* Posts by Ivan 4

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Google is the EU Remain campaign's secret weapon

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Re: Hopefully Brexit...

@AC

first they join the EU

No they did NOT join the EU they voted to join a non political Common Market. It was only after that that Germany and France pushed for, and showed, the political leftist dominance that they both wanted. Unfortunately the left in the UK were quite happy to go along with that which brings us to the mess the UK is in today.

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Top EU data cop slams Safe Harbor replacement as inadequate

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As I have said before and will again, the only way to resolve this if for the US government to enact the same laws about data security and privacy as the EU.

Since that will never happen with the bought and paid for US politicians there will never be a real resolution to this.

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Helium... No. Do you think this is some kind of game? Toshiba intros 8TB desktop drive

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We have liftoff.

Sorry, I'm out of here.

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Easy remote exploit drops for unpatchable power plant controller

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This is typical of the results we get when MBAs take over from engineers. It can also be the result of off-shoring but then again that is the result of MBAs getting involved.

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As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info

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Are they going to ask those of us not in the US that have copies to return them as well - good luck with that.

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Pas de problème ... Quebec just passed a website blocking law

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Re: Who are these people?

The lapdog politicians that have been called to heel by the mob paymasters.

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The Schmidt's hit by the fan: Alphabet investor sues Google bigwigs over EU antitrust ruckus

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I can't help wondering just how close this shareholder is to Microsoft. This is just too convenient like SCO v IBM.

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You've patched that Flash hole, but have the users? Phone's ringing. It's for you

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Re: Reason #349187 to block ads...

And they still don't see it!

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Irish data cops kick Max Schrems' latest Facebook complaint up to EU Court

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Re: What's betting....

You are not implying that the bought politicians are going to have to actually do something for the corporate 'sponsorship'. Oh dear, that is going to be hard when they are in the US and this is in the EU.

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US 5th graders have a pop at paper plane record

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Re: "Equivalent to year 6 in the UK"

According to a chart I found when I had similar questions they are 10 to 11 year old kids.

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World goes SIM-free, leaving Sony and HTC trailing behind

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Re: "SIM free" ?

@veti,

I know, but my old dumb phone literally fell apart and no amount of duct tape would fix it and I needed to make a call. The local electrical goods store only had smartphones so I got a 45 euro dual SIM unit and now I like the dual SIM feature (saves cost when country hopping) so I will keep it until it falls apart in its turn.

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Re: "SIM free" ?

What the hell are people doing with their phones that they can't get through a day on battery?

Strange as it may seem I only use my smartphone for making phone calls and it has been running on battery for 9 days 7 hours and some minutes at the moment with a residual 25% charge so it goes on charge tonight.

I didn't used to get that length of time between charges until I off loaded all the crap that was sucking the battery dry. Since I only want it to make calls, I have a tablet and laptop for anything else, I am pleased with how it now works.

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New solar cell breaks efficiency records, turns 34% of light into 'leccy

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Re: Critical questions

@strum.

I don't think anyone is determined that renewables must not work only that they should work WITHOUT taxpayer subsidies. In other words they should be viable on their own merits.

I would love some of the renewable energy sources to be available to all at reasonable cost and be available to supply reliable energy 24/7/360. Unfortunately that does not happen and all of them require massive injections of taxpayers money to keep the subsidy farmers happy as well as costing several orders of magnitude above conventional energy supplies.

BTW, my 4 points apply to any new produce being brought to market.

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Critical questions

While laboratory building and testing produce the given results there are critical questions that have to be answered before any of these things are of PRACTICAL use.

1) Will it scale? Or, in other words, is it possible to manufacture efficiently.

2) How durable in use? It is no good if it breaks when flexed or requires constant cleaning, can it even be cleaned.

3) Is it cost effective to manufacture, sell and use? It has to match all three of those to be commercially viable.

4) Will a commercial product have a reasonable lifetime?

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IBM invents printer that checks for copyrights

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Re: What's to patent

The moment lawyers became involved in the patent process it was the beginning of the end of real patents where you had to have a working model to support your claim.

