* Posts by Ivan 4

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C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

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Re: Blank box

I too wish we could but then how would microsoft guarantee that its software gets installed and where do you get the necessary drivers for any other operating system from?

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Leaky battery attack reveals the paths you walk in life

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Terry 6, that is exactly my point. I have yet to understand just why people aren't more careful about what they install and, more to the point, what it uses.

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So this requires the target to install an app that, in turn, calls home and sends the power consumption figures.

Now my question. Who in their right mind installs odd apps just for the sake of it without knowing exactly what those apps are going to do?

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'Net neutrality will turn the internet communist – and make Iran's day'

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Re: The Internet turning Communist?

At least he stayed bought.

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EU ministers hold Big Meeting on Big Data. But how will they get you to hand it over?

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Ministers?

This does lead to the question, what exactly does any politician and ministers in particular know about this digital thing they call big data?

Past experience says the answer to that is they know nothing except how to mess things up for everyone else.

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Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill. Sort yourselves out, Lefties

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Re: What a load of rubbish...

Err... did you actually read the article or are you just applying political bias?

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£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

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Re: Government contracts

I feel for you. Did you write a contract to cover yourselves that they had to sign before you accepted the job?

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Re: Basically...

3b) Absolutely no penalty clauses for shoddy, late and non working offerings.

I have yet to see a government contract that actually spells out exactly what is wanted, how it will be tested and what the penalties are for non compliance and also just how change orders are to be handled.

On the last semi government project I was involved with I had the contracts department rewrite all their supply contracts to specify exactly what was required and actually add penalty clauses because they had never used them before. We had one supplier that was most upset when I invoked the penalty clauses for late supply and not up to specifications.

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It's not the cloud: The problem lies between the chair and the computer – Gartner

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Possibly the fact that all that is in the companies server room - it is in ours.

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'Giving geo-engineering to this US govt is like giving a CHILD a LOADED GUN'

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Be afraid

Be afraid, very afraid. The 'climate scientists' that think they know all about the climate don't, because if they did the weather forecasts would be very accurate for a start.

With them not knowing are we prepared to let them undertake this insane plan which could very well tip the world over into another ice age? A few degrees of warming, if it eventuates, we can deal with, ice moving from the poles over the US and Europe we can not.

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Warming???

If there is such a thing as 'global warming', or is it 'climate change' at the moment, why do I have to have the heating on in my house for the first time in 20 odd years especially since I am living in the south of France?

I could use some of the 'missing heat' that the climate 'scientists' appear to have lost. Maybe it wasn't there in the first place and was just wishful thinking on the part of those producing the over hot models.

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Re: Tackling the symptoms, not the cause

That is always assuming they can stop the geo-engineering which could be rather difficult if your control centre is under a few hundred metres of ice.

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Never mind, Samsung, GOOGLE will EAVESDROP as you browse on Chrome

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Mobile drvices?

I assume this is only for mobile devices or top management that have to have all the latest bells and whistles. After all, who in their right mind uses speakers and microphones in a work situation - those in multimedia production excepted?

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Why 1.6 million people will miss Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 date with fate

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@45RPM,

We finished upgrading our last windows client just before christmas. They had exactly the same thought as your people and have now given MS the big heave ho. There has not been any complaints from anyone there but they have had a few questions along the lines of 'why didn't we do this years ago'.

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

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Re: I have one

Incidentally works very well as a phone

That is very good to know since it is a phone. A pity most phone reviews miss out the rather vital bit of information.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: Anyone who would fall for this load of old bollocks...

You do have to admit it does start the week off with a good laugh - ideal for a cold Monday morning.

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Basic minimum income is a BRILLIANT idea. Small problem: it doesn't work as planned

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I am not sure if what is described is the same as Negative Income Tax which has a built in ibcentive to go out and do some work to improve the total weekly income.

There was an editorial about it and the trials undertaken in the US in the April 1973 edition of Analog SF.

The US trials seem to bear out the observations expressed by Andrew Ducker (above) regarding trials in Canada.

