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Until now, if Canadian Uber drivers wanted to battle the tech giant, they had to do it in the Netherlands – for real

Chrissy

Re: Always the Netherlands?

Revealing article..... Not at all a company looking like its trying to obfuscate; quote from the article:

"

But a careful examination of available records reveals a surprisingly complicated web of business entities for such a young company. Uber Technologies Inc., as the company is officially called, is a Delaware corporation with more than 60 subsidiaries in the U.S. and another 75 or more around the world. (Like the parent company, some of these offshoots in the U.S. have German names, including Neben, which means “next” in German, and Gegen, which means “against.” Another subsidiary, dissolved earlier this year, was called Schaben, which can mean either “scrape” or “cockroaches.”)

"

Chrissy

Always the Netherlands?

Has anyone seen any other country's Uber contract?

I'd be interested in where the mediation location is for each country.'s drivers ..

Are they all The Netherlands, and if so what is so special in Dutch law* that makes it so favourable for Uber?

* Especially considering that Dutch employment law would theoretically not be that much different to any other EU country's?

Are they all The Netherlands unless local law forces Uber to arbitrate in the immediate/local country'?

Or is there some consistent agenda by Uber to make mediation almost always impossible by making sure that the mediation location is always a minimum of say 3000 miles from the driver's country?... are UK drivers expected to arbitrate in Dubai, and Dubai drivers in London?? Dutch drivers have to arbitrate in Ontario?

Perhaps some journalistic research needed wrt the background to why Uber would have such a bizarre clause?

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

Chrissy

Re: No gumption

He he has a point though.... literally EVERYONE has a camera immediately to hand in their phones, the area is saturated by police and probably the public helping outside the airport perimeter, its an airport saturated with CCTV, and the police commander would have almost certainly posted someone on a roof somewhere with a large lensed SLR to get a shot of the device so they know what they are looking for..... yet the only photo seems to be here:

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/749188/breaking-gatwick-airport-drone-picture-easyjet-delays-flights-cancel-compensation-travel

with a quote: "...of what he believes is the culprit"

50 years ago: NASA blasts off the first humans to experience a lunar close encounter

Chrissy

No LM = No "lifeboat"

I didn't realise the subtle detail of the lack of a LM on Apollo 8.... meaning that if that flight had a similar issue* to that which affected Apollo 13, they wouldn't have had the LM to use as a lifeboat and would have been stuck with only the option of a direct abort... lots of delta-v to shed and regain to turn around.

* Yes, as it was a manufacturing** rather than a design defect in an O2 tank there was a low probabilty of the same issue affecting 2 flights in a total of 14 flown

** A scan read of wikipedia (yes, I know!!) suggests that it could be argued to be a design fault with both the change of supply voltage, and thermostat sensors.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

Chrissy
WTF?

Re: No one likes a liar .....

that's a big shoe-horn you have there.

Remember Misco? Staff win protective award at employment tribunal

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Congrats to Debbie Crosbie: New CEO at IT meltdown bank TSB has unenviable task ahead

Chrissy

Re: "I've heard so much about the team"

Debbie: "I've heard so much about the team"...

the unwritten rest of the spiel: "and am stunned that we still employ a costly onshore team, so I am starting crash program to off-shore this to both generate an immediate bonus for myself AND to create a firebreak so that I can conveniently blame any future failures on our "Service Partners", thus insulating myself from future censure....... now where's my effin bonus???"

It's raining drones, but just one specimen: DJI's Matrice 200 quadcopter

Chrissy

Re: Raises an interesting question

Helium: Maybe for a small drone, but the cubic metre of helium:kg of lift ratio puts that out of reach for anything above <10kg.

Think of the average weather balloon's size: maybe 2metre + wide to slowly lift maybe 1kg of payload? Then think of the huge balloons used by Kittinger and Baumgartner and imagine trying to compress even some of that into a cylinder small and light enough to not shrink your payload capacity enough to make the whole endeavour pointless.

Lifting balloons' lifting effect is also too "slow" for this "need lots of lift NOW" use, else Baumgartner wouldn't have taken 2.5 hrs to reach 38km - 253metres/minute or 4m/sec with a realllyyyy slow initial acceleration.

