* Posts by anothercynic

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AI military upstart attacked by Russian malware, Twitter fires up TensorFlow, and more

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Re: "AI..suffers from a lack of diversity. Opening a lab in Ghana will provide more opportunities"

Which Royal family would that be?

Nigeria has several tribes, all of which have a royal family...

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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Re: Yet another Remoaner circle-jerk on El Reg.

Awwwwwwww, widdle Edward didn't like it, now he takes his ball and goes home!

Just like... Oh. Wait.

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive

If that is what we would've wanted, then that's what we would've negotiated when the Galileo project rules were written. But we didn't. WE were the ones saying "NO non-EU state should have PRS". We insisted on it. Now the EU is applying *exactly* that rule and you don't like it and say "But NATO states should perhaps have it"? Bollocks.

Suck it up, princess.

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive

Shadmeister, please. Stop playing the "Oh but the EU are being baddies!" card. It is so beneath you. Come up with something better.

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Ja, Christoph...

... This is what one calls in the English parlance to "want to have the cake and eat it too".

But that's *not* how the Brexit game is played...

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First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts

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Perfectly safe. Every part is checked and verified exhaustively. Planes that are written off (after a crash) are often parted out. If the engines are still good (which these are), they're shifted on to another plane (Dr Peters is leasing the RR plants on their bodies back to Airbus/Singapore). Landing gear will be good, as will the usual movable gear like flaps, spoilers, flaperons... the APU will also still be in excellent condition. The interiors will have been gutted by Singapore already, taking what they can (and what's theirs anyway).

This recycling job will be good news for the airliner recyclers, because they get to document and figure out how to recycle an A380 as best as possible.

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Except...

... They found that even if the A380F had gone ahead, its freight-lifting capability compared to the B747F (-400F, -8F) was still not as economic. Upper passenger deck would've had to be strengthened a lot to deal with more pallets. I may be wrong, but that's what I was told was one of the issues, along with the smaller amount of LD containers that could be loaded. :-/

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Re: This underlines one more thing

The issue is that the A380 (and B747) weren't economic in the era of the wide bodied long range twin motor.

Incorrect. Singapore Airlines has just taken delivery of new A380 bodies to replace the ones that went off-lease. The reason why MSN003 and their contemporaries are being retired is because they are fat. They are the first of their kind... some things hadn't been ironed out yet. Later bodies were better, the processes had smoothed out, weight was shaved off. Why should someone like SQ fly with jets that are older, more tired, need more TLC when new jets are literally there for use.

And the A380 *is* economic. It is always full between LHR and SIN and FRA and SIN. You cannot for the life of you get reward tickets in business or first. Emirates makes the A380 run pretty full every single flight. It's the 17 hour flights that need smaller jets that can do longer distances. The new SQ flight between SIN and EWR (Newark) will be *all* Premium Economy and Business. There won't be economy on that flight.

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Re: This underlines one more thing

The A380neo is likely to happen. Emirates is betting on it. But I think Rolls has their hands full sorting out the production issues they're experiencing with the Trent 1000 on the B787-9 that's causing airlines like Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand and some others a *lot* of pain right now (hence Virgin Atlantic reviving some of their A340-200 and A340-500's), and I have yet to see Engine Alliance say they're investigating improving the engine package for a 'NEO'. There are some bits in the non-engine hardware that will be improved (like sharklets, more supercritical and laminar flow stuff on the wings...)

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Security execs must prep for post-Brexit cyber challenges – report

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@Anonymous

The 'pillocks in charge of the EU' are doing what they are charged with doing, looking out for the interests of the EU26, *NOT* the UK. The UK is the one who wants to leave. The UK wants the cake and eat it despite being told that it cannot ("But I can. Sure I can. You must let me! But if you don't you're just being mean"). No, the 'pillocks in charge of the EU' are doing exactly what us Remainers (Remoaners in your eyes no doubt) said they would do if the UK chose to do this utterly moronic thing.

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WikiLeaks took 10 days to reject Cambridge Analytica's US emails bid, says Tricksy Nixy

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You should read Carole Cadwalladr's live commentary...

... During this debate. It is truly hilarious.

Nix sneeringly referred to her as 'Carole in the Guardian'. That amused her to no end.

The crowning moment was when she posted:

Nix has now gone full Etonian. Never go full Etonian.

"I THINK we have now concluded, and we are ALL in agreement that Cambridge Analytica undertook no work in Britain."

-- Twitter

Ohhhhhh yes... dissed and dismissed.

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GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name

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SCCS

*spasm* *twitch* *twitch* *gag*

You know this means I have to go back to therapy, right? (oh dear God, why! why!)

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@Waseem Alkurdi

Wouldn't that be FSUD? ;-)

Although I like this very much!

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Uber 'does not exist any more' says Turkish president

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Re: Good. Lyft, Uber & their ilk suck arse.

@Charlie Clark, or by simply having their investors soak up the losses (as Uber and Lyft are at the moment).

