* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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Apple engineers rebel, refuse to work on iOS amid FBI iPhone battle

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But the iPhone 6 and 7 aren't invulnerable from this setting precedent which says the feds can use a 200 year old law to force Apple to "do anything it takes to enable access" = fit a backdoor

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Re: The end of Apple

The US forces Apple, Apple's share price drops.

Google / Facebook / Amazon's price also drops because they will be next.

All of the SP500 growth is these 4 companies - so you trigger another "Great Financial Crash" - except this time you caused it.

Then you try and run for president in November .

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Ben Nevis embiggened by a metre

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SNP

If Scotland had got independence from the fascist English oppressors it would now officially be at least twice as high

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Web ads are reading my keystrokes and I can’t even spel propperlie

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I'm probably on a watchlist

Work for a medical device company and had to buy a bunch of stuff for a US trade show on Amazon.com - to be delivered to my hotel. Latex Gloves, surgical masks, cable ties, duct tape, garbage bags, a 110-220V transformer....

I'm tempted to add copies of "Silence of the Lambs" and Manhunter and a few serial killer biogs just to freak out any FBI algorithms.

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Brits seek rousing name for polar research vessel

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Re: In the spirit of Iain M. Banks

Surely the ship should be allowed to choose its own name ?

You just need a Google AI mind installed

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Rights warriors slam US-Europe pact on personal info slurp, urge reforms

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Re: Meh...

AC it isn't about protecting you from American 3letter agencies.

Even without data being offshored your own national spy agency will happily hand over the data to them. It's about the US having no rules about what companies can do with the data.

NHS medical records and prescription data get sent to a US company that aggregates them and decides that you are a poor health risk, they sell this info to your bank who decide that your life insurance or mortgage rates are going up.

Your alcohol purchases and vehicle use data from ANPR cameras get sold to your car insurance company. In the Eu they cant use this personal data - but they can ask now for advice on your premium from their US office.

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FAA's 'drone smash risk to aircraft' is plane crazy

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Re: Everybody knows

It's worth noting that 30,000 Americans kill themselves on the roads every year.

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But the "set radius of an airport" can get a little silly.

Here they included the harbour (because seaplanes fly out of it), downtown (helipads) and hospitals as airports - and the rule is no drones within 5mi of an "airport" so drones are banned for 2million people in the city. And the rules don't specify what is a drone.

If it is better to be safe than sorry, I recommend a ban on guns within 5mi of the same "airports"

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UK draft super-spy law 'not fit for purpose,' say 100s of senior lawyers

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Re: 200 Lawyers!!

Tell them you fully support their employee monitoring and you will yourself be constantly videoing your time on site, their health and safety procedures, their staff behaviour and will be insisting on an audit of their manager's expenses and the company's VAT and income tax returns.

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Steve Jobs, MS Office, Israel, and a basic feature Microsoft took 13 years to install

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They used Windows. That was the point of the article. You sell Office on Mac to show that Windows+Office isn't a monopoly - but don't support the feature that makes it usable.

It's like when Formula 1 engine makers had to supply their engines to another team so the races were "competitive", so Ferrari only sold it's engine to the Scunthorpe Morris dancers factory team.

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Cops hacked the Police National Computer to unlawfully retain suspects' biometric data

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Re: Graham Marsden "no prosecution will be mounted by the CPS"

Pah, tory wimps. I see your Ms May and raise Darth Blunkett

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Re: That's completely wrong.

But the trial judge gets to decide what is admissible.

And since many judges are really on the side of the criminal and deeply distrust the police - they regularly throw out corrupt evidence.

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Polite, helpful? Stop it at once in the name of security

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Did that once at HP

Visited their lab in Bristol. I was late and busting for a pee - didn't see the reception desk so followed somebody through the big sliding glass doors toward the cafe I spied in the distance.

5min and a bit relieved later I tried to find reception to sign in.

It was the other side of the big glass doors

Which wouldn't open from the inside (?)

And which reception wouldn't open to let me out

So had to wait for security to come and ask what I was doing in there.

Fortunately their ideas about how to do cloud was so laughably incompetent (you FTP your data to a server ad then telnet in to run a java app) that I never had to go back.

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Rocky times for startups: Mutual funds devalue and VCs turn off money hose

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Re: Like Anything else

The unicorn+VC model worked because one VC putting in money raised the value as far as all the other VCs were concerned - the actual business was irrelevant.

