* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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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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Re: Computerized voting

Being able to vote AGAINST one candidate rather than for another, where they get -1 vote could be interesting.

Especially combined with compulsory voting

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Re: As a leftist loon ...

Anyone who regards Ms Clinton as a "leftie" is possibly facing the wrong way

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Re: AFAIK, the Putin Doctrine is more or less --

"But it is not Parliament that should rule; it is the people who should rule through Parliament."

Which has been achieved if "the people" means the people in the cabinet office

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Re: As far I can understand

The Russian system was also setup to check the influence of any population centers swinging the election.

The one-man one-vote system under Putin shows he was a lot smarter than many give him credit for.

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Body cams too fragile for Canadian Mounties – so they won't be used

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Re: Hmmm ...

They don't need their own cameras, if they are arresting someone and a bystander happens to film it they simply arrest the bystander and seize their phone as evidence

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/woman-files-complaint-against-whistler-rcmp-over-cellphone-seizure-1.3882355

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Re: Fimbulwinter FTW

I interpret the existence of the DMCA and copyright lawyers as a sign of coming Ragnarök

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Re: From the HBO legal department

Prior art, "Sumer Is Icumen In" - 13th Century

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Latest loon for Trump's cabinet: Young-blood-loving, kidney-market advocate Jim O'Neill

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The FDA does kill people

While not wishing to go all Trump the FDA is a problem

Apart from the normal Washington revolving door - the application process is so complex you have to employ specialist Washington law firms to help you, all of which advertise how many former directors of the FDA they employ.

The process is slow and expensive beyond reason. We sell a surgical device around the world treating real patients, but after two years of reviews, including changes of director, re-classifications, transfers to different divisions, the FDA has decided that we need to re-start animal trials from scratch before we can be considered for use in the USA.

They only recently allowed re-use of toxicity data on drugs, so that you didn't have to re-test how many 1000x of times the standard dose killed 50% of rabbits, everytime you changed the name or sold a drug already approved for a different source of pain.

For rare diseases it is becoming technically impossible, not just financially non-viable, to meet the FDA requirements. One recent case would require a clinical trial consisting of >300% of the actual cases.

We want drugs and procedures to be safe. But we also want ambulances and fire engines to be safe. Suppose every ambulance had to be built, maintained and operated to the same safety standards as a Space Shuttle - and each state could only afford to operate one vehicle. Would people be safer?

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Going underground: The Royal Mail's great London train squeeze

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Re: Side note

Perhaps they could link the London and Birmingham systems.

A railway line between London and Birmingham could be useful, by building it underground you would avoid a lot of local objections

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Re: 20%...

But Foxcon are replacing expensive skilled workers with robots.

We are suggesting replacing expensive locomotives with cheap labour, and chains, possibly some whips

It's a return to Victorian values - at least as far as the mining industry

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Wannabe Cali governor gives up against beach-blocking billionaire VC

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A Trumpian solution

California is essentially America's beach-front (at least the non-hurricane prone part)

It is infested with billionaires

It is too expensive for anyone else to live there

The state wants to be independent of the rest of the country

Just IPO the entire state

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BAE Systems' autonomous research aircraft flies itself to Scotland

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Re: Some catching up

>Most people in IT wait until V3 before rolling anything out though..

I assume that's why they skipped the V0

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Some catching up

I think some other chappies managed to get an aircraft to take off from France and fly unaided to London where it "landed"about 70years ago.

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Bloke sold cash register code to restaurants that deliberately hid sales from taxmen

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You can't do that ...

Unless you are an accountant or a billionaire real-estate developer.

Then it's just being smart

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Cassini tickles Saturn's rings ahead of final death plunge

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The Audi option

>Cassini is travelling at thousands of miles per hour so should blast though the ring with minimal time for a collision.

The faster you drive, the less time for a collision and so the safer you are!

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US election pollsters weren't (very) wrong – statistically speaking

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Re: lol

But how would lib dems have felt if the reformed voting system had given UKIP 14% of the seats?

I suspect they wouldn't have been applauding it as a wonderful sign of democracy

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HPE UK preps the redundancy ride as Chrimbo looms

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Re: Offshoring is shit

You are aware that HP is a US company?

You are the current cheap offshore workers.

You are being replaced by cheaper offshore workers.

If you object to offshoring then tell HP/Microsoft/Google/Amazon/Apple/IBM to send all their jobs back "home" to America. And then tell Fujitsu and ARM to get back to Japan

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VCs to Trump: You know what would really make America great? Tax breaks for VCs

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Re: VCs?

