* Posts by Grinning Bandicoot

150 posts • joined 30 Jan 2014


What's the top programming language? It's not JavaScript but Python, says IEEE survey

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If you use a Thiotimoline based ink in your notes not only will the program update but you can view the flaws before you write it.

The R-Pi as a package being costed less than $100 USD and extremely handy for experiments that may involve the loss of the data aggregator might account for some of the demand for Python.

Right to repair shouldn't exist – not because it's wrong but because it's so obviously right

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Started to try to find this case from the 70s after the "right to repair" item. The case if I recall correctly went some along these lines.

A shop machinery manufacturer built a mill and sold it in the 1930 to a customer. The customer later modified the mill to suit its needs. The mill manufacturer later went insolvent as did purchaser one and the mill was sold as part of the proceeding. The new purchaser made further modifications to the machine. Meanwhile the successor manufacturer of the mill was bought out by another corporation seeking new markets. At this point we have a mill sold twice and modified after each sale with the original manufacturer long gone. A product liability suit was brought against the firm that purchased the remaining assets of the firm that went insolvent. The plaintiff won and won big. So Joe "I Don' Needa Manual" fixes the equipment and in the process disables a safety device as part of the fix; it is not Joe going to court but the company that built what Joe fixed. What is a preventative action against this? Make it so the maker controls how the equipment is altered.

Consider Taxifornia A.K.A. California where that combine is regulated by CARB (California Air Resource Board). CARB only permits pre-approved modifications. It was more likely CARB that killed the right-to-repair bill in the legislature rather than Apple and kin. In the automotive field exists a large underground market of computer to change a vehicles acceleration, torque, and horsepower. CARB when where it can goes after these sellers and prosecutes. These computers may be legal elsewhere but not in their jurisdiction. Find me any policing agency that wants their work made more difficult and ypu've found the village idiots.

You want your smart communication system repairable, then it shall be built with discrete components. When you need a dissecting microscope to see the traces it not likely that you will have much success when your kit is 00Phillips and a 0.5 Torx to remove the cover and your 100 watt solder gun covers half of the components that you need afore mentioned microscope to read the part numbers. Joe starts his fix, destroys equipment, sues because the directions that weren't read were not correct. The bottom dwellers win again

I've got a broken combine harvester – but the manufacturer won't give me the software key

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Re: Only half the story

And what happens when the unit built on a design theory with no safety factor? ANS early failure. Today's designs using various CAD and modeling techniques give a feeling of preciseness whereas in the days of yore we knew that the last digit was basically junk. Minimal material used and the accounting people saying to move the failure rate from 99.0 % to 99.1 % will cost more than giving new to those that complain make this a new law of nature.

In the '80s, satellite comms showed promise – soon it'll be a viable means to punt internet services at anyone anywhere

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Re: Can't wait...

What's wrong with Big Brother? Winston Smith was a subversive. The Proles weren't complaining and enjoyed the security and protection by the kindly efforts of Big Brother. Winston wanted to take those comforts away so the efforts of the statement were and are necessary to protected the masses.

Vox Populi Vox Deus

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Re: Pen sized receivers

Used as a story in the 70s or 80s in Analog. Possible problem with PDRK and the Republic of the PLA is that their current activities would definitely intensify and possibly deadly.

REvil ransomware gang's websites vanish soon after Kaseya fiasco, Uncle Sam threatens retaliation

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Report shines light on REvil's depressingly simple tactics: Phishing, credential-stuffing RDP servers... the usual

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Has the Tipping Point been reached

The targets and the moneys involved have become so substantial that mercenaries might seem to be a viable option. Removal of those thought to be involved by mercenaries not withstanding any type of proof would be a true game changer. As it stands at present these groups only face a low level mental risk adding a physical risk to any possibly involved would interesting.

Audacity users stick the knife – and fork – in to strip audio editor of unwanted features

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What a red flag! My monkey curiosity immediately started and soon I will die if I don't capitulate!

Radioactive hybrid terror pigs have made themselves a home in Fukushima's exclusion zone

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What ever happened to the word feral? Re-wilding appears to be neologism for the sake of making a neologism.

Based on conversations the bulk of the knowledge about 'RADIATION, RADIOACTIVITY and NUUUCLEAR' appear to have learned from old 1950 films where a bomb blast is shown with a voice over speaking of the dangers of the unknown (Them comes to the top along with TV's Outer Limits). Where these people that in the vicinity of a granite dike that indicates a higher read than that taken near the nuclear plant that they're complaining about. Ah the difference between 'natural' and 'artificial'.

