* Posts by EnviableOne

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iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles

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BOM to Launch RRP

Apple

$225 to $649 (i7) or 65% markup

$278 to $769 (i7+) or 64% markup

$255 to $699 (i8) or 64% markup

$288 to $799 (i8+) or 64% markup

$370 to $999 (iX) or 63% markup

Samsung

$258 to $750 (S7) or 66% markup

$265 to $769 (S7E) or 66% markup

$301 to $720 (S8) or 58% markup

$325* to $790(S8+) or 58% markup

$350 to $929 (Note8) or 62% markup

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

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Brexit, GDPR and FUD

I got the best advice about brexit from a Data Protection Specialist from one of our local law firms back in October 2015

She set out 5 options for what the UKs relationship with the EU will look like after brexit and i still think not much has been decided either way.

The basic options are Remain, EEA/EFTA, Bilatteral agreements, Customs Agreement, WTO rules.

Remain means we are subject to all regs, but have a seat at the table to decide them

EEA/EFTA, like Norway/Iceland means we have to apply most rules, dont have to pay in as much, get the free-trade and free-movement, but dont get a seat at the table

Bilateral agreements, Like Switzerland - takes forever to set up, will probally end up with us haing to follow most regulations, gives us custom agreements for each sector, no seat at the table either.

Customs Agreement like turkey - Allows access to free trade, sets external tariffs, covers most goods, but no services

WTO Rules - no Regs, no free-trade, no support, tarrifs and border checks increased cost of goods http://stat.wto.org/TariffProfiles/E28_e.htm

During the referendum campaign, the leave campaign talked up the norway/Iceland senario, but it looks increasingly likely that they are going for a swiss senario, but the agreements woont be in place in time, so we will end up with the WTO cliff edge.

but untill we actualy have some information, its all FUD.

Oh and BTW Data Protection equivalance is not a foregone conclusion, the EU working party for data protection (WP29) have three large grounds they dont think our current regieme is inline with the old directive (that the 1998 dpa is based on) starting with the Five Eyes agreement and the snoopers charter.

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National Museum of Computing rattles the bucket: Help shift war-winning proto-puter

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Bomba Before

Correct me if i'm wrong, but the origonal bombes were designed about October 1938 by Polish Cipher Bureau cryptologist Marian Rejewski, and Turings design was adapted from it with the assistance of Rejewski and one of the bomba that was smuggled out of Poland.

the UK had two great advantages:

1) not occupied by germans

2) had some cash and resource

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Facial recognition software easily IDs white men, but error rates soar for black women

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Human eyes and lenses are actually auful compared to modern cameras and lenses.

The human brain however is an infinitley better image processor and interpolator than anything we have managed to develop technologically.

contrast is probably an issue as is the data set used, but this can be fixed by running the custoday photo database the police refuse to get rid of through the training profile. this will probably bias the system the other direction, if the custody book from my local Cop Shop is to be believed

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It's official: .corp, .home, .mail will never be top-level domains on the 'net

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IF we can have RFC 1918 IPs for internal use,

Why cant we have .internal .private .pdn or .pipa domains too

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Still not on Windows 10? Fine, sighs Microsoft, here are its antivirus tools for Windows 7, 8.1

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Re: Could have been good news, but I've had enough of doze and I'm migrating to Linux

https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/5zl1a7/linux_distros_that_do_not_use_systemd_or_can_be/

plenty of distros without or that you can disable systemd

Thats the thing with Linux, if you want something, somone has probably done it already.

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You dopes! US state's pot dealer database pwned after security goes up in smoke

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Re: A lot of ignorance about US law here ...

yeah but a good 70% of UK law is not on the statute book, it lives in the case law.

and the US law in question is the Bill of rights, the first ammendments to the consitution, and as i am lead to believe, required learning in any US grade school.

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PSA: If your security starts and ends with bug bounties, you're gonna have a bad time

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Easy way to stop people extorting you:

learn to program properly and STOP MAKING Bloated and buggy code.

if the so called "web developers" new what a never condition was and actually sanitised their inputs, we might just get some code that was secure and see a reduction in the number of bugs identified and CVEs issued.

if these so called experts stopped bloating there programs with unused library code and actually understood what their programs were doing, then speculative execution wouldnt have been needed, and we wouldnt be sitting here with vulnerable machines.....

