* Posts by Gordon 10

3107 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

Tall, slim models are coming to take over dumpy SSD territory

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Actually if we are going to be picky the PCIe type SSD's (which aren't the same as NVME but close) didn't arrive on Macs until the 2013 model year.

So your whole post is a bag of fail.

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Capita contract probed after thousands of clinical letters stuffed in a drawer somewhere

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WTF?

Some Sympathy here

Heaven forbid but if I have read this right - if NHS England failed to communicate the correct address after Capita took over - then don't Capita share very little of the blame? Unless they were in charge of the comms as well of course then all bets are off.

Defending Capita - I feel dirty right now...

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Forget cyber crims, it's time to start worrying about GPS jammers – UK.gov report

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Re: FFS - Measure the risk first

Ok you have articulated the potential problem, and massively hyped the scope with an implausible scenario.

Now whats the use case that leads to that problem? Outside of war or a particularly sophisticated terrorist/criminal attack in the decade when they are more likely to use a white van, a ships anchor or a twitter bot.

I'll say it again. Articulate the risk probability AS WELL AS the consequences, otherwise you are just fear mongering.

Risk 101

https://www.cgerisk.com/knowledgebase/Risk_matrices

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FFS - Measure the risk first

So outside of a military strike on the UK when we'll have bigger things to worry about, plus the odd criminal gang who are totally paranoid, just how big a risk is there?

Another example - how many people have needed an ambulance and been in a signal jammer? My bet is somewhere between 10 and none. (They will fob this off with no research has been done, but.....")

I'm struggling to come up with anything that isn't significant and world changing. Everything else is an inconvenience by comparison.

Is this a scare tactic by a Vendor to sell some kit, hence Child Catcher.

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Just can't catch a break, can ya, Capita? Shares tumble 40% amid yet another profit warning

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Re: Schadenfreude

Magnificent rant sir! Have an upvote.

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Equinix CEO bails after ‘poor judgment in employee matter’

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Err reality check dude. This story would have appeared on the Register regardless of the #metoo movement.

There is nothing in this story that suggests there is any connection.

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Apple whispers farewell to macOS Server

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Re: I can see why they are saying goodbye

Yes but the US isn't the only dodgy lot of spooks so you are not saying much.

GCHQ , German FIS, French DSGE also have form in this area.

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You can't ignore Spectre. Look, it's pressing its nose against your screen

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A bit less FUD please El Reg

How is this any worse than a zero day in any of the VM hypervisors? Lets have a sense of perspective please.

They basically say that organisations have to do everything within their power to protect against any flaws that they reasonably should have known existed.

The above is mostly bollocks - every regulation that I have come across has a "reasonableness test" ie it wasn't reasonable to expect us to replace all our servers.

Lets look at whats needed to actually weaponise Spectre.

1. Develop exploit code.

2. Deploy exploit code.

3. Actually find something worth stealing in several Gigs worth of randomly addressed memory per server whilst all the while trying not to get caught.

Points 2 & 3 essentially mean that the biggest risk is either a bulk attack that will quickly be spotted and closed out AND which also requires another exploit to plant a lurker on a significant set of kit. OR a targeted attack on a known juicy target ala NSA and GCHQ.

Either of which is only med risk IMO.

There are bigger risks to worry about.

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Re: No shared CPUs

Errr - thats exactly what the article said. Did you read it?

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New Sky thinking: Media giant makes dish-swerving move on Netflix territory

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Re: What??

afaik Both boxes can do 1080p but Sky dont send at 1080p for the cheaper box.

The bigger flatter NowTV box (~£20 + sub) does a max of 1080p for 11 channels.

The small re-badged Roku (£15 + subs) sky sends a max of 720p. (but other apps may hit 1080p)

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US govt shutdown lobs spanner in SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch

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Re: I told Elon he would regret...

Who needs a mono rail when you have a Hyperloop?

Personally my life will be complete when he builds a Mole Machine to dig Hyperloop tunnels.

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Meltdown/Spectre week three: World still knee-deep in something nasty

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Re: A tactical mitigation/solution...?

Interesting potential solution, for a which I can see a few potential problems.

1. Modern CPU's already overclock like crazy (aka TurboBoost)

2. Statistical distributions will come into play - some proportion of chips will go unstable at a 1-2% overclock.

3. (Intel) Marketing would see it as "free gear" and kill it with fire.

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The Reg visits London Met Police's digital and electronics forensics labs

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Re: How secure are they?

Cheap shot unless you know for sure that that particular team does.

