* Posts by Voland's right hand

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Red Hat: OpenStack big, getting bigger, OpenShift fatter than Linux

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Re: What do you expect?

Disclosure: I work for Red Hat,

Let me explain this to you in simple terms. Sex and IT support have to be consensual. When they are not it never ends well in the long run.

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Samsung plans Galaxy Note 7 fire sale

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Re: why oh why?

Airlines will still not let you fly with one so why bother.

If it has the battery permanently exorcised I would not mind having it for a house control display. I am trying to hack something around an ancient 6 inch tablet for these purposes and it does not have the processing power I need - especially for CCTV :(

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Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

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Re: Lightswitches...

LIght switch - 1£

Dimmer switch - 5£

Presense switch - 10£.

I have had my kitchen, bathrooms and hallways wired for presence for 12 years now. It works. Saves money (both leccy and bulb runtime). Does not need an I Do IOT 85£ device from Ikea.

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Ex-military and security firms oppose Home Sec in WhatsApp crypto row

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Re: Let em do it.

Stop handing them bullets, dumbasses, and build a school.

I agree with the former. Unfortunately the latter will survive for 5 minutes before all students are mandated to become warriors of the faith and are handed some of the spare weapons.

However, we should definitely start with the former. Not arming anyone no matter are they called free wankers or free jerkihadists or free Syria army.

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Re: How to end the encryption argument

Ask them if they're okay with the other 200+ governments of the world having the same rights to your data.

Why 200? Just use the P name. The name of the Enemy.

That will be an immediate "Rrrrrrrrrrrun for the hillls".

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Re: Bravo

That sounds like a hell of an AI project

My late dad (a university professor in Optimal Control), used to say: "Ariticial Intelligence is not a suitable augmentation for Natural Stupidity". I think he had cases like this in mind.

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

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She is just testiculating (talking bollocks while gesticulating wildly).

I wish I could ignore her.

Unfortunately, we live in a time when testiculating idiots like her set the rules under which normal people have to live.

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Re: Same script, different face

So, if he used sms or a call before the act (like for example the Paris attackers) we would have banned SMS?

Did they have a IQ 80 selection bar on this government or something?

Also, even if the message was not encrypted - who cares. What would have been interesting would have been his communications if he was under instructions. That is clear - he was not.

If he was under instruction from IS, Al Qaeda or another similar outfit, he would have chosen a different car. Modern consumer cars even if they look big and "brutal" have significant pedestrian protection as well several other features designed to minimize damage in an accident. It is extremely difficult to kill multiple persons with most of them "on purpose" (the results of the accident show that quite clearly too).

So the fact that we cannot decrypt that ONE message which she is using a reason for pulling the speech her predecessor long prepared in the drawer for her is irrelevant. The maimed would have still been maimed. The dead would have still be dead regardless of us knowing the content.

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UK digital minister Matt Hancock praises 'crucial role' of encryption

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Why do you expect it to be big?

The pool was determined by what she sees in a mirror. Mirror, (Daily) Mirror on the wall, who is the xenophobiest of of them all? So we got the second best candidate after he own reflection in it (if we do not count the frogs),

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Re: opensource protocols

I wonder if Amber Rudd has heard anything.

She has - Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service. She just does an s/Aryan/British/g before quoting.

That however starts and concludes her political vocabulary - there is nothing more to it.

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Manufacturers reject ‘no deal’ Brexit approach

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Re: Speculating

EEA agrees to ECJ mandate.

UK cannot by May and GoveNokio's own definition of Brexit be in ECJ and have Brexited.

So any ideas that UK will get EEA treatment are in La-la-land.

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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Re: ->The V22 has a less than stellar safety record, bring back the Fairey Rotodyne

It recently came out very well in a Red Flag competition, knocked everything else out of the sky.

You mean the last year's Red Flag competition where the Indians were assigned to the aggressor squadron and disallowed to use their radars? So that anyone actually stood a chance by being able to close in with them being blind while having full visibility. Same Red Flag where they were not allowed to turn on the ECM pods which all of the Sukhoi nowdays carry?