They also had preference shares which guaranteed their profits - so long as they weren't the last one putting money in. I believe the system was described by the notable economist Ponzi.

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What part of "venture" don't you understand

"when you don't know what something's worth, you don't know whether you are getting a good deal or a bad deal,"

Isn't that what you are paid the big $$$ for ?

If you only want to put money in something where you know what it will be worth - buy 20year treasury bonds. But good luck charging 20% fees for that.

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What's next? FBI telling us to turn iPhones into pocket spy bugs? It'll happen, says Apple exec

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Re: America is not the world

That's exactly their problem.

As soon as America wins this the Chinese, Russians, UK, Iranians and Belgians are going to demand the same.

Apple could make a different version for each country and give them unique keys - but if the US is going to demand keys to any phone then the same keys will work for the Belgians. So the ruling will give those Belgians access to the phone of every American politician.

We will be eating our Freedom Fries with mayonaise by christmas.

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Re: I totally agree with Mr. Cue here

>I hope you're being sarcastic here

Sarcasm, on a website for British sysadmins ? Never !

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Re: I totally agree with Mr. Cue here

America is a modern freedom loving democracy with a constitution and the rule of law. They aren't going to use anti-terrorism laws to crack down on journalists or people fibbing about where their kids should go to school like some tin-pot 3rd world monarchy.

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Re: RE: Pocket Spy Bugs

Which was itself just a story to cover up the real tactic of dropping bombs at random on any target they fancy and claiming they terrorist_target_of_the_day afterwards

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IBM to erase 14,000 people from the payroll – Wall St analyst

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Re: Stop me if I'm wrong

>How can IBM management not spot the obvious?

Cut staff - share price goes up - bonus based on share price, not increasing losses. = Obvious

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MP wants to stitch 'digital' misuse laws into one bill

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Not believing that Ms May is always right is a legitimate reason ...

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Re: Erm ...

That is essentially the law in France. In theory you need the written permission of everyone in Paris if you take a photo from the top of the Eiffel tower.

Since that would be ridiculous - it is only actually enforced for pictures of politicians doing anything naughty.

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What a pair of ace-holes: Crooks bug gambler's car with GPS tracker, follow him and rob him

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Would never happen here

The crooks could just pay a few quid to the DVLA and be given the man's address with just a licence plate. Or if they didn't want to deal with official channels, "a drink" to one of the local boys in blue should give them the information

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Dead Steve Jobs is still a crook – and Apple must cough up $450m for over-pricing ebooks

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You precisely base fines to hurt the company - otherwise it isn't a deterrent.

Suppose the fine for a bank robbery was = the money stolen, less wear and tear on shotguns, stocking depreciation etc.

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Microsoft has made SQL Server for Linux. Repeat, Microsoft has made SQL Server 2016 for Linux

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Re: Imagine my joy

Now if only they had clippy

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Fifth time's the charm as SpaceX pops satellite into orbit

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Re: Time, money, staff...money.

They may not be able to launch something without blowing up astronauts, or recover craft without blowing up astronauts - but you can't argue with Nasa TV production values or the artistic quality of their mission patches and T-shirts.

Looks like SpaceX has a way to go.

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Re: Easy fix

Probably too expensive to tow the barge to the middle of nebraska

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We’re not holding biz to ransom, says pay to play ad-blocking outfit

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Add privacybadger to the list

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Machismo is ruining the tech industry for all of us. Equally

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Re: Is this getting worse with time

It's not perfect but it does show that what techies care about most is getting/giving the right answer.

You don't get a high rep because you went to Eton, or you have more twitter followers or more FB friends, or a Gruniad column.

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Re: who/what you define as your opponent

>My opponent at this moment is an i.MX28 ARM board

Have you tried buying it flowers and empathizing with it ?

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Re: equality

>we need to know if you are male or female, Mr/Ms. Other

Presumably the mini-skirt will allow that

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Re: Is this getting worse with time

And yet the largest and fastest growing tech site is stackoverflow.com

Created to help millions of people with their programming problems and now wildly successful helping them with problems in every other area

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Re: 2/3 of medical students are women

But the 2/3 is only possible because doctors have always created a caring nuturing welcoming environment free of the cult of secret knowledge, overbearing self-opinion and ego

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Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi

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Shuffle

Why the fsck would a music player have a shuffle ?

