* Posts by lglethal

1704 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

Migrating to Microsoft's cloud: What they won't tell you, what you need to know

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The first rule...

The first rule of Migration Consultancy is you do not talk about Migration Problems...

The second rule of Migration Consultancy is you do NOT talk about Migration Problems...

:P Just joking...

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Google plans to scrub 'inflammatory' and terror vids from youTube

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"Why doesn't Google only allow certain users to upload possibly terrorist-flagged Videos"

Well unfortunately, the miscreant uploaders for some reason, dont flag their Videos up as being terrorism-related when they upload them. Those dastardly users not using the correct tags, what ever will we do?

To be less flippant - Youtube exists because anyone can upload a Video from anywhere on to the site. If you started only allowing approved users do the uploads, Youtube would die pretty quickly. So dont expect Google to go down that route anytime soon.

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

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Re: Survivors

Ahh yes Civil Engineers, as we say in the mechanical engineering field - the people who build targets...

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That minutes-long power glitch? It's going to cost British Airways £80m, IAG investors told

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Re: 80million?

80 million is the direct losses. The losses to reputation and the following lost business are probably worth the same again (if not more), but since you cant lose what you dont get in the first place, management will always claim they havent lost anything more then that...

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Marissa! Mayer! out! as! Yahoo!-Verizon! closes!

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F$ckin Oath....

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France and UK want to make web firms liable for users' content

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Just an idea...

How about giving the police forces more money to hire more police to have more presence out there, and you know generate a bit of goodwill in the community so that the police get more tip-offs and have the resources to actually investigate people who are on their watch lists, rather then giving them new powers which they don't have the resources to utilise properly anyway and which brand everyone in the country as a potential criminal from the get go...(decreasing goodwill and all of those potential tip-offs which actually get people on the watch lists in the first place)...

Funny how May got her draconian legislation through parliament whilst she was home secretary but she also cut the police force budget severely at the same time, so I really dont get her game. Give the police the powers to investigate everyone, but not enough resources to actually investigate anyone? That seems to be the direction Britain's going...

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Who will save us from voice recog foolery from scumbags? Magnetometer!

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Condescending much?

"intellectually very interesting".

Why do i have the mental Image of them patting a child on the head when they say that?

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HPE to staff: 'We are PERMANENTLY clipping your costs'

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Re: Maybe i missed something...

Why do they have to meet Wall Streets expectations? This is a genuine question. Unless they're planning to release more Shares (and so need a high Share Price to get more bang for their buck) or they're fighting off a hostile Takeover, having a low share Price means bugger all to a firm pulling in $1,7bn a year in Profit. The only people hurt from a falling share Price would be those who own Shares or execs who are paid in bonus Shares.

Is there an actual Business case, where not Meeting Wall Street expectations would hurt them?

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Maybe i missed something...

At the end of the article - Company Operating Profit - $1,76bn.

Ok Profit is down compared to last year, but i fail to see the urgent need to slash $0,3b when you still have a very tidy profit. If they were losing money or coming out with only marginal profits and worried about sliding into loss, then ok, but this just seems ridiculous.

The only reason I can see for this is to do with share prices and exec bonuses... So in other words - scum bags...

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Busted Russian casino hackers had an appetite for drugs and chocolate

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"Sounds like the plot lines for Sin City 4."

I do NOT want to know what they were planning to be doing with the Chocolate then...

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State senator sacked by broadband biz Frontier after voting in favor of broadband competition

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Re: I dont get Americans...

Alright, so I was a bit misled by the article. But I still stand by my inability to understand Americans acceptance of political corruption.

The fact that this guy was able to vote on legislation about Broadband rules, whilst working directly for a Broadband Company, is such a flagrant breach of conflict of interest rules, that in any actual democracy he would either have been forced to recuse himself from being involved in the legislation process entirely, or he would be behind bars for not revealing the conflict of interest (ok in this case, more likely the former, since i doubt he could have hidden having a full time employer!). The fact people are celebrating that he didnt vote for thie big Company, rather then being angry that he even got to vote, says it all about politics in America...

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I dont get Americans...

Most of the Americans I know are pretty smart. And yet, when it comes to politics they are just willing to put up with all sorts of bribery, conflicts of interest and blatant corruption, with a smile and a shrug.

