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5117 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

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

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Re: Stream the schools not the children

Yep. That's what happened to me. The resulting comprehensive was shit. Anyone not in the top stream was regarded as a total failure and suitable only for unskilled jobs.

If you did your homework, you were beaten up. Do it again and you got it worse. The neanderthals ruled.

Some of us got out and made a life for ourselves despite the best efforts of the system to keep us in our place.

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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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yes but...

Going port free makes it a lot harder for those TB connected devices to break into the iPhone.

Upsidess and dowsides perhaps but this is all speculation by Bloomberg who are not known as being Apple friendly... sort of like this site really. Still it makes for a good topic to wind down the week on.

Time for one of these -->

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Have YOU had your breakfast pint? Boffins confirm cheeky daily tipple is good for you

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Re: What measure of 'drink' did these Americans use?

Probably US sized Pints of Bud Light which is as close to gnat's piss as I've ever seen.

Now if the study used 6X, T.E.A. or even Broadside I might be more inclined to believe it.

speaking of T.E.A., memo to self to pop into the Brewery Shop on my way home tonight for some although the Surrey Nirvana is good on hot days.

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Don't panic, but your baby monitor can be hacked into a spycam

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Do we really need more evidence that...

pretty well anything like this is a security nightmare.

IoT to me means that anyone installing it is either and Idiot or a total Twat.

If you aren't able to check the security of a device then don't install the effing thing.... It ain't rocket science it is?

As for those IoT front door locks, what thief needs a better invite to rob your place as it will certainly be full of other electronic goodies...

[see icon]

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Accountants HATE them: Microsoft's Xbox harnesses blockchain to pay games publishers

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Re: Blockchain?

It's a tool for distributed anonymisation.

All the better for sending the filthy lucre to that offshore account then?

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NASA eggheads draw up blueprints for spotting, surviving asteroid hits

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Build that Wall!

and go even further and put a bubble over the whole lower 48 states. That way, the metorite of doom would simply bounce off and land on Iran/N. Korea/next country in their firing line.

Well, that's what Trump would tell the nation (by Tweet naturally).

/s

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Tesla fingers former Gigafactory hand as alleged blueprint-leaking sabotage mastermind

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And the sun rises in the west?

There are so many opinions about renewable energy that it is no surprise that many people have doubts about the viability of Electricity as a replacement for Petrol/Diesel etc.

Some of the frankly crazy points made here don't help either cause.

However, the sign of the times/the way things are going is for the front cover of the current edition of the "Top Gear" magazine is all about Electric Cars specifically, Jaguar I-Pace vs Tesla Model 3 and also going from London to Lands End on a single charge.

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Teradata lobs sueball at SAP, alleges HANA based on its 'trade secrets'

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Re: revenues of $2.3m, and net loss of $67m

Their financial position has been pretty precarious for a long, long time. I first became aware of it in the late 1980's. It is a wonder that they have lasted this long.

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JURI's out, Euro copyright votes in: Whoa, did the EU just 'break the internet'?

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Re: Dear Reg Editors please URL link that section as you usually do...

Perhaps they were subject to a 'take down' request or worse a payment of £100,000 for publishing a link to their site.

In those immortal words from the days of Laurel and Hardy...

"Another fine mess..."

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EU negotiator: Crucial data adequacy deal will wait until UK hands in homework

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What Brussels will do...

Why? David and Co are realists. They have a realistic assumption of how what they do in Brussels will look on the first page of the Sun and that is ALL they care about.

Don't you mean the Dail Fail? That rag seems to be leading the anti-EU tirades these days.

The Sun has gone downhill since the days of 'Freddie Star ate my Hampster' and alienating a large part of the country over Hillsboro.

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Re: Requoting from another thread

Yes, he wants to deliver a Valid deal. i.e. Valid in the eyes of his masters in Brussels. He sees any deal where we aren't begging for forgiveness as a failure. He'll deal only after he's kneed David Davis where it really hurts.

Our negociators are clearly not up to the task of getting us a good deal. They are starting from a position of real weakness. The longer this farce goes on, the more likely IMHO we will simply opt for a Hard Exit and suffer the consequences for 3 or 4 decades.

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Priceless: The cost to BT for bothering you with spam? 1.5 UK pence per email

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What about...

1) All that snail mail spam I get from Virgin Media? There seems no way in hell to get it to stop. As a result, I will never, ever in a million years sign up to your service.

