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'Major incident' at Capita data centre: Multiple services still knackered

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The realities of Capita IT terminology...

No single point of failure == Many points of failure.

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The revolution will not be televised: How Lucas modernised audio in film

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Re: Beg your pardon?

I feel you are being slightly harsh. Yes I agree that his latter work (including the disasters of episodes 1-3) have gone slightly awry. However, as a 7 year old kid, and even now almost forty years later I still get goosbumps whenever I hear that opening fanfare. In fact, I've never been able to listen the 20th Century Fox fanfare without hearing in my mind the opening salvo of the Star Wars fanfare slightly behind it.

I think modern cinema owes more to George Lucas and other such technical boundary pushers such as James Cameron than they are actually given credit for. Not necessarily in terms of the stories or writing themselves, but in terms of the solutions and processes they have developed in terms of creating, shooting, lighting and scoring movies et al.

Good on you George.

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Industrial Light & Magic: 40 years of Lucas's pioneering FX-wing

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PAH! Four decades of Star Wars: No lightsabers, no palm-sized video calls

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Re: SW was never about our future.

Thanks for pointing that out. I'd spent the last 40 years thinking it was a documentary.

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Media players wide open to malware fired from booby-trapped subtitles

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Ooh la la!! Merde... et mon dieu!!!!

Now all pay me a bazillion pounds each to translate the title or I'll do some ransomy type stuff!!!

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Pioneer Kodi plug-in unplugs

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Could I suggest that...

Could I suggest that they start looking for these sellers on Amazon and eBay? Both sites seem riddled with them.

I'm not sure how I know that though.

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SoftBank-Saudi fund raises world's biggest tech pot at $93bn

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Interesting...

"SoftBank believes the next stage of the Information Revolution is under way."

Which is interesting because I would guess that not a lot of people can actually clearly fathom what the current stage of the information revolution is all about. And if they do, it certainly hasn't stabilised enough to work out how to develop and estimate demand for anything that might sit within that much tainted (and clearly well funded) next stage.

It's got web 1.0 written all over it.

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Netgear 'fixes' router by adding phone-home features that record your IP and MAC address

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Yup.

I did quite a lot of research on routers as I required my SOHO one to have a baked-in OpenVPN client with the CPU horsepower to deal with the encryption overhead, but that could also support multiple VPN profiles with bypass for dedicated connected devices, but that also didn't cost the Earth. This limited the field considerably. In the end I went for an ASUS RT-AC88U and then flashed it with the 3rd party Merlin version of ASUSWRT. It's been great so far.

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ICO fines telco £100k for 3.2m mobile phone text spamhammer

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Behold... Vikings!!!

Spam spam spam spam,

Spam spam spam spam,

Spam spam spam spam,

Spammity spam,

Oh spammity spam...

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Police watchdog investigates illegal outsourced Indian hackers scandal

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No need to worry...

Rest easy readers. The IPCC in their "truly independent" role will ensure a full, thorough and transparent investigation takes place, and will defintely rule that the Plod have done nothing wrong in any case.

I for one sleep really well at night knowing that the guards are being guarded by such an independent overseer that has not once ever closed ranks to protect its own on multiple, or, err... many... oh ok, pretty much every time.

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Agile consultant behind UK's disastrous Common Platform Programme steps down

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It's odd...

There is more to this than meets the eye because from an actual solution build and delivery perspective, Agile should have been an approach that could have worked quite well in this instance, and again, should have avoided the normal bollocks arguments that come with the whole Agile vs Waterfall approach. That's not to say though that an Agile approach would have been suitable for the overall and wider programme or that the tenets of a good Agile delivery weren't lost in the presumed quagmire of over zealous and underskilled sales and delivery managers.

For any company to have won the contract to deliver and build they would have had to have gone through a competitive tender process which would have required all of the functional requirements etc etc to have been completed and discussed up front. After all, who would bid on a government tender without understanding those requirements right?

From what I've read this has all the hallmarks of "Agile" not necessarily being the issue, but once again, a total lack of proper programme management controls, resourcing, planning and governance which in itself equates to an 80% chance of failure before you've even lifted a finger.

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Capita's huge role in UK government should go under the spotlight

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RE : "admitting it on the doorstep."

Admitting what? If you are not guilty of anything, then anything you say is not an "admission" of anything. However, turn that around and I do agree that (in my experience) Crapita label you as an evader even if like myself you choose to not have a TV licence, and genuinely don't watch TV in any of the forms covered under the license stipulation.

