* Posts by nematoad

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UK taxpayers should foot £2bn or more to adopt Snoopers' Charter, says Inquiry

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Oh, really?

"...as legislators we need to be careful not to inadvertently disadvantage the UK’s rapidly growing Tech sector.”

Nothing about protecting the privacy of the 99.9% of the population that has no reason to be spied upon. Just think of the commercial interests, they are the ones that matter in Cameron's world.

And to think that they actually have the brass neck to say that we should foot the bill for all this stupidity!

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For fsck's SAKKE: GCHQ-built phone voice encryption has massive backdoor – researcher

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Re: One!...More!!..TIME!!!...

"So its concerning that they'd push that as 'Government grade'."

Not at all. It fits the government's requirements exactly. That is, a bloody great hole in the system so that they can trawl through whatever they like, whenever they like.

So it's fit for purpose. The only snag it is not your purpose they have designed this for, it's theirs.

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UK can finally 'legalise home taping' without bringing in daft new tax

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Eh?

...then there'd be a usable UI..."

What. You mean like Win 8?

You must be new here.

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UK govt: No, really, we're not banning cryptography

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Trust?

"...where it is necessary and proportionate."

Aye, there's the rub.

What they are basically saying is "Trust us, we are the government.."

Sorry, but trust vanished a long time ago due to the abuse of RIPA and more topically schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 (the David Miranda judgement) and it would take a miracle to get it back

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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Re: You seem to have missed...

"...this is where customers will vote with their feet. "

Only if they know that they have an alternative.

Sadly most people are unaware that Gnu/Linux even exists and the markup on Apple stuff is a disincentive to those on a restricted budget.

I would love MS to shoot themselves and the others in the foot with this idea but can't see it happening. Inertia, ignorance and fear of the unknown may be too strong to lead to a revolution in consumer IT.

And that's a pity.

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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

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Re: The human pilots just do the easy bits...

"Are the rumours true that the short haul pilots have to take a spin in a 109?"

Almost certainly not. If they were then the pilots concerned would get a real workout. Bf109s are notorious for their takeoffs. Narrow undercarriage, gyroscopic effect of the prop and so on made handling one a real challenge.

So yes, maybe a good test of a pilot's skill but one using a very rare, expensive and irreplaceable aircraft to do it with.

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After-dinner Mint? Stylish desktop finale released as last of the 17 line

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I'm with you on that.

Mint is a fine distro, shame about systemd.

So I'll stick with PCLOS. The rolling release suits me and I find the Mandrake tools easy and convenient.

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Investigatory Powers Bill: A force for good – if done right?

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Re: So, exactly what does Lord Paul Strasburger propose to do?

Whatever the Noble Members decide to do they had better do it quickly. Or the "review" AKA revenge ordered by the PM after the Tax Credits fiasco will clip the House of Lords wings and make it difficult if not impossible to do their job. I.E. hold the Government to account and be a revising chamber.

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Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

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"...if you have a spare drive to play with."

Alternatively just use a VM.

Virtualbox is easy enough to set up.

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MPs slam mandarins over failed GP IT system

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Facepalm.

"Atos...appears to have acted solely with its own short term best interests in mind".

I nominate this as a candidate for the award of the "Statement of the Bleedin' Obvious" for the year just ending.

What do they expect?

If you go swimming with sharks you must realise that you might get bitten.

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No £160m for you: BT to receive termination notice from Cornwall before Christmas

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Getting out from under.

If that TTIP abomination gets the nod I wonder if the ISDS (Investor State Dispute Solution) will be wheeled out to crush those uppity elected representatives from stopping big business from their God given rights to make a profit.

I reckon that local authorities thinking about any failing contracts should get their skates on.

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

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Re: Are you sure the Irish registered office is for tax purposes and not the marketing department?

Upvote for the Father Ted reference.

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Re: Recommended

"The difference is ethical - it's a pity that Microsoft has lost its way on that front."

You forgot the "Joke" icon on your post.

If you can think back a few years, MS was convicted of illegally using their monopoly position to lock out and destroy competitors.

So no, MS hasn't lost its way on the ethical front. It never was there.

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GCHQ creates Github repo, offers graph database code

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Re: This repo..

"He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon."

Would you trust anything from this bunch?

Personally if they gave me the time, I would check with someone else..

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Tablet computer zoom error saw plane fly 13 hours with 46cm hole

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Re: Errr..clarification

"...a leaking door seal leading to hypoxia (and unconsciousness) in crew and passengers."

Could that have been the Payne Stewart incident in 1999?

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Rupert Murdoch wants Google and chums to be g-men's backdoor men

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Re: Idiot

I think that I should have expressed myself a little better.

