* Posts by lukewarmdog

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London Ambulance IT system hit by three outages in last year

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Pen and paper?

"forcing the service's control room to log all emergency calls by pen and paper."

Surely a few mobile phones with a sharing app on them would be a million times better as a solution?

If you had to Facebook an ambulance driver to get to a cardiac arrest victim pronto it would be infinitely better than this. This isn't a cafe, they're not taking your order. How is it acceptable that your backup to computer failure is find a pen, fill in a form.. Mind boggles.

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Nielsen, eat your heart out: TiVo woos admen with prediction engine

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So confused

As the first post points out, the reason I have TiVo is to skip ads.

Secondly this doesn't help really because there's not just me who watches the TV. Until they can figure out whether it's me or the dog who are they targetting? And obviously when they do figure out which one of us it is, how are they going to get the dog to buy its own stuff?

Personally I feel the best question, at the point of sale, is just to ask "is there any point showing you adverts?" and if I say "no" then save your money, don't try and show me them.

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BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

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answer machine

I've always just let the machine screen the calls. It has the added benefit of recording actually useful messages. I'm all for BT blocking spam calls but I'm not sure about this unique technological breakthrough stuff, can't they just employ a guy to go through whocallsme and block the numbers people flag up as spam? I know their aim is to stop even the first call getting through and also to stop spammers hiding their number or number hopping I just don't have any faith they can do this.

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TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

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Changing the name

It has been suggested a few times that you should be able to rename your device.

At the moment the TV/radio only has to not say Siri, Alexa Ok Google.

If you couldn't say ANY name without someone complaining their Olaf had been comparing home and car insurance then we'd be in bigger trouble.

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Russia to convicted criminal hackers: 'Work with us or jail?'

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My money's on Senator Quid, he's worth 100 Pence.

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Uber's self-driving cars can't handle bike lanes, forcing drivers to kill autonomous mode

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Re: Good news about Uber!!

Where I live there are taxi ranks. I'd head for one of those if you can't phone a local private hire.

The rest applies to any drivers so I'm ignoring it. You shouldn't be paying double what Uber are charging, shop around, it's perfectly fine to ask how much your fare will be before you get in.

All the black cabs I've seen in the UK now accept cards, with the rise of card payment devices that you can pair with a standard phone I wouldn't be surprised to see private hire cars accept them if they don't already. Otherwise just ask to stop at a cash machine on the way to your destination.

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Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking

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Rebooting

So I turned my wifes PC off and on again after staring at it for the requisite amount of time and realising it wasn't going to fix itself and all the things I'd just tried hadn't worked.

Fine after a first reboot.

Couple of days later same thing on my own machine. My machine is a bit more annoying as it's a floor down from the router so not as easy to keep an eye on whether connectivity has returned or not. Again, after checking all the cables were fine I just ended up rebooting and was fine.

The previous article to this says that rebooting doesn't always work but my experience from this was that it did the trick on those two machines.

As for "how am I meant to patch this when I can't get online?" - this is no different to those times when your network card driver would go kaput and you'd need to download a new / updated one. The good old days were just as bad and it hasn't always been Microsoft's fault.

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Men! If you want to win at board games this Christmas, turn off the rock music – scientists

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You've not Operated until you've tried the extreme version:

Push It - Salt n Pepa

Wiggle It - 2 In a Room

Agadoo - Black Lace

Baby Got Back - Sir Mixalot

Can't Touch This - MC Hammer

Body Movin' - Beastie Boys

Never Tear Us Apart - Inxs

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Brexflation hits Lenovo's Phab2

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Meh

Like all the "unfair" re-pricings that have been mentioned on this site recently, if nobody buys any more of the whatever it is being highlighted this week, sellers will be forced down the DFS permanent sale route and all will go back to being well with this part of the world.

With regards to the Phab2, the most cursory of searches brings up an article (android police) that says it's not a very good phone running an OS that isn't consumer ready. I'd put it to the readership therefore that the number of people affected by this price imbalance is going to be minimal because there's better things to slip into a loved one's stocking this Chrimbo.

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Moscow says writing infrastructure attack code is a thought crime

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Proving Intent

As long as you put "not to be used to hack Russian Infrastructure" in the read_me / EULA, you'll be fine.

