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Home Office admits it sent asylum seeker’s personal info to the state he was fleeing

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*slow clap*

Oh, well done, Home Office. Well done.

Incompetents.

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Apple iPhone X: Two weeks in the life of an anxious user

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Excellent review...

... Echoes my sentiments. :-)

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Make Apple, er, America Great Again: iGiant to bring home profits, pay $38bn in repatriation tax

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Re: 15.5 percent and Apple Incentive

@Doctor Syntax, we are already a tax haven where the EU is concerned... nowhere else can you launder your money as effectively as in the property market in the UK...

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Re: 15.5 percent and Apple Incentive

They'll have thought this through for as long as Trumpet has mentioned this tax cut...

There'll remain enough cash overseas to deal with the 'EU payment', and any other issues that may or may not crop up. :-)

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Re: Shame they pay no tax elsewhere

They pay taxes as, when and where required. If tax situations allow the Double Dutch Irish Sandwich to exist, then that's a problem for the Netherlands and Ireland to resolve. The Dutch know this, they are not happy about it (well, the citizens aren't by the tone of the conversations I had in Amsterdam last night), and thus it continues to be a problem. Ireland also knows they have to resolve this (and they have).

The American model allowed 'deferred taxes' to exist, so the cash pile just grew and grew and grew. If they ('deferred taxes') couldn't exist, the $250 billion cash pile wouldn't exist either.

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Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

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@Goldmember

What Alan is saying is that because Malaysian gained an even worse reputation over MH370 and MH17, and passengers stayed away in droves. The A380 was supposed to give MH capacity and a good prestige aircraft that would be able to drive passenger traffic through Kuala Lumpur, and after the two aircraft incidents, this didn't happen and the jets are costing MH a fortune.

That said, MH is deploying the A380 between Sydney and KL for the summer, as well as the LHR route (where it will remain throughout).

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Re: Why not a cargo version

The cargo version exists, but the B747 has better economics. Apparently the belly/main floor cargo economics didn't work on the A380... Remember that on the B747, the upper deck remains for self-loading cargo, there were *no* freight bits up there. On the A380 you would have a whole upper deck that would remain empty (unless you strengthen the floor, which adds weight, which reduces the economics, which...)

FedEx, UPS and DHL all were interested in a freight version of the A380, but then the B777 enhancements happened, the A380 was delayed multiple times, and the companies went for other planes (like the A330 and the older B747s that were being withdrawn).

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Re: single-engine A350 ...

And the A350 has the highest ETOPS certification of *any* aircraft *ever*: 6 hours, 10 minutes (ETOPS-370). That's how good RR has made the Trent XWB (*I am not affiliated with Rolls Royce Aircraft Engines of Derby).

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Re: Poor choice of words..gives Emirates the opportunity to squeeze the hell out of Airbus.

The 747-8 in passenger configuration is down to 5 examples in the pipeline, and the only real options on the table are the VIP versions (i.e. Air Force One's two examples plus some... ahem... Middle Eastern customers). The freight version on the other hand *is* still available and there's a good backlog.

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Re: Poor choice of words..gives Emirates the opportunity to squeeze the hell out of Airbus.

Emirates has already asked Airbus to look at re-engining the A380 (i.e. new engines, better fuel economy and fuel efficiency), but Airbus ruled it out for the current moment because it's not too bad yet. It has been clear that a 'A380neo' is *not* off the table (i.e. if EngineAlliance and Rolls Royce are improving their engines significantly, they'll be interested in doing it.

Airbus has also gotten into the refurbishment business, and the first Singapore A380s have gone in for a refresher.

The A380 is not dead *yet*, but like the B747, it's on life support... ;-)

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Users clutch refilled Box boxen after 'empty' folder panic

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Dropbox != Box

Get it right, El Reg. Come on now. What kind of reporting is this?

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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

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@Daytona955

Especially in the vi vs vim debate.

VI FOR THE WIN! Always! And forever!

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BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service

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Oh Simon!

What a way to start the year! This is hilarious! And Rita? What a gem!

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Europe to spend €1bn on supercomputers and big data infrastructure

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Re: Why?

The EC press release might be a bit woolly, but the ETP4HPC group is anything but. There are several large computing centres (like CSC in Finland, Jülich and LRZ in Germany, the Hartree Centre/STFC, EPCC in Edinburgh and Queens in Belfast, GRnet, SURFsara, TU Delft, ...) involved, along with the usual HPC vendors. This sounds like an alternative to the EOSC project, although EOSC is specifically science-focused with better utilisation of the existing science infrastructures like EUDAT, EGI, PRACE et al, whereas this seems to plan the next hardware generation of said infrastructures. I shall prod some of my colleagues in the HPC game to check if they're aware of this grouping and what they can tell me!

