* Posts by Lars

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Sweden leaked every car owners' details last year, then tried to hush it up

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Re: The Young Ones fan?

"A truckload of dead rats in a tampon factory". Unless a Google translate "feature" one has to assume it's a comparison between rats in a sausage factory and rats in a tampon factory claiming they are more easily detected among tampons. Or perhaps it's just a silly thing to say.

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Another Brexit cliff edge: UK.gov warned over data flows to EU

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Re: @ codejunky

"It isnt our incompetence we need to worry about yet.". So true, stupid will need to worry about nothing as it's always too late anyway.

Dear Brits why do you accept this stupidity for absolutely no good reasons.

Shitting here wondering what the hell made the year 2016 the "year of the talking arseholes". You Brits look at the USA and laugh at the Twat. We Europeans laugh at both the Twat and Brexit. It's not a nice laugh, not the kind a guy like Wodehouse produced, but rather the kind of laughter you can, or cannot, master when a guy steps into a heap of dog shit, turns angrily around accusing his wife of not warning him.

Not a nice laughter, but also a laughter without any meanness.

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

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Re: Government staff: need I say more?

Perhaps you should just understand that they don't claim the whole internet is down, it's just down for them for one reason or another. It has happened to me too for various reasons. If somebody tells you that the buss did not come, and so forth.

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Truck spills slimy load all over Oregon road – drivers slip in eel slick

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Re: Rules

Kids up to a certain age react like that to food, they also react to how it feels in the mouth.

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Better mobe coverage needed for connected cars, says firm flogging networking gear

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"They can't". Why do you think they are the same "they". It's not a technical problem, it's about some money and most of all about a political decision.

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Students smash competitive clustering LINPACK world record

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Re: Sarcasm, I agree, came to think about it, they have, for good reasons, a statue of Zuse, the inventor of the modern computer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konrad_Zuse

PS. Anything about the reaction to the first time a British team has won a major performance award on their home soil.

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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Re: Good luck.

The main thing is start and get on with it, and why not rather pay Brits than Microsoft. Kudos to Ubuntu for getting involved. In the long run they will both win on such a project.

When I studied Computer Science in England people from vendors and companies came to tell us about their stuff. A guy from NHS came to tell us about their big project to have the whole population on a computer system with all data linked so that eventually the doctors could have a picture from grandfather to grand kids and so forth. All common sense in my opinion. The year was 1968. I almost assume it's not quite there yet and has any country managed it yet,

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Inmarsat flings latest Wi-Fi-on-airliners satellite into orbit

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Is it not

Grandiosely childish to write "the grandiosely named European Aviation Network".

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Ever wondered why the universe only has black holes in S or XXXL? No? Boffins have an answer

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Just a Germanic oddity with the "v" and the "f" being equal and a bit "undecided".

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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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"Google started in in 1998 with a few AIX servers".

Well not really, using the Wiki we get this, and running Linux from the very beginning of course.

"Original hardware

The original hardware (circa 1998) that was used by Google when it was located at Stanford University included:[3]

Sun Microsystems Ultra II with dual 200 MHz processors, and 256 MB of RAM. This was the main machine for the original Backrub system.

2 × 300 MHz dual Pentium II servers donated by Intel, they included 512 MB of RAM and 10 × 9 GB hard drives between the two. It was on these that the main search ran.

F50 IBM RS/6000 donated by IBM, included 4 processors, 512 MB of memory and 8 × 9 GB hard disk drives. ......................."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Data_Centers

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India's Martian MOM clocks up 1,000 days circling the red planet

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Re: India has a space program...

Perhaps you should forget about the Trident too as long as there are homeless Brits.

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Linus Torvalds slams 'pure garbage' from 'clowns' at grsecurity

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Re: Grumble

Snorlax, what's your problem?.

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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

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No, the taxation should be progressive (within limits) for so many reasons. Money makes more money and it's always cheaper to have money, buying in bulk and so forth. People short of money always lose in comparison. You always know who is out for the fixed percentage.

