* Posts by Diogenes

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El Reg drills into chatbot hype: The AIs that want to be your web butlers

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Re: Two letter acronyms are going to fail...

Until Siri, Alexa, Cortana or "google" can provide guidance on answering the age old question posed by SWMBO "do these pants make my bum look big?" , they are dead to me. Siri just tried to tell me where I could buy pants when I asked her - sigh

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'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

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Re: This has been a policy since at least 2008

That is new, and it's all Trump.

Male Bovine excretment

Look at the New York Times dated June 28 2016 ...

WASHINGTON — The federal government has proposed adding a line to forms filled out by visitors to the United States that would ask them to voluntarily disclose their social media accounts, a step that it said would help in screening for ties to terrorism.

or there is Politico 22/12/206 (before Trump was sworn in for those who need to remove shoes to count to 20)

NEW YORK — The U.S. government quietly began requesting that select foreign visitors provide their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts upon arriving in the country, a move designed to spot potential terrorist threats that drew months of opposition from tech giants and privacy hawks alike.

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Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

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Re: Confession

There was a tale, possibly apocryphal, about a System36 or 38 server near Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) . It would boot, and mysteriously reboot /power down every few seconds. All the blinken lights were working, all parts swapped out, new boxen supplied. ...Until one Engineer was gazing out of the window in thought, noticed a pattern, every time this big mother of a radar dish was pointed at the building - bzzzt.

He shot down to the local supermarket & several rolls of aluminium foil later applied to the window all was well.

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Google bellows bug news after Microsoft sails past fix deadline

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Re: ...the company all-but-accused Google of...

Google are being the arsehats

Depending where in the codebase it is means that sometimes it takes more time than 90 days to find, test and fix an issue - do you want a rushed/broken fix in 90 days or a proper fix in 100 ?

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BOFH: Password HELL. For you, mate, not for me

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Re: call about your accident

My wife plays helpless, and "oh dear my husband is not home at the moment & he deals with $attempted_scam, his name is Rufus Firefly* and you can reach him on ..., and uses the number for one of the telemarketers that comes through on an unblocked number

*safe in knowledge few have watched Duck Soup , I am considering getting her to change the name she uses to Lancelot Link

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'Grey technology' should be the new black

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I would like to take whoever designed the menu display panels at our local Maccas out behind the shelter sheds & show them the error of their ways with a baseball bat. You get about half of it read - and screen is replaced. A few of my students works at Maccas and they get complaints all the time about that, and it slows them down taking orders as well. Oh that looked edible, "how may I help you?", "Can I please have a "doh", hang on for the screen with the name of what I wanted"... watch a screen for the brekkie menu, then another for their sponsorships then ah right screen , scanning scanning yes ,"Can I please have a 'expeletive' - just a coffee please"

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Naughty sysadmins use dark magic to fix PCs for clueless users

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I lay on hands

"Sir, its not working!", "but I did type my password in properly", all cured by me taking the keyboard.

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One BEEELLION dollars: Apple sues Qualcomm, one of its chip designers

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Que ?

had been overcharging Apple and bribing the iPhone maker with lower licensing costs in exchange for an exclusive deal

What concurrently and at the same time ?

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Australia's Department of Social Services pushing ahead with data-matching plans

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Re: ...or how about using a different dataset?

see theshovel...

Every minister in the federal government has been sent a letter saying they need to pay back thousands of dollars in entitlements, with the burden on the minister to prove otherwise.

The new automated system was developed to create a more efficient process, cutting out the need for human involvement. “We developed an algorithm based on a number of inputs from previous data, and the formula came out at 100%,” a spokesperson for the project said. “It’s much simpler to just assume that all ministers are rorting the system and then weed out the ones that aren’t, rather than the other way around”.

A special phone line has been set up for Ministers wishing to contest the claims. The average on-hold time is currently 7 hours.

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Oz government on its Centrelink debacle: 'This is fine'

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Re: Communication

One fact is that if you provided truthful and honest information you would not have received a letter.

In one word bovine excretment !

1. Say you are on Newstart for all of January and you have not worked at all during January and have correctly declared $0 income.

2. You are then employed as say a teacher on Feb 1, at say a a salary of 52k and all your income is correctly declared.

3. On 31 Jan you inform Satanlink you no longer require Newstart and receive no more payments from them..

So far you have met ALL obligations placed upon you by both Satanlink and the ATO and have done absolutely nothing wrong

Now 12 months later Satanlink performs the worst data match evah (divides 52k by 26 and comes up with an averaged 2k income per fortnight) - and thinks you have defrauded them and sends you a letter in which you are invited to 'correct' the problem. Which you then do - you go to aus.gov.au and you confirm that yes you did indeed earn 52k that year (the only number you are allowed to enter) then its THIEF THIEF THIEF ! YOU OWE US 1,570.40 !!!!!!!!!

