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Facebook, Twitter and Google are to blame for terrorism, say MPs

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Weasels

It's not difficult to understand. Terrorist attacks are the responsibility of the terrorists. Radicalisation is the responsibility of those dripping the honeyed lies into the ears of the gullible listeners.

That's all. There's no way to wriggle off the hook and say "I blew up a bus-full of children because my mother didn't love me" or "because a policeman didn't shoot me in time" or "because someone invented encryp;tion" or "because MI5 didn't see the message in the Times personal column"

Causation is not the same as responsibility. Responsibility requires conscious volition.

Yes, there may be a thousand factors, big and small, contributing to cause an event, but that doesn't make Twitter responsible for Bataclan.

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Mozilla's trying on seven hot new spring/summer logo looks

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Change them regularly

It's important to change your logo regularly, so that people get confused.

Many years ago I worked for a large insurance company who succumbed to the dreaded marketing agency hype and decided to have a new logo. Much money was spent and the entire staff (several thousand) was bussed down to London from all around the country, in the middle of winter snowstorms, so that they could attend the official launch, complete with TV personality.

Three months later they scrapped it and tried a different logo!

Three months after that they scrapped THAT and tried yet another.

Guess what? A few months later they had another change of mind and went to yet another one - strangely similar to the original one. The 'Year of the Four Logos' lived on in company memory.

Champers all round for all the major London marketing drones!

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Logos? Pah!

I wouldn't buy a self-assembly wardrobe from any of them.

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Honor 8: Huawei targets millennials with high-spec cheapie. 3 words – Food pic mode

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Cheapie?

Not too sure I'd call $400 a cheapie, for a base model. I supposed compared to an iThingie it's small change, but my OnePlus One a couple of years ago was a bit over £200 for a pretty darn impressive spec.

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Re: already 2 checks ahead of the competition ...

<an old fart writes>

What's network locking?

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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

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Brexit date?

In the year 2525, if man is still alive...

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Sex ban IT man loses appeal – but judge labels order 'unpoliceable'

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24 hours notice?

What is the purpose of the 24hrs notice to the plods of sexual activity? Is it so they can getting the streaming webcam set up? Or sort out the shifts to decide who goes along to watch? What exactly will the police DO in that 24 hrs? Arrest him? Contact his alleged sexual partner? Seems bloody daft to me.

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Russia investigates downsizing space station crew from three to two

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Worrying

I think I recall a story of a lighthouse keeper murdering the other keeper during their tour of duty as a result of personality conflicts, but anyway he was barking mad when the relief finally came. That's why after that Trinity House always had a crew of three keepers.

Makes you think...

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HMRC: We've got £1.3bn for digital tax schemes. Tell us how to spend it

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App? Tax?

I don't like to see the two words in the same sentence. Something to do with security risk?

Anyway, it's not needed. HMRC are already digitally aware - I regularly get e-mails from them telling me that I'm due a tax refund and click on the link below to claim. Of course, they could spend a few quid tidying up their spelling - sometimes they're HM-RC@internalrevenue.gov.uk, sometimes they're H-M-R-C@hmrc.g0v.uk

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Apple allowed to put up bit barn in the Fields of Athenry

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Ah, dreams...

if only we could see the whole of Apple sailing off to Botany Bay

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Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project

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They could be ideal

In the right circumstances they could be ideal - and economically viable. Delivering bulk goods to distant places with rubbish infrastructure e.g. the arctic, amazonia, large deserts and ooh, how about Siberia? Wind conditions will limit their use, but surely they'd be more efficient and flexible than running 40-ton lorries across ice-covered lakes, and then being cut off in the summer.

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

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"Crew"

Interesting use of the term 'crew' - traditionally associated with people actually on board a ship or aircraft.

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What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

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Failed coup?

Whoever was involved in organising part 1 of the coup, it clearly failed badly. Part 2, organised by the goat-botherer-in-chief has been a terrific success. And the locals seem to be lapping it up. Very strange.

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Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London

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The Bridge/Broen/Bron

I seem to remember in The Bridge that the Danish and Swedish cops were forever popping between the two countries, so presumably Swedish cops are allowed out of the country sometimes.

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Brexit Britain: HP Sauce vs BBC.co.uk – choices that defined voters

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Re: Remainers are all Great Wen-based hipsters?

Nah, Ceredigion in deepest Wales voted Remain, and we really don't fit the profile.

a) What's a London Underground? Some sort of armed resistance movement?

b) Spotify, iPlayer, Twatbooki, Instagram etc...given the quality of our broadband, I think not

c) Nearest airports are all about 3 hours drive away so no Easyjet

d) Nearest Virgin Train is about 2 hours away.

e) Airbnb - does that mean B & B in a field? We have lots of Yurts for hire!

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NASA dumps $65m into building deep space hutches for humans

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Requirements...

