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Comment Re:Uh huh. (Score 1) 471

Wolfgang Hatz, developer of Porsche’s Formula One and Le Mans racing engines

Thats hardly a glowing CV, as Porsche hasn't had an involvement in F1 in nearly 25 years - and even then, its last involvement was with an engine so poor it failed to score a single point and indeed failed to qualify for half the races...

Comment Re:We trust what Uber says now? (Score 4, Insightful) 103

Just like a restaurant which doesn't give a toss about minimum wage, where its ingredients come from, the cleanliness of the kitchens or the reliability of the refrigeration - but the customers love the public face, service and price, so that restaurant should be given a break when it comes to following the rules other restaurants have to abide by...

Comment This ruling won't fix anything (Score 5, Insightful) 203

Simply keeping the data in the EU won't fix anything so long as that data is still being held by US controlled entities, as those entities will still be forced to hand over the data regardless of where it is (lets face it, Microsofts battle against that particular issue is destined to fail).

The only real way this is going to be solved is to force all EU data to be stored by entities that are not owned or controlled by a non-EU entity. Which means Amazon SaRL will be unconnected to and effectively competing against each other.

Comment Re:This was not a screw-up (Score 1) 402

We do not have a deep submergence communication system, only a system which requires the patrol subs to be at a given depth to be able to receive a communication at a set time during their patrol.

Without a method to contact the subs at depth, we have no ability to authorise a launch on demand so instead we use a beacon system - if the sub doesnt detect a transmission at the predetermined time, and they also dont detect several other 24/7 transmissions, then the Captain opens a letter the PM has issued the Royal Navy, and follows the instructions in that letter.

Comment Re:This was not a screw-up (Score 3, Informative) 402

The system the Royal Navy uses to come to a decision as to whether to launch or not is purely cost based - our nuclear deterrent launch authority is independent to that of the US, so we cant use their infrastructure to issue launch authority as that may be denied to us on occasion. Since replacing that infrastructure is a big and costly venture, unjustifiable for the two submarines that are on armed patrol, we use a simpler system.

As we havent had an issue yet, I'd say its perfectly adequate...

Comment Re:What about the rights of those injured by firea (Score 1) 1163

Its interesting that in the US Constitution, the right to bear arms came before the right for black people to not be treated as property. There's something fundamentally wrong with that, and yet the US Constitution is upheld as something the world should admire and strive to work toward...

Comment Re:Uber is as safe as taxis (Score 5, Insightful) 471

The taxi medallion issue comes up frequently here on Slashdot, especially in support of Uber - except many countries dont have medallions or the costs associated with them. Here in the UK, to become a licensed taxi in my local area, it will cost you less than £3000 in fees every four years - wheres the excuse for Uber to be operating unlicensed in the same location?

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".