* Posts by Mage

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Sorry Google, it's boring old workloads that are pumping up AWS and Azure, not sexy AI

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Yes.

It's not AI that companies want but (in no particular order):

* Security

* Privacy

* Uptime

* Backups

* Clear costs

* Blocking DDOS traffic

* Automatic increase in capacity at peak times (or else why have cloud?)

Curiously so called Cloud [Hosting] providers are cagey about such details. Priorities vary.

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Self-driving car devs face 6-month backlog on vital $85,000 LIDAR kit

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Scaleable and Secure?

Is it even really viable in the real world?

A) Easily jammed or spoofed?

B) What if every vehicle is using it, interference?

Also GPS doesn't work if there are tall buildings etc and only Galileo might be accurate enough. But is response time fast enough?

There should be more off road testing in simulated environments. It's just cost cutting and irresponsible to test this embryonic tech on public roads.

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EC fines Facebook €110m for 'misleading' data on WhatsApp deal

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'Errors' in 2014 filings 'not intentional', apparently

I've a bridge for sale.

Facebook entirely make their income from mostly illegal (in EU and other related countries) exploitation of private data. Do not post and tag / label / identify photos of anyone other than yourself without permission. Do not post what your friends and relatives are doing. Give them no extra information. Ideally don't use it at all, share via email, or if public, use a blog. Facebook provides nothing of value to users that can't be done better elsewhere, free.

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Like a celeb going bonkers with botox, Google injects 'AI' into anything it can

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So in summary

Absolutely nothing of real value. More Google exploitation plans and blue sky thinking.

What they do well is selling advertising. Their best software actually developed rather than bought in is search.

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HP Inc wireless mouse can be spoofed

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Mad.

This is so ancient. Ever since wireless mice came out. I can see the value of one on a tablet (only one port and on most even a splitter can's charge while using it as USB host). But I can't see the value of a cordless mouse (or keyboard) on a laptop/workstation. Likely too the battery will go flat at a critical time.

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French fling fun-sized fine at Facebook for freakin' following folk

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Outsource

Can we outsource all the useless Irish Regulators to France/Germany/EU?

Finance- Anglo Irish, Irish Nationwide. They knew.

BCI - Sky

Comreg - Three, Eir

Data Commisioner - Google, Facebook, MS, Etc

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

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FM vs DAB and how "analogue" FM is so superior.

DAB *COULD* be better than FM, if there was about x6 as many fill in relays (coverage in UK poor forget Ireland, it has less than 50%). Problem is that most DAB is 128k MP2, and DAB+ (AAC) is often 64K to give nearly same quality at 1/2 cost.

256K MP2 and 256K MP3 are not much different and pretty good. But does anyone anywhere transmit 256K DAB (MP2)?

I used to rip at 256K MP3. I think I might have done some at 320K, but some players won't play more than 256K. For archive, I think FLAC is the way to go.

Also BT earphones or speakers involve re-encoding. So I use analogue plug earphones and HiFi amp. The speakers / earpieces / ears are analogue.

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MP3 vs other formats

Except only my Laptop/PCs and Tablet can play newer formats.

These only play MP3 or worse:

Phone, smart watch, Kindle DXG, ancient Archos PMP, anonymous cute credit, both my TVs (even though they do a load of fancy stuff on broadcast reception), FM Radio gadget with USB, SD card and BT, CD-ROM mp3 playback on DVD player and Car radio.

So like AM Radio, FM Radio, CD Audio, 33rpm and 45rpm discs, cassette tapes (yes people still selling new ones!) the MP3 format needs to be still supported both by gadget makers and download providers.

Storage for audio is no big deal on my server or laptop, so FLAC is probably best. I should re-rip all my CDs, Vinyl and tapes (reel and cassette) to FLAC.

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Google DeepMind's use of 1.6m Brits' medical records to test app was 'legally inappropriate'

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Re: Streams is showing real patient benefits.

Google is a totally inappropriate partner.

Also no evidence that any such "AI" actually does much. It's no different from 1980 "Expert Systems" for medicine, just more data.

An American hospital got into trouble doing a project with the arguably more expert IBM "AI" system, Watson. It never delivered.

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Not surprised

I said at the time that it had to be illegal.

