* Posts by Stork

1125 posts • joined 14 Dec 2013


Security needs to learn from the aviation biz to avoid crashing

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Re: "The same needs to happen in security"

That’s the sort of red tape Truss wants to get rid off to unchain Britannia, right?

Our software is perfect. If something has gone wrong, it must be YOUR fault

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Re: So, obvious answers aside, …

That reminds me, often I get a required state/province field that is just not used in a number of places.

Fill in something accepted by the system but not confusing to the delivery staff

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Re: UX Designer?

And then there are addresses without street name.

Luckily, most forms have a line where I could put necessary stuff such as a phone number for the delivery guy to call.

Russian invasion has dangerously destabilized cyber security norms

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I think it was Estonia that was on the receiving end of a Russian cyber attack in supposedly peaceful times. It just may have influenced government thinking of what is acceptable and what is not.

DoE digs up molten salt nuclear reactor tech, taps Los Alamos to lead the way back

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Re: "utilized a mixture of lithium, beryllium, zirconium, and uranium fluoride salts. "

pH has no meaning in molten salt, look up the definition.

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Re: REstart?

You can, from a distance. You see it from the motorway between Sevilla and Algarve.

Google sues Sonos yet again, claiming it stole IP and infringed patents

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Re: Always impressed by the cleverness of these patented technologies

I think B&O had kit that could do that 30 years ago (just checked, Beolink came out in 82. I am getting old).

Enough with the notifications! Focus Assist will shut them u… 'But I'm too important!'

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Re: It's not just the OS...

My iPhone claims to do that, with the refinement that only calls from my favourites get through. I don’t get audible alerts, but I did get a call from an unknown number at shit o’clock once.

Be careful where you install software, and who installs it

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Re: Who is your customer?

Is Iran considered Middle Eastern?

/Probably not there anyway, small does not apply.

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Re: Installed a product in his private libraries, eh ?

If it was the 1st Gulf war, not terribly likely. AFAIR US soldiers were safer there than at home.

Nancy Pelosi ties Chinese cyber-attacks to need for Taiwan visit

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No, China and Russia are not self sufficient.

China imports food, iron ore and oil and apart from that they risk a property bust if growth flags.

Russia has raw materials, but seems to lack the ability to do much with them at scale. The gas pipelines were mostly built by Germans. The whole economy is just too corrupt and dysfunctional.

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I am quite sure that was what the Argentinian junta did. Thatcher jumped at the opportunity, perhaps out of a combination of nationalism and electoral concerns.

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Re: ... the likes of TSMC turned Taiwan into a vital source of technology

Perhaps it is valuable for about 5 hours if the Taiwanese go through with the plan of destroying the fabs in case of invasion

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My fear is that if the Chinese economy tanks, the government may want to distract the people, and patriotism/foreign enemies are traditionally useful for that.

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Re: Call China’s bluff without quarter

You forgot the sarcasm tag

SpaceX demonstrates that it too can shower the Earth with debris

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Re: Raising the odds?

Elvis crashing a UFO on Nessie?

Bad news, older tech workers: Job advert language works against you

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I did hear stories, in hard times, of companies advertising non-existing positions to give the impression they were doing well.

I also once applied for a job in the Danish ministry of the Environment where they obviously had an internal candidate and just went through the motions. They asked for someone with experience from EU projects and negotiations in English (I checked both after working in UK on EU projects for over 4 years) and didn't get an interview. I phoned and asked come and if it was a problem I lived abroad, and got the answer "well, it is not our problem".

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Re: Examples?


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Re: Examples?

Of course they leave - I was told by staff from a very competent company installing WiFi network in our house that you can't really get to earn more than about €20k/y by working for others. Lisbon pay may be higher, and the right degree helps, but rents in Lisbon are really tough for locals. The newly IT graduated son of a friend was offered €24k/y in Lisbon, but then looked at costs and declined.

Because of employment protection, a number of companies (generally, not just IT) make sure to fire their staff before they become permanent after 2 years. Likewise, a lot of people regard it as madness to leave a permanent position, no matter the pay or conditions

Feds put $10m bounty on Putin pal accused of bankrolling US election troll farm

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Re: Dob me in, but cut me in

Earning more off-season than at her regular WNBA gig. And I think she went there before 24 Feb, when Russia was officially just another country with a dodgy justice system.

BOFH: Selling the boss on a crypto startup

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Re: Pedant alert...

Is it strange if some of us non-native users of English are confused?

I “try” to stick to British conventions (as I worked there for five years, and consistency), but it can be effing hard.

BTW, I think my spellchecker gives the option of English (Jamaica). Could be interesting.

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Is there a US illegal?

Preparing for Skylab: The separate 1972 experimental mission that never left the ground

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There are exceptions. My son aged 22 hopes to finish his masters in physics and engineering in about a year’s time.

I paid for it, that makes it mine. Doesn’t it? No – and it never did

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Re: Dubbed Content

There are a couple of factors here:

- there is often not enough space to write every word that was said

- translating can be very difficult even without a space restraint

BT accused of 'misinformation' campaign ahead of strikes

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Re: CEO Philip Jansen got a 32 percent pay rise to £3.2 million

Leading from the front is so antiquated

MIT, Autodesk develop AI that can figure out confusing Lego instructions

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Re: If you can't build IKEA furniture...

