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Bank of England: What's all this then, CHAPS? Review to get a grip on IT cockup

Glen 1
Joke

*ahem*

Bitcoin rulez, Fiat droolz

see icon ->

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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

Glen 1
Coat

Re: Re why stick at coding?

"Perhaps being a year of being a 'modern apprentice' (with all it's gory details) in a firework factory should be mandatory? (irony intended!)"

But surely working at a firework factory would weed *out* the bright sparks?

IGMC

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Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

Glen 1
Holmes

Re: Xerox didn't invent the GUI

The Mother of All Demos

That was at the Stanford Research Institute, Demo given in 1968.

From the Wiki artice:

"As the seventies started, much of Engelbart's team departed ARC and went their own ways, with many of them ending up at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC)"

So Xerox didn't invent the GUI, but a lot of the team who did, ended up working there.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up

Glen 1

...and the cause was?

I think while the "server reset" fixed the glitch, it is inportant that VM investigate why it glitched in the first place. Otherwise, we will be reading the same article in a few weeks time...

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Lights OUT for Philae BUT slumbering probot could phone home again as comet nears Sun

Glen 1

Optimus Prime will return

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'Scope boffins get INSIDE URANUS after snapping mystery spots

Glen 1

Re: Sophomoric Humour

In-YOUR-endo!

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How many digital commissioners does it take to change a lightbulb? 13!

Glen 1

Re: Newspeak.....

Does anyone else have "use of leverage as a verb" on their bingo cards? Its quite an easy one to mark off these days.

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

Glen 1
Pint

Still alive

A lot of the lyrics ring true here :)

Look at us talking when there's science to do!

linky

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Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' but you still have to 'SERVICE' them

Glen 1
Trollface

Obvious Troll is obvious

HAAHAAHAAHAAHAAHAAHAAA - Obvious Troll is obvious

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

Glen 1

Re: Such things should be illegal

As I mentioned up thread. These filters were put in place to pre-empt legislation that the tories were going to bring in (that the Lib Dems objected to). Labour has said they would bring in similar laws via a BBFC style system.

So the this thing that should be illegal, will also be manditory pretty darn soon.

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Glen 1

Re: I'm not with stupid

Downvote explanation:

"waste money importing a censorship system"

Cameron basically said to the big four ISPs (BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin) that if they don't implement censorship, the gov will legislate for it. While pointing at a consultation survey to say there was a demand.

Example question (paraphrased from consultation survey):

"Should everyone have their internet connection censored, or just people who live with children?"

This legislation was rejected by the Lib Dems. Labour has said they would introduce a mandotry BBFC style system. Don't blame VM for scummy censorship when it's our political masters who made the decision (or implied menacingly that they would).

Source (with citations)

"Openreach don't even see inside your packets"

As you know, Openreach is not a consumer ISP. It's the companies that buy services from Openreach that are introducing the filters. Such as (i dunno hmmmm let me think) BT, Sky and Talk Talk.

From Wiki article:"Default filtering of existing customers will be implemented by all four major ISPs during 2014 with the aim of ensuring that the system applies to 95% of all households by the end of the year"

"spam customers to arm-twist them into using it"

I have recieved precisely 2 emails on the subject. One with the announcment, and one with the big ON/OFF buttons. Hardly arm twisting.

"force it on everyone by mistake anyway"

It is not by mistake. It is part of the threatened law. Again, that is not VMs fault. (looks meaningfully at Tory voters). If you've not turned it off from the email, it can be turned off via the ISP dashboard (under my apps->web safe).

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Oculus Rift tech-specs 'MANY MONTHS away' from hitting the shelves

Glen 1
Coat

"Months not years"

obligitory XKCD

http://xkcd.com/678/

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Forget 5G, UK.gov is making 2G fit for the 21st century!

Glen 1
Megaphone

Re: lack of 2G signal

I thought the point of a lot of the 4G tech was greater capicity with fewer/same number of base stations?

It struck me as odd in the reg review of 4G tech where it assumed 3G coverage had been relegated to being a poor neighbour. The logical answer is that its just the 4G stuff doing its job from the same base stations. Isn't this why the lower frequencies were being rejigged/auctioned? To allow greater range?

TBF I have 3G turned off most of the time on my aging phone. I like the battery lasting more than a day, and only turn 3G on when im browsing.

The icon can be more effective in some not-spots

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

Glen 1
Gimp

Re: product placement

Bones has also done this with a Toyota Prius.

A note about the power of marketing:

I don't mind the people who weigh the pros and cons and decide a particular product is worth paying top dollar for, my issue is with the mindless 'oooh shiny' brigade.

Thats where a lot of Apple hate comes from. Not that their products are bad (though pricey), but the shit eating grin on the face of the muggle who's bought the latest product on, or just after launch day. Especially if they upgraded from the only-incramentally-inferior previous model.

It makes the people who choose Apple products for more logical reasons (such as work, percieved build quality, resale value) look bad. Some Samsung fans have been gulty of this as well in recent years.

Horses for courses.

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

Glen 1
Megaphone

Re: going out of his way to feed the trolls.

