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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.

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?

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

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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.

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)

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?

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...

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

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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...

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"...

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...

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.

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

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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...

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

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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!)

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.

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

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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...

Google's troll-destroying AI can't cope with typos

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EsSEX and Scunthorpe are in trouble again then...

So if I post that "$NAME is a bastard" because his (or her, mustn't be sexist!) parents are not married and that is what the word means, I will get in trouble?

And how do they decide which words or phrases should be "banned"? If it is by number of complaints, how many people have to complain before a word or phrase ends up on the hit list, and how many have to support it before it can be marked as 'do not delete'? It doesn't take much imagination to see the possibilities here, surely - "My name is Joe and I think the word [insert name of religion here] should be banned, and so do my $NUMBER mates"...

Maybe we should start calling the people behind this idea the relevant bit of Sgooglehorpes instead?

Revealed: UK councils shrug at privacy worries, strap on body cams

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Re: What if I object?

"Completely legal, you have absolutely no say in the matter. In public, you have 'no reasonable expectation of privacy'..."

If anyone voluntarily breaks the law, filmed footage should be permissible in evidence regardless of the age of the criminal. So no more of this bull excrement about people not being allowed to film the neighbourhood "youth" who get away with vandalising other people's property while the victim feels the tug from PC Copper for filming the little scrotes without their parents' permission...

IBM UK: Oh, remote workers. We want to be colocated with you again

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Re: This is just a way to get rid of people

"I am curious as to how that will work."

You don't want to get rid of everyone at one time. The point of the deadline is to force people's hands - if not everybody wants to - or indeed can - move, you will lose some of your workforce but you need to keep a certain number to actually do the work. Then, in a few months time, when everyone has gotten used to the almost intolerable workload, you lose another group of people who have been ground down over the intervening time - another saving.

At this point, the same workload gets shared between fewer bodies and more become hacked off and leave - another saving.

At this point, the same workload gets shared between fewer bodies and more become hacked off and leave - another saving.

I guess you can work out where this is heading... Plus, you keep attracting youngsters who will work for less pay than their more experienced colleagues which drives costs down still further...

I could go on, but I don't want to give my bosses any more ideas...

More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

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Mice can be tricky little sods...

Had one that dug a hole through the plasterboard and then ran up and down the walls for weeks - the cats could never catch the little bugger because they couldn't fit between the cooker and the cupboard the mouse went behind so I put a few "humane" traps down under the cupboards, where the cats couldn't go, with the intent of releasing him back into the woods behind the house from whence he came.

The little bar steward pulled rockwool insulation from the cavity walls and stuffed it in the traps.

In the end I had to poison him (and yes it was definitely a male - else we'd have been overrun by the little ****s!)...

UPS & drones: Delivery company launches UAV from truck

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Mushroom

Not even that...

30 minute flight time is there-loiter-back so you need to figure in time taken for the meatsack to get to the door, figure out what the flying buzz-y thing wants, go back to find proof of ID and sign for the contents (hopefully before the drone unlocks the cage!), remove the item(s) and close the cage before the drone can start the return journey so you don't get anywhere near a 30-minute radius.

Unless they're planning on using something like the Predator/Reaper drone, in which case the accuracy of delivery will be magnitudes better than the current delivery drivers (although there may be slightly higher risk of collateral damage when your Amazon delivery tags a pigeon on its way down...)

Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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Re: Being a criminal has little to do with the list as given.

No, really - just try telling one of the many jokes that were so popular in the 80's. Not just the really offensive ones but the ones where nobody with half a functioning braincell would believe they were true, but that would now fall foul of some politically correct insanity that suggests people from <insert name of country here> really all are as stupid as the joke suggests.

Name-calling, toy guns, going for long walks in the countryside, driving long distances without "a good reason" other than the sheer fun of driving, visiting airliner cockpits, plane-spotting from less than several miles away...

