* Posts by Richard 12

2762 posts • joined 16 Jun 2009

Swedish prosecutor finally treks to London to question Julian Assange

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Re: Rape isn't serious?

No you haven't. You know nothing of what he did to and/or with those women as you were not there and there is no court case that you could read.

On the other hand, Sweden's acts have been tested in court. They are absolutely within the law to require that Assange go to Sweden and face his pre-charge interview.

Assange took that all the way to the top. It is the most contested EU arrest warrant there has ever been, and it has proven to be completely legal and legally binding.

His behaviour after that is both illegal and highly suspicious. I am having a very hard time avoiding saying that Julian Assange is a rapist. Very hard.

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Rape isn't serious?

Take a step back and look at yourself.

He's accused of having sex with someone who said No. That is rape and is indeed deadly serious.

The guy is not scared of being deported to the US. It's much easier to get deported to the US from the UK than from Sweden, yet he chose to travel here of his own free will.

I don't kniw what actually happened, but his behaviour after the accusations were made is highly suspicious and implies that he believes there is a significant chance of him being convicted of said rape charge.

After all, he decided to explicitly break the law purely to avoid the pre-charge interview.

Contempt of UK court carries a higher sentence - and certain deportation. The only question is where we send him after his stay at Her Majesty's pleasure.

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Zuckerberg says just one per cent of news on Facebook is fake

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So where us the "This is fake" report category?

As I can't find it.

There is a "scam" and a "spam", but no "fake". Thus his proposition cannot have any research behind it.

Facebook seems to class all posts as "stories", and most photos of food are real. The "news" posts could be 99% false.

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Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10

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As an electronics designer

How will you get your design tools if the browser won't download the installers?

How will the design tools come into existence if the developers' computer won't run the compiler or the resulting application?

iOS and Android "apps" only exist because macOS, Windows and Linux still allow the user to run arbitrary code of their choosing.

If that should cease, then there will be no new software for anyone at all.

If macOS locked down, iOS and macOS would be dead within a year - no new apps, no fixes to existing ones.

If Windows locked down, it would be dead in six months or less.

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Spain's Prime Minister wants to ban internet memes. No, really

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Re: Note to all political leaders:

When you ban peaceful protest, all protest must become violent because the arms of the state will make it so.

The storm clouds are gathering, they have been for some time.

Populist jingoism and the cult of personality will lead us to the place they always have - disaster, war and death.

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The big day is here and it's time to decide: Patch Flash, Windows, Office or Android first?

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They haven't!

Unfortunately an older, non-"Creative Cloud" version of Photoshop is still the only viable option for many professionals.

Which is terrible because you can't buy that anymore.

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Add it to the tab: ICO fines another spammer as unpaid bills mount

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It still works when there's no originating telco

The charges get passed up the chain until one of the following happens:

A) They reach the originating telco, who is charged and can charge their customer.

B) They reach a telco who can't prove that they got the call from another telco. That telco is then charged. Loser-pays civil court action can be taken if a telco denies they carried the call.

C) The chain becomes a circular loop with no telco at the end. This obviously makes the total charge infinite, and so to avoid this bankrupting all telcos involved, they instead pay a fine to OfCom of the total charge accumulated at the point where the loop occurred.

This then puts a direct commercial risk on all telcos to keep good and accurate records and to avoid doing business with spammers.

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Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister

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Re: Parliament must vote

Many != All, or even most.

The polls before and since indicated that at least a couple of million or so 'protest' voted to kick the Tories - well over the margin by which Leave won. A fair few of them were horrified at actually winning.

Many more who blame the EU for actions taken purely by Blair, Brown and Cameron, when the EU was actually holding the UK Government to account and preventing worse.

Yet they voted to cut the lifeline, damaging their own interest.

I find it intriguing that you didn't post your reasons. Would you care to share?

Have they proven false like practically everything on the official Leave campaign flyers?

