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CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap

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Down voted for the sense of humour failure.

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Pint

Re: Please refrain from NAT66

@Trevor_Pott

Well said. Have a beer and an up vote

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Coat

Re: NAT is a kludge

Just what I needed - an excuse to repurchase all my IPv4 kit that does not support IPv6, I suppose this is the net-dweebs attempt to fix the problem of not enough money in circulation.

Mine's the one with Amazon catalog in the pocket.

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BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu

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Bonnetnote

Love it.

That is all

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NASA: Satellite which will END man-made CO2 debate in orbit at last

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Coat

Re: On the gripping hand..

I was going to reply that there is a difference in photosynthesising sugars to make energy, and atmospheric CO2. Then I realised that the level of comment was so appalling low that talking science in this arena was a waste of oxygen and would generate too much CO2.

Mines the one with "The science behind climate change" in the pocket.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Re: Other way round

I am always amazed when people spell their name "Orange". For years I thought it was "Zero Range"

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US spanks phone-jamming vendor with $34.9 MEEELLION fine

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You can buy a phone jammer?

Who knew. I want one. If only to stop a colleagues very load personal mobile going off and his constant jabbering in ear burning loud Italian.

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

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Mushroom

Hey thanks - Black cabs

Now I know about Uber. And so does everyone else. Potentially cheaper or I could get an upmarket car. Sounds like a great idea. Just registered.

Nice own goal there.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Paris Hilton

The bigger question

The bigger question is not whether el Reg should publish this (yes, because it seems we are the only buggers who don't know it) but if it is THAT secret how the hell did Snowden come to have a copy of it?

Seems to me that some US agency have been pretty damn open with our countries secrets. What did Snowden need this data collection details for? He was a contract analyst. There is a lot going on in my company that I don't tell the person sitting next to me about, let alone a contractor. Likewise, I only get told things when I have a need to know.

So who told Snowden? And Why?

Now that's a question I would like the answer to.

Paris, because she is not a black helicopter and, well, she tells everybody.

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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Happy

holy-shit-stop-now panic switch.

Splutter - should not have been drinking coffee when I read that

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NOT APPY: Black cab drivers enraged by Hailo as taxi tech wars rage on

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Pint

Thanks for the hint

Just signed up with Hailo and Uber.

Will report back when I have used them!

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Privacy bods win court battle: UK HMRC must 'reconsider' silence over FinSpy spyware probe

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Black Helicopters

Love the terminology

In the linked PDF on wikileaks, it says that if you run out of licenses, you can purchase more, or you can remove the software from a target machine.

But the terminology is at least honest: "disinfect from a target".

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

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Coat

Re: Sparticus Which flavor folks?

[different Spartacus]

Whilst I shudder at the XP suggestion, he DID say "with Internet turned off". That normally stops most attack vectors.

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@Jake (was Re: whatever.)

@Jake,

Well, your comment was helpful Err, NOT.

This is a thread on the new version of Ubuntu, what if offers, what it takes away, and how good is the new UI.

It is NOT a command to start using Ubuntu 14.04. Or even Ubuntu at all. It is not an attack on MS. It is simply an article on what is in 14.04.

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Megaphone

Re: The fixation with 'serarch' for everything

@Avatar of They

Well, if you have ever been a power user of Word or Excel in their 2010 or 2013 hideous incarnations with that damn ribbon instead of a menu, you will now that power users do use any keyclicks that can to get what the need. This is because MS applications follows the Spartacus Law of HMI.

This says "The probability of the function you want being of a different ribbon to the one you have currently displayed is inversely proportional to you knowing what the correct ribbon menu is".

So if you know that "Remove Duplicates" is on the Data bar, you will already be there. But if you don't know how to change a single page to landscape, then it will not be on the current ribbon, and you will be lost.

Thus, power users who know what they don't know put in short cuts to all the functions they use all the time.

Besides which, real men don't use mice.

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OpenSSL Heartbleed bug sniff tools are 'BUGGY' – what becomes of the broken hearted?

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Paris Hilton

I'll raise your false positive and see you in court

Interesting that the bug detection code is, in itself, buggy.

