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* Posts by Dan 55

10212 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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"Get over it"

Given that quote, Home Office disasters over the past year or two, and the spectacle of events like today in Parliament, that's reason enough to be against ID cards being introduced to the UK.

MPs and civil servants seem to have collectively lost their tiny minds. The last thing they should be trusted with is the ID card plans from a decade ago.

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Re: @ toilet duk

You should have gone on to explain that your Spanish tax return comes pre-filled (from loads of data sources) for maximum downvote fun.

Personally I think something like The Netherlands does, which is maintain a residency database without ID cards, is a reasonable middle ground.

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Microsoft Round-up: Skype, Powerpoint, and - oh no - not another foldable

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Subtitles AKA voice recognition on everything

Yeah... time to look at alternatives.

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Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m

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What is wrong with British society that the highly wealthy have lost the ideals of philanthropy?

The British aristocracy never did philanthropy. Industrial revolution businesses did, but that age is gone as the likes of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google show.

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It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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Re: The passing of an age

You're confusing me explaining the way things currently are with my support or otherwise for it.

If MS were to drop IE then there'd be less tethering enterprises to MS, therefore they won't drop it.

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Re: "work with anything other than Chromium"

You've been played by Google.

There's an old CSS call which everybody agreed was depreciated. Browser makers therefore didn't waste time on optimising it, except for Google who optimised it on Chrome and made YouTube's design call it a lot.

In other words Google are using their web properties to push people towards their browser.

The solution for Firefox is an extension which makes YouTube use the old page design which doesn't have this CSS call.

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Re: The passing of an age

I don't think they can get rid of IE 11, firstly it's the only browser left that can run Java and secondly there's far too many enterprise websites (i.e. slapped-together crap that has never seen an update) that depend on it.

They might rename it to Intranet Explorer though...

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

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Re: Unsuitable owner

Given the UK up until now hasn't really cared who owns stuff, just that someone owns it, it's a bit late in the day to get precious about foreign-owned utilities.

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Seems to be many problems are down to large organisations not being able to use Outlook calendars or a big calendar on the wall with garish-coloured post-it notes.

If the beancounters can get something done by a certain date, why can't the IT monkeys?

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Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Re: It's 2018

Using a computer is a life skill now, so if people can't use one it must be deliberate.

Imagine learning to drive a car, but then every so often someone changes your dashboard and controls around for no good reason. Also lately some controls will be invisible until you actually touch them when they appear.

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Amazon robot fingered for bear spray leak that hospitalised 24 staffers

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this appears to be a honest to goodness accident

Of which there seem to be quite a few...

I didn't see anything in the story that substantiated any specific wrong doing by Amazon at least in this instance. Is there more to the story than portrayed?

The Guardian have just started a new series of articles: The Amazon Diaries

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Ooo shiny! First Visual Studio 2019 sneak peek here in time for Chrimbo

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Re: It always makes me smile...

People recommending vi for coding were presumably lucky enough to find a job which pays well for writing variations of Hello World.

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Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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SaaS - Software as a Shitshow.

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NHS supplier that holds 40 million UK patient records: AWS is our new cloud-based platform

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Having trouble reconciling the headline for this story with this other one:

Foreign hackers have tried to access the genetic blueprints of thousands of NHS patients, say officials

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Re: Shifting patient records to the cloud requires approval from NHS Digital

NHS Digital have no say over trusts at all, they definitely have no say of GP practices, the majority of which are private businesses. As it stands it is always best to check facts before you go off on a rant.

So what are they there for then?

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Re: You're stuff is going in the cloud regardless of this.

Of course. If it's not because 1) the IT dept can't make basic services work so employees have to work around the problems created by the IT dept, it's because 2) the IT dept themselves willingly outsource everything to Office 354 or 3) someone starts and has to make their mark.

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All 40 million records spill out of an open S3 bucket...

