* Posts by Richard Jones 1

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Ding-dong, reality calling: iPhone slump is not Apple's doom

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One of the problems of high market share is that it can bring in high operating costs. So if you are churning 50 billion of whatever currency a fixed overhead of say 20 billion is rather less important. Should the churn-over drop, can the fixed overhead also show the same flexibility? In apple's case it probably does not make a whole difference since the margin is so high they would have time to adjust to falling markets. Financial markets hate uncertainty so they wobble as soon as look at you. So the marketplace for certain things is showing signs of being finite. Those who want them in the main have them. Those like me who are still wanting to know what the fuss was about still cannot find where the magic is hidden. Many of us would still be happy to settle for ten seconds of apple's cash flow, but we will see how the market evolution pans out.

The end of the world is certainly not due.

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US government tells Apple it has security problems that Apple fixed last year

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Re: doesn't intend to patch

Perhaps apple just want to compete more widely with Andriod?

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Net scum lock ancient Androids, force users to buy iTunes gift cards

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Re: That Ain't going to fly

Well it would be nice to think so but I have sever doubts that they would do the right thing. I can only hope you are right.

Sherlock because he got the crook.

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That Ain't going to fly

Quote '"In theory, it might be possible for Apple - or its iTunes gift card partners - to track who used the gift cards provided to the criminals, which may help investigators identify them."' End Quote

Would apple give up the ID of crooks? I do not see that happening any time; ever. They would want to protect their identity - and likely keep them as customers.

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Romania suffers Eurovision premature ejection

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Re: I wonder

Go on go ahead with that idea. Thousand would appreciate the improvements it could bring. Otherwise since we have to have it thrust down our throats oops sorry screened at us; broadcast it at 3 a.m. perhaps on the old BBC three space.

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Bypass the Windows AppLocker bouncer with a tweet-size command

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Re: Can we close that loophole?

If you need to ask you possibly don't have the skill or possibly the rights to do so. If that is not the case go ahead, if you are a drug dealer or some other assorted low life no doubt someone will give you away anyway. Money talks in criminal circles so watch any friends you thought you had.

Of course be aware that someone, (perhaps a dodgy friend?) might already have done this to you, better go and check your bank account via some other none PC route.

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Dutch PGP-encrypted comms network ‘abused by crooks’ is busted

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Re: Weapons are used by criminals!

Weapons are illegal to own in many countries; except the USA of course where the right to carry arms and get shot by your self device weapon, often by a family member is so very important.

I guess the wacky-backy folk will have to do something else now.

No doubt iApple would welcome the trade I would like to get excited about this non-story, where is the snoring icon when it is needed.

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How innocent people 'of no security interest' are mere keystrokes away in UK's spy databases

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Re: Very Sloppy Headline Writing

I guess that you refer to the risk of Comrade Corbyn?

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Very Sloppy Headline Writing

So;

Hundreds of thousands will today be one foot step away from falling onto a train line.

Millions will be just a stumble away from falling into the path of a bus, car, truck or whatever.

(Some will even be hit by a car, bus, truck motorcycle on or off the road.)

Some will be just a key stroke away from paying the wrong person most of their money.

Thousands will be just a key stroke or two away from downloading a nasty to their or their company computer.

Some, an unlucky few will be just a key stroke or two away from destroying their company

Millions will be just an instant away from getting a fraud call from a PPI, investment scam or whatever pusher.

Countless thousands will be just a random chance away from harm at the hands of a criminal of some form or another.

That is why we have rules and laws to try to protect them.

Wow rules and laws even apply to sensitive activities like doctors, pharmacists, HGV drivers, etc. and as the article confirms, even to data miners working for various agencies. Sadly some may break the rules, that is what supervision, management, the police and other agencies are supposed to be there to control, (in spite of what some now refer to the Criminal Protection Service) and certain other actors distorting the intent of what are becoming the human wrongs acts.

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FBI's Tor pedo torpedoes torpedoed by United States judge

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Re: If they are able to install malware...

So you are you saying, if you visit dodgy websites (and let us all be clear it was a dodgy website) you have to be careful what you might catch?

Is there anyone on here or for that matter in much of the wider world who did not know that?

Worse still many more normal web sites also harbour very dodgy adverts that make ad suppressing software almost mandatory these days.

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The FBI Should say sorry

Please FBI, write a nice open letter to all of those traced under this arrangement. It should address the recipients in a nicely worded open letter through all major news outlets explaining that because of a legal 'misstep' they will not be prosecuted for their kiddie porn watching activities.

