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Comment: Re: BT? Sky? (Score 1) 80

by DaveAtWorkAnnoyingly (#48473185) Attached to: BT Blocking Private Torrent Sites?
You may never have heard of them but if you are in America, you are probably using code that both those companies developed in the late 90s since BT and Sky sent engineers to California to develop a lot of your set top box menu software and on demand services. Problem for you guys is that your still using it. Next time you're over here, have a look at the way Sky software works and you'll be insanely jealous. Far far more advanced than what I've seen in America and Canada.

Comment: Re:EIGHT weeks??? Nukes need to be more modular. (Score 5, Interesting) 120

by DaveAtWorkAnnoyingly (#47651739) Attached to: Gas Cooled Reactors Shut Down In UK
Correct. Sizewell B can load follow, but we (I work there) haven't done this for years. It is however getting more likely due to the increasingly unstable nature of the National Grid, partly due to lots of smaller generators of which the grid has no control over coming online (windfarms). I believe the AGRs can also load follow. The nukes generate at baseload, full output, whenever they're on. Our frequency control is maintained by the coal and gas generators.

Comment: Re:"Lower quality"? (Score 2) 214

they have all the unskippable bullshit stripped out.

EXACTLY! Exact"fcuking"ly!

I'm in the UK and whenever we go to the cinema and one of those really annoying FACT warnings appears, she tells me to "sssh!" because she knows I'm about to start a rant. "I've already paid for the fcuking film! Stop bugging me with all this crap!". Murderers get less time time than potentially available for copywrite infringers.

The only people that don't have to watch those bloody annoying warnings that are unskippable at the start of DVDs are the people who have bloody pirated it!

None of my friends seem to notice this, and look at me funny when I have a rant about it. "But Dave, it's to stop pirates...." ... "yes, do you think the pirates watch this?! You're the only schmucks that watch it..."

This is well known to you lot, I know this, but this really gets up my goat, so apologies for the rant...

Comment: Re:Remember TEMPEST? (Score 5, Interesting) 264

by DaveAtWorkAnnoyingly (#45730983) Attached to: Scientists Extract RSA Key From GnuPG Using Sound of CPU
I'm not a computer scientist by trade, I'm an engineer (nukes), and this sounds dubious. Perhaps I'm way behind the curve on acoustic engineering, but being able to pull a 4096 bit key from noise that not only is pretty polluted, but also, surely depending on what the PC is doing, could be dependent of lots of other things?

Also, it's Bruce Perens. Hi!

Comment: Re:Sudden outbreak of common sense (Score 1) 528

by DaveAtWorkAnnoyingly (#42346743) Attached to: Makerbot Cracks Down On 3D-Printable Gun Parts
Hmmmm, until this site can make a 3D working print of a person's brain, and his body, and somehow make it all work together to produce a mass murdering idiot, then this site isn't. Anyway, last time I checked, knives were lethal weapons, and 2" of water in a bathtub can also be a lethal weapon.

Comment: Re:Something in the HoL statement makes sense: (Score 2) 728

by DaveAtWorkAnnoyingly (#38941281) Attached to: No Pardon For Turing
To children of today who study about Turing, they have no conception of the sort of environment that he lived in. Sure, they'll be told about oppression and persecution, but as soon as that lesson is over, they'll forget about it. If they learn that he was pardoned, they'll think "oh, that's ok then". I believe that in fact, NOT pardoning him makes it all the more poignant for those who can't imagine a world like the world he lived in.

And, as the article says, it'll remind us never to return to those times again.

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