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This'll be the next thing Trump crows about: Apple assembling servers on American soil

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Tax Dodge once more

The idea of a foreign trade zone is that it is a transit destination for goods allowing companies to improve logistics and/or perform assembly and manufacturing specifically for exports in a reduced tariff environment.

Declaring your datacenter a foreign trade zone beats the Irish "not registered here" dodge by all accounts in terms of creative accounting. What's next? Move HQ to the moon for tax purposes or declare Steve Job a CEO again as it is more tax efficient to have a dead one?

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Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store

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Re: Give me the option

Here is a good answer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi8kYcl2Y38

the one you are going to get.

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Re: Maybe they should've thought the whole video ad thing over

text-only ads won't be able to force malware onto a device because there's no javascript,

There is. To load it as the alternative is server code which is not feasible. Otherwise agree.

There are several issues here:

0. There is no Google. The company should be called is Doubleclick. It subsumed Google and Google adopted its advertising practices after it "took over" it (quotes needed).

1. Text only ads need a very high degree of relevance in order to generate significant click-through rates. Google decided to forgo the relevance level for sake of more realtime ads and trending. This is the so called dumb-ass to smart-ass transition ~ 9 years ago. In reality - that was the moment of internal takeover by Doubleclick - as the ads stopped being relevant they had to become Doubleclicky shout in your face crap (primary reason Google text ads took most of Double's market).

2. We are back to a point where the lion share of ad spend on the market are from big brands. These do not rely on clickthrough at all - they are per-impression ads. They are there to "maintain presence". They are also the ones who have marketing departments with budgets sufficient to feed the ad agencies to generate the flashy video crap. If Google decides to switch to text this revenue goes elsewhere. As it is now a public corporation a 90% drop in revenue is not going to work well with its shareholders.

It is a classic lose-lose situation where the only solution is the emergence of a new player which does text only ads. That unfortunately is not likely to happen as there is no way for a newcomer to push out Google from the search space which is both its relevance info provider as well as primary opportunity to serve ads.

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Re: Come on

As for El Reg - not one ad appears although I guess with AdN they are generating the revenue even with a big fat zero on viewability.

That is exactly Google's problem here. It is not malware for user's PC. It is malware for their advertising system and financial streams.

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Re: Just use Firefox

why would anyone use google chrome?

One word Postman. That is the only reason why chrome still survives on my machines.

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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

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Re: re. Quadsys

Except they're not allowed to do that. First they have to take it to arbitration with the regulator

1. You missed "approved" in the definition of the regulator

2. 90%+ of the Internet press does not want to be anywhere near the currently approved regulators and cannot agree on founding a new one and carrying it through to approval. This includes el-reg too as it is not a member of an approved regulator if memory serves me right.

This is the rub here - that this is a restriction on the freedom of expression (article 10 of ECHR) through a roundabout way. The regulator can enforce specific limits on what the press says without any judicial oversight and it is given a court statute without any basic rule of law in its rulings. The government giggles in the background as it has achieved its objective to control the press based on the demands of its paymasters without being seen to do so in the open.

In addition to that, this creates a registration regime for the press and ensures that only the privileged few are free to speak. This was somewhat the case courtesy of UK libel law, it is now made even more discriminatory. Freedom of speech? Article 10? Yeah. Bollocks - it is only for the privileged ones who are members of an "approved" club (so the law says). Everybody else is not entitled.

This is exactly why this should be taken with the ECHR Court - it is a clear violation of article 10 (if the UK libel law gets nuked as a collateral, well, only more to celebrate). This also needs to be done before May pulls UK out of that to join Belarus in the club of countries where only approved can speak freely only on approved matters expressing only approved opinions.

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Kick of an article 10 lawsuit while you still have time

Well, this is a fairly clear violation of article 10 of ECHR.

1. It is specifically designed to stifle the freedom of expression and has no other function.

2. It does not fall under the exemption statutes specified in 10.2

So, in the short amount of time remaining before the High Chancellor(ess) Theresa May pulls us out of that convention I suggest someone kicks off a lawsuit against UK on this one *.

(*) I suggest that person applies for asylum somewhere else too as he will be one of the first to join the population of Lark Hill after the next elections.

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Asteroid nearly gave Earth a new feature, two days after its discovery

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I'd rather stick with Robert Duval and Mary McCormack

At least they had the right attitude: " Well, look on the bright side. We'll all have high schools named after us. "

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Re: What if it had hit?

