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Win XP security deadline: Biz bods MUST protect user data – ICO

Seanmon

Re: Yeah, and we all fell for that ridiculous panic that immediately after 31 December 1999

Seconded. I was at BT at the time.

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iFrame attack injects code via PNGs

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Re: disable javascript in your browser!

I wish.

I agree, I typically run with noScript, but it's just becoming painful these days. Things like jQuery have taken web design away from the security-aware professional developer and put it into the hands of the skinny-suited and trendy-spectacled brigade.

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Twitter avoids IP face-off with Big Blue, will buy 900 IBM patents

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Indeed.

What in the blue fuck does twitter have that's patentable?

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Data scrapers used Amazon cloud to reap biz bods' CVs, wails LinkedIn

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True

I fucking hate linkedin. But even more, I hate the pimply-faced trendy-haired skinny-trousered pointy-shoed so-called "recruitment consultants" who seem to think if you're not on linkedin, you're not interested in the job.

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Dusty old supernova could reveal answer to life, the universe and EVERYTHING

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ALMA?

I was actually wondering what a Large Millimetre was. I may have missed the point of this article.

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Why UK.gov's £1.2bn fibre broadband rollout is a bumbling FLOP

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Re: I've said it before...

Ja, true. What I actually meant was, the physical network, be it copper, fibre or whatever ought to be in public hands. Internet access is pretty much a utility these days, same as gas or 'leccy. I'm not particularly leftie (I think not, at least), but I'd happily pay my taxquids to making a real contribution to the UK infrastructure. Then you rent it out to whoever wants to pay for it.

Sorry. Common sense disease again. Forgot all about the overheads you have to pay to the politicos etc.

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I've said it before...

..but nothing identifies a dickhead like the term "superfast broadband".

BT need to be forcibly separated from ownership of the network. They own the cable, provide the service and provide increasing amounts of the content too these days. Monopoly, us?

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James Bond's 'shaken not stirred': Down to trembling boozer's hands, claim boffins

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Pish.

You do remember, of course, that Bond is Scottish? Not a problem.

(OK, half Scottish. And from Edinburgh, but that was still part of Scotland in the sixties.)

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Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why

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Re: Data Protection Act?

Yes, unless they make you aware of how your data will be used, and you give consent. Which you do by accepting the T&Cs when you sign up. Gotcha!

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Happy 20th birthday, Windows NT 3.1: Microsoft's server outrider

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Windows

Re: Next Technology? Damn..

I thought it was "New Technology" too. However, rumour has it that "Windows New Technology" was a backronym created for WNT - WNT being to VMS as HAL is to IBM. Not impossible, I guess, given the number of ex-VMSers on the project.

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Apple dangles Spangles while Dabbsy's cables rankle

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Yep

The biggest single reason I don't own any iGear.

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Internet pioneer Vint Cerf predicts the future, fears Word-DOCALYPSE

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Mushroom

Bring it on.

If this means getting rid of some of the millions of bytes of "manager"-generated excel shite that fills my inbox daily, the sooner the better, says I.

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COLD FUSION is BACK with 'anomalous heat' claim

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Facepalm

Wrong coldfusion, dammit.

I thought we were talking about the Adobe platform, on which I am the last remaining developer on Earth. I can haz ££££ job?

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Mosaic turns 20: Let's fire up the old girl, show her the web today

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Only 20?

Cool. I'm clearly not as old as I sometimes fear, when I first came to t'web, Netscape was ubiquitous and I never even saw Mosaic in live use. (mid 90's, BT, and you had to get written permission to "surf the net")

Pleased to note that that first ever website I looked at is still alive too: http://www.doggiesnot.com

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Antarctic ice sheet melt 'not that unusual', latest ice core shows

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Re: Cold winters, Wet summers

Have a point for getting Dihydrogen monoxcide in.

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Finance bods probe RBS over bank-crippling IT cock-up

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Re: Loyalty and experience

"If it's tangential to the primary purpose of the organisation, outsource it."

Unfortunately, to most business types, this is exactly what IT support is.

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Provider of FIFA goal line tech chosen, tracks ball in space and time

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Trollface

Re: Pfft

Which is a problem because? (Jimmy hat icon please.)

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Boss of Irish-based R&D hub: Man, this place is the back of beyond

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sed -i 's/Cork/Glasgow/'

Third biggest city in the UK (pop. about 650K IIRC) and you can fly to London or to bangin' party town destinations. Usually with Ryanair.

We kept getting told we're a "premier league" European destination, but not with connections like these. Glasgow airport is probably the handiest airport in Europe for access from the city centre, and what do our fearless leaders do? Axe the proposed rail link. Sigh, it could have been so good.