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Talk about a hot mic: Dodgy Pixel mobe audio lands Google in court

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Re: Every 30 months?

this varies from country to country.

in the UK for electronic goods, waranty was decided to be 1 year or product was not fit for the purpose it was sold. Its the vendors responsibility to prove it wasnt faulty when they sold it in the first 6 months, after that its the users responsibility to prove that it was.

In mainland europe its mostly 24 months, in enlightened Norway its 5 years (regardless) gets to be a nightmare when you support multiple countries.

At the time i was working Consumer CS, 90 days was standard in the states, but CS teams threw freebies at everyone.

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Unlucky 13 collared by cops hunting cyber-crew who stole up to $2.2bn

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Would that be Vlads mate

Dmitry

Nothing like keeping it in the family

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MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'

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Hmm..

Maybe all those contractors they deemed inside IR35 would be usefull

if anyof them hadn't taken there coats .....

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Adobe: Two critical Flash security bugs fixed for the price of one

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Roll on 2020

The whole web will be safer when it's gone

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Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

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Airbus Layout

Boht Airbus and Boeing's standard layouts feature reasonable legroom and amenities, its sadists like Oleary that take out the amenities and shove in more seats.

the typical capacity on a A321 is 206 (6 rows less than max) giving a rather spacious 31" seat pitch in economy and 45 in business

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Peers approve Brit film board as pr0n overlords despite concerns

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When will they realise

in the age of the internet, Corporations rule, not nations ....

Hail Zuck, Bezos, Musk, Page Et All.

Conspiracy theories aside, wont someone stop thinking about the children for 1 minute and think about the adults?

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Knock, knock. Who’s there? Another Amazon Key door-lock hack

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Re: Okay, let's pretend I had an aneurysm and bought one of these IoT lock thingies

http://www.walkerlocksmiths.co.uk/mortice-picks-tools/try-out-keys/%205-lever-try%20-out-keys

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You're the IT worker in charge of securing the cloud for your company. Welcome to Hell

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Remember though that, ultimately, it falls to the business side of your operation or to managers to decide where they want to draw the lines. They may retreat into: “It’s too hard, no personal phones for you”, or: “It’s all too expensive, we’ll just wear the risk.” If that happens, at least you told them

My "told you so" report draw is getting abit on the full Side ....

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Info Commish offers privacy addicts a 12-step GDPR programme

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Old news

The ICO 12 steps to GDPR have been out since 2016

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Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement

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Basically google are doing what they accused MS of with IE.

MS were using OS dominance to boost Browser market share

GG are using search dominance to Boost Map Market share

They cant have it both ways, either accept MS can nundle IE and not offer options or offer options for prefered mapping/info providers

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UK infrastructure firms to face £17m fine if their cybersecurity sucks

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Re: Can we make it retrospective?

The NHS is CNI, at least accute hospitals and trauma centres are ...

This has been worrying me a lot more than GDPR, and its just re-announcing it.

If you read the Draft Data Protection Bill, all the provisions of NIS are in it

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Hey UK.gov – cute tweaks to snoop regime. Your EU law reading needs work

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Technically there is Judicial Review, but there is a significant threshold to order one.

Also untill Brexit, you can take a case to the ECJ or the ECHR

outside of that recently its been rely on The House of lords to bring some sense to the argument, untill the commons dust off the Parliment Act again

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IT 'heroes' saved Maersk from NotPetya with ten-day reinstallation bliz

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Maersk wasn't the only outfit to cop a huge NotPetya bill: pharma giant Merck was also bitten to the tune of $310m, FedEx a similar amount, while WPP and TNT were also hit but didn't detail their costs.

Hmm isnt TNT a subsiduary of FedEx

So the FedEx numbers are TNTs numbers

"2016 - On 25 May, FedEx completed the acquisition of TNT Express." from `https://www.tnt.com/corporate/history

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S for Security is Google owner Alphabet's new favorite letter

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Been there Done that

So its a SIEM then

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Non-'fiscally neutral' defence review is go, minister tells MPs

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the trend of British defence spending since the end of the Cold War Correction this has been ongoing since the end of WWI in real terms the defence budget has been cut significantly and its hamstringing or forces.

