* Posts by nematoad

1080 posts • joined 17 Sep 2009

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

nematoad
FAIL

Me too!

I'll have what ever it is the government are smoking.

They are living in a fantasy land where £13Bn projects can be conjured out of thin air and along with the "magical thinking" over topics like the Irish border I seriously doubt that this bunch are capable of negotiating their way out of a wet paper bag.

If I had the chance I would take Old Bill's* advice and "Find a better 'ole to go to" as I can see the train crash starting to happen here in the UK.

* A popular cartoon figure from the Great War drawn by Capt. Bruce Bairnsfather.

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State spy agencies 'outsource surveillance' to foreign partners – campaign group

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Re: BIt late...

This article has to be the biggest "statement of the bleedin' obvious" ever.

We have suspected for years that domestic laws preventing the surveillance of citizens could be by-passed and it appears that this is only too true.

The people drawn to the "intelligence community" seem to be devious manipulators with the attitude of "the end justifies the means", so of course they will collude and find ways to get around any attempts to rein them in.

The real scandal is in the failure of those people we elect to run our countries to hold these agencies to account and control their wilder inclinations. It make me wonder what's in it for the politicians or if, like J. Edgar Hoover, the spies have enough dirt to actually control their theoretical masters.

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Apple unleashes FoundationDB as an open source project

nematoad
Happy

Oh.

"...project contributors have to be treated with respect."

Why break the habits of a lifetime?

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You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!

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FAIL

Bah!

"Ignorance of the law is no excuse."

No, but not being gifted with telepathic powers that allow you to see what's in the documents before reading might be.

The people who are presumably breaking the law in this case are those who failed to redact sensitive information before publishing it. If I were one of those affected by this I would be taking aim at the bureaucrats not some teenager.

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NHS Digital execs showed 'little regard' for patient ethics by signing data deal

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Re: Huh?

"MPs (the government) have voiced serious concerns about NHS Digital (a public organisation which is beholden to the Department for Health"

Not quite. Members of the government are members of Parliament, Commons or Lords but not all members of Parliament are members of the government. Otherwise you would have Jeremy Corbyn in government as well as May, Gove, Hunt etc.

It's really a case of the right hand and the left hand not agreeing with each other.

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It only makes sense.

"... only allows confidential data to be shared in the case of serious crime."

Yes, but in the mind of the current government any foreigner is potentially committing a serious crime simply by being in the country.

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UK rocket-botherers rattle SABRE, snaffle big bucks

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Re: That's good, but...

@ Lars

It would appear as if someone not only got out of bed on the wrong side but also, like Worzel Gummige, forgot to put on their thinking head.

An ad hominem attack is no answer to the points I was trying to make. What you seem to have failed to grasp is that I was not claiming that Britain is solely responsible for all the great discoveries, inventions and developments in the world. The point of my post was that the UK is very good at coming up with clever new ideas but pitifully poor at turning them into a source of revenue.

As for the state of my children's minds that is irrelevant. They are long grown up and now responsible for the moulding of their own children's characters and minds.

You may gather from the above that I am annoyed at the tone of your reply, and you would be right. When I was at University I was trained to attack the other person's ideas not them. It seems as if this idea has somehow passed you by.

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nematoad
Unhappy

That's good, but...

We see this time and again in history.

Britain develops new technology and someone else comes along, takes what we have found, commercialises it and makes a killing. Look at the Comet, the first jet airliner. A brilliant project that was damaged beyond repair by design flaws that allowed Boeing and others to take the lead and look where we are now. Then there's computing. Colossus was years ahead of everyone else, and yet where is the British computer industry today? Nowhere. I could go on and on.

It seems as if we are an inventive nation but when it comes to making money out of our discoveries and inventions we are nowhere to be seen.

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Can't view memes on London-Southampton train? It's the worst line for mobile coverage

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Happy

Re: Where are we going?

"...if it's 2018 on the mainland, it's 1918 on the Island."

Close but no cigar. The trains are from 1938 as Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese says, Ex Northern Line I believe.

I did notice that at least some of them have been given a new lick of paint recently so not quite as shabby as in the picture.

And yes, that is a shot of Ryde Esplanade station and what that has to do with the London to Southampton route is anybody's guess.

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough

nematoad
Facepalm

Look on the bright side.

Perhaps we can use some of the £350 million a week we send to the EU to support our space industry.

Not looking so good now is it, Mr Farage?

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OK, deep breath, relax... Let's have a sober look at these 'ere annoying AMD chip security flaws

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Re: At what point...

