* Posts by lglethal

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Kebab and pizza shop owner jailed for hiding £179k from the taxman

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Muppet extraordinare!

I was thinking the exact same thing - you're earning ~60k a year (based on the 180k mentioned in the article), so what are you going to try and ferret away from the tax authorities? 10k? 20k? 30k??? No i think I'll try and take 51k and claim I'm not earning enough to possibly cover my workplace expenses or home or you know inconsequential things like food and toilet paper.

Muppet.

Seriously if he'd tried to squirrel away that 9k and paid taxes on the rest he probably would have got away with it, but this, this is just stupidity on a Grand scale!

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Shock: Brit capital strips Uber of its taxi licence

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Re: 40,000 drivers out of work

Ever thought of reporting the Situation to the authorities?

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

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in the wild - definitely the right term!

"Knightscope hopes to have 100 machines in the wild – if you can apply that term to malls, parking lots, and warehouses – by the end of the year."

Having seen the ferals that inhabit my local Shopping mall - "in the wild" is definitely the right term...

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NASA Earthonauts emerge from eight-month isolation in simulated Mars visit

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Re: Righhhtttt....

Hey even Apple started with just a couple of guys in a shed...

You gotta start somewhere.

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Righhhtttt....

Because we did such a good Job of spotting the Chelyabinsk Meteorite recently. And it's still pretty certain that if a Tunguska size Meteorite came along we would still have to be very lucky and looking directly at it to be able to spot it. And even if we do spot it, there's bugger all we can do to stop it. If something bigger comes along, frankly we will go extinct, nothing to do with being smarter than the dinosaurs, but when an extinction event comes along and wipes out 80% of life on Earth, we WILL be part of that 80%.

The Point of starting other colonies is the same reason you create new Habitats for endangered animals. If something happens to one Habitat and wipes out the animals there, you can use the other Habitat to keep the animals alive and prehaps repopulate that original area if/when it becomes habitable again.

When an extinction Event occurs on Earth, it would be nice to think that the human population on Mars would be OK and can eventually repopulate the Earth or move on to the rest of the glaaxy.

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WordPress has adverse reaction to Facebook's React.js licence

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Re: "...the popular content management system"

Whats that old saying? "If all you have is a hammer, suddenly everything starts to look like a nail..."

Or i guess in your case, a pipe wrench! :P

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Uh oh, scientists know how those diamonds got in Uranus, and they're telling everyone!

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Well I've known enough People who think their sh%t doesnt stink. this is just taking it a step further.

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Daily Stormer booted off internet again, this time by Namecheap

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Not his call to make? why?

I'm interested why you think it wasnt his call to make. It is his Company, he has every right to decide what is hosted on his company's servers. It's not a government server, nor is there any sort of law or human rights requirement that private hosting companies must host anyone that comes to them.

He has made the calculation, that Hosting this site would cost his Company money, by being assoicated with it, so he has chosen not to host it. End of Story.

If the Daily Stormer are willing to pay enough, someone will be willing to host it somewhere, but that doesnt mean those who think that the costs wont justify the payment have to accept it.

To give an analogy, if I own a billboard, and you rent space from me and start displaying ads that cause people to attack and damage my billboard, I am well within my rights to remove your ad and tell you to go find some other billboard for your ad. There's nothing to say that I have to put up with keeping your ad on my billboard....

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Re: Vileness in public

I'm not sure I agree with you Lurker. By driving, these idiots Underground you take away (once the media storm abates) the ability for them to easily reach out and influence People with their disgusting message. The hardcore followers might follow them down into the "darkweb", but they're not the ones you're ever going to turn away from their White supremacy. But the vast majority of the naive People who might have stumbled across them and been tricked/influenced/persuaded by their message, now wont find them, and so can hopefully be spared that influence and all that hate.

Anyone going looking for them now, is already a part of that hard core (or wants to be part of it) and there's pretty much nothing you can do to stop them, but at least one of there megahorns has now been taken away...

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Foxit PDF Reader is well and truly foxed up, but vendor won't patch

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Suggestions for replacement?

