* Posts by lglethal

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A year living with the Nexus 5X – the good, the bad, and the Nougat

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Re: But why did they use USB-C?

Oh right, like the USB micro universal charging mandate which Apple was allowed to get around.

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Re: I need a bigger default font.

If you're worried about farts getting on your phone, I think you might be holding it wrong!

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Ludicrous Patent of the Week: Rectangles on a computer screen

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Simple solution - every patent granted by the USPTO which is later invalidated for prior art reduces the budget of the USPTO by, lets be generous, 0,01%. More then 100 invalidations is going to start hurting! Maybe then they'll stop granting things willy nilly.

Or the USPTO could simply follow the UK Home Office visa application policy. You pay your fee when you make your visa application, and whether your visa is granted or not, the Home Office keeps the money. If your missing paperwork, then you need to submit a new application form and pay again. This way, the USPTO would have absoutely no incentive to approve every patent. They get the money either way, so they might actually spend some time looking at the patents, rather then reaching for the big green approval stamp every single time.

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Ladies in tech, have you considered not letting us know you're female?

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Re: Chess

Actually women have made it to the top of Chess. Never #1, although Judit Polgar defeated Kaparov whilst he was #1 in ~2003.

You can talk about it being a meritocracy, but there was for a very long time institutional hostility against women competing in competitions. That's only changed really since the 70's.

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Re: My 2 cents as a 2016 CS Grad

Get copies of the cheating, get the responses from your Uni in writing and if nothing happens, then go talk to a) the police and b) your local MP.

Believe me, things will move then. Too late now in your case, I know, but maybe useful in the future.

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Re: I was going to be all sarky about this...

You can say its ok because he apologized, but I have to ask how it ever got published in the first place! I don't mean the Wall Street journal by the way, when they received the article they probably rubbed there hands in glee at the extra publicity this would generate, but having written the article, he didn't have someone in his firm (legal if nothing else) read it to make sure it was OK. And if he did do that, how did that person not point out to him that he was going to come across as a total dick with this article?

Actually thinking about your last point, IT is one of the few industries which COULD actually do blind interviews. Do everything over the chat, hand over a program to be debugged, ask them to fix a problem remotely? All that seems very doable in a blind test setting. True you want to make sure someone will fit with the team, but testing their skills first, seems like a reasonable idea, and once you have who is the best candidate from the tests you can bring them in and talk to them. Just a thought?

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Four US states demand restraining order to stop internet power handover to ICANN

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Re: That's not how the First Amendment works..

I've never understood how Americans think making policing political (by electing Sheriff's) could ever be counted as a good thing! I would actually love to hear that there was a rational basis for this other than that it's a historical throwback to when the west of the US was conquered.

I would love to also know why there is absolutely no desire for Americans to end this practice? You all hate and distrust politicians, so why on earth would you elect one to lead your local police force?

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

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God I miss London!

People over here on the continent just have no idea about proper transport etiquette and behavior. They sit there making eye topic, smiling at you, even occasionally, making the dreaded attempt at conversation! "Hallo", even. Dear lord!

Don't they teach kids anything over here? Everyone knows that the only correct way to act on public transport is to look at the ground or out the window, make absolutely no eye contact with anyone ever, and to shield yourself in a small bubble of personal space, until your spat out at the other end of your journey! Anything else is absolute blasphemy!

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Re: Disgusting

That's right. No "small" talk in the mens room!

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Curiosity sniffs Mars' odd atmosphere wafting out of its soil

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Science is awesome!

'Nuff said!

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City of Detroit's IT boss took payola from tech suppliers, now faces jail

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Re: It's the way of the world

I can see what you guys are saying about the way of the world and all that, but just to be clear IF you're seeing this in your firm and aren't doing anything about it, then YOU are part of the problem.

€15k may not be that much compared to some other thefts going on, but that is a low level workers salary, so someone is out of a job, because this guy was a greedy prick. There's no way we should stand for that...

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Smartphone lost on QANTAS 'began hissing, emitting smoke and making orange glow'

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Re: "The seat was then inadvertently moved"

"Oh I'm sorry was that your phone? Such a pity that you had to be so rude about your drink arriving 5 seconds late a little bit earlier, don't you think?"

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Sendspace shrugs at phishers exploiting free service

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Great news

It's another service that I can auto block from my email account. Any Email now containing the word "sendspace" goes immediately into the garbage bin.

Thanks for not fixing your problems Sendspace. You've made my life a whole lot easier.

