* Posts by James O'Shea

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Andy Rubin's overhyped and underdelivered Essential phone out 'in a few weeks'

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Re: "Sprint, the US' fourth largest and rapidly failing telco"

I used to own a phone on the Sprint network. I have moved that number to AT&T.

Around here, Sprint was:

* the slowest network; three bars of LTE would be 4 Mb/s down, 2 Mb/s up. while three bars of T-Mobile was 20-30 Mb/s and three bars of AT&T right now is 25 Mb/s.

* the least reliable network; I had dropped calls all over, and multiple dead zones where I couldn't make calls because I had no connection. In multiple areas I could make calls, but the connection was so poor that one side or the other or both had problems understanding what was being said. This rarely happens with AT&T or T-Mobile. Note that for years I used Motorola and Samsung flip-phones on T-Mobile, and had a brief (not nearly brief enough) fling with Android also on T-Mobile, and had Samsung Windows phones on Verizon followed by iPhones on Sprint and AT&T. I'm pretty sure that the problems were not with the phone. (Except with the Android phone on T-Mobile. That was the phone, alright. I've never had so much trouble before or since. I've had no problems with the iPhone which replaced the Android.)

* the network with the worst customer service. They declined to admit that there were problems, even when the call they were on was breaking up due to a bad connection. They declined to admit that their network coverage was bad even when it was impossible to get better than two bars and there were dropped calls from inside their own stores. (That's stores. Plural. I demoed the problems at three stores locally, while showing that T-Mobile had no such problems.) They promised to call back and never did. They promised improvements in the network, notably new towers, which never happened. And they really, really, REALLY hate the though of an unlocked phone, possibly because such a phone would probably be headed to another cellco's network; it should be noted that my phones with AT&T and T-Mobille are both unlocked and were from the moment I got them, though admittedly AT&T tried hard to avoid that. Sprint customer service was actually worse than Verizon's, and I'd left Verizon for Sprint in large part because of Verizon's customer service.

AT&T and T-Mobile both have their problems, but they're both faster and more reliable than Sprint, though not as fast as Verizon. Their customer service is not quite as bad as Sprint's or Verizon's. I've had a number on T-Mobile for more than a decade now, during which time the other number has moved from Verizon to Sprint to AT&T. I've tried all four of the Big Four. T-Mobile and AT&T are the least objectionable. It is remotely (very remotely) possible that I might move a number to Verizon again. It is extremely unlikely that I will ever again do business with Sprint. Yes, they're that bad.

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They say we're too mean to Microsoft. Well, how about this... Redmond just had a stonking year. And only 8% tax. Whee!

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Re: A Stonking Year???

For those of us old enough and who either were in Empire & Commonwealth artillery 1939-45 or had relatives who were, a ‘stonk’ was a technical term involving 525-yard frontages and lots of noise. Barbarians, such as infantry officers and Americans, tended to misuse the term.

I remain a devout apostle of the sainted Ian V. Hogg.

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Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup

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Re: Objection!

Not I.

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

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Re: City class names are ok

Ask General Galteri how much he enjoyed his encounter with She of the Iron Handbag.

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Re: Mach 5-6 Russkie missiles

The hypersonic Russian missiles typically climbed to a high altitude, accelerated to high speed, acquired the target, and dived steeply to make their attacks. The 'cloud of plasma' would block their sensors only in the last few seconds of the attack, not nearly enough to matter.

Much worse are the Mach 3 Russian missiles, of which there are several varieties, surface ship launched, submarine-launched, and land based, and some of 'em have been exported to China, Iran, and India. Those missiles don't have the range of the big hypersonic missiles but don't need it. They are designed to be launched from close in, giving the target 20-30 seconds to detect, identify, target, engage, and destroy them before they hit. Mach 3 at sea level is about a kilometer per second. 20 seconds flight time would be beyond ASROC range. If a sub were to go to periscope depth, pop a half dozen missiles out and dive deep again, a T26 would have an interesting time.

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Re: We need this because...

Most intriguing,

"Maybe it's those damned "Commies" in Russia? You know, that country ruled by a hard-line Conservative who probably has more in common with Trump than Stalin, which is basically under siege by American military bases, and has waged war on the UK or any western nation a grand total of ... never."

In the first place, the main diff between Adolf der Aryan and the Georgian Man of Steel was the body count each racked up and the size of their mustaches. Joe's was bigger in both. And I guess that Poland and Finland aren't far enough west for you. Joe and Adolf split Poland up between them; Poland still hasn't got back it's eastern half, though it did get a chunk of Germany in exchange. The Finns lost a chunk of territory, too.

