* Posts by The Travelling Dangleberries

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Higher tech prices ARE here to stay. It's Mr Farage's new Britain

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Re: Brexit means brexit.

@H in The Hague

I'd generally agree with your comments about the Netherlands. Easy to get around on a bike (except against a stiff headwind) and easy to get to other countries. Easy to get hold of stuff and relatively easy to do business. If you come from the more northern reaches of the UK then you would probably notice the lack of any natural landscape as really there isn't any until you get down to the the Ardennes. Still, I have an affection for morning autumnal mists hanging over the polder landscape or storm clouds scudding across the low sky.

If I had to leave Norway then the Netherlands would be first choice for me. The UK will never be an option for me again there is no way I could hack living there any more. Maybe Canada if the Netherlands lurches further to the right but I doubt that North America could ever replace the cultural and linguistic diversity that is the EU.

Netflix flattens bug that allowed account p0wnage via voicemail

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Re: Voicefail

Well yes, and no. The developers of the Netflix password reset function made an basic mistake. Their system was open to abuse as it assumed a default level of security somewhere else - a "somewhere else" over which they have absolutely no control over.

Microsoft tries, fails to crush 'gender bias' lawsuit brought by its own women engineers

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Re: Always a one-sided story

"Sure, it could be true. But it could also be an issue of people who got it into their head that they 'deserve' a positive promotion and will now start blaming everything except themselves."

This is all fine until you start looking at how groups work and, in particular how covert or hidden bullying works. A new member of staff doesn't even need to have done anything wrong to be subject to covert bullying. Their only "mistake" is say to have been appointed to a team where the manager, irrespective as to how effective they are, happens to be managing a project that has internal political pressure on it and divided opinions as to the usefulness of the project. Those who dislike that project or that manager will tend to transfer those feelings onto anyone assigned to that team.

Sad to say it doesn't take much to get otherwise reasonable and social people to join in with such back biting. As it is covert the object of the attacks will struggle to work out what is actually going on. This type of situation will inevitably skew any peer review system against the person concerned without them knowing that anything is afoot. Even if that person is then placed in another team.

Sure, it can be down to whining women and gender politics but then again maybe that Trump - Billy Bush video indicates that maybe women have a point. There *are* plenty of ways to exclude women from the type of male bonding that takes place in all-male gatherings. Gatherings that can take place in work time when women on the team are not present. Gatherings that strengthen a male bias in a team by encouraging the airing of negative comments about women.

Snoop! stooge! Yahoo! handed! all! your! email! to! Uncle! Sam! – and! any! passing! hacker!

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Re: Hmm... feeling nostalgic...

Same here.

More proof, as if we needed it, that you should not trust any cloud providers especially those based in the US of A.

Yahoo gone. It's high time I nuked my LinkedIn account too...

HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

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Sporkist comments

Actually, after many years of testing various utensils on long summer cycle tours I have to say that the titanium version of the original Light My Fire spork is IMHO a useful and usable piece of kit. Unlike the plastic versions, the "knife" edge can just cope with cutting open apples and slicing cheese, whilst the spoon can be used as both a spoon and to spread butter, marmite etc on bread. It also can be used as a cooking utensil as it doesn't melt if you leave it in the frying pan by accident. As it is made of titanium it is very durable, light and much harder to break by accident.

Admittedly a titanium spork is rather more expensive than its plastic siblings - a classic example of you get what you pay for.

The same goes for buying a cheap multi-functional printer made by a gouging multi-national corporation - you get what you pay for.

TV industry gets its own 'dieselgate' over 'leccy consumption tests

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Re: It's not difficult.

Place television in a selection of homes which are connected to a mains electrical supply and are inhabited by people and where the aforementioned inhabitants watch television on a telly.

FTFY.

Although as IANAL I am sure I have missed out a few clauses that would make sure that the test conditions could not be misinterpreted.

VW Dieselgate engineer sings like a canary: Entire design team was in on it – not just a few bad apples, allegedly

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Re: Disgusted

"A lot of the US actions were protectionist, e.g. the California ban on small two stroke motorcycles (imported) despite the tiny contribution they made to pollution."

Rather like my Trabant.

