* Posts by Roj Blake

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Possible cut to British F-35 order considered before Parliament

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Re: subcontract the build of everything bar the engines to furniture makers

DFS struggle to make a sofa that doesn't fall apart after six months. I'm not sure I'd trust them to build a plane.

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Budget 2017: How to make a downbeat forecast sound better. Say 'tech' a lot?

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Stamp Duty

You don't solve a problem of too much demand and not enough supply by cutting the tax that dampens demand.

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From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop

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Re: Well, it's a well documented fact that the Ramans do things in threes.

You wait millennia for an interstellar asteroid, and then three come along in a single day...

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Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU

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"The incident did not breach our corporate systems or infrastructure"

I doesn't matter if you own the server or if you're renting it. If it's got your stuff on it, it's your infrastructure.

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Uber slapped with $9m fine for letting dodgy drivers pick up punters

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Re: "major moving violations "

Another fine mess, Stanley...

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It's artificial! It's intelligent! It's in my home! And it's gone bonkers!

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Re: René Descartes was a drunken fart

David Hume could out-consume Wilhelm Freidrich Hegel, and Wittgenstein was a beery swine who was just as shloshed as Schlegel.

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Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets

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Re: Missed the Point

Scary? Yes.

Surprising? No.

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Intel drags Xeon Phi Knights Hill chips out back... two shots heard

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Re: 2+2=?

According to a nice Mr O'Brien I once met, 2+2=5.

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Think the US is alone? 18 countries had their elections hacked last year

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Re: Russian Inventions

Ekranoplan!

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Shut the front door: Jewson 'fesses up to data breach

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Re: Oh dear

What a load of tools.

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Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

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X-37

The design is at least as reminiscent of the X-37 as it is of the Space Shuttle

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UK Home Sec thinks a Minority Report-style AI will prevent people posting bad things

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Statutory Offence

A statutory offence is one that's definde by statute (ie law that's been passed by parliament).

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Shocking

Minority Report was 2002?

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Irish priests told to stop bashing bishops

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Re: no helpline required

Is there anything to be said for saying another Mass?

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Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

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Re: Was the Glasgow accent even a factor?

The Net have problems distinguishing between Scottish and Irish accents just as they have trouble distinguishing between Middle Eastern and South American complexions.

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OVH data centres go TITSUP: Power supply blunders blamed

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Re: The cloud

You do know that in-house IT systems fail from time to time as well, right?

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Look out, Pepe: Martha Lane Fox has a plan

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Re: How about the Badger's Nadgers?

We already have Privacy Badger though...

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Equifax execs sold shares before mega-hack reveal. All above board – Equifax probe

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Re: Since Obama it's been: "Too big to fail, too Important to Jail"

How many rich businessmen were jailed for fraud during the presidency of G.W.Bush?

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Atto, boy! Eggheads fire laser for 43 attoseconds, fastest Man-made spurt

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Re: Should be able to watch photosynthesis, too ...

On the downside, your car would be covered in green slime.

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Two drones, two crashes in two months: MoD still won't say why

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Re: At least he doesn't have to worry about it any longer!

Apparently there's a long list of things he's got up to, including a drunken incident with a Russian lady. Allegedly.

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Punctual as ever, Equifax starts snail-mailing affected Brits about mega-breach

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Addresses

If Equifax can't guarantee that the addresses in their database are correct, then what's the point of using them as a credit reference agency?

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NASA reveals Curiosity 2020's 23-camera payload

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Re: noodle based

Is this mission being funded by pastafarians?

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MoD: Sci-tech strategy? Er, here's a bunch of words and diagrams

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Re: Harnessing Brit boffinry

Which constituency are you the MP of?

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Biz quadruples value overnight by adding 'Blockchain' to name

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Blockbuster

If only the video rental people had changed their name to Blockchainbuster they might still be s thing.

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Man: Just 18 Bitcoin babies and my home is yours

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Re: "Today, that single bitcoin is valued upwards of $2,200, Fortune noted in March."

"This year, I invested in pumpkins. They've been going up the whole month of October and I got a feeling they're going to peak right around January. Then, bang! That's when I'll cash in."

- H.J.Simpson

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Even more warship cuts floated for the Royal Navy

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Re: The current Defence Minister is a believer that Britain is an Aircraft Carrier

Britain being an aircraft carrier fits in well with its post-Brexit name of Airstrip One.

