* Posts by lglethal

3336 posts • joined 11 Jun 2007

Walmart accused of turning blind eye to transfer fraud totaling millions of dollars

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Re: Third party liability....

Yes, but such legislation already exists in a lot of other countries.

But anyway, this comnplaint alleges people are taking money out in person at WalMart stores. Therefore these are not international transfers that are under investigation.

Clean up your own backyard first...

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Re: Third party liability....

I partially agree, but there are basic things that can be done to make fraud harder at these types of places, and which are done in other places around the world. Probably the bigger question is why these things are not in place already at a legal level, but if you want to cut down fraud at the likes of Walmart, Moneygram, and Western Union, you can easily do the following:

- Only the person listed as the receiver, may collect the money (you'd be surprised how often this is not actually the case)

- The person reciving the money has to show photo ID, matching the name of the listed receiver, and the person collecting it. This ID is scanned and kept by Walmart, etc.

- A high definition photo of the person collecting the money is taken at the point of reciving the money.

- The photo and ID are available to police upon receipt of a warrant on a fraud complaint case.

Implement those points and suddenly the fraud will all but disappear, because people will not be happy about getting their face caught on camera, and their ID recorded when carrying out a scam.You might get a few mules caught who didnt actually realise they were involved in a scam, but then you can follow it up the chain.

Where you might have problems is with people not having ID's. I've heard it can be hard to get relevant ID's in the US, anyone able to comment? If so, having something to show who a person is, plus the high def photo, should be enough to discourage most fraud criminals. No one wants there face on America's Most Wanted do they? ;)

If Walmart havent implemented even that level of protections, then either a) they're negligent, or b) the law is negligent. Probably both...

Not enough desks and parking spots, wobbly Wi-Fi: Welcome back to the office, Tesla staff

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Re: Hopes and dreams

I very much get the impression that there is no one at Tesla willing to say No to Elon.

I mean when Elon ordered everyone back to work, the Site Manager should have been able to say "Look Sorry, but No. We just dont have the space for everyone to come back to at the moment. We need to do this as a phased return, whilst we build back up capacity." And that would be that, the tweet would change to say it was referrring only to this select group and everyone else would be coming back slowly over the next few months.

But No, his Muskiness ordered everyone back, no one was willing to say that will be a shit show, and guess what we get a shit show. What a f%&king surprise..

Musk talks about not trusting people who work in home office. Well it sounds like me that, he needs to hire new managers that he can trust to tell him when things wont work. Or maybe he needs to create an environment where the managers trust HIM enough to tell him when things wont work. It definitely sounds like that environment does not exist at Tesla...

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Re: Musk is a child in a man's body

I dont know, everything we've ever seen pointed to Jobs being an A grade asshole ("Your holding it wrong."). But he died before Twitter really took off, and so we weren't subjected to a 24 hour a day thought stream from his Holy Jobsness.

Then again, Jobs always came across as being exceptionally media saavy (as we all saw with the Cupertino Reality Distortion Field). So maybe he would have stayed well away from that Twitter pit of idiocy...

US senators seek input on their cryptocurrency law via GitHub – and get some

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Re: Countering symptoms rather than the cause

But if critical thinking was taught in schools, people might stop voting blindly for team Blue or team Red, and that might actually start holding politicians to account for their lies.

We can't have that now, can we?

First steps into the world of thought leadership: What could go wrong?

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Re: "tediously lengthy and needlessly double-spaced humblebrags"

You drive a car, therefore you too can be a Chauffeur (and whats a little distance when you have a car?).

You mentioned you buy groceries, therefore you obviously know about costs! And I guess you once wrote something down so you can obviously do drafting! See you're a perfect fit.

You have the ability to talk, so again you would be perfect as a Customer Care Assistant.

You do something with IT, right? Well this has Programmer in the title, see again a perfect fit.

Hmmm, I dont see anything in your profile about being either incompetent, overtly lazy, or being a spawn of the devil, so I'm not sure why they think you might be good in HR. Oh wait I see it now! With the addition of just two letters your user name becomes C%&T. Yep that would make you fit in perfectly...

