* Posts by dogged

4992 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009

Bletchley Park remembers 'forgotten genius' Gordon Welchman

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Re: @Alexander J. Martin

True story. There are homeopaths who make more sense.

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Re: Keeping 'Mum' was just SOP for those involved in WW2

> My Father was one of the first Allied troops to enter Bergen-Belsen. He said nothing about it for almost 50 years. He only told me and my mother after I'd visited Dachau.

So was my Grandad and he never told us at all. We only found out when some of his old regiment turned up to his funeral.

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US watchdog POKES STICK at Google's Android over rival-blocking allegations

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Re: How dare you!

> The Bing Android app is terrific

You are going to get downvoted to buggery.

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VW: Just the tip of the pollution iceberg. Who's to blame? Hippies

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Re: Hmmm...

At no point were gays, gypsies or immigrants mentioned so I'm going with a "no".

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Re: Stop blaming just the hippies

The current excise rates on fuel were pushed through as a "green" measure so the logical train still works.

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Re: re: I still don't understand the irrational fear of nuclear power though.

Recycling is quickly making it irrational though.

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Revealed: Why Amazon, Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb and co plunged offline

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Re: Solution

The DPA makes no allowance for encrypted data. If you're storing names, addresses or personally identifiable information, you ARE subject to the DPA and cannot move that data out of a "known" zone. So a datacentre is fine but "the Cloud" - which means your data sits somewhere within a whole region and not in a place you can give an address for - is a breach and can be prosecuted. And will be. The DPA is enforced pretty hard.

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Re: Solution

>If you strongly encrypted all the data stored on cloud drives would that solve the data security problem?

If it were feasible, partially. It wouldn't save you from the Data Protection Act though.

> Assuming you could be certain you did not lose the encryption keys.....

That is also an issue. And in order to stay safe, you'd have to run the decryption at your local end which is a computational expense you might want to avoid.

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Re: Solution

Oh, quite, which is why I personally do not recommend cloud computing except in cases - for example, my current employer has requested a feasibility study on keeping energy usage and visualisation data on AWS or Azure - where the data is already safely anonymized and cannot be identified without data kept on-premises (or rather, in our data centre).

But this article is about uptime and the loss thereof, not data security. And all of the whining on this large thread is also about uptime and at least half of it is clearly from people with no fucking clue whatsoever which goes to prove that the Reg is still popular with 1st Line Support drones, I suppose.

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Re: Solution

> (1 Website + 1 Database) + 1 Server = Nein Problem

Good luck with that next time you get a power outage, segfault, updates demanding a reboot, infrastructure - eg, internet pipe - outage, etc ad nauseam.

One datacentre is safer but still not safe.

I see a lot of pissing and moaning here but the problem with Cloud is data protection, not uptime. Pretty much every alternative has worse uptime.

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UK in Frenchy cyber love-in to ward off 'information bomb'

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The information bomb is a term for the public finding out exactly what its elected representatives get up to and who pays them to do it.

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We saw the future: Apart from the bath apps it looks like the past

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It does make you wonder whether designers are allergic to extension leads.

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Unhappy

What a sad, sad waste of a pinball table.

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PETA monkey selfie lawsuit threatens wildlife photography, warns snapper at heart of row

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Re: Thankyou for the facts

> There was a program about James Randi on the BBC the other night.

Cool, what was it called? I'll fish out iPlayer for that. James Randi is a hero.

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Re: when will this madness stop?

> The photograph was taken by the monkey because it picked up the camera and accidentally pressed the shutter after the photographer had dropped the camera. The photographer had no involvement in either the setup or the action of taking the picture.

Per the article, none of this is true.

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Re: Utter Stupidity. Utterly Pissing Me Off.

A slightly alternative view (but with similar conclusions) -

I eat meat and don't care about animals that aren't my responsibility. If I have a dog, it's my responsibility. If I am a farmer (not anymore, thank everything) then my livestock are my responsibility and a part of that responsibility involves killing any other animals that want to prey on my animals either directly (foxes, etc) or indirectly (badgers, etc). I'll cheerfully kill a member of another species without a second thought or a twinge of conscience because fuck it, I'm an animal too and animals kill each other. Until somebody proves to me how predators (like us) are all big hippy friends who love each other very much, I don't see any of that changing.

PETA's actions indicate to me that they are taking responsibility for this monkey. That means they're going to have to either take it out of its environment (something I gather they oppose) or go to its environment and a) provide food for it because you can't count on the stuff showing up by itself and b) systematically slaughter every predator that wants to kill and eat the monkey.

So I'd let the court case go forward - after they've shown that they are responsible monkey owners by fulfilling the conditions above.

