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Slack cuts ties to IRC and XMPP, cos they don't speak Emoji

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Devil

Re: Slack? IRC?

@tfb, I agree with all but the "all developers ... simulating the thought-patterns of 18-year-olds". I, for one, am a significantly older developer and have an 18 year old whose thought-patterns I would NEVER want to simulate.

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Re: Slack? IRC?

@AnonCoward, I assume by SfB you mean "ShiteForBusiness"? The fact that this (like Lync before it) can't (or couldn't when I last used it 7 months ago) handle offline message store and forward makes it totally rubbish.

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Re: Slack? IRC?

I totally agree. My experience of Slack was that it was (s)lacking in usability especially around search, comment linking was poor, image insertion/sharing and thread updates were not great and it was generally pretty carp.

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Too many bricks in the wall? Lego slashes inventory

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Re: LEGO isn't what it used to be...

I guess you didn't see the Lego Masters TV competition. This was a lot of standard brick stuff mixed with some of the specialist blocks/pieces. Some truly inspired designs and builds.

From my perspective, I agree with the comments about creativity - my youngest loves Lego, but only for building the models as sold. My experience was totally different, creating buildings, vehicles, spaceships and landscapes from my own imagination - much more rewarding IMHO.

Final point, to the tune of Frozen's Let it go:

"Lego go, Lego go, Logo sell those bricks to me

Lego go, Lego go, even better make them f-ree-ee

I don't care what your profits are;

Let the bricks go cheap

The prices really bothered me every time"

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Voice assistants are always listening. So why won't they call police if they hear a crime?

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Meh

Re: "There's no easy way through this"...

@Archtech, You have heard of outgoing firewall rules, right?

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"There's no easy way through this"...

Really?!

I take the easy way: I reject voice assistants. Not a single one is enabled on any device in my household.

Very easy.

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Real talk: Why are you hanging on to that non-performant disk?

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WTF?

"If you can afford a new car then you’re not going to buy a beaten up second hand vehicle..."

That's definitely worded to be emotive ("beaten up second hand") and, when phrased more appropriately, is clearly untrue.

If I could afford a new car but I can get a decent second hand one (that is only a few iterations older) whilst taking out all that forecourt depreciation I would jump at the second hand one instead. I'm not proud.

If I had a small business where money needs to be spent wisely, of course I would look to re-purpose existing kit, as long as it makes sense to do so.

Anyone suggesting you just scrap useful stuff is a) unenvironmental and b) blind to economics. Clearly someone grew up in the "just buy a new one" generation!

PS: Not that I generally disagree with the article, but I think this metaphor fell short.

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Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited

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Devil

Re: Tut tut tut

Recycling an old comment, did you know that Elop backwards spells "I shafted Nokia"? Either that or "I do plumbing". And I don't think he does the latter, at least not as a job.

As soon as he arrived we knew it would be Win D'ohs Phoney and nothing else. Disaster written all over the appointment. (I haven't read the book but I witnessed aspects of this "from the inside".)

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Samsung needs to eat itself, not copy Apple's X-rated margins

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Pirate

DeX Pad == ASUS PadFone + Bluetooth Keyboard?

ASUS did this a while back, though sadly didn't release in the UK. The gadget that the first PadFone had that I thought sounded really fun was the stylus that worked as a handset too (with mic and earpiece) for when you were busy in "tablet mode".

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Knock, knock. Who’s there? Another Amazon Key door-lock hack

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Re: The best thing that can be said about IoT...

As I've said before, the self-defining acronym for IoT users:

"I Do Internet Of Things"

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Devil

Re: Still looking for an electronic lock...

Just tape a key to the back of your phone... there you go... now you have a lock you can open with your phone!

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Should SANs be patched to fix the Spectre and Meltdown bugs? Er ... yes and no

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Devil

Re: Safe enough - IF no third party code

@Outer mongolian..., if you find the "secret" engineering backdoor and use it to expose your system to possible compromise, that's your fault and you deserve what you get :)

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Archive of 1.4 billion credentials in clear text found in dark web archive

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Devil

Re: Has an analysis of the types of accounts been done?

