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* Posts by Mark 85

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Another UAV licence price hike? Commercial drone fliers rage over consultation

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Re: Getting a feel for the pricing

I'm not sure why you got downvotes. It's the nature of "commercial" that one passes on various fees/taxes etc. to the customer. It's not like you should eat the cost of everything.

I have a small laser cutting service that I run in spare time. Yes, the cost of materials, electricity, consumables, and some small amount for equipment is passed on leaving me with a bit of profit on the side. If I couldn't make the profit, then "meh", I'm not doing it.

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The Independent 'live streamed' space vid recorded in 2015

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On the bright side..

At least they haven't tried to pull using video/computer game footage as part of their "real" news.

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How is 55 Cancri e like a Sisters of Mercy gig? Astroboffins: It has atmosphere

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Pretty normal for El Reg, if you haven't noticed and part of the ambience. Sort of like a pub... but BYOB.

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User experience test tools: A privacy accident waiting to happen

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Diversion tactics needed?

I'm thinking periodically and randomly, go visit, say, Pornhub and return, or Breitbart, the Democratic national party site, maybe some religious sites and return after each site visit. Mix up the random sites and just confuse the hell out of analytics.

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Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds

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If only all project management types were like Linus but then they would have to be technically competent. Technical competence always trumps politically correct/corporate ladder climbing. \

*Or it should anyway.

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Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk

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Re: What's the BIG EFFING Deal here?

Appears to be an incomplete link as it just opens Google with no links/pics shown.

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Edit: Wait a second, it's over Washington, should he not have drawn a c*nt?

It was the state, not D.C.... err.... hmm... nevermind.

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New UK aircraft carrier to be commissioned on Pearl Harbor anniversary

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Maybe carriers need to be honestly named.. truth in advertising as such?

I'm thinking carriers (of any country actually) should be named for what they are. Since in any shooting war with any worthy adversary, the carriers will be the first (after some of the escorts) sunk in a hailstorm of drones and missiles..

Therefore: Sitting Duck, Roasted Duck, Dead Duck, etc. as their time has just about passed just like the battleships' time was up after WWII.

They might be useful for "showing the flag" or small brushfire wars but if the major powers have run-in, I don't think carriers will survive the first combat contacts.

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Re: Tesla semi?

Given that electric motors do operate more efficiently at constant speed, this isn't unreasonable. Quick acceleration, speed changes, etc. will suck up amps just like it would on a gas powered vehicle. So yes, for best efficiency and mileage, a light foot, constant speed (if possible) is required.

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Robocall crackdown, choked Lifelines, and pole-climbing: Your new FCC rules roundup

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I'd be willing to bet that the cable and comms companies are celebrating that all the money they spent on lobbying, etc. was well spent.

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US govt to use software to finger immigrants as potential crims? That's really dumb – boffins

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ICE said it must develop a means of predicting what people will do in the future.

So instead of hiring, say, 10,000 psychics, they'll write a computer program that does that? Marvelous times we live in where an individual's future actions can be predicted.

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Pawnbroker pwnd: Cash Converters says hacker slurped customer data

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WTF?

Missing info in a rather confusing way.

The article states it was the "decommissioned" website that was decommissioned back in September. So if it was decommissioned before the breech, why wasn't the data removed? Or was it breeched before it was decommissioned?

The first comment here references Troy's comments... were they removed from the article?

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Fear not, driverless car devs, UK.gov won't force you to write Trolley Problem solutions

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Re: Easy I suppose

Needs another option like: "Drive off cliff".

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Drone maker DJI left its private SSL, firmware keys open to world+dog on GitHub FOR YEARS

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Posting it on FB might be safer... scratch that.... use MySpace as it's more obscure.

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Google says broader right to be forgotten is 'serious assault' on freedom

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I don't see how a "right to be forgotten" can ever be an attack against "freedom".

This needs to be qualified methinks. The "attack against freedom" is the attack to Google and what it does to their profits and advertising revenue. I doubt that Google really has our best interest at heart.