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All aboard the Vomit Comet: Not the last train to Essex, but a modded 727 for weightless flight

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Re: Reassurance?

Yes but if the A Team movie taught us anything it's that you can fly a tank into semi controlled landing into a lake using the main gun.

It's Hollywood so it must be true!

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NHS: Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops

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Re: Shameful

Yes, but no.

Trying to do this was hugely laudable but ultimately folly without the backing of someone with a huge amount of clout in Gov or the NHS.

Never bet on your business stakeholders agreeing that your direction (however sensible) is the right direction.

They would have been much better off staying stealthed until they actually had a product. Probably even could have got a VC to stump up the cash to do it properly if they had cloaked in a services play and called it HealthIX or similar. Re-using or even appearing to copy someone else's TM's is always likely to bite you on the butt.

To be clear - I've nothing but respect for these guys - but sometimes nearly all of the time style counts over substance, especially in Business and Gov.

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UK.gov slammed for NHS data-sharing deal with Home Office

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Definately not the Data Guardians of the Galaxy

I'd never heard of these "Guardians" before so a short googling gives this

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/national-data-guardian/about

TLDR - whilst they *might* be on the side of angels on most things they have no Veto, and it wouldn't take much to distort their charter imo, and they are NHS Only. So Im thinking Quango to re-assure the peasants.

From the Site

Priorities

The NDG wants to build trust in the use of data across health and social care and is guided by these 3 main principles:

•encouraging clinicians and other members of care teams to share information to enable joined-up care, better diagnosis and treatment

•ensuring there are no surprises to the citizen about how their health and care data is being used and that they are given a choice about this

•building a dialogue with the public about how we all wish information to be used, to include a range of voices including commercial companies providing drugs and services to the NHS, researchers discovering new connections that transform treatments, and those managing the services

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Intel AMT security locks bypassed on corp laptops – fresh research

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Re: Why blame Intel?

Every time my ISP sends me a new router they also give me a semi-random sid and wpa key, if those muppets can do it why can't Intel and the laptop manufacturer for the AMT password?

Management Engine was a stupidly complex solution for a fairly minor problem and a classic case of cognitive bias. We have a problem - we're good at making new CPU's - let's use one!

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Think tank: Never mind WannaCry, update NHS IT systems for RoboDoc

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Re: No thanks

I agree - the only reason someone would be writing a report to say that AI is the solution to the NHS's problems is if they are either flogging AI "services" themselves, being paid to shill for someone who does, or delusional "digital strategists" from VC-land or Shoreditch with a whiff of Bong! about them.

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1 in 5 STEM bros whinge they can't catch a break in tech world they run

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Re: This is absolutely true when it comes to gender balance

Except you're quoting made up bollocks statistics to justify maintaining the status quo - try doing some basic research first.

Below is a good start. (Overall female ratio in Stem courses is 39% and none is near 10%).

https://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-006-x/2013001/article/11874-eng.htm

And before you use that ratio to say there isn't much of a problem look at likelyhood of unemployment in females with a Stem degree (hint its much higher).

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Watt? You thought the wireless charging war was over? It ain't even begun

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What "infrastructure"? We are talking about a modern iteration of a mobile phone charger - ie just a bit of kit.

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FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'

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Re: 1234

You fools! Its obviously covfefe

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WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction

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Re: hang on a moment...

Its probably more true now than it ever was - but nowhere near a dead cert.

To be fair not even St Julien could have predicted Trump would get in the White House and WikiLeaks interfering in the US election just stirred everything up again.

Once again his desire for self publicity and gratification gets him in trouble - story of his life - muppet needs a hefty wallop with a clue stick. Unfortunately if he's not careful a good clue sticking will be the least of his problems.

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Good lord, Kodak's stock is up 120 per cent. How? New film? Oh. It launched a crypto-coin

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Professor of Cunning

I actualy think there is the germ of a good idea here. One of the earliest and unremarked casualties of the Internet was photographic copyright becoming very difficult to enforce and fairly monetise, with even big media organisations like the Beeb using them without permission and compensation.

They could get that woman who took the Xmas HarRy and Meghan photo to promote it as an early adopter, alternatively the PETA monkey photographer might work too.

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IBM melts down fixing Meltdown as processes and patches stutter

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Re: Deep Think

When MS and AWS had rolling patch updates going since last Wed, it looks pretty piss poor to me. If you take the entire AWS product range IBM don't even have the defense of scale and complexity,

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Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men

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Re: El Reg - FAKE NEWS

Whilst we are on the subject of Bias - try looking up and understanding Confirmation Bias.

