* Posts by Voland's right hand

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China launches aircraft carrier the length of 2.1 brontosaurs

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The Chinese boat looks like purloined off Russian blueprints. Something in-between Kuznetsov class (after refurb which took the missiles out) and Ulianovsk class.

That is not surprising as they have purloined the blueprints of the fighter to fly from it and they are pretty well matched - Su-33 requires a specific ski-jump ramp config.

Their next (nuclear using stolen Ulianovsk class blueprints) carrier is more interesting. The two they have now are just to "lean how to use it".

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The carrier is not the real threat

The real threat are the 85+ missile boats with 8 missiles each as well as 120+ other surface ships with 2-8 missiles each. Mix of Sunburns and indigenous stuff. Enough to overwhelm the defenses of a typical Tier one navy carrier group by sheer numbers. That is the real danger. The carrier is mostly just to project defensive umbrella over the rest, not for offense.

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Super-secure Pi-stuffed nomx email server box given a good probing

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Raspberry PI and storage +/- crypto

The built in SD card interface in Razzie is not fit for purpose for any reliable storage (as expected for email). It does the job for hobby stuff, but it is not something I would trust data 24x7x365. It will simply barf after a point. Either the controller or the electrical interface or both.

USB is even worse - any serious activity on it especially combined with network (which also internally hangs off USB) - BOOM. Add to that the fact that Model 3 (which is the only one fast enough to do full disk encryption) will crash thermally if you connect a good USB drive and use encrypted LVM. Write with it for 5-10 minutes at full throttle to a good fast USB disk and BOOM.

If it was some odd job doing storage like a DIY Time Capsule equivalent or DVR, you could have replaced it with a Banana, because that has real disk interface in the form of SATA on the SoC. The Banana is still not good enough for email though - it is a cut-down AHCI, no support for port replication so you cannot hook up two drives in a RAID config even if you wanted to. So you are down to the reliability of a single drive (still better than a razzie though).

That does not mean there are no ARM SoC which can do the job - there are aplenty (used by all those SOHO NAS devices). It is not a job for a hobby SoC though - neither for Razzie, nor for Banana. You need proper disk interface for at least 2 drives and proper NIC interface on-SoC.

So anyone who is trying to sell you a Banana based production secure email device... Just turn around... slowly... walk away... then faster... then run...

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Intel redesigns flawed Atom CPUs to stave off premature chip death

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More than you think.

It is either giving it a try and having a part for 1:1 swaps or redesigning an entire piece of equipment.

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Re: Dear Apple.

You are holding the wrong thing.

Register a trademark with a banana and two kiwis. That should do the trick.

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Irish Stripe techie denied entry to US – for having wrong stamp in passport

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Plenty of examples to that. Unfortunately.

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Kremlin-backed DNC hackers going after French presidential hopeful Macron

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Re: The problem isn't releasing it before the election

It is digging up scandals on ONLY ONE SIDE and releasing it before the election.

USA and UK has been doing this on politicians left of the center worldwide for 60 years. When real scandals did not suffice, fake ones were created. When even that was not enough we sponsored an occasional Pinochet or Reza Pehlevi.

What is worrying is not the fact that the Russians do it. What is worrying is that they are happy to sponsor anyone and anything provided that the result is destabilization at the moment. They give money and information to the ultra-left, ultra-right and nutters of all shapes and colors. This is good for them in the short term as it weakens countries which are doing the same around their backyard (we have wasted hundreds of billions on "sponsoring democracy" around their borders). Long term... There will be a blowback and a reckoning...

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Not auf wiedersehen – yet! The Berlin scene tempting Brexit tech

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Re: There are more levels than that

One thing people are not talking about is the hoards of immigrants causing trouble, including assault, rape and murder, across Germany, which the disloyal German media

Gee... which bridge did you get from under? Definitely not from under one of those on the Spree near Tiergarten though.

I was in Berlin last year and there is something about integrating and swallowing immigrants Germans can and should teach the UK. There is no ifs, no buts, no coconuts - the only allowed answer to "Sprechen sie Deutsch?" is a choice of "Ya" or "Ya". Even after swallowing 1M refugees in less than 2 years (which as Mutter noted we are guilty of causing), Germany is still more integrated and less visible than Luton, Bradford or even parts of London like most of Barking and Dagenham. It also does not allow any form of religious justice (while UK by the way does).

I am just going to ignore the rest of your rant. You definitely need meds. Badly.

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Re: There are more levels than that

So, not waiting for the (increasingly likely) IndeyRef 2

May I remind you that the referendum has to be allowed by Westminster and the only way Josephina Vissarionovich will allow it will be if hell freezes over. While it may have started to happen (snow in late April), it has not happened just yet.

