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Garbage collection – in SPAAACE: Net snaffles junk in first step to clean up Earth's orbiting litter

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@ Credas

Great! Now you have gone and created a new jobsworth position for some creep, I can see the wanted ad now: Wanted Orbital Hygiene Officer, must have LEO and HEO experience.

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Man cuffed for testing fruit with bum cheek pre-purchase

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Bottom line

He was ass uming the fruit rather than consuming it.

"Loss prevention employee"? WTF

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The Reg chats with Voyager Imaging Team member Dr Garry E Hunt

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Boffin, Pioneer and a 'Name' in the galaxy

For the foreseeable future no other Brit has his name in Interstellar space, in addition to which his work has changed how we track weather here on Earth.

All that mucking about in space has contributed so much to us Earthworms.

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Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

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Re: This counts as _not_ going to the Moon

Bomber on the Moon; I stand corrected, I never actually read the original 'reporting' in the sport, I could never quite lower my standards enough to read it. Some of the Bulgarian items were not bad though.

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Re: there is a big, big, difference

@ Pascal Monett

Considering Musky's record with recovering first stages, he probably has more chance of developing a lander than any of the other privateers.

Maybe, his intentions for a Mars landing are why he began with landing on Earth.

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Re: This counts as _not_ going to the Moon

Better still, lying in the dust and making 'Moon angels'.

I wonder if they'll bring back a photo of a Tesla parked next to the B52?

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Boffins ask for £338m to fund quantum research. UK.gov: Here's £80m

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Re: Quibbling

It's pretty certain they knew they would get a fraction of what they asked for (after al they are boffins so thoeretically not stupid) , so they thought of a sufficiently large number to present to the treasury and most likely got more than they expected.

The UK gov has a long and dishonourable record of not supporting our top scientists, I suggest a proportion of what they do get from the Treasury be spent on lottery tickets, they are more likely to provide more funds later.

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How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls

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Re: Dead trees never failed anyone

I worked as an airframe engineer on light aircraft some decades back, I was the only guy in the company who liked going for a test flight with the chief in anything. The usual comment was 'I'm not going up in that, I worked on it'.

One of my tasks as 'co-pilot' on a test flight was to go through the check lists so I knew if anything had been missed.

I also had lots of free flying hours in my log in a wide range of light aircraft up to and including a BAC 111 belonging to a Saudi prince.

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New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories

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Re: The Lord is Coming Soon

I AM ALREADY HERE!!

I will be at the The World's End Pub tonight.

Please bring all requests in a plain envelope containing the request and an item of value ( gold or gems)

Be early! Time is short!

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I can reveal

It's aliens, they are invading us as we speak. I have been fighting them for weeks, they are very small, their craft look like mosquitoes. I have been using a tennis racket to kill them but they keep sending more.

Bug spray helps to clog their engine intakes after a while they crash. They tried to talk to me by tellypathy I could hear tiny voicesin my head but I ignore them and kill them anyway.Don't be fooled if you see a mosquito it's an alien kill it.My cat told me they are from another galaxy where they have no food.

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Former Detroit IT boss sent down 20 months for bathroom bung bonanza

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Headmaster

Gifted is not a verb!

gifted

ˈɡɪftɪd/

adjective

adjective: gifted

having exceptional talent or natural ability.

"a gifted amateur musician"

synonyms: talented, skilful, skilled, accomplished, expert, consummate, master(ly), first-rate, polished, adroit, dexterous, able, competent, capable, apt, deft, adept, proficient;

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Wow, great invention: Now AI eggheads teach machines how to be sarcastic using Reddit

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Re: I know more than a few people

An individual with a low SQ (sarcasm quotient) would be my old boss, his sense of humour was minimal too, being limited to sacking people, that was the only time he would smile.

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GDPR v2 – Gradually Diminishing Psychotic Robots: Brussels kills Terminator apocalypse

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We need a list

We could call it " 10 Reasons why terminators are essential to developing AI" you can put any old crap in it, including how it can do god's work and post it on You Tube. In no time it will have enough likes from all kinds of morons including the terminally religious to make it a popular idea.

A good acronym would help, say, Super Artificially Intelligent Terminators (SAINT) then we could have the cyber apocalypse in the name of dog.

On the other hand just ban them all and limit war to Presidents armed with a pointed stick fighting in a cage.

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Guys, you need to sit down and have a chat: Skype rolls out SMS a week after Microsoft

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"Now there is discord"

I just looked for that in Google play, no sign of it!!

I'm currently running droid7 and I keep getting the pop up offering me the SMS my pc service. So far I have ignored it but as I am not an insider I will have look see.

Being able to SMS a phone from my PC would be more useful.

