* Posts by jeremy 3

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EU privacy czars mull privacy regulation for Skype, WhatsApp

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I don't think they are using the term correctly.

OTT used to mean multiple services at the same time, for example you watch "Britains got nothing to do on a Saturday night" and you can follow along on your iPad and get extra "Over the top" services like voting and more info on each person and all that other wonderful stuff.

If it now just means anything that is "over the top" of a telco cable, its pretty broad and we kinda had a name for that already; the internet (not just the www).

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Families of men slain by ISIS gunman told: No, you can't sue Twitter

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no sympathy

This is nothing but an attempt to cash in on the deaths of their "loved" ones.

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Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London

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i know but...

ok, so i know we're not out of europe yet... but

and its likely to be one of the negotiating points...

and .. it probably would not be retrospectively applied but...

does leaving europe take away the "european arrest warrant" that was what started this.

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'Alien megastructure' Tabby's Star: Light is definitely dimming

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alien life ... obviously

Well not obviously in any way... but this would be the way we will first meet aliens, not because they found our probes with the weird crosswords (all that stuff printed that the average human couldn't figure out let alone a non-human).

We'll find an anomaly and gradually we will realise it is not naturally occurring ... we'll do little probes and over some time there will be theories that it is made by intelligent life.

definitely not some reck neck getting and anal probe in the woods :)

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Uncle Sam set to flog Silk Road's Bitcoins

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government and maths again ! (Yes, its plural, i am in the UK)

Bitcoins are not considered currency in the US, as shown in the recent case where some cops bought bitcoins and claimed they were going to buy stolen credit cards with them, then tried to fit up the seller on money laundering charges.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/07/26/ponzi_bitcoin_case_kaput/

The judge said bitcoins were goods. This is the line of thought for an auction.

However, there is an exchange rate for bitcoins, so an auction is relatively pointless as whoever bids 1c less than the current exchange rate will win. Anyone who bids over the current exchange rate, can't count and anyone who expects to get some kind of good deal has the time and money to waste speculating.

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$67M in bitcoin stolen as hacking typhoon lashes Hong Kong's Bitfinex

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wow... el reg really is visited by only old cynical IT hacks

Read these comment and they say "dont buy bitcoins they are new fangled and scary" ... what a bunch of tinfoil hated muppets you ignorant people are. To be fair, whenever there is story about facebook all you old dodery geezars come out to say "i never liked or joined it, its bad... "... why on earth do you bother with the internet when you don't accept any development in tech.

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I don't like Mondays, Pokemon, Twitter or Facebook – Sir Bob Geldof

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I dont like bob geldof... but even if i did.

He's always angry about stuff, he can't just have a conversation. I find that really tedious in people.

He's welcome to have a grumble, but his negative bs is just tiresome.

If he'd taken a little time to consider what he was saying he might have dug up research that shows younger people are not joining facebook and twitter. Of course they are joining whatever is the next thing (and me being older, i have no idea what it is).

I wonder if he'd been born 50 years earlier he would have bemoaned the electric guitar.

Twat.

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Android Mew-ware, I choose you: Code nasty poses as Pokemon GO

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Mr nokia and mr Razr

Yes you clearly are luddites so you're comments that you are superior due to your failure to adopt new tech make you look Amish at best and plain stupid at worst.

I wish these people who just post to say we should have stopped the Internet in 1996 would die already. No one cares how clever you are, i can talk to my 1000 Facebook friends about how irrelevant your opinion is. The world moves on. Get over it.

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Replacement IT at 'high risk'. Squeaky bum time for UK tax folk

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Am i the only one thinking....

That what the fuck is acceptable about Amber in multi-million dollar projects?

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The truth about Silent Circle's super-secure, hyper-privacy phones: No one's buying them

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Silicon valley

Whether the TV (which looks humorously accurate) or real life, there seems to be a way of doing business these days that says "burn loads of money to look good, have lots of staff and have nice offices" ... what budget for tech?

But honestly i am not surprised they failed, the last phone to be successfully launched in the west was the iPhone, since then every successful phone has been launched in Asia... over here, there isn't a peep out of Silent Circle (guess it lived up to it's name).

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UK.gov rolls out 10 years' chokey for industrial scale copyright pirates

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Crazy idea

Maybe when introducing new laws there could be some kind of auto matic excel sheet that makes a graph of reletive crime sentences... Everyone likes excel right?