A basic airbag solution could maybe work for non-human payloads, but deceleration trauma of 120mph to zero in around 4 feet would really mess a human up.

Maybe rocket assisted braking like Curiosity, but I wouldn't want to be the poor sod on the ground set alight under the rockets!!

Chrissy

Re: Raises an interesting question

Gliding requires wings: On a drone, those are dead weight and drag inducers for all the flight envelope for the entire life of a vehicle unless its actually used in an accident.

Autorotation requires a large rotor surface to convert its kinetic rotating energy to a large amount of lift in a very short space of time by changing the pitch of the blades using cyclic. No matter the size of drone, you don't have the cyclic system on any rotor as that would introduce a massive weight and complexity penalty, so you cannot autorotate at all.

Parachutes cannot deploy quickly enough ti be useful under certain heights, so the Dead Man's Curve for a manned drone is huge compared to a heli.

Chrissy

Manned multicopters? No thanks

This is why I ain't ever getting in a flying machine that can't either glide or auto-rotate to at least a survivable landing in the event of any - partial or all - power failure... although events in Leicester make me now doubt auto-rotation as a solution as, no matter where and what heli you fly in, they all have to transition through the Dead's Man Curve

Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

Chrissy

Spiny Norman

A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin

Chrissy

Re: Debt = Bad

Backing up Tom38's explanation:

Watch the film "The Big Short"

Chrissy

In summary......

.... business parasites always kill their host.

At least nature has worked out that in many cases, a symbiotic relationship can be the better solution.

The Reg chats with Voyager Imaging Team member Dr Garry E Hunt

Chrissy

"We knew that if you filled up to brimming point the spacecraft with all the fuel it ever needed"

versus:

"He [Nixon] wouldn't agree to a funding for more than Saturn, because that would obviously take it into another presidential period, and he couldn't be sure of being in office, which he wasn't."

...which is why in an ideal world, politicians should be nowhere near deciding the micro level of science funding allocation.

I mean seriously.... you've gone to the expense of building $millions worth of craft and launch system then balk at loading an extra 100 or 1000 bucks of fuel and tickover funding for a much smaller monitoring team going forward because "he couldn't be sure of being in office"!!

Lucky we didn't have politicians at our neanderthal stage... we'd have never got out of the cave.

Ever wanted to strangle Microsoft? Now Outlook, Skype 'throttle' users amid storm cloud drama

Chrissy

Re: I NEVER get tired of posting this

Why do you assume that something being a headline in, say, the Daily Mail means that (for example) Microsoft is taking it seriously? The 2 have nothing to do with each other..... I present as evidence TSB.

IT telling you "they have other priorities" just might be because they have a list of priorities set by someone besides you who has scored those priorities in a cold and calm manner using several factors - £ cost/min of outage versus reputational cost/min etc etc - that you might not even be aware of.

Butcher by name, Butcher by nature? Capita finds new CFO

Chrissy

Re: Govia != Network Rail

I'd love to sit in on one of these Executive interviews...

"I am a pigeon manager who has a proven track record of screwing everything I touch up, but somehow have managed to always get the blame apportioned to those above and below me...... and I am a FreeMason"

"Welcome aboard... I must get you into my golf club".

New UK drone laws are on the way – but actual Drones Bill still in limbo

Chrissy

Re: Complete non-enforcement...

"Yes. Yes they do. And why on Earth would they not?"

Where does it say that?

This:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/drones-to-be-registered-and-users-to-sit-safety-tests-under-new-government-rules

...makes zero mention of things that aren't drones, and an RC aircraft or heli is NOT a drone.

So back to you... define "drone" for me

Chrissy

What is a drone?

What is a drone? ……. a multi-copter? a fixed wing? a heli?

All of these can have technology installed to give "drone-like" behaviour, OR can be fully manual and all degrees in between.

And I fly my fleet - quads and fixed wing - on 3s 2200 Mah batteries... the weight of these batteries alone vary between 150>190 grams, so before I've even started I've blown my 250g budget.

I could build a large quad with no "drone" intelligence with an AUW of +1kg and so these regulations would not apply to me, but try explaining those subtleties to your average policeman.

It's the usual bureaucratic mess that will fail at the first prosecution.

Wah, encryption makes policing hard, cries UK's National Crime Agency

Chrissy

Money laundering related to encryption... my a***!!

