* Posts by not.known@this.address

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For goodness sake, stop the plod using facial recog, London mayor told

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Re: Oh that, Chelsea Flower Show v Notting Hill Carnival Question of where to 'trial', hey Amber?.

This is a valid point because there is so much crime at the Chelsea Flower Show, isn't there? In a similar vein, maybe they should put the cameras in nursery school since so many hardened bank robbers are found crawling in the sandpit or doing handpainting - not.

On the other hand, it would certainly prove there was something shonky if they suddenly arrested half the exhibitors and many of the customers for violent assault and burglary with menaces...

I would be interested to hear how many people really think there is more danger of criminal activity at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show than at the Notting Hill Carnival, and what they would say when some poor misguided victim of society commits a crime because all the local bobbies are keeping an eye on the daisies at Chelsea...

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Brit broke anti-terror law by refusing to cough up passwords to cops

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"Scrutiny might be warranted and prudent but assuming that Jihadi John is a British citizen, he should have the same rights as any other British citizen."

Last time I checked, murdering people and inciting racial and/or religious hatred are against British law so Jihadi John and his cronies have chosen to ignore the protections said laws offer other people. And if they think the law doesn't protect others then they should not expect the rest of us to let them hide behind those same laws. Either the protection exists or it does not.

Jihadi John and his "friends" think it is acceptable to kill people just for disagreeing with them, so by the "same rights" logic it is more than acceptable that they should be targeted with extreme prejudice too...

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and all that.

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UK Data Protection Bill lands: Oh dear, security researchers – where's your exemption?

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@Tom 38, you could also point out the fun the left-pondians have with "Wooster Sheer Sauce" - the norm seems to be something akin to "War Sez Ter Shire". Just because it is spelled "Worcestershire" is no excuse.

Similar for "Edin Burg" etc...

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Missed patch caused Equifax data breach

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Re: Patching

Going down due to a Security update, or up and running and plundered by the bad guys?

Hmm, hard choice...

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Capita still hasn't found what its looking for: A CEO

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Gissa job!

I have absolutely no experience in this role, which suggests I could be an ideal candidate if their reputation is anything to go by.

Obviously commercial sensitivity prevents them telling us how much the salary really is but I'm prepared to do it for £1M a year plus benefits... and a generous share package of course. :-)

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15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night

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Liberate mei?

or Liberate tutamei ex inferis?

(apologies for the spelling, I didn't do Latin at school)

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Trollface

Re: But sadly...

Dammit DougS, you've just given away the plot for Star wars Episode 9!

(The First Order have a half-constructed Starkiller Base 2 that the Resistance think is not yet operational so they send a small group to the forest moon of NotNamedYet where they meet the incredibly cute and highly marketable cuddly StrangeNamedAliens who show then a sneaky way into the deflector shield control room just in time to save the whole Resistance fleet that has just arrived and discovered Starkiller Base 2 may not be complete but the Flippin' Big Gun is already fully functional and ready to blow up starships with no blowthrough even though it appears to use the same energy to vapourise an entire planet many magnitudes bigger than the starship...

(Darn, forgot the first half of the film where Rey, Chewie, Luke and someone else - possibly Maz Kanata? - have to return to Jakku to rescue Finn from where Unkar Plutt has him mounted on a wall...)

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User thanked IT department for fast new server, but it had never left its box

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Big Brother

Re: Praise or accusations of work not done?

Reminds me of the time when our System Managers rang the Hell Desk to say that one of our DEC clusters had a problem and would need to be shutdown for a short time for the fix to be applied. He gave a brief explanation of what the problem was, what the fix was and what needed to be done as the Users of this particular VAXCluster were those rare beasts, Users who actually *did* understand how the computers worked and would appreciate what the situation was. This was in the time when Users had no access to the fault call logs and could not request copies, so some of the comments were less than complimentary.

Unfortunately the idiot who took that particular call did not recognize the name of the person calling him so didn't realise that, not only did the caller know what he was talking about and had the authority to shut the machines down, but he also had full access to the call logging system...

I suppose the idiot realised, in hindsight, that writing up the ticket advising the Second Line support team "This idiot doesn't know what he is talking about. Please ring him and tell him the systems is still up" wasn't the smartest thing to do, although I suspect the rather angry phone call from said System Manager to the Hell Desk Manager might have played a part...

And he had always seemed such a mild-mannered and polite System Manager 'til then!

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Re: you can fool some of the people, some of the time...

