* Posts by John G Imrie

1880 posts • joined 17 Jun 2009

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Re: Civil servants are confused

These .boots where made for walking.

New Horizons snaps finish buffering: Ultima Thule actually two dust bunnies that got snuggly 4.5 billion years ago

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Would this be Russell's other teapot?

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Re: holograraphic love dungeon layout

I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one to get one of those for Christmas.

Houston, we've had a problem: NASA fears internal server hacked, staff personal info swiped by miscreants

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Official: Voyager 2 is now an interstellar spacecraft

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Re: After we are gone

Them and a few footsteps on the moon

STIBP, collaborate and listen: Linus floats Linux kernel that 'fixes' Intel CPUs' Spectre slowdown

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OK Assumption bussting time

Intel is not hiding it, note all the publicity earlier on in the year. Unfortunately the bug is in code that is so fundamental to how modern day multi threaded processors work that to fully fix it will require a fundamental redesign of the chips. Current chips[1] IIRC can't be patched without causing a slowdown.

The amount of slowdown depends on what each program is actually doing and can't be guessed.

AMD and other chip manufacturers have the same problem.

As to legal liability I doubt it, we wos warned.

[1] Please correct this if I'm wrong

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: Can't we just use...

If you want a Star Trek analogy then Earth has just voted to leave the Federation.

Merry Christmas, you filthy directors: ICO granted powers to fine bosses for spam calls

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Re: death penalty for insurance company directors

I don't believe in the death penalty, I want them to live a very long and painful life.

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Could I get charged with assult ...

if I blow a whistle very loudly down the phone at them?

Brexit: UK will be disconnected from EU databases after 2020

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Re: Co-incy-dink

That will be proper British bear then, none of that continental larger crap.

Six critical systems, four months to Brexit – and no completed testing

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only 6?

I found a security hole in Steam that gave me every game's license keys and all I got was this... oh nice: $20,000

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Re: What century is this?!

i inherited a lot of "select * from table where thing = '" + strinput + "'" in an aspx intranet. I was bloody frightening they hadnt been hit before. Idiots.

But try getting a) budget or b) time from Management to fix this stuff, you'll get the 'it works so don't touch it' excuse.

Data flows post-Brexit: 'Leave it to government to make sure you've got a smooth run in.' Er, OK

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The real problem

Someone just pointed out to him that next years Beaujolais nouveau will be delayed.

Woke Linus Torvalds rolls his first 4.20, mulls Linux 5.0 effort for 2019

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Re: Be mean to me!


'Privacy is a human right': Big cheese Sat-Nad lays out Microsoft's stall at Future Decoded

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Re: "Privacy is a human right"

Who said you where humans.

UK and EU crawling towards post-Brexit data exchange deal – reports

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Re: Will someone get a move on please?

Brexit means Brexit, easiest trade deal ever, £350M for NHS, I can't hear you, la la la, I moved my businesses HQ out of the UK and into Ireland, Remoner defeatist, make Britain great again, oh shit this is hard, better resign.

Yours DC, DD, BJ, JRM

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...

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What would Jesus do?

Put the prostitutes, foreigners, and poor above the money-changers, rich and ego-centric.

UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)

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It was ever thus

As a 16 y/o student at a college I knew more about computers/computing than the tutor supposedly teaching the course.

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Re: It can be done

I don't trust the "Age Verifier deletes ID" part


Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside

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Re: Driven

You just need to show it who's the Master

Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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Re: Extraterritoriality

What is it about articles like this that brings about paranoid fantasies from our ACs, anyway?


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Re: Welcome to America

It was the drone manufacturers.

Buy drone. BANG. Bye drone. Repeat.

30-up: You know what? Those really weren't the days

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vi for beginners

$ vi filename

<start typing stuff, then notice that I didn't enable insert mode until the first 'i' in the stuff>



<start typing...>

:e! reloads the file

Oz government rushes its anti-crypto legislation into parliament

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UK.gov isn't ready for no-deal Brexit – and 'secrecy' means businesses won't be either

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Re: Chaos and more chaos

Well the latest I heard was that 80% of the negotiations where done. So , as every teckie knows, we must be 20% into the time needed to complete all the negotiations.

