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Nobody expects the social media inquisition! OK, everybody did, UK politicos

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Re: Again?

You don't have to be THAT old to have heard about the same argument with people worrying about TV sets in the home.

I'm sure that when Cimema took off in the 1930s the same argument was applied - as it probably was with the Gramophone and the Pianola.

They invented writing in the Middle East around BC3k. I seem to recall Socrates (much later) saying that he would never write any of his arguments down in a book, because then his students would start to lose their faculty for memory....

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Careful with the 'virtual hugs' says new FreeBSD Code of Conduct

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Re: Oh my fucking gawd/ess ...

...and so will most of the topsoil.....

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Bright idea: Make H when the Sun shines, and H when it doesn't

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Re: "Salts in Molten Salt Solar thermal, especially sodium fluoride are nearly as dangerous"

..."Salts in Molten Salt Solar thermal, especially sodium fluoride are nearly as dangerous"

Which is why SolChem (which was designed to use low cost readily available materials, because it was expected to deploy on a huge scale) used Sodium Chloride.

That's the stuff you sprinkle on your food....

Er... I think that the point the OP was trying to make was that MOLTEN corrosive materials are highly dangerous. And they are.

Chemically it may be what I put on my food, but even when I add salt to curry it doesn't get THAT hot....

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Re: policy direction "Do renewable stuff. Don't ask us how, we don't have a fucking clue."

Doesn't seem sensible to me. It's my money the ignorant politicicians are shovelling into continuously failing projects - like CCS, wave power....

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Re: Hydrogen is a terrible

...too bad they also have carbon that's going to burn too and make pollution......

What pollution? If you burn it right you only get CO2 - which everyone knows is a trace gas critical to plant life, and one we could do with lot greater concentration in the atmosphere. Pity humans can't really add very much compared to natural sources.

Anyone who thinks that CO2 causes global warming should look at the model predictions for this, then examine the actual observed temperatures. Satellite - not artificially-adjusted ground data...

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Re: carbon monoxide as byproduct???

Which is an important food for plants. More is better...

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Re: Molten salt ?

...As for being a non-starter, sadly - as of 2012, somewhere near 30 new plants using Salt are reported to be 'in the pipeline'....

It's a complete failure thermodynamically, and hence a non-starter from that point of view.

But as a method of getting hold of taxpayer's money it's a very effective green scam, and all those 'new plants in the pipeline' are currently making a lot of green enterpreneurs very rich. From that point of view, it's money for nothing.....

Oh, and you shoudl not be surprised that the Wiki only tells you things that environmentalists want to hear.....

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Re: Molten salt ?

...As for being a non-starter, sadly - as of 2012, somewhere near 30 new plants using Salt are reported to be 'in the pipeline'....

It's a complete failure thermodynamically, and hence a non-starter from that point of view.

But as a method of getting hold of taxpayer's money it's a very effective green scam, and all those 'new plants in the pipeline' are currently making a lot of green enterpreneurs very rich. From that point of view, it's money for nothing.....

Oh, and you should not be surprised that the Wiki only tells you the things that environmentalists want to hear...

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The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies

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Re: Getting tired of this "blame the messenger" campaign...

I would love to hear from someone who voted this down. Why on earth?

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This entire problem only exists...

...because people do not seem to be able to think for themselves.

Why is this? Is it true that people are all that stupid? Politicians and the media certainly treat them as if they are, but I can't see how anyone can be as thick as the media seem to paint them...

The impression I get is that all this posturing goes completely over the head of most readers - all of whom are quite capable of understanding the difference between the real world and a politician's version of it. But there is a huge pressure from various competing activist groups to push their agendas - and they measure their success by how little oposition to their ideas is printed. Hence the censorship dressed up as attempts to 'save the sheep' from being exposed to anything but the approved opinions.

Brexit provides a good example of how counterproductive 'controlling the agenda' can be. The establishment had the PM, the US President, the EU President and the Pope all clamouring that the sheep MUST vote the correct way - and look what happened.....