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Re: NYC medallions

Hailo didn't do itself favours by communicating badly with the drivers, but at the same time, the London cabbies are an obstinate bunch anyway. *sigh*

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MH370 search ends – probably – without finding missing 777

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Re: Silver lining

The fact that the industry and ICAO have made this happen is enough proof that this considered a good spend. With longer and more direct flights (like DOH-AKL, LHR-PER, SIN-JFK, MEL-DFW) over vast previously not-particularly-well-tracked oceans, it's a necessity and peace of mind for not only the passengers but the operators as well.

There won't be 'drop-outs' anymore like there tend to be across Africa and the southern parts of the Pacific and Indian Oceans (it's "fun" when the Air New Zealand flight from Buenos Aires to Auckland 'disappears' from tracked space for 8+ hours, or the Qantas Perth to Johannesburg flight)...

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Re: Silver lining

We will have to see what is deemed realistic in terms of technological options and available budget in the (cut-throat) passenger airline industry to prevent another MH370 mystery. Beyond that we will have to see when MH370's remains will be found. Hopefully before its FDR and CVR black boxes have to be written off completely.

We won't 'have to see'. :-)

We *already* see what is deemed realistic. New Iridium satellites being hoisted aloft are hosting Aireon payloads that will provide very good ADS-B coverage across *all* regions of the planet (not just where most maritime/aviation traffic is) with this coverage being exposed through sites like Flightradar24, Airbus has designed ejectable black boxes that are now (or soon) being fitted to their smaller jets, and airlines are fitting and subscribing to data tracking services from SITAonair, Gogo, and Inmarsat. More is happening that we don't know about until the PR hits the trade news.

However, whether older jets (like the vast numbers of B737/47/57/67/77s, and A300/10/20/30/40s plying the skies today) will be retrofitted is another question... It will be great (and a long-awaited closure) for the families to find the MH370 wreckage. No doubt more will be washed up somewhere at some point...

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SpaceX to pick up the space pace with yet another Falcon 9 launch

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@x 7...

Do you intend to prosecute Boeing (with their expendable Delta), Roscosmos (with their Soyuz rockets) and Arianespace (with Ariane and Vega) too?

If not, do please take a hike. How about you clean up single-use plastics first? And waxed/plasticised paper? And everything else that's single-use? Thank you.

(and you're welcome to downvote this)

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Ex-staffer of UK.gov dept bags payout after boss blabbed medical info to colleagues

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@R69

There is sharing "So and so is currently on leave because of an illness, and when they come back, please be sensitive about any short-notice absences they may need to take because of it" and there is "so and so is currently on leave because of <insert name of illness here> and is suffering of <insert long list of side effects etc>, so when they come back, please be sensitive about any short-notice absences they may need to take because of <insert list of particularly embarrassing side effects>".

I'm sure the latter does not apply, but I *have* seen employers (managers et al) making more of a fuss about things than using common sense.

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Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint

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Oh yes...

*sets up popcorn stall* :-)

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Uber robo-ride's deadly crash: Self-driving car had emergency braking switched off by design

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@Martin-73, I'd second this, although with the caveat that the programme director who chose not to include a second person in the car (and hence burdening the driver with the touchscreen entry) should rather be prosecuted than the driver.

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It's hip to be Square: Twitter founder Jack Dorsey's other firm targets White Van Man

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Square vs iZettle...

... Square missed the boat in Europe when they took forever to get themselves sorted out. iZettle saw the Square USP and delivered it to Europe, showed how much better things are with it, and lo and behold, Paypal is swallowing iZettle up.

The whole taking-debit-card-payment thing is growing and something like iZettle definitely helps. One of my preferred local taxi drivers got himself an iZettle and he says it gets used at least once a day, if not more, and as much as another one I know had it, he didn't really advertise it and hence has to deal with cash... lots of it.

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Can't pay Information Commissioner's fine? No problem! Just liquidate your firm

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Re: I'm confused

A "fifth off", a "discount of one fifth", a "discount of 20%"...

Grammar and maths, eh?

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EmDrive? More like BS drive: Physics-defying space engine flunks out

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@Jtom, ummmm... that's not how science is done in *my* field.

Yes, models exist, but the *models* are adjusted to match the data, not vice versa.

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@cyberdemon

... on balance, my suspicion is, it's bollocks

Give any physicist a challenge and they'll do it just to prove/disprove that challenge. Even if it disproves it as bollocks, that's still valuable data! :-)

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Swiss sausage sizzler 4.0 hits 200 bangers per hour

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Re: No Char

@BebopWeBop, HERETIC!!! :-D

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Re: 1400 degrees?

@jake, what about the banana hammock? Where does that go?? :-D

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Re: No Char

What's wrong with Fleischkäse (Leberkäse)? It's great with brauner Butter (beurre noisette) and Kartoffelbrei (mashed potatoes for y'all Englishfolk).

A good Bratwurst is hard to beat, and it beats the crap 'sausages' you get in your average food van at British events... Cumberlands or good quality English sausages of various counties are smashingly good though. :-)

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Kids and the web latest: 'Won't somebody please think of the children!' US Congresscritters plead

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Do Not Track Kids Act?

What? No cutesy backronym? No cutesy acronym? The US Congress disappoints me!

