* Posts by JetSetJim

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Apple to Europe: It's our job to design Ireland's tax system, not yours

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I imagine they're scared that if they go along with it and get this one-time windfall, all the big companies (no idea how many there might be) with sweetheart deals to stay in Ireland will skedaddle to the next corporate hideaway, and their tax revenues plunge.

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Paper factory fired its sysadmin. He returned via VPN and caused $1m in damage. Now jailed

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Was it *his* account being used?

But was it *his* account or had he stolen someone else's credentials? They didn't say "after consulting server logs they found his account still active and causing havoc", but instead "the timing of the attacks raised their suspicion"

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A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

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Re: video

Get a USB headset then, there are plenty around. Or if you're desperate to keep the current headset, but a USB adapter with mic/headphone jacks built in - there are also plenty around for less than a fiver.

edit - also Ninja'd!

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If USA wants a say in 5G, Cisco HAS to buy Ericsson

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Re: 5G Cloud based, Managed Software RF processing doesn't have borders.

> Twitter works perfectly well on 3G.

Twitter was designed with SMS in mind, so 2G would also be fine

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Re: Disappointing article

> agreeing with JetSetJim for his reasons, but will add what might be a bigger one: Ericsson has pretty big corporate operations already in the US. They may not be a US company, but they employ a lot of US citizens already.

How else do you think they got the gig? Just like operating in China - need to have a big presence to get the big contracts

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Re: Disappointing article

> Nothing wrong with the premise, but not particularly well argued. Why Ericsson and not Nokia?

Because Nokia only has a presence in USA with its purchase of ALU (hence inheriting presence based on ALU kit in the field, which would be very expensive to completely replace, in the RAN at least, therefore it needs to continue supporting it and, I presume, the roadmap that kit was sold with), whereas Ericsson has a well established relationship. Nokia has a poor reputation in USA, for whatever reason, despite this purchase and also the previous acquisition of Motorola Wireless (which also had presence in USA, but not much of a reputation, and it didn't do Nokia any good anyway!)

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

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Re: ...having previously defended the sale of topless pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge

IIRC she and Willy went to France to visit a chum on some vast estate. Some topless sunbathing ensued, but unfortunately they didn't check that a small snippet of land half a mile away that could have a view of the sunloungers which had public access (it may even have been the side of a road) did not contain a pap with a rather large lens.

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> He shows signs of being a tin that actually contains what it said on the outside before it got elected.

> Something very rare and wonderful in politics.

Yeah - doesn't happen very often. Last time I recall was in 1932. Now that was a rare and wonderful event, indeed

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Diagnosis...

>He shows most signs of a paranoid, narcissistic and psychopathic dictator.

Donald Trump is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president - so says a psychotherapist (admittedly with a book to sell)

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

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7 Days in May

It's the sequel to One Night in Paris

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Devonians try to drive Dartmoor whisky plan onto rocks

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Re: Cruel and unusual punishment...

Cruel and unusual punishment, I'd claim, unless they used odour control towers to reduce the whiff

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Re: Whisky Galore

Having spent the <5 mins required to drive through the entire town in Streetview, I can confirm that there are no pagodas in the town, so can perhaps understand their concerns.

On the other hand, the vast majority of the houses in the town are either terraced with render (Victorian era?), or really crap 50's-ish semis that look ghastly, IMHO, I think a nice pagoda building may make a delightful addition to local vernacular. Or they could repurpose a derelict building in the area (possibly extending it if it's not big enough), perhaps incorporating some smell-reduction measures in the design. If not, the brewery's current location isn't exactly intrusive on the village itself so why should they give a flying toss what a distillery looks like.

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Cisco: We know what you all want – a $10,000 70in whiteboard with a $190/mo cloud sub

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Re: Um...

all that will get used is the HDMI port and a long cable to the hosts laptop

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2014: El Reg booze lab proves Bluetooth breathalyzers are crap. 2017: US govt agrees

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This article from a couple of years ago says they're not that brilliant (one was crap) and laments the lack of regulations in this area. The best of the devices tested would falsely reassure a drunk that they were safe to drive approximately 1 in 20 times.

