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Watch out for the products that have snuck in behind your back

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An appeal

Oi el Reg - wot about a review of best british tablet co based in Leeds and accessible online.

I have no affiliation or connection with the company - just curious that's all.

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Disk drive shipment numbers set to spin down

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Another factor?

Who wants all those wires, power bricks, screwdrivers n stuff turning the room from a room into a lo-tek hell den when you can have the cloud?

No more - Oops I left my disk/usb thingy at home in the lo-tek hell den and more of - Nos problems - all I need do is remember my login username and password (always assuming a human RFID was not/has not/will never likely be becoming or became widespread (last bit with acknowledgements to The Big Bang Theory Sheldon, Hoffie, Wolly n Raj :-) )

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

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So ...

... older computers won't display You Tube videos?

No harm there then (and probably quite a lot of good?)?

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It's official: David Brents are the weakest link in phishing attacks

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Just thinking ...

I'd guess that newly created corporate email accounts are close to top of the list too

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RSA supremo rips 'failed' security industry a new backdoor, warns of 'super-mega hack'

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Erm, ...

... don't use computers unless you really have to and make sure that any computers doing really, really important stuff like You Tube, ebay, ... don't do trivial stuff like online accounts and banking?

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America was founded on a dislike of taxes, so how did it get the IRS?

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Re: It is a natural consequence ...

The differences between large companies and state employees tend to be:

budget control in state sector is laughable

budget control in private sector is profit n loss with too much loss equalling business closure

terms of employment in private sector tend to have to adapt to trading circumstances (anyone heard of a civil servant/public employee taking a wage cut? In the UK the practice is called ring fencing where an employee is transferred to a lower paid post but retains all the terms and conditions and income of the previous higher paid post).

A usual practive in private sector is: if you don't meet the post KPIs your out of the post.

And state employee (by that I mean all uk public employees) had the best of any terms and conditions of employment, redundancy and relocation benefits short of something spectacular.

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The usual scenario?

1 - state develops directly employed people with contract of employment durable throough elections (seems reasonable that an election means not only politicos face the dole but all public employees too?)

2 - Las Vegas effect kicks in: it becomes a money maker with no real overall control

3 - state absorbs almost all of the money knocking about and of course everything has lots of justification for costing so very much consequently little amounts of money are available for other non-state enterprises

Usual indicators:

how high do public employees incomes go? (usually the highest in the state)

how favourable are the terms of employment at the most favoured end of the statistical range between state and non-state employees.

(I am sure there are more but u get the drift and well can't be bothered really :-) )

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Still

Taxation is morally wrong.

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It is a natural consequence ...

... of having many state employees.

Then, of course, the only way to fund careers and ever growing scope is by further increasing taxes either directly or indirectly (for example selling bandwidth and frequencies owned by the state?)?

There are some theories (game theory, greedy algorithm) that describe the phenomena quite well.

Plus, of course, a continual pandering of economies to inflate.

A nicer still stewardship model is to let non-physicals - notional things to be free to the public.

Argument might be made (and equally failed) that non-natives should pay more but that would probably cost more to administer/run than it would return?

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EMEA PC market circling rim, headed for U-bend plunge

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Shame?

It is a shame Mr Gates had left MS when personal portable computers that could make phone calls (tablets n phablets) became widespread.

It is another shame that quality (I mean quality) tv, video and movies were widespreadly internetted after Mr Gates stepped down.

(I think it was one of his aims soon after Windows 95?)

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What keeps CIOs awake? Leaky data centres – or leaky C-suites?

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Neither

Leaky lawsuits make all C** squeak around the bum region

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Android gets biometric voice unlocking

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Human implant...

... must be the best way?

Or maybe even 2 - one for the ear region to automatically unlock voice op phone and one in fingertip for ease into car and all that other personalised stuff in car.

Why, even the data and metadata might be used by third parties to reduce (increase?) auto insurance.

Two implants seems better coz think of the loss of usabilities should a finger get cut off - one can still use t'other.

