* Posts by lglethal

2039 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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A similar thing happened at school when I was younger. We had a new American teacher and one of my class mates started asking around the class for a rubber. She got quite upset, yelled at him and sent him out. She apologised in the next lesson, having spoken with her colleagues and finding out that a rubber in Aus was an eraser and not a condom as it was in the US.

She was a pretty good sport about the continuous jokes she got for the rest of the year...

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How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

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Re: Just curious El Reg

Thanks for the answer Gaz. I was not aware that such indefinite reporting restrictions could be enforced... good to know (or not depending on your opinion of blanket bans!). :)

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Just curious El Reg

NT1 has lost his case, but you still cant name him? How long until that protection runs out? I assume there is a set period in which he has to file his paperwork to appeal. If he doesnt appeal, the case is finished and the protection disappears, correct?

Or am i missing something?

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Pentagon sticks to its guns: Yep, we're going with a single cloud services provider

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My 2c...

"The objective of achieving commercial parity seems contrary to the duration and single award aspects of this contract. The single-award removes competition, which was the very impetus that drove the current cloud market.

Also, the potential duration for this vehicle is 10 years, nearly equal to the age of the cloud market. This duration fails to recognize how fast this market is changing… The structure of this vehicle locks DoD into one vendor for the next decade."

OK the first objection sounds ludicrous to me. The award of this to a single party removes competition? Surely the award of a multi billion dollar contract should ENSURE a very high level of competition to try and win the contract. It should mean the Pentagon can drive an extremely tough bargain.

The second objection is much more reasonable, in regards to vendor lock in. However, with clever contract wording, advancements in cloud technology (got that sounds awful - bloody wishy washy sales terminology), advancements in off premises distributed computing technology (much better) could be part of the contract and mean that the vendor lockin does not cause problems in a few years time as things advance.

10 years is an age in computing, but at least a contract that long should drive a bloody good price. Provided the management oversight is strict and the contract wording tight, DoD should get a good deal...

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Europe turns nose up at new smartphones: Beancounters predict 7% sales drop

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really? 5G as the big draw?

Because 4G was such a big draw over 3G? Can anyone actually remember the difference between 3G and 4G? I mean maybe its a little bit faster. Dont know, cant say I've particularly noticed. My phone says I'm using 4G at the moment. I cant say I've noticed any "killer" differences between the two.

So whats 5G going to offer? It'll be a little bit faster? Will I even notice? Does it come with unlimited downloads? Nope, I'm guessing not.

So why should I be upgrading again?

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The law of run Nintendo consequences: Sega brings out mini Mega Drive / Genesis

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Re: In this Age of Enlightenment

Since Mini and Mega cancel each other out, why couldnt they just name it The Drive?

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Australian Feds cuff woman who used BTC to buy drugs on dark web

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Re: I am reminded...

If television has taught me anything, you can tell a black hat from the fact that they're wearing a hoody. If they're not wearing a hoody they cant be trusted. Preferably they should be wearing a hoody with a black hat/cap underneath. And with the hoody pulled up to cover there face. And maybe wearing sunglasses. All the time. Even when in a dark basement lit only by their monitor.

See its easy to identify these black hats...

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Apple leak: If you leak from Apple, we'll have you arrested, says Apple

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Re: Leaking the anti-leak memo to Bloomberg

Alright Dan, who's your source? That leaker's ass is going to be fired! How dare they release our strategy for the upcoming year! Yes I know it's the same plan that we've used for the last 10 years, thats exactly why they'll never see it coming!

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Exposed: Lazy Android mobe makers couldn't care less about security

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Any chance?

Any chance of a name and shame of the worst culprits?

My just under 2 year old Sony still gets regular updates (current state says its up to date to 1/3/18). But wether its getting all of the updates it should, I have no idea. It would be interesting to see which are the worst offenders and which are the best.

Naming and shaming might be a good way to actually change the manufacturers behaviour. But probably not... ;)

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Best thing about a smart toilet? You can take your mobile in without polluting it

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Re: The obvious quote from "The Third Man":

There is a reason the statement "May your children live in interesting times!" used to be used as a curse.

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Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help

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No its C:\'s evil brother...

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What a time to be alive: LG and Italian furniture-maker build smart sofa

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Maybe you just need to turn the other cheek?

