* Posts by Ivan 4

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Spanish govt slammed over bizarre Catalan .cat internet registry cop raid

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Re: Basque complication

The problem is that if Catalonia gets independence then the Bask region will have a president for them to get independence as well.

The Spanish government are fighting this because the Catalan region is the most productive of all the Spanish regions. If they become independent where is the Spanish government get its money from?

It will also open the can of worms on the French side of the border because there is a strong movement for the old area that was part of Catalonia before the French took over to be reunited with the Spanish part.

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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Proof

All this proves that NO politician, no matter what allegiance, has any idea about anything technical.

It also proves that the don't listen to anyone that does know about technical things because they only listen to people that tell them what they want to hear.

It should be compulsory for anyone wanting to be an MP or a top flunky in the civil service to take and pass a technology test - we might end up with those running things actually knowing what they are talking about.

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DRM now a formal Web recommendation after protest vote fails

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Re: FFS

More like it is the end of the beginning.

The big question is what will follow.

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Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid

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While we can all chuckle at this 'research' we should also consider just how much money and effort was wasted - after all we are the ones paying for it.

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What is the cyber equivalent of 'use of force'? When do we send in the tanks?

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Re: "The United States needs to define a new set of international rules"

You beat me to it1

Just who does the US think they are that they can dictate to the rest of the world?

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Strange as it may seem you can get what you are looking for (less the water resistance) dual SIM, SD card slot, 3.5mm headphone jack and replaceable battery as standard without carrier lock in for less than 100Euro over here in France

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Microsoft fixing Windows 10 'stuttering' bugs in Creators Update

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Stuttering and slurping

I assume that the stuttering is caused by the slurping calling home. I bet if all the slurping was switched off there would smooth play in the games.

I expect that MS will 'fix' this problem by storing what they slurp until a non games program is run - oh joy not.

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

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Re: Logic? @phuzz

Generally life peers have been appointed because of outstanding contributions to the United Kingdom, so are, by definition, high achievers.

That used to be the case until Blair decided to stack the upper house with failed politicians and has-beens. Now there are very few 'high achievers' in the ranks of life peers - just political hacks.

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Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves

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What a turn round

Amusing to see the hard left Dems taking up McCarthyism and checking for reds under the bed.

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Microsoft slings bulked-up Windows Defender preview at world+dog

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I don't believe it

Redmond says the updated Defender ATP tools are now open for public preview

OK, where is the source code so we, part of the public, can do the preview? Or are they saying they want more Alpha testers from the general public?

I am assuming it is the latter rather than the former based on MSs need for Alpha testers. The point is, if this is so important to the safe working of windows then it should be the former - but then that will never happen because it would show the total ineptitude of their coders and code base.

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Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

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Re: Really, that Much?

How CAN it save the consumer ANY money?

It is not there to save you any money. The real reason is to allow them to switch off your supply when there isn't enough electricity being generated because of over reliance on unreliables like wind and solar.

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Microsoft sets the date for Fall Creators Update

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Promises, promises

promised that this fourth update to Windows 10 would be the best yet.

Does that mean there will be the removal of all the slurping code and the stupid flat phone interface because that is the only way it could be 'the best yet'.

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Why is it that geeks' favourite enemies are... other geeks?

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Re: Let's kick this off then...

You could have just said SYSTEMD ;)

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AMD agrees to drop $29.5m to make Llano go away once and for all

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It would be interesting to get a breakdown on the number of people involved that also have very close links to Intel.

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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Re: Why does she still have that job??

And I thought that was the preserve of Chicago.

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San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

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Re: Hmmmm....

"We can get together on Sunday and clean up the mess "

That is very unlikely to happen which leaves the city to do the cleaning and I hope they add the cost to the city taxes.

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Did ROPEMAKER just unravel email security? Nah, it's likely a feature

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Re: Old school

Here any e-mail that contains html automatically gets dumped into the spam folder unless the sender is on the very short list of those acceptable but even then their e-mails are displayed only as text.

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Re: Irony?

Err... A C we are talking about e-mail, this isn't.

