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France building encrypted messaging app for politicians

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Plus ça change...

The haves setting different rules for the haves and the have-nots. The French have prior form on this sort of thing. I seem to recall it got a bit choppy.

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Re: |matrix| ?

That's hard to say, because unfortunately noone can tell you what the matrix is.

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The law of run Nintendo consequences: Sega brings out mini Mega Drive / Genesis

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i've started buying all the originals right when everyone is going for the minis.

Snap. The lad like his retro games, so I just organised a SNES. Thought about the Mini, but it doesn't take carts so that's a bit of a waste. Looking forward to Play Expo now - he'll be coming along this year!

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Re: So exactly what they've been letting AtGames sell for years?

I suspect an official Sega version will have any sound problems that crop up in emulation ironed out.

Or they'll just ship a set of games that don't exhibit the problem, with no way of adding more...

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Boeing CEO takes aim at Musk’s Starman-in-a-Tesla stunt

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Re: When the a leader slags off a competitor...

First they ignore us

Then they laugh at us*

Then they fight us

Then we win.

*I reckon on that performance, we're about here.

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Donkey Wrong: Arcade legend Billy Mitchell booted from record books amid MAME row

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Re: All is right with the world.

this is the ending that documentary needed!

Quick! Crowdfund the Director's Cut!

To Indiegogo!!

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Re: Donkey Kong...

Wow - that's, like, totally Mexico!

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Re: Original Hardware?

where can you find an abundance of original 80s era arcade hardware that is still working?

Funland, apparently. That's where Twin Galaxies demanded that Steve Weibe set his score, but for some reason Billy Mitchell was allowed to chuck in a videotape.

Besides, if you're in the caibre where you're setting a world record, I expect you can find somebody to replace the caps on an old board. Not sure whether that would be acceptable, but Twin Galaxies should surely be able to have a trusted third party to deal with it. Just for when Funland's machine goes pop.

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Moneybags VCs look to the stars – and spaff a billion on space tech

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Re: Lobbing into orbit

Where there's muck there's brass. Did your mum not teach you that?

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White House: Is it OK to hijack, shoot down, or snoop on drones? Er ... asking for a friend

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Re: Why now?

Payload size and weight is also an issue.

African or European pigeon? :-/

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UK 'wife'-carrying champion named

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Re: What I want to watch...

I find I carry too much (post-consumption) cheese at the best of times. Don't really want to carry more.

Cracker, Gromit?

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Microsoft Office 365 and Azure Active Directory go TITSUP*

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Re: Why???

Because it tends to be cheaper and easier than running your own resilient email system, if you're only managing a handful of users. Sure, it goes off from time to time, but that passes and in a few days it's forgotten about.

It's like when you drink tea that's too hot and it burns a bit on the way down, but a few seconds later you're fine and keep drinking the tea once it's cooled a little. People are funny like that.

Substitute coffee / hot chocolate / hot beer / hot absinthe or whatever you like to drink hot in lieu of the tea...

We run our email in-house, over multiple servers, in multiple sites.

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Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed?

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Re: Films - meh

I thought the Dune film was OK when I saw it, given what it had to squeeze into a small amount of time (though I had the advantage of having previously read the books)

That's the thing, though. The movies acts as a great illustration to the book, but without having read the book it's very confusing. I remember it came on telly a day or two after I finished the book, and suddenly everything slotted into place. And you could see which bits had been shuffled around just to shift the narrative along quickly.

The SciFi Channel did a mini-series some time ago, but the cardboard they used for the sets was too wobbly even for Doctor Who. I seem to recall the acting was stiffer and more wooden than the sets.

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Super Cali upstart's new rocket test approaches, even though the size of it won't launch a Tesla motor

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Awaiting an Easter miracle

LOHAN was Lester's baby. Apparently there's a group trying to piece it back together, but it's been very much on the back burner since he died.

Official word

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Commonwealth Games brochure declares that England is now in Africa

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Re: A little breathing space

Can't we move Parliament somewhere further away? Bikini Atoll springs to mind.

Neptune. I mean it's not like Parliamentary TV needs to be real-time anyway.

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Well, if we're not in Europe any more...

Where's next-closest?

