* Posts by tiggity

1644 posts • joined 2 Oct 2015

Criminals a bit less interested in nicking Brits' identities this year

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Given the huge amount of data breaches there have been over the years maybe the crims are running out of new targets, as most of the low hanging fruit must have been plucked by now

..Though given that trying to report "minor" crimes in UK is nigh on impossible these days then I would imagine its massively under reported.

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Too many leftover screws? Ikea website backend goes TITSUP

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Re: Save your visit for the storm season

Pro IKEA Tip of mine.

Do not visit IKEA

Works for me

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Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Re: Apple far worse

sideload

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In the UK Apple have been sending out their camera cars, I saw one recently & friends have seen bing cars (in areas not currently streetscape enabled in bing maps)

So looks like the competitors are making an effort to fight Google on "streetview" imagery

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Need a facial recognition auto-doxxx tool? Social Mapper has you covered

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" Google+ (because we've all got one of those),"

Actually - unlike FB, LinkedIn and the others, I do have one of those.

Because its not an in your face, obtrusive thing, and is good for interacting with people with similar interest (and the bonus of their feeds not being full of selfies, pics of meals etc .). Also has bonus that people who pester you to join FB so you can get their irrelevant updates on minutiae of their life (No I don't care that you purchased new shoes & definitely do not need to see a huge image of them FFS, no I don't want to see an image of the "design" the barista added in your crema etc.) are oblivious of G+ so will not hunt for you there.

Win all round.

(Ditto Mastodon for avoiding Twatter, but getting interactions you want)

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Say what you will about self-driving cars – the security is looking 'OK'

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Boot full of IT kit

So if there is the equivalent of a small server farm in an "autonomous" taxi boot, where will the passengers luggage go on the pick up from the train, airport etc?

.. Without even addressing issues such as how do the "infirm" (be it age, illness, disability, whatever) get their luggage into a cab without human help if they are physically incapable of lifting a 10 kg suitcase?

.. And where will a wheelchair go / customer get in from wheelchair (some wheelchairs fold down, most do not)

.. as someone who has to "ferry around" disabled relatives a lot I'm all too aware of how much space wheelchairs & other kit take up, and the human assistance often needed for disabled people to get in / out of car (even simple things like them finding seat belt fastening impossible)

.. Obv, a digression from the tech, but it's just another tech "advance" that is treating the disabled as invisible.

.. Ironically a disabled relative, would be an ideal customer for fully autonomous car, if it was disability friendly, as they currently rely on me (or other family members) to take them places or disability friendly taxis if we are unavailable

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Off down the Amazon: DCMS confirms UK national tech advisor Maxwell has resigned

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revolving doors

Between (essentially govt appointed roles) and industry has long been a thing.

It is almost invariably the case that a person moves to a company that has (obviously coincidentally) benefited a lot from that persons decisions whilst in their "gov" role.

Just look through back issues of Private Eye (they also focus a lot on similar scenarios in defence procurement, top military bods move from equipment buying roles to working for companies they purchased kit from)

A combination of the rules currently in place coupled with the feeble interpretation of them is not great, in many peoples view.

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Second-hand connected car data drama could be a GDPR minefield

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Re: Not a new problem...

The classic satnav "home" was to pick location of nearest police station

That no longer works as most of them are now closed down, so no such thing as a local plod station for most people

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Bank on it: It's either legal to port-scan someone without consent or it's not, fumes researcher

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Re: They are running code in my machine without my explicit consent for their own benefit...

There's not implicit JS consent with me

Scripts blocked by default for any new site I visit

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Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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Breaking the law?

.. obligatory Priest song ref

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Re: Also

I have a "trail cam" for wildlife pics

The skill is setting the camera in such a position that (hopefully!) something interesting triggers motion detectors and a shot results

I regard copyright as mine, as all shot "prep" done by me, and motion trigger by subject is all that's needed

Its equivalent to old approach of sitting in a hide with shutter release cable linked to camera positioned further away and when animal appears you click the shutter release & camera fires off a series of shots.

Advantage of trail cam is you can set it up then go away and do stuff & come back later, so saves waiting around effort.

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Ever seen printer malware in action? Install this HP Ink patch – or you may find out

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Home network

Has a HP for bog standard A4 stuff, but its not connected to wife, no cable Ethernet connection, it is just connected to one computer as zero point having it on the home network as no point in unnecessary potential attack vectors

Obv in a work environment then a business case for networked printers can be made, but not on most home networks (No there's not a pressing need to print a cat meme image from your mobile via wifi to wifi enabled home printer)

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OpenAI bots thrash team of Dota 2 semi-pros, set eyes on mega-tourney

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How about

The bots are made to play like humans ...

Watch the screen, use a controller ..far easier for bot to know what is going on when data presented to it digitally - give it the much harder task of decoding the visual data as presented on a screen.

