* Posts by Roj Blake

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Google now mingles everything you've bought with everywhere you've been

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Store Loyalty Cards

I wouldn't be at all surprised if they also buy up loyalty card information to get data on cash purchases.

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"A pity they don't do much about these people."

MI5 have to let a few attacks through to maintain their funding and gain enhanced powers.

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SSD price premium over disk faaaalling

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Re: What about now?

RAM and SSD prices have gone up because of a global shortage caused by demand outstripping supply. Everyone and their dog are currently building new factories which should mean that by the end of the year supply is again greater than demand and prices will fall after that.

Of course, if you're in the UK prices have also gone up because of the Pound's collapse against the Dollar.

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'Tabby's Star' intrigues astro-boffins with brief 'dimming event'

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Broken Planet

My money's still on it being on a large planet in the process of breaking up.

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Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

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Re: Tough choices

A lot of the time we have a single Trident-carrying submarine at sea. That's a single point of failure and so can't be relied upon.

Also, Russia is big. Really big. You may think it's a long way to the chemists, but that's nothing compared to how big Russia is. So even if that single submarine did fire its nukes, it wouldn't be able to completely depopulate Russia immediately. And of course, Putin will have a fancy bunker somewhere.

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UK Tory party pledges 'digital' charter, wants Verify to back online gov

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Communication Service Providers

So if I read it right, CSPs will not only have to provide the government with data at their own cost (as per the IPA), but will in future have to pay a levy for the privilege?

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Uber red-faced from Waymo legal row judge's repeated slapping

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Re: "a court-appointed "special master" will make sure the order is followed."

In Waymo's defence, claiming ownership over the laws of optics is no worse than a certain other company claiming ownership of rounded corners.

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Lib Dems pledge to end 'Orwellian' snooping powers in manifesto

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Re: First Past the Post

But when given a choice, people overwhelmIngly voted in favour of FPTP.

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Uber is a taxi company, not internet, European Court of Justice advised

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Re: Uber is loved by the governments in reality

An electronic version of the 1930s when every morning a crowd of men would appear at the docks or wherever and the bosses would select the workers for that day.

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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The idea is that a bomb can cause more damage if it's pressed against the side of the cabin. If it's in the hold, the terrorist has no way of determining where the bomb ends up (unless he has an accomplice among the baggage handlers).

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Michael Dell? More like Michael in-Dell-nial: No public cloud, no future

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Re: What doesn't Dell have? A public cloud

Also, while Dell may not have a public cloud, a lot of its partners do, running on Dell hardware.

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Microsoft distie Entatech goes TITSUP

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Fujitsu

The main factor has to be the loss of the Fujitsu business. They had pretty much bet the family farm on getting into enterprise sales when they got dumped.

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Dell sneaks speeds-and-feeds-free peek at 14th-gen PowerEdge servers

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Re: Wow

Is that you, Meg?

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Let's go live to the Uber-Waymo legal war – and see what's happening

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Re: When you see what it takes to get rich...

How do they sleep at night? Between a pair of leggy blondes and with a large bowl of cocaine on the bedside table I'd imagine.

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Uber are Disruptors

And by disruptors, I mean arseholes.

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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No Way I'm Going to Divorce Facebook.

Because to get a divorce, we'd need get married beforehand. And we've not even been on a date.

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Greater Manchester cops fined after victim interview vids lost in post

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ICR

These are the people who have unfettered access to your internet connection records.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: Usually, turkeys have not the leisure to enjoy Christmas, they have been eaten by November...

Only in the US.

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Re: Only one question

By not voting, you support the status quo.

If you want to protest against the establishment, then either spoil your ballot paper or vote for a candidate that's not a moron.

If no such candidate exists, stand yourself.

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324 typo-squat domains found impersonating Natwest, HSBC and co

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"Ken's Tucker Fried Chicken"

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Just delete the internet – pr0n-blocking legislation receives Royal Assent

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The Tories are cutting funding to museums, so even that option won't be around for much longer.

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"The non-techies have been demanding for a long time that internet pawn be stopped"

They want to ban eBay as well?

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Having a monopoly on x86 chips and charging eyewatering prices really does pay off – Intel CEO

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I think Intel are somewhat relaxed about all those personal devices and IoT gizmos using ARM chips.

Why?

Because they will invariably be hoked up to something cloudy (even if it's just for Google's data slurping) and Xeon will be number one in the data centre space for a very long time.

