* Posts by hoola

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Google tracks what you spend offline to prove its online ads work. And privacy folks are furious

hoola

The yoof of today (and a bit older)....

The underlying issue with all the companies involved in this sort of information gathering is that they do not give a flying rat-arse about it. As long as all sorts of magic happens and their phones constantly bing, beep and fart with incoming shite they are happy. Who uses that information is beyond them and something that they simply are no interested in. Passwords are all cached or "Managed" by Apple, Google or whoever.

Loyalty cards and points everywhere and constantly broadcasting their location and current bowel state if just the world. Those of us who really understand and care about this are becoming the minority. So many of these big organisations are run by ego-maniacs who specialise in recruiting from the generation that makes them the money. Where else is this going to go?

Only when there is some catastrophic meltdown will the reality come home. At that point most people will be stuffed as their lights won't turn on, their phone will not work, the taxi will not turn up and they will not be able to buy anything.

Frankly I just cannot understand why I would want a light bulb, fridge or boiler connected to the Internet so that I can "Manage" it.

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Swedish school pumps up volume to ease toilet trauma

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Re: When I was a lad ....

Nah, outside toilets at First School (Primary nowadays), who can pee over the wall so that it went onto the teacher's cars parked the other side. The whole thing was pretty much Victorian, a ceramic glazed trough like a gutter about 15 feet long, painted walls and quarry tiles.

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Bankrupt school ITT pleads 'don't let Microsoft wipe our cloud data!'

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Re: The law

Of course you forget the (very minor) detail, in order to get the data backup you have to pay all the egress charges when you have no money. Then there is the time etc. Depending on how much data there is it could take months to get it back. Microsoft are not supposed to be able to access it so the onus has to be on the owner. This is yet another case where the law has not actually caught up with all the cloudy stuff.

How about the case where Apple refused to reset a password even though the Executors had everything legally required to execute the will?

Unfortunately big business is unaccountable to nobody, yes the occasional shareholder but they are essentially free to do whatever they want, when they want and how they want. If you get caught, just cough up the fine or pay the appropriate fees (bribes) to the politicians.

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America's drone owner database grounded: FAA rules blown out of sky

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Re: How to tell if they're "evil" drones or "good" ones

So you would be perfectly happy to be on a test aircraft on take-off when various sized drones are placed in the flight path to see if it damages the engines?

Geese tend to be inert and not explode, well it may a bit but not like a lithium battery.

Sorry but when (and it is when) several hundred people on the plane plus however many on ther ground have been killed, at that point everyone will be scream "why didn't they do something to stop it happening".

A 50LB drone, that is near enough 25KG and I have never seen a goose that big.

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

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Re: Backup

SQL Filestream anyone.......

Equally clueless, and before the Linux advocates start honking on, the OS of the backend system is totally and utterly irrelevant. If it has SMB or CIFS available then it can be compromised. The same goes for any NAS appliance or anything else. This is a client driven attack.

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hoola

Re: It appears the source IP address is...

Lack of resource and funding is correct to a certain extend. One of the real issues is the equipment that has to use Windows XP because the supplier either no longer exists or it is too expensive to replace. Million pound scanners that are perfectly serviceable simply cannot be replaced because the OS of a control PC is unsupported. With many of these very high tech, high cost and low volume systems, there really is very little option.

The armchair experts that only look after a few hundred PCs and a handful of servers simply do not understand the problems.

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Stealth-cloaked startup claims to be developing super-fast arrays. How fast? Well...

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Fibre Channel

Before stating the FC is "legacy" you need to understand about latency. IB is very fast, over short distances. It is also a bugger to cable. Ethernet in all its variants, FC over e iSCSI ultimately suffer from the same problems, latency. Ethernet is cheap to deploy until you need low latency, and distance at that point you start having to put fibre in. If I am deploying fibre and segregating as recommended (that is not the same as a vLAN) then you may as well use FC as it is the correct tool for the job.

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Re: "People don't hate adverts, just awful adverts"

What is more critical is the websites that detect the add blocker and then stop showing the pages. You are then in a loop, you have blocked that advert but cannot access the content. At the moment it is usually possible to find it somewhere else but if this becomes prevalent then I am not sure where you go.

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New satellites could cause catastrophic space junk collisions

hoola

SIgh,,,,

Just like everything else mankind does, the consequences are ignored until it is too late. The main driver behind this is profit and the strange belief that "they" will clear up the mess (at no cost). Here on earth that is the local council, etc. Up in space there is no one, and in the race to put the stuff up there (probably with not that much real benefit to the majority), the cost of disposal is ignored. By the time the satellites need to be decommissioned, the profits will have been made and the companies probably already closed down. The result that a few Western nations will end up taking most of the hit in cleaning it up.

