* Posts by Ivan 4

1515 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

There are other, legal ways to nab Microsoft emails, privacy groups remind Supremes

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If this grab gets approved does that mean that other countries can make data grabs from data stored in the US? After all what is good for the goose id good for the gander.

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Is the writing on the wall for on-premises IT? This survey seems to say so

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Cloud access

It is all very well to keep talking about having business data in the cloud but what happens when access to that data goes down?

We were off line for just on 48 hours earlier in the week when a trunk cable was cut shutting down a large swath of the area phones and data. For us it meant that we twiddled our thumbs for a while. Our clients carried on as normal and when everything came back we did the off site backups and checked that they didn't have any problems. They never missed a beat, something that couldn't be said if they had relied on cloud offerings.

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Feds charge Barclays trader with fraud in Hewlett-Packard deal

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HP still trying to cover their total lack of due diligence and blame everyone but themselves. What are they going to do when they run out of others to blame?

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Now Meltdown patches are making industrial control systems lurch

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Re: industrial control systems

@jake,

How very true, we follow the same policy with the industrial control systems we manage. but I can't help asking just who installs known problem patches in systems without very extensive testing on the test systems first.

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IBM kills Global Technology and Global Business Services: It's all ‘IBM Services’ now

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Re: Itsy Bitsy Mismanagement

What you get when you let an engineer that drank the marketing koolaid aided by marketing wonks and bean counters run things.

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Ford giving 'leccy car investment a jolt to the tune of $11 BEEELLION

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Re: If you build them...

what will the depreciation be like?

Also what is the cost of replacement batteries or do you have to replace the car when the battery deteriorates as most people have to do with their smart-phones?

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Microsoft wants to patent mind control

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Re: Blindingly Obvious Patent

It is so obvious that if it gets awarded a patent then it proves the US patent office isn't fit for purpose or is taking brown envelopes for awards.

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EU court to rule whether Facebook should seek and destroy hate speech

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The big question in all this is, who defines hate speech?

What may be considered as hate speech in one country may be considered as free speech in another. Until there is an agreement worldwide all we are seeing is what some politician or political activist considers hate speech - talk to different people and get different answers.

What the EU (Germany) is doing is just trying to raise tax by an indirect method - nothing else.

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Everything running smoothly at the plant? *Whips out mobile phone* Wait. Nooo...

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Re: Industrial automation tends to be conservative --

peter I couldn't agree more with what you are saying, in fact we walked away from one possible contract because the company wanted to put the office ahead of security for the plant and machine tools. As you say the head office IT people didn't have a clue and there was no way we could work with them.

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Re: Industrial automation tends to be conservative --

The big problem is the fact that MBA office wallahs have taken over from engineers in a lot of heavy industry.

While the engineers were used to actually going and seeing the office wallah can only think of reaching for his/her phone as a way of finding anything out. Tell them to actually go out on site and look for themselves and hear the squeals of fright.

It is because of that office mentality that we end up with security problems and it will get worse unless the engineers and sys admins apply their collective boots to the rear of the office wallahs.

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Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming

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Windows 10 is gaining ground, though, but is that because users who need Windows can hardly avoid it, or is it driven positively by compelling new features?

The main reason that it is gaining ground is that you can't buy a new consumer computer without the win10 crap on it.

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US border cops told to stop copying people's files just for the hell of it

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A couple of questions.

1. What do they use to copy things?

2. Is there malware that will mess up the either the copy program or what is copied, preferably both after a time delay?

3. Can the malware in 2 infect the whole system?

Need I say more.

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And we return to Munich's migration back to Windows - it's going to cost what now?! €100m!

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No, but coincidentially Microsofts german HQ just moved to Munich.

Might be no to the Seattle trips but having the HQ in the city makes it much easier to pass out the brown envelopes unobtrusively.

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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Re: "operating as designed"

Can't help wondering how much US security alphabet agencies helped with the design in the first place.

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UK Foreign Sec Bojo to tell Kremlin: Stop your cyber shenanigans... or else!

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After that he should go to the US and say the same thing to the NSA.

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We have standards, says 3GPP as group starts to lay groundwork for 5G

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It would help if they got 4G up and running for everyone in the country and not some selected areas.

There are those of us that might get 3G if we are lucky and hang out of the window.

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Ghostery, uBlock lead the anti-track pack

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Re: +1 for NoScript

I just wish they would get the version for android up and running with the new crap firefox.

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US senators rail against effort to sneak through creepy mass spying bill

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The simple answer would surely be to vote against the whole bill, throwing the "must have" legislation out too.

Or better ban the attachment of anything extra to any bill with anyone trying it being thrown out of office and banned from ever holding a political post again.

