* Posts by bitmap animal

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

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You're missing the point

One thing most of you are not considering is the value of your time and the affect random buying can have on a business. If you need to go out to local shop to get something you are not doing your job for an hour, when you come back with the receipt someone has to process your expenses and split the VAT, someone has to deal with going back to the shop if the part fails in six months time, someone has to sort out the problems because the desktop roll-out image no longer works as you've bought a card with a different chip-set, someone has to ensure they can get spare parts in five years time. The list is endless.

You are not paid to be a shopping assistant. You ask for a part, [in theory] it magically appears. For a business it is very difficult to keep track of items bought ad hoc.

Looking just at the raw purchase price rather than the overall cost to the company is naive and blinkered. Yes, there are many instances where it can go wrong and you can point out where there are problems, but overall buying like this can have a lot of benefits to people looking at the overall effect on the company.

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How to not get pwned on Windows: Don't run any virtual machines, open any web pages, Office docs, hyperlinks ...

bitmap animal

Re: How not to get pwned on Windows...

If you think MS has a lot of updates you'll be horrified by the number Linux requires. Why don't you have a look and count them.

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Blighty's nuclear deterrent will get a software upgrade amid cyber-war fears

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Re: what happened to the tactical nukes?

A new shiny F35 + Trident carefully joined together with copious amounts of BAE gaffer tape should be one hell of a replacement......

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Glum, depressed ... and addicted to Facebook, Twitter? There's a link, say medical eggheads

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Re: Get a Life!

If you venture into our office canteen at lunchtime you see lots of people being social - staring intently into their mobile phone screen whilst ignoring the real people surrounding them.

(Perhaps they have had enough of their colleagues but it still depresses me seeing them all like that)

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Boffins urged to publish in free journals by science sugardaddy

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The Wellcome Collection

Slightly off topic but they have a free permanent exhibition at The Wellcome Collection which is less than five minutes walk from Euston Station. There is usually also an exhibition which runs for a few months on quite diverse medical based topics. Well worth a visit if you are ever in the area.

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Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019

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Re: A boondoggle through and through and now ejection seats are also a problem?

To have got this far down the development path and have those problems is quite shocking. Perhaps they could develop a variation of the Hans device used in F1, strap the helmet to the ejector seat and cross your fingers you and the helmet separate from the seat at the same time.

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Brit brewer opensources entire recipe archive

bitmap animal

I went to a blind beer tasting recently, there was a homebrew, micro brewery and a mass produced beer. Most of us preferred the homebrew, the micro brewery one was interesting but very unusual and not to most peoples taste. The mass produced one was OK, but lost out by a long shot to the home brew.

I was very surprised to find that the mass produced was a Brew Dog beer, reading that post about CAMRA I can now see why they did that. I certainly would not compare B.G. to what I'd call mass produced.

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Pay up, Lincolnshire, or your data gets it. Systems still down after ransomware hits

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Re: comment from g00se

Firstly I didn't mention Windows, you have assumed that – correctly but still an assumption.

We are a business primarily and we use our computers as a tool to help the business to run, we need the desktop and applications to be as stable and predictable as possible to seamlessly enable the staff to get on with their work. Windows OS generally lasts 10 years before end-of-life, most Linux servers are EOLd after only five years and the desktops much less. The various GUI desktop releases undergo more frequent design changes and even more frequent tweaks, moving things around and changing behaviour. Libre Office is pretty good but again the lifecycle is too short between releases, it is being tweaked and you can't always be sure it will behave in the same way over the years. Excel is rock solid in that respect. WSUS is great for centralised patch management, I'm not aware of something that works as well to centrally handle the myriad of Linux Distro and Libre Office patches.

Lets have a look at the LibraOffice 5.0 release schedule

Release 5.0.0 Aug 3, 2015

Release 5.0.1 Aug 24, 2015

Release 5.0.2 Sep 21, 2015

Release 5.0.3 Nov 2, 2015

Release 5.0.4 Dec 14, 2015

Release 5.0.5 Feb 8, 2016

Release 5.0.6 May 2, 2016

End of Life May 29, 2016

For 5.1 it is scheduled for first publishing next week and then the 5.1.6 EOL date is November. Less than 10 months birth to death.

