* Posts by captain veg

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

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The wasn't a ban on encrypted communication. There was a ban on encrypted communication using keys that were specially weakened for the NSA. This was at the time that the American government seriously thought that no other nation was capable of developing strong encryption.

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We ain't in 1996 anymore, Dorothy: SQL Server 2016 proves it

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"800GB on cirrus"

Cirrus was the project name for what became Microsoft Access. It had a maximum database size of 1GB.

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It's 2016 and Windows lets crims poison your printer drivers

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Re: Software contains bugs

> ."Win10 has supposedly been re-written from the ground up".

> Wasn't that Vista?

I never paid much attention to Bisto, but it was certainly part of the spiel for Windows 95.

Perhaps they meant re-written from the ground up remains of DOS.

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

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So it's not just me then. What is it about bluddy "committed christians" that makes them want to be politicians, and how come so many of them get to lead their parties?

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Couldn't be arsed

I know a couple of people who were unable to vote for unforeseen reasons, they being respectively a severe health crisis and an unexpected work call-out to another country. Not every failure to vote was due to apathy.

The point was often made that older people were both more likely to turn out and more likely to be for Leave. I might add that pensioners also have more time on their hands to actually go to the polling station on a work day. Why doesn't Britain do like other countries and field votes on a Sunday?

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We don't elect a government in the UK, we elect MPs. The Queen appoints the Prime Minister. She could chose who she likes, but by convention she selects whoever can command a majority in the Commons, possibly in coalition. This is usually the leader of the party with the greatest number of seats, but it doesn't have to be,

Democracy? We've heard of it.

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fantasy politics

Leadsom becomes PM, quickly loses confidence vote. In subsequent general election Lib Dems are surprise beneficiaries of chaos in Conservative and Labour parties and a Farage-less UKIP.

You read it here first.

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Mandate

There is no mandate. It was an advisory referendum, not a manifesto pleadge by the party with a majority in the Commons.

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A statement from Steven P Bong concerning alleged CV inaccuracies

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see also

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/politics/politics-headlines/andrea-leadsoms-cv-claims-she-already-is-prime-minister-20160707110382

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Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger

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Re: you moron

Look up "supermajority", brainbox. It is pretty much universal in countries whose constitutions make a feature of binding referendums. Ours doesn't.

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Re: What about my EU Citizenship

I wrote to Martin Schultz begging to keep my EU citizenship. He didn't reply. Mind you, neither did the current MP in the constituency where I last lived in UK.

I wasn't allowed to vote in the referendum. Who, I wonder, is supposed to be representing my interests in the face of losing crucial (to me) rights?

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Re: From another angle...

Not only did the enabling legislation specifically state that the referendum was advisory, the wording of the question makes it pretty clear.

Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union

Should. Not shall or must.

It's like the Ask the Audience lifeline in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Their opinion informs the decision, it does not dictate it.

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Blighty's EU science funding will remain unchanged until new PM triggers Article 50

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Re: A referendum. Is a snapshot. Nothing more.

Wonder if we could persuade the other 27 to adopt a different name*? Then we could be OUT OUT OUT of the EU without actually changing anything.

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*Something like "British Empire" ought to do it.

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What Brexit means for you as a motorist

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Re: Customs tarrifs within the EU

That's a special rule for "motorhomes". Every right-thinking person hates them with a vengeance.

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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Re: Interesting observation...

Quebecois films are subtitled in France.

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Re: Pedant alert

> And if it's spoken in France, it's also a French dialect.

For a given value of "French".

To take the example of Alsation, it is a dialect of France, but not of the French language (it's a variety of German). Breton is Gaelic, Occitan is a family of Romance dialects including Provençal, part of a linguistic continuum that runs from Italy through France and into Spain. French Catalan is quite markedly different in sound from that spoken in Spain, but a speaker of any Romance language could have a stab at understanding the standard written form. Basque is something else entirely.

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Re: Lingua Franca

I work in the international team of a global company. Let me tell you, in Latin America, Japan, China, large parts of Africa, pretty much no one speaks English.

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Re: Lingua Franca

Plenty of Asians speak French, Perhaps you meant South Asians?

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Pedant alert

Breton is not a dialect of French. It's basically the same as Welsh.

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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Re: Of course the original referendum is only "advisory" it is not legally backed.

Geoffrey Robertson, QC, states that the first referendum had no constitutional significance and that a second is entirely redundant.

It was a sham, and judging by their subsequent backtracking, the leaders of the Leave campaign knew it all along.

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'Leave EU means...' WHAT?! Britons ask Google after results declared

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Re: People being stupid.

> England will now be England again, Wales will now be Wales again.

