* Posts by John G Imrie

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Brexit? Cutting the old-school ties would do more for Brit tech world

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Re: The facepalm is strong in this one

You get the elected European parliament to vote the out of office.

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$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

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Re: It's just business

It's just business guys. Remember Microsoft financing SCO to destroy Linux.

Yeah, what ever happened to Linux?

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Re: C'mon guys, we should cut Oracle some slack here.

Why?

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Queen guitarist Brian May releases virtual reality viewer

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Re: 360° badger sett simulator

This whole thread is becoming a bit of a scandal in my opinion.

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BBC post-Savile culture change means staff can 'speak truth to power'

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Re: I don't believe a word of it

I want the BBC to be able to piss of everyone, including me. Now could someone please stop them commissioning more soaps and reality TV. bloody BBC mumble mumble ...

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Sweden decides Julian Assange™ 'remains detained in absentia'

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Escape tunnels

One tunnel out of Colditz Castle started at the top of the chapel clock tower

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British cops to film you with 59k body-worn cameras by end of year

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Judge Dredd ...

Was a warning not an instruction manual

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Committees: Wait! Don't strap on the Privacy Shield yet

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Mushroom

So riddle me this ...

You can't.

Next question please.

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Goracle latest: Page testifies, jury goes home

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Re: The lessons of not doing due diligence in acquisitions

Just a couple of points

1) When Google acquired Android the went to the then owners of Java, Sun, and asked if they could use the interfaces. Sun's reply, which is recorded under testimony from then Sun's CEO boils down to, 'sure. go for it.'

2) The only company / organisation / IT Guru who thinks interfaces are copyrightable is Oracle

Oracle bought Sun after Sun had given permission to Google. If anyone is guilty of not doing due diligence it's Oracle.

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Would we want to regenerate brains of patients who are clinically dead?

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I wonder how much the treatment will cost

And how the rest of us will cope when the 1%ers are clinically immortal.

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Dwarf planet intumesces before astronomers' gaze

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Mushroom

Bang

See above

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Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29th

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They're going to remove May?

Brian or James?

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Barclays.net Bank Holiday outage leaves firms unable to process payments

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small number.

Why do these status updates always talk of a small number of customers, small against what? Total number of customers or total number that tried to login?

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Twitter loses FISA fight

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Unhappy

Dimit

FEDS make me like Twitter

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Good enough IT really is good enough. You don't need new hardware

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Re: The opposite of good enough

is expensive.

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Lick that new, new metal...

You are Bender and I claim my £5

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why is everything Javascript these days?

Because it pushes the compute cost onto the client/user rather than the server/web site.

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Tokyo rebrands 2020 Olympics

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Re: No giant robots?

How about some cute girls with pony tails.

And as an after thought, which bits of modern Japan will they be celebrating during the opening ceremony.

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Sysadmin given Licence To Perve shows why you always get it in writing

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Re: Post Apocalyptic Meltdown yes

Yer looks like the boss was a bit of an arse hole at the start, but when given the documentation backed down with good grace.

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Tweak Privacy Shield rules to make people happy? Nah – US govt

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Re: Definition of "independent Ombudsman":

Which is why I couldn't do it, I may have flimsy moral standards, but they are still there.

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NYPD anti-crypto Twitter campaign goes about as well as you'd expect

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Re: File cabinets, closets, and safes?

And the stairs.

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Catastrophic 123-reg VPS cockup deletes Ross County FC website

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they have a moral obligation to undo that damage.

A moral obligation is worth less than the paper it's written on. Ask a Politician.

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

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Why are you even reading the body of the emails ...

Because sometimes that's the only way to find out which person to send it on to.

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

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@ dan1980

I have decoded your comment through my super secret decryption algorithm and it came back with.

'This bill is crap', strangely I get the same message from all the other comments as well.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Re: The judge will soon be in hot water ...

That's a little harsh, the FSM is well knowen to be an easy going god, and I suspect that he is well pleased with this result as it has allowed numerous people who had no knowledge of his existence to become aware of his noodley appendages.

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French thrash Brits, Germans and Portuguese in IT innovation

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Translation

It said IT leaders here have “largely adopted a conservative approach: prioritising keeping the lights on and the business ticking over, rather than trying to innovate and differentiate.

IT leaders would like to have a job at the end of the month rather than jumping on the latest methodology band wagon.

