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McDonald's sues Italian city for $20m after being burger-blocked

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Re: The real reason

Here's a clue people...celebrate cultural differences,

You do not need to explain that to a German tourist. You do not need to explain that to Scandinavian, Czech, Polish and most (not all) Russian tourists. This is why even places where every second is a German tourist (f.e La Palma in the Canaries mid-season) do not feel like somewhere in Munich.

Try explaining that that to a Kentish Chav on Tenerife or just take a stroll down Costa Del Crime.

Similarly, on the Canaries you can immediately discern if you are in a neutral zone (Corralejo about 7 years ago), British colony (Caleta de Fustes - renamed Costa Caleta to please the Chavs) or somewhere where non-Brits are a majority - f.e. Valverde on El Hierro.

You have Mcdonalds, Pizza Hut, Indian and Chinese and Fish and Chips in Costa Caleta. Only that - no Spanish food at all. In Corralejo you have that and some remaining local food. In Valverde or other similar predominantly non-brit places you have one semi-moribund Chinese restaurant, no Indian, no Macdonalds, no Pizza hut and the rest is local food. Which is superb.

Now, why is this so...

Well, the whole BrExit thing is rooted much deeper than a lot of people would like to admit.

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Re: The real reason

maintaining the look of the building

The feel of a city is not just the building look. It is the food, the overall vibe, etc.

In any case - even if the building did not have an M sign, the one mile worth of discarded cardboard boxes with M on them around it would have had the same effect.

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Brexflation: Lenovo, HPE and Walkers crisps all set for double-digit hike

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Re: You know the joke meme about how do you confuse a blonde ?

from us under false pretences and handed to criminals in Brussels.

You really need to share what you are smoking.

Every piece of Eu legislation is something Britain either at commissioner level or at Eu parliament level had to agree with. The latter is elected directly by the entire Eu including the British representatives. The former is selected by the UK government which is supposedly democratically elected.

Up to Lisbon, there was no way to overrule a veto and Britain used it the threat of it quite extensively to get exactly what it wants. After Lisbon, veto could be overruled, but AFAIK there is not a single case where British veto was overruled.

In either case, before a piece of Eu legislation can become a part of the UK statute book it also needs to become a UK law and be voted by UK parliament.

So, frankly, you are repeating Farage and BNP drivel without a single shred of evidence to it.

In fact, there is an even better way to confuse a blonde (sorry, Brexiter): ask him to quote exactly one piece of undemocratic and fraudulent Eu legislation which has gone on the British statute book _WITHOUT_ British agreement in the commission (which means government) and Eu parliament (directly elected) and UK parliament (to vote in the actual law).

Your moronic rant is one more example of the fact that 99% of the Brexiters do not know how the legal system in UK works and how the legal system in UK interacts with the EU.

In fact, if you are complaining against Eu law you should start with blaming Farage and the other nuts as they have been part of UK Eu representation for ages and voting for all those "undemocratic" laws.

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Re: I can't help but feel this is the calm before the (shit) storm.

And regardless of their fate, a policy is now running of making it a definite bonus point in two equally-suitable candidates.

My wife was asked the same question during an interview recently. So this is definitely not anecdotal evidence.

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Re: Whilst I don't disagree with the thrust of the article...

Shush, otherwise the UKIPers will believe the that the Brexit vote has had the desired effect.

The vote has not. The pound drop has.

It is however as in an old Bulgarian/Serbian/Macedonian/etc joke:

Q: "Ivan why are you laughing with glee after your house burned down? Why are you happy?"

A: "The neighbor's shed burned down too".

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Re: Whilst I don't disagree with the thrust of the article...

simply growing potatoes

Potatoes are going to get significantly more expensive (same as any "British" fruit and veg).

They are collected predominantly using seasonal labor which comes mostly from Eastern Europe and is paid in Euros or Euro equivalents. If their salary is reduced by 20% they will simply not bother to get over here and pick the stuff. So if any of them were not paid in Eu to start with they have already asked for a 20% rise.