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European Space Agency squirts a code update at Mars Express orbiter

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Re: Blue screens

Coast guard?

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El Reg needs you – to help build an automated beer-transporting robot

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Re: Acronym needed

BUTLER

Beverage

Utility

Tasked with

Liquering up

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Registerians...

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Ideas

Install some railway lines - it will make it nice and easier. You can put up fences along the lines, and then you dont need to worry about pedestrians/obstacles on the track. Loading and unloading might be a problem, but well we'll save that for another day/thought experiment.

Alternatively, a Roomba with a tray on top would probably work pretty well and you can probably claim it as a cleaning expense. (And it can actually clean up any mess it makes after hours! Bonus!). Getting it to bring the beer directly to you might take some creative use of those electronic wall things they come with. But I'm sure you can manage it...

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While Zuck squirmed, Reddit revealed it found and killed 944 Russian troll factory accounts

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Minority Report?

"213 requested the prediction of account information"

Say what?

What is predicted account Information? I think this guy's name is going to be Tom today. I predict he'll be living in alabama next year and will probably still be a single white male with a drinking problem. My astrology reading predicts he might have a bad meeting next month...

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Airbus plans beds in passenger plane cargo holds

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Calling Bruce Willis, i mean calling Korben Dallas...

I think someone has been watching The Fifth Element again...

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Nope, you're still a transport biz, top EU court tells Uber

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Re: As far as Uber's pretence that they are not running a taxi service is concerned.......

"if it's got feathers and it waddles and it quacks it's a duck. "

It could be a Velociraptor, we dont really know what sound they made after all...

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Fear the Reaper: Man hospitalised after eating red hot chilli pepper

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Re: Nominative Determinism?

"Capcaisin kills prostate cancer cells"

Maybe so, but the first doctor to try and rub my wedding tackle with a Naga chilli will quickly be sporting a black eye!

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Like Moths to a flame...

"Dragon's Breath was created by a farmer for the Chelsea Flower show and is so potent that it had to be kept in a sealed container when it went on display."

It had to be kept in a sealed container primarily because otherwise some Chav would try to prove their manliness by eating the darn thing and the farmer doesnt want to be sued for the damage it does to them...

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Death in paradise: 'Cyber attack' takes out national government's IT

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" All civil servants must report to work."

What, you mean Thomas and Madie still need to go to work? Aww they were so looking forward to a day off...

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White House: Is it OK to hijack, shoot down, or snoop on drones? Er ... asking for a friend

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Re: Ironical really

Ever so slightly off topic, but following on from your comment - i see that after Florida passed laws to restrict access to firearms for those under 21. The NRA is suing Florida for restricting young people's freedom to own guns. If they can sue on those grounds, how come Alcohol manufacturers cant sue on the same grounds ? Those damn alcohol laws mean Kids cant start drinking (legally) until their 21, thats a restriction on their freedoms that is...

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Why?

Ok you want ot be able to take down Drones that are considered a risk. And the Police and Homeland Security want that. Ok I can see that. Doesnt sound unreasonable. I think 95% of people would be on board with that. Sounds good.

Wait you want to make your use of these takedowns a secret? Why? What possible reason under regular law enforcement cases or even in cases where the word terrorism crops up, could keeping the take down secret be useful?

Ok congratulations, you've just turned a law that would have had ~95% support into something that looks dodgy and creepy and reeks of nefarious purposes, and which will be opposed by 95% of the population. Well done team...

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They're back! 'Feds only' encryption backdoors prepped in US by Dems

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Or alternatively, its pay on delivery, and only after it has been throroughly vetted by an impartial international team of cryptographic experts. Failure at this stage means no payment. If somehow it gets approved beyond this stage, the firm/researchers who develop the solution are to be held liable for the eventual cracking of the backdoor.

That should scare of any tenderers, and save everyone money.

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Re: As I've said before...

John, there is more then enough stupid bollocks coming out of both sides of your congress, so every legislator IS appropriate. Why dont you pull your head out of your bipartisan arse and realise that all politicians no matter from what political spectrum should face mockery.

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Apple store besieged by protesters in Paris 'die-in' over tax avoidance

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Re: But!

The idea behind these sorts of protests is not really to change the offenders behaviour (we all know by now that you cant penetrate the Reality Distortion Field (tm)) - the idea is to bring attention of the "alleged" crimes and financial shenanigans to the people in government/police/tax authorities with the power to do something about it.

