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The algorithms! They're manipulating all of us! reckon human rights bods Council of Europe

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Boffin

Re: Ha

Politicians can be outvoted. The EU is either full of them or by civil servants who can be fired if they do not do the jobs that politicians give them. Despite the best effort of xenophobes and other idiots to say differently, this is no different from how the UK is supposed to work.

When business lays down the rules and looks after things, the only people that can put them out of work are people who are unhappy that they have not made enough profit.

Politicians are supposed to work for us. Corporations are supposed to make money off us. This should make for different priorities...

OK, Google? Probably not! EU settles on wording for copyright reform legislation

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Pirate

Not Copyright Reform.

The correct way to put it is Copyright "Reform".

This is like the Trade Union Reforms put out by the late Mrs T. They were not always made to reform trade unions or benefit their members. They were to make the unions more useful, or less harmful, to her backers. It has left us with trade unions that need re-reforming.

Yes, UK, EU and the rest of the western world need copyright reformed. It has morphed into a Corporate Profit Enhancement system and needs turned back into something that helps the livelihoods of artists, authors and other content creators. While they are at it, our imaginary experts, could reform that patent system which has had pretty much the same done to it!

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Big Brother

"Possibly useful to terrorism"

That describes my whole life...

As a teenager, I was in the Air Cadets. I learned a little about flying aircraft, but not landing them...

As a student, I had a couple of happy years in the OTC. I learned how to blow things up and more about firearms than I had in the ATC.

To the uninformed, my work in in IT surely proves that I could get information for terrorists.

Even now, I have many years as a work place first aider. This is very handy if one of my fellow terrorists gets shot!

So although I have never even been arrested for anything, I have been thoroughly educated in many things that could help terrorists, just not conservative ones.

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Childcatcher

Re: Easy get-out?

(I'm wondering if the anti-FGM laws are inadvertently protecting boys as well.)

No, because this would restrict Muslim and Jewish people and anyone from the USA.

LibreOffice 6.2 is here: Running up a Tab at the NotebookBar? You can turn it all off if you want

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Happy

I remember when...

When OO made its move from Star Office to Open Source, there was a nice, comment filled load of beta testing.

I remember someone from the US being very unhappy that it was not following their "standards" in date formats, measurements etc. Apparently, it let them change to their preferences but it didn't default to assuming Letter was a standard paper size far superior to A4 because it used units of measurement Henry VIII would have been familiar with...

The only bit they looked like they were getting wrong was they were not interested in spelling "metre" correctly. Have they fixed that?

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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Re: LOL

That is precisely how they got into a position of desktop dominance. The people who trained a lot of the readers here would not touch MS products so MS went over the heads of those who knew and MS Windows 3 or less was dumped on the world by a mixture of accountants, Art Grads and MBAs, few of whom knew much about computers.

They are sticking to a proven method.

Techies tinker with toilet-topper to turn it into ticker-tracker

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Holmes

Re: These advances apply only to "Western"-style toilets.

They could possibly get the same results from the reflection of a laser.

The image of that is pretty worrying though...

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Boffin

Re: ballistocardiogram

The ballistics of poo? 250 mg at 3.5 m/s OK but getting maximum range involves sending it at +45 degrees. I am not shure my loo seat is designed for that...

Siri, how do you wipe that smug smile from Qualcomm's face? Apple wins patent skirmish with chip nemesis

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Happy

Karma

Apple has caused enough spurious court cases to really deserve everything they get done for in this,

Are you a Windows 1 in 10 (1809)? Or a mighty 80 percenter (1803)?

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Coat

Still waiting for H1N1

Following the update to my Personal Anti Virus(known by our Transatlantic chums as a "flu shot") I think I am safe against Microsoft plans for this year!

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

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Facepalm

Re: Galileo

Britain will proudly face in the opposite direction to all other countries!

You already do this on every highway... :-p

We have not allowed the French to dictate what side of the road we drive on so we have just stayed the same.

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

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Happy

Re: Squeaking through a more formal sort of PC testing

My problem with the ECDL was that it only acknowledged one way of doing stuff. In a Windows GUI, there are usually 3 or more ways. I just can't remember what they were then...

