* Posts by John Smith 19

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Flying to Mars will be so rad, dude: Year-long trip may dump 60% lifetime dose of radiation on you

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I've already had more than ten times the lifetime dose of a radiation worker

But you'll pick about 1 years worth every 30 hours, given the shielding level of any kind of lander (about 0.5% of the Earths atmoshpere at sea level).

People need to dig in on Mars, and fast if they are planning to settle there.

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And given the shielding level of and lander you'll get the radiation workers annual dose

In about 30 hours.

This suggests you need to do two things.

Make the trip as fast as possible.

Bury yourself under about 3m of regolith when you get there.

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UK.gov isn't ready for no-deal Brexit – and 'secrecy' means businesses won't be either

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Victorian slum lord?

His dream "job"*

*And by job I mean sending out a team of large violent ruffians to do the actual rent collecting, thus insulating himself from "The lower orders."

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'Self inflicted crises' R Them.

Indeed.

The regular shutting down of the whole USG due to budget squabbling.

Senate and Congress persons whose nominal party membership bears almost no relation to their voting on issues

Parties whose supposed elected representatives are about as unified as a herd of cats.

And remember by UK standards both parties would be right of the ERG wing of the Conservatives.

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Re: TL;DR ...We're fucked.

Unless of course you run a firm that invests in chaotic situations in the expectation of making money out of the more substantial rises and falls of various markets.

In which case you'll be doing rather well.

Remind me again, what is Jacob Rees Moggs day job.

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Dreadful? How? Had you switched to using Euro in 1973, it would have been a wise move,

I don't think the Euro existed in 1973.

Do you mean 1993?

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"Going well, going wrong, going disaster???"

F**k knows.

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"I'm getting more confident that people are slowly coming to their senses."f

Nice idea.

Don't think it's going to happen.

Basically there is no way for the Brexiteers to declare victory without letting htis call clusterf**k play out.

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"I can't wait for next year. It's going to be ****ing hilarious. ""Brexit means Brexit!""

F**k yeah.

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"I love Americans, but their political system is NOT a model we want to follow..."

It is essentially one they inherited from the British in 1700's for running a parish council.

And does not seem to have been updated in any useful way since.

It is not fit for purpose to run a British parish council, let alone the most powerful state in the Western world.

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"It is you leavers who cannot universally decide what "leaving" means, "

Au contraire you are getting exactly what you voted for.

It might not be what (inside your own head) you believed "Brexit" would mean but then who f**king cares about your opinion of what Brexit is?

You still seem quite young so you're going to have lots of time to put into effect a very valuable lesson you're in the the process of learning.

Never f**king trust a Tory posh boy.

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"It is you leavers who cannot universally decide what "leaving" means, "

Correct.

The Norway model? The Swiss model? The Canadian model? The "Bespoke" model?

The totally f**king delusional Tinkerbell model?

Like being arrested and handed a blank sheet of paper headed "Confessions" and being asked to sign it.

And if you were a Leave voter, doing so.

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"oo many Brexit voters are simply too stupid to see they are being manipulated."

That's why they are called "Banjo's"

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NSS Labs sues antivirus toolmakers, claims they quietly conspire to evade performance tests

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Lots of posts AC

Suspicious.

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Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

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I much preferred Foxconn-reseller as a derogatory term myself.

Cute.

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Guilty: The Romanian ransomware mastermind who infected Trump inauguration CCTV cams

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"biggest crowd ever for a presidential inauguration"

Instead of the rather lacklustre turnout that was not the huuuuuge turnout the Orange headed one expected.

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Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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How often has easy access to a gun moved "Bit upset" to "multiple homicde/mass murder"?

We will probably never know.

In Europe, some.

In the US, lots.

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Garbage collection – in SPAAACE: Net snaffles junk in first step to clean up Earth's orbiting litter

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It's a very small step toward better recovery and preventing the Kessler effect.

But who thinks "launch a satellite to deorbit a satellite" is a good idea in the long term?

The real trouble with space debris is

1) It's very numerous in LEO

2) Quite a lot of it's <5cm across and invisible to ground based radar.

