* Posts by JimmyPage

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Adblock Plus chalk talk takes stock: Facebook's gonna block our block of their block of our block? Let's rock

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Facebook may stop being a site ...

And only be available via their app. Their app. Their rules ...

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English Uber alles in London taxis? No way, TfL – taxi app titan

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anyway, all this is moot

Driverless/autonomous cars will - eventually - make most private motoring obsolete, and travelling by car a JohnnyCab experience.

Hence HS2 and any other big travel infrastructure plans being a little bit moot too.

Given how we seem to have slipped back in some respects (look at what the late Victorians had, compared to us) I predict that in 100 years time, the concept of private car ownership will seem as quaint as we find horse and carriage today - and as restricted to the elite as owning a horse and carriage was too.

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How about a taxi Universal Service Obligation ?

because otherwise I can see black cabs disappearing and all there will be is Uber good luck with accessibility as drivers refuse to take wheelchairs and guide dogs ....

Yes there are laws against discrimination, which - in the grand scheme of things - are useless.

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Ad-blocking ‘plateaus’, claims hopeful ad industry

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Re: Some Daily Mail content wont work,

So no real downside then ?

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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

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Assistive technology ... again

In these forums I have already cast the runes ... the next few years of tech development is all going to converge on being able to allow older homo sapiens to continue to use the shiny they find invaluable.

From self driving cars, Siri, and VR headsets ....

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Christians Against Poverty pleads for forgiveness over data breach

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just to answer myself ,,,

it's almost axiomatic that an organisation that suffers a data breach will also be an organisation for whom encryption at rest is something "other people do".

Also, just for clarity: A password protected Excel spreadsheet is not - and will never be "encrypted".

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It's unclear whether the exposed data was encrypted or not

I think it's *very* clear. Like the data, in fact.

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Tim Cook's answer to crashing iPhone sales: More iPhones

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Re: Going out on a limb here ...

Oh, and to backup my own theory, Siri is part of that assistive technology package.

Yes we may all have a jolly good laugh now. But in 10 years time, I guarantee a lot more (older) people will be finding it invaluable.

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Going out on a limb here ...

I called an end to PC sales back in 2012. So far I have been right.

I am now calling an end to smartphone sales.

Of course they will be made - and sold. But it should be blindingly obvious to anyone (who isn't trying to flog their consultancy - looking at you Gartner) that

1) everyone who wants one has one

2) any sales from this point on are

2.1) - replacements

2.2) - first handsets for newer users.

Beyond that, any *growth* will come - and only come - when the next Smartphone offers something the current crop don't.

Now that will happen - I remain convinced that the next area for innovation and development will be assistive technologies. Not because manufacturers have suddenly felt sorry for the less-able (who are still scum as far as the market goes), but because the early fanbois of the 2000s will be approaching 70 very soon, and the market can't risk them giving up the shiny because of fading eyesight, hearing, and co-ordination.

When that happens, we'll have the sales upsurge.

Here's another prediction. Any iPhone 7 will only show development in areas which can be built upon by adaptive technology.

If I am ever called on to back up my assertion about the lack of interest in the less-able, just google "Talkback bluetooth" and see the lack of coherent hits for what *should* be the blind/partially sighted persons saviour.

Unsure of what icon to use, but I'm now pretty pissed off.

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Blighty's 24-hr Universal Credit outage caused by upgrade glitch

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so ....

were both recipients affected ?

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£1m military drone crashed in Wales after crew disabled anti-crash systems – report

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The shape of things to come ...

Many years ago, I recall reading that one of the problems with automation was the insistence of "experts" that they "could do a better job". I'm pretty certain that this resulted in at least one system with a "manual override" that did nothing apart from power a light which said "manual override".

The recent Tesla crash, and future shape of driverless cars are in the mix here.

And a more recent - but very real - phenomenon is the rise of the "I know best in the face of OVERWHELMING evidence to the contrary". (In a recent interview, the comedian Nish Kumar was accused of saying something in a show at the Comedy Store. Apparently the Comedy Store records all performers, and Nish was able to *prove* he did not say what he was accused of. To which the guy complaining said "I know what I know" - i.e. fuck facts).