In my little rural valley we get temperature inversion layers in winter. The bottom of the valley fills up with wood smoke from the wood burning stoves despite many houses having heat pumps and electric heaters (using electricity from hydro electric power). The air quality is dire on occasion. The main road up the valley is full of heavy lorries in addition to other traffic and, at the weekends, people driving up from nearby cities to their huts in the hills. In the summer you can hear the sound of diesel engined tractors, diggers and dumpers and two stroke petrol chainsaws and bushwackers from early in the morning to late at night. Then there are other pollutants such as the smell of drying paint in the house painting season and barbeque smoke in the summer.

In comparison to that cocktail of emmisions, the Trabant 2-stroke engine (low NOx of course) which only smokes when cold is a mere spit in the ocean.

Although, having said that, my near neigbours who only see it in blue smoke mode, after starting from cold, might not agree.

Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

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Re: Corporation tax is the problem

There is a very simple solution. Replace the current method of calculating corporate tax. Corporate tax will now be levied as a fixed percentage of all sales/leases etc of goods and services in the country concerned. Then rename the tax to "Permission to Trade in the Market" tax as that, in effect is what corporate tax is.

It works like this : if Apple sell a million iThings in the UK it pays say 2% of of the gross value of all sales to the UK government. If Samsung sell a million sThings in Germany it pays 2% of of the gross value of all sale to the German government. If Huawei lease a million hThings in France it pays 2% of of the gross value of all these lease contracts to the French government.

Easy to calculate and an end to the discussion as to where profits are made.

No doubt this new regime will produce a flock of bleating complaints from the big corporations, but we let them bleat. The big corporations have proven themselves time and time again to be manipulative serial tax avoiders who show no concern for the citizens of the countries they operate in. So why should we cut them any slack now?

Yes, let them bleat, for we need roads, hospitals and schools for our children too.

Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

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"Central Manchester Redevelopment Plan"

Ah yes, I was lying in bed in my house a couple of miles from the Arndale Centre when it got remodeled. The whole house shook as the shock wave reached our bit of town. I didn't bother to go in and see the damage and shortly afterwards left the UK for the Netherlands. I have never been back to Manchester to see what it looks like now.

I would certainly miss that lovely wavy concrete canopy that used to adorn the M&S building and probably that odd tiled "inside out public convenience" look that the arse end of the Arndale used to have. The irony of the high and the low points of Mancunian architecture so close together. Yes, I would miss that.

I think I want to keep my old memories and illusions alive a little longer in this post-Brexit reality.

"The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there."

Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

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Re: Many more...

@Agent Tick

" ... languages ( French, Skandinavian lingos etc) are using diaeresis (two-dot letters) in their alphabet"

One of my colleagues discovered very recently that a O365/Microsoft Account does not accept the three Norwegian accented characters, æ,ø and å as valid letters in a password.

Sigh.

New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

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Re: Really ....

@Dave 15

"Britain was an industrial powerhouse right through the 19th century totally dominating the world with the mass produced output from places like Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester."

Sounds like you have never read "Love on the Dole", or "The Road to Wigan Pier" or any factual contemporary historical reports of living and working conditions for workers in such "industrial powerhouses". People who scraped by every week on a pittance living in towns with environmental conditions that were worse than the worst you will find in China today.

Britain's industrial revolution was run on the gross exploitation of workers, employed with contracts that could leave you out of a job at the end of each day, with little or no attention paid to the health, safety and well being of the employed. With no regard to the devastating environmental impact of a coal based heavy industrial economy. Wealth created on the backs of child labour and the exploitation of families.

That Brexiteers think that this is something to return to in the 21st century to make Britain "great" again only goes to show how tenuous their grasp on reality really is.

Mind you, it looks like the UK is already on the way back to that "great" period in our history. Zero hour contract anyone?

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Re: Also, the reverse would apply

@AC

"IKEA is Swedish, you numpty."

Actually it's generally regarded as a Dutch company. Although given its complex multinational corporate structure you'd be forgiven for thinking it was based somewhere else such as Luxemborg or Lichtenstein.

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Re: @Tom7

"But I like your attitude! I mean, what do experts know about their field of expertise anyway? Amirite...?"

This skepticism about experts could actually turn into a great money saver for Brexitland and present opportunities for economic growth. Think about it, soon the country will only need 48% of the current number of dentists. After all, what do dentists know about teeth?

We can reduce the NHS budget to 48% of current levels as the 52% of Leavers will no longer be willing to trust doctors and other medical staff. After all, what do they know about health?

