* Posts by M7S

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

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I get hacked off seeing a DVD £5 cheaper on the same shelf in Tesco the week after I bought it, but if I wait for the price to drop, it gets discontinued. It's like whenever you buy something, there's always some smug git who tells you it was cheaper at some website, or that you have to hunt around for vouchers to attractions to feel you're not being ripped off with the prices on the door.

Life is too short

Just a plain price for stuff.

Thank you

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Three-quarters of IoT projects are failing, says Cisco

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Leaders not buying in

Maybe that's why some of them have risen to be leaders, they can see if something is rubbish.

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'Tabby's Star' intrigues astro-boffins with brief 'dimming event'

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Joke

Smart meter recently installed?

Let's face it, energy companies would try.

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PayPal peed off about Pandora's 'P' being mistaken for its 'PP'

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Another PP logo in use

There's a schoolboy joke to be made here. I shall rise above that as this is a serious publication.

prettypolly.co.uk

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Mouse sperm kept frozen in SPAAAAACE yields healthy pups

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Mouse sperm creates pups?

Ye gods, what kind of abominations are they breeding?

Lest we forget: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OaioBzlrbbU

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Ford to replace CEO with connected car division boss – reports

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Connected car question - US spelling

If, the first time, your connected car has a major IT security problem (viz. Fiat, Chrysler/Jeep etc.) some journalistic wag decides to refer to you as "Mr. Hack-it", is this something about which you eventually tyre or tire, given that people drive on the former in the UK but the latter in the US?

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Telecoms fail in UK takes down passport scanners in Australia

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Re: The real issue

" if the system is that critical"

Think about who will be inconvenienced.

Then think about who will decide how critical that really is.

I saw a documentary/long advert for Heathrow some time ago which showed their VVIP terminal. I don't expect you get much in the way of queues there even if the computers fail

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You'll get a kick out of this: Qualcomm patents the 'Internet of Shoes'

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Would any connected display be....

....interlacing?

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Plutus Payroll clients and staff fell for plausible business model fairy tales

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Could someone please enlighten me, and perhaps others

According to the quote attributed to Munk, it seemed to be going fine before Synep came along.

Does this mean that Plutus's original business model was in fact valid, or was it some kind of accidental Ponzi scheme that just took a long time to start to crumble?

If, as I infer from this, it was the Synep takeover that made things go wrong, essentially as they appear to have been crooks and drained the money in order to purchase all the goodies mentioned in another Reg article on this affair, then there seems to be an unwarranted bashing of the original concept.

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Wonky whitelist update blamed for AT&T's nationwide 911 blackout

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"Americans in need must be able to reach Americans who can help"

I know its picky, but I find the wording disappointing. Leaving aside that not everyone in America needing help in an emergency is necessarily American, presumably other people are allowed to assist and form part of the employee/volunteer base of emergency services? I believe generally you have to be a US Citizen to be in the police but does the same hold for Fire and (where separate) Ambulance services?

I'm not American, but I have no problem helping, as a simple matter of human decency. Of course I appreciate that response times from the UK might be a little longer than desirable, but I assume that in areas of low population density (perhaps near either of the US's borders with Canada) there are some agreements to respond cross border if that will be more likely to save human life, possibly even to preserve property.

I have the feeling I'm going to be told this is a rather naïve view, but I'd be interested to learn whether or not cross border responses take place.

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Self-driving car devs face 6-month backlog on vital $85,000 LIDAR kit

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The shortage of lasers is actually created by some seriously rich tech entrepreneurs....

....expanding the numbers in the shark pool.

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Bloke charged under UK terror law for refusing to cough up passwords

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Re: And soon.... The clock will strike thirteen

"The chimes of Big Ben" required only eight.

Strangely enough that episode of The Prisoner was on only the other day.

Freeview 61 or thereabouts for anyone wanting a bit of nostalgia/warning. Currently the series is running every weekday.

Be seeing you.

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We're calling it now: FCC votes 2-1 to rip up net neutrality on Thurs

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Perhaps a chance to deal with this the American way...

Take them to court!

In the same way that some US corporates have use investor state resolution to sue other governments for restricting their trade https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Investor-state_dispute_settlement, perhaps a plucky non-US internet upstart might sue the US for similarly disadvantaging any traffic that they might wish to send to customers in the US.

IIRC there was to be an expansion of this principle in various trade treaties being negotiated although I think they've run into some trouble recently.

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Flying robots are great... until they meet flying humans, anyway

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Also, what about emergency aircraft?

Air ambulances generally don't have too much time to waste, and may need to land/ take off where ther is not a lot of lateral viability for the pilot, eg in a town centre surrounded by buildings.

This might present some issues

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Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

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It is to pre-empt the "Galactica" defence

So if you think you can resist the RoTM by keeping some of your weapons off grid, once they've gained access to your base, they take them directly and use them against you.

