* Posts by tiggity

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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mixture

My default ringtone is silent, just vibrate.

However for contacts who''s calls I do not want to miss (ill, elderly relatives who would only call mobile (instead of landline) if an urgent problem), those contacts have a (distinct per relative) ringtone set up.

That way minimum irritation of others (vibrate) and colleagues realise if phone "rings" then it is a do not ignore type of call.

Best of both worlds solution.

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Oz to turn pirates into vampires: You won't see their images in mirrors

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Re: "in a family household, there will typically be 3-5 people"

@ LDS

And for many that income related compromise is piracy .... if getting what you wanted to see / listen to via legit means was cheap, convenient and easy (e.g. no ads, not having to sit through unskippable dross on DVDs etc. ) then pirate sites would be less in demand.

Instead content is (as others have said) siloed, so typically to not miss out many subscriptions would be required.

Full disclosure, I live in UK & like sport, but watch hardly any as that would have meant lining the pockets of Murdoch s empire (as Sky cornered a huge swathe of UK sports coverage), so I miss out on something I would like to watch (same ethics that make me object to Rupert sadly mean I also resist temptation to pirate it!)

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UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)

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Re: It can be done

Would I trust ID data to a 3rd party (even if they claimed to delete it) - NO.

.. It would not be age verification, they would want something that has all the data needed for identity theft, such as passport, driving licence.

Would a pr0n film from a reputable company with you involved be sufficient proof of age? Given the filmmakers vet ages of participants to ensure over 18 (21 in some jurisdictions) - hours of fun as lack of age proof stops you accessing the film that proves your age.

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Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax

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.. well, IMHO, Apple do abuse their position with rules on what browsers can be used on their phones. Anti competitive as you are forced to use iOS WebKit & JS components (even if you may feel your alternative codebase is better)

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GCHQ asks tech firms to pretty please make IoT devices secure

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Re: IoT

@LeahroyNake

Are you blocking part of site content (e.g. images) and so either images blocked or possibly some .js code needed for icon add is blocked (CBA to check if any .js involved! )?

To save bandwidth my mobile browser has image blocking on by default & so I cannot see reg icons on my mobe.

IIRC icons disabled if posting as AC

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Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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skewing their data

Do press ups exercise routine on the bed instead of on the floor, then Alexa can misinterpret the increasingly ragged breathing and bed spring noises as something else entirely.

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UK.gov asks: Are sadistic AI price-bots ganging up on you?

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Re: Gouging is ok if...

@AC

Chelsea tractor is just a name used for huge 4x4 vehicles, the size of a small truck, that are notorious for causing road gridlock doing school drop offs / pick ups (usually with 1 child in the vast vehicle) - even though said child could quite easily have walked to / from school with no car use involved.

Leads to grim irony of awful pollution around schools, when developing mammals (i.e. school kids) are most susceptible to developing respiratory problems from it.

Its not aimed at people in Chelsea, there are selfish, inconsiderate 4x4 users all over the UK (and equally selfish school run drivers of other cars)

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Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

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Re: Feedbro

@DrXym

A lot of recent "hatred" comes because a lot of extensions no longer work, and will not be able to work, as new extension model has reduced functionality available to extension writers.

All my most used FF extensions do not work on recent FF (dishwasher tab)

I now use FF alternatives such as PaleMoon, WaterFox, which still support extensions with functionality I need

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Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?

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Re: Sweet memories...

Exactly what you (sadly) expect from some users

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Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside

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Re: The only thing going for OpenOffice...

"If you are in to putting paragraphs into your PowerPoint presentations you've pretty much missed the point."

.. though if you are doing anything with PowerPoint presentations you have probably missed the point of life!

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Who needs custom malware? 'Govt-backed' Gallmaker spy crew uses off-the-shelf wares

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Fair enough

Anyone who monitors their systems will know that there's plenty of attacks made against "old" vulnerabilities.

In some cases they will succeed, because some systems will be (often a long way) behind in patching, its a common, cheap and easy attack method (but relies on finding unpatched machines, so not great against a target that tries to keep on top of security).

You can also staff such teams with less skilled people as they just need to use available attack tools, so quick and easy to set up such teams, and social engineering side does not need elite IT skills (indeed some great coders are often a bit lacking in social skills, might be a stereotype, but a grain of truth in it)

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea

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sprout lovers or haters

.. might be beyond your control

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2011/nov/01/brussel-sprout-gene

I can even taste PTC from when OH steams brassica with other vegetable in same steamer (even if in different steamer modules) and the other veg is thus contaminated with brassica chemicals.