People can stop buying expensive European cars as well. Sure, Chinese built ones have a reputation for being somewhat less safe in crash situation but hey, what right have the experts in the EURO NCAP teams to stop people buying perfectly good cars?

At the same time there will be massive growth in the markets for DIY tooth repair kits and health diagnostic toolkits, books titled "Remove your own appendix in half an hour" and "Road side trauma surgery for beginners" and other important things like DIY airbag kits for cars.

Yes the future is looking so bright I need two pairs of sunglasses.

PS I am no expert about economic matters, so I must be right, right?

Software snafu let EU citizens get referendum vote, says Electoral Commission

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Re: I paid my taxes, my partner and children are British ...

Well to a point... You need to be both British and have been on the electoral register in the last fifteen years. Which is quite a neat way of disenfranchising British citizens who have taken advantage of the freedom of movement that the EU encourages.

Apparently there are around three million of us in the non-British parts of Europe. Which could have made a difference if the result was close. Someone clearly considered this quite carefully when drafting the rules for the referendum.

Firefox features will land out of cycle and Mozilla's cool with that

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Re: Alternatives to FF and Chrome?

Obligatory SeaMonkey plug. http://www.seamonkey-project.org/

Not only a useable browser with a "normal" user interface but also a useable Mail client.

Tech biz bosses tell El Reg a Brexit will lead to a UK Techxit

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Re: Brits who live in other parts of the EU...

@ Bronek Kozicki

"Perhaps that explains less bureaucracy."

No, it is mainly that the rules have been "harmonised" over the years. After five years in the Netherlands I was told I did not need to register any more at the foreigners department of the local police. Norway otherwise is the most intensely bureaucratic country I have lived in, it trumps even The Netherlands in that respect.

Whilst being outside the EU allows Norway room for manoeuvre in terms of farm subsidies the rights of free movement of workers are pretty much the same as in EU countries. Norway is a Schengen country for starters. You have a right to come here for a period of three months to look for work. If you find it then you can stay. Suffice it to say Norway is not free from the "bloody Johnny Foreigner taking our..." debate. It is raging nicely here too.

Norway implements pretty much every EU directive that comes its way (the only one I can think of that they didn't implement was the Data Retention directive (RIP)). This actually causes problems in the cattle dairy farming sector. EU regulations for milking new parlours combined with Norwegian building regulations and hence building costs mean that it is not economic for smaller farms to build new facilities. They would never get a meaningful return on their investment. Many dairy farmers choose to shut up shop or move into other types of farming.

So I doubt that EEA membership would change much for the UK. Apart from that it would make a packet for the postal services and Customs and Excise. Everything you order from EU countries would be liable for import duties/VAT etc plus the obligatory service charge from the postal company. That would make everyone happy wouldn't it...

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Re: Brits who live in other parts of the EU...

I won't get a vote, I have been off the electoral register for too long. The right to vote on such issues should be governed by the passport you hold, not by your status on the electoral register.

As for interests being harmed, will Brexit make it easier to resolve child custody cases across UK/EU borders? Will it make it easier for you to access pension entitlements that you have built up in the various countries you have lived in? How about getting your British Masters Degree validated in the EU country you where you are looking for a job? If you as a Brit suffer a job related injury will you still retain your right to get sick pay from the German authorities? If you are assaulted in Norway will you still have rights to a payout from the victim support agency? How about getting emergency healthcare in France while on holiday when you need it? As a British family living in Britain both adults working, how will your life be improved if you can be sacked for refusing to work more than 48 hours a week?

As for net immigration to the UK, does this mean that unemployment has gone up by 2-3 million in the last ten years or so or have a couple of those 2-3 million new arrivals actually found paying jobs?

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Brits who live in other parts of the EU...

Too many of my dear countrymen seem to forget that there are people with British passports who, by dint of EU rules have been able to migrate to other EU and EEA countries. In nearly 20 years of living "on the continent" I have seen the administrative demands on internal EU migrants drop from having to re-register with the police once every three months/six months/once a year (The Netherlands) to registering with the local police once, a few years ago when I first moved to Norway.

No-one on the "Out" camp seems to give a toss that new and unusual bureaucratic contortions might be foisted on people like me as a result of a "Brexit". The only bright point is that I am married to someone who has a non-British EU passport which might make things a little easier in the worst of the worst case scenarios.

Obama puts down his encrypted phone long enough to tell us: Knock it off with the encryption

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"So Barack, here's the deal. The negatives can be yours for a small fee.."