"requirements, including: a pressurized container; a docking capability; environmental control; life support systems; crew health capabilities; fire safety technologies; logistics management; and radiation mitigation and monitoring."

What, no WiFi, tea and coffee making facility, mini-bar, Corby space-suit press, Gideon Bible?

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Funny story, this. UK.gov's 'open banking app revolution'. Security experts not a fan of it

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Re: Am I the only one?

I had a more effective way. Guy came to fit smart meter, I stood and watched, saying nothing bar chitchat about the weather. Waited for him to finish and test it at which point he discovered complete absence of phone signal, from anyone. I could have told him that! Half an hour later s.art meter has gone and been replaced with nice shiny new oldstyle kit. I log in to their website every three months and give them a reading.

Works for me!

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Re: Missing the point

But that makes you think. Script kiddies confused, but a consortium of ageing Reg commentards with evil intentions could probably get obscenely rich in a very short time.

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Competition?

There may be times when competition is a good thing. But personally I don't want to have to compete with the Russian mafia for control of my money.

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Seagate flashes 60TB (yes, sixty) SSD monster

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Re: Hard Card?

Found an old 1979 copy of Personal Computer World a while back. Amused myself trying to work out what it would have cost to build a machine in 1979 with the RAM and disk storage of my current £1000 laptop - came out as £50 million squids (without allowing for inflation).

Got a new laptop arriving next week - 16GB + 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD - anyone got change for a billion-pound note?

Pass me my zimmer frame.

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Pah!

No-one will ever need more than 640K in an SSD...

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Watch hot 'stars' shower ... again. It's Perseid meteor showtime

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Re: As usual

Cross fingers - here they're saying 'partly cloudy' and 'clear' by 4am. Could be a good night to get insomnia.

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London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

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Boff?

Bastard Operator From Fulham? (unfortunately he's from Hackney!)

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Ofgem sets up database so energy companies can spam Brits

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And this is a good idea because...?

Why does everyone need their hand holding all the time? Shirley there's enough advertising about the possibilities of switching provider. If people can't be arsed to check on the options then leave them alone.

What next - Tesco have to list the prices of each item in Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys etc on the shelf edge? Petrol stations have to list all the prices at other petrol stations within 10 miles? Give me strength!

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Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty

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Re: More reason to use Linux

Somehow I can't see MS being keen to distribute Classic Shell - an alternative to their own official crappy Start menu.

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Going! going! pwned? 200! million! Yahoo! logins! leaked! allegedly!

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Nothing new here...

Given the frequency with which I get phishing e-mails from hacked Yahoo accounts, I assumed that all yahoo account details were automatically published somewhere as soon as they were created.

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Sky fibre down at breakfast-time across the nation

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Och aye, but...

"London, Manchester, Birmingham, Dudley, Nottingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Coventry, Sheffield and Leeds."

but what about important places like Auchtermuchtie?

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Huawei P9 Plus: Leica-toting flagship gets a big brother

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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No brainer shirley?

Transport caffs back in the fifties and sixties mixed a large pot of strong tea with milk and sugar added, just how builders like it, and poured all the teas from that.

Apart from that one specific, nay unique, situation, other posters have it right. Tea must be made with boiling water. Tea + milk is not boiling.

Milk should be added to taste, once the desired strength has been achieved.

One nasty thought - it wasn't UHT milk as well was it, to really compund the offence?

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Buzz Aldrin's Apollo XI expenses claim revealed

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Re: The importance of paperwork

I like it! Something to add to the classic

"You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know... morons. "

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Mileage?

Of course he couldn't claim mileage - that's only if you use your own vehicle. Now, if he'd manage to get to the moon in an old Buick he'd really deserve the mileage!

But does NASA offer air miles? (or vacuum miles)

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Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did

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Hurry up and build that wall

But not just at the Southern border - all the way around the country, and designed to stop emigrants.And there must be enough offshore US-owned assets (Facebook?) that can be seized to pay for it. Probably an idea to cut all the fibre pipes as well.

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IT boss 'set up fake companies to charge his employers $2.4m'

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I need new glasses

When I glanced over thois headline I read it as "set up fake companies to charge his EMPLOYEES $2.4M"

Curious I thought. But it does make you think...how would you go about it?

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World religions stake out positions on Pokemon Go

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Help me...

An old fart writes:

Other than the fact that it's some sort of computer game (which gets its players killed for real) I have no idea what this Pokemon Go thing is.

The question is - do I need to know? Will my life be richer and happier by knowing? Or can I just ignore it like all those other transient phenomena like MySpace, FriendsReunited, Twatbook etc.

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All you need for quantum computing at room temperature is some mothballs

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Re: Interesting

<fx exploding brain>

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Interesting

Sounds like it could be an important step. But why does my brain want to explode whenever I try to understand quantum computing?

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Google tests its own quantum computer – both qubits of it

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Quantum Software Engineer

Wonderful - am I at my desk working or am I drinking cocktails on the Riviera - or maybe both simultaneously!

