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I was GOOGLE for a MINUTE, claims quick-witted dude

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Or spam from it and get Google.com blacklisted ;-)

http://mailinator.blogspot.ca/2011/05/how-to-get-gmailcom-banned-not-that-i.html

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CIOs: Tell us about your biggest disaster and how you survived it

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Re: CIO response in a nutshell.

Then I joined the government as digital-cyber-iCzar

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Is the world ready for a Raspberry Pi-powered Lego Babbage Engine?

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Re: Adder

You can make the not-quite-a-computer difference engine from lego

http://acarol.woz.org/

Or with rather more Victorian meccano

http://www.meccano.us/difference_engines/rde_1/

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Sorry but..

This is an example of everything that is wrong with Lego, computers today and the modern world (bah humbug)

A kit of the technical Lego with shafts and gears to make even a single 1/2 adder would be worth supporting but this is the equivalent of "today in IT lesson we are going to learn to draw a logo of what a web site about women in computers would be like"

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Mars water discovery is a liberal-muslim plot, cry moist conspiracy theorists

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Re: not rushing to judgement

That Rush is really a Democrat plot developed in a secret (gay, commie, organic) lab to make people think of right wing nutter whack jobs whenever they hear a Republican presidential candidate.

.... and the result was Trump

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Bezos' BAN-HAMMER batters Chromecast, Apple TV

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And strangely

amazon.com no longer works in chrome and safari

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Hash-tag CompSci: FBI grooms pre-weed teens

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Re: High school?

The FBI does everything the CIA does but on US soil. But don't worry, anything that might be illegal is approved by a secret court

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Give me a child to the age of 7

Need to get them before they start doing all this thinking/questioning authority stuff

Perhaps if we could get them to all wear matching uniforms and swear allegiance to the leader in school every day.

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Tear teardown down, roars Apple: iFixit app yanked from store

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Re: Bigger picture

>If you are creating enterprise apps you use an enterprise license.

For internal use but the rules on an enterprise license are pretty strict.

If I was IBM/SAP/Salesforce/SAS/etc I would be very nervous about developing anything for this new enterprise iPad

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Bigger picture

This is a real issue for anyone wanting to do enterprise apps for Apple.

I can spend serious person-years-$$ of development effort on a serious iPhone app if it can be rejected/pulled from the app store on a whim or for some anti-competition reason.

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Elon Musk unmasks Tesla's Model X – the $132k anti-bioweapon SUV for the 1%

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Re: Nice car

>What is the message here?

Same message that caused Porsche to grit their teeth and build the Cayenne

I want a Telsa, we have kids, make me a car, take my money

I can only afford 1 Tesla, it has to take the kids and I want something that doesn't look like a minivan

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Re: Nice car

Only the price of a top end Range Rover and a bargain compare to a Cayenne

And even for a non-car nut that is one cool looking car!

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Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

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Re: Re:The jeep isn't diesel

According to the NHTSA it is a van and so doesn't need to pass the impact tests of a passenger car

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Re: Implications

More likely - running the smaller engines in test mode allowed them to pass the tests without needing the urea system (adblue on mercs) they have on their bigger engines.

Not needing to fit the injection system saves money but drivers not needing to buy the fluid and refill the tank is a big selling point if you are trying to push diesels in the market (a former 2stroke 125cc owner)

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Re: Dieselgate

Although it does make you want to become a US politician just so you can commit some naughty act - but do it at the Watergate hotel so the journalists will have work to think up a name for it.

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Re: Doesn't pass the smell test

The jeep isn't diesel. The regs for diesel are crap, engine has to work with crappy diesel in some places as well as ultra low sulfur in others

The US car regs are full of loopholes, eg. a PT cruiser is a truck and so doesn't have to pass any emissions.

The emissions are based on % of nasty, not total amount. So your typical commuter pickup with a 4.8L V8 engine will pass emissions tests but a 700cc Smart car wouldn't (at least back when I lived there)

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Re: Is he blaming 'hookey' staff for all 1.2 Million?

The good old days of "adjusting points". My first summer job involved taking the site vehicles to the fitters to be "tuned" so that they would pass MOT and then taking them back to be re-tuned so they would actually start on a cold morning.

