* Posts by nematoad

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UK will be 'cut off' from 'full intelligence picture' after Brexit – Europol strategy man

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Bloody hell.

This just seems to get worse and worse. First it looks as if we will not be able to take advantage of the Single market. Then the banks are getting twitchy over the possible loss of "passporting" that allows them to move money from country to country. Then it's possible that we will have to rely on WTO rules for trade when we leave. Now we may be cut off from intelligence vital to our security. The list goes on and on.

So I ask, what the hell was the point of voting to leave? We aren't going to get the mythical £350 million to spend on the NHS. If we do get the right to restrict immigration our economy may suffer a big hit, although the points based system promised by Leave has been ruled out by the PM. As rtfazeberdee says above that's really cutting off your nose to spite your face and doing it in grand style.

As I have said many times, stupid, short-sighted, xenophobic and self-destructive.

EU will force telcos to offer 90 days of 'roam like home' contracts

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A/C you must either be unsure of your conclusions or a poor troll to come out with a statement like:

"...no matter the wet dreams of Brussels politicos." and then hide under the blanket of anonymous cowardice.

No, don't tell me. You voted Leave, right?

BT boils over, blows off Steam, accuses Valve of patent infringement

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Re: Strange...

"SCO actually owe that one. Look what good it did them!"

Are you sure?

It turns out that SCO didn't own a lot of stuff they claimed as theirs.

Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

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Re: Sovereignty

"It seems that the EU has asserted it's power to set Ireland's tax code."

They can't. Tax is one of the things that the EU has no power over. If you look up Margrethe Vestager's title she is the European Commissioner for Competition. Not tax. This is not a tax matter. By giving Apple special treatment concerning the tax due it is alleged that the Irish government has given unfair advantaged to Apple to the detriment of their competitors.

There are no fines, Apple is not accused of wrong-doing. It's just that tax that should have been paid has not been and the EU has now instructed the Irish government to collect the sums due .

Ireland will appeal this ruling as they seem to be mortally afraid that Apple will pull out and leave a lot of people without the well paid jobs they have.

Intel's makeshift Kaby Lake Cores hope to lure punters from tired PCs

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"...to make the studios comfortable with sharing high-quality content to PCs for the first time,"

Presumably he's referring to the picture quality and not the quality of the picture.

New science: Pathetic humans can't bring themselves to fire lovable klutz-bots

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Re: A robot that is aware of it's own mistakes

"But who wants a robot or computer that sulks?"

Where would HGTTG be without Marvin?

Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

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"Same here, if the games worked I'd move to Linux."

It depends on what you want to run. The likes of Wine, PlayonLinux and Crossover do a pretty good job for a lot of games. Oh, might take a bit of fiddling with but there is a lot of advice and scripts to take care of most cases.

Give it a go, you might like it and the sense of liberation from the MS mothership can be wonderful.

Shopped in an Eddie Bauer store recently? Your card's probably gone. It's just gone

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Let's all think of the TLA's in this.

"...until organizations that accept credit card payments fully deploy end-to-end encryption to protect payment information as soon as it is captured into the system,"

But, but, that will leave the "free world" open to jihadists, communists and other undersirables. You just can't have any old Tom, Dick or Harry protecting their most sensitive data even if that means there will be more of this kind of data breach.

Get your priorities right.. State security first and sod everyone else.</sarcasm>


Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

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Re: I'm confused

"Now we have a cmdlet, New-Cronjob.” The cmdlet does error checking before accepting a new job."

Well better late than never I suppose.

I have no idea just how long webmin has been able to do this and a hell of a lot more as well.

Instead of "Windows on every desk." it looks like the new MS motto is "Me too."

Oculus Rift will reach UK in September – and will cost more than two PS4s

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Re: Google Cardboard

"So by all means enjoy your Google Cardboard, but be aware you are comparing a 2CV to a Rolls-Royce."

You get what you pay for and looking at the price differential of the Rift and Cardboard it's probably near that of the 2CV versus Roller.

Both cars can get you from A to B but the real value is the ability to say "I am a success" in a Rolls Royce. Where are the bragging rights in the Rift if there's only a 4 metre cord? You can't very well strut around in public showing everyone your new toy.

