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Multi-National Crew Reaches Space Station

Richard_at_work Re:Same as Columbus (64 comments)

"Same as Columbus"? Does that mean they are going to try and secure Samantha Cristoforetti's place in the history books as the first person to discover the International Space Station, in direct contradiction to evidence suggesting other people made it there first?

10 hours ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

Richard_at_work Re: In a Self-Driving Future--- (430 comments)

Well, duh.

That's because, when the autopilot fails, and the humans can't figure out what to do in a situation where the computer can't figure out what to do either, and fly the plane into the sea, the cause of the crash is listed as 'pilot error'.

If you are talking about AF447, then it was pilot error - those pilots should have easily been able to determine the situation and recover the aircraft. Instead, they didn't follow procedure, did exactly the opposite of what they should have in that situation (as defined in the flight operations manual) and crashed the aircraft.

The original issue that caused the autopilot trip would not by itself have led to the stall that ultimately caused the crash - that took pilot intervention.

12 hours ago
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Judge Approves $450M Settlement For Apple's Ebook Price Fixing

Richard_at_work Re:Huge victory (53 comments)

They did the work...

2 days ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

Richard_at_work Re:innovation thwarted (134 comments)

If Aereo simply sent the received signal, unchanged, unaltered, and as-is to your device, chances are they wouldn't have ended up in court. What they actually did was reencode the signal and rebroadcast it to you. Entirely two different things.

  And its also why your contrived example falls down. Because they didn't run a wire which carried the same signal, they altered the signal.

3 days ago
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Tracking a Bitcoin Thief, Part II: Illustrating the Issue of Trust In Altcoins

Richard_at_work Re:Small time thievery (46 comments)

Who is going to be fined? (I assume that is what you meant) The people doing the manipulation, so the people aNonnyMouseCowered allege that are manipulating the market. Who would do the fining? The SEC, the FCA or another countries financial authority. Wouldn't take much for them to do it either.

3 days ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

Richard_at_work Re:It was never about the costs (240 comments)

There is no statute of limitations in play here, as his case is actively being pursued and he is acting as a fugitive to that pursuance. He can stay in the embassy for 50 years and the case could still be taken up in the courts.

3 days ago
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Tracking a Bitcoin Thief, Part II: Illustrating the Issue of Trust In Altcoins

Richard_at_work Re:Small time thievery (46 comments)

You mean, market manipulation? Something several big banks just got fined millions of dollars for in the forex markets? That should be an interesting one to watch...

3 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

Richard_at_work Re:Yet (219 comments)

Thats great - doesn't help me tho if the goal is to replace residential grid power with locally generated solar power tho, does it?

4 days ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

Richard_at_work Re:Yet (219 comments)

Really? Its 15.54 currently here in the UK, and its already dark. And I'm not even home yet. When I get home, there's the heating to go on (gas, luckily), food to be cooked (gas hob, electric oven), the house to be lit (electric), housework to be done (electric), and then entertainment for the evening (usually electric consuming). So from when I get home at 17.30 to when I go to bed at 22.30, there's 5 hours of electricity usage.

And that's not counting things like night storage heaters, economy 7 power use washing machines or dish washers that can be put on overnight etc.

So yes, the bulk of our power usage (and Im not the poster you replied to) is over night.

4 days ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Richard_at_work Re:Could be solved be VISA, etc. immediately (303 comments)

Bankers drafts *are* cleared funds - the drawer pays the bank the sum of money, and the bank issues a cheque for that amount in its own name - once the recipient is in possession of the bankers draft, the original drawer is out of the equation, all interactions are then between the recipient and the bank. Unless something very very very unusual happens at the banks end, its a guaranteed transaction. Without the bankers draft, the drawer has no way to cancel the transaction - even if he loses it.

Debit card transactions have never been cleared funds however, as they occur based on one of several basis and can be reversed.

BACS transfers can also be reversed (had a once major UK supermarket do this with my wages back when I had just quit - deposited my wages in the morning as normal, so I drew some cash out. Came to pay something by debit card later that day and it was refused - odd as I should have had a lot of money in that account, but it had all vanished. The supermarket employer had reversed the BACS because they had "miscalculated" my end wage - infact they had undercalculated it, but instead of just giving me the difference they reversed the entire payment and ... sat on it.)

4 days ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Richard_at_work Re:Could be solved be VISA, etc. immediately (303 comments)

Is that in the UK? Never heard of that before, and certainly never came across it in the UK - if you don't have a guarantee card, the cheque would be refused, it was that simple.

5 days ago
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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

Richard_at_work Re:quick question (207 comments)

What you are describing is what I already described via method #2. If and only if they are able to add their root public key to the user's computer will their fraudulently issued certificates successfully validate.

Actually I wasn't, because you specifically said in #2 "Somehow maliciously insert their own public key onto your computer". Key there is "maliciously". No need to do that as most governments have legitimately issued root CA certs in most browsers already. Including China...

No need to maliciously insert anything, they are already there waiting to be used.

