* Posts by James 51

2893 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

There are other, legal ways to nab Microsoft emails, privacy groups remind Supremes

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I wonder why the the US seems hell bent on this course of action. It is obviously about establishing the principle (same with bypassing encrption on apple phones). They can get what they want legally if they will just ask for it.

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IBM turns panto villain as The Reg tells readers: 'It's behind you!'

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Re: arrogant disks?

Probably from the good place.

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A380 saved as Emirates orders another 20 planes, plus 16 options

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With the extra infrastructure that the A380 needs it might take redevelopment of airports to make them popular.

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Nervy nuke-armed nation fires missile with 5,000km range

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Re: As long as...

In a country with as many people and India, religons that are a tiny minority can still have tens of millions of members.

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Re: Don't tell the Orange-utan

@ B(M)J 'I'm asking him to make a change'

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

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The cards are stacked against open source trying to break into the public sector. For one thing the opportunities for corruption both direct and indirect (and I do count revolving door jobs, consultancy and paid for travel, conferences and after dinner speeches in that) are few and far between. It also on shores a lot of risk and the managers would actually need to be good at their jobs and there is a certain element of go with what you know.

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YouTube turns off cash tap for automatic video nasties

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There will be a large number of niche vloggers who will be hit. I wonder if sites such as dailymotion are posed to benefit.

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

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Lord James O’Shaughnessy, parliamentary under secretary of state for health, denied this, and stressed that this data “has been shared for decades”, with the MoU formalising the process.

This doesn't make it right, it just means you've gotten away with it for far too long but now it has put the idea that it will drive people away from the NHS in their heads, they'll push harder for it than ever.

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France may protect citizens' liberté with ban on foreigners buying local big data firms

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Re: But, but, but

I can't remember if it was the Scotish or Welsh devolved instituations but one of them wanted to use a local contractors as much as possible. When it came to the flooring there was some sort of legal challenge so that they then changed what was being ordered to match what a local firm was already producing. You'll probably find that France's laws regarding buying stuff apply to firms external to the EU but you can always rig things in advance to favour the outcome you want. The UK isn't so bad at that either.

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When Chinese companies were dumping solar panels and steel at below cost prices (to minimise the impact of oversupply and a rapid industrial contraction in their own country), how are other countries suppose to respond? If companies with access to sensitive data or are major economic engines are bought, gutted and everything of value shipped being a protectionist firewall, how are other countries suppose to respond? China is probably the most guilty of this but there are examples from the US too.

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Up, up and a-weigh! Boeing flies cargo drone with 225kg payload

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Drones, pah. Where are my rail guns shooting shell/canisters filled with materials for 3D printers and protein paste at the supply drop?

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Boffins closer to solving what causes weird radio bursts from space

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Or list humans building a chain of suns in Strata, just for the hell of it.

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

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Re: Likely won't pass, but...

Big John, you do realise that the USA lost the war in that movie and gave in to all of the other country's demands?

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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: CompSci without coursework

Once during my degree a program I wrote and another student's were put up on the projector and the lecturer asked the class which we thought was 'better'. Mine was half the size, faster (programs were demoed on another projector) and used more advanced language features. Even the person who wrote the other program picked mine. The lecturer then said no, the longer, slower less complex code was better as it was simpler, saving a small amount of time imperceptible to people wasn't that big a deal and six months from now it would be easier to maintain. Not quite the same situation as this though. I understand teaching particular concepts but if you have something that works you should never be given a fail.

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Take notebooks: About those new Thinkpads...

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I have seen SD cards which have micro SD cards inside them so that could work but I imagine it would be both fiddly and slow in transfering data (at least when it's camera -> SD -> micro SD).

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

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Gimp

Wow, this is going from taking back control and stepping in to the relm of (see icon).

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GIMPS crack whip on plucky processor to find largest prime number

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but has since been put to practical use in cryptography

So, how long before the FBI asks to ban prime numbers?