Personally, I use mailinator.com accounts, where there are no passwords, and fake names when doing this sort of forced registration. The only stuff sent to these accounts is marketing trash or offer codes etc., neither of which will be particularly troublesome for someone else to access.

Because there's no password at all, and the account names relate to the site being accessed along with fake names etc. I don't think I leave anything wedge shaped that can be used against me. I could be wrong, of course, since I don't have a degree in psychology :D

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AI researcher pulls best Blue Steel in Yves Saint Laurent fragrance ad

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Coffee/keyboard

Y...

Did I even read this article?

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IBM opens emergency escape hatch to TSS volunteers

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Devil

Typos (now gone)

I rather liked that IBM was shipping roles off to Easter Europe.

I only assume this is a land full of cheerful colours, bonnets, eggs and rabbits all having a really good time whilst the poorly paid IT folks sit in the gutter randomly typing Shakespeare sonnets on their ancient PCs.

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Don't shame idiots about their idiotically weak passwords

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@Ben Tasker...

I wish I could upvote for each and every sound statement you made...

It's great to see that I'm not alone in thinking that password expiry is overused to the detriment of security. I used to work somewhere that passwords had to change every 60 days. This meant my (otherwise secure, non-brute-forcable) password basically got a numeric index on the end for no good reason. If someone got hold of my base password they could easily have worked out my next one. But my point is it was secure and really didn't need this cycling.

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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Unhappy

Re: Fake news

I really hate this "fake news" moniker. It was previously good enough to use the traditional terms "hoax", "inaccurate", "false" etc. All it does is comment on the man's vocabulary and the plethora of sycophants in this world.

I don't tweet (since I'm not a twit) and don't know the rules, but I regularly see quoted hate from this man that surely must be breaking them. This ex-employee appears to have been the only person with the cajones to apply the rules to this "fake president" (Trump certainly doesn't act like a real one).

It is a shame his parents didn't call him Iggy Donald Ian Oliver Trump to make it easier for the world to stop taking notice of his rantings.

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Oracle has to pay top sales rep stiffed out of $250,000, US court rules

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I wonder if...

She will share her dosh with all those technical and admin folks who helped her land the deal.

Actually, no I don't. Of course she won't.

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Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

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Happy

Maybe I've just been really lucky, but...

I have experienced just one day where I had no internet access over the last 18 years of being an NTL/Virgin customer. With some approximation, that gives me a value of 99.985% availability over that time, which seems pretty reasonable to me.

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Speaking in Tech: Yes, they advised me to turn my phone off...

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WTF?

Huh?

What's wrong with using Airplane Mode? Isn't it good to be disconnected for an hour (or 10) whilst on the flight and have a jolly good excuse for it? Think of all that extra working/play time to be had without the bother of new texts/IMs/emails/messages. Bliss.

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Pizza proffer punctures privacy protection, prompts pals' perfidy

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Re: Choice

@Nick Kew, you do know you can turn off connecting to public wifi on Android? Just set the correct settings and, if needed, ask it to forget the connections you don't want.

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Unhappy

Re: Garbage tests = garbage results

@Alistair, totally agree about the "phone number tagged with your name" thing. There are a bunch of different sites that craftily get a person to share personal data about other people, I'm thinking zoominfo.com and LinkedIn specifically, by giving you free access or other "goodies" if you let them slurp your contacts. Personally I think this is actually encouraging people to break the law since this sort of data should be covered by the data protection act.

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Who will save us from voice recog foolery from scumbags? Magnetometer!

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Stop

Re: How about...

jdoe, this is along the lines of what I was thinking. I use my headphones and mic when on my mobile as much as possible. 3.5mm jack in phone connected to speakers and the input source for the voice playback wouldn't allow this detection to work.

I think an earlier post mentioned this being "interesting", and I agree. But it's just an academic exercise and has little real-world value.

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My unpopular career in writing computer reviews? It's a gift

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Coat

He's got...

the gift of the dabb.

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Axed from IBM for remote working? Don't go crying to HPE

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WTF?