"Remained a prime destination for money laundering"

Read any issue of Private Eye... this specific issue is NOTHING to do with whether encryption is used or not; it is a baked-in, by design, feature of the easy to obtain shell companies that UK law allows to exist and that HMRC specifically ignore, choosing instead the low hanging fruit of the S&ME sector.

TSB boss: We know everything's working, you just can't see that

Chrissy

I suppose this guy has an MBA or equivalent useless bit of paper?

The MBA definition of "working".

Organisations continue to function DESPITE the actions of their senior managements, not because of....This is proof of that.

Don’t fight automation software for control, just turn it off. FAST

Chrissy

Re: Designs of aircraft control systems have been, at times, cringe-worthy

WRT using a familar / wife's voice -

.... surely, after enough weeks of marriage, anyone's wife's voice has been effectively filtered out as irrelevant, ignorable and forgettable witterings about whatever happened to someone you neither know or care about at her workplace, or in a soap opera, so giving really crucial warnings in a partners voice will be dismissed and ignored with a reassuring "yes, Dear"?

Stock trader gets two years in prison for pumping up with Fitbit

Chrissy

Re: Ugh...

Pretty young boy like that?.....He's not the f+++stick.

EU aviation agency publishes new drone framework. Hobbyists won't like it

Chrissy

Re: EASA

To confuse the issue further, the CAA mashes imperial and metric together when defining VFR viz and weather minima:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/536223/RA2307_Issue_7.pdf

Below FL 100:

When IAS 250 kts or more:

- 8 km flight visibility

- 1500m horizontally from cloud

- 1000ft vertically from cloud

When IAS 250 kts or less:

- 5 km flight visibility

- 1500m horizontally from cloud

- 1000ft vertically from cloud

I have been in a glider that had ASI reading in knots, an altimeter reading in feet and a variometer reading in metres/sec.

Helicopter crashes after manoeuvres to 'avoid... DJI Phantom drone'

Chrissy

Re: It's time...

"The big difference there is that the helicopter will be flying at a safe altitude and following a logged flight plan and communicating with air traffic control":

On the assumption that this was Class G airspace, the Heli driver doesn't have to be "communicating with air traffic control".

And if his tail boom was able to strike a - "small" - tree and he was doing an instruction outside of the home ATZ, then he wasn't "flying at a safe altitude" nor was following a logged flight plan... unless you think radioning "Tower, we'll be over there somewhere" constiutes "a logged flight plan".

Under UK ANOs (which tend to mirror JAA rules), IF the drone pilot was under 400ft and outside an ATZ - as the heli being near "a small tree" would indicate, as there aren't many small trees inside airfields or hovering at 400 AGL - then the drone pilot was doing nothing wrong.

IT 'heroes' saved Maersk from NotPetya with ten-day reinstallation bliz

Chrissy

Re: Maersk's own experience is that the attack it endured cost it between $250m and $300m.

Probably not.... now the IT department has un-stealthed itself as still having some staff left then the CEO is asking "how come these people are still on the payroll.... why haven't they been outsourced already?"

Aut-doh!-pilot: Driver jams 65mph Tesla Model S under fire truck, walks away from crash

Chrissy
Coat

Re: Don't call it Autopilot, for a start

...... in the MOV / car-share lane with only yourself on board...THAT is the real crime here!!!

NASA is sniffing jet fuel over Germany

Chrissy

Re: Market distortion

re peak lithium:

No... for 2 reasons:

1: It doesn't get "burnt" and used up.... Lithium batteries are recyclable back to pure Li for re-feeding back into battery production... maybe not 100% recovery on current - expensive - methods, but only because it is still so cheap as mined ores no-one has bothered to develop a cheap industrial process to achieve as close to 100% recovery as possible.

2: There's loads of it around:

http://www.mining.com/web/lithium-supply-demand-story/

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2017-lithium-battery-future/

.... the problem, as often with these new technologies - and sometimes with oil as well - is lack of mining and /or refinery capacity as these take years to plan and build, naturally lagging behind supply and demand fluctations.

