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Obama cancels meeting Putin in Russia, says Snowden 'a factor'

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He could always invade Russia

Winters is coming - why not give it a try?

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'Look, give us Snowden' - this Friday's top US-Russia talks revealed

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Re: Syria's nuclear programme?

Yes the Americans have evidence that there are atoms in Syria

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Re: Bah!

Ob Yes minister quote:

That's another of those irregular verbs, isn't it?

I give confidential press briefings;

you leak;

he's being charged under section 2A of the Official Secrets Act.

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Re: Show of hands please?

All the US has to do is return all the soviet pilots that defected along with their aircraft and arrange for anyone who jumped the Berlin wall to be rounded up and returned to Moscow.

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Re: take him out

>How do you know they haven't tried?

Because a mountain in N Wales hasn't been bombed by mistake

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Curiosity sings 'Happy Birthday' to itself on Martian anniversary

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Re: Don't tell the RIAA!

Does the Record Industry Association of America cover Mars?

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See a young Brit's mobe? 55% chance it has nekkid selfies on it, claims poll

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Re: @ The Big Yin - So...

While here, IIRC, the young lady's selfie got here on both the sex offenders register and the children at risk register

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Report: NSA spying deals billion dollar knockout to US cloud prospects

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Re: I usually don't buy socialist arguments about America being a "corporateocracy"

>sorry iraq

Give it a few months ....

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Re: Encryption

>Sorry to burst your bubble there but the person that created it knows how to break it.

If you believe that - I've got a bridge to sell you

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Re: Solution

Fine for storage, but what if you want your cloud company to do email/database/sharepoint etc

It's hard to do processing on encrypted data without giving them the keys (yes it's theoretically possible but not really)

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US feds: 'Let's make streaming copyrighted content a FELONY'

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Re: Sad

Why not just make downloading a movie terrorism?

Two birds - one stone !

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Sergey Brin's 'test-tube burger' cooked, eaten, declared meat-like

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Re: Take your dirty hands off of me you damn, stinking ...

>1.4 billion people in the world are overweight and obese,.... one billion people worldwide go to bed hungry

An obvious solution suggests itself and it doesn't require testubes

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Xerox copier flaw changes numbers in scanned docs

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Not just copiers

A CFO stood up at a board meeting once and congratulated us on a 320,000 quid sale

We had to point out that this was "A3 20,000" where A3 is how the email had decided to print the GBP sign

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They are held in memory

When you copy a 200page doc it scans it, copies it into RAM then does any 2-up, half side, 2 sided reshuffling, then sends it to the laser printer - which is what a modern copier is

Some copiers also let you select extra copies of earlier docs.

there is normally a security scare story every week about how to access old copies - which is why most companies keep a separate machine for HR/ Financials etc

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Horrific moment curvy mum-of-none Mail Online spills everyone's data

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the world's most read online newspaper,

Even stretching the definition of newspaper, how does a paper whose audience is - the wives of people who read the times and people who want to read the sun but don't want to be seen reading the sun - get to be the most popular online paper?

(admittadly most popular in the same sense that Malaria is the most popular parasitic disease)

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Apple will swap fanbois' killer phoney phone chargers for legit adapters

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Re: A good opportunity to sell stock at cost and look big'n'caring

>This has nothing to do with the connector used on the device being charged.

Yes it does.

If Apple stuck to the rules you could use any USB socket to charge them. But because they ignore the rules and use a proprietry convector your choice is a $100 iCharger from iApple or a $2 knock off

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Re: Ground

The problem in these units is that the isolation between the 380V DC output of the switcher and the 5V USB socket is wishfull thinking. Putting it in a grounded metal case would do bugger-all to help

The real solution is for the world to use proper BS plugs so that there is room for a proper 6inch isolation gap, rather than these tiny little American things.

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BONG goes HYPER as default.gov POWERS the FUTURE

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Used to be better

when it actually satirized e-government. Now that it just prints their press releases verbatim it's gone a bit stale

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Tor servers vanish as FBI swoops on kiddie-smut suspect

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Re: Is Tor really secure?

Tor isn't meant to be secure - it's meant to be anonymous.

of course if all the exit nodes are FBI then it isn't even that

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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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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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