* Posts by Triggerfish

2032 posts • joined 12 Feb 2010

Venezuela increases internet censorship and surveillance in crisis

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Re: Why pick on Venezuela?

Sorry mate, but I think socialist democracy is not necessarily a bad thing, I'd rather have that say than rampant free market economics where corporations get to do everything and anything they like because people don't want the government to interfere, look at some of the issues America has with this.

My comment about letting it slide is because people like the Tories currently seem to be looking at how restrictive regimes police their internet and seem to think it is a good idea.

Someone I was talking with a week or so ago, was commenting on how some regimes which are basically dictatorships are not that bad so maybe democracy is not that good, nice theory and maybe they are right when you dictator is benevolent, but go down that route and when the right bastard gets in your are fucked, in fact you have actually made the means of oppression easier for him.

This is why we should not let it slide here.

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Re: Venezuela could fall...

I know someone whose daughter is going out with a Cuban student who lives over here now, he gets asked to smuggle in things like cat5 cable, as well as toilet roll etc, when he returns, (which is apparently infrequently because of fear of being drafted into national service).

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Re: Why pick on Venezuela?

Maybe it's to give us a heads up on how bad it can get if you let it slide.

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EU pegs quota for 'homegrown' content on Netflix at 30 per cent

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Re: Law of Unintended Consequences

God no.

Although to be fair I would happily swap "Point of no return" for "Nikita"

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Windows 10 love to see PC market grow again. Future iPhone to be clear. Elvis to re-appear

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Refresh of hardware

Not sure about Win10 love, how much is refresh of hardware? We have been keeping hold of our win 7 machines but they are a bit tired now, which means we will be going ending up with Win10 due to a hardware refresh. Doesn't mean we love it.

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DJI: Register your drones or no more cool flying vids for you

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Re: And in this evenings news...

Fair enough I thought you meant the capability was not there.

However when have people cared about practical? Flying in restricted airspace is not recommended some people still try it.

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Re: And in this evenings news...

A drone at 4000 feet?

Some like DJI can apparently get well past that, it's just software limited to 500m altitude from take off point.

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Re: To all the 'experts' here

Fortunately to be certified airliners have to prove capable of operating with one engine inoperative, and for certification purposes that happens before take-off at a point at which it's no longer possible to stop in the remaining runway available.

However should be noted this is not counted as optimal flying conditions. :)

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Re: Way to go!

Sometimes I am not sure whether we should be blaming the company for having this control, or blaming the dipshits who fly drones in places they shouldn't and may have caused the company to try and protect their chance to sell drones in the future.

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China's phone quartet is shouldering its way into Western markets

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Re: One if the GREAT things about living in VietNam is that we are ...

I could believe it, infrastructure is pretty good, people seem pretty well educated as well, and they are sinking a fair chunk of their gdp into things like education. It's one to watch.

Also I would have thought that for phone markets Asia is where it is at to some degree, uptake of smartphones and all the things that can be done with them seem to have penetrated more (IMO) throughout SE Asia far more than the UK.

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Re: One if the GREAT things about living in VietNam is that we are ...

Yep found the same, Hanoi is good as well, averaging about 13Mbps.

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Why Uber threw top engineer Levandowski under self-driving bus

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Re: Thief being betrayed by thieves

There may be honour amongst thieves, his mistake was dealing with businessman. :)

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40,000-plus AT&T staff threaten to strike Friday

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Re: Buy shares?

Not necessarily a terrible margin, if you sell enough. A lot of supermarkets operate on very low margins for example (3% or so) and make the difference by quantity of units. A low margin helps you sell sometimes, a low margin might make you 13.3bn.

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White House sicko sent down for 20 years after sexting underage girls

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Re: What's the betting...

There is the thought as well if he did a pic whilst on duty they may be slapping him a bit for dereliction of said duty? Also they may be a bit upset about agents in secure places (even if he wasn't at the time) being so free and easy with their phones and photos? Might explain why they have slapped such a large sentence on him.

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No laptop ban on Euro flights to US... yet

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Re: Why Israel didn't ban electronic devices on flights to Tel Aviv?

This may be from a comedy list type site, but every now and again they interview some interesting people.

The link below was written by the former head of security for Israels airport

http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-reasons-tsa-sucks-a-security-experts-perspective/

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French fling fun-sized fine at Facebook for freakin' following folk

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I realise the above may have been a little sarky.