As to where the money comes from, quite simply the savings made by removing several layers of bureaucracy that exist at the moment with the welfare system as it exists today costing nearly as much to administer as it hands out.

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Ross Ulbricht, in the library, with the laptop: Silk Road boss found GUILTY of all charges

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Re: Picking on the puppet

How true AC. I was surprised they even held a trial, but then 'the law' must appear to be done to keep the general public quiet.

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Microsoft's message for Win Server 2003 users: FLEE FOR YOUR LIVES

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No problems here, we finished moving our last client using windows over to Linux last week and those at the workstations didn't notice any difference - they had been using LibreOffice, Firefox and several other programs that are open source equivalents of windows programs for more than a year

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Bluetooth-enabled miracle washing orbs? Are you kidding?

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And I thought they had solved the problem of the teleporting sock and the bluetooth link would rell you just where it went (shades of SF of the 60s).

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Abuse of health data deserves JAIL, thunders ethics body

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Re: I had a true WTF moment this afternoon

The Guardian is not the font of all knowledge, in fact it has a very leftist agenda that it follows especially at this time with an election in the wings.

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Snapchat jihadist-fearing peers return with LAST GASP Snoopers' Charter demand

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Political hacks in the Lords

All this shows that there are more ignorant political hacks appointed to the Lords after they have become unelectable for the lower house.

There should be reform in the Lords with all the life peers being removed and the heredity peers brought back. That way the HoL becomes what it is supposed to be - a place that stops the excesses of the HoC.

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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

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Re: Just too expensive now

@cmannett85.

Does the OnePlus also have the active stylus the same as the Note 2? For me the lack of the stylus is a killer, sorry.

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'LOOK into my EYES: You are feeling very worried about the climate ... SO worried'

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Re: Volcanoes

I think all those links you give are based on the same flawed paper.

Anyway, since when has the guardian, SKS and the discovery channel been arbitors of science?

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Also don't forget that most of those that have swallowed the greenwash were not about in the 70s when the then climate scientists were claiming that we would all freeze because of the impending ice age. When that didn't materialise they switched over to global warming but since they can't prove that it has changed again to climate change.

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A better way to gauge the importance of an issue would be to ask actually scientists (you know, the people who have an in depth knowledge on these matters) who are screaming from the rooftops.

Their screaming always appears to be 'give us more money' or 'we are right even if we can't prove it' or both.

When they actually produce something that stands up to a rigorous engineering quality examination and not the standard pal review of some paper that relies on if, maybe or possibly people might begin to think they have something to offer by way of insight. Until then they need to go back and try to get their models to actually look something like what is happening in the real world and I don't mean tweaking the data and/or fiddling with obscure variables in the model to get it to almost fit the past.

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FCC sexes up, er, sextuples 'broadband' speed to 25Mbps in US

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@Eddy, do you mean that people actually care so much that they could be less caring or do you mean that people couldn't care less? There is a vast difference between those two you know.

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GoDaddy in doghouse over puppy-flogging Super Bowl ad

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Re: So it's okay to...

@Dave 126, a question. How does advertising that you have a puppy for sale on line differ from the more usual advertising in the paper?

In both cases the person wanting to buy the puppy has to go and pick it up from the person selling it. In my case I bought my first Newfoundland (he ended up as a champion) from a newspaper advertisement and my current one from finding out that a breeder had a litter on their website. I had to go and fetch my puppy and check the pedigree of the parents. I will say that looking on the web was much faster than trying to wade through the papers.

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Re: Experts?

...but one thing that could be said for life peers is that they were likely to be educated to a very high standard

You jest sir. The vast majority of them are broken down political hacks that couldn't be re-elected, hacks of the calibre of cabin boy Prescott and beefburger Gummer that still follow the political diktats of the party.

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IBM to cut '118k jobs worldwide' – report claims

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Re: Its getting sad now

AC, I thought for a moment you were describing the workings of the NHS in its entirety, not just the IT section.

In fact what you saw was the beginning of the decline into obscurity that all organisations that become top heavy follow.

