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Comment Re:This is appalling (Score 1) 168

I was literally just researching some films in the discussion boards. When you're looking up obscure films, the decade and a half of expertise that is buried in the comments and stories that people have — often by family members and friends of the cast and crew— are invaluable.
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Let's not be dramatic. This is not the burning of the library of Alexandria, but it's a unique resource and as someone said above, there's nothing close to a replacement in site. And if there was, there'd be no reason to go to it because it doesn't link from anything, or to anything.

They could at least zip up the archives and post them to the torrents for posterity. On the basis of killing off the comments, in my estimation, they've cut out a huge reason for me to visit their site.

Absolutely agreed. I couldn't have put it better. This is terrible news. Yeah, sure there was quite a bit of crap there (with some films, a LOT of crap), but I've learnt some real gems from those forum threads. Funnily enough I've been meaning to finally sign up to them lately, as I've been watching a lot more films recently. Oh well...

I do worry just how much info will be lost though.

Comment Re:EMC/UL testing?! (Score 1) 67

(or the UL equivalent)?!

Because the tests don't require your device to operate in an RF environment. They require not to be permanently damaged, and not permanently damage downstream devices.

In order of likelyhood I'm going to go with:
1. Your company produce critical equipment, not a toy computer monitor.
2. Your company produced equipment that interfaced to other equipment which it could potentially damage.
3. Your company cared, something that died towards the end of the dot.com era.

4. It was a UK company that primarily had to comply with European CE certification which, as an AC above said, DOES mandate immunity to interference as well as generating it (until now, I wasn't aware that FCC was only one way for most gear). Also, as has been said, it's very difficult to do one direction without the other.

Plus a bit of 2, and me getting UL mixed up with FCC (thanks for the info, btw, you and a couple of other posters) because I never had to worry about how we got certificated in America. All I knew is that it had to pass European EMC regs to get the CE mark, and that translated to the equivalent thing across the pond; someone else did the actual paperwork. :-)

As a sidenote, I remember working on another project for another company back in the 80s, long before EMC regulations came in, which still had to be tested quite violently for fault-tolerance. It was a petrol filling (gas) station EPOS system, and the UK's Weights and Measures Authority would only approve our then-revolutionary direct connection to the pump-controller (in order to pass the value of the fuel transaction across, rather than it being manually retyped by the cashier) if we could prove that we wouldn't lose the transaction en route no matter what.

To that end we had to prove that the transaction would still survive the trip down the wiring even if - amongst other things - the equipment was being continuously zapped with a 4kV spark on and around all of its surfaces. Every so often, a guy from W&M would come along with his piece of meaty test kit and spend an afternoon zapping our gear while making fake petrol transactions. Hilariously, our equipment WAS actually allowed to die, just provided it didn't corrupt or swallow the transaction while it did so. In fact, due to careful design and a fuck-of-a-lot of earthing, it survived every time. Always a bit of a nail-biter though, and quite spectacular to watch.

That had nothing to do with the later EMC regs however, although of course the principles were somewhat similar.

Comment EMC/UL testing?! (Score 3, Insightful) 67

How on earth did this ever pass EMC testing (or the UL equivalent)?!

The company I worked for spent a small fortune modifying all our designs back in 1999 to be immune to external RF interference (and likewise to generate none) in order to pass those tests, how the hell could something like this happen in this day and age?

Submission + - SPAM: NASA cannot confiscate an Apollo 11 artifact that was sold by mistake

schwit1 writes: A federal judge has ruled that NASA has no right to confiscate an Apollo 11 lunar rock sample bag that had been purchased legally, even though the sale itself had been in error.

Judge J. Thomas Marten ruled in the U.S. District Court for Kansas that Nancy Carlson of Inverness, Illinois, obtained the title to the historic artifact as "a good faith purchaser, in a sale conducted according to law." The government had petitioned the court to reverse the sale and return the lunar sample bag to NASA. "She is entitled to possession of the bag," Marten wrote in his order.

