* Posts by collinsl

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US Homeland Sec boss has snazzy new laptop bomb scanning tech – but admits he doesn't know what it's called

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They're in a skip in a layby just outside Wandsworth

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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You don't want ...---... you want -.-. --.- -..!

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Re: EMP

By "Officer of the Deck" do you mean "Officer of the Watch"?

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CQD isn't it?

-.-. --.- -..

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

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Re: Bunch of Hunts

... which were named after the packs of well-off Hooray Henrys who spend their free time galloping around Blighty’s fields in search of foxes

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It's A-OK for FBI agents to silence web giants, says appeals court

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Re: The REAL word to use is CENSORSHIP

At least you are legally free to ignore them and even post about them.

In the US if the companies ignored them they'd be in a world of legal hurt.

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Australia releases MH370 sea floor data but search is still off

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Re: It is a salvage mission in international waters, China should take over the search

You have transitioned from LINH to NiMh batteries in your post - can you clarify that you mean LiOn batteries please?

Also we don't know that batteries caused the crash - in fact I suspect an in flight fire could not be the cause as the plane likely wouldn't have survived for 7 hours intact.

Please stop speculating as all it does is stir emotion and not lead anywhere.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: Two comments

And it's likely that Hartnell would have kept going if he didn't become ill and have to give up the role.

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And it was a fighting hand!

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Re: Susan

She's currently temping for Death whilst he's on his summer hols.

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Re: The good old days

You are CGP Grey and I claim my £5!

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The Sun does not need anything handed to them, other than a form from the administrators putting them out of business

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John McAfee plans to destroy Google. Details? Ummm...

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Re: We are not numbers. I'm not a statistic

...who, I'm led to believe, are looking to sell

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Another Brexit cliff edge: UK.gov warned over data flows to EU

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We talk to people in the EU. Companies share data between their various EU branches.

There are options to restrict what data gets passed, but that will lead to companies having to spend more on data storage in different locations, and it will mean their efficiency and effectiveness is reduced as parts of the business won't have access to some or all of the data from another country, necessitating them setting up copies of bits of the company in other countries.

The problem is not that it's impossible, it's that it's going to cost £££ in productivity

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Sadly we'd lose the most important bit, the ability to influence future laws (which we currently don't use as effectively as we should be IMO)

We may also lose all our rebates so we end up paying much more for reduced access

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Virgin Trains dodges smack from ICO: CCTV pics of Corbyn were OK

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3. You are allowed to use a reserved seat if the reserver doesn't turn up to claim it (unofficial)

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Russia, China vow to kill off VPNs, Tor browser

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Re: I was wondering . . .

> mandate restrictions on packets on whom the identity of the sender/receiver is hidden from the authorities. I think that's technically possible given my knowledge of how the internet and ISPs work (please correct me?).

Fortunately that is not entirely correct - the ISP may well keep logs of who your household is by recording which IP address your internet connection has been allocated, but they can't trace where it goes on your internal network, so if you live in a student house for example it could have been from any one of the 8 residents.

They also aren't required to log who the other end is, and under the rules of IP address registration the other end may or may not be recorded.

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Trump tramples US Constitution by blocking Twitter critics – lawsuit

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Re: No-brainer

He's used block instead of mute so his comments aren't visible to the people blocked.

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Starting a new account is against the TOS

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Just in time for summer boozing: Boffins smash world record for the most perfect ice cubes

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Re: any true chemist would know ...

You don't put ice in beer! Beer should be drunk at cellar temperature!

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Two-factor FAIL: Chap gets pwned after 'AT&T falls for hacker tricks'

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Re: Simply dont

eBay requires paypal as a payment option.

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Judge used personal email to send out details of sensitive case

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Re: Weird

Judge Rinder isn't a judge - he's a barrister. It's in the small print of his shows

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Shock: NASA denies secret child sex slave cannibal colony on Mars

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Re: Astro nuts

* any fule kno that it's any fule kno and not any ful no

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Re: Stage 4: Release the tiger.