Ditto for a large percentage of other stuff relying on cheap labor like car washing, etc. There were 5-10 Bulgarians and Romanians in the beginning of the year in my Sainsbury parking lot. There are now 1-2 left because the money they were sending back home simply no longer adds up. And so on.

So anything dependent on imports goes 20%. Anything dependent on imported manual labor goes up 20% too. What will be the inflation in the new year now is in totally "god only knows" territory, but it will not be what the Bank of England is forecasting. No way.

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European F-35 avionics to be overhauled at Sealand, says UK.gov

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This "aircraft" is getting better and better.

And? Do you expect anything different from USA adapting Russian tech?

The school of thought, the design approach is drastically different. When Russians are left alone they deliver some impressive engineering. It may be butt-ugly, but it does the job. When Americans are left to their own they also tend to deliver (albeit you may not like the price and timescales as in f.e. F22).

When Americans try to incorporate Russian tech you get an Antares. Or F35-block B. If it does not blow up on the landing pad it will be a heap of trouble for years to come. In fact it is better if explodes on the landing pad so that it cannot be marketed as a genuine piece of BAE innovation (which it is not - it is the old Yak-141 design repackaged in a different fuselage).

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In theory the F35B, as a stovl, wound not really need a runway - some straight bit of road should do the trick.

No it will not. You will need a BIG blowtorch to free it from the melted tarmac after that.

While the Harrier could land nearly anywhere, that is no longer the case for the F35 because of its exhaust temperature. If it is landing on tarmac it will melt it, if it is landing on grass it is pretty much guaranteed to be set on fire.

This is part of its Yak-141 inheritance. Lokheed bought the VTOL tech which went into the F35 from Yakovlev and if you look at any of the Yak-141 footage you can nearly always see the fame from the take-off auxiliary at take-off/land or hover.

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China passes new Cybersecurity Law – you have seven months to comply if you wanna do biz in Middle Kingdom

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Re: Espionage

Although looks like the Chinese population

Err... spelling mistake. Surely: "Although looks like the Chinese corporations"

Data retention is costs in more way than one. It is a storage cost, it is a security cost and it is a a potential reputation cost (if data is stolen). Corporations would rather avoid it. If they can.

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Fleeing Aussie burglar shot in arse with bow and arrow

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Re: He should be lucky

it was a recurve and not a compound bow

My exact thought. If it was something like my eight year old daughter's "toy" that person would have had a shattered pelvis or hipbone (even with the "harmless" training arrows). Even a "junior" compound bow for kids makes nice 9mm holes in 18mm plywood.

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UK spying law delayed while Lords demand Leveson amendments

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Re: First the Brexit vote, now this.

And what do you call the political system

I call it UK. One of the only two countries in the world (the other one being Saudi Arabia) without a well defined complete system of fundamental law called constitution. If you do not like the way this country works, f*** LEAVE. Oh, sorry, without having any clue on how it works (and has worked since 1215), you have voted for the others, the smelly foreigners to LEAVE ('cause that was what the vote was really about). Here's some news for you - I suggest you learn the basic principles:

1. Parliament is sovereign and cannot be bound unless it binds itself with a specific decision. Even in that case it can turn around a week later and do something different. An example here is the Bill of Rights (yes, UK used to have one). The parliament over time has canceled nearly all of the rights in that bill as it seemed convenient.

2. The government has no right to suspend, cancel, amend or change any law unless specifically authorized by an act of parliament.

3. The parliament did _NOT_ authorize the government to suspend, cancel, amend or change the Eu Communities act, the Human Rights act and a ton of other legislation which is required in order to invoke article 50. This is something even Josephina Vissarionovich May admits - she is preparing a "Grand Repeal Act".

The court had absolutely no choice on the matter. They are there to uphold the law and the law of the land says that because the act which set up the referendum gave the government NO rights to enforce it, it has no choice but to go to the parliament every step of the way. Either that or do an Erdogan.

