* Posts by Gordon 10

3012 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Business or pleasure? Crucial MX200 and BX100 1TB SSDs

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Re: How about the part that matters?

Im sorry how is powerloss protection even a high priority if 99% of the uses are laptop drives?

I think you are confusing an enterprise requirement with a consumer one.

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Rare monkeys stolen from French zoo – now even rarer

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Maybe

One of them was Nicole Kidmans soul?

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Scot Nationalists' march on Westminster may be GOOD for UK IT

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Re: Question

why not? Its a reasonable conflation. Unless of course you think libertarian is a dirty word.

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Be Careful what you wish for.

I agree with John 110. To jabuzz and the others on this thread, if you treat people as the enemy then they will behave like one. Politically messing with the SNP is acceptable. Materially screwing over the entire Scottish electorate and taking the Union to the brink is crass stupidity. Hopefully call me Dave is smart enough to determine a reasonable cut off between the 2, unlike half the commentards on here.

People seem to forget that Scotland joined the Union reasonably voluntarily due to a number of push-pull factors, anyone who seeks to create divisions to undo that unnecessarily should hoik themselves off to a desert island with the racist loons from UKIP.

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Massive police 'heavy equipment' robot drags out suspect who hid inside television

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Re: It is better to send robots

Bullshit AC - have you even looked at the statistics in the UK for the discharge of firearms in the UK. Clue it averages around 4-5 times PER YEAR. Note that's just discharges not kills. Compare that to the US where there were 461 "justifiable homicides" in one YEAR.

Sources :

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/211845/HO_-_Police_Firearms_stats_Commons_-_2013_7_11__3_.pdf

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/02/18/5-countries-where-police-officers-do-not-carry-firearms-and-it-works-well/

Im all for the occasional Brazilian plumber dig at the Met but the reality is that the UK cops aren't even comparable to those in the US when it comes to gun use/training.

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Swedish Supreme Court keeps AssangeTM in Little Ecuador

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Re: Statute of Limitations

As I understand it - that Statute of limitations only applies to SOME of the charges that AssHat faces, not the most serious ones.

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DEEPENING MYSTERY of BRIGHT LIGHTS on dwarf world Ceres

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Re: Ceres bright spots iluminate without sun light

Lack of punctuation and formatting - the best guide that the content will be paranoid gibberish. Run out of tinfoil for your hat sir?

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Snoopers' Charter queen Theresa May returns to Home Office brief

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Re: WooHoo!

@Big_Ted

Oh bugger.... a big case of wishful thinking on my part :(

The fail is mine good commentards!

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WooHoo!

Putting Gove in charge of the Snoopers Charter gives me some hope. Hopefully he can fuck it up in the same manner he attempted to fuck up our education system when Education Secretary. Plus his reputation for butting heads with his colleagues will hopefully give Treasonous May a bit of a handful to deal with.

Best news I've heard since the Torys got a majority.

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Mondeo Man turns into mutant electrical beauty: Ford Mondeo Hybrid

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Re: Not bad

I strongly suggest that ford will fusck it up by not making either a hatch or estate variant.

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US government asks internet community how long it should extend IANA contract

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Icann

Isn't it in their interest to shillyshally as long as possible to preserve the status quo?

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Theresa May: Right, THIS time we're getting the Snoopers' Charter in

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Re: That MP...

To be fair all Home Secretaries seem to get cloned from the same fascistic copy when the get appointed. It's hard not to despise them all. Has there ever been a liberal home sec? Not in my memory. Certainly not since the 80's.

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HP lifts lid on Autonomy lawsuit claims, but Lynch cries BOLLOCKS

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Re: "we're using different accounting rules"

@AC eg 1 and eg2.

And those are the 2 examples everyone bandies about, and they are peanuts how do you get from them to billions?. Don't you think that if there was actually anything material HP would be crowing about it and the SFO would be prosecuting.

The sponsorship deal doesn't even sound particularly unusual in the world of football tbh. Sounds like Spurs had a net benefit. Football funding is a whole different house of cards anyway.

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Re: The Enron Defence

Missing the point slightly, whether or not that was going on and all HP has been able to find is a couple of examples in the 100m range, the SFO also gave up - so it doesn't explain

a) why HP didn't do proper due diligence.

b) how it equates it a multi billion write off.

If autonomy is a little whiffy HP stinks to high heaven.

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18-wheeler robot juggernaut hits Nevada's highways. Cower, fleshies!

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Hitcher 3.0

In Nevada the truck hitches you.