It can affect other things such as wine preferences too.

Though just because you can taste the bitterness, does not necessarily mean you will hate sprouts etc. (though I do!)

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Pixel 3, 3XL, Slate tab launch: Google emits swanky iPad botherer while tarting up mobes

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Re: "no expansion" = more environmental damage

Are they consumer wishes, or is it just companies foisting them on people, knowing those who pay the silly money for these are likely to be replacing them frequently anyway

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Hey you know what the smart-home world really needs right now? Yup, Google screaming in

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Re: Revolv

@Joe W

Indeed, fine synchronicity with announcement of G+ sunsetting!

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Don't make us pay compensation for employee data breach, Morrisons begs UK court

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Re: English Idio.....

@ Simon B-52

When. Brits hear "Compo" they think of a character off a dismal TV comedy (that was bizarrely popular with certain people and so limped on for decades). Wonder what a brexshiteer/last of Venn diagram would be like...

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Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

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Re: I for one will miss Google+

I agree, very good for groups with shared interests and, by using groups, thankfully free of inane drivel

I am not surprised site visit times are low, most of my G+ content is consumed via email as any "must read" content is configured to be emailed to me. Main use of site is settings tweaks or registering / unregistering group memberships, occasiinal browse of content I do not get emailed and only look at occasionally to catch up. I liked the way it was not in your face and it was easy to prevent message overload - as ever not happy with Googles rep for data snitching (though all groups I was on were hobby or IT related so nothing juicy for Google to snaffle)

As with any social media site any DOB etc used to register was junk, and email addy specific to that site

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First it came for your desktop, now Windows 10 1809 is coming for your Things

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Re: Is anyone actually using this?

CE did well in niche commercial applications (warehousing, logistics etc.). MS shot thesleves in foot as although CE was compatible with newer Win Mobile 6.x, there was breaking change to Win 7 - essentially needed full on code rewrite, put off lots of companies who, with rewrite needed, investigated other options such as android, IOS and embedded device oriented linuxes ... unsurprisingly lots of companies moved to a different platform. MS kept on doing the same thing - not providing an easy upgrade of legacy code to its "latest and greatest" , and even if they do, no guarantee product will not be killed a bit further down the line... Hands up who remembers when according to MS, we would all be coding Silverlight?

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Watch Series 4: What price 'freedom'? About as much as you'd expect from an Apple product

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cutting down gratuitous phone use

I find that not installing lots of apps helps in that.

You cannot as easily do (web site via browser only) FB, Twitter, WhatsApp, Slack & whatever other junkapps float your boat without the app installed

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Which? That smart home camera? The one with the vulns? Really?

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Which iT related reviews

Have always been poor.

They are probably fine for reviews of (non IoT) fridges, washing machines etc. but anything with a decent "IT" component then reviews are worth treating with a pinch of salt (by pinch, I mean an amount worthy of daily production of a salt mine)

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On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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Re: Not a good look here.

VS stores plenty of files under "My Documents" (not settings per se but ...)

e.g.

Visual Studio 2017 dir contains hefty directories such as

"Backup Files" (yes, they should be backed up anyway but ...)

"Code Snippets" (pointless)

"Templates" (Quite important if you want toi create a project from a template, as that's typiocally the easiest way)

(It has other dirs, those are just the most useful ones that could be irritating if wiped)

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HMRC rapped as Brexit looms and customs IT release slips again

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no surprise

Nobody still knows what customs arrangements we will have if / when brexit occurs, despite blundering brexiteers saying negotiations would be a doddle, when they actually tried they did sweet FA for ages then ran away frit (stares at D Davis)

Even if there had been competent negotiations, given track record of gov IT projects (ranging from total clustur**** to merely shambolic) then anyone with a room temperature IQ would have bet money on HMRC new IT systems running late / or bodged on time release of unfinished product (and so having major showstopper bugs)

Theres blame in HMRC IT team, but also blame in the whole brevity timetable which was way too fast - anyone with a clue would have devised contingency plans for various outcomes, ensured systems were in place and then declared A50.

Instead the jingoistic racists* just wanted to exit ASAP.

* and the non racist easily deluded s who believed the lies about a fantasy world of better economic prospects outside the EU, a well funded NHS (hint, lots of high up MPs are cozy with companies that would benefit from privatized NHS, only way they will pump in lots of cash is if said cash mainly goes to their business mates rather than on real patient needs)

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Iron Mike Pence blasts Google for its censor-happy Dragonfly Chinese search engine

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Ironic

Give Pence is anti abortion and thus wants to restricts a woman's rights over what happens to her own body. .. so restricting what a person can do is great to Pence, *but only* if its something he does not like (such as women's rights)

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Brit mobe operator O2 asks cut-off customers: Have you tried turning it on and off again?