More readable writeup here. Dunno which brands are on sale in France.

Naturally the Alcosense website makes no mention of this research...

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LTE-Broadcast has broad deployment models. What it doesn't have is the iPhone

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Re: Does the fault only lie with Apple?

If it's mandated by the standards, and was invented after they came up with the FRAND concept, then it will be available on FRAND terms. Perhaps not the FRAND terms Apple demand, but FRAND nonetheless. Apple currently re-suing Nokia for something akin to FRAND abuse.

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Chelsea Manning sentence slashed by Prez Obama: She'll be sprung in the spring

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Re: but will she make it to the release date?

> I think the question is more about will she make it AFTER release. There are still many nutjobs in the US who think Manning should be shot on sight.

Quite possibly, although there are also quite a few who probably don't even know who she is - a lot barely know who Snowden is (see this Last Week Tonight, around the 07:30 mark).

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Smart bombs, smart bullets – now guided smart artillery shells, thanks to DARPA dosh

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Re: The USA way of doing things

We need an IoB - Internet of Bullets. When they strike a target, they report back on what damage they did, what trajectory they used to get there, and other diagnostics to help the fire-control AI decide whether or not to aim more shit that way.

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Re: The USA way of doing things

> Russian cosmonauts used a pencil.

I may be wrong, but I heard that either NASA was worried about this, or the Russkies didn't care, but using a pencil meant little flakes of graphite floating around in the vehicle, which could potentially lead to a short-circuit. Happy to be corrected on this.

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Phoney McPhoneface: The thrilling tale of ZTE's crowdsourced mobe

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Re: Sticky back

> Difficult for pickpockets to pickpocket it..

Difficult for owners to remove it from pocket...

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SpaceX makes successful rocket launch

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Re: Well done SpaceX

At this time this sped up video is not on Youtube for some unknown reason - apologies for any trauma caused to ppl visiting FB when they don't have an account. A few folks have posted cuts of the real-time landing, which are about 3 mins long, but I can't find a sped-up variant of this landing, only one of the Falcon-9 first stage landing

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Well done SpaceX

There's a fantastic sped-up video of the landing on their FB page.

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BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

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> Presumably only a UK phone can generate a CLI number itself? BT should not allow a CLI to be different from its allocated number unless pre-registered.

On the first part, you can configure asterisk servers and the like to do it, I'm told, and with VoIP it's almost trivial.

In the UK, Ofcom publish rules much like you surmise on how to use CLI, but it is possible to work around them by using an out of country service as it then becomes an issue for how trusted is the relationship between the two organisations. But there are legitimate usages of an out of country service spoofing an in country phone number - e.g. off-shored call centres regularly do this.

I'm sure more can be done with this network-to-network authentication of CLI information, and I wouldn't be surprised if standards have been written on the topic - but I'm not in that field...

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You can register a mobile on TPS.

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> Blacklists don't work because they seem to change called IDs at will.

That's because it's a piece of piss to spoof CLI as it's just a field set in headers..

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Re: Interesting development

Considering the quality of internal communications in BT, I could still believe that they actually had tried to call you.

But it doesn't sound like something BT would do - actually monitoring your line speeds and calling you to troubleshoot if they fall off. They'll only trigger something if someone complains.

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Flight 666 lands safely in HEL on Friday the 13th

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Re: Hmm...

Not forgetting the potential to include acrophobia, agorophobia and claustrophobia

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Re: damn

Meh, I go back and forth past the end of the world every day.

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Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

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Re: Weigh the coins

US legal tender status here. Basically, you can use any combination of coins/notes to a govmt organisation, however private individuals/organisations are free to do as they please.