This suggests some kind of small lidar(s) in orbit to map it with much better resolution then find some way to de orbit it reusably. My instinct is to use a laser to surface charge the debris and rely on the Earths magnetic field to drive them into a smaller number of more defined channels.

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Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money

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Ajit Pai. The best "Regulator" money can buy.

Lucky America.

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Watt the heck is this? A 32-core 3.3GHz Arm server CPU shipping? Yes, says Ampere

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So if everyone runs Linux, why has Intel still got a lock on the data centre?

Because Windows only runs on x86 architecture?

Or is it this particularly dysfunction co-dependent relationship got something to do with it?

Maybe hiring an ex Intel bigwig might give them some insight into what's really needed to make a difference?

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UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

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Is it just me or do Brexiteers seem to be less willing to put their names on a post?

The UK FPTP election system does not encourage coalition politics but the Leave votes seems to have been exactly that.

A coalition of the ignorant (on what the EU actually helps the British economy do) who seem unaware that while trade to the EU is 40-50% of UK trade, trade to the UK (from the other 27) is about 6.7% of their business. So who's going to be replacing who, exactly?

A coalition of the delusional. Who fantasized that ending free immigration from rest of the EU would open up a magic world of high paying jobs they could do (without any experience or qualifications) that "The furriners" were keeping them out of. The jobs they can do are hard and only pay minimum wage, but of course it's the furriners fault because......

A coalition of the racist. Who don't like Europeans but haven't worked out that those trade deals with India and China are likely to involve the UK seeing a whole lot more of those kind of furriners. BTW I note a lot of racists live in predominantly white areas and have rarely (if ever) actually seen, spoken to or worked with anyone from any place else (the North East being a strong Leave voting area). For most of them the closest they've got is reading about them in a newspaper.

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"Tell her to point out..the subsequent faltering economy will need a cut in their pensions."

Nice idea (and certainly sensible) but not going to happen.

Politicians (of all parties) know that older people are active voters and will vote for the party that ensures maximum benefits for them (even if they already independently wealthy and have no actual need of them).

The proportion of the yoof who vote has just about halved in the last 50 years in the UK. So they can effectively be ignored. A combination of the "Politics is all a con, blah blah" and "I don't want to join any party" memes have effectively (and substantially) reduced the influence of the young and their issues.

Effectively the yoof have played themselves, much as Leave voters have been played.

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"but if I was Boris (in particular), I'd be giving it long hard thought."

Long hard thinking is not really Johnson's strong suit.

Saying whatever s**t's inside his head and then shrugging it off with a laugh and a joke if it disliked widely (or by any group whose support he wants) is more his style.

Much like Trump in many ways sans replaceable trophy wives of course.

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We survived but at a cost that took us years to get over, if, in fact, we actually did.

In fact the UK was broke after WWII.

It appealed to the US for support.

It got a $5Bn loan which it finished paying back around the early 2000's.

The best line about the US involvement in WWII is probably from Nicholas Montserrat in "The Cruel Sea"

"It's no way to win a war"

"Yes, but it's a great way to ensure you're in first place after it."

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As always the Conservative leadership put the party over the country.

The Referendum was about 2 things.

1) Killing UKIP

2) Stopping backbenchers defecting to UKIP.

Job done.

The UK economy is simply "Collateral damage" needed to save the leaderships collective backside.

The rest was just verbal bu***hit.

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And so could the UK industry if the government wasn't so hell bent on screwing up the country...

I don't think you can call the "European Research Group" the British government. *

*Bunch of delusional xenophobic little Britain nutters. Bunch of power hungry political chancers. Bunch of city types seeing some angles to make a big killing on the markets as the UK economy goes down the sh**ter certainly. Bunch of pocket lining liars.

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"They are not a "help the Brits" charity."

Surely not.

Britain is special

It's not as big as the US, Canada, India, Russia in land, resources or population It didn't found the EU.

But it seems a lot of British people expect to be treated by the EU as if they were.

they are going to find out how "special" they are real soon.

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"Almost everything..UK media & UK politicians blamed on EU for over 20 years was a lie."

