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Brits' DNA data sent to military base after 'foreign' hack attacks – report

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@Mycho

Have the military finished migrating their internet-facing machines away from Windows XP yet?

I suspect that they have to get to XP first.

Some new kit will have gone directly to Raspberry Pi!

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What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

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Re: The American "justice" system...

Here at least you don't have to testify against your self.(sic)

That is pretty much the norm in what we like to call the democratic world. The first thing I heard a police officer say to someone he had handcuffed started something like "You do not have to say anything..."

It has certainly been the rule in the UK since the 17th century - before the USA existed.

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Re: Border wall

The Canadian wall would only have to be a couple of feet high.

Make a metre and label it so. This will keep the rednecks away as they don't know what that means!

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GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

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Security is not the only binary condition

Something is either secure or it is not. Someone is either pregnant or they are not. You are either keeping to the speed limit or you are not. The weather may not be binary - it is only raining a little or that is a "strong" wind.

Is "alive" binary? I think that one is for philosophers and the like. I think people used to think so but now, we hear of people being dead and then brought back so maybe this is what our spooks are thinking of.

"You were secure, then we did stuff. We finished and now you are secure again."

My systems are secure when nobody that I do not chose to can get into them. a banks system that I use is secure when nobody but me and the bank can get into my records,. If I feel the need to communicate privately, it is not secure or private if my conversation is monitored. If the method of monitoring involves back doors or virtual crocodile clips, the system will not only be secure but, in the future this information will be available to everyone from 419 scammers to the US health industry.

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Canuck couple returns home after night on tiles to gaggle of randomers hanging out in their flat

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Re: It always pays to carry a Micro-Uzi in a shoulder holster

It was Canada, a civilised country, so micro uzi not allowed I am afraid..

FTFY

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Abolish the Telly Tax? Fat chance, say MPs at non-binding debate

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I want the BBC to be independent again.

Tony Bliar brought the BBC "under control" after they helped expose his lies in 2003. Since then they have been blatantly more positive about whoever was in government.

(A good demonstration of this was how they have treated Brexit. They have treated the government and its friends as if they are the only ones with a rational argument.)

We need to have this fixed. The BBC used to be famous for its accuracy and independence. While they are still miles ahead of Sky and what we hear of the US media, they are still far less than they were.

Keep the licence fees, with appropriate exceptions and get it out of the hands of whoever misled the public most effectively last election. Entertainment is not their only function. They are supposed to educate and inform as well. It tends to only inform us of what the government wants us to know,

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Angry Googlers demand bosses pull the wings off 'Dragonfly' censored Chinese search engine

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Re: Don’t be evil

How about "Don't be caught being more evil than your shareholders want".

Probably a bit long.

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Domain name 'admin' role eyed up as latest victim of Whois system's GDPRmeggdon

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" entrenched interests – in particular US intellectual property lawyers"

If they don't like it, that is a huge indicator that this is a good idea.

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Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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I still don't see...

It is not immediately obvious how they are supposed to save me money

Having moved recently, I already have nice new fridge, cooker, dishwasher, TV etc. The place was reinsulated and, being health and over 50, I am not an overenthusiastic user of central heating.

How does having a little wifi gizmo and the ability to put the app on any phone or tablet make me use less electricity? I have had the occasional letter telling me what % of my bill is made by different things. This is interesting but does not affect the fact that unless I turn them off, that is how much power they use.

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Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid

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Re: Interesting...

Wait...what...? Black milk??

From black cows of course...

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Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording

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Re: He has all kinds of tells

SCROTUS - an excellent acronym!

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Could it be...

Perhaps Agent Orange gets his underlings to compose some of his tweets. Alternatively, does he plagarise a few from someone else?

Being from more trustworthy sources, they are more likely to be accurate while having some different linguistic features.

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Behold, the world's most popular programming language – and it is...wait, er, YAML?!?

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What about...

Batch Files? Loops, labels and structured data. Perhaps a scripting language but I once came across a shareware compiler for it (Turbobat).

Works on all versions of Windows with the added advantage of being completely TechnoSnob proof!

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Douglas Adams was right, ish... Super-Earth world clocked orbiting 'nearby' Barnard's Star

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What's the Gravity on it?

