* Posts by ForthIsNotDead

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Meet the LPWAN clan: The Internet of Things' low power contenders

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Re: Interesting article

Yes. The three gateways that I'm running are all on TheThingsNetwork, so if your nodes are registered on the TheThingsNetwork, and my gateway(s) pick up your transmissions, the data from your nodes will be forwarded to you wherever you are in the world.

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Interesting article

We're making great progress with LoRa, both LoRaWAN and direct (end-to-end) LoRa communications, using in-house designed and built telemetry units that are very small and can run for years on 4 AA cells. We're using them in the water industry to bring remote un-manned sites into the SCADA system that otherwise would be too expensive to hook up (no mains power on site, maybe no mobile GSM coverage etc).

Just yesterday we were getting signals more than 10 miles, and also pushing signals through dense forests and woodlands.

It works very well.

Ultimately, the uptake of technologies such as LoRaWAN and Sigfox are going to be governed by the amount of data you're allowed to put into the air. We have concluded that LoRaWAN is not suitable for telemetry, because the restrictions on how much data you can transmit in 24 hours is (in our opinion) punitive, and not suitable for telemetry where, say for 23 hours of the day you are just sending routine event-based telemetry (pump on, pump off) but then the pump trips in hour 24 and you don't get notified because too many data events occurred during the day, and you are off the air because you have used your quota (LoRaWAN does not forward data into your network after the end-node has used up its allowance).

To me, this smacks of the shenanigens played out by the mobile operators - making you pay for your data. It actually isn't, it's a means of maintaining space on the airwaves for all devices to have a chance to transmit their data, but as I mentioned, the allowance is not enough for serious commercial applications at the moment. Consequently we are running LoRa systems, but coming into our own, custom developed gateway.

I hoping Weightless will gain more traction because it looks good, but at the moment, LoRa has the momentum (by a very long way) over all the others, though LoRaWAN will not be suitable (I believe) for most applications, unless you have VERY low amounts of data to send per day). I run three LoRaWAN gateways (on TheThingsNetwork), one in Durham and two in Aberdeen where data is forwarded from any device that wants to transmit on LoRaWAN. The gateways are based on Raspberry Pi's and work flawlessly.

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Imagine Python fan fiction written in C, read with a Lisp: Code lingo Nim gets cash injection

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Re: Why? - Is it me?

You sir, are a genius. Have a beer on me in lieu of my newly minted, and extremely lucrative career as a 'nim expert'.

beer --->

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Why?

Instead of learning yet another fucking language that compiles to C or Javascript (WTF?), why not, er, just learn *those* languages in the first place?

Is it me?

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Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

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Not playing it...

...even if it's free.

I have better things to do with my time, like teaching my children how to read, write and do math.

You know, having a life instead of wasting it staring into a phone.

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ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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Shitty packaging...

Wow - look at the shitty way it was packaged. Why didn't they just put it through a tumble dryer first?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9i2aBPKiRw

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Give it 10 years

A boxed Vega+ will be worth a fucking fortune. Like the Jupiter Ace. Ironic really.

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Re: What we need

Faster at what? The Z80 had some more sophisticated instructions, such as LDIR which the 6502 doesn't have. So, if the 6502 was faster, the Z80 was certainly more memory efficient - you could do more per instruction on a Z80 than a 6502. And only putting three registers on the 6502 was just dumbfuckery of the highest order. Shame on Peddle!

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Hurrah! Boffins finally discover liquid water sloshing around on Mars

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Re: Should they now update the project's name?

Have a beer! ------>

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HPE supercomputer is still crunching numbers in space after 340 days

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Re: "SSDs fail at an alarming rate in space"

My Crucial 128GB SSD failed after 6 years of constant, daily use. And even then, it failed in such a way that I could still transfer all my data off it. It just started running very slowly (very slowly) after about an hour of use. I think it was temperature related. So, I lost no data, and simply replaced it with another Crucial drive.

Money well spent.

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Spectre rises from the dead to bite Intel in the return stack buffer

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Re: STOP THE WORLD!!

Meanwhile, in other news, reports are coming in that the Motorola 68000 is unaffected.

I think I've got some in a drawer here somewhere...!

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Give Samsung a hand: Chaebol pulls back Arm to strike Intel's chips

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ARM business model

This is where ARM gets to reap the benefits of their business model. The pain of producing their designs at the latest 5nm size is somebody else's problem to a large extent. Intel, on the other hand, build their own fabs to produce their chips, so they need to get the RoI before they can upgrade. Intel, ultimately, are doomed I feel.

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IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

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Blacklist

As an independent contractor, there's only two companies that I will not work for under any circumstances:

* BP

* IBM

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Oracle's new Java SE subs: Code and support for $25/processor/month

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Prediction...

