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Comment Re:WTF is with the US utility tie-in? (Score 1) 143

But it's a dirty war. False-flag attacks are entirely plausable. Consider what Putin's plan might be:

1. He has occupied new territory. It's not too hard to hold - the former power has other concerns, most of the population speaks Russian and a lot of them are loyal to Russia. But not all. There's a resistance, and it's getting in his way. So how to deal with them? He can't just start violently oppressing them, people would notice and there would be political fallout.
2. Ah, but what if the local people all hated the resistance movement? Then fighting them becomes much easier!
3. Ideally the resistance would do something to turn public opinion harshly against them. But if they don't, how about making it look like they did?
4. Blow up pylons, place flags. Blackouts, chaos, collapse, people losing their jobs - and all of it blamed on the resistance!
5. Added bonus: By attacking in Ukraine proper, not the disputed territory of Crimea, it makes the government of Ukraine appear weak and inept.
6. Added added bonus: Russia shall soon get their own lines up. Russia comes to the rescue and saves the day.

Comment Re:How effective is this (Score 1) 274

They can't. But they can stop legitimate businesses accepting bitcoin - just criminalise doing so, or apply regulations that impossible to comply with. That'll mean bitcoin remains the domain only of the underground economy, which renders it a lot less useful to criminals - what's the point of selling drugs for bitcoin if all you can buy are more drugs?

Comment Re:Solution seems obvious. (Score 1) 91

A couple of years ago I was given a packet of 'Chinese Lanterns.' Basically incendiary devices: Paper balloons heated by a candle so they float.

The instructions warned not to launch them near woodlands, fields or urban areas. Or near the coast, near airports, near overhead power lines, near military facilities. I'm not sure where you actually could launch them. Not that anyone follows the instructions.

Comment Re:Data data everywhere and not a drop to think (Score 1) 366

The strain gauge would at least be fail-safe: If it's faulty then the numbers won't match and the plane isn't going up until the fault is repaired.

Planes are very reliable now, due largely to the extreme level of regulation to which they are subject. The most unreliable component is the pilot. You can't trust the pilot.

The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, "I've got responsibilities."