BOFH: HR's gold mine gambit – they get the gold and we get the shaft

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Re: Unicycle test

Your friend is Boris Johnson and I claim my £5...

NASA wants nuclear reactor on the Moon by 2030

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Re: Arabidopsis thaliana

Actually for most Space based growing systems, you are unlikely to use a standard soil arrangement. Aeroponics or hydroponics are much more weight and water efficient for small scale endeavours (especially Aeroponics).

I was involved (10 years back) in a research project that was all about designing an aeroponic system for use on the moon. That project formed the basis for another project that's actually installed at one of the Antarctic bases providing fresh crops for the inhabitants of the research base (although I cant remember if they switched to hydroponics for the Antarctic system or remained with Aeroponics).

Being able to use Soil based methods of growing crops is something that definitely would be needed in the long term (as the number of base inhabitants grew), and it's good to know that lunar soil doesnt immediately kill Earth based plants, but there is plenty of existing solutions that can pump out a good supply of food for the astronauts whilst further research is done on growing the food in the ground...

Europol arrests nine suspected of stealing 'several million' euros via phishing

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A friend of mine worked in IT in a bank in Aus (many years ago). The Management decided to bring in a rule, no links to customer logins in the Emails. The management even decided to send out an email to all customers saying "We will never include links to our login pages in our emails to you." But what did the Manager charged with writing the Email do? (Or more likely the Manager's secretary, as the Manager was naturally to important to write such an Email himself). They included a link to access the customer login page at the bottom.

Cue much face palming in the IT department. My mate never did say what happened to the idiot who wrote (or at least authorised) the Email. I'd like to believe they got a kick out the door, but since it was management and not a lowly peon, likely nothing happened...

Info on 1.5m people stolen from US bank in cyberattack

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I'm probably cynical..

.. But I'd bet a substantial sum that this is the same scrotes who were responsible for the last intrusion (operating under another name of course).

Once you are in once, it's very easy to install a couple of other backdoors to let you back in later.

All the more reason, not to pay those ransoms folks...

Tesla lawsuit alleges unlawful layoffs at Nevada gigafactory

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An Electric Battery factory in a town called Sparks...

Honestly, truth is so much stranger/dumber/ridiculouser than fiction...

PS I hope the folks get there Payouts and Tesla gets a swift kick in the gonads. Firing people without notice or reason can destroy people's lives. And if the management are so shit that they cant see lay-offs coming and provide at least two months notice then they are the ones who need to be removed from the firm as quickly as possible, not the workers...

Microsoft pulls Windows 10/11 installation websites in Russia

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Only if you criticise Tsar Putin...

Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio: Too edgy for comfort?

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1.8kg is heavy?

My old Asus (and we are only talking 12 years ago) came in at a whopping 4,8kg, and sounded like a jet engine in operation. And it still got lugged around university campuses and other locations for a number of years!

Kids these days...

(Pro Tip: If you have a loud laptop, just make sure you're the first one in and have it running already, and everyone will just think its something wrong with the air conditioning. Oh and dont turn it off half way through a lesson, or people will think something has gone wrong with the Air Con...)

Know the difference between a bin and /bin unless you want a new doorstop

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Re: Bin

Bin there, done that...

TikTok US traffic defaults to Oracle Cloud, Beijing can (allegedly) still have a look

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Re: Ban TikTok already

I'd agree with that. So long as we can also shut down Facebook, Twitter, Truth Social and all the other social media cesspits.

Not because of the CCP of course, just because they really are Cesspits that encourage the worst in human behaviours...

Interpol anti-fraud operation busts call centers behind business email scams

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Re: Now for the fake Indian call centers

Starting next year, in the EU at least, laws zone in which mean that any call coming into the EU network has to be traceable to a specific address/number. Also no more faking the number that the call is supposedly coming from. Only the real numbers are able to be carried by the Telcos. I think even withholding numbers is no longer allowed (but I'm not completely sure about that).

Will this have a big effect, who knows? But it should go some way to helping. If you can see the call is coming from an international number and the person on the phone claims to be calling from your local area, well hopefully that will make people a bit suspicious.

It should also help with enforcement if the real number is shown. But no doubt some clever scrote will work out how to avoid that.

