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Re: Recent report on F-35
This is long but interesting. Its reassuring that its still possible to criticize government programs, but its horrible that it's impossible to control them
It makes for a good if compelling and horrifying read. I suspect many (most) readers here know the outline horrors but this is a little more specific/apparently informed.
Re: Don't worry folks, the CAAS thing will be along soon
I think there is a need for the 'obligatory' Dilbert here - the prototype
Boris initiative - the only way they could let him 'drive a train'
Surprise UK raid of Cambridge Analytica delayed: Nobody expects the British information commissioner!
From the Grauniad (reporting shennanigans in parliament)
Hancock was responding to a Commons question from Labour’s Liam Byrne, who said it was “ludicrous that it has taken so long for her to get a search warrant for Cambridge Analytica’s officers, and it is ludicrous that people frustrating her investigations do not face jail for that frustration”.
Hancock began by criticising Byrne for his “abrasive tone” and said “the data protection bill currently before parliament is all about strengthening this enforcement”. But he added: “If following evidence from this investigation we need to further strengthen those powers, then I am willing to consider that.”
Byrne may be fing useless most of the time, but he has a point - Hancock will sweep it under the carpet, along with the dead cockroaches.
Re: When you see the engineer
There could be other explanations of blindness (possibly related to AR)
2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations
Re: no mention of bitcoin mining
I take it that the winnings are not paid in Bitcoin?
Re: What I don't understand
out their knowledge).
Re: Wishful thinking
Johnson, Fox and the rest of the rabble will sell the rights to have such legislation put to Parliament in order to gain 'better' trading conditions
Re: A suggestion
I always felt that Nail Gaiman and Pterry Pratchett's description of Ts&Cs forwarded to hell in 'Good Omens' was rather fine
Along with the standard computer warranty agreement which said that if the machine 1) didn't work, 2) didn't do what the expensive advertisement said, 3) electrocuted the immediate neighbourhood, 4) and in fact failed entirely to be inside the expensive box when you opened it, this was expressly, absolutely, implicitly and in no event the fault or responsibility of the manufacturer, that the purchaser should consider himself lucky to be allowed to give his money to the manufacturer, and that any attempt to treat what had just been paid for as the purchaser's own property would result in the attentions of serious men with menacing briefcases and very thin watches.
All would seem to fit and MPs have never demonstrated much consistency - outsize a commitment to brazen lying anyway.
Re: About time
Can't we send a gunboat?
We might if we had an operational one.
No doubt they consider being the first a feather in their cap - if they can get people to shell out.
Not that they were great to begin with IMHO - notionally appealing but in practice just too sweet. In true 'concerned and outraged' about Cadbury's behaviour and the blatant lying to a parliamentary committee I seem to remember (why oh why was she not hauled back and jailed for contempt?) I have boycotted their offerings ever since, although I am given to understand that the chocolate has gone downhill as they attempt to duplicate American sweetened wall paste.
When I lived in the US and made frequent trips back to Europe, I earned much goodwill by bringing back decent chocolate for friends and family.
Don't think so. You can sue for libel, you can't sue for slander.
Oh yes you can on many circumstances - https://www.inbrief.co.uk/media-law/malicious-falsehoods-slander/
"Keeping transactions low, say $10-12, makes laundering almost impossible to spot, as they look like ordinary transactions. It would be impossible to investigate every transaction of thi....
No it doesn't - actually it is much easier and cheaper to spot through traffic analysis.
Re: Here in the US
Which can make sense. It is the reuse of all of that information that could be concerning.
Re: ANPR can be abused, by Police.
I also believe the Police are deliberately "tagging" certain vehicles of people that are outspoken against speed cameras, so that any indiscretion over the speed limit, they will always receive a ticket.
Do you have any evidence of this - or is it another belief formulated over a ping on beer on a Saturday evening?
While I do not agree with Wollaton's general political approach (but then I did not vote for her), She appears to be one of the few Tories with both common sense/technical knowledge and a spine
Re: 2014: "...simply made up figures."
BTW how did this stuff get past accountants for so long?
Carrilion (in the UK) and many others demonstrate that for PWC and many accountants, large fees will make most things fly until they make the accountants personally responsible.
Re: Made in China
I really wish Amazon would stop destroying their brand (and my trust in them) by flooding the site with what I can only describe as cheap Chinese crap.
Being Amazon I am sure they are calculating the cost of policing the products they hawk against the costs involved. At the moment cost >> policing!
Re: Oink, oink, flap, flap.
Register them with an EU based company - I doubt whether anyone will check origins - for a while anyway.
Re: Tougher sanctions
That there is better shortbread out there at lower prices?
Re: Missing from the list!