The FBI should also say that they are very sorry for not being able to proceed with further action at this time.

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European Union set to release anti-competition hounds on Google

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@death&taxes

Quote 'They managed pretty well with their handsets before they became correctly perceived as old-fashioned bricks when the market flew past them.'End Quote

Reality check,

Apple produced a pile of over priced, over sized dung devoid of useful features for those who wanted a communication tool. Meaning I have been unable to find something to replace my increasingly elderly but still superior, (for me) old Nokia. But he ho dream on dazzled by the shear ugliness of something that constantly demands to be looked at while robbing you of your life. I never look at a phone while using it, because hands free allows me to avoid all that pointless hassle and get several days use even from the 8 year old battery. Oh, I do not have to worry about someone wanting to break its encryption, there is nothing to find on my mobile telephone phone. Try that on an Apple, iWhatever. How many times would that have to be regraded over 8 years and at what stupid cost?.

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Canny Canadian PM schools snarky hack on quantum computing

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And For Corbyn

Perhaps Corbyn could explain how to get your tax return, accurate, correct and on time as his speciality discussion subject.

For the record I'm now about 95% done on my 2016 return (that is the one due by January 2017).

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House passes broadband bill despite promise of White House veto

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I Spy A Serious Spelling Error

Sorry the House of Representatives, surely that is the House of Repressives?

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Apple assumes you'll toss the Watch after three years

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It Probably Cuts Both Ways _And It is Not Just Apple

There are several factors in play here. Apple is first and foremost a marketing exercise. It is recognising this and whether its life projections are from production to failure or from production to 'selling on' are not a prime interest in the first stage. Fashion items typically have a relatively short life, some a very short life, e.g. women's fashion clothing. So the company's focus will inevitably turn from keeping it working, to up-selling the first purchaser. Looking at those figures in this light makes sense. A purchaser who has had an 'X' for 2~3 years thus becomes a prime target in a market that is likely to be finite with marginal elasticity of demand. If the first mark can sell on their once shiny new toy to ease the purchase of a new one that is a bonus. Just look at the raft of second hand shops, sorry charity stalls and nearly new emporia.

Some makers object, but others who are more worldly wise see it as part of the marketing model. Sell on your old device to a second tier user at a depreciated price. Let them lust after the better item, (better only because it is the newest fashion item). Then hope that the nagging thought that they only bought second best will make them either be a repeat second hand customer for the next gen item, or more desirably a new first time buyer. Hey Presto you have expanded the market, it is the same for almost all visible consumer items ladies coats, dresses, (shorter cycle times), iThings, even cars, (longer cycle times). (Non visible items, used underwear anyone are probably a very limited niche market, - though quite strong in some export fields I have been told.)

I tend to watch the evolution of this marketing model from the sidelines. My two cars are an average of nearly 14 years old, my phone is coming up for 10 years old, my most active desk top 6 years old, my portable 8 years old and so on.

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BT hauled into Old Bailey after engineer's 7-metre fall broke both his ankles

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There was a Time

In the pre BT days, possibly when dinosaurs still roamed the earth that safety equipment was very much in vogue within the BT predecessor. They would get very grumpy if you injured yourself at home because you did not use suitable safety equipment. You could even borrow available safety items at one point. The suggestion was that they would rather allow you to follow safety processes all the time than have you off work because of an avoidable injury at home. I think this mainly applied to goggles, helmets and gloves.

Anyone remember the YZ club?

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Lauri Love backdoor forced-decryption case goes to court in UK

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Re: Question

No simple straight personal choice issue for him but if political point scoring is more your bag, waltz on.

Not my dance I am afraid, so it matters not one jot to me, but if I could prove my innocence, sorry to say this, I would try damned hard to do just that.

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Question

If the data would clear him why not yield the point? If it could stop a one way ticket to the USA it would be worthwhile.

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Citrix asks you, yes you, to write its certification exams and courseware

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I Don't Know Citrix But...

I did once go on a vendor course where the design data being used had been taken from a customer's specification but without naming the customer. It was clearly a dumb and unworkable set of data which became apparent within 15 minutes of the course starting.

