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The first thing the pols will want to know is whether any of THEIR particular antics have been detected/are in danger of being found by the press.
Until bad software causes so much automotive mayhem that mass recalls are required and class-action lawsuits emenate, the industry will continue to ship crap software.
Remember that this is the same industry where at least 1-2 of the big U.S. carmakers used the "Is the cost of a recall > cost of lawsuits? If so, then don't recall" And where only a couple years ago Volkswagen deliberately changed their software to allow illegal levels of automotive pollution.
(Icon shows Ford Pinto doing what it is most famous for.)
I can't believe!
That I am the first to use this very appropo icon during this thread!
The world would be a lot more F'd up if the Allies hadn't won.
Re: lucky hit
I'd say that it was both A) a lucky Germanic hit and B) crap British design on the battlecruiser. Apparently the fatal shell not only penetrated the Hood's deck armor, but also several other decks, set off the aft magazine, and then the flash from that explosion traveled up some unblocked shell transfer passageway to the forward magazine and blew that up as well. That seems pretty dangerous to me that a shell could hit either magazine (or possibly even just penetrate and explode in the passageway that ran the length of the ship) and cause a catastrophic ship-wide explosion.
So all but (I think) 3 sailors on the Hood died and the ship a pile of scrap that is barely recognizable as a ship on the floor of the Iceland-Greenland strait. If just one magazine had gone up it still would have been fatal, but I have to believe there would have been more survivors.
In WW2, the locations of sunken ships were better tracked, so it is easier to find them. Plus ships of that era were rather large and made of metal, so they are easier to find with sonar and magnetometers.
I suppose you could look for WW1 wrecks, but most of those will be in the North Sea, have already been found, and are probably draped with years of tangled fishing nets (I know the Lusitania is covered in snagged fishing gear). Maybe the remains of the British fleet that got sunk by the German Asiatic fleet off of Chile have yet to be found, and the remains of that same German fleet that got caught by British battlecruisers off of the Falklands.
It would be great to see the wrecks from Trafalgar, Quiberon Bay or many of the other battles from the age of sail, but the wooden ships have A) rotted by now B) might have been salvaged/looted for cannon and other valuable artifacts and C) buried on the ocean bed by years of sedimentation and deposition moved by currents.
Those Devastators do look like they are in mint condition.
If it weren't for the depth, I would say that aviation enthusiasts should recover those and refurbish them. (Those would have been on the Lexington's deck when she sank, so they do not have dead crew members in them and are not war graves.)
Does Tiangong-1 contain Chinese steel or aluminum?
If so, we are going to need payment on a 10%-25% tariff before any pieces can land in these United States.
(If other Regenistas insist that it is made with Chinese "aluminium", then I guess Britain has to split the tariff with China. That has something to do with Limeys inflicting extraneous vowels on their American cousins.)
This is already sounding like a stampede to the trough...
If its not a stampede for federal contracts, its a stampede by pols looking for political donors.
The only one of those backers that I am happy to hear about are advocacy groups for disabled people in need of driving services. Even Mothers Against Drunk Driving is a bit problematic, as I have not seen any current evidence that autonomous vehicles would A) be used by someone whose judgment is impaired and B) that autonomous vehicles are systemically safe.
I still think the big issues around surveillance/control of who is on the road and the IT security of having a large percentage of cars on the road being autonomous has been properly thought out.
In a related story....
Samsung's local executives released a statement denying they had anything to do with the attacks on Apple buses.
"What? Us? Um...no!...I mean seriously....We would never do a thing like that....What?....That rifle in the corner?...I..um...hunt! Yeah, that's it, I'm a hunter!! Grizzly bears! Those things are totally out of control!!"
(Mine is the Kevlar vest sitting on the bus stop bench over there.)
Aren't nuclear warheads already hypersonic?
Now, if you developed a warhead that could maneuver erratically before accurately hitting its target, that might be useful to avoid anti-missile defenses.
This sounds like a lot of pre-election propaganda to convince Russians that Vlad is the man to face down those Yankee hordes.
Collateral damage, anyone?
Let's trust tech-illiterate pols to spec a system for restraint of hate speech.
Oh crap, using "tech-illiterate pols" just got this post flagged as hate speech.
Woe Canada: Rather than rise from the ashes, IBM-built C$1bn Phoenix payroll system is going down in flames
"Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM"?
To update scripture for our modern age...
It is easier to pass a camel through The Eye of the Needle than it is for Bitcoin to enter the Kingdom of Heaven?