"Or maybe it's China, the world's most capitalistic "Commie" state, which basically supplies the entire planet with most of its goods, and again has waged war on the UK or any western nation a total of zero times."

So I suppose that Tibet, India, and Vietnam (and I mean the Socialist Republic of Vietnam) don't count 'cause they definitely aren't Western? How about the Uighars in what's now the Chinese far west? They don't count, either, eh? As for China's trade policies... look up which country was Germany's #1 trading partner throughout the 1930s. Hint: the name starts with a 'F' and ends with an 'e'.

Sigh.

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Don't let this snap-drag-on: Qualcomm waves white flag to Apple

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Re: If they settle with Apple

If Apple gets a good result from suing Qualcomm, and it seems they will, then any other Qualcomm customers who don’t sue to see if they can get something at least as good are run by incompetents. It’s not Apple’s fault if they don’t take action.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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Re: Long ago and far away...

I can take being the butt of the joke so long as I have the Ultimate Power ™. Kneel before me... ah, I’m not doing anything in particular, dear.... yes, dear, whatever you say, dear... SWMBO says that

I have to go now.

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Boffin

That would be because yogurt is not food. It is a disgusting mass of bacerial byproducts, even worse than honey, a.k.a. bee vomit.

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Re: Quite Right!

“No more party political broadcasrs from the Tory party then”

He said a ‘good’ woman. That leaves T May out, as she’s good for nothing.

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One-quarter of UK.gov IT projects at high risk of failure

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Re: So the other 75%

That’s the problem; they already bought it. With _your_ tax money.

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That’s what I thought, too. Just a quarter are in trouble? Someone’s got their thumb on the scale.

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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Ummm... you might try looking up Opium Wars. While the First Opium War was run by the (Dis)Honerable British East India Company, the Second involved HM Gov (and the Frogs, and the Yankees, though the Yanks mostly tut-tutted from afar and held HM Gov’s coat.) The point behind both Opium Wars was, of course, opium and its sale to Chinese citizens. For some reason the Chinese government objected to foreign devils adicting their subjects (that was _their_ job) and first John Company and later HM Gov objected to the restraint of trade. The Frogs and the Yanks wanted a piece of the trade, too.

Since then HM Gov has turned a pretty penny on tobacco, and alcohol, and assorted other drugs. And so has every other gov except possibly Utah and Saudia, and I have my doubts about them, too. ‘Tis a bit late to sprout righteous indignation, laddie.

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Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water

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Hmm...

It's a Dalek and got all depressed now that Dr. Who is a girrrl and wanted to wash the girrrrl cooties off but forgot that it couldn't climb stairs.

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NAO: Customs union IT system may not be ready before Brexit

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Re: Wishful Oxford PPE & Classics + Crapita thinking

"Cornwall will ask to join as an associate member and the smuggling will start again.

Nope we'll be "wrecking""

Too late. It's been pre-wrecked.

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Re: Wishful Oxford PPE & Classics + Crapita thinking

"you do know Hadrian's is quite a distance into England right?"

And this is a problem because?

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Re: Wishful Oxford PPE & Classics + Crapita thinking

"Cornwall will ask to join as an associate member and the smuggling will start again."

'Again'? When did it stop?

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

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Re: Happily

I once called a particularly noxious user a 'brain-damaged redneck'. he was very upset, and sent in a formal complaint to the head of systems... me. i'd been on hell desk because three of the guys were out sick (gee, I wonder whatever could have caused that...) and the brain-damaged redneck failed to take note of my name. The formal complaint had very little to do with what had actually happened; I only recognized the incident because _I_ had made a note of the brain-damaged redneck's name, and, besides, I had a recording. ("All calls may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.') We made sure to record _all_ hell desk calls after one too many "who are you going to believe, me or some lowly IT monkey" incidents.

When no action was taken, the brain-damaged redneck went to the extent of calling a formal meeting on the subject. i played the recording of our little talk, and put up his email complaining, and let the meeting compare them. The brain-damaged redneck no longer works at the company. Word got around that there was a new sheriff in town, and hell desk abuse incidents dropped markedly.

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McAfee settles McAfee lawsuit over McAfee name

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personally

I like his backup policies, as shown in that video. For some reason SWMBO doesn't...

