* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

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Re: Let's all binge on Blake’s 7 and help save the BBC ... from itself

Ironically here in Canada we get all the old UK stuff on Netflix, the other half is addicted to Midsommer/Rosemary&Thyme,Ms Marple,Agatha Christie - none of which show up on UK netflix.

... more worryingly she might be planning on murdering me and is researching the best way to fool detectives

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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crackup verdict: PILOT ERROR

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Re: Disturbing

There have also been a number of accidents when thrust reversers or slats deployed during flight on commercial airliners - either because of faults or pilot error.

Adding interlocks so thrust reversers only work when there is weight on the wheels seemed like a sensible precaution - however well airline pilots were trained not to put the engines in reverse while flying.

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Hurrah! Uber does work (in the broadest sense of the word) after all

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Re: Again?

Like Kayak, expedia, flightbookers, etc did to travel agents.

If only the travel agents had donated $50k to the mayor's election fund these services would be illegal.

In fact given the airline's clout with the government i'm surprised that they aren't

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Re: Same there

And the person with a $1M is an idiot. $1M and the return is $40,000/year. ie 4% return on capital.

This is a billionaire that needs to read some business books.

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Re: Actually works

"would that mean I need a taxi license for that city?"

Yes but more importantly you would need a license from the BCS, and be a member, and pay annual dues to be allowed to write a computer program.

We can't have just anyone writing programs - don't you care about hackers etc?

If only the BCS had the same lobbying cash as the lawyers, accountants, opticians etc

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Hacked US Census Bureau staff to take anti-phishing classes

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Re: training and support portal? REALLY!?

And there will be organisations that tell their users "don't click on suspicous attachments" and then email important pay/pensions forms as word doc named PDQQ-6756-BHG.docx

If you let infected files/links into your system and rely on regular users to spot them and not click - it isn't the users' fault. It's like telling them that some of their computers might have faulty PSUs with dangerous voltages on the keyboard and that they should "be careful".

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Email apparently from Home Office warns of emails apparently from Home Office

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emails they deem suspicious

Well if I thought they really came from the home office then I would be cautious - but as long as they are only hackers.

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Boffins' audacious plan to blow up aircraft foiled by bomb-proof bag

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>a jumbo jet towing a WWII style glider behind it

Cue Ryanair's next announcement, "caravan class"

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Re: And braces

Airplanes do not carry tanks of oxygen - that would be dangerous.

They have canisters containing a mixture of chemical explosives which generate oxygen, along with a lot of heat, when you trigger them.

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Re: Not mentioned in the article...

Number of US planes blown up by bombs in last 20years?

Number of US airports which still don't have weather or windshear radar

Number of staff cut by the reduction of ATC to a few major centers leaving most of the US with no coverage.

Number of column inches generated by each threat ....

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SPACESUIT, once FOUND ON MOON: Crowd action saves it for the public

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Re: Its because the US is broke...

Nasa is safe because it has sites in every senators home.

Remember space is a tiny part of what Nasa does - most of it is subsidising a bunch of aerospace companies

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So what the BLINKING BONKERS has gone wrong in the eurozone?

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Re: The New Deal

>but Chancellor Merkel is not going to bankrupt her nation by pouring multiple billions into South-Eastern Europe.

She isn't, she is pouring billions of euros into German merchant banks that made expensive loans to SE europe.

>It would not be so tough if these nations got to keep their favourite coin

But then they wouldn't have been able to borrow to buy German cars and Germany wouldn't have been able to afford to sell them with expensive DMs.

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Re: Too many secrets to know what will do what.

The "Canadian economy" is the housing market in Vancouver and Toronto and the banks that support it.

The rate cut will drive up prices and cut mortgage payments - people will feel richer and vote the correct way in October. After that who cares?

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Re: Rescue the banks or the bankers

A real profit or a "we bought Northern Rock for £1, wrote off a £Bn of bad debt and sold it to that Branson chap for £1m" sort of profit?

And did we (or the Americans) cure the moral hazard of allowing retail banks to play speculation in the knowledge that they will be bailed out if they screw up?

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Rescue the banks or the bankers

One topic worthy of Worstallian analysis.

A massive collapse of all banks and the disappearance of money is a probably a bad thing.

