* Posts by Missing Semicolon

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Another Hancock-up? UK health secretary appears in piece about controversial GP app

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All the same

It really seems to me that there are really no people in Parliament who are actually any good at anything.

Both sides of the House seem to actively select for members with little ability to think clearly.

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

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FAIL

Re: "a lesson on the consequences of too much dependence on the cloud"

Different budget. No consequence. Bonus intact. Your problem is?

The antisocial network: 'Facebook has a black people problem,' claims staffer in exit salvo

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Re: ""Influencing" people is, I regret to say, all around us"

Tony Blair was earnest....

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Re: no, just no.

Ah, but, it's Common Carrier rules.

If they are filtering messages according to the content, then the whole "We're not responsible, Guv'ner, 'cos we just show stuff from other poeple" getout no longer applies. They seem to be attempting to do filtering where it makes the popcorn gallery shut up, but "not filter" when anyone attempts to pin any responsibility for the content on them.

Australia to build a pirate-proof fence: Brace yourselves, Google

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That's mega.nz gone then!

oops.

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Re: Not so smart!

Smart meters are for "demand-side management".

In order to reduce the cost of standby generation for intermittent renewables, the idea is to modulate down demand in times of low supply.

Some of this will be by paying industry to shut down. Yes really.

But the other side of it is to cut domestic usage. In other countries, "load shedding" is used, i.e., power cuts.

That's not politically tenable here yet, so instead there will just be variable pricing. We will implement our own power cut when the smart-meter-display-thingy tells us we are paying £5/kWh.

This has been quietly admitted in certain quarters.

Microsoft dropkicks Cortana with Skype functionality on Alexa

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WTF?

200 minutes free

.. so Skype-toSkype calls via Alexa won't be free after the 200 minutes run out? WTF?

Well that's just spliffing: UK Amazon merchants peddling Mary Jane

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Re: What a waste of time

Oh, that was a bit knee-jerk.

The original commenter was only quoting from, you know, what actually happened.

I suggest you allow a little leeway for other opinions.

New era for Japan, familiar problems: Microsoft withdraws crash-tastic patches

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Re: People should stop using calendars...

@Spazurtle re UNIX time. ... that's great ..... until 2038.

Everything will stop working in 2038.

Russia: We did not hack the US Democrats. But if we did, we're immune from prosecution... lmao

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Facepalm

So, what's in the emails?

What I find funny is that publishing the "private" mail was seen to be so detrimental to the Democrat cause. Surely, if they were the best choice for Government, even their private emails should not cause offence.

In other words:

"If they had nothing to hide, they had nothing to fear"

Ha!

Just a little heads up: Google is still trying to convince everyone that web apps don't suck

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Re: Security...

"you have to enable it" = "click here to see puppies!"

Disky business: Seagate hyperscale customers slow to 'digest' inventory

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Maybe we noticed the warranty return rate

.. and decided to buy drives that actually last more than a few hundred hours?

GCSE computer science should be exam only, says Ofqual

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There are no teachers

So the "teachers" that have to "teach" the Comp Sci course do it from text books, and videos. They are forced to cheat in the exam as the pupils are not actually taught anything meaningful in the classroom.

It would be possible to go on a recruitment drive for CompSci teachers (there's enough software engineers out there who don't pass the age test for most jobs). But solving the problem (instead of hiding it) costs actual money.

ICO poised to fine Leave campaign and Arron Banks’ insurance biz £135,000

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Whereas the "Remain" campaign

.. had to manage on just their tiddly legal budget, plus the entire UK Goverment and executive helping out.

If the support of the supposedly "neutral" state was priced correctly, "Remain" would have been way over budget too.

PortSmash attack blasts hole in Intel's Hyper-Threading CPUs, leaves with secret crypto keys

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HT was only ever a hack anyway

TFA has the "marketing" justification for HT. The actual reason was that Windows ran so badly on a single-core processor, because there are too many blocking,non-pre-emptable processes in the UI thread. By having a second "fake" processor, it allowed parts of the UI to be responsive when other parts were locked up.

Now single-core processors are no longer sold for Windows, HT is no longer needed.