If I use OSS for my security, that is my look out. Normally OSS is great: there are so many eyes on the code that I have a reasonable assumption that bugs will be found, and corrected in pretty fast time. Heartbleed is exception that proves the rule, but, OK it is a biggy. However, I installed the code, it's my look out, and I am responsible for any bleed from my system. My customers will expect that of me.

But if YOU release some code that says I have the bug, when in fact I don't, and you publish this, then that is your look out. If your publicity of a false situation drives people away from my site, then this is libel - and in a commercial site that could cause me to seek redress.

This is doubly so if you then say that my rivals site is clean, when it isn't. Customers being customers, as we know, will register on the new site with exactly the same credentials as they had on the old site. How many of you use the same password on eBay, Amazon, etc? For most everage punters this falls in to two classes of people: Those that use the same password and those that lie. Now, if someone gets their credentials from the new site they go to, which you said was fine, they get hacked, and come after me because you said my site was still broken, what am I going to do?

Paris - obviously, because her site is always free from bugs...... oh?

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Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco

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Boffin

Fuse Blown - I can fix that

http://www.joydeepdeb.com/images/solution/electrical-problem.jpg

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

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Facepalm

Re: I don't get it..

AC suggested he is not a coder drone and proposes that bounds checking be done in the compiler.

The first problem is that at compile time the bounds are not known. So the compiler can't check.

The second problem is that, in the kernel of an O/S, especially in Unix/Linux type of O/S's, there are many places where bounds checking is just inappropriate. Very carefully controlled ways of ignoring bounds checking are used so that your PC responds fast, at the speed you want. Context Swaps, Process Creation, memory paging, device IO. These are things that need to be done fast and efficiently.

There is no doubt that Heartbleed is a big bug. But it was a simple mistake. It was not deliberate. So holding up the whole of the FOSS community to ridicule, and the author of this code specifically, is pointless. In any event, the patch was out the same day it was discovered and people were patching their SSL code straight away. Ask how quickly microsoft/IBM/Oracle/Sybase come up with fixes to such problems.

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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Mushroom

Eltam on the edge of the Wilderness?

What? It moved from South East London and I missed it?

Oh, I guess it means being next to Welling and Lewisham. Yes, that is being next to a wilderness. I mean, have you seen the shopping centre in Lewisham? Now that really is a depressing place, the squalor of which cannot be described by mere words alone.

So, as you were, Eltham is on the edge of the wilderness.

Incidentally, there were several attempts to but it down during the London riots. Does this mean that the oiks stealing from the burning Primark were actually doing the Lord's work with their burning pillar of flames?

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

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Megaphone

Re: Head to head - Windoze upgrade

Dogged makes the point that the 28Mb spreadhseet with VBA macros aint gonna run on Linux. Well, I have news for you - it can and does run under OpenOffice, and it was 3,000 MB. However, it was developed under Office 2003 using WinXP.

It failed spectacularly on Office 2010 using Windows 7, and had to be rewritten.

So, there you are - reality check says it is easier to upgrade to OpenOffice and Ubuntu than it is to Office 2010 and Windows 7. And it is also cheaper, as in FREE !

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'Amazon has destroyed the unicorn factory' ... How clouds are making sysadmins extinct

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Mushroom

Re: as one of those unicorns

Ahh the sweet sound of someone who feels their jobs are under threat.

Nate, it's time to wake up to the hard cold truth of reality: unless you work for Google, Amazon, Facebook or another purely high tech company then the companies major reason for being in business is to do something, or make something, or trade something. It is not to run a server room of equipment run by a bunch of over paid technoweenies. In many cases, a vast majority of cases, outsourcing the actual computers to other people is a very sound business decision.

Yes, it may cost several 10's of thousands of pounds per month, and yes YOU may be more effective and efficient. But YOU are one in a million. There are a lot of very average, of actually very poor, sysadmins out there. There are lot of added costs to running a server room: the maintenance, the upgrades, the HVAC, and the sheer space it takes up. Do I want a server room or do I want the space back for 20 extra traders? Hmmm. Tough choice, let me think on that one.

