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Julian Assange to be interviewed by Swedish rape prosecutors

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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).

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Anti-ultrasound tech aims to foil the dog-whistle marketeers

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Why

do they think that stealing my paid for power to run a beacon I do not want is in any way acceptable?

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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Re: Raptor Drones

schoolkids/pilots

In my experience there is little difference.

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Re: Lightnings!

Do you think we can dig out the TSR2 designs?

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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.

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Smut site offers to buy Vine

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Re: 6 seconds?!

When it takes you all night to do what you used to do all night ...

Fred Wedlock

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F-35 'sovereign data gateway' will stop US reading pilots' personal data? Yeah right

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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".)

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Rise of the photon clones: New method could lead to 'impenetrable' comms

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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.

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Hackers pop top 'secure' wireless keyboard and mouse kits, gain RCE

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Re: OMFG Wireless peripherals using proprietary protocols are insecure.

Yes, but first you have to work out the protocol. That'll stop you!

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Today is the 211th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar

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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."

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Openreach split could damage broadband investment, says BT's chief exec

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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.

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Who killed Cyanogen?

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Re: Seen this so many times before.

I always find that wrapping the string between my two tin cans tightly around their neck works.

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Leap second scheduled for New Year's Eve 2016

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Re: WTF

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.

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Stickers emerge as EU's weapon against dud IoT security

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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.

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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!"

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Command line coffee machine: Hacker shuns app so he can stay at the keyboard for longer

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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?

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Russia tests sat jamming

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placed in the Arctic

Only in the winter then, 'cause Global Warming.

(Note to Joint Chiefs: Attack in Summer Only!)

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Turkey blocks Drive, Github, OneDrive in bid to kill RedHack leaks

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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.

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

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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.

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'My REPLACEMENT Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blew up on plane'

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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.

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Mastercard rolls out pay-by-selfie across Europe

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As some identical twins are mirror images of each other, it would be the one with the mirror.

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Should Computer Misuse Act offences committed in UK be prosecuted in UK?

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Re: Entrapment

" ... 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.

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Researchers crack Oz Govt medical data in 'easy' attack with PCs

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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.

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Microsoft hails pointless Privacy Shield status for its cloud services

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" ... had to implement an interface that permitted IE to ask "are you safe?"

"Is it safe?"

Dear, dear Larry in Marathon Man

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Days are numbered for the Czech Republic

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Re: The people of Czechian will be known as Czechians ?

(Resistance is useless!)

Only the USA.

(Apologies if the stereotype offends.)

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Fanbois iVaporate: Smallest Apple iPhone queues ever

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Re: Fanboys who only dream of innovation

I had one of those once, made of Bakelite.

(Made from the hooves of a Nuga.)

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Encryption backdoors? It's an ongoing dialogue, say anti-terror bods

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Re: @Ivan 4

@ PassiveSmoking

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".

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French hackers selling hidden .22 calibre pen guns on secret forums

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Re: Not an Internet story

Yes, but for the majority, what's that in Klingon?

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Daddy, what's 'P2P file sharing'?

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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?")

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NASA's OSIRIS-REx is off to nick some rocks from asteroid Bennu

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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".

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Quake-hit Italy: Open up Wi-Fi

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WIFI works

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.

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Baltimore cops: We flew high-res camera planes to film your every move

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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.

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Re: Michael Brown

became acceptable to shoot someone running away from a possible crime

became acceptable to shoot someone running away

FTFY

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Both HPs allegedly axed people just for being old, California court told

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Re: You Cannot Buy Experience and Love

Wisdom comes from experience. Experience is often a result of lack of wisdom.

Sir TP

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Container OS for RPi

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Re: Now what?

8 and 40 blackbirds, evenly divided between Pis.

Bake at 200F/150C/Gas Mark 6 for 2 hours.

Enjoy.

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IPv6 tipping point

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Isn't all of the Internet weird?

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FireEye probes Clinton foundation hack: Reports

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Re: Blame the Russkies

Can't patch humans?

No, but a cattle prod helps.

BOFH

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Cambridge University controlled tech startup fund raises £75m

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Re: Nice little idea you've got there

The university will claim that had you not been a student/researcher, guided by the readers, professors etc., then you would not be intellectually equipped to make the discovery or invention.

It is the same in most areas. Work in the ceramics department of a museum and they are likely to want first dibs on any old pots that you pick up at a boot sale (at the price you paid).

