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Guess who else Spectre is haunting? Yes, it's AMD. Four class-action CPU flaw lawsuits filed

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In monetary terms

How much has the price of new PCs dropped since the announcement of Meltdown and Spectre?

That is the amount of money all but one class action suits are claiming.

Be interesting to see it quantified.

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If at first you don't succeed, you're likely Intel: Second Spectre microcode fix emitted

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Flame

I'd give that a few minutes if I were you

Wait for the, er, dust to settle first.

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Brexit to better bumpkin broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Gove

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What is even worse

Is that there are parts of Kent which have faster broadband than some parts of Kent.

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Euro Space Agency probe begins search for guff gas on Mars

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Re: Oxygen ...

Probably just a pan-galactic gargle blaster.

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Use ad blockers? Mine some Monero to get access to news, says US site

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Re: How about

Already been done to death numerous times.

It would be cheaper to pay the site directly than pay the electricity company to waste electricity so a percentage of the bill goes to the site.

More environmentally friendly as well.

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

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Ummm ....

Can I give you a hug?

Go on, let me, you know you want to.

It would make me feel really, really special if you agree to a big, big hug.

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So just asking permission may be too much in some cases.

In other cases a poster may feel strengthened and supported by expressions of support.

I can't see an "ask first" policy working in any logical fashion because either the answer is "yes" or even asking the question can cause offence.

This looks a nightmare to logically enforce.

Enq(hug)

Ack(hug)

or

Nack(hug)

On bulletin boards supportive icons are sometimes provided (agree, like, funny, informative, hug) in which case an individual user might be able to disable the option (but only in a direct reply).

Policing text fields (and spelling variations) does seem a nightmare.

I would respectfully suggest a moderation policy where the recipient can flag the content of the post as unwelcome and a repeat is treated as misbehaviour.

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Talk about a MINER offense! Crypto-cash crafter clashes with T-Mob US in hipster haven

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Tinfoil wallpaper

With enough left over for a hat.

Job done!

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

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Alien

All your passwords

Are belong to us.

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We've built a 4G drone tracking system, beams Vodafone

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I wonder

If there is a roaming agreement?

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Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

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Geographical thing

Used to be around Derbyshire and Nottinghmshire where they started to screw in the sparklers on the hand pump to get more head on the beer.

Dahn sarf served nicely flat (sparkler often left off the pump) - as also found in proper pubs where the beer barrel was on a cold shelf and the beer was run into an enamel jug then poured into a glass. None of this beer engine crap.

Get as far north as Manchester and the sound of a pint being pulled was more like that of a cat with the squitters (don't ask) with all the artificial fizz being forced in. Didn't seem to damage the taste, though.

Ah, beer. Getting ugly men laid since history began. :-)

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Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business

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Strangely, used Maplin recently

Needed a capacitor and the options were to pick it up at Maplin or try and work out which of the eBay/Amazon Marketplace traders weren't lying in their teeth about the delivery timescales.

I will miss them, but my level of trade wouldn't keep them afloat.

There used to be loads of places you would go for something really obscure about once every year or so. Then grumble when they ceased trading.

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*Wakes up in Chrome's post-adblockalyptic landscape* Wow, hardly anything's changed!

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I tried to get interested

CBA

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US docs show Daimler may have done a Dieselgate – German press claims

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Oh, Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes-Benz

.....{cough}.....{cough)........on second thoughts, don't bother.

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UK.gov calls on the Big Man – GOD – to boost rural broadband

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WTF?

I may be missing something

But doesn't this require running expensive backhaul from rural church buildings to the main network?

Given that a large part of the Church estate was built to support a massive rural agricultural labour force that has sinced moved to the cities, the majority of the buildings are now probably just sitting on their own in the middle of massive fields and fuck all else.

This reads like a cosy Ministerial sound bite which distracts from the real problem of getting the infrastructure out to these places. I find it hard to believe that the only think preventing rural phone and mobile broadband deployment is the lack of suitable mast locations.

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Oi! Verizon leaked my fiancée's nude pix to her ex-coworker, says bloke

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Not really covered so far

There could be 1,000s of phones with copies of these pictures. Only one of them owned by someone who knew the lady. More likely than the only copy going to someone she knew.

Pengi likes them.

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James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

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The offensive, adversarial and generally illogical comments.

Seem to fit the reported Google culture quite nicely.

Regardless of science (not that any commentards seem to have summoned any) two things seem obvious.

(1) Damore was hounded out at least partly as a result of the malicious publication of an internal discussion. If the paper was grounds for dismissal it should have been passed to management for action. Instead it was leaked with the intent of punishing and publicly humiliating Damore. Despite this the perpetrator was not fired. I do not believe whistleblower protection applies in this case.