I've been using Foxit for a while now, and well frankly it is shit. But working out what Reader to change to just hasnt made the top of my to do list until now. So anyone have suggestions for whats the best pdf Reader out there?

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Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cali supreme court

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Re: When will this bosses realise it works both ways?

Shortly after I left one of my old firms (which had been super to work for, never any problems, etc.) they got a new Boss who was a complete d*ck. He removed Flex time, brought in rules that everyone had to be at work on time or you lost a minimum of 15 minutes pay, and overtime had to be approved 2 weeks in advance, not to mention a whole host of other d*ckish rules.

My mate worked in concessions, i.e. when manufacturing screwed up, he had to decide how to fix it. One Thursday morning, he arrived 2 minutes late and was subsequently docked 15 minutes pay. The next day (friday) 5 minutes before closing time, his Boss came to him super worried, and said "I need you to take a quick look at this", the part was due to go out to the customer that day, was worth a couple of million to the company, and there would be hell to pay if it didnt go out. My mate calmly looked at his Boss, said, "Sorry but yesterday you docked me 15 minutes pay for being 5 minutes late, and unfortunately you didnt apply for this overtime 2 weeks ago, so I wont get paid for sticking around. So sorry, but bye!" and left whistling, happily.

The part didnt go out until the Monday night, the customer hit the roof, and that new Boss was shown the door 2 weeks later. Apparently morale improved massively...

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New MH370 analysis again suggests plane came down outside search area

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Re: Now this is intersting

@ Mad Mike

Not necessarily. You have to remember that a satellites trajectory is determined at Launch. Often, the data coming down is automatically programmed with codes for high priority/low priority, and anything over ocean would almost certainly be marked as low priority and so never actually sent to be looked at by human eyes.

Once that sort of system is in place, People dont tend to think about what other parts of the globe are covered in their low priority pile. Part of that thinking comes from the fact that in the past, all that data would never have been stored in the first place - cheap storage solutions let us keep everything now, but we are talking Terabytes of data per satellite per year which are never being looked at. Until you actually have a reason to check something out your not going to go looking in that low priority pile. If the French Researchers didnt think of it at the time, then it would only be that because of something else being researched, that they realised that maybe they have this data.

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Re: Now this is intersting

My guess - no one looked at it at the time. Satellites are taking photos constantly as they orbit around the world. More then likely data from this area was simply marked as being uninteresting/extremely low priority (it is the middle of the ocean after all), stored and forgotten about. Only after someone starts running some other analyses, do the owners of the data realise, hey actually we have pics from that area, hmm maybe we should have a look.

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Web-enabled vibrator class action put to bed

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Re: That's the best headline you could come up with?

Finally a judge with a sense of humour. Promote that man to the supreme court forthwith!

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She's arrived! HMS Queen Lizzie enters Portsmouth Naval Base

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hmmm....

"It’s a bit like your iPad. You don’t know what you’ll be using it for in two years’ time. Combined with the F-35… her future uses will be exploited to the full.”

If it's future use is how most people end up using a tablet after 2 years, then we can count on the ships being used as either door stops, dust collectors or ebay tat. Hmm.... considering past Navy activity, either of the last 2 of those looks highly likely...

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Creepy backdoor found in NetSarang server management software

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"The fact that malicious groups and entities are utilizing commercial and legitimate software for illicit gain is an ever-growing concern and one that NetSarang, as well as others in the computer software industry, is taking very seriously now."

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Waymo fleshes out self-driving car tech with hardware that goes soft at first sign of trouble

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So they want to mess with the aerodynamics and the handling of the car at close to the point of a collision. Exactly when you most need to have a solid, repeatable, and understandable response from the car.

Yep that's a good idea. Totally.

Also, dear Lord the cost of repairs to your car must be atrocious after this. No more just changing the panels and the curmple zones, you may as well now buy a whole new car.

Finally, I thought a patent had to have a specific implementation not a "it will do this, via Magic and I dont know cables or something". Oh wait, this is filed in America. Sorry forget that, stupid patents are the norm in the states...

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HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing

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There are a few devices out there that can knock drones out of the sky, but most are in the experimental phase or just coming to commercialisation (my firm is one of those releasing a product). Still a long time before they become ubiquitous though as they are not exactly cheap units at the moment.

