1190 posts • joined 10 Jun 2014
"Making a navalized Super Tucano is a trivial engineering task."
I think material scientists would take exception to "trivial". By no means impossible but I suspect most metal components may need hardening against salt water.
Re: Time to bring in the drones
"Actually, he does not have that right. In the US as a rule, the fact that that road was used by the public makes it a permanent easement."
"The previous owners of the Martins Beach road had decided on what days to open and close the road based on demand."
Making the huge assumption that US/California law derives from UK Common Law (dangerous I know):
The previous owners clearly controlled access to certain times only. This does not establish a right of way (not in the UK anyway). It is unrestricted access, not in secret, for 20 years that establishes a new right of way.
Re: WTF LOL
" ... I need three hands to open the box."
Good security, it means you'll need an accomplice. Isn't there some law about keeping secrets based on the number who know?
Re: Vaping isn't cool
A few years ago the only friends who had managed to kick the habit had gone cold turkey. Any other method seemed to perpetuate the addiction and didn't, in my friends' experience, work. Now many of them vape. Some claim to be nicotine free but there is no way for me to tell one way or another.
I think vaping is safer for the "smokers" and the passive vapers - no definitive evidence and who knows what will be discovered in the future. I do not think vaping is a gateway into smoking and I know of no one who is vaping who was not a smoker. Who knows what the next youth fashion will be. Wearing your jeans with the waist around your knees - well that's as sensible as a fashion for vaping.
My drug of choice is alcohol so I shouldn't pontificate but vaping is better than smoking, but not vaping is best. However bans are crazy and regulation is better. If it is forced underground then who knows what is in the vaping solution, it will be adulterated just as heroin is.
Re: What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander
McKinnon et al showed that, indeed, any of their citizens could "hack" into US government computers.
Re: Who's responsible?
"Read the EULA. The bank is responsible for Nothing."
No, the bank is responsible but under the EULA is liable for nothing.
Re: Theory vs HE
"The navy ,,, "
The Royal Navy please.
higher perceived social values
(doctors over criminals, criminals over lawyers for example)
Re: Stupid is as stupid does
" ... secret backdoors are mathematically incompatible with secure and strong encryption ..."
I agree but my maths is not up to producing a strict proof of this conjecture. Has there ever been an attempt to prove this conjecture? Was it successful?
I'll be somewhat gob-smacked if there is proof of the opposite - a crypto system can have a backdoor and be secure.
Re: switch off your Wi-Fi...
So you plan to stop TfL tracking you using Smart WIFI Toggle, an app that sends what to who? Or can you say categorically that it is not data slurping?
Re: lack of stealth ?!
The Mosquito and Hornet were different aircraft. Both wooden and twin engined. The Mosquito was originally a fast, unarmed bomber with a crew of two. The Hornet was a single seat fighter. Both were developed for carriers. The Hornet was developed some three or four years after the Mosquito.
They did look very similar.
Supercomputer and Windows
I can't believe that the Met Office are running a set of Excel Macros - Forecast_Tomorrow_SouthWest etc. Is Windows just a pretty and familiar front end?
Re: This is based on unwarranted assumptions
"1963 is only a long time ago if you are a child."
The year the Aston Martin DB5 was introduced. Many, many things have changed for better or worse. A document from 1963 can only be "proof" as to what was happening before the DB5. I hold no brief for the intelligence services. If that is the best you have I really don't need to avert my eyes or hold my nose.
Let me be clear, torture is abhorrent. We should be better than that. However there is an argument as to just what constitutes torture. I offer no threshold, I am not equipped with the legal, medical or moral intellectual tools to really make an informed decision on what is a fine and shifting line. It is a bit like "obscenity", I can't tell you what it is but I'll know it when I see it. Don't forget that Lady Chatterly's Lover was considered obscene until 1960.
Re: This is based on unwarranted assumptions
1963 is a long time ago. Where is the provenance, sorry, I forgot, everything on the Internet is true. Anyway my eyes are averted and my nose firmly held.
