* Posts by Adrian Midgley 1

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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There's a fair compromise...

That vendors are required to maintain support for software while an[1] operating instance remains in the world[2] ... OR until they publish the full source code - all needed to compile working instances - under a licence allowing study, support, distribution of altered versions, extension and patching, which in practice is going to be a GPL.

Then if the task is onerous and no profit can be made from it, the company loses nothing by publishing, and ends its responsibility. If it is a business decision, then their ex-customers get to make a business decision as well, and people who like supporting that sort of thing, likewise.

[1] You might put a number higher than 1 on that, or not.

[2] or country, or business, or public service, or government...

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Bloke charged under UK terror law for refusing to cough up passwords

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And what surprises you about people over 50?

That we are still alive?

Or that we had grandfathers?

_Young_ person, you are not yet a Jedi.

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Do we need attachments?

And if we need attachments, do we need them present in the email?

PointMail looks a better idea, but if an email has an attachment stripping if at the border and dropping it into two days quarantine, turning it to plain text and generally neutering it and allowing it to be collected later seems better.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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here we go again, back to the 90s

Into every generation one is born who think s this is possible and a good idea.

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Budget cuts bite National Library of Australia's digital archiving ambitions

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I was impressed with that library when I visited

And in a country that size, digitalisation seems important.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Feeding children properly is generally

regarded as a good thing.

It is also an investment in the future many of us share at least a portion of.

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That'll be interesting Ministerially*...

appointing someone not in a Scottish seat to be Minister for Scottish Affairs should play well in the Provinces.

* If the Tories are returned

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And the Falklands War which arose from Tory action

in reducing visible interest in the South Atlantic by removing the patrol ship.

What a coincidence! We cry.

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

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And the NHS scores

again.

Keep it, it is good.

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New satellites could cause catastrophic space junk collisions

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Plugging satellites together

So there are fewer, larger, satellites would appear to be a strategy.

And adding Lego bricks of thruster clusters on each end could maintain function.

We thought we'd build one space station, then Clarke indicated 3 so let's head back toward that.

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The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

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However, their direction has changed...

Hitherto the nice helpful world-wise ones would tell the paranoid foreigner-haters how to behave in the expectation that all the way up to the top of the Administration they would be recognised as correct.

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Munich may dump Linux for Windows

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Time spent on Windows is no more free

than time spent on any other operating system and desktop.

Nor is it, in my personal and business experience, less time on Windows than on Linux.

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'I'm innocent!' says IT contractor on trial after Office 365 bill row spiraled out of control

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Re: Based on assumptions...

Not officially the government I think.

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Re: Devils and details.

Charities should be using FLOSS..

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is delayed, Ministry of Defence confesses

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Re: The French

Rafael is quite pretty, and I gather works on carriers.

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Rather than penalty clause

it may be that they do not promise or propose to do things that are not yet well worked-out.

However in (deterrence of and actions a bit short of) war, building ships for the last war may not work well.

Huge doesn't seem to be the problem - "steel is cheap, and air is free" - but for warships, even rather large ones, making them smaller targets than they might be is probably beneficial.

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Deadly Tesla smash probe: No recall needed, says Uncle Sam

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Would you like to libel any

particular one, to add to Tesla?

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Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo fit to go: Europe's GPS-like network switches on

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Geolocation

Old chum.

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Climate change bust up: We'll launch our own damn satellites if Trump pulls plug – Gov Brown

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Well done California

Vandenberg is federal, presumably, so which other launch facilities are to hand?

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Bad idea

Prepare for the worst. Relax and be pleased if it does not happen.

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Labour's Jeremy Corbyn wants high speed broadband for all. Wow, original idea there

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Do you feel the job of HM Loyal Opposition is to

oppose, and therefore he and the party he leads should be against high speed broadband for all?

It is a socialist idea, as is a flat rate postal service and the provision of water.

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what level of support would indicate success to you?

The Labour voters were 2:1 in favour of remaining. How much more do you demand?

The Tory voters were 1:2 against - with the leader of their party telling them to vote for. You think the leader of the Opposition is going to influence that very much?

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ID cards - useless and expensive...

I was struck by the last effort to have us buy ID cards and be obliged to use them by one thing overall - that the government which proposed to require them would not accept them as ID or require that anyone else did.

(It was also notable that the thing didn't offer any prospect of doing anything else for the carrier - not an NHS card, not a driving licence, not an entry card to a workplace for a civil servant...)

I actually suggested a law was required first - that when an organisation requested ID, that if the subject presented a UK ID (card which had not been repudiated and looked like them) an offence would be committed by asking for any other form of or additional ID.

