* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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Xmas software update knackered US Customs computer systems

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Re: Timing?

Best time to roll out a new system, when everybody is out of the office - otherwise it can interrupt vital meetings

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Re: Nope, your terminology is wrong

But with that system how were people able to just walk in off the street and take your luggage while you waited at immigration ?

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Re: Unfortunately...

Plus a lot more who don't want to ever go to the US but have to because the US don't understand in-transit

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Apple sued by parents of girl killed by driver 'distracted by FaceTime'

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Re: Sad

Or sue Toyota for selling a off-road vehicle that is designed to ride up over other cars in the event of accident, for use on the road.

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Bitcoin breaks US$1,000

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Re: Some questions...

>It is attractive as an investment at present due to its volatility, not its eventual long-term slow & steady increase.

To some people, but if you are the type of person who today owns a few bitcoin you are unlikely to be a starving 3rd word peasant. You are likely to be able to afford not to sell it for $1K when you have the chance in a few decades of owning 1/20Million-th of the major word currency.

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Re: Some questions...

1, They disappear, exactly the same way as all those people in the Japan Tsunami who had millions of Yen in their homes because they didn't trust banks.

2, They are lost - it's not a problem anymore than all the gold coins lying on the bottom of the atlantic in shipwrecks

3, Yes, you will just trade fractions of a bitcoin

4, If you don't have a backup yes. Fortunately it is a lot easier to backup a wallet than backup a vault

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Elon burning to get Falcon back on the launchpad

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Re: Oxygen is not flammable

Which is why you generally use a maximum of 70% oxygen for bottled breathing gas - in 100% oxygen almost everything burns rather enthusiastically

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How Google.org stole the Christmas Spirit

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Re: But this is the 21st century .... isn't it ??

Indeed, if those experts had only thought to Google "what is the mass of the Higgs boson" they could have saved a fortune on the LHC.

Of course they wouldn't have known it was called the Higgs boson because Higg's paper would have been written in DecWriter format and they wouldn't be able to read it.

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Re: Chromebooks

The evidence is obvious. We have gone from film strips in the 70s, VHS in the 80s, overhead projectors in the 90s and now online interactive multimedia experience - every year test scores get better.

Next year when all kids have a Google Glass(tm) augmented virtual reality transdimensional learning experience (tm) I predict they will all get at least 10 gradeA A-levels

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Trio charged with $4m insider trading by hacking merger lawyers

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Re: Lawyers lose small change behind the sofa

>They traded using non-public information. That is the definition of insider trading.

is it? If you overhear a conversation in a lift and trade on it that famously isn't insider trading.

It is apparently a favorite game of nerds visiting law offices to chat loudly about imagined take-overs of their company by Google or Facebook whenever suits might be around

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Re: Small sample

It would be interesting to see if anyone in the Trump organisation or the RNC made any big shorts on Lookheed-Martin before the tweet

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A vintage year for snoopers and big state-ists

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Re: IBM and the Muslim DB

I hope they got paid in advance and they probably didn't get much in the way of follow-up contracts from the new management

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Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

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Re: IMHO, any modified vehicle should become immediately unfit for the road...

But you shouldn't be forced to lose your entire year's crop because your harvester won't start because a sensor says an airfilter is due for replacementand it will be 6 weeks before an authorised service center can get you the part

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Did EU ruling invalidate the UK's bonkers Snoopers' Charter?

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Re: "access to retained traffic and location data is extremely useful to the police"

> that the vast majority of terrorist attacks in the EU in recent years have been carried out by people who are "known bad guys".

Exactly so if the police and security services had been able to monitor all communications in the UK for the last 40years they might have been able to determine if there was any link between the IRA and Sinn Fein

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Re: On usefulness

Having everyone handcuffed to their own police officer isn't just necessary to reduce crime but is a vital safety feature in case of flooding or hurricane force winds - I can't see why everyone bleats on about their freedom.

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Except that membership of the EU requires membership of the ECHR/ECJ. If you aren't in the Eu and merely happen to be geographically in Europe then you can drop them.

Russia and the UK are both in Europe, neither are going to be in the Eu anytime soon, their attitude to what foreigners tell them about human rights might become more similar

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Virgin America mid-flight panic after moron sets phone Wi-Fi hotspot to 'Samsung Galaxy Note 7'

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Re: So

I'm planning on setting mine to "Donald Trump" next time I'm visiting the former colony

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Re: Two things

Didn't iPhones used to burst into flames as well?

I don't remember them being banned - although possibly they will be banned on flights in Korea since that seems to be how things work now'

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What gifts did ol' kitten heels May get this year?

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Re: fiver++

To be fair they have done their best to try and reduce the value to below any threshold

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China gives America its underwater drone back – with a warning

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Re: Nukes? Psshaw!

No T-bills are what come in t-brown envelopes in Yorkshire

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>And Jackson practiced genocide and forced relocation, yet he is on US money.

But not of white people so it doesn't really count

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I would hope the Navy is also carrying out surveys inside Chinese waters - that is what we pay them for. Given that they aren't allowed Rum or the Lash anymore they need something to do.

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Something about fighting a land war in Asia?

