* Posts by John Smith 19

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NRA gives FCC boss Ajit Pai a gun as reward for killing net neutrality. Yeah, an actual gun

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"Some of the worst gun tragedies in history..in countries with the most stringent gun laws."

Name them, Mr (or Ms) AC.

Because we can plenty of them that have taken place in the US.

The "He's a lone loon" argument is a cop out. Let me suggest it has more to do with the racial and economic profile of who gets shot and whose a member of the NRA than anything.

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""Ajit Pai is the most courageous, heroic person that I know.""

Are you f**king kidding me?

Since when has being the Big Telco's b**ch in residence been "heroic"?

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Google gives mobile operators a reason to love it, and opens rich chat up for business

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So Google gradually becomes more like Microsoft with every passing day.

Who knows how this could possibly end?

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Tor pedo's torpedo torpedoed: FBI spyware crossed the line but was in good faith, say judges

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Given an IP address can be spoofed by a printer theses days you'd better be careful about that

As demonstrated in one a case of some "copyright is theft" law firm that got run out of business.

A lesson to all who would practice anything that the government de jour dislikes in the "Land of the Free (TM)"

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Software shortcuts: Pay down your tech debt. It's time to fix a price

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TL:DR. You need to buy some new software to manage this.

Actually "technical debt" sounds like the reason so many IT systems of HMG are s**t. All those decisions deferred indefinitely. All those outsourced devs on minimum wage doing minimum thinking work.

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Here's how we made a no-fuss RSS vulture app using trendy Electron

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Cross platform development frameworks are a thing again

Back from the days whent eh list was Windows/AppleOS/OS2/*nix

And with pretty much the same strengths and weaknesses.

As usual I'll be there are options to slim down the footprint, possibly by sharing core functions across multiple apps, so the first is 350MB+, but the rest are radically smaller, as they piggy back the first load.

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That microchipped e-passport you've got? US border cops still can't verify the data in it

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So basically it's just a bluff, and has been for the last 13 years at least

Because no one know how long this will take to roll out

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Brexit to better bumpkin broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Gove

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When are you going to realize that you've been had?

I prefer the phrase "Played like a banjo at an Ozark hoe down" myself.

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I will laugh when our homegrown unemployed complain about being made to do jobs that

"Johnny foreigner" should be doing, whilst admitting they voted for Brexit...

Indeed.

A British recruitment consultant of my acquaintance sent a mixed group of 8 people (some old, some young, some British, some foreign) to a 12 night shift at a bread factory.

At the 6 hr mark 1/2 of them (mostly the younger, fitter, lazier ones) had f**ked off home as it was "too hard."

The way he described them I suspected several of these idiots had voted to leave.

A nice demonstration of the Dunning Kruger effect in action, as they clearly believed they were far too good to do the job, despite no experience or qualifications to actually do anything better.

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"but we can reject free movement and still choose who to let in and from where."

Shock news.

The UK is not part of the Shengen Agreement.

It always could put anyone going down the Green isle through the ringer if it chose to.

But y'know the UK Home Office didn't think that was cricket, and it would have needed more staff.

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We don't want him back in the Shire. Send him to Mordor on some quest about a ring

Mordor..

Twinned with Wolverhampton.

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I wonder how many times that "money saved from EU contributions" will be re-used.

Quite a few times I suspect.

Just don't mention to them what the impact assessment by the National Horticulture and Agriculture Development Board has to say about that's going to happen to their businesses.

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Bad news: 43% of login attempts 'malicious' Good news: Er, umm...

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Having a username != officially visible email is a mandatory first line of defence.

Sadly, it is not.

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Let's..add..."User stupidity is beyond belief." because "password" is still the #1 login password.

And people know it is as well.

I'm guessing the usual user justification is roughly

a) It's no big deal, IT can handle any breaches.

b) I don't handle any important data so why would anyone bother.

c) I don't have many privileges so why would anyone bother.

Note how H&S is handled. H&S is everyone's responsibility, and Managers are additionally responsible for the H&S of the staff they supervise. I'd suggests infosec should be viewed in the same way, starting with the CEO.

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" secure coding.., timely patching, proper device configuration, and prudent password management, "

As they would for the 7 decades.

It's not the "Acts of $Deity" that depress me.

It's the mind numbing banality of the bulk of this s**t.

As it no doubt will be when we enter the 8th decade of computing.

<sigh>

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UK.gov's Brexiteers warned not to push for divergence on data protection laws

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Re: No wonder Murdoch, the Republicans and others are in favour of BRexit

Your implicit assumption is I wanted a Referendum in the first place.

I considered it a complete f**king waste of time and effort solely to keep the Conservative Party together and stop defections to UKIP.

On that basis (destroying UKIP as a viable force in UK politics) Brexit has been a resounding success.

The massive level of chaos in the UK economy is a price the Conservative Party considers well worth paying to ensure its own survival.

The old term for a country outside of any major power block is "Non aligned." You might like to see what sort of other countries are "Non aligned."

