* Posts by Sanguma

160 posts • joined 26 Jan 2017


Germany tells America to verpissen off over Huawei 5G cyber-Sicherheitsbedenken


Re: Republicans hate capitalism

You know the old saying,

There's no atheists in the trenches

No nuns in the brothels

and no capitalist in business.

Prez Trump orders Uncle Sam to step up AI efforts – we all know the White House knows a lot about artificial intelligence


three-legged race

"Machine learning has often been described as an arms race with both countries competing to develop military applications using the technology."

The way the US and the PRC are in each other's pockets, it's more a three-legged race. You are not expected to understand this.

(Mind you, I came to the conclusion during the last years of the Old Cold War, that we needed an Interdependence Day to commiserate/celebrate the fact, however unpleasant it might have been, that neither side could lift a finger without sticking it up the arse of their opposing number in the opposite camp. Siamese Twins having a knock-out bout bareknuckled. Well, when are we going to celebrate/commiserate Interdependence Day? I'd suggest Nagasaki Memorial Day for that; alternatively we could take the day that the Soviet Union exploded its first nuke.)


wrong field

The United States has always specialized in Natural Stupidity. They even have a governmental organ devoted exclusively to it - the Natural Stupidity Agency. Somehow they've conflated National Security with Natural Stupidity ... nuff sed?

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers


common knowledge innit?

Isn't it common knowledge that Donald Trump (and other politicians) is descended from both Piltdown Man (Eoanthropus dawsoni ) and Nebraska Man (Hesperopithecus haroldcookii)? Or did he in fact derive from the Sumatran Rat Monkey? Inquiring minds wants to know.

Border guards probe 'suspicious bulge' in man's trousers to find he's packing fluffies


Clearly a job for

Fur Patrol! Purrrhaps he felt he had the purrfect right to wear kitten-infest underwear ... Purrrhaps he felt kitted out for the occasion ... how would one categorize this sort of behaviour?

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse


Suggested musical accompaniment to seeing the Northern Lights

You might like to play this the next time you get to see the Northern Lights:

GOLDENHORSE "Northern Lights"


Finding out the northern lights

Flicked up a single switch called rocket

Finding out the northern lights

Flicked up a single switch called rocket

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?


Re: How about s/he/it?

SH*T is generally considered disrespectful, except when referring to banking staff and politicians

Who's watching you from an unmarked van while you shop in London? Cops with facial recog tech


Pooper scooper beams are gonna find me

I'm surprised at the tepid British response to this. This is a godsend for some comedian or comediene ... prowling through London streets armed with a camera, taking photos of the vans and the inhabitants when they take a break to grab some grub or relieve themselves.

Then Youtube hosting dozens of pictures of cops in unmarked vans, with the explanation - "I tested these photos with my Faecal Recognition software, and it correctly identified these piles of sh*t ..."

Where's Alexei Sayle when you need him!?!?

Garbage collection – in SPAAACE: Net snaffles junk in first step to clean up Earth's orbiting litter



Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't there a well-respected international set of laws and behaviours dealing with derelict vessels already in place for the oceans and seas?

I guess nobody's ever thought that salvage law and the like might have something to do with outer space. But it's exactly the same set of circumstances - derelict vessels on the high seas need to be brought in or sunk; derelict satellites need to be either brought in or de-orbited.

I'd thought Elon Musk could've set this as a priority for his space business. The problem is that common sense isn't that common.

Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force


Re: I don't understand why they need it

Kinetic kill projectiles from space will come in at about 5000mph with a flight time of a few minutes. With visual target tracking they aren't often going to miss. The concept has existed since the 1950's, but the guidance technology wasn't up to it back then and the launch costs were prohibitive. Now we have small cheap visual recognition technology and space launch costs an orders of magnitude lower.

Yes, true, and so do the chances that LOLCAT is in your computer ... changing your target. So your doofuses(?)(doofi?) on the ground call up a Low Earth Orbit strike on some insurgency bases in Afghanistan, f'rxample. And said insurgency base intercepts call and reprograms the target. By bye doofuses! So long, s'been good to know you NOT!