Maybe the rfid could self destruct if the body organ it was implanted in stopped being so lively?

Just streaming of conscious stuff thats all.

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Why not humans?

If cows, dogs, cats and ... can get tagged why not humans?

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Budge up, Navy boys, I've got some broadband spectrum to flog – FCC

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ps ...

... here in the UK with lurches from one financial crisis to another, we are used to seeing civil servants sell of the family silver.

Seeing something similar Stateside is a bit of an insight?

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Let me see ...

US guvmint (and most Western guvmints as it happens) wants to sell, lease, invite bids from interested parties that they in turn sell on as wholesale or retail packages to others.

Then those guvmints request the buyers, lease holders, successful bidders to retain data including metadata for security purposes.

So why sell, lease, invite bids in the first place?

Of course the practical answer is: to get money dummy!

But the moral answer is ... ?

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PHYSICS APPLECART UPSET as dark energy disappears, Universe slams on brakes

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Its hiding ...

... in the UK Treasury overdraft?

ps - this is not a facetious comment. If you get poorer in the years ahead regardless of guvmint elected it will be wholly due to UK treasury overdraft/UK Treasury loans.

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Alternatively , ...

Thank you for the funding used to provide researchers dosh to figure out a number based on some modelling assumptions. That money has run out now and can we have some more please?

We can use it to tweak some base assumptions and need to recalculate to consequences on the number already figured out earlier as it now looks wrong.

Ta velly muchly

Big Bang Research Team

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Backdoor bot brains snatched after cops, white hats raid servers

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Oi

Does this mean that t'internet is not secure?

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Labour manifesto: Tech Bacc, not-spot zapping and hi-speed interwebs

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Re: So why is it computer science graduates have the higest unemployment rate?

Usually it is due to mid-management insecurity and fears.

"Why - the new geezer knows more than me and I am the manager! Can't have that. Sack it now!"?

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It does not really matter ...

Experience seems to suggest:

Under Labour guvmint you get more UK pounds but they are not really worth much

Under Cons guvmint you get fewer UK pounds but they really are worth a lot.

My take: disposable income is bliss (and I prefer the second of the above options).

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Instead of public sector non-jobbery, Martha, how about creating REAL entrepreneurs?

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But no, it's obviously all down to the suits. Obviously.

Well, obviously the UK is a meritocratic democracy?

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Old habits die hard?

The UK has a lot going against it as far as free enterprise is concerned (even in the glory, gory past of misinterpreted free enterprise days such as the India Company?).

These critical factors are the UK class system, state control mentality and all monies belong to the Treasury. Even this tidal wave of interest in IT (get your kids coding?) smells of a fascist/non-free state intervention to get everyone doing the same thing (daft innit?)

The fantasist?

Another trend with guvmint monies is to influence decision takers (politicos) by fantasy what-if scenarious. I'd guess that 98% of all uk guvmint laws, enactments, ... are based on knee jerk reaction to fantasy what-ifs (a bit like get your kids coding?)?

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To defend offshore finance bods looting developing countries of their tax cash

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The only logical evolution ...

... must be:

Germany and Russia become friends

(this diminishes the Ukranian dilemma straight away unless, of course?, Uncle Sam still wishes upon fractious fecking of the European sector?)

EU, less UK obviously, follow suit

Norway and Scandanavian elements see the sense in a friendly Germany, friendly Russia, friendly EU and ponder/wonder why they ever thought UK and US were totalities to be followed blindly whatever whenever?

Uncle Sam gets his petticoats twisted?

In 40 years time India does what EU, Germany and Russia did 20 - 30 years earlier and develop a trading sector most formidable and reliable without dollar dependency and dear old China is glad to chip in?

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Outsourcery still losing as much as it turns over

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That's the "why" doodz?

