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Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

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Re: So I'm liable for my Volkswagon exceeding CO2 emissions?

You can be if you mess with the pollution control systems.

But that was the point of the article - the insurer is on the hook for safety, so long as you install upgrades.

But you are responsible if the automated car breaks the law.

i suppose you are currently legally responsible if your phone doesn't meet CE/FCC regs - but I can't imagine a regular owner being prosecuted because the manufacturer had a bug in the modem

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Surely the owner of the device would be liable?

So I'm liable for my Volkswagon exceeding CO2 emissions?

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Fresh bit o' Linux to spruce up that ancient Windows Vista box? Why not, we say...

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Re: Windows7 / 10 look+feel

Thank you, the Q4OS manager in the link (http://dailylinuxuser.com/2016/11/make-q4os-look-like-windows-with-xpq4.html) looks promising

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Windows7 / 10 look+feel

Are there any current desktops with a very close Windows7 (or Windows10 ) look and feel?

I want to replace a Windows machine for a highly-non-technical user and don't want them to realise anythinn has changed. As long as web pages open and they can have libreoffice open word docs they will be happy.

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Fine, OK, no backdoors, says Deputy AG. Just keep PLAINTEXT copies of everyone's messages

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Re: OFFS

Not the US govt. he wants the authorities to have the plain text.

So if the message goes through a cable in international water - every govt get a copy.

The Russians, the Cubans, the Iranians, the Belgians ....

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Fake tech support 'scam' husband and wife banned FOR LIFE from computer repair world

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Re: Outrageous sums of money?

I paid $1.5M for a payroll system and then IBM called and claimed I had to pay another $150M over the next 6 years to make it work.

Fortunately this wasn't a criminal scam - just a government IT contract

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USB stick found in West London contained Heathrow security data

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Re: sounds a bit far fetched to be honest.

The Queens 'route' ?

Wouldn't she take the Piccadilly line to Green Park> She could then pick up a Horse to back door of Buck Palace. Alternately she could sell the Crown jewels and get a Heathrow Express ticket.

Now that Uber is out of the picture

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Re: Someone tell Amber Rudd.

She will take immediate action to ensure that USB keys containing sensitive data can no longer be found under piles of leaves.

A major defoliation campaign involving spraying Agent Orange over west London

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Re: How as this even possible?

The fact that a USB stick exists with open documents tells us plenty about that organisation.

That in the current climate of austerity they can no longer afford to lose entire laptops

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Seagate's 'AI' disk drive: Just put slightly higher numbers on the specs

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This new one is even better. It can store an infinite amount of data and when you try and retrieve it - the AI argues you out of wanting that particular file

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

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Re: F-35 Normal state is TITSUP

Would you really want to base the UK's defence for the next half century on the assumption that a few UK-based bearded god-botherers are the only threat we need to prepare against?

No we must prepare for a simultaneous land war in Russia and China.

Obviously bringing the Brigade of Guards upto a fighting strength of 1 billion will require some extensive breeding programs in the home counties.

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Chinese whispers: China shows off magnetic propulsion engine for ultra-silent subs, ships

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Re: Yamato 1?

Couldn't they follow historical British tradition and name them after famous historical naval figures?

I'm sure the US would welcome a goodwill visit to Hawaii from the Admirial Yamamoto

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Re: Wait, what?

Couldn't they just use a big magnet on a rope to stick onto another ship - that sounds like a silent (and economical) propulsion system

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Re: I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again...

But there can be only one prototype

Unless we are embracing cuddly-feely engineering where every design gets to be first and a special little snowflake

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Brave Twitter axes Russian media ads 11 months after the fact

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In post-soviet Russia ad influences you ...

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Biz quadruples value overnight by adding 'Blockchain' to name

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If only Watson had suggested that - they might have a business .

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Man: Just 18 Bitcoin babies and my home is yours

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Re: This bit always confuses me....

But the Swiss newsagents also accept bars of gold with swastikas on them.

The Swiss restricting high value notes to prevent criminal money laundering by Swiss banks would be like handing out speeding tickets at the Indi500

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Humble civil servant: Name public electric car chargers after me

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Re: I know it's not capitalised but...

Why don't we call Cats Eyes 'Shaws' in that case!

Or indeed - tiddles

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Couldn't we supply electricity directly to the cars and avoid the deficiencies of battery technology?

A slot down the middle of each lane could be lined with metal strips and have a small metal brush on the front of a car. The cars could be made autonomous by a series of small boys alongside the road with triggers.

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Re: Belisha Beacons

Presumably large flashing lamps on street corners allowing drivers to easily locate "hores" were considered?

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Even more warship cuts floated for the Royal Navy

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Re: Not sure what the UK could do about it.

In 1991, 90% of the Ukraine population voted for independence from Russia. Therefore this wasn't a divided country at the time.

If you poled the entire UK then 90% would be against Scottish or N. Irish independence - doesn't mean the country is totally united

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Re: 1966 and all that

The Royal Navy's job is to defend the MoD

The MoD's job is to defend BAe

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Re: Any war with Russia probably will be a Nuclear War

So they can annex Chelsea - would we care?

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Google India must pay back-taxes on $225m after cheekily funneling cash through Ireland

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Re: Witholding tax

But Google India didn't make any money, because of the cost of buying licences from Google Ireland.

What you should have done is have your dad charge you a fee for using his surname, you could knock this off your Indian wages

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India is basically one large labor cost dodge for multi nationals

Do you earn less than a Google employee in San Francisco ? If so you are part of a global labour cost dodge

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Fappening celeb nudes hacking outrage: Third scumbag cops to charge

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Criminal sentences following

For z-list 'celebs' whose PR leak sex tapes onto the web ?