I mean unpaid legislatures went out in the early 1900's in the UK, because it meant you either had to have the super rich in parliament (i.e. Lords) or people who where on the take and representing "Special interests". Hell having paid legislatures was part of the people's charter proposed in 1838. And yet, in America you would prefer to have corrupt politicians with their hand in the trough rather than pay them a set wage and prosecute them for everything else they take...

I really dont get it....

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Nuns chastise Google and Eric names Larry greatest human alive

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weasel words are weasel words...

"pay equally across genders"

"Yeah i mean we pay all the men the same, and then we pay all the women the same. You dont actually expect us to pay both the men AND the women the same, do you?"

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When can real-world laws invade augmented reality fantasies? A trial in Milwaukee will decide

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Re: a Mortal Threat...to augmented reality games

@ moiety - just a small counter argument:

"there is no way of telling how popular your game is going to be when you're making it;"

That is also true of holding a concert or any sort of live event - but either way you still need to get a permit and put up the cash to hold the event, whether your expecting to sell out a 40k person arena, or are just hoping the 200 people you need to break even come through...

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Would you let DJ E-to-the-Musk set the playlist for your roadtrip?

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I think Elon needs a holiday...

Why do I feel like Elon's inspiration levels are running a little low?

Cheap online fanancial shenanigans (Paypal), Cheap reusable rockets (Space X), Electric Cars (Tesla), Crazy experimental maglev in tube trains (Hyperloop), cheap underground tunnel digging (Boring company), a better music playlist... hmmm... not quite on the same level is it?

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Meteor swarm spawns new and dangerous branch

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Dont be silly, we dont need to wipe them out, we're not racist after all. No, no, all we need is to build a wall to keep out those bad hombre Meteors and of course we will make them pay for it....

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Uber bros pull out wallet, $32.5m later the 'Safe Rides' row is over

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Re: Uber, the local neighborhood cunt....

Hey hey hey... Uber does way more checks that the industry average. It just happens that their industry is effectively racketeering, but I assure you, Uber das way more checks than the Mafia... Way more....

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Two hot Jupiters around two similar stars orbiting at similar distances look similar, right? WRONG

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Just to posit a theory...

It says the two exoplanets did not develop where they are now, but further out. My guess would be that they developed in different regions of their respective Solar Systems, and hence have different make ups. That they are currently in the same Location is purely coincidental...

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IBM: ALL travel must be approved now, and shut up about the copter

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Re: IBM said staff will be covered by IBM Life Assurance if they are on "approved" travel.

All "approved" travel must be via "approved" warzones (Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Chicago). This is in collaboration with IBM's "approved" heacount reduction scheme...

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'My PC needs to lose weight' says user with FAT filesystem

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Re: Scuh-zee IS the official pronunciation in some circles

"Truth that. In my telecoms days in one US office they kept asking me to "please set their misdun.""

Are you sure they werent just trying to set you up on a date with Miss Dunn from Accounting?

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The nuclear launch button won't be pressed by a finger but by a bot

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Re: Public sector?

Best poster I can remember seeing in an office:

"Consulting - if you're not part of the solution, there's money to be made prolonging the problem..."

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Does that mean we can blame the Simpsons for giving Donald Trump the idea of running for president back in 2000? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtparSnQhFc)

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Microsoft founder Paul Allen reveals world's biggest-ever plane

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Re: No Way

Yes, because I'm sure they never thought to have someone look over the design, do some hand calculations, do some FEM Analysis, some small scale testing and then ramp up to full scale testing.

What? They did do all that. Oh well I'm sure that you, AC, having looked at a picture on the Internet, know more then all of those Aerospace Engineers on this topic.

Muppet...

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Re: Interesting

@ Brangdon - just for reference, if the Rocket uses liquid propellants the Engine can be switched on and off. If the Rocket uses Solid Fuels, the Motor (solids always have Motors, whilst liquids always have Engines) once ignited cannot be stopped.

So with something which carries both liquid engine stages and solid boosters, like Ariane 5, once you've lit the solid motors, you are going to space today...

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Two aircraft in disguise?

Why do I have a mental Image that its really two aircraft in disguise? Very 70's Bondesque style. Fly the two aircraft to the location, join them up, strap a rocket underneath, fly up, launch it and then break apart and fly as two seperate aircraft back to separate bases....

