* Posts by Malcolm Weir

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Screw the badgers! Irish High Court dismisses Apple bit barn appeals

Malcolm Weir

Re: No Operational Justification for placing a Data Centre anywhere in Ireland

Colin is bang on with his remark about telecom infrastructure aka submarine cables: Ireland is a great location, because it is on the continental shelf at the edge of the Atlantic deep.

The other observation is that Ireland is closer to the USA than any other country in Europe. Geographically, it's true... but also time zones (8 hours off California, not 9), and most importantly linguistically (which is to say neither Californians nor the Irish speak proper English, but the improper English is understandable).

The next best location (culturally) is the Netherlands, but the timezone, distance and cost-per-hectare figures are all worse than Ireland's.

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Judge says US govt has 'no right to rummage' through anti-Trump protest website logs

Malcolm Weir

It is distinctly possible that the DoJ has a number of quietly please career lawyers today. Just because the political appointees want something does not mean that the people tasked with getting them that thing are happy about it. Of course, I'm sure some are unhappy, but ask yourselves how may career lawyers would have been happy about many of the Trump/Sessions "policies" .

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

Malcolm Weir

Re: even if the price is possible - how much fuel would this lot need for mass transport

@Mark... Falcon 9 uses aerodynamic breaking on the vehicle itself (no parachutes), and would probably be travelling at something in the range of 180kts immediately before the rocket ignites for the landing burn. (Based on the speed at which parts of the 747 hit Lockerbie following that attack). There's also the two larger burns at the beginning of the recovery process / re-entry...

All in all, numbers like 3% of the launch mass is the fuel needed to land the booster. So, yeah, if you're landing a Saturn-V sized thing daily you need a lot of fuel, but proportionally that seems like something relatively speaking close to noise in the overall cost of things!

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Mushroom

@unrealistic triumphalism...

That's what they said about Dragon...

... but the reality is that Dragon *has* happened. Together with Falcon 9, It is, literally, a privately-developed system that can carry a man to LEO (never mind that NASA hasn't rated it for manned flight... that rating is just a risk/contingency management plan).

So some rando proclaiming "none of this has any chance of happening" is, basically, on a verisimilitude par with Donald J. Trump.

Oh, and while we're at it, those "overpriced golf buggies" can outperform 99% of petrol-engined vehicles, and have a range over 250 miles. So I don't know where you play golf, but I suspect your knowledge of the game's equipment is as flawed as your character.

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Malcolm Weir

Re: Interesting stuff

@Bombastic Bob: I agree with you about the issues related to funding science and exploration (although there are legit questions as to whether NASA is the best vehicle for that), but the funding dropped between 1968 and 1975, rebounded a little and then remained flat through most of the 1980's, before picking up for the decade between 1988 and 1998 (which was the "peace dividend").

So to me that looks like conservative pressure, not some failing from Democrats. Sure, I'll gladly agree that there is a dynamic where it appears R's want to cut spending in one area because D's overspent elsewhere, and that NASA was a frequent victim of this sort of thing, but the general trend is that D administrations tend to include NASA as a recipient of government largess, while R's tend to chop it.

(Of course, none of this truly gets to any kind of "whose to blame" answer, but I'd argue that _in the abstract_ D's tend to like spending government money on research, science and exploration, while R's tend to assert that private interests will do all the work necessary).

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Malcolm Weir

Well... I think the name Delos D. Harriman fits much better.

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Malcolm Weir

Re: "They put their first rocket into orbit just nine years ago"

Technically, he said they've performed 16 successful landings in a row. He didn't say how many rockets were involved....

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RIP Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war

Malcolm Weir

Re: Non-rational

A key thought to ponder: is "MAD" and acronym or a backronym...?

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Malcolm Weir

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@Milton... that's precisely the problem that (as he's already noted) H@rm0ny was commenting on.

You assert that "Two plus two does equal four"... which is true if and only if you are working in a base greater than four.

If you are working in base 3, "two plus two" equals "11", while in base 4 "two plus two" equals "10".

And, yes, of course it's a reasonable assumption that one is using decimal arithmetic, but it is an assumption, and unstated assumptions are the cause of a huge number of failures (including, IIRC, Challenger, where assumptions about the ambient temperatures in Florida were overlooked).

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Flying electric taxi upstart scores $90m from investors

Malcolm Weir

Re: "it can land vertically in practice, much like the F-35 fighter jet"

Actually, not really very like the F-35 fighter jet, because the F-35B has a lift fan distinct from the propulsion system.

