* Posts by ZanzibarRastapopulous

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ALIS in Blunderland: Lockheed says F-35 Block 3F software to be done by year's end

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What does it bring to the party...

> that we couldn't have achieved by maintaining

> Harrier,

Supersonic speed, increased situational awareness, manoeuvrability, payload.

> Tornado

Not being shit.

Admittedly there's a fair way to go on that last one, but given how shit Tornado was, they're probably there even if they couldn't get it off the ground.

Perhaps the real question is; What does it offer over F18s?

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Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

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Slimming...

It's about time Windows went on a diet, there's a plethora of crap that could be separate downloads.

Notepad AND Wordpad for instance what's that about?

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Breathless F-35 pilots to get oxygen boost via algorithm tweak

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Re: I'd have to ask...

Ok 20 years, does it matter?

The mind-numbing suggestion that the USAF doesn't do as much hypoxia training as a PPL course is just the sort of laughably stupid crap you get in the comments on any F35 article.

You'll be suggesting they should get on a f'ing roller coaster for high-G experience next.

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Re: I'd have to ask...

Yeah, UK PPL training of nearly 30 years ago is superior to the latest USAF fast jet training programs.

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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Re: "on't survive whatever kills a ruggedized tablet computer."

> And how good is that GoPro at reading a lamp in storm conditions?

They're weirdly luddite these kind of comments, it's not hard to imagine a computer and camera being better at this than a person these days.

It's just the sort of thing a machine is good at.

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Re: Morse code

I didn't think the earlier VT's had variable length beeps?

I suppose you could do it with the gaps, but that would be hard.

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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Re: No vaping in the workplace please

> Well duh, e-cig vapor is not steam. Steam is above the boiling point of water and is a gas. e-cig vapor is not above boiling point of water, it is still a liquid.

You are properly thick.

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Re: No vaping in the workplace please

> Because maybe the majority of the "Smoke" from an e-cig is water vapor?

FFS It isn't the water vapour that kicks it off, damp in buildings is associated with mould. I don't collapse unable to breath every time I brew up.

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Re: No vaping in the workplace please

Had an asthma attack triggered by being sat next to someone using one once, don't know if it was a particularly weird one, but I've never had that from cigarette smoke. The main trigger is damp in houses for me, so god knows what it was pumping out.

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Happy 4th of July: Norks tests another missile

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Re: "just gabbing on until..Norks have the ability to nuke the whole US and..free to invade SK.

LoL You're playing top trumps. The bottom line is that the US conventional forces are about to be emasculated because it won't be possible to use them without the loss of a major US or allied city.

This is a big loss of power for the US, it's either act or lose it.

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Re: "just gabbing on until..Norks have the ability to nuke the whole US and..free to invade SK.

> So flash fry the whole US just to get SK?

Don't need to, just need to make sure the Americans don't intervene, which they won't if there's a risk of getting into a nuclear war.

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Preemptive strike

Only option left, anything else is just gabbing on until the Norks have the ability to nuke the whole US and so are free to invade SK.

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

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Adaptations...

When people make adaptations do they use an adaptater?

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

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Re: Being human

Not sure, there's an element of culpability there, he was after all sideways across a highway.

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

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Re: What about Oxygen?

> If we are going to ship all our politicians as 'Mars Settlers' then we don't need oxygen.

We don't need brakes either.

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

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Tabs..

I would buy one, but I'm paid like I use tabs... :(

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Re: Only 1080 high?

> Only 1080 high?

Buy three, mount vertically.

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Facebook has a solution to all the toxic dross on its site – wait, it's not AI?

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Expensive...

They'll need armies of people speaking a multitude of languages, this is a proper challenge.

Won't be good for the bottom line.

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

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Re: Give it to us

We all own the government too, so money to the government is money to us.

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Re: I Think We Need The BBC

> Is it acceptable that the poor pay just as much as the rich for a washing machine / car / vacuum cleaner / replacement window / smartphone / broadband / effing enormous television and so on...

These things aren't paid for with taxation.

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Re: I Think We Need The BBC

> "Is it acceptable that the intelligent pay just as much for all of the reality and soap rubbish broadcast for the masses?"

Given the much smaller number of viewers and limited commercial interest from overseas broadcasters I wouldn't be surprised to find that soaps are significantly cheaper and possibly even a net gain for the BBC compared to more high-brow programming.

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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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Re: Appropriate, since...

Developers having big tits isn't unusual and isn't limited to the females.

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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: AMD

MS might be interested in an acquisition...

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DUP site crashes after UK general election

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Re: Conservatives + DUP = IRA?

> "So, how will they stop those horrible Polish plumbers and Lithuanian chefs flying into Dublin, hoping on a train to Belfast (no passport checks) and then onto the boat to Liverpool (no passport checks). Ain't gonna work..."

FFS It's just frustrating, we never needed to be in this mess but people kept pumping out this kind of vacuous argument that made the remain cause look groundless.

