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Comment Re:400V and different plug (Score 1) 674

Behind this will be that the cleaning is outsourced to some contractor or similar, and they're avoiding the cost of having to change the plugs on all their appliances to some non-standard version just to use them on the trains. Same reason they're probably not locked etc. - too much organisation. Although I would have thought it would be quite easy to isolate them all from one point that's not accessible to the public.

Comment Re:Dickwads at work (Score 1) 674

I think the dickwad was the guy who got himself arrested for being exactly that. Unplug your device, PCSO leaves, plug it back in if you want to be a rebel. Get the arse with someone who's doing their (voluntary) job? Are you so behind that you don't see how the whole meeting aggression with more aggression thing doesn't actually pan out very well...

Comment Re:Ignored Posted Signs (Score 1) 674

Your freedom of speech does not extend to verbal assault of a police officer.

You can complain, argue, discuss etc. as much as you like, and they may eventually get bored and go away. Get offensive and they will arrest you. It's a trap for stupid people who seem to think freedom of speech means they are free to say what they want without consequences - especially if you say those things to police officers.

For additional fun check out our libel and slander laws. There's a reason people come from all over the world to prosecute for saying things about people here.

Comment Re:Tax dollars at work. (Score 4, Interesting) 674

Or the guard would call the British Transport Police... especially as the bloke was clearly being a wanker about being asked not to do something that he was clearly instructed not to do by the signs on the train - hence his second arrest for the crime of essentially being a twat towards the police. These are British police, not American - whilst they can be just as jumped up and over-aggressive, in general if you are polite and reasonable they will treat you in an equally polite and reasonable way.

Remember that police in England and Wales are not routinely armed (neither is the populace for the most part - the police in Scotland are trying to be an exception although no-one except the Scottish police and some politicians are particularly happy about it, and Northern Ireland which has some slightly different policing requirements to the rest of the UK) so there's a bit more emphasis on reason in confrontation. I've seen quite a few rowdy people of an evening say some pretty unreasonable and frequently unprovoked things to police officers, and in some cases actually assault them, be asked and then told not to continue doing so, be warned they risk arrest if they continue, and finally get arrested and act all surprised that they finally pushed the officer enough to do so. To any reasonable outside observer these people are actively trying to get themselves in trouble, and then get upset that they've succeeded.

That's not to say I haven't met (once or twice) an unreasonable police officer, but despite that I've never been arrested or charged or seriously inconvenienced - probably because I don't instantly insult them. I've found they're quite useful when a gang of ne'er-do-wells is kicking your head in though...

Comment Re: You no longer own a car (Score 1) 649

I call b.s. on your b.s.calling. The engine hoist would be a few hundred, everything else is just bolts. Another few hundred for a comprehensive socket/wrench set and you're there. You could probably buy an engine from an eBay car breaker with the remaining cash.

I've done a land rover series 3 which are heavy cast iron, but dead simple: a few cables, water hoses, two engine mounts and the gearbox bell housing bolts and it's out - maybe a couple of hours. I also did an Audi a4 b5 2.8 which was a bit tricky - many more electrics (vs about 2 for the lr), power steering, air con, inaccessible ancillaries and no room to work. Whoever says the Germans have no sense of humor has never tried to work on one of their cars... anyway it took a few days but it got done.

Comment Re:Home storage (Score 1) 488

Been to Wales? You'd be lucky to get 10% in the summer!

But seriously, based on a quick stab at the numbers from the met office you get 1700 hours a year in the sunniest parts of Wales and 1200 in the least sunny. That's between 13% and 20% across the whole year. So less than 15% in the Winter seems pretty likely.

Comment Re:Auditors, auditors (Score 1) 208

I agree no system is perfect, but to some extent that's the job of enterprise risk departments in auditing firms: They look to determine who has access to the accounting databases etc, whether those accesses are logged and traceable and so on. They also look for discrepancies in the way those databases are managed and if they find them are obliged to recommend a more thorough financial audit rather than relying on electronic systems. If the entire company is systematically deceiving them then there's little anyone could do (other than whistleblowing).

The biggest problem with auditing is LLPs: Once upon a time they were personally and professionally liable for their work. If they failed to audit something correctly they were liable for a huge amount of damages, and because of that had an interest in ensuring no-one deceived them. LLPs reduce if not remove that liability (the personal liability of partners in the company at least - the company as a whole may still be liable I guess) and so there is less danger if they mess up. Couple that with a competitive market that means an auditor who finds too many problems will likely not be getting the contract next year in favour of a more 'flexible' competitor and you don't have an environment that encourages rigorous and cautious auditing practices.

Comment Re: The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (Score 3, Insightful) 270

Well buddy you and any job you have can go fuck itself. My particular job requires an engineering degree - in itself requiring a high degree of literacy, numeracy and the discipline to study those subjects. It requires that I understand a wide range of complex technical subjects, that I can analyse things that have never been done before, can effectively and accurately devise ways to design, implement and test those things. I will work long hours for no extra reward in an area that frequently has hard to measure outcomes and progress projects which can take years to reach a prototype stage. If you're planning to hire me solely because I can shave and buy a suit then I have no desire to work for you. Oh, and if you want someone who does what I do and is good at it... well I'm afraid it is you who is in the queue, not me.

Comment Re: Self-healing drivers (Score 2) 93

Spoken like someone who has never jammed up a PCIe bus before.... driver mistakes can make systems go down hard. Even if the IOMMU is protecting the memory the underlying hardware might be flooding the bus with junk, or in some other unrecoverable or unmanageable state that requires the hardware to be reset. If the host has a way of driving the reset line to the device then you might get out of your bind but that's a long way from stateless - it would let you restart the hardware device without interfering with the system though. That said I don't think there's that much stuff out there that's robust enough to deal with crazy situations like that

Comment Re:It's mostly a USA problem (Score 1) 200

Well seeing as the US government took a huge amount of money from the nuclear generators over the years to fund a waste storage repository (which they are being sued over because of their utter failure to hold up their end of the deal) perhaps they could use that to pay for reprocessing? The electricity producers (and in turn, therefore, consumers) have already paid for it, taxpayers don't need to be involved.

I was playing poker the other night... with Tarot cards. I got a full house and 4 people died. -- Steven Wright