* Posts by imanidiot

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Head of GCHQ Robert Hannigan steps down for 'personal reasons'

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Right...

"While this work must remain secret, you will know how many lives have been saved in this country and overseas by the work of GCHQ."

Probably none or very few at most. --> Because GCHQ

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Chevy Bolt electric car came alive, reversed into my workbench, says stunned bloke

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and yet...

I STILL think it was most likely user error.

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Assange reverse-ferrets on promise to fly to US post-Manning clemency

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The harshest punishment

The most soul crushing sentence the US can give Assange now is to simply ignore him forever. Making his "refuge" in the embassy look exactly like the asshattery that it is.

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IT team sent dirt file to Police as they all bailed from abusive workplace

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Uhhhmmmmm

I think we are going to have "that" discussion again.

Why accept the abuse for years on end before collectively resigning? Why not start by collectively speaking up? Why not start by collectively refusing service to those who spout the verbal abuse (starting with TOWF), perhaps supporting those that get fired with written and verbal support for their unfair dismissal case? Why not start by sending a signal (soon) by just erasing every single trace of porn from the company servers? It's not like they are going to admit in a court case they were storing objectionable materials. I highly doubt this way of handling things got the message across to TOWF. He's just going to hold a grudge for being "the victim" instead of understanding he's a c*nt.

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Smart bombs, smart bullets – now guided smart artillery shells, thanks to DARPA dosh

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Re: @DougS - US doesn't have "sheer disgregard for the lives of its soldiers"

@DougS, why put those quote marks in? They are not in my post and it seems to imply you think I said the opposite of what I was saying. In WW2 it's certainly the case that the US realised the point about massive amounts of casualties much more than the Soviets. Which was my original point.

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Re: The USA way of doing things

These contracts are just "keep smart people working for our side" bags of money to keep people working in the defense industry and for the US, in hopes they will come up with some smart stuff along the way that can be used in other projects. Looking at the actually deployed US arsenal very little of this "smart" stuff actually makes it to the battlefield. Much of the actual kit is much more along the second approach you describe. And yes, a Javelin is much more expensive than an Soviet RPG-7. Firing at and hitting a tank hidden behind a hill with a top down attack from a few hundred yards away is however a massive advantage.

Yes, the US relies more on technology vs. for instance the Russian/Soviet tactic of easy to build and large numbers but in the end the question over which approach is better is still an open question since the cold war thankfully remained only lukewarm at best. The US simply doesn't have the sheer disregard for the lives of it's soldiers to go with the Soviet "Throw another battalion at it and see if it sticks" approach.

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Two new Raspberry Pi models emerge steaming from the oven

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Re: Raspberry, Banana, Orange....

Likely to get you in hot water with a certain Cupertino based merchant of electronic goods. Peach might be another option. Or Gooseberry. Maybe Ligonberry?

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Re: Whats this GUI thingy?

Seems like an ideal platform for embedding it in industrial systems. Could be used for someone practising his cluster building skills. Whatever your imagination can come up with (Being a Mech. Engineer mine is rather limited when it comes to this type of equipment)

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Smart guns are a neat idea on paper. They'll never survive reality

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Re: Oh crap moment

Jup, almost as bad as the gun light designed to turn on when you put your finger on the trigger... (Can't care enough to remember or search the brandname. Saw it featured in some gunshow videos last year)

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Re: Missing the point

probably either nothing at all (because they forgot the safety) or *click*.

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Missing the point

The problem in the US with firearms safety (When it comes to unintentional discharges) is not the the gun. The problem is in lack of training and understanding/care by the owner of the firearm. I am sure there are many responsible and well trained gun owners that carry their weapon daily without problem and keep it safe when they don't have it on their person. Counter to that there are so many people who own a gun that never even give a second thought on using it or how to carry it safely. Personal anecdote: I've met a person in the US who told me she had .32 gun in her purse at all times, never took it out and had never shot it. Not even on a range. She had never considered what could happen with that gun in the home when children come to visit or how she would use it if she ever actually needed it. As it was just a friend of a friend all I could do was advise her to go to a local range, bring the gun in and get some instruction on how to (un)load and fire the thing safely... According to her she wasn't the only one in her circle of friends to have a (probably) loaded gun in the house without a second thought or a proper safe storage location.

