* Posts by anothercynic

736 posts • joined 4 Dec 2014


Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink

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This is a gross miscarriage of justice

... Just because he's a CEO he shouldn't be deported?

He can run the company via videoconference from India! His wife shouldn't suffer more because of (undoubtedly) the lawyers pleading that he shouldn't be deported (because OMG, he contributes to society, innit?)

The man needs jailing.

Trump's lips sealed on surveillance, complains EU privacy chief

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Simply assume that he won't

That's the most prudent action at this point, in spite of him still having competent people in his administration. Until he is clear that he *will*, assume that he *won't*.

SWIFT on security: Fresh anti-bank-fraud defenses now live

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Re: Not much of a 'Society' more like a faceless corporate.

To be clear, SWIFT's customers (and owners) are the banks, not you, the man on the street. That's why they are a 'cooperative society' (as per Belgian law); they operate for the benefit of their members.

If anyone is being difficult on telling you what the SWIFT fee for a transfer is, it'll be your bank (possibly because they know they're taking you for a ride). Other banks, like HSBC, are very clear on the costs of a financial transfer between countries. For example, HSBC's SEPA payments (the EU-wide money transfers) are free online, the SWIFT transfers, used outside the SEPA area, can be £4-7 (and that's come down from £14 or so).

That *excludes* any fees the receiving bank charges their customer for receiving international payments (or any commission they charge on the resulting FOREX conversion). Yes, some banks are still assh*les like that (especially in Africa where hard foreign currency is like gold dust).

And then there is of course the case that not all banks choose to be part of the SWIFT system, and thus have to use an intermediary who *is*. Of course that intermediary wants a cut... you think they do it for free? Please. These are banks. *NOTHING* is for free.

LiveJournal trial a storm in a safe harbour

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Re: Another thing too

Thanks for the reminder... I just pulled the plug on mine.

We know what you're thinking: Where the hell is all the antimatter?

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An alcoholic? Nah! Too much fun to be had*! :-)

* speaking as someone working in that sector.

RootMetrics finds provinces stagger to 4G

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I'll trust Rootmetrics on this one...

Ever since they launched, they've been on the penny with their assessments. Vodafone et al would claim that the Harwell Science Campus was 3G covered when Rootmetrics showed it was in fact not (except Three, but there's another story to that). Only 3 years later when O2 and Vodafone started to co-locate did the sciency bunch up on the hill suddenly get not just 3G, but 4G as well.

As for zero signal, I hear Aston in Oxfordshire is an odd black spot where a colleague couldn't for the life of him get any signal on *any* mobile network, yet within less than a mile would have no problems...

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

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Dear Simon...

You're going soft... that James fella *has* to go. He's sniffing around too much ;-)

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

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Re: I can hear sirens

Hallelujah for Google. And the NEMJ...

Aviation regulator flies in face of UK.gov ban, says electronics should be stowed in cabin. Duh

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Re: Yay for security theatre

One of the ME3 airlines offers precisely this service... use the device all the way up to the gate, then on boarding, the device is powered down and packed into a box and sealed in front of you. All boxes are then loaded into the hold (one can only assume in a fireproof, blast-resistant LD container). The boxes are then returned to the respective passengers on arrival.

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Re: First AC

It's dangerous in the hold (fact). It's *supposedly* (according to the UK and US security apparatus) dangerous in the cabin, and yes there is a constant perceived terror threat (from the Trumpet regime in the WH) while all privacy and rights are taken away.

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That was not unexpected...

For obvious reasons, just because government says it shall be so does not mean the aviation regulators agree. If anything, the aviation regulator's ruling should be the one deferred to, unless the government rulings refer to mitigation that make it possible to resolve the security problem in the regulator's ruling (in this case, lithium batteries in the hold). Given that this latest security 'spiel' is more just to make the paranoids in the White House happy, I'll side on the side of the aviation experts and aviation regulators who actually consider these things carefully.

Sorry Trumpet, sorry May. *shrug*

ICO fines 11 big charities over dirty data donor-squeezing deeds

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Re: Don't fine the charity...

@Doctor Syntax, that did not stop The Kids Company to go pearshaped...

Half a million 'de-identified' patients records to be shared in Bradford

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<faux shock horror>@Nick Leaton, but... but... but... the ONS would *never* do *that*.</faux shock horror>


US border cops must get warrants to search citizens' gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges

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Re: Can Canada sue?

