* Posts by AMBxx

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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen on IoT: If it uses electricity, it will go online

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Fire risk?

If I have to wrap my toaster in tin foil to stop it spying on me, is that a fire risk?

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Google, Mozilla both say they sped up the web today. One by blocking ads. One with ads

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Re: Paradox. Everyone hates ads. Everyone wants stuff for "free".

If there was on option on Google that let me pay £5 a month for their services and freed me from all their insidious advertising and data collection, I suspect they'd be getting a hell of a lot more money than they could generate through advertising to me or using my data

I think you'll find Google take the £5 and still track you on the basis that a fool and their money are easily separated.

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Re: Paradox. Everyone hates ads. Everyone wants stuff for "free".

For as long as there are auto-playing videos, I'll keep adblock et al.

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2 kool 4 komputing: Teens' interest in GCSE course totally bombs

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It's a bit like saying 'all jobs need people to be able to drive', 'Let's teach everyone to be a mechanic'.

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Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back

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Cue kickstarter?

Surely it's the only way they'll get any money?

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Brexploitation! PC price wars? Yep. Vendors see who can go higher

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More lies through stats

This is average selling price. Not the same as inflation. Has there been a shift in the quality of PCs being bought?

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Currys PC World given a spanking for misleading laptop savings ads

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Re: Yada yada

Boots Opticians used to alternate 50% off and 2 for the price of 1. No idea how they got away with it for so long.

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I still haven't found what I'm malloc()ing for: U2 tops poll of music today's devs code to

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Re: when I do coding I listen to...

Interestingly, lots of upvotes first thing as all the private sector workers got to work. All the Public sector lefties roll up at 9.30am and the downvotes began!

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Re: when I do coding I listen to...

a) conservative talk radio

You must be in the US. Over here in the UK, it's wall to wall leftie BBC crap.

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

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Re: I Think We Need The BBC

You're forgetting - the Sky fee is in addition to the BBC fee. If all you want to watch is Sky, you're still paying £12 per month for the BBC.

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HPE hatches HPE Next – a radical overhaul plan so it won't be HPE Last

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Re: Newspeak

I! Hear! Another! Female! CEO! May! Be! Available! to! HELP!

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Fear the dentist? Strap on some nerd goggles

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WTF?

accounting for differences in age, gender, dental anxiety and the treatment type or duration

They only had 79 patients. How are they ever going to allow for so many variables and have something statistically significant?

Sounds more like 'we wanted a positive result, so jiggered about with the data'

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Google cloud browned out after automation snag struck

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rather than relying on homogenous building block

No different to AWS or Azure. As upgraded servers become available, they don't just bin what's left.

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Specsavers embraces Azure and AWS, recoils at Oracle's 'wow' factor

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Re: Interesting

They'll still collect the franchise fees regardless...

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Legal stuff on patient records

Any Specsavers franchisees on here?

For everyone else, Specsavers is a franchise, the practices aren't owned (all the franchise fees flow tax free to the channel islands).

Who is responsible for the patient data that AWS/Azure gather? Is it the franchise or some vague corporate body that's part of Specsavers? What about NHS patients?

Don't forget that the Optometrist isn't just finding a prescription - they're often first to pick up diabetes or brain tumours.

'Should have gone elsewhere' to keep your data private.

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From landslide to buried alive: Why 2017 election forecasts weren't wrong

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Re: So when will the politicians learn?

and now everyone is twisting the result to fit their personal narrative - whether it's about Brexit/Austerity/Socialism etc etc

May moved left (energy price cap FFS) to capture some of the middle. In the end, she just validated some of Corbyn's positions.

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In detail: How we are all pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered – by online biz all day

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Re: The Prisoner is currently showing on Freeview 'True Entertainment'...

The Prisoner was originally meant to be shorter. The TV company insisted on more episodes. Hence the padding and the few pointless epsiodes.

Still worth a watch.

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Axed from IBM for remote working? Don't go crying to HPE

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Be easier if they just merged. Get rid of both in one go. Dinosaurs posing as tech companies

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Did someone say server sales are crappy? Yes, nearly everyone

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Re: Licenses

Yep - you can't sweat an asset if it's in the cloud. Seeing a lot of servers being reused and defunct kept for spares.

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Hyperloop One teases idea of 50-minute London-Edinburgh ride

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Re: Something less drastic maybe

If you're just going from Gatwick to Heathrow, no need to go to this much expense. Simple tunnel with a regular train will do. (simple is a relative term!)

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Re: UK Fault Lines

Here would be a good place to start.

I was going to suggest displaying them on a map would be more helpful. Then realised it would just look like a 3 year old's scribble!

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Um

47 minutes Liverpool to Glasgow, but with 6 stops?

They'd be better to do some research on how existing mass transit works, then see if this works.

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So despite all the cash ploughed into big data, no one knows how to make it profitable

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Re: Big Data?

Yep, feels like we've been here before!

I worked for Vignette in the early 2000s. I joined in their first 'cash flow positive' quarter. Not even magic profit, just more money in than out. All downhill from there. Lasted less than 12 months.

Mine's the one with the P45 in the pocket.

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Microsoft totters from time machine clutching Windows 10 Workstation

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Re: 4 Processors Chips which could be 88 cores, 6TB of RAM...

But will it run Windows- ie more than one fullscreen...

That's already in the mix. Not sure if the Insiders have it yet, but it's here shortly. You just need to connect your phone to a bigger screen.

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Novell Netware 3.11 for me please.

I still miss proper file versioning - the move from a proper File Server OS to Windows NT 4.0 was a shock.

