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College Students Hijack $80 Million Yacht With GPS Signal Spoofing

adamofgreyskull Re:Moral: learn basic seamanship (140 comments)

What about 11x11?

Why in the name of jiggery pokery would you need to memorise 110 + 11?

1 year,1 day

College Students Hijack $80 Million Yacht With GPS Signal Spoofing

adamofgreyskull Re:They did this in tomorrow never dies (140 comments)

That was using a communications satellite and a stolen, top secret, "GPS encoder"...outside their $3000 budget, I'd wager.

1 year,1 day

55,000 Sign Twitter Abuse Petition After Jane Austen Campaigner Threats

adamofgreyskull Re:Seriously? (421 comments)

Not least of all because the face of our monarch, Queen Elizabeth II is on every banknote and social reformer Elizabeth Fry is on the current £5 note. On the £10 note, before Charles Darwin was Charles Dickens and before that? Florence Nightingale...

1 year,2 days

Describe Any Location On Earth In 3 Words

adamofgreyskull Re:Damn. Too many words. (478 comments)

I suppose it is a solution to their (perhaps contrived) example:

"...the 'what3words' for the famous Peter Pan statue in London's Hyde Park is 'union.prop.enjoy'."

If your friend wants to meet you in Hyde Park (it's a big place) and you don't know where the statue of Peter Pan is, he can say "union.prop.enjoy" and w3w can guide you there...

Of course, since both of you would have to have smartphones for this to work, quite why a long/lat wouldn't also work is beyond me...especially given the prospect of missed encounters between young lovers: "Sorry, I thought you said 'onion.pope.enjoy'!!"

1 year,15 days

I paid attention to news of the Marathon bomb ...

adamofgreyskull Re:Here's the good. (317 comments)

That was you?! You arsehole! I finally wrestled it to the top of the escalator, went to get a trolley and when I got back my bag was gone and I was escorted to a small room for a prostate exam administered by a stern-faced gentleman who could have picked up two watermelons with one-hand.

I grew up in the same country as you, at the same time. On multiple occasions I left my rugby kit/tenor-horn on a crowded station platform and the worst that happened was having to collect it from lost property. I shudder to think how many unexploded devices there probably still are in BR lost-property offices.

about a year ago

Why Does a Voting Machine Need Calibration?

adamofgreyskull Re:The solution to all this ... (398 comments)

On how democratic "charging" to stand is, I always thought that if someone seriously thought they'd be able to get 5% of the vote then raising £500 for the deposit should be easy, if not outright trivial. The average constituency is ~60k, so 5% of the vote is 3000. If you can get a quarter of those to give you 70p, that's your deposit with some money left over to photocopy more leaflets.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

adamofgreyskull Re:Bic (712 comments)

I'm also in New Zealand. I love PaperMate's gel pens. Have a set of 0.7s and they're great. Will check out the Pilot's.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Is TSA's PreCheck System Easy To Game?

adamofgreyskull Re:Easy to Read, not sure easy to change (157 comments)

Reading that information might be all they need to do. If you have a bunch of co-conspirators on the same plane, you only need one to go through the lighter-screening channel smuggling the box-cutters/drugs/microfilm or whatever; whoever has the magic barcode gets to wear the shoes with the false heels. Alternately, if you know you're not going to be waved through the less-intensive security channel you could cancel your flight or take the flight and just postpone your nefarious deeds for another day.

about 2 years ago

Open-Source Movements Bicker Over Logo

adamofgreyskull Dilution? (158 comments)

Not sure -- IANAL, after all -- but don't they risk some other, more nefarious, party hijacking their trademark if they don't defend it?

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

adamofgreyskull The Divine Invasion by Philip K Dick (1365 comments)

Not necessarily the whole thing, just the picture painted of Herb Asher living in an isolated dome on a remote planet, detached from the world and reality, obsessing over a female singer and resenting the terminally ill woman who lives in the dome next to his when she reaches out to him for help. Everything that follows is unsettling/detestable, but that image stayed with me.

about 2 years ago

Study Finds New Pop Music Does All Sound the Same

adamofgreyskull Re:I blame (576 comments)

Not sure if this is trolling or not, but I grew up hearing this:

"Someone once asked Paul McCartney if he thought Ringo Starr was the best drummer in the world. McCartney replied: 'He's not even the best drummer in The Beatles'"

So..yeah...nah...I never thought Ringo was that good a drummer. Overrated?

about 2 years ago

Two More HIV Patients Now Virus-Free Thanks To Bone Marrow Transplant

adamofgreyskull Re:Become a donor (159 comments)

Not quite anyone. You cannot be a bone marrow donor or even a blood donor in some countries, like New Zealand, if you lived in the UK during the outbreak of BSE/CJD.

about 2 years ago

Two More HIV Patients Now Virus-Free Thanks To Bone Marrow Transplant

adamofgreyskull Re:Political Correctness (159 comments)

You have no such right.

about 2 years ago

Trolling Al Qaeda... For Peace?

adamofgreyskull Re:Right (207 comments)

1989 - US invades to oust CIA-installed Panamanian government gone rouge


about 2 years ago

EA Outs Battlefield 4, Plans To Charge $70 For New Games

adamofgreyskull Re:Monthly caps (323 comments)

Exactly, if Steam doesn't start catering for the majority of people who rely on satellite for their internet service they risk falling by the wayside.

about 2 years ago

EA Outs Battlefield 4, Plans To Charge $70 For New Games

adamofgreyskull Re:Average Pay (323 comments)

Explain New Zealand then? Our dollar is weaker, and we earn less than the average Australian household. And we're not just talking about retail, where you could explain away the difference as the cost of transport of physical goods to a small island country, we're also talking about Steam/Digital prices. Steam lumps us into the same region with Australia, by virtue of geographical proximity alone.

Secondly, can you explain why, with only a 20% difference between the average Australian and the average American household, rip-offs like these exist? Is it really fair that publishers are setting prices for Australia/New Zealand up to 80% higher than for America/UK?

about 2 years ago

Student Creates World's Fastest Shoe With a Printer

adamofgreyskull Usain Bolt? (144 comments)

What a peculiar example. I never thought of Usain Bolt as someone who was that bothered about what he wore on his feet. The man ran an Olympic-record-destroying time with his left shoelace untied after all...

about 2 years ago

Cat Parasite May Increase Risk of Suicide In Humans

adamofgreyskull Re:50% is still not that much (252 comments)

It affects risk management, increasing risk-taking behaviour, so part of that "killed by cars" number could also be attributed to fact I remember reading about other studies that have explicitly linked (or tried to link) the two.

about 2 years ago



US Launches "MySpace for Spies"

adamofgreyskull adamofgreyskull writes  |  more than 6 years ago

adamofgreyskull writes "The FT is reporting that the US Government is planning to introduce "A-Space", "an internal communications tool modelled on the popular social networking sites, Facebook and MySpace" in order to better share information within the intelligence community. Various agencies, domestic and foreign seem to have voiced concerns about the security and efficacy of this solution to a problem that I'm not sure should exist for any intelligent intelligence agency..


A-Space will be equipped with web-based email and software that recommends areas of interest to the user just like Amazon suggests books to its customers. The site will also allow users to create and modify documents, and determine user privileges, in a similar fashion to Google Documents.

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