Obviously this would need some hardware for visuals and button bashing & lots more CPU for processing the visual data, but would be far more interesting if the playing field was levelled in this way rather than tweaking reaction time etc.

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Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

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Re: All the power to them

Google provide the payment system, so removes that issue - and for small devs /companies, payment providers charge (depends on model, in many cases its a annual, monthly etc fee and a per transaction cut, if you only make a few sales then cost per transaction due to fixed monthly fees can be high, obviously if you sell a lot then most significant cost just becomes per transaction cut).

Google also provides play store with categories, search, suggestions , reviews of apps (if not on play store harder for people to see good OR bad reviews...).

For some games there is option of Google Play integration (not sure if that integration mandates goggle store download as I have not created games on android, just non game apps).

Google also does some basic checks for apps on store not having malware

So Google does not do nothing for its cut.

Disclosure: I have made fully free, very niche, apps for android & put on play store purely so easier for people to grab them (side load warnings scare some people) - , I got no cash, but nor did Google (but costs of hosting app on store, providing reviews etc was borne by Google so my apps would have been a net loss for Google)

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Dear alt-right morons and other miscreants: Disrupt DEF CON, and the goons will 'ave you

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code of conduct

Just make it so it included the line that Nazi punching is compulsory so it is inadvisable for Nazis to enter as they may suffer health damage.

Than, as soon as someone does a bit of "alt Reich" Nazi style behaviour the people nearby can happily deck them.

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Putting the ass in Atlassian: Helpdesk email server passwords blabbed to strangers

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The joy of the cloud

See title

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Porn parking, livid lockers and botched blenders: The nightmare IoT world come true

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Parking kiosk

They wondered why someone hacked it?

Presumably the hack gave free parking by knocking out the payment system?

.. Total result as far as most people, faced with rip off parking charges, are concerned.

What is it with short sighted UK councils, huge parking charges to park in town centre, so you go to out of town superstore to shop instead as it has free parking, then the useless council wonder why local small business are closing and high street is becoming deserted of customers

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Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered

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Re: Is correlation causation....?

Plenty of evidence to show some people drink due to stress.

Stress is widely regarded as linked to cardiovascular disease

So they would need to work hard to accurately ascertain the stress levels of people and factor that in.things would need to be accounted for.

A whole host of other variables to consider.

You can have a good stab at factoring in various known issues (e.g. obesity, smoking, etc.).

I would suggest reading the article to see (I CBA as read too many journal articles that are by necessity limited in detailing methodology in these areas as too long for publishers (explanations of what was done would be far longer than the article findings ) - but doubt you will find out much.

But, who is really that bothered, we all die of something. I have seen horrendous slow, unpleasant drawn out, minimal quality of life, last months of people with cancer, dementia and similar "slow and nasty" diseases of old age & a quick coronary would have saved them a lot of suffering (they were cared for by relatives at home, I'm sure in hospital a greater chance someone might have done an (illegal but compassionate) intervention to terminally relieve their suffering.

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Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

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"e-gates – crucial to avoid queues at customs."

How about they employ more customs officers.

Post brexshit and shafted economy there will be a need for a jobs boost

As a driving licence related aside, I love it when people ask for DL as id ... the look on their faces when I get my old paper licence out, that long predates the photo licences.

Not looking forward to change of address at some point and associated extortionate compulsory cost of a photo licence

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Dixons Carphone: Yeah, so, about that hack we said hit 1.2m records? Multiply that by 8.3

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Why did they keep so much data???

They will have had mine at some point as I purchased a fridge from them and got it delivered - so they needed my address for delivery

However, after it was delivered there's no need to keep those details live - they could be archived off at month end (if there are actually any legal reasons to keep it, which I doubt as signed a bit of paper saying delivery was OK so no need for data in digital form)

Once archived it should be deleted from "live".

Obviously archived data should not be easily accessible and ought to be structured in how stored, not one monolithic datasource!

..But we all know they smell cash from personal details (e.g. trying to flog overpriced insurance a while after purchase etc.) so keep the data (insecurely) when there is no real need other than potential monetization.

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BT boosted by punters and sport – as it preps to squeeze subs harder

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Re: I bought BT Sport (shame on me I know)

@Keef

"I wanted to watch The Ashes around Christmas/New Year and for me it was only legally available on BT Sport.

So I bit the bullet and paid for a year's subscription."...

" I'm leaving because your customer service is terrible. I can easily afford to pay I just won't pay for a bad service."

And that is why illegal downloads / content access continues, even if someone is able to pay the (often extortionate price) of their niche interest, the whole experience of whichever "ecosystem" you had to buy into usually is so bad that you give up.