(2) The culture as exposed is very probably not attractive to or supportive of intelligent, balanced and motivated women. Whatever his chain of logic he nailed that one.

Oh, and is the term "ad hominem" gender sensitive?

Oh, and don't email anyone anything you wouldn't want to see in the evening news and/or court.

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Uber and its 245 million reasons to settle with Google's Waymo

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Shares?

No money, so shares are the only option. They also give a nice headline figure. Plus a potential future tax write down.

Uber crash and burn, you are no worse off.

Uber manage by some miracle to IPO and you get some unexpected cash.

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Re: Sell That Stock

Private company.

Who is going to buy?

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Lloyds Bank bans Bitcoin purchases by credit card customers

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This Bitcoin is broken!

I want my money back!!!

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No, I am absolutely certain it isn't just shagged out after a long squawk.

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Perv raided college girls' online accounts for nude snaps – by cracking their security questions

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Re: Everytime I see "Mother's maiden name" on the list of security question...

First school?

Perhaps they were using old skool software?

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Blockheads changing company names to surf crypto wave get a warning from the SEC

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Re: Kodak

Didn't he used to suck lollipops?

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NHS OKs offshoring patient data to cloud providers stateside

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Care.data anyone

Attempts to legislate the sale of NHS data to all and sundry caused a major outcry and were scrapped.

So just put the data in the cloud, a quick "Oops!" and plausible deniability.

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Butt plugs, mock cocks, late pay and paranoia: The world of Waymo star Anthony Levandowski… by his kids' nanny

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Re: I always thought a ball gag

Oh, and I thought Dill Dough was for herby bread - until I discovered Smirnoff.

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Re: I always thought a ball gag

Oh, and I always thought a butt plug was a selfie by Kim Kardashian.

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I always thought a ball gag

Was a smutty joke.

Every day is an education.

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Upset Equation Editor was killed off? Now you can tell Microsoft to go forth and multiply: App back from the dead

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Downvoters out in force today, I see.

The voice of reason being drowned out again.

The software precisely described as Equation Editor 3.0 has been removed.

No it hasn't, there is something with a vaguely similar name doing a vaguely similar job but not as well (and as far as I can tell based on completely different code). So EE3.0 hasn't been removed at all!

This does have advantages as an argument, of course. M$ could remove Microsoft Office, then claim they haven't because there is still an Office suite (LibreOffice) with a vaguely similar name doing a vaguely similar job and based on completely different code.

Oh, and I think that M$ are one of the very few software suppliers which really try to maintain backwards compatability with earlier versions even though this helps people run old software for a decade or more without any further payment.

Damn, I think I just ended up taking Microsoft’s side on this one. Apart from them being dumb enough to lose the old source code. There must be a developer out there somewhere with a copy on a floppy.

Anyway, you can buy the paid version from a 3rd party. Hmmm.......conspiracy antennae just twitched a bit.

So let the upvotes commence. Go on, you know you want to!

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OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

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Back in the day

There was this concept of "high water mark" where you stopped adding to a queue or buffer when it was nearly full.

Kids, eh?

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Facebook settles landmark revenge porn case with UK teen for undisclosed sum

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If you have the irresistible urge to send people dick picks

Make sure you include Facebook.

It might stop people pointing and laughing.

I wonder if the same rules apply to Twitter and Mumsnet?

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Worcestershire's airborne electronics warfare wonderland

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Pay extra for Gift Aid?

What is all that about?

You pay more money so the NT can claim back your income tax?

I can see that working if you are on higher rate tax when you can claim it back, but for mere mortals this doesn't seem to make any sense.

Are they saying they will refuse a gift aid declaration if you pay the lower price? Crazy stuff.

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Self-driving cars still do not exist even if we think they do

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Only a dedicated masochist

Would choose antidisestablishmentarianism as a safe word.

Anti ouch

Antid ouch

Antidis.......oh, baby!

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BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service

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Re: And nobody checked

A true accountant would have asked "What result would you like to see?"

Although that way could lead to mind bleach.

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Pictures or it didn't happen

On second thoughts, don't bother.

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The healing hands of customer support get an acronym: Do YOU have 'tallah-toe-big'?

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Users just panic

Run around shouting The printer isn't working until someone comes to see what the noise is all about.

Then they go It's all right, it is just out of paper.

Often it is just the calming presence that unlocks their brain.

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If you won't use your brain our machine will use it for you, Nissan tells drivers

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Mad idea?

Madcap idea Shirley?

Commendable restraint.

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'Twas the night before Y2K and a grinch stole the IT department's overtime payout

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Overtime payments

Never believe what you are told. Always remember the Pied Piper and "1,000 guilders? Here, take 50".

Always get the offer in writing signed by someone outside the immediate project. Someone a lot closer to the purse strings than the immediate project management who will promise anything to keep the project going.

