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Universal Credit CRISIS: Howard Shiplee SHIPS OUT of top job

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Re: Yay

"Will bring my own crayons"

Sure, but DWP get to keep them when if you're fired you resign.

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It's official: EU chiefs WILL probe Apple's Irish tax deal

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"Commish"? "commish"?!

Welcome, you're gonna fit in just fine here.

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Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods

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Re: Windows vs Linux

This isn't another "hole" in the fence; it's open back door into every vulnerable system.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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But if you can't tell the difference already, what "breakthrough" could possibly improve the experience?

I understand the urge to keep an "uncorrupted" "master". But I'm not sure its justified. (That said, when our phones all have terabytes of storage, we'll probably all use lossless.)

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

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Yeah, one suspects fewer paths mean the code can be better optimised by the developers, the compiler and the CPU. But that's only a guess.

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Bash bug: Shellshocked yet? You will be ... when this goes WORM

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Re: Oh $!#t.

"But I don't think it will affect anyone unless they're using OS X Server facing the Internet."

Until it skips through the firewall on a vulnerable device.

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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Re: Good cables are better

"...provided you treat TB like your genitalia..."

I keep mine in the cloud. I think they should be safe there.

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Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months

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Haters gonna Hate

No stability problems. It's a bit slower than Acrobat. But there are fewer security holes. And its certainly not bloated.

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Reading these forums makes me think there either aren't many IT jobs in Scotland or the Scottish IT workers are a lot more rational than the general population.

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@ I ain't Spartacus

I think the polls aren't counting:

  • voters who are concealing their 'no' vote because they believe it would be badly received by the people around them; cf the spiral of silence.
  • voters on the council estates who are planning to vote 'yes', and are difficult to survey.

In short, the polls are meaningless; it could be 60/40 either way.

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Credit card cutting flaw could have killed EVERY AD on Twitter

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Re: Actually this is an error I'd quite like to see more of.

Hey, at least somebody thinks I'm worth it!

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Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

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@Ted Treen

"The IDF uses its weapons to protect its people:"

Yes, and I am going to "protect" myself from the world: BY NUKING YOU ALL. HahaHAHAHAhahAHHAHAHAHAAAA.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: @Pax681 @Anonymous C0ward

No, not North Sea oil. They get most of that money back in extra spending. They may not get it all but, arguably, the surplus goes to Wales and Northern Ireland. Anyway, the loss of the majority of the oil (the rUK gets to keep ~10%) won't be catastrophic, even if revenues hold up.

And not Faslane either. It's nice to have and it will be "inconvenient" to relocate our subs. (And for that reason I'm sure we will get an extended lease as part of the negotiations.)

And other than that, what?

As I said, the rUK may well be worse off. But not significantly. And not to the extent that we need to bully the Scots.

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@Pax681

It's purely a case of London-centric business getting involved and trying to bully the electorate with more FEAR FEAR FEAR... that has been the staple of the NO campaign.

But why would the rUK want to bully Scotland into staying? Even if Scotland is a net contributor to the UK---and that seems to depend on who's doing the counting and what's counted---it's not a huge sum (as a percentage of GDP), is subject to the fluctuations in oil price and is set to decline as the population ages. So what does the rUK get out of keeping Scotland? You've definitely made a fair contribution to the union and I wouldn't kick you out, but the rUK is not going to be noticeably worse off without you. So why would we bully you? What have you got that we need to hang on to?

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Re: If they say yes...

But why would we want to?

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spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

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Re: Wonderful

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Have we dropped the requirement that commentards pass a test on elementary LIE algebra?

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Read The Gods of War for every tired cliche you never wanted to see in a sci fi book

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Plans within plans...

I've not read the books but I keep thinking that about the TV series. (Did someone mention Face Dancers? From Tleilax, perhaps?) They both deal intelligently(-ish) with religion, court politics, duty, betrayal and revolution. And Dune, with its feudal society, is very medieval in tone. There also seems to be a vague resemblance between Lynch's movie and the GoT TV series; if you said Sansa was a young Jessica I would believe you and Baelish could easily be a twisted Mentat.

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Dodgy Norton update borks UNDEAD XP systems

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If Microsoft won't support the OS without being handed a fat wodge of cash, why should anybody else?

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Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

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"The desperation to fill recruitment holes is leading to continued wage growth, which is creating a market that is both unsustainable and unrealistic”

Unrealistic and unsustainable for whom? I would argue the wage growth in executive salary is unrealistic and unsustainable but we keep finding money for it. Maybe we should divert some of that executive pay into into coal face jobs. Or perhaps dividends could be reduced to to pay for the people necessary to earn the money.

