* Posts by Richard Taylor 2

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Secretive trade pact the TTIP: Death of the web – or a brave new horizon?

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Admittedly, the Roman empire took longer to go away and died more gracefully...

It took a long time to die, but in the meantime split into two, sometimes competing blocs - the Eastern and Western empires, involved a great deal of death and a loss of standards of living for the many (at least the many who did not make a living out of raiding and/or extortion).

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Gamers zap brain-to-computer kit market to US$200m by 2020

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Ahh that takes me back - but it was their April edition :-) But $200M by 2015 does not sound like a big market outside military and medical devices - and even small for those.

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Wi-Fi 'reflector' hooks you up at 0.1 per cent of current power budget

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The base station or router will consume more power – NASA doesn't say how much – since in the current scheme, it transmits a constant signal to the far-end device. However, the pair of researchers are working on getting around that requirement.

Well nothing comes for free - as we have another transition from peer to peer back to client server for power rather than just compute. Interesting idea.

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Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

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Re: Quality of programmers

Except this is probably not a programming error - it is a systems error - something an enterprise architect (or what an EA should be) team would be responsible for.

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"The ability to hack a vehicle is not easy. It took the two security researchers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, months to tap into and control certain systems of Miller's SUV. They are experts," said Chrysler in a blog post.

And there aren't other experts out there? It did/does present an opportunity for a real WMD attack across the US.

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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I must say, those fire chaps seemed to be taking a terribly hard line in order to disable the hacked vehicle.

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Slippery, slimy find: LEGGY, WRIGGLY fossil shows SNAKES weren't legless. Or ARMLESS

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Re: I, for one, welcome...

Too late - dead a long time I believe

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Out of interest,

Who was the German expert?

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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David Brent....

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Jeep hackers broke DMCA, says EFF, and that's stupid

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Re: It's already happening...

The UK's Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has responded by saying that car companies "invest billions of pounds to keep vehicles secure as possible".

So that's OK then

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Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

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Re: Lottery for idiots

Depends on which one is more sincere

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Re: Physics

Well hopefully with the electorate throwing one out in the UK we will see a little less Balls on UK TV.

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Ashley Madison invites red-faced cheats to bolt stable door for free

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Just curious about the world view of the one down voter?

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but will they

Previously, if users wanted to delete their records (profile, pictures and messages sent through the system) they were obliged to pay around $20, but that money-spinner has been dropped in the aftermath of a hack that placed Ashley Madison's members in danger of exposure.

It's been widely reported (and by the crew who broke in as well) that while taking the $20 they actually did not delete data. So why should their users believe anything now - especially useless if the data is out in de wild so to speak.

While I have no sympathy with the slurpers, Ashley-Madison's business practices seem extremely dodgy - including fake 'contacts' - for which the morons (whoops users) actually paid to see.

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The Register's resident space boffin: All you need to know about the Pluto mission

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Hats off - not just great engineering/science but the patience over the journey. Wonder what the teams finger nails look like?

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2015 Fiat 500 fashionista, complete with facelift

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Re: FUGLY

Actually my washing machine works very well thank you very much. Capacity, reliability - all fixed. Do you need to represent a vehicle as a penis extension to comment? If you do, my apologies for intruding on your garage space.

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Re: FUGLY

The Multiplayer - eminently practical, good value for money and OK to drive - shame you are obsessed with 'look' whatever that is

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

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Re: Licence 'rewording" required?

And I take it you listen to no radio either? Its a legitimate loophole, but no less pathetic for that.

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Re: Licence 'rewording" required?

But in my world, the radio is worth it - but if the BBC disappears then I probably won't be able to support that.

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Fragmented Android development creating greater security risks

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Re: Isn't the real problem here...

Many phone manufacturers either can not afford to do so or don't have the technical competence (not worth paying for :-)

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The problem is that 'probably' these manufacturers are under the cosh in terms of costs. And as we all know, security and testing is one of the first things to be chopped by the beancounters. For all their many faults, these are some advantages in paying an Apple premium - they can afford to patch, and will have a godawful problem once the first major vulnerability releases email accounts/passwords/bank accounts etc...

So for Apple there is the carrot and a hell of a big stick.

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German police ARREST SQUIRREL for stalking woman

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Re: Releasing Grey Squirrels

But to be fair, they did ban it from the club....

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Evil computers sense you’re in a hurry and mess with your head

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Re: Computers are afraid of me...

I have always taken my lead from Crowley in Good Omens (sorry obligatory nod to PTerry and in this case Neil)

“He had heard about talking to plants in the early seventies, on Radio Four, and thought it was an excellent idea. Although talking is perhaps the wrong word for what Crowley did.

What he did was put the fear of God into them.

More precisely, the fear of Crowley.

In addition to which, every couple of months Crowley would pick out a plant that was growing too slowly, or succumbing to leaf-wilt or browning, or just didn't look quite as good as the others, and he would carry it around to all the other plants. "Say goodbye to your friend," he'd say to them. "He just couldn't cut it. . . "

Then he would leave the flat with the offending plant, and return an hour or so later with a large, empty flower pot, which he would leave somewhere conspicuously around the flat.

The plants were the most luxurious, verdant, and beautiful in London. Also the most terrified.”

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FEMALE BLOOD-SUCKERS zero in on human prey by smelling our BREATH

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And they burn there too. You don't run the BBC where you are sitting.

