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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

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Re: soon...

Optimist.

Even as we speak, people are prepared to "push guidance". For the initiated, that means "we'll delay actually requiring anything until the cows come home. If we need to invent far-sought exceptions for every case, so be it."

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Re: Edit the sentence:

Nah. The government share the financial burder with you, the tax payer, and collaborate with their masters to share even more in future. Looks accurate to me ;)

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NASDAQ IT security spend: $1bn. Finding mystery malware on its servers: Priceless

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Office Space

That reminds me, you really need to change the cover sheet of that TPS report!

If you could do that for me, that would be just fine..

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LibreSSL RNG bug fix: What's all the forking fuss about, ask devs

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@Pet Peeve

@Pet Peeve

Staying away from libressl for years... ok, so you'd suggest relying on OpenSSL's bloated unmaintainable code base (by their own admission). Looks like a dilemma...

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Hackers' delight: Hotel cyber-cafe, er, business centers, apparently – US Secret Service

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Re: Ah, the Cloud..

Yes - previously these guys may have downloaded the stuff from... say, a web server but now The Cloud is there it is all so much more mysterious and exciting! Thank goodness.

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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

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Re: Poll? What poll?

Blocking cookies? Terrorist! What do you have to hide?

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Re: Re evil plan

It's a good plan, no a Good Plan. Good, I tell you!

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Chinese biz bloke builds his OWN 3,500-mile Tesla charger network

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Re: So...

@ecofeco:

You mean that Tesla (not the guy in question) want to build faster stations? I read that in the article...

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FBI: We found US MILITARY AIRCRAFT INTEL during raid on alleged Chinese hacker

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Re: Good luck with that F35

Don't fear, our country is right behind the US and will support funding this brick in the sky to the fiscal death if need be...

(Sighs)

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LibreSSL crypto library leaps from OpenBSD to Linux, OS X, more

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Re: Corporations (like Google) need to step up.

@boltar "I do hope you're not suggesting"... well I don't see him suggesting that, do you? Don't let that stop your rant though... very enjoyable ;)

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Satya Nadella: Microsoft's new man presses all the old buttons in LONG memo

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Same old same old

Mmm, boring as watching paint dry. Probably not for the Microsofties/clients etc but well...

Thanks to the Reg for being able to write some mildly amusing articles about this undoubtedly incredibly boring marketing speak memo.

Hey, is it Friday already!?!?

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ATTACK of the Windows ZOMBIES on point-of-sale terminals

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Remote access

Ehrm, maybe I'm dim but if you can access the box via RDP/VNC/PCAnywhere then you should be able to change the p/w as well, right?

(Of course, with a chance of locking yourself out etc etc but still)

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THE GERMANS ARE CLOUDING: New AWS cloud region spotted

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Re: Assuage this?

Above rant based on previous version of the article - thanks a lot for the clear and informative update, Reg!

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Assuage this?

Exactly. I would be very interested in seeing what concerns exactly the author can see addressed by having a US corp have a new data centre in Germany...

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Don't panic! Mega cloud biz group says NSA just one among many threats

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Fluffy marketing stuff

Even that bureaucratic moloch, the EU, is waking up to the fact that the US Patriot Act is evil and the so-called Safe Harbor isn't safe at all.

Dropping the phrase "it's not only Snowden" a couple of times does nothing to change that. Likewise however many scenarios they want to paint in their <whatever colour> paper.

Do the cloud guys fund 100% of this "open" alliance BTW?

I'll just take a breather now.

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

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Re: @corestore

"This is why the UK has resisted having a written Constitution, by the way; obsolescence due to changing circumstances."

I strongly suspect that is not the (only) reason. Other countries with written constitutions even manage to update the things, you know...

(Not that ours is worth the paper it's printed on as citizens can't refer to it when they claim rights violations - instead they have to use e.g. the European Convention on Human Rights)

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Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

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Re: Just remember...

You shouldn't have mentioned Wernher:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDjmEj25k5U

Sorry, couldn't resist...