Is that really something which you would want to support in a business environment?

This is before we start talking about bespoke applications, many commercial tools are Windows only. I suspect a lot of this is because of the stability of the platform, it is not continually being updated and the behaviour is well known and fairly stable. A vendor can say with reasonable certainty that their tool will run on a specific list of Windows versions, not so easy to do with the variety of distros and desktops in the Linux world.

Linux is a great idea, LibraOffice is great for a lot of things but I feel that for a stable work environment the Windows infrastructure is a wiser choice. We need office tools which will perform the same and give predictable results in a few years time and users can consistently operate.

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bitmap animal

Our office currently gets about 50 emails a day which are not picked up by the a/v at the ISP, the different a/v on the gateway nor the a/v on the desktop. Many of these look like invoices or remittance advices from genuine companies, several of which we deal with. We've do regular staff training with what to look out for, but as I say some of these emails are very good indeed these days.

Several of our suppliers send us spreadsheets with macros in so we can't automatically just block anything with a macro. I manually dissect suspicious ones I'm made aware of and if they do look dodgy I forward to the a/v company who put detection in the next updates and that seems to work.

It seems that the criminals are using constantly evolving wrappers and as a business with regular employees whos job is to open orders and remittance advices it's very very tricky for us. Our firewall also restricts downloads of certain file types which may limit the chances of a payload being downloaded. So far we have not knowingly had an infection but I'm well aware that despite the best efforts this small business it's probably a matter of time.

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Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP

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Re: Did I read that last bit right?

Surely everyone is in favour of targeted surveillance so if there is a good way of them filtering down who to look at in more depth that is a good thing.

If you drove through a red light district every day at 5mph would you expect the police to pay an interest in what you are doing? You haven't done anything wrong but they if they are to catch kerb crawlers then you behaving like one would raise their interest.

I'm all for robust privacy and encryption so would like to think "they" are adept at distinguishing between someone who is concerned about their privacy and someone up to no good that they need to investigate.

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Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

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Re: I visted here in 1988

I went there a couple of times in the early 1980s and it was brilliant. As you say the tour went in all sorts of exciting places, pretty much full access. I too vividly remember standing on the reactor and also going in and out through the air locks and detectors. The guides were knowledgeable and very enthusiastic, loved to talk about the place.

Shame my kids will never be able so see something like that. I think being there helps spark your mind, so much better than viewing from a visitor centre with endless screens.

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E.ON fined £7m for smart meter fail

bitmap animal

When they changed the meter on the three phase supply in our office last year the power didn't go off. I presume they have some way of seamlessly bypassing it during the few minutes it takes to swap them.

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US Navy grabs old-fashioned sextants amid hacker attack fears

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Pre GPS navigation

Pre GPS aircraft navigation is amazing, there is so much to take in and you could be in a Vulcan cruising at neatly 600MPH ( 10 miles a minute ). Using Celestial Navigation they could get their position to within about 5-10 miles, it's more of a black magic art coupled with some science.

I'm sure many of you will enjoy exploring, it's a really interesting subject. I've done a quick search and these three links should give you a starter.

https://timeandnavigation.si.edu/navigating-air/challenges/overcoming-challenges/celestial-navigation

http://virtualskies.arc.nasa.gov/navigation/1.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E6B

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bitmap animal

Re: GPS currently being jammed in Scotland

There are often large areas off the coast of Florida, I think it is, where there are regular wanrnings that GPS may be unreliable due to tests and exercises. If it's jammed then you [probably] know it is not working, if it's unreliable and still rely on it then who knows where you'll end up.

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US taxman slammed: Half of the IRS's servers still run doomed Windows Server 2003

bitmap animal
Meh

It us still supported.

Am I the only person that read the line "In an effort to avoid a massive security breach, the IRS has agreed to pay Microsoft an undisclosed "premium fee" to continue to support and patch its servers".

