* Posts by Ivan 4

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Avnet sees Dätwyler's bid for Raspberry Pi slinger, raises to £868m

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Re: Turkey shoot

It'll still be a UK company employing UK staff and paying UK taxes.

Remember Cadbury and what happened to them after the US takeover.

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Pokemon GO-ZILLA: Safety fears after monsters appear in Fukushima danger zone

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Re: Pokemon/Godzilla aside, anyone else finding this recent admission pretty sobering:

fukushimaupdate.com (not connected to Tepco) is worth watching.

Except they are very much into anti nuclear conspiracy theories which makes most of their output useless.

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Odds are your office is ill-prepared for network-ransacking ransomware

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I note they don't mention the operating system that is going to have all this trouble. I wonder why?

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By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

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Re: Extrapolation

The problem is that these people don't do maths because it is hard.

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Re: Good thing world electricity production won't flatline until 2040

Shut down useless items like Facebook and Twitter and then admit that IOT is a waist of time...

Or better still build real power stations that can supply base load rather than relying on intermittent renewable energy.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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Re: Are there two El Reg's ?

You may think that this article is a fanboy puff piece. I couldn't possible comment.

Neither could I, but it does appear rather strange, even for a puff piece.

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EFF declares anti-piracy DMCA unconstitutional in new legal showdown

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But it is so and always will be with bought politicians.

The only way to combat it is to make it illegal for politicians to accept money and/or services other than their pay while they are in office and for 10 years after.

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Firefox to banish hidden Flash files – and kill off sneaky ad snoopers

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Re: Flash

Java is the "plugin from hell".

Java or javascript? Enquiring minds would like to know.

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Really Scary Telecoms Stuff? Nah – telephony's just an app

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Re: @Ragarth

Remember, that if you're running business critical services in the cloud, you probably want to have two diverse ISP connections to the Internet.

That assumes the cloud provider does not go down. If they do you are really stuffed.

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Blighty's Coastguard goes into battle against waterborne Pokemon

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Re: Don't mess with evolution!

They won't take any notice until we start handing out Darwin awards.

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Scalr hosting hit with outage

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Good luck with that.

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If managing PCs is still hard, good luck patching 100,000 internet things

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I'll accept a local "smart box" which can be taught, preferably by me, to control all of this hardware. But control of all this crap WILL NOT leave my house.

X10.

We have been there and done that.

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Drone bloke cuffed after gizmo stops firemen tackling forest inferno

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Re: Sounds like nonsense to me

There are birds up there as well, some of which attack!

The thing is that birds DO NOT fly over burning areas, they get away as far as they can, a drone does not.

While you as a glider pilot might love flying over a forest fire because of the thermals just think of the pilots that have to run it low and in a specific direction and speed over those flames to deliver their load of water and/or chemicals effectively, not an easy task in those thermals and then a stupid drone appears just as they are dropping their load.

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Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

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Re: A week is a long time in politics

The UK is at risk of having everything worthwhile bought up and dragged over the border.

It has always been like that. We have the brilliant ideas and the ability to get them started but when support is needed to take them world wide it is not there. The department of trade and industry (or whatever its called now) and the foreign office are as useful for support as the proverbial chocolate teapot, and it is required today in the world of globalisation.

For some reason that I have never been able to fathom the government will bend over backwards to support the intangible 'industries', banks and the city, but not someone that actually gets their hands dirty by actually making things and this applies to both main parties. I expect that as soon as Reaction Engines have proved their engine the whole Scylon project will move overseas because the funds necessary to complete the project will not be there in the UK.

It has always been thus.

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McCain: Come to my encryption hearing. Tim Cook: No, I'm good. McCain: I hate you, I hate you, I hate you

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Re: Dear Senator McCain

I take it you don't like Trump and prefer Clinton who should be in jail.

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

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Re: Well this is the way of MS - just think to the future

Exactly, the Windows subscription model has taken another step forward.

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It's not our fault we don't hire black people, says Facebook

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Here. Here.

My company has a hiring philosophy that boils down to, 'does the person have the knowledge and ability to do the job and fit in with everyone else'. For all we care they could be a big headed little green man from Mars and if they fit that criterion for the particular job then they would be employed. I assume that Facebook has the same requirements - people that know what they are doing and how to do it.

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EU eyes flaw in Google’s cash machine

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It would appear that the EU is getting desperate because of Brexit and the loss of cash from the UK. They have to scratch round to make up that shortfall and Google is the first one they see. Who will be next for the shakedown?

