they can claim the costly and embarrassing situation has been resolved, that it's safe for planes to take off and land. It's the familiar MO of reassuring the public no matter the cost, regardless of if they've nicked the wrong people.

If they are innocent; let's hope this couple fare better than the Birmingham Six, Barry George, al-Megrahi, and many others fitted-up by the police and authorities.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

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you cannot risk flying planes while there's a drone nutter around.

Except they are doing that now.

They could have taken the risk anyway but I can understand why they wouldn't.

I am not convinced the risk now is really much lower than it has been since they first closed Gatwick.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Christmas conspiracy

Am I the only one thinking this whole affair could have been 'false flag', deliberately engineered in an attempt to force changes in drone legislation?

Some of those 'we had to turn the plane round after being blinded by lasers' tales seem a little far fetched to me.

There have long been calls for more extensive and restrictive drone legislation and some causus belli would be just the thing to move that along.

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight

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"Everyone's love for bacon"

Not everyone of course.

Just saying - I love it myself.

Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

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Re: Sadly with May running the clock down...

I think we are sh#t out of 'good' options.

We were from the moment there was intent to hold the referendum in a nation which was equally split between remaining and leaving. And an entire campaign designed to polarise and harden divisions set our future in stone.

Remainers could probably have compromised on a Norway option, out but still sort of in. As Farage said; would that really be so bad?

But then the leave zealots played the bait and switch card and said that was never on the table, that only the hardest of no deal brexits would do. And then (laughingly now) they called everyone who tried to stop the Maybot pushing her hijacking of brexit through as traitors and enemies of the people.

Whatever happens now half the country will be pissed with it. We're fucked. It's a critical defect and there is no fix.

Amazon's creepy facial recog doorbell, Facebook open sources machine learning code and much more

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Re: What Is Wrong With Knowing Who is Visiting Me?

If you are prepared to have a sign on your gate that says "Please not anyone approaching my door will have their face analysed and recorded onto a face recognition system and fed back into the Amazon database for use for any purpose such as Police and state surveillance or for improved product and marketing purpose and other purposes not yet defined but subject to an ever changing 'privacy' agreement", then go ahead, you might have a lot less callers to disturb you in the future.

Bloody brilliant idea. I am taking down the "No Hawkers" notice and upgrading it as we speak.

I don't and won't have a creepy surveillance cam but I can glue a plastic bottle top and a flashing LED to the door frame to make it look like I have.

Forget your deepest, darkest secrets, smart speakers will soon listen for sniffles and farts too

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Gimp

I suppose an adult entertainment company could get them to map all the sounds associated with having one off the wrist and start pinging tissue adverts at the hapless onanist.

It won't be much fun for those indulging in partnership sex to have their enjoyment interrupted by an ethereal voice asking if they were interested in booking a removals company to help move the furniture around.

"Do you need a plumber?" might be even more off-putting.

US bitcoin bomb threat ransom scam looks like a hoax say FBI, cops

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Protection Racket 101

The hyperbolic email text does make the threat seem implausible, especially when sent to so many companies.

I would have thought a threat that "you will get a bomb and it will detonate sometime in the future if the money isn't paid" might have been more effective and provide a more guaranteed and regular income stream.

Though I'm not sure if mere threats ever work at all. It seems to me that one needs to demonstrate actual ability to cause harm to get any results.

Mine's the one with the ransom notes and fingers in the pocket.

Huawei exec out of jail, just as US accuses China of Marriott hack

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Zeroing in on China

This week it's China. Last week it was Russia. The week before it was North Korea. And before that Iran.

Don't worry; your turn will come round again. As regular as clockwork.

Everyone is evil except for us.

Thanks to UK peers, coming to a laptop near you in 2019: Age checks for online smut

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How is "material available" measured or defined?

There would seem to be numerous ways a porn site can get round that requirement. I wonder which is going to be the first to scrape and take public domain images from NASA and content from elsewhere?

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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Re: Does it despense vast amounts of bog rool??

Hence the famous quote, "If you drink too much real ale, the world will fall out of your bottom."

The incantation I recall is, "When the bottom drops out of your world: Drink Watney's; and watch the world drop out of your bottom".

That and; what's the difference between making love in a punt and a pint of Watney's?

Nothing. They're both fucking close to water.

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: Strangely in the last week or so....

What impresses me most is that it's two and a half years since the referendum, just three months to leaving, and no one can actually determine if she's tilting towards leaving or remaining nor predict which or what we will actually get.

Leavers things she's a remainer and remainers think she's a leaver. The side I think she's on seems to change every hour.

It's the closest I've seen anyone ever come to fooling all the people all of the time.

The dingo... er, Google stole my patent! Biz boss tells how Choc Factory staff tried to rip off idea from interview

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Re: This is unfortunately a common Silicon Valley trick

I had a very large and well known British company steal my idea a few decades ago when I presented it by way of impressing them at a job interview. I didn't get the job and only found out they had stolen it when I read a tech magazine article on their new product which described my idea exactly.

I was young, naive, straight out of college, and had never anticipated that.

But I wasn't stupid nor naive enough to mention the fundamental flaw in my design because I was merely hoping to impress them - There was an implicit race condition which was insurmountable which meant it could never work at any sensible scale.

Karma eventually paid them a visit. Last I read was that their product had proven so unreliable in the field that it was a disaster. Having banked everything on a flawed idea it had near bankrupted the company.

It still makes me smile after many years.

Mystery sign-poster pities the fool who would litter the UK's West Midlands

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My local council removed all dog shit bins from all its parks. People are expected to take their dog shit home with them but I can understand why they don't or won't, why some people think 'if you won't entertain my desires I won't entertain yours', 'if you want to make my life inconvenient then I will make things inconvenient for the council' leaving everyone to become collateral along the way.

We never had a dog shit problem until the council decide it could save a small amount of money. While squandering millions on vanity and pet projects.

Selfishness begets selfishness.

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More litter bins

^ You never know; more litter bins and having them emptied regularly may actually encourage people to use them. It at least provides 'no excuse for littering'.

Though I will usually take my litter home with me there are times where that isn't convenient and I want rid of it more immediately.

When councils won't use their tax revenues to cover people's refuse disposal needs littering and fly-tipping are an inevitable and predictable consequence. Just like closing public toilets leads to people pissing in gardens and alleyways, building on sports fields and parks leads to an unhealthy population and a rise in related illnesses, closing recreation centres leads to gangs of kids roaming the streets.

Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box

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Re: Agile Software Development.

"Sure I would. My team are so crap it would never get to the end of the runaway, let alone ever take off".

The oldies are the goldies.

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