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Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

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Further, you can't presume the military in the USA would be 100% behind a tyrannical government, and if the majority of the people are against the government, the military would have reason to be party to a coup against the government in order "...to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness..." After all - the military needs money, and the citizens pay for it - and the military is essentially comprised of its citizens.

You buried it in the middle there, but this is the crux of my argument. You're not going to be as well-equipped as the military, and if it came down to some weirdly dystopian extermination of the civilian population then I have no doubt that the combined might of the US armed forces (both state and federal) could handle a 15:1 ratio with aplomb. Aside from everything else, you'd start with the low-hanging fruit and thin the numbers out before taking on the end-of-level boss.

But these military personnel are still people, and they still have families that they wouldn't take kindly to being asked to slaughter. They are the ones who would stop the lunacy. Armed forces of the people, for the people and by the people, if you will...

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Good luck throwing off that government that has become unjust and tyrannical when that government is the only ones with the guns...

I get that. I really do. But if you've imagined yourself into a situation where there is an armed uprising and the government are prepared to use force to put it down (ie pistols, rifles, shotguns) then you've also imagined yourself into a situation where the National Guard are employed in armed conflict against civilians.

They have shit like A10 Warhogs and Apaches. These things are designed to shrug off your small arms fire. They have F16s. They're really not mucking about. So what do you propose? Enshrine in law the right for every US citizen to bear guided surface-to-air missiles? RPGs to attack their armoured personnel carriers?

The simple truth is that the US armed forces (both federal and state) are tooled up so far beyond the civilian population that if they were to stamp down the citizenship then a bunch of gun-owning civvies is not going to be able to stop them. A military coup against the government that ordered the oppression is the thing that'd stop it. And I'd like to hope that's what would happen in that event.

As I say, I understand the sentiment behind the argument, but it only works when both sides have horses and rifles.

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@ShelLuser - Re: @Blank Reg

Yet that doesn't stop shooting incidents from happening. And decently frequent too. Only last Thursday did the country get shocked (yet again) because a store owner got killed during an intake meeting.

And that's it. The country is shocked. One gun death.

20 years ago I visited Houston, Texas - the Monday morning news just gave the weekend body count for gang shootings. There were dozens.

17 years ago I visited Los Angeles, CA - again, just a body count for gang violence.

Sure, these are gang-shooting hotspots, but you get the idea. One shooting now and then vs dozens every week. That's a mass shooting every week that everyone just seems to ignore.

(I don't know how things have changed since then. I've been to the USA twice since - first time I was mostly drunk, and second time I was at a wedding so mostly drunk. Ignored the news - watched the Dukes of Hazzard instead.)

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EUROCONTROL outage causes flight delays across Europe

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Re: 5 Hours to switch over to Disaster Recovery System

I'll confess I had to read it twice before I groaned. First time it flew right over my head... :-/

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Re: 5 Hours to switch over to Disaster Recovery System

Bear in mind that they didn't shut down the airspace. Maybe they were in disaster mode within minutes, and it just took a few hours to sort out the problem and return to primary.

I'd suggest that having a standby system capable of handling 90% of the load is pretty good. You don't expect to lean on it very often, and it'll be a damn sight cheaper than one specced for 100%. I know - ideal world and all that. But realistically that's not bad.

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User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Re: "Mangers feature prominently in the Christmas story"

Strange. When did this turn into a UK vs. USA conversation?

Jake, you've been around here long enough to know that the answer is "every Friday" and "every Thursday before a holiday Friday".

Also, most Mondays and some Tuesdays. Wednesdays you're probably safe. Saturday/Sunday you've probably got something better to do. :)

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Manchester Arena attack: National Mutual Aid Telephony system failed

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Re: Outsourcing

If they are that much cheaper then someone somewhere is cutting corners.

Not necessarily. If the bar to entry is high enough, and the task small enough then outsourcing makes great sense. As described above - worldwide delivery. Not feasible to be done by every company individually.

A contentious example around these parts - cloud computing. If I need a small server to do my own stuff, and it needs to be permanently available on a fast internet line, it's generally better / cheaper for me to grab a VPS from (say) Rackspace than to buy a 1U Proliant (with hot-swap RAID, redundant PSUs etc) and colo it in an ISP datacentre. And even moreso over getting a RIPE allocation, multiple lines into my premises with BGP coming out of my ears, generator out back, and a second server handy in case the first one falls over...

