* Posts by John G Imrie

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Snoopers' Charter amendments withdrawn – FOR NOW ...

John G Imrie
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I blame 18 years of socialist government.

When was that, since Maggie got elected every government has been some shade of Blue.

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Why so tax-shy, big tech firms? – Bank of England governor

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Re: Minor point of law

What turns "tax evaders" into "tax avoiders" is inadequate legislation by incompetent, lazy, undecided, or corrupt legislators. Westminster etc please take note. is laws being drafted by the same accountants who sell on the loopholes to the major companies.

FTFY

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Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

John G Imrie
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Things the Police should do

1) Close down the web site.

2) Track back the email

3) Treat this crime as seriously as murder.

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

John G Imrie
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Re: Supervolcano and/or bolide impact.

You got those odds on Skynet? Don't they have the Terminator movies in Ireland?

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John G Imrie
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Re: In situations like this, I find it useful

Post Nuclear Apocalypses for Dummies

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Leaked doc: Europe's justice chiefs forming plans to cosy up to ISPs

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Re: When will it sink in?

You want to remove a power of the state, that makes you a terrorist.

It's only funny because it's true.

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TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'Nauts end panic by switching computer off and on again

John G Imrie
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In space no one hears you fart

But they do see you move, what with equal and opposite reaction.

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Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

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Re: funny

The large amount of words in the English language is probably due to the fact that the island was conquered by world + dog* more than any other part of Europe.

That and the fact that we invaded most of the world as well, and nicked the words from the invaded countries that we liked.

cf pyjamas. curry and alcohol

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Professor's BEAGLE lost for 10 years FOUND ON MARS

John G Imrie
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Joke

Martians are inteligent

They don't have starbucks

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Google v Oracle: US Supreme Court turns to Obama in Java copyright war

John G Imrie
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Rewrite

If it chooses not to, Google may be in a precarious position with regard to its Android SDK,

If it chooses not to, Oracle may be in a precarious position with regard to every third party API it uses

To those who say which API's I'd say the API that allows an Oracle database to run on any operating system.

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

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Re: A true AI would be good for

Take a look at the computer game X-Beyond the Frontier before thinking that.

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Peers warn against rushing 'enhanced' DATA SLURP powers through Parliament

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With actions like this it is really starting to look like the terrorists are winning.

Won, the correct tense is won.

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Sony post-mortem: Obama lobbies for new legal powers to thwart hackers

John G Imrie
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privacy

If you want student privacy ban face book

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New Zealand Supreme Court says Kim Dotcom search warrants were legal

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Re: He can run...

YES the authorities proved he had copyright protected files on his servers that were being illegally distributed.

Unfortunately for them DotCom has proved that he worked with the authorities to remove the material when asked.

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

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It must be Christmas, there are comments on an Andrew Orlowski article and I'm agreeing with it 100%.

Happy Christmas.

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Frustration with Elite:Dangerous boils over into 'Refund Quest'

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Re: Arguing over nothing

If you want to make money as an explorer charting new systems (part of the game) you have to do it now, because it's all being done by other players right now.

I don't think that's correct. As far as I can tell multiple people can discover and explore and get the money from flying through the same system.

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

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I had no problems with Frontier, you might be confusing it with Frontier: First Encounters, which was, according to Wikipidia, 'released by the financially struggling publisher, Gametek in Easter 1995 and was well reviewed, despite being released before the development team thought it was ready'

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Re: well

Yer, I was hoping that doing a full repair on the ship would include a wash and brush up.

Perhaps they are leaving it until you can go outside and do repairs yourself. I wonder how much a mop and bucket will sell for.

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Lonely this Xmas? Nerds, n00bs and no-hopers' guide to dating apps, Pt.1

John G Imrie
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Oh

But how many gimp masks do you use? :-)

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Care.data's a good thing? Tell us WHY, thunders watchdog

John G Imrie
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I had the opposite experience. The receptionist went and got me a form, apologising for the delay as she had had to print out another batch.

Perhaps my area is more clued up than yours.

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

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Re: "It also hired a high-priced lawyer to threaten the press"

They probably did hire real IT security experts.

However a demand that security is improved to his line manager, became a request to the middle manager which was talked over the water cooler with the senior manager and ended up as a request to mildly censure him to the Board.

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'Why do Register commentards get so frothy-mouthed?' Thus started WW3

John G Imrie
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Re: have you thought about getting out more?

Out side, where the air con is crap, the ceiling is prone to leaking and the main light goes off at night when it would be really useful.

No thanks :-)

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Car-crash IT: HUGE write-off for Universal Credit - PAC

John G Imrie
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A seven-foot drop is enough to snap the neck of an adult human

So about five foot then. Let the buggers choke.

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John G Imrie
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@Buzzword

Why?

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Outage STILL hitting Virgin Media Business broadband customers

John G Imrie
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Re: last year ... profits plummeted by 90 per cent

How do companies like this even stay in business?

Easy, Profit is just the size of the pot the staff bonus / dividend / share options are measured against and is easily manipulated by the accounts department.

