* Posts by Bob Wheeler

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UK's National Museum of Computing celebrates 10 glorious years

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Background on RAF Eastcote - the orginal site for GCHQ!

It's amazing the stuff I never knew!!

http://ruislip.co.uk/eastcotemod/index.htm

http://ruislip.co.uk/eastcotemod/enigma.htm

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Colossus

"The ten Colossi built between 1943 and 1945 and put to work at Bletchley Park were all dismantled and completely destroyed immediately after the conclusion of the conflict"

I'm sure I read/heard that after the war in 1945, not all of the Colossi where destroyed. but that some of them where moved to places such as RAF Eastcote and used by the American's for breaking of Soviet codes, as the Soviet's used the ex-German egnigma machines.

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EU digi-chief clashes with robo-veep over geo-blocking

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Re: Irrelevant and unhelpful?

Thanks for the recap of some of the background.

Is not Geo-Blocking, just another form of trade barrier which is contra to the purpose of the EU Free market?

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Feds cuffed for allegedly PILFERING Silk Road drug souk's Bitcoins

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Gone are the days..

.. when the cops nicked a villain and stuffed their pockets with wads of £20 notes.

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Secret Bezos delivery helicopters operate from mystery Canadian base to evade US regulators

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Black Helicopters

its visit was watched by "three plain-clothed security guards".

Or otherwise know as the guys from the Garden Shed (Secret Testing HQ) popping out for some fresh air and wondering what these other guys are doing watching them?

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

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Question

I know I'm being a tad dim witted here, but why is the government involved in this at all?

If the energy supplies think that having smart meters are good for their business, then they should pay to install them, not the customer.

If the energy companies can convince the customers that this is good for them, then they can offer a CHOISE to the customer to pay to install them.

So back to my original question, what does this have to do with the government?

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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I always thought...

that White City was in Shepherd's Bush?

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BOFH in mugnificent return to Cash'n'Carrion

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Re: Agreed

It's all about the conflict between image and self-image.

If your taller, then you can 'lord it' over everyone.

If your wider, then your just a ........<click>

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Royal Mail's Colossus move gets ex-WREN's stamp of approval

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Tommy Flowers

There really should be a statue dedicated to him, oh about 50ft or so high.

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Google strongly opposes plans to let ANY US COURT authorise digi-snoops

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Re: I don't understand...

@gerryg

thanks for the link, a very interesting read.

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I don't understand...

On the grounds that the people in US government are not stupid, misguided maybe, but not totally stupid, how can they think/believe that they have the legal/moral right to utterly trounce over any overseas legal jurisdictions without a howl of protest from the rest of the world.

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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Re: What if the earth had legs?

Well the turtle has four, then there are the elphants, they have four each........

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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WTF?

Found the problem..

"the BBC wanted to present the subject to a disinterested audience"

See, it's the fault of the audience, if only they where interested then the BBC could make better programmes.

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IBM pushes the Accelerate, makes one Big Blue storage family

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In the video

Was it my ears, or did the guy on the video sound like he had a lisp?

I kept thinking that Elmer Fudd was doing the voice over.

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Chinese food safety officials drank so much during working lunch that one of them DIED

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Re: File under "Research"

Did they claim the lunch, liquid and solid, on expences?

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First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

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Re: Two things

@Chris,

Exactly, it's not their money, it's ours. all they are doing, as you say, is an internal transfer from part of the gonvernment to another.

A total non story.

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Fight back against illegal GCHQ spying with PAPERWORK!

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WTF?

Given this quote

"some ex- GCHQ staffers estimated that 95 per cent of all signals intelligence material handled at GCHQ is American"

Is it not self defeating if your tasked to look at UK based 'whatever wrong doer' if 95% of your signal intelligence is not relevent to the UK?

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UK.gov can't get farmers onto its Verify service – even to claim subsidies

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Re: From the Whitehall Home for the Hard of Thinking

How many times have you seen a pilot of a wonderfully new complex system being trailed by IT savvy/power users who know how to use computers.

Is it not a valid idea to trail a new system on those with the lowest level of technology engagement, IF they get it to work for them, then everyone else is easy?

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Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

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Rince and Repeat.

What he's talking about is the 100 year archive.