The patenting of ideas is a travesty being lead by the US patent office backed by lawyers and marketing droids and because of this it should be disbanded or, at least, returned to the issuing of real patents backed by actual working objects.

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United Nations orders plan for tackling online terror propaganda

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Re: I was wrong

Just read their Agenda 21 manifesto.

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Brexit campaign group fined £50k for sending half a million spam texts

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Re: Why is "Call me Dave" Cameron telling me what to think?

@Matt4

The people had a vote, they voted to join. Just throwing that out there.

Sorry Matt but there has never been a vote by the people about joining a POLITICAL venture run by unelected people.

Yes, the people did vote to join a common TRADING block which allowed the countries to keep their own sovereignty and laws. In no way was it portrayed as anything political - although, with hindsight, we can see that Germany and to some extent France, had this as the ultimate objective.

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It should be a crime to install spyware on phones, thunders Plaid Cymru MP

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Re: I believe in free speech, but...

That is too good for them.

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Tabby's Star's twinkle probably the boring business of calibration

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Re: It is aliens

Thank you for a good chuckle in an otherwise dull day.

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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Re: Removed How?

Only if you believe MS. Note that "the details are still being worked out".

I assume those details are how to use it for the monthly charge billing.

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FCC urged to pause its fight against America's $20bn cable-box rip-off

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Re: Good. Now we know their names.

You see, we like our corporate shills in suits.

Orange ones?

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Brits who live in 'smart cities' don't really know or care

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Re: Soooooo.......

What are smart cities?

Those that follow the UN Agenda 21 outline.

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Daisy-chained research spells malware worm hell for power plants and other utilities

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So this exploit relies on two things.

a) someone getting physical access to a PLC unit and 'infecting' it.

b) the engineers that get the unit do no checking on it.

The first is almost impossible to prevent. The second is down to dud working standards and can be prevented with some reorganisation.

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Hold on a sec. When did HDDs get SSD-style workload rate limits?

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Re: We need more reliable, not just larger.

Agreed, it is nat as if we are pushed for space in large storage arrays.

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US data suggests Windows 10 adoption in business is slowing

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Re: Have an upvote.

Like you Ian, I have an XP machine running for one single job. Mine runs in a VM on OS/2 and, for some strange reason, when I was using it on Saturday it got a security update which was installed when it closed (I'll find out what that was when I run it again).

We have clients that are still using XP as well because their custom software won't run on 7 and there are no drivers for the specalist equipment attached either.

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Ireland's tech sector fears fallout of Brexit 'Yes' vote

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@Charlie,

Since the UK buys more from the other EU countries than they buy from it and the UKs traditional trading partners were dumped by the EU there is absolutely no reason why the UK would be any worse off than it is today. In fact it would tent to be better off as an independent trader on the world market.

As a UK citizen living and working in Germany, if you don't have a UK address and you have been there for more than three years you don't get a vote!

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Heathrow Airbus collision 'not a drone incident'

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Re: Those nasty plastic bags again

I would say a very enterprising plastic bag to be flying at 1,700 feet.

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Smartphone growth? Not in Q1, says IDC

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I only got a new phone when my old one literally fell apart and that was after using sticky tape to keep it together. My current phone will be kept until the same thing happens or it breaks down and can't be repaired.

As far as I can see a lot of us old fogies think the same way, it is only the young that 'must' have the latest shiny shiny toy.

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Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!

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...will legislate a requirement that all cars be retrofitted with such a device for "safety".

Abd exactly how does that work with cars and trucks that don't have computers built in?

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Getty Images flings competition sueball at Google Image Search

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Getty are not lilly white themselves because of their 'use' of images they found on the net.

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30 years on, Chernobyl wildlife still feeling effects of nuke plant catastrophe

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Re: Show me some stats

I couldn't agree more. What were they using for the control group? If they have been so long on this study what is the trend over that time? What is the stance of the researchers regarding any radiation from nuclear plants?

This is much more hype than actual facts and therefore can largely be discarded.

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Good enough IT really is good enough. You don't need new hardware

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Re: Except that…

Not really a problem if you have the service department to deal with it.