So, for the time being, Edinburgh is not a safe bet. In fact the opposite - as outside the Eu as possible and getting the funding a red headed stepchild who "voted wrong" will get.

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Re: The Berlin scene tempting Brexit tech...

Are the German authorities planning to offer a fast track citizenship programme as well?

This has been tabled by several politicians there. It was put on the backburner to see if it will be necessary (depending on the level to which Josephina Vissarionovich May will screw Britain in her quest for personal dictatorship).

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Re: Privacy

There are plenty of other advantages:

1. Most major cities are a couple of light years ahead of UK in terms of public transport

2. The rules governing the employee-employer are not amended whenever the government sees fit (the way Cameron and Osborn defanged TUPE).

3. The education system is mostly FREE.

4 ...

A lot of this applies to most of the EU, it is simply a matter of doing the math (and facepalming after you have tallied the numbers).

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There are more levels than that

I started sorting out our BrExit alternatives and had the person in the passenger seat (the SWMBO) yank the handbrake for the time being.

When you have two kids in school at least one of them will be within a year or two of exams either here or in the "retreat location". You really do not want to move them at that point. Though at some point a lot of us will have to - there are at present 4-8 job openings in Eu versus UK and that ratio is continuing to grow.

So if the current trends continue, the SWMBO will let go off the handbake. Leaving the politics aside it is pure economics - the businesses are voting with their feet, err R&D budgets. We will have no choice but to follow - there are families to feed.

As far as locations, Berlin is not bad by the way - they have been rebuilding it at a frantic pace for the last 20 years. There are better places though. All of them massively advertising too - Stockholm, Dublin, etc are all taking slots and spreads on both Internet and printed media. Can't blame them too - it is not personal, it is business.

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Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

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Re: Is there any correlation between "popularity" and

As it's a computer science course, the actual implementation language used should have no bearing on the overall objectives.

Sorta.

I suggest reading Joel On Software: The Perils of JavaSchools. It is even more valid for Javascript. There are concepts which you simply cannot teach in either language - they do not exist.

Now, a lot of this material is not taught in "Intro to Comp Sci" nowdays (again - probably a mistake, in my days they hit you on the head with linked lists around the middle of the first semester). So in theory you can teach intro in a language which offers a reduced set of concepts - Java, JavaScript, etc. This, however, means that before teaching any of the really deep stuff which separates your average 25£ per hour webmonger from a software engineer you need to teach one more language. All of your recruits arriving at "Boot Camp Data Structures and Algorithms" will need to be retrained first. IMHO that's a waste - it would have been better to use a language which has most concepts in the first place. In fact, python is more suitable than either Java or JavaScript - it is cleaner syntactically and semantically while still giving access to all key concepts needed to teach CS.

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China 'hacked' South Korea to wreck Star Wars missile shield

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Re: action and reactiion

Same story as the similar Red Herring deployment in Eastern Europe negotiated by Shrub.

It has everything to do with pissing off Russia or China and very little to do with the stated goal. After sh*t like that, for some reason, we pretend that we do not understand why our relationships with them are at all-time low.

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Re: The obvious question is...

Who told you they attacked the system itself?

There is most likely plenty of supporting infrastructure to attack. Just take out the network used to send the order to put it on high alert and you are as good as taking out the system itself.

Some of the supporting infra is likely to be a significantly softer target.

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LinkedIn U-turns on Bluetooth-enabled 'Tinder for marketers'

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Deleted on all of my devices

The worst case of data slurp I have ever seen. Every time you start it it gives you 5+ screens where it tries to leach more data.

While you can somewhat tame the web version using nuclear winter levels of noscript and adblock, the mobile one cannot be subjected to such quarantine so it has to be eradicated with extreme prejudice.

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Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors

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Re: "people have been squeezing fruit for juice at home for a very long time."

a bucket and an old laundry mangle. How primitive...

The most sold household item on the Balkans (including what was Yugoslavia) in my childhood was the Eureka washing machine. This contraption has separate washing and centrifuge compartments with top loading for both and easily disabled safety.

Here is a modern version of the same appliance: https://iak.olx.ph/images_olxph/824890925_4_1000x700.jpg?rev=001&bucket=04

As you can see - the design has remained virtually unchanged for 40 years despite it being large, ungainly and double the size of a normal washing machine. There is a reason for this - it has an alternative application in addition to washing - Grapes into the centrifuge, output hose into the cask, power, let's rolllllllll.... As the centrifuge is top loaded you can just dump them with a bucket. There is no drain pump - it is 100% gravity drained so there is nothing to go wrong too.

