* Posts by deive

119 posts • joined 22 Jan 2008

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Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

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Re: We need companies like Purism

Too right we do need more, but the only way that'll happen is if consumers actually buy...

Also they said "there's no ethical computing device option" which may be true for the USA but the is Fairphone here in the EU. I would love to see those two collaborate on electronics that are totally ethical from mining and production through to software and data gathering

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Leicestershire teen admits attempting to hack director of the CIA

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CIA can't protect themselves from skiddies, wonder how the are handling actual threats?!?!?

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Compsci grads get the fattest pay cheques six months after uni – report

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WTF?

Anyone paying that much for a graduate with no experience deserves the fail that will inevitably happen.

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Lord Sugar phubbed in peers' debate on 'digital understanding'

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"Giddens concluded: "Let us reintroduce human contact wherever we can where at the moment we have robotic automated voices. Let us contain and humanise the robots.""

So our government want to go backwards? Maybe they should be the ones to do all the dangerous/hard/boring jobs for us then?

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'Independent' gov law reviewer wants users preemptively identified before they're 'allowed' to use encryption

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So I won't be allowed to use secure internet banking or shopping, cos I don't have a face***k account??

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Scrutiny? We've heard of it. Dot-UK supremo Nominet goes dark

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Re: Easy Peasy.

In most cases this is the line I take... but you don't have much choice if you are a UK business.

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UK.gov cloud fave Amazon comes under fire for tax bill

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Actually sit and ask an accountant "how would you avoid this" - Lee D

Yeah - this would be a good idea, but the MPs would class that account as a scientific adviser and we all know how MPs hate those and generally willfully ignore any advice they give.

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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Wonder how much %age of actual meat in there? probably mostly offal and fat. Also wonder how the animals are raised, at this price it must be factory farming; probably american and pumped full of estrogen and other hormones. Good times.

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Browser trust test: Would you let Chrome block ads? Or Firefox share and encrypt files?

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"Google swears on a stack of bibles will only excise ads that get in your face in unpleasant ways." - Does this mean any ad not served via AdClick? This is a total conflict of interest situation, and should not be allowed.

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Google goes home to Cali to overturn Canada's worldwide search result ban

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WTF?

This is a nasty one; you can see if there is some clear reason like this blatant rip-off that they need to be globally blocked (anyone from any country can access any specific google site).

However, imagine if (for example) China decided that Google have to block all the things they are blocking internally all around the world... I really don't want lowest common denominator deciding what I can and can't see.

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Vodafone reports sliding revenues but customers don't hate them as much

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I haven't complained... just swapped to someone else (who are just as bad, now been though all providers and they all suck as bad as each other)

I drove past their HQ a while ago (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/A339,+Newbury+RG14/@51.4153245,-1.3232139,17z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x4876a604698ccf73:0x6ee3bf6a83b9da20!2sNewbury+RG14+2FN!3b1!8m2!3d51.4166833!4d-1.3197471!3m4!1s0x4876a603427ccb35:0x666ab9b394d7ceaf!8m2!3d51.4143074!4d-1.3220766?hl=en) and had 1 bar of 2g signal!

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Dump X of your crew, DXC Technologies UK told. Hundreds face axe again

deive

Re: Business not coming in then?

Most likely 3A...

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I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

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errrr... if there is a problem on an airplane it is likely everyone on board will die... should we stop all flights too?

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Reg reader turns Geek's Guides to Britain into Geek's Map of Britain

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Pint

Here here

Have ->

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UK mobile number porting creaks: Arcane system shows its age

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I had to give up a fairly nice number that I'd had for years cos I thought that was the problem... new number doesn't seem much better tbh. Stop talking about 5G and just get this shite working please!

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Another Brexit cliff edge: UK.gov warned over data flows to EU

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"This is because the UK's data protection laws will have to stay up to date with, and possibly change based on, those made at an EU level."

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"The committee is also concerned that the UK will lose its influence over the setting of those laws"

Considering how most of our governments want Orwellian controls, this is a GOOD thing, in my opinion :-) Not that I don't trust our government or anything.

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Truck spills slimy load all over Oregon road – drivers slip in eel slick

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"Although they don't sound particularly appetising to us, apparently in Korea hagfish are not just a delicacy but also an aphrodisiac"

Maybe you should read up on British history??

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Crackas With Attitude hacker 'Incursio' gets two years in the clink for embarrassing CIA boss

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Facepalm

"The cost of cleaning up after the incidents was put more than $1.5m" - maybe if they spent even a fraction of that on security in the first place??

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Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

deive

Bought my misses a fairphone 2 a while ago, it is still passable but it was mid range when released - I so want them to bring out a new revision too!

