* Posts by tiggity

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Sainsbury's IT glitch spoils bank holiday food orders

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First world problems

Not an online food shopper, people I know who use it are heavily housebound due to age / disability so it makes sense for them: As they do not go out much, so a delivery is unlikely to be "time critical", those type of customers likely to be relatively inconvenienced (also less likely to be whinging on social media, when it takes several minutes with a walking frame to cross a room it puts things in perspective)

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Dixons Carphone: Brexit not a factor as Brits' gadget lust holds strong

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Argos, Staples both stock computers

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'Odour' from AnalTech ramming leads to hazmat team callout

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Re: Fnar Fnar

@'s water music

I would disagree with the canonical form, more likely to be "a girl walks into the bar and asks for a double entendre so the barman gives her one."

Before we get all PC, common colloquial usage of giving one, is overwhelmingly M to F, so joke should reflect that.

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The real battle of Android's future – who controls the updates

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Re: Untrue and you know it - let's stop with the lies

I do not get regular security updates from a manufacturer (Motorola - not sure if you deem them major) and they will not give 6 or higher for the phone.

Llast security update was not long after stagefright

2016-04-01 - reads my phone Android security patch level

If you want to keep a phone for a few years (or, in my case, buy a phone after it has been released a while so it is better value than at release high price) then vendors screw you as their couple of years of updates if you are lucky tends to run from release day of phone, not when the phone was no longer readily available in shops.

So, people claiming no patches for ages are quite likely, in my experience , to not be lying.

NB Phone is often on home WiFi, so not an issue of there being pending updates I have not received due to cellular data only & phone needing WiFi for updates.

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Re: No Skins please.

Who knows how big the I want vanilla android crowd is .. because it is hard to get if you want other features on a phone (e.g. removable battery, SD card etc) .. I tried a Nexus back in the day but was irked by no sd, so since then generally get phones that are as near stock as possible (so e.g. tend to avoid Sammies) but have features I want

I'm sure very few people want / appreciate all the (non removable unless you root) bloat apps vendors chuck on a phone and would sooner have the extra storage space instead.

What Google ought to do is make a way to get rid of junk (this includes installed Google apps that are never used) without rooting your phone.

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Bloke charged under UK terror law for refusing to cough up passwords

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Re: And soon.... The clock will strike thirteen

I see I'm not the only one watching True Ent

Its full of reruns of other oldish but fun (& presumably cheap to broadcast) stuff, Avengers, Man from Uncle etc.

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Re: There's 2 sides to stories

SO has olive complexion, but with a bit of decent sun exposure soon goes dark and very Middle East stereotype looking..

When in "pale" state, sails through airports hassle free.

When "darker" invariably pulled aside for additional checks / pat down etc.

As name the same, same type of travel, only difference being skin shade, then I would go for "racial" profiling, being generous could say subconscious not overtly directed, but still makes it bias.

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Re: "if they didn't pick up arms and charge over the top"

Too young to legitimately fight in WW1

There was quite a bit of blind eye turning to people who falsified their ages, especially when there were frequently request for volunteers to keep numbers up.

(had a relative who was in the armed forces underage in WW1)

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You think your day was bad? OS X malware hackers just swiped a Mac dev's app source

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Re: Lost ?

It did mention their Git credentials nabbed by the bad guys... So bad guys had control over the Git repository (so could copy and remove the code in there).

.. Though you would assume backups would be easily available from the GIT repository cloudy company (esp if feds getting involved)

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US court decision will destroy the internet, roar Google, Facebook et al

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Watermarks

It depends on the watermark what interpretation a reviewer may give (we are talking unpaid volunteers, not copyright, publishing experts, chances are they are mainly reviewing to stop trolling, offensive stuff, maybe fact checking, but complexities of copyright well beyond their (no) pay grade)

If someone sees a "(C) AN Other" type of watermark, they may well assume that is doing the job of showing copyright and that's great, they will have zero clue as to whether image is freely distributable for non profit use as long as watermark there, or whether it was added as a "get off my photos" type of thing.

Image rights / fees etc are a thing best left to the experts..

SO is currently part of a small group of academics working on a book, to make things simple, as many images as possible are those SO & other team members have produced.

However a big chunk of the upfront funding for the book is earmarked for images that will be included that are produced by other people and a specialist company is dealing with sorting out all the rights & fees. Rights specialists were mandated as part of teh whole book deal as publishers had experience of authors doing DIY rights handling and getting it badly wrong so publishers want legal liabilities covered, so experts required (as liabilities for getting it right falls on teh rights specialist company)

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Train station's giant screens showed web smut at peak hour

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or Arsenal, Mudchute etc.