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Uber sued by ex-Lyft driver tormented by app maker's 'Hell' spyware

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Disruptor

I've come to the conclusion that when disruptor is used to describe a tech company, it's actually a synonym for arsehole.

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Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

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The Lolberal Democrats and the Greens are quite strong on privacy.

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Computer games to become medal sport at Asian Games

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Track and Field...

...would be the most suitable game for this.

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30,000 London gun owners hit by Met Police 'data breach'

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IPA

Remember folks, these are the people who have virtually unfettered access to your internet connection records.

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Zuckerberg's absolutely mental: Brain sensors that read YOUR MIND at 100 words a minute

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Re: Sad

Roger Penrose has only one fan. Roger Penrose.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Don't Blame Me...

I voted for Kodos

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber drivers are stocious (allegedly!)

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What's the plan for profitability?

1: undercut the local opposition to drive them out of business

2: raise prices once a monopoly

3: cut costs by introducing driverless cars

4: profit.

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Boffins fabricate the 'most complex bendy microprocessor yet'

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Re: "Disulfide" forsooth!

UK chemists agreed to adopt the US spelling of sulfur about 30 years ago in return for the US adding the second i in aluminium. It was ratified by IUPAC and everything.

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Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run

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Re: dummies

I'm still waiting for Ventriloquism for Dummies and Shop Window Display Mannequins for Dummies

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Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets

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Re: Old News

Very.

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Re: Old News

Dilbert was around in 1994? I feel old...

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DARPA seeks SSITH lords to keep hardware from the Dark Side

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Left Hand / Right Hand

So on one hand DARPA wants everything to be extra-secure with no holes, and on the other hand there's the NSA...

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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Porridge

This was pretty much the plot of the one-off Porridge revival last year.

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We know what you're thinking: Where the hell is all the antimatter?

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Re: I am not a scientist...

Or maybe the antimatter was flung backwards in time...

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How about a nice game of ... Tetris? Oxford eggheads slow PTSD onset with classic game

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Old News

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/heal-your-brain/201203/can-tetris-prevent-ptsd-0

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Micron making mucho memory moolah

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Re: It's a "commodity"...

Indeed, RAM pricing has been cyclical for some time.

At the moment all of the factories making RAM are running at full capacity and so there is a shortage of RAM. Word on the street is that extra capacity should be coming online over the Summer and that RAM prices will start to fall after that.

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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Re: Doesn't matter any more?

Excellent rant, would read again.

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Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf ever seen – just a hop and a skip away (750 ly)

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Re: It's quite a small object (Far away - or not?)

As Father Ted would say, this brown dwarf is small but close. Those are far away...

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'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

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Re: A Matter of Theological Debate

That would be an ecumenical question.

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TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact

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Re: More Magic than Goldilocks orbit distance...

Other sets of conditions that are good for life (but not as we know it) might exist - icy gas giant moons for example.

And even if only one in a million worlds can support life, there are many billions of planets in the galaxy

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Coppers 'persistently' breach data protection laws with police tech

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Re: "majority of cases, the officer thinks that they are doing it for the right reasons"

Indeed - they almost certainly thought they were fitting up the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four for the right reasons.

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Home Office admits it's preparing to accept EU ruling on surveillance

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Deja Vu

Call me cynical, but the government will end up just ignoring any decision that goes against them, as they did with votes for prisoners and retention of DNA.

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An under-appreciated threat to your privacy: Security software

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Re: Wildebeest v Lion

The obvious survival strategy would be to herd together and let the lions take down the weakest.

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Gov.UK pulls plug on its YouTube ads amid extremism concerns

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Re: Part of my pension fund is invested in Google

Of course, if companies like Google paid their fair share of tax there would be less need for private pensions.

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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

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Re: Too gay for words

"I'm thinking of a good free webmail that I can use instead of gmail"

Tutanota.

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This is where UK's Navy will park its 75,000-ton aircraft carriers

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Re: sea power

The more interesting question is: "Can you keep it open (or respectively closed) with a carrier deployment?" or there are more cost-effective ways to do this.

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The answer depends on whether or not the carriers are equipped with aircraft.

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SolidFire chief talks up secret upcoming hyperconverged system

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Proprietary

What are the odds that the hardware will only work with other Solidfire products?

Surely, in the age of software-defined everything it's better to buy some off the shelf servers and put Openstack on them?

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