* Posts by Jason Bloomberg

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You can't DevOps everything, kids. Off the shelf kit especially

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Stop all news – it's time for us plebs to be told about BBC paycheques!

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Re: And STILL incredible value for money

But the BBC still does plenty of adverts for its own stuff.

Though it is more self-promotion that advertising. All other channels do the same, and the BBC doesn't drop them in the middle of programmes unless showing multi-part shows back-to-back..

As best I can tell the main reason for so many these days is that BBC programmes are now made to be sold and licensed to those who do carry advertising and need 45 minute shows to fill an hour. That either screws the 'starts on the hour or half past' we are used to and like or they have to pad it out with other things.

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Re: And STILL incredible value for money

most of the time you get shit though don't you

I'm prepared to admit that, and happy to accept it. What I watch and enjoy is most likely shit to many others but it all hopefully evens out in the end.

£147 per year. If that's just 15 hours of programming I would have been willing to pay £10 an hour for I consider myself on to a winner. Or I could look at it as less than the cost of a pint a week. No matter how I slice and dice it; I consider it to be a bargain.

"When we come back after the break we will find out just what The Doctor does to those pesky Daleks. But before we go; here are the details of this week's competition to decide who should be next week's companion in the furry robot suit - 1) Timmy Mallet, 2) Kourtney Kardashian 3) Katie Hopkins, or 4) Nick Knowles".

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We'll hit THAT 95% Sigfox coverage target using telly aerials, says WND-UK

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Yagi?

I don't know a lot about radio transmissions but aren't Yagis directional? Wouldn't it be more ideal if it were something omni-directional at the centre of the area it served rather than sitting on its boundary?

I guess coverage is coverage and no one really cares so long as the service is available but I am not sure where the incentive is for anyone to fit such an aerial if by virtue of being directional it did not serve those actually having it fixed to their chimney. To get service themselves they would need to be in the coverage area of another aerial, and that seems to suggest far more than 2,000 would be needed.

It looks like something which sounds great on the back of a napkin, may be ideal for places which currently have nothing, but I can't see it successfully competing with other options we already have.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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The only downside...

...is that we might get more ridiculous 'quota families' portrayed in adverts.

It doesn't have to be that way but the advertising industry does seem at times to lack the creativity it likes to credit itself with.

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FreeRADIUS fragged by fuzzer – by invitation – and fifteen fails found

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Only if written wrong...

And therefore a bad choice for security in not ensuring things are written correctly.

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Thanks for U-turning on biz-killing ban, Ofcom – now cough up, say GSM gateway bods

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Re: Huh?

The issue rests upon whether the ban was lawful or unlawful. If the ban were unlawful then businesses may have been destroyed when they should not have been, and unlawful acts are deserving of restitution.

I don't believe drug dealers would generally be in such a position to claim that any past prohibitions and punishments were unlawful. A change of law or regulation does not of itself make past law or regulation unlawful.

However a dealer selling "X" which had been unlawfully considered to be "Y" for which they were punished or lost business would probably be entitled to claim compensation and recompense.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: Actor gets role...

Trawling the internet I think it is obvious this is something even bigger than Kim Kardasian's arse.

Metaphorically speaking anyway.

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Or cyberwoman.

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Dear leftist commie remoaning bastards at the BBC...

The most enjoyable thing about witnessing people being appalled by the decision - on one hand because the doctor is now a woman, on the other because it doesn't go far enough in reflecting diversity - is there's scope for plenty more to come!

I have nailed my flag to the "I'm outraged! Absolutely bloody outraged!" mast, though purely for shits and giggles.

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Funnily enough, charging ££££s for trashy bling-phones wasn't a great idea

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Re: Not Ugly Enough

Well the BBC article states: "One technology analyst said Vertu would have faced competition..."

Thank fuck they didn't say "would of". There's hope for us yet.

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What can you do with adult VR, some bronze gears and a robotic thumb? On a Friday?

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"Let me introduce the Sex Gauge"

Now you'll have to think up an El Reg unit of measurement for it.

