* Posts by Ivan 4

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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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@Wiggers, since when has the guardian been a scientific authority? I will admit that it is one of the main mouthpieces of the Green Blob and activists safe harbour.

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Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?

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Re: One for dad

I think Chrome OS (or tablets) should be compulsory for parents. to give to their 'know it all' children. Not all of us are decrepit even if we are supposed to be retired.

I am quite happy in our server room and out on the floor teaching the young ones just how to apply security to their working practices.

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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Now if they sell them off at a reasonable price...

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Re: We will try!

@Babbit55, You are joking I hope. They are the ones that would see us on a very limited electricity supply - only when the wind blows - so there would be no need for crypto as no one could run a computer.

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Fujitsu: Slide your fingertip through our ring piece and show mice the finger

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A solution looking for a problem

Who is going to be the first twat that sits at a desk waving their finger about like a demented conductor. Also what happens when you scratch an itch and all you work disappears into a black hole.

If anything this is much, much more stupid than people wearing google glass headsets.

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Attackers planting banking Trojans in industrial systems

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Re: AV is often not an option

Are you saying the people in the Contract Department are still employed by the company. Shirking their responsibilities should be the reason for instant dismissal.

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Re: It doesn't look good

Good for you drewf74. Now the question is, what are they going to do about it? My experience says SFA.

I should think that someone should be kicking the hardware suppliers at your place. Depending on the speed tolerance % why didn't the independent setting alarms go off, or are they missing?

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Re: @ Ivan 4

I must say that some of the supposedly secure sites I have seen are not even, apparently, trying to be secure - something I just don't understand.

We were asked to design and implement a secure system - we did and it has been running without any problems for the last 15 years.

It can be done BUT it does require the will to do it, something that seems to be lacking in so many instillations today - especially government installations.

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Re: It doesn't look good

A good point Wize but we even have that covered. Any updates, and there are very few because we don't use windows, are tested on another separate network and they have to pass all tests before they get to our operating network. To get them to the operating network three people are involved and each person has to sign off their part of the operation before the operations manager starts the transfer that is monitored at every stage, also requiring a sign off.

We do not compromise security.

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Re: It doesn't look good

Speak for yourself. All of our industrial control systems are backed up every hour, accessible USB ports are removed or filled with araldite, disaster recovery is tested once a month, the network is independent and monitored for any any changes (when I say independent I mean just that - own servers, switches and monitoring systems). The last time a bean counter wanted access he was taken to HR and given his discharge papers - we don't compromise security for anyone.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: This must be....

But this is typical politician thinking - try to ban it or control it.

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Re: Am I a wrung'en?

All 'Call me Dave' is showing, along with all the other politicians and a vast amount of top and middle level civil servants, is that they know absolutely nothing about the internet and computers.

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Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

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There are at least two books that should be read by those considering now an AI should work/behave.

'Two Faces of Tomorrow' by James P Hogan and 'Turing Evolved' by David Kitson. There are a couple of other that I know of but they are not published yet but in all cases the authors have looked at the pros and cons of working AIs.

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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Maybe we should turn the whole thing on its head. Combine the tax and welfare system into a Negative Income Tax, work out exactly what the government NEEDS to spend - note, not wants - and work from that.

The ideal would be to reduce government by two thirds and give the people a direct say in how the country is run but that is not part of the discussion at the moment although it should be because we do have the technology available for it to happen.

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An e-reader you HAVEN'T heard of: Cybook Ocean 8"

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Re: Missing a trick?

Martin there used to be something like that available in two sizes 6 inch and 10 inch. The only difference being that one screen was e-ink and the other LCD. Both screens had a Wacom digitiser built in to be used with a stylus.

I got mine (enTourage Edge 10 inch) in 2010 and it is used almost every day at work since then. For some reason the manufacturer decided to sell the IP to Russia where it was, and presumably still is, being used in schools. I am now considering making my own replacement if only to be able to use a newer version of Android - Ermine being the last update available for it.

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Re: Inkpad

The big problem with the larger 9.7 to 10 inch screen units is their price. While I would love to equip all my tech people with something like the M96 rather than have them cart around stacks of paper service manuals the economics says it is a non starter.

Price has always been the killer of larger e-readers and will remain so until the manufacturers get realistic and dump the idea that, because they are very good for technical people that need to read large PDF documents, they can charge inflated prices. Let's face it, the electronics for 6 to 10 inch devices is the same except for, maybe, the screen driver. The screens themselves are not much different in price to the manufacturer either so why the big price bump?

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Right to be forgotten? That’s not Google’s call – data MEP Albrecht

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Re: WT Everlasting F???

You forgot the /sark tag.

You do know the US is the prime mover in the TTIP don't you.

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Buffer overflow reported in UEFI EDK1

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Re: Of course! @Stuart

@Sandtitz, It would appear that you have forgotten about all the industrial machines that don't and never will run windows. Many of them have old operating systems as the base for their work specialist programs.

We have just replaced some motherboards on some industrial equipment and the biggest headache we had was finding replacement boards that would allow us to disable all the UEFI secure boot crap that interfered with not only the OS but some of the programs.

While you might think it is the best thing since sliced bread there are others of us that consider it nothing more than a so called solution looking for an apparent problem that microsoft caused themselves and a total waste of time in the real world where actual work is done.

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

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The next 'cool' thing will be a mechanical gear shift adapter to replace all the push buttons.

I can remember when you could get floor shift kits to replace the column change floppy stick.

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Renault Captur: Nobody who knows about cars will buy this

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Re: Graham 24 Built to appeal to its market, which is not you

And how many young families have kids over six foot that would find the rear leg room cramped - very few I would imagine.

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

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Re: France

The big difference between the French system and the NHS is that in France you are expected to take responsibility whereas the British system is the nanny system where nanny knows best - regardless.

The fact that you keep your own medical records in France is an advantage - you can select which doctor you want and go where you want, something that might just be catching on in the UK at last. Also here we pay to see the GP, and get it back later, which does mean that most people that go to see a doctor do, actually, have something wrong with them which leads to very short waiting times (the longest I have had to wait in A&E was 12 minutes).

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