Smash up your kid's Bluetooth-connected Cayla 'surveillance' doll, Germany urges parents

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Re: @ Dwarf

Might not be disguised, but after months of my frequent moaning and whining about how those things have permanently live mics my missus had a very audible demonstration of how sneaky the things are when her phone suddenly says "I'm sorry, I didn't catch what you said" from INSIDE her handbag on the other side of the room.

So not only are they always listening but they are worryingly sensitive too... at least, worrying if you value any sort of privacy.

Jun-OH-NO! NASA's Jupiter probe in busted helium-valve drama

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Re: Well, crap....

@jake

Jan 0 wasn't saying anything about Australia being part of the UK, he was pointing out Australia is still an island.

Can you give the date that the American billion officially replaced the real billion this side of the Atlantic?

USMC: We want more F-35s per year than you Limeys will get in half a decade

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Re: Swap

The original Harrier line was quite extensively reworked but we had the GR5/GR7/GR9 and the Americans the AVB8 - the only real external difference is that ours had additional pylons (weapons mounts) attached to the front of the outrigger fairings.

But we had them too.

XSS marks the spot: Steam vuln dangles potential phishing line

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I'm only (t)here for the Licence...

I admit it - I am a 'Sins Of A Solar Empire' whor^H^H^H player and the only way I could get the latest one is through Steam...

If I wanted to play with other people, I'd play football!

'Maker' couple asphyxiated, probably by laser cutter fumes

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Re: 3D Laser Printer

Place I used to work had one around the mid-90's - I remember someone made a ball about the size of a table tennis ball inside one about 6" diameter and it would take people ages to figure out how they got it in there when there were no seams...

I always wanted to have a play with it but it was in a part of the building we didn't go in very often and it was normally shut away in a store-room unless the designers were using it...

New British flying robot killer death machines renamed 'Protector'

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Not a surprise though

As we live in a nation where the most popular "celebrity" in a TV show is only a celebrity because she is in a TV show that is nothing more than a bunch of characterful people watching and talking about OTHER TV shows, it should be no surprise that so many people find "(%)y Mc(%)face" so funny.

I really do worry about who is going to look after me in the few years between retiring and dying... the current up-and-coming generations are about as reassuring as a chocolate fireguard...

Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

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Re: Setting passwords for international users

Too soon!

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Re: I once spent half a morning...

I can equal that! I reset the password for one User to the 8-letter name of the site he had been working at for about ten years. Care to guess what he asked..?

We had an IBM system at the time so all passwords had to be 8 characters long and to make it easy, we used common words without spaces, for example 'redlorry', 'bluecars', 'trainset', 'hamsters' and the one that got me into most bother, 'elephant'.

I reset the password, told the User what it was and get about fifteen seconds of stony silence. It was that bad, I swear I could detect her anger coming through the phone line. Eventually she spoke again...

"What are you implying about my weight?"

Took nearly five minutes to read through the list of passwords I used a couple of times just to convince her I wasn't taking the p***! (We unlocked the account and reset the password, then the User had to reset it again when they logged in, before anyone starts screaming about security breaches :-))

Loyalty card? Really? Why data-slurping store cards need a reboot

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Big Brother

Why not just cut the bullpucky and give us all a tattoo on our wrist so they can track us wherever we go and whatever we do...

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Re: "These messages could be to alert a customer that they've left their umbrella in the shop"

I think this was specifically about the shops in wherever-it-was than a feature of all the schemes. From the description, it sounded like the shops involved were more of the 'been in the area for years and provide a decent specialized service' type of place than the 'maximise footfall to maximise profit and who cares if we sell what the customer really wants' behaviour I see so often in "super"markets...

Bookshops, record shops, toy & hobby shops, craft shops - all driven out of business by the big stores who then drop the interesting stuff because "there's so little profit in it"... Citation; there used to be a decent games shop in Kingston called 'The Games Castle' that stocked all sorts of fun stuff from board and card games to foreign games and role-playing games which lost most of their trade to the Virgin Megastore that opened just around the corner and undercut them on most stuff by about 10-15%. Until VM drove the TGC out of business and then dropped the non-computer games stuff to a half-wall rack which then disappeared completely - all over the space of about a year and a half.

