* Posts by John Smith 19

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Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on WhiteHouse.gov

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On a lighter note. I wonder what his Secret Service code name is

In "In The Line of Fire" it's "Traveler."

I thought "Nelly" (the elephant packed her Trump) but that seems a bit whimsical for the SS.

"Storm Trooper" is a bit long on the radio. "Trooper" not quite senior enough.

"Siegfried" is maybe a bit Wagnerian (and I'm not sure how many have seen Django Unchained).

Perhaps they should just cut the subtlety and refer to him on radio as "The Leader."

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Re: From http://www.track-trump.com/

">Propose a constitutional amendment that imposes term limits on all members of Congress."

Limiting the ability of new members to say "Hook up with and I'll look after you for the rest of my life."

Limiting the ability of existing members to threaten new members with "You cross me and I'll f**k you up forever on every vote."

Requiring parties to consider accession planning when that term come to an end.

>A five-year ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service.

Lunches at this level should definitely be on the official calendar. If it looks like a lobbyist and behaves like a lobbyist..

>A lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.

No problem as British Petroleum no longer exists (and hasn't for decades). Now had you said BAE...

>A complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.

Sounds good to me. After all isn't it people who elect candidates? Or does "personhood" of public companies extend to them making campaign donations and getting a vote? How is that vote decided? CEO, Majority stockholder? Stockholder ballot? Board ballot?

Here's the thing. Trump is not the disease. Trump is the symptom. BAU produced Trump.

I don't like the man. I don't trust him and I wouldn't vote for him. Hence we'll see if it's all talk or wheather he will actually change anything for the better. I'm sure he will change things.

But a large part of the US voting population felt that conventional candidates would rather look after themselves than their voters.

Both parties should look at that and ask why voters think that.

Here's an idea. Maybe the voters are right and the system has encouraged career politicians who view the taxpayers money as their own. Who've never had a job, just a political life style. Who first and last question is "What's in it for me/my main contributors/my party (in that order. No voters don't count)?"

Let me repeat. The system is ill. Trump is a symptom. I don't think he's the cure either.

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From http://www.track-trump.com/

Propose a constitutional amendment that imposes term limits on all members of Congress.

A five-year ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service.

A lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.

A complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.

Personally I actually think these would improve the USG. Let's see which (if any) get implemented.

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Does Trump know about the limits of Presidential power.

No.

Does he care.

No.

Does he think that having a Republican majority in both houses automatically means they will do what he says.

Yes.

Will they.

No.

Can we look forward to world class pacifier ejection events.

Definitely.

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General Electrics plays down industrial control plant vulnerabilities

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"The film readers may want to look for is "Zero Days"."

More than 1. IIRC they used 4 of them.

It can be found on the BBC iPlayer website

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From the film "Zero Day" the stuxnet infection tactic seemed to be

Infect machines on the networks of suppliers near to the facility.

Wait till it infects their whole network.

Wait till someone plugs in a device that's going to be plugged into the centrifuge control network.

Device plugged into centrifuge control network.

Boom

The "Pro tip" "No system is really air gapped."

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Trump's 'cyber tsar' Giuliani among creds leaked in mass hacks

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Not to worry as his infosec Tsar there's no way he'd reuse his password

Cause that would be amateurs mistake.

Right?

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Ooops! One in three tech IPOs now trading below their starting price

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"I thought...failure was pissing all the money away without even making it to an IPO?"

Not necessarily.

As long as you've bagged a fairly hefty salary and found some way to "return value" to your personal fortune the fact you've failed to deliver an actual product (SW, HW or service) is not a problem.

As the CEO of that medical testing chip company knows quite well.

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WTF?

"many companies have lower stock prices than their at the IPO is not surprising "

That's not the surprise.

The surprise is that so many (2/3s) are trading above their issue price.

Given the notion that VC's (who will always push for an IPO as an exit strategy, usually sooner rather than later) are looking at a 60-90% failure rate that most of those IPO are >= IPO price is really pretty astonishing.

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WTF?

Actually 2/3 above IPO is pretty amazing.

I'd thought it would be much worse.

" software companies were the safest bet "

Not quite vague to the point of meaningless.

But close.

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What's SimpliVity CEO Doron Kempel and Arnie got in common? They'll both be back

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Probably.. But

What's the point?

Does he have a long term goal for all this wealth acquisition like Elon Musk?

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Valley techies to protest outside Palantir – Trump adviser's creepy citizen database biz

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I wonder if it's time to ask the question..

"Big John,"

Real or chatbot?

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Of course they won't make a "Muslim" database. That would be inefficient.

They will make an everyone database and then run a "FAITH=MUSLIM" query.

That's what data fetishists do.

Be careful what you voted for. You just might get it.

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Deadly Tesla smash probe: No recall needed, says Uncle Sam

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"crashes dropped by over 40 per cent after Autopilot software was installed."

Granted that's a fairly small number of vehicles over a fairly short time but it does suggest a trend, doesn't it?

Trouble is with the USG it goes from "We'd like you to do this" to "This is now mandatory," although car safety seems to be a special case where riding without a seat belt on is deeded as protecting the American Way of Life (TM).

