* Posts by P. Lee

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Angler hooks German's todger at nudist lake

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not an official bathing lake

How very German. How very germane.

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Re: tackle on tackle action

Ah, I've missed this placeplaice......

FTFY

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Sex ban IT man loses appeal – but judge labels order 'unpoliceable'

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Re: downvote here

>Don't conspiracy crimes generally have more than one defendant?

Or at least some, er, conspiracy. i.e. some active planning & preparation. I'm not sure just having thoughts about things which are illegal is illegal.

Who hasn't had a violent fantasy about the person in front of them doing 20 below the limit in the outside lane?

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'NSA' hack okshun woz writ by Inglish speeker trieing to hyde

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Re: Threat?

>Apparently the threat is rather too veiled for me to understand.

Something along the lines of expelling diplomats known *not* to be spies, to show you know exactly who the spies are and you aren't worried by them.

I'm not bothered, its nice to see the NSA's bad behaviour proven and spoilt a bit. Chipping away at the public respect for those who are so lost in their games that they've forgotten what they are supposed to be protecting.

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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

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Re: ID Cards

>Without compulsory national ID and residency cards and the hooks into immigration and police systems (as they have in the rest of continental Europe) the UK will never be able to control who is in the country.

Why? There weren't ID cards before Maastricht.

We already have a visa system which we use to control non-EU nationals. We have border controls which we use to record and control immigration.

We can use pragmatism and be overly generous rather than going OCD on edge cases.

Perhaps many people who voted leave weren't doing so because they were following some loser politicians or are particularly worried about immigration, but because they don't like the political direction the EU is taking. Many people desperately want Leavers to be racist in order to justify denouncing them all, but that may not actually be the case. Politicians' statements are not the only truth. You can have voted Leave *and* think Farage is a bit of an idiot *and* not be bothered by free movement.

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Re: Let's hope

1. DELEGITIMISE THE VOTE

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3. ECONOMIC RATCHET

4. OPERATION PANDORA’S BOX

5.ENVISIONING A SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME

-http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/06/28/bong_eu_reentry_plan/

4/5 In one paragraph and a title. Well Done!

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Five-storey Blue Screen Of Death spotted in Thailand

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Re: It sucks when it's your bank's ATM...

>I will raise you rust, rats and the neighbour wot <sic> saw you do it as equal economic threats.

You'll need to get your shovel and go out in the dead of the night so your neighbour won't see you digging a large hole at the bottom of the garden. If rats are an issue - put the metal box inside the tupperware.

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Systemd adds filesystem mount tool

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Can I just add

I hate binary log files.

I don't need /var/log/messages to be in a database format. There isn't enough random access of these things to warrant database usage. Now I need some journal doohicky instead of cat, less and grep.

Its just another level of complexity I don't need. I don't need to do db queries, chained greps are fine.

I'm happy for parse-able formats, just don't hide the data away somewhere I can't get to it.

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OpenFlow controller design killing SDN, say network boffins

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Re: Object Oriented

+1

OO is for developer efficiency, not run-time efficiency and as later comments suggest, keeping up with ASIC-based line processing was never going to happen.

However, I think we probably want to make sure the concepts actually work before committing them to ASICs.

I didn't know network stacks were written in FORTRAN. Hmm.

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

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Re: "He was found not guilty, therefore he is innocent"

I doubt arguing with someone who takes their history from Monty Python is a winning strategy.

Dumb Yanks not withstanding, the Church's general view is that witches don't exist - its basically a pagan fantasy which won't die and generally tried to ban media which talked detecting them.

I wouldn't suggest that the Spanish Inquisition was staffed by good people but the main distaste for it in northern Europe/the USA comes via Protestantism's assertion that that Catholicism is a corruption of Christianity which misrepresents God. The issues are theological. As an icon of All That Is Wrong With Over-Reaching, Intrusive, Torturing and Executing Government it pales into insignificance alongside our current "liberal" governments. There is no need to go as far as looking at the Internet's Favourite Bad Guys.

As to the case at hand, there are a few things I would mention:

1. This kind of system makes a mockery of the legal process. Why bother with a trial if the police can do this? Is this any different from the Inquisition, if you can just go to a judge who can effectively overrule a jury verdict?

2. If this kind of restriction can be placed on those who have committed no demonstrable crime, how long will it take for these powers to be extended? Who is safe if the authorities no longer have to follow the rule of law?