Not to forget, the satellite moves at so many ks per minute in Low Earth Orbit, and has practically zero loiter capacity over any given target, and once it's on its way, can't be recalled, and the joys of friendly fire become overwhelming.

There are other reasons why orbit-based kinetic weapons have never been deployed, to the best of my knowledge. They're about as useful as tits on a bull (has anyone ever/yet shared the joke about the word Tora as in the film Tora! Tora! Tora!? Apparently the Japanese High Command had heard the Pentagon was experimenting in Hawaií with genetically modified animals, most notably the She-Bull, since it was only a US Territory at the time, not a State with representation in the US Congress. So they sent out three waves of reconnaissance aircraft to check it out, and told them to pretend to be Mexicans, and speak Spanish, so as to confuse Pearl Harbour. It worked, up to the point they actually spotted the She-Bull, which had escaped its pen, and one most excitable pilot shouted Tora! (She-Bull!) which everybody took as the Japanese word for Attack! instead of the Pidgin Spanish for She-Bull! (You have to watch out for these genetic scientists - they're a menace!))


Re: Which is worse ... Zap Brannigan or ...

OMG! It's as if they're clones!!! Or twits - no, I mean, twins!!!



Apparently covfefe refers to a special White House version of civet coffee - Melania Trump locks The Donald in a cage and feeds him green coffee berries, and takes his excrement and roasts and grinds it and lo and behold, you have covfefe, with the 'v' referring to the fact it's civet-style coffee.

At least he's useful for something!


Re: I don't understand why they need it

From a military perspective high ground gives you a tactical advantage. Space gives you a strategic one.

For what purpose? You can't hold territory with aircraft - they're basically over-the-horizon artillery. So how do you hold it with spacecraft?

Bombing gets more problematic the higher you get, and the chances of making a precise hit gets worse - there is a reason why nukes and ICBMs evolved together. Nukes don't need to be precise at all.

Reconnaissance, control and command appear to be the only uses for satellites in Earth Orbit. And they're protected by simple physical realities - trash a satellite in Earth Orbit, and the pieces stay up there for a long time. Trash enough satellites in Earth Orbit and you effectively close off that orbit or sets of orbits to any future satellite usage for the foreseeable future.

These are simple physical realities. I know why President Chump doesn't understand that - he doesn't understand much of anything.


Re: Star Fleet

Russia and China already have (or are working on) systems that can destroy U.S. and U.K. satellites, including explosive-laden satellites already in orbit shadowing their satellite targets.

Any quotes, pointers, whatnots? I keep hearing Iraqi WMDs when reading that.

And my, people do have such short memories. Dubbya Bush's administration declared space a US possession in 2004-05 IIRC. I expect that since the US was relying in large part on the Russians to provision the ISS, the Russians happened to disagree, and likewise the Chinese failed to agree.


Re: Launch Trump

Gotta make it coal-fired, of course ...


Spaceballs ? Nah!

Chuck Chunder of the Space Patrol, that's who.

Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25


capital S in soft

IIRC, in their very first years when they were hawking their Altair BASIC, they were Micro Soft.

Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn


Elementary, dear Whasisname

Look at it this way - when you boil it down to the essentials, bosses are paid what they are paid over and above the wages of those who actually earn the company the money, because of a superstition that being at the top of the heap, they can see what is happening, and can foresee the likely results of events, decisions, whatever.

Now you have a boss or group of bosses firing staff willy-nilly, and failing to understand their own businesses to the extent that this happens and their companies go under.

They haven't been paying attention. They have shown zero foresight. They have been paid on false pretenses. They have been guilty of fraud.

Maybe if this sort of argument was more widely understood, people would be more cautious ... but I doubt it.

Wires, chips, and LEDs: US trade bigwigs detail Chinese kit that's going to cost a lot more


Re: Treasury notes

The PRC could - and maybe should - donate the US Treasury bills to the London City Mission for use as toilet paper in the homeless shelters, and derive a great deal of charitable satisfaction from doing so.

At least they'd be used honestly.


Re: US hypocrisy

You should be still able to get a copy of Eduardo Galleano's The Open Veins of Latin America, which contains some interesting historical details about how the US (and before that the UK) destroyed Latin American attempts to set up their own manufacturing sectors.

