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Ex-Microsoft intern claimed one of her fellow temps raped her. Her bosses hired him

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Re: So what did the police say?

"I have a small issue with this , What happens when said woman , decides I don't like you so I know I will cry rape , even if the person has never even looked at you ,"

Well, according to todays news, 2 years of your life being made hell you'll never get back and your name plastered all over the media as a rapist during all that time, and that's only if and when the evidence proving your innocence is finally disclosed to your defence team.

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A million UK homes still get crappy broadband speeds, groans Ofcom

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Re: 10MiBps? Luxury!

"I'm a Comcast victim & that speed is a pipe dream. 30MiBps? That's a wet dream. My current speeds are a nightmare."

Don't worry. Reducing net neutrality will allow the market forces to increase all those separate service charges currently bundled into packages for everyone else thus making it far more profitable and the ISPs will will use all that extra money to massively increase quality of service, speeds and reach. You'll be on a Gb connection by next year.

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Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief

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"Apart form the problem of intermittent cancellation of the signal due to reflection from the water, which redundancy may help, it should give some capacity."

Thick fog in Channel. Continent cut off.

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"This isnt a new threat, "

The "threat" is even older. Pre-Internet, the world relied on undersea voice and telex comms for much of the worlds international trade so the threat of cutting off the UKs phone cables was as "real" as this one. There would likely be more of an effect now as we depend on data connections far more than we ever relied on voice and telex, but the threat is exactly the same.

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BT, Sky bury hatchet with deal to sell each other's telly channels

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"Now if BT started offering BT Sport to those who weren't either Sky or BT subscribers, and at a sensible price, they *might* get a bit more business in."

BT Sport has been included in the higher end Virgin Media TV packages almost from the start. Sky Sports are available as an extra.

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Murdoch's Fox empire is set to become a literal Mickey Mouse outfit

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"Their defence was that unlike other news stations they are not obliged to tell the truth as they are under an "opinion" licence, not a "news" licence like CNN or MSNBC. They won. Therefore I feel completely justified calling Fox "the home of fake news", as they have admitted in court that they make things up and are legally entitled to do so."

They really ought to have a "For entertainment purposes only" disclaimer on screen at all times.

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At Christmas, do you give peas a chance? Go cold turkey? What is the perfect festive feast?

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"These days alas it's nut roast, non proper gravy, & roast veg done in veg oils as my Xmas meal will be spent with veggies and vegans :-("

That's annoying. They'd expect special treatment for themselves if invited to a non-veggies house, so why should they not do you the same favour in return? :-)

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Re: Goose - Yorkshire - yes, yes, yes

"Christmas dinner without yorkshire would be like christmas dinner without sprouts."

Except that at the end, there are no Yorkie pubs left.

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"Yorkshire puds with Xmas dinner. Yes or no?"

No. Tried it one year and made Xmas dinner feel too much like a normal Sunday lunch we have most weeks :-/

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New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

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Re: "But it is usually a seven year journey from lab to retailer,"

"So relatively easy to add into batteries."

I wonder if there are patents involved and how much the licensing fees are? Or will this be made freely available to all since it's a minor step change (even if the effects are more major)

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Brrr! It's a snow day and someone has pwned the chuffin' school heating

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Re: You have to laugh:

"What do you employ the caretaker for?"

In the case of smaller schools, they are employed for a few hours per day, at most, and possibly "caretake" 2 or 3 other schools too. Likewise, no on-site IT staff, just a peripatetic who turns up for a half-day per week.

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The North remembers: York scraps Uber's licence over data breach

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Pricing?

Is it still true that Uber are losing money on every ride? If so, then surely after all this time it's too late to claim they are just doing start-up introductory pricing and are now using their financial power to put real taxi companies out of business. I'm pretty sure that's illegal in the UK yet it never seems to get mentioned in any of the disputes over licensing.

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Trump to NASA: Fly me (or some other guys) to the Moon

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I love the Spitting image puppet in the photo

It's very well done. Just enough caricature to make it funny while retaining enough true likeness that it's obviously meant to be Trump while superimposing it onto a staged PR announcement background. Mind you, the background is the real give-away that it's fake. No real world leader in their right mind would have an "audience" of supporters in matching sloganised T shirts behind them to cheer while giving a speech unless they were some 3rd world tin pot dictator.

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Re: Caveat

"as an INDICATOR, not a CAUSE, like when a soda gets warm, it goes flat [because it can't hold as much CO2 in the water]. Hence, warmer water = higher atmospheric CO2 concentration (and NOT! THE! OTHER! WAY! AROUND!!!)

How come *I* know this instinctively, yet so many other people IGNORE this obvious FACT ???"

Your instincts are WRONG and hence you DON'T KNOW. Warmer water can absorb and retain MORE gas and more CO2 in the oceans makes them more acidic. If they reach boiling point, that's a whole other ball game. But there won't be anyone around to watch that. You are getting confused by adding pressurised CO2 to water to make soda. If you leave it a constant temp it STILL GOES FLAT because the liquid, once poured into an open glass is now at normal air pressure and so it outgasses. How about that for FACTS instead of INSTINCT?