Cloud services, or even better SaaS are the way that smart business are going. IT is now a commodity. Got the wrong cloud service? Not up to what you expected? Then churn. We all do this with our mobile phones. Now businesses will do it with their IT infrastructure.

My company trades coffee, We want to trade coffee. We do it very well. So, now, we trade coffee and we are not a computer company that also has a coffee trading arm. IT staff costs are way down and profit margins are up.

What's not to like?

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Blighty teen boffin builds nuclear reactor INSIDE CLASSROOM

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Re: Very cool

Quite right. The student, the head and the school deserve recognition of this achievement. Not just for funding it, but also to tell the sceptics that before you succeed, you have to try.

And not least for waving a finger of contempt at the Health and Safety crew who would doubtless of stopped this on the grounds of anything this cool just has to be dangerous.

Big thumbs up.

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Blimey! ANOTHER Bitcoin bleed brouhaha

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Re: Need more eyes

At last - the voice of reason is heard.

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Brit Bitcoin dev: I lost 'over £200k' when MtGox popped its socks

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Re: Disappointed with how naïve the dev is

Totally agree, Piro.

Other commentators on MtGox threads have commented that when you either mined the coins or you bought them. If you mined them then they have no intrinsic value until you sell them. If you bought them then you lost the real world money as soon as you exchanged it for bit coins. Assuming this man was not trading on the darknet, then he was doing this for investment purposes. If he wasn't trading then he should have maintained his own wallet, not entrusted all his money to an exchange. It looks like he has lost the lot.

I had the same issue in 2001 when I invested real money in Telecoms shares. I lost the lot when the twin towers came down. My shares were worthless or pretty close to it. No time to cry, just have to get on with it. May be I should have written to the Afghan authorities and asked them to reimburse me; or perhaps the Saudis. It wouldn't have been worth the stamp.

I was always suspicious of the Bitcoin stuff. It sounds like: Hey, I have all this money, let me exchange it for a virtual currency, and for that I get a string of 0 & 1's. That's the proof that I own virtual coins. Now, let me give that string to someone else for safe keeping. That someone is in a different country, under a different legal system, and I really can't tell if I should trust them (hint here: I think we have proof that you can't trust them).

Virtual currency may be the future. But just as the the original IBM PC was no where near the best PC, and DOS was not a secure operating system, the first incarnation of a virtual currency was never going to be the best virtual currency.

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UK man Lauri Love accused of hacking US Federal Reserve

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Big Brother

Not like McKinnon

This is not like the McKinnon issues. This guy seems to have gone on a hacking spree full of purpose. He is reported to have not only extracted information from these servers, but to have published same. The further fact that he has refused to release his encryption keys makes him a criminal in the UK as well.

If you go all out to piss off two states, one of which is a known litigant against UK hackers, you have yourself to blame when the size 12's kick down your door.

So, whilst I actively supported Gary McKinnon in his fight against extradition, this one should go to the States should they ask (and they surely will) just as soon as he has served the sentence he will probably get here.

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Google slurps sound-powered security upstart SlickLogin

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Re: "Google was the first company to offer 2-step verification to everyone, for free"

Barclays Bank?

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How bad WAS the parking situation in Middelfart* in 2013?

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Re: Data

Jim 59 raises a very interesting issue. 30+ years ago I was archiving stuff on to 1600 BPI tape. Two years ago I found my old tapes and attempted to read them The best I could do was pay a data recovery company a small fortune. Frankly, my old Fortran and PL/1 code was not worth that so I junked them.

20 years ago I was installed DEC kit with SCSI arrays using 2GB disks. Top of the range then. Now I could not even boot Windows on to 2GB. I would struggle to find an interface card to to read handle DEC's specific implementation these days.

Disks don't last forever, even tapes have to be refreshed.

I wonder how long they think the e-Ark will last?

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'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

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Alert

Re: Hey you don't like it.....

And here lies the whole reason you don't get it.

It is not about what you say. You're right about that. It who you are. What else you do, where else you have been. What you searched for.

You look at the new Dyson Warm Cold blower. Go to you tube, watch a short video you like and you get a popup add for fan heaters. Start to see it now?