1) World + dog baulk at the sudden cost implications

2) Punitive licence audits by Oracle by staff

3) Gradual reduction in (Oracle) Java utilisation over next 5 years

4) Gradual uptake in OpenJVM utilisation over next 5 years

5) Larry throws in the towel, and says fuck it, dumps Java, sticks it on GitHub, and tells everyone to fuck off.

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Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...

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Re: Oh how the might have fallen...

That's very true. Jack Tramiel, as controversial as he was, definitely rescued the company and brought some of the innovation and potential back. However, even under the Tramiels, a lot of the mojo and pure fun-factor that made Atari what it fundamentally was gone.

After the Tramiels, Atari was nothing but a name. A husk. Nothing of the "true" Atari, originally under Bushnell, and latterly the Tramiels, remains. It's a corpse.

The name Atari has changed hands a bunch of times since then, it's nothing more than a brand now, a recognisable name to be used as a marketing vehicle, with no one even remotely associated with the Atari of old being involved, none of that Mojo. Just bullshit, hype, vapour, and lies. Consequently, I feel no guilt whatsoever in declaring: "Fuck "Atari" and the fake hype-machine that they rolled in on.".

The whole company can do one as far as I'm concerned. Even if they do release a working machine, I'm not interested.

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UK footie fans furious as Sky Broadband goes TITSUP: Total inability to stream unfair penalties

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Well, what do you expect...

"The timing is unfortunate, with streaming services such as iPlayer piloting 4K viewing of England's football shenanigans."

Well, what do you expect if world + dog is trying to watch a football at the same time in 4K. That's a fuck-ton of bandwidth.

Live TV over the internet is a really seriously fucking dumb idea. THAT'S WHAT TV MASTS ARE FOR. They can transmit to literally millions of people AT THE SAME TIME.

I know. Incredible isn't it?

Stop clogging the intertubes with football FFS. People are missing their Facebook and Twatter. Won't SOMEBODY think of them?

Where's the HUMANITY?

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Pwned with '4 lines of code': Researchers warn SCADA systems are still hopelessly insecure

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Re: Historically everything was "air-gapped"

There are ways to run critical infrastructure on Windows. It's actually very easy. You move the intelligence to the edges (using PLCs and RTUs) and have them run autonomously as much as possible. Furthermore, every SCADA I've worked on has a dual-server configuration where one server is "main" and the other is hot-standby. This gives very good reliability indeed. Our Windows servers are rebooted every month (when we run the security updates) and thus the duty server changes over every month, giving plenty of opportunity to address issues that may arise on one of the servers. It's simply a matter of managing your infrastructure, and the assets that make up that infrastructure in a responsible manner.

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Somewhat scaremongery...

I've watched a few of these security "presentations" and I find quite a few of them to be rather scaremongerish, and stretching plausibility to sometimes ridiculous levels. Fact is, if someone can get into the factory to install a fake PLC, then network security is the least of your problems.

Hell, If I can get into your factory, then I don't need ANY equipment at all to completely ruin your production cycle. All I have to do is open a panel (because nobody locks them), locate a switch, and change two RJ45 cables over in a multi-port switch or router. Good luck sorting that one out.

Failing that, turn some breakers off.

I'm getting rather tired of this "fucking hell, SCADA is soooooooo fucked" mantra, quite frankly. I work with SCADA day in, day out (water industry). All our systems are heavily secured, restricted access to physical locations, CCTV, audited entry systems, heavily secured networks with intrusion monitoring systems, the whole nine yards. If you wanted to attack us, our SCADA system would NOT be the way to do it. You'd drop a barrel of chlorine into a drain or sewer and walk away.

It's NOT 1991, and SCADA system operators now that very well, thank you very much.

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What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

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Re: Disagree....

I thought the same. I thought he just described Java when he described a "completely type-safe and resource-safe style of programming". That's what Java *is* and it became a thing precisely as an antidote to C++.

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Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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We had such a phone, free from Google: the Ubuntu phone. And everyone ignored it.

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Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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Re: Autopilot == Audi Driver

I was thinking the same about BMW drivers!

Signed

ForthIsNotDead

(Jag driver)

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Hey Tesla, I'm not beta-testing your software for you...

...with my kids in the back.

Fuck off.

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Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot

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It will survive.

Trust me.

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AI built to track you through walls because, er, Parkinsons?

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EXACTLY!

Parkinson's my big fat hairy arse.

It's got military and CIA covert budget written all over it.

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Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix

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Re: Duty of care

The article says may owe a duty of care. In other words, it would have to be tested in court.

The other complication is, you accept a licence agreement when you install the software, which will say something along the lines of "Microsoft accepts no responsibility for... By using this software You agree to indemnify Microsoft against all claims..." etc. etc... In other words, you're entering in a contract.

After that point, you're down to convincing a judge why it is that the issue at hand is sufficient to consider the terms of the contract to have been broken, and why one should be compensated.