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Heathrow Airport's local council prohibits drone flights from open spaces

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Re: This is totally unsurprising

But Martin. Martin, Martin, Martin. You don't expect little Johnny down the street to be doing the right thing to look this up on an ICAO 500K scale map? He just wants to fly his new DJI Spark anywhere he likes, despite it being part of the London CTR!

*slow eyeroll here* (I agree with you, obviously)

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Brit transport pundit Christian Wolmar on why the driverless car is on a 'road to nowhere'

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Re: Public transport is already self-driving

All public transport is subsidised, even overseas. Especially overseas, actually, for precisely that reason... that it is affordable for everyone.

I've enjoyed seeing people in posh frocks going to the opera on the Hamburg Hochbahn and the Berlin metro, because it was convenient and affordable, rather than having to find parking near the Elphi or the Berlin Opera, and having to remain sober to be able to drive afterwards. It's only in the UK where there seems to be this 'Oh god no, what? I should use public transport? Isn't that for the great unwashed and not us, Mr and Mrs Überimportant?' attitude towards public transport.

In larger conurbations, public transport makes sense. See Manchester, Newcastle, London, New York, Paris, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Milan, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Athens... Once you try to make public transport in more rural areas (or minor conurbations like Oxford with large rural areas) work, it becomes exactly what Doctor Syntax describes... a royal PITA with bad connections, which leads to negative feedback loops (bad connections = less people using it = more expensive = reduction in services = more bad connections = less people using it...).

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Re: Urban vs Motorway

Cruise control on the motorway is fantastic, if everyone plays nice. The best drives I've had have been on cruise control where either the road was empty, or everyone was going roughly the same speed and no-one played silly buggers (like weaving in and out of traffic like a tosser).

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@Doctor Syntax

Ever been on the A34 between the M40 and the M3? If not, try driving on it when the big lorries are out... they convoy often and then end up taking the better part of 200-250m of road that you either have to try to get past before the next junction, or be stuck behind at 50 (realistically more like 45) miles per hour until they're past where you want to get off.

Add to that very impatient drivers of sedans and vans of various sizes and you can quickly see it turn into a clusterf*** of epic proportions. Which is why us Oxfordshirefolk made the 'finger tapping against the temple' motion when our local county council passed a motion to force all lorries to stay on the inside lane through the county, as much as we agree with the sentiment that lorries shouldn't be doing the 'I'll pass you at 50.5mph on a steep uphill southbound of Ilsley because I have more important freight than you' thing...

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Re: And of course the moral issue...

@Jamie Jones: Provided the vehicle to the left is also intelligent and can coordinate with my vehicle, I would expect my vehicle to hit the brakes and then swerve left.

If the car to the left is *not* intelligent, I'd expect my vehicle to come to an emergency stop whilst reevaluating whether another space to slip into can be located (such as *behind* the car on the left or the motorcyclist on the right because either will either brake or swerve themselves) that reduces the risk of passenger death.

But you do have a point that all these cases have to be covered, evaluated, resolved, and catered for before a car can be autonomous.

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Russia claims it repelled home-grown drone swarm in Syria

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Unless they hit those things called jets? Then it's more than just alarm but actual damage... :-)

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Re: RE: "The thousands of German V1 attacks on southern England"

+1 on h4rm0ny's book recommendation!

Empire of the Clouds is mega!

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Bingo...

@Anonymous hits it on the head.

All's fair in love and war, and the low-tech approach is what most guerilla warfare uses (IEDs in Afghanistan/Iraq, traditional weapons and cheap guns in Somalia, now cheap RC 'drones' in Syria).

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Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men

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Re: Funny how...

@Tigra 07, stop reading the Daily Heil and The Scum.

JK Rowling was anything *but* rich. She came from *nothing*. You seem to forget that. So JK Rowling has *every* right and reason to be a social justice warrior because she has seen both sides of the coin and *knows* how crap 'the other side' is. And you bitching on about how she demolished a house next door to extend her garden sounds more like bitter envy than your purported claim to be concerned about the housing shortage.

Lily Allen... I can't speak for her.

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@Adam 52

Unless you are black and of a specific age that indicates you lived through Apartheid in South Africa, don't start preaching on about how your current situation equates to Apartheid in South Africa, because you wouldn't even fathom what it meant in real life terms.

So. Are you black, South African, and of that specific age to preach on about how your current situation equates to Apartheid? I'll wait.

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Re: I am confused

A credible case is made that reduction in career sexism in the USA has DECREASED the number of women programmers because women could always pursue a programming career (many early programming pioneers were women) but were formerly excluded from these other careers. That lends support to his view that there is a significant biological preference in general rather than it being primarily education and role-models.