We, well I principally, pointed out a few of the glaring problems - cue a halt in the proceedings while a telephone call was made, followed by a door bursting open and the area sales manager bursting in. "I hear you have doubts about the X's customer data" He blurted out the name of the customer, and we, pointed out what was wrong, but it was then too late to sort out the mess, the hardware was being set up and went live a shortly after. Went live was a misnomer and huge rapid retrofit efforts had to be made to resize and rework the whole thing to allow it to work with more than about 10% of its originally planned links.

So, yes someone with field experience can verify Aunt Sally data, but shouldn't manufacturers employ skilled staff to check things out all the way through?

In the above case, the maker in question asked to hire in some of our staff to help them better understand the business workings of customers. We turned them down for a range of reasons, but at least they wanted to pay..

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Look who's here to solve the Internet of Things' security nightmare – hey, it's Uncle Sam

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Re: When you close the fridge door

Google have already proved that the whole set up is at best flaky and unreliable by pulling the plug on one whole set up of second rate, (because they are now to be unsupported) devices.

IoT bah more like the Internet Direct Integration of Threats Including Chaos or IDIOTIC as a more correct abbreviation.

Perhaps the biggest hurdle is TTIP. Who in the right mind would want to buy some crap that would be rendered unusable because the integration supplier decided to stop support and be protected from complaint by the stupid TTIP and from bypass of their blunder by the DCMA.

One of my fridges is just about 41 years old, the other two a couple of years into life, so not too much point in worrying about what they will leak. Now examine the substance of the speculation, for fridges, first the in and out scanners, per door or per shelf? Then the product ID capability, in original cartons or put into tubs, bags or free, e.g lettuce, cabbage spring greens or whatever. So we now have a £200 fridge with a £1000? ID processor set, that should sell really well. Bigger fridges may need more costly ID and processing facilities.

As for the rest of the toys for the indulgent wild eyed, I lived my life without them until now, Non IDIOTIC things, thermostats, timers light switches, got them all; that is not going to change any time soon.

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Britain is sending a huge nuclear waste shipment to America. Why?

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Re: "Nuclear power is safe and if designed right, does have minimal waste, "

I am with you on the problem. Sadly the 70 year history has been built on and trained its people on more or less one thing weapons grade output. We should have been more open minded years ago and developed, in parallel, alternatives which could have reduced the then potential problems. There is a problem continuing to plough the same old furrow and expecting different result to emerge, We built breeder reactors, what about thinking round consumer reactors. Too late for Hinkley Point but somewhere, sometime would be nicer.

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Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

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Re: Doesn't matter

Windows Store, I thought that was now known as Tumble Weed Park anyway.

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We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

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Re: Nowhere to hide

@I aint Sparticus,

It is also an argument for something pretending to be an organisation to get organised and recognise the needs it has and deal with processes the right way. Your Mum cannot possibly be the first case of her situation, so there should be a secure, agreed process sorted out to deal with such cases and avoid the run around that is apparently needed. Sending file(s) encrypted would be a start! Providing the tools for the job would also be 'useful'.

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Mobe and Wi-Fi firms flog your location data to commercial firms, claim reports

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Re: I guess I'm safe for now

I have no data plan on my phone. I did get a 'feature phone' at the last renewal, it could not do what I wanted or needed, also it was touch based bah useless. I passed it on to a relation and went back to the old 2G phone which suits me fine. There was another screw up with plan so they deleted the unwanted data and added something slightly useful, success. Tracking my movements might be a mess, half the time I have no service at home so that must really help them understand me, not!

But like you, no location device other than cell site triangulation and no apps, whatever fluff they are.

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Telstra hauls in Cisco, Ericsson, Juniper to explain TITSUPs

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Re: 15% increase causes overload?

No that is not a correct reading as I see things. Most handsets are registered on the system as they are switched on. They remain on line until switched off, they go flat or move out of range. The system will be dimensioned on the basis of expected traffic demands and expected new service request demands plus any other relevant factors such as normal surges. Suddenly removing 15% of connections and then all of them automatically trying to reconnect is a very different thing. That is not 'normal' traffic it is a very specific type of traffic all focussed on very specific resources, those associated with control of the network not the traffic on the network.

Yes duplicated resources running in parallel through very well integrated and designed networks vastly increase network security. Two gateways with each having say 60% of nominal maximum busy hour load capacity can proved a very high level of service continuity, with three or more way diversity even better security can be obtained, provided that the load sharing algorithm does not itself eat up capacity. Cut cutting off 15% of connections and then suddenly and instantly dumping them back on the network would likely lead to something rather well over a 100% increase in control traffic on the network, note, control not customer paying traffic. Failures then lead to retries and so traffic snowballs. Such cut overs are usually managed by careful planning to avoid such out of control surges.