No-one will suspect a thing... mwhahahahahahahaha...

*cough* sorry... *cough*

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China cyber-security law will keep citizens' data within the Great Firewall

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Am I understanding this correctly?

Say you're a European Company with a Chinese subsidiary. If I understand this law correctly, you cant send any HR data from the Chinese subsidiary back to your Headquarters? That seems pretty messed up...

Also if I understood it correctly, you cant send any of the tech stuff invented at your subsidiary out to any of your other Offices as well? So if Airbus China (for example) comes up with some great way to save assembly costs, they cant share that with the other assembly plants in Europe? (Since the law says that it would "prevent the transmission of any economic, scientific or technological data overseas").

Did I miss something? Because otherwise that seems like a great way to basically get every foreign firm to move out of China quick smart!

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Boffins play with the world's most powerful X‑ray gun to shoot molecules

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Re: Now if only...

They wont be endangered anymore after they get their friggin lasers!

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Senators want FBI to vet FCC's 'cyberattack' claims

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Re: In my humble opinion

The FBI is a big Organisation. It has multiple branches, one of which is investigating IT related attacks. That branch is unlikely to be currently involved in the Russian Investigation which would be more then likely be being carried out by the foreign powers Investigation branch of the FBI. So I think you would find they can manage both investigations at the same time...

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No H-1B visas? No problem, we'll offshore says Tech Mahindra

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Trump is against offshoring...

... except when it comes to his own brands of course...

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BT considers scrapping 'gold-plated' pensions in bid to plug £14bn deficit

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£2,4 Billion PROFIT is still a pretty healthy figure, wouldnt you say?

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Event horizons around black holes do exist, say astroboffins

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Re: I'm relieved to hear that

Vegas is a black hole? Explains things a bit...

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Pentagon trumpets successful mock-ICBM interception test

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Next steps...

"As Martin Pfieffer, who Tweets as @NuclearAnthro, put it: “Now do it with one flying faster, carrying chaff, and of unknown launch & trajectory.”"

These interceptors are really not designed to take out anything with counter measures, which is why they wont work against Russian ICBM's (or probably the Chinese's as well). They will work against the Nork Rockets though, since they are not believed to have developed anything along those lines.

The next test if you wanted to prove the system is to tell the Interceptor Crews sometime in the next month we will Launch 1-3 ICBM's at you. And give them no more details. Then launch those Rockets randomly from unreported locations and see how it goes. If the Interceptor works then, you have a working system. If not, go back to the drawing board...

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India sets June 5 as the day it will join the heavy-lift rocket club

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Re: Geostationary vs. LEO

I'm assuming it's listed like this to avoid confusion. If they said it had a lunch capability of say 4 tonnes, someone would come on board and say, thats nothing blah blah rocket can lift 5 tonnes. Even though that would be 5 tonnes to LEO and it cant get to GEO.

If you list everything to LEO, everyone can compare.

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Nvidia: Pssst... farmers. Need to get some weeds whacked?

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Re: Via deep learning ...

You dont consider using machine learning combined with image processing in order to improve crop yields and reduce pesticide usage by actually combined technology with heavy machinery in the field to be worth reporting?

Wow you must be fun at dinner parties...

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Re: mutations will adapt to look like real crops

Weeds mutating to look like crops? Please if that was the case, then that would have happened a thousand years ago when people went by hand and pulled the weeds out. Hand picking is far less effective then spraying with weedkiller, so more weeds would have survived to pass on any mutations that developed. Did they? No.

Silly argument...

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Assuming it works...

Assuming it works thats a pretty good use of the tech. The farmer saves money because he only needs to use a fraction of the herbicide as previously, we get safer/fresher food, and the environment gets less chemical run-off. Win-win all round. Nice!

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BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

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um what?

"There are no redundancies or outsourcing taking place around this particular hardware live operational systems resilience set of infrastructure in this particular case."

Is this is a misquote, or did he really say something which can best be described as gibberish or perhaps a poor attempt at bullsh%t bingo?

