* Posts by Solmyr ibn Wali Barad

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Release the KRACKen patches: The good, the bad, and the ugly on this WPA2 Wi-Fi drama

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Bugger. Does not work anymore.

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"I post AC so I can't use the icon, some can but I haven't tried to work out how to do it."

- Post as AC

- edit the post

- untick checkbox 'Post anonymously'

- choose an icon

- hit 'Submit'

Voilá. Post stays anonymous, but is decorated with an icon.

It's probably a quirk in the forum code and will be corrected Anytime Soon®. Enjoy it while it lasts.

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'Open sesame'... Subaru key fobs vulnerable, says engineer

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Re: Fecking thing is a witch to start

Once upon a time there was a rusty Lada standing by the street. It had a note on it: "If you can start it, the pint's on me". Yet nobody seemed to accept the challenge.

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Russian spies used Kaspersky AV to hack NSA staffer, swipe exploit code – new claim

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Re: The tag line

"No, I am not going to translate either, they are not translatable as each will take half a page to explain"

True that. Some of those old proverbs have a long string of cultural (or historical) context attached. Without knowing the context they'd be rather bland.

Second issue: if the proverb relies on a wordplay,it may be nearly impossible to reproduce it in another language. Like this little gem:

"Можно ли хуем дрова колоть?"

"Можно, если хуй дубовый, а дуб хуёвый."

Or this joke that is relying on different uses of word 'чем':

Сидят рядом армянин и грузин.

Армянин бубнит себе под нос: "Армяне лучше чем грузины, армяне лучше чем грузины."

Грузин станет хмурым, но молчит.

Армянин опять: "Армяне лучше чем грузины."

Грузин уже не может вытерпить и орёт: "Ну чем лучше? Чем?!"

"Чем грузины."

/fwiw, apologies to English-speaking readers/

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HPE server firmware update permanently bricks network adapters

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"The simple fact that it's a known, documented, issue just shows sloppy programming."

If I had a penny for every nasty bug that got classified as WONTFIX... Would be enough to buy a pint or two.

What is particularly nasty is dropping already sold configurations from the 'supported' list (and subsequently from internal 'to be tested against' lists if one is to believe that such beasts exist at all).

Heh, one case was quite egregious. Support for one particular FC adapter/switch combination was dropped after 2-3 years in the field. Without explanation of reasons. Documentation was changed without keeping a proper list of changes. Support drones telling with a straight face "no, it has never been supported".

Except...there happens to exist a printout of SAN support matrix from the time of purchase. Because it's only too sensible to assemble your Fibre Channel setup from supported components and keep a bit of local documentation about it.

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Lenovo spits out retro ThinkPads for iconic laptop's 25th birthday

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Re: Wouldn't a drive-locking accelerometer be problematic in space?

It relies on a device driver that reads accelerometer data and issues park commands to HDD if any unhealthy movements are detected. No driver, no problem.

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Re: Only have one thing to say to Lenovo....

"My Thinkpad P50 I bought this year doesn't have it"

None of the Thinkpads had it. Only some consumer models were preloaded with Superfish. And yes, Lenovo handled their blunder surprisingly well. They owned up and cleaned up.

In this sense OP is missing the mark by a wide margin. This is an article about Thinkpads after all.

Righteous yells à la "we will remember" would be more justified if people actually did remember.

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RAM, bam, awww ... man! Boffins defeat Rowhammer protections

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Re: Why the emphasis on software mitigations?

Yup. JEDEC and hardware companies have some work to do.

Servers have had ECC memory for ages. In desktop computers it's also possible to use ECC DRAM sticks. Higher end motherboards usually support ECC just fine. It'll be a bit slower and twice as expensive, but at least it's an option.

Laptops, fondleslabs, smart TVs, low-end routers and IoT tat are stuck with non-parity memory for the foreseeable future. That's the reason for rushing with software fixes - there are untold millions of vulnerable devices out there.

Not every NP memory chip is vulnerable to Rowhammer, though, it became an issue with high densities and high speeds.

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The axeman strikes again: Microsoft has real commitment issues

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"Lotus idea of inventing its own UI under Windows - and a less versatile one - was truly a stupid idea."

An early attempt to develop a cross-platform UI. Not entirely stupid, but it's bloody difficult to achieve. Because of so many compromises usability will be poor everywhere. I remember using Notes 4.5 on a Unix workstation with CDE desktop environment. It looked (and sucked) exactly like 4.5 on Windows and OS/2.

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Hotter than the Sun: JET – Earth’s biggest fusion reactor, in Culham

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Re: We've already cracked fusion

"Magnetic containment is for nerds. Real fusion reactors use concrete and steel walls. ;)"

Bah. Real ones are held together by the gravity. None of that namby-pamby concrete stuff.