PT Barnum, referring to his Flea Circus... except it was "...fool all of the people some of the time, some of the people all the time, but not all of the people all of the time."

I guess some budget holders have never heard this observation on human nature.

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75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2

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Given how stressed they get when someone says something they disagree with or Farcebook or Twatter go down for a short time, I don't hold out much hope for a 'Red Dawn'-style reaction if the sh*t hits the fan.

With most schools now teaching that competition is bad and that striving for mediocrity is to be applauded (you can't tell someone they are not as good as or are better than everybody else at something - you might hurt someone's feelings), I would rate the chances of anybody having a clue beyond 'look it up on wikipedia' as not very high either.

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Boffins blast beats to bury secret sonar in your 'smart' home

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Boffin

Re: "There are a number of possible defenses"

The size of the device limits the effective range - plus sonar doesn't work so well through walls.

If you want to spy through walls, you need something that won't get bounced back by a couple of inches of brick or concrete - and if it's powerful enough to get through that, the soft pink squidgy meatsacks wandering around the room won't show up. Plus the volume would need to be so loud that you'd need to convert everyone to Heavy Metal fans...

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Re: Poor Design

Err, no. :-)

British Airways fitted the spall liners at the cost of a couple of passengers due to weight; Air France decided to put profits first. And this was done years in advance of the fatal Air France accident. I still wonder why the execs and beancounters responsible were not brought up on charges of corporate manslaughter.

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Biometrics watchdog breaks cover, slams UK cops over facial recog

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Re: ACPO, the Home Office's ever helpful "arms length" not-a-company

Renaming something does not change its function - whether it is an Association or a Council, it is still the same people doing the same things.

A rose by any other name, and all that.

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Airbus issues patch to prevent A350 airliner fuel tanks exploding

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Holmes

Re: Do you drive a car?

Someone asked the local council in Farnborough where they got their accident figures and they said from Hampshire police, so they asked Hampshire police where they got their accident figures from and they said...

"The Council".

This was after a road was classified as an accident blackspot "after a number of fatalities" - which was strange as it was one of the most accident-free parts of town! Surprisingly since it was between the shops near FAST and the roundabout near the Aerospace Center, where cars often pull out without really looking, there had only been one fatality in the ten years I lived there - and that was a drunk who stepped out from between parked cars at night, and the driver had no chance to see him let alone try to avoid him.

It was also around the time that various police forces were found to be counting each car involved in any incidents as individual "hits" in the statistics - so if a lout walked down the road keying a dozen cars, that would be a dozen car 'accidents' even if the owners/drivers were tucked up in bed asleep when it happened!

Lies, Damn lies, and Statistics.

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

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Re: So he knew how to fix it anyway?

To quote Aladdin Sane,

"He phoned his office to consult with a colleague and instead got stuck dealing with his boss.

RTFA."

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Can GCHQ order techies to work as govt snoops? Experts fear: 'Yes'

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Re: What if...

<quote>

"So, Mr Boss, why did you fire my client?"

"Well, he refused to... erm, I can't really say."

</quote>

"...but please speak to the nice Men From The Ministry who are waiting at the back of the room to take you for an extended stay at Her Majesty's Government's displeasure. Have nice day!"

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BA passengers caught in crossfire of Heathrow baggage meltdown

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Re: Baggage load

Several thousand staff used to cover several shifts to move all the baggage around Heathrow, most of whom have been replaced by a complex system that makes Spaghetti Junction look like a Roman road... Instead of having to trundle the baggage half-way around the airport to get it from the gates to the Arrivals lounge (or from Departures), the baggage handlers take it from a point much closer to the aircraft you actually flew in on and leave it in the tender care of the automated routing system.

If the automated system goes down, you suddenly need to find the staff to drive the tractors pulling the baggage carts as well as the staff to unload the carts and put the bags onto the carousels instead of just pulling them off the 'plane and onto the conveyors...

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

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Re: Survivors

I was an Apprentice with MessyBeast at the Top Gear test track (although we called it something else back then) in the late 80's, working on the Plastic Pigs (aka Harrier GR5s) and asked why part of the main hangar roof was a different colour to the rest; I was told that it was due to someone working on the roof putting his foot through one of the skylights but that didn't explain why the nearest skylight was about 5' away... and coincidentally about 5' away from where one of the aircraft spent most of its time loitering...

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Ta-ta, security: Bungling Tata devs leaked banks' code on public GitHub repo, says IT bloke

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Re: Outsource it all To India

Korev said " People's location and nationality are not good indicators of competence."

