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Work on world's largest star-gazing 'scope stopped after religious protests

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Re: Move it to Atacama...

Paranal is 24 deg s, Hawaii is 20 deg n, there is only a small bit of the north circumpolar you can't see. But it opens up a lot more of the galaxy in the southern hemisphere

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Re: Move it to Atacama...

Then no pork

There was a long discussion about Chile = better site, better weather, better seeing vs Hawaii = have to close another telescope to get permission, more time paid to UHa, but more State/Federal money

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Senate asks DHS: you don't negotiate with terrorists, but do you pay off ransomware?

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Obvious question

With their access to zero-day exploits and everyones internet connections - how many of the ransom-ware attacks were BY the DHS ?

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo good two go

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Re: Well...

Big nuclear missiles are guided by star trackers - because the way you know you are in a proper shootin-war is when the other chaps shoot down all your GPS satellites.

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Pentagon gets green light for WAR ... of web propaganda against IS

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Re: Plain English please!

No different from the RAF's, "dehousing" = targeting civilian areas and "attacks on enemy moral" = indiscriminate carpet bombing because they couldn't hit anything they aimed at

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Re: Homeland

But they are almost certain to hire Haliburton and Lockheed-martin, you have to consider where your next job is coming from when you leave office

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Re: Money Wasted

I think the US will be very effective in the propaganda war.

They will block Al-Jazera and a few Muslim peace groups and aid agencies because they have 'Al" in the name. They will put lots of 3 year olds on the no-fly lists for the same reason.

They will replace any youtube video containing Arabic script with videos of smart bombs hitting targets.

That should motivate a lot of people to join ISIS

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GCHQ can hack your systems at will – thanks to 'soft touch' oversight

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Re: Yawn.

>You have no idea, in fact, what they do.

Preserve their masters' interests

>You have no idea if the spooks, basically, are very successful at what they do.

They are very effective.

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IT pros are a bunch of wedding and funeral-dodging sickos

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Re: I missed my OWN funeral

If you read a VMS error message backwards it can summon the undead

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Snooping Scottish plod to be taken to tribunal by spied-on detective

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Re: Don't worry

Do you think I could leave you lying

When I could lie my arse off too

If somebody squawks in the witness box

I'll cover up for you

I'll tell a pack of lies, pull the wool over their eyes

The way the sergeant taught us to

Before you count to three we'll be off scott free

We're two little boys in blue

(c) Mr Willam Connoly on the Scottish police force

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Meet ARM1, grandfather of today's mobe, tablet CPUs – watch it crunch code live in a browser

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Re: Pulling 6502

Was a hell of a shock trying to lean 386 assembler later after 6502/ARM - I thought I must be stupid or something

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Final countdown – NSA says it really will end blanket phone spying on US citizens this Sunday

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Re: Verification?

But that was under the same president that had approved it.

Imagine a future President Trump going after a past president Obama or Hillary

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Re: Verification?

He stands up in court as commander in chief and swears under oath that no branch of the US government is mass spying on American's communications, or getting other countries to do it for them.

Then when down the road it is proved he was lying - an opposition US government get to court martial him and send him to Leavenworth for 20years.

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Re: Some perspective needed in commentardia

They aren't storing all the traffic, just what sites you visited (AL Jazera, CND, Greenpeace, the Labour party) plus the dodgy sites that any ad links happen to connect to.

They need this in case you ever have a little accident on the tube and they need to show your links to terrorism. Or you complain about slipping on the pavement and the local council needs to find some porn / alcohol / gambling links to suggest you might not want published if you decide to sue.

Of course the real use of all this is for reasons of national security - like claiming to live in a better school catchment area

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Lights, power, action! Smartplugs with a twist

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My wife has a gadget that does all that

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Re: Fail

Doesn't one have staff for this sort of thing ?

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Who owns space? Looking at the US asteroid-mining act

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Re: No problem for a long time to come

Given the cost of getting metal into orbit the principle advantage of space mined stuff is that it's already up there. If you have a couple of million tons of Ti in orbit it is a lot easier to use it build something to go to mars than land it on earth and then launch it again.

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Re: Let's get real

It doesn't specify who gets to claim what or if you have to land on it to claim it.

So a US company now starts claiming asteroids by the 1000 and when China or Korea or India actually send some robot thingy to them - the US company can sue.

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Microsoft rides to Dell's rescue, wrecks rogue root certificate

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Re: Well holy crap...

Real irony would be if the next Dell update killed the Windows10 phone home ....

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RAF web survey asks for bank details via unencrypted email

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Innovative funding stratergy

Those F35s are very expensive and in these times of austerity ....

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Hacker predicts AMEX card numbers, bypasses chip and PIN

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Re: Bah!

Well Americans .... perhaps

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Re: Is there anywhere in the UK that still allows just using the magnetic strip?

>The vaunted Chip and Pin, ..., or on a ferry with no WiFi.

The point of the chip is that IT verifies the pin without a connection to the bank

>The credit card credential is inherently insecure

The chip is pretty secure.

Entering the pin on an untrusted keyboard supplied by the shop who also have a swipe of the magstripe isn't

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IOCCO: Police 'reckless' for using terrorism powers on journo sources

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Re: On the other hand.

Or a new law making all uses of RIPA top secret - and a criminal offence to report them.

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So the charge is?

Conspiracy to pervert? Contempt of court? Treason?

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Plusnet ignores GCHQ, spits out plaintext passwords to customers

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Jolly good show

By refusing to use any form of encryption they are helping the charming Ms May crack down on terrorism.

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Ex-IT staff claim Disney fired them then gave their jobs H-1B peeps

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Re: Seen it before

>run by the 1% for the 1%

I rather think that is the American dream.

