* Posts by Voland's right hand

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

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Battle of the Falklands is not that little known

Battle of the Falklands is not that little known if you are interested in naval history.

It marks the end of squadron raider operations by Germans (and the weaker side in naval warfare in general) to be replaced by lone raiders in both WW1 and WW2.

Germans tried to copy the success of Karl Jessen's Vladivostok Cruiser squadron in Russian-Japanese war, but did not quite get it - you cannot run an operation like this without a base by just raiding fuel and supplies from enemy facilities.

The British also performed significantly better than the Japanese 10 years prior which is not surprising as they had 2 battlecruisers as a part of the squadron sent to deal with the Germans.

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Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water

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My Roomba can't detect our stairs.

It stops detecting them if stops measuring movement correctly. You need to clean the distance covered sensor which is just a HUGE replica of a an early 1990-es mouse and it will be back to its normal self.

Depending on the level of rubbish around it has to be done once every 5-10 runs. You pull the front wheel, observe the design, if you have ever disassembled a mechanical mouse giggle manically, clean, put it back.

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Not necessarily

Roomba has a minimum size of stairs which it will recognize. My extension is 9.5cm lower than the rest of the house and Roomba failed to recognize it until I put thick laminate flooring on the landing raising it to 9.8cm. So based on this experimental evidence (collected from 3 different models - 5xx series) it will work only for stairs above a certain step height.

Looking at the photo, the step height towards the pond is LOWER than normal. I cannot say if it is under 9.8cm looking from here, but it may be so, which means a Roomba will fail to detect it.

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Not necessarily

"You have 20 seconds to comply"

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

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Re: "The potential downside of not getting this right is very serious,"

Probably because the majority of vocal remainers were adamant that another referendum should be taken (presumably over and over ad infitium) until they got the result they wanted. Despite democracy not working like that

That is exactly how democracy works. There is no reason for something which has been voted for in the past not to be revisited in the future. It is a key principle of democracy that ANYTHING can be voted on at a later date.

In fact, making a decision sacred is dictatorial. Hitler did it to great success with his referendum on changing the Weimar republic constitution. There were others.

So I suggest you either go and learn what a democracy is or buy some brown shirts. They complete you.

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Re: "have the same influence in the future as in the past"

Have the cake and eat it?

That is the (rather timid and polite) English saying. Most of the continent uses a different metaphor which is significantly more apt in describing the situation:

Have your p*n*s in both hands and your soul in paradise at the same time

In any case, the issue with data-flows is that they are a reflection of business flows. If you cannot transfer the data you cannot do the business this data is for. This is the world we live in.

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Hot HoloLens models 'shafted by Microsoft'

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Pictures or it did not happen

Pics or it did not happen

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Jesus walks away after 7,000lb pipe van incident

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The funny side is a bit morbid here

I had the pleasure of being behind a lorry carrying a container full of scrap on the A14 when it started losing bits of it. Driving down the road to see various bits of metal including what to be a car bonnet tumbling through the air and barely missing your windscreen by a few cm is not very funny.

I had to overtake it at 90mph+ with a "lead foot" praying that nothing else flies out of the top of the skip during the 15 or so seconds to do so and then call the cops to pull him over and secure the road (sharp metal through your tires is almost as pleasant as sharp metal through the windscreen).

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Google unleashes 20m lab-created blood-thirsty freaks on a city. And this is a good thing, it says

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Re: Having had Dengue Fever,

But I do worry about the knock-on effects: there's an awful lot of other life out there in the food chain, and a lot of it starts with either the mosquito or its larvae

1. The effect of the insecticides on them is significantly worse

2. The niche occupied by the mosquito larvae is not unique, it will be filled by other mosquito larvae species. As a result the overall number of mosquitoes will not drop, what will drop will be the number of "dangerous" ones.

By the way - as a technique this is not new. It has been used for a couple of decades to tackle one of the nastier species of US flies - the one whose maggots bury into living flesh.

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What did OVH learn from 24-hour outage? Water and servers do not mix

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Re: Missed one.

Use non-conductive coolants.

Most of the non-conductive coolants are either flammable, or toxic, or have special pipework requirements.