Booooooooo! ;-)

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Finally: Historic Eudora email code goes open source

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I paid for it...

Eudora v3 and then v4 were the best things ever (compared to early versions of Outlook *gag*, Internet Exploder Mail *urghhhh*, Notes *argggghhhh*).

*siiiiigh* The good old days... *dreams on*

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'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'

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Re: 'Where is it?'

Can you modify its permissions? :-)

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LG chairman Koo Bon-moo dies, aged 73

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Gosh yes...

... Goldstar, huge in Africa along with Technics and... Aiwa! Who still remembers them?

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Bowel down: Laxative brownies brought to colleague's leaving bash

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Re: Dumb move

Why anyone want to eat sugarfree Haribo is beyond me (other than being diabetic)!

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Oh, what a let down...

... I was hoping for the reverse... the leaver leaving some dodgy brownies behind.

Awwww maaaaaan! *disappointed face*

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Zuck to meet Euro MPs for ‘please explain’ session

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Hmmm, someone could...

... Pop over to Brussels and serve him with the summons...

And just for extra banter, send a Brexiteer who really dislikes the Europeans. :-)

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John McAfee ‘goes underground’ in motorcade to flee SEC

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Batshit crazy...

... Too many mind-altering substances whilst hiding out in the Latin American jungle? The man is seriously deranged...

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And THIS is how you do it, Apple: Huawei shames Cupertino with under-glass sensor

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@AC

That sort of proves the point of the extreme Google dependency that Android phones have to be usable (and evidently now even then they are not), and Google is far from benign.

Hmmmmmm... Google starts Android. Google maintains, develops, runs Android. And... you complain about an extreme Google dependency? The mind boggles...

You're welcome to downvote this post. You know you want to, despite knowing I'm just pointing out the obvious. Go on. Click that downvote button. Go on. Do it. :-D

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You've been Zucked: Facebook boss refuses to face-off with Brit MPs

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Re: So when are the politicians actually going to act?

@Headley_Grange, all it takes is *one* visit or transit by a certain Mr Mark Zuckerberg into/via London and he *will* be served and summonsed. Of course, if he prefers to remain persona non grata on UK soil just to avoid being hauled in front of said committee, he's welcome to...

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Oh dear...

... "Oh. We spent *ALL* this time talking to you and it still wasn't enough!"

Guess what Facebook, if you were to be honest about what you do, you wouldn't still be here being asked.

I'll just pop this lovely Youtube video of a Singaporean government committee giving Facebook a little something-something (especially given the petulant responses of the Facebook exec in said video) on here, and then drop the mic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h47QSqLp_e0.

Enjoy the roasting. This is what El Grand Zuck is trying to weasel out from. He wouldn't survive that...

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Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador

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Re: Heroes

Now? NOW? No no... many of us considered him an expensive dick the day he jumped bail and screwed god knows how many liberal luvvies out of the money they stumped up for his bail. The man is a liability.

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Openreach consults on shift of 16 MEEELLION phone lines to VoIP by 2025

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0laf, you *must* be joking! They have to make their slice of the dosh! (of course I agree, I have the same irritation)

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Uber says it's changed and is now ever-so ShinyHappy™

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@Spudley

Hailo and others have tried to replicate this. MyTaxi (a pan-European service) does something similar, and given that myTaxi only works with licenced drivers, I'm more likely to give them my business than Uber.

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UK's Rural Payments Agency is 'failing on multiple levels' – report

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Re: What's the problem?

IT at DEFRA is indeed a mess. It was a mess when I left DEFRA in 2006. Nothing has changed in 12 years... and IBM/Sungard/et al continue to rape the department for what it's worth...

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Re: What's the problem?

The problem though is that post-Brexit we *will* have to grow more of our own food, unless you want the kind of food riots here that India faced over onions or China has over rice (both countries having to import said items at higher prices than what the domestic market wanted to bear).

But hey... you know... Brexit will be fine! Honest! It'll be fiiiiiiiine! We'll continue to get our cheap veg from Spain and France, and Germany for no duties and tariffs because we'll bend the EU to our will. And so on.

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German IKEA trip fracas assembles over trolley right of way

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Re: Smiles in the aisles

@Pete 2, well, at least they're *races*, not *games*.

*says the one who prefers races over games*

;-)

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Re: "Open another queue"

Baden is special. Very special. ;-)

Niemand versteht euch.

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First SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket lobs comms sat into orbit

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Re: A half complete network of Iridium satellites...

What's this got to do with Iridium? They're a customer, not a systems supplier for SpaceX.

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Africa's internet body in full-blown meltdown: 'None of the above' wins board protest vote

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Ahhhh Africa...

The joys of the continent's political messes even extend to t'internet. Lovely.

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Hacking train Wi-Fi may expose passenger data and control systems

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Re: Separate WIFI

It's usually run by either Nomad, T-Systems, or The Cloud, mostly it's Nomad though because they've done mobile WiFi solutions for forever...

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Re: Digital Railway (Yes, really)

Ohhhhhh, we have a RAIL reader in the house! :-)

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