For a telco, this system should be easy to set up. It should be well within their normal excess capacity, so it makes sense for a telco to handle it on behalf of the government rather than the government spending my tax money trying to *be* a telco. Why a telco then subbed it, though, is beyond me.

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Content Guru...

We looked at getting a VoIP service that was underpinned by them. Their software was utter shite at the time, and given everyone's reluctance to accept that there was an issue with it I don't expect it'll have improved...

I really wouldn't have wanted them in charge of an emergency system.

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10Mbps for world+dog, hoots UK.gov, and here is how we're doing it

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One can only hope...

...that the infrastructure work for these remote locations is done in a forward-looking manner. In other words, bung some fibre in there. Given that I expect they'll be digging a trench anyway, adding fibre to it is a minimal cost, and adding a lot of fibre is a rounding error beyond that.

That way, when UK Gov turns around and ups it to 50Mb/sec in the future it's a case of changing terminating equipment (or even just unthrottling the lines).

(Happy to be about 300m from the exchange.)

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User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps

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Re: Feeling Old...

> ...we attached a CD ROM to one of the (3?) interface options. Panasonic, Soundblaster and.....? Not IDE but can't recall the third one. Any one remember?

ATAPI, or SCSI?

ATAPI?? Pfft. Mitsumi, I believe is the word we're looking for. It was Panasonic / Sony / Mitsumi.

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Re: Feeling Old...

I'm getting the impression that the whole development of personal computing was driven by the desire to play games?

Hah - I know one guy whose first word of English was SoundBlaster. Further words came out of the copy-protection schemes that required the game manual...

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Re: Feeling Old...

I seem to recall reading how Doom had crashed WAN links back in the day, as every bullet from the minigun was a data packet

Indeed it did, but not simply because of that. Because every packet was a broadcast. In DooM 1.0 you could have 3 computers on a network act as left / front / right views, so everything was broadcast.

I think that was taken out in DooM 1.2, but not before it had tanked the fibre line between George Square and Kings Buildings at Edinburgh University.

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Typo? We have it all the time

User phones up.

"The system's not working"

Remote into their terminal. Watch them put in the wrong password 3 times. Advise to restart their terminal.

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2 mins later - "It's fine now - I guess it's fixed itself", only with the undertone that we've been spending our spare time just breaking shit for laughs, and we shouldn't be mucking about with it...

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Re: Feeling Old...

Remember wrangling with the order things loaded in autoexec.bat and config.sys too, just to be able to get a game or program to run properly.

Worst one I saw was DOS 5 + Falcon 3 + Gravis Ultrasound. Kids these days will never understand the trauma of trying to get 600k of base memory.

(The Gravis was a really nice card. A friend had it. I saw the pain he had to go through and bought a Soundblaster instead.)

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We sent a vulture to find the relaunched Atari box – and all he got was this lousy baseball cap

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The real reason for the delay...

The production lines were snapped up for the Vega+. Atari will just have to wait until that production run is complete.

Too soon? :-/

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He He He: Seagate's gasbag Exos spinner surges up to 14TB

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Re: That's a lot of space...

That truly was mental at the time. Good show.

I was the only person I know who could play Magic Carpet in 640x480! Worth every penny.

Also, a few months later I found that the "reserved" jumper on my Intel Plato board cranked it up to a mind-blistering 100MHz!!!

Kids these days - they'll never understand the efforts we went to for an extra 10MHz...

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Re: That's a lot of space...

I'm going to guess that at late 1994 / early 1995.

Not far wrong. Christmas 1993. I think it was from Admincure. P90 with 16MB of RAM. People thought I was mental.

Then in 1994 I put OS/2 Warp on it, and people thought I was mental.

Later I got a 2x CD writer that took caddies, gold CDs at £10 a pop at the time, and would fail if the screensaver cut in, and people thought I was mental.

Then I bought an Orchid Monster 3D (<click>) - that showed them!

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Re: for the cost of a tape to copy them to and delivery.

Erasure Coding

Guess I'll have to give a little respect to them...

Alright. I'm leaving.

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Re: 1PB of capacity in a rack

Hell, even hotswap - 21 x 2U x 12 spindles = 252 x 14TB drives. That's 3.5PB right there. That's a lot of RAID.

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That's a lot of space...

