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3070 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

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

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Re: Eh? Amadeus Best known for

60 LCCs is quite good.

Would disagree that DC systems are outside of core GDS expertise - they are fairly closely coupled to the core GDS. I’ve worked on both.

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Eh? Amadeus Best known for

There was me thinking that Amadeus was best known for 40 odd years of providing Booking, reservation and ticketing services to the Travel Industry - both Agents and Operators.

I can't think of one LCC that uses them off the top of my head, I'm sure there maybe, but since they charge a transaction fee each time most of the cheaper operators refuse to use them.

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Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service

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WTF?

NI WTF?

Must admit Im stumped why there was not more outrage over the NI hosepipe ban. Part of the island of Ireland running out of water is a bit like Saudi Arabia running out of sand.

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Re: How do they do it?

Not being a ginormous self-aware globocorp from some nightmare dystopian future, sent back in time to make sure it is created?

I call it the Crapinator.

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Microsoft's 'room-scale' Ginormonitor probably not as big as a room

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FAIL

Possible fail

Given a either 55" Spark (cisco) or Jam (google) board is $5k and both include wireless connectivity and hdmi input one hopes that the Microsoft version hasnt screwed the pooch by just including usb c or a stupid price.

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What's in a name? For Cambridge Analytica, about a quid apparently

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Re: Data Controller?

@Mark85

You are confusing the Administrator who is in charge of getting as much cash for the rotting corporate corpse of Cambridge Analytica and the ICO who are concerned with breaches of data protection law.

I suspect there is a gap in data protection law where a company is in liquidation or being wound up as the Administrator is merely an agent, and therefore may not be a data controller.

Some guidance here

https://blogs.lexisnexis.co.uk/randi/shining-a-light-on-the-gdpr-is-the-insolvency-profession-prepared/

Basically my reading of that is that the CA administrator could be on very dodgy ground bouncing back those Subject Access requests, depending on the terms of their insolvency contract.

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Cisco's made DNA Center open enough to out-run Amazon

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The idea,,,

... that Cisco has enough active developers to out compete Amazon is ludicrous. Even if we were comparing like for like (which is AWS employed devs vs. Cisco employed devs), not Cisco registered devs vs AWS registered devs, AWS numbers will be orders of magnitudes higher.

Dont forget that AWS pretty much generates 8-10 new software products per month and whilst you can criticise them for their "throw a product to the wall and hope it sticks" approach, there is zero chance of Cisco out competing even in software defined networking.

Large helping of fail please.

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Apple gives MacBook Pro keyboard rubber pants

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I for one

Welcome our new rubber keyed overlords.

Can I "upgrade" the pre-2018 model Macbook Pro using an old ZX Spectrum keyboard membrane?

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Farewell then, Slack: The grown-ups have arrived

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Its the integrations stoopid

Slacks USP is the integrations. It basically makes the hipster devs never have to leave it. It essentially becomes their comms and notification dashboard. Once you have JIRA, Jive, SNow, Confluence, Webex, Quip and half a dozen others all configured they are in happy land.

It becomes very sticky - precisely because its the glue holding the whole SDLC lifecycle apps together.

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That went well – not! Broadcom’s value dives after CA biz gobble

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Ironically it makes sense though. Lets say you have a mortgage and want to pay it off faster.

One *possible* way to do that is buy another house and rent it out for a price that exceeds the costs to service the 2nd house by enough to cover off paying a bit more on the 1st mortgage.

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Re: And no wonder

Most hated? Naaa. Surely its still Oracle?

Good point on the rest though!

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Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

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Re: Whoever is not a misanthrope at forty can never have loved mankind

Nice wheezer song have an upvote.

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Re: I like Python and C

Then avoid SE. Simples!

If your code performs the same over multiple lines as a one liner then ignore them. If the one liner is more efficient then suck it up and learn the art and zen of 1 line code.

Personally I hate "short hand" code and the syntactic sugar that is introduced to support it. Its just an excuse to act elitist, make things obscure to noobs and a modern variant of not commenting your code. If it introduces new functionality or more speed or more safety then great. If its elitist ego wanking then f*ck off. </thus endeth my rant>

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Azure Dev Spaces has hit public preview, so El Reg took it for a spin

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Re: ..."typing in BASIC listings from computer magazines in the '80s and debugging"...

Yup. Today we just copy/pasta from SE.

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Insurers hurl sueball at Trustwave over 2008 Heartland megabreach

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Article is unclear

Trustwave had been hired to assess – but not manage – Heartland's computer security defenses.

Were they really? or assessing just PCI-DSS compliance?

If Trustwave was assessing PCI-DSS compliance afaik its is not the same as actually assessing the full suite of InfoSec activities. I bet Trustwave had no insight as to the quality of those activities, but were merely confirming the processes relevant to PCI-DSS had been followed.