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Prof Hawking to mail postage-stamp space craft to Alpha Centauri using frickin' lasers

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We are going to build a space ship.

Who's going to pay.

The Alpha Centaurians

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America's Intelligence Transparency Council to meet for the first time … behind closed doors

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The Intelligence Transparency Council

As is usual the difficult bit has been relegated to the name of the organisation where it can do no harm.

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Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote

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Re: If A -> B, B -> C then A -> C

I've got a Wookie over here.

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Field technicians want to grab my tool and probe my things

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Confessions of an IoT Repair Lady.

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GCHQ is having problems meeting Osborne's 2020 recruitment target

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Spook feel bite of general lack of cyber talent in UK – sources

Or it could be that the cyber talent is pissed of with the Spooks

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Google's dream city isn't a new idea

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Damit

You beat me to it. I thought it sounded more OCP than H. G. Wells.

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Iceland prime minister falls on sword over Panama Papers email leak

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Re: A bunch of politicians lied?

I'm starting to like Iceland, they jailed their bankers and now their PM has resigned. Then again, around 4.5% of the countries population turned up to protest outside their parliament.

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Strike! EPO staff to walk out this Thursday

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Re: Who wil notice?

Any of the US companies on the fast track program?

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Waiting for your Oculus to arrive? Yeah, it's going to be some time

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The Facebook Limits.

Episode one.

In which we discover that Facebook has no limits.

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Flying Finns arm octocopter with chainsaw

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Happy

Film

Someone somewhere is rewriting a scene in their up coming zombie flick to include an army of these things.

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Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

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Re: It's all very well having the chargers, but how many are there at each location?

it's not uncommon in our part of the UK (SW) to find that people have just parked in the dedicated charging space, thus rendering it useless just because it was a bit closer to the supermarket door than any other space.

That's a simple fix. Move the charging point away from the doors.

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Zombie SCO rises from the grave again

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Re: Santa Cruz Organisation (SCO) ...

Spiny Norman wants a word with you.

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Re: By all means, give them what they want.

I was unaware that there was anyone left who held SCO in such high esteem. You seem to be holding back on what I'd do to them.

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US govt says it has cracked killer's iPhone, legs it from Apple fight

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Re: Only Apple can help us...

I hope so, but at the time they could have believed this. You can only perjurer your self if you lie. And to lie you have to know that what you are saying is false.

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

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The Future ...

is Dredd

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Met plod commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

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Re: prove it

our system is secure and, therefore yours must not be, so the fault must be yours.

You can prove that in a court of law can't you?

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Error checks? Eh? What could go wrong, really? (DoSing a US govt site)

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Re: Moral on the -1 passed as array index?

Use Perl ?

$array[-1]

is the last element of the array

$array[-2]

is the last but one etc.

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Comms 'redlining' in Brussels as explosions kill up to 30 people

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to be honest I could accept increased levels of physical searches on or near transportation hubs

O goody a long queue of agitated people all ready to be blown up. How far back do you push the security cordon, the airport entrance, the car-park, the roads up to the car-park. This ends with a metal detector on your front door, or possibly your bedroom door.

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Ofcom wants to crack down on pisspoor BT Openreach biz lines

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Go

A better solution

Ofcom is proposing that, by the end of March 2017, Openreach must complete 80 per cent of leased line orders by the date it promises customers, rising to 90 per cent from April 2018. Under the new proposals, competitors will also be able to use BT’s fibre-optic cables with their own equipment, rather than rely on BT’s equipment

For every appointment BT miss they have to refund 100% of the annual cost of the line. For those times where the weather, accidents, etc. get in the way BT can buy insurance like any one else.

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Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids

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Bring your Daughter to work day

We know how well that ended, don't we.

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

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Re: Good Ship Venus

# Sit on my Boatface and tell me that you love me.

With apologies to Python, Monty

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Lessons from history for UK Home Sec Theresa May's Investigatory Powers Bill

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Re: "Security Camera" term needs to be dropped.

"Attention ground units. Anticitizen reported in this community. Code: lock, cauterize, stabilize."

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Brits seek rousing name for polar research vessel

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How about 'Expotition'

From chapter eight of The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh 'In which Christopher Robin Leads an Expotition to the North Pole'

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Why should you care about Google's AI winning a board game?

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Re: i for one....

Until it can make a really good cup of tea I think we are safe.

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