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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

Ken 16
Meh

9/12

ie: I got the ones requiring knowledge about american people wrong.

I would expect from the title that the quiz be a bit more technical.

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UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

Ken 16

Tough on The Sun

Tough on the causes of The Sun.

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Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU

Ken 16
Facepalm

It's a real disease with doctors and medicine and everything!

It's my cross to bear.

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Everything your users ever need to know about BYOD

Ken 16
Holmes

VDI is good for Bring Some Other Dude's Device*

When there's an environment where a lot of business partners and sub contractors are working on site, each with their own corporate standard and secured laptop, VDI gives a nice abstraction layer for shared working. I've concerns about end users bringing home devices onto a network.

(*aka 'Be SOD'd' - copyright pending)

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So you want to introduce a BYOD plan. Where do you start?

Ken 16
Facepalm

Where do you start?

Don't start! Silly policy to save money now and spend more later.

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

Ken 16
Pint

portable Sauna Heater?

Finnish, smoky?

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BlackBerry comeback: BES12 server revealed – it will manage ALL THE THINGS

Ken 16

I've a z10

After about 4 years of Android, I'm very impressed. All the Android apps I need work and everything out of the box is seamless. The build quality is good and I love the OS. I'm not sure I'm ready to go to a physical qwerty keyboard though and I'm certain I don't want a bigger screen, if I have to change it will be to a Sony z3 compact.

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Sky: We're no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do one, too

Ken 16

Re: I'm waiting for BBC to follow suit

would they collect the bins too?

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Can you choose your carrier when a carrier owns the data centre?

Ken 16

move your last sentence to the top of the article

It will save people a lot of time.

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Amazon: DROP DATABASE Oracle; INSERT our new fast cheap MySQL clone

Ken 16
WTF?

"They're proprietary. There's a high level of lock-in."

Who else is offering this? What's the migration path from Aurora to, say, PostgreSQL?

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RBS's Ulster Bank whacked with enormous IT cock-up fine

Ken 16

Re: About £4.60 per customer affected

Yes, hardly an incentive not to fail again. Enormous is overstating it.

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

Ken 16

Well said, sir!

I am neither a Windows nor Linux sysadmin though I have, reluctantly, administrated servers for both. My Linux knowledge is weak, self taught, based on extensive use of G**gle and memories of my formal training in Sun Solaris and IBM AIX. I am a hack. I recognise this in myself but bemoan it when people who profess to administer Linux for a living have less knowledge on how the things work. When I meet a really good Linux sysadmin I am agog. They are not cheap but they are worthwhile. On the other hand, Windows seems pretty idiot proof to install, security harden and operate.

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Ireland's data cops: Yes, we probed LinkedIn. Don't ask what we found

Ken 16

Fair enough

I'd rather a security auditor worked with the customer to fix the holes rather than chase publicity by exposing them.

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

Ken 16

Tech giants who encrypt comms are wittingly aiding their entire user customer base*,

* a tiny proportion of whom may later commit acts of terrorism

There, fixed it.

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First space Hasselblad goes under the hammer

Ken 16

a bargain

I can't afford to spend that on what's basically a souvenir either but imagine you had Vasco de Gamo's sextant for sale, with documents of sale and unimpeachible authenticity? Your grandchildren would thank you for buying this.

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Can you really run your business on a smartphone?

Ken 16

Good luck buying an Android with only a 4' screen

I'm trying to replace my Sony Xperia Ray with something similar and can't find much under 4.5" these days.

For an office suite, try WPS Office. I find it works well on Android (Linux, Windows too) and it integrates with a range of cloud storage providers, so you can keep your work stuff on one, your finance on another, pictures of kittens on a 3rd, etc.

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BOFH: Stop your tiers – when it comes to storage, LESS is MORE

Ken 16

accurate

"But as data gets larger, backups get larger and take more time."

"It doesn't and they don't," I say. "As time goes on, disk speeds increase – which is where we're backing up our data. And data isn't really increasing all that much anyway."

