* Posts by Necrohamster

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Rivian decimates staff to put a brake on spending

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Re: margins on small cars are thin

"you need to start big and expensive because you can't build a new car company selling 20k vehicles to teenagers."

You must not have read the article.

TL:DR: Rivian's in trouble... the "big and expensive" thing hasn't worked out for them lol

Also I didn't mention 20k cars for teenagers...

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Re: The end of electric vehicles

"what kind of moron thinks they are investing in a car? "

Elon Musk fans. Seriously.

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Re: The end of electric vehicles

The only sensible way to "own" an EV is through a lease for the first few years of its life. You don't want to be funding a battery replacement out of your own pocket as the second or subsequent owner.

Depreciation is insane too, as companies like Tesla slash prices and burn owners who thought they were making an investment rather than buying a car. In fact, leasing companies in Europe are demanding money back from EV makers as the cars' values plummet (Tesla Model 3 and the Audi e-tron are the worst value apparently):

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2024/02/22/761780.htm

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...or 3,855 kilograms for our non-American friends.

This gross vehicle weight means you can't drive one on a category B car license in Europe, and possibly elsewhere.

It was a bit short-sighted on Rivian's part not to build some small cars that people outside of the US might want to drive but meh...

Work for you? Again? After you lied about the job and stole my stuff? No thanks

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Re: Being polite is great

Ah snap, great minds think alike :D

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Re: Being polite is great

The only way I'd contemplate helping a former employer in a situation like this is to negotiate an eye-watering hourly rate, with the first month payable up front. The job will only take a few hours, but they don't need to know that.

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Joke

"And to this day, the more he dislikes someone, the more polite he is towards them."

He's a wiser man than me.

My motto is "May The Bridges I Burn Light My Way".

Ukrainian police arrest father and son in suspected LockBit affiliate double act

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Is it too harsh...

...to ask for these guys to be extradited to France after serving a few months on the frontline?

Trident missile test a damp squib after rocket goes 'plop,' fails to ignite

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Re: FALSE

Permission [from] Americans [required to] Launch system

Many a true word said in jest. I'd find it hard to believe the US hasn't included some protections in software to prevent the UK from striking them...as unlikely as that is.

3. Removal of classified items from US software

British experts will be hampered in their attempt to validate the [Trident] software by the constraints of US security restrictions. The Joint Strike Fighter deal showed the difficulties of purchasing equipment which is dependent on sensitive American software. In the case of Trident the US does supply the software codes, but not in their original complete form.

Source: https://www.nuclearinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Trident_software_and_independence_Ainslie_no_date.pdf

Aside from that...on the subject of PAL, I read somewhere years ago that some branch of the US military (Air Force maybe?) wasn't too happy when PAL was introduced.

They set the code to 00000000, so I guess they complied with the spirit of the safeguard.

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Re: Getting value for money from nukes

"I am convinced Putin will never order a nuclear strike. "

He strikes me as more of a Tony Soprano-style mafia boss, and less of a Dr. Strangelove-style nutter.

Like you say, the bluster is all part of the game.

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Re: What the hell?

"Astute wasn't ordered until 2001 - so there was gap and a lot of skills/staff were lost. You need a lot of welding, checked incredibly thoroughly, or your submarine goes down but not back up again. And they had to train an awful lot of people to get the production line going again."

From memory, the 2014 BBC documentary "How to build a nuclear submarine" covers this topic

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Re: FALSE

"There is no single person who can launch an armed nuclear missile in Russia by his own "mad desire". Neither is it possible in the U.S. or the U.K. or France.

Re. the U.K.:

"Today, [the SSBN's] Trident D5 SLBM are at several days’ notice to fire and, since 1994, are not targeted."

Well, that's good right? But...

"Owing to the nature of the UK’s “last resort” policy there are no Permissive Action Links (PALs) in the system, either physical or electronic. It can be deduced from the concept of last resort, therefore, that each SSBN sails with all the information onboard necessary to conduct a strategic missile launch, when so ordered, against a wide range of potential adversaries."

Source: https://nautilus.org/napsnet/napsnet-special-reports/united-kingdom-nuclear-weapon-command-control-and-communications/

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Re: What the hell?

The kids call it "rat-rod" or "hoodride" :D

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Positive thoughts

"...The test has reaffirmed the effectiveness of the UK's nuclear deterrent, in which we have absolute confidence..."

The MOD spokesperson must have been talking about a different test.

Preview edition of Microsoft OS/2 2.0 surfaces on eBay

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"Fools and their money. Some people place great value on valueless things just because it tweaks their ego"

If someone's enjoying doing something that has zero effect on your existence, leave them the fuck alone and be happy for them.

