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Euro bloc blocks streaming vid geoblocks

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Re: 2018?

And why do you think Murdoch's rags so vehemently supported BrExit?

It really had nothing to do with him bidding to grab the rest of Sky. Really.

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To do DevOps right, beam down a UFO says Dynatrace

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Re: Often wanted a warning beacon/klaxon

It does not belong in the office.

There may be some benefit to have it in recreational areas - serve the same function as an "all hands on deck" siren.

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USMC: We want more F-35s per year than you Limeys will get in half a decade

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Re: Irrational

They are solid and battle hardend, but they are very old now.

And? They are perfectly fitting the standard job of an aircraft carrier nowdays - sit offshore and pound some locals which are at Iron Age level into the Stone Age. They are perfectly fit for purpose for that. NOTHING else though.

They are as unsuited for warfare against a major power as an F35 because their carrier with all of its protection will last ~ 3 minutes against a full-on saturation missile attack by any of the top 10 major world powers.

For example China has ~ 1000+ anti-ship missiles on station in the Chinia Sea fleet. 1000+ more on mainland coastal installations, installations on the new "artificial islands" and god knows how many carried by their air force and single carrier wing. It does not matter are they good or bad. A USA or NATO carrier group will run out of defensive ammo half-way through the attack. After that they are dead meat.

If we go down the list - India is arming itself to the teeth to the same standard, other top 20 economies are all exploring the same route.

This equation will not change until we switch to energy weapons for defense - something that requires a power source to run and needs no ammo. That is clearly not on the menu for decades to come.

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Cattle that fail, not pets that purr – the future of servers

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If it is a pet that changes the nature of the game

A shared open plan office in Western Europe is a sterile featureless desert where all pets have been banned upon a Consluttant advice and Health and Safety Order. The hired goons have come and eutanized Greebo (the office cat), emptied the office fish tank into the toilet and even replaced all plants with agile motivational posters. There is occasionally a single exemption in the form of a half-dead contracted out "low allergen" specimen in reception.

After that they also dare tell us that we have an issue with team bonding and social skills. The office pet like it or hate it is a phenomenal stress relief and/or team bonding center.

So if we continue the pet analogy, removing ALL IT pets out of the office is counterproductive. It is no different from that consluttants "modern managerial practice raid" which emptied the fish tank into the toilet. You have to leave one or two so there is a stress relief and team bonding point. Sure, you cannot have a horde of cats roaming an office. There is, however, a clear psychological benefit in having one to keep the place from going into a sterile desert mode.

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Big blues: IBM's remote-worker crackdown is company-wide, including its engineers

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Re: It's Baffling Me

"a way to improve the working environment and office culture"

and just forget about technology R&D altogether!

Who told you they have any of that left?

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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Re: It could be worse.

I do not have passwords to bank accounts to start off with.

They are all accessible via one-time tokens - not something you can integrate into a data slurp system.

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Revealed: 'Suicide bomber Barbie' and other TSA quack science that cost $1.5 billion

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Re: TSA

Absobloodylutely.

The positive sample is too small (and thanks god for that) to draw any statistical conclusions. What do we have today. 2 or 3 attempts. The shoe bomber, the pants bomber and who else?

Even if we have preflight observations of them, it is mathematically impossible to get any results out of a sample this size so trying to get them is a rank raving lunacy.

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Russia (A) bans web porn as a 'bad influence' (B) decriminalizes domestic violence – or (C) all of the above?

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Re: Some sense in this move

they preferred to ensure women and children can be easily terrorized by men.

1. It is not women and children, it is anyone. Their law makes no difference whatsoever.

2. You have not seen what a Russian woman does to a husband or teenage son which has dragged his sorry arse drunk off his tits to the door and has passed out while ringing the door bell. You also have no idea just how common this is.

Usually the poor guy is too shitfaced to remember and cannot make up his mind the next morning were the bruises on his face inflicted by the spouse or by the staircase when he fell on it trying to get home.

Disclaimer: I have spent a few years in Moscow so I have seen this first hand. Usually more than once a day.

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Re: Decriminalisation: Does this do the opposite of what you think?

You didn"t get it: in Russia, you aren't sent _anymore_ to jail for beating spouse or children, at best you may be fined.

I suggest you read the Russian criminal code. Paragraps 110-115. Based on your nickname you should be able to do it.