Also the Government Procurement of the much delayed F-35 and its mounting cost is taking considerable budget for useful stuff like fuel for ships and tanks and pay for people to man them.

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EU bods up GDPR ante: Threatens legislative laggards with ‘infringement procedure’

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Get with the Program

GDPR was finallised and published on 28th May 2016 and enforcement was suspended for two years.

as of 28th May 2018 (one year and a bit before Brexit in March 2019) GDPR Comes into force and anyone holding Data on ANY EU CITIZEN must comply with the regulation.

The main changes between the two from an IT point of view are not really about controlls, because if you're doing the DPA stuff right, you probably do it all already.

The issue with GDPR is you need the monitoring and reporting to prove it.

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Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

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Forgetting the Point

The argument goes away when you read the UN Declaration of Human Rights (which all members must sign up to) my emphasis

Article 12.

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

So any interception or interference with Private communications is a breach of your fundemental Human Rights

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Depends if they are RFC 6214 Compliant Avian Carriers ....

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Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

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Re: Not Rocket Science

You dont need anything else, if you have an OAuth app on the device you are accessing Gmail from, be that smart phone, PC, or anything else with a browser.

Or SMS to landline is a thing (at least here in the uk)

but 2 factor SMS is proven insecure (as per the SS7 german banking hijack) and not recommended by NIST

Most Password Safes have one builtin now. And if you only have a dumb phone, and are willing to accept the risks, use SMS. BUt considering there are very few truely dumb phones available now.

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Not Rocket Science

FFS people google 2FA is only Oauth2.0 TOTP, you can use the code in anything you like that runs the protocol to generaet the code.

Theres apps for windows, Mac, linux, Android, iOS, tizen, watchOS you name it

its as hard as copy and paste or scan a QR code to get it to work

got all my google accounts on 2FA, means i have to be less selective about passwords...

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A380 saved as Emirates orders another 20 planes, plus 16 options

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A380-900

the curent model is the A380-800 and there was always plans for the -900 a stretched version

if they were working on getting a NEO out, but neither Engine alliance or RR would do it unless they got exclusivity as they wouldnt make enough of them to justify the development.

If turkish Airlines keeps growing, i can see them ordering A380s soon as they are roughly in the right place to operate an ME3 business model (hub/spoke)

If traffic through Heathrow keeps increasing, BA and others will have to go for the A380 as slots are limited and relocate internal flights to LGW or LTN

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VTech fondleslabs for kids 'still vulnerable' despite sanctions

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Re: Cost of doing buisness

The idea is that GDPR should do Just that.

VTech would be inline for (at the lower rate) is $37.1million which is 20% of their profit, but if it makes the higher rate fine they are looking at upto 40% of their profit, which is likley to scare any board into action.

BTW if amazon gets hit with a maximum lower rate GDPR fine it wipes out ALL their profit.

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Crypto-cash exchange BitConnect pulls plug amid Bitcoin bloodbath

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I think freddie laker said it about airlines in the 80s

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Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men

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Gender ratios, rooney rules and Positive discrimintaion

theres reasons why the highest suicide rate is in single white hetrosexual males over 25 and under 55.

Discrimination is wrong, and this group can't stand up for themselves without being accused of it.

Just because the legislation was created for one case doesnt mean its not valid for the opposite.

jsut have to say the race for life is only open to females, but Movember's morun is open to everyone..

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Qualcomm joins Intel, Apple, Arm, AMD in confirming its CPUs suffer hack bugs, too

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Re: The same bug.

Colossus Mark 1, was shown to be working in December 1943 and was operational at Bletchley Park by January 1944

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Smartphones' security enhancements just make them more dangerous

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Something you are

Thats all biometric are, a decleration hat the person requesting access is present (or atleast part of them).