Unless EXECUTIVES are fined, it will keep happening.

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DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

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Interesting

My ancient Sony Z1 connects to mouse, keyboard and HDMI HD screen. But it's just like a big android tablet then. Not very useful compared to Linux / Mac / Windows laptop.

This is the important bit.

"with apps that rescale smartly to landscape format, overlapping windows and window management."

Though really Android apps are mostly too limited or trivial. What would be more use is Android Apps and true desktop apps able to seamlessly share the app settings, bookmarks, dictionaries, data etc when you dock.

I can only see this succeeding for desks that don't need real desktop applications. But ordinary consumers and some business users only use Web, apps/widgets and email anyway.

Niche market.

The point is that only the phone is mobile, the rest is only on one desk.

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Sophos waters down 'NHS is totally protected' by us boast

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Re: stripping out exe's from emails

It is as simple as that. Though not just obviously "exes".

Anything not sent on internal mail / VPN (i.e. from the public Internet) should only be passed on as plain text. Original quarantined.

Anything suspicious ditto, even if internal.

Switching to Linux, non-Adobe PDF readers and non-MS Office Office applications would only be a short term solution. Once popular they would be targeted. The problem isn't inherently Adobe (though they are bad) or Microsoft. It's training and system configuration.

(Even though here we switched to all Linux etc last December).

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Re: Fault?

"It's not as simple as people clicking on things that they obviously shouldn't."

It pretty much is. Coupled with absolutely rubbish IT / Workstation configuration that lets stuff AUTOMATICALLY spread when the first poorly trained user opens it.

1) In an organisation this size, such attachments should never be delivered

2) The users should be better trained.

3) The IT / Network configuration is poor.

I see people are in denial about the value of AV etc. IT DOESN'T REALLY Work:

a) It's always behind.

b) It's rubbish how it works

c) Does as much damage with false positives

d) Gives false sense of security

I admit it works sometimes. But most of the machines I cleaned in 15+ years of IT support of malware did have AV. How many stories of it even stopping computers booting or slowing them to a crawl? One here in last week or too.

Fundamentally most of the industry is in denial about how workstations should be configured, on site email servers and user training. One step would be to acknowledge that most courses on MS SW and MCSE etc are just marketing the features and selling the products. Very little real world value.

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Fault?

It's not Microsoft's fault or Sophos.

AV is a waste of CPU resource and money.

User training not to open stuff is better.

The problem is poor management, not doing the IT properly and not training the users properly.

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Ransomware scum have already unleashed kill-switch-free WannaCry‬pt‪ variant

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Internet's version of a wildfire.

No, because very few organisations and users will learn the real lessons.

Patching and AV inevitably often is bolting the stable door after horses gone for the first hit. Yet proper user training and proper IT configuration mitigates against almost all zero day exploits. I struggle to think of any since 1991.

Firewalls, routers, internal email servers (block anything doubtful), all superfluous services and applications removed, no adhoc sharing. users not administrators, and PROPER training of users.

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Re: The real issue here is that Microsoft stopped has patching XP

Actually technically they haven't stopped. (Vista yes).

BUT THE PATCHING IS NEARLY IRRELEVANT!

Like most other spam borne "attacks" this would be totally mitigated by

1) User training and common sense.

2) Better configured systems.

XP use by NHS is a red herring.

Even if EVERYONE used Linux* and it was updated daily, it will NOT stop this until the USERs are better trained and use email properly.

[*Because all the spam based attacks would be aimed at Linux]

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systems therefore really need protecting

Even better, users really need training. Stop opening stupid attachments/clicking links etc in email and then clicking OK!

Any business user ought to have their OWN on site email server/Gateway (even if it's only using POP3 & SMTP to an ISP pretending to be a client). Then:

1) Internal email isn't on the Internet and works if you lose internet.

2) Links & attachments can be sanitised, deleted, quarantined).

3) Disable all <a href="http://www.wattystuff.net/2014/03/dont-panic/>Server related services on Workstations</a>. Yes, that's XP but basically relevant to Win7, Win8 & Win10. There are some extra services to disable now and some are renamed. REMOVE file & Print sharing from every network interface on every workstation. Use a NAS, cheap Linux box, print server or whatever to share printers / files if you can't afford a Windows Server.