You have to shine a light on cockroaches so they realise they should scurry away.

By standing up and being counted, Tim Cook is contradicting a certain kind of narative that goes on in anti-gay circles. No, gay people aren't 'deviants' on the fringes of society. Being gay doesn't magically make you a pedo. In more enlightened societies, you can be successful and gay.

The fuckwits that reach for their torch and pitchfork as soon as someone says a trigger word (for the smalltown straight/white/male) show how far we still have to go before we can even pretend to call ourselves a civilised society (context: I'm a straight/white/male Brit),

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Facebook lifts Tor ban, touts encrypted onion access point

Glen 1
Paris Hilton

custom .onion address?

I thought the domain name system on tor used a "16 character name derived from the service's public key"

So have facebook brute-forced a custom domain of their chosing? If true, then thats the whole trust infrastructure of the hidden services is buggered. Unless something else is going on here?

Please can someone enlighten me?

Paris because that is how i feel.

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

Glen 1
Holmes

Re: Many a 10p

Nope, it's called 10p. Psst dont look now, but your septic is showing. :P

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Quicker, easier to fly to MOON than change web standards ... OR IS IT?

Glen 1
Headmaster

Re: The issue with this article is that the article has issues

Nothing there that couldn't be solved by a few well placed commas.

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Celeb nudie iCloud pervs hatched photo-slurping Flappy Bird plot

Glen 1

Re: Apologies in advance

Fappy birds?

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OK, EU chiefs, 3 years of copyright wrangling - let's get it sorted. Now this white paper... DOH!

Glen 1

Hypocrites

It is downright hypocritical for these companies to demand other peoples content while protecting their own with religous zeal.

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Granny's Guardian: Acorn BBC Micro hero touts OAP watchdog kit

Glen 1

Not exactly original

How is this any different from http://www.justchecking.co.uk/ ?

They've been going for about a decade.

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Final LOHAN test flights codenamed 'Punch' and 'Judy'

Glen 1
Pint

Re: says

I think you mean Othar Tryggvassen Gentleman Adventurer

Have a pint

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MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines

Glen 1

@DougS RE:@Andy Kay

>"How much is your electricity cost to power those GPUs that would otherwise be idle?"

"... £100/month after electricity is not to be scoffed at..."

emphasis added

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Valve gives Oculus Rift a whirl with SteamVR mode

Glen 1
Gimp

Re: HL3 Confirmed?

Now *THAT* on the OR would be quite the launch title for steam boxen...

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DOOMSDAY still just MINUTES AWAY: As it has been since 1947

Glen 1
Mushroom

Re: god would'nt let them be in charge

"because the leaders are right and have the blessings of their religion behind them, after all if they did'nt have the blessings then their god would'nt let them be in charge."

In the old days, we called that "The divine right of Kings"

but in those days we went to school up hill both ways etc...

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

Glen 1

I realise this thread is old now...

but I find it really fucking dumb that the partner of the jurno would try to get through the major airport of crony-in-chief with the files about his person.

That's just bad tradecraft.

All it would take is an Iranian/Chinese/Yemeni 'mugger' to have his way for peoples lives to be put at risk. Middle class bloke with a laptop bag? Easy pickings. Rubber hose cryptography anyone?

The same people who are too paranoid to use TOR trust to not have their stuff confiscated at airports?

*facepalm*

The journalists are now soft targets in possession of the crown jewels.

It is in the UK/US interests to protect them...

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Manning's max sentence cut, may only spend up to 90 years in the cooler

Glen 1
Holmes

I believe the phrase is...

I might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb.

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Outsourcing your own job much more common than first thought

Glen 1
Holmes

Re: Google

The problems start when you are trying to do something that hasn't been done yet anywhere in the world.

That's when you post a question on stackoverflow... at the very least, you'll get pointed in the right direction.

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Slideshow: A History of Intel x86 in 20 CPUs

Glen 1
Boffin

Id be interested to see...

the pictures compared to each other at the same scale...

or scale at which the processes are the same size

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UK kids' charity lobbies hard for 'opt-in' web smut access

Glen 1
Megaphone

Re: Down to the parents....

Folks, remember to add your voices to combat the whitewash of a consultation.

Although keep in mind the original questionnaire had such travesties as (paraphrased) "Do you think everyone's connection should be censored, or just those of the people who live with children? Tick the box of which one below."

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love IPv6

Glen 1
Paris Hilton

NAT vs stateful ACLs

The thing about ACLs is(are?) that they are not likely to appear on any consumer grade kit (out of the box) any time soon.

Add to the mix wide open windows/SMB shares, and the usual disable-every-security-feature-to-get-it-to-work-itus, and im a bit worried. Many home networks security consists of "if you've got the wifi password, you can access everything. What do you mean its your address/surname?". Unless the belkin (et al) routers are going to be a drop-in replacement, with the ACL features there is going to be quite interesting times ahead.

Im not exactly comfortable with the idea that my potentially buggy code will be addressable from anywhere on the internet. If i was confident it was secure, i wouldn't call it a test server. While i might be able to cobble something together myself, its not something im going to be proficient at, because its something have never had to do before. (and my first hello world was decades ago :s)

Sorry to ramble, but there is a lot of FUD about IPv6, and that needs to be rectified before the article (however good) starts to hit a little too close to home...

