* Posts by BebopWeBop

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Filer startup Qumulo chosen to help tame the DreamWorks dragon

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Re: "Movie and TV SFX firms always seem to want more IT resources"

well akshereley anyone doing nuclear weapons simulation was also with up the list...

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A very Canadian approach: How net neutrality rules reflect a country's true nature

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Re: Just more decent, more sensible

Or the Edinburgh festival perchance?

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Not auf wiedersehen – yet! The Berlin scene tempting Brexit tech

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Re: Privacy

Bu they will not stay so with Britain outside - and if you want to do business within a larger economy.....

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Re: Worried - No

Some of it is. For the moment.

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Re: The Berlin scene tempting Brexit tech...

I think you may be correct, but as I have the right to an Irish passport (recently acquired the documents), I am pretty happy with the German approach.

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Shooting org demands answers from Met Police over gun owner blab

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Maybe not, but traditionally I believe that they are past masters on the art of assessing doughnuts

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Have we got a new, hip compound IT phrase for you! Enter... UserDev

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Re: So, basically, talk to your customer?

Well actually you need to talk to both parties - many misconceptions are resolved at an early enough stage to avoid disasters

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Cuffing Assange a 'priority' for the USA says attorney-general

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Re: Ah, yes, I nearly forgot about him

Well, more to worry about, because now it's clear that WL is not a press outfit (it lacks a certain je-sais-quoi, namely neutrality)

And you count the Daily Mail and Fox News as press outfits because off what?

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Apple's zippy silicon leaves Android rivals choking on dust

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Re: $150/month?

well US contract do seem to be extortionate. I spend £15 (UKP) a month for 5000 minutes of calls, unlimited data and 5000 texts a month

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SPY-tunes scandal: Bloke sues Bose after headphones app squeals on his playlist

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Re: Bose Privacy Policy download

But is there a warning that without this information you will not have access to all of the headphone features? And I bet they didn't warn about this on any of their advertising data

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Re: you need to have both GPS and Bluetooth turned on to use it

It might be linked with the continued and growing use of bluetooth beacons for the delivery of context local information (in museums and the like). No that this is any reason for Bose to continues this piracy. On a related note, I have a set of Sony MDR11s (I think) - they are imho better than the Bose equivalent they are competing with and not having any leads is remarkably convenient when travelling/ No data is slurped and no access other than bluetooth pairing is necessary. After many years of despairing to Sony's attempts to circumvent privacy they may be getting it right (or maybe they just have not got round to it :-(

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Large UK businesses are getting pwned way more than smaller ones

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Re: Or...

Yup the much quoted (although he alway denied it Willie Sutton - Sutton was asked by reporter Mitch Ohnstad why he robbed banks. According to Ohnstad, he replied, "Because that's where the money is." and in a later interview, reminiscent of many hackers

Why did I rob banks? Because I enjoyed it. I loved it. I was more alive when I was inside a bank, robbing it, than at any other time in my life. I enjoyed everything about it so much that one or two weeks later I'd be out looking for the next job. But to me the money was the chips, that's all

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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No uncle Rupert vetoes anything that has not passed through him before that heptanes.

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Re: This goes to show one thing

Which will be further complicated by the apparent enthusiasm for the Tory party to support the inclusion of farming and food production in any trade negotiations with the US leading to drops in animal welfare (not that much go the farming lobby - the big boys) could give a shit, and competition from very much cheaper (subsidised as well) meat and veg.

I don't see this ending well for the gaming Brexit lobbyists.

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RIP Bob Taylor: Internet, desktop PC pioneer powers down at 85

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Happy

If true (well actually whether true or not) the Gates/Jobs exchange is amusing

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Mondays suck. So why not spend yours playing with an original Mac and games in your browser

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I still have (a working Mac+) along with a whopping great SCSI hard drive - all 20MB of it full of all sorts of odd application, including a rather wonderful chess program (which includes migratory and aggressive black holes). From what I remember this was a little bit of skunk ware c/o Apple engineers. It ran on the original OS (which I can boot from floppies still) but broke a few generation in - well before OS6. Reputedly this was because they had used one two many system calls that were not part of the standard set and which were deprecated.