It does not make any difference between beating someone on the street or your spouse. If they go and get a medical and the certificate says "medium" or "grievous bodily harm" you are looking at 2-5 years in a Russian jail depending on the circumstances and a criminal record.

If the certificate says "light bodily harm" you are looking at 3 salaries worth of fine and no criminal record. This is regardless of whom did you beat up (provided it is not police, taxman, etc - that is a different paragraph).

Either case it is regardless of are you beating your wife or your neighbor. The law definitely does not allow you to beat your wife. It does not allow to beat your kids either. It, however, does not offer them special protection. To be clear, I am not sure if it is good or bad, I think some of the family court, prohibition of examining witnesses, etc madness in UK is clearly going overboard in the other direction as it effectively removes presumption of innocence.

In any case - stop reading the Beeb and read the original source of information.

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Re: Decriminalisation: Does this do the opposite of what you think?

113: Grievous bodily harm with mitigating circumstances (affect, etc): http://www.zakonrf.info>/uk/112/

Typo: should be 113 - http://www.zakonrf.info>/uk/113/

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Re: Decriminalisation: Does this do the opposite of what you think?

@ diodesign

Read the f*** law. Paragraph 110-115 of the Russian criminal code.

110: Emotional harm leading to suicide : http://www.zakonrf.info/uk/110

111: Grievous bodily harm: http://www.zakonrf.info/uk/111/

112: Grievous bodily harm with intent: http://www.zakonrf.info/uk/112/

113: Grievous bodily harm with mitigating circumstances (affect, etc): http://www.zakonrf.info/uk/112/

114: Grievous bodily harm when exceeding acceptable selfdefence limits: http://www.zakonrf.info/uk/114/

115: Light bodily harm: http://www.zakonrf.info/uk/115/

1. In Russia affray is not a criminal offense. This is not Britain where for a minor "heated discussion" you end up with a custodial sentence. Is it right or not - it is not for us to decide. If you just slap someone in a bar fight without inflicting damage and it is not in a context of other crime you do not get a criminal record.

2. 115 (Light bodily harm) and 111-114 (Grievous bodily harm) still apply. I do not think we have an equivalent of 110.

While personally I do not agree with removing the special statute, slapping your wife or kids is definitely not decriminalized. You cannot do it with impunity (as some idiots who have not read the code try to claim). Also, unfortunately, at least down in the "Deepest, Darkest Eastern Europe" 116 was used to avoid the significantly harsher penalties of 111-114. That will no longer be the case - standard procedures will apply.

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Re: Without breaking bones...

All countries have different definitions of bodily harm. That's normal. There is no universal definition.

By the way, the fact that there is no dedicated paragraph for domestic violence does not mean that the general paragraph does not apply.

I would say someone needs to read the Russian criminal code (as f*** usual) instead of reproducing drivel.

1. First of all domestic violence is not decriminalized. It was criminalized beyond the normal offence of bodily harm which is an anomaly, it is back to the same criminal statute - paragraph 115 of the Russian criminal code : http://www.consultant.ru/document/cons_doc_LAW_10699/160da87db0e45c893db6d5ca2729ea637bb32001/

2. That paragraph says 3 monthly salaries for LIGHT bodily harm (as they define LIGHT) inflicted without a weapon or tool used as such (by the way, use of martial arts or sport including boxing is automatically "use of weapon"). It is also not an offense which results in a criminal record. That is also normal by the way. This is what in UK is called affray - it is a criminal offense only in some countries. Use of anything to inflict said LIGHT harm and/or having any martial arts training is automatically paragraph B of 115 which up to 2 years jail time. This is for LIGHT bodily harm.

None of this is for GRIEVOUS bodily harm which if memory serves me right in Russia can result in 5 years behind bars.

While it is nowhere near what we have in the UK, it is still pretty serious: http://www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Assault_definitive_guideline_-_Crown_Court.pdf

The fines are definitely higher (relative to the economy).

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Last Concorde completes last journey, at maybe Mach 0.02

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Re: Don't know why...

Errr... Because it was a dinosaur?

It was a byproduct of military tech. 1960-es military tech to be exact. Somewhere in the 1970-es NATO countries significantly decreased the investment into the development of hypersonic aircraft with standard operational envelope above Mach 1.6. While for example the Eurofighter can punch it to 2M for a short run it is not its normal cruising speed.