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Neo-Nazi man jailed for anti-Semitic Twitter campaign against MP

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Guessing from the downvotes he has managed to get himself a phone.

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

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The list is missing some very key points

13. database backups have to be done outside of office hours because everyone knows you can't back up databases whilst people are using them.

14. there are several databases that need backing up.

15. the actual switching over of user accounts following the backup has to be done outside office hours. Probably a weekend. You can't remote in to do this so the building will need to be open. This now involves at least a caretaker opening up for you and turning off the alarms. If you can get the caretaker to say they're not available, a senior member of staff may have to be inconvenienced. Won't work if your building is already 24/7 but worth a shot.

16. the risk matrix says doing this just before Xmas would be a bad idea, earliest point it can be done is the new year.

17. because of the size of the databases (you can pretend to discover this after you've been absolutely forced to do the work) means you need to order some new kit. At the very least some large external drives, possibly also some (additional) cloud storage, maybe even software. And if you really want to postpone the work, an industrial espionage proof top of the range secure laptop for backup storage and transportation. Also a fireproof safe to keep the laptop in. And one of those biometric eye-scanners to lock the room the safe containing the laptop is in.

18. in the unlikely event you get all that (because your boss is even more bloody minded than you are) or if you are forced to go ahead without all that kit (more likely) then do the work. Insist on overtime at the very minimum. And then, come Monday, make sure the system isn't ready and working. Prep a room as full of cables and flashing lights on important looking boxes as you can. Explain there's a hitch/problem/issue. You can keep this up for a while I'm sure. Once you've run out excuses then it's a question of time. Might be an hour.. might be a couple, the spinner / bar / countdown timer / other thing that might provide an idea of when it will be ready has stopped. Might be stuck on a large file or maybe the bandwidth is flooded.When there's absolutely nothing else you can do and you're being told to phone Microsoft/God/IT Support somewhere, make sure your support is in a time zone that isn't awake for several hours yet. That support may need to escalate several times. You can easily wait days for Canadian support to move from T1 to T3. If you're in Canada, make sure everyone knows your support is in Australia.

19. Always, always.. make sure you can put your own preferred system back on incredibly easily, after all the mess is because of management, you're the good guy in all of this.

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Prior use

The phrase was used in the books, HBO should take George to the cleaners, get him to pay them for turning his books into films.

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Sigh... 'Hundreds of thousands' of... sigh, web CCTV cams still at risk of... sigh, hijacking

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hack them first

If we accept that these devices are eminently hackable and that at some point they're going to be used for bad things, can't the good guys hack and disable them for the greater good?

We've seen some big DDOS taking out chunks of the Internet very simply. As people add more crap, the chunk size and duration of the DDOS is just going to increase.

Not sure if I feel it's unethical to bork everyones wifi camera / printer / dongle / etc. but then I think about the greater good. And then I think.. who cares if people can't play wow over Xmas, who cares about all the poor lolcat videos that won't get watched. It would even be a bonus if Trump couldn't tweet and / or I couldn't read about his tweets over the festive period.

And in some ways maybe THAT is the greater good, with no Internet, people can socialise, read books, play out in the snow on that new bike they got for Xmas. And then I think about having to socialise with my in-laws and I'm back to needing the Internet to protect me over the holidays.

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Soon only Ticketmaster will rip you off: Concert scalper bots face US ban

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"I'm not going to get anything like that location if I do it myself"

Why not?

With no touts, when you phone up you will get the tickets that they are no longer getting.

A lot of what is wrong with ticketing is a fan problem. Anyone who pays $1000 for a ticket that is $180 face value is the problem, not part of it, all of it.

Anyone who thinks $180 for a ticket is acceptable.. also the problem.

I'd like to see fake concerts set up, honeypots to bankrupt touts.

I'd also like to see venues insisting that only the original purchaser can use the ticket. If you can't go, you return the ticket to the venue for resale.

Having said all that.. I'm sure the law will do something to help the problem. Maybe. Can't hurt I guess, secondary ticketing needs to stop being a thing.

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Pythons Idle and Cleese pen anti-selfie screed

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Shouting at clouds

You say that like it's a bad thing.

I'm with them, screw those selfie people with their own sticks. If god had meant us to take selfies, he'd have given us extending arms. Therefore they're an affront to God and should burn in heck. And another thing, where are my slippers.