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It's the wobbly Microsoft service sweepstake! If you have 'Teams', you've won a lifetime Slack sub

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Re: Teams as an "upgrade"

Teams comes with Office 365 whether your like it or not.

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Re: Who would notice?

The UI is actually worse than Skype for Business's, and it's everything's written in corporate matey-bollocks speak.

The voice codec is marginally better so there is that.

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If you ever felt like you needed to carry 4TB of data around, Toshiba's got you covered

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Re: Bah!

Have you updated the drive firmware?

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Seacrate? I think I'd prefer a lump of coal.

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YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13

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Youtube is nowhere near as bad as the rest of the internet, if anything it one of the tamer places.

Mexican drug cartels, ISIS beheadings, and sketchy cartoons are tame? Parents, if they do let their kids see YouTube, have to constantly fight YouTube's suggestions?

Other video platforms are available, there's nothing intrinsically special about YouTube that warrants the current free-for-all and there's a lot to get bothered about. If YouTube were closed down tomorrow, the good parts would find somewhere else.

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The useful stuff is a mere drop in the ocean of shit. Just look at YouTube's front page.

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GOPwned: Republicans fall victim to email hack

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Re: The Russians are Coming!!!

See also: hijacking of yellow vest movement in France, efforts to spread it to Germany.

And I think the worst thing is, I'm not really surprised at all by it.

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And lo! Tim Cook becometh tech Jesus. But with more awards

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Re: The "right" thing?

"We've only had one message for those who seek to push hate, division and violence," He said. "You have no place on our platforms. You have no home here."

We're living in strange times if a) this is news in the first place, b) he said it in the first place, and c) there responses calling for "anything that is not specifically illegal should be publishable".

Not every publisher should be obliged to publish Mein Kampf if they don't want to. The majority of people wouldn't even want to read it. And we wouldn't be in a good place as a society if they did.

Everyone can and should exercise discretion using common sense because extremes aren't a good thing. We seem to have forgotten that.

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Microsoft: New icons, new drivers, AI! Everything is awesome!

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Re: FUCK YOU MICROSOFT!!!!!!!

Apple just had the kext signing thing making hardware obsolete but even so there's a workaround.

Lately MS just can't leave drivers alone. There have been nearly as many updates to drivers since Windows 10 was launched than in the whole history of Windows since before Windows 10 (6 vs 8).

Which developer is going to keep on top of that? MS needlessly makes hardware obsolete, which is irresponsible given what we know about the environment.

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AI or document search?

Microsoft continued the policy of continually updating its bread-and-butter productivity suite, Office 365, by whacking it repeatedly with an AI stick for collaboration purposes. [...] If you write to-do items (by, say, writing TODO: finish this), the word processor will automatically track them and allow writers to navigate back to the correct spot.

Has AI learnt how to jump the shark yet?

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Surface Book 2 afflicted by mystery Blue Screen Of Death errors

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Re: I'm certain now

Of course it can. Imagine the number of hours, meetings, and so on which went into the new Office icons (there's even a damn video for them) and multiply that by everything Microsoft do.

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Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway

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Re: The elephant in the back seat

I can see Tesla eventually making drivers having to play a game of Simon to prove they're awake and then drivers will crashing when forced to take over because they're not aware of what's going on on the road because they're concentrating on the game.

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US Department of Defense to sling an estimated $3.17bn at Microsoft resellers

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$3.17bn

And it still BSODs just like Windows 10 Home.

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Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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Re: @jimmypage

All the Go Home Vans did was make it more acceptable to tell foreigners to go home.

Look where we are now, people voting Brexit to kick the foreigners out.

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Re: Actually, this may be a well-disguised win

You'd think so, but the Home Office have found the time to be the modern-day inquisition. Finding people who everyone, including the people themselves, thought they were British for decades, aren't really British, and removing them.

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Re: my respect for Mrs. May has actually risen.

Christmas will be cancelled if the rumours of further can-kicking are to be believed.