Maybe if they can add some Trump branding to Opportunity...
It will help grease the budgetary skids!
Or if Opportunity has a Twitter account, maybe unquestioningly re-tweet all of The Donald's Twitter rants?
("Suspending freedom of the press is a great idea, Donald! It takes a great leader to come up with visionary statements like that! I can tell you from personal experience that Mars gets along just fine without CNN.")
In other news...
IBM announces the layoff of 500 people who held positions in their solution architecting and RFP response departments....
I can understand why highly processed food correlates with some increased cancer risk.
Higher fat content, more preservatives and additives, less fiber. Quite possibly also a correlation between lower income levels and consumption of these processed foods, with some of the elevated use of tobacco and alcohol products in the working class
However, what is the solution? Let's come up with some practical, affordable ways for people to eat healthier vs. throwing your frozen pizza rolls in the microwave and scarfing them down 5 minutes later.
Proof of the old canard that a roomful of chimpanzees with typewriters will eventually reproduce the works of William Shakespeare? Or perhaps just a way to profit off the Bard's intellectual property. We all know how literate the weekend morning cartoon crowd is....
And the Tim Burton remake was kind of crap. Especially the end where Mark Wahlberg returns to Earth and finds out that somehow this ape general is now lionized there, even though the movie took place on another planet. It would have been a good ending if Wahlberg was unable to return to Earth and ended up back at the ape planet, only to find that the general (who had been disgraced before Wahlberg left) really had been proven right by time and his vision that apes and humans cannot co-exist as equals had been born out.
(Mine's the ape suit on the hook by the door.)
When was the last time you heard about a government agency/program...
That DIDN'T succeed?
To be fair....
This problem predates the Trump administration. Barak's boys didn't cover themselves in glory on this issue either.
Tech biz boss slipped Detroit's IT chief bungs in restaurant bathrooms to bag software deals, prosecutors claim
Has the jury considered...
That maybe those bathrooms have that nasty, scratchy bus station TP, and Mr. Dodd wanted something a little softer?
This bodes ill...
For my upcoming attempt to fly from San Francisco to JFK with my self-esteem tiger along for the ride.
(I guess I'll have to sue the airlines for diminishing my self-image.)
The FTC is bound by limits on fines and enforcement
For the last 35 years or so, Republican and some Democrat congresspersons have refused to increase fines with inflation. The result is that fines that were something of a deterrent 30 years ago are now a slap on the wrist.
(Sherlock would not approve.)
DC has a lot of tech talent around, mostly drawn by various defense contractors and other Beltway bandit integrators and IT outsourcing firms.
I didn't think that the SF Bay Area would make the cut. Amazon is looking to this second HQ to cut labor costs and reduce the competition for tech talent for their openings. Moving to Silicon Valley is not going to accomplish that.
"Black pudding saved my life, without a doubt."
And now he's the spokesman for the British Black Pudding Association.
Re: Alexa, write me a Brexit compatible Customs system
@Steve Davies 3
The good news is that the PM gets Amazon Prime TV and free delivery on their Amazon.com purchases once they plunk down the 3 billion Sterling.
Hey, don't forget the three even-numbered Star Trek movies, which were also from the 80s
While episodes 1 was from 1979, and III, and V never happened :)
After the success of GoT, George R. R. Martin could probably get his tax returns filmed, so be thankful this isn't his tax returns!
"picked up by the cable channel Syfy"
Considering it is the SyFy channel, which 80s popstar is going to be casted in this series? Boy George could play an alien without requiring much makeup (just throwing that out there)! And what part does Tara Reid get?
I just posted about Boy George being an alien in new George R. R. Martin scifi series thread
Which brings to mind the idea of using "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" as NATO's new, more relatable hymn.
Alternate article titles
Tom Petty music publisher tells Spotify "Don't Do Me Like That"
Niel Young music publisher stops searching for a "Heart of Gold" at Spotify, flings sue-ball.
The Smoking Man was seen leaving El Reg's offices, and the editorial staff have been assured of abnormally large tax refunds this year.
Re: Grainy videos of possibly alien spacecraft
@AC "where's the secret alien material hiding in Vegas, that supposedly we can't defend ourselves from?"
Have you ever pondered where the Blue Man Group came from and why they are so popular on The Strip?
Why the aluminum isotope and not the iron isotope?
Simple--the aliens space mined all the iron before our piddly backward solar system formed. See? That was easy! Don't any of our boffins actually read science fiction? How about the SyFy channel--don't you eggheads get cable?