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Someone's phishing US nuke power stations. So far, no kaboom

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Re: watering hole attacks?

That’d be... frustrating... for our heroes, at least if they were trying to get something using the email address and password I use on El Reg. This addy has limited use, and as that use is out in public, anything addressed to it is regarded with Extreme Suspicion. And the password, while silly and not particularly secure, is used only on this site.

Good luck, phishers.

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Windows Insiders with SD cards turn into OneDrive outsiders

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I have OneDrive installed on my Win 10 systems, and my Macs, and my iDevices. I have, allegedly, a glorious terabyte of storage available in Redmond. At last check I was using 8.8 GB of that terabyte, mostly for files I need to share between various systems. The iDevices are all running iOS 10.3 or later, which means APFS; the Macs are running HFS+. Should MS blather about making those systems have NTFS, the sonic boom you hear will be me copying the contents of the OneDrive folder to iCloud or DropBox and then deleting OneDrive from Apple systems and disabling it in Win 10 'cause it seems that it's not possible to kill it there.

You will note that my Win 7 systems do NOT have OneDrive installed.

Plans are currently under way to get my very own private cloudy crap, at which time I'll say bye-bye to OneDrive, iCloud, and Dropbox.

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Re: Uninstall OneDrive

"As part of setting up Windows 10 on customers PCs I also uninstall OneDrive."

How do you do that? When last I checked (last week...) it was possible to _disable_ OneDrive in Win 10, but not kill it. Apparently MS borrowed some tech from Facebook and the Hotel California.

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For all the chaos it sows, fewer than 1% of threats are actually ransomware

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"Surely Linux didnt get 50x as much as apple?"

That depends on whether or not you consider systemd to be malware.

<runs away>

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Fresh cotton underpants fix series of mysterious mainframe crashes

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Re: Aircon in server rooms

Hmm. The Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center is so big and has so much empty volume that it has its own internal weather. Including, allegedly, rain. I suppose that if someone were to close the main doors and crank up the A/C to max, there could be snow. It would be an interesting experiment, as long as I'm not the one who gets to pay the electric bill.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_Assembly_Building

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Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online

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Re: 32TB?

"(I see by the regular single downvotes on almost all of these posts that we are in the presence of a singular MS shill. Must be getting lonely, and this must be so bad for them only one bothers to show up to do their duty)"

you went and provoked him into creating two more accounts.

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Latest Windows 10 Insider build pulls the trigger on crappy SMB1

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Someone please take out all the plebs infesting MS and shoot them.

No, don't do that. Ammunition costs money. Rope is cheap and reusable, and gravity is free. Hang 'em high.

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Openreach to comms providers: Why can't we be friends?

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keep your friends close

and your enemies closer. -- M Corleone.

Methinks Clive-boy has been watching The Godfather I & II. (Note: there was never a third Godfather and never will be. Capish?)

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That minutes-long power glitch? It's going to cost British Airways £80m, IAG investors told

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"At least Russia isn't being blamed."

Yet. Give them time.

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FreeNAS releases version 11, so let us put the unpleasantness of failed V.10 behind us

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Re: "WTF is a NAS doing hosting virtual machines?" Quite, just because you can...

Too late. Morris dancing is one of the more tragic results of incest. It is also one of the _causes_ of incest, as Morris dancers tend to have a problem getting dates.

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British Airways poised to shed 1,000 jobs to Capita

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Re: Placing Bets

they've been dead before. Nothing changes.

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Re: What Does BA Mean?

"Weren't they BOAC? As in "Better On A Camel" "

hah. They could have been worse, then. There was also BWIA, Britain's Worst Investment Abroad, or Better Wait In Airport. and But Will It Arrive. They were _much_ worse than the camel-jockeys. Many is the time that I spent many an hour waiting BWIA flights out of Piarco in Trinidad, or Grantley Adams in Barbados, or, God help us, Norman Manley in Jamaica. The only good thing about being stuck at Norman Manley was that the duty-free rum was cheap and drinkable. I once arrived at Piarco at Very Early O'Clock, a.k.a. 05:00, to get on a flight connecting to Miami and then to Chicago. I was on time. They were late. Very, very, very late, causing me to miss my connecting flight by five hours. I finally arrived at Chicago at 00:45 next day. Just to make things complete, when I left Trinidad it was 90 degrees F. When I arrived in Chicago it was minus 30 F. And snowing. If I had arrived on time I'd have avoided what turned out to be the start of the biggest blizzard to hit Chicago in 30 years. Thanks _ever_ so much, BWIA.

