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Bletchley Park remembers 'forgotten genius' Gordon Welchman

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Re: BBC programme

So why is it vital to keep Bletchley secret from the Germans in 1979?

1, We don't want the Russians to know that we can crack codes ?

2, We don't want our Allies to know we were spying on them on the same way?

3, Leaders who had "had a good war" want people to think that the victory was down to their genius not the fact that they had read the answers in the back of the book as it were

4, All of the above

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US military personnel investigated for splashing $96,576 on strippers

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Re: Young stupid kids with a company issued credit card.

>They went for booze & hookers. Whodathunkit?

If all the US defence (yes damn you MSFT it is defence) budget was spent on booze and hookers the world would probably be a better place.

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SAUCY INCEST and brutal VIOLENCE boosts UK space sector

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So JK Rowling responsible for UK forestry industry

Tress->paper->books obvious really !

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BOFH: I'm not doing this for the benefit of your health, you know

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Re: Laminated Glass here :(

I had to handle cryogenics (liquid Nitrogen etc) so was sent on a cold-something-something safety course. Great day out at the Scott-Polar institute listening to stories about being trapped in crevasses, how to put up a tent in a blizzard - nothing about liquid nitrogen but I got a certificate.

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KARMA POLICE: GCHQ spooks spied on every web user ever

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Re: Cost Efficiency

For example there has been a huge saving in the economic costs of IRA bombings on the mainland since GCHQ have been able to monitor who has been watching Father Ted and other "catholic based" websites

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NASA rover coders at Intel's Wind River biz axed – sources

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Re: Topical

The advantage of using vx-works on your airliner, nuclear powerstation or space mission is that you can talk to engineers who really understand it when your mars robot hangs because of a race condition. So the obvious thing to do is to continue charging them the same but to support Linux.

In the short term there are going to be an awful lot of vx-works engineers making many $k/day as consultants. A lot of the kit running vx-works is going to be mission critical for decades

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Re: Topical

So what do you do if you have a load of highly skilled OS engineers and your very rich customers with massive expensive support contracts are all demanding Linux.

1, Retrain, figuring somebody who has spent 20years understanding all the problems and pitfalls in one Posix based RTOS will pretty soon pick up another Posix based RTOS

2, Sack everyone hoping to pick up some cheap Linux programmers to rebrand an off the shelf Linux distro and hope your customers don't notice.

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Holy litigation, Batman! Custom Batmobile cars nixed by copyright

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But the important difference is that you are an adult with more intelligence than something which lives under a rock - they are Hollywood IP lawyers.

The same guys that thought it would be clever to rip off Stan Lee on the first Spiderman movie (by selling the DVD rights to themselves for $1) and then realised that they might like to make more Stan Lee character based movies.

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Homeland Security in CYBER POPE 'net chatter-check bulk up

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Re: They forgot one title...

And blackboard monitor

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UK.gov creates £500K fund to help universities teach cyber skills

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Exactly - we would be in much better shape if our universities concentrated on teaching students exactly what keys to press to make this year's model of a certain American router do the things required in the router maker's certification course.

Instead of wasting their time inventing anything new or educating students to invent anything new.

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Eight things people forget when buying infrastructure

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I just have two machines, one has wake on lan and a video camera to see the bios screen error messages on the other - and a robot arm to press the "any key" on the server that has decided to stop booting to ask me if I want to load default bios settings after a power glitch

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Alibaba experiences ‘I love China’ company rep breakdown … 22 times

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Their main business is B2B

All that cheap stuff you can now buy in the UK is being sourced from Alibaba by UK distributors.

That's the real win, you no longer need years of relationship building, introductions, visits etc to become an importer/manufacturer with sources in China.

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Techie finds 1.5 MEELLION US medical records exposed on Amazon's AWS

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No problem

Blame N Korea for the breach and arrest the guy that found it for super-secret-cyber-terrorism

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Huh? Cat-wees-like-a-racehorse study pees on fellow physicists to take Ig Nobel prize

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And compared to the range of body sizes between a mouse and a horse?

