* Posts by BebopWeBop

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Scratch Earth-killer asteroid off your list of existential threats

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Re: All very well...

I am more concerned about 'Great Evil' flaming red

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Can do you a really strong vup of tea (Yorkshire of course) - would that help?

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X marks the Notch, where smartmobe supercycles go to die

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Price yes, but that silly notch and face recognition as opposed to fingerprint are a no no, as is size (I am a very happy user of an SE)

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McDonald's tells Atos to burger off: Da da da da da, we're lobbing IT ...

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A net positive benefit for public health though.

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So that will do for Macdonalds burger then...

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Facebook privacy audit by auditors finds everything is awesome!

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Re: Quick Google search gives...

One can assume only that being accountantas they have decided that the paybacks outnumber the fines/risk.....

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Gimp

Anyrhiung you would care to pay them for.

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

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I found that simply refusing to come back home to let them in until it was convenient really improved the kids ability to remember their keys!

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Bloke fruit flies enjoy ejaculating, turn to booze when starved of sexy times

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Re: I thought...

and bananas like a boomerang.

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There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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Re: Unverständnis

ich auch nicht

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Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

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Re: Windows Server launch party

probably worth what you paid for them

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BOFH: We know where the bodies are buried

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"Or more importantly," I add, "we know that there's room for some more bodies..."

Ahhhh - these articles just make my Fridays

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Mad Leo tried to sack me over Autonomy, says top HP Inc beancounter

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Re: Oh Look... HP CEOs fail at failing, then get huge bonuses

Rubbish. I was working at HP when the Compaq deal went through (actually the ONLY delighfulful thing about it was getting part of Digital). Individual contributors, of whom I was one, were well rewarded at the time and it was a fun place to work. Compaq and later EDS is where the rot set in.

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Meh

About par for the course with the modern HP.

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Re: Sounds liek the lawyer is trying to muddy the waters.

Quite. I have been asked to provide some services assessing somewhat smaller mergers/purchases and the process has alway been carried out by impressively serious, sober individuals with a fine eye for detail.

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The only way is Ethics: UK Lords fret about AI 'moral panic'

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Well the point remains - better broadband won't change thpse attitudes.

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Re: I am often impressed by the Lords

Quite agree. The Commmons is all about party purpose. Unfortunately the Lords seems to be slowly moving that way as the ever fattening body is dominated by ex MPs, pensioned off, rather than actual subject matter experts.

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The NHS is the largest purchaser of fax machines in the world. Therefore, the Lords said, it’s as important to improve broadband.

The statement of fact is not followed by a conclusion that is necessarily correct. Given the state if NHS (and other organisations) security and ropbustness, fax machines may well represent the most secure, reliable way of getting a document from A to B.

Given today(Monday)'s predictions of cyber threats to British public sector IT, it is a great shame (say who could possibly have predicted this????) that the government have not put a little more in the way of both resources and mandatory standards to IT infrastructure in the NHS.

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What a time to be alive: LG and Italian furniture-maker build smart sofa

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The end of times

is nigh - I'm just waiting for the first report of these sofas eating the unwary innocents taking a break (and a beer) in situ

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Mark Duckerberg: Second Congressional grilling sees boss dodge questions like a pro

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Re: Security measure

Except with selling that data...

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B-Ark passengers to control most IT spend from 2019 onwards

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You jest (maybe). I have spent the last 3 months on and off diggin an organisation our of the sh1t becaaue the requirements are a list of 12 feature, all but one of them with multiple interpretatins. Paid well though.

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Re: The bane of my profesional existance

Although to quote from "Real Programmers Don't Use PASCAL"

Even Unix might not be as bad on Real Programmers as it once was. The

latest release of Unix has the potential of an operating system worthy of

any Real Programmer -- two different and subtly incompatible user

interfaces, an arcane and complicated teletype driver, virtual memory. If

you ignore the fact that it's `structured', even `C' programming can be

appreciated by the Real Programmer: after all, there's no type checking,

variable names are seven (ten? eight?) characters long, and the added

bonus of the Pointer data type is thrown in -- like having the best parts

of FORTRAN and assembly language in one place

Extending the analogy, there is much fun and chas to be had from mobile distributed platforms

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Worried we'll make ourselves extinct? Let’s be scientific about it

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Surely the application of some guesswork with a bit of bold on statistics rather than science?

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British government to ink deal for yet another immigration database

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s/Alan Pardew/Boris Johnson,Theresa May, Jeremy Cunt, Liam Fox, Amber Rudd/g

I could go on.....

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Data exfiltrators send info over PCs' power supply cables

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Re: More brilliance from BGU ...

They don't here - we plug them all.

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Re: Not really

For anyone who is interested, we have diversified our line of magic pens (to improve the quality of CDs), directional speaker cables and a host of other must have additions to your true home audio setup with these magnetic stickers. Place them in the directed patter (instructions provided or can be cust fitted by out team of trained warocks) to blck all malevonant eminations from your PC*

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El Reg needs you – to help build an automated beer-transporting robot

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Re: What's wrong with...

No the mini fridge needs to be higher - think of the resik and effort involved in bending down.

