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Comment Re:Well, there goes the 4th Amendment again... (Score 1) 204

The bigger issue is that they wanted to search an opaque bag. For no reason other than they were curious. Then when it's opened, and shows cards, again, they wanted to search, for no reason other than curiosity.

No, they asked what was in the bag and the driver said it was gift cards (bought in suspicious circumstances) and then handed it to the cop. He both incriminated himself and consented to the search. Textbook "don't talk to cops" stuff.

Comment Re:Who is lying? (Score 2) 209

There is no such thing in England as having to post bail. You can be released on bail with bail conditions, but you don't have to pay anything.

Sigh, why bother posting this when 2 seconds in Google can tell you he had a bail of £5 million set but couldn't pay because his assets were frozen. Not everyone gets set a monetary bail but it happens sometimes.

Submission + - Star Wars production company fined £1.6m for Harrison Ford injury (

Shimbo writes: Foodles Production (UK) Ltd was fined £1.6m at Aylesbury Crown Court today after pleading guilty to two charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act at an earlier hearing.

Judge Francis Sheridan said, "The greatest failing of all on behalf of the company is a lack of communication, a lack because, if you have a risk assessment and you do not communicate it, what is the point of having one?"

Comment Re:Selective breeding (Score 1) 290

Nature doesn't want people (or any animal) to live past the point where it is producing offspring and launching them into the world.

No, not really. This is reductionist thinking - often from those whose dislike of collectivism prevents them reasoning clearly. Ants and bees survive quite well with the majority of their population not breeding at all.

Humans are not ants, of course but neither are they salmon that spawn and die. Grandparents often look after children; old people may have a store of wisdom that can benefit the tribe. Also, your idea predicts that we shouldn't see people living long beyond their breeding age. When you see things happening in nature that don't on first sight make evolutionary sense, often you've missed some subtlety.

Comment Re:What about 10Gbps ethernet? (Score 1) 157

10 Gbps on copper has a limited range of about 15m, which is why its primary use is for servers in a data center..

You're talking about 10GBASE-CX4, I'm talking about 10GBASE-T, which will get you 100m over cat 6a+. IEEE have ratified a slower standard because of the installed base of lower spec. cable.

Comment Re:Will this need Cat 6? (Score 4, Informative) 157

Wasn't clear from TFA if this would work on Cat 5e, or if Cat 6 is required.

For 2.5Gbps, it's just fancier encoding, so 5e should be fine for the full 100m. Cat 6 gets you 5Gbps. You might get 5Gbps over a shorter length of cat 5E but there are no promises as far as I know.

Comment Re:Beautiful (Score 1) 157

This will certainly save a lot of money for enterprises. I expect it will be the RARE company that will actually need 5Gbps per workstation. Most can probably get by on 100Mbps.

As the summary says, getting 5Gbps to a WAP and sharing it between N laptops is probably more important. It might take a bit longer for 5Gbps interfaces to become the standard on-board Ethernet.

Comment Re:UTF-8 style would have been better (Score 1) 125

Variable length addresses aren't a new idea, and there were some advocates for IPv6. However, a lot of the IPv6 changes were made to streamline the IP header, to make it faster for intermediate systems to process. Using a variable length field would add complexity. More general isn't necessarily better, else we would be using BigInts everywhere.

Comment Re:Who's Which? (Score 3, Informative) 178

Which? is a well known (in the UK) consumer advocacy magazine that does product comparisons. It's better for "vendor X sucks for warranty repair on their washing machine".

It's newsworthy in the sense that the BBC has a technology site and they have to put some stuff there.
Why one would take a report from an Indian site and run it on /. is a different issue.

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