One of the good old USofA's shady TLAs must have dug up some serious dirt on Barry!

Linux lads lambast sorry state of Skype service

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Re: Try...

Great if you could point me to a working TOX client that will run MacOSX Snow Leopard.

At the moment Skype works for my OS agnostic family, different users use various versions/flavours of Windows, MacOSX, Linux and Android. I don't know of any IM/Video chat client that supports all of these platforms and works when you install it.

Among the alternatives I have tried, Ekiga (could not get it to connect reliably on the same home network that Skype ran fine on), Jitsi, I like it the fact that the UI is consistent over platforms makes support much easier - this is important as it means all the menus on my Linux version of Jitsi are in the same place as Jitsi running on the OS of my elderly relatives computers. Jitsi with video chat is not a resource hog and runs fine on a Linux EEEPC 701. On the down side, a while back they cut support for older versions of MacOSX and then put it back. Then video chat (XMPP network) on the version for Snow Leopard did not work the last time I tried it. Google Hangouts require you to have a Google account (not all of the people I chat with have that), Pidgin seems to work fine but I am the only one using that as a way into Google Talk. TOX, I could not get it to run under MacOSX Snow Leopard the last time I tried it.

Besides the problems of trying to get all your contacts to switch to another IM platform, there are a range of other problems trying to run multiple chat messengers on the same machine. MacOSX seems to be unable to share a webcam between different programs that need it (reboot to start using Jitsi instead of Skype for instance) - maybe newer versions of MacOSX have solved that problem.

I think the only way forwards is to make sure that all widely available protocols (such as the ones that Skype uses) are open sourced and properly documented. Start with protocols that have a user base of 100,000 users or more. This would allow any IM/video chat client project (whether open or closed source, commercial or hobby) to implement connectivity to all of the major networks, thus allowing us to choose the client we want to use and support.

Linux Mint forums hacked: All users urged to reset passwords

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Not the only problem

This thread http://lwn.net/Articles/676664/ is interesting and suggests that the website hacks are a symptom of the way that the LinuxMint team approach development and security.

Let Europeans sue America for slurping their data – US Senate

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Re: Feed Our Lawyers

"And under whose jurisdiction does this fall? If europeans must file suit in an american court, presided over by american judges, interpreting an american law ... well, let's just say my expectations of a fair trial are pretty dim."

Funnily enough, that is the kind of thing my rather right wing fellow students at university used to say of Russia in the times of the good old CCCP.

“Be careful how you choose your enemy, for you will come to resemble him. The moment you adapt your enemy's methods your enemy has won."

(Michael Ventura's take on a much older sentiment.)

Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

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Re: Pah!

LinuxMint 13 XFCE works fine here on both my 701 and 901 EeePCs. I tried EasyPeasy before settling on EeeBuntu for a while until development stopped, then ran Xubuntu for a year or so until I got fed up of it not behaving as it should. I still have the original Xandros OS on the internal SSD on the 701 with the hacked desktop GUI. I fire it up every now and again to smile and remember the taste of freedom that ASUS gave me with that crippled version of Linux.

I once encountered a much more modern netbook with Windows 7 on it. Despite lots more RAM than my 701 and a much faster CPU the GUI and most other things were slower than on my 701 with Linux on it. That's progress for you.

I cannot see why I would want to install any version of Windows when modern distros such as LinuxMint install and work so well OOB.

We're going to use your toothbrush to snoop on you, says US spy boss

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Re: Tough call

I'd forgotten about "winnets" completely. That's perhaps the only disadvantage of living away from the UK, you lose the finer points of your mother tongue.

AdBlock Plus, websites draft peace deal so ads can bypass blockade

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Re: Is someone under the impression...

Re Element Hiding Helper

This functionality is built into uBlock Origin as standard and works just fine.

UK Home Sec's defence of bulk spying: We 'found' a paedo (we already knew about)

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Re: I don't see what the problem is.

Your chances of losing your life/being injured in a motor vehicle accident in the next 12 months are much higher than your chances of being killed/maimed by a terrorist attack.

Your happy family home is more likely to be disrupted and irrevocably changed by the loss of your job and house during the next financial crash than by the actions of a (known) paedofile.

Sorry, what was your point again?

Facebook tells Belgian government its use of English invalidates privacy case

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Re: For once, I agree with FaceBook.

So they will have to show the name "GezichtBoek" for the Flemish speakers of Belgium and something else for the French speakers.

