* Posts by TheVogon

2533 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk

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Re: Dammit.

What's all the fuss about? It's not exactly the first time a cock has been seen near a growler!

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New UK aircraft carrier to be commissioned on Pearl Harbor anniversary

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Re: About those aircraft

"Woohoo. I'm so delighted that the £12billion+ programme has got us a pair of carriers so reliable that they have 50% availability."

Blame Gordon Brown for that mess. There were much better options but this was pushed through to keep uncompetitive Scottish shipyards in business...

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True Telecom busted by Ofcom for 'slamming', misselling and more

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Re: What the hell?

"Do these companies never learn?"

Of course. And what they learn is to rinse and repeat...

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UK private sector joins public in... Escape from DXC Max

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Re: "[Centrica's] CIO wanted to do something more cloud-based and sexier."

"DXC or Azure + HCL staff. Not much to choose between them, apart from the staff. I'd have gone with DXC.

Centrica have no plans afaik to use HCL. That's Aviva...

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Re: "When it's political, technology cannot do anything."

"Obviously some migration effort and expense would be involved but the TCO analysis for a 3-5 year period always favoured Linux."

Erm, no, no it didn't. It would have cost €10 million to stay with Microsoft. It cost €18 million just to migrate, several million more to create the Limux build and applications, and according to Munich's IT department they have spent €82 million since trying to remediate systems to work with Linux!

https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/document/limux-it-evolution-open-source-success-story-never

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Re: No bullshit, Git.

" The option of "permanently" disabling macros that was there 20 years ago seems to have gone MIA somewhere along the line. "

Nope - you can still permanently disable them in options / trust centre, and there is also a Word file format that specifically excludes the ability to save Macros!

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Re: To install software on Linux I type

"apt install packagename"

After finding the exact package name and repository, then opening a shell, running sudo, checking for and adding the repository if needed and maybe having to run "apt-get build-dep packagename" though. Not to mention maybe having to run "apt-get install base-config" and then "apt-setup" the first time you want to do that....

On Windows just type the app name in the store, click install

Or for non Store Windows apps, click download from Edge, click Run and accept the elevation prompt all from the GUI...

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

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Re: No car tax?

"Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped"

Petrol angle grinders are becoming cost effective alternatives...

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Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

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Re: While we're on the subject of outrage...

"...shouldn't Greggs be apostophe-ised as Gregg's"

I thought it was just more than one Gregg....

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Re: Howay in a manger

"The sausage roll is the food of the Gods!"

Well it certainly can help create giant children!

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Re: But El Reg complained first!

Seems rather appropriate to me. Someone must have played "hide the sausage" whatever Mary said....

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Re: Offence

"now where can I vent my spleen?"

I'm sure Greggs can find some pastry and shelf space...

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Re: But El Reg complained first!

Because the Sky Fairy cares....

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Crouching cyber Hidden Cobra: US warns Nork hackers are at it again with new software nasty

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"seriously a country running on windows 98 network can wreck havoc to the world!"

It wont be so easy once they become Asia's largest glow-in-the-dark glass carpark though!

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Belgian court says Skype must provide interception facilities

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"Skype cannot decrypt those"

For Skype user to Skype user they might be able to get away with that. But when they pass a call to the PSTN they would have to intercept it... Skype's model currently terminates encryption at the servers though, which is fine for most of us, but terrorists, etc would be after end-to-end encryption which would require a different design.

Currently that's not an issue for most corporates because Skype for business terminates the secure connections from outside clients within their network and under their control. However, if they move to the Office 365 hosted Skype model then it becomes something to consider as it might be possible for say the NSA given sufficient resourcing to tap such calls / messages...

" and nor (even with GCHQ's supercomputers applied to the problem) could the authorities."

Bearing in mind the holes (some deliberate) we have now found in previously considered secure encryption and hashing algorithms I would not want to bet on that...

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How about that US isle wrecked by a hurricane, no power, comms... yes, we mean Puerto Rico

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They need to do an "Iceland". Declare bankruptcy and then go back to the money markets...

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Black Horse Down, we repeat... yes, Lloyds Bank, again

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Re: TITSUP

Transferred Internal Technical Support to Untrained Peasants?

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Google aims disrupto-tronic ray at intercoms. Yes, intercoms

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Re: Vogon Guards will hate this

"It's like Shouting(TM), but upgraded!"

No it's still shouting - just with the added advantage that you can now read poetry at them from a distance.,..

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Donald Trump's tweets: Are they presidential statements or not?

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Re: legally entitled to block accounts

"An impediment has been put in place against specific individuals from reading statements made by @realDonaldTrump feed"

Nope - nothing to stop anyone reading them. All this means is that you don't get automatically notified of them and that's not the same thing at all.

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Re: legally entitled to block accounts

"The Trump twitter feed blocked people following his tweets"

But you can still choose to view them... You don't even need to be signed in for that!

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Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment

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Re: Fibre

"London's Victorian sewer network is to be made accessible to fibre cables under a deal between SSE Enterprise Telecoms and Thames Water."

Just like It already does for Geo networks you mean?

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ZX Spectrum Vega firm's lawyers targeted by empty-handed backers

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>RCL MD David Levy told us: “We are not interested in commenting to The Register due to its repeatedly biased reporting.”

Uhm, but doesn't the opportunity to comment give you a chance to tell another side of the story if there has been any error / inaccuracy ? I can only assume that there isn't one and everything is 100% accurate and true....

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Microsoft president says the world needs a digital Geneva Convention

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Re: Geneva Convention

"Worked so well for torture and waterboarding..."

Well it could do but the US chooses to ignore the ICC which could prosecute such offences...

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Inmarsat aircraft Wi-Fi lift off set to fill coffers

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Re: Satellite in-flight Wi-Fi ..