Have fun, you vegan freaks.

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Sino the times, as Microsoft makes Baidu default search engine in China

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Are you suggesting the Europe should insist that Microsoft make a different search engine the default in Edge in Europe?

Which search engine would you recommend?

Bear in mind, in order match Baidu's position in China it must be available in every language spoken in Europe and also based in Europe with no reliance ion any US company.

I look forward to your suggestions.

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Robber loses heist case after 'evil twin' defence, gets 60 years

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@Dan Paul

> Once you go through a modern day trial and are convicted it's pretty sure you're guilty.

Yeah, that kid who sent a nude selfie to this girl and then she sent it to all her friends and now he's on the sex offender's register without even a trial, he's so guilty of making child pornography. Clearly.

And the thing is, he is guilty but the law is stupid and wrong. So given that there are people screaming for child pornographers to be executed, he should be killed, right? After being anally raped in prison, of course.

It's not about guilty/not guilty. All systems are flawed.

And don't say "well, that's clearly an edge case" because if your system is going to kill people, there can be no edge cases. There can be no blurring of lines and no shades of grey. Everyone, by your system, must be innocent or dead. You need a perfect system and absolute knowledge to create a legal structure of the type you say you want, or you just have Stalin and the gulags.

Stalin may be what you want, of course. But I bet it won't be when they come for you.

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Re: Sixty years sounds about right...

> But then i live in an eye for an eye world. Not the left wing liberal crap being spouted by some on here.

I live in a world where Stefan Kiszko did 16 years on Lifer's Row because he was a bit simple and the Plod wanted a quick conviction. I live in a world where the police and the government are not shining examples of truth and probity and many laws are unjust and stupid (but enforced anyway). I live in a world where some kids decided a Sikh man in Bristol was a paedophile, rumours got around and the police refused to protect him. He was murdered by his eye-for-an-eye neighbours when he had done nothing.

My views are based on understanding that all systems are flawed. Yours are clearly not and therefore, they are wrong.

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Re: Sixty years sounds about right...

because rape is funny when it's men.

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Google makes admen pay for fake YouTube views, claims research

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Re: Oh Dear. How Sad. Never Mind.

Cui bono?

Who gets that money?

That would be Google. So ad-slingers lose money to the world's biggest ad-slinger.

Your sarcastic tears may be misplaced.

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FOUR STUNNING NEW FEATURES Cook should put in the iPHONE 7

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"they" as in Apple don't do that because they want you to buy a new phone a lot, while being able to replace the battery means the phone's lifespan is extended.

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UK.gov wants a cloud wizard at £1,000 a DAY. That's more than the prime minister's salary

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Re: Where is the ad?

Unless you had your secretary post this request, you don't stand a chance.

The ideal candidate will do nothing except hire third parties and outsource outsource offshore outsource.

We all know it.

As soon as anyone's "IT Director" it means they know nothing except how to go to the same school as the CEO.

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Chinese ad firm pwns Android users, creates hijackable global botnet

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The trio says the attackers are so careless that the infected app which have "full control" root access to phones will allow anyone malware share that priveleged access.

wat

violin earthenware telephone crumpet fireguard onomatopoeia?

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Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

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Re: Not available

> What happens when I retire or become unemployed or injured and no longer run a business and get tax deductions. Poof! All documents are inaccessible.

Nah, I backup all mine to a (Synology, hence linux) NAS.

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Re: Not available

> Not sure why I'd want to pay a sub for 365 rather that a one-off for the standalone? I don't do any collaboration/cloud/one drive b******s.

You probably don't need O365 then. You probably shouldn't buy it.

I use it but that's because it's a nice tax-deductible expense that helpfully allows me to keep phone, tablet, laptop, desktop monster and all the other half's iThings and Mac-stuff up to date with minimal effort (and she uses all of Office quite a lot).

I find I don't need Office all that often but when i need it, I really need it and Open/Libre will not cut it, by a very long way. So I use O365. Horses for courses.

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Shattered Skype slowly staggers to its feet after 15-HOUR outage outrage

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Re: You don't realise how important Skype is until ....

Wow, there are some seriously unpleasant people voting on these forums.

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Re: You don't realise how important Skype is until ....

> Well...you could have used a phone to speak to them, but for some reason chose not to

A speech-delayed toddler and a 6 month-old baby don't deal too well with phones. I use Skype because of the video chat. As it happens, I did choose to use a phone after Skype repeatedly failed. Not a resounding success.

I'd happily pay the price of a phone call to get that video chat so they can see me and can respond in their preferred ways. As it was, I got "Hiyaaaaaa! burble burble burble Bye!"