But the point is, in some places it is one of the number one messaging apps, YMMV but for me its pretty necessary to have whatsapp at the very least on my phone. I even though I have been avoiding it may have to put the facebook app on.

It's just the way it is and it's not going to change this way anyway soon around in SEA.

It is also a lot easy to talk by text sometimes, due to language barriers.

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Cheap phone packages are available; Mrs Commswonk has one to talk to her daughter abroad.

Yes still not cheaper than leached wifi, receivers in some countries may have to pay charge to recieve and it would be prohibitively expensive for them.

"Facebook tends to be a lazy way" might be more accurate. Apart from anything else if I want to communicate with specific friends I do not world + dog listening from the sidelines; if all the friends are mutual there might be some excuse for using Facebook but individual friends deserve individual attention.

A good point I shall inform the whole of South East Asia to change their habits immediately.

I'll also set up a deal with various people to make sure their English is up to scratch, meanwhile I shall be working on my languages, (sometimes typed is better).

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Re: Seems fair compared to banking etc.

If we operate in other countries we have to pay attention to the law. Facebook might say they are an internet company but if they are marketing directly to french subscribers and buying advertising in France to market to them, then are they not operating in that country?

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Re: Does not compute, Captain

You just have to do it over...and over...and over...and over...

It's all about volume!!!

Per person could end up an interesting amount, you may needs the reg standards calculator.

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I'd love to because of the spying, but where I live now it's probably used for communication more than voice calls or text. There's a fair few countries that tend to do this as well, because people leach WiFi and use that, or whatsapp or viber or zalo. Rather than use money on call/ text fees.

Weirdly dumping facebook out here, would hamper your social life, plus the ability to get other things done through the groups.

Also to be honest from the UK if you have friends & family abroad, call costs to places like Australia, or Thailand from the UK tend to be a bit pricey to phone someone up for a quick half hour chat and catch up. Facebook tends to be a quick and easy way.

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Uber may face criminal charges over alleged stolen self-driving tech

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Re: re Bestiality

I was of that opinion but a few past experiences have made me wonder if maybe the taxi companies had been a bit better then there would have been no space for Uber.

Long distance journey, Uber certainly won out with a price difference of about £30

Where I used to live in the countryside, one local taxi firm had all the local villages sewn up, so you had no choice, this means they could be very late and you would still be stuck using them next time, 4 mile journeys on Friday and Saturday nights being charged around £15-20. They had a monopoly and knew it.

Foreign country, I haven't used Uber but have used something similar called grab taxi, its been quite handy giving you an idea of what you should be paying especially when a lot of the taxis go for making a bit extra out of the foreigners.

Not a fan of Uber and their practices, and I think they should definitely be more regulated. But in some places the cab firms are getting this kickback from customers because they have been running some shoddy practices as well.

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Amazing new boffinry breakthrough: Robots are eating our brains

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Re: @ The Onymous Coward

Thing is sabbaticals are alright if you can afford them, but if you are in a job paying less then taking unpaid time off is not always a choice you have, these are the people who will struggle if hours get cut.

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China's first large passenger jet makes maiden flight

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Re: Roewe IS Rover

Can't comment for China but some of the other Asian onesaren't bad, just flown Vietnamese Airlines and it was better than Emirates, ethihad or Qatar in cattle class. Thai airways is OK as well.

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Re: On the plus side, instant familiarity

I worked with a guy who built a carding machine, and a few other bits of textiles plant, talked about whether it was worth patenting and he basically said it would be copied straight away and the patent wasn't worth the money once it reached China, and not much call for them in England.

But at the same time, worth watching these countries they are investing in STEM for a reason.

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Fire fighters get grinding on London man’s trapped genitalia

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How about a strip of silk, or mohair scarf, tied with a nice bow.

Surely a bow tie?

That way one can pretend to be an elephant as well. :)

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Booze stats confirm boring Britain is drying

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Re: drunk posting again

Agree there, the Muslim youths I knew at uni, and in the surrounding area certainly drank and more, it was a bit like the some Irish at uni, animals on a night out, good Catholic Church going boys back home during the holidays :)

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Re: drunk posting again

There's not that many more Muslims, and it never closed pubs around East & West ham when I was a kid. I'd say it was the high prices and lower wages, I could earn more as a temp hourly in school holidays than a lot on minimum wage can do now full time twenty years later. Add to that the cost of a pint in a pub and it becomes to expensive even to have a quick pint after work.

