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Comment: I tried ParkMe; (Score 1) 163

First I couldn't find it in the Google Play store. When I searched for it on the desktop, I found the app is "not compatible with any of your devices". Ho-hum.

I tried searching for local parking on the developer's site. They have data for maybe 10% of car parks in central Birmingham, UK; and even then the prices are denoted in US dollars. I don't know whether $4 = £4, or if some exchange rate is being applied.

If I search on Parkopedia, despite the slightly clunky interface not only is every local car park that I know of listed with prices, there are also details of the city street parking zones and their times of operation.

I would suggest that there may be more than one reason a particular parking app is more popular than another.

Comment: Re:Homework Assignment For This Story (Score 1) 92

by fridaynightsmoke (#46196919) Attached to: Snowden Docs Show UK's Digital Spies Using Viruses, Honey Traps

The more people that repeatedly search on 'Ambassador's Reception', the more fun the security wonks will have trying to figure out why the spike and which ambassador :)

Of course they all want to watch this 'classic' tv ad... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Maybe the 'honeytrap' involved bribing people with offers of aspirational confectionary?

Comment: Re:Secret Nazi Weapon (Score 1) 272

by fridaynightsmoke (#44849807) Attached to: It Takes 2.99 Gigajoules To Vaporize a Human Body

Holocaust deniers keep prattling on about how hard it would be to incinerate 6 million Jews.

Having seen a couple of posts on here alluding to the same theory (that is, cremating 6 million Jews during the Holocaust is implausible) I decided to do a couple of calculations.

Approximately 70% of all deaths in the UK currently result in a cremation: http://www.salford.gov.uk/cremation.htm . In 2010 there were 493,000 deaths in England and Wales (UK minus Scotland): http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/mortality-statistics--deaths-registered-in-england-and-wales--series-dr-/2010/stb-deaths-by-cause-2010.html . 493,000 x 70% = 345,000 cremations in the England and Wales, in 2010.

If you multiply 345,000 cremations per year by the 6 year duration of World War 2, that means in 6 years, as a matter of routine there are at least 2 million cremations in the UK. It stands to reason that a regime with control over the entire industrial output of a major country could manage to cremate 6 million people in a couple of years.

Comment: Re:I liked it. (Score 1) 222

by fridaynightsmoke (#44811107) Attached to: British TV Show 'Blackout' Triggers Online LOLs

Capers, cous-cous and dog food.

It was difficult to follow the fight, as it was shot in 'extreme shakeycam' form from the mobile phone POV. I probably misinterpreted the outcome.

What happened to Generator Man's wife? She seemed to disappear, probably around the point I left the room to make a cup of national-grid-heated tea.

I would guess from her disappearance from the screen, the fact that he is with one child and the arguments leading up to that scene that she has gone elsewhere either temporarily or permanently. It's not made clear, although considering the only source of information we have is (according to the premise) footage shot by him, it wouldn't be.

Comment: Re:hey stupid (Score 5, Insightful) 222

by fridaynightsmoke (#44809025) Attached to: British TV Show 'Blackout' Triggers Online LOLs

How do you suggest the control room communicate with all the various power stations and electricity consumers across the country then?

Perhaps, I don't know, they could piggyback a communication network onto the physical power network they own, airgapped from the internet? Maybe they could call each other on the phone like they did for the first ~80 years of the grid's existence?

Comment: Re:I liked it. (Score 1) 222

by fridaynightsmoke (#44808973) Attached to: British TV Show 'Blackout' Triggers Online LOLs

The middle-class survivalist, "generator man" as many have been calling him was the man who went to politely loot the supermarket at the end. And it was him who did the killing, climaxing at the moment the power came back on, with the now recording CCTV being shown capturing him at that moment with blood on his hands. Some noted the irony of capers and cous-cous being the only foods left there. It was a nice touch.

Er, yeah, 'spoiler alert' I guess :)

+ - The NSA's Secret Campaign to Crack, Undermine Internet Security->

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An anonymous reader writes "Newly released documents show that the NSA has worked with American and foreign tech companies to introduce weaknesses into commercial encryption products, allowing backdoor access to data that users believe is secure. The agency has also deliberately weakened the international encryption standards adopted by developers around the globe, according to a new report from ProPublica."
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+ - N.S.A. Foils Much Internet Encryption->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The New York Times is reporting that the NSA has "has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption, or digital scrambling, that guards global commerce and banking systems, protects sensitive data like trade secrets and medical records, and automatically secures the e-mails, Web searches, Internet chats and phone calls of Americans and others around the world, the documents show."

"The agency, according to the documents and interviews with industry officials, deployed custom-built, superfast computers to break codes, and began collaborating with technology companies in the United States and abroad to build entry points into their products. The documents do not identify which companies have participated.""

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Comment: Re:As a northern Californian... (Score 1) 352

by fridaynightsmoke (#42241811) Attached to: I'd like us to explore with greatest emphasis ...

Congratulations on solving the problem of people not being able to drive their vehicles to their destination of choice by preventing them from driving their vehicles to their destination of choice.

Next: Solving hunger using stomach removal surgery.

That is why American society is so car-centric.

The problem elsewhere is usually "how can people travel from A to B", not "how can people drive their cars from A to B".

..and "Disallow private vehicles.." enables people to travel how?

Here's a clue for you: People wanting to drive places in cars isn't a USA thing; it's a worldwide thing, due to a number of fundamental practical differences between driving in one's own car and using public transport of any type.

Comment: Re:As a northern Californian... (Score 2, Interesting) 352

by fridaynightsmoke (#42240337) Attached to: I'd like us to explore with greatest emphasis ...

Disallow private vehicles on the city streets from 6am to 6pm. Build massive parking lots outside the city center, and put in collective traffic stops and enough buses to transport people. Problem solved, can we get on with exploring out space now?

Congratulations on solving the problem of people not being able to drive their vehicles to their destination of choice by preventing them from driving their vehicles to their destination of choice.

Next: Solving hunger using stomach removal surgery.

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