* Posts by M7S

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Make Apple, er, America Great Again: iGiant to bring home profits, pay $38bn in repatriation tax

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I wonder how the fanboys of Islington will react

Now that their overpriced purchases are finally funding Trump's policies.

Should be good for a wind-up in the craft beer bar on a Friday night

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Elon Musk lowers his mighty erection for test firing: Falcon Heavy preps for maiden voyage

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Re: I don't care!

@ Flocke, are you sure you didn't mean this one http://robotech.wikia.com/wiki/Tesla, who also fits the "slightly insane genius scientist" requirement.

Anyway, I though SHIELD had already done the "launch a red roadster into the sky" thing, or is that not "Cannon" (sorry)

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Whizzes' lithium-iron-oxide battery 'octuples' capacity on the cheap

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Maybe "ten years away"

so this will make electric vehicles truly practical at about the same time we'll all be using Nuclear Fusion for free clean unlimited energy.

I like predictions. They're even better than election manifestos

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If you won't use your brain our machine will use it for you, Nissan tells drivers

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And what do men apparently think about every seven seconds or so....

That will be all, thank you

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Military alliance NATO adopts official hymn

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Given the new emphasis on "space" warfare

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIsv1YOFNys, although that might not strike the right polical tone

or for something with a very different sense of irony (and a very different kind of starship trooper...)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kii8Zsuo3_c

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Beyond code PEBCAK lies KMACYOYO, PENCIL and PAFO

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Anyone remember El Reg's very own moderatrix?

ODFO was one of her more frequent responses.

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What will drive our cars when the combustion engine dies?

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Given how long it took to agree new nuclear power plants in the UK

Is all this talk of electric vehicles just horsing around?

Mind you, that could probably be very necessary in a couple of decades......

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Iran the numbers – and Persian internet is the cheapest in the world

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and in North Korea the cost is?

Enquiring minds want to know, although this might be officially discouraged, possibly even bad for one's health.

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Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

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Space fighter, or at least a toy for the very rich

There is a rather "windscreen looking" black strip in the pictures, so there's hope of something you can take a partner and a small weekend bag in....

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Los Alamos National Lab fires up 750-node RPi cluster

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Re: Not enough buzzwords

Ok then

Cluster

User

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Testing on

Applied

Research &

Development

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The NAKED truth: Why flashing us your nude pics is a good idea – by Facebook's safety boss

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Worrying about people seeing pictures of me naked in the wild rather than just one FB staffer

Just before you read any further, "in the wild" in the title above alludes to "beyond my control" rather than images of my muffin top cavorting about the local, um, beauty spot.

If there are any images of various bits of me that people enjoy, they're either medical professionals or going to need some form of help rather more than I will. In a few cases, possibly both.

Ah yes, the coat, I should have kept that on, but better late than never. Thank you.

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How we fooled Google's AI into thinking a 3D-printed turtle was a gun: MIT bods talk to El Reg

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I've occasionally wondered how much fun could be had

if I had a template of something like a handgun or grenade and through it could spray something that was invisible to the naked eye but opaque to x-ray onto suitcases of those travelling via air. The boss' carry-on case comes to mind if he's come into the office before heading to the airport, or just wandering around the lobby of an hotel randomly picking on luggage waiting to be moved somewhere.

Now if just changing a few pixels will fool the AI, is there a possibility that some very small stickers would in effect do the same sort of thing? At times of major holidays this could be as effective a way of bringing an airport to a standstill as any more violent act.

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Frowns all round as Smile and Co-op online banking goes down

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Now if if it just took out the ATMs as well

then customers could enjoy the cashless society nirvana alluded to here https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/06/link_atm_shakeup_analysis/

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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Just to be clear on the sequence of events

Whilst it might seem to most readers to have been a prank by someone leaving anyway, from the information given there is the slim possibility that this became the employee's last day once this action (deliberate or otherwise) was discovered, said last day not necessarily being his initial choice.

In which case any subsequent unfair dismissal claim could be interesting....

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Slashing regulations literally more important than saving American lives to Donald Trump

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Re: All vehicles within 4 years?

"But even to send the data (not be self driving) any car more than 10 years old doesn't have the data to send"

And this is meant to stop regulators planning for the future? The requirement is for new vehicles in the same way that compulsory seat belts were only for new vehicles some years back. There's no requirement to retrofit. Over time those vehicles without the required feature will generally disappear from the roads, some specialist vehicles and classics aside.

At some point a critical mass will be reached of vehicles with this feature, and the technology to use this positively may well then be mature enough to deploy on a wide scale, so why not start to require fitting these now if the "sender" side tech is ready and affordable?