"How does Satellite in-flight Wi-Fi actually work?"

It uses a very long Ethernet cable.

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Google, Twitter gleefully spew Texas shooter fake news into netizens' eyes

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"As demonstrated by the man from across the street, who grabbed his ASSAULT RIFLE and put it to good use, no doubt saving lives in the process."

No, the massacre was over by then - the guy was trying to escape - and killed himself anyway so it saved no one. It just created a cross fire that could easily have hit a bystander. The primary thing that would likely have prevented this would have been less easy access to firearms.

nb - at least 2 US based studies have also shown that having a firearm in your household INCREASES the risk of death by firearms to everyone in it!

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Want to provision a new VM on Azure? Get in line

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Re: The Cloud...

Can sometimes evaporate...

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'Sticky runway' closes Canadian airport

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"So I presume that either the replacement aircraft brought along a very big step ladder, or the passengers had to run along the top of the wing, and jump onto the parallel parked 777 and 737."

Or perhaps they just parked nose to nose to the transfer?

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Jet packs are REAL – and inventor just broke world speed record in it

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"There's a willy joke here somewhere."

That's quite a blow job at 30MPH....

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Evil pixels: Researcher demos data-theft over screen-share protocols

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Re: Outer Limits?

"We have taken control of your sceen....."

All your base64 belong to us!

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KFC turns Japanese bath tubs into party buckets

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Re: KFC....any oportunity

"to throw your bone in a greasy box"

After you have finished with the breasts and the thighs....

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Over a million Android users fooled by fake WhatsApp app in official Google Play Store

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Re: likely the writer of the fake version is going to be banned

"likely the writer of the fake version is going to be banned"

Or at least the throw away email account he used will be banned...

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Re: Not fair

"Come on, how can the Play Store be expected to know if someone is telling fibs about their app?"

In this case by the most basic of checks! Clearly they don't bother.

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Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

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Re: eating our local birds ?

"Ooh! I wouldn't mind noshing down on a cockatoo"

I'm sure we can find you a large pecker...

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Funnily enough, when Qualcomm's licensees stop sending in their royalty checks, profits start going south

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Re: Modems?

"What puzzles me is who uses modems nowadays?"

Anyone with a cable or adsl Internet connection? Or a mobile phone?

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Data dealer slapped with £80k fine after flogging info for nuisance calls

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Re: Only?

I'm sure they are already withdrawing any cash and filing for strike off. And have started a new company called something like Verso2 Ltd...

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Black Horse Down: Lloyds Banking Group goes TITSUP*

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"Experience suggests that UPS and standby are often a problem when you really need them"

Experience for me suggests that normal practice is n+1 resilience and regular testing!

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First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

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Re: Do you know what works better than Face ID and Touch ID?

"The border patrol agents can take your phone, hold it up to your face, and it unlocks."

It won't if you close one eye... Or open your mouth wide, etc etc...

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Hackers abusing digital certs smuggle malware past security scanners

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Re: Certificate trust is broken

I know of one product that detects this type of thing - Payload Security's VX Stream Sandbox scanner... Any others anyone wants to suggest?

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Vlad the blockader: Russia's anti-VPN law comes into effect

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"How about we block all the connections that aren't VPN?"

So how would you tell the difference between SSL Web page access and a VPN?

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"The legislation will require ISPs to block websites that offer VPNs and similar proxy services that are used by millions of Russians to circumvent state-imposed internet censorship."

I note that NordVPN already added an "obfuscated server" mode under advanced settings to defeat this and i expect others will follow. Cue a large game of Whack-a-Mole. And I dont remember any government ever wining one of those.

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Ailing BT division snuggles up with AWS to flog cloudy services

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Of course if you use Azure you can just peer with Equinix and / or Megaport etc to connect to Azure ExpressRoute... No need for anyone to dig up anything...

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Microsoft slowly closes Outlook Premium's door while Office 365 winks at you across the street

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"Outlook mailboxes have a maximum capacity? "

It's configurable. The technical limit is 4PB!

See https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/832925/how-to-configure-the-size-limit-for-both--pst-and--ost-files-in-outloo

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Re: Bait and Switch

"(focused in-box?!?"

Optional though. I don't like it either. A couple of mouse clicks to turn it off...

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

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Re: Who's to say whether the plaintext matches the cryptoed text?

"Since fluency in French is a requirement for most such Federal Jobs "

I expect that will be dropped eventually:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hawRbECNX8o

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UK industry bods: Re-train ONE MEEELLION manufacturing workers to deal with new tech

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Re: Same old same old

"that is what they would like but ultimately someone has to repair and innovate."

But that becomes largely a highly skilled job for AI and robotics, not a working class role..

"If you buy in tools and neglect your own people"

There will just be fewer people required that will in general be highly skilled and relatively well paid. Companies mostly wont give a crap about the proles.

The real question is - what will happen to those that are not that smart and / or don't have a trade / education? Whilst there will always be some working class jobs, I think jobs for that sector will gradually become in short supply. For instance we could already pretty much replace train drivers. (And that cant come soon enough imo - £60K for pushing a button and they still strike all the time?!)

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Re: Same old same old

"Robots cost serious money compared to increased computing power for brainiac work."

Not necessarily. An automatic vacuum cleaner for instance costs a couple of hundred quid.

"The low hanging fruit is in white collar stuff -"

Disagree. The lower hanging fruit is lots of types of manual labour that can be automated. Johnny Cabs are coming soon!

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Robot takes the job of sitting on your arse

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"and I'm revising that 5x estimate to 10x."

Only 3X when you use Avios though :-)

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"We're calling it Seat-3-P-O"

Arse 2 Seat 2?

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