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Britain collects new naval tanker a mere 18 months late

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"ship's wiring is nowadays very neat and tidy, and you're in for a bollocking if you mess it up"

Screw that.

I'd guess the problem with the Sheffield was the use of Kapton for wiring insulation.

Kapton explodes on short circuits.

I'd say a piece of Kapton coated wiring with a high current flowing through it makes a pretty good exploding bridgewire detonator.

However that should have been eliminated from MoD Specs decades ago.

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"BAE Ship Cost == Korea Ship Cost + one free Hospital from the change"

At least.

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Wot. A large piece of MOD kit not built by BAE.

I wonder what their bid would have been? 2x,3x, 4x the price?

Then again not nearly enough weapons on it for them I suppose.

A bit too civilian for their liking.

Presumably the other (3?) will incorporate this changed wiring spec and come off the slipway faster.

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What's the biggest danger to the power grid? Hackers? Terrorists? Er, squirrels

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Did anyone else read that as "Terrible Network Security" ?

Just me then, although I think that is the case for a lot of SME's.

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a "democracy-ending event."

Some would say the new President will do that all by himself.

BTW Wasn't the US (military or CIA) reputed to be looking at this in Viet Nam for deniable low intensity destruction of infrastructure. I think they were looking at training rats to gnaw on power line insulation in preference to other things.

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Laser beam sky mirage cannon can spy on enemies and generate Star Trek-style shields

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Meh

A proper BAE boffin explains it with a bit more science

here.

Note he's vague on what TRL level this is at, along with the power requirements.

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Re: Somewhere else there's another BAE video

Actually that's also covered in this video where the ground based defense laser is stopped by the aircraft fired laser shield.

BAE like to keep get maximum benefit for their Marketing budget (which this is from).

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The Kerr effect is a second order electroptical effect that refracts light

Second order because bending is proportional to the square of the electric field strength rather than the Pockels effect where bending is proportional to the electric field strength.

Ionization causes an electric field although mirages are produced by local atmospheric heating effects. At a high enough light intensity ionization becomes probable, hence the idea of a "laser lightning rod" to improve the chances of safe rocket launches when thunder clouds were nearby.

Didn't everyone know this?

Given I've never seen a laser lightning rod system ever fielded I've got serious doubts about something that does something this tricky (from, if you believe the video, a multi Mach aircraft while in flight).

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Google harvests school kids' web histories for ads, claims its Mississippi nemesis

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I'm always reminded of Donald Plesance as Blowfeld in You Only Live Twice. Roughly

Blowfeld "I'm asking for some money in advance. $100million"

Chinese Agent "But that's extortion!"

Blowfeld "Extortion is my business."

Moral of story. If you hire an extortionist, expect at some point to get extorted.

So be very wary if a company who makes their money collecting personal data offers you a deal where they say they won't

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UK.gov departments are each clinging on to 100 terabytes of legacy data

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Re: Hmm. GCHQ rebranded as the British Backup Company?

It's not like haven't got copies of most this stuff.

And a much more palatable BBC to Gauleiter May I think.

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Chrome dev explains how modern browsers make secure UI just about impossible

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WTF?

"picture-in-picture attacks"

Or the "Dummy log in screen" of mainframe and mini hacks.

But now you've got the whole terminal browser that can be duplicated.

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Silence is golden: How Google hunts Android malware in the wild

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WTF?

So Googles solution Android's (their OS) security flaws is

Send more data to Google.

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Funny how that works.

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Ooooh, that's NASty. Security-watchers warn over man-in-the-middle risk

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FAIL

Another network connected appliance mfg that doesn't think it's their problem.

I'm sort of amazed there isn't some little company that can supply a turn key verified package that can handle this. Accept update requests securely, process them, send them out and check they've been installed properly.

Who'd pay for something like that?

Who should pay for something like that is anyone too f**king incompetent to do it themselves.

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Doctor AI: Good news, I'm better at predicting when you'll die of a heart attack. Bad news is...

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"Linear regression" may be used by neural network learning systems

but as has been noted is statistical in nature.

It's key ability is to take a load of data points and deduce the equation that most likely goes through them, IE the constant coefficients.

This does not telly you why they are so weighted, merely that that is what they are.

As for survival predication IIRC the Riyadah Intensive Program was doing this (in a more AI like way, being an expert system) in the 1980's.

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Exclusive billionaires' investment club leads Collibra's $50m Series C

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Meh

That's a lot of management BS.

I wonder what they do?

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UK, you Cray. Boffins flex ARM in 'first-of-its-kind' bonkers HPC rig

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Interesting opportunity for comparison.

Could be a great day for ARM.

I find it hard to believe that an ARM array at the same clock frequency and with appropriately sized caches on each processor, would not beat an Intel code museum.

The results should be very interesting, but I suspect not without dispute.

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CBI: Brexit Britain needs a 'sensible and flexible' immigration programme

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"that the bosses would have to pay more now and so on."

