* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

8305 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

Apollo center fundraiser: That's one small check from man, one giant leap for our peace of mind

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Re: Park Service cutbacks?

Having government do everything is a surefire way to get very little for a whole lot.

The work will still be done by a NASA approved defense contractor, at "taxpayer is paying" rates, after it has been approved and overseen by NASA managers in 6 different states.

The crowdsourcing is just putting up the money

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Snopes.com asks for bailout amid dispute over who runs the site and collects ad dollars

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Re: Rubbish notion

So, people must learn not to just trust one source, but to seek out many sources and make their own minds up.

Or you can just check The Daily Mail Online and believe the exact opposite

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Alexa, why aren't you working? No – I didn't say twerking. I, oh God...

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Re: About as reliable.....

So the convenient labour saving gadget was fine - you were just clapping wrong?

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You selected English (United Kingdom) mode

I don't see how you can fault the accuracy of their AI in recreating English customer service

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Cyber arm of UK spy agency left without PGP for four months

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Re: Out of interest...

No need, as long as the contract says "source code is available" you are covered.

It's like backups, so long as they are in the requirements you don't need to check them, test recovery or even perform them

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Re: "without PGP"

They obviously they all use the same private key, which is kept secret - only the boss's secretary knows the combination and she was visiting her sister in Moscow

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US vending machine firm plans employee chip implant scheme

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Re: Ethics

Compared to tattoos, piercings, silicone (rather than silicon) implants ?

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Re: So they're going to make people into cyborgs ?

Kevin, sticking electrical devices up your bottom doesn't make you a cyborg - now stop it.

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Redundancy time?

Here's a bin liner with all your stuff, now just stop off at the security guy with the chain saw to hand in your security pass

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Repairable-by-design Fairphone runs out of spare parts

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Re: Why on earth didn't they just use standard components?

I just ducked taped half a dozen 18650s onto the back of my phone and then connected them with curly red and black wires.

As a bonus I got to spend some intimate quality time with a very nice man from the TSA last time I flew.

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Silicon Valley IT biz boss cops to lying about Cisco H-1B jobs

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Re: H1B "supports the local economy"

I always thought it was odd that eg a Boeing worker in Seattle would object to a foreigner coming to work there but is quite happy that their tax dollars are used by some poor southern state to offer Boeing huge subsidies to move production to Toad Suck Arkansas

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Re: H1B "supports the local economy"

If you "import" a worker from N Dakota to SF it has exactly the same effect on local inrastructure as one from India

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Alphabay shutdown: Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do? Not use your Hotmail...

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Re: Sound like a complete tool who got what he deserved

I thought that if you enabled dodgy deals for drug companies and arms dealers you got a nice directorship after you left the government?

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

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Re: Nice

Governments building hospitals, roads, schools and other infrastructure makes sense.

Paying people to build useless stuff to keep skills and facilities around in case you need them in the future makes sense.

Saying that it is justified to pay people to build useless stuff so that they have jobs and money to spend makes no sense, doubly so if they had skills which would be valuable for industry.

Imagine if the NHS announced that the great 20Bn IT cockup was a success because it employed lots of programmers at high wages who spent lots of money on London housing and commuting

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>Can anyone tell me why this ship is carrying around a lighthouse?

The best way to ensure that you never run into a lighthouse is to carry it with you....

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Re: Towns again....

>I remember the days when warships used to have great names like Revenge, Glorious, Implacable

However calling your ship HMS Invincible is rather tempting fate.

Personally I would let the ship's AI mind select their own name.

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Re: Nice

>None, but it does provide a large number of highly skilled, well paid jobs in a relatively low paid part of the UK

Presumably highly skilled people who could have been producing profitable commercial products for sale and export?

Paying highly skilled, highly paid people to make stuff for the government is economically no different from them being on the dole.

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Re: HMS Frigatey McFrigateface not official...

And is equipped with the "ma heid" missile system ?

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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Re: By "Officer of the Deck" do you mean "Officer of the Watch"?

The "Officer of the Watch" is the person in charge of remembering what time it is when the big hand is on 12 and the little hand is on Mickey's balls

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One advantage of morse

Is that it is universal. So when your ship can't communicate with the ship next door because you have different versions of super-secret-secure-system, or they are a different navy - you can use morse.

Except they can't read your 200wpm computer morse and your system can't cope with manual traffic

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'Coke dealer' called us after his stash was stolen – cops

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Re: Florida Man

Lead has been out of most petrol for 20years,

This explains the general rise in intelligence of the younger generation and the impressive yearly increase in exam grades we have seen since the end of O levels

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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>God is the proper name of the Judeo-Christian deity

Nobody knows the proper name of the Judeo-Christian deity, the last time it was used was in 70AD.

Which is a good job because "the name" tends to get all bronze age on your ass if you use it.

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China's censorship cyber-missiles shoot down pics flying through WhatsApp, chat apps

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cue an Australian politician

Demanding the same power - if China can do it ....

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One-quarter of UK.gov IT projects at high risk of failure

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So the other 75%

Are on time, on budget and will work as intended?

Then I have a really nice bridge to sell you

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US laptops-on-planes ban now applies to just one airport, ends soon

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Re: Second Amendment

Had that in America - and this was years before the TSA.

Turn on your laptop.