Ah, but how much damage could the security people do as against the "ordinary" citizen?

A lot in my opinion, and I reckon Linus has this right in calling out this "look at me, aren't I clever?" attempt.

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Fun fact: US Customs slaps eyeglass taxes on optical networking gear

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Joke

Re: Not just US Customs

"Fans, Vacuum Pumps and Air Compressors".

Well, what's wrong with that? Fans move air about whether they are hand held, mechanical or electrical, don't they?

OK. I take your point, but you know Customs agents are devoid of common sense or imagination. Though they do seem to have had a sense of humour.

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Unlucky Linux boxes trampled by NPM code update, patch zapped

nematoad

Oh!

Sudo, isn't that the work-around so that anyone can pretend to be root?

What's wrong with su? At least that way you have the root password and not some distro developer. Personally I could never see why sudo was not considered to be an accident waiting to happen.

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Just can't catch a break, can ya, Capita? Shares tumble 40% amid yet another profit warning

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Re: Dividends vs Pensions?

",,,they are complex investment portfolios that rely heavily on dividend income..."

OK. So that makes them the owners of the company. If they are willing to accept the benefits of ownership it's a pity that they don't seem so keen on the responsibilities. Like keeping the management under control and waving through the so called "incentive plans" the people at the top use to line their pockets whilst letting the rest of the company go to the wall.

"You scratch my back etc."

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Re: Panic stations!

"...we see senior execs opt to retire early or jump ship before it finally goes down."

A pity that the bastards won't pulled under by the weight of their wallets.

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Ubuntu reverting to Xorg in Bionic Beaver

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Unhappy

Re: Just to be clear...

"Like it or not, Wayland is the future, and a number of distros have already made the leap."

Or, "Resistance is futile!"

Now where have we heard that before?

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Microsoft whips out tool so you can measure Windows 10's data-slurping creepiness

nematoad

Re: Well done, MSFT!

"The obvious thing for both companies is to offer not just more transparency, but to give customers a choice."

I'm sure that they do. The trouble is that the users are not the customer the ad slingers are. The users are the product.

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F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg

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Happy

Re: VAAC 35 knot relative speed ?

"...a seven-degree angle relative to the boat," Andy said"

I didn't realise that the F35 could land on a submarine.

You can tell that he is in the RAF not the Navy.

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You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux

nematoad

Re: Discuss

"Are you basing your statements on distrowatch clicks? lol"

Do you have an alternative source?

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nematoad
WTF?

Discuss

"...making GNOME Shell the de facto standard Linux desktop."

Citation required.

Looking on Distrowatch Ubuntu is sitting on 1490 hits per day whereas Linux Mint is on 2615 and I don't suppose that many people running Mint are using anything other than Cinnamon or Mate.

This piece sound like a panegyric to Gnome and I for one would like the figures to back up the author's statements.

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Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

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Unhappy

Hold on.

Don't get too complacent.

From reading some comments and posts both here on El Reg and elsewhere it seems to me as if a blunderbus approach to fixing these snafus is being contemplated.

Even though AMD have said that their CPUs are only affected minimally from what I have read all CPUs will be targeted by the patches whether they need it or not. So that AMD and ARM will be slowed down as well as Intel stuff.

Now it may well be that I have got hold of the wrong end of the stick, and I hope I have, but if true then a lot of collateral damage will done and we will all suffer from this mess.

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Nvidia: Using cheap GeForce, Titan GPUs in servers? Haha, nope!

nematoad
Mushroom

Re: Whats Next?

"...to discourage potential misuse of our GeForce and TITAN products..."

Aye, there's the rub. It's not their bloody product after you have paid out good money to buy the thing, it's yours.

If you blow it up or fry it what's that got to do with Nvidia?

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Oracle's Safra Catz joins Mickey Mouse board

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Unhappy

I see.

"Oracle's Safra Catz joins Mickey Mouse board "

But I repeat myself.

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Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

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Unhappy

Re: Rotten to the core

"...and yet the current employees have acquiesced, and continued to work there. What does that tell us?"

That these people need a wage to put food on the table, pay the mortgage etc.

Do you really hate Uber so much that you want to punish everyone connected with this rotten organisation? That's unjust and unfair. Like every human organisation there will be good people and bad people working there. It's just that in this instance most of the bad sorts seem to have risen to the top.

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Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

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Unhappy

"...rubber tyres are overrated anyway."

So is the spelling by the look of things.

