* Posts by Ken 16

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Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

Ken 16 Silver badge

Re: Does anyone still use them?

+ an up to date map because the world they represent changes over time

+ a calibrated compass because the magnetic north pole has been going walkabout

+ an accurate watch (I prefer a manual wind with no date and a sweep hand)

And yes, I can get almost where I want to be without those or a GPS but sometimes almost isn't good enough.

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Devil

It's OK, the bank branches will remember their location

Ken 16 Silver badge

Re: Does anyone still use them?

Pilots

I am just a mapper: Solar drones take to the skies above Blighty

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Re: Just because you're paranoid...

or an ill tempered sea bass?

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Re: What can you fit in 25kg...

A sysadmins lunch?

Ken 16 Silver badge

I expect these to give the border with Ireland a wide berth

or are these the Technological Solution, possibly even the UK Galileo replacement?

Let's see how they cope with constant cloud.

From Red Planet to deep into the red: Suicidal extrovert magnet Mars One finally implodes

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Re: "Sounds a bit like the Brexit campaign"

from the time the UK pressed the big red button marked "Danger - Do Not Press"

Ken 16 Silver badge
Mushroom

47 is the number of your days

No more. No less. 47 shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be 47.

Q. What's a good thing to put outside a building of spies? A: A banner saying 'here we are!'

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Pint

Re: Maybe it's just the photo...

That would be a good way to recruit cybersecurity people but I think this time it's just you subconsciously rolling over to pub-o-clock.

HMRC: We 'rigorously tested' IR35 tax-check tool... but have almost nothing to show for it

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Trollface

Duties and Tariffs calculator?

I'm sure they've documented the full test criteria and results for the new post-Brexit Duites and Tariffs calculator, covering goods and services from March?

Treaty of Roam: No-deal Brexit mobile bill shock

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Facepalm

Re: So predictable !

There's no European army

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Facepalm

Re: So predictable !

I'm sure you're right, there would be no way that the UK would stop a van coming from Ireland into Northern Ireland to see who or what is in the back. They don't need to know whether it's 8 Romanian plumbers and 40 bags of untaxed cement or some local lads with some duty free fertiliser. Even if there is martial law in the rest of the UK, there is no reason whatsoever to put soldiers on the Northern Ireland border.

WeWork restructuring bites El Reg hacks where it hurts as afternoon brew delayed

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Re: OCD Office - Always Clean!

Which side of your desk does it stay on?

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Unhappy

Vegetarian?

I expect the quality of journalism to decline if they're not fed red meat on a regular basis.

European Commission orders mass recall of creepy, leaky child-tracking smartwatch

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Childcatcher

Re: The world doesn't need a whole generation of kids that were raised without parental involvement.

get back in your box, Rees-Mogg!

Ken 16 Silver badge

Re: Tip of the Iceberg

How are you going to exercise your Sovereignty?

Is that similar to droit du seignour?

Ken 16 Silver badge

Re: Tip of the Iceberg

you'll get that back with Brexit, at least.

Ken 16 Silver badge

Re: Tip of the Iceberg

if you applied that logic to all parts of the problem that MPs don't understand they'd be ignoring all facts.

Oh, wait!

Iceland starts planning for new undersea internet cable to Europe

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Re: Mainland Europe

If you live north of it, you're a wildling

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Re: Mainland Europe

of course Ireland is mainland Europe, Britain is the isolated island of its coast

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

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Re: Incompetence where incompetence is due

unfortunately all the governments been telling them is a combination of "Don't Panic!" and "They don't like it up 'em".

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Re: Wrong way round

You're assuming that EU data could reside on UK cloud services and that cloud services sold in the UK won't be priced in hard currency.

Want a bit of privacy? Got a USB stick? Welcome to TAILS 3.12

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Re: An ARM version might be more useful...

CopperheadOS?

How big is the UK space industry? It hauled in £14.8bn for 2016/2017 – report

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Mushroom

Re: Baby steps

sorry, Mrs May advocated a hostile environment towards aliens.

Ken 16 Silver badge
Trollface

Space Brexit?

I'm not sure about that...

Say what?! An AI system can decode brain signals into speech

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Trollface

It's alright, there was a clear opt out link showing as a pop up over the surgery consent form and all the patients closed it to agree they wanted both the necessary surgery and the tracking implants.

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

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Boffin

Re: Mail Drops

There's an online service, I'd name them but don't want to advertise on their behalf but it's very clever. They provide a postbox, scan what comes in, you pay to read the scans and for an additional fee can have the original forwarded to you. You never have to go near the countries in question, though you do need to validate your identity.