Was the bail out, and partial nationalisation, of banks cheaper than simply letting some of them go bust and paying the depositors?

Was billions really given to merchant bankers who made a bad bet and then paid themselves bonuses with the money?

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

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Re: Major change needed

But the research is also available to all their competitors

With the current system you pay for the research, a single company rolls up and licenses it for an undisclosed (but tiny) fee and it disappears into their IP portfolio.

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Re: Major change needed

Anything produced by the federal government is.

But the local authorities do a lot of this sort of stuff, you have to sign that your bathroom remodelling meets the county plumbing rules, a copy costs $500 and changes each year -- it's just a hidden local tax.

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MEGABOFFIN Stephen Hawking to rattle off answers online for MORE THAN A WEEK

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slowed communications method.

He's on virgin broadband ?

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Re: I've always wondered....

Particles don't really exchange real gravitons to feel gravity anymore than electrons exchange real photons to repel electromagnetically - they are virtual particles.

Or if you prefer it's all just an accounting trick to make the laws of physics balance.

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NIST in suspected 'meth lab' blast: US Congress is demanding answers

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Re: "NIST Police and Fire Departments"

Fermilab has an official herd of bison (ie Buffalo to Americans) living on top of the accelerator.

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Re: lamar looks up

Texas has laws requiring a permit to own laboratory glassware - to stop this science stuff.

It's a pain because the lab supply companies won't ship to Texas because they don't want the trouble of confirming your licence.

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John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

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Re: STFU John, you're already a laughing stock!

He should run for president !

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Re: That's a hack too

That's why our policy is that passwords must contain a perverted sexual act (in uppercase) - it really cuts down on people revealing their passwords

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Re: "Wildcard" indeed

And they are never seen in the same room together !

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The Wilson Doctrine isn't legally binding, MPs CAN be spied on, says QC

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Re: QCs don't make the law, or decide what is legal

I suspect the current one adds a ps. "can you also lob a spare missile at Nick Clegg if the big one goes up"

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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Re: Police backdoor ?

Trouble is the police are driving nice new fancy high end cars that are hackable.

Who is going to be hacking who - you could save all the bother of stealing/driving the car and just sit at home playing scalextric with real police cars.

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Re: CAN Bus

If it's used everywhere wouldn't it be an Omni bus?

Then if it was used in a bus it would be an omnibus Omni bus.

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Re: ...make you wait for nearly a minute before a bloody TV has to boot up?

My fsckign digital camera plays a 3second animated logo while you are waiting to take a picture.

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Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

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Re: Physics

For ERNIE (premium bonds) they do - but that's because only little old ladies buy premium bonds and little old ladies trust the government. Idiots buy lottery tickets and idiots like to see balls on TV.

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You can secretly snoop on someone if they butt-dial you – US judges

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That did come up (IIRC in the Netherlands) the court ruled that a fault on the line which meant the phone went off-hook allowed the police to listen in without a warrant and use the evidence.

The court got suspicous when there was a "fault on the line" of every suspect that year.

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SpaceX's blast shock delays world's MOST POWERFUL ROCKET

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Re: Launch costs and red herrings

If you are sending a single probe to Mars that took 10years to design and build and will be operated for years - that's true.

If you want a permanent base and need to lift 1000t of supplies to Mars in 100s of launches then the delivery charge starts to become significant.

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Re: rocket science

Rocket science is easy. Tsiolkovsky's rocket equation and Newton's laws.

Rocket engineering, on the other hand, is decidely tricky. As is most engineering which involves - light several hundred tons of explosive and hope to control what happens.

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Re: I see where they're going...

No that's the XXXX - it's fueled by sheep's piss

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Re: Re-Use

It was never clear that the cost of recovering, refurbishing and transporting the boosters ever made sense and the "resusable" shuttle main engines had on average less than 2 flights for most parts

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SPECTRE-tacular: New trailer out for Bond 24. But where's the pussy?

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Re: The cat thing is obvious.

It's only a problem with fake cats - real cats would be properly earthed by having their claws embedded in your leg.

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What goes up, Musk comedown: Falcon rocket failed to strut its stuff

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Re: So they lost an unmanned rocket, but gained a safety feature for the manned version...

A different software fault might cause the parachute to deploy accidentally and destroy the launch - it's a question of risk.