They have an infrastructure that works, or at least I presume it does, so the additional costs for the continued patches and support will be an element in the whole company IT cost. Changing to a new OS may well mean different platform versions and so many of their systems would need changing and testing. If it ain't broke, don't change it.

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All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall

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Black Helicopters

It was pretty self indulgent, yes indeed but that is part of what Waters does. I thought he came across quite well in the chatty road trip parts, I knew about his father but don't remember hearing about his grandfather before

The production and filming were very good indeed, I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt it was an evolution of the original stage show. It wasn't just a DVD of the concert but a theatrical production of the highest standard.

It was well worth a trip to the cinema last night. (icon, just because)

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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

I had a relative who was involved in decommissioning some very clandestine sites during the late 40s. Over the years he told me a few stories about it, plus how it was made incredibly clear to him how secret his work was.

A few years ago I found someone putting a museum & stories together about that work and contacted them. When I told my relative he clammed up and said he had nothing to tell them, it was secret. When I relayed that back apparently even after all these years very few people were talking.

“Loose lips sinks ships” etc was ingrained in that generation.

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KARMA POLICE: GCHQ spooks spied on every web user ever

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There is another side to this

To scoot76. You say "however my government is going to pigeonhole me as a terrorist hacker". I'm interested to know how you think that, have they accused you of anything?

If you walk down a road past a burgled house and you are wearing a balaclava and carrying a swag bag, would you expect the police to show an interest in you? If they stopped you and let you on your way once they see you bag isn't full of swag would you think they had fair grounds?

If they are watching a drug dealer on a street corner and you innocently stop to ask the time and have furtive chat would you expect them to show interest in you?

Just because they see you looking suspicious does not mean you are branded and they will arrest you. I'm sure they have many ways of filtering out the millions of curios people.

I know there is a more to it, and I'm not entirely comfortable with the data collection, but as most of you work in IT I'm sure you'll realise that in order to do a search you need the data already there.

The article also confirms that it's mainly the meta data, they aren't reading your emails but just looking for links. If you become of interest then they know where to look.

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How green is your ROCKET FUEL?

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Space hardware to look at

The Museum of Berkshire Aviation just south east of Reading is well worth a visit. It's a fairly small place but has so much oddball stuff and the exhibits are more accessible than most of the mainstream museum.

It has a large part of a Chevaline ( our advanced version of the Polaris ) on display. From memory it is the Penetration Aids Carrier, the "top part" of the missile which is in space and drops off the warheads. You can see the quality of construction, it is quite stunning.

(sorry for the non scientific descriptions..... Just get along to visit & support)

Edited to add this link. I'm not affiliated, it's just a great place.

http://www.globalaviationresource.com/reports/2011/moba.php

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bitmap animal

Re: Not just guns

And we also used very fast boats navigating the small channel between Denmark. Some very ballsy people involved in those trips.

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Hacker mag 2600 laughs off Getty Images inkspots copyright claim

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Stop

Re: Is a random ink splatter

If you look at the images they have not made their own which looks similar to the 'original' but have just cropped a section off. Anyone can, I expect, make their own but they chose to use someone elses image without attribution to the source.

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Attention dunderheads: Taxpayers are NOT giving businesses £93bn

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Re: Interesting writeup

Tim, I do not agree with that. Business rates are a very direct cost to the business. Is that like saying the cost to a company of an employment agency is paid by the employee because to the company it's all part of the total employee cost to their business. I think that is very flawed.

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bitmap animal

Re: The majority of UK Tax burden is not being paid by companies...

Firstly that is just looking at one type of tax, businesses pay many taxes.

Secondly, as an employee you work out how much money you need to take home to survive. Income tax and NI are effectively paid, in most cases, by the company in order to give you X amount of cash in your pocket. Because you can have several income streams and to appear to spread the burdon of tax it's calculated at the person, but paid by the company.

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bitmap animal

Re: Facilitating Evasion

"If nothing were deductible then corporation tax would be a tax on sales and not a tax on profits"

Example of why tax on company turnover will not work, two companies both turning over £1M to make this simple.