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5G: Mother of all pipes, or actually useful?

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Coverage

The missing bit in all the hype is the coverage.

If the mobile network providers are going to do anything with this are they going to have to provide more towers for the same coverage, or less? What about those areas that have poor coverage at the moment, will it improve or disappear altogether?

As it stands 5G sounds like a solution looking for a problem to solve.

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EU waves antitrust claims in Google's face, snarls 'You want some?'

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When is the EU going to investigate all the MS backed comparison sites?

As others have mentioned they are useless for finding anything and non of them actually do a real comparison that includes the world.

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Space station to get shiny new ringpiece for automatic penetration

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Re: $100 million - really?

Now, you know you are not supposed to ask such questions. After all $99 million just bounced through the NASA account to some black opps outfit we are not supposed to know about.

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Next month's Firefox 48 is looking Rusty – and that's a very good thing

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Re: Hmmm.

is the compiler known as phosporic acid, aka Rust Converter ?

I hope so and maybe it will convert the stupid UI to something workable without having to use several addons.

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You can buy Windows 10 Enterprise E3 access for the price of a coffee

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Re: And so it begins

That $7 a month is only the introductory offer and is certain to rise as soon as enough people are locked in.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if it went up to $27 a month when all the 'features' are added.

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Don't doubt it, Privacy Shield is going to be challenged in court

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Only one answer

There is only one real answer to the problem - bring the US up to the EU standards.

Unfortunately that will never happen until the normal people in the US revolt against their politicians and put enough people in place to make a difference.

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Theresa or Teresa May? Twitter confuses nude model and new PM

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Re: Just twitter?

Strange as it may seem the porn star would make the better PM, at least she wouldn't be leading the Stasi as the one we will be getting will.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Re: Regression to the really mean

Her and May - not much to choose from is there ?

Actually there is a lot of difference.

On the one hand we have Fuhrer wannabe May and her police state and on the other there is Leadsom that appears to think about the country and its people.

May would be a disaster greater than Cameron and Osborne combined and anything has to be better than that.

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Oracle says it is 'committed' to Java EE 8 – amid claims it quietly axed future development

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Re: Die Java Die

Why?

Don't confuse Java with JacaScript - they are not the same

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CityFibre takes on Ofcom over pledge to open BT ducts and poles

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A question.

Just how many of those persons at Ofcom are ex-BT execs? I wonder because of their continued support for BT goes far beyond what it should.

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Microsoft devolves sales ops powers to the UK

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I assume it is to help with the collection of the win10 subscription charges.

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Android tablets too bitter a pill for Dell

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Re: Great marketing by Dell

Turn off AdBlock.

That is a joke, I hope.

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fMRI bugs could upend years of research

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Re: Good science

@Geoffrey W

If it isn't showing up in the news then where did you hear or read it? Come on Victor, you don't expect us to just accept your statement do you?

It isn't showing up in the MSM because they only regurgitate science press releases and anyone that goes against the 'settled science' is a non believer and should be prosecuted as several US Aturnies General are trying to do.

If they manage that then we will see all the 'adjustments' used to fit the climate science dogma exposed and the MSM will then get the news.

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Michael Gove says Britain needs to create its own DARPA

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@AC I seem to remember he was moved out of the Edudation dept because parents were becoming vocal and an election was looming

That may be the case, after all you will always get a vocal minority that follow the party line, but it does not change the fact that most teachers are violently against any change that might require them to actually teach you only have to look at the goings on at the last NUT general meeting.

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Well given his track record whilst at the helm of education, forgive me if I appear less than enthusiastic about his abilities.

It is very difficult to make much headway in schools when the very left unions are actively fighting against any change that would cause their members to actually do some teaching rather than running the socialist utopian experiment of PSism, Common Purpose and so on. It ranges from primary school to university and the standard of engineering graduates is deplorable. Several of our clients have had to look to other countries for replacement engineers because theu don't have the time or structure to run remedial classes for what the universities are sending out.

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Can Ireland's grid green satisfy Facebook and Apple?

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Oh dear

It would appear that Ireland is heading for problems with 'green' energy and the grid.

Germany found out to its cost that much over 15% 'green' energy caused stability problems and now China has wind turbine grid problem as well.

The main problem appears to be that the wind isn't constant and a lot of wind energy is generated when no one wants it and doesn't produce it when they do - not an ideal situation.