No, but repeated screw-ups, terrible customer service, staff who cannot understand the difference between a non-technical user and a desktop support tech with 10+ years of experience ("no, switching it off and on FOR THE 4TH TIME in 1 call will not help - the hard drive is making horrible grinding noises and is knackered - I just need a fault reference number to give to the client!"), relentlessly sticking to a script when the user is able to give a perfectly good explanation of what the problem is, etc etc etc... *these* are good indicators of competence, and I've experienced these - and more! - since a bunch of Cowboys (allegedly) Supporting Computers 'onsourced' our hell desk to another continent.

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The Big Blue Chopper video that IBM might want to keep quiet

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Re: Fuel saving

PhilipN asked "Did the pilot choose to save fuel by starting up only when the passengers were on board?"

Probably not fuel saving - self-loading cargo has the unhealthy tendency to ignore the warning signs saying "Do not walk into the rapidly whirling planks of death" and make rather a mess.

It may also have been a way to cut down the chance of loose articles of clothing or bits of paperwork - or wigs - getting blown into something vital...

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Re: I'm no pilot...

It's a lot easier to turn with the main rotor than against it; going the 'wrong way' puts more strain on the tail rotor transmission, uses more fuel and can make a LOT more noise - though that's not so much an issue with the Fenestron tailed cabs - while going with the main rotor lets torque do the work at a slight loss of lift, hence the way they get slightly lower as they turn.

It also allowed the pilot to make sure he was clear of the nearby trees and anyone who might wander a bit too close - you can never be too careful when your life depends on a million tiny mechanical bits and pieces suspended from an 'ignorant drainpipe' and getting too close to the local triffids can be a quick way to convert a fast and reliable means of transport into a very expensive bonfire, and the number of people who do not understand "keep clear of the moving blades" is rather depressing... (Yes, I know the pilot would have seen where the trees were when he landed but it never hurts to check!)

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'Tabby's Star' intrigues astro-boffins with brief 'dimming event'

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Alien

There's A Light (over at the Frankenstein place)...

Fred Saberhagen's Berserkers, SoaSE's Vasari-chasing nightmare from the galactic Core, Strephon's Dark Lady from Traveller: The New Era/MegaTraveller, the Great Old Ones preparing for another visit (anyone checked how right the stars are recently??), someone else's version of Morse Code... there must be a simple explanation somewhere :-)

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Mushroom

The prototype for StarKiller Base undergoing development trials?

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PayPal peed off about Pandora's 'P' being mistaken for its 'PP'

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Headmaster

Re: P is for PayPoint

"They are names sound similar" is only a "that" away from being good English phrasing and I've seen far worse abuses of the language in bestselling fiction...

What's the opposite of a 'Pedantic Grammar Nazi'?

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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I was wondering if there might be something like that behind all this - has anyone checked to see if all the affected companies/organisations have a common factor like the same Outsourcer?

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Re: Surprises?

Um, no, it's the other way around - the phones will work quite happily without the PC as long as the switchboard is up, but the PC is just a paperweight if the phones go down (especially if someone thought it was a good idea to use decent-spec PCs as dumb terminals running Shitrix with Windows on the servers. I thought we did away with mainframes years ago but apparently not...)

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Dark-web pedo jailed after FBI and co use vid trick to beat privacy tech

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Re: So the FBI ...

If someone willingly decides the laws that apply to everyone else can be ignored, why should they get the protection of those same laws?

Also, this isn't something "victimless" like robbing a bank - few if any of the children assaulted by scum like this ever get to lead a normal life again. "Accidentally" falling down (and up) the stairs a few times would be justice, not having decent, hardworking taxpayers keep him for the next 10 years.

Enlightened? Don't make me laugh - too many bleeding-heart liberals making excuses for scum who deserve punishing not protecting.

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New MH370 analysis again says we looked in the wrong places

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Facepalm

Re: Still no changes

Alan Brown: "MAS [...] had had a series of safety incidents (including a cigarette-caused fire in a heavy maintenance area nonsmoking area that destroyed a large amount of paperwork that shouldn't have been stored where it was located)."

"Sorry Mr Inspector, all evidence we weren't doing what we should has mysteriously been misfiled in the filing cabinet with the 'beware of the leopard' sign in the office in the basement and caught fire when an unidentified employee was having a cigarette in place nobody ever smokes as its full of very expensive and very flammable stuff just before you arrived to check it..."

