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UK Home Sec wants Minority Report-style policing – using your slurped data

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Re: Meanwhile... "Hampshire police want ‘geeks’ to volunteer for cyber crime fight "

>"volunteer", because obviously they can't afford to *pay* people to do this...

I think if you have access to everyone's police and security files, email and web traffic you can make enough from tips not to need paying

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Re: Proposed Constitutional Amendment

Their security is proportional to 1 / your privacy.

(el'reg doesn't support Tex markup)

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Re: Shirley

Although some dodgy seafood at the next Peterhouse formal hall could save us all a lot of grief 10years later

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Although all forces agree

On black ....

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400 jobs to go as Texas Instruments calls time on chip fab in Scotland

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But surely

All the expertise in semiconductor design and solid state physics, plus all advanced optics, Excimer laser and mask stepper supply companies that would have built up to support Silicon Glen will still be world leaders.

Or at least that's what we were promised when they were given the backhander/inward-investment-grant to build it there.

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Berlin takes down ‘for sale’ sign over top Nazi’s love nest

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Re: once

Grammar 'Nazi' ?

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Apple growth flatlines ... Tim Cook thinks, hey, $80bn is still $80bn

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Re: too lazy

Years figures aren't out yet but Microsoft typically makes about $5-6Bn/quarter on $20-25Bn/quarter revenue.

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China has a chip to fry with y'all: Wants its own chip smarts and fabs

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Re: All it takes is oodles of Renminbi

The value is in learning how to operate a fab and tweak performance and get the next generation working. There is no value in simply buying an offshore fab - you might as well just contract TMSC to make chips for you.

The reason Intel are so far ahead is that they have the hands on production engineers to make the thing work.

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Re: Export controls?

Most of them are european, either Zeiss or ASML. Of course if you really want to advance the field you restrict exports of these and force China to throw dozens of universities and 1000s of researchers at inventing something better.

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>Do we want the Chinese government to have this information?

Depends on the market. I'm sure Rolls Royce would rather the Chinese military had this info than the US government, who would pass it on to GE just before negotiations with a US airline about whose engines get bought

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Safe Harbor 2.0: US-Europe talks on privacy go down to the wire

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Re: WTF?

And the UK government that didn't prosecute banks that shipped data to cheap outsourcers in India where it was stolen.

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Re: WTF?

Same rules, if Ms May(and her French and German counterparts) insists that it's necessary to track all UK internet use, and hack Belgian telcos to protect us from tourists then the Eu can't claim that US monitoring is unreasonable and a violation of human rights.

But safe harbour isn't to protect you from the spooks anyway, all the Eu inteligence agencies will happily hand over the data to the NSA in the name of cooperation.

It is protect you from companies. It is to stop Google noticing you searching for diabetes and selling that information to your bank so they can decide if you are a good mortgage risk, or Netflix noticing you watching CageAuxFolles and selling that to grindr

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Re: simple question.. @ YAAC

The Eu could say "no safe harbor, separate your businesses and build data centers in the eu" and the companies could reply; "try it, ban us and see how long before the populace storms the winter palace"

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Re: simple question..

On the other hand if the commission said, nobody in europe could use Microsoft/Amazon/Google/Facebook/Netflix etc do you think people would say, thank you for protecting us from the snoopers ?

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Apple CEO visits EU regulator to discuss tax bill

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"could be liable" doesn't mean they will, Ireland could negotiate a little 99.99% discount for them to stay there

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Cabling horrors unplugged: Reg readers reveal worst nightmares

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Re: I got a call-out...

>Someone had taken a patch cable from a switch and plugged it back into the same switch.

The ping time was good though

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Re: Thin co-ax

Judicious rewiring of the mains plug so the chassis ground was at 240V would be the BOFH solution to people fiddling with connectors

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Re: Illuminati Online

I think that's what iso9001 requires as documentation for a regular office network

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Re: Wrong spec co-ax

> he was one of the chief developers of vector calculus .... He developed transmission line theory

Bastard !