Microsoft: Why we had to tie Azure Stack to boxen we picked for you

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Re: Hmm...

"... is what helped make Windows reliable, and thus successful"

I thank my lucky stars that this was not the case.

The BSOD, driver problems, the fact that any ninny could be their own admin is what kept me in well paid employment for years

Also don't confuse ubiquitous with popular.

Oh, and lastly, a little bit of monopoly abuse was probably responsible for a lot of the "success" of Windows.

Russia is planning to use airships as part of a $240bn transport project

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Re: 1957: Russia is planning to launch an artificial satellite

"They used hydrogen, which burns and explodes quite well because helium wasn't available."

Not quite. Helium was available in the thirties but the US was the main supplier. The Hindenburg was using hydrogen when it caught fire in 1937 because the Americans had refused to supply Nazi Germany with the non-inflammable helium.

Oracle to shutter License Services division – source

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I see.

"Despite this, Oracle customers faced with large non-compliance bills have seen them cut in return for taking other products or services from Oracle."

Or in other words an offer you can't refuse.

That'll be the Oracle license police looking for your wallet.

US Politicians tell DEF CON it'll take Congress ages to sort out how to regulate crypto

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Re: Trust!

"f you don't trust government, you don't trust ANYONE and that makes you an anarchist..."

And what is wrong with that? Experience tells us that you should never take on trust anything anyone tells you. Especially politicians with hidden ulterior motives.

I.E. Feathering their own nest at someone else's expense

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"...introduce protectionist policies that are hurting American companies..."

Or it could be the Europeans are trying to protect the privacy of their citizens from the free for all that seems to be the attitude in the US to other people's private data.

Just because Europeans are "protectionist" doesn't make them anti competition. Just a bit more careful of what the likes of Google and MS hoover up for their own benefit.

I do not look forward the the attitude of the British government now we are about to lose the protection of the EU from such data grabs.

Quip away, but Microsoft Excel 365's REST APIs win the day

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Re: Huh?

"...plum your sales figures straight into the accounting departments spreadsheets"

No, that's called cherry picking.


Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

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Re: Don't care!

"...and then try to pass on there no [sic] so extensive knowledge about Windows..."

Or even those who don't seem to grasp the difference between there, their and they're.

Stones, glass houses etc.

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Re: Bing had better 'techy' results for me, than Google for the first time this week.

"BS! Do you not re-install Windows when you get a computer..."

Nope, I build my own, then like the OS I use I know exactly what's in there

Don't judge others by your own standards.

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Re: Don't care!

"...feel you HAVE to pipe up about your "alternative OS to windows, m'kay"??"

Sorry, I didn't realise that this was a private forum.

I also apologise for intruding into private grief.

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Re: Bing had better 'techy' results for me, than Google for the first time this week.

"Often if you search for the name of say a missing driver that HP.com has pulled from their driver support page servers..."

I'm sorry if this gets read the wrong way but, do you still need to fish around for third party drivers in Windows?

I'm asking as I haven't used Windows since the days of NT4 and Win 98. I would have thought that that sort of thing was long in the past by now.

Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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Re: You should go right ahead and upgrade

"Are most people really lame enough to use an operating system that installs programs you don't want without even asking you?"


Cortana expelled from Windows 10's new school editions

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Re: Microsoft is now in total control

"...command Line - everything must be done in powershell or bash."

For the benefit of the uneducated bash is a command line.

Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

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Re: His words:

"...netting me more adoring fans."

It seems to me that Yiannopolous doesn't need any more "adoring fans" his self-regard and ego are such that that should suffice.

What's the betting that his middle name is Narcissus?

How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim

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Re: Privateers

"...they had US Government Letters of Mark"

And Reprisal, which is exactly what this law suit is.

Dear Tesla, stop calling it autopilot – and drivers are not your guinea pigs

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It looks to me as if the people trusting in this sort of stuff have just put themselves on the short list for the Darwin Award.

Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

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"Maybe we need something Darwinish ..."