3. I'm sure the police and the judge have a very reasons for this order. I'm sure I'll get downvoted for this, but all that old-fashioned morality which told women not to be alone with men? That was not about spoiling your fun, that was about protecting you. Sure, "No means no" but guess what? There are lots of bad people who don't play by the rules. Do you really want to have to be the one who has to sue for Assault and Battery? Even if you won, that would not be justice - justice would be never having been beaten. Find a partner you can trust who is capable and willing to love you for life - you deserve no less.

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Microsoft’s Continuum: Game changer or novelty?

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Re: This has been done with Android by many manufacturers

>Also, is this a solution that is looking for a problem?

I suspect here's where USB3 /Thunderbolt come in.

One cable for charging and connectivity to the screen, which has a hub for other USB devices.

I do something similar at the moment. My laptop has USB2 and DP connectors to my screen which also has DVI to my desktop. Only the USB cable needs switching to go from laptop + big screen to desktop, taking keyboard, mouse, DVD and webcam with it. USB3 would do it better, thunderbolt would be even better (higher-res, wired network).

The trick is to make the dock cheap and hide-able-behind-the-screen... and to have a phone which can do something useful on the big screen which you can't do on the small one. That's going to be the tricky one, unless Linux on ARM takes off. I can't see Android on the desktop being much of a thing - slightly easier emailing with a keyboard perhaps.

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UK's mass-surveillance draft law grants spies incredible powers for no real reason – review

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re: "Give me 6 lines from an honest man and I'll find something with which to hang him."

"Which is really useful if he has said, or we think he might say anything which might paint us in a bad light."

It isn't that more data is better data, but that all data means we can stop "leaks" about MP's expenses, or Snowdens' thing. Hmm, why is that MP talking to a journalist?

In fact, if people know we collect all data, we don't even need to process it, the fear will keep them in line.

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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

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Re: The glorious future

Thus it is revealed!

Phil works for Mordac, Preventor of IT Services.

(An evil entity starting with M. Coincidence? I think not!)

Seriously, 3D is rubbish for data processing. Did I misread? This isn't VR or AR. This is using cameras to detect the real world and then render it in VR space. I'd guess VR is not the actual application for this. This is about the ability to recognise objects - think autonomous cars. The VR bit is just a demo to get people excited enough to pay to be alpha and beta testers.

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Microsoft promises free terrible coffee every month you use Edge

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I skimmed the article too and didn't catch this until I read Mark 85's comment.

Do people really get adverts in some version of Outlook? Hah, that's like having a special window that iterates through your spam folder. Kudos to MS in getting people to think that's a thing - and then getting them to sell their privacy to get rid of it!

How low can you go?

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The calm before the storm: AMD's Zen bears down on Intel CPUs

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>Used to like AMD as they saved on heating costs in the winter.

My 3930k fills that function quite nicely.

I'd love AMD to do well. I just hope people are buying new PCs in sufficient quantities to give them good sales. However much I might like them, I doubt I'll be changing to anything anytime soon. Let's hope the server market is kind to them.

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Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

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Re: "On Linux we’re just another shell"

>Because it's an excellent shell system. Consistent, well thought through, object oriented, and works well with dotNet.

That may be true but other factors are involved:

1. Open source is pointless unless the community is happy to pick it up and run with it. "Open source but only developed by MS" leaves users just as exposed to fickle business strategies as closed source does. They don't even do their own voip solution for their own phones. What's the chance of them having a vested interest in unix administration?

2. A wrapper for crontab is all very well, but its still a windows wrapper for a unix tool. Who's going to rely on that having a future? Unix people won't - they won't trust powershell to be on all unix systems. Windows people still need to learn the wrapper for cron - a unix tool. Could the skills gap be fixed in a better way by adding a "this is the format of crontab" comment at the top of the crontab file?

3. Different distros do things differently. Does updating /etc/resolv.conf directly mess with how Yast works? Do we think MS is going to keep pace with all the distros and their updates, or will this tool quickly fall to bitrot? The use-case appears to be "administering some bits of unix from windows." I'm not sure "some bits of unix" administration is enough to make the project worthwhile.

4. MS control many of the apps running on Windows servers and they can powershell-ise them. What happens when you don't control the applications? You're back to text output and parsing that using regex's and so on. The point about scripts is that you can edit them and update them to suite changing needs. The point of powershell is to remove that requirement - and that skill - and place it in the hands of the powershell developers. Powershell is a typical windows application. It does what it does well, but extending it at a sysadmin or user level, rather than developer level. is almost impossible. Can you pass powershell objects to something other than powershell? Maybe, but you'll still need the "other" skills, so your net gain is very small.