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Plusnet? More like Plus-naught: Mobile data on the fritz for days for some unlucky punters

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Re: Working for me now....

Is there any reason to not see if your current provider will price match to at least something resembling what you asked for on PlusNet? Saves the porting hassle...

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Man jailed for 3 days after Texas cops confuse cat litter for meth

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Re: Cat litter + evidence

> I thought kitty litter absorbs smells?

YMMV, IMHO. Some do, some don't - it may depend on the brand and the cat's diet. Plus the stuff itself may not smell that good to start with (albeit better than cat shit).

Hopefully it goes without saying that the cat litter should be unused to be effective!

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CES 2017 roundup: The good, the bad, and the frankly bonkers

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Re: My fav useless item of the show.

> all because of wearing cargo trousers with 10 pockets (4 front, 2 back, 2 thigh, 2 ankle).

Is this because you take them off and put them in the X-Ray tray before you go through the scanner?

Mine's the one with many pockets...natch

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Re: Project Valerie

> Especially as (AFAIK) no laptops support two extra screens in addition to the main one (at best you can add one external monitor, but my info might be out of date)

Yep, out of date :)

My work Dell Precision M3800 is driving 2 extra screens, admittedly via a "dock" USB3 gizmo which needs it's own power source, but it's there. Only one video port (HDMI) on the main chassis, tho. Previous iterations of our standard work laptop have also been Dells with both HDMI and VGA which would also drive two monitors directly (additional to the screen) if you had the right firmware/hardware combo, but we didn't get many of those.

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Speeding jet of Siberian liquid hot Magma getting speedier, satellites find

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Re: Magmanado.

Needs some sharks thrown in for good measure

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Uber's self-driving cars can't handle bike lanes, forcing drivers to kill autonomous mode

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Just watched the Top Gear segment from 2009(?) - not the one I remember, but hey ho. At least they did some honest reporting on braking distance, so excluding the "thinking distance" part.

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> You couldn't have braked because no car can stop from 50 to 0 in 30 feet even if you had instantaneous reaction time.

Running the numbers on this, The Stig did a test to have a dig at the Highway Code stopping distances which state the total stopping distance at 70mph is 315 feet (aka 96m). They took a Vauxhall Insignia and stopped from 122mph in that distance. Assuming they didn't game the system(*) and ignore the "thinking distance" component, then it's eminently feasible that speed could at least be reduced to a much more survivable value.

Then there's this article listing 60 -> 0 stopping distances, with the shortest listed being an eye-bulging 90 feet.

Or, maybe he was in an F1 car, which can brake from 200 km/h (124 mph) to a complete stop in just 2.9 seconds, using only 65 metres (213 ft). Assuming linear deceleration, then you get down to a bit over 26m stopping distance, which is still too far :)

(*) Not beyond the realms of possibility with Clarkson & Co.

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Europe trials air-traffic-control-over-IP-and-satellite

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Re: IoT (Internet of Travel)

It would be nice to see a study into the possible points of failure of the system (satellites do occasionally go boom), as I'm sure has been done, plus what failover mechanisms would be mandated/advised.

I wonder if Elon will enter the market, too.

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Stupid law of the week: South Carolina wants anti-porno chips in PCs that cost $20 to disable

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Re: @Bucky 2 - Trump voters

>If a strong third party candidate arrives in 2020 or 2024, he has a very good shot of winning it all.

Go Kanye!

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'Public Wi-Fi' gang fail in cunning plan to hide £10m cigarette tax fraud

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Re: Oh dear

> hey must have had their suspicions on someone in this gang already?

Either a snitch, or some forensic accounting software magic that combs company accounts and company director self-assessment forms for irregularities.

I wonder if (and if so, how much) HMRC paid a bounty for this

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Give us encrypted camera storage, please – filmmakers, journos

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Re: Don't see the point

The cops in the warzone don't much care about finding out what's on your photos ... so will confiscate your camera encrypted or not.

