* Posts by lglethal

1835 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

Help desk declared code PEBCAK and therefore refused to help!

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I remember chatting with a doctor friend of mine and he described some of their acronyms, I dont think I've laughed so hard in ages.

My favourite - for a really fat Person - DTS - Danger to Shipping.

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Does UK high street banks' crappy crypto actually matter?

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Hang on. I thought from the original Report they were saying that the Banks hadnt implemented the additional security at all. Not that the Problem was that the better security wasnt being forced to be used. If it was the latter (what you describe with being able to accept both older and newer OSes Connections with and without the encryption), then I dont think they would have gotten bad marks.

Your solution would be the best result for everyone. But I'm pretty certain that wasnt what was being described.

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How about that time Russian military used a video game pic as proof of US aiding ISIS?

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Re: "The Russian ministry of defense is investigating"

You would think that after the serious mocking that both North Korea and Iran have had for faked/doctored photos, Russia would realise that any pics like this would be discovered pretty damn quickly.

I can only imagine that they hoped the differences would not be found for a day or two, so they could get the domestic Headlines in Russia with their "evidence" and simply then when it was discovered later, just not have that reported widely in the state media. May be they should have followed Trump and just declared the reporting of the fake Images to be fake News.

Fake News, Fake Images, par for the course for 2017...

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medieval terror-bastards - thumbs up on that one!

I dont think I'll ever tire of hearing IS referred to as "medieval terror-bastards". I wish the rest of the media would start referring to them that way. It might (only might) reduce their appeal to some of the more susceptible weak minded fools that IS attract. And you know I always like to hear honesty in reporting!

Good work El reg on that one!

PS Daesh-bags is also pretty good...

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What do Vegas hookers, Colombian government, and 30,000 other sites have in common? Crypto-jacking miners

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Re: Less intrusive than adverts

Two different things here:

1) The article mentions that the majority of these sites dont know there being used for harvesting coins. So there's no way they can be transparent about it, and thus it is a Problem. Also it makes it a Problem for those sites that are straight forward about it, as the association will quickly bcome that if you have a miner on your site it is there illegally/unwittingly, so your site cant be trusted, so People will block everything. Boom you've lost your advertising AND mining income.

2) If you're really suffering from pop-up and problems with adverts, then you probably need to invest some more time in finding a better solution. Firefox with NoScript and ADP works extremely well, but takes some time to get working optimally (i.e. letting sites you visit regularly allow specific things that you want). Similar solutions exist on most other browsers (mu script, etc - I'm sure other users here on El reg can make suggestions for their browser of choice), so you really should be able to remove the problem no matter what your setup.

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Uber sued over alleged rapes as #MeToo web rally reveals more sex assault claims

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Re: Do "Normal" Taxi firms vet their drivers to this level... would think not... does anyone know?

Yes they do. Taxi firms are required to get Police Background checks of Drivers. Uber doesnt do this, because they Claim a) they're not a taxi firm, and b) they dont employ the Drivers (they're freelancers apparently). That's part of the reason why Uber can be cheaper than the competition, it costs Money to do things like Background checks which Uber are weaseling their way out of. London has at least started to reign this in by removing Uber's licence and part of the reasoning was that they were breaking the law by not doing These Background checks...

So anything that forces Über do to these things that are required of everyone else is a good thing, even if it ends up costing you a little bit more in your taxi (sorry Uber) fare...

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WikiLeaks is wiki-leaked. And it's still not even a proper wiki anyway

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Re: Leaked leaks did not come from WikiLeaks

I call bollocks. Provide links or your just talking out your a$$.

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Re: "And it's still not even a proper wiki anyway"

"The nuclear button is a myth."

Exactly. There is no such thing as the Nuclear Button. A Button would be utterly ridiculous to control the nuclear arsenal. It's just unthinkable. Totally doesnt make any sense. It's actually a Switch!

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Re: Leaked leaks did not come from WikiLeaks

OK i have to react to this - you honestly believe that Hillary Clinton somehow managed to convince two women to make separate rape accusations against Assange? I assume that's what your implying. Assange has never denied that he had sex with the women. That's never been in dispute. Is your implication that the Police wouldnt have investigated rape allegations without international pressure? If that's the case, I hate to think which Country you live in. Police normally strongly investigate rape claims. And if a suspect flees a Country rather then talking to investigators that usually looks very suspicious and yes an international Arrest Warrant will normally be issued. All looks pretty normal so far to me.

