* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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Would you trust 'spyproof' mobes made in Putin's Russia?

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Re: Who do you fear most ?

Given the list of things that are now "terrorist" in the eyes of NSA/GCHQ- like protesting oil pipelines, merchant banks, billionaire tax evasion, or union activities - then I assume you would get a commendation from the KGB

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US military SATELLITE suddenly BLOWS UP: 'Temperature spike' blamed

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Re: Defense Meterological Satellite

It's offense meteorology you really need to worry about

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The US navy will claim it was a gay suicide pact.

DHS will claim it was a 5year old on the no-fly list

NSA will claim it was north korean hackers

And British nuclear Fuels will claim it that the situation was completely under control, that it was a one in a million chance, that there was hardly any radioactive leakage at all, and that the site of the explosion would make a nice location for a day out with the kids and a picnic, before finally having to admit that it wasn't actually anything to do with them at all.

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Re: 450 nautical miles up

They will do anything to avoid metric won't they.

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

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Re: Duh, I dunno know boss

Didn't last week's travelogue say that you can't do sarcasm in SF

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Re: Pet Peeve

If your were working for a global multinational like el'Reg you wouldn't have to use BART.

All these companies have luxury buses that pick up their employees from their downtown lofts and whisk them to their offices.

In the case of this esteemed mighty organ they probably have a barrow that does the alleys behind bars at chucking out time

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FCC says cities should be free to run decent ISPs. And Republicans can't stand it

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Re: They should compromise

Same with the police, 1/3 of my property taxes go to the local police and yet several entrepreneurial minded future young republicans offered to protect my parked car for a very nominal one-time fee.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict

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Re: you had me at Bacon..

English muffin - too much effort, a bap will do

Poached egg - fried egg is better

Avacado - substitute mushy peas

Hollandaise - that's just salad cream isn't it ?

So basically a bacon, fried egg and mushy pea butty with salad cream - sounds simple enough

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Iran hacks America where it hurts: Las Vegas casinos

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Re: Poor Enron.

Enron was obviously destroyed by time traveling North Korean hackers

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Re: Hold them accountable

Now if they had inserted a virus that made the roulette wheels spin at a pre-determined rate .....

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You obviously aren't a good enough customer.

I would be insulted - it's like somebody refusing to steal your crappy phone

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El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

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This one glows in the presence of idiot users - try it at work

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Re: Also in US?

Not to mention Canadian terrorists smuggling Kinder Eggs of Mass destruction

canadian-kinder-surprise-smuggling-ring-broken-up-by-us-officials

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Net neutrality victory: FCC approves 'open internet' rules in 3-2 vote

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Re: One step forward after two steps back

Ma Bell's monopoly was arguably a good thing in the 20 and 30s and even 40s

The alternative would have been every town having their own phone system and a massive government standards body to set technical requirements for interconnection of devices that hadn't been invented and a regulatory body to ensure everyone played nicely.

This is pretty much what happened with the first cell networks in the USA. Roaming charges started when you stepped out of your house.

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>How on God's Green Earth is any of that provision in law applicable to broadband internet service?

Perfectly. I rent a phoneline from you, I pay you for calls, you sort it out with the other providers how to bill them for calls to people on their system.

I rent a broadband line from you, I pay you for data, you sort it out with other providers how to bill them for data on servers on their system.

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Re: We Internet pioneers breathe a sigh of relief

>May we see your actual evidence for this?

Fox news said so - what more evidence do you need ?

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Re: Death to CDNs ??!!??

>Akamai is in a banned business model.

Akamai isn't banned.

Fox monitoring the stuff from Akamai and slowing packets containing HBO shows is banned.

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: Devices

Give me a "B", give me an "A" give me an "N" give me a "D", give me a "W".....

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Boffin: Use my bionic breakthrough for good, and not super cyborgs

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Re: Once

Mr Smith, the good news is you have been accepted into the bionic astronaut corps.

Now the bad news ...... sound of chainsaw starting up ....

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Solidfire offers unlimited SSD wear guarantee, punts software at market

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Re: ...SSD warranties of up to five years...