Very enlightening. Apparently human rights don't apply to Latin America, as far as the US sees it.


Re: Every one outsauced

but in practice what happens is that businesses move their outsourced manufacturing to the next cheap labour market rather than bring them "home"

From what I recall, the PRC were eager to move the lower-class manufacturing jobs to various stable African states for that very reason; only the Global War Of Terror aka the Gumbo War of Terror destabilized a good many of those previously stable African states and now they can't.

It's beginning to look a lot like ... well, this is a first! Words fail me.


Tiny hands find huge feet to shoot.

Preceded by: big feet find even bigger mouth, opened wide.

The Chump must love the taste of his own toes.



Speaking facetiously, as is my wont, I get the feeling that the US is running scared. This is a list of areas where they can't compete with the PRC on the open market, so they run and dig themselves a little hole and plonk their head in it.

It's also a milestone, informing the PRC that they've succeeded in spooking the US. And so the US isn't going to compete any longer. Pity that. I like a good competition.

It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning

The eyes have it: 'DeepFakes' bogus AI-meddled videos outed by unblinking gaze


Re: Do animated fakes pick their nose?

You have heard about the Fully-Automatic Nuclear-Powered Self-Propelled Nose-Picker, I hope? It;s been developed at enormous cost, by various unnamed companies to help politicos keep their noses clean no matter what Troughs And Orifices they have been inserted and embedded in ...

The TAO of politics is such a bitch ...

Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon


Lightning? That isn't a Lightning

It would appear to be a sample of a Thunderstone


All we need now is for some sample of a PM to appear and pour beer over it (terrible waste, I know) and also anoint it with butter. And happy happy joy joy, the Slavs apparently believe they can cure warts!!! Putin will be oh so happy!!!


Re: What will happen during a war?

Since the US defense sector is now a major component of the economy I daresay their real reason for existing is a form of tribute from vassal states.

Oh the irony. The US derided the USSR during the Cold War for letting the defense industry become a major part of their economy. Read The Russians, by Hedrick Smith


There's really not much to add to that, is there?

UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather


Re: Alternatives

without faffing it up.

And where's the fun in that?!? Recreational Impossibilities!!! I ask you!!!


Re: Carriers?? The F35 is the new Starfighter

It's actually Lockheed-Whatever's new Gullibility Unit Test Framework. It's calibrated in Suction Per Square Inch, and seems to have succeeded in sucking in most of NATO.

As such it represents the future of speculative accountancy and as such, is dear to the hearts of (and minds, such as they are) of politicians everywhere.

Your F-35s need spare bits? Computer says we'll have you sorted in... a couple of years


Memoirs Found in a Bathtub

by Stanislaw Lem.

"Where's those spare parts I ordered?"

"ALIS says you ordered them in 337 BC."


"They'll be delivered in a thousand years' time. Please be patient."

Or maybe that's from The HitchHiker's Guide To The Galaxy, still retailing for significantly more than five Altairian Dollars with revision charges still to be added on ...


And, being bureaucrats they'd want to be euthansed according to a "methodology".

J I T euthanasia?

Trump’s new ZTE tweet trumps old ZTE tweets that trumped his first ZTE tweet


Re: da drumpf! da drumpf!

""He went against the peace accords for Palestine and stated that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel (it isn't) which totally screws up an oppressed state which is constantly violated with human rights abuses (but any time it's brought up in the UN with a condemnation, the US vetoes it)"

Careful that sounds anti-Semitic, here in Air-Stripe One that is counted as hate-speech, you could end up doing 12 months. Can I see your online posting licence?"

Looks like you're conflating anti-Zionism, which at this point in time is opposition to certain specific Israeli policies, with anti-Semitism, which is the hatred and fear of the Jewish people. Now to do that, you conflate the Jewish people with the policies of the state of Israel.

I might take exception to that. Some of the policies of the State of Israel that I happen to object to, are ones aimed at ethnically-cleansing the Palestinians. Some of my distant relatives were ethnically cleansed from Poland during a European war a few decades ago.