What these journos really need is an invisible camera or one that looks exactly like a camping stove.

Completely agree, the images of Tank Man were smuggled out by hiding the film while handing over a sacrificial film, for example. If an official can't figure out what's on a media card, it'll just get confiscated/destroyed. Punishment to the journo will depend on the civility of the country...

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Beancounter nicks $5m from bosses, blows $1m on fantasy babe Kate Upton's mobe game

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Re: In game purchases...

I'm starting to think that maybe I should write one and hope someone with the right bank balance turns up!

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Pluck-over-success underdog hires Olympic ski jumper as Xmas bash speaker

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Re: Former palsterer?

For some reason I'd remembered him as a double glazing salesman - perhaps that was merely my brain playing tricks on me because of his glasses, but you're right, he has a building business in Gloucester, according to the Telegraph (I can imagine it being stated as Chelt elsewhere to give it a better image, though). Fascinating chap, though.

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UK.gov has outsourced tech policy to Ofcom because it is clueless – SNP techie

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Re: And we wonder why no-one in government has a clue...

On the topic of his knowledge, I guess at least he has worked in telecoms (albeit probably not intechnical roles according to a brief bio that notes his degree in History, and work roles of "account manager", "practice consultant" and "practice leader".

I was amused by "a more informed Parliament could allow it to make bolder, more creative decisions about the market" as I could see Jim Hacker saying something like that, much to Sir Humphrey's disgust.

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Russian hackers got Trump elected? Yeah, let's take a close look at that, says Obama

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> Well, he's certainly not civil.

Does self-serving count as being a servant, though?

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

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Re: andy265

I'm seeing the same symptoms on my wife's win10 box connected to a gigaclear router. Fixed by clicking the "connect to network" button in network settings, but no idea if it will come back...

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Wannabe Cali governor gives up against beach-blocking billionaire VC

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Re: Time to bring in the drones

> I would have thought (if practical) some sort of regular boat service to the beach just to fill the arsehat's vista with as many untidy surfers and hippies as is humanly possible. Good surfing might preclude being able to easily get there by boat though...depends upon the terrain.

I'm sure a hovercraft could make it at the right time of day, looking at some photospheres available on Streetview taken down on the beach. Make sure to bring loads of booze & barbecues and loudspeakers and party while you wait for surf to come up.

What's a bit confusing is that going down Martin's Beach Road (streetview pictured in the article about his novel legal strategy), there are about 40-odd houses on the beachfront in that bay. So either that isn't the beach we are looking for, or that vc chap bought all of them too, as surely they'd have access rights along that road.

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US Supreme Court slashes Samsung's patent payout to Apple

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Re: Yes, but it has FOUR corners!

Sorry, you fail. It is a three dimensional rectangle, thus has 8 corners and so damages must be multiplied by at least that much.

If I had half an hour I'd try and wangle time as another dimension to double it up again to 16 as the phone is a four dimensional entity in space and time....

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Bloke sold cash register code to restaurants that deliberately hid sales from taxmen

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Re: You can't do that ...

It would be interesting to know the implications of *if* the IRS finally finish their audit during the next presidential term and come to the (unlikely) conclusion that Drumpf was deliberately and convincingly a crook, would it be possible to throw him in jail (although he's much more likely to enter into "negotiations" as to his tax liability under such circumstances).

Would he then publish his returns, too?

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Local TV presenter shouted 'f*cking hell' to open news bulletin

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Re: So ask them

> I hope I'm not blacklisted.

Perhaps with our shiny badges we are allowed a bit of fucking profanity. Friend Pigeon is a member of the lower classes without badges

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Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

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Re: Shame " epic scientific smackdowns " link down

Worked for me, too, and a merry read around the various *opedias it was too.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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RIPA meatiness

> Perhaps we just need to point out that the RIPA contains traces of beef.

perhaps not beefy, but I suspect plenty of pork may be involved when it comes to contracts

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