* Posts by Richard Taylor 2

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Security SEE-SAW: $3 MEEELLION needed to fight a $100k hack

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Not Surprising.

Defence, especially against an 'insurgent' (OK not great equivalent, but worth thinking about) will always be more expensive. I am surprised the ratio is so low.

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LOHAN's Plucky Playmonaut touches down at Spaceport America

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Don't believe it - the shadow is in the wrong place - another fabrication from the establishment

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Branson sinks sub dream: Plan to explore Earth's bottom scrapped

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Re: What goes up

Can't say I would be caring either way….

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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Not an entirely accurate headline - at home and scrap metal?

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Speaking in Tech: Sony breach proves you can NEVER defend perimeter

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Of course

you can defend the perimeter - and should. Assuming it will never be breached is the mistake (as a number of ant and bee colonies have discovered to their peril). Strong perimeter and strong internal protection. The point is that a new threat might be temporarily slowed by perimeter controls while the internal network is updated/reconfigured.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Sorry lads and ladettes - superficially nice but not a good read or way to read. To much flash (obi not Adobe) leas to a reduction in functionality. NIce try though. I see the Grauniad is making the same mistakes - actually rather more.

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Govt spaffs £170k to develop the INTERNET OF SHEEP

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Surely aa bag of acid on or in hamster? Where is QC these days?

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Uber? Worth $40 BEEELLION? Hey, actually, hold on ...

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Re: Maintenance

See Total Recall (at least the first - never saw 2)

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Keep your court orders to YOURSELF – human rights chief slaps US

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Re: @lucki bstard Gottalottaballs here...

So are all of my snails

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Review mass-snoop laws regularly, says RIPA daddy Blunkett

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And in other news

I think Philip [sic] Snowden was a traitor to his country and a thief but I actually think he opened up some of these bigger issues in a way you can’t do [otherwise].

While in the UK many people consider Blunkett a traitor to his country, a thief, a liar and an hypocrite. I could go on. Oh and of course Blunkett never supported any larger issues than his wealth and vanity.

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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Re: IT angle? Who cares?

Along with several very good and long suffering friends I rebuilt a series 2 landrover while a student and fitted it with a Rover V8. Ten years later and having lived across Europe where it got a lot of attention, the arrival of a bairn made it necessary to "be sensible" as my mum said, sob sob, sob

Made up for it more recently with a Caterham 7 :-)

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UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

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Re: Tough on The Sun

Small bang, lots of H and He?

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Re: Oh the irony!!

And just think of the children (and more recently the terrorists)

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IDC: iPad sales CRASH incoming ... Win 8 killing 2-in-1 typoslabs

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Re: Attention All El Reg Readers...

Well that is reasonable. Tablets mainly consume not create. Shame but understandable why that part of Microsoft undervalued consumption. Now if the Xbox division had been given tablets.....

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The Toyota Aygo is PARKtastic ... but it is very much a City slicker

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Ours works very well. 5 doors, occasional short journies with 4 adults, reliable and very fuel efficient. And no, I don't have shares in Toyota

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Exit the dragon: US govt blows $325m on China-beating 300PFLOPS monster computer

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We had a stunning multi player version of trek running on an ipsc 32 (and then 64) running in in 1983 - not much of a market then! Written in Fortran (McFarland compiler) and C on the Sun workstations

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Re: 3rd generation computing!

And exactly which flavour of Fortran?

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Not to mention

Modelling things that go very very bang, and as importantly for their sponsors might fail to go ban at all (or not enough)

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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I have to agree, service at Apple has always been good for me - replacement of an intermittently faulty device with no questions asked other than something that might be used to repair/refurbish the device. I have also found that service in John Lewis has been equally good (and have bought standard Apple devices from them - same price, 3 year warranty on a couple of MacBook pros

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Call of Duty, GTA V DO NOT make YOUTH more VIOLENT

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Re: Asterisk...

Yeah he and his Mate Obelisk encouraging mindless Roman bashing, and as for that hound Dogmatisk.......

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Multi Jet Fusion: THAT's HP's promised 3D printer, not crazy 'leccy invention

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Re: Will cartridges will cost more than virgin unicorn blood?

My Boy, have I got a deal for you. Almost genuine unicorn blood (slightly used virgins) at a knockdown price. You can even refill each Virgin....

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

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There is a boot but it’s tiny and most of the time its half full of rolled-up roof. I did take it shopping but could only buy half what I would normally and even then I had to leave the roof at home.

On my 20 year old Caterham, the roof rarely travels - it really is awful and getting into the 7 with the roof on is a contortionists wet dream. Instead I rely on a flat cover which unzips around the driver, and travelling at more than 30mph which takes most of the rain over the top. That and a prett waterproof cabin. Insurance is negligible as I don't expect to do more than 5k a year (a good year). With a 1600 ford engine, I get 45mpg If pushing it, and 55 in normal use. A blast - inexpensive to buy, run and maintain. It also gets grins all round.

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"This is a car where paint is an optional extra and the rawness is exhilarating."

Mine, 20 odd years old, free from road duty, actually economical (1600 Ford Engine) is a delight. Having said that I do almost as many mile per year on a bicycle as I do on with the Caterham - but both are very enjoyable.

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Put down that shotgun: Wi-Fi's the way to beat Zombies

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Re: Here's Hoping

Personally, I will do a "Shaun of the dead" and wander like an undead, moaning occasionally (about the lack of 4g coverage).