It's shit, but that's how they (all - not just MS) get around it, I guess.

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Open Source Security hit with bill for defamation claim

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Re: Open Source Security Inc. Doesn't Make Open Source

From the GR Security web site (emphasis added by me):

The rights and obligations under the GPLv2 are listed at http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/gpl-2.0.en.html. You may use, copy, modify, and distribute any Linux kernel modified by combination with grsecurity patches under the terms of GPLv2.

What's the issue? I note that they changed the page on 7 June. Maybe they've acquiesced?

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Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

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Re: If it was only security patches

My April update went perfectly. Not one single issue.

Not a thing.

That's Linux for you.

(runs for door)

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Bad news, mobile operators: Unlicensed IoT tech rocketing ahead of NB-IoT and LTE-M – report

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Hmmm...

Call me a sceptic, but I'd like to know who funded that report. I deal with both SigFox and LoRaWAN daily, and design IoT devices for the water industry that use both technologies. I can tell you that in terms of the "buzz" surrounding both technologies, with SigFox it's crickets, and with LoRaWAN it's deafening.

LoRaWAN is exploding world-wide, thanks in part to the "maker movement" and the DIY community installing their own LoRaWAN gateways. I run two LoRaWAN gateways in Aberdeen and one in Durham and they work reliably, and what's more, I have no data charges whatsoever.

The commercial guys could only dream of the take-up rate that LoRaWAN has.

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Hear that? Of course it's Indiegogo's deadline for a Vega+ whooshing by

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FAIL

F****d.

Completely f****d.

It's popcorn time, folks. Seriously.

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Uber 'does not exist any more' says Turkish president

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I'd like to Uber operate in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan has the best taxi system in the world. You stick your hand out, and someone will stop. Anyone. They might be taking their kids to school, or just nipping out to the shops. They'll ask you where you want to go, and they'll give you a price, and if you agree you hop in.

Sounds terrifying doesn't it? But it works. When I found out about it I asked "How do you know the driver isn't a rapist/murderer/whatever?" and the reply was "How does the driver know you're not a rapist/murderer/whatever?". I like that kind of logic.

I took literally hundreds of "taxi" rides on the streets of Tashkent, Bhukara and elsewhere and never once had a problem. Language is a bit of an issue. My Russian isn't very good but I got by, and had fun.

I'd like to see Uber compete with that!

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Internet engineers tear into United Nations' plan to move us all to IPv6

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Oh dear.

"In effect, it would downgrade IPv6 into IPv4+, with the plus simply being more addresses."

Good. I'm not an expert in any way on IPv6, but I know when something has been designed by a committee and IPv6 was. A spec comes in for a greyhound, and out comes a camel. IPv6 is a camel.

If they'd left it to engineers to sort out then we would have simply tacked on a most significant byte to the IP and subnet octets and be fucking done with it.

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Dixons to shutter 92 UK Carphone Warehouse shops after profit warning

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No case/need for a bricks-and-mortar phone shop anymore.

Just don't need it.

If I don't have to get off my toilet to order a flat-screen telly, a laptop, or pizza, I don't see why I shouldn't do the same for a phone.

My last phone purchase was a Motorola Moto G 5S which I bought from John Lewis for £250 contract free. It has an 8 core processor. Absolutely fucking brilliant. Delivered to my door. Popped in my SIM and turned it on.

Prior to that, my previous phone purchase was a SECOND HAND Samsung. The wife was horrified. She's such a snob!

Anyway, the "shops" one needs to visit these days are supermarkets (and even they deliver now) and chip and kebab shops. And even THEY deliver now.

Might as well stay on the toilet.

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US judge won't budge over Facebook's last-minute bid to 'derail' facial biometrics trial

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Big Brother

The real reason Facebook don't want to go to court is:

It's the largest spying network on the planet, with back-door access provided to NSA, FBI, CIA, and their British equivalents (at least).

They have totally un-fettered access to the largest global surveillance network there has ever been. If there is even the slightest chance that FB will no longer be able to store biometric data without explicit consent, then FB will be directed by the dark shadowy smoking-man types to stay the fuck out of court.

That's where this whole thing comes from.

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The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

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I know the exact area you are talking about. When looking at it on a map, it's very sparsely populated, hence one could imagine that it's not really going to be an important for DAB coverage. On the other hand, it's the main route between England and Scotland FFS! Sort it out!

On the plus side: I drive from Aberdeen to Durham and back every week along the A1, and DAB Radio6 works flawlessly all the way. Perfect.

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Microsoft, Google: We've found a fourth data-leaking Meltdown-Spectre CPU hole

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Facepalm

Sing like it's 1985...

I want my... I want my... I want my Motorola 68000.