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You can also trace them more easily if the colour coding is - picked up whatever cat5 was in the discount bin that day + different hues produced by fading and years of dust

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Data centers dig in as monster storm strikes America's East Coast

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Re: ...advising customers to keep their phone batteries charged...

>I'd just swap my SIM card into the old Blackberry 7230.

If you only need it to call 999 (or 911) you don't need a sim.

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Criminal records checks 'unlawful' and 'arbitrary' rules High Court

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Re: CRB never included "spent" convictions

So case-case basis means the biased opinion of somebody who doesn't mind the odd drinking and driving but isn't going to hire somebody who once smoked a joint ?

What about next year when the Super-ECRB includes someones web search history ?

You interviewed them and offered them the job, the court has decided it's safe for them to walk the street - how come you are now deciding if it's safe for them to work there ?

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And sheep (well it did say Yorkshire)

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Re: leads me to believe the story has greater errors and omissions than just the date.

" typically used " but there is no law preventing others using them.

A risk averse local authority decides it's safer (for them) to do the check on everyone, then insist that any company working with the council do one, then somebody in HR reads a story in the Daily Mail and decides that everyone should do one ...etc etc

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Re: Spokesperson for the Home Office 'disappointed'

Has anyone told Ms May ?

The home office is in charge of "security", anything can be a threat to security,so therefore they are in charge of everything.

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Then throw in the PM's definition of Problem Families (=anyone on benefits) and most crime in the country is covered.

Except for LIBOR rigging bankers, tax evasion, bribe paying arms dealers and other criminals seemingly unknown to the police

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But then the Daily Mail will hype the case of any kid that is hurt by somebody that the police "thought was a bit dodgy but had no evidence" but they couldn't tell everyone because of those socialists in europe.

That could cause proportionate harm to the local MP's chances in the next election

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Re: Proportionate

Minor offenses by poor people end up in court, minor offenses by rich people end up on the bill for trashing the restaurant. It's proportional to wealth.

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Re: Spokesperson for the Home Office 'disappointed'

The home office considers itself to be in charge of law, the police and the courts.

So for a court to rule against it is like a child misbehaving.

So they are very disappointed - in the same way as a parent with a kid that won't eat brocolli

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Boeing just about gives up on the 747

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Re: Museums

Funny how it managed that when Concorde was never allowed to fly supersonic over the USA .

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It's looking like A380 production might end before 747s

The only customers are the few Gulf hub airlines and they have bought their fleet.

The US operators are flying smaller twin engines on more diverse routes so the need for an A380 because all the slots were full didn't happen

The idea that china would use the A380 for domestic hops - as a 737 for a billion passengers - turns out that most of china's billions aren't making even Ryanair customer salaries.

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Women account for just one fifth of the EU’s 8m IT jobs

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Sisters only count in Norfolk

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Re: I believe the problem is present on all engineering positions

Been a bit of a backfire here in Canada.

The women in science and engineering programs have been phenomenally successful so that a majority of new graduates in many areas are women.

They all were immediately hired by the mining and oil&gas industry.

Then oil and metals collapsed and the newest, least senior, least valuable employees are the first to be laid off. So a lot of young women that were encouraged to break the mold and embrace this demand for STEM are screwed.

Just like all the low grade Java-school bootcamp graduate programmers were in 2001 but this is making news because these victims are a lot more photogenic.

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Re: Assumptions

Try getting hired in silicon valley with a grey beard,

I think ageism is the major cause of fewer women rather than outright sexism.

Increasingly you need a postgraduate degree to be considered at the hot big companies, so you start your career nearer to 25. If it's harder to get a job after 35 and any break means your experience of last years hot technology is obsolete - then it's a lot harder to take a couple of years out to have children than it would be in medicine or law.

The same thing happens in academia, it's often said that a PhD+postdoc costs you your first born child - but at least once you get a permanent job you don't have quite such a ticking clock.

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Assumptions

Smart women are pressured out of science and engineering and into well paid professions that don't consider them too old at 30?

