* Posts by 27escape

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

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Facepalm

and key recovery when a user forgets the password to decrypt a laptop.

Well normally 'they' have kept your plain text password in an unencrypted file or database to allow 'them' to do this

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Trello boards the desktop with Mac and Windows apps

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Re: Chrome Desktop App

Many thanks for the tip, useful for other sites too, I was just going to suggest detaching the tab, but this feature I had not see before is v nice

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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September 13, 2017

Is still American date format, just not MM-DD-YYYY and is still an abomination

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

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FAIL

Linux client

As ever, only useful on the desktop to windows and mac types, lets hope rclone and insync keep working as alternatives

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Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

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This would have been the smartest move, to re-introduce simple tariffs like that, but there are no plans in the pipeline, no plans for instant payments, just the 'budget' plans that help the electric companies more than the consumers

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Got that syncing feeling? Cloud's client-side email problem

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Re: Kids, eh?

Surely you can just say to the computer running the mail client. So you only need a good SSH and terminal app

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

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weighs 45 pounds

wow, seems excessive for a LED screen what is essentially the same size as 2 normal monitors

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Amazon and others sniffing around Slack

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overpriced

$9B for only 5M users, no one is going to make that money back!

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Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

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Re: Please keep it simple

I hope its an 8 track!

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WannaCrypt: Pwnage is a fact of life but cleanup could and should be way easier

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Re: Software properly written for Windows 2000 would work on 7 and later without issue.

Its just developers; being pressured to fix the problem rather than providing a solution is a way of life for developers, companies do not want to hear that I can patch in 1 day or fix for the future in 3 months, beancounters etc will always go for the 1 day patch. There is no longer a 5 year plan, or a 3 year one, hardly even a 1 year one, everyone is agile fixing what is in front of them right now!

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How the Facebook money funnel is shaping British elections

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Not not going to get any easier

If a third party that has an interest in getting a particular political party into office then they too can do advertising, this may not need to be tracked as gifts and payments to the party, so potential for lots of abuse of the system - as the Observer/Guardian article shows happened with Brexit targeted adverts. Not sure how this can be avoided or made illegal, we are all entitled to our voice, if I happen to have more money than someone else then I can force my voice to be heard in more places and more loudly.

Don't forget this is not just FB and twitter, all those tracking fake news articles that get linked from almost all websites as well as the news companies themselves are included by this type of activity, even having ad blockers and such like makes it difficult to get away from it.

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DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

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Re: Linux

There are plenty of apps that give you a terminal and the ability to 'run' a linux environment, try https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.termux, plenty more available, some require root and some do not. Not all linux tools are available, certainly not GUI ones, but some can then be run within Xvnc or similar, a reasonable smattering of command line tools are available, perl, python, vi etc. However there is limited access to storage, which does make some things more difficult.

Definitely worth a few hours of investigation/play

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Our Sun's been using facial scrub: No spots for two weeks

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Mushroom

2018 data

Is that a projection or do they know the future?

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US think-tank wants IoT device design regulated, because security

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essentially regulate almost all computers

and computer type equipment

good luck with that!

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Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges

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Mix of google/facebook

Surely its apple?

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Smart Meter rollout delayed again. Cost us £11bn, eh?

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New tariffs is said to be a benefit

From the smart meter website

Innovative energy tariffs Using the data collected on when and how households are using energy, suppliers can create more competitive time-of-use tariffs with cheaper prices for off-peak use.

We used to have this, it was called economy 7, worked great, cheap electric at night for washing machines and storage heaters etc

The other benefit is the end to estimated bills, never used to be a problem, if they got it wrong I would ring up and get it changed to an accurate read bill

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New Brit Hubble analysis finds 2,000 billion galaxies, 10x previous count

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Less dark matter/energy

If there is more real stuff, then there must be less of the unreal stuff then?

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Margaret Hodge's book outlines 'mind boggling' UK public sector waste

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costs us millions

Surely she means costs us billions?

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Samsung Note 7: Probably the best phone in the world. Yeah – you heard right

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Available in the UK

It would seem like it is anyway, they have a UK accessories page for it (in the article) as well as having a pre-order page http://shop.samsung.com/uk/galaxy-note7-black/.