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Virtue singing – Spotify to pull hateful songs and artists

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Dire Straits Banned

The service has defined hateful as “content that expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.”

"See the little faggot with the earring and the makeup?

Yeah buddy, that's his own hair!

That little faggot got his own jet airplane.

That little faggot he's a millionaire."

Of course, the fact that Knopfler was being ironic will be lost to the baying mobs, just as it was lost to the baying mobs in Canada.

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Hacking train Wi-Fi may expose passenger data and control systems

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Re: Security researcher clickbait

@Starace

Thank you - that saved me quite a bit of typing. Have a beer!

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NASA will send tiny helicopter to Mars

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Alien

I do have to wonder...

...why all this interest in Mars? What about our moon? Why is NASA not working on colonising our moon? We're spending a lot of money, man-power, and human intelligence on sending vehicles to Mars, when we have the moon on our doorstep, cosmologically speaking.

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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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Note to self:

Never work for IBM.

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You have GNU sense of humor! Glibc abortion 'joke' diff tiff leaves Richard Stallman miffed

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Fail

I'm not a fan of Stallman the man, but his contribution to free software speaks for itself.

That said, perhaps the virtue-signalling bell-end that is advocating removal of this comment from the source would find his time much more productively spent if he focused his efforts on the Mexico City government's effort to ban the actual *discussion* of abortion.

Prick.

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More Brits have access to 1Gbps speeds than those failing to muster 10Mbps – Ofcom report

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WAIT

The Beatles split up?

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RIP: Sinclair ZX Spectrum designer Rick Dickinson reaches STOP

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A legacy for all time...

Only relatively few of us get to really make an impact in society in some way. Famous scientists, engineers (Brunel, etc.), politicians (spit), and rock stars. Most of us will shuffle off of this mortal coil having had a full life, being loved and missed by our family, and... well that's about it. And nothing wrong with that.

Then there are people like Rick Dickinson, who, through their talents, tenacity, and hard work, actually produce something that not only benefits an entire generation, but serves to live on long after the man himself has passed.

And so it is with Rick Dickinson. I'm sure his family and friends will miss him very much, but I hope they can take some comfort from the fact that the work he produced, while not being the cure for Malaria, really did benefit a generation of people, and his memory will not only live on in the hearts and minds of his loved ones, but also the hearts and minds of those that benefitted from his work in those heady heady days of the home computer revolution.

Rest now, Rick. You've done your bit. Bravo.

Bravo.

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Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes

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FAIL

So TSB's answer is to throw more people at at it.

Outsiders, that had nothing to do with building the system, no less. Clearly, nobody in TSB manglement has read The Mythical Man Month. Ironic, since it was written by a former (and highly respected) IBMer.

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Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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WTF?

How?

How are they going to switch off access to god knows how many millions of sat navs and mobile devices in the British Isles? Physically, how are they going to do that?

GPS devices don't authenticate in anyway with the satellites. They're listen only. Are they going to send a man into space and have him physically move the dish to put the UK "in the shade". Are they going to change the orientation of the satellite to do the same thing? If they do, what effect will that have to GPS accuracy on the ground throughout Europe? It certainly will have *some* affect.

The whole thing sounds like a lot of bollocks to me. I mean, what are they going to do? Change the bloody password on the satellites?

GTF outta here!

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Academics: Shutting down Facebook API damages research, oversight, competition

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Burn it.

Burn it with fire.

Fuck Facebook, and the academics too. Get off your lazy fat arses and do some proper research, like, oh, I dunno, curing cancer.

Social media shouldn't even be a thing, much less "studied" by a bunch of pink-haired social-studies communist hippies.

Fuck the fucking lot of them.

Can you tell I had a shit drive to work this morning?

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Russians poised to fire intercontinental ballistic missile... into space with Sentinel-3 sat on board

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Joke

So if it goes boom...

...can we blame it on the Russians? ;-)

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Facebook can't admit the truth, says data-slurp boffin Kogan

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@AC

"Let's be realistic. They might have had a marginal effect, but Trump got elected because there is a large sector of US society that is pretty stupid."

Changed to:

Let's be realistic. They might have had a marginal effect, but Trump got elected because there is a large sector of US society that is pretty pissed off with establishment politicians.

You're welcome.

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The tech you're reading these words on – you have two Dundee uni boffins to thank for that

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Thank you dear author...

...for this most excellent article.

And very best wishes to LeCombers widow and family. At long last his talent and skill has been recognised. Have pride in his memory.

God bless.

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Brit bank TSB TITSUP* after long-planned transfer of customer records from Lloyds

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Wow

What a cluster fuck.

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Even Microsoft's lost interest in Windows Phone: Skype and Yammer apps killed

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You're wrong about the Sinclair BASIC thing...

...FAR more people have used Sinclair BASIC than have ever used a M$ mobile 'phone ;-)

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