* Posts by M7S

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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

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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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Intel pitches a Thunderbolt 3-for-all

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Gallileo, Gallileo

If on an Apple thing you have Thunderbolt port and a newer iPhone plugged in, is it very very frightening?

Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me-ee......

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

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Stop

No

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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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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