* Posts by lglethal

1787 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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History repeating

First there was Netscape, then IE was a little bit better (yes there was some dodgy Business stuff there as well - prepackaging, etc, but IE was a little better than Netscape), and Netscape died because it abused its position, didnt innovate and got caught out. Then IE was dominant, and abused it's position to such a degree that, now even if the new IE (or Edge as its called now as they want to try and get away from the old name) was fantastic, People are still loathe to go back. Burnt once, never forgotten.

Firefox, was for a long time the Champion, the competition to IE's dominant position. Now Chrome is in the dominant position and Held as the Champion. So far its a relatively benelovent dominatrix, but once it has full dominance, I expect it to abuse its Position no differently than IE did (you could say that blocking NoScript and ABP was already abusing its Position if you wanted to).

I'll stick with Firefox, it may not be the best anymore but I can still install NoScript, ABP and other add-ons to block the more nefarious tracking and ad slinging, and if that means I sacrifice a small amount of Performance, I'm willing to pay that price... just my two Cents...

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Stop asking people for their passwords, rights warriors yell at US Homeland Security

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Re: What about those of us who don't use Facebook?

Just quote that dumbass US Senator who said People dont HAVE to use the Internet. If it's a good enough excuse for a Senator, surely it must be a good enough excuse for TSA?

I'm split between the Troll Icon, the Joke Icon, and the Face Palm Icon. Sometimes the world is just too stupid...

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@ Orv - I really have to say I pity you and other Americans if your actual opinion is that you want your Opposition politicians to become more corrupt, more partisan and frankly more useless. In most cultures, the idea is that you replace a group of useless or corrupt politicians with a less useless/non-corrupt group, and hope that leads to better and better politics.

It doesnt work that way very often admittedly, but it is certainly the aim of most Democracies to vote for the best group to lead. A race to the bottom of the corruption bowl is not usually something to look forward to...

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The beast is back: Reborn ekranoplan heads for the Arctic

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I wonder if the militarised versions ever fired there weapons?

I'm curious what sort of effect that would have, since firing a Missile (or even the cannon) has an effect, due to the recoil. In a normal aircraft no Problems, but when your 3-6m off the ground, a half metre here or there makes ALL the difference in the world...

Oh well Erkranoplane's - A great engineering Solution, now find me the damn Problem! ;)

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Startup remotely 'bricks' grumpy bloke's IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear

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Re: What's the bloody point?

*cough*Americans*cough*

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Verizon utters solemn Oath: Yahoo! will remain Yahoo!

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Very appropriate name...

... as anyone who has had to deal with verizon or Yahoo is sure to have muttered the words

"F&CKIN' OATH!!!!"

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D'oh! Amber Rudd meant 'understand hashing', not 'hashtags'

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Na, she'd probably just been Smoking it beforehand...

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Boeing and Airbus fly new planes for first time

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Re: Yes, they look beautiful

There's a reason that the speeds havent increased much from what they are now - it's called the Transition Zone, the area between subsonic and supersonic (0,8-1,0 Mach, so about 960km/h and up) is highly unstable and really bad for your cruising efficiency. By staying out of this area you save a bunch of fuel. Going into the Supersonic regime unfortunately causes lots of problems with heat, even just going slightly above mach 1.0, means your unlikely to be able to use Alumnium for your Skins anymore (at least not leading edge). Not to mention the problems with sonic boom, and similar issues.

Supersonic solutions have been looked at in the time since Concorde - most famously Boeing did the study of the Sonic Crusier. But theyre investigations found that economically, the Airlines werent interested because passengers were not willing to pay the premium to save a couple of hours of flight.

On the topic of Composites, it will be the next generation of aircraft that benefit from the weight savings of using Composite structures. Aerospace certification authorities are extremely conservative. Because there was no long term data on Composite structures under flight loads (i.e. for the entire flight life of an aircraft), Designers had to use huge safety factors on the Composites meaning they weighed the same as the old metallic structures. Now that the data is there, the next Generation of aircraft will be able to use reduced design factors and so weight saving will start. You actually already see that to a degree on the A350, as Airbus was able to use the A400M as its Composite test bed. Maintenance of Composites has also been a problem which is another reason for building them extra strong and heavy, but now that Solutions are getting real world experience the additinal safety factors for this will be reduced.

Finally, the reason all aircraft look pretty much the same is that they are actually pretty much the optimum design for Subsonic flight. Delta's and flying wings might be more efficient at supersonic, but for subsonic its hard to achieve any real saving comapred to whats already in the air. So sorry, but dont expect any major design changes until someone works out how to make a supersonic aircraft thats as efficient as a subsonic aircraft and does something about the sonic boom problem...

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What a time to be alive: drone pooper-scoopers are a thing now

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Re: Much too limited a scale.

You've heard of Marmite, right?

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Boffins crowdsource hunt for 'Planet 9'

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Re: Lets keep everyone happy

a "giant dwarf planet"

so it would have to be called Carrot, then?

(with respect to the late great Sir Terry)...

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Trump's America looks like a lousy launchpad, so can you dig Darwin?

