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Cryptography is the Bombe: Britain's Enigma-cracker on display in new home

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Re: A conspiracy theory is born

That would be ridiculous - Stalin had so many agents in British intelligence that he would have known instantly.

Instead we sold them to all our Commonwealth friends and Non-US Nato allies, with a big sigh that it was such excellent German kit that we had never been able to break it.

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I'm betting the Poles aren't mentioned much either - coming over here taking our jobs, defeating our enemies....

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Re: State Secret.

I believe we did refurbish & sell on Enigma systems after the war.

So having fought off the Nazis they risked the wrath of the BSA for selling on used equipment with an embedded software license.

Thank $Deity$ they weren't made by Oracle

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Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets

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Re: Root & reflash

With microg.org you can even avoid Google and the Play store for apps.

But even with Google services, Lineageos is still worth it for the absence of manufacturer crap, the ability to minimise the amount of Google stuff on the home screen and to get weekly updates for 5 year old devices

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Re: someone can tell me

Which doesn't help unless you can also audit the binary blob inside the cellular modem (hint you can't) and the CPU - at the mask level.

But you can stop every key stroke and every web site being automatically sent to Google - "to serve you better"

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Um, excuse me. Do you have clearance to patch that MRI scanner?

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Re: "but when it comes to human life..."

Every time windows issues an update we have to do software testing before we can allow that update onto machines in a doctor's office

Perhaps we should also repeat all the EMC testing .

And we could repeat the usability testing, with 10-20 consultant surgeons, in case it has the frame rate and perceived latency.

Can't be too careful - it does mean that the PC in the doctors office for viewing your X-rays is now going to cost as much as an MRI machine - but you do have an extra 350M/week to pay for this from next year.

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Re: Um, excuse me. Do you have clearance to patch that CT-scanner?

Although with the glowing red light behind it - it may be a portal to a nether world

(can you get a 510K on a portal to the netherworld, based on a predicate device?)

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National ID cards might not mean much when up against incompetence of the UK Home Office

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Re: Some things the government should know..

should have an ID number which should mean absolutely nothing - it should just be an external key into a database,

Which should contain everything GCHQ know, or think they know through 6levels of separation, about you. And the police and any other official from benefits office to county dog warden should be able to see it when they stop you and demand your card - err because of terrorism

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Pwned with '4 lines of code': Researchers warn SCADA systems are still hopelessly insecure

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Re: SCADA systems running windows

How long before someone starts talking about PDP-11's

Was it the Eurofighter's engine management system that has a VMS backend ?

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Wires, chips, and LEDs: US trade bigwigs detail Chinese kit that's going to cost a lot more

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Re: My precious....

China cheats. It is destroying UK manufacturing at a rate of knots

Have you thought of joining some sort of unified trading block with some of your other European allies?

Then you could present a single market to China and get much better trade protection and negotiating power.

Just a thought

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It's going to hit the farm/bible belt once China put their tariffs on which is Trumps core support group.

Foreigners are attacking outr farmers , so anybody who doesn't vote for us is a pro-China traitor

(ps please ignore Russia)

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Re: Every one

The most famous is don't fight a land war in Asia

But second to that is - don't start a trade war in an election year against a centrally planned economy that can pick and choose its targets

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US-CERT warns of more North Korean malware

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Didn't get the memo?

We are now friends with North Korea, the enemy is Canada. We have always been at war with Canada.

For as long as Winston can recall, Oceania has been in a constant state of war – with whom it was at war is of neither importance nor consequence.

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Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Re: Oneway screws

Is the lock made by apple?

It does have rounded corners, but on the other hand it is only $100

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Re: tamper-proof screws aren't

AvE A Canadian engineer on You Tube

Especially the calibrated 'CH' ruler

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Former FBI boss Comey used private email for official business – DoJ

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Lock them all up?

Just a thought.....

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Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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Re: Good luck

Which is precisely the thing that got the DoJ interested in Microsoft all those years ago

Even if the current US administration don't want to go after $Bn companies, their equivalents in the Eu do.

And these days the phone market isn't as USA centric as the desktop market was in the 90s

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AI is cool and all – but doctors and patients don't really need it

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Re: I thought we were already there in some areas

Not in America.

