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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

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Re: Does this mean...

They will still be blocked for his flagrant copyright violation.

Especially his notorious roll in developing "tools intended for circumvention of copy-prevention systems"

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Re: At last

They did pardon the WWI victims in 2006

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Self-destructing selfies? Not so fast! Snapchat now offers one-time Replay

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Re: The classic blunders

Sure because you can trust expensive ones like EMC (owners of RSA) or IBM (whoops we are banned in China for spying on our customers) ?

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The classic blunders

Never fight a land war in Asia

Never trust an online service provider with your privacy

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Click here to BEAT OFF David Cameron's web SMUT ban

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>Getting round the filters was always going to be trivial (for the younger generation)

Although the schools have been trying hard to reduce this ability - mostly through ICT lessons

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HP clampdown on 'unauthorised' server fixing to start in January

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Re: legal? We shall see

>Car makers can't enforce "only at authorised garages" for their servicing

No but they don't have to give away copies of their software. So if they decided that the engine management software needed to reside in the oil filter then anybody would be free to make and fit an oil filter - it's just that only theirs would allow the car to start. It would only be illegal if they did it deliberately to restrict servicing to them.

>"servicing" of a server must include firmware updates when the service engineer installs new hardware??

If HP claim that the updates are upgrades - ie a continuing process of improvement and support for new features then it's perfectly reasonable that they only give them to paying customers.

Its like Microsoft giving you service packs but charging for new versions - there is no law saying what is a service pack vs. what is a new product

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Re: legal? We shall see

Limiting free fixes to products in-warranty or in a service contract is probably OK.

You could argue that the firmware update is fixing a flaw in manufacturing and so is equivalent to a product recall - but you would have a job claiming that the server wasn't fit for purpose if you had used it for its entire warranty period.

It is definitely illegal to prevent other people servicing your equipment or offering replacement parts. But the plug-compatible laws are a bit out of date when it comes to your firmware.

I imagine Europe's car makers are watching the case with interest. If HP are allowed to block replacement parts which aren't recognised by HP firmware - yet you aren't allowed to modify HP's firmware - then I'm sure BMW/MB/VW are going to find a reason why their oil filters need to talk to their engine management system.

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Nato, UN, NGOs slug it out with namespace biz bods: IMHO... STFU

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Re: NATO? Over-protected?

It might be a good idea if Nato registered .nato as a gTLD

At the moment they use nato.int which more than a few badly configured email systems refuse to recognise.

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Re: Shoot the lawyers

Hopefully NATO will decide that airstrikes are cheaper than lawyers, more fun and less messy

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Re: MUH PROTECTION!

The very corporate funded ICANN wants to invent lots of new domain names so you can be www.sony

Organisations like Nato point out that if people try and register .nato as a new business Nato will have to go around and drop a big pile of "peacekeeping" on them.

So wouldn't it be better if ICANN announce that you can't register .nato, .un, .red-cross etc

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BT tweaks WORDING of sex-ed web block after complaints

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Re: Heres an idea

Because parents don't have the technical ability to know that website X has to be blocked because its parent company competes with one of BT's strategic partners in a different business area.

Over here one of the countries big 3 telcos (we can only have a cartel of domestic carriers for security and cultural reasons) decided to block the website of the union it was in dispute with - for all it's customers.

Bizarrely they didn't seem to think anyone would be annoyed, or that it would be news!

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RSA comes out swinging at claims it took NSA's $10m to backdoor crypto

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Re: Follow the money?

If there was a $10M invoice to NSA for "services rendered" - then yes

If there was a $10M higher bid that was accepted somewhere in EMC's $15Bn of sales to the government - probably not

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Re: Truism

No RSA can't be held liable for being ordered by a secret court to do as it was told - just like Huawei can't be held liable in China for doing the same thing.

But all RSA's foreign customers can now decide that it is about as trustworthy as Huawei and be about as likely to use if to for important stuff. Its US customers will ask themselves if secured by RSA now means - "copied to the IRS" and every other government agency.

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But following on from more than a decade of fighting strong encryption products like PGP, weakening existing standards and secretly reducing the key length in commercial products exported.

You would have to be very niave and very out of touch not to be suspicious.

Although it is possible that all the world class security experts at RSA never use the internet, or read the newspapers or watch TV or follow the news in anyway.

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How much did NSA pay to put a backdoor in RSA crypto? Try $10m – report

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Re: unlike in the UK....

Given that one of the main aims of the constitution was to prevent the formation of an all powerful central government in the hands of a few imperial families and largley influenced by religous extremists - I would give it 5/10

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emc (RSA's) parent company has an income of $15Bn - or at least it did last year.

How many foreign customers it will have at the end of this year remains to be seen.