Chrissy

Re: Surprised....

errrr.... the statement is:

"

"In 2016, biofuel production amounted to approximately 82 billion metric tons of oil equivalent worldwide"

"

... past tense.... i.e. its ALREADY hit that output on land that is CURRENTLY devoted to it, and has been for at least 1+ years if you assume an accounting date of Jan 2017 + another 3-6months for the crops to have grown to become available to be counted in 2016's figures.

Chrissy

Surprised....

Quick envelope calculation:

Current global aviation-specific fuel use:

100,000,000 ish barrels/day = 36,500,000,000 bpy

https://blogs.sas.com/content/sastraining/2016/02/15/worldwide-jet-fuel-consumption/

7 barrels of oil per metric ton, so 36,500,000,000 / 7 = 5,214,285,714 metric tons annually, or 5 billion

"In 2016, biofuel production amounted to approximately 82 billion metric tons of oil equivalent worldwide"

https://www.statista.com/statistics/274163/global-biofuel-production-in-oil-equivalent/

I had no idea biofuels had grown so much....

So assuming my maths is ok and disregarding details such as differences in calorific values between dino-fuel ver biofuels, transitioning the global non-rail transport fleets to smaller wheeled to electric, and trucking and aviation to biofuels, could actually work!!

Smut site fingered as 'source' of a million US net neutrality comments

Chrissy

Re: Conspiracy 101

Big in physical size; not in thinking.

Tata for now: Marks & Spencer transfers 250 tech jobs to outsourcer

Chrissy

Good luck with that

"TCS will oversee the point-of-sale tech, web platform, management of tech infrastructure and projects, and oversee relations with specialist suppliers"

If I was an M&S shop or area manager, I'd be raiding petty cash to order a lot of these:

https://www.amazon.com/SentrySafe-Locking-Money-Medium-CB-12/dp/B000GOZZJG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515606043&sr=8-1&keywords=cashbox

and a lot of these:

https://www.amazon.com/Data-Systems-Manual-Imprinter-515-101-002/dp/B008UQ81S4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515606258&sr=8-1&keywords=credit+card+imprinter

... and a lot of pens and pencils, as by the time TCS have completed "overseeing" - LOL.... I can think of more appropriate words!! - their PoS and infra, those will be the only methods by which individual stores will be able to continue trading.

UK.gov delays biometrics strategy again – but cops will still use the tech

Chrissy

Re: Simple solution:

No.... have you not heard of the concept of "analogy"?

I'll explain it to you:

It's an example of ANOTHER technology that, in a similar way to biometrics, was crept in now being actively and heavily used in policing and by private companies who's use has not - deilberately, AFAICT - been discussed in Parliament, nor specifically legislated for, unless you count the chocolate fireguard that is the "Protection of Freedoms Act 2012" Part 2 Ch 1:

"

The Secretary of State must prepare a code of practice containing guidance about surveillance camera systems.

"

That code of practice was done:

https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/1542/cctv-code-of-practice.pdf

.... but missed the point that no-one was ever specifically asked, nor a vote taken on, "Do you want practically every - innocent - movement of EVERY motor vehicle tracked in order to catch a small number of criminals?"; It was just installed without any discussion.

And that code is largely pointless....

Quote:

"Given the significant amounts of information that ANPR systems are able to collect, it is important that individuals are informed that their personal data is being processed. The best way to do this is through signage explaining that ANPR recording is taking place and, if possible to do so, the name of the data controller collecting the information"

ANPR cameras are ringed around every town in the UK.... have you ever seen signs on any road inbound to a town telling you that you are being recorded by ANPR and who the local Force's DC is???

Chrissy

Re: Simple solution:

Good luck with that....

ANPR's been in operation since 2006.... still no legislation covering it 11 years later.

The eagle has been grounded: Dutch anti-drone squadron retired

Chrissy

Those props are very, very sharp and very, very fast

Yes, it was a very bad idea.....

Regardless of the Wedge-tailed eagle video from another poster, having recently purchased a couple of quads I'm very aware of how much power and therefore "lose a finger in a millisecond" bone-slicing capability these things have beyond the single propped fixed wing aircraft I've been using up til now; a good quote I read was they are "mini blenders of death".

I reckon they sent a few of these raptors up to retrieve test drones, and after the 5th returned trying to land on the bloody stumps that were all that remained of its claws, they realised the Dutch version of the RSPCA would go apeshit crazy if they found out.

