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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Oz roadtrains?

I'd have thought the obvious candidate for this is the Australian roadtrain market

Long distance multi-day journeys, heavy loads, plenty of sun. You'd just have to program the software not to stop for 'roos on the road

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Kaspersky: Clumsy NSA leak snoop's PC was packed with malware

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But why wouldn't Kaspersky report to the Russian Authorities?

Presumably if Symantec or McAfee turned up a cache of similar government-sponsored hacks they'd report them to the NSA as a matter of course, just as a UK company would report to GCHQ?

There doesn't have to be any underhand behaviour here - surely reporting threats of this type to the security bods of your country is SOP?

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Drone maker DJI left its private SSL, firmware keys open to world+dog on GitHub FOR YEARS

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Re: Is that what I think it is?

A Working Men's Club

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DJI bug bounty NDA is 'not signable', say irate infosec researchers

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can someone please publish the NDA so we can see what it says?

Or do you have to sign an NDA before you can see the real NDA?

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US govt's 'foreign' spy program that can snoop on Americans at home. Sure, let's reauth that...

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the yanks have been happily spying on the rest of us for years, about time they brought their own country up to the same standard

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Yes, I took Putin's roubles to undermine Western democracy. This is my story

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Was this confession really written by Allan Sugarloaf or Martha Lane Fox-Knightly?

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Its useless

New version autoinstalled on my main PC, totally borked DNS, not just for Firefox.

Had to unistall firefox, Avast AV, reset the firewall, reinstall firefox, then refresh it to remove all trace of plugins. Only then would it work, and only then would Chrome, Opera and IE work

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Boffins on alert: Brace yourselves for huge gravitational wave coming within a decade

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Can you surf a gravitational wave?

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Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series

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I bet they concentrate on the ancestry of Elrond half-elven and the X-rated miscegeny between man and elf which led to his birth. Interspecies sex, incest, magic, it has the lot

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Shiver me timbers! 67cm Playmobil pirate ship sets sail for Caribbean

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I thought the cabin boy was Roger?

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Marissa! Mayer! pulled! out! of! retirement! to! explain! Yahoo! hack! to! Senators!

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doesn't she look tired?

definitely aged in the last 12 months

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Intel's super-secret Management Engine firmware now glimpsed, fingered via USB

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Minix?

Wasn't that Tri-Angs 4mm scale version of Scalextric?

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Look out, Pepe: Martha Lane Fox has a plan

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Re: The cutting room floor is littered with this thread of comments.....

Paranoia

I believe Lady Fox-Knightly has a way with writs when she thinks people are telling the truth

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Re: Some years ago I served as Invited Expert with the W3C on accessibility.

Heard a story years ago where the reverse was true.....the stalls in the ladies loo became transparent when they closed the door.....if you wanted privacy, you left the door open

that was also a nightclub in Amsterdam

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How does someone so totally clueless and irrelevant like Martha Lane Fox-Knightly get to be promoted to the peerage?

Oh hang on......

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That awkward moment when AWS charges you BEELLIONS for Lightsail

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blame the North Koreans, they must have hacked the system

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Cisco's John Chambers: Robot farmers will feed bloated cricket thoraxes to our children

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Crickets?

I'd have thought locusts would be a better bet: grow bigger so more meat, and better vegetable to meat conversion. Also they eat a wider range of foodstuffs.

Besides which you can deep fry them for use in hot dogs

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AMD, Intel hate Nvidia so much they're building a laptop chip to spite it

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Intel have done this before.....there was a period when they were shipping ATi chipsets as Intel badged for the bottom-end market. Can't remember exactly when - replacements for BX/ZX chipsets maybe? But it marked a massive drop in sales of AMD based systems not long after

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Microsoft goes to bat for Dreamers: Windows giant sues Uncle Sam to block staff deportations

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Why does Trump hate immigrants?

His wives are all immigrants, do they treat him badly or something?

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US judge orders Sci-Hub be excised from the internet

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ACS are leeches

the cost of accessing ChemAbs online is extortionate

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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We don't need another ring piece

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Jeff Bezos sells ONE MEELLION Amazon shares, makes ONE BEELLION dollars

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How much to buy an extinct volcano island in the Pacific?

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Comodo CA acquired by Francisco Partners ...

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No, but I get them confused with dragons

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Wasn't it Comodo who issued those fake man-in-the-middle certs to allow interception / advert injection?

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LTE it snow: Microsoft to punt out LTE-tastic Surface Pro in December

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expensive vanity rubbish that doesn't even look good

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UK.gov joins Microsoft in fingering North Korea for WannaCry

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"i'm waiting for NoKo to be implicated in the BadRabbit infection this week."

No BadRabbits in Norkland

They all got scoffed by Kim Jung Fat

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Re: Downgrade to XP

"Windows XP machines crashed rather than becoming infected when subjected to WannaCry. Unpatched Windows 7 machines were a far more important factor, it transpired"

Anyone in the know would say.......total bollox

If it was true, then why was I running round for months after, urgently replacing WinXP systems?

To be truthful, there were a number of issues at play

Out of date antivirus software (in many cases with expired support)

A failure to maintain update/patch installation. Many machines hadn't seen an update in years.

Failure to track machine locations, so even if they were identified as requiring work, they couldn't be found.

Windows XP....

And the biggest one of all.......out of date / unprotected server operating systems. Most servers were 2003, or the original version of 2008, so just as vulnerable as XP. And they were where all the data was, and they were what needed restoring from backups.