Any word if the feral swine is GMO free?

Intrepid Change.org user launches petition to make Jeff Bezos' space trip one-way

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Slow News Day

Was this left over from last April 1st or is this early for the next April 1st and was there not enough copy available to make a proper column because it is a known that the Terra is a duodecahedron under our folding of the strings but under another folding it is flat!

The AN0M fake secure chat app may have been too clever for its own good

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First off I will say that I'm not a poker player. If you should play you will take home some of my money. Now that being said there is a ploy called 'BLUFF' where your play is such your hand is better then what you hold. If the other players suspect this ploy they can adjust and of course you can make a counter ploy. So if the ANOM is known to have a back door, the savvy user either continues as before with the knowledge of that your traffic has a few unknown 'bcc', double encrypt, or shift to a new service. If you encrypt,it says you suspect an unauthorized reader (maybe) or if you shift, you invite attention to your activities which you really don't want. If you remain with ANOM, it might be deemed that you are a right wing liberal with privacy fetish. Traffic analysis gives an idea where 'readers' should concentrate their work. Another consideration is this new service honest or are the 'readers' waiting? BLUFF and BLUFF again.

My personal choice is Steganography. For those that have played with the old rotor type fax once used by the news services you know about the random noise that is scattered across the copy. This can be used to conceal the traffic and have part of the key attached..

An offense is always probing for a way to carry out its mission! A static defense just asks to be attacked and bypassed.

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

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Re: It is slated to cost about £200m

The original figure of 200 M was correct but not quite complete. Missing was the phrase "per each design and progress review committee.As for being green I believe the Cutty Sark was solar powered and Brit built

Firefox 89: Can this redesign stem browser's decline?

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Cynical Question

Having read the first page of comments and noted the points about Google was curious about the use of google-analytics and googletagmanager here or is it assumed that the money behind this site is altruistic?

US nuclear weapon bunker security secrets spill from online flashcards since 2013

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When mattryoshka is your policy, you suspect others of being of the same mind. I've seen on other sites that the Soviet shuttle version, Buran, was created because Senior Soviet military could not believe that the Yankee statements of purpose about Space Shuttle. The Son Tay POW camp raid was leaked the Buz Sawyer graphic strip probably to test the water before the official announcement. Before Operation Eagle Claw I watched aircraft where the official pronouncement of no such aircraft existed practice low level cargo extractions. These fell outside of the official clearance path but without any documentation any 'talk' is just fodder for social media.

MORAL: Don't get involved with the clearance process and watch what disappears from view or gets obfuscated and from build your picture with clear conscious. But forget not Matryoshka.

Orford Ness: Military secrets and unique wildlife on the remote Suffolk coast

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RE: Concrete ring and other stuff

Check https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/military/sdut-elephant-cage-coronado-antennae-2014sep04-htmlstory.html on Wikipedia. My first thought on seeing the circle was that of a Wullenberger site and without knowing the year of construction might have been part of the Battle of the Atlantic.

Cobra Mist appears from the description to be similar to the Duga system (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duga_radar) which makes me curious as to the frequency and pulse coding. CONSPIRACY ALERT: Counter mind control program by DoD/MoD!

NOTE: Living within a 100 miles of a PAVE PAW site I have to be careful when mobile not transmit on the 0.75m band; however, there exists a strong internal need to know more on Cobra Mist now.

Won't somebody please think of the children!!! UK to mount fresh assault on end-to-end encryption in Facebook

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Re: Child protection

No children would reduce the demand for housing thereby reducing the demand for new construction on field and forest which permits threatened and endangered flora and fauna security to have unmonitored sex.

So the reason the Sheriff couldn't catch Robin was the encrypted messages?

From pre Volstead times

When we ban liquor in the USA, crime rates will go down, spousal abuse will disappear, and the specter of the drunken driver will no longer haunt us.

Watchdog 'enables Tesla Autopilot' with string, some weight, a seat belt ... and no actual human at the wheel

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In the case of a Tesla when you are of an age to have the wherewithall to purchase your genes are

probably spread and so you're redundant to the diversity scheme.

While truly self-driving cars are surely just around the corner, for now here's an AI early-warning system for your semi-autonomous ride

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Horses the original autonomous transpotation

Some time in the near past a transportation economic journal remarked on autonomous vehicle in urban areas as a possible source of increased pollution and congestion. You get out to do your business and your vehicles cruises looking for a spot to park. Another offering was banning of private vehicles and the urban authorities use the autonomous vehicles on a roving basis in place of the current transportation systems . Mack Reynolds used this in his stories but one draw back he had pointed out was when the authorities want you the doors seal and delivered to their sanctum .

