* Posts by Ivan 4

1587 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

That's no moon... er, that's an asteroid. And it'll be your next and final home, spacefarer

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Re: The Heinlein story

This idea was a SF staple back in the 50s and 60s with quite a number of stories appearing in Galaxy, Worlds of IF and Analog around that time.

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Lenovo heading towards Hong Kong exchange index boot

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Maybe it would be a good idea to provide readily accessible drivers for other operating systems for all of their product lines - win x sux.

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Kaspersky Lab loses the privilege of giving Twitter ad money

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Shouldn't the last paragraph read "Twitter is playing into the hands of cybercriminals NSA, CIA, FBI and otherUS agencies when it hinders us providing users, for example, with timely, potentially important information on protection from cyber-extortionists private information gathering."

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Cutting custody snaps too costly for cash-strapped cops – UK.gov

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Unlike the government’s DNA and fingerprint databases, where data on unconvicted people is automatically deleted,

Are you sure about that? I seem to remember a large number of complaints about the police NOT doing that because it was too hard, just like their ANPR database of pictures.

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Huawei CEO sings 'Bye, bye, mister American Pai', trims US C-suite

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US carriers that receive federal broadband funds aren't allowed to spend that money with vendors deemed a national security risk.

In that case non of the US carriers can upgrade their equipment ever because all of it originates in China and the NSA inject a backdoor inspect it when it arrives.

The other thing that should be done is to inspect the bank accounts of the FCC commissioners and follow the money trail to find out exactly who is behind this.

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Scotland: Get tae f**k on 10Mbps Broadband USO

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Re: Eh?

So is that magic money then, that generates itself?

No, it's money from the English tax payer just the same as all the money spent by the Scottish government.

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Rudd-y hell, dark web! Amber alert! UK Home Sec is on the war path for stealthy cyber-crims

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This is just another excuse for the police to stay off the streets where major crime takes place. It is also virtue-signalling on the part of the home sectary.

Nothing will change anyway.

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Application publishing gets the WebAssembly treatment

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In other words something like the original Star Office.

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Apple store besieged by protesters in Paris 'die-in' over tax avoidance

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Re: But!

The useful idiots that make up the protesters are wasting their time protesting in Apple shops. If they want change (actually it is their political masters that want change) they should be protesting in the European Commission offices for changes to the tax laws. That will never happen because the politicians using them need to keep their tax advantages.

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Backpage.com swoop: Seven bods hit with 93 charges as AG Sessions blasts alleged child sex trafficking cyber-haven

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Why are they not going after those that advertise rather than the platform?

Going after thoar that advertise is hard and doesn't get the headlines that shutting down a site does.

As usual the feds go for the low hanging fruit that is easy to grab with the biggest amount of publicity.

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The new Black: Western Dig doubles capacity on slimmed-down flasher

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Did they double or triple the price?

It would be real news if they cut the price down to that of spinning rust.

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*Thunk* No worries, the UPS should spin up. Oh cool, it's in bypass mode

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Murphy rules

Those that forget that Murphy rules will be in for a hard time.

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Super Cali upstart's new rocket test approaches, even though the size of it won't launch a Tesla motor

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The first sign that rocketry might be afoot came in the guise of a Commercial Space Transportation Licence (PDF) issued by the Federal Aviation Administration on 30 March, which gave the firm a year to light its candle.

Now when is el Reg going to get one of those for LOHAN or is that project now dead?

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Law's changed, now cough up: Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails

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It would appear that the DoJ are trying to add the case in retrospect. The law wasn't there when the case started therefore they shouldn't be able to apply the law retrospectively.

Oh, sorry I forgot this is in the US that thinks it rules the world and make laws that overrule the laws in sovereign countries.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Starbucks is on notice: Expensive milky coffee is something quite cancerous

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Re: They should put...

Of course, a sane law would say .......

Are there any sane politicians in California for a start? If there are then why don't sane people vote for them or are everyone suffering from an advanced case of the stupids?

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Politicos whining about folks' data rights ought to start closer to home

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Re: Few of us have as much to lose via privacy violations as do politicians.