Meanwhile, in SSD land, 30TB in a 3.5" drive. However, I expect I wouldn't see much change out of my mortgage for that kind of nonsense...

Still, it appears that the sweet spot for SATA is still 4TB (although I see Ebuyer listing 8TB at £173).

I remember my friends marvelling at my 540MB drive that I got for only £153+VAT. And it feels like yesterday.

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Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today

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Re: OK, that's it!

Nah - it won't last that long. You can hire JCBs by the day.

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BOOM! Cambridge Analytica explodes following extraordinary TV expose

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Re: Should be interesting to hear their excuses

its amazing how effective editing silence *into* an interview is

Mr Simpson, your silence will only incriminate you further.

YouTube

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Office junior had one job: Tearing perforated bits off tractor-feed dot matrix printer paper

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Re: out of paper!

Been there. Over to Glasgow to check a non-functioning Kyocera. Paper tray was empty, and when I filled it, it promptly emptied again. I think I went through 3 reams of paper before it settled down because everyone's solution to the problem was to hit <print> <print> <print> <print> <print> and see if the printer fairies would sort it...

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Blackout at Samsung NAND factory destroys chunk of global supply

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Re: "This NAND stuff is getting too cheap"

Yes, the way they suffer earthquakes, floods and fires

To be fair, the Kobe Earthquake probably wasn't planned to spike RAM prices. That's a little heavy-handed even for the Illuminati. Or is it...?

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"This NAND stuff is getting too cheap"

Samsung - you know what to do!

It always seems that when these things get nice and cheap, something happens to spike the price. Or maybe I've just been around long enough to have seen this played out before...

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Your mouse can't reach that Excel cell? Buy a 'desk extender' said help desk bluffer

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A lie to solve a problem?

"I never touched it" is the usual one...

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China looks set to pip Uncle Sam at the post in exascale computer race

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Nnnnng!! Pet hate!

30-40MW/hour

You mean 30-40MWh/hour, or MW as the kids are calling them...

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RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

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Re: Well at least

<you can't really properly see what you're getting until you're getting it. >

Yeah, but I've turned around whilst still at the counter and said "this isn't what I was after", and the change it no trouble at all in Screwfix.

Annoyingly, the thing I changed it for simply didn't bloody work reliably in the screwgun, but they refunded me completely, even though one of the packs was open. I'm trying to fault Screwfix, but I really can't from my own experience.

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Re: Well at least

Amazon Prime Now.

I tried to buy coffee off Amazon today because I'm working from home due to the weather, and they won't deliver until Friday!! Bloody savages.

It's only a bit of snow...

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This job Win-blows! Microsoft made me pull '75-hour weeks' in a shopping mall kiosk

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Re: It looks like she's trying to file a law suit...

Two people who don't love Clippy? Who'd have thought!

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Bad news: 43% of login attempts 'malicious' Good news: Er, umm...

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Re: Strong passwords

So I had no choice but to set it to "password".

That was silly. You're supposed to set it to "strong_password". Much more secure.

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Re: What's wrong with Anthrax Candy?

automated SSH attempts must make a massive chunk of those malicious ones

My home SSH server finally got broken into last year. Should have had Fail2Ban installed before. I now have a VM in a different VLAN with only one user on it, that only accepts SSH. If I want in further then I have to tunnel into the internal network.

I remember the days when a DMZ was fancy for big business. Now I need one at home.

Also, if the SSH server gets compromised, I can whip it offline, rewind it to a clean snapshot, change the password and set it going again. Yay for VMs.

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Kentucky gov: Violent video games, not guns, to blame for Florida school massacre

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@blank reg

I think we're both on the same side here, but three of the people I know who hold guns use shotguns to control vermin on farmland. I think it would be short-sighted to ostracise farmers for using these tools to do their jobs.

Others have guns for fun, and that is a much more difficult case to argue.

If this were a rabbit and hare forum, we'd probably reach a fuller agreement :)

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It need to become socially unacceptable to own a gun.

I disagree. It's not socially unacceptable in the UK. I know several people who own guns. I also know that these guns are subject to license and periodic inspection to ensure they're properly stored, and the owner is subject to background checks and license renewal.

It's the ludicrous ease with which people can acquire firearms (registered and unregistered) in the USA that bewilders me.

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