Back in the day when I worked on such changes we were very careful to allow new traffic to come on stream at quiet times and via tightly controlled steps. I did once decide to simulate a full power full demand restart, an interesting experiment. There were a number of fuses at different distances from where I stood, I was able to enjoy the sound of them all popping due to the slight delays in the sound arriving at my ears. We hastily checked the fuses and made sure traffic came on stream in a less sudden rush. That system had no more problems.

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'Panama papers' came from email server hack at Mossack Fonseca

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Re: Mail?

Remember that finance did not embrace e-mail and in some cases may still not have embraced e-mail to the extent of others, rather it relied on such as telex and, other internal protocols essentially based on telegrams. Telegrams have a long and cherished, (by some) history. Both telexes and telegrams were often machine generated. I remember experimenting with generating telexes via a small desk top type computer back in the 1970s.

The English Electric Leo was running a business back in the 1950s and while many businesses struggled with 'computerisation' in the late 50s and 60s, (footnote many still have those same old problems) a lot of stuff was 'computerised' with even the banks using them by the mid 1960s. The fact that records go back 40 years is a bit of a surprise, since that only goes back to about 1976. So two comments, did they prune out the other 20 odd years through house keeping or was it simply lost through bad retention policies?

It makes the 6 ~ 10 year retention policies of many banks look really lame. Mind you, life insurance does have more distant retention horizons.

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Bloaty banking app? There's a good chance it was written in Britain

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Re: cheques/checks

I thought that was developed for under developed banking areas, e.g. many third world locations where it, or something similar has been quite successful, Finger trouble willing that is!

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Cheques

Well I still use a steady small stream of cheques, mainly for gifts and sometimes for larger payments to contractors. I rather like the audit trail attached to them as I know to whom I have paid the money. Though I agreet that I do settle bills for regular accounts via direct means.

I read too many accounts of transfers, (as opposed to settlements) being made incorrectly and with my dominant hand currently out of action the risk of error is greatly increased.

Or should I wander the streets with cash? That is not easy as I have trouble with a foot which awaits NHS action.

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Ever wondered what the worst TV show in the world would be? Apple just commissioned it

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Re: Streaming services are a joke

I guess the down vote came from a hardware maker who wants assemble all the different hardware boxes.

What will be next a love poem from the power generators who will produce power to drive all these stupid boxes or, more likely the warehouse builders who will create the storage space for the rejected unsold items.

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

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Re: Why Touch?

Could either of the down voters explain why I should want a stupid 'look at and touch me phone' when it is next to useless FOR ME?

Or do you insist I scratch the hell out of one of the useless touchy-feely dogs watching its battery goes flat while it fails to serve ME with any useful function?

I would love to know why I must follow the fashion of others with different needs, or were you two just showing some form of dumb fashion herd behaviour?

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Why Touch?

Apart from setting any new numbers into the thing, for which buttons are number one choice, I do not want to touch my phone at all.

I want it clipped in a shirt pocket out of the way. I answer calls with one touch on the earphone, or make a call with a simple earphone press followed by the name of the person I want to call. Small, but not too small for a good battery and not too heavy either. I have struggled to find something even half way as good as my old Nokias.

Big, or for that matter any phones demanding to be seen and touched are simply not for me. For the moment with several fingers in metal splints at the moment, touch phones would probably prefer to avoid my touch.

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EU ministers to demand more data access after Brussels attacks

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Re: Priorities...

If you look into the real substance you will see that a couple of minsters have offered to resign. They security let anyone IN even if they were on a watch list because no one ever checked the list. Clear enough for you?

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Re: Known risks

It was NOT too much data it was too little action on any data, have you read about the highly critical report on the untrained staff who had no guidance training or support?

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Re: Priorities...

It might be useful to think about what was involved in both cases. I do not have full details of the coach incident though I understand it happened in an area known for such accidents, so action should have been, if not already taken at lest in hand. It was not apparently done. In that regard it does have a very direct parallel with Brussels, with its airport now becoming famous for not doing even basic security checks. In fact doing no checks at all and no training or basic awareness training of any such items as no fly lists.

Do I feel that we have enough intelligence? Not really, but when the Turks deport a bomber back to Europe and warn that he is incoming and dangerous someone should ask why no action was taken. In fact no action appears to have been taken over a number of others either. The famous open door appears to have had no hinges and to have been left lying by the side of the shack.