Women medical students have outnumbered men for years and as they graduate and old men retire the number of women doctors will outnumber men in the next 1-2 years.

Teaching is becoming women only. Law is about 40% women but proportion of female law students is increasing faster.

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How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

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Power, what Power?

We made a blast monitor system for mining.

Had a customer in Australia who were desperate to buy one, email them the manual so they can learn to use it in advance, fedex them a unit express etc.

Get a call in the middle of the night. It's not working, won't turn on.

Did you charge it for 24hours like it says in the manual (we can't airfreight charged Li batteries)?

No we just got the delivery and brought it underground.

Do you have the charger - it might work while charging.

No, no power down here - what you are going to do to fix it?

You are 12,000 miles away, a mile underground and no power - exactly what do you expect me to do to "fix it".

But you have to - were blasting in an hour !

I put the phone down - my boss thought it was hilarious

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GCHQ spies quashed this phone encryption because it was too good against snoopers

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Re: Well I am really surprised

Since this was part of a global GSM standard they were also proposing weaknesses in every other country's phones as well.

It does give you an interesting side channel attack on the intelligence agencies.

If GCHQ block encryption X but not Y it tells you that they have broken Y but not X.

Then if the representatives of the French/German/Belgian agencies support X, does this mean they have broken X, or are just trying to fool the British, or aren't interested in spying on their citizens.

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It's 2016 and idiots still use '123456' as their password

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Re: Nothing wrong with insecure passwords

So it's particularly annoying when some trivial site insists on 87 characters, 13 symbols and no old password reuse, just to protect your my-little-pony updates

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For fsck's SAKKE: GCHQ-built phone voice encryption has massive backdoor – researcher

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Re: Am I missing something?

Well if the history of Britain's security services is to be believed - probably the KGB

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Apple backs down from barring widow her dead husband's passwords

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Not clear whether they have the actual password or can unlock it.

It's really two different questions:

The widow now owns the laptop, no argument, so Apple can factory reset it to recover the value of the HW.

But does she have the rights to all his data?

What about his medical history? What about before they were married?

Should the same thing apply to all heirs?

Do grandchildren have a right to know about the illegal abortion she had in the 1950s or the illegitimate child he had during the war?

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UK can finally 'legalise home taping' without bringing in daft new tax

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Over here a 25c levy is paid on each blank disc by small bands selling CDs at gigs.

The money is supposed to be handed out in proportion to sales/airtime (ie to Brian Adams) but in practice the industry body running it hasn't actually distributed any because it doesn't cover their costs.

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

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Re: Um....

My cat's litter tray also has content. Perhaps even user created content.

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Re: Daily Telegraph now blocks Adblock

> I didn't realize Daily Telegraph is one of the whatdoyoucallthem... tabloids.

The Telegraph certainly is NOT one of those tabloids who show some topless model on page 3.

Instead we have several pages of tasteful pictures of the teenage daughters of some minor royal in their bikinis and a journalistically acclaimed 10page special on a new lingerie range - with pictures.

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Re: Adblock's next step?

>I have no interest in buyinhg any of the shit they try to sell me,

But if you don't buy something from every commercial break you are stealing television.

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Snowden bag-carrier Miranda's detention was lawful – UK appeal court

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There's a difference?

My client didn't kill the victim, however the insertion of bullets into the victims head was "incompatible with life"

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Group rattles tin in bid to snatch TfL licence from Uber's paw

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If we allow these mobile phones then London's iconic red phone boxes could disappear

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Re: world moves on

And the black cabs follow the guild model. Individual masters, barrier to entry, monopoly powers, opposition to change.

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Test burn on recycled SpaceX rocket shows almost all systems are go

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Although in practice the average life of an engine component was something like 1.3 launches.

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SpaceX: launch, check. Landing? Needs work

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Re: what stops it falling over, even if all legs work?

>Also, the barge is the size of a football pitch...

So that explains why, after a perfect landing, it clutched its knee and fell over - then rolled off the pitch.

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