Desktop PCs were (in the main) trivial, as they either retrieved data from servers, or used cloud data services (such as Emis Web) or simply brought up hosted virtualised desktops from remote servers. No data to worry about - quick reboot/reimage and they were back online

There were a handful of dedicated systems e.g. car parks, security cameras, diagnostic screening systems, NMR machines and the like, but as a rule they were physically sandboxed from the main network

But to reinterate.......XP and the servers were the two real problems

I'll have to pop in and see Wallace while I'm on the way home and explain things to him, though the local gossip is that he never listens to the truth

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Even more warship cuts floated for the Royal Navy

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Re: ah the costs of buying abroad

The P.1154 was a non-starter

John Farley has gone on record (on PPRUNE) as stating he would have refused to fly it as he regarded the use of plenum chamber burning as being a deathtrap. It would have effectively required the use of afterburner while hovering and would have melted the aircraft through the reflected heat

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Re: You do realise that this "colony" overwhelmingly voted in favour of remaining British?

"What about the people of Diego Garcia who wanted to stay in the homes they'd had for generations ?"

Not that many generations....they only moved there to service the ships of the East India Company

Prior to that the islands were uninhabited. They were only ever there as a temporary workforce

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Always the Tories who cut defence.........

Its always the Conservatives who cut defence expenditure.

Remember what kicked off the Falklands war? John Knott and his plan to slash the number of frigates to "around 50"

That was enough to invite the Argies to attack. Now we're down to around 17 and shrinking...

Since then every Conservative government has hacked into our defence capability until now there's nothing left. The Russians are pissing themselves laughing at us

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Brit military wants a small-drone-killer system for £20m

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During WW2 pigeons were trained to guide missiles to blow up submarines.

Surely we could train bomb-carrying pigeons to associate drones with food, and so target the drones and blow them up?

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You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?

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So who actually uses Slack anyway?

Its a hobbyist distribution, no-one uses it in real life

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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

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Re: I think they are very tricky to steer.

"Does anybody know if someone has tried to use an under water propeller for traction and steering of a hovercraft when on water? That could give incredible performance and response, like a hydrofoil without the skis."

yes - the Vosper-Thorneycroft VT-3

Designed, but dunno if it was ever built

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Giant frikkin' British laser turret to start zapping stuff next year

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Re: Albatrosses not sharks

I guess the Sea Harriers did look like flying sharks when seen at altitude

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Albatrosses not sharks

Sharks fitted with lasers would be a waste of time

What you need are albatrosses fitted with them: airborne with virtually unlimited endurance

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

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I use Google Drive / Google Apps as if they're a virtual PC with everything hosted remotely.

I don't synch anything locally - I access it online from whatever piece of kit I have in front of me, which often isn't mine. I don't want any of the files stored locally - I want / need it all to be 'in the cloud'

Is this going to affect my ability to do this?

Or should I switch to Microsoft's alternative?

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France to tack weapons onto spy drones – reports

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Re: One more sep

By using a drone its a lot easier to vet the target and ensure that

a) you have the correct target

b) that there are no non-combatants around

c) the pilot(s) are unstressed, more situationally aware and more likely to make the correct decision

d) the chain of command is kept

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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Wouldn't surprise me if the calls were actually coming from the call centres used by BT in India.

During my time with Time Computers / Supanet we used contract call centres who - in the same room - also did work for TalkTalk, BT, and a number of Indian companies.

OK a few years ago, but the same principle applies: these overseas call centres are contractors, many of the companies running them are bent, and many of the staff are corrupt (including the managers)

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Flying electric taxi upstart scores $90m from investors

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where will you plug it in?

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Re: Using the jets instead of a rudder

same as any other aircraft

crash

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That virtually impossible classic compsci P vs NP problem is virtually impossible, say boffins

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can someone explain the question?

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China: Cute Hyperloop Elon, now watch how it's really done

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Any patent the Chinese might claim must surely be invalidated by the host of scifi novels which have existed for years which feature such transport systems

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China's cybersecurity law grants government 'unprecedented' control over foreign tech

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NYPD head of IT doubles down on Windows smartphone idiocy

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Forget about the phones.......what I want to know is what happened to the pretty girl in the photo?

Does using an Microsoft phone send you boss-eyed?

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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Thats an old ancient ATA hard drive thats crushed in the photo........seems unlikely its the right one

Methinks in a few years time the "real" drive will be miraculously found and a batch of new novels published by a ghostwriter

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MongoDB quits Solaris, wants to work on an OS people actually use

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So how significant is this?

Who actually uses MongoDB?

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US Navy develops underwater wireless battery-charging tech

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Why not simply replace a shark's brain with a computer and train it to do what you need?

Far easier than trying to rig up underwater charging

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Paris nightclub red-faced after booze-for-boobs offer exposed

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Isn't a left-footer a catholic?

(or was it a freemason? same thing I guess really - both are the unspeakable who believe in the impossible)

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Mozilla ponders making telemetry opt-out, 'cos hardly anyone opted in

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another nail in the coffin

Mozilla's market share has been shrinking for years

Now it will shrink even further as it loses one of its USPs.

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What weighs 800kg and runs Windows XP? How to buy an ATM for fun and profit

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Back in Windows 98 days, at Time Computers, we once had a customer tell the call centre that his cat had FDISKed and FORMATed his hard drive.

The tech offered the cat a job........."because it probably knows more than most of our staff"

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