* Posts by Ken 16

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Social sniffer predicts which Nigerian prince has the best chance of scamming you

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Really cool!

I'll be fascinated as results emerge. This isn't sarcasm, the idiots evolve faster than the proofing and too much security effort is devoted to locking down networks rather than behaviors.

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Penguin porn? NO! Linux folk in #LCA2015 standoff

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Linux

probably little to do with penguins?

I refer my learned colleague to Rules 34 and 46.

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Microsoft tries to defend Irish servers from US g-men invasion, again

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Re: Good on Microsoft

AFAIK MS have 2 DC's in Ireland, not aware of any others in Europe but their Azure TOS say data will be held on customers primary and secondary sites _and_ a DR site, implying that is outside of EU.

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Re: Good on Microsoft

I'm sure that MS have a disaster recovery image of the data in question within US jurisdiction but, of course, the court didn't ask for that.

Why wouldn't the US cooperate if, for example, China wanted to subpoena data held in a US data centre by a Chinese citizen subject to prosecution?

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

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Holmes

have you thought about getting out more?

We've all THOUGHT about it...

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Yes, Obama has got some things wrong on the internet. But so has the GOP

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american politics

*shrug*

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Government locked into £330m Oracle contract until 2016

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"save up to £600m per year in savings"

and instead they're spending it in spendings?

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Google? Microsoft? What the heck do they do in cloud?

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Re: The main problem with the cloud...

Thank you for this comment.

The other part of the equation, if you are that big company/startup with a product that's cloud-able and it takes off, graph at which point it makes sense to own your infrastructure vs rent it and subtract the purchasing lead times to figure out when to initiate your own data centre project. You will have designed the application so it can go hybrid cloud or in-house if required, won't you?

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Meh

I'm a big fan of WPS Office

Libreoffice is just a bit bloated for an SSD install.

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Hawking: RISE of the MACHINES could DESTROY HUMANITY

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Re: Dear Stephen

Fry?

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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Re: Water wastage? FFS!

perhaps if they were sterilised in alcohol?

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Legendary Brit physicist Stephen Hawking gets full Intel comms refresh

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WTF?

"Intel integrated technology British predictive text company SwiftKey"?

I'm sure the man himself would have expressed the message more clearly and succinctly.

I'm still circling the sentence without divining meaning.

"Intel integrated technology British predictive text company SwiftKey, which contacted the chip giant after reading about its plans to develop the new system. "

Is integrated the verb there?

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While the web stares at cat pics, the glue of the internet is being shifted from US govt control

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Who is this public who may comment?

Perhaps a link in the article to facilitate commentard feedback?

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

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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!

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Tough on The Sun

Tough on the causes of The Sun.

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Your PHONE is slowly KILLING YOU

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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

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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?

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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

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portable Sauna Heater?

Finnish, smoky?

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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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'

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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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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

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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

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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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