In Europe your smear test will be scanned at a dozen visible and non-visible wavelengths with sub-micron resolution with optics that even follows the non-flatness of the glass slide.

The images may be compared with a training set of millions of cases to check for abnormal cells.

In the USA (and to an extent in Canada) your data can only be examined by a doctor using a Mk1 eyeball under a 30 year old microscope that was last cleaned in the C20, he (it's always a he) will glance at a few areas at random for 20-30 seconds before making a report which is statistically little better than a coin toss.

But he does drive a very nice car.

(In Canada they can at least look at the image from the microscope on a monitor)

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Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo

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Re: The Enigma to Embrace, Expand Upon and Enjoy .....

A breakthrough in AI ?

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Re: Its the Will of the People!!

Going slightly OT could the numbers of media studies/arts students reflect the numbers of places available

No it's simple economics.

Any indoor job with no heavy lifting now requires a degree.

The employer doesn't care what degree you have - just the grade.

Why work hard at school and risk not getting the required 17 straight As in whatever A Levels are called today.

Then put in 9-5 lectures and labs for a science degree when you can do history of Art, get in with a couple of Cs, pay the same fees and get the same office job

Actually you get a better job, with your nice shiny management studies degree you get to be the boss of those specialists that did physics.

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Ex-Rolls-Royce engineer nicked on suspicion of giving F-35 info to China

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the RR share price has shot up after the news came out

Obviously it has lowered costs - engine sales will be far more profitable if you don't have to pay workers to build it.

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... Aaaand that's a fifth Brit Army Watchkeeper drone to crash in Wales

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Thinking outside the box here...

Suppose they were to operate them in an actual war zone (as opposed to Wales) and filled them with some sort of explosive - then when they crash into the landscape it would be a good thing.

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Thought the AT&T Time-Warner tie-up was scary? Comcast says 'hold my beer'

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End of an era?

Does this mean that brave little avant-garde Fox will come under the jackboot of an oppressive corporate master?

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Citation needed: Europe claims Kaspersky wares 'confirmed as malicious'

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Re: And remove USA software?

Actually EU should not trust US software - it was already bad before Trump, now it can only get worse.

At the moment would you rather have the Russians reading your tariff response discussions or the Americans?

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Intel confirms it’ll release GPUs in 2020

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Re: Hopefully not just the high end..

For real work you need CUDA, or at least OpenCL support that is as good as CUDA

For games you need Intel to stay in a market for more than 5mins so games support the card, so gamers buy the card, so games support the card

For home/office use the builtin Intel GPU is good enough

Good luck Intel

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So net neutrality has officially expired. Now what do we do?

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Re: Net Neutrality is a red herring

Could that be because Zuckerberg, Brin, Page and Dorsey are all of the progressive persuasion?

I thought they were all part of a Muslim Illuminati conspiracy? You really can't trust these progessives

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Re: You could always hope

Also his voters are only going to be able to get Fox approved websites over their Fox subsidiary cable by next election anyway

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Re: Competition

I wonder if the websites will start playing the same game?

Hey Comcast, how many subscribers will you lose if they can no longer access Google / youtube / facebook / Amazon? Perhaps you should be paying Facebook the same as you currently pay for ESPN or HBO ?

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Youth crime falls as kids stay inside to play Grand Theft Auto instead of going out to steal cars

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But when the apocalypse comes how will Australian youth gain the skills to drive armoured V8s across the outback in pursuit of oil and/or Mel Gibson ?

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UK digital secretary throws cold water over bid for laws on kids' use of social media

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Re: Molehills and mountains

That's what they said about Rock'n'Roll, Violent movies, VHS, Cartoons and cannabis.

Look at what happened to the generation that were brought up on those things ......

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What will this do to standards at el'reg?

If mature sensible and reasonable 13 year olds are no longer allowed to vote?

It is going to screw up the Raspberrypi stackoverflow site - but kids can always learn about computers once they turn 18

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Why would anyone do that? for any subject?

Whatever they don't do - that's best practice

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Nominet throws out US corp's attempt to seize Brit domain names

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Re: Torn...