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Giff Gaff

I had GG issues with data in the afternoon, 4G signal showed well but connection fails, presumably related as GG use O2 as their carrier.

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Sendgrid blurts out OWN customers' email addresses with no help from hackers

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I get plenty of access to data that should not be spidered (based on looking at logs)

And not an issue of links followed from elsewhere, as includes data that has been uploaded to the web site "in advance" of other changes i.e. before any publicly available links have been made to it, so could only be grabbed via spiders.

.. though in my case data this is not important, no PII, just new inoffensive niche content on a hobbyist website

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UK.gov asks biz for ideas on how to 'overcome' data privacy concerns in NHS

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@ Prst. V.Jeltz

It's nothing like herding cats ..

cat herding is very easy (if using some tasty treats to tempt them).

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US and UK Amazon workers get a wage hike – maybe they'll go to the movies, by themselves

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Re: What's the net benefit to workers?

Main point is to stop government subsidising companies who pay very low wages - which was essentially what was happening. Employer pays very low wage (so saves on costs), tax payers cash goes to essentially top up employees bad wage via benefits system, whereas if employer pays a decent wage, the employee no longer needs handouts from tax payer, so tax can be spent on something else.

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Location, location, location... technologies under the microscope

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Narrowband

Not sure if this was a deliberate omission.

Narrowband often used in areas with no GPS e.g. massive (no GPS signal) warehouses, mines etc.

There has been a lot of effort on NPRS to guesstimate location of a narrowness device.

This is quite niche but useful in some situations (narrowband has long range, so instead of potentially hundreds of wifi repeaters / APs in a mega warehouse can have a handful of narrowband stations) - drawback of narrowband is very weedy data transfer rates.

Narrowband is "old tech" but still useful in the right use case.

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A web where the user has complete control of their data? Sounds Solid, Tim Berners-Lee

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Re: 'Solid would restore balance to the web because it meant people never lost control

I'm half hoping I get an offer of reduced insurance for a tracker - I'll just attach it to the cat collar & let the feline accumulate some steps whilst out & about roaming

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Manchester nuisance-call biz fined £150k after ignoring opt-out list

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Re: ICO information in reports

After the companies deliberate lack of cooperation I'm also confused why they did not go for max fine as a don't mess with us message

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Brit startup plans fusion-powered missions to the stars

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Re: What's in a name?

@Tromos

When I hear "Atomic" my usual response is Debbie Harry / Blondie

(One of my degrees is a (proper) science degree & I had to undergo a course in radiation protection before they let me play* with some radio-nucleotides)

Pop culture references beat my scientific knowledge in word association most of the time!

* tedious research stuff no actual playing

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UK ruling party's conference app editable by world+dog, blabs members' digits

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Re: You can trust us with all your personal data

Its what you get when you have had enough of experts.

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Don't get THAT personal, says personalised cards firm Moonpig. Dick pics. They mean dick pics

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Terms

A bit open to misinterpretation based on these snippets

not allowed to upload any personalisation that "contains material which is pornographic, obscene, indecent or offensive".

Nor are you allowed to use anything that "may harass, upset, embarrass or alarm any person".

What is "indecent" etc. depends who you ask.

As for "upset, embarass" (etc) - a card with Farage, BoJo, Maybot, David Davis, The Donald etc. would upset me, but fleshy body parts would not.

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Acacia Park Drive East

Wrong location to aim for Dabbsy

Should have been Acacia Avenue, number 22.

Easy to find, the light will be shining bright

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Facebook: Up to 90 million addicts' accounts slurped by hackers, no thanks to crappy code

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Hard to avoid FB slurpage

I'm not on FB (no surprise there)

But difficult to stop others, who are on there, posting information about you (including images), sharing their contacts and so publishing your phone number.

Fortunately SO is also not on FB, so has number of my second SIM, that I don't make available to general data spilling friends.

Does not stop my "main" number getting owned by FB, but does mean I have a "private" number.

Biggest irony is that (ex directory) landline number is private as everyone we know only has mobile number, nobody asks for (or is given) landline (bar "need to know" people such as bank, solicitor)

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I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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Cash

Works for me

On the rare occasions I grab a coffee it's from the local greasy spoon and it doesn't costa lot (as their little handwritten sign emphasized when a certain big coffee chain opened nearby) - and it does a full English breakfast as a bonus if you feel like it.