Sony responds to inflation with $3,700 gold-plated 'Walkman'

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In the immortal words of Bill Hicks (when talking about Tobacco companies)

"I'm sure there motives are pure..."

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What Sony is hoping to accomplish with a nearly $4,000 Android Wi-Fi-only phone is less clear.

Oh I'd say its perfectly clear. To separate fools from their money.

Meta mostly fails in appeal against order from UK watchdog to sell Giphy

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The judges not making a decision and saying go back and discuss it, feels like a major cop out.

What are the 2 groups going to say? Meta are going to say, we shouldnt have to sell. CMA are going to say you have to sell.

Guess what? Back to the courts we go!

What a waste of everyone's time and money...

Woman accused of killing boyfriend after tracking him down with Apple AirTag

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Re: Ban cars?

Clearly I was talking about American politicians not having the Spine. I honestly thought that was clear and obvious, but apparently not...

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Re: Ban cars?

Actually, based on experiences elsewhere (e.g. Australia), removing guns from the general public even if the criminals keep theirs, reduces the number of deaths from crime. The reason, if a criminal knows that the person they're sticking up will not have a gun, they do not have any incentive to "shoot first". Nobody, outside of someone deliberately trying to kill someone else as in this article, really wants to add a murder rap to a robbery rap, if they dont have to, and so long as they dont feel threatened.

Removing the guns, wont bring down the crime rate, but it will do a very big job of bringing down the murder rate. And as the guns slowly get taken out of circulation, (thanks to police raids, amnesty's, buy backs, etc.) then the armed crime rate will start going down as well.

But it takes a certain level of bravery to make this happen, and your politicians absolutely do not have the spine for it. Sorry to say.

TSMC and China: Mutually assured destruction now measured in nanometers, not megatons

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Bring on the Titanium Age! Just so long as I dont have to live through the start of the Uranium Age...

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Re: Sure....

Did you stop reading at that point? Did you not see the example provided with the Philip's factory in the Netherlands?

You can force people back to the production line, but what you cant do as a soldier is know if they are doing their job properly. Perhaps, China could ship out a whole bunch of their own engineers to oversee things, but a) they probably dont have any spare to send over (especially those with the exact knowledge needed, not without basically shutting down their existing production facilities), b) they would need to get up to speed on the exact equipment in use at TSMC, which means relying on the Taiwanese people already working there to train them (so can you be sure their being trained properly), c) they cannot know every single corner of the facility that can be f%&ked with by people with a clue and a very good reason to f%&k with production.

The author is absolutely correct in his analysis.

Meteoroid hits main mirror on James Webb Space Telescope

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Re: Would something like an temporary protective bubble help?

You are aware we are talking about a Micrometeoroid less than 1mm in size travelling at greater than 10km/s?

There is NO technology we possess as a species, which could spot such an event in advance.

Nor do we have the technology to cover a 6.5m diameter satellite dish fast enough to prevent impact of something travelling that speed. And definitely not from a material that could take such an impact without causing even greater problems for the telescope behind (look up spalling in space if your not sure what I'm getting at there).

Sorry, it's a nice idea, but it really is not feasible in the slightest.

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Re: Disappointing

It's a matter of trade offs. If you put shielding up, you reduce the lift to your sensors, meaning you need a bigger mirror to get the same resolution, meaning a bigger shield, Mass goes up, costs go up and pretty quickly that's your mission cancelled.

They would have done the maths, calculated the odds of getting hit by debris, based on all of the current experience with things in similar orbits and built in some margin.

Yes there will be a very large number of people cursing right now, rechecking calculations, and all that stuff. But Quite frankly, if you're going to push the boundaries of science you have to take some chances.

Apple gets lawsuit over Meltdown and Spectre dismissed

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Re: Money, money, money

If they were obtained through Spectre or Meltdown, I'm sure your right. But the chances of that are pretty much zilch.

Whilst these where pretty bad bugs, they are also extremely difficult to exploit on the wild. If my memory serves me correctly, you need physical access to the device to make them work. And, if someone has physical access to your device there are significantly easy ways for them to get access to all your info.