The death knell of the Concorde was rung not in 2003, it was rung in 1977 when Jimmy Carter cancelled B1A. As a result there was very little new tech development to be fed into its modernization. Russians continued for longer (to develop aircraft capable of dealing with the SR-71), but they also decreased high speed efforts in the 1980es. Their White Swan is probably the Swan Song of large supersonic aircraft for the time being and its cost is so ridiculous that it can never be transformed into a passenger aircraft design. So the F35B option of "buy failed Russian tech" is not on the menu either.

This may change in the near future as the advances in AA missiles and AEGIS are creating a hypersonics race. There may be some byproducts from there to be used to build a new Mach 2+ aircraft. It is not likely to happen anytime soon though and it will not be the anything even remotely resembling a Concorde.

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Laptop-light GoCardless says customers' personal data may have been lifted

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Re: Weasly bastards

@ Adam 52

They're also quite hot at stopping attempts to steal said hard drives from the tip by locking them away.

Oh, definitely - because they are recycled at a premium. They are resold. This is in violation of electrical recycling regs which actually prohibit the resale of electricals from a domestic refuse site. The food chain which which feeds on the resale usually contains one or more persons which check them for interesting data. This has been tested (not by me, too lazy to dig out the actual FULLD mail from a couple of years ago) by using data containing spamtrap addresses and putting them on the drives.

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Re: Weasly bastards

so they believe that it was a bunch of scrotes looking for crap to pawn,

Try bringing a few enterprise class hard drives to your friendly local skip. Leave them next to the electronics dump, not throw inside. Watch.

On average the time before they are recognized, separated and go their own special way is 2-3 minutes. Even binmen know what they are dealing with and there is a jolly market going on where they are checked if there is anything interesting on them before they are resold on eBay. The same will most likely happen to the laptops. The people who stole them will not bother recovering the data. The food chain which fences them will do that for sure. 100% guaranteed.

In any case, not having full disk encryption for a company is criminal. Even my kids laptops are full-disk encrypted (after an incident where junior forgot his HP on a BA flight).

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RAF pilot sent jet into 4,000ft plummet by playing with camera, court martial hears

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The joy of shutterstock...

There is no model release statement needed for magnificent shots of mountain landscape...

By the way, this is not in jest - if you do some digging there is quite a bit of footage on Shutterstock taken by military pilots in violation of a long list of regs.

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Phishing: Another thing we can blame on Brexit

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They are getting better

They are now using postcodes and phones out of hacked retailer databases to make emails look realistic.

The only give away is the use of hacked Sharepoint sites and the lack of spaces between "." and the capitals. Otherwise the mail looks 100% like a legit order from a site you never heard before. It has your name, address and phone.

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Elon Musk joins anti-Trump legal brief

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Part of the reason why Trump now has all these extra powers in "Executive Orders" and "Big Government" are because they were brought in by the previous 8 years of Obama's Democrats

Gawd, what they teach kids in history these days.

The absolute record on EOs and EOs overturned by courts (including the Supremes) belongs to FDR.

Obama's EO drive by shooting towards the end of his presidency is nothing compared to FDR. FDR during his famous 100 days averaged more than one a day (if memory serves me right).

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Vizio coughs up $2.2m after its smart TVs spied on millions of families

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Re: Becoming "standard practice"

Paraphrasing Arnault Amaric for the 21st century.

Firewall eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius.

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Trump's new telecoms chief bins broadband subsidies for the poor

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Re: The dead hand of Obama lives on...

I pointed out how Obama weaponized his EOs during the transition to paint Trump as the bad guy,

You need more meds.

1. The program was originally established by Ray Gun

2. The program was expanded to cover the Internet by the FCC, that had nothing to do with Obama EOs.

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Re: The dead hand of Obama lives on...

Until the one job opening pops up and it's you versus him.

First of all, you need to spend some time at the real bottom. The REALLY DEEP ONE. So you learn what differentiates a Human from a C*nt (as in "personality found in celebrities and politicians). You are definitely in the second category. Sure, there are people who survive by stamping into a bloody pulp with bones sticking out of it the hands of others trying to climb up onto their lifeboat. They usually end up in a gutter with a 9 inch blade between their shoulders and nobody testifying who did it. It is well deserved too.

Second, you are summing your zero sum over a very narrow time interval and you have the assumption that the resources do not move in/out and are constant. Both are incorrect. I have also done the zero sum and I have accounted in the "value" me or my kids hanging off the lamp-posts. I can of course account it differently, for example accounting for it the way Germans do. They subsidize the hell out of the tech education resulting in jobs STAYING locally and not going out. In your case, there will be a point where your job will simply leave. It may in fact be exactly that - that there will be _NOBODY_ to hire in your location if you are being run over by a bus or nobody to hire if more than one pair of hands is needed.

