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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Brit lands on Rockall with survival podule, starts record attempt

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Yes, Ireland and Scotland should decide what to do with it

Sometime in late September.

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Russians turn Raspberry Pi into fully-fledged autopilot

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Re: @James 47

That's one reason you need a GNSS receiver for serious work.

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Ken 16

may not be a fully functional autopilot code?

The team notes that "at the moment of shipment there may not be a fully functional autopilot code"

I think I'd rather have a) no code or b) fully functional code, anything in between is dangerous.

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Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

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Facepalm

Re: Impossible

You're not from around these parts, are you?

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US bloke raises $250k to build robo-masturbation device

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Re: Software Defined Wanking

You're not even trying anymore.

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SpaceX 'Dragon V2' ROCKET PODULE can hover-land on Earth - or MARS

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Under acceleration...

Is an overhead touch screen really a good idea?

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

Ken 16
Terminator

I'm in favour os sensible automation in cars

For example, I would like a car with launch control and forward looking radar, which can detect when a traffic light changes green and the next 100m is clear then gets me to 50kph (urban speed limit) in the shortest possible time. It's wearing on the nerves doing so manually.

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A budget phablet, what a curious thing: Reg puts claws to the Lumia 1320

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LTE/4G?

One thing I want to now about all phones now is whether it supports 4G, I'd find a yes/no statement very useful in any review and couldn't find one here.

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Rich bitch sorority girls actually more likely to put out than low-class 'sluts': Study

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Thumb Down

Sociology or gossip?

Why is it anybody's business how these women dress or act? Couldn't the research team study what factors influence their final grades instead?

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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Re: Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

The phone I use for work related functions is a Samsung Wave s8500 and it was the last attempt I've seen to make a smartphone that is also a good phone. I can turn it off at night and know the alarm will wake me, the battery lasts about 3 days, it gets good signal everywhere and voice call quality is excellent, as is the screen resolution, camera etc. The smart part is compromised by the Bada OS which was too isolated to attract developers but the hardware is excellent.

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US authorities name five Chinese military hackers wanted for espionage

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What's next, charging Chinese soldiers with possession of firearms?

Maybe Ukraine could charge the Russian army with trespass?

If these guys were committing 'theft' then the US should report them to the Chinese authorities for discipline. If they were obeying the lawful orders of their superiors then the dispute should be with the Chinese government and not the individuals. Charging someone in a foreign country's army intelligence agency with gathering intelligence seems ridiculous.

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

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You wouldn't give him a hard time if he was using a typewriter

You'd just assume he was either pretentious or unwilling to learn anything more modern.

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Mae Microsoft yn addysgu Swyddfa, Bing, siarad Cymraeg*

Ken 16
Trollface

Re: Who is actually going to benefit from this?

More people exclusively speak Welsh than exclusively use Bing so Microsoft may expand its market.

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Archos ArcBook: An Android netbook for a measly hundred-and-seventy clams

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WTF?

How can you tell?

Without seeing the display, how can you tell how good (or terrible) it is in terms of contrast, angle of view, etc? If you're talking resolution, it's a lot higher than the 12" laptop I used for 3 years for work.

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Ken 16
Thumb Up

A lot depends on build quality

I can see a slightly better spec'd Android laptop on a Chinese exporters site for EUR80 (weighs 765gm, 1.5GHz dual core CPU, HDMI out and RG45 but with much shorter battery life - guess where the extra 500g came from?) but it looks cheap and plasticy. If the Archos is metal clad, as it looks to be, it might be worth the extra.

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

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Those photobooths are obvious infringers

Amazon deserve a piece of that action.

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PEAK APPLE: Mystery upstart to hurl iLord from its throne 'by 2020'

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Facebook 2020?

It's the America OnLine of the 21st Century.

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Customisation is BAD for the economy, say Oz productivity wonks

Ken 16

try Ireland

Gluten intolerance is so common here there are usually a half dozen gluten free bread brands in a local supermarket (plus gluten free beer etc)

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Windows Phone: Just as well Microsoft bought an Android maker, RIGHT?

Ken 16
Alert

Open Source Symbian?

If MS really wanted to hit low end Android sales it could open the code base for Symbian, a mature OS with a wide range of existing Apps yet which doesn't have the growth potential to compete with the latest and greatest from the big manufacturers.

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Titsup UK Border IT causes CHAOS at air and seaports in Blighty

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Re: Border traversal will only get worse...

I'm sure the French have invaded Germany more than twice, there was the Ruhr, Alsace, the Fronco Prussian war and don't get started with Boneparte...paperwork can be filled in after the fact.

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Everything you always wanted to know about VDI but were afraid to ask (no, it's not an STD)

Ken 16

Great article!

Thanks, most of it I was aware of, some made me think and I definitely haven't seen it all gathered together in a concise and up to date form before.