[Edit] Actually I just checked and it's not quite that bad anymore. Paris and Berlin have now appeared on a list that previously had Amsterdam as the sole European capital.

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So, Twitter. 200m twits. How will you make your first billion? Oh, ads.

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Err...

Isn't twitter already just all about advertising? You just get to chose who advertises to you, i.e. @regvulture. I certainly don't use it for intellectual discourse.

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Swedish linguists nix new word after row with Google

Seanmon

Re: huh

I quite often ask for a McWhopper in Burger King. No reaction yet.

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Microsoft LOVES YOU: Free Wi-Fi on the British railways for a month

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Facepalm

Office 365

Is being heavily plugged on the Glasgow underground too, the only underground railway system in Europe which is 100% underground. I'll be impressed if this works.

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Experts agree: Your next car will be smarter than you

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Stop

They forgot the most improtant feature.

i.e. the big red button marked "Off"

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Branson, Berners-Lee, Google, £2m: LET'S SAVE THE WORLD

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2 mil?

For "a technology-based project that has the potential to change society on a large scale?"

Come on!

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Review: Renault Zoe electric car

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FAIL

At last, an affordable, practical, decent looking e-car. WOOT

*click*

404: Not Found.

LOL. No.

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ICO clamps down on nuisance calls, slaps £90k fine on Glasgow firm

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Devil

Simple solution.

Keep a rape alarm handily near your phone. Effective and satisfying.

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Google turns Street View into Mountain View

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Re: Nothing new under the Sun?

Yep. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/16/google-maps-trike-new-str_n_323688.html

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Fujitsu pulls a muscle, drops out of race for £530m broadband pot

Seanmon

Re: Disgraceful waste of our money

That's "free" as in "free to those who can afford it.", though. You can't fault them on semantics there.

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Bye-bye Telinco - death warrant finally issued by TalkTalk

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Re: Dinosaur Brands

Hah! I still have @dsl.pipex.com!

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Mozilla to Apple: we don't care about iOS

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Meh

Arf.

As if iPhone users know what flavour of browser they're using.

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Dear Facebook: I heard the news today, oh boy

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Re: Different networks for different purposes.

I suggest Pidgin (www.pidgin.im/), you can use facebook chat without ever having to go near the site.

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Photoshop fakery exposed by fake Photoshop tool

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Re: I want a refund

It's utter shite as soap right enough, but you get a decent shave out of it, if you're old school like me and shave with a mug and a bit of badger's beard.

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DWP denies major IT problems with One Dole To Rule Them All system

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Re: Telephone and face-to-face support would be offered only as a "fall-back mechanism"

Yes, and - who's face do I get in when you inevitably fuck it up?

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Seanmon

Re: Situation normal

Doesn't work though. To get any sort of gov contract, you have to prove that your company is stable, well funded and unlikely to disappear suddenly in the middle of the job. Makes sense, you don't want your major supplier going into admin in the middle of a contract, but the real world upshot is that, to get a public sector contract, you first have to prove you don't need it. That's gonna rule out an awful lot of smaller companies.

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Alert

I dunno about the Universal Credit

...But their Universal Jobmatch thing was an utter abortion. As an unemployed web-and-DB guy at the time, that was kind of hard to take.

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UK injects £88m into Euro bid to build Hubble-thrashing 'scope

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Re: No imagination

I read (here in commentard central, in fact) that the very literal names given to these things are a sly joke by the German contingent, who are of course famous for not having a sense of humour. True or not, it's damn funny.

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Keyboard, you're not my type

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Yep.

The single reason why I'm not a fan of teeny weeny laptops/netbooks/ultrabooks. I want a decent keyboard dammit! Same as the author, I learned to touch type at school, only to find that was a bit useless when you spent most of your time doing <TR><TD>#variable#</TD>... {history.back(-1)} ...etc

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Look out! PEAK WIND is COMING, warns top Harvard physicist

Seanmon

Re: Peak Nothing

See above.

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Re: Peak Nothing

Back in 2005, I worked for a company that tried that; you may even have seen the things in B&Q (assuming UK poster). Worked out well, didn't it?

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Seanmon
Boffin

Re: Stop the tea party

No, the credo of most (ok, many) boffins is "find an argument that will increase my chances of getting funding." I know many, especially on debatable topics like wind power.

I'm not wholly against wind power, it has a small, probably local, part to play. I don't even really object to the look of the things; I used to drive past the Glenlees array (biggest onshore windfarm in Europe) on my way home, and it really is actually rather lovely from the hills on the motorway. Hell, there's even a visitor centre there.

Fact is though, wind is never ever going to be the solution. I wish I knew what the solution was; apart from anything else I'd be the richest man in the history of Earth by now if i did. But the realistic best we've got right now is fission.

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Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?

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Stop

Woah, woah woah.