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Nervous Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg passes Turing Test in Congress

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Re: If he'd prepared for this for days, he wasted his time

Unfortunately most companies with the same story will be collecting and sharing data on what and when you read and any ads you collect, maybe with a device fingerprint as well. Theres money in that thar data.

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Fear the Reaper: Man hospitalised after eating red hot chilli pepper

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Amateur

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Tortoises like them as well (my cats keep rabbits at bay)

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Patch or ditch Adobe Flash: Exploit on sale, booby-trapped Office docs spotted in the wild

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Re: Flash?

"Flash, I love you! But we only have fourteen hours to save the Earth"

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US watchdog reckons blockchain bods Longfin were wrongfin, maybe this is their swansongfin

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Re: Select Blockchain e-/Bit/Poodle/Jeffy-Coin Cryptocurrency concept

Posibly you mean that fiat currencies baased on Government (reputable) backed currencies are not a bad idea?

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Amazon and eBay agree to expose potential VAT evaders for UK tax man

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Re: What's that old saying?

I think you will fine a rather good Pterry P

"The phrase 'Set a thief to catch a thief' had by this time (after strong representations from the Thieves Guild) replaced a much older and quintessentially Ankh-Morporkian proverb, which was 'Set a deep hole with spring-loaded sides, tripwires, whirling knife blades driven by water power, broken glass and scorpions, to catch a thief.' "

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Danish Navy expert finds no trace of exhaust gas in private submarine

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Re: Why dismember the corpse ...

setting sail without rope? WTH? granted he was in a sub, not a conventional watercraft, but I'd still expect rope to be more likely to be on board than a saw.

That depends on your intentions.....

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Facebook can’t count, says Cambridge Analytica

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Re: Eh?

I think you can believe them on some issues

"People just submitted it. I don't know why. They 'trust me'. Dumb fucks." - Mark Zuckerberg

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Intel outside: Apple 'prepping' non-Chipzilla Macs by 2020 (stop us if you're having deja vu)

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Re: Intel's would still be the longest-surviving Mac instruction set

Quite. I had a PC (x86) running NextStep for a few yeasr (the sponsors would not fund a machine - although they were happy to pay for a verty decent Intel based machine with additional software. I have a suspicion, it was a long time ago, that I didn't list the software. Ran perfectlly well.

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Tor ‘sunsets’ secure Messenger that never exited beta

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Re: Security is necessary but not sufficient

I also handed over a deserved update but <pedantic> Anonymity is a key part of security - traceability is as useful as a decryption of the message

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Starbucks is on notice: Expensive milky coffee is something quite cancerous

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Re: the judge who cried wolf?

Does this make future Solyent Green development tricky?

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Re: the judge who cried wolf?

Well on my frequent trips to Hong Kong I noticed that the chine4ses equivalent in the street markets was 'fry it until it stops wriggling'

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Cambridge Analytica's daddy biz had 'routine access' to UK secrets

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Re: Indeed

It reminds me (of an oft-performed line) "I know what I believe, but if you don't like it, I can believe in a lot of other things as well"

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Stop us if you've heard this one: Job cuts at IBM

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Thumb Up

well an upvote for the headline

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$0.75 – about how much Cambridge Analytica paid per voter in bid to micro-target their minds, internal docs reveal

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If (and a big one) it will be interesting to learn whether the investment in a relatively small number of profiles provided good predictors and/or influence points.

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Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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Re: No surprise

No they will have to be licensed appropriately - surely a standard procedure?

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'Tis the season: Verizon first in line to flog Palm phone resurrection

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Re: The Treo and Pre were Better than modern phones

My iPhone SE fits the bill then....

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I loved my (original) Palm. I used it travelling in conjunction with my Psion - mainly because the connectivity/sync on the palm was extremely good in comparison with the Psion. My last Palm was their first colour model. I still have that and it still switches on and syncs. I didn't fall for the phone.

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Uber self-driving car death riddle: Was LIDAR blind spot to blame?

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Re: Really? Uber decided just to do whatever it damn-well felt like?

Ahh but that was my point - while ordinary employees will get screwed if/when it all goes titsup, the founders will have removed a fair proportion of their gelt.

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Re: Really? Uber decided just to do whatever it damn-well felt like?

I suspect not that difficult. After all investment is not simply share dilution, so diverting some of the investment into bank accounts as a share of the company is acquired is within the ability of most of these people.

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Facebook to extend bug bounty to cover data leakage, sever ties to data brokers

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Re: I believe Zuck & CO knows EXACTLY who did what and when and to whom.

Does any other State Security Organisation run in such a way with such lax security controls ?

Well if you mean proxy SSO then sadly many do. And even a number of state run organisations have been somewhat careless (hello US government)

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Take the dashboard too literally and your brains might end up all over it

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Re: Why do Mazda fake the data?

In a faint echo of other comments above, I suspect the vast vast majority of drivers do not actually know what to do not even know what to use a rev counter fo and even more have no need) - but hey, it's a sports car or wannabe and so gotta have that rev counter.

I was given a drive in a BMW i8 a couple of weeks ago - lovely car and a fantastic engine noise - simulated!

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Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky tell UK MPs: Nope, he's sending someone else

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If he thought he could get away with it (and I'll bet he is counting on it in the not too distant) he would tell Congress to fuck off as well.

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