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I still haven't found what I'm malloc()ing for: U2 tops poll of music today's devs code to

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The choice of music depends on what you are coding

Your typical startup-style, no rest for the wicked binge coding is best written to "Jesus Christ Superstar". You also find that you tend to follow the script too. You code to The Getsemane, you live by The Getsemane:

Then I was inspired, now I'm sad and tired

Listen, surely I've exceeded expectations

Tried for three years, seems like thirty

Could you ask as much from any other man?

So after you have been run like a slave for 3 years, the Getsemane commands you to get up and f*** leave. I did it at my last job - the whole project was pretty much written with Jesus Christ Superstar on the stereo 24x7x365. Then after 3 years I had enough, I got up and left.

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From landslide to buried alive: Why 2017 election forecasts weren't wrong

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Re: "'This election was won by the younger generation.'" "Well not really, Labour still lost, i"

The next election will be called for a university holiday period when the students are out of reach of both their polling stations and the students' unions exhorting them to vote.

Fair point.

I believe she would love to try. If she does, the result may be different from what she seeks. She will win the battle, but lose the war. It will solidify the young generation swing to the left for decades to come as they will see her (and the Tories) as THE enemy from now onwards.

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Getting the wrong demographics adjustments

Brexit, Trump and this election polls got it wrong because they did not perform the demographics adjustment correctly.

BrExit got the pensioners voting in droves. I will always remember a cute pair on that day. She, in a wheelchair, draped in a Union Jack blanket. He, pushing the chair and sucking on a Union Jack sticker-ed oxygen bottle in the pushchair tray. The Romanian nurse changing their nappies, the German surgeon who replaced their hips and the polish delivery driver bringing the new oxygen bottles on a weekly basis "took their jobs". The polls failed to predict the lack of engagement with the younger generation (courtesy of the fat cat club that ran Remain) and the droves of angry pensioners going to the polls.

Trump win was predicted by a couple of sociologists, but was not publicized at all prior to the vote. They quite correctly noted that the only 19% of the white males in the mid-west and rural regions elsewhere vote and it will take Trump only pushing that to ~40% to win by a landslide. No poll performed this adjustment so rather unsurprisingly the results came up as a shock.

This election was won by the younger generation. It traditionally swings left and it was most spectacular in university cities. The usual university city battles are between Tories and Liberal Democrats with engagement standing at sub <60%. Instead of that we had >75% (going into 80%+ in places) and Tory vs Labor. Students voted. They have not seen how a country run by a proper left government looks like as they were born after that (Blair's "left" is somewhere around Atilla The Hun so it does not count). It now depends if Labor manages to keep that engagement (not particularly difficult at the current tuition rates and easy to counter by rolling them back).

In all cases the demographic adjustment and the failure to correctly account for changes in voter engagement for specific demographics was that turned the cart.

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Germany puts halt on European unitary patent

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Re: Article 20 of the German Constitution strictly forbids ...

The implication of Article 20 however, is far greater: It explictily forbids most of the EU organisations incl. the EU commission, the EU (fake-)parliarment, most the EU administrations etc.

Nope, it does not. These all arbitrate in final instance to Eu court of justice which HAS German representation. In fact, I believe this has gone to German constitutional court more than once and got this answer every time.

The issue with Article 20 and the UPC is that UPC as formulated does not necessarily have German representation. There is no mandate for representation in the UPC statute, there is only mandate for national diversity - some cases require at least 2 nations represented. It does not however say "all" anywhere which means that there may be a chain of decision where German is explicitly excluded. It is illegal as per UK Bill of Rights and most Eu constitutions as currently formulated and it is only a matter of time until similar challenges are successfully raised elsewhere.

Who is the idiot who decided not to apply the relatively successful ECHR and EuCourt formula, dunno. But he is an idiot.

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AWS launches celebrity-spotting-as-a-service: What a time to be alive

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Eye will not be enough

You should start with mind bleach.

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Virgin Media resolves flaw in config backup for Super Hub routers

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I am surprised by your outrage.

End of the day it's made by Netgear. I would not have expected anything different from them.

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In detail: How we are all pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered – by online biz all day

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Re: "The Telcos are nothing compared to the Credit bureaus and lenders"

whereas your Credit bureau only knows

It knows your monthly spend on credit cards as well as all monthly purchases of bigger ticket items for the last decade. It has a sharing agreement with insurance companies and gets info from there. It has an information sharing agreement with your bank, most loyalty programs and god knows who else.

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Uh-Koh! Apple-Samsung judge to oversee buggy Intel modem chip fight

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Re: And Virgin in uk?