Totally agree. I have consistently found, during assembly of more IKEA stuff than I like to think about, that if it doesn’t work it’s because I skipped too fast through the manual.

The holes match and the bits are there, which is more than you can say about some alternatives.

Chinese booster rocket tumbles back to Earth: 'Non-zero' chance of hitting populated area

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Re: What's the Orbit, Bob?

I’m not. If the junk starts a forest fire, can you do the Chinese for arson?

Browsers could face two regimes in Europe as UK law set to diverge from EU

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Re: FUD?

Most browsing does not involve mice, it’s done on mobile devices using fingers.

A lot of (older) people who’ve been online for long may forget that (raising hand).

Don't dive head first into that crypto pool, FBI warns

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Re: It *is* kind of amazing

I have to disagree. Stocks are a claim on future dividends of the company. Fiat currency can normally be used to buy goods and services, as well as paying taxes which gives it basic utility.

Derivatives are usually based on some underlying real world claim or asset.

Bitcoin et al are only of use if you manage to exchange it to fiat currency.

Being declared dead is automated, so why is resurrection such a nightmare?

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Could have to do with how consistently the SSN is used

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Re: Proving you've never been married

That appears to be (or at least did) SOP for verification in England, possibly UK.

In the 90es, I needed acceptance (or letter of rejection) from the electoral roll to open a better bank account.

I went to the town hall, showed my passport, and as no one objected I was accepted after 2 weeks. For EP and local elections.

My wife did the same with the expectation of being rejected as she was a student, but also got accepted.

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Re: Joint accounts problem

Here in Portugal things can also take time, but at least they have changed the freezing procedure: e.g. if there are two account holders half the balance is frozen. This can make a huge difference to a surviving spouse.

Denmark does as Belgium, but at least the unfreezing usually happens within a month.

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Never heard of it in Denmark, but there your true ID is your social security number (DDMMYY-nnnn), also used as tax number and for any interaction with officialdom, banks and more.

Makes life easy (here in Portugal you have 3 codes depending on situation) , but not optimal for privacy

These centrifugal moon towers could be key to life off-planet

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I like the sailboat.

Definitely one for my packing list if I move off Earth.

Watch a RAID rebuild or go to a Christmas party? Tough choice

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Re: IBM Engineer...

I was thinking of the aggregate material, often granite is used.

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Re: IBM Engineer...

But won’t the radioactivity from the concrete do the same?

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall

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Re: Raise the Jolly Roger!

007 in Skyfall, was it?

UK response to China's tech ambitions labelled 'incoherent and muted'

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Re: Ha....."leveling up" from a zero base, I suppose!!

Isn't Morgan still British owned?

Leaked Uber docs reveal frequent use of 'kill switch' to deactivate tech, thwart investigators

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Re: So...

1. In Denmark they gave up. Authorities said "sure, you can operate, but this is a taxi service which has to follow taxi regulations. Including meters and weight sensor in seats. And be sure to pay your taxes too."

2. Extraditions are country specific.

America's chip land has another potential shortage: Electronics engineers

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I can see the pattern

My oldest son is starting the last year of a physics/engineering M.Sc. He plans to do a minor in some CS subject as it is hard to see the jobs in the purer physics areas, een considering all of Europe - he counts on going abroad as starting pay around here is rarely higher than €20000/y.

- I half joking suggested him to learn COBOL!

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Re: Chip design is hard

And the ones who want to earn money are also tempted by the business consultants

Boris Johnson set to step down with tech legacy in tatters

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Re: Direct your ire...

That would also apply to the members for the conservative party who chose him, and arguably to a plurality of the voters of UK for electing him (even if I would also have doubts of picking the then opposition)

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Re: Sub-sea nukes

Photovoltaics are, at least in the sunny climate I live. I expect a payback time of under 4 years, I now just need GALP to do the installation - they are behind schedule.

And no, no feed in tariff. We will be donating excess electricity.

Apple's latest security feature could literally save lives

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And the TLAs?

If it works, they won’t like it I would think.

Bank of Google? Not exactly. But fintech's future is in Big Tech's ecosystems

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Re: Regulation

N26 is an example, taking advantage of the EU banking passport

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Re: Yes, that is right...

How quaint

UK signs deal to share police biometric database with US border guards

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Re: Give the murkans a break

You know, it’s not compulsory to pick an ex-pm as president. Ireland, Iceland, Germany and Portugal have all to my best knowledge mainly picked people who had not.

CAPSTONE mission is Moon-bound, after less rocketry than expected

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First law of projects: you need at least one cool acronym.

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Re: Luna

As a non-native user of English, I thought the same could be achieved by writing “the Moon” rather than “the moon”.

Feel free to educate me.

NOBODY PRINT! Selfless hero saves typing pool from carbon catastrophe

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Re: Uniplex "my God, it chills me just mention the dark lord's name,"

I can give you one more. The first days of January 2000, one of the systems used to calculate claims for car insurance insurance in Denmark didn’t work. Probably something about the time from first registration to the damage.

It was decided not to test the system in advance as the other systems made by Maersk Data were prioritised, the ones that made sure they knew what to do with the containers on the boats



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