* Posts by billse10

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Zombie SCO shuffles back into court seeking IBM Linux cash

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Alien

Re: RE: It's April 1st somewhere.

what's the sun done to deserve that? Send it back to it's masters ....

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Zombietown, USA

Mayor: Darl

Sanitation Technician (sh*t shovelling division): Boies et al

Map!

on the plus side, hello again Groklaw!

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Pi(e) Day of the Century is upon us! Time to celebrate 3/14/15 in style, surely?

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Re: Load of bollocks

not to mention the dozens of strange people who were hours late yesterday anyway ......

Hello from Greenwich :-)

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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"make the telcos financially responsible for sustained detectable abuse of their systems"

(for example, for 'detectable sustained' cases, make them pay to the end subscriber the actual cost paid by the caller, giving the caller's full real/legal name and verified physical address - so they have to identify the caller, have to identify the subscriber, tell end customers the cheaper call rates others are getting, and do all of that at their own cost)

Add to that, make the call centre's customers directly liable for the target's time - at the highest hourly rate anyone can think of (say, the rate a QC MP charges a government department), and just in case they get a bit iffy about not paying, before you can use any bulk calling service you have to put a massive amount in escrow - take that hourly rate, multiply it by number of calls to be made in a month, that sort of thing :-)

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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surely ....

it has to be Ascension?

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: They're not TVs anymore.

"Judging by the comments often made on Reg articles, we suspect It'd have a winner on its hands if it did the same again now."

h4rm0ny, I'm guessing we might be among the first customers there ...

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Free WiFi coming to UK trains ... in two years

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Re: train wifi - good news maybe later

also don't forget you buy the same AP for £75 or £1475, depending on whether you want EN50155 compliance for railway usage .. or switches that change from being worth £10 to £700.

etc

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First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

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Re: Tax the Taxman?

and we'll need a second "B" Ark ......

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Re: And of course

where are you buying that clay?

Nanotech research has funding from all sorts of places :-)

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Fight back against illegal GCHQ spying with PAPERWORK!

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Re: Yawn

"It's a pity that I only have one downvote to give you"

I'd lend you mine, but I've just used it, sorry. :-)

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Boffins grasp Big Knob, get ready to go ALL THE WAY at the LHC proton-punisher

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Coat

"turn the Big Knob right up"

does it go to 11?

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Think you’re hard? Check out the frozen Panasonic CF-54 Toughbook

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Re: "Serial connector for the Nordic countries"...

at least one large UK organisation has 9 pin serial port(s) on its requirements, and USB-serial converters are not used for the simple reason they typically dont meet the other parts of the requirement (fluid proofing, load, etc). Different industry - nothing to do with finance.

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'Tech' City hasn't got proper broadband and it's like BT doesn't CARE

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Re: Tech City Feasibility

Oversimplification warning, but:

a quick quote on 200Mbit/s on a 1GBit/s bearer - single, haven't asked it about redundant - to the afore-mentioned Spread Eagle, comes back at £4.5k install and £2k/month. So assuming one is setting up a "tech hub" with at least 10 tenants, that comes out at less than £250/month. Allowing for failures/delinquencies say £275/month. If that's too much, 100Mbit/s Internet on 100Mbit/s bearer (TalkTalk), same end point, works out at £77 a month; again, a bit of rounding, call it £100/month. Or put in both, charge the tenants £300/month. Yes, I know i havent put in anything for tech support: these are supposed to be tech companies.

That's retail pricing. And you don't do this sort of thing for just 10 tenants, all paying the same (and if instead you'd prefer to offer 1GBit/s to a nearby data centre, that backhaul cost looks like less than £70/tenant per month).

So, as has been said, where is the landlord in all this?

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billse10

"MP. Parliament. Fiscal responsibility.

Spot the odd one out :-/"

I read this shortly after reading the story about Margaret Hodge complaining about tax avoidance schemes. ;-)

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Re: Business class...

"Hence professional video work - which implies the company was seduced by the idea of being based at the TechHub rather than taking a hard-nosed business decision and overlooked the comm's problems; or perhaps they were young and hip and thought they would save money on not having to use a courier to carry a tape across London."

Does sound like they made a decision, aren't too happy with how it panned out, and now some MP is trying to get free publicity off the back of it (rather than actually doing anything).

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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

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Re: RE: That's the weird one though isn't it

" (free I believe?) windows" - say that again? Free, as in free, for commercial use? And supported?

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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my "favourite" is when you have sound down really low just so you can hear alerts/alarms etc., but then an advert decides you really want to hear it because it is sooo important ....

There needs to be a new feature in HTML5 - as well as a href="..." perhaps a nukeadvertiser="..."

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Dark Fibre: Reg man plunges into London's sewers to see how pipe is laid

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Re: IP67

"If the plonkers in charge Cameron & May get their way, "

oh, it's not just them. Look at their immediate predecessors, who had a view of civil liberties that gave us all the right to be arrested for taking a photograph of a police officer, and so on ...