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Re: The dead hand of Obama lives on...

And WHERE does that money come from? Right. You just TAX "the rich" (which means "the middle class", actually)

And rightfully so. To put things into perspective, there has been only a couple of periods (usually only a few months each) in my life since the age of 14 when I earned less than 5 times the national average. In different countries too. So let me spell it for you - I would LIKE to be taxed if the TAX will result in SOCIAL STABILITY. I am middle class and as a member of the middle class I pay my taxes (I wish the upper classes paid them too).

If you put a lid on a fraction of the society and lock them up in perennial "no-future" and let them stew without _ANY_ safety valve it will BLOW UP. It may not be in my face, it may be in my kid's face. Or their grandkids. I do not want them to hang off the lampposts.

The only way for this to happen is to _ACCEPT_ some socialism values - namely providing a safety net for the members of society which fall through into Down Below and provide them with assistance to be able to climb out of it. The key is "climb out". AKA: "I do not want to survive, I want to live!". This funnily enough is equal to a choice of free education or free education. The tax they will pay after they have climbed out will very happily pay for it. We should consider it an investment (ditto as someone pointed out - the free healthcare).

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Re: The dead hand of Obama lives on...

"A rising tide lifts all boats" - Ronald Reagan

I do not know where to start here as some people really need their meds, but I will try:

1. First of all, I love that you quote all good Ronnie The Raygun. The reason USA is such deep sh*t is that he f*** up the tax and borrowing policy to bring the tide and the demise of "communism". From there on nobody could balance the budget because of the lack of tax receipts combined with superweapon mania needs.

2. I agree with you on LIFTing everyone simultaneously. The best way to do it is to provide the means for everyone to be lifted up. MEAN No 1. Free Education to a level sufficient to start coming out of the swamp (whatever it is today). MEAN No 2. Free Healthcare. These are "enablers" so that everyone can fulfill their potential. They are not handouts and give-aways. They are not PUBLIC PORK programs either. The weapons budget is PUBLIC pork, it serves no other means at the moment. Education and Healthcare are not - they are LIFTers. The other LIFT-er is equal taxation policy. Earning enough money to employ an accountant should not provide you with any tax benefits. Otherwise, you do not lift anyone, but the ones who can afford to cheat the system. If I can read your argument correctly (a bit difficult with all the foam flying out of your mouth), you are advocating neither.

3. Greece. Greece economy was as f*cked fraud during a fascist regime (the Black Colonel Hunta) as when it became part of the Eu. In fact, the f*cked fraud started there and at that point it was extracting wealth from UK and then USA (you can pull the post-war 1940-es, 50-es and 60-es budgets out of a library to have a look how much it was sucking from us). What followed later was a logical conclusion when it was allowed to join the Eu without any of the strings which were attached to the Romanian and Bulgarian membership. It just continued sucking what it started sucking from us on the day Churchill reinstated fascist rule there in 1944.

Disclaimer - I have lived on both sides of the Iron curtain and I generally travel a lot so I have seen both sides, their downsides and upsides. Based on that I can say for sure - in the USA, once you are down and out that is it. There is no going up. It is exactly as in http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/alicecooper/lostinamerica.html

Also, you need to learn a bit about "Socialism" and "Communism" (quotes needed) in the fav Ronnie The Ray Gun scarecrow form. There was little or nothing socialist or communist about what was to the East of the wall. It was a theocracy with the party assigned the role of the Almighty. Just the Father the Son and the Holy Ghost were replaced by Marx, Lenin and Engels. The only way to accommodate anything starting from the 3rd volume of Das Capital (do not even get me started on Lenin's syphilitic drivel) was to follow literally the posters which were saying guess what:"We believe in the bright communist future". We believe. Period. This is also why they were so vicious on religion by the way - theocracies do not tolerate competition.