Cynical, moi?

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Re: Still no changes

2Nick3: "And make it modular, so in 30 years people don't have to wonder why we are still using this 2010's technology and can just upgrade it."

If all it takes is something to sense where you are and something to relay the information back to base then why should it need "upgrading"? If it ain't broke, don't "fix" it. The laptop I am typing this on has several orders of magnitude more memory and a processor that is so far beyond the performance of my first PC that there's no comparison, but I can't type much quicker and the vast increase in performance has made no difference to the way the words appear on the screen.

Unless there are some sort of "magictech" changes in the next 30 years, a tail-mounted GPS and a satphone will still be a tail-mounted GPS and a satphone - both are using technology that has been around for over 100 years (radio for the satellites to tell the GPS where it is and for the satphone to call home) so what sort of changes are you thinking of?

And for any on-aeronautical types who may be wondering, a flaperon is part of the control surfaces that stick out the back of the wing and the back edge can go up and down; the flaperon on one side of the aircraft goes down and the other up to roll the aircraft or both go down to increase lift; it's a combination flap and aileron.

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Sysadmin 'trashed old bosses' Oracle database with ticking logic bomb'

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Re: Conversion?

Some UK supermarkets now actively encourage customers to "pick your own" and bag it yourself, going so far as to supply handheld barcode scanners- I don't know quite how filling bags is any worse than putting a couple of bits in your pocket until you get to the checkout but apparently it is; they keep most people honest by having random checks where one of the few remaining staff has to rescan a number of items at random (that is, they are supposed to ferret around inside your bags rather than just grab stuff off the top - most people are smart enough to literally bury the evidence, but not all!).

Given my druthers I won't use those effing things because I believe that if I'm going to do the work of their staff then they should pay me - every cashier replaced with a self-service checkout is (a) more profit lining someone else's pockets and (b) another statistic on the Unemployment register - and for some of them, it's the only human conflict they get outside their immediate family or doorstepping god-botherers...

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US border cops must get warrants to search citizens' gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges

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Re: Another political 'feel-good' move

The only 'legitimate target in a military operation' is a military target; using military forces to deliberately target civilians makes you one of the bad guys.

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Startup remotely 'bricks' grumpy bloke's IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear

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Re: re Why do you need the intermediate server, which is just another thing to go wrong?

Doesn't matter where you live or how rapidly the season - or the weather - changes, if you set your thermostat to maintain your desired minimum internal temperature then you can leave your heating enabled all the time and it will only come on if the temperature drops below whatever value you set.

If you set your thermostat way high and then rely on timers or switching your boiler on and off by the time of year to limit how long your heating should run for then you are definitely in the "box it up and send it back, you obviously don't have a clue how to use it" category.

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Boeing-backed US upstart reckons it'll be building electric airliners

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"hybrid" engines?

Is that like the Hybrid road cars that use the fossil-fuel burning, environment-destroying* infernal combustion engine to keep the piddling little batteries charged?

I'm not surprised Boing have put money into this - whether it works or not, they have proved what a caring, thoughtful company they are by investigating and investing in "environmentally friendly" technologies (and if it is successful, they won't need to worry about paying for or stealing the tech, they will be part-owners already).

*Funny how the green lobby consistently neglect to mention the environmental costs of digging up the rare minerals used in the batteries used by "environmentally friendly" cars, the manufacturing, processing and disposal of the batteries and the vehicles themselves (WEEE regulations don't just apply to old fridges...).

Who knows, maybe they have made a working fuel cell or fusion reactor that can supply the juice to turn the engines...

Whatever, I wish them luck.

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

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Re: There have been planes like this before. -De Havilland Mosquito

The first use of a Mossie as a "moving bombing target" was by Leonard Cheshire when flying with 617 Squadron. He had pioneered the technique by flying his Lancaster below the other Squadron Lancs and letting them drop "on" him. Then he realised a Mossie would let him get in and out lower and faster, and the ultimate iteration of this method involved him flying an RAF Mustang at treetop level, IIRC.

This sort of ingenuity is why 617 Squadron was widely regarded as the premier RAF Squadron in Bomber Command.

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Alabama joins anti-web-smut crusade with mandatory opt-out filters

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Re: Just spotted more idiocy.

@Dan 55 IThis "random collection of words" are the definition of a 'Computer' under the heading of 'Devices' in the proposed Bill that will have to have filters installed. To put it another way, this is not a very-well thought-out piece of legislation.