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Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business

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Re: Remnant of the 1980s

...Both were major players in the non-digital field but utterly failed to translate this into digital equivalents despite them having a major brand that would have carried a lot of weight in doing so....

This is perfectly normal. It HAS to happen.

Think of the Kodak Board-Room when the issue of Digital comes up...

Junior 'Ideas-man': "I think we should invest more in this digital lark. It's the coming thing..."

Head of Chemicals and Processing: "Well, you can't have anything from my budget. We're pared to the bone as it is..."

Head of Films: "We're currently No.1 in the world for film. If I lose any budget we'll slip to No.3..."

Head of Paper: "If you invest in digital our entire business model is at risk. And I employ 2.5m people world-wide..."

Chairman: " Ok - put it on hold..."

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Euro Space Agency probe begins search for guff gas on Mars

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Re: Hmmmm

Lots of places where the Russians have their own ideas. They don't believe in Climate Change, for one...

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A game to 'vaccinate' people against fake news? Umm... Fake news

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So...

...one of the early takeaways (which might be a main one if you quit the game after a couple of minutes) is to look for misplaced umlauts in well-known names like HBO or NASA...

So... we have to decide whether a piece of information from an anonymous source we know nothing about, or a piece of information from a major US Government funded institution is more likely to be true?

Given that NASA is by now famous for fiddling the raw data on global temperatures to support their favourite thesis of 'Climate Change', I would suggest that the anonymous source starts off with an advantage...

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UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?

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..it may be the case that Belgium picks the British option for political reasons.....

These reasons would be that Britain is LEAVING the EU?

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Oh sh-itcoin! Crypto-dosh swap-shop Coinbase empties punters' bank accounts

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Re: Cryptocurrency

Here you're not describing a 'Ponzi scheme', which is a scam whereby an investment is issued with very attractive claimed returns. These returns do not exist in reality, but are funded by the money from the initial investors, who pile it to buying the instrument because the returns smm so good. While the investment base is expanding the pretence can be kept going - eventually, of course, it falls over....

What you have actually described is a 'Pump and Dump' scheme. VERY common for imvestment scams. And the idea has been going a long time - read this from the age of early railway investments... http://www.dtc.umn.edu/~odlyzko/rrsources/glen6.pdf

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Re: Cryptocurrency

...Rather we prefer finding the right balance to maximize freedom while protecting society from miscreants...

Leaving aside the two extreme positions where you either have no rules at all or total slavery, EVERYBODY wants to 'find the right balance' between individual freedom and state power. Even those who advocate an extreme would claim that their proposal was 'the correct balance'.

I think that the point about libertarians is that they will choose individual freedom over state power if at all possible, and specifically that they believe that the current balance errs too far in favour of state power....

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If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

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Obligatory pedantic quibble...

...This week, meet "Norman" who just last year took a frankly astounding support call at the law firm where he then woked....

Well, I suppose if someone calls you at work, waking up is a good start....

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Zuckerborg, Microsoft, Amazon letting the side down for green energy among hyperscalers

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Since 'green' is a political concept...

...and I don't support that political belief, how can I ensure that my data centres DON'T use any 'green' energy...?

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Roses are red, Ajit Pai is tickled. Broadband from SpaceX gets him out of a pickle

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A last poem...

Roses are reddish

Violets are blueish

If it wasn't for Christmas.

We'd all be Jewish....

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Three in hospital after NSA cops open fire on campus ram-raid SUV

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Re: Ever try to hit a driver in a vehicle on the move?

Why? Are you by some chance not American?

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Sorry, Elon, your Tesla roadster won't orbit for billions of years

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Obligatory Hitchhiker reference...

...The models suggest that after nearly three million years, there's even a tiny chance it'll dive into the Sun. ®...

By then it will need to have been painted black, and have gathered a few hitchhikers...

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Roses are red, Kaspersky is blue: 'That ban's unconstitutional!' Boo hoo hoo

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...So if government X decides not to buy products from company Y, is that unconstitutional?...