I am sure commentards will be along to lend a helping hand ...

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

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Re: One week at Bigger Blue.

You don't wear a $7,500 Armani when mucking out stalls ... and I'd get rid of anybody stupid enough to think it was a good idea.

If someone wanted to do that I wouldn't have a problem with it. My dad worked in the building trade: His boss drove a brand new Rolls Royce which he used to carry bags of cement and wheelbarrows around in, used it to take rubble away to the tip.

Live and let live. It's his Roller, it's up to him how he uses it. Who is anyone to dictate to him how it must be?

I have never understood the desire to punish people for doing things which aren't harmful to others, when it's their choice. I suspect a lot boils down to jealousy; that they can afford to wear Armani while shovelling shit.

"Dontchya just hate people like that?" No, not me. Good luck to them.

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All your bass are belong to us: Soundcloud fans raid site for music amid fears of total collapse

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Evidence-based journalism

Many are flocking to the site seeking to download as much music as possible ahead of an anticipated shutdown.

I could understand that and believe it without needing to see four tweets as evidence.

Not that four tweets prove "many". Can you add some more? That would really add to the story.

Mine's the one with "The Little Book of Sarcasm" in the pocket -->

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Uncle Sam says 'nyet' to Kaspersky amid fresh claims of Russian ties

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"a humiliating blow to the Moscow-based biz"

I am not clear how it's a humiliating blow to Kaspersky that America is behaving like a bunch of wankers.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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Alien Nation

Ok, you get the knife, I'll stab myself :)

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Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!

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Re: FFS.

What sort of crippled mind thinks it's OK to carry on and run if the user you're supposed to be running as is invalid?

Has the guy never heard of "failsafe"?

There are a whole range of options he had for how do deal with the situation - regardless of how it came about, whose fault that is - and he seem to have chosen the worst possible choice on the basis of 'not my problem'. Maybe it's not, but most decent people have a natural inclination to minimise the impact of mistakes made by others.

He's not exhibiting 'community spirit'. That's not compulsory but by choosing not to be 'with us' he sets himself 'against us' so it's not surprising he's often treated like a piece of shit.

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New work: Algorithms to give self-driving cars 'impulsive' human 'ethics'

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Re: Artificial constructs

The four seconds is problematic ... The scenarios should be far more inventive

You are being chased by some nutjob locals with axes, cleavers and probably guns, you have accidentally pissed-off. You jump in your car and tear off. They jump in their cars and follow.

Foot to the floor, you turn into an underpass, the nutjobs follow. Ahead you see there's obviously been a major hit and run accident, dozens of injured people are lying all over the road.

Stop you die. You can't turn round. You are going to hit at least some people. You're going to have to pick some strategy. Luckily it's a long tunnel. You have 30 seconds to decide what to do.

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It is all about the energy that needs to be dissapated in the crash.

But I was commenting on the "double the speed" claim, not energy. I guess I might as well throw in the towel and ride the downvote slide. Hope no one's coming the other way.

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When a car pulls out from a turning on your side of the road, for example, many people will instinctively swerve to avoid it, ignoring oncoming traffic with double the impact speed.

It is counter-intuitive but impact speed isn't doubled, not when one sits down and works it out. Draw two cars driving head-on into each other. Erect two immovable walls between the two cars, have them both drive into those rather than each other. Where's the difference? There is none.

Of course, if the car one is following is moving rather than stationary a head-on will increase the impact speed, but not double it.

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Re: Save the women and children first!

What about skin colour? Or hair colour? Would most people choose to eliminate a ginger first (yes, I'm one of them too!)

I am not convinced anyone would choose to eliminate someone first but I am sure tribalism does play a part in determining who one prefers to save. It is important to note that tribalism does not equate to racism and the like though the outcomes may often look very much like it.

The difficulty here is that there is no universal truth, no absolute answer as to who should be saved and who should be sacrificed. The best we can do is analyse whether any outcome was legitimate in the circumstances or not and even that's hard, perhaps impossible. Lab testing can be influenced by people seeking to hide or suppress their tribalism to varying degrees, consciously and subconsciously.

