* Posts by Diogenes

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Raspberry Pi foundation merges with CoderDojo Foundation

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Re: Sounds awesome

wax on - wax off

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Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

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Ona serios note

Lots of RAAF VC winners could be commemorated.

Or on a less serious not e 'lemon meringingue pie'

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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Re: I blame the management....

Nope,

More a case of you went the toilet, and turned the tap on, and found that you had no water because you neglected to pay your water bill, and you were out of soap because the beancounters decided it was no longer necessary.

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Infosec, e-health, Vets' Affairs scoop up cash in Oz federal budget

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Finally a use for IoT

You missed the other boost to IT - the foreign owners empty house tax ($5k pa). As the new tax would be policed by water/power usage checks, buy IoT things eg lights and taps. Turn on and off at random until something approaching 'normal' single person usage is achieved - an all be controlled from anywhere in the world.

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Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids

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Re: Wake me up …

That is bog standard Win10, with a time & purpose limited limited licence.

It is NOT the same as Win10 for Ed which is licenced to Education Departments, Schools and School Districts

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Re: Wake me up …

Telemetry is switched off for the education skus

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It's Russian hackers, FBI and Wikileaks wot won it – Hillary Clinton on her devastating election loss

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Mushroom

Lost because female ?

I suppose she supports Marine Le Pen and Theresa May then.

I did a variation on this with our extremely lefty female union rep when she tried the "Clinton lost because female' in the staff room just after the election. I asked if at the next election she would vote for the only party headed by a woman - Pauline Hanson's One Nation. The faces she pulled as she tried to digest the question, and frame an answer was priceless.

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Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin

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Re: Elephant in room ?

Slurp is turned off for educational skus.

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Boeing 737 turns 50

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resurrecting an old meme

Pilots: Compare the original 737 flight deck to the state-of-the-art MAX glass displays

Does MAX allow them to play Crysis ?

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Outsourcers blamed for cocking up programmes at one in three big firms

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Re: Its the death spiral stupid!

gee that sounds familiar

but with the following ending.

The company now has an accurate inventory of its systems, and at the end of the contract they decide to split the contract into 10 smaller ones going to different outsourcers. The local IBM entity that did all the work is not even allowed to submit a bid - but the equivalent IBM entity from India is. 2 subcontinental entities win two of the contracts, Accenture another and the rest go IBM's Indian entity.

The IBM India entity does not have manpower so subcontracts the local entity, who are shedding (expensive) TUPE'd staff who understand the business backwards forwards and sideways and replacing with (cheap) graduates with no understanding of the problem domain..

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Green software blacked out Australian State

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Even if it didn't fall down the Heywood was shut down to prevent burnout/overload. You cannot loose 33%*(cough, snigger , chortle) of your generation capacity in 17 seconds and not expect some problems. The rest of the transmission system was fine.

*notional capacity - as I type this actually generating 223 vs nameplate > 1400 (google nem watch)

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Mr Trumbull is spending $2 billion d just that. Pumping water back up hill in off peak

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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There are going to be a lot of people dying surprised

They never smoked, exercised religiously,walked or cycled instead of using a car, avoided drugs,, drank/didn't drink; booze, coffee, water, milk, Kombucha, wheat grass, green tea etc , ate/didn't eat; their 5 a day, red meat, white meat, fish, protein , carbs, glutens chocolate etc; did yoga, tai chi, meditation, practiced mindfulness etc ; used handsfree mobiles ; had full medicals every six months ; colonic irrigation; massage

If I sound cynical - mum died 12 years ago today - all the women in her family died of various cancers of the gut (stomach, pancreas, liver, colon etc etc) - so she did everything recommended to prevent it - and firetrucking leukaemia got her !

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Decapitating Rockall: How a 1970s Navy expedition blasted the top off the Atlantic islet

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Statute of Westminster

The Commonwealth isn't a political union, and the United Kingdom government has no authority over any of the other Commonwealth Nations' territory

Yeah but nah but err...

The Statute of Westminster, of 11 December 1931, was a British law clarifying the powers of the Commonwealth Dominions. It granted these former colonies full legal freedom except in those areas where they chose to remain subordinate to Britain.

