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British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage

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I've always wondered this - sure, easy to do afterwards ... but if you've loaded the plane wrong then you have to unload and try again.

The real question is, how did we do this before the age of computers? Paper, pencil and human experience ... all easily replaced by a computer ... until something goes wrong.

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People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking

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Re: Nothing new here

I used to drop an RL02 disk into the drive, hit the load switch and once the READY light was on, log in - no big deal - and that was nearly 40 years ago.

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US voting systems (in Oregon) potentially could be hacked (11 years ago) by anybody (in tech support)

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Most of the readers here would want to know if there was a difference because it would indicate a problem - however the officials really don't want anyone to know that there are problems - so they just delete and recount.

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It's the USA

If you are going to get the election results you want, then you work on getting access to the machines that tabulate the votes - the actual "votes" are irrelevant.

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Who's leaving Amazon S3 buckets open online now? Cybercroooks, US election autodialers

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Re: "...including the audio files to be used in robocalls to voters..."

Do robocalls even work anymore? On the rare occasion when I even bother to answer a ringing phone, if it even sounds vaguely like a robocall I drop it like two hot pennies.

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Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes

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I have been observing this trend for years, "smart" watches are mostly worn by dumb people who want to look smart - the few smart people who wear and use them usually get frustrated because the damn thing isn't smart enough.

Me? I wear a basic Fitbit - it's just a sensor that also tells the time - it's quite handy but definitely not "smart" - "Smart" anything is just a marketing term these days.

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Yar, thar she blows: Corp-cash-stealing email whaling attacks now a $12.5bn industry

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Re: Banks culpable?

In other words, make it illegal for a bank to transfer money to any account that does not have a verified identity.

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'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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Two tins and some wet string? Luxury! when I got my first BT connection is was this - you don't know how lucky you are.

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Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested

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My "issue" was much smaller ...

After starting my first tech job I was sent to visit a government lab in the UK to repair a chart recorder in the early 70's - it was an easy fix, just clean the rails and sliders that the pens rode on and lubricate everything ... the staff in the lab took off for lunch when I fixed it.

I got the job done, went over to the lunch room to tell them it was fixed and they came back an looked at it ... and started getting very upset. Apparently they were monitoring Chlorofluorocarbons and I'd cleaned and lubed the chart recorder with the standard set of aerosol sprays from my kit. All the other chart recorders were oscillating wildly - I'd completely trashed their data for that day.

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UK.gov is ready to talk data safeguards with the EU – but still wants it all

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Re: Conflicted

"The UK wants out and the politicians want in. The end result likely pleasing nobody."

Seems like most of the politicians who "want out" are moving abroad ... they are all rich and very happy.

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Re: Conflicted

This has reached the point where I don't know whether to laugh or cry. - I just want to take a dump every time our political geniuses releases another one of these papers - it's the only sane use for them.

As for the politicians on all sides ... I'd suggest soylent green but you'd need a lot of ketchup...

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UK taxman outlines its CHIEF concerns for customs IT systems

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Re: Broken Banks Again...

Every proposal that's been released to date fails to mention how much money can be made by carefully avoiding all of the proposed bespoke solutions. No matter what version of Brexit we end up with, Ireland and Gibraltar will get filthy rich of the proceeds under the table.

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Forking hell. It's summer, and Windows 10 is already thinking about autumn

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17713 is relatively light on features

I use all versions of Windows from Vista onward every day - and my conclusion is that, from a point of view of getting things done from hour to hour, there's very little difference. Each one has its quirks and they move the various system function controls around but basically, as an end-user, they are all the same.

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Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything

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Just secure the written passwords

It's easy to do - if the password written in the book is "mybad.cat" then when you log in you type the full password ... it's "mybadfu*kingcat" with or without the sanitation.

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Astroboffins spy the brightest quasar that lit the universe's dark ages

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13 billion years!

I love this stuff - it puts all our current concerns into perspective. Worried about Brexit, worried about Trump? Give it all another billion years and nobody will care - I will sleep well tonight thinking about this.

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Every step you take: We track you for your own safety, you know?

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S&M

It seem clear to me.

