* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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SpiderOak says you'll know it's secure because a little bird told you

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Re: Nice legal argument

So you raid the US office and with a super-secret ninja court order force them to tell the other offices that everything is OK

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Nice legal argument

>The service provider can't tell you that a secret warrant exists. But it can stop telling you that >everything's OK

But if a SWAT team are pointing assault rifles at your head and getting the orange jump suits ready for a long stay in gitmo - you are going to click the everything is OK button.

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A-level results: Before you smile at that jump-for-joy snap...

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Re: Bad news for the AMMU (Association of Mickey Mouse Universities)

When I were a lad the only way you could get experience on a computer (other than a ZX81) was to go to university or get hired by someone like ICL. Now I can hire kids with experience on industrial grade OS/ database/ languages that they gained in their bedroom.

They can also prove it to me by showing actual code in the world rather than a pointless certificate from nowhere I have heard of.

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Re: Bad news for the AMMU (Association of Mickey Mouse Universities)

That's the cynical reason behind the free online courses from MIT/Stanford/etc

Who would you hire, somebody that had contributed to a bunch of opensource projects, had some apps on the app store and completed a set of MIT/Stanford CS courses on their own - or an ICT graduate from the Noweheresville State

So why would you run up a 50K student dept going to Noweheresville State - returning IVY league to its original monopoly position.

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Visual Studio Online goes titsup as Microsoft wrestles with database

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Opportunity

I heard of a startup near Seattle that is selling something called a microcomputer which will be small enough that you can have an actual computer in your own office

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What happens in Europe, doesn't stay in Europe: US giants accused of breaking EU privacy pact

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The point of safeharbour wasn't to protect your data from the CIA/MI5/KGB it was that in the Eu your medical records can't be sold to insurance companies or tabloid newspapers. But a foreign company could claim that this was legal in Liberia or Panama or where ever it is registered and do this legally.

The safe harbour provision was to show that the US company followed the same rules as an Eu one. In the same way that we have joint agreements to allow the US to claim that a US airline is safe to land at an Eu airport and v.v.

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Dead Steve Jobs sued by own shareholders in no-poach pact brouhaha

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Re: One argument would be

Given the pitifully small fines for most corporate naughtiness compared to the payoff for breaking the law you could claim that any director that stayed within the law violated their duty to the shareholders and so acted illegally.

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Re: How does this make sense??

Sorry that should have been "class-action".

The "clash-action suit" was an ill fated attempt by the seminal punk band to launch their own range of fitness wear

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Re: How does this make sense??

You own $x of stock,you hope the payout to you is $x+y

The company has a lot of cash in the bank and could afford to pay off a few troublesome small shareholders to avoid a clash action suit if the big institutional investors agreed

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

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Re: Each year we get the 'new words' announcement...

What if you are reading a story from the 19C and need to know what a wiffleplonk is ? Removign it from the dictionary because it is no longer in everyday use rather defeats the purpose of having a book explaining words you don't use everyday.

The reason for including binge-watch is so that in 100years when we have the plot for TV series automatically downloaded into our iBrain we can understand archaic blog entries from the early C21

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Five Totally Believable Things Car Makers Must Do To Thwart Hackers

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Re: God luck hacking my wagon...

But if you were to load a malicious paper roll into the onboard player-piano couldn't it be compromised ?

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Stanford boffin is first woman to bag 'math Nobel Prize'

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Re: Are we sure...

Speaking as a topologist - a women and a donut are identical

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Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

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Re: Well I am not happy with Cook.

It's called RPN because it was invented by Jan Łukasiewicz.

IVY league colleges have already been accused of having an 'asian quota' just like they had a Jewish quota in the 30s - in the name of equality.

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Chinese Bitcoin farms: From scuzzy to sci-fi

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Re: Isn't this

exactly the sort of thing that could bring gold down??

When nearly all the mining is done by a small number of professional outfits and average Joe looses interest in it all because there's nothing really in it for him anymore.

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

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Re: Yes please

Make it black and white so the battery lasts a week

Make it with real buttons where the printing doesn't wear off

Make it from the same material that aircraft black-boxes and children's shoes following hurricanes are made of

Print Nokia 3310 on the front

Profit

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Stephen Hawking biopic: Big on romance, not so much with the science?

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Re: if they focus on romance...

Teenage girls who dig quantum vacuum fluctuations ?

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Re: Hollywood Doesn't Understand

But in this movie he is American and is made bionic so he can walk again and save the world from evil steady-state theorists following a race through Cambridge in a jet powered punt.

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NIST wants better SCADA security

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Do we get stickers?

"Stuxnet Inside!"

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Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM

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pretty much by-passes the receiving network’s billing systems

Not in bloody Canada it doesn't. You pay to receive a ****ing message most of which are spam from the network operator.

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Can't touch this! Microsoft joins OpenGL 3D graphics group

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Re: Bad News

No their new OpenGL standard is completely open, it just happens to fire up a copy of Excel to do any calculations and the display uses XPS.