Warranties are simply futures options contracts, Since the cost of the flash chips is innevitably going to drop over 20years, or even if it were to rise slower than the stock market, they will win by taking your money now and offering to replace your 128Gb flash drive for free in 20years.

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Google hooks up with group formerly known as ISIS to battle Apple Pay

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Re: I used Google Wallet a couple of times 6+ years back.

He bought a used Delorean

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Re: Shame about the renaming

I think they will be forced to rename themselves to avoid anyone mistakenly thinking they are now linked with Google

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I'm the wire starter: ARM, IBM tout plug 'n' play Internet of Stuff kit

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Potentiometer + cloud

I'm having a bit of trouble seeing the advantage of being able to see the results of twiddling a dial in the cloud. Especially since the bit of kit sending the twiddling to the cloud has more processing power than you need to do anything reasonable with the twiddlige.

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FCC Republicans slam brakes on net neutrality, but this wagon ain't slowing

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I forget

Is it net neutrality that funds terrorism and government regulation that will allow child porn - or was it the other way round ?

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Re: "Let’s leave the power where it belongs - with the American people.

That's true if you have a choice, something like 40% of cable customers don't.

And the others have a choice between two cable companies that both throttle Netflix and Amazon in favor of their own shows

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Hawking thesp Eddie Redmayne and Snowden doc Citzenfour win Oscars

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Re: Spaz, is the new sexy!

As Kate Winslet says in extras - "play a crip and it's a guaranteed oscar"

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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Re: I think I may have family involved

Not if he just meant that one of his parent's were grand .

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Re: Timeless wireless communication ...

Hence the IT angle an; off by one error

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New Mexico mulls sale of first US commercial spaceport (and LOHAN launchpad)

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Re: Ulterior motive?

>I wonder who they'd sell it to?

Aliens ?

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The finest weird people in the world live here, and we're proud of it

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Re: Expensive housing

Sorry I meant to say planning restrictions.

One of the big problems of working here is that you have to keep thinking if you need to translate English words and early on Sunday mornings you get confused and translate them twice.

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Re: I'm an American, but....

It is amazing how peaceful US bars are.

Even in Texas at a real sawdust on the floor place on $1 bud nights (yes you can get very drunk on US beer it just takes longer than with Riggwelter). There is one solitary cop outside at closing time to make sure nobody too drunk drives home - although the rule in Texas is that if you can find your own pickup you are sober enough to drive.

Back home the SAS wouldn't go near Bigg Market on a saturday night.

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Re: Working spouse

Note: L1 is the visa you get if you are on temporary assignment to the US office of your current employer. I don't know if it lets you apply for a green card - the rules change because they get exploited.

One thing you do need ex-pat contacts for is that nobody in any branch of the US govt (a land of immigrants) understands the systems for non-Americans. You will get frustrating conflicting different rules from different Govt. depts.

eg. You must get a driving license within 7days of moving to California, you need a SSN to apply for a driving licence, it takes 4 weeks to get a SSN. Well why don't you have a SSN from the state you moved from ? Because I didn't move from another state!

Don't get me started on the kafka-esque nature of the "you must surrender your out of state licence" but a UK licence isn't out-of-state, not is it a Californian license. The computer demands that the license must be Californian or out-of-state ... repeat....

It's the same with tax, visas, health-care, pensions etc etc

Even if you get hired by a $Bn global corporation who promise that their lawyers will sort everything out - don't expect them to do it right.

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Re: So...

Hunt out Canadians.

Generally if an American 'gets' any non-obvious joke a little probing will show that they are refugees from the North.

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Re: Homeless

Ironically the really poor can get healthcare - it's the crazy system that screws people in the middle.

What SF, and a lot of US cities, are fighting is professional begging and the criminal gangs that enforce territory and extort business. What is very common in the US is to buy a coffee or fast food meal for people obviously sleeping rough rather than handing out cash.

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Re: Expensive housing

Building codes are what keeps housing expensive. Wanting to keep SF looking like a victorian fishing town while having a million people live in it is the problem.