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Microsoft totters from time machine clutching Windows 10 Workstation

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Re: great ideas at the top

"You could ask for a pony"

When Vlad did that, MS charged him so much that he couldn't afford shirts. https://www.dropbox.com/s/uexx5zqathu4qef/_61983585_getty_putin_horse.jpg?dl=0

There are way too many mosquitos and other biting flies around here, I'm NOT chancing having to be shirtless.

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Microsoft officially hangs up on old Skype phones, users fuming

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tell me more

"The same way they modified office to deliberately destroy office documents on osx in an attempt to force people to use onedrive,"

exactly how does office on OS X 'destroy' documents? I have several _thousand_ office documents (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) some of which started out a _long_ time ago, and I use Dropbox to move stuff between various machines (two Macs, three Windows systems, mostly) and none of them have been 'destroyed', so I'd really like to know what I'm doing wrong.

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Cabinet Office minister Gummer loses seat as Tory gamble backfires

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Re: Good riddance

"And perhaps, instead of yet another toff-boy with a degree in history"

Oy! _I_ have a degree in history! I took enough history courses for fun and to top up the grade point that at the end of my time as an undergrad I had enough credit hours for a degree in EE (IT was part of the electrical engineering department at that time) _and_ a degree in history. History was fun, and easy, and I already knew a good chunk of it.

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Busted Russian casino hackers had an appetite for drugs and chocolate

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that name

anyone named 'Dzhanashvili' is almost certainly Georgian, not Russian. 'Shulaya' might be Georgian as well.

<exists, singing 'Marching Through Georgia' Different Georgia, I know, but still...>

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Phiendish phisher gets phive years in phederal for $2m phlights phraud

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he missed one. It should be 'phor'.

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FAA's 'drone smash risk to aircraft' is plane crazy

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what's onerous about requiring that a drone have a transponder and be registered?

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worse than that

"you're looking at a collision every 187 years or so. Still a pretty low risk, but not the one-in-two-million shot that you suggest."

As the number of drones goes up, and as the amount of time people spend playing with them also goes up, then the odds of a collision also go up. Given the current numbers, 1% flight-time/year and 1 million drones, and given the rate of increase of drone ownership and of specialised drone activities, including but not limited to business support ranging from real-estate photography on up, cutting that 1 collision in 187 year figure to something significantly less is not only possible but probable.

And all that it'll take for _serious_ regulations, with _serious_ penalties for trying to get around the regulations, would be one incident which kills or seriously hurts someone. There are many, many, MANY complete idiots out there. All that it would take would be for one guy to put just one drone into the flight deck glasshouse of just one Airbus on final approach to cause a problem for everyone who flies drones. Including those who abide by all the rules.

As a realistic measure, there _should_ be some kind of method for positively IDing drones on radar. There _should_ be some method to trace ownership. Yes, putting a transponder on each aircraft's motherboard can be defeated... but by definition that, of itself, would be illegal. And it would mean that cops would set up drone traps the way they currently run speed traps; wait for drones to fly overhead into a restricted zone, try to interrogate the transponder. No answer? Excellent. Illegal drone. It's gotta come down sooner or later, follow it with a cop drone, take pix of whoever recovers it, fine him heavily and confiscate it. You _know_ that's what will happen if drone owners don't voluntarily both clean up their act and self-police their hoppy.

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

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Re: Jr forum troll

"This lawyer trying to pull off a False Dilemma fallacy isn't that entertaining. I've seen more subtle and elegant attempts on good ol' usenet."

There is a... gentleman... who has posted 'OT: Same-Sex Marriage in the Light of Reason' on talk.origins last week. Apparently it's an effort to show that allowing same-sex marriage will inevitably lead to incest. In particular, according to the... gentleman, who is a math prof at the University of South Carolina if his sig line is to be believed, same-sex marriage will inevitably lead to gay incest involving elderly parents and their children-turned-caregivers.

I swear that I'm not making this up. Google Groups is your friend for those who want to see all 49 (as of the time I post this) replies in that thread.

name redacted 'cause otherwise El Reg's mods would kill this post.

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Trident nuke subs are hackable, thunders Wikipedia-based report

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Re: Boom

possibly you're joking, but just in case... once it gets clear of the atmosphere it can see lots and lots and lots of stars.

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Re: XP on floppies...

