* Posts by lglethal

1552 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability

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Re: 30 years....

Lets put it this way - if you get your car on the DLR tracks, not only are you liable for the Crash, but HOW THE F%&K DID YOU GET YOUR CAR ON THE DLR TRACKS!!!!! :P

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I want it hot and wet – preferably with Wi-Fi

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Re: Where was this, pray tell?

"Rotherhithe."

Dont lie Alistair! We all know there's absolutely nothing in Rotherhithe that could possibly need an IT trainer! You'd have to have Computers for that first, and dont try and tell me they havent already been nicked!

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Amazon goes to court to stop US murder cops turning Echoes into Big Brother house spies

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It always starts with the big one...

"We need that recording to solve this murder."

When the Police are successful, it becomes "We need that recording to solve this attempted murder."

And then "We need that recording to solve this assault.", followed by "We need that recording to solve this robbery."

And before long it becomes "We need that recording because we think these guys are up to no good."

Scope creep is a watch word in Policing circles...

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How to nuke websites you don't like: Slam Google with millions of bogus DMCA takedowns

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Re: Simple Solution

Easier Solution - just require a Captcha to file each individual request.

Try sending a million requests when you have to fill in a million Captcha's!

And if the firms still want to do that, well at least it should help the unemployment figures... :P

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We want Waymo money from you! Uber sued for 'stealing self-driving car' blueprints from Alphabet

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Actually I work in a similar field, and believe me no two complex electrical designs done by two different engineers ever look remotely similar! Even within the same Company.

So it's pretty safe to say that if you come across an electrical circuit design that looks very similar to your own design, then someone else has at least seen your design and chosen to use it as the basis for their own.

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Swedish politician wants weekly hour of paid sex. For exercise

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Some sort of rota, perhaps?

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Amid new push to make Pluto a planet again... Get over it, ice-world's assassin tells El Reg

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Re: just wait for the 9th planet

no, no, no... A Carrot would be a giant Dwarf Planet not a dwarf Giant Planet...

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US Homeland Security is so secure even its own staff can't log in

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IT heard there was something to do with dirty Foreigners happening at the DHS and so they followed Trump's lead and built a new (fire)wall... And believe me the DHS will pay for it!!!

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Apple to Europe: It's our job to design Ireland's tax system, not yours

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Re: What happens if they refuse?

OK I was not aware of that specific wording, my apologies.

It does however, raise the question of how that EVER became the law. I can understand allowing a grace period or something similar, before everyone has to switch, but damn, that wording basically invalidates the whole idea behind the Common EPS rules. I guess I shouldnt be surprised since we're dealing with politicians here...

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Re: What happens if they refuse?

Micro USB or USB-C are the currently accepted charging sockets, or ports if you prefer.

That wasnt so hard now was it?

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Re: What happens if they refuse?

One can only hope!

But considering that they let them get away with not using a Standard USB socket on the Iphone for charging (directly violating EU law), my confidence is pretty low...

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NASA extends trial of steerable robo-stunt kite parachute

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Like a stunt kite?

Wow they are going to need some REALLY long guide ropes for those kites!!!

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Paper factory fired its sysadmin. He returned via VPN and caused $1m in damage. Now jailed

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Re: Call me old fashioned if you will but...

There's also the fact, that you are very unlikely to get another job in IT, after destroying your previous employers system. So your basically saying, that in the future you will need a new job but will have to be one without computers. Good that you spent all those years training up as a sysadmin...

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UK Snoopers' Charter gagging order drafted for London Internet Exchange directors

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Seems rather self defeating to me.

Since allowing that capability will for the non-British ISP's and network providers mean breaking various laws in their own countries, they will almost certainly exit LINK as soon as they realise whats happened. That 1800 members number option should drop pretty fast. Might make it hard to afford these extra paid directors...

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New Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters can't transmit vital data

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Lets just wait...

until THOSE usb sticks get left on a Train somewhere...

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A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

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at about when you are on a conference call and you unknowingly clicked the 'send video' button and then proceed to pick your nose or roll your eyes and what is being said."

A friend of mine was in a Video conference where someone accidentally shared their Desktop. They happened to be playing Freecell at the time. After about a minute of this, one of the Managers suggested the next move he should make. Cue paniced closing of Freecell, and unsharing of his Desktop and return of control to the guy actually giving the presentation. And naturally the entire conference laughing their arses off for the rest of the Meeting...

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Republicans send anti-Signal signal to US EPA

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Holy Smeg...

This guy actually did author a bill to shut down the Department of Education. I checked the text, that is seriously all it says.

"An Act to Shut down the Department of Education." What the flaming F%&k!!!!