Vancouver has a similar problem (and >$1M average house prices) but it also has a policy of building condo towers along public transit lines rather than pushing all the problems out to the suburbs.

If you want a beach side 5bed house you have to pay for the scarcity of beach side land but if you want a one bed apartment in walking distance to work you can have that for a lot less.

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Nvidia U-turns on GTX 900M overclocking after gamer outrage

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Re: Laptops

>who cares?

UL/TuV/CSA and all the other people that have been paid to assure you, your home insurance company, the airline carrying you, your fellow office dwellers etc that the laptop is safe.

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The millionaire former playboy, Hugh Hefner, and a crucial fight over playboy.london

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Re: This is why extra TLDs were stupid

Or maybe this guy is a secret ICANN agent......

If playboy win this then there is no need for apple to run around paying to register apple.crapgadget or apple.bumfuckidaho because if anyone else ever does register it then the court will hand it to Apple.

But if he wins then Apple etc have to run out and pre-register everything they can think of now.

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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Re: However

So the obvious solution would be to have a premiership footballer as head of state.

All they have to do is push out heirs and look good on a stamp - something Posh and Becks could do just as well as Betty and Chuck

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Complete bollocks ?

Surely the CEO of a privatised utility earns his million pound bonus "by brain" in exact accordance with the principles of clause 4?

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Be your own Big Brother: Covert home spy gadgetry

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Re: "You want to be with your loved one every moment, or at the very least know what they're up to."

It can be good business.

Worked on one of the first gps fleet tracking systems.

One of our customers, a family firm, noticed that one of their vehicles was parked odd somewhere overnight. Turns out she was playing away from home.

She got half the business and both halves (amazingly) continued to buy our product.

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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Couldn't we solve the problem by subtracting lots of leap seconds before then ?

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Re: 1938 or so?

68 years is closer to a century than not

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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Re: Bloody teenager

>Spy on your enemies, not your friends, and certainly not your own citizens.

Your enemies can't do anything to you without a war.

Your friends can damage you at the next trade negotiations

Your own citizens can destroy you at the next bi-election

Who do you target?

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Re: Spies do spying

>.spies are known to engage in spying.

Who are they spying on and who is engaging them?

30 years ago we had a miners strike. How did the authorities find out the unions plans and defeat them - MI5.

20 Years ago we faced the threat of Labour winning elections. How did the authorities deal with them - MI5.

1 year ago we had a Scottish referendum, How did the authorities find the SNP plans and defeat them ?

Now we face the threat of UKIP winning marginal seats. How will the authorities find out their plans ?

It would just be interesting to know if MI5 is always working for the party in power, or the party that represents their chums from school.

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Re: Colour me sceptical

In anything larger than a modest-sized organization, there is normally some sort of management structure and responsibility and many people who are good at their job and have some sort of commitment to the organization.

In very large organizations, nobody gives a toss, they are just there to compete against other departments, demonstrate that they have aligned with the buzzword of the day and so get promotion.

Government is the biggest organization of them all

If some manager decided to outsource all their IT to the cheapest contractor in order to demonstrate they that had made x% cuts to the in-house IT cost center then well done, have a promotion.

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Have YOU got Equation NSAware in your drives? Meh, not really our concern, says EU

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Re: Detection

>And given that Kasperski is a Russian company,

Is the only reason this is being made public

Nice that we have to rely on the evil empire for Pravda and Izvestia

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Google strongly opposes plans to let ANY US COURT authorise digi-snoops

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Re: Rule 41 says......

Yes but when the KGB murders a journalist in London we tend to regard it as a bit naughty.

When our own defenders of peace and liberty do it - that might cause a bit of introspection.

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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You clicked OK to eula when you bought/unpacked/isntalled/walked past the machine in Dixons - it's your fault.

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Re: Stock install?

And where do you get the clean install from ?

You certainly can't trust the OS install disk that came with the machine.

And if you do an install with a retail copy of Windows you will still have to go to the laptops maker's site for all the driver downloads. All those run as administrator system installs ......

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Re: I'll give you three guesses

d) All of the above

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