Company one has to buy bricks/mortar/vans/sub contractors, spends £950k per year on all that thus making £50k profit. 10% tax on turnover is £100k. BANG, no company

Company two is one chap in his bedroom selling whizz-bang software. Costs are £20k per year. 10% tax of £100k leaving him with £880k.

Not a bad situation for Co #2 but totally destructive for Co #1

Companies MUST be able to deduct costs from their tax bill.

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bitmap animal

Interesting writeup

That is quite an interesting write-up, refreshing to see someone explaining and challenging the shock tactics of some journalists.

As the article explains there is no way a tax break is handing the company money, if allows them to keep trading and building the economy. People have tax breaks too, that is what your tax code is all about, you can save tax by investing in an ISA – that is a mechanism for people to avoid paying tax.

Companies also pay many other taxes, a point often ignored. Business rates for example, I just did a quick search and found a 1600 sq ft shop in Lean St, Covent Garden. Business Rates were £69,000 p/a for 2012, that is for a small shop and Business Rates are just another tax and they get nothing for it.

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Patch Flash now: Google Project Zero, Intel and pals school Adobe on security 101

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Need to keep it for some users

Sadly the O2 Business account management tool is Flash only, as is our HR package. That is about 1/4 of our PCs still need it. Quite a few customer web sites are also heavily driven by Flash and so we miss a lot of their content.

I tried removing it a while ago but have to leave it for some and just watch for updates.

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A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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Re: SPOILER ALERT - This is almost exactly the script from the movie.

Ooooo, having listened to a Radio 4 podcast last week I now know for the first time in [cough] years that it's pronounced "oiler", like "oy" + "ler".

[very pleased with myself]

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TorrentLocker ransomware pestilence plagues Europe, bags $500k

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Latest batch are quite realistic

We've been getting "Card Receipt" emails from "tracey.smith@aquaid.co.uk" today, about 40 have arrived so far for several of us. They have a DOC attachment and are not blocked by Kaspersky or ESET. The email looks genuine, even the headers seem OK. A couple of days ago I briefed everyone not to open anything like this as we have been getting inundated by similar emails recently and if they do open it they are to pull their LAN cable immediately and report it.

One of our people was waiting for a receipt from a Tracey and not reading it too closely opened it. Word is set to disable macros so I presume the blank document did nothing. They pulled their power cable and came to see me in a panic.

The past few days have been a right PITA.

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This week it rained in San Francisco and the power immediately blew out. Your tech utopia

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Re: Education Abroad

re German Food.

I've done a few business trips there over the past few years and the food was always great and the people are very welcoming and friendly. I found them to be very direct and clear, easy to get along with but not in a gushing OTT American way.

I thoroughly recommend going if you haven't been.

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Microsoft: So sorry for NOT paying Xbox indie game devs on time

bitmap animal
Facepalm

I deal with quite a few large customers and it sounds more like a mistake by a chair warming grey clone. These customers often dictate extended credit terms that they then further extend when they want to. This MS problem is quite probably someone inadvertently deleting a block of lines on a spreadsheet, or gave the wrong search criteria for their report.

Most people I deal with are incompetent with spreadsheets and the opportunities for mistakes are frequent. Remember the guy working on the sale of Lehman Brothers who sent out a spreadsheet with hidden rows, but they were actually counted. Search El Reg for “Lehman Excel snafu could cost Barclays dear”.

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A WHOPPING 8 million Windows Server 2003 systems still out there

bitmap animal

Tools to do a job

One thing often overlooked is for a business a server is a tool, it is not a shiny box that needs to be updated all the time. The business invests resources in setting up its machinary to do the job of the business.

Just because the tools are a few years old does not mean they do not serve the business. What would the world be like if you have to buy a differnet shaped screwdriver every five years and employ a huge team to go around changing all the screws. I appreciate this does not tie in with software and hardware providers income plans, but companies need to use the most appropriate tool for the job.

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

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Re: The Griffon engine

Yes, the torque is massive. Have a read of the accident report on G-TRIX at Goodwood in 2000, very sad reading but the critical cause was probably not anticipating the torque. The PDF is the first result when searching.