Additionally these sorts of protests attempt to bring the dodgy shenanignans to the attention of the general public, in the hope that people will change there spending habits and wont spend their money with the tax dodging buggers. Admittedly, anyone who isnt already aware of Apples dodgy tax dealings, is probably unlikely to hear about this either, but who knows, maybe a message will finally sink in to one or two more people.

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Sysadmin shut down the wrong server, and with it all European operations

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"the middle of the British 'wilderness' "

Ahhh Essex....

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Super Cali upstart's new rocket test approaches, even though the size of it won't launch a Tesla motor

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Re: Ford needs to up its game...

Me after realising I named the wrong bloody car company --->

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Ford needs to up its game...

This is the perfect opportunity for some advertising for Ford.

Shoot for the stars by buying an Astra (it will probably wont make it and come crashing back to Earth as a giant fireball, but if you've ever driven an Astra you'll know the feeling!)

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Brain monitor had remote code execution and DoS flaw

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Oh lordy!

"this should be no more serious than a dose of man-flu."

But we all know there is nothing worse than Man-flu, child birth is a pale comparison!!! Panic stations everyone!!!

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Hold the phone: Mystery fake cell towers spotted slurping comms around Washington DC

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Calling all software engineers!

I feel like this should not be that difficult to protect against and could probably be done pretty easily with software. An app on your phone has a list for all official fixed cell towers in your region. The App checks whenever your phone changes cell tower that the new one is one of the approved fixed towers.

If not, it alerts the user that the cell tower is not an official fixed tower and shuts down the ability to use certain programs (decided by the user in advance - such as calls, texts, emails, etc.). Keeping the list up to date shouldnt be that hard, towers have to be reported to the FCC (or whatever your local governing body is called) and lets face it they dont spring up that regularly. And whilst it might cause some problems where temporary boosters are being used to cover maintenance/damaged towers/insufficient capacity, security for the type of users who actually care about this stuff would outweigh some minor disruptions.

Added bonus if the program users direction finding or distance to source measurements to ensure that tower identifiers are not being faked and the "official" tower credentials are not now located 50km from where they should be...

If anyone gets around to making this app, wing €100 my way and a crate of good beer (none of that American swill) and we'll call it even... ;)

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What's silent but violent and costs $250m? Yes, it's Lockheed Martin's super-quiet, supersonic X-plane for NASA

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Thumping 'eck or Ecky Thump

For everyone complaining that its slower than Concorde - this is a demonstrator! It's sole focus is on proving that a special body design can reduce Sonic Boom to acceptable levels. Sonic Boom occurs whenever an aircraft is travelling over Mach 1 and it really doesnt matter if its travelling at M1.4 or M40 if what you're trying to prove is that your design reduces the sonic boom by X percent.

If you are trying to prove that a new car design handles better when travelling at 100km/h, then you do not need to design your car to be able to drive at 300km/h from the start... Have some perspective folks...

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Are you able to read this headline? Then you're not Julian Assange. His broadband is unplugged

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Re: And it's paid for and I'm so grateful to be nowhere

"but the years confined to a pokey room in an embassy with only morons for company should be taken into account."

Why? He is there by choice. He didnt have to run away to the embassy and he doesnt have to stay there. He can come out anytime and face the music over his decisions. The choices are all his.

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Boffins stalk house-hunting bees, find colony behaves kind of like a human brain

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Re: More Research Funds, Please...

Beehive yourself, Commswonk...

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Fed up with Facebook data slurping? Firefox has a cunning plan

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Re: How is it any better than running NoScript

NoScript was great, and simple, and I taught many a family member to make use of it. After the 56 update, though it became a horrible UI mess of complexity and pretty much all of those family members either stayed with the old version of firefox or abandoned noScript entirely. I've tried transitioning them to uorigin, but it lacks the simplicity of the old NoScript UI.

Shame really, it would have been so easy to implement an easy version with a level of control replicating the old version and then providing an advanced version for those that want the detailed levels of control the 56 update provides. Oh well, the wait for an easy replacement goes on...

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Tantalising Tabby's Star teases watchers with big dimming event

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Science = Awesome!

So i guess the dust cloud is not evenly distributed around the star and is orbiting the star? Hence the periodical dimming.