That would have granted convenience and usefulness to the holder.

No chance.

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Which other matters does your headline writer

want there to be no policy on, or a policy simply opposite that of someone else's?

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Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'

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To have a plausible backronym,

almost anyone sufficient sense must have.

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World-leading heart hospital 'very, very lucky' to dodge ransomware hit

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You overestimate the familiarity

Nhs people have with such things.

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Swiss, geez: Robo-hooker coffee shop to be erected in Geneva

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Gynoid

is surely the operating system to expect.

(Gynoids were always going to precede androids)

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Capita STILL hasn't delivered usable Army recruitment IT system

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Not really a solutions or software company are they?

Rather, they are a company good at writing bids and proposals in terms which have become an intricate game themselves.

When they get a contract, then they go looking for someone who might fulfill it.

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Today the web was broken by countless hacked devices – your 60-second summary

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Running your own DNS and using hosts files

down to a local level seems more useful today than last week does it not?

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Heaving to is the analogy there.

Not making progress, but not sinking or breaking, is weathering the storm.

Once the storm abates progress resumes.

#philology

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You work so hard on coding improvements... and it's all undone by a buggy component

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Another closed source shill?

Open Source: it is impossible to be prevented from checking it or having it checked;

Closed source: it is impossible to check it unless you closed it, and impossible to know it has been checked or corrected.

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NHS patients must be taught to share their data, says EU lobby group

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Or if it were a collaborative effort by citizens

and agencies for the good of everyone?

So unfashionable now, alas.

Or if it were administered by competent and honest administrators.

Or perhaps even competent /or/ honest ones?

Better to export questions and gather answers, giving each citizen a monthly account of who asked what, under what power I'd pretext.

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US reactor breaks fusion record – then runs out of cash and shuts down

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What is its maximum performance?

Great that it set the record, but the requirement is a lot more than that, no?

Time for a bigger newer machine.

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But is it safe? Uncork a bottle of vintage open-source FUD

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Re: The GPL is the biggest obstacle I've seen to adoption

It isn't remote, it is absent.

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Silicon Valley’s top exorcist rushed off his feet as Demons infest California

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Oh my

Oh my oh my.

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UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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but these days you

would be even more likely to be correct.

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Brave telco giants kill threat of decent internet service in rural North Carolina

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Social perspective

the job is to connect everyone. That's what the money is for.

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NHS health apps project plan: Powered by your medical records

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Re: There is no security issue

Nearly broken by Tatcher-Major...

Fixed by Blar - it to a lot better.

Now being broken under Cameron-May. The Liberal stub slowed it for a while.

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UK nixes Land Registry sale

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Dematerialisation was followed by fraud, and then to combat that,

by another identity check system which costs each user £100 if they can find someone to do it.

Not really a big usability jump there.

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US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

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Airbases...

Are big, so one probably isn't lying down on the bit that gets hit, and work with large holes in them.

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Sony wins case over pre-installed Windows software

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Suppressed by a supplier though ...

thus tending to change the pattern of purchase.

An option which would not be ridiculous would be:-

Press A to accept and complete installation of your pre installed bundled software or

Press B to permanently remove pre installed software, you will need an operating system.

Offering to generate a code to hold to demonstrate deletion would also be good for a consumer.

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Feeble Phobos flaking as it falls to Mars

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You think solid rock is easier to mine

than crunchy powdery stuff loosely held together?

Removing it from the elevator path might be the way to go.

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Officials, lack of kit to blame for 'critical delays' in sex abuse inquiry

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Almost as if we do not have

a civil service or consulting industry of a size and of competencies fit for the end of the 20th Century.

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New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves

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England drinks more

than is good for it.

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Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

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He has a point, and the quote is subtly different from the story

and headline.

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NHS slaps private firm Health IQ for moving Brits' data offshore

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They would not have cracked it because

it is impossible.

If you don't collect the data together, but instead send the queries out, you might make some use of it, but that doesn't satisfy the centralists.

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Top digital Eurocrat issues non-denial about hyperlink non-tax

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Weirder than usual - from something that has not happened

to a tirade about therefore how bad the people who have not done it are for doing the sort of thing they have not done.

Its a club.

The members - the States - make the rules and the officers run it under them.

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

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Re: "He was found not guilty, therefore he is innocent"

You may be on sticky ground if you were to state that someone who has been found not guilty of a crime is not innocent of it.

IANAL.

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French, German ministers demand new encryption backdoor law

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They'll need a new name though, because

private key doesn't adequately describe a key which is not private.

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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

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this is an effort to apply logic to

something where logic is not involved.

And really. it is better to leave the thickos to try to solve it than to do their homework for them.

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