Has Teresa May laughed in your face by refusing to accept the Parliamentary sovereignty you desired, even going to the Supreme court to insist that she is all-powerful and can do whatever she pleases?

Or something else?

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Re: Parliament must vote

Although the actual reasons many people gave for voting Leave were:

I hate Cameron

Give the Tories a kicking

The Conservatives ruined my town

I don't have a job

While it's probable that Hammond and May's current approach to leaving the EU will utterly destroy the Conservative Party for all time, that wasn't really the method the voters expected and it's not going to help the jobless or underemployed.

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'F*cking crap' aside, Linus Torvalds says Linux 4.9 is coming along nicely

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Re: Re. Linus Torvalds

Linus has never called anyone stupid.

He frequently calls ideas stupid.

There is a big difference.

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Tesco Bank limits online transactions after fraud hits thousands

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Re: Fail

Ultimately the money mostly comes from the shareholders - our pensions - via reduced dividend.

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Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'

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Re: So Comey must be arrested.

He broke the law.

Here's a thought experiment:

Someone sexually harrasses your daughter.

She reports it to the local police, who say they will investigate it.

The local police chief then publishes her name, the name of the alleged perpetrator and the name of a local mayoral candidate who happened to have employed a partner of the alleged perpetrator on the local news - without your permission or knowledge.

You would not accept this, and it would be illegal.

That's what Comey did, except on an international rather than local scale. He must be prosecuted, and given the opportunity to defend his actions in court.

He's either deliberately broken the law (prison time) or he's an idiot, so he is clearly not fit to serve in his current role.

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So Comey must be arrested.

He has revealed the identity of a minor who was a victim of a sexual attack, causing them considerable further distress due to an extremely large amount of media attention that was instantly predictable.

On that fact alone, he must be fired for gross misconduct, arrested and held criminally liable.

On top of that he has directly interfered with the election process. If done intentionally, this is illegal and so he must be prosecuted to determine the facts.

If done by accident, he is incompetent and must be fired for gross negligence.

Why is he still in post? He should be preparing his legal defence against these two charges while in jail or on bail.

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No spin zone: Samsung recalls 3M EXPLODING washing machines

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As I understand it, the problem is that the spin-balance/g-sensor subsystem doesn't always work properly and an erroneous reading is not detected.

So the machine thinks everything is fine and keeps spinning until it rapidly dismantles itself, instead of slowing or shutting down the way it is designed to do.

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Dark matter? More like diet matter: Super-light axions may solve universe's mass riddle

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Re: "Topological quantum fluctuations in quantum chromodynamics"

Space is bent and changes colour.

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Hm, is that a minefield? Let me just throw my magic bomb-sniffing spinach over there

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So how does one inject the nanotubes?

Or plant a pre-treated plant?

Without entering the minefield?

This technique probably has some great applications, but minefield detection is definitely not one of them!

Pollutant detection sounds feasible - plant them around a bunded tanked to spot leaks.

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Hypersonic cruise missile scores US$175m DARPA cash

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Re: SCRamjets have only really ever looked good for weapons systems

And for re-usable spacecraft.

It saves a lot of fuel if you can get to a reasonable percentage of orbital velocity while breathing high-altitude air.

However, I'm pretty sure that it's only worth doing if you can go ahead and do it several times with little more than a refuelling stop, as a rocket system is much cheaper!

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MPs want Blighty to enforce domestic roaming to fix 'not spots'

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They did

The National Transmission System was started in 1962, and the National Grid in 1926.

Before then, it was all local monopolies - and not even the same voltage and frequency!

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Re: OFCOM Powers

I guess usual Government stupidity was applied to the grant.

Seems the contract was "Have a few billion to build out the network. If you dont meet the coverage goal then we'll give you another billion."

How about this:

"If you do not meet the target then the following penalty charges apply: The CEO's car collection, the CEO's thighbones and 50% of the grant shall be forfeited to OFCOM who shall sacrifice them to the Gods of Radio in the hope that this will have a greater effect on coverage than your sorry efforts."