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Blocking peeps on social media? That's a paddlin' for governors, senators, house reps

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The more i read about America...

... the more it seems like the best solution would be just to split the country in two. Create a Republic of the USA and a Democracy of the USA. Maybe the coasts to the Democrats (except Florida!) and the middle to the Republicans?

Seems like a good solution to me as I really dont get the desire to keep countries together that are split so much on ideological lines and hate each other with so much Passion! (I think Iraq and Libya, are two other lands that could probably benefit from being split up into separate parts).

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US border cops must get warrants to search phones, devices – EFF

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Re: More delays...

You missed the part about the Maximum of 4 hours detention?

Admittedly thats only for yanks but hopefully, if yanks get that protection, something similar will eventually trickle down to the rest of us dirty foreigners.

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Re: FedEx routing "errors" are common

Border Police/TSA aren't trying to catch the smart criminals (that's up to the FBI et al). TSA only what the easy collars to make their numbers look good.

Gotta be seen to be doing something...

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So you're thinking about becoming an illegal hacker – what's your business plan?

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Wow

I have no doubt that the IT guys at HBO got one hell of a kicking after the stuff was released, but lets look at this, a hacking group was willing to invest 6 months and at least half a million Dollars (not counting the labour costs they invested in that 6 months) on a dedicated hack of HBO. Defending it were (I'm guessing) a relatively small team of IT folk on the lowest wages HBO could get away with, and a Budget dedicated for use on security which was almost certainly less than a million a year.

Surprised they were hacked? I'm more surprised it took that long. So actually maybe the IT Team did a good Job, but you can only play whack a mole so often before you miss one...

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No, Apple. A 4G Watch is a really bad idea

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bah! Smart Watches are so outdated...

... I'm still waiting on the Smart Shoe from Get Smart! Now that was a useful piece of smart clothing!

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KCOM whacked with £900k Ofcom fine over 999 call handling

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Re: How are these fines worked out?

I'm asuming its because of the scale of the problem. KCom controls the Network only in Kingston upon Hull (Pop. 260,000 acc. to Wikipedia) versus Three UK which Google tells me has over 8 Million customers UK wide. I would suggest Three got off lightly on a per capita basis.

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Smart streetlight bods Telensa nearly double full-year revenues

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I dunno, Coast Guard?

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Florida man is world's fastest flasher: Just 53 quintillionths of a sec

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Perhaps it's the reverse Heisenberg Principle - i.e.that the electrons cant be both scientifically dismissed and actually gone at the same time...

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I Love Science!

Seriously, how awesome is that - 53x10-18 seconds. Incredible. For context, that's close to the time it takes for light to pass 100 Hydrogen Atoms. Just think about that for a second (which is a lot of attoseconds! :P). 100 Hydrogen Atoms. And mankind can create something that precise. It makes you realise that in spite of the efforts of religious fundamentalists, politicians and marketeers, there might actually be hope for humanity after all....

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US Homeland Security CIO hits ctrl-alt-delete after just three months

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Re: New measurement?

Sounds like a new philospohical question - forget trees falling in the woods, we now have "If you are working in a Job, but your appointment has not yet been officially announced, does your sacking cause a bear to shit in the Woods?"

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Are you a clean freak? Are you a keen geek? Do you think space is neat?

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ESA also has a Planetary Protection Office (in Noorwijk), and so do the Japanese. I assume the Russians, the Chinese and the Indians do too.

This is a NASA specific position, so why are you surprised it's only for yanks?

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Having worked with a NASA PPO on a Project once, they were extremely professional. The Job seems to basically revolve around teaching everyone else why its so important to clean everything multiple times, doing a brain frying amount of statistics and being exceptionally knowledgable about cleaning prodcedures and their effects on various materials.

They were a huge assistance to us on a mars Project I worked on. Still the amount of Statistical Analysis that they have to do is something i would NOT want to wish on anyone... ;)

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Sorry, psycho bosses, it's not OK to keylog your employees

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Re: What if...

