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America's comms watchdog takes on the internet era's real criminals: Pirate pastors

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So shut down their equipment - the 'true' ones will keep broadcasting.

(Or at least people will claim to hear the voices)

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Is your smart device a bit thick? It's about to get a lot worse

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Re: >> burger flipping

Because the one thing that robots are worse than humans at is doing a bunch of sequenced tasks in parallel so that they all complete at the same time, while calculating ratios of masses?

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Re: IT training in Primary Schools?

I find it's people with crappy Computer 'science' qualifications but no maths PhD that cause all my problems

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Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

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One of the selling points of Galileo was to have better coverage in northern latitudes than GPS. In practice this means some ground based augmentation stations in Norway (another non-Eu member) which could equally well augment GPS.

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Re: Seems to me

India already has it's own system and not having any obvious plans for an empire it doesn't need to be global. Since India is near the equator it's easy to cover the whole sub-continent and any surrounding oceans with just a few geostationary satelites

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Re: So sad we are leaving

Although in this particular case the sensible position is to walk away from Galileo with a sigh of relief.

The use case is to retain access to the encrypted military channel in the circumstance in which the USA blocked access to GPS for it's UK NATO ally for the entire theatre of war (remember no selective availability - it's GPS or nothing) and yet the 27 Eu members would all have approved the UK's actions.

Bearing in mind that the USA has a kill switch for Galileo if it ever needed to block GPS from an area

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Re: It'll be worth it

We send far more than £350m a week to Westminister - so if England leaves the UK we can spend £Bn on the NHS - simple really

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International Maritime Organisation turns salty gaze on regulating robotic shipping

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Re: Tortuga bound

Once it's adrift it's relatively easy to board and loot

You just need a way of offloading 20,000 TEU of containers into your Zodiac and landing them in Somalia or transferring 100K m^3 of natural gas in mid-ocean

Most piracy is to rob the crew + petty cash, or to take rich tourists hostage, nobody is robbing a bulk ore carrier for the cargo

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Re: It'll Never Happen

For older ships that need lots of maintenance - no. But then again you aren't going to retrofit them with robots.

For modern mega containerships and tankers, they already have the crew at bare minimum and it's mostly to check on the cargo. They already have all the auto aids to reduce crew so no real saving in cutting 10 people.

The real win for robot ships is small boats doing routine tasks that need lots of crew crew to cover 24x7 shifts. Harbour tugs, survey boats, cable laying, crew transfer, crane barges - anything with short range and relatively low trip lengths.

Then there are tasks that you can't have a simple bouy because you can't anchor it, but a manned ship would need a large enough crew to have 3 watches + accomodation + food + water + power + lifeboats, making a simple Arduino app suddenly a 300ton vessel.

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

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Re: How can just a new privacy policy be compliant

Anyone else feel this plays straight into Facebook / google's hands ?

Like big car companies demanding every stricter safety regs that only their newest cars meet.

Like everyone else I have got a bunch of emails from everyone I have dealt with asking for permission to keep contacting me. Like everyone else I ignored them.

But vital social media services I use everyday (ie el'reg) I am going to agree to their terms - so soon only those must-use-everyday services are going to have permission to contact me and so will control 100% of online advertising.

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US newspapers are doing this today - to try and force an exemption for "quality journalism"

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MPs slam UK.gov's 'unacceptable' hoarding of custody images

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Re: DNA

When the European Court of Human Rights ruled it was illegal.

Strangely the home secretary at the time then became slightly obsessed with the desire to get the UK out from under the court (or anything involving Human Rights) - so next spring you should have the DNA database back.

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Re: And one can only imagine...

The are allowed to keep images of people who haven't been charged - if they declare them to be "a person of interest". So just decide that anyone requesting their images are removed is obviously a wrong-un and so "a person of interest" and they have a right to keep the image = simple

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

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Re: South China Sea? What?

There are lots of Gulfs, you never know which one you might want to use as an excuse for a war.

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Re: South China Sea? What?

Britain is sending warships to Asia to protect it from Chinese imperialist aggregation?

Presumably by forcing them to die laughing

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Re: Judging by the volcanic cloud on the horizon

Fortunately since Russia "is vitally important to keeping the lights on at home thanks to its gas exports to Britain" the Royal Navy will deploy its new warships to protect the aged Russian carriers

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UK's spy auditor: What should we ask when reviewing super-slurp warrants?

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Re: Only one question needed:

these aren't bulk warrants, these are carefully and specifically targeted warrants.

eg. All mobile with numbers ending 0-9 in London on a day with a 'y' in it

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London's Met Police: We won't use facial recognition at Notting Hill Carnival

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Re: So let me guess, it's going to deployed at all the tube stations that lead to the event?

The false positive rate at the CFS would be much lower, I would guess only a few %

On the assumption that the "facial recognition technology" is just Constable Savage looking at a monitor

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Brit Attorney General: Nation state cyber attack is an act of war

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Re: Some more mindless and not thought through posturing

Hostile states targeting essential infrastructure and services in Britain should be dealt with in the same way as any other attack against the nation,

Richard Branson in a bunker chewing on his cyanide capsule?

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Re: A question of attribution

Britain certainly cyber-attacked our NATO ally Belgium

Britain must now come to plucky little Belgium's aid and attack Britain

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

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Re: N-Waves Again

No they were totally made up by the 'discoverer' (either deliberate fraud or self-delusion) and everybody else saw them by the emperors-new-clothes effect. The experimental test was to surreptitiously steal the bit of kit that was steering them when the experimenter wasn't looking

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Hitler 'is dead' declares French prof who gazed at dictator's nashers

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The dictator is generally accepted to have swallowed cyanide and then shot himself

It's very important to get that ordering correct

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Re: Conspiracy Theories?