Its all about targeting ads at you and being able to tell the advertisers, "We sent x ads for fan heaters to Big Ted, and here is email, phone number, address".

So you see, they do care about you the individual.

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Classic telly FX tech: How the Tardis flew before the CGI era

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Pint

Thank you for this

Tony, and all commentaries. This is a wonderfully illuminating thread on the complexities of early image manipulation. I worked with BSB up to the point of being bought out by Sky, but never on the video front. In any event, we were broadcasters rather than producers of video. And it was all done on Betamax-Professional if I recall.

As I lie here ill in bed, it is great to have my spirits lifted by a discussion of early Dr Who footage and how it was done. So have a pint on me, but forgive, I won't be joining you

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Chrome for the slurp-weary: Cookie-binning Aviator browser arrives

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Alert

YAWN. I seem to remember...

... that this was what Chrome was offering when it was first released. And before that it was Firefox. It seems that every browser starts off lean, mean, fast and security concious. Then over time, as it matures, like a lot of us, it gets a little fat round the centre. Then it starts munching on cookies (like me again!) and eventually ends up fat, rotund, and it starts to loosen its security belt.

I am betting that in 3 years we will be here again saying the same thing about Aviator.

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LOHAN's vital statistics splashed across fruity display

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Pint

This looks so much fun

So obligatory beer whilst I am stuck in a London office.

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British support for fracking largely unmoved by knowledge of downsides

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NIMBY Issue - NOT!

Look at the Balcomble protesters. They almost all came from other parts of the country. The typical rent-a-mob who would argue that black is what and hence all zebra crossings are anti-environment if Greenpeace told them to. The majority of the locals were stood at the side laughing at them and enjoying the newly found media circus. So, I don't think that this is a NIMBY issue.

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Cisco email accidentally sent to 1000s of employees causes message list MAYHEM

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Re: Be my friend

Oh how I wish I had put the coffee cup down for this.

This thread has brightened a rather dull day by making my laugh all through lunch. Bed for the screen, but great for the diet!

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Put down the (cod)piece and step away: Artist cuffed after sculpture cockup

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Re: In fairness...Got what he wanted

Which was a load of publicity for his opening with the new art work. by crashing another artists gallery.

My bullshit meter just hit the stops - sounds like the artistic equivalent of an internet troll.

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BT doles out measly 2GB to customers in Dropbox-alike BT Cloud

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Re: I have 50GBytes Cloud Storage with BT

Me too. But it is not Linux friendly. Also, no single file can be larger that 900 MB (They say 1GB, but it is a lie).

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Private UK torrent site closes, citing 'hostile climate'

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Pint

Re: Members are inconvenienced

Agreed. The BOX was extremely useful.

Also, run by some very polite and easy to deal with human beings who were ever helpful. Have a friday pint guys.

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Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM

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Pint

Really

I am ex-dir as well, and I am on TPS list, and I still get loads of cold calls. Most say that they are international or number withheld. So many that we are thinking of changing our number. If we do go that route, then I am so getting a premium rate.

Just looked at PhonepayPlus' web site. They say that you need to register at a cost of £300, unless you are exempt. As I read it, you simply have to charge a low rate (under £1 per minute). So, 50p per minute seems fair to me.

This idea is pure genius!

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Dopey dope-growing dope smoked out by own dope dope-growing vid

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Megaphone

My inner libertarian says

Legalize it, then you can tax it.

You wipe out the crime, thus making the gangs and crims redundant. You empty the prisons, and you can turn the whole thing in to massive cash cow.

What's not to like?

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Nasty BOFHses. It burns us! It burns...

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Pint

Someone remind me not read comments like this whilst eating lunch. I need some screen wipes!

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ISPs: Relax. Blocking smut online WON'T really work

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Re: Change your DNS?

Hmm, but will they then decided the OpenDNS and Google are spreading porn, and deny them?

I already use OpenDNS because, err, I can apply filters. That's my filters which not only block restricted sites, but also logs which of the PC's in my household attempted access. Very illuminating when kids are growing up!

