* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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Typo made Air Asia X flight land at Melbourne instead of Malaysia

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Re: Sense of direction...

That's what used to be said about INS, the pilot may not know where he is but at least he knows where he started from.

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Re: Hang on...

But Japan is now just outside Sydney

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Re: Airbus software

Because it's very hard to make an exciting Hollywood movie where a heroic pilot struggles manfully with a gameboy controller.

I assume that the new movie of Mr Scully's water landing will change the aircraft from a fly-by-wire Airbus to a DC3 to add the necessary excitement.

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Re: <sighs>

Ironically the patch was necessary because the original approved design was to assume that the pilot knew best, not that new fangled satellite computer GPS rocket-scientist stuff.

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US tech college ITT is not pining for the fjords. It is no more. It has gone and met its maker

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Re: Half the schools in the USA

The public schools don't sell you IT courses with a guaranteed job - which turns out to be in a call center.

They don't change the name of courses regularly so that you have to redo pre-requisite courses.

They don't pressure students into taking top-up loans from lenders that are wholly owned by the college - purely to skirt regulations on proportion of government student loan their students are on.

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GE runs off $1.4bn, hands it to two 3D printing firms

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Re: Arrrgh

But they can't make swords, their technology leads to less "weilding" apparently.

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It's OK to fine someone for repeating a historical fact, says Russian Supreme Court

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Re: they do have a point

Not to mention that the Poles had weapons of mass destruction which could be used within 40mins

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When Irish eyes are filing: Ireland to appeal Europe's $15bn Apple tax claw-back

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Re: A no-brainer ?

>worst that could happen was that they'd have to pay the tax they owed in the first place.

Which they can immediately knock off their US tax bill - it isn't going to cost them a cent

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Watch SpaceX's rocket dramatically detonate, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite

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Re: A small crumb of comfort

>So you mean not like Ariane?

After the first launch of Ariane5 the stats didn't look so good.

Fortunately I wasn't a solar astrophysicist so didn't care about the loss of the payload

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Re: A small crumb of comfort

Because $bn rockets built by giant defence companies from re-purposed ICBM designs and launched by national space agencies don't go kaboom ?

In fact the only way to get 100% reliability appears to be the N Korea method - I wonder how they do it?

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Still got a floppy drive? Here's a solution for when 1.44MB isn't enough

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Re: Can't add USB?

But some of those limited markets are very profitable.

An entire city's traffic lights, water/sewage system ?

An air traffic control system

A power station

A couple of million $ worth of production line in a plant running 24x7

All bits of kit that you can't easily "just update to windows 10" and use USB

There was a company making PDP11 on a card to run traffic lights until recently

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Re: 3.5Mb? Floppy?

Yes it looks like a floppy at the bus level, same power, same signals, same connector.

There was a similar gadget that was a floppy disc shell with a ribbon cable that detected the magnetic signal from the floppy drive head and generated a floppy signal back

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FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

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Wasn't he the cockwomble who explained that it was only "theoretically possible" for non-US companies to write encryption software ?

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Re: Two thumbs up for the sub-heading

"I worry that the next 'merkan president will be sympathetic towards these agencies and support the backdooring."

Yep the next president is going to be REALLY sympathetic toward the FBI having free access to her communications.

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Perhaps a childish conversation

It would be useful if invaded for bridges, tunnels, ports, runways to be demolished

So we should install demolition chargers now with a big red button marked "for DoD use only"

That seems perfectly reasonable doesn't it ?

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Microsoft redfaced after Bing translation cockup enrages Saudis

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Re: Easy mistake to make?

So you mean Saudi oil wealth hasn't trickled down to make the man on the street of Riyadh wealthy?

You'll be telling me that the billion $ bonuses to Wall St hedge fund managers hasn't improved the lot of Walmart greeters in Arkansas next

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Re: Easy mistake to make?