The current mix of vehicles is most dangerous of the possibilities and until the mix is mostly autonomous vehicles with just a few aberrants with the vehicles (AV) communicating velocity and acceleration will we be close to 1900 prediction of The Scientific American that the streets of the cities will safe from drunken riders and runaway wagons.

Drag Autonomy founder's 'fraudulent guns' and 'grasping claws' to the US for a criminal trial, thunders barrister

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The discussion is now about HP, a corporation of dubious ethics, who got caught by others who out played HP at their game. This HP is a name plate and exists merely to mine leftovers after all the productive and innovative potions have been sold. HP must push the case as a smoke screen to cover the hollow core so the present board can safely parachute from the wreckage. Of course money does open door that thee and me will never see.

You would expect a qualified electrician to wire a building to spec, right? Trust... but verify

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Test first burn not

In a single phase system sometimes.However if three phase is in the structure ORANGE (preferably) or YELLOW is the 208Vac stinger leg. My father who in his career was an investigator for a large municipal utility. The building he and his partner were checking was an apartment structure large enough to be fed by a three phase transformer bank and the 208 circuit was pulled out for house motors and circuits. Unfortunately a different set electricians came to wire the units. Not knowing at that time about stingers they preceded to wire the 208 leg as 120. The building had been partially occupied when this came to light. LESSON: 1)Test and retest with someone other then the installer and carry a check list! 2) Paranoia is not a fault when betting lives!

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says Trump ban means the service has failed

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The Dogs of Law have been loosed

Without reading other comments I find the the presentation dissembling considering all the past statements made about neutrality and the mass of communications that must be considered. Register's headline sums the situation in that Trump is no longer a revenue builder and the new regime is doing all that it can to shut the guy up which weakens the net's argument that it is a merely a carrier. Let loose the Dogs of Law after this.

As an after thought which shall be considered the Cavaliars [sic] and which the Roundheads both claim God is on their side and the task is a Holy one.

Supreme Court mulls whether a cop looking up a license plate for cash is equivalent to watching Instagram at work

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Re: Supreme Court

Was that not de Gaulle's argument for the Force de Frappe? And to place all gun owners as nuts, lunnies or crazy is an assumption that is equivalent to looking in binoculars backwards.

H2? Oh! New water-splitting technique pushes progress of green hydrogen

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Re: Plenty of problems - so who funds this work and why?

The military will fund alternates. Presently among the largest component of navies and aerial forces costs is the fuel bill and anything that can cut that cost is put in the good column. In the mid 60s Analog had a featured article (The Hydrogen Economy) about the soon on the scene fuel, Hydrogen, with it a picture of a Model T that had been modified to run on Hydrogen and have we left that place in the parking lot [car park]. Like fusion the research for making it practical will go on forever because the investment and employment is in the search sector .

Thought the FBI were the only ones able to unlock encrypted phones? Pretty much every US cop can get the job done

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Guns vs knives and the CAUSE

Stop and think about pain or the anticipation of pain. All pf us have cut our self's at one time or another so we are familiar with the results. Few have been shot to know that it hurts BAD but all of us have been exposed to cinema where the good guy takes a couple rounds to the torso, grabs some piece of clothe to tidy up a bit then conquers the bad guys the only exception is when the good guys partner being just days away from retirement in which case win one for the gipper speech is made prior to the slump. No when I’m going to be holding hostages I want a Zwillig Pro slicing knife. Familiar enough to bring back bad memories and compliance to orders. Of course for a stand-off device nothing beats a trebuchet loaded with incandescent globes filled with a flammable substance.

Why or how this moved from Cops deep probing phones has at this time of day slipped past me and all that I see is the same meaning shouting as done in the 16th century. None shall gain a willing convert to the Holy Cause but still the fight will go tooth and nail because God is on their side

Beware, drone fliers, of Scotland's black-headed gulls. For they will tear your craft from Mother Nature's skies

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My first thought is that the independence movement was getting militant. Think raising gull chicks as a voice of protest.

Old and busted: Targeting servers and web bugs. New hotness: Pwning devs with targeted poisoned stacks

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In East Los Angeles pronounced Estella there was in idiom 'no kavesa' meaning the type smelling gas would flick the light switch. Brilliance and common sense are neither exclusionary nor complimentary. It has been attributed to Abe Lincoln 'If common sense were so common, why is it valued so highly?'

