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US to strengthen privacy rights for Euro bods' personal data transfers

nichomach
Big Brother

"We've already siphoned off...

...most of the stuff we were interested in, so we'll throw you a bone."

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BOFH: On the PFY's Scottish estate, no one can hear you scream...

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Stop

Hate to point this out...

...but we do a lot of paper recycling in the UK as well; the company I work for built a plant that's currently chewing through 640,000 tonnes p.a. and given that it's in the UK it doesn't get to play fast and loose with truly nasty chemicals.

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NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

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Technically, they're not...

...*doing* nefarious things, since the nefarious things have already been done.

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Just as we said it would: HP clamps down on server fixers

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Congrats, HP

No more Proliants here. Ever.

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US Navy trials GIANT ROBOTIC SPYBIRD for coastal patrols

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Re: I don't get it.

The point is that the P8 can't do the job properly without assistance from another aircraft.

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Universal Credit: £40 MILLION and counting's been spaffed up the wall on useless IT gear

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Re: Give them a whiteboard and tell them to explain it properly

That presumes an ability on their part to do so, which appears unlikely given the people concerned.

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Nooo, ANYTHING but BT! Cisco gives 'stay of execution' to Phoenix IT

nichomach
Flame

@Rhydian

Up until last week I would have agreed with you. Until I was dragged away from what I was doing to deal with an Openreach engineer last week who turned up with an instruction to fit a line under an order that someone had affixed my name to. Such details as he had regarding the job were scrawled on the back of an envelope, and specifically referred to an office block round the corner that we also own, so he hadn't even turned up at the right building. The engineer had not been properly briefed as to where the line that he was fitting was to be installed or what it was to do, beyond that it was a "monitoring line". This did not appear consistent with the only Openreach order that I had on the go, and I asked him to contact Openreach to confirm the details. He informed me that he could not. An Openreach engineer, replete with Openreach bag and Openreach jacket could not call Openreach to check the details of a job that Openreach had assigned him. I think we could all benefit by pausing for a moment to contemplate the utter blithering idiocy of that situation.

By dint of patient questioning, a colleague and I were able to elicit that in fact the service to be installed had nothing whatsoever to do with the Metro Ethernet service that I had on order, and in fact was nothing to do with me whatsoever. My name had been spuriously attached to an order with which I had absolutely no association or involvement. We do not have any idea to whom notice of the installation should have been given, but can assume that they were not properly notified.

My colleague and I were obliged to stop doing our actual jobs to cater to an inadequately briefed engineer, who had been given incomplete and inaccurate work instructions and the wrong contact details, who had no means of correcting the deficiencies of the information that he had been given, and who presented at the wrong address. To cap it all, the service that I *actually* have on order I can get no information on whatsoever. BT. They're not even funny anymore.

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Doctor Who nicked my plot and all I got was a mention in this lousy feature

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Coat

Re: Stolen Ideas

Forbidden Planet didn't have http://nerdalicious.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/leela-louise-jameson-2.jpg either....

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Want to keep the users happy? Don't call them users for a start

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@t.est Re: You can't win

Re: Screen recording on Windows PCs - http://camstudio.org/ any use to you?

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Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced

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That's just silly. My other half has an 11.6" screened Core i3 which is thin and light and on which (thanks to an errant heel) I've just replaced the screen. Perfectly serviceable, process took about 15 minutes, and I was taking my time. Hard-wiring components doesn't make them any more reliable, it just makes repair when they go wrong almost impossible, which, one suspects, is kind of the idea.

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How I BLEW my co-workers' HEADS OFF ... without going to jail

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@ tempemeaty

http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1051

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Apple CEO Tim Cook v Microsoft's Ballmer: Seconds out, round two!

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Re: "Who remembers netbooks?"

Quite. Other half replaced hers relatively recently with an 11.6" screen Core i3 subnotebook for about a third of the price of a Macbook Air, and was previously welded to an Aspire One 10" because you could actually *do stuff* with it.

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Another nasty ad

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Another nasty ad

The Tosh ad that swallows half the flipping window, and it seems half the memory and CPU cycles on my machine. Regrettably, I'm another user that has now installed Flashblock. I don't want to block ads on your site but they're getting ridiculous.

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Vote NOW to name LOHAN doomsday box

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Re: Too late for another?

I had a similar thought, given its rugged construction:

Battleworthy

Object

Oriented

Breakaway

Interface (for)

Emergency

Separation...

