* Posts by Stork

881 posts • joined 14 Dec 2013


Somebody is destined for somewhere hot, and definitely not Coventry

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Re: Oops!

I once searched for how to make a whipping to prevent rope unwinding. A lot of the images were not very helpful for that

Is it broken yet? Is it? Is it? Ooh that means I can buy a sparkly, new but otherwise hard-to-justify replacement!

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If it helps, I am running Mojave on a late 2013 MBP retina and that is reasonably painless. 8GB ram

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Re: Right to repair?

I actually like fixing things. After a ssd gave up, I got one working MacBook retina 2014 out of two, with addition of a new battery. My wife got a current Air, and I don’t see that much practical difference

Journo who went to prison for 2 years for breaking US cyber-security law is jailed again

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There are plenty of prisoners with mental health problems

As a British prison governor said, 80% of his clients should never have been there and the rest never let out

Gung-ho tank gamer spills classified docs in effort to win online argument

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Re: Does OSA apply if you are outside UK?

Has he been convicted? I think the US want to extradite him to test that ( official line)

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Re: You are... not me

That was the point of my post a bit further up - if you are not in the UK, your action must also be illegal where you are residing. Even if it is, it will be quite a hassle for UK authorities to get at you and does give unwelcome publicity.

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Does OSA apply if you are outside UK?

Gaijin is Hungary-based, and as Uk does not take part in European arrest warrants anymore they may have to go through the old-fashioned channels.

For anyone in the US, AFAIK they can republish if it has already been published by others. Perhaps anyone doing that better avoid the UK, which may be one more reason for Gaijin to want to keep out of that. It is not their main business after all.

Open-source RAW image editor Darktable releases major update to version 3.6 – and it's very accessible

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Re: Interesting

YMMV, but I find the vast majority of corrections can be done in Lightroom (in my case). Only if I need something more I go to an image editor

Amnesty International and French media protection org claim massive misuse of NSO spyware

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Re: Old news .....

True, but this story is as much about how widespread the use and abuse of pegasus is - as in how many comes under "Terrorist & Criminals". Editors on FT and Economist among others.

US Surgeon General doubles down on Facebook-bashing amid vaccination information blame game

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Plus people who are on medication that surprises the immune system. Some arthritis medication may prevent a proper reaction to vaccination, which means lower immunity. My mother-in-law may be in that group

Restoring your privacy costs money, which makes it a marker of class

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Re: Shock

The problem is there is no paid, no-track option and even if you don’t use the services you are profiled anyway. FB pixel?

The coming of Wi-Fi 6 does not mean it's time to ditch your cabled LAN. Here's why

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Re: This months of work from home showed too....

Interesting. We built houses for vacation rental in Portugal in 13/14, and had to install optical cables from the gate to each house, _and_ have it certified, even if there were no plans for fibre at the time.

Boffins find an 'actionable clock' hiding in your blood, ticking away to your death

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Re: So? What’s his secret?

A lot of the same things apply to the blue zones in Costa Rica and Okinawa too

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nah - but if you could push your biological age 5 years the right way that would also be worth having, right?

Better half and I are early 50es, dropped (almost all*) animal products 2 years ago. She also dropped a lot of weight (without going hungry), excess blood pressure, knee and back pain. My starting arthritis disappeared. I know it is anecdotal, but those are probably the sort of changes the project refers to.

- I don't miss meat, but sometimes cheese...

*) We now and then have cockles or clams.

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Re: Thoughts

And the brilliant thing is it can be used for both life insurance and annuities - "you are far too healthy, your annuity is a risk to us"

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Re: So? What's his secret?

Only the Mediterranean diet isn’t that popular anymore, check obesity and diabetes rates in the region.

Here in Portugal meat and sugar consumption has rocketed the last decades, and many people’s diet is almost fibre free. Good for sale of laxatives.

And that is before you decide what Mediterranean diet actually is (I know Portugal is not Mediterranean, but traditional food is similar)

Imagine a world where Apple shacked up with Xerox in the '80s: How might it look today?

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Re: Big credit

I did my thesis on WP5.1. I do not remember it ever crashing. Yes, I did backup to my floppies.