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Happy

Mouse cleaning equipment

30+ years ago, I remember being in Glasgow University library and a lady there in a full Muslim Burka dismantled the mouse on her MacSE and cleaned every part of it using her traditional garment. The image of this cross-cultural and cross-era event stays with me.

The Apple Mac is 35 years old. Behold the beige box of the future

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Pint

Re: Typical el Reg

...you are paying for (a) high quality hardware (b) high quality software (c) high quality support.

Historically, you were also paying for a sh**load of lawyers whose job it was to destroy competition and even potential competition.

My introduction to the world of computing was the Mac SE. They weren't mine. They belonged to the university so I had no idea about the price. They were easy to use for someone like me who could type fine but was not doing what we would now refer to as STEM.

After watching their courtroom shenanigans, I will not buy Apple kit even though my employer settle on iShiny things for phones - that's not my money funding lawyers.

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

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Happy

@TRT

I still have a badge for them.

"Department of Stealth and Total Obscurity"

Colour us shocked: Google in €50m GDPR fine appeal bombshell

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Joke

@Bottle_Cap

Du merde.

UK.gov plans £2,500 fines for kids flying toy drones within 3 MILES of airports

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Re: Droning on

Its very hard for people who do not exist to tremble!

Ooh, my machine is SO much faster than yours... Oh, wait, that might be a bit of a problem...

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@big_D

My experience has often been that people who make very little, if any, use of computers get the new and shiniest ones.

Those get passed down when something newer and better comes along.

One of the best things about multi-user operating systems was that everyone got a Wyse terminal whether they were the PHB or someone who actually did something useful!

Nowadays, it is getting harder and harder to keep Macbooks away. Apple and Microsoft are helping by keeping interoperability as poor as possible. Just tell the boss that the best way to do stuff is to dual boot!

Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it

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Boffin

How about a crowdbased solution?

I came across something called Open Signal. There are others. I use it because it shows me where I can get good coverage. It uses me to test the signal in places.

It’s baaack – Microsoft starts pushing out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Pirate

Still waiting for H1N1

The tabloids said it would be here any time now.

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

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Black Helicopters

It's a matter of relevance

Dabbsy is much more of interest to spooks (Chinese, US or our own) than I am and they have all got more interesting things than him anyway.

Apple and Google are both US corporates with all the privacy invasion that this means. I doubt the Chinese equivalent of James Bond (?Wai Lin/Michelle Yeoh?) really cares about me.

I suppose that if you were being shown round somewhere secret, or even HMS Enterprise, it would be best not to have any phone on you - Hwa-Way or anyone else's unless they had been checked over.. "They" are just as able to hack them after you got them as before.

Microsoft sends a raft of Windows 10 patches out into the Windows Update ocean

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Boffin

Re: The Ultimate Upgrade

No. He used someone else's tools when he had to. Now that he is retired, he feels able to use his own, better, tools.

German competition watchdog toys with ban on some Facebook data-slurps

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Facepalm

Re: About time

...and Apple as well.

As if that will be allowed to happen!

NHS England claims it will be all-digital within the decade

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Re: As with all things this could be great if done properly

It would also keep people away who don't actually have £20 (or £2) available. This is what the NHS was created to stop. Before it, you had the choice of spending money you didn't have or seeing what happened next - like dying.

“No society can legitimately call itself civilized if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means.”

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Re: Width

On the Insert tab, the galleries include items that are designed to coordinate with the overall look of your document. You can use these galleries to insert tables, headers, footers, lists, cover pages, and other document building blocks. When you create pictures, charts, or diagrams, they also coordinate with your current document look. You can easily change the formatting of selected text in the document text by choosing a look for the selected text from the Quick Styles gallery on the Home tab. You can also format text directly by using the other controls on the Home tab. Most controls offer a choice of using the look from the current theme or using a format that you specify directly. To change the overall look of your document, choose new Theme elements on the Page Layout tab. To change the looks available in the Quick Style gallery, use the Change Current Quick Style Set command.

Fake 'U's! Phishing creeps use homebrew fonts as message ciphers to evade filters

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Happy

Re: fg xjc dua ihut vyfq, xjc uih jci sfat jg mjggfa

That is an excellent word at the end. "mjggfa" should be used more on El Reg!

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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Boffin

Re: After you. No, after you!