Nitpicking I know but the accepted word is "Darwinian"

Revolutionary Brit-made SABRE hybrid rocket engine to burn in 2020

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Re: Fantastic

"But you'll need a visa to fly it anywhere past the Isle of Wight"

Oh? Care to explain?

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Re: Excellent!

A couple of things about the names used in this project.

1) Reaction Engines, lets hope that this company fares better that Power Jets, Frank Whittle's start-up which built his jet engines. Again Britain seems to be leading the field in this sort of technology, with luck this time they don't let others overtake them.

2) The name Sabre, let's hope that it does not follow in the foot-steps of the last engine named Sabre. That was the Napier H layout piston engine that had so many problems that it nearly caused the cancellation of the Hawker Typhoon ground attack fighter.

Fingers crossed for this one.

IoT puts assembly language back on the charts

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Re: Cobol, jokes ?


+1 for the Niven and Pournelle quote.

Microsoft: Give us better staff

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Re: It's not like Microsoft is the prime reason for shit basics and security problems

"One can only vote Trump and hope that the Redmond Cancer gets its comeuppance ..."

Throwing out the baby with the bath water comes to mind.

Be careful what you wish for etc. Just look at the state of the UK to see that!

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Avast there!

The thought occurs to me.

Who pays the bill for all the well trained recruits demanded by MS and other companies?

Not the likes of Facebook and co. judging by their reluctance to actually pay tax on their sales. Do they really think that CS graduates grow on trees or is it a case of "Take all you can, give nothing back"?

I'm sure I've heard that before, now where was it?

You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

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Re: The fascinating part...

"...really is the fact it's running on a £35 computer the size of a credit card."

Actually that'sa $35 computer. GBP price about £28.

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Re: Hopefully this will mean cheaper planes

To employ a Napoleon misquote "God is on the side of the big battalions"

Quick note: Brexit consequences for IT

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Re: Switzerland

"Its possible they even negociate a deal that keeps much of the EU policies as they are..."

OK, so continued free movement of people, adherence to EU regulations, acceptance of EU decisions on data transfer etc. etc. And all without a seat at the table to influence things.

So what the bloody hell was the decision to leave all about then?

A protest against the government as I have seen reported? Xenophobia finally showing its hideous face? Just look at all the reports about abuse and racist graffiti to see that. Or was it all to do with the overweening egos and opportunism of leading members of the Brexit gang?

I hope that the people that have inflicted this on my country will wake up and see this whole thing for what it is. Jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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Re: Geolocation/verification, an observation, not a complaint

"...if I were to do it from work during my lunch hour, I would presumably be removed."

That depends. If you are a UK citizen then it doesn't matter where you are, you can sign. It is after all only a petition. I do have doubts that the filters or whatever are being used to remove all the dross are up to the job.

UK digi strategy on ice post Brexit results - sources

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Re: All is not lost yet

"...British expats and youngsters age 16 and 17"

Well there seems to be a bit of confusion on the ex-pat side. Not everyone is entitled to a vote. If you have been out of the country for more than 15 years, then sorry, you are out of luck. Which, in my opinion, is as it should be. If you have such distant links to the UK then you may not have the best interests of the country at heart. For those who do qualify there seems to have be a bit of a fiasco in as much as some voters never got their postal votes or if they did, did not have enough time to send them in. An inquiry is going to be held on this.

As for 16-17 year olds not having a vote that's because they are not old enough. Hard on them but that's the way it's set up just now. In Scotland they were given a vote, probably to try and skew the result but that seems to have failed.

Basically it's a matter of the franchise and those people you mentioned mostly haven't got it.

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Re: @Doctor Syntax

"The odd thing is that in these here parts (S.West) most farmers seemed to vote leave - at least, judging from the Vote Leave posters in every field."

Yes, hypocrites to a man.

Just look at Cornwall, the beneficiary of EU grants and yet they voted to leave. The County Council is now bleating that the Westminster government should ensure that Cornwall keeps all its subsidies, not from the EU of course but from the rest of the UK.

Talk about having your cake and eating it.

Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

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Re: Wow the dummy spitting is funny to watch

"Wow there's alot of butt hurt remain supporters here, you want some lemon with that bitter??"