So if Hitler died in 1945 who DID shoot Kennedy then ?

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Braking news: Tesla preps firmware fling to 'fix' Model 3's inability to stop in time

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But since nobody can estimate the distance to within a factor of 2x anyway....

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A different problem

If car makers start competing on minimum stopping distance, and they all fit automatic braking radar - are we going to have a whole set of freeway pileups when half the cars in a stream of traffic can stop in 1/4 the distance of the others ?

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It could be you: National Lottery hands £16m to England's Jodrell Bank

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Re: This is fabulous

I'm just glad that there are so many new scientists coming on that none of this could be used for studentships, scholarships, PhD or post-doc places.

But since the future of British science is assured we can throw some spare money at celebrating the past.

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Military brainboxes ponder 'UK needs you' list of AI boffins

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Re: RE: ah I see a problem!!

At which point the expert will fail vetting because they have a tattoo or visited the former East Germany 10years after the wall came down.

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Seriously, Cisco? Another hard-coded password? Sheesh

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Re: Why Move From Pig in the Middle?

"Pig in the middle"? Is that a UK thing? We play monkey in the middle here in the US

Monkeys are rare in the UK - and almost never achieve high elected office

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Re: " we should change it to human-in-the-middle"

No no, it's now huperson, personkind, etc etc....

Facist !

It's huperoffspring and peroffspringkind now

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US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years

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Re: how long before...

No because the studios have no interest in making it back dated.

eg Pinochio was written fewer years before the Disney movie than the Disney movie is to today

The 144 years would be reasonable if it was retroactive - to all the C19 books of fairytales that the Mouse House based its movies on

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UK Supreme Court to probe British spy court's immunity from probing

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So they lose, everybody goes away feeling happy and the spies introduce new "double secret probation" for their operations

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Taking back control

Didn't an overwhelming majority of the British people just vote to remove any pesky judicial oversight of the sovereign state ?

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China changes its mind on Bain's Toshiba chip takeover plans

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Re: Vulture capitalism

Which is why China approved it - they are allowing American investors to pay to destroy a Japanese competitor.

Of course this means you have to think strategically- beyond tomorrows morning news show

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Great Scott! Bitcoin to consume half a per cent of the world's electricity by end of year

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Re: Great Scott

I wonder how much all the global offices of PWC and all the other of their ilk use?

At least come the Mad Max style eco-pocalypse you can eat accountants

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Re: Does not include ...

A few years ago people were offering mining rigs for free in Canada, you ran them in place of heaters in winter and the makers got the bitcoin

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I got 257 problems, and they're all open source: Report shines light on Wild West of software

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Yes by running IIS instead of Apache you get a get-out-of-jail free card when you leak all the medical data of your patients.

PS please note that open source is cancer and all Linux users are communists

This message brought to you by the Ellison+Balmer 2020 campaign

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Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet

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Re: Last time this happened...

>Prst. V.Jeltz

Yes, internally fitting plug windows would be ideal, but often there are bigger concerns. Especially in safety critical systems, not having to touch system B-Z in order to service system A is a bigger driver than making A better. A bit like software really.

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Re: Hero ?

Which do you have in mind/?

Classic is KLM 4805 but also China Airlines Flight 006

I was thinking of the flight that came into SFO too low and did a tail strike - but that was Asiana so probably proves your point !

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Re: Ram Air?

The plane is aerodynamic - it isn't a funnel. Even with a window out most of the airflow is around the nose - I would expect the fluid dynamics to reduce pressure in the plane, even after the initial decompression.

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Re: Trained for?

nobody has yet managed to replicate the successful landing on the Hudson River using a simulator.

Not quite - what the NTSB simulator tests tried to do was establish whether a return could have been made to the original (or alternate) airport. But even with the crew prepared for the engine failure it wasn't always possible to return and land safety.

The concern was that in this phase of flight with both engines out the checklist procedure was too long and to see if this could be improved to have allowed them to get back to a runway.

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Because he should have looked in his rear view mirror before the ground handling staff signalled him to pull back ?

That's why Boeings are fitted with opening windows and a step ladder -t o allow the pilot to get a clear view out of the back of a 747 when pulling back from the gate

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Re: Hero ?

the next time you fly on one of your low cost carrier Pay to Fly piloted aircraft.

The biggest accidents have all been on national flag carriers where the crew were afraid to question the actions of the famous senior highest paid and highest ranked captain.

In the last 20years one of the major aviation safety improvements in the developed world has been training first officers to tell the captain they are wrong.

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Re: Last time this happened...

True, but had i been the airplane designer* I would definitely have designed it that way first time round.

Even if that meant the entire instrument panel had to be dismantled and 100 of instruments disconnected to replace a window ?

They are plug type on some airbus because the computers mean that the instrument panel is a lot smaller and easier to work on than in the old days.

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John McAfee ‘goes underground’ in motorcade to flee SEC

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Sounds like presidential material

The only problem is that you would never be able to uninstall him

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America's forgotten space station and a mission tinged with urine, we salute you

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Re: "Could have been used to feed hungry people"

WWII = Computers, Radar, Jet engine, etc - but that doesn't mean invading Poland is the only way to invent things

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Re: I hope..

could have been used to feed hungry people

could have been used to bomb hungry people - and it later was.

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Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed

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Re: both a list of criminals and..Nottinghill carnival are going to have..high percentage of blacks

To be fair, it would have been 100% but the other 2 were UKIP members who had blacked up for the carnival - to blend in.

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