* Posts by Ivan 4

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UK.gov is doing sod all to break £20bn of locked-in IT contracts

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Re: UK.gov is doing sod all

Has any government ever done anything ... apart from spend our tax money without thought?

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Sage advice: Avoid the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – it knackers our accounting app

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Re: please clarify

No, no, it is Windows 0.1.0

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Re: pass

No one is forcing you to go anywhere.

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Re: Holy Shit!

Yes, someone has to have the vision or mankind gets nowhere.

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US govt pleads: What's it gonna take to get you people using IPv6?

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from smartwatches to connected refrigerators, furniture and thermostats,... "Many of those devices will need an IP address to connect to the Internet."

Why?

There might be a case for the smartwatch but there isn't for any of the others unless they are thinking of their botnet use.

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Hapless VESK hit by second major two-day outage

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It must be windy because the clouds are breaking up.

Anyone putting all their IT requirements in the cloud deserve what they get.

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Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report

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Re: How much space do these things need?

About the same size as a mechanical meter. The special team are two guys with a pair of steps, one to do the work the other to hold the steps as per H&S requirements.

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No wonder we're being hit by Internet of Things botnets. Ever tried patching a Thing?

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When are they going to include all the 'smart' meters in this? They would make one hell of a botnet.

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Windows Server 2016 will cost more on big servers, but discounts can be found

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the software will cost a lot of users more than they paid for Windows Server 2012

And how many of them will decide it is not worth 'upgrading' or even start looking for alternatives?

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Scrapped NHS care.data ballsup cost taxpayer almost £8m

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Just how many of the consultants in this fiasco have been fired? Then add to that the number of staff involved and fire them without a golden handshake or gold plated pension and we might be able to recoup a lot of the loss.

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It's open season for bug hunting – on Microsoft's Azure cloud

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So MS are admitting their software is not fit for computer consumption and they want the public to debug their latest offering.

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Microsoft inserts 'new kind of computer ... into our cloud' for speedier Azure services

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And what happens when the script kiddies make it do something else?

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British unis mull offshore EU campuses in post-Brexit vote panic

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Re: Say non to EU funding.

The real beneficiaries of EU funding are those academics that keep creating new research projects as a way of avoiding ever getting a real job.

And there is the crux of the matter. If they didn't get the EU funding they might have to actually teach for a living which might, if we are very lucky, mean that we would get graduates that know a little about their subject applying to enter the workforce.

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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77 per cent feel guilty about ad blocking. Do you?

Not in the least!

Is Forbes supposed to be something special? I ask because the one time I was directed there to supposedly read the full article the site wanted me to run my browser wide open. Needless to say I lost all interest in reading the full article and have never bothered with the site since.

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Woo hoo, UK.gov has unveiled yet another tech creche – for infosec

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Re: coalition government?

and my name is Bobby Ewing

Is that why they are hanging the almighty dollar in the picture heading?

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Brit boffins get $800k for Los Angeles Twitter pre-crime tech

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a pre-crime detection system

And we all know how well that worked. How is this likely to be any different?

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Windows Server 2016: Leg up or lock in?

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By all accounts, Windows Server 2016 seems a decent upgrade

Just who is saying that and how much did they get paid?

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EU's one-time antitrust hammer Steelie Neelie had 'offshore interests'

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Re: All these EU top politicians are liars

You should also remember that the EU has not had its books pass an audit since its inception as a political entity.

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Virgin Media costs balloon by MEEELLIONS in wake of Brexit

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I call bullshit on this

This is nothing less than price gouging using the threat of Brexit as an excuse.

Until article 50 is invoked there is no change to Britain's position in the EU therefore the supposed greater costs are just bullshit from a company that is trying it on to raise profits.

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Victoria Police warn of malware-laden USB sticks in letterboxes

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Re: What size?

That was my first question as well, too small then why bother, any other size just run them through our box that is designed just for that.

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Margaret Hodge's book outlines 'mind boggling' UK public sector waste

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Re: Won't change until...