Man, I knew you Americans had some crazies, and that some of them even get into positions of power, but Damn, that takes the cake! (The Cake, the Biscuit, the Dining Table and the Kitchen Sink if I'm any judge!)

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Magic Leap sued for sex discrimination … by woman it hired to stamp out sex discrimination

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Re: Out of interest...

Alright I'll bite.

1) Make it more comfortable (i.e. allow for more hairstyle -, as mentioned by an earlier commentard making the strap a double strap fixes a lot of problems easily. Also ensure the size allows it to be comfortable across a wider variety of head sizes and hand sizes (if there's a Controller involved))

2) Make more games that are attractive to female Gamers

3) Create more female charachters and ditch the sexist representations of existing charachters.

That took me about 30 seconds to think of, I'm sure others can add significantly to the list. It's not that hard really.

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GRAPHENE: £120m down, UK.gov finds it's still a long way from commercial potential

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Re: Graphene = Emperor's new clothes

I think your wrong there. The Science behind Graphene is pretty amazing. A truly 2D molecule that can be made into an actual single sheet of material. That's an incredible achievement to build.

However, all of the sh%te that gets claimed about Graphene solving this and being the new wonder that will revolutionise that, is a load of bollocks. But the Science itself is top class and has opened up a whole new field of study that previously wasnt even being explored theoretically.

So by all means, pour scorn on those buzzing about it being a wonder material and asking it to save the world, but leave the devlopers alone. They got a Nobel prize for creating groundbreaking science and they deserved it for sure.

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Eh? What?

"With a 22 per cent efficiency, these PV devices have equalled the current world record"

The current record is 46% from the Frauenhofer Institute. Hell getting over 30% isnt that difficult using GaAs cells, and such cells are commerically available.

In what context is a 22% efficient cell world record breaking?

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Planned Espionage Act could jail journos and whistleblowers as spies

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Funny, not my first thought...

"The volume of information that can be disclosed without authorisation is much greater... this means that the ability to cause damage to the national interest has also increased. The sentences available should rise from 2 to 14 years imprisonment, the commission suggests."

Funnily enough my first thought when hearing that much greater damage could be caused by having more data in digital format, wasnt to increase the penalties for someone falsely accessing that data. My first thought was to get RID of the bloody data. Reduce what you store to that which is absolutely essential, and guess what, the potential damage DECREASES. Fancy that... I guess I'm not Public Servant material with that sort of thinking...

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Soaring sales, healthy fat profits... Simply not good enough, Nvidia

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Damn thats some Margin!

Net Income of $1.66bn on revenues of $6.91bn. Bugger me, thats almost 25% margin! Damn I wish I could add that sort of margin to my products...

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Prepare your popcorn: Wikipedia deems the Daily Mail unreliable

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"One's a font of knowledge from unreliable sources and the other is a comedy tabloid..."

So which one is El Reg again? Or is the first regular El Reg and the second Bootnotes El Reg?

I'll get my coat...

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Mag publisher Future stored your FileSilo passwords in plaintext. Then hackers hit

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"We take the security of our registered users extremely seriously..."

Your Actions leading up to the breach would seem to suggest otherwise, No?

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Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute

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Re: Ironic

Just to be clear for all the Americans, when we mention Irony, we arent talking about the Iron content of the batteries. Just wanted to make sure we are all on the same page here...

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Russia (A) bans web porn as a 'bad influence' (B) decriminalizes domestic violence – or (C) all of the above?

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@ Uncommon sense

a) Wwe are talking about domestic violence here. If you were to be married to someone who you willing call a "feminazi", whatever that happens to be, the answer is TO GET A FUCKING DIVORCE!!! You dont beat your wife, and if you support someone beating up their wife, then your as big a toerag as they are.

b) If you're so thin skinned that someone can provoke you and "destroy you" such that you feel the need to turn to violence then perhaps you should go and live in a lighthouse on a deserted Island, because guess what lots of shit in this World will provoke you and your obviously such a delicate Little Flower, that we wouldnt want that to happen, would we?

c) Civilized People dont turn to violence to solve their Problems. Only Neanderthals do that! The rest of us have developed Tools called speech and communication to solve our Problems. Maybe you should try that next time, grow up and join the 21st Century...

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Please do not tell me you just blamed the women for the men beating them up.

Let me make this absolutely clear - ANY Man who commits violence on a woman is a dirty, filthy toerag who can no longer be considered a man. Period. No ifs, buts, or maybes.

If you're stressed, you go to a gym, take out your aggresion there, join a boxing Club, hit a punching bag, whatever. What you do not do is hit a woman or anyone that is smaller or weaker than you. If you do, then you are scum, and deserve to have your penis removed with a rusty knife. Is that clear enough for you?

