* Posts by Ivan 4

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Europe wants one beeellion tax euros from Apple

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To be expected. The EU is gearing up for when the UK stops paying the Dane Geld shake down money union fees. If they don't then the EU will most probably fall apart because Germany can't afford to keep it going.

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New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves

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Re: No safe level of drinking

"And now we are being told that bacon sammies are even worse."

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

Now they're just being silly!

I think that is intended to soften us up ready for the time pork will be banned to fit in with diversity.

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NHS slaps private firm Health IQ for moving Brits' data offshore

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Re: BASTARDS

it that important that the FUCKNAUTS at the NSA have to know about the fungal infection i had on my bell end?

Yes, it allow them to make a blackmail profile of you for possible future use.

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Corporates ARE sniffing around Windows 10, says Computacenter

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as customers look to take advantage of new operating systems

Does that mean that Computacenter's field staff are going to need to learn all about Linux?

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Redmond reveals Hyper-V 2016 beats vSphere's RAM and CPU count

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Considering the win10 offering from MS can anyone actually trust that this Hyper-V offering has been tested and isn't just beta software put out for others to test?

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Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

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Re: is there a comprehensive list of cockups?

and ship beta code en masse.

It sounds as if much of it is still alpha code that has not been tested at all.

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Vidahost hikes domain name fees by a third, blames Brexit

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Actually Brexit is the excuse for gouging money from too many people. With businesses that is just blatant profiteering on their part to screw the British customer, but then it has always been thus.

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Microsoft, Lenovo cross-licensing love-in: Android mobes knocked up with... Office apps

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Re: Useful.

Actual useful software then.

For you maybe, for others they can be useless. Not everyone uses MS beta software.

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Cisco's upsell plan: tell you your old kit is not as secure as its new kit

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lanyards used at the conference, ... that contains a light and can be controlled from without

With this as a demo just think what 'fun' the script kiddies can have with whole cities full of 'smart meters'.

It's another fine mess the previous government got us into.

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NASA wants to sell International Space Station to private enterprise

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Re: How long before...

Google steps in, starts developing specific laser technology

At first I thought you were advocating a Laser Launch System as described in 'High Justice' by Jerry Pournelle.

Then you spoil it with ads.

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Sex ban IT man loses appeal – but judge labels order 'unpoliceable'

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Re: vain, manipulative, grandstanding

Last time I checked that was the text book definition of a politician or corporate exec.

Exactly, maybe the police should be giving orders like this to, at least, all politicians.

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Re: downvote here

Precrime doesn't exist yet.

As far as the police farce force service are concerned it does.

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Windows 10 needs proper privacy portal, says EFF

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Re: Not listening ...

@VinceH, learn on your desktop until you are confident then you can change your laptop. That way you will not be embarrassed in front of clients.

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Re: Not listening ...

I can't do everything I need on that, so I have to keep Windows on the laptop

Simple answer run win7 in a VM (VBox works well) on your desktop machine, that way you have everything where you need it.

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DVLA misses out on £400m in tax after scrapping paper discs

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Re: In reality...

In fact they did that in France just before the turn of the century, I think my last sticker was for 1998. Since then there are more people owning cars, at least in my part of France, and the government gets more money from the fuel used. It also means that the Gendarmes have more time for dealing with real crime.

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

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Will this apply after we leave the EU?

Yes because the ECHR has nothing to do with the EU monolith.

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Nvidia welcomes Intel into AI era: Fancy a benchmark deathmatch?

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A question.

Has anyone actually defined what they mean by AI? If not then they are chasing unicorns under rainbows.

No, it does not mean computing faster.

Maybe they should all read 'The Two Faces of Tomorrow' by James P. Hogan as a starting point for discussions.

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The calm before the storm: AMD's Zen bears down on Intel CPUs

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I couldn't agree more. All our systems are AMD, servers, workstations and equipment controllers, and we have a few ARM based NSA boxes.

Oh, I forgot the the Intel P4 box we inherited that we seldom use.

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Oracle campaigns for third Android Java infringement trial

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Is Oracle feeling the pinch or is Larry wanting a bigger and better boat?

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Cisco axes up to 5,500 workers in scramble to remain relevant

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Re: silver lining

@tbijlsma, I think you forgot the /sark tag.

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Ad-blocking ‘plateaus’, claims hopeful ad industry

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It works both ways

A site that requires me to turn off ad blocking just goes into my black list and I will never go there again. The same with paywalled sites, there are plenty of other sites that have the same information.

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£11bn later: Smart meters project delayed again for Crapita tests

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Re: Gaz and Leccy...?

No, the actual use is to turn you off when the wind doesn't blow and there is not enough electricity being generated because the EU diktat called for the closing of real power stations.

Another fine mess Red Ed got us into.

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Cisco raises axe above 14,000 staff – reports

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Hardware

Humm, I wonder Huawei will be left to manufacture and sell the hardware?

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Cops break up German sausage fight between pair of Neubrandenburgers

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There was also 'The Dreaded Batter-Pudding Hurler (of Bexhill-on-Sea)' by the Goons.

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Wanna build your own drone? Intel emits Linux-powered x86 brains for DIY flying gizmos

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Typical Intel

Right now, you can order one of these for just shy of 400 bucks

They have to be joking or they don't want to sell very many of these boards. But then this is typical Intel - over priced for what it does.

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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

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A better idea ...

... would be for them to develop a real holographic display that does not require you to wear any special equipment. One that you can change the size of depending on what you are doing.