Re: This is based on unwarranted assumptions
The aim of an intelligence sharing agreement is, obviously, to share intelligence. Diplomats and intelligence officers are the experts at averting their eyes and holding their noses. Their default position is "Ask no questions and you'll get told nothing embarrassing."
Until there is irrefutable proof of torture things will carry on much as usual. Social media and Wikileaks are not proof. Even if a serious investigation, say the Insight Team, alleges torture nothing will really affect the status quo. The only possible affect is that some legal cases are affected by "fruit of the poisoned tree."
Unless of course an inexperienced politician makes it plain, in public, on the record, that the USA now engages in torture. What chance of that?
Re: So what happens if Sweden decides there's nothing to prosecute?
Assange has to answer to the British Courts for not surrendering to his bail. He is unlikely to be left at liberty having been arrested on his exit from the embassy, he has form for bolting after all. Given the publicity and cost so far the Judge he stands in front of will take a dim view. Could he be gaoled, possibly - fined, certainly.
None of the above is in any way dependent on the views of the Swedish justice system. His fears about extradition or rendition are also irrelevant (weather justified or not).
do they think that stealing my paid for power to run a beacon I do not want is in any way acceptable?
Re: Raptor Drones
In my experience there is little difference.
Do you think we can dig out the TSR2 designs?
Re: Plenty of air forces out there...
The fly-in from behind has been effectively banned since the Ramstein air show disaster when the Frecce Tricolori hit each other and landed in the crowd. Now air show displays are kept well away from the crowd.
Re: 6 seconds?!
When it takes you all night to do what you used to do all night ...
Re: offline F-35 operations – but only for up to 30 days
Simply declare war on 24 November. We all know it will be over by Christmas.
(Of course we won't be able to fly the F35 because the software will expect "November 24".)
One of the problems with quantum encryption ...
The other one is my head hurts and I haven't even started trying to understand.
I'll just stick to traditional relativity:
You mustn't sleep with your sister,
You shouldn't sleep with your cousin.
Re: OMFG Wireless peripherals using proprietary protocols are insecure.
Yes, but first you have to work out the protocol. That'll stop you!
As the two battle fleets made stately progression towards each other in the gentle morning breeze, Admiral Villeneuve made a signal. Having read the flags the midshipman on duty rushed to Lord Nelson and said "I don't understand the flags sir - With water, it is time."
Nelson decided to check the signal. Having considered the signal Nelson turned to the snotty and replied "No, you need to read the signal in the original French - A l'eau, c'est l'heure."
Re: Pension scheme.
The Pension Scheme Trustees run the pension. They may employ a financial institution for advice and to carry out the investment etc. Many of the Trustees (the majority?) will be on the board of BT. So, yes, BT is responsible for the deficit - BT benefited from the contributions holiday and should pony up.
Re: Seen this so many times before.
I always find that wrapping the string between my two tin cans tightly around their neck works.
The only Y2K problem that manifested itself (in my IT responsibilities) was leap year related. The diary program was quite happy to let you book appointments on 29 Feb 2000 but rolled over from 28 Feb to 1 Mar. I think it was solved by manually setting the date.
Re: Energy Rating stickers
My dishwasher has an energy saving programme, its the one I use when I don't want the dishes clean and dry.
Re: I want only one sticker
A big one, one that will wrap the IOT device several times over.
Oh yes, and made of tin foil and marked in big, friendly letters "Do Not Remove!"
Re: brewed coffee from the command line
I knew I was getting old when the Trojan Room Coffee Pot went off line. JenniCam, where are you?
placed in the Arctic
Only in the winter then, 'cause Global Warming.
(Note to Joint Chiefs: Attack in Summer Only!)
Re: Not an expert
The point of EU membership for Turkey, as far as the west is concerned, is to prevent precisely what is happening now - the Islamisation of what was once a secular democracy.