I can't find (OK did not look too hard) any mention of it online so I might document by still running variant.

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

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Well if you look at a the sequence of events, arrest followed b the refusal of the court to prosecute, followers by an appeal to all prosecution followed by.....

One view of the US 'judicial' system ->>>>

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In case you had forgotten, broadband body warns of risks Brexit poses to sector

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Re: Here's What!

More amenable than Whitehall and Westminster - pull the other one

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Oracle reseller boss banned from directorship over VAT fiddle

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Holmes

hmmm

do you think he might have been studying the Oracle guide to ethical business practices - but failed to complete the appendix 'and how not to get caught or at least have plausible backup'?

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Capgemini set for stalking horse splash of $50m on bankrupt Ciber

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case not car of course.

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Forgive me if I am wrong - I'm sure someone will correct me in that car, but I had always understood a 'stalking horse' to be the bidder used (with little hope of acquiring and organisation or succeeding to a political position) to put pressure on the target, who is then more amicable towards a rival (the actual stalker) taking over. Would't Cap's acquisition of assets if the organisation is broken up by Capp reclude this description

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Mark Shuttleworth says some free software folk are 'deeply anti-social' and 'love to hate'

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Re: summary: People resist when somebody else set the agenda without consulting them

Well Mir was interesting (as a peripheral observer), but it did not seem to solve a fundamental problem - that is the differences between requirements and resources (from screen size onwards) between a mobile device and a desktop (or even a laptop).

I remember Microsoft trying it - twice - and no matter what you think of their ethics, they do have some talented people working for them, even if their efforts seem to be subsumed and stifled the the Borg all too often. Mi had some interesting ideas, but a working unified, coherent system it never seemed to have a hope of being.

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Who really gives a toss if it's agile or not?

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Re: If you aren't making mistakes in IT

But how about addressing the point made by the post you replied to (at least I assume it is the one immediately above your 'reply)?

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'Amnesia' IoT botnet feasts on year-old unpatched vulnerability

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an answers

You'll be lucky.... But full marks for at least trying

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BOFH: Defenestration, a solution to Solutions To Problems We Don't Have

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I think the BOFH and the PFY are genuinely interested, maybe fascinated, and maybe even thinking that he had potential and just needs a little bringing on. A little like the occasional young animal who wanders into the middle of a pride of Lions, appears to be taken care of by one of the animals and miraculously almost escapes (before one of the others spots lunch on the hoof)

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Democrats draft laws in futile attempt to protect US internet privacy

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Re: So...

It would seem from the present bunch, bromide would be of more use

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Dieting cannibals: At last, a scientist has calculated calories for human body parts

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He is on a desert island. Presumably in the sea? What do you think the salt is for - curing obviously. And of course all that sun would come in handy for a bit of hot saps jerky production.

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Printer blown to bits by compressed air

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Happy

but not blow?

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Re: Dangerous

Not apocryphal. In the US two car mechanics were prosecutor for playing 'a joke' on one of their colleagues. Not lethal, but serious injuries. That is the only rime I have actually seen a verifiable account though.

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'Evidence of Chinese spying' uncovered on eve of Trump-Xi summit

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Re: I wonder who tipped them off?

To be fair, there are some truly excellent beers from small breweries in the US - and you probably haven't tasted Fosters (c/o) UK breweries or the horse piss (from an ill nag) from Budweiser (not the Check one) the the US peddles all over the ill informed world.

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Outsourcers blamed for cocking up programmes at one in three big firms

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Where do you think the independent experts get their plans from for the successful contracts

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Crafty Fokker: Norfolk surgeon builds Red Baron triplane replica

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Well they built a glider for an escape from Colditz during WWII. It was never flown (quite possibly to the relief of the escape team), but I was given a scale model balsa & tissue model as a child and mine flew. I seem to remember it ended up in the jaws of our Labrador who had observed us laughing ti from the top window in the house and cunningly waited outside, biding his time.