Maybe, it was the Arrest in the UK that your talking about? Well it is kinda normal that if a friendly Country (and Sweden is a friend of the UK) has an Arrest Warrant out, then the UK Police will act on that. Obviously that international pressure you talked about didnt work very well, because he was actually granted bail. That seems to go against the Party line doesnt it? I mean if all that pressure was being applied, he never would have been allowed to walk out of jail would he?

And then he ran away to the Ecudarian Embassy. Maybe the UK wanting to arrest him when he leaves that is what your talking about? But then someone who is on bail and flees the Country is commiting a crime and that is something that normally the Police do go after. I mean that doesnt normally require international pressure. If you're on bail, you're given certain rules - not leaving the Country is usually pretty prominent on that list. You break those rules and the Police will attempt to arrest you and send you to prison for a time.

I really cant see any conspiracy here. He was accused of rape. The Police were investigating and he fled the country. The Police issued an Arrest Warrant (as you would when a suspect flees the Country rather than be questioned). He's arrested in the UK. Released on Bail. Flees to the Ecudaorian embassy. And now the UK Police want him for breaking bail conditions. Where are you seeing a conspiracy?

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MPs slam HMRC's 'deeply worrying' lack of post-Brexit customs system

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Failure in waiting...

"HMRC told us that CDS is one of its seven most important programmes..."

If that isnt the signature of an impending program failure, I dont know what is...

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Think the US is alone? 18 countries had their elections hacked last year

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"If Russia or someone else is trying to destabilise the west with election rigging then why didn't the racist f*cknuggit le pen get into power in France?

Why did Helmut Merkel get back into power in Germany?"

Might i suggest that the People in Germany and France are better educated and naturally more suspicious of politicians than Americans?

Additionally, France and Germany have multiple political parties and People are less likely to continuously vote for a single Party. In America, you have a choice between Republicans and Democrats and People follow them religiously (by the way the rest of the world thinks that's utterly insane!). So no matter how sh%t you think the policies and candidates of your Party are, Americans will still vote for them or at worst will just not vote, but they will never vote against their Party. In Europe, you just vote for whichever Party matches your tastes in this election. That makes it far harder to influence an election and far less likely that you'll end up with extremists (like Trump) in power.

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Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

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Re: Actually not much like the Shuttle at all

"given the Shuttle handled like a brick"

"The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.”

Worked for the Vogons!!!

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Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

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Re: Let's see...

Perhaps a truly Jobsian Answer would be :

You're location is wrong...

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The day I almost pinned my tushie as a Google Maps landmark

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Hmm...

Since Facebook are asking for the Pictures and some of the People sending them would be under 18, does that mean Facebook would be breaking the law by "soliciting underage pornography"?

Just curious...

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Metal 3D printing at 100 times the speed and a twentieth of the cost

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@ naive: Dont think of 3d parts as replacements for forged/machined components. think of them as replacements for cast parts.

You can replace a machined component with 3d printed, but it's the same effect (from strength, etc) as if you replaced it with a cast part. but usually cheaper then cast and with sometimes fewer restrictions...

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Re: Problems to overcome

There are things you can do with certain metals to improve the printed strength. there's a process called HIP that is used for Titanium (and a 3d printed part that undergoes HIP is flight certified by the FAA). HIP basically means chucking the part in an autoclave at high temperature and pressure to force out any cavities and harden the surface to restrict crack growth.

Unfortunately, the process doesnt work for Aluminium at this Point in time (at the necessary Temp you melt the Aluminium). But there are other processes being investigated, but nothing is certified yet. Sorry dont know about Steel as we just dont use it in Aerospace or at least in my Company...

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Jet packs are REAL – and inventor just broke world speed record in it

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Which Richard?

I'm not sure why but I immediately misread that as Richard Branson. It's the sort of daft stunt that he would have made a few years ago...

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Openreach boss says he'd take a burning effigy on the chin

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Just an idea...

The government likes giving BT money to make that "Final Connection" to the small villages because BT says it's not profitable for them to do it themselves. OK, i can live with that. But how about then, all that money from the government has strings attached, such that it cant be used to connect any town bigger than say 2000 People. Fow towns bigger then that, let market forces sort it out.

If the cities are where it's profitable, let BT (sorry Openreach) use their profits to get the fibre to where the market wants it...

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Tesla buys robot maker. Hang on, isn't that your sci-fi bogeyman, Elon?