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Big contenders in the broadband chart this week, but who will be #1? Well, not Britain

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Re: I've heard of a story of FTTH in Turkey

Its Turkey - even broadband dissidents can be disappeared.

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Sueball claims Apple broke hacking laws with iOS batt throttling code

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Re: The plaintiffs stand a decent chance of losing

The plaintiffs will lose because they are dumb. Will they be suing every time that Apple releases new functionality that performs differently to the current version? Yes - they probably will, doesn't mean the lawsuit is valid however.

Apple are trapped between a rock and hard place on this one. ALL electronic devices have a finite battery life, I for one would prefer the Apple approach to the scr*w them approach from Android.

Every one of my Androids have lasted <2 years due to battery issues, I just price that into my Android purchases, maybe if they took Apples approach they wouldn't. However since I can get a mid-high range "last years" handset for 200-300 notes I still come out ahead.

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Apple is Mac-ing on enterprise: Plans strategic B2B alliance with HPE

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Re: They create the kind of wonder...

And I wonder why I still want the shiny shiny things...

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Euro bank regulator: Don't follow the crowd. Stay off the cloud

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Re: I wonder?

@Naive - I think your handle is dead on. Unless you are trolling you are very very naive.

ALL Banks offshore everything they can get their hands on but especially Ops. The only difference is the locations to which they offshore. But India is always high up the list because they all use the 4-5 big Indian IT outsourcers. The Philippines or Indonesia are other favourites due to the large proportion of staff who speak English, and whether you like it or not the international language of banking is English.

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'Coding' cockup blamed for NHS cough-up of confidential info against patients' wishes

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Flame

Of course if the NHS Digital was interested in Privacy by Design...

...and it was an *Opt-In*, then this would not have happened. But because someone did a "think of the patients" argument it was an Opt-Out.

If they were a bit more choosy about the Type 2 stuff I would be happy to not-Opt-Out. But since Google appear* to be in that category the NHS Digital can go forth and multiply (which by the Iron Law of Bureaucracy they will do anyway).

*Actually we all know that Google are in a special category all of their own called "Here fill ya boots with all Our Data".

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Now NHS Digital is going after data on private healthcare too

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They mean both are recent launched. GDPR went active and NHS Digital took over the former care.data opt out registration.

https://digital.nhs.uk/national-data-opt-out

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HTC U12+: You said we should wait and review the retail product. Hate to break it to you, but...

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Megaphone

Interesting.

A quick straw poll via google seems to indicate the SPB are being universally panned.

One wonders how something so flawed made it to production. I rather suspect there is a PHB with their fingers in their ears in HTC.

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Microsoft shoves US govt IT contract where ICE throws kids: Out of sight in a chain-link cage

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Re: Microsoft is being reminded

Nice one AC Godwin'd the second post. You must feel so proud.

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Former FBI boss Comey used private email for official business – DoJ

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Black Helicopters

Insecure by default.

All the better to lose those mails when perps "fall down the stairs"

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Relax. It's OK, folks, the US government isn't going to try to take back control of the internet

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Given the current omnishambles ICANN is currently presiding over on GDPR are we sure the US Government would be worse?

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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Re: Yet another Remoaner circle-jerk on El Reg.

Seeya! Watch the door doesn't slap your arse in the way out.

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Well that wasnt unexpected.

Whilst I agree we've been royally hoisted on our own petards a more mischievous part of me kinda wishes that one of 2 things happen.

1. The ESA decision turns out to be illegal under the byzantine EU procurement rules.

2. We knock a new constellation up in double quick time for half the price without the need to fund the ESA pork barrel, with some help from Elons cut price rocket business.*

* Yes in my magical fairyland the UK doesnt do pork barrel politics *cough* BAE *cough*

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Re: Wait, that's really his name

Can't wait to know your reaction to Jacob Rees-Mogg if you think that's bad.

TL;DR Arch-Brexiteer millionaire MP who is currently moving his hedge fund to Ireland to make sure his Brexit impacts are minimised.

Nothing to do with PRS AFAIK but would not be at all surprised to discover he has some shareholdings impacted by the Galileo decision.

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Re: Well

Don't forget the added sauce of the UK screwing up Ireland in the first place for the last 800 years.

We've been crapping on our own doorstep for so long a bulldozer couldn't shift it.

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Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

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Re: So... uhm...

Yes but no but....

That might work with the grain of sand argument but it's a whole lot different if the soldier brings back a pouch of gold nuggets even if honestly collected. You betya that there would have been military regs about taking anything of value.

Plus a whole sub-genre of war films wouldn't exist :)

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Indiegogo grants ZX Spectrum reboot firm another two weeks to send a console

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Re: Spectrum rights

Or Verizon

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Platinum partner had 'affair' with my wife – then Oracle screwed me, ex-sales boss claims

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MH370 search ends – probably – without finding missing 777

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Re: It will get found.

I think you overestimate the ability of technology to scan ridiculous amounts of square miles of remote ocean and the ability of hobbyists to achieve enough scale and attention span to produce meaningful results.