By the way - it costs less than 1/3rd of the contraption discussed here too.

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Re: Juicing is bad

Sugar released is not particularly relevant as you will get it anyway.

The "bad tirade" of instant juicing are:

1. Removal of Fiber

2. Oxidation

3. Increased damage to teeth from acids and sugar

Juice it only if it is a real PITA to eat otherwise - grapefruit, wild apples and pears, etc. Otherwise just eat it. Much better for you.

As far as "sugar from 3 oranges" your burn rate at max "brain revs" is > 250 calories per hour. An orange is only 50 calories. If you get proper breakfast, lunch and dinner you are still looking at 1-2 oranges an hour to keep the thinking machine going (brain wants sugar, it could not care less about other forms of energy. If you are not getting a proper lunch as is the case in most modern offices, you are looking at cranking that up to >2 oranges per hour (either that or the cookie/choc jar which is much much worse).

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Not the droids you're looking for – worst handsets to resell

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Re: Same as with cars

Unfortunately for iPhones "use until dead", or in practice "use until battery dies" is about 2 years.

Again same as with cars. Just think of it as the extortionate amount of money the local VW garage will charge you for a timing belt chain after 75K miles. While it may be extortionate, it is still a service item you have to include in the model. I generally consider 1-2 battery changes for all devices (even the ones which need using the wife's hair-drier as a tool to open them) in the modeling. As long as the battery cost is not 50% of the cost of a new device (hello Kindle) it usually works out correctly in the cost and depreciation model.

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Same as with cars

This goes to show that "use until it is dead" model is significantly better financially than "change shiny-shiny every 2 years". The fact that it sucks marginally less for an iPhone is just that - "sucks marginally less".

So if you run the same model till full depreciation which for a phone now stands at around 4 years you get that you have a net gain compared to selling old and getting new every 2 years.

That is not news - it is well known from other goods - cars, white goods, etc. Just there the depreciation periods are longer (up to a decade).

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Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

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Re: Yeah, but...

What do you do?

You do not execute an illegal order. I have done it more than once. It is quite difficult, but usually all it takes to explain the US company the legal liability. That is a language they understand quite well.

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Re: Yeah, but...

Hmm, the two places with the highest number of wiretaps as a percent of the population

Targeted court wiretap of a person vs blanket surveillance of the entire population.

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Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard

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Re: Back in the day...

They don't make keyboards like that any more...

They do not make fanta like that any more either. The fanta or coke of old was all sugar. It dried to a "crisp". It took time, but it happened (eventually). At that point you could just bash on the keys a bit and hoover it all up.

The obesity nectars of today do not dry - they all remain a sticky goo because it is nasty mix of sucrose and glucose/fructose. A keyboard of old will be as f*** as a modern one if it cops a cup of "become a Wall-E character" juice.

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Web celeb product whores told to put on the red light – or else

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The only solution to this is to educate your kid that the celebuwhores are NOT a role model. If your kid is following and trying to copy what a celebuwhore does, you have failed as a parent.

For example, my kids do not give a damn if something has an endorsement and are aware that "Rabid Rat" or "SpiderMoron" characters stickered over something usually mean that it is lower quality and is specifically made as bait for other kids.

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Trump's self-imposed cybersecurity deadline is up: What we got?

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Quick clue: President Snowflake is a compulsive liar

That is not news. However, I would suggest not to call it lies. Call it post-truth.

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Flaws found in Linksys routers that could be used to create a botnet

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Re: Don't hold your breath

You did check to make sure one of LEDE, OpenWRT, Gargoyle, DD-WRT, Tomato,

Do not hold your breath ^2. Linksys is the wrong router if you want any of these and has been for a very long time. The proportion of the models that are supported (since the days of the venerable WRT54) is extremely low.

You are much better off with TP Link or Buffalo.

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Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink

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Re: Re:Stone Age customs

Sir, You are casting aspersions on the behaviour of dear (deceased) Queen Victoria

Search youtube for the "Queen is Indian".

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Re: Cuberon

Indeed. Compare with the Drupal case where a developer got dumped because of consensual BSDM roleplay, yet for the real, violent, thing this guy gets 13 days jail & apparently keeps his job?

Spot the difference or I will spot it for you:

Drupal - developer

Cuberon - CEO.

Do you have any more questions?

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I think you're too quick to condemn the woman here

Whoa, where the hell did you draw this conclusion? The people to be condemned are the parents who arranged it in the first place. The victim of their choice should not be condemned. She should be helped and assisted in getting OUT of the arrangement.