Finally I am doubtful that anyone in the coach company who built the darned thing, who organised the driver(s), booked the trip or built the road thought they were doing it to kill or main. The mad drunks, drug takers misfits and low order criminals of Brussels did what they did exactly to kill and maim. Because a stupid disorganisation let them do what they wanted without let or hindrance.

Now I can see a difference, can you?

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Met plod commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

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Re: Good Idea Commish.....

Of course Mr Hog&Cow if I see one of your dodgy (increasingly useless) cops in trouble I should look the other way as they should not have put themselves in harm's way? I should certainly not risk becoming a witness?

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It's nuts but 'shared' is still shorthand for 'worthless'

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The Twaddle Pushers are out Today

@AC Quote '

Individualism is BS that divides society, and leaves individuals exposed to corporate exploitation.

Social mobility is BS, and education as a means to it, doubly so.'

Was this twaddle supposed to make sense or was it a meaningless extract from some book of useless quotes?

Perhaps we should try handing each infant an ipad the moment it pops out of its mother's womb, so that it may acquire the skills of the world and retains its place in the immobile society?

In short what you wrote was BS.

Education, that is a good quality education has always been proved to provide a child with the tools to ensure maximum benefit. Sadly too many still suffer the effects of shoddy teaching designed to conform to stereotyped situations.

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Met Police cancels £90m 999 call command-and-control gig

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Re: You have to wonder

I was always told by our legal eagles that the problem with liquidated damages was that we wanted a working widget not some small change payout. A good widget would cover its CapEx in 3 to 6 months so getting it in time was high on the must have list..

We were usually buying something of known provenance, that supported standards, not something being nailed together in someone's garden shed. (Though one now closed prime contractor did offer a solution with a protocol adapter from a garden shed supplier who had already told us in no uncertain terms they would not be building anything of the sort.)

The Met Police system in question is very much one of a kind. It would be usually best to find someone else who has a working set up, purchase their solution. The use the build time to match your processes as far as possible to their proven practice.

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CK Hutchison/O2: 'Four networks' dogma risks one giant and three hopeless dwarves

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What is Coverage

As a customer of 'Nothing Much Anywhere', I would like to know what 'network coverage' is as a concept these days.

In the days of T Mobile and its forerunner I did have home coverage but now...........ooh one bar no its gone again.

Vodafone was not a whole heap better.

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Hey Windows 10, weren't you supposed to help PC sales?

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The Purpose of 10

I understood the idea of 10 was to re-launch the Windows store which was to push, sell or whatever its 'apps', (Appliances?, Apologies? Apostrophes? Apparatus? or whatever). As such I guess the thinking was that it had to get the greatest number of users ASAP.

Is someone now saying that it was intended to sell more hardware? At least being a 'cross over OS' perhaps they thought it might open a bridgehead for future hardware upgrades.

However, expecting magic hardware numbers from a very depressed and rather direction-less market was never going to be an assured success.

If the hardware cannot sell itself, why should the OS sell unwanted stuff?

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UK fella is a multimillion-dollar cyber-hustle mastermind – US DoJ

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@llthecoolshortnamesweretaken

No, he was simply fire fighting the problems with his set up so needed the thought he had some insurance against getting burned.

Are fire stations tax deductible?

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NatWest tightens online banking security after hacks' 'hack' exposé

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No NatWest Branches But Don't Use The Post Office

NatWest closed branches so opened up a facility whereby you can deposit a cheque in the Post Office Counter, (or clown-ter?). A couple of times this worked OK and the cheque was credited within 24~48 hours. Most recently I deposited one in their special envelope and after 7 days it had gone without trace. Contact with the bank produced concern but with post office counters it was a total bust. The 'receipt' the PO gave was totally worthless as the apparatchik who rang me back could not have cared less. They told me they do not care and do nothing except pass complaints straight to the bank.

Two weeks later the cheque magically appeared to have been processed.

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Re: one in 10,000

So that would appear to be the ones worth robbing since the subsequent reports on R4 suggested average thefts of > £ 10,000 a time. Nice business if you can get it and they did.