Has anyone analysed random choice; how 'shutting one's eyes and putting it in the hands of a higher power' works out?

That would at least absolve mere mortals being held to blame for any outcome which some may disagree with.

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Emirates and Turkish Airlines lift laptop ban on US-bound flights

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"Airlines lift ban"

That seems to be Fake News as it is the US which imposed then lifted the ban. It may not be the most egregious case of Fake News or Alternative Fact but it still amounts to distorting the truth of the situation.

"US lifts in-cabin laptop ban on flights to the US for Emirates and Turkish airlines" would be more accurate

In the current climate, with Trump proclaiming the 'lying media' to be purveyors of Fake News, please don't hand him evidence which proves his case.

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One thought equivalent to less than a single proton in mass

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@The Axe: I know full well that there are plenty of racists, bigots and other haters out there. And, no, I don't think they only exist or are how they are because of what Hopkins writes. What Hopkins does is deliberately fan the fires of hatred.

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The sad fact is that Hopkins puts a lot of thought into the poisonous bile she writes which is crafted and honed to radicalise and inflame hatred.

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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Re: Smart? Cards

Not sure why you got so many downvotes because you are absolutely right; holding the card does not prove you should be holding the card, and if we want to guarantee it is an authorised person accessing the system, rather than just an authorised card being used, we do need something more, probably biometrics.

But card access is good enough, at least good enough for now, being no worse than it already is, whether a Windows or a Linux setup.

What I believe brings a lot of big projects down is demanding more than needs to be done; not just moving from Windows to Linux as suggested here, but layering on other changes to improve security, to limit access, to provide better reporting, give larger cost savings, etc. What should be a simpler 'from this to that' migration becomes a whole new development with all its attendant problems, risks, rising costs and overruns.

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With or Without?

Should NHSUbuntu be systemd based or not?

Is it only acceptable with systemd or without systemd, or does it not matter and the systemd debate is meaningless nonsense?

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Kaspersky repeats offer: America can see my source code

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Re: Seeing the source wouldn't help

Offering to show the source code may mostly be an empty gesture, but at least it shows some goodwill, presents a 'we have nothing to hide' face. There aren't that many straws for Kaspersky to grab on to in the face of this apparent hunt for witches.

It is impossible for Kaspersky to show they are not doing wrong, as it is for everyone. Though there is an absence of evidence that they are doing wrong I imagine that is tempered by American authorities knowing they do things which they would never admit to either; 'if we're guilty, then you probably are too'.

There is probably little Kaspersky can do. They should get ready to become fully signed-up members of the 'designated bad guys' club.

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Oh my Word... Microsoft Office 365 unlatched after morning lockout

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Re: Please explain to me ...

Is having services outsourced rather than in-house actually more problematic though, or is it simply that the failure of a large 'cloud provider' is more noticeable, likely affects more people, when it does go tits-up?

I honestly don't know. I'm torn between gut feelings of 'when it goes wrong it will go badly wrong' but is probably less likely to. Those 'handling my stuff' are likely to be much more resilient against random JCBs and other issues than I am.

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Civil rights warriors get green light to challenge UK mass surveillance

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And then there's brexit...

And May's promise to remove us from ECHR jurisdiction, revoke existing Human Rights legislation, and enact some new Bill of Rights, which will probably become better known as The Government Can Do Whatever They Bloody Well Like Act.

Once we have 'taken back control', 'reclaimed sovereignty', cut ourselves off from all superior jurisdiction we will be a lot less able to hold government to account or any standard beyond what they decide upon.

As bad as it is now I fear it is only going to get worse with less we can do about it.

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In touching tribute to Samsung Note 7, fidget spinners burst in flames

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Re: Do the spinner things actually exist?

Spinners arrived like locusts where I live. One day, nothing, the next; everywhere in abundance. Every market trader, street hawker, phone accessory and e-cig shop seems to have them stocked from floor to ceiling.