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Security catch-up: Nigerian prince email ring cops collar ... Louisiana OAP?

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Stay away from the bridge, kids.

https://www.wired.com/2017/01/feds-damning-report-russian-election-hack-wont-convince-skeptics/

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UK security chief: How 'bout a tax for tech firms that are 'uncooperative' on terror content?

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Facebook and Google do have operations inside the UK even if they aren't were the money technically flows through.

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A tax won't work. It would have to be a direct charge or fine.

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Oh good, half of Defra's Brexit projects involve IT

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Re: RE: That was news to him.

Godwin's law doesn't apply when you're talking about actualy NAZIs.

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UK.gov needs help getting folk to splurge on full fibre and 5G

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Make the coverage/uptime/speed/latancy part of the license with massive fines that bypass any finanical structures if they fail to meet their commentment. Renationalise the equipment they can't come up with a plan to meet those comments (with no compenstation) and if they can't find a company willing, use the GPO model and invite MVNOs to do the selling to customers part.

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Peak smartphone? iPhone X flunks 'supercycle' hopes

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Re: Hmmmm...

There's a rather infamous headline from Fox Opinion to mark their hiring of Nigel Farage in that capacity.

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Re: The "Horned One"

They'd better be careful or GW will look at your headline through a haze of legalise and sue them for copyright infringement (is that some festive warpstone falling from the sky?).

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BlackBerry won't kill BB10 until 2020, pulls regular Priv updates

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I think the problem with the priv is the chipset manufactures aren't supporting the chipset anymore so there isn't much they can do. As long as I can keep getting new batteries my Q10 will serve a my podcast listener and email/web browser of choice. Just a pity I can't get the microphone relibly repaired at a resonable price or it would still be my main phone.

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Murdoch's Fox empire is set to become a literal Mickey Mouse outfit

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Disney is going to have quite a bit of content now in its walled garden when it refuses to put any of its content on any other streaming service. Might free up some space for new innovative shows.

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UK.gov delays biometrics strategy again – but cops will still use the tech

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Classic civil service tactics, kick it into the long grass and when people get fed up searching for it and turn around they find out it's too late and organisations are doing what ever they want and the law will be created/changed to suit them.

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New Capita system has left British Army recruits unable to register online

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Seriously? I could understand spending a lot of money to secure the system but core functionality like this is something a small team in my place could knock out in a few months (assuming that the MOD/Armed Forces don't change their mind more often or are less cooperative than our internal customers). How do these firms keep getting these cushy contracts?

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Yes, Britain has an urban-rural 4G schism. This is what it looks like

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@Gordon, my parent's house is on the side of a hill and the nearest tower is on the other side of the hill. When you're in the half of the house that has line of sight to the tower, the phone reception is acceptable. Move twenty or thiry cm and place the hill between you and the tower and you get nothing.

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Opportunity rover survives Martian winter for eighth time

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Same on everyone for missing the almost reference to the late grate Mr. Adams and mention it was on year eight of a ninety day mission:

https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/48886/why-is-the-trilogy-made-of-five-books

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Inside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 for PCs, mobes: Cortex-A75s, fat caches, vector math, security stuff, and more

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No, but the processing requirements for the OS and many programs seem to expand exponentially.

A bit of a segway but it does put Samsung getting full fat linux running on the S8 and Note8 into perspective. Maybe the S9 and Note9 with the 845 will boot into Android, Windows or Linux.

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It's a nice problem to have but there is always something more powerful or cheaper just around the corner. When are the Snapdragon 855 powered phones and laptops coming?

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Muzzle our public watchdog much? UK.gov Data Protection Bill adds affect the ICO

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Don't worry, the ECJ will save us...

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Nokia 8: As pure as the driven Android - it's a classy return

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Re: A thin slurping rounded rectangle

N900 would be a better template with the keyboard and stylus.

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Netflix mulls using AI to craft personalized movie trailers for viewers

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FAIL

So, how many times will we get a Terminator Genesis style spoiler in the trailer? Or a five minute trailer which is essentially a condensed version of the movie and there's nothing new in the movie?