Not at all. Everyone can see the IT fail therefore the the top bod in, for example the health department for NHS IT cock-ups, gets marching orders and no pension. No arguments, they are gone. Next cock-up, the same thing with the new head bod.

Kept up long enough, they might get the message.

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Re: Won't change until...

The better way would be to fire the top civil servant of the relevant department, revoke their gold plated pension and make sure they are nor employed in any form of government job ever again.

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Re: what changed?

the cynic in me thinks that anything which embarrasses senior civil servants and politicians alike is likely to be abolished as soon as an excuse can be thought of.

I think that should be senior civil servants and politicians alike should be abolished as soon as an excuse can be thought of.

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Hackers hijack Tesla Model S from afar, while the cars are moving

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Why

If they must have computers in cars to allow the car to run (activate brakes, run the engine) why are those computers accessible to the outside world via anything other than a short cable?

As for unlocking doors and folding mirrors why are they computer controlled? Yes, I can see that, in the present day and age, computerised entertainment is something that most people would want but that is something that should be totally separate from anything to do with how the car works.

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Oracle takes aim at AWS with cheap, fast public and hybrid cloud

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Re: Oracle

NO!

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Brave telco giants kill threat of decent internet service in rural North Carolina

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Re: Isn't it time...

Don't forget that the Monopolies also bought the congress critters so there is no hope there.

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Audi works with Chinese technology companies to develop intelligent cars

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Re: Audi Intelligent cars.

so the Audi ended up in a ditch.

Presumably it couldn't have happened to a better person. The problem is that I doubt that he will learn the lesson.

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Encryption backdoors? It's an ongoing dialogue, say anti-terror bods

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both coasts are going to have to learn to trust one another a little more

The way big government does things that will never happen.

There are just too many politicians in government that are totally ignorant of anything technical and they will never learn otherwise.

Maybe there should be a test for technical competence in science, engineering and technology that everyone that would be a politician has to pass before they can offer themselves for election. At least that way we wouldn't get the stupidity that we do today.

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Exploding public cloud just getting bigger, will be worth $200bn in 2016 – Gartner

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Hummm

Although companies are continuing to make cost savings by adopting the public cloud,

One assumes that might be correct up to the point when it all goes titsup when the data centre goes down or someone cuts the internet cable. Then where are the cost savings, especially if they lose customers or have a data breach?

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Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

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Re: Pretty meaningless metric

This has been round the net for some time but very few people understand it.

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Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes,

it would go something like this?

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing

The fifth would pay $1

The sixth would pay $3

The seventh would pay $7

The eighth would pay $12

The ninth would pay $18

The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59

So, that's what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball.

"Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20."

Drinks for the ten men would now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But

what about the other six men -- How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?

The bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of

the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.

And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving).

The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% saving).

The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% saving).

The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% saving).

The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% saving).

The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% saving).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare

their savings.

"I only got a dollar out of the $20 saving," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,"but he got $10!"

"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar too. It's unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!"

"That's true!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back, when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!"

"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison, "we didn't get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!"

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill,

they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how our tax system works. The people who already pay the highest taxes will

naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore.

In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

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Think about how you fit in.

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Logins for US Navy, NASA's JPL among US gov logins sold on deepweb

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Re: Better use them quick

You think the US government can act that quickly? They haven't in the past.

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Brexit makes life harder for an Internet of Things startup

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Re: Kitemark?

You'll just get a Britain only equivalent, accepted all over the Empire World

TFIFY

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Hololens for biz shocker: Surprisingly, it doesn't totally suck

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Re: "evaluating the insurance risks for buildings"

@AdamT and Dave 126.

What you are describing is the same use case as Google glass - a method of documenting what you are looking at and including pictures where necessary.

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You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

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Re: The other alternative

the whole idea of smart meters: to get National Grid out of having to supply more electricity:

In fact the National Grid has very little say about the amount of electricity available or even its wholesale cost. Those were taken out of its hands by the Climate Change Act which mandates that 'renewable energy' must be bought first and real energy is used as top up.

