* Posts by billse10

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Email apparently from Home Office warns of emails apparently from Home Office

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Re: Aiiee!

people's horror when they see the questions on the All India Engineering Entrance Exam?

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German police ARREST SQUIRREL for stalking woman

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Re: Oh dear

"This is El Reg. It's always April 1st here"

And a good thing too :)

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Proceed to www.toronto2015.org (unsafe)

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"Perhaps in a few hundred years we'll have adopted something else equally silly."

Nearly as silly as the guy over at Quora telling people to expand their Amazon businesses to the UK as "it's still in English"

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Intel's new chips are from 'Purley' – know what I mean? Know what I mean? Say no more

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"Even farther down the road .. "

surely farther down the road from Purley is Coulsdon .. if he isn't still tapping phones ..

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A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

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uh?

"as soon as you need to interact with the Pi’s GPIO (general purpose input/output pins) or other Pi-specific hardware, this will not work."

"A built-in web application on the Pi lets you monitor and manage the device."

So if i want to monitor the Pi's GPIO it does not work, but if I want to monitor the Pi device, it does? Err ...

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Ex 'Tech City' chief Shields appointed junior Fun minister for internet safety

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Terminator

Re: Communications Data Bill

"The fact that you used intelligence and humanity in the same sentence as parliamentary conservatives I'd say yes to the faith question."

intelligence and humanity in the same sentence as any parliamentarian - remember Lord VoldemortMandelson?

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Law changed to allow GCHQ hacking ... just as GCHQ hauled into court for hacking

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don't you hate it when reality starts to look like lyrics ...

Don't offer us legal protection

They use the law to commit crime

I dread to think what the future'll bring

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Roku 3: Probably the best streaming player on the market ... for now, at least

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Re: UK

Thanks for that - was thinking about trying one based on review until saw your comment.

As far as "t's in Roku's and the companies' best interests and maybe some consumers like it, too – a quick button to a particular outlet. But for us, the fewer buttons the better. It's a commercial compromise we wish didn't exist." goes - i'd say fair enough, but would rather have four programmable buttons that default to those providers, rather than fixed. Better still if they were e-paper, defaulting but also open to change ... then again, what would that put on cost, i guess ....

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Facebook echo chamber: Or, the British media and the election

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Re: Utopias? @sundog uk

"Totally agree, I wish Tony Abbott was our PM..."

thank god Diane Abbott isn't ours ...

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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Pint

Re: Economist's predictions

until we have Truman's "one handed economist", anyway ..

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Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?

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Facepalm

which is also quite a good scam scheme

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How Groucho Marx lost his voice and found his funny bone

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Shyster Flywheel and Shyster (the BBC remakes) may be the first way some people come across them, but digging on to the movies and just some of Groucho's rapid-fire is worth it :)

Another election season quote:

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies."

Not political, but a favourite - ""One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I'll never know.""

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Bridge, ship 'n' tunnel – the Brunels' hidden Thames trip

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Re: I can't resist

You could always visit the birthplace of the Great Eastern (Isle of Dogs), Rotherhithe (shame can't do that via tunnel), now keep going round to Greenwich (doh) and up to Morden Wharf & Enderby's Wharf - not a bad stroll through tech history. [Something should be done at Enderby's Wharf, where those first transatlantic cables were made]

And if you are more interested in ships - or, more importantly, "landmarks" named for ships, there's always the Great Eastern, the afore-mentioned Mayflower, the Gipsy Moth, the Cutty Sark. ...

ok, so i might perhaps be a local and ever-so-slightly biased, but we have a decent amount of history around here :-)

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Major London rail station reveals system passwords during TV documentary

billse10

Re: Red herrings.

Passw0rd!

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Ryanair stung after $5m Shanghai'd from online fuel account

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hopefully ...

their bank charged them for processing the refund application, extra as it was quite heavy, and if they wanted payment by anything other than debit card who knows what it should cost them ...

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VCE now competing with VMware

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"Firstly, it's now working with a networking hardware competitor to Cisco" - albeit one with whom Cisco itself provides config guides (search CCO for netscaler RISE), and sells the virty version as Netscaler 1000V ...

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Smile! Brit transport plods turn bodycams on travelling public

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Bet you there more BTP officers at the destination than there are Waterloo-bound trains stopping at Berrylands on a Sunday evening ...

actually, just thinking on, there are probably more unicorns, too ...

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Debian ships new 'Jessie' release with systemd AND sysvinit

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Linux

Re: systemd a copy of Solaris SMF

have an upvote for the first paragraph. And the first three parts of the second.

Doesn't let me say "I like this post, apart from that bit?"

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Cash register maker used same password – 166816 – non-stop since 1990

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Re: That caption for the second image

Adam Hills on language .... standup routine about the use of language, and he is heckled, about his use of language ... criteria / criterion ...

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The data centre design that lets you cool down – and save electrons

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Re: Dealing with the waste heat

effort required to extract energy is definitely an issue - but mindset sometimes a bigger one!

I had a conversation about three or four years ago with a local council's energy efficiency guy about doing that, with heat from a small DC being offered "free" (think of tax implications) to heat a school. The guy just couldn't understand the idea at all.

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That's right: FBI agents can't pretend to be ISP repairmen to search homes without a warrant

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Re: FBR

you can get up to three years for that, i believe.

Not for being a repairman, the other thing.

Not even Judge Preska would claim people should be penalised / sanctioned in court for something that is perfectly legal in the jurisdiction they did it .. ?

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Drones to bring DEBT FROM ABOVE in Switzerland

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Re: Weather 'tis nobler

"Only a DHL operative can kick a parcel harder than a drone dropping out of the sky into a moraine"

The drones drops won't be that hard on the parcels! Hard to find things outside politics that compare with the overall uselessness of DHL. Overnight parcel from one EU country to another, ordered & payment taken 1st April, pickup not until April 2nd, no updates to the "tracking" site after abour 3rd, delivered? Oh, on 17th April.

Some "overnight" service that is. A drone with clockwork motors - or just some hamsters in wheels - would probably be closer to providing the advertised service.

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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Re: Low IQ Alternative

"Good idea, if they use these new high speed connections I keep getting told about, then I'll get my electricity even faster and that has to be good...."

which constituency are you standing for? If that's a serious comment (yes, I know it isn't) then you're the perfect new MP .....

on the other hand, if electricity is going along the interwebs, with the NSA and GCHQ siphoning off everything, will we get brownouts whenever someone tweets something "of interest" ?

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Power, internet access knackered in London after exploding kit burps fire into capital's streets

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newsreader interviewing their own producer, by any chance?

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billse10

Re: There goes the cloud, in the shape of belching smoke

probably didn't hurt as much as those carrots.

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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

billse10

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

billse10

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

billse10

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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billse10

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

billse10

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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