At least in the movie...

If memory serves me right, the book while not openly stating it as the first implies it was the first hit.

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Renault goes open source with next-gen electric buggy you might generously call 'a car'

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I wouldn't want to take something that small on a motorway

Imagine this one in Paris, Rome or on a bad day Madrid. It fits right in. So even if it will get on a M-Way it will be the city stretch, speed limit at 80 or 100 km/h and only for a few km.

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Re: Electric Kit Car

It has become significantly more difficult to get them on the road - both certification and insurance.

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Let's go ARM wrestling with an SEO link spammer

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Why are you surprised?

I am the main editor at [website promoting bodybuilder supplements].

I thought you know what these do to your brain...

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NGO to crowdfund legal challenge against Investigatory Powers Act

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Re: Chipped in and gift aided

While there is still time.

In any case, even if we kill it will be reinstated in 2019. Britain uber alles.

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Man jailed for 3 days after Texas cops confuse cat litter for meth

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Re: I carry a whole bag in winter

After watching that video id suggest taking the handbrake off and not gunning it

That video also looked like he was trying to start in first instead of second (or even third on some cars). The tires would have gotten him a few points on his license anywhere but UK too. Not road legal in most of Eu from Nov to March.

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Re: I carry a whole bag in winter

You should look into Liquid Snow Chain Spray.

Different use cases. Getting out of being stuck vs driving. You usually get stuck on ice or very compacted snow where snowsocks, winter tyres and even snow chains may not be enough. You need to get out to somewhere where you can drive with your current tire set. The classic remedy is sand and that is what you can replace with cat litter.

Driving on snow for a period of time? With a spray-on gimmick? No thanks. I saw the tires on that Seat in the video, in any European country trying to get onto the road with this tyre in snow would be an immediate 3-6 points on your license (*)

Disclaimer - all of my cars have either a proper set of winter shoes or all-weathers which are known to be good up to 5cm. Even the UK resident ones. Even my 4x4 has a set of proper winter shoes to use between November and March. I use them in proper snow though (the kind you see this winter in Europe). I also have a set of proper snow chains in the boot just in case (even on the 4x4). And 25l cat litter bag too.

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I carry a whole bag in winter

It is the best replacement for sand in winter while weighting only a fraction of the weight of a bag of sand. Two small shovels full under the wheels can get you out of a lot of trouble without having to dig out the vehicle.

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: Seamen spread over California

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Re: Great Minds Think A Like

You are a bit late to the party. So is USA. By 20+ years.

Read up on this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-700_Granit

Third paragraph.

And thanks god, this has never been fired in anger.

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Pharma hate figure Martin Shkreli suspended from Twitter

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He has a ticket for the inauguaration

Shkreli has a first row ticket for the inauguration? Why I am not surprised in the slightest...

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CES 2017 roundup: The good, the bad, and the frankly bonkers

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Re: My fav useless item of the show.

I've heard of folks using photographer's jackets in the same way.

If you show up in gear like that at an airport expect the metal detector to buzz on you slightly later than you would expect after you pass through it.

They have the observation officer's "attention to this person" button now wired to the buzzer (at least at LHR) and they openly discriminate against people wearing fishermen jackets and cargo pants. I have had it buzz on me 3 times lately - all because of wearing cargo trousers with 10 pockets (4 front, 2 back, 2 thigh, 2 ankle).

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Re: Well...

A single belt can be worn with many different trousers

Especially if it is black. I still have some fond recollections of a slightly-built female acquaintance of mine I was walking home after a night out my first year in Uni.

She told me off to stop trying to be a hero and shoved me off to the side to crack the skulls of two 2m tall, 90kg+ gorillas in the subway (she was definitely slightly built - 45 kg, 1m 60cm). She did have a belt in the right color scheme. Nicely matching her ... err.. jeans..

So if you are really uncomfortable with carrying, going, etc in a particular are either do not do it at all, or do it with the right person (even if that person is your dear self).

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ZTE laying off 3,000

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Re: "front companies to get around sanctions on Iran"

Ah, do not worry about that. USA is about to score itself the biggest self-goal of the century.

The new strategy of Trump's transition team is that it wants to enforce the agreement strictly. That will be even more fun than trying to repeal it.