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Microsoft scores nearly $1bn non-compete contract with US military

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Non-compete does not mean what you think it means

Unless Microsoft are being paid not to compete with the DoD (by not using their death star) that is a non-competition bid, not a non-compete agreement

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Non-existent sex robots already burning holes in men’s pockets

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>Since my first wife kept reminding me 'Never let your man forget he can be replaced with 7" of plastic and 2 batteries' I think we already are.

Well the battery life on those cheap 7" Android tablets probably isn't upto playing all of "Love Actually"

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Re: Not in the UK ...

A reference to Bike bonk bloke lands on sex offenders' register

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Build a sex robot that cries, plays Richard Curtis movies and dispenses calorie free Red wine and men are redundant.

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Re: Not in the UK ...

In Scotland they would be banned and put you on the sex offenders registry.

I don't know what happens to Scottish women who have a little mechanical assistance ?

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Re: Another story here?

No, they have a working sex robot but it is only suitable for people who want to have sex with a cross between a 3D printer and a rack server

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Los Angeles to extradite bloke from Nigeria after scores of city workers fall for phish scam

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Thwarted is what happens when a little girl claims to have sorted it?

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

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>I want to know how they make it last 10 minutes and 32 seconds

Slow broadband

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Re: Entirely to be expected...

Lucky that all the racial problems of the USA came down to just the symbol of the losing side in the civil war.

Presumably if all the problems of the middle east, India-Pakistan and SE Asia are due to the British empire then banning the Flag of St George will solve all those as well?

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Facebook's internet drone crash-landed after wing 'deformed' in flight

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Except the rules apply to aircraft which will land and take off regularly, presumably with people on board.

This is (IIRC) intended to fly for very long periods and land rarely, it can't even land normally without damaging itself.

It's like sayign you shoudl apply the rules of ship design to an ocean data buoy because of the Titanic

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Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo fit to go: Europe's GPS-like network switches on

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"connected services for drivers, including real-time traffic and weather reports and accident or road works warnings"

So definitely not for road pricing then !

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Uber to Cali DMV: Back off, pal, our 'self-driving cars' aren't self driving

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Re: Uber are such douchebags

In this case quite the opposite.

When the car detects it is going to crash it can, within milliseconds, automatically employ the driver and so the crash is purely the fault of the independent contractor and nothing to do with Uber's self driving car

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Re: Fuck You Uber

Sounds disruptive .....innovative,,, and dynamic

And of course relatively the furniture hasn't been removed from the office, so much as the building moved from the furniture

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

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Re: Oh dear

Or HMRC requests sweeps of all communciations data for anyone they are suspicious of (ie anyone who has any income beyond PAYE) and the security services provide it.

If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear from total surveillance.

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Move over HoloLens, $30 homebrew cardboard AR is here

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Re: Oooh! Let me get my 90's mixtape, it's time to hack the Gibson!

The good old days, when batteries merely leaked acid

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It does require that you put AR tags all over the scene.

So it works for classrooms/gamesbut is a bit limited in the real world

It's like a self driving electric car that needs a metal slot down middle of the road to do the power and guidance

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Re: Since we're talking V/A-R here ...

Yes, because you don't need to do the hard part of VR = working out the 3d location in the world.

Juts finding text in a video stream and overlaying laerger/clearer/translated version is trivial.

IIRC there are a bunch of apps that do this for eg foreign (especially Chinese/Japanese) street signs

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ESA to try tank-to-tank fuel switch on sat that wasn't designed to do it

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Re: Here's hoping it works

Are you one of those conspiracy nuts who think that NASA faked Armageddon on a sound stage somewhere?

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So scientists can anayse the data on their phones. (x-ray astronomers aren't cool enough for iPhones)

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XMM is an x-ray telescope with a small optical camera (which I briefly worked on nearly 20years ago) so no liquid coolant so generally a very long life.

With x-ray telescopes the life is generally limited by the operating system you wrote the data analysis software packages on. It's cheaper to launch a new spacecraft than to port all the analysis stuff from VMS to Ultrix, to Solaris, to Linux to Windows10

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Re: Here's hoping it works

The main difference being that while NASA would make a film sending Bruce Willis up to it, ESA would make a film with Benedict Cumberbatch thinking how to solve it from the ground

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Disney sued in race row: Axed IT workers claim jobs went to H-1B hires

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Re: Disney is depicable

Disney is probably in a right-to-work state where there are effectively no employment rights.

They can fire everyone for no reason because they can find someone cheaper or they want to give the job to their cousin.

The only defence is that it's illegal to fire somebody on the basis of gender/race/disability or a few other protected classes. So can only bring an unfair dismissal case if you can claim it was due to some such reason

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Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin

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Re: He doesn't understand

Yes but that is California - who voted the wrong way.

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

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Re: Russians or not

Although I am a little concerned that man-of-the-people, cross between Bono and Mother Theresa, kind hearted philanthropist Trump might be troubled by the nastier aspects of the role.

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Re: As far I can understand

"one-man one-vote system under Putin"

That one man being Vladimir Vladimirovich.

And (ob Pratchett ref) he has the one vote.

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