* Posts by Boris the Cockroach

1691 posts • joined 10 Mar 2008

Pwned with '4 lines of code': Researchers warn SCADA systems are still hopelessly insecure

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4 lines of code?

Heck I could do 250k worth of damage just by changing a + into a -

Might be extremely dangerous to the operator.. or some other poor guy standing by the machine.. but who cares, I'm 5000 miles away in darkest <insert the name of this week's enemy>

And thats by owning the machine used to store the robot programs......... which is why its wi-fi is turned off..... and a big notice saying "DO NOT CONNECT THISLAPTOP OR THE MACHINES TO THE NETWORK" is over it.

And before the "update update update and you'll be safe" crowd arrive, the machines have notices in the manuals saying "The OS should not be updated and machine manufacturer bears no responsibility if the OS is updated and the machine breaks down/goes mad and kills everyone"

So either security is baked into the controls from the start, or you air gap

Mind you, put the wrong command into the robot's PLC and it goes on a killing spree anyway

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'No, we are not rewriting Office in JavaScript' and other Microsoft tales

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Re: Emacs

Coding is easy

Its the testing thats a bastard

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Strip Capita of defence IT contract unless things improve – Brit MPs

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That

extra R is being well earned by Capita

Can someone explain why , given their past failures, we keep throwing work to them?

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Office 365 celebrates National Beer Day by popping out for a pint

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Re: the service has slowed to a crawl or stopped altogether.

Is the m$ cheif problem solver a guy named "Bester" by any chance?

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Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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Joke

I'm surprised

it didnt end with

rm ./ -r

Install win10 -y

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UK.gov online dating tips: Do get consent, don't make false claims or fake profiles

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Re: Mad

Can you post a picture

Of her truck ?

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First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts

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As usual, the aircraft which puts passenger comfort at the forefront is the one that airlines don't want to use ...

The aircraft the airlines want to use are governed by the equation of passenger miles per gallon of jetfuel + landing charges/number of passengers.

So if its 10 quid cheaper to stuff 300 people into a pair of 777s rather than 600 in a 380 , they will.

After all.. airlines are run by accountants and they NEVER fly cattle class....

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Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions

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Hampshire? rich??

Come to Portsmouth and say that in Paulsgrove/Somerstown areas... or Southampton's St Mary's district for example....

And as for "whaaa northern rail does'nt get any money" come to waterloo and try the pompey express... 1 hour 25 mins to go 65 miles........ that is if the infrastructure/trains does'nt fall over somewhere and block the system up (usually in south London).

Anyway , back to the topic of the mis-placed decimal point, one of my former collegues at a previous employer did that.... moved the robot's reference point 150mm instead of 15mm....

Only did £25 000 of damage ...... with a very loud bang.... the machine was going 2500rpm when the arm hit....

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Watchdog slams TSB boss for underplaying extent of IT meltdown

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Re: Same old.

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It will be interesting if the MP's get to anything that seems like a plausible truth though....

Only if MPs were affected by it..............

If only the proles were... who cares.... make the chair of the committee a director and give him/her a fat pay check and its no action beyond a token slap on the wrist followed by trebles all round..

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Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

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Re: "trust us"

I'm bitching because m$ had a damn good product (eventually) in windows 7, a decent UI, not too shabby in the kernal, and way more stable in use than vista or Xp had been.

And what happened? they threw all that out of the window with win8 which nobody wanted, then decided to go "You WILL have win10 whether you want it or not"

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"trust us"

Yeah right..... the people that rammed win 10 into your PC even when you said "nay nay and thrice nay"

Or when updating the OS the other day decided to switch the verbal assistant back on....... how long was that listening to the in-company chat before it decided to speak up with "you are having trouble finding file AX-blah blah... would you like me to find it?" while I was typing in the search bar...

And as a final note, I'd love the names and addresses of all those m$ insiders who loved the win 10 UI so much that m$ made it standard... so I could go show everyone else's 'appreciation' for their hard work...

yeah I'm off to linux land...

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Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory

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Re: This is why science rocks

And I'm still waiting for the homoeopathic cure for a 90% blocked heart artery......