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MPs slam HMRC's 'deeply worrying' lack of post-Brexit customs system

nematoad

Gah!

With all the complications now coming in to view, stuff like this, the NI/Republic border, financial passporting and so on I'm beginning to think "Why bother?"

Funny that none of this was mentioned in the Referendum campaign and which finally focussed on immigration and the mythical "£350 million"

What really gets me is the thought that if it really does go pear-shaped and we are reduced to a third party supplicant at the EU's door will we be able to hold those responsible to account? Probably not as they will, most likely, be spending more time with their money in the likes of the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda or the Channel islands.

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Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

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Happy

Re: Such is life. Have a look around - it's a constant race of arms.

"My amp still works on the mains 240V,,,"

<pedant> They changed the voltage a while back to 230V so as to be in line with the rest of the EU. </pedant>

I don't know if that will change with Brexit though.

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nematoad

Re: No Classic Theme Restorer?

"Pale Moon might be the solution..."

Yes, give Palemoon a try.

I moved from FF a while ago as Australis and other changes started to alienate me and I wouldn't go back. Mostly the same look and feel as FF although it is slowly moving away from FF. I'm lucky as Palemoon is in the PCLinuxOS repos but have noticed when trying out other distros that it may not be included. I don't know what the situation is with other OSs.

I think that you will be pleasantly surprised.

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UK.gov: IT contracts should be no more than 7 years. (Not 18, Fujitsu)

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WTF?

Eh?

"...needs to be well planned and executed."

Just for the avoidance of doubt. We are talking about government IT projects, aren't we?

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Paradise Papers reveal Apple moved bits of biz offshore

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Re: "was not intended nor has in fact created a tax benefit for the firm"

Whilst I agree with your analysis I do disagree with your characterisation of the message as "slippery language".

It is not slippery at all, it plain and simple says what it means. Cook and Co. don't give a monkeys about what we think. They are in it for the money, ethics and morality be damned. If that upsets some people then so be it, there are plenty of consumers willing and eager to buy their overpriced products and that is all that Apple care about. It's a stunning display of contempt for public opinion and hubris and I sincerely hope that Nemesis does eventually strike.

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BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

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Unhappy

Re: Funny

"We know that no one likes price changes..."

Should be: "We know that no one likes price rises.."

Actually I think that people are in favour of price changes when they are in a downward direction. Not that happens unless the regulator starts knocking heads together.

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HMRC boss defends shift to AWS, says they got 50% knocked off

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Big Brother

Re: Of course not

" If a request isn't legal in Ireland, it's not happening..."

Maybe. Unfortunately Ireland is not the UK. Remember, the UK like the US is part of the "Five Eyes" intelligence group and it's a good bet that if one of the members wants data held by another member it will be passed on.

Being a smaller, non-aligned country certainly has its advantages when you want to say no to the likes of the US.

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MEPs vote to update 'cookie law' despite ad industry pressure

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Mushroom

Of course.

"...a move to the US where their privacy and data protection rules would allow me access to the data ..."

Yeah, right. A land of milk and honey where due to the current activities of the FCC under Ajit Pai, they've just gutted consumers privacy and that has gone down about as well as a fart in a lift.

So don't just threaten to take your business elsewhere where it's easier to screw with the lives of your customers. Think of a new way of making money or go out of business. I'm sure there are plenty of others waiting to take your place.

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Mozilla whips out Rusty new Firefox Quantum (and that's a good thing)

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Re: Terrible For Web-Devs

"Oh, anyone wanting to get their tabs back in the correct place in 57..:"

Or instead of all that shuffling around just switch to Palemoon.

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Researchers claim ISPs are 'complicit' in latest FinSpy snooping rounds

nematoad
Big Brother

Who?

ESET is not naming the countries involved ("so as not to put anyone in danger," it said"

Who are they protecting? The evil bastards running these campaigns or the poor buggers being targeted?

If it's such a threat then least they could do is give those affected a heads up to warn them that they might be a target.

Looks a bit spineless to me, unless of course, they are frightened of stepping on some big toes and then it's all for their own protection.

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Unhappy

Re: Sound

"For a premium product such as Apple not to provide a good DAC is just cheap"

About the only bloody thing that is cheap with Apple!

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F-35 firmware patches to be rolled out 'like iPhone updates'

nematoad

Same old.

It looks to me like ye olde Pentagon tap dance has started again.

Project officers are always keen to assure their superiors that all is going smoothly and that things will be delivered on time. After all there are promotions to be considered.