I haven't been able to find a great deal of information on this bug other than the artificial stuff like "my modem is experiencing jitter"

The time it took you to write your post would have been more than enough to find a test case - just start 1024+ flows (tcp connections) and it barfs

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Re: And Virgin in uk?

I am still holding up on upgrading until they stop pushing the Intel crap.

While my modem is bridge mode, AFAIK the dumb-ass firmware used in most Puma 6 still fills the flow tables despite being asked to just move packets from one side to another without trying to be intelligent.

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Has riddle of the 1977 'Wow!' signal finally been cracked? Maybe...

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That is not a comet, it's a space station

Paraphrasing the late Sir Guiness. "That is not a comet, it's a space station"

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Record number of non-EU techies coming to Blighty

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Re: Well they can't exactly go to France now can they

I've been working there for years, but apparently they've changed the rules.

Stop trying to bring a contractor into France onto local payroll. That is a nightmare not just in France. You think dealing with UK IR35 as a foreigner is any better?

Pay the staff out of UK and invoice the French as a UK limited company for the work done. Perfectly legal up to tax-residency threshold which in most of the Eu is 3 or 6 months. Not sure what is it in France, but it cannot be less than 3.

If you do not do tha, they will collect ridiculous amounts of taxes too amounting to double taxation for a foreign individual. I had that issue with the SWMBO - she occasionally teaches courses in Eu IPR law and management and one of the reasons to register an LTD in her name was exactly that - so we can invoice the French as a company.

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Boeing preps pilotless passenger flights – once it has solved the Sully problem, of course

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Re: The industry is also facing a severe shortage of pilots

Not even that.

Boeing is still taking personally the fact that two of its aircraft were used to perform architectural modifications on the New York skyline.This is more about "you are not ramming this aircraft into this building even if you wanted to" than about shortage of pilots.

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Intel to Qualcomm and Microsoft: Nice x86 emulation you've got there, shame if it got sued into oblivion

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Re: 40 year old tech....

most/much of that portfolio is around SIMD

SIMD is by no means an Intel/x86 specific invention. There are similar instruction sets in other architectures - PPC, MIPS and most importantly - Neon in ARM. I have some doubts that Intel will be successful trying to press anything vs ARM in SIMD land.

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Cabinet Office minister Gummer loses seat as Tory gamble backfires

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None of them would have if it was a two round system

If it was a two-round system the conservatives would have had even less seats. As it stands they assimilated the UKIP vote and leveraged the Labour/Liberal and Labour/SNP vote splits in key constituencies.

For example - there is no way in hell Zac Goldsmith would have made it into the parliament if there was a second round between him and the runner up.

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Re: Well look on the bright side

The DUP assistance is sufficient to gain stable majority only if Sinn Fein does not take their seats.

I am not sure that they will continue holding to their no-Westminster policy if their arch-rival is in-government or given significant say in policy.

Latest numbers are 318 + 10 = 328. Subtract Ken Clarke who thankfully did not stand down at this election - 327. Subtract Heidi Allen and a few others which do not tow the party line on most critical issues and voilà - she just lost her majority. Provided Sinn Fein shows up.

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Please do not scare the pigeons – they'll crash the network

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Re: 10base2 outside of the building you said?

I had 10BasetT between buildings as a primary network connection in the academic network I ran in those days.

I had to use some gigantic (15cm in length if memory serves me right) lightning protectors on it. Otherwise both sides of the link ended up with fried network cards after one of out of 3-4 thunderstorms (once a week). We still used throw away 486SX Linux routers at the end - even with the isolators one of them ended up taking lightning damage once in a while ~ once a year. This continued for 2-3 years until the next rounds of academic budget cuts emptied the buildings on both side and the whole thing fell into disrepair.

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Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker

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Re: What kind of spy

I record meetings with my own company's HR dept.

You ALWAYS record meetings with Catbert. That is different from recording meetings with the pointy haired one.

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Re: Impeachment?

Not anywhere near unfortunately. It will take more for that.

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Axed from IBM for remote working? Don't go crying to HPE

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Re: Not only Linux

You are not a worker, you are a resource.

You just insulted a resource. In fact a whole bunch of them. You need to be checked for management potential (*)

(*)Apologies to Scott Adams for the obvious plagiarism

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Paxo trashes privacy, social media and fake news at Infosec 2017

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Re: "I am prepared to trust the security forces."

I suggest watching V for Vendetta and exactly what happened to the TV anchor there (one the better Stephen Fry's roles).