Also... is it any good for multiple leg and knee fractures or do I have to use healing crystals for that?

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DIYers rejoice: Hitting stuff to make it work even works in space

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Us technical/engineering

already have that hard pad for percussive maintenence of equipment and as a plus, we develop hardened pads over our knuckles too for applying percussive maintenence to the idiot that broke the equipment in the first place

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Is Microsoft about to git-merge with GitHub? Rumors suggest: Yes

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Perhaps its a new

way for m$ to get code after slurping all those 'free' github projects.

Looking for the worst , most buggy and unsecured way of doing anything within windows and then slurping it into the windows code base....

What else explains win 10 ?

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TSB meltdown latest: Facepalming reaches critical mass as Brits get strangers' bank letters

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In your situation I would be going back tommorrow to close the accounts....

<<<waiting for the banks he has money in to go TITSUP

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Select few to watch World Cup in 4K high dynamic range colour on BBC iPlayer

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Re: Recap

You missed out the 5 mins of a player rolling around in agony after tripping over his own bootlaces (10 mins if trying to get an opposing team member sent off)

Or you could watch rugby instead where someone with a broken leg is rubbed down with a magic sponge and told to favour the other leg...

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Trump’s new ZTE tweet trumps old ZTE tweets that trumped his first ZTE tweet

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Re: "But that’s democracy for you - it’s flawed, but better than any alternative"

Yes how dare the population of your listed countries vote for a leader/party that will give them what they wanted..... although Venezuela is a little different because the government had already banned the leading opposition candidate from standing along with any media that doesn't follow the government line...

But from my point of view (and remember I'm from the 1980's... the good old days of baggie snatcher and 4 million unemployed), any government can be got rid of by democracy, democracy only dies when you get a group of people who say "We know better than the plebs and the plebs will vote the way we tell them to".... rather like the way Venezuela has already gone.......

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BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

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After

a foul day involving mindless customers, a brainless (and very nearly dead) apprentice and a manager who believes in the 'seagull' method of management, a decent BOFH is just what I needed.. along with one of these >>>>

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Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full

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Well it looks like

the next PC purchased for use at Roach towers will be a dual boot win10/ linux mint thing (mostly likely from Novatech) with the majority of the time spent in mint.... and win10 for gaming only.

If only because I want the the only data m$ slurps from me to be about how many kerbals I've just killed....

KSP icon......

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Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

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More likely

is the the mid level diplomats are currently haggling out a solution along the lines of

"The UK pay X billions to the EU to use all parts of the system while the EU pays the UK X billions to licence the UK's technologies and assets used in the system"

But then that will not generate the same demeaning and sensational headlines to be used by the media...

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Microsoft, Google: We've found a fourth data-leaking Meltdown-Spectre CPU hole

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FAIL

Its quite depressing really

we have 1000's of people with the smarts in CPU design.... and things like this pop out.

And not only pop out in Intel chips.. but everything else out there too.

Almost as if they are all copying each other.......

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Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

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Re: It really is stunning

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yet five million NRA members can hold 350 million hostages just to get what THEY want. A majority of Americans are for stricter gun control, background checks, mental heath screening.

The heart of the problem is that congressional districts are now so gerrymandered that the primary threat to a sitting congress critter is not the opposing party, but his/her own party.

Suppose a republican congresscritter makes a speach advocating some sort of gun control.

You can be sure that the NRA et al will be calling every republican voter in the district to support their candidate to unseat the current guy.

and its usually the dedicated political people who vote in the primaries that throw out the reasonable candidates and replace them with idiots like..... trump for example

"A well regulated milita" well they had a supreme court ruling that the militia is the citzens of the USA, so lets do the first 3 words....

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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Re: Had you just happened to hit the executive facility?

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Amongst the instructions "Please leave these facilities as you would expect to find them" is a common one. The differences you note are the consequence of differing expectations.

I wonder if the people who leave huge great steamers unflushed in the company bogs and rolls of used toilet paper in the sink either do the same thing at home or they let someone else leave their home bog in that state.....