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Inside Internet Archive: 10PB+ of storage in a church... oh, and a little fight to preserve truth

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Re: More of this sort of thing

To be more accurate.. it's a former Christian Science Church they use. The Reading Rooms are a different critter and usually pretty small compared to the churches themselves.

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Q: Why are you running in the office? A: This is my password for El Reg

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Re: "Your password is not long enough..."

It would seem that instead of a password, you're following a certain treasure map. Thus, you are Yellowbeard and I claim my 5 pounds.

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Coming live to a warzone near you: Army Truck Driver for Xbox!

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Re: SPAD-UBER-LIKE

That's very reminiscent of the tale of French Army being transported from Paris to the front lines in WWI.

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World Vasectomy Day: 15k men line up for live vent-blocking

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WVD?

Bad choice in acronyms as it reads like something one would need a shot of penicillin to cure.

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Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

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Did any religion get missed?

Well.. this is another fine mess.... Seems that just about every religion has been hit by the Commentardary today. But if the truly pious can't take a joke... just fu*k 'em... with something sharp and rusty. They need to get a grip... around a sausage roll and chill out with a beer.

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It's 2017 – and your Windows PC can be forced to run malware-stuffed Excel macros

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Re: It's 2017, and El Reg is still using this tired trope

Bye, bye... don't let the door smack you in the ass on the way out.

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It might be obsolete but with my handy CD for Works, we still use it for some things. Office might be fine for many things, but it's so bloated just doing the minimal things we (here at home) want to do, Works is faster and gets the job done with out all the crap.

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Re: WTF?

Opium? Nah... these are elite programmers so probably the drug of champions: cocaine: "A snort a day makes the stress go away" and all that.

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How about that US isle wrecked by a hurricane, no power, comms... yes, we mean Puerto Rico

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Re: Standards needed

I suspect that lines being down and power generation plants be damaged are two separate problems. Houston's power is feed in from outside the area, as I recall. Puerto Rico's power is locally generated. That could be a large part of the problem. A lot easier to repair/replace power lines than generation plants. So.. I'm not sure but if it's a shortage of parts/equipment than that needs to be addressed. If it's politics.. that's bullshit.

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Donald Trump's tweets: Are they presidential statements or not?

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John,

It would matter and be better for everyone if there were two accounts. Clouding things Obama isn't the answer as these are two different individuals. However, Obama did separate "professional" from "personal" and if he had been a more prolific user, the difference would be there. With Trump, it's murky at best as to what is "personal" and what is "professional". Previous to Twitter, President's didn't have this quandary. What was mean as personal was done personally and what was "Presidential" was done via the channels.

This is new territory to say the least and the DOJ isn't helping matters by defending the one account with two opposite defenses.

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DXC spills AWS private keys on public GitHub

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So *someone* got fired then... despite the Biz not fully training *someone*, its like they have money to throw at law suits executive bonuses

FTFY

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Re: Techie dummy?

By "member of the technical team" does everyone assume some level of tech expertise? It's possible it was an intern, admin (secretarial type), or even a paper-pushing manager of some sort.

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Apple succeeds in failing wearables

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... he'd probably still be dead as they just monitor... don't call emergency services, don't kick off any treatments such as nitro meds or CPR or defibrolation. They just monitor and maybe beep quietly if something goes amuck.

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80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

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Re: Alternative Explanation

Or, it may have been the cyclist who was looking at his mobile phone?

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Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, look out for must-have toys that are 'easily hacked' ♪

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Re: Keep it traditional - keep it safe

I guess a requirement for these toys was a) be male, b) white shirt and tie. I had most of the Gilberts as a kid (many were my Dad's when he was a kid).

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AWS sells local Chinese infrastructure to local partner Sinnet

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Re: Sinnet

Even porn sites could need a bit barn.

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Think the US is alone? 18 countries had their elections hacked last year

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Re: Who is Marc Rich?

America will be doing no such thing, however. We're way too busy wondering how our intelligence services became playthings of the Clinton Crime Family.