It boots to a bash prompt.

No turn it on!

It is on

I need to see it turned on !

I eventually realise, type "startx" and move the mouse pointer around

He is happy and lets me through. So remember kids, XFree86 stops bombs

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: It's not so much the Doctor..

Assuming the new companion is a man they will be allowed to be just a dumb blond whose only job is to shout "doctor look...."

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Re: Sorry, but ...

>I do recall my fist crush on both Leela (skimpy outfit at 7O'clock and Romana

Ouch, I hope you recovered

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2017: The FBI alerts parents to dangers of Internet of Sh*t toys

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Re: Self-Regulate basically... Thanks FBI!

The same with electrical safety,poisonous materials, lead paint etc.

It's obviously the parents job to analyse all the products they bring home to their children - who else is going to ensure people are safe?

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UK.gov snaps on rubber gloves, prepares for mandatory porn checks

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Re: Biology

I thought our economy was fscked because of our declining birth rate?

Perhaps this is a plan to stop people staying at home with Ms Palm / Mr Wampant Wabbit and actually make some babies

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Re: What could go wrong.....?

You are applying logic to a political decision

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Juicero does to its staff what your hands can do to its overpriced juice sacks

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Re: YouTube teardown

Do not click - I just wasted 3 hours watching his videos ......

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Physicists send supersonic shock waves rippling through a lab

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Re: not to be pedantic, but..

It only applies in a cloud where you can have a shock wave - so think of it as very very low pressure atmosphere.

In the same way that the speed of sound drops at altitude the example has shocks in space with speeds near the speed of light but only mach 4.

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UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

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so gravity will be easy-peasy

How else does Australia cling on to the bottom of the globe ?

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Australian encryption is easily crcked

Shorten everything to the first couple of syllables and put an 'o' at the end

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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Re: This is what happens ...

It's what happens when you teach that "critical thinking" can be billed at $200/hr

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Re: if cost == 0 then panic

>What happens if a photo is set up so that a ball is released at a random time

That has already been covered lots of times, it is the photographer that setup the shot.

The interesting part of this case is that monkey picked up the camera and framed the shot itself.

>Probably the monkey in question saw its face in the LCD view finder and kept pressing the protruding trigger which made a funny noise.

I think this describes most of snapchat/facebook/the internet

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Uncle Sam says 'nyet' to Kaspersky amid fresh claims of Russian ties

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Re: Only in Russia

They should.

If I were say Airbus, I would be criminally negligent if I had data on a US server or on a US controlled platform when my US competitors were a major strategic asset to the US government

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Re: "whom do you trust?"

>if you regularly handle public data/trade secrets

Even more so, my competitors are far more likely to be American than Russian.

Logically I should only be using N Korean software - since I know they aren't bidding against me.

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Only in Russia

Good job there is no evidence of US companies assisting the NSA otherwise foreign governments might have to ban Microsoft/Google/Intel/etc

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His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3

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UK Sales?

With a multi-year waiting list in the US and a bunch of competitors to prempt in Europe why would they bother with the right hand drive conversion, setup a maintenance network and worry about next year's trade deals to sell in an isolated little island market ?

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Web inventor Sir Tim sizes up handcuffs for his creation – and world has 2 weeks to appeal

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Re: I don't see a problem.

But my open source browser renders the image to my open source graphics driver on my open source hardware - how does the DRM stop me saving a copy of all those bits ?

The only way is for websites to only work with approved signed browsers on approved signed OSes with approved signed drivers

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Re: I don't see a problem.

You can't have an open source implementation of a DRM'ed browser without it leaking the content.

So once all sites implement DRM for their content the only permitted browser will be IE, Safari and a new Google propriety chrome

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Crashed RadioShack flogs off its IPv4 stash

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>Things aren't helped by the fact that the entire 127.0.0.0/8 range is reserved for loopback.

Don't tell anybody - I sold 127.xxx.xxx.xxx for $10/address to Radioshack

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

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Re: "There are no problems, only users."

If you are sufficiently BOFH then, ultimately, there are no users

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Re: Reminds me of an energy management company I used to work for

At CERN it is known as a [REDACTED] switch after a once young physicist who is now a very senior boss.

"An input, generally a multi-turn vernier dial pot, not connected to anything which allows a senior physicist the feeling that they are doing something to adjust the experiment without the risk that they will actually change anything important"

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McAfee settles McAfee lawsuit over McAfee name

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So is he planning a run for president ?

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While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

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Re: Crazy ideas?

They called Galileo crazy, they called Einstein crazy, but they also called Bozo the clown crazy

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European MPs push for right to repair rules

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>Can't remember the last time I had an LED die in a product

Wish more would. Why do manufacturers feel the need to put megawatt blue LEDs in everything that you are going to use at home?

I had to go around my bedroom putting black electrical tape over everything so I can sleep

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Get the Canuck out: Vancouver vows Airbnb, Expedia crackdown

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But last year it was all the fault of Chinese investors and the solution was (surprise) an extra tax on foreign buyers.

This year it's AirBnb

Next year we will be blaming the .....

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Britain's warhead-watcher to simulate Trident nukes with Atos supercomputer

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Re: Hmm

So you aren't even allowed to use them for real?

Bit pointless continuing to test them then isn't it

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