Its more likely to be found in some rush for deep sea resources, like oil or to dig up something up that are running low in more accessible regions.

Either that or during the filming of Blue Planet 3.

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USA needs law 'a lot like GDPR' – says Salesforce supremo Marc Benioff

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Sales Forces Financial year ends in early 2019 so they decided to call the Financial Year by the Year in which it ends rather the year in which it starts. Probably made sense at some point. They aren't the only ones who do this.

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

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Im confuzzled

So if instead of some wonder device that doesnt exist why didnt they invest the money in a Operate agnostic 4G data contract(s) and get COTS ruggedised tablets for the databit?

Then use the money saved from not screwing up another Government IT programme to subsidise the costs of the Handsets.

Given that we are now at peak phone prices (1000 for the latests handsets) - 1300 for something that just works where it needs to is beginning to look cheap.

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Who had ICANN suing a German registrar over GDPR and Whois? Congrats, it's happening

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Re: ICANN not understand how you wrote this article !!!???

Link to complain about a BBC news article.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/contact-us/editorial

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Re: ICANN not understand how you wrote this article !!!???

That's disgracefully one sided.

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MPs slam UK.gov's 'unacceptable' hoarding of custody images

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Re: Polar opposite

Sorry overstayed. I'll have that passport. No ID? Then get off moi island.

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Surface Hub 2: Microsoft's pricey whiteboard gets a sequel

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Re: Microsoft hopes users will leap from their seats and prod the screens with excited fingers

Interestingly (sorta) enough the competing Cisco spark boards do the seamless (sometimes) transfer thing. All spark apps (win, ios etc) emit an ultrasonic tone that when picked up by a Spark board offer to switch or include the meeting and content on the spark board.

When it works its cool (Chromecast for webex) when it doesnt (eg custom audio drivers in Windows BORK it).

The downside is that the Spark app pretty much does exactly the same thing as the Webex app. why 2 are needed I have not a clue.

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Android devs prepare to hit pause on ads amid Google GDPR chaos

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Are you one of the same people that refuses to pay for any content on the internet too?

I'd love to live on your utopian internet but the fact is some services have no otherway to fund themselves.

I dont particularly like it but we are stuck with it, unless you want hobbyist/free stuff and lots of paywalls.

On balance I have come to the conclusion that a little light advertising is ok. I just avoid sites (ironically mostly owned by big media) where the scripts slow the site to a crawl. Yes I know about NoScript - but if they arent impacted by you not visiting then you are prolonging the problem.

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IP freely? What a wind-up! If only Trevor Baylis had patent protections inventors enjoy today

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Stop

How exactly

Does all the new patent and design rights legislation address Trevors chief complaint - from the linked article?

"“How do you find people who copied an idea if they’re in the middle of China or Timbuktu?”

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Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet

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Re: Hero ?

I'm not sure I agree being trained to handle a situation and actually handling IRL are two different things. By your logic we shouldn't call soldiers hero's as it's part of their job to get shot and wounded or killed. Ditto firemen.

Seems a trifle harsh and narrow minded to me.

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Boffins build a 2D 'quantum walk' that's not a computer, but could still blow them away

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Joke

Does that make a problem solvable by a Quantum Computer a Quandary?

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Britain to slash F-35 orders? Erm, no, scoffs Lockheed UK boss

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If we actually buy the entire 138 I will eat my hat

<EOM>

We will of course quietly pay the only slightly less than full price extortionate cancellation fee...

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Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt

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Which obliges me to reply with the "How many countries has Britain invaded*" linky.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/9653497/British-have-invaded-nine-out-of-ten-countries-so-look-out-Luxembourg.html

* For very broad definitions of "invaded". It is the Torygraph after all.

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Citrix snuffs Xen and NetScaler brands

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Re: Generic names...

But the name "Citrix ....." gives it all the brand kudos it needs </snark>

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It's Galileo Groundhog Day! You can keep asking the same question, but it won't change the answer

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Re: A logical outcome

+1 for Hovercraft full of eels.

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Score one for the bats and badgers! Apple bins €850m Irish bit barn bid

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Re: Badger badger badger badger

plus it will be able to be powered by Johnson and Moggs hot air when they finish up f*cking us over on Brexit.

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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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When will phones be banned?

Another day another Stoopid from IBM. Remember when they were vaguely respected?

I presume IBM has usb ports mostly locked down anyway?

Mines coat with the USB stick with a GSM modem built in, 1/4 TB of data slurpage space and an OTG lead in the pocket. -->

Stoopid CISO makes obvious (well duh) policy statement.

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Former Volkswagen CEO indicted over emission cheating conspiracy

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WTF?

Ah wire fraud

The Swiss army knife of the American "justice" system.

If you talked about on the phone you committed wire fraud. Hope he goes down as should several other CEOs but wire fraud - really?

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