* Posts by Blotto

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Has science gone too far, part 97: Boffins craft code to find protesters on social networks, rate them on their violence

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What would it make of a bunch of football fans walking up the street to the match chanting?

Or a street carnival?

How about a hard thrash metal concert or a rave with arms flailing or punks or just strictly come dancing with contestants being flung around with an audience clapping?

Sounds great in the context they've explained, but I doubt it'll work in the real world where peaceful activities can look very much like violence when the context is taken away.

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Ah, good ol' Windows update cycles... Wait, before anything else, check your hardware

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Greedy

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Falling apart at the seamless: Inside Apple's LTE Watch fiasco

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LTE is good for those of us that like to exercise outdoors

I cycle offroad and take my iPhone & Garmin edge 1k wherever i go as i use the track my ride feature to send to my otherhalf and mum so they can come rescue me if i need help. Having an iWatch with LTE would mean i can leave the phone at home and still be tracked etc.

Likewise she takes her iPhone when out for the same reasons. Many here do not see a use for a connected watch but many others in the real world do.

I purchased a cheap (£35) kids smart watch the other day for my nephew, it had a camera and not much else, my sister asked if it had GPS and could receive calls, when i said no she said no thanks and asked me to take it back as she could get better elsewhere that could track her child when out playing. I was miffed and thinking how ungrateful etc and you can't get all that for less than £100 and a 6 year old boy would break it in less a week. Then i looked online at the usual Chinese importers and found watches with GPS and 3g for ~£30, then i checked Amazon and found GPS 2g smart watches for £20.

http://amzn.eu/2AbQ5hI

there is a market for GSM connected watches.

Apples method of connection is a bit short of the mark though, unless the watch is fully autonomous, there is little point having a mobile radio in it.

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Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

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Re: Object Oriented Computing

@Uncle,

i was going to post the same,

fond memories

add a spreadsheets in a claris works doc that automatically updated when the origin did

add a graphics in what ever that was always updated when the origin did

it promised so much

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Orland-whoa! Chap cops to masterminding $100m Microsoft piracy racket

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Re: Inconsistent

@big_d

i wish i could upvote you more than once.

it grates when you read the story and come away confused as the journalist is either deliberately trying to confuse or just doesn't know enough about the subject to realise the write up is confusing. Either way for a tech site this article should be much better on the detail that counts as the vast majority of readers deal in minutia constantly and it matters.

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Mobe reception grief turns LTE Apple Watch 3 into – er, a dull watch

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Re: The article is wrong about iOS Wifi and Bluetooth.

@Brenda McViking

i see the furore, but.......

if you absolutely need the radio's off then currently you have to go to airplane mode to ensure the gsm/lte radio is off anyway,

most of the time you turn wifi or bluetooth off to disconnect from or prevent connecting to something that is usually not an Apple something.

If i turn her bluetooth off to connect my phone to the car sound system i really don't mind if her phone is still connected to her watch, saves me grief when she moans her watch isn't connected as i forgot to turn it back on again.

They should change its name so its clear its just disconnecting from non apple stuff but still on.

They should also explain the ramifications for tracking purposes (the MACS and ID's should be randomized etc)

Also what's with the reenabled at 5am nonsense? What's so special about 5am.

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macOS High Sierra more like 'Cry Sierra' for Mac-wielding beta testers

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Re: Hard locks attract workarounds, workarounds become a honeypot for malware.

@Dan55

No drivers exist for the hardware in question, even the hackers resort to hardware changes.

https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/some-broadcom-mini-pcie-wifi-devices-unsupported-in-macos-sierra.201746/

"there is no solution- this kext will not load in macOS Sierra"

If people are told it won't work then Apple will get far fewer complaints than if they let people install the free software who then find out they can't connect to the net, can't uninstall the OS and Apple and their customers are left with an expensive hardware replacement trip to the Apple Store.

Far easier to say no it won't install as hardware is incompatible, which is the truth, and let some savvy customers hack around to get the OS to install, build a hackintosh or buy a new Mac.

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Apple's only motivation in introducing the Lock is to stop older machines being upgraded

@sabroni

"Apple's only motivation in introducing the Lock is to stop older machines being upgraded. It's a greedy attempt to force users to buy new machines."

The OP has already stated the reason is due to incompatibility with hardware in those early 2009 machines.

That's like saying apple has been greedy by no longer supporting 32 bit apps in iOS, or no longer supporting PPC, or windows is being greedy by only supporting new cpu's with their next OS, actually that last one can be seen as being greedy.