Exiting DWP digital boss Mayank Prakash switches to energy biz Centrica

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FAIL

£99M

Is that F'n all?

How much has the IT cost so far?

Bah!

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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Aggh, it burns!

Having followed the link to

http://www.mgb.org.rs/en/visit/the-residence-of-princess-ljubica

I find that it's the worst kind of "well it works on my 28 inch monitor, what are you complainnig about?".

Set the window to be normal sized, and the picture is mostly obscured by the text!

Talk about Micron-aggression: US charges Chinese biz, staff over DRAM chip secrets theft

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Re: Now the mob will try to extort more and more...

There's a certain amount of whataboutery in that. Yes, the USA have behaved shoddily. But the Chinese attitude to non-Chinese IP is baked into the law.

Transformers: Robots... at least it tries: Watch boffins' Optimus Dime rearrange on the fly

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Real science

is done with cardboard, Duck tape, and assorted domestic items as obstacles!

I'd be suspicious if it was too clean.

Watch closely as NASA deploys the world's biggest parachute at supersonic speeds

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Re: Astounding

If you watch the video carefully, in the multi-screen view, you can see that the 'chute as a rip!

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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Goodbye Centos

Centos is owned by RedHat now. So why on earth would IBM bother keeping it?

Plus, of course, all the support and coding will be done in India now.....

If you haven't already patched your MikroTik router for vulns, then if you could go do that, that would be greeeeaat

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Re: MikroTik Updates

You should be able to just download the source, and patch it. But Microtik don't publish the source for the code that is affected by GPL. Oddly enough.

PC makers: Intel CPU shortages are here to stay ... for six months

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TRS-80 RAM

It was 2114 4-bit-by-1k ram. An extra 12k would be 24 of them. All of them off the component racks at the back of the store, individually blister-packed. Looks like you paid $18.75 each. Ouch.

Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra

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Re: re. micro sd, etc.

Releasable cable ties.

Sanity restored!

The secret history of Apple's Stacks

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"Renewed"????

Patents aren't renewable things. Patented in 1992, expired in 2017. End of.

Fortnite 'fesses up: New female character's jiggly bits 'unintended' and 'embarrassing'

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Re: Maybe the internet has jaded me

Actually, I do buy the "accident" explanation. The movement is extremely odd, almost as if the model is wrong.

'This is insane!' FCC commissioner tears into colleagues over failure to stop robocalls

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Re: The FCC isn't going to do anything that isn't easy

So, you redirect all calls that are not from an address book entry to voicemail.

..... aand now your voicemail is useless, as there will always be loads of spam calls in it. You will never pick up a real voicemail, as your VM box is always full.

Oracle's new Java SE subs: Code and support for $25/processor/month

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Re: Java has been great as a teaching tool

Javascript? No typing, utterly bonkers inside-out scoping rules, quietly fail and carry on error handling, bolted-on-and-fragile object model?

I really think not.

A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin

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WTF?

Where does the money come from?

So, the Private Equity "investors" (ha) borrow a shed load of money to buy a business. They then do this what-should-be-illegal reverse takeover shenanegans so that the loan required to pay the original owners is now on the business balance sheet, not the "investors'".

Business goes under.

Don't the banks or other lenders lose out mightily?

Who fills the hole where the money was?

Some credential-stuffing botnets don't care about being noticed any more

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Fail2Ban works well for this

So why is it so bloody awful to set up? It seems almost deliberately difficult to add a service log file to its search list to detect probing activity. And the default actions do almost no blocking.

Set it up right, and the bad guys will soon give up, as your service becomes invisible to them.

How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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Re: Unplugging the keyboard = kernel panic ?

Didn't a PS/2 keyboard only get recognised on power-up? So plugging it in post-boot did not initialise the keyboard, as the entire PS/2 interface had disabled itself. Only power off, plug in, power on worked.

Dead retailer's 'customer data' turns up on seized kit, unencrypted and very much for sale

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What about "Jeff"?

On acquiring the drives, he became the new owner of the data. He actively sold data to which he had no consent attached (duh!) so he himself breached any Canadian DP laws. Surely, as the listing provides contact info, the Police should be round?