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Has anyone seen REM lately? No, we mean rare earth minerals

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It will be some time before it's necessary to go deep sea diving for rare earths, Australia has a lot plus vanadium which is likely to go hand in hand with rare earths in battery tech. Indonesia, Argentina and Canada all have significant reserve s of REMs. It's not only refining that is a problem though, developing the mining and local processing has considerable environmental impact too. The Investor Intel site has some of the best info on REMs plus good advice on where to put your money.

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Generally Disclosing Pretty Rapidly: GDPR strapped a jet engine on hacked British Airways

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Going by a lot of British websites I have visited, I think a lot of British companies are hoping that after brexit the GDPR regs are going to go away. Many of them are trying to make it as difficult as possible to opt out of 'Data sharing' with them but I think they are going to be disappointed, the UK can't really afford to ignore it, as so much of it's future business is still going to depend on complying with Europe.

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AI beats astroboffins at sniffing out fast radio bursts amid the universe's clutter

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"Nothing local?"

Considering some FRBs have been estimated at 10^33 joules something like 10 years worth of our sun's output, 'local' would need some quite exceptional sun screen for a millisecond or two.

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Y'know what? VoIP can also be free from pesky regulation – US judges

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@ Lee D You are right, in fact so much of how life is lived, including paying utility bils general purchasing, education, paying taxes is all done via the internet. Effectively it is and should be considered as a utility, tecnical nitpicking over how a communication is delivered aside, the internet in much of the world affects more aspects of an individual life than any other single utility.

If deregulation means it becomes difficult for people to carry out basic aspects of their lives because the means of communication they need is too expensive or quality is poor then it needs to be regulated to minimum standards and price controls.

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$200bn? Make that $467bn: Trump threatens to balloon proposed bonus China tech tariffs

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Not so much another brick in the wall

As continuing the wall to keep out Mexicans right around the US.

Trump has already built the wall in the North to piss off the Canadians, made tariffs against the EU and China , extended sanctions against Russia and a good part of the Middle East, thinks Africa is a shit hole and does a good job of alienating most of South America, India is doing OK with China and Russia, Turkey may well be on it's way out of Nato so he's well on the way to making America great again.

No idea what he is going to do to piss off Arctic polar bears and Antarctic penguins but will definitely come up with something.

USA! USA!

Louder! We can't hear you behind that wall.

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UK.gov: NHS should be compensated by firms using its data goldmine

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Re: But.. but..

"Yes, the NHS may have lots of potentially lucrative data, but it's our confidential, and sometimes proprietary data."

Of course this should be pursued under GDPR but by the time anything gets processed, the NHS will have been Brexited out of GDPR so expect patients rights to all but disappear in the interests of rewarding the NHS.

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Re: How about...

Exactly!

"It will set guidelines on how patient data is to be protected and include 10 commercial principles detailing how companies should work with the health sector, and what the NHS expects in return, for instance discounted access, equity or royalty schemes."

The above sentence makes it abundantly clear the gov' doesn't give a rats about the providers and owners of this data.

First it is only setting guidelines not regulations.

The principles are commercial not concerned with individual privacy.

What is the NHS getting out of it, not what benefit is there for the patients.

When will it get to the point where your treatment will be limited because the data has no value? You're no longer a patient you are an NHS product.

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Benchmark smartphone drama: We wouldn't call it cheating, says Huawei, but look, everyone's at it

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Re: I'm shocked!

I have based the purchase of my last two phones on them having the features I need and then as many reviews from buyers as I can find. The opinions of tech journo's in Wired et al mean nothing to me as my criteria are not theirs.

The benchmarking likewise means little to me as I have never bothered to learn what they signify.

Ultimately statements from the manufacturer about ; how white your knickers will be washed or how long your batteries will last is just marketing, if something is so new there are no recommendations from buyers, it's a case of you pays yer money and takes yer chances.

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I've seen the future of consumer AI, and it doesn't have one

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Re: An "AI powered cooking assistant"?

"consumers may have had to open up six or seven apps to get the help they need cooking, including nutrition information, recipes, shopping lists, how-to videos, and remote control apps for various devices", but now they can "enjoy a single elegant journey".

hat that paragraph also implies is that people are too stupid to learn, that they are being saved from opening all those apps every time they cook.

I can't speak for millennials I'm too old, but I know a lot of people who enjoy cooking including some who are young and all of them like to learn so that they can cook any given recipe again.

A great deal of the AI that I see reported seems to have been a bright idea from a bunch of tech bros who actually know only what they have read in Wikipeadia about the subject to which they are trying to apply their AI du jour.

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Heart-stopping predictions from AI doctors could save lives

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Heart age

There are so many factors at work including genetic predisposition s for contributing factors.

Personally I consider a major factor for me in keeping my 'heart age' low is the old saying ' You are only as old as the woman you feel'.