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$67M in bitcoin stolen as hacking typhoon lashes Hong Kong's Bitfinex

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Confused ... a little.

Surely the only way to "steal" BitCoins is to insert a record in the blockchain which effectively transfers from an account which *has* BTC into another account ?

So is the case here, that the exchange was holding the necessary crypto keys which were accessed by the hackers ?

Is there not a mechanism to reverse the transactions ? Is it not possible to lock the receiving accounts.

Was any of this thought about when BTC was devised ?

Are other virtual currencies at risk ?

The more I read about BTC, the more I am convinced it really was one guy alone. There's too many holes for a committee to have come up with it.

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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and the tea was

Earl Grey, wasn't it ?

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Russian spy aircraft are flying over Britain – and the MoD's cool with it

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Vaguely reminds me of the US-USSR space deal

whereby civilian astronauts were protected from charges of spying if they came down in "enemy|" territory.

Stories like this always give me hope ...

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O2 customer DATA GRAB: Not-a-hack creds for sale on dark web

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LastPass*

Job done.

*Other password managers are available.

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Ofcom: Legal separation will force Openreach to eat more fibre

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Oh, FFS

20 - yes TWENTY - years ago a friend bought a house so new, the pavement hadn't been laid, and the road was rubble.

having had fibre (Videotron) for 3 years at that point, I naturally assumed the cable company would be around before the road was finished, spend a couple of hours dropping a conduit in, and save a fortune on civils. He said it was the first thing he thought of, but they weren't interested.

As of today, still no fibre.

Location ? Greater London.

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Washed out summer? Fear ye not: DVDs for DevOps droogs

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Soul of a new machine

would be ripe for this sort of treatment ...

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Florida Man cleared of money laundering after selling Bitcoins to Agent Ponzi

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what crime(s) is the jeweller committing?

in English/Welsh law the answer would be centred around "reasonable belief" - or more precisely the prosecutions success in convincing the jury the jeweller should have had "reasonable belief" that the transaction was in furtherance of a crime.

Generally, I am not a fan of laws which make me my brothers keeper.

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Glassdoor spaffs users' email addresses in bcc fail

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Q:Why aren't they using proper mailshot software if they do regular newsletters?

A:££££££££ (or rather lack of willingness to spend).

On the plus side, there's clearly an opening at Glassdoor.com for someone with a clue.

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Guess who gets hit hard by IR35 tax clampdown? Yep, IT contractors

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Of course another approach

is to simplify the tax system and remove the distinction between NI and tax.

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40 years ago today the US govt sent a taxpayer-funded robot to invade an alien hostile world

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Alternative 3 (and Capricorn One)

What I remember was a brilliantly executed UK TV programme called "Alternative 3". Billed as a "documentary" it followed a story about scientists involved in the Mars mission going missing and ended with a "classified" film clip that showed something scuttling under the Martian surface when Viking landed.

I was 11 at the time, so thought it was real ....

And the fact and fiction loosely danced in "CapricornOne"

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HMRC research finds 'resistance' to proposals to shift contractor tax compliance burden

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IR35 - As I recall ..

was introduced to prevent exactly what was happening when I worked for a GEC company in 1998-2000.

Employee would resign on Friday, and then turn up on Monday doing exactly the same job, but as a "contractor". With an appropriate bump in salary as they then paid themselves in dividends.

It was discussed in great detail on this very site - I recall quite a few people threatening to fuck off to the US if it came to pass. I guess we really missed their like.

From what I recall the IR35 tests were quite sensible at separating employees from genuine contractors supplied by a genuine company. The key one being "substitutability" (?). If your contract with the company allows you to send "a resource" then they are probably genuine. If, for any reason the contract is for a particular person, then it's probably bogus.

Or to put it another way the last 3 building jobs I have had done were done by a bunch of lads who I had no say over - I sorted it with the gaffer, and he chose the resources.