You paid money for an album but think the artists not only didn't care about the order of the tracks but you think random would improve it?

I assume that if you press shuffle on a Pink Floyd album the computer does a hard reset out of pure shame.

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Hardware – yes, hardware – is driving Hewlett Packard Enterprise's top line

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Wait til next quarter

Anyone else suspicious that all the inventory was transferred to the new division at $0 then sold for a big discount to get customers and booked as a massive profit.

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If NatWest texts you about online banking fraud, don't click the link

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Easy to spot a fake message from the bank

Unless they charged you 20quid for the text message - it isn't really from the bank

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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Re: Well, it sounds good.

If you read the statement they are making specific claims about large scale storage system but then say it WOULD be nice if they invented something for cars.

So far ARPA and Argonne NL research into replacing Li-Ion batteries hasn't got very far

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Re: Charging...

>The one massive problem with ALL renewable power sources is that the are INTERMITTENT and can not supply base load.

So imagine if your base load was a million battery packs.

With enough electric cars and a smart charger that would sell power back to the grid you wouldn't need base load at all.

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How exactly do you rein in a wildly powerful AI before it enslaves us all?

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Re: There's a simple solution

Or introduce them to powerpoint.

Advantage is that it also works on people

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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Re: Ad-BLOCKERS are a protection racket??

>Re: Ad-BLOCKERS are a protection racket??

As he explains in the statement rather than the link bait headline.

Ad-blockers which charge companies to be on the white list are a potential abuse.

Imagine if BT installed a network wide system that replaced the ads that were paying for the sites with their own ads - there would be much grumbling on el'reg

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Netflix is worth $40Bn. Isn't the BBC content better than Netflix? What if they were global ?

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NASA funds new supersonic airliner research

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Re: Marketing fluff

The research will also be available to any civilian makers of supersonic cruise missiles

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Re: @Voland: flying boats

The major limitation of the seaplanes here is that they can only land in daylight.

Jolly difficult to make landing lights on the water

So an airport that can only operate form 8:00 to 3:00 in winter is a challenge

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 3

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Re: know Windows

That's exactly the point = here teacher have this computer.

You can either use the Linux install that you don't understand but is something complicated to do with hackers, or you can use Windows(TM) along with all this educational support material produced by Microsoft(TM) and their Official Educational Support Unit (TM) in accordance with national curriculum standards.

Is the teacher who falls for this going to go - aha but windows10 IoT preview isn't really the same core API as windows on the desktop, I am being fooled by the Microsoft name linked to a bunch of fake educational material. Or do I just click on the use windows box and get the same IE Window that is shown in the teachers manual.

Repeat for school managers, PTAs, boards of governors, local authorities, dept of education and all the other idiots involved in schools

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Re: Why?

Because the RPi is aimed at schools. Schools, non-computer teachers and support providers "know" windows.

So instead of having this new scary Linux thing just install W10, use IE to connect to a website showing you a picture of what a science experiment would look like if you ever did one and WOW - you have increased the number of computers in school, taught everyone computer science and are now teaching them chemistry at the same time.

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Science contest to get girls interested in STEM awards first prize to ... a boy

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Re: Discrimination?

About 30% of the people I work with are aspie/ADHD/etc. These are the ones designing surgical robots.

The others are mentally handicapped, but in these enlightened times we can't cal them morons or idiots - so we refer to them as management/HR/marketing.

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Re: The question remains ...

So they use more energy, so they aren't lard-arses, and that energy comes from food made from sunlight and CO2. So it's free energy with a health benefit that reduces global warming !

White lab coat -->

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Re: I wonder

There is a big jump in the number of women in those fields in Norway.

But it has had a bit of a backlash - the news is full of groups of photogenically news friendly 21 year olds who just graduated with degrees in oilfield geology/offshore engineering/etc and none of the class received any job offers.

Here in Canada they are being laid off as mining/oil projects are mothballed. The normal last-in first out means that most of the people kicked out are recent/new grads, which means more women, so the news is full of how women in STEM are the most likely to be dumped.

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Brit brewer opensources entire recipe archive

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Re: new project!

Might be tempted by one of these one day (once the price has halved, I remain a Yorkshireman) picobrew

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