Every letter I receive from them is ill written, ill advised, and pathetically threatening in nature. Previously all of these went in the bin. Since January however, the 5 letters I have received I have kept as the underpinning of a harrassment case I am slowly building against them. The one doorstep visit I have received from them was hugely rewarding for me and he defintely went away with his powerless little tail between his podgy little legs.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Mother, should I trust the government?

Insert awesome David Gilmour solo here ----> *

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Oracle links to LinkedIn so its salesware can sniff you out

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Linkedin is rubbish anyway.

Last time I looked it had become another FB clone with meaningless post after meaningless post being re-posts of other meaningless posts.

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That YouTube ad boycott had square-root of sod-all effect on Google's insane cash machine

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Yikes Scooby...

That damn Circle keeps expanding!!!

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Super-secure Pi-stuffed nomx email server box given a good probing

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Fixed it for you...

Its marketing trumpets that "nomx ensures absolute privacy for personal and commercial email and messaging" adding, "...once the wider industry has finished saving us herds of cash by doing all of our penetration testing for us for free. Result!!!"

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UK.gov throws hissy fit after Twitter chokes off snoop firm's access

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Not to put too fine a point on it...

But Amber Rudd is a fucking idiot with a lesser understanding of the balances required between utilitarianist freedoms vs oppression of the majority than my teenage daughter.

Just sayin'...

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UK drops in World Press Freedom Index following surveillance and anti-espionage threats

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Since when have we ever had a free press?

My daily Telegraph costs me £1.60 per day. Even more at the weekends when there is less news going on!!!!

Seriously however, I'm really not surprised at this and I would state as an almost certainty that investigatory journalism based on "political leadership" and such like will also continue to be impeded or curtailed by the owners of these rags themselves, seeing as most of the slimy fuckers are already in bed with and biased toward the establishment.

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Reg reader offered £999,998 train ticket from Cambridge to Horley

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Re: £10000 Taunton to Trowbridge

I didn't think that Taunton was somewhere one needed to get away from when they are so useful for slicing open and hiding inside to prevent deep planetary frostbite whilst camping out overnight?

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Another ZX Spectrum modern reboot crowdfunder pops up

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Oh good god...

Not another one.

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The brave British boat men hoping to poke Larry Ellison's lads in the eye

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Being a yachtie myself...

And living not too far away I've also been round the HQ, and have also had the pleasure of seeing them zoom around on the Solent at very close quarters whilst I've been out sailing on my low tech floating tub. The yachts (if you can call them that) are pretty incredible and they fizzzzzzz through the water - as is the tech used now in race and performance management.

It's just a shame then that the racing itelf (as a spectator sport) is as dull as a dead lighbulb; and that Portsmouth City council - total fucktards that they are, and despite representing a city with a proud, noble and very lengthy marine heritage have decided to try to use the presence of the Americas Cup to fleece as much cash out of the locals and vistitors as possible, with very little service or benefit by return due to their total fuckwittery at financial management.

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New MH370 analysis again says we looked in the wrong places

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Why the cynicism?

It's easy I know to have your perspective of the Earth founded only through the TV, or Google services or the WWW - and then moan as to why they haven't found this plane yet.

However, having sailed across the Indian Ocean from Cape Town to Perth, and across the Atlantic (twice) I can assure you that the sheer scale and volume of the open Oceans, combined with the massive changeable weather systems, and the sheer depths of the abyssal plains far beneath your keel are truly mind boggling things to consider when you are sailing over it and can be hard to conceptualise when your standard window on the world is a web browser. Once you get off of your sofa, away from propaganda and fake news; and get out into the world proper I think many web warriors would be surprised just how much of our beautiful planet is still actually empty, wild and totally desolate.

I'd be surprised if they don't take another few years to get anywhere near finding this plane, and even longer to get any realistic understanding of why it went down.

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Outsourcers blamed for cocking up programmes at one in three big firms

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I don't disagree...

But I'd also add that cutting corners and costs means not actually having the quality people to actually fully scope and understand any new or incumbent solution in the first place.

Wipro and HPE are the worst I have come across for a lack of joined up total thinking when it comes to the project management, design and delivery of complex e2e enterprise solutions.

They do all like their little independent silos.

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ICO fines 11 big charities over dirty data donor-squeezing deeds

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All of the above...

All the above are charities in name only. They are actually all multi-million pound businesses.

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Jailed biz coach accused of $17.5m HPE fraud writes to fans saying 'join me'

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Reality bites Pete.

Legal case notwithstanding, he sounds like a deluded fucktard to me, similar to most "motivational experts". But to be fair, as a "Twattery" (my personal collective noun for motivational and life coaches) they must be quite subliminally persuasive because I always seem to be overcome with a keen and overarching motivation to take their collective heads off with a blunt axe.