However, the best idea's are still that parents should supervise young children on the net (in much the same way they should supervise what films or TV programs they watch) and educate older children. That reads parent, not Nanny-Claire.

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UK gov's smart meter dream unplugged: A 'colossal waste of cash'

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Stop

Lets do maths

Each meter costs £265. There are 53 million households according to the article which need to be fitted. so the total is £265 x 53,000,000 = £14 Billion.

How much electricity is this going to save?

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South African kids win global cluster glory at HPC fest

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FAIL

Troll needs spoon feeding

So, here we have a story that you don't know about. It has a link to the website that is the origin, but you don't want to look at this (because it needs and click and clicks mean time).

You want the story author to explain what is on the web site because you're to lazy to read it yourself.

You, sir, get the award for Troll fail of the day.

(PS: The loss is yours, its a good story with some good messages)

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Leaked docs: GCHQ spooks secretly haul in more data than NSA

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WTF?

Re: Grow up people

So, it's the age old argument that if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. Cute but stupid.

The assumption that the spooks just doing a massive data trawl is somehow smarter that the people they are trying to catch is a nice idea but some how you are living in a rather cosy fantasy world. Ask yourself, what would happen if the blackhats decided to use TOR? After all, this can't be bad can it, it was developed by the US Navy. Then you can't tell what is being said to whom. Source and destination are scrambled and the payload is encrypted. Even if they present you with a message you have sent, you CAN'T give them the keys because you don't have them.

What the spooks in the UK/US are doing is the equivalent to steaming open every bit of mail sent, in the hope that some will lead to finding a blackhat. Not too much between this and some spy interpreting what was said as some indication of a terror plot, and getting you arrested for the fact that they think you might be saying something wrong. Guilt by incorrect interpretation.

Security has a price. In by view we are paying too much for it these days. We have given away privacy and with out privacy we have no freedom.

Oh, and before you ask, I am on right of centre in politics and even I feel this.

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I Am Spartacus
Linux

How to organise a revolution.

Use TOR.

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Boffins fire up old dish to send interstellar SMS

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Re: Maxox

That is a classic short piece. Well worth the read.

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Windows NT grandaddy OpenVMS taken out back, single gunshot heard

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Linux

SAD Weekend

First Iain M Banks (he finally sublimed) and now VMS (the Open was always silent). My first job was putting in a VAX 11/780, and then I worked on most of them over the next 10 years. A wonderful O/S, especially for system programmers. I loved the Bit-mapped processor in the 11/780 that allowed you to add your own instructions to the processor. That was fun but did provided for some spectacular crash dumps. Integration a massbus to a Cray-1 was also fun.

The end of an era. Linux is fun, but it is not a patch on VMS.

Still kudos to Dave Cutler for an OS that lasted 35 years.

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Yes! It's the NFC phone-bonk doorbell app AT LAST

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FAIL

Re: Can't someone make the reverse?

Oh dear, I can't get in to my house because the wifi is down.

Fantastic idea.

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Apple: You thought Google dodged taxes? Get a load of THIS

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Mushroom

Re: Only 35% in taxes ?

Are we supposed to be sorry for you that you don't know the tax code well enough to avoid paying too much or should we just laugh?

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Crap computers in a crap box: Smart-meter blackouts risk to UK

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Black Helicopters

Use too much Leccy? We will turn you off

"Utilities want to deploy smart meters because the technology will automate meter reading, as well as creating tools to make it easier to control supply at times of high demand."

The phrase " easier to control supply at times of high demand" worries me. I read this as meaning that if the demand exceeds the supply, some customers will be turned off for a period to alleviate the demand. You can see it now: Its 2014, World Cup is on, its half time in a crunch match that England need to win. The country gets up and turns on the kettle. The network surges, the power companies can't cope and scream HELP! And a large number of people are turned off to reduce the power. It's only for an hour. But when the juice comes back, we are left with a smug looking Gary Linekar saying "Wow, what a game, who new that England could play like that. See you next match."

Yeah, that should keep everyone fine about why we invested in wind turbines rather than a couple nuclear stations..

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Headmaster

Re: Er...

Not quite, 71.6% thought it would result in an unchanged or higher bill

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