Sales and Marketing have this new product under development - it's going to track employees for management to determine performance ... the lawyers advise that this would breach privacy laws so it's rebranded as an employee safety device ... everyone will need one.

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Imagine a patent on organizing computer files being used against online shopping sites. Oh, it's still happening

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Move on please, there's nothing to see here.

The "troll" is just doing what lawyers do - they saw fruit on the tree and they are picking it. We created this problem when it was decided that patenting software "methods" was a good idea. And it's going to keep on happening until we fix the patent system

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Sysadmin's PC-scrub script gave machines a virus, not a wash

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I didn't infect anything ... but everyone screamed

The wife had people passing around .exe files at the school she taught at - the principle told them to stop it and everyone ignored him so I gave here a file called australia.exe that flipped the screen upside down. She forwarded it to everyone and the school went to pieces because everyone ran the thing and then panicked. They stopped passing around executables after that.

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Businesses brace themselves for a kicking as GDPR blows in

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Re: Yes!

After Brexit the data will be washed in Chlorine and passed to FB (next best thing to a whoremoan).

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FBI to World+Dog: Please, try turning it off and turning it back on

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WTF?

And they are getting infected how?

Rebooting doesn't "cure" it, it just restarts the malware and it seems that, even after several months of investigation, they have no clue how it go onto the devices ... so I expect we'll see an updated version of the malware going at it again soon.

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The harbingers of Doomwatch: Quist is quite the quasi-Quatermass

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I think you are remembering "A for Andromeda"

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Cheers Verity!

Yes, I remember watching that too ... it wasn't as scary then as it is now - it's a clear lesson that we learn nothing from history. Make that series these days and we'd have all sorts of protests from the affected industries of scare-mongering and a demand for an investigation - people would be resigning.

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Will the defendant please rise? Utah State Bar hunts for sender of topless email

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In the US it's more like 75% of the world if you watch those fat frat boys wallering on the beach.

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Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design

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Efluent design ...

OK, so Americans can't spell can they.

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Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

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It was just a misunderstanding

She thought that YouTube was there for her benefit, but the truth is that she was uploading videos for YouTube's benefit ... I can't say that I blame her for getting pissed off although anywhere else in the world except America it would be considered to be a little over the top to drive over and start shooting people.

This is what happens when you spend too much time reading Trump's tweets.

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'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

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When I was a kid, about 13-14, I got my start in electronics at the local radio club and I can still remember when a guy working on an audio amplifier screwed something up driving a dummy load, the EL34s all started glowing bright blue and we were all standing around looking at them when the power supply went TITSUP and a couple of 300V electrolyte caps turned into steam and confetti - YEH!

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Former Santander bank manager pleads guilty to computer misuse crimes

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I bet her wages were lower than her boyfriends would have been if he had her position.

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Trump backs push for bumpkin broadband with presidential orders

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We just got AT&T fiber!

I had a conversation with an AT&T rep earlier this week - they are installing fiber in our area and will upgrade us from our cable internet (70/10mbs for $100/month) to fiber ... sounded great until they told me the spec and price .... (10/10mbs for $400/month with a 2 year contract)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.

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It gets worse: Microsoft’s Spectre-fixer wrecks some AMD PCs

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2018 - the beginning of the end?

Looking at the first weeks crop of crap, I wonder if this could finally be the year that the idea of desktop computers finally dies? I don't see any sign that it's going to get better ...

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WD My Cloud NAS devices have hard-wired backdoor

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So let's start scanning ...

Given that the MyCloud devices prompt the users throughout the installation to install cloud access I expect that there's a lot of data out there for the taking. For a lot of casual users, even if they don't use the cloud features, it may well have boon turned on when it was installed.

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Re: WD firmware version

The current version on my box is v04.05.00-320 which has the backdoor - I just logged in. I am disabling all external access to the device but that still leave it wide open on the LAN.

Goodbye "cloud" I'm done with you.

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US border cops told to stop copying people's files just for the hell of it

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What's the hit rate?

It would be interesting to know how often inspected devices actually turns anything up? Personally I always travel with a clean laptop and a burner phone - although I'm more concerned with theft and accidental damage than the CBP.