But thanks for telling me my kids aren't a big deal to me.

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Re: You don't realise how important Skype is until ....

I didn't get to talk to my kids last night.

Probably not a big deal to you.

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Things you should know about the hard work of home working

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Agreed. Per the article -

It took several weeks to get my wife to understand that just because I am at home doesn’t mean I can be interrupted at will.

Mine never understood this and still doesn't, so I now refuse to work from home.

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Cesspool 4chan sold … to former owner of Japanese cesspool 2ch

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Trollface

Re: Liberals

do terrorists hate your freedom, AC?

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well done, you managed to be wholly ignorant of 4chan and massively racist in one post.

8chan is your spiritual home.

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Indianapolis man paints his ball every day – for FORTY YEARS

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Re: wha?

whorepresents

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You want the poor to have more money? Well, doh! Splash the cash

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The problem with UBI is Housing Benefit.

If your UBI is not high enough to pay for a roof over your head, you still have to maintain the whole means-testing infrastructure.

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Re: Need to tax fun

Person B pays tax on his overtime. Person A spent that tax on getting pissed in the Student Union bar.

Person A can fuck right off.

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Get that OFF dot-com, hysterical France screeches at Google

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Re: But, but, but...

yeah, that's not how it works for Irish emails.

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Microsoft starts to fix Start Menu in new Windows 10 preview

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Re: M$

> Indeed - why impose a limit at all?

Because infinitely long lists don't search very well.

Are you telling me you want to have an infinite number of Start menu items?

If so, I think MS are not the ones with the problem. That's a problem for the user.

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Hutchison will float O2 … as soon as the Three merger is done

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"Canning Fok" sounds like an extremely shrewd dyslexic.

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Volkswagen used software to CHEAT on AIR POLLUTION tests, alleges US gov

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Re: EC mpg tests just as bad

> Many of the lead foots I know are female (impatient types). Pretty sure it's a personality/situation thing, not a testosterone thing.

I know a few who burn a lot more fuel than is necessary by driving at too high revs in too low a gear. No, your engine should not be screaming at 40mph.

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Microsoft to splurge $75m on computer training for kids

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Re: $75 M? Not so much a donation...

That $ was funny, 20 years ago. These days not so much. I mean, you can't exactly claim that MS are the world's giant moneybags + root_of_all_evil +world_domination + incompetence when you're also spreading the gospel of "post PC" and "everyone uses linux and macs these days"[1] and "obsolete" and all the other crap.

[1] "Everyone" in this case equating to approximately 7% of the global market, apparently. Commentards on the Reg are a lot like LibDem voters - they don't interact with (or instantly dismiss) anyone who isn't a LibDem voter so they think they're an important majority and are always shocked it turns out that there are actually only nineteen of them.

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Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

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Re: Lindows coming to you'

According to their published accounts, they make a loss on data and advertising services (and sold that bit to AOL of all people earlier in the year).

Paranoia is all very well but accuracy is important.

I suppose you must be thinking of Google.

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Re: I wonder

so did the OP.

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Man given positive pregnancy test in an Apple Watch box

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Re: I knew I should have

My eldest (2 and a half) gets along pretty well with tech. If only he wouldn't try to smash absolutely everything else when not torturing the cat.

To clarify - it's the smashing things I object to. Not the cat-torture. That little fuck deserves it.

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No more kids. Please. At this point I'd actually be happier to get an Apple product than another one.

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Infosec lady flings sueball at Microsoft over 'gender discrimination'

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Re: Equality of Opportunity.

or about 98% of garbage collectors being men.

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Ahmed's clock wasn't a bomb, but it blew up the 'net and Zuckerberg, Obama want to meet him

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Obama is wrong anyway.

The clock isn't cool.

In three years when Apple invents it, then it'll be cool. Not before.

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Asus ZenBook UX305: With Windows 10, it suddenly makes perfect sense

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Re: Asus Build Quality

That's Acer. Asus are usually pretty good.

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Re: RAM?

Honestly, your best bet is to stroll into John Lewis, run DXDiag and if it's got 8GB, say "I'll take that one please, thanks very much".

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The ONE WEIRD TRICK which could END OBESITY

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Re: Obesity is a reflection of societies illhealth

@AC-who-used-to-be-fat

There's a lardass around here who doesn't like what you say, AC. Personally, I applaud your honesty as long as you're not going to mention BMI at any point.

(I am 6'4" and lift weights for a hobby. By BMI standards, I probably died five years ago).

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Game CARTRIDGES make a comeback ... for smartmobes

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Be fair, smoke signals are a more robust medium than audio cassette tapes.

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