* Posts by jeremy 3

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Re: Dear Apple.

Been an apple computer user for years, stopped iPhones at the 3s.

This week I sold my MacBook air (2015). I feel like I'm at AA telling you how great my first few days Apple free is.

It is.

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Uber engineer's widow: Stress and racism killed my husband ... Uber: Let's make flying cars!

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Re: How much more do we need to hear?

But Uber are cheaper and they have sexy advertising.

Here in Vietnam, they just settled their government tax issues and can operate legally. The cabs here are not bad but twice the cost.

The alternative (Malaysian owned) Grab taxi / motorbike is better than Uber but again their motorbike taxi cost is 1/4 of the local cost and with the app there is no "white face" tax... you pay what the app says, not the inflated amount the local can try and extract from you.

I doubt there is a single Vietnamese person who has any clue about all the problems with Uber the company, and probably would just say "yeah like some companies here". Meanwhile it is cool to be using an app like you Americans to order your cab....

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Half-baked security: Hackers can hijack your smart Aga oven 'with a text message'

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so much automation

I can set the washing machine going before leaving work, turn on the cooker, the fridge re-filled itself from Amazon direct and the Rhumba cleaned the floor..... why do i need to go home? i can stay at the coal face for a few more hours earning that state pension that wont be there when i retire.

I know people do have reasons for iOt stuff but who is so busy that they need to turn the oven on before they get home. I was told as a child NOT to leave the oven/cooker on when no-one was home.

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Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC

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no edge cases for MS

I am not really a Windows user (always VMs), but recently I had to go back to it to make a desktop app with c#.

My client bought me a boring dell desktop and it has a factory install of windows 10. The main idea is for testing, but its good enough to do the dev on it too.

It is a development app that belongs to my client and at this stage i am not a registered windows developer.

If MS want to look at what's installed or even what i browse on this work machine, it is not going embarrass me, but if they want to breach my contracts for me, then that can make things difficult.

The article suggests i don't have too much to worry about, but still its the concept of "your data belongs to us, even when its not your data" ... kinda like the issue with the US border people.

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ZX Spectrum Vega Plus backers complain of months-long refund delays

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Am I the only one thinking.....

This website is a tech website and based on the comments i have seen over the years there is a fair few of us who know about some computer type things... the rest of us at least think we know about that stuff.

So.... while reading just about every story on this, i am thinking;- Isn't it just an emulator running on a raspberry pi... couldn't i get that up and running in about a week or so. Ok, for the casing, i have no real idea about that, but i do know people in China who could probably tell me where and how much.

Write off the crowd nonsense and build your own.

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UK digital minister Matt Hancock praises 'crucial role' of encryption

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9000 data breaches

Maybe Amber Rudd is working on the idea that they let anyone look at their data so it should be reciprocal.

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UK.gov departments accused of blanket approach to IR35

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IR35 is created to make you insane

"Let's come up with a tax that literally no-one can be 100% sure if they are liable or not"

"Yeah, then let's fiddle with it over about 10 years so accountants who learn about it have to re-learn and the confusion remains"

"Then, when people think we should just scrap it and come up with something new, we'll push out to all public sector workers, without telling them it will pushed on private sector people in 6 months".

Is Kafka running HMRC?

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Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

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I blame Apple and the iPhone

Ok... not specifically but in a moment of empathy for stupid users, whom most of us look down on from a great height, we grownups have lived through the growth of the internet and the release of the iPhone.

This was when someone told us that our stupid phones would suddenly be pocket computers that did everything a looked sexy... and it was mostly true.

Now everyone believes anything about tech because the iphone happened.

Users are stupid but they are just following the marketing and buy this stuff.

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London councils seek assurance over Capita's India offshoring plans

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"the role of System Support Engineers is potentially redundant"

No technical person wrote that....ever,

Here, Nero play this violin while i get the fire started!