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Busted Russian casino hackers had an appetite for drugs and chocolate

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Re: that name

Maybe they are from Abkhazia....

Even more likely that they are Georgian as this would have allowed them to presented themselves as members of a persecuted minority on their US visa applications. Zugdidi (where you are likely to find someone called Shulaya) s right next to Abkhazia border by the way.

IMHO - clear case where they are Russian only for today's FBI press release purposes in tone with "reds under our beds". I can bet a case of beer that they did not apply for US immigration as "Russians".

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Re: that name

Shulaya is also a Georgian. West Georgia - Zugdidi and thereabouts.

So definitely a Georgian gang which has been blamed to be Russian because anything bad and criminal has to be Russian and the reds are under our bed.

I would not be surprised if they claimed Russian persecution. Either around the Ossetia wars or when Saakashvili got his arse kicked all the way to Ukraine for sacrificing his country trade, army and a chunk of territory to provide Bush with an example of why the Reds are so scary that the Polish should install AEGIS missiles to fend them off.

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HPE ignored SAN failure warnings at Australian Taxation Office, had no recovery plan

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Re: Cloud is no panacea

In addition to HA, the real lesson is that you need to exercise internal control over an outsourced job or outsource the control to a DIFFERENT supplier.

The idiot who will procured the current solution did not do that. The idiot who will procure the next cloudy solution will not do that either - it will still be a block outsource tender for the "whole thing" and will result in the same clusterf*** at some point in the future.

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Re: RMA the controllers?

Because the WHOLE array job inclusive of management was OUTSOURCED to HPE and ATO decided that it is a good cost saving measure NOT to have any staff directly involved in managing its critical infrastructure.

This is the usual story when you outsource BOTH the job and the control over the quality of the job to the same company. The results are always the same, but this for some reason does not stop imbeciles with MBA degrees doing it(*).

(*)Not surprising - if job + QA are in the same place, a cost saving can always be claimed by cutting both the job and the QA. That cost saving is not available if the QA is external to the job.

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Hyperloop One teases idea of 50-minute London-Edinburgh ride

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Economic and technical cases for most are beyond dubious.

I am going to single this one out:

Estonia – Finland. They have no clue what is running tunnels in that area. I suggest they go and see St Peterburg subway and the battleship like containment gates at every station which will isolate a section if there is a breach (with loss of lives of everyone in the section by the way). There is no "solid ground" there for hundreds of meters down - it is all slurry left from the ice age - muck with boulders size of a lorry floating in it. In order to drill the tunnels the slurry was frozen with liquid nitrogen and left to thaw after that (the tunnels are in fact floating in it). Under that you have solid granite which costs an arm, a leg and a prosthetic to drill through.

A loop around Germany - is the only one which may work. Tectonically and teutonically stable with a long history of passenger rail :)

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Hotel guest goes broke after booking software gremlin makes her pay for strangers' rooms

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Re: "Sounds like a lawsuit"

If she used a credit card, she should not need to sue. She could have and should have taken the issue with Visa, Amex or MasterCard directly and explain that the refund is NOT YET in her account.

After a stunt like that on a credit card:

1. Everything will be refunded. That is part of your credit card agreement. I do not know what the credit card company takes from the retailer after that, but I would expect that that to be a couple of firstborn extra on top of the bill.

2. The hotel's chain right to process credit card transactions is revoked. This will hurt them much more than any lawsuit. By far.

Now, with debit cards things get complicated. However, I suspect that some of the same rules apply (at least for a debit Visa). In any case - classic case when saving a couple of dollars worth of processing fee for paying by credit card bites you really bad. You do not use a debit card to pay unless it is a place you really trust. Otherwise, you can (as in this case) end up with a rather empty bank account.

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Russia is struggling to keep its cybercrime groups on a tight leash

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Slightly different

The genie is LOCAL and DOMESTIC. It CAN be shoveled back into the bottle by brute force if need be. In this case the "I know where you live" tactic can and does work.

That is a considerable difference to the horde of genies FSB western counterparts have unleashed in Afghanistan, Syria, Lybia, Iraq, etc. There is no amount of brute force short of a turning these into a glass lake which can bottle THAT horde of genies quickly back into the bottle.

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Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking

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"undermines public faith in government."

It is already undermined by NSA sitting on it instead of handing it off to the FBI and/or the congress for a thorough investigation. There is stuff you just do not sit on, regardless of how "classified" it is.

Also, it is quite interesting HOW did NSA get their mitts on the information. They are not supposed to be snooping on US election companies so exactly where did they do "signal intelligence" to be in possession of this information.

