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More and more websites are mining crypto-coins in your browser to pay their bills, line pockets

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Not harmless if this kind of thing spreads to pay for "normal" websites

I believe some countries have taken steps to ban these kinds of currencies (IIRC Russia and China head the list). If other countries do the same, then if a user sat in a jurisdiction that has banned cryptocurrencies inadvertently runs some of these cycles on their PC, could they be in trouble for unauthorised financial processing in some way?

Remember there are countries that lock up rape victims for unlawful sexual intercourse, so having some humourless official tell you it is your fault that your favourite social media site has changed its funding model and you're looking at doing time for something akin to money laundering might not be so far fetched.....

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Screw the badgers! Irish High Court dismisses Apple bit barn appeals

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Any chance the badger chap might be able to appeal in an EU court?

Seeing as how they have such a positive view of Apple and their compliance with the law (yes I know) at present

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Dear America, best not share that password with your pals. Lots of love, the US Supremes

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What about those various employers that demand access to social media accounts

of potential recruits during the application phase?

I believe that they expect passwords to be handed over as well

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US Senate stamps the gas pedal on law to flood America's streets with self-driving cars

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Just a thought

If a car driving in another lane parallel to me veers into my lane due to inattention or lack of perception, I can make various signals (horn, flash lights, other visual indications...) and there's a chance the current organic computer may recognise any error and factor this into future driving*

If a driverless vehicle has some kind of similar issue, will it recognise the signal, consider the circumstances that might cause me to give such a signal and then consider its own behaviour and the possible need to modify this should the same circumstances arise?

*Of course this does not apply if the organic computer's OS is affected by sociopathy, drugs, the fitting of certain badges on the front or rear of the vehicle (before or after purchase), the wearing of a hat and numerous other causes that I am sure other commentards will be pleased to list

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

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Some intense dislike by the company of Tom Robinson, or an aversion to high speed roads?

Looking at the model numbers all I could think of was

2, 4, 6, 8 Motorway

And of course in their sequence K-9 for a "robot" is already taken, not by those police units unable to spell properly either.

http://www.followingthenerd.com/site/wp-content/uploads/Heroes-of-doctor-who-k9-john-leeson-the-time-warriors.jpg

After all, who puts a laser on a sodding shark.....

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New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

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Re: This is getting stupid

Careful now, that kind of suggestion is not very far from the tweet sent by Paul Chambers (search on this site if you don't remember him). Unless of course you are happy to rely on the legendary sense of humour that HMRC has*

*Of course the sense of humour they're really waiting for belongs to one Mr. K Dodd, onetime resident of Knotty Ash, who it is hoped will be leaving his to the Exchequer in due course.

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US government sued by 11 pissed-off travellers over computer searches

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"Knight First Amendment Institute"

Did they have an industrial division back in the eighties (although the number two thousand may be relevant here) that made cars, possibly with an "autopilot" that actually did what it said on the tin?

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The Register Lecture: The secrets of power in the digital age

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Not as far as Yorkshire but

Whilst I used to work in London, and attended a few of these, I don't currently and its about an hour and a half's travel.

Still worth it in my view, but I appreciate that YMMV (literally)

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Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid

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This does show that cat-related research is actually advancing

As we have clearly moved on quite a bit from the much missed bonsaikitten.com project once mentioned on this august website and worthy of resurrection.

All together now, 1, 2, 3 "Memories, not a sound in the moonlight......."

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Police deny Notting Hill Carnival face recog tech led to wrongful arrest

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Re: Nothing wrong with being "wrongfully" arrested

This can actually cause a problem. If you have been arrested, even if not charged in the UK, technically you need a visa if you want to go to the USA. This is mostly due to the difference in the import given to the term in the different jurisdictions but with the hassle/cost of getting a US visa as opposed to travelling there under the ESTA scheme.

I would be surprised if many holidaymakers entering the US are not technically in breach of their immigration rules for this reason and if some day their CBP gain full access to UK police records then this could become a bit of a problem for them.

