* Posts by smudge

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Shooting org demands answers from Met Police over gun owner blab

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Holmes

Re: it's happened before, a few times

You are obviously from the US. This is London, England we are talking about here.

We have a different approach to firearms, and to data privacy.

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30,000 London gun owners hit by Met Police 'data breach'

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Re: Now now...

Seriously though, im astonished at the number of people that own guns...why?

Most likely target rifle shooting and clay pigeon shooting. Both perfectly legit - and well controlled - sports. With national HQ just outside London, at Bisley.

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Lochs, rifle stocks and two EPIC sea gates: Thomas Telford's Highland waterway

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Looks like someone has got feet and metres mixed up

No, smartarse. Much of the canal - eg the bit between Tomnahurich and Loch Ness - IS 100 feet wide. The locks are narrower.

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Minimal disruption?

Opening and closing in a remarkably quick fashion, the [Muirtown] bridge operates in such a way as to cause minimal disruption to the road it bears.

Errr, no. Half-mile queues the length of Telford Street are the norm. Great article, though!

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UK gov draws driverless car test zone around M40 corridor

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Re: "UK...leader"...?

Google, Apple, Tesla are all years ahead. Have we got even a single manufacturer working on this - and I mean under UK ownership?

Fair point. But I'll bet you that none of them has thought about producing an autonomous car that drives on the left.

And before you shoot me down, I'll remind you that Google Glass was available only for the right eye.

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

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Requirements?

The CDS is needed in order to handle a possible five-fold increase in declarations that could occur when the UK leaves the EU.

I'd like to assume that this has been included in the requirements, either as a requirement for the appropriate capacity, or as a requirement for scalability up to that capacity. But I'm not optimistic.

And, of course, if the requirements were specified before the Brexit vote, then there is going to be the mother of all change requests....

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Cambridge wheels out latest smart city platform, ready for devs

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Pint

Re: Hmm...

Do they have anything which can detect puddles of sick on a Friday night and help drunken students navigate safely around them?

Some sort of chemical (but not radioactive!) marker in the beer, together with sensors for detecting it? Personal sensors would have be mounted well away from the wearer's head, to avoid false positives from the wearer's exhalations.

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Calling your redundancy programme Baccarat? Immense Bummer, Management

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Devil

Re: They called it Baccarat...

... or because the house always has the edge over the punters :(

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Airplane bomb fears spark America's laptop, tablet carry-on ban

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Re: Dont fly Emirates/Etihad/Turkish/etc...

... fly US companies!!

I've just checked - very quickly and informally - and as far as I can see, there are no US airlines using these airports. I'm surprised - I guess I always thought that any route would have airlines from at least the two end-point countries flying on it. It seems not.

US to Saudi or UAE must be popular business routes? Or am I assuming that there is trade when there isn't that much?

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

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Re: Do I see a new product opportunity?

Now... what can one charge for such a thing, and what the hell to name it?

About £1.50. A Jubilee Clip.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jubilee_Clip

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More Brits' IDs stolen than ever before

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Holmes

Re: The report only talks about the bad side of things....

At best that Jimmy Krankee look alike you have whining in your parliament will resign. Thats good for everyone...her only mission seems to be independence, I've never heard her talk about anything else.

That's because she is only shown on things like the "national" news when she is talking about something that affects the UK as a whole. Independence, in other words.

Meanwhile, on the same "national" news, the people of Scotland have to endure endless reports on things like the failing health, social care and education systems. Reports which very seldom make it clear that they are not "national", but apply only to England and Wales, or even to England only.

Just another reason why the people of Scotland are fed up.

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US regulator looks at Internet of Things regulation, looks away

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Holmes

Re: @ Alister

The problem with that approach is stopping good things from happening and regulating everything pointlessly. Solving a problem when there is a problem is better than stopping progress.

So you drive on whichever side of the road takes your fancy? Until a problem occurs.

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Kaspersky launches a range of perfumes to, er, defend your odour

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Paris Hilton

Has to be advertised using the old Blind Boy Fuller song "What's That Smell Like Fish?"!

Paris because she's trying to figure out the answer.

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Police Scotland and Accenture were at odds over ill-fated IT project i6

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Of course they did. You make most of your money from change requests.

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MP brands 1,600 CSC layoffs as the 'worst excesses of capitalism'

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DXC

Great choice of name!

"O, I wish I was in the land of cotton

Old times there are not forgotten

Look away! Look away!

Look away! Dixie Land."

"Since the advent of the Civil Rights Movement, many have identified the lyrics of the song with the iconography and ideology of the Old South. Today, "Dixie" is sometimes considered offensive, and its critics link the act of singing it to sympathy for slavery or racial separation in the American South."

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Mars orbiter FLOORS IT to avoid hitting MOON

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Re: CAPS LOCK

Pah! I wrestle poodles and win!

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RAF pilot awaits sentence for digicam-induced airliner dive

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Not wishing to add to his woes...

... but are personnel allowed to take cameras - presumably it was his own camera - into military planes? No classified documents or instrumentation in there?