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Master of Dredd: Judge inker John Higgins speaks to The Reg

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Re: Democracy

America was excellent but I think the whole story arc it's part of stands out as well.

Have to say summer magic was a fave 2000 ad story as well, good choice. :)

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Democracy

One of the best Dredd story arcs I have read, and beats many non comic book novels plot lines for it's maturity and depth.

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Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

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Re: Rule one of tea club

Rule zero is milk before hot water.

Can't agree, this should only be allowed when the tea has been brewed in a pot first, otherwise you are chilling the water before you add the teabag.

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China launches aircraft carrier the length of 2.1 brontosaurs

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I would beg to differ with the article though that whilst China may have built this new one themselves, it is so similar to the Kuznetsov class that it clearly is a modest design revision with a bit of the fat trimmed - hardly a true indigenous capability.

While that's true, I think Chinas carrier plan seems to be based along the lines of use these to learn and work up to a full nuclear class carrier. I can't help thinking of the engineers from Kawasaki and Yamaha, coming over looking at Triumph bikes and learning from them.

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Man nicked trying to 'save' beer from burning building

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"Bad Experience" At Bookstore Prompts Man, 71, To Retaliate With Dildo Barrage

Seems like an interesting site

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/books-million/books-a-million-dildont-593871

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We're 'heartbroken' we got caught selling your email records to Uber, says Unroll.me boss

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Re: Bah!

How did everyone think this service got paid for?

I know what you mean but there is free software out there on the web, maybe some people think apps / services can be similar.

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Re: If something is free...

Haven't you noticed your sidebar content? Or tried to use the El Reg app with it's eyeblinding banners that contravene everything El Reg says good advertisers should do when formatting such banner ads?

I rather thought that went a long way to paying for El Reg.

I wonder if it does? After all they known what pisses us techies off, they have had plenty of artcles on it and then they do it themselves, and considering the audience I am guessing a lot have just blocked everything. We are one of the worst audiences to foist adds on anyway, before we are actively forced to kill them with fire.

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Re: Just don't do it

I know what you mean about Whatsapp, problem is, like may of these things it's so bloody handy at times.

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Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink

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Re: @Symon

Really? Describe to me the similarity beatween a man beating a woman and the invasion of Europe and holocaust? I'll worry about moronic language when you come out with something worthwhile answering.

I bet you can't because frankly every reply you have given has actually zero worthwile content to support your arguement, you are just flinging shit and hooting like a gibbon.

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Re: @Symon

Define crime. Perhaps you'd have been happy if we'd all laid down arms in WW2 and let the germans overrun europe? Wouldn't want to hurt anyone, right?

Seriously are you invoking Godwins law? Come on dude try harder than chucking up strawmen.

""Whoever fights monsters "....

Oooo, straight from the Big Bumper Book of Nietzsche Quotes, get you! Do you think it gives your point gravitas? Think again.

Bit more gravitas than that reply, and no I was inferring back to a philosophical idea that has been around for a while, the fact that you best argument against it is Ooooo is well I think you need to try harder, also irony.

"However ad hominem attacks when someone disagrees with you, well now thats pretty immature, acting like you are special."

I'd say something about holding a mirror up to oneself and the point I was trying to make but maybe that's a bit arty farty for you...

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Re: Jail time should be 5 years

Because when a justice system fails or looks so corrupt as to be usless,then one of the few things you can hope for is some "social justice" ..

Social Justice aka Mob Rule.

Tell me are you allowed pitchforks and torches?

Are we allowed to attack pediatricians?

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Re: @9Rune5

You're making the mistake of assuming some = all.

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Re: arranged marriage

I'm still surprised clever, educated women with a good job still feel compelled to abide to such practices, because of their family and friends social pressure

You can apply the same sort of pressures to all sorts of things though, a lot of religions with practices such as shunning and such, you have things like the 'troubled teen' rehabilitation camps in America, Homosexuality being a choice you can pray away, liking a different foottball team....

We are sort of programmed to some degree to feel these pressures, it's what makes us a social animal.

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Re: @Symon

It's not being a snowflake to realise one crime does not condone another as a punishment.

"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster."

However ad hominem attacks when someone disagrees with you, well now thats pretty immature, acting like you are special. Is there a term people came up with for that?