"When you're in a turnaround, making decisions in real time, conference calls don't work,"

Well, she's obviously working with a bunch of incompetent people if they can't handle webex/skype for biz/BT meetme or other systems that support ad hoc conferencing, and as was said by another commentard, they obviously can't operate as a global business. Tee double-you a tea.

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Consultancy titan EY to shift jobs to Indian outsourcer TCS

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Devil

That BA reference...

Made me laugh maniacally as I wondered if this was anything to do with the recent IT systems issue...

In my experience you generally get what you pay for when you outsource. Don't get me wrong; there are some excellent IT professionals in India, but when you use these outsource outfits you can bet that 99 out of 100 of the staff who work on your projects will be on the low side of the skills equation.

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Elon to dump Trump over climate bump

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Re: D'oh!

@codejunky,

Are you telling me that we have endless supplies of petroleum and natural gas? The fact that we are looking at the (potentially dirty) fracking approach to access shale gas, or how companies are doing deep-sea drilling (BP anyone) are both clear indicators that we are exhausting the easy-access fuel sources.

Please get your head out of the sand and start giving a damn about what comes next instead of ignoring the scary prospect of a world plunged into bigger and more wide-spread fuel wars.

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Re: D'oh!

@codejunky,

I certainly haven't heard that it's cheaper. I expect it to be more expensive in the short/medium term just like with any other change. Look at the introduction of CDs or DVDs - these were more expensive but better for what they did compared with the previous generation tech. Now they are cheaper because they are widely used and the production technology is robust, efficient etc.

I expect to pay more, either directly or via taxes, depending on how the funding is managed, whilst the alternatives are made available, refined and improved. This can happen. Look at how solar panels have dropped in price compared with when they were first developed now that their adoption has become more wide-spread.

The status quo is pointless; the existing fuel sources will "dry up" over the next few decades. That makes me think we should invest now so we have a way to avoid a crash at that point, even if we don't care about the environment. Of course, we should care about the environment too.

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D'oh!

The point is less about Musk and more about trying to prevent a climate catastrophe...

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AI-powered dynamic pricing turns its gaze to the fuel pumps

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Unhappy

IMHO Pure Naked Greed...

This is nothing to do with changing costs (just like the conversation around holiday pricing during the school term and in the school holidays) and all to do with greed. It's not like it actually costs more to dispense fuel at peak times. It is cynical and actually bad for the environment since it will mean people making additional journeys in "off-peak" times to fill up (they are already having to travel in peak times for whatever reason).

I'd even go as far as to say it's not even supply and demand (which could be argued for the holiday case, I grudgingly admit) because the demand is still there whether you spread the visits to the petrol station out in time across the day or not.

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Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

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Devil

Re: If they can't use Vegemite...

<deliberately-obtuse>Parwill... you mean "a well mannered child"?</deliberately-obtuse>

Not sure I particularly like being called "self-loading baggage" it must be said. (Self-loathing might be closer to the truth.)

IMHO it's a better experience than you get with Sleasy Jet or Rhino Hair. (Actually, those sound like great suggestions for them, don't you think?)

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Oracle fires Java warning at IBM and Red Hat

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Too many options...

@boltar, how do you get innovation but by iteration, speculation and plagiarism? And, by the way, this is not at all special to Java. Look at Linux and how many different package management systems there are, or graphics kernels, or image manipulation packages or... you get the idea.

A programming language that prevents you from doing this is going to keep you from doing what you want to do at some point.

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Uh, I don't think so

@Spaceman Spiff, Java 1.0.2 was released in 1996; I remember an ADI (an IBM internal developer conference thing back in the day) in 1997 where a speaker presented on the use of Java on the server side using the servlet API and supporting runtime. I'm not at all sure I understand where you're coming from with what you've reported here.

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OSGi and "risky concurrent use of different versions of a library"

I personally saw this as one of the biggest benefits of OSGi - different apps/modules/libraries could rely on the code-level API and implementation of a third-party module/library without fear that some other co-hosted app/module/library needed a different version of that same module/library that would break some functionality. As long as you correctly encapsulated that dependency this worked a treat.

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Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

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Unhappy

Won't someone think of the children?!

