* Posts by BazNav

15 posts • joined 21 Dec 2018

The Great British anti-5G fruitcake Bakeoff: Group hugs, no guns, and David Icke

BazNav

Re: They are the virus

Despite all the down-votes i got for the original post, I agree with Dave 126 - it should be fairly easy. But no one in the world has yet come up with an effective way of legislating for it especially when it is something that you then want to happen in real time.

Countries seem to have fallen into two camps; either allow wide free speech and accept there will be idiotic rubbish mixed in there that you then have to go back and remove, or tell the people exactly what they can say thus getting rid of all the crackpot theories but also a lot of personal freedom. As soon as you pass a law to limit people posting crackpot ideas you have to put someone in charge of policing it and that will ultimately be a political appointment, and I for one don't really want Donald Trump choosing the people who choose the people who get to decide what can be posted on line. I'd prefer to just carry on ignoring anything that David Icke says.

BazNav

Re: They are the virus

The real problem is how do you separate out the next Copernicus or Darwin from all the David Ickes?

If anyone comes up with a solution that allows people to move on the collective understanding of humanity against the entrenched ideas of the current establishment whilst simultaneously quashing all of the dangerous "alternative facts" which are being used to undermine the collective wisdom of the current establishment then I'll give them an up-vote.

Lords: New IR35 off-payroll tax rules 'riddled with problems, unfairnesses, unintended consequences'

BazNav

Re: unintended consequences

Google agrees with you but I was told a different story about the origins - that it was to do with builders using plumb lines to find a vertical, you can't find the vertical until the lead weight stops moving so if you keep gently swinging the lead you can drag out a really easy job for a long time

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party

BazNav

You can only obey orders if they are given

I don't have the full details but I suspect that the top brass never ordered the captain to not have the party because if that came out it could be really bad press too - "Admiral refuses to allow brave submarine crew out into the sunshine after 9 months at sea!!!!"

So they 'suggest' that the captain might not want the BBQ, that way all the risk is on the captain and they can either take the credit for allowing the captain to exercise common sense or blame him for ignoring the direction of a senior officer.

As Lt Col Phillip Smith would say "What is the first rule?" "Never order anyone to do anything if it might come back and bite you on the arse"

Capita to place bit less sauce in outsourcing execs' share awards packets

BazNav

Easy life

I'd quite happily take home £500K for wiping 80% off Capita's share price.

In fact I'm pretty sure I could do that without even going in to work for a year

And they said IoT was trash: Sheffield 'smart' bins to start screaming when they haven't been emptied for a fortnight

BazNav

Re: How is that going to work?

More likely they'll use it as an excuse to empty bins less frequently. They'll wait for more than 50% (if they're being generous) of the bins to be full before scheduling a collection. Then they'll levy an extra charge on all the people who's bins were filled faster than the average as they are the problem residents who are unfairly taking more than their fare share of council resources

'Sophisticated' cyber attack on UK Labour Party platforms was probably just a DDoS, says official

BazNav
Trollface

I thought the Russians usually targeted parties opposed to their world view. What policy could labour have that would make the Russians think Boris was better for them?

237 UK police force staff punished for misusing IT systems in last 2 years

BazNav

Re: Staff,staff, staff

If you are outside of your working hours and arrest someone can you claim for overtime?

RAF pilot seconded to Virgin Orbit for three years of launching rockets from a 747

BazNav

Re: Not a promotion is it

Seems like the equivalent of a Ferrari F1 test driver being seconded to be a DHL driver to help them improve how they deliver packages

The mod firing squad: Stack Exchange embroiled in 'he said, she said, they said' row

BazNav

Re: Is this just an English thing ?

I see a linguistic car crash on the horizon. One set want to use 'they' as a gender neutral singular pronoun and the far right set are already using it as a derogatory plural pronoun for anyone who isn't them, e.g. "They come over hear......"

If Syria pioneered grain processing by watermill in 350BC, the UK in 2019 can do better... right?

BazNav

Re: "automation in retail and banking had led to fewer jobs..."

I for one quite like being able to go to a cash machine and get money out at 2am on a Sunday morning to pay for a kebab rather than going home hungry because the humans don't get in to work until 9am on Monday morning.

Uncle Sam charges Julian Assange with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion

BazNav
WTF?

Read the indictment

Because it is funny!

One of the acts of conspiracy is that 'Manning copied a Linux operating system to a CD' and the US Government classifies Linux as 'special software.'

Pretty sure we're all going to jail

Cyber-insurance shock: Zurich refuses to foot NotPetya ransomware clean-up bill – and claims it's 'an act of war'

BazNav

Re: War? Nope

They don't have to prove that Russia is at war with the USA, they need to prove that Russia is at war with Ukraine and that the damage caused by NP was collateral damage in that conflict which will probably be much easier to argue.

Opens up interesting legal arguments; collateral damage used to be easy to work out - 'was your chocolate factory close to where the bad guys were dropping bombs?' In a cyber war it could become - 'was your network connected to the same internet as everybody else's networks?'

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

BazNav

A few years ago I saw a demo of a counter drone version or RAM-PRAS (made by Cunning Running software) that is designed to show you all of the places that meet those criteria. I wonder if someone is rushing through a purchase order right now?

BazNav

What happens next

What happens next will shed a lot of light on who was doing this. If they're never seen again then we'll probably never find out. If they wait until the military and the police have left then start flying again at Gatwick then it's probably personal and somehow linked to Gatwick specifically. If it's environmental protesters or someone who wants to cause maximum disruption then they'll do the same at Stanstead tomorrow, then Luton just after Christmas and Heathrow over New Year.

Whoever it is doing this has demonstrated a degree of planning and operational security awareness, so I doubt it's over.

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