Imagine surviving WW3, rebuilding computers, opening up GitHub's underground vault just to relive JavaScript

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Back in the days when digital was which finger was used to move the beads on the abaci a short post apocalyptic story where visiting aliens come upon a site that was that was deemed by them as a holy site. In the investigation of these relics a flat circular metal container is found that rattles. The science staff after many checks and tests find the source of the rattle is an inner spool of some type. The challenge of what was on the spool is met and at an all-hands it is demonstrated. There is much discussion as to the meaning of what they and what they significance of the end where one of the characters pops into view and symbols "that's all folks' appears

Could not it pass up since the description of the storage location matches the story and a shaggy dog was needed to break the serious mood.

It’s happened again: AT&T sued for allegedly transferring victim's number to thieves in $1.9m cryptocoin heist

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I have an opinion on ATT and none is complimentary and I wonder how anyone claiming technological competency would deal with them. ATT should be for the proles that wanted to be shorn,

Euro police forces infiltrated encrypted phone biz – and now 'criminal' EncroChat users are being rounded up

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Re: But private ciphers also exist...even if end-to-end encryption is broken.......

5005 06010 98080 35803 81481 16513 89340 47876 10153 11063 Here are some letters for the moderator

Russia drags NASA: Enjoy your expensive SpaceX capsule, our Soyuz is the cheap Kalashnikov of rockets

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Re: 7 per launch vs 3

Park 'em at Lagrange point. Old models back at L3 and the shinny eco models at L5.

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Re: Foot in mouth

No they will use the Long March. As from where the Russian shoots will be from is a question and that answer is in the hands of the Tsar.

Dutch spies helped Britain's GCHQ break Argentine crypto during Falklands War

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In Black May (ISBN978-1-591114--304-8) argues that it was Huff-Duff (high frequency radio direction finding) did more tactically than Ultra. More so when RDFs became mounted on escorts. Part of Gannon's thesis is that German's talked and talked. The RN very early in the war had boarded one sub being scuttle and recovered part of the encryption suite but the USN under Gallery recovered the sub and had to face Adm King about threatening the Enigma secret but the worst leaks came from the activities of the Chicago Tribune whose reporter told all. Then again some leaks are deliberate with truth value from zero to 99.9 percent

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Another alternate

R F Hack One, Raspberry, discone antenna and laptop. Add the software to sweep the bands and you have the equivalent of an R&S FPC 1000. The phone would then be available to order dinner. It is amazing though somewhat foreseeable where communication technology has brought us (also done to us).

A real loch mess: Navy larks sunk by a truculent torpedo

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Re: Of course it was going to hit the boat!

Your daughter is going to have a great future with memories to relate to those that have none because they were buffered from reality and the iron rules derived from thermodynamics. I notice that these comments about childhoods seemed to be activities now frowned upon and in some areas would involve a government official visiting the keeper about the style of rearing the offspring as not suitable.

Well, that's something boffins haven't seen before: A strange alien streaks around Jupiter

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Test firing of mother ship's engines during preventative maintenance. Ship holds team of scientists observing the lowering of collective intelligence being caused by texting and Facebook and the like.

Now there's nothing stopping the PATRIOT Act allowing the FBI to slurp web-browsing histories without a warrant

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Taking names down and checking twice

Let us rouse some suspicion as a test. We'll sent portions of the Voynich Codex amongst us while covertly having an eye out for stranger than normal governmental activities and if these activities start concentrating on long rumored places, we should have a reasonable expectation that we are the usual suspects. Now for us in the USA will get millions by sending portions of the Beale Code and have FBI decode it while we file a Freedom of Information request for our records.

Now for reality: the found information after a period of time seeps into public records and therefore becomes open under Freedom of Information. And to answer another question that which is redacted and the context tells you where to look; think of Philip Nolan and how he filled his map. We must never forget Juvenal either

Qui Custodiet Ipsos Custodos

California’s privacy warriors are back – and this time they want to take their fight all the way to the ballot box

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It matters not whether the initiative passes because the outcome will be the same. The indication is in the establishment of an agency not responsible to those under its aegis. The P.U.C. was established in 1914 to regulate utilities and through the years moved to protection of these utilities. When deregulation was on tap they created a job-guarranteeing set of regulations. When a complaint is filed the response is 'have you contacted them about the problem' so no functional use to the plebes and the utility pockets the money. The state insurance commission is no different. What will be done, however, will be a regulatory fee be established on all communication modes [I think I'll call it a Stamp Tax] to cover the agency costs.