Nuclear Waste?

Acid Rain?

CFCs?

CO2?

Electronic Waste?

And so the list goes on

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Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

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Re: Yellows, no

And in the UK, along with the "it has just turned red so I will accelerate even harder". If you look at any junction/pelican crossing, the normal behaviour now is to go through on amber and only stop after it has been red for a number of seconds. Where this falls down is at a railway crossing. At that point the same idiots then get tangled in the barrier, or worse get stuck in the crossing as well and then panic at the impending instant scrap metal event.

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hoola

Re: Missing an item

There is an interesting point developing here, given what we are told about the traffic conditions, approaching the junction at that speed was possibly optimistic (being polite) or blatantly dangerous. Was the traffic stream flowing through at 40mph?, if so then one would expect a closely following vehicle to be involved as well. The indications are that this was not the case and the Uber vehicle chose to approach a junction, with adjacent slow or stationary traffic restricting visibility. This in itself suggests that their behaviour modelling is totally inappropriate (not a surprise).

Of course what needs to happen is that in the same way a human driver is tested, so should an AI driver. This could be taken further, with modelling by independent "Driving Test/Instructors", regulated and approved by the authorities. Possible those same authorities should have the code in ESCROW so that in the event an incident (not accident, there is a difference) occurs, what is in the vehicle can be independently assured.

There is an overhead, but given most of the push for this is tech companies trying to make money, then it should just be seen as another expense. Personally I would not trust any tech company to not bury poor code in the even of an incident, as the ensuing court cases would be a lawyers wet dream.

This is all to come and once again is where the technology is ahead of the regulation and equally, due to the amount of money and influence these companies have, it is in their interests for that status quo to remain.

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Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

hoola

Re: Who in the FUCK ...

What you have missed is the root cause of the chaos we have. There is a generation now out there who have no concept of security, don't case about privacy and constantly spend every waking out post or consuming inane tat that is posted on social media sites.

The whole "Internet if Things" or the "Connected Home/Car/Shed" is just an extension of the same fad. For reasons that escape me, being able to login to you heating, dishwasher or fridge is seen as a worthwhile. In this case, the dishwasher has either run or not. If it is about to run out of stuff a light comes on to tell me. I then have a box of stuff to refill it. What I don't need to do is have a message sent to me to tell me it has run out of stuff, you simply do not run these appliances buying a single sachet at a time for a single cycle.

As for the bollocks about saving energy, they amount of energy that has gone into making all the electronics required to run it will far outweigh any savings. The trouble is that it is invisible and in the rush to have the latest piece of tat (that will probably only last 3 years) only exacerbates the problem. E-Waste is a complete monster of a problem that STILL has not been tackled properly, and never will until it becomes more economic to recycle rather than create new.

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After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

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Re: They would solve three problems at once

And that is actually where all the problems stem from. They probably make a disproportionate amount of money from these types of material.

Go to the biggest amount of traffic on the web, pornography in all its guises.

As far as I am aware you do not get adverts for M&S underwear or McDonalds on the those site.......

Then there is what is forced onto the Dark Web. This will be the same however what it does do is put that physical break in where the casual viewer will not bother. The real fanatic probably will but it is a lot more difficult.

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'Sorry, I've forgotten my decryption password' is contempt of court, pal – US appeal judges

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Re: Comparing real and virtual world

And this is the real issue, in an increasingly digital world the evidence for many crimes is also digital. A physical warrant can be executed very quickly, if you have to spent days or weeks attempting to brute force encryption, further evidence can also be "lost" (hidden away or removed by the parties in question), then where do you go? You either need a quick, brute force back door (a coded way in) or there has to be sufficient resources available to access the data in an expedient way. That will cost huge amounts of money that will be subject to all the inter-departmental turf wars.

Just because it is digital, why should the authorities not obtain access (assuming procedure is followed)? At the moment not revealing encryption keys is seen as a way of avoiding prosecution and frustrating the course of justice.

The overwhelming view appears to be that the suspect is within his rights to withhold the password "Fifth Amendment". One hopes that all those supporters will be firm in their views if they end up a victim and the perpetrators walk free because critical evidence was digital and the passwords would not be revealed.

It is not impossible to foresee a future where failure to disclose the passwords/keys is seen as an admission of guilt.

Prepare for downvotes but there appear to be some very different standards being applied here.