So coming back to socialism, most idiots fuming at the mouth about it have not lived in a socialist country. I suggest they go and live for a few years in Scandinavia, Germany, Austria or even modern Eastern Europe. They are closer to the definitions of socialism from the early works of the "Father" and "The Holy Ghost" as well as the early-20th century Social Democrats than any of the East-of-Iron curtain theocracies. In fact, they are about 90% there today. Most of them do not have the TIT of WELFARE scarecrow problem either - that problem exists when you are "once on Welfare, forever on Welfare" - as in USA and UK and exist exactly because it's just Welfare, there is not enough money spent on LIFTers and Equalizers (education, etc). There you may end up on welfare and be back in the society in a few months time (or a couple of years if you decide to take an education). In USA - not an effing chance in hell. Exactly because of fuming at the mouth idiots who are incapable of understanding that education, healthcare, etc are not pork, not welfare tit - they are a social mobility enabler.

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Re: The dead hand of Obama lives on...

You need to listen to the Sermon on the Mount. And understand it - yes, I know, tough order.

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Big Tech files anti-Trump brief: Immigration ban illegal and damaging to business

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Not relevant

Ok, so Trump has imposed a 90-day ban on travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Not relevant. Why - read Martin Niemöller.

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Pentagon anti-missile-on-missile test actually WORKS, for once

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Re: Hair-trigger destruction

@Anonymous Coward

Touche... Almost... Mr. Korov'yev. Good guess (I guess someone reads the right books out there). You should have picked the other one though - I do have a sense of humor, something Коровьев does not.

In either case, both of USA and Russia are rapidly approaching the threshold where they are likely to render the Chinese, France, United Kingdom, Israel, Pakistan, India and North Korea missile forces ineffective.

This does not alter the mutual assured destruction argument for USA or Russia - they can literally overwhelm the other side's defenses. What it does change, however, is arguments about lesser powers having a nuclear deterrent. It is becoming rather pointless as all it would take will be for USA or Russia to deploy the fleet "protecting an ally". USA regularly rehearses this in the Far East. Russia rehearsed that during their deployment to Syria (that is what their fleet deployment was really about). Failing that, they can just sell or lease a couple of batteries to the "victim" - something both of them already do.

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The last technical argument about nuclear weapons happened in the mid-30es. Before WW2. If memory serves me right Einstein, Niels Bohr and a few others were involved.

All other arguments from there onwards were political first, then (if at all) technical.

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Re: Hair-trigger destruction

You do not set off a payload of a nuke by anything but the controlled detonation of the shaped charges which bring the Plutonium bits together.

This is an often forgotten detail. The ability to produce high quality stable high explosives, machine them into shaped charges and detonate the charges in the correct pattern is as as important to building a nuke as centrifuges and heavy water. Any explosion out of sequence or mechanical damage to the structure and the result will be a fart - the equivalent of a few tons of TNT. Most weapons on station nowdays are thermonuclear, the fart will not be enough to start fusion in the LiD.

As far as shooting down missiles, the equation has changed significantly already. When US withdrew from the ABM treaty, the Russians went their own way. Instead of building dedicated (and very expensive) anti-ICBM capabilty, they added it to their conventional AAA missiles. S300, S400 and the incoming S500 may not have the range and the capability of a USA Aegis, but there is LOTS of them. Follows their general approach - "why build a superweapon, when a large number of cheaper mass produced ones with sufficient capabilities will suffice". So here we are 15 years after Dubia withdrew from the treaty - USA has a few interceptors here and there. Russia compared to that can field 500+ at any given time as a part of their fleet deployment and has thousdands of them on land. Quite funny how it whines theatrically about the USA ones though :)

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Javapocalypse soon! Oracle warns devs to bin plugins, fast

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Re: Fun?

Enterprise? What enterprise?

I tested 3 video cameras last month looking for something which I can hook up to my existing motion based rig without it reporting all of my family's whereabouts to "burglary selection as a service" in China.

Every single one of them needed a plugin. 2 wanted to use flash, one tried to install quicktime which someone has pulled out of an archaeological dig. Out of 3 only 1 agreed to work and set-up correctly for non-plugin/non-web-browser use.

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Trump's immigration clampdown has Silicon Valley techies fearing for their house prices

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Re: Bah!

I see Trump being a laser-focused conservative leader

Laser focused on his interests - yep, that's for sure. Not anything else.

I will believe there is anything else when the visa ban includes Saudi Arabia.

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Chinese pirates are facing lifelong 'social credit' downgrade

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I love the smell of protectionism early in the morning

It smells like victory.

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UK defence secretary: Russian hacks are destabilising Western democracy

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Re: "after all, we did not give them many reasons to, did we?"

Actually we really didn't give them many reason.

Really? Having short memory much?