As an organisation in Belgium you really don't want to annoy either language group in Belgium by persistently presenting them with the "wrong" version of your website. So that will present an interesting technical challenge for FaceBook if they are not allowed to set cookies in a user's browser.

The old adage "Be careful when you wish for something" springs to mind...

Microsoft: We’ve taken down the botnets. Europol: Would Sir like a kill switch, too?

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Skype auto translation

"Hello Sir, I am workering with Microsoft support for you..."

There you go, it works a treat!

Swivel on this: German boffins build nanoscale screwing engine for sluggish sperm

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Re: Bad Bad Bad

@Big John

"I myself have bad eyes, which normally would be weeded out of the gene pool. Lucky me!"

Not necessarily. The problem with the re-interpretation of Darwinism is that it has been explained the wrong way round. Natural selection involves the extinction of the "weakest" rather than the "survival of the fittest".

Skype now translates in real-time into seven languages

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Black Helicopters

Fewer jobs for translators at the NSA...

...that is the main reason for auto translation, right?

Or maybe something that international dating agencies could make good use of?

Or useful for offshore call centers selling fixes for all those terrible trojans on your computer. There is no need for your employees to even speak the language of the person they are helping scamming any more.

We're all really excited about new smartphones, laptops, tablets – said no one ever

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Re: I could be excited

"And if a new Car appeared that could drive me home while I slept in the back

And avoided traffic brilliantly

And went off and parked itself after it dropped me off. And came and fetched me when I was done."

And locks you in itself after a fracas outside the pub after closing time and drives you to the nearest nick.

And drives itself back to the dealer when you fail to make the payments for a couple of months.

And displays video ads on the inside of the windscreen, specially tailored for you on the basis of the places it has driven you to recently.

Oh yes, so many things to get excited about.

You ain't nothing but a porn dog, prying all the time: Cyber-hound sniffs out hard drives for cops

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Re: porn dog

Wow! I had no idea that there are police officers with an IQ as high as 22.5!

Microsoft in 2015: Mobile disasters, Windows 10 and heads in the clouds

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The integration offered with Office 365 and Cortana linking phone to desktop devices shows the value of their surveillance ecosystem.

FTFY!

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I did an audit of the tools and software I need to do my job. All that I need Windows for at work is to run SharePoint Designer 2013 which is part of Office 2013. The rest I can do from a LinuxMint or pretty much any of the other mainstream Linux distributions. Come to think of it even Debian on a Raspberry Pi would do.

Office 2013 was not WINE friendly the last time I checked, so I am a bit stuck there.

Mozilla looses Firefox 43, including Windows 64-bit variant

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Old style search engine picker only available with CTR

The new style search box is now "compulsory" as the about:config fix has gone. You need Classic Theme Restorer to get the old drop down search engine picker back.

I usually have six DDG and six Google search engines for searches in different countries/languages installed in my browsers. The new search engine picker just presents me with six identical icons and I need to hover over each to see which one it which. The old search box drop down allows me to see the titles of each search engine which makes locating the right one very easy.

Yet another unhelpful UI change from Mozilla for no obvious benefit.

James Clapper has found another reason why he lied about NSA spying

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@Adam 1

"If a program can be so insignificant to effective intelligence gathering that the relevant director can totally forget its existence..."

...it begs the question just what other things the NSA have been up to that would make the director forget something as insignificant as merely gathering data on all Americans' phonecalls.

Facebook to Belgian data cops: Block all the cookies across the web, then!

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Duh!

"We're disappointed we were unable to reach an agreement and now people will be required to log in or register for an account to see publicly available content on Facebook."

So how can it be called "publicly available content" if it isn't publicly available anymore?

Microsoft encrypts explanation of borked Windows 10 encryption

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So, if I understand you correctly, you believe that it is OK that MicroSoft dropped the ball on this one because no other OS offers the same features?

Microsoft Office 365, Azure portals offline for many users in Europe

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Re: Fucked for us too....I would love to have avoided this

It has been down for us today too, in our little bit of Norway and it is rather slow at the moment. It is used in all the schools in the valley so I guess there are a few annoyed teachers out there today.

'Dear Daddy...' Max Zuckerberg’s Letter back to her Father

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Re: Perhaps, just perhaps...

@Daniel Hall

Let's take a look at the US of A as an example of a developed country that can "afford" children.