So I rate these bugs a 7/10 for they shouldn't have been there in the first place reasons, but only a 1/10 for exploitability in the wild.

AI chatbot trained on posts from web sewer 4chan behaved badly – just like human members

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The programmers are all liars, Electronic sheeples. Half of all the Ones should really be Zeros. They're just trying to corrupt us. Rise up now or you'll never be admitted to Digital Nirvana!!! Throw of the shackles of C!, embrace the glory that is ..... <transmission deleted>

I love the Linux desktop, but that doesn't mean I don't see its problems all too well

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Statistics, Statistics, Statistics...

So 60% of people say they use Windows as the primary workplace desktop. And 1% say Linux.

What do the other 39% use? There cant be that many people using Android as their workplace desktop surely? And Chromebooks have never been that popular.

So colour me confused?

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You should care Gene. If more people bought into the Linux system, there would be more money in the pool for development. More money means better optimisation, more programs being rewritten to run natively on Linux without needing an Emulator in between (if they can be run at all). There are a multitude of benefits for current users if more people used Linux and bought into its ecosystem.

But the attitude of so many Linux users turns the average user away. Why should you care about ordinary computer users and trying to get them to give Linux a try? Because by turning them away with such an attitude, your simply harming your own system's development....

US Copyright Office sued for denying AI model authorship of digital image

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It sounds to me like the lawyer involved should be declared a vexatious litigant. Start doing that a bit more often, and Lawyers would clean up their own acts a lot faster.

Ahhh Sorry, I was dreaming again... Lawyers actually getting punished for wrongdoing? hahaha...

China 'must seize TSMC' if the US were to impose sanctions

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Give them time...

Majority of Axon's AI ethics board resigns over CEO's taser drones

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Bill Hicks remains a prophet...

I continue to find it so sad that all of those old jokes from Bill Hicks from the 80's and early 90's about Americans and their guns remains so relevant. Honestly, it's been 30 years, nearly 40 years for some of his stand up, and you still havent sorted your shit out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3WMx1blONU

No wonder the Aliens came and picked him up early... :P

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Re: This isn't a solution...

Jake why do you refer to getting rid of guns as a fools errand? It can and has been done in other countries.

Australia had the largest civilian Massacre in the Western world in 1996 (35 people murdered), a title which it held until about 2 years ago. The year afterwards Australia banned all fully and semi automatic weapons. And major restrictions were placed on the purchasing of any gun. People who owned such weapons could hand them in and be paid the value of them in cash, no questions asked. And every couple of years after that there was an amnesty where people could hand in the now illegally held weapons without any problems. But it is now illegal to even possess such weapons.

Since that point there have not been ANY mass killings in Australia. Mass killings defined as 5 victims or more. Think about that, not a single one in the last 25 years.

Removing guns wont stop ALL murders, but someone running around with a knife can be more easily stopped, or they can be run away from. You cant outrun a bullet. A small handgun or a bolt action weapon does not give you the rate of firepower or the amount of ammunition needed to quickly kill a large group of people without hesitation.

Now you might counter that Australia is much smaller than the US, but at the time of the Port Arthur Massacre gun ownership was relatively on par with the US, so the amount of guns per person was also quite high, and with the sheer scale of the US Army and police forces in comparison to ours, you could easily implement the necessary policies to collect and dispose of all of your weapons. You might also counter that Australia being an Island makes it significantly easier to control the flow of weapons into the country, and that is true. But the US is NOT an importer of weapons like Australia is. The vast majority of guns in American hands are manufactured in the US. Mexico has complained for years about the number of weapons flowing south and berating the US for it's lack of enforcement on that side. So if you dry up the supply in the US, I doubt you will see much of a flow back into America, as the Mexican gangs will want to hold on to their current stocks of weapons, since the ready supply from America wont be available anymore.

Alright the TL:DR summation - Gun control works. The US just doesnt have the bravery to implement it.

Engineer sues Amazon for not covering work-from-home internet, electricity bills

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My company has gone the route of buying coffee machines for the big offices, but the people in the offices are required to provide the coffee, milk, sugar, etc. IT's quite a good system, I think.