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Ex-military and security firms oppose Home Sec in WhatsApp crypto row

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Re: Let em do it.

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Terrorism is a problem *created* by the western world, and if anyone bothered to dig into the matter they'd realize everyone is sick and tired of others giving them weapons to fight their wars, but not food, shelter, or economic development. And then golly jee go figure that they're pissed off. You wanna stop terrorism? Stop handing them bullets, dumbasses, and build a school.

What, like the ones built in Africa with money and gear donated by the UK when I was at school in the 70s and 80s? I don't bother watching the first half of any national or international news programmes now since they are all full of either the still-starving masses, the latest attempt by Nicola Sturgeon to redefine "once in a lifetime"", the idiots clinging to the faint hope they can stop Brexit (as against just screwing up any chance we have for a decent settlement) or the latest attempt by the Government to persuade the majority of the public that by giving politicians full access to every part of our private lives we will suddenly become bullet and bomb-proof.

Terrorism wasn't created by the Western world, it was created the first time some evil little sh*t realised you can blow up a hospital or a school so much easier than attacking soldiers who might fight back (if the government hasn't hamstrung them with ludicrous rules of engagement like "one or more of your mates has to die before you can even load your weapons") - what else do you think guerrilla warfare is?

It seems it's not only the vowels in your name are missing, a little bit of realism wouldn't go amiss either.

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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Re: ->The V22 has a less than stellar safety record, bring back the Fairey Rotodyne

The Plastic Pig was built using mostly modern composites with metal kept for the bits that tended to get a little hot due to the big buzzy thing in the middle that kept the beast in the air.

Unfortunately someone in government was persuaded that they could get a bigger back-hander... sorry, persuaded that the F35 (which at that point could still barely fly, despite being "extensively tested" within the computers used by the designers) was a better aircraft.

Why is it that modern aircraft, designed and built entirely with modern CAD/CAM techniques and the latest materials, are a lot less reliable than the old designs drawn by hand and made by the lads in the shed out the back before they tootled off to the pub for lunch?

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Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

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Black Helicopters

Drone and string or Drone and wire

Get a drone of your own and attach either some string or wire to a quick-break release mechanism, fly over the intruding drone and lower your rotor-stopper of choice into the intruder's lift source.

Alternatively, use a cheap drone and no quick release so you can (counter)sue the intruder's owner for damaging *your* drone when the pair crash together.

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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

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re Beauty and the Beast

Y'all do realise there's a new live-action flick out there starring some numpty from Downton Abbey and the bint from Harry Plotter, right?

So for those frothing at he mouth about some dodgy French offering from years ago, calm down dear - it's only a commercial! (And it's a little late to be worrying about kids being exposed to the sort of behaviour that would make Grandma blush - it seems you can't open a "news"paper or turn on the TV without some "equality" group pushing their own agenda at the cost of everyone else's rights and there's nothing to stop 'da kidz' seeing every bit of it)

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State surveillance boom sparked by fear-mongering political populists, says UN

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Holmes

"Countries signing up to such a new treaty or additional protocol could be contributing their own specialised independent judges to a pool who would, sitting as a panel, conceivably act as a one-stop shop for relevant judicial warrants enforceable world-wide"

Yeah, because the UN Security Council is so quick to make decisions and enforce sanctions - what makes him think the UN can do it any better in Cyberspace?

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User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work

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Re: Sounds all too familiar

Which is all very well as long as said retiree doesn't hit anyone or anything on the way home whilst under the impression he is fit to drive...

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The future of Not Reality is a strap-on that talks to my smarting ring

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Go

Converged reality??

When they manage to get a headset that can do the same as the current generation of fighter pilot skidlids (allegedly displaying data put together from all available sensors) I will be impressed.

Just imagine being able to walk down the road seeing the view as picked up by all those nice CCTV poles and millimetre-wave traffic camera speed sensors! Not to mention all the dashcams/headcams, mobile phones, body-worn cameras, Bluetooth-enabled drones...

Makes me glad I "wasted" all that time playing 3rd-person games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill...

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Iconic Land Rover Defender may make a comeback by 2019

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Re: thanks to EU regulations

re "If you whack a pedestrian with that square box front, that pedestrian is pretty much straight to the cemetery."

Actually, there is evidence that suggests getting hit by a flat surface like the front of a Land Rover is considerably better(*) for you than the much smaller area of a 'pointy'-fronted vehicle; for any given impact velocity, the force per unit area imparted by the Landy is way lower than the same energy going into the much smaller area hit by a 2" bumper. And with the greater surface area of the Landy, you are more likely to be pushed 'forwards'/away than the smaller bumper where you will fold around the impact point instead.