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It's been looked at before, but its never been financially feasible...

I wish it wasnt the case, but it really isnt financially feasible to Launch from Aus.

The main Problem is who is going to be your customer? China, India and Japan have their own facilities, as do the Europeans the Russians and the Yanks. South East Asia (and Australia) arent planning to boost any major satellites, so you are basically relegated to launching CubeSats and the like from universities.

And the reason that CubeSats are piggybacked on the bigger payloads is that it is currently not financially viable to launch just CubeSats on a rocket. There are designs out there for some of the Euro rockets (Vega and Ariane) that would let them carry more CubeSats in one go, but they've never launched with just CubeSats because it's just not economically feasible.

This idea to build a Launch base in Northern Australia comes around every 10 years or so - last time it was Cape York. But every time, in the end, the economics just doesnt work out. I wish anyone who wants to give it a try luck, but I have my doubts it will ever be economically feasilbe. At least until Aus and SE Asia start getting involved in the space business in a more dedicated way...

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Spotted: Bizarre SpaceX rocket-snatching machine that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars

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Catchy McCatchface surely?

Or perhaps Catchy McRocketface?

Come now, that Meme hasnt got that old yet...

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Boffins reveal how to pour a perfect glass of wine with no drips. First step, take a diamond...

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They fail to understand the history

In ancient times, the drinkers would delibrately spill some Drops on the floor to appease the gods. As time went by the bottle manufacturers decided to save us Plebs the effort and make the Drops come from the bottle. now we'll have to go back to appeasing the gods the old way!

Time to start stocking up on the carpet cleaner again!

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TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact

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Re: After '000s of years of research-

Damn. And all we were looking for was a good Starbucks...

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Gift cards or the iPhone gets it: Hackers threaten Apple with millions of remote wipes

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Turkish Crime Family

Is Erdogan low on cash again?

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Startup offers $10,000 to Silicon Valley techies … who will leave Bay Area

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Re: Yes, but...

"Tax systems are notoriously inefficient"

Yes because the health care system in the US (being private through and through) is such an outstanding beacon of efficiency and low costs for the public.

Governments are good at infrastructure. They may not be efficient, but every time infrastructure gets privatised, the costs involved for the public go up and the quality goes down. Doesnt matter if its power, roads, health care or education. The private sectors goals are to deliver as low a quality product as they can get away with and to maximise products by cost savings where possible. In each of the things I mention above that is not desirable.

I'm happy to pay a bit more tax to a potentially inefficient provider (government) in order to get high quality product in each of those categories. The US health care system is the great big warning light for what happens when you let private industry control a highly important piece of infrastructure.

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Re: Yes, but...

You Americans and your whining about taxes... You pay bugger all. Admittedly you get bugger all for what you pay, but still.

I pay around 45% of my income in Tax. Does that bother me? Not at all. For that i get good and cheap health care, good roads, good schooling, a nice social safety net (which thankfully I've not needed), and a great amount of Holidays (a bit over 8 weeks a year between public Holidays and my work Holidays).

If you guys sorted out your insane health care System, and paid a bit extra in tax you too could have these things. But it will never happen, as for some reason you (in the sense of Americans in general, backed up by the fact you, as a Nation, voted for Trump!) seem to feel a social safety net and good schooling are evil, commie ideals to be fought by going for an every man for himself mindset. Every time I read a Tom Clancy novel I cant tell if he's either mocking the American mindset or if he actually believed the bollocks...

I need Coffee....

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Web smut seekers take resurgent Ramnit malware from behind

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When can we hold the ad firms responsible?

So this came from an exoclicks ad. So anyone who was infected this way can start suing Exoclicks for compensation right? Or at the very least the cops will go after Exoclicks for failing to regulate their delivery, right?

Didnt think so. But it's about time we got the ability to go after the scum (I mean the advertisers in this case) for not Monitoring the ads they are serving. If they took 5 minutes to actually check what they're serving up, the Internet would be a much nicer place....

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$1m Popslate e-ink screen venture tanks, Indiegogo backers flame out

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Buyer be wary...

Be wary of anyone who identifies themselves as a "Storyteller" (Authors may be excepted) or a "Conductor" (unless they actually lead an orchestra).

They are peddling sh%te...

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Uber president quits, says company's values inconsistent with his own leadership style

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Funny...

It's funny but BBC puts a slightly different stance on the article. They seem to imply that the reason he's leaving is that HE wanted the COO Position and after being told he wasnt going to be considered for it, he decided to leave.

I dont know if that implication makes sense or not (I'm not aware of the board structure at Über - is President above or below COO?), but it certainly changes the viewpoint as to whether his jumping ship is based on his prinicples or not...

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Fire brigade called to free man's bits from titanium ring's grip

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Re: I keep seeing these

I dont know. Having a big blokey man with an angle grinder bearing down on your family jewels would probably discourage you from a repeat performance of that particular trick in the future...

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Russian! spies! 'brains! behind!' Yahoo! mega-hack! – four! charged!

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Re: Strange timing

Give it time...

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SpaceX yoinks $96m GPS launch deal from under ULA's nose

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ULA not willing to let go of the gravy train?

