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US midterms barely over when Russians came knocking on our servers (again), Democrats claim

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You could apply logic as well. For instance, assume:

a) a good economy is attractive,

b) a good economy results from policy decisions,

c) a country is the sum of its people, and

d) each citizen carries a (varying) fractional part of their native country's policy/history (the converse of c).

We can conclude that to maintain your good economy, you need to prevent countries merging with yours; i.e. you need to a good ingress filter.

Protestors beg Google not to build censored Project Dragonfly search engine

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Re: in some ways I can't blame Google for doing business

IMO in its true meaning 'hypocrisy' cannot be applied to businesses involving more than one. It is the job of the marketing department to say whatever is within the law to attract customers. From there down, it all depends on the feedback loops, whether the business follows through. And if the marketing campaign used vague terms, you can almost guarantee there's no business sense to follow through.

Slack to fend off the collaboration competition with... a new logo

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Re: One good thing about it

The greatest demonstration of patriotism at work is the assumption on a site, read the world round, that anyone would care what is happening in your country... and take sides.

The curious thing is that the good Netizens of the world actually do. And make US or UK politics out to be more important than corruption like in good old RSA.

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Re: Proprietary private newsgroups

El Reg is the new NNTP for me.

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Agreed on the server side. Client woes are usually psychological.

Oh snap: AWS has only gone and brought out its own Backup

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Re: AWS backups are based on snapshots

My mucking with KVM some time back suggests to me that it is a point-in-time backup. Start the machine and it sees a time jump from backup-time to now.

Cortana and Search to innovate separately in an amicable Windows 10 Insider split

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Re: Sysinternals

One would hope if it comes to that that he'd open-source it.

Microsoft sends a raft of Windows 10 patches out into the Windows Update ocean

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Re: Father, forgive me ...

That was something I didn't know, thanks.

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Re: Access 97

I've read a lot of hate over ODBC... but is there anything with as general a scope? As you indicate all other db abstractions are language specific.

I know very well it can be finicky.

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Re: Father, forgive me ...

Back when MS hadn't jumped onto the class library naming shenanigans and had a simple interface to COM, instead of a roundabout one (aka .NET) and made no apologies for it not being CORBA...well I lost my hate for VB some time after they ditched it.

And boy did they ditch it.

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Re: Access 97

Some say

set n = createobject("adodb.connection")

n.open "provider=microsoft.jet.oledb.4.0;data source=filename"

set w = createobject("adodb.recordset")

w.open "select field1,field2 from table1 inner join table2 on table1.pki1=table2.fkitable1", n

But that's hearsay.

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Re: MDBs? Really?

It was never acceptable to use Access. Otoh, in its time it provided a relational view of your database which was pretty rare. And the OLE2 format allowing for the bundling of multiple streams--making a copy of your database became CTRL+C & CTRL+V (obviously with NT mandatory locking). If they only had a 'show tables' command I'd probably seldom need anything else (as I mentioned above).

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Re: Jet

"And how", as they say in the classics. I seem to remember msdhcp using some kind of jet database.

Back to the point though, quite a few db's are small enough where dbase is sufficient. I hear MS ODBC does a pretty good job with dbase files too. And the advantage over MSAccess (97) databases is that you can actually list your tables!

That's what they tell me anyway.

The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins

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Re: It’s a hard choice...

"Joe Public is the last person to make funding decisions. "

Oh yeah, how obvious. Let's have an elite class do that for us. Make sure they are raised so as to be unsullied by the vulgar opinion.

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As long as you go into this with your eyes focused on that clear downside, wherein the recipients of the funding need to steel themselves against the temptation to simply produce the results that will be rewarded by more funding--as I say, if we are agreed that that needs to be in the spotlight, then accelerate them li'l fundamentals to your heart's content (with a reasonable amount of my tax money).

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Re: "What benefits do we actually get from projects like CERN?"

To people who are invested heavily in the stock market, that value is precisely quantifiable*. That's why we have government grants. It encourages poor (and ignorant) people with the idea they can get paid to do what their instincts are yelling at them is a Good Thing. They get into debt, and prop up those first mentioned.

Simple enough?

*I have a day job.

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My point is being missed. So far in this forum, "fundamental research" equates to research with "no clear payoff". I'm just wondering aloud when and why it was decided that this 'no payoff' thing needed to be redressed.

As I mentioned, don't approach this from a 'today is better' POV. Maybe it is; maybe without the crown supporting the improvement in timepieces and steam engines, we wouldn't be sharing these ideas now, because we'd only be dreaming about the possibility of telegraphs. But if necessity is the mother of invention, perhaps the funding could be dialed way back without humanity suffering a jot.

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That assumes Pangloss' theorem that we live in the best of all possible worlds. How can you tell for certain that without government funding of research we would not be better off? In a world where governments stuck to the job of regulation.

Huawei’s elusive Mr Ren: We’re just a 'sesame seed' in a superpower spat

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Re: Diplomatic

If he's offering praise to POTUS then he clearly isn't up to speed with US politics.

What is a psy-op anyway?

Googlers to flood social media with tales of harassment in bid to end forced arbitration

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Re: Social media "campaign" versus legal challenge

Which separates Google employees from the rest of us plebs, who must just accept our job or quit. Justice?

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Re: Social media "campaign" versus legal challenge

In the interests of not giving a dog a bad name unnecessarily, I note that where the article talks 'sexual harassment' and 'discrimination', you are talking about sex crimes?

Let me rephrase, give a dog a bad name, or call him Satan--are these equivalent?

Want to get rich from bug bounties? You're better off exterminating roaches for a living

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Nice to see a bit of good common sense here.