Fortunately Hedge fund managers paid for Trump and have been rewarded with all the cabinet posts. And of course Hedge funds, unlike VCs, have a long term worker-centric view of the economy.

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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

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Re: Setting passwords for international users

Can't they just use the $ key? I thought that they were equivalent following Brexit ?

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Usually felines displeasure is a little more urinary than that - unless you have a cat that pisses beer.

Although that would explain where several lagers come from.

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Soon only Ticketmaster will rip you off: Concert scalper bots face US ban

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Re: The definition of pure capitalism - rape the consumer.

Indeed the practice should be extended to stocks. You buy the stock at the IPO if you want it and can never sell it for more than that price.

Perhaps we could extend it to houses and avoid another crash ?

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Netflix and fill – our coffers: Canada mulls taxing vid streaming giant 5% of subs cash

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Re: Fucking Politicians

So we are going to tax people watching shows on Netflix in order to give Hollywood movies bigger tax breaks to pretend Vancouver is New York?

While blocking the streets and causing traffic chaos

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Re: Netflix aren't going to walk

In this case Netflix.

If the customer sees a 20% rise in the price they are going to look elsewhere - they aren't going to consider that the money isn't going to Netflix.

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Cheap virtual box hosters – Amazon's Lightsail is out to destroy you (yes, you, Digital Ocean)

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Re: What is the point ?

You just got featured on the frontpage of HN/Slashdot - now you need 1000x as much capacity for a couple of days. Better hope that ebay seller does fast delivery of your 1000 laptops

You have a SAAS product that needs a lot of power on a saturday, or the last day of the month or peaks at Christmas. Or you want to roll out a new version without having to build a duplicate data center for the switch-over

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Re: Bah!

For now - yes,

It takes a while for the foreign take-overs to be processed and we haven't got round to deporting all the foreign engineers yet

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Re: Blackmail! (remember Monty Python?)

Because they remember previous Labour governments being brought down by the unions. New Labour had far more reason to control the unions than the Tories ever did.

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Re: This boils down to a single thing...

>Basically, pick your poison. The Police State or Anarchy.

That's unfair - there's no reason (with the current government) you can't have both

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Re: This boils down to a single thing...

>If you have many muslims in your country you live in a surveillance state.

Or catholics, or miners

The new technology just means they don't have to have spies on the ground in each group

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Re: Reveal your keys or face imprisonment

Yes but they were all poor and being prosecuted for terrorism/child abuse with lots of other evidence so no money to take it to a higher court and no public sympathy.

Good to get a lot of precedence set before you use it on journalists or human rights lawyers who might have the money and lawyers to take it further

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Wow. What a shock. The FBI will get its bonus hacking powers after all

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Re: ... to find the target's true location

The big advantage is that it lets them "judge shop"

If you don't think that a Californian judge will give you a warrant to hack Apple, or a Washington one approve of hacking the Clinton foundation - you just need to find a good-old-boy/true-patriot in Alabama somewhere and have them approve your warrant for anywhere in the country

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Congrats America, you can now safely slag off who you like online

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Re: Good for freedom of speech and consumer rights.

Great news for London libel lawyers

As long as they can show one person in the UK read the review they can choose to have it heard in London, and with the UK's accommodating libel laws you can be assured of a generous payout

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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Re: Why 18?

I'm not sure which is more disturbing.

That you could be arrested for taking a picture of AC/DC's Angus Young in his stage gear. Or that you could take an obscene picture of 60 year old Angus Young

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Re: Why 18?

Several prominent people been questioned by police for sending photos of them bathing their kids to Boots. You only hear about the ones who are sunday times columnists - think of all the poor families who have been put on various lists and don't have the lawyers to fight it.

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Re: Why 18?

Making an obscene image where the subject is intended to appear to be under 18 is an offence - so a 40year old women on a hen party in a school uniform is child pron

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Re: Think for a minute

Your message has been flagged as cyber bullying - containing the phrase "dic pics"

Your username has an 80% probability of matching a terrorist term "Gaza" so we have flagged you for further monitoring.

Thank you - the internet monitoring algorithm

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Internet Archive preps Canadian safe haven to swerve Donald Trump

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Re: Better option

Good connectivity matters. If you are trying to slurp the entire, and mostly US hosted, internet - it's a good idea to be on a short, fat pipe to the main US servers

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