It would be a boring world if we all had the same interests.

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Re: Nice museum piece

If I had a pound/dollar/euro for every time I witnessed a Windows 95 install fail on disk 11 or 12 of 13... 80's floppies were obviously made of sterner stuff :D

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Joke

Nice museum piece

...but I'll bet half those floppies don't work anymore

Two days into the Digital Services Act, EU wields it to deepen TikTok probe

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Re: Wonder what Beijing's instructions will be

I'll argue that kids who use TikTok are better at spotting disinformation than their parents and grandparents are at spotting disinformation on Facebook and Twitter.

European Court of Human Rights declares backdoored encryption is illegal

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Re: Well good thing the UK had Brexit

Why do you persist with whataboutism? If you want to have a discussion with yourself on the demerits of Russian colonisation you can feel free to start a new thread.

Scroll back up to my comment about Britain's colonial past and ask yourself why you're rambling about other colonial powers.

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Re: Puzzling indeed.

"So the same butt-hurt crackpots promoting Russia and China kicking France and Britain out of Africa in this forum will also rant all year long against uncontrolled immigration"

Pray tell, name some names. I'm curious to see who you're referring to AC.

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Re: Well good thing the UK had Brexit

"The point is that colonization does not necessarily involve boats. "

Well if that was the point you were trying to make, you failed pretty badly. Have a lie down and try again tomorrow.

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Re: Well good thing the UK had Brexit

I wholeheartedly support the right of the good citizens of the Duchy of Muscovy to take up arms against their oppressors.

Wait, what's that? The Duchy of Muscovy hasn't existed since the Middle Ages, so the AC's comment is pointless apart from being a reminder that not all colonisers can be fought off successfully?

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Re: Puzzling indeed.

"...It still can't explain why France can't secure it's borders"

France can secure its borders just fine, but the problem for the UK is that France (as a country or at a governmental level) doesn't really like you.

There's no incentive to help now that the UK's outside the EU. Your problems are not their problems...whether we're talking about migration, trade or whatever.

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Re: Well good thing the UK had Brexit

Wikipedia: List of countries that have gained independence from the United Kingdom

"This list is incomplete. You can help by expanding this list." :D

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Re: Well good thing the UK had Brexit

The stupid Rwanda plan is only there because our halfwit politicians looked to Australia (another faraway place we used to send so-called criminals and undesirables) and noticed that the Papua New Guinea refugee offshoring thing seemed to be working out pretty well for the Aussies.

Not so much for the refugees though...

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Re: Well good thing the UK had Brexit

Well they're damn sure not coming for the weather or the food

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Re: Well good thing the UK had Brexit

"Just as the colonizers crimes can't be excused neither can the colonized."

Not true. Any fight to remove a coloniser is a valid one.

Of course a coloniser will claim otherwise, but you don't get to take over a country and act surprised when the population fights back.

I notice you use the American spelling of the word "colonise". Are you American, and if so, do you see the American Revolutionaries who defeated the British as criminals or heroes?

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Facepalm

I know, right? He should have done some more thinking before voting.

"...the UK must stay in ECHR as a check against governments overreaching the power we gave them to make decisions on our behalf."

Translation: "...despite voting for Brexit I believe our government can't be trusted to respect our human rights without Europe's oversight."

Quite a convincing argument.

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Re: Well good thing the UK had Brexit

I guess the acronyms for the Court and the Convention are different in each of the 24 official EU languages, so there are 48 chances to confuse someone (English-speakers in this case)

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Re: Well good thing the UK had Brexit

lol fair enough. My apologies.

Carry on!

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Re: Problem solved

The military had info on some of them, the FBI (and the other three-letter acronyms, most likely) also had info on some of them...plus a network of informants.

The info stayed in the respective silos because nobody wanted to share with other agencies.

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Re: Cue Daily Heil headline "Euro Court Won't Protect Our Children"

Which is what Esther Ghey said in the article you linked to:

"Since the trial, she has been calling for smartphones to be banned for children under 16 and has started a petition, which now has more than 90,000 signatures"

If teens want a phone, they'll find a way to get one and there's nothing you can do about it. Same goes for drinking, smoking, etc.

Also from the article:

Ms Ghey told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I'm all for free speech but some of the comments I've seen on social media posts and some of the articles… they're just hateful comments.

If someone says "I'm all for x, but y", they are not actually all for the thing they claim to be. See also "I'm not racist, but [ insert racist thing here]".

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Re: Cue Daily Heil headline "Euro Court Won't Protect Our Children"

I'm sympathetic to what Esther Ghey has endured, but once you have a child your primary role in life is educating and protecting them.

