* Posts by John G Imrie

1905 posts • joined 17 Jun 2009

Sorry, Linux. We know you want to be popular, but cyber-crooks are all about Microsoft for now

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Re: Oi! Keep quiet

Down voted for down voting boxen.

Q&A: Crypto-guru Bruce Schneier on teaching tech to lawmakers, plus privacy failures – and a call to techies to act

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Re: Pro Bono - meaning

Pro Bono, is actually the shortened form of Pro bono publico, which means for the good of the public.

Blighty's most trusted brand? Yeah, you wish, judge tells Post Office in Horizon IT system ruling

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Re: This is a disgrace

According to Private Eye at least one person committed suicide over this.

How many Reg columnists does it take to turn off a lightbulb?

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Re: Significant difference

50's B movie, bollocks , it's Thunderbirds all the way down.

Science says death metal fans delightful and intelligent people, great at dinner parties

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Re: Free Thinkers

I thought Brad was with Frank

Hapless engineers leave UK cable landing station gate open, couple of journos waltz right in

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Big Brother

Re: Tourism

Ah comrade, you 'av discovered our master plan

We can do this the easy way or the Huawei, US tells Germany with threat to snip intel over 5G fears

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What's German for "Put up or shut up."?

Do an SCO?

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

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Re: Why anti-conformists always end up looking the same

Er... I'm not

Civil servants 'Sir Humphrey' their way through grilling on UK.gov's digital transformation

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Errare humanum est

But to really fuck things up requires a computer.

Bollocks, off by one error

UK.gov's Verify has 'significantly' missed every target, groans spending watchdog

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Re: GDS were slightly overambitious

Unfortunately GDS have become the problem, rather than part of the solution. I had to deal with them for part of my job and we had to use their Government approved font on a website we where creating for them, with Government approved text, which contained characters that weren't in the font. Nice.

SPOILER alert, literally: Intel CPUs afflicted with simple data-spewing spec-exec vulnerability

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Re: Access control and process scheduling issue

Virgins, you need Virgins to tame Unicorns.

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What happens when the customer demands no less than unicorns?


Correction: Last month, we called Zuckerberg a moron. We apologize. In fact, he and Facebook are a fscking disgrace

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No No

only 18% where adolescents, the rest where children

Insane homeowners association tries to fine resident for dick-shaped outline car left in snow

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That's not a cock

It's an unlicensed copy of the Bubble Gum King from Candy Crush Sarga

Artificial Intelligence: You know it isn't real, yeah?

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Re: Bias, facts and statistics

Feed it Monty Python's Holly Grail, then see what it thinks about Rabbits

-- Tim (the Enchanter)

Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear

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Re: Moral

Actually on Income support he should be able to get a lawyer on legal aid

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?

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Build a new wall around it.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: So how many teachers are they planning on incarcerating, anyway?

I don't know, But it does look like he(?)'s just finished reading V for Vendetta

How I got horizontal with a gimp and untangled his cables

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If you are tickling a gimp, you are doing it wrong

UK spy overseer: Snooper's Charter cockups are still getting innocents arrested

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Mr Buttle

Mr Tuttle will see you now.

Smaller tech firms just aren't ready for a no-deal Brexit, MPs told

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Re: Taking Back Control!

I like that image, however I'd personally go with the young ones and Phew that was close

Data flows in a no-deal Brexit are a 'significant' concern – MPs

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Re: Eh?

Because we've already implemented GDPR to EU standards?

True and as a member of the EU we get a pass on the Data slurping Laws the government has passed over the last few years. But as a non EU member Global Slurping of Internet Data becomes problematical when wanting to get our hands on EU Citizens data.

Post-Brexit plan for .EU tweaked: No dot-EU web domains for Europeans in UK, no appeals, etc

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Re: Rupert Murdoch

Today's headlines where all about Tory infighting forcing a no deal Brexit, except for the Sun, which seams to think that Jeremy Corbin is the most powerful person in Briton as he can single handedly lead Labour to stop Brexit. At least that's what I think the headline 'Don't let Labour Kill Brexit' is about.

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Re: How petty

Sorry, but we are leaving the club. Why should we get access to the subsidised bar?

Straight outta Blighty: Readers, if you were a tech billionaire, what would you do?

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Re: brexit sentiment question

Us, or the BBC lot?

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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