It could replace laptop screens and provide large screens for tablets and smart phones.

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Oculus Rift will reach UK in September – and will cost more than two PS4s

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Re: Google Cardboard

Bragging was not a consideration.

Bragging is the biggest incentive there is. "Look, I have this new shiney, shiney that you don't have."

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IT delays helped derail UK's historic child sexual abuse inquiry

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Often the prosecution's strategy is to convince the jury that the person was capable of the offence. For this they will present information about the defendant's life-style viz what they read, who they have known, etc.

And don't forget that the 'moral' attitudes of today are vastly different to what they were back in the 60s and 70s. Those of us that were young then can testify to that.

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Farewell Patch Tuesday fragmentation: from October, MS will roll just one monthly patch

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Re: reliability eh?

But that's not the point - Microsoft are again moving to restrict our control of our own systems.

But from Microsoft's point of view that is the whole reason. After all, they want you to pay a small monthly charge for their SaaS offering so they have to be in charge.

The fact it could, and most probably will, break something does not deter them, you should only be using their approved and developed software.

All this is going to do is encourage more people to find alternatives and then move away from MS.

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Google AdSense abused to distribute Android spyware

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Does this install happen if installs fron third party sites are blocked?

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HMRC: We've got £1.3bn for digital tax schemes. Tell us how to spend it

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@AC, that is much too sensible it should just work, but then you know that NO government department does sensible for the simple reason they can't gold plate it.

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League of lawsuits: Game developer sues cheat-toting website

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Re: Peru?

You know that US courts have jurisdiction all over the world. Oh, they only think they do. Isn't about time some other countries started doing the same against US companies?

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook block of Adblock Plus block of Facebook ads

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The social network reasons that by giving users tighter control over what ads they see

How about the default being NO ads and people being allowed to then select if they want ads and if so what ones.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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When will the ad pushers realise that most people don't want adds pushed in their faces when they visit a web page?

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Intel's latest diversity report shows numbers at a standstill

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You also have to consider if those people actually want that education in the first place.

There is also the need for motivation of the minorities in the first place.

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IBM used dud DoS shield for failed online census says Oz PM

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heads must roll for this clusterf.

It should start with Turnbull, after all he is the one in charge of all government departments and organisations.

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Judges put FCC back in its box: No, you can't override state laws, not even for city broadband

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How much ...

... did that ruling cost the entrenched monopolist ISPs? In fact it has cost them twice, first to get the state law passed and now to 'sweeten' the federal court.

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#Censusfail Australia: Not an attack, data safe, no heads to roll

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Re: How they spend $10m on....this?

Simple answer - it's a government contract negotiated by government MBAs that don't have the ability to negotiate their way out of a wet paper bag!

I am surprised that it wasn't a higher figure.

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Web pages, Word docs, PDF files, fonts – behold your latest keys to infecting Windows PCs

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Re: Are you seriously telling me...

You don't have to be part of any community to use any of the open-source operating systems.

Absolutely true but the problem arises when someone new to the OS has a problem and tries to ask a question on a forum. It is then that you see superiority complexes and snobbish behaviour appear. And then they wonder why more people don't make the move over.

I am not a windows user but we do have a copy of XP sitting in a VM for the odd times when someone sends a windows centric communication that we can't open with anything else.

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Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

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Re: Just one

I wish I could dump FB but I have some stupid** relatives that won't do standard e-mail and only let me know what they are doing via FB cr*p.

**I have called them that to their faces many times.

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Australian national census fails in the IBM cloud

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Re: More from down under …

They obviously didn't expect the servers to crash and burn so quickly. I suppose it should have been expected when it was organised by MBAs who generally don't have a clue.

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Internet of Car...rikey what the hell just happened to my car?

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Maybe old is best

My old diesel 4x4 is of an age before computers were fitted to cars and strangely enough I don't have any of those security problems. The doors unlock with a key, the engine starts with a key and only stops when you turn it off (or run out of diesel) and so on.

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London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

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Re: Windows 8.1 is NOT an upgrade...

Best to go to 7

The best thing would be to do what the French Gendarmes did which was to completely change to Linux everywhere in the country.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashing under Avast antivirus update

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Re: Avast problems?

You removed windows! A damn good idea, what did you replace it with?

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Billion-tonne IceCube: Sterile neutrino does not exist

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but the strange bump began to crop up in other neutrino experiments

Did they check if anyone was using a microwave oven?

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US Politicians tell DEF CON it'll take Congress ages to sort out how to regulate crypto

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House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Is that the one they use to make sure that there isn't any intelligence in the US government?

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Privacy warriors drag GCHQ into Euro human rights court over blanket spying, hacking

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Why single out the UK government? Did they think it would be an easy target?

Why not try the same thing against the US government or are they afraid they would be 'dealt with'?

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Microsoft: You liked Windows 10 so much, you'll get 2 more in 2017

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Re: Ample is as good as a feast

Which part of Microsoft do you work for?

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Re: Only if it works.....

it meant the anti virus needed uninstalling

A very good anti virus program that because it was doing its job.

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California to put all your power-hungry PCs on a low carb(on) diet

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Green energy...

... is not up to supplying reliable base load electricity.

California has put all their energy eggs in that one basket and now they are finding that it does not work they were told it would. Much of it has been shown as fraud perpetrated against the government and tax payers.

Somewhere along the line the will have to give up the green dream as a dream and get back to reality and build real power stations.

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