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3026 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

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87kg?

Feck me. Does that include carry on?

I'm just shy of 2m, so taller than average, and I'm 85kg, not exactly trim either. Are we really becoming so obese that 87kg is the normal weight?

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Racing Post escapes ICO fine after leaking info of 677K punters

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Re: It was a commercial company that screwed up...

Indeed, just like banking. Can't interrupt criminals at work.

Why there isn't a flat fee per individual I don't know.

Non-identifying info - £1 per record

Communication info [cyber] - £2 per address

Communication info [real] - £5 per number

Identifying info [minor] - £10 per record (e.g. name and city - probably not enough to be truly unique)

Identifying info [reversible] - £50 per record (e.g. when combined with another readily available dataset, it become trivial to uniquely identify a person; name, postcode, d.o.b)

Identifying info [full] - £100 per record (without reference to any other dataset, it is possible to uniquely identify someone)

Add in some other entries for financial etc and you can simply calculate a fine, which could well be ruinous even for a small breach (e.g. "Racing Post" could have been on to a £6.7million pound fine). AND THAT'S A GOOD THING!

Why?

Well, it will make companies seriously consider if they need to collect that information at all; rather than just doing the data-rape land-grab they do now.

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Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything

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Re: You have bought the device

The disc is yours, the movie/song on it isn't.

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Re: This is real "free" software

I know you put free in quotes, but as "Free Software" is already an actual thing (and not as restrictive as "Open Software" can sometimes be) I think we need a new term for this.

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> If the agreement you have committed to with a supplier includes limitations

Which is an argument for Free Software, no limitations can be imposed.

In fact the only "limitation" (if you want to call it that) is to preserve the freedom of any subsequent derivatives you release.

> for example, some "free" software disallows its use for military purposes.

Then, by definition, it's not free software.

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Redmond stall means IE Java axe won't swing till September

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Re: Dear Microsoft / Oracle

"No you shouldn't - port everything to .Net and forever say good bye to dozens of security flaws every update. And gain a performance increase and better UIs."

So you're saying "Ram portability up yer arse, go Windows only and say hello to a whole slew of NEW security flaws every update."

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BT FON fail: Telco CHARGES customers for FREE Wi-Fi usage

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"Also works for Virgin"

Err..no. You still need to use the Virgin kit, but just in modem mode.

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Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

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Re: cost no more than outstanding contract

£52pm is reasonable, in fact that's cheap!

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KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer

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Re: KDE

Pre-loaded modules/libraries is not bloat or wasted memory.

RAM sat empty doing nothing *IS* a waste.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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Re: Speaking as a CRT user...

"You could just not plug it into the network?"

So I should pay for crap I don't use? No. How's about they just don't put the crap in there? I have no issue with the TV showing me local network content; it's the reporting back to big-brother and only letting consume specific on-line services I don't want.

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Won't happen for some time. If you could "roll your own" the major labels and providers wouldn't be able to gouge your pockets at every turn.

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Speaking as a CRT user...

...I'm more interested in the quality of the programming rather than the number of shiny dots in front of my eyes. Cease the race to the bottom and deliver good shows (be that drama, documentary or whatever). Even the likes of Horizon are now little more than dumbed-down vacuous bullshit; hell, Nat Geo has "Ancient Nazi Alien Ghosts" or such cobblers on it as serious programming. Pathetic.

When I can find a HD TV that is *JUST* a TV with not walled-garden, spying on your network "SMART" TV wank; I'll buy it. Or a SMART TV where I can install a new OS and make it actually SMART and serving me, rather than the OEM.

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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The simplest solutions...

...would be to not censor anything. Let people engrave sex organs, hate speech, whatever.

If they want to pay over the odds to make themselves look like monumental dobbers, then who is Apple to stop them?

Reminds me of the story where Nike (I think) banned the word "sweatshop" from its customer embroidery service.

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Microsoft joins Qualcomm's gang in Internet of Stuff standards fight

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Coffee/keyboard

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!

Microsoft...standards...bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Oh gods, that's a good one!

Standards! Har-har-har-har-har!

Oh my sides...

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Cambridge Assessment exams CHAOS: Computing students' work may be BINNED

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Re: Ironic though...

> Perhaps a GCSE in "finding it on Google" is needed.

Being able to do a web search, sift out the cruft and find the nugget of useful information/guidance is an important skill.

Almost every coder I know spends part of their day trawling blogs/updating wikis etc.

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Yes. Because those aren't Microsoft.

We'll have to wait for Microsoft Exam Room 2018 to be released before our government does shit about it.