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Thank heavens the wrangling over BT's Openreach separation has ended

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Everyone's an expert

It is always easy to be critical from a desk or armchair and BT/Open Reach get slated WHATEVER they do. They simply cannot please the armchair experts who always know better and provide an endless line of stories of how BT they are. OFCOM are useless, as are most of the OF??? organisations. I do not understand how spitting this provides any benefit what so ever, other than making both companies even more vulnerable to take over. As far as I am aware BT is still British, unlike every other utility that is now foreign owned.

Just as Royal Mail has to provide a universal service to then entire UK at the same price and then gets clobbered by the competition creaming off the profitable bits.

Why don't Virgin Media go out to rural places, because it costs too much. As for the copper to the home, it is cheap, it works and BT is in control of the backup. As soon as you put the battery at the termination you have to maintain it and you are susceptible to whatever the idiot consumer does.

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UK.gov gears up for IR35 private sector crackdown – say industry folk

hoola

And why have Final Salary and other Private Sector pensions gone down the pan? Because greedy companies, bosses and shareholders did everything they could to avoid paying into them when times were good. Cries of the pension funds have huge surpluses so the company (not the employees mind) stopped paying in. This despite that fact that even the most dull witted could see that the pension liabilities were going to increase as the population aged. This was totally predictable and facilitated by Bliar/Brown. The real beneficiaries of the deceit are long gone with their piles of shareholder dividends stolen from the ordinary workers.They then made the situation even worse by raiding all the pension schemes as an easy source of tax to through on the fire. No the more recent governments have made any efforts to reverse that insane tax.

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White-box slingers, Chinese server makers now neck-and-neck with US tech giants

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The long game

The Chinese are very, very good at playing the long game. They chip away, slowly improving the until it is on par with what is deemed "Western" levels of quality. They price it low and also ensure that they will undercut the incumbents with the sole aim of taking the market. The really clever bit is they are not looking at market share and profit in 1 quarter or even a year. They are looking at 5 years, 10 years or even more.

Take engineering as another very good example. If you wanted a small lathe or milling machine you had a Myford, Boxford or Senior. Then along came the cheap, but frankly appalling far-eastern copies that were very cheap. People started to buy them because they could not afford an established brand. The quality gradually improved to the point that now, in reality they are very good. The cost has gone up a bit but they are still cheaper than the remaining established brands (that still exist). In the meantime, almost all the mainstream machinery manufacturing has disappeared. It was too expensive to build in Europe or US but also not practical to move production to the far east. The majority have folded, both the skills and manufacturing have now gone for good.

In the tech world, the items are manufactured in the China because of lower costs (labour, health and safety, environmental) as no one is prepared to pay the manufacturing costs back home. Now the Chinese are making significant inroads with their own tech, priced for the long term when traditional western manufactures have finally given up.

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Citrix shares soar on sale speculation

hoola

Ahh, the Active iInvestor

Yet again a bunch of parasitic "Investors" do everything they can to get a quick buck. Elliott are worse than bad, the absolute scum who have destroyed any number of viable companies for a quick buck.

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Germany to Facebook, Twitter: We are *this* close to fining you €50m unless you delete fake news within 24 hours

hoola

Responsibility and Accountability

What this is doing it attempting to make these global "Tech" companies accountable and responsible for the rubbish that moronic users post. Equally the users are just as culpable, but until the companies involved start getting hit, they will do nothing against the users.

For far too long the likes of Facebook and Twitter have hidden behind corporate anonymity with the benefit of vast profits, employed the worst of the scumbag lawyers to avoid doing anything.

Yes the fine is small fry but it is a start.

The debacle with the BBC and the Facebook images is simply astonishing. Equally, the speed that material was removed after Yvette Copper raised when they were hauled in from of the committee shows how useless these companies are. It took a complaint from at committee before the buggers did anything.

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Self-employed bear the brunt of Spring Budget with additional National Insurance contributions

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Re: Fairness

I think you have not grasped what National Insurance is:

https://www.gov.uk/national-insurance/overview

https://www.gov.uk/national-insurance/what-national-insurance-is-for

The point is that it is notionally there to provide the basic pension, and additional state pension. As a self employed person it is already far to easy to not make a profit by careful use of allowances and what can be charged to you business. As the number of self-employed rises, so the shortfall increases. Self-employed already pay less but are entitled to exactly the same benefits. The money has to come from somewhere.