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What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report

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Re: Out of cheese error

I don't have a passport, don't have a driver's licence and most bills are in the other half's name. Identity verification comes down to my birth certificate, a letter from HMRC and a bank statement.

And that was just to get a Library Card. (No, I'm not joking. But at least it doesn't have a photo on it.)

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DEATH TO TCP/IP cry Cisco, Intel, US gov and boffins galore

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Re: With incredible uptake of IPv6

@Michael, I think the OP was being sarcastic.

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Work in the tech industry? The Ukraine WAR is coming to YOU

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Re: On the flip side...

Yup, cyberwar gravy train.

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Good luck with Project Wing, Google. This drone moonshot is NEVER going to happen

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Re: Please remember that this is America.

I predict Google's next purchase will be a company specialising in armour plating. Or perhaps camouflage (aka "blue paint").

Seriously? It will be sending live data back to Google. Shoot it down and your mug shot will be emailed to law enforcement. And thereafter there'll be one less gun nut on the street. Everybody wins!

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SHARE 'N' SINK: OneDrive corrupting Office 2013 files

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Re: Assuming this is an encryption issue

Please, stop victim blaming.

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Top beak: UK privacy law may be reconsidered because of social media

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Re: "It undermines the rule of law if laws are unenforceable"

Odd, because that doesn't seem to have stopped the last few governments from passing all sorts of unenforceable laws which look good in the media...

The point of all those laws is to makes sure you are guilty of something if there is ever a need to lock you up. Simples.

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Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws

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Re: Not surprising

I use C++ because TEMPLATE META PROGRAMMING! Truly, it's one of life's greatest pleasures! Oh shit, I may have outed myself as a crap programmer. Thanks for my coat, I always wanted to be a writer anyway.

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

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"Innovation" might happen best in a "market", but it doesn't need to be a capitalist market: imagine $invention, the telephone say, had been invented in a post-scarcity world. (Magic aliens have given us replicating machines that replicate anything we create.) You could have created a bunch of them, cost free, dumped them on the world and people would have found their own use for them, different to Bell's. That has nothing to do with The Market, as conventionally understood.

You've also cherry picked inventions, too; a hoover or a washing machine are used as intended, 99% of the time.

I also know I've overlooked the infrastructure. And we can have arguments about whether that's best provided by the state, non-profits, or private enterprise. But having a network doesn't control what we do with the phone.

And, of course, we are now using "the phoneline" (the internet) to listen to concerts...

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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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Re: What about the Arapaho?

Catebaik.

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So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

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Re: Breakthroughs

I wear glasses. I don't wear a watch. So I know which wearable I'm more likely to use.

And the scope for Augmented Reality is massive.

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NIST to sysadmins: clean up your SSH mess

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The goldilocks version doesn't sit still, but keeps on dancing away.

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Slapdash SSL code puts tons of top Android Play Store apps in hack peril

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@mirobaka

"After all, if there is one consistency between iOS and Android, it's poorly coded apps."

Repeated market tests shows consumers won't pay for quality code.

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Re: Interesting statistics

Do not tell my boss that the crappier the coding, the more popular the app.

Serious Answer: I would guess that the top 1000 are more likely to be ad supported, and so more likely to be using the buggy advertising libraries, than the remaining 9,000

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Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media

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To inject some much needed levity into this thread...

"anti-democracy, loyal to the Caliphate, harsh on kuffar".

That's exactly how my dominatrix advertises herself, too.

Thanks for my coat; I have an appointment and I will be sore whether or not I miss it.

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Think crypto hides you from spooks on Facebook? THINK AGAIN

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Re: German Tank Problem

No. The German tank problem would be estimating the total number of posts when only a few can be seen.

This is just fingerprinting. The timing of posts to $SocalNetwork in the last $ReasonableTimePeriod are unique. (Even if you've only written one post in the last month, there won't be many single posters who've posted at the exact same second you did.) So if you know when a suspect is sending TCP data, then you can search $SocialNetwork for posts made at the same time. It will be easy to correlate that with one account.

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Don't think you're SAFE from Windows zombies just 'cos you have an iPhone - research

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It's not much more fun on OSX.

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

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Re: "with a competent operating system, these machines were essentially bomb proof."

@Hargrove

Your Windows' folder isn't full of the "operating system"; it's full of libraries and applications bundled with the OS. And that's what most of the updates are for. If you want things less complicated---and there is definitely merit in reducing the attack surface--then try a Chromebook. If that won't do what you want, then you need the complexity of the Windows' folder.

