* Posts by steviebuk

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Buttonless and port-free: Expect the next iPhone to be as smooth as a baby's bum

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This is a bit like...

...how the hockey puck mouse was an amazing piece of design.

When in fact it was a hand crippling piece of shit.

Design over function is all Apple have ever been. And it was Mr (he's an amazing designer) Ivy that created that shitty mouse.

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Do UK.gov wonks understand sci-tech skills gap? MPs dish out Parliamentary kicking

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It's fine...

...they'll just outsource EVERYTHING to Crapita.

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Schneier warns of 'perfect storm': Tech is becoming autonomous, and security is garbage

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Re: 'Security is failing just as technology is becoming autonomous'

They'll probably embed them into the walls to stop people stealing them. And then charge you if an "accident happens" during your stay. Maybe wrapping it in tinfoil might work? (not a piss take. I wonder if it would block the mic).

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Amazon staffers protest giant's 'support of the surveillance state'

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Not really knowing...

...Bezos but thinking I do, I suspect he'll reply with "You're perfectly entitled to get a job elsewhere, at another company of your choosing."

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Cops: Autonomous Uber driver may have been streaming The Voice before death crash

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Lets...

...blame the person and ignore that Uber turned off the cars own breaking system and put a car on the road that clearly, from the video footage, wasn't ready. Considering how dark the image was.

Yes she is also at fault for not paying attention but, again, from the footage, she wouldn't of been able to stop in time herself. From the footage, the woman that was hit came out of the darkness. If it was that dark to the naked eye, then the safety driver wouldn't of been able to stop in time. The main point is, the Uber system surely should be able to see in the dark. It should of seen her way ahead of time so been able to break in time. It was clearly not fit for purpose. I think to save themselves now, they are looking to try to squarely blame the safety driver.

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WannaCry is back! (Psych. It's just phisher folk doing what they do)

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Re: The text:

Its aimed at people that haven't got a clue so would potentially fall for it.

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How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

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Computerphile has some good stuff...

...on PDFs.

I don't know if links work in comments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48tFB_sjHgY

And other stuff relating to type face from Professor Brailsford. He makes it sound interesting.

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Brit reseller Aria PC's appeal against HMRC VAT fraud finding gets under way

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I bought a monitor off them in 2006...

...I still have the e-mail :)

19" Hyundai Imagequest Q995 Silver

I thought I regonised the company name.

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Test Systems Better, IBM tells UK IT meltdown bank TSB

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This is all caused by...

...management seeing IT as "blockers" and directors saying insane things like "Infrastructure Free".

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Shiny new Capita boss to UK.gov: I know you are but what am I?

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And how exactly...

...are Crapita going to make money from the Fire service? Ask them to slap Craptia all over their trucks? Make them wear wooden hats to save money? Ask them to not use so much water when attempting to put out fires?

Crapita really are shit but the governemt are worse for giving them this contract and for outsourcing the fire service in the first place.

Next we'll be reading how the fire service is coming back in house after Crapita goes bust/does a piss poor job or managing them. Either of the two WILL come true.

In the NHS, the SPT (Sussex Primary Care Trust) regreated going with Crapita for their IT support. I bet a Crapita consultant told them it would be cheaper and better and some fool believed them.

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Microsoft Azure Europe embraced the other GDPR: Generally Down, Possibly Recovering

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I have just two words for you that will fix ALL your problems...

..."Infrastructure Free".

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Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design

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No doubt....

...they'll put DRM on the chips which will detect pirate copies of Windows 10. Much like they've wanted for years. Ignoring the fact such system can do and will fail at points, locking people out of a PC and software they've paid for.

A tiny bit like the DVD and Blu-ray warnings we all get before the movie. That pirating it is illegal blah blah "Would you steal a hand bag?", "Would you steal a car?". Ignoring the fact, I haven't FING stolen it, I've purchased it but now have to watch your shitty advert. Yet IF I'd actually pirated it, I wouldn't have to watch this as the pirates cut that bit out. It's a sad day when you sometimes get better service from pirates than the official studios that released it.

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Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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So does this mean...

.."The Department for Work and Pensions took an agile approach, meaning it could adjust its plans – but the NAO said incorporating such changes meant it had to delay or slow down the rollout."

That "agile" is bullshit then. As a few of us have thunk all along.

