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Verizon kicks out hot new Unlimited* plans

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Bait and switch

So, get a whole lot of new customers signed up on a promise of unlimited and then dump the plan. And while not technically not forcing change of plan on those customers, they are still enforcing same throttling.

Isn't that effectively bait and switch?

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Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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Re: Remember those days when you'd go on a course...

Remember the days when software came with a printed manual?

Yes.

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Nokia's comeback is on: The flagship 8 emerges

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Re: No wireless charging? No sale.

But if I buy two VHS recorders I could just remember to record the programs, then watch them upstairs or downstairs without having to give Rupert Murdoch and Rebeka Brooks any money. That seems to be the only solution :)

What about MythTV? One decent PC (wtih tuners) to record on and then scatter some Pi's or something around where needed.

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The future of Python: Concurrency devoured, Node.js next on menu

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Re: Multithreaded programming is easy, Multithreaded coding is not.

Back in 1991 (or so), Dr. Dobbs presented a nice approach to handling concurrency that more people should read. It's a crying shame they didn't just open source all articles when they shut down.

I'll second that. I grew up with Dr. Dobbs Journal. I remeber lounging around with stacks of Journals, coffee and full ashtrays. It had some great columns and articles.

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Samsung's bantam SSD makes WD's 'passport' drive look passé

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Re: Deflation

"Who really needs a 2048 bedroom house?"

But they're really small bedrooms.

And they collapse after being used few times.

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Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo

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Re: You Kids Today With Your Blueteeth

When I was your age, all we had was X10, and we were glad to have it!

What do you you mean had?

Still works great within the inherent limitations of its communications technology. Doesn't need someone's cloud either.

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Old Firefox add-ons get 'dead man walking' call

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Re: Bonkers

Luddite stick-in-the-muds hung up on ten year old UI changes are a cancer that Mozilla needs to cut out of its user base

What is so wrong with giving users a choice? Not everyone likes same UI. If I wanted something that looked like Chrome I'd install the cancer that is Chrome. I don't.

Don't assume everyone likes same thing as you.

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Big question of the day: Is it time to lock down .localhost?

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Re: I'd like something similar, but for local network requests

It'd also be nice is something like .lan was protected so that DNS servers can only respond with a private IP to a request, and do not forward the DNS request to an external DNS server if no match is found.

If your DNS server is authoritative for that zone, it shouldn't be queried at externat DNS servers (provided you have your clients configured to use your own DNS server of course).

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Brit uni builds its own supercomputer from secondhand parts

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Re: I keep dreaming of building a Pi HPC...

Certainly not, but dancing boards is an awesome improvement over the Connection Machine's 64K CPU LEDs!

Sorry, but I have to disagree.

There are two things that have not been bettered yet, one is CM-5's LEDs and the other is Cray-2's FluorinertTM waterfall.

Achtung! Alles turisten und nonteknischen lookenpeepers! Das komputermaschine ist nicht für der gefingerpoken und mittengraben! Oderwise ist easy to schnappen der springenwerk, blowenfusen und poppencorken mit spitzensparksen. Ist nicht für gewerken bei dummkopfen. Der rubbernecken sightseeren keepen das cottonpicken händer in das pockets muss. Zo relaxen und watschen der blinkenlichten.

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If you love your email standards, SMTP your feet: 35 years later

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Re: Oh crap.

Thanks a bunch.

That reminded of INS' OSPF Song

Young man, are you tired of rip, young man..

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Re: Email does have to get upgraded

Having said that, I am slightly nostalgic for the days of X.400/500. I still have a copy of the Chadwick book somewhere.

I just had a flashback of ALL-IN-1, DEC MAILworks and DEC Mailbus.

I need one, no wait, quite a few of these -->

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Seriously, I'd quite like to be able to send an email to my bank, lawyer or family without my ISP being able to read it. I don't think that's much to ask.

PGP

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Re: There is nothing wrong with SMTP ...

... when used properly. Likewise, I still use FTP and telnet and several other protocols that kids today probably don't know exist. They all still have their place, quietly doing the job they were designed to do.

No there isn't. I still run a gopher server for example. Yes I could convert or wrap it around http, but why would I when it works fine as it is.

There is no need to go all Poettering on SMTP, it works fine.

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Windows Subsystem for Linux to debut in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Re: Standardisation is always welcome

Also, from an ergonomic point of view putting the separator on a shifted key is irritating in an otherwise case-agnostic filesystem. I believe in some keyboards it actually is on an AltGr key, which is even worse.