I prefer to pay slightly over the odds and buy from local retailers wherever possible but finding anywhere not part of some huge conglomerate is getting harder and harder...

Virgin Galactic and Boom unveil Concorde 2.0 tester to restart supersonic travel

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Re: Wheels in the Wings Design Flaw

Um, no.

Air France refused to accept the weight penalty of fitting the spall liners in the wings as it would have meant either using more fuel or having less range - British Airways fitted the liners and survived a number of impacts that would have punctured the Air France jets' tanks.

And oil and hydraulic leaks? I take it you have only ever worked in IT because if you had any experience with aircraft you would know the sodding things always leak! They're like cars or any other vehicle - all you can do is keep the leaks as small as possible.

The SR71 Blackbird was (in)famous for needing to have drip trays underneath as fuel was constantly dripping out through gaps in the airframe, and the only reason you see fluid stains (both lubricants and hydraulic) on a budget line more than on someone like BA or American is that the budget brigade have a quicker turn-around and therefore less time for someone to wipe the stuff off.

And for anyone who doesn't already know, you don't need afterburners to go supersonic - the English Electric Lightning, the 1960's fighter, could easily break the sound barrier without needing afterburners - but it took longer, and the less time you spend in the area around the speed of sound the better - the stress on the airframe increases to the transition point, then decreases again on the other side.

UK spying law delayed while Lords demand Leveson amendments

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First the Brexit vote, now this.

If a Representative Democracy is where the citizens vote and elect Representatives who vote along party lines UNLESS the citizens themselves vote directly in a Referendum, what do you call it when the citizens vote in a referendum and then one of the losers can get the citizens' decision overturned by a court?

And what do you call the political system when the same court that can override the will of the people then demands that nobody can call them on it without being criminalized and reduced to destitution?

(Can't help finding it rather ironic that a Lawyer declares that the law is wrong and takes HMG to court because she was on the losing side... And that said lawyer is effectively saying you can't leave the school bully's gang until the school bully gives his permission. Oh well, at least we live in a (representative) Democracy where the majority vote rules - unless a lawyer disagrees, apparently).

Argos tech team updates iOS app with helpful info on 'eleventy-billion toilet seats'

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Re: Argos website is faulty too

You could HAVE !!!!! Not could of, FFS! It's really not that fricking difficult.

Still, at least you didn't manage to put 'alot' in there, like A LOT of people do (clue - it's two words, not one. Or, a letter and a word if you want to be picky)

Sorry, long week at work (and yes, I know it's only Thursday...)

BOFH: The case of the suspicious red icon

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Re: suspicious red icons

Can't See Colors?

Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

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Re: Do people care?

They can probably "prove" your guilt because they have a photograph of your number plate at that location. If you're lucky, the butthole who cloned your plate will have put it on a completely different vehicle and even TfL should be able to spot the difference.

Unfortunately, most of the little sh*ts who do this sort of thing are smart enough to use a genuine plate from an identical vehicle in which case you're back at Square One.

Of course, you could always let TfL go to court and get them to "ask" for the CCTV from (in this case) Sheffield Council - you can be ignored easily, but courts take a dim view of people - even Councils - flipping them the metaphorical bird...

A friend of mine once had a similar problem with Surrey Police - except he was playing space cadet on an RAF station a couple of hundred miles away at the time he was alleged to have been illegally parked. Luckily the traffic officer in charge had a sense of humour as the station CO offered to send a couple of loaded Tonkas in the event the timestamped photos of my friend entering and leaving didn't carry enough weight as evidence.

US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

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"...as the crash record of the Harrier showed..."

I didn't think the Harrier's record was any worse than any other military aircraft regularly flown in harm's way. And of the accidents that did happen, were any explicitly linked to the fact that it was a S/VTOL aircraft? (as against the sort of failures that would down any single-engine aircraft - I know there were problems, especially in the early days of the Kestrel and the P.1127, with burn-through from the manoeuver jet ducting but I don't think there were many "mishaps" that would not have happened if any other airframe had been involved...)