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Vodafone to block its ads from appearing next to 'fake news'

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If an advertising agency placed a Vodafone advert next to a Daily Mail article about mobile phones causing cancer, you'd soon find the advertising agency dropped. You do get some level of control about what your adverts are placed with. That's all that Vodafone appear to be trying to do - hence the whitelist rather than a blacklist.

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Apple gives world ... umm ... not much new actually

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Sign of a mature market?

Not sure if this is just a sign of a mature market or if Apple have just run out of ideas.

Did they get it right first time with iOS, so now just need minor tweaks?

I'm sure similar discussions were held about Blackberry and Nokia at their peaks too.

If something dramatic is going to shake up the market, it doesn't look like it will come from Apple. I'm pretty sure it won't be from Microsoft either, regardless of how clever their dial thingie is.

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The biggest British Airways IT meltdown WTF: 200 systems in the critical path?

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Re: More importantly

You usually see these kind of posts when they're attempting to derail the subject and distract from the contents of the main article

Nope, just making a joke. Surprised anybody took the trouble to comment.

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Re: More importantly

2 thumbs down for my joke?

Is that you Mr & Mrs Cameron?

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More importantly

Is it just me, or does that picture look like David Cameron is about to be eaten by a dinosaur? Have we accidentally uncovered Angela Merkel's real identity?

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EU wins approval to waste €120m on pitiful public Wi-Fi

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Pork Barrel politics?

Is the EU catching up with the US? What's German for pork barrel politics - they have some great words!

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Re: I fail to see an issue here.

Lovely story, but unless she lives within spitting distance of the free wifi, it's not going to help.

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

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Re: Book stores.

Book stores are limited to an extent to what they can sell. Like it or not, there is a level of censorship.

The difficult bit is having a sensible discussion about what to do about the Internet. The Government doesn't get it, but nor do the people who believe that anything should be allowed.

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Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

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Please keep it simple

Am I the only person that wants a mechanical car with the only clever stuff being the BT radio? Just too much to go wrong and need updating.

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Virtual reality headsets even less popular than wearable devices

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Re: MS back in the game

Sadly, if it's like their phone and band efforts, they'll release a great product that fails initially due to flakey software. They'll spend 6-12 months getting the software right, forget to do any marketing, then drop the product just as it starts to pick up market share.

(MS Band wearing Lumia 950XL owning, long suffering)

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UK council fined £150k for publishing traveller family's personal data

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You're missing the point

Lessons have been learned!

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Static Traveller?

Surely an oxymoron?

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Microsoft founder Paul Allen reveals world's biggest-ever plane

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Re: Hang on...

Thunderbirds was my first thought too.

This is the stuff we were promised as children

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NHS U-turns on blanket IR35 tax crackdown

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So for Locums they wouldn't be able to claim back this cost anyway.

Yes Locums can. Provided you spend no more than 40% of your time at any one location.

You can't rent though - has to be hotel or equivalent. Only MPs get to have a 2nd house on expenses.

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It allows you to change the timing of payments. Corporation tax is a flat rate. If I have a really good year, I pay the CT on the full amount, but don't draw more than basic tax rate. In a bad year, I draw more than the company earns.

The real saving is in National Insurance - the tax that dare not speak its name. Government's own fault for raising it so much over the last 20 years - mostly Gordon Brown.

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BT considers scrapping 'gold-plated' pensions in bid to plug £14bn deficit

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Re: Much like my pension, which I'll likely never get.

The country as a whole needs to take pension funding more seriously

At some point, we're going to have to admit that defined benefit schemes are no longer viable. Going to be a huge fight with public sector unions, but it will have to be done.

Might help if we started with the MPs.

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Nest leaves competition in the dust with new smart camera

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never sell or share your data without a customer's explicit permission

The explicit permission will be on page 30 of the software update agreement.

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Re: I don't get it

I have a simple camera that email me pictures if motion is detected. If my burglar alarm goes off, I can see if there's something to worry about, or just the cat sat on the mat.

As for the rest of the Nest camera's features - too creepy for words.

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WebAssembly fandom kills Google's Portable Native Client

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Call me back in 5 years

Getting frustrated with not knowing what to spend my time on! Each latest and greatest new dev thing seems to last for less time than the previous.

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Seminal game 'Colossal Cave Adventure' released onto GitLab

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Re: Wow, flashback

Inspired me to write a text adventure on a BBC using 6502 Assembler. I even wrote my own compression routine to cram the text into RAM (just a dictionary lookup, nothing clever).

Seemed so fast after using BASIC. Dread to think what a modern OS would make of my writing JMP locations into the code ahead of it executing.

Not enough to impress anyone though - couldn't sell it.

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Azure Portal rejects Firefox after certificate revocation SNAFU

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firefox with Azure Portal

I'm surprised anyone is using FF with the Azure Portal - so slow. Only works well with Edge and Chrome.

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IBM asks contractors to take a pay cut

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Re: Ever heard of contract breach?

Not sure about Aus, but in the UK there'll be a term in every contractor's contract giving right to terminate at any time. Once you have that in place, anything can be done.

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Nokia's retro revival 3310 goes on sale and disappears immediately

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Re: 2G only?

6310 please

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Google starts enterprise support for Chrome, including top SaaS apps

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Group Policy

Does this now allow me to block the installation of the Google services that keep trying to update Chrome?

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It's just 'Pro' now, guys: Microsoft gives Surface a subtle resurfacing

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Re: My slab has a club foot!

The keyboard is surprisingly good. Decent key travel. Normal complaints about function key lock and some keys (home/End) sharing key with Fn. Other than that, it's more than good enough for most users.

If I was using it 8 hours a day, I'd just use a 'proper' keyboard, but that's been my experience with laptops too.

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