* Posts by Anonymous Blowhard

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Drug drone not high enough: Brit lags' copter snared on prison wire

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Not surprising

After all, modern smart-phones aren't quite as body-cavity-friendly as phones used to be...

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Google Glass NOT DEAD. We're just making it 'ready' says chief

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It's not dead, it's resting!

(Norwegian Blue Icon?)

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Boffins twist light to carry 2.05 bits in one photon

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Re. My brain hurts

Try soothing it with http://www.sabrain.com/beers

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Swedish city demands £40,000 to repair teenage hacking spree

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"when someone does "hack" the system send the "hacker" the bill for daring to point out the incompetence"

And if they leave the town hall doors unlocked, anyone who checks and then tells them will have to buy new locks and an alarm system.

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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Re: Apples values.

As far as I know, you can still buy Windows 7 pre-installed on Dell business PCs; I just ordered a Precision M6800 with Windows 7 (free upgrade to Windows 8.1 is included in the license).

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Amazon issued with licence for delivery drone madness

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Re: So why is Amazon pursuing the idea?

"It probably won't be many more years before packages are winging to the doorsteps of buyers around the World"

I can't see the aviation authorities in other countries being any more likely to allow drone operations than the FAA and the UK CAA; in practice a lot of these will be following the US and UK experiments with drone operations to save themselves the cost of doing the research and development, so flying parcels will probably happen just after flying cars.

The drone fans out there won't like it, but the safety issues around drones are a lot more complicated than for delivery vans; this may be a thing that will only happen when we have complete automatic control, including traffic control, of all aircraft. By then it may be illegal for a human to pilot an aircraft, and "pilot" will be a once-was job like "elevator operator".

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Flying cars will take to the skies in 2017, if government allows

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Re: Crash

"Every flying car venture seems to come to the same end - crashing into government regulations."

And this is why smart investors stay away; there is absolutely no way that flying can ever be de-regulated to the level that some of these companies expect, so their market projections are just pie-(not)-in-the-sky.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: self-indulgent onanism

"I have special dispensation from Pope Francis."

I have a special dispenser from Kleenex.

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

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So is "Cortana" short for "Bob"?

I'm sure I've heard something similar...

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US sheriff’s department DOES need a petabyte class storage array

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Cue Song: Police and Thieves!

And presumably the casinos are monitoring for people "cheating"; you know, by using maths to work out the probability of cards being dealt and basing their gambling on so-called "science" rather than dumb luck (this sort of behaviour gets you barred as it's not fair on the poor casino owners who depend on the house odds advantage to make a meagre living)

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Yes our NAS boxen have a 0day, says Seagate: we'll fix it in May

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Re: This on top of the RAM reprogramming zero-day that Google found....

"You'd think that the number of zero-day exploits would be decreasing"

Only if you were an engineer focussed on delivering secure products to your customers.

Unfortunately the engineers "customers" are corporations who want the lowest cost solution to the problem of slurping their customers data, so more and more "features" rely on hidden communications channels that consumers aren't aware of but criminals (the ones that didn't sell them the flawed product) are happy to exploit.

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'Why Digital?' Seriously? You plainly don't Get It enough. Or at all

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I'm in two minds

On the one hand this is brilliant satire and I should laugh, but on the other it's actual government policy and makes me want to cry!

Can anyone save us from arts graduates who think they "get" technology by randomly adding the word "digital" into job titles?

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Boffins find Earth's earliest Homo in Ethiopian hilltop

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Re: Let them chew on this

Reminds me of the Futurama episode where Professor Farnsworth is challenged about missing links; as Dawkins points out, evolution doesn't happen in big steps, like from a short necked herbivore to a giraffe, its a continuous spectrum of changes. It just looks like bigger jumps because the fossil record is so incomplete, a small fraction really, due to many factors (original population spread versus proximity to environments where fossilisation can occur).

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Top Euro court ends mega ebook VAT slash in France, Luxembourg

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VAT Fraud!

I assumed the zero-rating of VAT on books and magazines was intended as a measure to indicate we value knowledge and don't tax it.

