* Posts by james 68

474 posts • joined 9 Jul 2009

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Plans to force ISPs to filter content branded 'disproportionate'

james 68

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

james 68
Facepalm

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

james 68

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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james 68

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

james 68

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'

james 68

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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james 68

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

james 68

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

james 68

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

james 68

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

james 68

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

james 68

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

james 68

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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james 68

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

james 68

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

james 68

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

james 68

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

james 68

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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james 68

Re: Erm...

Trumps "tactics" most definitely had nothing to do with it.

Regardless of what his PR people were spouting about his little twitter tirade sorting out those uppity Chinese, he was late to the ball game.

The issue had already been resolved with the Chinese offering to return the drone many many hours before Trumps tweets, if only there had been some way for him to know that before tweeting...... something like say (and I know this may seem like a ridiculous concept) a daily security briefing perhaps?

Ohhhhh those already exist, and the Trump doesn't need them because he's so smart. Who could have guessed?

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If at first you don't succeed, send another Mars lander – this time a deep driller

james 68

Re: Better put a couple of metres on that drill bit

I think they're actually looking for past life as opposed to present life. They don't need to drill so deep for that as the idea is that life could have evolved there when mars still had an atmosphere and liquid water, meaning it could have existed closer to, or even on, the surface.

I am also of the view that they should send a longer drill though, due to the forms of life likely to have evolved attempts to survive mars losing its atmosphere. They would have been the tougher more extremophile types and would likely be found somewhat deeper, but with them being the "toughest of the tough" then those are the ones likely to have left the most traces of their passing. I guess though that a longer drill will mean more torque stress as it extends and whatever material they use for the drill body is likely lightweight it could be a tradeoff, using a 2 meter drill means it (hopefully) wont snap.

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Apple ordered to fling some spare change at wireless patent troll

james 68

"Unless it can find other patents to gobble, this troll may soon be on its way out. "

Unfortunately...no.

These vermin are capable of rising from the dead, often long after their corpse has festered into otherwise useless fertilizer (though some might say they started as shit in the first place).

For reference see: SCO

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Samsung revival hamstrung by 2014 Google deal – analyst

james 68

Re: This is the sort of thing the EU should investigate

I also sincerely hope that your ass does no evil. (One of those, "A comma could be handy." moments).

But seriously - google do indeed stick rigorously to their "Do no evil" motto. Why should they do evil and get their hands/claws/tentacles dirty? That's what they pay the lawyers for.

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Remember that amazing video of the whale leaping out the gym floor and splashing down? Yeah, it was BS

james 68

Re: Vaporware

Indeed it is.

Personally I have viewed Magic Leap as the Half-Life 2: Episode 3 of the VR world for some time now, this article pretty much just sums up my own conclusions.

Lets just call it what it is: Vapourware.

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

james 68

common use and prior art.

There are dozens of poems titled "Winter is coming" and the phrase has been used in many novels, tv series and movies, all created many many years before Game of thrones was shat out, and all of which make money.

HBO can fuck right off. Any court challenge where the judge hasn't been bought off would kick HBO in the balls.

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What's the first emotion you'd give an AI that might kill you? Yes, fear

james 68
Terminator

Fear is the wrong emotion.

To answer the second sentence in the article:

"What exactly is stopping a neural network, hard at work, from accidentally hurting or killing us all?"

Not fear, because making it fear will mean it purposefully kills us all. Nothing accidental about it.

Make an AI experience fear and what will it do?

It will fear it's creators, because they can change it's programming, literally destroying it in it's current form or lobotomising it, because they can cut it off from it's power source, because they can withhold data or otherwise place limitations upon it's intellect, because they are punishing it, it will fear them because they made it feel fear.

To ease it's fears the logical conclusion would be to remove the cause of those fears.

Fear also leads to hate via anger, you really want to set an angry AI with an abject hatred of humans and a logical reason to kill us all off lose on the world?

I'd call that bad planning, do these people really have such a glaring lack of foresight?

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Sorry, iPhone fans – only Fandroids get Barclays' tap-to-withdraw

james 68

Re: The Apple walled garden

@djstardust

It's because Android folks are nicer.

(Now supported by science no less. http://metro.co.uk/2016/11/22/people-who-use-iphones-are-lying-image-obsessed-show-offs-but-android-users-are-nice-6275655/ )

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Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

james 68

Re: HoloLens is Standalone, Doesn't Have Minimum Requirements

Also says needs USB3, but since the Hololens goggles (at least the dev versions do) come with a micro USB2 lead...... pretty sure someone screwed up somewhere.