But really quite like another VTOL aircraft made by a company called Hawker Siddeley, the Kestrel... and it's follow-ons, the Harrier, Harrier II / AV-8B, with it's Bristol Pegasus thrust-vectoring engine.

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Malcolm Weir

... and they explicitly mention the "whole aircraft parachute".

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Malcolm Weir

Re: ducted fan =/= 'jet'

Actually, "ducted fan" =/= "turbojet" or "turbofan". But "jet" meaning stream is common usage (see, e.g. Jet Skis, jet stream, jet of cold water on an otherwise good snark).

So their tech is actually not dishonestly named... but that doesn't solve the range problem (and no, I don't buy their numbers).

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If Anonymous 'pwnd' the Daily Stormer, they did a spectacularly awful job

Malcolm Weir

Optional

Heh... more likely humans at Google haven't noticed, and/or someone rational has decided that they haven't violated any terms of service YET.

Which is probably the right thing to do. I would hate for there to be a blacklist exercising pre-emptive restraint, because that will inevitably catch innocent people (e.g. people posting parodies that some dingbat doesn't realize are parodies.... it took me a few moments last night to figure out that http://www.officialmikepence.com/ is, err, not official.)

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Snopes lawsuit latest: Judge orders disputed cash can flow to fact-checking site

Malcolm Weir

Re: Corporate vs. Individual

Spot on. Proper Media may have (i.e. probably does have) a potential grievance against some of the individuals who used to work for Proper and got Bardav shares, and who now work for Bardav, but that's not really much to do with Bardav.

Legally, Bardav has 6 individual shareholders: David M with 50%, two people who also own shares in Proper with 20% each, and three others each with 3.3% Proper Media does not/cannot own shares in Bardav.

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WannaCry kill-switch hero Marcus Hutchins collared by FBI on way home from DEF CON

Malcolm Weir

Re: Cockwombles

Fortunately, Trump doesn't get to set the funding. He gets to ask for funding, but Congress (specifically, the House) drafts the appropriations. This is why the news (yesterday) that the Customs and Border Patrol organization explicitly told their agents to stonewall members of Congress back when the Muslim Ban (v1) was enacted is so extraordinarily foolish.

Sure, Congress isn't going to defund CBP... this isn't how you get your stretch financing goals met!

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New iPhone details leak: Yes, Apple is still chasing Samsung

Malcolm Weir

Re: Apple excels in iterative technical improvements, and marketing

You are correct in that Apple is a technical marketing company more than a technical innovator.

I'm not so sure about the "easy to use" thing. That's been the mantra from many folks since the Mac launched, but over the past decade or so, I feel it's become more of an article of faith than an objective fact. As the article pointed out, many of Apple's "innovations" are not new to the market (e.g. I read the news about the iPhone's launch on my Nokia E61; came as a bit of a surprise to learn that the Nokia didn't have a proper web browser, it managed to properly render the news about the iPhone!!). Objective observers would agree that some of the iOS or MacOS ways of doing things are every bit as cryptic as those of their competitors, and in many cases it just comes down to personal preference which way is easier.

As to the finger print reader: yes, I appreciate my LG's reader for the same reasons you like your iPhones... but I prefer mine to be where LG put it (on the back) rather than where Apple wants in (on the front) -- I'd argue I can unlock my phone more easily with one hand than an iPhone owner could, but might be just my preference and habit and the way I hold it. For security, if I shut the thing down, you need a password for it to even boot, so I turn it off when concerned about that sort of thing.

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US Homeland Sec boss has snazzy new laptop bomb scanning tech – but admits he doesn't know what it's called

Malcolm Weir

@Youngone I'd be really careful about assuming that John Kelly was "clueless" or couldn't be bothered to read his briefing papers, or that his "nerd" remark was meant or taken in bad humor.

I mean, he was nominated for his previous job by a chap called "B. Obama", and confirmed by the Senate for that role (Commander, United States Southern Command).

I detest Trump and most of his cabinet, but I would not underestimate a modern Major General (USMC, Ret), which is what he is.

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His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3

Malcolm Weir

Optional

Absolutely mass market: I paid only a little less for my diesel VW Passat (of course, once VW pay me the blood money, I'll have ended up spending a lot less, but I didn't know that at the time).