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Fresh Euro Patent Office drama: King Battistelli fires union boss

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Re: King Battistelli

There is a fundamental difference, Voland:

That is yet to be seen.

It took 2 years during which the media was still freely publishing and before the Reichstag act in Germany.

It took 4 years and two elections before Mussolini had sufficient power to restrict the freedom of the press.

It took nearly 10 years, two coups and several elections until Kimon Georgiev added the restrictions on the press to the Law of the protection of the state.

I do not grok Hungarian to look that one up, but I bet that was the case there too.

Fascism does not rise in a day and "the nation not being served by journalism" is the first step there. It took 10 years for the Volkischer Beobachter to swing the public opinion to a point where Hitler could win the elections. Daily Mail tried to do that too once already too - it has history and form in being a fascist rag. It failed that time. I personally hope it fails again, but with the country prime minister quoting from the Mein Kampf and supporting the newspapers which call to lynch anyone opposing her this does not seem likely.

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Re: King Battistelli

Make that 'Duce'.

Historically (do we like to admit it or not) fascist governments have had public support in their countries. Let's face it - populist ideas like "kick all foreigners out", "work only for locals", "this judge dared to apply the law, let's lynch him" have much stronger appeal than democracy, rule of law and/or fundamental freedoms. Anyone who disagrees with this statement can have a look at the front pages of the Volkischer Beobachter, Express and Sun this week.

So from that perspective, I do not see the likelihood between the Duce (which like most fascists had significant public support for decades in his country) and Batistelli whose public support in EPO is somewhere around 0.

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FBI drops bombshell, and investigation: Clinton still in the clear

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Bingo

If someone told me 16 years ago that USA has a black president and the next candidates are a woman and someone who divorced twice and is now married for the third time to an ex page 3 model I would have told him to go check his meds.

Anything people say, Dubia should get a monument. He was so monumentally bad that USA political life advanced a couple of centuries in a blowback response.

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Twitter trolls are destroying democracy, warn eggheads

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Re: from what i've seen...

Slightly more complicated.

The perceived anonymity of the medium and lack of face to face interaction bring out of the woodwork behaviours that are normally suppressed in public. Spend 10 mins reading Tw*tter or F***book and you will come to realize just how unhinged is part of the population. They hide it during their day to day life as they are trained to conform by society and/or afraid to cope one in the face. The moment they show up on Tw*tter and F***book they throw away most of their inhibitions.

This behaviour creates a perfect storm when interacting with politicians. Politicians (even the few smart ones) by trade try to reach as many people as possible - their social network settings are set to allow the maximum possible amount of people interacting with them. As a result they end up being the perfect target for Urgghh of Urghhh's basement and his friends.

So in addition to the two obvious use cases you have mentioned there is a third one - someone with serious problems using a politician on the web to satisfy his urges.

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Build your Type 26 warships next year? Sure, MoD – now, about that contract...

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You never know, that may mean getting only one carrier and the second one being sold to China to build a floating "Hotel/Cazino" out of it.

Now, why the Hotel/Cazino is launching Su-33s.... That is a different story.

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Re: Have they finished the aircraft carriers yet?

They would need a different propulsion system to generate the steam needed for the cats to work..

Correct. I still do not understand how did they manage to find an excuse for not being able to mount the arrestor hooks. Come on, this tech is as old as the aircraft carriers themselves. IT IS NOT rocket science.

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Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'

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Re: Wrong headline?

When it comes to republicans, hypocrisy has no limits.

Let's fix it for you: When it comes to politicians, hypocrisy has no limits.

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Re: What's truly important here...

Actually I see an independent investigation into the leaks from the FBI, and many career officers being shown the door with extreme prejudice.

Not if Trump wins.

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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Re: Trigonoceps (displays are kept well away from the crowd)

Was down in Devon recently

I saw one of their last shows above a city. They were flying literally above my house. This was several weeks before Shoreham which resulted in a severe restrictions on all airshows in the UK from there onwards.

Well. No more.