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No hack needed: Anonymisation beaten with a dash of SQL

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Re: It's one thing to make a law...

So then I read this article again and suddenly it made more sense: as time passes by people tend to get more stupid every cycle.

Just watch the film 'Idiocracy' - it is now becoming prophetic.

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Reminder: Vast majority of serfs toiling away as Mechanical Turks for megabucks Amazon earn less than min wage

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Re: FFS

You do realise that many of those countries don't have unions to join and there are many more people there that see the wage they receive as a step up from subsistence living.

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New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

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Re: "But it is usually a seven year journey from lab to retailer,"

That is assuming that it scales without problems.

There has been a large number of battery tech improvement over the years but non of them made their way into production for various reasons - what works in the lab under controlled conditions does not necessarily work out in the world.

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Why bother cracking PCs? Spot o' malware on PLCs... Done. Industrial control network pwned

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Hummm

There are multiple ways that attackers can deploy reconnaissance malware to an air-gapped network,

The ways listed in that paragraph all depend on the security IT section not doing its job.

Updates - no matter where they come from should be tested and scanned before deployment.

Infected USB drives and/or contractor laptops - these should automatically be suspect and scanned well before they get near the air-gapped system.

Malicious ladder logic code - anyone that can't spot anomalies in that code shouldn't be coding for air-gapped systems.

All of the above are standard security requirements that my company insists on at the two industrial complexes we maintain. If management doesn't like it we walk away as we did in one case

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So you're 'agile', huh? I do not think it means what you think it means

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I would have thought that the 'Agile' bit should be about how fast the developers fix the bugs and cockups in their code so it can go into production as bug free as possible as well as fulfilling the specifications.

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No, BMW, petrol-engined cars don't 'give back to the environment'

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Re: It does give back to the environment

True without CO2 there would be no life on earth, and it should to told at all instances of this type of stupidity.

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Australia to probe Web giants' impact on news, ads, competition

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Re: impact of advertising isn't new

Political campaigns have always been won by the amount of spend.

The best government money can buy is not the way to run a country or even a state. Just look at the problems South Australia is having with power where the government is pouring money down the pan on things that are only a stopgap at the best rather than drop ideology and get the real answer.

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Report: Women make up just 17% of IT workforce, paid 15% less than men

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Re: Delusional liberals and their sacred cow of diversity

Isn't this hypocrisy?

Yes.

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A non report

The report is rather meaningless for several reasons.

a) it is all in percentages with no indication of real numbers.

b) it does not even look at the numbers of women and disabled actually training for work in IT.

c) there is no mention of the non standard hours that go to make up much of the life of work in the IT industry and how many women and disabled that puts off.

I could go on but why bother since the report is there to push an agenda not improve the industry.

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Crown Prosecution Service is coming for crooks' cryptocurrency

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Illegal goods are illegal goods, the law does not care who owns them now and they would still confiscate the cryptocurrency.

So you are saying that the law can confiscate real money from anyone because some lowlife may have held it for some time before it moved on.

If that is the case we are all in danger of having any cash we have being taken from us at any time.

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The plucky local Mom 'n’ Pop phone maker faces death

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Re: It's a bit odd

Too many people think expensive shiny shiny means good and better.

I to have a budget Logicom Mbot 60 with a 6" screen that does all I want/need and it cost 100 euro.

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Dawn of The Planet of the Phablets in 2019 will see off smartphones

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Age

When you get older a larger screen makes using a phone easier. Easier to read, easier to poke at numbers and letters etc.

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Twitter's fight to kill Uncle Sam's censorship of spying numbers edges closer to victory

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This sounds as if all these requests should be stored in the cloud then the feds can't complain if there is a leak - that would be transparency.

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High-freq trade biz sues transatlantic ISP for alleged spiteful cable cut

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Re: You're kidding?

@Kernel

You have to realise that these people are mostly MBAs and have the thinking that goes with it, $$$$ and nothing else.

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Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Siemens tease electric flight engine project

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Re: Greenwash?

It might have some use as a research project but it is pure greenwash. Too many people have been sucked in to the UN green agenda and think that being green is the way to go.

All this does is add extra weight to the airframe for no useful purpose as you say. Large banks of lithium batteries are heavy and are a fire hazard that needs special treatment for safety, all of which adds weight which is not wanted in an aircraft because it reduces the amount of revenue generation for a given volume.

The only thing going for this is that it appears to be 'a good thing' for these companies shareholders.

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Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

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Re: re: I think the advantage is supposed to be ...

There is also the fact that the bulk of the work that produces these papers is public funded and therefore the property of the public.