How much is a fuckton of money if it means nobody trusts your security company anymore?

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Re: A different era?

> RSA might have honestly thought the NSA was recommending the algorithm to help protect national interests,

And people might honestly have thought that the Tories were privatising Royal Mail to ensure a better service for little old ladies and better pay and conditions for the posties

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DisARMed: Geeksphone's next high-end mobe to pack Intel x86 inside

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Re: OS of your choice

And with VMS not only could you replace the battery yourself - it wouldn't drop the call while you were doing it.

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OS of your choice

VMS or at least NT4

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'F*** off, Google!' Protest blockades Google staff bus AGAIN – and Apple's

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Re: Rent Control wont work either

Or they will have to commute further

I would have loved to live in WC1 and save the trip on the Northern Line - but I don't think it's the government's job to force somebody to (somehow) build cheap housing for millions of people in the square mile.

Ironic that they are protesting an environmentally and neightbourhood friendly form of transport. Hopefully when Google stops the busses because of the bad press all the highly paid Googles will buy Humvees and F150s and drive instead

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Italy's 'Google tax law' could fall foul of EU discrimination rules

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Re: Hmm

> appoint an agent in Rome, give him a 0.5% margin

Or appoint an agent in Rome, charge him 101% of all revenues as a licensing fee and then apply for Italian government aid to help this struggling local business

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Suffering SPITZER! Boffins discover Milky Way's MISSING ARMS

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Re: Douglass Adams was right, once again. @Gav

But unfashionable areas can start very quickly

We should describe ourselves as "Ursa Minor Borders"

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World+dog: Network level filters block LEGIT sex ed sites. Ofcom: Meh

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Re: I Don't Understand

Or stop people accessing the boxing day movie on iPlayer and going out and blowing up German dams

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Re: Saracens Rugby Club

Any idea why it is banned?

Religous hate speech?

They think scrums are gay porn?

Or just because Union should be banned anyway

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Euro satellite to count a BEELLLION stars, find origin of Milky Way

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Re: Huh?

It doesn't sit exactly at L2 it orbits around it - there is still an overall resonance that keeps it around that point.

In fact you don't want it exactly at L2 because the Earth would eclipse the sun and its solar panels wouldn't get any power.

The reason for L2 (rather than something closer) is that the Earth only covers a small patch of the sky. So the Earth doesn't get in the way of the targets and there is no thermal change as the satellite passes through Earth's shadow.

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A succesfull deployment - unfortunately

The previous satellite to do this, Hipparcos, had a problem after launch and the booster stage didn't separate.

However having a couple of tons of booster attached to it meant that its orbit was a lot more stable and there was a suggestion that all future astrometric satellites be launch with a couple of tons of scrap iron bolted to them

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NSA spies should clean up their act, says Prez Obama-picked panel

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Re: And it all comes down to semantics, yet again

I would have thought "unwarranted" = without a warrant?

Although somehow I suspect not

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A committee that reported?

I know the USA is a new country, but with a bit of experience you will learn that independant committees setup to look into the problem of the day shouldn't report for at least 3 years when all the fuss has died down.

In the meantime you can say that "you are looking into it" and "cannot comment while the investigation is underway"

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United Nations signs off on 'right to privacy in the digital age'

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Re: Rights and wrong(s)?

Being in public doesn't mean you have no rights

If you were constantly followed around by a squad of police recording everywhere you went, everything you said, everyone you talked to and everything you looked at - you might think that was pretty oppressive

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That's a relief then

Although shouldn't the UN have used its other 2 magic wishes to end war, poverty, hunger, injustice etc?

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Feminist Software Foundation gets grumpy with GitHub … or does it?

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Clarke was right

Any sufficiently advanced 'ism is indistinguishable from satire

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Wait, that's no moon 21.5-inch monitor, it's an all-in-one LG Chromebase PC

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Re: Too Limited

If it also functioned as a regular display (or TV) I could see the appeal.

Instead of turning on your PC just press a button on the telly and have a secure/simple/reliable web browser instantly on.

I have a chromebook as a replacement for a tablet (couldn't live without the keyboard) - but since this needs a keyboard and mouse and a desk to sit them on - I can't really see the point

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Go on, buy Bitcoin. But DON'T say we didn't WARN YOU

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Re: Tulips ! @ YAAC

Outside the country (we do trade internationally!) a currency only has the value that the currency markets place on it. Whatever statements the government of $COUNTRY$ make, that does't decide how many USD their pieces of paper are worth.

The UK government guarantees your bank account, but it only guarantees it in £. It doesn't guarantee that you will be able to buy the same amount of Oil/gold/whatever with it. That is the real value of an international currency.