What ever happens in Turkey, the country has no chance until there is a settlement in Cyprus. Cyprus has a veto as does any other EU member. The EU could never allow accession of Turkey while it occupies some 38% of another EU member.
Re: What is 'Smart'?
My experience is that the smarter the device the smarter the user needs to be to get the most out of it. I suspect here will be many smart devices that end up being as effective as their dumb equivalents because they are used by dumb (or at least the ignorant in things IT) people.
Re: For safety, I placed my mobile telephone into a handbag...
Lady Bracknell "That's a funny place to keep a phone."
A very obscure cultural reference, well, OK a Radio 4 comedy: After Henry.
As some identical twins are mirror images of each other, it would be the one with the mirror.
" ... nullified on the grounds that the police speed-traps were hidden ... "
Can you quote an English/Welsh case before a judge where a conviction was overturned because the speed trap was hidden? Even better would be an Appeal Court or Supreme Court decision that would be binding on the courts.
There are many pages of guidance about the visibility of speed cameras because they are a road safety measure, not for raising revenue (stop sniggering at the back!) I concede that there may be a few occasions where the Safety Camera Partnership may have decided not to prosecute but I have yet to hear of a case in court where hidden camera has succeeded as a defence.
Re: Shoot the messenger
Only if you shoot him before he speaks. Maybe they do want to gaol someone who starts to think about investigating the anonymising methods, that will guarantee there will be no unwanted revelations.
" ... had to implement an interface that permitted IE to ask "are you safe?"
"Is it safe?"
Dear, dear Larry in Marathon Man
Re: The people of Czechian will be known as Czechians ?
(Resistance is useless!)
Only the USA.
(Apologies if the stereotype offends.)
Re: Fanboys who only dream of innovation
I had one of those once, made of Bakelite.
(Made from the hooves of a Nuga.)
Re: @Ivan 4
Cryptography, as far as I am concerned, is firmly in the realm of Hard Sums. I find the concept of Public Key Cryptography slightly oxymoronic but I trust it even if I can't do the maths. I'm with you on the "more than two keys = insecure" assessment. I do not discount the possibility of a secure back door however unlikely because I have yet to see a claim to have a proof that it cannot be secure, yet alone a peer reviewed proof.
Probably that is because I don't subscribe to serious mathematical publications, in any case I wouldn't understand the proof. Thus I have to accept the consensus and say "Bugger back doors".
Re: Not an Internet story
Yes, but for the majority, what's that in Klingon?
So I guess it's only "creatives" that get to look forward to such things.
Never studied the MPs' pension scheme?
(I suppose "creatives" is neatly covered by "Why is this lying bastard lying to me?")
deliver OSIRIS-REx on time and under budget
Let's hope that it is not bound by the unholy engineering trinity of "on time, on budget, on spec - pick two out of three".
My brother was in Christchurch (NZ) when the earthquake struck. No power, no water and no gas. Also no comms. Being an ex BT engineer he quickly had his car battery connected to his router and was able to get the "I'm OK" email out to family and friends.
After the explosive event at Mari in Cyprus I was in the same comms state but the internet still worked.
"Disaster recovery people need real commercial two-way radio, satellite gear and Mobile operators should drop in microwave link or satellite fed base stations."
Any, and I mean any, comms are useful in these situations. Bean cans and string if that is all that is available if other richer, more high profile or even more important organisations have bagged the best. Ham radio operators and CB have a good record here.
Re: Michael Brown
"It was legitimate self defence"
In other jurisdictions it may be adjudged as an over reaction. The officer is presumably fit and trained in the art of self defence and should be able to deal with a felon effectively without lethal force.
I was not there and there may be evidence of other weapons, some incapacity in the cop, the felon being a 4th Dan black belt karate expert - those are facts for the courts, or rather the jury, to decide.
I also question the capabilities of a cop that let the felon get close enough to grab for his gun.
Re: Michael Brown
became acceptable to shoot someone running away from a possible crime
became acceptable to shoot someone running away
Re: You Cannot Buy Experience and Love
Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.