We're terrified of sharing information, but the benefits of talking about IT and infosec outweigh the negatives

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Perhaps learn from the chemical industry

For decades, major players in the chemical industry shared what they learned from accidents and near misses in order for the whole industry to improve (and to be allowed to continue operating). I knew one of the engineers taking part of this at BASF, they had the full support of management.

Of course chemical industry is much more concentrated, more mature and has more headline-grappling accidents (Flixborough, Bhopal, even BASF Antwerp 1989), but perhaps something could be learned.

The world is chaos but my Zoom background is control-freak perfection

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Re: Skype

It could be because it is (was?) an IBM thing, and as big blue had sold the banks their mainframes already, so when this newfangled e-mail came along they took what was on the shelf.

I suffered Notes at a company which was founded to do work for IBM mainframes

After 15 years and $500m, the US Navy decides it doesn't need shipboard railguns after all

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Re: It’s not 15 years

This would require the fuel/air mixture only to catch fire after it has been well mixed. I think the most common ignition source is from friction with ground.

If you look at the WTC situation, you have a fireball at the impact, but no explosion (outside conspiracy/alternative theories). Granted, the planes did not stop quite as fast as directly into the ground.

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Re: It’s not 15 years

If Jake means exploding, he has a point. Whereas diesel (and kerosene for that matter, which is not too different) burns very well, you generally do need an oxidizer to make it explode.

From memory, partially empty diesel tanks can explode as the vapour pressure of diesel is so low that there is oxygen enough in the air over the liquid. With petrol (at least when warmenr than -40C), there is not enough oxygen. It does not happen very often though, as car crashes outside hollywood very rarely result in explosions.

In larger installation you therefore often purge the air with inert gas.

Disclaimer: Chemical engineer with Risk Analysis as part of the course.

Data collected to promote public health must never be surrendered to police

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Only, the pandemic is very much not over in the US south.

Three things that have vanished: $3.6bn in Bitcoin, a crypto investment biz, and the two brothers who ran it

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Re: Doubt they'll enjoy themselves

Nail salons?

Pub landlords on notice as 'Internet of Beer' firm not only pulls pints, but can also clean the lines

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Re: There is something to be said for dirty lines

Part of your experience of some of the listed lagers could be if it is based on the diluted British versions. I think both Carlsberg and Heineken are about 4.5% abv in original versions. My local Super Bock is at 5, and consequently available in smaller bottles so you can have one with lunch and still drive

UK gains 'adequacy' status on data sharing with EU, but making that stick all depends on how much post-Brexit law diverges

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Re: Yikes

Perhaps the Germans are envious/annoyed by UK spies’ data slurping?

Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)

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Re: Was going to be Windows 10 forever?

Marketing may be part of it: 9 in English sounds like “nein “ in German

Deluded medics fail to show Ohio lawmakers that COVID vaccines magnetise patients

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That depends a lot of where in the World you are. In Denmark at least it is a Master degree at a proper university.

I saw a few in Denmark, there was some scary sounding manipulations of my back and very little mysctischism. And for me it worked amazingly fast, after having struggled for over half a year.

You can read more about them here: https://www.danskkiropraktorforening.dk/om-os/english/

Japan assembles superteam of aircraft component manufacturers to build supersonic passenger plane

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Re: Engines?

In particular if they were not subjected to it daily?

We've been shown time and again that strong encryption puts crims behind bars, so why do politicos hate it?

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Re: The argument is a bit beyond Priti Patel

They will try to come. As a danish minister said after visiting a camp in Somalia, he would be willing to do anything if his family had been there. And he was not known as a particular softie

I think therefore IAM: It's not cool, it's not sexy, but it's one of the most important and difficult areas in modern IT

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How many UIDs have you had at the same time?

I think I had about ten in the period after we had been bought by big blue. Wonder if they were all deactivated

FBI paid renegade developer $180k for backdoored AN0M chat app that brought down drug underworld

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Re: Stupid cops

Drugs are not legal in Portugal. Distribution is criminal, possession for own use is not.