See, the alternative public funding model runs along lines of:

get fellow mandarins to provide joyful press releases

get guvmint stats and finance bodies to do a Nelson and look elsewhere

bleed the public purse for all the dosh it has until the squeaking of the squeezing and the grunting of the slurping attracts too much attention

do a change in heads, sub-heads, regional heads, regional sub-heads ensuring that only frontliners remain in post

do a few more years of bleeding and pleading before discovering frontliners were doint it all wrong

do another rapid change in heads with fellow mandarins declaring all is alright now

well, you get the message?

profit n loss accounts are so much cleaner, effective and timely?

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Labour has a pop at the government over missed GDS targets

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Perverted inverted or is it ...

... inverted perverted?

Anyway the point is what good could the opposition do?

Time shows that when in guvmint they more or less run around private secretaries and mandarins bleating "Just let me know what you want me to do so I can help you"?

Isn't it just "Yes Minister" with the roles of politico and unservile servant pervertedly inverted (or is it inverted perverted?)

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When cash is King, mobile money means economic freedom

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I'd guess that HMRC in the UK has been doing that for years.

For example: identify dodgy pizza parlours by comparing declared sales with use of pizza takeaway boxes no?

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Capita shuns its own £2.5bn framework and touts G-Cloud IT

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Optional

Why take public money once when you can take it two, three, four times or more for doing the same job?

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

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Tee hee?

"... starting to run SIP, so could explode as a source of toll fraud"

Of course BT is not going to change anything.

It has made an extra £90 and hopes this figure will increase over the years to come.

I mean, why else put a backdoor in like that?

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NHS England has some sneaky plans for Care.data acceleration

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My UK GP ...

... lets me make appointments online.

That is to see nurse, GP, visiting specialist, ...

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NYPD cop in court for allegedly hacking into the FBI

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Tee hee!

Did he install the kit when rest of squad were asleep?

If so, his defense could be NYPD/FBI negligence and lack of due diligence?

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Russia's Putin IT spend in reverse gear, fast

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UK? £154 million?

Its nowt that - £154 million is peanuts.

Potential example:

(Previous) UK guvmint spent (that is gave) UK power generators £630 million to burn trees/wood in power stations. Motivation: UK green credentials were a bit tardy, burning wood is carbon neutral so massages UK carbon emissions (ommissions?) a little.

Consequences: £630 hot millions in UK buy wood campaign sorta puts up the price of wood dinnit? Now you can't buy wood easily in UK as most of it is earmarked for burning in electricity generating power stations.

What remains of UK coal industry has had its order books slashed because big customers are burning wood/trees and not coal. Miners are uneasy again?

Businesses dependent on wood other than for burning it are facing increases in cost of product that makes them noncompetitive in todays market.

Decisions taken in previous guvmint have taken a while to kick in but kick in they did.

Or so I am lead to believe.

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Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

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C'mon peeps - give em a brake?

Is Hansard mass surveillance of MPs activities?

Or is it just bulk interception of what they spake in t'ouse while in formal capacity?

(this isn't going as I thought it would - the point I am trying to make is that bulk interception is not mass surveillance but it does have potential to be both surveillance and bulk surveillance and targetted surveillance (did I tell you I can't count?))

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Dutch telcos build data bonfire after judge nixes retention law

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It's in the wording dude?

" no longer obliged to retain internet and phone traffic data for law-enforcement purposes"

Well so long as it is for some other purpose it is alright then?

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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Easy targets?

Maybe it is just that easy targets willing to cooperate and comply are worth pursuing because a few hours can get results?

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Hmmm? Maybe?

Maybe a better approach is to take action on wasting police time and the cost of making non-intrusive monitoring of people who had not committed any crime nor were they likely to?

Inefficient management of a public resource (police personnel, police time and that ain't cheap, equipment, ...) might mean that those responsible for ordering inappropriate non-intrusive monitoring might have their career paths (and pensions?) cut short?

EDIT

ps: I don't think any reasoned approach will work as the individuals have the power, have the authority and are motived to abuse them anyway?

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UK.gov in pre-election 'Google tax' blitz against internet firms

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Re: Question...why just US owned internet companies.

Over here in Blighty the tax people employed by guvmint like to make examples of high profile people/companies/enterprises (apart from their own that is. You will not find an example of tax prosecution of HMRC against civil servants?)