If you are right handed, the natural reflex is to dodge left so that you pass right hand to right hand - that was the standard until France decided to be different and subservient countries followed.

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Happy

Re: Alternative to seasickness pills

Seeing that ancient Greek explorers called it that, you could call it the way to Ultima Thule!

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Pirate

Alternative to seasickness pills

As a student, I went home to Orkney every holiday. This involved a 2 hour ferry crossing from Scrabster (near Thurso - the north end of the UK rail system).

Although my grandfather insisted this was the roughest piece of water in Europe, I am not convinced. It did get very "bouncy" though!

What does a 19+- year old student do when it gets seriously rough?

1. Go to the cafeteria.

2. buy a coffee, sausage roll and a couple of mutton pies

3. Sit in view of visitors and tourists and eat.

The sight of them running out the room covering their mouths/eyes is so funny you forget to feel bad yourself!

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

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Big Brother

Re: Perhaps they should apply the same rules on PCs on the Parliamentary Estate

Is there such a thing as porn in Latin or Ancient Greek?

I've certainly seen some dodgy mosaics and pottery!

'Year-long' delay to UK 5G if we spike Huawei deals, say telcos

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@Overflowing Stack

An acceptable pronunciation is not hard.

Syllable 1 - HWA - rhymes with bra

Syllable 2 - WAY - rhymes with... way

The main thing is that it is not HOO WA WAY. If you keep it down to 2 syllables, that may be as good as they can expect from us western types.

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Re: What could possibly go wrong?

@JetSetJim

On a personal level, I am less troubled by the idea of the Chinese having access to my stuff. They are less likely to pass it to "selected organizations" who will then spam me and share it with other corporations.

On a national level, I would rather that important facets like this were not under the control of either. There are powerful people/groups in both that don't like us. They may see us as useful sometimes but a kill switch for our phone and internet would be in their interest.

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Re: Paranoia?

companies in the west can go and argue the case in the courts

Which part of "the west" are you referring to? This is famously not the case in the USA and not here on the more developed side of the Atlantic either.

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

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Alien

Re: How many drones does it take ...?

innocently used once by a clueless teenager becomes a national disaster.

Or it becomes a wonderful opportunity. - but not for the teenager or the rest of us plebs...

German cybersecurity chief: Anyone have any evidence of Huawei naughtiness?

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Boffin

Huawei - two syllables

Syllable 1 - HWA

Syllable 2 - WAY

I note it is people from the USA and "ethnic English" people who have the most difficulty with the the first syllable.

It is not - WA, HOOWA or even HEW. Just the H sound followed immediately by a WA sound.

Of course if you speak Chinese as your first language without a western accent, feel free to correct this. If you have the RP speech impediment, maybe not.

Dev's telnet tinkering lands him on out-of-hour conference call with CEO, CTO, MD

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Windows

@My other car WAS an IAV Stryker

NET SEND was a really useful thing. I am now missing it again. Is there anything that will do the job nowadays?

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Pint

Re: "expect" isn't a basic utility, it's an add-on.

"Nice to see another author here than Terry Pratchett."

I think I've seen the occasional threat of horses' heads here. That's Mario Puzo.

Small American town rejects Comcast – while ISP reps take issue with your El Reg vultures

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WTF?

@Christoph

I thought they already had such laws.

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

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"a lack of evidence that it works all that well"

In fact, there is plenty of evidence to the contrary.

If this sort of thing actually worked well, it would be worrying and in need of protests. With this level of reliability, it may be enough to keep Mr Javid happy but damage nothing but his budget.

UK white hats blacklisted by Cisco Talos after smart security code stumbles

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Alien

A worrying precedent?

They need to be careful with this. If this system is supposed to be self educating, it might start intelligently blocking scams, hate groups extremists and other oxygen wasters.

It might have inadvertently blocked everything from the EDL to UKIP. Where would this country be without "Tommy Robinson" or Nigel Farage? It might have gone really crazy and blocked Jacob Ree Smogg and other refugees from the 19th century. Where would we be then?

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Boffin

Re: a figment of my imagination

I am, therefore I think

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

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Boffin

@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!

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

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Boffin

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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Pirate

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!

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.

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

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Holmes

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

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,

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.

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

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Holmes

" 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.

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

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WTF?

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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