Thumbs out obviously.

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Tesla Powerwall: Not much cheaper and also a bit wimpier than existing batteries

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Re: Recycled batteries from cars?

Bzzzt! Wrong. The main raison d'être is to drive down the price of batteries for their cars by creating a bigger market for batteries in general.

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Poseidon's Wake, Naked at the Albert Hall and Farewell Kabul

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Re: Way too harsh on poor Alistair

His standalones tend to be better than his series. century Rain was excellent and was the prefect. The revelation space series was patchy with some strange perspective shifts (like just dropping Clade as a narrator mid story) and the unforgivable bait and switch ending of redemption ark where they defeat the inhibitors only for the world to be destroyed by some green stuff,

However massive kudos for inhibitors and hyper pigs.

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Way too harsh on poor Alistair

I haven't read Wake but have read the first of the trilogy and most of his othes and I don't recognise him as described here. . Agree he's a bit of a journeyman compared to Banks, Stross et al but deserves more credit than given here. . His novels often suffer from inconsistent pacing and sometimes choppy scene shifts but at heart he's a fine writer - well above average.

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Wolfram bros seek code slinger posse for IBM and Google round-up

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Re: It's a floor wax, it's a dessert topping

To address commercial usage question. Their commercial terms are pretty reasonable in my experience - for instance 1 Premier license (a few £k) gives you unlimited distribution rights for apps within your organisation.

For commercial usage - there are a few examples out there - my favourite which is apparently 90% Mathematica/WL code :

http://emeraldcloudlab.com/how-it-works

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Re: It's a floor wax, it's a dessert topping

Thats a good comment - something that I've discussed with their reps a number of times. They are aware they have an image/comms problem outside of their core user base (academia and quants mostly), and the stuff El Reg is covering is some of their response to that.

Additionally Mathematica is hard to pidgeonhole due to the sheer breadth of functionality within it.

Basically its a programming language kernel that is very good with any problem that can be expressed mathematically or stastically, plus a set of UI's that allow to that language to be displayed with a variety of different paradigms ranging from Slideware, Word style docs, Fat client apps and various web enabled UI's.

Imagine the MS Office (including Access) suite with a focus on calculation, and visualisation instead of data and text, designed for Mathematical use cases over the last 20 years, and now going all cloudy and you're pretty much there. Everyone can now recoil in horror due to the mention of MS :)

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Re: Power Tools for the mind

Thats BS. Wolfram provide a free reader (CDF player) as a browser plug-in that does most things, a paid reader that can deploy as enterprise wide apps, and a cloud solution that can be set up for public access, not to mention various internally hosted solutions.

The number of algorithms that are significant enough to warrant a public implementation is tiny.

Mathematica and most similar packages all have the capability to re-construct their inbuilt functions and algorithms from first principles if you choose, and such funding could just as easily be spent writing a test script to verify that 2 closed source implementations meet a gold standard. You'd have to write the test plan for a public implementation anyway - this way to get to junk huge amounts of developer time re-invent the wheel for the nth time.

Whining about having it open source is just Not Invented Here Syndrome with a FOSS fig leaf. Its a been well observed that Linus' law fails where the number of involved people is small, so the additional protections that result may not be realised.

Don't get me wrong MMA and Wolfram have their weaknesses - just the ones listed in the prior post are either inaccurate or ideological in nature - which aren't necessarily good reasons to commercial decisions upon. Such as employing x professional software developers at $100y,000 for the sake of a few $k in purchase and license fees to Wolfram (or any similar vendor).

Full disclosure - part time Mathematica developer in financial services.

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Your ignorance of the Wolfram Language is showing.

Its not even in the same level as Assembler - one line of Wolfram code is potentially pages of assembler.

Perl is a little better comparison in that they are both effectively scripted/interpreted languages but it would lack the graphical and algorithmic power that the WL has out of the box. The WL is very very high level - hence the large number of functions - 5000 odd.

In terms of language comparison Java, Python and Erlang are all closer. This is as good as summary as anything :

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4430998/mathematica-what-is-symbolic-programming

In current real world use cases outside of academia its used most often as a rapid prototyping language for complex Algorithms, scientific and quantative analysis work, or as a "gold standard" independent check for algorithms written in another language. Wolfram/Mathematica code can be compiled, but for pure speed implementations the final algo would be written in a C variant.