An ever increasing wealth gap is not good at all.

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Re: a sufficiently motivated person could in fact find out exactly how I voted.

"Finding out who someone voted for is hard, finding out who voted for someone is a lot easier.".

Damn it am I tired too.

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Re: How would Storm know?

I agree about the Thursday we vote on a Sunday, but it's that one station or in advance at any post office.

I don't want to sound smug but I must admit I don't think there is anything worth copying regarding the political system as it has been left in the UK,

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Re: a sufficiently motivated person could in fact find out exactly how I voted.

"Because terrorists", You have a terrorist party?.

PS. keep the paper ballots. Where I live we have to prove identity with a drivers licence or passport or ID card and the name on the roll is marked. I don't really understand why that is such a problem in some countries. Nor do I have to do anything in advance and the ballot is not numbered just stamped. The USA is of course a totally different story for many reasons.

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What augmented reality was created for: An ugly drink with a balloon

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Re: My first visceral disagreement with Mr. Dabbs

"NOTHING wrong with occasionally being left alone at home".

Women have exactly the same feeling/demand, and now I cannot remember who that cleaver man was who said - "leave your woman often but never for too long". Did he base this wisdom on his own experience or his friend's experience and what about the "too long".

PS. that first pic, what happened to them, hotel something?

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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen on IoT: If it uses electricity, it will go online

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Re: Share and Enjoy!

I think you are mistaken, are you perhaps referring to some Specsavers advert.

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Re: "We can't avoid the IoT revolution by refusing to play part."

What he wants to say, I think, is that we cannot deal with a problem by ignoring it.

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Conservative manifesto disappears offline – then mysteriously reappears

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Re: So what part of your taxes has been buying warfare in the Middle East?

Up voted for Jack Ma. We would need a few in Europe too. As for NATO I assume you know he speaks a lot of rubbish on that topic, like on any.

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Shame on you ElReg

According to "Mogg" you cannot call it a shambles, that is something totally different.

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Report estimates cost of disruption to GPS in UK would be £1bn per day

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@ oxfordmale78

I suppose you have to ask Farage or Boris what you should do, could be you have been exploited and are not fully independent either. Perhaps you should also ask to have your contributions returned.

About ESA:

The European Space Agency (ESA) is an intergovernmental organisation of 22 member states, dedicated to the exploration of space. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris, France, ESA has a worldwide staff of about 2,000[5] and an annual budget of about €5.25 billion / US$5.77 billion (2016)"

The UK contribution in mill E (UKSA) 324.8 8.7% of the budget 2016.

Italy 512.0 13.7%

France 844.5 22.6%

Germany 872.6 23.3%

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Space_Agency

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Re: That's why the EU has started Galileo...

"As of December 2016 the system has 18 of 30 satellites in orbit. Galileo started offering Early Operational Capability (EOC) on 15 December 2016[1] and is expected to reach Full Operational Capability (FOC) in 2019.[8] The complete 30-satellite Galileo system (24 operational and 6 active spares) is expected by 2020. "

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Brexploitation! PC price wars? Yep. Vendors see who can go higher

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Sweden

While it's clear that the stupidity did hit the Swedish crown too there has to be something else too in the "18" compared to the "7 to 12" in the Euro block. And also when the $ goes down the £ goes up and vice versa, and as most of that IT equipment is not made in the USA there is again other currencies to take into account.

The vendors are free to demand what ever they decide is possible, as before.

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EU regulators gearing up to slap Google with €1bn fine – reports

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Before

People claim the EU is out only for American firms I should like to point out that the EU hands out fines within the EU too, cartels often the reason, but those cases seldom end up on ElReg and similar.

The Americans have a huge advantage with their "home" market of 330m people.

One of the aims of the EU is to compete with the "home" market of +500m people. But we are a bit lazy in that respect.

Many Brits probably believe you have to know some foreign language to use the EU market, while in reality more or less every site of interest within the EU has English as the second if not the first choice.