Governments are a bit special - they run off taxpayer's money, so they have a duty to be fair.

However, they also have a duty to support the country that they run, so if they determine that a particular firm would be bad for the country in some way they should refuse to trade with it. Cruicially, they should have evidence for that - and it's probably no good enough to say that 'We politicians are trying to scare the country into war with Russia, and so a knee-jerk reaction against anything Russian is a good political move..."

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Stop calling, stop calling... ICO goes gaga after home improvement biz ignores warnings

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...Direct Choice failed to turn up on the day, but was found to be in breach of the Data Protection Act nonetheless and fined £400, ordered to pay £364.08 and a victim surcharge of £40....

Ooogh! I AM scared....

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South China waters are red, Brit warships are blue, HMS Sutherland's sailing there

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Re: re: You can't manufacture sovernity by manufacturing islands

...There was a 200NM exclusion zone during the Falklands Conflict, but that was to let anyone who might have an interest in watching how a NATO task group goes about conducting a war (know) that the UK wouldn't be carrying out ID checks beyond, it's not ours kill it....

Actually, it was primarily about warning Argentine forces to keep their distance. Note that the Argentines were also specifically told that the UK reserved the right to attack Argentine units OUTSIDE the 200 mile zone if in the opinion of the Royal Navy these constituted an operational threat - and indeed we did attack the General Belgrano just outside the 200 mile zone, because it was part of a pincer movement being planned with the Veinticinco de Mayo to attack the Task Force*.

* We knew this because GCHQ was breaking their codes and reading their orders. But of course we couldn't admit to this during the war, which would have caused the Argentines to change their communication processes. The net result was that anti-war activists claim to this day that the Belgrano was never a threat, and was sunk by a war-hungry unprovoked British attack...

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Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

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Re: @veti

I've never heard of that new smear...when did you make it up?

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Re: Schrödinger's Embassy

...Why would Trump want to see Assange arrested?...

The FBI and the NSA want Assange dead. And, as we have seen, they are quite happy to operate on their own without any political oversight...

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Her job is to consider the law as regards the facts that have been put before her, and come to a decision based on that. The length of time he has spent in the embassy has no bearing on the case.

What the British authorities/Americans might do certainly has a bearing on the case. But Assange needs to provide evidence to support his concern, which I don't think he has. Some evidence certainly exists - the British authorities have a track record of supporting the American practice of kidnapping people and holding them for torture, and perhaps his barrister should have mentioned that fact.

However, the Judge would probably have taken into account that this was unlikely to happen to someone so well known publicly - so it would probably not fly....though he might...

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UK Home Sec Amber Rudd unveils extremism blocking tool

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During WW2...

...the Germans broadcast continual propaganda via presenters such as 'Lord Haw-Haw' (William Joyce). They also wanted "... to incite violence in our communities, recruit people to their cause, and attempt to spread fear in our society...". Indeed, we were in a much more comprehensive shooting war with them.

We never made it illegal to listen to Lord Haw-Haw.

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Facial recognition software easily IDs white men, but error rates soar for black women

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Re: Is spreading

As the downvotes indicate, this is something you're not allowed to say. Or think...

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NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump

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I don't think anyone thinks it's a hoax...

...today's White House – which reckons climate change is a hoax – wants NASA to look outward...

...but it sure looks like a scam....

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Getty load of this: Google to kill off 'View image' button in search

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Re: Bad bargaining

Not exactly. It is usually a Civil Offence. It is a breach of Civil Law, so it is certainly against the law, but it is not usually a crime.

If you use an image belonging to someone else this will be a breach of the law unless you can show that you fall into an exempt usage category (hugely dependent on jurisdiction). Academic use is often exempt. Note, however, that civil actions are prosecuted by individuals, so an image owner may still decide to sue you, using involvement in the judicial system as the punishment (it can be very expensive).