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Bona-fide SCIENCE: Which forms of unusual sex are, um, mainstream?

Ken 16
Boffin

Did the research subjects have to pay for the phone call?

I can imagine some female research assistants on the end of a premium rate line. Self funding science.

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Swedish 'Future minister' doesn't do social media

Ken 16

Twitter is so 2011

Maybe she's realised the social media thing won't last.

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Looking for a job in Europe? Experienced IT staff needed in UK, Italy and Germany

Ken 16
Trollface

Is the UK in Europe these days?

I can never keep up.

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Big Azure? Microsoft and IBM ink deal on business cloud

Ken 16

cut and paste from a press release?

"Windows Sever is without doubt a corporate IT operating system standard while SQL Server one of Microsoft’s products growing at an insatiable rate."

I don't disagree with the message, it's the 'without doubt' and 'insatiable' words which I don't think mean what you think they mean.

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RUMPY PUMPY: Bone says humans BONED Neanderthals 50,000 years B.C.

Ken 16
Devil

Rufus said that

but it wasn't the best quote from the film, though possibly one of the cleanest...

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

Ken 16
Black Helicopters

Bombers rather than Fighters

The article refers to drones replacing manned fighter planes but talks about them replacing manned bombers instead. I'm not sure what test have been done of attack drones carrying out missions in a hostile airspace while being shot at by manned fighter/interceptor/pursuit aircraft.

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IBM storage revenues sink: 'We are disappointed,' says CEO

Ken 16
Unhappy

yes, technically great stuff, their remote mirror options are wonderful and they can be tuned at design time to really perform with decently sized data sets (not the Big Data thing but multiple active Terabytes).

Hard Drives, Printers, Personal Systems Group, System x, Processors, Storage.

Hardly an IT company any more, never mind being THE IT company. :(

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Routine WHAT NOW? Bank of England’s CHAPS payment system goes TITSUP

Ken 16
Coat

Steady on, CHAPS!

El Reg miss worst possible title for this article, must try harder.

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STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants

Ken 16
Holmes

feeling a tad bit paranoid ?

Since they're beside an abattoir, I think they're entitled.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

Ken 16

Check out the bumper bars

Excellent article.

I believe (from racing development) that the steel front bumper bar can be replaced with the aluminium equivalent from the XJ40 for substantial front end weight saving (and steering lightening) while there's an outboard disc swap which doesn't save anything except time in replacing pads.

I'd love to read more about the logic controllers you used on the air con and alternator.

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NO MORE DOUBLE IRISH, thunders Dublin. Erm, from 2020 that is

Ken 16
Pint

Re: But the good news...

I'd rather subsidise them directly

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

Ken 16
Linux

Intel Atom?

That should allow a few other OS's to work too then

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UPGRADE your CHILDREN with KANO: All you need in one box

Ken 16
FAIL

It doesn't ship at all to Ireland

“ships free to most countries” me arse

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Meg Whitman: The lady IS for TURNING. HP to lob printers'n'PCs OVERBOARD

Ken 16
Trollface

Does Lenovo need a Printer division

and some market share?

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Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s

Ken 16
Devil

How many inches?

Apply say they're a 6+ but they're more like 5.5. Girls say that sort of exaggeration is common online.

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

Ken 16
Pint

How long before they can extend the pipeline to all EU countries?

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

Ken 16
Paris Hilton

Can't Scotland expel England from UK?

Since it's the union of separate countries, couldn't Scotland (perhaps working with Wales and Northern Ireland) vote to expel England from the UK? Scotland keeps the EU and close ties with celtic neighbours, while England is the one who's off on their own, as a majority of it's MPs seem to wish?

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Ken 16

Re: What’s in a name?

Actually the Ireland Act 1920 set up Northern Ireland as a separate country, fully independent so while it's a successor state, it's not the same as the previous Kingdom or Ireland.

I'm looking forward to the next referendum, deciding when the Duchy of East Scotland should separate from the Democratic Peoples Republic of West Scotland.