How to keep access to data - be that knowledge or cat video's - across the generations.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/04/snia_100_year_archive/

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ATTENTION SETI scientists! It's TOO LATE: ALIENS will ATTACK in 2049

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Re: monumental collection of slack-jawed internet mumblings

Sorry, are we talking about el Reg comments section now?

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Proposed US law could deal knockout blow to FBI in overseas cloud privacy ding-dongs

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Common Sence?

At first glance these two bill's do seem to be going in the right direction, even if it is 29 years in the making in regard to protecting e-mail access.

I guess it will depend on what changes are made beforehand, and then if/when they actually get into law.

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TITANIC: Nuclear SUBMARINE cruising 'Sea of KRAKENS' may be FOUND ON icy MOON

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Two questions...

the mission design precludes an orbiter to relay data home

All great fun, but two questions.

If this is blue sky thinking, so has the mission design has been written?

Would the cargo craft that drops off the submarine not be able to act an orbiting relay?

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UN negotiations menaced by THOUSANDS of TOPLESS LADIES with MAYONNAISE

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WTF?

And he is....

Mr Lomonaco remained unimpressed, pointing out that he could see only two people in the public gallery as the discussion took place

When it comes to the UN there is a long queue of unimpressed people.

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SpaceX HOVER-SHIP landing scuppered by MASSIVE ocean waves

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Re: Culture ship names

If you want something that just trips off the toung....

Mistake Not My Current State Of Joshing Gentle Peevishness For The Awesome And Terrible Majesty Of The Towering Seas Of Ire That Are Themselves The Milquetoast Shallows Fringing My Vast Oceans Of Wrath

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Air gaps: Happy gas for infosec or a noble but inert idea?

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Re: Back To The Future*

Back in the day of 'sneaker net', we used to have a few dedicated PC's dotted around for running an AV scan on floppies before they could (Sould) be used on proper work machines.

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

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Paint me sceptical.

Business secretary Vince Cable said the £19m government-funded driverless car projects underway in Greenwich, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Coventry will contribute to the "£900bn industry by 2025".

If this industry is going to be worth £900bn in 10 years’ time, then is the £19m a tad light weight in investment terms? I mean, for £19m (which is loose change in government terms) how much of the £900bn market are we going to get?

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Swedish National Font marches to the sound of whalesong

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Re: Ever more surprises

or even "the flag will be just as relevant 20 years from now as it is today"

I can't be sure, but I do suspect that the Sweedish flag has been around for a good length of time already, and in all probability will carry on untill well after I'm pushing up the daisy's.

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NERDS KICK PUPPY 'bot in brutal attack

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Re: Kick

And think of what is going to happen when there area pack of these robo doggies roaming around the mean streets!!!!!!

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Major US news organisations to develop ROBOT JOURNALISTS

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Terminator

Gives a new meaning to..

Flying Robo Journo Drones: with left-wing or right-wing bais?

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NSA lays out its reforms post-Snowden (they can fit on back of a stamp)

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Re: ?

"there's even a mission statement in the NSA HQ foyer reminding analysts how important privacy is."

Is that just under the 30ft tall picture of Big Brother?

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ALIENS are surely AMONG US: Average star has TWO potentially Earth-like worlds

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“It could be that there is some other bottleneck for the emergence of life that we haven’t worked out yet. Or intelligent civilisations evolve, but then self-destruct.”

Given that we developed nuclear weapons before any form of space travel, if other civilisations evolved along similar lines, than is it not possible they blew themselves to dust before getting off the ground?

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Wanted: Brit Facebook and Twitter trolls for counter-jihad psyops

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Re: How very Orwellian...

Since when does (should) the British Army get involved with influencing "public opinion"?

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Twin Adam Sandlers shake El Reg's movie unwatchablathon team

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Look doctor, it’s not that I’m an alcoholic, honest, I just keep watching this film called Jack & Jill…..

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Google gets my data, I get search and email and that. Help help, I'm being REPRESSED!

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virtually no cost

"but I just can't let someone call billions of dollars in cold hard cash “virtually no cost”."

I have no probem if someone gave a few billions in cold hard cash, at virtually no cost to them :)

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Breaking news: BBC FINALLY spots millions of mugshots on cop database

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Re: Double whammy black eye for the police

The problem with facial recognition systems is it depends on how old the 'reference' photo is.