In multi-factor authentication, its about a combination of factors and without one of the other two, biometrics just dont stand up

Something You Know - shared secret (Unique Static Changeable)

Something You Have - shared object (Unique Static Changeable)

Something You Are - further identity (Unique Variable Constant)

To make a biometric system viable, you have to add other factors, such as pulse, movement, behavior etc that confirm the assertion

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Cisco to release patches for Meltdown, Spectre CPU vulns, just in case

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their small business devices are the reason they bought Linksys, and they are mostly locked down to a menu subsystem, you have to jump through hoops just to get an iOS prompt, even then running yor own code is nigh on impossible.

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UK.gov admits porn age checks could harm small ISPs and encourage risky online behaviour

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Re: What a great idea...

Just take a look down haveibeenpwned, the top three pr0n networks are there, and several other age verification required sites (that now just do a click to continue if you're over 18)

you cant trust them with an email and password, so why would you trust them with CC or Passport/ID details to verify your age?

Plus, they cant block vpn traffic, they might try IPSEC blocking, but that would affect business disprortionatley and they'd lose donors, they cant block TLS as they need HTTPS for privacy equivalence with the EU.

And anyone that wants to watch the Pr0n can just get a job with the BBFC classifying all of it ....

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Brazil says it has bagged Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean for £84m

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Ocean was always meant as a stopgap measure between the invincible class and the QE Class (once the latter was delayed) and for the price its a lovely ship, also weve been able to train some staff on a big vaguley flat top. ocean was supposed to be 30,000 tonnes halfway between Invincibles and QEs.

the PoW wil be called the PoW as the last 6 to wear the name have been.

Ocean was designed from the ground up for Commando operations, even down to the width of her passageways. I have to admit, i didnt like the idea when she joined, but have warmed to the LPH idea, and now i'm starting to think 3 oceans and the two albions, would have made a better capital fleet, and saved us on the F35 costs.

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Big shock: $700 Internet-of-Things door lock not a success

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Re: Cat Flap

All the good ideas are already taken (saw this on Click)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/technology-31037989/chip-and-skin-the-office-that-microchips-its-staff

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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Re: I finally switch from AMD to Intel, and this is what happens.

Intel's GOJF card

They are not slowing the processor, the OS is, so no comeback on Intel

OS is slower because "security" and they are informing you before it happens, so no recourse to MS

SO basically we all get srewed and Intel MS et al. get to keep their mnega bucks

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How much will Britain's next F-35s cost? Not telling, says MoD

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Re: Aircraft carrier? How survivable is that?

Carriers never operate alone, they have ASW (sub-hunter) frigates and Aircraft on constant patrol and the lovley t-45 as air defence, along with some of those Astute/Trafalgar class subs and some Air to surface support from the air wing.

The carrier's job is just to be a mobile airfield.

Oh and the Joint Rapid reaction force are on 72 hrs standby 24-7-52+

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Re: Welfare over warfare

The Conservative governments have always had to sort the mess after the labour cov got in, afterall each Labour gov before New Labour was only in office for 1 term.

the Fiscal comaprison is on policy and normalisation. Conservative governments borowed beacuse they had to, Labour because they could.

The Great Depression, WW2, the 70s oil crisis, the winter of discontent, the dotcom bubble, the 2008 financial crisis. these are issues that the conservatives faced comming into power, the previous labour government caused many of them.

Like the Nuclear powerstations, London Airports, road and rail networks, telecomms networks, investment in the National Asset has been delayed and degraded in real terms constantly since the great war, and it has lead to a rise in national debt a complete failiure in the balance of payments, and a gross fall in productivity.

Far from being the world leader britain was at the end of the 1800s we are probably a third rate nation with the un deserved attitude of a top one.

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On the note of french defence spending, there equipment is not too different in capability from our own, but the companies they buy from are at least still part owned by the state, hence they get preferential pricing. The french gov has holdings in most industries and makes more from this than taxation.

On the cost differential, we may have less in terms of equipment, however we are probably the best trained millitary in the world, we spend more per man on training than everyone else, our special forces are more use and our regulars more capabale. In standard NATO deployment the US are the bulk and the British the specialists, with the germans providing the funding and everyone else bulking out the US.

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Hancock's hour: Minister of fun makes quips as GDPR questions cover old ground

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Pint

Lord Paxo of Newsnight

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China may stick to its own DRAM memory soon – researchers

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Uncle Sam wont let any US companies raise trade disputes with china, the amount of US Debt they hold is too big.