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Re: GCSE Computing still a joke????

It's because they are applying the business strategy of "just pump-up the numbers" to a diverse, and hard to acquire competence in, set of skills. PowerPoint/Word etc are basic office admin skills. They have little-to-nothing to do with actual computing.

Having done manys a computing course, nothing pissed me off more than busting my ass to deliver projects on time, only for the slackers to get an extension. And another. And another. And then to be given the answer just so they'd pass.

Numbers make the college look good, quality be damned.

I say; fail the bastards!

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MIT and CERN's secure webmail plan stumped by PayPal freeze

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The USA again

"if [Proton Mail has] government approval to encrypt emails"

So in the USA you need to get state approval to encrypt your stuff, or offer encryption as a service?

USA - destroying freedom one regulation at a time.

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Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

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Re: Time to say you're looking at those RedHat/SUSE/Ubuntu install DVDs?

"That would be your printer vendor's crappy drivers then."

For not working? Yes. That is the vendor's issue.

"Not a Microsoft issue."

Allowing an external module to crash the kernel? That is very much a Microsoft issue.

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EFF wants you to open your Wi-Fi to IMPROVE privacy

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Laws?

The state could just make the operator responsible for all activity on their network. I think that may already be the case in Germany.

I run segregated guest network on my home router already using DD-WRT. I haven't applied any bandwidth limits as you need to know the password (QR code on the side of the router) and it was a bit of an arse to set-up; but it can be done. If this project makes it easier, then great.

What I'd like to see is something akin to a "Citizen mesh network". Won't solve every problem and would need significant density to be workable.

Neither solve the issue of someone abusing your network, then you having your door kicked-in and all computers seized (not to be returned for years). If that happened to me, I'd be fired in an instant.

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Tor is '90 per cent of the net' claims City of London Police Commish – and he's dead wrong

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45 minutes

TOR users are 45 minutes away from firing chemical rockets from their super-gun.

Time to invade TORistan and bring it freedom the the democractic use of weapons!

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Missiles-on-rooftops Brit spy Farr: UK gov can slurp your Facebook, Twitter ... What of it?

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Re: Why is this any surprise?

"Anything that is posted on line is accessible to the sys admin or law enforcement with or perhaps without a warrant."

And this is what people (like Andrew Fernie it seems) completely fail to understand.

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Re: Why is this any surprise?

"Presumably they should write postal letters in cyphers and invisible ink too; and hold all conversations in code:"

If they wish to protect their communications from outside eyes, then yes. It is beholden upon then to ensure that the channel is secure. Posting on FB and checking the "Please no spy on this" box doesn't do a thing.

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Re: Why is this any surprise?

Anything sent via Facebook, G+ etc is public, regardless of any privacy setting.

If people want private comms, then they need to start using PGP, OTR etc.

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Why is this any surprise?

Anything on Facebook, G+ etc should be considered public (regardless of what settings you put on it). The exceptions I can think of are for self-hosted services and I mean in your own home, not a VPS.

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Student promises Java key to unlock Simplocker ransomware

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Re: Next step?

"would you refuse to use Android and advise all people to stay away from it"

I'd be close to doing so, yes. My own experiences with Android have been less than stellar. Although that's mostly down to shoddy coding by the likes of HTC.

What irks me about Android is the impossible to uninstall crapware (e.g. Facebook), although I guess that's more the fault of the carrier.

I guess my biggest peeve with actual Android is the total lack of clarity over permission. Apps suddenly claim they need to access my identity, contacts, location, media (e.g. TuneIn Radio). Why? They the feck does it need that? Why doesn't Android have the tooling the allow me to block such privacy invasions?

Hell, why doesn't Android support the likes of CardDAV be default? Ho hum.

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Re: "even an undergrad can crack it"

The whole point of being an undergrad is that you should already be the cream of the crop. That means you should arrive bursting with energy and maybe even self-taught on some things (easier in some subjects than others).

From the looks of his blog, that's exactly the kind of person we have here.

Also, he is a third/fourth year undergrad and so getting close to be ready for the real world.

What uni gives you is the framework (structured lessons etc) and resources (equipment, profs) to learn. Whether or not one does is up to the individual - spoon feeding ends after the sixth form.

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Re: Next step?

"And why the friggin' heck is my icons panel always hidden?"

Because something in one of the many pieces of JQuery is setting "display: none". So a quick bit of GreaseMonkey action and I have my icons back. Good stuff.

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Re: Next step?

Predictable:

"That's actually why I refuse to use Windows and advise all people to stay away from it."

:-D

(And why the friggin' heck is my icons panel always hidden?)