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Now you can 'roam like at home' within the EU, but what's the catch?

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Re: Brexit

Brexit is huh? apparently.

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Trying to add to the confusion

Trying to add to this, partly hard to understand, confusion regarding who is, or is not, roaming, is it you, is it your phone, is it your contract, your provider, the small text, the country, the EU or Who.

Why do some funny people go for dual sim phones and when and under what conditions could that be sort of a smart solution.

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Re: Typical.

Good by cow, and while it's probably inevitable that, "It therefore seems likely that operators will hike their fees in some other way to offset this loss.", on those "cost hikes" they have to compete for us as their customers. The roaming income was more or less free money.

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

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Yes, but not "I'm think" correctly.

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France and UK want to make web firms liable for users' content

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Re: "have more presence out there, and you know generate a bit of goodwill in the community"

@LDS, living in Sicily then, never mind, I suppose you meant Italy.

I would not agree to the comparison with the Mafia. Quoting the Wiki.

"A mafia is a type of organized crime syndicate whose primary activities are protection racketeering, the arbitration of disputes between criminals, and the organizing and oversight of illegal agreements and transactions.[1] Mafias often engage in secondary activities such as gambling, loan sharking, drug-trafficking, and fraud.".

I short, money and not "extreme religion", or whatever it should be called.

What many European countries has learned is to avoid as much as possible the forming of ghettos. Looking back to the USA, immigrants tended to settle in the same part of the town according to where they come from. Understandable but not such a good idea to day.

When we accept immigrants we also have to accept some responsibility for them too.

One thing I have learned over the years is that those immigrants have children who go to school and come out as citizens provided they are not put all in the same school, which again is a bad solution.

When we Europeans emigrated to the USA we vent there, on the whole, with great expectations and energy. I have met quite a few immigrants like that in this country, eager to educate their kids, and working hard.

Having listened to Brits sitting in their small towns complaining how shops and restaurants suddenly look "foreign" one has to ask the question, why don't those same people open shops and restaurants working long hours, instead of sitting on their arses, living on the state, and complaining.

However, I am all for more community policing, and youth unemployment is a big problem too where affordable education would be a good help.

And look at yourself, who could be more English than Boris, brought to you by a Turkish grandfather, and what about Lewis Hamilton, Granada I think, liked for good reasons (though).

End rant.

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Swedish school pumps up volume to ease toilet trauma

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Re: Several decades later

I don't think they have "class actions" in Sweden (yet).

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Re: Why do you think Tchaikovsky composed the 1812 Overture?

From farts to Tchaikovsky, not bad for a Monday and has helped me to stop laughing after the election.

For those of you, unfamiliar with "1812" try this, especially if you think "old" music is boring.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGiz_qbViE0

And the longer one here, one of the best you can find on Youtube.

Tchaikovsky Overture 1812 - Seiji Ozawa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DFsF_0tfiM

And then there is the Wiki for your further information.

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Re: When I was a lad ....

Japan came to my mind too, so I had to look her up, as Cato doesn't "sound" very Swedish.

Here she is, political ambitions perhaps. Named and shamed?.

https://tingsryd.se/fortroendeman/cato-cecilia-c/

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Cabinet Office minister Gummer loses seat as Tory gamble backfires

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Re: Well look on the bright side

"It's a convention that non-English MP's don't vote on English only matters - it isn't a law.".

And lets not forget that Brexit is certainly not a "English only matter".

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DDoS attack brings Qatar's Al Jazeera website to its knees

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"What was being said that required it to be taken down?". The "Arab Spring" in/for neighbouring countries. Scary stuff for some in the neighbourhood. There is good stuff on the web about it and Qatar.

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Feeling old? Well, we're older than that: Newly found Homo sapiens jaw dates back 350k years

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Over worked slave dies by his tools and is left to rot me thinks.

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

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"Perhaps some eagle-eyed readers will be more successful than me in spotting any commonality. If so, please notify El Reg and the authorities." Try most were men.