In this context, the lightness of the judgement and sentencing is simply unbelievable and ought to prompt an investigation in itself IMHO. Something is at play here in the background.

I believe it. I suspect that the lawyer was similarly arranged and had an extra brief from the in-laws and parents. Seen it before too. Anything and everything but to avoid a stain on the family honor.

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Who is the better judge of a suitable partner: hormone riddled Romeo and Juliette, or their level-headed parents with 20 years of marriage experience in their backpocket?

You are mistaking parental advice with parents trading their children like objects or domestic animals - without their consent and agreement. Do not even get me started on choosing a cousin as a preference - I actually used to do mol biol and medical genetics in my past lives and I KNOW the frequency of Thallassemia and other recessives in South West asia populations.

Parent advice is sometimes a good idea. Sometimes not - try to convince an older generation Eastern European parent that a Black or Asian bride is OK. I will sell tickets.

Arranged marriage, however, in all of its forms as an idea belongs in one place - amidst criminal offenses. It is a form of trading in humans as goods and should be punished accordingly.

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It was an arranged marriage

That is the point where I stopped reading. Stone Age customs result in Neanderthal behaviour and should stay firmly in the caves along with the in-laws and parents which promote them.

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No middle ground, no compromise: VMware blocks Cisco's SDN play

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Vmware behaving like Vmware

Vmware is behaving like Vmware. Nothing new to see here - move along.

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Can you make a warzone delivery drone? UK.gov wants to give you cash

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My exact thought

There is no way in hell you can even sketch out the designs for anything even remotely innovative with that amount of money.

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Apple's zippy silicon leaves Android rivals choking on dust

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My exact thought

Java VM with specific optimizations towards footprint/multi-instance instead of performance vs Objective C compiled using a next-get compiler.

Should there be a contest in the first place?

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Opportunity rover gets bored of spot it's explored since 2014

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Obligatory xkcd reference

https://xkcd.com/1504/

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30,000 London gun owners hit by Met Police 'data breach'

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Out of a suitable caliber firearm if possible. Unfortunately, the ones on the HMS Belfast are probably in a state of disrepair so not fit for this particular use case. They are also a bit too narrow (only 6 inch - a peashooter even by WW2 standards), so some preliminary chopping of the extremities to fit into the breach may be required.

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Trump signs exec order signaling foreign H-1B visa techie crackdown

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Re: If he slammed the lottery

That might freeze out some academics

Either that or make their pay adequate. The foreign postdoc/assistant prof is treated like a modern slave in both USA and UK and paid accordingly. You can earn more in Pret or Starbucks than the pay for one of the lab bench jobs which require an MSc if not a PhD.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Oh well, if you're citing the Graun, we have to believe you!

Sure, it is slanted. Graunidad is, you have to read them with a pinch of salt even if you are paying them some support money (like I do).

So it is probably not 4 million. It is likely to be less. However, even a million, even a fecking half a million are something that a G7 economy should be ashamed of. And it is definitely in the 500k+ range.

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Re: Poor alternatives

vote for destruction & loss of privacy, or vote for total chaos.

I do not see any order in the Brownian motion of Boris and Co and the rest of UK negotiation related staff. So frankly it is: vote for destruction & loss of privacy, and vote for total chaos. That is valid for both major parties.

I somewhat envy Scotland and Northern Ireland now - they at least have some resemblance of choice.

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Re: Typical party political move

Close but no cigar.

Realize you have fucked up, ensure that you get the longest cleptocratic run possible before everyone else has realized you have fucked up.

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Re: So...

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/politics/politics-headlines/theresa-may-announces-last-election-20170418126203

Nuff said.

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Re: This goes to show one thing

You actually think Labour could get it's **** together by 2020?

It is not so much a matter of getting their shit together, it is a matter of people starting to hate Tory's guts to "Poll Tax Level" of hate once more. Elections can be won on the positive and on the negative. She foresees a high likelihood that she will lose that election on the negative, otherwise she would not need to call a snap one.

Tories may get a mandate, but it will do nothing to unite the country - Scotland will go more nationalist and liberal. Cities which voted remain will all swing back to Liberal and countryside will swing even further back to Leave - all courtesy of "first past the pole".

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That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

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AFAIK mozilla had URL checking code

That decision was criminal in its stupidity. Example: НSВС.com - that is Russian N, S Russian V, Russian S, .com.

You can create a mixed encoding homophone for nearly anything and it will be virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. Now throw in a certificate and voila - phishing, here it comes.