For us using non-US keyboard yes. Annoying. Of course in murika that was not such an issue.

For similar reasons I used to opt for UNIX-layout on Sun keyboards even here in the old world. It was easy enough to get the odd characters required on this side of the pond using Compose key anyway.

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Meg Whitman OUT at HP ...Inc

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Re: The real problem here

...IMHO is the market expectation that mature compaies will continue to grow at the same rate as saplings.

That's corporate greed for you. And as another commentard pointed out, the only realistic way to achieve that is by aggressive acquisitions.

There was a time when companies were fairly happy when they were enough in the black that they could invest some back into the business with some leftover for dividends. As long as the bottom line was black, employees enjoyed fairly reasonable job security unlike today when even when companies are making profits and growin, heads must roll to reduce cost and produce better numbers for the Street.

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Southern awarded yet another 'most moaned about rail firm' gong

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Re: If you want good trains

Is that you, Clarkson?

No. Clarkson does trains. Kind of. Although the inspector wasn't that impressed with his Sports Train based on a XJ-S.

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UK ministers' Broadband '2.0' report confuses superfast with 10Mbps

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Re: Don't shoot/kill the messenger...

There's also some pretty horrible wiring, network and power and telephone, in some buildings.

Yes there is. It it can make a massive difference. At one location (almost too far for ADSL) couldn't even reach 1Mbit/s. Just by replacing NTE-5 with a a XTE-2005 (this was years ago and there are probably even better ones now) bumped the speed up to bit over 2Mbit/s. Differnece in SNR was big. Sometimes disconnecting house wiring can also help.

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Kill something, then hire cleaners to mop up the blood if you want to build a digital business

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Decades of investment

Those investments were mostly in silos and meant that no organisation can honestly say it consciously designed the state it's in today. Kyte describes that state as “a great stinking dunghill of complexity” that inhibits efforts to increase the pace of change.

And guess what Mr Kyte, quite whilst it may not be suitable for the latest agile fad, more often than not it actually just plain old works. When it breaks, there is good change you know because there is good change control in place.

Not to mention that not all applications are suitable for agile development. Newsflash, not every application is some festering pile of java on a website.

That is not to say that there isn't room for improvement. Of course there is, but agile may not be the silver bullet.

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Re: More oblocks

So errrm the current business is using "apps", eh?

But it's not "digital"?

And there I was thinking it was just me, that calling things "digital" was annoying the crap out of.

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Expect the Note 8 to break the bank (and your wallet)

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Note 7

Can we have some of those refurb Note 7s in blighty please. No I don't want the Note 8. The price is ridiculous. Since I don't want a Clippy, nor do I want the fingerprint sensor on the back there is no way I would pay that kind of money for anything less than a perfect phone. Come to think of it I would balk at paying that much even if it was perfect. Oh almost forgot, I might be old fashioned but I still want the physical home button.

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Ten new tech terms I learnt this summer: Do you know them all?

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Re: Broadband

Unless my memory fails me (which it often does) I think this used to describe a modulation technique where a single physical cable carried multiple signals at different frequencies.

That's more or less the gist of it. Another factor is that compared to old 56kbps (and before that of course) the communications was over the normal voiceband (ie narrowband) of ~4kHz (IIRC) whereas with xDSL you're talking about hundreds of kHz which is pretty broad compared to 4kHz.

If you look at xDSL diagnostics that shows the frequency usage you may or may not notice that your up and downstreams are divided into 4.3125 kHz channels.

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User filed fake trouble tickets to take helpful sysadmin to lunches

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Re: I ate all the pies

A colleague had told me after a previous rebuild that he'd got away with swapping the control PCB on the drive. I tried this and - miraculously - the system came back up.

In the 80s I had lots of success with recovering data from dead (it was most often controller/logic (especially with IDE, but also some ST-506/412 (MFM/RLL)) rather than mechanical drive failure) drives.

Made for very happy customers when they were exchanging drive under warranty and inquired if it was possible to recover the data.

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Iranian duo charged with hacking US missile simulation software biz

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Re: International Traffic in Arms Regulations? Another US Government joke!

The older readers will no doubt remember how T-shirts were used to distribute PGP, written by Phil Zimmermann, to circumvent the US Arms Export Control Act - an activity that continues to this day. See: http://www.cypherspace.org/adam/shirt/media.html)

Not quite. PGP 5 was exported as a book and hence not subject to ITAR. It was then scanned and OCR'd. I took part in the proofreading effort and let me just say that OCR in those days was not that great...