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US judges say you can Google Google, but you can't google Google

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"evidence regarding T‑Pain's inner thought process"

That could be an amusing day in court

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HTC's 2017 flagship U11 woos audiophiles and bundles Alexa

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HTC gets there first with a portable audio device

that goes to 11.

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Volvo is letting Android 'take over underlying car software' – report

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Removing the SIM so that you can control things like over the air updates

If its anything like the Tesla, and I asked the salesperson directly, then you also lose some of the useful built in things like mapping, traffic updates etc.

This seems to be the way newer cars are going at present.

That's a shame, possibly very stupid, as I'd prefer any updates to be done only with the thing is parked at home and when I accept them (having hopefully checked there are no reported problems for early updaters) but would rather need some of the navigation functions to make the car useful. Yes I could have a backup satnav from Halfords stuck to the windscreen but that's not really the point in a modern car and most drivers of such things will not understand the need to be so discriminating regarding their data connections.

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Have a go with this WW2 German Lorenz cipher machine – in your browser

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Re: Is this even legal in the UK now ?

Then I apologise to them for my ignorance.

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Re: Is this even legal in the UK now ?

refer any complaints to the manufacturers, after all they're supposed to backdoor it for the authorities.....

That's the trouble with these "here for a thousand years, gone tomorrow" companies. No long term support.

IoT users beware.

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US Coast Guard: We're rather chuffed with our new Boeing spy drone

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Unhappy

Perhaps they'll buy them from us

In a repeat of the Harrier debacle

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Space upstart plans public cloud in low Earth orbit

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All that hardware in orbit, bare metal or not

would that be like an iron sky?

It's Friday, but my choice of DVD tonight has now been....dictated.

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CERN ready to test an EVEN BIGGER gun

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Lineac 4 is tiny at a mere 90 metres long

So, could possibly be mounted in the axis of a naval vessel, the sort with the power already in place for rail guns?

As for what happened to Lineac3, they're just doing all the marketing in binary, "The Lineac 1000" will sound much better than Lineac 8 when some president announces it is being deployed to quell whatever fuzzy-wuzzies we're not friends with at that particular time.

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London app dev wants to 'reinvent the bus'

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Hey, let's innovate! let's give "customers"

Video

On

My

Internet

Terminal

Or do you get this on a bus already? perhaps to be found near the back seats on a Friday or Saturday night...

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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Last night on the BBC....

Was a Panorama about FB and what it was doing to help candidates in the US election.

There was a little about general privacy for users, although I think it really could have been fleshed out much more to be effective, although that might be seen as beyond Auntie's remit.

I've not used FB out of general privacy concerns, but I found the interview segments with their Director of Policy most disconcerting. I'd hope someone can do something longer on this, reaching a primetime audience so that people can make a more informed choice.

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Fire fighters get grinding on London man’s trapped genitalia

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Re: I'm pretty sure of this...but don't take it as fact

"Lack of return"

Sounds a bit like my current pension. By any chance was the man a right banker?

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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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An offering looking like a pretty bleak landscape

One might almost call it Spartan

(With hindsight, the warnings were all there)

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It's Russian hackers, FBI and Wikileaks wot won it – Hillary Clinton on her devastating election loss

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"over-confidence (of her campaign manager Robby Mook) on a data analytics program"

As seems to be the cases with many businesses as well.

IT. No replacement for common sense and experience, particularly when it comes to dealing with people.

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What is dead may never die – how to get a post-BlackBerry BlackBerry

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24 months of guaranteed updates

To be clear, is that 24 months from launch, or from the date a particular handset is purchased?

Then if it's the latter, do earlier purchases get extended benefit or do they need to pay a subscription after 24 months?

Much easier to say that updates are guaranteed until at least a certain date, at least for the purchaser. This can always be extended if the model proves popular and long lived.

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Another ZX Spectrum modern reboot crowdfunder pops up

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"£865 for five of the consoles; in effect, a BOGOF deal." - Really?

Hopefully it will have a better spreadsheet/calculator than the author....

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While Facebook reinvents Sadville, we still dream of flying cars

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"A preference was expressed for 3-4 flying cars"

I expect this would be a fairly extreme form of ride-sharing then.

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Accept for a second that robot surgeons exist. Who will check they're up to the job – and how?

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You could ask someone undoubtedly trustworthy

such as John Lumic

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The beast is back: Reborn ekranoplan heads for the Arctic

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Re: Not alien enough!

I beg to differ. Burt Rutan?

Really?

Sontar Ha!

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Goodbye, cruel world! NASA's Cassini preps for kamikaze Saturn dive

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"Goodbye"?

Surely a spectacular "Howdy" leading to them getting on well, like a house on fire, as per icon.

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Governments could introduce 'made by humans' tags - legal report

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"governments will have to decide what jobs should be performed exclusively by humans."

Somehow I expect that politician or civil servant will mysteriously not make the list....

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Three to lawyer up unless Ofcom intervenes in spectrum market

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Will the insuffiency of Spectrum

Prevent me, as an Earthman, hearing those deep voices?