Forgotten this picture?

Let me refresh your memory, we financed it. We financed the non-Russian side, provided it with logistics and support and diplomatic coverage all the way to the UN level.

Russia showed restraint for 5+ years before acting. Same as they do now.

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Bwahahahaha...

I am old enough to remember when the Internet was referred to as the greatest weapon of Western Democracies against totalitarian regimes. I am also old enough to remember that one of the factors in the decision to open it to civilian use taken by the Pentagon and DARPA was exactly that - to use it as a weapon to break information blockades in totalitarian regimes and to spread "our information".

Rule number one of handing weapons out: Never give a loaded gun to a man unless you are bloody well sure where he will point it

Rule number two: Have a bigger gun ready

We violated both and we are reaping what we sowed. Yet another blowback, just not one we can manage at all under the circumstances (in a hindsight - continuing to transmit rabid tripe via Radio Free Europe and slightly less rabid tripe via BBC Russian Service was a better idea).

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Netherlands reverts to hand-counted votes to quell security fears

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Re: It is not the voting, it is the counting

There's always FreeDOS, and you can even continue to use your original DOS vote counting software.

This cuts in more than one way I am afraid. When you run the counting for an election you also hire on a short term contract thousands of staff, usually local. You cannot rely on central IT support.

If you go out and pick a PFY from the street today he will look at you in disbelief given a trivial DOS error. Ditto for Linux. I am not going to even start on BSD.

So we either have to look back at paper or find another way and hackproof it top to bottom.

You also have the joy of politicians tweaking election law every year one way or another. While usually it is just changing constituency boundaries, you quite often end up having to fix the software. If the software is running using an ancient UI toolkit on DOS there is less and less people, toolchain and libraries to update it. And so on.

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It is not the voting, it is the counting

I have had to do some work around vote counting in the 1990es in a couple of European countries, so let me provide a bit of perspective.

The usual approach used to be not to buy anything. At all. The procedure in the 1990-es was:

1. Grab 20 desktops from a school computer class, library or a suitable company on a one week lease.

2. Boot them off external media, enter the votes as they are counted and dump the vote counts onto remove-able media producing a print receipt including checksums for all data.

3. Collate the votes at CO using a similar setup.

We investigated using networks, etc and discarded it as too complex to set-up for a 3 days election event and disband after that.

The whole thing worked a treat in the DOS days as you could boot your election counting software off a 3 inch floopy together with the OS.

Windows threw a massive spanner into these works by severely limiting what you can do here. You cannot just show up, boot a windows live CD, run the vote counting process and leave. That is a violation of the Microsoft license agreement. Do not even get me started on windows update, connect to the mothership and license enforcement either.

The right way would have been to show MSFT a HUGE three finger salute and switch to something that works fine off live media. I am not mentioning the L word as it is not the only option. Unfortunately, for a huge list of reasons (including vicious lobbying by local MSFT account teams up to government level) this has not happened(*).

Well, now 15 years later (that is when the lobbying efforts, etc started) we reap what we sow. We do not have a non-Windows alternative (or a special license exemption allowance to use Windows for this app and boot any number of copies anywhere for 3 days). So we have to go back to PRE-1990es tech (thank you Billy Boy and Ballmer) to run elections.

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Tablets become feebleslabs as sales spiral down

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Stats show exactly what I observe in my family

iPad - meah... Samsung - meah... Lenovo yoga - fight for it.

The classic slab is dead. The only way to sell something is to offer various improved ergonomics takes on it. As usually Sony was way to early with their wedges to the market. Lenovo is about right with the timing and what it is shipping. It looks good, its usability beats any other tablet hands down and it is not a simple slab.

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David Hockney creates new Sun masthead. Now for The Reg...

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Re: The Sun?

Skype has an excellent (puke) emoji. It is especially graphic, depictive and fitting the Sun content in skype for web. Very nicely animated.

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US tech giants take brave immigration stand that has nothing to do with profit whatsoever

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Re: "welcome the changes your administration has made in recent days."

Today we make the self same widget... it takes 1 machine and 1 setter,

That setter needs at least a technical college if not an engineering degree. Something Germany produces with the ruthless efficiency of a VW, BMW or Mercedes plant and in the quantities Bosch makes white good components. It is the way the government subsidizes manufacturing - it does it by setting up the education system to mass produce qualified labor. South Korea is similar too.