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DDoS, the cloud and you

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Nothing new here

Nothing new really. Same problems and risks have been there for years with shared hosting - who else is on your physical server and IP address? Had a couple of problems some years ago when dodgy site elsewhere on the server was busy spamming and we all got blacklisted for a while.

Cloud just makes the problem a bit vaguer and fluffier.

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BT customers hit by broadband outage ... again

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Some sympathy -but not a lot

Having recently had a 5-day outage at the bods who do some of my hosting (how often do both drives in a RAID setup fail at the same time? And with a dodgy backup?) and spent time placating customers for cock-up by third party, I feel a teensy-weensy bit of sympathy for BT when they are affected by a supplier's kit going titsup. (We're currently migrating all our customers to someone more reliable anyway - they really should have been more apologetic!)

BUT - BT is not the same as a small One-man-and-a-cat rural welsh IT company specialising in bi-lingual web development. They're several times bigger, and should surely be able to afford truly redundant kit that just keeps working, although I will allow them a hiccup or two in the event of meteorite strikes or Brexit.

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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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And the lesson is...

Never rely on remote updates. If it's important, send an engineer out on site.

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Hacker shows Reg how one leaked home address can lead to ruin

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Simple solution

Don't have an address! Keep all you own in a few plastic bags and sleep each night under a different hedge. And to be extra safe, don't have any bank accounts (or cash).

Or, in the real world, make sure you bank with someone with decent security, and don't use a phone for banking.

Actually he missed one really sneaky trick for getting names and addresses. I've got this big bundle of paper called "The Phone Book" - it's just chock full of addresses AND NAMES just ripe for identity theft - or not as the case may be.

Another good trick is to get someone to pay you with a cheque. The fools don't realise that it shows not only their name but also their bank account number and sort code. Surely this means you can now withdraw all the money from their account?

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Google's Nexii stand tall among Android's insecure swill

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Yes, but, no, but...

My first-gen Nexus 7 is very secure. That's because the latest Android updates are so big and massive that it runs like a dog and is pretty well useless. Even reading an e-book sometimes takes seconds for the page to turn.

To be honest I'm have preferred an Android version that was a little less secure but could actually cope with the hardware. Shame on you Google!

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

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Re: Domestic?

Yes, but how easy is it to get an Icelandic ISP to provide a service to a dwelling in rural Cumbria?

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Idiots!

Breaking encryption - I don't think so.

Blocking encrypted connections - that would be possible (but bloody stupid!)

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Shocker: Computer science graduate wins a top UK political job

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What about me?

I passed second year Comp Sci and made it to Chairman of the parish council!

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Space station to get shiny new ringpiece for automatic penetration

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Re: Passive?

No, no, no...all Earth standards are immediately adopted throughout the Galaxy. Remember how easy it was to plug Jeff Goldblum's laptop into an (RS232?) connector in Independence Day to upload the virus?

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Student Loans Company burns £50 million in IT project superfail

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How the fec....?

do you spend £50m on something like this and not deliver anything?

Surely the spec isn't that complex?

There are customers

They take out loans

They repay the loans in stages - you may want a direct debit facility

You need to keep track of changes of address etc

You need to be able to write off loans

You need to be able to produce reports and interrogate the system

There may be annual(?) peaks in usage.

May need to interface to some outside systems to check student status

Okay, a bit trivial, but that's surely the main points.

Whether you have 100K customers or 10million customers doesn't have a massive impact on the underlying requirements, rather on implementation and system capacity/resilience.

To be honest I would have thought that is a fairly standard finance company system spec - which wouldn't cost £50m to implement and has presumably been written 100 times already.

Could we please have some sackings.

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

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2020?

Yep, only 4 years away. But then that's (hopefully) a working engine. When does it actually make orbit with crew? 2040?

By 2020 Elon Musk will probably have an operational manned space station around Mars!

Sad difference between public and private projects.

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UK.gov flings £30m at driverless car R'n'D, wants plebs to speek their branes

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"Some of the safest roads..."

To say that the UK has 'some of the safest roads in the world' doesn't cover the half of it! Globally the UK is 3= in the list of lowest fatalities per capita, on a par with Kiribati, and narrowly behind Sweden and Micronesia (and does Micronesia actually have any roads?)

That is something to be pretty proud of.

If properly used (N.B. important phrase there) I suspect driverless cars may reduce this further, but only in certain situations, and the software/driver must know which situations AREN'T appropriate. Motorways probably very good. Mountain roads in rural Wales with the odd wandering sheep and timber lorry, probably not so good.

Driverless could be nice on long journeys, but I'll miss slamming the accelerator down on the 944 and zooming past some blasted sunday driver!

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Florida U boffins think they've defeated all ransomware

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Next gen ransomware

...and in the next release of the ransomware there's a new step

1. Infect machine

2. Detect and switch off crypto drop

3. Carry on encrypting

ho hum...

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