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Academics 'funded by Google' tend not to mention it in their work

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especially if it's a pharmaceutical company

This is the case in sciences and especially in life sciences. One of the reasons for this are a number of past scandals related to funding by Big Oil (the Lead scandals), Big Smoke (a whole lot), Big Agro (some more recent onces), etc.

What Google and the rest of the Valley keep funding are NOT scientific papers. It is public policy "research" and economics "research". These have always been a classic example of prostituting themselves to the highest bidder and they have a long standing tradition not to say who is paying for their services today.

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Good news: Samsung's Tizen no longer worst code ever. Bad news: It's still pretty awful

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Re: extremist well.

An AC talking about hidden agendas? Like it!

An AC commenting on it should qualify as a double entendre.

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Re: and this is why...

Then dumbify it.

My smart TV is hooked up as a monitor to a small HP microserver upgraded with a decent video card (35-40W power consumption). All the smarts are in the server. So is half (5TB) of the content.

All the "smart" devices in the house sit on a subnet hanging off the server and are firewalled off the Internet. They get cut-down DNS, NTP addresses and that is it. Nothing more without approval.

I like it this way and it will stay this way until the consume electronic manufacturers relent on their idea of "socializing" all of my media via their smart TV interface. My media ideas are distinctly antisocial and I would like them to stay that way.

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Ready, aim... Ignition! Valley VC bigwig ejects after conduct complaints

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Re: Grown up?

never had their face slapped by someone in authority (a parent?) when doing "inappropriate" actions.

Someone in authority is not the relevant slap here. The relevant slap is being slapped by the object of their inappropriate aspirations there and then. In public, in front of everyone else all the way until a proper black eye. Bonus points for nail traces under it. So that he has to explain to his wife exactly why he looks like that too (*).

That can easily be arranged by the way. Just ship them to a software shop in Bulgaria, Serbia (and most of Eastern Europe for that matter) for a few months for re-education. Israel is also a good place for that. The ladies there can fend for themselves, do not give a damn and take no prisoners. They are also traditionally applauded when they do that - cases like this never reach the Human Remains department. It does not happen very often too. This is probably because everyone knows that it can happen if you cross the line.

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Russia, China vow to kill off VPNs, Tor browser

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Re: The cause of the next world war

no matter how oppressed they get, most still remember the state of the country only 15 to 20 years ago.

Bingo. It will take decades (if not centuries) for the generation memory to wear off. That memory is still there and compared to the majority does not see themselves as oppressed, dispossessed and disenfranchised. Just the opposite.

Add to that the fact that when I lived there for a few years during the darkest days of the Gerontocracy, engaging in patriotic brainwashing was the domain of the schools. If you tried to shovel anything like the "you should be special because you are Russian" into your offspring brain in private the rest of the family would have stopped your vodka intake.

The current generation of parents feels special because they still remember the horrors of the last years under the Gerontocracy and Eltsin Idiotocracy. They are grateful that they have emerged out of that and they brainwash their kids to an extent which you would not believe. When I am on a holiday on the Canaries or in Greece nowdays I switch tables if I end up next to a Russian family. My daughter understands enough of the language to start asking questions along the lines of "What is the bullsh*t they are being brainwashed with?" and I have to start answering pointed questions.

It will take decades including many years of economic hardship and oppression (the proverbial Slavic "raise pressure until we blow a gasket") to counter that. Until then, if there will be any revolt it will not be there. It will be our own disenfranchised and dispossessed.

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Re: The cause of the next world war

The past 15+ years indicate that a revolt won't be happening. The people of China have the same type of oppressive regime,

You are demonstrating the complete failure to understand Slavic (and Chinese) for that matter culture and upbringing. There will never be a revolt in China. A revolt in China happens only on the back of a foreign intervention, war or something else like that (Boxer uprising, Mao, etc). When China is self-governed it does not revolt regardless of how much the peasants are oppressed.

Russia (and slavic countries for that matter) are a different story. Their modus operandi is pressure buildup, buildup, buildup then blow a gasket. The pressure level before the gasket blows differs from country to country being nearly zero in Poland and nearly infinity in Bulgaria with Russia somewhere in-between. Once it blows, being a couple of parsecs away is highly advisable. There has to be a pressure building for it to blow though. No pressure buildup - no blow.