But it's paradoxical, VAT on blank paper is 20% whereas VAT on printed items (books etc.) is 0%; so it would appear that adding information to paper has negative value added?

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‪Obama criticises China's mandatory backdoor tech import rules

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Re: The difference is...

The "Dummies Guide To Liberal Politics" sounds better than the "Hypocrite's Guide to Freedom"...

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Kettle and Pot discuss fifty shades of black

'nuff said.

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How many Androids does it take to change a light bulb?

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" Maybe the cleverer app-controlled RGB LEDs can compensate for this."

They'd be cleverer if they just did it in response to the input power rather than requiring an app.

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Re: IoT? WoT?

You fool! This isn't for your benefit, whatever gave you that idea?

The aim is to have lightbulbs that can be rented, and turned off if you don't pay: "lighting as as service" (tm).

Also, Theresa May can then monitor the colour and send the police round to arrest you for soliciting if you change the colour to "sexy red".

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Broadband routers: SOHOpeless and vendors don't care

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Re: Why does this problem exist?

And the answer is, of course, money!

The cheaper they are, the more likely they are to get huge ISP contracts! And ISPs like to remote manage things, so "value-added" features like remote access are put in at lowest cost, so no surprises if the security gets compromised in the implementation.

And the difference between excellent security and no security can be one firmware update!

And there are different firmware builds for different countries, so a product that's secure in one region may be insecure in another.

Market forces will guarantee the current situation as manufacturers race to the bottom; the cure may be worse than the disease though, as it will require regulation to force manufacturers to compete on an even playing field.

Many of the safety features in your cars are there because the government says so, and the the car must pass government mandated safety tests; all manufacturers have the same requirements so no-one can gain an advantage by cutting corners.

So the answer is pay more to support regulation and testing or keep it cheap and every man for himself.

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Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

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More details please

"the council of national telecoms ministers"

Which specific Ministers? I'm assuming this was a meeting of national telecoms ministers, so which ones decided to pull the plug on this?

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

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Re: It had to come

I should worry when they call you about that accident you might have...

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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I'm sure we're missing something here

Not wanting to put a dampener on this, but shouldn't we have a space vehicle before we build a spaceport? But the UK government has also managed to build aircraft carriers without aircraft, so maybe it's just being consistent.

I'm guessing that the target is a facility for a Skylon, or similar, vehicle rather than a rocket launching facility, since it makes much more sense to launch rockets from nearer the equator.

But why not invest in actual space vehicles first and get them launched from an appropriate existing facility? This just seems like a bit of a diversion from a country who's government hasn't even participated in any manned space program; I guess landowners prefer land to technology.

For what it's worth, Newquay gets my vote; at least you can enjoy the beach whilst waiting for a launch.

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$250K: That's what Lenovo earned to RAT YOU OUT with Superfish

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0.1% of profit for 100% bad reputation

Possibly the worst decision since the captain of the Costa Concordia said "Let's have a closer look at that island!"

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Nokia boss smashes net neutrality activists

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WTF???

"Connected cars, for example, will need near-instant response times if they are to avoid accidents, said Rajeev Suri"

Seriously, this guy wants my car to rely on IP networking for safety critical functions? I rarely make personal statements on forums, but I'll make an exception here: He's a fucking idiot!

The thing is, I don't want my car (plane or hover-skateboard) to take safety critical decisions based on the availability, or not, of network services! By all means let it use them for non-safety-critical data, like route planning, but there's no way that my next 0 to 100 metres of travel should rely on the availability of GPS or network data! This is why the self-drive car is so complex, because it needs enough autonomy, at any given moment, to understand its immediate environment and make a safe decision.

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BOFFINS: Oxygen-free, methane-based ALIENS may EXIST on icy SATURN moon Titan

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@DoubtingThomas

Sounds like someone's brain may have been "oxygen-free" for a few minutes...

Why would anyone criticize chemists for research into chemicals? It's only abstract knowledge until someone smarter figures out what to do with it!

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The car in front has Kaspersky deep inside

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Re: A decent embedded OS shouldn't need antivirus in the first place

"there should be so few attack vectors it should be virtually impossible to inject malicious code"

Won't an embedded O/S have exactly the same attack vectors as any other O/S?