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Re: Caveat

"Then there's the EPA,"

Didn't the EPA budget just get gutted recently too?

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Re: Caveat

"We're still here."

Not so great for those billions not in the survivor group, and probably not al that much fun for the ones that do survive, Considering the lack of easily accessible natural resources for a technological society, I wonder if a survival level population could ever get much beyond a new stone age? Most easily accessible coal, iron ore and petroleum deposits are pretty much tapped our. After a couple of generations of struggling to survive, would the knowledge be there to start again?

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Re: Caveat

"well, obviously, not useful if you are 75, very rich and don't give a fuck about anyone else."

...but quite fancy the idea of a low G, off-planet retirement home? Microgravity/freefall just comes with soooo many problems, like making it difficult to toast your friends with bubbly after beating them at golf.

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Re: Good idea

"Anyone remember the book The marching morons"

Yeah, free trips to Venus for all applicants :-)

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Kentucky lawmaker pushes smut filter law (update: maybe not)

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"Well of course he is a Republican. And the accusations are not surprising either."

Really? Considering that about half of the voting public are Republican (and about half are Democrat), that's quite a sweeping statement to make.

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Ever tried getting rid of the baked-in apps on a tablet or phone? Joe Average can't do it and anyway, that's the warranty out of the window.

Likewise, few PCs come with OS installation media. If it can be installed at all, it's either from a hidden install partition or you have to create a CD/DVD/USB stick from the running OS with a vendor provided tool, any of which methods will only install the original factory defaults. Again, Joe Average won't know how to get around that or will have to resort to buying Windows (still the vast majority of users) at a higher price than paying the removal fee or using a pirated version potentially full of malware.

"They" really don't need complex technical solutions if "they" decide this sort of thing should come to pass. "They" just need the majority to conform.

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Re: Seriously?

"When the story first broke one of his spin doctors put out that the guy was completely heterosexual, hence the video."

Well, I suppose it must be a different than only being a bit heterosexual :-)

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'DJI Mavic' drone seen menacing London City airliner after takeoff

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Re: Why not use social media?

"A nutjob with a grudge would need a massive slice of luck to get a bullseye on airliner, especially at 3000 feet AMSL. It is far more likely that they would lose their toy or get arrested than they manage to touch an airliner in just the right spot to be dangerous."

Yep, an engine intake, even on the biggest engines, is a very small target at airliner speeds and at a range a good sniper in perfect conditions would have trouble with. I can't see even an expert drone flyer being able to hit a target like that in the vastness of the 3D world with almost no reference points being able to get a "hit" with even a smidgeon of certainty. Maybe a fleet of drones working in a networked pattern would have some chance, but a cheap rocket launcher with some form of guidance or heat seeking could probably be bought for less than a fleet of drones big enough to cause damage and have a better chance of a result.

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"and pilot/observer was able to spot grey drone, 30cm in size, while travelling +300km/h ?"

As others have said, maybe the pilot was looking in just the right direction at the time and, being a pilot and interested in flying, maybe he owns a drone and is familiar with specific models, possibly even owning that particular model. Ever noticed how when you get a new car suddenly it seems as if everyone on the road bought the same model as you?

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Re: That is dangerous.

"Perhaps only because there are, currently, a lot more birds than drones?"

I think the word "currently" is redundant. Even if everyone on the planet owned a drone, birds would still outnumber them.

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Re: Why not ban planes?

"Banning planes would condemn all the poor Aussies to a fate of being eaten alive by rampant crocodiles, or bitten to pieces by hungry sharks, or mauled to shreds by a ravenous drop-bear, or stung to death by ants the size of bulldogs, and deny them a fair chance of escape!"

Well, obviously Australia needs to be banned too. FFS Some people! What happened to critical thinking? I know, let's just ban people and be done with the whole sorry mess :-)

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Shazam! Apple chucks £300m at Brit what's-that-song app – report

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Re: android envy

"so either way this kind of integration is not something you would need to buy the company for."

I wonder how long other services will be able to access the APIs once Apple own it? ANd just who are the companies using Shazam as a backend? Amazon/Youtuve spat anyone?

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explicit Shazam mentions in TV adverts - "Shazam to see special offer").

I've never seen or heard of that before. Is it something new or only in the USA or something?

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Re: Ah well

"On the upside at least it wasn't bought my M$ who have a track record of buying up decent companies then killing them."

And also typical of British success stories. Build it up then sell it offshore.

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So you're 'agile', huh? I do not think it means what you think it means

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Re: The main issue are those who turned it into a sort of religion...

"being forced to abide to some strict rules just for the sake of them often just gets in the way."

Exactly correct. Agile, by definition, also mean flexible :-)

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Shady US sigint base upgrade marred by stolen photograph

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Re: thieving gits

"He said afterwards that he regretted the missed opportunity of replacing the image with one of the same filename, but different content..."

I've had links to images on my site too and I did exactly that. I have no idea if the persons responsible or their site visitors were amused or not.

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Re: Who knows what we're allowed to photograph??