If it is that Red Flag, I believe the F35 still sucked rocks against the Su-30 MKI and F-16 within in visual range. The odds stacking for weapon advertisement purposes was beyond odious though. So rather unsurprisingly it showed fantastic scores against an enemy ordered to fly blind from long range. Frankly, if you had an F4 with 1960-es missiles it would have shown same score in that scenario as it was stacked one mile high in its favor.

What a fecking joke of a Red Flag by the way.

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After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

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Thing is.. you don't need a manual to tell you how to use a car to kill people... you just drive at them

Not entirely true. The pedestrian safety measures in a modern car like the ix40 as used in Westminster will render it unusable after the first few hits and/or fail to produce anything like the damage you are expecting. He hit 40+ people with the desire to kill and failed to kill all but two of them.

So you actually need a manual to chose the right car and/or exactly how to mow people down with it if you want to kill people, not put a few in hospital.

That manual most likely already exist. It is also clear that this gentleman did not have access to it. He would have chosen a different vehicle and driven it differently.

His case will be used for all it is worth by the Government to push repressive legislation despite the fact that he neither operated under instructions, nor had access to them via an encrypted channel. Rudd already started doing it.

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Inside OpenSSL's battle to change its license: Coders' rights, tech giants, patents and more

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Re: no. The issue is not "the" license, nor the change of the license.

One person can not say, "I want to change the license, and if you don't respond, I'll take it as approval".

I am afraid I have to disagree. I have, several times needed to 'organise' various changes requiring 50% or greater approval.

The minor difference here is that the change is a legal issue - you cannot alter a license without 100% uniform consensus and 100% agreement. It is against copyright law.

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Yet another job menaced by AI! Uh, wait, it says here... Dance Dance Revolution designers

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Re: Easy!

My exact thought. There is music which will bend any dance designer's head in. 4.33 is not the most insane from dance perspective.

The most insane is stuff done in 3/8, 5/8, 8/8 and (yes there is even that abomination 13/8 rhythm. Give it some music from the Balkans and let's see what it makes up out of that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qYh-dJriIc - here is a good example.

If you want a workout try one of those. Just getting the steps right will get a river of sweat running off you in 5 mins or less.

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Squirrel sinks teeth into SAN cabling, drives Netadmin nuts

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Re: Best traps

Clearly the OP doesn't know how to safely and legally trap wildlife.

1. Who told you I have used them in the UK. There are other countries where stuff that chews on your cable is protected only if it is a protected species. If it is not it is fair game and sod the humanity of the method :)

2. As far as safety, safety of the humans first, safety of the VERMIN second.

What you forget is that story is about squirrels. Squirrels and doormice are not rats or mice. They are an infestation from hell if you get them.

You cannot safely install any trap in under-floor space or roof space. It is a recipe for removed fingers because people always end up pushing cables through by touch alone. With squirrels and the f*** edible doormice you cannot use bait safely. They will take it somewhere, eat all of it, die in an obscure but warm place (on top of a power supply usually), then rot through and leak into interesting places. Even if they do not die there, they will drop crumbs into the fan grille into that so you will be ingesting warfarin powder when servicing equipment. This is in addition to dropping their dung into it and it carries a set of diseases you rather not know. A high-end respirator becomes a necessity when working.

You cannot use normal traps. They ignore them as they move either high above or in the under-floor/ceiling space. They are not rats that scurry next to the wall. They will do it ONLY if there is no other route, otherwise you will see the f*** jumping across racks. The exception here is doormice which will come and steal the bait out of 90% of trap models in front of you completely ignoring you as an irrelevance.

Last, but not least - due to their hearing and senses being in the same range as humans they are not affected by ultrasound and EMP pet repellent equipment.

So your choices are glue or patience and a pellet gun. The second one is somewhat humane if used correctly, but you have to have no other job but to sit with it in a server room overnight. You are also limited in terms of having a clean shot in making sure there is no equipment behind the target.

Most importantly - once you got rid of them (by whatever method needed) do not hesitate to spend the money on a truck roll of chickenwire and rodentproof the whole place.

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Best traps

The best preventive traps are the glue ones. You fold them up and they form a glue tunnel. Critter of any size from field mouse to a rat goes in and there it remains.

