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Comment: Great until the power plant gets hit (Score 1) 517

by Bearhouse (#48996839) Attached to: The US Navy Wants More Railguns and Lasers, Less Gunpowder

Yes, there are plenty of examples of ships being suck or disabled by a hit to a magazine.
There are also others of ships being disabled, and then sunk or abandoned, when they lost power.
Finally, there are many, many examples of ships disabled and on fire which continued fighting, sometimes with just one gun left firing.

Comment: You have been Zuned (Score 2) 158

by Bearhouse (#48884829) Attached to: Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

Should have been fairly obvious, I would have thought, that the bastard child would be soon abandoned. The coffin lid was pretty-well nailed down from the start due to lack of application support, so it was more like WindowsCE (aka "wince").

Mind you, Google is hardly better - plenty of Android phones & tablets out there with no upgrade path, (yes, often because of the constructors or carriers crapware, I know). Also, don't bother trying to get iOS to run on an iPhone 4s or iPad 2 (I did - devices were virtually unusable).

Comment: Seems a rather weak excuse (Score 1) 63

by Bearhouse (#48856225) Attached to: Moscow To Track Cell-phone Users In 2015 For Traffic Analysis

Yes, gathering anonymous data, (good luck with that) can be a very helpful and cheap way of gathering real-time data on traffic flows. However, as anyone who spent some time in Moscow can attest, the traffic is basically in gridlock everywhere most of the time, with the worst pinch points being damn obvious to anyone...

Comment: ..cheaper than almost anywhere else in Mexico (Score 4, Interesting) 104

by Bearhouse (#48811237) Attached to: Where Cellular Networks Don't Exist, People Are Building Their Own

Well, that's not surprising since it's a virtual monopoly controlled by one of the world's richest men; Carlos Slim.

{snip} Telmex, of which 49.1% is owned by Slim and his family, charges among the highest usage fees in the world, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Comment: Parent is NOT insightful (Score 2) 319

by Bearhouse (#48773513) Attached to: MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

Rubbish. Whilst I agree that a lot of the recent abuses of power are inexcusable, the job of the security forces is not easy.

Lack of resources mean that they cannot be physically watching every suspect all the time, (probably a good thing, you might say).

So, what do you do with the people who meet your criteria, (and there are many of them). Detain them without trial?

Comment: Re:Russians, help me understand (Score 3, Informative) 412

by Bearhouse (#48773445) Attached to: Russia Says Drivers Must Not Have "Sex Disorders" To Get License

Resident or expats, please try to fill in the blanks.

Is there simply enough anti-homosexual bias in Russian culture, as in much of the USofA, for Putin to make political "points" by picking on them?

Lived and worked there for a while.
Short answer is "yes". Putin flogs the image of the bare-chested "hero" and protector of family "values".
(The reality of course is that he's a botoxed crooked womanizer...)

But note: Most educated middle-class Russians detest Putin and his clique and are pretty nice people on the whole. Unfortunately, they're also mostly very racist and homophobic, (including the women). Of course, the same applies to many other places; India and the South of the USA spring to mind...

Comment: Re:Achilles heel of the cloud apps.... (Score 1) 72

by Bearhouse (#48772931) Attached to: Study: 15 Per Cent of Business Cloud Users Have Been Hacked

Also, often the cost savings are a myth, especially for larger organisations.
I ran the numbers for one of my customers recently - an Exec had suddenly decided that since "everyone" else had Salesforce, they must have it too.
Replacing their existing well-crafted and nicely integrated CRM with SF would have cost a bomb in transition costs, with higher annual maintenance, for LESS functionality.

Needless to say the boss killed that "good idea" pretty quick.

Comment: Sadly, this will probably be popular in Russia. (Score 4, Insightful) 412

by Bearhouse (#48772867) Attached to: Russia Says Drivers Must Not Have "Sex Disorders" To Get License

Which is the point...Putin is an unreconstructed Chekist and will continue to distract his oppressed population with this and other nonsense, plus of course more serious meddling like Ukraine and Syria.
Since the average Russian is typically homophobic, racist, and "patriotic", this is an easy play.
Putin is mired in corruption, has totally failed to deliver on economic & political reforms and re-balancing the economy and the Ruble is tanking in the wake of falling oil prices.

So expect plenty more of this rubbish.

Actually improving road safety would involve "hard" stuff like tackling endemic police and court corruption, drink driving (although the legal limit is theoretically zero), anti-social attitudes and quasi-mafia idiots driving too fast in SUVs equipped with automatic weapons and large lights on the back specifically designed to blind people following them.

Ever wondered why you see so many youtube videos of "funny" things on Russian roads? It's because many people have dashboard cams to support their case with the insurance company when the inevitable accident happens; it really is that bad.

Comment: What utter bullshit (Score 1) 255

2014: The Year We Learned How Vulnerable Third-Party Code Libraries Are

Really? Like we did not know before?
I don't think anyone in the industry who is both sane and honest ever pretended that FOSS was bug-free.
We know that software, ALL software, contains bugs.
Also, plenty of projects don't have too many contributors, so the "many eyes" principle hardly applies.

But if you've got the source at least you can have a look, (and really should, if you are considring using something for a mission-critcal application).
Then fix, if required,and contrib back.

Certainly, vulnerabilities in FOSS stuff tend to get fixed pretty quickly when found.

Comment: Re:should five per cent appear to small (Score 2) 164

I know you're baiting, but for heaven's sake, which part of Europe are you in? Most of my family is scattered around Europe and I know that we all "enjoy":

1. Very high direct and indirect taxes / social charges, which fail to fully finance,
2. Massively oversized and inefficient public sector organisations, especially in healthcare and education, (tip: if you want "good" either of those two over here, you'd better have plenty of cash),
3. Zero or negative growth, leading to,
4. Massive public debts.

Yeah, we like it that way...

The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. -- James Baldwin