Shame I don't have any spare cash

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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noooooo

PIN number, its just PIN or do the printers have helpful LCD displays on them too?

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A bad day for DBAs: MIT boffins are replacing you with a mere spreadsheet

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Re: Actually in many cases

I'm thinking that this solution is not targetted at you, but at all the others who have different requirements and abilities to solve them

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Mozilla emits nightly builds of heir-to-Firefox browser engine Servo

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Poor keyboard support

Does not like a UK keyboard @ for starters, then tab ordering is not respected, if they cannot manage the basics, then I am not surprised that more complex sites do not work

One to watch but not use, for ages maybe

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ZTE flagship elbows aside Xiaomi

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Re: Hmm.

Though if you are wanting to use your phone for VR, then more pixels is a benefit. VR on the one plus range is blocky at best

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How's your driving, Elon? Musk tweets that Tesla Model S 'floats'

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I would like to know

how well electric cars manage driving down flooded roads, how deep water can I go through etc

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UK's education system blamed for IT jobs going to non-Brits

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WTF?

And suddenly their minds go

“They’re at a point when they’re often outperforming the boys and somehow in their minds they go, ‘this isn’t for me’.”

So its the girls fault? Rather than teachers/parents suggesting that science and technology are not areas to be studied by girls?

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Sneaky brown dwarf gives us a bright flash and astroboffins are confused

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Mushroom

aliens sending messages

may be easier than gravity waves

icon, cos it matches

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It takes two to Tango: Lenovo bets on phabs, snap-on smartphones

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Mods/add-ons don't work

For consumer experience, if I buy a £600 phone and then add on £400 of extra projector, camera etc and then find that in 2 years time they will not work with my next phone I will be a bit annoyed. Hence people are a bit wary of buying into this tech

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Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

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A tech startup called Shittr

That must exist, surely?

Maybe for a bluetooth or wifi connected chamber pot to analyse ones stools?

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BOFH: What's your point, caller?

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Re: Gaffa tape

Surely for problem callers, they always have the carpet tape ready to hand.

And the carpet of course, and the bag of lime, shovel etc

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BBC's micro:bit retail shipments near

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Now we have Pi Zero

for £4 is this device still relevant, sure it has a bit of bluetooth and some LEDs and is lower power, but is that enough to convince schoolkids that they should become software developers or electronic design types?

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Inside Project Loon – Google's megaplan to build a global internet

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Happy

Can we have some for Wales and Scotland please

Surely the telcos want to get on board and properly give 100% area coverage rather than 95% people coverage

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Sneaky Google KOs 'right to be forgotten' from search results

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Maybe google are not good at searching

in google search google "data processing business" gives 19700 results

in bing search google "data processing business" gives 2.8 million results

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HTC 10: Is this the Droid you're looking for?

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Re: UI design

There are many andoid forks, some are supported by manufacturers, who generally will not do it themselves due to the cost.

Cyanogenmod, Oxygen (from oneplus), AOSP etc are ones that can be easily found

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

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Joke

Ban photocopiers

They too cannot provider reverse paths to copies

Down-scaling a lossless image format, will lose information and the original cannot be rebuilt

The Readers Digest organisation is going to be in for a lot of trouble

etc etc

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Intel takes aim at Arduino with US$15 breadboard

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Still does not compete on price

Why would I get this, rather than a £4 raspberrypi zero plus a bit more when you factor in a SD card or get a standard arduino?

In many cases the power draw is not such a big issue, the ease of software development is.

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Slack smackback: There's no IRC in team (software), say open-sourcers

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And telegram

Also falls into this category, free to use, though not free to get their code, yet, they suggest that at some point it will be properly open

https://telegram.org for those who cannot google

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Plane food sees pilot grounded by explosive undercarriage

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Those chicken snacks are nasty

Really, you are better off skipping that part of the in-flight food

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Virgin Atlantic co-pilot dazzled by laser

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Happy

Re: One way mirrors

I thought pilots all wore 'cool' mirrored sunglasses anyway

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Waving Microsoft's Windows 10 stick won't help Intel's Gen 6 core

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Lock based on bluetooth proximity

Surely thats not a feature? This is in the realm of additional software to add to your system, not a feature of a the laptop itself.

