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Need a US visa, passport? Prepare for misery: Database crash strands thousands

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5 nines, but not all at the same time.

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The project design was pretty wel completed before they discovered that they needed more fields than just "American OR commie pinko terrorist subversive (bool)"

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

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"To be fair, if I'd spent close on 7 years training, I'd expect a decent salary."

Don't do a PhD in CS

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DAYS from end of life as we know it: Boffins tell of solar storm near-miss

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Re: EMP and nuclear meltdown...

The question is really whether the number of superheroes created by the blast of cosmic radiation would be sufficient to deal with the mutant giant arachnids. moths and reptiles created by the nuclear radiation.

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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

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Re: Churnalism

They have giant chocolate rabbits of mass destruction

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Re: Headline wrong?

If only there was somewhere in Australia with very few people, some of the oldest most geological stable rocks in the world, bugger all groundwater - and a local high tech mining industry.

Failing that they could always just dump it in Tasmania - nobody would notice, Or in Canberra - nobody would care

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Re: Headline wrong?

However it MADE other pension funds and investors $300 million.

The market is a zero sum game - one idiots losses are another idiots gains

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US Social Security 'wasted $300 million on an IT BOONDOGGLE'

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Re: methodology

As in - 'pissing it up against a wall' type "waterfall" model ?

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Re: Amateurs

The US took 6years to waste $300M on a complex social security IT projects. Given the same timeframe the UK managed to wast 10x that on NHS IT. They blew £347M on a system to log 300K asylum seekers in a few months.

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Re: People of the world?

Then you just need a bigger sample size - obviously.

Although knowing the mass to within 50% would have helped.

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Re: People of the world?

Couldn't they have done something useful like polled people on what they believe the mass of the Higgs boson to be? Then we wouldn't have had to build the LHC

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Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage

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Re: who cares....

>It's all shite anyway.

In our Time, News Quiz, Sorry I haven't a clue, Old Harry's Game, Cabin Pressure, Hut 33, Museum of curiosity, Absolute Power + anything written by John Finnemore or Andy Hamilton

Of course the radio-with-pictures is unwatchable crap.

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

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Revealing information useful to terrroists

If the police wrote this letter then the fact that there is somebody on the Yorkshire constabulary that can read must be useful and previously highly classified information which has now been leaked

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Who should do security clearance checks? Did you say 'chat-bot'? This military slinger hopes so

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Re: Out of their ever lovin minds!

But the current system is perfect.

Candidate 1 - no knowledge of the system, field, language or any noticable skills - but has clearance. Has sat in the same job for 20years having clearance automatically renewed.

Candidate 2 - has skills but no clearance. Hire them and have them sit in the breakroom for 9 months while waiting for clearance.

Guess who gets hired. Now guess how good government IT systems are.

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Reg Latin scholars scrap over LOHAN's stirring motto

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Re: WD-40

The Roman empire didn't have duct tape.

The Roman empire collapsed

Coincidence?

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Re: Not so ...

But it would have been vulgar latin - not the stuff written down on monuments.

It might have sounded like crude Geordie does compared to the elegant phrasing of Yorksha

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Help yourself to anyone's photos FOR FREE, suggests UK.gov

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Perhaps they could send a gunboat?

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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Re: No they don't

>A standard home DC bus of 48V or so would be nice. ELV, so no licence required for DIY work

Ever tried to switch off 100A of 48VDC?

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

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Although you won't be able to visit their site if your own ISP blocks 'virgin' as a naughty word

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Home Office threw £347m in the bin on failed asylum processing IT project

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Re: Crazy

Well each record needs a copy of the database and Windows licensing and a server to run it on - so £1000/record doesn't seem that unreasonable.

They could probably have bought Dell servers for less than £1000/ea but buying in bulk is always more expensive.

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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Shipping costs

If it is cheaper to fly to New York, buy a Macbook and fly back then that is obviously how they import them. But they have to pay the time of their staff to sit on transatlantic flights for 8hours

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New BOMB detect-o-tech 'could give sniffer dogs competition': TRUE

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Re: So it's quite a sensitive detector of airborne contaminants.

Been done before. They make the sensor more and m ore sensitive to they point where it could detect a single explosive molecule.

First soldier, miner, quarry worker, demolition worker to walk through shuts the airport down.

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Re: Curious about the dogs

Dogs do well for drugs when the operator is allowed to push the dog up against a hippie/person-of-color and say "go on boy". they are less good in double blind trials.

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Re: So it's quite a sensitive detector of airborne contaminants.

They introduced drug sniffer dogs on transit in Vancouver (!!!) after the supreme court ruled that a sniffer dog was reasonable grounds for a search - no SUS in Canada.

The dogs were all Alsatians and when one bit a homeless guy the operators couldn't find any proof that they had received any drug training, then they couldn't find any proof that they had a rabies vaccination. Then they got removed (was only a trial, lessons learned etc etc)

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Will the next US-EU trade pact prevent Brussels acting against US tech giants?

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But, companies with software patents would have the right to sue if Europe didn't enforce them.

And companies that have most software patents also have most lawyers.

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Time to ban French

It's expensive and inconvenient to translate our product.