What were they last Tuesday?

> The UK had vote on the EU

Yep. That's all it was, a vote. I can't predict the future, but I can state that it doesn't bind Parliament to anything at all. Sorry, but that honest decent Mr Cameron sold you a pup. At least he had the grace to be embarrassed about it.

> I presume you all had a vote

No. Like many other Brits living in Europe, I was denied a vote despite this being a matter of supreme importance to me.

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Re: run crying to the teacher

> what is is the bloody point of having a referendum

In the British constitution, there isn't any. Or, at least, the point certainly isn't to decide the issue on the ballot paper. Parliament is sovereign, and it draws that sovereignty from the Crown, not from the People. Yes, it really is that feudal.

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Re: Tories love not knowing stuff!

Vote Jump, take control!

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

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Singluar Kingdom

Or, given the profile of the Leave voters, how about Singular Kingdom of the Uneducated, Misguided, Bigots And Geriatrics?

If that doesn't get at least 17 million downvotes, I shall be very disappointed.

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Re: 'EU' -> 'UK' -> 'K'

Singular Kingdom of Southern Britain and Northern Ireland (provisionally). Or how about Narnia?

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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Re: It was a very, very close decision...

How exactly is "didn't give a shit either way" different from "OK with the status quo"?

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Re: Gutted

When I saw the projected result early this morning, after making sure that I hadn't misread it, I felt sick. I still feel sick. And very sad. It's not easy to be rejected by the people of your own country.

Britain joined when I was 9 years old. I've grown up with the European project as it evolved into a single market and a free movement area. For the past 20 years I've exercised my right to live and work in another member country.

I never thought I'd see the day when my own countryfolk would smash it up. And for what? To spite foreigners?

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Re: So then

Treaty obligation always trumps national law. It could hardly be otherwise.

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jumping out of an aeroplane without a parachute

Vote Jump, take control!

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Re: It was a very, very close decision...

It was a close result, but it wasn't a close decision at all. Approximately 17.5 million voted leave, 16 million voted to remain, and 13 million didn't vote at all. This puts the Leave camp at 37%, a minority.

It's been reported as a high turnout, but that's only when compared with elections. I expected much higher for such an important once-in-a-generation choice. Those that couldn't be bothered were, by implication, OK with the status quo.

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In brave new 5G world, data centres are pizza boxes... or football fields

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Pizza Box

Maybe it's the name of a restaurant chain? If not, it should be.

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Germany: If Brits vote to Remain, we'll admit Hurst's 1966 goal was a goal

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Filling shoes

No offence to Paul Kunert, but I miss Lester.

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Why you should Vote Remain: Bananas, bathwater and babies

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Re: "Full disclosure: my startup OpenTRV has received funding from EU sources"

Every British citizen has a vested interest. So too, to a lesser extent, do the citizens of all the other EU member states.

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Re: YMMV

> ideally what we'd be having is a multiple choice questionnaire about which bits of the EU do we want to fix, rather than a stupidly over-simplistic in/out referendum.

The question wasn't put to find out what you think about the EU. The referendum's sole purpose was to get Dave out of a hole with a large and vocal minority of his backbenchers. That it is so close to turning round and biting his arse is /almost/ reason for backing Brexit.

In fact the best response might have been to simply ignore it. There should have been a third option on the ballot: I want nothing to do with your cynical exercise in party management. Alas, since that isn't on the cards, please, please hold your nose and vote Remain.

Ta.

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Brexit: More cash for mobile operators or consumers? Pick one

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Re: I am for leave because I am pro Europe

> A vote to Leave is a vote for *choice*. If you're pro democratic choice, then you should vote Leave.

Utter rubbish.

To the extent that the Westminster model of democracy (i.e. elected dictatorship) offers much choice beyond voting for a lizard to ensure that the wrong lizard doesn't get in, leave or remain doesn't change a thing. However, being a small-ish country outside of any larger political structure does expose you to the full force of transnational capital with no safeguards. If you want policy decided by the highest bidder, vote leave. You want choice, try actually turning out to vote in the European elections.

Between them UKIP and the Greens took 5 million votes (out of ~30M) in the last GE, but got just one MP each. Some choice that was.

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Re: The people are just not well-informed enough to make the decision

The people are actively *misinformed* by certain newspapers that happen to have the largest circulations. Most of the supposed reasons we're offered for leaving are imaginary, illusory, hypothetical or outright lies, but are presented as fact. Or even FACT. Remain may not have the best tunes, but at least their arguments have some basis in reality.

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Friends with benefits: A taxing problem for Ireland in a post-Brexit world

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Re: parliamentary sovereignty

> Here's the explanation. The Leavers actually believe in democracy, not parliamentary sovereignty

Well, it's an explanation, but I don't think if fits the facts very well.

