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How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job

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Re: One million lines of code

Or http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1996-01-31/

Or more likely http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1996-02-01/

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'Don't hate on me for my job!' Googlers caught up in SF rent protest ruckus

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Simple solution. Unless you name is something like Sḵwx̱wú7mesh then F off back to Europe where you belong?

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American Irony

These damn Googlers coming here to SF, taking our land, destroying our native way of life, killing our buffalo...

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US cops blew more than $26m buying 1.1m cell phone files from telcos

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We need a 4th amendment for the 21st century

Really? The one for the C18 seems perfectly clear

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Anywhere in that it says; unless the records are digital, in which case help yourself ?

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Oi, Obama. Rein your spooks in, demands web giants' alliance

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Re: Dear 8 Heavyweights

"...and away from the rights of the individual”.

The individual in question being Zuckerberg.

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If you want an IT job you'll need more than a degree, say top techies

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Re: Random degrees

Some ability to do sums without having to count on your fingers may be useful.

It used to be said the most dangerous thing in the army was a 2nd lieutenant with a compass.

It's now probably a 2nd lieutenant with a GPS attempting to call in an airstrike at a grid position not equal to the one they are currently occupying.

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Re: Ahh yes the 'Fast Trackers'.

Matched only by the:

I originally wrote this in-house app in DBaseIII then converted it to Access and then to SQLServer - I don't need to hear about any of your fancy Normal Form rubbish. It will be fine as long as we never go beyond 255 customers.

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Re: Thinning the hurdle

> total random selection would be just as good a selection method,

That's why I always pick a CV at random - I like people who are lucky

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EU legal eagle Legal: Data protection reforms 'very bad outcome' for citizens

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Re: @bigtimehustler

Don't see why this should be a problem for data-protection laws when it works so well for other consumer protection.

There is no 'race to the bottom' across the eu to offer the lowest standard for drug or aviation safety - so I can get my new treatment approved in stereotypical corrupt eu country and then customers in the UK are unable to complain.

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Justin Bieber BEGGED for a $200k RIM JOB – and got REJECTED

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Re: To be fair...

Yes because corporate CTOs and the NSA looking for a mobile platform secure enough for, say, the president of the united states are mostly swayed by which teeny-bopper also uses them?

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Re: They got this one right

So instead they have hired Burt Bacharach to promote themselves as a stable reliable corporate platform

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Google: Tell the feds they have to get a warrant for us to hand over your stuff

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As a UK citizen

>I would dearly like to have a say in how America is sifting through my online life,

Well if you don't want to be ruled by a tyrannical empire across the Atlantic, throw the starbucks into the harbour and have your own revolution

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Industry group blames 'outdated' kit for stock-market tech disasters

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Can we help?

Perhaps some sort of charity appeal could be launched to allow the traders and exchanges to update their systems?

Have they tried holding a bake sale?

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World-leading IT expert? We'll fast-track you into Blighty, promises PM

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Re: Not a bad idea, but not a magic bullet either

> this is *not* a backdoor for the underpaid IT contractor to get in.

If you believe that I have a bridge, a Dixon's extended warranty and an HP storage solution to sell you.

Dave's mates in the city (who write the policies for him) are not concerned that ARM can't hire the best chip designers from MIT or Stanford.

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Re: Real deal industry superstar experts @Don Jefe

And of course the manager needs to earn more than the superstar. Because you can't earn less than somebody beneath you - that stands to reason. So you need to increase the salaries of everyone in management

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After all their rhetoric about eastern european workers

Is this a Reverse of their Polish Notation?

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Mexican Cobalt-60 robbers are DEAD MEN, say authorities

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Re: They're doing it wrong

Tricky to arrange though.

What you need is a whole line of people and then later check which ones are normal, which are dead and which get a superpower

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Submerged Navy submarine successfully launches drone from missile tubes

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Re: Recovery?

>Why would you stealthily launch this whilst submerged, and then surface in full view to recover it ?

The WEEE directive?

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Re: Not without risk and cost

Probably irrelevent if your targets are Afghan tribesmen.

Their command and control system never really integrated with their anti ballistic missile submarine capability.

The navy is feeling distinctly left out in the choice of landlocked deserts as the theatre-du-jour for spreading democracy

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware survives hacktivists' takedown

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Re: but every single American I have met has been a genuinely nice person.