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Google slaps a suit on beefed up Chrome OS, offers Enterprise version for business

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Re: Competition

A cloud document is a single document that can only be accessed by those given access to it. How many uncontrolled untraceable copies of word documents are currently floating around by email on your network and beyond???

Are you saying that someone with access to a cloud document can't email it out to a client? If so it's not much use to anyone.

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75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2

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Re: Yoof today

I would rather have a world where 22 years olds could be special snowflakes than they died on cold beaches in a war.

You do realise that the only way the 22 year old snowflakes can exist today is because the the 22 year olds of the 30s and 40s helped to make the world a place where that is possible.

If we had had to rely on todays snowflake then the world would be a much darker place now.

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Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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Re: Cruel and unusual

Agreed, but I can't help wondering why the IT department went along with the backward step of moving from a more secure system to a totally insecure system, apparently without a fight.

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Developing world hits 98.7 per cent mobile phone adoption

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Re: I've never carried more than one cell phone

I too have only one phone but it has two sim cards, a legacy from needing a phone number in different countries.

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PayPal splashes cash on biz that persuades folks to splash cash online

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Re: I may be a lone voice, but...

they irritate me anyway, my IP is Spanish so all emails are sent in Spanish and I can't set a preference on a multinational site for English.

I get the same in French all because I was forced to use their 'services' when I was at my holiday home which they now use as mt home address. From that I get the impression that PP as a company has no concept of a holiday home being in another country.

It wouldn't be so bad if their forms accepted a delivery address different to the home address, one that is in another country.

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How can you kill that which will not die? Windows XP is back (sorta... OK, not really)

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Re: How can a free operating system...

A good question and I think win X will grow its 'share' since most people can't buy a new computer without it.

Your average computer user only uses the OS that is on the computer when they bought it (or had it foisted on them). The question then becomes what exactly do these stats show or is it just buttering up MS?

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Look out Silicon Valley, here comes Brit bruiser Amber Rudd to lay down the (cyber) law

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Re: Not Very Bright...

A Congresscritter wannabe posturing without a clue

And there is the whole problem - there isn't any politician in the western world that has ant useful technological knowledge, that is why they are politicians.

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PasteBin data dump: Hackers claim files are from Mandiant FireEye 'breach'

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I'm surprised they aren't claiming reds under the bed for doing it ;)

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Brace yourselves, Virgin Media prices are going up AGAIN, people

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Re: Prices going up, customers going down (by one) ...

Are you saying that the don't do a broadband only service?

If they don't then why not?

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London cops bust fake Cisco hardware chain

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Maybe it won't have the NSA back doors installed.

So that is what all the fuss is about. We can't have equipment out in the world that doesn't have the back doors installed, the NSA and 5 eyes don't like that.

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Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles

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Doubt it's the last I'll see of them before the build is complete.

If they do show up again get your camera and then go and take photos of the car and person, that generally has them moving.

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ALIS in Blunderland: Lockheed says F-35 Block 3F software to be done by year's end

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Simple answer. US marketing wonks talked to the MoD MBAs who thought it would be jolly good to spend more UK taxpayers money so they could have triples all round.

I very much doubt that any engineers, maintenance staff or pilots were involved in the decision

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Creepy tech tycoons Zuck and Musk clash over AI doomsday

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Follow the money...

... and you will find they both have some vested interest to cover.

The question to ask is how much money would Musk lose if someone other than one of his companies developed a real AI? This could well be the root of all his fears. Zuck, on the other hand, appears to understand that a real AI is not going to change his business in a way that would cost him money.

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Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook blow massive amounts lobbying Trump administration

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Re: But did it do any good?

You also need to consider that this in nothing new, they were doing it with the previous administrations as well. After all US politics is the best money can buy!

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

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I can't help smiling at all the buzzword and hype used to try and push software sales, DevOps is no different.

We have a couple of engineering manufacturing companies that had a major software update in 1996 and all we have done since then is replace the computer hardware ans cables as they succumb to the environments.

The machine tools have an estimated 50 years life before they need to consider replacements. The software driving those tools will last that long.

There is no need to change that software just for the sake of change, in fact doing so could be counter productive. The only real change in the office is that they have moved to laser printers and we designed new invoices for them.