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Re: Tulips ! @ Mark

>Bitcoins value is determined solely by the belief of the market that it has value

Any currency only has value because the market believes it has value.

Having a government backing it doesn't necessarily help. Ask anyone holding Reichsmarks in 1945 or confederate dollars in 1865, or Iranian Rials in 201x.

The idea of bitcoin was that it was a universal currency that could be traded without the permission, knowledge and fee taking from VISA/Amex/Paypal. It's no more anonymous than them and is used in astronomically fewer criminal activities than the good old $ in which we trust

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Re: Makes your choices and takes your chances

But if you had data on a cloud service that was being used for pirating movies and it is shut down - you don't get your data back

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cos they have the men with guns?

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Vodafone dodges UK corporation tax bill - AGAIN

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Re: Good for them

It's good for all of us.

If I don't have to pay tax on the interest I owe on the mortgage, car and credit cards I'm going to be a lot better off. In fact I'm might borrow some money to put in a savings account if the interest payments are a tax write-off.

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Sky rapped over PREMATURE SEXY CONDOM ad

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Think of the children

If only a single child later gets pregnant or dies of AIDS it will all have been worth it.

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IT bods: Windows XP, we WON'T leave you. Migrate? Chuh! As if...

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Businesses may draw another conclusion

>PCs on Windows XP need to understand that they will put their networks and data at high and increasing risk.

They may decide that having Windows on desktop machines at-all is putting their networks and data at risk.

If we are supposed to do everything on the web with Office365 - exactly why do i need a full OS on every desktop, all able to run any programs/attachments/malware they like and all with access to my network?

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Google Glass pics will BAFFLE admirers: Nudge nudge, WINK WINK

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Re: Abuse

I think this already happened (or at least a proof of concept) the glasses will automatically read any QR code they see. They also automatically update the firmware if you send them to a particular url

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Re: whatever next?

My phone camera has a loud annoying shutter noise that can't be disabled. Every camera phone I have had does. I heard it was a legal requirement in either Japan/Korea and the phone makers all want that market.

Any truth to this?

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GCHQ spooks told: Break Huawei's grip on 'The Cell'

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Re: Not that I buy into this US-led paranoia about Huawei kit...

Privatisation.

GCHQ got asked to do it, so they asked the nice chaps at the GPO to do it because knew about this new fangled telephone stuff. Forgetting that the GPO had now been privatised BT sub-contracted it to the lowest bidder which was Huawei

In a way it's a beautiful example of PPI at work. A bit like the case a few years ago when the Russians came in with the best bid for the Army's new helicopter.

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BT network-level STOCKINGs-n-suspenders KILLER arrives in time for Xmas

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Re: The filtering isn't my main issue

>Who the f**k are mumsnet?

The paramilitary wing of the Daily Mail

Basically the PTA in SS uniforms (probably best not to google that if you have an unblocked connection)

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Analogue radio will CONTINUE in Blighty as Minister of Fun dodges D-Day death sentence

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Re: What about crises?

Twitter?

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Obvious solution

Are there short range USB DAB transmitters?

Then you could get a rasberryPi with wifi, have it receive radio from iPlayer on t'internet and rebroadcast it to your DAB radio. Then that would be twice as digital as the DAB radio and so twice as good.

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Re: 97% of the population

> North Norfolk coast, we were treated to mostly flawless Yorkshire TV

But did you understand it?

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Microsoft's cloudy chief: Azure reliability knocks your own kit for six

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Re: VisualStudio online TFS

That doesn't help me if it's the visual studio server that is down.

Azure currently says "compute service performance degradation" doesn't say if that's what's stopping me logging into TFS, doesn't say when it will be fixed.

Having to know their internal details of which host their hosted service uses is hardly the point of cloudy-ness

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Re: VisualStudio online TFS

With my own server the problem is TFS.

With their service; it might be my client, might be my router, might be my ISP, might be any one of the multiple Microsoft Online/Live/Hotmail/Corporate/Office365 accounts I seem to need to have to login to any Microsoft service, it migth be their Visual Studio service, it might be Azure, it might be one of their data centers - I have no idea.

It's like saying that since I'm not a professional olympic athlete cycling to work can't be as reliable as the mixture of Bus+Train+Tube because they are all run by professionals.

(It also doesn't help that half of their help pages for hosted TFS tell you to login into the server and start entering TFS commandline admin commands.)

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Striking Amazonians warn: Don't rely on us for Christmas pressies

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Re: So that's why they're moving to Poland

In the UK, Amazon is being investigated by the Inland Revenue about how it employs >2000 people but makes no sales, has no income and pays no tax.

Amazon.co.uk's operations in mighty Luxembourg make £10Bn in sales.

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