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Boffins get routers spilling secrets through their LEDs

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Re: I'm not sure why you're still reporting on these clowns.

> "So really it's an answer to; how would we get data out of an air-gapped of tightly monitored network without anyone realising we were doing that?"

Whilst also being able to log in to it and run software....

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Google to give 6 months' warning for 2018 Chrome adblockalypse – report

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Re: print ads / But they couldn't blink, move, play sound and video,

> "If it's done server-side then they're not running potentially malicious code on my machine."

Of course they will, it'd be the same ads, just served as part of the content rather than a link.

FFS I'm not saying ads are great, just that there are ways to work around ad-blcokers, and that responsibility for the content is not a show stopper. The agencies could even form contracts with the publishers where they carry the financial consequences of action that results from their ad.

That they are annoying is irrelevant, of course they are annoying.

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Re: Re:They could embed content server side,

> Would you allow your website to serve ads that you would be held responsible for ?

Yes, in the same way that Private Eye has ads and is similarly liable for their content.

I'm not sure that you're protected by virtue of it being a link anyway, you've still put in the instructions to send that content to the browser.

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Re: It really is like a war ...

They could embed content server side, then you'd have to identify the ads from the content of the ads.

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Intel gives the world a Core i9 desktop CPU to play with

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Dangling unpleasantly.

> Intel thoughtfully supplied a short HDMI cable with the stick, but that just made it dangle unpleasantly.

Sticky velcro?

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Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

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Re: Ecuador.

> The whole point of an embassy is...

I'll tell you what it isn't, and that is for sheltering wanted men from the justice of the host nation.

I think a few people went off on one about his guilt or innocence, well I don't know either way, but he is wanted by the police to face justice and Ecuador has used it's embassy placed in a special trusted position to undermine our justice system in a way equally regardless of his guilt or innocence.

It's not on.

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Ecuador.

Do we really want to host an embassy that shelters accused rapists from the police?

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Emissions cheating detection shines light on black box code

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NOX numbers

Does anyone have the actual tested numbers (real or otherwise) by model that they can make public?

I can't seem to find them anywhere.

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London City airport swaps control tower for digital cameras

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Why?

Why?

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Chrome on Windows has credential theft bug

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If the .scf file contains this code:

> [Shell]

> IconFile=\\170.170.170.170\icon

Surely most corporate networks will block almost all external IP's though?

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DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

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Re: Linux

I think Sun keyboards had a key with just a diamond on them, and I'm sure DEC had something similar that even had similar functionality on the later VT terms in the gold key. It was actually fairly common on VMS to reprogram the entire numeric pad with shortcuts.

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Majority of contractors distrust HMRC's IR35 calculator, survey finds

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Outside IT...

Is this being implemented at all outside IT?

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Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

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It could also depend on whether you're picking a particular subset as well, Americans for instance (although they apparently do poorly as a group).

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

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Jumbo Harrier

Couldn't they just make a really big Harrier? Just double everything up like Jimbo in reverse?

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Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

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Dammit!!!!

Just upvoted the wrong comment because of this...

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

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Crappy dead-end job...

If they need human volunteers, it doesn't sound too bad.

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

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Up and down an inch or so...

> raft, which moves up and down an inch or so as the tide ebbs and flows.

Portsmouth has something like a 12 foot range so either they're behind the gates in which case there'd be no need to adjust the lines as the level wouldn't move or they're outside the gates and do need to adjust the lines but the raft moves nothing like the full range of the tide - which seems odd.

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Royal Navy's newest ship formally named in Glasgow yard

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Re: HMS Forth

> Looks like someone repossessed an oligarch's yacht, stuck a cannon on it, painted it RN grey and extended the helipad to take a Merlin.

That would have been cheaper.

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New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability

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30 years....

So for 30 years no-one has been quite sure who was responsible if the DLR went wrong and killed someone?!

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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

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Contracts...

If this hinges on contractual terms then surely it's a breach of contract and not a criminal offence?

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Re: "I wish for world peace"

> Soldiers are "expressly authorised" to fire their rifles as well , but which direction makes a big difference

Actually they aren't. When deployed they are given rules of engagement which say what they can shoot and when.

Typically they'll be phrased as allowing any use of force in self defence or defence of your unit.

Example on wikipedia:- https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/35/Operation_Provide_Relief.Rules_of_Engagement.jpg

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Pack your bags! NASA spots SEVEN nearby Earth-sized alien worlds

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Who cares?

It's bloody miles away what does it matter?

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Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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"emerging Thought Leader"

Who does this shit come from, and why haven't they been killed?

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All of Blighty's attack submarines are out of action – report

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MAIB

https://www.gov.uk/maib-reports/collision-between-the-stern-trawler-karen-and-a-dived-royal-navy-submarine

It might help if they didn't pelt down the Irish sea through a maze of fishing boats at 20 knots...

Yeah, sure the cod-end cut itself, they do that.

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WTF? Francis Ford Coppola crowdsources Apocalypse Now game

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Meh..

Sounds a bit formulaic...

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