Had to replace a faulty mic unit on it and they sent the replacement out quick on warranty and it was so easy to replace.

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

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There are plenty of nature and science documentaries, brilliant and (mostly) impartial news - I know I wouldn't be able to get any of that if it were not for the BBC, who trusts "news" from multi-millionaire tax dodgers who just want more power for them and theirs?

I am happy to pay for that content and subsidise other minority content (even the stuff I hate) 'cos the people who like that are also helping to pay for the programmers I like.

It is NOT illegal to not pay for the license, only to watch content from BBC if you haven't payed. So if you don't want to pay the license fee, then DON'T PAY IT and stop watching what you haven't paid for. Oh and stop trying to kill our BBC cos you don't like it.

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Intel pitches a Thunderbolt 3-for-all

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Coat

There is so much confusion here, and I think Intel are specifically trying to do this! "Thunderbolt USB" my arse. USB is a standard - they should not be allowed to misappropriate it in that way (even if Thunderbolt can carry USB signals over it).

I for one haven't used Intel chippery in years, so no way I could have Thunderbolt, but I have plenty of USB ports that are all fine.

Also - the letters in USB are for the end connecters and the nubers are for the generation - so we are acutally talking about USB 3 compatibility (i.e. the newest and fastest) with USB C cables (i.e. the new multi-directional connectors).

Just my 2 pennies worth

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Just so we're all clear on this: Russia hacked the French elections, US Republicans and Dems

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Re: Landslide? ... 42% of the electorate voted Macron

@Phil, don't think you can directly compare a 50/50 vote vs a 2 round vote...

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Oh dear, Prime Minister! Nearly 100 Beeb bosses make more than you

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Re: PM Base Salary £150k

All MPs should be paid the average income of their constituencies. That is the only way to get them to concentrate on raising the average salary of all.

Please note this is NO WAY NEAR £150K.

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Drone maker DJI quietly made large chunks of Iraq, Syria no-fly zones

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Could start by stopping the arms companies from selling? A handgrenade is for killing, a consumer drone is just a tool.

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Big-in-Japan AI code 'Chainer' shows how Intel will gun for GPUs

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Hmmm, first I'd like to point out that machine learning is NOT AI.

Secondly, that may be why Intel bought Movidius and then seems to have killed their upcoming cheap USB Tensorflow accelerator :-( the bastards, I was looking forwards to hooking one up to a Pi.

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How UK’s GDPR law might not be judged 'adequate'

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Optional

"Indeed, someone who said he was “close to GCHQ/MI6” took me to one side at this month’s ICO conference. He told me that if I were to be given the top-secret list of data protection indiscretions on the part of the UK (none of which relate to national security, crime and taxation etc, I should add), then the damage to EU-UK relations would be so high that the European Commission’s mission in London would have to close, and the UK Ambassador to Brussels would become persona non grata. I was advised to “back off”, whatever that means."

So we can't know the truth cos someone may lose their job over it? Should ALL government dealings should be 100% open and transparent?? If something causes embarrassment then perhaps we, I don't know, shouldn't do it in the first place?

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Facebook shopped BBC hacks to National Crime Agency over child abuse images probe

deive

Re: Actually the FBI will direct you to a non profit

Possibly cos the FBI have more important things to do, such as getting access to all your phone data and such?

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Soz fanbois, Apple DIDN'T invent the smartphone after all

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Not many people seem to remember the Motorola A920 - I had one and then the A1000, such good phones for their time. Full smartphone with downloadable apps and music and everything. Not bad for a phone that was 5 years before the original iPhone, which remember, did NOT have apps.

As far as I recall the only problem with it was that it was before capacitive screens were usable....

</silly nostalgia>

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Lester Haines: RIP

deive

RIP

My dad died @ 55 of the big C... too young :-(

I will miss his article like everyone else here!

Condolences to his family.

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Brexit campaign group fined £50k for sending half a million spam texts

deive

These f***ers spammed me with snail mail, even though I am on all no-spam lists and ex-directory etc! They need fining again for that methinks.

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Woz says 'Jobs started Apple for money' – then says it must pay 50% tax like he does

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UK tax: https://www.gov.uk/income-tax-rates/current-rates-and-allowances

If corporations are legally people then they should also be paying the same rate?

Tldr: woz is right :)

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UN rapporteur: 'Bad example' UK should bin the Snoopers' Charter

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Re: Brexit

This!

Notice how hard they have been trying to worm out of the human rights act? It does seem that this is the whole reason for it, as mass surveillance goes against human rights.

This has been ongoing for so long and every time the bill gets knowked down - will they just f***ing drop it already?? *Sigh*

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400 jobs to go as Texas Instruments calls time on chip fab in Scotland

deive

Could be good for the Raspbian Foundation? Loverly Pis then will all be made here! Probably too expensive, but we can dream.