Network communications (if it is ever connected to a network LAN/WAN/WLAN/Bluetooth)

Storage device (if anyone ever plugs a USB drive into it)

Connected device (if anyone connects a peripheral to it)

The attack surface may be much smaller that an O/S that's providing lots of services (SQL, HTTP etc.) but that's not exactly a defence just less to exploit.

When it comes to physical access, it could be much more vulnerable than your home PC; how do you know what's on the diagnostics computer that the garage connected to your car during its last service?

When it comes to computer security in 2015 pointing the finger at Microsoft and saying "it will only be a problem for Windows" is the ostrich approach.

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BOFH: The ONE-NINE uptime solution

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* well, all the ones with their priorities straight who aren't already in the pub.

If their priorities are straight then they *are* in the pub!

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Salesforce boss: One day I'll run a $10bn... er, software biz?

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HANA isn't about lock-in

It's about getting a bigger share of the pie; what's the point going through an expensive sales cycle to get a customer and then have to hand over a large percentage of the profit to the company providing the DB software? SAP used to be pretty keen on MySQL, but its acquisition by Oracle probably cooled their ardour on open source a bit.

As far as lock-in goes, it's one thing to be locked into a software vendor, you can have escrow agreements in case they go out of business, but what do you do if the company has all your data? Any company looking at a cloud solution for a major part of it's infrastructure is basically saying "they are more likely to survive than we are"; which may be the case, but how can you know that? I'm sure some of these companies looked pretty solid too:

http://www.businessinsider.com/largest-bankruptcies-in-american-history-2011-11?op=1&IR=T

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Assemblers were once people: My aunt did it for NASA

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Great story Mark

Your aunt sounds brilliant; so far ahead of the curve they didn't even know it was a curve!

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: Makes Sense

IE was dominant because it came with Windows and users, for whatever reason, didn't bother to download and install an alternative, even though there were plenty to choose from.

This was the conclusion of the EU, hence the requirement to include other browsers in the setup.

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: Worth every penny...

I would willingly sell my house and all its contents to help the BBC.

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Don't count on antivirus software alone to keep your data safe

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Re: Who's the Audience here?

"The audience is MS-Windows desktop users."

Because no other operating system can possibly be compromised?

http://www.zdnet.com/article/lame-mac-malware-finds-success-in-spearphishing/

Awareness of risk is vital to an effective security policy.

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

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Re: Crap in - Crap out

"I know - and there was me thinking the entire business and gaming world ran on it. Whatever was I thinking."

Only the bits that don't run (stagger?) on Java!

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C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

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The problem starts with punters and prices

As the article points out, margins in this game are very low, and anything that can add a few quid profit to the manufacturers is being embraced like a saviour.

But this is the fault of the market, punters look at the spec and say "model X from company A is the same as, but a bit cheaper than, model Y from company B"; nowhere in the list of features does model X say "Includes crap adware that fucks up security" so buyers just pay their money and take their (uninformed) choice.

It's very hard to charge more for something that appears to have "less" in it; so the market needs to be fixed to give hardware manufacturers the chance to make some money on hardware rather than having to pimp their customers' data for a few shekels; how to fix it will be very controversial: do you ban certain types of software, can you force a "data security" warning on certain software like the warnings on cigarettes?

Lots of posts have mentioned being able to do a "clean" install, but this requires skills or money, so buyers may as well opt for a more expensive "business" PC that comes without any adware.

Maybe the answer is to lose a few players in the PC hardware game, or at least the market for personal rather than business machines, so margins aren't so tight.

In the end, it's all about what people are prepared to pay for a PC and the battle for the cheap end of the market.

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Ukraine suddenly 40% more interested in UK tax info – HMRC

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HMRC interested in 40% of my salary

Bastards!

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

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Re: Pascal ? Really ?

"someone actually built something outside university, in Pascal"

Obviously you never heard of Borland Delphi; here's a list of some applications built using it:

http://delphi.wikia.com/wiki/Good_Quality_Applications_Built_With_Delphi

Plus loads of internal developments for companies before Microsoft got their act together with VS and corporations got interested in open source tools like Eclipse.