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Boffins find Galaxy making killer radiation, rule out Samsung phone as source

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Alien TV

It's clearly the ad-break for the popular alien soap "come slime with me" and everyone has just put the kettle on and taken to "Geddit - the front page of the Universe" to speculate on when Winter will come and just what the hell that even actually is.

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GoPro drone moan brings more bad Karma

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IT Angle

Cameras already exist, drones already exist, how was it possible to get this so wrong? Sellotape, blu tac, a couple of screws.. anything would have done really..

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Brexflation: Lenovo, HPE and Walkers crisps all set for double-digit hike

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the exchange rate

Since this article, the pound has gone up against the dollar.

Can you check again if the companies are going to revise their prices to reflect this please.

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Celeb-backed music TV phallus Electric Jukebox finally ready for launch

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FAIL

Surely the saving doesn't kick in until you've paid for the tv you need to plug the thing into in the first place?

Stupid idea cos my tv already has radio and music channels and I also have Amazon Prime with more music as a side effect of getting free shipping on the records I buy.

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Facebook chokes off car insurance slurp because – get this – it has privacy concerns

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The whole thing is pretty stupid. May as well ask the person applying to write an essay and analyse that, you don't need to access Facebook. Maybe I should pitch that to Admiral.

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America has one month to stop the FBI getting its global license to hack

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america uber alles

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith snagged a photo-op with Obama. Joe later referred to him as Commander-in-Chief and leader of the free world.

That's what taking too many drugs does to you. You end up thinking there's a free world..

http://ijr.com/2016/10/724753-aerosmith-frontmen-post-pic-with-obama-that-sparks-drama-within-the-band/

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Belgian court fines Skype for failing to intercept criminals' calls in 2012

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Is a Skype call transcript admissible evidence? To avoid the admittedly piddly fine Skype could just make something up as there's no other record of the conversation. I find myself agreeing with Skype here, some people in Belgium used their software to have a conversation, they can't carry liability for the download and use of that software. Belgium should block it from working if theyre unhappy with it.

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And so we enter day seven of King's College London major IT outage

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Re: Christ almighty, WTF

Closely followed by a redundant arrary of IT management..

This isn't a small business, they can easily afford a system architect to design them something that HP (or whoever) can then provide. There's no way there should be a single box marked "all the software" in the network diagram.

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‘We have many IoT customers’ says Huawei CTO

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"The ddos attack has dropped, we'd best to replace some bulbs"

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Data ethics in IoT? Pff, you and your silly notions of privacy

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The thing with the talking toaster was that it did not know anything about anyone. It was only self-aware, not aware of customer desires. The self driving car or self-replenishing fridge don't need to be plugged into the Facebook database or your gmail, they don't need to know why you use so much whipped cream, just that you do, don't need to know why you're driving it across town, just that you are going somewhere. What happens when you add ethics is that the car decides your lifestyle is impure and at best refuses to take you to the cream party and at worse murders you for the greater good. Meantime the fridge orders a condolence cake for your wife and kids.

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Tesla's big news today:
sudo killall -9 Autopilot

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This won't really work until everyone has better cars.

It's going to be a lot easier for the on-board computers to stay a distance of x away from the car in-front/behind/at both sides when they can talk to the computers in all those other cars. Until then the AI is expected to keep you safe whilst surrounded by unpredictable human driven cars. That's too tall an order in my opinion. If I crash my car into yours we blame each other and our insurance sorts it out. If my AI car crashes into you, it's all over the media, the manufacture goes out of business, prices skyrocket, blame is allocated to the AI.. autopilot is the worst thing to offer drivers as history has shown.

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Trump vs. Clinton III - TPP looks dead, RussiaLeaks confirmed

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“Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.” - Poe

Still, even if you discount all the government agencies, the civilian ones are saying it's Russia. And as the government ones are also saying it's Russia.. maybe don't discount the combined conclusion that it was Russia. There's a tinfoil hat with "it's not Russia" on it on the table over there next to the "who's agenda is it anyway" board game. It's the Middle East version in case you wondered.

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Coming soon to smart home devices? Best Before labels – with patch cut-off dates

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I'm not sure this is a good idea at all.

Say I buy a smoke detector and it says "google will support this for two years". I'm not going to buy it knowing it only has a two year effective lifespan. I'd honestly rather buy the Internet-free version even without such a "guarantee".