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A trip to the Twilight Zone with a support guy called Iron Maiden

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"Electing the European Commission may not be a plebiscite"

definition: "the direct vote of all the members of an electorate on an important public question such as a change in the constitution."

So even though the EU is not democratic ..... we should suck it up and carry on... fu*k off Mr Dabbs. Can't you tell what a democratic vote is... the fact that El Reg has published this a week after the referendum seriously harms the reputation. Anyone who did not get their way and is now throwing their toys out of the prams is an idiot... its done, get on board or f*ck off to some other place.

So done with this nonsense. There are other IT websites.

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Home Office ignores plight of BA techies as job offshoring looms

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oh well just have to outsource my air travel to an asian company

... no more "free" snacks? ... my blue (lowest level) BA frequent flyer card doesn't get me anything useful now so if you're not giving me INCLUDED food on air travel, then there really is a whole host of other airlines that will.

IT folk getting outsourced from the UK because its so damn expensive to pay people there... is it still 2010? Is that still news?

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Surveillance, interrogation and threats: Behind the Nest witch-hunt

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antisocial media?

First there was social media - "here have this, share everything"

Then people started sharing that other people don't like, other people such as governments and more recently companies.

Are we heading for a time when we'll just get a notification: "You do not have the requisite number of cute cat pictures on your facebook, you are clearly a terrorist and a swat team is on it's way"?

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FFS, Twitter. It's not that hard

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wrong.

Twitter cannot be saved by any suggestions in this article.

Twitter attracts a certain kind of person. Often those people are in the public eye already, but those who are not joined Twitter so they could be.

There is no use to Twitter if you just want up to keep to date with news / gossip and communicate with friends. The people who cannot see a use in Twitter are never going to sold on it and those that infest it now seem to be a very emotional bunch of angry shouty people.

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EU referendum frenzy bazookas online voter registration. It's another #GovtDigiShambles

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Unprecedented

Not really.

This is government IT services, they should expect by now that their user base is potentially the whole population.

Additionally, there is some precedent in previous large scale government IT services failing due to demand. Unplanned for maybe, not budgeted for perhaps... but not unprecedented.

There are a few phrases i would like to see banned from the vocabulary of politicians and "unprecedented" is one of them. All these little lies they tell just shows their distain for our intelligence.

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Model's horrific rape case may limit crucial online free speech law

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law enforcement?

So, if these guys were breaking the law and luring girls then there was an open police case, right?

Oh there wasn't ? So the issue is that uncorroborated hearsay was not being spread via a website?

If there was an open police case, then why were these guys still going about their business?

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Microsoft thinks it's fixed Windows Server mess its last fix 'fixed'

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No more testing....

...does that mean it's now "Windows Live" tm.

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'Whites are taking over': Race storm hits heart of Africa's internet body

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both previous comments are valid but...

Although i am fully aware of history and the various actions of both my own countrymen and other people of the same colour skin, it is starting to get really tiresome that despite the fact I am not racist, i don't going around colonising countries or oppressing people, I am still grouped with the "evil white people".

I appreciate this is a natural reaction from various previously oppressed people, but its not my generation that did the oppressing and heaping the "white privilege" card and the whole oppression thing will just create that resentment in a new group of people (me).

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Take that, Mom! Turns out Super Mario Bros was all about solving complex math problems

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Mario taught me maths....

.... but if it wasn't for Lara, then i would be without any vine swinging skills whatsoever and then where would i be!!!!!

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Bitcoin to be hammered – in an auction, that is

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Duh

Do they auction off cash? No. Shows how stupid cops are. There isn't even any point in bidding since you wouldn't bid higher than market and the winner is the person who bid higher than any other but less than market rate.

Therefore the winning bid will be :

Market - 1 Satoshi

Waste of everyone's time perhaps in an effort to avoid giving bitcoin legitacy.

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Labour asks for more concessions on the UK's Snoopers' Charter

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Sunset clause

Was added because it was wisely thought a review of this is necessary. Dont worry these laws aren't permanent we were told.... Yet they rush to renew them. Ok forever temporary, politians are killers of meaning in language just because white can be reasonably termed as black to the ignorant idiots.

