* Posts by james 68

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Segway hoverboard hijack hack could make hipsters eat pavement

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Sure that's what the "someone" wants us to think.... But I'd put money on that "someone" being in possession of a phone with Bluetooth connectivity at the time of the "accident".

It's a conspiracy I tells ya.

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Didn't the inventor or company owner or somesuch of the segway fall off a cliff on one? Could be that the plod need to reopen that case.

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Re: I mustnt be a hipster...

Nope it's a cross pond definition. They do indeed slavishly follow every trend that rears it's head, but if you ask them about it they'll waffle on about how they do so "ironically" and "to show the mainstream masses how gullible they are". For people so fond of the word 'irony' they don't seem to understand its actual meaning.

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Re: I mustnt be a hipster...

They're hipsters, ergo "Being healthy is too mainstream, I'm all about anti-health" they probably use the phone connection to show on their ironically anti-mainstream twitter status how many steps they haven't taken today on their trip to starbucks to cough out their lungs on an ecig while tapping dribble into their ironically fashionable macbook in the hopes that it'll turn into an ironically bestselling anti-mainstream novel while they wait for their acting breakthrough (though they'd never go mainstream it's all about the ironic arthouse movement).

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What is this – some kind of flashy, 3-bit consumer SSD? Eh, Seagate?

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Re: Getting closer.

Only 120 GB for games? What with the current trend for game development not bothering with any kind of compression or optimization most modern games come in at 12 GB+. My Steam library alone comes in at almost 2 TB and the list of games isn't exactly huge, I dread to think what my total is when I add battlenet, origin and those I own on physical disc. I make do with only having a few installed at a time, with those I'm not using backed up to a 4 TB NAS box so I can install them when I want, quickly and without killing my internet connection for several hours.

Your argument that only pirates need so much storage is very broken.

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Physicists send supersonic shock waves rippling through a lab

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Re: Mach Numbers

Well I'm not the one who downvoted you - but I will answer your question (Knowledge after all should be shared and downvoting someone instead of explaining why they're wrong is just crass).

The speed of sound varies not only due to the medium (air, nitrogen, helium, you get the idea) but also due to the pressure and density of that medium. Near the ground on Earth for example, air is more dense meaning sound travels more slowly, 5 miles up it is less dense meaning sound travels more quickly. (the sound wave needs less energy to 'move' the less dense medium meaning it can travel more quickly). Even the temperature of the medium changes the speed of sound as a cooler medium is more dense and a hotter medium is less dense.

Given this, in space (which is not a complete vacuum) the speed of sound can be many, many times faster than the speed of sound at any height within Earths atmosphere.

Strangely the opposite is true for the speed of sound in liquids and solids, the more dense the liquid or solid, the faster sound travels.

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High Mach?

Surely it should have been "Big Mach".

An obvious if relevant unit of measurement for plasma/particle velocity (not to be confused with Big Macs, the unit of measurement for American waistlines).

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Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city. And this is a good thing, it says

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Accuracy is important.

Males aren't "bloodthirsty", only the females drink blood.

Bad form el reg, bad form.

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Trump to world: Forget moving to America to do a startup

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Re: Chinese entrepeneures

My thoughts exactly - these "entrepreneurs" are starting up a company in America which would provide Americans with jobs and provide both revenue and bragging rights due to Made in America home and export sales. But Trump does not want this? Make America great again my hairy arse, he is dead set on turning America into a third world nation so his buddy Putin can rule the world.

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Re: Close the door and turn of the light

They must be playing a bloody long game then, considering how they've supported everything so far no matter how stupid/self destructive/treasonous.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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Re: No contest

Nope.

Red Dwarf for the win. Smeg all the others.

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Boffins' five eyes surprise: Bees correct colour for ambient light

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Re: More importantly...

Sounds like something his ex-wife would do (tearing it off the non-rotating wall mount in the process). Mind you, I once argued with her for over an hour that people cannot catch viruses from an infected computer, something she still believes in wholeheartedly, alongside fairy power and guardian spirits.

Even rotating using the DVD player menus still wouldn't work however, what with him having made a DVD meaning it then had permanent black bars at either side to fill the aspect ratio - same thing as what happens when YouTube re-encodes portrait videos to 16:9 using standard settings but idiots persist in doing it anyway.

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Re: Spidey-senses

It certainly is interesting, so thumbs up.

However knowing when a spider is looking back at me will now just make the creepy little bastard's that bit more horrific.

