* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

8014 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

Passport and binary tree code, please: CompSci quizzes at US border just business as usual

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Re: Once upon a time...

What is your name?

What is your quest?

What is the airspeed velocity of a fully laden swallow?

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Jesse Jackson to Apple CEO Cook: Hire black

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>They killed the Newton, and I never forgave them.

Americans like the poetic ambiguity of pound (mass) and pound (force)

- I'm not sure if it is entirely Apple's fault

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Lure young people into science

Says professional devotee of sky beard ...

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Prisoners' 'innovative' anti-IMSI catcher defence was ... er, tinfoil

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Re: Wouldn't it be cheaper...

It also depends on the conductivity of the mesh, especially the connections between the bits of wire. Chicken wire manufacture is not optomised for high frequency AC conductivity.

Mobile phones are also really-really good at working with a very weak signal

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Re: Wouldn't it be cheaper...

And the extension of slavery to anyone who doesn't have a knighthood

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AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world

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Re: The Cloud...

Ob xkcd

ps. is there any way to automatically format a link without having to remember html ?

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Raspberry Pi gives us all new 'Pi Zero W' for its fifth birthday

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Re: Everybody loves Pi

If you need one of them - not being able to order even 10off of most of them is a bit limiting for planning even small projectd

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Germany, France lobby hard for terror-busting encryption backdoors – Europe seems to agree

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Re: 'the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed'

It says "arms" not guns, and nothing about conventional weapons.

You can prize my H-bomb from my glowing dead fingers

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Re: Godwins law, revised (as it relates to part of this discussion)

But look on the bright side - the last time the Hun tried to do mandatory encryption we got computers as a spin-off

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Re: Forgive my ignorace, but...

German government really doesn't have much luck when it comes to encryption does it ?

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Revealed: UK councils shrug at privacy worries, strap on body cams

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Presumably you would just charge the BBC a license fee for doing so ?

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Sponsorship opportunities - eventually people are going to walk around looking like F1 drivers

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LUNAR-CY! SpaceX announces a Moon trip-for-two it'll inevitably miss the deadline on

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Re: I wonder who the two are?

Where you genuinely don't know who to feel more sorry for

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Yes - That's why all new passenger aircraft are flown under remote control around the world before you risk putting people on them.

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Re: This is ridiculous

I crew member to recognise the moon and the other to press the "keep orbital mechanics working as we continue in the same orbit" button ?

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Do we get to choose who goes?

Could be a good kickstarter opportunity

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Post-Brexit five-year UK work visas planned – report

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Re: Low wages in the uk

Presumably the hard working educated and precise UK engineers have moved on to more lucrative employment - lets hope the City isn't allowed to hire all these foreigners aswell

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Re: Bah!

That's the advantage of digital - it can mean anything you want.

It might be embarrassing to be a politician opening a new AI research lab, next door to the empty nano-material research lab, next door to the crumbing high-temperature superconducitivy research lab, next door to the boarded up 5th generation software lab

But with digital innovation thought leader research research you never have to worry about them failing to deliver

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The smart ones will be working for their Guernsey based management company and will only be in the UK for 5 ears for meetings and integration - no tax and no NI

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Re: If only..

You mean there might now be smuggling across the Irish border - surely not ?

Anyone else remember the cow barns built across the border with queues of petrol tankers innocently going in and out of each end

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NSA snoops told: Get your checkbooks and pens ready for a cyber-weapon shopping spree

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Re: "Unique nature" of the job?

No harder than finding people in the 60s who were bright enough to build mach3 spy planes but dumb enough to think Vietnam was a good idea

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Pai, Pai, Mr American spy: FCC supremo rips up privacy protections for broadband punters

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Re: https

But IIRC only the initial dns lookup for the site - not the actual page url, and not any post/get data?

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Re: He's right in one respect

With https everywhere how much do they see anymore?

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Oh, irony of ironies: Gov.UK's transparency report reveals... nothing

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Re: Tin Hat Optional...

Only if you are a terrorist, they only monitor terrorists so if they are monitoring you you must be a terrorist.

See also VPN users

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Classic

Sir Humphrey: How are things at the Campaign for the Freedom of Information, by the way?

Sir Arnold: Sorry, I can't talk about that.

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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

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Re: What interests me

So if you were eg. CEO of a formerly great computer and engineering company and then ran it into the ground, fired all the good staff, split it into competing divisions, wasted $Bn on buying crap data analytics companies , etc

- would you be arrested for criminal damage or given a multi $MM severance package ?