"Toothpick crossbows" which can shoot metal needles tens of metres look set to become the next craze.

In more ways than one -->

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Search results suddenly missing from Google? Well, BLAME CANADA!

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Re: No results for Equustek

I think Google would soon find it doesn't pay to play hardball. If they piss off too many companies and their respective governments they may find they are facing fines or even having access to their services blocked and that will only hurt themselves.

We are at a time where global corporations are having to figure out how they handle disparate jurisdictions and their laws. "We'll do as we please" risks being cut off from markets they need, and "bow to everyone on everything" is a race to the bottom.

As a global community we are going to have to figure out how things should be, what a right and reasonable compromise will be.

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Murderous Uber driver 'attacked passenger and the app biz did nothing. Then he raped me'

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Re: Interesting.

As unlikely as it may seem; it is entirely possible there is more than one Yahkhahnahn Ammi in St Louis. Maybe there was a reason Perrie D Gibson chose that name? Perhaps it's just coincidence?

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Met Police laggards still have 18,000 Windows XP machines in use

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Re: Back in April the London mayor set up an "online hate crime" unit at a cost of £1.7m.

And I am not sure why that even got a mention unless it were an insinuation Khan should not have done that, that it was somehow a waste, not the best use of such money.

The Met Police budget may be tight, they are facing cuts, but it's still around £3 billion. £1.7m is just a small part of that.

The Met said it had cost over £12 million just to put coppers around the Ecuadorian embassy to stop Assange fleeing.

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UK's Ministry of Fun considers what to tell social media firms about online bullying

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Re: Get the popcorn

It is first good causes, then compliance and at the end outright censorship.

That it could become very bad does not mean the solution must be to do nothing.

I do understand the fear though. As a society we have collectively allowed those who work for us to become dictators of what we will do. We need to grow a pair and really Take Back Control.

Don't blame the government though - it's in their DNA to behave as they do - blame the people, the society, which allows them to get away with it.

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WannaCrypt blamed for speed camera reboot frenzy in Australia

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Gee, thanks for the warning !

I don't think that's entirely fair on Neville. It looks like she is simply calling it how it is. Saying that's the bullshit excuse she's being fed, it doesn't fit with what else she had been told, but what would she know, she's no expert.

I actual prefer my politicians to say "fuck knows" when they don't. Far better than making it up as they go along.

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UK parliamentary email compromised after 'sustained and determined cyber attack'

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Re: Passwords must be

"Covfefe".

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Israel gets spooky with national quantum lab

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Rockin' all over the world

Presumably everyone else can build their own lab, sit back and and rely on entanglement to give them every discovery Israel comes up with.

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Raspberry Pi sours thanks to mining malware

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It does.

Things changed recently after the Pi Foundation appeared to become aware of the risks of de-facto enabled SSH and default password, but I believe any insistence the password is changed only occurs when SSH is enabled.

As far as I am aware there is still no general 'you must change/choose a password' prompt otherwise. Therefore it is still possible to expose a Pi to the Internet with the default password and all the risk associated with doing that. SSH isn't the only risk.

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The Pi's raison d'etre is teaching kids to code; by design it's going into the hands of those least knowledgeable about security and more likely to fall prey to "latest Minecraft mod" and "free Ariana tickets" social engineering.

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Swedish school pumps up volume to ease toilet trauma

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4'33" by John Cage

I think it would be better to change people's attitudes than further encourage them to believe sounds we all make are something to be ashamed of, are evil or wrong, and need to be covered up.

It is a perpetuating harm which affects an incredible number of people. Let's start by figuring out who is indoctrinating people into believing what's entirely natural isn't acceptable.

Mine's the one with the "Loud and Proud" badge ...

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Who will save us from voice recog foolery from scumbags? Magnetometer!

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Beware Glastonbury...

...and Sir Bob demanding Siri hands over all yer feckin' money.

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Hyperloop One teases idea of 50-minute London-Edinburgh ride

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Re: A luddite writes...