The main use of the 'smart meter' is to switch off sections of the community when the wind and solar energy isn't supplying enough and the real energy plants have all closed.

The country does not need smart meters it needs a smart energy minister that has big enough balls to stand up to the green lobby and have more gas fired generators built and brought on line.

If wind and solar are free energy why does their product cost four times more than the energy produced by coal, gas or nuclear plants and why does the public have to pat subsidies to the renewable industry through our taxes?

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Sony wins case over pre-installed Windows software

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Re: "without pre-installed software"

can you ask them to install OS/2?

You forgot to add - and have everything working.

This applies if it was Linux being installed as well because most (all) laptop manufacturers are geared up to have everything work for windows and there is a lot of wincrap hardware about that require drivers that are not available for any other OS.

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Were the remains of the alleged Samsung note 7 been found or is it his way of getting the insurance or even an attempt to shake down Samsung?

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United States names its first Chief Information Security Officer

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Is this guy also going to put NSA snooping on citizens back in the box?

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Spoof an Ethernet adapter on USB, and you can sniff credentials from locked laptops

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Or even don't use windows on your machines.

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Meet Deliveroo's ‘bold and impactful’ new logo. No, really

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Re: K9

a hand with two fingers raised in the not-very-polite manner.

Maybe that was what was intended.

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Sick of Southern Rail? There's a crowdfunding site for that

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Re: Good luck to them

And it is still the same, fast, reliable and on time (at least in France).

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Nul points: PM May's post-Brexit EU immigration options

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@Doctor Syntax,

Not only were Leave believed there still seem to be those who believe them even as evidence to the contrary starts to accumulate.

And what is this evidence you are talking about since the UK economy is improving faster than most EU countries.

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HDMI hooks up with USB-C in cables that reverse, one way

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HDMI + USB-C...

What could possibly go wrong?

Murphy always wins!

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Brexit must not break the cloud, Japan tells UK and EU

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@dan1980,

You do not negotiate to leave a club (EU), you just sign the papers (in this case Article 50), stop paying the fees and leave.

Other members of the club that want access to you will have to do the negotiations with you to get what they want (since the EU sells more to the UK than the other way where is the problem?).

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Intel bags FAA pass to fly 100-strong drone armadas over US soil

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How is El Reg's FAA application going or is it a thing of the past?

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Childcare app bods wipe users' data – then discover backups had been borked for a year

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Re: So much for Due Dilligence...

@Version 1.0 you have to check every backup to be certain that it's all working correctly. Of course nobody does this.

Sorry but some of us do just that. We even go as far as running test servers to restore to and test that everything works on failover.

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We want GCHQ-style spy powers to hack cybercrims, say police

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Lets also examine those 5 points....

Those five points are typical of academics thinking and then it is reinforced by the type of IT professionals that are invited to such gigs. In the end it becomes self reinforcing in their minds to the detriment of everyone else.

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Ice to see you! Windows 10 fix for freezing PCs finally flung at folks

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Re: Microsoft doesn't say if the update will fix the other issues-

- or just add more new ones.

Ah, the one step forwards and slide three back routine that is typical with alpha software. When will MS learn?

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George W Bush hacker Guccifer to spend 52 months in the big house

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Guccifer also revealed that Hillary Clinton used a private email address while she was secretary of state.

Shouldn't he be getting a commendation for that?

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US appeals court slaps down FTC, AT&T walks free, cats and dog living together, mass hysteria

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Re: AT&T pay good money.

Ah yes, the best government their money can buy but you forgot the 'donations' to the federal judges.

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Exploding phablet phears phorce Samsung Galaxy Note 7 delay

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Re: Well at least

The right person to blame would be the standards droid(s) who came up with USB-C

From what we are reading in this and other articles it is USB-C that should be banned.

Who thought it up first and why?

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