If you have a mind to meddle in anything that might raise flags it would be much better stored on a server somewhere else and just accessed when necessary via public Wi-Fi. So essentially the only people CBP are likely to catch in their net are amateurs.

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Cisco to release patches for Meltdown, Spectre CPU vulns, just in case

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...

My money's on NSA/GCHQ already having a vector to replace the patch with code that enables the bug again but reports that the patch is in place ... if I was in their business I'd work on the assumption that every tailored access would be discovered and I'd have a "fix" ready to go.

Note that everyone is treating this as a "bug" and not a design feature ...

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How to hack Wi-Fi for fun and imprisonment with crypto-mining inject

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Don't blink

This is simple, there's a energy differential here and free food (cpu cycles) for the taking - this is just the positive side of Darwinism in action, evolving to feed ... look on the bright side, it's not like the coffee shops have Weeping Angels serving the coffee.

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Wannabe W1 DOW-er faked car crash to track down reg plate's owner

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Let's fund C0 CKUP for him and force him to use it.

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IBM lobs sueball at travel site Expedia for using some old Prodigy patents

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Kill them all

Let's face it - we all knew that software patents were a bad idea and if this doesn't drive a final nail into the coffin then we're all done for as a civilization. What isn't patent-able? ... Maybe taking a crap, so long as I don't use an app to post the results on Facebook?

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Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

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Meanwhile, back in the USA

I'm guessing that they will be banning Intel from government computers soon?

I'm checking the back room, I think I still have a few sticks of Z80's in the cupboard - this might be the time to put them on e-bay as "secure processors"

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Captain Morgan told off for Snapchat lens: That grog be aimed at kiddies

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Next up?

This filter needs to be banned from a moving vehicle too? We can't be encouraging 18+ year old kids to drink and drive ...

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Big shock: $700 Internet-of-Things door lock not a success

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The unnamed company

Possibly the unnamed company will release their version of the product soon - looks to me like Otto got taken for a ride by a VC.

As far as the lock goes - rich people love gadgets so why not sell them to them?

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Security catch-up: Nigerian prince email ring cops collar ... Louisiana OAP?

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He's a local US citizen collecting the cash and then transferring it to Nigeria.

I have to say that I'm impressed that this scam seems to still be effective - I got my first one of this via mail back in the early 90's and it's still running!

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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Re: Hmmm...

It seems to be an architectural bug from what I'm seeing - probably related to the need for speed being the highest priority for marketing while security takes a back seat. We never worried about "security" in the old days of processor design, we were far more worried about incorrect access causing a crash and that took priority - with the result that modern security issues were mostly nonexistent.

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Re: Hmmm...

Looks like the bug doesn't affect the J11 on my PDP 11/23 so I guess I'm OK.

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

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Best "kill switch" story ever ... (1953)

"overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out." - "The Nine Billion Names of God" by Arthur C. Clarke ...

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Weed wish you a merry Christmas: Pot-toting OAPs tell cops 30kg stash is for pressies

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Pure coincidence?

"when they pulled over the pair's pickup truck for driving over the centre line and failing to indicate" - now how many time do you see the cops do this and not find drugs?

My guess is that they had emailed, texted or made a phone call to say that Santa was on his way.

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

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Bowie beat them to it ...

We're painting our faces and dressing in thoughts from the skies, from paradise

But they think that we're holding a secretive ball

Won't someone invite them. they're just taller children that's all, after all

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

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The odd thing about Hindu mythology is that it describes so many concepts about the universe that we've only just figured out in the west. Go figure ...

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Missed opportunity bingo: IBM's wasted years and the $92bn cash splurge

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Maths anyone?

This strategy is probably going to catch on with other US companies. By lowering their "profits" and moving income to a smaller number of shareholders by repurchasing their shares, IBM have drastically reduced their tax bills and paid their owners (the remaining shareholders) a lot more money.

It would be interesting to know what proportion of the remaining IBM shares are owned by entities in Bermuda, Panama, Channel Islands, and the Isle of Wight.

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This week in 'Bungles in the AWS S3 Privacy Jungles', we present Alteryx – and 123 million households exposed

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It's the standard 'merican business model ... I think they cover this at the Harvard Business School 101 level courses.

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