Blueproximity works well on all my linux systems already

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The Police Chief's photo library mixed business, pleasure and flesh

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Coat

Ah floppy disk stories

I used to write software for pharmacies, in the old days and this all ran along with the data on 5.25 inch floppies.

When asked to send in a copy of their disks we often got photocopies of the disks or a floppy disk stapled to a covering letter, obviously right through the disk itself, just to make sure! Other disks came in glued together with paint, glue and who knows what, also the backup disks that have never been used and so blank were sent in to be used for data recovery and disks stored next to their TVs or CRT screens.

USB drives are not as much fun.

Getting my coat cos its almost knocking off time

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How to build a real lightsabre

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Flame

Magnetic fields

Could contain the plasma, no need for filaments. Would be hard to get the field into a nice cylinder though

Nearest thing to a light sabre icon

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Obama calls out encryption in terror strategy speech

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Which Government gets the keys

If back doors were somehow enabled to give the government access whose government would it be? Yours, mine, USA, UK, France, Germany, Russia, Egypt etc.

Obviously these would be shared between friendly governments but the friend of my friends government may not be my friend. For starters google, apple, microsoft etc would have to hand over all their keys to pretty much every government in the world.

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Bringing discipline to development, without causing pain

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Re: meaningless buzzword soup

The is no 'F' in team either, in most cases where people raise the 'I' comment

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Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

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Sorry we slurped all your data for a while

But we've switched it off again now.

We may share it with our friends in the NSA if they ask for it or maybe they already asked for it and this is how we collected it!

Potential for the conspiracy people to have a field day with this, though as ever human failures are the most likely cause

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

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Re: Overpriced

But then, if you buy one of the other pi's (or beagle bone etc) then you have to buy them then too.

You buy them when you buy your new desktop computer or monitor too, though often the price is hidden in the overall price of what you buy.

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Have a Plan A, and Plan B – just don't go down with the ship

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Adding in

A list of people who should be onsite fixing the issues. Some of the workers sure, not all of them and certainly none of the management getting in the way asking is it fixed yet!

Had this happen a few years back, massive fire took out most of the factory, the recovery crew was 30 odd of our 250+ staff, none of the directors were allowed on site as it was essential staff only and they would not be contributing to the actual recovery actions.

Flame icon, cos thats what happened

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Junk your IT. Now. Before it drags you under

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Disruption

IT is becoming irrelevant as the workers increasingly rely on their own 'devices' and bring cloud services with them.

Business units specify and implement moves to cloud systems without involving IT, "who just get in the way and slow things down".

Sales gets Sales force, legal, HR, operations, finance all go to SAP, often as separate teams.

Developers code and deploy against AWS as IT cannot provide stable systems.

Legacy kit was virtualised and moved into the DC or a cloud provider years ago as IT could not

support the equipment.

End users all know their OS of choice and the applications they need to do their jobs, IT no longer

need to help out with Excel etc, the users are more expert nowadays.

IT may have to help out with HD swap outs and windows re-installs but thats getting to be the limit

of their involvement. Senior staff expense new high-end laptop purchases, IT only get

to specify laptops/desktops for low end staff, though often the finance team has the account

with a preferred supplier and just orders more of the same with hardly a thought about required use.

Phone systems are becoming virtualised and call routed to mobiles, no need for managing a phone switch and patching.

IT only need to provide network pipes/wifi, access to printers, service account creation (office365 etc).

The article really should be suggesting - Junk your IT job, before the company junks you!

:)

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BBC Micro:bit delayed by power supply SNAFU

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FAIL

By the time they are ready

The year of code will be over and another opportunity missed

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BOFH: Press 1. Press 2. Press whatever you damn well LIKE

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Great idea

Need to create a twilio script to do this!

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What time is it Oxford Dictionaries? How about almost ‘beer o’clock’

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Its taken long enough

Been in common parlance for many years, grexit for months and will be out of favour by next year!

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