So going back to both factors: both China and Russia are managing both external intervention and discontent quite well. We have invested tens billions in trying to destabilize and/or regime change Russia. We got a Regime Change - from alcoholic idiotocracy (Eltsin) to autocracy - Putin. They have now reached a point where they have countered most of our strategy and are preempting most of what we do. Their level of discontent is at historic low. Realistically there has not been a point in Russian history when the general population (and even the middle class) has been that well off. It has always been a country of 99.999% extreme poverty and 0.001% ludicrous riches. While the latter is still there (for a given value of there being equal to Knightsbridge and Chelsea) the 99.999% are no longer in extreme poverty so sorry, no pressure buildup - nothing to blow a gasket for decades (if not centuries). Bread and circuses are provided, 99.99% of population is content.

We have not used anything like that resources on China in order not to kill the goose which lays golden cheap manufacturing, so they key factor which makes Chinese changes tick is not there. There is no internal pressure either as once again for the first time in Chinese history a significant portion of the population is well off.

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Re: meanwhile in advanced Western democracies..

Heading?

We are already there. I suggest you give the IPA a careful reading.

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New Azure servers to pack Intel FPGAs as Microsoft ARM-lessly embraces Xeon

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Left hand does not know what the right hand does

Business as usual in an organization this size. They are always a bit schizoid.

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Ghost of NTLM still haunts Microsoft: Aged protocol hole patched

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There is an exact description

How deep do the rabbit hole actually go?

I suggest you take Lewis Carrol off the shelf. It is very well covered in Alice in Wonderland.

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The great phone squeeze wheeze: Getting squidgy with HTC's U11

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Tamagochi

“Phones have become very needy in 2017, like an attention-starved pet”

The Tamagochi of the 21th century.

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

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Same here

but I actually pay for the good/services I use.

Same here.

The only thing which I am interested is consuming it the way I like it and where I like it.

I have a bleeping hard copy, I paid all the royalties, now I would like to have it on my 10TB NAS so I can watch it anywhere in the house, on the 3TB hard drive in the "remote descendant of a GM2 Betty" I use to travel around Europe so that there is peace in the back seats and on the similarly sized drive array at my summer house/office. I do not see why the f*** I should be prohibited from doing so.

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

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Re: If he had been in the UK

It's the same in Netherlands or anywhere in Europe. Their disability legislation is as good as UK if not better.

The issue, however is - in order to start pushing the buttons on the lawyer's launch panel you need money. If you do not have it, you are nobody. Even in the UK an initial consultation with an ACAS certified lawyer is > 250£. Case filing if memory serves me right is at least 750. And from there onwards we go.

I suspect NL is pretty much the same.

There is no justice for the poor and broke.

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

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Re: Bah!

Well, it is called two factor for a reason.

How did the miscreant know the SECOND factor?

If he can explain that, than he should be blame ATT for all it's worth. If his authentication was JUST SMS code, that's still SINGLE factor, not two factor.

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Twitter will no longer snaffle data allowances on Virgin Mobile

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Re: how much is twitter paying for this?

Not a lot.

Twitter (even with pics and everything) is not a major consumption element in the daily data menu for most people.

It is a clear case of Twitter doing a deal to try to stay relevant.

Meah... excuse me while I yawn...

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Biometric data stolen from corporate lunch rooms system

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Re: Inhouse IT

Even if it was, it should not have anything to do with the canteen payment system. It should be self-contained.

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Trump backs off idea for joint US/Russian 'impenetrable Cyber Security unit'

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The only case where you cooperate with the designated enemy

Is when there is an even bigger enemy to deal with.

Russia is the designated enemy. It never stopped being so. In the last 30 years USA, UK and to a lesser extent some other NATO countries invested billions into regime change operations, "freedom fighters" of the variety that take children primary schools hostage, propaganda, media, political parties - anything you can think of. In vain - in fact it backfired. If we just left them alone in the 1990-es the natural course of events would have taken course and they would have been ruled by an adorable drunk while slowly slipping into irrelevance off the world's stage. They would have handed their nukes for more loans and more bribes to the ruling class by now just the way Ukraine did.