I guess ULA have been too used to the gravy train for too long.

Normally, if your producing the same thing over and over and it's old tech, you can make continuous improvements to the manufacture process, to reduce your costs (and improve your profits).

Either ULA has been crazily lazy and not bothered with process improvement, or they arent willing to pass those savings to the government. Or perhaps they dont want to admit, how much theyve been gouging the US government for throughout the years. So perhaps we can expect over the next few years for the price they're charging to drop significantly, in line with "process improvements that we've only just implemented, really, guv!".

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Hardware 'dislodged' from HPE SAN during cable replacement

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hahahahahahahaha

"the penalty clauses in their contract [assuming government was smart enough to put some in – Ed] come under active consideration"

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha......

You havent dealt too much with the contract writers for Government Projects, have you?

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National Insurance tax U-turn: Philip Hammond nixes NIC uptick

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I'm shocked! Shocked, I tell you!

A politician is actually keeping a promise made in their election manifesto!

Everyone should be on the look out for a cloven footed man with a goatie attempting to buy ice skates...

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Tesla, Atlassian told to go through front door in effort to save Australian industrial civilisation

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Re: Sorry but how

So you'd rather waste 100% of the excess generated energy then be able to store 80% and use it later during times when it's needed.

The phrase, throwing the baby out with the bathwater, comes to mind...

But to be slightly less flippant, if the excess energy is no longer completely wasted, that means the cost per used energy decreases, improving the efficiency and economic picture for that green energy. Yes, you now have the cost of the batteries, but even then you should still come out with a lower Price per energy generated by green sources. But going even further, whether you consider green energy to be a waste or not - it is here to stay. If it's going to be used and governments keep specifying that it HAS to be used, then we bloody well should make it as efficient as possible, capturing the excess generated power for use when it's needed makes good sense all round...

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Re: Sorry but how

A lot of the power in SA is generated by green sources. I.e wind and solar. And they only operate at certain times. When they're not generating, you get nothing. When they are generating, you get more then you need for the network. Batteries allow you to save the excess from when they are generating too much, to use when they are not generating enough.

I hope that helps your understanding.

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DOOM'd! Quake god John Carmack lobs $22m sueball at ZeniMax

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From reading elsewhere...

From a report I read elsewhere, it seems that the due date for the share buy back hasnt even passed yet for Carmack's shares. Which means he's suing to try and get them to purchase them now, when they legally dont have to do any such thing until the due date comes around. Crazy!

If that report was right, then damn, Carmack SHOULD be smacked down for this in court. And hard.

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Lawyer defending arson suspect flees court with pants on fire

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Re: Limeys?

We always had it that we called them Seppos because they were more full of shit than a septic tank. But it might have come from Cockney originally. We'll never know... ;) ;P

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Re: Limeys?

Poms (or pommies or pommy gits) is the Aussie Slang for Brits.

And Yanks or Seppos is the Aussie for Merkins.

And everyone wonders why non-english speakers have such a hard time mastering the language? :P

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Pure: We see a billion dollars in our future. No, not profits, silly!

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Wow, imagine what it must feel like to be able to run a company accumulating hundreds of millions of Dollars of debt per year and not have to worry about it, because in the future you will, maybe, somehow, turn those numbers into a profit.

It must be quite a liberating feeling. Especially if you dont have any of the liability for when/if it fails, but get to collect the big wage right in the hear and now. And there's always the golden parachute for if things dont "meet market expectations"...

I'm totally in the wrong job...

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Vice News YouTube video commenter set for retrial over 'menacing' posts

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Re: Discretion

"To be honest I can't think of anyone I would wish death on, I really don't like some people but i wish them poor customer service and late curry deliveries!"

Late Curry deliveries!!! You Monster!!!!

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Uber's Boston T party – and T is for taxi: City's cabbies sue app maker

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Re: Yes, well

@AC Not to defend Amazon or that, but they dont sell below cost which is really the case here. Amazon can sell cheaper because they dont have store fronts and everything is in one giant warehouse (or a couple spread around the Country depending on where you live) and so its super easy and cost efficient to fill orders. I dont know enough about AirBnB to really comment there, but I've never heard anything about them subsidising property owners, so I dont think its a particularly relevant example.

Über are delibrately selling at below cost in order to try driving out the competition, so that they can pump their Prices later, in commodites trading its called Dumping and its illegal under WTO rules, countries tend to frown on it. Just because it's happening locally, doesnt mean its not illegal.

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Uber: Please don't give our London drivers English tests. You can work out the reason why

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Re: Funny story....

Umm I think you may have missed the Point, Taxi Drivers already have to pass this sort of test. This new requirement is for the ones like Über who try to Claim there not a taxi Service when they quite clearly are.

Alos you kind of went off on a bit of a tangent there, apprenticeships and the like dont exist for Taxis, so its not like an Über Driver can learn from other Drivers...

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US Air Force terminates Predator drones. Now you will fear the Reaper

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You missed the part where a manned aircraft costs US$68k and a stealth bomber nearly $170k.

So yeah $900 per hour extra in comparison to those is pretty much a rounding error...

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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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