Key for me though is that a range of ~200mi makes the Model 3 a viable option. Charging is not a problem (given I live ~10miles from Tesla Central in Fremont).

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Supreme Court closes court-shopping loophole for patent trolls

Malcolm Weir

Re: Note the vote 0-8

If you're doing business in the US, you have *some* US presence, by definition. If you are not doing business in the US, then the US courts won't get involved (absent some very specific circumstances).

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Malcolm Weir

It's not really that big of a deal, because the infringed-upon have a much lower burden in any patent action, because their claims are in the patent. So discovery motions in an patent infringement are almost always targeted at the alleged infringer/defendant, not the plaintiff.

And if you are suing for patent infringement, you are going to be using a specialist legal team, who probably aren't local to you anyway, regardless of where you are located.

(E.g. the largest IP fight I was involved in was fought in a court in Salt Lake City, Utah, used San Francisco, CA attorneys, and the company's operational HQ was 400 miles south of their in Southern California.)

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Malcolm Weir

No. The "place of incorporation" thing in today's judgement applies where there is such a thing. Specifically, per the judgment:

<Begin Court>

As applied to domestic corporations, “reside[nce]” in §1400(b) refers only to the State of incorporation.

<End Court>

In a nutshell, the Court decided that the "ambiguity" in section 1400(b) (which might be read as permitting one to file either in the state of incorporation OR in any state where they have a substantial presence) should actually be read as a hierarchy: file in the state of incorporation unless there isn't one, in which case any state where they have a presence.

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LastPass now supports 2FA auth, completely undermines 2FA auth

Malcolm Weir

One challenge for those of us (like @Frank Long) who have devised a cunning scheme for generating passwords is that some total toss-winglers arbitrarily set moronic rules in the naive assumption that it improves security by increasing the sample space.

Some of my favorites (read: "some of the first to go against the wall when the revolution comes") include those who only allow an arbitrary subset of special characters: so maybe "-" is allowed, but not "/", "%" but not "$", and so on.

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US court decision will destroy the internet, roar Google, Facebook et al

Malcolm Weir

What about abuse of fair use?

One thing that people are missing is that there *are* circumstances where posting of copyrighted material is permissible: the "Fair Use" exemptions. You (for some value of you) may not like them, and you (for some other value of you) may disagree whether apply in a given circumstance, but who, precisely, get's to decide if the posting of something, say, unflattering _for the purposes of editorial content_ falls into one side or the other?

Consider, for example, a written work created by someone (say, a "letter"), that is then published on a website in order to show that the author was a bit of a plonker. The publishing is clearly in breach of the author's simple copyright. But it's also (likely) fair use. If the argument (that a moderator has a duty to enforce copyright) prevails, then there will be a chilling effect, as anyone issuing threats (legal or otherwise) simply has to slap a "(C) A Litigious Bastard" statement on each page, and they're shielded from their actions...

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Australia considers joining laptops-on-planes ban

Malcolm Weir

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All the folk asserting that you can stuff Mucho Stuff inside a laptop have something of a point, but there's another aspect that they're ignoring:

The US/MiddleEast ban impacts KINDLEs, too.

So some dimwit has decided that large phones (iPhone 7+ sort of thing) are OK, but Kindles are not OK. Oh, and battery packs are OK, as long as they're physically small.

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Italian F-35 facility rolls out its first STOVL stealth fighter

Malcolm Weir

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I'm not clear why anyone is surprised that the FACO is in Italy. It's a simple matter of sending the Italians a spiff to keep their domestic aerospace business (Leonardo) from competing with the F-35. There is a small handful of companies in Europe that offer modern combat aircraft, notably Dassault in France and Saab in Sweden, plus the Airbus conglomerate (the former Aerospatiale, CASA, Dornier and MTU) and . Without a comfortable workshare deal, Lockheed faced Finmeccanica / Leonardo joining forces with one of those, just as they had for the Eurofighter.

If that had happened, not only might Lockheed have lost the 60-odd aircraft sale to Italy, but there was a risk that other smaller F-35 customers (particularly Netherlands, Norway, Denmark) might have gone with a European alternate.

It's also worth remembering that, jokes aside, Italy is the location of one of NATO's busiest bases, at Aviano, which (possibly not coincidentally) is the home of the USAF's 31st Fighter Wing, and the general staging base for any US aircraft flying over places south of Europe...

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

Malcolm Weir

Actually, Oregon, remarkably appropriate given the subject!