I agree there's much to be considered, and it will not work for some classes of road user (motorcycles have already been mentioned but there's also animal-drawn wagons, pedestrians, pedal-cyclists etc) so there will need to be an accommodation of these which may will include "old" cars, or maybe it will only activate on certain roads such as motorways where other types of traffic are generally not permitted (and before the m/c riders come for me, no I do not propose we be banned from any type of road)

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

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Re: Let's make planes that can't fly......

"you wait until you know who you're fighting before you decide what you need to beat them"

I think that unfortunately even if there wasn't a current policy wanting to test kit anywhere hot, dusty and with an oil bearing substrata, that current lead times and the advent of serious and small WMD render that an unwise procurement strategy for even the USA. protected by quite a bit of ocean either side, to rely on.

Even the falklands would probably never had been recovered if, post invasion, the UK would have needed to pop down to "weapons-R-us" anymore than they already had to (ships from P&O, improved sidewinders from the US* etc etc)

*Allegedly

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Humble civil servant: Name public electric car chargers after me

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Politicians, as honest as the day is long

If these charging points are perhaps locally solar powered, would any named after him effectively be making Hayes whilst the sun shines?

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More and more websites are mining crypto-coins in your browser to pay their bills, line pockets

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Not harmless if this kind of thing spreads to pay for "normal" websites

I believe some countries have taken steps to ban these kinds of currencies (IIRC Russia and China head the list). If other countries do the same, then if a user sat in a jurisdiction that has banned cryptocurrencies inadvertently runs some of these cycles on their PC, could they be in trouble for unauthorised financial processing in some way?

Remember there are countries that lock up rape victims for unlawful sexual intercourse, so having some humourless official tell you it is your fault that your favourite social media site has changed its funding model and you're looking at doing time for something akin to money laundering might not be so far fetched.....

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Screw the badgers! Irish High Court dismisses Apple bit barn appeals

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Any chance the badger chap might be able to appeal in an EU court?

Seeing as how they have such a positive view of Apple and their compliance with the law (yes I know) at present

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Dear America, best not share that password with your pals. Lots of love, the US Supremes

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What about those various employers that demand access to social media accounts

of potential recruits during the application phase?

I believe that they expect passwords to be handed over as well

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US Senate stamps the gas pedal on law to flood America's streets with self-driving cars

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Just a thought

If a car driving in another lane parallel to me veers into my lane due to inattention or lack of perception, I can make various signals (horn, flash lights, other visual indications...) and there's a chance the current organic computer may recognise any error and factor this into future driving*

If a driverless vehicle has some kind of similar issue, will it recognise the signal, consider the circumstances that might cause me to give such a signal and then consider its own behaviour and the possible need to modify this should the same circumstances arise?

*Of course this does not apply if the organic computer's OS is affected by sociopathy, drugs, the fitting of certain badges on the front or rear of the vehicle (before or after purchase), the wearing of a hat and numerous other causes that I am sure other commentards will be pleased to list

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

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Some intense dislike by the company of Tom Robinson, or an aversion to high speed roads?

Looking at the model numbers all I could think of was

2, 4, 6, 8 Motorway

And of course in their sequence K-9 for a "robot" is already taken, not by those police units unable to spell properly either.

http://www.followingthenerd.com/site/wp-content/uploads/Heroes-of-doctor-who-k9-john-leeson-the-time-warriors.jpg

After all, who puts a laser on a sodding shark.....

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New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

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Re: This is getting stupid

Careful now, that kind of suggestion is not very far from the tweet sent by Paul Chambers (search on this site if you don't remember him). Unless of course you are happy to rely on the legendary sense of humour that HMRC has*

*Of course the sense of humour they're really waiting for belongs to one Mr. K Dodd, onetime resident of Knotty Ash, who it is hoped will be leaving his to the Exchequer in due course.

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US government sued by 11 pissed-off travellers over computer searches

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"Knight First Amendment Institute"

Did they have an industrial division back in the eighties (although the number two thousand may be relevant here) that made cars, possibly with an "autopilot" that actually did what it said on the tin?

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The Register Lecture: The secrets of power in the digital age

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Not as far as Yorkshire but

Whilst I used to work in London, and attended a few of these, I don't currently and its about an hour and a half's travel.

Still worth it in my view, but I appreciate that YMMV (literally)

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Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid

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This does show that cat-related research is actually advancing

As we have clearly moved on quite a bit from the much missed bonsaikitten.com project once mentioned on this august website and worthy of resurrection.

All together now, 1, 2, 3 "Memories, not a sound in the moonlight......."