Alternatively I buy a smoke detector with a two year support guarantee and ignore it, like any good shopper would. After two years it's still a smoke detector but now it's also a botnet.

I'm not seeing what real purpose this serves.

It surely also leaves the way open for "generic smoke detector with an online component" with support and updates and mods so you can play pong on it from a Linux community. I hesitate to say "like Cyanogen" given their current circumstances but something like that anyway. Maybe a modular system so ongoing support can also help you build the IoT house. If Google don't slap you down of course.

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Marmite's not the only national treasure hit by Brexit. Will someone think of the PCs?

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"The implosion of the UK’s Labour Party? Blame Brexit (more so leader Jeremy Corbyn)."

Shouldn't that say "thank Jeremy Corbyn"?

I'd be all for forking Labour so we can all see which flavour we want to vote for. There's a rainbow of ideology under this single one word umbrella "labour" and some of it is not mutually compatible. We need at least two parties, Blairites and Corbynites, people can make up their own mind which Marmite they want to vote for then.

As for currency fluctuations, It would be nice (for us in the UK at least) if the BoE and Government could stop talking the economy down and start bigging it up.

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Blighty's National Pupil Database has been used to control immigration

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Thing is, Government needs this data. How else can it blame the previous or next one for the immigration problem?

How many times have we seen "Blair's government allowed 100k more immigrants in" and "Cameron's government has 'lost' 500k immigrants"?

Whether the statistics are at this point meaningful in any way is anyones guess.

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Twitter yanks data feeding tube out of police surveillance biz

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The problem is with the police. That's it. Something has come along that they don't control and they realise they need to be in the loop. Because if something happened on Twitter they didn't know about, they wouldn't be doing their jobs. If they could find out about something in advance, they could do a better job. And whilst this is true to a certain extent it does lead to "let's assign everyone a robot policeman to follow them about all day, preventing crime".

"It's like the cops observing a meeting in a public place, or a conversation on a public street, whatever."

They're not allowed to do this covertly. I'd suggest reading all your online posts without your knowledge is covert. If I knew they read them I'd do thing differently. If a policeman is in uniform the situation is different to undercover cops being present. So yes it is like that but you say it like that would be a good thing and it's not.

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Snowden investigator slams leaker-detector background checks

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So what he's saying is there's no way to predict when someone will realise the American government is up to no good and release proof of that?

Good!

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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“Anyone who sends the message only because he or she thought it was funny would not be committing the offence.”

yes they would, you'd just be letting them off. This makes the least sense of all to me. The kind of person who thought it was funny is exactly the kind of person we need to get off the Internet.

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Device-as-a-Service to make life simple? Nope

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Sounds suspiciously like the unwanted offspring of cloud computing and phone contracts.

I can't see HP supplying me with a machine that can run DOOM in the evening but which clocks down to run Office during the day. But maybe that is exactly what they're thinking.

That game you were playing? Bits of it ramped up to the full specs of your machine. Your bill is therefore £30 more this month than last month. Last month you only used 20% of your allowance but we're still going to charge you the full months worth. Why not upgrade your package to have more compute cycles and get a free cinema ticket?

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Robots blamed for wiping 10 per cent off the value of sterling

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""Robots blamed"

If only they'd had a robots.txt installed on the servers, a cautionary tale from Frank Herbert about how we mustn't hand over control of our currencies to the machines as they'll just use it to take down humanity from the inside. After all, he who controls the stock exchange selling the spice, controls the spice. And the Universe.

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You have the weirdest eye colour.

Mine are just blue.

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Re: You won't be able to afford the peanuts

I stockpiled some value peanuts from Tesco earlier in the month.

Now my choices are to eat them as a high protein snack or to keep hold of them against the day that London property that I want becomes available.

Or the apes rise up. Damn these difficult decisions.

*munches peanuts to alleviate stress*

*goes to Tesco to buy more peanuts*

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Internet of pills plan calls for drugs to tell you when to take them

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The app is surely all that is needed and should be configured by the doctor / pharmacist not the user.

Typically you go to the doctor, they write something totally illegible on a bit of paper, you take that to the pharmacy, they print a label you can read on a box of the pills you need to take.