"He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you."

Friedrich Nietzsche

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More importantly...

When will they work on a mobile phone camera that will slap sense into the idiot user when they try to take video in portrait mode?

I hate it when people do that. Just one example:

A friend was showing off some holiday videos on his TV. The TV is of course wide-screen but the video is portrait, when asked why he chose to record in portrait when he intends to make a DVD for use on a wide-screen TV his reply was "Well, that's how my phone takes video".

Cue facepalm.

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You wait ages for a sun, then two come along at once: All stars have twins, say astroboffins

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Re: Binary/Twin Star?

As both stars would be losing mass then it stands to reason that their gravitational pull would weaken to the point where they would no longer be bound, sending them off rather quickly in opposite directions. Depending on specific mass, orbital distance and speed, this could have happened very early in the life of the stars.

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Voyager 1 passes another milestone: It's now 138AU from home

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Did you try (carefully) explaining that it does not, in fact, involve dogs?

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Has riddle of the 1977 'Wow!' signal finally been cracked? Maybe...

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Re: Astronomers aren't buying it, it seems.

That comets emit radio waves is not in question (there are other peer reviewed articles covering this), what is in question is this particular article and author.

A small but important question for you - where is the authors proof that the WOW signal matches that of the comet?

I'll save you the search, there isn't any. The author speculates that there is a match, although the signal does not in fact match and the author resorts to hand waving, giving several different solutions as to the variance stating that any one of them could be the factor.... or maybe even a mixture of them. This is not science. A scientist would work at the problem until they found an answer so they could state that the variance is due to X, not fire off that maybe, possibly if you squint real hard it could be X, Y or Z but maybe its X + Y to the the third power of Z's cousin twice removed but I can resolve this maybe/possibly if you donate on my kickstarter page.....

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Re: I'll wait thanks.

Well what do ya know? Seems that astronomers and astrophysicists are saying the guy is full of crap, helped along with a hefty dollop of "Oh look he's started a kickstarter page to scam people for drug money funds." as opposed to seeking legit funding.

Always wait for the peer review and study replication.

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Re: I'll wait thanks.

There are quite a few known comet trajectories and boffins the world over have access to a pretty fair choice of radio telescopes. Shouldn't imagine it would take long at all really.

+1 for the periodical joke though.

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I'll wait thanks.

I'll wait for their work to be peer reviewed and replicated several times before I agree with their conclusions. I find it difficult to take their thesis as wrote, perhaps something to do with them stating "We speculate..." as opposed to "Our rigourous testing has proven..."

Essentially they only have speculation, not a proof or theory.

That's theory in the scientific sense, not the common usage.

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US spook-sat buzzed the International Space Station

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Probably because the non-Americans aboard also have the capability to look out the windows, including any nefarious cosmonauts. None of whom can I imagine the NRO would want to get a look at one of their spy sats and all of whom have binoculars and DSLR cameras.

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Euro Patent Office staff warns board of internal rule changes

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Obligatory Trump mention.

Replace the words "Batistelli" and "EPO" in this story with "Trump" and "America", the similarities are striking.

Hell, it even works if you replace them with "Kim Jong un" and "North Korea", which I guess shows just how scarey the world has become.

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Just so we're all clear on this: Russia hacked the French elections, US Republicans and Dems

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Re: comments so far missed the point

@Palpy

"Ever seen an (American-style) football coach on the sidelines of a game? Why is he hiding his mouth as he speaks? Is it because he is describing shameful secrets to his quarterback?"

According to the many news stories I've seen concerning various coaches that is sadly very, very possible.

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Re: And Trump just fired James Comey --

Trump has a deep throat, the very best deep throat, just ask Putin. Everyone is talking about it.

....or at least they are since Colbert rather aptly called him Putin's cock holster.

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Re: Yup

@BillG

"As I recall all Flynn did was not declare a visit to Russia. That's hardly as dark as the deliberately vague statement "links to Russia"."

That's some very selective memory you got there.

Phone calls to the Russian ambassador, emails to the Russian ambassador (specifically talking about sanctions), denying and deliberately obfuscating receiving payments from Russian interests and lobbying on their behalf, same as previous for Turkey. That "visit to Russia" you mentioned? He tried to deny that too until the proof against him was overwhelming and he tried to spin it as just a typical RT event. So happens he was photographed in the presence of the Russian ambassador (again) and Putin himself at said event, funny how he didn't mention that when quizzed by congress about meeting Russian individuals dontcha think?