Buuuuut as reaffirmed in a recent court case, there is the concept of parliamentary sovereignty (also called parliamentary supremacy or legislative supremacy) is a concept in the constitutional law of some parliamentary democracies. It holds that the legislative body has absolute sovereignty, and is supreme over all other government institutions, including executive or judicial bodies. It also holds that the legislative body may change or repeal any previous legislation, and so it is not bound by written law (in some cases, even a constitution) or by precedent

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Uber bans 'brilliant jerks', will train staff on Why Diversity Matters

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Re: Same HR people?

(Moriarty* voice on) you silly boy (off)

You have forgotten the role of hr is protect the company from its employees

* goon show Moriarty

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BOFH: Don't back up in anger

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I actually documented something similar to this - prior to checking out the code, the developer has walk to exposed brick wall next to the lifts(elevator) and strike his/her head thereon 3 times, and complete the Register with time & date noted -(This was to prove a point to our QM)

We passed not only an ISO audit & CMM-CEI level 5 audit with this sort of nonsense (the devs just signed the register at odd times) - my continuous improvement was to reduce the number to 3 from 5 and I was able demonstrate a small improvement in productivity :-)

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Confirmed: TSA bans gear bigger than phones from airplane cabins

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Re: Complete f'ing idiots compounding their Security Theatre fails

Great boost for the Canadian/Mexican economies, fly into the closest city, hire a car & bingo bango bongo most of security theatre avoided,

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Tesla, Atlassian told to go through front door in effort to save Australian industrial civilisation

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Re: Not fixing the problem

No Enron was an example of crony capitalism , which is not the same a free markets or even true capitalism

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Re: Sorry but how

So you'd rather waste 100% of the excess generated energy then be able to store 80% and use it later during times when it's needed.

Yep and it will all discharge in 4-30 minutes depending on conditions.

There will be very little 'spare' power to capture - especially when the leccy flowing across the Heywood connector reduces/becomes non existant when Hazlewood closes down. With mooted closures/ maintenance shurtdowns of black coal generator in the Hunter as they reach their end of life there will be very very little 'spare' leccy to shunt around the country.

The only way to fix the mess is to get rid of the stupid 'must take' laws, ie if soloar & wind are generating anything, that must be be purchased first - which is what is making switching Pelican Point on unviable.

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Cold callers illegally sold Aussie farmers 1,700 years worth of printer ink

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Re: This just reinforces the stereotype

I think SWMBO has had the same company try it on her. She said no thank you and hung up. Within 30 seconds another call from them, she hung up and for the next hour every few minutes would get another call.

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Congratulations IBM for 'inventing' out-of-office email. You win Stupid Patent of the Month

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Re: You thought you were joking

Try fire or crop rotation.

IIRC Fire already patented in Australia

But maybe not "on a mobile device". Another patent claim against Samsung ???

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Centrelink needed 370 extra staff to automate data matching

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The Goanna had it right

"As a government I can tell you you're not spending it that well that we should be paying extra."

Kerry Packer 1991

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Licence-fee outsourcer Capita caught wringing BBC tax from vulnerable

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Why not privatise the BBC and let advertisers pay for it?

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Nokia’s big comeback: Watches, bathroom scales, a 3310 PR gimmick, Snake, erm...

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Re: I was hoping for more from the 3310

Given 2G is about to switched off in Australia, Telstra has already done so, Optus will follow come 1 April, this is useless to me. Given my use case a 3310 is perfect, if only I could get it on 3G

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Failed cancer data integration project means labs can't see patient histories

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Serious Questions

“Without a register function, there will be no national system in place to provide screening histories to laboratories to inform clinical decision-making and no safety net supporting women with positive test results to get the follow-up they need”.

1. Why is this a Commonwealth function ?

2. How many people move interstate once they have had a cancer diagnosis that would be used to justify a commonwealth register >

The Commonwealth also funds the Bowel Cancer screening program. Only 37% of people offered a free test bother to do it. I am one of the 63% over 50s who don't as the test is already included in battery of tests I undergo each year (I have had abnormal liver results (genetic) since age 20 and the quack wants to keep an eye on it - so about a liter** of blood drawn every six months - every 2nd one a PSA and the "off" PSA is the bowel) and the 2016 report summary is a mass of gobblegook.

** may or may not be an exaggeration

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El Reg drills into chatbot hype: The AIs that want to be your web butlers

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Re: Two letter acronyms are going to fail...

Until Siri, Alexa, Cortana or "google" can provide guidance on answering the age old question posed by SWMBO "do these pants make my bum look big?" , they are dead to me. Siri just tried to tell me where I could buy pants when I asked her - sigh

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'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

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Re: This has been a policy since at least 2008

That is new, and it's all Trump.