In advance of my next trip can I just say that every single DHS/TSA/INS agent is a genuinely nice person.

ps. I would also like to point out that every single NSA employee is a sweetheart

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SHOCK! US House swats trolls, passes patent 'extortion' bill

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Re: Might work...

America switching to first to file doesn't change prior art invalidating a patent.

It means that you don't patent something, invest in manufacturing, build a market and then have an IBM come along and say, we thought of that years ago but didn't do anything about it - now you have proved a market we will file our patent and take it from you.

Now they need to show that they published their idea and you could have known abut it and benefitted from it and in thw worst case can invalidate your patent not have it re-assigned to them.

Originally first to invent was needed in America because it took weeks to get a letter to Washington, but it became a way of big companies with lots of lawyers to sidestep the patent system.

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Re: It was promising...

Except the troll usually just assigns the IP to a throwaway company. If they lose the patent has no value anyway and the off the shelf company can just go bankrupt before paying any fees

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'Copyrighted' Java APIs deserve same protection as HARRY POTTER, Oracle tells court

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Re: This is a tough one...

Or another way of looking at it.

Developer A said "let there be a language where statement A does B, statement C does D etc"

Developer A happened to then implement that in code, Separately developer B implemented the same thing in different code.

If developer A is allowed to claim that all implementations of their language are copyright then Dennis Richie is going to be very rich - and Oracle are going to have a real problem finding a C compiler to build their database product.

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Re: @HollyHopDrive

So Google admit to using the same 26 letters as Oracle?

Obviously guilty then.

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Microsoft: C'mon, you can trust us... look at our gov spook-busting plans

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Re: Keys

Prove they don't !

Unless you think that they wouldn't ask for the master keys because they consider it unsporting and prefer to use a complex set of hacks, zero day exploits and Ton Cruise dangling from your data centers roof on a wire instead

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Re: Security Theater Only

It's easy to keep a secret if the only person you need to share it with is you.

So Microsoft can make a perfectly secure system where you have the keys, you encrypt it, they store and you decrypt it. That's great if the only use of the cloud is as a great big disk drive in the sky.

As soon as you need somebody else to process it then you need to share keys and unless you trust them you are screwed - whatever the technology, especially if you know the NSA is looking over their shoulder

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> Euro-centric data centers are a damned good idea …

But a good thing for the JCB business.

Every data center won't just have an extra connection to the NSA (assuming they are US owned, or want to do business int he US) but they will also have an extra connection to all 28 countries. In those countries where the military, government and secret services don't trust each there will be multiple connections.

I'm picturing 50 or 60 different groups of shady dark-glasses wearing spooks all trying to install their own secret taps while not being noticed by the other lots. Would make a great Ealing comedy.

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Re: Security Theater Only

> at the very least it negates MITM attacks?

Unless the MITM has a copy of the key.

The only thing it stops is the Men in Black deciding they wanted to spy on what you did in the past, assuming they want to spy on everybody all the time it is irrelevant.

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Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?

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Re: Ha Ha Ha bis

That is an excellent strategy system until somebody comes along and tells you to merge 3 different high street banks - who all have systems like that - into one modern dynamic environment.

And then tells all the staff that they will be outsourced when the job is finished....

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Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE

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Re: NSS Flip and try again

The regular USB-B plug is also supposed to have the USB logo on the top side.

Except Microsoft who put it on the bottom so they can have their logo on the top.

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Bold Bezos aims skywards with liquid hydrogen and SPACE ROCKET engine

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Re: Burning hydrogen versus kerosene

Yes because Carbon footprint is the major concern of space launches

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UK.gov to warn tweeting twits, celebs 'n' pals on court case comments

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Re: Super-injunction

But a superinjunction is before anything is reported.

So I shag a sheep - I hear that el Reg is going to run this story so I get an injunction against anyone mentioning it.

The court has to tell the press about the injunction and tell them not to mention the injunction. Fine if that is just calling Murdoch and the Guardian - but how does the court tell 20Million Twitter and facebook members not to publish anything about me and the sheep without mentioning me or floppsy?

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Super-injunction

So since all tweeters will have to abide by the same rules as THE PRESS - does that mean that all press briefings and injunction notices will have to go out to everyone on twitter and facebook?

Does it create a slight logical problem to send a message to everyone on social media including the details of an injunction telling them that they mustn't publicize this information?