(*)'better' being a relative term - but then bruised ribs, a broken arm and a case of gravel rash are normally more survivable than having some twat park his souped-up Ford Fiesta on top of you because he "didn't see the pedestrian crossing"...

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Stop the press: Journos not happy losing jobs to journo bots, say journos

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Re: journalists from The Sun thought it could enhance speed and accuracy

Downvoted because of your inference that anybody who voted for leaving the EU is somehow mentally deficient because they don't agree with you.

Not everyone who voted 'Leave' is racist or stupid, and there are plenty of people who voted 'Remain' who are barely able to tie their shoelaces or drive in a straight line.

I voted 'Leave', and one of the reasons was the EU's habit of redoing elections until they got the result they wanted - a bit like the 'Remainers' who don't like that they lost so now want another Referendum, and the MPs who decided they didn't want to make the decision so allowed us to have the Referendum and then complained when it didn't go the way they thought it would and now want to have a veto... sorry, VOTE on it in Parliament.

There were other reasons but I doubt you would be at all interested since you apparently believe only those who voted 'Remain' are capable of independent thought - even if you seem to be displaying a slight lack thereof yourself, jumping on the "all Leavers are stupid racists" bandwagon as you have...

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America halts fast processing of H-1B skilled worker visas

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Re: why was this called 'discrimination'

"So punishing people who perfect legally live, work and now have families here, if their own governments don't play your political football nicely is a good policy?"

No, a good policy is to say "We will treat your citizens exactly the same way you treat ours - if you are nice and play fair, we will be nice and play fair. If you screw ours over, we will screw yours over".

A bad policy is to say "We will be nice to all EU nationals regardless of what punitive measures the EU countries take against UK citizens over there".

The House of Lords wants the second one, in case you really could not read between the lines rather than just playing Devil's Advocate.

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MP brands 1,600 CSC layoffs as the 'worst excesses of capitalism'

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Gimp

Completely Screwing Colleagues

Years ago I worked for CSC and, at the time, they had lots of posters like the alleged 'motivational' ones featuring inspirational phrases on pictures of landscapes etc, and they all had three-word phrases that started with C, S and C.

For some reason, the most accurate ones always disappeared when anyone from Head Office came to visit...

Comprehensively Screwing Customers

Cowboys Selling Computing

Can't Support (this was either Customers or Computers, depending on how let-down we were feeling)

Completely Stupid Cretins (this was on a meeting room image and someone had added the EMEA's head to the meeting's chairman).

Given how fast Managers with no IT or engineering skills were promoted and any technically-inclined managers were moved sideways and then down, I'm surprised there's anyone except trained monkeys and beancounters left...

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User rats out IT team for playing games at work, gets them all fired

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Black Helicopters

Re: Mission Control

@SkippyBing, "an effective transition from playing to working"

Wasn't this invented around the Golden Age of science fiction and called "Ender's Game"?

On a slightly more personal level, you're not related to SkippySlist are you? (Oh sorry, my bad - that's Skippy's List...)

(WHAT??? Someone just told me Buffy is 20 years old... say it ain't so!)

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Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

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Headmaster

"Because most courts refuse to accept that it's possible for a woman to rape a man."

The legal definition of rape is "penetration of the v*g*n*by the p*n*s". So, legally speaking, it really is impossible for a woman to rape a man (asterisked to avoid the draconian Internet filter where I work).

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Re: Salesmen?

@Aladdin Sane,

Tell that to the "writers" at EastEnders.

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Who will banish spy-cam drones from US skies? The FAA doesn't want to do it. EPIC disagrees

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Black Helicopters

Exciting new business opportunity!

Anti-drone drones - the Robot Wars of the Skies!

There used to be a sport where two or more people would stand shoulder-to-shoulder with model "aircraft" - normally little more than a plank with an engine and a small fin - at the end of (fairly long) bits of line and with ribbons dangling off the back; the winner was the one who managed to chop off his opponent(s)'s ribbon.

So I propose a drone with a very short range and a couple of metres of thick fishing line in an easy-release mount to fly above the spying drone and dangle the fishing line into the rotors - the short range means it can only be used to protect a relatively small area (so no 'fishing expeditions') and the easy-break mount means you only need to replace the fishing line if some snooping... [i]person[/i] flies over your property...

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