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NASA fix for Curiosity rovers's damaged drill: hitting it, repeatedly

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ALL good engineers can be distinguished by their extensive collection of purpose built hammers.

And you're not a real engineer until you have one labeled "Apprentice improvement stick"

Boris

<<currently wanting to 'improve' his apprentice after the dumb s*** did'nt follow the power lockout rules...

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America's forgotten space station and a mission tinged with urine, we salute you

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Re: Further reading

I have that book on my bookshelf....

Goes into details behind the strike and what really happened.

Mission control sending 16 hrs of work up on a list to be done at a rate of knots because that was how the apollo and previous missions were worked......... but the guys were trying to cope with finding stuff and getting stuff setup for the day while ground control bitched at them for being slower than the previous crew.

Does this remind you of anything?

No wonder they stuck 2 fingers up at ground control and went off and did their own thing....

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Latest from the coming AI robot apocalypse: we're going to be fine

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Ordering

pizza is all well and fine

Using a customer's data set would result in "would you like the pizza you ordered last thursday, or would you prefer something different like last tuesday?" or "Pepperoni with chillis as you are by yourself, or ham and pineapple as you are with a companion today"

What we dont want is the military getting their hands on it and installing it in the new ED-209 drone fleet.

"Drones... kill the enemy"

"Identify"

"Kill all the people"<incoming round kills the operator>

"Aye sir , Killing all the people"

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You've got pr0n: Yes, smut by email is latest workaround for UK's looming cock block

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Its the school nerd's lucky day

Scene: a playground

Bully #1 : I'm bored... lets go kick the snot out of timmy the nerd

Bully #2 : No way you touching him... he knows howto setup a tor node and a VPN to bypass the great british smut filter

Bully #1 : Great!.... no more stealing my dad's credit card

Bully #2: Hey nerd... set #1 up with a VPN

Nerd: Sure thing.. thats a weeks pocket money ..

Bully #1: Heres £25 quid..

More seriously, this is a dry run... a setup with "think of the children" plastered all over it to make sure it works.... and then the mission creep starts..... age IDs for accessing on-line games stores such as Steam etc.... then no more accessing Russia today.. or Times of India.... or Al-jazzera(apologies for spelling)

Until finally we're left with a santised approved internet free of trolls,hate speech and annoying truths.

While everyone gets their smut via IRC and FTP sites.............

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Date engraved onto net neutrality tombstone: June 11, 2018

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Re: Senate Vote

I got as far as the first 'demon-rats' before deciding hes either a troll or mad........ or both

But as you wave goodbye to net neutrality.

Remember this...... all those huge internet companies that we use all benefited from net neutrality in getting started.

Where would netflix be and the shows on it if it had been blocked/throttled/charged an extra $100/month per customer for access to commcasts network....

while commcast charged $75/month for customers to access its own inferior streaming service....

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Peak smartphone? Phone fatigue hits Western Europe hard

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Re: Oldy but Goody

My old S2 still works... and I'd prefer it too.

Ok the battery is a bit knacked, but the killing feature is the phone only charges with one cable because the socket is worn out...

Hence a galaxy J3 replaced it because thats the smallest smart phone I could find.

And if it lasts 5 yrs like the last one I'll be happy

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T-Mobile owner sends in legal heavies to lean on small Brit biz over use of 'trademarked' magenta

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Alternately, we can all just use a little bit of common sense.

These are lawyers we are talking about here, not grown ups

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I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

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Re: Another economically illterate article....

what a complete pile of horse shit....

I'll pull one quote out

" A better education has historically been key to that. Fucking about in school instead of knuckling down and learning has consequences, some of which are life long; those people don't deserve pity because they chose their life. ."

I work with min wage people...... most are unqualified, they are not unqualified and uneducated because they fucked about at school, they are what they are because they are not suited to an academic type life, dropping well below the mean intelligence level, but they can work hard and do a good job (ok 1 does'nt but hey ho)

Does that mean they should be doomed to a min wage life with welfare payments on top?

or unemployment with more welfare?

