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NASA's cloud strategy panned by NASA auditors

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Re: Translated from management waffle ..

Safeguard the data doesn't mean stop people getting access to it - it means ensuring that people CAN get access to it. in astronomy that means in 50, 100, 1000 years time.

We use >100 year old photographic plates and 60 year old sky surveys to study how stars move, and 3000year old clay tablets to measure the Earth's rotation - we need guarantees slightly better than "we get raided by the feds and all your data was deleted"

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SAP boss cops jail time plea after Lego barcode bust

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Re: It's a pity for SAP

It's certainly smarter more inventive, more innovative and more profitable than anything any of their other VPs have done

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Re: "dish liquid"?.....

>Fairy liquid

i don't think thats very politicaly correct anymore

it's "alternate lifestyle choice" liquid

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Hundreds of UK CSC staff face chop, told to train Indian replacements

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Re: I thought it worked like this...

Not if "your" company is in the Cayman islands and is being paid to do this and only pays you in loans - then just like these guys you pay no tax at all!

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Re: Isn't this illegal?

>perhaps it would be better to reduce the cost of hiring people in the UK.

All you have to do is reduce the cost of lining in the UK (housing, food, etc) to that of a chinese prison camp and the plan would work

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Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don't ask about Win 8)

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Re: @Mephistro - Yeah, but why should he have to?

Hyperterm was bought in from an outside company.

MSFT didn't want to pay for an app that was a decider for 1 in a million customers.

Although they could have had an intern knock up a good-enough replacement in a day

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Re: Why are we throwing this away?

Because that's how IT in large organisation, especially government works.

I just bought a used Dell optiplex for my parents to do email - it's a nice 17in LCD with a tiny PC mounted on the back - it runs Vista

It has a sticker from a local higher education college, and from what I paid they obviously sold them all for the price of a new keyboard to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.

These machines were being used for web browsing/email, they weren't running protein folding or hydrodynamics simulations - they were perfectly adequate. But were dumped because you HAVE to upgrade

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Re: More likely its the survey is trying to provide too many decimal places

> They do not connect to the internet in any way.

In an ideal world, but then managers started asking why they were paying so much more for ISDN than they were for internet when the branch already had fibre.

So a few gateways and they were able to save a lot of money and the gateways are secure because the maker said so

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FBI spooks use MALWARE to spy on suspects' Android mobes - report

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Re: "bad guys"?

Remember their entire country was founded by a bunch of terrorists - so they don't want it happening again.

Try throwing some tea into Boston harbo**U**r today and see how far you get

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Happy 20th birthday, Windows NT 3.1: Microsoft's server outrider

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Re: Stability

>NT was not as stable as VMS by quite a long way

To be fair, Stonehenge wasn't as stable as VMS.

The only way to stop a VMS machine was to put a stake through its CPU and bury it at a crossroads at midnight. And even that didn't work if it was part of a Vaxcluster

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Re: Security

Trouble with NT was that you could do bugger-all as an ordinary user.

You had to be admin to open the network settings dialog to find your own IP address

And with no "sudo" the only way was to log off and back on as admin

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Big blue Avatar movie spawns THREE SEQUELS

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Re: Great

"Messuh blue"

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Buy a household 3D printer, it'll pay for itself in MONTHS!

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Re: I wanted one for years.

The formlabs 3d printer looks like it could be the first affordable (well if you don't have a wife to explain it to) one with decent quality

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Re: You're all missing the obvious!

Tolerance and material strength are nothing like good enough for lego bricks.

Google the engineerign tests on them - amazing

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Re: 20 ways to save even more money

How dare you sir - this is el' reg

If we stopped buying shiny toys we didn't need where would the IT industry be?

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Tick-tock, Apple: Obama has just days to stop US iPhone iPad sales ban

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Re: Wouldn't it be better

>but he's a lawyer by profession

No he's a politician by profession - which means he just has to decide whether Apple or Samsung contributed most to his campaign

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Gmail, Outlook.com and e-voting 'pwned' on stage in crypto-dodge hack

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Not safe to use roaming data - they could spoof the cell.