Apple's reputation is about making systems that just work and don't need an expert to meddle with on a frequent basis. Installing this OS on those 2009 systems will cause them a support headache requiring the owner to purchase additional hardware to support a free OS update.

At least they checked and know ahead of time what system's are not compatible.

Hardware update for clueless owners is tricky, telling everyone the free OS won't install on incompatible systems is also tricky.

Understanding why Apple have taken this approach is not tricky.

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Because they spent effort locking it down rather than just giving a warning

@Sabroni

it doesn't work on those machines in the current release (sierra) & won't work on the forthcoming release (High Sierra) either.

What are you and the OP complaining about?

El captain is still supported on those machines, and the next release (High Sierra) hasn't even shipped yet.

Boo Hoo, companies current and future free software won't work on my machine from early 2009.

Ask most Android users if they can upgrade to the latest free version off Android, and then ask if their handset manufacturer is greedy.

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Re: Hard locks attract workarounds, workarounds become a honeypot for malware.

Apples greed in releasing a free OS?

They already know it won't work fully on some machines so prevent those machines from loading the free software.

I just can't see how releasing a free OS in late 2017 that prevents installation on machines they know it won't work properly on from early 2009 can be seen as greed. How can releasing a free os 8 years after the machines shipped be called greed?

Maybe time for an upgrade (doesn't need to be brand spanking new, just new to you!!)

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DXC Technologies mails another corp message (gulp)

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Re: Don't hold your breath

@ac

"I just fix broken computers"

Take longer to fix them and your employer gets to charge more, (may need more ram or disk etc). More charge = more revenue = more pay for them and if your lucky 5% for you for increasing customer engagement leading to increased sales.

It's stupid but the worst performers seem to get the best rewards.

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Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down

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Unhappy

Muppets

I've been trying to get them to correct incorrect details on my profile since 2016. That stupid dispute site never worked properly. I'd create or reset an account and it wouldn't let me login so I could never see their responses.

Funnily enough it works now, since they've patched it.

They still won't correct the wrong info.

I'll be lodging a complaint with ICO next, but I suspect they'll be equally useless.

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User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

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Re: TBH

@Terry 6

you are correct, but most people's test system is just an identical implementation of the live system with dummy data.

Most COTS systems don't provide the ability to customise the system as you describe and most IT shops won't have the ability to add that customisation either.

The best thing they can do is ensure no test data gets on the live system and that they have documented processes that ensure separation.

At the end of the day, real data was added to the test system, provided it was suitably scrubbed and stayed onsite (in country or just not on the net) then the data was contained.

It would be upto the software vendor to provide a facility to brand the test system as a test system.

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Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

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Good

He deserved it the stupid fuckwit.

I hope they make an example of him.

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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i'd love to be able to afford a grand seiko.

funny how they just tell the time yet cost thousands, yet people moan about a hugely powerful computer in your pocket that can do all sorts for £1k.

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Re: Sound

@Paul Stimpson

"Sounds like they're saying "You can plug in better hardware so we're going to give you junk.""

they don't give you anything beyond the DAC that powers the built in speakers as there is no 3.5mm jack. the lightening to 3.5mm jack has its own DAC in the cable. Streaming sound to anything will use the DAC in the playback hardware. The money saved has gone into improving something else like the camera or screen, or cpu.

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Re: Sound

I've obviously mishandled my post and the downvotes are from people that didn't receive it well.

Jokes aside, some people just like to downvote for no good reason.

If they really want a great DAC then they can buy a pair of wireless headphones with a great DAC now or anytime in the future, or buy an android with a great DAC now and plug their crappy headphones in it, their choice I guess.

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@vincent himpe

the only valid thing you moaned about was the email search and filters.

you can take photos without unlocking the phone

in settings you can ensure the camera remembers the last settings like which mode (video, portrait, panoramic etc) my hdr settings stick without changing any pref's in settings

you can change the icons on all icon screens to be what you want

there is an app called find iphone that you can use from a web page or other i device, it can ping your phone even when locked and will show you on a map where it is. When the phone runs out of juice it can tell apple where it is before it dies so you can find it on the map even with a flat battery.

Almost all of your concerns have already been addressed, maybe make an appointment with an applestore and have a word with them or call the helpline?

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Re: Sound

Apple already explained why. They have said for a while now that better DAC's are available outside the phone, so rather than lock the consumer into what ever DAC the phone ships with (often chosen due to cost) the consumer can connect to the phone via Bluetooth and use the DAC on their third party device instead. It's one of the reasons for ditching the 3.5mm jack.

Maybe el reg where taking the piss with the DAC thing, or just baiting people, providing them with something to moan about, either way the DAC in the phone is now irrelevant.

