http://www.private-eye.co.uk/ has been going on about this & similar dodges for at least 5 years if not more, in various different sections (business, government, general news etc) plus a couple of Special Reports. Being (mostly) UK focussed & distributed it may not have made WW headlines.. :(
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Re: You want a shredder
/The/ rack? Only one? We're talking about a DC here..
Possibly substitute your triggered solenoids for shaped charges or 10 gauge.. but may be a little noisy heh?
How about (thinking Google-sized DCs) simply have an auto-reverse on the coolant system? Instead of pumping cold in, pump hot: instant death for data outflow & (if allowed to runaway) physical meltdown into a heap of aluminium/silicate slag
(for.the GCHQ operatives watching, I'm copyrighting & patenting this idea..)
Re: Probably air con fear
Legionnaire's disease? Plenty of examples of that being spread by AC.. not a nice way to suffer or go :(
Anyone stuck by a fan blowing cold air to a specific part of the body (eg a person stuck at a specific desk) may suffer joint pain (usually neck) if ambient is significantly different. Older people (say 35-40+) tend to feel this more frequently.. ofc the older ppl are more likely to be in more senior positions, so they can get the grunts to move the furniture or vent as necessary.. I'm sure you get the idea
Dabbsy, I'm amazed you didn't link Flanders & Swann in last week's or this week's screed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyeMFSzPgGc
(FWIW I try to stay away from plumbing. Just like sharpening kitchen knives, I know the /theory/, but always cock up the implementation.. usually drastically :( )
"Let's recap: the founder of Commodore, running Atari, built a computer designed by former Commodore engineers, which would compete against a Commodore product called Amiga, designed by former Atari engineers, who wanted to replace the Commodore products designed by once-Commodore but now Atari engineers."
Does anyone remember Sellar and Yeatman? The Picts vs the Scots..
Re: overall I prefered the UI of XP
"Microsoft apologised for Windows 8 but don't appear to be serious about it."
Also IE "integration" (into the OS (later proven to be false) as well as the bundle) in XP -> W9x, the reaming of Stac's disk-doubler tech, the blatant copying of DR's utilities/UX etc etc... all the way back to MS DOS v1
When will ppl learn that a successful mega-corp builds its success on the bodies of its competitors as well as their developments :(
Re: The witches were introduced in Wyrd Sisters, a parody of Macbeth.
[quote]In Pratchett's world, Middle Earth is just a small part of the more backward region of Discworld, where some very unpleasant little wars took place and missionaries are going out to reclaim the Orcs for civilisation. [/quote]
Tell me, have you ever tried /Grunts/ by Mary Gentle? If you've read enough of LoTR to remember it, & appreciate parody, it should knock your socks off! :)
The Saharan desert expanded rapidly due to the introduction of goats a few thousand years ago, IIRC: they ate pretty much all the vegetation at the fringes, resulting in nothing strong enough to hold the dust/sand down long enough to fix it in place. This eventually resulted in a self-perpetuating expanding cycle of desertification
What happened with the Aus version? Rabbits were introduced too late shirley, and the water table's high enough to support scrub..
"The browser plugins detect when you change a site password and update the vault accordingly. The "Fill Form" function makes online forms a doddle, especially given that you can have multiple forms for different locations. Logging in to one device even logs any others out, and this is all from the free version."
/This/ makes me shudder. The principle is fine, but the execution WRT security (allowing for the patched problem) is a nightmare. The 'Fill form' functionality can be picked out specifically for a) its usefulness & b) its potential security problems, /especially/ over wifi (although even cabled systems can be compromised)
Re: Always seemed odd...
Attacking a strong target (I have to assume LP is 'strong') consumess a lot more resources than attacking several weak ones.. plus the weak ones (once compromised) may lead you to further clues, cutting down the options again
Of course if the 'strong' target has such a glaring hole then all bets are off