An Israeli guy just lost Nissan.com to the car company formerly known as Datsun.

His argument that he had registered it in 1994, that it was his family surname (and probably had been since the C6 BCE) and was the name of a Hebrew month - didn't work with the court.

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England's top judge lashes out at 'Science Museum' grade court IT

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Re: On the up-side

You can deliver a bloc of concrete in the form of a mainframe. Pretty hard to hack into.

Especially if it uses Sygnetics famous write only memory chips

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Dems push Ryan to vote to help save America's net neutrality measures

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Re: Signal switching

When was it decided that the FCC's remit is to send political messages via regulations, rather than Congress doing it with law

When it was decided that the head of the FCC was a direct presidential appointment

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US regains supercomputer crown from Chinese, for now

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running Whole Brain Emulation Software

Unfortunately it is emulating the brain of the average Vancouver inhabitant and so is currently stoned.

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Re: Good job Mr. President!

By using a lot of clever Taiwanese GPUs

(and borrowing the money from China to pay for it)

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Re: Depertment of Energy

How long to mine enough bitcoin to pay for itself?

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Microsoft will ‘lose developers for a generation’ if it stuffs up GitHub, says future CEO

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Re: Decentralised

The point of github though is that it is central. Somewhere to post open source projects that people can immediately find and use them.

If github shut down tomorrow the code would still exist on hundreds of users machines -but it would be a lot harder to find, use and improve.

Back to a world of mailing lists, personal websites and tarball downloads

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UK military may recruit wheezy, alcoholic keyboard warriors

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Re: Some of those are out for good reason

Unless you received the drugs officially as part of the payment

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Re: Health problems?

foster a team spirit amongst the victims by getting them to bond together

Strange how the same techniques has been so much less effective, although equally widely applied, in industry

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UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather

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Re: Carrier Command

Why can't they stick them on a carrier?

These are RAF fighters. The cost of building a separate officers mess on the HMS Me would be prohibitive

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Re: Wouldn’t it be most responsbile if....

I mean honestly... who in their right mind would fly something that expensive into a situation where they might get damaged?

That was a quote from a US general when the first stealth bombers were being built.

The USAF will be defeated when the hanger roof collapses on their single incredibly expensive super new aircraft

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Re: New better technology?

Some serious mistakes were made in the planning for that to be the case....

The company planning an aircraft carrier without the ability to fit cats was the same company desperately looking for a customer for the more expensive VTOL version of it's rather pricey new fighter.

I think some serious smarts went into the planning for that.

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Re: I don't see the big problem with stopping on the way

US had their nuclear B-52 stationed in Thule.

A Volvo with a roofbox as the secret Scandinavian nuclear delivery system ....

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Re: So...

Except for the RAF Typhoons that are now permanently stationed down there.

I think the OP was suggesting that the British invade the Falklands again.

It would be a tremendous flag waving victory, distract from Brexit and give Boris something to write a really rousing, if incomprehensible, speech about.

On humanitarian grounds, having Eurofighters stay on the islands, and F35s stay in Portsmouth - the number of air-air casualties could be greatly reduced.

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Re: Emergency Landing on a Cargo Ship

The tail landed squashed a minivan - but the aircraft landed on the delivery crate for a mirror for one of the Uk's telescopes on La Palma.

A modern 8.5m diamter telescope mirror costs around $20M so for a fraction of the price of the HMS Her Maj and Chuck we could build a fleet of telescopes and have them shipped around the world on cargo ships - providing a network of landing spots for any passing VTOL aircraft.

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No need to dock.

I understood that the problem with the HMS Oneself and HMS the kid, was the lack of catapults to launch aircraft.

So each ship could be paired with a fleet of airships which would hoist the F35 aloft and release them to bomb Pearl Harbor and then have them land back on the ship.

It would be cheaper than the F35B and revitalise the moribund British Imperial Airship industry

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I see a satellite of a man ... Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, that's now 4 sats fit to go

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Australian Design Rules (ADRs) are national standards for vehicle safety, anti-theft and emissions

I just saw an excellent Australian driver-education film showing the unique design choices for vehicle safety and anti-theft.

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