Yes it is a tax of sorts and you could just bundle it in with everything else but that then makes the problem worse. There are already dire warnings about the time bomb from the high number of low-paid immigrant jobs that pay little or no tax yet will still be entitled to the same benefits in retirement. Tax is rarely fair and the broad bulk of regular employees have not option but to pay, that is PAYE! I go back to the point, the majority of self-employed IT people are not at the bottom end of the pay scale. The amounts being talked about will spent in the pub/restaurant/coffee shop without a thought. And that takes us full circle. It is astounding the number of people that moan about this but will happily spend £3.00 on a cup off coffee, every day or more.

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Fairness

What is being missed by many commentators (in the media and otherwise) is that this is about bring all NI contributions into alignment. Why, as a self-employed person, should I pay less than someone in normal employment? Those employees could easily be earning less than the self-employed and this is about addressing the balance. With increasing self-employment, the money has to come from somewhere and it should not be used as a way of avoiding or reducing tax etc. That simply makes the self-employed just as bad as the tossers at the top using every means possible to not pay tax. NI is mainly used to prop up the state pension, something that is universal and everyone gets. It is not even means-tested. Now if you want to open a can of worms and save money, start means-testing the state pension. I would guess that many readers here, self-employed or otherwise would get hit if it were to be a meaningful policy.

Prepare for the down votes, but this is what it is about.

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Smart meter firm EDMI asked UK for £7m to change a single component

hoola

Re: The pi-zero w is less than £10 and I bet it would do all they need and more.

No, the point is that you have a useless panel inside that changes colour and tells you have much it is costing. My mother ended up with one when they were forced to have the old mechanical meter changed.

Previously they were no worried about the bills, it was not too expense but importantly was affordable.

Now she is shit scared to turn anything on like a toaster, kettle or washing machine because it us so expensive.

A totally, utterly pointless waste that has actually made things worse. They did not need to save electricity and did not need a stupid display that they did not understand.

Real progress there.........

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Tech contractors begin mass UK.gov exodus in wake of HMRC's IR35 income tax clampdown

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Stupid Questions

So all these contractors are dumping their existing contracts early. Is there such a shortage of contractors in the private sector that they are all going to get work?

Is everyone paying paid so much that they can afford the uncertainty of no work as there is now a glut of people looking for contracts?

One assumes that rates will drop as there is a now a glut of people looking for contracts. It is not just the Government or HMRC shooting themselves in the foot. It is the contractors who often go round leaving a trail of barely completed, badly executed and poorly document work.

Prepare for the down votes but I se the other side. We are forced to use contractors whom we pay stupid amounts of money to because we supposedly don't have the resources internally (we do!).

Very occasionally we get one who is good but most have a very over rated opinion of themselves and are not worth the money.

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MEPs in 'urgent' call for new laws on artificial intelligence and robotics

hoola

Robotics

There are huge implications here that have to be addressed, not least are the social and moral issues. Robotics and automation are fine to some extent but what is going to happen here is that it being used as a tool to increase profits for the few. Look at who are pushing it, tech companies that already do everything possible to avoid paying taxes. The impact on the general population is going to be decreased employment, increased poverty. The real whammy then is that the very companies that are pushing it will not be paying their share of the tax to support the welfare state and we end up with current 1st world countries turning into 3rd (or should that be 4th) world countries.

Whatever the motives behind this being dressed up as safety,. convenience etc, huge swathes of the population are going to end up with no meaningful employment, the welfare state grows and becomes unaffordable and society collapses. All too often science or technological development take a course tends up being destructive, or benefits a tiny elite minority at the expense of the majority.

Make no mistake, about it, the current push for AI, driverless vehicles is all about the few making money.

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Co-op Bank up for sale while customers still feel effects of its creaking IT

hoola

Re: New Online Co-Op

I have experienced exactly the same thing. You have 100% certainty on the credentials and it claims one part is incorrect. Then it locks you out so you have to fart phoning and using the card reader to reset it all. What is even more stupid is that the same said IGEL reader could have been used for Two-Factor authentication. But wait, that would have required intelligence on the part of the designers. The new website is clearly a piece of generic crap put together by someone who only uses a mobile phone.

The writing has always been on the wall as soon as the Hedge fund parasites got their hooks in. As with all these types of outfit, they are always looking for a quick profit and a way out, often before they have even bought in. You can have total confidence that the fund managers involved have nice fat bonuses and have ensured large amounts of assets have been removed already.

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Grumpy Trump trumped, now he's got the hump: Muslim ban beaten back by appeals court

hoola

Any other country???

Presumably then if the ban had been on any other, predominantly white, non-Muslim country it would have been fine. All the focus appears to be the fact that these are Muslim countries.

Bunch of total hypocrites!