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Re: Plenty of air forces out there...

A 9g delta-winged Eurofighter is far from a joke.

In a straight line dashing to intercept the incoming USSR waves of Backfire bombers - definitely. I have no doubts about it.That is what it was made for. This _WAS_ the design brief. AN INTERCEPTOR (with some minimal extra functionality). Everything else is an afterthought. It could not even do ground attack in the first tranche - at all. It is a fighter built for a bygone age and a conflict that never happened.

Its stall speed is ridiculously high and as a result its maneuverability in a dogfight is ridiculously bad.

As a basis for comparison - watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVlmoNtcyhY Can't be arsed to search - I recall coming across a similar airshow demo with F22 too.

Most of the time the Su in that video is flying at a speed at which the Eurofighter will be in pieces on the ground 10 times and it enters flat spins at least 3 times. Flat spin at stall speed is something the Eurofighter cannot recover out of - you need vector thrust. F22 can. Su30 onwards can. F35 (maybe) can. Eurofighter cannot.

So going back to the 9G - yeah, sure. Even at 9G when flying barely above its stall speed its turning radius is several times higher than the turning radius of vector thrust upgraded Su and F22/35. Even Rafale has better turning radius due to lower stall speed.

This is _EXACTLY_ why the RAF flying Eurofighter is having their arse handed to them on a plate every time they fly a line-of-sight engagement. It had its arse handed to them on a plate by Indians, French and in Red Flag by the USA aggressor squadrons flying the ancient by today's standard F16s. Their only hope is that they will shoot an opponent down out-of-line-of-sight with missiles at long range.

Also, the original topic was airshow - that requires aerobatic performance. Compared to an F22 (or even series A F35) or Su30 onwards the Eurofighter will look ridiculously bad. By the way RAF knows it. Otherwise it would have replaced the Hawks for the Red Wings long ago.

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Re: Plenty of air forces out there...

This will is the state today. I have some doubts about any displays using frontline aircraft tomorrow.

Eurofighter - maneuverability is a joke

F35 - thrust is a joke. It simply cannot pull quite a few of the maneuvers everybody else can. Maneuverability most likely matches thrust (this is yet to be seen).

F22 - cost prohibitive and USA only

This is a natural side effect of the current tendencies in fighter development (emphasis on stealth and out-of-line-of-sight weapons). They are simply no longer fit for an aerobatic function - you are better off taking a trainer aircraft for the purpose.

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Re: As Veritech Alphas are probably not available....

The A10 is not something you want to do aerobatics in.

Out of the list only the Alpha Jet is remotely capable of them.

On the Eurofighter aerobatic capability - it sucks bricks sidewize through a thin straw even compared to the Hawk. This is the primary reason to the spectacular defeat of the RAF against the visiting Indian team flying Su-35s. The rules of engagement were within line of sight and within line of sight the Eurofighter is a sitting duck due to abysmal maneuverability so the visitors had a fun turkey shoot.

In fact, out of the "real" fighters the choice is only between SuperHornet and Su-35. Everything else has been crippled by the Stealth Madness or is crap, sorry Eurofighter.

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Anti-ultrasound tech aims to foil the dog-whistle marketeers

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Re: Or

Most adults have a hearing threshold under 16KHz leaving a couple of KHz to squeeze a beacon in.

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World's shortest international flight: now just 21km in 7 minutes

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Re: 66.1kms

Versus:

1. Getting to the city center and trying to find where to park for a business meeting.

2. Fighting rush hour traffic to hit same meeting.

It is the same as going to London. Driving is a theoretical possibility. Until you consider the availability of parking in the area.

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Power to the (outsourced) people – globalisation starts small

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It is not a a question of cost

Another is to hire students and (paid) interns,

A gang of students (even well paid ones) + 1-2 grey beards have always been more cost effective than sending something to a warm and hot climate.

The problem is that you cannot create a business model out of that and you cannot skim and pocket on the process. There are no junkets, free dinners with old school friends, etc either.