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Pokemon NO! Hospital demands ban on virtual creatures after addicts invade private wards

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Re: Enterprising pub

It needs to be followed up by the sign:

"Two drink minimum..."

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Brit loan firm gets comeuppance for 7.7 million spam texts

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If (and its a big if!)

If this firm had actually audited the data from the third party and had signed contracts specifying that the data had to be all above board, etc. then they can happily pass on the fine (and there own fee on top) for breach of contract by the marketing firm. And guess what? They're laywers so that would be easy for them to do.

The fact that there not doing that, says quite clearly that they are talking out there a$$e$!

1,7p per text is hardly an appropriate punishment if you asked me. Maybe we should calculate it based on the fee these bastards charge per hour for their own time - what do lawyers go for these days? £1000/hour? So assume 30 seconds to look at text, mumble "bloody spam" and hit delete. 30 sec at £1000/hour thats £33,33 per text. So that would be a fee of £256,641,000. THAT sounds like a reasonable fee to me...

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Redback sinks fangs into Aussie's todger AGAIN... second time in five months

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Enjoy!

Seems an appropriate time to play my favourite aussie song...

Scared Weird Little Guys - Come to Australia (you might accidentally get killed!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdihHnaOQsk

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Disney rollercoaster helps pop out kidney stones

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Wait does this mean I can get a trip to Disneyland paid for by my medical insurance now? What do you mean I need to have Kidney Stones first? Havent you heard of preventative medicine before?

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Bloodhound supersonic car backed by Chinese taxi biz Geely

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Goal: Overtaking

I would hope Overtaking was a standard feature in a car manufacturer rather than just a goal for the future...

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Daesh-bag hacker gets 20 years for harvesting US military kill list

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Re: Yet another mess which we created ourselves

Um sorry but what on Earth are you actually getting worked up about? One Kosovan got radicalized, and is now going to spend a long time in jail? How many French, American, British people have been radicalized? Heaps. So I assume that's not what your going on about.

Perhaps it's that the West supported Kosovan independence? Is that really something you consider a problem? That a place that was already being run as effectively an independent state with a vast majority of one nationality forming the people of that state, and wanting to break away from another state that is a majority of a different type of people. I don't get the point of trying to hold countries together when they can be relatively clearly broken up and they quite clearly hate each other with a passion. Now you have two countries, which are at peace and where the people are happy that they have control of their own lives. The only unhappy people, are the ones that now find it harder to cling to power by being unable to point at the other people and say those are the bad people and without me they will kill you.

To be honest a lot more countries could benefit from being smaller countries - Iraq and Libya come to mind as being relatively easy to break up into their constituent parts.

Your final comment about the west being the only ones allowed to determine someone's right to self determination (an oxymoron if ever there was one), is patently false when you check out any number of areas on the Russian borders - South Ossetia, Abhkazia, and Transnistria, are all breakaway states that the Russians facilitated including sending troops to in order to help them "self determine". So don't start on about how the west are the only bad people out there. Russia's in on the act as well...

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Suspected Russian DNC hackers brew Mac trojan

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Not sure I agree with you there - the only people in the Aerospace industry who would be using macs are upper management. They aren't exactly the least susceptible to phishing attacks...

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Re: Suspected Russian DNC hackers

*Sigh* Did you read the article? The malware is embedded in a booby-trapped document. In other words, its a spear phishing attack. Nothing to do with compromised websites.

Also the beneficiaries of the DNC hack were most certainly not the "Hilary" camp, as those emails went along way to alienating a large number of democrat supporters that had previously been supporting Bernie Sanders.

Whether it was actually the Russians or not, they do have a motive and that is discord in the Democrats would be helpful to Trump who is clearly much more friendly to Russia then Hilary. So please stop spouting nonsense like it's all some backward conspiracy theory...

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Silicon Valley’s top exorcist rushed off his feet as Demons infest California

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California?

I would have thought Washington was the more afflicted part of the US. I cant think of a better explanation for everything that comes out of there then "Demons did it!"

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High rear end winds cause F-35A ground engine fire

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Re: Not confined to F35

I have to agree, you would think this would be standard operating procedure by now, but apparently not.

However, at least the aerospace industry is pretty good at avoiding repeated incidents. Right now, there will be a circular going round to update the starting procedure so that in the event of a cancelled start (and subsequent fuel build up), future start must be conducted into the wind.

Frankly, that should have been in the operating procedure from the start, but I guarantee it will be in there now.