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XSS marks the spot: Steam vuln dangles potential phishing line

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You gotta give credit to valve in this case

They fixed the bug within about 4 hours of being informed of it... Not many other sites act that fast...

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Why does it cost 20 times as much to protect Mark Zuckerberg as Tim Cook?

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Re: The author is wrong - the CEO doesn't decide security

"I actually ran into once in downtown Palo Alto"

i guess you need to be driving a bit faster. Alas, but the world might have turned out to be a much nicer place.

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Um why is this filed with the SEC?

Shouldn't any sort of personal security be paid for by the CEO personally? Maybe if they are travelling on business, I can see it as an expense, but protecting their home? You want it protected you pay for it Zuck!

If I was a shareholder I'd be fuming right about now...

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David Hockney creates new Sun masthead. Now for The Reg...

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Re: Sorry, no can do.

Considering what passes for modern Art these days, a cluster of colourblind hedgehogs in a bag would probably earn you a Turner Prize...

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I think thats the definition of phoning in a commision. Quite literally if Hockney did it on his iphone...

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Tablets become feebleslabs as sales spiral down

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Re: How many tablets does a person need?

I paid about $200 for Asus Zedpad, and have been really impressed byeverything about it. Good specs, good looks and is a good comfortable weight in the Hand. I can recommend it, if you are looking.

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What's big, orange, outrageous, promising to create US jobs, and sinking in popularity?

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I do not understand investors

Company A gets punished by a drop in share Price for pulling in $750 Million in Profit for the year.

Company B (*cough*Snapchat*cough*) which loses $500 Million a year and admits it's unlikely to ever make a Profit, Looks like pulling in $3 Billion in an IPO.

Is there some sort of required medical operation in order to become an Investor. Perhaps one that removes the potential Investors brain?

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2016: Snapchat loses $515m... 2017: Snapchat rips veil off $3bn IPO

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Re: Beautification filters for the IPO

Just to help you out there - they never claimed a Profit, they claimed increased Revenue (i.e. increased sales), but somehow they still managed to waste an additional $500 Million on top of what they got through Revenue. Amazing...

I do not understand how a company like Snapchat can spend near enough to a Billion a year. The App is already written. The costs of Network Transfers of the data are carried by the user. Ok they Need Server space, but thats $400 Million a year (according to the article). Where the hell does the other $600 Million go? After all, there's only so much you can spend on coke and hookers in a year!

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Ohio bloke accused of torching own home after his pacemaker rats him out to cops

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Re: "pacemaker that called his alibi into question"

@ A Yank Lurker - I dont think the Police Need a cardiologist to read geolocation data if thats what they had collected. You would probably consult a cardiologist if you wanted to look at heart rhythyms and such. Like it says in the article...

@ Adam52 - my guess is it's more along the lines of, for the supposed amount of time that he was "hastily packing his things and legging it out of the house", the data showed he was incredibly calm and in no way panicked, running or rushing about, or probably Lifting anything heavy or strenuously. Faced with a fire thats about to destroy your house, your heart should be going pretty crazy. If your merely chucking about a bit of Petrol for personal Profit, it's probably pretty calm...

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Netherlands reverts to hand-counted votes to quell security fears

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Re: I am for pen and paper!

I think what he's meaning is the mandatory voting that Australia has. If voting happens on a Weekend and everyone HAS to vote, there's significantly less postal votes and hence less chance of postal vote corruption.

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Fox-IT? WTF

"The government has asked Fox-IT to review the software for vulnerabilities. "

If Fox-IT happen to be related to Fox News I have severe doubts in the impartiality of the Review. Maybe they can identify alternative-vulnerabilities?

(This is a Joke. I hope...)

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Broadband internet in New York is so garbage, the state's suing Charter

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"Charter made significant commitments to New York State as part of our merger with Time Warner Cable in areas of network investment, broadband deployment and offerings, customer service and jobs," the cable giant says.

What they actually wanted to say "Hey we made significant committments, but no-one ever said we had to actually live up the them. This is just totally unfair!!!"

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Twin brothers. One went into space. The other didn't. NASA reveals how their bodies differ

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"who are identical twins, but for a mustache.

And we all know the 'Tasche makes all the difference in the world...

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Don't worry, America: Elon Musk says he'll have a word with Trump

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I've always wanted to be a shadowrunner! (I know Shadowrun isnt Gibson, but come on who wouldnt want be a shadowrunner, and I find there world more interesting then Gibson's...)

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South Park was right!

For some reason, I have the feeling that the Aliens have set this all up to improve their reality TV Show - Earth! Ratings must be going through the roof on Omicron Persei 8.

Nothing else makes sense to me...