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Arabic-speaking cyberspies targeting BOFHs with crude but effective attacks

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Re: Really?

Or at least doing it in a slightly more nuanced level.

The wonderful default out-of-the-box Microsoft office365 system here won't let me share exe/zip/dll or even xml with other people in my development team - everything has to be renamed to ".not_an_exe"

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Who to blame ?

Extensive analysis by the Bletchley dept of chaps smoking pipes, has decoded that the common part of these messages is the use of ".exe". From the French "exécuter" which suggests that an immediately retaliatory strike on Johnny Frenchman is the only rational course of action

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Tesla X unfolds its Falcon wings, stumbles belatedly into the light

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Re: Battery capacities...

What's wrong with Joules ?

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Re: "Self-driving Teslas are not that far away"

The first 0.5% is negotiating a temporary unsurfaced steep winding road in an open cast mine in a 100ton haul truck, in the snow, in Northern Canada, in winter at night. I have built them and they work really well. Especially since they can do 80kmh in an area that would be restricted to 20kmh if we had squishies present.

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Re: Door mirrors...

You have no stereo vision at the range of a car behind you. The vision system can have distance measuring (Radar, lidar image processing) and can highlight cars in your blind spot

If you have the screen anyway then the cost of the camera is negligble and less than the lifetime cost of fuel used by the extra drag. Wing mirrors also get broken and aren't replaced until the next MOT (or never over here) they are probably less reliable than cameras.

Big advantage on no wing mirrors is reduced noise in the back,

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> Clarkson got blocked in driving a gullwing vehicle and was literally unable to get out of the car

Devices to prevent Clarkson leaving a car are now a requirement in most countries

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It's the white heat of the tech revolution, again!

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Re: The "white heat" speech

>Who'd have thought there was a time when politicians explained grown-up concepts with the assumption that their audience weren't morons

Further proof, if it were needed, that Harold Wilson was a KGB agent

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Re: I still can't work it out...

Companies all operate optimally for themselves but governments are supposed to optomise for everyone.

So the National Enterprise Board funded the development of the Transputer to try and develop a new type of CPU that would be useful and break the monopoly of a certain US chip maker.

Thatcher then closed down the NEB and sold the chip to a French company who operated optomally by closing it down. In the same way that the same US chip maker would do if it were allowed to buy ARM - another result of the socialist BBC interference in the IT industry.

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Has the UK Uber crackdown begun? TfL opens consultation on private car biz

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>than some untrained bloke totally reliant on gimcrack software and cheap IT hardware

Which is why using computers in the city of London should be restricted to members of the BCS

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Google and NASA hop into bed with quantum computing biz

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The first one - almost certainly not.

The new one - more than likely

For Nasa - it's worth it to learn how to test future quantum computers.

For Google - it's worth a punt spending 0.0001% of the tea money on something that might be able to do very big sums.

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Here are the God-mode holes that gave TrueCrypt audit the slip

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Re: WTH?

>So if this isn't a backdoor, what the heck is it defined as? Enlighten me.

A backdoor would be that the password "ImFromTheNSA" would decrypt truecrypt volumes, or that part of the algorithm is deliberately weakened so that encrypted drives can be cracked.

This is a (possible) way of injecting a virus into Truecrypt, if they wanted to key log you the weakness doesn't have to be in truecrypt it can be in anything in Windows - or they can just ask the nice people in Redmond for a general keylogger to be built into a windows update.

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Find shaving a chore? Why not BLAST your BEARD off with a RAYGUN

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Re: Companies making money of blades

So to preserve the business model they will need to use DRM to prevent you re-filling with cheap off-brand photons.

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Fiorina: I rushed out HP servers to power NSA snooping. Mwahahaha!

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Re: More military spending?

All government spending should be on the military - anything else means you are a communist.

Except for Agriculture subsidies, and subsidies to car makers, and oil companies, and bailing out banks - but anything else is definitely commie.

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Saudi Arabia: They liked Hacking Team so much they tried to buy the company

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The clue is "a British government institution" - they presumably thought that "hacking team" was a British manufacture of tweed jackets for a weekend's rough shooting

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Bletchley Park remembers 'forgotten genius' Gordon Welchman

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Re: Keeping 'Mum' was just SOP for those involved in WW2

Because keeping the holocaust secret is important to the national security of ..... ?

