* Posts by BebopWeBop

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Venezuela floats its own oily cryptocurrency to save the world economy

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Simple - the Bitcoin - makes oil look like a smooth plane bubble in comparison

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London Mayor's chief digi officer: 'Have faith and give us a chance'

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Ms Purchase

FTFY

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Cynics could be forgiven for seeing the Mayor of London’s newly created six-figure chief digital officer role as a policy wonk title.

And this article supports that view.

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Boffins: If AI eggheads could go ahead and try to stop their code being evil, that'd be great

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Re: phishing mails

While I can buy the 'fitlering' argument, it would be interesting to know whether a better worded missve might drag more vulnerable victims into their net. Maybe some of the elderly netizens who would recall at a poorly expressed message, but accept something grammatically correct? And the returns from such might be greater?

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Bad news: 43% of login attempts 'malicious' Good news: Er, umm...

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Re: Strong passwords

It wouldn't accept the _

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From our own experience, pa55word and passw0rd seem pretty popular (by the frequency of attempts to break in). Shame that even if they did get a password 2 other layers of security including 2FA would kick in if they ever got past this :-)

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Careful with the 'virtual hugs' says new FreeBSD Code of Conduct

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I think he would intend to be offensive in his treatment :-)

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Flight Simulator's DRM fighter nosedives into Chrome's cache

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Re: Unreal

Bertie did try.

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Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

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vagaries of the human/beer interface

I thought that was the urinal?

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And lo! Crypto-coins came unto the holy land. And the wise decreed they must all be taxed

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Re: To update scripture for our modern age...

Good luck to the Israelis, I fear though that just making a law won't guarantee compliance (for some reason?)

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UK.gov's Brexiteers warned not to push for divergence on data protection laws

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Re: Fingers in Pies....

And of course every one elses......

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Re: Fingers in Pies....

Don't worry I believe we have been assured that we can have our data and sell it.

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Facebook told to stop stalking Belgians or face fines of €250k – a day

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My children already have and with 50% of my work being based on the continent, and much more doable remotely I am following.

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Global security crackdown, a host of code nasties, Brit cops mocked, and more

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and some boffins made weaponized exploit code to exploit the weakness (don't worry – the code is under wraps).

Well that fills me with confidence

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PM urged to protect data flows post-Brexit ahead of Munich speech

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But surely rhe three Mouseketeers had considered this (along with everything else coming out of the woodwork). On the other hand, possibly they didn’t have the time - full economic forecasts (still to be delivered or eaten by the dog) and all of that

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If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

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Re: 4" floppy

Fits with the Lotus notes though (can't be bothered to see whether it was IBM owned at the time, but it would run on the hardware). Surely a piece for the museum?

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Should AI get to choose a topping in a two pizza team?

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crikey - fine attempt (shame it fails) to get "dev ops" back into the headline with a false dichotomy.

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Crypto-gurus: Which idiots told the FBI that Feds-only backdoors in encryption are possible?

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Re: Anyone want to make a lot of money?

retire to somewhere warm and cheap no extradition treaty, warm and cheap beer

TFTFY

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Zuckerborg, Microsoft, Amazon letting the side down for green energy among hyperscalers

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But they can form part of a 'green' system by acting as a buffer for intermittent energy production from sun, wind and water generation.

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Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™

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Re: "Office just isn't good enough"

Quite true. But power consumption is frequently an issue when I am travelling but even in the benighted UK a 3G mobile connection almost always is. I also use (not professional!) a rather nifty photo editing application (on desktop as well as tablet) call Affinity that does most of what I need to do.

So real work (Ok many people have different needs) is very possible and I have largely abandoned carrying my very capable but rather heavier MacBook Pro when travelling.

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Re: "Office just isn't good enough"

With a network connection (and just a text editor to do things offline) you can also run Mathematica and Mathcad (my current bread and butter)

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BOFH: We want you to know you have our full support

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Re: Rightious

One's petty, the others just lame.

One's taking advantage and the other is a very good opportunity.

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Laser sauce, cheat code, jam seshs: The Waymo vs Uber trial kicks off

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Intriguing definitions of 'cheat code' - at least one of which is totally balls.

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Indiegogo to ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm: End of May... or we call the debt collector

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Intersting history

David Levy has what might be described as a chequered past... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Levy_(chess_player)

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Assange fails to make skipped bail arrest warrant vanish

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Re: How tall is he and what does he weigh?

Well hopefully they are not. But past behaviours don't give me great confidence.

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Re: @macjules A Flagrant Rotten Denial of Justice and a Blot in the UKGBNI Landscape

If memory serves, two of the charges have past their statute of limitations. If only Sweden allowed to be charged in abstentia... then all would be right in the world.

For those readers from the US or other jurisdictions

In the UK limitations on criminal acts are very limited (and to magistrates courts)

a magistrates’ court shall not try an information or hear a complaint unless the information was laid, or the complaint made, within 6 months from the time when the offence was committed, or the matter of complaint arose.

Unless the prosecution made a very big blunder, which does not appear to have happened here, there is no apparent limitation. In addition, the director of public prosecutions can override a time bar on any offence. And limiting bail in this way would be a 'get out of jail free' sticker for too many crims.

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Re: A Flagrant Rotten Denial of Justice and a Blot in the UKGBNI Landscape

It'ds the Assange variant of Mornington Crescent

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Here's why online social networks are bad for humanity, the nerds who helped build them tut-tut

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Re: The Center for Humane Technology

I always favoured the B-Ark being programmed in the same way as 'Hotblack Desiato’s' spaceship'. The inhabitants would lurve the all black controls.

