* Posts by kraut

118 posts • joined 21 Sep 2012

Égalité, Fraternité - Oui, peut-etre. Liberté? NON, French speedcam Facebookers told


<blockquote>Besides a French court cannot impose a driving ban on a UK license (or vice versa). The most they can do is fine you.</blockquote>

The French most certainly can ban you from driving in France. Just like the Swiss can ban you from driving in Switzerland, say for speeding.

Don't ask me how I know.

Mine's the one with the "go faster" stripes on the pockets/

Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES


Re: Very true.

A little bit of soft, room temperature water does indeed help unlock the nose of a good whisky. Cooling drinks with ice, on the other hand, reduces what you can smell and taste. Hence ice should be reserved for drinks that are unpalatable unless chilled, such as Coke, or Bourbon.

Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE


Re: If you want a proper coffee

That'd be an energizing soup

BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

Paris Hilton

Re: Welcome to Urfscked. Population: you

Presumably you store a lot more "movies" at home. Word documents and even - yuck - power points don't take as much spaces as your "documentaries".

Paris, natch. She was quite into her "documentaries", too.

UK's emergency data slurp: IT giants panicked over 'legal uncertainty'


Re: So retain *everything* for *everyone* on an ISP for 12 months on 1 warrant

Hang on, RIPA as supposed to fix all that, which is why we haven't seen any terrorism, money laundering, drug trafficking or terrorism since 2000.



Re: Hasty ??

Hey! Comedians are often quite smart, and funny.

Unlike politicians who appear - on the whole - to be neither.

German government orders local CIA station chief to pack his bags


Re: Ole. Jule A mild reaction

That whole "diplomatic immunity" nonsense might get in the way of arresting and charging foreign diplomats....

Microsoft's anti-malware crusade knackers '4 MILLION' No-IP users


Doesn't Microsoft produce infrastructure frequently exploited by cybercriminals?

How practical is an electric car in London?


Re: Identification problem

Given that the bus lanes are already used by buses, taxis, motorbikes and bicycles, not to mention plenty of motorists (that know where the bus lane cameras are), I hate to break it to you: the bus lanes in London are already full.

Revealed: GCHQ's beyond top secret Middle Eastern internet spy base



<quote>I did vote UKIP at the recent EU election. My reason for doing so is that I believe in a democratically accountable state</quote>

That's sadly a bit like believing in the Easter Bunny these days.

And UKIP is hardly going to lead to more democracy. Quite the opposite, I'd suggest



You forgot about

C - The government engages in secret activities to spy on other nations and organisations, and mass-monitors millions of citizens, blatantly breaking even the ludicrously generous laws (RIPA etc) that the last Junta passed. Wasting huge amounts of money, to remarkably little actual security improvements (*), but nevertheless threatening democracy. The government also introduces backdoors in systems, and sabotages hard encryption, thus weakening everyone's online security even further.

The point is, simply, governments have to act within the law. And it's the job of the press and the public to make sure that they do, and that the laws aren't bad.

(*) Even the NSA, who are perfectly happy to lie to their Congress, weren't bold enough to point to any evidence their surveillance had actually uncovered any real plots



50% of the population have an IQ below average.



<quote>You might not fear the agencies, but they're crammed full of personal info and they're full of employees, human beings, with all their faults.

So's every HR department in the country. I'd be a lot more scared of their incompetence than GCHQ's malice.</quote>

Take the incompetence (and malice) of the average HR department. Give them everything you've ever done online.

Multiply by 10^6.

Still not worried?



<quote>The obvious problem with option A, that Big Brother is planning to impose tyranny, is asking why it hasn't happened yet? </quote>

Who says it hasn't? Maybe you just didn't notice?

I'm still trying to understand how being an offensive arse merits a longer sentence than GBH http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-26579717 ... or why making jokes about airports get you prosecuted.. or why we use "anti terrorism" legislation to prosecute people for dog muck (*) and trying to get their kids into decent schools.

Slippery slope, opium of the masses, blah blah.. more people probably(***) voted for Eurovision and BGT than in the European elections....just because it doesn't look like a coup doesn't mean it isn't one.

(*) which they absolutely SHOULD be prosecuted for. And littering. But not using "terrorism" legislation (**)

(**) and there should be a &%&%&^!" warrant.

(***) Even I can't be arsed to check. Pretty sure that some "reality" TV shows top the abysmal electoral participation in the UK. (****)

(****) As a pure conjecture, disqualifying anyone who's voted in some "reality" TV show in the previous 18 months from voting in real elections might give us more sensible results. OTOH, introducing a voting system that doesn't disenfranchise the majority of the populace (PR, if you can't look it up) would be even better.


Re: TRAITORS -- @AndrueC

Pardon me for not checking the details - but I was under the impression that getting rid of the death penalty permanently was a prerequisite to joining the ECHR and EU.

No judicial system is perfect.


One of the many points is that thanks to #Labour's authoritarian #RIPA, no judicial oversight is required.

Magna Carta? She died in vain.

Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Ed Miliband - they essentially gave any "authorised person" (Senior Scotland Yard Counter-Terrorism officer, Senior Police Officer, Local Authority Dog Muck Warden!) - the legal right to snoop on all your electronic communication.


















You read that right.





So wake up. There is *NO* judicial oversight as to whether a "tap" is valid. Labour essentially passed an enablement act that means whatever *any* authority taps into is legal.

Didn't complain at the time? Voted Labour? Gee, you only have yourself to blame.

Oh, if you really want to get into the infamy of #RIPA - see what happens with encryption keys..and if you were to disclose that you had to hand them over. I'm sure the money launderers and terrorists are quaking in their boots, while civil society and democracy (and online security) won't be affected at all.

Brits: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free


Re: Good Thing (TM)

<quote>Its called subsidies</quote>

Yes, in the UK we get to pay hefty subsidies, and inflated ticket prices. And still have rubbish trains.


Re: What would be really nice

My commuter trains (into Kings Cross / Moorgate) don't have guards, you insensitive clod!

They do, quite frequently, have ticket inspectors to wake you up when you've finally managed to nod off despite the terrible seats, overcrowding and noise. Because clearly having gates at both ends isn't enough.

And they are, frankly, ludicrously overpriced *and* rubbish. Even with the incredibly lax parameters for delay repay [*], I'm getting roughly one repayment a week at the moment.

[*] delays have to be over 30 mins. On a journey between 25 and 45 minutes.

Today's bugs have BRANDS? Be still my bleeding heart [logo]


Re: And another thing...

<quote>Also, her slagging off goto statements only highlights her background as a Pascal programmer, since it's an elegant way to do error cleanup in C if used carefully.</quote>

Which is rather the point. It seems we have two choices, then:

1. Stop using gotos

2. Shoot all the programmers who aren't careful enough to use them

I suspect C programmers would quickly become an endangered species if we went for option 2


Re: Note to all C programmers

<quote>the additional memory overhead and performance reduction of C++ rules it out in favour of C.</quote>

What memory overhead and performance reduction would that be, pray tell?

Bjarne went to a lot of trouble to make sure that you don't pay for features unless you use them. So you can get all the benefits of - e.g, - moderate type safety, exceptions and RAII without paying the (small) runtime overhead of virtual functions.


Re: re: goto fail;

Are you worried about running out of space characters?

if (token || !f())

is much more readable

As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free


Re: Are you insane?

Like http://www.reactos.org/ ?

Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth


Re: Quiet?

Is there a correlation between cul de sacs and cat ownership?

There's almost certainly a positive correlation between living in a street without fast traffic and cat survival.

SATANIC 'HELL DIAMOND' tells of sunless subterranean sea


Re: That's Amazing

At present we don't know what holds galaxies together but we do not doubt that they are held together by something.

Err.. gravity?

Blimey! ANOTHER Bitcoin bleed brouhaha


For future reference

"Schadenfreude". Useful word to know.

Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court


Re: Huh?

The court got it wrong.

"Mr Miranda was detained under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. This allows police to hold someone for up to nine hours for questioning about whether they have been involved with acts of terrorism."

Which he patently and obviously wasn't. It was unlawful because the law was clearly, blatantly and deliberately misused. Harassing the partners of journalists to put pressure on them isn't something that a civilised state should do. End of.

<quote>Yes, I think Greenwald is a Don Quixote wantabe and a massive idiot.)</quote>

You're entitled to your opinion, even if it's clearly stupid.

<quote>When you are going to break the laws, be prepared to face the consequences</quote>

Or, if you're a police officer, no consequences.


Re: Not quite the same @Mad Mike

This was an arrest under suspicion of carring classified information. It was a dention under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism act.. which places very specific limits on the circumstances under which it can be exercised. Go and look it up. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Greenwald

Now, to any layman it would seem that the rules were clearly broken. Miranda is clearly not a terrorist, no matter how much you try to dilute the meaning of that word.

The judges disagreed. Which raises interesting questions about how valuable the alleged rule of law we have in the UK actually is in practice.

It's also worth noth noting that he was neither arrested nor charged with any offence. Now ask yourself: If half the government propaganda was true, and Miranda and Greenwald were actually posing a threat to the security of the country, would they have let him go? Bear in mind that you can - thanks to Blair - be imprisoned for years for "possessing items likely to be of use to a terrorist" (say, a map of London, or a smartphone).

No, this is all about preserving the reputation of the NSA and GCHQ, and covering up their illegal surveillance. And the judicial system is now officially complicit.


Re: Not quite the same

The OSA applies to anyone in the UK, whether they've signed it or not.

Chihuahua TERROR: Packs of TINY hounds menace Arizona


That "resource" seems awfully confused about the difference between "species" and "breed".

Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest ever recorded, global warming is not eroding it'


Re: *cough*



Re: *cough*

If you think 1.5% doesn't constitute a large sample, you clearly know nothing about statistics.

But I'm very happy that you feel entitled to distribute your uninformed opinion with vigour on the internet.


Re: *cough*

2013 being hotter than any other year since 1910 doesn't strike you as significant?