If you put a normal trap under a raised floor there will be someone missing fingers after they have forgotten it is there and try to run cables. Either that or cables/fiber chopped in half. The glue ones are humane to the human personnel which IMHO is probably more important. You also do not get the mess with poison bait. While rats and mice eat the bait where they find it, squirrels and "edible" doormice* take it somewhere else like on top of a server or NAS grille and eat it there so the crumbs get into the machinery.

I have seen the glue ones sold in Euriope, but not in the UK. If you are setting up a new building make sure you put a few of them in critical places under the raised floor. Replace annually or when they start to stink (you could have guessed by now - I have had to deal with this one).

(*) The edible doormouse is the European vermin from hell - everything a rat does + walk on vertical walls and ceilings and dig tunnels as well as chewing through anything except steel mesh on its way as well

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I've Been Moved: IBMers in same division slapped with 2nd redundo scheme in 2 months

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Interesting choice of picture

Someone exercising an immense force to chop in two what appears to be ROTTEN deadwood.

Is the article author trying to say something?

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Disney plotting 15 more years of Star Wars

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There is also this plot line

Well, not all robot plot lines have been covered. Like for example this: https://pics.onsizzle.com/are-you-sure-we-should-do-this-i-mean-youre-14754071.png

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Amazing new WikiLeaks CIA bombshell: Agents can install software on Apple Macs, iPhones right in front of them

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Re: Why??

According to Assange - Russians have their own places where they publish stuff, so do the Chinese. Now, why there are little or no French leaks - that is somewhat surprising.

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Re: Secure by design...

No OS is secure by design brief against the agency of a top 5 nation state attacker. If CIA, MI6, GRU and their Chinese or French equivalents decide that you are to be owned, you will be owned. The amount of resources these guys have is staggering, a retail product destined for Joe Average Luser does not stand a chance.

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Amazon dodges $1.5bn US tax bill: It's OK to run sales through Europe out of IRS reach – court

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Re: US tax liability

I don't know why we, speaking as non-citizens of the US, put up with it at all.

It used to be called gunboat diplomacy, it is now called aircraft carrier diplomacy.

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Re: The reason for Blue Origin ?

Either that or "such a nice tax office you have down there, pity if something happens to it if someone's rubbish fails to reenter the atmosphere correctly"

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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Probably not beer though

Most of the "health benefits of alcohol" studies are from countries which drink wine, not beer. In fact, the studies on benefits of beer are very ambivalent and most of the studies waved by opponents of alcohol are from beer drinking countries.

So more like two glasses of red at dinner, not 2 pints.

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Cambridge wheels out latest smart city platform, ready for devs

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Re: Finding a problem to solve?

The led display is not designed to show complex values. It definitely has a problem with the imaginary component which is common in the Stagecoach operated ones and mandatory in the Whippet ones.

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WWE star's swiped sex snaps survey spam snares selfie sickos

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Re: A judge writes...

Soft porn which pretends to be wrestling.

I'd rather watch proper wrestling - especially freestyle. Some of what these guys do is amazing.

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It is not just stupid, it is conditioning as well

I would not expect anything different when 70% of the printed press circulation contains (albeit usually less saucy) details of who shagged whom on which soap combined with explanations for retards on what happened on the last episode.

It's just zombies: More celeb pics... must see... conditioning... TV Guide... Hello... Must see...

Instead of "Brains..."

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FYI anyone who codes outside work: GitHub has a contract to stop bosses snatching it all

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Re: UK Patent Law is quite clear

That's patents.

Does not apply to copyrights.

I do not even need to ask the family patent lawyer (my SWMBO) to tell you this - we have discussed this one a few times over the years.

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Re: It's not just code or tech related IP

I have had similar claims in UK contracts (both UK and non-UK companies).

The issue is that companies will never allow this to come to court for a precedent because they know they are going to get slapped. Most have updated their contract to be compliant with the Patents legislation as it stands and have added appropriate renumeration and first refusal clauses as required.

Copyrights, however, because they are not covered by similar legislation continue to be the subject of a typical land grab. The most you are going to get is limiting the scope of the land grab and illegal seizure to software.

