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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

herman

There was a big transition under Wilson with the construction of nuclear power stations, with the result that most of the coal production became redundant. He didn't just close the mines for no reason.

Also, Thatcher had a beef with the trade unions, not manufacturing. Manufacturing actually grew as a result. Equating a decline in trade unions with a decline in manufacturing is daft.

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German space centre endures cyber attack

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Devil

Wenn ist das Nunstück git und Slotermeyer? Ja! Beiherhund das Oder die Flipperwaldt gersput!

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US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support

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Devil

M$ raking it in - again.

Microsoft is raking it in for the second time on XP. They must be thoroughly enjoying this.

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

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Avoiding the debt trap, eh.

So at least one Canadian avoided the debt trap for 15 years. He should thank them.

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5 Eyes in the Sky: The TRUTH about Flight MH370 and SPOOKSATS

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Bear in mind that the spook sats are not normally tuned to stare at empty ocean. So the reason there is precious little video of that empty area is simply because nobody had any reason to be looking there.

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BOFH: On the PFY's Scottish estate, no one can hear you scream...

herman

Not everything that is green is good. A week old hamburger is green and global warming is good for Scandinavia, Russia and Canada...

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Get out your Allen keys: Facebook's cooked up flat-pack bit barns

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Re: I must protest a little...

Zero missing parts? That is because you live right next to Ikea. The number of missing parts is directly proportional to the distance from the store.

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Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'

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Xenix

So this phone would Microsoft's second crack at the UNIX market.

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Boffin talks WATER on MARS: Granted, no 'smoking gun', but all clues flow there...

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Re: Boffins

No, don't be so sexist. They were boffinas, not boffins.

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The internet is 'a gift from God' says Pope Francis

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Al Gore

Wow, Al Gore has been promoted to god status now?

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Mystery 'doughnut' materializes in front of Mars rover: 'OH MY GOD! It wasn't there before!'

herman

Hmm, looks like a Martian camel dropping to me...

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

herman

Hmm, Fedora Linux 20 is pretty slick, with a choice of Gnome, Cinamon, KDE, XFCE and LXDE desktops, there is something for everyone.

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FCC honcho: Shifting our crusty phone network to IP packets starts now

herman

Already done

Most of the transition work is already done. The phone backhaul systems are all VoIP already.

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Intel ditches McAfee brand: 'THANK GOD' shouts McAfee the man

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"a feminine hygiene product"

Damn, I'm at a loss of words, but I kinda agree...

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RSA comes out swinging at claims it took NSA's $10m to backdoor crypto

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Re: Come on people

Sure dude - and you decrypt it on the other side using some more static from another radio I suppose...

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herman

Not knowing that the algorithm was flawed is even worse. It really does not give me much faith in the RSA mathematicians.

The problem is really that when a company is approached by the NSA/CSE/GCHQ/FSB to subvert a product, it is game over for the company. The best thing they can do, is take the money and then close up shop as soon as it is convenient.

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NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

herman

Cell phone guidance system

What people are saying is unimportant. Where they are when they are saying it is what guides the missile. We are all guilty until proven dead.

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The only way is Office: UK Parliament to migrate to Microsoft cloud

herman

Considering their working hours, 29 days means that the honored gentlemen will have more than 100% spare capacity.

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NSA Compatibility

It is imperative that the House remains fully compatible with the NSA, GCHQ and FSB snooping systems and hosting on a Microsoft server farm is the best way to ensure that.

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Gadget world's metals irreplaceable, say boffins

herman

Shortage scaremongering

There is no shortage of ores of most of those mentioned metals.

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DropBox puts locks on doors, hopes biz bods will buy the house

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Re: And still no client-side encryption?

Dropbox works fine with Truecrypt, as explained here: http://www.aeronetworks.ca/2013/11/computer-counter-counter-measures.html

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Microsoft FAILS to encrypt data centre links despite NSA snooping

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PPTP or L2TP

So, either the Microsoft data centre staff thought that their own PPTP or L2TP software are insecure and a waste of time, or they were incompetent and couldn't comprehend their own KB articles such as http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305550, or maybe they felt that while the VPN software works, there are so many other vulnerabilities in Windows servers that it won't make a difference...

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Stephen Hawking: 'Boring' Higgs Boson discovery cost me $100

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The last heavy particle

The bigger issue is that to find an even heavier particle is impossible using ever bigger cyclotrons. Basically, we have now reached the end of this type of smash research, since the next bigger particle will require a cyclotron larger than the orbit of the earth. The upshot is that the scientists can now get down to more boring things, like figuring out how gravity works, since that hasn't improved any since the rotten apple splatted on Newton's head.

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FLIGHTMARE! Inflight cell calling debuts, dealing heavy blow to quality of life

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Have no fear - impossible to use in practise

I have tried to connect to airplane WiFi on multiple occations. Without fail, it was an impossible, convoluted mess and I never once managed to log in.

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Oooh! My NAUGHTY SKIRT keeps riding up! Hello, INTERNET EXPLORER

herman

Clippy, may his soul rest in pieces..

At least this avatar does look a damn sight better than Clippy.

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Truly secure clouds? Possible but not likely say Georgia Tech boffins

herman

Hmm, anyone can use Dropbox (or name you favourite cloud server) together with Truecrypt for a seamless (just somewhat slower) cloudy experience.