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

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Re: Book stores.

@MacroRodent, as somebody claimed, it's a dull book, I gave up around page 30. Surprisingly popular though in England, second only to Germany according to the Wiki. Something in the air then I hope we don't have to smell again.

Long ago in Gosport a British customs guy left by accident his "black bible" with us in the yacht. And, of course, we had to check it with great interest. There was a list of forbidden books too and the only title I still remember was "The sexual life of Robinson Crusoe". And yes, I must admit that when I read Robinson Crusoe as a kid that aspect did not enter my mind.

My respect for the people who decide about books too dangerous for us to read got a dent forever, but I admit there is probably stuff on the internet that should be deleted as long as we don't make too much fuss about it, especially in front of an election. Nuts are nuts regardless of the internet.

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Re: Book stores.

While there are laws against hate speech, don't be silly, books are not "verboten" just like that. Try this library link:

https://haku.helmet.fi/iii/encore/search/C__Shitler,%20mein%20kampf__Orightresult__U?lang=fin

or why not this:

https://www.helmet.fi/en-US

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Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

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MB

Also Mercedes--Benz was mentioned in the original article.

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Social media vetting for US visas go live

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I say

covefe about this.

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Trident nuke subs are hackable, thunders Wikipedia-based report

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Re: The weakest point ... ?

Captain William Bligh wasn't the villain, never trust Hollywood too much when it comes to facts.

The Wiki is your friend here too or you could read what he wrote about it himself.

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EU axes geo-blocking: Upsets studios, delights consumers

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Re: Axed Geoblocking

Hello Pompmpous Git,

I did provide a link:

"Languages:

English (official, the language generally used), Irish (Gaelic or Gaeilge) (official, spoken by approximately 38.7% of the population as a first or second language in 2011; mainly spoken in areas along the western coast)".

Perhaps I should have used the Joke Alert icon, still the "When the UK leaves the EU there's going to be no native English speaking countries" was rubbish all the same.

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Re: Axed Geoblocking

"When the UK leaves the EU there's going to be no native English speaking countries".

I would consider Ireland a country. Read about it here:

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ei.html

Not that far from the UK either and there is an English colony too.

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Huawei missed memo that PC's dead – so here are three new notebooks

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Re: Why the 15in screen cop out?

Secure boot on Linux is no problem, just do a search on it, and the first thing I would do if I bought one would be to put Linux on it. A multi boot perhaps but I doubt it as I skipped them years ago.

Too expensive, well it would be nice not to pay anything for the Windows if you decide to dump it but I don't really care about that.

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After stiffing us with Trump, Weiner 'fesses to underage cock shot rot

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"Anthony Weiner's cock shots may be responsible for Donald Trump becoming president of the United States". This claim must annoy Farage immensely.

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Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

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Re: Appeal to armchair strategists

I guess May is out to persuade the Chinese to accept a free trade agreement pronto.

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Re: How many changes

The U.S. military uses metric measurements extensively to ensure interoperability with allied forces, particularly NATO Standardization Agreements (STANAG). Ground forces have measured distances in "klicks", slang for kilometers, since 1918...........

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US judges say you can Google Google, but you can't google Google

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About Aspirin as a Trademark

From the Wiki:

"Trademark

Due to allowing the use of "Aspirin" for years by other manufacturing chemists, despite the trademark-infringing nature of the use, and its own failure to use the name for its own product when it began selling direct, Bayer lost its trademark in the United States in 1918, affirmed by court appeal in 1921.[155] Today, aspirin is a generic word in Australia, France, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Jamaica, Colombia, the Philippines, South Africa, Ghana, the United Kingdom and the United States.[156] Aspirin, with a capital "A", remains a registered trademark of Bayer in Germany, Canada, Mexico, and in over 80 other countries, where the trademark is owned by Bayer, using acetylsalicylic acid in all markets, but using different packaging and physical aspects for each".

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