It is something the other parties (Iran included) will immediately agree with provided that any disagreement goes to court (f.e. one of the the arbitrage courts regularly hearing state vs state or corp vs state claims). That will be fun to watch. BIG FUN as there is so far a single violator on that agreement and it is not Iran.

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Microsoft goes retro with Vista, Zune-style Windows Neon makeover

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Re: retro?

I was here when Atlantis was a thing.

I thought it is still a thing - just in the Pegasus galaxy and you need a ZPM to dial a Pegasus prefix code on the Stargate.

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FBI let alleged pedo walk free rather than explain how they snared him

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Re: School Teacher

Nope, Germany too

For the cases which you are quoting the crime of data theft and/or violation of various secrecy laws were committed _OUTSIDE_ Germany. After that the data was given to the German tax office within German law and used as a basis for a suspicion for a search warrant to be served on the local German bank which in turn resulted in data for the prosecution.

So, while dubious and involving theft early on by a 3rd party outside Germany, it does not involve the German police doing something outright illegal like stealing the data themselves or trading with the mob to buy zero days or exploit toolkits to install on hijacked servers. That sort of hijinks is pretty much unique to the FBI. No other law enforcement agency around the world does it on such industrial scales.

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Re: School Teacher

This is USA - its constitution prohibits searches without a due cause and its precedent base disqualifies any evidence obtained in a search without a reasonable cause from court (variation of the poison fruit doctrine). FBI refused to produce evidence that its search was reasonable and compliant with the warrant they were working on. Case closed.

The guy would have been convicted in the UK where fruit of the poison tree does not apply. UK is one of the only two countries in the world without a written constitution and where evidence obtained by illegal means is admissible in court. The other one is Saudi Arabia.

Elsewhere - not so much. There, the laws on searches and evidence in court all have some form of the poison fruit doctrine.

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BOOST! LEGO's computing future and its ground-breaking past

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Re: One of the world's great companies

as benign as it is possible to be

They did try to use patents to ensure that you cannot manufacture compatible ones.

It is the well known "lego case".

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Former car rental biz staff gave customers' details to phone pests

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Re: Buying stolen details

Presently it is not. It will shortly be.

This is the only way the government(s) can get to the likes of Assange as there is no criminal offense for which they can nail them today.

So it is not a matter of if handling stolen data will be handled like fencing stolen goods. It is a matter of when will this happen.

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Dodgy dealer on Amazon lures marks towards phishing site

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I am surprised the address is visible

Amazon actually obfuscates, removes and redirects any address put by the merchant into email or pages to point to its system so it can track it. I had a couple of dealings with various cheap electronics suppliers from china and they had to make the address into an image and insert it into the email for it to go through.

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D-Link sucks so much at Internet of Suckage security – US watchdog

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Re: Sympathy for the Devil

I suspect occams razor,

More likely Hanlon's razor: "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity,"

In the specific case of DLink it is: "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by outsourcing,". Dlink does not write any of the software for its devices. It does not do hardware either. It slaps a label on something built to a spec defined by marketing. This approach looked quite cute 10 years ago as it allowed to cut costs and let go all those pesky engineers located in high cost locations. Well, I am not sure it looks cost effective any more. Lawsuits from the like of FTC and compliance to consent decrees mandated by the likes of FTC cost way more than any cost savings from not having your own engineering.

Not taking into account a possible tactical nuke from FTC is even worse as it opens you up to fiduciary duty/FEC strategic nuke.

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Re: WTF

Complaint is not on CVEs. Complaint is regarding misrepresentation - Dlink is presenting its products as secure while, as we all know, they leave a lot to be desired in that area.

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British military laser death ray cannon contract still awarded, MoD confirms

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Re: operational in all weather

So, lasers can work blasting through rain, snow, fog and other airbourne particules thern?

Pigs do fly... Provided that you give them enough thrust...

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Don't believe the 5G hype! £700m could make UK's 4G better than Albania's

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That one always evaluates to True.

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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

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Re: Food is not only sustenance

I find it hard to believe that Spain is more productive than Germany in any real measure.

I am not. I have worked with Spaniards for years and they only look laid back.

Sure, they do not start before 10 and hardly ever do anything after 6 (which should be 9 and 5 if they had the right TZ). However in-between that they bulldoze a staggering amount of work out of the way.

The fact that someone likes having a life and does not sleep in the office does not mean they are not productive. Just the opposite (having a life is an expensive thing, you have to work sufficiently to be able to support it).