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BIG BOOBS banished from Linux kernel

Glen 1
Joke

Re: Are you kidding me?

NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN NaN Batmaaaaan!

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Oiling the big wheels that keep the Paralympics moving

Glen 1
Gimp

re: Funds

Imagine if we had the same attention/budget to spend on our office chairs?

Physio included?

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Android Jelly Bean won't get Flash Player

Glen 1
Holmes

Re: Bah!

It is *Adobe* that wont be supporting flash on mobile. If it's the user interface you're worried about, take a look at Adobe's HTML5 editor - Edge

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Glen 1
Gimp

Re: Open Source

that will mean flash takes longer to die.

Converging on one set of standard that can be supported directly the the browser makers is a Good Thing.

Open sourcing flash will mean those flash devs spend longer developing for a platform that will become increasingly non-default (users having download plugin, or it is flat out not supported) and see their marketable skills dwindle instead of biting the bullet and moving on. Indeed, perhaps the addition of former flash devs to the standards clamour will improve HTML/javascript/SVG. However, that would require feature requests/alterations to have a better reason than "because flash did it that way"

The real trick is the move from adobe flash professional to either EDGE or something like Aptana

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El Reg official units of measurement: Linguine, Jubs, Hiltons and all

Glen 1
Alien

Re: A Big Thank You...

does that mean the milky way has stayed the same size as well?

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Did dicky power supply silence climate-change probe Envisat?

Glen 1
Alien

Re: recycle

the owner of said blue box might not be best pleased either...

Alien because the Doctor is one.

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Cameron's F-35 U-turn: BAE Systems still calls the shots at No 10

Glen 1
Facepalm

Re: give a stupid quote

Couldn't we just give that bit of the job to someone else?

If the yanks recon they can do it cheaper, let them. Its not like we will be spending *less* money with BAE either way.

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Carmageddon coder seeks gamers' cash for revamp

Glen 1
Joke

do the google cars get the cunning stunt bonus?

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Lesser-spotted Raspberry Pi FINALLY dished up

Glen 1
Boffin

Re: Where are the interfaces?

To elaborate:

The Gert board is/will be similar to the arduino shield system, bringing out the GPIO pins.

Videos of it in action:

http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/raspberry-pis-gertboard-expansion-board-already-works-video-2012019/

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Iran preps Internet cutoff

Glen 1
Trollface

Re: RE: "that first paragraph was meant to be irony."

It's like goldy and bronzy, only it's made of iron

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Los Alamos fires BLOODY BIG MAGNET

Glen 1
Thumb Up

Just goes to show...

Given that this is 'only' 3-4 times stronger than an MRI, it just goes to show the engineering that goes into MRIs... while joe blogs takes them for granted.

(assuming its not a log/quadratic scale)

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Hardware hacker rigs up VR for Skyrim

Glen 1
Holmes

i refer you to the gadget show:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg8Bh5iI2WY

10:15 for 1st playtest

14:49 for Andy McNabb (sp?) giving it a whirl

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Xeroxiraptor: Boffins to print 3D robot dinosaur

Glen 1
Joke

Re: "...adding that a six-inch model of a bone can be printed in a few hours."

if they try to make a load more, they might be 65 million years in the making....

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LOHAN's flying truss: One orb or two?

Glen 1
Paris Hilton

my two penneth worth

single balloon

tether to nearer the end of the truss

tether in a triangular fashion as above, but with the truss extended farther out one side of the triangle

Add counter weight to keep things balanced.

Card fins on the truss to keep things stable

(well, as stable as the wind... which should be marginally better than the payload pirouetting in said wind)

Paris, because I'm not a qualified engineer either.

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CRACK made by quakes FOUND ON MOON

Glen 1
Terminator

unicron transforming veeerrrryyyy sslloooooowwlllyyyy

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Two UK airports scrap IRIS eye-scanners

Glen 1
Holmes

Re: Border control has become a wasteful farce

i believe the phrase is "security theater"

A lot of hand waving and attempts to suspend the public's disbelief.

It hasn't gone well.

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Fondle my slab, baby: Inside the tactile world of Apple-fan iDating

Glen 1
Holmes

yes, many

If you see it in someones forum signature it counts

the spec of their gaming rig, to the hi-fi system, car's spec and/or history

thats just of the top of my head

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Apple's secret outsource: 'Even more software to be made in India'

Glen 1
Black Helicopters

'our' corporations....

whose?

These companies are sufficiently large that they can (and often do) up sticks to where the tax situation is most favorable.

I think you will find that many of 'our' corporations are Irish, or based in Luxemburg, or do business out of grand cayman etc...

Ultimately, any increase in tax will be passed on to the consumer.

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Mickey Mouse Whois ban threat sparks privacy fears

Glen 1
Happy

@ jonathanb

i didn't know that.... It isn't an option on the Dyn dashboard.

I logged into nic.uk directly and sorted it from there.

Thanks. :)

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