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Back to the future: Honda's new electric car can go an incredible 80 miles!

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Re: 80 miles

That car is American sized. In Japan you need a certification that you have where to park it before you can buy it. You need to drop it to half the size to get anywhere near Japanese market reqs and that spot is practically taken by the Mistubishi MiEV. It has most of that market licked.

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Re: 80mile range?

40A @ 240V (9600KW), 48A @ 240V (11520KW), 72A @ 240V (17280KW).

The first two are 80% of the "budget" on a normal UK household install which is 65A fuse at delivery point. So you cannot run them and an electric shower or stove safely at the same time. The last one is above the normal UK electric supply. Other Eu countries are not much different. Depending on where you go domestic supply is standardized at 50-65A as well.

Perhaps you need to raise your standards for your domestic electrical infrastructure?

Maybe. If you buy a Tesla for most households in Europe you will need a new feed. You will need to order a proper 2 or 3 phase supply instead of the standard domestic single phase one.

Thankfully Tesla is rare and is likely to remain such for the time being. If it stops being such, the grid will need a massive upgrade.

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Drupal sci-fi sex scandal deepens: Now devs spank Dries over Gor bloke's banishment

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Re: Buytaert opened pandora's box, and doesn't know how to close it...

Even nasty little boys playing with themselves needing to be restrained by devices

That is inherited from Judaism. So is most of the other stuff.

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Google fumes after US Dept of Labor accuses ad giant of lowballing pay for women

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Slightly more complicated

USA government contracts for the time being are subject to equal opportunity compliance.

You fail compliance, you lose the contract. Plain and simple. So on that front the shareholders will not allow Google to outwait anyone.

What may change, however, is that the department of Labour can be put into line by the Great Orange Baboon to enforce all of this significantly less strictly.

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Shadow Brokers crack open NSA hacking tool cache for world+dog

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Re: "wake of a chemical weapons attack on civilians"

On the planet of unproven allegations.

The correct response by Trump and Nato would have been to put a small team of boots on the ground, collect irrefutable evidence, dare Assad to try to bomb while it is being done and work based on irrefutable evidence. If the evidence was right, Russia would have had no choice but to back off from protecting him.

Hard to do? Not really - there are US special forces in Syria already, there are advisors from other countries too. Probably in the neighbouring village - Turkish tanks are like an hour drive from Idlib inside Syrian territory and some of the forces in question are there today.

So, instead of that what do we get: amateurs collecting unverified soil samples and fragments from something which is unclear what it is. So if that was Assad, we just lost the perfect opportunity to get his head on a plate as he violated the 2013 agreement.

The important thing here is "if". There has been a multiple number of occasions when rebel fractions have lobbed weapons (including chlorine) at each other in parallel with Assad and Russian bombing runs in order to "combine the pleasant with the useful" - kill a few of the "wrong shade of black" and get the International community to react in horror at how nasty the common enemy is. If Assad did it, then a "scraped bottom of the barrel" selection of Chlorine, Zarin and several other chemicals would have been less likely.

The sad part is that we will neither know, nor be able to properly bring Assad (if it was him) to justice for this now. All of this because of a trigger happy idiot orange baboon and a totally screwed up first response (suspiciously inadequate in fact).

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TP-Link 3G/Wi-Fi modem spills credentials to an evil text message

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TP Link is OK

Once you have reflashed it with OpenWRT.

The original software is a manifestation of incompetence of pangalactic proportions. A good example is the complete idiocy of the incompetent muppet who designed the interface for the TP108 "smart switch". You can configure vlans. You cannot disable the "default" vlan on a port. So any port always remains in the default vlan making the whole vlan separation unusable. That is apparently how VLANs should work according to TP Link. It is not dumb, it is not dumber, it is dumbest.

Their other software is in the same league. The hardware however is fine and makes a fine choice once you reflash it.

I have ~ 10 of them doing various things including some primitive IoT apps predating the wide availability of the Razzie.

All are flashed with OpenWRT including two of the 3G router ones. No stupid security bugs. No stability issues. Just works (TM) - some have uptime in the hundreds of days.

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US border cops must get warrants to search citizens' gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges

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Re: As someone who experienced Soviet Bloc border controls

Not border control, the visa process. Border control in USSR and most of the soviet block was mostly harmless. It was never anywhere close to the lunacy at USA borders.

What we are observing is applying the rules and principles of pre-Gorbachev Soviet Union for issuing an exit visa, just this time for entrance. Anyone who has dealt with one of those 20 pages of questions exit visa questionnaires will probably recognize it immediately. It is history repeating, just in a mirror image.

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