I imagine I used to know how to work out surface gravity based on mass. Unfortunately, I finished my A levels 40 years ago and have become ignorant!

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Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server Oct 2018 update at world (minus file-nuking 'feature') after actually doing some testing

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Re: hobson's choice

Are you seriously trying to say that Apple neither sells your data or even spies on you?

Paying the gullibility tax does not have that effect.

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Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone

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Did you accept the USB?

Perhaps it was a test, a bit like the fake phishing emails.

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GDPR USA? 'A year ago, hell no ... More people are open to it now' – House Rep says EU-like law may be mulled

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Re: Inquiring minds

I suppose that this is what has got our spooks in trouble.

US law seems to be that (some types of) torture is legal. Other countries have laws that say that torture is illegal. This seem to have got UK intelligence in trouble for allowing torture by the USA,

Yes, they are in a real bind but not as big as the poor sods being tortured!

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Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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ME is not an Operating System...

it's a medical condition!

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Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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@Andi McDonald

If you want to upset people who deserve it, Edward Jenner...

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How about?

Edward Jenner?

In the sad event someone hasn't heard of him Read this

He has probably saved more people from nasty illnesses and early death than any other scientists in history, if not all of them!

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Clunk, bang, rattle: Is that a ghost inside your machine?

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Re: Given the toxicity of the toner powder, Mike called an ambulance forthwith.

That link confirms what I was taught a long time ago. I tell people its carcinogenic.

What did the paramedics do? I would suspect getting him outside and hoovering him down before stripoff and decontam shower.

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If you have inner peace, it's probably 'cos your broadband works: Zen Internet least whinged-about Brit ISP – survey

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I miss the squashed frog modem!

Now, VM supply a superhub, I either use their shanky kit or have two of them with their one just being some some sort of "pass through".

I remember laughing at the name they called it, until I actually got the flat green conversation piece. That was something I never had a problem with.

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Chuck this on expenses: £2k iPad paints Apple as the premium fondleslab specialist – as planned

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What Part of that?

What part of that is the Gullibility Tax?

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Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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Examine them

How many?

Are they all the same type?

What make?

Standard KB or with extras? (EG mine has a smartcard reader)

Anything other than food under the keys? Such as brick dust, fibres, plant bits and so on.

The crud in there says a lot about the user...

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The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time

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Re: Nice

I used to have a drawer full of t-connectors and terminators (not the Arnie kind!). They were very useful for giving my mind something to do while waiting - for things to happen, boring phone calls, etc. Probably a good activity if I develop arthritis in my hands.

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Uncool: Google won't be setting up shop in disused Berlin electrical substation

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@Dan 55

New businesses in Berlin are unable to rent premises or have ideas without Google?

That's right. New businesses don't have the money Google would have passed to them to helped pay for stuff. Uncreated new businesses will remain uncreated because the centre that would have helped them with their ideas is somewhere else and helping someone else with their ideas instead.

At least they got to keep their old derelict substation...

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F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Re: The evolution of euphemism

The pointlessness of this is shown by people from the less developed side of the pond saying "ass" when they actually mean "arse".

The story I heard was that a US teacher wanted to teach their pupils not to swear and required this usage. Now, people from over there find the actual animals rude...

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Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on

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Win.ini

I remember something we could edit to make all the colours of everything black. On occasion something would appear because it had its settings in a different ini file. That made the victims even more worried.

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Anonymous Amazonian demands withdrawal of face-recog kit from sale

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Re: If you don't like it then resign

So basically, if you dont like helping bad things to happen, you can go and starve?

Anyone who can remember Sunday (Saturday or Friday) school will not remember being told to run away when people are doing wrong. I think it went something like "Don't join in and stop it happening."

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Russiam music?

For years I have felt that Russia produces excellent music, Red Army Choir, their folk music and so on

It is nice to see that this tradition us still being upheld!

Rather than ringtones though, I think this is, IT dept, hold music fodder!

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Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Re: Microsoft points to a golden future where...

Oink Oink Oink...Whoosh!

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Re: Windows Insider: Hustle as a Service

'Hustle as a Service'.

Am I correct in thinking that one US meaning of "hustler" could be what one might politely refer to as a working girl? If this is how MS see themselves, this could explain a lot...