At what point have YOU done anything wrong ? Only once have you given the government an interest free loan of 1570 are you allowed to appeal .

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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

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Re: Setting passwords for international users

At their antipodean counterpart the # sign is used to represent a telephone exchange

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NSW government innovates, with visa workers taking over IT roles

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The stupid it burns

My innovation plan for the NSW Govt.

SHUT.IT.DOWN.

FIRE.THEM.ALL - SELL.THEM.AND.THEIR.FAMILIES.INTO.SLAVERY

BURN.IT.DOWN - SALT.THE.EARTH.WHERE.IT.STOOD

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Aw, how sweet: Google Brain claims to clock diabetic eye diseases just like a proper doc

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Curious

Given that scans were analysed by humans 3-7 times, what was the divergence among the humans

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IBM pays up after 'clearly failing' DDoS protection for Australia's #censusfail

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Aussie Post fails as well ?

I filled mine out and and its still sitting in my bottom drawer. Had a single follow up visit from a census collector a week after the date, told her I had mailed it. From experience (they were chasing some stats when I ran my own business) I would have expected 5 follow up calls by now so Aussie Post must have mislaid many many forms as well.

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CompSci Prof raises ballot hacking fears over strange pro-Trump voting patterns

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How do they compare with EXIT polls ?

And its amaaaaaazing that every single piece of video I have seen about wonky machines were a vor Trump being recorded as a vote the Hildebeastand machines were started up with votes already recorded for the Dems.

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Who's in Peter's file? Moneybags Thiel hits up Silicon Valley brains to join his Trump think tank

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He won, your 'guy' lost - get over it !

So you don't like Trump or Thiel - who cares ?

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Telstra's answers El Reg's Smart Home security questions

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Re: Telstra?

Almost double ditto...

worked for Telstra in NOSD, then ITG then IBM-GSA. Ericsson were were copying stuff from the /36,/66 and /A4s that Tesltra did all around the world. Happy days

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

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Re: but

Will it play Crysis ?

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Silicon Valley's oligarchs got a punch in the head – and that's actually good thing

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Re: Adam Curtis HyperNormalisation

So basically the Bismarck Theory ...

There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.

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China passes new Cybersecurity Law – you have seven months to comply if you wanna do biz in Middle Kingdom

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This is exactly the same attitude the US took earlier in it's history.

At it least it gave us Pirates of Penzance :-)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pirates_of_Penzance#Background

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Twitter trolls are destroying democracy, warn eggheads

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Re: And they expected what? from postcard sized posts

But twatter also applies quite a heavy thumb on the scales, say a movie that sjws lurve is crap because... - shadowbanning, outright banning , supporter of movie twats death threats all is a-ok

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Researchers crack Oz Govt medical data in 'easy' attack with PCs

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Re: My brain hurts

I'm sure every time Brandis opens his mouth on technology or privacy he destroys more of my brain cells than a swift smack in the head with a hammer would do

FTFY

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Good luck securing 'things' when users assume 'stuff just works'

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Re: Sleeping through a robbery

I have slept through a battalion attack involving 30 M60 LMGs, roughly 500 rifles, a helicopter, and the battalion quack playing the bagpipes, lots of grenade & artillery simulators as - well mind you this was at dawn of day 10 of a 10 day exercise where was getting 2-3 hours sleep in any 24 hour period. I was woken by the none too gentle tapping on my boots - after uttering the appropriate greeting (f-off) I opened my eyes to see the RSM & CSM - cost me 6 months of duty when back in the barracks - sigh

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Data ethics in IoT? Pff, you and your silly notions of privacy

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his is what is happening now. People's choices are being taken over by overzealous and misinformed corporate marketers

Did someone say "nudge" ?

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Hapless Network Rail contractors KO broadband in Uxbridge

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Re: "not highlighted in the thorough surveys"

We have a similar thing here, called dial before you dig. BIL is an experienced excavator operator and rang himself despite assurances from the engineers they did. I can only image the look on BILs face whenhe was thrown 30meters when he hit an underground power cable carrying many thousands of volts. DB4UD said it was actually one street over. Lucky bil did ring, power company sent him a billfor 250k , with recording from db4ud , power co withdrew invoice.