ServiceNow confirms relational-ship with MariaDB: We're protecting our toolchain

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Hmm

On the one hand, great! More money in MariaDB's coffers, more code!

On the other hand, such an investment usually, at some point, requires a payback. Are we to expect to get gouged by the company in the future?

First 'issue-free' build of Windows 10 October 2018 Update arrives

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Re: Hope it works with junctioned directories

"Moving" the user profile folders? Whilst it is supposed to work, usually stuff barfs because there are no files in c:\users\USER

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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MISO

So do ALL the data sheets for ALL of the devices with an SPI bus connection need relabelling?

We're doomed: Defra's having a cow over its Brexit IT preparations

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Whitehall denialism

Simple. On the day Article 50 was invoked, a No-Deal Brexit was possible. So preparations should have started. They've had nearly 2 years.

However, Whitehall, and a sizeable proportion of the Cabinet were (and still are) determined that Brexit should be as soft as possible, or not happen at all. Remember, Cameron expressedly forbade any such preparations whilst PM. So little or nothgin has been done.

This is a kind of reverse brinksmanship. Instead of convincing the other side you can walk away, you convince the rest of your side that you cannot.

Sheesh.

Guess who just bought Maplin? Dragons' Den celebrity biz guy Peter Jones

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Re: Well, best of luck to him...

"half-a-dozen BC109s".

Blimey, that'll cost you six quid! (yes, I have a pile left over from way back too)

BC547's are 11p, get with the times!

Boffins don't want to burst your bubble – they create them with sound

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Retrofitted justification

"The researchers believe that studying the bubble formation process in detail will help the storage of food, cosmetics, or pharmaceuticals"

Oh, come on.... it's just very cool. They had to come up with a "real world" use for the grant application.

Generally Disclosing Pretty Rapidly: GDPR strapped a jet engine on hacked British Airways

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GDPR is ours anyway

Apparently we actually were its biggest enthusiasts. I can't see us rowing back on it now.

Guys, geez... finally 5Gs: AT&T grows super-fast mobile net city rollout

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WTF?

Backhaul

Does it suddenly make the operator's backhaul faster? No? Then the lousy data performance and calls that go silent part way through will be exactly the same.

Nope, the NSA isn't sitting in front of a supercomputer hooked up to a terrorist’s hard drive

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Re: Little guy

Such overlaying of unbackdoored encryption over a legal backdoored cloud encrypted system will simply be illegal.

Excuse me, but your website's source code appears to be showing

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repo on production?

Someone's developing on live!

Yuk!

Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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Re: Wack a Mole

@ }{amis}{

Not only will providing an unsnoopable messaging platform be illegal, using it will be too.

So best of luck with the court case when you get caught!

Three more data-leaking security holes found in Intel chips as designers swap security for speed

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Refund due

Since THIS vulnerability is caused by the processor NOT conforming to the operating sequence as documented in the spec sheet this fault is absolutely an Intel design fault.

All Intel processors exhibiting this fault are FAULTY, NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE, and should be replaced by Intel Free-of-charge.

If the device has a non-replaceable CPU, Intel owe you a new device.

This is absolutely as serious as the mandatory recalls that happen whith cars when a safety-critical fault is found. The Manufacturer stands for all of the losses incurred. If Intel gets away with this one (which they will, bastards, look at the share price) , nobody should buy an Intel device ever again!

Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

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Re: Don't need it, thanks.

.. oh, and then try cancelling a print. Without hard-resetting the printer afterwards.

Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Pinterest.....

... is goin' daaan...

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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Re: VM/CMS

Get yourself an IBM Model M keyboard. And feel the "best keyboard" again!

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"the default being a hashtag #."

I didn't know Amber Rudd wrote for El Reg?

Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service

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Welsh water

When I was at UCNW Bangor, there was a sign over one of the loos:

"Do your best. Birmingham needs the water"

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Missing the obvious

" England specifically is facing a water supply shortage by 2050 without a plan to curb water usage and wastage"

Well, duh, then actually build some more capacity, instead of sweating the existing reservoir stock to supply more people.

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