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Apple Fanbois (and girls) already lining up for NEW iPHONE

Ken 16

Paid by Apple?

I presume that status of being first in line would wane if any product launch is deferred to, say, December and that those in line are not going to be those employed on Wall St. Some, if not all, must be getting an incentive from Apple to join the queue. I've only witnessed one iPhone launch queue (outside the Glasgow store many years ago) and it was mostly composed of the 'geniuses' selling the item in the first place.

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

Ken 16

Re: so annoying

Cunning plan, sir - anyone who does not get out of the way is obviously not human. Much cheaper that SETI.

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Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai

Ken 16
WTF?

How many Apple products do they have?

I mean surely they only need one of each on display and a stockroom holding a weekends worth of sales? Why does it have to be big?

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

Ken 16
Trollface

Not just a queue then?

it'll be nice to see innovative breaking news and fresh content, not just a queue of press releases that didn't merit space mid week.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

Ken 16

Microsoft Browser

May as well name it in a way that places blame directly and obviates any subsequent renaming.

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BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

Ken 16
Trollface

Can't you recover from Dropbox?

Surely all business critical data is on that, so management can get at it from home or their phones or their cousins neighbours laptop?

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Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Eccentric billionaire Musk gets his PRIVATE SPACEPORT

Ken 16
Alien

I read today the UK is planning a spaceport in Scotland

As the Gruadian has it, "Six of the venues under consideration lie north of the Scottish border, where the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) named Campbeltown airport, home of the Mull of Kintyre music festival, and Glasgow Prestwick airport,...The other Scottish sites are Kinloss barracks, a former Nimrod patrol base; RAF Lossiemouth, a home for fast jets; RAF Leuchars and Stornoway airport on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides."

I assume Ryanair will provide connecting flights from London Stornoway and that all is subject to the Scotland remaining within Great Britain. They will need to remove all the skinny guys in tracksuits to avoid scaring aliens but the Commonwealth Games should be over by then anyway.

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YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

Ken 16
Facepalm

Is Great taken?

It will be now

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Storm-battered Rockall adventurer recalls 'worst experience of my life'

Ken 16
Trollface

Hope you enjoy your next visit to Ireland more

The weather can be a bit dodgy so it's always a good idea to go to one of the parts with a pub.

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That 'wiped' Android phone you bought is stuffed with NAKED SELFIES – possibly

Ken 16

I'm worried that El Reg readers feel they may be affected

I may be mistaking the demographic but I'm pretty sure I don't want to see naked selfies from any of you. If I buy a cheap android on eBay, I'm going to make sure it's entry level and in a pink case.

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German spy agency staffer spied for NSA during gov probe into NSA spying – report

Ken 16
Pint

25K either too much or too little for me

If it's not information I'm willing to give away over a pint, I'd need to be paid several years salary for it. A 'veteran techie' should be raking in more than that.

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DON'T BOTHER migrating legacy apps to the cloud, says CTO

Ken 16

Re: "All your bank details are now in the cloud. Have a nice day."

The article refers to Applications, the last paragraph does say data is the next problem.

I think a hybrid model will evolve with data held locally and metadata and analytics on new platforms while a whole lot of encryption is practiced between the two.

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Drone's drug airdrop mission ends in failure for Irish prisoners

Ken 16
Trollface

Amazon advertise it but Dublin scobes make it happen

I wonder how long before 'fulfilled by skangers' becomes a service?

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Russian gov to dump x86, bake own 64-bit ARM chips - reports

Ken 16
WTF?

see icon

Honestly, no clue here, just a wall of WTF's crashing on this comment.

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Bring your own device – as long as it's Microsoft

Ken 16

I'd have to agree with the message

Even if it does come from Microsoft. I use various custom and rooted Android ROMs at home but I wouldn't let me near corporate data with them, even letting me on the WiFi would be a risk. Windows phone does lots of phone like things well and can be locked down well using skills that are already in the marketplace. Bring Your Own Dropbox is a short term cost saving with endless hours of security consulting cost waiting in the future.

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