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Canucks have beef with Soylent as to whether or not it's a real meal deal

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Re: one of the Four Major Food Groups...

The other three being the congealed, the whipped, and the chocotastic.

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Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics

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Re: You cant have it both ways

Hardly surprising that Richer Sounds would hold the record for "volume" sales.

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HMRC's switch to AWS killed a small UK cloud business

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Re: in reality it is the governments that need to change the law

Non-Executive Director :)

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Re: in reality it is the governments that need to change the law

But if governments changed the law, they'd miss out on those juicy campaign donations from the multinationals, and ministers might not be able to end their careers as NEDs!

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Tell the public how much our tram tickets cost? Are you mad?

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Re: I travel for free!

You are Frank Spencer, and I claim my £5!

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Red (Planet) alert: Future astro-heroes face shocking adventures on Martian moon Phobos

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Re: There are Puns and Punishment

You all need to learn how to conduct yourselves better.

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DNA as storage? Old and boring. Boffins now chaining monomers

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Headmaster

Mass Spectrometer, not Mass Spectroscope

See title.

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Ex-TalkTalk chief grilled by MPs on suitability to chair NHS Improvement

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Re: It used to be "Failed In London, Try Hong Kong"

It's almost as though someone is trying to destroy the NHS in such a way that nobody complains when its privatised.

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Former Roles

She's also spent time in senior roles at Woolworth's and Thomas Cook.

How are they both doing these days?

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Symantec's guzzled the Azure Kool-Aid, tells all its customers: Drink up!

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Re: Cheaper?

They also didn't pay sticker prices on their existing servers and probably played Dell and HPE off against each other.

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Future of Misco UK hangs in the balance – sources

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Re: Sad day.

In my experience, Misco's problem was never that their margins were lower than everyone else's.

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Supreme Court to rule on whether US has right to data stored overseas

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Tutanota

Tutanota is another European email provider.

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Brit intel fingers Iran for brute-force attacks on UK.gov email accounts

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Sauce for the Goose...

In fairness to Iran, what they've (allegedly) done isn't as bad as using malware to disrupt another country's nuclear infrastructure.

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US Congress mulls first 'hack back' revenge law. And yup, you can guess what it'll let people do

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Re: ACDC?

Back in Black (hat)

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Top of the radio charts: Jodrell Bank goes for UNESCO World Heritage status

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Re: Quasers?

A quaser is a cross between a quasar and a Quaver

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Doctor Who

Unless I mistaken, it's where the Fourth Doctor met his demise.

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Footie ballsup: Petition kicks off to fix 'geometrically impossible' street signs

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Re: 1st world problems.

There's also the one for men at work that clearly shows a man opening an umbrella.

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Re: Number Hub with Matt Parker

Number Wang is still the best though.

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VPN logs helped unmask alleged 'net stalker, say feds

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Re: Location, Location, Location

The company might be in Hong Kong, but is the server?

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Location, Location, Location

It's not a case of whether or not your VPN provider keeps logs - most of them do whether they admit it or not.

The thing to consider is where they're kept. Use a provider and a server based in a country that's not in the Five Eyes and you should be out of the reach of the FBI and their friends.

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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Stomach Acid

Pretty strong stuff. pH2 HCl IIRC.

Amber Rudd is basically outlawing digestion for children.

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What does Elon Musk really need? A personal theme tune, of course!

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Re: Da feme tune

Dennis Waterman is most likely free at the moment.

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Facebook, Google, Twitter are the shady bouncers of the web. They should be fired

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Re: Some nutter says "We'll cancel student debt"

Except he didn't.

Now, it's true that the Tories say that he did, but apparently there's lots of people out there without the well developed sense of cynicism to work out what they're up to.

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Forget the 'simulated universe', say boffins, no simulator could hit the required scale

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Re: There is only one true map: the thing itself.

Melchett: Course I am. Now let's talk about something more jolly shall we? Look, this is the amount of land we've recaptured since yesterday.

[Melchett and George move over to the map table.]

George: Oh, excellent.

Melchett: Erm, what is the actual scale of this map, Darling?

Darling: Erm, one-to-one, Sir.

Melchett: Come again?

Darling: Er, the map is actually life-size, Sir. It's superbly detailed. Look, look, there's a little worm.

Melchett: Oh, yes. So the actual amount of land retaken is?

[Darling whips out a tape measure and measures the table.]

Darling: Excuse me, Sir. Seventeen square feet, Sir.

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