* Posts by lglethal

1915 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

UK.gov leaves data dashboard users' details on publicly accessible site

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Re: “There is no evidence of misuse of anyone’s credentials,"

That is a Government statement, I don't trust it.

There fixed that for you...

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Blunder down under: self-driving Aussie cars still being thwarted by kangaroos

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Re: Cane toads

"Cane toads are the most obnoxious pest known to man..."

Really? I thought that was Theresa May.

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Logic? It can be difficult for humans as well.

My dad was involved in repairing a small camper van from a pair of stoners once. It turns out that whilst driving down the Highway between Sydney and Melbourne, they thought the best way to account for the boredom was to take some LSD. (For the record I wouldnt recommend this, whilst driving).

Driving along, one of them goes "Woah, dude this sh%t just kicked in! It looks like there's a fridge standing in the middle of the road." The other guy, also staring out the front, said "Dude, I can see it. Wow this is good shit!", and then the pair drove into an actual fridge that had fallen off the back of a previous truck and was standing in the middle of the road.

I imagine attempting to explain why you hit a fridge lying in the middle of the road, to the Police, whilst on LSD, was a difficult conversation.

However, to get back to the topic of logic, the humans in this case certainly had a few failures occur before the accident - 1) Taking LSD whilst driving, 2) seeing something in the road, EVEN if you think it was a hallucination, and not choosing to drive around it... So considering that humans have had millenia to develop logic, should we really expect AI to be able to grasp it perfectly so soon?

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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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It's not so much that Google are showing pictures for what you've searched or the link that is the Problem here, but that it is those pictures with associated links are for links which Google has been paid to Show. AND they take up MOST of your Screen real estate. The actual best product and price for what you've searched (and it's associated link) is more then likely two thirds of the way down your Screen (or even off your Screen), and is most likely only a bit of text and so easily missed. If you've removed the paid Advertising, then it would be at number one, as it is the best link.

That is the Problem. Google have positioned themselves as the world's search engine. But because of a little thing called competition and antitrust laws, they Need to Play fair, and that means giving equal space and time in results to those that have paid them and those that dont...

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What? What? Which? Former broadband minister Ed Vaizey dismisses report

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How does it feel to be scottish now?

A lot of scottish voters changed from voting for the SNP to the Conservatives. But funnily enough I'm not seeing any extra cash coming your way for doing your part in propping up May's government.

Dont you feel a wee bit daft now?

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Games rights-holders tell ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Pay or we pull titles

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Re: What a complete cockup this Vega thing is!

As everything said in a Marketing spiel is an obvious lie and misrepresentation, I take that to mean from your statement that you WILL deliver absolutely everything you say you wont, and you WONT run off with the money like you say you will.

Ha! I've got you there Mr Lost all faith... Where do i sign up?

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Smart burglars will ride the surf of inter-connected hackability

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Re: But can the camera recognize approved cats, or not?

And what if it turns out to be a cat burglar?

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Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse

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Re: Darkness fell over America in November

Is this the second sign of the coming of the apocalypse?

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In the week Uber blew up, Netflix restates 'No brilliant jerks' policy

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Re: Well they already cut themselves off from a big portion of the "market"

Really? Not an ethical company because they use DRM? Really?

Is the Netflix DRM that bad? Does it make it difficult to watch the shows you donwload from them? Millions of subscribers would tend to say No.

You might have a personal dislike of DRM, and you are free not to give them your money, but they have obviously down the calculations and they think they need the DRM to avoid losing Money to pirating. So long as they keep the DRM unobtrusive, I dont get the hate. This isnt the days of SecurROM anymore, after all.

But claiming this makes them unethical is ridiculous.

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Breach at UK.gov's Cyber Essentials scheme exposes users to phishing attacks

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Re: the Morissette Scale?

Maybe she was being ironic?

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Swiss super pushes USA off podium in new Top500 Supers list

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Australia only 111th?

Well thats no surprise. How much computing power do you need when the weather is always hot and sunny? Every day hot and sunny. Hot and Sunny. Except when its flooding of course, but you know that always comes as a surprise, so you can just stick with the hot and sunny forecast and save some on that processing power...

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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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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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