Err... not quite. Win XP normally shipped on DVD, but you could order floppies from Microsoft (10 for a minimum install, IIRC) if you wanted. There used to be a page on Microsoft's site online where you could just download the floppy installs, but it's dead now. See https://www.neowin.net/news/windows-xp-sp1a-floppy-install-disks for pointers to the now dead sites.

I remember having so much fun installing XP from floppy once, and only once, a very long time ago.

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Re: Single Point of Failure

In a Real Navy, two to four of the same kind of ship is a 'division', two to four divisions would be a 'squadron', more than four divisions would be a 'flotilla' ('little fleet') and a bunch of squadrons, divisions, not all of the same type, and whatnot a 'fleet'. Alternatively, instead of grouping things by type of ship you could group them by task. A small task would get a 'task group' of 2-7 ships of varying type, typically in these times a few anti-submarine ships and a few anti-air-warfare ships, the ASW ships usually being unable to defend themselves against surface or air threats, the AAW ships being able to hit surface or air threats but not being much good against subs. Real Navies (that would be American, Russian, French, and Indian) would typically have an aircraft carrier or an amphibious assault ship or both in there as well, and might have support ships such as tankers. A 'task force' would be a larger group, often consisting of multiple task groups. In Ye Goode Olde Daze of 1945, British Pacific Fleet operated as Task Force 57 inside the United States Fifth Fleet. British Pacific Fleet had six fleet carriers, four light carriers, 9 escort carriers, four battleships, 11 cruisers (including 2 each New Zealand and Canadian, the Australian cruisers were operating with MacArthur's Navy, a.k.a. US 7th Fleet) plus lots more. Fifth Fleet had over 530 ships, including TF 57.

Four subs isn't even a flotilla.

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Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice

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Re: The long arm of the Law

they're bloody _Irish_ cops! the next time I see an Irish cop who had clue one about anything more technical than how to drink a few pints without spilling any, why, that will be the _first_ time.

To be sure, I haven't been near Ireland since 1977 so they could have improved. I doubt it.

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Walkers' Crisps pulls backfiring Tweet campaign that paired Gary Lineker and a bunch of nasties

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Re: Stalin did nothing wrong

No, he wouldn't. He'd have assigned them to a tank rider battalion and sent them off to the front.

Long live our Soviet Motherland, built by the people's mighty hand.

Long live our people, united and free.

Strong in our friendship tried by fire. Long may our crimson flag inspire,

Shining in glory for all men to see!

Selah.

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RightNow founder turned politician gets assault charge after 'bodyslamming' reporter

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Re: Unlikely to change the outcome

Super. Just super. A creationist cretin Montana Mountain Man. Why am I not surprised?

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Re: Isaac Asimov quote

And the less-known, but often apt (though not in this case, the Montana Mountain Man was a twit) comment on that:

"If violence is called for, only the incompetent wait until the last resort before applying it. By that time it is usually too late for anything, even prayer, to be effective."

Examples of people using violence to achieve worthy goals abound in history; see further 'American Civil War', 'Second World War', many others. Note that in the two examples I used, the boys who ended up losing were the ones to start the violence.

No doubt there might be those who think that stopping slavery or fascism were not worthy causes. I find those kind of people to be... deplorable.

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Wannacry: Everything you still need to know because there were so many unanswered Qs

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Re: That's a bad idea

"If it had been me I'd have tried to mount the drive and see how much could be deleted from it before it all fell apart.

If you're in the UK, that's a really bad idea. It counts as unauthorised access under the Computer Misuse Act, and gets you 12 months in prison and/or an unlimited fine."

Bah. Pikers. Here in the Gunshine (no, that is not a typo) State it's a five-year felony. Which means of course that were I to do such a dastardly thing (which, of course, I would not) I would not have done it from a network or a device which could be traced back to me.

of course, if I ate their boot volume they'd have one hell of time proving whodunit, now wouldn't they?

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Dell kills botched BIOS update that murdered punters' PCs

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Dude

You've been gotten by Dell.

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The real battle of Android's future – who controls the updates

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Re: A question about "experts"

Steve Ballmer

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Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

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Re: Why is XP still being used?

Err... you actually use NETBIOS? Why?

And you can have a full screen comand prompt any time you want it. All versions of Windows from XP onwards either shipped with PowerShell or could be retrofitted with it via a simple and free download, direct from Microsoft. And Powershell is vastly more powerful and flexible than CMD.

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