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Re: Driver goes really, really fast to jail (Sept. 25)
Last I checked…. 178 mph is ~285 kph…. someone in your article about the 178 mph Porsche seemed to suggest that that somehow was equal to 754 kph.
Geoffrey Bruce
Client Solutions Executive
IBM Global Services

Re: Driver goes really, really fast to jail (Sept. 25)

The least you could do is get an accurate reference — the Register article was copying news from the Times at this url:

Why can’t you show a little integrity and quote the original?

John Lloyd

Re: Driver goes really, really fast to jail (Sept. 25)

The article about the Londonian speeding in a Porche stated 172 MPH and NOT 178 MPH ( not much of a difference)

Re: Driver goes really, really fast to jail (Sept. 25)

However, 178 MPH does NOT translate to 754 KPH but rather 284.8 KPH. Quite a difference.

Unless, of course the article was making reference to a Porche Jet engine…

Maurice Theriault

Re: Driver goes really, really fast to jail (Sept. 25)

Me thinks you need to extinguish that gigantic doobie – quick! 178 MPH = 284 KPH not 754.

Andres Toke

Insider responds:

Holy cow, I really didn’t anticipate this kind of response. I guess if you’re going to exaggerate a number for effect, you need to amp it up a bit. Mr. Bruce: Don’t they ever exaggerate numbers at IBM Global? Mr. Lloyd: You hit the nail on the head. “Little integrity” was going to be the name of the blog before Insider won out. Mr. Theriault: What the fruit is a Londonian? Mr. Toke: Point taken about the doobie.

Re: And miles to go (Aug. 22)

People walked into offices and removed typewriters ‘for repair’, never to be seen again. You could buy counterfeit shares and bonds from the guy on the street who was ‘new in town and desperate for currency’. Cars were stolen, horses were stolen, cattle were rustled. Bankers ran off with the contents of the safe, municipal treasuries were looted, land was seized for the friends of elected officials and mining claims were ‘jumped’. Industrial spies wandered through engineering departments, befriended people in bars and gained employment with their targets.

No real need for technology, though if it’s being used it’s another avenue of attack. Technology brings the thief the same benefits it brings to the honest man. I can bank from far away – my bank can be robbed from far away. I can personally buy from merchants on the other side of the world – the con artist can con me from just as far away. If I don’t like Google’s translation I can buy inexpensive software that lets me read a Russian newspaper – a Russian can fool me into thinking he is a store around the corner.

It will continue. It doesn’t get better or worse, it simply changes. When my thumbprint starts my PC, so will a latex copy. Any decent digital camera will take a picture of my eye and fool the retina scanner, and my RFID implant will be cloned. You can already get a DNA sequencer for less than $5,000 on e-Bay and likely learn how to operate it and clone your neighbour. At least enough to fool his employer’s state-of-the-art security system.

Technology is nothing more than a means to an end, and as long as there are people, not all those ‘ends’ will be honourable.

Don Thompson

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