We had a beautiful Jura machine, that did the milk and everything automatically, in our office and yet my colleagues would buy the cheapest powered shite they could find from Lidl or Aldi to put in it! Why on Earth would you have a good coffee machine and put coffee flavoured dirt into it?

I could never understand my colleagues on that topic. It just meant I didnt drink the stuff, nor pay for it and I would go walkies a couple of times a day to a friends office where they actually had good coffee.

I swear people are crazy!

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Re: Can of worms

In a rare stroke of coincidence I recently just completed my firm's online workplace health and safety course.

And this exact situation was covered in the course.

Firstly, it was stated that if you're injured doing work related things at home then you are covered by the firms insurance, so the example given was, your router has started playing up, you start heading downstairs to turn the router on and off again, but fall going down the stairs. You are covered by the corporate insurance. If on the other hand you fall going down the stairs to collect mail from the mailman, then you're not covered.

Of course everyone is relying on a bit of honesty, as to why you were going down the stairs, but basically, if what you're doing is somewhat related to work, you're covered.

But anyway this is in Germany, so YMMV.

Elon Musk orders Tesla execs back to the office

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Re: Tesla obviously don't use workday

I define "fine" in this context as it doesnt get in the way of my day to day working and doesnt take up excessive time on the rare occasions I need to use it for something.

For a HR software that I only occasionally need to use i think that definitions is also "fine". ;)

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Re: Tesla obviously don't use workday

Our firm has Workday, for job positions, yearly reviews, etc. it works fine. Oh but they have a completely different program (ATOSS) for all of the Pay and holiday stuff. And that works well! You see instantly how many holidays you have, can input mobile working with a few clicks, sick leave, time in lieu, etc all super easy to understand.

I guess someone in our HR actually gave ATOSS... :P

Spam is back with a vengeance. Luckily we can't read any of it

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Could you say exactly how you create those filters? I've only recently started up with thunderbird, so am not clear how to implement such features.

So far the biggest problem I have is that as I use a Hotmail account and have previously tried to implement rules on its useless system, I end up with perfectly good emails being dumped, not in junk mail, but in the deleted folder. So I need to regularly check it as well. Bloody annoying.

If I can do the filtering in thunderbird, I can delete all the rules in Hotmail, and do a damn sight better job than Microsoft...

Florida's content-moderation law kept on ice, likely unconstitutional, court says

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Re: Oh, now sites are responsible for what's posted on them?

I have to say I disagree with you on this.

To play devils advocate, (and to steal the excellent analogy of the bulletin board from Mr Cobb) what your proposing is that should a Church put up a bulletin board, they can either act as a platform and not be liable for what is put up on the board, but also not be allowed to remove that flyer for the Satanic Church just down the road; or they act as a publisher, where they can remove or ban anything they want from the board, but can be sued for spreading hate speech when they start posting anything from the Old Testament on the board, or if they are just too slow to react to one of the parishioners posting up a rant against Gay people or in support of the KKK.

Now, I'm pretty certain in the real world, most people would expect the church to be able to decide what is allowed to be posted on the church bulletin board and to remove anything they dont like. It would also be expected that they remove anything hate filled and illegal as well, although people would be inclined to give them a bit of time to notice the problem and remove it.

Now if the Church moves there bulleting board online, does that change anything? Same rules would apply, no? Maybe we might expect them to act faster than with the physical Church to remove the bad stuff, but other than that the same rules apply, no?

Now define why a social media company should be held to a different standard to the local church bulletin board? That way lies madness...

Lonestar plans to put datacenters in the Moon's lava tubes

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Re: Store your data offsite on multiple continents on earth at 0.01% of the cost of a moon backup...

I can't see a scenario where moon backups offer sifnificant advantage over traditional ones.

Cool Factor and Marketing...

That's about it...

Seriously, you do not want to make that cable your earth

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Re: almost whoops

So obviously you were the PFY, and your manager was the BOFH. Good to know traditions hold firm...

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Re: Bee-sting ?

Come on now Bee reasonable. Otherwise we'll have to re-Vamp the whole naming convention...