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Confirmed: TSA bans gear bigger than phones from airplane cabins

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impressive co-ordination

I am ginger / irish, travel on a UK passport (Dad is English) but all the actions by America seem to be very coordinated to stop people coming there. I doubt this rule affects me but still, i am left with the 'idea' it affects me so another reason to avoid travel to the US. Maybe, when no-one come there anymore, the TSA will be over staffed and some of them will be sacked....

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UK.gov gears up for IR35 private sector crackdown – say industry folk

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Re: Europe is looking better..

Not really.

I live in Asia and often have recruiters send me emails about jobs. I add up the costs and factor in the exchange rate (and tax uncertainty) and find that due to the exchange rate the UK doesn't pay very well anymore. Now USA, Australia and most of Europe pay better. Years of little pay rises and a sudden drop in the pound value. It's not a personal gain thing, its a "now you are level with alot of other potential employment locations" .

ie. not competitive.

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Why is the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ project so delayed?

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20 years old tech?

I can run up an emulator for most old consoles.

I often quite like StarFox64 on my android phone.

I had consoles when i was younger and kept a few for a while, but one or two games on an old classic and you'll be back on your PS4.

My money this year will go on a switch... its a real thing, i have actual people in real life whom i know and trust show me it. I can go to a store an buy it. It has quite modern tech (not opening that can of worms) and it seems quite good.

Even if it isn't, the idea of putting up cash for some aging retro gamer to try and relive their youth and squander the cash in the process just seems a little stupid to me.

You could probably run a spectrum emulator on an N-Gage... problem solved.

Case of the member berries.

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Borked browser baked into Nintendo Switch

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Re: A web browser is a GAMES CONSOLES????

Nintendo have already announced there will be downloadable expansion packs to some games.

If you don't have a web browser, how can they make a pretty interface to encourage you to spend the cash? Silly.

Also Netflix will be available on the switch which is pretty cool since it's got quite a nice screen (720p but only 6.2").

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Malware infecting Androids somewhere in the supply chain

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Re: Flake

I have had a few iphones and a few android phones. I like Android better.

I develop for both platforms and so try and keep them in pretty much factory standard mode to be as similar as possible to target devices.

However, the fact that Android is open source is the opposite of dumb, because i can (if i choose to) root my phone and install android from scratch and be sure that it is secure. I am more and more tempted to do that despite mostly just using my phone for email and games on the move.

I'm not sure how giving me the opportunity to look after my own security and not have to rely on Apple's lawyers is a dumb thing.

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Pennsylvania sues IBM for fraud over $170m IT upgrade shambles

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Re: Typical IBM

Because only they can afford the bidding process.

It's around a million per year in work.

Fujitsu, Capita, Accenture... Etc are others who fail but when no one else can risk a mill or so on bidding you get the same people.

The government in the UK even tried to make their own in house dev company but that's not really working out too well.

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Brit ISP TalkTalk blocks control tool TeamViewer

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no-one has yet commented on the last part of the article...

Talk Talk have a website called Beatthescammers. whatever....

Seriously, they are offering advice on not getting hacked / scammed ... just think about that for a moment.

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

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The same Accenture...

Who totally screwed a new ticketing system for Singapore Airlines.

Another crapita

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Anti-TV Licensing petition gets May date for Parliament debate

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Yours is really the standard pro argument

1) Murdoch does not have a monopoly.

2) Other channels have demonstrated non advertising models.

3) The BBC is not impartial, just not.

4) By definition you cannot please all the people all the time.

So essentially, since you don't pay for my HBO subscription, why should I pay for your BBC. You can have it but YOU pay for it.

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Rate this as five stars or we'll bombard you with pop-up ads

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Kill the app market, complain that app developers find other means of making money.

It is foolish to think that anything other than a $100K budget is suitable for a mobile app.

I certainly only suggest mobile apps as supporting to a web based app or desktop app. There is lots of hopes and dreams in mobile and lots of BS too.

The main people who are looking to mobile developers these days are dreamers who have not even checked if their "amazing idea, that you need to sign an NDA for" is actually already about 15 apps.

Do people still download from app stores? They were saturated about 3 years ago, there is 10 apps for any possible requirement i have. I install almost nothing and begrudge all the google crap i can't uninstall.