I consider it highly anti-Semitic to conflate the ethnic-cleansing policies of the State of Israel with my murdered Jewish relatives. To insist that my murdered Jewish relatives are of equal value to policies that bear an unpleasant similarity to the policies that murdered them. And then to claim that one can't criticise those ethnic-cleansing policies because ... you get the picture?


Re: da drumpf! da drumpf!

Never mind the Sex Pistols! It's the Bollix!

Ironically, I read the reason why Obama got the cold shoulder from the PRC was his rapturous reception in Europe as the one viable Anything-But-Bush candidate; and the PRC leadership wasn't going to have him do that to their students, let alone the hoi polloi.

Whereas for Trump ... I read about the way the Chinese feted him, and laughed out loud. It's called blindsiding someone if you've ever played League or Rugby - getting past them by going down their blind side. And he lapped it up like it was his due.

Have you perchance heard the Doobie Brothers' song "What a Fool Believes"? It describes Our Dear President very well. Come to think of it, so does Sophie Ellis Bextor's "Get Over You."


He only does it because ...

nobody's ever wished him a Happy Mother's Day. He's been attention-seeking ever since Primary School because nobody ever wished him a Happy Mother's Day there. So if you're in the States, ring him up at the White House - which is generally the name used in saner parts for Psychiatric Outpatients Drop-In Centres - and wish him a Happy Mother's Day. He'll be overwhelmed, at least according to the little pink fiberglass vampyre batt that's just whispered n my ear ...

President Trump broke US Constitution with Twitter bans – judge


Re: putting my dancing shoes on...

Are you sure you've got the right shoe type? Don't you mean "duncing shoes"?

In most democracies, in particular the Westminster-derived ones, the Head of State is not there by Divine Right. The United Kingdom Parliament had to therapeutically amputate the head of one Head of State, King Chuck I believe he was called, thought it may instead have been King Technicolour Yawn, or King Liquid Laugh, and the reason they had to therapeutically amputate his head was that he wasn't using it, so it must've caused him extreme pain. It was harming his constitution, thus he could no longer take his daily constitutional ...

So far President <strikethrough>Chump</strikethrough>, <strikethrough>Frump</strikethrough> <Strikethrough>Rump</strikethrough> Trump has not done anything indicating his head is causing him extraordinary pain, but that precedent does exist for sound medical reasons. (Note that I said medical, not sporting - it has been ages since a monarch was required to surrender his head for use as a shinty-hurling ball. Ah, but those were the days ...)


a Landlord can deny you entry to his pub

if you're drunk and disorderly, threatening and violent - but not if you merely don't share the same skin colour or political views or same amount of money in the bank.

Or at least, that was the law as ttime I looked. He can of course keep people out if his premises have been booked for a private function.

But a Public Official making public policy declarations on what is allegedly a private account - well, l'Etat c'est moi was prelude to Apres moi le deluge, let us not forget.


140 characters - how tame, how lame

Wellll... I could see great merit in forcing MPs and Congressthings to limit each argument to 140 characters...

I can see great merit in forcing The Donald to 140 bits.

UK's Royal Navy accepts missile-blasting missile as Gulf clouds gather


Re: Note the target is called the "Coyote"

Acme Holes? So that was it! I spent my troubled teen years wondering why Wile E. Coyote kept buying stuff from Acne Corp ...


Re: South China Sea? What?

There are lots of Gulfs

Gulf of Mexico? Gulf of Tonkin?

RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops


Some people call me the Space Cowboy

Just think: you could mandate that all politicians must have served in the lower echelons of the Space Service before entering politics.

We all know they are Space Cadets: we may as well make it official.


Re: Snatched back

There is every indication that many of the Brexiters' sacred cows will have to be sacrificed to satisfy the negotiating demands of future non-EU trading partners.

No more roast beef? The Froggies will need to think up a new nickname, won't they, since rosbifs won't apply any longer.

US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years


Re: Copyright, Patents all screwed. synthesiser

:Except they weren't recordings of real instruments: they were all performed on a synthesiser.:

And the joke with that is that most modern synthesizers' voices aren'f synthesized: they are recordings, averaged out, of particular instruments. My own electronic piano has several voices, and they are all recordings of real instruments.