Whilst I agree that Murdoch is amoral, ruthless and a manipulator, what I was referring to when I characterised him as "stupid" was this tweet, not the fact that he may be intellectually challenged in his business dealings.

To think that this person has so much influence and such a loud voice worries me. Remember, he has the ear of the movers and shakers in the world and to find he has this level of ignorance is deeply concerning. Though, of course, he probably has numerous ulterior motives for shooting his mouth off like this.

As to the point John Bailey raises. My comment was a twist on the saying "If you're so smart why ain't you rich?"

Murdoch the face of the undeserving rich.

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Idiot

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Benjamin Franklin.

Yes, I know this quote gets trotted out time after time but in this case I think that it hits the nail firmly on the head.

If Murdoch is so dumb, why is he so rich?

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US Navy's newest ship sets sail with Captain James Kirk at the bridge

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Re: not a handsome beast

I must say that this struck me as well.

15,000 tons and it has to use all that technology to make it look like a WW2 cruiser?

That's a destroyer?

I hate to think what the US Navy would think of as a Battle-cruiser class ship!

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Re: Stabilty

"...one expensive complicated Tiger versus 30-40 simple Sherman's ..."

Apart from the fact that the "Greengrocer's apostophe" is still alive and well in your post, I think you ought to read up on the actions of Michael Wittman at the battle of Villers Bocage. Using a Tiger he single-handedly destroyed 14 tanks of the 7th Armoured Division, in one go.

Shermans were known to the British crews as "Ronsons" after the lighter as they caught fire so easily. So quality can make a difference if used well.

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Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax

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"...people that keep saying in poles ..."

Oh, as "Raise the banner high"?

Perhaps that should be polls.

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Microsoft Office 365, Azure portals offline for many users in Europe

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"...what's the point of having a status page if it doesn't actually tell you the current status."

I think you are missing the point.

The status page obviously isn't for the users otherwise they would always be able to see it. No, this is strictly for MS's use. It's there to demonstrate to the higher echelons that everything is working as intended.

Cynical I know, but it may contain a piece of the truth.

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Re: Here you go M$

"Have all my eggs to place in your expertly managed basket."

Hold on, this is Microsoft we are talking about.

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Entropy drought hits Raspberry Pi harvests, weakens SSH security

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I see.

"...but /var/lib/systemd/random-seed is missing, because it hasn't been created yet."

Well, if that's the level of quality in systemd then I'm glad I stayed away from it.

What other little "features" might have been overlooked?

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GCHQ can hack your systems at will – thanks to 'soft touch' oversight

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Gah!

"The Intelligence and Security Committee Report in March 2015 called MI5's and SIS's failure to keep accurate records of their overseas hacking activities "unacceptable", [ISC report, p.66] as it makes effective oversight impossible[71L]."

And that folks, is exactly why they do it.

"Above the law?"

They have no need as this supine so-called government is more than willing to move the goal-posts at any time if it suits the "security services."

And they reckon that WE are the enemy within!

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Snooping Scottish plod to be taken to tribunal by spied-on detective

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Re: No surprise

In this particular case it's nothing to do with our revered Home Secretary.

This is a purely Scottish affair overseen from Holyrood. Let's just hope that MSPs are a little less accommodating than their Westminister counterparts.

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RAF web survey asks for bank details via unencrypted email

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My mistake

Yes, you are right. I was wrong in saying it was 801.

Put it down to age and the fact that they both have a trident in their crest.

Mea culpa.

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Interesting.

I note the change of header photo. This is a real RAF connected one.

There is one odd thing about it though. Manned aircraft pilots wreaths are a brown colour, these as you can see are blue. These are for the pilots of drone aircraft. This is quite a new brevet and I don't think that many have been awarded.

I'll get my anorak.

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Re: Have you been raiding Lewis Page's photo album

Yes they are. Sea Harriers FRS 1 from 801 Sqn Fleet Air Arm.

Probably taken in the mid '80s after their return from the Falklands.

I have sent in an e-mail letting El Reg know, which is what you should have done.

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IOCCO: Police 'reckless' for using terrorism powers on journo sources

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On the other hand.

""...significant measures in order to prevent any recurrence of such contraventions."

Either that or a bigger carpet to sweep such things under in the future.

Which one would you think they will go for?

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Windows 8.1 exams kept alive six more months, Win 7 tests immortal

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Re: Probably a necessity

I just thought that I would mention PCLinuxOS

It too has avoided systemd and with all the Mandrake tools available is easily one of the best distros for newcomers to Linux.