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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

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Re: "a pressurized hold is crew-accessible so as to deal with live cargo"

Just one comment on the Fire Suppresion Systems used in the Hold of an aircraft - Holds are generally packed very full, there's not a lot of space and things get shoved in whatever way the Throwers (sorry Baggage Handlers) feel like. This means that the Fire Suppresion System is never going to be acting optimally. There will be areas which are not seeing any direct water spray (due to bags in the way, etc.). And whilst there is a lot of redundancy built into the Systems to try to minimise these unsprayed Areas, and LOTS of Simulation and testing done to prove it, these systems are still never likely to ever be operated in an optimal firefighting environment.

It's far better to avoid the risk of the fire starting in the Hold in the first place, then rely on the FSS and the limited amount of water available to put one out after ist started...

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Re: Not a Chartered/Certifies Engineer or engineer but

Alright here you go - Aircraft are structurally redundant. That means you can have great big gaping holes in the side of your aircraft and the plane will be able to fly and land without any problem. The people in the vicinity of the hole could be in trouble, but the vast majority of the flight would be fine. But then that also applies to being in the vicinity of the bomb in the first place. For an example of a plane with a great bloody big hole in it that landed safely and with only one person (a Stewardess who wasnt sitting down) losing their life, look up Aloha Airlines Flight 243.

Having the bomb in the hold is in fact far more dangerous for the simple reason that bombs tend to cause fires. A fire on an aircraft IS extremely dangerous. If its in the cabin, the Crew can put it out. If its in the hold, you have to hope that the Fire Suppression System is good enough to deal with it, or at least keep the fire mostly under control until you can get the plane on the ground. If the fire happens to take out key electronics or hydraulic lines, well your screwed. This is the reason why current regulations say you cannot have Li-Ion batteries in checked in luggage. The risk is too high.

Basically, moving potential fires/bombs to the hold, might stop the couple of people sitting around the would-be bomber from being killed by the bomb explosion, but instead will endanger everybody on the entire aircraft. It will also make every aircraft a risk from exploding batteries of regular electronic devices rather then just the one aircraft that happens to have a Terrorist on board.

So frankly, this is the exact opposite of good practice if you wanted to save people's lives...

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Google can't spare 113 seconds of revenue to compile data on its gender pay gap

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Re: They're probably spending more for their lawyers to argue against it

Your thinking about it the wrong way around.

Their lawyers are arguing against it because they KNOW they arent meeting the equal pay regulations, which they KNOW would open them up to huge discrimination claims from employees, ex-employees, state regulators, federal regulators, etc, etc.

How do they KNOW all this? Because obviously they've already compiled the data, analysed it, and determined "Oh bugger we havent been meeting the requirements after all."

Rather then putting their hand up and saying "Our bad, lets see if we cant even this up for everyone." they've decided to bring in the lawyers. Personally, I hope this does go all the way to the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court kicks Google's ass from here to Timbuktu!

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Sergey Brin building humanitarian blimp for lifesaving leisure

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"He described airships as a way to make cargo distribution direct, rather than flowing through an inefficient chain of ports and distribution points. He likened the decentralization airships can bring to the way the internet reshaped information distribution."

He does realise that the whole point of centralizing ports and distribution points is that it saves a fortune by creating economies of scale. Point to point delivery is expensive and to use an airship to do it, you would have to be talking about a very large, high value cargo going from one spot directly to another. You are not going to do a delivery of, lets say milk, at various supermarkets in a city with an airship. You would simply drop the milk at a distribution centre. So how is your airship better that the standard network.

What a load of C-level bollocks...

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Orbital boffins cut four years off NASA mission to shiniest object in the Solar System

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Arrggghhhh....

Is probably the cry from the satellite design team when they just found out they've had a year removed from their design and testing plan. Not to mention redesigning the heat shields and the solar panels and the trusses and the electronics and arrrgghhhhhhhhhh............................

I wonder if they will get more resources (money, people, test facility access) to complete things a year faster? Ah sorry, what was i thinking, management dont give additional resources. They only make "savings"...

(sorry - been in too many projects where schedules get changed without warning, and no compensation of resources ever occurs).

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Chinese e-tailer beats Amazon to the skies with one-ton delivery drones

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Re: sounds familiar @Iglethal

Hi Ledswinger, just for the record I wasnt trying to belittle the car industry, and the costs involved there. It was more of an analogy. I still do stand by it though - the time scale for an all new A/C is usually around 10-15 years (the A350 was relatively fast in coming out in only 11 years), to do the equivalent of the new trim, yearly models you mention above is still a good 3-5 years (take a look at the A320 NEO as an example).