I remember one notable project where the staff were persuaded to work long hours including evenings and weekends without booking the time because there would be a big bonus once the project took off. Personal (home) relationships were strained and some relationships broke up. The project was then canned and there was no sign of a bonus; turns out verbal promises made by people who don't own the purse strings aren't worth the paper they aren't written on.

Nearly all the project members were young and still a bit idealistic. The more experienced said a few gentle words of warning then steered well clear.

I always kept a spreadsheet of hours worked after my first long hours project where I was persuaded to take £1,000 bonus instead of time off in lieu. Then I worked out my hourly rate for all the extra hours.

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Astroboffins say our Solar System could have – wait, stop, what... the US govt found UFOs?

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Looking at it with both eyes

It is spelled aluminium.

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When neural nets do carols: 'Santa baby bore sweet Jesus Christ. Fa la la la la la, la la la la'

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Merry Christmas everyone

See above :-)

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NAO probing Capita's sickly £700m GP support gig

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List of successful projects

Over there in the slim bound section.

Next to

The Italian Book of War Heroes

Viking Table Manners

Different Ways to Spell Bob.

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Apology to heroic Italians as far back as Horatius who held the bridge.

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Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet

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Fat Puck

For some reason that sticks in my mind, presumably my late mother was frightened by the Reverend Spooner.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2: Electric Boogaloo. Bigger, badder, better

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The price adequately reflects

Your position on the corporate ladder and your obvious value to the company.

Unlike the lusers who can't get the purchase order signed off.

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Disclosure: it did once take me 3 tries to get an equivalent spec (for the day) laptop signed off so I could take an NT4 server running an Exchange Server out to site with me for diagnostic purposes. The main sticking point seemed to be that it was a higher specification than the one the signer had.

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Where did all that water go? Mars was holding it wrong, say boffins

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So there is water on Mars

Just well concealed.

All we need now is a giant advance in technology to allow us to squeeze water from a stone.

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Long Island Iced Tea Corp renamed itself to Long Blockchain – and its shares went bananas

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WTF?

Non alchoholic?

Only drank LIIT once in the US and after thinking that it had an interesting flavour the rest of the evening is a blur.

The real stuff is dangerous!

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Braking news: Nissan Canada hacked, up to 1.1m Canucks exposed

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Diminishing returns

Given the enormous and repeated global exposure of personal information we must be getting close to the point where all personal details have already been leaked.

At which point the credit reference agencies have little to offer over a simple Google search.

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To Puerto Ricans: A Register apology

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Re: Logarithmic tail

The last 30% is always likely to be harder; I would not expect the new predictive line to be accurate either.

If I was organising it (thankfully not) I would probably start with the major population centres where technology is concentrated and leave the outliers until last to try and provide communications to the majority of users as soon as possible. Like the 90% plus coverage in the UK.

It is interesting that the graph prior to the report was almost a straight line; this could mean that there was a team running flat out at maximum efficiency and maintaining a consistently high fix rate.

It could also mean, of course, that daily reporting was too much of a faff so they just fudged the figures. In which case the El Reg report may have caused someone to take a bit more time checking the figures.

For the conspiracy theorists there may have been deliberately optimistic reporting to hit bonus targets and the El Reg report may have hit around the time when they always planned to flatten out the curve after getting the maximum money up front.

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Ubuntu 17.10 pulled: Linux OS knackers laptop BIOSes, Intel kernel driver fingered

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I assume

You are OK if you don't try to update the BIOS?

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Online GP surgery biz Babylon gives up fight against Brit health watchdog, owes £11k

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Business model

Profit before all and treat a CQC audit like an unfavourable Tripadvisor review.

I'm not aware of any other health body which sues the CQC if they don't like the audit report.

Edit: Barbara Streisand trained PR team?

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Oh good. Transport for London gives Capita £80m for WAN, LAN and Wi-Fi

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Communications

Going down the tubes?

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Meet R2-DILDO: 'Star Wars' sex toys? This is where the fun begins

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Use the force, Luke

Close your eyes and shoot.

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Bigmouth ex-coppers who fed media MP pr0nz story face privacy probe

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Both sides behaved badly.

One side has already reaped as sown.

Watch what happens next.

The retired cops should take their lumps for speaking out about a liar when the information was confidential. They can decide if it was worth it.

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Comms-slurping public bodies in UK need crash course in copy 'n' paste

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VPN

For my sins i provide a VPN service to selected expats.

So someone connects in to the Raspberry Pi then connects out again with our IP address.

Useful if your bank or building society is an arsehole about accepting connections from abroad.

So the user of our IP address could be anywhere in the world.

This makes me think that if you want to stay stealthed you connect to a VPN, then link through another VPN, and then connect to your target.

As for retyping IP addresses that should be like raw meat to a defence lawyer.

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