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Re: Yes Minister

Does anyone remember the episode of Yes Minister where the hapless Hacker (:)) had to take delivery of a petition as minister, which he had organised when in opposition. Of course in power, he had no intention of honouring it ...

Bernard: What shall I do with it minister, file it, or arrange secure disposal

Hacker: Just get rid of it, I never want to see it again !

Bernard: In that case I'll file it minister.

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GMB tests Uber 'self-employed drivers' claim at London tribunal

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Missing the point

It has nothing to do with minimum wage, and everything to do with the relationship between Uber and it's drivers.

If an Uber driver can also work for Lyft, et al then great. The driver really is self-employed.

However, I suspect that somehow Uber will prevent Uber drivers from doing this - making the driver an employee and therefore protected (for now) by employment legislation.

Calling employees "self-employed" is a well-known (especially to HMRC) trick to allow companies to shirk their responsibilities. It's also defrauding the revenue .....

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Governments Googling Google about you more than ever says Google

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Of course what is a "criminal"

except what a government says it is.

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Come on El Reg !

Meaningless figures, unless presented per capita :

Nation per 100,000 population

UK 10.2027338350

USA 7.5666886751

Australia 9.6913142322

India 0.4915938691

Canada 0.2793490238

I suggest a very good way to try to curb the UKs slurpophilia, is to change the headline:

UK MOST RISKY COUNTRY IN WORLD NEW STATISTICS SHOW.

Alternatively, I would suggest that volume of slurping has nothing to do with security and law and order. The US figures seem bear me out.

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ASUS first Asian PC maker to warn of price hikes... in 2.5 months

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The Brexiteers were

morons.

Fixed that for you.

I imagine no one is going to read this, what with the news of the rest of Europe (forget the rest of the world for now) all fighting with each other to offer us deals.

What's that you say ? They're not ? How odd, Nige and Boris assured us they would.

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Security gurus get behind wheel of driverless car debate

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Given the Nice tragedy ...

I hope security of autonomous vehicles is paramount.

They stopped that by killing the driver. How would you stop a hacked truck.

RIP to all - but it's never too soon.

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One in five consumers upgraded to Win10 for free instead of buying a PC

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WTF?

Once again. We have passed peak PC.

Am I alone in despairing at these "recovery is around the corner" type studies ?

The PC as a piece of hardware in peoples homes is - for the large part - obsolete and irrelevant. People can get what they need from a combination of (smart)phone, tablet, (smart)TV and connected devices (e.g PS4). That's it.

They don't want to code. Run servers. Run specialist apps (music making, phot and film making).

Granny finally decides it's time to see what the Facebook Fuss is about ? There's a Kindle Fire.

I really hope nobody is paying for these studies. They may want a refund.

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It's not our fault we don't hire black people, says Facebook

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Re: Not sure

Reminds me of the scene from Veep where the hapless President arranges a public "diversity debate" and the 5 attendees are all white middle aged men ....

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Microsoft wins landmark Irish data slurp warrant case against the US

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Probably not fashionable

but well done MS - even if it was only to preserve your bottom line

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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Re: VPNs

and are trivial to create a criminal offence for using an "unregistered" one.

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Brit Science Minister to probe Brexit bias against UK-based scientists

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Re: Let's have a look at how he's qualified

No, let's not. I don't know enough swear words.

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Boo fucking hoo

So Britain makes itself even *more* of an international laughing stock by whinging that British scientists are being treated differently to EU scientists ?

Is that the gist of this ?

But if only someone, somewhere had warned of the consequences of leaving the EU.

What's that ? They did ?

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Student Loans Company burns £50 million in IT project superfail

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Oh FFS !

Currently I work for a company that handles 10 million + accounts without incident. Previously I worked for a company that handled 5 million accounts - again without incident.

No one gave us £50 million.

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Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

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Precoolers

are these similar to what Concorde needed to slow the incoming air down (and explains the unique shape of the intake) ?

