* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

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Memo to Microsoft: Keeping your promises is probably a good idea

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Re: MS-as-usual

Silverlight was a good idea, just implemented horribly.

That's not the point. The point is that you were told by Microsoft that it was the future of Microsoft, you trusted that and invested $$$ in training and implementations on Silverlight.

Then one day they turn round and say ..... and it's gone .....

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Big Tech slams Trump on plan to deport kids

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Texas storm recovery

Isn't that going to be terribly expensive if all the construction is being done by New England craftsmen when you have got rid of all the immigrant labor?

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>Nearly $50 million in the California state budget will go to expanded legal services for illegals

Splutter, that's nearly 1/7 of an F35 - no wonder the country is in such a state !

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User thanked IT department for fast new server, but it had never left its box

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Re: more relaxed meetings with the students.

We got new heavy wooden doors for the staff offices after a refit, replacing the glass doors.

Then a memo that we weren't allowed to be in a meeting with a student with the door closed.

So all the doors were propped open with fire extinguishers

Followed by a memo that you weren't allowed to borrow fire extinguishers

Then they fitted glass panels to each door - frosted glass

My post-doc ended - but I'm sure they are still working on a solution, probably involving cloud connected cameras

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Malware writer offers free trojan to hackers ... with one small drawback

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If you can't trust shadowy dark-net purveyors of hacking tools

Who can you trust ?

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Deputy AG Rosenstein calls for law to require encryption backdoors

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Re: Impossible

Except by the simple method of keeping you in prison indefintely until you reveal the keys and holding you upside down in a tank of water with electrodes on your bits until you remember

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China: Cute Hyperloop Elon, now watch how it's really done

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Re: This is what happens when all the leaders are engineers

It's what happens when you are allowed to promise anything irrespective of money or technical feasibility. But unlike the home life of our own dear leader, you are allowed to imprison anybody who asks about progress later

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When uploading comments to the FCC, you can now include malware

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Re: What ? A comment system that allows for uploading anything ?

Uploading is fine.

The problem is that this also lets you download, from an fcc.gov link with https and the nice little green padlock, and then a message asking if you want to trust content from fcc.gov

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Couple fires sueball at Amazon over faulty solar eclipse-viewing goggles

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Re: Get out the popcorn

If the glasses were brought from a third party vendor are Amazon responsible for any refunds requested?

Your contract was with Amazon, you paid Amazon, you went to Amazon because of their trusted name.

Otherwise every store would have a small print saying that they, Tesco, are merely a marketplace and the real seller is Tesco Trading Bahamas LTD

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Re: Get out the popcorn

Should the corner shop run their own tests on a tin of Heinz beans?

If they decided to buy unlabeled cans from a bloke in the pub - yes.

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Re: Site for sore eyes.

Just for the sake of argument, has an automobile dealer ever been successfully sued for selling a car with manufacturing defects it had no knowledge of?

But they do handle recalls.

VW can't say that a faulty car is nothing to do with them because they are VW Retail Ltd and are merely reselling a car built by VW Manufacturing GMBH and anyway they aren't talking to you because you are actually a customer of VW Financial Services SA.

(actually BMW did try this and got a mild wrist slap)

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UK council fined £70k for leaving vulnerable people's data open to world+dog

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Re: Train them

Then you get to a point where everyone's job becomes compliance arse covering.

Little-old-lady (tm) rings up to ask about her heating. Your priority is making sure that you have ticked all the boxes rather than helping her. If you miss asking her the correct 32 digit case number at the correct points during the call you can get fired, if you just hang up you are safe.

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Oh, ambassador! You literally are spoiling us: Super-stealthy spyware hits Euro embassy PCs

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Re: For Sensitive Stuff

BBC Micro with Wordwise ROM

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Re: Conspiracy time

someone called Boris, not just in the Foreign Office, but running the whole ruddy show!

Worse than that - he's an American

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Re: Oxford?

I thought Cambridge was where the KGB recruited ?

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Conspiracy time

Which north western european nation would most benefit from information obtained about other european countries over the next 20 months?

If you were MI6 would you

a, deliberately make your spy software look Russian to throw off the enemy

b, have spy software so simply super that nobody ever found it

c, not use spy software because it is ungentlemanly

d, have no idea what anyone is talking about because you rely on aged Oxford tutors to recruit all your staff and they haven't moved to fountain pens yet

e, see no need to spy because johnny foreigner will give in to all of Boris's demands anyway

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China claims to have turbine-powered drone carrying 200kg payload

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Being able to track them, and being able to stop them

The ships will be fitted with the new Boycott cricket ball defense system

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The power of advertsising

1939 Germany announced it has a 2000kg rocket powered drone capable of making daily deliveries to London.

The home secretary expressed concern about the security implications and has sent a list of strategic targets in London to a Mr Von Braun to be excluded from the delivery route

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How the CIA, Comcast can snoop on your sleep patterns, sex toy usage

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Re: Not Surprised

Unless you put extra life batteries in your personal massager, strap your fit-bit to it and put your nest in the freezer.

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Dell's flagship XPS13 – a 2-in-1 that may fatally frustrate your fingers

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Re: Non-PC company

Thats' the problem with the one's from ebay - many were owned by greengrocer's

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I want my iPhone to have a physical HP-IB port

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Re: Non-PC company

But you are fine having an ARM cpu in your phone?

Even though they are part owned by the Saudis?

So you fully support their attitude to women, gays, Yemenis???

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Mazda and Toyota join forces on Linux-based connected car platform

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I was thinking more along the lines of a window like in a limo, rolls up and seals the noise from the rear in the rear.