Damore's whole post was a sophisticated version of the old "I'm not sexist but....." trope. (insert your -ism as appropriate). The fact that he effectively employment-Darwined himself and still apparently cant accept it only confirms how right Google were.

The fact that so many are people posting and upvoting stuff like the above with a similar tone even on something relatively centrist and rational as El Reg shows you just what an insidious problem this stuff is.

There will always be a large minority of people who don't believe there is a problem because they got to where they are "on merit", and blindly ignoring the fact that the playing field (of whatever kind) was never level in the first place, mainly because everything in their life to that point is predicated on them *not* getting that fact.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias - read it and every time you react to something without thinking long and hard - check yourself for it.

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Mystery surrounds fate of secret satellite slung by SpaceX

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Re: the 45th Space Wing?

Also proof if you throw enough stuff at something (including shells) something eventually works and you turn a "Tommy Cooker" into a Sherman Firefly.

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UK exam chiefs: About the compsci coursework you've been working on. It means diddly-squat

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Re: So it all hinges on exams

I'm sorry I beg to differ. Any examination that is predicated on suggested answers not being posted to the internet is pretty flawed to begin with. Is this just an exam board too lazy to deal with plagarism? Am I the only one where at leat half my degree exam questions were repeated from past papers - how is this any different?

To my mind its rather like punishing a programmer for using something from StackExchange.

(Also an aside - since when is a 10% increase "plateauing" El Reg? Also I thought the idea was to capture the interest of those who might find it useful in the future to have done a Computing course - not frog march all and sundry through it like its french, german or english lit.)

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US Senators force vote on Ctrl-Z'ing America's net neutrality death

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Re: Follow the money

They are the case of the lesser evil in this. They want you consuming as much cheap bandwidth as possible to target more ads your way, and Concast and Derizon will charge you and them more for the the distracting kitteh videos.

At least you can ignore or block ads and use privacy filters with the Ad networks. The word Pigopolist that Orlowski used to use was invented for US Big Cable and Telco. Remind me was anyone actually jailed for the bill stuffing debacle?

Although as a RightPondian the whole furore over NN amuses, it's really just a US thing after all.

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SpaceX delivers classified 'Zuma' payload into orbit

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GOTG

Where do you think StarLords came from?

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FCA 'gold-plates' EU rule, hits BYOD across entire UK finance sector

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Re: Pedant here....

Or just make sure that all the work stuff is in a secured partition that work can log and remote wipe. Good or the vanilla iOS solution is fine. Vanilla iOS is far superiorly integrated imo.

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Here come the lawyers! Intel slapped with three Meltdown bug lawsuits

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Re: Is Intel guilty of negligence?

Except we know that's not true. Both Arm and AMD are vunerable too albeit to a lesser extent. Which means there are at least genuinely novel and unforeseen aspects of these vunerabilities.

Unless Intel did nothing for 6 months I'm not sure they deserve ambulance chasing. I rather suspect the back channels between the chip designers have been running hot for the last 6 months.

These flaws are so severe that a reasonable case for secrecy can be made as long as those who needed to know (OS designers mostly) were kept informed.

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UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration

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Re: Missing the point

@DJO

With the greatest of respect you are using hyperbole to grossly inflate the perceived risk. This study suggests at best drone strike damage belongs in a similar category of risk to Bird and Lightning strikes, and in terms of likely frequency is a damn sight lower due to numbers if nothing else. Neither of the latter cost anything like millions to either the airline or the wider economy so there is no reason to suppose that a drone strike will.

If you succumb to the temptation to use hyperbole you are really being no better than the twonks at the DfT. Don’t be fooled into a “won’t somebody think of the children” mode just because this is drone not paedo’s. Homo Sapiens are absolutely terrible at judging relative levels of risk so generally default to an “everything new is going to kill us” mode that was a survival trait on the African Plains but is a near liability now. Worry about the food you eat and the roads you use and a dozen other things before drone strikes.

(source - 8 years working in the Airline business including Engineering and Maintenance - I’ve seen the results of strikes up close and personal and what happens when an aircraft is down checked.

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Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

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Dude that is so wrong I don't even know where to begin on setting you right. Possibly we could start on the difference between hardware and software and go from there?

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ICO slammed for 'unfair' approach to FoI appeal by UK judges

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Bollocks! Of course the vast majority can. The only reason not to is to protect intelligence assets or their dupes or accomplices on the ground. That is certainly not all "military operations".