@Adair, unless you have a pain problem and need opioids for relief... then Dubai turns into a hell hole because they are of the belief that you're trying to smuggle drugs into the emirate. At least Singapore looks at that more pragmatically.

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Re: Can Canada sue?

Yes, that was the standard procedure for LHR-AKL with ANZ. You were left in a sterile area. These days, you will still require ESTA etc to *transit* through LAX, regardless of whether you *enter* the US (which lounge access passengers will likely do to refresh at the Koru Lounge) or not.

Unfortunately ANZ, as much as they fly to YVR, do not do the LHR-YVR segment. You'd have to fly with Air Canada or Virgin Atlantic (the two default partners) instead.

And because of the convenience and popularity of LHR-AKL (32 kilo luggage allowance on both segments vs 23 kilo via HKG), ANZ killed their LHR-AKL via HKG flights a while back. Now it could be a USP for ANZ to do LHR-YVR-AKL or LHR-HKG-AKL post-Trump (they do LHR-SIN-AKL with Singapore or Virgin Atlantic to Singapore and ANZ the rest).

Mac Pro update: Apple promises another pricey thing it will no doubt abandon after a year

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Re: Placing an order for Linux box now

I'll have your sporty roadster with trailer hitch if you don't want it... The only problem I have with mine here is that the storage can't be upgraded other than shoving a Thunderbolt drive on. The fact I can upgrade this to 32/64/128GB for a while longer is very useful. The processors will just have to work harder.

SpaceX wows world with a ho-hum launch of a reused rocket, landing it on a tiny boring barge

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Re: Congratulations to SES and SpaceX

My my @MachDiamond, aren't we pissy! Blue Origin did *tests*. They haven't actually delivered *real* hardware for a *real* client into a *real* orbit on reusable hardware before.

And yes, the Shuttle was *supposed* to be reusable and yes, because of the valuable freight (you know, those things called 'astronauts'), NASA was extremely risk averse and had much of everything replaced. At least it *was* all replaceable, not 'fly it once, then scrap it'.

But doing this with satellites at a much lower cost is a nice goal to achieve.

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Congratulations to SES and SpaceX

Well done! This is a major goal to see realised.


Boeing and Airbus fly new planes for first time

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Re: So a 5 meter increase in lengths delivers 38 more passenger slots?

You will find that 3-3-3 is a standard configuration in the B787 as suggested by Boeing themselves... it's not the airlines directly who just come up with that. A 3-3-3 layout with suggested business and/or first still has to fit into the maximum capacity at any one time.

Airbus has in the past taken the approach that they strongly *discourage* high-density seating, and the A380-flying airlines all have looked at the cabin ergonomics and agreed with that approach. So yes, on an Emirates A380 you will get superior passenger experience compared to their B777, and passenger experience experts have decried the horrible passenger experience in the Dreamliner compared to the other jets (such as the Airbus A340/330) it is designed to replace. Sure, the B787 has fancy lighting and lower cabin altitude, so you feel somewhat better, but when Boeing happily provides 17" seats in their product catalogue on the basis that 'pile 'em high, man, pile 'em high' is a good approach, yeeeeeeah, your passenger experience will suck.

Funnily enough, that was the differentiator for the A350 XWB... more lateral personal space compared to others...

BMW chief: Big auto will stay in the driving seat with autonomous cars

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Re: Well...

You will be surprised how digital BMW really is... and snotty little upstarts like Uber and Google will have a lot to learn still... BMW et al (and especially Volvo & Saab) have decades of data to fall back on that the newbies don't have. I'd rather trust a BMW self-driving vehicle than Google, Tesla or Uber (in that order).

More fun in the sandbox: Experts praise security improvements to Edge

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An 'A' missing?

Security consultant Kevin Beaumont‏ is also upbeat about Edge. "Microsoft Edge is actually a great browser for corp use and some of the upcoming security features are killer,"

Is there an 'A' missing perhaps? 'some of the upcoming security features are a killer'? *smirks*

UK's 'homebrew firmware' Chinooks set to be usable a mere 16 years late

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Re: Usable Life

Those twin rotor egg-beaters are effing noisy and my whole house shakes when they fly over at 500ft.

*tiny violin*

Coppers 'persistently' breach data protection laws with police tech

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Re: Simple solution...

All the logs in the world don't help you if you do not review them regularly...

Just sayin' - It may happen, it may not...