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Openreach asks UK what it thinks about 10 million 'full fibre' connections

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Re: re: WTF?

By the time they do need that performance we may all be on 5G, so why waste taxpayers' money putting in today's technology where it isn't needed?

And where do you think the backhaul for the 5G comes from?

So not so much of a stretch to branch off from the cellsites.

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Dow Jones index – of customers, not prices – leaks from AWS repo

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Nice

Dow Jones has emulated Verizon by saving various internal databases (including Wall Street Journal subscribers) in the cloud without properly securing it.

<pedant>

Wasn't it Nice, rather than Verizon, that left that bucket unsecured.

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Western Digital wins California court skirmish against Toshiba

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Re: Call me petty but...

I don't see WDC having done anything wrong, but just trying to keep to the JV agreement.

Its kinda like marraige with jointly owned house and one deciding to sell their share to a third party and trying to kick the other party our of the house as well (and refusing them a chance to buy out the other half).

(I know, not the best analogy)

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Luxembourg passes first EU space mining law. One can possess the Spice

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as long as they are called something like "Alien mining SARL" they'll be fine - and pay their corporation tax in Luxembourg of course - see what they've done there, it's like dotcom companies but bigger !

You may find that Wayland-Yutani has just incorporated in Luxembourg.

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Open-source world resurrects Oracle-free Solaris project OmniOS

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Great news

Fantastic news.

Oetiker is very well know for most (ok, some at least) of us from great handy tools like RRDtool and MRTG.

Thank you Tobias and others for keeping OmniOS alive.

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NAO: Customs union IT system may not be ready before Brexit

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Re: dichotomy and delay

And of course the economy thing, where ours is now (thanks to brexit) starting to recover from the recession almost a decade ago vs the Eurozone (the EU's currency before anyone cries difference) which is trying to stay afloat.

Except it isn't really. Inflation vs wages is pretty much where it was decade ago.

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Dell gives world its first wireless-charging laptop if you buy $580 extra kit

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Re: Regardless of the price, the idea is good

What we need next are standards so that our desks can directly include the charging pad. One arrives at work or at a meeting and voila constant charging.

I get the equivalent of that (at the desk at least) for a lot less money. It's called a docking station. Additionally it provides wired network and additional screen estate via monitors plugged into it.

Meetings I can live through on battery. And if the meeting is too long for battery to last, then I'd be better of not living.

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His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3

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Re: Mass market?

You could indeed get a 5lt V8 Mustang, but wtf would you? it would cost a bloody fortune to run, and the handling is agricultural. So basically a bit shit as commuter car.

It's handling is not that bad. Yanks are starting to learn a bit about suspension.

Not ideal for stopt/start traffic in terms of fuel economy even with modern engine technology. But at least V8 burble will put a smile on your (granted, I can't speak for you but would do for me) face unlike whine of electric motor.

(Mine's the one with A-Z, that has all petrol stations highlighted, in the pocket)

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

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Re: Then there's change control idiocy...

(anon to protect my pay check; I'm not sure who else at my company reads this site...)

I think you should be safe. That probably applies to so many companies. Until the crayon departement has drank the kool-aid and everything is going "agile".

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Largest advertising company in the world still wincing after NotPetya punch

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Re: Good practice

When IBM came along, the patch and security management was handed over to them. Whether IBM did anything with that handover information is uncertain.

I think the answer to that is pretty obvious.

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It's time for a long, hard mass debate over sex robots, experts conclude

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Re: In a word - Fembots

Controlled by Femputer? It'll be death by snu-snu before we know it.

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Perl devs solve ancient Riddle: 'What's a vuln we caught from Oracle?'

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Re: I remember perl...

Each to their own. Personally, I'll take perl over for example python any day. Mostly because it is what I am comfortable with. Obviously if a particular language is more suitable for a specific task I am quite prepared to re-evaluate choice of language.

TIMTOWTDI

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PCs will get pricier and you're gonna like it, say Gartner market shamans

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Re: 1080p....

...or higher should be banned on 13" laptops until Microsoft can figure out display scaling.

I hate Win10.

It does, however, do faiirly adequate job with display scaling.

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Virgin Media admits it 'fell short' in broadband speeds ahead of lashing from BBC's Watchdog

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and the proud owner of a SuperHub 3 - something happened at the end of February to change my rock solid 300 Mb to having dropouts to as low as 80Mb and occasionally as low as zero

May be unrelated but could be due to the Puma 6 chipset being somewhat buggy.