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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Re: Trump Prediction

"But what really saddens me is the quality of commentards these days; an obviously futile gesture, yet no references to Kanute or the tide."

As it happens to be one of those widely misquoted and misunderstood utterances, it is actually a good thing. Quality of commentards in a non-ironic sense.

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'All-screen display'? But surely every display is all-screen... or is a screen not a display?

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Re: Playing with fire, Dabbsy?

"I'd love to know just how much power gets lost due to the fancy method of transfer"

90%+ efficiencies are touted for high-current charging (as in some electric cars). Way worse for phones. Did a quick search, it's a surprisingly neglected topic. Lots of noise about saving the planet by unplugging that unused charger, which consumes whopping 0.1W or so, but...wireless charging is still kosher.

About the best overview is this:

http://batteryuniversity.com/index.php/learn/article/charging_without_wires

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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

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Re: I think they are very tricky to steer.

Chinese have expressed their intent to come up with an improved Zubr design. Greek ones were probably on sale with an affordable pricetag, so why not buy them.

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Re: I think they are very tricky to steer.

This article covers some intended uses of smaller US craft

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landing_Craft_Air_Cushion

Russian Zubr seems to be too grandiose to be practical. But it's way cooler.

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Re: Ahem.. This is probably a stupid thought. Steerable jets?

Few posts upthread, Chris G posted this link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVYhu8M2y18

and it shows US LCAC manouvering around with steering jets. Main thrust comes as usual from propellers.

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Re: I think they are very tricky to steer.

"I don't suppose we'll ever know if they were a credible military asset"

Probably more of a cool toy. But China is buying them up for some reason.

www.asian-defence.net/2014/04/china-to-get-former-greek-zubr.html

https://www.strategypage.com/dls/articles/Hovercraft-From-Hell-6-23-2011.asp

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BOFH: We're only here because they said there would be biscuits

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Re: Biscuits?

Polly wanna cracker!

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Microsoft says it won't fix kernel flaw: It's not a security issue. Suuuure

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Re: Typical Microsoft

"as though MS "hating" is actually a real thing"

It's neither here or there. Most techies (myself included) have had a long love-hate relationship with MS. Can't live with them, can't live without. In other words, it's an abusive relationship.

As it happens with abusive partners, there is no standard way of coping with the situation. Some people have stood up and left. Some have succumbed to the abuse and became slaves^W true believers. Some have decided to stay around, rather begrudgingly, for a greater purpose like caring for innocents.

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Re: Exabyte 8 mm

"I have to disagree. I never had any issues with 8mm Exabytes."

There were several product lines - classic Exabyte drives like 8500 (up to 5 GB), intermediate XL versions, Mammoth drives, and finally the VXA design they bought in. No prizes for guessing which lineage was the reliable one.

This page lists 8mm formats up to Mammoth

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data8

and this has formats after Mammoth

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VXA

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France to tack weapons onto spy drones – reports

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Spokesdrone probably meant survivability, as in taking AA batteries out with Hellfire missiles. Quite a stretch though.

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

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not just Hoomans

As the story goes, Pablo Picasso once got mugged on the street. When he was trying to describe the mugger, one of police officers had a bright idea: "You are a famous artist after all. Why don't you draw us a sketch?" He duly did so. And it was a big success - by the next day police had arrested an unprecedented number of suspects. Five men, three women, two dogs, a horse with a chariot, two sewing machines and a bicycle.

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

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Re: Per Diem

"Where I come from (Finland) the taxman has set per diem rates."

Yes, Finnish system is quite reasonable. Per diem allowances are designed to cover meals and other small expenses without a requirement to document them. Larger expenses like hotels and transport are separate matters.

Tax code specifies maximum per diem rates that'll be tax free. Companies can pay more, but this will obviously incur an extra tax. Paying less is discouraged by employment laws. That's why most companies are using per diem rates from the tax code without trying to be clever about it.

For example, a full day in London has a per diem of 69 EUR. If the hotel accommodation includes two or more meals per day, then per diem has to be cut in half.

Official page in English

https://www.vero.fi/en/detailed-guidance/decisions/47405/taxexempt_allowances_in_2017_for_busine/

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Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

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Re: Er, OK. Let's meet problems halfway.

"there could be Ukrainian warheads at the least copied (or sold) on their way to NK"

Whut? Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan transferred their nukes to Russia in 90's. As per Lisbon treaty. Other states did not have any nukes to begin with.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisbon_Protocol

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-Soviet_states

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Chap behind Godwin's law suspends his own rule for Charlottesville fascists: 'By all means, compare them to Nazis'

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Re: How many downthumbs will this get?