This court case will hopefully give some legal standing to the private owners of other artifacts or lunar samples that NASA had given away and then demanded their return, decades later.
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Microsoft Shares Hit All-Time High As Company Strengthens Its Cloud Grip (usatoday.com) 43

Marco della Cava, reporting for USA Today: Microsoft shares surged 5% in early trading Friday, and passed a high set in 1999, helped by enthusiasm for progress in its cloud business. The stock was at up at $60.11, breezing past the $58.72 mark set in December 1999. Friday's rally follows Microsoft's latest quarterly report, out late Thursday, that beat analyst expectations for adjusted sales and profit and showcased a doubling of growth in its Azure cloud business, while reflecting continued strain from consumers' pivot away from PCs and traditional software purchases.Microsoft reported its Q1 2017 earnings yesterday, noting a revenue of $20.5 billion, which was higher than Wall Street's expectations. Company's Intellgent Cloud revenue was up 8 percent, whereas Azure revenue observed 116 percent growth year-on-year.

Comment Re:wow, completely clueless... (Score 2) 612

Not to mention his unprofessional millennial speak "Very VIP, really VERY VIP". 1st rule of being a professional, you don't talk about your shit, especially when you're up to no good. He's a dumbass from the ground up.

Either that, or it wasn't him, but someone who wanted it to look like him...

Comment Re:and then block porn / 3rd party candidates / fr (Score 1) 194

And the reason for the Lib Dem destruction is in propping up a coalition government that nobody liked. The electorate punished them and not the larger partner of the coalition. Strange.

Not really that strange. As far as I can tell, they got delayed punishment for going into a coalition with the Conservatives in the first place, rather than aligning with Labour as most Lib Dem voters would have expected. The fury at that cannot be understated; I believe their membership dropped considerably immediately after that fateful decision. Their rout at the following general election was only to be expected. Clegg destroyed that party.

Comment Re: Aren't transactions like this tracked? (Score 1) 189

That may be true when you pay with your card in a shop, but a credit card also allows initiating a payment using only the card number, the expiry date and three numbers on the back. No such thing is possible with a debit card.

Errrr... I regularly use one of my debit cards to pay one particular utility bill across the internet, using only the card number, the expiry date, and the three numbers on the back. (And no, I'm not thrilled with that, however it's more-or-less necessary for reasons too tedious to go into.) However, it also sometimes asks for some letters from my Verified by Visa password but by no means always. Mind you, my credit cards also have Verified by Visa (or the Mastercard equivalent) passwords, so again, no different.

UK debit cards can also be used to make telephone purchases where no Verified by Visa password was, or indeed could be, taken, using just your card number, expiry date and three numbers on the back.

Therefore, from where I'm sitting, UK debit cards are just as (in)secure as UK credit cards.

From previous discussions I've seen on Slashdot, it does seem that the way debit cards operate in the USA is somewhat different to over here.

Comment Re: Aren't transactions like this tracked? (Score 1) 189

Debit cards are a million times safer than credit cards.

Interesting that parent was downmodded, even though it is more or less true. Credit cards use an inherently unsafe system secured only by the knowledge of a few numbers, whereas debit card transactions (EFTPOS) always require authorisation by the bank, entry of a PIN code that is verified remotely and nowadays almost always use a chip on the card (EMV). Moreover, a credit card charge is limited only by the maximum credit the card was issued for, while a debit card transaction is limited by the account balance.

Maybe where you're from, but here in the UK both my credit cards (along with both my debit cards) have chip and PIN which are verified online. It's standard here; there's no difference between the two.

Furthermore, under UK consumer credit law, if you buy something that's worth more than £100 using a credit card (even if you only pay 1p of that amount on the credit card), the credit card company becomes jointly liable with the supplier if something goes wrong; this can be invaluable if, for example, you buy flights or a new kitchen from a company that subsequently goes bust. (See here for examples.) UK debit cards DO NOT have this legal protection. Also, in the case of a fradulent transaction, I'd far rather it was taken from my credit card (where I can pay off the minimum and argue the fraud later), then clearing out my main bank account via my debit card. These reasons may be why the grandparent was modded down.

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