New in Windows 10, regardless of flavour, is a crippled and brain dead Family Safety offering.

It used to be that you could manage internet access (effectively implementing a firewall on a per child basis), but now you can only do that with Edge and (perhaps, I can't remember) IE. The reason? Something about it being too hard to keep up with third party changes in the browsers.

I guess M$ can say that Windows 10 S is safer for kids, but honestly, I think they could have easily provided the "firewall" functionality at a lower level, e.g. just above the NIC/wifi driver level. Then it would work for all.

I suspect it is more about all that data slurping opportunity loss. "Of course we don't knowingly capture data from children" they say. Pull the other one.

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TP-Link 3G/Wi-Fi modem spills credentials to an evil text message

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Unhappy

Re: SMS

Given that anyone (who really wanted to) could discover the white list by examining the firmware and that it is relatively easy to spoof sender identity this wouldn't help.

They simply need to remove this "feature".

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Forget robot overlords, humankind will get finished off by IoT

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Unhappy

I would like to draw the following acronym to Mr. Dabbs's attention...

For use in his next IoT article - it's a self-describing one for the use of IoT:

I Do Internet Of Things

I really don't want to own or use anything on the internet that is less secure than a modern smartphone or PC - these are bad enough but at least tend to require user intervention to open them up to pwnership.

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Astroboffins clock thriving stellar nursery nestled in violent supermassive black hole

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Angel

Re: Star cannon

I wanna see! I wanna see!

Shame we don't have interstellar travel... :(

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The future of storage is ATOMIC: IBM boffins stash 1 bit on 1 atom

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Coat

Re: What we need...

@Mr. Knapman, Ahem! I'm not precious. I'll stand corrected. Ironic name. Periodically confusing people.

Still, it would be nice to be able to use silicon, or something else that is really abundant, for this job. Even better if the extraction and purification were clean and cheap.

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Unhappy

What we need...

Is high density storage using some really abundant material, not a rare earth one. Otherwise China (who was it who said "I like China"? He knew a lot about trucks) may be holding all the dice...

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That CIA exploit list in full: The good, the bad, and the very ugly

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Re: 5 cents off wax paper

@Wayland, at best this reveals that the CIA could, technically, have done this 3 years ago (on older technologies). What it doesn't do is prove that they did it.

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Mars orbiter FLOORS IT to avoid hitting MOON

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Unhappy

Re: "space is so vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big"

I was a bit surprised to see, at 7.2 light minutes out from the Sun a comment about being half way home. My understanding is that Earth is about 8 light minutes out from the Sun, so not sure quite which laws of Physics are being followed by "Josh" here.

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Devil

MAVEN...

That's a crappy repository for code dependencies and a crappier associated build system. No surprise they sent it out to Mars, but I don't get why they then saved it from oblivion!

(We used Ivy instead - so much better but requires water, oxygen and sunlight to grow so not so good for Mars visits)

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We found a hidden backdoor in Chinese Internet of Things devices – researchers

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Devil

I realized there is a self-describing acronym for use of IoT...

I Do Internet Of Things.

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CloudPets' woes worsen: Webpages can turn kids' stuffed toys into creepy audio bugs

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Joke

IoT...

Short for idIoT.

Or perhaps "Interception over Toy"?

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AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world

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Re: I love the future

I am rather assuming that IoT is an abbreviation for "IdioT"... right?

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Virgin Media swallows 215,000 new fibre customers in Blighty

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Bizarre management of the expansion plan

I have TV, phone and broadband with Virgin and totally agree with EddieD about it being great unless and until something goes wrong. That said, they include the cost of repairs/replacements in the price you pay so that's a good thing.

What I find very strange is that Virgin isn't making sure that all the new developments around my area get cabled up at the time of construction (I got this from a Virgin engineer when they came to install a replacement box). This would surely be the cheaper option compared to retrospective installation, and also means no horrid patching on the roads and pavements ready to generate potholes the first time we have icy weather.

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You want WHO?! Reg readers vote Tom Baker for Doctor 13. Of course

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Devil

That video completely missed the point...

At no point did The Doctor/Tom Baker say "Jelly baby?".

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