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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Re: Can't wait

@Lee D

"However, they do suck at business too. As someone who's just ditched £250k of Apple equipment in a school as they have NO education support department, really don't care, even about written complaints of the simplest order, and refuse to confirm ANYTHING (even their name) in writing whatsoever. I was literally REFUSED details of their complaints procedure by their head of written complaints. They have no interest in future business or their customers whatsoever."

so you just junked £250k worth of kit because apple wouldn't answer your simple support questions?

sounds like a pebkac issue of the highest order.

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Can't wait

To see one and order one.

That edge to edge screen looks awesome,

Facial tracking looks awesome

They've gone the extra mile with face Id (apart from if you gave an identical twin)

I love the way they are wringing the most possible from customising the hardware and software, not something you see in the Android world.

Even extending wireless charging so it uses standard QI and can use apples new multi charge, thus will benefit non Apple customers alike.

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Crackas With Attitude troll gets five years in prison for harassment

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In hindsight...........

Funny how he has changed his mind after the act.

Youngsters need to know the consequences of their actions, not by fud like making an example of people, but the damage and harm caused to the victims.

He effectively got jailed fir 5 years for cyber bullying, yet real world bullies will not be put off following in a similar vein.

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Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus

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Re: Iphone owners are in the know

Thats funny as mine and hers iPhone 6 batteries are exhibiting unusual rapid battery drain as of the last 2 weeks.

gone from all day surfing, whats app email etc to just a few hours.

I can't believe Apple could be doing this on purpose but it is an odd coincidence.

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Re: Is "iPhone X" the actual name?

wow calm down,

its the ten year anniversary of the iPhone, 'X' is ten in Roman numerals & they've used X before as in OS X, as in the tenth incarnation of Mac OS. This phone is their celebration edition, hence iPhone X.

Its sad that it needs to be explained to someone on a tech site.

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Lord Sugar phubbed in peers' debate on 'digital understanding'

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Re: Boring jobs?

its because they don't have enough trained humans to answer the calls on demand and use the robots to add delay in the hope that a human will be available once you've done with the robot. They could just train more humans but then the cost of the service goes up, less profits etc etc. Its much cheaper to have a few less humans than they need as typically its not costing them anything (or very little) for you to be waiting on the phone a few mins vs the cost of employing extra humans.

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Gov claws back £645m in BT broadband from subsidy

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would be good if other government initiatives where run under similar financial control.

The original investment has been used for good causes, reduced risk for the corporate operator to install where their planning said it was too risky and has resulted in win win for all involved.

It seems the balance of incentives for all involved has resulted in good outcomes for all.

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

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Paris Hilton

So what's in store for us non gsuite google drive users?

Is it still 15GB free usage?

Does backup and sync have new better features?

I'm just learning about this now, would be good for el reg to have a proper right up about it.

I'm going to have to google it now.

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Now googled, I realise this article is like an advert selling the change. There will be no simple folder you dump stuff in, now you tell it which folders to sync which I guess are then viewable in the cloud, no idea how or if it copies that data to your other machine, how will it cope if the parent of the source folder does not exist on your other machine?

This will have big ramifications for some. I have scanners that automatically save to google drive, how will this work in future?

https://www.blog.google/products/photos/introducing-backup-and-sync-google-photos-and-google-drive/

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Huawei developing NMVe over IP SSD

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Cloud first networking?

This could be huge for cloud providers, of course all these ssd's needs connecting somehow.

What a way to sell more network kit. Prob a better way to sell more ports than building your own servers.

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Networking vendors are good for free lunches, hopeless for networks

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Re: Cloud

so how does everyone connect to the cloud and how does the cloud connect to itself and others?

People don't seem to understand what a data network is or its significance in enabling everything else that runs on it.

People don't realise their cars contain high speed data networks, or the mobile phone masts are connected via high speed nets or even that the analogue phone lines are now actually digital, with voice being encoded and sent along high speed data network from the cab or exchange. if 3 or more machines need to connect then they will do so likely over a high speed network with its own rules and processes that at some point will interface with other networks that have their own rules and processes and all needs to be seamless to the user.

We all want it reliable, scalable, extensible, quick, secure and above all cheap. The cloud is not the answer to this EA chaps networking woes, its actually a huge risk to him as he won't have control.

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Police deny Notting Hill Carnival face recog tech led to wrongful arrest

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The police are there to ensure safety for all attendees, as such they should have publicised that they would be doing facial recognition and also have loads of cameras (even fake ones) in plain site painted yellow or purple (or whatever) to ensure those known criminals on their list stay well away from the event, thereby ensuring a peaceful carnival as the known bad elements would be too wise to attend knowing they'd be caught and potential bad actors would know everything is being recorded for later scrutiny.