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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Your average punter has zero clue about EOL date when they buy a computer, in 2010 an XP machine would have been a cheap but functional option for people on a budget (and if replacing old XP PC, chances are they would go for XP again as could guarantee all their existing software would work OK)

By that only 4 years support argument why buy Windows 10?

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet

Mainstream support ends 2020...

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Virtual reality upstart UploadVR allegedly had in-house 'kink room,' drugs, rampant sexism

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Re: Sour grapes

Back in the day (when I was young & the UK had more manufacturing, & temp factory jobs were easy to get & OK pay once you were up to speed to hit bonuses)

I did a few stints of temporary work in factories, the production line workforce were majority female. There was masses of sexual chat / innuendo, all initiated by female workers. Arguably a very sexist environment for a male worker (& arguably racist, a black male worker would continually be asked to get his **** out by women with variants on wanting to see if the stories about black guys were true)

Sexist cultures can exist driven by either gender.

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Re: Sounds like a fun place to work !

Maybe it was microdose of the 250 microgram type

.. I always find the term microdose a bad choice for LSD as typical strength tabs are in the low hundreds of microgram range.

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French fling fun-sized fine at Facebook for freakin' following folk

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@ Boohoo4u

- you were lucky if all polite / helpful

Polite and helpful - guaranteed if your French language skills & accent are on a par with a native.

If skills are of non native tourist level of a few bits of key vocab, hesitatingly strung together with no use of tense, "incorrect" tu / vous etc. then often expect a less polite response.

Also depends where you are from, surliness levels often turned up to 11 if they detect you are from the UK.

In balance, UK not exactly polite & helpful (as a non Londoner who occasionally passes thru there, it often looks a right ****hole with litter everywhere near main tourist spots, not enticing to visitors)

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Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

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Re: "nobody looks good.", really?

I doubt he appreciated the doxing by the scummy UK press though.

Doxing someone who was helping out, hassling his friends, truly is the gutter press in action.

.. Yes, I know if the UK press could find out his identity, the malware slingers could too, but why give them the info? if he wanted his identity to remain "anonymous" (i.e. not superficially easily available) the press should have respected that, but they could not resist focusing on the whole stereotype of geek living in parents home

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Ireland to make revenge porn, cyberstalking criminal acts

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meh

"The Irish government is planning to make the most unpleasant online acts criminal offences."

I got excited for a second, and then realised they were not talking about video auto play ads, ads that take over your whole mobile display / move all the page content around to get "accidental" clicks from user wanting to click x that has now been replaced on screen by ad A.

(Yes I'm aware og ad blockers, script blockers etc. I occasionally have the painful experience of using other peoples undefended devices)

Seriously, surely amongst the millions of lines of legislation there are enough statutes on harassment and similar areas that could already be applied, whether something is online or not.

I'm sure huge chunks of legislation are just idleness / headline grabbing because they can't be bothered to apply existing legislation.

.. if they want new laws just so they can add longer jail sentences they could still just amend existing statutes.

There must be a few lawyers clever enough to use existing legislation to find at least one offence being committed by upskirting, posting revealing pics without permission etc.

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Australia considers joining laptops-on-planes ban

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Re: Now showing

Mathematics make it all security theatre

Will need a lot of successful terror attacks to make flights as risky as the drive to the airport, and even more to make a single flight anything like as risky as average annual mileage in a car

Infrequent air incidents gets lots of media coverage, extremely common vehicle driver / passenger / pedestrian deaths normally do not.

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Comey was loathed by the left, reviled by the right – must have been doing something right

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Re: Guilty

Mods, must we suffer racially offensive phrases such as Uncle Tom (was mis-spell of Unlce Tom deliberate to avoid filters?) in peoples comments

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Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding

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@ h4rm0ny

But things like Windows XP Embedded (quite a bit of NHS "hardware" running that) to consider, not all about PCs. And although Windows Embedded standard 2009 was (surprise) released around 2009 (so not that old for hardware which is expected to chug away for ages) its based on XP so I would assume it may well have same security issues.

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Police watchdog investigates illegal outsourced Indian hackers scandal

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Re: IPCC

If they snoop on themselves, it will only be so they can find (and then remove) any remaining "good eggs"

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BT to axe 4,000 jobs across the globe

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National Stereotypes

Loss due to corruption in an Italian company.