But anyway, I was just trying to point out the level of regulation and documentation that goes into getting a plane in the air and into service.

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Re: sounds familiar

Look you can complain about the speed which the aviation authorities move at, but please think about how safe flying is now compared to the early days of aviation. The regulations are designed to make sure that planes are super safe and do not fall out of the sky. Are you really upset that they want to make sure drones are equally safe? Especially when they are about to start carrying 1 tonne of cargo? There may not be passengers on a drone to think about, but there are people on the ground, and a one tonne drone falling out of the sky WILL ruin someone's day.

Just something for everyone to think about - if cars were designed to the same strict guidelines as aircraft, you would get a new model of car (e.g. a new VW Golf) every 7 years. Not yearly relases as you get now. Every 7 years. Is this justified? Consider how often you think about flight safety before booking your flight - if the answer is "bugger all", then I'd say it's done its Job perfectly. Also, how often do you think about a plane falling on your head - I know the answer to that one IS "bugger all".

Do we want 7 years between Drone versions? Probably not. But do we want to be able to walk around and never have to think about a drone falling on our heads - the answer is yes, and if that requires a bit more conservatism and a few more regulations on Drone manufacturers, then I for one welcome them...

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Scheming copyright scam lawyer John Steele disbarred in Illinois

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Needs to be disbarred in each state individually? WTF?

Hang on a second, can one of you yanks explain this to me - he has now been disbarred in two seperate states, and each one had to do it separately. I can only assume from that, following logic, that he sat the bar exam in each of those states. And that passing the bar in one state, doesnt allow you to practice law in another state. Please tell me I'm right there, because otherwise that is seriously f%&ked up. If he can pass the bar in one state, which gives him the right to practice in all 50, but then when he does something wrong, he needs to be disbarred individually in all 50, I mean wow, that would be messed up.

So please tell me I got that right, and he can only practice in the states where he has passed the bar, and in this case that happened to be Minnesota and Illionois and both have now kicked his ass to the curb...

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Horse named 'Cloud Computing' finds burst of speed to beat 'Classic Empire' in actual race

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Re: But...

My grandfather had shares in a horse called "Richard Cranium". Dont think he ever won anything, but he made my grandfather laugh everytime the horse's name got mentioned on the racing broadcast, so I guess it was worth it for him...

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NASA duo plan Tuesday ISS spacewalk to replace the mux that sux

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Re: Unscheduled?

Shall i be that numpty that explains? Why not.

Spacewalks are planned months in advance. Even if something fails, unless its truly mission critical, you would normally just wait until the next planned spacewalk to fix it.

This is obviously something they consider very critical. They're willing to go out and fix it pretty much ASAP, which tells you all you need to know about that.

Also, It takes time to get everything ready for a spacewalk, so thats why they can say "we will go out Tuesday", so yeah its planned (to an extent) but this is not part of the advance schedule, so its not a scheduled spacewalk.

Probably whats most amazing for me here is that its been 2 years since the last time something rated as critical failed (and even then there are backups). Thats pretty damn good reliability, in whats probably the most demanding environment, we have! Big ups to all the space agencies involved!

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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"They ought to be shitting themselves really...."

Since they've massively pissed off the Russians, I'd say your right... Rendition to Siberia sounds about right, no? (and funnily enough, I dont find myself overly upset at the thought...)

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I've got it!!!

The malware authors are Welsh! What do you mean thats not Welsh? It's a hundred letters long, unpronouncable, and looks like gibberish, thats the very defintion of Welsh!!!

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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Re: In their defense (sic)

Hey Winkypop,

Sorry but you've been fooled. Aircraft are bloody well designed. They are structurally redundant, meaning that you can land a plane whilst missing vast sections of the fuselage. So blowing out a window or door is not actually going to mean the aircraft cant land, the people nearby will be in trouble, but the rest will be fine. A fire on the other hand is super dangerous for everyone. Not just the smoke, but fires spread, fires burn through electronics and hydraulic cables (taking out control systems), and eventually fires spread to fuel and go kaboom. A fire in the hold is an almost impossible situation to control, so having Laptops down their is a stupid, stupid risk.

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