My current and first wife are both 18 years younger than me and few people believe I am the age I am.

Over four decades of martial arts helps as does not drinking to excess, when the bottle is empty I rarely open another.

Another major factor is not having a phone number for a doctor, so no home visits for me, those guys are dangerous!

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Microsoft takes a pruning axe to Skype's forest of features

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Re: “maintaining simplicity while enhancing functionality is critical to usability,”

“maintaining simplicity while enhancing functionality is critical to usability,”

Being in his position, I would be unable to keep a straight face while saying that; Opening Sgripe on my Win7 takes 6 pages just to sign in, the functions that bloat it seem to work when they feel like it and quit when they are bored.

It's clear this guy is responsible for Outlook too as it shows a similar lack of basic functionality and over- complication along with similar recurring faults that should have been seen and fixed well before the release of each incarnation.

Another upper manager that can't manage.

It might be a blessing if someone could arrange as lahar from Mt Rainier to visit Redmond.

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Black holes can briefly bring dead white dwarf stars back to life

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Re: Unintelligent design

Cue ' The Church of God the Utterly Indifferent' courtey of Kurt Vonnegut jr.

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Re: Is that an I or an l in your username

That's the case with modem passwords too, when you read off the initial password from the label, I have had a few with confusing 'I's 'l's and 'O's '0's.

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Defense Distributed starts selling gun CAD files amid court drama

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In general I am pro gun, I like shooting, did military training and have spent many a Sunday morning shooting pigeons and bunnies, however, I think this guy is a prize dyed in the wool fuckwit.

If someone shot him with one of his download products, I would appreciate the irony.

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UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

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@ 45RPM Just these two;

"* Eradicating homelessness

* Investing more in Africa than any other country (in the wurrrllldd)"

Currently the UK is about 3.91 million homes short of a full set.

In Africa according to the FT; China put £10 billion into Africa in 2000. By 2014, that had risen more than 20-fold to $220bn

Match that Ms May!

With that kind of money the UK could have catapults on it's aircraft carriers and even aircraft.

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Re: All a bit unnecessary?

The military version of the booklet would just need to have 'Aide Memoir' and 'Classified' printed on the cover and perhaps include details of the Brecon Beacons and pubs in Heredfordshire, for the RAF add a section from Google Earth.

You know BAE are not serious when they quote a 'cheap' figure like £5 billion, they couldn't make a cheese and onion sandwich to UK Gov' specs for that money.

Oh and the gov' would probably forget to spec the onions.

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AI image recognition systems can be tricked by copying and pasting random objects

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Re: The elephant in the room!

@Herring "(e.g. cordoning off pedestrians) which just isn't going to fly."

Without cordoning off pedestrians, there is a good chance they will fly, two impacts for the price of one.

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Re: Pretty obvious really

"Part of the problem is - what is a chair?"

You can Google that question and make sense of the response, a neural network cannot, if you do google chair images, there are a surprising number of elephant chairs .

All of these systems are far too limited to be genuinely meaningful, computing power is still a couple of orders of magnitude away from a pigeon brain and even then no one is completely sure of how even a pigeon brain works.

The biggest danger with so called AI, is that too many people who have no clue about it's severe limitations are being taken in by the hype and want to implement AI in situations that can impact peoples lives or health.

A lot of the pseudo technical press are responsible for a lot of the hype, probably because many of their journo's are not that savvy either.

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Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks

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Re: Where are the local tech hype-sters?

" LAW ENFORCEMENT as a solution?"

Going by a lot of recent articles LAW ENFORCEMENT probably would eliminate the problem, as in ELIMINATE with a gun.

Police unless they are specifically trained to deal with the problems that often go along with many homeless people, don't really know how to deal with them, cops usually don't want to get down and dirty with smelly homeless types so they'll end up shooting them.

I suppose that is a kind of answer if they're all dead there won't be a problem.

Perhaps SF could modify a couple of garbage trucks, then go for the Soylent Green option. Then they would have a source of food for the remaining homeless.

Or maybe they could try caring?

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Muslim American woman sues US border cops: Gimme back my seized iPhone's data!

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Class action

If these searches taking place after Trumps presidential twittering are illegal and unconstitutional, perhaps everyone should join this lady in a class action against not only HS but Trump personally for issuing said unconstitutional tweet. Go for damages too.

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Southport: Come for a round of golf, stay for the flesh-eating STIs

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Mellow Yellow

So nothing to do with the British version of Bob Dylan? The song Mellow Yellow had something to do with electric bananas. The suffix 'osis' in medical terms means 'state of' so the disease is named after a Donavan who had it , preumably.

Always carefully check a space that may require insertion of any of your valuable appendages.