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"their problems are related to certain sections of their assembly lines and that the failings of the contractor handling that were missed."

So you then go and buy that contractor?? hmmm.....

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UK Land Registry opens books on corporate owners

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Re: How very useful

I had no idea Vulture Central was so big!!!

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Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

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Dear Lord, the number of ways this could go wrong...

- Spoofed sites --> so people end up uploading there nude shots to a non-Facebook site

- Man in the middle attacks --> Pics get snaffled on the way to Facebook

- Hacks of Facebook --> Pics get grabbed at Facebook ("they dont store the pics" - my a$$ they dont! Who has ever heard of the Facebooks and Googles of the world EVER deleting ANYTHING!)

- misconfigured settings making the Pictures freely available --> Because that NEVER happens... *rolleyes*

Bugger me, this has so many Avenues for failure...

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Mythbuster seeks cash for roller skates to wear in virtual reality

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I'm sure they'll accept BitCoin from you AC.

That was what you meant, right?

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You know what's coming next: FBI is upset it can't get into Texas church gunman's smartphone

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Re: Why Do They Want That?

"They also have a dead shooter and his smartphone... Did nobody think of taking the phone down to the morgue and pushing the sensor against his fingers?"

I assume the failure here is that they cant get the gun out of his hands. Isnt that what gun crazy Yanks always say "They'll get my gun when they pry it from my cold dead fingers..."

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UK's surveillance regime challenged in landmark European court hearing

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Re: who

I dunno... Coastguard?

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American upstart seeks hotshot guinea pig for Concorde-a-like airliner

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Re: XB = Experimental Bomber

There's a reason it's called Boom...

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Give us a bloody PIN: MPs grill BBC bosses over subscriber access

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I cant see the difficulty...

Imagine that every user of the Iplayer or BBC Online Services gets a Login, and when they create the Login they give their address. When they pay their licence fee they provide their Login details. Boom straight up every user of Online Content is registered in the database and their payment status confirmed.

If a user wants to access Premium Services (e.g. the back catalogue, etc) they pay a subscription and that gives them access to the Content they want.

Everyone can still access regular TV and pay everything the old fashioned way, but it would give the BBC a much easier list to idenitfy households not paying the fee or not using the online contents.

This is not a new system. It should not be difficult to implement. Tiered access to Services is used all over the shop, so I really dont get the BBC objections... Other than that their lazy c&nts, but we kinda already knew that...

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Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple

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Re: 'image persistence' or 'burn-in'

Gargle and Spit? Luxury!

We had to drink the Petrol and then fart it out in the right air/fuel mix or our dad would thrash us!

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Re: You've all got it wrong...

"historical page augmenting"

Well done Lost all Faith, I'm now expecting "Historical Page Augmentation" to start showing up in the next lot of Marketing bollocks from Apple. And it's all your fault! I hope your proud of yourself!

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The Ghost of Jobs is alive and well

"You're looking at it wrong..."

Edit: D'oh, just saw AC beat me to it... Oh well it's still a good joke! :)

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ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society

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Hang on a sec...

Once you have the ATM installed, what costs are involved that would make it so unprofitable you would remove it just because your fee is reduced by 5c per transaction?

A Little bit of electricity? An Internet Connection? It's surely not going to use much of either. Getting the machine restocked each day/week? But surely that would be an on call type of thing, so you only restock once the machine is empty (or close to), and if a full ATM getting emptied isnt profitable then that 5c reduction isnt going to change anything.

Me thinks, I hear a fearmonger at work - "Oh no 5c less per Transaction? We'll end up with an ATM-apocalypse..."

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Europe's one-patent-court-to-rule-them-all rocked by 'Brexit, EPO reforms, German laws'

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Breach of contract?

"Benoit's decision to take on a political role as deputy for culture in his home district of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, just outside Paris, France."

How is that not a breach of contract? I've never heard of any contract where you can just decide to take another Job without approval from your employer. Which in this case would be the EPO Board, and considering that they want him out, I would be surprised they would agree to something like that.

Additionally, I would be hugely surprised if there wasnt something about being politically neutral in the contract with a Position like this. If not, which ever lawyer wrote up the contract should be fired on the spot.

Still with everything else going on at the EPO, I guess None of this should be surprising...

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$10,000-a-dram whisky 'wasn't even a malt'

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Re: Even the experts sound iffy

I think you might have misunderstood. The Whisky in this case was supposedly bottled in 1878.