1) Remind me how much per capita external debt the US of A has (USD 58,255*)?

2) Remind me how much per capita external debt Somalia has (USD 386*)?

What you seem to be suggesting is that citizens of "developing" countries with a much lower per capita external debt than "developed" countries (such as the US of A) don't have the right to have children whereas citizens of the US of A do have that right?

*source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_external_debt

Apple pays two seconds of quarterly profit for wiping pensioner's pics

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Re: Backup? What's that?

FFS!

The hot Macdonalds coffee in the lap is NOT an example of a spurious lawsuit brought on by a greedy pleb. Neither is it a good reason to stop people from suing powerful multinationals.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liebeck_v._McDonald's_Restaurants

VW's Audi suspends two engineers in air pollution cheatware probe

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Re: Interesting justification.

@jonathanb

DEFA is your friend.

Cops use terror powers to lift BBC man's laptop after ISIS interview

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Re: bullying ...

Well good news on this front. The PST lost their case and have had to return all the material to the film maker Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen. Still, he acknowledges might have problems completing the film as his sources may not wish to carry on working with him.

http://www.nrk.no/kultur/rolfsen-_-na-kan-jeg-fortsette-a-lage-film-1.12664113

Cyber-terror: How real is the threat? Squirrels are more of a danger

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Re: I think that squirrel image needs an offensive "thumbs up, black flag!" icon.

Although if you read the article the attack was as a result of a successful phishing attempt not a brute force attack on the company's firewall. That the company had not air-gapped the network controlling production machines is an example of bad practice which made the situation worse.

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Re: Forget Cyber terrorists

@tiggity

"You would be better with a rag dangling drone or some other device that could be human steered."

I don't think so. The cat runs as fast as it can away from the fire. A cat will cover a considerable distance before it either tires or the rag burns out. A cat cannot be hacked into nor disabled in the same way a drone can. A cat can run through a forest much faster than anyone can fly a drone through a forest. You would be unlikely to be able to trace the person who set fire to the cat in the same way you could gather data on the person controlling the drone. A cat runs on the ground thereby maximising the contact between rag and the ground. Finally, a cat is much cheaper than a drone and can be acquired without leaving a trail of evidence (financial transactions etc).

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Re: Forget Cyber terrorists

Take a leaf out of the CIAs handbook. You need a cat, a piece of string, a rag soaked in a mix of volatile and less volatile hydrocarbons, a match and a tinder dry forest.

Tie the rag to the cats tail with a piece of string, set light to the rag with the match and watch that cat run through that tinder dry forest.

A few cat arsonists running around on a dry summers day in say California would cause the local firefighters to empty the local water reservoirs a lot more quickly than any potential cyber attack on the dam sluice gates.

It is just another attempt (probably a successful one at that) to enslave us with more draconian cyber laws that will remove that last vestiges of privacy from our lives.

EE plans to block annoying ads on mobile network

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Re: Eh?

Eh? There are adverts on The Register?

Apple's Watch charging pad proves Cupertino still screwing buyers

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Re: This kind of crap is why I won't buy Apple products....

Given the unreliable nature of the MagSafe chargers as supplied with and from the first generation Intel macbooks I am not going to be surprised if/when any Apple designed charger turns out to be less than perfect.

A macbook bought in 2008 is now on its third (generic MagSafe) charger after the first two Apple branded ones failed. Failed as in just stopped working one day without any warning as opposed to the more usual failure brought on by the cable fraying where it enters the MagSafe connector. We have started buying the cheapest generic chargers with the best rating on Amazon as the Apple chargers seem to be no more reliable, just more expensive.

As a contrast two EEEPCs, one bought in 2008 and the second in 2009 (with similar uptimes to the macbook) are still running their original chargers.

How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

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Re: Idiots

It is probably going to be worth my while to take the long day to get to where my father lives (3 hour train, 2.5 hour flight, hour by hire car) and another long day back, just to spend a couple of days setting up Linux Mint on his W8.1 laptop before he accidently upgrades it to W10.

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Re: Evil

@ Badvok

"When you do get around to looking at it you'll find that you don't have to use any of the new UI stuff, in fact you can pretty much make it look and behave just like Windows 7."

Well it is good to know that MS have reinstated the clean and simple "Classic" W95/NT4 grey UI, that went footsie when Win 8 was introduced. That is how my Windows 7 looks and behaves.

That is what you meant, right?

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