Male Bovine excretment

Look at the New York Times dated June 28 2016 ...

WASHINGTON — The federal government has proposed adding a line to forms filled out by visitors to the United States that would ask them to voluntarily disclose their social media accounts, a step that it said would help in screening for ties to terrorism.

or there is Politico 22/12/206 (before Trump was sworn in for those who need to remove shoes to count to 20)

NEW YORK — The U.S. government quietly began requesting that select foreign visitors provide their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts upon arriving in the country, a move designed to spot potential terrorist threats that drew months of opposition from tech giants and privacy hawks alike.

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Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

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Re: Confession

There was a tale, possibly apocryphal, about a System36 or 38 server near Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) . It would boot, and mysteriously reboot /power down every few seconds. All the blinken lights were working, all parts swapped out, new boxen supplied. ...Until one Engineer was gazing out of the window in thought, noticed a pattern, every time this big mother of a radar dish was pointed at the building - bzzzt.

He shot down to the local supermarket & several rolls of aluminium foil later applied to the window all was well.

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Google bellows bug news after Microsoft sails past fix deadline

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Re: ...the company all-but-accused Google of...

Google are being the arsehats

Depending where in the codebase it is means that sometimes it takes more time than 90 days to find, test and fix an issue - do you want a rushed/broken fix in 90 days or a proper fix in 100 ?

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BOFH: Password HELL. For you, mate, not for me

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Re: call about your accident

My wife plays helpless, and "oh dear my husband is not home at the moment & he deals with $attempted_scam, his name is Rufus Firefly* and you can reach him on ..., and uses the number for one of the telemarketers that comes through on an unblocked number

*safe in knowledge few have watched Duck Soup , I am considering getting her to change the name she uses to Lancelot Link

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'Grey technology' should be the new black

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I would like to take whoever designed the menu display panels at our local Maccas out behind the shelter sheds & show them the error of their ways with a baseball bat. You get about half of it read - and screen is replaced. A few of my students works at Maccas and they get complaints all the time about that, and it slows them down taking orders as well. Oh that looked edible, "how may I help you?", "Can I please have a "doh", hang on for the screen with the name of what I wanted"... watch a screen for the brekkie menu, then another for their sponsorships then ah right screen , scanning scanning yes ,"Can I please have a 'expeletive' - just a coffee please"

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Naughty sysadmins use dark magic to fix PCs for clueless users

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I lay on hands

"Sir, its not working!", "but I did type my password in properly", all cured by me taking the keyboard.

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One BEEELLION dollars: Apple sues Qualcomm, one of its chip designers

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Que ?

had been overcharging Apple and bribing the iPhone maker with lower licensing costs in exchange for an exclusive deal

What concurrently and at the same time ?

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Australia's Department of Social Services pushing ahead with data-matching plans

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Re: ...or how about using a different dataset?

see theshovel...

Every minister in the federal government has been sent a letter saying they need to pay back thousands of dollars in entitlements, with the burden on the minister to prove otherwise.

The new automated system was developed to create a more efficient process, cutting out the need for human involvement. “We developed an algorithm based on a number of inputs from previous data, and the formula came out at 100%,” a spokesperson for the project said. “It’s much simpler to just assume that all ministers are rorting the system and then weed out the ones that aren’t, rather than the other way around”.

A special phone line has been set up for Ministers wishing to contest the claims. The average on-hold time is currently 7 hours.

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Oz government on its Centrelink debacle: 'This is fine'

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Re: Communication

One fact is that if you provided truthful and honest information you would not have received a letter.

In one word bovine excretment !

1. Say you are on Newstart for all of January and you have not worked at all during January and have correctly declared $0 income.

2. You are then employed as say a teacher on Feb 1, at say a a salary of 52k and all your income is correctly declared.

3. On 31 Jan you inform Satanlink you no longer require Newstart and receive no more payments from them..

So far you have met ALL obligations placed upon you by both Satanlink and the ATO and have done absolutely nothing wrong

Now 12 months later Satanlink performs the worst data match evah (divides 52k by 26 and comes up with an averaged 2k income per fortnight) - and thinks you have defrauded them and sends you a letter in which you are invited to 'correct' the problem. Which you then do - you go to aus.gov.au and you confirm that yes you did indeed earn 52k that year (the only number you are allowed to enter) then its THIEF THIEF THIEF ! YOU OWE US 1,570.40 !!!!!!!!!