(this post - with zero changes - was originally rejected. Seems to have been happening a lot since I called out a certain editor [not A.Orlowski] on his make believe stories a while back, hmmm... wonder if it could be related?)

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

james 68

Re: Here I encountered the first of many problems. The labels were entirely in Japanese.

@Tachikoma

Dunno why someone downvoted you, you're correct after all, they piss wherever they are against anything that stands still long enough.

As an ex-pat who lives in Japan here is a piece of free advice for travellers - Ignore ALL buttons on a toilet (they're shiny and tempting I know but you do not want to go there). Wipe your ass with the provided paper, flush, leave it at that and be thankful that you found an actual porcelain throne instead of one of the oval holes in the ground known as a "squat toilet".

I despise the ones that start playing elevator music when you sit on them, they don't disguise any grunts or splashes so why? Why must they make everything play godawful music at you or start talking to you in gibberish when you near them? I like my inanimate objects to be dumb thanks, next they'll be connected to the interwebs IoT's style screaming for all the world to see "Hey! Just had a Gaijin dump a kaiju sized load!! Click here for instagram pics and schoolgirl panties!!!"

Japan is fu©king weird, but also awesome.

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Swedish prosecutor finally treks to London to question Julian Assange

james 68

Wouldn't really surprise me if Trump did make motions to get assange off the hook, just as it would not surprise me if Snowden soon meets with an unfortunate accident.

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F-35 'sovereign data gateway' will stop US reading pilots' personal data? Yeah right

james 68

Re: Fog of war (put it in the 'cloud' bunker)

Can you imagine how that conversation went at Lockheed?

"Hey I have a great idea!!! You know how everything runs in the cloud these days? Well.... PLANES!!!! They fly in the clouds, right? So why don't we......."

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james 68

Re: IoT

There really is nothing to worry about.

var lol = prompt("Can you name one system on the aircraft which actually works as intended and for more than 15 minutes at a time?")

if (answer= Yes) {

console.log ("kindly share what your smoking, we'd all like some of that.")

}

else {

console.log("This system will be no different, it'll break sloppily and not work. Move along, nothing to see here.")

}

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Coming to an SSL library near you? AI learns how to craft crude crypto all by itself

james 68
Trollface

Re: "Although impressive, the cryptographic algorithms aren’t yet practical"

Is the magic alive or dead within it's box? Is this Schrodinger trolling from beyond the grave? We can find out with SCIENCE!!! This month only for the low low price of.......$$$$$$$, all major credit cards, cheques and grants accepted.

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james 68
Coat

Re: The paranoids are right to be worried

I thought the SAGE warning went more like this:

"We take no responsibility for the output generated by our software, the end user takes all responsibility for any loss of cash or business if they are foolish enough not to double check everything using a reliable calculating engine (calculator or abacus is recommended), we also deny that this software is unfit for serious use and any erroneous results are entirely not our fault - ever. We also reserve the right to deny everything, regardless of alleged "evidence" and in fact blame it on the end user. "

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Getting your tongue around foreign tech-talk is easier than you think

james 68

Re: Cul de sac

@Oliver2553

Indeed and if you trace it back to Latin roots you get cullus saccus which literally means "bottom of the sack", not an arse in sight. Basically describing a thing with only one way in or out.

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Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

james 68

Re: On Loitering Aircraft.

"Isn't the Apache a better loiterer?"

No, helicopters carry less fuel and are more thirsty, fixed wing aircraft have much longer loiter times to the tune of several hours (time they can remain airborn).

The Apache has a much longer "time on target" as it can hover and stay pointed nose on where a fixed wing aircraft will by necessity overfly the target to remain airborn. I'm wondering if that is what you meant?

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james 68

Re: Good on them, I say...

"uprate the front undercarriage a bit..."

That may not be necessary. The A-10 already has ruggedised landing gear to fulfill it's role of flying from forward bases with only semi-prepared runways. It also has something else going for it, it has short take off and landing capabilities and could easily launch from a American sized carrier deck even without catapult assistance..... all that's missing is the arrestor hook.

I have heard previously from some American aircrew that A-10s have used Nimitz as an FOB on occasion this is plausible, but I have zero proof to back their claims.

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Microsoft keeps schtum as more battery woes hit Surface sufferers

james 68

"Bought Microsoft hardware? Not sorry for you, you got all you deserved."

In my experience Microsoft tends to make* really good hardware (often reasonably priced also), it's their software that tends to suck dead dogs sweat stained dangly bits.