Saudis hate the Iranians, therefore the Americans like the Saudis

Al-Qaeda-in-Iraq AKA ISIS hate the Iranians so the Saudis like ISIS

See also Churchill/Stalin and Thatcher/Pinochet

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$329 for a MacBook? Well, really a 'HacBook' built on an old HP

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Re: Psystar

It's also called a very good test of Apple's rights to enforce where you can use an OS you bought.

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Ireland taxman: Apple got NO favours from us, at all, at all

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Re: 0.005% tax rate?

The rate was selected by a very fair process.

Jobs checked his pockets, threw what spare change he found at their feet and said "dance my little taxmen" - if they hadn't done such a cute riverdance they wouldn't have got even that.

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Re: Irish politicians will need to fight this ruling...

>Predictability, fair property rights, reliable rule of law, a good (?) balance of employee and employer power, acceptable location....

And you couldn't get those in Britain or Germany ?

The nice thing about being a big multinational in a small country is that you can ensure that their regulations are "business friendly". Like the way Eire's data protection office is staffed by a single intern who works every other tuesday.

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Re: See the needfor US tax reform

>I'm not quite sure how various Irish/Dutch/Luxembourg tax laws have survived so long, since they are clearly being used to avoid taxes

Because they are good for Ireland/Luxemburg etc. They wouldn't had a chance of attracting these corporations simply based on their home market so they make it tax free and score on visits/lawyers/hotel rooms etc.

The real problem is going to come when other countries decide to compete. Romania decides that if you open a brass plaque office in it's capital it will approve any drug for Eu use with no questions. Greece decides that for 500euro it will give any refugee an Eu passport and a flight to Germany?

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See the needfor US tax reform

If congress would simply lower the rate to 0.004% companies wouldn't be motivated to do this sort of thing

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Pump-priming the new ampere: NIST works to count electrons in silicon

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Re: You deserve a drink

The difficulty is ordering the infinitely long wire.

Accounting will want to know how many you need and you can't tell them it doesn't matter.

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FBI: Look out – hackers are breaking into US election board systems

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Thank god

Somebody is trying to do something about this election - even if it does mean that "Clippy" gets to be the next president

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SpaceX Dragon capsule lands in Pacific carrying 12 moustronauts

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Re: Deja Vu

But if we don't put mice into low earth orbit we won't know if one day it might be possible for humans to go into space.

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Sysadmin sticks finger in pipe, saves data centre from flood

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Re: location

That was one of the stories from the hurricane that hit New York.

Data center on an upper floor - check

Backup generators on top floor - check

Diesel tanks for backup generators on roof - check

Pumps to supply more fuel up to rooftop tanks in lowest basement - .......

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Followed by 6months of meetings and the decision to add a sign

"Do not fire automatic weapons into the nuclear reactor"

sign is then taken down because it doesn't meet corporate guidelines and doesn't use the official Weyland-Yutani font and doesn't have icons for the hard of reading

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I love the smell of burning UPS in the morning

It smells like overtime.

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Muddying the waters of infosec: Cyber upstart, investors short medical biz – then reveal bugs

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Re: surely this si market abuse?

Nope - this was non-public but wasn't insider.

It's no different from discovering that the brakes in our VW are made from cheese, then finding out that all the other VWs in the parking lot have cheese brakes - and then deciding that the price of VW might go down.

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Re: Shorting

Shorting is ethically and financially right and necessary - otherwise there is no way of the market saying that a company is going down. Only being able to signal that something is going up leads to bubbles.

It's like saying that the media should only be allowed to report good news

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Notting Hill Carnival spycams: Met Police rolls out real-time live face-spotting tech

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An improvement on their previous face recognition

If face != white AND sex == male:

select from [ stop and search, arrest, give a kicking to ]

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NIST spins atomic gyroscope to allow navigation without GPS

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has thinks ?

had thinks once - made brain hurt

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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

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Re: Irish angle

>Around 850,000+ Polish followed 330,000+ Irish.