Who would have guessed it?

I'm not a high flying CEO (automatically disqualified due to traits unwanted in CEO such as having morals, paying my fair share of tax, fond of the idea that you shoudl provide a good service to customers etc.)

But I'm fully aware of the concept of due diligence. With that amount of cash inviolved a few people at a reasonably high level were either complicit or stunningly incompetent.

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Phil Collins and supergroup exposed as cloud investors

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The Genesis bods did not want a sleepy calm then

.. That song Heathaze begins:

"No cloud, a sleepy calm"

(as a bit more obscure than some of their stuff)

Full marks for puns & prog lyric / track references in article & comments

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Drugs, vodka, Volvo: The Scandinavian answer to Britain's future new border

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Brexit related costs

Given we only ahve illusion of secret ballots, how about (if they have not already done so) linking up who voted remain and who voted leave / did not vote.

If there is a big economic cost to brexit, then taxes could be hiked on those who voted leave (as to non voters, whether they are treated same as remainers or pay some lesser surcharge as their intent was unknown but might have been brexit)

A Leave voter should be happy with that idea - if brexit turns out not be the the joyous wonderland described by Farage, Johnson, Gove etc, but is instead a big economic downturn, then those who voted for it ought to be the ones paying extra to compensate.

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Fancy a relaxed boozy holiday? Keep well away from Great Britain

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Re: If you want puritianism then

Sex offenders register for a public P can also occur in UK

AFAIK no more dry villages as alcohol was sold in Bournville a few years ago after a legal protest by a newsagent

Though may still be a few wee free (or similar joyless denomination) dominated areas in parts of Scotland where awkward to get alcohol at various times (especially on Sundays) -

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UK General Election 2017: How EU law will hit British politicians' Facebook fight

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Re: Data Gathering...

No anonymity in elections at all, your vote in polling station can be traced back to you easily enough (look at number on voting slip & counterfoil)

Supposedly this does not happen... (meant to be in place for exceptional cases such as vote rigging, though postal / proxies seem to be the favourite method there)

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It's 2017 and Windows PCs are being owned by EPS files, webpages

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Re: Yes, a constant stream of vulns --

I have some linux instances (multi boot setups mainly), however doubt they register on statcounter or similar as I browse using various addins to prevent lots of third party tracking, scripting, images etc.

Not sure how much "stats" sites can be relied upon when so many people use basic anti tracking / junk content tools

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Microsoft's .NET-mare for developers: ASP.NET Core 2.0 won't work on Windows-only .NET

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Same old MS

Rug pulled from under devs feet = par for the course

e.g. Tom 7 mentioned .NET1 to 2 incompatibilities

With Win mobile there was no upgrade path from CE/ mobile 6.x to Mobile 7 - code rewrite or don't bother with Mobile 7 (way to go for early adopters, and of course for legacy CE/6.x mobile maintenance ("rugged" devices still in use running this OS in many industries) MS do not support development of it beyond VS2008 and not at all on Win 10

Remember when Silverlight was the next big thing, now it has pretty much withered and died.

With MS there is no guarantee a dev technology will not be tossed aside or suffer major breaking changes, it's always been like that, Russian Roulette development.

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$6,000 for tours of apocalyptic post-Brexit London? WTF, NYT?

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They could do a real brexit tour

.. as the article said, London not representative of pro brexit

They could nip around a few pro brexit areas of the country, even grabbing a few scenic seaside places, visiting pro Brexit areas such as Sunderland, parts of Cornwall , Wales etc.

The LSE guide could have great fun explaining why areas that benefit from lots of EU funding voted to leave the EU, and could then discuss how remote the possibility of a Mayhem government providing additional funding those areas to anything like the degree they benefited from the EU.

Or they could just use census data and do England only, pick English areas with a big majority of white "natives" and older demographic, chances are they were heavily brexit ()

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Rich professionals could be replaced by AI, shrieks Gartner

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AI in IT

Most savings (pay / time) would presumably be subsumed by having to write a massively detailed spec suitable for AI to be able to cope with the task at hand - or is AI going to have a "mind reader" option that can create a spec based on a few fragments of chat between customer and sales / IT folks, which is the case for plenty of .new functionality (and in some cases customer "bag of fag packet" level of detail spec is your starting point for new products & obviously writing a more detailed spec for customer to approve based on their initial request)"

Though you can already generate code skeleton from design docs e.g. various vendors have UML to code skeleton functionality

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IBM: Customer visit costing £75 in travel? Kill it with extreme prejudice

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@Lost All Faith.. Plenty of vom & p on privatised train system, diesel a plenty too (lots of journeysl nowhere near electrified lines), just costs a lot more (& the trains I get are often delayed & standing room only)

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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Re: What I find even more sinister...

