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Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

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Sadly, the under 40s

will think we're making it all up.

*If* you were lucky, you could get a phone in less than 2 months. And as for a *second* phone ....

One of my first paying jobs in electronics was (illegally) fitting extensions for neighbours - because in those days only GPO engineers could do that (phones were hardwired - no plugs and sockets) AND you only rented the handset.

Anyone remember party lines ?

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Library ebooks must SELF-DESTRUCT if scribes want dosh - review

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Once again ...

a suspicion that those in power *really* don't "get it". It would be funny, if it didn't result in ludicrous laws, and the appalling waste of money sunk into IT schemes that could have easily delivered with a managed FOSS solution.

And to the commentard who suggested that new eBooks are the *same* price as the dead tree version ... I have seen many eBooks that are *more* expensive than the paper version.

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Orange is the new TalkTalk of the broadband complaints league

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Re: Is there a GOOD broadband provider?

Bad form to reply to oneself, but just to add about routers ....

VM supply a crippled rebadged router, which would be flattered with the epithet "pants". However (although I had to await a firmware upgrade for this) it can be put into "modem only" mode, which allows you to use your own preferred router.

Make sure you do use the VM supplied kit though - it's DOCSIS 3.0

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Re: Is there a GOOD broadband provider?

I know it's less than fashionable, but for me, VM are tops. On their basic package, can download an hours HDTV prog in about 4 minutes, and never had an outage.

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MI5 undercover spies: People are falsely claiming to be us

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I've fallen victim to this scam

The caller identifies themselves, and then tells about a system called "government" which you have to pay into, and you can get the most fabulous prizes. They then threaten that if you don't pay them, they'll lock you up.

Despite me sending off over £15,000 last year, I haven't seen a bean.

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Watchdog warns UK.gov not to create 'them and us' digital divide

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Is there not a precedent ?

Going back to my childhood, it was not uncommon to know some people who just did not have a phone. And this was London, not some backwater.

Clearly, at some point, it was decided that the telephone would be the primary point of contact with the state.

I appreciate it's a little more complex to use the web, but that's where we are heading.

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Torygraph and Currant Bun stand by to repel freeloaders

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Explains recent YouGov surveys

I had at least 3 in the past few months - I could almost sense the hysteria when I happily told them I didn't buy *any* newspaper, or subscribe to (i.e. pay for) *any* site.

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GCHQ attempts to downplay amazing plaintext password blunder

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Re: was it yesterday?

Yup.

And I was the one who said that if you believe that you need to step away from the internet.

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Angry commentard mobs to feel Facebook jackboot in site tweak

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Or, to use a newspaper expression:

"Below the fold". Because no one reads that. Oldest trick in the book. Beloved of politicians, as it can be done with absolutely (a) no money, and more importantly (b) no trail linking you to any media outlet.

Ever wonder why with the state of the country, newpapers have stories about X-Factor fallouts on the front page ?

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Experts doubt Anonymous Mossad spy outing claims are kosher

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Why are security services exempt from incompetence ?

I love the reasoning that this data can't possibly be real because "no one would be that incompetent".

I would submit that anyone whose posted that needs to step away from the internet now.

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Software glitch WIPES OUT listings of 10,000 eBay sellers

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Re: Effectively another "cloud" failure.

Actually, that was a lie. Sort of. What I *could* have said, is that our DR plan has a risk of the office being unavailable and a compensating control of some rented war rooms to be available within 2 hours for key staff, and systems being switched to 3rd party providers. So airliner hitting building, gas leak, flooding, fire. They are all things that could make the office physically inaccessible.

And yes, it does get tested. The compliance guys have a secret pow wow with facilities, and when a fire drill is planned, key employees are stopped from going back into the building, and the DR plan is tested, so they have to make their way to the backup site. Quite a faff, but not quite as much as discovering your plan is flawed. Like one company that had a 300 page DR manual that was supposed to be issued to staff in the event of a disaster. Come the disaster, a murder in the estate their office was in, they discovered the only copies were kept in the office the police had sealed off and no one was allowed in.

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Re: Effectively another "cloud" failure.

Big boy businesses have backup generators, and disaster recovery plans.

Part of being a "businessman" is that you actually know a bit about "business". Axiomatic really. This is why there are so many failed "businesses" in the world. I know it's fashionable to knock people who get high salaries, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater - some of them are worth every penny.

I have known a few directors of "tech companies" who couldn't program a microwave, yet were very canny at managing sales, staff, and resources. They could spot flaws in plans and account for things that you just couldn't imagine.

ISTR aircraft crash investigators don't have any concept of "accident". The same should go for businesses.

Let's put it this way: our disaster recovery plan has an airliner hitting the office as a risk.

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Effectively another "cloud" failure.

Anyone you *relies* on eBay to make money (as opposed to the odd hobbiest) really should factor "eBay goes titsup in someway" into their business plans.

Men, boys, etc.

Is there a *shrug* icon ?

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Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

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Feynman

bongos and strip clubs ???