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Lavabit, Silent Circle form Dark Mail Alliance to destroy email snooping

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3ncrypt10n w0rk5. Tru5t th3 m@th

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FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

herman

A girl?

The surprising thing is not that the person got a ticket, but that it was a GIRL...

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Baldness fix from foreskin follicles

herman

Problem is that this will only work for guys with hairy todgers...

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BlackBerry BLOODBATH! Company warns of nearly $1bn quarterly loss

herman

No security

What this saga shows me, is that most users only used BB because of their previously much vaunted security. As soon as they caved in to governments the world over and made their servers open, the users left in droves and BB collapsed. Security matters more to ordinary users than most IT geeks tend to think.

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Layoffs at EMC's RSA security division

herman

Hmm, sounds to me like RSA suffered a big loss in business following the NSA revelations. There is not much point in installing a broken safe is there?

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

herman

Database backend?

Any self respecting mail server with a database backend will only save ONE copy of a message sent to a list.

Soooo, what kind of crappy mail servers are used by the likes of Cisco, HP, MS and Amazon?

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Enterprise storage: A history of paper, rust and flash silicon

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Colossus

Colossus in Bletchley Park used paper tape in the 1940s and the Plessey phone exchange parts that Colossus was based on very likely used it even earlier.

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Canadian family gives up modern tech to live like it's 1986

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Backward Canadians

Krikey, I had all those things in 1986, but I was living in Africa at the time...

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London Mayor shows off GIANT BLUE COCK in busy square

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Johnson's Cock?

So will this become known as Johnson's Cock in time?

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

herman

Will the filter list block access to the filter list? My guess is that an anti-list web site that makes everything on the list accessible in a massive hyperlink orgasm, may be a rather popular portal.

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Windows 8.1: Here at last, but is it good enough?

herman

Launchpad?

No Mac users I know ever use launchpad. Most machines have it deleted off the taskbar. Yet, that is the feature that MS decided to copy...

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Snowden dodges US agents in Moscow, skips out on flight

herman
Devil

Sandy Island

My sources tell me that Snowden opted to settle on Sandy Island off the coast of New Caledonia and that the famous island will be renamed to the Wiki Leaks Free State.

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

herman
Devil

Accidental launches

It sounds to me that the TIFKAM apps are only launched accidentally, not on purpose and the poor sap then probably spends the rest of day trying to figure out how to close the darn thing again.

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Climate scientists agree: Humans cause global warming

herman
Flame

Ice age

The earth gets an ice age lasting about 20,000 years, every 100,000 years or so. Those stupid cavemen must have burned a helluvalot of wood to stop the last one.

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Spotify spews 'unencrypted' FREE MP3s all over creation

herman

Same difference

It doesn't matter that the link is now encrypted, one can still record it just fine.

It also seems like nobody ever heard of Streamtuner and Streamripper. There is really no reason to use Spottify, iTunes, Pandora and the like in the first place!

I live in a country with terrible radio stations, so all I play in my car is music saved with streamripper. One USB stick can hold several weeks worth of music.

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Public cloud will grow when experienced IT folks DIE

herman

The 1970s called...

This is pretty much how things used to be. Computer shops with a mini-computer and a bunch of tethered users with terminals.

The cloud will take off when the kinks are worked out. For many applications the kinks were worked out decades ago already - e.g. web shopping and shipping. The rest will follow in due course when it makes sense to do so.

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Curiosity photographs mysterious metal object on Martian rock

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Facepalm

Ikea

Obviously, that is a rusted Ikea Allen key. As everyone knows, Ingvar Kamprad the Ikea founder, is so weird, he has to be of alien origen.

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Faster-than-disk 1TB USB on sale soon... but if you lose it, you've lost £2k+

herman

1TB SSD for Linux

I am currently running Linux on my lappy using a 1TB HDD fastened to the lid with double sided tape and a USB3 port. (The internal HDD has the corporate Windoze 7 which screwed up at the last update and which is now unbootable - sigh). That Kingston SSD will be fantastic, once the price came down a wee little bit.

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Krebs nabs ‘RSA attack’ list

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Facepalm

MS and Novell

I see that the unholy alliance Microsoft and Novell are one there, but they are keeping good company with IBM...

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Apple signals disk free notebooks way to go

herman

EeePC

Geez, the EeePC 701 had a SSD and booted rapidly yoinks ago. Apple's is just a little bigger and flatter.

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New GM worms mean large scale spider-silk production

herman
Black Helicopters

Goat silk - got a silk carpet on my living room floor

Goats have been producing silk in their milk for several years. I have a spider silk carpet on my living room floor - made in Belgium - under foot right now. Quite a nice carpet really and not expensive.

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Apple in 873-page legal claim to word 'Pod'

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No peas in their pods

Well, clearly Apple would resent having anyone pea in their pods...

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Women, gorillas likelier to have sex with men wearing red

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Heart

Better red than dead

Hmmm, so that explains why the wife liked my CCCP hammer and cickle T-shirt so much - got to go back to Kiev for a new one...

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Remote IT support tool hijacks customer webserver

herman

RDP anyone?

Geez, he uses a Windows server and he doesn't have RDP enabled?

Anyone, class, anyone?

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