Of course, if systemd et al is the way of the future, swapping text for binary formats, much of the unix advantage of simple human-readable formats will be lost anyway. Yeah journalctl, I'm looking at you with malice.

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Verizon fingered in Android bloatware-for-cash cram scandal

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Re: Meh.

> It's a bit like the PCs that used to come bundled with MS Office

Yes, but what we really want is phones to be more like PCs. Give me the drivers for my phone. I do not want a vertically integrated stack, where a particular OS and application version are required for particular hardware. The drivers and the OS layering are supposed to solve the problem of applications talking directly to hardware. That reduces support costs. The fact that they don't do this makes me suspicious.

Bundle the apps if you want, but also give me the license keys for applications so I can re-install.

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Android Pay now works for paying speeding fines

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Sure!

I'll use a pay service from a data-slurper to process speeding fines... using my own personal location-tracking device.

I can't see how that could go wrong!

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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

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Re: Leaving Microsoft

It depends what you think "school" is for.

Some institutions do job-skills training, in which case, go ahead with the industry standard.

Primary, secondary, and higher education are about teaching people to think, about the learning process. Industry can pay for its own training. If you're learning about light and shade at a conceptual level for graphic design or animation, you don't need to know the key-presses for a particular product and it isn't the role of educational institutions to further the business interests of a particular vendor. If vendors want to also offer students discounts, that's fine, but the educational institution should be focusing on the teaching and the learning of ideas and skills which can be applied generally.

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Colour us shocked: ISPs not that keen to sign up for Universal Service Obligation

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Re: BBC

>my internet is too slow to stream it.

And here's the problem. Everyone is obsessed with real-time streaming. An official BBC torrent system would make those problems go away. The tech is quite capable, but so many organisations are intent on making everything difficult.

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Microsoft bins Azure RemoteApp, says go with Citrix instead

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Re: Rug Pullers

Part of their "very, very rapidly evolving" Azure suite.

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London cops waste £2.1m on thought crime unit – and they want volunteer informers

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Re: We still love you Ms Bee!

I hear she's moved on from taking down posts, to taking down US warplanes.

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Microsoft: Why we had to tie Azure Stack to boxen we picked for you

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Re: Hmm...

>Where did all the industry standards for say networking, storage and server build standards suddenly go ?

Indeed, this is why we have layers of software and swappable hardware components.

What's wrong with with a published HCL? For everything else you're on your own.

>Microsoft’s ability to restrict access to Windows among server and PC makers is what helped make Windows reliable, and thus successful, in the first place.

Really? Of all the things contributing to MS' success, that wouldn't have been one I picked. Or did I miss the <sarc> tag?

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MoD flings £800m at Dragons' Den miltech startup wheeze as post-Brexit costs bite

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Joke

Hahaha!

Brexit costs calculated based on currency exchange rate trends not changing for two years!

Apart from that assumption being hilarious, perhaps not buying killtech would be a good option.

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Someone in Australia wants server sales hidden from view

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Re: I dunno

>Do 3 trained monkies equipped with an abacus each count as a server?

Are you kidding? That's core-tripled parallel-processing HPC.

Monkey's are mobile so Apple has a patent on that and you'll need a license for each of those rounded beads.

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Native Skype for Windows Phone walked behind shed, shot heard

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Cloud - The two edged sword

If all you provide is a pop, webrtc and an addressbook, anyone can replicate that.

If all MS are providing is the fact that if you don't have a skype account then you can't contact skype-connected people, then they are going to be in trouble. They don't have the locked-down clients Apple have for facetime - an application I shun purely because it is Apple-only.

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Post-Silk Road, Feds bust chaps for 'dealing heroin, coke' on world's largest dark web souk

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Re: meh.

>The modern prohibition of narcotics seems to be about as effective, and just as pointless, as the prohibition of alcohol was in the 1920s.

It depends on the drugs. If you can easily make it yourself, its hard to control. If it has to be processed, there are choke-points which can be squeezed. Do we want to bring back the opium dens of yesteryear? Having gone to the bother of mostly eradicating tobacco on the grounds that addictive substances which damage your health should be generally banned, do we then want to allow far more addictive and destructive substances?