Example or the power in a drone prop:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4shbLB9U7Q

Trust me, there is no way any raptor could intercept any multicopter with a 100% safety record for its entire lifetime.

The first bird - dead, with its body a lacerated mess from 4 sharp props spinning at 10,000 rpm - dropping out of the sky into an open air concert would have killed the project dead even if they had gone live with it.

Shady US sigint base upgrade marred by stolen photograph

Chrissy

Who knows what we're allowed to photograph??

"did the photographer have permission to photograph what is possibly a prescribed place under the official secrets act?"

Where and what is a "proscribed place" (or more accurately "prohibited") is almost impossible for the "man on the Clapham omnibus" to now work out if even the Ministry of Justice don't have a clue:

http://p10.hostingprod.com/@spyblog.org.uk/blog/foia/2008/09/current-prohibited-places-under-the-official-secrets-act-1911.html

Drone collisions with airliners may not be fatal, US study suggests

Chrissy

Re: Bird Strike

Perfect... explained, and with links too.

Chrissy

Re: But did they test for....

"I witnessed a bird strike take out an aircraft just as it took off. Not something you forget in a hurry."...

... yet you forgot to mention when and where this incident took place, what aircraft was involved and how many fatalities it caused.

Unless it was when you were watching "Sully"?

Chrissy

Re: Chicken cannon

Did you not read the article?....

"

Computer simulations carried out by Assure found that a 1.2kg quadcopter striking the windscreen of a commercial jet airliner travelling at 250 knots simply bounced off, leaving a few marks or chips on the windscreen.

"

and:

"

The computer simulations of the collisions themselves were validated by dropping the real-world drones from various heights, with the resulting smashes filmed on high-speed cameras and compared to simulator predictions. Researchers found a high match between simulated damage and actual damage.

"

... so where's your evidence to support your assertion thus:

"

An impact by a three-pound chicken could do a lot of damage to an aircraft windshield - although it is not supposed to shatter it

"

??

Chrissy

UK Government playing fast and loose with facts?

http://clearvisionsecurity.co.uk/drone-collision-study/

Brit MP Dorries: I gave my staff the, um, green light to use my login

Chrissy

Re: Sends a terrible message.

"Essentially she's saying you can't prove someone is at the keyboard just because they've logged in."

This is the REAL payload of why she said this; she was sent out to perform a diversionary tactic and embed doubt into the public mind .... essentially to implanting the thought "was it really him or one of his staff? I guess we'll never know, lets see what the X Factor result is."

Logicalis lands mega air traffic computer deal. Yes, that Logicalis

Chrissy

Re: Unreliable, unpredictable - and controlling your planes.

ACAS? The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service ?

(Although I see Wikipedia has an article on ACAS as "Airborne collision avoidance system"... not sure how that relates to TCAS, unless TCAS is considered a type of ACAS , or ACAS is the newer more generic term?)

TCAS... Traffic Collision Avoidance System

See also FLARM for the little itty bitty planes and gliders

and GPWS

Or how about we just use CAS, as that covers any collision into any thing.

Thou shalt use our drone app, UK.gov to tell quadcopter pilots

Chrissy

Re: Autonomous drones ?

and this:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/07/27/drone_test_results_wont_be_released_dft/

and this

http://clearvisionsecurity.co.uk/drone-collision-study/

Chrissy

Re: Autonomous drones ?

Jesus wept.... I present our lawmakers, living in La La Land:

"

DJI, the world’s leading maker of unmanned aerial vehicles, Monday released a white paper concluding the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) set its weight standard far too low for determining which drones pose the lowest risk to people.

While the FAA’s 2015 Registration Task Force (RTF) said drones weighing up to 250 grams posed the lowest risk, further research shows that standard was based on poorly chosen data and deeply flawed assumptions – including an almost 50-year-old model of casualties from a nuclear war that destroys all hospitals. Using more accurate scientific inputs, DJI’s white paper concludes unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) up to 2.2 kilograms can be safely flown with the lowest risk.

"

https://www.dji.com/newsroom/news/dji-proposes-higher-maximum-weight-for-lowest-risk-drone-category

Chrissy

Re: OK, so which part do I register?