What about minidisc?

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Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow

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Stop

Right.

"all your hardware should work right out of the box."

But doesn't. Put me right off my last casual flirtation with linux. I mean, I could, but who can be arsed?

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Intel's new TV box to point creepy spy camera at YOUR FACE

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Big Brother

If it doesn't move...

... or doesn't connect, and it should: WD40.

If it moves or connects or needlessly spies on you, and it shouldn't: Gaffer tape.

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Tesla vs Media AGAIN as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway

Seanmon

Re: Wrong application of technology.

1) Agreed. I'm vaguely imagining some variation of those vertical car parks I've seen in NYC and some German cities. Not hard to do if you're on a site with high voltage supply readily available I would think.

2) I was indeed assuming a large cab company, based on some knowledge of one here in Glasgow who are in fact investigating leccy cabs for this very purpose - plead ignorance of how this arrangement works. Then again, if the scheme was proven viable (technologically and financially ofc) it surely wouldn't be long before some sort of lend/lease/rent/timeshare agreement became available.

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Re: Wrong application of technology.

No, just to handle the thousands of electric taxis. A quick google gives about 19,000 black hacks currently operating in London, fewer for smaller cities obv. Even if 100% of these were converted to run on leccy, is it really any more difficult than having petrol stations every few streets?

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Boffin

Wrong application of technology.

There is a place for electric cars, but it's not in any sort of grand tourer or anything to cover long distances. It's for taxi runs in an urban environment.

Scatter a few high power charge points about your city - relatively easy to do, since a lot of the infrastructure - or at least the containment - is there already. Next, design your electric car so it can reliably cover the distance between, say, Heathrow and central London, reliably, a few times a day, in any conditions and carrying 5 adults plus luggage.

Make sure those charge points have a reasonable amount of medium term parking space. When your taxi driver begins running low on charge, he parks it up, plugs it in and gets in a freshly charged motor and drives away. Eliminates hanging around for an hour with the car off the road. (An HOUR, btw? Fuck that.) The next driver similarly parks up the clapped out one and gets into the new one - ad infinitum.

I know the argument that electric cars don't cut down pollution, they simply shift it elsewhere. Shifting it out of city centres is absolutely fine by me.

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Is social networking good for anything more than cat pics?

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Meh

No option though.

If you're looking for a job, telling a recruitment type you're not on Linkedin is akin to saying you don't want the job. I don't get linkedin at all, I don't really want it, but I'm out of contract in 6 weeks, so... bullet bitten.

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El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

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Stop

No, No, No No.

As a man who used to run a cafe:

First, you need a teapot. Decent tea can't be made in a cup. Second, you need a teacosy for that pot. Your Gran didn't get to be that old without learning a few things y'know.

The correct ratio is 3 teabags to 750ml of water - i.e approx 1 per mug. Many teabags are acceptable - Nambarrie for me, however Yorkshire, 99, co-op own brand or, in a pinch, Scottish blend are OK. The only thing that's not really acceptable is Tetley's.

The water should be poured into the (warmed!) pot at boiling point, so a little splashes out onto your hands. Anything worth having requires a little sacrifice. Also, the pot should contain the very dregs of the last brew - a useful technique here is to drain the pot, then squeeze the dregs out of the discarded teabags back in.

Leave it for at least 5 minutes - this is where that teacosy comes in. In the meantime, fill your mug with boiling water to get it nice and hot. Discard before serving, obviously.

The tea should be poured onto the veriest dribble of milk - I define the amount as "slightly more than no point." (QI moment - the reason for the British tradition of "milk in first" is because the delicate china cups they had back then would shatter if you poured the hot tea in first.)

This is for teabags. As for loose tea - an Indian colleague of mine once brought me back a paper bag of tea leaves that made the weakest, palest looking tea imaginable. I piled more and more in until it was a decent colour and basically gave off gamma rays for a week.

Please excuse any mispelings in this post, because I'm drinking red wine.

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The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

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Re: Lewis misses the point

Thanks for saving me the bother of typing that.

The purpose of the UK armed forces is to create jobs in politically expedient areas. The point of Bliar/Brown ordering the carriers was to boost jobs in the labour heartland of Glasgow in the face of the rising threat from the SNP. Actual combat capability - who gives?

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Space Shuttle Columbia disaster remembered 10 years on

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Nice one

I genuinely teared up a bit when Columbia was lost. I remember staying up late to watch the first launch on TV with my Gran, then in her 60s and as fascinated with space flight as any 8 year old boy. RIP Columbia ,never forgotten.

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Why did your outsourced IT fall over? Cos you weren't on Twitter

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Stop

I disagree.

There are clearly 5 forces at work. Social, Mobile, Cloud, Information and Powerpoint.

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