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Bank in the UK? Plans afoot to make YOU liable for bank fraud

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not under your mattress... is this an IT website?

I am gradually moving money into bitcoins, and also keeping an eye on the other rising crypto currencies.

Banks still have some of my custom, but it is definitely time to diversify.

Make no mistake, i am aware of the problems with bitcoin and the unstable past.

However, when it comes to security vs cost, the banks charge me huge fees for moving money around (internationally), unless i am willing to wait days for it. They are fairly secure with their one time password generator thingys, but the number of passwords and keys for my bitcoin account make it way more secure than a range of easily found out family information.

Nothing is truly secure, but make me choose and i will go with technology.

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Victims stranded as ID thieves raid Aussie driver licences

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circumvent

Couldn't they re-do their driving test thus forcing a new license and therefore number, or does a system that can't re-issue a number have the ability to tell you have a licence already and wont let you do the test.... (in which case you claim you are John Smith JR)?

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Hulk Hogan's sex tape, a Silicon Valley billionaire, and a $10m revenge plot to destroy Gawker

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problems on both sides

... first it is a little alarming that there is the possibility of the court denying the insurance from paying this. I hope this can only happen because the 'company' is insured and he wants the damages paid by the individuals therefore his case is with the individuals not the 'company'... otherwise why ever buy legal insurance again?

... second is that this rag making these headlines sounds like it is attacking him for being gay. I have a feeling that kind of thing in the UK would come under more specific laws.(could be wrong).

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Pointless features add to browser bloat and insecurity

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El reg is becoming an old folks home...

For the people who yearn for a text only internet...

Web Audio and Web RTC are very useful but as yet not really discovered.

There are large java / HTML5 apps like BigBlueButton that rely on this for non-flash video and audio streams.

Jeez, you can't go a day on el reg without the comments de-crying flash and then any replacement gets shot down.

Stick to your nokia 6110s and keep that cat 5 away from your steam powered difference engine!!!

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$1.6bn VMware defence deal challenged by AWS, Citrix and Nutanix

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E-procurement is officially dead then?

I have done lots of work with companies spending huge amounts of time and money to move to e-procurement systems so that everyone who wants to buy a pencil automatically buys them all together and at a cheaper cost. These systems manage multiple vendors and generally smooth procurement and save money.......

That was the sales brief, but i guess an easier way is to just give the big contract to Pencil World and never worry about it again.

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Smut apps infecting Androids with long-gestation nasties

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Porn apps?

... do you mean a web browser?

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Apple bans benign iOS spyware detection, security info app

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My company stopped about 2 years in...

Apple's moving goal posts, random application of bizarre and subjective rules and $150 a year just to keep apps in the store meant that all those millions and millions of Android users are now our main customers.

Interestingly, here in Asia, the whole "apple users spend money" thing is totally wrong... no-one in asia spends money once they have the phone, so no point developing apps for Apple anymore.

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Americans cutting back on online activity over security and privacy fears

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Legislation

Until companies are legally liable in a way that they cannot afford to be, then data loss is cheaper than data security.

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Spying on you using fake social media profiles: One Scots council could

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Re: and people ask why I'm not on any (anti-)social media site?

Yes, this is a perfect answer for why in 2016, we will tell you that your experience is totally out of date and you are no longer employable, despite all that "valuable mainframe experience" in the 70s... go and get your pension granddad... and let the current generation who understand social networks actually talk sense instead of your sweary old nonsense.

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TalkTalk customers decide to StayStay after £3m in free upgrades

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people are stupid

That is why we have so many data breaches..... that is all..

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Congress calls for change to NSA spying law

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known terrorist?

That is a vague term, especially when any american in government says it. This is the second phase of introducing a nebulous word to describe something specific.

1) What is a terrorist - anyone we say so.

2) How do we know they are a terrorist - we just told you, therefore they're known.

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BT Sport takes Elemental step of software encoding

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still not getting a 4K tv

... this is fine for live content, but having worked for one of the big cable channels (Discovery) during the advent of HD and 3D, I remember well seeing just how slow it was for the content producers (in Discovery's case, small production houses that sell them entire shows/series) to even move from shooting in SD.

I expect there will be no worthwhile content for 4k for this generation of TVs. Maybe in 5 years plus, but honestly, how much 3D content is going on? yeah that 3d TV was a real investment!