Looking at the DroneCode PDF, it doesn't mention either AMSL or AGL, or height or altitude, so no-one knows what the DroneCode actually means by 400 ft.

I can assume that it means AGL (above ground level) as

1: that is something that can be - roughly!! -"measured" visually - the average height of a tree in the UK is 65 ft.

2: that is what most General Aviation uses around airfields, which is normally the only place a manned aircraft would be under 400ft AGL, hence the rule

3: That is what Article 94 of the ANO dictates.

Without either a contour map or an altimeter and access to the current pressure, Joe Average has NO WAY of knowing his AMSL.

But this is the problem with badly drafted and communicated laws like this... the document that most drone fliers will read - the DroneCode - is itself vague, so no-one knows whether they are legal or not.

Chrissy

Re: Autonomous drones ?

To be fair, its not necessarily "thickness" as the cause......You need to remember that most MPs and senior civil servants INITIALLY mooting these bills are mostly Arts grads and so DO NOT UNDERSTAND ANY of this beyond a very superficial level ("I press this pedal, my car gets faster...I know not how"); ...... How mechanical things actually work - how they move, fly, drive, navigate and are powered, for both commercial and home-built devices - is indistinguishable from magic to them.

This is purely "something must be done... this is something, so this must be done" grandstanding.

As soon as this reaches the CAA and BMFA its practicality will get torn apart and it will vanish like a fart in a breeze, or be so radically different it may as well have a new name.

Baroness Sugg will then again be shown - blinking uncomprehendingly like a 5 yr old at a magic show like she was with the drones - at the next "Big Bad Danger To Society" when she is again rolled out to announce the next bit of stupidity masquerading as "law-making".

Chrissy

What is a drone?

What is a drone?

Like all laws, this will always hang on the definitions, and likely be really badly drafted.

I've just built 2 Emax quads and a flying wing, all 3 with FPV, all above 300g TOW.

The quads have basic flight controllers purely as that's what quads need to fly, but their FCs have no GPS or RetToHome logic built in.

The police will not have the time or expertise to delve into any 1 FC's capabilities, so this would be simplified to: "a drone is anything with multiple rotors".

So to your average policeman, because "quads are multirotors, a quad is therefore a drone" and so would fall in this legislation, whereas the flying wing would not.

Yet I could easily install a full featured FC in the wing and get it to autonomously fly from say Windsor to LHR and back, and the police would be none the wiser to its capabilities, nor would they likely seize it as "its not got multiple props so its not a drone, Sarge".

All they would see is the wing, a battery, a motor and two three plastic boxes, so the default response will likely slide towards "seize ANY RC kit as its better we err on the side of caution".

I also see this in the Gov announcement:

"

The government is also working closely with drone manufacturers to use geo-fencing to prevent drones from entering restricted zones.

"

Good luck with geofencing any of my RC kit; none of it has GPS, nor any logic besides basic FC.

Even more warship cuts floated for the Royal Navy

Chrissy

No escorts = bye bye HMS QE

With no escorts available, should a hot war kick off then I give HMS Queen Elizabeth about 30 seconds before a sub inserts 3 or 4 torpedoes into her hull.

She may as well be renamed to "Portsmouth Heliport", as she will never be able to risk leaving dock without escorts, .

More and more websites are mining crypto-coins in your browser to pay their bills, line pockets

Chrissy

Re: Advertisers won't be happy.

I second that choice of cryptomining over adverts..... On the odd occasion I follow a link - using IE - that that takes me to articles on the Daily Express, Telegraph or any local rag's website, the sheer volume, and bad coding of, adverts spins my CPU usage and therefore cooling fan up by at least 30% or 40%.

At least with crypto-mining I'd not have to be wading through a load of visual and audible crap to find the actual articles while my laptop starts scalding my legs.

Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

Chrissy

Re: Crap like this...

I can get multi-room synchronised sound for about £5..... a pair of headphones.

Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea

Chrissy

Re: droning on

I'd want to make sure the basics of a flying drone - does it a: fly and b: can it land non-destructively - worked before piling on the gadgetry.

Maybe the MOD need to pay their contractors like builders... stage payments once each parameter - flying > landing (properly) > flying in rain > flying in rain and landing > flying in rain with a gadget and landing - have been met instead of just dropping their drawers with the entire 15m.

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