Oh and the final gasp of an "innocent" man, he has promised to spill the beans if he is provided with immunity from prosecution. I'm sure that's something every innocent man asks for.

And that's only the dirt on Flynn....

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Australian Taxation Office named as party preventing IT contractors being paid

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I wouldn't put anything past a tax office.

Just before leaving the UK I got a tax rebate due to overpayment of £437.76, two months later in Japan they send me a bill for £437.76 saying that I underpaid for the previous year. I phoned them to enquire if they had made a mix-up somewhere (my taxes at the time being automatically deducted by the Education Authority I had two separate accountants check the records and was told they could only find the overpayment and not any sign of an underpayment, I was also very curious as to why the amount matched the rebate exactly). Their response was that there was no mix-up it was pure coincidence that the amounts matched exactly and that it should be paid immediately to ensure that my Japanese visa would be unaffected - I was seriously left feeling like it was extortion, their choice of words sounded like a protection racket in a cheesy movie. I paid it and moved on, but I remain far from satisfied with their explanation and attitude.

NEVER trust a government office, especially a tax office.

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Republicans go all Braveheart again with anti-net neutrality bill

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Re: The real message is...

Writing off a PS4 is easy.

It's an "Internet connected market analysis tool for research into entertainment and social trends" or it can be covered under medical as a "device for stress relief and depression treatment through roleplay and social interaction".

Even the games could technically be covered under either of those headings.

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Feel guilty for scoffing Easter chocolate? Good news: Scientists have made NEGATIVE mass

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@Bill Gray +1 for answering the question and not being condescending.

But...

The acceleration would be a positive even if the object were being pushed away from the positive mass just as it would be if it were attracted as it is accelerating in space not decelerating, it is direction which is changed (I could well be wrong, but this is how I view it).

The application of a force shown in the experiment, a positive pushing force, caused the object to be attracted, so why would the inverse also not be true? If gravity is acting as a pulling force why would the acceleration not be sending it away from the earth?

Serious question.

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This was also my first query.

Along the lines of: Why do they need a second set of lasers to apply a force to see the fluids opposite reaction? Surely gravity is already acting as a force and the liquid should be trying to achieve orbit without further interference?

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Gift cards or the iPhone gets it: Hackers threaten Apple with millions of remote wipes

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Re: The Dr. Evil picture is appropriate

$100,000 is quite cheap. Consider that Apple's "bug bounty" stands at $200,000 they are in fact charging only half the price. I think however that they perhaps did not read the small print on the proper means of claiming said bounty...

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Speaking in Tech: Glassholes are cool now Apple's doing it

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A great big sodding "I told you dammit".

"Glassholes are COOL now Apple's doing it" - Funnily enough I predicted this a long time ago on these forums and was massively downvoted for even suggesting it.

Now I just need to con...vince Junipers gullible customers to pay me a stupid amount of money for pulling predictions out of my arse and I'll be minted.

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Plans to force ISPs to filter content branded 'disproportionate'

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Hell no. A chainsaw is the perfect toy for unsupervised use by politicians.

Shame on you for suggesting otherwise.

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Re: What is this long, angled, low friction thing I see before me?

You sir, are a paragon of common sense.

Parents who stick their kids in front of an iPad or PC and leave them to it are in my opinion guilty of neglect.

A child is fully capable of "driving" a car (probably into a brick wall) does that mean we should hand them the keys and let them just because they whine that the want to drive? No matter how much amusement may be gained from a practical example of Darwinian evolution the answer is no, and any parent who did so would be charged with child endangerment and neglect. However taking them to a go-kart track and getting a few laps in while under supervision is not only perfectly fine but also a lot of fun. Common sense is all it takes, supervise your offspring instead of neglecting them by sending them off to "play on the internet" just so you can watch tv in peace. Parents are supposed to be the protectors of their children, not ISPs, don't like that? Get a vasectomy, cause you shouldn't be having kids.

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RAF pilot sacked for sending Airbus Voyager into sudden dive

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Note to pilots: The control stick is NOT a selfie stick you vain twats.

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Euro Patent Office puts itself on Interpol's level, demands access to staff phones and laptops

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Re: |Eh?

They did them in Belfast too, that was a security thing back then though (or at least that was the excuse) what with the IRA and their pesky urge to blow things up in both Belfast and actual UK cities.