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Intel axes 140 IoTers in California, Ireland

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Re: Big surprise

And if Intel's data centers or your internet connection experience a glitch, your processor shuts down. And you pay for it with a subscription, so you can no longer run your current processor for more than 2-3 years before Intel remotely deactivates it.

Don't give them ideas! You realise they could very easily do that right now with AMT...

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Nokia touts future of virtual reality ads... but who's the audience?

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Re: Almost there

The current generation of VR hardware is almost good enough for widespread acceptance. Resolution is good, tracking works great, and the content is ramping up at an amazing rate. Developer's tools already support VR quite nicely, so the software side isn't going to hold it back.

Except it isn't. Resolution is shit to be honest. Tracking works to certain extent, but I would not say it "works great". Then there is the framerate. It needs to be silky smooth. It isn't. Not even close.

Sure it has come a long way. In my humble opinion resolution and framerates need to improve a lot. Other commentards also pointed out the obvious issue with regards to movement. Unless you're strapped in a lawnmower man type contraption your movement is very limited.

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Not that scary or that hard: Two decades of VLANS

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If I had to interview someone and they were more familiar with routing than switching, they'd be a no go probably for even an entry level position.

Switching may seem as relevent as Y2k nowadays, however its far faster than routing, and all of your User Access and Distribution networks absolutely rely on it.

In larger networks routing can be preferable to trunking for faster convergence times as opposed to STP/RSTP and to avoid having to have some VLANs on the switches where they would just pass through.

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Re: DHCP is you friend.

801.1x is pretty handy too since most switches will allow you to use MAC based authentication and assign the device to the correct VLAN. Of course you will RADIUS server (some switches one built-in).

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Whoa, bad trip, man: Google workers' info exposed during travel-booking software hack

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CWT

arlson Wagonlit Travel? Doesn't Accenture also use them? For some reason I feel the urge to laugh. No particular reason.

I think quite a few of the large corporates use them.

I worked at a place using them and the amusing thing was, I could've gotten much cheaper room prices booking direct than what "corporate rate" via CWT was. Backhanders are us I suppose.

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Shock: NASA denies secret child sex slave cannibal colony on Mars

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Just when I thought the world couldn't get any crazier.

Careful there. To quote great DA:

There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

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Fresh cotton underpants fix series of mysterious mainframe crashes

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Re: Don't give me no static ...

...nobody noticed the forecourt covered in petrol,until the pump had delivered 200 litres of petrol ...

Sounds like a faulty nozzle.

The nozzles cut of fuel even if the trigger is held when fuel level hits the nozzle. Let's face it, the nozzles have provision for locking the trigger, just that at least in UK they have elected to remove the locking mechanism (which, when present, also unlocks and releases the trigger when the aforementioned cutoff happens due to sensing fuel at nozzle).

So whether the trigger is held by hand, strapped in via strap/fuel cap, or held by the locking mechanism makes no difference as pump will cut off automatically when fuel starts to build up/splash in the filler pipe.

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Re: Humidity control

Would that be a vt100 type offense or a wyse 60?

ADM-3A

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Management bug can crash Cisco IOS, IOS XE

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Re: Never liked SNMP

That argument would apply toa ny protocol.

Personally, I like SNMP. Yes of course it (as any other management or monitoring) should be configured with appropriate ACLs and preferably be in fairly tightly controlled VLAN.

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

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Re: Bit stunned to find it's not nuclear

Gas turbines for 'auxiliary' poke, but Wärtsilä* diesels for normal running.

Interesting to have it that way around. I suppose might be bit more fuel efficient that way around. And lets face it Wärtsilä does know a thing or two about marine engines (and power generation).

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Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs have nasty hyper-threading bug

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Re: Microcode is hard

Yes it is. Which reminds me that I should probably re-read Tracy Kidder's excellent book on Eclipse MV/8000.

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Virgin Media router security flap follows weak password expose

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Super hub 3 is a 12 alpha/numeric/lower/upper wifi password so at 1 billion guesses a second it's going to take a maximum of 150 years from what I understand.

Isn't SH3 based on Puma6? Might take longer as Puma 6 kit connectivity isn't exactly stellar. At least I've not yet heard that VM would've patched it (especially the latency issue).

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ICO fines 'Wolf of Wall Street' electrical survey biz for nuisance calls

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Re: Unwanted scum calls

Why stop at fines. The way this company appears to be operating, custodial sentences would seem appropriate.

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