Copyright law is there for commercial protection.Penalties are therefore based on the profit you have made, or the profit the counterparty has lost, as a result of your actions. For use in a school assignment this would probably be non-existent, even if you were found to have breached the law. This is why copyright holders argue that music and film 'pirates' have cost their company vast millions - if they had not, the penalty would be laughably small.

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Re: Bad bargaining

...(Copyright infringement is a crime. It isn't stealing, but it is still criminal.)...

Not sure what you mean by 'criminal'.

Note that there are two distinct branches of law, Criminal and Civil. Criminal law handles issues which are defined as wrongdoing against the state, and the process involves prosecution by the state. Breaches of these laws are termed 'crimes'.

Civil law handles issues between individuals or companies. In this case the 'wronged' party initiates the prosecution, and breaches of these laws are termed 'offences'.

Things vary between jurisdictions, but in general 'copyright infringement' is a civil offence, not a crime...

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Boffins upload worm's brain into a computer, teach it tricks

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Re: This is nonsense

Actually, we DO, in quite a few meaningful senses...

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Re: I wonder...

Probably not. C. Elegans may only have 302 neurons, but a neuron is far more than a binary switch, and does a lot of 'internal processing' itself. They encode both digital and analog information, and operate as a complex machine in their own right. Though there is no sinple comparison between digital computers and the 'wetware' of a brain, it would make more sense to say that C.Elegans has a brain comprising 302 parallel processors.....

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As GDPR draws close, ICANN suggests 12 conflicting ways to cure domain privacy pains

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...You know IP addresses are (mistakenly) regarded as PII right? Yes, even dynamic ones. You cannot rely on common sense with this stuff....

If you do not understand a subject, the appropriate thing to do is to educate yourself, not display your ignorance.

'Personal' data, as defined in data protection legislation, is data by which you can uniquely identify a person. That data can be ANYTHING so long as the identification process can operate, either with the actual data alone or with any extra data which you can reasonably be expected to have.

So, if a company issues differently coloured jumpers to its staff, and holds a list of the jumpers issued against staff IDs, the jumper colour becomes controlled data for the purposes of data protection legislation...

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...In this case they are telling you what they are going to do with your data and why, which is good, and even the business sector that they will pass it onto (note, not everyone). It's probably specific enough to pass....

Er, NO!!!!!! NO, NO, NO!!!!

The data protection laws clearly state that personal data gathered must be the minimum for the business purpose, not used for anything else, and disposed of as soon as the business purpose is satisfied.

You seem to think the law says that a business has carte blanche to use your data for any purpose so long as it tells you that it is going to do it. This is NOT SO......

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Why aren't you being arbiters of truth? MPs scream at Facebook, YouTube, Twitter

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...We humans are not as evolved as we need to be......

Er.. no. Persons who lean to the left aren't as intelligent as they need to be...

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A politician who understood the truth....

...A politician complaining about the media is like a sailor complaining about the sea....

Enoch Powell

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Re: Understanding is a three-edged sword

Only half?

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Brit regulator pats self on back over nuisance call reduction: It's just 4 billion now!

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Re: 60 calls a person

The way spam call centres work is that they have a warehouse full of people in cubicles with a phone and a script.

At one end is an automatic dialling machine. This dials numbers, and every time someone picks up the phone it allocates the call to the next free spammer in their cubicle, and continues calling.

Now the spammer may be having a smoke, or just bored, and may not pick the call up. So, after a pause of 10secs or so the line is dropped.

That's usually the reason for most voice-free calls....

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It's been 50 years since those damn dirty apes took the planet by storm

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That's not bad going...

...The premise is that in 3978, many hundreds of years after a nuclear war destroyed human civilisation, our near-relatives, the great apes, underwent the same evolutionary leap that had taken our bloodline from forest-dwelling apes like Ardipithecus ramidus...

A jump from Ardipithecus to Homo took around 2m years, and a jump from Homo Habilis to Sapiens took us another 2m. The Pan genus must have some pretty impressive mutagens to do a similar leap in 2k years....