Taxifornia has gone to the mail in ballot to ensure a proper election so again the outcome will be determined behind closed doors.

The Great British anti-5G fruitcake Bakeoff: Group hugs, no guns, and David Icke

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Re: The higher the frequency, the greater the energy

Has the derma changed its tint or sensitivity

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Re: Haircuts

Now is the time to shave the head if you like it no problem. If you don't it is time for an outrageous tale and see how long it takes to become a truth. However, the sense of whimsy is long dead and moldering. Example: In the 60s in USia an electronics magazine, Radio Electronics, would run an article the looked great read great but was based upon some technological improbability or out and out violation of thermodynamics. It successor many years tried it once and editors made a explanation while dinning on crow that they had believed that a lossless device emitting more power out than applied should have been seen for what it was. Complaints continued by the TRUE BELIEVERS. I believe it is truly for preventative dosing of Zinfandel.

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Re: They are the virus

Give them what they want and remove the 5G towers but the problem exploded with 2G where sudden growths appeared attached to ears along with obstacle avoidance skills failing. Consequently cite the complaints and warning that were blathered about and remove service from them.

More likely there is a long and obscure trail to Detachment 731 and MacArthur's cover up as answer to why Manchuria appears so often as a focal point.

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Re: How much will it help?

I would think in this forum that it would be 1 + 1 = 10

Quick Q: Er, why is the Moon emitting carbon? And does this mean it wasn't formed from Theia hitting Earth?

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Re: And this is why it's always a bad idea...

COVID 19 theories is not caused by 5G but rather by 2G and think of the growths that had started on one ear at that time and followed later wild arm waving coupled with people walking into things. At the same time mental facilities started a decreasing indicating involvement of the nerves

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O' Life is bitter

To the down vote - read the title. Yes this is first of what I hope is a lot of fun spots to make the day easier.

My theory: it is the volatiles cooking off from the NASA vehicles abandoned on the surface.

Square peg of modem won't fit into round hole of PC? I saw to it, bloke tells horrified mate

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Re: Wrong era?

Question: Has Elk gotten dial service yet or is it still a key down from Santa Rosa?

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Re: Wrong era?

In 2002 I had to looking for 12K modems for Taxifornia's DOT. In one location I found equipment communicating alternates days depending on the zodiac sign that the equipment had been installed. I don't think the fact that it was connected to the phantom on an open wire system had anything to do with the problem or so the staff engineer supporting comms insisted. But there is so much paleocrap out in the field that antique boards are gaining in value.

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Murphy Test will tell

The solvent dripped on the outside of the case will immediately indicate that it melts through faster than a wipe be grabbed.

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Re: *Hisses & wards against Evil*

I thought that to be HPs credo.

CFAA latest: Supremes to tackle old chestnut of what 'authorized use' of a computer really means in America

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Comments upon comments

At some point a comment is made that calls for a reply to the comment, then comments but not to the article. So we get remarks relating directly to the article intermixed with debates about the comments and it is my belief that more then a few just prior to your post were those of the latter type. My read is that SCOUS is being charged with making a ruling on defining what "access" means and how to enforce the meaning under the terms of 18USC Section 1030 which on one reading seems open and clear and on the next ambiguities seem to appear. Whatever some comments are about case, some about the crime and the rest as this are about the remarks. In the meantime find a good Russian Imperial Stout and take two as needed, call in the morning if the symptoms are still troublesome.

Want to put a satellite into orbit for US comms? Whoa, says Uncle Sam: Where's your space crash risk assessment?

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Parkinson strikes again

Going a far bit out if charter which makes for a quick court case or How I Learned to Posture Knowing It for What It Was. Some one is looking to the future - theirs!

A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT

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Temporary = Finagle's constant

Two theories on temporary: 1) works off the idea that its working don't mess with it until we get caught up with all the work and will see some slack time. 2) the other idea is a result of accounting. Permanent items are capitalized and have records for depreciation and maintenance. The temporary items are a costed out and minimal records are kept meaning that a when you fix up for a project, alter it and improve it and long after the capital item is gone, the temporary item is near new and highly valued by those who use it. Summing up one theory is based on an improbability (read as impossibility) and the other based the fairy tale of book value. I am NOT going to remark upon the use of temporary around the word taxes I do believe that the moderator would not permit obscenities.



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