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IT guy at US govt fraud watchdog stole 16 computers from... US govt fraud watchdog

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Failure rate............

they''re crap devices anyway............we have a 30% failure rate on our Surface Book / Surface Book 2 machines

its got to the stage that I'm on first name terms with Microsoft's support desk contractors

TalkTalk kept my email account active for 8 years after I left – now it's spamming my mates

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Actually an AOL account?

Won't it actually be a talktalk branded AOL account? She may do better by asking whoever now runs AOL to close the mailbox

ReactOS 0.4.11 makes great strides towards running Windows apps without the Windows

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NHS market

There's massive potential for a Windows-replacement in the NHS

We're having to migrate a vast number of machines away from Win7 at present. If Emis, Vision, SystmOne and all the associated peripheral softwares could be made to run on ReactOS then there would be the chance of a major shift in what we do

Huawei 'to sue US' over federal kit block – report

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whats this crap?

"Like all companies in China, Huawei is subject to Chinese Communist Party control at the highest levels and must submit to compelled assistance laws on espionage, forcing firms and their workers to help spies and other state employees. [b] Most western nations have similar laws.[/b]"

Just exactly which western countries have laws forcing their companies to commit or assist in espionage?

Your comment is an unfounded anti-western piece of false rhethoric. Does the author live in China

Sniff the love: Subaru's SUVs overwhelmed by scent of hair shampoo, recalls 2.2 million cars

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two most obvious sources

Spooky! Solar System's Planet NINE could be discovered in the next NINE years (plus one to six), say astroboffins

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the Anderson film


HPE wants British ex-CFO to testify in UK Autonomy lawsuit before Uncle Sam sentences him

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I can't help but feel there's a miscarriage of justice on the horizon here - it really sounds as if they're going to be tried, and punished twice for the same offence

Sussex rap fan wants statue of Easy-E from NWA in his hometown because he's a 'legend'

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Rap, the only form of music with a silent "C"

Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut

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"They also do MoTs and servicing................"

While it was in being serviced they'd strip it down and rebuild it............that's how at least some of the manuals were written

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How old is that 3008?

As a rule they'd wait 3-5 years before publishing a manual, as before then there wouldn't be enough breakdowns to make it worthwhile

Except for a Lada or Yugo..........(and don't forget they were all imported through Abbey Hill, just down the road at Lufton)

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I can remember meeting him briefly years ago: my father did the brickwork for what was then the new the office in Ilchester (they've since moved on to the current site)

Seemed a nice bloke. One of my schoolmates wrote some of the early manuals, especially for the bikes - he thought the same about him.

The Lance Arm-strong of performance-enhanced CPUs: Armv8.1-M arch jams vector math into super-microcontrollers

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next-gen 32-bit microcontrollers????????????

but is there still demand for 32-bit?

From Red Planet to deep into the red: Suicidal extrovert magnet Mars One finally implodes

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Was there an official diarist who was supposed to chronicle the project?

And does anyone have a recipe for martian rock cakes?

Apple hands keys for retail to HR boss amid flagging iPhone sales

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When HR takes over retail operations, you can safely assume the hatchets are out

How AI can help halt human sex trafficking – by identifying victims' hotel rooms from pics

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Re: Snooping platform

My answer is indeed a reply to what you said, because the context of this thread makes it clear the purpose of the database is to aid identification of trafficked sex workers. No comment from you can change that

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Re: Snooping platform

If you'd actually met any of these trafficked girls and seen the conditions they live in, you really wouldn't say that.

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truth is, the researchers are looking at this from the wrong angle.

What is needed is a search function that will match face and body pictures across multiple girl profiles - if you could trail the history of a particular face, or tattoo - or group of faces - as they tour around the UK then it would aid a lot in tracking the workings of these trafficking gangs. The same with the backgrounds: the real hope there is that a search index can be built of flats/houses/bedrooms which will link girls to specific pimping groups, not hotels.

As I said earlier, you'd have a lot of wasted effort because of the high rate of use of fake.stolen photos.

But.........if you could index the Adultwork and Vivastreet sites on a daily basis, capture the profile photos and phone numbers, run the faces and bodies through recognition process, and then index the rooms so that profiles can be linked then you'd be a long way down the road of getting a handle on how these bastards work

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Something I forgot to say in my last post.....

the reality is that few trafficked women are touted through hotels nowadays anyway (at least in the UK).

The ones who are taken on tours around the country tend to use short term lets from AirBNB or (more often) Booking.com, while the longer term "popup" brothels tend to rent flats or houses for 3/4 months from dodgy rental agencies who don't ask for references - often run by immigrants.

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There's an inherent problem in the theory.........

The reality is a large of photos used for trafficked girls don't actually show the victim: a reverse image search (Yandex is best) shows that around 60-70% of girls advertised on Vivastreet in the UK actually use photos stolen from other websites - which equates to around 80-90% of foreign girls listed

Doing the same test on Adultwork shows a lower number of fakes, but the girls on AW are less likely to be trafficked

NASA pops titanium tea cosy over Martian InSight probe instrument

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Is it heat-resistant enough to withstand a blast from a rock snake?