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Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn

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@ Charlie Clark

"Oh, and the next time the government gets to appoint someone to the BBC Trust"

The government shouldn't be appointing anyone to the trust, there is enough criticism of the Beeb toeing various lines and it's reporting being biased. No government no matter their apparent beliefs is going to make an appointment that is truly non political. That's why governments shouldn't be able to appoint judges either.

To be honest I don't see much independence in the majority of the media, they are nearly all allied to some cause and biased, which is why I like the Reg, you get the odd article that seems to have a bit of a flavour but by and large it is allied only with itself.

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Facebook pulls 'snoopy' Onavo VPN from Apple's App Store after falling foul of rules

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P.T.Barnum was right

There's one born every minute and all of them seem to sign up to farceboook.

I am still inclined to think that Zuck is a very rich NSA/CIA asset, he makes Hoover look like a rank amateur.

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IBM slaps patent on coffee-delivering drones that can read your MIND

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Sport for hoodies

"Psst, wanna buy some drone spares?"

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Don't mean to alarm you – but NASA is about to pummel the planet with huge frikkin' space laser

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Safe?

Aaaaarrgh!! I can't see, my eyes! My eyes!

Maybe not but your eyes are exactly 167cm above ground level.

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If it doesn't need to be connected, don't: Nurse prescribes meds for sickly hospital infosec

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This lady is a breath of fresh air, it's particularly good that she is a nurse as it gives her greater insights into ' on the ground' requirements and what is not necessary.

One of the (many) problems with the NHS is since it was decentralised in the '80s there are too many

SOP s with regard to everything not just IT, it really needs a cohesive approach across the whole of the NHS with regard to how IT related work is managed and carried out and overseen by someone who is a professional who appreciates the consequences of getting it wrong. A set of standards that are more than just advice wouldld be useful.

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It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update

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Other than resizing and removing redeye once or twice I don't use any processing, long ago I decided I wanted to take photos not make them. Itry to get everything right before releasing the shutter, Composition, exposure,iso etc, maybe it has something to do with having learnt with film. Now with digital I have the luxury of taking unlimited shots of a subject with different parameters, unless it is an action shot in which case if I am at an event like motor sport I will be set up for it.

Photoshop et al is graphic art not photography, I hate some of the over processed images you see around that people acclaim as brilliant photography when it's actually the result of hours of processing.

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You want how much?! Israel opts not to renew its Office 365 vows

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Re: Balls

You are critising a government not a people, much as they like to think so the Israeli government does not speak for all Jewish people. At least not judging by conversations I have had with one or two Jewish friends who disagree with a number of policies.

Kudos to Israel though for telling Microshaft to poke it.

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Big Tech turns saboteur to cripple new California privacy law in private

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Re: We need to strike back

In addition it should click on every ad hundreds of times, it would make the data meaningless and cost the advertisers a fortune. Maybe they would give up and go away.

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Miss America 'scholarship program' adds Microsoft Azure developer to lineup

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Re: Mr Universe Makeover too?

Wasn't Arnie a role model for that working as a nanny?

Perhaps we could see muscle bound midwives or buff bunnies?

The real answer is in a combination of upbringing and early education,stupid discriminatory competitions are not going to change society

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Microsoft: We busted Russian Fancy Bear disinfo websites

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Re: Why

Well maybe MS is less than keen on the jaffa (they are pro dreamer) so publishing the fact they have taken down fake anti Trump sites set up by the Russians adds fuel to Russian support for Trump.

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Brit Railcard buyers face lengthy, unexplained delays. Sound familiar?

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Re: Railcard Head Orifice

It has been upgraded from cards punched with a pencil based on telegraph tape received.

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Railcard Head Orifice

A disused signal box on a spur line that went out with Dr Beeching, inside an aging railway porter struggling to put tapes into a Sinclair connected to a dial up modem and a wind up telephone.

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Connected car data handover headache: There's no quick fix... and it's NOT just Land Rovers

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Re: let's go back to the good old days... oh wait!

You haven't thought this through very much have you Tim?

Or for that matter, have been paying much attention to the article or comments.

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'92 Disco here, the only way it can be 'connected' is with a chain or a welding kit.

I already have two laptops, a phone and a tablet trying to track me so who needs the car in on it as well ? Want to use GPS? I have a suckery thing to stick my phone to the screen, although so far I have managed to drive over most of Europe, bitsof the US and a chunk of India without any connection to anything more than asking the occasional pedestrian where something local is.

As I have said before I like Gps for sailing with an auto steer but no need for it on the roads.

Pretty soon they will be connecting your children at birth because paedophiles etc.

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Bloke hurls sueball over Google's 'is it off yet?' location data slurping

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Re: Not just location data

I was under the impression that GDPR did staye that opting out should be simple.

As for the web activity and apps thing; I have looked everywhere on my phone and can't find it (android 7). Google can be useful but it is not your friend.

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