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Comment Re:Finding Patterns in Crime (Score 1) 60

At the moment, everything to or from a trader is recorded whether Emails or Voice. Nobody goes near it unless there is an official enquiry or funny price patterns are observed. So a "Can you nudge it a bit up" may be obvious when talking about interest rates and if a human listens in. Currently, without full language recognition and some very clever analysis is that can be done is to look at whether prices seem "wrong" when compared with other data.

Comment Re:FOCAL (Score 1) 629

I learned Fortran first but we used PDP-8s in the University Computer Lab. I think you toggled in RIM and then used that to load the next level boot loader, BIM and then you could do "stuff". I played with FOCAL but IIRC, it was more of an interpreter than a compiler. Fortran was theoretically possible but it was hard to run on the 8 with no disks and just paper tape. I seem to remember that you had to cut the tape from the compile phase and feed the last part with the symbol table in first to the relocating assembler.

Comment Needed for crash dumps.... (Score 1) 174

In those days, a misbehaving job would usually involve a memory dump being made of the program in error. No core files, it would all go to dead tree in a mixture of hex and ebcdic. It was down to you to look at the binary to tray and work out what went wrong. Most compiler/linkers were good about giving you the memory addresses of your data areas though.

Comment Re:No Limits Roaming = Lowest Common Denominator (Score 1) 113

Normal people don't need "unlimited free international roaming", and it's easy enough to just get a local SIM card if you are travelling alot or for extended time, so there just is no broad basis for instituting this change which has broader repurcussions.

You underestimate how often people travel in Europe. In some places you can hit four countries on a day out. At one location where I worked, it was so close to a border that inadvertent roaming was an (expensive) problem. Getting a local contract SIM is hard in many countries not your own. You often need to show proof of residence and prepaid can be significantly more expensive.

In any case, there is the issue of managing SIMs with call forwards/whatever. It is possible, but far from convenient.

Comment Re:This is starting to happen in a lot of places.. (Score 1) 70

It is more around ensuring IM is recorded. You can still run OCS, for example, but everything is stored in case you want to manipulate LIBOR or something. There are places where encryption is important such as Mergers & Acquisitions but it really is just about ensuring that there is a log of all important communications.

Comment Re:How do they ban it on privately owned phones? (Score 1) 70

If you have a company provided SIM, it is fairly easy to disable SMS. An arrangement can be made with the provider to disable SMS transmission and receipt. Note if you have a device under BYOD, then you have other compliance relevant messaging available. The downside is that you will need internet wherever you are to use it while SMS is a basic service which has high availability and is relatively fast/cheap.

Comment Re:The math doesn't work (Score 1) 590

Airbus have an interesting concept involving a linear motor based mono rail catapault. Not exactly what the OP thought, but shaving off the accelleration to take off speed from external power eis very attractive. The source, could be coal, but it also could be something green as long as it coul kick out a few MW (a conventional high speed train can take about 8MW). Note that although carriers are famous for their high G catapaults, they are only needed because of the short flight deck. A normal runway length would give no more accelleration than normally experienced in a commercial aircraft. The advantage is that although jet engines can be efficien, running them flat out as needed during takeoff isn't.

Comment Re:"Oh well I guess Linux sucks then (Score 2) 237

I worked on a trading system back in the early days. We hit lots of "edge" performance cases. To take full advantage of what a system offers us and to code around problems we usually have source code to look at. We didn't change it, but we had to have the access. MS would gladly give their source code to major customers, but frankly there is more expertise around Linux kernels than Windows.

Utah vs. NASA On Heavy-Lift Rocket Design 285

FleaPlus writes "Utah congressmen Orrin Hatch, Bob Bennett, Rob Bishop, and Jim Matheson issued a statement claiming that NASA's design process for a new congressionally-mandated heavy-lift rocket system may be trying to circumvent the law. According to the congressmen and their advisors from solid rocket producer ATK, the heavy-lift legislation's requirements can only be met by rockets utilizing ATK's solid rocket boosters. They are alarmed that NASA is also considering other approaches, such as all-liquid designs based on the rockets operated by the United Launch Alliance and SpaceX. ATK's solid rockets were arguably responsible for many of the safety and cost problems which plagued NASA's canceled Ares rocket system."

Anti-Piracy Lawyers 'Knew Letters Hit Innocents' 240

nk497 writes "A UK legal watchdog has claimed lawyers who sent out letters demanding settlement payments from alleged file-sharers knew they would end up hitting innocent people. The Solicitors Regulators Authority said the two Davenport Lyons lawyers 'knew that in conducting generic campaigns against those identified as IP holders whose IP numeric had been used for downloading or uploading of material that they might in such generic campaigns be targeting people innocent of any copyright breach.' The SRA also said the two lawyers lost their independence because they convinced right holders to allow them to act on their behalf by waiving hourly fees and instead taking a cut of the settlements. The pair earned £150,000 of the £370,000 collected from alleged file-sharers. Because they were looking to recoup their own costs, the lawyers ignored clients' concerns about the negative publicity the letter campaign could — and eventually did — cause, the SRA claimed."

Comment Re:Simple: (Score 1) 347

it is not quite clear to me on what legal basis English Heritage can claim ownership of the photos one takes. IANAL, but to my mind they can't claim copyright:

They can assert their rights as a condition of entry to the property. This does happen also on entry to various museums which may explicitly forbid all photography or just commercial photography. If you photograph Stonehenge from somewhere else (especially from public land), then there can be no objection or claim to copyright.

# even if a building would be a "form of expression", it is not theirs (being listed as world heritage [])

The term "world heritage" is only a special designation which may give access to grants. It does not "belong" to UNESCO, it is theoretically under the 'ownership' of English Heritage.

Comment Re:Here's a better Defcon RFID story... (Score 1) 338

The answer in short is - yes. A lot of the data on a passport is not encrypted at all because any country with a reader should be able to use it and the formats are well documented. At places like Defcon, most people do not have their passports with them so a demo is hard (except for the Feds) but it would be trivial in Asia or the Middle East where foreigners are obliged to carry them. Note that if you are trying to hack multiple RFIDs at a range, you probably will need a bit more power. RFIDs are powered by the interrogation signal.

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