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Re: @Ellier ... This will impact others as well

Here it wouldn't be because sysadmin isn't a professional designation.

If he was an engineer and did this he would be guilty of professional negligence. But as a mere nuclear physicist I'm not considered a professional so anything I do that happens to leave a crater is considered just a D'oh moment.

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IBM: Voluntary redundo offer? Ticked. Min stat terms? Ticked

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It's a good way of selecting all the good staff who plan to get out before the rush,

Except in the case of IBM they all left a decade ago

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Radioactive leak riddle: Now Team America sniffs Europe's skies for iodine isotope source

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Re: Given the stated levels...

It's a large scale test of homeopathy.

If it works then we will all be dead of radiation poisoning.

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Re: Not the best choice

Or you could force them to try and solder with the fscking stuff

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Gulp! Drones dodge spray from California's gaping moist glory hole

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Here in Canada the term for visiting your lake-side holiday home = eyebrow raising to hear your boss announcing he goes cottaging at the weekend

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

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Re: Promoting Fear

And to make sure that you think twice before doing anything that may cause you problems later.

Like visiting the ACLU or Democrat websites or forgetting to follow the glorious leader on twitter.

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Re: Trips

Well nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition

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Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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Re: So, all you clever people rubbishig that list...

If he has a modem in his bedroom

If he has an unrealistically attractive girlfriend who he shows no sexual interest in

If he is suddenly interested in Tic-Tac-toe / noughts-and-crosses

If he asks you if you want to play global thermonuclear war

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Re: Very funny

When a picture of a little girl who has had all her clothes and half her skin burned off by napalm is offensive, because of the lack of clothes - you need to rethink your family values

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Re: Ahright! Ahright! Ahright!

Is your child a scouser ? - Hacker parents get warning signs.

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Your children may be mathematicians

They spend most of their free time alone with their maths

They have few real friends, but talk extensively to online friends about maths

Teachers say the child has a keen interest in maths, almost to the exclusion of all other subjects

They're doing maths so much it affects their sleeping habits

They use the language of maths with terms such as "pi" (pronounced pi), Euler, Function, lambda, axiom, proof, Galois (refers to a field rather than cigs),

Members of the Anonymous Maths group refer to their attacks as attacks

They refer to themselves and their friends as mathematicians or mathmos

They have multiple email addresses

They have an odd-sounding nickname (famous ones include Bourbaki)

Their computer has an app called matlab which is used to access equations which have letters that are numbers

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BlackBerry sued by hundreds of staffers 'fooled' into quitting

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Re: @ledswinger ... Intelligence Test

>In California non compete clause are not valid.

And $Bn companies secretly agreeing among themselves not to hire anyone from another $Bn company is also illegal - did that stop them ?

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Re: N'exit means N'exit

They did read it, it said something like "your employment is being transferred from RIM Holdings Incorporated PLC to RIM Incorporated Holdings PLC" - this is the sort of stuff you get sent at least once a month when one of these giant companies is restructuring.

It doesn't say - "and we are taking away all you benefits Mwaa Mwaa...." in the small print. You need a lawyer to say that they could, but the lawyer is always going to say that they COULD do something bad even if it is just a form to sign to say you are getting a new door card.

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Re: @two-weeks Legality

Here in Canada we have a special exemption to all the employment acts if you work with a computer.

No overtime, no limits to working hours, no statutory holidays, no vacation - apparently it is necessary to allow highly innovative Canadian companies to compete internationally (presumably with N Korean slave labor)

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New Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters can't transmit vital data

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How are they going to carry it?

On a line under the dorsal flight feathers ?

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Re: No Planes, No Carriers, No Subs...

I think they have just discovered the secret to eternal peace - make all weapons so expensive and complicated that you can't afford to use them and they don't work when you try.

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Re: Carrier pigeons?

The helicopter is quite fast so they would have to be enhanced cyborg-pigeons with jet packs.....

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Re: You couldn't make this up

The 2Johns one on the new fighter "... and that's when we add the trunk and paint it white"

Ironically I think it was written about a previous fighter project but perfectly describes every more recent one.

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Dead cockroaches make excellent magnets – now what are we supposed to do with this info?

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Re: Just the thing for

I thought bees were already bar-coded ?

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MEPs in 'urgent' call for new laws on artificial intelligence and robotics

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Re: Black box voice recorder

Generally they do this by painting the flag of the country doing the ordering on the side

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Republicans send anti-Signal signal to US EPA

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Re: Overreach is the problem

And what happens to schools everywhere when one of those religious fundamentalists gets to Washington?

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