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Blighty's Parliament prescribed tablets to cope with future votes

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Re: Another waste of cash.

Or a £4 rPi0 + a couple of buttons and a secure, isolated, network?

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New Year, new Git: Version control system updated this week

deive

Re: Sad :-( thanks for the fish.

Have fun with that *shudder*, I've just managed to get our stuff move out of TFS to GIT :-)

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UK police cuff suspect over VTech toy hack

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Re: The real question is why hasn't anyone at VTech been arrested?

How about targeted info on kiddies near peados that can use the info as a way to start grooming? I know, I know THINK OF THE CHILDREN and all that, but I do think this is a real concern in this case (rather than the usual trying to reduce our rights kind of thing!)

Also for the DS own voters, not sure what they have to day against it as the haven't commented (maybe they are the ones scimping on their customers security??) http://www.dft.gov.uk/vca/data-protection-act-guidance-on-compliance.asp clearly states "kept secure against unlawful or unauthorised processing, or accidental loss or erasure"

Clearly VTech have not complied as these products have proved to be totally unsecured in all ways!

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Re: The real question is why hasn't anyone at VTech been arrested?

Too bloody right!

And it needs to be VTech board members held accountable - not a VW "it was a rouge engineer wot done it".

They are the ones who have taken all the profit and not secured their products - they are the ones who have to take responsability..

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NAO slams £830m e-Borders IT project as ‘not value for money’

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WTF?

"but terminated it in July 2010 citing a failure to deliver milestones" - so the courts say that although Raytheon failed to deliver to milestones in the contract, we still have to pay them? And the lawers?

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G-Cloud sellers hit out against cap on scaling services

deive

Yes, cloud is supposed to be flexible - for hosting (scale up, redundancy etc.) but not the whole contract! If this is dropped then the big players will just reduce their quotes, then after winning the contract will just ramp up price!

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Helium has a go at Internet of Things thing – using ultra-low power tech

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Seems that this does fix the 2 main problems with current solutions: security and encryption and a bit of smarts around power and band usage!

Here's hoping they help put these back into the open spec... (I know, who am I kidding, right? sigh)

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Time Lords set for three-week battle over leap seconds

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We've used seconds for over a thousand years, now we know they are not quite right. So what does half the world do? Bury their head in the sand and say "change is scary and expensive".

We will care about this as a space-fairing species. Just a few seconds off on navigation to another planet could leave you stranded!

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You can hack a PC just by looking at it, say 3M and HP

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Would be useful if they integrated this into screens, allowed sections of it to be turned on and off by software and then turned it on over password fields only. Until then, meh!

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Bezos' BAN-HAMMER batters Chromecast, Apple TV

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Re: Toucan play

"Maybe make it interactive and personalised to recommend the user's recommendations? last purchase." +1 for that!

Gotta say I haven't though because "They are perfectly within their rights to sell what they want to sell I suppose." is totally incorrect as given how big Amazon are in most markets, this is the move of a monopoly.

Either way, I only had prime for the delivery and now they increased the price of that so they could add streaming "free" without supporting any of the devices I use - I have cancelled my prime.

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Facebook Parse adds SDKs for IoT's big names

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"The Register can't help but wonder how many developers will take that advice to make design and test simpler, and forget to add security before they ship."

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Not convinced that any dev using FB is going to be aware of security in the first place!

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Oracle laying off its Java evangelists? Er, no comment, says Oracle

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Re: Oracle licencing hassles

Yeah, quite a turnaround from where Sun started with Java - internet connected set top boxes and ideas about what would become the IoT. Thanks Oracle.

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T-Mobile US CEO calls his subscribers thieves, gripes about 'unlimited' limited tethering

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Re: Since when

If I had limits on my broadband, I wouldn't expect them to apply to only a single device - I can hook up as many as I like. So why should mobile data be any different?

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Better crypto, white-box switch support in Linux 4.2

deive

Re: すし, 寿司, 鮨

Yeah, think the word Richard was looking for is sashimi...

Maybe we should call all animal products exactly what they are, may turn a lot of people into vegies

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Watch out Sonos! Here's the second coming of Yamaha MusicCast

deive

Did they mention bringing any of this to any of their older models? I've only faily recently got a RX-V675!

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Screw your cutesy plastic art tat, the US govt has found a use for 3D printing: DRUGS!

deive

Re: I have to admit...

+1! Also some pills are absolutely huge, this could be used just to reduce the size of the bloody things!

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UK.gov issues internal 'ditch Oracle NOW' edict to end pricey addiction

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Re: No Boats for larry!

He would (sue for compensation) if TTIP goes though... corps suing government over their decisions is one of the items on that agenda!

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