Just sayin', no offence right??

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Manchester pulls £750 public crucifixion offer

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If I can be Brian the Messiah that be called Brian...

...you can all be the crack suicide squad from the Judean People's front.

You silly sods!!!

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It's not just Elon building bridges to the brain: The Internet of Things is coming to a head

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So we're still a disappointingly long way away from...

"I know kung-fu..."

"Show me..."

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Teenagers think Doritos are cooler than Apple

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Since when was "Chrome" a brand?

Just sayin'.

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Confidence in £70m customs system has 'collapsed', warns Treasury Committee

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Routing...

Could you not go via New York, Paramaribo and then Dakar for fun - and then sneak into Gib under the radar from the South? Providing you made a (not completely or totally airsafe) sharp turn to Port or Starboard at that bit near where the big rock and ground happens right at the end of the flight?

Or a VTOL equipped 767 might be able to avoid the turny bit at the end also.

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Ofcom pressuring BT to slash wholesale prices for superfast broadband

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Hmmm...

And the chances of any of the actual end customers seeing any of those savings are...

Absolutely ZERO.

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: IBM sheds more workers – this time, tech sales

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I have sympathy, but...

"After 29 years and 9 months, I've been RA'd. 90 days notice, and 30 days pay. What a disgrace. I'm 50 years old and have always been a top performer. Still in shock."

The IBM "job for life" mantra ended in the mid nineties, and those chill winds of change have been blowing through the corporation since 2002-2003. This should be anything but a shock.

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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Which which is which...

They'll never keep everyone happy. Especially the minority groups that love to hear their own voices.

So in answer to the question of which... they should use both, and pi** off as many minorities as possible.

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Home Office accused of blocking UK public's scrutiny of Snoopers' Charter

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Stand aside Plebes. I am on Imperial business...

Well done everyone. Keep up the good work and pressure on this issue.

"What's this then? Romanes eunt domus? People called Romanes they go the house?!"

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One in five mobile phones shipped abroad are phoney – report

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Are we defining "fake" here as...

Stuff that is not actually manufactured by the company in question, but is branded as such? Like a phone being branded, boxed and sold as a legit Samsung, but that has actually been knocked up by Shady Hans* phone store in Shanghai?

Or does this just refer to the pethora of cheap 3rd party stuff like the £1 Apple lighting cables being punted by my local Poundland store or on Amazon? Because these work perfectly, but are not actually branded as OEM Apple products.

* - This store may or may not actually exist. If it does, I accept that it may be totally legit and that my use of it here is totally and randomly coincidental. I offer my condolences for any subsequent downturn in business and as recompense I'll deffo have that totes legit iPhone7 for £5 if you'll pay shipping ;-)

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Virgin Media suspends 4 staff over misreporting connections

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I'd be surprised...

If internally they didn't have some fairly "fluid" definitions of what consitutes CAPEX vs OPEX.

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Your internet history on sale to highest bidder: US Congress votes to shred ISP privacy rules

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I assume if all of your home PCs or devices connect to the internet through the central router provided by your ISP then your ISP would see all traffic from those devices aggregated via the WAN IP and stock DNS addresses that your router has. I'm not sure they would be able to get "per device" granularity - but I'm sure someone more knowledgeable would be able to answer that better.

My advice... ditch the stock ISP router if you can, or at the very least put it into "modem only" mode as you can with Virgin Media ones, and replace it (or stick it behind the B/B modem) with a SOHO one that has enough horsepower and an OpenVPN client baked in - such as the ASUS RT-AC88.

Then configure your router with a paid for VPN service so that everything that goes out of your network is encrypted and only talks to the VPN providers DNS.

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If anyone one is interested...

...and looking for a VPN service. I did a lot of research and ended up with AirVPN as they came top of my list when addressing privacy concerns. I'm not paid by them or anything - just a recommendation as I know this is a hot topic at the moment.

Agree with El Reg on this one - avoid any free VPNs or free VPN browser "plug-ins" as you need to be asking how they are funding that "free" usage.

For search - use Disconnect or Startpage. Firefox also has some great blockers to prevent sites tracking you - ABP, Privacy Badger and UBlock as starters for 10.

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Oracle doing due diligence on Accenture. Yep, you read that right

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Ooooooh, finally...

Finally a opportunity for a couple of companies to swoop in and take the "we're not satisfied until you're not satisified" corporate mantra crown away from HPE and Wipro.

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Nuns left in limbo after phone line transfer hell

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I'm surprised they needed to go to court...