Seriously? I thought we had other worries like jobs, health insurance, N. Korea, etc., etc. I guess I must be missing all the headlines about the Clintons.

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WikiLeaks is wiki-leaked. And it's still not even a proper wiki anyway

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I guess we need a definition of "normal"... I'm not sure "normal" applies. "Bizarre" maybe does but then lately nothing in politics is surprising as the smoke and mirrors just makes things murkier.

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You, Google. Get in here and explain all this personal data slurping – Missouri AG subpoena

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Up next: Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is running for governor. Or maybe the Senate.... Got a make a name and get one's picture in all the local papers.

Disclaimer: I used to live in Missouri and have seen the "state" politicians in action.

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Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

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Re: Paranoia strikes deep in the heartland

I'm still tech. Once a techie, always a techie. But like some others, I chose my battles, headaches, and stress in my off time.

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Re: Paranoia strikes deep in the heartland

Luddites? I'm not sure. More like "we don't want more shit around the house." or "I deal with tech all day, why should I when I'm at home?" Maybe it's an age difference... younger techies love this stuff, us older guys are like "meh.".

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Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

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Re: survivable 21G

Thanks. I wasn't aware of that.

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Re: encountering just 1.5 times Earth gravity

For contrast, there are abort scenarios for Soyuz launches that regard 21G as 'survivable'.

Survivable? By what prithee tell...

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Re: Playmobil

Jetexes are long gone. You can still find them on eBay, but since you can no longer get fuses or fuel pellets for them, they are collector's items.

I have fond memories of the Jetexe. They were a bit tough to find back then but available. Then there was Estes which were popular and they're still available. https://www.estesrockets.com/

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User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

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Re: PBKAC

Even your multi-component stereo has a single on button that switches all the components on, yes?

Once upon a time, the company I worked for had PC's with a power port for the monitor. Turn on the computer, the monitor powered up. The first tech refresh came through and suddenly, no one's monitor turned on via the computer. The monitor had a plug in on the power strip. Old habits die hard and it took quite a bit of time to get that change through some of the user's heads.

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BOFH: But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?

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"Make that six,” the Boss says, wiping his fingerprints off the window key before dropping it in my drawer.

video maybe, fingerprints on the key, no

This Boss is either a fast learner or perhaps a former BOFH .

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The day I almost pinned my tushie as a Google Maps landmark

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Re: Hmm...

So everyone from Zuck down to the janitorial staff should be locked up? We're going to need more jails.

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Re: Ch ch ch changes

There's one thing the younger ones today either never learned or ignore: "youthful exuberance is no match for old age and treachery".

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Microsoft president says the world needs a digital Geneva Convention

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Re: Microsoft spends $1bn on security innovation a year.

Point of order... replace "innovation" with "cluster f**ks" in your title and you're spot on.

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Re: Yes, we need a digital 'Geneva Convention'

And Microsoft should not be invited to attend it.

Nah.. by all means invite them and give them special status: "How not to do stuff such as solid code, security, etc".

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Re: Geneva Convention

Add in several wars and all the bad crap happening to civilians in Africa and other places that UN says should stop but never do anything to stop it.

I won't get into the corruption and self-centeredness of the delegates to this organization and the amount of time and money spent on the trappings such as banquet food, travel, redecorating, etc.

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WikiLeaks drama alert: CIA forged digital certs imitating Kaspersky Lab

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Re: Another Day Another Lie

Given the history of the world, you could replace "USA" with any country/government back to pre-civilization. SSDD applies.

*SSDD -- same shit, different decade.

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Re: down the rabbit hole stuff

I'm old enough to remember when governments had scruples.

So you're several thousand years old? I'm not sure any government, ever had scruples.

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Sean Parker: I helped destroy humanity with Facebook

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Re: Apology or Gloating?

Regrets while sitting on a pile of money... ok.. sure.

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Re: vulnerability in human psychology

Last Man on Earth - 1964. Spot on.. have a cold one.

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