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Re: You have to love...

Not so surprising. An ex colleague of mine builds the most exquisite clocks (mechanism and case both from scratch). Admiring the work he casually mentions, that other than a very few tools (magnifiers, vices some but not all saw) He had built all the tools he used - not available from the local hardware store! -> for both of them

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Device spend will rise 2% to $600bn in 2017, say techno-seers

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Trollface

Andyou have to print them out in order to get the benefits (collateral) of the almanac out in the small and very private room down at the bottom of the garden.

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Webcam sex blackmailer faces extradition to Canada to stand trial for bullied teen's suicide

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Re: Murder in the First

@P Lee

Can I suggest that By causing that human being, by threats or fear of violence or by deception, to do anything that causes his death; would be plausibly arguable - as I am sure the prosecution will do, and on the face of it very reasonably

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As Trump signs away Americans' digital privacy, it's time to bring out the BS detector

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Re: We'll follow as usual

At least VPNs are effectively (well somewhat) disaggregating your amazon (for example) data from unit spankwire (to use another one). ps if there is someone native reading this (probably not), don't look up the last on a work computer....

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Londoners will be trialling driverless cars in pedestrianised area

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Re: Glad I'm not a pedestrian in London

Could you elaborate - if pretrialling is a forward order for a product not available, (as used by all pathetic publicity hounds) then what is the equivalent here?

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Governments could introduce 'made by humans' tags - legal report

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Re: ASDA

@Nick Kew

Or maybe the announcement "Two packets of condoms, size small" was a little off-putting?

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Re: mediocracy

I think an author called Honore de Balzac beat you to it by, what 100 years - better luck next time

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Re: How much has to be made by humans?

Ahh I remember, there was a similar (possible linked campaign to support British motor manufacturers. It was such a shame that at the time they powers that be decided that ring the problem, crap QA compounded by awful QC, was easier than fixing the underlying problems.

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Re: Child labour?

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Why the down votes? An example of tourette's but exhibited through an index finger?

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Re: Child labour?

Well if you paid a little attention (ad watching Sky is not a prerequisite despite the first link

http://news.sky.com/story/child-miners-firm-refuses-to-apologise-over-cobalt-sourcing-10785313

or

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/business/batteries/congo-cobalt-mining-for-lithium-ion-battery/

not sure why anyone uprooted you - a little check would have stopped you looking a fool as well

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Startup remotely 'bricks' grumpy bloke's IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear

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Re: Remote Garage Door opener

As well as 6 points on your licence in the UK unless you stop the car and turn off the engine before operating the phone.

Only on public property. n your drive no problem - although if you run over your stooping granny it might be taken into account when sentencing.

And of course if your app uses GPS location....

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Assange™ keeps his couch as Ecuador's president wins election

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Re: Ecuadorian Embassy - 13 Reviews: **

Well with 6 fingers per hand he is obviously Yazuka+

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

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Joke

is Kelly McGillis still available? Or did she got with the Cruise programme?

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Drone complaints to cops are up twelvefold in three years

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Re: Bah!

I think you might have missed out a very large part of the areas of the world we call 'the Middle East' and Northern Pakistan?

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Re: hail the next knee jerk legislation then

Well that will make the old art of fly casting a little more popular... You'd could always buy a low cost robust drone with replaceable parts (sure they exist ) and 'simulate' an air-air crash, 'honest officer, I'm still trying to get the hang of this new technology

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Mediaeval Yorkshirefolk mutilated, burned t'dead to prevent reanimation

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Ahh I spot an analogy with the behaviour and pitiful attempts to slow it down, of many off out consulynts roaming the corridors of Whitehall. Not to mention a number of 'almost' Zombie tech companies (we see you HPE) who just don't understand that they have turned off their life support and it is all taking a little time for the information to reach the board.

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Re: Zombies?

Looked at his bowling aptitude and then gave hime an early run in the nets to just check I presume

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Hundreds of millions 'wasted' on UK court digitisation scheme

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Re: Nobody knows exactly who built Stonehenge, or why

Bet it was agile though.

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