Any government that doesn't speak English is reducing our profits

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Students hack Tesla Model S, make all its doors pop open IN MOTION

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Re: open source patents

He didn't say free (as in beer) and most patents can be forced to be licensed under FRAND (Fair reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing) terms anyway.

Telsa's patents on the electric car are much weaker than those of Toyota, Honda, Ford etc, and are mostly design patents on the shape of bits. So he was merely claiming the moral high ground for a future patent war, before an inevitable govt imposed standardization of things like charging ports.

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Re: Poorly Written Article

But the Austin Metro had a brilliantly ingenious and completely secure and effective theft deterrent.

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Re: It's more than that

So if they only hacked the mobile app which then sent a signal to the "completely secure and unhacked" car to self destruct - that isn't an issue?

You don't work for a congressional oversight committee do you ?

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Re: Perhaps the BBC might want to come clean about the full extent of the problems?

>I have been seeing Bubbles the Clown pretty much 50% of the time.

I think that is a new major piece of real time performance art being trialed on BBC4 as part of a dynamic, brave and exciting new interactive... something... something... wibble.....

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>Content unavailable. Error code: WIGGINS

The bloke peddling the exercise bike which powers the server has left.

>Content unavailable. Error code: BOYCOTT

The server refuses to serve and data to southerners.

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Huawei's turnover rockets upwards. Suck on that, US government

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Re: I'll fix...

Huawei - we guarantee no NSA backdoors.

I really don't care if the Chinese army spy on me, I don't do business in China, I don't visit China, I don't have to pay tax to China, I don't have to make submissions to Chinese govt agencies, I don't compete with Chinese companies that might have "connections" to govt. agencies.

Now if I only I could say the same about the country I live in .

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Re: Stormtrooper turned good guy?.

In the new one the Death Star (now renamed Freedom Star) obliterates a bunch of robe wearing bearded religious fanatics on a desert planet because they had some sort of force weapon that could be launched within 45parsecs

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US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account

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Re: This makes sense

Good for fishing trips.

Stop someone in the street for what used to be a non-arrestable offense and have an automatic warrant to search not only their person, all their computers but now any online account held anywhere in the world.

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Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Complete non-news

>CNN, Al Jazeera and BBC

Aren't at least two of those officially terrorist sources under recent US administrations?

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Re: Complete non-news

Well, like, duh - it happened in the past so it's not going to be on, like, the news - is it ?

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Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash

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Re: More options with Bitcoin

So nice to receive your order again Mr Archer.

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Re: I just wonder

At the fact companies are still trying to get in on the USD nonsense considering the carnage and loss that has been wreaked by numerous attacks on the system / thefts / global banking fiasco.

Any belief that they're doing it to help support a dynamic, secure economy is sorely mistaken - they're doing it in the hope that they can make stupid profits from cashing in those USD before someone decides to mine a few trillion more quantitatively eased ones

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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists

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Re: why would anyone use Malaysian Airlines

Lufthansa flies over this region - I'm not aware that they carry anti-missile force fields.

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Cops nab suspect using CREEPY facial recog system

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>Granted the court may not put much weight on it

You're joking. A multi million pound computer system that has been used in all these other cases and prints an accuracy with so many decimal places in such an impressive font.

The evidence before the court is incontrovertible, there's no need for the jury to retire ....

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Amazon's Spotify-for-books: THE TRUTH

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Re: What about the authors?

>Only heavy readers are likely to spend more than $10/month on books.

audible (owned by amazon) currently charge $15/month for one audio title per month.

Safari (O'reilly) had such a complex structure for their $15/month I cancelled.

$10/month for instant access to 10,000s of titles, even if I don't read more than 1/month is a bargain - assuming it doesn't only cover the latest blockbusters.

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Hi-tech Fagin couple used Apple scam cash to fly pickpockets to UK

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8 years for 15K

So the bosses of the phone company that overcharged 100k for sms will get mutliple life sentences?

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UN to Five Eyes nations: Your mass surveillance is breaking the law

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Re: What do you think mass surveillance is?

We spent a huge chunk of our GDP on defence, had spies, spy planes, satellites electronic intelligence gathering for 50years and failed to notice the USSR ending (in the case of the MoD failed to notice it 2years after it happened).

So spotting terrorists is probably a little tricky.

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Re: Mark 85, I think the real question is..

I was planning on putting on a blue helmet and standing beside somebodies keyboard without actualy stopping them doing anything.

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: Blerp

If somebody has read the Quran or been to a mosque there may be insufficient grounds to charge - but they should be put on a watch list as a potential terrorist and this information shared with police and non-police organisations

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Major breakthrough in formal logic

>"unambiguous" list of terms that would clearly lead to child abuse images online

There exists a finite set of terms which leads ONLY to illegal images online?

Somebody call Godel - it seems he was wrong.

Can't be long before we have a unambiguous list of image parameters that make an image illegal porn

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UK.gov's data grab and stab law IMMINENT as Drip drips through House of Lords

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It's exactly how to run an "alleged" democracy.

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Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops

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Re: a netbook by any other name would stink as much

If they are any good they destroy the single market that actually wants Windows8.1

So expect Netbook2.0

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Unless they are also counting every Office365 and visualstudio.com that uses Azure as the backend.

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