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FROSTY MISTRESS of the Outer System: Pluto yields to probe snapper

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Billion

Is that a scientific billion or an American short billion. It might be better to give the distance in AU rather than the somewhat ambiguous billion.

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Developers, developers, developers! But WILL they support Windows 10?

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Re: we're already developing for Windows 10

And you are using windows to control production in the pharmaceutical industry - I just hope I, and others, don't have to use those products. I also assume the computers are connected to the internet in some way therefore you are asking for trouble in a big way.

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Beam me up, Scotty, And VAPORIZE me in the process

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In other words, another solution looking for a problem to solve.

Why don't these people get out into the real world and think about solving some of the problems we all have?

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2015 and IBM: But it wasn't supposed to be like this...

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Coat

They should never have given up on OS/2

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Net neutrality bunfight heads to Congress, with predictable results

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Bought

Now I assume we will see exactly how many of the 'peoples representatives' that have been bought and paid for will remain bought. And they are supposed to represent the people - HA, what a way to run a government.

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SCREW you, GLASSHOLES! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

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Someone has been dipping into old Analog SF stories. There was one about this very type of equipment and how the younger generation used it to live in a virtual world of their own making. Sorry I can't remember title and author but will look it up when I have time.

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Polish chap builds computer into a mouse

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@sqlrob, or even a large trackball.

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Telcos try to head off net neutrality rules with legislation

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Re: In other words, don't tell me my mega$ were wasted

If it does get past then it only proves that the only good 'peoples representative' is the one that when bought stays bought. What a way to run a country!

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Big Blue bleeds more red in Q4, promises better days to come

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Coat

Maybe they shouldn't have been so quick to dump OS/2.

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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Re: really ? check this

But we all know the BBC is into the global warming religion in a big way. They won't let anyone that doesn't chant the CAGW mantra have any air time.

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Re: Wait Whaaa?

@skelband,

If you read the full report and not just the headlines then you find they say they are only 38% sure.

http://joannenova.com.au/2015/01/gavin-schmidt-now-says-they-are-only-38-sure-2014-was-the-hottest-year/

http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2015/1/17/look-back-in-wonder-josh-309.html

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Re: Thermometers

@Dani Eder, Are you saying that that accuracy was followed in the 1800s all over the world?

Regarding cherry-picking, why do the warmest's always 'massage' the old data and use that in their calculations rather than the real data of the period? Is it because it doesn't follow their preconceived ideas?

Any data 'massaging' deing done should be to the current data to lower it because of the UHI that predominates present readings.

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Re: Cut the sh*t! @Stuart 22

So you would support the adjusting and fiddling with the raw data to fit the warmest message. They can't even use the same measuring stations every year.

The other thing is that the old records didn't measure in the hundredth of a degree so why are they trying to do that now?

Of course, if you massage the data enough you can get it to show anything you want which is what it appears they are doing.

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Re: Well

How do you justify your comments when the unadjusted data does not?

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Migration skills shortage looms as Server 2003 DEATH DATE approaches

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How much of this skill shortage is due to companies migrating away from Microsoft and needing some interfacing between the desktops and servers?

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Samsung's 850 EVO 1TB SSD appears live ... in 3D

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Just how many people will be rushing out to buy one at that price? A few quids above a normal spinning hard disk is OK but this - humbug.

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Boffins: It's EASY to make you GRASS YOURSELF UP for crimes you never did

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@Bobby Omlette, or maybe university students not bright enough to be aware of what they did during the latest night on the town.

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Amazon's tax deal in Luxembourg BROKE the LAW, says EU

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Re: EU "law"

@AC you forgot the /sark tag.

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FERTILISER DOOM warning! PESKY humans set to WIPE selves out AGAIN

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Early warning system

I don't know how they do it but the moment there is an article by Lewis on green matters the activists flock to the comments just like gulls to a garbage tip showing just as much understanding as the gulls.

If we could activate that early warning system our security forces could have it much easier at times of high alert.

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Re: Nonsensical scaremongering

@edg_e, in fact if you are a CliSci then 2+2=5 ±1

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