* Posts by Adrian Midgley 1

381 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

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Cops jam a warrant into Apple to make it cough up Texas mass killer's iPhone, iCloud files

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Levitating frogs requires

a very strong magnet. I infer that would work for humans, and possibly be cheaper than the approach involving the ISS or similar.

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Intended to be

impossible.

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No

Just bad record keeping.

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Intel finds critical holes in secret Management Engine hidden in tons of desktop, server chipsets

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Not very surprising ... Now

Track back who caused it please.

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80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

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It isn't automatic...

It is default.

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At 2 per year, what

does "the vast majority" mean please?

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You should now have to demonstrate

that you are suitable to control a vehicle before being allowed to do so.

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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To install software on Linux I type

apt install packagename

You may be doing it wrong.

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National Audit Office: We'll be in a world of pain with '90s border tech post-Brexit

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Well yes, we could... it is called

"Schengen".

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9 women cannot in one month

make a baby.

"Control" is what is being discussed. It isn't abstract, it involves bricks, people and software.

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Do fear the Reaper: Huge army of webcams, routers raised from 'one million' hacked orgs

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You cannot regulate

cats.

And of course they do not have owners, they have staff.

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Musk: Come ride my Big F**king Rocket to Mars

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Re: People are Heavy!

Food, or less than 100 would arrive wherever

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Linux kernel hardeners Grsecurity sue open source's Bruce Perens

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That company is not in

the open source community I am in.

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Congress battles Silicon Valley over upcoming US sex trafficking law

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Tricky to do that without

making telephone companies liable for conversations on the telephone.

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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The root of the problem is stupid users...

By and large the smart ones don't react to knowing how to pick a lock or do high-energy chemistry by going on crime sprees.

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Slapping crap bosses just got cheaper: Blighty's Supreme Court nixes tribunal fees

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Re: only if you ignore UNISON

No it doesn't.

It shows that a case requires a plaintiff.

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'SambaCry' malware scum return with a Windows encore

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Re: Enough with the cute names already!

Codenames are well sorted.

CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN or

GOD GAME INDIGO are less good than some, but fun.

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Renewed calls for Tesla to scrap Autopilot after number of crashes

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Normalise.

Statistical technique used by people who don't guess how many Fords, but count them (in a sample, or from registrations of cars etc)

If there are 1000 times as many Fords, divide the crashed Ford's by 1000 to get a crude comparator.

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Now UK bans carry-on lappies, phones, slabs on flights from six nations amid bomb fears

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2 week video timer

As I recall. So not more than 2 weeks.

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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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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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