It's not the phone companies' responsibility.

It's not the social media companies' responsibility.

It's not the government's responsibility (except where they need to intervene for the child's immediate safety)

It's the parent's responsibility. And yes, life is hard, we all need to work, and time is in finite supply, Again I understand the lady's speaking from grief, but the government should not have to regulate aspects of *every* family's life to make someone's role as a parent easier.

And by 'educating' I don't just mean teaching them to count or read. Teach them to recognise dangerous situations. Teach them how to make good decisions and to think critically. Teach them that it's ok to ask for help. I suppose you could say that these things come under the category of 'protecting' too.

I don't believe in monitoring a child's communication (either with software or "hand over your phone, it's time for a check"). It sends the message that you don't trust them, and can damage your relationship (or drive a child away). Of course, some people will be ok with this...

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Re: Well good thing the UK had Brexit

"But I know your posting history and can assume only you're a Mail / GB News / Express subscriber."

If that's directed at me, I can only say you haven't analysed my post history very well

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Re: Well good thing the UK had Brexit

Ah, whataboutism...

Unfortunately for the purpose your argument, the crimes of others don't excuse your own crimes.

I suggest you write a strongly-worded letter to the French ambassador.

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Re: Well good thing the UK had Brexit

Not strictly true. Irish citizens (who are also EU citizens) don't need a visa to enter the UK, nor do they need to apply to the "EU Settlement Scheme"

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"...EUssr..."

Yeah I stopped reading your clearly intelligent and well-thought-out post after that.

Even if you hadn't admitted to voting for Brexit we could've figured it out pretty quickly

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Something like legislation never stopped the spooks.

Britain gets the US to do the dirty work and pass along the required info, and vice versa.

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Re: Well good thing the UK had Brexit

Britain doesn't like to be reminded of it, but it invaded and colonised plenty of countries over the years. Think of this as the universe's way of giving something back to you.

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Re: Well good thing the UK had Brexit

I look forward to tens of replies to your comment from people who don't know the difference between:

the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)

and

the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)

Worried about the impending demise of Windows 10? Google wants you to give ChromeOS Flex a try

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Re: I could be missing your point, but

Thanks Doctor. The point was that neither one is particularly desirable. ;)

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Re: "hundreds of millions of Windows 10 devices are destined for landfills"

You might want to add a good 3rd-party antivirus, though. Good luck finding one.

I believe Avast works with Windows back to XP.

is it any good? Who knows? I doubt Which? or Consumer Reports are doing much testing of AVs for retro operating systems.

There are enterprise AVs which support everything back to Windows 2000 but you're going to be spending all your time troubleshooting certificate problems

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Linux

Not on your nelly

Windows 10 vs ChromeOS is a Hobson's choice on the same level as herpes vs syphillis

Install Ubuntu, or Mint, or elementary OS. Anything really, just not ChromeOS.

Dumping us into ad tier of Prime Video when we paid for ad-free is 'unfair' – lawsuit

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Pint

"C*nts from London"

My production company is moving forward with this concept (and the sister show "W*ankers from Up North"), which we hope to bring to More4 in the autumn.

Your royalty cheque will follow soon after.

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Re: Hardware sales

At least the Fire TV sticks are useful in that you can sideload IPTV apps for added "Yaaarr!", although I believe they plan to remove the sideloading ability just like the NowTV/Roku sticks.

Moving to Windows 11 is so easy! You just need to buy a PC that supports it!

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Hey it wasn't a criticism of your comment, just my own tongue-in-cheek observation. Please feel free to dispute my comments whenever and wherever you see them :D

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"...diseases like Polio running rampant, racism was socially acceptable, sexism was socially acceptable, people didn't know the dangers of smoking, cars didn't necessarily have seatbelts, and if you lived to be 70 it was like the equivalent of living to 100 today."

Apart from the bit about cars not having seatbelts, you could be describing the 2020s.

Microsoft might have just pulled support for very old PCs in Windows 11 24H2

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Re: Linux's moment

I agree in theory, but Betty who comes in four days a month to do the accounts isn't going to fire up QEMU on her Linux box so she can get the payroll done in QuickBooks or Sage in a Windows VM.

Anybody who says otherwise has never dealt with the dear semi-retired ladies like Betty who do the books for small businesses. :D

And medium to large businesses simply don't use Linux on the desktop, so there's no discussion to be had there unfortunately.

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Re: What?

"You only think it's "fair" because you don't know anything better. We enjoy better compatibility for older hardware."

Yes. I too find that my easily refuted points come across better when I open by telling somebody they don't know any better.

/S

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Re: Linux's moment

I don't know why you're getting downvotes for this post. Have an upvote.

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