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Comment: reliant on one form of intelligence (Score 5, Insightful) 224

by sce7mjm (#48651709) Attached to: GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

This just shows that gchq have lost track of some of the criminals it knew about but had not gained enough intelligence to form a case (or the crimes were not considered serious enough). It has not lost track of the criminals that weren't using the communications channels it had a viewport on because it didn't have them tracked in the first place.

Seems like they became complacent and sat waiting for the evidence to appear in front of them. Rather than following up the leads in the old school methods.

Essentially: c+ must try harder.

Comment: Why try to make renewables cheaper? (Score 1) 652

by sce7mjm (#48459251) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

I think they have massively missed the point...

Our society is hooked on CHEAP energy, it's cheap because the energy used to create it has become embodied over millions of years, we dig it up and burn it in a few seconds. Cheap energy from coal that remains cheap will exhaust itself and at the same time, it appears, affect our climate. Market forces should take over at some point of course, but the damage could be done.

An alternative conclusion could be: to reduce climate change the increase of price of burning coal should be artificially increased to make it more expensive than renewable energy so that the market forces kick in earlier and the change happens earlier?

Is this what is supposed to happen with carbon credits etc?

Comment: Re:Sorry but (Score 1) 179

Robot Jox

(at least thats what it was called in the UK).

Terrible acting. Predictable Storyline. But who cares when there are stop motion robots beating seven bells out of each other with fists lasers rockets etc...

At one point they fly off in to space and continue the brawl in total silence before falling back to earth.

It's in my bad but brilliant cult movie pile (also including biggles: adventures in time, gremloids and the whole tremors franchise).

Comment: Re:Why .Net? (Score 1) 247

by sce7mjm (#46438605) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's New In Legacy Languages?

but the language support is not necessarily there for a particular language. C by it's nature will compile down to a few instructions on a line by line basis (depending on how obfuscated it is), and the other old dare I say legacy languages will also, without requiring a large run time.

Java python and anything with a (byte-code not mapping to the host instruction set etc). require the runtime and it is the runtime that will not necessarily fit.

Comment: Re:Moronic. (Score 2) 237

by sce7mjm (#46127083) Attached to: Now On Video: GCHQ Destroying Laptop Full of Snowden Disclosures

Definitely agree.
I had a mate who's hard disk whose laptop wouldn't boot.
He wanted to get all the personal data of it photos business accounts etc. so opened it up and took out the RAM and the the WIFI Card. And left them in his wood burner for a couple of days.

He then gave me the laptop.

I gave him back his hard drive and bought new ram and a wifi card.
And told him to speak to me first next time.

Comment: This was done to protect the Guardian as well (Score 3, Funny) 237

by sce7mjm (#46127065) Attached to: Now On Video: GCHQ Destroying Laptop Full of Snowden Disclosures

I think the Guardian guy is being deliberately vague, since they now have evidence that they destroyed all of their copies.

They are now only going to report on the information that others are leaking.

It is PR for GCHQ and the Government, i.e. don't hold documents you know you shouldn't cos we'll smash your shit up.

It is part of the legal defence of the Guardian, "We aren't distributing this information, but are now free to report the information that others have released to the public"

By the way IANAL, it just seems like common sense to me.

Comment: Re:Not cans (Score 1) 371

by sce7mjm (#45851327) Attached to: Coca-Cola Reserves a Massive Range of MAC Addresses

>> Banks pay for credit card breaches, not consumers.

Not true, you know that thing called interest you pay on your credit card balance, this covers the losses.
So yes, if your bank/credit card gets ripped off, the users pay.
It's just like insurance.

Just cos a government protects the consumers individually with a statute or two, it does not mean that we do not pay for it in a distributive sense.

A problem shared is a problem.....still.

Comment: Obvious fraud opurtunity (Score 1) 273

by sce7mjm (#38866835) Attached to: Shmoocon Demo Shows Easy, Wireless Credit Card Fraud

I've been warning everybody who gets a new Barclaycard with this "feature" since I first saw it advertised.

My thoughts were somebody selling newspapers at a underground (subway) station swiping everybody who walks past at rush hour. Going home and cashing in on 1000's of £1 - 10 transactions. Not a bad afternoons work.

Comment: Re:Warms?! (Score 1) 469

by sce7mjm (#38109372) Attached to: Climate Panel Says To Prepare For Weird Weather
Here here. Woodland Management is key and in a few reports heading in the right direction now for most of Europe. Old trees can actually give off methane since they can be in a state of decay whilst still perfectly healthy, though they are very good for bio-deversity bugs and stuff which birds and small mammals go nuts for.
In the UK "Ancient Woodland" means over 400 years old. There is no woodland in the UK that has been identified that has not been under active management by humans prior to this at some point. Manage your woods replant or support regeneration plant a mix of softwood to be treated and durable hard woods for carbon lockup and a mix of short rotation coppice for bio-fuels (wood chip), all of which can be integrated into a woodland management plan, provide a living for foresters.
Leaving Trees standing and un-managed would be detrimental to the environment in the UK at least.
Sadly there is a movement for woodburners to be installed in houses and HETAS approved KILN DRIED fire wood sold to suppy them. Shows the economy is still more powerful than common sense.

Comment: Re:Help (Score 1) 149

by sce7mjm (#35408448) Attached to: Intel's New Core I7-990X Extreme Edition Tested
Google SketchUp still does not work 100% under wine.
Currently using Ubuntu Dual Boot into windows xp Occaisionally to run my PAYE software for the my employee's taxes.
Virtualise a windows box to run Sketchup which apart from a few problems refreshing the menus works fine.
Upgrading (or side grading) to Debian in another virtualbox while making sure everything works. (Have already installed Deb onto a seperate disk and am currently testing).
I also develop some software that needs to run properly in both windows and linux and others.
I am not a full time developer but I have a need to Virtualize and it is the only solution that works for me, without having two boxes under my desk.
So there,

Comment: Gave up waiting (Score 1) 129

by sce7mjm (#35068016) Attached to: Julia Meets HTML5
Either this is getting slashdotted and causing something to run slowly or what should be javascript running locally on my
dmesg | grep CPU0:
CPU0: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ stepping 01
is slower than my old 486 at rendering a mandelbrot.
I wrote my own viewer on an archimedes for a school project over 14 years ago and it was faster than this.
Any clues?
Or is this proof that browsers and scripts are only good for GUI and not actual processing?

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