New iPad revealed. Big price cut is main feature

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Re: Same Old Tricks?

bazza, primarily UK price differential = US price is tax excl vs UK price is VAT incl, plus shipping, customs and duties to and in Europe. And the WiFi-only vs Cellular price differential has always been around that ($130/part). It does *not* include airtime (are you mad?).

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Re: New iPad

Because, my good man, the majority of their market is still on USB. If they included a USB-to-USB-C converter in the box, it would make more sense...

Now UK bans carry-on lappies, phones, slabs on flights from six nations amid bomb fears

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Re: Checked in luggage

Incorrect. The A320 and B737 family of planes *can* use luggage containers and in fact use them a lot! Just because some airlines don't (like low-cost airlines) doesn't mean the planes can't use LD1/2/3 containers. Most full-service carriers in Europe use LD containers for baggage (it's more efficient).

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Re: Checked in luggage

Please. Who are you kidding? You clearly do not work in aviation.

Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings

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Re: pah....

Then once every few months send a person to try and trick their way in the front door so you can 'prove' you dont have a tv (overturning the idea of innocent until they prove you guilty).

At which point you threaten them with a restraining order for harassment. It is surprisingly effective when you fire back with a legal instrument.

Eventually they run out of patience and get court orders to force their way onto the guilty persons premises.

See above. Believe me... Capita has *never* tried to intimidate me again after I threatened them with a restraining order. It wouldn't have cost me much. I put my neighbours and my landlord at the time on notice that this had happened and that they were under no circumstances to allow access to Capita staff working for TV Licensing. The letters stopped after a very apologetic letter from their head of licensing.

Of course this is considered ok for something as trivial as a tv so why wont it be the same for meters?

Legally, electricity and gas meters must be read at least once a year by the organisation (the supplier or a nominated party by the supplier, such as a contractor like Clancy Docwra) that it is provided by. So yes, by denying access to a legally-mandated meter reader, you are breaking the law. TV Licensing is different in that they have to prove that you are watching TV illegally. And with the latest updates to the legalese, watching TV over iPlayer is now also verboten without a TV licence.

America halts fast processing of H-1B skilled worker visas

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Re: why was this called 'discrimination'

Because druck, there's this thing in the treaty called equal rights. Just because the USA can doesn't mean *we* should, and the HoL is ensuring that we hold up *our* side of the bargain as it currently stands, i.e. guaranteeing the rights of those EU citizens who settled here. The fact that the HoL has done so (and if the HoC decides that this is a sensible thing to put through - IMO it should), it gives *us* a superior position on this. If the other EU countries suddenly want to play silly with the rights of Brits settled in the EU post-Brexit, they are doing so in bad faith.

Happy 20th birthday to the RADIUS RFC

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Re: Radius's big hic

Ummmmm. No. RADIUS is a protocol. It does not need to handle password change requests. It is the supplicant on your device and the backend (like Active Directory) that should be able to handle password changes, *not* the protocol.


US Air Force terminates Predator drones. Now you will fear the Reaper

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Re: Well

They won't appear at the ICJ because a) the US doesn't ever intend to sign up to it (for obvious reasons), and b) the US (or any of its 'special friends') will never sign off on an extradition warrant to have said perpetrators appear in front of the ICJ.


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Re: AI and blockchain and social media will replace these tired pilots!

Because they don't care anymore. All just ragheads, innit?

I think the combat fatigue has a lot to do with that attitude... ditto some of the horrific us-vs-them indoctrination.

Uber: Please don't give our London drivers English tests. You can work out the reason why

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Re: The Knowledge

I also beg to differ on the idea that the Knowledge is obsolete. While a satnav (with traffic info) takes the fastest/shortest route, sometimes it helps to know back alleys and back roads that are usually ignored by the sat nav system because a) the taxi is allowed to use bus lanes or has special dispensation to enter areas that your average car is not allowed in, or b) the guy actually knows his stuff and is able to judge traffic much quicker than some analysis program looking at CCTV may be able to.

Knowing most pubs in the general area helps as well, especially when you are not from the area and you don't know that there are two pubs in the same area with almost identical names. Having the driver go 'which one do you want, mate, the one north or the one south of the river' is at least an indicator of local knowledge.

Out here in t'country, we have way too many taxi drivers who got their licence and then don't know where major employment campuses are (and don't bother finding out before they start working as drivers). How many taxi drivers in the Science Vale know where the Harwell Campus is? Or the Oxford Science Park? Or the Headington, Wheatley or Botley Campuses? Or Jordan Hill? Or the Abingdon Business and Science Parks? Or Milton Park or Milton House? NOT ENOUGH! We are not here to teach you local geography. You as the driver should know where they are, otherwise you are useless as a taxi driver.