But no, we had to keep poking the wasps nest and instead of an adorable drunk we have Putin, T14 Armata tanks, Circon/Bramos-2 hypersonic missiles and plenty of other toys like Leader class nuclear destroyers enqueued in the pipeline. And just to make things clear - we are the designated enemy on their side.

So, back on the topic. The only way these two sides will grudgingly agree to share toys is if some green lizard men from Gliese enter orbit tomorrow and we need to deal with a bigger threat.

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Jaw-boned: Wearables biz Jawbone shuts down

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If you know the right people, there are plenty of opportunities to make money on a dead horse.

Concur - your local supermarket is always in need of cheap hamburgers and/or branded frozen lasagna.

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Boffins start work on data centre to analyse UK infrastructure

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Joke

Re: DAFNI and...

Provided that they do not ask Scooby to manage it, it should all work out.

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Largest advertising company in the world still wincing after NotPetya punch

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Re: It us just you

WPP is a huge, British success story

You forgot the gigantic "Sarcasm" tags on that. Or at the very least "Joke Ahead" sign.

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While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

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Re: let me guess...

With the latest results the tocamac designs look like ~ 10.

Realistically, 50-es did not have the material technology, magnet design and most importantly magnet control technology to do fusion. While the principle has not changed, we got there on the last two within the last 10 years. So 10 lapsed, 10 more to go for the tokamak designs.

At that point we run into another wonderful non-proliferation issue. Fusion reactors produce fast electrons, which can be used in a classic breeder design (in fact they are too fast - you have to slow them down a bit somehow). Anyone in a possession of a working tokamak fusion coil can potentially stamp out Plutonium by the ton as a byproduct.

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Well, that escalated quickly: Qualcomm demands iPhone, iPad sales ban in America

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mutual self-destruction

The Day After, the director's cut. Something ABC never dared release and probably will never release (it came under immense pressure by a number of US administrations to keep that hidden somewhere deep in the cupboards).

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Google blows $800k on bots to flood the UK with 30,000 'articles' a month

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Re: wonderful

They don't tell you how they feel,

The old soviet block joke comes to mind:

What is a pessimist? A well informed optimist

What is an optimist? A well instructed pessimist

That looks like it will be part of the core programming.

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Tesla, GitHub, tech bro VCs... Silicon Valley sexism row explodes as more women go public

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Re: Harry, you're a beast!

über-cool Bay Area

What exactly is uber-cool about an area where it is an essential career requirement NOT TO HAVE A LIFE.

Corollary: Do you expect people who do not have a life to have normal social attitudes and being capable of normal social interaction.

This just comes with the territory. It does not matter what companies do, what companies claim. As long as the employees are expected to spend all of their life either in the commuter vehicle or at their desk, the issue will persist.

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MH370 researchers refine their prediction of the place nobody looked

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You seriously underestimate just how ridiculously empty are the Southern Indian Ocean and the Southern Pacific. There is practically zero communications coverage so even if the transponder equipment was not off (that is where the whole thing started) it would have failed to upload anything.

There is one clear takeaway from the whole debacle - aircraft must have connectivity to the new low altitude broadband constellations being launched in the next decade. These do not do anything above the vast expanses of the sea deserts anyway so the operators are not likely to have any objection to a regulatory mandate for the airlines to use them.

As a corollary to that, China can go f*** off on their regulatory requirements mandating any aircraft to turn off broadband connectivity entering their airspace and MH370 and the number of Chinese citizens who went down with it is a good enough explanation of why this should be the case.

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Re: Go find it

Do not underestimate 2.

To put it bluntly, I am thankful that the retarded monkeys that try to stuff their pants with acetone peroxide have no chemistry education. An airplane has at least 50%+ recirculation of air while at cruising altitude. I am leaving the rest as an "exercise to the reader". As an ex-chemist I have done that mental exercise around the time of the liquid panic eight years ago and I'd rather not share the results as they are subject to criminal prosecution according to the UK thought crime laws.

Though if it was the case of 2 someone would have assumed responsibility. Taking out a 777 is too juicy of a morsel for the lunatics not to brag about it on Telegram and Twitter.

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Boffins' five eyes surprise: Bees correct colour for ambient light

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There are already, they are usually used only for display brightness, not color adjustment.