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NSA: We're in YOUR BOTNET

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Re: TrustNo1

at least they aren't blaming poor Eve ....

http://xkcd.com/177/

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This $10 phone charger will wirelessly keylog your boss

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Thumb Up

Re: There is no sensible way to encrypt those on a budget

"Welcome to the internet of things... what could possibly go wrong?"

P. Lee

sorry, just wanted to repeat that :-)

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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Re: @ Ivan 4

half-remembered this, and found the quote I wanted:

Sir Humphrey: "Taxation isn't about what you need."

Jim Hacker: "Oh, what is it about?"

Sir Humphrey: "Prime Minister, the Treasury doesn't work out what they need to spend and then think how to raise the money."

Jim Hacker: "What does it do?"

Sir Humphrey: "They pitch for as much as they think they can get away with and then think what to spend it on."

Yes Prime Minister, broadcast Jan 86: heading for thirty years on, that show still sums up a lot of what is very wrong with the UK government's view of how to serve the public

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SpaceX in ROCKET HOVERSHIP PRANG: 'Close – but no cigar,' says Musk

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Pint

Re: Easy does it

"One foot in front of the other... keep breathing." - have you been talking to my running coach? ;-)

But - was thinking same thing. To get the thing to land at the barge, without sinking it, is a step, and not a small one.

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Re: Stop making our religion look bad!

(needs the appropriate accent)

God

[whack]

is

[whack]

love!

[whack]

(might be wrong, but was that Dave Allen?)

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If Europe is against US's Irish email grab, it must pipe up now

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Re: All Ireland has to do

have an upvote, although I disagree with you in one respect: "That village idiot judge also needs debarring."

I disagree in that I feel the village idiot judge should be on an arrest warrant as well.

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YES, we need TWO MEELLION ORACLE licences - DEFRA

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Re: ....and they say the public sector is cut to the bone.

"Clearly there's room for substantial cost savings, quite apart from a deep need to remove whomever signed off on the use of so much Oracle from public service. "

It's not just they signed off on the use of so much Oracle, it's that they did so in an appallingly silly way. The first cost saving to cut is the salary of that person & everyone else who approved / supervised them

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End well: this won't. European Copyright Society wants one EU law to rule 'em all

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Re: Muddy Waters

"Now, for VAT purposes, the place of supply is the customer's location.

If the applicable tax law is that of the customer's country, shouldn't the applicable copyright law also be that of the customer's country?"

Or the one that makes sense: if it's Value Added Tax, the applicable tax regime is that which applies where the value is added, and only that one. Copyright law of the country in which the IPR generated / work was created, and only that one.

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Want to have your server pwned? Easy: Run PHP

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Re: Not just my opinion

have an upvote to counter the single downvote that's there at the moment ;-)

The balance of votes seems to suggest you may have a point ........

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Europe: Hold my wine glass, I've got an internet govt to build

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Re: How to censor the internet.

"There is a clear case for a limited and focused public intervention, on the Internet as in any other field of human life."

There are also clear cases for the EU Commission sorting out it's own existing policies, frameworks and organisational issues before it is allowed to even ask about doing anything new, let alone doing so without a direct "yes we want this" from the people for whom it is supposed to work.

Putting that to one side (and no that is not an anti-EU point, I believe it should be applied to all public bodies at all levels - yes, there is at least one daydreamer left in the world) then if it is indeed "limited" and "focussed", with a scope limited by statute along the lines of "if it is not written in the scope then it is not part of their remit and they do not look at it" (with suitably massive personal penalties for the individuals concerned if they even try to extend scope), then I'll happily look at that scope document before forming a view on whether what they want to do is actually possible. Right now we do not have enough information to know that.

It does not read like an attempt to censor the Internet, but neither does it read like an attempt to make that any more difficult than it already is, and it is already far too easy to get content removed without "due process" (to borrow a phrase), to snoop on things without warrants in the jurisdiction concerned, and so on.

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UK air traffic bods deny they 'skimped' on IT investment after server mega-fail

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" 99.7 per cent of aircraft were not delayed. Of the remaining 0.3 per cent, the average delay was 26 minutes."

I wish Southeastern could do that. Or manage to have only 0.3 per cent of trains only delayed by a mere 26 minutes .....

Oh, I forgot, they'll probably say only 0.3 per cent are delayed by the a mere 26 minutes. The rest are mostly delayed by between two and twenty minutes, or just cancelled, or they don't like running normal trains on Sundays, or some other reason.

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Judge spanks SCO in ancient ownership of Unix lawsuit

billse10

Re: time to die

"maybe even".

Or "as well as", just in case?

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Re: groklaw and grokthelaw

would be good to see it, the amount of work put in to covering that case should be recognised more too. As should the sheer greed of SCO's representatives.

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EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

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what happened to the single European market?

goods (tangible or intangible) are supposed to be able to cross borders within the EU, with no barriers to entering other markets. Requiring VAT registration in other markets is a barrier, requiring it at a lower threshold than in one's home market is a significant barrier.