You just have to keep persuading the 99% that they can be part of the 1%

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Re: H-1B nonsense

If it's a "legit" H1-B and the first company is prepared to let you work notice while the 2nd gets the paperwork done it's probably possible.

With these Indian on-shorers it's more a case of "work this weekend or you're fired and we will call the Feds the moment you are out of the door."

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Re: H-1B nonsense

H1-B is transferable but the company you are joining needs to get a new H1-B approval for you and you only have 30days after you leave the previous company before you need to leave the country - so in practice it isn't

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Re: simples...

Easy to fiddle though.

A common method by a certain well known Indian outsourcer is to pay more than the US wage but then claim back a big chunk as an administrative fee, or rent the workers accomodation for a premium.

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Yes outsourcing crap internal IT to a cheap offshore company is fine.

But H1B is a visa to bring special skilled overseas workers to America when you can't find locals with those skills.

To do that and have the existing workers train their replacements in the current system would seem to present certain logical difficulties.

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Suck it, Elon – Jeff Bezos' New Shepard space rocket blasts off, lands in one piece

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Re: What about further afield?

>Could you land on Mars with one of these

Trickier - there is bugger-all atmosphere so you can't use any of the aerodynamic surfaces to steer, you have to do it all with rockets.

>then take off again to

Easy peasy lemon squeezy

>get back to a mothership in orbit?

Get back to - yes, catch up with - no

You could get to orbital height and see the mothership zoom past at Mach30

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Re: Its the wrong way to get off this planet

The obvious way to get off the planet is to go to the edge and jump - if only reality was more accommodating

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TV broadcast vans drive ESA from Perth

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Re: Is her name not Sheila? That's going to cause a little confusion...

Obvious solution - a second bigger dish with a nice reflective surface.

Add some aussie summer sunshine and news anchors shouldn't be a problem for long

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Re: Disappointed.

Either Perth is a lot further north than I though or they now have a subterranean satelite

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Uber wants UK gov intervention over TfL’s '5-minute wait' rule

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"said the biggest impact Uber was having is traffic congestion"

Not as bad as those buses - get rid of them and level the playing field for cabs.

Why are buses allowed to drive in cab lanes ?

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Bunch of communists

"Uber floods the market and undercuts prices,"

That's your typical commie, socialist anti-capitalist London cabbie speaking

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Europe didn't catch the pox from Christopher Columbus – scientists

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Re: Don't forget the chocolate!

They would be eating curry - just not Portuguese Vindaloo

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Re: It was around before that

I think you are being over sensitive.

The pope believes himself to be chosen by God and infallible, while is in fact chosen by a series of backroom deals among a group of old men who he appointed.

I can't see why you thought there may be any suggestion of a similarity the the American president.

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Brit filmmaker plans 10hr+ Paint Drying epic

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Re: I've Kickstarted twice this year

Or if they said something anti-Google, or something anti a company that Google has a financial interest in that you don't know about, or something pro an organisation that some government doesn't like and Google needs to do a favour for...

At least with BBFC you know they are just nanny-ish, you don't need to assume a conspiracy.

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Re: Funny

>If there was the threat of a fine/ban/possibly legal action against you if you make a clearly inappropriate self-certification, I don't see why that wouldn't work.

Because it would make every film into a court case.

Group X doesn't like group Y so brings an action against any film that depicts doing group Y stuff claiming that it could harm children and you have to pay a QC 1000/day to defend yourself.

You are group Z and show yourself doing extreme stuff to another group Z and claim that it is your humane right you were allowed to classify it as U.

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Mostly harmless: Berlin boffins bleat post epic TrueCrypt audit feat

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Re: Does Veracrypt plan to be audited?

Vera isn't that kind of girl

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How NSA continued to spy on American citizens' email traffic – from overseas

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Re: If you can't figure it out

We note that you downloaded a single pixel tracking cookie from a server in Russia that also hosts viruses found on government computers in America.

You are now linked to terrorism.

Having you, and 50million users like you added to the list of internet users "linked to terrorism" will help us prevent the next attack.

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Re: 4th amendment

Well if you object to what the government is doing just vote for the other lot next year - isn't democracy wonderful ?

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Re: lack of political will...

So the solution is to spy on everyone so that all future attackers will have been known to the security services

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Researchers say they've cracked the secret of the Sony Pictures hack

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Let me get this straight

The world's most backward country executed the world's most advanced cyber attack and chose as its target the American subsidiary of a Japanese entertainment company?

Or perhaps they have secretly infiltrated every other military and government computer system in the west and are actually running everything ?

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EU's Paris terror response includes 'virtual currencies' crimp

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Re: Roads....

Given that it was in France they probably used the excellent national rail service.

Congratulations to our fore-sighted government for preventing such a risk in Britain

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Hillary Clinton: Stop helping terrorists, Silicon Valley – weaken your encryption

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Re: Oi! Hillary

Explain to her that yes we can fit a government back door.

And that backdoor will also apply to the computer/email/cell phone you are using

And we will give that backdoor to the FBI,CIA, Police, Coastguard, OSHA, IRS and every foreign government that asks.

One of who will hand it over to ISIS - so you are asking us to give ISIS a backdoor into every government system ?

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Uber Australia is broke: 'We don't pay tax because we don't generate revenue'

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Re: Very few taxi drivers are owners

It's a safety feature apparently - only very safe drivers with the money to operate a perfectly maintained vehicle could afford the $1M taxi medallion - which is why New York taxis are so nice

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Tech goliaths stand firm against demands for weaker encryption after Paris terror attacks

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Re: Asphinctersezwat

That's why we need the right to bear surface to air missiles.

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