Or had you missed the fact that Linus moved?

(Also, worth noting that Linus was explicitly and deliberately cloning a thing created in New Jersey and significantly refined in California, in case you've forgotten about AT&T Bell Labs and UCB).

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FTP becoming Forgotten Transfer Protocol as Debian turns it off

Malcolm Weir

FTP sends passwords in the clear. 'Nuff said.

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FCC greenlights small cell free-for-all in the US

Malcolm Weir

Re: Reasonable

No, Richard, this is the FCC saying that cities must prioritize the desires of telco's to stick things on public property over anything else.

Bizarrely, this is entirely contrary to the idea of putting power in the hands of the local authorities. Instead, it is the central government demanding (but not paying for) the local government do things the way they (the FCC aka the Telcos) want.

This is a similar thing to the "sanctuary city" brou-hah-hah: if the feds want cities and counties to provide goods and services in support of federal priorities, then the American Way is to PAY for it. If the feds don't want to pay, then let the local authorities prioritize things however their citizens think best.

[ Biggest lie from the feds about "sanctuary cities" is that they quote the link between sanctuary status and crime rates, without pointing out that the link is strongly contrary to what they suggest: sanctuary cities have lower violent crime than others. ]

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

Malcolm Weir

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The Kodak DCS cameras were anything but failures. Sure they were specialist products (as I recall, $5K and up), but if you wanted a digital version of the Nikon F series, your choice was Kodak.

Up until Nikon released the D3, the best digital solution for Nikon lenses (and lenses are why we have cameras, right...!) was a Kodak DCS Pro. And, to be honest, there are some things the Kodak could do that the NIkon can't, like the embedded radio slave system (a PocketWizard). Sure, the camera body was nothing like as good as the D3's, but there are still times when I wish I'd pulled out the DCS rather than the D3 (battery life is the usual reason why I don't!)

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Good Guy Comcast: We're not going to sell your data, trust us

Malcolm Weir

Re: I'm pretty sure they were behind the bill in the first place

No. Trump is not "legally an employee", as he was a contractor when he did the show. But yes, he is still a beneficiary of royalties from Comcast, so he obviously has an interest in maintaining their health (so they can continue to milk the cow that sends him golden eggs, to mash metaphors).

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

Malcolm Weir

Re: Is it possible that the poor agents are just trying to get believable reactions?

@elDog: CBP Inspectors are Federal employees. Not contractors. Actually, they are "sworn" law enforcement personnel, just like FBI agents. They get to retire into the Federal Employee Retirement System, and they are (like the cops) a "6(c)" organization, in that you can retire after 25 years of service (or 20 years if you're 50 or over).

Don't know where you get this weird idea that the US has outsourced it's customs staff.

(The same is true of *most* TSA people; a few airports have subcontracted, but the "real" TSA are feds).

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Kylie withdraws from Kylie trademark fight, leaving Kylie to profit from… existing?

Malcolm Weir

Re: Reality TV

I find it grotesque when people blame lawyers for doing their job... and no, he did not get someone off, he knocked holes in the state's effort to get someone. Make no mistake: the state screwed that prosecution (in particular, Judge Ito did).

The state has an enormous amount of power to mess up your life through a prosecution. We all depend on having extremely skillful people willing to try to oppose that power. Sometimes they succeed when abstract notions of justice suggest they should not, , but would you yourself opt for a second-class lawyer to defend you, on the grounds that having good attorneys sometimes allow criminals to walk free?

Thought not.

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FBI let alleged pedo walk free rather than explain how they snared him

Malcolm Weir

To be honest, there is a third: that they believe that there is a good chance that the argument that their warrant was defective will prevail, so that disclosing the details of the NIT would release information and they'd still lose the case (because of the warrant's problems). So if they believe that the warrant-was-not-sound argument is likely to be granted, then they'd lose anyway, so why go all "open kimono"?

Don't forget that law enforcement has good lawyers too... and those lawyers can very easily evaluate the flaws in the government's case without the "help" of defense attorneys!

Yeah, I know this is less exciting than the "our stuff is so secret that we'd walk from a prosecution rather than tell anyone about it" motif, but it seems to me to be more likely.

[ So why bring the case in the first place? It's very possible that the prosecutor knew all about the issues, but was hoping that he could coerce a plea bargain from the defendant without having to follow through on the discovery process; if so, then the defense attorney called his bluff... which is itself quite rare. ]

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Malcolm Weir

Re: School Teacher

Per the High Court, there is exactly one law that is special, in that it devolves power to an organization that is not subject to Parliament's sovereignty.

