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Comment: Re:Wont work around here... (Score 1) 265

by Richard_at_work (#48930991) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

Its about the same here - the technique they are talking about here is for the (typically) bank owned ATMs which are fixed in place, in a wall.

The technique for the independent cash machines is simply to break into the store, tie a chain around them, attach the chain to a 4x4 and drive off - it yanks the cash machine off the fixture and usually breaks it open as well.

Comment: Re:Not that great of a preview (Score 1) 194

by Richard_at_work (#48921885) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

Take a backup if you are so precious about your current OS, it even tells you how in the Insider documentation - enough has changed that they have to migrate the user account stuff, so that gives an indication of how different things are now.

And yes, you can select your updates, just like before.

Comment: Re:outsider question: why the USA embargo on Cuba? (Score 2, Insightful) 140

by Richard_at_work (#48912915) Attached to: Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

I've thought this on a couple of occasions - the US political movement seems to have a not inconsiderable number of people who are more interested in using their political stature to support other countries rather than their own. So you have a large number of voters and politicians who consider Cuba to be their primary voting area, and another larger number of voters and politicians who consider Israel to be their primary voting area.

Stop leaning hard on Cuba, suddenly theres huge outcry from pressure groups and politicians who threaten all sorts of things (see the recent threats by several Congressmen and Senators who shouted loudly that the Cuban embargo laws would never be lifted).

Stop supporting Israel or cut the amount of funding to Israel, suddenly theres huge outcry from pressure groups and politicians who denounce any and all who don't consider Israel of the utmost importance.

To outsiders looking in, it does look like there are many groups and people who value other countries more than they value their "own" country.

Comment: Re: Shame (Score 0) 80

by Richard_at_work (#48903375) Attached to: SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

Because he doesn't think it actually helps the United states to be spying on Germany our any number of other states internationally.

Its not his place to decide that - he doesn't have in-depth knowledge of just what the actual relationship is with Germany at any particular time, so he can't make the determination as to whether spying on them is helpful or not.

By exposing actions which have been going on outside of the US, targetting non-US citizens, he's working against the US - hardly the actions of a patriot, is it?

Comment: Re:DirectX is obsolete (Score 1) 133

Did they fix that on Apple iOS then? I had a serious ball ache of a time backing up my SMS messages separately from my system - infact, it involved digging around in the system backup, extracting a binary file, running it through a conversion process and then saving the results into a csv. This was back in 2011/12

So it certainly seems like a phone platform with "NO API for backing up sms messages" certainly did win the market.

Comment: Re:Anyone think it's about 'sex w/o a condom'? (Score 2) 194

by Richard_at_work (#48903017) Attached to: Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

So basically you want there to be a conspiracy theory behind it all, so you are going to twist everything and anything you can so you see a conspiracy theory...

In 2013 there were 5 EAW's issued for sexual offences. In 2012 there were 4.

The "sheer effort" in Assanges case is purely because of his own actions - once the extradition judge approves the extradition and all appeals are dealt with, the country is obliged to extradite. If the subject of the EAW absconds, its the extraditing countries obligation to find him again. In this case, they know where he is, he is there of his own volition, and there is a standing warrant for his arrest so he will be arrested when he leaves the embassy.

You don't just give up on warrants because the subject is making things difficult or expensive. If that were possible, we would see a very interesting approach by a large number of criminals.

Comment: Re:Anyone think it's about 'sex w/o a condom'? (Score 4, Informative) 194

by Richard_at_work (#48902947) Attached to: Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

You realise that on all of the counts listed in the European Arrest Warrant, dual criminality was asserted and thus no UK judge found grounds to dismiss on the basis of lack of criminality in the offences listed?

See page 15 of the following PDF:


And you should also check out what the offences listed actually are, because your description is quite a way off.

The offence described as rape is as follows:

On 17 August 2010, in the home of the injured party (SQ) in Enkoping, Assange deliberately consummated sexual intercourse with her by improperly exploiting that she, due to sleep, was in a helpless state.

It is an aggravating circumstance that Assange, who was aware that it was the expressed wish of the injured party and a prerequisite of sexual intercourse that a condom be used, still consummated unprotected sexual intercourse with her. The sexual act was designed to violate the injured party's sexual integrity.

Offence 4, Page 3 of the above document.

The lack of a condom used also shows up in Offence 2, Page 2, for a different injured party (AA).

How about you Assange supporters actually get your facts right about what the arrest warrant actually lays out? You can harp on about "such silly charges" but its patently obvious you have never actually read the rulings against Assange, which makes it trivial to dismiss you out of hand.

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