And in fact quite a lot of could be traced back to the Home Office.

Too many foreigners. HO doesn't have it's s**t together.

Foreign criminals not being deported. HO doesn't have it's s**t together.

Pervasive surveillance and near unlimited police powers with no accountability. HO doesn't have it's s**t together.

How much is incompetence by senior civil servants with a massive sense of superiority and how much is simple incompetence and taking the easy way out is impossible to say. quite a lot I'd think.

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"Cake? I'm sure I heard something about everybody getting to have their cake and eat it."

And not putting on any weight as a result.

Perfect cake.

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Instead they wanted 'to leave the EU' with no detailed idea what that involved at all:

Pretty much.

I found it very interesting that most of the people I know who voted Leave had left long term and quite toxic relationships.

Where walking out with just what you can carry is a painful but quite viable idea.

Sub consciously they seemed to equate Brexit with their own personal journey, which with any critical thinking at all would be seen as just foolish.

Which I guess is why Linton Crosby got such a fat fee for helping Leave win.

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"Experience is a dear teacher but there are those who will learn at no other."

Correct.

If you were arrested, taken to a police station and handed a blank sheet of paper with "Confession" at the top and asked to sign it at the bottom who in their right minds would do so?

Yet that is exactly what Leave voters did.

Now they are reading their "confession" and it turns out they don't like what (they) did.

Leave voters. However Brexit turns out, this is what you asked for. You gave a blank sheet of paper to a bunch of delusional f**kwits and chancers on the promise of what exactly?

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"those same farmers..all seemed to think Brexit would be a disaster..some were the same"

F**king hilarious. Really ROTLMFAO moment.

The impact assessment report by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (about the only one you can read outside of a locked room in the HoC) made it clear that unless the UK replaces the CAP with equal funding pretty much all farming goes down the sh**ter except pig farming (that survived under all scenarios). So much for "£350m/week more for the NHS."

Extremely funny as only 2 groups are in surplus to the EU, Welsh hill farmers being one of them. I'm guessing a lot of farmers fantasized no EU membership--> no red tape --> do what we like.

IRL no EU membership--> no red tape --> No entry of UK products to the EU on food safety grounds.

Their thinking "Excellent, we can go back to Veal crates," but they're forgetting Germany's outright ban on British Beef during the CJD outbreak.

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"1) It was so close that the vote was meaningless"

13/25 of the people who voted chose to Leave.

That's in the statistical noise band for these things. For the biggest change in the UK's relationship to the rest of the world since the Suez Crisis (when it officially became America's b**ch).

I wonder how many would have voted Remain but thought "Only a bunch of f**k witted numpties would fall for this bul**hit. I've got better things to do than vote," underestimating how desperate the nutters and chancers who wanted Brexit were going to be.

CMD made the pass level cretiniously stupid, presumably thinking his cunning plan had worked well with the Scottish Referendum, ignoring Scotland has been part of a United Kingdom for 400 years, not 40 years.I note the Scottish referendum allowed nearly everyone who lived there (and would live with the consequences) to vote.

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demanding more votes until the "correct" result is returned is unreasonable.

Funny you should say that.

The Referendum vote was all to appease CMD's backbench nutters who were still bi**hing about

not having a vote in 1992, when the EEC became the EU.

While some were still bi**hing about not having a 2nd vote in 1975.

So I think we know whose been whining the longest about Europe.

BTW. Both Margaret Thatcher and John Major could have set up referendums in 1992, as they had substantial absolute majorities. If they'd wanted one, it would have happened. It didn't. But then neither was clinically insane or expected to play an angle that would make them an obscene amount of money (despite the British economy being FUBAR'd in the process).

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US govt confirms FCC's broadband speeds and feeds stats are garbage

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So, in reality the US broadband picture could be as bad as well, the UK?

Because it sounds like that "Broadband map" the FCC draws up is just so much BS.

But it might have one use.

Comparing the ISP's reported speeds and availability with the real ones.

If they only have to sell a package to 1 in 30 or 1 in 500 properties in a "Census block" then their real coverage could be as low as 0.2-3.0% of a block.