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No wonder Murdoch, the Republicans and others are in favour of BRexit

You forgot Vlad Putin as well.

So let's see Trump (Billionaire), Murdoch (Billionaire) and Putin(Billionaire) are all

a)Billionaires

b)Not UK citizens, so unable to vote in the Brexit refereundum.

Handy hint. When considering wheather to support a course of action consider who else support it.

That list suggests you shouldn't have trusted Brexit with a barge pole.

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Please remember that many/most of the problems..are of our own making

Damm right.

And a hell of a lot of them originating with the Home Office.

Immigration. Asylum processing. Snoopers Charter. Time after time they've managed to palm it off as "not our fault."

Ba***ds

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"Size matters I am afraid. If you do not have the size your only option is "take it or leave (it)""

Correct.

You'd almost think the Brexiteers believe Britain still has a whole Empire to back it up.

IRL Thatcher didn't like the EU but she understood the real facts of life.

It's better to be inside a big warm tent p**sing out than outside the tent dodging random streams of p**s.

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"Nissan..employs around 7000 people in Sunderland and around 20,000 in its UK supply chain."

But don't worry, Brexit will soon fix that and those oppressed workers will soon be "Taking back control" of their leisure time.

Never forget this BS was all about stopping defections from the Conservative party and killing UKIP.

Everything else is just TPB* BS

*Tory Posh Boy.

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"seek a bespoke arrangement..the UK’s exceptionally high standards of data protection,”"

Are you fu**ing kidding me? Is this women off her meds again?

This is the country that wants to pimp it's whole medical record system to Google FFS.

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Bright idea: Make H when the Sun shines, and H when it doesn't

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"Salts in Molten Salt Solar thermal, especially sodium fluoride are nearly as dangerous"

Which is why SolChem (which was designed to use low cost readily available materials, because it was expected to deploy on a huge scale) used Sodium Chloride.

That's the stuff you sprinkle on your food.

It's true molten salt system must be kept water free, which means a "bake out" in commissioning, then running sealed (in fact in SolChem they planned to sub divide the mass into welded shut re-purposed aerosol cans)

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First propused by the ORL in the early 80's under the "SolChem" initiative.

The key difference between solar thermal and solar electric systems is that solar electric (PV) systems operate at or just above the band gap energy. Below that energy photons just heat the PV cell material. Above it just seems to result in higher kinetic electrons.

OTOH solar thermal can use all of the solar spectrum to drive the process, and the reaction products can either be stored or moved on and used elsewhere.

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Is the article missing something or what do they expect to do with this highly toxic gas?

Burning CO gives CO2.

It's a cyclic process.

The process is a closed cycle.

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If at first you don't succeed, you're likely Intel: Second Spectre microcode fix emitted

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The real question is why didn't Intel find this bug in development.

Answer.

Because it's development process is s**t?

Does anyone doubt there will be more of these?

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US state legal supremos show lots of love for proposed CLOUD Act (a law to snoop on citizens' info stored abroad)

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"If a legislator is seeking quick passage of anything be afraid." that THE PATRIOT Act

It also is a very convoluted bacryonym.

As well as being very nasty.

The US data fetishists who wrote this (I mean really wrote it, not whose name is on the sponsors list) really do see no limits to their authority in any way shape or form.

The astonishing part is US tech companies see no problem with it.

Despite the fact it might as well be called the "Don't Send Your Data Anywhere Near A US Parented Company If You Want It To Stay Out Of The Hands Of Any Federal Law Officer"

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Windows slithers on to Arm, legless?

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WTF?

" and it's hampering Microsoft's ability to grow or innovate, "

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha,

I'm sorry, which universe did you say you were from again?

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"But calling something Windows which can’t run Windows applications seems a bit,..dumb."

Not at all.

"Compatibility" is basically why people put up with Microsoft's s**t.

I've lost count of the number of times Microsoft has claimed "Our new tablet/phone/watch is compatible with your desktop windows" (going pack to the "poquet PC" days) and turned out to be complete BS. That spreadsheet you wrote. Sorry, not going to run. That Word doc you wrote. Nothing you can't cut n paste from, eh?

If they didn't call it "Windows" WTF would you buy it?

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"Windows NT has historically supported five different platforms "

Note those words

"Windows NT," and "historically"

How many alleged "from the ground up" re-writes ago was that?

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US cable giant tries to wriggle out of 'crap ISP' legal battle now that net neutrality is dead

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"We're on Charter/Spectrum here (west coast) and it is crap. "

Good question.

Was this a "New York" thing, or was it a company wide policy?

And of course does your state AG have the balls to take them on, or are they more "business friendly" ?

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"Charter knew that it wasn't able to offer the speeds it advertised,"

Note that word.

Knew.

Not (for example) "may have difficulty meeting" or " will be challenging without investment" but knew they could not meet their claims and instead of investing to better meet them actively hid the fact and engaged in deceptive behavior (and investment) to do so.