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US judge: Our digital search warrants apply ANYWHERE

Ken 16

There is likely to be a US copy of the data

My understanding of Microsofts cloud offering is that even if you nominate your data to be kept in the EU (Ireland), they will hold at least 3 copies of the data, one each at your primary and secondary DC locations and a 3rd archive/DR copy at another location.

There are two Microsoft DCs in Ireland, therefore the 3rd location would be US.

I agree with other commentards that it's both bad law and bad precedent but if pressed MS may have to admit a copy of the data is within the juristiction of the court and possibly subject to search.

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

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Re: So...

Now you're taking the PI...

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Sony Xperia Z2: 4K vid, great audio, waterproof ... Oh, and you can make a phone call

Ken 16
Coat

Re: Z2 Compact

Yes, or how about a Z1 Compact Compact, get the screen down below 3.4 inches. I'm hanging onto my Xperia Ray until I find a replacement which will fit in the coin pocket of my jeans.

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New HDS array: It's a G1000 Jim, but not as we know it*

Ken 16
WTF?

Acronyms much?

I've read this and have only a limited clue what the content is about, this despite having implemented some of the acronyms used in the story. May I suggest a summary paragraph for the less technical?

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KILLER ROBOTS, DNA TAMPERING and PEEPING CYBORGS: the future looks bright!

Ken 16

How about?

altering the DNA of their children to improve...their...serving as caregivers to the sick and elderly?

also maybe machines that can argue law at the same skill level as humans? I'd rather have less lawyers in the future rather than less artists?

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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

Ken 16

I'm glad to see Paris is doing well too.

In both R&D and Innovation. I'm sure there will be business benefit down the road.

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Big Blue's GPFS: The tech's fantastic. Shame about the product

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Re: Scalable is the idea

You're right, neither cheap nor easy to set up (I used it for a grid engine once) but superb results...meaning better than 90% of solutions really need.

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Snowden files latest: NSA and GCHQ targeted German satcomms

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Re: How long before normal companies....

Good Job the NSA was on the job and had advance warning of the....oh wait!

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

Ken 16
Trollface

You forgot your icon

now get back under your bridge

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BlackBerry sucker-punches TV star Ryan Seacrest in patent brawl

Ken 16
WTF?

so, not an April Fool then?

I'm sure I've used phones other than Blackberry which had keyboards, some even qwerty. What makes this keyboard different in kind?

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US saves self from Huawei spying by spying on Huawei spying

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well, yes

I heard a speech at a security conference a few weeks back from an ex-NSA guy saying that Chinese manufacturers let the Chinese security agencies access all backdoors and passed the information to aid Chinese companies economically in competition to western firms and that the Chinese security agencies were headed by loyal Chinese generals.

All the time he was speaking I wondered which US manufacturers withheld their backdoors from the US government agencies and why those agencies wouldn't help US firms in competition with overseas companies and how disloyal the US security agency leaders were to their government.

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Hey, IT department! Sick of vendor shaftings? Why not DO IT, yourself

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Horses for courses

The key word in there is 'competent' and that's the piece in short supply (no shorter supply now that 15 years ago but rarer as a proportion of the IT community). I started out working with first generation COTS packages and making them work, sometimes with a hammer. I've come to the view that modelling the business requirements and processes first is key, then slotting in reliable packages to do the 80% that's common and needs to just work and get supported and upgraded regularly leaving the remaining 20% of functional gaps to be filled by bespoke elements adding business benefit.

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Your CIO is now a venture capitalist and you work at their startup

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self-serve checkouts example?

“Retailers have done several generations of self-serve checkouts. The customers who appreciate that have enjoyed being a part of that.”

Please provide detailed references on which customers have enjoyed being told to take their bag out of the bagging area before quoting that chap as an authority on anything.

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Google Glass: Reg man tests tech specs

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Paris Hilton

Did anyone else comment on your wearing of them?

Genuine curiousity here, though obviously if said comment involved vulgar abuse that would be even funnier.

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Cheap'n'cheerful Chinese mobesters ZTE launch Firefox phones

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while Nokia punts Android as 'entry level'

It's not the OS (so long as it runs smoothly) but what I'd like to see an entry level phone as is small, slim and able to fit my pocket while having a couple of days battery life and wake on alarm. My old Samsung s8500 does that and my not so old Sony Xp'Ray does 90% of it but since then everyone's gone chasing bigger screens. :-( Surely it'd be cheaper to put a smaller screen in and keep the OS?

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STRIPPED DOWN and EXPOSED: Business kit from the good old days

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The key is in the pocket

The pocket of the suit worn by the corpse in the safe.

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

Ken 16
Holmes

I can't code

I can script a bit and I can debug/review someone elses code, but the last time I had to compile code was in university. I've had quite a successful IT career since.

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IBM's bailed out of the server market - will they dump Storwize next?

Ken 16
Trollface

Yeah, totally chasing those AS/400 sales!

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