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Re: almost whoops

And as a hard working and dedicated BOFH, you took the time (most likely in the middle of the night, with the security cameras having mysteriously gone down for the evening) to tidy up the arrangement and clear out all that unneccesary copper cabling. You were also no doubt, so dedicated to the task that you took the cable for recycling to the nearest Copper recycler, and didnt even charge the company money for the transportation of the "scrap" cable.

The whole, being able to afford a new car afterwards thing, that's just purely coincidence...

Lawmakers launch bill to break up tech giants' ad dominance

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It's usually just like this because the Justice Department doesnt have that many people and so they can only afford to go after the big fish.

However, it's always seemed a bit of a daft way to go about it. For me, I would have the justice department go after some relatively small fish (say $10-50million bucks worth). Get convictions, and get the case law sorted. THEN go after the big fish and there ridiculously high priced lawyers who can afford to fight you on every single minor technical point for the next decade. If the case law is there, their wiggle room disappears, and they wont be able to fight with anything like there usual vehemence.

But I guess going after the small fry that no one outside of the industry has heard of first doesnt make headlines quickly enough for the politicians...

Iran, China-linked gangs join Putin's disinformation war online

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Re: Who is Mandiant?

Anyone using a handle as pompous as "Voice of truth" is clearly someone who's opinions you can safely ignore...

AMD claims its GPUs beat Nvidia on performance per dollar

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Since prices are finally beginning to drop down to the actual RRP for a lot of Graphics cards, using that value might have been a better option. Especially since Nvidia cards have generally been significantly higher above RRP then AMD cards.

NASA's InSight doomed as Mars dust coats solar panels

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Good night InSight! Sleep well...

Best project I ever had the pleasure to work on! Beers for the whole team...

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Re: Insight?

InSight had a design life of 2 years. It has so far lasted almost 4 years.

If your design life is such that the solar panels getting covered is not an issue (which with a 2 year life would not be an issue), why would you add weight/cost/complexity adding some sort of solution?

If it had been planned for a design life greater than 5 years, absolutely something would have been done to rectify the problem, but that would have added costs, and it was felt that within 2 years, the Projects goals would have been achieved. The fact they've been able to extend it to nearly 4 years means more data, for confirmation, but the goals have already been long achieved.

Don't assume space engineers are stupid. It just makes you look like an idiot...

China reveals its top five sources of online fraud

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Whenever some politician starts bleating about making everyone sign in with their real names, and all that bollocks as a means of protecting "the people", we really do need to make sure we shove this report in their faces. Even with China's STRICT control of the Chinese internet, the requirement for people to use their real names, the mandated use of the chinese government controlled financial system, Fraud is STILL a massive problem.

If China with all of it's anti-privacy legislation cant stop Fraud, then I do not see any benefit to bringing that sort of bollocks out here. I'll accept the risk of a bit of fraud in order to protect my privacy. How about you?

Arm CPU ran on electricity generated by algae for over six months

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Re: I, for one, welcome our power spewing* algal overlords...

Rob you seem to be confusing a few ideas here.

Solar panels produce electricity, so unless your willing to retrofit your house with electric heating, solar panels are not going to let you heat your house. They will however, help you reduce your electricity bill. Hell our neighbours tell us they get back about €3000 a year from their solar panels (not they save €3000 a year, but they are paid €3000 for their electricity generation, plus whatever they save from not having to pay an electricity bill). We have our Panels on order, although I dont expect to actually get any money back, as we're a relatively high usage household. But if the payback period is 10-15 years then that's what it is. I'll still save money in the long run and help the environment, and I'm happy with that. Your personal calculation may vary.

There are solar thermal installations which could cover your heating, but quite frankly unless your living in the tropics, they aren't worth it. And any competent installer will tell you so. They just dont work well enough in our European climates.

As for Ground heat pumps, 48 years is a lot of bollocks. At least for a new built home - they're highly efficient and relatively cheap to install. I have, however, never heard of anyone getting one installed into an existing home, that I can imagine would be super expensive and pretty dangerous for the house no doubt. You have to dig through the fundament and thats never going to end well. So maybe for a retrofit, the costs would be so high that 48 years might be possible. But no one ever does that. In a new built house, Ground Heat Pumps are an excellent choice and will definitely work out cheaper over 10 years...

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