Is your kid looking at GCSE in computer science? It's exam-only from 2022 – Ofqual

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Government Communications Secret Exams?


Goverment Communications Hard Questions?

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight

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Long pig?

Plenty of stock at a university

Official: Voyager 2 is now an interstellar spacecraft

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Without pictures it can't be true!

Where are the photographs?

Bordeaux-no! Wine guzzling at UK.gov events rises 20%

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Re: cost of French wines

"even though the Champagne method was invented here."


The champagne method was first documented as being used in Somerset (for cider, not wine), but at a Clunaic (i.e. French controlled) abbey. They may well have been using a process with a much earlier, undocumented, origin

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An average of £90.90 / bottle?

Someone must be having a laugh

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship

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So where is

the White Rabbit?

and can we get Grace to press the "go"button?

Dawn of the dead: NASA space probe runs out of gas in asteroid belt after 6.4 billion-mile trip

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Re: Is that US Gallons or Imperial Gallons?

Was the engine built by Volkswagen-Audi?

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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How about George Porter?



Outstanding scientist, Nobel Prize winner, but also he was a nice bloke. Unlike a lot of elite scientists......

Trump wants to work with Russia on infosec. Security experts: lol no

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When Trump retires he'll be the first American President to be awarded the "Order of Lenin"

'Coding' cockup blamed for NHS cough-up of confidential info against patients' wishes

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Second hand software........

Well.........if the rumours are true, TPP SystmOne is based on code copied from the long-dead EMIS-PCS clinical system.

Mistakes happen when you borrow things..............

Google leaps on the platform formerly known as Firefox with $22m splurge for KaiOS

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Extend, Embrace, Extinguish

Just like Microsoft

White box server makers flounder BUT big brands shine

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Do white box servers exist?

I've never seen an unbranded server yet, except for ones I've assembled from bits.

All the servers I've seen have been branded, one way or the other. I'm convinced "white box" servers are close to mythological

Every bloody gadget in the house is ringing. Thanks, EE

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but can you turn it off?

you can turn this ever-present phone presence on, but can you turn if off? Can it be remotely initiated? Running your phone through your TV and potentially having it on 24/7 really does have shades of 1984

Lily Cole: You'd hate me more if Impossible.com were a success

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Re: how the hell are they losing THAT much money

You can bash away as much as you like, but you won't get anything out of it

Fingered: Pants-down 'poo jogger' alleged to be corp exec

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Presumably he did it each time after a night in the pub.

Says a lot about Australian beer

Chinese tech giant ZTE is back in business – plus or minus $1.4bn and its entire board

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One day, China, the Arab block, Russia et al are going to turn this on its head.

All they need to do it announce a new regime of sanctions against Israel, and then fine any US company that breaches them.

Apple, Microsoft, most of the defence companies.......a $billion or two from each would soon make the trumptons sit up and think

Is Microsoft about to git-merge with GitHub? Rumors suggest: Yes

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Re: Slurp the Clueless

"Slurp the Clueless"

That sounds like the name of an old Viking chief

Un-bee-lievable: Two million Swedish bugs stolen in huge sting

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Bees are not bugs

completely different class of insect

SpaceX to pick up the space pace with yet another Falcon 9 launch

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Re: x 7

Well if you crowd-fund me I'll start the X7 Reuseable Rocket Corporation

I'm sure there would be more chance of developing a workable product than that bunch with the Sinclair Spectrum retread

If everyone in the USA and Europe would give me £10 I'll guarantee a flyable demonstrator one day.

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In which case they should scrap it, recycle the materials and fly one they can reuse.

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If they could recover it and won't, then they should be prosecuted for littering.

Dropping lumps of toxic waste into the ocean simply isn't acceptable any more. Recovery should be the new legal minimum

FBI fingers North Korea for two malware strains

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Active for nine years and only just spotted?

How much is the drone biz worth to the UK? How's £42bn by 2030 sound? – PWC

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And that is why PWC are shite auditors

They have no idea of reality or truth

But then do any of the big accounting companies?

Chinese boffins: We're testing an 'impossible' EM Drive IN SPAAAACE

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New Scientist article this week saying the drive doesn't work.

It does produce thrust, but not through any EM effect

Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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Re: Scam call from 08000 988 674

that number is linked to this fake support company


https://hp.supportnumberuk.co.uk (appears to be offline)

DON'T call them

they're scam scum

Welcome to your sci-fi dystopia: Sonic firewalls to crumble inaudible ad-tracking phone cookies

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I can see the BBC using this technology to match TV licences to users and geographic location

'Clive, help us,' say empty-handed ZX Spectrum reboot buyers

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I don't understand why anyone went into this expecting a usable product. These delays shouldn't be any surprise.

In his heyday, Sinclair's products were all at least one of:

late, badly designed, hare-brained, faulty, unsafe, unreliable or just plain crap.

Why did anyone think this would be different?

Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won

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"Midlands-based reseller Aria Technology "

Really? They're based in Longsight, Manchester

Eye in the sea skies: Insitu flies Scaneagle 3 UAV in first public demo

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BAe might get upset over the "Skyhook" name.........

that was used by them for the planned (but never implemented) Sea Harrier crane launch system

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