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Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

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Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions in a London court were brought against women

Our weekly local newspaper in Hertfordshire lists cases from the town's Magistrates Court. I noticed a long time ago that 75% or more prosecuted licence evaders were women, and I often wonder why this should be so.

Looks as though it may be a widespread phenomenon.

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Autonomous cars are about to do to transport what the internet did to information

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Holmes

an interesting intersection of electric vehicles + autonomous vehicles + on-demand vehicle fleets.

Excellent. I look forward to the day when I can summon an electric vehicle with the range to take me from my home in the south of England to my home-town in the north of Scotland. And with the autonomy to perform safely and reliably in the glens of the Highlands, where network connection is not guaranteed and having to reverse back to the last passing-place is common.

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More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

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Re: It's a Trap

Rentokil should be able to take at least £10K per mug punter before their relatives put a stop to it.

You must know my sister-in-law! If they can do one which can catch a spider and then alert her male relatives to come round to empty it, she'll be hammering on their door to give them her life savings.

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Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

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WTF?

Re: The Curse of "Cowboy Keith"...

A thumbs down! Is that you, Keith?

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Re: The Curse of "Cowboy Keith"...

Years ago, I was trying to reflash the BIOS on my home PC - IIRC, to enable it to handle disks bigger than 1GB - and the process failed halfway through, leaving me with a large brick.

I knew what type of chip it was, and the code was on the motherboard manufacturer's website. Went to my local Cowboy Keith shop, and asked if they could run me up a new BIOS chip.

They looked at me as though I had two heads and was speaking Martian. Had no idea what BIOS was.

In the end, a new motherboard was little more expensive than a new BIOS chip. And Cowboy Keith is still in business.

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UK website data insecurity worries: Users in bits over car break-up emails

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Re: Nothing new under the sun

...in the 80s, I used a variety of middle initials to trace junk mailers. (One of my final year project suggestions was a database to allow easy identification of the culprits).

The most interesting one was the one I used for the 1991 census - my real one.

Where were you back then? I only ask because you appear to have been a couple of decades ahead of the curve...

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Soz telcos you're 'low priority' post-Brexit, says leaked gov doc

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The high-priority industries include pharmaceuticals, car manufacture, textiles and clothing, and aerospace and air transport

Probably ranked according to the size of the sweeteners that they will require if they are to remain in the UK.

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Well-rested women in danger of bouncing their men into early grave

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Headmaster

Re: I think the article might be a little confused...

I think what they mean is this: "“men who had sex once a week much more likely, five years later, to experience cardiovascular events than men who were sexually inactive.”

As it is written in the article, it means that the sexually active have to wait an extra five years for their cardiovascular event.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is delayed, Ministry of Defence confesses

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Coat

Re: Blue ensign flown by many yachts

It is flown by yachts owned by people with an association with the Royal Navy, such as members of the Cruising Association.

"Well, hello sailor!".

Bet they've never heard that one before.

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Dido queen of carnage steps down from TalkTalk

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Holmes

"...focus more on my activities in public service.”

Well, if Giuliani can advise Trump on cyber-security, I'm sure she can advise the UK Government on it.

"Spend nothing, learn nothing, and talk your way out of it."

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Devonians try to drive Dartmoor whisky plan onto rocks

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WTF?

Re: Whisky vs Whiskey

Incidentally (and brought on by your legal reference) it is the only single-malt whisky in the world, after having won a court case declaring "single malt" to be incidental to the process and not a distinct feature owned by Scotch.

Ehhh??? "Single malt" is simply a term that means the hooch comes from a single distillery. It is not and never has been a term exclusively applied to whisky from Scotland.

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Trump signs 'no privacy for non-Americans' order – what does that mean for rest of us?

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Mushroom

Re: Trump has become more deranged

I grew up in west London....

There was literally no where I could go that wouldn't have received it's own atomic pressie.... east of me... Northwood / High wycombe, west of me central London, south west of me Heathrow...

And if that wasn't bad enough, your sense of direction is completely fubar'd too.

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Chelsea Manning sentence slashed by Prez Obama: She'll be sprung in the spring

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Holmes

Re: Political Imprisonment?

It's my was a weird day when the greens seemed the sanest choice..

Having lost all respect for the "major" parties many years ago, I have been voting Green ever since.

I don't agree with all of their policies. But climate change is the biggest problem that we all face, dwarfing economic woes, Islamic terrorism, and whether post-Brexit UK can quickly do a trade deal with Outer Nowhereland.

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UK Parliament suddenly remembers it wants to bone up cyber security *cough* Russia *cough*

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Re: Re-inventing the wheel

Better question is wtf are GCHQ doing

Last time I looked, CESG was still a part of GCHQ.

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Re-inventing the wheel

The Committee is inviting written submissions that address various element of government cyber-security strategy including overall objectives, working with the private sector and bridging the skills gap

So WTF are CESG and CPNI doing, if not exactly that???

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Assange confirmed alive, tells Fox: Prez Obama 'acting like a lawyer'

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Devil

Re: Street Magic.

Trump, Palin and Assange walk into a bar...

In my defence, your Honour, when I swung round whilst carrying an iron girder, I had no idea that the injured parties were walking together behind me. If I had, I'd have swung round a damn sight faster.