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Police deny Notting Hill Carnival face recog tech led to wrongful arrest

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Re: Nothing wrong with being "wrongfully" arrested

This can actually cause a problem. If you have been arrested, even if not charged in the UK, technically you need a visa if you want to go to the USA. This is mostly due to the difference in the import given to the term in the different jurisdictions but with the hassle/cost of getting a US visa as opposed to travelling there under the ESTA scheme.

I would be surprised if many holidaymakers entering the US are not technically in breach of their immigration rules for this reason and if some day their CBP gain full access to UK police records then this could become a bit of a problem for them.

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WannaCrypt NHS victim Lanarkshire infected by malware again

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"Who you gonna call?"

Oh, bail conditions, sorry.

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

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Re: Rested drivers and the new Pony Express

I may be being cynical, but I feel that once this tech is "proven", that drivers will still be required, just employed on something similar to a zero hours basis and therefore only for the fiddly bits at each end despite having to sit in the cab (presumably "on call" and thus liable for any problem, but not actually paid to drive) for the rest of the journey.

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NSA ramps up PR campaign to keep its mass spying powers

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Re: Denounce them all

Generally I think that there is the same level of denunciation. The issue here is that for many in the US, this agency (and others) are supposed to be there to protect the interests of their own country, and citizens like to suppose that this is them. Officials in power may, or may be seen to, disagree in some vague way. Also there are issues like constitutional protections and laws that this agency is reputed to be flouting even when democratically elected representatives, with supposed powers of oversight, try to hold them to account.

It is a similar situation to some UK citizens and their view of the comparable UK agencies.

The impression in many cases is that the agencies are slippery sorts who have decided to operate in an extra-legal manner. Its probably not entirely true as I don't imagine that they recruit entirely from "henchmen-r-us" and that most people join with a sense of wanting to do the right thing and protect their country/uphold the law etc, but certainly this impression has some traction and when even agencies such as the police that are supposed to operate with our consent ignore court rulings on storage of images, it really doesn't help their case.

The problem seems to be "we can do all this stuff and it really could help protect the public, but if they knew what we were capable of, they'd be frightened and then we could not protect them" so they are in some kind of Hobson's choice, and now that the public is more aware, some think we should have a more open and honest debate, although that might give away some secrets to "bag guys" (by which I mean criminals as well as quasi-state actors) and thus defeat the protections we currently generally enjoy.

Its a difficult area. To get back to your point about other countries' agencies, there is some condemnation of these there, although muted, but until we put out own house in order we can hardly thrown many stones.....

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India's Aadhaar national biometric ID scheme at risk after Supreme Court rules privacy is a right

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Is there any kind of valid comparison that has been done to other schemes?

For example I believe Estonia has a secure ID/E-gov scheme, even open to citizens of other countries. I've also been told by a Brit resident in Denmark that everything he does can be seen by just about everyone, for example he bought a TV and the person in the shop could check his address, credit rating, that there was a licence etc, and apparently this sort of thing is pervasive, regarded as normal. From the UK I've not read much about whether or not this is a good or bad thing in the view of the locals.

I recall the fuss over the UK's proposed "entitlement" cards (No2ID) some time back, about which I felt conflicted, but it would be interesting to see if some kind of manifesto could be put together with the best practices from all the different schemes taken into account, including ways to safeguard citizens from misuse which in the UK at least seems to be raised as a recurring concern.

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Kill animals and destroy property before hurting humans, Germany tells future self-driving cars

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I know he flies, but are we preventing Santa having an autonomous sleigh?

"If a situation on the road goes south"

How else does one leave the North Pole?

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Spinal Tap (inspired) Airways

Five engines? - pah!

Ours go up to eleven

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World's largest private submarine in mystery sink accident

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If he is convicted

And "goes down" (sorry), it would be nice if the sub can be recovered and put to a good use (science, educational tourism etc), particularly as it was crowd funded.

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Don't throw away those eclipse glasses! Send 'em to South America

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What a nice idea

That is all

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Verizon kicks out hot new Unlimited* plans

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It's always busy on the roads I travel

Mostly as despite my paying a seeming fortune in road fund licences, the infrastructure is not maintained beyond a poor level, and as for the construction of additional capacity, one can but dream.

On reflection, their comparison is astonishingly apt.

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Kraut coppers seize 5,000 Donald Trump-shaped dance biscuits

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Unusually for a crudely made copy of something

actually better for you than the real thing.

(So I'm led to understand)

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British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins

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Is Machiavelli dead?

"First look to your defences"

A bit difficult if any citizen with the talent to help defend fellow citizens is left to the mercies of a foreign power.

I'm not judging his guilt in this allegation, and don't understand the boundaries of Infosec research in any sense (legal, technical or practical) but he is a Brit, even if the only approach was a "Lord Vetinari" like 'quiet word' before he left these shores (or maybe not, after such a word) that would surely be in our national interest.