Note to foreigners: super injunctions are court orders where you are not only banned from publishing some news item/gossip but you are banned from reporting that there is a ban in place. How you get to know that you mustn't report anything because there is a secret ban on reporting it is tricky.

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Unite: HP 'addicted to culture of job cuts' as axe raised again

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re: infinite cuts

Actually since senior management discovered how to set the y axis range of Excel charts to negative they have discovered that they can make almost infinite profits by just reducing the workforce below zero.

By cutting another 2Billion employees even Blackberry would be profitable

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RBS MELTDOWN LATEST: 'We'll be the bank we should be ... next YEAR maybe'

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Or perhaps

They are deliberately trying to sink RBS so they can charge it huge receivership fees and buy its assets on the cheap

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The only way is Office: UK Parliament to migrate to Microsoft cloud

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Re: What could go wrong

But to do capitals on an iPad don't you need opposable thumbs?

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Re: Have we learned nothing....

Friends ONLY spy on friends.

Whats the point of knowing the launch codes for the Russian missiles? Unless there is a WWIII there is little value in knowing ANY enemy military info.

Now whats the value in knowing the other Eu ministers position on agricultural subsidy cuts or on whether Scotland would be allowed into the Eu without the Euro?

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Re: Hmmmm

No - as a wholly owned subsidiary UK Govt Inc can use the US government's site licence

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Re: What could go wrong

But this way we will all have access to it as well.

650 MPs , 1000s of researchers/assistants/etc most of which are unqualified wives/children/distant relatives of MPs. So 98.6% of passwords are going to be "password123" - it should finally lead to open government

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OCZ successfully sells self to Toshiba

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They were also famous for:

Release a high quality server version, gradually introduce lower quality consumer parts while keeping the same name, then rebrand a new super server version at a higher price with faster parts ... repeat....

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So the plan is

To link Toshiba's product to OCZ's reputation and brand image?

So a bit like Boeing renaming the Dreamliner "Titanic" then ?

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US Supreme Court says 'no sale' to Amazon's New York sales tax appeal

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Re: Funny thing...

It's not just state, it's county and city (which here means anything village sized) as well.

In our suburb municipality we don't pay the local city sales tax but we do pay the part of if it that covers transit on some goods. An out of state retailer would have to know that for every address and every item.

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Re: Time for change

Good idea. So when you order from Amazon they should have a box so that you can enter the sales tax for where you live. You know that your municipality just introduced a 2% tax on Lego figures but not on Playmobile - after all you voted for it - so you should be responsible for calculating it.

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Re: How long will it last?

These aren't taxes that Amazon pays, these are sales taxes added to the bill to the customer.

Amazon mostly doesn't want to pay them because without them it makes their price 10% less than a local store.

But also because they are a nightmare to collect. You know how complex and stupid VAT regs are? Now imagine that where every village can set their own VAT rules!

And you have to set up a system to collect the correct amount from the affiliate and register with every town council to pay the fractions of a cent into their account.

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EC trade secrets plans: Infringing kit may be DESTROYED by order

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At the moment it is illegal to steal a trade secret - but once a secret is stolen and becomes available it is free for anyone to use. So it was a simple matter of not getting caught. You pay somebody to steal/leak the idea and leave the results on some fileshare site or drop the folder outside your factory gates and you happen to find it - you can use it freely.

Now you have to show that you reverse engineered it, it became widely available or you discovered it independently. There is lots of case law for these cases where a patent idea was leaked before filing.

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This is precisely what the law is supposed to stop.

At the moment a Chinese company steals an idea it can manufacture and sell it in europe - your only redress is to try and sue the chinese owner. With this law you can seize and destroy the goods.

It also stops jurisdiction shopping where you can steal an idea from one country but base yourself in some new member state with less stringent rules.

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Drone expert: Amazon's hypetastic delivery scheme a pie in the sky

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Re: Can't see these

Obviously in densely populated areas an alternative delivery mechanism using giant trebuchets would be more efficient and environmentally friendly.

In sparsely populated areas - who cares?

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Re: Cynical - me?

So you didn't see the story about how Ryanair would deliver Amazon packages by having passengers to drop them out of their planes as they fly overhead?

Any passenger who didn't want to lean out of the window at 30,000ft would pay a 10quid breathing-oxygen surcharge

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