If there,s one thing I learnt from Shaun of the Dead then it,s "start at the Winchester" - no need to do the zombie walk

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Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR

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Re: And that's why ..

More importantly, what is the Air Speed Velocity of a swallow?

What type of Swallow? I know, I'll get my coat....

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'People have forgotten just how late the first iPhone arrived ...'

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Re: First iPhone late

And it was worth the risk walking a few hundred meters (assuming you were not crawling) back on the M 4 to find it? Either you have a very poor view of your self worth or its a little unbelievable

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Apple's warrant canary riddle: Cock-up, conspiracy, or anti-Google point-scoring

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"It's hard to swallow the suggestion that Apple would, merely on a matter of principle, mount a terribly expensive challenge to the Patriot Act and similar laws. There's little tangible reward for Apple for such an outlay."

If you want to grow rather than decline outside the U.S. then there are very tangible rewards. And pushing this might even result in Apple relocating.

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iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!

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Out of interest do you have any evidence of that?

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Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

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Re: No law against asking somone a question is there?

But surely if you want to check your polling there is a gold standard when results - by voting area- are announced, at least in terms of elections?

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

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Re: Speedo?

I never bother changing it. Forces a little thought :-)

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

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Ehh? I thought all Reg readers knew that pliers, wirecutters and a torque wrench were the preferred approach. Teaspoons my foot - although if you wanted to scramble your Faberge egg, a hammer would be just as good.

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Re: A Spoof?

I remember when I first started ha gliding being introduced to the Jesus pin. As in noticing it is coming out while in the air :-)

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Re: Embarrassing friends

Yes as a fruit enthusiast who can tell you something about my TCO, with some evidence to back it up, pieces like Fry's make me squirm. Along with spurious claims - first Mac to be imported into the UK for example (dirty I suppose) he is an embarrassment to the human race even if relatively harmless

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Mathematica hits the Web

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R

For stats can I recommend R. A great tool - with lots of additional packages. While I use Mathematica every day, I find R the place to go for my stats work

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Re: Vote Yes

Oh dear - you probably don't even drink it (let alone spell it) Whisky

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Re: I'm fine with Scottish independence if it's what they want.

Absolutely. Screw us locals in favour of more hair! Independence could be great but don't believe Salmond will deliver political renewal.

It is difficult to work out where he wants to go but public ownership of Oil and Banks (sans sense) with privatisation of public services seem to be the order of the day

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Court flushes VirnetX's $368m check from Apple down the toilet

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Re: 'hoarder' ?

Of course, that is what the bridge is for. Get up with it (or even back by a few K years :-)

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Bank IT bod accused of stealing $40 MEEELLION from employer

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You have to admire his first name

"Godswill Oyegwa Uyoyou"

It was, oh yes, and bad luck to all those suckers without a direct line to the almighty

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Archaeologists and robots on hunt for more Antikythera pieces

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Re: There was a Programme on this

Acksherley it says Acorn. from little ...... Great ect ect ect

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

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"First on his list of grumps might be Apple's partnership with IBM, which Jobs loathed almost as much as he hated visible buttons."

Loathed so much he partnered with IBM on PowerPC? He was winging about monopilistic positions - ho hoh ho, depends on where you are in the hierarchy :-)

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Boffins hunch over steaming cups of coffee to find HIDDEN SECRETS of caffeine

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Re: That's confusing....

To eerly in the debate to make a decision

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Second hacking crew joins Syrian Electronic Army on Team Assad

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Re: We're the Electronic Army of Syria!

Bloody splitters - it's the Popular Front for the Liberation of Syrian Information

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Hyper-converged flash appliances are COMING. Here's one I dreamed up earlier...

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"Yes, it would be expensive but worthwhile for latency-sensitive and high-value applications."

What inferry - any thought of actual ROI?

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'Video on internet may not be entirely truthful': Times headline

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Re: Do The Times really expect us to believe that?

Well the Times is quite happy to print them....

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Microsoft exits climate denier lobby group

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Re: ...that word. I do not think it means what you think it means

Well for a country that has a healthy interest in angels - http://www.cbsnews.com/news/poll-nearly-8-in-10-americans-believe-in-angels/ - why not?

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Cisco prepares to take $700m hit to make 6,000 layoffs

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It's where average deceive

Approx 100k per employee - oh yes, a skewed curve if ever we saw one - and yes I know infrastructure closure will induce costs..... So all you 10k people - wot do you thin - or even the 1k people or even the .1k folks?

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Giving your old Tesco Hudl to Auntie June? READ THIS FIRST

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Re: Its not difficult to wipe 99% of the data from a device

But it's the <1% that you need to be worried about. I don't know how the Hudl for example reserves particular parts of the memory for system/secure data rather than general user data - photos, music etc.. But this might represent a significant hole? Perhaps someone who has more knowledge of the lower levels of these tablets might comment?

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Blighty in SPAAAACE: Brit-built satellite films the Earth

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SSTL

Have done wonders. I knew several people working for them (BBC micros being used to run parts of the system and various engineers having to be up at strange times of the night to cope with timing issues). But commercial success was difficult - in part because of a technically illiterate government (still in power)

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Researcher snaps a Zeus hacker's photo through his webcam

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Really

quite amusing

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