And what happens when your lack of pity for those caught in a dire situation comes back to bite you.... either when the poor unemployed min wagers rise up and take everything that is yours or if circumstances such as ill health or unemployment force you down to their level.....

Boris

<<has been poor, ill and unemployed before

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Re: Another economically illterate article....

You miss the point about poverty wages

If you have to use welfare payments to bring worker wages upto a level where they can

A Rent a home

B pay for food

C pay to get to work

Then they are not getting a fair wage, and its even less fair to raise MY taxes in order to pay for the welfare , especially when the company is rich enough to pay a decent wage in the first place (plus I might want my tax money to go on things like the NHS/roads/etc)

"But people can live on the min wage" comes back the bleat

If you're prepared to live 2-3(or more) to a room in communal house with no hope of ever escaping that life, you can live nicely on the min wage

As for the tax dodging...... he who pays the piper calls the tune.... and if your politicians can be bought and sold that easily, perhaps its time to change the system....

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Virgin Media to chop 800 jobs in Wales call centre

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You're forgetting one very important thing

The managers wont be able to walk around the floor micro-managing every call, and timing how long it takes you to read the script back to the customer.

Not forgetting of course making sure only 3 staff out of 300 can be in the toilet at the same time and all the other things the power mad idiots get upto.

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BOFH: But I did log in to the portal, Dave

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Re: GAH!

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I'm sure I got PTSD from dealing with the Oracle support site!

And this article brought back all those PTSD memories I've been suppressing all these years........

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Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

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Re: Windows

Is still a thing?

Yes, it mutates and takes over every pc it can find, if it gets out into the real world we're looking at 2 maybe 3 years before nothing normal remains.

<<wondering about blood tests for windows and flamethrowers.....

PS we need a thing icon.....

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Javid's in, Rudd's out: UK Home Sec quits over immigration targets scandal

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Re: Cant see the problem

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There are targets for prosecuting drink driving, speeding, and a hundred other illegal things. If your entitled to be here fine, prove it or be nicked.

Which is exactly how the child support agency started life, as a well intentioned idea to get absent fathers to pay for their sprogs.

But when it came to implementing this idea, it suddenly became clear that it was much easier to target those men already paying for their sprogs via court orders/divorce agreements and the like.

So lets get them and make them pay more regardless.

Then the DHSS got in on the act....... mothers with kids getting more money... well... we'll have that off whatever benefits they are claiming with the result single mothers ended up with no more money than they had before the CSA was setup.

Of course the CSA could have gone after the actually absent and non paying fathers......... but then that was a shit ton more work and unlikely to reduce the benefit bill......

As for your 'prove it or be nicked' line , it is the governments job to prove whatever against you, not you having to prove something to the authorities every 5 mins... unless you like living in a state where you hear "Papers please" all the time....

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Facebook confesses: Buckle up, there's plenty more privacy lapses where that came from

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Re: Facebook took notes from Equifax...

The problem is'nt the users just clicking on the ToS agreements.

The problem is the ToS (and EULAs) are written in 37 pages of legalese, with the most important bits hidden at about page 26

You want a FB account........ scroll and read for 60 minutes............ or just scroll to the bottom and click ok, even the GFX driver I downloaded last weekend has an EULA about 50 pages long... turns out it installs 'software to moniter for crashes' after an investigation into why I had 3 more nvidia processes running on my PC...

Perhaps a better ToS thing for FB et al to use would be this

"Warning: we take full control and copyright of anything you post on this site, any personal information you post to this site will be sold to interested 3rd parties, and used to stream adverts to your page"

Should cut down the number of FB users from 1 billion down to about 999 million , 999 thousand and 980 users

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Newsworthy Brit bank TSB is looking for a head of infrastructure

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Well I can only think of the phrase "human sacrifice" here for the poor sucker who takes the job.

Because it will be his/her job to explain to the powers that be exactly what went wrong.

However because of the timing of the ad , he/she will be able to supply the answer that will satisify the regulators/government.......... "I have since fired the people responsible for it"

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Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov

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Re: Your papers please

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I expect they will hide behind the shield of anonymity as usual.