I think "more or less" already refuted that, the poles were being re-counted again everytime they arrived to work for a few months, the Irish were mostly permanent UK residents

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Re: @Charlie: Simple is best

>IIRC one Welsh Leave supporting MP, the day the result was announced, was demanding that HMG replace all the EU funding his constituency had been receiving.

Isn't that rather the point?

Instead of sending £££ to the Eu to be spread out across the continent with £ coming back to the UK you could simply send £ (or perhaps ££) direct to the region.

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Re: Simple is best

>"the 12 NI counties"

>When I lived there it was only 6.

I think the plan is to split each of the 6 counties in two and give the catholics/protestants each a half.

It seems eminently sensible and workable

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Cambridge University controlled tech startup fund raises £75m

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Re: Nice little idea you've got there

"of research" is the tricky bit - they can get very broad on how an idea is based on your research.

They also have(had?) a blanket policy saying they own everything, you get 10% or so - not much of an incentive for you to leave the comfy job and create the next ARM/Tesla/HP

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Nice little idea you've got there

Accept our offer or we will claim that the University owns all the IP anyway.

I know a couple of people who moved to other institutions and then "had an idea" a week later because of cam.ac rather "inclusive" IP policies

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US Patent Office sued after it declared a power outage a 'national holiday'

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Re: An argument...

And they themselves filed on christmas eve in the hope that they wouldn't be noticed until the otther side came back to work after their holidays

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You shrunk the database into a .gz and the app won't work? Sigh

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Re: MOJ

If you can't trust a jiffy bag of CDs in the post to securely transfer confidential data - what can you trust?

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UK military buys third £4m Zephyr drone for 'persistent surveillance' trials

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Re: Just don't let the Welsh drive....

Only on landing.

If you can fly for 45days you don't need to worry about landing as much

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Ancient radioactive tree rings could rip up the history books

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Re: Wasn't this done decades ago?

>So what's actually new here?

We already use use dendro to calibrate C14 because we could measure the C14 level in each ring and correct for the variation in C14 production (due to the sun) = makes C14 more accurate.

This says that there were a couple of C14 spikes that were so obvious that if you find them in a tree ring it was exactly that year. So it give you an absolute point to peg tree ring data to for around that time - so makes tree more useful because you don't have to count back from a more modern matching sequence.

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How Brussels works: if you can’t beat them, join rewrite an EU directive

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I'm shocked at the picture

These brave men being forced to climb to dangerous heights ( > 0.345m ) without proper fall -arrest equipment to handle potentially dangerous flags.

There needs to be an EU working height directive (flag handling subsection) to protect the safety of these workers.

O course the UK will be exempt now that it has thrown off the oppressive Brussels regime and will be free once more to send small boys to stand on top of flag poles

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London cops waste £2.1m on thought crime unit – and they want volunteer informers

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Re: Hypocrites much ?

>"He should be bloody well hung",

Is that a threat or a statement of desire ?

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Re: No evidence necessary

And this extends that so that if the NSA are listening in through your hacked cellphone and THEY think it offensive it's a crime

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Re: A Stasi-like State in the making...

She doesn't want to leave it - she just wants to make it clear that it doesn't apply to her government

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Re: Dear Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

>You are a hypocritical, over paid, headline grabbing muppet.

Careful, that could now be regarded as a terrorist threat.

Or at the very least offensive to muppets

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SpaceX lands another rocket

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Re: Never boring

When buying a secret underwater super-villian lair it's very important to check out the neighbourhood.

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Intel's latest diversity report shows numbers at a standstill

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Re: ???

GPA is Gallons Per Acre and is very important when you are working with a muck spreader.

Why the amount of shit you are able to spray is useful in hiring managers isn't clear

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>You also have to consider if those people actually want that education in the first place.

Which is the only justification of these policies.

If I am black and I believe that tech companies don't hire black engineers then it isn't logical for me to go $50k in debt and spend 4 years getting a tech degree if it isn't going to pay off.

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Re: Yes, and...?

It's true. I'm typing this on an ARM powered device because they have a much greater representation of us Cambridge PhDs than Intel

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