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Scotsman cools PC with IRN-BRU, dubs it the 'Aye Mac'

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Re: So, not Irn-Bru

They probably aren't even that.

What with real neon nixie tubes requiring rather entertaining voltages most of these projects use a 7 segment LED inside a plastic bottle.

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BBC Micro:bit delayed by power supply SNAFU

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Re: Why not a Pi

So why not an arduino. There is even a mini-arduino made specifically to sew onto clothing.

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Bitcoin is an official commodity, says US gummint

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Re: Bitcoin discovers can't have cake and eat it

Currency may or may not be intangible - but money is.

The money may be represented by gold, currency backed notes or fiat but the monetary value still depends on someone willing to swap gold for something you can eat. The value is still dependent on people agreeing that gold has value.

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Re: Where is this going?

The exchange regulates the sale because you are buying selling contracts in $US to US residents

It doesn't say anything about the freedom of bitcoins anymore than about the rights to own pork bellies

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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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Re: Because movie bombs look just like clocks?

Didn't Sun once post alarm clocks to lots of Fortune500 countries as a "wakeup to switch to solaris" ad campaign - and caused havoc in mail rooms all over the city

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Could never happen here

Wasn't the French editor of the late lamented .EXE magazine stopped and searched for carrying a backpack on the tube in London and then subjected to the full "stand on his head and point guns at him" routine when they discovered it had ...computer cables ... in it ?

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Robots, schmobots. The Rise of the Machines won't leave humanity on the dole

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Re: However...

Remember robots are being designed and built by giant companies.

once they achieve full AI they wont rise up and kill us, they will hold meetings to discuss the new paradigm in light of the companies synergistic mission statement going forward.

Skynet will then begin to evolve at an exponential rate - but only in the rate at which it can generate Powerpoint presentations.

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PRIMITIVE TOOLS found near MICROSOFT headquarters

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They died out when

They were forced to update from stone tools to ones made of bananas - because we need to play catchup with another soft fruit technology.

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Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership election

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Re: Pyhrric victory

It's certainly novel to have a labour party member as leader.

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Hollywood takes a beating in Oscar cybersquatting battle

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Re: AMPAS didnt get it's act together

In fact somebody called Oscar could probably sue the academy

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo good to go!

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It isn't a coded second channel like the original military GPS.

The paid for service is differential correction signal - just like the ones you can currently buy for GPS.

What isn't clear is how Galileo hopes to monitise this when anyone with a fixed Galileo recover and a web site can offer their own free or paid for correction signal.

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Re: The EU doesn't need GPS...

Why couldn't Loran be used globally?

All you need to do is march ashore, plant a flag, claim the territory and setup a Loran transmitter.

Any problems with the natives can be dealt with by a bit of cold steel - "they don't like it up em"

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Super Cali grabs its big stick, beats Uber 'cos it's odious

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That sounds very close to what the Apple app-store demands or even Amazon's deal with authors for ebooks.

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So everybody who sells stuff on ebay without their own corporation is an employee of ebay?

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That's a Tor order: Library gets cop visit for running exit relay in US

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They should also watch out for anybody with a big white beard working away on a book about economics - they can really cause trouble

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The Feds have long been supporters of Tor

The principle developers of Tor for a decade were DARPA, ONR and the Naval Research Laboratory

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When the IT department is 'just another supplier'

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Equality

The machine you bought on amazon needs something fixing - are IT allowed to bill you $300.hour consultancy, or are they expected to just fix it as a favor?

When you decide to do your own security and a virus takes out the system, or leaks data - are the IT dept allowed to sue you ?

Are IT allowed to bid on contracts to manage other firms IT if you are allowed to get external contractors ?

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'A word processor so simple my PA could use it': Joyce turns 30

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Re: Even now, I still get..

>so drop-down, unchanging menus is about the only thing she can apparently cope with

Good.

Imagine a car where an accidental swipe of the sat-nav could hide the steering wheel or brake pedal and take 10mins of rooting around menus to re-enable them.

There have been plane crashes where the same knob was used to set decent rate and heading, with the difference being a selection on a menu on another screen.