Alone the fact that we have tons of mansplainers in IT in the USA and in the UK trying to mansplain away their own discriminatory practices clearly indicates that career sexism in the US (and the UK) is still far from a level where women feel they are truly equals.

Downvote me all you like, but there's *nothing* that excuses the kind of reprehensible 'bro' behaviour that makes women feel unappreciated, less than capable, or having to live up to higher standards than their male 'peers'. Biological preference my arse.

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Mystery surrounds fate of secret satellite slung by SpaceX

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Just because the black-ops people didn't tell you it's ok...

... Doesn't mean it's not ok. It likely is.

And even if Reuters claims it's crashed back down, unless *they* have a direct line to the NG/black-ops people, they *also* are just speculating.

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UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration

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The DSLR...

... The DSLR is included in the 'shot' because larger drones (i.e. *not* a DJI or a Parrot) handle digital cameras. We *know* that a dinky DJI probably won't do damage, but a 3 foot commercial video/camera drone can, especially when it has a Canon 5D MkII or something else with a light yet strong metal body attached to it. But the Drone Act is stupidity. Utter stupidity.

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Bigmouth ex-coppers who fed media MP pr0nz story face privacy probe

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Excellent

Except the ICO will simply... do nothing?

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Yes, your old iPhone is slowing down: iOS hits brakes on CPUs as batteries wear out

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@Truckle...

For £79 you can have your battery replaced and yes, then you will get your speed back. Several Appletards shared this when their 'phone slowed down' and then had their battery exchanged... Boom, they were back in the fast lane. Frankly, if I have a choice between a £79 battery replacement done at Apple and a new £699 phone, I'll take the battery replacement, thank you very much.

My phone* suffers from these issues (primarily in cold weather), so a little heat pad under the phone (when used in a very cold environment) and carrying the phone in an inside pocket instead of the coat do wonders for the longevity.

I agree with other commentards that Apple should have notified users that it will start doing this in newer editions and provided a similar slider as the 'Low Power Mode' that is available already. A 'battery health' indicator would be useful for those who don't believe that this is the primary reason why Apple do it.

* an iPhone 6s

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Google Chrome ad-blocking to begin in February – but what is it going to block?

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If only they also banned...

... Ads that redirect you to an app store for their app 'for a better experience'. OH. DO. F***. OFF! I don't want your bloody app or I'd be bloody using it, you nitwits!

UGH! I am glad to see autoplaying videos blocked, or interstitial ads with countdowns, or similar horribleness. Then I can finally read my local paper again too.

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Brit film board proposed as overlord of online pr0nz age checks

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Re: This may, perversely, encourage more porn

Well Nigel, according to the Great Ordained Daily Heil and The Sun That Must Be Obeyed, you *are* pornographic, I mean, who in their right mind would want to dress themselves in tanned animal skins the way you do? It's non-narrow-tunnel-visioned-frock filth and thus is an affront to the Victorian attitudes by those who rule by the Great Ordained Daily Heil and The Sun That Must Be Obeyed...

Of course, for the rest of us, it's just 'live and let live...' *cue the eyerolls here*

For any avoidance of doubt, I agree with you and find it pathetic.

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Re: Oh, wow...

They *might* be competent, but many choose not to address this, derogating responsibility to schools, only to lambast teachers about the lack of standards and attention to make sure little Suzy and little Johnny never learn about the actual act of their creation, nevermind the fact that they learn this from their fellow little friends on the playground...

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

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Re: Oi!

Oxford *is* neighbouring London... London Oxford airport is closer to London than London Stansted.

:-D

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AI researcher pulls best Blue Steel in Yves Saint Laurent fragrance ad

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Awwwww...

... Some sour faces on here... Why? Because you're not really, really, ridiculously good looking? Would you have preferred some Magnum instead? Or Le Tigre perhaps?

I wouldn't kick him out of bed, you know... *smirks* *walks off*

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Euro Patent Office ignores ruling and refuses entry to vindicated judge

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The EU didn't hire him. The Administrative Council, which is comprised of ministers of representative countries (including EU members), did.

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@ratfox, the EPO is not an EU body. Just like CERN is not. The difference with CERN though is that it has scientists as management who believe in cooperation and who, for the sake of expediency, comply with French and Swiss laws when it comes to much of their physical manifestations (like buildings, and the regulations that apply to them).

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Re: Sources?

@veti, a *quality* news organisation is *UNDER NO OBLIGATION* to reveal its sources. END OF.

You may want to read up on how journalism works. And don't try to pretend that you know how journalism works, because I (and others) won't believe you*.

I'll downvote myself on your behalf.