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The Ruskies are coming for you, NSA director tells City bankers

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Re: the solution is simple

No, we need to ban encryption AND hoard zero day exploits - it's the only way to be sure.

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Flubbed hardware fix knocked out 911 calls, T-Mobile US cops big fine

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Re: One of these days...

The fine comes under operating expenses so mostly is just knocked off the next tax bill.

The demanded upgrades will be written off against R&D tax credits or infrastructure improvement grants - so if their accountants are on the ball they should make a profit out of this

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You Musk be joking: Tesla's zero to 60MPH in 2.8 SECONDS is literally 'ludicrous'

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Re: Range is good, rate of acceleration is useless

> there is no point in the extra acceleration

Not for the driver - but there is for Tesla.

How much free advertising + how many extra sales does having the fastest accelerating road car get you?

There isn't much point to winning Le Mans every year for the average Audi A3 buyer - but Audi still pay to do it.

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Re: My car is still faster...

"There's no way that a Tesla (in the present day) could keep up with any normal vehicle over a 12 or 24 hour cross country race."

Then there is no way that your dead-dinosaur powered car could keep up with a Tesla in a 12/24month race. It stops by the side of the road, unfolds the solar panels and has a kip for a few days.

You start drilling a well, hoping that there is undiscovered oil under you, while looking up how to build an oil refinery out of washing up liquid bottles and sticky back plastic in your Blue Peter annual.

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Metadata slurp warrant typo sends cops barging into the wrong house

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"Otherwise the police could search anyone's home based on a case that is occurring 50 miles away that has nothing to do with the person in question."

That was one of the concerns when the law was introduced = the "Lord Lucan" strategy.

Every officer could have a warrant for "anyone/anywhere" on the theory that since they didn't know who/where was involved in the Lord Lucan murder the warrant must apply everywhere and to everyone.

Remember this is a force that used suspect is a "black youth in London" as a justification that their stop and searches weren't random but were targeted on those fitting a description.

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GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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artificial neural network

And before they were using a real one ......

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

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Re: Bombing Japan

> And islands are notoriously hard to attack- as Nazi generals learnt the hard way.

Blockaded islands that you can fire bomb at will are also unnecessary to attack.

You can starve the entire population over a winter then leave the remainder to die in the summer once you have destroyed the water/sewage/power and medical services.

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Bitcoin fixes a Greek problem – but not the Greek debt problem

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Re: QE

The purpose of QE is the hope that the banks will flood the high street with free money and people will shop the country out of a recession with cheap credit cards.

Austerity means stopping government infrastructure projects and cutting government jobs leading to higher unemployment, while at the same time scaring those who do have jobs into not spending anything because things must be bad, and going to get worse, if the government is closing schools and hospitals.

Of course - what did Keynes know ?

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QE

Can anyone explain why printing truckloads of money was the correct thing to do for UK and USA while restricting the money supply and austerity was the necessary for every other advanced country in europe?

Was it simply that all Germans believe that inflation (even 2.1% inflation) causes Nazis?

Was it a deliberate screw your neighour policy (like Germany claiming that the only way out of recession is for France/Italy to close their car industry) ?

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Brit school software biz unchains lawyers after crappy security exposed

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Legal advice

>the methods used to identify and communicate this particular issue were not legal

If your legal dept thinks that it, and not the courts, get to decide what methods used to publish information are legal - then you need some new legal advice.

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Unredacted: ICANN's hidden role in fierce battle over .Africa rights

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Why not a merger?

Simply merge FIFA, ICANN and the Olympics and you can have a single place to pay bribes - avoiding a lot of transaction costs.

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Hacking Team spyware rootkit: Even a new HARD DRIVE wouldn't get rid of it

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Re: Security options

Those building in the spying at the factory in are evil henchmen of a commie dictatorship aimed at political enemies of the state.

Those intercepting the servers in transit and "updating them" are the brave guardians of law and order in their constant battle against the commie terrorists in our midst.

I really can't see how people could get confused

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Re: Security options

>If someone has managed to bypass your entire office security, got into the server room and managed to reflash a machine

Or they simply did it at the UPS facility when the server was on it's way to you or at the motherboard factory - depending whether you are being spied on by the good guys or the bad guys.

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