This link is a good speed comparison - albeit that the different construction styles that are optimal for each language vary so much that its almost impossible to do a "fair" comparison across different languages for anything but the most trivial examples. i.e. Procedural programming styles generally run like a dog in Mathematica.

http://www.stats.uwo.ca/faculty/mcleod/epubs/MatrixInverseTiming/default.htm

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Ubuntu to shutter year-old clock unlock bug

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Re: Insider risk not appreicated by interviewee

Have to call you out on that one. He didn't say it wasn't a threat he said it was lower risk than most. The worst thing you can do in security is trying to remediate all risks rather than accepting the lower ones after a suitable risk assessment.

Its all about the size of the attack surface. Any computer in physical possession of a technically competent member of staff with a grudge is vulnerable. Factor in the fact that the volume of corporate deployments of unbuntu as a desktop are pretty few and far between - I agree with Canonical - there are bigger things to use scarce resources on.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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Re: For a car...

Oh Really? and how many of them are in Consumer levels of production and price?

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High-speed powerline: Home connectivity without the cables

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Re: The IoT thing

I cant image the Wife Acceptance Factor on those is very high.

Lifes too short these days to geek around with basic infrastructure kit. I want set up once and forget it. Its a PITA just rebooting the Broadband Router every once in a while.

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Why the US government reckons it should keep phone network kill-switches a secret

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I also don't believe

That they need to provide full verification techniques just enough detail to ensure its usage to suppress dissent is constrained.

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Facebook policy wonk growls at Europe's mass of data laws

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Facebook shill

...moans about the difficulty of monetising his our data. My heart bleeds.

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New EU security strategy: Sod cyber terrorism, BAN ENCRYPTION

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Re: Deactivated

Errr I don't think so. It may be an effective threat - its also an effective way to get yourself MDK'd by SO19 quicker than you can say "Brazilian plumber".

I doubt there are many scenarios where the rewards matches the risk. In fact anyone who produces one in public be it in a criminal manner or in jest deserves all they get, at the very least it would clean up the gene pool.

Having said all that I suspect the UK is one of the few countries where you could wander stupidly around waving an AK, and still have a reasonable probability of surviving the experience.

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Re: Reduce terrorism...

Politicians <> "democratic representatives" for some values of "politican" and yes that's including some of our elected MPs in that category.

I don't recall any of us voting to invade Iraq based on a bag of lies - but our politicians did it anyway. That was in spite of several huge anti-war marches.

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Smile! Brit transport plods turn bodycams on travelling public

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Danger Will Robinson - Safe Harbour Alert

That is all

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

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Re: Please, no e-voting!

But having to do everything last minute scales the manpower requirements beyond the reach of everyone but the most scary and deep-pocketed candidate.

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Barclays, Halifax and Tesco still being gnawed by POODLE

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If I were SSL labs

I'd pass Nabs request for an exemption onto their local regulator who I would suspect would take a very dim view of it. Someone offers a presumably free service and they don't want to take advantage of it they are mad or stupid or negligent or all 3.

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Why recruiters are looking beyond IT's traditional talent pool

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Re: Respect

In anything that I recruit for Chartership in any Tech discipline would count against you. Particularly if everything on your CV is BCS based. Whilst there have been some exceptions the bulk of "BCS-lifers" I have met have been dogmatic, inflexible and utterly unable to relate theirs skills to the actual Business need in short mostly Twonks. No-one ever seems to tell them when its appropriate to switch off the BCS borg programming and talk to a stakeholder like a human being.

Given 2 equal candidates one being a full paid up member of the BCS and one not, I'll take the one not every time.

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Sweden releases human genome under Creative Commons licence

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Poor Craig Ventner

He'd be in in his grave - if he was dead.

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US hospitals to treat medical device malware with AC power probes

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Re: False positives

ie like not letting any OS that is not within your control access the internet.

Why do these things need internet access anyway? Certainly not for web browsing.

Even if they need it to phone home surely its going to be cheaper to limit their access to the manufacturer via firewall rules?

Whats the sense in springing out cash for lots of these Whatsupdocs when you can fix things easier in software?

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Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover

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Not So Fugly

Having seen this in the flesh twice I can honestly say its one of those cars you have to see. I think it looks good in a quirky way.

Its no MK1 Fiat Multipla that's for sure.

https://chivethethrottle.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/fiat-multipla-17.jpg

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Costa Coffee Club members wake up and smell the data breach

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Re: I like Costa

What's wrong with a truly old fashioned letter of complaint to their CEO?

I think you are being a bit optimistic in expected any electronic communication not sent to a specific address and a with a specific subject getting anything more than a rote response.