It is fast getting to the point where i think that a jail broken phone managed by me is going to be more secure than anything google or their partners think is security. I already started re-writing the apps i like but screw you on security etc (like evernote... the open source alternative is quite interesting, evernote on my server with only people i approve using it... that is perfect right?).

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Rap for chat app chaps: Snap's shares are a joke – and a crap one at that

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traditional thinking...

I know it's unusual to apply maths and logic to any of this, but I am still at a loss about where the money comes from, whose money is it?

Typical situation today starts with a rubbish idea that wont make money, but gets $20,000000 then its gets some users and still doesn't make money, it starts to loose it.

Then they IPO and everyone "in the know" makes money, so where are the people loosing the money? Why are they still putting money into things like this.

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Redmond's on fire, your 365 is terrified: Microsoft email outage en masse

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Your man?

"The normally reliable Microsoft......" anything, is not a valid start to any sentence ever, especially for someone who considers themselves informed about tech.

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Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings

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We accept the most basic lies!

I am sick of hearing the idea that if you know how much you are paying, then you use less.

I ALREADY KNOW how much my bills are because i pay them. If i think "my leccy bill seems high this winter" then i might look at what heating i am using (often electric so more expensive), how many lights / TVs etc are on in empty rooms... y'know the basic stuff.

Alternatively, if i am a mum of several children and i use the washing machine and dryer twice a day, I am going to think "Hey, nothing i can do, kids gotta have clean clothes", then they alter to afford the costs.

By the minute information on usage will just change people from concurrent usage to sequential... "the meter doesn't flash red when i do the laundry first and cook afterwards".

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URGH – bitter taste! Sage hikes One SaaS price 50 per cent

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I used cloud based accounting software for two years

I understand that accounting is important but after miss entering our year end month there was no way to change it.

Two years added up to about £700 so it was a fair test.

My accountant has always told me that you need nothing more than excel to do your accounts and he's kinda right (bells and whistles aside)

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Has your spouse stayed on after Mobile World Congress? This sex doll brothel might be why

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Eighty Euros

So more expensive than a local girl who will be equally as dead as a sack of spuds during sex and yet only cost you 25 euros for a quickie behind the rubbish nightclub on the beach front (away from that nice part of Barcelona).

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Nintendo Switch orders delayed: Dun dun dun... dundundun dundundun dadada!

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Launch demand issues... Your kidding me, marketing 101

And already done by just about everyone.

I know people want stuff but throwing money at companies makes you look like a pussy.

Buy one at your leisure after a week or two .. keep those marketing stats guys guessing. Respect your buying power...it's all you have!

*You're....sorry

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Fibre and 5G will get customers cracking open wallets, or so Cisco hopes

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What is....

5g.

4 G was supposed to be LTE wasn't it?

What does 5 G fail to do for me that 4g can't fail at today?.

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Passport and binary tree code, please: CompSci quizzes at US border just business as usual

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Re: No issues visiting India

Agree, the only airport in the world where the customs and immigration people were the friendliest and most helpful.

They were also damn efficient too. Singapore in my view is like England, except everything works (well) and the weather is nice.

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Vice News YouTube video commenter set for retrial over 'menacing' posts

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Discretion

I post on here regularly but being British, the worst I would say is "I strongly disagree with you sir"

It's not difficult to avoid going around throwing death threats at people. I am for a free society but in these days you already know that talk about exploding or killing is going be flagged.

To be honest I can't think of anyone I would wish death on, I really don't like some people but i wish them poor customer service and late curry deliveries!

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CloudPets' woes worsen: Webpages can turn kids' stuffed toys into creepy audio bugs

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PR is cheaper than security

See title

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Licence-fee outsourcer Capita caught wringing BBC tax from vulnerable

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Re: Let the advertisers pay?

The last century called and asked for their argument back.

I strongly disagree with the license fee on the basis I hate the BBC, i find myself seeing their stuff at other people's houses and regularly think "when will they make something i might watch".

I have even got rid of my TV (to avoid hypocrisy).