Museum of Stalin. A visitor is strolling by the exhibition. He stops in front of the picture of Stalin's mother. Takes a thoughtful look and murmurs quietly: "Eh, she seems to be such an intelligent woman. How come she didn't have the wisdom to do an abortion?"

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Re: Bugs Bunny would call them "maroons"

"Morans" is also acceptable alternative spelling.

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Re: mtDNA: as meaningless as hair colour or stamp collecting

"Polynesia was not colonised from South America"

Yeah, but Heyerdahl's voyage was nevertheless a cool feat. It's remotely possible that South Americans did reach Polynesia and brought some bits of culture with them, but their genes did not survive into our era.

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Re: How many downthumbs will this get?

"Goebbels was in favor of free speech for views he liked. So was Stalin."

That brings back a political joke from the Soviet era.

"When do we get a freedom of speech like Americans have? You know, in America people can go near the White House yelling "Reagan is a moron!" and they won't be punished. Try something like that on the Red Square..."

"Oh, but we already have that freedom. You can go to the Red Square, yell "Reagan is a moron!", and you won't be punished. Even better, you are strongly encouraged to say that about Kohl and Thatcher too."

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Nokia's comeback is on: The flagship 8 emerges

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Re: Same old, same old

"I cannot even part with the broken carcass of my N9. Such a neat thing"

Now witness the upvote...from a fully functional N9!

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Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor

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Re: Calling your b***s***

"But one highly specific byte (or couple of bits) of video ram being affected? Nah, don't believe it."

Possible if those cells are weaker than others. Most likely due to impurities. May be stable under normal circumstances, but flip when subjected to harsh conditions like high temperatures or strong EMI.

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Apple pulls massive HomeKit chip U-turn to keep up with Amazon Echo and Google Home

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Re: Invitation

Hah. Will Intel modem business really last that long? Also, I'm not convinced that Apple doesn't hate SIM cards even more than they hate El Reg.

Let's make a prediction then: we'll likely see a Reg journalist being present on the launch of the smartwatch without SIM, without cellular modem, and during inquiry it'll become apparent that the smartwatch does not exist either. In the proper Cheese Shop style.

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Microsoft breaks Office 365 sign-in pages ahead of surprise update

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Re: Unique Identifier

"The phrase that springs to mind is "single point of failure/pwnage"."

It had a name, too. MS Passport. Fortunately this service was too short-lived to be properly pwned.

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Taxi app investor SoftBank said to be driving at multibillion-dollar stake in Uber

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Bah

Why would you drive a multibillion-dollar stake when a simple wooden stake would do?

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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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Re: El Reg, ad free

"I'd quite happily pay £12 per year to use El Reg, ad free. I bet that'd be more than the dear old thing earns from me through ads"

Ditto. A quid or two per month would be fine.

Extra quids are on offer for simple HTML without clickalyzers or other third-party connections, but that's quite unrealistic in this day and age.

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IBM marketeers rub out chopper after visit from CEO Ginni

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"I dunno which Is dummerer <sic>,. an attempt to erase history or the crass stupidity of posting the chopper piccy in the first place."

Why should any dummkopf settle on just one dumb choice when he/she/they can pick both?

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Huge flying arse makes successful test flight

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Re: the HMS Callipygean

"The "[X]y Mc[X]face" thing was funny the first two or three times- long before Boaty McBoatface came along"

Undoubtedly so, but would you spare a thought for foreigners like myself? I had not encountered this gag/meme/whatever before McBoatface and would probably have missed it entirely.

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Don't listen to the doomsayers – DRM is headed for the historical dustbin, says Doctorow

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Re: DRM vs Property Rights

There is no easy way out of that pickle. As you say, problems are fundamental. Mostly caused by applying property rights to something that does not behave as property. Oh, yes, one would probably like to have a property that can be sold infinite number of times without actually losing ownership, but that happens only in a realm of fairy tales. Or in a realm of IP law.

Funny thing about John Deere, though. As farmers are quite fed up with their antics, there is a growing trend in the US (of all places) - farmers are buying several cheap'n'cheerful tractors instead and hire some farm workers who can maintain those on the spot. For example, they are buying lots of refurbished MTZ tractors from Belarus via intermediaries in US and EU. Also they're hiring numbers of farm workers from Ukraine who are not afraid of hard work and know MTZ/Belarus tractors well.

That's karma for you. Or a free market in action.

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Just delete the internet – pr0n-blocking legislation receives Royal Assent

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Re: No sex please, we're British.