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Outgoing HPE workers stripped of gym cards and cushy remnants

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Re: Could it be that

DXC is just a parking spot on Mercury and that these jobs are soon to vapourise as it spins on its axis?

I hate to disappoint you, but Mercury is tidal locked. You have a choice of being permanently in frozen hell or boiling hell. Even if there is middle ground it stays as a limbo year-round. Either one of these is an apt description as far as the temporary parking spots of any personnel transferred from HP.

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Airplane bomb fears spark America's laptop, tablet carry-on ban

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Re: Baggage handling...

You are not LEGALLY allowed to put it into baggage by international regulations on transportation of LiIon and LiPo batteries.

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Samsung's Bixby totally isn't a Siri ripoff because look – it'll go in phones, TVs, fridges, air con...

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Firewall them all, god will know its own

Firewall eos. Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius

Cloud? What cloud? Once again, how do you access cloud across a machine that has iptables -P FORWARD -j DROP?

There is a reason why my media center has two NICs and the TV, BlueRay, etc are all on the second one. They are sometimes allowed an occasional excursion onto the wider net. But not a long one. So they can get new firmware or fetch something they need. Then, their access is turned back off. No ifs, no buts, no coconuts. And no Siris, Alexas, Bixbys or Google.

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Murder in space: NASA orders astronauts to KILL cripples – then fire bodies back to Earth

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Re: The dark side

Indeed.

20 in each group - that is a relatively small statistic sample, especially if you consider that the breaking and especially splintering was probably not 100% reproducible in the exact manner. I hope they get good data out of it, though my (relatively educated) guess is that 100s of mice are to follow in order for this to be of any use.

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In the land of Google, Holocaust denial, death threats – all fine. LGBT? Oh, no, that's sensitive

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Re: Obviously

Will this lead to a balkanisation of YouTube?

Please? Pretty Please?

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BlackBerry admits dying BB10 is in pain

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Depends what you are flogging it with. 600KV jump leads make even a very dead horse jump for a while.

The problem here is more of the nature that the voltage in the leads has dropped dramatically. BB OS has been dead for a while, but was still getting an occasional 600KV jolt. This is clearly visible now after RIM dropped the voltage.

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Uber president quits, says company's values inconsistent with his own leadership style

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Re: wait...what?

A marketing bod with a conscience?

More likely a marketing bod capable of cost-benefit analysis.

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

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Re: I look back at it fondly.

Linux distros had been a perfectly usable, stable and fast desktop OS long before Vista.

Correct - I have not used a Windows in the house since 1997 (it is all-Linux including kids laptops and desktops).

What you are missing however, is the "works, do not f*** with it" philosophy. In most other households it took Microsoft shipping an unusable OS for granny to stop yelling at the grandson who installed Mint on her machine.

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US military's latest toy set: Record-breaking laser death star, er, truck

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Re: Slow moving targets only

It banned fragmentation weapons using any material that wouldn't show up on an x-ray, landmines, booby traps, and blinding laser weapons.

I am giving this ban about 15 minutes once these weapons are deployed in a supposedly anti-aircraft/anti-drone role. Same as the lunatics around the Mediterranean are using a ZPU as an antipersonnel weapon. The only good thing is that the truck carrying it will shine in IR like a supernova (the generator and the lasers emit a lot of heat), all you need will be a salvo of ancient IR guided missiles and it is history. It cannot engage multiple targets simultaneously and it will be able to kill at most two. So an educated guesstimate for a guaranteed kill is ~ 5.

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National Audit Office: Brit aircraft carrier project is fine and dandy... for now

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Re: Revert at soonest

Rather than ask our US cousins to man the ship we will probably just offshore it to India like everything else.

Not a bad idea... They actually have two working aircraft carriers today and they are planning to build a nuclear Nimitz-like type as a replacement. Their aircraft carrier also has a carrier wing and is not just a sitting target. Its escort destroyers also happen to have proper anti-ship armament - as far as anti-ship missiles go BRAHMOS is probably in the top 5, if not top 3. That is if we do not count the Sunburns and Harpoons which they have too. AFAIK, they also handed the RAF their arse on a plate last time they were visiting to have some playtime with their ex-colonial overlords.

So, for once, that may be an improvement in the "service" when outsourcing (*).