You actually don't see many OS level bugs reported. Mostly it's application vulnerabilities. Even Heart Bleed happened in userspace without needing to penetrate the kernel.

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Re: wrong on two counts

Humanity tends to act in the best interests of the individual human concerned.

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This is just a rant. It starts by explaining how things were in the good old days. Then, on the final page, the author admits they don't understand how things are these days. And then he says he doesn't care.

Well here's the simple version. Data has to be transferred from user space to kernel space so it can be written to "peripherals" or to the user space of another process. Bugs in that code allow viruses to insert themselves into the kernel. For historic reasons, one operating system is more vulnerable to this, but until we write bug free software it's always going to be possible. Even an OS on a separate CPU won't save you from that.

And Airline avionics don't have to run a web browser that mediates between the user and the internet.

And as for licenses, we can't even stop telemarketers phoning me up and telling me I have a virus and please could I go to their website. If we can't control the phones, what chance computers?

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What's in your toolbox? Why the browser wars are so last decade

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Re: Browser emulator

And simulate touch events.

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

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Fork or collaborate

Why are we even having this argument?? We're hackers: we know that mostly you collaborate but occasionally the leadership becomes corrupted or the way ahead becomes murky and then you fork. We understand that there can be value in having parallel products that take differently approaches but that having two products embodying the same approach is a waste of effort.

We need to apply the same theory to economy: let's evolve it. This is what the pirate party should be campaigning for.

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Re: Geography & Data

If you have a robot that can build them ("3d printer") on site, then only those in your pocket have immediate utility value - unless you've run out of resources to produce them.

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Or, for a government run example, the NHS which despite the Tories best efforts is the best healthcare system in the G8 and a helluva lot more efficient than the American market-based approach.

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Khronos unveils OpenGL 4.5, broadens OpenCL 2.0 language support

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Re: Why bother with OpenGL?

Read this and rejoice.

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Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage

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Re: Why do I bother cleaning my items before selling them?

I don't know, but they've just admitted they're selling shit!

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Why hackers won't be able to hijack your next flight - the facts

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"Polstra said...the human factor remains the hardest for a hacker to overcome."

And how many times have sophisticated technologies been defeated by conning the human into bypassing or ignoring the computer? It's such a well known engineering discipline we have a term for it. I would hope the pilot is a cut above the average call centre worker, but...

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Gmail gains support for non-ASCII email addresses

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Re: More work

The point is that an email address that was illegal six years ago is now legal.

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Evidence during FOI disputes can be provided in SECRET

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Exactly; if your reputation would be harmed by the public finding out, then by definition it is in the public interest to know.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Re: Questions for rocket scientists:

"However something tells me that a photovoltaic panel working at 40% efficiancy shouldn't be able to collect 5000x more energy than a reflective sail working at 90% efficiancy."

A solar cell absorbs the incident photons, collecting X% of of energy from each. A solar sail absorbs the incident photons and then re-radiates them; it doesn't get access to anywhere near the same amount of energy.1 It's the difference between burning hydrogen and nuclear fusion.

1. I'm not actually sure where a solar sail gets its energy from. My instinct is it keeps some of the energy delivered by the photons - i.e. re radiates them at a lower frequency. But that would mean a perfect reflector wouldn't experience radiation pressure, which seems wrong.

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What's that? A PHP SPECIFICATION? Surely you're joking, Facebook

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Re: In my experience...

"The problem seems to be that a majority (not all) of web developers are very bad developers who barely know the language..."

And the good developers stay away from PHP because its virtually impossible to "know the language" well enough to use safely. If I want a back end it's perl or, these days, node.js because I can memorise all the quirks and avoid the danger areas. Frankly, I'd rather write the back end in C++ than in PHP.

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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@Vector I agree that mobile devices will usurp conventional x86 PCs. Equally, I think plenty of people will need keyboards. And if the hardware is cheap and iff all your work is in the cloud then why bother with a laptop- or desktop-sized "dock" for your mobile phone? Why not just own another device?

Although maybe there is a case for having docks in public spaces as a service (e.g. on the train?) so that your customers don't have to lug around laptops.

As for tablets, I thought they a were solution looking for a problem - too big to be easily portable but not as useful as a PC. So when my Dad got my Mum one, I didn't think she'd use it. But she uses it as a portable TV, dragging it round the house watching TV wherever she is; she barely watches the main TV. But she she still uses her main PC for email.

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