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WannaCrypt NHS victim Lanarkshire infected by malware again

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"Who you gonna call?"

Oh, bail conditions, sorry.

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

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Re: Rested drivers and the new Pony Express

I may be being cynical, but I feel that once this tech is "proven", that drivers will still be required, just employed on something similar to a zero hours basis and therefore only for the fiddly bits at each end despite having to sit in the cab (presumably "on call" and thus liable for any problem, but not actually paid to drive) for the rest of the journey.

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NSA ramps up PR campaign to keep its mass spying powers

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Re: Denounce them all

Generally I think that there is the same level of denunciation. The issue here is that for many in the US, this agency (and others) are supposed to be there to protect the interests of their own country, and citizens like to suppose that this is them. Officials in power may, or may be seen to, disagree in some vague way. Also there are issues like constitutional protections and laws that this agency is reputed to be flouting even when democratically elected representatives, with supposed powers of oversight, try to hold them to account.

It is a similar situation to some UK citizens and their view of the comparable UK agencies.

The impression in many cases is that the agencies are slippery sorts who have decided to operate in an extra-legal manner. Its probably not entirely true as I don't imagine that they recruit entirely from "henchmen-r-us" and that most people join with a sense of wanting to do the right thing and protect their country/uphold the law etc, but certainly this impression has some traction and when even agencies such as the police that are supposed to operate with our consent ignore court rulings on storage of images, it really doesn't help their case.

The problem seems to be "we can do all this stuff and it really could help protect the public, but if they knew what we were capable of, they'd be frightened and then we could not protect them" so they are in some kind of Hobson's choice, and now that the public is more aware, some think we should have a more open and honest debate, although that might give away some secrets to "bag guys" (by which I mean criminals as well as quasi-state actors) and thus defeat the protections we currently generally enjoy.

Its a difficult area. To get back to your point about other countries' agencies, there is some condemnation of these there, although muted, but until we put out own house in order we can hardly thrown many stones.....

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India's Aadhaar national biometric ID scheme at risk after Supreme Court rules privacy is a right

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Is there any kind of valid comparison that has been done to other schemes?

For example I believe Estonia has a secure ID/E-gov scheme, even open to citizens of other countries. I've also been told by a Brit resident in Denmark that everything he does can be seen by just about everyone, for example he bought a TV and the person in the shop could check his address, credit rating, that there was a licence etc, and apparently this sort of thing is pervasive, regarded as normal. From the UK I've not read much about whether or not this is a good or bad thing in the view of the locals.

I recall the fuss over the UK's proposed "entitlement" cards (No2ID) some time back, about which I felt conflicted, but it would be interesting to see if some kind of manifesto could be put together with the best practices from all the different schemes taken into account, including ways to safeguard citizens from misuse which in the UK at least seems to be raised as a recurring concern.

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Kill animals and destroy property before hurting humans, Germany tells future self-driving cars

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I know he flies, but are we preventing Santa having an autonomous sleigh?

"If a situation on the road goes south"

How else does one leave the North Pole?

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Spinal Tap (inspired) Airways

Five engines? - pah!

Ours go up to eleven

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World's largest private submarine in mystery sink accident

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If he is convicted

And "goes down" (sorry), it would be nice if the sub can be recovered and put to a good use (science, educational tourism etc), particularly as it was crowd funded.

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Don't throw away those eclipse glasses! Send 'em to South America

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What a nice idea

That is all

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Verizon kicks out hot new Unlimited* plans

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It's always busy on the roads I travel

Mostly as despite my paying a seeming fortune in road fund licences, the infrastructure is not maintained beyond a poor level, and as for the construction of additional capacity, one can but dream.

On reflection, their comparison is astonishingly apt.

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Kraut coppers seize 5,000 Donald Trump-shaped dance biscuits

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Unusually for a crudely made copy of something

actually better for you than the real thing.

(So I'm led to understand)

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British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins

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Is Machiavelli dead?