.. Only time I see any cricket now is in the gym or pub as they often show various sky sports channels

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Mamma Mia! UK film fans forced to Q as Vue's website craps itself

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I usually wait for the disk

As it's so rare to find cinema without lots of random chat and other noises (amazing how a small number of people can make loud rustling snack packet noises for the whole duration of a film), coupled with expensive tickets and obscenely expensive food & drink that I don't bother going to the cinema but watch the disk far later, far cheaper and without disturbances.

I miss out on the "big screen" experience, but that's fine (especially as cinemas set the sound levels too high usually so it can be painful to listen to some SFX)

Caveat, there is a good indy cinema near me, where patrons behave, and a film can be enjoyed, but as members get advance first dibs on tickets its rare that there are any spares available at the later date when non members get their chance to book.

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The internet's very own Muslim ban continues: DNS overlord insists it can freeze dot-words

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Re: "broke"?

@sabroni

Unfortunately tips and corrections involves sending an email (its a mailto link) which may not be possible depending on someones machine set up, or someone may not want the email address of that machine made known to the reg (e.g. if "private" address whereas signup email address used was a "public" address - i.e. one user does not want to keep private) or may be work email with strict no personal email rules

I have no idea why the tips & corrections does not fire you to a webform....

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How hack on 10,000 WordPress sites was used to launch an epic malvertising campaign

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For how many years?

.. have people being saying how the "ad industry" was just totally dodgy .. Most people I know that have adblock software are using it as malware protection because we all know the ad system is used to sling Trojans etc. Blocking / script barring as PC protection has long been necessary as malware has been ad dispensed for ages.

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IBM Watson dishes out 'dodgy cancer advice', Google Translate isn't better than humans yet, and other AI tidbits

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Re: Google Translate 'AI-Hype'

Google translate menu fails even have a twitter account devoted to them

https://twitter.com/menufails

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Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound

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Give me a basic car

I have recently had to drive various infirm elderly relatives (in their cars). Being old they can afford newer cars than me, I soon learned to take cig lighter USB adapter to keep my phone charged in the cars (using phone as Sat Nav burns battery so need to keep it charged) - if I used the USB slot in the new cars they instantly tried to connect to my phone - link it to car so I could make / take calls, play my music etc.

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Rights group launches legal challenge over London cops' use of facial recognition tech

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Re: A fine distinction

@Kinetic

"The rub is that the cookie is your face .... want to opt out, easy, just change your face."

And even worse, once gait recognition in use it gets a lot harder to conceal yourself. Altering gait is surprisingly difficult, and even if you do altering height, weight is awkward

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Re: A fine distinction

If (a very big if) facial recognition gets accurate* and facial recog kit set up in lots of places by police then they have your movements on tap. With CCTV they have to have a valid reason to requisition footage, if their own kit then they not have access issues.

The police can then get a detailed picture of a persons movements, which hammers privacy (far worse than (also dubious) ANPR data stockpiles - as vehicle journeys have less granularity - even if you are someone who drives but never walks, takes train etc. as ANPR cameras still not yet widely deployed)

I know lots of social media users do not care about privacy, but some people still do.

People involved in protests have a right to be concerned as we have long since seen politically motivated surveillance / infiltration of protest groups, in some cases spycops acting as agent provocateurs to incite / aid illegal activities.

* to be more accurate ideally would want coupling with gait recognition etc as facial on its own is poor.

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How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?

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Bullingdon bull*******

'How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?'

Probably about the yearly salary of half a dozen nurses

The nurses earn their cash, arguable whether Dave does

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UK spies broke law for 15 years, but what can you do? shrugs judge

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Re: I would hardly expect precise targetting

@ Giovani Tapini

But they can keyword / phrase search stuff, record URLS visited - and if you trigger enough red flags, watchlist ahoy.

Problem is doing something useful with that data, end up with many suspects but too few resources - search around for number of cases where perpetrator of a "terrorist act" was known to the authorities in some way.

Too many people on watchlists due to prejudice (e.g. lots of animal rights activists closely tracked purely because a few ALF extremists had a bombing campaign a decade ago)

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Fake prudes: Catholic uni AI bot taught to daub bikinis on naked chicks

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Surely that depends on an individuals libido?

I'm sure for some that after a few days it will still definitely not be boring

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.. but how did the system behave when confronted with moobs?

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Mmm, yes. 11-nines data durability? Mmmm, that sounds good. Except it's virtually meaningless

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data access

With all the cloudy outages, your data may be (reasonably) intact, but not much consolation when you & your customers cannot access it...

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Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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Re: " Can't wait to see the MS fine then."

@ Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse

And on android I have installed FireFox as my browser and use it - so no different to Windows, so fine MS too logic makes sense

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Re: Choice on Apple?

@ Mage

They are monopolist in terms of user lock in methods - try getting iTunes for android, try auto sync of photos (etc.) you take to iCloud from Android.