2) All the fake calls I get purporting to from BT with a 'nice' woman called Susan (other names are available) with a heave Indian accent wanting to talk to me about my Broadband. Todays call apparently came from a Basildon(01268) number that does not exist. (I don't use BT)

3) All the calls purporting to come from 'The Technical Department at Windows' from someone called Peter (other names and genders are available) wanting to sort out the virus/malware/slow running of my Windows system. (I don't use windows)

Come on ICO/OFCOM, get of your fat backsides and stop that. Far more of us get bothered by these than a few calls from BT.

Naturally you won't.

I'd love to put a call blocker but now that the NHS seems to block their numbers, it is naff all use.

Catch-22 and a sodding useless ICO/OFCOM.

See Icon for what I'd like to do to both of them.

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Shared, not stirred: GCHQ chief says Europe needs British spies

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It does not matter what GCHQ think

If the modern day Gen De Gaulle (aka Barnier) says NON! then the answer is clear. No cooperation, no trade deals, no nothing.

M. Barnier is clearly under orders to screw us up/do us over/make us regret deciding to leave their cozy little club. I'm sure that he'd rather the UK just disappear into the sea (leaving Eire who will be made to use French as the language to interact with the EU) behind naturally.

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New Windows Server preview ships with an AI crystal ball

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Re: Copy and Paste gone wrong

Cippy...

"I see that you want to cut and paste, that will need the next level of OS License. Click here and I will rebuild your system to include this functionality after I debit $5,000 from you bank account."

Is this the SAAS of the future will operate or is it now?

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Oracle: Think our DB sales are great now? Wait until we actually get the new product out...

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Paris Hilton

Wait until we get the new product out

and you have [redacted]/[redacted]/forced your existing customer base onto it...

Larry must need to buy a new Country. Somewhere in the Carribean where he would pay no tax perhaps?

/s

Paris as even she can see a bad beal from a mile off.

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HPE CEO pledges $4bn Edge R&D splurge

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Another use of the word EDGE

Edge browser

Edge CPU Arch

and now

Edge Computing.

Oh well, another four letter word for the swearbox...

All a bit too 'Close to the Edge' (you have to be of a certain age to know what that means) for my liking.

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Senior judge: Put AI in charge of reviewing social media evidence

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This won't end well

See Icon

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Cryptography is the Bombe: Britain's Enigma-cracker on display in new home

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I'll be there a week on Saturday.

For the TNMOC BBQ.

I stumped up some Dosh to help get the Bombe moved to Block H.

Well done to all those who moved it. By all reports it was quite a squeeze to get it through the door.

Have more than one of these on me.

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Donald Trump trumped as US Senate votes to reinstate ZTE ban

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Re: Nice to see that some parts of US Government are still working for the US

Given how much trade happens between China and the US (mostly cheap tat

Oh, you mean all those i-devices sold by the Foxconn rebrander then?

mines the one with a huge roll of tinfoil in the pocket.

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Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design

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Is MS Qualcomm's saviour?

Given all the legal problems that QC is having which is hitting their bottom line, I wonder if the QC 'C Level' Execs see MS as their way to that retirement payoff?

If MS want to take this into the mainstream with things like their Surface Product line where they will have total control over everything that runs on the kit, then a control-freak company like MS may well have to consider buying QC.

Will MS want to take over a company such as QC which seems on the face of it to be a bit of a pariah at the moment. We don't know all the details but it sure seems that way on the surface.

It is nice to see a different CPU architecture appear every so often. Without the backing of MS it stands no chance of getting into the mainstream. Look what happened to the last one? WLIW didn't make a heck of a lot of difference in the long term.

Only time will tell.

Good article El Reg and for that you get a thumbs up

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Re: Application Support?

More importantly...

Does it run Crysis?

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Apple hauled into US Supreme Court over, no, not ebooks, patents, staff wages, keyboards... but its App Store

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Apple Hauled?

Other sites are reporting that it was Apple that wanted the USSC to take on the case to reverse a decison against them that was made by the US Ninth Circuit.

The suit was filed in 2010 and was done because the plaintifs objected to Apple's 30% cut for running a store and that Apple at that time was a monopoly. Back then, they were a bit player in the mobile market so it seems a bit far fetched to say that they are a monopoly. But hey, Lawyers are in the game to make as much dosh for themselves as possible.

I'd like to see the markups other software stores take. My guess is that it is a lot more than 30%.

It will be interesting to see if the Google Play store is 'hauled' up if Apple lose after all Android is the dominant platform these days.

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'No, we are not rewriting Office in JavaScript' and other Microsoft tales

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Wittertainment

I love Mark Kermode's rants. I fully expect that any Film from now on that clearly uses MS 'stuff' will get the both barrels of a Kermodian Rant.