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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Re: The Bible

Esteemed Author» The issue appears to be a small rainbow featured on the website.

You are not very observant.

Two rainbows, second one on the badge worn by one of the adults which may or may not be both female (the cartoonist needs to learn to draw first before taking on serious political topics).

So in total 3/4 characters in the cartoon.

IMHO, the cartoonist needs to learn to draw, my 8 year old daughter draws better. There is nothing worse than using a very proper political cause to get preferential treatment for very shitty workmanship.

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One thought equivalent to less than a single proton in mass

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Re: Well it's known...

Come on, not the perennial joke about the electron on the shrink's couch.

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For all the chaos it sows, fewer than 1% of threats are actually ransomware

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Surely Linux didnt get 50x as much as apple?

Not clear if flash, pdf, etc are counted as separate or only for a particular platform.

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Intel AMT bug bit Siemens industrial PCs

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Seems like the only way ought to be down for INTC..

According to an 800 pound gorilla acquaintance of mine - size matters.

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

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Time to go PaddyPower

Bets on:

1. The "asteroid" will fire thrusters and get out of the way

2. The CIWS will obliterate the "refridgerator" long before it gets anywhere near.

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Kaspersky repeats offer: America can see my source code

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Someone in the US military authorised the use of Russian...

They have authorized use of Russian missile engines (ULA uses them to launch military hardware) and have authorized the licensing of Russian VTOL tech (F35B licenses Yak-141 designs). So there are precedents of cats sleeping with dogs.

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German e-gov protocol carries ancient vulns

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Hanlon razor

It's a backdoor - by mandated design.

Not even Hanlon actually. ‘Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.’ is a saying by Napoleon Bonaparte.

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

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Re: School boy mistake

Really, where did this Robert David Steele guy get his education?

More interesting question is wtf did this guy do @ CIA and how many more lunatics are left there. Frankly, I am no longer surprised at its tendency to sponsor lunatics. Fruitcakes sponsoring fruitcakes.

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Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

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Natural result of IP certifications.

Early on I changed the batteries and did repairs on the devices in the house myself. That was quite easy on Sony early on. Samsung was more difficult, but possible as well. I do not even try now. It is worth it to wait until the next holiday and use a market stall somewhere in deepest, darkest Eastern Europe. They do not repair them themselves, but send them off to someone who does it for a living. 20£ worth of labor will get you a screen change on most devices (just make sure you wipe the device securely after that just in case).

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French general accused of nicking fast jet for weekend trips to the Sun

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Re: I've no problem with this if the general was fulfilling required flight hours...

Unless the said general is current in a flying instructor position, I fail to see the need for him to keep himself current.

Want to tell it to this guy?. He happens to be a president of NATO country and is still flying up to the required limit for a fighter pilot.

Not on alpha jets either - he uses the board number 29 - the one seen banking out of formation on the photo and can fly it like probably only a handful of people can. Officially Mig-29 cannot do the Pugachev Cobra or a Bell. Unofficially, if you have an outright nutter at the controls - it can. So I suggest you convince him to push a pen as he should as he has been a "pen pusher" according to your definitions since 2000 (last 17 years).

It is not like the Duke of Edinburgh and the First Sea Lord practice A.S.W., the Chief of Air Staff goes on strafing runs with an Apache or the Chief of the General Staff goes for sniper practice.

Maybe that is the problem in the first place.

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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It will take 1-2 more WannaCries

Fantastic news, but IMHO it will take at least 1-2 WannaCries before this happens.

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Fresh cotton underpants fix series of mysterious mainframe crashes

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Re: Apocryphal tale

Dunno about Telex, but I have run into the classic "Secretary, nylon underwear, nylon tights and polyester pencil skirt" more than once. Bzzzzt... here went one more motherboard.

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Spies do spying, part 97: The CIA has a tool to track targets via Wi-Fi

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Re: History disagrees.

Until the tools are leaked and incorporated in the malware du jour.

Location is of little interest for malware du jour. It becomes of interest only if the meatware attached to the laptop becomes a target. That is definitely not part of the malware du jour repertoire.

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In touching tribute to Samsung Note 7, fidget spinners burst in flames

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Re: There's an opportunity here

Make it big enough to accommodate a hoverboard and I think you have a product.

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