Germany is fantastic for personal privacy protection in the workplace. You're not allowed to film employee areas except for areas where money is being handled and the staff have to be informed beforehand about that sort of thing. Hell, in one Job I worked in, we need to film an assembly being done in order to verify that we had followed procedures on a very expensive build (space industry). The hoops we had to jump through to be allowed to do that were, as an employee, awesome. Including having clauses in the usage Guidelines which prevented bosses viewing the footage without representation being there, etc.

Keyloggers would never get through any Works council worthy of the name...

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Fox News fabricated faux news with Donald Trump, lawsuit claims

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Re: The title is no longer required.

"There's 1 - 50 slightly used states if you guys are interested.

Hawaii is always nice, and Alaska looks interesting. Can we take those two?

You can keep the rest...We wouldnt want to have to put up a wall to keep the rest of you out...

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Apple, Google pull options trading apps after Australian regulator shows scams

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"If something appears too good to be true, it probably is."

No, not it probably is too good to be true - it DEFINITELY is too good to be true...

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This surf-and-turf robot swims using ribbon-like fins. And it's floated for US Navy approval

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James Bond's future nemesis?

So when does it get its obligatory head mounted laser beam?

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White collar crime prosecutions fall as offences rise

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Re: Not surprising

Was just about to say the same thing! Can we see the figures for White collar crime WITHOUT the online fraud component chucked in? Then we could make an actual comparison....

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Nest security camera captures landlord's romp on tenants' bed

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Re: Not impressed

Only 6 minutes?

And that included the time to eat the pizza!

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USA to screen tablets,
e-readers and handheld games before they fly

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And go...

Since this sort of scanning has been standard practice for at least 5 years in Europe, can we have a ban on all American flights coming to Europe until they get their security up to the required level?

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NASA lights humongous rocket that goes nowhere ... until 2019

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Re: Lawn-laying instructions?

My favourite part of the xkcd Up-goer 5 Illustration is the arrow to the rocket nozzles which says "If this starts pointing towards space, you are having a bad problem, and you will not go to space today."

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Wisconsin badgers Apple to cough up half a BEEELLION dollars for ripping off chip designs

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Ok some more details I read elsewhere

The original judgement against Apple was for about 300 Million. This new judgement is punishment (upping it to 500 Million) for continuing to use the offending design in the A7 Chips without obtaining a licence to use it from Uni Wisconsin.

In addition, there is a court case (currently on hold) against Apple for the A8 and A9 Chips for violating the exact same Patent. The reason it is on hold is that Apple are trying to get the patent invalidated and that is still going through the Courts. If they succeed, probably all bets are off. If not, Apple are looking at this 500 Million plus more from using the same design in the A8 and A9 Chips.

Some of this info, might have been nice to read in the article, El reg...

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Want to visit your loved one in jail? How about Skype instead?

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This is greed.

Reducing facetime would already make a huge saving, as you Need less guards, less dedicated vistor space, less front facing staff (vistor greeters, etc.) and possibly Money saved for the prisoners families in not having to travel to the more remote prisons.

And if the Prisons just did that, OK i could kinda understand it as a cost cutting measure, but then starting to charge huge sums for it AND still making the People come to the prison is just greedy.

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ALIS in Blunderland: Lockheed says F-35 Block 3F software to be done by year's end

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Answers for why the F-35...

OK I'll bite.

The F35 is currently the main new aircraft coming out of the US. Although thats a bit of a misnomer as huge amounts of the work (mainly production, but some design) are taking place all across the world in all of the countries which are purchasing it. That's part of the reason for the high costs. You need to give land A x amount of work, and whether what they produce is good or not, you have to take it. It often means you take it, throw it out and build it somewhere more reliable, which means you've just doubled the cost of that part, but the purchasing land A are happy.

You cant just buy new F/A-18's because there not in production anymore. Lockheed are building the F35, they're not going to undercut their new aircraft. So all you can get are second hand ones which mean reduced life compared to the new aircraft. In addition the F-35 will be a better aircraft than the older ones, if for no other reason then the advancements in Aerospace Engineering taking effect. Better materials, electronics, etc. all have a huge effect. Rebuilding the Harriers would not be the equivalent of the new F-35's because of these developments. Also trying to simply upgrade old designs with new parts/materials etc. is a huge cost. you may as well just design a new aircraft, the cost will be almost identical.