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Prawn cocktail offers hot new way to make solar cells

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Re: Yes!

The correct use for chitin solar cells is to power frickin' lasers attached to frickin' sharks!

I'm surrounded by frickin' idiots!

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After Brit spies 'snoop' on families' lawyers, UK govt admits: We flouted human rights laws

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"The agencies will now work with the independent Interception of Communications Commissioner to ensure their policies satisfy all of the UK's human rights obligations."

And Theresa May will work to ensure the UK has no human rights obligations.

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Apple Watch 'didn't work on HAIRY FANBOIS, was stripped of sensor tech'

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Re: On the outside?

" What were some of you DOING in English lessons…?!"

Usually the previous week's English homework...

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Re: Grzegorz Brzeczyszczykiewicz

Since this name seems to be fake, I don't find myself wondering about the veracity of the whole story and I do think he might be worried about being the target of TLAs.

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Chinese food safety officials drank so much during working lunch that one of them DIED

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File under "Research"

Did the others file a report on the incident? It was a working lunch after all.

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DARPA's 'Cortical Modem' will plug straight into your BRAIN

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Ono-Sendai almost ready to ship then?

'nuff said.

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Got $600 for every Win Server 2003 box you're running? Uh-oh

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People who don't plan ahead get penalised

In other news, Pope admits to being Catholic.

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Why Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 2? Upton: 'I drank the Kool-Aid'

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Re: Embrace. Extend. Extinguish.

I forgot to add my take on why Microsoft want to be on Raspberry Pi; which is most likely because they see it as a potential growth area in which they aren't already toast (i.e. mobile) and being second to the party is still better than not going at all (Apple?).

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Re: Embrace. Extend. Extinguish.

"Microsoft has form against little Linux machines - remember netbooks. After Microsoft embraced them, the skinny Linux models were driven out by fatter Windows 7 based ones. History will recur."

The factors that worked against Linux based NetBooks are not applicable for Raspberry Pi; lets go through them:

1) Users appeared to want Windows; many manufacturers and retailers had problems because people bought what they thought was a "Windows PC" and then complained when they found it wasn't.

http://blog.laptopmag.com/ubuntu-confirms-linux-netbook-returns-higher-than-anticpated

2) Manufacturers of NetBooks also sold Windows PC and may have been subject to commercial pressure from Microsoft. In the case of Windows on Raspberry Pi, there's no commercial relationship between Microsoft and Raspberry Pi Foundation; even if Microsoft were making a charitable donation to them, how could this be used to force out Linux?

I still have my Asus Eee PC 901; bought with Windows (because it was cheaper) and currently running Mint 14, it's a great machine with Linux but my requirements and expectations aren't the same as the average PC buyer. I suspect that many people who wouldn't touch a non-Windows NetBook won't buy a non-Apple tablet either.

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Powering the Internet of Stuff – by sucking electricity from TREES

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Re: IoS?

I preferred Sniff Petrol's description of Fox News as "factphobic American broadcast anus":

http://sniffpetrol.com/2015/01/13/new-ford-gt-engine-choice-explained/

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IoS?

Looks like the IoT is splitting into two strands: "The Internet of Useful Things" such as the vibration sensors mentioned in the article and other stuff that's just intended to monetise information generated by people (AKA advertising); I hereby christen this the "Internet of Shit" as we'll be drowning in it soon.

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NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app

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Re: Land of the free - not

"a criminal intent on killing cops could simply call in some incident like a stolen car and wait for their target to show up to take a report"

They'd have to be pretty patient though...

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Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

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Re: Sad, and not good enough

I don't think that the problem is with "recalcitrant East European shit holes", in fact I'm pretty sure that the police in some of these places would be more than happy to assist the UK police; particularly in those countries that are seeking EU membership. Did anyone even ask them to help?

The problem in this case is that it isn't "terrorists" (real or perceived) and it's not politicians or celebrities, so as far as the UK establishment is concerned it's not important enough to devote resources to identifying the perpetrators.

If they ever do notice this tragic event, the most that Dave and Theresa might do will be to shout about how additional snooping powers might help them "stop this sort of thing".

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