Might not just be IP address

Though if other family members had used that same IP address then lots of juicy data to mine

If we discount IP, had you used that device to look at anything relating to those suggested contacts / family members that could have tracked you (hard to find a web page that does not try & use some trackers)

All sorts of ways in which data can be obtained.

If you do not always surf with cookie / tracker / script protection utilities then you are an open book for data linking.

Even if you do take care, if you used something else that FB own (purchase data from) then you may well be stuck.

Family & friends can be a huge issue - they ahve probably allowed FB access to their contacts, if you are on there then they have your email, phone number(s) etc. - for safety really need to be Johnny No Mates (or have only mates who are paranoid of social media too!)

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Re: And some are ...

Decent dry whites....

NZ Sauvignon Blanc is your friend

There may be better white wines at stratospheric prices, but in the sort of price range your average wine buying punter might think reasonable(ish) then they are way ahead on zingy fruity flavour per quid spent.

Though if you are not a powerful flavour fan & want something insipid, obviously avoid it

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Re: Just say NO to Social Media sites/apps

And as a bonus, for UKers, with upcoming elections & likely massive ad budgets spent on social media, you will avoid lots of election related ads / opinion pieces etc if you avoid social media

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We are 'heroes,' says police chief whose force frisked a photographer

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No need for pocket video recorder

On a cycle, with video recording kit on helmet / bike as applicable.

Not sure if it's yet reached the stage of majority of (non casual) cyclists going kitted out to always record their journeys, just in case of an incident, but an increasing number of people who regularly commute by cycle have helmet cam or bike mounted cam recording all their journey.

Easy for someone of malicious intent, to use this type of "hidden in plain sight" method, essentially zero risk of capture (so long as dont do anything stupid (such as several successive laps of point of interest) that would stop any examined film from looking like legit journey recording)

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Amazon is to install its R&D brainboxes in Cambridge

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Re: Ah

If ts near teh railway station then impossible to park not too much of an issue really - you take the most appropriate form of transport, which if you work by the train station & parking is a nightmare then most appropriate is probably a train.

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Spend your paper £5 notes NOW: No longer legal tender after today

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Old fivers

Wre not that weedy, quite hard wearing in most usage

No worry with new fiver about one getting left in pocket and going in washing machine - new fivers are so damn slippy they tend to worm their way out of pockets as you move so mine now go in a wallet instead of in pocket

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: 1 in 6,500 real time snooping

Some dodgy numbers there

If they can intercept 1 in 10 000 ...

10 000 * 6 5000 gives 6 500 0000 users only in UK

Which seems quite small number of people ... although obviously there will be some shared use of landlines so one landline can snoop on multiple folk, but, as Alain said, multiple users of landline can be offset to a reasonable degree by mobile internet usage

From ONS

The internet was used daily or almost daily by 82% of adults (41.8 million) in Great Britain in 2016, compared with 78% (39.3 million) in 2015 and 35% (16.2 million) in 2006.

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/householdcharacteristics/homeinternetandsocialmediausage/bulletins/internetaccesshouseholdsandindividuals/2016

(worth reading a few lines of that just for depressingly high (IMHO) internet Smart TV number)

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Re: @Steve Davies 3 - Goibg to Jail?

Android rooting is your friend

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Fire fighters get grinding on London man’s trapped genitalia

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funny colour

“It had been like that for a couple of days. I think it must have got to the point where he knew he needed to do something about it…. it was swollen and a funny colour.”

OK, you might look like a bit of a dick going to A&E with a ring stuck on your dangly bits, but surely you would want to get it sorted out fairly quickly and not wait for a couple of days and potentially risk some irreversible damage after that amount of time.

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Re: This trend could be stopped instantly

Give it enough time and leeches might make their way back into usage as they are good for quite a few uses e.g. haemotoma & used by quite a few vets in animal treatment

.. after all use of maggots e.g. debridement in hospitals is getting more & more widespread & that would have been regarded as unlikely not many years ago

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UK.gov job ads entice IT bods with promise they will be OUTSIDE IR35

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What?

600 quid a day, for the trivially simple task of managing software licences.

No wonder gov IT projects are ludicrously expensive.

What on earth do they pay people actually doing difficult dev work?