Don't you think someone since 1770 would have recorded thermometer-melting temperatures if they had occurred at the time? I mean, you ozzies are tough, but ignoring temperatures of 45+ in a full woollen governors uniform seems unlikely.

At least the journal would have noted something suitably pithy."Not as cold as yesterday. Took G&T at 10 to warm up."


Re: *cough*

Ahem. Oz has been having record high years - out of 200 or so - for a while now. Glacier melting is extremely well documented. As is Arctic sea ice reduction. There certainly seems to be (no, I haven't *actually* done a statistical analysis on it) plenty of evidence that tropical storms are getting stronger, and even in good old Blighty it would appear that extreme weather events are becoming more common.

<blockquote>Need one point out that science proceeds by strong tests and attempted falsification? </blockquote>

One need not. But the discussion about climate change isn't pure science - and on the science front I think the results are pretty clear cut: The climate *is* changing, and it's pretty obvious that human production of CO2 and other greenhouse gases plays a big part.

The other principle that should be considered is risk management. When you become aware of a risk, you should adjust your behaviour according to the consequences - as a bad first approximation: probability * impact.

Given that, are *you* happy that your pension portfolio is going down by 70% due to climate change? Maybe it's a 1 in 10 chance...or 1 in 5... or 1 in 1. Now, I know what you're thinking, punk. You're thinking "What are the odds, really" Now to tell you the truth I forgot myself in all this excitement. But being this is a cataclysmic change in the climate, and if it goes seriously wrong everyone on the planet is fucked, you've gotta ask yourself a question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?

Me? I'm bad at predicting probabilities. I like to minimise my maximum regret.

<blockquote>Come to think of it, that explains ObamaCare...</blockquote>

Of course, if I'd read to the end of your comment, I could have saved myself the effort of a reasoned response, since you're clearly immune to logic, sense, reason and evidence. Still, someone else may benefit from my lecture.


<blockquote>and - horror - for a long time was not even a journalist (!). </blockquote>

As long as you weren't a politician, that probably counts in your favour.

Do journalists at dinner parties these days pretend to be estate agents to avoid the embarassment?

Coming in 2014: Scary super-soldier exoskeleton suits from the US military


Re: Battlefield Realities

For riot control, water cannons are far more effective.


Re: Battlefield Realities

<blockquote>When the THIRD dimension (as in combat aircraft) became commonplace, tanks became a lot less dominant on the battlefield.</blockquote>

1936 ?


Re: roger sillick IED's and RPG's make the Military Troop w/ Vehicle Redundant...

Remind me of an area that the US military has successfully pacified over the last few years. Grenada, maybe.

Passifying areas seems to be more the job of the media industry, and, to be fair, they have been remarkably successful ;)

I'll get my coat. The one with the spell checker in the pocket, naturally.

Oz couple get jiggy in pharmacy in 'banned' condom ad


Re: Mary Whitehouse wanna be

Watching TV with intent to be offended...now that would be an offence (sic) I could support.

Lifesize, driveable AIR-POWERED LEGO CAR hits the road


Re: Non lego...

Are you volunteering to build a compressed air tank out of lego?

I'd pay too watch the testing...from a distance ;)



Living proof that people have too much time on their hands. But cool.

Mosquitoes, Comets and Vampires: The de Havilland Museum


Re: A fascinating place.

Ditto - I must have gone to Willows Farm a million times when my sprog was younger..never even knew it was there!


Re: Mosquito

The Mosquito was an extremely cool aeroplane, no doubt. But then there's also the SR-71, IMHO one of the coolest (or, more precisely, hottest) aircraft ever. And the looks!

But what about the Me 262? Years ahead of anything on the allied side. Or, one of my favourites for sheer bonkers value, the Me 162? ("Yes, we're going to put you in a tiny little sail plane and strap an enormous hydrogen peroxide rocket to your a*se. What could possibly go wrong?")

On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns


Re: Dear Article Author

The military generally take a rather dim view of you taking their toys home to play with.

Otherwise lots more GIs would do the school run in these.


Re: Dear Article Author

<blockquote>. It's there they will have to get close to the ground to deliver the parcel, at which point even a normal handful of chains is enough to take the thing down.</blockquote>

We're talking about a country where you can get away with shooting a teenager for the crime of wearing a hoodie while black, and aggravated walking through your neighbourhood.

You want to stand close to your neighbour's yard and shoot across their property to hit a parcel delivery vehicle? You go right ahead, son, but I don't much fancy your chances.

Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED


Re: they are annoying but

I don't think companies' charitable donations are tax deductible.

South Carolina couple cop cuffing for shed shag


Re: According to my records...

6. US Population starts to decline.

Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

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'The Apprentice' is a load of old codswallop, says biz prof


Re: It's TV

It really took you a couple of YEARS to realise it's utter tripe?


Osbo jacks up spending on spooks to keep us safe from TERROR


Re: What terrorists?

And don't forget that the IRA were actually well trained, well organised, well funded (thanks septics!) and well equipped compared to the current bunch of clowns.

Boffin's claim: I have found how to get girls into tech


Re: Doing more to *keep* the few who *are* in IT would be a start

I think your wife might benefit from a chat with HR...

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