So presumably the experts know what type of bottles Macallan used to bottle there Whisky in 1878, and what type of labels they used. Since this bottle doesnt match the bottles Macallan used in 1878 and the label was different it raised suspicions. Justifiably so.

Nothing to do with when the cask was laid in this case...

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Give Credit where its due

The Swiss Hotel were contacted by some Whiskey experts to suggest that the bottle didnt look right for a Macallan 1878. The Hotel under their own steam (and at their own cost), sent off samples to be tested, and once the samples came back, they flew out and personally apologised and returned the blokes cash.

You have to applaud the Hotel for there honesty!

If that had happened in the US, the hotel would have denied everything, probably tried to get a gagging order against the experts who told them about the false looking bottle, denied everything and would have fought any attempt to have the liquid tested. Then if it eventually did end up getting proven they would sue the testers for loss of income, issue some statement about "buyer beware" and held on to the money for as long as possible (i.e. until they got sued by the customer).

But nope in this case, adults were involved, an honest mistake was repaid and everyone walks away happy. It's not a whiskey but this --> is for the hotel owners!

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Those IT gadget freebies you picked up this year? They make AWFUL Christmas presents

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"it was like paint stripper in both taste and chemistry."

Ahhh so you had a good Willy then... Trust me you DONT want to know what a bad one tastes like...

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KFC turns Japanese bath tubs into party buckets

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Re: KFC scented anything

During high school numerous of my friends worked in fast food joints. My friends pretty much covered them all KFC, Maccas, Burger King, etc. The only one of my friends who would eat at his own Restaurant was the guy that worked at KFC (he quite happily took home any leftovers at the end of the night). The others wouldnt touch their food.

Needless to say, if we went out for fast food, KFC was the only place we went. Now admittedly thats one small city's fast food joints and nearly 20 years ago, but I've always taken that as a good indicator of whats edible or not...

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Osama Bin Laden had copy of Resident Evil, smut, in compound

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Re: Malware

"2. What's Steam slurping from computers which means that Valve were able to identify him?"

Umm i think you might have misunderstood that. Someone at Valve obviously had a look at the list of files released by the CIA, noticed the files listed in the tweet (de_dust!), and could safely conclude that the Computer in his compound was running Steam.

Hence there comment. They weren't slurping data or knowing that they had Osama on Steam, it's more along the lines of "Holy cow, Osama was one of our users!"

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EU law bods closer to baking new 'cookie law' after battle

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And maybe after this law comes in the "Do Not Track" functionality that exists in pretty much every web browser might actually work as intended.

You know, where if you've set that to "Do not track", then it wont ask you because it already means your answer is no.

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Or perhaps you could just click No to having a tracking Cookie and then visit the site like normal without having to give up your privacy. As it says in the article "... and ensure that, even if a user rejects cookies, they must be allowed access to the site."

And seriously the thought of having to click on one little button on a page to say yes or no to tracking bothers you? What are you 5?

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US voting server in election security probe is mysteriously wiped

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Actually the Dossier started with the Republicans...

Alright I'll bite. The Russian Dossier was actually started under funding from the Republican National Committee because they didnt want Trump as a candidate. Once he won the Primaries, the dropped it (naturally) and it was effectively sold to the Clinton campaign. After that it was picked up by the FBI. Not bad work from the makers of the dossier - they got to sell it 3 times.

(here's my source for my info, where's yours? - http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41752908)

But seriously, if you dont think that EVERY side in an American election doesnt have Dossiers looking for dirt on their rivals you'd have to be crazy. The fact that the only thing the trump campaign really came out with against Hilary was the email saga and some potentially dodgy money coming to her foundation says to me that she's relatively clean (on a politicians scale of cleanliness). Considering that Trump has absolutely no problem letting rip with any dirt he can possibly come up with (real or not), I cannot see him sitting on anything that was actually dirty.

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Call the NSA...

Since the NSA likes to snoop on everything, I'm sure they'll have a copy lying around somewhere.

Maybe if the NSA changed there name to the National Society of Archivists then everyone will be so much more trusting. I mean they're just glorified librarians after all and who doesnt like librarians?

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If you say it loud enough, Uber will sound atrocious: Super Cali juristic discrimination process

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Re: Stack ranking

The more I hear about Uber, the more I think the top Managers were all given a book at the start of the Company called "The Top 100 Management Techniques NOT to use", and some how all of them missed the NOT in the title, and so implemented as many of them as possible.

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Even more warship cuts floated for the Royal Navy

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WhatI'm picking up from this...