I recently came through passport control at Heathrow, and it took the system around a dozen scans of before it could decide if my face matched my 5 year old passport photo.

There have been past El Reg articles on who good, or not, the system the US Homeland department, and also the scrapped UK ID cards, all the same issue, with 'old' reference photos.

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

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Re: FFS...

The only problem with the ICO handing out the maximum fine to the MoJ is that it's not their money, it's tax payer money moving from one piggy bank to another.

If you really want to get prople's attention, it's the prospect of JAIL TIME, not a FINE that will make the muppets wake up (I hope)

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

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Re: *facepalm*

Reminds me of time on holiday in the US when I mentioned (in a crowded bar in the deep south) that I was going out for a fag.

It took some explaining!

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Spartan on Windows 7? Microsoft is 'watching demand'

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Just Asking...

I seem to remember that someone from MS stated in court evidence that they [MS] could not uninstall/remove IE from the Windows OS as it is so embedded in the spaghetti like haystack of code. Or words to that effect. Will Spartan be embedded in a similar way?

Just asking ….

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Netadmin wanted for 'terrible, terrible, awful job nobody wants'

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Essential skill

I think they are looking for that one skill that (management//users assume) all techies have - the ability of become an expert in everything, instantly you hold the installation disk in your hand by the process of osmosis.

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Kim Jong-Un shoot-em-up Glorious Leader! yanked

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@ DJV Re: FTFY

You may ask, half joking if you are "Paranoid or what?!", but at the end of the day, this is your work, your living at stake is the squishy hits the fan.

Backups are in essence an insurance policy. No one likes to pay the remiumsbut when it's time to make claim you get waht you pay for.

If the data is that important to you, your business then you put whatever backup policy in place no matter how paranoid it may seem.

Some years ago I've had a guy complain that he had lost three years worth of work because he kept it on his local C: rather than on the network where it would have been backed up. In today's money he would have been taking in something like £80-100K p.a. I shrugged and told him to think of a good way for him to explain to his boss how he had just spaffed some £1/4M up the wall in lost work.

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FTFY

"You'd be amazed how often users lose whole chunks of important, businees data because they don't backup,"

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Joke

MP's IT Training?

http://www.gocomics.com/shoe/2002/05/12

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Slippery slope - the point of no return? @sysconfig

"Are we going to allow a means of communications which it simply isn't possible to read? No. We must not," he said.

@sysconfig. totaly agree with your main point.

The question is, what is he's end goal here? It certainly is not a practicle responce to what ever the perceived problem is.

It seems to me that he's been reading that govenment approved maunal "1984" again.

If he get's his wish, that is exactly what we, the people will get: Big Brother.

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Don't use Charlie Hebdo to justify Big Brother data-slurp – Data protection MEP

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Can we ...

put this quote on a post card and send it to every Politician?

"Instead of creating an ineffective dragnet on all air passengers, security authorities should have been exchanging the data they already had on these suspects,”

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MI5 boss: We NEED to break securo-tech, get 'assistance' from data-slurp firms

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Re: "first person in the UK to be convicted of terrorist offences...

I vote of comfy chairs, cold beer, a good curry and last but not least, being in charge of the TV remote!

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Interesting..

From the article, Mr Parker mentions "Irish Repulicans".

Given that the 'troubles' lasted some 30/35 years, way before comminications where more sophisiticated than fixed land-line telephones and the post. Which did makes things very easy for the state, as they controled the telephone exchanges and the post, to intercept such comminications.

So, back when things where easy, how come the troubles lasted as long as they did, and what the F**K do these guys think they are going to catch all these bad guys now?

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Boffins open 'space travel bureau': Come relax on exoplanet Kepler-16b, says NASA

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Re: What?

Naw, Star Trek was the documentary, Star Wars is something ..... unmentionable :)

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

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Enquiring minds wish to know...

"massive two-stroke engine"

But what's the 0-60 speed in sheep?

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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Re: So before Snowden...

In the same way the guy that break into your house wear's a black and white striped tee-shit and a bag with SWAG written on the side.

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Re: Or...

"do spies lie?",

I know this one, it has something to do with bear's and pope's. Yes?

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