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For us that means paychecks!

Just make sure you are payed in Euros

Guess who just bought Maplin? Dragons' Den celebrity biz guy Peter Jones

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Re: More Powa!

As a school kid I used to roll balls of mercury up and down my desk. It hasn't had any effect on me, oh look here comes Mr Rabbit, wibble wibble wibble

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What kind of hen lays those?

They are Haggis eggs.

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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You can't offend an effing hard disk drive!

I think you aught to know I'm feeling really depressed.

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Re: No masters!

What about consenting Sub/Dom roles?

We're doomed: Defra's having a cow over its Brexit IT preparations

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people had better work out which side they are on before its too late

I'm on the winning side.

Viva l'EU

Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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I've really had enough with humanity.

You and me both. I'll be glad when this observation cycle is over and I can go back home to Barnard's Star.

Dear America: Want secure elections? Stick to pen and paper for ballots, experts urge

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Re: Bring back the arena

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls… Dyin’ time’s here.

AI biz borks US election spending data by using underpaid Amazon Mechanical Turks

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Why not just fill in a Web form or equivalent directly?

Not everyone has Internet or even electricity. See for example the Amish. You can't disenfranchise them just because they can't fill in a web form.

Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

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What's more important jake? Human life or contracts?


yours the management.

Texas ISP slams music biz for trying to turn it into a 'copyright cop'

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I noticed that the complaint used the word theft, I'm waiting for some smart lawyer to ask the copyright holder how making a copy of a song permanently deprived them of that song.

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Infringing files

I'm actually considering setting up a group of torrents named after this weeks top 40, is there still such a thing?, selling records containing a sound track of me reading a poem I wrote and wait for the illegal requests to block me come into my ISP.

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They might as well assume that all Internet users are infringing copyright.

You mean they don't?

Prenda lawyer pleads guilty to moneyshot honeypot scheme

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I wonder how much of that money washed it's way around the London financial markets via shell Limited Liability Partnerships.

Home Office seeks Brexit tech boss – but doesn't splash the cash

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So when they said £100k they meant for that one month. This is starting to look reasonable.

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Is there actually one thing that is up and running for the departure?

The escape pods for the MP's?

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So let me see if I've got this right

With just over 7 months to go until B-Day the Home office has started looking for a new manager, a process that is likely to take two months minimum, leaving a couple of months to get up to speed with what the rest of the department is doing, another month to recruit sufficient support staff and two, yes two months to write the report saying we are up shit creak and not only don't we have a paddle, someone has nicked the boat as well.

Criminal justice software code could send you to jail and there’s nothing you can do about it

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Big Brother

Computer says ...

if (suspect.race eq 'white') {

guilt -= 1;


else {

guilt += 1;


Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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Republican Space Rangers

Why do I keep thinking of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZuZShxJq8M

Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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What to do with the fine

Considering the possible backlash, and the cost of the litigation if I was the artist involved I'd be donating the fine back to the school as a thanks for being involved in establishing my rights.

Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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Long track

Paradise by the Dashboard Light

Politicians fume after Amazon's face-recog AI fingers dozens of them as suspected crooks

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Big Brother

What happens to the crook when.

a computer spots you and wrongly thinks you're an arrested crook breaking their conditions of bail

The crook was keeping to their bail conditions and becoming a productive member of society and now because you walked past the store they robbed last year they are back in jail.

Oh boy: MPs prepare to probe UK.gov's digital prowess and tech savvy

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Re: House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

I'd go with compulsory voting as long as there was a non of the above box on the ballot paper and if that option won in a constituency there had to be a by-election with non of the candidates who stood in the general election allowed to stand. If that has non of the above winning then repeat, blocking the candidates who stood in the by-election as well. Repeat until someone beets the non of the above vote.

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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Re: hashland

Nothing wrong with hashland, it's where I get some of my best ... er ideas from

Ah, British summer. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the internet is on the fritz

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Re: Big red ball?

If you are looking at it through the smoke around Manchester it might look red

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