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Comment: Re:I've been wondering why this took so long (Score 3, Informative) 127

by _Shad0w_ (#48109779) Attached to: London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

The Victoria, Central, Jubilee, and Northern lines all use semi-automation. It wasn't uncommon to see the driver stood up in the middle of the cab when it pulled in to a station, when I used the central line regularly; the train stops itself. I've been on a couple where it's overshot the end of the platform and they've had to skip the station and continue to the next (reversing a tube train means the driver has to get out and go to the other end - it delays the service too much, so they just won't do it).

Comment: Re:Outrage (Score 2) 60

It has been for years. Pretty much every business in the world that deals with defence contracts will store restricted material on their own site and computer systems at some point. In the UK there's even a designation for it List-X Site. Other countries have their own designation.

Comment: Re:Windows 9X (Score 2) 349

by _Shad0w_ (#48061989) Attached to: Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

We also know not to rely on the kernel version number to work out what the given version of Windows we're running on is capable of - you ask it if has the capability.

I was actually moderately surprised by the fact that people were using the product name to work out the version - it's not even that easy to get that string. I think there's a WMI object that contains it, but it was only added in Vista. I can only assume it's generally developers using some form of helper library that maps the version number to friendly names for them.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 2) 185

by _Shad0w_ (#47958075) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

No you don't. If you deliver something by mail you have no guarantee they got it, unless you use a service that requires a signature on delivery. Even then all you might have is a guarantee that *someone* signed for it, not that the person it was addressed to did. Our posties often just sign for things if it's something they can fit through the letterbox and no-one answers.

But then in the UK you don't have to prove they got it, just that you sent it. Proof of postage doesn't cost you anything; you just have to take it to a post office and ask for it rather than using a postbox.

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurence of the improbable. - H. L. Mencken

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