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Last Concorde completes last journey, at maybe Mach 0.02

hoola

Re: Welcome to the UK

And not forgetting trains & BREL, the designers who came up with the APT (Advanced Passenger Train) that was decades ahead of its time. Sure, it has some issues like any new technology but the thing that killed it? Reporters did not like it tilting on the curves. Whether it was the gas turbine powered unit or the electric it was at the cutting edge. The IP was sold to Fiat for bugger all and then reappeared as the Pendelino. Just because it had Virgin on the side it is suddenly cool and acceptable, it is still the same train. My uncle was at Doncaster when they scrapped the electric APTs and they were literally smashed up with hammers and a JCB. The High Speed Train or InterCity 125 was another, still highly successful design. No other diesel train is as quiet. The modern Voyager/Meridian things are basically a cheap carriage with a bus engine bolted underneath buzzing away furiously, vibrating your teeth out.

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UK's lords want more details on adult website check plans

hoola

Root of the problem

What this does is highlight the root cause of the problem:

That is that there is simply NO WAY WHAT SO EVER of reliable verify age or consent to use access/use a service/website on the Internet.

Parents make the problem far worse by allowing kids to have Facebook Instagram or other account in blatant breach of the age restrictions. What is truly bonkers is that this has been going on for years and no one has yet found a fool proof way to manage it. In a shop, if you go in and try to buy cigarettes, alcohol etc and are clearly under age, you can be refused unless you provide appropriate ID. It works because that ID has a photograph on it. Online, it simply is a non started. There is simply no way of verifying age, identity or consent reliably.

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CBI: Brexit Britain needs a 'sensible and flexible' immigration programme

hoola

Flexible Approach

It all depends on where you come from......

Highly skilled doctors, engineers etc. that we do not have enough of and in the latter case are incapable of developing due to the long-standing mantra that skill magically appear and are not worth developing because it costs money (= less short term profit for bosses) are not the crux of the problem.

Low skilled workers that come in, push wages down and then make not particularly attractive jobs even less attractive whilst boosting short term profit for bosses is exactly where the problem lies. The numbers alone in the millions are why we are where we are. It is no just the UK, Holland now has similar concerns where Eastern Europeans will quite happily work for less than the Dutch. And why is this, because the immigrants overheads are minimal. They take advantage of exploitative landlords that put 5 in a room because the squalor is accepted. The prize of course is that although the wages are very low they are a fortune compared to where they have come from. The money builds up, is sent back home and so the merry-go-round continues.

Ultimately this is all about bosses making even more money.

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Europe to launch legal action against countries over diesel emissions cheating

hoola

Catalysts

And the catalysts were pushed very heavily by Mercedes and BMW because they worked well on the large engines in most of their cars. This then screwed over the lean burn technology that was being developed successfully in the UK as the EU decreed that all petrol cars had to have a cat. Spot any possible connection or lobbying there?

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hoola

Re: Why can't the EU...

In some ways you are correct however with very few exceptions people would have bought (leased) the cars regardless of what comes out of the exhaust pipe. And, therein lies the heart of the problem, the whole CO2, fuel consumption thing is a total farce anyway. Has anyone ever got remotely close to the specified fuel consumption? No, and because you never get close to it the CO2 figure is wrong and so are the VED costs. It is all total bollocks. The only time people worry about CO2 is when it is a company car and it affects there tax liability.

This of course also ignores the fact that diesels get progressively dirtier with age yet somehow still pass MOT emissions test. Looking at the muck that is often spewed out of the back of a 5 year old car, van or whatever, I just do not understand how they pass the MOT.

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Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin

hoola

You never know........

There is always the possibility that Trump will can this scheme. He clearly does not give a toss who he offends and that is one of the attributes that will make the next 4 years so interesting. He has no vested interests from the defence gravy train. If Trump does halt this then at least we will have spent a bit on some useless aircraft but still have the money to buy some real ones. It surely cannot delay the 2 carriers that much anyway. And just think of the cost saving, oops, I forgot, I am sure that the MoD is equally capable of pouring tax-payers money down one drain whilst watching shite come up from another.

They could always use them as mobile football pitches, or maybe lease them to Bernie and stage a Grand Prix on them. Of course without the ski jump some of the fun is also missing.

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Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline – regardless of ISP

hoola

Kwality.....

MS are getting progressively more useless as this update business. Massive 3 GB downloads that re-install the OS in the background and bork it. Issues like this and then bundling all updates into a single package so that you cannot even decline the one with the issue.