Sad relics of UK launch capability returned to Blighty while NASA fiddles with Boeing crew

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Paris Hilton

Re: Galileo

Without intruding on Irish airspace or the Shannon control area?

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain

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Childcatcher

Re: This is factually incorrect

Holy water used to work on iPhones too, not sure it will kill them these days

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD

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Re: To be fair...

Titanic.ss?

Ken 16 Silver badge

as the article itself says

they may not be greatly concerned about European sensibilities and besides it's very hard to avoid hitting on an acronym with multiple meanings.

I like the idea of three letter domain names to avoid problems, lots of possibilities like;

Oracle.ibm?

Brexit.wtf?

Ireland.dup?

UK-EU infosec data sharing may not be KO'd by Brexit, reckons ENISA bod

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Holmes

Re: Remember the vote!

In fairness, referenda work differently in other countries, sometimes there's analysis up front and often the specifics of the legislation to be enacted and the outcome of a vote either way is spelled out on the ballot paper. There may even be a Referenda Commision to ensure there's no false claims made by either side or undue media influence by a government broadcaster or political canvassers. As for elections, most countries wind up with a coalition that's built on compromise positions.

UK.gov told: If you want public to trust surveillance cam strategy, throw money and manpower at it

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Big Brother

I read to the end, expecting a punch line

But apparently this isn't posted ironically.

I find it hard to believe this comes from someone working for the public and not someone in (or applying for) a surveillance sales job.

I'll put in the obligatory Brexit reference since at least some of this would violate privacy regulation within the EU.

Senior UK.gov ministers asked: So, are we going to ban Huawei or what?

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Devil

"responsible for the economic policy in the UK"

If you are, please put your hand up since no one else seems willing to admit to that one.

'Nun' drops goat head on pavement outside Cheltenham 'Spoons

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Re: DEFINITELY not 90 years old

or a leave campaigner?

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Re: Martin the muppet

Room 101 was already trademarked by the Beeb?

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Trollface

Re: Maybe

Are you suggesting he's entering Cameron territory?

Struggling with GDPR compliance? Don't waste money on legal advice: Buy a shredder

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Trollface

I believe Welsh is GDPR compliant

Information can be accessed but not easily

Clone your own Prince Phil, says eBay seller hawking debris left over from royal car crash

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Trollface

Re: The papers said he has a license

are they members of the royal family too?

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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Windows

Re: Pussy Galore ?

at my age I'll settle for Whisky Galore

Ken 16 Silver badge
Trollface

Re: is it appropriate to have a department of attack?

And DEFRA used to be the Ministry of Food but you don't want to raise false expectations these days

Ever feel like all your prayers go unheard? The Catholic Church has an app for that

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Trollface

Let's automate this!

Re-use the API on system monitoring so it can go straight to prayer following an outage, cut out the middlemen.

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

Ken 16 Silver badge
Pint

Re: Mystery Ancestor

There were a lot of sloppy efforts in the best baby competition this year. A lot of very hairy babies.

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

Ken 16 Silver badge

close - "any human willing to work for that wake is likely to steal from the hotel or guests to supplement their income"

IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...

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Headmaster

Re: Don't forget

How many are there now? AWS, Facebook, Google, Apple, IBM...

Smartphones gateway drug to the Antichrist, says leader of Russian Orthodox Church

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Thumb Up

Re: Dial 5 for sadomasochism...

I recommend you stick to old style clamshells for that purpose, smartphones are prone to butt dialling.

Have a thumb up!

Before dipping a toe in the new ThinkPad high-end, make sure your desk is compatible

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Re: Bah

I could do without the Thinklight if the keyboard is backlit, I'd probably want a hinged foot at the back to tilt the keyboard to a working angle though.

Drone goal! Quadcopter menace alert freezes flights from London Heathrow Airport

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Alien

Where are the UFO's?

Everything is a drone sighting these days, why can't old fashioned alien saucers cause an alert anymore?

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

Ken 16 Silver badge

Re: More than adequate

I'm running an old(ish) Acer C720 chromebook with Linux Mint. I did upgrade to 4GB memory but otherwise it still meets my needs. WPS Office is the biggest installed application set.

Ministry of Justice abandons key plank of £280m IT project

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Trollface

Criminals?

Impossible, you have to be convicted to be a criminal and they don't even have a court case scheduled.

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