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KCL out(r)age continues: Two weeks TITSUP, two weeks to go

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RAID doesn't really protect against failed drives. It gives you breathing room to get the backup recovery process in order.

RAID-5 theoretically protects against a single failed drive.

However, in the real world this isn't true, as a second drive will probably fail during the rebuild - they are a similar age and have had a similar amount of usage, and the RAID rebuild is likely to be the most intensive work they've ever done.

Assume it rebuilds ok - you've dodged a bullet, but what happens when the next drive fails? All except one are now very old...

So when the drives are large, the rebuild takes so long that probability of a second failure during rebuild quickly gets above 50%, and a third is rather probable.

So backup. Backup means you can port to a new RAID, and you have a way of recovering when the rebuild fails.

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Windows Server 2016 persistent memory support supercharges storage IO

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Re: Cherry Picked Opponent?

They're trying to compare the speed of "physically on the nonvolatile storage media", rather than the efficacy of the various caching schemes for the particular dummy workload in the test.

After all, writing to disk normally returns much faster than the disk can actually write as it gets cached by the OS in RAM, then spooled out to the actual disk hardware, which caches again and finally writes to the physical media.

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Re: "memory clear and boot"

Yes. It is conceptually very easy to do in fact.

Right now the UEFI (or das uboot etc) bootloader loads GRUB or the Windows loader from persistent storage into RAM, which then copy (and maybe decompress) the next loader or kernel image from persistent storage into RAM.

That first bootloader could just as easily jump straight to a kernel image say in NVRAM.

This is how the majority of microcontroller bootloaders have always worked.

The scary bit is that a power cycle won't clear the NVRAM back to a known state, it requires running software to do that. Viruses are therefore far more dangerous as you cannot "clean boot" the system anymore.

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Researchers expose Mirai vuln that could be used to hack back against botnet

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As you don't really know where the endpoint that is attacking you is physically located, the legalities are very sticky as you have no way of knowing which jurisdictions might apply and so which lws you would need to follow.

That said, you are highly unlikely to get caught knocking infected consumer kit offline unless you announce that you did it.

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Uber drivers entitled to UK minimum wage, London tribunal rules

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Who does the substitution?

Compare to what happens when an obvious employee calls in sick.

If the agent says "do the job", you can't/don't want to and so you send in someone else to do the job, then you may be self-employed.

If the agent says "do the job", you can't/don't want to and so the agent sends in someone else to do the job, then you are likely to be an employee of the agent.

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Everything you need to know about HP's three-in-one x3 deals

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It's for travelling salescritters

Powerpoint, email, a few small spreadsheets, PDF and light browsing.

As long you can run a hosted edition of the relevant ERP applications - which are rapidly becoming browser-based anyway - then it's actually near-perfect for that type of user.

The hard part is convincing these salescritters that they do not need an iPad or a Macbook Air

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Samsung are amateurs – NASA shows how you really do a battery fire

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Re: Priorities

I'm also really concerned by their risk management.

It seems that they didnt realise that charging a li-ion battery pack is a significant fire risk and did not have any of the appropriate measures in place.

The first one being "do not rely on a human to correctly configure the battery charger for each charge cycle", and the second being to have appropriate automatic fire containment and extinguishants in place during all charging.

Even model aircraft flyers get this right.

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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Re: Only 4GB RAM?

It's for WORK.

Photoshop, Vectorworks, Avid and more.

This is not a device aimed at people who are merely playing with spreadsheets, it's supposed to be a creative workhorse and that neans GPU intensive applications.

Most CAD is far more GPU intensive than any games. In fact "gaming" graphics cards are rather poor at CAD.

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Re: Only 4GB RAM?

GPU RAM. 2GB, or 4GB on the very top end unit.

That's ludicrously low, especially given the screen resolution.

2GB of GPU RAM is entry level these days.

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Not call, Intel – not call: Chipzilla modems in iPhone 7s fall short

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Re: There's only two reasons Apple is doing this

Act as a bug?

