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French Military Contributes To Thunderbird 3

iworm Re:Military? (379 comments)

Some are indeed as you describe, but many are what most folks would recognise as "soldiers" - the gendarmes have several divisons, with very different roles.

more than 4 years ago

World's Only Diesel-Electric Honda Insight

iworm US view of diesels (687 comments)

The US view of diesel cars is somewhat different to the European one!

These days the (possibly daft) 0-60 mph time of a diesel versus a petol engine is comparable (we're talking "normal" cars) Then look at things like the 50-70 mph time (more meaningful - you want to drag past that truck on the autoroute ASAP...) and see why diesel cars are so often preferred!

Oh, and since no one else has mentioned it yet: 2006 a diesel won the Le Man 24-hour race.

more than 5 years ago

In UK, Two Convicted of Refusing To Decrypt Data

iworm Re:Can I ask.. (554 comments)

No mod points. So here to say to you "Spot on". Totally and completely correct.

more than 5 years ago

No Museum Status For UK Home of Enigma Machine

iworm Re:It comes as no suprise. (101 comments)

I have no mod points today, so I say "Well said!"

Spot on. I'm about as far from being a gay-rights activist as it's possible to be, but the way Alan Turing was treated and, in effect, hounded to his suicide, is something of which we should be deeply ashamed.

The man was brilliant, patriotic and saved countless lives. Yet because he fancied men he ended up dead. Apart from the personal tragedy for him and his loved ones, the world lost a man who still had years of potentially great work head of him. One can only be thankful that, in many countries today, this would not be repeated.

more than 5 years ago

Subverting PIN Encryption For Bank Cards

iworm Re:Wow (182 comments)

Unix passwords are, generally, not encrypyted. They are hashed. The distinction is often lost, as here. By definition you cannot "decrypt" a hash. You can merely check that it matches or does not match some other value.

more than 5 years ago

Proposal Suggests UK Students Study Wikipedia and Twitter

iworm Re:Yeah, like kool kids (252 comments)

I was going to ask what your point was, but after re-reading I think you actually make it quite well.

more than 5 years ago

Proposal Suggests UK Students Study Wikipedia and Twitter

iworm Re:Yeah, like kool kids (252 comments)

I suppose it all depends on what one understands by "taught". I suppose what *I* mean is "taught, such that the results are actually observable". As you rightly say, teaching depends on many things.

From first-hand experience of the UK education system (rather a lot...) and considerable exposure to the output, I maintain that the items I mention are not taught, at least in so far as the results are not there. Whether that is due to the teachers, parents, or, no doubt, some complex mix of those and other factors, is an interesting and important debate. But I maintain that, at the end of it all, the UK turns out a large number of people with a striking lack of education.

more than 5 years ago

Proposal Suggests UK Students Study Wikipedia and Twitter

iworm Yeah, like kool kids (252 comments)

Fantastic idea! Since they gave up teaching children grammar, spelling, written communication skills, good manners, literacy and so on, this at least gives them something to do during all the free time they now have.

I just thank deity that my children are not in the UK...

more than 5 years ago

Gmail Adds 5 Second Send Rule

iworm Re:Try changing habits instead (281 comments)

Indeed take it a step further. Whenever I write a slightly "contentious" email, I park it in Drafts. However damn brilliant I think it is, I force a pause while I go have a coffee/walk/piss/whatever.

Then I come back, read it again, probably tweak it, and *then* send.

more than 5 years ago

Doctor Performs Amputation By Text Message

iworm Text message itself (242 comments)

The Telegraph has an interesting article on this, plus the actual text message itself. Story is at:

Text message was:

Start on clavicle. Remove middle third. Control and divide subsc art and vein. Divide large nerve trunks around these as prox as poses. Then come onto chest wall immed anterior and divide Pec maj origin from remaining clav. Divide pec minor insertion and (very imp) divide origin and get deep to serrates anterior. Your hand sweeps behind scapula. Divide all muscles attached to scapula. Stop muscle bleeding with count suture. Easy! Good luck. Meirion

more than 5 years ago

10 Years of Half-Life

iworm Re:Late nite (182 comments)

When newly married other things normally keep you "up", if my fading memory serves me correctly. You sir are a true geek (albeit a married one, which knocks a few points off again, of course)

more than 5 years ago

Good Email For Kids?

iworm Re:What the problem with Gmail? (489 comments)

As per my earlier comment: this just moves it from Spam to Trash. So the stuff is still accessible.

more than 5 years ago

BBC Profiles Extradited Cracker Gary McKinnon

iworm A disgrace (315 comments)

Gary McKinnon was foolish. Yet he now faces up to 70 years in jail.

What angers me even more than the absurd penalties threatened by the US courts? The supine, wimpering acquiesence of the UK governmnt who will extradite one of its own citizens without evidence being required, yet demands no such reciprocal agreement with the US.

Mr McKinnon should burn his British passport and go away from the UK to some country which still cares for its citizens.

about 6 years ago


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