* said as someone who works in media

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Apple looks forward to wiping $47bn off its overseas profit tax bill – thanks to US shakeup

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Hold on...

Apple didn't agree to pay the €13 billion. They agreed with the Irish government to place it in escrow pending the outcome of Ireland and Apple's appeal against the European Commission's ruling. That's a somewhat different proposition than 'paying up'. If their appeal fails, *then* they'll pay up (or come to another arrangement).

That said, the corporate tax rate in the US may be listed as 35%, but companies rarely pay that. They *always* have tax rebates of some sort or description that drops their effective rate to 10% or less. The 'tax dodge for rich people' (i.e. the current reform) will shrink their tax due, yes, but there will be rebates again...

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Denied: Uber's request to skip to UK Supreme Court to appeal workers' rights

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You are correct... they are losing money pretty much constantly...

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Escrow you, Apple! Ireland expects Cupertino to cough up to €13bn

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Re: What ?!?

It's not giving Apple special treatment. What *is* happening is that Ireland and Apple are putting the dosh (of said ruling) in escrow until the ECJ case is resolved. Ireland wants this resolved as much as Apple does, and no doubt at some point there will be a resolution of some sort, where Apple possibly pays a big wad but less than €13 billion, and that all going into Ireland's coffers...

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Drone collisions with airliners may not be fatal, US study suggests

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Re: How can this be?

Except that's not what killed Concorde. What killed Concorde was a titanium strip that ruptured one of Concorde's *tyres* which exploded, and the fragment of which subsequently penetrated a wing fuel tank and then caused a fuel tank leak. The engines being at full reheat were involved but only peripherally. They ignited the escaping fuel. *THAT* is what killed Concorde.

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Death, taxes, DXC job cuts: Three of life's sure bets

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Re: So nice to hear from El Reg first

So sorry to hear you've had to hear it from industry press. Find something new, stat.

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China plots new Great Leap Forward: to IPv6

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Re: RFC 2460..

How exactly do you tack on an additional 96 bits to a fixed 32 bit portion of the header with other defined items on both sides without completely breaking the protocol?

Shhhhhh... don't point out the obvious...

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Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

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Re: "They'll be back."

Pardon me while I pee my pants laughing...

1. can the "windows only" applications be re-written for *LESS* *MONEY* than completely revamping everyone with Win-10-nic boxen?

How long have you got, and how long would you like Munich to stand still while you do this? And will you give the kind of support Microsoft/Adobe does when it really does go wrong, or will you give the classic Open Source answer to a request for support: "Submit a patch" or "you can compile it yourself"?

2. just how CRITICAL is "that particular application" anyway? In other words, can the same job be done with SOMETHING ELSE?

Critical enough *not* to wait around for 1. or have to risk getting a Bavarian (nevermind just German) user who just wants/needs to do their job having to deal with abrasive Open Source 'support' flows.

Downvote me all you like, but given that I have worked in corporate technical support for both the private and public sector, and I've had plenty of exposure to what the Open Source community thinks is good support in some cases (hint: it is distinctly lacking in support), yeah, be my guest.

Here's an addendum though: Not *all* Open Source software is like that, or has a community like that, or treats its users like that, but this is why Red Hat and others make a killing on support contracts... :-)

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Permissionless data slurping: Why Google's latest bombshell matters

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Re: Are we surprised?

Whaa whaa Tory Britain, whaa whaa. This problem transcends political parties... Labour is as guilty as the Tories.

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OnePlus 5 x T + five short months = Some p*ssed off fanboys

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ROFL

PMSL. And so on. This is truly spectacular. Honestly, and here I thought Apple was getting crass... this just outdid Apple.

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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: distributed knowledge?

I've got you beat by two years... my first iteration hit the WBM on 20 December 1996... :-D

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How can airlines stop hackers pwning planes over the air? And don't say 'regular patches'

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Re: Satcom remote monitoring

This may not necessarily be a dangerous interface (i.e. two air-gapped networks meeting at the satcom interface), but certainly the whole concept (that Boeing espoused in the 787) of VLANs rather than separately-cabled networks can be. This is why aviation professionals continue to probe and prod the OEMs who are not used to that kind of questioning. It would be useful for everyone if infosec bods and aviation security bods worked together closer to validate the design of such on-board networks and made sure they truly are not a danger to the SLF inside that tube....

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

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"Independent journalism"?

Sorry, once you get involved in politics or you *are* the story, you are no longer independent.

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Inmarsat aircraft Wi-Fi lift off set to fill coffers

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Re: Satellite in-flight Wi-Fi ..

It's more than 384 kbps. It's now in the Mbps range (with Inmarsat GlobalXpress anyway). ;-)

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