You also have to treat students like humans - accommodate their schedules, goals, etc.

So, what's the fun in that? Also "what is in that for me" for a given CXX value of "me". None. So definitely, outsourcing it goes. Under Consulting guidance.

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British defence minister refuses to rule out F-35A purchase

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Re: A is actually not a bad piece of kit

So your position that it can fill that gap when the Typhoon gets into visual range engagements is wrong.

You are right - I just realized that the vectoring is Block B feature. Not Block-A.

This makes block A is the only Gen-5 fighter with no thrust vectoring which means that it is a s***age all around. Due to stealth and lack of vectoring it will be beaten flat by Gen-3, Gen-4 or thrust vectored Gen-5 once it is in line of sight.

So it is not any better than the Eurofighter in a dogfight either. If not worse - an F22 or 4+ generation Sukhoi will have either one of them for breakfast. So UK will be complementing one fighter that sucks in close engagement with another. I can see the other rationale (Eurofighter still till this day is not really a ground attack craft, while the F35 is supposed to be able to do it). This is however the most ridiculously expensive way of filling this gap.

Thanks for pointing it out.

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A is actually not a bad piece of kit

A is the only one which has > 1 thrust to weight ratio so combined with vector thrust it is not such a bad piece of kit. If and only if it actually works. At least the spec is pallatable.

It will also complement the Eurofighter which is a fine piece of kit until it gets into line-of-sight, then it is a sitting duck.

The "designed to be an interceptor" delta wing geometry of the latter translates to half-a-county turning radius (similar to an old Mig). So modern fighters like the Su30 onwards, F22, F35 block A and even the Rafale which have half of its stall speed and can literally turn on-their-heel in mid air (like the old Harrier) can enjoy a turkey shoot. If the force has both the Eurofighter and block A having said turkey shoot becomes a much more difficult proposition.

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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Re: Econ 101

Buy British. Simple.

What? Give me an EXAMPLE of one article in the so called "consumer basket" which is End-to-End British.

Even the f*** Fruit and Veg in the supermarket has a FAKE British label. The real label should be "Grown on British land with European fertilizer, worked on using European farm equipment and proudly collected by Eastern European Slave Labour under the control of Eastern European Gangmasters".

That does not sound British to me. Neither does anything I buy on a regular basis. If you have an example to the contrary I would LOVE to hear it. Alternatively - point to what in the above description you can replace by British. Just do not try to sell me the unscientific fiction of a Xenophobic C*nt from Clackton on the Sea picking potatoes in Lancashire. I call bullshit on that.

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We wouldn't want the Government to override Parliament and use Royal Prerogative to push domestic legislation, that way lies dictatorship.

And what exactly do you expect from a Prime Minister and Home Secretary which used quotes from the Mein Kampf (appropriated later by Stalin and Putin) and the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Public Service (Nazi Germany, 1934) in their Tory conference speeches.

I have no expectation of anything else but that. It is not a question of will, it is a question of when and I believe the opposite only after the Prime Minister publicly apologizes (preferably under the gate of Auschwitz) for getting carried away in that direction.

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Fitbit kit not a hit

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Re: Tech can only help ...so much.

Different issue.

All the "count every step" fitness fanatics already got one. They are not that many either.

From now on it is replacement sales only (aka "mature market").

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Leaks password, check. Leaks Wi-Fi password, check. Can be spoofed, check. Ding! We have an Internet of S**t winner

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Which is exactly why I build mine out of Raspberries and Bananas

This is exactly why for the time being I build my CCTV out of Raspberries or Bananas using dummy CCTV enclosures off Amazon. If you add one of the ELP camera modules the result is image quality on par or better than most sub-80£ internet of S**t.

Once "live" the enclosures stop being dummy. The bill of materials is about the same.

The other alternative is to keep the Internet of s**t on its own network and put a firewall in front of it. Less fun though.

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Microsoft's chaps slap Slack chat brats with yackety-yak app

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The Teams layer sits on top of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneNote, Planner, Power BI and Delve and sets up a Slack-like interface to drop in data.