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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Norwegian Style

My late brother in law used to tell of how the "chef" on a Norwegian ship he worked on used to deep fry them!

Makes the southern English habit of boiling them for a week sound healthy...

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On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

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His support of a despised minority

Steve Jobs came across a universally despised group, adopted them into his plans and gave them generous regular income.

They are called?

Lawyers

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Re: Rude

@iRadiate

That is a brilliant word you have invented - hipocracy. A government of horses!

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Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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Re: No one asked the question yet

The USA, like Russia, feels that it's laws cover the whole planet. The fun bit is when the domains overlap!

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Re: Appropriate Limitations?

The police in the US kill people who don't pose a threat and claim "I felt my life was being threatened" and all too often juries accept that

That will only work if they can prove that they knew that the drone pilot was black.

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Wi-Fi Alliance ditches 802.11 spec codes for consumer-friendly naming scheme

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Re: Stupid

Anyone interested in a copy of Windows 98?

Is that like Windows ME? Or is ME a medical condition?

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Using Microsoft's Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations? Using Skype? Not for long!

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Re: "face the wrath of bean-counters"

It is high effing time beancounters faced the wrath of sysadmins.

That would, over a few years, be the total end of Microsoft as a business. MS is only the force it is today because they took lots of IT illiterate executives out for treats, "special seminars", golfing weekends etc. I was too far down the tree to influence much of the IT response but I saw people further up very much against it being told that this was what we were doing, because it was "better". They are there because beancounters put them there.

It would not instantly be the end of MS but it will be certain to end up out of its dominant position and Bill Gates will need to sell his stock it he wants to stay in the worlds richest group...

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Google taking action against disguised code in Chrome Web Store

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Re: It's not Google's job to police malicious code. They are not our masters.

People who police things are not my masters.

In my country, the police are part of a group called "public servants". They police all sorts of malicious stuff - burglars, murderers, thieves and so on. This does not make them my masters.

Do you consider the police around you to be your masters or even wannabe masters? If they are your masters, you live in a police state.

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Manchester nuisance-call biz fined £150k after ignoring opt-out list

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Re: overnment is planning to make directors personally liable

...after that they'll have to find some other excuse for their incompetence...

I suspect that, unless we have a different group in charge, they will fix upon some particular ethnic group. Any different party will blame the conservatives. They will have to think of something else.

Perhaps they will blame middle eastern people, perhaps the Welsh. It is unlikely that they will blame themselves. That is not how sociopaths and narcissists function...

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UK.gov looks to data to free people from contract lock-in doom

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Re: We have the technology and the standards

By "accident" of course!

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Trump's axing of cyber czar role has left gaping holes in US defence

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"deliberately, and carelessly"

deliberately, and carelessly, taken his eye off the ball

Well, deliberately anyway. Farts actions are not necessarily careless. They should be if there is any intention of benefitting his country. His actions are very calculated - perhaps not by him though...

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While the UN laughed at Trump, hackers chortled at the UN's lousy web application security

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Additional recording needed

Has anyone got a link to the audience? It would be good to see how much was in amusement they were laughing and how much was caused by panic, fear, sympathy to US citizens and smirks from the Russians...

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Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains

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@FreddyF

We may be remaining physically located in Europe but lots of Quitlings would rather be part of the USA.

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You dont need to be American to have a .com domain

A .com address is not really a US domain. They have their own country code .US

Just because few of them are proud enough of their country to use it doesn't mean they haven't got one.

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Re: Couldn't have said it better myself

"It's exactly this sort of nonsense that drove many in the UK to vote for Brexit in the first place."

Well, that and ignorance and racism.

Gullibility played its part as well.

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Re: Well that's the end of the .eu domain

just to get at the Brits as punishment for Brexit.

Well our politicians are telling them that a majority of people in the UK want nothing more to do with them. That could, reasonably, be taken as a considered insult and they are responding.

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Y'know what? VoIP can also be free from pesky regulation – US judges

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Re: then it becomes their only method of communication not by choice

...cell phones...

In this part of the developed world, they haven't generally been called that for a long time!

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make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

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Re: Rocks are the same...

what are the relative levels of natural radioactivity?

Its well known that granite gives a higher background count. As Edinburgh Castle is on a volcanic plug, I think the surrounding area will have come out of it.

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