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IBM throws ISP under a bus for Australia's #Censusfail

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As i keep sayingthe times are suspicious, its amaaaaaaaysing that thatsomebody OS thought to hidetheir attack at smoko, lunch and after dinner.

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Re: ABS fault ?

What budget cut?

Vhttp://files.ozblogistan.com.au/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2016/08/17213621/ABS-budget.jpg

Normal ups and downs for census.

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Despite best efforts, fewer and fewer women are working in tech

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Re: Gender or viewpoint imbalance ?

Another suggestion... pay a bonus for males to 'identify as female.

After all we are being told gender is just a social construct.

Opens popcorn waits for heads to explode,

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Gender or viewpoint imbalance ?

In the media we see a great diversity of gender& race(to some extent age) , but almost everybody regardless of gender, race, age etc etc holds similar positions on CAGW, Brexit, Trump etc etc.

A long time ago I remember reading that despite making up a few %age points of the population(iirc <10%) , an overwhelming %age of devs(iirc >80%) were of 2 Meyers-Briggs personality types. I am always struck by a Jobs interview from about the time of Windows 3.1 in which he contrasts Apple & Microsoft, which basically boil down to MS employs only techies, whereas Apple employs artists, poets musicians etc - which is why Apple products were more 'beautiful' and had more 'soul'.

I have been showing my classes some of the Google Android Channel videos on youtube on development patterns.It has been interesting listening to the comments my few girls (1/22, 2/22 6/30 and 1/6) make about one presenter (female) in particular relating to her appearance rather than what she says... often with a related comment about computing making you fat.

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South Australia blacked out by bad bespoke software, not wind farms

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First, the towers collapsed after the wind farms had failed to perform as required, which involves shutting down without short-circuiting the entire network.

Secondly, even if the tower collapse had occurred prior to the wind farm failures, the effect would have been localised – Adelaide and almost all the state outside the north west would have operated normally.

The problem has been termed a “software glitch” which prevented the safe closure when sequential problems arise. Five of the ten unreliable wind farms have now given adequate assurances that this has been rectified. It is however more than a glitch, which is why one manufacturer, Suzlon, is resisting. All generators suffer less damage if they can close immediately on facing a shock. The faulty wind generators were designed to allow only three such events to take place before abruptly closing down.

Only a month previously, seeking to get special payments for his firms’ coal plant, AGL CEO Andrew Vesey had said, “the rules governing the National Electricity Market need to be overhauled to deal with the unreliable nature of renewable energy sources to ensure a stable supply of power to businesses and households”. He re-iterated such views in the aftermath of the most recent South Australian crisis.

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Australia's IBM-assisted Census fail burned AU$30 MEEELLION

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1. Lots of requests for paper forms (postage * 2)

2. Paying more money to those women to chase up why the census hasn't been completed

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“The ABS made a number of poor judgements in preparation for the 2016 census that led to the poor experience of many households.

“We made a difficult decision to take the system offline on 9 August to ensure the security of the Census data”, he said, but “the system should have been robust to DDoS events”.

No we badly underestimated peak demand which were just before "smoko", lunch, and "the kids are off to be bed, I have had dinner and I will now do the census" times.

FTFY

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Spinal Tap’s bass player sues former French sewer

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Re: Best comedy of all time?

"Airplane", "Return of the Pink Panther", or "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" (the Caine/Martin one).

yes, maybe, no

Duck Soup has to be in a top 3 comedies list. I too prefer "Shot in the Dark" to RotPP, but only by a hairsbreadth. Go out 5 and add Life of Brian

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nbn™ says nobody needs gigabit internet, trumpets XG-Fast at 8Gbps anyway

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FTTP has about a 40% take up rate, while FTTN sits at around 22%.

Do you think that turning off copper networks 6 months after RFS in FTTP areas might contribute to the higher uptake ?

I took a straw poll @ work yesterday - and compared results a year ago. A year ago 50% of my students had NO broadband at all due to the exchange being full -literally (and 2 large containers holding kit as well) short of a massive construction project this could not be easily rectified. This area was a natural choice for one of the first rollouts of FTTN (it was not on the first 3 or 5 FTTP year plans) , yesterday only one student did not have at least a 25mb plan that exception will have it by Christmas (financial reasons).

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NHS patients must be taught to share their data, says EU lobby group

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Re: Won't solve this though...

Wot commswonk said !

Or is it a massive trawl to invent new diseases to scare the worried well, come up with nonsenical new correlation data ?