Actual synthesis seems to be a lost art, unless you can write your own synth in code, or fork out big bucks for a top-of-the-line synth from someone who actually makes them.


A different dirty trick

Don't bite. Use much older Public Domain textsand sheet music, and do your own translations. Work around the blockage.


Pity the poor starving undead zombies

If the zombies don't get paid, they can't be incentivized to create, can they? And if the dead authors don't get their works protected, they won't write, will they? The living dead need their incentives to be creative.

So far, only Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has ever written a posthumous book. Write to your Congresscritter and demand that the Walt Disney Corp start publishing the works that Walt Disney himself created after his death, when they demanded that he be posthumously compensated for the works he created prehumously. Demand to see the Walt Disney Corp books so we can see whether or not the Walt Disney Corp has in fact paid Walt Disney posthumously.

And tell them you'll set the zombies after them if they don't.

Trump’s new ZTE tweets trump old ZTE tweets


Grand Old Art of

putting one's foot in one's mouth before shooting oneself in the foot.

Trump majored in it. He's a Black Belt in it. Everyone keeps hoping he'll learn to wear the black belt across his mouth, but in the absence of dedicated US patriots that is not likely to happen.

Prez Donald Trump to save manufacturing jobs … in China, at ZTE


Re: Trump does not deserve credit

"Giving Trump credit for NK wanting to talk is ridiculous. "

Stands to reason. I think the two Koreas decided to start talks ASAP because at the current moment South Korea is hosting the mad-on-wargaming US military, who do after all have nukes themselves, and the Korean Peninsular cannot afford a nuclear-armed lunatic running around Korea and bullying locals.

Within a few years I expect the US military will be out of the Korean Peninsular.

The problem about the "everything due to the US Prez" scenario is that it neglects the Koreans, who have rather more skin in this than the US Prez ever will. And besides, I don't like personality cults such as Soviet one of Stalin, or the US Republican one of Ronald Reagan. I don't want one of Donald Trump, not when Donald Duck reports he loves the taste of Peking Trump and hopes to enjoy some more of it soon.

Pentagon in uproar: 'China's lasers' make US pilots shake in Djibouti


Re: I say escalate it to

Yeah. I can relate to that. Why only the other day, some idiot pulled out in front of me, and some other idiot ran the red light and almost trashed me - now, if I had a decent tactical nuke, I could've showed 'em you don't mess with me, no sirree!!!

One fifteen kiloton nuke, and they would've been toast!


Re: B[l]inding Protocol?

"Ré that post; at least the gunship will be using bullets with a low lead content - to avoid unnecessarily harming people or the environment."

And because too much lead spoils the balance of those Depleted Uranium shells. And you can't have people thinking that the US actually likes dum-dum rounds ...


Re: Laser canon and sonic death rays.

"Ré Hellfire.

A laser guided bomb, sans warhead, but tuned to the frequency being used might put the wind up them, but not kill everyone in the vicinity."

The Pentagon could repurpose their excess F-35s as Hellfire replacements. I'm sure that's the only sane use for them.

Mind you, they could also repurpose their new up-and-coming F-52s ... the only fighter aircraft to have been designed by an active (or radioactive) Head of State, Donald Chump? Frump? Rump? Trump?

Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...


Re: Bill Gates

"These days it seems you don't have to write your own autobiography."

Nothing wrong with a posthumous unauthorized autobiography. That's what ghostwriters are for, particularly the posthumous part. Getting the ghost to unauthorize the autobiography can be a little tricky, though, I understand ...


happy happy joy joy

I spent a few years working as a volunteer cybercaf guy for a community cybercaf that was originally all higgledy-piggledy second-hand PCs all running MS Win98SE.

It hurt having to reboot some poor dude's PC because MS Win98SE had frozen, locked up, gone to lunch, BSoDed.

Some time after I started, we had a meeting, voted to apply for a community grant for a new set of PCs and a non-profit set of WinXP Home licenses, and never had that happen again. But of course, being Microsoft of Monkey Boy Era, it had security holes like a sugar junky has fillings.


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