I would like to see, for instance, the data on the use of profiling to push the Brexit vote. I find it fascinating that it's so difficult to have that examined.

The difficulty might be because there isn't any to see.

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Brit Lords start peer-to-peer wrangling over regulating the internet

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All this by a bunch of unelected nobs who mostly got their positions by donations to governments of one kind or another.

Most of them are political hacks that didn't get re-elected so they got bumped up to the HoL.

Now, if the HoL went back to what it was - hereditary Lords, we might get an independent house that is not beholden to any political party. As it stands at the moment all we have is another expensive committee for the HoC which defeats the object of having the upper house.

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Get the message, PHBs: New York City mulls ban on after-hours biz email

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Re: No working for free

Exactly! Who in their right mind reads , let alone answers, business e-mails after hours?

More to the point why not switch odd the business phone as you walk out of the office door and only switch it on again when you return the next day. Either that or keep a time sheet of all the extra hours spent and submit it as overtime.

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Yes, Emergency Service Network will be late and cost more - UK perm sec

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And everyone conveniently forgets that 4G doesn't have universal coverage in the UK so what do they do for comms where it isn't?

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UK.gov: Here's £8.8m to plough into hydrogen-powered car tech

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Re: why subsidise private car development with public money

No I live in a city with electric trams and an underground system running on 100% renewable electricity.

If that is so how do you cope with the lack of power when the wind doesn't blow and it is night so no solar power?Hydro power could do it but that would have to be from a very large dam and not a pumped system, those are only useful to take the load while the real generators (coal or gas) run up.

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2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations

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Re: 3 <= 2 + 2 <= 5

Ah, now I see why non of the climate change models actually fit reality.

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AMD security flaw saga, browsers broken, Lamo dead at 37, and more

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"I think that a better way, would be to notify the public on day zero that there are vulnerabilities and what is the impact," he wrote.

He forgot to add that doing so would help Intel's bottom line and prepare for the announcement of the new improved backdoored Intel processors.

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Intel: Our next chips won't have data leak flaws we told you totally not to worry about

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Only 32???

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Re: Yeah, right

But kept quiet about the backdoor required by NSA.

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Take that, com-raid: US Treasury slaps financial sanctions on Russians for cyber-shenanigans, 2016 election meddling

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And of course the Americans aren't using this to try and influence the coming Russian elections -much.

Kettle pot black.

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Patent quality has fallen, confirm Euro examiners

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Re: Yet more evidence...

Just following the USPO in that regard.

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Rant launches Eric Raymond's next project: open-source the UPS

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@AJ MacLeod

Indeed, back in those days you could even buy the Emerson AccuCard that plugged into an expansion slot on an XT/AT/386. It had a built in battery and with some software was designed to backup to floppy.

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Re: Lack of clue

Well said Ian.

It appears that they have everything arse about face. They should start with the hardware that does the job and then go on to look at how to control it.

Without full hardware specifications being well defined everything they are doing is whistling in the dark.

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OK, deep breath, relax... Let's have a sober look at these 'ere annoying AMD chip security flaws

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Re: Odiferous Rodent

Whats the bet a Wholly-owned subsidiary of intel letni corp USA

Looking at it it has to be part of the publicity department.

This report is designed to counter the drop in sales if Intel gear to the general public (I know several gamers that were going to get new Intel kit but have now got Ryzen instead and I doubt they are the only ones).

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Man who gave interviews about his crimes asks court to delete Google results

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Re: @Ivan 4

May I ask why?

All I did was to try and look at this case from the point of view of those going after Google - they apparently want to rewrite history in their favour or failing that they are looking for a very large wodge of cash from Google.

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There is one big problem with this 'Right to be Forgotten' EU ruling - Editing History.

If it is taken to its logical conclusion it means that all local libraries, newspaper offices and any other place where 5any sort of record is kept will have to edit their records to comply - just the sort of thing a police state will love, the ability to edit history to fit their political agenda.

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Mellanox says it ships enough ports not to need Starboard

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Re: "Activist Investor" ?

Or maybe even 'Asset Stripper'.