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What's that smell? Oh, it's Newegg cracked open by card slurpers

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horses, doors, bolts

The JS addiction of developers leads to such scenarios. Web users are now so used to dozens of different domains referenced by scripts on a page that they think nothing of it.

Tools like NoScript are great, unfortunately for many users, even if they have installed it, there's a tendency to click through warnings / just allow everything as fine grained control of site scripts is non trivial

I dislike Amazon as they dodge their UK taxes, but grudgingly use them for online purchases as fall back when all other options I can find are too often using potentially dubious third party scripts / iframes etc. - on Amazon I can purchase with just about everything turned off in terms of scripts.

After years of being called paranoid by friends & family members about profligate use of JS, I'm enjoying lots of "told you so" moments in recent weeks.

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Bouncing robots land on asteroid 180m miles away amid mission to fetch sample for Earth

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Re: Wow!

It had quite a big feature on a recent "Sky at Night" (UK astronomy TV prog)

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Flying to Mars will be so rad, dude: Year-long trip may dump 60% lifetime dose of radiation on you

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Older

Plenty of child free older folk would probably risk it - ignoring radiation, unless they do an awful lot of unmanned tests, chances are first manned voyage could be a one way mission anyway as lots more scope for problems than a moon trip. Mars attempt (some form of "crash & burn" in worst case) beats dreary ebbing away of last few decades.

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Vodafone sues Ofcom to reclaim 'overpaid' mobe spectrum fees

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..hmmm

Can we sue the mobile phone companies that hike up charges every year (none of this no price hike for 4 years luxury) for being too high

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Scrapping UK visa cap on nurses, doctors opened Britain's doors to IT workers

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UK IT shortage

There may be a shortage of people willing to work for dismal pay in stressful IT related posts, maybe the socially responsible answer is better pay and conditions instead of getting in cheap labour

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Veeam holds its hands up, admits database leak was plain 'complacency'

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.. although still very embarrassing considering their industry sector

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Berkeley bio-boffins' butt-blasting belly-bothering batt-teria generates electricity

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Next time I get the runs

I'll see if I can charge my mobile from my tortured guts

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UK networks have 'no plans' to bring roaming fees back after Brexit

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Re: If only roaming worked at all

Easiest approach is buy PAYG SIMs in destination country & use them in your phones second SIM slot (dual SIM phone is so useful)

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@ LucreLout

A top brexshiteer - Double D himself was supposed to be negotiating, but he ran away when he realized it was not the simple task he thought, but was actually complex.

.. Think of a phrase involving talk the talk & walk the walk ...

The May govt gave Brexshiteers lots of top roles (Raab the latest) - and they are proving totally useless, Chequers is on the table as the Brexit boys failed to deliver on negotiations.

The whole thing is a fiasco, but what do you expect with the clowns involved in UK politics

Disclosure, I am pro remain, mainly because our UK politicians are so crap I prefer a bit of moderating competent influence from Brussels & appreciate EU regs that have led to cleaner rivers, sea, better maternity leave, rules on working hours - lots of quality of life improving stuff that the UK gov would have been unlikely to impose. I also like the idea of free movement & meeting people of different cultures & experience - not a fan of jingoistic nationhood based primarily on the accident of birth place.

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The Reg takes the US government's insider threat training course

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Insider threat detection

.. That would be anyone with a conscience wanting to blow a whistle on how the pub;ic is being lied to then?

They need to improve their hiring processes as obviously a few people with moral scruples still getting through.

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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Responsive can often be irritating.

For most sites I go the approach of having site content as XML.

Different XSL transforms produced mobile and large screen html

So same base content, the transforms give device tweaked html.

Lots of nice descriptive XML elements and attributes so your initial content can be documented in great detail.

Nicely fits model of content & presentation separation of concerns.

And change to content XML just means reapply XSL and both sites updated, nice & easy - plus it allows it all with no f****g JS required.

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Re: Argghhh

just browse with images blocked - I do!

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First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

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Re: "If even that question stumps you ..."

@Milton

"25% of El Reg readers"

surely something like 0.000000000025% of El Reg readers would be nearer the mark ;-)

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Re: Usual techno-ignoramous politician

indeed, false data all the way down.

I'm always amused when I log onto a site and see a happy birthday message - the day is obviously not my birthday, but a pseudo random day, month and year based on the web site name because the sign up would not continue without a DOB.

.. Always fun to be 21 again!

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We're doomed: Defra's having a cow over its Brexit IT preparations

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I live in the sticks & so know a few farmers as plenty of them near by (my garden even borders a farm)

According to them,DEFRA has a long history of being useless, so just business as usual

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