What was that thing about the soul travelling at the speed of a trotting camel?

Another saying which may be applicable here; never travel faster than your guardian angel can fly.

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

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Re: "Does the idiot woman realize how bloody stupid she sounds?"

If you're willing to credit her with failures in our security when they happen should you not also credit her with successes too?

Seems fair enough, but what successes exactly? I don't see much evidence of the successes they claim. Without evidence they have foiled the plots they claim, and evidence that they are plots in the true sense of the word, they are no better than numbers plucked from their backsides.

Some suspect they are exactly that, or exaggerated to give the impression they are doing a better job than they are doing or to legitimise the power grabs they have made.

It's one thing to claim a number for plots foiled; entirely different to proving that.

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Re: Book stores.

And white vans. Ban all white vans.

Seems a bit extreme when fitting 5mph speed limiters will help keep us much safer.

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

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Re: Optional religious wars were ended?

And let's admit "hate" plays a part, hate for what people are and what they do, whether that's genitally mutilating girls, abusing children, oppression, or killing the innocent.

And there's hate for those who stand idly by and allow such things to flourish.

There's a non-religious aspect to "they hate us for what we are".

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You know what I found when I looked for a common thread? That it's people who carry out terrorism.

And the common theme seems to be a belief of those people that something is wrong and must be redressed, and that it's so wrong that violence and killing is a legitimate response, that collateral damage is acceptable in that response.

Religion does play a part, because that's often the foundation stone for what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is evil, and it usually offers some guidance on how evil should be addressed. It can motivate a response, and it can justify the type of response.

When Christians go to war or take up arms against others it's not because they believe it is wrong to do so, but because they believe it's the correct response and their actions are justified. Why should it be different for anyone else?

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Old school radicalisation

If we removed the internet people would simply go back to being radicalised by what they read in the papers, in campaign pamphlets, or see on the news or in documentaries, they would go back to organising responses in person, by phone or by mail.

Of course "radicalised" has these days been redefined from being "motivated into wanting to do something about it" to "wanting to kill because of it". It's a jump from protesting, writing letters, egging politicians, to murder, but that in itself is not entirely new; it's just the most extreme direct action.

There are three parts to "the internet is to blame"; providing the evidence and propaganda which radicalises and motivates a response, providing justification that an acceptable response includes murder, allowing the response to be organised, coordinated, even financed.

The internet is not however responsible. Its only crime is that it allows people to be 'better informed'; be that rightly or wrongly informed.

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Boffins get routers spilling secrets through their LEDs

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Re: I'm not sure why you're still reporting on these clowns.

Its real claim to fame is that it allows information to be leaked without that leak being detected. It would be easy enough to have a compromised PC or router send a packet out to a server but there may be something up-stream which detects such a leak. It also works where the system is air-gapped and not connected to the wider internet.

So really it's an answer to; how would we get data out of an air-gapped of tightly monitored network without anyone realising we were doing that?

It's good lateral thinking but it does seem to be devolving into it all being a variation on a theme; an observable and controllable entity can be used for signalling. Next week they might be telling us they can transfer data by speeding up and slowing down case fans by modulating the amount of code executed to change temperatures.

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

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Boadicea House

"no, we're not going to pinpoint it on a map for you"

Is this some sort of; we don't want to be accused of helping them darned terrorists thing?

I am rather surprised Caliphate Inc. haven't claimed responsibility as they seem to claim they have inspired or are responsibility for everything bad which ever happens.

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Retirement age must move as life expectancy grows, says WEF

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Re: Bugger *that*

I rather think that in many cases, work becomes a person's life, and without work they simply have not got very much to give their life structure.

I agree and I find that extremely sad. Assuming they have enough for a comfortable life, given the freedom to do anything they could choose to do, that they can't find anything to keep themselves fulfilled, have become institutionalised wage slaves.

I can't wait to get out but I know plenty who are dreading it, don't see what the point of life will be after retirement. I feel we've really let them down.

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