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Chelsea Manning sentence slashed by Prez Obama: She'll be sprung in the spring

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Re: but will she make it to the release date?

I think the question is more about will she make it AFTER release. There are still many nutjobs in the US who think Manning should be shot on sight.

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French spies warn politicians of hack risk as election draws near

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@AC I'm not making a statement as to it being a good or a bad thing. It certainly won't be a good thing short term (just like brexit certainly won't). The effect long term remains to be seen and is pretty much anybody's guess. Depens on how badly the US manages to antagonise the Rusians and Chinese (the South China Sea problem has a good likelyhood of becoming a bit of a pickle). And how the EU manages foreign relations in the years to come.

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If Le Pen wins we will be very close of a civil war.

I doubt we'd get to a civil war. Stability in the EU zone will certainly be lost. I'm certain the EU as we know it wouldn't survive Le Pen managing to get a Frexit through.

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Putting the 'Port' in Portal: Old-school fan brings game to Apple II

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Re: Time to dig out my old Apple II?

More likely to be capacitor rot. That'll claim most old electronics.

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SpaceX makes successful rocket launch

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Re: Well-heeled masses

If we can avoid full blown Kessler syndrome it will be wonderful. I'm not sure the current approach to mittigating the risks will work in the long term. We're still slinging a lot of crap up there that'll never come down or be recovered.

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@Spudley,

Won't be entirely in triplicate at the same time though. The 2 boosters would land at the same time, the core stage would land later (and probably on a barge) since, as Musk puts it: It's hauling serious ass by the time it separates. Still, looking forward to having my mind blown.

I watched the first succesful barge and RTL landings live and both times it was amazing. Really hoping I can get to watch the first Heavy launch live too. (And I'm considering taking a trip to the US at some point to experience a launch too)

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It's not just your browser: Your machine can be fingerprinted easily

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Re: Mine doesn't give that data.

You are not "people in general" nor fall into a group that comes even close to being described as "people in general".

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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

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Awhhhhhh, how sweet

You all seem to be under the impression qualifications and skills actually matter when it comes to being appointed a cushy upper echelon position in politics.

Let me help you out of your dream. It simply matters who you know, what you have done for them in the past and most importantly what you can do for them in the future.

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Google sends Titan broadband drones to the unicorns' graveyard

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Big surprise there

Or maybe not...

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MIT brainiacs wrangle 2D graphene into super-strong 3D art homework

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Re: So... not actually a story about graphene, really?

^^That...

I don't even find it that interesting. They only speculate about some method they MIGHT be able to do it, but this once again is the ever-lasting problem with the "wonder material" graphene. It's O so magical and wonderful and super, but we have no way of producing it in any meaningful quantity or structure. We've been promised graphene batteries for eons now, and still nothing seems to be happening even on that front (And those would use "simple" 2D graphene sheets).

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Now for a really cool micro-drum solo: Boffins chill gizmo below quantum limit

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Re: Science-Fiction getting more real every day

When it comes to preserving a steak I doubt it matters much if you go to .1K or .00001K. At that point it just doesn't make a noticable difference. (I also doubt you can cool a steak to those temperatures without freezer burn and ending up with an inedible glob after thawing)

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Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

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One has to wonder

what kind of reality these people live in. And how much of it actually overlaps with the real world.

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Elon's SpaceX gets permission to blow up another satellite or two

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Re: "When you have basically a massive flying bomb travelling supersonic, "

I should also add, those long haul flights don't need to bother bringing a few tons of liquid oxygen with them. It makes things "slightly more interesting" so to speak.

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Re: "When you have basically a massive flying bomb travelling supersonic, "

On that round trip you get to release that amount of energy over the course of probably about 30 hours of flight. On a rocket you release that energy in less than 15 minutes. Just the turbo pumps by themselves are a feat of engineering and it's nearly a miracle we can now build pums that can squeeze thousands of gallons per second at extremely high pressure into the engines.

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Re: "who can forget the very first Ariane 5 launch..."