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UK.gov wasted £20m telling you to 'be safe online, mmkay'

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Maybe they just missed the point...

Don't most people have some idea that we "should" be safe online and children "should" be careful and we "should" do something with passwords..... the problem is that most messages about this are mixed.

Even the people on this forum alone would have a heated discussion about exactly what steps you should take to have a secure experience. Some would argue for text browsing and turning off facebook forever, but people like me would say that is not realistic.

So, £20M to tell you its cold outside without a consistent message to tell you how to wear a coat, is quite useless.

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Apple Watch

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Conflicted

On the one hand, i see this as a totally pointless device that the owner was dumb to buy in the first place, being compounded by using for something even more pointless and wasting a whole bunch of time to do it.

But... only the other hand, running a non-touch obsolete OS on touch only device, which while sounds like the definition of pointless, is actually more useful than the Apple watch was to start with....

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Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records

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revenge porn

So... if any x-ray images or other technological images have been shared without my consent it is the same as revenge porn, right?

Or do highly intimate images shared with a special person (and then given away without your consent) have to be some how erotic, to be illegal?

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Kids racking up huge in-app bills on Kindles, Android is all your fault, Amazon – US court

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open and shut

... given that Amazon have patented "one click purchasing".

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Fancy £200m? Tell HMRC you'll help them sort their IT out

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I thought...

They were encouraging SMEs for government IT projects now or was that just a soundbite for whatever was the issue at the time.

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

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Linux is good but boring as shit

Seriously, i stopped reading pretty quick when the launch bar being at the bottom of the screen was significant. Yawn yawn yawn (and I'm a Linux fanbois).

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'No password' database error exposes info on 93 million Mexican voters

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no government will do it, but....

There does need to be some basic assumption or legal right that your data belongs to you and anyone using it or sharing it has some duty or liability to you personally when they f**k it up.

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One million patients have opted out of Care.data

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Too much BS

"....it does not capture the full ambition.

From today it is NHS Digital. We want to make sure people are aware this is an extraordinary and noble project."

When did a name have to capture ambition? Especially when it is a name of a public service. Why can't a functional name be just as good? Also i think (in my case anyway) they failed to make me aware through the new name of just how extraordinary (doing sneaky stuff with data, not that extraordinary) and noble this project is.

This all sounds like an explanation for a new £150,000 logo that is the same as the old one.

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GDS has no real strategy for £450m budget pot, internal plan reveals

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Joke

They earned every penny already!!

"Government as a Platform" .... genius nonsense!

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Angry Vodafone customers spark Ofcom probe after phone bill overcharge snafu

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PR marketing speak doesn't show companies in a good light, ever.

"a very small number of our customers.." , it is irrelevant how many customers have a problem because for that customer, it is 100% of the customers that matter. Saying only a small number are affected denigrates their poor experience as less important to the company, explaining away any failure on their part to deal with it seriously.

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Egypt unfriended Facebook for Free Basics snoop snub

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nothing good in this

Is there no irony in the fact that this is not about there being surveillance on your free basics usage, simply a question of whether just an evil corporation has that data or an evil government too.

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SEC chair blasts Silicon Valley for its hokey valuations

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An intelligent articulate regulator addressing the specific issues.

Now that is as rare as rocking horse shit!!

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Closing courts to fling £700m at digital stand-ins will fail, MPs snarl at UK.gov

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getting bored

of MPs answering questions like someone who has phoned you up to sell you something.

Most of us (well at least a good few) aren't stupid, and the nonsense PR bullshit is getting really tiring, politicians are a shower of bastards.

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Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019

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Next week's "Line Break" article....

"Dear Reg, I am an anonymous military contractor working on top secret new aeroplane... but can't tell you which one ;)

Over the last 5 years we've seen some awful code going into production.... how we laughed....here is just one corker of an infinite loop error........ so then the whole plane has to be restarted, at 30,000 feet, lol " .... etc etc.

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What to call a £200m 15,000-tonne polar vessel – how about Boaty McBoatface?

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Re: RRS It’s Bloody Cold Here

And about time too, one word vessel names are so boring.... soon the AI in ships etc will be able to name itself!!!

My Culture suggestion would be the "RRS I may be some time"

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