I was setting up stuff like that with cheap SW on a Windows server 20 years ago, then even better quality on Linux 12 years ago with free software.

It

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Have a go with this WW2 German Lorenz cipher machine – in your browser

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3D Simulation

Well, pretty.

Anyone got the plans for the Lego Technic version (without an RCX brick, just cogs, buttons and Lego lamps)?

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Samsung was just Tizen – homegrown Linux again pitched at n00bs

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smart TVs spying on it's customers

Every so called Smart TV running Google TV and connected to Internet. Far "worse" than Samsung's early effort.

Every "Official" Android phone with WiFi or Mobile Data enabled.

Every Google web service and API and Analytics and YouTube

Google Chromebooks

Chrome Browser.

MS Windows 10

Facebook

Samsung is far from most evil tech company

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NASA nixes Trump's moonshot plan

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Send Remotes/Robots

Or politicians.

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More UPNP woes: Crashable library bites routers and software

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Re: Why is ANYONE allowing UPNP to run on his router?

Same reason they have autorun (even on USB sticks and Network shares), install stupid toolbars on browser, click on links and open attachments in email, and click OK on dialog boxes without reading them.

Using Noscript and disabling third part cookies is harder.

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Oracle crushed in defeat as Java world votes 'No' to modular overhaul

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Re: This is what happens when you have management by committee !!!!

Twitter, Red Hat, IBM and SAP opposing Oracle.

That's not "management by committee" but suggesting that the other nine on Oracle's side?

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For now, GNU GPL is an enforceable contract, says US federal judge

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Re: The Shockwave Rider

I'm confused.

I've re-read it recently and referenced it in some El Reg comments.

Explain relevance, I'm dumb tonight.

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Re: GNU GPL and other FOSS licenses are a form of shrink wrap licensing?

No.

A "shrink wrap EULA" isn't visible till you buy the SW and open the box (or even install it). Hence the more recent on screen message, "if you don't want to use this, return it and get a refund"* (Dell has refunded for unused pre-installed MS SW).

1) You can read the GPL before you download.

2) You are not "buying", so if you don't like the GPL or the SW, you can delete with only loss of some time and download cap/cost if metered.

[*No chance in most retailers without legal threats]

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Re: Copyright holder may not actually have "lost"

No, no, no!

"Lost of revenue" only applies to civil claims for damages. It's separate from copyright as such. Copyright has "default" very strict conditions, but the copyright holder define the use, such as it must not be distributed in a different cover, or must not be used in advertising, or not in politics, or you can copy freely for education etc. Or MS saying you can even give people a copy, as long as they licence it!

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Downloading or Copying Windows

MS says you are quite free to copy windows, in any fashion.

However they want appropriate licence fees according to what VM or HW you actually run it on.

They also used to have per seat or per machine/connection licences for server software.

MS don't care if you have one copy or hundreds. It's the installed instances, mostly.

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'Jaff' argh snakes: 5m emails/hour ransomware floods inboxes

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Training and decent IT

Nothing unusual about spam based ransomware

" Forcepoint Security Labs reports that malicious emails carrying Jaff are being cranked out at a rate of 5 million an hour on Thursday"

"The sprawling Necurs botnet went dormant around the start of the year before returning to spread Locky and more recently a pump-and-dump stock price scam. It's unclear if this week's switch to Jaff will be sustained but this likely depends on the success of the ransomware's "opening run"

The one that was opened in various NHS trusts just had the added "spread by network share bug" uncovered by NSA.

People are not only clicking on link or opening attachments, but ALSO at LEAST once clicking on OK.

Patches can be good (sometimes bad), but Training and decent IT, almost all the time is the best solution.

Mitigation:

1) Don't click on links or open attachments in email ever, unless expecting them. Hover mouse on links to see where they really go. (Training)

2) Switch off/disable/uninstall all services not used

3) Use properly configured on premises mail server appliance (free linux box and open source POP/SMTP/IMAP no need for Windows Server + Exchange) if more than three users. Mostly strip/textualise links and quarenteen attachments.

4) Only open document attachments with software that can't run macros or Active X or VBS

2 to 4 are basic IT skills. Most MCSE/MCP courses are useless. I was an MCP with over 80% score in four MCSEs. They are rubbish. Microsoft marketing.