It would get the public inside too.

The met should also tell attendees what will happen to the recordings once the event is over, when will they delete them, what systems will they feed the images into and for what reason etc.

Yes I realise they won't say and will keep the data on file and feed into future systems for all kinds of bad reasons they won't want to publicise or explain due to public uproar.

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We're not the 'world leader' in electric cars, Nissan insists

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Obligatory Virgin Fibre moan

So the ASA let Virgin advertise their coax broadband as fibre yet are moaning about Nissan who are definitely a global leader in EV.

They need to take a reality check.

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How the CIA, Comcast can snoop on your sleep patterns, sex toy usage

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Simple way to elude the snoopers

VPN

Peer to peer uploading constantly, maybe adobe updates or just win 10

QoS marking all non peer to peer traffic as preferred

So long as no unusual spikes or dips you should be ok, prob spikes at home time anyway as others come home and turn their machines on which in turn start pulling data from your peer to peer thereby masking your iot.

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VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

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Can the US now jail every.......

So they found the VW engineer culpable, now how about those political, social, marketing and weapon engineers culpable for other stuff that cost lives and money, other stuff like gun crime, oppression (at home and abroad), narcotics, tobacco, lack of health care etc. They should now all be fair game since this case.

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Is it possible to control Amazon Alexa, Google Now using inaudible commands? Absolutely

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Amazon now?

What does Amazon deliver when you say

"Cocaine noodles"?

Could seriously revolutionise the drug industry. The next Pablo Esteban is probably coding the drug über meets echo app as we speak (unless it's already here and I'm hugely out of touch with how things are done now days).

All delivered by drone of course.

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Uncle Sam outlines evidence against British security whiz Hutchins

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Paris Hilton

Open and shut case.

Obviously guilty

of something, maybe this, maybe that, but something.

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UK taxman forks out to parents after glitch smacks child benefits site

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FAIL

Agile at its best

Agile at its best

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Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

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surely just a normal day?

Just Virgin's normal service, what are people complaining about?

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New MH370 analysis again suggests plane came down outside search area

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Re: Mayday

It'd be easier to realtime stream crucial data via satellite (location, heading, speed, altitude as a minimum) just like engine data is currently related back to rolls royce. In fact air France crash from Argentina a few years back, before the jet was found all they had was the realtime data which showed iirc conflicting speed info which was due to the frozen pito tubes which directly contributed to the crash as the auto pilot stopped and the pilots where feeding the computer conflicting instructions one erroneously constantly pulling up whilst the captain was pushing down to get air speed to unstall the plane.

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Re: Now this is intersting

There was a an effort at the time for internet volunteers to view satellite imagery of the area

http://www.tomnod.com/campaign/mh370_indian_ocean/map/1fvxaydo

The drift calcs now suggest looking in an area previously excluded so no one was looking. IIRC the search range was extended several times and the possible locations changed several times based on new information from the engine polling and satellite signal processing.

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Good question. Assuming the sealed units are still sealed and no water ingress then the data should be safe for years. The x days limit for finding the boxes referred to the life of the batteries for the locating pingers.

Solid state devices tend to be quite resilient, not had an issue with USB drives being washed and tumble dried, obviously submerged at depth in salt water for years is a lot more extreme but if it's seal is in tact there is a chance.

If they find the plane and can get the rapid data logger from the cockpit too that would be a huge revelation for them as it may contain data the black box doesn't.

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Read IBM CEO Ginni Rometty's letter to staff: Why I walked from Trump's strategy forum

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Re: Trump was right the first time

@wayward

"The problem with Trump's response was that it assumed a general level of intelligence of the listeners. Damn skippy no group should get out of hand during a demonstration. No one should become dead. What is REALLY wrong with this country is that we expect first class behavior from citizens that received a second class brain-deadening education devoid of critical thinking skills. Trump doesn't get that yet. He needs to realize that the majority in this country are knuckle-dragging idiots who lack a half assed education. They need to have things explained to them in a manner that requires no thinking."

If you wrote that paragraph describing trump you'd be getting gazillions of up votes, as it'd be true.

There's many things Trump doesn't get, he's the bull in the China shop, smashing everything up because he doesn't understand and doesn't want to understand. Once he's gone the shop will still be there, in need of a huge cleanup and restocking, removing all the crap he left behind and in need to convince its neighbors and potential customers its safe to come back in and measures are in place to prevent any new bulls from entering.