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Good news: Apple designs a notebook keyboard that doesn't suck

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Re: Prior art

Ah, but this is the first for Apple so they get the patent.

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Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

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Re: Games, anyone?

I think you will find the reason most people have windows is because it was pre-installed on the computer they bought. For most of them it's there so they use it until it does something nasty with their photos, then they start thinking about using something else.

There is no love of windows by anyone other than the few fanboys.

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Sci-tech wants skilled worker cap on PhD and shortage jobs scrapped

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Re: STEM

Sorry that won't work. Ever since Big Tons' edukashon, edukashon, edukashon, push the universities have pandered to the lowest common level possible rather than the highest level of ability which means that STEM subjects have to take a back seat.

I doubt that there is a university in the UK now that could produce the level necessary because they don't have the staff to do it.

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Europe plans special tax for Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon

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@TVU

Who pays then for for the societal infrastructure such as roads,

NOT the totally unelected commissars of the EUSSR. Those things are paid for by the individual countries even though the commissars dictate what those countries can do with them.

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Ah, the EUSSR is showing its true colours at last!

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Java EE renamed 'Jakarta EE' after Big Red brand spat

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Have they cleared the name with the Indonesian Government and/or the city fathers? Or is this a case of the Eclipse Foundation being American and there is no place with that name in the states they think they can use it with impunity.

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Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired for opposing hiring caps on white, Asian male nerds

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Whatever happened to the idea of hiring the best person for the job no matter whether they are white, black, brown, or little green men from mars.

Is it any wonder that companies or at the start of the downward slide because the non discrimination targets will never get the best workforce, only a mediocre one.

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US Navy gives Lockheed Martin $150m big frickin' laser cannon contract

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And that is a lot of buzzwords that says SFA.

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RedDrop nasty infects Androids via adult links, records sound, and fires off premium-rate texts

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Does it bypass the 'which carrier do you want to use' prompt for dual sim phones?

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Who was the storage dollar daddy in 2017? S. S. D

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Re: Is that another way of saying

It will remain like that for years to come for the simple reason that there is no incentive for the price of flash to come down. It is all a matter of one ups-man ship on the part of management - 'oh, we use all flash drives' - when disks will do the job adequately for far less cost.

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Huawei guns for Apple with Mac-alike Matebook X

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Why an Intel processor especially with the 'problems' Intel are having with said processors.

Now, if they had used a Ryzen processor I and many others would be very interested.

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We all hate Word docs and PDFs, but have they ever led you to being hit with 32 indictments?

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Re: What

Ah yes, Mueller is being a good little tool for the Clintons. Maybe we should follow the money and see what he is receiving and where from.

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A dog DNA database? You must be barking

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Re: Barking Up The Wrong Tree

I would also suspect that most of the dogs in question belong to a protected species of caravan dwellers and so can't be tested anyway.

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Iiyama reanimates LCD cartel lawsuit corpse, swings it at Samsung

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Can we add to that Size-fixing since so few of them actually make a 16 x 10 format and when they do the price is astronomical.

16 x 9 just does not cut it.

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Facebook's big solution to combating election ad fraud: Snail mail

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Re: El Reg Narrative?

Don't forget that someone has to support the 'reds under the bed' narrative.

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Kentucky gov: Violent video games, not guns, to blame for Florida school massacre

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Kids in the UK also play those games, and yet we don't seem to have the equivalent happening.

Since only the crims and police in the UK have guns the kids cant get them to use so they revert to using knives out on the street. I think the UK has one of the highest knife crime ratings per capita of anywhere.

Same reasons, frustrations over perceived wrongs/payback, different weapons.

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Zuckerborg, Microsoft, Amazon letting the side down for green energy among hyperscalers

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because renewable energy costs less,

The only reason it appears to cost less is because of the massive subsidies that are paid out by governments from out taxes. Remove the subsidies to the operators and they would close up overnight.

At the moment the only so called renewable that pays for itself is hydro followed by pumped storage for short term backup. Non of the others are capable of producing base load power and rely on non renewable generators to support them.

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UK names Russia as source of NotPetya, USA follows suit

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Meanwhile the real culprit is laughing all the way to the bank.

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