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Amazon's Alexa is worst receptionist ever: Crazy exes, stalkers' calls put through automatically

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Baffled

If a close friend etc gave me ANY of these "home spies", they would mysteriously fail and go to recycling centre.

These things, and Google TV in present form, ought to be illegal because they are not stand-alone. Corporate spies.

Ten years ago the voice recognition performance was as good on standalone. The claim that Cloud is needed to process and improve it is distortion. They want to collect all your private information for advertising income.

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Facebook in the dock: Web giant faces trial for allegedly ripping off data center blueprints

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Re: Shaky grounds

Most patents are rubbish. This looks like no exception, but I've not seen the details. They only need to be doing one thing, not obvious to those schooled in the art, in the patent.

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Al Capone

We can't get Facebook for the obnoxious [privacy] racketeering, get them for something else.

Obviously if this has no merit facebook should "win". However it would be nice if the case does have merit.

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Uber may face criminal charges over alleged stolen self-driving tech

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It's odd

AFAIK, (Am I wrong?)

It's odd because Uber makes a loss and is part funded by Google, is part owned by Google (not majoriity) and supplies all their passenger, trip and driver info to Google (which is illegal in EU, but EU law is slow).

Is it just that Google doesn't want them to do "self driving" vehicles?

No one is an "Internet Company"

Uber has drivers, that can't work for self or anyone else. Internet only used to book.

Amazon is a retailer of books, tat, a Library subscription service, video streaming services and Hosting company (hosting pre-dates Internet by 20 years, Cloud = Marketing speak for hosting). Internet only used to connect.

AirBnB is rental agency

Lyft is a taxi company like Uber

Google is an Advertising agency that uses virtual billboards. nearly an "internet company."

I can't understand how Uber has got away with the fiction they are not a taxi company for so long.

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Re: Hunt to blame for NHS attack

Hopefully this will renew pressure on NHS IT to find a solution to upgrade those ancient os's.

MS does still support, if you pay, I believe NHS was paying. Besides the problem in most infections is NOT lack of AV (More often cripples due to false positive) or OS version but training. Win 10 was just as vulnerable anyway.

Moving to Linux would only be temporary respite if the users are not properly trained and IT infrastructure isn't correct (Per site mail server with good rules and better firewall / proxy rules).

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Stupidity

TWENTY years ago I was training people to avoid these attacks.

Training is more important than AV.

Why are big orgs not using internal mail servers that filter stuff to the minions. Why are critical files available to users that don't know how to use email.

I know Outlook doesn't help. But it's TRAINING.

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Sweaty fitness bands fall behind as Apple Watch outpaces sales

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Niche Market

However Apple is a fashion and marketing juggernaut so is bound to do better than the others and eat them up eventually because it's a niche.

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All that free music on YouTube is good for you, Google tells music biz

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Re: Radio?

FM with quieting signal is often better than MP3 and only exceeded by DECENTLY mastered CDs. DAB and DVB "radio" audio is often lower quality.

Radio stations pay royalties, though USA stations don't pay as much.

Music in TV, Adverts or Film is seriously expensive.

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free music on YouTube doesn't deter people from paying

They would say that.

How much royalties do they pay compared with

A: European Radio Stations

B: USA Radio Stations (who ignore part of the royalties, AFAIK they don't pay "performance", only copyright holders of the music/lyrics etc).

Google's model:

Exploit users, get free content, make money from adverts.

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A bleary-eyed Microsoft wakes up after its cloud, IoT party, clears throat: 'Oh yeah, so Windows...'

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Re: Too little too late.

Can't upvote you enough.

Also GUI is terrible and the customisability of GUI is worst than Windows 3.11. Reminds me of Lisa, Windows 2.x, Gem etc.

You CAN NOT EVER have one set of GUI and applications (other than widget or trivial) for a tablet (touch only), smaller screen, TV and a workstation/laptop using mostly keyboard input.

Win10 APART from the stinking adverts and evil telemetry and nasty updates, is POO for people creating content. Making it like Andriod or iOS is stupid, because those are designed primarily for small touch screens or tablet screens mostly for consumption. There is a good reason why hitherto Chrome Books and Macs use a DIFFERENT OS.