When a nation has nuclear weapons and its leader is so removed from reality, the rest of the world truly trembles in terror. This is the reason why we don't want other nations having the bomb, as we fear their leaders are unstable and irrational.

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Nosey ex-NHS staffer slapped with fine for illegally peeking at medical records

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looked up family and friends

I assume she looked up family and friends and one of her family or friends blabbed resulting in a complaint that traced back to her looking up stuff not related to her role.

you can imagine how some private information can be blabbed in a heated argument or just general gossip.

Most officers over 45 will tell you how they looked up daughters / nieces ex wives potential partners etc.

Its human nature to look and these reports of unlawful access just exposes the serious failings of the current controls in place.

we should all get access to near time (updated monthly) report on who is accessing our data for what reason.

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Brit folk STILL not getting advertised broadband speeds – survey

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I'm surprised so many posters here don't understand why it's advertised as "upto".

The simple explanation is that the signal traversing the connecting cable degrades over distance. The same service is sold nationwide yet everyone's connecting cable is a different length. Longer cables suffer more signal loss and therefore will not achieve the upper end of the upto, shorter cables can achieve the upto limit.

Signals on Fibre also degrade with distance, it's just that the distances required for bb are well within the margins for delivering top speed for the overwhelming majority of end users.

How do you remove the upto part whilst keeping the advertising simple for consumers? The £20 tier will not exceed 40mbs? The £30 tier won't exceed 70mbs? Speeds dependant on survey?

I'm happy with the "upto" marketing and receiving the more accurate estimate when applying.

Upto doesn't tell me anything about the quality of the connection offered by the isp though. An official tier branding from OFCOM would help, tier 1's being bt, Sky etc, tier 2's perhaps plusnet, Zen etc. Consumers won't care though and would just want fastest for cheapest and moan like hell when it doesn't work.

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Jocks' USO block shock: BT's 10Mbps proposals risk 'rural monopoly'

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@Anonymous Coward

"Get stuffed BT, give the £600M to B4RN so people can have proper 1Gps fibre rather than your crappy FTTC."

they could just give me the £600m & i'll sort them a decent net connection too.

i suspect BT won't be too happy just handing over "loads a money" so some other comms company can profit from them, whilst a stupid idea, there is likely some competition law that forbids them doing so.

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Marcus Hutchins free for now as infosec world rallies around suspected banking malware dev

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the state plays the same games with those that aren't famous too.

Imagine your on holiday, about to come home and are misidentified as someone they are after, you'd get the same treatment too.

The thing that bothers me the most is that if we heard of this behaviour in Russia, North Korea, China or some other country we have been brought up to expect poor treatment of their citizens, we'd all be moaning about how inhumane they are for treating their citizens in this way. If a foreign country had arrested a US citizen in this way, guilty or not, they'd be sending in the black hawks and parking the Reagan of the coast.

the behaviour of the US towards its citizens and world neighbours over the last 17 years has been getting more and more questionable.

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WannaCry-slayer Marcus Hutchins 'built Kronos banking trojan' – FBI

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Re: Also Wannacry?

All that vs editing a host file entry and spinning up a vm in a sand boxed environment?

Ok

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Re: Also Wannacry?

If he's a security guy and noticed it trying to get to a non existent domain he must have seen it do a dns lookup. The easiest and quickest way to determine what it would do would be to add an entry in his host file and point the domain to a webserver in his own LAN, not go to the lengths of paying for and registering a domain with an odd name then create an internet facing webserver and point the domain at it. Turns a 5 min job into a few hours at minimum and at some cost. If after testing in the home lab he discovered it rendered the attack null then great buy the domain, put your sever on it and tell the world.

There is something a little off with this.

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UK IBMers lose crucial battle in pension row

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WTF?

Huge betrayal of trust

That is a huge betrayal of trust and a huge kick in the nads for employees not just of IBM or in tech, but across the whole employment spectrum (except government).

People would have turned down offers of employment from other employers due to the perceived strength of the IBM pension fund. To change the rules after committing to employment really is not fair.

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Network and IT investment spanks Three's bottom line

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Boasted

"Three also significantly boasted its spectrum holding with the £300m acquisition of loss-making firm UK Broadband earlier this year."

pea-cocking about their purchases, what ever next cheap prices?

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Apple celebrates soaring iPad sales: Put it on my tab, says CEO Tim Cook

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Re: The new iPads are amazing, but still overally expensive

While I agree the price is bonkers, it's clearly selling well so must be filling some need that is not readily apparent and the other vendors aren't capable of satisfying.

For most people this will not be there first tablet purchase.

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