(Mine is the chainmail anti-shark diving suit, in case of Sharknado.)
And the water where this sub was found is fairly certain to be much shallower than wherever MH370 is. And the geographic area where MH370 could be is vastly greater.
I suspect that they will find MH 370 some time in the distant future, on some oceanographic expedition, for now it is entirely lost.
Re: Lest we forget.
Well, new steel is contaminated because you have to force in a lot of air (bearing radioactive particles from all those open atmosphere nuclear tests from the 40s to the 60s) to properly smelt the steel.
But it seems to me that structural steel made before the atomic/nuclear tests would be just as good.
Re: Lest we forget.
Aren't there just dilapidated old bridges/factories/skyscrapers we can get our precious low-background steel from? For example, here in the SF Bay Area, they have replaced half of the Bay Bridge between San Francisco and Oakland, which was built in the 1930s. The old eastern span cantilever bridge is mostly torn down now.
Where is all that steel going? It has to be at least 5,000 or 10,000 tons of steel made in the 1930s, and not corroded because its been sitting at the bottom of the sea for 75 years.
Shouldn't we be using these resources rather than blowing apart shipwrecks that hundreds of people died on, and then using a claw to pull the scraps up off the bottom of the sea?
Inevitable Team America: World Police video
Sadly the shark does not have laser-bearing headgear. North Korea is still a poor country after all.
Maybe El Reg should jump on this valuation
The Blockchain Virtual Reality Data Visualization Register? I'm just throwing that out there.
(Will the editors of this fine publication let me know if they are going to take my advice? I'd like to buy up a few shares before the re-branding goes public.)
Any of these seem to work in this situation...
"A fool and his money are soon parted"
"You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time." -Abraham Lincoln
"There's a sucker born every minute." -misattributed to P.T. Barnum
In other news....
The Royal Navy announced the addition of a saltwater pool to the facilities aboard the Queen Elizabeth, because "nothing's too good for our boys in uniform".
Re: Not OK.
That's not actually true though. Legally this has already been adjudicated that constitutional protections apply to anyone in the jurisdiction or custody of the United States and its territories, or American citizens who are abroad. The rest of the world being protected by their own governments and various international treaties.
There aren't even any legal protections if they U.S. government gathers intel on you and hands it over to your home country, except again in treaties between nations, your domestic laws and whatever embarrassment the U.S. or your home country would gather from such a shady deal.
Basically, if you live outside the U.S., your in a largely free-fire zone as far as the U.S. constitution is concerned
Uber really has become the business world equivalent of the Jerry Springer Show. I'm almost expecting that the next newstory out of that company is that an executive once smashed a chair over someone's head, all the while dropping F-bombs
I think the bigger issue affecting British communication with the rest of the world.
Is that the Royal Navy will be down to something like 30 combatant vessels in 5 years or so. That is not counting the nuclear missile subs that avoid combat unless forced upon them, or those river-class patrol boats with out autocannon onboard that are mostly useful for scaring away foreign fishing boats.
That's not a great look for an island nation of 60 million people that can't grow enough food to feed itself or produce enough energy with its own resources to keep the lights on.
Re: One thing that I don't get...
But Netflix and Google WON'T be paying Comcast and AT&T. Instead, they will serve as a conduit of money coming from subscribers through Netflix and Google to the cable companies, thanks to a pass-through of higher prices/more advertising that are targeted at end-users.
Happiest people of the day....
Goes to anyone involved in the cost-justification of lobbying expenditures at major U.S. cable companies. Those guys are looking like geniuses right now.
That's a turkey stuffed with a chicken that is in turn stuffed with a duck.
Then you pass out in front of the TV, pants unbuttoned.
Of course, if the government wanted to avoid pollution or monetize this...
They'd instruct the cars to drive through the potholes, or make you pay an extra $50 a month to enable the optional pothole-avoidance algorithm
Re: Having traveled through Coventry on a couple occasions.
Camilla says hi!
So what happened to the 12,000 ton Chelyabinsk meteorite?
If they only recovered 5 tons of it, where did the other 11,995 tons go? Certainly it did not convert to energy (Siberia would be leveled otherwise) and not all that mass was superheated and changed phase to gas. And I am sure that most of the fragments were not found and have become part Siberia now, but if scientists only found 5 tons, I have to think that a large majority of the meteorite did not land as solid fragments.
I have to think that much of the meteorite was blown to dust by the explosion in the upper atmosphere, and has probably precipitated out worldwide by now.