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Heh

"The brakes on his bicycle were also cut while it was stored in the EPO's underground car park." Rules out the Sys Admins and other techies then.

Any fool with a BOFH brand knows that you don't cut the cables all the way through, you only cut them 3/4 through so that they work fine but fail when they're really needed and the rider is grabbing a handful to stop in a hurry (most likely to be during a dangerous situation).

Even a shiney from the training college PFY can get that right.

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BlackBerry sued by hundreds of staffers 'fooled' into quitting

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Re: Prior art

Indeed, and they're taking on NOKIA of all the companies they could have trolled. NOKIA probably has more mobile coms patents than any other company, almost certainly including for the ones BB is trying to troll.

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GCHQ cyber-chief slams security outfits peddling 'medieval witchcraft'

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Re: Whatever it takes to make a sale

@Mage

That'll be because you showed good sensibility, I applaud you for that. The contractors I've dealt with in the past rarely show anywhere near that level of logical understanding, I wish more were like you in this regard.

@Alan Brown

I've had to deal with similar idiocy, more often than I'd like to recount. But you provide a good example of why networks should not only be secured from outside AND inside molestation but be proofed as much as possible against actions by "administration" also.

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Whatever it takes to make a sale

Only tangentially related:

When working in an all girls secondary school in Belfast I got a call from the headmistress to attend a meeting because she couldn't understand the reams of buzzwords the contractor was spouting. As it turns out the meeting was for migrating to a hosted cloud system. As the head technician I should have been there in the first place but the headmistress "hadn't wanted to bother me" which was foolish.

I listened to the guys bullshit for maybe half an hour and it was painfully clear that he had no idea what he was talking about. I then asked him if the school would be connected by a secure VPN, he didn't know. I asked what kind and strength of encryption was used both on the connection and stored data, again no clue. Annoyed by this point I pressed him on how exactly his company guaranteed the data concerning 400+ young girls would be secure considering that if it went into the wild the school would be the one held legally responsible, It was at this point that he started waffling about "security through obscurity" and I got up and walked out taking the headmistress with me.

This cloud company btw came supposedly vetted and rated for security by the NI education authority.

From what I heard at that meeting, waving chicken bones while humming cumbaya would have been more effective.

The overall view of many companies concerning security, when they really should know better, is woeful.

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Parliamentary Trump-off? Pro-Donald petition passes 100k signatures

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Re: quip? not all that clever, no.

Regan definitely does "belong on the list with the other psychopaths". He and his cronies actively supported the IRA with arms and cash in a largely successful attempt to destabilize an allied nation.

I grew up in Belfast during that period. Regan was an asshat.

But I also have a bone to contend with this articles author. He states:

"The JSON data for the petition, publicly viewable on the Parliamentary petitions website, revealed that in among the 1.6 million signatures from Britons opposing Trump's state visit were 3,000 signatures from Germany, 6,700 from France – and three from the Solomon Islands. Only signatures from British citizens and UK residents are eligible to be counted towards its total."

Yeah... about that. Never heard of people relocating due to work or family reasons or even being on holiday? Heaven forbid an actual British citizen might be currently living in another country, the unmitigated horror that must create in the bowls of your soul eh? I for example am currently in Japan, according to your statement I must presume that you think I got my British passport as a prize in a cereal box? Or could you perhaps just be trying to delegitimize the petition using the narrative of bigotry and hate by implying that nasty foreigners are despoiling our green and pleasant petition system? Get the barrel scrapers wound up by stirring the pot a bit? Berk.

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Trump decides Breitbart chair Bannon knows more about natsec than actual professionals

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Maybe Trump should ban Americans from entering America (and yes I know tomato/tomayto what with him already doing that to the ones with not quite white enough skin). American government officials did after all supply the IRA with weapons and funding during the Raygun and Bush 1.0 periods - openly holding fundraisers even, as did quite a large section of the American public.

That I guess is the "special relationship" for you. "Do as we say, when we say it and no complaining about US funding terrorists who try to kill and maim as many of you as possible. Oh? what's that? you want reciprocal trade deals and extradition treaties? LOL! yeah, we'll get right on that......"

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Wow, look out, hackers: Trump to order 60-day cybersecurity probe

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Re: Time for a Great Firewall

Chain has been attempting to hack U.S. and U.K aircraft carriers. Of course these ships use the same internet that we do.

@BillG You might want to check your sources, the UK at present has no aircraft carriers and hasn't for a while.