Or, as always, have the government paid overpaid consultants to spin them bullshit, that they've believed despite all the warnings. Then said once failed "Lessons have been learned" and then just gone and done the same shit all over again. Hmmm.

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Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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Re: Sigh ...

Like the idiot British driver who was banned for being caught in the passenger seat while he let his "Super Cruse Control" drive him along.

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Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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All he's done is...

...create another Streisand effect.

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Dixons Carphone 'fesses to mega-breach: Probes 'attempt to compromise' 5.9m payment cards

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Re: A fairly basic question...

Because unfortunately most of us are lazy and don't want to have to enter are details every time you're ordering something. Especially annoying if you have to do it on the phone while you're secretly shopping while at work.

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Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

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I was in IKEA...

...at the weekend and in the cafe. All the screens displaying the food and menu had the Windows 10 update waiting for someone to either restart or choose a time when it should restart.

I enjoy seeing these in the wild for some reason. Like the cash machine that had crashed a few years ago when I went up to use it.

But Microsoft needs to give people back control of Windows updates.

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Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

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Re: The ongoing ruthless take backs.

And you forgot to mention they don't want to admit Mr Spoon was left there.

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Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows 7, 8.1 support forums

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Surface Pro 2?!?

What?!? But that's only 2 and a bit years old.

The dicks.

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Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside

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Always count...

...your money when you get any out of a cash machine. And also note how its comes out. About 2 years ago I got some out of an RBS machine via link so not my bank. £100. I noted as the money came out one note was folded in such a way it looked like two.

I counted. It was £80

I went in and told RBS who said nothing they can do you need to call your own bank. I hadn't bothered with a receipt either.

I'd worked out because the note was folded the machine counted it as two notes. So as far as the machine was concerned, it had dispensed £100. A few weeks later, after an "investigation", my bank credited my account by £20.

What annoys me is how long they took. Surely they should have checks end of every day and notice the machine is up £20.

I now get receipts when drawing money to make sure it matches what actually came out.

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Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

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Re: Self Preservation mode

I think it's been too long. People will still think it's a car that can drive itself.

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BlackBerry Key2: Clickier, nippier, but how many people still want a QWERTY?

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I'd love one

If someone gave me one for free. I like my Samsung s8 but Still can't stand touchscreen keyboards. Either something is wrong with my fingers or its just so inaccurate. And for the love of fucking god please stop randomly putting in fall stops when I don't want one!!

And that is why I'd love a physical keyboard back.

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WannaCry reverse-engineer Marcus Hutchins hit with fresh charges

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This appears....

...as bent as fuck. The FBI have fucked up and are trying anything to save face. Even if it means fucking someones life up.

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Stern Vint Cerf blasts techies for lackluster worldwide IPv6 adoption

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But I like...

...knowing that:

My router is 10.0.0.1

Main PC 10.0.0.2

2nd PC 10.0.0.3

NAS 10.0.0.50

and so on.

I'll never remember:

My router is 2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334

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IoT CloudPets in the doghouse after damning security audit: Now Amazon bans sales

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And this will continue...

...with all IoT. Security is expensive. Most people don't bother with security or assume an IoT is secure because they aren't a tech or both. The amount of times I've tried to explain simple security processes to people for them to visibly stop listening to me makes me give up.

Them - "The login is saying Other User".

Me - Yes that's a security feature so it doesn't show the last person who logged on. So they don't have an account to then attack.

Them - "But I don't want to be a Other User".

Me - No it's because....oh never mind. Just type your user name and login.

Buy your IoT but don't say I didn't warn you when someone does a DDOS on your IoT lights and you now find out you can no longer turn them on, so have to sit there doing a poo in the dark.

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At last: Magic Leap reveals its revolutionary techno-goggles – but wait, there's a catch

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What shocks me...

...is how someone can sit in front of the camera and lie/mislead so easily.

You must be desperate for a pay cheque to be able to sit there and talk bollocks, knowing you're talking bollocks but feel nothing.

Or maybe that's it. You just feel nothing so don't care what you say. Don't care if its misleading or not, as long as you get paid.

The Q&A was funny though. As they made questions up, reading the comments about the made up questions was funny. Well if you're going to continue trying to sell made up tech, of course you're also going to make up questions that were never asked.

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I have a question...

Will Magic Leap stickers be provided?