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ISPs must ensure half of punters get advertised max speeds

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location, location, location

Given you have to give ISP your location (postcode or phone number initially, full address if you buy their product) so they can check what service(s) to offer you and (if they can) what type e.g. just copper, fibre

.. Then if you are on ropey copper 3 miles from the exchange, they will know that from your location data and so can give a speed quote based on location fudge factor that would spell out the poor speeds due to location ... and not offer (more expensive) high speed services if they knew your location could not get those speeds

So would be trivial for ISPs to tailor max / average etc.quoted speeds from your location.

They would just have to fix their generic ads to remove some speed references, or doubtless would just add a great big subject to your location clause on the ads.

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Can you spout digital bollocks? London is hiring a Chief Digital Officer

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Re: Sooner not later please

Surely bicycle should be de riguer for Deliveroo C suite job descriptions too?

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Not JSON

Its too easy for any hipster with 1 days worth of Java Script skills to use.

Something like XML takes a bit more effort (and you can specify schema so no ambiguity thus good for standardisation) - plus more hassles for JavaScript so more chance of it being done with a proper language with decent typing, debugging facilities, test frameworks etc,

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Male escort forgot pregnancy protection, scores data protection instead

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Re: In the UK

re UTBNB

Still a risk, chance of some swimmers leaking out, e.g. careful withdraw needed (holes not that far apart)

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Welsh Linux Mint terror nerd jailed for 8 years

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Given how much stuff they monitor just about everyone is known to the security services.

More seriously, it's a common complaint - never mind the mania for more monitoring of everyone (so making a far larger haystack to find your needles in), lots of security services criticism has pointed out the high number of "known" individuals involved in incidents after the fact, suggesting either not enough resources to properly monitor those who are "properly suspect" e.g. IsLAMBic state supporters (token Welsh gag) or if a "known" person does not seem to do much for a while then they take their eye off the ball a bit.

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Post Unity 8 Ubuntu shock? Relax, Linux has been here before

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Unity usage?

0bv Unity was default on the base Ubuntu distro for quite a while, so would have reasonable usage from those who leave a system as default.

Like many people, I have some Ubuntu based systems, but its ages since I actually installed a "standard Ubuntu" - I mainly use Lubuntu (as its a small disk footprint, plus undemanding on resources so a good way to allow geriatric hardware (with (compared to today) small disk, little RAM & weedy CPU) to be useful for a few years longer)

I'm hoping someone has some stats on what proportion of Ubuntu users (across all distro flavours) actively use Unity - would be interested to see what percentage of users are affected. Desktop changes often irritate people if they have got used used to desktop Y and so learning different things on desktop Z is an unwanted choren

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What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

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Apple updates

Too often only way to get security fixes from apple is to update the OS.

SO had iPhone 4, it worked OK, after OS "upgrade" it was almost useless for app use, ultra slow as although its skimpy resources worked fine with original OS, the way more demanding "upgraded" OS was too much for it to adequately deal with.

That was essentially forced obsolescence - either recent to old version (without security patches and so with extra risks) or have a more secure but ultra slow upgraded OS.

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Loadsamoney: UK mulls fining Facebook, Twitter, Google for not washing away filth, terror vids

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I wonder how the govt would like it if US sites were being massively fined by other countries due to hosting stuff that is OK in the UK, but a no no somewhere else, as the Tories love to demonize Islam, lets take some things that an extreme Isis ideology regime might want to ban e.g. promotion of no religion, women not dressing modestly, drawings of Mohammad etc. I think the Tories would be in a frenzy if massive fines were aimed at UK companies for promoting woman's equality / rights. With global information cannot simultaneously apply teh censorship of all countries or nothing much would be left (bar cat pics, they will survive to the heat death of the universe)

All a FB, Twitter or whoever could do would be geoblock (as article mentioned freedom of speech allows plenty of stuff to be legal in US that UK would like to ban) - and with VPN (appropriately hosted) usage, a geoblock is essentially useless.

Also allows too much creeping political censorship (I'm not going to trot out the cliche of one mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter), but instead the cliche of give them an inch and they'll take a mile.

Start off with things that people will agree are vile and should be removed (easy obvious options are kiddie abuse) and then gradually broaden the scope of what is banned, bit by bit and soon most dissenting voices are terrorists (ask some environmental, peace or animal rights activist how quickly you get branded a terrorist & prosecuted accordingly for relatively minor activities (I'm talking criminal damage style acts not some of the more violent ALF actions)).

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