Microsoft really need to stop this forced update malarkey. We, by that I mean us mere mortals of the userbase will update when we are good and ready not when you dictate.

Countless hours have been spent sitting idle while our Windows systems update just then we are about to do something important such as presenting a Radio Show or giving a pitch for a £100M contract.

Enough Microsoft! Stop it.

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Re: It'll be clippy all over again

Shudder.

Clippy on Steroids.

Capt'n, she canna take much more.

Or rather, we canna take much more as Microsoft fiddles while Rome burns.

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Google says Pixel 2's narcoleptic display is being fixed in June update

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So... where are all the class action lawsuits?

If this was Apple, then there would be several well underway by now and it would almost be front page news all over the world.

Google seems to be getting off lightly.

Still, it is a heck of long time for a fix to come.

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Pwned with '4 lines of code': Researchers warn SCADA systems are still hopelessly insecure

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Re: SCADA systems running windows

Enterprise doesn't have forced updates so you would schedule them

That is all well and good in a perfect world. Sadly, I've seen industrial control kit controlled by a PC running Windows 'Home' Version (not even Pro) and said kit would stop working if you :-

1) Upgraded it to 'Pro'.

2) Applied any patches unless the manufacturer also updated their application for which they charged you a kings ransom.

Needless to say, the PHB that signed off on the purchase was long gone before this all came to light.

The good thing is that both companies went out of business 4+ years ago but I suspect that the way that the supplier went about its business is not that uncommon.

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Indiegogo lawyer asks ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Where's the cash?

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Re: Where's the cash?

It's Indiegonegone to a numbered account in the Caymans.

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Tintri teeters on the edge of oblivion

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Storage - The promise of riches tomorrow

only, tomorrow never comes.

How many other 'storage' companies have bitten the dust (gone TITSUP) in the past 5 years and how much money has been poured into this bottomless pit?

And, how many founders of storage companies have retired to some tax haven after milking their creation dry.

Come on El Reg, we deserve to know (don't we?)...

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

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Using Private Email for Gov Biz?

Jail the lot of them!

Oh wait, that includes members of the Trump cartel so better forget that.

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Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout

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Re: What this story really means

"Please IT depts, why won't you just hit the roll-out button on WSUS? By the way, you've got another major roll-out in about another three months which will need this update to be installed first(because rolling them up together is toooooooooooo hard)."

Or the above...?

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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 ...

And this could be the reason why Tesla's are in the highest Insurance Group along with Lambo's etc.

Or... that it cost $6000 to fix a dented wing on a Model 3.

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Microsoft tries cutting the Ribbon in Office UI upgrade

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Stop complaining

Nanny Microsoft clearly knows what is best for everyone /s

OTOH, give me an updated Office 2003 or just Word and Excel (and therefore no ribbon) and no extra functionality (which 99.999% of users never need) and I'd buy it.

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This HTC U12+ review page is left intentionally blank

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They sent it out for Review

so if it has bugs then so be it. As you said, some are so basic that the device should not have been sent out for review.

Say so in the review and hope/pray/wish that HTC eventually get around to fixing them.

HTC made the bect Android phone I owned but basically EOL'd it three months after I shelled out for it.

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AI built to track you through walls because, er, Parkinsons?

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Big Brother

Coming soon...

Clothes that are 'stealthy' and don't let this [redacted] shit work.

A good number of researchers need more than a slap in the morning. They need several kicks where it really hurts just to remind them of their responsibility to Humanity in general and not just to whichever mega corp that is funding their research. Just because they can does not mean that they should.

BB nantually.

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Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine

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Re: Unfortunately necessary

Their idea for electric vehicles is a great one, but they're operating in an oil rich world right now so there's no shared collaboration

Not quite. Tesla is operating in an 'oil rich country' with a moron for a president. A president who would rather Tesla cease to exist today.

I say moron because of his statements such as 'Good Clean Coal' and 'Mexico will pay for the Wall'.

He is clearly clever in some areas. His family are raking in the money like there is no tomorrow. He'll be wanting to put a Trump Golf Resort in North Korea next year but he denies climate change and the impending disaster that will befall US farmers in the next year or so.

Trump needs to 'think of the children' rather than himself and enriching his family.

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First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts

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Re: "From my experience (Emirates), I'd rather fly A380 than B777"

My last flight to Washington with an Air France Airbus was quite uncomfortable.

IMHO, flying anywhere by Air France is quite uncomfortable. KLM is descending to AF levels now.

As for CDG... [redacted][redacted] and [redacted]

The only saving grace is that I can often change trains there.

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

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Re: Good luck with that.