And then a button that releases knock-out gas ?

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Trump-hating Iranian is the new Uber CEO

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Re: A win by default?

Well it was that or become White House Press Secretary ....

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Re: Nothing wrong with the concept... it's the practice

And if it had been stopped by the normal BMW?

they are driving for commerce - they should have a commercial drivers license

Using a computer for commerce ? Should have a PEng license !

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DJI strips out code badness, reveals some GPL odds 'n sods

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Re: Banks...

The update is still being got from the store via the app, and hence approved by Apple/Google

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Re: Wondering ...

Drones use GPS for navigation

It is possible that powerful GPS jammers in the vicinity of all airports, ports, hospital helipads etc might have unforeseen (or pretty easily forseen) consequences.

ps cell phones cause a large proportion of car accidents and supposedly cause filling stations and aircraft to explode at the slightest use. Perhaps massive GSM jammers could be provided along all roads and the phones destroyed when seen in use

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How exactly do you protect it from this?

By submitting precise geographical coordinates of all your secret facilities and critical infrastructure to a Chinese company and have them broadcast this to everyone in the world who subscribed to their updates?

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India responds to internet shutdown criticism... by codifying rules to make it legal

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Re: Crowd-powered possible?

I'm not sure I want an army of Facebook members coming round to enact cat videos for me.

I would add reg commentators providing porn - but that's not an image you want in your mind

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Re: OMG India actually publishes the rules it will use to decide on a shut down.

Fortunately in the case of an emergency the Home Office would issue orders to the post office to cut off the telegraph service and Ms. Rudd would order the confiscation of hashtags

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Re: Harming the country's ability to maintain services contracts

How exactly do you protect it from this?

By having the proper close relationships with the ex-politicians on your board which ensures you are a special case

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US focuses eyes in the sky as Hurricane Harvey starts to slam into Texas

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NOAA conspiracy

NOAA is facing a 20% funding cut, as is NASA, and suddenly there is a major hurricane that only their satellites can predict - wake up sheeple

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James Webb Telescope will be infatuated with Europa and Enceladus

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The UK is a minor partner of ESA the European space Agency who are part building the telescope instruments, we will probably stay in that because the R&D center is at Harwell and even Canada is a member of ESA. The UK isn't part of Arianespace, the (just about) profit making launcher.

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Re: Welcome Overlords

Ironically most of the design elements of the telescope, like the folding mirror, were set by a NASA requirement to launch it on an American rocket. The designs that would require the much larger Ariane were constantly rejected.

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Re: Active for five to ten years

The mid IR instruments are cooled by a mechanical fridge, the near IR camera is passively cooled - that's the main reason for putting it so far out from Earth.

The lifetime is set by fuel for the maneuvering thrusters

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UK.gov wants quick Brexit deal with EU over private data protections

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Re: It is not that hard

But with a free trade deal with the rest of the world means the UK will get cheap America meat and wheat without any tarrif barriers or pesky Eu rules on hormones and GMO. Cheap American fracked oil instead of that expensive North sea stuff and be able to import everything else tax free from China

Prices in the shops should tumble - only slightly slower than the value of the currency and wages

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Re: Meanwhile

But with 20,000 warheads on each side we were a lot closer to a software bug, radar fault, mid-air collision or confused junior officer launching one.

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Re: It is all down to money

>those criminals, exiles and OAP's that come back

You don't have to let them back.

There where lots of people in Africa in the 70s and Hong Kong in the 80s who thought they were British subjects until it looked like they might want to move to the UK.

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Hard to see how a more bespoke deal is possible.

It's hard to see the ECJ saying: Dear German bank you can store data on your customers in the EU and be subject to all sorts of strict data protection rules - or store it in the UK with much looser rules and we will be perfectly OK with that.

It's hard to see why anyone would agree to the UK having looser health / safety / materials etc standards but being allowed equal access

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Judge orders handover of Trump protest website records – DreamHost claims victory

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Re: Dictatorship like by U.S Government

>You have a certain idiot state rep who called for Trump's assassination

What happened to the republican politician that published pictures of her opponents in a gunsight - and then one of them was assassinated?

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Fewer than half GCSE computing students got a B or higher this year

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Re: Not surpised about teaching on GCSE Computing

To be fair it has always been crap.

Back in the early 80s when I did the newly created O-level computer studies it was about the difference between mainframe, mini and microcomputers and drawing flowcharts with stencils. Together with writing trivial programs in BBC basic. A-level was the same crap but using Pascal.

Degree course weren't much better - which is why everyone who has been working in the field for the last 30years did maths / physics or electrical-eng

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Re: "technical and digitally skilled"

Probably more. It probably also includes holding things.

That would be manually skilled - I think we have managed to stamp that out in schools

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VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

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Re: clean air laws are a joke

Troll or arsehole, either way you should be ignored.

That's unfair - they could be both

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Re: Dangerous precedent

No just that you have to send a copy of the source code to every government agency in every country your company does business with - just to cover yourself

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Wait till Ford get caught rigging the F150 software to make its emissions higher

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Re: Code of Ethics

So it's ok for IEEE members to develop nuclear weapons or high frequency trading platforms for mortgages but not for "optomising" fuel economy?

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Re: Did He Have An Option ???

Until you go to court how do you know it's illegal?

If you are asked to extend the ratio for 2nd gear so you can improve the advertised 0-60 time is that illegal?

If you throttle down the CPU when it is over heating is that illegal if it allows you to post a higher benchmark when the machine is first turned on ?

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