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Google rushes in where Akamai fears to tread, shields Krebs after world's-worst DDoS

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The Only Way...

The only way we are going to see the end of DDOS attacks is to start holding the companies that produce or control the unprotected services responsible.

I hate the American way, but until the various IoT developers start getting sued for the costs of protecting against, or the downtime caused by, DDOS attacks, they aren't going to start spending the time and money to implement the sort of security which can make sure their devices cant be used this way.

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You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'

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Re: challenge / response

Hmmm is there a reason why the first nonsense answer that came to your mind when referring to your "first teacher" was "pork sausages"?

Perhaps there's something you'd like to discuss with the class? ;)

*cough* Freudian Slip *cough*

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Re: Please keep your biometric nettles away from my arse

But then the banks would have to actually keep branches open rather then shutting them down and pocketing the profit of outsourcing everything. We cant allow that sort of thinking to happen!

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Re: Meh, don't use your real info

As my answer to those questions tend to revolve around some variant of "f$ck off!", "get nicked" or "pi$$ off". People probably think I really didn't like getting given a dog as a kid...

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Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar

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Re: Whats Overtime?

Sorry to say it but you need to either a) find another job where it's not specified in your contract that you have to do whatever management says no matter what it actually says in your contract; b) inform your boss that any work outside of that specified in your contract is going to require a renegotiate of your contract to include overtime or TOIL; or c) just say No.

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Google GPS grab felt like a feature, was actually a bug

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Fosters - Australia's joke on the world...

Us drink it? Not on your life...

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There was a time when nobody knew Australia even existed!!!

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Netguard is your friend

Having found that for the last 2 months, Play Store was chewing through my data in the background (without me doing anything, having all updates turned off, etc. it was still chewing between 10-100Mb per day!) I installed Netguard, had it block all attempts of Play Store and all the other Google apps to access the internet, my data usage has dropped massively. My phone is faster and all is happy with the world again... :P

I wished I'd known about programs like Netguard months ago, could have saved myself so many problems... And sorry if this sounds like an advertisement, its not! I'm not associated with Netguard in any way shape or form, just happy that it saved me so much and know blocks any attempt from Google to get access to my data! :)

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French hackers selling hidden .22 calibre pen guns on secret forums

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Re: "bagging between €5 million to €10 million a month"

I thin Pascal read it (as I did first time around) that we were talking 40000 people pulling in 5 million EACH every month. THAT you would think would be easy to trace. 5 million divided by 40000 people not so much.

Also doesn't seem really worth it for that sort of money. Your taking a hell of a risk to make €200 a month. So I wonder how accurate those figures really are...

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So the pen IS mightier than the Sword

at least in France....

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Map to the stars: Gaia's first data dump a piece of 3D Milky Way puzzle

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Maybe it was adjusted after your comment, but it does specifically say 7 micro arc seconds in the article...

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Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

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Re: I would not be so sure

@ Voland.

10 years ago I would have agreed with you. But in the current anti-Western, scarily nationalistic climate Putin has going on over there at the moment, I definitely cannot see it happening.

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I hate to say it but I can never see an American firm creating a "New Gagarin". They'd be hounded as un-American and probably lose all government funding. The same goes for Russians creating a "New Armstrong" or whatever. It's just not going to happen.

Only ESA would be willing to do something like that. Hell in Germany we have Yuri's night every year (at least in cities where there is a bit of the space industry, like Bremen). I cant imagine a Yuri's night existing in the US or a "Neil's night" existing in Russia.

Pity. Maybe I'll be proved wrong one day, but I doubt it...

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Tesla to stop killing drivers: Software update beamed to leccy cars

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@ Grunchy

Let me correct you there:

"If some d*ckhead who cant spot an 18 wheeler drives into you, then you can get some lawyers and go for his jugular." Who gives a flying f%&k what car he's driving!

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Curiosity rover likes big buttes but it cannot lie around

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Re: Can we ditch the name Curiosity?

It's official as voted for by the public (i.e. me!), the new name of curiosity shall forever be "The Laser-Wielding, Nuclear-Powered Space Tanky Mc Tankface".

That is all!

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Lasers! Lasers! Nuclear Powered Lasers!!!

Can we ditch the name Curiosity? I propose that from now on we call the robot beast simply "The Laser-Wielding, Nuclear-Powered Space Tank on Mars"! It has a much cooler ring to it! ;)

(Ps - a very nice reference to Sir Mixalot in there Simon! Well Done!)