However, the idea that there is only two options : license fee or adverts is not true today and has not been true for a long time. It is akin to arguing for the whip over the belt for being whacked with.

Believe it or not, we could have no license fee and no adverts... imagine that .. its almost like its the future (2017 or something) ... other countries that have traditionally led England outdated ways; America has demonstrated it. If you want the BBC then you pay the license fee, not me.

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HSBC Business internet banking goes TITSUP*

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what if...

Twitter ever went down?

When their own systems crash and burn it is the only way Talk talk talked to people, its the only way banks talk to people. I never thought i would contemplate the thought but what if twitter stopped working, how would we know?

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Tech contractors begin mass UK.gov exodus in wake of HMRC's IR35 income tax clampdown

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IR35

Isn't the whole problem with this tax the fact that it is very difficult to know if you are liable or not and then for how much.

When i was contracting (not for gov) I had an accountant who dealt with all that stuff (like most contractors do). His job was to calculate the legal amount of tax i needed to pay. I paid it. Why does every government think that everyone wants to break the law.

How much do i earn, how much will it cost me to get to work, eat etc, how much tax do i have to pay = is it worthwhile to do the job.

I wonder if HMRC are thinking to themselves "damn these business minded people with their thoughts of fiscal responsibility".

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Engineer who blew lid on Uber's toxic sexist culture now menaced by creepy 'smear campaign'

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Re: Well

Don't stress too much, here in Asia Uber is not getting such an easy ride.

Firstly, the Vietnamese government have refused to give them an operating licence until they have a local entity and pay local taxes (ignoring their "but we process the cash off shore" excuse).

And secondly because the Malaysian copycat Grab taxi which was made at least 6 months after Uber, has taken a much more government friendly approach to expansion in Asia. That is what it takes here, governments don't like being cut out by foreign companies. Get them onside and you get close to a monopoly.

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London Internet Exchange members vote no to constitution tweak

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Re: Abandon all Hope. They are all gagging for it.[1]

You mentioned Brexit in a negative / dismissive way.

Whatever i think about your opinion here (brexit is somehow a default badness line), the dismissive attitude of remoaners is worth a thumbsdown.

You don't know why people did what they did so casual anti brexit is casual twattery.

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DomainMonster mash: Hundreds of websites vandalized after Brit web host server hacked

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Can confirm Domain Monster are muppets

Moved away from them since they have not updated their systems since 1999 ... really bad at routing, really bad at hosting, really bad at customer service.

You speak on the phone and you are honestly saying "you realise it is 2017 right"

Their online interface does NOT work, don't try and do anything creative with the DNS.

Their email service was down for 3 weeks in December.

THIS IS A COMPANY TO AVOID.

They were good in the 1990s, but literally stopped all progress, guess that was the new owners.

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NZ firm tucks into $27m on the back of VR 'hologram' promise

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Headmaster

Dance with Beyoncé?

Do I have to?

Can't I just give you money and get a product.... Consumerism is getting competitive!

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A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

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Re: video

How is your poor choice in laptops the manufacturer's fault?

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GitLab invokes the startup defence to explain data loss woes

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Err

rm *.emailFileExtension.

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All of Blighty's attack submarines are out of action – report

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Attack submarines?

Ok to non subs but ...from Wikipedia... Maybe they should call them fluffy class submarines. Oh BTW Vietnam just got delivery of their 6th Russian built sub. Uk has such a Napoleon complex.

1945 February 6- Royal Navy submarine Venturer becomes the only submarine to sink another submarine while they were both submerged when she sinks U-864 off Norway.

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Euro bloc blocks streaming vid geoblocks

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Too little too late

IPlayer repeats the rubbish on BBC. Anything from elsewhere should torrented because hotel wifi in Europe sucks. Actually most non domestic internet in Europe sucks. To be honest the whole of Europe and the UK is fiddling while rome burns. 2018 ... Oh ok. By then streaming services will all offer offline and the law becomes pointless. Yay for the slow wheels of progress we left.... Good riddance to dealing with things in 10 years... Eu roaming for example. Yawn

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Departing Autodesk CEO says he became dumber and less funny the moment he quit

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Re: Got one thing to say to this ex-CEO

Agree. If you make cars or industrial stuff then you can pay for industrial tools like Maya, but lots of users of Max and Maya, like me are on a budget and blender does everything 3d that's not real world exceptionally well.