"First look to your defences"

A bit difficult if any citizen with the talent to help defend fellow citizens is left to the mercies of a foreign power.

I'm not judging his guilt in this allegation, and don't understand the boundaries of Infosec research in any sense (legal, technical or practical) but he is a Brit, even if the only approach was a "Lord Vetinari" like 'quiet word' before he left these shores (or maybe not, after such a word) that would surely be in our national interest.

I'm not sure how others will be encouraged, but I fear not in the best way for our long term well being.

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US DoD, Brit ISP BT reverse proxies can be abused to frisk internal systems – researcher

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Investigating anything related to or hosted by BT? Risky at best

Did he by any chance dare to type ../../../ anywhere?

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/10/11/tsunami_hacker_followup/

Oh what short memories we have as an industry, TPTB may feel that current sentences are not enough of a deterrent.

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New MH370 analysis again suggests plane came down outside search area

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If they do find the voice/data recorders....

...any instance of the data being less than 100% recoverable will have the conspiracy theorists in ecstatic fits for decades over the cover up of the assassination/timetraveller bodyswap/UFO attack/whatever.

Of course if the data is 100% recovered then that just proves to them it is all faked, as nothing could last that long underwater....

The one with the Oceanic Airlines logo on, thank you

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The eyes have IT: TSB to roll out iris-scanning tech for mobile banking

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Perhaps as with some high end trading systems

that allow a "duress" password that pretends to do things but doesn't in fact enable any real transfers you'll get one setting for each eye. "Do you feel lucky, Punk?"

My concern would be for high net worth individuals (alas/fortunately I am not one such) bundled from the street into a van and waking to find themselves in an abandoned warehouse tied to a chair with their phone being dangled in front of them. How do they then stop the gang of masked ne'erdowells emptying all their accounts (as they will have the time to determine that funds have in fact arrived where expected, and change eye if required). If the person is then released and clever villains have left no real clues even to the crime necessarily having taken place, how would such a person prove it had taken place or that they were not in some way complicit with their "abductors" and should get re-imbursed by the bank?

I expect there's probably a movie about this lurking somewhere on a VHS tape.

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Breathless F-35 pilots to get oxygen boost via algorithm tweak

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Why oxygen generators?

Why not just a simple cylinder of compressed air or oxygen (according to need, as I know there are issues with gas mixtures affected by pressures, but I'm not expert in this) delivered via a regulator?

Relatively simple to replace for each flight, or is there a large weight/space saving with generators?

Genuine curiosity.

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Pastor la vista, baby! FCC enforcers shut down church pirate radio

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Re: Pastor la vista, baby!

Fake church.

The real one would have generated the title "Pasta la vista".

Praise his noodle tentacles.

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NATO: 'Cyber' is a military domain

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If cyber is a military domain

then, as a comparison with the real world, does that make sysadmins and InfoSec practitioners, or at least those not co-operating fully with our political masters, "unlawful combatants"?

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JFrog leaps, wolfs down CloudMunch

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Forgive me if I am rather late to this party

And I am very sorry if this is a repeat post from some years ago (memory and El Reg's forum search both fail me) but is this company aware of the very similar medical acronym used (I believe originating in the US) in some departments to explain the expiration of patients

Just

(Eff)ing*

Ran-out

of

Gas

Variations (jpfrog: just plain effing ran out of gas) etc etc probably abound

*One does not wish to spoil another chap's afternoon tea with unnecessary profanity.

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

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Re: May be a silly question

Surely playing the theme tune to Captain Pugwash on a loop through some underwater speakers.

Not only likely to confuse the listening enemy but also possibly to drive their operators quite insane.

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Humanity uploaded an AI to Mars and lets it shoot rocks with lasers

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FFS, does no-one remember the future?

Nuclear powered tanks, lasers shooting rocks, Mars

Don't be surprised when a couple of glowing hoops move around you, accompanied by a very bass voice on the PA very confident that you can hear them

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The Internet of Flying Thing: Reg man returns with explicit shots

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This wifi on aircraft

can if be used for video calling ahead to your destination, or (and say it quickly) does nothing travel faster than the speed of flight?