That's what makes it fraud.

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Boffins: If AI eggheads could go ahead and try to stop their code being evil, that'd be great

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It seems "Rule 34" was quite prescient.

Nice work, Charles.

Admire the foresight.

Not so sure about the outcome.

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Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business

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Asset stripped and shuttered.

I believe the preferred euphemism is "Releasing shareholder value."

Pretty much the same thing.

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A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that

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It's known in other industries as "Root cause analysis"

A classic example being the Apollo 13 explosion.

Why? LOX tank exploded

Why? Because Kapton insulation was used on some of the wiring, which can explode.

Why? Because the voltage on that wiring changed from 15-->65v and no one altered the insulation thickness.

Why? Because the change control management system (paper based IIRC) failed to track the change.

Which tells you a) Bad things happen if change management control fails b) Checking the CMC system might find other errors, starting with any other areas that change was not made.

I requested a small UI change in some in house software once. In theory, simpler than a print button.

Four hours later still not fully done.

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Developer recovered deleted data with his face – his Poker face

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" Yep. Though he did DO the backups, so that's fine."

Indeed.

With an up to date backup nothing is irreversible.

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Microsoft reveals 'limitations of apps and experiences on Arm' – then deletes from view

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Just Microsft maintaining its "Codependent facilitator" relationship with Intel.

Just BAU MS style.

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Arista almost done with Cisco workarounds as revenue and profit soar

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"big clouds need to create data centres closer to users in the rest of the world"

And a lot further away from the data fetishists of the Five Eyes.

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Judges dismisses majority of Cisco's 'insane' IP defence against Arista

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"but the Cisco AGS was released circa 1986, predating the Linux kernel by about 5 years. "

Duly noted.

Doesn't make Cisco a better company.

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Sounds like a classic "Big US Corp" Defense.

"We are f**king huge and can do whatever we want."

Except it seems they've met a judge who understands technology and the IP law around it well enough to call "Bu***t" on that.

Anyway, didn't Cisco start by modding a copy of the Linux kernel to begin with?

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Vermont becomes fifth US state to boot up its own net neutrality rules

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Vermont state motto. "Freedom and Unity."

I had thought it was " Live Free or Die," but that's good enough.

they do seem to have their priorities quite well organized.

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

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"we have a cultural problem in America,”"

Fu**ing right.

The "cultural problem" is you have a gun related death rate like Somalia, rather than a so called "First world" country and a culture that promotes getting a gun and shooting people as the solution if you're sad/mad/angry.

You also seem to have a large number of people with an inability to separate fantasy and reality (nicely summed up by the phrase "Iron Man is not a documentary.").

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Mueller bombshell: 13 Russian 'troll factory' staffers charged with allegedly meddling in US presidential election

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A lot of them in USA.

And some would be located in a small country in the Middle East on the Egyptian border.

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I'm sure he could afford to pay now.

And I'm sure he will.

Or rather the American people will.

Indefinitely.

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Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way

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Showing that it's good to revisit long held assumptions every so often

Since they might not be quite as solid as people thought.

Excellent work, but we might be wise to wait and see if anyone else runs similar (or ideally dis-similar) calculations and comes up with a similar result.

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Crypto-gurus: Which idiots told the FBI that Feds-only backdoors in encryption are possible?

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Is this one of those invisible girl friend from Canada kind of deals?

Good question.

It's a very smart political move. Either they think this with no basis in reality other than "We wants it," or someone actually told them they could have this and they have to name the scam artist "researcher(s)*" in question.

*Lagos University perhaps?

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Despite the headlines, Rudd's online terror takedown tool is only part of the solution

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"We need to be very wary of slippery slopes here," said Bernal. "

Too f**king true, given the Home Office's behavior.

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NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump

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"Call me naive, but exactly *which* minerals are so expensive and useful

that it's worth dragging them out of one gravity well and into another, rather than digging them up at home?"

Indeed.

Musk view on Mars mining was it's uneconomic even if the product was tonne pallets of Crack.

I think he's a bit pessimistic on this. It might be possible to compete for some products if the transport costs were dirt cheap.

The only thing I could come up with for this to work was a solar driven mass driver (only works during the day, so no storage needed) with on orbit collection by a string of solar sail transports.

It would have to be the full refined product, not just raw ore.

And frankly it still sounded hare brained even by my standards.

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"I suppose if you elect a moron you must expect more than usual political stupidity."

Not to mention the severe personality disorder.

But don't worry.

2025 is a long time from now and his chances of lasting into a second term aren't looking too good.

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Let's get to know each other first: Joe Public won't share their data with just anyone

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"However, 13 per cent said they wouldn't trust any of the organisations on the list – "

Because you shouldn't?

"Trust" any of these f**kers to not pimp your data to any Mark, Eric or Sergei?

I think not.

I'd love to see peoples reactions to how much data FB or Google can cross reference across sites and how detailed a profile they can build of you.

I'll bet it's a great deal more detailed than most people think it is.

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