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Re: Food is not only sustenance

It isn't. According to the World Bank, the UK is 22nd globally by GDP per person and France is 26th.

It is. That is GDP per capita, not per capita per hour. You forgot to normalize per hour worked so it describes overall work produced, not productivity (which is how much do you produce in a unit of time).

UK is the most rabid violator of the working hours directive and the only country where you have difficulty crossing the door on the first day without signing a waver for the limits set in it. On average a UK office worker spends 20% more in the office than any of its European counterparts.

So if you normalize that versus average hours worked UK ends up with one of the worst productivities out of all major economies. Not surprising - just spend 30 mins in a UK open plan office and the same time in let's say Germany, Spain, France or Eastern Europe and you will immediately see why. The "eat at your desk, because you should be chained to it" is part of that disease and we should fight it, not beat ourselves in the chest with pride about it.

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Re: Where's the IT angle?

Where's the IT angle?

The IT angle is that IT is the only technical profession where "food as sustenance" + "food at your desk" are considered to be the signature of an ultimate hard working geek.

Try eating at your desk in molecular biology, microbiology or chemistry. Bonus points for doing so while working with radioactive isotopes (in the former two) or chemicals with LD50 in the micrograms (both). Additional bonus points for eating while working with antibiotic resistance plasmids and E. Coli of course, but that is for the really hard core idiots among us.

(*) Disclaimer - I am biased as I have gone through the afore mentioned subjects to a degree level before converting to IT and I fully agree with my old organic chemistry professor (and faculty dean) who gave an immediate F to anyone bringing food or drink in the lab (regardless is it eaten or not)

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Re: Food is not only sustenance

Surprisingly not everywhere has a canteen, would you believe.

There are countries that do not have them at all and where people still eat properly. The underlying reason is that UK is the only country in Europe to specifically make any company which tries to care about the health of its workers regret it. Taxwise.

In the UK a company trying to provide decent food for people who work for it is _PENALIZED_ by having to jump through the hoops of this being taxed as a benefit. People should eat sandwiches, develop the associated gastrointestinal issues and obesity. Courtesy of Gordon Brown and Tony Blair. Why - no idea, these two f*** never did something without someone giving Labour a backhander, no idea who and what gave it to them on this one. Would not be surprised if it was some pastry company producing some hideous turds destined for Joe Average Worker's lunchbox.

Elsewhere a company trying to provide decent food is _REWARDED_ for this via tax deduction. Some countries also force the issue of choice and quality by making the benefit payable as vouchers making the lunch break something all local food outlets compete for.

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Re: Food is not only sustenance

Live there for a while and you'll see that "French productivity"

France is not the only place where Lunch is Lunch. Most of Europe is in fact. Most of them are more productive than the UK too.

If you go into an office there, you are usually shocked by how QUIET it is. The constant banter with several sociopaths socializing in the middle of the office loudly enough to spoil everyone's else work is non-existent. Want to socialize with co-workers - sure, grab an espresso or whatever else you fancy take your 15 minutes in the cafe OUTSIDE without f*** up everyone's work.

The end result is that people do 8 hours in office and do them solid, just punctuated by an occasional coffee or food break. Using standard measures of productivity which are "time spent" vs "work done" this quite obviously results in higher productivity than 12 hours out of which 4+ are banter or being distracted by somebody's else banter.

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Re: Food is not only sustenance

We don't all live in France

Neither do I. I still take my 30-40 mins break to have a proper lunch and never, ever eat at my desk. I also use that time to socialize, talk to my colleagues, relax and get by brain together. Much better than doing the classic British open office thing of messing up everyone's else concentration and work via constant banter.

This also has something to do with having to deal with hundreds of keyboards with microbial infestation comparable to spreading a turd over them during my IT years. If you eat at your desk, I suggest disassembling your keyboard after one year and licking it. That should cure you of this habit.

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Food is not only sustenance

Human civilization has grown up around food having a social function. Even lower primates share and enjoy food as a social function.

Deliberately avoiding that part of our ancestry (it is not even cultural - it is genetic) and enjoying the process of doing so strikes me as a clear indication that someone needs a visit to the psychiatrist.

No, thanks, I will have my proper lunch, not at my desk and in the company of other people *. Sociopaths can go eat their synthetic grub at their desk

(*) Michael Duglas has a lot to answer for. Lunch is not for wimps. It is for normal people

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Drones will be able to carry 120GB footage of you in the shower if Seagate has its way

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Re: Huh?