If you go abroad it's safest to unspool your own fibre - and don't drink the water

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HALF of air passengers leave phones on ... yet STILL no DEATH PLUNGE

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Re: Phones off during taxiing??

British airports obviosuly use an amazingly volatile version of jet-a which can be ignited by a cell phone inside a plane taxiing 1/2 a mile away

Every other airport uses the normal kerosene based Jet-a which wouldn't burn if you drop a match in it.

Quite how these planes manage to run on these two different fuels is a mystery

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SO why are we allowed them at all?

I assume the risk from 2.1Oz of liquid is similarly miniscule

A couple of other questions:

How does the government manage to cover up all the crashes due to phones?

How come an airline that fits a pico cell (so it gets a cut of the calls) can suddenly certify every phone as safe?

It costs us about $50k to do EMC testing for CE on a single device and suddenly virgin have managed to test every phone on the market?

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Am I going crazy ?

Just landed after a flight where I was shouted at in security because my toothbrush/paste were in a clear plastic bag travel kit. I had to place this clear bag inside an official airport clear bag.

And then in boots in duty free I can buy a razor - not an electric razor - a proper set of blades razor

Asked the cashier if I could really take this on the plane - "yes of course, it's been checked".

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Re: Never any danger

It did always strike me as rather odd that such a clear and present danger to the aircraft was on the honour system.

Perhaps airlines in Texas should announce, please keep the safety catch on your assault rifle while the seatbelt sign is illuminated

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MPs get secret squirrel dossier of 'lawyers, megabiz hiring hackers'

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Re: Breaking news

You'd think they would notice while reading all his email and phone calls

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Apple FINGERED our personal packages every day, claim shop staff

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Re: Surely the problem just moves...

You seem to be applying logical thought to this - remember it's a "management policy"

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Re: Shame their first recourse was "the law"

The punchline being it was the "museum of tolerance"

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Re: guess

But most of these thefts are staff loading a pallet of coffee/chocolate/cigs back onto the truck with a nod to the driver - not slipping a slipping a few frozen pies down their pants

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Ha ha, Osborne, these Gov 2.0 web wranglers have wiped out UK debt

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HMRC

So is this outgoings or cashflow?

Shouldn't revenue and customs take in more money than they spend?

If you have a tax office that pays OUT 50Bn quid perhaps you have a few sign errors in the maths

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Microsoft to Google: Please remove us from internet

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IIRC Google did end up suing itself. It owned a patent troll who sued Android handset makers, including Motorola who Google own

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Re: I thought

Or a company acting on behalf of them. RealID run infringement tracking for content owners

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Jurors start stretch in the cooler for Facebooking, Googling the accused

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re: enforced slavery

And what if it was a fraud trial that might take 3, or 5 or 10 years?

And comes down to 10,000 different cases of whether a withholding under section 5678987654 constituted a legitimate payment under section 87656789876 or was a transfer subject to section 987656789

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Re: Juries

True, but the "probabilty jury will convict" is a major part of the CPS calculus irrespective of the evidence.

If that means let the rich white fraudster go because the trial will be long and expensive and the jury don't like paying tax so it's unlikely we will get a conviction, while a black teenager on a drug charge is a guaranteed win - then you may as well replace the whole criminal justice system with a phone in vote on the Daily Mail

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Re: Why we have juries ...

>It's rare for the court briefing to actually tell the jury they can decline to return a verdict.

And presumably illegal for you to research the fact that you can

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Re: Juries

> whilst thousands of other trial go without a hitch.

You mean where the white middle-aged middle-class jury members decide the black teenagers must have done it

Of course it may be that juries are perfectly unbiased and the reason the conviction rate is so much higher for young black defendants - is that the cases the police bring against those who look like members of the jury are all obvious fit-ups

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Wikileaker Bradley Manning's court martial verdict expected today

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A second secret court has already rejected the appeal before this one gave its verdict

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Not quite - he gets 120 days off his sentence because they admitted torturing him

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Re: This is about a Soldier under an Oath of Fealty...How bout equal Justice!