Oh, SSH, IT please see this: Malicious servers can fsck with your PC's files during scp slurps

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Well.... sure, this has been around for 34 years according to the article. I agree the white-hat age is upon us, which involves the exposition of some less likely flaws which some might argue are not all news-worthy. But personally I'd err on the side of disclosure and publication, and less on reminding everyone that we don't need to panic.

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

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Re: "and failed to honour the cynical tradition of built-in obsolescence"

A tip of the hat to you, sir!

But iOS 9 just made it too tedious to use.

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"and failed to honour the cynical tradition of built-in obsolescence"

I remain cynical about that seeing as my iPhone 4S will not be receiving an upgrade--though the hardware was built to last 20 years.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: How many Shuttles could have been kept operative..

I gather it is easier than thinking just to jump on a bandwagon--which involves repeating one proper noun along with a string of negative adjectives. At least there are one or two level headed "right wing nut jobs" (as I suppose anyone who doesn't fall into stitches of laughter at their brilliant ripostes will be labelled) around here.

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Re: How many Shuttles could have been kept operative..

Which would've been money well spent had the program continued. As it stands, you've simply confirmed the cost, as the USA government has no space capability whatsoever.

Drone goal! Quadcopter menace alert freezes flights from London Heathrow Airport

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Re: Adding to the paranoia maybe?

`tac pg2600.txt` then? I don't know what you're trying to prove except your ignorance of security?

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Re: You don't want to close the airport over nothing

That's just it. Selfies are by nature posed for, giving time for the cameraman to get everything in focus. And every dolt begins to think they'd be able to do wildlife photography no probs.

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Re: Adding to the paranoia maybe?

I decided to remove my password because there are ways around it.

Thought Macbooks were expensive? Dell UK unveils the 7 meeeellion pound laptop

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Only trouble is, will they really make any sales as a result of the advert?

If you've been dying to run some math on a dinky toy quantum computer, IBM may have something for you

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Re: Money is not the issue.

FA is a subset of UTM. Don't see how it could speed things up.

Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is: 1. More ad revenue, and 2. Good PR. Lots of love – Mark, aged 34½

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Link, please?

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Came here to say the same thing--I don't see much of evidence of:

'the damage that reports like these do to public trust'

Introducing 'Happy Quit', where Chinese smokers are text-spammed into nicotine abstinence

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Thanks for that reference (it is not mentioned in all texts on the subject, unsurprisingly).

The eulogising of The Mother Of All Demos at 50 is Silicon Valley going goo-goo for gurus again

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@illuminatus Re: A product of the time

What you might be missing is the comparison to Tesla and Edison. Popular culture has it that USA invented computers, just like Edison invented 'electricity'.

In other words, marketing, lobbying and brashness are the pillar of US 'ingenuity'.

BTW I'm not a Brit.

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@Glen 1 Re: Fighting the slide towards hagiography.

"According to FREEEDOM ..."

I'd paraphrase as 'according to CAPITTALISSM'. In fact a sliding scale on tax does suggest that too much money is a thing. Only, that sliding scale stops somewhere above two or three orders of magnitude what I earn...

Reasons for this? Lobby capital maybe?

The fastest, most secure browser? Microsoft Edge apparently

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Re: Does it phone home?

"Security and privacy are different things"

Quite right; but ignorance is bliss, and the experience must be blissful. As a previous poster indicated, they don't understand trusted roots and signing. Of course not--that's all in the cloud, isn't it? [1]

As Microsoft (and other USAian tech companies) _introduced_ viruses I don't see why they should be allowed to state that things like 'safescreen' are for our benefit. They only exist because of shit decisions in the first place.

Can I think of something better? Sure, but it ain't gonna be eye-candy. And that's why I won't compete.

[1] Surely a 'safe' browser should inform you every time the list of roots changes?

Careful with this latest Microsoft release – tug too hard on the threads and it tends to unravel

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Re: Ah, the Legendary Friday Register Snark...

I guess I'll need to recalibrate my sarcasm detection. My round --->

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Re: Ah, the Legendary Friday Register Snark...

Well that just took the fun out of the whole thing. Thanks.

I was coming here to express my thanks for the Linux comment, as I have always had the feeling that until I could compile all the binaries I had not completed The Linux Challenge (hats off to the founders of all distributions).

Telcos enlist Google, Amazon to help protect Europe's data from Big Tech

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@overunder Re: Shameless

I'm holding a course on irony. Click on the little arrow on the bottom left to apply.

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"There's hope then."

And hope for El Reg, if this pearl of facetiousness is anything to go by.

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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Re: Painter's 2nd Law of IT - Fixed it for you...

That's if you're using MS-Windows. cron doesn't need to be 'updated' when the root password changes.

Oh, you're manually updating certificates?

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Re: <strike>Acronyms</strike> Initialism

Wow, on a dot-uk site, no-one seems to have a copy of Fowler? This all falls under 'curtailment', and Britons do not need to keep their vocabulary in the Victorian era. Acronymn is a 20th century invention.

Pencil manufacturers rejoice: Oz government doesn't like e-voting

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Re: Security is not the issue

"The codes are long enough so that you cannot guess one."

Remind me what problem (of paper ballots) are we trying to solve here?

Oh yeah, gotta have me some tech, eh?

Falcon 9 gets its feet wet as SpaceX notch up two more launch successes

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Re: If only...

Sorry to spoil your day if you were going for downvotes with this. I am still learning. I will now repeat 100 times "A good commentard only upvotes comments about Tesla crashes on Tesla articles."

UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...

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Have you not been reading these forums? If seemingly intelligent people take a party line (passed to them by news rags) on people who have undermined covert ops, thought-crimes 'are so yesterdaaay'.

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