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Watchdog slams TSB boss for underplaying extent of IT meltdown

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Same old.

I hate that saying, but then I hate most sayings for some reason. But it fits well. I bet it's the same old issue of under funded IT.

When will they learn? Never, while they can still get away with it.

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Visa Europe fscks up Friday night with other GDPR: 'God Dammit, Payment Refused'

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Didn't think I got hit....

...my M&S lunch sandwich payment went through on that Friday. But then last night looked at my GSuite account last night and noticed payment had been rejected. I was confused. My credit card is fully paid off. Was about to talk to them today until I double checked. Then realised it was rejected on the Friday, during the "Great VISA crash". So that explains it then. As my bank gave Google "No reason for rejection" at the time of rejection.

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SAP hopes to blow the doors off Salesforce with a block of C/4HANA

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Hmm...

...I already see it as a fail due to the shit name

C/4HANA

What?

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Ex-CEO on TalkTalk mega breach: It woz 'old shed' legacy tech wot done it

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So...

...business bods are expected to listen to a person who didn't appear to give a shit about security despite said company having been hit before and someone who, it sounds, was clearly cutting IT budgets.

Bet clueless directors and execs will go away from her talks thinking it was great ignoring the fact massive security breaches happened on her watch that should never have.

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Schadenfreude for UK mobile networks over the tumult at Carphone

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I haven't....

....for years purchased a phone that wasn't unlocked. So carphone warehouse haven't done anything wrong there. If I can't afford a phone unlocked outright then I don't buy it. I'm not paying a network to get the latest phone for it to only be locked to them and at the end of the contract know you paid more for the phone than if you'd got it unlocked.

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NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go

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The only site that...

...I forgive for clickbait headlines.

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Nadella tells worried GitHub devs: Judge us by our actions

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Re: "Judge us by our actions"

I was gonna say something similar. Considering, although Windows 10 is good, he rammed it and continues to ram it down peoples throats we will never trust him. Not until he gives as back control of Windows updates.

Like the laptop at work today I was working on. Moved it to an OU with no policies. Then wondered why was going a little slow. It decided it was going to download 1803 and install it without asking. Lucky I caught it as it was downloading and not installing. The app packages he forces on work machines. Why does an office laptop fucking need xbox shit and minecraft.

Although they didn't kill the sysinteral tools, thankfully, I suspect they will fuck up github. If they do, expect the share holders to start looking to kick SatNav out.

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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And another thing....

...although reading they will be staying independent it looks like Chris will become a technical fellow at MS so will have to work for them.

This happened with WinInternals. When they got bought out by Microsoft it made Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell rich men (I assume). However, both had to become Technical Fellows at MS first for a few years as part of the deal. Appears Mark enjoyed it and is still there. But Bryce, the day the clause was up, retired. Whether that's due to not enjoying working at MS or just deciding he'd rather just enjoy life and the money he now has only he knows.

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Hmm...

....not sure about this. I think Nadella will balls it up and instead of leaving it as is, with interfere with it making it worth a lot less than what they've paid for it. Especially if he turns it into a subscription based service, then he'll knock billions off it's worth.

I assume all the competitors code will be staying? Or will they have to pay a fee? Like GAM for GSuite that is run by an independent but for Googles E-mail system instead of Exchange.

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Help, I'm being held prisoner in a security camera testing factory. So please read this...

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I want a camera....

...with my own storage. I don't want to have to buy a camera and then have to pay a sub for cloud storage. Although I have been disparaging before, I think Smartwater is also a good idea now. Just using a UV pen is cheaper but the easy of just slapping Smartwater on anything makes it easy to use. The part I don't like is the yearly sub. And the fact you're "licencing" their stickers that they give you. If you stop the sub, you have to remove all display stickers. How they'd police that is anyone's guess (essentially they can't police it). So if you can get hold of the stickers, although technically against their rules (I don't know what law you'd be breaking if any), you could just stick "Protected by Smartwater" stickers in your windows. Apparently most burglars avoid places with Smartwater. How true that is I don't know.

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Ex-US pres Bill Clinton has written a cyber-attack pulp thriller. With James Patterson. Really

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Sounds...

...bad.

For some decent books like this but still slightly cheesy check out Mark Russinovich's books. Start with Zero Day.