Alternatively whilst the doc is typing out what he just wrote into your medical notes, he could update your phones app and the app can then buzz (or whatever) to say it's time to take your pills. This also reduces the risk of the end user not setting their alarms to remind themselves of what they need to take.

Honestly you'd think whoever came up with this was some kind of e-ink manufacturer trying to find a reason to be relevant.

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'Please label things so I can tell the difference between a mouse and a microphone'

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Working in a school, the kids would often prank the teacher and / or the next set of students in after them.

Without disconnecting it you swap mouse A from computer A over to computer B and vice versa. Cue two confused people, neither of whom's mouse works. You can also disconnect the mouse (and anything else) and people assume they're broken because if the cables go round the back and look like they should be plugged in.. people think they must be. Especially teachers. Replacing the teachers mouse with a broken one was a favourite. Just hide the working one behind the machine, put broken one in it's place. I had one teacher who was made up she had got a wireless mouse and said it was a pity it didn't work. I pointed out someone had just pulled the whole cable out of a wired one.

Rearranging all the keys on the keyboard to spell words was always fun. I was really impressed once, this whole sentence had been formed. Until I realised that to make it they'd had to borrow keys from multiple keyboards making an amusing discovery actually a lot of work.

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Invasion of the virus-addled lightbulbs (and other banana stories)

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"We've written an AI but it's totally safe because WE built it"

Reminds me of that time someone invented dynamite. These things have a habit of blowing up.

We really should be working on something to surpass humanity using AI to invent even better AI so it can finally invent fully working robot brains and bodies.

Then we can get on with the job of transferring our consciousness to those new robot bodies and minds and become the robots ourselves. Then we can move out into the Universe overthrowing stuff preemptively.

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Google 'screwed over' its non-millennials – now they can all fight back

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Re: A lot of unoriginal comments

What do they say about the Tory/Ukip/Brexiter age groups?

You've just encompassed most of the voting population of the UK so I'm really unclear what you'd say about all those people that would make any actual sense.

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Fancy Bears' who-takes-what in sports hack list ‘manipulated’ before leak

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Joke

In Russia, data runs rings round you!

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

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"No one should be woken up by a low-battery chirp at 2:00am."

See Nest themselves admit nobody should buy one.

It's not SMART if it just pisses you off. It's not dumb if it doesn't. These are just things. All you can say is my £4 detector does its job admirably whilst your $99 has not. So let's think about this, should you buy another unnecessary $99 product? No, no you should not. As you've demonstrated it doesn't add anything except annoyance. The mains version would have alleviated the battery issue but would have made it harder to remove/replace so no easy win there.

And you know what, screw the app. If my house is on fire, I'd rather find out when I get home than have it ruin my holiday. Now if my house burned down and the smart fire alarm booked me a hotel before it melted.. that might be a helpful feature.

An interactive house needs to be created holistically, you can't just buy some stuff off the shelf, screw them to your walls and hope the app that ties them together isn't buggy.

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

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Google - "oh frabjous day, we've made an iPhone!"

Apple fanboys : "why?"

Android fanboys : "why?"

Apple lawyers "woohoo, payday"

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When Pornhub meets the Internet of Fridges

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Sorry you wanted a 99?

My bad I got you 69s

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Should Computer Misuse Act offences committed in UK be prosecuted in UK?

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"Lauri Love is a 31-year-old hacker on the autistic spectrum; he is accused of doing some totally stupid/misguided things and has allegedly hacked into all sorts of places that should not have been hacked"

In that last sentence it should say

"should not have been hackable"

I mean seriously, you've got a guy with a stupid name, an even stupider sounding disease and he hacked your very expensive websites which apparently employs the geniusest of geniuses.

I'd be setting my own house in order, quietly, not very publicly announcing how crap at security I am.

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Premier League Sky card crims ordered to cough up nearly £1m

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very confused

The article says they provided fake cards but the cards worked, the pubs etc were happy with the service so they were genuine cards?

I'm also confused because why is this a card based system anyway? Why don't these businesses have a box and an account and information is provided to that box based on their account choices and payments? And just how much are these cards worth if they've amassed this reported fortune?

All seems really backwards, a low tech scam that deliver high tech entertainment.

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What’s that Sooty? You want a girlfriend?

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1. i do not know the term for a female Panda.

Fanda!

no.. me neither.

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