...which picked up a handful of Oscars for makeup, costume and musical score...

It was up against 2001 - A Space Odyssey. 2001 had incomparably better make-up/costume, including an accurate (for the time) tribe of Ardipithecus, and I presume that I don't need to remind you of the 2001 musical score. With shots of Jupiter 'on location' from the probes. And Planet of the Apes won...

At the time Arthur Clarke said "Maybe they didn't give us the make-up prize because they thought we used real ape-men..."

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BT backs down from charging millions in phone book listing fees

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Keep the old ones! They will be worth money to the antique stores and ebays of the future...

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Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice

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Re: Never do this

...Some would probably argue that tapping them on the shoulder would also be assault....

...it would actually be Battery....

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Re: The long arm of the Law

...To be sure, I haven't been near Ireland since 1977...

Surely, that should read "...To be sure, to be sure, I haven't been near Ireland since 1977, to be sure..."

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Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin

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You get much the same issue on boats - where the pipework is designed on the Olympic system (the bloke who gets there first runs his 1/4" pipe straight, and the big 18" low pressure steam conduit has to bend round it).

For my sins I started work in a military command and control complex, where keeping the computers and signals equipment up under nuclear war conditions was a business requirement. So we had full replacements and engineering support on site 24hrs (or rather UNDER site, since we were well underground).

The worst outage we had was due to a stationery delivery, when the trolley clipped one of the aircon pipes. You can't get rid of heat easily when you are underground, so that was critical for the mainframes. And of course we ended up with an airlock.....which lowered the defensive capability of the country for nearly 36 hours....

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UK worker who sold customers' data to nuisance callers must cough up £1k

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Re: Actual accidents

The last time I had such a call, I asked which accident they referred to, and explained that I had been in many car crashes. the caller got very excited, and called her supervisor over - thinking she had hit pay dirt. After a rambling confused conversation I finally told the cold callers that I was a stunt car driver, and crashed cars on film for a living...

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Unlucky 13 collared by cops hunting cyber-crew who stole up to $2.2bn

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Re: sorry for that

Given that it takes a couple of years to prepare cases and get ready to arrest people, I would say that Bondarkeno dropped out of sight at about the same time as the investigation started. Kind of coincidental? Or do you think that he shopped the rest?

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Laser sauce, cheat code, jam seshs: The Waymo vs Uber trial kicks off

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..."Did you ask Levandowski to bring Google information to Uber?" Uber's lawyer asked his former CEO. "I did not. Ever." A follow-up: "Did Mr Levandowski tell you he was going to bring Google information to Uber?" Kalanick: "He did not."...

Um. In any job interview the company recruiter is interested in what advantage in skills, knowledge, background etc the applicant will bring to the company?

It would be incredible if Levandowski was NOT asked about the work he did at Google, and what aspects of that would be of value to UBER. In fact, if the hiring was really above board, the topic of intellectual property and restrictive covenants limiting Levandowski's employment should have been a major topic of converstation.

If they weren't, well....

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What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids

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Re: Tax write-off

You don't need science experiments - that will trow politics into the mix. What he needed was an advert from the marketying crowd.

He picked a Tesla, which gave him a nice publicity boost. If I were him I would have added a pointable low-power astronomical telescope - maybe several - a stability system and a 2-way communications link. Those are all low-cost and pretty much standard off-the-shelf kit. And that would have meant that he could have provided 'space' pictures over the internet to hobbyists for as long as the stability system/comms link held out. Who knows - the 'probe' might come within reasonable viewing range of an asteroid....

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I see you're writing a résumé?!.. LinkedIn parked in MS Word

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Do you mean that you only have ONE email address?

I run many. Any address that goes out to uncontrollable sources - and any commercial source is uncontrollable - is an address that I don't mind losing. I regularly cycle them around - as I do my credit card numbers, and various other hooks through which I am connected to the outside world.

That way, I can always disassociate myself from any unpleasantness...

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