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Serverless Computing London: Time running out on blind bird tickets

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So is this just....

...£600 for adverts. So these "speakers" get to sell you their bollocks warez or their "ideas" so you then use their "consulting" service.

Maybe I just get annoyed as I'm unable to be a consultant who makes loads of money talking bollocks because I have a conscience.

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Doctor, doctor! My NHS Patient Access app has gone TITSUP*

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That's more than likely management refusing to pay people for overtime or to be on call. So, quite rightly, all the engineers will refuse to work unless paid or given time off in lieu.

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VMware declares energy-guzzling blockchains 'immoral'

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Software As A Service ):o(

The cloud although useful annoys me. Maybe as I have a massive fear of being made redundant because of it. But also, Directors who haven't got a clue believe in the bullshit consultants tell them. Believing that putting EVERYTHING in the cloud will be cheaper (it's not).

So SaaS, to be blunt, fucking annoys me. There needs to be two options. SaaS and pay once use forever copy like in the "old days". I can see SaaS being useful for moments when you want to use Adobe stuff just for a month then not use again, it's cheaper. But if you're a company and need to use it every year, you end up paying more for it because it's now a yearly cost instead of that one off cost. What about the times you're aware with shitty broadband or even no network access, you then can't use your SaaS.

Yes, I do fear of being in an industry where it looks like I'll eventually be made redundant and that could be a big part of the annoyance of Cloud but I still feel people are relying on it too much.

If there is a massive attack on the Internet. That's quite a lot of SaaS (not Students Award Agency for Scotland) that could be lost because of the downtime. How will the glossy magazines then photoshop their models with Adobe down.

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Britain mulls 'complete shutdown' of 4G net for emergency services

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WHAT!?!

The NHS EE contract is pissing bad enough. Why would you go with 4G? What am I banging on about? Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton. It has virtually no mobile signal anywhere let alone 4G. And take an EE phone there, you get sod all signal so how did they get the contract? And how is using 4G going to be reliable considering the likes of Three, who I'm with, have piss poor 4G signal in most places, especially the Isle Of Wight.

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New UK drone laws are on the way – but actual Drones Bill still in limbo

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Erm...

"It's not going to be a comprehensive solution to the problem of people flying drones illegally ... hopefully, as happens in society in general, society will tend to self-regulate, so once people become more aware of what is required, other people will start to approach people flying and say hey, have you done your tests, or have you registered your drone, and then society starts looking after itself because it's been given the tools to do so."

And most people will turn and say "Fuck off". Maybe I just see the bad in people but unless you have someone who is flying who is genuinely nice who'll thank you as they didn't realise, most will just tell you to fuck off.

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US-China trade war is back on: White House repeats threat to tax Middle Kingdom imports

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I wouldn't trust Trump to make a deal at a car boot sale...

...considering he's the man that managed to make his casino go bankrupt. How does anyone make a casino go bankrupt. So allowing Trump to decide on trade is a mistake.

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Quick, buy all your hard drives NOW!

If magnetic hard drives are going to increase in price. Trump really is an idiot. That means the cost of online storage and even onsite storage will probably increase now if those prices go up. Although surely, if we deal direct with China, surely we'll be OK and get them at the same price and not the jacked up prices they'll be in the US?

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ISP popped router ports, saving customers the trouble of making themselves hackable

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This is why I feel....

...I'm justified in paying a bit of money to buy my own quality router instead of using the ones provided by ISPs. I've done that for years. In the new house, that will be the excuse for wasting over £200 on one. Can't use my old one as the new place will have fibre.

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You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

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It will all kick off...

....when one day while talking to your wife/partner etc. who happens to be called Alexa you say "Alexa. I had a call. John from work. The new boss, he's an arsehole. Told me to send a message. But I'm busy so he can wait"

At which point you find your Amazon Alexa has just sent a message to your boss saying he's an arsehole.

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President Trump broke US Constitution with Twitter bans – judge

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Well maybe....

...they are going for something easy to pin on him. After all they took down Capone for income tax evasion.

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Brit water firms, power plants with crap cyber security will pay up to £17m, peers told

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Re: Its not just that...

If only my phone had grammer and spell checking.

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Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick

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WHAT!!! Annie? Really?

Since I heard that song in the 80s to this very day I thought it was "Are you OK Eddie?"

Life is now totally different!

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