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La La La, I can't hear you: FCC responds to net neut concerns

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Re: Doesn't it just beg the question though...

@MH How did you make the leap from net neutrality to Brexit? That's some twenty-one league ideological boots you've got on there.

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Investigatory Powers Act: You're not being paranoid. UK.gov really is watching you

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Re: No surprise

Given that membership of the ECJ is a prerequisite for membership of the EU this was another obvious Brexit lie told by the leave campaign. The ECHR will be next.

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Re: The cynic in me says it's academic ...

The problem with illegally obtained evidence being admitted is that it creates a perverse incentive. The police need to break the law to get the evidence to convict and make politicians, the public and the CPS happy. That ends up being much easier than doing everything by the book. How long are our rights suppose to persist in such an environment? Plus once you step over that line, why bother actually searching for evidence when you know they did it and you can find an encrypted data stick on them or some other swabs turned up some interesting substances. Or for that matter the confessions like those of the of the Birmingham Six. Yes, obtained illegally but also totally trustworthy. Honest gov'ner.

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Re: Yawn

I wrote Mr. unwarranted triumphallicism as a troll (Putain or otherwise) some time ago. Of course he could be a very dedicated performance artist who's every gently trolling us all.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro: The unfashionable estate car wants to go to town

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I like stuff like keyboards and stylus on my phones. You can't really say it's going up against the note 8 without something like that. The S8 plus would be a better comparasion.

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Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet' with China, India and pals – let's take a closer look

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Re: Kieren's credentials

They don't need to surrender, just stop viewing the world as a zero sum game and that by attacking and bringing others low they raise themselves up.

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Re: Kieren's credentials

I might have more sympathy for Putin if it wasn't for the wars of aggression he has launched against Georgia and Ukraine. If it wasn't for the cyber attacks against Estonia. The meddling in US elections to weaken democracy and trust in institutions. As it is, the world has plenty of reason to worry when they see Putin making a power grab in internation instutions because when he needs a distraction and make the Russian people cling to him no matter how low he has brough their standard of living, he attacks a target of oppertunity. As for the Chinese, I don't have enough time to list how they use and abuse the internet. That Chinese intelligence or law enforcement officals broke their own laws by kidnapping people from Hong Kong, tortured them, forced them to sign documents before releasing them shows how much they can be trusted.

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Re: ITU

Where CIS and China could threaten the freedom of not just their own people but everyone by buying or bullying other countries in the ITU. Yeah, that's an excellent idea </sarcasim>

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Ex-Autonomy exec agrees to be a witness for HP fraud case

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Re: mental

No, this is a bunch of HP execs trying to keep a hold of their positon and bonuses by trying to say someone else lied and cheated, they aren't in any way incompetent, oh no. This is the prisoner’s dilemma without knowing if anyone did anything wrong. If you can avoid the possibility of doing jail time and a massive fine by throwing someone else under the bus, what do you do? Person looking has whatever the circumstances are, has decided that someone else should be under that bus. I understand why plea deal are necessary but this person now has a massive incentive to lie to please their new masters.

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That 70s Show: Windows sprouts Sets and Timeline features

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Re: The ancestor of Timeline was surely...

Old man Van was required reading on my course.

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Crown Prosecution Service is coming for crooks' cryptocurrency

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Re: Legal may not be possible ...

The CPS would probably perfer putting people in jail over getting the money, no matter how teniously they are connected to anything.

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Money is not a 'good'. Which does raise the question if bitcoin is money, lots of legal fees to be charged over that one.

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Win 10 creators update offers new reality opportunity

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What's the AR/VR equvilent of W.I.M.P.? Tracking cameras that let people see their hands and keyboards and mice might help VR but I can't help but think virtual displays while interacting with reality will give AR an advanrage.

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Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1

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Wired VR headsets might benefit but you'd hope the wireless options would be available by then.

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