Not main selling the point of Slack or its real competitors like the Atlassian XMPP offering. The real point is integration including libraries to integrate to various 3rd party systems. If MSFT has provided yet another closed variant of Windows Messenger they missed the plot.

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England expects... you to patch your apps and not just Windows

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Re: sudo apt-get update

And? Who will execute sudo apt-get upgrade (or dist-upgrade)? The holy ghost?

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Whoosh! China shows off J-20 'stealth' fighters and jet drones

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Re: Chinese have been selling drones for some time

The predator look-alike is their first generation drone.

Jet ones are something new.

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Re: F-22?

Whatever it is, there was LOTS of cut-n-pasting involved and quite clearly some of the original Su, LM, Boeing and Saab ideas have been "lost in translation".

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Re: Stealth..

It has some (but not a lot) radar signature reduction measures.

Looks ridiculously big though - more in the light bomber category - more in the Su-34 category than something positioned against F35 or Su-PAKFA

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Which job is AI going to eat next? Step forward, CCTV operators

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suspicious == non-conformant

Based on the description of the algorithm suspicious looks like anything which sticks out statistically out of the overall mass. This marks my entire family suspicious as we are not going to visit McDonalds or any of the other junk food outlets in the mall. There is further evidence of nefarious thought as the kids have walked past the Barbie and Star Wars parlor and ignored it.

I will probably have to start training them in simulated conformance now.

So, conform, citizen.

Or have a discussion about conformance with Ed 209.

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Smart Meter rollout delayed again. Cost us £11bn, eh?

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Re: Smart meters have only ONE purpose

Not even that.

The streamlining of the process of disconnecting the luser and having a "not us govnor, computer did it" excuse for freezing grannies to death in winter.

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Linux in 2016 catches up to Solaris from 2004

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BPF is not the only way to get a timed dump

Linux has had ring buffer capture for ages and it is actually supported by libpcap. That has timestamp-at-capture as well as support for hardware assisted timestamp (the latter - if you have the appropriate hardware). In fact, this exact "feature" has forced me to use raw instead of bpf/pcap on a couple of occasions in the past. Timestamping is an extremely expensive operation - you DO NOT WANT that enabled unless you really, really need it. It costs quite a bit in terms of performance and it also forces lots of cache synchronizations so chasing down race conditions and/or broken locking becomes more difficult.

I do not quite see how this relates to dtrace though - dtrace can trace anything while bpf (or in Linux case to be more exact - lpf) is used to perform matching on a stream (usually packets, though linux also uses the same bytecode generator for security policies, etc).

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Trick not treat: 123 Reg down on Halloween, DNS borked by DDoS

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Nothing 21st century about it

The 20th century version used to be called smurf.

I "fondly" remember how 1d10tz used to resolve disagreements on IRC by knocking each other out with that. Some academic class B networks used to offer up to 20000 times amplification factors over OC3s. Facing the result in an average ISP was like trying to stop the Niagara falls with basic plumbing tools.

This is just more of the same - what goes around, comes around. We are now back to the point where an average script k1dd10t can knock nearly any service provider off the Internet. This is not new - we were there before in 1997-2000. We were there ~ 5+ years ago at the beginning of DNS amplification attacks. We will be there again later. It is the nature of the beast, pretending that what is happening is something that never happened before is simply disingenuous.

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Boffin's anti-worm bot could silence epic Mirai DDoS attack army

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Sci Fi has become a reality

Time to re-read the Snow Crash.

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Geohot gone geocold on georides: Comma.ai self-driving car kit cancelled

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Californian startup? Complying with regulatory requirements?

New millennium Californian startup complying with regulatory requirements? Are you f***ing kidding me?

Though shall not use Regulation to prevent disruption through Californication. Such is the gospel of the Valley as prophesied by its holy prophets Uber, Theranos and various lesser followers.