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US 911 service needs emergency upgrade and some basic security against scumbags

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But if you put the handcuffs away and go home you look like an idiot.

If you arrest them you might find something else incriminating,

If not - well you got an arrest - not your fault if the DPP/prosecutor didn't make a case

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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Re: more proof of the decline of the West

Since all Australian bar-persons moved to London obviosuly all the coffee makers stayed at home.

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Re: Free WiFi?

Is it actually a customer service or is their security just crap?

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Re: Large soya latte?

A white one with no froth?

I want a cup of coffee not wash me socks in it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXRLoJQK8f0

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But they require you to wear hi-vis jackets to sit outside ?

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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>Ah, so he was black then?

The one good thing you can say about the City of London police is that they don't care about your race, creed or colour - anyone who isn't a giant corporation is equally guilty.

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It's the City of London police - they don't need to do evidence or law or courts. They are a private corporate security outfit

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Lawsuit claims SpaceX laid off hundreds without proper notice, pay

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Re: You only need 10%

Yes - and when their jobs are no longer required they are redundant and there are laws about what you have to do with people that are made redundant. SpaceX decided to ignore these laws by claiming that all the people were simply fired.

It's like the coal board closing a pit and claiming that every single worker at that pit was coincidentally being fired for poor performance on the day the pit closed

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Re: equivalence

In the UK you can't just walk upto people and fire them for no reason (at least once they have been there for a year) in most US states you can - so defining redundancy is harder.

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Re: Why?

At some places I have worked upto 50% are below average

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eBay bans CD sales of metal band Burzum, citing offensive material

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Re: Can I complain?

It only took one complaint to get "Money for Nothing" by the notorious hard core band Dire Straits banned from Canada' airwaves

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China cracks down on instant messengers: Users must hand over REAL NAMES

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Re: "slander and rumours"

Good job we never occupied any of the Indian sub-continent then

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HTTP-Yes! Google boosts SSL-encrypted sites in search results

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Re: I want my browser to optimise for privacy

>What problem are we trying to solve here?

Determining quality sites from crap sites.

If there are two tech news sites and one has an HTTPS cert then it probably has a proper sysadmin and is professionally run while the other is probably just recycling press releases and running spammy ads

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Flying United Airlines? If you could just scan your passport with your phone, that'd be great

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Re: Why not

But there is no point to all the security and biometric features if the only guarantee that the applicant is who they say they are is your neighbour signing the back of one of your pictures.

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Why not

Just forget about passports (and the annual 3month delay because the passport office forget there is extra summer demand and/or go on strike and/or install a new computer system ) and just use your facebook login?

It is more secure than a passport and facebook has more of your details than the passport agency

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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Re: Not such a big change

Slight difference. You know the warnings about checking for hidden card readers and cameras on ATMs where they might spy on your pin?

With chip+pin you get to enter your pin in 100s of different terminals at every convenience store, gas station and cafe.

If banks can't secure an ATM inside their own branch how much do you trust the cyber security of the chip+pin terminal at Billy-Bob's muffler store ?

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Damn you guessed - now I have to change the universe

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Re: Restaurants?

They have little terminals that they bring to your table, with batteries and radio waves so it doesn't need wires.

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Re: 50 ways to love your lever

But only if they had oil and WMDs

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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Re: pfft

And the covers for her TPS reports looked like they were done with finger paint.

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Re: Brain Overload

Had a banking app in VB that screen-scrapped a mainframe app that thought it was talking to 3270 terminals - so they could use PCs.

Then it got replaced by a webpage that screen-scrapped the same mainframe app.

Now they are talking about moving the web server/scrapper into the cloud.

The mainframe hasn't changed, just gets more memory/CPU/storage added every few years.

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Re: Good

Hopefully this progressive government will rescind all those anti-business nanny-state laws about child labour and we will have a ready made workforce willing to work 18hour days in the dark satanic data centers and data mines

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Newly spawned Dixons Carphone leaps onto LSE as £12bn sales org

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Re: I don't understand

Or why didn't they just take the 12Billion quid and stick it in a tracker fund - logically all the bottom half of the FTSE should do that.

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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Re: Double edged sword...........

After independence the Orkneys won't be ruled by some distant parliament in Edinburgh and will vote for independence taking the oil with them

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Re: Put it on Youtube

And more people in Canada want Quebec to leave

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Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

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Re: Doesn't intent have any sway?

If it was David Bailey passing by and he posed you, chose the camera angle, chose the exposure and framed the shot - then took your picture with your camera then he might have done more to create the copyright than just press the button

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Google's mysterious floating techno barge SOLD FOR SCRAP

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Re: I always figured the plan was:

1, Cost building barge $2-5M

2, Cost of parking it $0.5M

3, Value of Google(tm) mentions on main stream news services ... priceless

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