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

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Re: "He was found not guilty, therefore he is innocent"

There seems to be a trend to apply some sanctions on civil levels of proof, i.e., balance of probabilities. You then make the ASBO, SRO etc. subject to criminal sanctions if broken.

This is an extreme example if what I've read (in this and other August organs) is true and completely OTT. If he has a problem surely the answer is to section him and get suitable treatment.

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DVLA misses out on £400m in tax after scrapping paper discs

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Re: This should be one of the easiest taxes to collect ...

"Don't the new rules also mean the previous owner looses the balance of a month whilst the new owner has to back pay for the same month as well??."

Yes. Should boost VED receipts by just over 4%.

From the DVLA site:

From 2016 to 2017, our priorities will be to:

use our assets to grow new revenue, efficiency and opportunities across government

"grow new revenue" = steal from UK vehicle owners

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ICANN takeover in October

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" ... making FIFA and the IOC look like the most well run organizations ... "

FIFA and the IOC were well run - just not necessarily in the interests of sport and the sportsmen, sportswomen and fans.

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US Patent Office sued after it declared a power outage a 'national holiday'

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Re: An argument...

A boss I once had insisted that he was not asked to make decisions until the last possible moment. He reasonably reasoned that circumstances could be different later and he didn't want to have to change the decision 1/2/3 days/weeks/months later.

I imagine that there could be some legal maxim that filing before the deadline is dangerous?

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Scared of mobile banking

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Re: The real problem is why it's only 36%

"I find it quite a pleasurable experience dealing with things in-branch."

Last time I went into my local branch I was made to feel distinctly a problem because I wanted to talk to the teller and not use the machines. At least they still call me sir and do not (yet) use my given name.

My problem with the bank app is that when I shut it down I have actually logged out, it is still running in the background. I force a close down via the Setting/Applications menu but I expect that makes little real difference. I have written twice to my bank manager about this and not yet, over several months, had an acknowledgement yet alone a substantive reply. Perhaps i should contact the "dealing with grumpy old gits" section.

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Two G4S call centre staff sacked over 999 answering scam

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G4S did not immediately respond to our enquiries.

Please contact our communications team by dialling this number: 999

Manager, Lincoln Police Call Centre

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BT and Nokia slink off together, muttering about 5G tech

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I just want decent 2G/3G outside London

See above.

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Snowden says Russia ‘probably responsible’ for NSA hack

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very acute case of Polonium poisoning...

Is there a non-acute case of Polomium poisoning?

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UK military buys third £4m Zephyr drone for 'persistent surveillance' trials

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Re: Just don't let the Welsh drive....

When flying try to stay in the air, particularly try to avoid the bottom of the air.

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BT best provider for 10Mbps USO, says former digi minister Ed Vaizey

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Re: Sadly he may be talking sense

" ... judged not economic to cable up an area of mainly detached houses. Only mainly semi-detached."

Most of the cable in UK was rolled out for cable TV. This was a commercial undertaking so it was sensible to think about the number of households passed and the likely uptake. As a small social comment, perhaps it was thought that the uptake in the already more spaced out detached houses was going to be low, two reasons why the return may not have enough.

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£11bn later: Smart meters project delayed again for Crapita tests

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And when you ask for the string you'll be told that it requires contract change at £lots.

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Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

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"bulleted blank"

The 0.303 Bren gun used bulleted blank. The wooden bullet was necessary to cause the build up pressure in the barrel to cycle the self loading mechanism. A flash hider at the end of the barrel was cone shaped with a semi circular plate at the end to smash the wooden bullet. Bulleted blank was quite dangerous if mistaken for rifle blank, not only for the "target" but it sometimes blocked the rifle barrel and caused a bolt blow back.

The introduction of the 7.65mm SLR required a normal blank that would feed in an automatic rifle . Thus it would feed happily in the GPMG and also the converted 7.65mm Bren gun. A blank firing attachment was needed to cause a build up of pressure in the rifle/gun barrel that could cycle the self loading mechanism. On the GPMG this was accomplished by using a special barrel.

I suspect the wood was sterilised to prevent the blank deteriorating in storage, not to protect the environment. After all a quicker rotting down is better.

As an aside, the "blank" used for mine layer training was filled with fertiliser so that farmers would allow training on their land.

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