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Blighty's National Pupil Database has been used to control immigration

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Re: I was not posting it in jest

"When they came for us, they had lists."

Which is why my "mob*" do not put their real ethnicity on census forms in Roumania.

* Szekler

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Command line coffee machine: Hacker shuns app so he can stay at the keyboard for longer

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Enquiring minds want to know

(so many comments & not yet one asking)

Will his coffee machine play Crysis ?

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Facebook pays, er, nope, gets £11m credit from UK taxman HMRC...

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Re: The system is broken

We all know that a sales tax is not a tax on the company, but a tax on their customers. VAT, for instance, is a tax on consumers. It does not tax the amount of money that a company makes, but charges their customer for the privilege of buying the product.

And ultimately who pays the tax on "profits" ?

Hint - its the same mugs that pay pay VAT

Can't disagree with your last para However, we need to make sure that the profits reported in each country actually match the real product, and are not distorted by artificial means to reduce overall tax liabilities.

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Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer

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Re: That is what happens when we don't care about product quality

We had a drier given to us as a wedding present. Lasted 25 years. In the last 10 years replaced 2.

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Internet of pills plan calls for drugs to tell you when to take them

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And my pill packets live in my cupboard

so of absolutely no use to me

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If someone can translate Salesforce's $700m cool Krux plan into English, we'd be really grateful

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Doesn't worry me.

Entry in hosts file, and a ghostery block

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BOFH: There are no wrong answers, just wrong questions. Mmm, really wrong ones

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Re: Love these tests

Problem is, people start thinking those "Four Letters Of Doom" are gospel, and that they will never change.

I have changed - I am now more of an INTJ than I ever was - I just about peg out the 'TJ' bits, whereas in my late teens was only slightly TJ.

At the place where I first encountered this, they did the MB & Belbin tests. The incredibly close & productive team I was part of was regarded as having the 'perfect' makeup of roles and personality types by the facilitator. Of course we were broken up within a week of returning to work. sigh

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The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

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Re: Winning the race

Better known as the Peoples Socialist Democratic Caliphate of Victoriastan, capital Melbournibad (pronounced Melboring)

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IBM botched geo-block designed to save Australia's census

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Re: ​Attack on Australian Census site didn't register on global DDoS ...

Exactly, the supposed times the site was DDoSed correspond with morning tea, lunch, and kids are fed, bathed , ready for bed !

Much as I dislike IBM I think the ABS screwed up its load estimates

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BOFH: The case of the suspicious red icon

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Re: 1bs

These specimens are usually found in finance departments sitting next to 20 year old tractor feed printers .

No they are called teachers, they seem to mostly infect English, History & Home Economics faculties

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Good job, Oz feds: Conroy wants you investigated for privilege and contempt

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Legally he wasn't a senator , and they weren't "his" offices

One of the interesting side effects of a double dissolution is that this is the only time there are no senators, as otherwise senators are elected for set periods. Therefore he should have put those documents into some form of 'escrow' from when the GG dissolved the Senate until until he took office as a senator last week.

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Height of stupidity: Heathrow airliner buzzed by drone at 7,000ft

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Re: Am I wrong in thinking that if ..

"Maybe, maybe not. We might not know until one actually gets sucked into an engine, and then hour like hell it is hyperbole." --- actually we do know since most twin engine jets today are ETOPS rated, which means they are fully able to operate on only one engine.

Yeah & whilst the pilot & co pilot are distracted by all the flashing lights and machines that go 'ping' in cockpit as a result of said ETOPS rated engine failing spectacularly nothing else bad is going happen , if they misread the cause of failure, or they miss something else critical to flight ?

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Tim Cook trousers $135m in Apple shares

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Re: One day the tide will turn...

There appears to be about a 500 year cycle between east/west dominance/innovation etc etc . We are in the last part of the 500 year west dominance.

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New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves

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Re: because you can't enjoy yourself without a drink?

Gaz,

Here in the merry old land of oz its called preloading. As one of mycollegues said, its sad when a studenthas easier access to ice (the drug not frozen water ) than booze and tobacco

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Robot babies fail in role as teenage sex deterrents

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Re: From Realityworks, Inc.

I'm not sure if they are referring to same sorts of dolls that we use here, but the teachers have the ability to set "quiet hours", which they do for sanity in the classroom (I currently have 3 girls in 1 class with the baby & not once have they disturbed my lessons by crying), our staff also set a quiet time from @ midnight to @ 4am , so its not a really valid simulation. It has been suggested the girls are given the baby in full "hell child" mode, and they remain at home for the week

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