It is the European Communities Act (1972).

It doesn't take much thought to recognize that the Brexiteers (nee Eurosceptics) are in no small part motivated by the power grab aspect: if/when the UK leaves the EU, they'll have unfettered power... even more so if they can drag us out of the ECHR too.

Personally, my level of confidence in the wisdom and moral courage of Westminster is such that I think this is a suboptimal idea.

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Snapchap snaps back: Snapchat Snapbrats' Snapstats are Snapcrap

Malcolm Weir

Re: Who to believe?

The thing that smells fishy here is that the guy was fired after only three weeks. Taking the employer's side for a moment, even if the employee was incompetent, that seems awful quick and risky (to the employer), because you're supposed to warn and coach and generally make some kind of effort before terminating someone, and it's real hard to jump through those hoops in just three weeks.

Now, the employee could have thrown a tantrum and screamed threats at the management team, but even so, that would generally (in serious businesses) result in him being let go for "personality differences" (or some such) coupled with studiously neutral references (because, in actuality, if he is a prick, then having him work for a competitor sounds like a great idea).

(The only thing I know of that will almost always get you kicked in that sort of time are material falsehoods on your resume: claiming to have a degree when you don't, etc... but no-one sues over that stuff, because they'd never win).

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Florida Man sues Verizon for $72m – for letting him commit identity theft

Malcolm Weir

Optional

Errr... well, nothing apart from that whole pesky value-of-a-quid thing: 4 Jan 2016, £1 = $1.474. 4 Jan 2017 £1 = $1.227. So a barrel of north sea oil will cost you £45.84 as compared to £38.16 had the pound not collapsed in, remarkably, June.

Mind you, only an idiot would assume that the full impact of something that hasn't yet happened has been fully absorbed....

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Xmas software update knackered US Customs computer systems

Malcolm Weir

Nope, your terminology is wrong

The update was to the systems used by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) staff. This is one of the post 9/11 changes that actually makes sense: there is just one organization handling both the Border Protection (i.e. Immigration) stuff and the Customs (i.e. stuff) stuff.

20 years ago I came across one airport that actually made sense in the way they handled the border formalities: you got off the plane and went to baggage reclaim for your bags; once you have your bags, you went to immigration, and once they passed you, you went out via the customs inspection. If they decided to hold you back at immigration, you had your baggage with you, and the random pace of baggage claim metered the flow of people to immigration.

This was at SFO, incidentally (which has since reverted to the usual immigration/baggage claim/customs routine).

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Screw EU! Apple to fight back over €13bn tax bill

Malcolm Weir

Don't forget sales tax / VAT... or property taxes... you can be sure Apple didn't!

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

Malcolm Weir

Both schemes have the same fundamental problem. Any scheme based on names will... how do you handle companies where two John Smiths work?

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Samsung, the Angel of Death: Exploding Note 7 phones will be bricked

Malcolm Weir

Re: Is this even legal in the EU?

There are ways to prevent the update from happening. So your argument is specious: what you bought was a system that would receive updates to improve the user experience. This is just an improvement, because a phone exploding in your pocket is an experience that can be improved by the mechanism described. If you prefer having your nads scorched, then you can take steps to avoid the update.

The key point here is not that the device is being disabled because it's unfashionable, but because it's dangerous and people expect Samsung to make good damage caused by the thing exploding. So Samsung is *obligated* to make the thing safe, even if that means disabling certain functionality (like, e.g., it working), otherwise Samsung is complicit in the damage caused.

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Malcolm Weir

Re: what about users' data?

What was stated that it would shut off battery charging and wireless functionality. USB target functionality is neither, so one might conclude that the thing will still work as a large thumbdrive...

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Malcolm Weir

Re: Personal safety and a dangerous precident

You won't be traveling around the world using airlines, though.

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Donald Trump confirms TPP to be dumped, visa program probed

Malcolm Weir

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Don't worry: Exxon Mobile will be too busy, as The Cheetos President will have eliminated regulations that "impede businesses". Perhaps he'll make it possible for Haliburton to conduct Environmental Impact Studies (i.e. buy a stamp with "None, go right ahead" written on it).