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Re: God I'm getting sick of Fry

In a survey 8% of people wanted Fry to be Chancellor and 3% wanted Cox, no idea why as neither have anything to do with economics.

And Osbornes qualifications are ?

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Stop excluding vulnerable Brits from digital agenda - MPs

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My beef with digital government

is that I don't want to see private business (especially non UK ones) being used to implement it.

I don't want government agencies to have Facebook pages, or Twitter feeds they expect you to use. Quite aside from the ethical question of why you must sign up with a third party to use a government service, would be the observation that if FaceTwitter were to go offline for any period of time, you've effectively cut yourself off from the world.

I've noticed a few companies have started now ... the *only* way you can contact them is "via our Facebook page".

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Twitter patents sending messages, promises not to sue everyone

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Re: I'm gonna start up my own social network

Hasn't Louise Mensch beaten you to it ?

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Re: Prior art

worryingly there are lots of so called "techies" who have never heard of usenet. Take Virgin Media, for example. When I had problems posting on usenet a few weeks ago, I logged a support call. The first reply from the "engineer" asked if I had "contacted usenet to see if they had any problems".

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ICO clamps down on nuisance calls, slaps £90k fine on Glasgow firm

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Identifying callers

it is quite easy to find out whos calling - pretend you want their "service" and get something in writing from them.

Although I would agree ... who's got the time ?

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Google Drive goes titsup for MILLIONS of users

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Re: Death to the cloud

Downvoted because that's not the point. If YOUR servers go down, then it's in your power to get things fixed. You can apply what resources (or not) you see fit.

If cloud servers go down, then you have absolutely no control over the fix, or how long it takes.

It's a little like owning a car, or choosing to cloudsource your transport needs to the bus/train. If your car breaks down you can arrange to get it fixed and possibly a replacement. Probably something you have mae allowances for, so your downtime is predictable.

If you get to the bus stop to discover all buses are off (strike/faulty fuel/whatever) then how long till you get where you're going ?

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Windows Phone 8 support to end in 2014

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Re: So what will happen to...

Ah, but UI != underlying OS ....

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Beijing IT biz taunts Microsoft: Show us your licence for Office 365

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Re: Location, location, location...

but they did confirm (and why it was treated as "news" was a mystery, it should have been bleeding obvious) that as a US company, irrespective of *where* their servers were, they were subject to the PATRIOT act, and therefore exposed to (a) a request for data from uncle Sam, or (b) being shutdown without warning.

Any company that uses any US connected cloud service is at the same risk.

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First Samsung Galaxy S4 review leak: Stop FONDLING, start FINGERING

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Re: Treble fail

Grammer = Grammar

Need a spelling option.

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We shall CRUSH you, puny ROBOT... with CHESS

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What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow ...

that should fox them.

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Fake fingers fool Brazilian biometrics

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Yawn ...

Cheap security gets fooled - nothing to see, move on.

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Stats-crunchers toss ebooks into Blighty's 2013 inflation basket

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What would be more useful as a measure

would be the *differential* between eBooks and real books ....

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Just to start a shitstorm

What *is* sci-fi ? As opposed to "set in the future" ? It's all very well for Mr. Smith to say that "Terminator" was dismissed as being "an action film" but it wasn't a dire sci-fi film (IMHO).

How come no mention of Avatar ?

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Era of the Pharaohs: Climate was HOTTER THAN NOW, without CO2

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A little clicky linky

here

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Leaked: The 'secret OAuth app keys' to Twitter's VIP lounge

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Security on the cheap ?

Giving "keys" to "trusted partners" sounds very much like delegating your security.

To be really secure, you'd need to vet each app on a case-by-case basis, and assign it a unique hash, so no one else could impersonate it.

Only that would cost you *real* money. Which your users just won't pay.

So we get what we deserve.

Hopefully HMG are learning from this, and deciding not to have "trusted partners" ....

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Chaos Theory causes password entry pandemonium

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Re: Lastpass for me

Exported to a backup file put on memory stick.

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BAN SMUT, rage MEPs: Purpose of internet must be EXTERMINATED

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WTF?

Er, *who* exactly, in the EU ?

The French ?

Germans ?

Italians ?

Dutch ?

Swedish ?

Danish ?

any of which would make the average UK sexshop look like a convent.

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Bacon sarnies can kill: Official

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Enjoying the way people have picked up on the "live healthy" fallacy

EVERYONE has to die of SOMETHING ! A fact some people just don't get. Including doctors.

It's a shame that stories like this don't prompt a wider debate on the desirability of living longer. Or indeed some far-sighted research into a theoretical maximum human lifespan, taking into account the reduced resources available for new lives being ever-consumed by the ageing population.

Somehow I suspect living forever and evolution are mutually exclusive.

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Just remember the old joke:

Doctor: I'm afraid you've only got 3 months to live

Patient: My god, is there anything I can do ?

Doctor: Yes. Give up drinking. Sex. Red meat. Cigarettes. Sex. Television, Chocolate and Crisps.

Patient: Will I live longer ?

Doctor: No, but it'll feel like it.