How, pray tell, does the modem get an audio signal from the microphone array without the cooperation of the CPU?

Remember that the modem is just a peripheral. It's not connected to the microphone array, it merely streams the data that the CPU makes available.

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Chinese electronics biz recalls webcams at heart of botnet DDoS woes

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$2 is way too expensive

The CPU on many IoT devices costs that much.

Even 10 US cents is probably too much, the margins on really are that tight.

They only exist because the hardware is dirt cheap and the software can be built with stickle-brick components from various open source projects.

It doesn't even need to be stable, let alone secure or supportable.

The map download software for my last (probably ever) satnav was the most unstable piece of **** I'd ever seen, yet three/four years later there has never been a single patch for it, despite the satnav itself still being a current product. I don't think it will run at all on Windows 10.

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UK fintech firm reaches for Ireland Brexit escape hatch

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Re: Java and low latency do not mix

Concurrency libs in Java?

Hah. The C++ ones are far better. Boost, Qt... Heck, even the raw stuff in C++11 and 14.

The exact details of threads and/or forking is OS-specific of course, but the libraries handle that quite nicely.

It's not really concurrency if everything has to stop for the garbage collector.

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Meet the slimeballs who are openly sabotaging Virgin Media

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Re: Open Invitation

I'm relatively ok with the service.

I only get two speeds - the 70Mbps they advertise, and zero when it breaks down.

They have finally decided to swap out the kit in the cabinet after a multitude of breakdowns, so hopefully the periods of nada will cease.

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The answer to Internet of Things madness? Open source, of course!

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Re: Open? Or is Money?

If OpenSSL had been closed source, it is quite probable that the serious security flaws in it would still be unfixed - and probably unknown.

However it's also certain that it wouldn't have been anywhere near as popular, so the impact of those bugs would be several orders of magnitude less.

On the gripping hand, those products would have used something else, with another set of security flaws. Almost everyone uses the "SDK pack", so there would be the NXP flaws, the Freescale flaws, the Intel ones, the MIPs etc.

So the fact that those OpenSSL flaws were found and fixed means that a lot of products got simultaneously better, instead of just one SDK.

On the fourth hand, a heterogeneous set of flaws across different products is much safer than a homogeneous set...

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Outlook-on-Android alternative 'Nine' leaked Exchange Server creds

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Nice of Microsoft to mention that.

Oh. Seems they don't.

Although nobody should be using the Outlook app anyway, because it's terrible.

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German regulators won't let Tesla use the name 'Autopilot'

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I regret that I have but one upvote to give.

:)

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RBS debit card payments have gone utterly TITSUP

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Re: So what happens when...

In general they just have to trust that you'll come back. Most people in that situation would, and the rest are probably either fully written off or sold to some debt collection agency scum.

They can in theory use the numberplate and the DVLA to track down the registered keeper and then try to recover the debt from them.

However, unless they can somehow prove the registered keeper is the one that owes the debt, they have no actual way of recovering it.

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Re: So what happens when...

It is extremely difficult to maintain multiple current accounts

The banks do not want anyone to do it, and it takes a lot of work to maintain multiple accounts within the rules set down for each.

- if nothing is paid in or out for a while they go dormant and that kind of thing.

So almost everybody has exactly one debit card for their exactly one current account.

On top of that, many people either don't want or can't have any credit cards, for many valid reasons.

So go on, how many DEBIT cards do you have?

I have one (1). I used to have two but the effort required to keep the second current account active was just too much.

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How many times must a bank fail at transactions

Before they lose their banking licence?

RBS and Natwest do seem to have suffered very similar failures rather more often than any other UK banks.

I wouldn't mind so much, except that my employer happens to bank with them. Maybe they won't for much longer.

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Apple’s macOS Sierra update really puts the fan into 'fanboi'

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Re: Activity Monitor

That is a very odd UI decision, as while you can explain that "It goes up to 800% on a quad core with hyperthreading", it is still very confusing for normal people.