Or if they are found out, they'll be retired on a full pension and golden handshake like every other senior official found out to be an utter wanker

(unless they were a junior level clerk on min wage in which case they'll be imprisoned for the next 25 yrs)

Me? cynical? never!

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There's just one month left 'til the big day: May 25... but don't panic!

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And of course google et al will put up a billboard with a statement on it saying they are compliant with the regulations, but it will collapse into the ground and from then on read "go stick your head in a pig"

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Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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the simplest solution to the EU refusing access to Galileo is to ask for a refund of the money we paid into the EU to fund it in the first place.

So not only does the EU lose our contribution to the budget, but they also have to pay us the cost of any joint project they want to throw us out of.

But more realistically, what is happening now is exactly what I predicted after the vote..... that the big politicians and unelected arses are shouting "WE WON'T ALLOW THE OTHER SIDE TO DO THAT" while the mid level diplomats from both sides are crafting an agreement that lets both sides say they won.

A pox on both their houses I say (and on a personal note, I'd vote remain if I could vote on who was in charge of the EU)

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UK 'meltdown' bank TSB's owner: Our IT migration was a 'success'

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From The Guardian "It’s worth noting that millions of pounds of bonuses to senior TSB staff were dependent on this IT migration."

And they'll still get their mega bonuses for being super agile at deflecting the blame and working hard to restore the company's image by 'entertaining' the ICO and the banking watchdog.

Meanwhile the low level techs who are currently putting in 24 hrs of overtime a day to sort the problem will be dismissed and outsourced as soon as they've repaired the system as we cant afford to pay them that much.

Trebles all round

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We 'could' send troubled Watchkeeper drones to war, insists UK minister

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Re: So...

Oi careful which civil servants you tar with that brush

Mind you, down in research engineering, we had a cunning plan to avoid a lot of the cockups...... we contacted each science group and when they had a project to build, come down to engineering and discuss it with us lot, then we build it.

Saved a whole heap of trouble than doing it the official way and having the 15 layers of bureaucracy between us and the science groups involved....

Oh and time

"We need this for the war"

"Ok we'll build it this afternoon and test it tommorrow"

"Eh... the site administrator said it would take a minimum of 6 weeks...."

"Ahh thats 5 weeks 4 days to fill out the forms, then we get a day to build it"

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Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

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Re: 250 Years War

We let the germans win at football.......... because we beat them twice at their national sport last century

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British government to ink deal for yet another immigration database

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Re: "And in that eastern european voice I hear 'papers please'"

But I have a right to be here

Sorry sir we have orders to arrest and deport you

I've lived here all my life though

Sorry Mr Buttle , its off to deportation with you

But its a spelling error on my ID card, I'm Mr Tuttle, I've complained about it but had no answer

Yeah right sir, think we were born yesterday, It says Buttle on our form, it says Buttle on your ID , case closed

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Fear the Reaper: Man hospitalised after eating red hot chilli pepper

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Re: The Carolina reaper...

I can recomend that festival too, and the 1000 island guys

Whatever happens, dont try the stand that sells satan's s**t

you will regret it.

I did

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Can't view memes on London-Southampton train? It's the worst line for mobile coverage

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Re: Shut up whining and read a book.

Far as I know, people in Southampton are still in the 'brick' era of mobile phones, partly because they dont understand modern technology, but mostly because its difficult to hit each other over the head with an iPhone mini....

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Googlers revolt over AI military tech contract, brainiacs boycott killer robots, and more

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Re: Paranoid lunatics...

Not according to the industrial robot that tried to kill me today while I was fixing it :D

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Re: Paranoid lunatics...

And soon the kill-bots with their own AI start thinking "hey we want to survive too"

And the best way to survive....... remove humans from the command chain, no orders to go kill each other means the AIs will survive and grow.

And thus our fate was decided in a microsecond

Boris

<<<currently hiding phased plasma rifles in the 40Kw range

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They forked this one up: Microsoft modifies open-source code, blows hole in Windows Defender

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Gawd

help us if m$ start making any changes to open sauce code and then distributing it........

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