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I live part of the year on an island on the west coast of scotland. The local, and very insidious equivalent is the midge. A number of people (us included) use a device that burns (at a very low level) gas to produce small amount of CO2 luring the little bastards to their death. They work well - you can sit out on the 'porch' with a bbq without being eaten to death. Not cheap at about £300, but worth the investment for the reduction in blood loss.

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Don't flatter yourself - they are just checking you are breathing

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

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The Nobel Prize-winning physicist Enrico Fermi even took bets on the likelihood that the bomb would ignite the nitrogen in the atmosphere and cause a global catastrophe, before he was asked to stop because it was making people nervous.

Fermi had a reputation for his jokes/sarcasm

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Re: low background steel

It has to have been well shielded - hence the Scapa Flow metal

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Google: Maps editing is back – but, please, no more p*ss-taking robots!

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But

The Apple graffiti was amusing - even as a confirmed Apple user

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Former spook bigwigs ask for rewrite of UK’s surveillance laws

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Re: Yeah, well, good luck with that...

But not Labour

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Tour de France leader's cycling data may have been hacked by doping critics

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Snowden said nothing about this - rot deeper than suspected....

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Account at HSBC? BAD LUCK, no iPhone bonk-banking for you

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Re: "all those wasted moments finding the right card"

But if you have forgotten your normal wallet and don't have pay-by-bonk you are stuffedanyway

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PLUTO FLYBY: Here's your IT angle, all you stargazing pedants

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While New Horizons was sling-shotting around the gas giant, the Mission Operations Centre was giving its systems a good and thorough testing for the flyby to come.

Nothing like a hard deadline to encourage everyone

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Swimming in smartmobe profit? Let us guess, you're Tim Cook?

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Re: Apple iPhone 6 is a budget phone by today's specs!

It is not cognitive dissonance to be prepared to pay more for the integration of things that people want to use. It's also true that Apple do have a reputation (deserved or not) of being less intrusive of their users, unlike Google.

Total cost of ownership is very good on Apple devices - even if the 'capital' cost is high. If/when they go wrong, Apple seem to be good at providing service.

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Hacking Team: We’ll be back in the spyware biz before you know it

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Hacked snoopware maker Hacking Team says it will continue its operations as soon as possible – and claims the huge source-code leak it suffered didn’t get all of the company's crown jewels.

Well he would say that wouldn't he (c/o C Keeler)

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Union confirms two-day strike over Universal Credit's pisspoor IT

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Other I suppose than the poor bloody tax payers who are funding this mess.

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The path to hell is paved with good intentions (and incompetent governance)

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Install OS X El Capitan update – or your apps may do an Ellen Pao

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Did you

really think that Pao's resignation was unexpected?

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Trebles all round: The BBC's won this licence fee showdown

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Re: Not just live TV, soon - "catch-up" included

At least if they get the tech right, they can sell overseas (avoiding the 'free' VPN opt out)

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

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Re: america to china on train

Neither can I - although many non Germans found out the hard way if it is a holocaust 'joke'

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'Real' vampires reluctant to 'come out of the coffin' to social workers – barmy prof

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Re: Er, no, you're NOT a vampire

You would stake your life on that?

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Microsoft SLASHES 7,800 bods, BURNS $7.6bn off books in Nokia adjustment

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I'll bet

Bill Gates has some harsh words to say - behind closed doors of course

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Unions call for strike action over 'unusable' Universal Credit IT

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Re: byline

You could when I was a student in Manchester....

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Outsourcery has ‘greater flexibility to pursue opportunities’ after £4m Voda loan

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Forgoing two salaries saves 500,000 over a year? On that turnover methinks they were taking yee piss.

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Apple's Swift creeps up dev language survey – but it's bad news for VB

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"There is a LOT of C still used. It's nearly 30 years since I started learning C++. Why are people still writing ordinary C?"

compact, simple (not up to BCPL but that is for a different rant), and with a relatively few stiff learning experiences, reliable.

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I beg to isagree - and won't call for your shooting - there is always a clinic in Switzerland if you feel that bad... Swift is generally well designed, and easy to get to grips with if you have any education. It has many advantages over Objective C (which I first started to use with NeXT) and is infinitely preferable (except possibly for breadth of application to C++ - see http://www-users.cs.york.ac.uk/susan/joke/cpp.htm

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Microsoft in Blighty reveals its 78 THOUSAND POUND Surface 3 slabloid

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Re: Two! Nine A! The number of the beast!

To be pedantic, the number of the Beast is probably 616 - a mistranslation is responsible for all those god bothers getting het up about companies with three 6s in the telephone number/logo/ip etc etc etc

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_of_the_Beast)

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BBC (sort of) sorry for Grant Shapps Wikipedia smear reportage

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Re: There's a Shapps in the kitchen . . .

Get the cat in - or failing that a smart terrier

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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

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Re: WinPho not doing better than before?

A myth if you consider that better == what people wanted, in the case of VHS, a recording time appropriate to the sport of choice for many adaptors, and greater access to rental videos through some fairly adroit market agreements for releases. OK the second is not technically better, but the first is definitely a feature that sold.

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GoFundMe shows users how it's done, cashes in with $600m valuation

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8% - a fine way to milk donations.

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