Just stop and think, if you can, why are so many people in despair at what the "Great British Public" have just gone and done?

Could it be that people are genuinely worried about the future of the country outside of the EU? Or could it be the prospect of the country disintegrating given that the Scots feel that they are being dragged out against their expressed will? The spectacle of politicians on the Leave side quickly moving to disavow the claims plastered all over the campaign bus. "£350 million a week, where are you?" Or is it even the fear that the next Prime Minister will be a mendacious, self-serving buffoon who puts his own ambition before that of the country? Just look at how that worked out for Gordon Brown.

If you could just stop crowing about your "victory" and start to actually think about what has been done then you might be less dismissive of people's fears and dismay. Though judging by your tone I won't hold my breath.

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Rose tinted?

"I'm old enough to remember the the time before the UK was a member of the EU."

Well if you are old enough to remember the UK pre-EU, I am, then you may also remember Harold Wilson and "The pound in your pocket" quote.

Things weren't better then they were just different.

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Re: Complete Tosh!!

I'm not sure that that is how it will pan out. We have irritated the other members for years and by this vote has really rubbed their noses in it.

Don't expect any favours from the others, hurt feelings are one thing but the European Commission is certain to take into account the possibility of other countries trying the same trick. It would not surprise me if the EC play hard-ball "Pour encourager les autres."

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Re: "Never was so much lost by so many due to one stupid decision"

"A long chat with Norwegian leaders wouldn't hurt either."

That's already taken place and the short answer from the Norwegians was "Don't go there, you really won't like it."

I despair, I really thought that the British public had a few more brain cells than they obviously have. Stupid, selfish and short sighted. The people I feel sorry for are the young ones. They will have to suffer the consequences of this appalling mistake. For once in their lives people really should have "Thought of the children."

Tor onion hardening will be tear-inducing for feds

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It looks like war has been declared.

Strangely enough the conflict is actually between two sides of the US government. On one side are the US Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, and on the other are the FBI, NSA and so on.

I know which side I want to win and it ain't the NSA.

Good luck lads, keep up the good work and remember, as L/Cpl Jones said "They don't like it up 'em."

Bezos' Blue Origin's first live Webcast a no-explosion yawnfest

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Well done.

I must say that Bezos seems to have a dab hand with technology. Not only does he seem to be able to launch and retrieve his rockets at will but the camera work is pretty good as well. If those shots of the capsule were taken at about 60 miles range then the gimbals on the camera rig are very good at doing their job.

All in all a very slick demonstration.

Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

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Re: Countersuit

"...you'll realise that the legal system is a law (and a language) unto itself."

Yes it is, and for a good reason. No, not to keep lawyers in the state to which they have become accustomed, although that is true, but to ensure that things are spelt out precisely. It is English, but not as commonly used. It is a specialised, sharp tool to try and determine the facts behind the case.

The rules of evidence are arcane and not easily understood by non-lawyers but again that is because they are narrow, focused and designed for a particular purpose. They have been arrived at over many years in an attempt to hold trials that are both fair and effective. Though being a human construct sometime fail in one respect or both.

Dell finds liquid cooling tech on eBay, now wants you to buy it

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"...the custom Xeon E5-2679 v4 cooked up..."

Perhaps an unfortunate turn of phrase here?

These big-name laptops are infested with security bugs – study

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Re: The onus is now on Microsoft

"...so perhaps it's time that Microsoft started directly writing first class drivers that support the entity of these machines as a whole."

And where pray is the profit for MS in doing that?

They didn't get where they are today by giving the purchaser what they need, just what they are given. MS has made a lot of money by pumping out the absolute minimum in the OS. Want any more? That'll cost you. Having the drivers included with the OS is not impossible, just look at Gnu/Linux to see that. It's just that MS is fat and happy with the way other people pick up the pieces to actually make the thing work and that's not going to change.

Systemd kills Deb processes

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"Systemd kills Deb processes"

People kept warning that this sort of thing might happen.

Systemd has too many fingers in the Linux pie. Whatever happened to "Do one thing and do it well"?

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