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"even an undergrad can crack it"

Really?

Universities (should be) taking the cream of the intellectual/motivated crop. So getting to be an undergrad should be a badge of honour stating "I have the chops to do this, or learn how to do it at the very least".

I will agree that the Labour and Tories parties have done their level best to destroy the credibility of UK degrees, but let's give credit where it is due. Simon Bell (and his profs) are exactly the kind of people we need.

So less of the snide belittling of a proper undergrad, please; save that for the fake undergrads doing combined degrees in hairdressing and homoeopathy (although the hairdressing does at least have practical value).

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

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I should buy...

....f.uk

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Piketty thinks the 1% should cough up 80%. Discuss

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Re: That assumes continuation of state education and the NHS

> Labour sprayed money all over the the NHS, education, everything.

Wrong. Labpur gave taxpayer's money to various people through PFI deals (a policy started by the Tories). So they ended up paying DOUBLE the price for hospitals etc, guaranteed the companies' profits and got no tax back on those profits because the company was actually offshore in a tax haven.

That is a far, far cry from actually investing in the NHS etc.

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The fresh Mint of dwell there: This is a story all about how 17 is here for a while

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Power saving?

Seems a bit crazy, but that reads exactly like problems with power management and wireless mice.

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ASUS launches 5-in-1 Android Windows Phone laptop tablet (breathe)

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Nice idea

Seems like a hardware version of Canonical's Ubuntu-on-Android convergence idea.

Shame about the Windows infection though.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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Re: Non-reflective laptop screens.

You get what you pay for, although Lenovo quality has slipped of late.

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Re: Non-reflective laptop screens.

Some things are better in gloss. How about a material that can switch between matte/non-reflective and gloss? Press a button; boom.

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Re: A KVM switch that follows the Eyes

Synergy. http://www.synergy-project.org/

Doesn't follow the eyes, but does follow the mouse pointer. The eyes thing could probably be hacked in using a Kinect or similar.

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Re: Can anything be on my Christmas list?

> universal charger, the only real request on my list!

Isn't that mico-USB and now mandatory in the EU?

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Uplink module.

Our phones make calls, take pictures, play music, play video, play games and, by and large, are a bit shit at them all bar the first one.

What I'd like to see is a phone with a smaller screen and decent battery that can make calls. It also offers it's up-link connection to other devices. No need for multiple SIMs or crap like that. Your camera, laptop, whatever just links to you phone and uses that to get on the Internet.

The phone itself becomes optimised to that job and lasts a lot longer on a single charge. A side effect would be that you could make calls from your tablet, laptop, watch as these could simply access the contact details your phone already store (using CardDAV, say).

No need for proprietary bullshit. Do it all on open standards

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Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th

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There's Oolite, Pioneer and even a BBC emulator in ajavscript (which can run Elite).

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Autodesk to release 'open' 3D printer

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Pull the other one

Autodesk...."open"....pfft.

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Mozilla agrees to add DRM support to Firefox – under protest

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While people moan about "Net Neutrality"...

...their freedom is torn from them piece by precious piece.

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Activist investors try forcing Google to pay more taxes

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Re: The board don't want?

Shame really - it'd be funny.

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The board don't want?

Feck the board.

If the shareholders want them to wear pink tu-tus and sing "I'm a little" teapot then that is EXACTLY what they will have to do - or leave.

The (well, some) shareholders want Goog to up their tax payments and take the revenue cut, if enough other shareholders agree then the board becomes bound by the shareholder's will.

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Virtually yours: Microsoft unveils Windows-as-a-service

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Re: Three new offerings from MS

> And Android - which also adds Spyware as a Service

Because Windows never, ever, ever did tha....wait a minute! (Phone home)

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Three new offerings from MS

VaaS - Virus as a Service;

RaaS - Reboot as a Service; and

FaaS - Frustration as a Service (this is Win8 based after all)

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Gigabyte Brix Pro: You don't need no steenkin' Xbox... when you have 4K-ing amazing graphics

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Indeed - 12GB should be enough for the OS.

As for games - if there's not enough storage just add a new HDD to the pool.

I guess Valve are enforcing an "enough free space" rule in the install, rather than just displaying warning.

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New .london domains touted tomorrow amid usual tech hypegasm

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Missed a bit

Given what fuels London's property market and the UK's reticence on sanctions against Putin, surely it should be .London.ru?

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OnePlus One equals 'killer' new mobe running CyanogenMod

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Almost nice

Looks good, great price, nice OS but no SD and "non-removable battery" means: FAIL.

Shame.

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