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Re: Testing the security clearance of the ICO

Read the damn article - She had the right to read it - not her office or officers. It would have been trivial to exercise that right in a secure location. In fact you can argue to do her job properly and to maintain public trust in her office she should be exercising that right on a semi regular basis. Something the court of appeal seems to be suggesting.

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Re: It's a very small start.

@AC in your apparent eagerness to make a point you neglected to read the fact that the Judges believed efforts should have been made to disconnect the facts around political decision making from the secret intelligence that informed those decisions. "National Security Guv" is not enough of an excuse.

I look forward to the day they come for you, my only regret will be that I'll have long been carted off myself so I won't hear about it.

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Soz, guys. No 'alien megastructure' around Tabby's Star, only cosmic dustbunnies

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Given our current tech can only find earth size exoplanets that kinda puts a *big* lower bound on the size of your blind assuming early 21C Earth tech.

And 80 AU is approx double the average orbital radius of Pluto and only 5 man made objects have passed Pluto (2 Voyagers and Pioneers + New Horizons)

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Microsoft Surface Book 2: Electric Boogaloo. Bigger, badder, better

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Re: 1TB flash

Not sure where you got that price from. A bog standard SATA 1TB will cost you about 250 from Big River, an NVMe one (which I think is in surface) will cost at least £300.

Yes its robbery - just not quite the robbery you are describing.

There were some good black friday deals on surfaces took them from "worse than apple gouging" to "adequate gouging for the shiny" imo

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Space.. the fi, er, New Frontiers: NASA to hurl space robot at duck comet – or Saturn moon

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Couldnt they just get Elon to re-direct the trajectory of his Roadster?

http://www.thedrive.com/news/16634/elon-musk-is-launching-his-roadster-into-space-because-why-not

*engage Autopilot*

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Re: Europa

I think there are plans for that anyway....

....Here ya although it looks like the Orange One is doing his best to torpedo it (pun intended)

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/jpym5x/alien-hunting-sub-europa-artemis-stone-aerospace

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This week in 'Bungles in the AWS S3 Privacy Jungles', we present Alteryx – and 123 million households exposed

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FTFY

"We will maintain a similar level of enhanced security apply standard S3 security for any dataset that we offer to our customers going forward.

He means that they switched the default security permissions back on... "enhanced" me arse.

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TalkTalk banbans TeamTeamviewerviewer againagain

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That’s a really good point aren’t most TT packages phone as well?

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Another AI attack, this time against 'black box' machine learning

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Re: let's look at this a little sceptically

You have missed the point entirely. This has nothing to do with physically modifying an image. This is about digitally modifying an image 'on the fly' that is then sent for recognition. Doing physically (i.e. makeup) is essentially hit and miss, whereas a digital process is repeatable.

If it was just physical modification it would old news.

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let's look at this a little sceptically

So looking at this through a commentards cynical gaze all they have managed to do is make a classifier fail to classify something? /slowhandclap

I can do that without trying :)

If read the article correctly (all bullshit bingo no explanations) it works by submitting subtly iffy subjects for classification? Wasn't sure from the explanation if it's just one shot or it needs to be built up over time.

But let's look at workable real world scenarios.

1. Corrupt iPhoneX faceid - requires Physical access - you are screwed anyway.

2. Hijack any ML on a phone - requires at least dodgy App access - ie same as any other malware.

3. Hijack PC ML requires browser or app hijack.

So basically whilst the execution mechanism of the attack is novel the access mechanisms are the usual bog standard ones.

So this is just a novel injection style attack and the usual protections still apply.

Mark as interesting but ultimately low risk.

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Critical US mass spying program scrutiny lost amid partisan nonsense

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Re: The deadline was extended until April

RTFA

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Former ZX Spectrum reboot project man departs

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Re: Duke Nukem Forever

On that note - will the Vega+ run Crysis when it arrives?

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The first time around

That was my first thought too. Anyone who thinks this sorry shambles is anything more than completely par for the course for 80's computer vendors obviously didnt live it the first time around :)

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'DJI Mavic' drone seen menacing London City airliner after takeoff

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And correctly identify it as one of the models that has reasonably working geofencing?

Me thinks El Reg is being a little hard in DJI in this case.

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Re: Meh, the risk to planes from drone strikes is overblown. El Reg already told us so.

No. These are the people who know better than to conflate the risk of damage or loss to a commercial aircraft to the loss of a reusable space plane. No to mention the bad taste in doing so.

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Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

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let me guess

The reason they enforce it so agressively is the threat to their cushy little licensing revenue stream?

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