We have a client that has a number of DL385 G2 that are still running and doing the job they were bought for back then. Our service has enough spare parts to keep them going for at least the next twenty years which is all the client asks for, all the factory machine tools will be replaced by then.

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At last...

... someone is actually talking sense about IT equipment requirements.

If it works and does the job asked of it why change to the latest and greatest that will require much messing about to get it to work to the same standard?

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More questions than answers, literally, from America's privacy rules

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It would appear that the FCC has got the cable and telco companies in a bit of a lather - they are headed towards loosing their monopoly cash grab from the customers.

Boo hoo, the FCC are going to stop us gouging our customers.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update draws nearer with Inky preview

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Re: No, seriously

JJ you forgot the /sark tag. That was very naughty of you.

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Re: As this is the anniversary edition..

No, it most probably means that they are preparing OSaaS invoices. You didn't think they would let you continue using it for free did you?

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Irish researchers sweep smartphones clear of super bugs

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Does that mean we will be able to send off the B Arc without fear of the consequences?

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12,000 chopped: Intel finds its inner paranoid

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Re: Citation needed

@nkuk,

Apart from ABS are any of the others really necessary or worth the effort, after all the problems we hear about?

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Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop

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Re: Stinks of corruption

Exactly, the person that 'lifted' (actually stole) the additional data from the phone should be charged with theft and sacked from the police 'service' with a notation on their record that they should never pe employed in any security position again.

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Official: EU goes after Google, alleges it uses Android to kill competition

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So MS has got its knickers in a twist and called out all the 'little people' to complain about Android. Maybe the commission should look at the large investments that MS has in such companies as CyanogenMod and the others.

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EU: We're splashing out €6.7bn on a giant scientific cloud

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Re: Brexiters, rejoice!

Just who do you think would be paying for this if the UK remained in the EU especially since the UK is the third largest contributor to the EU budget?

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Are bearded blokes more sexist?

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Re: My beard

Same here.

As a youth shaving gave me a bad rash so I stopped and have never started again.

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5G is looming, but network innovations are needed far more urgently

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I couldn't agree more but I would also add that they should provide a reliable service in all of the country first.

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Australia's Dick finally drops off

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Those were the days

We moved into our new building at the same time that that they moved into their main Sydney warehouse across the road. We always knew when Disk Smith was there because he would fly in in his helicopter to the pad they had.

I also remember the time he created a bit of fun after he got his ticket to fly jumbo jets, by announcing that he was going to take a jumbo under Sydney harbour bridge. He did, it was a 'jumbo' borrowed from a zoo standing on a barge that was towed under the bridge.

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Surprise! Tech giants dominate global tax-dodging list of shame

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I do have to question why Oxfam is spending money producing reports like this rather than using the money on its charitable endeavours.

Maybe they have high hopes of getting some of that extra tax money should the government ever get its hands on it.

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IP address clerks RIPE: Feds, come back with a warrant, er, web browser

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This goes to show that those in 'authority' don't have a clue how the internet works.

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Websites take control of USB devices: Googlers propose WebUSB API

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Re: Where to begin?

If your current workstations and servers don't have access to the Internet, then they aren't running web applications

Haven't you heard of running your own web server on your own network? For security we have two networks that are NOT connected, the secure network and the open network.

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Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote

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You believe that people actually think there is ANY intelligence in the US Senate, or the other place as well. If there is they definitely don't show it, but then isn't that a requirement for a politician?

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FBI Director defends iPhone 5C unlock tool that's obviously going to leak into wrong hands

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The people we bought this from – I know a fair amount about them and I have a high degree of confidence that they are very good at protecting it and that their motivations align with ours.

Wasn't there something about an Italian company that had its export licence revoked recently that had programs that did things like this? Could this be the reason, with the Italian government not wanting their phones being hijacked?

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Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

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Re: Be afraid!

I suspect that as soon as they think that people are well and truly hooked on to win 10 there will be a small announcement that it will stop working unless a 'small' monthly fee is paid. OSaaS anyone?

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