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Meet DDoSaaS: Distributed Denial of Service-as-a-Service

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What you mean Glaswegians?

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Just not cricket: Microsoft's big data Googly called No Ball

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The third boot note had me laughing

There is no explaining Shane Warne. Even now that he is retired, he still defies explanation. How such a bogan ever dated Elizabeth Hurley defies any rational explanation!

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Sony wins case over pre-installed Windows software

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Re: So what does this do for Italy?

You can always click No on the EULA, uninstall Windows and install your own OS. No problem there, however, you HAVE bought a PACKAGE knowing it comes with Win 10, so why are you complaining? If you don't want a specific OS, find a seller who will supply you said computer without the OS. Not that hard. There's plenty out there, big name and small.

If you buy a package holiday, you cant really complain and ask for your money back when you decide to stay in another hotel. You bought the package, not the individual components.

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Re: So what does this do for Italy?

Actually the rulings don't really contradict each other. All this ruling says is that there is nothing fundamentally wrong with Bundling software with a computer, and that you don't need to list the individual component prices when selling as a bundle. Seems a pretty obvious thing to me.

What this guy wanted was to buy a bundle but not get one of the things in the bundle. Sony don't do that. That is there prerogative I guess. If he had gone Dell or whatever, where customization is perfectly feasible, then he could have chosen not to have Windows. No problems.

So its your choice, go to a customizer or buy an off the shelf package. Job done...

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Hitsniffer customers hit by outage over former colleagues' ownership spat

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Re: Sounds like there both crims

But you NEVER have the rights to take property from one company and use it in another without the express permission of the board. Doesn't matter if you're an owner or not. If you want to take something from one company to another, then you need EVERYONE's permission. Without everyone's approval its called theft.

That sort of thinking where, just because you're one of the owners you can do whatever you like and to hell with everyone else and the company, is the reason so many small company's get into trouble.

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Sounds like there both crims

Sounds like Laird is dodgy and tried to rip off his partner. Sounds like Kourkah stole a customer database and used it at another firm.

The first seems like it depends entirely on the contract the two signed. The second is out and out theft, no questions asked, go directly to jail, do not pass Go, do not collect $200.

Unfortunately, what this sort of thing does is discourage customers to ever use services from small firms for fear that they'll suddenly lose access when it all goes titsup.

Everyone comes out of this worse off. All because they couldn't act like adults. Shame.

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When you've paid the ransom but you don't get your data back

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Risk of personal webmail accounts?

I've yet to work in a firm (dating back to the early 2000's) where use of personal webmails on company machines is permitted. In my current firm (and my previous 2 if I remember correctly) it would be a sacking offence (assuming you could get past the blacklist) to use personal webmail.

If this is a risk at your firm, then you really need to have a talk with upper management and get that particular door shut VERY firmly!

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EU will force telcos to offer 90 days of 'roam like home' contracts

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To play devils advocate here...

Your statement that the EU should be a single market for services only really works if taxes for services are the same throughout, and we unfortunately don't have that. Taxes on the mobile plans would skew the market to those places with the lowest taxes.

Also, I can foresee that certain firms would abuse the common market to lower prices in order to gain lots of subscribers but then fail to transfer that cash into better networks and services. The lower revenue for the "good" Telco firms (yes I know that's something of an oxymoron), would discourage investment in better networks and infrastructure, so in the end we would all end up being stuck on 2G networks as no-one would spend the cash to upgrade, because they wouldn't see any increased profits.

Admittedly at the moment, there are a lot of dodgy networks who don't seem to do anything to improve their current networks but there are still some good companies out there implementing better and faster services. Yes they generally cost more, but eventually that infrastructure begins to benefit everyone.

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Retired Philae lander slouches on Comet 67P

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Such a shame

If you look at the image it looks like Philae is only about 2m away from being in Sunlight. Just 2m. 2 tiny metres. After travelling 6,4 billion kilometres. 2 metres is the difference between a mission lasting 60 hours and a mission lasting days, maybe months.

2 metres. Space is a harsh mistress...

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Hacker takes down CEO wire transfer scammers, sends their Win 10 creds to the cops

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Re: Hoist by their own Petards

Why? They'll just blame IT for the Scammers getting through to them in the first place. Then they'll sack a few low level workers to save some money and then collect their bonuses for reducing expenditure.

Cynic, moi?

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BA check-in system checks out: Staff flung back to cruel '90s world of paper

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Re: How very dare you

Yep it takes time for the computer engineer from India to get to the UK to try switching the system off and on again...

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