What if they have pointed sticks?

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Robocall spammers, you have one new voicemail message: CUT IT OUT!

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Re: TCPA applies

I'm so sorry that the US is so unenlightened as to make you pay for voicemails. That's not the case here in the UK however.

Nor do we have to pay to receive a call.

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Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

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Re: Engines

Well what about the famous "crackle" on landing, that Jeremy Clarkson once described as "drowning out the second and fourth item on the 6 o'clock news" every night?

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Florida Man to be fined $1.25 per robocall... all 96 million of them

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Re: Lack Of Security

> Draconian kneejerkery on UK gun and knife laws

Except where our murder rate is vastly lower per 100,000 than the USA...

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Fancy buying our aircraft carrier satnav, Raytheon asks UK

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Re: But.... Does it actually work?

Is "generate a firing solution" new-speak for "The Captain ordering Guns to engage with the 18 inch guns?"

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BOFH: Halon is not a rad new vape flavour

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Re: Halon?

Where they have gas systems already they tend to use something like inergen:

http://www.firesuppression.co.uk/inergen.aspx

But for most new builds they fit sprinklers, based on the idea that you have a redundant site and your insurance will pay for hardware replacements.

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Crouching cyber, Hidden Cobra: Crack North Korean hack team ready to strike, says US-CERT

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Re: North Korean malware aimed at American biz

Wouldn't it be funny if that IP address was actually one used by US-CERT?

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Europe-wide BitTorrent indexer blockade looms after Pirate Bay blow

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Re: Don't shoot the messenger

How would you categorise those that only download old content or material that is not otherwise available by any legal means?

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Senator blows a fuse as US spies continue lying over spying program

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Re: We need another NSA leaker

You know it's easy to spoof sending an email from an exchange account, right?

She may well just be a convenient scapegoat.

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

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Re: How does breaking encryption monitor people in parks?

The population is larger than it was in 2000, and crime is becoming more complex and paperwork demands on police are higher as well.

So instead of an officer breaking up a domestic where the wife is hitting the husband with a frying pan (as a hypothetical) and writing up a one page report on the crime, the officer now has to do the crime report, a victim impact statement, a use of force report (for arresting the woman), a referral to social services for ongoing support, an injury report for the man (including photos), a prosecution recommendation statement to go to the CPS, and a whole other set of forms and photos because the woman hit him with the frying pan and he now has a bruise on his arm which has to be reported.

And on top of all that he then has to go and deal with a report of "someone insulted me on facebook and now I feel concerned for my safety" which almost certainly wouldn't have happened with the prevalence that it does in 2000.

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Trident nuke subs are hackable, thunders Wikipedia-based report

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Re: Single Point of Failure

There are 4, of which 1 is always on patrol and 1 is always in maintenance. The other 2 can be on exercise or patrol as required.

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Pentagon trumpets successful mock-ICBM interception test

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General, it says here that you taped electric hotplates to the surface of the vehicle to help your heat-seeking missile find its target, and that the surface temperature of the vehicle was so high it could have fried an egg at twenty feet!

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Internet of snitches: anyone who can sniff 'Thing' traffic knows what you're doing

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Re: Watch the windows

Don't block pool.ntp.org though! That one's the only useful one, and I recommend you point your gateway at it and your internal machines at your gateway for NTP where possible.

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BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

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Re: Alternatives.

Ah, well, we can explain that, the front fell off.

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Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice

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Re: Start in a subtle way

+++ Error at address: 14, Treacle Mine Road, Ankh Morpork +++

+++ MELON MELON MELON +++

+++ Divide by cucumber error. Please reinstall universe and reboot +++

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Drones over London caused aviation chaos, pilots' reports reveal

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Re: Hmmm...