Dum dum dum, dum-dum-dum-dum

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That 'Trump lawyers threaten teen over kitten website' yarn is Fakey Fakey McFake Fakeface

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trumptytrump.com

I've not looked at the site, but now I've got "Nellie the Elephant" playing in my head.

I think she had a big trunk.

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Nuclear subs seek virtual SAN, says VMware

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Isnt this a bit complex for just wanting to shoot a torpedo?

Don't you just want to use a simple command...

...ping

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This AI stuff is all talk! Bots invent their own language to natter away behind humans' backs

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These "agents" of which you speak

Do any of them resemble some kind of High Elf King?

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Judge issues search warrant for anyone who Googled a victim's name

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Reasonable course of action

Recently there have been lots of comments about law enforcement authorities of one kind or another, often based in the USA applying extraterritoriality or just demanding information without judicial oversight.

In this instance both these issues appear not to be relevant, and the police are making a not unreasonable enquiry, but still copping some flak. In the old days if someone were to, for example, burn down a building, it would not be unreasonable for the police to enquire of the local library if someone had recently checked out "Mrs. Miggins' Guide to Arson and Animal Husbandry for Beginners". Good old fashioned police work I think it used to be called.

If this search turns up any evidence, I would be very surprised (although I am aware that the legal systems in some states can be strange to us Brits) if this lead to a conviction without at least some further proof. It might however raise a reasonable cause to make further enquiries relating to one or more people. If it turns out that the search was by the local "soup kitchen" service because the person had applied to be a volunteer, this would then hopefully be looked at, seen to be a coincidence and dismissed, allowing the police to concentrate their resources somewhere hopefully more fruitful.

As for the amount of tech info, if the link comes back to a phone which suspect X says "this is mine, no-one else uses it" this could help prove a case. if it turns out to be a shared PC in a student house left unsecured then of course its a bit trickier for the police, but again not an unreasonable request.

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Headphone batteries flame out mid-flight, ignite new Li-Ion fears

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Possibly listening to

The crazy world of Arthur Brown,

Kings of Leon,

Fire Inc (too obvious?)

Over to you....

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Time crystals really do exist, say physicists*

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"A state of perpetual motion"

Haven't we already got machines for that sort of thing?

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Repentant priest from Cuntis sorry he dressed as Hugh Hefner

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Re: I wonder if the church would have been more or less upset

Upset? No, hopping mad.

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CIA hacking dossier leak reignites debate over vulnerability disclosure

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Re: Here's the rub

I likewise have no issue with state actors, however I would seek to limit this to actors of "my" state. An issue here is that it would appear that my system is insecure against actors of other states, not all of which may be our allies now or, if the currently are, in the future. If I worked for an employer that might be a suitable "target" in the event of less cordial relations at some future date, then that is a worry.

Alas I cannot see how to limit the vulnerability so that only "my" state can come and rummage through my systems.

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Commercial AV products

There was a short bit on BBC R4 last night, as part of the six o'clock news, mentioning some AV companies and what these agencies reportedly thought of their products.

As a person with some responsibility for securing an employer's data and, whilst I do not wish to impede legal investigation or be prosecuted for this, in the belief that any vulnerability will eventually end up in the "wrong" hands thus rendering me liable to prosecution for failing to adequately protect the data of our staff/customers etc., I would like to see a site like El Reg go through this (I accept it may take a while) and being unafeared as it is of losing advertising revenue, provide a comprehensive breakdown, (with responses from and, if appropriate, rebuttals to the vendors) so that I can make a more informed judgement.

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Fraud detection system with 93% failure rate gets IT companies sued

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Meanwhile, over this side of the pond

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/02/08/ministry_justice_conviction_by_computer_scheme_go_ahead/

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Salesforce joins 'smart' software bandwagon

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As I'm not smare enough to find the obligatory xkcd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn8jPj9g_CM

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Cybercrooks charging more than the price of a new car for undetectable Mac malware

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Other RATs may be available

I think we're perhaps being a little harsh here.

Clearly at these kinds of prices (perhaps the BAe of hackers) the sale is intended as a public service.

Sorry, to a public service.

Sorry, to a "service" paid for by the public.

Look, you're not allowed to know. It's only your money, now go away, there's a good chap.

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RadioShack bankruptcy savior to file for, you guessed it, bankruptcy

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transformers of all sorts of sizes, shapes and use

They've redisguised themselves as robots.

PS, how did ancient machine creatures from far far away manage to work out and become the exact shape and colour of the vehicles they would need to disguise themselves as, just in case they lost their homeworld? I'm hoping my small person will realise he needs to ask this kind of question one day, more importantly I'd like to have an answer that sounds smarter than "just sit back and enjoy the firlm, otherwise it's all just nonsence"

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Li-ion king Goodenough creates battery he says really is... good enough

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He does look a bit like

Professor Proton

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