This way if anyone comes along and says "This aspect of the software isn't working." the contractor or project officer can turn around and say "Don't worry about that it's all fixed in the next version that will be rolled out real soon."

That way timelines are made just a bit more elastic and help give those in authority the impression that things are in hand and there is nothing to worry about.

I recommend Col. James G Burton's book The Pentagon Wars as an insight into how things are arranged and managed in the procurement of weapons at the Pentagon.

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Mo' money mo' mobile payments... Security risks? Whatever!

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Unhappy

No thanks.

"Trust us, we are a bank/IT provider/government."

I do not and will not trust anyone with my money unless I am the one in charge of the account and can see who is doing what with it.

As for using a smart phone for my banking, no thanks. Why should I pay the likes of Apple or Google for the privilege of paying a bill? Finally I do not have a smart phone and no wish to get one.

All pretty Luddite I suppose but I have precious little money to start with and certainly do without others taking a bite out of what I do have.

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What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

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Joke

Good.

"Ubuntu 17.10 will be a stock GNOME desktop with a couple of add-ons to improve the overall experience."

Oh, you mean like Cinnamon and Mate?

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Oracle’s cloudy cash dash could fall flat, insiders warn

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Unhappy

Avoid

" Many customers purchase Oracle cloud credits simply in order to avoid negative audit findings..."

Dear God, are people actually doing business with this bunch of shysters?

Following the link exposed a very nasty bully using all the tricks it can to boost their profile. If this was Microsoft I reckon the US authorities would be all over them like a rash.

On second thoughts, maybe not, given the President they have.

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Major shareholder: BT CEO Gavin Patterson should step down

nematoad
Unhappy

Maybe not.

"What BT actually needed was a guy who could take on the regulator, not a retailer and marketer."

Or perhaps, someone who could actually make the company obey the law.

Or is actually obeying regulations one of the obstacles to doing "business as usual"?

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Marcus Hutchins free for now as infosec world rallies around suspected banking malware dev

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Unhappy

Re: Blind support

It is "innocent unless proven guilty"

You are right, of course. The trouble is that given all the hysteria over the "dark net", "cyber war" and so on I reckon the Feds will keep pushing this on and on and not take no for an answer until he is found guilty.

Whether he is or not is immaterial, he's just going to be collateral damage in the war on "computer crime".

"Something must be done."

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Another day, another British Airways systems screwup causes chaos

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Unhappy

Re: Be careful what you wish for.

"Why are you outsourcing your holiday by going abroad instead of staying in the UK?"

Because it rains all the time!

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Windows Subsystem for Linux to debut in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

nematoad
Windows

Oh!

(Wine is not compatible enough, WSL is amazingly compatible).

Now I wonder why that is.

Could it be that one is open and the other closed? So that MS can see what Linux is doing but not the other way round?

Looks to me like that old Pirates of the Caribbean saying. "Take all you can, give nothing back."

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They say we're too mean to Microsoft. Well, how about this... Redmond just had a stonking year. And only 8% tax. Whee!

nematoad

Re: Love the socialist speak

"And shouldnt the questions be why are we paying so much tax, not why are they paying so little?"

Oh, I don't know. Little things like roads, schools, law and order, national defence. You know, the things that companies use in their business dealings.

Perhaps you could do without them? I don't think they could.

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SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and – yes! – it runs on Linux

nematoad
Pint

Re: What about performance and security - on Linux?

"the proof of the pudding is in the eating!"

Bravo! someone who actually can use the saying correctly.

Have a virtual pint on me.

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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Unhappy

"...why didn't one or two of them say "stuff it, it's not the right answer..."

Some did, Texstar and Patrick Volkerding to name two of the more enlightened ones.

The trouble is, so many distros are reformulations of Debian/Ubuntu and once they jumped on the systemd bandwagon it would have involved a huge amount of work to strip systemd out, and a lot of distros just don't have the resources to do that.

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

nematoad

Re: But...

"It allows linux binaries to natively call their expected APIs under a windows OS, "

Oh, sort of Wine in reverse then?

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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

nematoad
Happy

Ah well.

A nasty bug in systemd?

Shrugs, walks away.

PCLinuxOS

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Watchdog slaps NHS for failure to tackle correspondence backlog

nematoad

Bah!

"...is still discussing with NHS SBS how these costs will be split -"

They should be jointly and severably liable. SBS and Sopra Steria cocked this up. Just send them the bill and leave it to them to sort out who pays what.

Why waste money on trying to apportion blame? Let them do that at their own expense.

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