Easyjet already uses drones for airplane inspection at Gatwick and Paris.

There are other uses.

As far as the shotguns, catapult, paintball - they are inefficient and prohibited for city limits in some places. If a drone is that close for you to use any of those you are better off with a bog standard pressure washer and a bottle of paint or dye instead of the detergent.

The issue with all of them is - by the time you got to one of them the drone is gone. So you are better off with passive defences. Privacy foil for windows is about 5£ a meter and takes approx 15 min per window to install. I got it on most windows already to reduce glare and heat in the summer.

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Re: Where are the Drone Jammers then?

In your garage.

You most likely use it quite often.

It is called a pressure washer. Very complicated bit of kit you know.

Connect it to a garden hose, an electric socket and put some bog standard garden paint or decking treatment instead of the detergent in the attachment bottle. Press the trigger. Depending on the model you get 10-15m range at the right wash setting. So if the drone is anywhere within "paedo/voyeur" range it is a write-off.

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Florida Man sues Verizon for $72m – for letting him commit identity theft

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Re: Not only in America

This has happened in the UK too.

There was a successful lawsuit by someone who broke his back and hip trying to burgle a garage where the owner (quite deliberately) left the covers on the "service" canal a bit off to the side forming a nice 5m by 1m trapdoor.

In fact, the precedent base at present is - if there is the smallest suspicion that you have done it deliberately setting up "burglar punishment facilities", then you are at fault.

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Google's Grumpy code makes Python Go

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Re: Calling BS

Python is slow because the core interpreter holds a global lock - the so called GIL.

So any multi-threading, asynchronous processing and _MOST_ _IMPORTANTLY_ garbage collection are done in one running thread.

Recompiling it as GO is not the answer. Getting rid of the GIL at least for garbage collection is.

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Russia to convicted criminal hackers: 'Work with us or jail?'

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so far not reported

So far not reported != not happening elsewhere.

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Robo-supercar hype biz Faraday Future has invented something – a new word for 'disrupt'

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Re: Yeah...

Neah, they will be bought by someone as the part of jolly Californication merry-go-round for their "talent".

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Re: The perfect word already exists

There is a refinement on that: Valleyware.

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Speeding jet of Siberian liquid hot Magma getting speedier, satellites find

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Re: I knew it.

Surely the most ineffectual president would be William Henry Harrison,

There has not been any effectual presidents since FDR because Congress has repeatedly violated the separation of powers removing various powers from the executive branch in the name of oversight.

For example: every other country in the world, the executive branch presents a whole government to the legislative. Legislative has a take it or leave it choice. That is just for starters.

Instead of oversight, however, Congress has introduced direct control. While the two are similar, they are not equivalent. At least according to Merriam Webster. This is by the way at all levels. The same thing is happening at state level too.

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Re: I knew it.

You forgot the sarcasm tags and the honorable mentioning of hacking.

As far as the POTUS, he has definitely gone into this modus operandi: http://www.km.ru/joke_day/791697

Translation: "What other dirty trick can I play (on my successor) at the last minute*"

(*) The fact that the successor deserves quite a few of them is a different story

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Joe Public likes drones and regulations, finds UK.gov 'public dialogue'

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Re: Another great government survey

Though shall not invoke the Daily Mail Politico Puppeting Method (tm) in vain.

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Hackers could turn your smart meter into a bomb and blow your family to smithereens – new claim

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Explode is not interesting

The guy needs to know what is really dangerous.

Explode is meah.

Turning it on/off in a large enough area all at the same time is a different story. Depending on level of grid optimization you are looking at between 5 and 15% capacity being flipped on/off at the same time for the grid to start falling apart. >15% is a pretty much guaranteed collapse.

It is getting more difficult to do that nowdays as a lot of the load does not come immediately up after you flip the switch - incandescent, old high power tvs with hard switches, etc are no longer around. Still doable though (and may become more doable as people switch from gas to heat-pump and HVAC).

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Ruh-roh! Rick Ruhl rolled out of Ham Radio Deluxe in software kill-switch aftermath

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Re: modernize and renew

Presumably to ensure that the EULA sanctifies a repeat of such action in the future?

Cannot. There is a law for that - a rare occurrence of sanity in the US lawmakers. Voted in last month right before Xmas. So pulling a stunt like that makes you guilty by default.

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