And we are supposed to trust them. Unfortunately all the crys of just use Linux xxxxx are irrelevant, for a techie it is doable but Linux is starting to show just as many security issues with even greater difficulty in patching for the non-techie. For small businesses there simply is no choice but to use Windows due to all the integrations and software that is needed.

The only thing that may wake Microsoft up that they have crap quality is if the screw over every Windows PC on the planet. The trouble is that for years faults in software have been accepted as the suppliers simply do not care or use it as a way to enforce upgrades. If cars or washing machines operated on the lines there would be major companies out of business and court actions all over the place. Software, you have a right to use it, you never own it and there is no guarantee that it does what it says it can.......

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Apple again late to another market others pioneered. Or is it?

hoola

Regulation

What is more of an issue is the content of the letter around legislation. They want the same legislation for new entrants as established manufactures. Established manufactures appear to be far more cautions with new technology, primarily because they are not tech companies. The industry has a pretty well defined safety first viewpoint and when there are problems, they are mostly recalled in reasonable time. The technology industry on the other hand has an appalling record of supplying equipment and software that does not work or breaks at unexpected times. Given the controversy around Tesla essentially beta testing software in the field, one can only surmise that Apple wants the same lax regulation. There has to be a reappraisal of the regulation as the technology is being pushed too quickly and we are now in the situation where lives are at risk. If a vehicle with some sort of autonomous control goes wrong and kills a load of innocent people, exactly who is to blame? If the software has crashed, then is it the manufacturer? Should the "driver" have been aware that the software has crashed and been able to take back control? There is simply insufficient information around this but the implications are huge. A software license generally allows you to use something but is full of so many disclaimers, there is no comeback if does not do what it is supposed to or crashes due to a bug and loses data.

One only has to look at the likes of Uber and AirBnB where they are doing everything possible to avoid regulation because they believe they are a technology company, not a Taxi firm or Accommodation Agency. This is precisely why regulation is needed, and needed sooner rather than later.

Personally, if someone wants a self driving car, then just order a taxi.

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Surprise, surprise. BT the only Universal Service Obligation provider in town

hoola

Universal Service

Anything with a Universal Service Obligation (Royal Mail being the other big one) is totally at the mercy of the government and private enterprise. The point of USO is so that hard to reach (expensive) locations get that service. The problem with Royal Mail is that they have the USO to everywhere in the country at a fixed price. The private postal & parcel services cream off all the profitable bits making delivering the USO even more difficult. The private companies either refuse to deliver anywhere not on the mainland or within a few miles of a motorway of make a huge surcharge. Then these is all the letter post that the private companies collect and shuffle into large areas and then dump on Royal Mail to deliver, at below cost.

Any company taking on a USO should be seeking guarantees from the Government so that they don't end up being shat upon a few years after investing large amounts.

Can you seriously see anyone other than BT having the capability or capacity to do this. The likes of Virgin barely go beyond the end of a street, let alone to a single connection in the middle of bugger all?

Yes, they might if they received a huge wad of cash to do so, and a guarantee that there would not be future meddling.

BT, like Royal Mail appear to be shafted what ever they do. Just look at what the Virgin Media, My Hermes, Yodel and other private only enterprises do. It is not impressive.

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

hoola

Re: What a clusterfrack

Just shows the power of the woolly suit/PowerPoint/Posh dinners. The entire thing was clearly a total disaster to everyone except the top brass. It would have been far cheaper and probably for more useful to have done the full capability upgrade for the Harrier. At least the thing actually flew, and more to the point proved itself in the very theatre for which the F35 heap of scrap is supposed to work in.

Yet it may be old but the Harrier was a seriously capable aircraft that an upgrade could easily have brought into the 21st century.

Oh sorry, I missed something, no American involvement, no billions of dollars or pounds going to foreign companies......

WTF.

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Zuckerberg says just one per cent of news on Facebook is fake

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Fake, Wrong or Misleading

I am not sure where Zuck gets is information from but any site that permits anyone to post unverified (and often unverifiable) information that is classed as "News" can have not way or stating "1% of news if fake".

Given that amount of cr@p that is out there, I would assume that closer to 1% is accurate.

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Six weeks after first ever profit warning Capita does what Capita does

hoola

Managment

And those at the top who are leaving, pushed or whatever will all be going with a tidy lump from the profit, 90% or of which has come from the UK Tax Payer.

The trouble with all the outsourcing & cloudy stuff is that the very same management consultants that say it is all cool, go in at the top level of an organisation with some funky Powerpoint slides and smart talk that everyone believes. The next thing is it is all signed and sealed and before the disaster strikes, those in senior management have gone and joined some other Public Sector outfit. And so the wheel goes round and round.