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Poor is poor is poor.

So I grew up in a family that would have under that definition counted as poor I think, and there's a big difference between poor the definition and real poverty. Decent access to a pretty good local school, free education with an opportunity to go to uni and never hungry or with no electric etc.

Now at uni i have met people who had well off parents and yes they have a certain level of privilege, better schools, nicer holidays to foreign countries rather than say Canvey island, or maybe Cornwall but generally speaking on the starting out in life baseline we were reasonably on the level.

I have friends who are teachers in some schools in this country were the kids root through the bins for food and the parents have literally sold everything including the kitchen sink, shelves and oven. Those kids are so below the starting from out on in life baseline compared with us it's unreal. That's poverty,

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US military makes first drop of Mother-of-All-Bombs on Daesh-bags

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Re: Stupid bastards

Yeah have read similar, it ended up being a war of some attrition, not for material in the US though on how many bodies it could tolerate coming back in caskets.

Thing is though that's pretty much total war too bad if the civvies get carpet bombed etc estimates are between 30% & 50% civilians killed of the total losses.

You can't do that, half the reason we have problems is because there are people there who have no idea what's going on (there were some studies that suggested the first a lot of Afghans new about 9/11 was when we all turned up pissed off about it) just someone started invading their country. You have things like the Sons Of Iraq who were nicely being employed by the Americans (I think for about $60 a day per soldier.(but would have to go back and check refs), but were then left unemployed after the Shiite gov moved in (they were mostly Sunnis), guess who employs them now?

Bombing the living fuck out of a culture we don't really have a handle on because of tribalism and religion is not really going to work we do not have enough understanding of the ramifications. Plus Nietzsche may have had a point about hunting monsters and the abyss.

This was part of my point on buying up opium, you would buy it at a decent price, tell the farmers sell it to the dealers and you have no business (and you would probably be beating the price anyway since per kilo it's about $130 USD; prices 2015). Remove a significant chunk of the opium trade, Afghans start making money, build up the infrastructure, buy their hemp, get them to start a clothing line call it Kush clothing or something, open up the trade in Afghan melons and at some point when they start buying things from us.

Next time someone from the Taliban turns up and talks about the evil westerners your farmer might be thinking "Well yeah, but if I join you I am going to have to explain to my wife why I can't buy her that channel number five she saw on our Sony flatscreen, i had my eye on a new Hilux, and my kids quite enjoying playing in a team online with a bunch of these Westerners, apparently they are the SAS and erm shooting you lot".

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Re: Gather Dust?

I wonder why they didn't use one or two GBU-28s on the tunnel complex. Earthquakes and wrecked tunnels not spectacular enough for Proper Shock & Awe?.

I would think in a large complex structure like a cave system, where there are not hardened weapons installation but just occupied by people the MOAB might be better, basically with a thermobaric weapon you are recereating a BLEVI, so something like that dispersing it's material down the tunnels first would probably be more effect than hoping the blastwave can propogate around corners say, and then it igniting would probably be more effect in a kill everyone way due to expanded blastwave only needing to hit soft bodies after all, and removal of oxgen/ overpressure lung damge.

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So if you buy it for medical use, you get a double bonus really effectively hit the drug trade, and also open up trade routes with Afghans.

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Re: Gather Dust?

I suspect an ignorant conflation between this bunker buster and the Daisy Cutter fuel-air bomb.

Or perhaps a squeamish writer decided a less than factual "suck all the air from your lungs" was an improvement over "lungs exploded inside your chest".

Another possibility with the overpressure effects is it apparently uses aluminium powder explosives, puff them out with a smaller initial explosion for air dispersal and you have an explosion in a custard factory effect, scaled up because of the materials. I could imagine that combustion would remove a lot of oxygen.

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Always wondered if we had started buying Afghan opium for medical use rather than buying it from some farm in the richer west whether it would have made a difference.

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

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Re: Question

Because we have things that run on win7 that do not run so well on win10, VPN is being a pain for instance, can't get it working on our existing VPN yet and it's taken a bit of faffing around already.

Because it has so so much spyware.

Because it even installs all the candy crush, xbox, bing news ads type crap on the professional version which is supposed to be office use and has to be cleared off. (and probably again after another "here have an update whether you like it or not" session).

Because with this OS MS have moved ownership of the system away from the users to themselves with the amount of reach into it, and the overrides they have given themselves.

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