The journals that are getting their knickers in a twist are usually the thieves by a) forcing copyright to be transferred to them and b) charging for public access to public funded work.

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Facebook notifications to reveal who saw dodgy Russian election ads

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Why just Russians?

Shouldn't they also look at what influence the adds from the contestants and their supporters also had if they want to get any meaningful results.

As it stands this is only (to use the latest buzz word) virtue signalling on the part of facebook.

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Re: Interesting

The problem is that trucking companies need to get a good return on their investment which can, and very often does, mean two drivers and the truck running all day.

The problem then becomes how do they charge the batteries in the time it would normally take to fill the diesel tanks?

Electric delivery vans might be OK, after all we had them in the 60s delivering milk but I just don't see how electric long haul trucks can be economically viable.

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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Way back

Way back in the 60s there was a system proposed called NIT (Negative Income Tax).

The idea was that everyone would get the absolute minimum necessary to live but they could earn more by working with the NIT reducing by a percentage of their earnings.

The only real problem with that was the fact that all the welfare departments and organisations would be replaced by the income tax department - you filled in your tax forms and they worked everything out.

If I remember correctly it got talked about in the UK House of Lords and some actual tests of the system were carried out in the US (a few selected cities).

I think the main reason it wasn't adopted was that it would put too many peoples noses out of joint because they saw it as something for nothing ignoring the fact it mainly replaced the welfare and/or unemployment benefits that were available.

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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brauner Umschlag?

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Re: Politics is nothing to do with it.

Politics has everything to do with it.

The French Gendarmerie switched to Linux in 2008 and haven't looked back since. There are several other French government department also using Linux.

If government departments can do it successfully a local city council should be able to do it as well IF they keep politics out of it.

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Greenhouse gas-sniffing satellite to be built and tested in Britain

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I don't know why the greens have such a down on CO2, it is a harmless plant food and so necessary for life on this planet.

They talk about it being a greenhouse gas - indeed it is used in many commercial greenhouses to increase crop yields, but there are other gases that are much more potent as a heat trapping blanket around the earth, the main one being water vapour.

The also talk about an 'ideal' average air temperature but ignore the fact the air temperature of the earth has changed from the ice ages to much hotter than the medieval warm period which was much warmer than now.

The fact that the atmosphere is a chaotic system implies that they, the climate scientists, will never totally understand it or make meaningful computer models of it.

The globe has cooled and warmed many times and by now man should be able to use technology to keep himself alive byt unfortunately the greens do want us to use technology, they want us back in some bohemian utopia which has never existed.

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UK Home Sec thinks a Minority Report-style AI will prevent people posting bad things

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Re: Amber Rudd's Brain

Something that is thicker than three short planks where all other politicians are only as thick as two short planks.

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Amazon's answer to all those leaky AWS S3 buckets: A dashboard warning light

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Re: So basically an idiot light.

Believe it or not, this guy has a Doctorate

In stupidity?

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Splitting off Google Shopping wouldn't fix the pay-to-play problem

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Re: Still not sure how Google is at fault.

Don't forget that in the past Microsoft were backing foundem as a way of getting at Google

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Re: Not really

I have yet to find a use for price comparison sites. In my experience they never have any real details that allow for any realistic comparison of the abilities of the goods and sites they are touting for - price is not the only item, availability and delivery are very important as well.

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BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

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Oh dear, by moving to France I've missed all that. My ADSL + phone* charge has been the same since 2003 so I have no complaints.

* Phone includes free calls to land line phones in most countries and reduced rates to mobiles in selected countries (EU, US, Canada, Australia etc.).

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Europe's one-patent-court-to-rule-them-all rocked by 'Brexit, EPO reforms, German laws'

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Re: Brexit?

That is just Kieren showing his political views - Brexit has nothing to do with it at all.

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Off-brand tablets look done, but big players are growing

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Re: Windows or Android?

due to lack of serious software

This is the big problem with tablets. They are fine for reading e-mails, the odd web browsing and other odd things - serious work requires something bigger and better with much more omph.

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US says it's identified six Russian officials as DNC hack suspects

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They have to find some Russians to blame because of the wild accusations that have been tossed about, otherwise they will lose face over it.

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Virtually everyone in Malaysia pwned in telco, govt data hack spree

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Or was it the central government computer used to keep track of everyone?

I would think the hackers would have the same type of success in the US if they hacked the main NSA database.

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One-third of mobile users receive patchy to no indoor coverage

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Why they need a mobile signal for monitoring energy usage is any one's guess.

It's not for monitoring your usage but to allow them to switch you off remotely if the unreliables are not producing enough electricity or if you are behind in paying your bill which is too high because of the green taxes used to prop up the unreliables.

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