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You wait ages for a sun, then two come along at once: All stars have twins, say astroboffins

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If there might be another sun

Could there be another Mondas?

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You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

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If it is all about public safety

then perhaps the politicians advocating this might consider "automating" in a similar manner all those guns out there (USA). The ones used for protection by a person, or for protecting a VIP or for "home defence".

I'm not sure what form it would take in each instance, some kind of ED-209 on the streets, perhaps one accompanying every elected politician perceived to be at risk or some sort of automated turret at the entrance to your front and back doors to keep out burglars/home invaders, but given the levels of firearms fatalities and serious injuries not reasonably inflicted by the actions of a police officer or similar, this surely is in the same league.

Once they've contemplated and hopefully understood the risk of such a system, they might be persuaded to draw a parallel with autonomous vehicles and realise that whilst an admirable aim, it is perhaps not quite the panacea they wish it to be.

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Now you can 'roam like at home' within the EU, but what's the catch?

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"Customers holidaying in tax havens...... will be charged £1 per minute "

Damn, that offsets the entire saving I make everytime I visit to deposit envelopes of cash

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Ex-SpaceX avionics tech loses safety certificate-forging wrongful dismissal lawsuit

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"who ultimately was terminated for the good of the avionics lab and the other test technicians"

Just how destructive was this testing?

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Europe to upgrade its continental GPS

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This thing about emergency services needing to know to the nearest metre or so

None of the response vehicles I operate, or any with which I am familiar (across several services) in the UK have the kind of kit with this accuracy fitted or manportable (along with all the other gubbins we have to carry when out of the vehicle) and kept in some kind of bracket.

If we get to a location, probably given as "a mile up the B2345, past the Three Kings Pub" then if we cannot find the incident we are looking for there, we night have a bit of a look around, perhaps peek over a hedge or two to see if someone's vehicle has jumped the verge and is resting in a field out of most people's line of sight. I might even, in an urban area, clamber up on to the odd garden wall (if not topped with cemented-in broken glass) and peer into someone's garden.

It seems that some commentards think that if the incident I am looking for is not within a metre of the location given, that I will not find it. Do they therefore also assume that if my satnav directs me to drive into a canal, that I might not pause and think "hang on a second, this vehicle is indeed a submersible, but only once"?

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Hand in your notice – by 2022 there'll be 350,000 cybersecurity vacancies

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"cell certification"

Would that be infosec as provided by one Manning, late of the U.S. Military?

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No hypersonic railguns on our ships this year, says US Navy

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Re: Railguns vs lasers

Lasers are ineffective against big targets as they're just light weaponry.

I think railguns will be better, although at the moment that's only a partly informed guass.

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Do cops need a warrant to stalk you using your cellphone records? US Supremes to mull it over

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Question

How is using the data on the location of a phone from the cellphone towers a greater invasion of privacy than, for example, the detectives having a chat with Huggy Bear who tells them that "the word on the street, Man" is that this dude was seen near each of the crimes.

The latter would be regarded as good old fashioned police work. The former is simply a more efficient method of the same, and could also be used to exclude a number of potential suspects from further enquiry, or at least their telephones.

https://charlieschinderwolf.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/huggy-bear3.jpg

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EU wins approval to waste €120m on pitiful public Wi-Fi

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I'm not particularly bothered either way about public wifi

although it sound handy for tourists, visitors etc (but would any Reg reader advocate trusting any SSID such as "EU free public wifi"?) but surely it would be sensible to first use public money to sort out normal broadband for the harder to reach premises?

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Pai guy not too privacy shy, says your caller ID can't block IP, so anons go bye

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Blue Alert - Are you sure?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa_gZ_7sdZg

particularly the bit at 1:25 regarding changing the alert status

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ESA astronaut decelerates from 28,800kph to zero in first bumpy landing

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What is that ground vehicle at 5.55?