There's also that rather famous phrase "There's no sex in the Soviet Union!".

russiapedia.rt.com/on-this-day/july-17/

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Apple fanbois are officially sheeple. Yes, you heard. Deal with it

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"I'm thinking it is insecurity and youth in almost every case."

Could also be a form of tribalism caused by a inner need to belong somewhere. Although that's closely related to insecurity.

Or a pseudo-religious zeal, in other words an application of religious feelings towards some mundane object/person/group/whatever. This one is pretty dangerous, because it invariably takes criticism as an attack towards the holiness of...whatever it was that you supposedly treaded on. There can be only one kind of response to that wretched infidel. Only the righteous wrath shall do. And no holds shall be barred in the holy war.

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Chap 'fixes' Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 update block on new CPUs

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Re: all software sucks

"One question that arises frequently on alt.sysadmin.recovery is "Is there any operating system that doesn't suck?""

"They all suck. Except AIX, which sucks raw eggs through a very thin straw."

https://web.archive.org/web/20160329090859/http://harmful.cat-v.org/software/operating-systems/os-suck

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Trump signs exec order signaling foreign H-1B visa techie crackdown

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"I've noticed that whenever I say anything neutral or nice in relation to an old version of Windows, I collect El Reg downvotes."

Right. And instead you've got two upvotes at the moment. One from a guy who has a serviceable NT4 machine with Nero 5.5. That other one has to make his/her own confessions.

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Re: nice reference

Hah. Idiocracy is purported to be a work of fiction, set at 500 years in the future, but... this future seems to be approaching rapidly. We'll probably have to re-classify it as a documentary soon enough.

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Ex-IBMer sues Google for $10bn – after his web ad for 'divine honey cancer cure' was pulled

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Re: They walk amongst us

"That's just the sort of conclusion one might expect from a statistician."

That statistician may have been joking, too. Jokes are easily lost in translation.

Statistics is a science that is very useful for finding correlations, but does not help much with causation. Statistical correlation is basically a label saying "this is the spot needing further research". And then there are those common pitfalls (or even devices for deliberate deception) - samples that are either too small or cherry-picked, ignorance towards reliability metrics.

Darrell Huff's 1954 book "How to Lie with Statistics" is still a worthwhile reading.

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Customer satisfaction is our highest priority… OK, maybe second-highest… or third...

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Re: The customer is always lying

"what possible reason could there be for that?"

Maybe there was a preceeding dialog that was answered untruthfully, like "make sure you have at least x KB of free disk space"?

Under DOS it wasn't easy to check it from the batch file. Without involving 3rd party tools that is.

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Error: Not enough resources to display the error message.

From Windows 3.1 if the memory serves right. Certainly pre-95.

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BOFH: Defenestration, a solution to Solutions To Problems We Don't Have

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Ah, mister Bond, since you'll be dead soon, let me explain it to you...

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

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Re: Phew, bullet dodged.

"It seems that basically the yanks agreed that the harrier was a fantastic platform that just needed a little tweaking. Whereas the UK decided it had no money and it works good enough for launching in Germany and off the carriers so leave it alone."

Not exactly. British GR.5-GR.9 Harriers were based on the same "Harrier II" platform as AV-8B. Differed mainly in avionics and weaponry.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Harrier_variants

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Aerospace_Harrier_II

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BOFH: The Boss, the floppy and the work 'experience'

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Re: Being on a placement myself...

"There is hope for the future. My grandson who hasn't even graduated to the PF stage yet has not only learned to make tea but also to drink it."

Yes, there's still hope. One of them much-vaunted millenials pulled off a nice feat, being 10 years old at the time.

One morning he woke up and discovered that there's no electricity. Something he's seen only once in his life. Instead of panicking he set out to find things to do. No TV or computers obviously. How about a cup of tea? With kettle and stove out of commission that'd be a tad difficult.

But here's the bright part: he quite correctly assumed that 4 or 5 candles should have just enough power for boiling a cup of water, so he took 4 teacups, put 5 short candles between them, and put a small pot of water on the top of his improvised heater.

I bet that this was the best-tasting cuppa he's ever had.

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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Re: A question

Here’s the final word on nutrition and health. It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting medical studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

3. The Japanese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans

4. The Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

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Lyft drops $27m on the table to make annoying driver lawsuit go away

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Re: app-taxi bashing

Fair questions, but no. Bashing is mostly reserved for those app-taxi companies who are lying about it - that they are something entirely different from taxi services and thus should be exempt from regulations & taxes applicable to taxi companies.

See for example one recent discussion

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2017/03/03/uber_app_greyball/

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User lubed PC with butter, because pressing a button didn't work

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Re: l33t user

Under DOS the l33t way was

copy con: c:\config.sys

No typos, please!

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