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UK.gov not quite done with e-cigs, announces launch of new inquiry

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You might be onto something here. By talking advertising for Heroin / Fentanol / Crack off the web we could also stop youthful drug abuse

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Public Health England provides evidence-based guidance

And fires the cheif medical officer if he comes up with the wrong evidence about MDMA vs say horse riding

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NSA bloke used backdoored MS Office key-gen, exposed secret exploits – Kaspersky

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Re: Wait a minute

The only defence against totalitarianism is the basic incompetence of the security services (on all sides)

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Re: Oooooh, really?!?!?

. You have to wonder how someone can take *all of your hacking tools* home with them and drops them on their personal computer.

An NSA contractor walking out of the building with unlimited amounts of secret information - inconceivable

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Canucks have beef with Soylent as to whether or not it's a real meal deal

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Re: Canadian Smuggling Time

The 3 legged wild Haggis evolved with one leg shorter than the other 2 to allow it to roam on steep mountain slopes. If you release it on the relatively flat plains of the 49th parallel it will simply wander around in circles

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There's a battle on over two US spying laws: One allows snooping on citizens – one bans it

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Re: truly Orwellian

As a rough guide the more patriotic sounding the bill - the more evil it is

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No problem

The question is resolved in a 3rd secret law that you don't know about.

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Fake-news-monetizing machine Facebook lectures hacks on how not to write fake news that made it millions

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Sounds like el'reg is screwed

Don't withhold information in a headline.

Don't exaggerate or sensationalize content in a headline and mislead readers.

Don't feature sexually suggestive or shocking content on your landing page.

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Sick burn, yo: Google's latest Pixel 2 XL suffers old-skool screen singe

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>QC isn’t just a catch phrase...

We need you to meet these impossible specs by this impossible deadline

= make something that just about works and then ope to fix it "optomise production parameters" later

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Brit cities overrun with middle-aged dronies, reckons survey

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Same as motorbikes

So same solution - make licenses harder for 18 year olds

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What's HPE Next? Now it's unemployment for 'thousands' of staff

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Futures contracts on employee redundancies - sounds like a good idea.

We can roll up contracts from different employers into a single collateralized peon package and then securitze that against ...

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Simple- you just do it again.

If you fire 5000 people and save $1.5 Bn then you just need to keep doing that every year and after 11 years you will be profitable (*)

(*) assuming income is unaffected by having no staff

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Security pros' advice to consumers: 'We dunno, try 152 things'

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Re: Don't open unexpected attachments

It's more like saying that someone on the street asked you to take a parcel and leave it in the CEOs office

Except with email we expect each employee to accept random packages from strangers at their desks all day to do their job.

If you were on an assembly line for a car and all the parts arrived by different courier dozens of times a day directly to you by-passing security. And it is your responsibility to check that piston rods were ok if sent by "safe-courier" while "safe-courrier" are crooks and then to check that the person in fedex uniform isn't a North Korean spy.

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Re: Don't open unexpected attachments

I see - so instead of the computer thinking "why is a pdf attachment to an email fetching an exe from the internet and then rewriting all the user's files.

It's safer for the user to think. Mmm Jones does work in accounts and has sent me an email asking me to check this invoice but perhaps I will call him first on a secure phone line (after checking it really is him by asking him what we did at the office party I will then consider reading the email.

Unless of course that's what he want's me to do - in which case I must drink from the goblet in front of me, but he already knows that so .... (sorry might have gone off-track)

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Don't open unexpected attachments

Seriously - why should it ever be a user's job to protect the company from this?

It's like saying we delivered some coffee in the break room - some of it contains anthrax, users should exercise caution.

If your system allows harmful attachments in or allows damage when they are opened - it isn't the users fault. Especially if you constantly email company documents that demand permission to run macros when they are opened.

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'We've nothing to hide': Kaspersky Lab offers to open up source code

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Re: One word:

Or NSA contractor copied NSA malware onto an unauthorised computer, said computer was running Kspersky AV which uploaded the malware signature. Depends if you believe in NSA contractor incompetence or elite Russian cyber whatsit

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Re: Assertions about comms and FSB

The same applies to US and UK companies except with the extra bit about the law being secret.

The question you have to ask yourself is, who do you need protecting against - the USA/UK government or the FSB?

If you are anti-governmental organisation eg. Greenpeace, black-lives-matter, Boris's election campaign, etc then use the one owned by the FSB. If you are a Russian target eg. Boeing/Lockheed - use the one owned by the NSA. If you are BAe you are out of luck

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Suddenly Israel find Russian spies ARE using Kaspersky to hack into western/USA computers

IIRC Israeli spies hacked into Kaspersky and found that they (kaspersky) had detected USA malware.

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Let's make the coppers wear cameras! That'll make the ba... Oh. No sodding difference

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At least in the US the police could turn on/off the cameras at their discretion - for reasons of public privacy.

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Re: Suprised

Or you just take the suspect around the corner out of view before they accidentally fall over and die.

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Jeff Bezos fires off a blue dart, singes Elon Musk and SpaceX

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You are right, without competition they would make massive really really fat profits.

So far neither ULA nor Arianespace have managed to make much in the way of profits.

With no competition you can ask for big government subsidies, so prices stay high, so there is no demand, so you need to ask for big government subsidies ....

If you drop the price of getting to orbit by a factor of 10 the increased market means you make more money than a handful of government contracts for your monopoly service - even with competitors.

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Re: Building a factory in 'bama will also have helped no end.

IIRC wasn't 'bama chosen because nobody would notice a bunch of Nazis turning up there - or at least nobody would care.

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'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

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Re: Spitting Image

I thought they were the new spitting image?

I remember watching the campaign thinking 'these puppets have got really lifelike'

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Wowee. Look at this server. Definitely keep critical data in there. Yup

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Decoy targets that have no user function

I think we just found HPE's business model

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