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Comment Re:Why not overseas .... (Score 1) 154

If the US has higher health and safety standards than other countries (and having worked with a number of American companies and seen their appallingly low standards of health and safety, I seriously doubt that is true), then surely the correct thing to do is to help other countries to raise their standards of health and safety. that way fewer people die or are injured.

Or do you actually care about people?

Submission + - IOS devices have their own Y2K problem

RockDoctor writes: The Guardian is reporting that there is a bug in some versions of IOS handling of date and time : it can hang the machines.
If you set the date back to 1 Jan 1970 — the infamous Unix year zero — many versions will then hang, requiring at least shop repair, if not actually bricking the device.

Comment Error in link (Score 1) 1

The link should be to, not the typo provided. I'm trying to figure out how it is meant to work, if you don't have a "URL/ PMID or DOI" reference for the paper you're interested in (which is something that I've never had a use for before, not having had an internet to access the last time I used a university library).

Oddly, it returns errors form Google Scholar, but in Russian.

They accept bitcoin. They claim 42 million papers.

I moved on to trying a random article and it has come up with a PDF, but NoScript isn't happy about what is perceived as a clickjacking attempt. But it works.

A second download attempt on something else brought up what I worked out to be a captcha - in Russian.

Well, that does look useful enough. A bit rough around the edges, but that's acceptable for a new project. I'll continue testing it.

Comment Re:dmbasso is a pedophile (Score 1) 256

This is not black and white, and quite the opposite.

Which part of "some jurisdictions" wasn't clear. It is possible (because I don't know American law) that in American law the obligations on a publisher are as you describe. But that does not matter. Even if "our New Overlords" are based in America (something I don't know), then if I am reading material on their website in the UK, then the libel laws of the UK apply to the people who publish that material in the UK. The text is rendered into a legible form in the UK, and that is what counts, under UK law.

It is rational for the lawyers of our New Overlords to understand the threat profile that they are exposed to. That may include deciding that I don't know UK libel law adequately - entirely possible, as there have been changes in the last few years, and I don't know if there is precedent on the changes - or it may involve geo-blocking to refuse service requests from the UK.

Even if we both agree that it is insane to have such variation in laws between nations, I really doubt that the USA is going to agree to come under the jurisdiction of international law over this matter, considering the lack of interest that the USA traditionally show to obeying international laws in other respects (e.g. torture of prisoners). (Incidentally, I think the changes I mentioned in UK libel laws were at least in part to bring the UK's laws into line with European libel laws. But IANAL, thankfully.)

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 571

She drove from Belgium to Croatia. She had to cross into 4 countries. With 5 different languages.

Just how far out of it do you have to be?

I once met a man who had been 40 miles off route. He had been hill walking, with a map and a compass. But he thought that the white end of his compass needle pointed north, not the red end. And the landscape he followed more-or less matched what he expected to within about 15 degrees of orientation (our magnetic declination at the time was just over 7 degrees ; it's barely over 3 degrees now). It wasn't until he had gone along two lakes (when the map showed that he should only have gone along one lake), and hadn't crossed either the road or railway line that he realised that something must be wrong. When he reached a third lake, he decided to try to re-trace his route. During that, I met him (I'd seen him earlier in the day with my binoculars and had wondered WTF he was doing), worked out what was wrong, put him outside a meal and a brew, then escorted him back to tarmaced road. I found out later that the local police had noticed his car parked up oddly and when he got back there they were thinking about launching a S&R operation for him.

You don't need to be stupid to end up in that sort of situation. A depressingly large number of people don't recognise when they're getting into trouble, and keep on digging themselves in deeper. Otherwise perfectly sane ans sensible people. Calling them stupid doesn't help.

(My lost man was an experienced hill walker, fit and well equipped. I put in a 10 hour working day making a geological map while he was on his meander through the countryside ; we were both solo.)

Comment Re:So, now is it finally legal to... (Score 1) 571

Typical overkill.

Two poles, a couple of lengths of rope, a combination padlock, and a sign painted on a bit of wood. Run the chain across the access road, from pole to pole. Connect the ends in the middle of the road with the padlock and the sign. Paint the sign saying "NOT A PUBLIC ROAD \n GOES NOWHERE BUT MR X's YARD \n If you want to see Mr X, combination in reverse of sign." Or words to that effect.

There's no need to be a dick to people who are simply misinformed.

A standard rant : it may be common to refer to this technology as "GPS", but that is wrong. It is sold as "satellite navigation" because that is a better description of what it is and what it does. There is a system that tells you your location - that is the GPS. There is a system that stores map data. And there is a system that uses the map data to calculate routing instructions to get between two locations on the map (one of which is typically the location returned by the GPS subsystem.

Here, the errors are either in the map data (you did get a system that uses OSM data, and keep it up to date? That way, you can correct the map.), or less likely an error in the route-calculating algorithm. Most likely it is the map data that is wrong, because that changes more often than either routing algorithms or the GPS system.

My wife and I actually refer to the free-standing satellite navigation machine as the "Deranged Idiot" as it's first version (since replaced by a pub quiz prize) had some seriously out of date map data - it showed roads as open which had been blocked off to prevent rat-running since before any GPS satellites were launched. The deranged company that sold the hardware would not accept map error information unless I' had signed up for a 2-year contract of their £30/ month speed camera database - which didn't even cover the country I was in, and didn't cover the northern half of the country it was designed in.

None of which affected the functionality of either the route-finding algorithm, or the GPS location-finding function of that aspect of the system. So here's some shit advertising for Road Angel - makers of the Deranged Idiot line of satellite navigation systems. Avoid them.

Comment Re:dmbasso is a pedophile (Score 1) 256

How would a policy of censorship or content deletion improve this situation

Because in some jurisdictions (e.g. the one I'm reading from), publishing libel is almost impossible to defend, and very expensive to even try to defend. So rationally, the lawyers of the new owners (sorry, in deference to long tradition, "our New Overlords") need to at least be aware of the threat profile of their new acquisition. What they then choose to do about it is then their choice, but they should at least be aware of the threat.

Comment Re: title (Score 1) 337

I hate to burst your bubble, but Hong Kong does belong to China [] since 1 July 1997.

Hong Kong was LEASED to the UK as part of war reparations after the British government sent it's army in to support their drug-running citizens.

The Chinese refused Britain's requests to extend the lease when it expired. As was their right, under the contract they agreed to - at gunboat point - 150 years previously. They were under no obligation to take Britain's opinion into account, or any opinions of the inhabitants.

Did people not READ the fucking contract, or delude themselves into believing that the state of the world was different to what they wanted to believe it was?

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