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Re: "The Hut Six Story" [BBC programme]

I'm guessing just page after page of blacked out lines

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Re: BBC programme

So why is it vital to keep Bletchley secret from the Germans in 1979?

1, We don't want the Russians to know that we can crack codes ?

2, We don't want our Allies to know we were spying on them on the same way?

3, Leaders who had "had a good war" want people to think that the victory was down to their genius not the fact that they had read the answers in the back of the book as it were

4, All of the above

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BOFH: I'm not doing this for the benefit of your health, you know

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Re: Thank god for the BOFH

>. Because just understanding how a bolt works is apparently not bleeding obvious

But you have to learn to see it from the bolt's point of view - that's "bolt awareness"

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Re: Laminated Glass here :(

I had to handle cryogenics (liquid Nitrogen etc) so was sent on a cold-something-something safety course. Great day out at the Scott-Polar institute listening to stories about being trapped in crevasses, how to put up a tent in a blizzard - nothing about liquid nitrogen but I got a certificate.

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US military personnel investigated for splashing $96,576 on strippers

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Re: Young stupid kids with a company issued credit card.

>They went for booze & hookers. Whodathunkit?

If all the US defence (yes damn you MSFT it is defence) budget was spent on booze and hookers the world would probably be a better place.

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SAUCY INCEST and brutal VIOLENCE boosts UK space sector

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So JK Rowling responsible for UK forestry industry

Tress->paper->books obvious really !

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KARMA POLICE: GCHQ spooks spied on every web user ever

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Re: Cost Efficiency

For example there has been a huge saving in the economic costs of IRA bombings on the mainland since GCHQ have been able to monitor who has been watching Father Ted and other "catholic based" websites

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NASA rover coders at Intel's Wind River biz axed – sources

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Re: Topical

The advantage of using vx-works on your airliner, nuclear powerstation or space mission is that you can talk to engineers who really understand it when your mars robot hangs because of a race condition. So the obvious thing to do is to continue charging them the same but to support Linux.

In the short term there are going to be an awful lot of vx-works engineers making many $k/day as consultants. A lot of the kit running vx-works is going to be mission critical for decades

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Re: Topical

So what do you do if you have a load of highly skilled OS engineers and your very rich customers with massive expensive support contracts are all demanding Linux.

1, Retrain, figuring somebody who has spent 20years understanding all the problems and pitfalls in one Posix based RTOS will pretty soon pick up another Posix based RTOS

2, Sack everyone hoping to pick up some cheap Linux programmers to rebrand an off the shelf Linux distro and hope your customers don't notice.

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Holy litigation, Batman! Custom Batmobile cars nixed by copyright

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But the important difference is that you are an adult with more intelligence than something which lives under a rock - they are Hollywood IP lawyers.

The same guys that thought it would be clever to rip off Stan Lee on the first Spiderman movie (by selling the DVD rights to themselves for $1) and then realised that they might like to make more Stan Lee character based movies.

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Homeland Security in CYBER POPE 'net chatter-check bulk up

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Re: They forgot one title...

And blackboard monitor

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UK.gov creates £500K fund to help universities teach cyber skills

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Exactly - we would be in much better shape if our universities concentrated on teaching students exactly what keys to press to make this year's model of a certain American router do the things required in the router maker's certification course.

Instead of wasting their time inventing anything new or educating students to invent anything new.

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Eight things people forget when buying infrastructure

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I just have two machines, one has wake on lan and a video camera to see the bios screen error messages on the other - and a robot arm to press the "any key" on the server that has decided to stop booting to ask me if I want to load default bios settings after a power glitch

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Alibaba experiences ‘I love China’ company rep breakdown … 22 times

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Their main business is B2B

All that cheap stuff you can now buy in the UK is being sourced from Alibaba by UK distributors.

That's the real win, you no longer need years of relationship building, introductions, visits etc to become an importer/manufacturer with sources in China.

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Techie finds 1.5 MEELLION US medical records exposed on Amazon's AWS

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No problem

Blame N Korea for the breach and arrest the guy that found it for super-secret-cyber-terrorism

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