One of the problems they had with the tanks was a strut that did not meet it's manufacturing standards. And they found a whole heap of them when they tested the others. That means it's a MASSIVE, MASSIVE supply chain problem with a lack of proper supply chain management. Now they are encountering COPV problems that seem to indicate they made a change in the fueling that was not properly tested or thought through, indicating a failure to perform any sort of FMEA or due diligance when making this change. All of this is indicative of structural problems within the SpaceX organisation. (And from what I've heard, they have a massive churn rate, higher even than typical of other US based startups. SOME engineers thrive in that sort of environment, but in my experience the best engineers for keeping safety and failure modes in mind are typically those that like a bit of peace and quiet every once in a while)

I'm pretty sure NASA is not actually going to say it but I'm confident major alarm bells are going off within the organisation with regards to the manned program of SpaceX. These are the sort of lessons that NASA learned the hard way. Let's just hope SpaceX doesn't have to rack up a similar bodycount to learn those lessons, because I doubt the commercial space branche is going to survive even a single death.

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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Scene: A meeting room at Microsoft

Peon 1: People are complaining about the so called "blue screen of death". Is there anything we can do about it?

Peon 2: we could fix the driver issues?

Peon 3: But that is hard...

Peon 4: Maybe we could remove the screen entirely?

Peon 1: Would it stop people complaining?

Peon 4: It would stop them complaining about the BSOD!

Peon 2: What if we just change the color?

Peons 1-4: Brilliant!

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

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Re: Great Minds Think A Like

And this is different from the past 200 years how exactly? Engineering training/education/research has pretty much always been in service to finding better ways to kill the other guy better.

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Is! Yahoo! dead?! Why! web! biz! will! rename! to! Altaba! – the! truth!

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Re: Does Flickr have a future in this brave new world?

My advice: save your collection now, because it will probably disappear with barely a warning.

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Too much landfill, too little purpose: CES 2017

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Re: "Clearing away the trash"

because big media knows their consumers don't care and they can make more profit if they just push out cheap and cheerful "look at this new shiny" articles.

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

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Time for a war on Stupidity?

"may have kept our children and loved ones free from being introduced to drugs."

If all that is stopping your kids and loved ones from doing drugs is making a microscopic dent in it's availability you have a bigger problem than the availability of drugs! You know, maybe you should actually talk to the kids every once in a while. And not only trying to scare them about the supposed dangers of "the reefer" and such. Like they are human beings.

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Weather stops SpaceX from blowing up more satellites

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Nope

AFAIK SpaceX doesn't have a procedure for loading after the rocket is on the pad. Thus the payload is already on board when the thing is rolled out to the pad and onboard when the hold down firing is done.

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

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Re: The time has come .......

@AC:

Yeah, about that "macdonalds millionaire"... Not exactly as you describe. The women WASN'T in a moving vehicle. She was sitting in the passenger seat of a parked vehicle driven by her son in law. She has readilly admits the SPILL was her fault. Wat WASN'T her fault was that the coffee was served BLISTERINGLY hot. A fact MD had been warned about (and succesfully sued about) before. As a result of this she suffered 3rd! degree burns to her genitals and lower legs, needing several months in hospital and several skin graft surgeries to fix. The awards she eventually got wasn't millions. And what she actually wanted was just compensation for a PART of the medical costs. In fact, SHE had offered to settle even before the whole thing went to court for a few tens of thousands of dollars (US healthcare is expensive). The jury eventually ruled against MD for 2.7 million dollars (the income from 2 days coffee sales for MD) and eventually the case was settled for $600k

Or just watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9DXSCpcz9E (interesting bit starts at roughly 1 minute in)

Not to say that frivolous lawsuits don't happen, but they are not nearly as big a problem as some people make them out to be. Essentially it is just another trick by big corporations trying to make it more difficult for consumers to fight them.

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Re: Nice to see...

Nobody laughs at the UK because we have allowed an unelected Prime Minister Theresa May to completely fuck us over.

Oh do fuck off... nothing has happened yet and the biggest damage to the brit economy is from doommongers like you saying how everything is shit when strictly speaking NOTHING has happened yet.