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Hackers could turn your smart meter into a bomb and blow your family to smithereens – new claim

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WTF?

Re: Ahem

The presenter clearly had no idea what the Y2038 problem was; fortunately the questioner let him stew gently.

So I watched the Q&A to see this. And I have to say that you are talking bollocks.

The guy clearly knew what the problem was, and indeed asked to confirm that it was about the date. He then twice said "I have no idea" - meaning that he had no idea whether smart meters were affected - and then said "Maybe they'll need a software update.".

He may have been a prat. He may have been scaremongering. But at least he was honest there. And making stuff up when you attack him puts you in the Donald Trump school of post-truth.

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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

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Re: Airport Security ?

Fine with me, if it keeps the people who own them off my flights!

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Uh-oh. LG to use AI to push home appliances to 'another dimension'

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Re: Constant 5C internally?

Wouldn't surprise me if they meant that it talks to the house heating and air con systems, to reduce the temperature in the room where the fridge is.

Whilst ordering extra beer and ice-cream, updating its Facebook page, and participating in a DDoS attack on your bank.

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Vinyl and streaming sales offset CD decline in UK music sales

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Holmes

Re: @ It's understandable...

It's even funnier how tossers with cloth ears are ignorant of terms which are very widely used to describe sound - whether reproduced sound from players, or from instrument amps, or indeed from actual instruments themselves.

If you can't hear well enough to understand these terms then I'd recommend a check-up.

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Strong non-backdoored encryption is vital – but the Feds should totally be able to crack it, say House committees

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Batshit doolally

Saying "we want no back doors except for when we do" is really no less idiotic than saying "you can't get pregnant if you're raped, so you must have enjoyed it actually, you slut" and you really can't imagine a politician getting away with the latter statement.

On this side of the pond, they are saying things like "we are leaving the EU, but will retain many of the benefits". Or "there will be no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic", even though that will be an EU edge border.

An analyst in The Times described it well yesterday, by noting that the proposals that even mainstream politicians come up with nowadays are "batshit doolally". Concise, pithy, and 100% accurate.

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HMRC IT cockup misses nearly 1m Scottish taxpayers for devo PAYE letters

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Windows

Re: Good for Scotland

Yep, that's what everybody says in public. In the privacy of the polling place/station, history tells us they often say different.

The SNP's record in elections suggests that in Scotland people do indeed put their money where their mouth is.

Icon: typical Scottish voter. Disclaimer: I am Scottish.

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'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

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Headmaster

Re: PS - Streisand effect

As summed up in the 1971 satirical novel by John Wells and John Fortune.

"A woman for duty / A boy for pleasure / But a melon for ecstasy."

They took that from an old Turkish proverb.

Only reason I know is that I had a friend at college who used to quote it all the time.

I can't stand melons.

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Uncanny hacks-men to attend special school in grand country home

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Holmes

I would expect that the stuff that they will be taught will be found in publicly available textbooks. Not secret at all.

I would also expect "codebreaking" to be a very small part of their course - if it's included at all. If anything is included then it certainly won't be "national security" grade cryptography. I wasn't suprised to see the BBC have an orgasm over "codebreaking" - but El Reg should have known better.

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A closer look at HPE's 'The Machine'

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Controlling access to shared memory

a universal pool of non-volatile memory is accessed by large numbers of specialised cores ... in which data can stay still while different processors are brought to bear on either all of it or subsets of it.

It's a long time - over 35 years - since I worked on a multiprocessor shared-memory architecture. Presumably HPE reckon that they can implement monitors or semaphores - to control access to shared memory - in such a way as not to adversely affect the Machine's performance.

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Headmaster

Re: Actually a quantum leap will not be enough

I can be pedantic too :)

A revolution is a rotation through 360 degrees. We had that in the 1960s - the IBM 360. And then they named its successor the 370... :(

What we need is a hyperspace jump.

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More than half of punters reckon they can't get superfast broadband

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Re: exchange only lines...

the copper they pull out would pay for the FTTP probably

Someone said, a few years ago, that the value of BT's copper was greater than the market valuation of the company itself. Not sure if that's still true, but it was an eye-opener...

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Software biz boss on harassment charges represents himself, says I want a jury

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Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet

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Big Brother

Re: Disturbing

the essence of the reasoning being not everyone needs an education.

You've got to be of a certain age to fully appreciate this, but one of the most unsettling experiences of my life was attending one of the original Pink Floyd "Wall" concerts. It was the sight and sound of the many thousands at Earls Court singing along with "Another Brick...", i.e. "We don't need no education, we don't need no thought control..." Coupled with all the neo-Nazi imagery, it was scary. I was sure that Roger Waters, who by then was clearly and publicly a control freak, was pissing himself laughing on stage.

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Re: I, for one ...

different to the average pollie in what way ?

The average pollie doesn't get to be the most powerful man on Earth for at least 4 years.

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Re: A sound of thunder

Classic. Haven't read it for years, but will find a copy today.

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FAIL

I, for one ...

... am scared shitless by our new narcissistic, bigoted, xenophobic, misogynistic, lying, climate-change denying overlord.

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