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Russia, China fight UN effort to extend human rights onto the internet

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Re: I'm with them

Hear. Hear.

This UN initiative is all about getting censorship of the internet in by the back door. I wouldn't trust the UN as far as I could throw one of their buildings.

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Lauri Love at risk of suicide if extradited to US, Brit court hears

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Re: @Ratfox...

So you extradite them.

As we have all seen that extradition is only one way - country X to the US NEVER US to country X, for some very strange reason.

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Hillary Clinton: My promises to America's tech industry

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Re: "Believe them and...well you won't be getting what you expected."

A subject British leave voters are starting to realize as well.

Are they, or is it more FUD from the remain snowflakes?

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NASCAR team red-flagged by ransomware attack

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Re: When...

If the data is valuable, BACK IT UP.

And then back it up to another device as well after you have checked it!

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Gartner: Brexit to wipe $4.6bn off tech spending in Blighty

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Re: Whew!

I woke up in the freest country on the planet is what. USA!

Did you forget all about the FBI, NSA etc looking over your shoulder to check on everything you do?

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Judge rules FBI can hack any time, any, place, anywhere

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Don't they realise they have now opened up all the US government and its departments to the world? After all 'you do it to me, therefore I can do it to you' comes into play.

I assume the next thing we will hear is that the FBI has been hacked and all their information is available on some server in China or Russia.

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Israeli researcher fans fears: here's another way to cross the airgap

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Re: Distance

I guess if you have an 'air-gapped' computer in the same roome as a networked one, they could (slowly) communicate back and forth.

Then you don't have a secure situation at all.

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As you say, the moment someone has physical access to your computers, air-gapped or not, all bets are off.

While some of these 'connections' are interesting from a technical point of view they are not practical if security is taken into consideration. For instance, at one plant we supervise everyone has to go through two sets of security, one of which is a physical search, before you get to the secure area and even when there the servers are in a locked room. My techs are not allowed to take tools through security and the client has provided all those necessary and they stay in the server room at all times.

There is security and SECURITY and most companies don't know the difference or care.

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Physicists build simulator, hope to stand up beautiful Standard Model

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The bit that was left out (it may be in the paywalled paper) is how they are going to validate their generated models. Without that information the results could just be pie in the sky.

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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Re: Remember the days...

.and I can remember when it was a mail order only operation.

Abs they would also send orders to France and Germany.

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Dr Craig Wright lodges 51 blockchain patents with Blighty IP office

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Re: I laugh yellowly!

Since when does prior art stop anyone getting a patent approved?

When the examiner can't be bothered to look anything up and that is usually because they don't have any idea exactly what the patent is about.

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Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

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What is he actually saying

We need to look at what he is actually saying before we get all excited. Consider the following.

The US spying agencies, including the internal ones, want to be able to have backdoors in anything that they look at.

The US political establishment likes that idea.

The US tech industry says that idea is a no no.

The US tech industry actively sticks it to the man.

Now we have a guy the really really wants to be able to look at everyone's communication so he comes up with an idea.

If no one else can do the encryption as well as the US then the US tech industry does not have to worry about losing sales if the put in the required backdoors because no one else can do encryption like they can.

What he is saying is what he hopes the tech industry and people will believe and thus approve the introduction of backdoors or watered down encryption.

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Energy companies aren't going to slurp your personal data. Honest

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Not needed

It appears that they are not needed and Germany are against using them.

http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2016/06/smart-grid-technology-may-not-be-needed.html

The only thing they have going for them in the view of the suppliers, is the ability to switch off the customer when they can't pay because of the added very high green taxes that have been added to the bill, oh, and the not having the cost of paying meter readers.

Won't the script kiddies have fun when the deployment becomes large enough. They will be able to make pictures in light and dark at night by remotely switching off selected meters in the city because of the total lack of security of the units.

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SpaceX winning streak meets explosive end

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Re: Points for effort....

I'll reckon they have a massive payload of flight data to analyse and benefit from

And they will learn from it just as they have in the past. It is those that don't learn from mishaps that will be left behind.

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Net neutrality victory: DC court backs full rules

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dramatic sign that the era of Big Telco as an unstoppable force has come to a close.

It all depends on how many poli critters they can buy after the election.

They are not going to give up their monopoly with out a fight. After all why should the punters stop subsidising them seems to be their view.

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The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you

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Re: Just closed

The big question is 'were you able to wipe all your data', or is it still there lurking on their servers for MS to slurp as necessary?

They will most probably slurp the closed account details first.

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