If you could give specific examples rather than the vague sort of answer I normally associate with anyone who really doesn't have a clue what they are talking about but anyone who disagrees with them must be wrong... I'm not saying you DON'T have a clue, but your comment looks like something a politician would write...

UK will be 'cut off' from 'full intelligence picture' after Brexit – Europol strategy man

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Re: Bloody hell.

Intel-gathering is one area in which the UK definitely ranks well above our (soon to be ex-) European partners, for various reasons which really should not need repeating. To imply that WE will lose out if Europol decides not to share anything with us is like saying a record company will lose out if you never buy another one of your favourite artist's products.

How many criminals have been extradited to the UK from mainland Europe? How many terrorist attacks in the UK were prevented because the French or German intelligence services passed on intel they had collected but GCHQ had not? I would ask how many attacks on mainland Europe have been prevented because we shared data with them but they are - quite rightly - somewhat reluctant to let us know the answer to that.

And as for stopping bankers shifting funds from one hole to another, is that really a bad thing? If they can only try to plug gaps inside the UK then their "little" misdemeanours will come to light a lot quicker than if they can borrow increasingly large sums from other people...

If you seriously believe that Europol would fail to pass on actionable intelligence over a hissyfit because we told the Eurocrats to go play with themselves then you need to ask yourself what would happen when such knowledge became public - knowing that someone could have prevented murder but didn't because they were too interested in scoring political points is a good way to end up with a large number of unhappy citizens. What would you say if you found out that some foreign politician sat on information that could have saved one of YOUR loved ones? "Oh well, it's all down to the people who voted to leave the EU"? Or would you want to know just What. The. F***. made some idiot in a suit think he shouldn't pass on vital information because someone else in a suit didn't like to be told 'no'?

CIA-backed big data firm Palantir says secrets pinched by investor

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Re: Chickens, roost?

Allegedly these guys have dealings with the Alphabet Soup organisations, so maybe that should be "big helicopter, black"??

Star Trek film theory: 50 years, 13 films, odds good, evens bad? Horta puckey!

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Science fiction <> Space Opera

Star Trek used to (seem to) take great pride in using science or characters to solve problems rather than having some technobabble bull**** save the day like most of modern science fiction seems to do.

Until Geordie LaFraud and Wesley Crush'im came along and changed what had been a pleasant break from the "let's just do bigger and bigger explosions" type of tv shows and films so beloved by the studios into an exercise in how many ways can they spell "deux ex machina" - even when it meant invalidating half the crap they had come up with in the previous episode.

Obligatory IT reference: Users who seem to think all computers should behave the way they do in "movies" and don't understand why you can't just walk into the server room and "modulate the heterodyner with the frangible network consmogulizer" and restore the document they saved to their Desktop "because it saved time"...

NHS 'paperless roadmap': Fewer dead trees, more data control

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Re: Does paperless mean more time?

"1) consultant dictates letter into tape recorder

2) Outsourced company employing foreign English(barely)-speaking workers on minimum wage types up the letter and prints it out for the consultant to check

3) After a short time(*), the outsourced prints out three copies of the letter. (*)The consultant is far too busy to actually check the letter, either because they are an overworked and underappreciated NHS staffer or because they are an overpaid, sponging Private Consultant who overcharges the NHS and spends most of his "working" day on the golf course or dining with his colleagues (the other Private Consultants, not the NHS ones who do 90% of the work for a fraction of the pay)."

There, fixed that for you.

Hacker takes down CEO wire transfer scammers, sends their Win 10 creds to the cops

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Re: Hoist by their own Petards

Have you never worked for an organisation where people are expected to do things their seniors ask without questioning them? Having fallen foul of (previous, not current) Managers because they KNEW better than me, I would like to point out you don't always get the luxury of asking questions or suggesting that someone has asked for, or is about to do, something monumentally stupid...

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Re: Say What?

Smarter than the people who fall for the scam, at any rate.

Which isn't necessarily saying much since most people trust everything the computer says...