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Warning: Malware, rogue users can spy on some apps' HTTPS crypto – by whipping them with a CAT o' nine TLS

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The boffins tested OpenSSL, Amazon s2n, MbedTLS, Apple CoreTLS, Mozilla NSS, WolfSSL, GnuTLS, BearSSL and BoringSSL. And they were able to downgrade all except for the last two, BearSSL and BoringSSL.

Shame they didn't test LibreSSL. Seems an odd one to miss out.

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Re: It's time to start over

Off the top of my head non-C derived languages are SQL, Haskell, Python, and R. I really doubt they can cure all of IT's ills.

Or maybe you mean ADA, COBOL, FORTRAN, LISP, Smalltalk, Pascal or other legacy language which on which to build the future of IT? Sinclair BASIC?

Bad programmer's gonna program bad no matter what the language.

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Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence

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Re: ICL - It Can't Last

They don't make them like that any more.

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See this, Google? Microsoft happy to take a half-billion in sweet, sweet US military money to 'increase lethality'

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Re: so much to choose from ..........

yet there hasn't been as much of a fuss over Microsoft's censored version of Bing in the Middle Kingdom

Going by the number of useful results, I thought Bing was censored everywhere?

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Apple in another dust-up with its fans: iMacs, MacBooks lack filters, choke on grime – lawsuit

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Re: BullMerde

2. [...] There's normally no air gap between the display and outer screen, so highly unlikely this would be the cause.

Yet it's a known problem (read the thread to the end) and here is the solution (replace the display). At least with the pre-2012 iMacs you could pull the outer pane off with suckers and give both the outer pane and the display a clean, 2012+ iMac screens can't be cleaned.

4. Even with today's unrepairable laptops, it doesn't take much to take the back off and give the fans a quick blast with a can of compressed air.

Look at the video above, Louis Rossmann needed an ultrasonic cleaner to bring a MacBook board back to life. If you reply saying "yeah but corrosion", watch again - he repaired the corrosion, plugged it in at 2:56 and it was still dead, put it in the cleaner, then afterwards it powered up.

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GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

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Hard pressed to see what's changed

Apart from re-phrasing "backdoor" to "virtual crocodile clips", it's still exactly the same thing...

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Why is my Windows 10 preview build ticking? Microsoft reminds users that previews have timebombs

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But this is Windows...

... every version comes with a ticking timebomb.

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OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

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As has been shown before, everything is connected to everything worldwide for some unfathomable reason. They're lucky they managed to fix it before the US woke up.

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Re: WTF?

Unfortunately they're your files so it becomes your problem.

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UKFast mulls putting IPO on ice due to six little letters: BREXIT

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Re: Not that straightforward...

What certainty do they want? For things to stay the same.

What certainties can they provide if that happens? They might not bugger off to the EU or go bust.

Should there be much more to it than that?

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Oh my chord! Sennheiser hits bum note with major HTTPS certificate cock-up

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Re: Sennheiser does other stuff too

Checking if there's a Sennheiser root certificate in the certificate store.

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We're told Headsetup is a tool that connects voice chat websites to posh Sennheiser headsets.

Why did Sennheiser think Bluetooth or a USB dongle were so lacking that they had to do this nonsense?

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It's a patch bonanza as Microsoft showers its OS platforms with update love

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Re: Let's be fair to MS (thought experiment)

In MS the complexity involved has increased exponentially, mainly due to MS firing half their QA.

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Azure MFA falls over, Windows 10 struggles with Intel drivers, and Microsoft gives us... more Sticky Notes?

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Unless Sticky Notes can go on the login screen...

... they can't replace Post-It Notes.

(Please don't suggest that to them, MS are probably mad enough to try these days.)

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Montezuma's Revenge can finally be laid to rest as Uber AI researchers crack the classic game

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Re: Confused.

I do hope Uber won't brute force navigation routes in the same way.

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