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DWP denies major IT problems with One Dole To Rule Them All system

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Government IT ????

Does anyone remember the IR/HMRC/Fujitsu fiasco ? As I recall when the tender came up no-one would bid for it, citing (quite correctly) that it was pretty much a done deal, since the incumbent would always have the advantage of not needing to port data. (Boy those proprietary data formats are so well suited to public infrastructure). So they weren't about to spunk millions on a wasted bid.

Then the EU barked about HMG needing to prove it had considered alternative tenders. So HMG had to use OUR MONEY to give to IBM, and Capita (IIRC) so they could deliver a bid which could then be ignored.

It's hard not to think FAIL about government IT.

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BRITAIN MUST DECLARE WAR on Cervinaean menace

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@AC 13:40

now it's my machine that looks pebbledashed ;)

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RBS and NatWest FAIL downs services across UK

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Not the best thing for RBS ...

another inducement for the customers with money (you know, they ones they need) to switch, leaving behind the customers they don't need ...

For anyone changing, I'd suggest Nationwide. It's not a bank, and in 3 years (since Halifax ****ed us off) they've got nothing wrong.

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Carrie Fisher dusts off THAT bikini for Star Wars VII

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Great SOH ...

having seen Ms Fisher in the "Bring back Star Wars" "documentary", I couldn't help but be struck by a wicked sense of humor ...

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O2 flogs new GPS mobile-based telecare to sick and elderly

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Did you not read the first paragraph of the article?

Yes. It seems somewhat truncated ....

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Canonical announces Mir display server to replace X Windows

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Huh ?

The one part of Linux I have no problem with is X ... and it works perfectly over a network with little resources.

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Prepare for 'post-crypto world', warns godfather of encryption

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I mentioned before

it's just pointless willy waving to base your faith in code on the fact you compiled it yourself unless you also wrote the compiler.

AND reviewed the CPU architecture you compiled it on, and you intend to run it on.

Seriously, how many people have gone through every possible opcode on a pentium, and checked it does what it says it does.

Including the undocumented ones.

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Megaupload extradition bid - Feds WON'T have to hand in their evidence

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Not sure about NZ ...

They seem to be a plucky little country - not afraid to bitchslap the US when needs be. Also they have a thriving home distilling market, and have just proposed a very sensible redrafting of drugs laws.

Is there much room there ;)

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Squillionaire space tourist offers oldsters a holiday to Mars

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Is it just me, or is this a little bit of a wasted opportunity ?

Whilst I admire the ambition, is this project actually the best way to advance space exploration ?

Why not concentrate closer to home first ? I'm thinking more about lunar exploitation - which might then make a Mars mission a bit easier .

That said, thumbs up for giving us a little bit of inspiration. Seems crazy we last went to the moon over 40 years ago, Concorde is history, and wages are falling ....

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Apple, Facebook, Google: Same-sex marriage 'a business imperative'

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Re: Consumation

wasn't failure to address the definition of consumation one of the reasons why they also had to remove adultery as grounds for divorce ?

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German boffins turn ALCOHOL into hydrogen at low temp

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Re: The attraction is Methanol is *easy* to handle.

@Vladimir Plouzhnikov:

I think you'll find that's a self-limiting problem ...

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Brit firm PinPlus flogs another password 'n' PIN killer

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Re: Yes...

@AC 13:15 - One thing you can do to help yourself is to obliterate the CVV number as soon as you get a new card (after memorising it first ;) ). And watch out for any cashier who notices it's not there.

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At least 15 years ago

there was a story (Tomorrows World) about a system using faces. The touchscreen shows a grid of (say) 9 faces. Your "PIN" is 4 of them. Of course each selection of 9 is different each time - including placement.

Given the low cost of screens nowadays, this is much more viable. To make it easier, maybe customers could supply their own pics ?

However as long as banks can palm losses off on customers, there's little incentive to change.

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BBC's new bosses - the lawyers - strike out Savile probe testimony

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Re: 1970's tech, too

better than the hi-tech CIA method of using black text on a black background in Adobe ....

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Council IT bod in the dock for flogging scrap work PC parts

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Wee legal note

(IANAL).

English & Welsh (I have been told off for saying "UK" thanks to the Scots) law has repeatedly held that *unauthorised* removal of items from a bin is theft.

You know that old saying about "possession being 9 points of the law" ? It really means that laws surrounding property are very well established. The bottom line in England and Wales is that *everything* belongs to *someone*.

You put rubbish in your bin - it's yours until the authorised collection happens. And case law has held that if it's a municipal bin, the authorised collector is the local council. Not the Wombles.

There are quite a few people with criminal records that didn't grasp this crucial fact.

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The people grumbling the council didn't make £10,000

are they the same that bay for blood when councils lose personal data ?

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What's NFC? PayPal lobs Chip and PIN readers at UK small biz

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"European" C&P

Was intrigued, a couple of years ago in Spain, to note they have C&P *and* signature. As the cashier told me "Even if the C&P were OK, if the signatures don't match - the bank don't pay."

I wonder if this reduces fraud ?

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