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UK PM Theresa May's response to terror attacks 'shortsighted'

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Trying to analyze the response is pointless

She is pushing an agenda and the terrorist acts are "Casus Belli". They are not a cause, and the response does not aim to have any relation to them. It is a MayBot response. Whatever happens, she has only one answer - total surveillance and police state. That is her goal and anything happening around her is simply leveraged to provide the causes.

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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

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Regardless who wrote the guide the CTO is ultimately responsible.

His reaction and language makes this an open and shut tribunal case for wrongful dismissal regardless of what the contract says.

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The biggest British Airways IT meltdown WTF: 200 systems in the critical path?

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Re: Workers defending their territory; managers afraid to challenge them.

This sounds like a situation where each worker aggressively defends his or her patch

And why do you think it will be any different if every single one of them is perceived as cost to be shoveled off to TaTa?

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IBM: ALL travel must be approved now, and shut up about the copter

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Re: Effective use of time?

Not just divisional GM, the person applying too.

The cost of process clearly exceeds the benefit from the process.

Someone needs to be sent back to primary school to re-learn how to add and subtract numbers.

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

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Re: Book stores.

So no Mein Kampf or other Nazi propaganda at bookstores.

Which is a pity - you cannot compare her rants with that and observe the nearly 1:1 plagiarism.

IMHO, that is wrong too. We should adopt the significantly more enlightened Irish attitude to this. I was on a tour around the Dublin castle a few weeks back and the guide was asked:

Q: "Why are you preserving all this artifacts from the British rule?"

A: "We like to TURN the pages of the book of history, not to BURN them".

There is a lesson to be learned there - we should neither BURN them ourselves, nor support anyone who does so.

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EU wins approval to waste €120m on pitiful public Wi-Fi

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Wi-Fi efforts such as this, with Spain being a key problem area.

In Spain and Italy there is passable city-wide wifi in most resorts and a lot of the more "tourist-oriented" cities In fact, most of the install base dates from 7+ years back. It is also past its prime - 4G and lack of roaming fees are killing it.

It is the companies which run these which are opposing municipal WiFi, not the mobile telcos. Nothing surprising here too.

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British prime minister slams Facebook and pals for votes

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Re: If

They target Britain because we joined in an unprovoked illegal assault (not "war") on Iraq, a sovereign state.

Bollocks.

Let me spell it out for you. I am no fan of Saddam, I am no fan of Qaddafi(*) and I am definitely no fan of Assad. They, however, were keeping a lid on middle eastern lunacy for us. We "imported" democracy there and assisted in the collapse of their dictatorships. That created the fertile soil on which the always present seeds of Islamic terrorism grew and flourished. We are now harvesting what we fertilized. The legality of their rule is irrelevant. We did not sow it - we just shoveled a load of manure on top for it to grow.

What is relevant is that we went in and intervened without any plans for the "day after" and how we will control the unleashed lunatics having a free for-all.

(*)Do not wave the PanAm 103 and UTA 772 at me. You need to understand what Qaddafi was doing first. Lybia was never a state - it was and is a patchwork of clans some more fanatical and violent than the others. Qaddafi farmed out government functions to various clans to balance their power. During that period intelligence was farmed out to one of the more lunatic clans. While the results were not pretty, they were still significantly less than what would have been a free for all of all clans against each other with lunatics breeding and growing in the environment - what we have now. Also, as a result of the resulting "chess game" that clan was taken off the board and was not in play at the time we intervened to "transition them to democracy"

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It does not, it starts in the Mosque/School

And at home and in the family. It has always been a distinctly family affair - usually brothers and siblings, but generation to generation as well.

However, blaming the family is traditionally unacceptable for the political spectrum right of Attila The Hun. Family is sacrosanct and shall not be blamed. Much easier to blame social media instead.

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Boffins find evidence of strange uranium-producing bacteria lurking underground

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Re: Explosives Residues

1. It does not help you unless the Uranium is bound into a chemical form which makes it easier to recover. That may be the case. Somewhat - you can easily dissolve carbonate with acids, but on the overall it does not work out for the volumes involved.

2. An explosion site is contaminated with radioactive versions of the whole periodic table. Uranium is the least and the last of your worries.

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The Big Blue Chopper video that IBM might want to keep quiet

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Re: errr

simply because it might make other employees feel better

Ever heard about morale and what is the effect on it when the army commander is eating with the troops from the same field kitchen? Versus army commander having a lobster and foie grass in a private tent?

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Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

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Re: I must be getting old....

I don't need my car to take photos

You do not drive in a big city. We have reached a point where having a blackbox video recorder is your last like of defence against ambulance chasers.