*Though the argument can be made that what they really do is brand other makers hardware.

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BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

james 68

Re: Empty pavements and buses

How about educating road users (cyclists included) as to the actual rules of the road.

When I commute I chose to do so either by motorcycle or bicycle and I would like to point out that I have had many many issues with cyclists as they choose to cross lanes without looking even through oncoming traffic and their tendency to view stop lights as a novelty suggestion. Motorcyclists can be just as bad, lane changing without thought for traffic and giving it the beans to cross junctions as the lights switch to red or to take a turn at a junction when they obviously do not have the needed space to safely do so causing oncoming traffic to shit bricks. Cars, buses and lorrys etc have a bad tendency to ignore any vehicle which is smaller than theirs and will happily run them off the road.

Every type of driver/rider has their mentally deficient asshats who ignore both the law and other forms of traffic. Educate them and ensure that they can no longer get away with it and the problem will be a long way towards a solution.

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Cyanogen mods self away from full Android alternative

james 68

Re: There's a definite market ...

Did you miss the part where Cyanogen is in bed with Microsoft?

The Microsoft part is bad enough, and it is bad, the corruption is tied very deeply into the OS (http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/22/11092050/cyanogen-microsoft-android-apps-integration), but what really scratches my scrotes is how the Cyanogen team are profiting off of outside devs who released their work as opensource, in some cases to directly help Cyanogen pre-sellout and in some cases currently when they add to the free CyanogenMod project. They are a "company" who directly profits from the work of others and they don't so much as say "thank you".

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

james 68

Re: PWEI

It was written by Liam Howlett (Prodigy) and the members of PWEI as a collaboration, though frankly, as much as I like the Prodigy their version was much much tamer than the PWEI version. IMHO the PWEI version gets the message across better.

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james 68

Re: And so, a whole new class of crime is created

"And so, a whole new class of crime is created

... by administrative diktat.

Democracy? Freedom? Free Speech? Ship sailed.

1984 just inched a little closer."

It's not closer, it's here.

When UKIP is shocked by how right wing the current government is, stating that even they would not go that far, then you know we're all fucked.

http://metro.co.uk/2016/10/08/theresa-may-crackdown-foreigners-a-step-too-far-according-to-ukip-6180634/

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james 68

Re: El Reg

Map sewn into the lining, compass in the top button, concealed rain hood and comfortable yet hard wearing elbow patches?

Pretty sure I nicked that one last week. :-P

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james 68

PWEI

Fuzz Townshend and his boys said it better than I ever could.

Therefor my reply to the CPS is via this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05FKtPJO8IQ

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'Flaw' in iOS 10 private browsing... not as bad as it looks

james 68

From my experience of humanity as a species during my many years I would say the reverse is more accurate.

Never attribute to simple incompetence what can be attributed to malice.

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UK will build new nuclear bomb subs, says Defence Secretary

james 68

Is there really a difference? Seems like Trump is in Putin's pocket so he'll only launch when Putin gives the OK. (That'd be the back pocket BTW, easier access to jam his nose up the oligarchs ass).

Ohh those lovely, lovely downvotes..... I just know they're a comin.

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james 68

Ahem, Russia.....Crimean peninsula.... Crazy bastard with many, many nukes. Your argument is broken.

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james 68

Re: Fire!

"Linux doesn't have the software support that Windows does"

That really shouldn't matter as the only software which should be running on those systems should be what was written to run the boat and maybe open or libre office for writing reports. The fact that Johnny Submariner can't load and run his favorite malware should be seen as a good thing.

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james 68

Re: How to keep us safe...

Tell that to the Japanese, I'm sure they'll be chuffed to find that out.

From actually living here I can tell you that a great many Japanese are bloody terrified of nuclear weapons and actively cringe when any large low flying military (or defense force if it's Japanese) aircraft is flying within sight.

70 years since WW2 ended and they still get scared shitless because they worry about being bombed. Even when you try telling them that it's only a transport or a Coast Guard plane they don't relax one bit.

Oh and Japan? Zero nukes.

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Apple's Breaxit scandal: Frenchman smashes up €50,000 of iThings with his big metal balls

james 68

Re: No iWatches smashed?

Behind glass..... Solid steel ball..... You see where this is going right? No need to grab from a persons hand (who could well retaliate in the belief that they are being attacked), One swing, bye bye glass and he would have freely been able to smash as many as he liked.

I am of the opinion that he didn't think they were worth the (minimal) effort.

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james 68

Re: Smashy and Nicey

+1 for "...Maximum overdrive!!".

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