Something NASA admitted put the Apollo program into the shade ....

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The Reg Coding competition – 10 times as hard as the last one!

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Language ...

My first thought was T-SQL ...

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Next month's Firefox 48 is looking Rusty – and that's a very good thing

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So, Rust is now "a thing"

I noticed a job spec last week which called for RUST skills (in the UK).

Now I know ....

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Trial to store benefits claimants' personal data on blockchain slammed

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Re: Why would the DWP need to use a blockchain?

you know what I said about not everyone getting it ?

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Re: Why would the DWP need to use a blockchain?

If you need to ask that question you don't understand blockchain.

(Don't worry, few do).

blockchain is not just distributed database. Well, it can be, but even emerging platforms such as Ethereum aren['t.

Blockchain is a state machine, capable of processing transactions - data *and* instructions autonomously.

When you realise that, you realise why the lawyers and governments are sniffing around. A properly created blockchain SmartContract is effectively a program which can transfer, unlock and lock "money".

In the example in the article, you could send a claimant their benefits as a SmartContract which can *only* be honoured by a certain retailer, in exchange for certain goods.

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Misdirection

Any competently instantiated blockchain should be cryptographically secure. Personal details on the blockchain wouldn't worry me.

Far more sinister is the emergence of a parallel currency - BenefitCoin - and an infrastructure like blockchain which enforces Smart Contracts.

Could this be the final destination for Project Tory. A real two-tier society ?

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Windows Phone users beg Pokémon Go creators for attention

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As an advert for *not* buying a Windows Phone

this story really can't be beaten.

I gave up with Windows Phone (still the best mobile OS I have used :( ) last year after being fed up of not being able to get the apps which nowadays are part of engaging with the modern world.

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Drowning Dalek commands Siri in voice-rec hack attack

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Hang on a second

Not doubting the article, but it has just triggered a vague memory of some sort of scare ?? marketing ploy ?? to do with kids toys.

1980s ???

Wasn't there a kids toy robot thingy which "reacted" to audio codes in the (cunningly linked) TV cartoon ?

Or have I just given some startup an idea ?

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Ahhh. Well my phone does not have "Automatic Woyce Weckognition".

Welease Woderick

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Worried the beeps might give it away ..

There are so many apps which insist on beeping, buzzing and generally shouting HERE I AM that if you had your sound on, you'd never spot the signal.

Once again, signal-to-noise ratio, guys.

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FBI arrests satellite engineer on charges of espionage

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Black Helicopters

All of a sudden ...

"The Americans" doesn't seem fiction anymore ....

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Rolls-Royce reckons robot cargo ships are the future of the seas

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Is it worth it ?

Surely labour costs are close to negligible when it comes to marine freight ?

The propose M6 driverless lorry trial makes far more economic sense.

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Teen faces trial for telling suicidal boyfriend to kill himself via text

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Fire in a crowded theater ?

Only read the first page, but I thought the US courts had long delineated the 1st amendment as not being a license to shout "FIRE !!!" in a crowded theater - the point being that the ensuing - possibly fatal - stampede was a foreseeable result, and the responsibility of the shouter. Free speech or not.

In other words, nothing to see. Move on. There shouldn't be any new law here.

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Ad agency swipes 'unnamed bloggers' for calling out its cynically fake 'save a refugee' app

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A new "thing" ? Or was it always thus ?

Maybe I'm getting [too] old, but it seems to me the current hipster response when called out on your POC product/app is to whinge that people aren't seeing "the bigger picture" and to imply (or sometimes explicitly state) that it's all other peoples fault for "not getting it".

Then again, I have vague memories that he kaftan-joss-stick scamsters in the 60s would blame the market failure of their schemes on "bread heads, man". So maybe it's nothing new ?

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Sysadmins: Use these scripts to fully check out of your conference calls

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Only 40 years late ...

The greatly missed Dr. Christopher Evans mentioned a conference host chat app in the 70s that would carry on when people left, and which did a pretty good job of seeming intelligent ....

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