And most of all this article has nothing to with ANYTHING relating to your whining.

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Re: The time has come .......

@CD

Fortumately that is just a ruse so they can try to steamroller you and try to get around the actual claim. That sort of "agreement" in a contract doesn't hold in court if you have a case.afaik jurisprudence already exists on this matter.

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FM now stands for 'fleeting mortality' in Norway

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Re: It's not the first country

All bets are on the FM bands getting sold for massive amounts of money to companies that will make massive amounts of profit on those bands. And enforcement on FM radio transmitters will probably be strict and severe.

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Christmas Eve ERP migration derailed by silly spreadsheet sort

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Re: How?

Okay guys, this version works --> save file to personal disk, usb drive or alternate location --> finish job....

It's not that hard.

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How?

How did Gary and his team not have a backup of a known and working version of the excel sheet? That situation could have been easily avoided with a bit of prudent version management.

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NASA – get this – just launched 8 satellites from a rocket dropped from a plane at 40,000ft

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Re: Thats nothing.....Named meat costs extra...

Why does my mind insist on reading that as guinea pig...

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US Supreme Court to hear case that may ruin Lone Star patent trolls

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@Charles 9

Unless they work in one of the states that have retention elections or even competitive elections. Then they CAN get fired or voted out.

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Amazon's first live drone delivery flew last week in Cambridge, UK

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Re: It might just fly

Well I certainly doubt the idea has legs!

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Re: It might just fly

I agree, this is probably the point. Counter to that though, in a place like London the average traffic speed is 4 miles an hour. Not great for fast deliveries.

In the end though I doubt this whole drones for deliveries is ever going to get anywhere.

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Microsoft's Edge to flush Adobe Flash in Windows 10 Creator’s Update

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Re: Not possible to ban smoking in the office?

@Albaleo, No, you are definitely not. If you didn't smoke at all you'd be as effective as you are just after your siggy all day long, without needing to take that smoke break. The unfocused, tired, nervous feeling you get when you need your fix is the withdrawal from your drug of choice. If you weren't smoking you wouldn't get that.

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Not possible to ban smoking in the office?

"a bit like a smoker in a modern office: not illegal, not possible to ban, but fair game for shaming and exclusion"

What kind of backwards country do you live in? Over here an employer can't discriminate against a smoker, but it's perfectly legal to ban him from smoking during working hours (only on breaks) and it's actually mandatory by law to have "smokers zones" away from the normal breakrooms for the smokers to use their drug of choice. And if there is one a smoker can be banned from smoking anywhere else. My choice would be to locate it as far away is possible and enforce the working/break times. Want to smoke, sure, but you'll be spending 5 minutes getting to the smokers booth and 5 minutes to get back, leaving you with barely time to smoke an aerosolised death stick.

Hmmm, that is kind of what MS is doing to flash users now...

Forget I said anything.

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Meat pies in SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

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Re: Time to raise a pint to Lesters memory

I think there are still plans to get LOHAN flying, but I don't know how much momentum is remaining with the loss of Lester and the stonewalling/stalling/slowness of the FAA.

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Poor software design led to second £1m Army spy drone crash

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In other words

Even with the recommendations and problems already identified in the earlier crash, the UK government decided not to sue Thales for incompetence, Thales is still incompetent and the programming for the the thing is still F*^#ing stupid!

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Persistent ad and dialler trojans found on 28 Android phones

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"Mostly landfill Androids from odd places, but Lenovo makes the list too"

So that would be ONLY landfill Androids from odd places?

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Bluetooth-enabled safe lock popped after attackers win PINs

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Why??

Who in their right mind thinks bluetooth on a safe is in any way conducive to security?? And who in their right mind would even BUY such a thing?

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Because pressing the button on the key is still simpler than having to stick the metal bit into a small receptacle on the vehicle and twist it to unlock? And to prevent someone from opening your vehicle when you are close but not next to the car?

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SpaceX delays manned Dragon capsule launch

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Re: Actually less about the Amosposion I think.

Also likely is that SpaceX simply needs the full production capacity to keep clients happy before they can "spare" one for the manned dragon tests.

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