It has had some attention in the press (I remember seeing Gruniad articles that specifically covered it - see - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/19/uk-police-forces-failing-to-meet-forensic-standards-safe-regulator-miscarriages-justice-outsourcing - although other examples might exist). The additional costs in screwups in disability assessments have been well documented - not that the government gives a shit about consequences to individuals - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/30/staggering-rise-pip-complaints-rot-system-disability-benefits
Re: No positive comments above re outsourcers
Unfortunately, the primary objective of public organisation's may not be achieved even if the goals are laudable. People rarely decide to fail deliberately (although there have been occasions in public sector projects where one has to wonder). But yes, I take the point, even if the private enterprise might choose to compete for public projects based on excellence of delivery (not usual), many of the knock on effects - staff benefits, taxation returns to name but two are discarded where lawfully possible (and sometimes even that test is bypassed).
Because our fans & propellers are electric, they can operate independently. An issue with one has no effect on the others,”
Hmm - an interesting take on 'because' - so they have independent batteries and controllers and links to the main controls?
And of course Facebook's offerings are 'excellent' value for a users money - if you ignore all of the downsides
Re: So it possible after all
word of mouth - still an effective marketing strategy :-)
I know it shows my age, but even as a <ac user (personal/office machine) I still maintain that you can’t beat the old IBM ‘click click click’ keyboard - lifetime (provided you can finesse the interfaces) and I have four of them on different machines at the moment (the cluster is mainly managed from a Mac)
Re: Even more stupidly priced
Except that, for for most brands, the price simply goes up (unlike Bitcoin :-)
Re: They've been incompetent muppets....
they have probably already trade mark protected NHSNDH.
Slater noted that many of the assertions are repeated in the reports. "How many times have you got to build a strong leadership team?" he said.
"This confirms to me the DWP been dishonest, no way do the reports reflect what the DWP had been putting out in its press releases at the time.
A succinct and apparently accurate summary of the situation. Plus ca change.
For the more, ahem, energetic swinger, the site also includes a volleyball court, a pétanque terrain and a mini-golf course.
I would imagine that playing golf in the all together would have multiple swinging bits.
Re: DVLA - resons to strafe Swansea
Not only outside central Swansea, but a very prominent (and gawd awful building as well)
The Gupta clan have been very busy boys and girls
Re: Both sides are wrong here
Erm, Thompson and Venables WERE given the right to be forgotten by the trial judge, when he placed a lifetime injunction on their new identities being revealed.
Umm no - protecting their new identities was not giving them the right to be forgotten. IMHO a precautionary measure by the courts to prevent violence on their person. Remember the 'paediatrician' hounded from her home by retards who could not spell (well in the UK anyway)?
Re: SMS Spam is still a thing?
I am afraid it is in the UK. Although I got my first couple of phishing text messages a day or two ago - traced to a China registered site.
Re: School Days
careful cleaning with a small cloth I hope.
In the 1990s, NT1 was the majority shareholder in "a controversial property business", which we are banned from naming by a reporting restriction order but can refer to as Alpha. The activities of Alpha attracted the attention of national newspapers, the Inland Revenue (as was), and ultimately the criminal courts. NT1 himself was found guilty in the late 1990s of conspiracy to account falsely and lost his attempt to appeal against conviction.
Enough to find the miscreant - although I obviously will not mention the neerdowell's name of course.....
Re: He's right, but no one here will accept it
All of the comments here will be along the lines of, encryption cannot be broken unless a backdoor is added which would enable bad guys to also use it. This argument is both true and irrelevant.
If iI posted something like this I would also post anonymously.
Can't help feeling that the charlatans at ML are potentially making a lot of dangerous enemies who have shown themselves in the past to be enthusiastic about extra-legal sanctions. Of course, they may just be a poor misunderstood group of genii.
Pretty sure that's a Bluestone 42 episode.
A very fine series - and it maintained quality (mainly) over the three series.
Hence why the Americans are a fan of the guided missile.
From my experience, I suspect the ability to get what you intend to hit, and kill them, is more important. Not to mention the fact that massive bombs just don't work on the drones they use.
Re: much better
maybe not - https://www.rd.com/culture/foods-banned-space/
Ducking won't work if they reach down to the floor.
Re: That twerp who ran into a window...
Each to their own - my partner prefers cranberry sauce (I indulge in neither bu she does get me to do the 'prep'). We have two killer cats who bring in 6-7 of the birds a year (the noise of one of them trying to drag the carcass through the cat flap is worrying). Remarkable there is very little damage to the bird, I assume (no post mortem) that they have strangled the animal - in the same way some other large cats do by compressing the neck.
Well you try travelling 1 week every month - you would be screaming for decent noise cancelling headphones. In fact even crap ones would be better than the best of non cancelling phones.
Not to mention that the 'perch in ear' type make my ears hurt quite quickly - and I have tried different sized bud. On the other hand, I really do like my Sony MDR100X - about the same cost as Bose, but much nicer.
Re: Wife's Skoda needs an update
But the purchaser will need to be able to drive it away I presume (sore experience from my otherwise dependable - when it drives, Landrover)
Re: seeking a lowest-energy “ground state”
Well for the cat anyway (although putting it down on the floor might help)
Re: Ed Sheeran
Ahh thanks for the warning.