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UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database

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it's a lot fewer police out there assaulting people who are bystanders (not going to repeat a previous post)

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Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

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Joke

Re: IPv6

"Really? And who will pay for the lines that the ADSL is carried on, then. Or will tbe bits arrive by magic through the ether?"

RFC 1149, or better still use RFC 2549 to add QoS ...

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

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Re: Prospect of death concentrates the mind

do you want a carrot? I might have some turnips / OK i'll have a carrot - hey, that's a turnip, etc

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Re: Weird

"I assume the users would just Google for the name of one of the big newspapers, find their website, and get their news from there."

Not if it ends up that the most cost-effective way for Google to ensure no mistakes is simply to block all access of elpais.es (and just to be safe 91.216.63.0/24 ?)

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REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control

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Re: User submissions need pre-check

Has that Bobby Tables guy been filing flight plans again?

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Europe's top court mulls vandal's right to privacy after bloke catches thug on home CCTV

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sorry that was a bit shouty. Not withdrawing it though, in hope that a Met police person sees it and actually cares what the public think.

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"even private if you are the one who owns the private property"

Hardly worth trying to film UK police. They'll weasel out of any complaint anyway.

When you get four police offices, one of whom has just assaulted a friend but refuses to identify himself, and you put in a complaint, the other three say "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil", regardless of any evidence or witnesses, and the Met say nothing bad happened.

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NGINX scores $20 MEELLLION to remind people it sells stuff

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Re: Apache works fine

having looked at that page, and also based on experience, you're right with respect to PHP but "generic" serving is typically faster with Nginx. Not always, of course. The best results I usually get are Nginx and Apache working together .... surprise surprise, horses for courses and all that ...

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Review mass-snoop laws regularly, says RIPA daddy Blunkett

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“There is a general agreement now that if you review regularly you can stop the dangers that people have identified,” Blunkett said.

There is a general agreement amongst, errr, me, that the person who steered RIPA through parliament should say "and it's all my fault" before criticising anyone else's use of his law

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Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

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Re: And on the other hand

they probably discovered a few things, such as that if they work on their game on the Sabbath they have to be put to death (Exodus 35:2). Also, does Amazon's marketing team work on the Sabbath? "You shall kindle no fire throughout your houses upon the sabbath day." on top of working too?

Leviticus, is just too easy to have fun with .. even for serious drama's lighter moments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mfl01HnUrU

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Home Office: Fancy flogging us some SECRET SPY GEAR?

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WTF?

Re: The sauce and source which makes the meal a feast and not a fools' banquet

when a man from mars makes more sense than government procurement, you know a) it must be 2am and b) [see icon]

;-)

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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"Even if the law was to be approved; the evidence it produced would be circumstantial, at best,"

It's late but that's just made me think of a scenario:.

Prosecution: It was this IP address, so it was you.

Defence (carefully briefed): Prove it.

P: This IP address was allocated to your router at the time.

D: Not my router, mate, ISP gave it to me. Their router, I don't own it, or get any say in it's management.

P: They say this IP address was allocated to your house, and under the ConLabDem-sponsored "FSCK Freedom" Act that means whatever was done from that IP address was done by you.

D: Really? No-one at ISP has the brains to falsify logs then? Really? Let's ask them. One at a time. Call witness (one of ten thousand) ...

D: ok, so now we know the ISP employs a load of people capable of faking it. Who says i'm responsible?

P: Err, the Home Secretary

D: Right, let's have her/him on the stand next. This'll be fun.

P: Err .. err .. panic panic .. Crown Immunity

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Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins

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Pint

Re: MS, please help me understand

"And if I could specify a FAIL + ALE (As in I need a beer after this one...) icon in the future, that would be cool."

Have an upvote for the content, and a non-failed ale for the idea -->

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U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND

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Re: Sarcasm

i don't mind the steel framed glass clad ... might be just me but I like the contrasts. If I walk up the local hill, can look across the river over to a small forest of steel framed glass at Canary Wharf, but am looking through the trees and a thousand years of history.

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Pro-ISIS script kiddies deface West Yorkshire egg-chasers' site

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Re: Theres a hair salon

Greenwich has a language school. It actively recruits overseas visitors, too .....

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Curious to know if the UK's Tory-led government is a MEGA SPY? Answer: Yes

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warning: contains reference to own previous post

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2014/10/12/mobile_operators_automation/#c_2326264

"I always assumed it was called the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act due to Yes Minister's Law of Inverse Relevance: get the difficult bit out of the way in the title" etc etc

As for this article, "However, Lib Dem leader and Deputy PM Nick Clegg rejected those plans. And yet, under his time at Whitehall, the exercising of RIPA provisions have mushroomed" - mushroom management being a speciality of both governments this century, even more so than the last one. First Blair showed how to do it, then Brown took it to a fine art; now Cameron and Clegg continue the trend. Keep the people in the dark, feed us crap - the Mail, Grauniad and Times have all been helping them out, and ironically damp dead trees help mushrooms grow.

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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Re: Corruptissima re publica plurimae leges

et quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

apologies for misquote

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