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Lenovo downward dogs with Yoga BIOS update supporting Linux installs

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High end Hell laptops are similary linux-unusable. They use Nvidia chipsets in the high end and the recent Hell stock does not have Optimus off button.

If you do not turn off Optimus you cannot use the binary nvidia driver and you are limited to the open source one which has no thermal management. That, surprise, surprise, leads to the laptop getting as hot as its (HELL) name suggests and crashing before you are finished installing an full OS on it.

So Hell is as guilty as Lenovo if not more so. Just guilty in a different way.

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FBI reopens Hillary spillery

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Re: This article doesn't tell some important points.

Instead it was because his ex-wife used his phone

He never had anything like his ex-wife security clearance. Regardless of the Hillary case, this alone is criminal outright. She should not have used his personal (or congress) equipment for work purposes.

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Re: Anthony Weiner?

The thing is idiotic at a different level.

Why the F*** were they sharing a laptop, an ipad and a phone? WTF? I do not work with classified info and I still never share work kit with my wife. She has her own, I have my own. She does not touch my work computer, I do not touch hers.

So, now, let's look at this from a security clearance perspective - she, if memory serves me right, had significantly higher clearance than him. Why the f*** was he allowed his grubby mitts anywhere near her computing equipment?

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Uber drivers entitled to UK minimum wage, London tribunal rules

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Re: So called Tech

Indeed.

I find it extremely disturbing that el reg did not quote the more interesting bits from the judgement.

Read the graunidad coverage (especially if you can somehow pull up the initial non-updated one).

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/28/uber-uk-tribunal-self-employed-status

The verdict is beyond damning:

“The notion that Uber in London is a mosaic of 30,000 small businesses linked by a common ‘platform’ is to our minds faintly ridiculous,” the judges said. “Drivers do not and cannot negotiate with passengers … They are offered and accept trips strictly on Uber’s terms.”

Pity they edited out the Hamlet quote after an update. It is hilarious - commenting on the Uber UK director that : "The lady doth protest too much, methinks"

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Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

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Re: Good on them, I say...

As for the A-10 launching from a carrier

It passes the stall speed requirement and can fly at the speed + attack angle you have after leaving a Short Takeoff ramp. So it will not have an issue.

Not that this is likely to happen any time soon in the current political climate. Even if ISIS takes half of the world (not likely), the yanks and the Russians will continue to bicker whose hired goons are less murderous today. Same as they do across the middle east at the moment.

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US judge rubber-stamps Volkswagen's 'Dieselgate' settlement

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For what amounts to replacing a fan, held in place by 3 fixings.

But... But... But... Sir... This is a Canbus driven fan and only a VW servicedroid dolt in possession of VW service software can magic said fan into life. Surely, you do not understand the greatness of the idea of stuffing everything up to and including lightbulbs with active electronics and losing any potential efficiency from replacing a lightbulb by having to have a load resistor added to the circuit. It is such a great design, you should be proud of buying it. CustomerShaftung durch Technik.

VW - no thanks. While I understand the idea of having CAN in a few places like engine, ABS and airbags, but the rest can happily work of a conventional wire harness. In fact, once both manufacturing and runtime (customer) costs are taken into account over the lifetime of the car CANBUS for sh*t like aircon, lights, etc is neither cheaper nor better.

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And for our next trick, says Google while literally wheeling out a humongous tablet ...

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Re: Seems a bit expensive...

You forgot the server side of collaborative and conference software and the relevant local and remote processing. You definitely cannot do the processing needed for real time conferencing on a bog standard smart TV chipset. You are off (in terms of processing power requirements) by an order of magnitude if not more.

The correct comparison is a high end HD conference suite (which does only a fraction of what this can do) which cost north of 20K and are installed into fixed conference rooms. Definitely not something you can just wheel into a room somewhere, power up and get stuff done.

The problem is - most companies have no clue on how to leverage any of these so they end up as toys in the exec and marketing suites instead of being abused 24x7 by the engineering teams to ensure that there is no such thing as a TimeZone team split.

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