> and so a referendum result clearly overrules any vote in parliament.

In Switzerland it would. But not in the land of the Crown in Parliament.

They've kept quiet about it during the campaign, but these guys are otherwise always going on about parliamentary sovereignty and how "Brussels" erodes it. They were also prominent in opposing any change to the rather undemocratic FPP voting system in the last referendum. The European Parliament is arguably much more democratic than Westminster.

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Ignoring the wrong result

I don't think it's going to happen, but let's imagine a Leave vote.

An amusing fact is that the Leavers bang on about loss of parliamentary sovereignty, but should they win would insist that it be overruled! There is no doubt at all that a free voite of the houses of parliament would be overwhelmingly for Remain.

What happens next? Dave and George and chums are toast. The Tories are so split that there is no way that Boris can be parachuted in and then win a vote of confidence, so it's general election time. This referendum is all about the Conservative party, and I doubt that the electorate is likely to thank them for it, so there is a very real possibility of a change of government. The new guys would be perfectly entitled to claim that the referendum was nothing to do with them, and that they're going to ignore it.

I hope that this remains hypothetical.

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It's [insert month] of 2016, and your Windows PC can still be owned by [insert document type]

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Re: Noticed Flash updates....

I would happily become an ex-user of Flash, just as soon as iPlayer and 4OD stop needing it.

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Patent trolls, innovation and Brexit: What the FT won't tell you

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I am not a Patent Attorney...

...but it is evident to me, as it ought to be to any sentient being, that this article is politically motivated bollox. Apart from anything else, it implies (citing a broken hyerlink) that obtaining a patent is difficult and expensive, while at the same time somehow trivially easy for trolls.

I've read the linked FT article, and I find the description "pro-EU" somewhat baffling, unless that means "reporting facts". The Daily Mail comparison from, of all organs, the Spectator was a good laugh.

The best evidence of prior art is to patent your own invention before going public. Why didn't the author do this with the magical things he claims to have "pioneered" but now seems so sore about?

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that's nailed it

Thanks for the info, wookey. The thrust of the article is completely voided by it.

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

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"When you consider what a combined Microsoft and LinkedIn know about you"

Erm. Nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

I can't be the only one.

But who cares, in a few months Microsoft will have run LinkedIn into the ground and retired it.

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Bendy see-thru mobes? Materials scientists make nanofilm advance

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Re: It'll be great

Isinglass curtains? Is that like beer goggles or something?

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what is going on with that hand?

Looks like the skin has been carefully scalded over a rectangular area, and then the poor victim get electro-zapped across it. Some new "enhanced interrogation" technique?

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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Re: LinkedIn will eventually be renamed to ...

More likely something like Microsoft Office Sharepoint Resumé Bucket For Business 2017. Just before they write off the purchase price and spray it with the legacy airbrush.

Haven't heard much about Yammer recently.

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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

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Re: Just another good example...

> no objective reason to run BSD over Linux

As I mentioned in the comments to a much older article, I foolishly bought an HP laptop last year that simply won't run any flavour of Linux reliably. I'm pretty sure it is due to a UEFI/ACPI buggarup, especially since they had to issue a firmware update to support Windows 10.

Last throw of the dice before re-installing Windows was PC-BSD. Runs solidly. No driver for the OE WiFi card (yet), but a supported USB dongle sorts that out.

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

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Re: Too stupid to vote

> As stupid as someone who enters an airport terminal at 10:40PM when the flight is due to depart at 11:00PM.

Yes, well the flight "referendum" isn't actually leaving for another couple of weeks yet.

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Re: Too stupid to vote

The 30 minute rule on Eurostar is only for the plebs in "standard" class. But in any case, it is clearly written on the ticket. No one said that the deadline for voter registration was 22.40, did they?

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Sophos U-turns on lack of .bat file blocking after El Reg intervenes

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Re: Hmm

> echo "binary gibberish representing a malicious.EXE" > OWNME.EXE

@echo off

echo A > hello.asm

echo MOV AH,9 >> hello.asm

echo MOV DX,108 >> hello.asm

echo INT 21 >> hello.asm

echo RET >> hello.asm

echo DB 'HELLO WORLD$' >> hello.asm

echo. >> hello.asm

echo R CX >> hello.asm

echo 14 >> hello.asm

echo N HELLO.COM >> hello.asm

echo W >> hello.asm

echo Q >> hello.asm

debug < hello.asm

cls

hello.com

echo.

pause

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Two plead guilty to stealing personal information of millions

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Two plead guilty to stealing personal information of millions

Google and Facebook?

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