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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Re: Well done El Reg

Yes, I'm sure the NSA watch list... and the pool guy are the only two things preventing that ;)

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REVEALED: The sites blocked by Great Firewall of Iraq

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Re: God is great and Frank Herbert is his prophet.

Sorry, you're mixing up colonels here...

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

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Re: Access?

@Tim99: Well, yes IF... I agree.

Unfortunately, Access sufferes from the VB disease: too easy for nincompoops to slap something spaghetti-like together which then gives the product a bad name...

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You want a medal for writing a script? Sure: here it is!

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Blind eye

Typical management approach. Forbid everything due to security/workplace safety/not invented here/job security for others then turn a blind eye when somebody patches up some code which then gets used 20 years, changed, expanded until it is an even bigger problem than the original ancient program it was designed to work around.

Then start complaining about how proper regulations were not followed and this is the mess that results instead of fixing the original problem.

Sigh.

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Dutch firm passes the world's first e-spliff to the left hand side

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Re: ban Gummy Bears

I didn't dare click that link feeling it might well be the Haribo gummy bear from hell review. I've seen it once and that was twice too many ;)

Icon for me... or one of those new-fangled ethings... after all I'm in the land of the flat and the home of the shops where they sell more than coffee...

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VMware seeks patent for IM chats between servers and sysadmins

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Re: Prior art

Ok, what about 2 net sends? One at either end?

You could even go crazy and use one of them new-fangled GUIs at the admin end so all messages show up in a handy window where you can scroll up and down through the messages. That would be great.

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Russian gov to dump x86, bake own 64-bit ARM chips - reports

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Re: Misunderestimating Pragmatic and Smarter Cold War Warriors etc

In that case, my thought would be: TO͇̹̺ͅƝ̴ȳ̳ TH̘Ë͖́̉ ͠P̯͍̭O̚​N̐Y̡ H̸̡̪̯ͨ͊̽̅̾̎Ȩ̬̩̾͛ͪ̈́̀́͘ ̶̧̨̱̹̭̯ͧ̾ͬC̷̙̲̝͖ͭ̏ͥͮ͟Oͮ͏̮̪̝͍M̲̖͊̒ͪͩͬ̚̚͜Ȇ̴̟̟͙̞ͩ͌͝S̨̥̫͎̭ͯ̿̔̀ͅ

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TIME TRAVELLERS needed to secure Windows 7

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Re: Linux

@Lost all faith...

Thanks from a fellow Windows+Linux user... I really should be ditching those sandals and the beard now ;)

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Re: Linux

You mean use Linux as a contraceptive? That might actually work quite well...

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Torvalds hits 'Go' button for Linux 3.15

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Richard

@Richard: Why not talk some more about freedoms and beer. You know you like it....

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Redmond is patching Windows 8 but NOT Windows 7, say security bods

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Vista team? What team?

What "application" are you talking about? The OS? The kernel? What?

Then again, given the content of your post, perhaps you WERE part of the Vista team...

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Vodafone: SPOOKS are plugged DIRECTLY into our network

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Re: Why aren't Vodafone running end to end encryption to prevent this kind of thing?

You mean the kind of end to end encryption where the governments tap in after the end? Of where they've installed backdoors in the crypto kit?

Glad Vodafone and other companies are finally starting to make a noise against government wiretapping... yes, it is massively hypocritical but at least they're doing something...

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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Re: My wife liked it @Mr C

Nothing wrong with that.

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Well, Atlassian certainly couldn't bear it... Suckers.

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Samsung's 'OS of Everything' Tizen still has little to offer

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Re: Simple solution - dual boot.

Or perhaps better add Android app support like Sailfish did...

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Achtung! Use maths to smash the German tank problem – and your rival

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Re: Danger!

@Tom38: totally agreed with your reasoning. If as a company you don't want people to know things, don't put them unprotected on the internet. IMO, the members of the legal profession who ignore this (and interpret the law as done by your esteemed partner in this discussion) just don't get it or, as you indicate, probably don't want to get it.