Still how cool is the science involved that we can even see this! Beers all round for everyone involved!

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Did the FBI engineer its iPhone encryption court showdown with Apple to force a precedent? Yes and no, say DoJ auditors

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No good deed goes unpunsihed?

I notice that you wrote former Executive Assistant Director (EAD) Amy Hess. I take it her honesty led to her needing to find a new career path outside of the FBI?

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IBMers in TSS: How WILL we support customers after these latest job cuts?

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Of course Shareholders are the most important ones, they elect the board. And the board sets their own and the CEO's salary. I mean they have to be kept happy, otherwise the CEO and the board's salaries might not be able to stretch to that second yacht, and we cant have that can we?

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough

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Re: Partnership?

"Yes, but we're tired of bending over for the deep & special insertion by our partners."

Ahhh so now you will get bent over by strangers instead. Good plan...

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Re: From the department of bleeding obvious

"THE CAKE IS A LIE"

Funnily enough that seems an entirely accurate statement in this scenario...

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NASA fungus problem puts theory of 'Martian mushrooms' on toast

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ahaha!

That lab was clean before they started investigating Meteorites so by definition those mushrooms must come from the meteorites and lunar samples! Ahaha - Proof of extraterrestrial life!!!

And they called me mad for wearing a tin foil hat!!!

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Horn star Sudan, last male northern white rhino, dies aged 45

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No.

Lots. Too many for profit.

No. Poachers kill them anyway.

No. They are dicks.

No.

No. It's already a black market economy product. No regulation is particularly possible.

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Re: Poisoning

By the way, I unfortunately dont see poisoning the ivory or the like having an effect. The money available to facilitate crime, in this case removing the effects of the poison from the ivory, is always higher than that involved in attempting to police it or prevent it.

I think a simpler solution would be possible - simply anyone caught poaching or dealing in ivory gets castrated (sharpness of knife can be variable). That should reduce the numbers willing to do the poaching in the first place, and those further down the line will no longer be in need of the aphrodisiac after the operation. Should act as a deterrent...

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Re: Poisoning

"Do you think the poacher will give a flying fuck whether his one time customer is poisoned?"

Since these business dealings like any good drug deal rely on repeat business and word of mouth that the product is good. So yes, they will give a flying fuck...

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Breaking up is hard to do: Airbus, new bae Google and clinging on to Microsoft's 'solutions'

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Re: Commercial data is not confidential?

Commercial Data loss only leads to business and profit losses. Military/National Security data losses lead to CTO's and the like ending up in prison. That tends to focus their minds just a little bit...

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Boffins find sign of water existing deep into Earth's mantle by looking at diamonds

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Re: Non standard oddball unit "miles"

"According to Jules Verne, water depth should be measured in Leagues."

Would that be Premier, Europa, or Champions Leagues?

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Re: Non standard oddball unit "miles"

What about double decker buses and brontosaurii?

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Google to 'forget me' man: Have you forgotten what you said earlier?

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Re: Journalists in court

Sorry, what? You lost me there. Could you give me a tl:dr? Oh look a cat doing something funny...

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Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

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Just a thought

Whilst I think the idea of expanding bubbles of radio transmissions makes perfect sense, the strength of a signal decreases with the ratio of the distance ² (inverse square law). From this I would assume there comes a point when the signal strength falls below the possible detection thresholds (i.e strength is at or below the background radiation noise). So whilst the bubble of another civilisation might be passing us right now, we wouldnt be able to detect it.

I'd be interested to know, if someone has more time (and frankly is extremely bored), how far away our signals will be visible. My guess would be around 1000ly, but I'm pulling that number out of my a$$.

Still we're probably not missing anything - If earth is anything to go by we're probably not missing anything but Survivor Sirius edition...

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Blackout at Samsung NAND factory destroys chunk of global supply

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Re: The maths don't add up...

I would hope that the loss of 11% of a months production, so ~1% of your yearly production would not entirely be offset by increased prices due to the restricted supply. It probably helps a bit, but hopefully not enough.

In which case, who ever made the decision to remove or undersize the generators gets a good kicking for costing the company a tonne of money. I sincerely hope that it wasnt an Engineer who screwed up and caused the failure, and it really did come down to a management decision, because we all know the engineer wont get anywhere near the protection for their mistake as the manager will...

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