>I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;

That sounds like the subversive sort of statement that could get you on your president's new enemies list

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Irish watchdog won't probe Apple, Facebook over PRISM... but COULD IT?

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Re: That's all very well but ....

YOu really think the US intelligence agencies share any product back with the Irish suppliers?

Why? To ensure that Ireland supports the war on terror? To guarantee the use or Ireland as a nuke missile base ?

I think the trade is more like; here is all the data on everybody in europe Mr NSA. Well ain't that cute Ireland, have a baseball cap

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Texas students hijack superyacht with GPS-spoofing luggage

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Re: WAAS

WAAS is used to improve the accuracy in commercial receivers but its original requirement was data integrity - although I think back in the day, that was assuming software/transmission errors rather than deliberate attacks

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WAAS

Wasn't the purpose of WAAS to prevent GPS spoofing so that the FAA could use it to replace nav beacons without having to give every aircraft a military recv?

Anybody know how WAAS (and presumably EGNOS) prevent spoofing? Does it look for different doppler shifts from the stationary GSO satelites ?

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Re: Answer: INS

And the INS drifts which is why you regularly reset it from the known GPS position.

So all you have to do is drift the GPS and nobody notices.

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China Labor Watch gumshoes uncover TOP SECRET PLASTIC IPHONE

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re: taiwanese

That's because china is a big bad evil communist country and so until recently it was difficult for US companies, that relied on the smiling benevolence of the military-industrial complex, to do a lot of business there. It was also tricky to export advanced semiconductor equipment there despite putting a note in the manual saying "not to be used to build nuclear weapons to point at us"

Taiwan as a beacon of enlightened capitalist freedom was rather easier to do business with, and if the work was actually done in china nobody cared as long as the god fearing consumer never found out

Now that China and Russia are friendly (albeit with nukes pointed at us) partners in the war on terror it's all ok.

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Work with Microsoft's stuff for a living? Its reorg will mean NOTHING to you

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Re: Deck Chairs, Titanic

>why is there a need for any more than one version?

Because you can!

You extract the maximum amount of money from each market segment. More can be extracted from people buying $100k worth of servers than those buying $200 netbooks

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Re: There you go...

When you are making more profit from investing the $Bn in the markets than you make from selling software - shoudln't you just axe the software arm and become a full time hedge fund?

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BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer

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Re: That's why they put WEEE recycling symbols on them

I was trying to get a new grad to write a gcode parser.

Tried to explain it was just a plotter language for CNC machines - blank looks

Like HPGL - blanck looks

For a pen plotter - blank looks

Searched wiki for a picture of a pen plotter = amazed look

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'Nearly 1,350' HP Enterprise Services staffers strike over redundancies – union

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Enterprise

The nice thing about enterprise staff is you have an automatic slave copy of them in a geographically remote location able to spin up and take over

With consumer staff you have to go down to PC world and pick up whatever junk they have workign their to replace them

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One month on, Edward Snowden cleared to leave Moscow airport

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Re: This does not make any sense

Just because you have been spying on each other for nearly 100years, have supported every terrorist and dictator that opposed the other side, and have 20,000 nuclear warheads pointed at each other - doesn't mean you can't be friends

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Re: Where does he go to next ?

So Russia and their new American 'partners" will invade Europe for the gas?

Well it is one combination that hasn't been tried yet

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One month on, Edward Snowden cleared to leave airport

So they improved immigration queues at Terminal 5?

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Chromecast: You'll pop me in for HOT STREAMS of JOY, hopes Google

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Android

So what does this do that the $40 mini android machines don't do ?

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New Kiwi spook law allows domestic prying

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Re: About time

It's New Zealand - what else does the government have to do all day?

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