5 days ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Richard_at_work Re:Could be solved be VISA, etc. immediately (303 comments)

Cheques are notoriously bad for guaranteed payment - businesses would only accept a cheque if your bank also issued you with a cheque guarantee card (usually just a different design on your debit card), which means the bank would guarantee to cash the cheque up to a certain amount, taking the matter up with the writer of the cheque if it bounced. If you tried to cash a cheque without a guarantee (or a cheque over the guarantee amount) and it bounces, you are SOL and have to take it up with the writer yourself.

And cheque guarantees usually only went up to a few hundred quid.

Car dealers would typically want a bankers draft, which is a bit of paper issued by your bank for a specific amount and is treated as cash - the value is held on the paper, its not an instruction to transfer money, its an actual promissory note just like paper note cash is. Lose the bankers draft, and the money is gone, you can't get it back.

Bankers drafts cost you money to buy, and you have to go to a bank to have one issued.

5 days ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Richard_at_work Re:Could be solved be VISA, etc. immediately (303 comments)

Pretty much no larger business accepts cheques these days in the UK, and hasn't for several years - cheques have essentially been relegated to inter-personal transactions or smaller business (single person style businesses) because of the cost of handling them as a business.

5 days ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Richard_at_work Re:Meet Streisand (303 comments)

Such "contracts" hold little to no water in the UK, which is why Trading Standards is involved - this hotel is going to get buttfucked from here to Singapore by quite a few government bodies over this, and quite probably lose their merchant status for accepting cards.

5 days ago
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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

Richard_at_work Re:quick question (207 comments)

Have you seem the list of CA root certs in a normal browser install these days? Its in the dozens, if not hundreds. A signed cert by any one of those is equally good for any site, unless you are also checking known signatures...

about a week ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

Richard_at_work Re:Better go kick WSUS into a sync... (177 comments)

If we can do this in a 250 employee company (and have done it since we had more than a handful of users), anyone can do it. And what, precisely, do you need in way of resources - select a subset of computers, roll out the patch, if nothing bad has happened after a working day, roll the patch out to the next batch and so on.

If you are "rolling the dice" then you are a fucking pathetic sysadmin and should be banned from being responsible for patching anything.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

Richard_at_work Re:Better go kick WSUS into a sync... (177 comments)

If you roll out your patches the moment they come in, you are a retard - what ever happened to testing them in a subset of your organisation before releasing them to the general population, or do you enjoy running around like a headless chicken when theres a compatibility conflict?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

Richard_at_work Re:This is a legal matter. (146 comments)

Hehe, so in this case a Slashdotter thinks you should be able to get details without a court order, but when the RIAA or MPAA wants details its a completely different situation...

about a week ago

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Federal Aviation Administration To Investigate Boeing 787 after safety scares

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  about 2 years ago

Richard_at_work writes "The FAA announced this morning that they were initiating an indepth investigation into both the design and construction of the Boeing 787 aircraft after several safety scares in the past few months. The Boeing 787 has been in operation for less than 2 years, but in that time it has seen fuel leaks related to build quality issues, electrical problems and a fire related to the new all-electrical approach.

The review will involve a broader investigation than those systems involved in recent scares, and is a significant event for both Boeing as the manufacturer and the FAA."

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Possible security breach at Dropbox?

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Richard_at_work writes "In a thread that has now been ongoing for almost a week, the evidence has been mounting that Dropbox has possibly had a security breach, with many users reporting spam being delivered to Dropbox-only email accounts.

Dropbox has denied this so far, but with the forum thread on the issue now surpassing 250 replies with most users reporting the same sort of thing (spam email for the same "service" all coming in on email addresses only used for Dropbox, and in many cases aliases specifically created for Dropbox with no spam hitting the catch all addresses for the same domains) the likelihood is that something is going on here.

Users were first reporting it as being limited to German Dropbox users, but it has gradually spread across a fairly representative sample of users across the globe now.

With disparity of ISPs, email systems and locations involved here, could there be any other explanation?"

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Assange loses latest round in extradition fight

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Richard_at_work writes "After losing his appeal to the UK Supreme Court a couple of weeks ago, Assanges lawyer was given leave to seek a reopening of the case on particular grounds — the UK Supreme Court has now rejected those grounds and upheld its earlier ruling that Assanges should be extradited, which could happen in the next few days."
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AFA Director: 1st Amendment Doesn't Apply To Islam

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Richard_at_work (517087) writes "Bryan Fischer, Director of of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association, has come out saying that the First Amendment is a privilege and not a right when it comes to Islam, and that "The First Amendment was written by the Founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity. They were making no effort to give special protections to Islam." as well as going on to say "Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, for the simple reason that it was not written to protect the religion of Islam. Islam is entitled only to the religious liberty we extend to it out of courtesy. While there certainly ought to be a presumption of religious liberty for non-Christian religious traditions in America, the Founders were not writing a suicide pact when they wrote the First Amendment." Quite a fantastical claim!"
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Wow! Its been 30 years....

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Richard_at_work writes "Thirty years ago today, the Big Ear radio telescope recorded a 72 second long signal that perfectly matched the expected signature of a signal that was not of local origin. This became known world wide as the 'Wow!' signal after the comment its discoverer, Dr. Jerry R. Ehman of SETI, scribbled in the margin of the print out, and while it has never been detected since, it has fueled arguments on both sides as to the existence of extraterrestrial life ever since."
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