"It is probable that the subsequent roll to the left was because insufficient right rudder had been applied to counteract the 'torque roll' associated with power application."

BTW, nice for you to have had that experience. I think they were a different breed, intuition end experience does not seem as important these days.

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bitmap animal

The Griffon engine rotated in the opposite direction to the Merlin so perhaps that would be an easier bolt-on.

Great project, wonderful to see tinkering at that scale in action. Keep up the good work.

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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Re: Newspeak too

This is incorrect. The IRA have long been described as a terrorist organistaion, they killed many solders in Ireland and on the mainland in addition to the civillians. You are trying to persuade people the meaning of the word has changed - perhaps you are an Orwellian agent trying to change history.

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Re: You have to admire the sheer ruthlessness of the Gov, MI5.etc.

or perhaps they were watching hundreds of potential suspects and made the wrong choice by stopping watching these ones. Perhaps the resources were diverted to something else that did not and can not make the headlines.

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bitmap animal
WTF?

"Thousands die on the roads in car accidents - do nothing, that's normal."

What do you mean "do nothing". Seat belts, air bags, crumble zones, traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, Tufty Club,drink drive limits, speed limits, driving tests.

Yup, nothing being done!

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

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Facepalm

Does anyone have any idea on the statistics of gun crime by licensed holders compared to illegally held guns............ Just something to consider.Does anyone have any idea on the statistics of gun crime by licenced holders agains illigally held guns............

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Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

bitmap animal

Re: Next up: flying in circles

To expand on what S4qFBxkFFg said, the window seats are not that from from the CoG so have a small effect. The front & rear seats are further away so have more of an affect on the balance. Get a bucket full of water and hold it by your side, then hold it out to the side at arms length and feel the difference.

I was also going to mention that cargo 747 when the load shifted, that is slightly different though at it happened during flight and so the balance changed.

There are also instances of planes tipping up on the ground. The VC10 stored fuel in the tail fin and if that was emptied last the plane did a wheelie.

http://www.vc10.net/History/Images/XR806_writeoff.jpg

You would have a similar problem if they loaded a couple of catwalk models in first class at the front then the entire World's Strongest Man competitors at the back.

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Brits' BORKED Samsung kit held up after repair centre slips into administration

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Alert

Scourge of instant communications

People have come to expect instant answers to their queries and are very quick to vent their feeling or rage on social media if they don’t receive exactly what they feel they deserve.

It is [usually] sad when a company goes into Administration, the chances are the people running it didn’t want that to happen and for a smaller privately financed business it can be a devastating blow to the owners. There are also the staff who will be in a very unstable situation. Everything in their building will be locked down until the Administrators have decided who own it and what to do with it.

I don’t know what it’s like inside Samsung but it is quite possible that this is a very small portion of their operation. It may well take some time for the information to get around within the company and also for the impact on their customers and business to be understood. They will then have to allocate staff to understand and come up with a resolution. This all takes time, as does dealing with the Administrators.

If they were to tweet everything that happened within their company in real time then I expect their twitter feed would be huge and more importantly as their understanding of situations develop then their ‘news’ will also change.

How often have you seen initial news reports change as the real story develops? Often immediately spouting out statements is counter productive and I feel should be avoided.

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You've got three days to patch Adobe Flash, Air, Reader

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Re: Foxit is nice enough...

+1 for Sumatra. I've been using it for a while and it seems to render everything without a hitch - except for the active documents but I'd rather they went away anyway. It is also fairly small and isn't bloated.

I can't comment on if it's secure or not though, who knows but as it just displays the static files (as far as I know) there should be less opportunity for problems.......

Unfortunately some companies send out active PDFs that require Adobe Reader. HMRC being one of them, it's a PITA having to set up the certificates and open up Adobe Reader to allow the forms to run.

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New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

bitmap animal

Re: Now remove the Tiles

I have a serious dislike of these interfaces. When I was at school I learned to read, I could read instruction manuals, I could read labels on switches, and I could read lists of commands.