> Perhaps a first step would be to put a gimbal mounted high resolution camera on each plane

The problem there is that your £400 camera (let's say) has to work at high altitude, at -80 degrees C or so, has to not impact on airflow over the plane, has to not cause drag so as to increase fuel consumption, has to survive 600mph-ish winds, and on top of all that it has to be tested and tested and tested again and approved and regulated and tied up in 11 billion sheets of paperwork tied up with miles of red tape.

By the time your device is approved for installation on commercial air traffic it will be 2030 at the earliest and the cost per unit will have spiralled to about £140,000

And then the airlines are free to decide that the cost isn't worth it, nor are the maintenance costs, and that it doesn't deliver that much benefit to begin with.

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> "two white, orb shaped objects, with no lights or visible markings

> Otherwise known as balloons.

Swamp Gas

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Re: No matter how you approach it.....

The problem there is that you can buy the drones without a licence, and by the sounds of it these operators would just keep operating without ever applying for one regardless of whether a license was required or not.

It's a similar problem to driving licenses - whilst most people will pass their driving tests and keep their licenses up to date, some people won't and will buy a car off a "mate" for £200 and will then drive with no insurance, no MOT, often with bald tyres and other damage.

The people who would endanger a plane, I suspect, wouldn't care about licenses because it's obvious they don't give two hoots anyway.

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TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance System) relies on the TCAS systems on both planes communicating with each other so they can co-ordinate which way to tell the pilots to go (IE one will say climb and the one in the other plane will say descend).

TCAS is only fitted to commercial jets and some general aviation planes. It is not required for VFR-only (Visual flight rules) planes like little Cessnas or drones etc.

It is not based on the size of the opposing plane and does not detect planes which do not themselves have a working TCAS or transponder system.

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Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

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Re: After Manchester

You're forgetting the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, one of the few national police forces in the country (the others being the British Transport Police, and the Ministry of Defence Police) - it's also an almost fully armed force with all of it's officers being firearms trained and almost all armed every shift.

They train all the time for the scenarios you describe and they currently don't need military assistance as their security is first rate.

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Re: £875 per household per year!

> Don't be silly - all of that methane from turtle farts obviously has an effect

And what about the elephants? They have to contribute something too...

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London City airport swaps control tower for digital cameras

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Re: Extra redundancy would have meant windows

Because it's being put in a room in the existing Swanwick control centre which currently handles en-route traffic for the southern half of the UK and the London Terminal Control Centre, plus General Aviation advice and monitoring services.

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Re: Eyeballing?

Cleaning gets done at night when there's no traffic at Heathrow or City - and when it's dark so looking out of the windows is less important

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Re: It's not all "cyber"

*3 diggers - when NATS say they have redundant paths, they really mean that. Physically separate cables that leave the network buildings (normally in pairs but in this case I reckon in threes) in different directions going to different cabinets going to different exchanges and going over different physical bearers in different trunks all the way to Swanwick, which has at least 4 different incoming links in different directions from different cabinets from different exchanges etc.

BT got into a bit of trouble with them years back for accidentally re-routing a cable into the same physical trunk leaving the head office building (not the ATC building) so they take this very seriously.

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Re: It's not all "cyber"

You can ask the same questions about the NATS radar sites around the country - without them we can't see the planes and there's not normally much of an overlap between each one, so if one went out you'd have a large dark section.

There are procedures in place to deal with the loss of a radar tower, which is extremely unlikely due to the multiple layers of redundancy and the amount of maintenance etc that gets done on these sites.

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Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

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Re: I'm in the mood for being a downvote magnet

Something we learned in WW2 was that you needed a large variety of aircraft to perform specialised roles - hence having the 3 V bombers just after the war. The Valiant got into service quickly, the Vulcan was extremely high performance and the Victor was technologically advanced.

The TSR2 project also taught us that it's impossible to get a good multi-role aircraft without going over budget and with constant government interference. And out of that we got the continuation one of the best low-level strike aircraft ever, the Blackburn Buccaneer.

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Re: civilian Intercept

And a teeny tiny fuel tank that would be empty in 15 minutes at full engine power with afterburners on.

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