It may be perspective, and my lack of knowledge of such things, but it has a slightly "Gerry Anderson" look to it...

Anyone know?

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Retirement age must move as life expectancy grows, says WEF

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Re-skilling older workers

Every scheme I have seen for publicly funded "free IT courses" and the like, some of which might actually be useful either to the employer or the worker concerned seems to specify that the recipient has to be under 25 or something similar. Perhaps changing this might help older people remain employable.

Yes I know employers should pay for training, but it doesn't always happen. If free training is available, why not give it to someone still with 15-20 years working life expectancy rather than 40, or does this explain why half the NHS is still on XP?

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Trident nuke subs are hackable, thunders Wikipedia-based report

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Re: The weakest point ... ?

"the bit between the screen and the keyboard"

Did you mean between the chair and the keyboard, or do you have a particularly dodgy batch of VGA cables in mind?

"I am the weakest link, goodbye"

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BT considers scrapping 'gold-plated' pensions in bid to plug £14bn deficit

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BT, a pension scheme with a telecommunications provider attached to it

Much like BA, BBC and lots of other things beginning with B from that era. It was all a huge Ponzi scheme

I recall an article a while back on unfunded local government pensions, roughly 25% of your council tax payments goes to paying current retirees (YMMV). Its only going to get worse.

All final benefit pension schemes should be stopped, obligations already incurred must be honoured (painful as it will be for a long time) and for those retiring in the next five years a modified system for the remainder of their time should be introduced to soften the blow. For everyone else there should be money purchase only from now on, run along the Dutch lines (far less in the way of onerous charges).

After all, these people who think saving 10% of their income for 30-40 years should generate perhaps half their income for a further 30-40 years have been seriously misled. To put it politely.

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Event horizons around black holes do exist, say astroboffins

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Any sign of VINCENT?

One of the better things from The Black Hole.

At least, at the age I was then

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Stingy DXC Tech tells staff to breathe in and tighten those belts

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Free staff travel - Is there such as thing as "Run DXC"

or you can perhaps hip-hop to a meeting

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Seminal game 'Colossal Cave Adventure' released onto GitLab

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For those liking this kind of thing, and wanting an update....

may I recommend attending any performance by John Robertson of his "Dark Room" shows.

Australian performer I saw in the UK (Pwllheli, no that's not Elvish) a couple of months ago so probably accessible to readers of Vultures North and South.

www.thejohnroberston.com/thedarkroom or Duckduckgo "you awake to find yourself in a dark room"

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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"after you've missed out in the 1930ies."

As with the plague, renaissance and remodelling the road network in our capital city we've always been a bit behind in following those continental fads.

Surely trying this would prove to the Shoreditch luvvies that in fact we've reconsidered and are now terribly cosmopolitan remainers at heart?

The long black one. Yes, its leather. No, I'm not sure from which particular mammal.

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So the person had been reported to the authorities....

...five years ago (and possibly more recently).

It takes quite a bit of resources to keep a constant watch on someone, and even if you suspect something very troubling, if after a while nothing has materialised that is actionable then you have to consider using those resources for investigating something else that has been reported to you. Until a crime is committed there is still the presumption of innocence, otherwise you're simply advocating that we have lifelong monitoring of every person who has ever been reported to the authorities, whether that be a genuine concern or a malicious neighbour, in fact becoming the very Stasi-like state many here are complaining about.

Given that, the authorities have a difficult balance to strike in order to deal with the massive changes in how people communicate that technology has brought about in recent years, how this can then be used by people wishing to generally do harm, and how they can protect us from such people. I'm not saying they've got it correct or are even headed along the right path, and the encryption issue does present a huge dilemma that I have very mixed views on, but they need to try and this is an early step along the way. Regrettably progress will involve making mistakes which will adversely affect people. Hopefully as the technology matures, along with the users and society's attitudes, something will develop that redresses the balance to the satisfaction of all. After all, a century after its introduction we still haven't got legislation or social attitudes that effectively protects people from the risks presented by the motorcar hurling along the highway.

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