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Need the loo AND need to build a website? There's an app for that

nichomach
Joke

Pleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease let the default font be multicoloured flashing Comic Sans...

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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

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Re: The question is:

Because the prison service get a kickback from the monopoly supplier of prison phones, calls on which cost about 5 times the cost of a call from a payphone outside.

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'Symbolic' Grauniad drive-smash was not just a storage fail

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" It was petty and stupid, the action of an ignorant and frightened bully...". Yep, that sounds like this government.

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

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Re: Wait a minute

One suspects that asking these people to stop being ignorant would be rather like asking water to stop being wet, but nevertheless an outstanding job there, well done!

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BOFH: Backup server's failed? We have a backup backup server

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Internal dimensions...

...being about 7ft x 3ft x3ft? You forgot soundproof...because the tapes are...sensitive to high frequency noise bursts, yes, that's it, especially in ranges oddly similar to, well, a human scream for instance...

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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits

nichomach

My Lumia 620's great, and my wife is getting along *very* well with her HTC Windows Phone 8X.

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'The Washington elites fear liberty. They fear you'

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Colour me shocked...

Republican who had no problem with NSA wiretapping under Bush suddenly dsecides it's a threat to liberty under Obama. Quelle surprise....

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Fanbois smash iPhone 5s much sooner than iPhone 3s ... but WHY?

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Re: Nokia!

Even the cheaper Lumias are rugged little buggers; my 620's showing little sign of the mistreatment it's received.

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Rotten hackers feast on mouldy Java flaws

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@lansalot

Well, yes, but the difference is that they *are* updates - they get rid of the code that has a problem when they install, unlike Java, which installs the new code but leaves the old and vulnerable stuff there to be exploited.

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How the clammy claws of Novell NetWare were torn from today's networks

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Joke

He didn't just forget it...

...the trauma erased it from his memory!

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HP confirms it's back in the smartphone business

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I agree with the notion that they should be focussing on the business market, but I would say that WP8 would be a better fit for that. I have WP8 handsets in use and they are easy to set up, reliable, easy to use, and seem to generate fewer support issues than the various androids that we have in service.

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Sean Parker: 'My fairy-tale wedding harmed no trees'

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Trollface

Re: Turd

Pretty certain the three downvotes are from prime examples of homo toolboxus, though...

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FAIL

Re: Turd

You do if you're only putting it there temporarily for cosmetic reasons, doing no damage by doing so, not planting it but placing it in self-contained pots and then taking it away after you're done. Which is what he did. Toolbox? Perhaps, I wouldn't know, but this certainly doesn't make him one.

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nichomach

Questions of taste aside...

...which bluntly are rather irrelevant, and if what they want are pointy ears and dwarves that's up to them, I read the article and he does have a point. There may be many reasons to consider him a tool, but this isn't one of them, and it's readily apparent that there is a *lot* of lazy reporting around this story.

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Eurogeddon? Pah. UK banks are more terrified of hackers - big banker

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Re: What a wunch ..

This would be an example of the Chewhacker defence - "Never mind the incompetent bankers, look at the hacker! Look at the evil hacker!"

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Re: Banks are rewarded for failure

No, Eadon, it's *still* a capitalist system, it's just that the capitalists have rejigged the rules to eliminate risk to themselves and to enable them to hold a gun to the head of everyone else if the numbers don't add up the way they like.

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How NSA spooks spaffed my DAD'S DATA ALL OVER THE WEB

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Devil

Re: Gloves

I suggest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4xw8dJkicI

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BBC's Digital Moneypit Initiative known to be 'pile of dung' for years

nichomach
Facepalm

And the clue is...

""The technology solution for the Programme has so far proven to be valid," the government accountants concluded after an investigation into the technology transfer of assets from Siemens..."

Because obviously the people best equipped to carry out an evaluation of the validity of a technology were the beancounters...

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Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want

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@ShelLuser

The problem was that Microsoft didn't listen to an audience at all - they listened to "metrics" provided by crap like the customer feedback apps without putting it into any sort of context.

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Microsoft waves white flag: We'll put Outlook on Windows RT slabs

nichomach

Re: people want the power of Outlook on all their Windows PCs and tablets

"Several hundred"'s over-egging it a little - Office Home & Business includes Outlook and that's less than £150 ex VAT.

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BOFH: Go on, beancounter, type DROP TABLE asset;

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Devil

Re: XKCD reference

Ah, Little Bobby Tables, a perennial favourite...