At what point have YOU done anything wrong ? Only once have you given the government an interest free loan of 1570 are you allowed to appeal .

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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

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Re: Setting passwords for international users

At their antipodean counterpart the # sign is used to represent a telephone exchange

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NSW government innovates, with visa workers taking over IT roles

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The stupid it burns

My innovation plan for the NSW Govt.

SHUT.IT.DOWN.

FIRE.THEM.ALL - SELL.THEM.AND.THEIR.FAMILIES.INTO.SLAVERY

BURN.IT.DOWN - SALT.THE.EARTH.WHERE.IT.STOOD

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Aw, how sweet: Google Brain claims to clock diabetic eye diseases just like a proper doc

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Curious

Given that scans were analysed by humans 3-7 times, what was the divergence among the humans

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IBM pays up after 'clearly failing' DDoS protection for Australia's #censusfail

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Aussie Post fails as well ?

I filled mine out and and its still sitting in my bottom drawer. Had a single follow up visit from a census collector a week after the date, told her I had mailed it. From experience (they were chasing some stats when I ran my own business) I would have expected 5 follow up calls by now so Aussie Post must have mislaid many many forms as well.

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CompSci Prof raises ballot hacking fears over strange pro-Trump voting patterns

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How do they compare with EXIT polls ?

And its amaaaaaazing that every single piece of video I have seen about wonky machines were a vor Trump being recorded as a vote the Hildebeastand machines were started up with votes already recorded for the Dems.

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Who's in Peter's file? Moneybags Thiel hits up Silicon Valley brains to join his Trump think tank

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He won, your 'guy' lost - get over it !

So you don't like Trump or Thiel - who cares ?

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Telstra's answers El Reg's Smart Home security questions

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Re: Telstra?

Almost double ditto...

worked for Telstra in NOSD, then ITG then IBM-GSA. Ericsson were were copying stuff from the /36,/66 and /A4s that Tesltra did all around the world. Happy days

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

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Re: but

Will it play Crysis ?

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Silicon Valley's oligarchs got a punch in the head – and that's actually good thing

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Re: Adam Curtis HyperNormalisation

So basically the Bismarck Theory ...

There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.

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China passes new Cybersecurity Law – you have seven months to comply if you wanna do biz in Middle Kingdom

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This is exactly the same attitude the US took earlier in it's history.

At it least it gave us Pirates of Penzance :-)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pirates_of_Penzance#Background

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Twitter trolls are destroying democracy, warn eggheads

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Re: And they expected what? from postcard sized posts

But twatter also applies quite a heavy thumb on the scales, say a movie that sjws lurve is crap because... - shadowbanning, outright banning , supporter of movie twats death threats all is a-ok

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Researchers crack Oz Govt medical data in 'easy' attack with PCs

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Re: My brain hurts

I'm sure every time Brandis opens his mouth on technology or privacy he destroys more of my brain cells than a swift smack in the head with a hammer would do

FTFY

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Good luck securing 'things' when users assume 'stuff just works'

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Re: Sleeping through a robbery

I have slept through a battalion attack involving 30 M60 LMGs, roughly 500 rifles, a helicopter, and the battalion quack playing the bagpipes, lots of grenade & artillery simulators as - well mind you this was at dawn of day 10 of a 10 day exercise where was getting 2-3 hours sleep in any 24 hour period. I was woken by the none too gentle tapping on my boots - after uttering the appropriate greeting (f-off) I opened my eyes to see the RSM & CSM - cost me 6 months of duty when back in the barracks - sigh

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Data ethics in IoT? Pff, you and your silly notions of privacy

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his is what is happening now. People's choices are being taken over by overzealous and misinformed corporate marketers

Did someone say "nudge" ?

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Hapless Network Rail contractors KO broadband in Uxbridge

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Re: "not highlighted in the thorough surveys"

We have a similar thing here, called dial before you dig. BIL is an experienced excavator operator and rang himself despite assurances from the engineers they did. I can only image the look on BILs face whenhe was thrown 30meters when he hit an underground power cable carrying many thousands of volts. DB4UD said it was actually one street over. Lucky bil did ring, power company sent him a billfor 250k , with recording from db4ud , power co withdrew invoice.

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