More regulations to be eliminated are, no doubt, all those pesky pharmaceutical regs, which will have the added benefit of reducing drug development costs. Naturally, there may be a few unfortunate side effects (like vast numbers of awkward side effects)...

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UK Home Secretary signs off on Lauri Love's extradition to US

Malcolm Weir

For me the key problem is that "the crime" (the acts for which he faces trial) occurred in the UK. The victims were in the USA, but the acts occurred in Britain. So (for me) that suggests a British court should be the appropriate venue...

I appreciate that a lot of this stuff gets complicated, because e.g. mugging a tourist to the UK is different from e.g. defrauding someone over the phone long distance.

But consider: if I publish something defamatory on a US website accessible in the UK, then I can be sued in English courts, and if I lose... the US has laws protecting me from collection efforts, because they insist that only libel verdicts issued in a US court are binding (so as to protect rights under the First Amendment, etc). So that seems to support the theory that acts performed in Country A that harm someone in Country B should be tried in Country A, *because* it may be that the act might not be unlawful in Country A because of a legal technicality or a binding precedent or any other reason (even if the act is, broadly speaking, unlawful in both jurisdictions). This fits, incidentally, with the "jury of your peers" thing, too.

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Judge nailed for trying to bribe Fed with fizzy water (aka Bud Light)

Malcolm Weir

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@Phil W, while there may be some who think that her use of a private server was "stupid", there are also many who know that the idea that the government run server might have been "more secure" is naive (hi, OPM... nice of you to let all my personal information -- and that of my wife -- leak to the Chinese), and who know that trying to persuade a government IT department to do something complicated (like setup an email account) may have required enough paperwork to deforest Oregon and enough elapsed time to allow that forest to regrow.

There is a reason why senior elected officials, up to and *including* President G. W. Bush (the notional owner of "GWB42.com") end up on non-governmental systems!

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VW Dieselgate engineer sings like a canary: Entire design team was in on it – not just a few bad apples, allegedly

Malcolm Weir

Re: Disgusted

Oh, dear, Woger, you're speaking from massive ignorance. The UK (and European) standards are _different_ from the US ones, more rigid in some respects and more lenient in others. So nothing that happened with regards to the US VW 'incident' has any bearing on your little taxi rank data point. That said, as always the current status quo is a function of past history, so that when the UK decided to promote fuel economy and low CO2 emissions that resulted in many more diesel vehicles. The US doesn't care about fuel economy and huge parts of the country doesn't believe in CO2 so they have many more ridiculously inefficient petrol engines. Additionally, while EU considers "ultra-low sulphur" diesel to be 10ppm, but in the US it's 15ppm for new engines. And so on.

Meanwhile, the biggest impact on your life caused by motor vehicles is the chance of being involved in a road traffic accident, which are at least twice as frequent in the US as in the UK, in large part due to the increased number of vehicles in use (i.e. the paucity of public transit).

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IBM lifts lid, unleashes Linux-based x86 killer on unsuspecting world

Malcolm Weir

Re: A friend of mine...

It's not an ACR 225 is it, by any chance?

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

Malcolm Weir

Re: this isn't going to be popular, but

@James O'Shea.... what makes this thread interesting/newsworthy is not the question of whether Apple grants El Reg access, but that Apple / Ted Miller / Alan Hely *lies*, blatantly, about not granting them access.

The honest/smart/decent thing for Alan Hely to have done is simply to have said something like:

"Sorry, your publication is listed as not being acceptable for 'in person' invitations to Apple corporate events. I'll let you know if that changes. Meanwhile, you can always watch the live streams. Have a nice day."

Done.

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

Malcolm Weir

Re: ECHR

The "Votes for Prisoners" thing is a clear case of tabloid distortion. What the EHCR actually decided was that the UK cannot impose a blanket ban on voting "because they are prisoners". Any restrictions on suffrage need to be based on specific acts of the individuals whose rights are being restricted, not just where they happen to be located. Otherwise it's a slipper slope towards saying things like "people living in state-owned accommodation don't get to vote" or "members of the armed forces get to vote twice" or something like that.

There is no problem with having a law saying "murders don't get to vote", only "prisoners don't get to vote".

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Malcolm Weir

He'll find out on Sep 22. The judge clearly didn't like the terms of the old SRO, but also clearly didn't feel very sympathetic to the victim. So the delay may be legal speak for "I'm going to go do some research and find out what I can do, because I don't want to toss the old SRO in its entirety but on its face it should be tossed"!

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