Now it seems that for each device I use I am having to learn what each over-sized and over-coloured icon means.

I’m sure this interface is great for a smaller touch screen device where you have to choose between two or three actions, but for a desktop computer where you are expected to productively work it’s just horrible and a huge step backwards.

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Measure for measure: We visit the most applied-physicist-rich building in the UK

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It's a great place

Thank you for a fantastic walk-around, what an awesome place. I've wanted to visit for some time but not managed to tie up an open day. They have an annual water rocket challenge which is next Wednesday.

http://www.npl.co.uk/educate-explore/water-rocket-challenge/

It's a nice part of the world too, Bushy Park backs onto it and I can confirm Teddington has a couple of lovely coffee shops.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

bitmap animal

A much quicker way without losing your flow or focus is CTRL-D then Enter. The keyboard is much easier than a mouse for many tasks.

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Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

bitmap animal

Re: How much of a challenge is re-installing XP?

1) Windows update does not work. No clues, nothing. It just gives an obscure error message, which has limited advice on MS about how to fix. Web searches reveal that you need to install service pack 2 in order to get windows update to work.

I've had similar problems with some installs. I have a feeling it's something to do with installing a new version of MSIE too early on in the process and also not running MSIE during the install / upgrade. I now make sure each MSIE version than comes in I open it up to make sure it's initialised.

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

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Re: The Bitmap Brothers were true pioneers

This may be because the site says "Site Updated: Thursday, 28th March 2005 01:10pm GMT". I expect it's kept alive as a snapshot of the past and no longer maintained.

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Two in five Brits cough up for CryptoLocker ransomware's demands

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Stop

Re: If the NSA, GHCHQ and their ilk are so damn clever..

How do you know they aren't doing it. You can't always get everyone when playing Whack-A-Mole and people only shout about the ones that affect them, they have no idea if they have been 'saved'.

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Elite Systems pulls ZX Spectrum games after deluge of 'unpaid royalties' complaints

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Re: WHo exactly is claiming the royalties?

"In short you'd be surprised how many companies and programmers are still around!"

It was fairly comment back then for the developer to retain copyright, especially if they were not an employee. There are probably a lot of grey haired developers who still own their copyright and so could get involved in this.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Do sad, losing the ability to interact.

That is really sad, the knowledgeable guides are 'interactive', you can ask them questions and get answers that could never come from a standard script. This seems to be another step towards people becoming just consumers of entertainment rather than being involved – like sitting in front of the TV eating popcorn rather than doing and thinking things.

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Mosquitoes, Comets and Vampires: The de Havilland Museum

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Also worth visiting

I've not got to this one yet, it's been on my list for some time.

There are quite a few fantastic little aircraft museums dotted around.

The Museum of Berkshire Aviation is well worth a visit, just SE of Reading. They have some really unusual stuff there and the staff are always up for a long geeky chat. Their website is http://home.comcast.net/~aero51/html/

There is also one between Ashford and Rye which has a lot of WW2 bomb disposal kit in addition to the planes.

Edited to add the link to the one near Rye - Romney Marsh Wartime Collection at Brenzett. When I was last there the guys were saying they are struggling to get volunteers as the older ones are dying off at a fair old rate. Well worth supporting them.

http://www.brenzettaero.co.uk/Brenzett_Aeronautical_Museum_Trust/Home.html

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Shadowy drug fans threaten FBI agents, vow to 'avenge' Silk Road shutdown

bitmap animal

I can't see this being good for their community

I'd have thought they should accept that they will always have the authorities after them but by exposing and harassing these agents will surely make them much more of a target. The authorities need to keep their agents low key and I'm sure they will do all they can to help keep it that way and start using more devious methods.

It reminds me of the kidnappings of European oil workers in Central African countries. For a long time it was seen as an occupational hazard, generally they were well looked after and the rewards asked were fairly small and were paid after a few days. As I understand it, this balance continued for many years until some of the kidnappers became greedy and started asking for more money and became more violent until it grew into a problem.

Sometimes it's best to keep your heads down.

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