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Apple: FBI request threatens kids, electricity grid, liberty

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Re: Using a Phone to Control the World Is Mad Re @AC

I can see your issue. I last went to the land of the not so very free, now the land of Electronic slaves about 1990. Back then following the light fingered mob dipping into a relative's luggage, I either hand carried anything with value greater than used travel clothes or did not take it with me. Since then I have become wiser. I avoid air travel and thus dodge not only your TSA's worst effects, but also the US Irritation service's efforts to upset and mess traveller's about. In the unlikely event of travelling afield again I would not take electronic devices across boarders; thus avoiding the hassle with customs and outrageous roaming charges. I would probably think about paying with a purpose established credit card rather than a regularly used one and not declare any dietary issues. I don't eat fish or curry through choice and dislike.

The side effect of this attitude is that some might even think I am going green, oh the horror.

I have had a few ocean boat trips and found them to be far more civilised than any recent airport experience, drive up, unload luggage, park and go aboard. I did take a mobile in case elderly relatives had problems, though I soon realised there was no point. All it ever did was ping away with welcome messages from every network going, but fortunately no charges. I would not bother now, I am not going to pay for incoming sale's calls!

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Re: Using a Phone to Control the World Is Mad @Richard 12

Really I can only ask the simple question why?

Honestly the scenario you painted sounded grim to me.

Putting your life and all security tokens on one easily lost, over priced item reliant on a short life battery is simply not my way of life, all risk and no gain.

Perhaps that is why my phone remains the one I have had for so long - and because unlike the current phones I have seen it is limited to exactly what I need and use and the 'modern' devices no longer support.

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Using a Phone to Control the World Is Mad

Is the USA really using crappy public network connected mobiles to control vital services: That sounds nuts to me. Almost as nuts as the marketing oink from apple's claims that the end of the world is neigh.

Since I only use a non encrypted voice and text phone I guess can remain safe from the current paranoia storm, if not from the risk of crazy terrorists.

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Hacker 'Guccifer' extradited to US

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Re: Prison time?

Perhaps were are dealing with an oxymoron called 'intelligence' or a parallel existence? He sounds a bit well out of this one with all of his mindless ramblings.

The worry is that some will believe his crap spouting numb skull stupidity.

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Spanish cops discover illegally parked flying car

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Rag Week?

Is there a University nearby?

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More and more Brits are using ad-blockers, says survey

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Re: Very different from magazines

I did/do hate those ads in magazines which are printed on stiff boards and usually tear them out before trying to read the rest of the book. I guess that was a sort of physical add block.

I wonder what the ads were for?

On second thoughts, don't bother!

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Gov opens consultation on how to best to use your data

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Re: Clearly a Need

This government yes but the Blair or heaven forbid a future Corbyn lot; no with bloody great bells on.

Look at one point though, you have pointed out how data should be used and it sounds a lot like what has been proposed. Add in some data about illness, and other life factors and epidemiological studies become really easy. Currently we can guess at where clusters of illness are and what caused them, was a public health problem caused by dirty water, broken drains, or a typhoid carrier?

Overcrowding should be easy to spot a thousand people living in one street of ten houses should look odd, very odd but does anyone ever look behind such data, yes sometimes councils do, mainly when dealing with such as housing benefits of various types. Often only manually and only when a problem is suspected, of course PC rules must also be followed, to whose benefit? Those being shafted, well you know who they are most likely to be.

Incidentally many relevant data are collected already on such factors, but usually not in ways that allow them to be used for any useful purpose.

Financial information on your bank account, income from other sources, age, etc. most if not all covered by existing laws and rules. The reach of the HMRC machine is now quite considerable, it is just a shame that they never appear able to reach great heights in the accuracy and reliability stakes.

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WTF?

Clearly a Need

Primary schools are fed with pupils based according to the birth rates in their areas. Secondary schools are few by the throughput of the primary schools yet I read the other day that school authorities have suddenly woken up to the fact that demand for secondary pupil places will go up in the very near future. My goodness, these pupils have only been in the pipeline for 10+ years. Wow statistics processing must be very good to miss that issue out.

Large numbers of incomers are now needing to be fed housed treated and in some case taught and healed, without some clear idea of where they are, how many they are and what their needs will be how can anyone plan facilities to avoid a problem.

OK the census were used for such planning, but they have been so manipulated and took place only every ten years when forced changes happen very much faster so those data are double useless now. So two options, 1) give up and let it all happen, or 2) throw up our hands and say 'too much data', so do nothing.

Or has someone decided to start trying to get the required thought processes in train?

I see the first AC has his colours nailed to the right conspiracy theory mast, after all who needs planning when major projects take a long period of development? We don't need hospitals, housing schools, roads, transport, etc. They are just luxuries.

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