Either way, the real barrier is social acceptability. As with prohibition, the social acceptability of alcohol (then, any other drug now) even when it was illegal, fed the criminal gangs and violence which was mostly hidden from the direct consumers allowing them to mentally disassociate themselves from the problems their habit creates.

Taking down the silk road maybe a good example of the Streisand Effect or the increased revenue may just be an indicator of the size of the silk road, with subsequent demand being diverted to other souks.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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Re: I find the best way to avoid adverts on Farcebook...

>And what if the only point of contact someone has with you is through e-mail because you don't have Facebook?

If you have a mail client - software under your control, then you'll be an advert-free happy camper.

If you run a web-browser to someone-else's mail server, you'll get adverts.

These days, spam is pretty obvious. You could count it as an adverts, but it is relatively innocuous in that downloads aren't generally concurrent with display and they are fairly easy to filter. A decent mail client will filter out html and will also filter the remote content in html.

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How do you securely exchange encrypted-decrypted-recrypted data? Ask Microsoft

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Re: All this about encryption when we don't trust MS anyway !!

Its just theatre for cloud security.

"Oooh look at our effort to plug tiny risks"

"Oi, stop looking at the big risks."

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Re: Fuck Off!!1!!

>But can it play Crysis 3 or Fallout 4?

Wrong question. Does Camilla want to play Crysis 3 or Fallout 4? Does Camilla playing either of those games lead to something better than the current situation? What OS wrapper does the application require.

Requirements first, strategy second, tactical solutions third.

Steam on Windows is unlikely to be that different than on Linux. Click the icon, off you go. The main reason I only buy games which run on Linux is so I don't have to reboot.

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OMG: HPE gobbles SGI for HPC. WTF?

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Ah the memories

I used the SG Iris machines during my exchange year to Texas A&M. Oh the horror when I came back to London and found the entire computer lab was filled with 256 shades of grey (well, green) PCs.

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League of lawsuits: Game developer sues cheat-toting website

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Sue all you want

but you have to build technical preventions.

Even assuming the best possible outcome for LoL, they could release the code out of spite.

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Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project

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>Let's not mention Zeppelin then.

Well that one went down like a Led balloon.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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Re: Where's the off switch?

> will bet a pint of three that it won't be long before we get devices that won't switch off until the user has viewed the required number of ads that day.

Facebook "mobile-basics"?

Isn't the point of locked-down mobile devices to stop users doing what they would do on a pc?

I've found that staying of anything for about a month enables me to lose interest in it. Avoid integrating spam-producers into your life - don't use FB for email or IM communication. Integrated solutions are more difficult to ditch. We really need an open-source presence system based on our own (self-managed) address books. I'm thinking smtp-based auto-responders, possibly redirecting to more real-time presence indicators.

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Re: arms race

>I know the nuclear countermeasure would be to abandon Facebook, but for many it's the only way to keep up with remote family

Not quite the only way. You can... call them. They generally appreciate a call more than a "like" anyway.

I tend to use skype on linux - no ads there (at the moment). I'm rather hoping firefox webrtc is usable before MS kills the skype client. I'll probably invest in an mpeg4-encoding webcam.

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Imperva under pressure to find buyer after disappointing results

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Where does the money go?

Big tech companies like Imperva and Bluecoat always surprise me with losses.

They seem to have tiny development teams doing almost no work after the initial product offering, almost bog-standard PC-based hardware (often grossly underpowered), poor support and sky-high pricing and they still manage to make losses.

Is it just me, or is tech now run by beancounters, rather than managers who like technology and think its cool to make better stuff to solve problems better.

These companies need to be careful. Cloud companies will follow the supermarket model - they will use the brands to start with, then spin up their own solutions and cut the brands out. Cloud companies have the scale to do that.

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Brexit Britain: HP Sauce vs BBC.co.uk – choices that defined voters

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Re: Class divide

>There have been a number of surveys which have all shown the same thing. It's a repeatable result.

The data is the correlation, but the conclusion drawn may be inaccurate. Perhaps poor people with no taste for fancy cheese or no chance of jetting off to Paris for the weekend feel no need of political union or free-movement of goods or people between European countries.

In an interview with Freakonomics radio, a university researcher (I forget who, but the episode is called "The truth is out there... isn't it?") noted that increased education does not result in more data-based decision-making. Rather, the better educated are better equipped in searching out data which supports their pre-existing ideas (usually shaped by the need to fit in with their social environment) which merely leads to greater polarisation of views, not data-driven consensus.

