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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

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Re: Sadly

I was hoping that whoever wrote the original implementation would be on el'reg

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Scots council cops £100K fine for spaffing vulnerable kids' data ONLINE

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Was the user aware of the file transfer program?

Should they have been?

Should a case worker have done a security audit of a machine supplied by the council?

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Snowden journo's boyfriend 'had crypto key for thumb-drive files written down' - cops

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Re: Highly sensitive UK documents? Really?

>And 98% of El Reg is from teenage boys who have grown up

haven't

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Re: moiety Write me down a mule

So if say Canada merely refused permission for any flights to the US to enter it's airspace - leaving Americans only able to fly to S.E. Asia - that would be merely an adminsitrative matter?

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Tencent offers 10TB of free cloud storage for all

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Re: Thanks, but no thanks.

Trained seals of course!

They might be detained for 9hours by customs but they are unlikely to reveal your secrets - seals don't leak

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Re: Data privacy at last

I'm guessing the PLA don't routinely share info with the INS, DEA, IRS , etc

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re: Store data in a Chinese cloud

Depends on the data.

Plans for your company's new consumer product = no

Videos of you protesting against US policies = yes

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Mother/daughter team jailed for million-dollar internet dating scam

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Re: It shows many things

The banks and money transfer companies who took their fee and didn't ask too many questions

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Met Police spaffs £250m keeping 'ineffective' IT systems running - report

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Re: It is of course all a little more complicated :-)

I wonder if there are any other countries with a police force who might have already built some computer system - that the Met could buy?

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It would explain why so many of the cases in the system get damaged

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Microsoft cedes board seat to activist investor

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Re: @ Hud Dunlap

The board isn't one man - one vote, you might have a seat but you still have only <1% of the votes

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Billionaire Google founder splits with wife, allegedly beds Google Glass minx

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Re: "Real woman"

Unless he did implicit none "Amanda" would be REAL by default

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Microsoft and Google unite to sue US gov't for more transparency

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Re: via secret court orders

it's just a question of where the commas go

Monitoring he voters and potential opposition is a narrowly tailored and compelling Government interest.

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Private UK torrent site closes, citing 'hostile climate'

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Well if they say they haven't been told not to say anything - then they must have been. QED

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UK gov dials 999 over Serco prison escort fraud claims

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Re: Competence

>Makes you wonder what the company's core competences are.

Presumably - getting it's fingers in a large number of government pies despite not doing too well in any of them?

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You don't think the private sector can do just as good a job of handing over govt money to BAe for systems that aren't delivered and don't work - as a civil servant ?

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Re: SERCO

Presumably he/she/it is also damn sexy if you were married?

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Re: Rule 1

Rule 1 of contracting - you need the suppliers children held at a secret location by a man with facial tattoos and a knife.

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NSA: NOBODY could stop Snowden – he was A SYSADMIN

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In response

The NSA is removing the 'A' key from keyboards to prevent people logging in as administrator.

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Look out ARM, Intel, here comes MIPS – again

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re: why?

Why does there need to be a groundswell of development for mips?

I don't care what CPU is in my phone so long as the apps work, and they are written in Java

I have a Pi but I really don't ae if it has an ARM or Atom CPU - I couldn't even tell you if it was 32 or 64bit without checking /proc/cpu - I just care that is is a little Linux machine and has python.

What will make this a success is a customer using it rather than an ARM in sufficiently large numbers.

Still it will be nice if ARM had some competition - look at what a monopoly did to Intel

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Dopey dope-growing dope smoked out by own dope dope-growing vid

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Re: Please stop with the "Growing plants" thing

Yes but presumably she was Mrs Lot

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Re: Please stop with the "Growing plants" thing

"God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth,"

Last lot who argued with him got turned into a pillar of salt........

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Hey, Bill Gates! We've found 14 IT HOTSHOTS to be the next Steve Ballmer

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Re: An obvious choice

The battling business units are MSFTs big problem - and the reason Win8 failed.

When your main app, MS-Office doesn't use any of the features of your new OS because they had their own release schedule and your main dev tool doesn't make it easy (or even possible) to write apps using your new interface because their manager doesn't like the other manager - you are screwed.

You can't picture this happening under Jobs - imagine iPhone not working with iTunes because of a sulking minion !

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Moto X teardown shows US manufacturing adds mere $4 to handset costs

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Re: Supply Chain is the Key

it's not the shipping cost so much as time and predictability.

If a typhoon delays a ship or a longshoreman strike in one of a dozen cities ties up the inventory of a vital component you end up missing a christmas release ...

Corning, makers of Gorilla glass, moved their plant to next door to Foxconn because it takes 6 weeks to ship from New York state, which means they have to over produce to handle any unforseen increase in orders and pay for the 6weeks of inventory sitting in a container. They also have to tell their customer's design guru to lock out any design changes 6 weeks earlier than a local competitor.

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Re: Why not use slave labor?

There is also a little problem with QC and worker motivation - would you trust a parachute made by workers who wanted you dead?

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Re: Interesting

So the complex chips are fabbed in state of the art facilities in Korea by Samsung, the low cost memory chips are made in china and the PCB is assembled by German pick and place robots in a factory in Wales that is presumably only profitable because it's getting a bunch of regeneration grants - but it's a victory for British manufacturing?

Well at the least the CPU's instruction set is made in Britain!

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Apple tries to trademark the term 'startup'

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Re: misreporting?

>to control a whole perfectly good English word?

What about "Apple" ?

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Quarter of a million quid fine for data-wipe gaffe? ICO told: Nae, laddie

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Re: You don't fine the council...