Blundering Boeing bod blabbed spreadsheet of 36,000 coworkers' personal details in email

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Re: Here we go again

They likely cleared all the cells, but not the hidden ones...

And then it all went Pete Tong. But yes, this definitely is a great #FAIL for the Boeing Company.

*eyeroll* *facepalm*

BBC admits iPlayer downloads are broken

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Re: Remove! Flash! Everywhere! on! your! site! Now!

Aaaaaaaaaaaand breeeeeeeeeeeathe, Hans 1.

In through the nose, out through the mouth, in through the nose, out through the mouth. Feel better yet?

Probably not.

'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

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Re: I'm a US citizen

Ask Pieter-Dirk Uys (one of South Africa's best satirists) about the fun he used to have with the South African Censor Board, especially when he had a new show to promote... *smirk*

Yeah, I'm old enough to remember the man and his antics.

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Re: I'm a US citizen

Would be nice to know what those rights are and get that on printed material. The more travellers know what their rights are, the better.

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Re: Trips

Ditto, a minimum of two conferences cancelled. My view to my bosses (and those working on the conferences) was: "If Snowden can, so can I. We're a tech company FGS, we can make that work."

Hell, even today at a conference we had video conferencing running during presentations to make sure those who couldn't attend in person could attend remotely.

Uber hires Obama's attorney-general to review its workplaces

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Yes. Effectively. "Look, we employ more women than you!" "No, we do!" "We have one more than you, so we have an extra 0.2% more!"

If you have to resort to this kind of willy-waving, you have a problem, regardless.

'At least I can walk away with my dignity' – Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss

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As I said before...

... Streetmap had the lead and stopped innovating. Google was the stroppy upstart and innovated and didn't stop innovating. That's why Google Maps became dominant.

Yes, Kate Sutton had a challenge, but I'm sorry, but if you sit on your laurels and don't do jack, you might as well pack it in.

The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

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Re: Trumpland...

And for that you get to apply to the CBP/DHS for a free pass (i.e. travel clearance). Fun and games!

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Because this article proves that even a US CITIZEN is not immune to this bullsh*t, and they are supposed to be pretty much immune to this. Clearly that's no longer the case (especially if your surname is not Trump, Pence, Priebus...)

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Re: passports

Some countries make special dispensations for this scenario.

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Re: Don't accept it, act on it

Actually, you *can* point this out to your employer, on the proviso that if you were to be detained and then deported, this would be on the company's dime and time, not yours. If someone wanted by the US government can do video conferences, so can you or anyone else (unless you are required to be there physically).

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Re: 2FA with the remote device *well* away ?

This is actually the recommended action as per EFF and ACLU (via BoingBoing and WIRED). Lock anything you use with 2FA and make sure the device you use for 2FA stays at home. That way yes, everything remains locked and inaccessible.

Wired: https://www.wired.com/2017/02/guide-getting-past-customs-digital-privacy-intact/

BoingBoing: http://boingboing.net/2017/02/12/how-to-cross-a-us-or-other-b.html

Sophos to assimilate Invincea's intelligent machine tech to fight malware

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@adam payne

Hear hear...

Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement

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Before Google Maps...

Streetmap was brilliant before Google Maps came along. There was a point where Google Maps did coordinates and StreetMap wouldn't anymore (if I recall correctly, that was very shortlived), and there was the horribleness of its interface. What StreetMap could've done was continue to innovate, which they didn't. They *were* the dominant force in the UK and did jackshit with it.

Like someone else said, if you rest on your laurels, you'll get a stick up your bum. C'est la vie, StreetMap!

As for satellite images, Google often gets their stuff from people like TeleAtlas, so prodding TeleAtlas to get satellite imagery updated automatically means Google gets it too. Some of our area is horribly outdated, but trying to get *someone* to take responsibility to update is a 'mare... so we do without. Bing's satellite imagery suffers from the same, so it's not limited to Google.

EU whacks first nail into mobile roaming charges' coffin

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And the mainstream tabs have also finally cottoned onto this... Looks like Britain will have to figure out sharpish how they'll deal with this post-Brexit.

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Three does what Vodafone *could* do, or EE (T-Mobile) or O2 (Telefonica), which is crosscharging amongst sister companies... In some instances, Hutchinson (who own 3) has deals with other networks and reciprocates. That way everyone is happy.


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