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Apple's Watch charging pad proves Cupertino still screwing buyers

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Re: Don't understand the rage

"Do you guys go to car-forums and flame the Mercedes and BMW owners...over their taste and their (assumed) lack of taste?"

I assume that that was a rhetorical question.

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Apple's design 'drives up support costs, makes gadgets harder to use'

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You are using it wrong.

Form follows function.

Or in Apple's case function follows form.

It must be good, it's all so expensive.

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MPs to assess tech feasibility of requirements under draft surveillance laws

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Re: MPs to assess tech feasibility of requirements

"Which school did they go to do learn so much?"

Well as far as the present government goes:

Eton.

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They said what?

An inquiry is all very well and fine.

The real issue is will the government actually listen to the findings.

On past evidence they will if it suits them but ignore it if it goes against what they have already decided upon.

So it's a gamble, if the input from the interested parties can be spun to reflect the government's agenda it probably will get a green light. If not it will probably disappear in to limbo.

Given the make-up of the committee it looks as if the "security" lobby will have a ready ear. Labour and the Conservatives seem to be in agreement that we all need closer watching. The only ray of light is Carol Monaghan the SNP member, she may have a different view on things.

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Trouble brewing as iThing coffee machine seems to be hackable

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Re: Pot, kettle ..

"...I really can't see the point of hooking up a kettle to the Net."

What do you expect?

Idiots make these things and other idiots buy them.

Avoid.

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UK citizens will have to pay government to spy on them

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"It's a bit of a King Lear move, with Teressa May stamping her foot and demanding that the waves turn back."

I think you mean King Canute, don't you?

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Eh?

"...far larger than the $175m"

Would that be at the Bureau de Change rate or the official one?

There might be a large difference.

Surely the British government will be using the £ not some sort of foreign money.

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Microsoft capitulates, announces German data centres

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Re: 3 x sieg heil!

Godwin's Law.

You lose.

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Re: UK customers?

Maybe.

But even if it did do you really think that the Home Secretary and minions will not be making a MITM attack as soon as it goes live?

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US Congress grants leftpondians the right to own asteroid booty

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"...the United States does not thereby assert sovereignty or sovereign or exclusive rights or jurisdiction over, or the ownership of, any celestial body."

Pity.

I would love to see them try and duly get their head handed to them on a plate.

Still, never mind. I'm sure that the mega-corps are lawyering up to see how far they can push things.

Popcorn time!

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UN privacy head slams 'worse than scary' UK surveillance bill

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Re: HumInt and SigInt both require wisdom

"...all the intelligence came from state agencies like GCHQ"

Being strictly accurate the organisation that was the forerunner of GCHQ was known as GC&CS (Government Code & Cypher School) based at Bletchley Park.

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UK.gov finally promises legally binding broadband service obligation – by 2020

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Re: Urban areas too?

"I get 4 M bits/sec."

Lucky you. I feel as if I had hit the jackpot if I can get 256Kb/s.

This bumpkin won't be holding his breath. As others have said this is just an "ambition" and look how good this government is at killing those off.

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PC sales will rise again, predicts Intel, but tablets are toast

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Re: Get real!

"It's in there somewhere, one or two grains."

Ah, security by obscurity.

That always works, doesn't it?

OK, that's fine and if you are happy with that, good luck. As for me I'l take all the precautions I can and that includes avoiding anything to do with Google.

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Anti-adblocker firm PageFair's users hit by fake Flash update

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Hah!

"web pages increasingly use third party services to enhance functionality..."

That's not in doubt. The trouble is the functionality is all for the benefit of the advertisers, not the users.

Sod the fact that they are using up my bandwidth, slowing down my machine. It's, sell, sell sell.

The biter bit!

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HMRC 'reluctant' to crack down on VAT fraudsters – tax ace

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No chance

I don't think that the "multi-millionaires in parliament" have much say in the matter.

VAT is an EU tax and getting it changed would mean unanimity with all EU members. That's a not a reasonable prospect as it involves the equivalent of herding devs (or cats if you prefer).

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Tor Messenger beta debuts, promises unlogged Jabber for all

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Cor.

"One has already emerged and inflicted pain when your correspondent tried the tool under Windows 10. "

That'll be the irresistible force meeting the immovable object then.

Blimey, thinking about this, I didn't know that MS had it in them.

Banjaxing Tor, that's a coup!

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

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Re: "users will be asked if they want to boot into Windows 10"

"Just spent two weeks shaped to 256 Kb/s instead of the usual 10 Mb/s."

My heart bleeds for you.

Actually it doesn't, 256Kb/s?

Good God I wish it was as fast as that here!

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