(*)In fact, it is an example of a Navy which the Royal Navy cannot take on and win - a category which is rapidly growing and it will only get worse in the future.

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Ubiquiti network gear can be 'hijacked by an evil URL' – thanks to its 20-year-old PHP build

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Why?

It is just typical for "embedded development". Packages? Updates? Security Fixes to components? Following the security of components?

All of that does not fit into the viewpoint of your typical realtime embedditis damaged brain. Ubiquity is no different from most others - I have seen plenty of components 5-7 years past their "sell by" date floating around embedded trees. That is one of the reason why the first thing I do is to any wifi or home cpe is to flash it with a fresh OpenWRT build.

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Hell freezes over: We wrote an El Reg chatbot using Microsoft's AI

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First question

1. Can it generate a Register tabloid style headline?

2. Can it generate a suggestive caption with an innuendo level of 11 on a scale of 1 to 10

I suspect not. So move along ;)

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User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

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It appears that the gap between the drive and the blanking plate in the front case looked just like the drive slot, she had been posting disks into the machine through this slot.”

You will not believe how many times I have seen this one :)

Still makes me chuckle remembering it

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SpaceX yoinks $96m GPS launch deal from under ULA's nose

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Re: SpaceX Development

ULA is still gazing at its navel.

They are not - they have a contract with Bezos. A lot of the Blue Origin stuff is pre-sold to ULA already.

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NetBSD adds RPi Zero support with 7.1 release

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Variety of reasons

1. Use and development of software which is not license compatible with the Linux kernel.

2. Smaller footprint

3. While Linux documentation and code has improved over the years it is still not the right OS to teach people. If you want to teach people, BSD is a better choice as it is "written by the book" and documented properly. End of the day the primary goal of RPi is education. If it supports BSD this means its scope is no longer just kids and Scratch - it is a viable tool in a University classroom in an OS design course (if there are any universities left which try to teach things properly instead of asking the industry if it likes it with ice cubes or with hot coffee)..

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Oxford Uni boffins say internet filters probably won't protect teens

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Re: Anon for reasons - Basically to avoid the SJW'ers

I do have filters, but they are for time-wasting and viruses. Not for "naughty" content.

My primary worry as a parent is that they will spend the afternoon glued to GooTube or SilverGames instead of doing their homework.

The second is that they will drag a computer STD in.

Only the third is that they will see something inappropriate and in that case they will probably come and talk to me first.

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This is where UK's Navy will park its 75,000-ton aircraft carriers

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Re: sea power

No, they definitely have an AWACS capability, it might even be on a modern airframe by 2018.

No, they do not. Ask any of the navies which have been using rotor based AWACS and why are they desperately trying to change to fixed wing. Even the Indians whose Kamov-31 has better endurance and higher ceiling than the UK candidates for early warning are looking to switch.

If you do not care to ask, compute the necessary flight resource, spares level and maintenance windows required - you will see that you need to use at least 3 of the very precious slots in the air wing for the rotor AWACS. More like 4. Compared to that you can get away with 2 fixed wing ones which are considerably more capable and have much better endurance too.

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Scott McNealy: Your data is safer with marketers than governments

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In fact, it is now more difficult to leave the grasp of Google+Apple+Microsoft than to leave a country.

Option A: Try getting any work done without touching any one of these or communicating with a customer which is using them.

Option B: Try finding your granddad's (Irish in McNealy's case) birth certificate and apply for a Eu passport.

Which one is easier?

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Re: No it's bloody not.

That is on this side of the pond. Scott is on the other where things are a bit different.

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If the USA screws with my data, I cannot leave.”

Sure you can. Maintain a few passports. 70% of the USA population have at least one grandparent which is an immigrant enabling them to get another passport. This percentage is lower in Europe, but still quite significant.

Granted, you will have Fuhrer Wannabies like Teresa May chastize you in front of her party conference quoting literally word for word one of Hitler's most antisemitic quotes. Just ignore her and keep your options open.

And if worst comes to worst, you can BUY cittizenship. It may not be cheap, but is doable. In the specific case of Mr McNealy in about 15 minutes to transfer some pocket change to Grand Kayman.

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