I'm not sure which figure you should be looking at to measure the health of a business, but the formula

( unpaid bills + interest paid on loans ) / turnover

might be a good starting point

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John G Imrie
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Re: Time to fix.

That said, like the other article about bricking a NAS device, don't update firmware without a reason.

You don't get the choice. The updates are rolled out automatically from Virgin.

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RIP Microsoft Clip Art – now you can fill your slides with web cat pics

John G Imrie
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Wasn't the clip art part of the OOXML standard

And having just removed it have they now ensured that they can't follow the standard.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Re: Mnay thanks to everyone posting

It's fucking well driving me insane, as I wade through distro after distro trying to find a working linux desktop that I can reliably recommend to my none computer literate students, who are either old, disabled, strapped for cash, or just really fucked off with the Microsoft and/or Apple softshit efforts available in the shops.

Take a look at http://www.eldy.eu/

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Software firms are over-valued, says Huawei

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Re: You can do...

I've seen the size of some of those coders, I'm not sure there's enough saffron to go around.

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Yet more NSA officials whisper of an internal revolt over US spying. And yet it still goes on

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There is no sutch thing as metadata

There is data and there is more data.

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

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It might make candidate selection a tad more interesting for constituencies

Not really,

You don't have to be an MP or a Lord to be a member of the Cabinet.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Re: Dunno the exact answer

The Witclif Bible Translators, tech link Larry Wall of Perl fame worked there, go out into those parts of the world where there is no written language with the express intent of creating one based on the local spoken tongue so the can create a translated version of the Bible for them.

Unsurprisingly they are heavily into Unicode and Fonts. Perhaps surprisingly they where supporters of the Open Document Standard.

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Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

John G Imrie
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Re: "Just how or why the lander stopped bouncing..."

Not a tentacle, a couple of pink knitted hands.

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DODGY THRUSTER won't stop PHILAE hurtling toward COMET SHOWDOWN

John G Imrie
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XKCD live

http://xkcd.com/1446/

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Shuddit, Obama! Here in Blighty, we ISPs have net neutrality nailed

John G Imrie
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Before they do that they send you an email saying they have noticed you are sending out a lot of data and would you like to check that your box isn't riddled with viruses.

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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

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Re: Don't go Windows, and if you do, keep your options open

I'm intrigued ..... What exactly does Red Hat or SuSE do, that Debian doesn't?

It has Enterprise in the name, which lets you get it past the PHB

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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Two questions

What was that stuff about PE and Clara being a maths teacher and what did The Doctor see that made him flip out in the Tardis?

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Spyware-for-cops Hacking Team faces off against privacy critics

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allegations are conjecture

I always end up translating this as 'Yes what you are saying is true, but you can't prove it'

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New Euro digi chief says he WILL consider an EU-wide copyright law

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“to consider all possible options”

I bet that does not include reducing the time copyright exist for on a given work.

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Got a spare $600k? Then an ancient Apple-1 could be yours

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Pst.

Don't let the Russians know.

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Has the United Nations taken over the Internet yet?

John G Imrie
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WG2 on Child protection ,,,

Might also be worth following, as we know that the UK Govt, likes to use 'Think of the Children' as an excuse for more draconian laws.

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Painfully trendy: Someone just spent $200k on ebola.com

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should be shot.

You are far to kind.

I'd send them to live out their final days helping the Ebola victims in Africa, without the aid of protective clothing. Then when they catch the disease we can use them to test their remedies on.

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Apple's OS X Yosemite slurps UNSAVED docs into iCloud

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"You are all individuals!"

Er...

I'm not

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Meet Mr Gamification: He's got a NUDGE or two for you

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games tackling extreme violence, and humiliation

He's been to the local BDSM club, hasn't he?

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Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers

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Re: All very well...

Laws aren't for doing, they are for making. Once you have made a law you can say you have solved the problem.

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Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

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Well, unless you count prostitutes.

Prostitutes, like Beer, are never bought, merely rented.

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GP records soon wide open again: Just walk into a ‘safe haven’

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Re: Care.data opy out

That's all true, but apart from the government, you, me and the rest of the El Reg, comentards, who

a) knows this exists

b) knows you can opt out

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Dear Tim Kelsey

Please forward all your medical records from birth until the present day, please include

a) Any trips to STD clinics while you where a student

b) Records from any hospital, GP, Pharmacist while on holiday

c) Long-term illnesses

Please also include medical records for all your relatives, living and dead for that last 100 years.

Please also include all the above for your spouses/girlfriends/boyfriends/one night stands, current and previous.

Please note that although you can anonymise the data we will do our best to match it to publicly available records do work out exactly who's medical record is who's.

Yours,

The British Public.

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French 'terror law' declares WAR on the INTERNET itself, say digi-rights folks

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block websites deemed to “incite” or “glorify” terrorism.

That's the following web sites fucked then

and of cause those arch terrorists who made this propogander film

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It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE

John G Imrie
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Re: @rpb

Just as long as you don't blend them with Pontefract cakes they are horrible, and I like liquorice.

I'm sure that they are just some joke on the Southerners.

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