I'm not sure how others will be encouraged, but I fear not in the best way for our long term well being.

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US DoD, Brit ISP BT reverse proxies can be abused to frisk internal systems – researcher

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Investigating anything related to or hosted by BT? Risky at best

Did he by any chance dare to type ../../../ anywhere?

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/10/11/tsunami_hacker_followup/

Oh what short memories we have as an industry, TPTB may feel that current sentences are not enough of a deterrent.

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New MH370 analysis again suggests plane came down outside search area

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If they do find the voice/data recorders....

...any instance of the data being less than 100% recoverable will have the conspiracy theorists in ecstatic fits for decades over the cover up of the assassination/timetraveller bodyswap/UFO attack/whatever.

Of course if the data is 100% recovered then that just proves to them it is all faked, as nothing could last that long underwater....

The one with the Oceanic Airlines logo on, thank you

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The eyes have IT: TSB to roll out iris-scanning tech for mobile banking

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Perhaps as with some high end trading systems

that allow a "duress" password that pretends to do things but doesn't in fact enable any real transfers you'll get one setting for each eye. "Do you feel lucky, Punk?"

My concern would be for high net worth individuals (alas/fortunately I am not one such) bundled from the street into a van and waking to find themselves in an abandoned warehouse tied to a chair with their phone being dangled in front of them. How do they then stop the gang of masked ne'erdowells emptying all their accounts (as they will have the time to determine that funds have in fact arrived where expected, and change eye if required). If the person is then released and clever villains have left no real clues even to the crime necessarily having taken place, how would such a person prove it had taken place or that they were not in some way complicit with their "abductors" and should get re-imbursed by the bank?

I expect there's probably a movie about this lurking somewhere on a VHS tape.

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

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Why oxygen generators?

Why not just a simple cylinder of compressed air or oxygen (according to need, as I know there are issues with gas mixtures affected by pressures, but I'm not expert in this) delivered via a regulator?

Relatively simple to replace for each flight, or is there a large weight/space saving with generators?

Genuine curiosity.

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Pastor la vista, baby! FCC enforcers shut down church pirate radio

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Re: Pastor la vista, baby!

Fake church.

The real one would have generated the title "Pasta la vista".

Praise his noodle tentacles.

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NATO: 'Cyber' is a military domain

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If cyber is a military domain

then, as a comparison with the real world, does that make sysadmins and InfoSec practitioners, or at least those not co-operating fully with our political masters, "unlawful combatants"?

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JFrog leaps, wolfs down CloudMunch

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Forgive me if I am rather late to this party

And I am very sorry if this is a repeat post from some years ago (memory and El Reg's forum search both fail me) but is this company aware of the very similar medical acronym used (I believe originating in the US) in some departments to explain the expiration of patients

Just

(Eff)ing*

Ran-out

of

Gas

Variations (jpfrog: just plain effing ran out of gas) etc etc probably abound

*One does not wish to spoil another chap's afternoon tea with unnecessary profanity.

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

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Re: May be a silly question

Surely playing the theme tune to Captain Pugwash on a loop through some underwater speakers.

Not only likely to confuse the listening enemy but also possibly to drive their operators quite insane.

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Humanity uploaded an AI to Mars and lets it shoot rocks with lasers

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FFS, does no-one remember the future?

Nuclear powered tanks, lasers shooting rocks, Mars

Don't be surprised when a couple of glowing hoops move around you, accompanied by a very bass voice on the PA very confident that you can hear them

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The Internet of Flying Thing: Reg man returns with explicit shots

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This wifi on aircraft

can if be used for video calling ahead to your destination, or (and say it quickly) does nothing travel faster than the speed of flight?

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You wait ages for a sun, then two come along at once: All stars have twins, say astroboffins

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If there might be another sun

Could there be another Mondas?

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You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

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If it is all about public safety

then perhaps the politicians advocating this might consider "automating" in a similar manner all those guns out there (USA). The ones used for protection by a person, or for protecting a VIP or for "home defence".

I'm not sure what form it would take in each instance, some kind of ED-209 on the streets, perhaps one accompanying every elected politician perceived to be at risk or some sort of automated turret at the entrance to your front and back doors to keep out burglars/home invaders, but given the levels of firearms fatalities and serious injuries not reasonably inflicted by the actions of a police officer or similar, this surely is in the same league.

Once they've contemplated and hopefully understood the risk of such a system, they might be persuaded to draw a parallel with autonomous vehicles and realise that whilst an admirable aim, it is perhaps not quite the panacea they wish it to be.

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