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The eyes have IT: TSB to roll out iris-scanning tech for mobile banking

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Are they now going to give us all top of the range smartphones because not everyone has a phone with the necessary tech to do this, I know my €50 phone doesn't.

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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Where's El Reg's Naval Correspondent when you need him?

He got the push because he didn't follow the party line on CAGW.

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Watson AI panned, 5¼ years of sales decline ... Does IBM now stand for Inferior Biz Model?

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Re: Other than failing, what do the following have in common

Plenty of successful women CEOs in other industries, wtf happens when they enter IT?

The answer is simple - they are either MBAs or marketing wonks. Gender does not really enter into it other than there are not a lot of good female engineers that want top management positions.

Any tech company that replaces engineers on the board with MBAs and/or marketing wonks is headed in the down direction and, in this case, 'the bigger they are the harder they fall'.

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AI bots will kill us all! Or at least may seriously inconvenience humans

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Re: Uh huh

Thank you for reminding us that in situations like this we should always 'follow the money', more-so when the person calling for the regulation is one that requires indirect government support to keep some of his companies afloat.

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US border cops search cloud accounts? Ha ha, nope, negative, no way, siree – Homeland Sec

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Re: Sighs

Isn't that what you are supposed to do?

Anything like that I take through customs/border only have the basic OS on them and the phone has only my home number. Any thing else I want can be picked up from our servers - even books for my e-reader.

As for going to the US I gave up on that 25 years ago after they messed me around at an airport - never again.

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Slower US F-35A purchases piles $27bn onto total fighter jet bill

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Re: Sea Gripen

We can't do that, the backhanders wouldn't be bug enough.

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Microsoft drops Office 365 for biz. Now it's just Microsoft 365. Word

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We said that was going to happen when win 10 was first foisted on to the unsuspecting public, After all how were they supposed to make money from a 'free' operating system?

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Boffins start work on data centre to analyse UK infrastructure

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Re: No need to spend £8 mil

If they are looking at energy that has already been done by http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/ but they won't look at that because it doesn't follow the agreed agenda of wasting money on unreliables.

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Why, Robot? Understanding AI ethics

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Re: Maybe we should start by getting humans to obey the laws first

You must realise it was a vastly different world when those 'laws' were first produced.

The social and moral outlook of all social classes was so different that those 'laws' were logical. There were no professionally offended or SJWs for a start, likewise there was no 'me first' snowflakes.

In many ways I think we have gone backwards not forwards. At the time people were looking forward to what technology bring to make life easier for everyone. What have we got now compared to what might have been? As I said, backwards.

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Tick-tick... boom: Germany gives social media giants 24 hours to tear down hate speech

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Re: And is there an actual definition of hate speech attached to this bill?

I hope there is otherwise this becomes nothing more than a way of controlling the population is allowed to see. A typical STASI control technique, so it is to be expected.

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How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler

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Re: If they’re a 'DevOps Expert', they probably aren’t

In other words it's a load of marketing wonk hype.

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Nations 'ethically obliged' to ensure public health data is up to scratch

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All helping to make the world government a reality - you will be a number that all those in power know everything about. See Agenda 21.

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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Isn't it called Windows for Warships?

No, no. We were told years ago that was only a name .

What they are showing us is just to cover that fact up and keep the secret.

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Working in maintenance? Stop reading, we need you in the server room

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It appears to be impossible to instil the idea that regular maintenance will prolong the life of machinery, computers, roads or railways, and therefore will reduce costs long term.

There you see the MBA thinking which has taken over most board rooms. When they then add the marketing wonks is it ant wonder companies go downhill?

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Numbers war: How Bayesian vs frequentist statistics influence AI

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I recall someone saying that there are lies, damn lies and statistics and anyone that relies on statistics is a fool.

In the real world t is better to rely on actual facts (numbers) rather than some guesswork based on assumptions that mat not be provable.

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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen on IoT: If it uses electricity, it will go online

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Re: "We can't avoid the IoT revolution by refusing to play part."

@big-D,

It is amazing what a pair of side cutters and a sharp pointed scriber can do to help personal security.

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Costa Rica complains of US govt harassment over Pirate Bay domain

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Re: Correction

Ah! The best government money can buy.

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