Those in Finance and IT then and up have too look after the resulting pile of poo that has been left.

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Toblerone's Brexit trim should be applied to bloatware

hoola

Re: Not likely

Mondelez ARE the parent company of Cadburys, offloaded by Kraft or maybe this is just another financial instrument used but Kraft.. Just like Nestle, have a look at the back label of well known brands and be surprised. The bulk of the food industry appears to be back to 3 or 4 mega-corporations.

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Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet

hoola

Re: "I can now appreciate how Hitler and Mussolini were able to win power,"

And that is the crux of this, at the time they were perceived to be leaders for change. It is only later that things got out of hand. The plus is that unless there is huge constitutional change, it is only for 4 years. We may get another 4 if the popularist vote is maintained and the Democrats put up another useless candidate.

Reading many of his lower level statements and the views of the potential VP, what is even more scary is the way religion is being rolled into the top of politics. Pence is born-again Christian, often these are the worst for extreme views. Both are Pro-Life and Trump is clearly going to take a very large hammer to the abortion issue. The view expressed the a woman's role is in the home is also archaic, although if he does what he says and improves the support for maternity leave and payments, at least that is positive.

Both Blair and Cameron thought that religion played a part in the governance and ultimately it is religion and those fundamentalist views that use religion as an excuse for extremism resulting in conflict, Muslim, Christian or otherwise, that are going to cause a major catastrophe.

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Apple urges court to hurry up with hearing Galway data centre objection

hoola

Threats.....

Typical big business, "if you don't give us what we want NOW then you risk not getting anything". I really hope that the courts tell Apple to take a hike and go through due process. This is just like those monster speculative developments for "warehousing and distribution". It will create 10000 jobs blah, blah. No fricking way is a giant shed going to employ more than a few dozen people. A huge datacentre is the same. Big splurge as it is built and then bugger all.

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KCL out(r)age continues: Two weeks TITSUP, two weeks to go

hoola

Re: On the bright side...

Whilst HP feature here, this could be substituted by any other major vendor. HE in particular suffers from moronic tendering processes, unreasonable requirements for the tender and then the equally unreasonable actual requirements.

One of the huge problems in these types of institutions what an earlier post states, the IT Techies have evolved into the business as Postgraduates. Yes, they may be very clever and can make the tech do all sorts of funky stuff but often that is way off-piste when it comes to reality. The theory may be good but then it is taken to the limit for some very sound theoretical reason but is totally rubbish when a problem strikes and everything comes home to roost.

Management will be following the current trend of "if you are a manager you can mange anything" and have limited understanding and no control of the high-tech bull that is being fed to them.

The KCL outage is extreme but similar things will have happened in these types of places all over the UK and be buried deep in recycling.

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MPs want Blighty to enforce domestic roaming to fix 'not spots'

hoola

Re: That's rather unfair

This of course presupposes that the is a signal from any of the networks. More often than not they all claim to have coverage particularly data, but it is GPRS is you are lucky and the bandwidth is non-existent. The only way this will be resolved is to put a Universal Service mandate in place that forces networks to provide the coverage the same as is currently in place with Royal Mail. This will never happen for the same reasons that profit chasing private companies are trying to take all Royal Mail's profitable business, and then either do not deliver or expect RM to carry the can.

In a remote area it is surely not beyond the whit of man (or the technology) to have a single tower that is open to all networks.

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Samsung's free-falling financial flameout

hoola

Why the huge fall in share price

What is really stupid here is that a single product is having such a huge impact. Samsung manufacture across a wide range of industries, mobile phones is just a small part of that. Even if the shares are just the subsidiary, Samsung Electronics, it is moronic. More than likely that parasitic bunch of w*****s, Elliott have a deep hand in the share price.

So many problems in tech appear to end up at the door of Elliott it is simply unreal. And, remember that both they and their clients will be strenuously avoiding pay tax as well.

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Marmite's not the only national treasure hit by Brexit. Will someone think of the PCs?

hoola

Gambling

Why al the down votes, this is not a Brexit issue? Clearly the majority of Reg commenters are pro EU but you can be absolutely assured there would have been variations in the event of an in vote.

All the financial markets are just s giant betting shop with the added benefit that those taking part cannot lose (maybe a bit of bonus here and there). Put pressure on a currency and the chances are that central banks will push money into the system to support it. Trader take that and make even more money, basically stealing from the tax payer. The micro-second trading is equally bad cause, particularly as it is all automated and, as we have seen recently appears to have no absolute cut off.