"Need to show a loss"

Well, all it would take is for one small business to get hit with a fine from HMRC for late filing of a Tax return and you have a loss allright.

OR an author to lose a 500,000 word manuscript that was due for publication.

Time spent fixing the issues can be taken into consideration IF that time would have been spent earning money.

For us mere plebs/mortals/ordinary people, MS could not give a F***. In many cases I think that they'd rather we went away and didn't bother them again. Well, IMHO, Windows 10 from a consumer POV seems hell bent of driving users to other platforms so... you make your own mind up.

Yet again last month, I had to tell a family member "I don't do Windows 10" when asked for help because MS in their 'wisdom' (sic) had screwed up their computer with an update. sigh.

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IBM to GTS: We want you to 'rotate' clients every two years

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How to piss off customers big time

IBM, you fail (again). Mind you all the others seem to be doing the same sort of shit. This won't end well.

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Android users: Are you ready for the great unbundling?

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Re: Google & Contacts

"You should NOT have to create/use a Google (email) Account to use an Android phone."

and

"You should NOT have to create/use a Microsoft Account to use a Windows 10 device."[1]

The Pupil is learning from the master...

[1]You can but it isn't obvious so most people simply sign up for a Microsoft ID. I guess the same applies to Googe wrt Android.

It is almost as if the Android Wild West show is getting a bit stale and needs refreshing (badly).

I'd thought that we were past the day when we had apps like Twitter and Facebork that could not removed. If the EU stops this practice then it can't come a day too soon for me.

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Apple hit with another faulty hardware lawsuit – this time it's the Watch

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Re: So...

Don't you mean

You wear it not so well...

{apologies to Rod Stewart fans}

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Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon

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FAIL

More than a 'White Elephant'

It is the mega folly of the Century.

The biggest military fail since... the last one... and the one before that. IMHO, it is as bad as the WW1 Generals sending troops over the top hoping to gain 10 yards.

We will still be picking up the bill in 50 years.

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Google freezes Android P: Get your shoes on, tire-kicking devs

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How rapid will it get into use?

Given the snail like adoption of some Android releases I have to wonder how fast it will be adopted by the phone makers?

Does Google actually care about the rate their software is adopted?

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watchOS 5 hints at new Apple wearables and life beyond the Watch

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Re: Typical Apple

Don't blame Apple for most of those missing apps.

You need to point the finger at the likes of Facebook etc who have decided that 'wearables' are a thing of the past and therefore not worth bothering with.

However there is a niche market for wearables and Apple seem to have gotten most of it.

Where this market goes next is anyones guess.

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Microsoft sinks another data centre with Natick 2

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FAIL

I though that we were against polluting the seas

now we have something that will sit there for how long?

Will it be subject to an episode of 'Abandonded Engineering' in 18 months time?

Sorry MS this is not what the seabed is for.

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Beardy Branson: Wacky hyperloop tube maglev cheaper than railways

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Re: "about a third of building high speed rail"

The 'fuckwits of Highways England' are a darn sight better at estimates than 'Notwork Rail'. For them, it is thingk of a large number and square it rather than just double it.

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Cloud is a six-horse race, and three of those have been lapped

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Re: Gartners Magic Square....

AND, you could just replace 'cloud' with 'data slurpers' and the results would be the same or if not a whole load worse for Google.

Avoid at all Costs people.

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Buggy software could lock a Jeep's cruise control

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And Tesla as well

https://electrek.co/2018/05/25/tesla-model-3-unofficial-road-trip-crash-driver-blames-autopilot/

The word that pops into my mind when thinking about 'autopilots' and self-driving and even adaptive cruise control is 'Numbskulls'. Because trusting their lives to some thing that has had no quality audit (like wot aircraft auto-pilots get) is just madness.

YMMV

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US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

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Re: Wankers

You probably did not sign up to their sites. They probably bought a mailing list and added it.

I ran a company that closed down in 1998. I still get emails from all sorts of companies wanting to do business with the long extinct company.

Just one of the costs of .... I can't think of a reply that would not get censored.

See Icon for what I'd like to do to the people selling my old company email address on after all these years.

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

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Most of us knew that this was going on

But couldn't prove it. Now we can.

All we need is for all those Echo's to get caught with their pants down as well.

Time to get rid of those spy's in your homes people.

Don't forget to recycle properly.

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Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

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Welcome to the 'new' Canonical

aka the 'Microsoft of the Linux World'.

sorry, No, just No.

Linux and BSD were once the only places you could go to avoid the OS Snooping. No longer.

Memo to self, block all Ubuntu and Canonical Domains in home firewall.

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