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‘I crashed a rack full of servers with my butt’

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I have lost count of the number of people to whom I have given PCs - and usb back up drives which they never used. Muggins was then expected to recover their data when they had a problem.

I can be smug here - I did buy the kids USB disks - and then made a royal pain in the arse of myself b buffing them to use them! Paid dividends in one (of three) who has evangelised ever since...

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Just can't catch a break, can ya, Capita? Shares tumble 40% amid yet another profit warning

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Re: A company that will never learn

While I understand and appreciate the sentiment, don’t think that just by appointing women things will change. They can be just as good acting as money grabbing bar stewards (see the sainted Dido) as their male equivalents. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/10/18/mps_grill_dido_harding_over_suitability_to_chair_nhs_improvement/

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Re: domino effect?

but then, it takes more than two to domino...

Actually one is sufficient to get them all falling in a nice line.

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EU hitches its cart to the blockchain bandwagon

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Not quite (headline)

It has some momentum, and even a little money behind it - and consequences. I'm just surprised this was not happening already (OK it was - just not with overpaid individuals :-) - surprised Farage has not got his nose in the trough yet.

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F-35 flight tests are being delayed by onboard software snafus

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Re: Bombs away

In close air support role (which this POS is supposed to take over too you know)? After you have exterminated the troops you are supposed to be supporting?

Provided they are not voters and the act is not recorded and broadcastt guess the USAF does not care. (And even then...)

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Re: Still, one day...

I take your point having been involved in three extremely difficult projects - we were using a relatively formal approach to their mathematical analysis don't all boo - it proved its worth many time over (and we were well paid on the results), typically does so when used appropriately) but so many concurrent versions in the field - that is never going to be a good idea if you expect some convergence/learning.

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Twilight of the idols: The only philosophy HPE and IBM do these days is with an axe

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Re: East India Company Marx

A genuine question - posters use East India Company and abbreviate it to EAC - why?

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RIP Ursula K Le Guin: The wizard of Earthsea

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The Left Hand of Darkness, a trek across a freezing snowy wasteland with an unthinkably alien companion, is not just a good science fiction novel; it is simply good literature. It is spare, compelling and mesmerising – like a weird, wonderfully savoury, perfectly made soufflé.

My first experience of her - at the age of 12 (I think, my children started with her 'Dragon books but did not finish there) it took a lot of reading, but well worth the effort.

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Stripe in Bitcoin hype flight while fans blindly gobble up crypto-cash

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Re: Peak cryptocurrency

Just wait until some speculator decides to invest in the development and promotion of a peculiar little infection (http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/22/africa/banana-panama-disease/)

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Death notice: Moore’s Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018

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Re: You do know that Moore’s law says nothing about speed?

From what I remember, many of those dimensions are a wee bit small.

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Aut-doh!-pilot: Driver jams 65mph Tesla Model S under fire truck, walks away from crash

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Re: of course you could

Premiums on my X have not changed much since I have had it (OK only one renewal so far). To be fair, I live in the countryside but it is used for business.

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Re: anti-collision

Yes I was sent on a 2 week (abbreviated) Police course and the advice was - wall or tree - always go for the wall.

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Re: 2018: "But it was on Autopilot!"

did he/she open the bottle - if so, well impressed. My grandfather used to dose some of his cattle with stout mixed in with the bran during certain parts of the year. Swore by it, although my grandmother was convinced it was simply a way of allowing him to get a swift Guinness or three while out in the shed. Cattle looked good though (and happy).

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It's 2018 and your Macs, iPhones can be pwned by playing evil music

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Re: "....HomePod, a $349 smart speaker...."

Well while I like the idea of using someone uses device (especially if you don't like them) a quick correlation of voice signatures across multiple devices, coupled with a little correlation of social media will probably identify you anyway :-(

On a somewhat tangential note, one of my acquaintance's partners has an 'Echo' and the house has been blackballed by a number of us unless it is unplugged and powered down when we are in the house. He has a thick skin and am curious to see what some alternative social pressure might persuade him to do.

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Nominations open for comp restoration gong, the Tony Sale Award

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Re: I'm just not sure what award they should qualify for...

Lifetime membership of the Society for Putting Things on top of Other Things, for, well, having put impressive numbers of Things on top of Other Things.

shurely life time membership of the Queue Society (a broad church incorporating the LIFO and FIFO societies)

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The Reg visits London Met Police's digital and electronics forensics labs

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hey CSI (in its many incarnations) tells us that

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'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

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Doing physics as well, and having 'hear rumours', we built a couple of very good 'spud cannons' that powered by the rapid discharge (ahem) of a very large capacitor - 1 Farad (if I remember 39 years later) we could engage in duels over quite a distance.

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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

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I feed mine into the composting bin - I'm sure they tasted fine as well.

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.UK overseer Nominet abandons its own charitable foundation – and why this matters

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Re: Freudian slip

My partner tells me that she never feeds her horses Lasagne (disgustingly pampered brutes though they might be)

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You may not be a software company, but that isn't an excuse to lame-out at computering

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Re: Anchovies

Quite - and although it *might* sound interesting, hot pineapple is curiously tasteless, leaving a slightly disquieting texture behind.

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Crypto-cash exchange BitConnect pulls plug amid Bitcoin bloodbath

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To use a much overused (but still apposite) analogy, it looks like a duck, it walks like a duck, it quacks like a duck (in bad camouflage)

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M&S extends customer support contract with, er, Capita

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Re: It doesn't look good...

I should say that their socks (once their wool socks were very fine if mildly costly items) have also gone pants.

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