Also the comanies wouldnt want to as if they annoy the Middle Kingdom, they will end up cut off from its billion plus, newly wealthy consumers

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UK.gov pushes ahead with legal right to 10Mbps

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how the USO will work

The same as the voice one

People under USO will have Market1 exchanges, so only be able to get BT

BT will hike its standard price by £10/£20 a month to cover the costs involved

BT will provide lower priced services in Market2+ areas via its PlusNet and EE brands

this is why BT is ripoff priced....

What needs to happen is BTWholsale and Openreach need to be split off as National Communication Networks, Probably throw in EEs mobile network too, and try to get o2, Vodaphone, and three to throw in theirs. (probably re-nationalised as asset cost is expensive)

All operators are then Virtual, the network is owned by the state, and can make longer term investment decisions.

This will put communications on a similar footing to Gas (Transco) and Electric (National Grid) and get round any rules on "Illegal State Aid"

On The HS2 thing i found out today where all the money is going, they have 51 employees earning over £100kpa (av £240kpa) which is £1 billion a year, 2012 to 2032(phase 2 in service date) = 20 billion in exec pay

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Oh good, half of Defra's Brexit projects involve IT

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hang on a minute, the Rural Payments system wasnt actually a defra failure, wasnt it GDS that royally screwed defra by bringing in there socalled Agile Gurus

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HMS Queen Elizabeth has sprung a leak and everyone's all a-tizzy

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Dear ElReg

SHIPS LEAK, wodden ones were worse, but thats why the bilge pump has been around since ancient times (conventional wisdom says this is what the archemedies screw was invented for)

The bilge and sullage collection system on HMS QE has the capacity to hold up to 83 m3 or 83000 litres or 17 days 7hrs of leakage, this is processed and safely expelled within the average 8 hrs shift.

The issue isnt that big Liz isnt on schedule, its tat they got rid of the harriers and Invincible class before they had a replacement.

The other nations intending on operating the F35-B are actually copying the Invincible class idea, wheras the RN have learnt from this, the old ASW Carriers were highly limited by their single runway and limited deck area, and could not operate more than two flights simultaneously (after a midlife upgrade) wheras the QE class can land and recover symaltaneously and have rotary wing co-operation, they also have the capacity to land STOL aircraft like the C-130 that wouldnt have the space on the invicible class.

I am firmly of the opinion that the F35 will be a white elephant, and a version of the AV-8B would have better solved the Fleet Air Arm requirement, or even a Blank sheet design from BAe/RR.

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SCOLD WAR: Kaspersky drags Uncle Sam into court to battle AV ban

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Big Brother

The funny thing is ....

I got a directive from UK.gov:

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued a statement that they are investigating the usage of Russian anti-virus (AV) products within the government.

NCSC are conducting this work as their analysis of the Russian state indicates they intend to target UK national security interests.

"Organisations with a responsibility for critical national infrastructure should carry out a risk assessment on their chosen anti-virus software. If an organisation has concerns about their specific AV provider, they must contact the NCSC for further guidance."

Anyone know of any popular Russian AV vendors ....

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Italy leans on Amazon to retrieve €100m in unpaid tax

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Re: You'd need a heart of stone not to laugh

and made €8bn in revenue.

the problem being gglobally amazon are only making about 2%profit on revenue, so if they get hit with a GDPR lower level fine, it will wipe out all their profit

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Oi, force Microsoft to cough up emails on Irish servers to the Feds, US states urge Supremes

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depends on where the user took-out their agreement with microsoft.

If they took it out in the US, then the user agrreement is with Microsoft Inc. based in redmond WA, therfore where they chose to store the data is of no consequence, it is within the remit of the US court.

If the user took out the agreement outside the US, they contracted with microsoft International which is an Irish company headquartered in dublin, and the data is subject to eu law and the juristiciton of irish and eu courts.

in the first case MS have no leg to stand on, in the second, DoJ have none.

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Brrr! It's a snow day and someone has pwned the chuffin' school heating

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Re: Question for El Reg management:

Can't be the only one to notice this, but a high percentage of IT bods significant others are in Education or Healthcare (Teachers and Nurses)

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