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Trump's cartoon comedy approach to running a country: 'One in, two out' rule for regulations

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Re: Less regulataion? How dreadful!

"Right of way at traffic junctions shall be determined by the exchange of small arms fire."

Ahhh the LA System...

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Boeing's 747 to fly off the production line for the foreseeable future

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Re: Dual engine 747? Not really. But what's available pre-owned?

I can answer that one AC. Whilst it might seem like the new 747's look the same as the old, they really arent, there have been continuing improvements over the years, everthing from winglets, improved avionics and flight control systems, to better engines. The Efficiency of the new747's would be probably more then double that of the old ones. So sure you could grab out one of the old ones, but the costs of getting it up to modern Standards and implementing all the process improvements would cost a packet. Plus there would be the decreased life compared to a new one - the fatigue life of an aircraft is the biggest driver in this, and even one sitting in the middle of a desert, fatigue life is going to suffer a decrease in this just from the wings moving in the wind. In the end, it just makes sense to buy new and avoid all the hassles and potential problems.

For an exmaple of this, you can look at the Royal Australian Navy Super Seasprites, for this they grabbed the airframes from mothballed Seasprites from Mojave and planned to upgrade them to make them into the new package. After blowing a $1 Billion, the Project was eventually cancelled as they had so many problems bringing the old frames up to modern standards it was a complete waste of time and money.

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Changing from four engines to two has a pretty drastic effect on the aerodynamic loading on the wings and consequently the stress throughout the airframe. On top of that you would have to change pretty much all of the internal systems that have any contact with the engines (fuel, bleed air, electrics, etc). And it wouldn't be a simple change as previously you drew, for example, bleed air from all 4 engines, now you would have to take it only from two, which means pipe and pump design changes, as well as recalculating engine uses since you're now taking more bleed air which reduces the power from the engines, which means you probably need bigger enignes, which means you need stronger hardpoints, which means you need to redesign the wings, which means....

You get the Idea. It's just easier to start from scratch. It's also worth mentioning that the 747 was not fully designed in CAD. The 757 was the first Boeing to be fully designed in a CAD system, so a lot of the parts you'd want to redesign would not exist in 3D, so there's a lot of work there to input them in CAD from the old microfiche drawings. So in the end, it just works out cheaper to design from new. It's a pity because it is an iconic aircraft but sometimes it just doesnt make sense to redesign the past...

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'Maker' couple asphyxiated, probably by laser cutter fumes

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Re: 3D Laser Printer

Yeah but there are no home 3D Printers that use laser sintering. Considering our one at work here set us back upwards of €3million (admittedly about half of that went to the Ventilation System (Aluminum powder tends to go boom if its not done properly)), it's not exactly the sort of thing you will find someone "knocking about with" at home...

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

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Re: Where were all these virtue signallers...

There's a difference. Mugabe was never invited for a state visit, he visited but thats at the government's request. not the Queen's. To the bets of my Memory, he has never met the queen, except for that one very awkward time on the side of a conference when Mugabe deliberately good up close and personal.

As for the Chinese, well at least you can always count on Phillip to make a gaffe and insult them.

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National Audit Office: UK's military is buying more than it can afford

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Re: In Abkazia and South Ossetia

If Crimea was always Russian and so should be part of Russia, I take it you have absolutely no objection to if Poland or Germany annex Kalingrad? I mean it was part of Prussia (thats the Germans) since before the 12th Century. That's a lot longer than crimea is Russian (since that only dates to 1783 - before that it was the Crimean Khanate ruled by the Crimean Tartars).

What about the Kuril Islands? I guess you will have no Problem if Japan annexes those? I mean they've only been russian since WW2, they were Japanese for 500 years before that. Doesnt that always count as Japanese if Crimea always Counts as Russian?

And large parts of what is now Russia totally belonged to the Mongol Golden Horde. Maybe it should return to Mongolia now?

You can make up claims for historical backing as much as you want, the truth is if you annex a land based on that, then you better be prepared for others to demand the same from you when there Claims are significantly stronger...

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Re: 2% of GDP on Defence

Hehe. I'm not sure Russia was a great example to use about someone just doing border defence... *cough*South Ossetia*cough*crimea*cough*Abkazia*cough

I guess it depends where you consider your actual borders and where the rest of the world considers them, right?

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Texas cops lose evidence going back eight years in ransomware attack

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Re: It's 2017 and you can still be pwned by a forged email header

I've made this suggestion to the Hotmail Support Staff numerous times, or at least just the option to be able to block emails based on what is written in the from field (not necessarily where it actually came from). For some reason, I've never received a response. It seems like ti would be dead easy to implement server side, would save them a tonne of storage cost and bandwidth but they dont seem to have any desire to do this. It boggles belief sometimes...

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