"any work of defence, arsenal, naval or air force establishment or station, factory, dockyard, mine, minefield, camp, ship, or aircraft belonging to or occupied by or on behalf of His Majesty, or any telegraph, telephone, wireless or signal station, or office so belonging or occupied"

On the other hand, on a visit to an RAF base to do some work recently, I got there a little early so looked for somewhere to eat my sandwiches before going in. I parked in the specially created "viewing area" under the flight line just off the main public road which passes by.

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Google pauses accessibility service crackdown

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"when we reach back out to you,"

Google need fining for abuses against the English language! I'm not sure that even make sense in American english!

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Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

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Re: "Ten Ordinary People Paid HUGE Amounts For Entertaining Others"

"drop all this clickbait celebrity rubbish"

Considering the good stuff that can be found on Youtube (if you try really, really hard) and the possible benefits Youtube could bring the world, don't you think that reporting that the highest YT earners are bunch of vacuous dickheads rather than people producing decent and useful stuff?

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Re: Despair over Brexit and Trump?

"Exactly. It should NOT. Accusations are just that - accusations."

I was going to upvote you but then you went on a one sided political rant, as if all sides don't use the same bag of dirty tricks whenever the opportunity arises.

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FCC backtracks on helping with neutrality fraud investigation

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I barely got through the rest of the article after I read "revealing the IP addresses of commenters raised privacy concerns"

A US government agent invoking citizens privacy rights? LOL They have some of the poorest privacy protections in the so-called free world!

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SpaceX to try reusing both rocket and spacecraft for historic ISS mission

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Re: Visible pass after launch

"If the launch goes off on schedule it ought to be possible to see the Dragon, second stage and solar panel covers go over the UK about 20 minutes later, weather permitting."

Apart from a couple of light snow showers, we've had gorgeous sunny days and clear nights. At least now we know there's going to be 100% cloud cover on that day now.

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Re: Hope they include

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058548/

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Re: ZBLAN is reckoned to be the a product that could be made at profit in space

"So whoever's sponsoring that one has got a lot riding on it."

What's the max. G rating on the descent/re-entry? Might that deform the exceptionally well made fibre optic from space?

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Japanese quadcopter makes overworked employees clock out

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Re: Clearly in the wrong.

"She'll be too cute to shoot. "

I take it that you've never seen a Manga comic.

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Re: Rush

"Wouldn't waving an open beer make it go everywhere, El Reg for the love of god point to the tinnie instead of splashing it everywhere!"

I was going to say they need the smell of the beer to get them going and then I realised the cans are decorated in a similar way to pub name signs, ie designed for those who can't read. These are Journos after all :-)

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Re: when you like what you do...

"I've since found out some German states fine companies who make their employees work too long and they have higher productivity.

All the science points to working longer gets less done as the errors accumulate. It looks like 30-40 hrs is pretty much optimal."

This why the Working Time Directive was introduced. The one we all sign a disclaimer for when starting a new job.

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Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

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What do they call...

...an MCSE in Oregon?

(Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, or is this why they retired that qualification in 2007?)

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Re: I wouldn't trust his second opinion on a medical issue, so why roads?

"The leap people are missing is this: if any of those engineers DID use his information, even if only by reference, because the guy is NOT a PE, those PEs could lose their jobs and license for using unverified information. If they followed his advice and someone died, guess who would be held professionally liable? ALL OF THEM."

Surely a fully qualified and licensed engineer is capable of looking at data and information and assessing it and, if necessary, going out and collecting is own data to verify it rather than blindly using data and/or advice from someone not licensed.

Of course, this brings up the question of where the very first licensed engineer got his data from if you are only allowed to collect and use data from other licensed engineers.

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Re: let me guess

"Just because some numpties thought it'd be cool to call themselves engineers when they are not shouldn't stop me from calling myself an engineer when I go to Oregon."

You are an Engineer while those others, such as software people, are "just" engineers :-)

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New Capita system has left British Army recruits unable to register online

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Re: "In MoD terms, £1.3bn is only one failed Watchkeeper programme."

"It's barely more than half an Eccleston*"

Which species? Bernie or Chris?

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Someone tell Thorpe Lane in Suffolk their internet sucks – they're still loading the page

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Re: Fly to Sydney?

I wonder what the standard size, in MB is for a film they used for this stat? Is it the full directors cut of Dune in 1080p in MPeG2 or a more normal 2hr film efficiently encoded with x265? I find that the best encodings in X265 are about half the size of the best X264 encodings for the same perceptual quality (and much, much smaller file sizes than DVD-like MPeG2). All IMHO of course.

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Re: Swings and roundabouts

"Why should only yokels get the best of both?"

I live in a metropolitan area and have 100Mb/s BB (could have up to 300 but don't need it). In 10 minutes I can be in Newcastle city centre getting rat-arsed with the crowd or, in the same 10 minutes travel, be in the countryside.

Sucks to be you :-)

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Rogue PIs found guilty of illegally snagging personal financial info

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Re: Insurance fraud costs everyone money

"Investigating and preventing it is not against the law."

True. But that's not what they got convicted for. They were convicted for the illegal methods they used to carry out their investigations.

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