Besides - report the branch to the council food hygiene peeps.

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Something's missing in our universe: Boffins look into the SUPERVOID

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A great void?

Where's Flinx when you need him?

BEWARE OF THE MINIDRAG ----->

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Lawyer: Cops dropped robbery case rather than detail FBI's StingRay phone snoop gizmo

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Re: Couldn't happen over here, of course ;-)

afaik we couldn't hold the trial in secret over here as the UK FBI equivalent in cases other than spying/terrorism is NOT MI5 and thus unlikely to be able invoke an "in the interests of National Security" clause.

We're not quite that far gone (yet).

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Re: @Lucre

Cobblers. There is a major difference between operational security and capability. The former should legitimately be kept secret during a case. The latter should be fully disclosed, they work for society not the other way around.

This is just a way of generating fear and uncertainty in the populous in general - not just the criminal fraternity, and is just a variant of security through obscurity anyway.

Are these devices even legal anyway? Do they have a spectrum license or exception? I suspect the whole reason its kept secret is that these devices are operating in a very grey area of the law.

The cops need to be seen as totally compliant with the law - not seeking to exploit it. Especially since in most cases these are being used to catch your garden variety criminals.

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Post Office denies IT blunders led to criminal charges against posties

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About time those stonewallers were held to account

When a company that's taking the Post Offices cash still manages to flag serious problems and the post office responds with denial something's got to be done.

I suggest a full inquiry with the power to jail those in charge both now and as far back as the first criminal charge was brought against a post master/ mistress.

It is only me that suspects the denials are due to the fact they can't actually tell the innocent from the guilty so would have to assume everyone is innocent and pay out millions in compensation - which they should - if horizon lacks a basic audit log. They can recover the money from the contractors.

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HP's $3bn Aruba buy ‘significantly undervalues’ wireless operator

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Hmmm

Since Aruba has shot up 33% (from 18 to 24) since the deal was announced I suspect he wont have a leg to stand on the price argument.

Not a legal beagle but would have thought his best bet maybe on the unfair restrictions, although I have a hunch they are probably fairly standard where the buyer thinks they can get away with it.

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KABOOM! Billionaire fingers dud valve in ROCKET WIBBLE PRANG BLAST

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Re: SpaceX Booster Recovery Saga

@Bhound562

And remind me how many REAL LIFE tests ULA have performed with this Engine-Helicopter capture schizzle?

Whats that? Vulcan is vapourware produced by a bunch whose number is increasing looking like its up?

Feel free to post back when Vulcan is actually flying. (2019 if it doesn't slip).

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Google has tested its speedy QUIC internet protocol on YOU – and the early results are in

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Re: Hubris

You obvious know this space better than me - but if Google engineers are so ignorant how do you rationalise SPDY being adopted?

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Nokia to take $6bn bath on Navteq following AlcaLuc purchase

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Plural

OSes

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

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Re: Confirmation

Pray tell me how I'm meant to have an open mind when both of the main parties have policies that are essentially unchanged over the last 5+ years, which are all about the triumph of big organisations such as the civil service, the unions, big business (delete as appropriate) over the individual?

I've decided this time round I'm voting based on the single issue I'm passionate about - (digital) civil liberties - as there is very little else to distinguish the big 3, if that makes me close minded (like about 80% of the electorate) then so be it.

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Selfie sticks BANNED by Apple: No hipster tools' tools allowed at WWDC

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WTF?

Am I the only one?

Who had to google Selfie Stick and now has lost something useful from long term memory?

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Just LOOK at this filthy Imation linen, screeches furious Clinton Group

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Re: Clinton?

plenty of bum scratching going on regardless of which it seems!

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hmmmm

One mans "Value destruction" is another one "legacy products in a legacy business"

One mans Activist Investor is another ones "too stoopid to sell earlier"

All that graphic seems to prove is that the "value destruction" was done on a previous Chairman and CEO watches, and the current incumbents have just been managing the company at its true market value.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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@captain daft

Not sure you're right there, for this mission at least, lateral motion suggests so far that the rocket has been coming in sideways relative to the barge then skidding and tipping.

Presumably the barge has station keeping thrusters, either they need to let the barge drift a little in the same sideways direction, or use the cold gas thrusters on the rocket to kill the sideways motion.

I would think swell is a less issue, and potentially somewhat out of their control due to weather and the like than the lateral motion. Having said that they also presumably have much more thrust on hand to counteract heaving and pitching.

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