Because there is rigorous scientific evidence to suggest that praying can and might apparently perhaps, if one were to squint at an odd angle... solve all of the worlds proble...

...oh.

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Firefox Quantum: BIG browser project, huh? I share your concern

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Colour me baffled...

It surprises me that Firefox seems to take such ongoing criticism and constant negative comparison against the like of Chrome and IE/Edge for what amount to such minor functional niggles. In my experience, Firefox and 3rd party forks and derivatives such as CyberFox are as equally performant and stable as either of Google or Microsofts offerings.

But the killer for me is that (A) Firefox doesn't have the shady tentacles of some data slurping and privacy invading behmoth hard baked into it by design, and (B) the sheer amount of add-ons and/or secure custom forks allows me to assure myself that I can keep my browsing habits private as far as practically possible.

Which is just the way I want it.

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UK.gov departments accused of blanket approach to IR35

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Permanent employment.

What...? That's actually still a thing...? How very quaint.

Those permies really must love their prescriptives.

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Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

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Re: Maximum Overdrive

Yes, looking back at it now (as I did recently) it is a bit shit - but it is still quite good fun to watch.

It does however have a superb soundtrack by AC/DC.

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London councils seek assurance over Capita's India offshoring plans

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I'm sure the conversations went like this...

London Councils : Oh, umm, errr, hi Capita... we seek assurance that our IT stuff will be ok?

Capita : Yeah, it'll be fine, don't worry about it. We're Capita, we take this service stuff seriously.

London Councils : Oh my, thanks, what a relief. Sorry to have bothered you.

Capita : No probs LC's, you're still our number one most favourite clients.

Capita : Mwahahahaha!!!!

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Home Office admits it's preparing to accept EU ruling on surveillance

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Re: Serious Crimes Act 2017

I'm not sure that counts as a "serious crime". Unless the poor aforementioned pig is still alive.

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Plans to force ISPs to filter content branded 'disproportionate'

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Define...

Define "non-child friendly content".

So does that mean Game of Thrones? MMA coverage? Panorama specials on ISIS atrocities?

It's a slippery slope trying to replace proper parenting. It's a Rabbit hole with the only possible outcome being stealth censorship.

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User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

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Back in the 1990's...

I worked as a service engineer for a company that resold RS/6000 and SUN Microsystems. One of the strings that the service department also had was a "walk-in" PC clinic for local experiencing problems with their personal computers.

Quite why it came to me I don't know because I was working on E6500's and E10000s back then, but I was asked to take a look at an old IBM PS/2 system that a guy had dropped in saying that it kept randomly crashing, powering off, and was also making a funny noise. It didn't take me long to work out why when I saw the machine. I lifted the lid and saw that not only was it caked with lint and all manner of fluff and dust, but that that dust and fluff was effectively hard baked to every single component by a disgusting thick layer of treacle-like nicotine tar.

Thankfully, after we had all almost been sick at the smell and sight of it, the service manager called it out as a health hazard and refused to allow me to work on it.

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Judge issues search warrant for anyone who Googled a victim's name

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Re: Wait! What? They have our MAC Addresses?

Agreed. Your PC spills out a lot of browser information, but at worst (if you value your privacy anyway) all they should be able to get is WAN IP and DNS locale.

I prefer these sites : https://whoer.net/#extended or www.ipleak.net

Mine? Well all they'd get from me is a dislocated IP address located in, errr... well... that would be telling wouldn't it ;-)

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Barrister fined after idiot husband slings unencrypted client data onto the internet

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Re: Why store them on a shared computer in the first place?

And I'm assuming that in your frenzied Daily Mail appetite to see her villified, publicly humiliated, and no doubt leaving her (hard earned) career and reputation in tatters; that a public hanging, drawing and quartering and burning at the stake would be a better punishment?

Thought so. But thankfully most of us are a little more forgiving and civilised.

It seems to me that lots and lots of people are still learning about this sort of stuff. From huge global corporates, to what we have here - which whilst in no way lightens to idiocy, but that after consideration and review maybe represents the ACTUAL end damage done.

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Fire brigade called to free man's bits from titanium ring's grip

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Re: So what was the IT angle?

I thought the IT angle (grinder) was represented front and centre.

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Algorithms no excuse for cartel behaviour, says European commish

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Re: Duh

I agree that "there comes a limit to legislating for stupidity".

But that's fine, because all of us El Reg commentards are generally IT literate and savvy about this sort of stuff. But there are apparently also millions of people out there that aren't "stupid" per se - and I'd hesitate to make that assumption; but that just maybe need a bit more education on getting the best out of the web.

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