The Microsoft and Linux way of "Up to 100%, and you can also look at individual core utilisation if you wish" is far more user friendly.

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IBM: Yes, it's true. We leaned on researchers to censor exploit info

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One correction needed

Every bit of software you don't write may will probably have to be removed/upgraded/patched and you should have some kind of plan to do so.

Which is why I find it so disturbing when people ship "un-upgradable" software and (even more commonly) firmware. Like most IoT crap.

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Mercedes answers autonomous car moral dilemma: Yeah, we'll just run over pedestrians

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Re: Hard decision but Mercedes are probably right

Don't be ridiculous. 70MPH to 0 in 10 feet would be a mean of about 15G, and that'd definitely kill you if eyeballs-out. And it might kill you eyeballs-in as well.

That Mini achieves a mean of 0.95G according to your figures, so 18MPH to 0 is plausible in 10 feet.

15MPH to 0 in 10ft is rather common.

Which is surprisingly fast, wouldn't you say?

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Re: Hard decision but Mercedes are probably right

Modern cars can stop in ten feet from surprisngly high speeds.

However, human reaction time is such that most people would have barely started braking.

The reaction time of an autonomous vehicle will be quicker than the majority of meatbags - otherwise it's not useful. It'll also brake or swerve harder, as it knows the car handling better than most humans do.

So the "will collide zone" in front of a moving autonomous vehicle would become notably smaller, and the resulting collision would happen at a lower speed.

It's still there though, no matter what you do.

Obviously there are some talented people who can often take a vehicle right to the limit, but they are rare and even they can't do that all the time. The AI doesn't get tired.

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Linus Torvalds says ARM just doesn't look like beating Intel

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Re: Now that ARM has been bought by a bank its future is uncertain IMO

ARM doesn't make chips. They make CPU designs, and licence those out to a multitude of companies who put those CPUs into actual chip designs and manufacture them.

That's the general issue Linus is talking about. There's no such thing as a standard ARM based processor let alone motherboard, they're all custom implementations.

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Building IoT London: Still working on your pitch?

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Re: So...

The pressure is a bit high, but underwater fires can certainly be arranged.

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UK will build new nuclear bomb subs, says Defence Secretary

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Re: Kim Jong Un would rather not die

Well our Government is also run by nutters, including several apparent xenophobes.

So it's a good job that Putin has his nukes as well, as they keep our crazies in check.

That's the "mutual" part.

Balancing is easy if everyone holds everyone else up there. It gets risky if somebody starts shoving - or lets go...

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Re: Sir Humphrey said it far better than I could

We're doomed.

Actually the guys and gals in BBC engineering are pretty damn good, and have rather a lot of the right kit and people needed to keep the Longwave and FM stations on the air.

The DAB stuff is a different matter...

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BT Yahoo! customers: Why! can't! we! grrr! delete! our! webmail! accounts!?

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Re: Bah!

I were using twisted triplets. We had the best string in the city by a country mile.

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BT are the fixed-line monopoly

Everybody else except for Kingston Communications has to buy from them - competition is only in the reseller market.

And Kingston Comms are a monopoly in their region.

And Virgin is a monopoly for cable TV, voice and Internet.

Mobile cellular voice and data are the only non-monopoly communications provider in this country.

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Re: BT service is shit & now corrupt.

Data Protection Act 1998 (as amended):

(1)Subject to subsection (2), an individual is entitled at any time by notice in writing to a data controller to require the data controller at the end of such period as is reasonable in the circumstances to cease, or not to begin, processing, or processing for a specified purpose or in a specified manner, any personal data in respect of which he is the data subject, on the ground that, for specified reasons—

(a)the processing of those data or their processing for that purpose or in that manner is causing or is likely to cause substantial damage or substantial distress to him or to another, and

(b)that damage or distress is or would be unwarranted.

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Robots blamed for wiping 10 per cent off the value of sterling

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You won't be able to afford the peanuts

Peanuts are imported...

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