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Rip off Britain?

It seems that rip off Britain is worth defending?

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We have no self-control: America's most powerful men explain why they're scared of email

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Damage control?

Seems reasonable - the best damage control seems to be don't use email at all.

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

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No?

Never?

What?

It can't be true can it?

But they never waste money like this?

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Why Wi-Fi won't solve mobile telcos' data dilemma

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Why is it ...

... that some EU countries prohibit wider use of technologies by hiking up price barriers?

Any idea where the UK comes in the list?

Is there a list and if so will el Reg publicise it?

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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(Optional) Tsk you humans

Perhaps wealth in those times placed more emphasis on health, family, food, ... since Banks were not readily available and holes in the wall not really reliable.

The stock exchange did not really get under way for quite a while and as every ruralist knows, you can't eat gold (but it can add a sparkle of something to your daughters/sons weddings?

So maybe extrem e wealth implied a longer lasting relationship with the environment capable of sustaining life for generations rather than a magpie habit of putting stuff (usually non-perishable?) in safe places?

Just a thought that's all - humans? What you like?

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EU annoys industry and activists with net neutrality proposal

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Yeh butt?

What do the paying customers want?

I'd guess that most people interested in mainstream use of t'internet would be happy to pay a small premium (a quid a year?) to have a system devoid of intrusive porn, ads, scamming, phishing, ...

The quid seems reasonable on basis of the cost of hardware required to widespread popularity of the medium and also to prevent cash strapped organisations/guvmints from trying to turn it into a nice little earner? No?

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Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

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Is he daft?

For an intelligant man it seems a very dim thing to do.

Once in US will he live long enough for the justice system to do its business?

Alternatively will it give the House of Reps and/or House of Congress to award him the highest award to a citizen defending the constitution of his nation?

Maybe it will just keep oodles and oodles of lawyers, judges and legal beagles employed and in the dosh for decades to com?

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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OI! Moderator

Paragraph 6, link to contact samsung .com

href="http://www.sodnpoo.com/posts.xml/spoofing_the_samsung_smart_tv_internet_check.xml" contact code www.samsung.com code to check

Please explain

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UK.gov shuns IT support tower model. Now what the hell do we do?

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Re: Ah, the traditional model

They do things that way by design (whoever 'they' happen to be).

It is the limited/no liabilities approach and explains why a lot of psuedo-companies chase after guvmint contracts (either with or without help from capita?)

From a taxpayers point of view no liabilities model looks like what it is - a waste of public money.

From a psuedo-company or procurement process point of view it is a nice little earner in which those involved will never snitch on the others doing the same.

Why do you think guvmint funded stuff needs inspectors?

psuedo-company is roughly what used to be fully funded directly by guvmint dosh employed by national, regional, shire-like, local guvmints byt now pretend to be private companies but usually owned by the state?

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MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

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Did he take his wallet with him?

Alternative title: Death of altruism (it never lived here anyway)?

I reckon the Cousins are used to dealing with people handling brown paper envelopes filled with dosh but anyway ...

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Microsoft: You want on-prem wares, UK.gov? We'll make you pay

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Chances are ...

... that MS is big enough to make it work (provided UK civil servants don't put the kiss of death on it. And if they did would it be a treasonable act?)

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Now with Grunt and Gulp: Cross-platform ASP.NET in new Visual Studio 2015 preview

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Can run cross platform (XP?)

Can run cross platform (XP?) I thought that was one of the aims of Windows XP?

And didn't Adobe try something similar about 2008 (write your app once export it freely?)

And how compatible is compatible?

(Some seem to think it is a binary inclusion/exclusion thing others that compatible is a %-age thang?)

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Finally, a decent use for big data: Weeding out crooked City traders

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Don't hold your breath on that...

UK hierarchy looks after itself whatever plods or software imply?

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Google drive too

If he saves it and syncs it to google drive and deletes will be safely (?) reachable in Google Drive Bin no?

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