What is equally not helping is all the people that are totally unprepared to accept the referendum result and get on and make the best of it. Instead you have the CBI, half the MPs and other institutions and plenty of individuals still bellyaching about how bad it will be. If they put half as much effort into making things better instead of selfishly navel-gazing and trying to make the point by driving the country into the ground the situation would not be as bad. Constantly bad mouthing anyone who voted for Brexit is basic primary school playground behaviour. It is not going to change anything, and is symptomatic of a generation that only thinks of Me, Myself and I!

There is no justifiable reason for the pound to fall the way it is other than a method for these institutions to make money. The real problem we have is that the financial sector is so big and essentially out of control that no single government is prepared to take them on.

The one comment that Trump made that uncharacteristically made sense was when he said that the world is now controlled be a large corporations and bank.

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Dirty diesel backups will make Hinkley Point C look like a bargain

hoola

Re: Ignore the externalities, as usual

And almost all the problems at Sellafield are down to those decisions in the past that resulted in waste being dumped in tanks and left for too long. THORP should have been a world class reprocessing facility but the Greens, NMIMBYs, incompetent (and short sighted) politicians and management hamstrung by changing ideology have left it wanting.

Plutonium and the highly toxic waste associated with its production is a result of the need (political) to develop nuclear bombs.

Add to that the rush to decommission Magnox before any realistic replacement was commissioned and it is not difficult to see why the situation is as it is. Despite increased efficiencies, demand for power just keeps rising and renewables simply cannot provide what is needed with a population density the UK has.

Importing gas derived from Fracking in the US is just insane. Huge areas in the US are suffering as a result of Fracking and other hydro-based extraction technologies that are just being buried because it is in poor areas.

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Windows Server 2016: Leg up or lock in?

hoola

Running a Windows Server?

As ever the usual comments prove that there are many techno-geeks that has no idea of reality in the enterprise. Just tell me how the hell I am supposed to run any of the following on anything other than Windows:

Active Directory

Exchange

Default database SQL2014 supporting all core business applications

Fileshare that actually supports SMB2/3 properly and performs, not a piece of shite storage that only does CIFS and falls over if more that 10 people open a file at the same time.

All the small but business critical applications that are only developed on Windows

Then the desktop, 95% Windows 7 with a handful of Apple and other odds and ends that are a pain in the arse to manage and costing as much as the other 95% and still won't do it properly.

The reality is that in the real world Microsoft is king. What is running on all the Linux VMs in the cloud?

The pressure will be there to move stuff into Azure but it will be running Windows.

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Autonomous vehicles inquiry set up in the UK

hoola

Middle Aged Drivers

Clearly you are one of the many out there that have total belief in their perfect driving skills. Yes there are plenty of bad drivers who are middle aged but equally there is an even greater number of younger drivers who are appalling. What is not in question is that with reduced policing on the road far to many people ignore pelican crossing, zebra crossings, level crossings, speed limits, red lights and there own responsibility of insurance and a maintained car. Where I live we have a 30mph limit where speed checks have shown an average of 47mph. We have one of the most dangerous level crossings on the rail network that is regularly bent because some tw@t has run the red light. A zebra crossing where at school time the lollipop person risks getting mown down daily.

You only have to see drive through an average speed controlled section to see the impact it has. ON the M1 for a long time there was a 50mph average speed section from 16 to 19. At 19 it then when to nothing more than a 50mph sign, what happens 90% of drivers belt of at 80 again.

Prepare for the down votes but this is the reality.

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BT needs to ditch its legacy to be competitive, says chief architect

hoola

Re: Fibre to the premises not copper?

Correct on the changes of the jets in the appliances but there is one monumental difference, the gas went down the same pipes. You may have needed to tweak the end point but that is very simply job compared to having to install new fibres.

The move from copper to fibre is a fundamental technology change and is very different. Okay, so after the conversion there were problems with leaks because the new gas did something to joints or was at a different pressure, I cannot remember what. What does stick in my mind was the engineers going down the road drilling a small hole every few yards and then putting a gas detector over it.

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Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

hoola

Re: It's a bloody single function legacy adapter.

If anyone other than Apple did this it would be slated everywhere. But here, just like the super slim iBooks that cannot connect to anything, people just but adapters. It looks cool but from a usability is a serious pain. Why the hell would you accept going back to the dark ages with a back of connectors just to have a cool pieces of overpriced iTat?

An that is then mentality of people who buy Apple, form is of greater importance than function. Just imaging trying to put those earbuds in on a train/tube/plane and dropping one. Oh dear, now you are stuffed..........

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