Last was HMS Illustrious which since the Harrier was decommissioned in 2010 was nothing more than a helicopter transport until it's own decommission in 2014. The first of the 2 new carriers won't be ready till 2020.

Oh, and no, they don't "use the same internet as we do", they use dedicated encrypted satellite networks which while those "connect" to the internet at the endpoint, are heavily firewalled allowing access to only some email services and websites.

BTW about Obama doing nothing about US Steel. US Steel only filed their grievance in April 2016, and by May the US gov started an ITC investigation into the alleged hacks, by June they had given them the green light to seek sanctions and redress against China. That's quite a lot done in a very short period of time to describe as "nothing".

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President Donald Trump taken on by unlikely foe: Badass park rangers

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Trump is in for a wake up call.

He can fire off as many threats and exec orders as he likes, fact is his attempted gagging of these environmental agencies (and others he disagrees with) is illegal.

The OSC note lists some examples of things that are protected: “For example, one prohibited personnel practice explicitly shields employees for blowing the whistle on any effort to ‘distort, misrepresent, suppress’ or otherwise censor any government ‘research, analysis, or technical information’ that the employee reasonably believes could, among other things, pose a substantial and significant threat to public health or safety or constitute a violation of law, rule, or regulation.”

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Search for MH370 called off after new theory about resting place is ruled out

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Re: Anything interesting been found

Several previously unknown shipwrecks as it happens, some rather old, also some new underwater volcanos. (Lots of stories to choose from so I'll provide a link to a Google search result) Link

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Aaarrgh, zombie! Dead Apple iOS monopoly lawsuit is reanimated

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Re: No rocket science is necessary for the understanding of this story.

All companies with the funds to make a long drawn out court battle if Apple scrapped them, not so for the little guys though - totally different ball game.

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No rocket science is necessary for the understanding of this story.

Here's the deal: Write an app that directly competes with an app made by Apple. See how long it lasts in the app store before it gets removed - IF - Apple even allows it into the app store in the first place.

That's your anti-trust/monopoly right there, it's pretty much the definition of anti-competitive practices.

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Opera scolds stale browsers with shocking Neon experiment

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Eh?

How is this crap any different than Google Chromes out of the box Google homepage?

Other than making a desktop image the background lets and being slower because you have to wait through a bloody animation before your page loads when you click a link?

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FBI let alleged pedo walk free rather than explain how they snared him

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Re: 'We...

"It's all a bit what-if though. It's just as likely that the FBI decided that, in this case, he was a 'user' rather than a 'dealer' in paedophilia and there are bigger fish to fry."

@2+2=5

I sincerely hope that you're wrong.

Because if you're right.... that suggests that the FBI is more concerned with those who host the sites and are generally in it for the money (read as FBI wants to "confiscate" the cash to support the next office party) as opposed to the "users" who are an actual real danger to children as they are the ones who are getting their rocks off to pics of underage kids and are likely to try it on for real.

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How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order

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I thought that the CGI Cushing and Carrie Fisher were technically excellent and would have proven convincing if it weren't for one thing. The lighting was off, It didn't correctly match the lighting of the surrounding objects and people and in the case of Cushing was over saturated and too severe (too much contrast) giving a very "uncanny valley" feeling.

If they'd gotten the lighting correct, though they would have been perfect. Actually if I'm entirely honest a few of CGI Cushing's facial mannerisms seemed to glitch - it was tiny but it was there - the movements of his features just a little too jerky like he had some kinda repetitive tick, but tbh I could overlook that, but not the rendered lighting, that was atrocious.

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China gives America its underwater drone back – with a warning

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Re: Erm...

@Rich 11, You got it in one.

@Anonymous Coward

"Except a daily security briefing would do no good if something changed between briefings." - You mean like if something were to change like the Chinese maybe saying 'Oops our bad, here have your drone back'? Presumably a somewhat different prospect from the previous day, and yet...... Trump thinks his mind is "biglier" than everyone else's and so refuses to listen - to anyone - ever.

So yeah the whole "I'm, like, a smart person. I don't have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years," the president-elect added. "I don't need that. But I do say, 'If something should change, let us know.'" is bullshit. The only way he'll ever pay attention is if they tweet it alongside a bad review of one of his conflicts of interests businesses.

Kind of like how he found out about the drone in the first place - his tweet was DAYS after the original theft occurred and didn't happen until the story hit twitter. Yeah skipping the briefings is great policy, not.

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