Leaving the rest in the block with possibly f**k all coverage.

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"So, working as intended then?"

OH yes, Sweet Pai is earning his money*

*Not his official government salary of course.

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Security procedures are good – follow them and you get to keep your job

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"How the security department manages the human factor "

What security department?

NHS hospitals seem to barely manage a general IT department.

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Activists rattle tin to take UK's pr0n block to court

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Esoterica...It's all the weird shit on the Internet:

Thanks for that definition.

It sounds even less like it's anybodies f**king business than the porn.

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t seems to be a mere knee jerk reaction and a solution to a non problem and per-leese,

spare me the "think of the children" rhetoric."

Wrong.

This is the thin end of a very thick pole that data fetishists want to bury right up you.

This s**t is already showing "feature creep" with stuff like anorexia advocacy ("Pro-ana") sites on the list and WTF is "Estoterica"??? (no that's not a typo).

This is profiling the UK internet user population by the back door (the only way data fetishists know how to operate).

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Top Euro court: UK's former snooping regime breached human rights

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It's a *very* small step toward improving this situation.

But only just.

The data fetishists are still there.

And still active.

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UK.gov tells companies to draft contracts for data flows just in case they screw up Brexit

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Or they could relocate their data centres to some part of the EU.

Of course once you start considering moving the data centre somewhere more convenient.......

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"Who's stupid fucking idea was this anyway?!"

No one's.

It is a consequence of an idea.

The idea that "Brexit means Brexit," despite no one having a f**king clue what that tautology actually meant

But they are starting to get a clue now.

And I think most people have found they don't like it.

Too bad those banjos didn't realize they were being played when they voted for it.

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First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

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"By not having it, they can't do it,"

The true fear of a data fetishist

"OMFG there's somebody I don't know absolutely everything about doing something I don't know about, somewhere*"

*When I put it that way it does sound quite irrational, does it not?

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"What *you* want, though, is a central system to tie in everything I do to that number. "

Correct.

This is Tony Blairs "National Identity Register" back end re-born (some might think it never died, and in the minds of the senior civil servants who think it's a great idea it never did).

IOW a cradle-to-grave surveillance system.

The wet dream of every Authoritarian politician who demands to know what people are doing 24/7/365 forever.

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Re: "people already hand over masses of info to private firms"...

Translation

"You are already several major US corporations b**ch. It's no bother to make you the British Governments one as well."

Now that Rudd's no longer Home Sec she's looking less like a sock puppet and more like one of the True Believers in data fetishism.

In politics there are Democrats (who believe in the idea of democracy) and Authoritarians (for whom it is an inconvenience to stopping them getting there own way).

I think it's clear which side Rudd is on.

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We're doomed: Defra's having a cow over its Brexit IT preparations

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<government dept> isn't ready for a no-deal Brexit,

I think that's a fairly accurate sitrep on all of them. But, but...

<gollum>

We wants it

We needs it

We must have hard Brexit.

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I will guarantee one thing about Brexit

Jacob Rees-Moggs company will make a shedload of cash out of it, either directly or through it's (newly opened) Dublin branch.

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Guess who's still in charge of your gas safety, Brits? Capita

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Just add a large dose of 'outsourced to India'

That's already a given.

You don't get to be the cheapest without using all the tricks.

You'll note the whole C suite has been swapped out.

So lot's of "startup costs" there....

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UK.gov went ahead with under-planned, under-funded IT upgrade? Sounds about right

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Looksl like all the usual suspects for IT failure are on display here.

Again.

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Y'know what? VoIP can also be free from pesky regulation – US judges

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"fix an incorrectly perceived problem that's already covered by EXISTING law."

IOW The law enforcers should enforce the existing laws properly.

Don't expect anything useful from "Sweet" Pai.

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Dear America: Want secure elections? Stick to pen and paper for ballots, experts urge

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Still won't fix the US'ans broken "Electorial college" system

Which only needs a few people to swing a way in a few particular states and hey presto you've "elected" probably the President with the highest score on the PCL-R ever.

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