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Space upstart plans public cloud in low Earth orbit

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VC

For some reason when I re-read this I thought of DeLorean.

It got lots of money. He told the UK the Irish Government / Shannon Development was going to approve it for the old Firenca plant at Limerick (They actually thought it was doomed or a scam and chased him).

The cars were flimsy, road vibrations caused the thin stainless steel skin to de-laminate from the real fibregrass body (thus not scaleable production). The engine was more suitable power for a regular car than a high end sports car. The cool gull wing doors were a hazard if it flipped.

It looked cool, but was the sort of thing better suited to a film set than real life.

Was he a scammer or simply stupid or something else? I don't know. He offered to site in West Belfast and create LOADS of jobs, so the UK continued to starve indigenous startups and dished him loads of money.

If this gets of the ground ( ^_^ ) it will fail.

Satellites don't need the overhead of a VM.

It's an irresponsible use of LEO.

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this stuff sounds cool?

Really?

It's nuts as a real world use compared to a boring warehouse full of "pizza box" style computers and storage.

Exactly what problem does this extremely expensive per MIPS/GByte solution solve?

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Huge flying arse makes successful test flight

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Re: 'world's largest flying craft' - I think not...

Saturn V flies in the sense that concrete block sitting on explosives fly. It's not a heavier than air or lighter than air, aircraft.

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Drugs, vodka, Volvo: The Scandinavian answer to Britain's future new border

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Re: Norway <-> Sweden

Also the EU decides, not May.

So UK can have cameras and no other checks on traffic into N.I. Ireland will have to check every vehicle. There will be miles of tail backs and all the minor roads closed.

They will have to build a border fence. Like between EU countries and non-EU ones in the East.

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Norway <-> Sweden

Norway <-> Sweden likely will not apply as Norway <-> EU both allows free movement of EU people and most goods.

N.I. will be a hard border harder than 1922 to 1993.

If Scotland rejoins the Eu, it will be the same.

The only people in all of EU that believe in an Ireland <-> N.I. Soft border are the Conservatives. The DUP don't believe it (they WANT a hard border).

The only way there can be a soft Ireland <-> N.I border is if there is a hard border between N.I. and UK. Unionists would not like that. I'd not entirely rule out May offering that to EU / Ireland.

Also when was last time UK did a major IT project successfully?

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Uber is a taxi company, not internet, European Court of Justice advised

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Re: I am really...

Are you moving to USA, or live in UK?

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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passive detonator

$2 quartz alarm clock innards

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Re: So what about the battery

It's about installing surveillance. It's MORE dangerous to have them in hold.

It's not about bombs or safety.

The screening of carry-on is more than adequate to spot a bomb.

Likely your insurance doesn't cover loss from checked in baggage?

The "Agency" can install root kits etc on gear of selected travellers, or simply take them, the user will think it's theft.

Make everyone check in baggage, so less expert targets won't realise they are a target.

This has zero additional security benefit.

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Microsoft is on the edge: Windows, Office? Naah. Let's talk about cloud, AI

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Hypocrites?

Microsoft’s CEO has warned the technology industry against creating a dystopian future, the likes of which have been predicted by authors including George Orwell and Aldous Huxley.

Satya Nadella kicked off the the company’s 2017 Build conference with a keynote that was as unexpected as it was powerful.

He told the developers in attendance that they have a huge responsibility, and that the choices they make could have enormous implications.

Hmm... Telemetry?

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Taiwan government to block Google's public DNS in favor of HiNet's

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Security?

There is no security reason.

However, privacy?

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Mozilla to Thunderbird: You can stay here and we may give you cash, but as a couple, it's over

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Re: dominate corporate email client is Outlook.

Because of corporate meeting scheduling and Exchange server. They feel they can't change.

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Modernize

A much misused term.

If they mean like current Win10 or Firefox GUI style, then absolutely no.

Someone told me Win10 was good because it was a modern style.

"Modern" just means "current fashion" and most of the time it's crap.

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Gah

When you thing of all the projects and acquisitions they have wasted time and money on.

But OTOH, look how badly they have managed Firefox.

Maybe Thunderbird and embryonic calendar needs to be adopted by LibreOffice?

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