So the UK will be able to bomb the sh&te out of whatever Country they end up going to war with, but wont actually be able to put any troops on the ground.

Sounds about right. We can't have squaddies getting into danger and getting killed. It reflects badly on the politicians for getting involved in the war in the first place. Much safer and easier to just bomb the enemy back to the Stone Age. It might not actually DO anything, but it LOOKS like you're doing something. And well that's all the politicians really ask for after all...

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Family's legal battle over YouTube's role in Paris terror murders is paused

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OK not to side with George Dubya or anything, but destroying the government of Iraq for no good reason is going bit far. I think the Kurds and the Shias and the numerous atrocities they suffered at the hands of Saddam Hussein (including chemical weapon attacks) would say there was some pretty good reasons.

Dismantling the entire military and bureaucracy of Iraq WAS what caused the destabilisation. Followed by the fact that if George had kept a tighter rein on the new Shia led government that took over from the old Sunni led government and stopped them taking revenge on the Sunni Population for the past deeds of Hussein and his cronies, then IS wouldnt have had a fertile ground to grow out of...

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Uber's revolting sexism, the movie

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Re: Could have been worse ...

"Aren’t Hollywood types all customers of Uber?"

Not unless Uber do limos...

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Sex harassment scandal scoops up Silicon Valley's Slimy Scoble

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One thing that bugs me in all this...

Every single time that one of these bastards gets caught, they claim they were sexually abused as Kids. Every time.

Maybe they were, but I'm sorry if that was the case and then you start sexually abusing someone else, the law should come down twice as hard on you! You claim you've experienced how awful being sexually abused is, and so you know how bad it feels to be sexually abused, but then you delibrately inflict that suffering on someone else?!

If you perform an action knowing in advance that its going to hurt or cause damage to someone, that counts as premediation for any other crime and gets punished doubly. The same should go for anyone who commits abuse after having been abused.

Just my 2c...

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Curiosity rover gives Mars the middle finger, prepares to get drilling

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Drilling/digging on Mars a sh*te harder than it looks

Lest anyone think that Drilling or Digging on Mars was an easy Topic imagine this - you have to select the type of drill your going to use based on a guess of what material you will find on Mars. A few years later when you actually get to Mars, you have to guess how hard the rock is that you want to drill and what it's made from based on Pictures taken of the outside surface. You then have to set appropriate speeds and feeds such that a) you can drill in the rock, and b) if you're wrong about the consistency or that directly below the surface there is some harder impurity or the like that you wont destroy your bit. And you have to program this with enough feedback loops to do it autonmously, because you cant manually stop the drill if something goes wrong. At least not for 28 minutes (14 minutes for notification of the failure to get to Earth and 14 minutes for the big Stop Signal to be sent back).

To put that in Earth Terms - imagine you have to select a drill bit to drill a hole in the wall of a house that you havent seen and the best you can say is that the house is in, for example, Belgium. Then you have to select the right feeds and speeds for use of that drill based on a photo of the wall. Do you take the masonry bit knowing that most walls in Belgium are masonry, but also knowing that if you hit a metal stanchion you're screwed? Or do you take the carbon steel bit knowing that you can probably cut through anything, but that you are likely to damage the surrounding areas and damage the science you want to conduct in those areas?

The Boffins working on these things deserve a huge round of applause (and a pint) for their great work making these operations so successful!

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Jeff Bezos fires off a blue dart, singes Elon Musk and SpaceX

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Re: SpaceX are working on a bigger engine also

If the raptor engine goes really fast, will it be a Veloci-raptor?

I'm sorry, I really am, I'll see my self out...

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Re: The Test was Wednesday

Naturally on Thursday everyone was too hungover to write a press release...

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No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news

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Re: Whereas in the UK

"the BBC will rollover like a dead pussycat...

So what your saying is that the BBC wont rollover. Because dead cats cant roll over, I mean logically they cant. They're dead.

So good on the BBC for not rolling over...

Sorry what was the rest of your bollocks?

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Capgemini: We love our 'flexible, flowing' spade

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Re: That spade is sharp ?

It's a blue Lady with a large dark afro right? Or maybe a weirdly shaped mushroom?

Now a spade is supposed to be a digging tool, and this is a floppy spade, which is by defintion useless. Does that mean the company is being honest by associating themselves withbeing useless and not being fit for function? Honesty in Marketing? I'm shocked i tell you, Shocked!

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