I liked Maya but it was always a hacked copy, $10k + is not a universal price tag.

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Last Concorde completes last journey, at maybe Mach 0.02

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Saw it take off from Leeds Bradford airport once.

Small airport shorter runway, space at the end of the runway to watch it heading directly towards you. It was a one off, but later I lived in Gypsy Hill near Crystal palace. It's the 10 mile marker for Heathrow and Concorde would always turn and line up over head. Deafening but never annoying.

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UK uni KCL spunks IT budget on 'reputation management' after IT disaster headlines

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I worked for Kings Colleage once

Two contractors putting together a small piece of software for them, it was to hold their submissions for their grants. Simple web system that managed applications, not the actual research data. Maybe 10 years ago now.

The project was 3 months but with every meeting pushed to a committee (who can't decide anything) it soon went to 6 months. The IT dept was dismissive of us entirely, ordering that no local databases could be used even in initial development. We had to use the single Oracle cluster and go through the least helpful person to do ANYTHING (even an insert statement).

We had no access to anything sensitive, we hardly had access to the internet, using the guest wifi.

Everyone is watching their own backs and will avoid a decision to avoid the responsibility. The easiest route is to form a committee!

It was my last foray into academia, those folks are more up themselves than marketing and PR people!

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Broadband internet in New York is so garbage, the state's suing Charter

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Re: Address the issues

ADSL will always be up to, it's the nature of the technology, they fixed it by using newer technology.

If you want 24Mb then you need fibre... ISPs should never say unlimited, but it would be dumbing things down if they were to have to guarantee ADSL speeds (and its not like that would make them magically attain than promised speed).

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Government to sling extra £4.7bn at R&D in bid to Brexit-proof Britain

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Re: If done right, an industrial strategy can definitely work

I saw nothing about a strategy... only an announcement .... you'd think a journalist would know the difference. Pretty poor reporting on the details of the strategy... oh wait, it was just an announcement.

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Trump inauguration DDoS protest is 'illegal', warn securobods

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Trump got more / less votes blah

I am from the UK. I don't care that much about who won... but it really annoys when people say "Trump got less votes" due to the system in America.

Fine, that may be true, but the voting system was the same for the previous Presidents. If its not right then why not be protesting about a change in the voting system.

Whinging that the system is broken is a bad workman blaming his tools.

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ProtonMail launches Tor hidden service to dodge totalitarian censorship

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Re: it will happen

"I don't know how"... erm... just like how the they blocked the thepiratebay.org they just blocked it, no legalaity required... censorship in the UK is a reality, the government doesn't have to obey the law... the investigatory powers act was simply to legalise what they have been doing for 10 years already... that is why there was a rush to get it in under EVERY government in recent times.

Its irrelevant if its legal. No government thinks legal is a thing that applies to them.

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Devs reverse-engineer 16,000 Android apps, find secrets and keys to AWS accounts

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Promo?

So i just need to write a little tool i want to sell.. buy some compromised data from the onion web and then The Register will promote it like an advert.

Really, don't you see these infosec companies are doing this for the article you are writing... and you dont charge them for that... just swallow the PR and write the drivel.

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Flight 666 lands safely in HEL on Friday the 13th

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Re: The Omen! I

Omg the Trump bogey man. How do you even sleep at night with such fear... Yawn ( one of many I expect in the next 4 years).

The end is nigh. That's you that is. Who cares if he won and will do what he says ... or more importantly why do you care.. you can't change it.

Jeez people like to complain from a position of not having to actually do anything. Complain about Syria then join the military. But give up on brexit and Trump it's really boring now.

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Oh Britain. Worried your routers will be hacked, but won't touch the admin settings

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Alexa, make my local network secure.

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