Sophos Windows users face black screens after false positive snafu

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Re: Silver Lining

{sad attempt at a joke}

You are either a new Windows user or a Micro$haft shill and I claim my free downgrade to Windoze 10

{/sad attempt at a joke}

(Troll, cos I prefer it to the 'Joke' icons...)

UK Parliament's back for Snoopers' Charter. Former head of GCHQ talks to El Reg

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Big Brother

"95% of the cyber attacks on the UK detected by the intelligence community in the last 6 months came from the collection and analysis of bulk data. Right now GCHQ is monitoring cyber threats from high-end adversaries against 450 companies across the aerospace, defence, energy, water, finance, transport and telecoms sectors."

I'm not sure I understand that first sentence I've quoted - surely if 95% off attacks detected came from the collection and analysis of bulk data then they should be banning bulk data not encouraging it? That way they cut it down to 5% of the current levels and maybe then they will be able to find the real villains...

And if GCHQ is really monitoring cyber threats from high-end adversaries then they won't need to spy on - sorry, collect data from the general public since they already know we are not the bad guys they are monitoring right now...

Sex ban IT man loses appeal – but judge labels order 'unpoliceable'

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Re: Why did the medical staff snitch?

*He* didn't think he may have raped someone, *his GP* did. He was describing his FANTASY but she took it as an accurate report of something he had actually done. Or may have done, possibly - she wasn't sure but decided to err on the side of caution.

"Better to be safe than certain" is a valid reason to report him but when they found no evidence that he had committed a crime in the real world then they had no reason to treat him in this way. And, as other commenters have noted, all this does is stop other people seeking help in case they get the same sort of reaction.

Would O'Neill really have killed or seriously injured someone other than in his own mind? We will never know, but how many people are killed or seriously injured by idiots who drive under the influence of drink or drugs and how many of us think we can get away with that? But I bet those of you who do won't be handing in your car keys any time soon...

Oculus Rift will reach UK in September – and will cost more than two PS4s

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Re: Classic

"Because one meaningless and uncaring universe isn't enough"

You are Marcus Cole and I claim my one-way trip to Z'Ha'Dum... :-)

Billion-tonne IceCube: Sterile neutrino does not exist

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microwave oven?

What about a Thingamytron? Or an 'It-ain't-so-tron'.

I'd start checking the staff and visitor logs for anyone called Marc DuQuesne too... It never hurts to be sure!

US Air Force declares F-35 'combat-ready'

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Re: Perhaps

"we could have much more cheaply developed a carrier version of the Eurofighter"

Got much experience of converting land-based aircraft to fly from carriers, have you? So you know how to shave every ounce possible to get the absolute lightest airframe you possibly can whilst allowing for the much greater landing forces that carrier-based aircraft have to allow for (decks tend to move, and the deck moving up as your WhizzJet moves down can result in an "impact" many times greater than the same airframe landing on a runway). And how you need to protect the entire airframe from saltwater corrosion? And how to make sure the rear of the aircraft stays attached to the front when hitting the arrestor wire? And all the other little problems that make it so damn hard to take your WhizzJet and allow it to fly and fight from a carrier?

I would have suggested you applied for a job with BAe Systems since you seem to know how they can screw the British taxpayer out of even more money, but I have this strange suspicion that (somehow) you know even less about aviation than their current board of directors...

Ban ISPs from 'speeding up' the internet: Ex-Obama tech guru

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Re: Slow it down, speed it up - Phil Bennett

"Interpreting that tweet as implying ISPS can selectively accelerate individual packets is just being an arsehole."

I disagree. Interpreting that tweet as implying ISPs can selectively accelerate individual packets is just conforming to the image most people have of the way the Internet works. Your car can go faster than 70mph but the UK speed limit on motorways says you shouldn't. So why, figure a lot of people, should the Internet be any different? And if you were predisposed to believe they were artificially throttling your connection then this tweet would fit with what you already know/believe. Not "just being an arsehole", more "just being a normal User".

Of course, unless because *you* know better means it automatically follows that everyone else knows better too, in which case I think you might be sadly disappointed.

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