As for free movement of people, perhaps we should ask the Irish how that went for them? A massive unrestricted influx, forcing house prices through the roof with supply unable to keep up with demand. Then everyone left again, demand plummets and the Irish are left with huge mortgages they can't afford.

The inbound movement looks like a boom, but "free movement" implies the likelihood of mass emigration as well as people swill around the continent looking for jobs. Of course, wanting to stop emigration is (a) creepy and (b) neither racist nor homophobic, so its entirely uninteresting to the BBC, but the emigration only happened because of the previous immigration. The problem may look like nationalism, but that may be just because wealth distribution and thus the impetus to move is based around historical national borders. I suspect we'd get the same attitude in Nottingham if a few tens of thousands of Londoners showed up on their doorstep.

I wonder if the Irish think that 25-30 year personal debt is worth (maybe) not getting your passport stamped on holiday?

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Hitler ‘ransomware’ offers to sell you back access to your files – but just deletes them

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Maybe this is a good thing

If everyone hears ransomware never gives you your files back, they won't pay, and (hopefully) scammers move on to more lucrative things.

/trying really hard to see silver lining

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

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Re: Windows 10 a hopeless muddle

>Got any example of these "gratuitous Ads"?

Skype?

I have the linux client which is ad-free, but I understand the windows version isn't and the desktop clients will be going away. Does anyone think there won't be adverts on the website?

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Re: What's next for Windows 10?

>So basically being more like Google?

Except that Google isn't my OS and only gives me ads when I visit their site. More to the point, Google don't own most of my (Windows) applications so that they can insert adverts.

Time to work on a new FLOSS application to provide managed presence information.

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Your 'intimate personal massager' – cough – is spying on you

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Re: Security research. Yeah, that's what it was

> Go forth and multiply

Maths freaks are no fun...

But seriously, cloud connected? Who didn't see that ship o' fail coming?

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Re: Security research. Yeah, that's what it was

>Human drives exceed religious regulation.

Genesis 1:27 - God makes people

Genesis 1:28 - God tells them to have sex

Judging by your comment, it obviously isn't Christianty which is stifling the fun.

Liberals- all talk, no action. ;)

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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Re: Windows Editions

Windows 10 Anniversary Edition

Windows 10 Millennium Edition?

... Just as popular...

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Re: @a_yank_lurker

>SaaS... More like Crash course in creating boot drives and doing full installations as a Service.

In SaaS solutions, the provider manages the stack right up to the application software layer.

W10 isn't SaaS - I'm not sure what it is, but a managed solution it isn't.

All those enterprise outsourcers who have difficulty managing their clients' OS estates? That's what MS is trying to do, for "free." How well do we think that will end?

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IT analyst: Oz census data processed as plain text

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Re: Human eyes and fingers have bee all over census data...

> the privacy of their census data is the least of their problems.

That isn't the only issue at stake. Unthinking cloud usage reduces our local IT capabilities so that when it is important, we no longer have an industry capable of executing. We also shouldn't be throwing cash at companies making such mistakes. If it were a custom local software instance there's a chance to get it fixed. One of the problems with cloud is that all customers are unimportant.

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Forget security training, it's never going to solve Layer 8 (aka people)

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>As for mistakes, ONE mistake in the wrong place in the wrong time and it's Game Over, period.

And since I'm using a company laptop, try measuring my care level....

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Samsung Note 7: Probably the best phone in the world. Yeah – you heard right

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Re: 4GB? Really

>Just don't install anything made by Microsoft and you should be fine.

Indeed. That's the same as my daughter's surprisingly serviceable macbook air.

For a phone.

Now I'm torn. I like the fact that it isn't hobbled hardware, but what on earth do those little applets need 4GB ram for? Is android that inefficient?

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: This design needs a dictator

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re: my main issues with Win10

Is it an OS for me to run my applications, or is it a market stall for MS to flog stuff to me and about me?

Just because its free doesn't mean I'll accept anything the vendor wants to take from me or shove in my face.

The Cluedo version of who dunnit: How did Windows die? In a VM, on Linux, with a last copy of Visio 2010.

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Telstra CIO Erez Yarkoni quits to return home to family

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>a clear road map for us to execute and deliver on our vision to become a world class technology provider.

Ah, the road less travelled...

I've putting my mobile away 'cos it can't connect to anything!

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Going! going! pwned? 200! million! Yahoo! logins! leaked! allegedly!

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Its probably better to have longer but more easily memorised and very different passwords than variations. Variations are pretty much standard in a dictionary attack.

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