You wouldn't believe the UK actually has a minimum wage level that all staff have to be paid, would you?

What I think is more likely is that the DWP will become more pushy about requiring people to take such a job if they haven't found something for themselves.

My friends experience was not that the jobs did not exist, it's that white British people would not do them. He would not speculate on why that was.

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"All he had to do was to turn up on time, arrive sober and do a day's work."

And work the full shift.

A friend of mine worked for a UK temp agency in the West Midlands He sent 8 temps to a specialty bread factory one night. Most of the staff were a mix of Poles, Portugese, Romanians, Hungarians etc.

4 of the temps did not last a single 12 hour shift. The youngest and biggest Brit of the group was the first to walk off the job.

When Brits say they want "British jobs for British workers" they mean well paying, enjoyable, undemanding jobs that someone with no experience can do that pay about 2x the minimum wage at least.

I'm starting to suspect a large part of the leave vote was this group.

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" find a way to throw a spanner in the works here "

And note it does not stop free movement of people. It just de-incentivises them from coming.

Now if only the Home Office had proved as creative they could have stopped the situation in its tracks.

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Smart bombs, smart bullets – now guided smart artillery shells, thanks to DARPA dosh

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The B in BAE is merely a historic hangover which will be rectified in time.

Along with their unlimited access to the British Prime Minister.

I don't think even the CEO of LM has that right.

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Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

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"but it's the orbits of the satellites carrying that needs ongoing tweakage"

Sort of.

Each GPS satellite downloads an "almanac" of data that accelerates the process of finding other satellites. These include the orbital elements of those satellite. These drift slightly over quite a short period of time. That is why they have to be updated.

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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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"EU and british officials are having nice cozy chats about seeing whats possible and what is'nt."

Except the top UK official resigned recently. :(

So not quite as cozy and all that.

Good Friday started with the UK getting NI Republicans to them and the UK talking to NI Unionists.

In the case of Art 50 the EU will nominate 2 countries to negotiate with the UK, which IIRC the UK has no say in choosing.

Then it starts to get difficult.

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"Currently they can't say if they will be able to provide Eu certification in 2 years time."

They will because Art 50 has not even been activated yet.

But it's logical to start planning for the move now. Probably best to start those German lessons sooner rather than later.

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"Would this Plan be as cunning as a fox".. "appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University?"

Even more so than that.

Shh. It's a secret.

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FAIL

All so the Tory party would not break up into factions.

Which is what really started this.

Thanks Dave.

Ken Livingstone "It will take years and you won't get what you wanted."

Still looking spot on.

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Dodgy Dutch developer built backdoors into thousands of sites

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Dodgy Dutchman arrested. Websites not "Top Gear."

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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"Legitimate webmaster"

and identity thief.

It's not about "trust."

It's about ensuring that even if someone wanted to do this they can't.

Temptation is tempting. Don't temp people and they won't have to decide to do the right thing, they just do it.

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Li-ion tamers: Boffins build battery with built-in fire extinguisher

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"Don't fire extingiushers need to be replaced after a number of years "

Not actually a fire extinguisher.

More like the special expanding foam fitted behind light fittings in modern buildings that expands to cut off air flow in crawlspaces.

Not tested but only good for 1 use.

Sounds like a pretty good idea as power density is (slowly) going up.

Electrospinning. Is there no end to what this technique can be used for?

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UK's lords want more details on adult website check plans

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I blame that wappy back bench Tory MP who could not set up age locks on her browser.

For getting this BS written into law.

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Mega UK hospitals trust Barts says IT borkage was due to trojan – not ransomware

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There will come a point when NHS trusts get that running out of date Windows is bad.

They might then extend that conclusion to the idea that running Windows (when it's not necessary) is worse.

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Microsoft sued by staff traumatized by child sex abuse vids stashed on OneDrive accounts

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"It's not spying if it's a machine doing it? Seriously?"

Yup.

That's the argument the NSA uses and the one the UK Supreme Court accepted.

Good to know your privacy in such safe hands, eh?

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"by what right have Microsoft been rifling through the private files belonging to their users?"

The same "right" every sysop of every remote system I have ever used had.

Because they can.

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Security hardened, pah! Expert doubts Kaymera's mighty Google's Pixel

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WTF?

""we leverage the existing functionality"

You mean they read the docs and actually enable stuff?

How much does this thing cost?

And how much data does it leak back to Google?

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Dovecot mailserver graded 'nearly impenetrable'

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Of course if this took off MS would fiddle with their API

MS Know calendar and email are two key ways to bind a company to them.

They will fight tooth and nail to stop it growing market share. Who cares if it's better or more secure, it's not Microsoft and (by their definition) "bad".

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Japan tries to launch satellite on rocket the size of a telegraph pole

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Altitude <> velocity.

And it's orbital velocity that this had to achieve.

BTW Japan has a history of launching small sats into orbit on small(ish) solid fuel rockets dating back to the 60's.

A few $m for a few cubesats to orbit is about the target of the NZ "Electron" LV as well.

The Japanese tend to take a long view of things and I think they will try again.

I wish them better luck next time.

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