There are a lot of deliveries over the beaches, or to fishermen at sea. Probably pays better than sardines, and there’s no season

Wyoming powers ahead with Bill Gates-backed sodium-cooled nuclear generation plant

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Re: Thankfully, the world is simple

You can have a long discussion whether it is a good idea to build nuclear power plants.

But closing them down prematurely is utterly daft as you have generated 80% of of highly radioactive waste in form of the reactor core already - you may as well operate it for its full life and shut some lignite mines instead.

I am sure Merkel knew this, but decided it was a lost political case.

How many remote controls do you really need? Answer: about a bowl-ful

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This is why I think of reviving my B&O stereo

One, very distinct, remote for the music side of things. Or you go and make grease marks on the nice shiny surface as you have to put in the CD anyway.

Beocenter 9300, takes up a lot of space.

European Parliament's data adequacy objection: Doubts cast on UK's commitment to privacy protection

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Re: EU Commision <> EU Parliament

You are factually wrong. The MEPs are elected by voters of the EU. That they are self serving (just like a number of other politicians) and a number of them are has-beens is another story

Why did automakers stall while the PC supply chain coped with a surge? Because Big Tech got priority access

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Re: Everything needs intelligence these days ... . No it doesn't.

That depends on your value of non computerised. You don’t get a car without engine management past emission standards, and abs is generally a good thing.

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Re: "a lot of power merely amplifies mistakes"

Alternatively a power/weight ratio. Our 1680kg pickup with 87 asthmatic ponies does not invite to sporty driving. Even less if you load it.

Royal Yacht Britannia's successor to cost about 1 North of England NHS IT consultancy framework

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That is the price to get it approved, right? Nothing to do with the actual cost.

As the permanence of Scotland (and NI) in the union is less the certain, how about naming it England, or Englandandwales? Little England?

Man found dead inside model dinosaur after climbing in to retrieve phone

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Re: Alternative explanation

+1. As my dad used to say, a lot of things turn out OK.

Tesla owners win legal fight after software update crippled older Model S batteries

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Re: Carbon neutral

And the pile of dead horses. This was actually an issue too

US Treasury wants to treat cryptocurrencies like cash – as in you need to report $10k+ transactions

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Re: The government will shut down Bitcoin, just watch!

I have posted this before: https://www.johnkay.com/2018/03/05/bitcoin-boon-bubble/

After reading this, do you still believe Cryptocurrencies are so wonderful?

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Re: Crypto is not owned by a government

No, US is not quite unique. Eritrea have similar laws, but I can imagine their enforcement is still not at the same level.

Singapore orders social media to correct Indian politician’s allegation of local COVID-19 variant

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Re: So evolution is real then

- a theory just like gravity :-)

NHS-backed org reacted to GitHub leak disclosure with legal threats and police call, complains IT pro

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Re: Go to court

And would it be worth the stress and hassle?

Elon Musk hits the brakes on taking Bitcoin for Tesla purchases

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Re: What is the point

Low inflation, yes. As soon as you go into double digits not so much.

Trend Micro hosted email service is down, inboxes still stuck in cloudy limbo

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That’s good, right?

China’s digital currency adds support for AliPay – the Alibaba payment app with over 700 million users

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Re: Euro is useless as a transaction currency

I have to second that. I ran a tourism rental business and both sent and received hundreds of SEPA transfers. Most go through from one banking day to the next, my PT bank charges 26 cent and my DK bank nothing.

If your EU bank can’t do that get another.

Tesla Autopilot is a lot dumber than CEO Musk claims, says Cali DMV after speaking to the software's boss

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Re: failure to yield the right of way to the car

"you don't have right of collision"

Bitcoin is ‘disgusting and contrary to the interests of civilization’ says famed investor Charlie Munger

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Here is another old man who missed out:



Appeals court nixes online blueprint sharing ban on 3D-printed 'ghost guns'

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Re: Why bother with 3D printing

Jake, I think most people, also outside the USA, have an understanding of the need for hunting weapons for farmers and ranchers.

In my mind there’s a significant difference to handguns which I believe are involved in the majority of firearms deaths

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Re: Why bother with 3D printing

Just guessing: A lot of the illegally obtained firearms were stolen from their legal owners? of which there would be less if there were stricter regulations.



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