Unfortunately, they get to make the rules...

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Locking it down: Steps to Oracle database security

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data dictionary="crown jewels of the Oracle operating system"??

Ehrm, this article is supposed to cover a database, right, not "unbreakable" Linux, right? I think I'll stop reading now. Looking for icon for better way to spend time...

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Doing more for less with your Oracle database

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Re: Low cost?

If Oracle is too expensive, who would look at MySQL? Don't people realize Oracle will try to lock in MySQL customers and hike the prices as much as they can?

PostgreSQL seems indeed much saner (more feature complete, cheaper), or MS SQL if you're a Windows shop...

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Mae Microsoft yn addysgu Swyddfa, Bing, siarad Cymraeg*

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Microsoft Access

So they left out Microsoft Access as a bastion of Englishness?

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

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@Evil Auditor: Re: "...simply because they’ve always done it"

Less findings in your audit report=less trouble for the bosses when the inevitable buck-shifting fallout[1] happens...

Unless you are lucky to have one of the few bosses who get it and just slap the auditee hard and say: it's our report, our opinion and unless you come with evidence to the contrary that it's ok/acceptable.

Me, cynical? Nah....

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Solaris deposed as US drone-ware, replaced by Linux administration

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Re: one minor flaw

Didn't particularly like the joke... (a bit too elaborate) but that's taste for you (IOW that's my problem, not yours). Totally agreed with your point, Andy - have an upvote ;)

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Controlling how? Re: I've missed something here

@Magnus Pym: you're right that the on board flight control system should probably be real time. The question the article raised to me is what is meant by "software controlling the drone" - perhaps it's remote control software+GUI/a flight management tool etc that's used on the ground. As you're dealing with probably powerful computers and delays/latencies due to radio links anyway, having a normal OS instead of real time looks like a good design choice.

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Norwegians trial Oculus Rift in tanks: The ultimate battlefield simulator

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Re: Return of the Mololov-cocktail

That's why they'll probably retain the redundancy of periscopes etc.

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TrueCrypt audit: Probe's nearly all the way in ... no backdoor hit yet

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Core competencies

@volsano:

The problems found are comparatively minor, easily fixable, and indicative of competent people writing code just outside of their core competencies.

Well... some of these errors (the messing with different data types - signed & unsigned integers etc) does not look to my (granted, inexperienced) eye as something a competent programmer would do.

However, yes, the problems do seem fairly minor (once again, no C dev here so I admit my relative ignorance - though I must commend the report writers on their clear explanations)

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Running OpenSSL? Patch now to fix CRITICAL bug

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Errata

One erratum, multiple errata.

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Oracle smacks JD Edwards help site with cease and desist order

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Documenting schema protectable?

@bigtimehustler: exactly. And even if it would fall under copyright, there's exceptions for interoperability in at least US and European law. DB schemata would be prime examples of details needed for interoperability.

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Re: You are looking at it from the wrong perspective....

"but that if they let the site exist, it weakens"

Are you perchance confusing patent enforcement with copyright enforcement?

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FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH

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Re: Typical Microsoft

I misread that as Microsoft Inhume. Too much Pratchett again...

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GNOME 3.12: Pixel perfect ... but homeless

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Re: DOS

You mean FreeDOS? Yes, one might be able to put GEM on it and have a ball ;)

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Bruce Schneier sneers at IBM's NSA denials

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Re: I'm going to repeat my comment from elsewhere..

That's what the US would like you to believe, but that's not the case. If the US wants data from another country it will either have to file a request for assistance or acquire the data via "other" means.

One of those means is the Patriot act: every US-headquartered/based company must hand over all data from any of its subsidiaries on request. Game over.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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Notepad++ updates?

No need to enable automatic updates though...

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US saves self from Huawei spying by spying on Huawei spying

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Re: Ha! Take that!

Yo dawg, I heard you like backdoors... etc

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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Re: The question nobody ever asked

Not quite, Mr President - see the earlier post about the Chinese gold...

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