In any case, I do not see the point of using AGL for this. This is an infotainment system - an area where there is a boatload of existing Android based examples which do everything an AGL infotainment system does.

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Social media vetting for US visas go live

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That "When" is from today

There are quite a few countries out there which have reciprocity enshrined in law. They will have no choice but to apply this as of today.

It is quite funny to watch when US gets into a mudslinging match on the visa regime with such country (provided you are not the one applying for a visa). For example they nearly reached reciprocal 1000$ visa fees with Russia in 2000 as a result of such tit-for-tat exchange.

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4th and 5th amendment do not apply to non-resident foreigner.

As far as American justice is concerned a non-resident foreigner has no rights.

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Trident nuke subs are hackable, thunders Wikipedia-based report

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Re: Boom

So no, not really worried about a v boat being hacked by hippies with iPads.

The current crop - agree - not a chance in hell. Now, the replacement...

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Russian search engine Yandex's Ukraine offices raided for 'treason'

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You really cannot make this up.

There is a lot going there which you cannot really make up.

They are declaring fascist collaborators which frog-marched Jews into the lime pits as heroes and suing the few surviving guys who (quite rightfully) hunted and terminated them after WW2 for murder. You should read some of the gems which are going into their new "authorized" school textbooks about the role of Hitler and other prominent "pro-Ukrainian politicians" in world history.

We should stop sponsoring this gang of lunatics. Compared to them Pinochet was a shining light of democratic enlightenment. Without us propping them financially they will collapse in a forthnight.

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BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

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It smells like a store-and-forward messaging system from the dawn of the mainframe age (Shows how much BA has been investing into its IT). It may even be hardware + software. Switching over to backup is non-trivial as this is integrated into transactions, so you need to rewind transactions, etc.

It can go wrong and often does, especially if you have piled up a gazillion of new and wonderful things connected to it via extra interfaces. Example of this type of clusterf*** the NATS catastrophic failure a few years back.

That is NOT the clusterf*ck they experienced though because their messaging and transaction was half-knackered on Friday. My boarding pass emails were delayed 8 hours, check-in email announcement by 10 hours. So while it most likely was the messaging component, it was not knackered by a surge, it was half-dead 24h before that and the "surge" was probably someone hired on too little money (or someone hired on too much money giving the idiotic order) trying to reset it via power-cycle on Sat.

This is why when you intended to run a system and build on it for decades, you have upgrade, and you have to START each upgrade cycle by upgrading the messaging and networking. Not do it as an afterthought and an unwelcome expense (the way BA does anything related to paying with the exception of paying exec bonuses).

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Even if it is sourced locally

He personally is grossly incompetent.

IT is not a cost center in a modern airline. It is a key operational component and in fact a profit center. Without IT you cannot operate online bookings, notifications and most importantly you cannot dynamically price your flights. That is wholly dependent on the transactions being done electronically. All of the profit margin of a modern airline comes from dynamic pricing. If it prices statically it will be in the red.

He, however, has systematically treated IT as a cost to be cut, not as a profit center to be leveraged. So even if he hired the staff for these systems locally, they were most likely hired under the market rate and the results are self-explanatory.

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ARM talks up fresh CPUs and a GPU, all tuned for AI

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Another non-GPL GPU

It 's wonderful that they have a new GPU. How about some f*** drivers for it.

The Xorg support for Mali is so moribund it is not even funny.

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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Re: "Tirelessly"?

They are lying too. Their system was half-knackered the day before so things do not compute. It was definitely not a Saturday failure - it started 24hours before that.

I did not get my check-in notification until 10 hours late and I the boarding pass emails were 8 hours late on Friday.

So they are massively lying. Someone should check if there are holes in the walls in their office at Watersisde from Pinoccio nose punching through them at mach 1.

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Pirates hack was a hoax, says Disney boss

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Re: Yahoo Finance?

Most. It is till this day one of the best free aggregators out there.

It is run separately from a lot of yahoo including its own software dev team and is the only thing in Yahoo which is worth some money.

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‪WannaCry‬pt ransomware note likely written by Google Translate-using Chinese speakers

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Re: More to the point

Thet would tell you at best that the ip is from china,

Depends how stupid they were. Google cookies are very very very long lived you know.

The issue is - the likelihood that there are any logs for this one worthy of forensic examination are about nil.

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'President Zuck' fundraiser opens for business

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Re: Dear God...

First Trump then over to Zuckerberg - could it get any worse?

Yes it can. How about Travis Kalanick for president.

I am going now to wash my mouth.

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