USA - nowhere near. UK - nowhere near either. In order to traverse the education system and end up with the education needed to work in modern manufacturing you have to spend more than the manufacturing job will pay back for decade(s).

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is delayed, Ministry of Defence confesses

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Re: Who cares

So a carrier battle group with a couple of anti-air cruisers and some Arleigh Burke destroyers has well over 500 missiles to use - plus the short range SAMs on the frigates and everyone's gattling guns.

That is half the missile complement of the china missile boat fleet, less than 10% of the Chinese fleet overall attack missile capability (without taking into account their fleet aviation). Each of their ships with the excemption of the corvettes carries 8+ anti-ship cruise missiles and on last count, they had 130+ missile boats (8 each), 50 destroyers (8-16 missiles each) and ~ 100 other ships with 2-4 missiles each.

If they really do a saturation attack the battle group will expend all of its missiles in the first 5 minutes without being able to take even 10% of what the Chinese or Russian fleet can throw at it AT SEA - this is without taking into account fleet aviation, coastal batteries and rumor mill weapons like the chinese ASBMs.

So even if 50% of their missiles fail, there are still way too many (and USA and NATO navy planners know this by the way).

I agree with the rest of your statement by the way. Aircraft carriers make wonderful platforms to perform cheap beating of "savages" into the stone age. They can float offshore and continuously and cheaply launch missions against a vastly inferior opponent with no AA. That is their only function in modern warfare. They have no other. Against a major power they are dead.

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Protest against Trump's US travel ban leaves ‪PasswordsCon‬ in limbo

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Re: Alternatively...

It is too late to move it elsewhere.

Events like this are organized 2-3 years in advance. You cannot just move it to a different country in a moment's notice. Unless, of course, that country is some sort of command economy like North Korea where the Dear Leader can order a hotel with conference facilities to be emptied by date X.

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Motivational speaker in the slammer after HPE applies for court order

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Re: Classic sociopath

He should have run for elected office instead.

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IETF 'reviewing' US event plans in the face of Trump's travel ban

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Re: Where's the outrage at "racist" Kuwait?

Wait a second.

Did you just put a petrol-driven cleptocracy which is still discussing if women should have full rights or not (they are slightly ahead of Saudi but not by much) as our shining beacon in the night?

Are we supposed to raise our heads and say, woah, this is our ideal of Democracy, Kuwait!!!

That is probably the strawman argument of the century by all accounts. What's next? Copy our LGBLT rights legislation from African cleptocracies and put Brasil as our shining beacon of anticorruption drive?

Where is the icon for bleaurghh... (that is one thing which skype got right - it has one).

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Re: Hey Chirgwin...

Only for the ignorant; informed folks prefer KY.

Which is still made by a non-US company - Reckitt Benckiser

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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Re: Can't be a single movie

The 1984 movie was an unmitigated disaster.

The miniseries were good. While I agree that the 3 part mini-series left out a lot of details it was probably for the better. Putting everything in would have resulted in losing the plot. The way it was done was good enough.

In fact, it was surprisingly good considering the relatively low budget and 2nd tier cast. My only objection to the mini series is that the director and script writer should read more carefully the description of Chani - the book says "Elfine", not "Elephantine".

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Apple weans itself off Intel with 'more ARM chips' for future Macs

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Why not?

I am playing with an A31 quad core soc (Banana Pi M2+) at the moment which is neither particularly fast or particularly "multi-core endowed" by Arm standards. It runs at roughly the same speed as CPUs in low end notebooks while producing about quarter of the heat output.

If you take something like one of the octacore 2GHz monsters out there - they are perfectly fine for a notebook. As apple is 100% in control of their software stack and it is know to run on Arm... Yeah... why not...

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Axe net neutrality? Keep the set-top box lock-in? Easy as Pai: New FCC boss backs Big Cable

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Re: This is what you voted for with Trump.

But I'd MUCH prefer iguanas to alligators.

Both are cute. You are getting rattlesnakes instead I am afraid.

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GitLab.com melts down after wrong directory deleted, backups fail

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WTF?

Regular backups seem to also only be taken once per 24 hours, though YP has not yet been able to figure out where they are stored. According to JN these don’t appear to be working, producing files only a few bytes in size.

A company running a production service with this backup strategy in place should be deleted.

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Let's replace Ethernet with infrared light bouncing off mirrors!

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History repeating itself

I believe this was last tried by IBM research in Zurich in the 1960-es. It was a major flop.

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