So why not, just start designing new UK built jets. Cost. It's that simple. Developing a new fighter Jet is a huge cost. With the F-35, the costs are split. It might not be as good as developing it yourself, but the cost is a LOT less (where talking billions of Dollars difference!). Look at the costs of the F-22. It is the best fighter out there by a mile, but the cost makes the F-35 look like you're buying a toy plane in comparison. Thats why despite it being the best, the majority of the US fleets will still be made up of the much cheaper and less capable F-35.

The F-35 wont be a bad aircraft, it will be at about the same level as the russian equivalent jets, about the same as the Eurofighter, a bit more capable then the (much cheaper) gryphon and should be ahead of the Indian and chinese native jets for at least a generation or two. But the cost might make it look like worse value for Money then a lot of the other options out there. But since when has value for money been important to the Military?

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Southern awarded yet another 'most moaned about rail firm' gong

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"If you want good trains, go to Hull"

Come on, no one wants to go to Hull. Ever.

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Brits must now register virtually all new drones and undergo safety tests

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Re: I'm sure

I would think that the main Point of this is not so much the database, but the fact that new users are forced to learn some of the Basic flying rules. If that helps stop some of the more stupid People out there, it's a win. People dedicated to causing mischief arent going to be deterred, but it certainly should stop the kid taking out his new drone and flying it directly above an Airport because he didnt know that wasnt allowed.

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Kid found a way to travel for free in Budapest. He filed a bug report. And was promptly arrested

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You're new to the Internet, right? I'm afraid we dont get past the Emotion on here, our Ritalin affected reduced attention spans cant wait that long before being distracted by the next event... oh look a Cat Video....

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Symbolic IO CEO cuffed by cops, vanishes from his storage startup

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but preferably not ones that beat up their Partners...

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Sweden leaked every car owners' details last year, then tried to hush it up

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Re: Too Many Idiots in the Kitchen

I'm not quite sure you understand what an Oxymoron is. An Oxymoron is two words which when put together dont make sense - a light darkness, a cloudy sun, or a small giant. In this case a "competent government agency", would be an Oxymoron. An inept government agency is the norm - at least when it comes to IT and data...

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Vodafone reports sliding revenues but customers don't hate them as much

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BT said they would be monitoring my line for a longer period - and then silence

oh I'm sure they're still monitoring the line, but you know it takes time to build up a proper picture of the results, so I expect the Monitoring Phase will be over sometime (*cough*in 2025*cough*) and then after someone analyses the results, they'll be in touch. How does December (*cough*2030*cough*) sound to you?

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Alphabay shutdown: Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do? Not use your Hotmail...

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"With the amount of money he had.."

Had is the operative word here. He's assets were frozen and his accounts locked. I'm not sure he would have had 2c to rub together let alone pay off any guards...

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Re: Smell Test

@Andy Prough - Trades worth up to a Billion were being made on the site, that doesnt mean the site EARNED billions. Ebay doesnt earn 100% of the cash when you sell something on it. There is a listing fee, but I have no idea what that would be on a dark web marketplace. He managed to earn $25 million in Profit, so obviously he was charging a bit, but still, dont confuse your values here.

Also him being killed, so that he cant reveal names and stuff. I dont buy it, all that stuff is on his computers. He doesnt know names or addresses, anymore then the sysadmins at Ebay know every sellers details. They could maybe look them up on the servers, but ask them down the Pub and they wouldnt have a clue, so what info can he give the cops in person, that they dont already have from the Servers? As for the suicide, well you hear more then enough stories about Thai Police, so it's possible he wasnt "co-operating" enough, and they went a bit overboard. Or it could be he really did take his life, since he realised he was facing either life in a Thai prison (Hell on Earth) or life in an American prison (Hell is other prisoners!). Those prospects would certainly lead someone to think about taking their own life...

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Burglary, robbery, kidnapping and a shoot-out over… a domain name?!

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WTF?

Wow. Just wow.

If you saw this in a movie or read it in a book, you would dismiss it as completely unrealistic and yet here we are...

It's not April 1st in the US, is it?

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