Loads of subtle Apple only lock in methods to stop users straying

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Re: On the layout, for avoidance of doubt

using Google Analtics (typo deliberate for a change) will be a problem as likely that a fair proportion of techy people have that blacklisted, so metrics cannot always be relied on ..

Web log analysis, if configured, could give an idea how useful it is ... as you can set yourself up to log all requests quite easily (spot the person who thinks whats the use of GA when you can log stuff & be unaffected by js blocks, GA blocks etc)

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Re: Setting cookie already takes JavaScript

@ Marco Fontani

JS and adds

Or you could curate and serve adds yourself instead of using .js / third parties.

.. Like many sites used to do back in the day

On a tech site people are aware that .JS is a potential security issue (and many instances of malware attacks via .js adverts) and try and disable it as much as possible for protection.

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Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes

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@jpo234

I have my shopping list on a piece of paper, and cross things out when picked off teh shelf.

Low tech solution is fine!

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Sad Nav: How a cheap GPS spoofer gizmo can tell drivers to get lost

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Re: GPS - Not in Rural Areas

You can get specialist HGV specific satnavs / routing systems - not sure how good they are as I do not drive a lorry

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Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

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Re: Terror

Far simpler to make dirty bomb with biochemical nasties IMHO, or spike a reservoir for panic

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Re: Plutonium left in SUV in Marriot Hotel

You neglected to add, alphas short distance but huge impact in biological system, hence nasty in your body as a lot more chance of doing something unpleasant on the mutation front.. so can be a problem if ingested but not flushed out ("external" alpha no problem as dead outer skin layer deals with them, issues are "internal"

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Re: "It registers slight radioactivty in my kitchen due to the granite countertop"...

I live in a designated radon area, but still no superpowers

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Sub-Prime: Amazon's big day marred by server crashes, staff strikes

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Re: Seriously snowflake?

@ Aodhhan

"Maybe try high rise construction or trash collection"

From what I have heard the warehouse guys walk a lot of miles, and lift lots of packages. So not dissimilar from "trash collection" bar indoors

"No it doesn't; you do. How about this... listen better in school, buckle down, and get an education. Then you wouldn't have to work in a warehouse."

Plenty of UK people with degrees who are doing "McJobs" (shops, restaurants, warehouses, cleaning etc.)- as lots more people with degrees than degree level jobs available.

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Submarine cables at risk from sea water, boffins warn. Wait, what?

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@ Ivan 4

Sea level is a bit odd in UK, as situation quite complex. Quite a lot of UK land is still "rebounding" upwards, very gradually (we are talking geology and long time scales) from being compressed by heavy ice covering in the last ice age.

Thus depends how sea level rises (not just amount oif water but thermal expansion to consider)relative to land movements, and then you get things like erosion of land to factor in - most coastal land is in flux and land may be lost / gained in short time scales depending on the environment.

Then add in plate movements...

All gets very complex, modelling is thus difficult, but people give it a try to do as good a job as they can. Models are imperfect but a lot better than nothing.

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Gov.UK to make its lovely HTML exportable as parlous PDFs

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XML

Store underlying data as XML - nice and simple content with some basic description

Run appropriate transform(s) to give HTML (the descriptive elements in the XML give appropriate HTML)

Run different transform(s) to give PDF.

Things like XSL-FO are your friend

It works nicely (did some proof of concept stuff on this ages ago, back when mobile devices had weedy screens, - same content gave desktop HTML, mobile HTML and PDF by running appropriate XSL)

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Apple gives MacBook Pro keyboard rubber pants

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I'm sure

I have seen rubber (or similar) sheets underneath keyboards (and definitely under calculator keys as I remember taking them apart when they died in case repair possible - back when they were (relatively) expensive) in the past to prevent crud getting in, surely lots of prior art for that "oh so worthwhile" patent

.. or is there some suitable weasel wording and its just a tiny bit different from the decades of prior art

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Farewell then, Slack: The grown-ups have arrived

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Re: "death of email" ? not until chat gets federation!

Exactly what they do.

I had a catchall on one of my old email accounts (anything that was not sent to a specific list of email addresses got sent to a "sink" account). Sometimes mails in there would be typos of a "proper" address of mine, but mainly they were random - sometimes peoples names other times just word(s) from dictionary - few obvious ones e.g. sales, support, marketing, admin, HR etc

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Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech

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Re: User story

That analog line.

That still works when the network goes down ...

VOIP is OK, when it works, but it is less reliable than a simple phone line.

I'm guessing reliability may be a tad important in NHS?

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Adtech-for-sex biz tells blockchain consent app firm, 'hold my beer'

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Cheers for clarifying

What “play slots!” meant - when I saw article title was sex biz , and saw that term, I was certainly not thinking one armed bandits

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