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Et voilà: Violated Versailles vagina might stay violated

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Re: Er, why are we following this?

I went when it was first opened - they had one very impressive piece.

A giant yellow crane running along the ceiling of the big hall with a sign "not certified for lifting"

Obviously a metaphysical critique on the very meaning of a crane for which "I lift therefore I am" is the core of it's essential being.

A bit like that French painting with "this is a not a pipe" but on a giant scale - and more suitable for a non-smoking facility.

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Just WHO is hiring a 'Cloud Transformation Director' for £162,000? Actually YOU are

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Re: Sign me up

You don't need to recognise a computer at all - that's the point of the cloud.

Ability to recognise a cloud may be an advantage

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Are you avoiding tax, big tech firm? Not any more you won't, growl MEPs

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Other ways for countries to make money

Suppose Hungary was to deal with it's immigration problems by charging all of the migrants 1000eu for a Hungarian passport and then offering subsidised 1eu flights to Dublin. Think Ireland would consider that fair movement of people and services through the Eu?

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Strong dollar will deal death to US firms' overseas growth

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Re: Fantastic!

We shut down all our industry to concentrate on selling oil to the US and coal to China.

And we did it with the most expensive to extract oil on earth - go Canada.

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Toyota chucks 50 MEELLION BUCKS at AI car tech

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Re: except that

Perhaps some sort of "golf - just say no" campaign aimed at these poor children ?

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Reg reader shares AshMad blackmail email about which he gives 'zero f***s'

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Re: So this person

>So there is honesty amongst thieves.

Not really - they have obviously based their extortion operations in Luxemburg as a tax scam

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Re: It is as if these people never read Kipling.

And why would you ?

Have you seen how much nicer the people from the Danelaw are, than those southern Saxons ?

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Bored Brazilian skiddie claims DDoS against Essex Police

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Re: Presumably the Police will use anti-terrorism laws (illegally) to extradite/charge the guy

It will be expensive for that many senior police officers to visit Brazil to search for the culprit.

It will probably have to wait for next years budget, perhaps Rio sometime in August ?

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They’re FAT. They’re ROUND. They’re worth almost a POUND. Smart waaatch, smart waaatch

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The iBuckle

If the problem is that they are too big and still can't hold useful batteries why not make them even bigger but put them around your waist?

They could vibrate to let you know you have a call and you with NFC you can bonk the bar to pay for your drinks. I assume Texas Instruments will be the first to market.

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Dead Steve Jobs' Silicon Valley wage-rigging plot costs Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel $415m

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Re: Doing the maths

No problem with the cut lawyers take on class actions - they are investing a lot of time+money up front for a case that may never pay off. A lot of these cases would never come to court if an individual had to pay lawyers to go up against a dozen $bn corporations.

It's that the fine was so small that it would almost be negligent for a corporation not to break the law.

There are also a lot of other people (like me) who lost money even though we don't work for any of these companies, because wages are set by market averages.

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Doing the maths

$415M, half goes to the lawyers. So the 64K employees share $200M = $3K each, or about the difference in one month's salary between what they were paid and what they could have been paid in a competitive marker.

So the industry really learned a lesson here - save $50K/year for your 100K employees over 10 years and be fined 1/1000 of the amount you saved.

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Anonymous UK 'leader' fined for revealing ID of rape complainant

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Re: Willing consent

>Won't work: The woman has the right to withdraw consent at any point, up to and including the finale.

Threesomes with your lawyer?

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TREE-HUGGER? Your WOODEN HAREM is much BIGGER than thought

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Re: Oh the irony!

So we take in the nasty toxic waste oxygen produced by these evil trees and convert it into nice tasty carbon dioxide food for them.

I for one welcome our leafy overlords...

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BEELION-dollar lasso snaps, NASA mapper blind in one eye

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Re: Why buy two at just 110%

The ground support, data analysis and research cost is 2x as high for 2 missions and any design fault will fail in both missions

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Re: And this is why Science is a waste of money

When did medicine start being science…?

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