Then 100% of the councils budget goes on compliance.

Imagine your job if you were personally liable for any legal screw ups but could spend an infinite amount of shareholders money avoiding them - what would you do?

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Thought the PC market couldn't get any worse? HAH! Think again

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Re: Meh

So if Microsoft managed to make a new OS that was such a resource hog that it completely bogged down last years machine - it would revitalise the PC industry?

Why didn't anyone tell them?

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Silicon daddy: Moore's Law about to be repealed, but don't blame physics

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Re: Human Brain 1000000x more powerful than a computer

Really? Whats 123.456 / 32.334?

My desktop computer can allegedly do a 1,000,000,000,000 of these in a second - why does it take you half an hour and a paper and pencil?

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Re: Been hearing this...

There are such things as atoms you know - making a Silicon transistor smaller than an atom is tricky.

There are also a few other limits, like the speed of light, the uncertainty principle and the 2nd law of thermo-dynamics. It might be very cool and thinking outside the box to ignore them - but the universe isn't that easily fooled.

Arguably Moore's law has already ended. The original phrasing was that the most economic number of gates to put on a single chip increases exponentially. That is no longer true, the fab needed to make 14nm parts is so mind bogglingly expensive it is cheaper to make 22nm wafers with fewer gates.

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Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30

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Re: Wrong market?

True - ir was part of a Soviet (or French) plot to destroy the US aviation industry.

30 years later they are so busy producing stunning Powerpoint presentations that their planes burst into flames and fall out of the sky

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

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Re: 'the crud'

Rather like Ubuntu then !

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Re: Surface fans

If you are a total MSFT shop and you are just a manager who lives in Outlook then the surface is quite nice as basically an Outlook dashboard.

If you need to do any work - a surface pro with a second monitor running word/excel/VS is great.

But the chances of your big corporate customers rolling out 100,000 seats of a $2000 touch screen laptop just to use your pretty new OS = 0%

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Re: Bad bosses adn failures

They had to do something, waiting for every business seat in the world to slavishly upgrade to the latest version of Windows NT like good little corporates wasn't going to work any more.

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Re: Pretty much says it all

Except they have Lync for that and Skype still doesn't play nicely with Outlook or Exchange

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Re: I'm a MSFT Fan But.....

>MS should release a windows 7.1 upgrade with all the OS improvements

People don't pay for updates.

MSFT's business model relies on people updating their machine every 3years and getting the new shiny OEMed OS with it and then having to upgrade Office to keep up.

When people discovered that their 2010 3GHz CPUs are quite as capable or writing a memo or adding up an expenses spreadsheet as they were in 2010 they didn't upgrade and so didn't get the new OS

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Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

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Re: Ahh, the "warmth" of analogue.

Especially since the whole film is going to be scanned, digitised, colour graded and then printed digitally or sent out digitally to most theatres.

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Re: Ranking Alien/Aliens/Alien 3/ Alien Comicbook Edition

The problem with Alien shot now wouldn't be the CGI.

It would be the need to have a PG13 rating, a McD lunch menu tie-in, a car chase for the video game and a spin-off range of cuddly toys.

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Re: Hold on a second

Crappy 1970s lenses have flare - modern multi-coated Arriflex digital lenses don't

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United Nations to grill US over alleged NSA bugging of its HQ – report

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Re: Move out?

So that's ideal then.

Anywhere with total law enforcement would presumably have no retired Nazis, drug lords and Phil Collins remaining at large

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Silicon Valley slurped millions of NSA cash for PRISM participation

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Re: Why shouldn't they charge?

Surely it's the patriotic duty of true Americans like Zuckerberg, Bezos and Larry&Mo to protect America and their customers from terrorists ?

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'Symbolic' Grauniad drive-smash was not just a storage fail

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Re: The Guardian is so "anti-government"

Still perhaps the nearest thing there is to an official opposition !

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Government intervention unlikely for beleaguered BlackBerry

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Those Rolls Royce chaps making aeroplane engines seem to be doing quite well

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Ottawa could rule that only Canadian smartphones were allowed in Canada.

In the same way that they only allow Canadian owned cell phone companies - thus protecting the true north strong and free from having Verizon.

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Workers at world's largest – and most remote – telescope go on strike

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Ok but please don't use Boolean logic, electronic computers, stored programs, or indeed the very idea of a computing machine.

And can you please invent you own language instead of misspelling ours?

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BILLION DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft chief makes $1bn simply by quitting

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Re: What a kick in the teeth!

Makes for one hell of an exit interview though !!!

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Report: Secret British spy base in Middle East taps region's internet

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Re: Why the diificulty?

> rent a cable ship and have it check out all the cables

The only way to check a cable is to cut it and drag the two halves to the surface and then splice in an extension to get it back down.

Anyway the taps on the cables are probably at the endpoints in whichever country is currently a beacon of freedom and order in the region (ie a freindly dictatorship) rather than on the seabed

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India's subidised student tablet lands in US schools

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Re: Give them pencils you Idiots.

We had BBC micros in school and look at what we achieved.

Now with 64bit CPUs in schools the kids should be 8times smarter than we were

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Delta Air Lines makes mass Windows Phone 8, Lumia 820 buy

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Figure 2 carts selling junk on a 2 aisle aircraft, 2 hosties/in-flight-retail-consultants per cart and you have 4phones per big aircraft.

Delta's fleet also includes an awful lot of Delta-connect services on small business jets/turbo-props that aren't going to be selling you scratch cards (these get counted as Delta when you are buying a ticket but are Acme Air when they crash or are late)

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