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The Tomorrow People jaunt back to the airwaves

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Happy

Re: That awesome Tomorrow People theme

I'd forgotten that, although judging from the credits for Fringe, JJ Abrams hadn't... Not that that's in any sense a bad thing, mind.

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Biz bods: Tile-tastic Windows 8? NOOO. We lust after 'mature' Win 7

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Re: And?

I could live with that - if they give my users something that's a non-terrifying incremental shift from previous versions, which they can use without extensive retraining, is policy-configurable and so forth, *then* I can see it getting a look-in. Not before, not until.

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nichomach
Stop

I don't know where...

...that 38% that prefer Windows 8 are coming from, but the initial reaction here when users have been confronted with a Windows 8 UI is complete vapour-lock; people draw comparisons with the Office changeover to the Ribbon, but this is not that. This is a hard mental bluescreen followed by a request for "proper Windows". So we'll stay on 7, thanks.

Stop, naturally, followed by INACCESSIBLE_USER_INTERFACE...

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Google tells Microsoft to yank its new WinPhone YouTube app

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Re: Interoperability?

Google didn't implement ActiveSync to benefit Microsoft; they implemented it because they didn't have anything that worked as well, and it was cheaper to license it than to home brew an alternative.

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nichomach
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Re: Who feels sorry for Microsoft ?

We have had an *assload* of UEFI machines delivered, with secure boot. Then we turned it off. Also, we can turn on Legacy mode in the BIOS with no hassle. "UEFI enforcement" my hairy backside.

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Re: Google does not even have the choice

Then they should probably allow Microsoft to serve the ads. Sorted.

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nichomach

Re: Genius from MS

Well said, El Andy.

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Copyright minister admits: Google has better access to No. 10 than me

nichomach
FAIL

You know that thing...

...when you're arguing with someone, and it's clear that they're not replying to what you *actually* said, but rather to what they expect or want you to have said? That sounds *exactly* like this.

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Fraudster gets ten years after selling fake 'ionic charge' bomb detectors

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@RP

I know what you mean, but (leaving aside the fact that vehicular manslaughter/homicide doesn't exist in the UK) he was convicted of fraud, becuase that's what the judge here had the ability to do. If you want him to serve time for the *deaths* that he caused, I agree, but that is something that should be dealt with by those countries *where* they occurred and after he is extradited to them to face trial (which I would wholeheartedly support). We can't just make up laws on the fly when we find the existing ones inconvenient; then they wouldn't be laws at all.

Regarding your example, we actually already have specific provision for manslaughter as a consequence of an unlawful act - have a butcher's at http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/h_to_k/homicide_murder_and_manslaughter/ , specifically the section on Unlawful Act Manslaughter.

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Ten ancestors of the netbook

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Re: Libretto :)

You wouldn't have been; I worked at a place where we had a pool one that we used for network diags and taking off to remote sites. IIRC, ours was something a P233MMX, and we had to install a 3Com CardBus ethernet card to hook it up to the network. It was a little gem to use, very capable, easy to hook up to monitors, mice, keyboards and so forth, so we could bob over to a site with something less bulky than a paperback, and have a decently powerful fully-featured PC when we got there. I still kind of miss it *sniff*.

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Spies catch Acer's Windows 8-incher before it hides

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Looks tempting

That's a 1.8GHz dual-core hyperthreading Atom, so I think performance is probably going to be pretty decent.

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Shaky liftoff for Sputnik: Dell's Linux lappie runs its own cloud, ish

nichomach
Meh

Re: Multiple desktops on windows...

@Fatman - My experience has been that, actually, most Windows users are perfectly capable of finding whatever applications they want. By the way, could you perhaps post using the word "Microsoft", but spelt with a dollar sign? That one always cracks me up...

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nichomach
Angel

@Robert Long 1 - Re: Multiple desktops on windows...

Yes, only 4 - which matches Workspaces on the Dell; there are other options for Windows, however, free and paid for:

http://virtuawin.sourceforge.net/ - up to 9

http://virt-dimension.sourceforge.net/ - Unlimited

http://vdm.codeplex.com/ - Unlimited

...and so forth.

I'm such a helpful soul... :-P

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nichomach
Windows

Multiple desktops on windows...

*cough*

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/cc817881 - OK, so you have to download and install it, but it's there and free.

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Gartner: RIP PCs - tablets will CRUSH you this year

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Tablets will continue

to sell loads until everyone who wants one has one. Then they'll drop off too. Make hay while the sun shines, slab shifters.

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